What’s missing from your diet?

Whenever you make a salad, (and hopefully that’s everyday) try using a variety of different coloured vegetables, as they not only look great together, but also contain different phytochemicals, which help protect our cells from damage and disease.

As you can see from this picture, I made a salad consisting of:

Cucumber – The natural diuretic effect of cucumbers helps flush and cleanse the kidneys and bladder.

Spinach – The high fibre and cleansing effect of spinach, aids the digestive system by keeping things moving.

Red Peppers – Are high in Vitamin C and antioxidants, which helps to reduce the risk of infections.

Avocados – The healthy monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats that they contain, promote a heathy heart.

Avocado oil – Rich and smooth, tastes great and has many health benefits.

Cherry Tomatoes – Are high in Lycopene, an antioxidant, which helps reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and sunburn.

Feta Cheese – Is lower in fat than most other cheeses and contains beneficial bacteria.

What kind of salad do you enjoy?

Yummy Breakfast Smoothie

Sometimes all you need for breakfast is a wonderful fruit smoothie, rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to help give you a great start to the day. I used some strawberries, blueberries and a banana, topped with coconut milk and blitzed in the blender, and it was yummy!

  • Blueberries are great for your heart
  • Strawberries can help aid in weight loss
  • Bananas can help reduce high blood pressure

It’s a quick and easy way of getting fruit into your diet, instead of leaving it to rot in your fruit bowl.

25 top tips for healing from Interstitial Cystitis

I spent many nights, glued to my iPad watching all the YouTube videos that I could on Interstitial Cystitis, hoping that I’d find a cure for this terrible, debilitating bladder disease.

The constant feeling of not being able to get rid of what seemed to be a full-blown bladder infection, accompanied by excruciating pelvic spasms used to drive me crazy! I just couldn’t function properly; simple daily tasks became so difficult. I felt as though I spent most of my time on the toilet. I used to stuff a hot water bottle inside my jeans, against my pelvic area just to ease the pain, while cooking, doing my house work. watching a film, it was terrible!

Even though I had been told by three different doctors that there was no cure for IC and to take pain killers all my life, I just couldn’t and wouldn’t accept it. I believed in my heart, that this awful disease could be reversed and that my body WAS capable of healing, given the right fuel.

So, I began putting my faith into practice, and looked to God as my physician (Luke 8:43 – 44).

While reading and studying the foods in the Bible, I realized just how far from healthy we had all become. Many years ago people were far more physically active than we are today. They only ate fresh, organic, whole foods. They tilled the land, grew their own crops, made their own cheeses and ate fresh ripe fruits straight from the trees. Time was taken to prepare wonderfully nutritious meals. And then, they would spend the rest of the evening eating together as a family, enjoying one anothers company.

But nowadays, we do the complete opposite. We have so many distractions, we don’t have time to think, we’re always under pressure, and we’re always feeling under the weather. Many of the foods we eat are highly processed. We drive everywhere, even to the corner shop. We spend far too many hours infront of a computer screen and then end the day slummped on a sofa for hours in front of a television screen. So as you can see this is a recipe for disaster.

So I decided to take control, make some positive changes, and today I’m feeling so much better!

Don’t believe anyone that says there is no cure for IC. There is always a way to heal your body. Everyone is different and what works for one may not work for another. Your health really does depend on how you look after yourself mentally, physically, and spiritually. DON’T take your health for granted; keep your IMMUNE SYSTEM STRONG, by eating real foods and doing some form of exercise, and it will be better able to protect you from most western inflammatory diseases.

