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 helps 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?

The Healing Power of Garlic // Recipe

Pharmaceutical anti-biotics can weaken your immune system, as well as destroying good gut bacteria, leaving you open and susceptible to an overgrowth of yeast. (candida).

This is why it’s important to eat foods that will keep you strong and healthy. Garlic is one such food. It’s a supperfood, a natural anti-biotic, which can help cleanse the body from the harmful effects of bacteria, fungi and yeasts.

Enhance the flavour of your cooking with this wonderful aromatic vegetable. Pop some in amongst your roasted veggies, use them in your: soups, stews, casseroles, pasta sauces, vinaigrette dressings, and so on, or be brave and eat them raw.

I often make this dish as it’s quick, simple and tasty.

Green beans and garlic

  1. Steam and drain your fresh green beans.
  2. Then in a frying pan, add a tablespoon of olive oil and a crushed garlic.
  3. Add the beans to the frying pan and toss gently for a few minutes so that they take on the flavour of the garlic.
  4. Sprinkle with a little sea salt and serve with whatever you wish..

Sweet Potato Flatbread (Roti)

When I was on a candida diet, I remember searching the net trying to find a good yeast-free and gluten-free bread replacement, and came accross “Sweet potato rotis.” I practically lived on these while on that restrictive diet, and my family and I still enjoy them today served with fried or poached eggs, tomatoes, spinach and avocados.

So go on give them a try! All you need is a good non-stick frying pan and a little patience, especially when using gluten-free flour as the rotis don’t always rise while cooking, but they will still taste great! 😊

Check out the recipe here.

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 🌸

Are you a coeliac?

Do you feel bloated all the time? or are you suffering from any type of digestive problem? Such as Irritable bowel syndrome, Ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease constipation, loose stools etc. Then why not give your digestive system a break from eating foods containing GLUTEN. For you may be gluten intolerant.

Unfortunately, for many of us, wheat, rye, barley, spelt and for some people oats, have become terribly indigestible. These grains have been genetically modified (which I think is absolutely ludicrous) to the point where the body does not recognize them as being real foods anymore. As the digestive system struggles to break down these frankinstein foods, in order to absorb the nutrients, the immune system begins to suffer and eventually becomes compromised. Therefore allowing a whole host of other health problems to arise.

So why not try and replace those troublesome grains with some highly nutritious ones such as: brown rice, quinoa, polenta (corn), amaranth, sourghum, millet, oats and teff. Be creative, and have fun trying these new flavours and textures in your recipes. Once you start to regain your energy and feel great again, you won’t want to go back to your previous eating habits.

Coeliac disease (gluten intolerance), or gluten sensitivity can affect any part of the body. So please do not ignore persistent signs and symptoms of: headaches, fatigue, skin rash, bloating, over active bladder etc. Get an allergy test done, or as I said before just take a break from eating these foods for at least two to three weeks to see how you feel.

The Bible says in Exodus 29:2 –

“And unleavened bread, and cakes unleavened tempered with oil, and wafers unleavened anointed with oil: of wheaten flour shalt thou make them.”

God created these wonderful foods to help nourish and sustain us, but yet again “we” have tampered and destroyed them for no good reason. Will we ever learn? 🧐

Moringa Oleifera

My health problems in the past have led me to become a nutritional researcher, always on the look out for natural, God-given foods, which help protect and nourish our bodies, keeping us from sickness and disease.

So when I came across Moringa Oleifera, which is also known as “The Miracle Tree”, I was truly blessed!

This gift from God is native to northern India, and also grows well in tropical countries, but with a little care and attention it can also be grown over here in the UK.

Every part of this precious tree is used, and absolutely nothing is wasted. The bark, leaf, and seeds are highly nutritious, and can be used in soups, stews, smoothies, juices, and whatever else you can think of.

Moringa is a great food supplement to take as it contains over 90 nutrients, and works in the body as an adaptogen. Being highly alkaline, it helps rid the body from chronic inflammation, and helps to heal all manner of diseases, such as; diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, infections, Interstitial cyctitis, digestive problems, and many, many others.

I couldn’t wait to try it for myself, so I went down to my favourite health food shop, and bought a small pot of “Aduna Moringa Green Superleaf Powder”, which contains the vitamins A, E and K and also Calcium, Iron and Protein.

I take it as a tea, just under a quarter of a tea spoon in a mug of hot boiled water. It tastes very much like drinking spinach water. But once my taste buds got used to it, I began to find it very calming and refreshing.

Just remember, you DON’T, have to live in pain, there is always a way to improve your health and wellbeing, so why not try this for yourself.

Here are two scripture verses to think about:

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.

Genesis 1:11

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse;

Romans 1:20.

Coping with and eliminating Candida for good

When I was suffering with severe Candida (a yeast overgrowth), caused by taking a round of strong anti-biotics. My body was left in a dreadful state, showing signs and symptoms of gut, intestinal, kidney and bladder problems, along with terrifying panic attacks. keeping my sugars low, wasn’t enough to eliminate this terrible yeast infection. I had tried that approach before, for about a year, and believe me it just didn’t work!

In desperation, I had also tried many different types of natural anti-fungals, such as; Grape fruit seed extract, Olive leaf extract and Caprylic Acid, but to no avail. They all seemed to help me while I was taking them, but as soon as I stopped, my Candida levels would rise, and get out of control again.

So with some extensive research, help and advice, I began a very strict diet of NO wheat, dairy, and sugar (including fruit), and of course, NO yeast containing products for about 16 weeks. It was very hard, but I was determined not to cheat!

I was now on a mission to clear my cupboards from all those ‘forbidden’ ingredients. I also raided the fridge; throwing away all my jams, marmalades, sauces, and pickles. All those foods were feeding my Candida, and I’d just about had enough!

The first two weeks were challenging. I remember feeling overwhelmed while shopping for food, and wondering what on earth was I going to eat? Every box, packet, can or jar of food seemed to contain one or more of the ingredients that I was NOT to have. But I slowly got the hang of it, and replaced my fridge with fresh natural produce, and my kitchen cupboards with minimally processed foods.

I was brought up on a healthy Mediterranean diet, but somehow over the years, I started falling (as many of us do) into an easy ‘pre-packaged, processed-kind’ of diet, that was slowly playing havoc with my health.

Although systemic candida was distressing and unpleasant, it taught me to get back to eating naturally nourishing God-given foods. The only foods on the planet, which help heal and sustain the body.

Genesis 9:3 reads:

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

Next time you do your weekly food shopping, take a good look at how many whole-foods: vegetables, fruits, meat, fish, grains, beans, pulses, nuts and seeds, etc, there are in your shopping trolly. Compared to the amount of processed man-made foods you’ve picked up, such as: mock meats, pizza, pasta, sausage rolls, breakfast cereals, ready meals, cakes, and biscuits, etc. These foods negatively affect the gut microbiome, much like anti-biotics do, as they tend to be high in: salt, fat, sugar, fillers, and chemicals, which eventually leads to poor gut health (leaky gut), and disease,

So, from now on, it’s got to be as natural as possible for me, and also for you, I hope.

If you’re struggling with candida issues, and need more help and advise, please contact me.