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24 Apr 3 things my gut is loving right now.

  Chia seeds, Psyllium husks + Slippery elm (OH MY)! You gut is constantly repairing its lining and this is the very thing that protects you from the outside world such as toxins and parasites. This very thin layer is only ONE layer of cells thick… it is delicate and needs a little help to stay in good nick. If you suffer from leaky gut then you need these 3 little gems in your life NOW. My gut is loving chia, psyllium and slippery elm right now and they are things that you can find in your local supermarket (if they have a good health food section) and/or a chemist (or health food store). CHIA SEEDS: are one of my favourite foods. They are loaded with omega3, protein, vitamins, minerals and they are a great source of fiber. When added to liquid (water) they swell up and have a jelly like outer layer which slides right through your digestive tract with ease. This jelly like outer layer is due to the soluble fiber present in the seeds and acts as a prebiotic food for your gut bugs, feeding them and keeping them fit and healthy. One serve provides your recommended daily intake of fiber....

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The pill 2

05 Apr PART 2. The Aftermath Of The Pill – What I Learnt

    Writing this today, I have now been off the pill for over 2 years, while I still have mild and small issues they are nothing compared to what I went through when coming off the pill. While my issues were not life threatening they were (to me) debilitating. They changed my quality of life and I was crippled with unhealthy thoughts and anxiety surrounding my issues. It might sound like quackery and it may seem a bit of a bullet to big pharma but I have trust issues with drug companies because a somewhat ‘harmless’ pill destroyed my health. I can’t trust them enough to put my health in their hands. The pill is what caused ALL the issues I suffered with so I am somewhat careful and very cautious. We are conditioned to treat a symptom from a young child… through advertising and conventional medicine. If we have a headache we take a pill to stop the headache, medicine doesn’t care why you have it they just give you an immediate solution and we think the issue is fixed. We don’t ever sit back and ask ourselves WHY we have a headache? Same goes for hormonal issues… we are given estrogen or...

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The pill 1

30 Mar PART 1. The Aftermath Of The Pill – My Personal Experience.

  This is my love note to all those who are struggling with issues caused by the pill. You are not alone.   My experience with coming off the pill has definitely been a roller coaster to say the least. I speak to so many women that have had ongoing health issues caused by the aftermath of the pill. The medical term if a woman’s period is absent is called Amenorrhea and this is becoming a very common issue with women after coming off the pill, they have even named the term - Post Pill Amenorrhea. You only need to type it into google to be overwhelmed with all the information. I was taking the oral contraceptive pill for almost 8 years. I have been in a serious relationship for the entirety of that time and taking synthetic hormones every day was no longer an option for me as it was not in line with my lifestyle and my beliefs. I am very conscious about what I put in and on my body I was only taking the pill out of habit and nothing else. I decided to stop taking the pill as I didn’t want to subject my body to unnecessary hormones. After 3 months...

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08 Mar Is that gluten free?

The real reason I avoid gluten and why I don’t feel like a douche-bag asking for gluten free options at a restaurant.     Does this come gluten free? Insert rolling of eyes from friends and loved ones HERE…   When I was trying (super hard) to give up gluten it was near impossible to not be judged. I used to get anxiety about just about anything and when I was trying to avoid gluten I would get stressed out before asking for gluten free foods in a restaurant because I was literally waiting to be judged and it really bothered me.   You have a right to say no to gluten. BUT. It’s bloody hard with the stress of temptations you shouldn’t have to add judgement to that too.   I really struggled with giving up gluten when out eating at some ones house and at restaurants, at home was easy because I was cooking everything. Gluten free is the hot word of the moment, its all the rage in the media and all the latest fad diets have latched onto this trend. It is what made it so hard for me to not feel judged because if I wanted to get better and heal my gut it...

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01 Mar Cravings, why you can’t rely on will power.

Cravings require more than will power. You’re hungry, its 3pm and you are craving a sweet treat… a brownie!! Loaded with sugar and gluten and you know you shouldn’t… but you eat it anyway and blame will power. I’ve been there. Although it would have been a red bull and a muffin. At the time it was my poison, but not these days… I couldn’t think of anything worse. I hate the term will power. It is a load of crap. It has never worked for me and people are so disheartened when they are failed by their own will power. I read so many health blogs with suggestions to curb cravings… but frankly they don’t help. Understanding why you are craving something helps to make an educated decision to either surrender to the craving or overpower it. I’ve been on the tail end where the cravings were soooo strong it would literally change my mood. I would be irritable, distracted and every thought would be figuring out how and when I would surrender to my cravings. This happens because your body is screaming out for something. It is craving something. In most cases it’s got something to do with your gut bugs. The bacteria in your gut (aka...

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23 Feb CHASING THE DRAGON (or in my case, health)

  People in the health world are obsessed with nutrients, vitamin and mineral claims and I used to fall for it hard. Over my years of learning about healthy eating I became obsessed with nutrition and it’s not in my nature to have an obsessive or addictive personality. So what changed? I changed my eating habits because I had a super stressful job (in my early 20’s) and it was causing me a lot physical issues from the constant stress, I saw this and decided to adopt a healthier lifestyle. On my quest I started to obsess about what I was eating, obsessing about superfoods, obsessing over certain vitamins and minerals, obsessed over juicing. Then it was raw food, then vegan, then raw treats… you name it, I’ve obsessed over it in my quest to find a healthy life style. I was on top of the world, feeling great it was like I was chasing the dragon. High one day then tomorrow was looking for my next fix, the next best superfood tomorrow. I felt like the coyote chasing after road runner with a knife and fork day in day out… I was never going to catch him even with my confidence, knowledge and persistence....

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