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Turmeric Scrambled Eggs + Supercharge Your Gut

Written by Lee on . Posted in All, Blog, Blog Dinner, Blog Lunch, Dairy Free, gut healing, Heal Your Gut, Nutrient Rich, Organic, Seasonal, Vegetarian, Wheat Free, Yeast Free

Forget avocado and toast, Harry and Meghan and every female's love-affair with Hugh Jackman after seeing the Greatest Showman, and say hello to another power couple; my 2-day Supercharge Your Gut Program and Supercharge Your Gut book. I know this is a big statement to make but I'm making it: they're bound to be your favourite conscious coupling for 2018 (book-pun totally intended). 

I'm so excited to be officially launching my 2-day Supercharge Your Gut Program alongside my brand new Supercharge Your Gut Book and can't wait to bring you along for the adventure.

Hey Lee, what’s your Supercharge Your Gut Program?

I thought you’d never ask!

My 2-day SYG Program is an uncomplicated online gut health program that's designed specifically for you – yes, you! It'll help restore and maintain your inner health so that you can experience complete wellness from head-to-toe, gain more energy and vitality, lose weight and feel healthier. Plus you'll have alot less of any uncomfortable gut symptoms.

The great part about it is that you only need to commit two days a week to maintain a healthy gut. It’s not time-consuming or a complicated drawn out program, just a super easy couple of days a week to implement into your weekly routine.

The SYG program provides step-by-step guidance on how to improve and maintain a healthy gut with delicious food to achieve enduring results. An the good news is that it's really affordable. For just $10 a week or $35 a month you can have your tumeric scrambled eggs and cancel anytime!

If you're not yet convinced, here are just two of the many testimonials we've received: 

Danielle C says: It's been an eventful body ride with ups and downs to which 8.6 kilo was dropped 1.8% body fat lost, many new habits have formed and a clearer happy tummy is proven for no tummy aces YAY!  It's the longest I've gone without booze for over a year! 
Natural foods taste incredibly sweet to me now. What a relief to cut out sugar!! It's encouraged at least 3-4 people around me to improve their diet. I can now know the correct way to fast for two days a week. So many delicious recipes that will stay in my food regime! 

Kaaren says: I realised that although my family do have a good diet (whole foods, grains fruit, veggies, not much junk food) we weren't having "enough" of  the good stuff. I started your program in September this year, my 11 year old daughter even asking me what was different about this diet. My reply was "this is how I grew up, eating all these foods  (the ratatouille reminded me of what my mum used to make) and this is how we are supposed to be eating",  however with our busy life I had forgotten what to do. I now feel fantastic and have reignited my passion for food and rarely have any side effects. 

When you sign up you’ll receive a welcome pack, two days of recipes and meal ideas delivered to your inbox, additional gut-loving recipes adapted to meet your specific needs, web videos and daily expert advice to keep you on track and encouraged.

You’ll also receive guided mediations that can be listened to where and whenever you need them. These are great to help you unwind and relax. I like to listen to them before I go to sleep as they send me into a very deep sleep. They truly instil positive, constructive messages to help relax and unwind your body and mind. Speaking of the body, I’ve also included a whole lot of yoga poses that are key for digestion. These will help alleviate symptoms such as bloating and constipation.

Oh, that does sound great... and what's this book you speak of?

Well, if you're ready to further your insight into all things gut health, this is the book for you. Supercharge Your Gut, the follow-up to the best-selling book Heal Your Gut is here, and it’s going to change your life forever. Get ready to sink your teeth into the latest gut research, over 100 gut-loving recipes and explore the ins and outs of our most influential body part.  Supercharge Your Gut offers a two day a week maintenance program that’ll set your gut health up for life.

Prebiotic Baked Tray from Supercharge Your Gut

Mocha and Banana Smoothie Bowl from Supercharge Your Gut

In a really easy-to-digest format, you'll discover just how to care for and improve your immune system, hormones, sleep, nervous system and more! Learn all about SIBO, histamines and that FODMAP diet that Claire is constantly going on about at work.

If you're ready to totally transform the way you feel from head-to-gut-to-toe, these two tools are exactly what you need.

And just incase you need more convincing, I'm going to share with you a delicious recipe from my latest and greatest, Supercharge Your Gut.

My turmeric scrambled eggs are perfect for easy breakfasts, late summer dinners and everything in between. Plus, if this recipe is anything to go by, you’ll find that the recipes in both the program and the book are equally nourishing, tasty, simple to make and easily digestible. All recipes are gluten, wheat, dairy, yeast and sugar-free and include wholefood ingredients that can be found in your local supermarket or healthy grocer. I've included recipes for delicious, nutritious, easily digestible meals like nutrient-packed smoothies, soothing soups, healing broths, comforting mashes, bowls, crockpot meals and stews, easy to digest dinner dishes and desserts that'll nourish your body and leave you satiated.