Here are some of my top tips for healing:

What To START Doing

  1. Drink plenty of water, herbal teas- dandelion, camomile, nettle, turmeric, and moringa (which I found the most helpful and alkalising).
  2. Make nourishing soups, stews, and broths without tinned tomatoes.
  3. Drink fresh home-made vegetable juice (my favourite and simple one) 1 large cucumber with 1 green apple a day.
  4. Eat lots of green leafy vegetables.
  5. Eat lots of salads.
  6. Eat non-acidic fruits such as blue berries, pears and watermelon.
  7. Eat organic natural Greek yoghurt (probiotics).
  8. Learn a relaxation technique.
  9. Breath properly from the gut, this helps relieve tension in your pelvic floor muscles.
  10. Try and get out of the house, take a walk in the park, meet a friend for lunch and just know that you won’t feel like this forever.
  11. Gently, do some pelvic floor exercises.
  12. Take “Waterfall D-mannose” to protect the bladder from infections.
  13. Take a good quality Turmeric supplement to reduce bladder inflammation.
  14. Keep your sugar intake low.
  15. It is very important that you get tested for Coeliac disease and Candida (yeast infection).
  16. If suffering from; IBS, Crohns, Ulcerative Colitis, etc., take Bovine Colostrum to help support the immune system and help seal and heal the gut.

What To STOP Doing

  1. Smoking.
  2. Drinking alcohol.
  3. Drinking coffee and tea (they are stimulants which will irritate the bladder).
  4. Using tinned tomatoes (to acidic).
  5. Using any type of vinegar.
  6. Eating processed foods (sausages, bacon, white bread, etc).
  7. Eating anything that contains yeast.
  8. Eating cakes, biscuits, sweets etc.
  9. Holding on to negative emotions (stress, worry and guilt), as they will prevent you from healing.

What To READ

  • ‘Heal Pelvic Pain’ by Amy Stein M.PT.
  • ‘Painful Bladder Syndrome’ by Philip Weeks
  • ‘The Better Bladder Book’ by Wendy Cohan, RN
  • ‘You Don’t Have To Live With Cystitis’ by Larrian Gillespie, M.D.

Please let me know if this information has helped you,

God bless, Piera 🌸

1 Hour Chicken Broth

Why not give your immune system a boost with this quick and easy nourishing broth!

Ingredients you will need: Serves 3-4

  • 4 organic chicken thighs
  • 2 chopped carrots
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 2 leeks
  • 1 potato
  • small tin of tomatoes (227g)
  • 2 organic chicken stock cubes – melted in 2 pints of hot boiled water
  • pepper and oregano to season
  • about 200g of small shaped pasta (optional)

Method:

Place the organic chicken thighs in a large saucepan and seal them in a little water or oil. Add the chopped carrots, celery sticks, leeks, potato, and the tomatoes. Melt the chicken stock cubes in 2 pints of hot boiled water, pour over the vegetables and season with a little pepper and oregano. Cook for 1 hour until meat starts to fall off the bone. Once cooked, debone the chicken discard the bones and pop chicken pieces back into the saucepan. In a separate saucepan cook a little pasta, drain and add to the chicken broth. Or if you want a super healthy version add a tin of organic lentils or any other type of beans and enjoy. 😘

(check out some wonderful recipes on how to make traditional bone broth on You-Tube)

And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which [is] upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which [is] the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. – Genesis 1:29

Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. – Genesis 9:3

Where are the seeds?

Looking back as a child, I remember my parents giving me lots of grapes to eat, which were fresh and juicy from our local Italian shop. I used to like biting into them and looking at the tiny seeds inside, but where are those bitter seeds now?

When you do your weekly food shopping, and you’re walking down the fruit and vegetable aisle, do you ever wonder why the grapes, watermelon, or citrus fruits etc., are seedless, or that they may be genetically modified?

Whatever the case may be, genetically modified or not, the fruit has been tampered with in some way and this infuriates me. Why can’t “they” just leave the food alone the way God created it. Don’t “they” understand that the seeds are there for a reason! In Genesis 1:11-12 the Bible says:

“And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good”

So you see, God was pleased and of course had good reasons for doing what he did, but man, thinking that he can do better, always ends up making mistakes to the detriment of our health.

The foods with their seeds still intact, contain a myriad of beneficial nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. These keep our cells healthy, therefore protecting us from all kinds of sickness and diseases. So please keep your eyes peeled for God’s unadulterated foods.