The Food Hospital

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I watched a brilliant show on the BBC the other night, The Food Hospital. It worked on the principles of treating patients with the view of “Food is Medicine”. It followed three patients. One suffering from obesity and eczema, another depression and another had developed a food phobia and only ate 500 calories a day (pancakes and chocolate).

The one that interested me most was the girl suffering from depression. She had been overweight and depressed since she was very young. The Medical Doctors and Dietician’s method of treatment, was to educate her on what fresh whole foods, would improve her mood and showed her how to cook in a healthy way that would enhance her health. The turn around in this woman after 10 weeks of being supported by a Health Coach and switching to a healthy lifestyle was amazing. She walked in glowing, her eyes had a sparkle and she was smiling ….The patient said she was feeling really optimistic, she was happy, she hadn’t cried in weeks and she’d lost weight……Wow, just from food!

After watching this show, I started to think about how food affects your mood?

My son said it today. We had just picked some fresh fruit and vegetables, and as he crunched into an apple, he couldn’t help but remark how good it made him feel. In fact, I think he even surprised himself by this discovery.

And then on the flip side ever eaten so badly, the next day you just feel crappy, slow and sluggish?

I try to live a balanced life and go by the principle of 80/20. This is eating healthy 80% of the time, leaving room for 20% of flexibility, to eat with pleasure and without guilt.

So thinking about Food as Medicine, here are some health and lifestyle tips that I have learnt as a Health Coach at IIN. They are really quite simple, but thought I’d share them with you.

Here they are:

1. Drink more Water – Our bodies are made up of 75% water, so it is essential to keep our bodies hydrated to function at peak performance.
2. Get Cooking – cooking is one of the most important life skills you can learn. You control what you buy and the ingredients that go into preparing a healthy, balanced meal.
3. Eat Whole Foods and as unprocessed as possible – fill your body with a wide range of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, healthy fats, nuts and seeds.
4. Eat a Rainbow of Food – variety is the key, to ensure you are getting all the correct vitamins and minerals the body needs to stay healthy.
5. Don’t Skip Breakfast – breakfast kick starts your metabolism and helps you be alert and active throughout the day. Studies show, people who skip breakfast, binge more, than those who don’t.
6. Keep Active – try and incorporate some activity into your daily routine. Walking, running, swimming, yoga, surfing, tennis. Find what you love and just do it!
7. Sleep Well – sleep is essential for repair and maintenance of your body. People who don’t get enough sleep, often crave sugar! So remember this simple tip if you feel you are craving more sugar than usual.
8. Find the time to develop a self-care routine and nurture yourself.
9. Eat less sugar, processed food, coffee, alcohol, soft drinks and tobacco.
10. Develop healthy relationships that support you. Reach out and stay connected with your friends, community and family.

Heres to your Health and Happiness xxx

 

 

 

 


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Interview with Katrina Ellis, Naturopath, Author and Wellness Advocate

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Today I had the privilege of meeting the very down to earth, gorgeous and extremely intelligent, Naturopath, Author and inspiring wellness advocate, Katrina Ellis. Katrina has an amazing healing story and is a remarkable example of the body’s ability to heal itself.

1. Tell me a little bit about yourself and your amazing healing journey?

Well, I started healing when I was a little girl. Mum always had naturopaths and nutritionist growing up and never had doctors. And as a little girl I was always interested by what food could do for me. With my dad a fitness instructor in the army and mum into health, the two combinations intrigued me. I was always fascinated how the food we eat and the sport we play can make you a better person.

My own healing journey started as a naturopath when I was taken over to Thailand by the Prime Minister, to run a natural health programme in his health resort Chiva Som. He wanted to revolutionise Thailand and bring health and wellness to the world by using Thai people. I then spent many years turning Chiva Som into a world renown health retreat.

During my time in Thailand, I was working 6 days a week with no time off and I got exposed to a toxic chemical that was buried during the Vietnam War. A big wind sprayed the chemical over our town and 3 weeks later my belly blew up. I was wondering what was going on, as my belly had always been flat? I thought maybe it was my digestion and tried a few natural treatments, but it slowly got bigger. That’s when I started seeking opinions. Two different doctors gave me a different diagnosis. One said I had a cyst on the right ovary and the other said it was the left? I then went to a well-known doctor in Bangkok who said it was a cyst on the left and we will need to perform a hysterectomy!

That’s when a friend flew me to England to see some doctors and still no one was picking up cancer. I then got flown to UCLA and they still wanted to take my ovaries out. By this stage, my belly looked 6 months pregnant and I had to sleep with a pillow under it!

