eMost people (including the old me), do not know that there is a direct link between the state of your digestive system and your overall health. In fact, many people don't even realise how important the gut actually is.
The majority of your immune system is in your gut. Therefore, if your gut is unhealthy, your entire body is unhealthy. For example, as I have mentioned in my 'About me' page that I have overcome a myriad of health issues when I restored my gut.
Take from it what you may, but it's been shown that 9 out of 10 people who have autism also have a gut imbalance such as leaky gut and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), or have a high amount of bad bacteria in the gut.That's a monumental finding! Imagine if your own health issues are a result of your gut health, and imagine how great you could feel if you fix your gut.
To understand how smoothies play a role in gut health, you have to know the causes of gut imbalance. The first is an overworked digestive system.
Just like you need a break from work, so does your digestive system. Imagine how you would feel if you worked 24/7. You'd feel like complete crap, as does your digestive system it you don't give it a break. Smoothies allow your digestive system to rest while still giving it the nutrients it needs. Allowing your digestive system to rest also conserves tons of energy.
The benefits of super smoothies!
Everyone asks me the same question - "Why are smoothies so flippin' awesome?" Smoothies are miraculous in so many ways. They are:
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Whether you want to stabilze blood sugar levels, regulate blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, build your immune system, kill bad bacteria and parasites, repopulate good bacteria, improve digestion, enhance nutrient absorption, prevent belching and bloating, detoxify the body, relieve muscle cramps and spasm, de-stress, relieve insomnia, regulate metabolism and increase energy levels, READ ON!
Introducing the first FODMAP friendly tea range!
Have you tried 'soothing tummy tea' and been a little disappointed that it wasn't so soothing after all? Well that's because the so called soothing tea on the market contains FODMAPs! Most of them contain Chamomile which sounds soothing but is problematic if you are intolerant to it. So I want to share my new range with you to soothe your troubles away! I have carefully selected my ingredients specifically to help all the gut issues that accompany food intolerances & IBS and to offer relief & prevention from inflammatory bowel diseases and other uncomfortable complaints. Our herbs are sourced mainly from Australia & around the world to bring you natural tea without artificial flavouring & preservatives.
* For maximum benefits from all blends, drink 3 cups a day! (& yes it will keep the doctor away!)
In addition to the endless therapeutic benefits of herbal tea and the fact it is caffeine free, it is also good for:
Well, we are at the end of Jan & shock horror we haven't gone through with our new year's resolutions. Oh that's right we were waiting till the kids are back at school:) Yes, finally that time has arrived (my kids have had 2 months off exactly hence the lack of posts, well that's my excuse!) So let's start getting a bit motivated!
Firstly I want to tell you how I changed my career path to hopefully inspire some of you to go for it too! After spending years trying to find a new career I stumbled across Health and Wellness Coaching as researching health had become a passion of mine after having gut issues for so long. If I even found one snippet of information to help me along it was worth a try. So I enrolled in a course, so excited to find a career I was passionate about as my previous job was in Beauty Therapy and I wanted to make people feel better not just superficially. So if you are among so many people I know that want a career change just go for it! I was 45 at the time!
As they say things happen for a reason so my journey really began when I rented space at my local yoga studio, (Enhance yoga, Berwick, Victoria) and I wanted to offer my clients some therapeutic herbal tea. After researching many 'soothing tummy teas' on the market I realised almost all of them contained FODMAPs! Chamomile high on the list, not so good if you have a food intolerance! So I created my own label along with a 'tea expert' and now am waiting on my first delivery this week! If you are not familiar with FODMAPs have a look on my website under low FODMAP diet (even if you don't have gut issues, as it is very interesting to know about these sugars which are in a lot of foods you eat).
So there you go if I can do it, seriously anyone can. I promise!!
So let's get motivated together!
Exercise 1 - This week let's try and set some SMART goals. Specific, Measurable, Attractive, Realistic and Timeframed. Goals need to be realistic or we lose motivation and feel like we have failed. An example of a weekly SMART goal would be 'On Monday and Wednesday night I will go for a 30 minute walk after tea'
So set 1-3 SMART goals this week and see how you go. It may be as small as mine, not drinking wine in my yoga pants!
p.s. I am putting together a Facebook group called 'Smart goal gals' to help each other stay motivated. If you are interested send me an email or post on my facebook page
Every year I make a different GF Christmas cake on my quest for one that doesn't fall apart, so finally here it is! (It's been well tested!) This is a dense and moist fruit cake with a high ratio of fruit, which means you don't need to use any sugar in the recipe. *If you malabsorb fructose go easy on your portion size & limit yourself to 3 cherries!
