Your digestive tract’s health is linked with just about every other function in your body, including your brain studies are finding. Many scientists have begun to refer to the gut as our second brain. So it’s not surprising to find that foods that upset the gut similarly affect your brain.
Macadamia, coconut and mango cheesecake – the perfect summer dessert!
I’m so very excited to post this dairy free mango cheesecake made with coconut cream. This was my first time making a cheesecake without cream cheese and I must proudly say it has worked at treat. In fact, I prefer it.
I like to get probiotics from fermented food where ever I can – and desserts are no exception. This cheesecake is made with homemade, gut loving, coconut cream yoghurt but for a quicker dessert turn-around, you can skip the fermentation and use coconut cream straight from a can.
Macadamia & coconut mango cheesecake made with coconut cream is a dessert for everyone. It’s GAPS, it’s Paleo, it’s dairy-free, it’s vegan, it’s raw, it’s refined sugar free and bonus – you can make it full of, good, gut loving bacteria. Most importantly though, it’s also DELICIOUS!!…
By popular demand I’m bringing you another coconut yoghurt recipe. It’s dairy free, vegan and Paleo.
With so many people choosing coconut yoghurt over the dairy variety, I thought I would offer up an even simpler recipe. The original recipe required additional thickening and recommended an organic brand of coconut milk that is difficult to find in stores. This recipe is fast and cheaper to make – truly bringing coconut yoghurt to the masses!…
Blueberry Jelly Cheesecake – Gelatin Heaven
I’ve a got a thing for cheesecake right now. This is the third on the blog in a short time. Probiotic desserts OMG – this is a whole new world of food pleasure and I’m having so much fun experimenting with gelatin.
I might have given up refined sugar years ago, but I can’t deny I was born a sweet tooth and still love creating healthy desserts for friends and family. If you’re going to eat dessert, make sure it’s gut loving and full of nutritious, whole ingredients. …
About 10 years ago I took garlic out of my diet for what I thought was forever. I used to think that garlic was my worst enemy.
Long before I had the motivation and determination to permanently remove other inflammatory foods from my diet such as gluten, sugar and dairy, garlic got all the blame. It was a far easier target.
Now, I can’t believe I did that to myself and I wonder how I ever enjoyed food without it. I can tell you now, I ate many a bland meal. And it wasn’t an easy task. It’s is in everything, right? Asking people to leave it out, on my behalf seemed sacrilege. I’m sure I wasn’t a popular dinner guest.
I should point out, it wasn’t just garlic that copped the chop from my grocery list, onion was eliminated too. And, anything onion-esque, like spring onion, salad onion, purple and white. They all caused me grief. I blew up like a balloon until I felt my insides would tear. Cooked was bad enough, raw was impossible.…
It’s been nearly 3 years since I turned my Ulcerative Colitis symptoms around. It’s completely thrown me to have to revisit the crappy symptoms of my previous self.
I’m no stranger to diet changes but this flare up has knocked my cooking mojo right out of me. The prospect of paring back to introductory GAPS fills me with dread. I feel fragile and defeated. How am I going to manage?
To eliminate any further stressors and go easy on myself I need a master plan. GAPS is tough, even for a kitchen wiz like me! This isn’t a time for creative cooking. I need delicious, gut rescue GAPS recipes and right away.
Send me a kitchen saint, or at least someone else’s energy and inspiration. Hold on, I’ve found it! Quirky Cooking for Gut Health. The online, Gut Health program developed by Jo Whitton, of Quirky Cooking fame. It makes such perfect sense to join Jo’s program; I’ve been cooking her recipes for years.…
I like to make homemade yoghurt from the most nutritious milk available. In my opinion, that is raw milk.
Raw milk is obviously straight from an animal and free from processing which means all the awesomeness (unique bacteria, enzymes, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals) are left in, to super charge your homemade yoghurt.
Sadly, there are currently many alarmist beliefs around raw milk that scare people away from its numerous health promoting virtues. Raw milk, in itself, is a ‘complete food’ and fermented for 24 hours it’s considered a soothing healing food. …
GUEST POST BY ALISHA LYNCH THE NAUGHTY NATUROPATH MUM.
Most people fail to realise that your gut is literally your second brain, and can significantly influence your mind, mood, and behaviour.
But, mounting evidence clearly indicates that ignoring your gut may have far-reaching psychological consequences, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that nourishing your gut flora through proper diet, from cradle to grave, is extremely important for proper brain function, and that includes psychological well-being and mood control. Our brain and your gut are actually biologically identical, as they’re created out of the same type of tissue.…
I lived with excruciating digestive symptoms, for what felt like an eternity.
The pain I experienced from bloating was my constant companion and no medical interventions gave me any real respite until I discovered the low FODMAP diet.
I was given the vague and unsatisfying diagnosis of IBS in my early 20’s but over the years my condition worsened into an inflammatory bowel disease called Ulcerative Colitis.
It was obvious to me that some foods caused immediate discomfort. But despite being able to clearly identify some specific dietary triggers, there were still too many variables for me to fully understand. At times, I felt I couldn’t safely eat anything without feeling dreadful afterwards.…
GUEST POST BY JO & SALLY GODFREY FROM NO GRAINER
Following your gut.
I recently attended a birthday party for a boy who was gluten intolerant. I heard a party guest speaking to the boy’s mother about his diet and asking in horror “what on earth do you eat?” I made sure I stayed well clear of that woman in order to avoid discussing the minefield that is my diet!…