Lets talk about red meat

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Over the last 15 years we have been told in the media, and by some experts, that red meat is bad for us.

Lets take a closer look at the facts in hand. Experts have now found out that red meat contains not only saturated fat,  and omega 3 fats, amino acids, and proteins when fed grass fed. A study in 18 countries using 120,000 people over ten years found a lower risk of heart disease and death from eating saturated fats. The study showed eating good quality grass fed red meat is good for health.

All of the goodness is 100% obtained inside our bodies when we eat, grass fed raised animals. Not factory farmed animals.

Humans have been eating meat since the beginning of time, in fact the diet started as meat heavy, very low sugar and evidence suggests that at that time illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes and any other chronic illnesses did not in fact exist.

Research shows that when we eat good grass fed red meat it is in fact good for us, meat is a nutrient dense food that experts believe can help prevent diseases. But this does not mean you should rush out and buy a huge steak. This only works when you eat 4oz (palm size meat portion) and 70% plants and vegetables.

The down side of meat consumption is buying the factory farmed meat. Animals are subjected to poor conditions. The grains that are fed to them cause acidity which can call illnesses, leading to antibiotics. All of which we consume. Not only is it bad for us to eat meat like this, but it is bad for the environment. Find out where your meat is coming from and know what is going into your body, We are what we eat!

Wellness tips for flying

The top 10 wellness tips for flying

  1. Sleeping is crucial the night before a trip take magnesium it will relax your muscles and can help if flying makes you uncomfortable
  2. Workout the day before your trip to move the muscles around your body. Workout on the plane by stretching, go and do squats in the bathroom. Roll your neck and try and put your head between legs to circulate blood in your head.
  3. Drink a green juice or smoothie this will provide extra oxygen into your blood, make sure its full of green veggies
  4. Up your water intake to 8-9 glasses on the day of flying
  5. Bring your own snacks, organic omega mix, coconut flakes, dates and a kefir yogurt
  6. Eat a big meal before the plane ride, 70% veggies, eggs are a good source of protein, and avocado.
  7. Avoid fizzy drinks and alcohol on the flight
  8. Eat fermented foods before the trip and add probiotics for changing location to avoid a bad tummy
  9. Use a facial oil to keep your skin nice, I use Lumity, a shiny face during the flight means the skin is moisturised on landing.
  10. Pack in advance to avoid drama and stress

From dusk til dawn

Breakfast to energise you

When we wake up in the morning, we have come out of a cleansing process. Our bodies work all night long to make sure that it clears the plaque created the day before.

An important reason not to eat much after 7pm is because the body starts to prepare itself for sleep, you rest and it gets to work.

It rids the toxins that have built up in the day, Your body needs time to work out as much as possible.

If this is done with success by you, in the morning you need to wake up and fuel from your unconscious fasting state. 

The best way is to start with something that instantly pumps more oxygen, our highest recommendation would be a green smoothie this will energise your mind and body. Maybe even a smoothie bowl if you prefer not to have a drink version. Try not to have anything processed as your body cannot get anything good from it. Your body on waking will be looking for nourishing foods.

For a green smoothie look in our recipe section.

Mindless eating stops here

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Eating is a tricky thing to master, even though we do it day in and day out. If it was kept simple we would all eat well all of the time.

However with outside influence, and the power of big industries encouraging to eat “fast food” we have lost our relationship with in, it has become a marriage of convenience.

Living in an age of “We want it yesterday”  we now eat cheap food fast, and ready meals that take two minutes. Where is the love? If we really love ourselves then we would take the time to prepare food lovingly, after all it helps us to live in this world. We have destroyed the love in food. We seemingly cannot be bothered to learn where it comes from half the time. As long as it lands on the plate, who cares how it got there!

The term “I have no time” is no longer fashionable. We must make time, we have 24 hours in a day and we must prioritise what keeps us alive and well. Food is love, get to know it, find out how interesting it can be, watch it grow into something beautiful. Food loves you back by nourishing you will vital nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. The more you get into it the more it loves you and the more you love yourself.

How can we go back to mindful eating?

