High Fiber Foods & Why White Rice Doesn’t Work

Being from America, the country that has the most constipated citizens in the world (close to 60 million of the population), I seriously through rice was good for digestive health.

When I first started living in Thailand, my diet was absolutely horrid — consistent of fizzy drinks, 7-11 food, and constant KFC. I was afraid of eating Thai food any longer because of an immense stomach bug I had for around 5 weeks. When this happened, I began making all the wrong decisions, leading to 3-4 day constipation cycles. It wasn’t until 3-4 years ago when I start learning about healthy bacteria, probiotics, echinacea and a few other things that allowed me to achieve the healthy digestive tract that I desperately needed.

Fiber, also known as roughage, is the part of plant-based foods (grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and beans) that the body can’t break down. It passes through the body undigested, keeping your digestive system clean and healthy, easing bowel movements, and flushing cholesterol and harmful carcinogens out of the body.

Fiber comes in two varieties: insoluble and soluble.

Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water. It is the bulky fiber that helps to prevent constipation, and is found in whole grains, wheat cereals, and vegetables such as carrots, celery, and tomatoes.

Soluble fiber dissolves in water and helps control blood sugar levels and reduce cholesterol. Good sources include barley, oatmeal, beans, nuts, and fruits such as apples, berries, citrus fruits, and pears.

Many foods contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. In general, the more natural and unprocessed the food, the higher it is in fiber. There is no fiber in meat, dairy, or sugar. Refined or “white” foods, such as white bread, white rice, and pastries, have had all or most of their fiber removed.

And this is why understanding is very important when it comes to eating and rice in general. White rice has had all the fiber stripped from it. Brown rice and the other types out there have a considerable amount of fiber that will improve your overall digestive health.

So, for many American out there, how can you begin to bulk up on fiber and relieve your ever-clotting intestines? There are some ways.

Chia Seeds and Flak Seeds, which can be found in most whole-food markets, are high in omega-3 fatty acids and are known to lower cholesterol.

Most websites recommend carbohydrates, which also have good fiber….but these are also UNHEALTHY, through my eyes. Anytime I eat carbs and a lot of them, my stomach begins the back-up process.

Personally, Aloe Vera, which is the sacred nectar of the world, is my absolute favorite. If I drink this the night before and when I wake up, my digestive track works like a charm.

I’ve also boiled up carrots as part of my dinner in the evening. Make sure they’re not in the boiling hot water for too long, or all the nutrients will be wicked away. Have yourself a cucumber by your side, chop it up and gobble away.

I hope this has helped you, and if you have any pointers, comments or questions, please let me know!

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Interviewee #023 – Natalie Shaul on Stress, Mental Clarity & Physical Wellness

A super compelling podcast on how one’s mind can affect the body. On today’s show, Natalie Shaul joined me to talk about some great ways to deal with bloating, gut health in general, adding in different foods, and how she overcame a relentless amount of symptoms that were hovering over her for a decade and a half. 

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Things we discussed:

Her journey to where she is currently.

Good environment and a good childhood.

Believing she couldn’t complain because of how she was brought up. 

Health issues that lingered over time. 

What the causes are of  autoimmune and hyper-thyroid?

Causes of mercury poisoning.

What was the step-by-step recovery process to mitigate the symptoms?

Her meeting with Lewis.

More steps to combat her health issues.

 

Three things and actionable steps for the listeners.

Sleep deprivation.

Inflammatory foods.

Bloating and gut health.

Apple cider and how to make them. 

Sugary foods.

Probiotics.

Food and beverages that are good for your overall gut health. 

Her diet for breakfast.

Myths of overeating. 

Olive oil and omega fats.

Advantages of avocados.

Echinacea and its advantages

Turmeric and other spices that could be implemented in your diet. 

Physical fitness.

Yoga, detoxification and using a sauna. 

Three ultimate things for self-case.

Listen to “Interviewee #024 – Natalie Shaul on Stress, Mental Clarity & Physical Wellness” on Spreaker.

 

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Napoleon Hill’s Cooperation + Morning Ritual + How The Body Works

I was on the BTS Skytrain in the heart of Bangkok glaring out one of the windows just before the evening when I heard Valuetainment talking about the morning rituals of a lot of successful people.  Having already made a couple of blogs and podcasts on morning routine, I know this could become redundant until I saw what Napoleon Hill had done for his.