Serves 20 small portions
600g mixed fruit (I used dried blueberries, currants and cranberries)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla bean extract
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
zest and juice from 1 orange (or splash of contreui)
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups almond meal
50g roughly chopped walnuts
*toppings of your choice can be added when serving as fresh berries will spoil if left on top of cake
Preheat oven to 150 C fanforced
Prepare a small round cake tin with baking paper
Combine dried fruit, spice, vanilla, orange zest, juice or contreui, oil and eggs
Add the almond meal and walnuts and mix through
Spoon batter into your baking tin
Bake for 1 hour. Check with a skewer to see if it comes out clean, if not bake another 30 mins or until skewer comes out clean
Infuse with 1/4 cup of contreui as soon as you remove from oven by using a skewer to make holes and splashing over the top
Cool then remove from tin and store in airtight container
*This cake can also be warmed and used as a pudding served with cream, custard or natural yogurt, Enjoy!
CORE CALM AND DIGESTED
is proud to announce the arrival of Therapeutic Teas :)
For centuries people have been drinking herbal teas for their great taste and incredible medicinal properties. Herbal teas are also known for their powerful antioxidant content. Herbal teas are made from different parts of the plants like flowers, roots, seeds or bark.
Digest me – Peppermint, chamomile, lemonbalm & lemongrass.
Improves digestion by increasing the flow of bile. Reduces & alleviates stomach cramps, spasm & flatulence. Used for gastrointestinal conditions such as food allergies/sensitivities, anorexia, indigestion, colic, diarrhea, IBS, nausea, dyspepsia & gingivitis
Tummy tea – Calendula, meadowsweet, marshmellow root & peppermint.
Soothes the stomach, reducing inflammation/irritation. It reduces acidity in the stomach like an antacid. Its effective for all inflammatory gastrointestinal conditions, heartburn, IBS, inflammatory bowel disease, reflux, ulcerative colitis, crohns disease, stomach ulcers, diarrhea & more!
Rebalance Me- Peppermint, licorice, fennel, rose petals, hibiscus flowers & coriander.
A beautiful blend served hot or cold that’s balancing, nourishing & refreshing. Perfect for chronic stress.
Slim me – A blend of licorice, brindleberry, green tea, coleus root, cinnamon, hibiscus flowers & peppermint.
This blend will aid weight loss by suppressing appetite, boosting metabolism, stabilizing blood sugar levels and supporting digestion & detoxification. To be used in conjunction with a healthy diet & exercise program. Best results when used 2-3 times per day. *Caution: when used in hypertension.
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If you want to give your digestive system a break try my ‘Core Calm and Blended’ smoothie in a bowl!
If your like me a smoothie may not keep you satiated. But making a thicker version and adding some toppings makes you sit down and chew your food to ensure proper digestion. Follow these tips to ensure a low sugar nutritious meal every time.
3 Core Calm and Digested tips
Whether you enjoy your smoothie for breakfast, lunch or as a snack there are a few things to be mindful of:
1) Chew your smoothie.
We are used to drinking our smoothies but you still need to chew in order to release the necessary salivary enzymes required for proper digestion so instead of viewing your smoothie as a drink, view it as a smoothie meal in a bowl.
2) Include protein and fat in your smoothie.
Fruits contain natural sugars that can cause your blood sugar to spike. So to help balance this effect, be sure to include protein (chia, sesame seeds) and fat (avocado, nuts) in your smoothie. Just as important, fat aids with vitamin and mineral absorption, so helps you get the most out of the fruits and veggies in your smoothie.
3) Don’t overload your smoothie with high-fructose fruits.
Yes, fruit is filled with healthy antioxidants and vitamins . But it’s easy to get carried away and add too many high-sugar fruits in your smoothie which will cause your insulin to spike causing you to feel hungry and tired shortly after as your blood sugar begins to fall again so try and use more veggies and add low sugar berries.
Check out my core calm and blended signature smoothie in a bowl and sneak in a couple of servings of greens before lunchtime!
CORE CALM AND BLENDED SMOOTHIE IN A BOWL
1 cup of baby spinach leaves
½-1 frozen banana
¼ fresh avocado
a handful of mint leaves
½-1 cup of water/coconut water
½ cup ice cubes
1 tbsp psyllium husk
1 tsp slippery elm (optional)
½ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp stevia powder
toppings: your choice of LSA meal, chopped nuts, shredded coconut, seeds and berries
1. Process all the ingredients in a blender until thick and smooth. Pour into a bowl and top with desired ingredients and enjoy the crunch!
prep time: 5 mins
Hi, I'm Carolyn Lindrea, your Lifestyle, Food and Wellness Coach, Fructose Malabsorber, Barre Fusion Yogi, and founder of 'Core Calm & Digested' & the first FODMAP friendly digestive tea range. Here you will find Information, Inspiration and Motivation to achieve a Healthy and Happy Lifestyle!