Pregnancy

Hello readers 

Thanks for joining me on this journey of health!

This week I want to share some information with you about pregnancy after it being brought to my attention by Tyler Tolman.


There are many things to consider both prior to getting pregnant & also during your beautiful 9 months of pregnancy.  Here are some wholesome suggestions to consider…

– Breathing: Do you breathe deeply?  Have you tried 7 rounds of 7?  Emphasis on breathing allows the body to excrete toxins, oxygenate every cell, feel energised, enhance the lymphatic system (collects garbage from our blood) and more.  While your body changes and prepares for creating a new being it needs to be oxygenated.  It will also assist with supporting the nervous system during this time.

– Sunshine: Vitamin D from the sun helps our mood, energy and bone health, to name a few.  It is essential to get some everyday – start with small amounts on as much of your body as possible. Try lying naked in your backyard, find a nude beach, or just get outside in your togs. Either way don’t assume that driving from A to B and exposing your arms to the sun is enough vitamin D for the day.

– Whole foods: Juices, dairy free smoothies, green smoothies (all providing concentrated nutrients), fresh fruit, steamed vegetables, listen to your cravings if you feel they are genuine but fill up on good nutrition at the same time.  Here’s a link to some great ideas on my blog…hereherehereherehere, here, & here – that should keep you going for a while!

– If you feel that you are not able to get these nutrients on a daily bases another suggestion or an additional add on would be to start taking Juice Plus – a new product that I am stocking in my clinic.  I am very excited about this product as I know that the fresh fruits and vegetables stored in the tapioca capsule go through a very strict, clean process to ensure the nutrients are well maintained – from paddock to capsule.  It is unbelievable what is inside  I feel this is a fabulous addition to include in your routine to ensure, along with lots of fruits and vegetables, you are those extra nutrients to support your body while it has extra demands.

– Good quality oils rubbed on your belly, breasts, hips, etc everyday.  Consider using coconut oil, olive oil, sesame oil (this oil is very grounding), jojoba oil, rose hip oil.  There are many to choose from.

– Exercise: ensure daily walking (30mins or more), weights or strengthening exercises where you can to keep the body well adjusted and strong as it goes through changes, yoga is a fabulous strengthening exercise that also allows for a mind/body connection and concentration on breath.

– Support around you and healthy relationships so that you feel supported during this time of change, growth and creation. Choose to surround yourself with positive people.  This will uplift your soul, nourish your nervous system, allow you to enjoy the highs and feel supported during the trying times.

Here is the link if you want to watch a video by Tyler Tolman on the topic of pregnancy:  http://tylertolman.com/health-articles/how-to-have-a-healthy-pregnancy

You may already know that I will be supporting Tyler Tolman in Bali this coming January!  People with chronic disease will be attending this 30 day fasting and cleansing program in order to heal their conditions.  This is something I am very passionate about and excited that I am able to work along side Tyler and support these individuals through their journey with my Naturopathic knowledge and skills in order to create healthy change and transformation in their lives.  If you are suffering from a chronic condition and feel this resonates with you then check out the program for this coming January right here.


Overfed & Undernourished

Meat…should we eat it?

It’s a hot topic!

Last Friday night I was part of a Q&A panel at the end of a fabulous movie called Overfed & Undernourished.  The movie was a documentary about a boy called Liam who was clearly Overfed & Undernourished.  Sadly a true depiction of many children in today’s society.  An example of his state of health was he had trouble walking up a grassy hill without wheezing and stopping for a breather, due to his sedentary lifestyle.  Together Liam and his dad decided that it would be best to send him off to his Aunty and Uncle’s place on the Gold Coast as they lived quite a different active and healthy lifestyle that would provide Liam with the opportunity to get back on track with his health.  This was an intense and challenging 3 months that changed Liam’s life for the better.


Following the movie I was asked, along with 2 other individuals within the health and wellness field to answer questions from the audience about health.  One of the questions was about meat and how much should we eat?  This was an interesting and fabulous question, yet at the time didn’t give myself the opportunity to expand as much as I would have liked, so I thought I would use this forum – my blog – to do so.

My philosophy within Seeds Of Health is to increase our plant based food intake.  This can be done through fresh juices, smoothies, salads, soups, whole food dips, steamed vegetables, exchanging a meat curry for a delicious Dahl (a lentil curry – ask me for a recipe if you want one!), etc.  It’s often about swapping A for B.  Which I can help with!  Let’s add in so much good food, that it just naturally crowds out the bad, rather than depriving ourselves of certain foods.

Generally speaking, we all have some form of inflammation within our body, however to what extent varies depending on the individual.  Do you have signs of headaches, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (changing between diarrhoea and constipation), stiff joints, achey joints, sore back, irregular hormones illustrated through PMS or painful, varying cycle lengths (for the ladies!)?, gout, anemia, a fungal infection under your toenail, etc.  All of these symptoms are signs of inflammation and imbalance within the body.  By increasing the foods which provide ‘light’ (from the sun – plant based foods) into our bodies, our body is able to heal, repair and bring itself back to balance.  The moment we start eating too much processed, heavy, dense, dark and dead food (that is not grown with sunlight and living nutrients) our body has to work very hard to break it down and process it.  If it is foreign (ie. the body doesn’t recognise it as food because it was made in a lab with numbers and preservatives, etc) our immune system goes on high alert to protect our body from the ‘invader’.  Doing this constantly this wears out our body.

