Body Positive starts from within

 

Today I write from the heart.

Many years, in fact most of my life, I have denied having an eating disorder or body dysmorphia, but I know I do.

At the age of 51 I still battle daily with how my body looks. I see the bones, the protruding rib cage, and now the sagging skin. It makes me feel physically sick, but I still don’t allow the weight to go on.

I am not alone, statistics and media tell us this daily, yet how we manage this life long battle is whats important. 

My life has been turbulent to say the least, memories of passion, excitement, luxuries, as well as tears, fights and inner dread. Yet these experiences have made me the person I am today. Despite the eating disorder and body dysmorphia I am confident in my career, confident as a person and happy.

So what is wrong? Nothing, but I wish to share to help others like me reagin some of their inner self-love and feel confident in their skin. 

I may dislike what I see, but I love how I feel.

You see there is a trick to this, not so much a trick but a powerful skill of positive belief. I deeply and passionately accept what I am, I may not like it (I don’t) but I accept it and make the best of it.

The way we mentally manage our inner emotions
shows on our exterior. 

In the morning, evening or whenever I see a glimpse of my body, I create a positive mindset, I remind myself it could be worse. I visualise images of others who are not so fortunate as me; can’t walk independently, no longer have a complete body and then I selfishly regain inner confidence and make the best of what I am fortunate to have.

Many of you know I am a holistic nutritionist. I am physically healthy as I eat the correct foods to allow my body achieve optimum health, without the weight gain……..
Over the past 18 months I have been working with clients who have identified that their weight issues were deep rooted and required other elements of their lives to be addressed. Once I had supported them manage these issues and achieve their personal goals, they wanted more, they wanted to make their new found bodies feel and look amazing. I steer them towards body products that are natural and add no further toxins to their now new balanced bodies, and from next week I will be steering them to a sensual lingerie site.

Why sensual, sexy and daring lingerie,
because my female clients have asked me to. 

When we feel good on the inside and outside we naturally walk and talk differently. Our entire personality changes and we grow a new confidence. The new lease of positivity can open doors of opportunity and propel you towards your individual success and professional goals. 

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to become
empowered from inside out

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Festive Cheer, Full Belly and Feeling of Discomfort

Gut2Go Happy Gut in a Box

 

Gut2Go

No matter how hard we try to stick to main meals, only have one or two glasses of fizz, when the festivities are in full swing we so often fail….. the result is an extended waistline with discomfort, feelings of nausea and at worst bum wind!!!

The little black dress looked stunning as you left for the party and four hours later you cant wait to get into your PJ’s and set your belly free!

Yet the following morning you will be paying the price for that extra mince pie, two bottles of pink fizz and whatever else grabbed your attention…..

So you need to prepare in advance, you need to boost your happy gut bacteria so they are working at optimum levels before you indulge.

When your digestive system is working effectively everything flows smoothly, as soon as you upset/imbalance the bacteria you may experience some of the following:

Bloating
Flatulence
Constipation/Diarrhoea
Discomfort
Pain
Lethargy
Headaches
Irritability
plus so much more………

The Gut2Go Box contains products that help you create a happy gut through boosting your bacteria.
You can read more about the contents here.

Should you like further information please contact me

 

Sweet Potato Turmeric Muffins

 

Sweet Potato Turmeric Muffins
(Grain Free, Refined Sugar Free, Protein-Packed)

Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup mashed sweet potato (to make sweet potato mash, just roast one sweet potato, skin on, in 375 degree oven for an hour, or until squishy to touch. Let cool and scoop out the orange flesh)
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • ½ cup of choice (raw or roasted works fine, but unsalted is a MUST)
  • 3 pastured eggs
  • 2 tablespoon
  • 1 tablespoon melted
  • 1 teaspoon
  • 1 tablespoon
  • 1 tbsp
  • 1 tbsp
  • ⅓ cup
  • 1/3 cup
  • ½ teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a muffin pan (I used a mini one, because I like the texture slightly better and it’s more fun to snack on, but you do you).
  2. In a mixing bowl, stir together all wet ingredients until very smooth.
  3. In another mixing bowl, stir together all dry ingredients until well combined.
  4. Add dry ingredients into wet, mixing until no clumps remain.
  5. Spoon into muffin tin of choice. These won’t rise a ton, so really mound the batter on to get that gorgeous muffin top. Sprinkle with black pepper.
  6. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes for mini muffins or 30 – 45 minutes for larger ones, or until the tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  7. Store in an airtight container or in the fridge.
  8. Makes 30 mini muffins.

