Broccoli and red onion tart with an almond and cauliflower crust (recipe below)
What we feed our bodies is imperative to our wellbeing. After many Years of researching ways to heal and calm our bodies and our mental health, the simple truth, is that food really is medicine. Filling our lives with good fats, protein rich, fibrous foods, and an army of nutritious vegetables, is key to nourishing our bodies. Which in turn, keeps our brains working, gives us the clarity and the energy to get through the day.
A day in my food life
I eat within a 10/12 hour window (intermittent fasting) so when I awake, around 7am, I drink a tumbler of water and then wait for around 2 hours before I have a small tumbler of warm water, lemon and apple cider vinegar (apple cider vinegar is a great for resetting the gut, aids digestion and keeps you regular)
The first food I eat comes about 2 1/2 hours after I’ve woken up and I always start with protein, healthy fat and fibre. This morning I ate a mushroom, courgette and red onion omelette, infused with black pepper and turmeric, and a large chopped avocado on the side. This not only will fill me up and completely satiate my body, but give me energy and keep my blood sugars balanced. Really important, as our blood sugars can determine how our bodies react throughout the day. If we load ourselves with sugar first thing, even natural sugars, our bodies will be fighting to keep up all day.
Mid morning i usually have a snack of a protein ball or like today, a chopped date, a dollop of almond butter and some nuts. The sweetness of the date is balanced by the healthy fat in the almond butter.
I usually have a late Lunch of homemade Soup, a super seed salad with all the green leafy veg, a coriander and almond flour flatbread and avocado. Or a slice of my delicious tart (see above) and some salad.
I’ll have a handful of blueberries afterwards. Which are packed with antioxidants.
HYDRATION! I drink water all day long…..and always after a coffee or tea, as it rehydrates.
Dinners are fast and furious in my house, so I will usually grab a batch cooked Swede bake, roasted veg courgetti or my delicious tomato and onion curry with cauliflower rice (check in recipes for some of these dishes)
At the end of the day, I always finish with a nice calming cup of chamomile tea. After that (around 8/9pm) it’s water until I start again the next day.
2. Stress management
We all lead pretty busy lives, and we generally spend most of our days ferrying our little beloveds off here and there, keeping house (so 50’s) navigating 8 million relationships, working and if there’s any time left, eating! So looking after ourselves is deeply important, if we want to stay afloat and not hit a wall at break neck speed. Every morning, I lay in bed and I simply breath…..inhaling for 5, holding for 5 and exhaling for 7 breaths, around 5 times. This helps to clear my mind, a complete leveller. I also tap using EFT (emotional freedom technique) for around 5 minutes, silently repeating affirmations in my mind.
Starting the day in this way really helps me prepare for the onslaught of life. It’s something though, that you can take with you and use any time of day, especially if you feel any anxiety coming on or nerves, or you just a little uptight. Simple tools like these are totally achievable, as the idea is not to put any more pressure on yourself.
Meditation and mindfulness takes me to places and to finding my true sense of self. It’s not something to shy away from and you can do it anywhere. Sitting, lying, walking, just breathe and focus on that breath, then on the muscles in your body, starting from the top of your head, down to your toes. Notice them becoming softer…..fall into them and relax your body and clear your mind…..
Exercise can be anything from walking to an high energy hiit class. As long as you are moving your body and hitting those happy endorphins, you will feel the benefit. Whatever works for you is key here. There is no point in forcing yourself to run a marathon, if you hate running. Do something that will fill you with energy, and above all make you feel good about yourself.
For me, I like a brisk power walk down to the beach, feeling the vitamin D hit my face (not all the time may I add, British weather and all) and the air hit my body, feels so exhilarating.
4. Finding balance
Above all, finding balance both mentally and physically, is hugely important. Being able to forgive and ease the pressure off ourselves is what keeps us going and moving forwards. And once our gut, our mind and our bodies are in tune, only then will we feel nourished, energised and content. Taking back control is utterly empowering…….
Recipe for my tart above!
For the base;
1 cup almond flour
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 cup blitzed cauliflower ( strain all the moisture out, using a tea towel before you add to the flour)
2 tsp mixed dry herbs
For the filling;
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 large red onion (sliced lengthwise)
About 5 sprigs of sprouting broccoli
1/4 cup pine nuts
2 eggs (or flaxseed as an egg free alternative)
A 1/4 pint almond milk
You can add some grated cheese but it’s not necessary
A small spring of chopped coriander
2 tsp mixed dry herbs
Mix all of the base ingredients together and form a kind of crumb. Take a medium size lined loose bottomed flan dish and press the mixture into it.
Bake it for around 20 minutes at around 180 fan ast.
Whilst it’s baking, make the filling.
In a pan, fry off the red onion, broccoli and pine nuts until soft. Add the herbs and season well.
Take off the heat to cool.
In a jug, add all the wet ingredients and whisk well.
Take the base out of the oven and let cool for about 20 mins. Add the veg and top with the egg mix. Season well and return to the oven for about 40 minutes, still at 180 fan ast.
I will be giving a talk on how to balance our bodies at the Wellness Within Retreat in Chichester on Monday the 14th Oct. click the link below to grab the last few tickets.
Have a very happy Wednesday and please leave a comment or feel free to message me.