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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 …

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 …

When best laid plan, go astray!

Do you ever get up some days, with grand plans of what you would like to achieve but then the day goes a little haywire? Today, I woke up nice and early with the best intention. It all started when I flung out of bed a little too quick and strained a muscle in my neck (nothing major, just a twinge!). I recovered a little, rubbed some muscle oils in to relieve neck then got my exercise gear on, thinking ok, I won’t do any yoga today or HIIT, (due to being a little Ouchy) but I will go for a nice long walk. “Yes that’s what I’ll do”, I say. I got delayed, my daughter woke up extra early, then the morning routine went off kilter when my husband left something important at home after he had left for work, my daughter decided to be a little difficult and defiant ( hello, end of year tiredness and hot nights with little sleep!), so morning routine goes out the window. No problem I say, “I …

Stress Part 4- Helping a loved one through difficult times and resources

Welcome to my last post in the series. I really hope it has been of some benefit to you or someone who has needed it. Helping a loved one, no matter how young or old through difficult times is often something as humans we either step up to, or shy away from. Now I say this without judgement as we all have our reasons for stepping in or stepping away from this. But never underestimate the power of a simple act of kindness. I was recently chatting to a close friend, who was sharing with me a wonderful positive experience she shared with her children. Her daughter who has started school this year, has been struggling with some tummy issues due to the anxiety of being separated, not only from her mum during school hours, but she is also not in the same class as her twin brother and her anxiety has been presenting itself as tummy pains. My friend was telling me on the way to school the other day, she played some very …

Stress Part 2- What’s really going on in your body?

In todays post on stress, I will discuss; What is really going on in your body Stress v’s trauma What is the flight or fight response? What is the freeze or flop response? Stress comes in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes it’s brief and passes, sometimes it’s low level but constant, sometimes it’s there but you are not aware of it, sometimes it’s chronic and other times it’s intense. Whatever or however it appears in your life, it all plays out the same way in your body and that is by the release of stress hormones, adrenalin and cortisol. The one thing that is very clear is that when experiencing stress for long periods of time or of great intensity, the way it manifests in your body, mind and spirit, it can have a major impact on your health. Let’s consider the impact that the stress can lead to in terms of our health and wellbeing? • Adrenal fatigue • Anxiety • Thyroid issues and sex hormone imbalance (including PMT, debilitating menopause etc) • Digestive …

Self care…selfish act or self love?

I’ve just finished reading a lovely little book, written by the insightful and very public persona, Oprah. You know your famous when you are recognised by your first name, right? The book is called ‘What I Know For Sure’. A opening paragraph on one of the chapters states- “When was the last time you laughed with a friend till your sides hurt or dropped the kids off with family or a sitter and went away for the entire weekend? More to the point, if your life ended tomorrow, what would you regret not doing? If this were the last day of your life, would you spend it the way you’re spending it today?” I gets you thinking right? One thing that I know for sure, not only in my coaching practice, but in all my years of hairdressing and the trillions ( yes, trillions!) of conversations with girlfriends, is that as women, we put everyone else’s needs ahead of our own. We provide, prioritise and tirelessly strive to make everyone in our lives happy, but …

7 Tips to Prevent Colds and Flus this Winter.

It’s that time of year in Oz, when the weather changes, the leaves on the trees are turning a beautiful array of autumn colours. It also means the onset of rainy, cold, dark, dreary days and nights ahead, along with the dreaded colds and flu season. But what if I said to you, these simple tips below will help you build up your immune system, to help fight off the dreaded lurgy? Even if you do get a cold, if you’ve built up your immune system to be strong, it will mean your cold won’t be as severe and your recovery, much quicker. Plenty of Sleep- A lack of sleep means our bodies can’t function correctly. Did you know that when we sleep, it’s when our bodies go into rest, digest and repair mode. It’s when our bodies organs and systems do all their repair work, so we can operate optimally, so without a good nights rest, we lack energy, make poor food choices, use caffeine to get us through the day, our bodies don’t get …

Cravings & what does it actually mean?

THE BODY IS TRULY AMAZING. It knows when to go to sleep, when to wake up, and when to go to the bathroom. It maintains a temperature of 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 Fahrenheit) repairs itself when wounded knows the miracle of pregnancy and childbirth. Your heart never misses a beat. Your lungs are always breathing. The body is a super computer, and it never makes mistakes. If you just stop and think about it, we are truly a walking miracle. So, what does this have to do with cravings and why do we crave foods may not be so good for us? Cravings, by definition is a powerful desire for something. We’ve all experienced cravings, but we should be careful about the way in which we satisfy them. By understanding what your body is actually deficient in (assuming it is a physical, not an emotional one) you can get to the root cause of the crav­ings, and eventually kick them all together. Many people view cravings as weakness, but really they are important messages meant to assist you in …

No time for Breakfast? My top tips to set up your morning for success!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day- we’ve all heard this before. But your mornings are hectic- you’re juggling kids, the dog, getting out the door to get to work, early meetings and/or deal with traffic…. You’ve already had 2 coffees just to get out the door and if you’re lucky you may have eaten half a piece of cold toast or grabbed an ‘up & go’ drink box- you’ve read the marketing “2 Weetbix in every box!!” Well, let’s not talk about the list of mystery ingredients in those!!! You get to work and by 10am your starving…you have another coffee and reach for a sugar filled muffin just to get you through to lunchtime. You know it’s not good for you but hey, your hungry and didn’t get time for much or any breakfast! What if I told you that I have the solution just for you? And it’s completely FREE! My ‘Real Up & Go Breakfast’ eBook is full of recipes to set up your mornings for super success! The things …