What 3 changes are you going to make to ensure you are feeling great this year? It can really be as simple as just 3 small changes that can have a massive impact on your health and well-being. Don’t over complicate it. Jot down what these are and introduce 1 at a time during the next week. Good luck and let me know how you get on.
So excited that my first podcast for 'Mum's the Word Podcast' has just been released on iTunes! This is a good episode for any pregnant mums as I discuss the often forgotten subject of postnatal nutrition. I also cover what to expect in those first few weeks of motherhood. I hope you enjoy it.
Here you will find an excellent toolkit full of 37 coping skills from which to choose to help support your anxious child. Please try the techniques at least two to three times before making a judgment on whether it suits your child and family.
The importance of the health of the animal that you eat seems to be something quite often overlooked today. If you think about it, do you want to eat an animal who has been stressed out in cramped conditions (producing stress hormones which ends up in the meat), eating processed (man made grains) foods or one that has been allowed to run free in the fields, keeping active and feeding on fresh organic grasslands? Today's farmed animals have far greater amounts of saturated fats than their pre-domesticated, palaeolithic, wild ancestor's. Like humans, if animals don't exercise they also have more fat than muscle. This fatty meat is then ending up in our supermarkets and on the dinner table. When you are next shopping for your 'lean meats' ensure you go for organic, grass fed beef and please don't overlook the game meat that is starting to take up more shelf space in supermarkets. I would highly recommend trying some of this meat like venison (or hertevlees in Dutch) as it will be far lean...
last night on BBC 2 an experiment on 3 groups of people either taking supermarket probiotic drinks, kefir or just eating prebiotic foods and looking at their benefits on the good gut bacteria levels over a 4 week period. Kefir came out to be the winner for having the biggest influence on the variety of good gut flora found after 4 weeks. As we discussed last week at the Motherhood Project Event, fermented foods like kefir are a great way to support the good bacteria in your gut but also eating other plant based prebiotic foods is really important. Here is a list of the prebiotic foods that your good gut bacteria love to it.
Great to see everyone at the Motherhood Project Nutrition event last night! I know it was a cold night to get on your bike and cycle across town but pleased to hear so many of you enjoyed it. Thanks Ailsa for the lovely juices too. See you at the next one!