Author: Kerry

Thriving through Winter -Part 2

It’s no secret, our bodies need to be well hydrated. After all they are made up of almost 65% of water. But there seems to be a misconception that we become more dehydrated in summer, more than winter, but it can actually be quite the opposite. In winter we are living more inside out homes/workspaces with artificial air and heating on. When we do go outside, we are dealing with extreme elements like cold blasts of wind and rain. All these things impact out hydration and our skin too. If you are like me in winter, the thought of drinking water, particular cold water just doesn’t appeal. So I drink a lot of warmed water with the added nutritional benefits of fresh slices of lemon and ginger. Sometimes with a little honey! *Interestingly, most of the Vit C in citrus are actually in the skin, not the flesh or juice, so have these slices of lemon in your warm water will extract the healing benefits of these essential oils. I have bottles of herbal teas, …

Thriving, not just surviving the colder months!

A little over a week ago, I was on a train early one morning, going to Melbourne for a meeting, when I couldn’t help but notice how many folks on the train where coughing and sniffling, looking unwell and quite frankly looked weary and miserable. Its winter in Victoria and let’s face it, it is the cold and flu season, so there are bound to be more folks walking around feeling this way and from all reports, flus and viruses are in full swing. But what it made me realise is that building up your immune system and keeping it robust is something I take for granted these days. So sitting on that train, surrounded by all these unwell folks, in a confined space didn’t have me too concerned, as I have spent a lot of my focus on my family’s and my health over the last several years, to keep this thriving, as I believe we don’t have to just survive! Disclaimer; It doesn’t mean I, or my family don’t get a sniffle from …

Are you on track with your health goals, for 2019?

Hi There,  I was chatting with a friend the other day and she pointed out that it was over half way through the year.At first I was a little shocked, as like all of us that are busy,  time can just fly on by without you even noticing it.Then, it really got me thinking? Many of us start out the year with great intentions, setting goals in our life, whether its something to do with our careers, family, health or a mixture of all these.We start off focusing on getting started and doing quite well, then life gets in the way.you know the ones….Curve balls, distractions, tiredness, the never ending ‘to do’ list, the getting caught up in our routine of this ‘busyness’, then the excuses set in….. we start to loose sight of these goals.  Is this you? …… Be honest? There is no shame in this. Trust me, we are all guilty of it, so please don’t think I am here to shame you. It is far more common than you think and …

Have you built a solid home?

Have you ever thought of your health being like a house?🏡Think about it- a house, like you health needs to be built strong, robust and well maintained 💪 It needs to start on a good solid ground- which are your genes🙌( these can be supported and changed!)  Then; 1- the foundation gets laid- these are your nutrients( macro and micro), the whole foods that support you cells, in which you build upon.🍎🍇🍆🥬🍠🍳 2- Then the framework& walls get erected- this is exercise and movement. 🤸🏻‍♂️🚴‍♀️With out moving our bodies, we don’t form and strengthen muscle and bones, to keeps us strong and up right. 🧘‍♀️ 3-finally the roof& doors get put on– the protectors from the elements.  These are our emotions. 💗Still exposing them to the outside world but not allowing the drafts and leaks to drip through and create rot and rust, but to become more resilient and robust 🥰🙌 But let’s not forget houses need maintaining- as there is always wear and tear, from weathering certain storms and age🤗  You are the master builder of your house- that amazing body that …

How and what you eat affects your gut health.

Last week I talked a little about the importance of gut health and what it means for our overall health. This week I would like to chat a little about the impact that the food we put in our mouth and ‘how’ we actually eat, affect our health and digestion.  *A little BIOLOGY lesson here!- You are made up of over 50 trillion cells and 10 x that in bacteria! YEP, you are made up cells and bacteria and these numbers are almost impossible for us to even grasp, but if you just take a moment to really think about it- we truly are  amazing, don’t you think?   The important thing to note here, is these cells and bacteria only survive and put out energy and good health if we feed it the right things. And that is by feeding them FOOD! And when I say food, I mean real foods, from real whole sources. Not convenience foods that are filled with mystery ingredients.  Whole foods, which are those macro ( quality proteins, fats …

