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Investing in Your Health is Your Wealth

I was speaking with some people this weekend and the topic of healthy eating came up. As usual the general consensus is that eating healthy is expensive. And yes it can be pricey. But what could the cost be to not eat healthy?

There is a show on one of the BBC channels that I just happened to see called “The Truth About …” and this particular episode was on Takeaways/fast foods’. They did a study with 15 young adults around 18-21 years old. They had to eat two fast food meals a day for two weeks. For a lot of people this could perhaps be exciting or just the normal way of eating.
After only a few days the test subjects were starting to feel lethargic and foggy brained, lacking motivation to do simple tasks and some were not even looking forward to eating another fast food meal.

At the end of the two weeks they did some tests to see how their body’s fared as well as how they were feeling.
They reported feeling very tired and they couldn’t sleep properly, their skin was breaking out, their hair was more oily, their digestive systems weren’t functioning properly and they couldn’t concentrate on their studies.
The majority gained weight, which was a gain in body fat, and their concentration of fat in the blood increased which is a marker of increased cardiovascular disease risk. Thankfully this was just a short term study, but if they continued with this diet they could develop heart disease as well as many other lifestyle diseases.

The scary thing is that for a lot of people this is their normal life. Imagine what the cost of living like this is.
Fast food and takeaways can be expensive vs cooking from scratch. When you cook at home you also know what is going into your food so it is usually healthier.
Eating a lot of takeaways may cause you to be foggy brained and not be able to concentrate on your work properly. You would get less done or even make errors, which could cost the company you’re working for a lot of money. Imagine there are 10 or even hundreds of people working for the company that are feeling the same way, making similar mistakes. If you run this business it will be an expensive one for you.
(I worked for a company who provided their staff with a daily morning smoothie and a healthy lunch, which was amazing because we didn’t have to think about what to bring for lunch and also great for the company because we performed better and didn’t have the after lunch slump)

Then there is your health that starts to cost you money. You end up needing to pay more for your medical insurance, buying pills to help your digestive system, or your blood pressure, or help your sleep problems. It all adds up and is very costly.
And you don’t get to fully enjoy life.

Now imagine spending your money on healthy meals at home and at restaurants.
– In my opinion the nourishment your body gets from the nutrients in the food far out-ways the cost.
– You can make the meals at home with the family, involving the kids so they learn about foods and a valuable skill for later in life.
– You feel light and happy which helps everyone around you feel happy.
– You have a clear head so you are more productive and able to do your work properly saving you time to enjoy other activities.
– You sleep well so you have more energy to exercise, which helps maintain your ideal weight as well as releasing endorphins enabling you to feel good.
– Your immune system is strong so there is less chance of getting sick
– And you spend less money on pills trying to get your health back.

You don’t have to change overnight, but I encourage you to try a cooking a new meal from scratch each week, or trying a new healthy food each week.
I am really not a fan of Brussels sprouts but I kept searching for a way to enjoy them, (as I know how incredibly good they are for us) and came across this recipe and I actually enjoyed it!

The first wealth is health!

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Journey of Self Love

Self-Love. I’ve read these words on numerous websites and social media pages. But I never really took much notice of it because I thought that I’d done a pretty good job of loving myself.

I thought that because I feed my body well with really healthy food, I put toxic chemicals in and on my body as infrequently as possible, drink clean spring water, exercise often and read empowering books, that I was doing the act of self-love.

In actual fact I had been talking fairly negatively to myself, putting pressure on myself for various different reasons, comparing myself to other people’s highlights on social media. And that can virtually out-way everything else that I had done which is good for me.

Below I’ve paraphrased out of a book written by Michael Neill titled ‘The Inside Out Revolution’:
“We seem to have an innate desire to know ourselves at deeper and deeper levels. For most of us this begins with our own individual psychology. This self-awareness can soon turn into self-consciousness, and each new aspect you learn about yourself is often coupled with a judgement. We then try to fix our faults and improve ourselves which turns into a struggle against ourselves, and we spend months if not years trying to be the person we think we should be. When really what we find out is that most of what we thought was wrong with us is simply a part of the human condition.”

I’ve been down this road and been my own biggest critic.

