The microbiome is a hot topic at the moment, having shaken up the nutrition and medicine worlds. It’s becoming clear that it's central to our health, so I’d say it deserves its moment in the spotlight. There’s a lot of talk about good and bad bacteria, probiotics, probiotics and so I thought it might be helpful to create a little intro guide.
Bacteria have gotten a bad rap over the years because we tend to think of them as causing disease (pathogenic), but there are in fact lots and lots of neutral or even beneficial bacteria living in on and in you. Gross? Hardly - it’s actually pretty cool. Let me explain...
What is the microbiome?
The microbiome describes the 100 trillion organisms living in and on your body. It might sound strange, but this actually makes for a happy situation when your microbes are well fed and well balanced because they perform a number of vital functions in our bodies. They work symbiotically with our bodies to support our immunity, digestion, homeostasis (internal balance), brain function and weight management, and that’s just a taster of what they do for us! In return we provide them with food in the form indigestible fibre or prebiotics, as well as a delightfully warm and moist habitat to thrive in (okay, so that part is a bit gross).
It's been quite a while between posts so I'm thrilled to mark a return to the blog with inspiration via a young woman courageously making her mark on the world. Chloe Wigan is a young writer and life coach from Australia that entered the self-development field from a young age, which immediately resonated with me. But the reason I'm so excited about this interview is because Chloe is a brilliant example of someone that puts her best foot forward and commits to living boldly even when fear and doubt pops up. It's definitely worth listening to some of the gems she has to offer up, I'd say.
You might have heard a fair bit of excitement circulating o Intuitive Eating recently. As more and more people begin to take healthy eating to an extreme, and as a result are struggling with food related fears and the newest eating disorder on the block, orthorexia (an unhealthy preoccupation with foods that are ‘pure’, ‘good' or ‘clean’), intuitive eating is being offered as a solution. Intuitive eating helps people make peace with food and release the need to follow food rules. Obviously, this is a good thing. So let’s get you better acquainted with the concept - I’ll be your Food Cupid ;)
Intuitive eating is a way of eating where you make food choices based on your body’s inner cues, with the understanding that your body has an innate wisdom of how to nourish itself.
Intuitive eating has a lot in common with mindful eating, but it is slightly different in that it has a stronger focus on challenging negative food associations and using your own intuition as a tool for making nutritional choices, as opposed to just slowing down and raising your awareness whilst eating (though that’s definitely part of it).
It might seem a little late to post about goal-setting for the new year, but if we're honest, I don't think most of us give it much serious thought until we're a couple of weeks in and have a better feel for what we want from the year ahead. I find that intentions and goals tend to have a pretty different vibe about them, but in a very literal sense there are some important differences that I want to point out too.
When you know the difference between goals and intentions, you'll also see that it affects the way that we use them as well. And although goals and intentions are different, they can be used to complement each other.
Side note: I actually wrote this blog post way back in October 2014 as part of my first freebie for my tribe members but after a couple of plot twists the eBook never made its debut, so instead I'm dusting it off today to share with you. I've updated it slightly but this is essentially a snippet into exclusive content for my tribe (lucky you!).
January 1st carries all of our hopes and dreams for the year ahead. Whether we want to finally shift those extra kilos, run a half marathon, change careers, become a morning person, find love, go travelling or start a business, everyone is talking about their New Years Resolutions. On the one hand, the first day of the new year is filled with optimism and abuzz with energy; and on the other, it's a reminder of things yet to be achieved or attempted, flaws, failures and daunting ambitions.
"This year will be different. I want it more now. I have a plan this time."
There's nothing like a hot drink to warm your cockles in the winter. Whilst I adore a coffee on occasion it tends to make me a little antsy, hot chocolates are delicious but predictable, and a good cup of herbal tea is always comforting but a little light weight. I've been excited about an array of medicinal hot drinks and coffee alternatives ever since I returned from Australia where they were on the menu of more than a handful of cafes and coffee shops. Enter, the turmeric latte.
This cup of hot stuff has been doing the rounds on social media and food blogs of late (often under the pseudonym 'Golden Milk' or 'Golden Latte'), and for good reason: it's soothing, immune-bosting, a touch sweet and totally photogenic. And frothy. Who doesn't love a bit of froth?
Advent marks the start of rapidly filling social calendars, mulled wine season, and best of all, its finally acceptable to play Christmas songs. We spend all year looking forward to Christmas, but the lead up to Christmas is a hectic time for everyone and it can be a little draining if you’re not careful. I thought I’d share a handful of tips to help keep you centred and combat overwhelm in Advent.