Healthy, delicious, fast lunch

Keeping on track with my 2016 goals gets hard when I’m time poor!  What I need is a quick and healthy meal to help me stay alert, calm and full throughout my busy afternoon while lovin’ my liver.
Challenge accepted!
Carrot & Beetroot Salad (with thanks to Everyday Cookbook)
1 carrot
2 beetroot (raw)
½ green apple
¼ red onion
Blitz together in food processor / Thermomix 3 secs (speed 5 for Thermie lovers).
Dump into large bowl & take 1 serving for lunch. Cover tightly and enjoy the rest with dinner.  I don’t find I need a dressing with this salad as the beetroot, carrot, apple and onion all get very moist when you process them together.
This salad is paleo, AIP (autoimmune paleo/protocol), thyroid friendly, Mediterranean diet friendly, low calorie, low fat… let’s face it this salad should join the UN it crosses so many different diet boundaries!
I add a tin of Wild Alaskan Pink Salmon to this meal to boost the protein, calcium, essential fatty acid content and most importantly for me personally balance my blood sugar levels so I stay energised and calm all afternoon!
wild alaskan salmon_sonia mcnaughton naturopath herbalist
I drain the tin into a sink and with a fork mush the bones into the salmon flesh so they become one with the salmon.
Making the salad and adding the salmon takes only a few moments so really most of my 5 minutes is spent cleaning up!  I rinse the food processor bowl and drain it on the sink and pop my leftovers in the fridge.  I also had time to spare to take a quick pic & upload to Facebook 😉
For more quick and healthy lunch ideas check out my Facebook page: SoniaMcNaughton.Naturopath or make a time to see me (02) 4968 2157 at Mayfield Medical Connection.
Do you have a healthy ‘go-to’ lunch idea you can make in less than 5 mins? I’d love to hear it!

A little known B vitamin found to stimulate ovulation & fertility in PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is on the increase causing rising rates of devastating infertility. But sadly that’s not all.  It’s also found with insulin resistance which means for PCOS gals they experience debilitating fatigue, easy weight gain / difficulty losing weight and a higher chance of diabetes.  Continue reading “A little known B vitamin found to stimulate ovulation & fertility in PCOS”

Eliminating triggers to overeating

So I made a commitment to myself to go “sugar free”.  I’ve tried before but radically underestimated how deep my food addiction was and failed in the early stages.  This time I’m employing the very best science has to offer looking to the evidence for high quality research on weight loss.

Weight loss is a complex equation that has many variables; scientific research tells us it is not as simple as calories in and calories out.

I’ve learnt unearthing personal triggers for overeating is vital. On my journey to wellness I’ve had to be searingly honest with myself and recognise healthy but simple sugars are the “gateway drug” of my addiction.

Sugar-addiction-life-cycle-I start with a couple of dried dates, add a banana, then it’s an raw cacao power ball – not so bad hunh? An hour later I’m obsessively thinking about raiding the kitchen when I get home from work to bake a cake, gluten-free, coconut/almond flour combination.  Sound healthy to you?  Well according to the blogosphere avoiding highly processed sugars via these foods should be  encouraged – no donuts were murdered in the pursuit of my health 😉

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Evidence based strategies for weight loss

Weight loss  is like a jigsaw puzzle and missing even just one piece can mean that your weight loss stalls or even heart-breakingly you start to gain weight.  Every day births a new diet or product promising to solve the all pervasive first world problem of excess weight.  And yet why is it that we keep getting fatter?   Continue reading “Evidence based strategies for weight loss”

Is the difference between obese and skinny the kinds of bugs in your stomach?

A 12 week randomised, controlled trial on 87 generally healthy adults with “obese tendencies” found those fed the probiotic Lactobacillus gasseri SBT2055 showed statistically significant decreases in abdominal fat, as well as body weight, BMI, waist and hip circumferences, and body fat mass as compared with their control group (3).

The probiotic selected in the study came from human intestine and had been found to reduce enlarged fat cells caused by a high-fat diet in rats.  The strain had also been found to bind with cholesterol and promote its clearance (2).

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