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?
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.
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.
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
- Steam and drain your fresh green beans.
- Then in a frying pan, add a tablespoon of olive oil and a crushed garlic.
- Add the beans to the frying pan and toss gently for a few minutes so that they take on the flavour of the garlic.
- Sprinkle with a little sea salt and serve with whatever you wish..
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.
This quick and easy vegetable soup is nourishing, low in fat, gluten-free and easy to digest.
- 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 basil or 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.
Stay away from all those sugary cereals, which can cause your blood sugar levels to rise and leave you feeling hungry again an hour later. Why not eat a couple of eggs instead. Eggs are wonderfully nutritious, low in fat, and will not affect your blood sugar levels like most cereals do.
Organic eggs are a natural God given food and will not raise your cholesterol levels either, as you may have been lead to believe. They contain many health benefits, which are far better for you than any man made food. So throw away those sugar laden boxes of cereal and enjoy a hearty egg breakfast instead.
Try them poached, boiled, as an omlette or scrambled and if you fancy a fried one just go easy on the oil. 🍳
I love eating eggs for breakfast, so please let me know how you like your eggs and I will give it a go.