Healthy eating day 20 – What does an Ayurvedic practitioner eat? Find out here…

Julie Rawnsley is an Ayurvedic Practitioner from Ditchling, Near Brighton, East Sussex. Shes runs an Ayurvedic practice called Simply Ayurvedic. Here Julie tells us about her typical day.

A Day in the life of….

  Japanese Green Tea

What gets me out of bed in the morning is a cup of Japanese green tea. Of course it’s full of immunity-boosting anti-oxidants, but what’s really important is that I love the taste.

According to Ayurveda, when we are more or less in balance we will have healthy cravings; so by listening to our bodies we can stay on track. The tea is my early morning ritual and time for myself. To make a perfect cup of green tea, use a loose leaf tea and water at 80° rather than boiling as this allows the flavours to develop fully.

No ‘one size fits all’

Sourdough spelt bread

In Ayurveda there is no one-size-fits-all diet. There are three constitutional types: Vata, Pitta and Kapha: each comprised of different elements and each with differing dietary needs.

As I am predominantly Vata (air and ether elements), I need more earthy, grounding food to balance: Carbs! I make my own sourdough spelt or rye bread which I love. These grains are much easier to digest than wheat and the sourdough process makes it even better.

This morning I had one with tahini and another with homemade blackberry jelly: Heaven! But if I’ve eaten late and I need a lighter breakfast I might have an Ayurvedic Green Smoothie instead.

Mung on the move

Mung soup

When I’m working in London I take a thermos of mung soup. This is filling but very easy to digest. A protein-based meal helps to stimulate the neurotransmitters which make you more alert, so it’s ideal for a working lunch.

As I’m often seeing clients back to back in London with breaks at odd moments I will generally need an energy bar as a snack. When I’m at home I have a larger lunch and prefer not to snack in between as it can weaken digestion.

Mung Soup Recipe

I love my thermos!

thermos

Warm drinks support good digestion: Mine’s a roibos-based herbal tea.

“But why does our digestion need so much support?” I hear you asking.

Answer: Without good digestion, you can’t have good health.

I remember my first Ayurvedic Consultation:

“How’s your digestion?”

“Fine.”

 In fact it was anything but fine, but because I was so out of touch with my body I really had no idea. I would eat constantly, grazing, eating from boredom rather than hunger. No wonder I felt tired and out of sorts!

My evening meal

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If I’m at home I’ll have my evening meal as early as 5.30 or 6.30pm as we eat with the kids. When you eat can be just as important as what you eat, and eating earlier allows your body plenty of time to digest before bed.

Carbs are definitely on the menu as they stimulate serotonin release, which helps you sleep well. We always eat together and I’ve never had problems with picky eaters. The kids love stir fry with basmati rice and eggy strips. Colourful, healthy and easy to cook: What more could anyone want?

Homemade biscuits

homemade biscuits

My ten year old had great fun making these biscuits. Making your own deserts means you can eliminate white sugar, which is more or less banned in this house.

Having said that, I don’t have any blanket bans as such, because I find rigid rules can be in themselves quite unhealthy and we tend to desire the things we forbid!

The emotions aroused by food can be quite intense. However, the Ayurvedic approach can help you to become more balanced, so that you actually prefer to eat foods that are good for you. Then eating a healthy diet becomes effortless and joyful.

 

A note from Honey

Thank you Julie for that insight into the wonderful Ayurvedic way of life.

What’s in this blog for you:

  • 30 days of blogs from a variety of people including experts to give you ideas and top tips for healthy eating
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See you tomorrow

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Honey

 

 

Healthy eating – Day 14. Can’t stop overeating? Try this…..

Healthy eating – Day 14. Can’t stop overeating? Try this…..

woman overeating

Are you overeating?

Are there things in your kitchen that seem to call to you? And it feels like an itch you need to scratch? And before you know it you’ve eaten one or two and then the whole pack! and then you feel bad. And kick yourself because afterwards you know you didn’t need to eat like that? You are not alone! This is a common problem.

Another problem for people is portion size. when you go out to dinner you might order the biggest thing. And sides! Or maybe you load your plate high and no size meal or snack is a problem at all and you wonder if you have an extra large stomach or something! Or do you eat a lot and know you are full but still keep going. Dinner, pudding, snack, snack, drink, snack, snack and you don’t seem to have a stop button!

These are common problems for a lot of people that I see in my Hypnotherapy practise. It’s usually weight loss that has made the overeating become a problem. Sometimes it’s a lack of control that people don’t like or it can actually cost a lot of money. Sometimes they feel ‘addicted’ to food.

So what can you do about overeating?

