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A raw vegan experience

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A few weeks ago, Team UNITED (so, just me) took up a raw vegan challenge – basically five days of eating in line with a raw vegan lifestyle. According to the internet, “raw veganism” is also sometimes referred to as “absolutely awful”, which we found to be more accurate.

The back-story is that when it comes to food and nutrition, about the only things I am confident in are broccoli and water. Everything else seems to be the most amazing thing ever, and dangerous, at the same time depending on who is telling the story. With this in mind, for …

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No barcode November

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The Discomfort Zone Challenges have been one of the great initiatives of 2015 (according to us, and our mums). Having just finished up with October (30 Day Burpee Challenge), here is November’s Discomfort Zone Challenge:

No barcode November

Far less physically irritating than last months burpee madness, November is about World class food choices.

What’s the point?

Two points, and thanks for asking:

  1. Health: The more a food is handled, the less control and knowledge we have of what has been added to or removed from the item. This makes healthy decision making more complex and sometimes counterintuitive. For example,
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Non-dairy milk alternatives

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For any number of reasons, choosing non-dairy milk alternatives has become increasingly popular. We have chosen five non-dairy based alternatives to profile for those considering a mooove (lols) away from animal milks:

  • Almond
  • Coconut
  • Oat
  • Rice
  • Soy

All of these varieties have their benefits, all have a unique flavour, and all have varying degrees of nutritional value.

Almond milk

[Sources Livestrong.com, Fitday.com]

Pros Cons
  • Typically contains as much calcium and vitamin D as cow’s milk.
  • Rich in other vitamins and minerals including potassium, manganese, magnesium, vitamin E, copper and selenium.
  • Low in saturated fat and has no dietary
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Know your dietary tribe, part #2

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In part #1 we looked at the first five of 12 dietary tribes:

  1. Omnivore
  2. Macrobiotic
  3. Raw foodist
  4. Vegan
    a. Fruitarian
  5. Vegetarian
    a. Flexitarian or semi-vegetarian
    b. Lacto-vegetarian
    c. Ovo-vegetarian
    d. Ovo-lacto vegetarian
    e. Pescetarian
    d. Pollotarian

In this post we look at vegetarianism and the variations within the category – flexitarian or semi-vegetarian, lacto-vegetarian, ovo-vegetarian, ovo-lacto vegetarian, pescetarian, and pollotarian.

Vegetarian

Vegetarianism is an umbrella term encompassing a number of variations within a “meat free” or “meat restricted” lifestyle.

Vegetarianism is fundamentally a diet based on the removal or restriction of eating meats (including seafood and poultry) and the by-products …

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Know your dietary tribe, part #1

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[Part #2 here]

Across the next two Monday’s (including the one we are currently enjoying), we identify 12 (yep, twelve!) dietary tribes and outline what makes them what the are. We have left Paleo out largely because we covered it here.

Who makes the 12 tribes?

Most of us know the main ones – veganism and vegetarianism for example, but there are a few which you may not know so well:

  1. Omnivore
  2. Macrobiotic
  3. Raw foodist
  4. Vegan
    a. Fruitarian
  5. Vegetarian
    a. Flexitarian or semi-vegetarian
    b. Lacto-vegetarian
    c. Ovo-vegetarian
    d. Ovo-lacto vegetarian
    e. Pescetarian
    d. Pollotarian

In this post …

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I’d like to get healthy…

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A couple of weeks ago, a colleague of ours who is not currently in the greatest of shape emailed us with a product he was considering substituting into his diet to replace a few meals in order to lose weight. He had heard about meal replacement shakes and regular protein shakes and thought it may be worth investing in a few serves to help him achieve his desired size. The truth is that weight control and general food health had always been an issue for this colleague and despite trying numerous regimes, had never been able to establish a consistently …

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Are protein supplements necessary?

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If the worldwide supplement industry value of US$396m is any indication, protein supplements continue to be a booming trend. But is there any actual genuine benefit to taking a protein supplement for those who already have a reasonably healthy diet? The short answer? Maybe…

Where protein supplements can be effective

Barbara Lewin, a dietitian and sports nutritionist who has worked with NFL, NBA, and NHL athletes and trained Ironman competitors suggests a few reasons why regular athletes may require more protein in their diet. Lewin identifies five groups that may require additional protein supplementation to maintain ideal health:

  1. Those experiencing
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The sticking issue with honey

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Honey has been labelled everything from health super-food to miracle natural healer. It’s sweet, sticky, and is incredibly versatile in cooking but is it the VIP it has been profiled as?

Types of honey

The differences between types of honey is primarily based on the flower or bloom where honey bees source the nectar. Flavours and colours will typically be attributed to certain forms of honey based on where the nectar had been sourced. Below is a list of the most common forms of un-manhandled honey (that is, unprocessed):

  • Acacia
  • Alfalfa
  • Avocado
  • Blueberry
  • Buckwheat
  • Clover
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fireweed
  • Manuka
  • Orange blossom
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Gluten, you bastard

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Anti-gluten has become in vogue over the course of the last ten years largely as a result of a growing number of coeliac sufferers finding relief from removing gluten from their diet. This has led to further investigation as to what gluten is, why it is used, and how it affects the human body. Team UNITED have taken a look at what exactly gluten is, the issues it allegedly causes, and whether or not removing gluten from ones diet is a sensible health choice.

What is this gluten you speak of?

Gluten (Latin for “glue”) is a combination of two …

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“But what’s the point?”

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Putting a project together like Project UNITED takes a lot of time, money, and essentially requires the right people. The right skill-set is important, but what is more critical is for them to have genuine excitement for the project itself. Without this enthusiasm, the project is doomed before it even gets off the ground.

One of the things that makes Will a great person to work with is that he is not only big-picture capable, but he constantly asks why things are being done the way they are: are they being done for a purpose, or are they being done …

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