For me self love is taking the time in getting to know who you really are, what you really like and don’t really like, what you value in your life and in those around you. It is getting to know your quirks and accepting them as a part of who you are, as well as looking after the body you are living in. It is limiting the negativity surrounding you on social media and the mainstream media and feeding your mind with joy as much as possible.
It is listening to yourself/Inner Being/Intuition rather than what a hundred different people online think you should be doing. It may have worked for them but it may not really work for you.
We have given our power over to everyone else and have lost the ability to listen to ourselves.

Here are some positive phrases you can say to yourself:

* I recognise that awareness is the first step in healing or changing. I become more aware with each passing day.
* I value myself.
* I love and approve of myself.
* I am willing to love and approve of myself. (If the above is too difficult to say for now)
* I am my own best friend. I love what I see in me.
* I am perfect for just being me.

A question I have found really helpful is:
What would someone who loved themselves do?

When you love yourself everything else around you reflects what you are feeling inside. When you take care of yourself first, you have more with which to give to others.

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How to Trust Your Body

I think now more than ever, in the times we currently find ourselves in, is that we need to invest in our health, both physically and mentally.

I try not to watch much news, only for the updates and important information and then switch it off. But over the last month I’ve seen so many posts, news reports, forwarded emails and messages that after only a few days in quarantine it has worn me out, and I’m sure I’m not the only one.

So I’d like to focus on the positive ways that we can improve our health and boost our immune system.

It is probably not possible to immunise ourselves against every virus out there as there are no doubt thousands of them (thankfully they seem to be mostly dealt with by our bodies already). If the reports are true then there are already many different strains of the Corona Virus that have evolved in this short space of time, so if a vaccine does become available, will it be for the right strain?  I don’t want to have to worry and be fearful about stuff like that, I want to be able to trust my body to do what it needs to do.

The way I believe we can do this is to build up our immunity as much as possible so that our body fights off anything that comes our way and that we can trust our bodies to do their job. When we trust our bodies we can be less fearful. That’s not to say we will be completely immune, we just have a better chance.

Thankfully there are so many wonderful ways to do this, here are a few:

  • Try to watch as little fearful news reports as possible. Get the information that you need and move on to other activities. Be prepared but don’t put yourself in a place where your anxiety and fear takes over your body, this stresses you out and lowers your immune system.
  • Incorporate more fruits and vegetables, organic and/or home grown if possible, into your daily intake.
  • Get creative with healthy meals; thankfully there are thousands of people online showing their beautiful, healthy recipes.
  • Be more playful. Make time to laugh and play with your kids, your friends or family. Laughter really does lighten the mood and reduce stress.
  • Listen to music you love and dance more. You’ll be happy and get exercise at the same time.
  • Move your body, run, cycle, hike, and do exercises from home, dance like I suggested above, and anything to sweat, move your lymph (the garbage system of our body) and release the toxins.
  • Be outside in the sunshine and feel the earth under your bare feet. We and the Earth are electromagnetic beings each with a different vibrational frequency, and when we are connected to the earth we release our frantic energetic charge and become calmer. That’s why we feel so grounded after walking on the beach or in a river. Nature grounds us anyway, and being barefoot is even better.
  • Grow your own vegetables. It is really satisfying to be able to pick your own food from your garden or window boxes. You’ll be happy and healthy.
  • Find reasons to be happy. Watch positive stories, find the joy in the small everyday things, enjoy the beauty in life that you usually rush right past and be thankful for it all.

If you implement these into your daily life then the positive will out way the negative and you will start to develop a stronger immune system.  

I hope you are all safe and well and excited to be radiant, fit and healthy.

All my love
Gail

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Why Be Healthy?

I think deep down we all know we need to make healthier choices. It can feel like hard work and that you really don’t want to do it and that you’d rather just do it when you really have to.

Every day we are taking in toxins that our body and more specifically our liver has to process.
These toxins are in foods we eat; either covered in pesticides or completely artificial like crisps or overly processed such as fast food, or from the hormones in the meats from the animals that were bred to grow rapidly.
They’re in drinks like sodas or alcoholic beverages or the chemicals in our tap water.
Toxins are in our skin and hair ‘care’ products, nail polish and the nail polish remover, make-up, toothpaste, hair dyes, spray tan, perfumes and cologne/aftershave.
Its in our detergents, air fresheners, laundry detergent, firelighters, candles, etc.

