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.

Gut health, ‘Prevention is better than cure’!

When I was a child, many of the doctors (and some even to this day) did not know or understand the importance of good gut health, and how it affects the health of the entire body. And as a result, many people were prescribed medication for their symptoms, without looking deeper into where, why and what was causing the problems in the first place. We now know that most diseases begin in the gut, when the gut microbiome is off balance. This can happen for many reasons: from eating a lot of processed foods, drinking a lot of alcohol, smoking, antibiotics, medication, and depression etc.

I believe that my many annoying health problems (which I had over the years): IBS, Duodenal ulcer, Rosacea, Ovarian cysts, Endometriosis, Intestinal thrush (candida), and Interstitial cystitis, were all connected and due to having leaky gut syndrome… Ceoliac disease, which I did not know I had until 2015. I often wonder, if only I knew this years ago it would have spaired me alot of pain and disstress.

But then again, if I hadn’t gone through it all, I probablly wouldn’t have been so determined and focused on studying natural ways in which to heal my body. I am proof that there is always a way to heal, and I’m so passionate for people to know that they can also take control and lead happier, heathier lives. Because the saying is true ‘prevention is always better than cure’.

So please listen to your body, if you have health problems that just won’t clear up, then look at the health of your GUT, eat a whole foods diet, do some form of exercise, learn to relax, forgive and let go of negative emotions, and have some fun!

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. – Phillipians 4:13

 

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

Breakfast – red grapes and natural yoghurt

I don’t know about you, but sometimes mornings can be hectic in my household. With two girls often squabbling over who’s going to use the bathroom first, breakfast needs to be quick and simple.

So as long as I have plenty of fruit and natural yogurt in my fridge, I can breathe a sigh of relief. As this breakfast is delicious and only takes a few minutes to prepare.

What you will need: This serves 1

  • A handful of sliced red grapes
  • 3 Table spoons of organic natural yoghurt
  • 2 Table spoons of nutty granola
  • 1 Teaspoon of honey

Place yoghurt, grapes and granola into a bowl and then drizzle over the honey and enjoy!

Red grapes are incredibly good for you and along with a healthy diet can help prevent many health problems such as macular degeneration, reduces hypertention, prevents colon and prostate cancer and many more chronic diseases.

The Bible says in Numbers 23-24:

“And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs.”

The place was called the brook Eshcol, because of the cluster of grapes which the children of Israel cut down from thence.”

So go ahead, next time you’re out food shopping grab some grapes! 🍇

Time (and your body) is precious

Time is precious and the Bible says in James chapter 4 verse 14, “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”

So why waste this valuable time you’ve been given on things that are going to harm you, such as eating highly processed foods or drinking several cups of coffee a day, alcohol, and sugary-fizzy drinks; working all hours stuck in front of a computer screen, or any other job that takes up most of your time away from your family and friends; taking harmful drugs or smoking cigarettes; watching films that will leave you feeling gittery and disturbed all night, and whatever alse is going to make you sick and eventually cut your life short.

Come on! Wake up! If you want to live a reasonably long and pain free life, you have to be prepared to make an effort, and stop taking your body for granted. Good health is an ongoing process and you can achieve amazing results, just by making positive changes to your diet and lifestyle.

So treat your body with the respect it deserves; nourish it with real wholesome food, and it will give you all the energy you require. Keep it hydrated with clean water, every cell in your body depends on it and cannot function properly without it. Exercise, it helps maintain strong healthy bones and muscles, therefore keeping you supple. Learn to relax and take deep breaths from the gut; it’s surprising how many people have forgotten how to breathe. Watch a baby breathe and you’ll see that it’s their belly that moves, and not their chest.

Just remember that the body wants to stay in a state of wellbeing, and will do everything it can to protect itself. But if you choose to ignore the constant warning signs of tiredness, and aches and pains, it will succumb to sickness and disease. Learn to listen to your body, and you will be better able to cope with whatever life throws at you.

Another wonderful verse that comes to mind is from Genesis chapter 2 verse 7, “And the LORD GOD formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life: and man became a living soul.”

What a wonderful God we have!!

What the Bible has to say about blood and fat

If you are interested in living a long and pain free life without inflammation taking hold of your body. Then take heed and listen to what God has to say in book of Leviticus chapter 3 verse 17: “It shall be a perpetual statute for your generation throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor blood.”

Now I could go on and on for hours concerning this verse, but here’s just a snippet to get you thinking about how God’s word is as relevant today as it was back then.

God warns us to abstain from eating animal fat, as we now know that it can cause major health complications, including; cancer of the breast and pancreas, as well as cholesterol being the leading cause for heart attacks and strokes.

So next time you’re out, and feeling a little peckish, think twice before you order that greasy burger and chips. Do your body a favour and opt for a big salad instead; there are so many different types to choose from, and you’ll feel so much better for it.

God also warns us not to eat anything containing blood.

In the book of Leviticus chapter 17 verse 4, He says: “For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the life thereof. Whosoever eateth it shall be cut off.”

So if you are a meateater, please ensure that it is organic and cooked all the way through, as it does have the potential to harm you and can make you very sick indeed.

With that being said, I’d like to leave you with this scripture in the book of 1 Thessalonians 5:18, which reads, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”