 

 

Zucchini Garlic Nibbles Delicious Snacks

Zucchini Garlic Nibbles

 

Zucchini Garlic Nibbles
Combined zucchini, garlic, Parmesan cheese and fresh herbs results in a mouthwatering appetiser or lunchbox filler. Can be eaten hot or cold. Quick to create and delicious to eat.

Zucchini is also known as a courgette.

This recipe has been adapted from ‘Grow a goof life’.

Suggested prepaid cook times:
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 16 bites
Calories 26 kcal

Ingredients
8oz  zucchini grated and drained well
1 egg
6oz
2oz grated fine
1 clove garlic grated fine
2 Tablespoons fresh chives chopped
1 Tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
1 teaspoon fresh basil chopped
pinch of salt and pepper
Instructions
Preheat oven to 200 °C. Lightly coat a baking sheet with olive oil or non-stick spray. Set aside.
Grate the zucchini into a clean towel.
Roll up the towel and twist to wring out the moisture.
Grate the garlic using the small holes on the grater or use garlic press.
In a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients and mix well.
Shape a tablespoon of the mixture into your hands, pat into small balls, and place on the baking sheet.
Bake for 15-18 minutes in the preheated oven until golden. Serve warm.

Recipe makes about 16 delicious zucchini garlic nibbles.

 

Inflammatory Foods to Avoid: Common Triggers

Inflammatory Foods

There are so many triggers to digestive issues, pin pointing the exact trigger/cause is a challenge and may at times cause the individual further discomfort and distress when doing an elimination programme.

Small manageable changes are the answer.

The trick is to identify your current food triggers through reviewing a food diary. Then slowly remove and introduce different foods. This slow and steady method can reduce symptoms and is easy to follow.

Today’s Western diet is full of problematic food foods that are known as pro-inflammatory foods that when frequently consumed can damage the cells in your gut tissue, called epithelial tissue, and promote intestinal permeability.

These foods include:
• Corn
• Conventional dairy
• Soy
• Wheat and gluten
• Highly processed vegetable oils
• Refined Sugar
• Additives and preservatives found in processed foods

Inflammation Trigger

Processed food – Whole foods are made up of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, fibre and water. When foods are processed the components of these foods are modified (for example, fibre, water and nutrients are removed) and in other cases, components are concentrated. In each case, processing changes the way they are digested and assimilated in your body.

Eating highly processed or highly concentrated foods can artificially stimulate dopamine (the pleasure neurotransmitter), which plays a role in addiction. In this way, you are eating foods that lack nutrients and fibre, but create a pleasurable feeling. A food addiction starts because you feel good when you are eating these foods and they make you think they taste better. You crave that pleasurable feeling again and again and viola…this is what starts a food addiction
Beneficial microflora cannot survive in your digestive tract when you are poisoning them. Like us they thrive on foods that are made by nature not by man.

Ingredients in processed foods are often the lowest cost
and sub-par, nutritionally.

Most people will choose convenience if they are on the run and in today’s busy lives, who of us isn’t? Unfortunately, multitasking while eating causes people to lose touch with their natural appetite, often leading to weight gain. Additionally, multitasking sends the wrong signals to your digestive system, which needs to be in a restful mode to digest properly.

Eating too many processed foods can lead to infertility and malnutrition. Processed foods, like cereal, are stripped of important vitamins and nutrients that your body truly needs and trigger negative responses.