Gut Health

What is it? How does it affect our health? Yesterday I enthusiastically, went to a health talk about Gut Health- the topic was ‘clearing the confusion’ about the messages and claims out there about this incredibly diverse and emerging field of health/science. This got me thinking…” I am a qualified and certified Gut Health Coach and I haven’t really been sharing this knowledge with my followers!” Crazy right? I promise its not been deliberate! So over the following weeks I am going to deliver a series on gut health- -What is it? -How does it affect our health?-Some simple strategies to help in this area -The importance it has not only in the connections to digestion, but the links to so many other health conditions, including mental health.  Hippocrates stated 200 years ago, that “All disease begins in the gut” and for the most part, science is now slowly catching up to this very notion.A healthy balanced microbiome ( which is your good and bad bacteria residing  mostly in your digestive tract, but also on your …

Brown Rice Salad- Japanese Inspired

This Japanese Inspired Salad was invented purely out of me needing to use up some cooked brown rice I had in the fridge and the need to eat something light and vegetarian for lunch! Its funny how reheating or cooking with rice that has been cooked, then cooled in the fridge for a while was somehow seen as dangerous. There is now a huge amount of science gathering in the field of gut health and one of things they have discovered is the importance of resistance starch, to feed your gut microbiome. “Resistant starch promotes gut health by feeding the ‘good bacteria’ that live in our large bowel. These bacteria are sometimes called our microbiome. They can use resistant starch as food because it resists digestion in our small intestine, and moves on to the large bowel. When the good bacteria in the large bowel ferment resistant starch, they make short chain fatty acids. One of these, called butyrate, supplies energy to the cells lining the large intestine (colonocytes), promoting their wellbeing. ” – CSIRO …

Lemon Persian Lamb- Slow Cooked

There is nothing like coming home to lamb shanks in the slow cooker. This dish only took 10minutes to prep in the morning ( or the night before 👌) and switch on low👍👍 It is also loaded with Vegetables, herbs and spices! Slow cookers are the best kitchen appliance to have when life gets a little busy! Here is what I do, to be more time effective with eating well in a busy life; I meal plan I choose meals that are time appropriate each day, according to what time we walk in the door of an evening. I prep as much as I can- this often means either prepping on a weekend, or the night before. I don’t let the prep and planning become time consuming- 10-30 minutes max. I keep it simple during the week and especially in really busy times. I use my slow cooker a lot!!                                                     …

Honey Roasted Carrot and Parsnip Salad

The weather is still a little dreary and cold  here in southern Australia, but it doesn’t mean we can’t have salads. Salads are a dish that can be served warm or cold, as a side or in this case, can easily be the main event. I am such a huge fan of making ‘plant food’ the centre of any meal. For so long, the meat or protein component of a meal has been the centre piece and the poor old salad or vegetable component, delegated to a side dish. I made this dish recently for some friends who came for lunch. This warming salad was the centre piece and was served with a side of roast chicken pieces. It does have chickpeas in the dish, along with goats feta, so it’s ‘hearty’ enough to be served on its own or to vegetarians. The best part of this dish, is its simple, very tasty, reasonable quick and very nutritious. One to serve at any dinner, lunch, BBQ, brunch, or simply mid week meal for the family. …

Hello Strangers! Its been a while.

Hello Stranger! It’s been a wee while since I’ve been in your inbox. I haven’t been ignoring you on purpose, I promise. It’s just I have needed some serious time out. Time out from the crazy, crazy world that became my life over the last 18 months. Most of which I can assure you has not been fun. I wrote about a year ago, I was dealing with a stressful situation in my life. Unfortunately, this situation did not get better and I was forced to make some seriously humongous changes in my family’s and my life. We eventually got through this challenging time and have now settled into our new life, but once settled, I simply fell in a heap. And I mean a big giant pile of physical, emotional and spiritual heap. And it wasn’t pretty! I wish to share this story with you, not to over share my life, but to hopefully demonstrate that stress and trauma can affect us in so many different ways. We can keep being busy, thinking I’ll …