How fermented food helps your health

How fermented food helps your health

Many people don’t realise how fermented food helps your health but there is an ‘underground’ society of people that do and this movement is getting stronger 🙂

I’ve been into probiotics for some time and have always wanted to learn how to make my own fermented foods like kefir, sourdough bread, sauerkraut and the fermeted drink, Kombucha. And recently I went on a workshop in Shoreham, West Sussex to do that so I will share that with you in this post.

 

Gut health

Did you know your gut is referred to as your second brain? Your gut is very important to your overall wellbeing. There is ever growing evidence to the effect it has on your mental and physical health. Improving your gut health will give you better immunity, more efficient digestion and less stress. Because your digestion is better you will have more energy – yay.

In your gut there are trillions of bacteria that help you process food, produce nutrients, and fight disease. You might remember seeing adverts on TV about ‘healthy bacteria’ and this is what I am talking about here.

A great book on the subject is Gut by Giulia Enders

 

There are three things you need to do to look after your gut bacteria

 

  1. Make sure you have enough good bacteria
  2. Make sure that they survive
  3. Don’t deplete them

1 – You put healthy bacteria in by eating probiotic foods that contain them.

2 – You preserve them by eating probiotic foods that support them.

3 – You protect them by being aware of what depletes them and that is stress, antibiotics, steroid medications and stomach bugs.

So what can you do to improve your gut health?

 

You can take a probiotic supplement or eat probiotic food like sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, coconut kefir, yoghurt, kefir and apple cider vinegar.

You can eat prebiotic whole foods. Certain foods feed and support the growth of good bacteria. Raw onions, garlic, dandelion greens, artichokes and bananas are some of the best.

Keep hydrated. Your gut needs water to keep bacteria and waste moving through your digestive system, which will help prevent constipation and bloating. Dehydration affects your bacteria balance.

Eat less sugar as it feeds bad bacteria and you are more interested in the good ones.

Reduce your stress levels. Stress makes your brain go into fight or flight mode, causing your digestion and blood flow in the gut to slow down and digestion is not as effective.

Making fermented foods which help your gut bacteria

fermented food

 

Making fermented foods is an interesting experience and when the scoby comes out that’s exciting! I learnt at a workshop with my local Homoeopath, Therese Eriksen

During the workshop we made:

Sauerkraut – a kind of pickled vegetable. We made red cabbage and another of carrot and ginger. You can have a little bit on the side of practically any meal to add some lovely flavour. It keeps well too.

Sourdough bread – a bread make without yeast which some people find easier to digest. Once you’ve mastered the basic recipe the world is your bread basket as you can add herbs, cheese, sundried tomatoes. YUM

Milk Kefir – A ‘live’ drink that you make from grains (main blog picture). You can drink it straight if you are hard core or make smoothies with it or flavour it.

Kambucha – Is the tea teetotallers champagne! It’s made with a scoby which I have put a picture of below. It’s a weird disc thing that you put in tea to make the Kambucha but then it takes on a life of its own and grows!

scoby

In Copenhagen Kambucha is readily available, they know it helps them get Hyggey 🙂

 

Let the fermenting commence!

So now my kitchen is full of kilner jars doing their different things. I’m so excited about having fermented foods in my life that I’ve made myself.

One of my guiding principles of life is to cradle my health (mental and physical) like a newborn baby. Not in an obssessive way, but it’s very high up my values list. I want enough energy to fulfil my dreams and enjoy my family. But I am conscious this takes effort and thought. Effort in the sense of eating right and making time for exercise. And thought recognising when thinks are out of balance and addressing it.

In life, the effort has to be worth the reward. I am going to try to maintain my fermented food supplies as the reward is better health and more energy. That has to be worth it!

If you want to learn how to make fermented foods with the Therese you can book through her website or Facebook page.

Blogging challenge warm up

Blogging challenge warm up

When you go to a gym you always warm up don’t you. It makes sense, gets your body moving gently, warms up your muscles and opens your lungs. Ready for action! So I thought it made sense to warm up for my 30 day blogging challenge which starts today – yay!

Warm up your mindset

For the blogging challenge, just like any other challenge, you have to get your head in the game. These blogs aren’t going to write themselves! As I’ve done it twice before I have learnt lessons in the past that I am hoping not to repeat. That’s the beauty of making mistakes in life isn’t it; we learn from them and they make us better. Unless of course we refuse to accept the lessons we are offered and don’t change, then we stay stuck and repeat the same mistakes.

Some of the qualities you need to complete a blogging challenge are the same as you would need for a physical challenge, learning a new skill or achieving something challenging such as a degree. Things like:

  • Planning
  • Preperation
  • Inspiration
  • Commitment
  • Hard work
  • Focus
  • Creativity
  • Discipline
  • Teamwork
  • Purpose
  • Goals
  • Time
  • Support
  • Passion
  • Grit

Now I’ve just realised that you might not know me and might have stumbled across this blog by accident, so let me introduce myself! I’m Honey Lansdowne, based in West Sussex, UK. My whole life I have been fascinated with self-improvement, people and maximising the power of the mind. In my Corporate life I was always the first one to put my hand up for a new challenge or training course. I spent many years sharing that learning with teams I managed and developed many high performers and top teams.