Processed foods are made for long shelf-life, not long human life! Chemicals, additives and preservatives are added to processed foods so that they will last for a long time without going rancid or affecting the taste of the food. Food manufacturers spend time, money and research on beautiful packaging and strategies to lengthen shelf-life, with little attention on how the foods will lengthen your life or create lasting health

Eating food heated may kill or weaken the natural enzymes needed for the digestion of food, increasing the risk of becoming an inflammatory trigger.
It is further believed that enzyme depleted foods accelerate the ageing process. Heating food changes the pH and makes it acidic, and makes your body a welcome feeding ground for disease. Heating food converts easy-to-absorb minerals into inorganic, hard-to-absorb minerals, which can cause calcium stones; whereas organic minerals are easier to digest, creating alkalinity, helping to rid the system of excess acidity. Heating food also destroys most vitamins.

The ‘processing’ that takes place during microwaving destroys everything: all vitamins, minerals, enzymes, all life force.

Meat – it takes 6 to 8 hours for food to pass through the stomach and small intestine. Digestibility refers to how much of a food can be broken down into necessary nutrients used by the body. It normally takes up to 24-72 hours to digest red meat depending on your digestive track.
Briefly, the function of digestion is to break food down as far as possible—hopefully into individual fats, amino acids (the building blocks of protein), and sugars (the building blocks of carbohydrates) which can be absorbed through the intestinal wall and used by our bodies.
Eat steak and corn… corn found in poo… but its how we eat more than what we eat.

Dairy – Lactose intolerance is defined by a person having a deficiency in the enzyme lactase. Lactase is needed in order to digest the sugar component in milk called lactose.
Many people are lactose intolerant, but millions more have an immune reaction to dairy. Unfortunately, most people don’t recognise that there is a difference between the two issues.
Avoiding lactose only partially helps their condition and often doesn’t help at all. Soy, rice, almond, oat, hazelnut, and even coconut milks are now widely available. Coconut, rice and soy ice creams are wonderful ice cream alternatives.
(Soy is widely used as an alternative to dairy and meat products though soy is often heavily genetically modified and processed, raising questions as to the overall health benefit)
• Skin allergy symptoms like itchy skin, Eczema.
• Spontaneous vomiting.
• Headache, sinus pain.
• Chronic fatigue and lethargy.
• Leaky Gut – intestinal damage leading to malabsorption disorders.
• Respiratory problems like Coughing, asthma, bronchitis.

Wheat – Wheat a grain. Two different problems.
Wheat intolerance triggers symptoms such as cramps, distention, bloating, flatulence, diarrhoea. Not a true allergy – treat with restriction of wheat containing products.
Celiac – gluten sensitive. Gluten is the protein of wheat (gives the sticky texture to dough)
Can damage the intestine wall – poor fat and nutrient absorption. Not 100% curable.

Wheat allergy symptoms include:
• Swelling, itching or irritation of the mouth or throat.
• Hives, itchy rash or swelling of the skin.
• Nasal congestion.
• Headache.
• Itchy, watery eyes.
• Difficulty breathing.
• Cramps, nausea or vomiting.
• Diarrhoea.

A gluten-free product may be safe for those who are allergic to wheat because the product should not contain wheat ingredients.
Celiac Disease is a digestive condition that is potentially serious if not diagnosed or treated. Symptoms of celiac disease include severe diarrhoea after eating gluten-containing products, a rash, severe weight loss or failure to properly gain weight, and abdominal pain.
Diagnosis of celiac disease can only be made by a registered practitioner It must also be made when the person is eating foods with gluten, as gluten avoidance is the active treatment.
A gluten intolerance is not an allergy, and there are currently no tests for accurate diagnosis. People with certain symptoms might need to be tested for celiac disease, but few people with gluten intolerance have celiac disease.

There are many people who label themselves as “allergic” to gluten, and unfortunately limit their diet without having seen a specialist.
These foods mentioned trigger a reactive response that puts your body into fight or flight mode, controlled by the hormone cortisol.
What To Do: Be aware that these foods are not good for your gut and replace them with healthier alternatives such as gluten-free grains, coconut oil, and nut or seed milk. By doing that, you’ll begin to naturally reduce the inflammation in your Gastrointestinal tract (GI tract), which may help alleviate symptoms of leaky gut.

Gut2Go ‘Happy Gut in a box’ is a product that is ideal for those who are unsure of which products they need to kick start their gut health, restore their bacteria and reduce current symptoms.

To read more about Gut2Go ‘Happy Gut in a Box’