Moderating Alcohol Intake | Live Healthy with Heather - Daily Mirror Column

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Heather’s bi-weekly column on all things plant-based health related - Exclusively in the daily mirror.

Campaigner and food writer Heather mills advises moderating your alcohol intake...

Alcohol is one of the fixed-in-society ways of calming down after a stressful day or celebrating a special occasion. But how do we moderate it and do we know exactly what is in it? Probably not.

I am not trying to get you to stop drinking wine altogether, I just want you to know the facts and inspire you to choose the right wines and drink in moderation so you will feel great.

Did you know many wines are made using fining agents such as blood and bone marrow, casein (milk protein), chitin (fibre from crustacean shells), egg albumen (derived from egg whites), fish oil, gelatin (protein from boiling animal parts) and isinglass (gelatine from fish bladder membranes).

The good news is you can buy some great wines which don’t use this process – just ask if they are vegan. Zizzi restaurants and Greene King pubs, for example, proudly advertise their vegan wines. Even Guinness has stopped using fish guts in its filtration process and is 100% vegan.

It’s a big temptation to reach for a glass of alcohol at the end of the day, but the only way to help moderate your drinking is to eliminate it from the house Monday to Friday and save it for the weekends and special occasions.

One important reminder is to always drink a glass of water or two between each glass of wine. Alcohol dehydrates our bodies and makes us want to grab an extra glass too quickly, creating a domino effect and an unnecessary hangover the next day.

Another top tip is to always have a pot of plant-based milk thistle by the side of your bed. Your liver does all its work at night and this will assist greatly in minimising the stress this particular organ is going through.

I find the best way to break a bad habit is to replace it with a good one, so go to the gym or for a run, or even a leisurely stroll – anything to stop you from reaching for that wine on a
daily basis.

You may roll your eyes but you will love me for it when you’re back in control and feeling amazing.

The Protein Myth | Live Healthy with Heather - Daily Mirror Column

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Heather’s bi-weekly column on all things plant-based health related - Exclusively in the daily mirror.

Putting as many plants on your plate as possible is the whey to go.

Campaigner and food writer Heather mills on whey protein vs plant-based alternatives...

Many years ago I was contacted by scientist Professor T colin campbell. He had conducted a collaborative study between America, the UK and china on the benefits of dairy, from cornell University in New York. Growing up on a dairy farm, he hoped and believed his study would show that dairy was a healthy product. In his words to me, he had discovered – after analysing the biggest study in history of its kind – that we could actually turn the growth of cancer cells on and off by raising and lowering doses of casein, the main protein found in cow’s milk. Being brought up on a dairy farm initially made these statistics horrifying for him, but they were now fact. Other findings included the fact that although milk had calcium in it, it leeched the bones of calcium when consumed – meaning your body was in a deficit. “People who ate the most animal-based foods suffered the most chronic disease. People who ate the most plant-based foods were the healthiest,” the authors state. Whether you’re going vegan or not, they suggest putting as many plants on your plate as possible at every meal. Many gym goers are hooked on buying huge packs of whey protein and casein – not connecting the dots when some of them get severe acne or a lot of mucus. All this aside from the scientifically proven fact that ditching dairy can help reduce the risk and even reverse heart disease by adding a wholefood plant-based diet. It’s really easy to find your favourite food replacements in most supermarkets or online at Ocado. Morrison’s has launched a new allergen-free, plant-based cheese in numerous flavours in selected stores. If you need a whey protein replacement, try fitdelis.com chocolate protein powder – that’s my daily breakfast. On a cold day, I mix it into my porridge for a chocolate protein boost. I doubt in your busy lives you will have time to read The china study by Professor T-colin campbell, and it is certainly not a holiday beach read, however, you can google the information or watch his speech online to get more facts than I can write in this column.

Animal vs Plant Protein | Live Healthy with Heather - Daily Mirror Column

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Heather’s bi-weekly column on all things plant-based health related - Exclusively in the daily mirror.

Campaigner and food writer Heather Mills on animal vs plants, the protein myth, for a healthier happier you...

