Top 10 Vegan Myths
- ”Where do you get your protein?”
- “What would you do if you were stranded on a desert island?”
- “Don’t tofu and soya contain oestrogen and lower testosterone?”
- “Don’t cows have to be milked or they will explode?”
- “Plants feel pain too”
- “What’s wrong with eating honey?”
- “Leather is a by-product of the meat industry so it makes sense to use it”
- “Aren’t we doing the animals a favour by giving them a life?”
- “It’s impossible to be vegan as animal products are in everything”
- “Because we have canine teeth doesn’t that mean we are carnivores?”
Check out this article on Huffpost about our furry little friends amongst our food… http://huff.to/1MuoGeP
What Is IBS And How Can You Deal With It?
IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (as it’s formally known) is a common health disorder which leads to abdominal cramping, changes in bowel movements and a variety of other symptoms.
According to nutritionist and therapist Petronella Ravenshear, roughly one in five people have it. With it being such a common illness, it’s worth knowing what to look out for.
Cue Dr. Ricky Gondhia giving us the lowdown on IBS including symptoms of the disorder, triggers and, most importantly, how to control it.
Dr Gondhia mentions that there are many different symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. These include:
:: Abdominal pain and bloating
:: Changes in bowel habits – constipation or diarrhoea
:: Excessive burping
:: Aches and pains – including back pain
Experiencing any of these? Visit your GP.
Unfortunately there are a variety of ‘triggers’ which can result in a flare up of IBS. These can be anything from viruses and food poisoning, to diet, to anxiety and stress.
Leading gastroenterologist Professor Ingvar Bjarnason suggests that certain foods or food intolerances can set off or exacerbate symptoms of IBS such as coffee, wheat, pulses, alcohol, cereals, spicy food, certain fruits and vegetables and dairy products (to name a few).
He also mentions that these are specific to the person. And once it’s flared up, there’s no turning back.
How to control Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Unfortunately, IBS is incurable. There are, however, ways to keep it under control so that it doesn’t affect day-to-day life:
:: Diet and exercise can help – eat regularly, don’t skip meals, reduce your caffeine and alcohol intake, and drink lots of fluids.
:: Don’t eat too much fruit and veg, as this can make it worse. Dr Gondhia recommends limiting yourself to three per day.
:: Medication and treatments are available from your GP to help control cramping and diarrhea.
:: Psychological help is also available for anyone suffering from stress-induced IBS.
Travelling in NZ with a gluten free intolerance.
I spent over 3 weeks in the South Island of New Zealand about 6 months ago now, and while the other half was travelling around South America, struggling with his intolerances in a country he hardly understood – I was enjoying the vast variety of types of GF menus all around NZ!! Seriously, if you are thinking of travelling somewhere beautiful AND that will cater for your needs… Then look no further (than the other side of the world). EVERYWHERE we went had optional gluten free menus visible in the restaurants and seemed to even promote their just as delicious GF food.
Obviously in Alex’s case, he could happily peruse the GF menus readily available in New Zealand (IF he was ever to witness it) then he would then have the dilemma of finding that bit of food dairy free too. These are the two main intolerances that his body can’t handle (including egg whites too). However, whether your just following the FAD of not eating gluten full foods or you have an intolerance to it then please do visit New Zealand.