It is quite overwhelming, and there are some things that we just can’t do anything about, such as the exhaust fumes from all the traffic we sit in daily, chemicals that are floating in the air from factories that are blown in by the wind.

All of these toxins are processed by your liver every moment you’re alive, and for the most part it can do it really well. But after a while it gets overburdened by the constant bombardment of toxins and it may start to get sluggish, you can develop illnesses related to the struggling liver, or maybe even liver cancer.

How do I make better choices?

Thankfully we are able to do a lot with our food choices and our house and body products. There are so many shampoos, soaps, body lotions and house hold cleaning products that you can purchase nowadays that have very little of these chemical toxins in them. And they are available at your local supermarkets these days which makes it so easy to find them.

By purchasing organic foods you consume less pesticides, herbicides and fungicides and the organic food usually has more nutrients in to deal with the toxins. By using natural skin and hair products and washing your clothes in natural detergent less toxins are being absorbed into your blood stream.

And when your liver has to deal with less toxins and sends cleaner blood to your heart your body can then perform better.

  • You’ll have a stronger immune system which means you’re less susceptible to viruses, you’ll have more energy,
  • clearer skin,
  • radiant hair,
  • vibrant eyes,
  • better quality of sleep,
  • improved moods,
  • women’s menstrual cycle balances and there are less mood swings,
  • you’ll reach your ideal body weight,
  • you’ll slow down the aging process,
  • and you’ll feel happier overall.

By making small changes daily, weekly, monthly, you get to prevent spending the last ‘2-20’ years of your life struggling. I know your grandparent lived to 88 years old, but how many of those years towards the end were vibrant, and how many were a struggle? I know I want my later years on this planet to be happy and healthy ones.

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Why Is Too Much Salt Bad For Our Hearts?

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), heart disease has been the leading cause of death in the western world for the last 2 decades (that’s as far back as I checked), including this year, even with the pandemic (as it currently stands). And the number of people dying from heart disease is increasing each year.  
To top it off, at least 7 of the top 10 causes of death in the western world are from lifestyle related diseases. 

There are a number of contributing lifestyle factors, however salt is the one I want to focus on. 

The average American eats about 3,400 milligrams sodium a day. The AHA recommends no more than 2300mg of salt per day, “moving toward an ideal limit of no more than 1500mg per day for most adults. Because the average American eats so much excess sodium, even cutting back by 1,000 milligrams a day can significantly improve blood pressure and heart health.”

If you research the amount of sodium in most take away meals it is anywhere from 1000mg – 2000mg for a burger depending on how many extra are on it, such as cheese and bacon. Chips are an extra 100mg – 300mg depending on the size, add in some more for those who like it extra salty along with tomato sauce/ketchup. 

One slice of pizza can have 145mg – 500mg depending on the toppings. 

One of the so called ‘healthy’ franchises has more sodium in their wraps (2222mg to be exact) than some of the leading burger chains have in their unhealthy burgers. 

So why is salt in larger amounts bad for us? 

The problem is that salt, along with sugar is really tasty. And mixed together they are really delicious. Even our pets start to enjoy these foods too much. 
Which means we want it in large quantities. 
When we taste salads or fruits they can seem quite bland because our taste buds desire the sugary and salty foods. 

Too much salt can dehydrate your body, which then causes the blood to thicken. When the blood is thick it makes it really hard for your heart to pump the blood throughout the body, causing high blood pressure. 
For some people the extra sodium causes the body to retain water which is also a strain on the heart to pump blood around the extra weight. 
Excess salt has been linked to hypertension which is a risk for heart disease.
Too much sodium can increase your risk of stroke, heart failure and kidney disease. 

Some people are too busy to prepare food for themselves so they eat out, have takeaways or microwave meals daily. These are filled with salt. 
Add to this a few cups of coffee, some sodas and very little water and you end up with chronic dehydration.

The good news is that heart disease, kidney disease and a number of the other diseases are lifestyle related diseases. Which means they can be reduced and maybe even reversed by changing your lifestyle significantly.