Animal products (namely meat and dairy – yogurt, cheese, ice cream, cream, milk, chocolate) cause a ‘stickiness’ and clogging of our arteries, not to mention the non-organic matter that is entering our bodies like steroids and hormones in meat and dairy as well as horrific ingredients like anti-freeze and leather cleaner found in ice cream.  It is so important for these reasons that if you do choose to eat animal products that they are free range/organic/bio-dynamic/happy animals that they themselves live a natural existence where they are able to roam and eat their natural diet.

By increasing plant based foods like fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds (quinoa, chia, hemp, linseed/flaxseed), legumes, lentils, etc and finding replacements for the everyday consumer items (listed below) our body is able to clean the colon and arteries and repair, reaping the benefits from there – more energy, better digestion, clearer mind, more motivation, weight loss, etc.

CHANGE IT UP:

  • Exchange cows milk for – almond milk, rice milk, Bonsoy milk (a better brand of soy milk that is non GMO), oat milk, coconut milk, hemp seed milk, coconut water (fabulous base for smoothies).
  • Exchange processed wheat bread for – sourdough rye or spelt bread (the less ingredients listed the better!), Essene bread, homemade spelt crepes, rice cakes, mountain bread wraps, sushi nori rolls, rice papers, etc
  • Exchange traditional ice cream for – whole food smoothie (frozen banana, cacao and almond milk!), coconut ice cream (available at health food stores), home made ice cream using whole food organic dairy ingredients, home made icey poles using 100% frozen fruit blended with a paddle pop stick great recipes here.
  • Exchange traditional Cadburys dairy milk chocolate for raw chocolate 

So after providing some background information let’s get back to the question.  How much meat should we eat?

As you can no doubt gather from the above information it is more about assessing where your body is at and letting it heal and repair – which in turn increases vitality.  Individually we will consider what food is right for your body and most importantly quality of the food you choose to eat – be it animal products or not.  It is a very individual assessment depending on your state of health.  Using iridology and questioning I assess your current state of health during a Naturopathic consultation.  Please contact me if you feel it is time for an assessment of your body.

The AIM is to increase your plant based foods and know exactly what you are putting in to your body (reading every label! and ideally not buying foods with labels).

A great resource to get started with whole foods is The Real Food Chef or The Real Food Kitchen.  I was selling these at the movie premiere, last Friday night.  I truly believe, aside from the endless blogs online that this recipe book provides not only mouth watering recipes that are functional for the family (both meat based and vegetarian) but opens your mind up as to how to increase your plant based foods with every meal you eat.  I stock these recipes books and am happy for you to phone or email me to collect your copy.  The authors Dr Libby Weaver and Chef Cynthia Louise are profound in their knowledge of nutrition and plant based foods.  I personally have worked alongside Chef Cynthia Louise and cannot speak highly enough about what she has to offer.  Dr Libby Weaver is a woman of such strength that acknowledge an epidemic of Rushing Women’s Syndrome – women packing more and more into their lives without stopping to nourish and realise what their body needs.  Together, both of these women turn the everyday meal like sheppard’s pie or caramel slice in to something that is so jam packed with vitamins and minerals, your body will be thanking you for it and your tastebuds will be singing!

I would love to hear from you in the comments below what your opinion is of the above information and what journey of health you have been on?  Do you agree or disagree with the above information?  Did you see the screening of Overfed & Undernourished?  What was your opinion of the movie?

I look forward to chatting to you in the comments below.

Signing off with kale kisses,

Janelle.

A fantastic cook book!

Welcome to the new comers!  If you are one of my old followers from The Cairns Parenting Companion blog – Welcome!

I have decided to start my new blog with a fantastic resource of recipes by an AMAZING chef called Chef Cynthia Louise.

I came across this amazing chef a few years back in Western Australia at a Self Care Express workshop with Tyler Tolman.  Chef Cynthia is a fantastic whole food chef that focuses mainly on plant based foods.  Inside this recipe book there are an amazing selection of smoothies, salads, soups, pizzas, patties, goodie balls, raw desserts, dips, noodle dishes, fish, etc. 
I was also lucky enough to have a day with Chef Cynthia in Bali last September at the end of a 7 day juice fast.  She really knows how to create delicious, yet incredibly nutritious food for body.
If you are wanting to grab a copy of your own please feel free to contact me.
 

I look forward to sharing many more resources, recipes and information with you.

Have a fantastic weekend!  I’m going for a kayak down the Mulgrave River 

Janelle

The Lunchbox Revolution

Hi readers,

I just wanted to make everyone aware of a fantastic book that I have come across in the last couple of months that contains a lot of fantastic recipes for your child’s lunchbox.  It’s called The Lunchbox Revolution by Mona Hecke.  These recipes are of course able to be used for the whole family – old and young.  It is broken into sections including breakfast, lunch, healthy sweets, etc.  But most importantly it contains a lot of useful information explaining useful and simple facts about nutrition – from a whole food perspective.  What I love!