First: I drink a cup of hot water when I first get up in the morning, before I have breakfast.

Second: My breakfast consists of rolls made of whole wheat and bran, breakfast cereal, fruit, soft-boiled eggs once in a while, and coffee.  For lunch I eat vegetables (most any kind), whole wheat bread and a glass of buttermilk.  Supper, a well-cooked steak once or twice a week, vegetables, especially lettuce, and coffee.

Third: I walk an average of ten miles a day: five miles into the country and five miles back, using this period for meditation and thought.  Perhaps the thinking is as valuable, as a health build, as the walk.

Fourth: I like across a straight bottom chair, flat on my back, with most of my weight resting on the small of my back, with my head and arms relaxed completely, until they almost touch the floor.  This gives the nervous energy of my body an opportunity to balance properly and distribute itself, and ten minutes in this position will completely relieve all signs of fatigue, no matter how tired I may be.

Fifth: I take a hot shower bath, followed immediately by a cold shower, every day, usually in the morning when I first get up.

After reading through this in Napoleon Hill’s book, the fifth one capture my eyes.  Just yesterday I heard Patrick Bet-David talking about Tony Robbins plunge into cold water for one-minute before jumping into hot water.  He, unlike most people, is one of the very few people that do the plunge.  I had no idea where he got it, but now I do.

He goes on to talk about the importance of keeping his health in tip-top shape, although not laying so much stress upon the importance of keeping the intestines clean.  He does it by drinking water.

For more than fifteen years at the time of writing, there wasn’t a day that went by that he got a headache.

I love the way he put it in his book.

You cannot be a person of action if you permit yourself to go without proper physical attention until auto-intoxication takes your brain and kneads it into an inoperative mass that resembles a ball of putty.  Neither can you be a person of action if you eat the usual devitalized concoction called “white bread: *which has had all the real food value removed from it and twice as much meat as your system can digest and properly dispose of.

You cannot be a person of action if you run to the pill bottle every time you have, or imagine you have, an ache or pain, or swallow an aspirin tablet every time your intestines call on your brain for a douche bag of water and a spoonful of salt for cleansing purposes.

You cannot be a person of action if you overeat and under-exercise.

You cannot be a person of action if you read the patent medicine booklets and begin to imagine yourself ailing with the symptoms described by the clever advertisement writer who has reached your pocket book through the power of suggestion.

I will reiterate about the enemy which you must conquer before it conquers you – worry.

Worry, envy, jealousy, hatred, doubt, fear….all of these are states of mind that are fatal to taking action.

Any of these can destroy the digestive process and cause physical damage, just as Dale Carnegie said in his ‘How To Stop Worrying And Start Living’ book.  Stomach ulcers…ring a bell?

To keep myself in a positive frame of mind, I’ve discovered a very effective “gloom-chaser.”

LAUGHING!

Five minutes of this sort of mental and physical exercise can free yourself from all negative tendencies.

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Roasted Veggies Recipe

For everyone who’s looking for a nice side dish to eat for dinner, I’ve got you covered with some roasted vegetables!

Ingredients:

Choose your favorite vegetables…..heck, I like to even throw in potatoes, too.  However, just try veges this time around.

Get your variety of veges such as broccoli, celery, brussel sprouts, or whichever you like and chop them up.

Procedure:

Throw your chopped Veggies into a big mixing bowl along with 1 tbsp salt, and 1 tbsp of paprika. You can even throw in some fresh Rosemary, as well as well as some garlic.  Now, with the garlic taste, it could be very distinctive, so be careful.  If some of you don’t like garlic, don’t put it in.  Finally, throw in about 1/4 cup of Olive Oil, and 1 tbsp of Balsamic Vinegar (the real stuff if you can get it, otherwise any wine vinegar will do.)

Cover a sheet pan with Aluminium Foil and spread the veggies in a thin, even layer. If you pile them up too much, they won’t brown properly. If you end up having too much, just set some veggies aside and roast them later.

Roast for 20 minutes at 450 degrees, take them out, give them a stir, rotate the pan, and place them back in the oven until they’re nicely charred. Check on them after about 10 minutes, but let them go a little longer if you like. Be careful not to cook them too long or they’ll get mushy.

And here’s your basic, charred veges recipe! Please comment, like or share and here’s my podcast down below if you want to actually listen to me explain the process.

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