Make a two-day commitment to the health of your gut and you'll be surprised at how good you can feel.  I hope you will join me in making your gut healthy and happy today via the program or grab a copy of Supercharge Your Gut.

If you're not yet convinced, you'll have to give my delicious Turmeric Scrambled Eggs a whirl, they're scrumdidiliumptious.

Turmeric Scrambled Eggs

Serves 2

Ingredients:

Method:

Sauté garlic and onion in frying pan until translucent.
Add in eggs, and stir and then add tamari and spices.
Cook for about 5-7 minutes continuously stirring.
Sprinkle with nutritional yeast and torn basil to serve.

Chia Pleasure Breakfast Pudding

Written by Lee on . Posted in Blog, Blog Breakfast, Heal Your Gut, Heal Your Gut Powder, Heal Your Gut Powder

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Picture this: it’s the first day back at work or school after a long weekend and you’ve already slept through your alarm. Twice.

You’re in a rush and wondering what you should grab for breakfast on the run? Should you just skip it altogether?

Sound familiar?

In our fast-paced world, everything is happening in a rush. We grab the first decent-looking thing from the fridge in the morning and gulp it down, we speed through our lunches while we scroll through instagram and we mindlessly watch whatever’s on TV during dinner.

For many of us, we’ve taken the pleasure out of meal times. Sadly, meals are no longer a time of talking and gathering together but rather, something that takes up time in between tasks. Meals have been replaced with mindless chomping and finger scrolling.

I want to put the pleasure back into food and that’s why I’ve created my Chia Pleasure Pudding!

Introducing Our 2-Day Supercharge Your Gut Program

Written by Lee on . Posted in Blog, gut healing, gut health, Heal Your Gut, Heal Your Gut Powder, healthy gut. digestive health, micro flora, microbiome, mindfulness

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Lights, camera, action...I'm so happy to announce my brand new 2-Day Supercharge Your Gut Maintenance program is now live.

If you're thinking about joining, I want to give you some information to help you decide whether it's right for you.  I've designed this program specifically for you. I want to make it as uncomplicated and achievable as possible.

You'll enjoy simple yet delicious recipes, get help every step of the way and have access to a team of experts as well as information, videos and daily emails to educate and motivate you. 

If you've been suffering with low energy, fatigue, gut issues, weight issues, auto-immune problems, or any condition aggravated by a poorly functioning digestive system this program will really help you to get back on track.

Or if you've already completed our four-week Heal Your Gut eCourse and want to maintain good gut health long term and looking to continue supercharging your gut two days a week, this is the perfect way to do it.  

Think of it as 5/2 fasting with a gut healing twist!

The great part about joining is that it's affordable and you only need to commit two days a week to create and maintain a healthy gut and still enjoy a balanced lifestyle.

You'll also wave goodbye to any existing tummy troubles, pain and bloating forever and learn ways to never feel weighed down or uncomfortable again!

Read some of our current testimonials from happy LYGr's here.

WHY SHOULD YOU JOIN THE 2-DAY SUPERCHARGE YOUR GUT PROGRAM?

  • It’s not time consuming and is easy to implement into your normal daily routine.
  • You only need to do it two days a week to maintain great gut health. It really couldn't be any easier!
  • It’s not difficult to maintain each week and doesn't require major changes to your life.
  • I know that it will inspire you, motivate you and bring about a sense of true vitality and energy to your body and you'll feel like a new person.
  • It will help with weight reduction and balance if that's an issue for you.
  • You’ll be provided with step-by-step guidance on how to heal and maintain a healthy gut with food to achieve optimum and enduring health.
  • You can enjoy gut healing recipes which are nourishing, tasty, simple to make and easily digestible. All recipes are gluten, wheat, dairy, yeast and sugar free and include wholefood ingredients that can be found in your local supermarket or healthy grocer.

INDIVIDUALISED CARE

  • The program takes you into account as an individual and we help and guide you every step of the way so that you can achieve your goals.  We also have a team of gut health experts  to call upon with any of your individual concerns. 
  • It's suitable for vegetarians and if you're following a FODMAP diet.
  • You'll learn how to set yourself up for a good gut healing day and how to rectify symptoms quickly if you've eaten something that has troubled you.
  • It's not a strict or restrictive plan and takes into your account your daily nutritional needs.
  • You'll enjoy delicious and nutritious gut healing or gut maintenance recipes tailored to your needs and depending upon the level of improvements you are looking for.