Eventually, I couldn’t resist any longer and took a NLP Practitioner course. Since then I have been pretty much obsessed with learning everything I can which will help others. I run a succesfull Hypnotherapy practice and specialise in helping people with depression and what I call ‘work of the self’.

I’m quite well qualified on the ‘mindset’ front and find it pretty easy to motivate myself, but that’s not all that’s involved in a blogging challenge…..

Warm up your creativity

Picasso

To create interesting blogs that will be of value to your readers you need to get creative! Creativity is a muscle just like your physical muscles. I don’t believe there is any such thing as someone who is ‘not creative’. It depends what your definition of creativity is. We only judge ourselves in line with our own map of the world, so if your definition of creative is someone arty or someone that writes and you don’t consider yourself good at those things then you think you are not creative. BUT…

  • Are you a whizz in the kitchen?
  • Do you make up silly songs for your kids?
  • Do you wear outfits that people say ‘wow’ at?
  • Is your interior design on point?
  • Can you dance?
  • Do you make little videos for instagram?
  • Can you generate money when you have none?
  • Can you calm a difficult child?

These are all examples of creativity. We all have it but maybe don’t recognise it as creativity. Maybe you’ve told yourself  ‘I can’t write’ or ‘I can’t draw’. You have created your own limiting belief when the truth is that if you tried it and practice it, you might be really good at it!

And for you logical and analytical thinkers out there who are more inclined to say you are not creative, there are some good examples here of creativity in the workplace:

  • Brainstorming ways to cut energy use
  • Coming up with new procedures to improve quality
  • Constructing a research model to test a hypothesis
  • Creating the packaging for a product
  • Designing a logo
  • Developing a litigation strategy to defend a client
  • Devising a computer program to automate the billing process
  • Devising a social media strategy for the new iPhone
  • Identifying ways to cut costs during a budget crisis
  • Redefining job responsibilities to cover for a sick employee
  • Restructuring a filing system to facilitate easier retrieval of information

 

Warm up your support

I’m doing my 30 day blogging challenge under the clever/caring/inspiring eyes of The Arrows. That’s Sarah and Kevin Arrow (who are 2 of my favourite people!). Not only are they experts in their field, but they are 2 of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet. They have amazing energy and you need some of that if you are doing a blogging challenge!

There are also some amazing fellow bloggers doing the challenge in October and I will be sharing some of their best posts over the next 30 days (because I love reading other people’s blogs and getting an insight into their world).

Warm up your audience

That’s you! If you are reading this you are now part of my audience and I aim to open your mind, engage you (yes that means comments on my blogs and sharing on Facebook pretty please) and show you things that I find interesting in the hope that you will too!

Some of the topics I will be covering:

  • Hypnosis
  • Psy-TaP
  • NLP
  • The way I work with clients
  • How I help clients have better lives
  • Modern women
  • Modern man
  • Teenagers
  • Mindset
  • Confidence
  • Emotional healing
  • Weight loss
  • Health
  • Sugar
  • Book reviews

So something for everyone with a mind 🙂

Mindfully yours.

Honey

p.s. If you need help now with depression, anxiety, stress, stop smoking, weight loss, a phobia, addiction or need emotional healing, please get in touch.

Healthy eating day 16 – If you love bread you must read this!

Today’s guest blogger is artisan baker, Carol Hunter from Worthing. Grainwave is Carol’s business and she sells baked goods, including gluten free bread from her home in Worthing and at Goring farmer’s market.

A day in the life of ……… a fairly average (self-proclaimed) artisan baker

The ‘early to bed, early to rise’ maxim has always been in my subconscious, but only became a reality when I started my own business a couple of years ago. That’s when it became a choice thing rather than a struggle. (the ‘late to bed, late to rise’ – student thing  and ‘no-sleep, early rise’ of new-born infant thing were something else entirely!)

So what that means for me these days is starting the day with some ‘overnight oats’ – my own choice of additional nutty, seedy material to some basic bircher muesli soaked in organic soya milk. Fruit – it happens to be foraged blackberries from my own hedge this morning – and half a banana.

In winter it’s porridge – minus the seasonal blackberries – cranberries and grated apple. Oh, and lemon and ginger tea. I’ve taken advice from my Chinese doctor, mentor and well-being guru on the tea. She’s right, it’s a brilliant early morning de-tox. Whatever the season, if I start the day with that kind of combination, I know I can get to lunchtime without deviant snacking!

Soda bread

soda-bread

If it’s summer – which it seems to be for at least three days a week at the moment – I need to get on task immediately after my muesli. Summer is busy for my best customer – a local seafood restaurant – so today it’s early morning slicing and wrapping of the light soda bread ready for lunchtime service.

This is a great recipe and I often make extra for my own bread bin. Easy to digest unyeasted bread made with a blend of organic white and stoneground wholewheat flour. I add lemon juice and zest as it goes really well with fish and seafood plates at the restaurant. At home I just toast it like normal bread and have it with poached eggs, but it’s great with your favourite breakfast spread – honey or nut butters are delicious!

