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My Fast Your Way to Wellness Online Program Is Here

Written by Lee on . Posted in Blog, Fast Your Way to Wellness

Fasting? You need a plan.

Are you keen to learn more about intermittent fasting and not sure where to begin? Or perhaps you've tried it but didn’t get off on the right foot?

After the overwhelming response I’ve received to my cook book, Fast Your Way to Wellness, (I realise that sounds like an oxymoron, but bear with me 😉 ) I knew I had to lend a hand to those of you who’d like to take intermittent fasting to the next level or, those of you who need a little bit of extra help getting started and keeping it going!

If you’re eager to embark on a health journey that’ll change how you look and how you feel, my Fast Your Way to Wellness 6-week Online Program is your answer.

The practice of intermittent fasting has improved my life so much and I’d love for you to experience these benefits for yourself. I started the practice in menopause after realising that the weight creep, night sweats and low energy were foreal! (Not kidding).

I wanted to find an easy and sustainable way to lose the extra weight I had gained and feel my best, and intermittent fasting has been the best way for me to do this naturally and with minimal effort. I personally follow the 5:2 method of intermittent fasting and delay breakfast each day to give myself and gut a good 16 hour break between meals, the 16:8 approach.  But there are a number of ways you can do it to make it fit in with your lifestyle and these are all covered off on the program. You choose... your day your way!

I’ve created this program for you because I do know how you feel; I’ve been there. Bloated, tired, frustrated, confused, moody and unable to shed weight. And that was just menopause ha! It’s time for a change! 

You deserve to enjoy a healthy life, and one that enables you to follow all of your dreams and passions. My new and affordable Fast Your Way to Wellness program provides you with a step-by-step guide to help nurse you through your journey, with delicious recipes and ideas, menu planners, shopping lists, inspirations, scientific research, tips and everything else you need to get started on changing your life for the better! You can read more about what it involves here.

If you’ve never attempted intermittent fasting before, and you’re interested to try it and reap all the wonderful health benefits, or if you’re a fasting professional but have run out of recipes and need inspiration to keep it going, then why not consider my six week online plan?  It's affordable at only $69 for the full six weeks and super easy to do!

Are you?

  • Tired of constantly feeling bloated, tired, frustrated, confused and moody
  • Looking for a complete health reset and want to feel healthy and happy
  • Ready to get off the diet rollercoaster for good
  • Keen to lose weight and keep it off
  • Desperate to increase your energy
  • Interested in balancing your hormones
  • In need of improving your sleeping patterns
  • Choosing to reduce bodily inflammation
  • Wanting to look after your gut health and improve your beneficial gut bacteria
  • Needing to reduce your blood pressure
  • Sick of your slow metabolism and want to increase your fat burning capabilities
  • Ready to normalise your hunger hormones for better appetite control and more

If any of the above feel like you, then this proven program works.  While of course we’ll be looking at dietary changes, we’ll also take a deeper look into my key tools and show you how to implement intermittent fasting into your weekly life. Over the six-week plan, you’ll discover:

  • The benefits of intermittent fasting and why it’s helped me and so many others regain control of our lives
  • How to knock back cravings and understand what they mean
  • Self-care practices that actually work
  • The lo-down on exercise
  • How to practice portion control
  • How to clean out your pantry and enjoy foods that benefit your health without restricting your diet
  • How to re-wire your brain for complete wellness
  • And so much more

And now for the part you’ve been waiting for… what about the food? 

Intermittent fasting will provide the most health benefits and is much more achievable if you consume food that is full of wonderful nutrition and not low calorie junk food.

This isn’t a time of deprivation but rather, a time where you enjoy what you’re eating and take pleasure in the experience. Even during an intermittent fast, eating should be joyful rather than a chore.

This program emphasizes avoiding processed foods to give a break your digestive system. You’ll be eating more natural, easily digestible whole foods to satiate you and provide you with good nutrition. Fasting is a healing process that gives your gut, brain and body time to reboot and recover and the recipes and ideas are super easy to make and implement.

Fasting encourages choosing foods that don’t have an ingredient label. Instead, we focus on toxin-free, and chemical-free foods. The recipes and foods are real and delicious but they are also super easy to buy from your supermarket and create simple meals with. Some of the delicious meals you’ll discover include sweet potato hot cakes, Mexican scrambled eggs, a bento box, an aromatic zucchini curry, steak with caramelised onions and so much more!

