Are you dairy intolerant?

There’s nothing wrong with a good cup of coffee, but if you’re suffering with diarrhea, bloating, excess throat mucus, eczema, psoriasis etc. then think twice before you order that cappuccino, flat white, hot chocolate and similar.

The cow’s milk that is normally used to make these tempting beverages, may be causing your body a lot of pain and distress.

So, next time you’re in a coffee shop, ask for your favourite milky beverage to be made with a plant milk instead, such as almond, rice or coconut.

Plant milks are so much better for you as they’re lactose, casein, hormone and antibiotic free!

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.

Rosacea: Why you may have it

Are you desperately trying to figure out why you’ve ended up with Rosacea? Well let’s take a good look at your life, and see if we can do anything to improve your facial skin condition.

Write these questions down and answer them honestly:

  • Are you constantly worrying about everything and anything?
  • Are you angry all the time?
  • Are you harbouring resentment?
  • Are you using harsh chemicals to cleanse your face with, which is leaving your skin feeling tight, stinging, or tingling?
  • Do you have an underlying gut issue, e.g Coeliac disease or have a gluten sensitivity, which you are not aware of?
  • Does your diet contain a lot of acidic foods and drinks such as; caffeinated drinks, carbonated sugary drinks, alcohol, spicy foods, processed foods, etc.?

All of these negative factors can contribute to developing Rosacea. So if you have answered these questions with an open heart, you’ll be able to see what positive changes you need to make, in order to start your healing process.

Back in 2003, my Rosacea was extremely painful and classed as moderate to severe. My husband took me to a dermatologist in London, who advised me to have about 4 to 5 laser treatments (intense pulsed light) within the space of a year to help reduce the redness (broken capillaries) and sensitivity. She then went on to say that Rosacea is a progressive skin disorder and that it would be best to have the treatment done once a year in order to keep it under control, i.e. that there is no cure.

But over the years, whilst studying nutrition, I began looking deeper into what I was putting into my body and onto my skin/face. I changed my diet to a more plant-based (alkaline) one, and moisturised my skin with the appropriate creams and lotions suitable for the winter winds or summer sun, and I found that my rosacea completely disappeared!

So to sum it up:

Depending on how severe your Rosacea is, you may need to have a few laser treatments done to reduce the redness. BUT, it is imperative that you change to a healthy lifestyle, so that you can completely heal and prevent it from re-occurring.

If you have any questions, please contact me, I know what you’re going through, and will be more than happy to help.

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..

Vegetable Minestrone

This quick and easy vegetable soup is nourishing, low in fat, gluten-free and easy to digest.

I used:

  • 2 tbs of olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • a small marrow
  • 2 carrots
  • a handful of chopped spring greens
  • 2 small potatoes
  • 2 gluten-free vegetable stock cubes
  • 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon of oregano
  • and just enough water to cover the vegetables.

Using a large saucepan…fry the onion in the olive oil, add all the chopped vegetables, seasoning, and stock cubes. Then pour some hot boiled water over the ingredients, and cook untill the vegetables are soft.

In a seperate saucepan cook a little pasta, drain it and gently mix it through the soup. Or if you want to make it super healthy, replace the pasta with a tin of organic chickpeas, lentils or borlotti beans.

All vegetables are good for you, so use whatever you like!

Regularly eating this way:

1) Will keep your weight at healthy levels

2) The high fiber content will keep your bowels moving, preventing constipation

3) It will also help protect your heart by lowering LDL cholesterol levels.

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 🌸