  • Love you, and love the food you put into you
  • Choose food that will benefit you’re well oiled machine we call the body
  • Remember the body is one whole thing and not parts. We must treat it equally for balance.
  • Timetable food eating times, this will be critical in making good habits. It will also feed your body at the right times.
  • Do not buy rubbish and synthetic food – it is time to take back control
  • Delete snacks from your mind, this is where the trouble starts, by having 3 meals a day that is  plenty unless you have been told otherwise
  • Do not eat in front of the TV or IPad or any other technology – look food in the face with love.
  • Take the time to eat, nurture it, your gut starts in your mouth. The process starts with chewing and allowing yourself to be hit with good flavours. Chewing activates the digestive enzymes that break food down, once you have chewed properly the gut is ready to sort the good and distribute to the parts of the body.
  • Try not to associate food and eating with emotions, it doesn’t cure them, remove tempting food to stop the triggers.
  • Size matters, eat to the size of your tummy, its usually the size of the palm of your hand. Take time to eat so the process works and it shifts.

 

 

 

Why eating at the dinner table is relaxing

 

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Family was of huge importance to my mum. Enjoying family time meant eating at the table and not leaving it without asking or having good reason to. It was the time to share our thoughts. This was our routine and something to be relished. As I’ve mentioned before my mum would make everything from scratch all of which was extremely yummy.

All meal times for that matter (including weekends) would be shared at the breakfast table before we all departed for our daily school or work duties.

Once old enough and living on my own this habitual way of eating altered. I was young and single and I often ate in front of the television with my food on my lap! I was more interested in going out and partying, eating fast food and caring less about how and where I ate, besides who has dinner for 1 at a table?

My busy work life soon lead me to eating on the run, at my desk, on the way to work, never really taking the time to relax and enjoy the food I was about to eat. Food was not a priority on my list. If I could go back and speak to my old self, I would most certainly have a few words.

The years wasted eating in front of the TV, stopped me from the following:

  • Relaxing
  • Enjoying food
  • Not cooking as it was an effort
  • Forming a togetherness with people
  • Switching off from college or work – working longer hours
  • Chatting, laughter, and discussing what veggies we didn’t want – basic family time
  • Less nutrient food
  • Choosing convenient meals that were already made and only needed a few minutes in the microwave
  • No conversation just mindless TV or similar
  • No social enjoyment – people preferred to meet in bars more than restaurants
  • detached from food and family

This lead to the following feelings:

  • Stress
  • Mood changes
  • Fight flight mode
  • Never switching off
  • Anti social

I did cook from time to time, and I was probably one of the few people out of my group of friends who would do single person hosting. I guess I got that from my mum, that whenever I could I would make a tribe with food. But not often enough.. and only with certain dishes.

Nowadays, I make it part of my role to make sure we have dinner together as a family, as often as we possibly can, we almost always have breakfast together, and at the weekend we make it fun, have bbq’s, and roast dinners, and add to the group to make it social and gorgeous.

The art of eating around a table has simply gotten lost in the shuffle. A practice that was once an intentional time of building relationships and learning to be present has been replaced by more and more doing. 

Our ancestors ate together all the time. We are designed to sit down together, to have a connection, that’s how we built tribes, and developed small villages. Even now in remote villages the men hunt together, and the women cook and they all eat together.

Eating together encourages family togetherness. It provides better nutrition and should be an enjoyable way to spend time with one another. It’s good for our health and is great for our children’s social skills. It’s a known fact that kids will do better in school as they learn to be well-adjusted. It should be a time to unwind and relax with people we love. Studies have shown that when we feel alone it is as damaging to our health as being obese. Why? because when you are socially unconnected, you become lonely, isolated, and it can affect your health.

I have many amazing clients, with high-profile jobs, who had put on weight around their tummy area as they were never eating at the table with their loved ones.

With some small but positive changes two clients in particular have seen huge changes. The reconnection with the family, eating better, home cooked meals and better relationships overall had led to weight loss.

Take 5 minutes now and review the way you connect and eat with the ones you love!

If you live alone make plans with other friends who eat alone, build a tribe, or join a family.  It can have the most positive impact on you, when you sit down and love your tribe and eat well at the table together!