So what are you waiting for, sign up today!

Nina and Pieter said, “We are loving your Fast Your Way to Wellness program. The chicken meatballs with marinara sauce and curried carrot soup are weekly staples for us. We’ve also made the ginger and coriander fish, pea soup, prawn curry and saag chicken curry! This is the best intermittent fasting program out there.”

Are you keen to try it? Let me know your thoughts about intermittent fasting in the comments section below.

Lee xo

Healthy Gut Experts Summit 2.0

Written by Lee on . Posted in News

Guess what?

I’ve been invited to participate in an incredible virtual summit about all things gut health!

It’s a huge online event that’s coming up soon covering all things digestive healing – the natural way. I know, I know, you’re just as excited as I am!

I’ll be sharing some of my most important strategies for healing the gut through fasting, including my top tips and action steps.

The name of the Summit is The Healthy Gut Experts Summit 2.0. 

This Summit features over 35 top medical doctors, naturopaths, nutritionists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, researchers and health professionals who’ve been chosen because of their depth of knowledge, insights and success. We’re going to show you what you need to know about healing your digestion, living better, and feeling your absolute best in your body, every day.

You’ll learn proven, cutting-edge strategies to gain control of your health.

And since I’m one of the featured experts, I got you a free ticket. 

So why don’t you join me?

There are lots of gifted experts participating in the Health Gut Experts Summit and these FREE tickets are available for a limited time only. So, if you’re looking to learn more and attend, get all the details and reserve your spot here! 

Hope to see you there,

Lee xo

Coconut Banana Bread

Written by Lee on . Posted in Blog, Blog Breakfast, Breakfast, Dairy Free, Dessert, Desserts, Fasting, Gluten Free, Recipe Book, supercharged food, Vegetarian

banana breadNever ever think that just because you’re sticking to an eating protocol that you have to be a victim of restriction. I’m not a believer in hard core dietary limitation, however I do believe you can achieve detoxification, cleansing, and give your gut a rest from everyday stressors whilst still indulging in pleasure. All it takes is some creativity and an open mind.

In fact, fasting as a spiritual practice is a way to experience the pleasure of a higher conscious state, mindfully detaching from mealtimes as a way to re-focus. During my fasting protocol, which isn’t a complete abstinence of eating all together, you do have the opportunity to truly savor simple elemental flavours. By the end of a fast, you may actually find that your taste buds have re-wired to find even vegetables bursting with sweetness.

Ritual is something of a lost art in our society, and sitting down to food with a mindful, conscious approach is somewhat of a shock to the system in our fast paced world. How often do you sit down, breathe, indulge, and bask your senses in the still quiet of a meal? This approach can act as a mini health retreat, a minor meditation that will re-set your mind on the goodness and beauty of life.

While I’m fasting, I love to sit down in the afternoon to take a pause between ticking tasks off my to-do list, to have some time for myself; refueling for the afternoon. I’ll light myself a candle, prepare myself a pot of herbal tea in a nice tea-pot, and sit down to a snack. My strawberry teacakes are a true delight for afternoon tea, and my lime and blueberry muffins are a sweet treat that will never disappoint.

While I’m fasting, I still want to enjoy a treat that is generous in flavor, and I’d have to say this coconut and banana bread from my new book Fast Your Way to Wellness is an utterly gorgeous indulgence, with a tropical twist on the classic flavours of everyday banana bread, which is usually loaded with wheat and white sugar.

This beauty is free from gluten, low in fructose and uses coconut flour, which imparts the flavour of a Maldivian island, yet offers a range of health benefits. Coconut supplies energy building medium chain fatty acids, micro-flora support and defence against parasites and pathogens thanks to lauric acid and monolaurin. Studies have also shown the fatty acids in coconut help you to eat less, and this is believed to be the result of the way these fats are metabolized.

Bananas are high in potassium, vitamin B6, immune boosting vitamin C, and also contain nutrients that moderate blood sugar levels; helping you to avoid blood sugar plummets during periods of fasting. Bananas are also quite rich in fibre and resistant starch, which are loved by your gut microbes, keeping all those friendly bacteria happy, healthy and fed. Look after these guys and they will look after you! You can read more about the importance about gut health in my popular e-Book Heal Your Gut.