If you are wanting to purchase the book please contact me or otherwise you can Google ‘The Lunchbox Revolution’ and purchase it online.

Remember, if there are any topics that you are interested in and would like to find out more about or perhaps you are confused about please leave a comment or contact me and I will do my best to write about it as I would love to support you on your health journey.

Janelle Twine.

Mums and bubs food choices

Recently I did a workshop at Amanda Gale Physiotheraphy for mums and their bubs.  I wanted to provide awareness about how the foods we eat and what we put on our skin are absorbed into our bodies and then filtered through to the mother’s milk, if breast feeding.  I focused mainly on food, however I also touched on beauty products.  Do you read the labels?  Consider using coconut oil as your daily moisturiser…it’s fantastic! 

Everything you eat and put on your skin (ie. moisturizer) is absorbed by your body and therefore your baby, whether in the the womb or being breast fed.

ALTERNATIVE FOODS TO ENJOY

Common allergen foods are wheat, dairy and sugar.  Here are some alternatives to consider using:

 

WHEAT 

The following grains contain wheat: Triticale, spelt, kamut, durum wheat, semolina, bulgur and then of course wheat.  Barley, rye and oats contain gluten which may cause problems for some people’s digestion, however if gluten is not an issue for you there are great alternatives.  There are so many other choices to use though!  Consider using these grains, seeds and flours:

Rice, corn, millet, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, potato, nut flours like almond meal, tapioca, flaxseed/linseed and chia.

DAIRY 

Cow’s milk can create many digestive problems and increase mucous production in our body.  There are many alternatives including: almond milk, rice milk, oat milk, soy milk (BONSOY preferably – available from some supermarkets and most health food shops).  Goats milk, although still dairy, can be less of a problem.

Other sources of calcium that offer a variety of vitamins and minerals and strengthen our bones include almonds, tahini (sesame seed paste), broccoli, figs, green leafy vegetables like kale, watercress, romaine lettuce, pak choi, chicory, seaweed, alfalfa and hazelnuts.

Sometimes we need to restructure our diet plan so dairy is not our main focus for breakfast, for example.  I love creating food plans for people so please come and see me if you need help with this.

SUGAR 

White sugar should be avoided by everyone!  I have written an earlier post about sugar, so scroll down if you would like to revisit this.  Sugar depletes both you and your babies immune system which is not a great start to life!

Other alternatives include maple syrup, honey, agave, stevia, xylitol (the last three are available from health food stores).  These are all more whole food and plant source sweeteners that also contain vitamins and minerals

Other things to consider:

Remember that your baby eats what you eat – through your breast milk – it is therefore so important to be conscious of everything you are putting in your mouth!

  Avoid adding salt, sugar and seasonings to foods as this becomes a benchmark flavour for your baby.  Let them taste each food as nature intended it first.  

  Unprocessed whole foods are fantastic snacks – mashed pumpkin, sweet potato, paw paw, avocado, banana, home made yogurt or unflavoured organic yogurt, etc.  Make a larger amount and freeze some in ice cube trays.

  Dehydrated fruits can be used along with rusks to chew on.  

  Consider adding salmon to your baby’s diet (check for bones!).  Healthy omegas are present.  Linseeds and chia seeds are also great sources of omega 3 and 6.  This helps develop your child’s brain and also skin health to name a few.

ALWAYS check for additives and preservatives in foods!  If you make them fresh you don’t need to worry about this.  These can really affect your child’s immune system as it is not from nature and therefore provokes an immune response within their body, unnecessarily.

Colic

Some foods that can aggravate digestion and cause colic symptoms include:

·      Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, etc. 

·      Cow’s milk and soy milk

·      Chocolate

·      Onions

·      Spices can also upset your baby’s digestion so consider whether you are adding too much chilli for example to your foods.

If you have eliminated the following foods for a minimum of 2 weeks and symptoms have not subsided consider getting a Hair Mineral Analysis Test at Amanda Gale Physiotherapy to discover specific foods and products that your baby needs to eliminate.

Almond milk is so easy to make.  Consider making it yourself.  Here’s the recipe:

Almond milk

1 x nut milk bag

1 cup measure

Blender

Raw natural almonds

Soak 1 cup of almonds overnight in fresh water.  Drain the almonds and place in the blender with 1 litre of water*. Blend for around 1.5mins, or until blended through depending on how fantastic your blender is.  Drain this through your nut milk bag, and squeeze all of the milk into a jug or glass bottle for storage.  You many like to reduce the amount of water blended with your almonds to create a thicker milk. 

*Optional add ins include: 1 date, 1 vanilla bean, a pinch sea salt, coconut.

Use as a delicious dairy replacement with muesli, or in hot drinks and smoothies.

All the best with your food alternatives choices!  Have fun and explore your options.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

 

Janelle Twine.

www.seedsofhealth.com.au