Monday, 5 December 2016

Supporting your Immune System with Echinacea || Beating the Winter Blues - Winter Series

Beat the Winter Blues

Welcome back to the 4th instalment of Beating the Winter Blues - Winter Series, today's post is about prevention and fighting the flu and common cold.

Supporting our immune system during winter is a priority for winter wellness. Echinacea is usually taken once you have a cold but research has shown that it can also be taken preventatively.

Echinacea works in three ways: it supports the immune system and enhances the immune response only when needed, the combination of the root and herb when combined have a synergistic actions that reduces inflammation in the body, and its shown that it a very potent anti-viral activity, because the fresh extract is used.


Monday, 28 November 2016

5 Tips to Beat the Bloat this Christmas & Immune Boosting Smoothie Recipe || Beating the Winter Blues - Winter Series

Beat the Winter Blues

Chris James Mind Body is supporting healthy eating this Christmas with "5 tips to Beat the Bloat" The 5 tips from Chris include keeping a eye on the "3 P's" - protein, potassium and probiotics.

  1. Mind your P's - Avoiding bloat isn't only about avoiding foods; it's key to eat more foods that are effective at battling bloat. Reach for a healthy helping of the three P's: potassium, protein, and probiotics. You can benefit from a boost of potassium-rich foods like sweet potatoes, winter squash, citrus, bananas, and nuts, which help regulate excess sodium.
  2. Consume Fibre - Make sure you're getting enough fibre amidst the trays of holiday snacks. If you know you're going somewhere that you won't have a lot of control over your food choices, a fibre supplement can help a lot.
  3. Slow down - Eating too quickly can cause you to swallow more air, worsening bloat. Take a full 30 minutes to finish a meal, which will help you banish the bloat and listen for when your body tells you it's full.
  4. Hydrate, hydrate hydrate - Water helps to speed up digestion and can counteract the effects of salt and carb-induced bloating. Aim for eight to ten glasses a day, especially during the holidays.
  5. Start again tomorrow - Most importantly, if you overindulge at Christmas don't beat yourself up! Indulging once in a while is not that big of a deal - just start fresh tomorrow.

I love these tips and can certainly implement them, as I do have a tendency to eat too fast and wonder why I feel so uncomfortable.

Do you have any tips to share in beating the bloat? I would love to hear about them, so please write them in the comment box below.

Gorgeous Greens


Monday, 21 November 2016

Combating the Blues & Staying Healthy || Beating the Winter Blues - Winter Series

Beat the Winter Blues 

Welcome to the second instalment, of Beating the Winter Blues - Winter Series. If you missed last weeks, you can read it here: Boosting your Magnesium. Today we are talking Vitamin D and your immune system.

Now that Autumn is upon us with shorter days Winter is fast approaching and the mornings getting colder, some of us will experience Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD. Thought to affect as many as 29% of British adults, with over half saying that their mood worsened in the winter months due to the lack of daylight that they received, this condition can leave us feeling anxious, low on energy and even make us over-indulge on carb heavy comfort foods. However, certain lifestyle changes can alleviate the symptoms and perk you up when there simply isn’t enough sunshine to get you through the day.


Monday, 14 November 2016

Boosting your Magnesium | Beating the Winter Blues - Winter Series

Beat the Winter Blues

Winter doesn't officially start until 21st December, but with it being so cold I thought I would start off my winter series today by bringing you tips on how to boost your magnesium. But first.... Why do we get winter blues?  It's linked with the falling levels of the mood boosting hormone serotonin that occurs at this time of year. This is because enzymes that absorb serotonin become more active as days get shorter.


Sunday, 6 November 2016

Cashew Snickers Bars

I came across a Snickers Bars recipe by Roxy over at So Vegan , and just had to make them, so last weekend I did just that, they are simply delicious, I could only eat half at a time, as I found them to be so rich. Because I am a nuts and chocolate lover I made them again, but this time using cashew nuts. So here is my adapted version of Roxys recipe.


Saturday, 1 October 2016

Courgette, Asparagus & Broccoli Coconut Soup with Black Garlic Chickpea Dumplings

Black Garlic Chickpea Dumplings

11/2 cups chickpea flour
1tsp baking power
3/4tsp himalayan pink salt
1/4 cup dairy free milk
1 psyllium husk egg
1tbsp grapeseed oil or olive oil
1 cup onions - chopped small
1tsp herbes de provence
8 balsajo black garlic - chopped small


Friday, 9 September 2016

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