I use a few eggs in this recipe, which adds a good hit of protein to keep you fuller for longer. Honestly, I’m not sure I can find another ingredient that quite matches the nutritional generosity and convenience of the mighty egg. These guys are the perfect portion of fats, proteins and nutrients to aid in body building and all round nourishment. They’re an inexpensive, high quality source of protein, which is found mostly in the whites.  Egg whites contain rich sources of selenium, vitamin D, B12, B6 and minerals such as iron, zinc and copper. Egg yolks contain fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, K and lecithin. If you buy high quality free range eggs that have come from hens who have pecked around happily in green pastures, they’ll also contain a nice dose of anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids, so be sure to know you’re eggs.

Aside from binding this bread nicely, eggs are intentionally part of the recipe to ensure you are gaining nutrient density and protein to keep you happy during a fast. But you’ll barely notice you’re fasting when ritually enjoying a slice of this luscious loaf, and with an open and conscious mind, every mouthful will bless your tastebuds.

Take the time to bake and enjoy this gift to yourself with a cup of herbal tea such as this lavender tea with almond milk, or a cleansing and anti-inflammatory turmeric and ginger tea.

Coconut banana bread

Makes 8 slices

119 calories per slice (498kJs)

 Ingredients:

  • 3 ripe small bananas
  • 3 medium eggs, lightly whisked
  • 90 g (31/4oz/1/4 cup) rice malt (brown rice) syrup  
  • a few drops alcohol-free vanilla extract
  • 30 g (1 oz/1/4cup) coconut flour
  • 3/4teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 1/2teaspoon salt
  • fruit, to serve (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) and grease a 21 x 9 cm (81/4x 31/2 in) loaf (bar) tin.
  2. Peel and mash the bananas in a medium bowl. Add the eggs, rice malt syrup and vanilla, then mix well. Add the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt, then mix well. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin.
  3. Bake for 50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the centre of the bread comes out clean. Completely cool in the tin on a wire rack, then slice and serve with fruit (if using).

Planet Organic: UK Book Launch

Written by Lee on . Posted in Blog, Fast Your Way to Wellness

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For all my London and UK pals – this one’s especially for you!

Are you looking to lose weight, supercharge your energy and feel great?

I’ve got the solution!

I’m about to embark on my world book tour for Fast Your Way to Wellness where I’ll be speaking all things fasting, wholefoods and of course, getting my cooking on!

Intermittent fasting is something I live by and I can’t wait to share it with you!

My next stop (and one that I’m super excited about) is London where I’ll be returning to the beautiful Planet Organic store on the 22nd of March at Westbourne Grove for a book launch and cooking demo.

The health benefits of intermittent fasting are powerful and potent so get ready to be seriously mind-blown! I’ll be answering all your questions about intermittent fasting – the what’s, the when’s, the why’s and the how to’s!

By reducing calories on two days per week, you can kick-start weight loss, rejuvenate the body’s systems, repair cells and restore vitality.

Not only will I be speaking about the benefits of fasting, I’ll also be whipping up one of my favourite recipes from Fast Your Way to Wellness– my scrumptious Veggie Nori Wraps!

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I’ll be talking about lots of different low-calorie recipes that are simple, nutritious and delicious for those fasting days. If that doesn’t convince you enough, all of those who attend the event will receive a Planet Organic goodie bag! Hands up who’s in?

I’m so excited to meet you all there! So, come on down to Westbourne Grove for from 6:30-8pm on Wednesday the 22nd of March. Go onto Planet Organic to find out more or register here now!

Teacup Watermelon Salad 🍉

Written by Lee on . Posted in Ayurveda, Blog, Blog Breakfast, Blog Salads, Blog Snacks, Eat Right for Your Shape, Fast Your Way to Wellness, Fasting, gut healing, gut health, intermittent fasting, Organic, Salads, Seasonal, Snacks, Spring, Summer, Vegetarian, Wheat Free, Yeast Free

watermelon saladSeasons are one of life’s most beautiful designs. I love that as the earth turns and seasons change, there is a completely unique expression of foods and patterns that cause culture and behaviour to shift. In the depths of winter, the earth provides the perfect earthy foods that beckon to be served hot, whilst in the height of summer, there’s the miraculous provision of hydrating fruits that are the perfect solution to a searing heatwave. As a cook, I find it extremely joyous to work with what each season provides me, forming recipes that celebrate and compliment our needs and desires that change at different times of the year. This salad is from my new book Fast Your Way to Wellness.