I never have enough eggs!

OK, so far so good. Almost eleven o’clock and seem to have found enough to distract me from any thoughts of food. Namely, a trip to Sainsbury’s for essential supplies – why have I never got enough eggs? I have a very convenient arrangement with my neighbour Zoe; she hands over a consignment of eggs from very happy hens and in return I supply her with organic home-made bread for the weekend … and still I end up at the supermarket making up the shortfall!

After a diversion to buy paint, I arrive home and embark on a small DIY project – painting a couple of tired old chairs. That takes me industriously towards coffee o’clock.

Time to get Zoe’s bread on its first proofing. Today it’s organic malted sunflower seed. I get all my flour delivered from a traditional flour mill in Gloucestershire. Once I tried it, there was no going back. The quality speaks for itself. I don’t make fancy bread, people are happy with a nice wholesome loaf that tastes good with anything – which isn’t that difficult if you make it yourself.

No bloating

48-hydration-sourdough

Pictured 48% hydration sourdough

The key element to home baking is the time you can give your bread to rise properly. All mine is done at room temperature. No running up and down stairs to the airing cupboard, just leave it to do its own thing – which may be most of the day. That way, the bread doesn’t start fermenting again in your tummy, which means no bloating

The last thing I do most evenings is weigh and feed my sourdough starter. This is the science part. OK, I don’t use my own wild yeast in every loaf, but by growing your own yeast, the only thing in your bread dough is flour, water and salt and nothing else! So for my bread it’s’ early to bed, slow to rise’ and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 You can find Carol on Facebook at Grainwave and on her website

 

A note from Honey

Thank you Carol for sharing all your bread insights. I will be along for a loaf soon 🙂

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

See you tomorrow

Healthy hug 🙂

Honey

Healthy eating – Day 15. Jill Howie tells us how she changed her diet and changed her life

Healthy eating – Day 15. Jill Howie tells us how she changed her diet and changed her life

How I changed my diet and changed my life

Jill Howie from Portchester, Fareham changed her diet and changed her life. Here she shares her story.

This is Jill Howie

Hi this is me in mid April at the beginning of my journey and 18 weeks later some 3 stone 4lbs lighter and feeling on top of the world indeed (some way to go but I ll never go back to the old me ).

My life is now full and fantastic

To show you how I changed my life around I’ll show you a fairly typical day (although I must say life is so full and fantastic right now that “typical” changes daily).

exercise bike

So normally I will wake around 6 am and drink a large glass of water (I love water now and drink at least 3 litres a day. A must for everyone ) and be ready to either do a small workout (I find many online and do a quite simple legs bums and tums or arms one) but today was a cycle whilst catching up on recorded programme.

That done it’s time for brekkie which this morning was a snicker (only joking it was a smoothie made with chocolate, hazlenut milk and cashew butter). Delicious yet healthy and completely natural.

This morning I have a few notes to write up and some info to send to some prospective clients (I run my own business helping others get fab fit and healthy too. Just a dream come true truly).

Snack time

humous and celery snack strawberry crunch nakd bar

To keep me going until lunch I will have a snack today is houmous and celery but lots of other lovelies available fruit , nuts , nakd bars for example.

Lunch

tuna salad lunch

After a busy morning I’m ready for a light lunch and as its so hot out I opt for a lovely delicious tuna salad.

Healthier treats

You know following this healthy eating had changed my life and why I ever did these fad diets before is beyond me.  Clean eating has literally changed my life. Now to share it with a friend who is coming to visit as she has just started with me and so I’m making a few healthier cakes and biscuits we can have guilt free.

healthy cakes and biscuits

Chocolate cakes made from a very simple gluten wheat and dairy free recipe as are the lemon biscuits (both were quite delicious ) So much so said friend left with the left overs and recipe in hand which is always a good sign.

My confidence is growing

I really sometimes have to pinch myself when I think how much my life has changed. With poor health and little confidence my life seemed to revolve around my home quite often alone and sleeping.  Now I am out and about helping others as well as attending as many events as I possibly can.

My confidence is growing even to the point where I allow the odd photo.  This was always a no no hence the shortage of before photos. Crazy isn’t it!!

Dinner

So to dinner what do we have for dinner tonight chicken tikka masala won again all fresh clean ingredients no take aways or processed for us anymore. This is so much tastier and so easy. Tasted divine I can tell you.

healthy food
Here are a few of the meals we’ve eaten recently there really is no need to go hungry to lose weight and get healthy.

This evening is so lovely we spent it in the garden and I decided to use one of my cheats ( these are good to have keeps you focused and nothing is off limits if you really want it although I find mostly my body craves goodness even when we eat out its the fish and fresh vegetables that have me drooling not he stodge anymore).

So whilst hubby and I talk about our dream holiday which may now be in our reach since the change in my health and our finances, I treat myself to vodka and soda and possibly a few healthy nibbles.

Life is a dream right now. I hope you ve found some inspiration from my words if you d like to talk to me and find out more about how I’ve changed my life please  email me

A note from Honey

Thank you Jill for sharing your clean eating journey with us and well done.

 

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

See you tomorrow

Healthy hug 🙂

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

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