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Are you a creature of food habit?

Do you make the same meals all the time?

A few (well more than a few when I think about it. I was 18 at the time!!) My, then, mother-in-law always had a roast on a Sunday, cold meat on a Monday, sausages on a Tuesday…etc etc

They were creatures of habit!!

So I’m not saying that’s what many of us do now,
….but think about how many meals you have in your usually repertoire?

A couple of regular meals for me are:

  • roasted vegetables with either feta cheese or sliced veggie sausages;
  • mixed bean and tuna salad; and
  • omelette piled with whatever veg is in the fridge.

They are my stable meals.

What are yours? …and why? (My why is – they are very quick and easy to make!)

So why should we be eating different foods and not sticking to the same things all the time?

Eating a variety of foods makes it easier to get a balanced diet.

As you are probably aware, different foods contain different nutrients and in differing quantities, so when you eat a variety of foods you’re more likely to get all the essential nutrients you need every day.

Are you ready to challenge yourself?

Let’s get a bit more adventurous.

Next time you’re shopping have a slow look at the fresh vegetables.

See all the different colours?

The compounds that give fruits and vegetables their colour also contain beneficial antioxidants that may have health benefits.

So if you eat lots of different colours, you’ll get lots of various antioxidants.

While your browsing the colours and varieties of veg, pick something you don’t often use.

You may want to be even more adventurous and choose something which is totally new to you.

 

I would love you to join in the challenge and try a new (or not so new but not often eaten) veg and send it to me. Or why not post it on FACEBOOK

So in summary…

eat a variety of foods,

mix up your colours

…and it will help you stay away from food intolerance

and FEED YOUR CELLS

giving you a lovely healthy body.

 

Can you have too much of a good thing?

Did you know that by eating too much of one food you may develop an intolerance to it.

Intolerance is different to allergy.

  • A food allergy causes an immune system reaction that affects numerous organs in the body. It can cause a range of symptoms.
  • A food intolerance has symptoms which are less serious and often limited to digestive problems.
    An example of this is:

Eating toast for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, bread with dinner, maybe reaching for the bread for snacks during the day as well.

Too much bread!

Gluten can be the problem here. Too much and the body rebels! Gluten can be a problem for many even with small amounts – everyone’s body reacts differently.

Maybe that’s not such a good example, so here is a another example:

Eating natural yoghurt in large amounts;

I had it for breakfast with oats and dried fruit.

I had it for a snack with nuts and seeds,

I dolloped a spoonful on top of porridge or chilli beans…

In fact I had it a lot!

I loved the creamy freshness of it and of course it was a natural product, full of healthy bacteria so what could be the problem?

I developed stomach issues. Boating and pain.

Once I’d worked out what was causing it I removed yoghurt completely from my diet and my stomach issues went away.

About 6 months later I could eat yoghurt again without getting stomach problems…but I remembered.

You can have too much of a good thing!

Variety is the key to getting a full quota of nutrients into your diet and also to avoiding intolerance to foods.

If you suffer with bloating, stomach cramps, wind, constipation etc and need some help, get in touch with Penny who can help you to identify possible causes.

Email her at: info.penvita@gmail.com

 

Diabetes, inflammation, weight gain…

Wow! I learnt so much and will be able to help you even more with your health and well-being

I’ve been listening to a diabetes summit this week with some amazingly knowledgeable presenters with professions and backgrounds in functional, traditional, naturopathic education, interests, experience and practice.

I will just quickly share a small snippet with you…

Look after your gut health first

Take care to avoid (as much as you can), toxins from food, plastic containers, cleaners, cosmetic

Dietary fibre is really helpful in balancing blood sugar

Another good reason to use coconut oil is that saturated fats cannot be oxidized and can’t be damaged by toxic chemicals (free radicals)

The immune system regulates itself so make sure you’re not deficient in Vitamin D, zinc and magnesium. Eat bone broth (and eat organ meat) to get glycene in your diet.

It’s not just about diet, if you’re not consistently getting enough sleep you’re damaging your immune system

 Absolutely fascinating!

I have worked with many clients who have been either pre-diabetic, diabetic and also helped clients reverse their type II diabetes. So I was interested to hear and learn more on the subject, especially new scientific research and tried and tested natural remedies and the possible causes.

I didn’t expect to learn as much as I did about gut health, thyroid problems, and the any other autoimmune diseases there are and was interested to hear about how our immune system gets stressed and the impact on our body systems.

I have a real passion for food being our medicine and there was a lot of information on how diet effects inflammation and also learnt about the many different herbs and natural remedies that can be used to decrease the risk of auto immune system.

I now have to make sense of the notes I have made and do some further research that will help me to help you and share strategies to help with your health and well-being.

If you’re interesting in hearing more about any of these subjects please email me and tell me what you’re interested in. I will let you know when I write or set up courses on the subject. info@getfit2.co.uk

Trillions of them…

How is your microflora today?

Your gut is the body’s largest immune organ and this is where your microflora lives… trillions of good and bad bacteria!

The balance of those good (70%) and bad (30%) bacteria is needed for immune function…and the basis of many other body systems to work

Naturally fermented foods such as cottage cheese, miso, soy sauce, fresh sauerkraut and also bio-yoghurts and kefir (a fermented milk drink) contain healthy bacteria.

If you have

  • recently taken antibiotics

  • had a bout of sickness or diarrhoea or

  • are generally feeling unwell

invest in a probiotic supplement to give your gut a healthy chance of fighting back.

Optibac is a make I have used, available in Superdrugs, Boots and also online (a few pence cheaper!)

Take care of your gut health as it supports many other body systems.

Turkish Words and Gut Health

Kefir – what and why?

I’ve been making my own Kefir. Why? Because it has loads of healthy gut bacteria.

It comes from the Turkish word ‘keif’ which means good feeling. It is a sort of fermented yoghurt drink full of probiotics, the microbes that live in our gut.

The health benefits are

  • boosting immunity

  • calming inflammation

  • helping digestion and

  • creating amino acids (protein) and vitamins. 

I’m going to try it with coconut milk next time.

Once you have the ‘grains’ (which don’t look like grains at all…I would call them curds!) it is so easy to make.

 

pennygetfit2 kefir

Have you ever made your own probiotics?

How did it turn out?

 

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