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Raw Cacao + Iron

Raw Cacao + Iron

Did you know that raw organic cacao is the highest plant-based source of iron?

 

Did you also know that it contains more calcium than cow’s milk?

 

Say what?!

 

However, as the iron found in raw organic cacao is non-heme (as is all plant-based iron), you’ll body will get maximum benefit if you combine eating it with vitamin C.

Blackberries + Paris

 

Blackberries.  I've not found them to be so plump, sweet and berry like in flavour than the one's I enjoy when in France.

 

Big, juicy blackberries where the little pips get stuck in your teeth and the juice dribbles down your chin, staining your lips.

 

So what to do with the extra basic raw chocolate you've just made?

 

You don't need to be a rocket scientist to know where I'm going with this....yep, add in a blackberry!

Grains + Legumes

Grains + Legumes

So no grains and legumes, huh!

 

No problemo.  I've been off gluten for over a year now and kicked refined sugar to the curb over 2 years ago.  Grains and legumes.  Easy peasy.

 

And then I thought about it.

 

I thought about the brown rice I have cooked and frozen in my freezer for emergency meals.  I thought about the simple mid-week meal I often whip up of roasted pumpkin and chickpeas.  I thought about how I use white beans as a simple quick "mash" instead of cooking up potatoes. And I also thought about the lentil salads I loved, especially when using my favourite legume of all...du puy lentils.

 

Holy cow!  To say I'm now overwhelmed is an understatement.

3 Tips for a Healthy Thyroid

3 Tips for a Healthy Thyroid

Suffering the horrible effects of thyroiditis?  I hear ya sista!

 

For me it varies, from a swollen/sore thyroid, a splitting headache and extreme lethargy to dry skin, mood swings and the desperate wanting to curl up in a ball and not interact with anyone!

 

Chatting about these symptoms with my everyday GP last year, I was told there was nothing I could do – this was just “how it was”.  Seriously????

 

So you guessed it, I started to research this fact for myself. 

 

 I turned to whole, organic foods and I listened to my body…very closely.  Straight away I implemented 3 simple everyday steps into my daily routine as an experiment.  So far, I haven’t looked back.  Perhaps you may also like to experiment with them?  I figure, anything is worth a shot when trying to support your healthy thyroid.

Vitamin A + Thyroid Health

Vitamin A + Thyroid Health

 

Vitamin A.  A fat soluble vitamin, which means it MUST be consumed with fat in order to have optimal absorption.

 

A vitamin I am sadly deficient in, as revealed by my naturopath.

 

Vitamin A is essential for our vision, for boosting our immune function and for giving us healthy glowing skin.  It is also needed in the production of T3 (thyroid hormone) – which is just one of the many reasons I suffer hypothyroidism symptoms (and perhaps you too?)

 

Did you know that without this essential vitamin, our thyroid levels can suffer?

 

Did you also know that there is a strong connection between vitamin A deficiency and hypothyroidism?