In following an Ayurvedic philosophy, summertime can cause an overabundance of the fire element within our constitution, which explains why we can get so angry and irritable during a hot day. However nature has its wonderful way of providing the exact kinds of foods that calm this fire; balancing us out and bringing our mind and body back into a happy, ‘cooled down’ state.

The hot months can very easily cause dehydration within our bodies as we sweat more. Apart from keeping on top of our water intake, we can also work with the seasons and capitalise on some of the hydrating and cooling foods that are growing at this time of year, and base our meal planning around these foods. In summer, juicy hydrating foods like berries, cucumbers, tomatoes, mangoes and watermelons are in abundance, and for this reason they’re also really cheap to buy!

We are having an extended Indian summer in Sydney this year, yesterday we spent the day at Bondi Beach to soak up the last rays of the east coast sunshine. To me, summer just screams the name WATERMELON. I love the sound of a knife cutting wedges of juicy watermelon, and the sensation of an icy cold piece of its watery sweetness is something of pure bliss on a day of sweltering heat. Enjoying it straight up is a joy on its own, but I’m definitely a fan of a good watermelon salad! If you haven’t tried watermelon in a salad before, you’re going to be in for a treat with this recipe!

Sautéed Scallops with Mushrooms and Spinach

Written by Lee on . Posted in Blog Dinner, Blog Lunch, Dairy Free, Dinner, Fast Your Way to Wellness, Fasting, Heal Your Gut, Lunch, Organic, Recipe Book, Seasonal, Supercharged Food Menu

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For many people, seafood is a restaurant food. Few people know how to prepare it at home, hands up if thats you! As for me, I used to be one of them. But I promise you- with an open mind, you too can create restaurant quality seafood meals in the comfort of your own home. It won’t cost you an arm and a leg, and if you have a good connection to your local fish monger, you can capitalize on the freshest ocean catch available.

You really can’t beat the light oceanic flavours of top quality, fresh seafood. The warmer weather beckons for feasts of seafood with friends and family.  It’s also a guilt free celebratory food- it’s seriously nutrient dense, and the perfect light meal option during periods of intermittent fasting. This gorgeous and light recipe is from my new book Fast Your Way to Wellness.

Seafood is the ultimate health food.  Dr Weston A Price, a dentist and researcher who travelled the globe studying traditional and native diets in the 1930’s and 40’s,  discovered that those who ate seafood had thriving health and wellbeing; thicker bones and better skeletal structure than traditional groups who just ate red meat.

It’s hardly surprising that seafood is one of my top supercharged ingredients. There are plenty of studies that link fish consumption, particularly oily fish to a reduction in cardiovascular disease. Foods from the ocean are wonderful sources of macro and trace minerals, and especially high in fat soluble vitamins A & D.

Rosemary and thyme chicken stew

Written by Lee on . Posted in Autumn, Blog Dinner, Dairy Free, Fast Your Way to Wellness, Fasting, Nutrient Rich, Organic, Seasonal, Spring, Summer, Winter

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Winner winner chicken dinner!

Today I'm sharing one of the many fast friendly recipes from my new cook book Fast Your Way to Wellness.

Chicken is a staple in my house. I love all its parts, from the darker leg meat, a perfectly poached breast, or a slowly cooked thigh. The way it absorbs flavours and its impressive versatility means it’s always on my mind for meal ideas ranging from soups, roasts, broths and slow cooker delights.

Chicken is the most common type of poultry on the planet. It’s believed that chickens were first domesticated somewhere in India thousands of years ago, initially for cockfighting and later for meat consumption. From there, chickens spread to other parts of Asia, Africa, and Europe and eventually to the Americas; brought from Europe by the early colonists. In the U.S , we now see chicken popularized by fast food giants in the form of nuggets and fried chicken.

Apple Pancakes Y’all

Written by Lee on . Posted in Blog, Blog Breakfast, Dairy Free, Dessert, Fasting, Gluten Free, gut healing, gut health, intermittent fasting, Kids, Lunch Box Ideas, lunch box ideas, Nutrient Rich, Organic, Seasonal, Spring, Summer, supercharged food, Vegetarian, Wheat Free, Yeast Free

appleThe humble apple is one of my greatly adored kitchen staples and today I'm sharing an apple recipe from my brand new book Fast Your Way to Wellness.

