Had a wonderful night seeing a talk by this beautiful and passionate woman who is such an influencer of TRUE health globally. @changing_habits Cyndi, thank you for all of the work you do. It is inspiring and I am so proud to be a part of your Functional Nutrition Academy alumni.
Choy sum, and other Asian greens are a part of the brassica family along with veg such as broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels. They are incredibly powerful veg, particularly in the detoxification of xenoestrogens... toxins that act like a dodgy form of estogen in the body and wreak havoc!! These toxins are everywhere, so it’s important to add in foods daily that will help our body fight off these nasties. Thinking about what you can ADD IN to your diet rather than what you should TAKE OUT can make it a hell of a lot easier to live a healthier, happier life. There’s absolutely nothing worse than feeling deprived and depressed with what’s on your plate.
Tea is more than just damn good for the soul 🙌 Polyphenols are little antioxidant chemical compounds found in foods, particularly in skins, peels and seeds! They are crucial in keeping our guts nice and healthy, but unfortunately we just don’t get enough of them in our modern diets. My favourite way to get some extra polyphenols in is through this delicious rosehip and hibiscus tea. Sip it during a meal to assist with digestion, as well as keeping the bad gut bugs at bay!!!
Hope everybody has had a wonderful Easter long weekend with loved ones, regardless of your background or religion 💛💛💛 No better time than now to slip a sneaky @noshufoods donut in your coyo bowl.... Noshu stands for no sugar, and these donuts are the most delicious little low-carb treats 😍🍩
ARE YOUR ANTACIDS GIVING YOU STOMACH CANCER??? Well, they may be. Proton Pump inhibitors are linked to at least doubling your risk of gastrointestinal cancer, and seriously, are you surprised?? Our stomach contents are made up of hydrochloric acid for good reason... to put this fire out with “alkaline” protocols and antacids is just dumb and really damaging. Unfortunately, I suffer with a bit of acid reflux from time to time, so I have been known to take a few antacids, UNTIL I read the studies. FORTUNATELY, you can ease symptoms of reflux naturally and safely. This is the absolute pinnacle of using food as medicine. RAW, NATURAL ALMONDS WITH THE SKINS ON are a fantastic way to ease the horrible gargling and burning of reflux. I slowly chew on 1-3 almonds and these symptoms magically disappear. Better yet, I know I am not interfering with my bodies natural acid profile and not causing any harm. Almonds=magic.
Happy Sunday beautiful people. I hope everybody has had a relaxing weekend with lots of time for self love. This is just a reminder to set your intentions for the week, move through the week with love and presence, and fiercely believe in yourself.
Today was yet another reminder of the power of the mind. I am so incredibly grateful for my yoga practice today that taught me to release all fear and expectation and let go of the limiting stories I tell myself, and just allow myself the space to experience the moment and let my potential flourish. SO much gratitude.
What is your “personal legend”? This a really tough question... is it what your job is? Your hobby? Your family?.... if you aren’t certain, you need to give yourself the space to be reflective and define your “Ikigai”, your reason for living.
I have only just had the epiphany about my own personal legend. Leaving teaching and pursuing nutrition was a seeming big leap, but after providing myself the space for reflection (and a little help from The Alchemist), I realised the leap was just a natural progression. I am a teacher. My personal legend is teaching others and helping others. I no longer connected with high school teaching and was totally disillusioned by the system, but this was just another stepping stone in the story of my own personal legend. I needed that to happen, all of it, every last gritty detail. Just as you need yours. As long as you don’t forget to follow the omens to the greatest most fulfilled version of yourself 💛 a bit hippie and profound for a cruisy Saturday, but speaking with the lovely @laura.rizzuto got me thinking all things destiny 💛
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Day 7 Healthy pantry project 😁 Linseed is jam packed with Omega-3 essential fatty acids, the benefits of which are far-reaching. Omega 3's protect your heart and brain, support your joints and most importantly, reduce inflammation. This is why everybody is so damn inflamed. Instead of having a normal ratio of Omega 3 & 6 (1:4) it is more like 1:50!!! As well as high amounts of Omega 3's, linseeds contain lignans, an antioxidant that supports a healthy hormonal profile and healthy immune system. Linseeds have up to 800 times more lignans than any other plant matter!!!! Linseeds also help to stop the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a dodgy form of testosterone that is often the cause of hair loss in both men AND women (as well as causing a whole bunch of other issues).
GARLIC! It can be the most powerful medicine, but it really does matter how you take it! Cooking garlic on a high temperature can kill off the good benefits and if you don't crush it or chop it the chemical compounds that are SO good for you aren't activated. If you want to get the most from your garlic and use it for the following reasons, I recommend first crushing it with the back of your knife, chopping it up into chunks, and swallowing it whole with food. Then, of course, add it to all of your delicious recipes!
GARLIC: Has lots of manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C and selenium. It boosts the immune system and combats illnesses such as the common cold. It reduces blood pressure, improves cholesterol levels, is an antioxidant to protect cells against oxidative damage and helps to detoxify heavy metals out of the body.
