Perhaps you or someone you know has been diagnosed with an autoimmune condition. But what does this really mean? ‘Auto’ is the Latin word for ‘self’ and ‘autoimmune’ essentially means that your body mounts an immune response against itself. This is characterised by inflammation and destruction of body tissues by the body’s own immune system – commonly experienced as pain, swelling and a wide variety of symptoms depending upon what areas of the body are affected. Some common autoimmune conditions include:
• Rheumatoid arthritis;
• Lupus (SLE);
• Crohn’s disease;
• Ulcerative colitis; and
• Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
Why does the body attack itself?
Autoimmune conditions are thought to be the result of an unregulated, therefore unbalanced immune system. The role of your immune system is to protect you from potentially harmful invaders such as bacteria, viru...
Your gut is where you absorb all the nutrients to power your body, making a healthy digestive system central to your overall health. But did you know that there are close to 2 kg worth of bacteria in your gut? That’s literally billions of tiny micro-organisms living and growing in your gut right now – collectively called gut ‘microbiota’. These beneficial bacteria encourage healthy digestion and support an efficient immune system, keeping any undesirable bacteria at minimal levels. However, if the numbers of undesirable bacteria begin to outweigh the beneficial bacteria this can lead to digestive symptoms such as constipation, wind and bloating, or immune conditions such as recurrent infections, eczema and allergies. Rebalancing or maintaining a healthy microbiota in your gut can be achieved by supplementing with beneficial bacteria in the form of a ‘probiotic’. The term ‘probiotic’ literally means ‘for life’ so by looking after your gut microbiota you are lo...
It doesn't have to cost the earth to eat healthy. It's all about smart planning, fresh selection & minimizing food waste. As a family of 5 (plus the dog!) groceries could easily be a huge expense but here's my tips for staying on budget.
Eat food that is in season ensuring you get fresh produce at a lower price.
Plan meals for the whole week & write a list of all the ingredients you need. This will avoid having to drop into the shops & the temptation of impulse buys.
I usually recommend for good health to have a few nights a week of vegetarian meals. Meat is usually the most expensive food group in the shopping trolley so this can cut costs dramatically.
Use up what you have in the cupboard & fridge before doing a food shop.
Don't buy junk food or processed foods. They usually provide little nutritional value & don't fill you up.
Minimize food wastage by having some meals for being "creative". Use left over vegetables in a soup or omelette. Cook extra & freeze small portions.
These deliscious balls are just simplied referred to as date balls in our household. The kids go crazy for them & are often great helpers rolling them into balls, cookies or sausages. Dates are rich in iron & potassium while coconut & oats contain healthy doses of fibre. Pepitas are rich in zinc important for healthy skin & immune system. Just make sure the apricots & coconut are preservative free. So lets get started!
2 cups of organic rolled oats
1 cup of pitted dates
1 cup of organic dried apricots (make sure they are preservative free)
1 cup of organic desiccated coconut
1/4 cup of pepitas
1 tsp of ground cinnamon
1 tbsp of manuka honey
Use food processor to mix all ingredients together until it comes together. Add a little water or extra honey if the mixture is too dry. Roll into balls & store in the fridge for a few weeks. Enjoy!