Affordable, nutritious and versatile, they’re a scrumptious fruity must-have that I love to continually replenish within my kitchen. Whether sliced thinly and thrown into salads, baked and stuffed with nuts and oats, stewed and made into apple sauce, or lovingly formed into a classic crumble, apples are the jack of all trades and a loyal friend that awaits transformation into all kinds of delectable creations.

Apples are nutritional ninjas, boasting loads of wellness boosting properties. Did you know that apples are a wonderful ingredient for regulating blood sugar? Recent studies have shown that the polyphenols contained within apples can help to prevent rollercoaster blood sugar spikes. Particular flavonoids like quercetin have the effect of inhibiting enzymes like alpha-amylase and alpha-glucosidase which normally break down carbohydrates into simple sugars. Therefore when you eat apples, your body deals with less simple sugars and releases you from spikes in blood sugar.

One Pan Roasted Fish & Vegetables

Written by Lee on . Posted in Blog, Blog Dinner, Blog Lunch, Candida Friendly, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Heal Your Gut, intermittent fasting, Nutrient Rich, Sauces, Seasonal, Summer, Wheat Free

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There’s only one word I can use to describe this one pan meal from my brand new cook book Fast Your Way to Wellness and that is Delicious!  

I cannot tell you how many times a good old one-pan has rescued me from the potential stress of last-minute dinner guests, and tired weeknights where it would be ever-so-easy to order in.

With a kitchen filled with plenty of veg and a variety of proteins, herbs and spices, there’s always the possibility of a creative and delicious one-pan that will satisfy the belly and nourish your body.

This particular meal is of the seafood variety, so it’s perfect for warmer days, and a great way to tick off your fish quota for the week.

Interestingly, in all my years of studying, researching, reading, and searching for supercharged foods, seafood has recurred as one of the most healthful ingredients humans can fill their bodies with. Studies show that people who consume fish regularly have a lower risk of heart attacks, strokes, and death from heart disease. More studies have shown that people who serve fish up on their plate have lower rates of cognitive decline, and scientists believe that it may increase grey matter in the brain, protecting it from age related degeneration. Grey matter is the stuff that acts as the major functional tissue in your brain; containing the neurons that are responsible for storing your memories, processing information, and basically making you human!

Fish is a dream to cook with, as it provides protein in a lighter form, it digests beautifully, is versatile, and is high in one of my most highly adored nutrients for inflammatory conditions: omega 3 fatty acids.

Fish oils are one of your best whole food sources of anti-inflammatory fatty acids. There are two types of these fatty acids in fish oil; EPA and DHA. These guys are total legends, as they inhibit the signals of inflammation within the body.

Fast Your Way to Wellness Book + Mint and Ginger Prawns Recipe

Written by Lee on . Posted in All, Autumn, Blog, Blog Dinner, Blog Lunch, Blog Salads, Candida Friendly, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Heal Your Gut, Healthy Home, Nutrient Rich, Organic, Seasonal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Supercharged Food Menu, Wheat Free, Yeast Free

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Lose weight, supercharge your energy and feel great with my brand new cookbook!

I’d love to introduce you to my latest book; one that is so close to my heart and part of my own weekly lifestyle. It’s called Fast Your Way to Wellness and it’s fast becoming my favourite book (please don’t tell the others). You can order a copy over here.

I like to think of the new book as one that can be read in conjunction with my bestseller Heal Your Gut; you can think of it as your very own all-in-one fasting resource. It’s the perfect read for everyone – from the fasting newbie to those who are committed to their own fasting regimes or even for the fasting curious.

Intermittent fasting, meaning a calorie reduction for two days a week, is scientifically proven to help you lose weight and improve your overall health. I want to show you how fasting can fit in with your lifestyle, how you can eat abundantly using real foods for fasting, and how you can enjoy your food too!  The most important thing is that you can fast on wholefoods and make it a healthy fasting day instead of reaching for low calorie junk food.

As I’m sure you’re aware by now, I’m all about good gut health! If you want to feel your best physically and emotionally (and let’s be honest – who doesn’t?) gut health is key. Eating fibre rich veggies, digestible foods and sipping on delicious drinks and smoothies are all amazing ways to keep your gut health at bay but sometimes, your digestive system also needs a bit more of a rest.  This is where intermittent fasting comes in. Intermittent fasting gives your body some time to heal, so it can carry on being supercharged and fabulous!  Dramatically reducing calories on two days per week not only kick-starts weight loss, but also rejuvenates the body’s systems, repairs cells and restores vitality.

