One of my favourite activities is Bikram Yoga, I love the heat. Your body does lose a lot of electrolytes during practice so I came up with this great natural way to replace them. Perfect after any strenuous exercise session.
Peel and slice one whole ginger root.
Place in a saucepan of water (approximately 750ml) and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for half an hour (longer if you like a stronger ginger taste).
Stain into a large jug and add 1 teaspoon pink sea salt and another litre of water. Then add the juice of 3 lemons or limes.
Keep in the fridge for an icy cold refreshing drink.
I believe that when you feel that you MUST have something to cope with your day then you might need to ask yourself whether you are addicted to it. If you love the taste of your morning coffee (black of course!!) that is fine, you should enjoy it without guilt. When it becomes a case of you MUST HAVE your morning coffee then that might be a problem.
Symptoms that might indicate that you are addicted to a substance would be severe headaches when you don’t have it. Shakes, low energy and irritability are also good indicators.
The same goes for the glass of wine with dinner. If you feel you must have it to unwind that might also be a good indicator it is time to take a break.
Many people, especially women put their adrenal system on a roller coaster every day.
- No breakfast
- Coffee – rush rush
- Late lunch
- more coffee and chocolate – more rushing + stress
- wine to unwind
- late dinner.
Your adrenal system will only cope with this cycle for so long before it shuts down. This is when you can develop adrenal exhaustion.
The same habit can develop with sugar. If you cannot survive your day without something sweet then maybe it is time to have a look at your eating patterns. Many people complain that they must have something sweet after their meals. If this is the case it is a good indicator that your eating plan does not contain adequate protein and good fats. It also can indicate that you are addicted to sugar.
So if you feel that you MUST have caffeine, alcohol or sugar on a daily basis you might like to consider taking a break for a while. Not to say you cannot have it ever again but maybe your body and your adrenal system might need a break.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT!!
This soup is so filling and warms up your tummy on these cold winter days. Enjoy this any time of the day. The bone broth base is wonderful for your gut.
CAULIFLOWER & ZUCCHINI SOUP
- 1/4 head cauliflower
- 1 large zucchini
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 3 rashers bacon – diced
- 1/2 onion – diced
- 2-3 cups homemade chicken broth
- (see bone broth in recipe section)
- Sea salt & pepper to taste
Chop cauliflower into small florets and chop zucchini into rounds.
Melt coconut oil in a saucepan and saute onion and bacon until soft.
Add chopped vegetables and chicken broth.
Cover and simmer for 30 minutes until vegetables are soft.
Season with salt and pepper.
Blend in a food processor until smooth and creamy.
You can substitute any vegetable that you like to change up the soup – broccoli works well.
This rich hot chocolate will curb those chocolate cravings but won’t send your blood sugar levels crazy.
- 200mls boiling water
- 1 teaspoon raw cacao powder
- 1 teaspoon rice malt syrup
- 1 tablespoon coconut cream
Place cacao powder and rice malt syrup in a mug. Pour over boiling water and stir until dissolved.
Add coconut cream and enjoy.
- You can use honey as a sweetener instead of rice malt syrup
- Place leftover coconut cream in an icetray and freeze for later use.
- Make each cube is about 1 tablespoon.
If you are serious about losing weight you need to look closely at your alcohol consumption. Drinking in moderation (one standard drink per day for women & two standard drinks per day for men) may fit the guidelines but will make it more difficult to lose weight and may affect your overall health.
Alcohol suppresses the body’s ability to burn fat as it is not stored in the same way carbohydrates and fats are.
When we drink alcohol, the body treats it like a toxin and automatically initiates a defence mechanism, processing the ‘toxin’ through the liver and out of the body.
While the body is doing this, it stops using your normal energy sources such as carbohydrate and fats for energy. This surplus energy starts to pile on around the stomach & backside.
Alcohol also interfers with the body’s digestion and absorption of vitamins & minerals.
So – try to limit alcohol to the weekend and social occasions.
Which alcohol is best to drink?
- Dry wines (red or white)
- Spirits (avoid sugary mixers – try mixing with ice or sparkling water)
- Pre mixed drinks
- Beer and ciders
Standard drink guidelines are;
- Wine 100ml glass
- Spirits 30ml nip
- Beer 285ml glass
So my advise would be is to consume in moderation on social occasions – CHEERS!
- Large handful baby spinach
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/4 cup frozen mango
- 1 tbsp vanilla protein powder or 1 tbsp coconut cream
- 1 cup coconut water
Leave the frozen fruit to soften a little before using.
Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender.
Blend for 1 minute until smooth.
Other fruits can be substituted and mango can be omitted if fructose intolerant.
Frozen fruit will give a thicker consistency so adjust as desired.
Lean Green Smoothie
This is my all time favourite – I make a batch daily and give some to the kids to boost their green intake. It is also great to keep those cravings under control…
Its so simple – if you need to add more green to your day you must give it a go.
Large handful butter lettuce
Large handful baby spinach
1 stalk of celery
1 lemon or lime peeled
1 cup of crushed ice
Add all ingredients to a high power blender and blend for 20 seconds until it forms a paste.
Add 500ml water and blitz for 2 minutes until a beautiful green smoothie appears.
Add a splash of pure coconut water if desired.
This smoothie is packed with goodness. Use it to increase your daily green intake.
It is great for the whole family, even kids will love their glass full in the morning…