Mostly, as with most things it’s a mind game. Your brain for some reason doesn’t feel satisfied. more complex issues aside, there are practical things that you can do to help yourself…

Drink water

Often when we think we are hungry we are actually thirsty. Try drinking a glass of water, wait 5 minutes and then see how you feel. By the way, this also works with cigarette cravings if you are trying to stop smoking!

Move your body

Sometimes eating is associated with boredom. Boredom is a state of mind. Get up, run up and down the stairs, dance to a tune, walk round the block, bounce on the kids trampoline. You can change your state in seconds and it might just work.

Change your mind

your state of mind

You might be thinking of a particular thing that you want to eat. You might be someone who thinks of the thing, goes to get the thing. Gets the thing. Eats the thing. And then feels bad. This is the mind obsessing to some degree. You need to literally change your mind.

So maybe start by doing things a bit differently. Take a different route to work/school, change things around in your home etc. You send messages to your mind that things are changing and it creates new thought paths. Start to change your mind and you can change your life.

Back to the healthy eating blogs

We are two weeks into our 30 days of healthy eating blogs. What can you achieve in 2 weeks?

Well you could:

  • Train for a 5k
  • Learn a language on an intensive course
  • Travel route 66 in USA with nice stops offs
  • Significantly change your eating habits

Over the past week we’ve heard from 6 different guest bloggers.

Here they are if you want to catch up:

Jorge Vence Mind and Soul awakener from Bournemouth, asked us why do people fail at dieting? Read it here  

Jacqui Malpass an author from Cardiff,  talked us through her day in food and shared her banana bread recipe. Read it here

Orlaith Brogan, The Naked Sales Coach from Edinburgh, blogged about why healthy eating doesn’t need to be expensive. Read it here

Sandra Peachey, an author from Coventry, blogged about the 80/20 rule. Read it here

Judi May, a Reiki Master trainer from Nottingham, asked us not to shoot the pescatarian. Read it here

Hannah Bailey, a nutritionist from Sheffield gave us some of her top tips. Read it here

It’s been wonderful hearing from so many different people about their healthy eating and I have even more lined up this week for you. If you want this blog emailed to you simply sign up to my newsletter at the bottom of the blog. People are loving that!

A note from Honey

Thanks to all my guest bloggers who have done an amazing job of sharing and inspiring.

What’s in this blog for you:

  • 30 days of blogs from a variety of people including experts to give you ideas and top tips for healthy eating
  • Free advice and inspiration
  • You can get this blog sent to you every day if you sign up here for my newsletter and you will also get a free relaxing recording
  • Join my facebook group you can join if you want to know how to have a healthy mind!

See you tomorrow

Healthy hug 🙂

Honey

Healthy eating Day 11 – Guest blogger Sandra Peachey tells her story

Our ninth guest blogger is Sandra Peachey from Coventry who as a writer, tells her story. She is also the Director of LifeWork Consultancy & Coaching, Blogger, Blonde and Author at www.peacheyletters.co.uk

80/20 Principle of Life and Food

eighty twenty rule

My story starts with the fact that I loved my food and had a stressful career. At 42 I started to develop stomach ulcers and asthma. My doctor signed me off, gave me medication and told me to rest. But still I would get cramping, bloating and all sorts of other horrible allergic reactions…

Eventually I had a ‘happy mid-life crisis’ – leaving the corporate world behind to re-train as a coach and pursue my dreams of becoming an author. What I discovered along the way, was that I made strides in my inner and outer life when I did the work on both. By making healthy nutrition a priority, I supported all my goals, underpinning my transition to a happier and healthier life.

Making nutrition a priority…

This starting with smoothies. I discovered that drinking 3-4 fresh fruit/vege drinks for a week, 3 – 4 times per year detoxes my system and removes the cravings I have for addictive substances like sugar and caffeine. I make one every day for breakfast too.

I also stick to a ‘paleo’ diet – i.e. similar to what our stone-age ancestors would have eaten and what our bodies were built to ingest; being protein, fruit and vegetables. All without additives and no more than a handful of ingredients. I avoid carbs and gluten too.

As a foodie, I love the challenge of cooking delicious, nutritious meals. I constantly scour the internet and cook books to motivate me to craft my own cooking creations. I eat meat about 40% of the time and still avidly read vegan and vegetarian times in order to get my inspiration.

I cook when I am in the mood

Healthy eating requires effort in terms of preparation / effort and my simple trick is to make more than I need. I cook when I’m in the mood and have the time, love and energy to put into it. I freeze and store what is left over, so I always have fabulous, healthy food on hand, no matter how tired I am…

I now no longer stand on the scales and wonder what my weight is or have debilitating dyspepsia (excess acid causing all sorts of painful bodily side effects) any more.

