Endometriosis can be a debilitating problem for many women….pain, heavy bleeding, fatigue etc. This smoothie full of protein rich ingredients, packed with magnesium, selenium, zinc, potassium, iron & antioxidants.
1-2 frozen ripe bananas
1Tblsp cacoa powder (or cocoa if you have – full of magnesium, calcium, iron)
1Tblsp molasses (high calcium, manganese, iron, potassium & Vit B’s)
1tsp moringa powder (high protein, vitamin A, C, potassium & calcium – I have this in stock too now!!)
1C nutmilk of choice (add water to thin out if needed)
Handful of Raspberries (high in calcium, magnesium, Vit C & B’s – great to help menstrual cramps)
It’s a fact….we are all ageing every single day. It’s inevitable but we can slow down the ageing process with what we choose to eat, drink & do with our bodies.
Now this is not rocket science….it’s just clean, fun living.
aim for 30mins light to moderate exercise most days…walking is great – just pick up the pace. Change routes as you become fitter, throwing in a hill or two. Do it with a friend or the dog!
do some resistance training to aid bone health. Carry weights or use a back pack…even training in the pool to give a natural resistance is great….& cool!
keep your mind active….you will keep producing new brain cells over time. Do a short course or workshop, read a non-fiction book, sudoku, crosswords, hey – even challenge yourself at the “Chaser”??!!
stress affects every system in the body which can lead to serious health conditions. Take time to relax & have FUN!! Try getting a massage, yoga, soaking in tub with epsom salts & essential oils, watch a comedy movie with a friend, play with your pets, spend some time in nature or throw a frisbee in the park whilst finishing off with a picnic. The list really is endless.
include protein rich foods to cut down appetite & give you extra energy, whilst cutting down on starchy carbs (breads, rice, pasta….only have small portions).
enjoy a myriad of fruit & veggies…all colours of the rainbow ….daily. Choose low GI such as salad veggies & greens, limiting high carbs like potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots. Organic or spray-free is better….& always wash veggies.
snack on nuts & seeds….& enjoy cold pressed oils such as olive & macadamia. Great for joint, heart, brain & hormonal health.
drink about 2L water daily….more when exercising. Add lemon, mint or lime to mix up the flavours.
avoid excessive alcohol, salt & sugar. Limit alcohol to 1-2 glasses & not every day. Try Himalayan Pink salt or Artisan Sea salt for the extra minerals.
don’t stress about having the odd night off & having takeaway – just don’t do it every week….choose your healthiest option available when out with friends.
I love a good cup of Chai tea….the best is when its actually made from the “real” ingredients & not the powdered stuff most coffee shops sell. Throw in the spices you love & reap the health benefits from them – cinnamon for blood sugar balance & metabolism; ginger for blood circulation, immune booster & digestion; clove & star anise have antimicrobial properties; & cardamom for the antiseptic, antioxidant, digestive & diuretic benefits. You can simply make a caffeine free version by using Rooibos leaves instead of black tea.
Bring 2 cups of water to the boil.
Add 2 tsp plain black tea (or Rooibos leaves)
¼ – ½ inch sliced fresh ginger, or ¼ tsp dried.
1 cinnamon stick broken or crushed, or¼ – ½ tsp dried. 3 – 4 cloves.
Simmer for about 10 minutes.
Add 2-3 tsp sugar or honey (Manuka will give added health benefits)
Add 2 cups of milk (soy/nut milks may be used).
Gently reheat and serve.
Many different spices are used by different cultures including cardamom, cloves, star anise (which contains an active ingredient in Tamiflu—shikimic acid), and black pepper corns.