WHAT YOU'LL RECEIVE WHEN YOU SIGN UP TO THE PROGRAM

  • Welcome pack
  • Two days of recipes, meal ideas delivered to your inbox
  • Additional gut healing recipes adapted to meet your specific needs
  • Web videos, informative guides and the latest gut health information
  • Unique guided audio meditations to nurture you through the process
  • Daily expert advice and encouragement to keep you on track
  • 24/7 support to answer all of your questions from a team of experts

Make a two day commitment to the health of your gut and you'll be surprised at how good you can feel and the improvements you'll experience in your overall health. 

I hope you'll join me in making your gut healthy and happy today.

Join me in loving your gut and look forward to better health and vitality.

Gut Healing Lamb and Zucchini Soup + Join the Heal Your Gut Program

Written by Lee on . Posted in Blog, Blog Dinner, Blog Lunch, Candida Friendly, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Heal Your Gut, Nutrient Rich, Organic, Seasonal, Wheat Free, Winter

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On my expedition into gut healing, I’ve been so blessed to discover that eating in a way to maintain or heal gut troubles doesn’t have to be a deprivation. In fact I have enjoyed it. I’ve discovered so many wonderful healing ingredients along the way that when paired together in mighty gut-healing strength, also work to bring gorgeous flavour and enjoyment. That has always been my mission- to target gut troubles effectively whilst also providing a joy-factor.

Today's recipe is one of the favourites with the participants of my Heal Your Gut online program 

The next round of the four week online program starts now and you can join up at anytime here and read testimonials from our participants here.  

When it comes to gut health, one of the ingredients that gets me giddy is the humble zucchini. They’re really cheap, but absorb so much flavour, are incredibly versatile and are super-dooper good for your gut. First of all they're incredibly low in starch, so it’s much simpler for your gut to digest than some other higher carbohydrate veggies.

They’re also bursting with potassium and Vitamin C, two nutrients that help to reduce inflammation of the gut lining if you suffer from leaky gut or gut pain and intolerance symptoms. They’re also going to give you a good dose of fibre to keep things moving!  

Zucchini also promotes regularity because of the balance of soluble and insoluble fibre it contains- which also acts as a lovely pre-biotic to feed all the good guys living in your gut that are responsible for your immunity.

This stupendous squash also helps to soothe the stomach lining and microvilli that perform all your digesting work, being naturally alkalising due to high amounts of chlorophyll and water. That means say goodbye to indigestion, stomach inflammation and high acidity that just leaves you feeling blah.

Zucchini should definitely be purchased organic since its high in pesticides in its conventional form, and unfortunately it’s also one of the most common crops to be genetically modified.

If you get the chance visit your local farmers market, community agriculture program, the organic section of your supermarket or an organic delivery service to source chemical free and higher nutrient zucchinis.

I love to use a slicer or mandolin to turn zucchini into noodles (zoodles) in place of grains in lasagne and pasta dishes, or topped onto salads. You can also grill or roast it, and even freeze it into cubes and make your smoothie creamy and frosty without the need for bananas!

This lamb and zucchini soup is just one of many soups that I've created to bring ultimate enjoyment as well as helping you to either maintain gut health, or do some serious rebuilding in the context of the full protocol.

Here the illustrious zucchini takes on the comforting flavours of lamb to bring you a low starch, candida friendly soup that your gut will adore.

Don't forget the next round of the four-week online Heal Your Gut program  starts on Monday 12th September 2016 and if you feel like it could be right for you, find out more about it here.

Lamb and Zucchini Soup

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Register for Heal Your Gut

Written by Lee on . Posted in Autumn, Blog, Blog Breakfast, Blog Dinner, Blog Lunch, Blog Snacks, Candida Friendly, Dairy Free, Dessert, drinks, Heal Your Gut

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The next round of my four week Heal Your Gut program starts on Monday 8th August, 2016.

You still have time to register for this transformational experience.

Just go here to join up and look forward to increased energy levels, better immune health and relief from gastro-intestinal symptoms.

See you on Monday 🙂

Lee x

Is Fructose Affecting You?

Written by Lee on . Posted in Autumn, Blog, Candida Friendly, Heal Your Gut, Nutrient Rich, Organic, Seasonal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Supercharged Food Menu, Vegetarian, Wheat Free, Winter, Yeast Free

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‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ is often referred to when it comes to diet and health. But this old saying may not be as relevant to some people due to our modern heavily sugar supplemented diet. 

Throughout history we’ve only ever consumed a small amount of sugar. Seasonal ripe fruit rich in fructose picked straight from the tree was the desired amount.

Our ancestors waved goodbye to the sugary desserts and overly sweet treats and thrived from starchy vegetables bursting in energy releasing glucose. 