One way you can do this is by reducing your salt intake. Make your own home cooked meals with less salt. When you go to a restaurant be conscious of the meal you are choosing. Try to avoid fast food meals or ask for the lowest sodium meals they have. 
And watch out for salads and wraps as they sometimes have more salt than the other meals!
Drink more water to keep yourself hydrated, and add in some lemon for more alkalizing and hydrating minerals. Consume celery which has natural sodium that our bodies know how to process properly. 
Try healthy salt alternatives such as sea salt rather than standard table salt, but make sure to limit your intake. 
Cook with dried or fresh herbs and spices to season your food. 
Use celery salt (I make my own by dehydrating the celery and powdering it up)
Powdered sea vegetables are a lovely way to add a salty flavour to dishes. 

Your taste buds will adjust and your body will thank you!

References:
https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-eating/eat-smart/sodium/how-much-sodium-should-i-eat-per-day
https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-eating/eat-smart/sodium/sodium-sources
https://www.who.int/news/item/09-12-2020-who-reveals-leading-causes-of-death-and-disability-worldwide-2000-2019
https://www.healthline.com/health/leading-causes-of-death
https://usafacts.org/articles/top-causes-death-united-states-heart-disease-cancer-and-covid-19/
https://draxe.com/nutrition/salt-substitute/
https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/the-top-10-causes-of-death
https://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2020/12/11/the-worlds-leading-causes-of-death-in-2019-infographic/?sh=4ad82276db34
https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/leading-causes-of-death.htm
https://www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/news/20150313/salt-may-be-bad-for-more-than-your-blood-pressure
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/146677#effects

Healthy Tips This Festive Season

What a year! 
This is possibly one of the weirdest festive season you’ve ever experienced, to top off one of the weirdest years ever. Restrictions, limitations and uncertainty.
Add to that the usual festive season frustrations of over indulging, interacting with family members and dealing with stress. 
So enjoy yourself as much as possible, enjoy your family and enjoy your food. 

Here are a few little ideas to keep you comfortable and manage your stress. 

  • Keep hydrated. Drink as much lemon water as you can to flush out any of the extra toxins that you are taking in. 
  • Start your day with something healthy such as a fruit platter, or a smoothie or smoothie bowl filled with delicious fruits and superfoods. 
  • If you’re eating foods that you don’t usually eat, or you’re eating a lot more than you would usually eat take digestive enzymes to help break down the food.
  • Take green powder supplements such as barley grass juice powder, wheatgrass powder, moringa powder and spirulina to detox your cells and keep you alkalised. 
  • Try to keep portion sizes normal, and when your body say it is full stop eating. 
  • Drink herbal teas such as peppermint and ginger to ease digestion, chamomile for calming and nettle for cleansing the liver. 
  • Spend some time in nature if that is possible for you. Nature has an amazing way of calming our nervous system.
  • Find some meditations online to re-centre yourself and to bring you back to a state of calm. 
  • Be appreciative of the family members and friends you are with even if they are ‘working on your nerves’. 
  • Take zeolites or bentonite clay at night before you go to bed to remove toxins from your body. Zeolites help to ease digestive discomfort and are also known to help reduce hangovers.

Have a beautiful festive season. Enjoy every moment of it. 
And remember that your body will be working extra hard for you now, so give it some help along the way.

Moringa, What Is It and Why Do We Need It?

Moringa is a tree that was originally native to India, other parts of Asia and Africa. Due to it’s health benefits it is now grown all over the world. 
Locals in the lesser developed communities, who do not have access to pharmaceutical medicine, use this plant to keep them healthy. 

Moringa is also known as the ‘Miracle Tree’, ‘Miracle Moringa’, ‘The Vitamin Tree’, ‘The Never Die Tree’ and ‘The Tree of Life’ due to it being one of the most nutrient dense plants on earth.

All of the plant is used, from the stem to the leaves, the seeds, the bark and the roots all used in different ways. 

MORINGA BENEFITS

  • It is a complete protein making it perfect for anyone worried they are not getting adequate protein in their diet.
  • Moringa is high in Iron which helps to prevent anemia.
  • It is high in vitamin C which boosts our immune system
  • Moringa has about four times as much calcium as milk, which helps with strong teeth and bones.
  • It has high amounts of beta carotene which is good for our skin and eye health.
  • It is shown to have anti-cancer properties.
  • Tests have shown that it can lower blood sugar levels making it great for anyone with diabetes and hyperglycemia.
  • Moringa is anti-bacterial so it will help to boost our immune system
  • It is anti-inflammatory and can help speed up our recovery process.