My mum started doing some research and found a Homeopath who said get her back to Australia and I will treat her. So I flew back home and they did a American Indian technique on me that had been done for centuries. My belly started going down and he said you should be right. I was relieved and thought I’d go celebrate with some friends. But as I was driving to meet them, it started blowing up again……I couldn’t believe it and thought it’s got to come out!

Finally, it was taken out. The tumour was so big, it had already split and it was finally diagnosed as the most aggressive form of ovarian cancer. I would need 90 hours of Chemo to try and kill what had been split in my body. After 90 hours they had killed all my white cells and I was becoming resistant to the chemotherapy. During the chemo, I was trying to use natural medicine that I knew to try and overcome the chemo’s resistant to my body. By this stage, not much was working using orthodox medicine!

I finally got the courage to go home and try and heal myself, using every bit of knowledge I knew to heal the body. I tried a raw diet (not completely), healing food, meditation and healing herbs. I then had to remove a toxic relationship and finally things started to shift. I went back to the doctor and he gave me the all clear!

It was this journey that catapulted me to another level as a healer. It gave me a whole new empathy to understand chronic disease from orthodox and alternative perspective.

2. After that incredible journey, you obviously are a raw food advocate?

Raw is amazing, bringing more phytochemicals and healing nutrients into the body, but it doesn’t suit everybody. It depends on your genetic disposition, your constitution, blood type and iris constitution. If you are thin or underweight, raw food is too cooling and it doesn’t help a person to thrive.

I try to recommend adding more raw food into people’s diet and recipes. My book Raw Addiction had been tested by my kids and family before it went to print, to ensure it was liked by everybody and that the recipes were easy to incorporate into your diet.

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3.What role do you believe our gut has, in keeping us healthy?

The neurotransmitters in our brain that are made in our hypothalamus are 90% created in our gut. Good gut function, makes good neurotransmitters that help us to feel good!

Many Autoimmune conditions come from some break down in the gut and it also has a major role in our main immunity.

A good probiotic will help improve the gut flora already existing in the gut. I recommend Multiflora by Orthoplex. I also recommend taking a Prebiotic, which is the fuel that makes the good gut flora grow. This can be found in Kombucha drinks, Kefir, Miso and anything fermented is Prebiotic.

4. What are your thoughts on all the different diets that are published each year?

To me a lot are fads. I believe in choosing whole foods, as unprocessed as possible. You have to find what works for you, so you and your family can sustain it long term (Individualism).

5. Tell me about why so many people have problems with gluten today?

Many years ago in the 1950s they cross bred grains to stop fungi growing because of our heat in Australia. Because of this cross breeding, our bodies don’t recognise them. They also store the grains for months, which develops mould and changes its structure, which our bodies don’t recognise. People are amazed how they can go to France or Italy and can eat pasta and bread with no problems. This is because they didn’t do this to their grains (although they are starting to).

6. Do you have a ‘self-care’ tip for my readers?

Exercise and taking time out! I always drink 1 1/2 litres per day of alkaline water, with a high pH in it. I get this from an alkaline water filter – water how we used to drink it with loads of minerals in it. People don’t realise water is more important than food, as our bodies are 70% water. And finally…… eat greens every day!

7. How do you find balance as a healer, wife and mother?

Exercise and taking time out are important to me. It helps keep me focused and the ability to function for my family and clients.
My week looks like this:
I run on the beach 3 mornings a week and walk my dog. I work four days a week and have Monday off for my family. I finish early 2 days a week to do afterschool sport with the kids and work 2 long days a week. We then all surf together on the weekends. My husband and I are a good team, we have a great balance.

8. I Love quotes, do you have one that you live by?

“Food is your Medicine” – I have always believed this since I was little. My mum taught me when I was young, if you don’t put the right foods into your body, your brain won’t function.

I have another one that Leslie Kenton taught me. Leslie was at the forefront of natural medicine. She wrote the books “Natural Beauty”, “Wise Woman” and many others. I met her in Thailand at Chiva Som and she said to me Katya (my nickname), I always say in my head every day, ”Cool, Clear, Calm”.

It’s worked for me, for years!

If you are lucky to live near the coast of Queensland, Australia. Katrina practises from the gorgeous seaside suburb of Kirra or is available for Skype consultations.

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http://www.katrinaellis.com.au/
http://www.chivasom.com/
(Notes: Please see the ovarian cancer website for indications of ovarian cancer http://www.ovariancancer.net.au/).