It’s funny how the tables have turned in the twenty-first century. It’s like we’ve become addicted to the hit of sugar and fruit juicing.

What is fructose?

Let’s get down to the basics, fructose is a simple sugar found in many plants, tree and vine fruits, flowers, honey, berries and most root vegetables. Fructose is easily confused with glucose, also a naturally occurring simple sugar, found in starchy vegetables.  Glucose is  produced by the body and essential to the body and many of it's important functions. This simple sugar provides the energy needed to perform specialized processes such as digestion and cellular respiration.

The difference between fructose and glucose is in its metabolism within our bodies. Whilst glucose is easily metabolised and used for energy throughout the entire body, fructose is harder to metabolise and can only be done within our liver.

With an abundance of fructose passing through our lips in the form of an over abundance of fruit juices this can put a strain on our hard working livers and result in fructose metabolising into fat. 

Although this fat replenishes our glycogen and triglyceride stores, the primary store is stored as fat in the body. Because sugar is in everything, even natural and healthy foods, it’s hard to understand the ramifications of eating too much. 

We all want to be healthy, and often by doing this we up our intake of fruit. It’s wonderful to enjoy a sweet juicy peach in season but many mass produced fruit juices could potentially be doing damage to our precious livers when taken in excess. Fruits are glorious and packed full of nutrients, minerals, vitamins and fibre so they shouldn't be avoided, but they can be detrimental in large quantities such as over juicing.

What does too much fructose do in our bodies?

When too much fructose enters the liver it kicks off a series of complex chemical transformations, tiny fat droplets begin to accumulate in the liver cells, a process called lipogenesis. This buildup of fat causes fatty liver disease. 

Before the production of High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in the 1960’s, a commonly produced sweetener which has been stripped of all nutrients, fatty liver disease derived from fructose was barely known. Now it affects up to 30% of adults in the United States and other developmental countries, and between 70% and 90% of those are obese or have diabetes. 

Are you consuming too much fructose? 

That is the question is on many lips.  

One thing we do know is that fructose intolerance is on the rise. With so much sugar passing through our blood stream it’s easy to for our bodies to suffer, even if you’re slim, fit and healthy.

Another problem is sport drinks.  When swapping over from soda to sports drinks, these little switches could be further adding to a fructose problem.  With the average energy drink containing 50 grams of fructose per 1000ml, you’re quickly increasing your intake. 

What is fructose malabsorption?

Fructose malabsorption is a common digestive disorder in which absorption of fructose (or other sugars like lactose or sorbitol) in the small intestine is impaired.

I can rear it’s ugly head in a few ways, from bloating, abdominal cramps and pains, diarrhoea, constipation, increased intestinal sounds and gas production, acid reflux, nausea or vomiting. 

Unfortunately, if you suffer from Irritable Bowel Symptom (IBS), then you’re even more likely to recognise these symptoms. With a staggering 70% of IBS patients suffering with an intolerance to fructose. 

Did you know that studies suggest that depression can be more common in adults with fructose malabsorption?

What’s the next step?

If this is all sounding far too familiar then it’s time to take a little inspired action.

With such a huge focus on being healthy in the media what actually constitutes the recommended amount of fruit per day? Eat For Health.gov.au recommends two servings a day which is sufficient to retain the vital dose of nutrients.

If you do suffer from fructose intolerance or fructose malabsorption, and want to keep the bloating at bay you might want to reduce this to one piece of fruit a day. Remember, vegetables such as cucumber, spinach and zucchini are significantly lower in fructose than fruit. Including these refreshing green vegetables into your diet is a great way to ensure you’re still getting a good range of nutrients. 

Here’s a tip for you, it’s been shown that if you have a small portion of fruit after a meal your body can tolerate the fructose a lot better than a single dose on an empty stomach.

So if going cold turkey on the mangoes is too much, then enjoy some after lunch for a satisfying hit of sweetness! 

Reducing short chain carbohydrates is also a way forward. Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols (FODMAPS) are sugars found in these short-chain carbohydrates which are poorly absorbed in the small intestine and reach the large intestine where they produce gas and attract water.

This useful list of foods you should try and reduce will soon become your bible! You can also read my blog post about what is FODMAPS? here.

You may want to sign up to my Heal Your Gut four-week online program. You can find out more about it here. The next course starts on Monday 8th August, 2016 and bookings are open now.

Creating the right balance 

The right balance is to eat everything in moderation, but with the combination of a reduction in FODMAPS and fructose you’re well on your way to fructose-intolerance free life a life free of pain and a distended belly!

Healthy Gut + Banana and Mango Smoothie

Written by Lee on . Posted in Blog, drinks, gut healing, gut health

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Now is a great time to look at the health of your gut, especially after ongoing January festivities where holiday over-eating may have left you feeling a little worse for wear.