I feel that humans are overfed and under nourished. By consuming moringa it will increase our nutrient intake, making us much healthier. This will give our body a chance to fight cold and flus and even diseases. 

Moringa can be in powder form (it is really bitter so add to smoothies) and in capsule form and can be found at health stores and online stores

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Why Lemon Water Should Be Part of Your Daily Routine

​​I’m sure you’ve seen people drinking lemon water and wondered why someone would want to drink something so sour. And you may think that if you drink lemon water you won’t have any enamel left on your teeth. Here are some of the benefits of lemons and why you should be drinking more lemon water. 

  • Lemon helps to alleviate stomach issues such as flatulence and indigestion because it aids in the production of stomach juices.
  • Lemon is a very healing fruit. It contains antiseptic and antibiotic compounds as well as vitamins C and B which help to keep our immune systems strong.
  • It helps to kill off bad bacteria in our mouth stopping the erosion of enamel, reducing gingivitis and other mouth issues and diseases. 
  • It is extremely hydrating. Most of us are chronically dehydrated so adding some lemon to any of your water will help hydrate you, especially first thing in the morning upon waking.
  • It may have a very acidic taste but lemon converts to being very alkaline in the body and helps to alkalise our blood, organs and cells.
  • Lemon is very beneficial for the skin and can help minimise wrinkles. I have used it on my skin to get rid of my pigmentation by diluting it with water.
  • It helps to replenish mineral salts from sweating so it is very beneficial to drink before and after exercise.
  • Lemon water is very cleansing and helps the liver to do the work of removing toxins. So if you really need that cup of coffee in the morning, have the lemon water first to cleanse all the toxins that your body has worked at removing overnight.

You can squeeze lemon over salads, make lemon water and lemon tea, add it to juices, and use it as part of your skin regime.If it is too sour add honey to your lemon water. The honey helps fuel the liver with glucose which gives it and you energy for the day. If there is one daily habit I highly recommend it’s drinking your lemon water first thing in the morning.

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You Are Your Own Best Healer

You are your own best nutritionist / doctor / healer.

Only you can know how your body feels. 
You actually do know what works best in your body you just might not have been taught how.
When you allow yourself the time to properly tune in, you get to know, you get to figure it out. 

You know that too much alcohol causes a hangover and doesn’t feel good.
But with food it is more subtle.
I’ve done a lot of cleansing of my body over the years and have become really tuned into what feels good and not good. If I have food that is too heavy and oily I get a food hangover where I am tired and lethargic and don’t have the vigor and inspiration that I usually have on a day to day basis.
A lot of people feel like this daily and think it is normal, but it is not. Normal is for our bodies to thrive and for us to have a lot of energy. (mamas and papas, I know you’re sleep deprived and tired for other reasons )

Having a coach such as myself can make such a difference because I help you to tune into your body and figure out what works and doesn’t work for you. 

I help you realise what your blocks are in making the necessary changes and I can give you the guidance on better choices for you.

Here are some questions you can ask yourself to inspire you to make the healthy changes you know you need to make:

  • What will I be capable of when I am healthy?
  • What does my life look like now that I can function normally?
  • When I think about my perfectly healthy body I feel…

7 Health Benefits of Eating Broccoli

I recently worked with someone on healthy ways to prepare her body for pregnancy. Broccoli kept coming up as one of the healthiest vegetables to get a lot of her necessary nutrients in. They are packed with vitamins, minerals and phyto-nutrients such as Vitamins A, C, K and B complex, zinc, iron, calcium and magnesium; perfect for our bodies whether you are pregnant or just wanting to maintain a healthy body.

Yes broccoli and other vegetables in the cruciferous family such as brussels sprouts and cauliflower can cause bloating and gas, and if that is you read here about ways to ease gas and bloating.

