I recently asked my lovely tribe on facebook and instagram to ask me anything (about health, wellness and of course me). Nothing was out of bounds.
And they delivered with some juicy questions (I knew they would). In fact I got that many questions that this might end up being a 3 part series!
I hope you enjoy this Q & A blog post today. I will be having many more of these so to find out when the next one will be make sure we are friends on Instagram.
Ask me anything: Q & A
1. Is there any particular brand of greens powder, protein powder and supplements you recommend?
Green powders, protein powder and supplements can be fantastic. I might turn to these when I’m on a holiday (and might not have access to all the delicious fresh greens I would normally eat), on long haul flights, feeling a little under the weather, running short for time (e.g. adding protein to a smoothie really ups the satiation for me- I feel for longer) or when I need to get on the healthy train again (insert green powder and supplements).
Green powders: Can be great to add to kids smoothies to up the nutrition. My favourite is wheatgrass by Organic Burst who ship worldwide. Personally I can’t tolerate spirulina even if I try and hide it with loads of other things. I add a teaspoon to a green smoothie and can’t even tell it’s in there. See here and here for recipes.
Protein powder: First up I don’t recommend protein powders for children and always advise you check with your GP if you are concerned about your child’s protein intake. I can think of a million better ways to get protein (see here for ideas) and tend to use smoothies for a last minute brekkie on the run or a post gym re-fuel. I adore a vegan, organic, unsweetened protein from The Healthy Chef. I love the natural one.
Supplements: I’m a huge fan of taking fish oil due to its anti inflammatory properties. I love this brand. Fish oil is also very beneficial for children and comes in liquid so can be added discretely! Otherwise I take vitamin C when I have a cold and rub vitamin E on any scar to aid healing. I take a probiotic irregularly.
2. What foods do you recommend for digestive health-leaky gut? Any supplements?
I hands down recommend a probiotic supplement along with prebiotic foods such as onions, asparagus, ginger and cabbage- all of which stimulate digestive enzymes which we need to break the food down (so it can be absorbed effectively and efficiently).
I also recommend adding some of the following to your diet: kefir (store or homemade), kombucha (I prefer store bought- I found it difficult to get the right acidity to my liking..and my scoby scared me!), probiotic rich coconut yoghurt (coyo is to die for). Fish oil also works very well for leaky gut to reduce internal inflammation.
Some other tips:
// Chew your food well. Help the body break that food down!
// Warm food aids digestion compared to raw food which is harder for the body to break down and digest
// Have a tonic of apple cider vinegar or lemon and water 30 minutes before meals to stimulate digestive enzymes
// Manage stress: leaky gut is inflamed by stress- which only fuels internal inflammation more-and more.
// Keep a food diary: often when we have digestive issues foods like dairy, gluten and sugar can inflame the situation. See how your body reacts with and without these foods over a course of a week (eliminate one at a time).
3. What do you think about detoxes?
Detoxes certainly hold a place in helping keep your body ‘well oiled’. They can be incredibly beneficial for renewed energy, better skin, improved mood, better sleep…ultimately they can make you feel amazing, by eliminating toxins and recalibrating the digestive system. But they aren’t for everyone.
There are many different ways to detox: from elimination diets, to juice cleanses to sticking to a plant based/ raw food diet. The length of the detox can vary from a few days or longer. Having just done a juice cleanse (I have a post to birth on this) my advice would be to think about why you are doing the cleanse- what is your intention?
Because they can be incredibly addictive. They are often so attractive (especially today) because they can aid a lot of weight loss… quickly. Depending on your current health (and mental health) status this can be dangerous. For some people it might be just as beneficial ‘a detox’ to gently strip their diet back to include more fruits (whole), vegetables and wholegrains, whereas other people can leap straight into a juice fast. I would advise you to seek professional support before undertaking a detox if , especially if you have a medical history of illness or disease.
4. What’s your favourite way to sweat?
Pilates reformer. No doubt about it. Addictive stuff. For any Sydney siders my old gym was Elixr in Bondi Junction. They have an endless timetable of pilates classes which you will love. If you’re in Melbourne check out Kaya.
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