Gut health is by far the best way to nudge off a few excess kilos gained during the over-indulgent festive season.

If you haven’t already tried it or seen it in stores, my Love Your Gut powder, which is all natural and made from naturopathic grade, organic and fresh water diatomaceous earth is the perfect antidote to seasonal weight creep and will get you back on track.

This all natural food based ingredient will give your gut that little daily spring clean it craves, particularly after a long-winded holiday eating splurge that seems to run for the best part of the new year and beyond.

It’s not just our cupboards that need a bit of tender loving care, our hard working colons do too!

Diatomaceous earth is the superfine fossilised remains of fresh water diatoms, a natural type of hard-shelled algae. For hundreds of years our ancient ancestors recognised algae as an incredible food source, holding magnificent health benefits. But for some reason it has taken us a long time to reap those benefits.

The wonders of algae lie in the silicon makeup. Silica provides an abundance of health benefits, from boosting hair growth, to easing skin problems such as redness, acne and eczema. Slowing down the degenerative break down of connective tissue, to increasing calcium deposits to bone.

Getting sufficient amounts of this super mineral is essential. However, it’s not all in the mineral composition, diatomaceous earth holds many other benefits as it’s anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-any nasties in the form of parasites. It helps with increased nutrient absorption, better immunity and improved waste removal.


Due to the texture of this natural sediment, it very gently exfoliates the intestine wall, sweeping away all impurities that sit in your gut.

These unwanted toxins block our bodies from absorbing vital nutrients, and therefore decreasing our general well being, energy and happiness.

Once the junk has been removed from your trunk, you will nourish and glow from the inside out.  It’s easy to take and tasteless too without any additives. It's also suitable for vegans and is gluten and GMO free.

Simply add a tablespoon to water, juice or a smoothie twice a day before meals and scroll down for my favourite gut soothing smoothie.

Here's a short video about the benefits of Love Your Gut powder,  which can be purchased here.

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Happy Gut Banana and Mango Smoothie

Serves one

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • ½ cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 cup almond milk or milk of choice
  • 1 tsp Love Your Gut powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder or extract
  • Pinch cinnamon
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric

NOTE: If you don't have all the right ingredients, you can use our Golden Gut blend and just add mango and banana and milk of choice.

Method

  • Place all ingredients to a high-speed blender and whizz until combined and smooth
  • Pour into a tall glass

You can also spice up your mornings by adding this fine powder to one of the gut healing drinks from my Love Your Gut recipe book.

Come and Meet Our Experts

Written by Lee on . Posted in Blog, Heal Your Gut

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There are so many ways to improve the health of your gut, from hypnotherapy, to meditation, naturally with food, or more commonly with over the counter packet drugs made for the average Joe, not specifically modified for different people, severity of symptoms or individual sensitivities.

Bearing all of this in mind, when I created my Heal Your Gut program I sought to offer a wide variety of specialist information and advice to be available at your fingertips. A wealth of knowledge that has been learned, handed down, tried and tested and scientifically proven from a team of professional medical practitioners, gastroenterologists, naturopaths, nutritionists and integrative doctors.

Each one of my carefully picked experts has their own methods and experiences, and come from a varied background, a mixture of Western and Eastern philosophies and practices so you can learn as much as you can, and choose the healing pathway that is right for you. Being bi-cultural myself, half English and half Indian it was important for me to offer both sides of the medicinal and cultural coin.

I’m happy to report that together, my team of experts creates an amazing wealth of knowledge that you can draw upon and take on board, based upon your own personal circumstances and requirements.

I’d love to introduce you to a few of them:

Firstly, let me introduce you to our specialists. 


Dr Vincent M. Pedre III (M.D)
is a resident medical doctor from the United States. He’s a qualified internist (specialist in intestinal diseases). His philosophy and practices are a blend of both Western and Eastern medical traditions. He is a Clinical Instructor in Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, as well as certified in yoga and Medical Acupuncture. Having suffered from IBS for years he understands how life debilitating this illness can be. Believing that the gut is the ‘seat of all health’ he aims to heal from the inside out.
 He has just released a book called Happy Gut.

Dr Libby Weaver (PHD) is our resident biochemist and one of Australasia’s leading nutritional biochemists. Dr Libby spent 14 years at University and graduated with a bachelor of Health Science majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics with honors and a PhD in Biochemistry. Combining holistic approaches with her scientific education and seventeen years of clinical experience she addresses the link between how stress impacts the gut.

Dr Jillian Sarno Teta
 is a naturopathic doctor who has studied biology, energy and environmental analysis and naturopathic medicine. This incredible woman is the creator of the Fix Your Digestion gut restoration program, using all her different studies to give an easy guide that helps people improve their gut health.

