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6 Steps for Good Digestion

6 Steps for Good Digestion

 

 

Apart from my obvious obsession for all things French, I have a keen and ever increasing passion for all things gut related.  Not quite in the same realm as each other, but any hoo…whatever floats your boat.

 

So today I'm sharing with you 6 simple, everyday tips that you can add into your day to day life to help improve you digestion and get it into a tip top working state......

 

Ghee

Ghee

 

Did you know that dairy, it seems, is the second most common food trigger of Hashimoto's (after gluten)?

 

The more information I gather on the subject, the easier I'm finding it to say adios.  One of the things helping me through.....Ghee.

 

 

IQS + Florentine Biscuits

IQS + Florentine Biscuits

 

Florentines.  As a child, no other biscuit made me feel more like a gown up than this one did.  Typically stuffed full of glace cherries, nuts, sugar and chocolate, they were my biscuit of choice when I wanted to impress (and I got to scoff all the leftovers).  Win/win.

 

When I said goodbye to the white stuff a few years ago, I also tearfully said au revoir to the super sweet florentine.

 

And then the angels sang. As inside the pages of the I Quit Sugar Chocolate Cookbook Volume II, this little Superfood Florentine recipe jumped out and waved it's little muscly arms at me.  Oh sweet Lord.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Thyroid + The Throat Chakra

 

So as you all know, I’m still working on the health of my thyroid and will admit that I am a hell of a long way from being healed. 

 

I have my good days and bad days in regards to symptoms (lately, not being so great!), and my research has led me down soooo many varying pathways - some enlightening and some a little frightening.  However, one pathway is clear and that is there is a significant mind-body connection component to it all.

 

The pathway that’s taking my fancy at the moment ….. chakras.

 

Did you know that the word “chakra” means wheel/turning in Hindu? 

 

Most people have heard of the 7 chakras (energy centres) found in our body, but did you know that we actually have 114 in total?

 

My specific focus (having Hashimoto’s) is of course on the throat chakra (the 5th chakra).  This is the chakra associated with our ability to communicate clearly and effectively and when unbalanced, can lead to thyroid issues (like hypothyroidism), unbalanced hormones, and leave us feeling like we cannot speak up and express ourselves for fear of confrontation.

 

When this chakra is balanced in the body, we enjoy the benefits of healthy glands and thyroid, and the wonderful ability to speak our truth clearly, confidently and creatively.

 

I know which I’d prefer to be!

 

So in the spirit of trying everything at all possible to improve my health (seriously, why would you not try everything in your power), I’m implementing a few simple daily/weekly rituals to help balance my throat chakra, including:

 

Deep Breathing | Stopping for a minute or two during the day and simply taking deep cleansing breaths right down to my belly.

Journaling | Just for a few minutes at the end of the day, noting down how I’m feeling, what’s frustrating me, and what I’m grateful for.  Getting things off my chest that I may not be able to verbalise.

Meditating | 5/10/15 minutes just before bedtime. 

Fresh Air | Walking outside in nature each day and breathing in the fresh air.

Speaking | Expressing myself as clearly and calmly as possible and not getting caught up in the other persons “possible” reaction to my words. 

Yoga | Spiritual practice designed to support all of our chakras.

Being Brave | enough said.

 

 

Did you know that certain foods can also help support your chakras?  They include nutritional whole foods from the earth with air and water elements, including:

 

Blueberries

Clear liquids or broths

Herbal teas

Alkaline or mineral water

 

So to help re-balance, and as the weather warms up, I've been enjoying sipping on my new favourite elixer....

 

Iced Blueberry Tea

 

Makes 1 litre

3 tea bags of your fav organic herbal tea (I used organic berry here) | 500ml boiling water from the kettle | 500ml sparkling mineral water | bunch of fresh mint | handful of fresh blueberries

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In a jar or jug, place your teabags and pour over 500mls of boiling water from the kettle.  Allow to steep and cool.

Once cool, pop in the mint and blueberries and top with sparkling mineral water and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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.