Gut Health

Gut Health

You have heard me say it before – At the centre of it all is Gut Health! When your gut is unhealthy, it can cause more than just bloating or diarrhoea. Approximately 80% of our immune system is located in our gut! And guess where serotonin (feel good hormone) lives An unhealthy gut has been linked to hormonal imbalances, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, eczema and other skin conditions along with other chronic health problems. The premise of my work is always to work on gut health – it is the key to nearly ALL symptoms ultimately. All disease begins in the gutHippocrates (father of medicine) 10 Signs You Have an Unhealthy Gut Digestive issues like bloating, gas, diarrhoea Food allergies or sensitivities Anxiety Depression Mood swings, irritability Skin problems like eczema, rosacea Diabetes Autoimmune disease Frequent Infections Poor memory and concentration The 4 (or 5) R Program      1. Remove Remove the bad – get rid of things that negatively affect the gut, such as inflammatory foods, infections, and irritants like alcohol, caffeine, or drugs. Inflammatory foods, such as gluten, dairy, corn, soy, eggs, and sugar, can lead to food sensitivities.  Infections can be from parasites, […]

Healthy Diet or Fad Food

Healthy Diet or Fad Food

Paleo / Flexitarian / Intermittent Fasting So what are these all about? In brief…. PALEO:  Mostly protein , fats, nuts and non-starchy vegetables. No: Dairy (except butter/ghee), grains and sugar Advantages: no processed foods (thus reduced sugar, salt and junk foods) Myth: Leads to weight loss because low in carbs causing body to use glycogen stores Disadvantages: If not followed in original form – low in fibre with no grains, too high protein (which has been shown to increase risk of bowel cancer). Also putting high amounts of  animal fat with coconut products increases the saturated fats – unknown truth of health effects this has in excess. Myth: Paleolithic Era – limited access to red meat on a daily basis. They had a low calorie diet with periods of starvation. Balance: Fill your plate with vegetables not meat. Include some soluble fibre to help eliminate cholesterol. FLEXITARIAN Vegetarian 2 – 4 days per week. Moderate amounts of meat on other days. Advantages: High in fibre. Great variety. It has been shown over and again that a plant based diet is best for all health concerns. It is lower in fat, naturally and greater volume leads to greater satiety. Disadvantages: More […]

Almond Hummus

Almond Hummus

– ALMOND HUMMUS – with some little twists Are you a little tired of standard hummus? Or avoiding legumes? Trying the Paleo way? Well here is a little treat for you. Ingredients 250g almonds, soaked overnight 4 tbsp tahini paste 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1/4 cup water 1 lemon, juiced 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tsp Celtic salt A pinch of pepper Instructions Soak almonds overnight to ‘activate’ them. Then drain the almonds. Put all ingredients in blender or in a food processor and blend until smooth. Separate into 4 portions. PORTION 1 – Classic Hummus Add some ground cumin and ground coriander. PORTION 2 – Going green Increase your vege intake by adding about 100g of wilted spinach and crumble some feta in too (around 30g). PORTION 3 – Seeing red Roast a red capsicum, skin and mash it. Then blend through – you can add some olives too if you like. PORTION 4 – Spice it up Dice a teaspoon of jalapenos and chop up some coriander with red onion and stir it all up.            I like to serve these dips with radishes, carrot and celery sticks or red peppers. They are […]

Protein Powders

Protein Powders

Do we need protein powders? They are everywhere – on the shelves of supermarkets, chemists, ‘health’ shops etc… People have become dependent upon them as a ‘meal replacement’ in the hope of getting that muscle ripped body, improve performance and/or lose weight. If only it was that easy. Protein powders are expensive, and mostly highly processed. They are often heated to the point that the protein is denatured, which makes it nearly impossible for the body to recognize and use. The result is higher levels of acidity and toxicity in the body, which can lead to plenty of unwanted illnesses and diseases. Do you really think the magic white powder can help you bulk up, slim down and get amazing abs – all at the same time? Please read the ingredients and the look at the manufacturer – Not all protein powders are equal –  Some are often filled with preservatives, GMOs, allergens, and other synthetic toxins like aspartame, saccharin, and artificial flavours. Not to mention sugar – YES – sugar. Some are really just like a chocolate milkshake! The long of the short here is that there are many things to take into consideration – buyer beware.  As most of you […]

Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal Fatigue

What is Adrenal Fatigue? Our adrenal glands are small, but powerful organs sitting just above our kidneys. They are a part of our nervous system that responds automatically to stressful situations. They respond by producing hormones – from cortisol to adrenalin, they affect our pituitary to our thyroid, even our sex hormones. So if you can add low libido to the tiredness and abdominal weight gain – guess what you need to check – your adrenal health. Unfortunately, they can be overworked and become dysfunctional. Medically, this is recognised once it is extreme – in the case of Cushings disease or Addison’s disease. However, the space in the middle – where we experience the symptoms go under the radar a lot of the time: Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue: Fatigue not relieved by sleep Mild depression Abdominal weight gain Craving salt or Sugar Increased PMS symptoms Decreased metabolism Lethargy all the time Brain fog Loss of enjoyment with life Increased effort to do everyday activities Delayed recovery from injury or illness Energy low in morning, good mid-afternoon, and great at bed time Decreased sex drive Feeling overwhelmed Intolerance to stress Memory loss Decreased ability to complete tasks Remember the ‘fight or flight’ […]

8 Tips for Weight Loss

8 Tips for Weight Loss

Over 40?  Finding it more and more difficult to lose unwanted weight? Most women find that as they get older, it becomes harder to manage their weight because their metabolism has slowed. Diets that worked in the past become less and less effective. Contrary to most weight loss advice (which seems to treat everyone the same), my take is that women over 40 need to approach weight loss differently. So if you’re over 40 and want to shed a few kilos, here are some healthful and helpful tips: 1. Exercise isn’t enough. 80 % diet and 20% exercise – general rule for weight maintenance. Exercise is a must for your health and wellbeing. But it isn’t enough alone for weight loss.  Regular exercise is good for cardiac health, bone strength, flexibility and agility. It is also great for encouraging healthy eating – but not a justification for eating more! 2. You can’t lose weight as quickly as you did when you were 25. Unrealistic expectations! If you’re 55 years old and trying to lose weight, and expect it to happen at the same rate as when you were 25, you’re asking for trouble. Unrealistic expectations mean that even when you’re […]

Calcium

Dietary Calcium What is the first thing you think of, food wise, when I say calcium – milk?  What does calcium do? Healthy foods that contain calcium not only help you maintain healthy and strong bones and teeth but it helps your blood clot and it also supports proper nerve and muscle function.  How much do we need? It is recommended that people between the ages of 19-50 need 1,000 mg of calcium on a daily basis. It is also crucial during adolescence—the recommended intake for ages nine to 18 is 1,300 mg. People over the age of 50 should be getting 1,200 mg of calcium, while post-menopausal women not taking hormone replacement therapy should get 1,500 mg.  Where can I get it? A cup of milk contains approximately 300 mg of calcium; however, humans barely absorb the calcium from cow’s milk anyway. It is recommended that organic milk from grass-fed cows should be consumed because it is free of growth hormones and antibiotics, and it is less processed, but it’s still cow’s milk and out bodies still have difficulty absorbing it.  So where should you get your calcium if not from milk? Vegans, vegetarians (ovo-vegetarians don’t consume dairy), and […]