Meet our Happy Campers

Written by Lee on . Posted in All, Autumn, Blog, Blog Breakfast, Blog Dinner, Blog Lunch, Blog Salads, Blog Snacks, Candida Friendly, Dairy Free, Dehydrating Food, Dessert, Gluten Free, Heal Your Gut, Nutrient Rich, Organic, Sauces, Seasonal, Shopping List, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegetarian, Wheat Free, Winter, Yeast Free

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If you're dealing with digestive issues, feeling fatigued, or simply just don’t feel yourself at the moment, then this could be because of the health of your gut.

Poor gut health can exacerbate symptoms and be the cause of health complications, many of which aren’t as obvious as you might think. You could be suffering from skin rashes, anxiety, hormonal imbalances or poor immunity, common symptoms that you may not normally attribute to your gut.

If you feel the time is right and you're considering doing my four week Heal Your Gut Program I'd love to share with you some feedback I've received and introduce you to a few of the members of our ever-growing community.  You can find more testimonials here too. The next program starts on Monday 8th August 2016 and you can sign up here or find out more about it here.

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Jules says “Your Heal Your Gut Program is great. My whole family are now eating EVERY thing from the program!! I'm so happy my husband and I am sharing the cooking. This has become a family thing! This photo was taken at the end of the heal your gut program! I'm glowing.”

Anne

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“I am so grateful for my new lease on life after completing Phase 1 from your Heal Your Gut program. After a kidney infection 4 or 5 years ago, I took antibiotics for a year, then my muscles started aching and I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, tested for MS, etc. So then I was on Prednisolone for 2 1⁄2 years. My skin was bumpy and dry and I had fine lines on my face, I had migraines for the first time in my life, my hair was thinning, I definitely had a foggy brain, leg muscles ached, and I was always tired. I knew it was inflammation, but did not know how to fix it, apart from taking more anti inflammatory drugs.

My sister in law heard you on 3AW and called me, saying that my symptoms were the same as yours. My first week was pretty rough, with headaches and flu like symptoms for a week. Then exactly 7 days later I felt fantastic. Much more energy, no brain fog, and generally brighter and happier. Friends have noticed it even in my voice.

My legs are back to normal, no more pain, which is amazing. In two weeks I had lost 5 ks, and after 4 weeks I had lost 7 kilos, which was great although I hadn’t done this for weight loss. The saliva test shows I had/have Candida, so I am on a roll now and will continue with the same protocol. It was very comforting to have the recipes to follow, and be much more organized about buying supplies. My son really loved the soups, especially the cauliflower and turnip soup. And I was doing the supercharged shake for us both each morning! I feel so happy that I now know what was wrong with me and have the ability to fix it! This is life changing for me, thank you so much Lee.” Anne

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Jodie emiled us to say “I have completed the HYG program twice now, each time with spectacular results! After suffering with thyroid & IBS issues for many years, I can now say I have gained control over those chronic symptoms that once left me debilitated & depressed – all thanks to Lee & her HYG program.

The major results for me include; dramatically increased energy levels, more sound & restful sleep & the joy of clear thinking where once there was only fog. As an unexpected bonus, I have lost around 15 kilos of unwanted weight I thought I could never shift after years of trying!  Through completing the program I now understand much more about the connection between your gut & mind & which foods work with you to soothe & heal. I know I need to take the time to give my digestive system a rest & the importance of including pre & probiotic rich foods in my eating. The recipes on the HYG program do all this & so much more to introduce you to & show you how to maintain your health through mindful eating habits. The support from Lee & the other participants is invaluable throughout & gave me the motivation & inspiration to keep at it when things got tough.

I can’t thank Lee enough for sharing her program & would highly recommend it to anyone seeking ways to improve their health & wellness.”

Belle

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Belle sent in a photo of her skin after week one “These are the changes to my chronic skin condition just 9 days after being on the program! I'm seeing such great results. Thank you.”

If you think my Heal Your Gut program could be what you're looking for then why not join me? It’s easy, uncomplicated, and life changing. You'll also become a part of the ever growing HYG community.

My positive and invigorating programme starts on Monday 8th August 2016 and I really do hope to see you there soon 🙂  Click here to register for the next round.

Lee x

Gut Healing Almond Milk Jelly Cup

Written by Lee on . Posted in Autumn, Blog, Blog Breakfast, Blog Lunch, Dessert, Heal Your Gut, Nutrient Rich, Spring, Summer, Wheat Free, Winter, Yeast Free

almond milk jelly cupA healthy gut can boost the absorption of nutrients, speed up weight loss, prevent food cravings and balance out hormones.