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Mindful Eating

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One of my good friends has a saying “Does it Serve You?” This is such a good question to think about as I gobble my lunch on the run. Scull my cup of tea. Eat sometimes standing up whilst checking my emails…….hang on what did I just eat?……and then grab an apple as I run out the door to pick up the kids.

As I read more about ‘mindful eating,’ I stopped to think about how I could apply this quote, “does it serve you” to my own life?

Being Mindful, helps me to explore food is neither good or bad. It helps me think about how it makes me feel, promotes balance, choice and takes guilt away from the pleasure of food.

I know it isn’t possible to be mindful all the time in our modern, time poor lives. But if we think about it at least once a day that would benefit us.

So this week I’m going to practise ‘Mindful Eating.’ I’ll try to have my tea in a nice cup my grandma gave me. Enjoy the preparation of healthy food. Set a beautiful table. Breathe. Have the dessert without guilt and enjoy meals with my gorgeous (and sometimes crazy) family and friends.


Sneaking Fruit and Veggies into Kids!

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Sneaking Fruit and Veggies into Kids!

I don’t know about you, but I have a child who loves fruit and would eat it for every meal if allowed and another who has been….let’s say…challenging with trying new things.

But we have had a breakthrough. I have started juicing in the morning and the kids take turns in making it for each other. We call it a glass of “health and happiness.” It’s very basic just oranges, but #1 loves it.

Another idea I read recently was getting a “Lazy Suzanne” and letting the kids pick of it what salad or veggies they like. Did you know, It takes three attempts of a new food for a person to like it.

I know friends who grate carrot and zucchini into spaghetti, another who put’s honey and butter on carrots and even cover’s broccoli with chocolate sauce (yes, it’s true). That young boy now eats broccoli without any sauce and loves it!

Have you got a great way of sneaking fruit and veggies into the kids? If so, I would love to hear your tips and tricks.


Self Care Tip #2

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Self Care Tip #2

I work in a gorgeous Day Spa and see the amazing results people have from MicroDermaBrasion!

But what if you can’t get to the spa?

Here is a little tip I learnt from one of the beauty girls that you could do in between visits, that’s just as effective and costs a few cents!

Ingredients:
A few teaspoon’s of Bi-Carb Soda
A dash of water to make a paste

Method:
1. Mix the water and Bi-Carb together to form a paste.
2. Clean your skin and pat dry.
3. Use your fingertips to apply the paste to your face and pores.
4. Leave on for five to ten minutes (you may experience a tingling feeling).
5. Wash off with cold water.
6. Moisturise face and neck after treatment.

Your skin will feel fresh, soft and clean at a fraction of the price!


When the intuitive nudge is there ACT!

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Isn’t life amazing, how you can sometimes be thinking of somebody and then they call you that day or you run into them at the supermarket. Or you ask yourself a little question and in a few days you keep getting little messages or signs to act upon.

Have you ever thought about the fact that everything that is happening in your life, you are attracting. And what you think about most you are attracting. I had this happen to me recently as I am on my blogging journey. I was thinking about how I could improve my blog and learn more about this new world. Then a couple of days later I was thinking about a blog I love and thought I’d go over and take a look at it. It’s called Fat Mum Slim. You wouldn’t believe she is starting a blogging school! Yah, I thought! And before I knew it I had signed up.

If you want to achieve something, you must ask for what you want with a clear intention and feeling of what it is you are after. If you feel joyous and happy as you think about these things, you are aligning yourself with the creative process to make it happen.

So next time the intuitive nudge is there don’t hesitate, ACT upon it!

 

 

 



Eat More, Not Less!

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When you embark on a new diet or see a nutritionist for advice, they will sometimes ask you to give up this and that for various health reasons or goal’s that you are trying to achieve. As you leave their office, I’m sure you may feel a little disappointed and overwhelmed by the news.

I have found ‘Adding In’ rather than ‘Taking Out,’ has turned my health and eating habits around and has become more effective in a sustained long-term health routine. What do I mean by ‘Adding In’?

Eating more whole foods, fruit, veggies, good quality protein, whole grains, healthy nuts and seeds, and lots of water will leave less room for the foods causing you troubles.

Keep a bottle of water close by and top it up regularly. If you keep drinking the water through-out the day, you will have less room for soft drinks and other undesired sugary drinks.

Once you keep filling your body with healthy, nutritious food, it is only natural that you will stop craving unhealthy foods and start to crave water and whole foods that make you feel amazing and energized. Before long using the ‘Adding In’ trick, you will find you are naturally following the plan your nutritionist or health adviser has put you on!