Life Is All About Balance
One aspect where maintaining balance is crucial to our overall health & wellbeing is that of our blood sugar, something that I’m seeing so many people struggle with lately.
It's Tea Thyme!
One little herb proving to be a superstar in the fight against pathogens is that of the humble thyme! A rich source of many essential vitamins and minerals and containing antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, carminative, diaphoretic as well as expectorant properties, thyme is a great purifying herb for the entire body.
Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen
Of all the chemicals we are exposed to, pesticides are one of the most dangerous.
To Weed Or Not To Weed...
It’s no coincidence that dandelions pop up in early Spring....this wild food – the entire plant of which is safe to eat (believe it or not) has powerful restorative properties which not only help to give our bodies a good ‘spring clean’ but also provide us with vital nutrients such as vitamin A, B vitamins, manganese, iodine, calcium, iron, magnesium, selenium, silica and chlorophyll.
Rebounding - the action of jumping up and down on a mini trampoline, has proven to be an effective tool to get our lymphatic system moving!
Muted & Modest White, Tan & Brown Foods
Often thought of as bland or boring, these foods may not be the brightest of the bunch, but their nutritional status sure does make up for their lack of vibrance! This colour category includes coconuts, ginger, wholegrains, mushrooms, nuts, cacao, dates, cauliflower, seeds, chaga, lychees, tea, garlic, onion, not to mention the derivatives of many of these such as nut butters, coconut oil, date syrup, etc. Containing an array of phytonutrients, these foods are health warriors with anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties as well as being beneficial for our liver and our hormonal health.
Potent & Protective Blue, Purple & Black Foods
With the variety not as extensive as those of the other colour foods, these guys sadly don’t get consumed half as much as they should! It’s week 6 of the series and we’re talking about the powerful blue, purple & black foods such as blueberries, blackberries, figs, black grapes, kalamata & black olives, plums, prunes, aubergines and even the lesser-spotted purple cauliflower, purple carrots and purple bell pepper!
Nature’s Nourishing Green Foods
Part 5 in my ‘Do you eat the rainbow’ series is a tribute to the oftentimes underrated green foods. Apples, asparagus, avocado, broccoli, spinach, cucumber, kale, celery, peas....the list is seemingly endless with this colour! Our green foods are rich in a variety of phytonutrients that are beneficial to our liver, heart, brain and our skin. These phytonutrients offer our cells protection, are helpful in balancing our hormones and they’re anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer too!
Did you know that there’s a critical link between your adrenal health and your overall health and that it’s been said that most of us will experience adrenal fatigue multiple times during our lives? Unfortunately, given the digital age we’re currently living in, we’re now forced to respond to life quicker! This, together with the elevated stresses of today mean constantly heightened adrenaline levels appear to be the new normal with so many of us now addicted to the hormone adrenaline.
Moreish & Mellow Yellow Foods
Asian pears, bananas, bell peppers, lemons, pineapple, starfruit, summer squash, and all other yellow plant foods are the focus of this week’s post. Comprising phytonutrients such as lutein, rutin and zeaxanthin, these foods help in the fight against cancer, they are anti-inflammatory, and they are super beneficial for the health of our cells, our brain, our heart, our vascular system, our eyes and our skin!
Bright & Bold Orange Foods
Apricots, carrots, mango, pumpkin, nectarines, papaya, squash, oranges, turmeric... Not only a feast for our eyes but a nutritious addition to our meals! Comprising phytonutrients such as beta-carotene, bioflavonoids, carotenoids and curcuminoids, to name a few, these foods are hugely beneficial for our immune health, eye health, the health of our skin and bones, they’re anti-inflammatory and on top of this already impressive list, they’re instrumental in lowering our risk for cancer and heart disease!
Succulent & Seductive Red Foods
We can be so grateful that there is a wide variety of health promoting red foods available to us at any given time. Red foods? Think strawberries, red apples, cherries, pomegranate, red onions, beetroot, plums, red sweet potato, radishes, bell pepper, tomatoes, watermelon, rooibos tea, etc. Each of these foods are crammed with phytonutrients helpful in the fight against inflammation as well as cancer. These phytonutrients are also incredible in promoting the health of our vascular system, our immune system, the health of our brain, liver, heart, all the way down to our cells.
Do You Eat The Rainbow?
Phytonutrients, the colourful nutrients found in plants are extremely beneficial to our health. With colours ranging from red, orange, yellow, green, blue/purple/black to white/tan/brown their superpowers are many.
Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This…
We would all love a good night’s rest…we all deserve a good night’s rest…we all need a good night’s rest! Shut eye is as, if not more important, than food and water to your physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
Just Chew It!
Indigestion, gas, belching, bloating, acid reflux, heartburn…seriously uncool!