Ever since becoming a vegan, the number one question I get asked is where to get protein on a plant-based diet. It's important to get protein regularly as we don't store it for long enough in our bodies, but it doesn't have to come from an animal.

Professor Colin Campbell, who co-wrote the international bestseller ‘The China Study’, spent 30 years analysing why we have so much illness in the western world compared to that seen in the Far East. He concluded that it was all down to the excess meat and dairy we consume, which contributes to heart disease and high cholesterol among other diseases.

Many meat and dairy lovers would struggle with a healthy diet of nuts, seeds, beans, lentils and tofu. That's why I developed over 540 meat, dairy and fish alternatives to satisfy many palates in 24 countries, packing many of them with more protein than meat and dairy.

Life these days is crazily busy, so if we have to resort to a fast food diet we need to make it as healthy as possible with tasty alternatives to burgers and pizzas.

And the good news is you'll crave less and less of these as your body goes through the transition. I know this for a fact from when I donated Elm worth of foods to feed a healthier diet to poverty stricken families living in the Bronx. Over the years we saw huge improvements with Type 2 diabetes being reversed in three months. Also, Type 1 sufferers had to use less insulin on a healthy plant-based diet, minimising the risk of limb amputations in later years, it even reduced eczema and asthma amongst other ailments. With the Hunts Point Alliance for Children we created rooftop gardens so the kids could grow vegetables to eat alongside their Vbites Vegan Burgers, transitioning to 90% whole food products within one year. This was way back in 2006. Now, new meat alternatives can surpass many animal and fish-based proteins. Plant-based products are also more alkaline in the body whereas meat is more acidic. In my sports career I'd have vitamin B12 injections in my bootie, but if you don't want to look like a water sprinkler I'd recommend taking a daily vitamin B 12 capsule or liquid drops. Aside from this - and omega-3 from an algae-based source - there is very little else you will need on a plant-based diet. Unlike the multitude of vitamins so many carnivores are readily gobbling.


Gut Health on a Plant-Based Diet | Live Healthy with Heather - Daily Mirror Column

Heather’s bi-weekly column on all things plant-based health related - Exclusively in the daily mirror.

 Heather Mills - Founder & Director, VBites Foods

Heather Mills - Founder & Director, VBites Foods

In the first of a fabulous new series of fortnightly columns, campaigner and food writer Heather Mills on why taking care of our gut could be the secret behind feeling more healthy and happy.

Time and time again I am asked I a number of questions.

How do you stay fit and healthy at 50? How do you overcome living with a disability? How do you stay strong when life throws everything at you?

Over the coming weeks, I hope to help by sharing my life experiences - to let you know how I have found solutions for illnesses that conventional medicine has been unable to help me with. So, I am writing this column in the hope I can save you the suffering I've had to endure. What I have come to realise is that we are all unique and there is not one cure for all. There is, however, a common thread of easy non-medicated solutions for severe digestive disorders other than antacids. The saying "you are what you eat" is 100% true, but if you can't digest the best food in the world, it all ends up a rotten stinking compost. Many people suffer from acid reflux due to an inefficient digestive system, and are either unaware of it, as in secret reflux, or embarrassed to talk about it. If you suffer from heartburn or keep losing your voice, or bloat and cramp within 30 minutes of eating you may have acid reflux or SIBO (visit mindbodygreen.com and search SIBO for more information). A safe and easy test is to squeeze a lemon in a 1/4 glass of water and drink it within five minutes of eating your meal. If it feels soothing and warm and you do not get reflux, lemon is enough. But if like me your digestive system is a mess from life's stress, try a hydrochloric acid capsule (like Holland & Barrett MultiDigestive Enzyme £8.49 for 90 Tablets) to break down the proteins in your food. These also contain a digestive enzyme to break down carbs. You can also pick these up at most natural health food stores, and for me, and so many I have advised, it has been life-changing. When you eat and you have very little hydrochloric acid available, the food, no matter how healthy, can't digest and ferments, creating gas, bloating, diarrhoea and then constipation. So to find out why you're suffering, try the lemon and water first and then a hydrochloric acid capsule. Let me know how you get on, and I hope you'll soon be feeling pain free.

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