Had so much fun talking health & wellness with a bunch of awesome people at @afblaxland this morning!!!
Day 5, feel alive with coriander!! You either LOVE IT or you HATE IT... if you hate it, then you should probably suck it up and get it in because the health benefits are pretty outstanding (sorry @chi79). Coriander is a nutrient powerhouse! It is a fantastic source of minerals such as iron and magnesium, as well as Vitamins C and K. Coriander 🌱Detoxifies heavy metals. 🌱Controls blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol. 🌱Anti-bacterial. 🌱Anti-oxidant. Anti-cancer. 🌱Anti-inflammatory. 🌱AND controls gastrointestinal parasites. Seriously, how cool is coriander!?!?
The fourth MUST HAVE food for health stocked up in your kitchen is BLOOOOBS. I just buy them frozen... cheaper and snap frozen so all of those nutrients are locked in! They are just the most delicious little things in the world as well as freaking good for your health. You can tell just from their deep colour they are full of brilliant gut-loving polyphenols and antioxidants. As well as having all of the wonderful antioxidant benefits, they support healthy digestion, help with inflammation, and promote a healthy gut flora. They have significant amounts of Vitamin C and K, and their low sugar content makes them the perfect sweet snack without ridiculously spiking your blood glucose levels. One of my favourite foods BY FAR!!
GINGER is the star of Health Pantry DAY 3!!! Ginger is a 🔅POWERFUL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY FOR PAIN RELIEF
🔅STRONG ANTIOXIDANT PROPERTIES
🔅PREVENTS METABOLIC SYNDROME
🔅PROVIDES RELIEF OF NAUSEA 🔅REGULATES BLOOD SUGAR
Ginger is a powerful tool to reduce inflammation. In fact, ginger was compared to pain relief drugs such as ibuprofen in osteoarthritis studies and showed identical efficacy!! That means it worked JUST AS WELL! As well as this, ginger is well documented in the prevention of metabolic syndrome and reduces hyperlipidemia (high particles of fat in the blood), hyperglycemia (high glucose in the blood), oxidative stress and inflammation. It settles your tummy and helps with travel sickness. It also fights fungal infections which is why a bit of ginger tea hits the spot when you're under the weather. So, add it to your foods, pop it into green juices and smoothies, and grate it into a pot of boiling water for a delicious warming tea.
Day 2 of the Healthy Pantry Project is HIBISCUS TEA! I drink this on the daily because it is not only delicious but has amazing health properties!! 🌺CONTAINS POLYPHENOLS & ANTIOXIDANTS 🌺FIGHTS AGAINST OXIDATIVE STRESS AND INFLAMMATION
🌺BLOCKS PRO-OXIDANT RELEASE 🌺REGULATES FAT METABOLISM ⬇️
Hibiscus Sabdariffa is a flower that is rich in antioxidant compounds called polyphenols. Most chronic conditions are caused by oxidative stress and inflammation, including obesity. The polyphenol properties in hibiscus have been well studied and help to modulate AMP-K (an enzyme which helps with fat metabolism) and the PPAR receptors (regulates fat metabolism). In simple terms, hibiscus tea is a fantastic addition to your diet regardless of what your goals are. Because of all of the environmental factors that are making us sick, hibiscus polyphenols on the daily will support a healthier, happier body!
Day 1 of 30: Healthy pantry hacks! This is a good one - adding this simple product to your pantry could change your life!! I already had my rant about how important salt is in one of my previous posts, so check that out. This is more about the use of SEAWEED as a way to get your daily intake of IODINE!! Table salt is iodised, but it really isn’t good quality/real salt nor is the way that it is unnaturally fortified. Seaweed, such as dulce flakes, are a fantastic natural source of iodine. Yeah it can add dulce flakes to your salt which are readily available from health food stores such as @rainboworganic.au, or buy a salt with it already in it such as this @changing_habits salt. Iodine is SO IMPORTANT for the body, and like sodium is an ESSENTIAL NUTRIENT because your body CAN NOT MAKE IT!!! Iodine is crucial in thyroid function as it is a precursor to make all of the thyroid hormones. If your thyroid is not working properly, you can not be the healthiest version of yourself. Your metabolism slows down, your digestion becomes sluggish, your hair and skin becomes dry, you become lethargic and a whole lot of other really yucky symptoms. Get some natural iodine into you!!
WHAT’S IN MY PANTRY!?! SO..... because I am doing a 12 week diet plan that consists of me eating pretty much the same thing every single day, I have felt a little uninspired when it comes to insta posting. As I was gazing longingly into my cupboards full of dried goods, spices, herbs, teas and knickknacks, I had a lightbulb moment and decided I would do a 30 DAY “WHAT’S IN MY CUPBOARD” theme. Every day for 30 days I will post something that I have lying around AND explain the health benefits!! Hopefully this will inspire you to fill your pantry’s with everyday ingredients that’ll do your body wonders (and not break the budget). The first one will be this little nugget of joy, SEAWEED! So stay tuned 😁💛🌸🤯