All in Health and Nutrition
I am such a huge fan of the Aussie breakfast, even more this year as it's become the most important meal of my day, while I'm here. I am trying the 16:8 fast regime this year, instead of the 5:2. (That's eating at 7.00 pm the night before and not eating again till 11.00 the next morning, making it a 16 hour fast.) I have to get the hell out in the morning, before it gets really hot, so most of my exercise is all done before 11.00 a.m. latest. I am swimming and cycling nearly every day.......The Best exercise, especially for us older folk, that I wrote about last year, as well as walking 10,000 steps along the beach & round Byron as often as possible. (I also do a 15 minute HIIT programme nearly every afternoon, more on that another time.)
I know this isn't brilliant for anyone living in the Northern Hemisphere at the moment, but I just had to share this delicious cold soup/smoothie recipe with you because of the amazing veg available here in Byron Bay.... all grown locally, from the Farmer's Market, all organic and just a joy to use for gazpacho, especially as I am doing a detox at the moment. (Blog on that coming soon.) And just look at the shape of this cucumber - the EU wouldn't allow one of those to be sold in the UK!
Are you time short at the moment? I certainly am! The run up to Christmas, whether you are going away or staying at home, is just manic isn't it? It's also very cold in the UK at the moment so the thought of juicing green veg is just not making my body feel happy, let alone the time it takes. So, I have been doing a very lazy, quick version of my usual health packed smoothie which I hope will help you too get through the busy period, and beyond, with all the nutrients your body needs to fight exhaustion and stress. And it takes no time at all.
I have tried out a Jamie Oliver Superfoods recipe with an Alternative Ageing vegetarian twist, giving you a meal that's chock full of health benefits, filling, low calorie & really warming as winter knocks at our door! It's also suitable for vegans, if you eliminate the fish sauce from the ingredients, or buy a substitute.
I decided to Go Sober for October for the second time this year in October . Not because I am a serious boozer, anyone who knows me can vouch for what a light weight I am, but because I can’t remember the last time I gave up drinking alcohol for any length of time. (Apart from a four week detox last year in Australia).
As a nutritionist I have always been a keen fan of fasting. So when the 5:2 diet hit the headlines a couple of years ago, I happily embraced this form of intermittent fasting for the sake of my health as well as my waistline! I prefer to call it a version of fasting rather than a 'diet', we all know they don't work, in the long run, for weight loss. But this one does and the health benefits go way beyond losing a few pounds.
Here's a quick update on my last video & blog on how to make my daily health smoothie. This is a great replacement for meals on fast days, if you're following the 5:2 diet, and will keep you going for hours. And it is full of huge health benefits. If you're an intermittent faster, or want to be, I do it the easy way: a light meal the night before by 7.00 pm latest, the smoothie as late as possible the next morning (around 11.00 a.m.) a very light low calorie snack, such as a banana or boiled egg, at tea time and then a light meal, such as loads of veg and a small portion of protein, in the evening at 7.00 pm. That's 500 calories in 24 hours and you've done a 16 hour pure fast without even trying. Two days a week, too easy!
I have never been squeamish about trying unusual foods. I was eating snails in garlic butter (l'escargots) in France at the age of 4, strange child! But when I came across a brand new protein, health bar, that was not only wheat-free, dairy-free, but made from cricket flour, I got really excited about it.
OMG This Nutribullet recipe is soooo tasty, I cannot believe it's also good for you and will give your skin, body & brain a great, big beautiful boost. And it's easy! Ingredients below. Put them into the Nutribullet or blender in that order, whizz up and drink: job done!
All spices are good for your health, they've been used for their medicinal properties for thousands of years. My favourites are turmeric & cinnamon, which I add to my daily smoothie. But now there's a new kid is on the block, for me, that I couldn't wait to share. What I didn't know, till very recently, is the amazing health benefits of saffron…..
I try to eat Omega-3 rich, oily fish like salmon as often as possible. Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid that supports every single cell in our bodies so eating oily fish at least 3-4 times a week will keep skin plumped and your brain, heart and joints healthy…
My favourite saying at the moment is: “it's never too early or too late to start." Anything! So, whether you're 35 or 55 I want to share my experience of twenty years, practising as a nutritionist, to help you eat your way through a symptom-free menopause. By incorporating just 8 foods you may not have tried before, I hope to help you avoid the worst of the flushes/flashes and all that comes with The Change…