Here are some of the benefits of eating broccoli:

  • Broccoli is high in protein so if you do not eat any animal products then this is a good way to get your daily protein requirements in.
  • It has anti-cancer compounds such as sulforaphane which helps with the prevention of liver, colon, skin, breast and stomach cancers.
  • Broccoli is high in vitamin K, folate, iron, vitamin C, choline, all minerals required for a healthy pregnancy.
  • It has antihistamine properties which helps with fending off seasonal allergies, sinus infections, watery eyes and colds and flu.
  • It is high in fibre and low in calories so it helps with keeping you full therefore stopping you from over eating and then aiding in weight loss.
  • Due to its high vitamin A content it is known to be really good for eye health, lowering your risk of macular degeneration.
  • Increase in broccoli intake can aid in the reduction of the LDL-cholesterol

Preparing Broccoli:

Steaming broccoli is one of the healthiest ways to cook it as it leaves a lot more of the nutrients intact.
I like to boil water and add my broccoli in for about 4-5 minutes or when it just starts to change colour and get a little bit softer. This way it also retains a lot of its nutrients.
I then sprinkle a little bit of rock or sea salt and lemon over it as it enhances the flavour beautifully.

One of my absolute favourite ways to consume broccoli is in its sprout form.
Gram for gram the sprouts have way more nutrients than when fully grown and are a lot easier to digest.
You can add these to just about any meal such as salads, soups or your main dish.

How to ease gas and bloating after meals

Broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts and other cruciferous vegetables are some of the most nutritious foods available to us. I recently did some research on helping a client prepare their body for pregnancy with what to eat and take while being pregnant. These 3 foods came up over and over again as being full of so many nutrients and especially helpful while being pregnant. These nutrients include protein, vitamin K, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, choline and vitamin C to name a few.
So we really want to be eating a lot of these foods to enjoy their benefits.

Suggested Read: 7 Health Benefits of Eating Broccoli

But what if they cause you gas?

The cruciferous foods are high in fibre and a specific complex carbohydrate (raffinose) which some people have a hard time breaking down, perhaps due to not enough stomach acid, or enough of the particular bacteria that breaks down these foods. So it’s not the broccoli causing the gas but the bacteria working overtime in your intestines, resulting in cabon dioxide, nitrogen and methane.

Here are 7 ways to help with the gas from the broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts or any foods you eat:

  • Chew your food really well so your stomach has a lot less work to do in the digestive process
  • Start with really small amounts of these specific foods so there is less for your body to process, reducing your amount of gas. You can build up the amount you eat over time to give your body chance to adjust and get used to digesting these foods.
  • Cook them a little longer so it is easier for your body to break it down.
  • Eat the broccoli sprouts. These are packed with way more nutrients gram for gram and they are really easy for our bodies to digest.
  • Sip on peppermint or rooibos tea after eating. Peppermint has antispasmodic and relaxing properties and can help relieve cramps and bloating in the digestive tract.
  • Chew on caraway seeds or anise seeds after eating or add them to hot water and let them steep for a few minutes and drink as a tea. They are very helpful in easing indigestion as they have antispasmodic properties which help to release gas and ease the bloating.
  • Fennel seeds are also beneficial in reducing gas and bloating. The compounds found in fennel are anti inflammatory and antispasmodic which relax the muscles in the intestines and help pass the trapped gas.

If you have indigestion and you’re not eating many of these foods consider doing the following:

  • Stop drinking carbonated beverages
  • Cut down on allergy causing foods such as dairy and wheat
  • Stop chewing gum
  • Stop smoking
  • Do some exercise after eating like a little walk around the neighbourhood
  • Take a probiotic supplement to increase the beneficial bacteria in your digestive tract

It may be really uncomfortable now, but by adjusting your diet and making small changes the indigestion, gas and bloating can improve.

Look after your body like you would look after your dream car

​Getting healthy isn’t just a once off thing where you do a cleanse for a week or 2 or maybe for a month, and then get back to your normal diet. ​

It is an ongoing lifestyle that needs to evolve over time as your body evolves. 

Our bodies are finely tuned machines that are meant to run optimally, and will run optimally given the right fuel on a daily basis, both physically and mentally. You wouldn’t put cooking oil in your car, or even give it a green juice as petrol (even though that would be amazing for our bodies). You take it for a regular service and probably clean it fairly regularly. But not many people do this for their bodies. The car can be traded in but our body cannot. 