However, I do still like my ‘treats’ and to go out into the world and eat ‘normal’/ ‘bad’ food – including diary and gluten which I typically avoid… And this is where I annoy those who advocate excluding food groups from their lives, without exception.

I want choice

I want the choice of eating what I want and if I exclude certain things from my diet altogether, then I soon become intolerant to them. I therefore live by an 80/20 principle – I eat healthily 80% of the time and then subscribe to the theory that ‘a little bit of what you fancy does you good’.

This way I never crave certain foods or have to deny myself. And I have to say that if I’m tempted to overdo it – my body soon warns me! Over time I’ve come to recognise cause and effect, learning to monitor what goes into my body and what effect it has.

I take care of my body and my life

It’s my body, my life and I have to take care of both. I’m also stubbornly pro-choice / freedom and find that by living by my 80 / 20 rule I get to satisfy myself and my life in every way!

With love, laughter and learning,      Sandra Sandra Peachey: Coach, Blogger & Author. You can read more of my blogs at www.peacheyletters.co.uk

 

A note from Honey….

Thank you Sandra for sharing your thoughts on the 80/20 rule and some tips on what works for you.

What’s in this for you:

  • You will get a blog a day for 30 days from a variety of people including experts to give you ideas and top tips for healthy
  • Free advice and inspiration
  • You can get this blog sent to you every day if you sign up here for my newsletter and you will also get a free relaxing recording

See you tomorrow.

Healthy hug 🙂

Honey

30 days to a happier you – Day 5 – do the shake N vac

Do the shake N vac and put the freshness back

Yesterday I wrote about your mind being like a room that you want to be clean and tidy so you feel good. Today we are going to start the work to make your mind a happier place. Like shake ‘n’ vac, we are going to put some freshness back! (If you are under 40 you might want to think of Febreeze instead because shake ‘n’ vac was an eighties advert but still watch the video as the tune is rather catchy).

Freshen up your mind!

Let’s continue to think of your mind as a room that we want to look nice so you want to spend time in because it’s a nice place to be. First of all it needs to be clean. A lot of the cleaning up will come from the work we have been doing with mind chatter and we are not done with that yet so please continue to catch that and write it in your notebook. But as important as getting the negative out of your mind is the putting positive in. The good news is there are so many way to put positives in but today we are going to look at gratitude.

Is gratitude a load of codswallap?

Gratitude has been found by to be an integral part of health, wholeness and wellbeing by Robert Emmons, Professor of Psychology, University of California

Gratitude increases positive emotions and keeps them. This was proved in a study where groups wrote about:

  • things they were grateful for
  • daily irritations or things that had displeased them
  • events that had affected them

After 10 weeks, those who wrote about gratitude were more optimistic and felt better about their lives.

The fact is that life isn’t always kind or nice but by having grateful thoughts and other techniques, it helps us believe and feel that the world is a good place and want to be part of it.

Get your gratitude right

This isn’t new. Just as mindfulness isn’t new. But I still get lots of clients who find it hard to write a gratitude list or to practice mindfulness on their own. Some people get caught in a material trap of writing: house, job, car. True gratitude that feeds the soul and increases our satisfaction levels and happiness is about values, qualities and so on, not so much about material goods. Yes we are in 2016 in one of the richest countries in the world and material goods are part of our life, but they are not true factors of intrinsic happiness for most people.

Why specifically are you grateful for that?

Eyesight

You can be grateful for anything. It’s not so much about being grateful for what you have but ‘noticing’ the things you are grateful for. Say you said you were grateful for ‘eyesight’. What is it about that makes you so grateful. Is it that you can read, see the colours of flowers, watch your children play. By appreciating the things we take for granted and the small stuff, we feel increased awareness of positive things in our lives.

When you become unwell. You feel more grateful for when you were well. More grateful for being able to breathe through your nose, walk on that foot (and in some cases wear a shoe), to not have to run for the toilet! You get my drift. By practicing gratitude before you are ill you can be grateful for your legs that carry you where you need to get to, those arms that help you feed your loved ones, that mind which is creative and produces amazing things.

I’m grateful that you read my post! Tomorrow I will be giving you some more ideas on gratitude and we will come up with an amazing gratitude list for you!

Here’s the plan:

  • Continue to catch your negative mind chatter – are you noticing a key theme or time it occurs yet?
  • Continue to acknowledge that when a thought comes in, it may not be true 🙂
  • Become a mind COP. Catch it, own it, protect yourself.
  • Do the shake and vac and put the freshness back by starting a gratitude list

Happy hug 🙂

Honey

 

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