Let’s talk about “F” words!
Do you ever wake up, feeling lethargic, tummy bloated, and just a bit grumpy?
Well, the chances are that these are all signs that perhaps your diet needs some TLC.
Bloating is a very common ailment, not only is it uncomfortable but it is a good indicator that your intestines are stressed and over producing gas, and this is usually as a result of what we are putting into our bodies.
Fibre, is your best friend. Fibre keeps your system working and helps to ensure that the toxic waste gets out of your system in a timely manner. Plenty of fresh, fruit and vegetables with a good balance of raw and cooked makes all the difference, especially if you keep hydrating between meals. Interestingly, digestion time for raw is much faster versus cooked foods, so lightly steaming veggies like broccoli, kale and cauliflower can reduce the strain.
Have you heard of FODMAPs? They are a group of foods that are hard to digest… will leave the technical information to the specialists like Mitch from Health Management…but eliminating Fodmaps from your diet can really give you a boost.
Intermittent Fasting is currently one of the world’s most popular health and fitness trends. Essentially it involves alternating cycles of fasting and eating and studies have shown that this can improve health and weight loss.
Most people already “Fast” every day, while they sleep. Intermittent fasting can be as simple as extending that fast a little longer. You can do this by skipping breakfast, eating your first meal at 10am and your last meal at 6 pm. Then you’re technically fasting for 16 hours every day and restricting eating to an 8-hour eating window.
Despite what you may think, intermittent fasting is easy to do. Hunger is usually not an issue, once your body is adjusted to not eating for extended periods of time. No food is allowed during the fasting period, but you can drink, water, tea and other non-caloric beverages.
Eat the rainbow with this Low FODMAP, gluten free Rainbow Salad. With a delicious Asian inspired dressing, it is very tasty, nutritious and will keep you feeling full.
2 cups cooked quinoa
½ cup shredded raw red cabbage
½ cup diced tomato
½ cup raw carrot
1 cup diced raw zucchini
½ cup diced raw red capsicum
¼ cup chopped coriander or parsley
4 green onions, green parts only, chopped
¼ cup tamari (you could use soy sauce, but this is not gluten free)
2 tsp. sesame oil
1 Tbsp. rice vinegar
½ tsp. ground ginger
¼ tsp. turmeric (optional)
Salt & pepper to taste
Easy to prepare
Simply mix cooked & cooled quinoa and prepared vegetables. Set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together tamari, sesame oil, rice vinegar, ground ginger, and chilli flakes. Pour dressing over quinoa mixture and stir to mix.
Season mixture to taste with salt. Serve or chill in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
At the end of the day, we are all individuals so figuring out what works and doesn’t work for you is your personal journey. Eliminating foods one at a time and keeping a food diary is the best way to get more insight into what makes your body function well.
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