We get asked so many questions about the latest diet trends, superman powders, magical bars and those all-important magic supplements. We seem to forget that a “magic pill”, shake, bar or supplement claiming that it contains the perfect ratio of macro-nutrients, mineral, calories and what not, isn’t nearly as effective in fuelling our bodies compared to real food.
In preparation for the Easter festivities, I spent last Sunday excitedly making homemade healthy chocolate treats for my family and friends. Chocolate can actually be healthy and I am fed up with the way most of the chocolate eaten today is produced, so decided to make my own. I was super happy with the way it turned out, smooth, creamy, delicious, organic and completely void of artificial ingredients.
“ In order to keep a tree healthy and allow it to flourish, you need to support the most basic and essential elements first; the foundation: the roots and soil. Similarly, if a tree is not healthy, the first place you should look for answers is those same foundational elements.”
Again there is no single approach that works for everyone. Just as there was huge variation in what our ancestors ate, there is also huge variation in what works for each person. Some people see great improvements in their health when they eliminate dairy products. Yet others seem to do well on them. Some feel great on a low-carb approach, while others feel great eating more carbohydrate. Some appear to need a higher protein intake (up to 20-25% of calories), but others do well when they eat a smaller amount (10-15%). The key is to use paleo as a baseline and personalise your approach to meet your own unique needs.
When the word “hormones” is uttered, visions of raging uncontrollable women come to mind for most. That is just so sad. Hormonal changes affect everyone, yet we seem to have a very negative association with that word. That is why it is important that we know how to balance hormones naturally.
Lucozade have a strap line of ‘Once you are in the zone, nothing can stand in your way’. Is that the zone you want your bambino to be in? I doubt it. If you ever have times when you wonder why your little cherub has a bout of crazy behaviour, consider how much sugar YOU are giving them.