If you consider your gut as a garden, you’ll notice that whatever you put into is ultimately going to affect your overall health and determine how much energy you have.

Healing your gut is all about getting the maximum amount of nutrient absorption, balancing out tricky bacteria and keeping things as alkaline as possible.


Nutrient absorption is based upon good gut permeability. Eating an unhealthy diet can lead to poor digestion of food, meaning that when food is broken down by enzymes within your stomach and pancreas, some food molecules can still remain in your small intestine.

The small intestine is the place where nutrient absorption occurs. These molecules are then able to pass through our gut wall into the bloodstream, causing bloating, irritation, inflammation, fatigue, aches, and low immunity to colds and flus.

A handy way to help maintain the integrity of the gut is to eat an easily digestible diet with foods that don’t aggravate and to include building block foods.

Supercharged Lamb Bone Broth

Written by Lee on . Posted in Autumn, Blog Dinner, Blog Lunch, Candida Friendly, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, gut healing, gut health, Heal Your Gut, Nutrient Rich, Organic, Sauces, Seasonal, Soup, Soups & Salads, Wheat Free, Winter, Yeast Free

lamb bone broth

Today I’m going to introduce you to gelatin-rich liquid gold.

Heralded as a staple in cultures across the globe, bone broth is a key ingredient in gut health and can be enjoyed as a healing elixir, soup, or a welcome addition to casseroles, and slow cooking.

While generally made from chicken or beef bones, my supercharged version is nourishing and comforting and provides similar nutritional benefits to traditional gelatin-rich recipes, but with the comforting flavour of lamb to add variety to your gut healing repertoire. It’s a recipe taken from my new book Heal Your Gut.

Rather than ditching the trimmings and bones from your next lamb roast, keep them stored in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer and pull them out when you’re ready to make this healing soup. Lamb is a versatile ingredient, and, if prepared correctly, one of the healthiest meats you can eat. In addition to their love of olive oil, the good health of many Mediterranean populations has been partially attributed to their love of lamb.

Lamb is high in tryptophan, an essential amino acid that regulates the control of serotonin, one of the key brain chemicals involved in regulating your mood, and making you feel calm, relaxed and sleepy, three things I’m sure we could all use more of! Because your body can’t produce tryptophan on it’s own, including plenty of tryptophan-rich foods in your diet is helpful for a contented disposition.

Incorporating lamb in your diet will help you build a strong immune system, due to its generous antioxidant content. Lamb is rich in a very highly absorbable form of zinc, important for strength, hormone production, cardiovascular and bone health. When slow cooked as in this recipe, the succulent, slightly smoky flavours of the lamb are drawn out and absorbed by the fork-tender vegetables. The result is comfort food perfection and a helpful meal to heal and seal the gut lining.

Lamb bones in particular house a variety of powerful nutrients that become released when they are slowly simmered in water. Among these nutrients, bone marrow provides the raw materials for building healthy blood cells and a strong immune system. It seems our grandparents were onto something feeding us bone broth to combat the common cold.

Want gorgeous skin, hair and perfect posture? Other valuable nutrients in bone broth include collagen, gelatin, hyaluronic acid, chondroitin sulfate, glycosamino glycans, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium. Known as “beauty nutrients” these components combine to promote beautiful skin and hair, as well as help the body maintain proper structural alignment.

Bone broth is also one of the best foods to consume for those suffering digestive issues, as it is rich in glycine and proline. These two nutrients are essential for connective tissue function – they literally heal and seal the gut, making this broth essential for those suffering chronic inflammation or auto-immune issues.

When creating your Lamb bone broth, try to use a variety of both large and small bones, as each have unique health benefits. Larger bones (such as the humerus and femur of the arms and legs) contain more bone marrow and can be beneficial for those with anemia, lung and immune disorders. Smaller bones contain more gelatinous materials, and are especially beneficial for promoting digestive health. This is why bone broth fasts are often recommended for treating leaky gut syndrome or Candida.

To get the most health benefits from your broth, look for grass-fed lamb. Conventionally raised animals are often fed a diet of inflammatory genetically modified grains, which contain herbicides, pesticides, and often contaminated with a range of heavy metals that can further weaken an already sensitive stomach.

In this recipe I’ve added another digestive aids – coconut oil – to increase the healthy anti-inflammatory fat content, and to promote nutrient absorption. There’s a reason a number of vitamins A, E, D and K are labeled “fat-soluble”. In order for your body to absorb these nutrients, you need to eat them with a healthy fat. Coconut oil adds a luxurious, creamy texture to any dish, it has also been found to be superior in aiding the absorption of antioxidants and other nutrients from the foods it is partnered with. It is also rich in lauric acid, which converts in your body to monolaurin, a nutrient found in breast milk that strengthens immunity. When choosing a coconut oil, look for an organic oil that is unrefined, unbleached, and made without heat processing or chemicals.

