Choc Mint Slice 

Base

1 cup coconut  desiccated 

1 cup ground up sunflower seeds 

1 tsp cinnamon 

1/2 tsp cardimin (optional)  

1 tbsp cacoa

1 tsp Tahini (optional)  

1 cup dates 

1 + 1/2 cups pitted prunes 

2 tbsp chia seeds 

1/2 cup coconut oil 

1 tsp vanilla essence 

Topping

1 cup cashew nuts 

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup water

Bunch of mint 

1/2 tsp Vanilla essence

1 tbsp maple syrup or honey 

Directions 

Make base first.  Freeze.  Then add topping layer. 

New Study Links Protein in Wheat to Inflammation

doctor-shrug-1-600x400              The verdict is out.

A protein in wheat is responsible for inflaming the gut. In the past, scientists have focused mainly on gluten and it’s effect on digestive health.

But, according to research presented at one of the world’s most prestigious gastroenterology conferences (UEG, or United European Gastroenterology) in October 2016, the spotlight is now on a protein called AMI (it stands for amylase-trypson inhibitors).

Let’s just call it the culprit. It appears AMI can inflame not only the gut but through it the kidneys, lymph nodes and even the brain.

Why is this knowledge important? It’s because anything that causes inflammation in the gut has a negative effect over time on the mind.

Luckily we are living in an age where we have many choices besides wheat.  I’ve written about a few here.

My clients are shocked and dismayed when they take stock and discover how much wheat and wheat based products they are eating.

Learning to read food labels is a great first step.

The real adventure begins when you decide to stop doing the ‘same old, same old’ and start exploring tasty and nutritious wheat alternatives.

 

There’s a New Wave Coming…

Catch the wheat free wave! 

  • 1/3 of Americans say they are trying to eliminate wheat from their diet.
  • Restaurants in the USA confirmed two million “wheat free” dishes were ordered last year.    
  • Gluten free items doubled in sales in the past five years.   
  • 15 billion dollars were spent consuming gluten free food.  

How did this happen?

Can it be that primitive hunter-gatherers have healthier guts than 21st Century urbanites?

hunter gatherer collectin honeyWell, it seems that hunter gatherers have the gut-brain advantage. They may only have the clothes they stand up in and primitive weapons, but they lead the way in gut-brain health!

Check out this article to learn more about a mad keen anthropologist who radically changed his gut health in just three days of eating as a hunter-gatherer with Africa’s Hadza tribe.

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/07/05/health/hunter-gatherer-diet-tanzania-the-conversation/index.html?utm_content=buffer9e07d&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

The good news is you don’t need to go back to the Stone Age to get your gut-mind connection working properly!

This excited me so much that I embarked on a month-long gut health program.  If it excites you as well, like me on face book because I will be dishing up lot’s of tips and tools to get your gut-brain connection working as smoothly as a hunter gatherer.

Healthy Gut = Happy Mind

brain gut health mature womanDid you know 90% of serotonin is produced in the gut?  Serotonin is a neurotransmitter vital for proper brain function. When you produce serotonin in the right quantities, your thinking is clear and you feel positive and on top of things.  Too little serotonin is linked to states of depression and anxiety.

So, when you care for your gut you actually help produce more serotonin.  It’s worth putting effort into eating well for your gut’s and brain’s sake!