There are so many benefits to turmeric, or more specifically the yellow-pigmented active ingredient curcumin. It has been used as an anti-inflammatory for many years is natural medicine and, as of late has been the subject of numerous scientific studies.
As I have had a lot of issues with inflammation in the past, when trying to incorporate it into my diet I struggled to find a tasty way to do it. It has a pretty strong flavour and can overpower whichever meal you add it to, especially when you are trying to get a good dose in.
Then I came across the ‘Golden Latte’.
I have seen it in café’s since but I enjoy making my own as I think it tastes better. So if you’re looking for an anti-inflammatory drink to get you through the winter, you should try this!
Heat up 250ml milk in a saucepan. I use home-made almond milk as it is tastier and sweeter than store-bought almond milk (and I am not a fan of dairy), but you can use any milk. Once it is warmed up you put one-teaspoon of ground turmeric, and one-teaspoon organic honey or maple syrup, 1 pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon, one pinch of black pepper, stir it through and VOILA! You have a beautiful, creamy Golden Latte.
If you want it extra fluffy, chuck it in the blender before drinking it, or blend with a hand-held blender. If it’s too strong you just add extra sweetness with either raw sugar or some stevia.
NOURISH. LIFT. FLOURISH
Very excited to share that my new 8-week challenge, BEAUTIFUL BODIES, is coming soon!!
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RHUBARB & APPLE CRUMBLE – RECIPE
Looking for something simple, tasty, and a little bit different for desert this winter?
I remember my mum making this dish when I was young and it was my favourite! I have ‘modernised’ it a little though to make it a little healthier
- 10 stalks of rhubarb
- 6 apples
- ½ cup oats
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- ½ cup self-raising flower
- 2tbs butter
For extra taste, and if you’re a health nut then buy these ingredients organic or from the local farmers market. Grass fed butter is a great alternative to standard butter too
- Preheat your oven to 180 degrees
- Chop the rhubarb up into 3-4cm pieces. Peel and chop the apples
- Put the rhubarb in pan with ½ cup water. You need to stir it so it doesn’t stick to the bottom, as rhubarb is stringy when it’s cooked
- Once its softened a bit, put the apple in with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Stir until its cooked and mixed in together
- Mix the flour, coconut sugar, oats together in a bowl. Add 2tbs melted butter and mix it together with your hands until it’s an even consistency
- Pour the rhubarb and apple mix into a backing dish. Top it with the oat mix
- Put it in the oven for 35-40mins. You will know its ready when its crunchy on top
Serves 4 people
Keen to hear if anyone tries it!
Fat or sugar, which is worse?
in 2014-15, statistics showed that 63.4% of Australians were overweight or obese, so is it sugar or fat that is causing it? Both have been demonised in the past, but this is an interesting experiment!
Two men, identical twins, went on opposite diets for one month. One had access to endless amounts of sugar, and one to endless amounts of fat. The aim was to find out whether it was fat or sugar that was contributing to obesity.
End of month results were as follows! The high-sugar twin lost 1kg, 500gms of fat and 500gms of muscle, and his insulin response to carbohydrates strangely improved. The high-fat twin lost 3.5kg, but it was 1.5kg body fat and 2kg of muscle. His insulin response was much worse after not eating any carbs and he was pre-diabetic. Not only did he lose heaps of muscle, he also become quite sick. Neither twin gained ANY body-fat at all
After exposing rats to the same diet, they worked out that a diet high in carbohydrates OR fats alone, actually didn’t cause them to over-eat, as was the same result with the twins. So, they then experimented with foods that have both fats & sugar together. All of a sudden the rats ate at more regular intervals, and gained a lot of weight.
This rat experiment suggests that it is the COMBINATION of fat and sugar in a particular food/meal that causes us to over-eat. Further studies showed that this combination of macronutrients basically switched off the brains reward system, overpowering the body’s natural ability to know when it has had enough to eat.
What was the perfect combination? 50% fats, 50% sugar. The closer the food was to this ratio of fat & sugar, the more people preferred it. Man-made, processed foods are the ONLY foods available to us that have both the macronutrients together. Natural food sources only contain ONE OR THE OTHER. If you want to remain healthy and maintain a healthy body composition, don’t eat processed foods
So apparently Aldi’s is going organic
This is awesome. I often tell people who aren’t ready to follow eating guidelines to make one simple change – to either buy their groceries from the farmers market, or if they don’t want to get up on the weekend and do that (as they usually close up around 1030-11am), then buy as much as possible from Aldi’s. The reason being, European sourced foods are often lower in additives, genetically modified ingredients and pesticide.
When I was in Europe in 2013, it opened my eyes to a lot of things food-related. In Australia I was unable to eat coconut, berries, dairy or gluten without having an allergic reaction, but over there I was able to eat almost everything without any adverse effects. It was the EXACT SAME FOOD, but clearly something about it was different. And on top of that, I learned what berries ACTUALLY tasted like. They taste a lot better over there than they do over here.
Fast-forward to 2016 and Aldi’s has announced that they are going to do two things; start introducing less processed foods, and change the product placement of health foods to better serve the consumer. This means they are increasing the amount of fresh and organic food they’re stocking, as well as introducing healthier snack options.
In the US it has been stated that they are increasing the sales of organic fresh meat, removing products with synthetic colours and MSG, ensuring all diary is free of artificial growth hormone and increasing their gluten-free and health-based food and snack range. I have seen signs in Australian stores making similar statements of their plans for the future.
Another store I found in Europe (that I wish was in Australia) was Whole Foods. While in America this year, given I have a history of food allergy, I bought most of my food from there including breakfast, snacks, and sometimes meals from the buffet, and I had one or two meals in a cafe/restaurant each day. Most people say they don’t feel too great after travelling in the US. I personally didn’t feel unwell once, and although I ate a bucket-load of calories, I actually lost weight in the process.
It is said that Aldi’s fresh food move may even rival Whole Foods. Which doesn’t mean much for us as we don’t have access to Whole Foods, but it will make healthier options more easily available for us, and cheaper too.
Obviously for those who don’t struggle with illness or excess body-fat, this won’t mean much to you. But if it does, then I would suggest keeping your eye out on your local Aldi’s store and consider buying some of your produce from there
Nutrients are required for your health. They are extracted in your gut from whole foods. Not fake foods. Fake foods give you calories, but no nutrients!
Nutrition is not low fat. It is not low calorie. It is not being hungry and feeling deprived. It’s nourishing your body with real, whole foods so that you are constantly satisfied and energised to live life to the fullest.
Long term deprivation can lead to fear of food and brings you nothing but misery in the long run. Nutrition is here to be enjoyed, and you can’t escape the fact that you need it to survive. It’s okay to cut back for a short time to achieve a specific goal, but the balance needs to come back once you’ve reached it.
Eat all the food groups, balance your macros so you FEEL good, be consistent and patient, and the results will come. Make sure you’re eating enough to fuel your day-to-day activities as well as your training.
No matter what you do, deprivation and starvation are not going to bring you the same results as balance and health will