Make a large batch of this versatile broth over the weekend, and then store any leftovers to use throughout the week. It freezes brilliantly and can be placed in ice cube trays for convenience. You can use the liquid from this broth as a stock base in a range of dishes, or enjoy the soup as is. The longer it is left to sit, the more the tastes of the onion, garlic and bay leaf will meld and develop, and the more aromatic and flavoursome this dish will become.

I hope you’ll enjoy my gut healing broth. It’s comfort and nourishing food at its finest!

You can find the Heal Your Gut print book here or the eBook here.

Supercharged Lamb Bone Broth

 # Supercharged tip

You can make bone broth in a slow-cooker. Cook on low for up to 24 hours, topping up with filtered water if they reduce too much.

Think before you throw out the trimmings and bones from your next lamb roast. Lamb broth provides similar nutritional benefits to a gelatine-rich beef broth, but with the comforting flavour of lamb to add variety to your soups.

Ingredients

  • 60 ml (2 fl oz/1/4 cup) extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 kg (2 lb 4 oz) lamb marrow bones

  • 2 litres (68 fl oz/8 cups) filtered water

  • 2 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves

  • 1 onion, peeled and quartered
  • 
1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

  • Celtic sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F).
  • Place a flameproof casserole dish on the stovetop over medium heat and melt the coconut oil. Add the bones and stir to coat. Add the lid and transfer the casserole dish to the oven. Bake for 30 minutes or until bones are browned.
  • Transfer to the stovetop, cover with the filtered water and add the remaining ingredients, including seasoning. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to as low as possible and simmer for 4–6 hours. Add a little more filtered water from time to time if necessary.
  • Remove from the heat and allow to cool, then strain and refrigerate until the fat congeals on top. Skim off the fat and store the stock in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer, or freeze in ice-cube trays.

Gut Healing Cumin Digestive Aid (Jeera Vellam)

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cumin digestive aid

If you’re looking at striking a balance with your digestive health, this is a must have tea variation that I discovered last year during my Indian adventure. It’s one of my favourite natural medicinal aids I’ve included in my latest book Heal Your Gut and in the HYG four-week online program.

Jeera Vellam is a traditional Ayurvedic tea and Indian household staple beverage, which is consumed on a daily basis by many people. In South India and Egypt in particular, a large pot of Jeera Vellam is usually prepared in the morning and sipped throughout the day. It often replaces drinking water, as tap water cannot be consumed due to heavy pollution and must be boiled carefully.

Jeera is Hindi for cumin, while vellam in this context means water. According to Ayurveda, India’s 5,000-year-old approach to health, agni is the metabolic energy that helps the body assimilate nutrients, eliminate waste, generate warmth, and transform physical matter into energy. At the start of the day, agni is said to be quite low, and Ayurvedic practitioners recommend an easily digestible meal that is warm yet light, followed by a shot of Jeera Vellam. In India, this beverage is also commonly consumed as a shot after main meals and/or after celebrations such as weddings and dinner parties (where guests have indulged in heavy meals) to aid digestion.

Originating in Egypt, cumin seed is one of the most popular cooking ingredients used throughout the Middle East and Asia. The strong flavour, vibrant colour and tepid aroma of cumin has made it an indispensable spice in many Indian and Middle-Eastern dishes, such as curries, marinades, samosas, rice-based meals and even in teas and beverages.

However, these little seeds have a lot more to offer in addition to their vibrant taste and aroma. Traditionally, cumin seeds have been hailed as an effective aid to digestion, and recent research confirms that this may be due to cumin’s ability to stimulate the secretion of pancreatic enzymes, compounds that are necessary for digestion and nutrient assimilation. Cumin seeds have also been found to speed up metabolic function.

This Jeera Vellam recipe is also good for promoting liver and stomach health, as the antioxidants present in cumin seeds and ginger promote excretion of toxic substances from your body, while also controlling the regular activities of various vital internal organs. The longer you allow the cumin seeds to soak in the water (if you have time, overnight is preferable), the more this drink will facilitate the production of bile in the liver that may aid with symptoms of reflux, bloating, abdominal gas, and diarrhea.

My digestive aid is even useful in treating acute iron deficiency that is caused during anemia, as cumin seeds are a rich source of plant-based iron. As additional iron is essential for maternal and fetal health during pregnancy, Jeera Vellam is commonly prescribed to pregnant and lactating women in remote Indian villages where medical forms of iron supplementation may be unavailable.

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