There are constant toxins that we are bombarded with on a daily basis, from petrol fumes, to chemicals in our household products, body ‘care’ products, aftershave, make-up, nail polish, and possibly the worst of all is the adrenaline and cortisol that floats around our bodies from stress. 

For a lot of people stress is constant which means these hormones are going around the body all the time. This causes oxidative stress on the body and ages you more rapidly among other things. 

In order to counteract this we need a few things:
* daily antioxidant rich foods
* lots of good quality water
* daily mindfulness practice to check in with how you’re feeling such as journaling, breath work, time in nature, talking to a coach or a friend
* some form of exercise
* stretching

Play around and find the lifestyle that keeps you feeling your best which you can continue with for the rest of your life, adjusting here and there as you need! 

Why I Eat as Healthy as Possible

People often used to ask me why I eat as healthy as I do.
And I think that until you feel so uncomfortable in your body, in so much pain and really struggling every day, that you are so desperate to try anything, you don’t really understand why anyone would be really particular with their food intake.

I used to have such painful knee and elbow joints. I couldn’t even go to the movies and sit there with bent knees as it hurt too much. I had to sleep with straight arms and legs to avoid pain, and to top it off I had insomnia or would sleep walk.
My skin was all blotchy and red, with acne marks and pigmentation.
My digestive system was not working properly and I had constipation.
I still actually get small patches of eczema but at least I know how my triggers(for me it’s gluten and high amounts of stress).

Thankfully I found a way of eating that helped my body heal itself. It is so liberating and energising to feel healthy and I definitely do not want to go back to feeling that way, so I continue to eat a really healthy plant-based diet.
Of course I have ‘soul-food’ every now and again where I might have some bread or normal chocolate cake etc, but the next day I continue eating healthy, and I have extra digestive enzymes and green powders just to flush it out my system. I find that if you become too restrictive it can lead to eating disorders and obsessions, which is a topic for another post.

There is a saying that goes “Nothing tastes as good as good health feels” and as someone who has been in pain, I completely agree.

7 Healthy Smoothie Recipes

I love smoothies.
They’re quick to make and a quick way to get an abundance of nutrients into your body. You can mix a number of different fruits to get a variety of nutrients and antioxidants.
If you put green powders or medicinal herbs in, you can easily hide them with chocolate powders or other superfood powders. (I love to do this)
They’re easy on the digestive system as they have been pre-digested by the blending process. It also helps to get a lot of water in as you use a lot with making smoothies.
Smoothies are also a perfect healthy snack in between meals.

Here are some of the smoothies I enjoy drinking. Blend these ingredients together with a high speed blender. If you don’t have one use less frozen fruits so you don’t burn out the motor. Add more water or fruit to get your desired consistency. Also add in any extra medicinal herbs or superfoods as desired.

Sunshine in a glass
1 cup pineapple
1 papaya
2 bananas
1 1/2 cups of water or non-dairy milk or coconut water

King Kale
2 cups kale
1 1/2 cups of water or non-dairy milk or coconut water
1 cup frozen berries of choice (strawberries or blueberries work well)
1 teaspoon of honey or sweetener of choice
1 teaspoon ground flax seeds

Superfood Energy
2 cups spinach
1 1/2 cups water, or coconut water or almond/hemp milk
1/2 cup frozen mango
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon Lucuma powder

Chocolate Berry Bomb
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 cup frozen cherries (fresh optional)
2 cups water, or coconut water or almond/hemp milk
1 cup spinach
1 small handful parsley
1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon honey or sweetener of choice

Nutty Chocolate
1 Cup water, or coconut water or almond/hemp milk
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup blueberries
1 tablespoon almond butter (or nut butter of choice)
1 tablespoon cacao powder
1 tablespoon honey or sweetener of choice
1 teaspoon barleygrass powder

The Orange Blitzer
1 cup spinach
1 orange, peel removed
1 1/2 cups water, or coconut water or almond/hemp milk
1/2 banana
1 handful parsley
5 mint leaves
1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder

Fruit Green Machine
2 cups spinach
1 1/2 cups water, or coconut water or almond/hemp milk
1 cup chopped pineapple
1 avocado
1 teaspoon baobab powder

I hope you enjoy making these as much as I do 🙂

Happy blending!