Pizza seems to be a universal food. Everyone likes it no matter where you grew up.
Thing is...I never liked pizza until my pregnancy with my older boy Finn, 7 years ago. It was during that 9 months or so I had this unbelievable hankering for the thick crust, cheese overload, salty pizza!
Today tho, while my love for pizza has stayed with me, I lean more towards a healthy version, which I'm about to share with you!
Its causes are absolutely everywhere. Would you agree?
Our natural “fight or flight” stress response can sometimes go a little overboard. It’s supposed to help us escape injury or death in an emergency and then return to normal after we’ve fought or flew. But, that doesn’t happen too much in our society - it becomes a long-term reaction. It becomes chronic.
You’ve probably heard of the main stress hormone, called “cortisol.” It’s released from your adrenal glands in response to stress. It’s also naturally high in the morning to get you going, and slowly fades during the day so you can sleep.
Did you know that too-high levels of cortisol are associated with belly fat, poor sleep, brain fog, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and even lowers your immunity?
Do you experience any of these? Well, then read on because I have a list of foods, nutrients and lifestyle recommendations to help you lower this stress hormone naturally!
Original Article From Chris Kresser November 23, 2012
Lactose intolerance is one of the most common food intolerances, affecting up to 65% of the world’s adult population. (1)
Stressed? Tired? Craving sugar? Can’t sleep?
All of these can be related to the constant stress we feel in our lives. We know that stress can have a huge impact on our health and wellness. And, since your adrenal glands produce stress hormones, adrenal fatigue (or “HPA Axis Dysregulation,”) is a popular theme lately.
We all have some level of stress, right?
It may be temporary (acute), or long-term (chronic).
Acute stress usually won’t mess with your health too much. It is your body’s natural reaction to circumstances, and can even be life-saving.
So here is an opportunity to try some new things.
I would like to share with you an easy recipe to help you get more prebiotic fibre into you diet.
Diversity of food is the key to help you develop more diversity of strains in the gut.
This means eating different foods and different varieties of each food.
This recipe is a good example. It contains three varieties of carrots plus yellow beets, Jerusalem artichokes and jicama, roasted with oil, herbs and garlic and served on a bed of spinach (garlic and spinach are also prebiotic).
If you are not familiar jicama, it may be a food you want to introduce yourself to. It is an amazing prebiotic with many vitamins and minerals. It helps stabilize blood sugar and lower inflammation. You should be able it to find in in your grocery store but if not, try Asian or Caribbean stores.
If you love chocolate and have you been waiting for someone to tell you that chocolate is good for your gut? Well, then today is your lucky day.
Have you been encouraged to stop eating carbohydrates? Do you think it will help you lose weight or worse, have you been convinced that carbohydrates, especially grains are bad for you? It is a shame that such misinformation circulates and so many people are confused about this important food group but it just shows that we need to apply some common sense before we remove foods groups from our diet.
We often wonder if there is a magic bullet for weight loss. The short answer is no. I posted about this on my personal Facebook yesterday, and lost some "friends" over it. However, research is discovering some fascinating pieces of information and one food that may help is kimchi.
Certified Holistic Nutrition and Wellbeing Counselor