Here are just a few facts to show you why I live by intermittent fasting:

It reduces blood pressure, reduces inflammation, increases fat burning, improves beneficial gut bacteria and normalises your hunger hormone for better appetite control.

Coming from someone who’s personally experienced autoimmune issues, I’ve seen how much I’ve benefited from intermittent fasting.

When writing Fast Your Way to Wellness, I was keen to share everything I know about fasting and health with you and, most importantly get you on your way to looking and feeling the best that you can naturally.

The book is a gentle guide to different fasting methods to suit your own plans. I share my personal tips for what I do when I get cravings, how I manage my portion sizes and what foods are best for fasting and non-fasting days. I’ve created over ninety new delicious recipes to nourish and sustain you throughout your fast days and keep you motivated.

While many ‘fasters’ often eat low-calorie junk foods or skip meals altogether, Fast Your Way to Wellness provides easy and flavourful meals that will keep you satisfied and happy.  My tasty, nutritious recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and portable snacks include calorie counts, and the menu plans will help get you in the swing of planning your fasting days so they sail by effortlessly. You'll reap the benefits of increased energy and vitality — the bonus will be watching those numbers on the bathroom scale go down, and stay down.

One of my favourite new recipes from the book is a Mint and Ginger Prawns with Coleslaw.  Prawns are delicious summertime food, packed with protein to fill you up. In fact, did you know they have approximately the same amount of protein as chicken or beef, yet half the calories? This means they’re ideal for a fast day!

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At only 202 calories per serve (846kJ), it just shows that fasting can be satisfying to your tummy and tastebuds.

Prawn, Mint and Ginger Prawns with Coleslaw

Serves 2

  • 1 small carrot, grated
  • 180 g (61/4 oz/1/4 small) cabbage, finely shredded
  • 180 g (61/4 oz/1/4 small) red cabbage, finely shredded
  • 2 kale leaves, stalks removed, roughly chopped or torn
  • 1 spring onion (scallion), thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 150 g (51/2 oz/10 medium) peeled and deveined prawns (shrimp), tails left intact
  • mint leaves, to serve

Dressing

  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons wheat-free tamari
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped mint

Combine all the dressing ingredients in a small jar, then seal and shake well.

Combine the carrot, cabbages, kale and spring onion in a serving bowl.

Heat the oil in a medium frying pan over medium heat. Add the prawns
and cook for 1–2 minutes on each side, until cooked through.

Put the prawns on top of the vegetables, pour over the dressing and serve topped with the mint leaves.

You can purchase the book here.

Intermittent Fasting and My Day on a Plate

Written by Lee on . Posted in Autumn, Blog, Blog Breakfast, Blog Dinner, Blog Lunch, Blog Salads, Blog Snacks, Candida Friendly, Dairy Free, Fasting, Gluten Free, Nutrient Rich, Organic, Seasonal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Supercharged Food Menu, Wheat Free, Winter, Yeast Free

Image from Gourmet Traveller

Image from Gourmet Traveller

As many of you are probably already aware, I’m all about gut health. One of the most important steps in my personal recovery was healing my digestive system and as my gut lining started repairing itself and my gut flora became balanced, every aspect of my health dramatically improved.

It’s fascinating what an astoundingly accurate reflection of our emotional state our gut is. Conversely, if we take care of our digestive system, our emotions and mood will be affected in a positive way.

So if you want to feel great physically and emotionally, your best bet is to look after your gut to ensure that it is performing optimally. This means nourishing it with organic, natural, wholefoods, hydrating it with pure, filtered water and green juices, giving it a little boost with some probiotics and fermented foods and supporting it by eating slowly and mindfully, chewing thoroughly and keeping stress and negative emotions at bay.

However, your digestive system, the same as you, sometimes needs a little rest to be able to function at its best. That’s when intermittent fasting (or IF) can be really helpful.

Twice a week, I do IF to give my digestive system some well-needed restorative time. IF doesn’t mean that you have to stop eating altogether and starve yourself for the entire day. You can simply eat less and focus on nutrient-rich and easy to digest foods.

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