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Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting seems to be the latest trend but it is actually very good. I practice it myself and the benefits are enormous. I no longer wake up bloated and my water retention has also improved not to mention the increase in energy.

What is intermittent fasting

Intermittent fasting is a fasting pattern where you alternate between periods of where you fast and eat. Usually you will fast between 14 – 18 hours. The other way you can do it is by restricting your calorie in take to 700  a day for two days of the week eating normally for the other 5 days. Personally I go for the 14-18 hour option.

The 8am – 6pm Plan

This is the one that works for me and I find it is also good for beginners. You eat between 8am – 6pm. You eat your last meal at 5.30pm. I go to bed between 10 -11pm so this is perfect for me. I don’t struggle at all with the 14 hour fast and it also gives me the chance to eat my 3 main meals a day with snacks. I find it easier as I go to bed early so I am fasting mainly as I sleep. When I awake I will have my lemon water and little fruit  before having my breakfast. I practice this every day.

The 12pm – 6pm Plan

If you are not a breakfast person then this way of fasting is ideal for you. It also means you fast 4 hours more. You have to find what works for you. As mentioned above I like having my 3 meals a day. Also for me a 14 hour fast is more than enough.

The importance of preparing for any fast

No one shoe fits all and fasting is not for everyone. If you have a healthy diet fasting will not be a problem. If you tend to eat a lot of processed foods and are generally unhealthy you will no doubt struggle with any fast. Therefore it is very important to prepare the body. Start by slowly eliminating unhealthy foods like sugar and alcohol.

Always consult your doctor before embarking on any type of fast especially if you have any type of medical condition and are taking medication.

Benefits of intermittent fasting

The results will be clearer skin, an abundance of energy, an improvement in memory and concentration, becoming less acidic and more alkaline with a stronger immune system. Intermittent fasting  also lowers the risk of cancer. It also helps with fighting free radical damage and inflammation in the body. Constant inflammation in the body leads to disease. It is also fantastic for improving gut health.

I hope the above helps. I am a qualified nutritional therapist so feel free to ask me any questions. If you would like a bespoke nutritional plan please email me.

 

 

 

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Kale and Broccoli Smoothie

After all the Valentine’s Day chocolate treats over the weekend I thought a cleansing green smoothie was called for. It is so important to keep the body alkaline and start the day right! This smoothie is full of healthy fats and goodness to make sure you have tons of energy through out the day.

Ingredients

A handful of kale

2 broccoli florets

A handful of spinach

1 frozen banana

1/2 an avocado peeled and stone removed

juice of 1 lemon

1 teaspoon of chia seeds

Water

1 scoop of hemp protein

Ice

Place all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy

Spinach, Kale and Mango Smoothie

There is no better way than to start the day with a green smoothie. It alkalises you and gives you energy. This smoothie is ideal for any one who is new to green smoothies. Spinach is good to use as you can hardly taste it. This combination is rather delicious and so easy to make.

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The benefits of wheatgrass

Wheatgrass is probably my favourite out of all the superfoods for its endless health benefits. It is extremely alkalising, rejuvinating and rich in chlorophyll.  When I am in London I grow my own, when traveling I use  a powdered form. I have always struggled with the taste as it is quite strong compared to the other superfoods, but I have found that wheatgrass  powder by Organic Burst does not taste bad at all. I normally drink it on it’s own or in a vegetable juice or smoothie in the morning.

Rich in vitamins and minerals

Wheatgrass contains:

Beta carotene
Vitamin C
Vitamin K
Vitamin E
B group
Iron
Fiber

Benefits of wheatgrass

Wheatgrass is mainly made up of chlorophyll, which cleanses and fortifies the organs and blood increasing red blood count. Chlorophyll is a very powerful detoxifier, detoxifying the liver and hence improving metabolism. It also detoxifies the body from heavy metal toxicity.

It is extremely alkaline and perfect for anyone who is over acidic.

It is good for weight loss as it regulates your metabolism.

It will give you an abundance of energy.

It is fantastic for the skin and slows down aging rejuvinating aging cells.

Is beneficial for fertility problems.

When to take wheatgrass

I usually take wheatgrass in the morning either on its own or mixed in a green smoothie. Mornings are when the body is most acidic so wheatgrass is perfect.