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How Toxins Screw Up Adrenals/Insulin

Uncategorized May 05, 2021
 

Feeling sluggish and dealing with brain fog can wreck even the most competent working Mum’s day!

But instead of piling on the caffeine and getting up earlier to do more-- understanding the toxin-hormone connection can help clear the fog for good.

A 7-Day Juice Fast Ain’t Going to do Nothing

When Mum’s are feeling low-energy, sluggish, and foggy, they usually blame their bodies - or the kids! -  for not being able to “keep up the pace”.

Often they will turn to stimulants, try getting up early, or maybe even flirt with juicing in an attempt to be more clear-headed.

But what they don’t realise is that they are most likely carrying a very heavy toxic burden zapping their energy -- which isn’t their fault!

We are all exposed to so many toxins every day.  In fact, in the past 100 years, our environment has become more toxic than ever and these toxins get trapped in our organs and especially our cells.

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Low-Histamine Bliss Balls

Uncategorized Apr 29, 2021

There's no easier snack than bliss balls! This recipe uses carob powder, which is sweet in taste, so you don't need to add any extra sweetener to the mix. Carob is also a good substitute if you are very sensitive to caffeine (yes there are some poor souls who even struggle with cacao/chocolate!) or if you are on a low-histamine diet and want a bit of a 'chocolatey' hit, this one's perfect! 🙂

Makes: 26 balls

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup macadamias
  • 1 cup quinoa flakes
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • ¾ cup carob powder
  • ¾ cup apple sauce
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ½ tsp salt

DIRECTIONS

  • Place macadamias in a high-speed blender and blend until they resemble bread crumbs.
  • Add all remaining ingredients and blend until you have a dough that holds together well when you roll a ball.
  • If it's too dry, add some water (1 tbsp at a time); if it's too wet, add more oats or coconut.
  • Pop in the fridge to set. 

 


This recipe is approved for our following Healing Diets:

-...

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Why Stress Breaks Down The Gut

Uncategorized Apr 28, 2021
 

Dealing with constant stress is no fun! And working Mumma’s have an intense amount of it!

When that stress comes with bloating, stomach pain, and runs - it should be a major wake-up call!

There are reasons why Working Mummy overwhelm and tummy troubles go hand in hand with chronic stress. And in this article, we’ll share how stress breaks down the gut and what to do about it.

 

How Coping Habits in Times of Stress Wreak Gut Havoc

Normally when mothers are feeling stressed, the last thing on their mind is protecting or taking care of their gut health-- or even just doing self-care.

And it’s no wonder -- because the message working women get is to “power through”, “keep working”, and “just do it” - and almost always, put the kids first, and themselves last. 

But the truth of the matter is stress isn’t just bad because it makes us feel out of control, it has a direct biological impact on how well your gut functions....

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Coconut Jelly

Uncategorized Apr 21, 2021

Here's some healthy dessert I made for a party, adapted from Jo Whitton Quirky Cooking. They were a hit!!! No one guessed they were healthy

 

INGREDIENTS
Coconut Jelly
  • 250ml coconut cream
  • 50g raw honey
  • ¼ tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 ½ tbsp gelatin
Strawberry Jelly
  • 250g punnet strawberries
  • 40g raw honey
  • 1 ½ tbsp gelatin
DIRECTIONS
  • Grease jelly moulds or a larger dish if you want to make one big bowl of jelly (I used silicone ice-cube trays)
  • Coconut Jelly: Place all ingredients in a saucepan and heat, stirring, over medium heat until bubbles form on the edges.
  • Remove from heat and pour into moulds or dish halfway up and place in fridge or freezer for 30min or until firm (longer if doing in a dish).
  • Strawberry Jelly: Place all ingredients in a saucepan and heat, stirring, over medium heat until it begins to simmer.
  • Reduce heat to low and keep stirring until strawberries have broken up about 10 minutes.
  • Pour on top of coconut jelly....
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Finding the Root Causes of Adrenal Fatigue

Uncategorized Apr 21, 2021
 

Being in a state of burnout can drain the joy out of life…

But there’s no need to grin and bear it!

In this article we’ll share why so many working mothers are feeling burned out, overwhelmed, and irritable (aka snappy at the kids and the partner!) and how the root causes of ADRENAL FATIGUE could be to blame.

 

Why Your Conventional Doc Won’t Test Your Stress Hormones

So many women are stuck in the “rat race” of what’s commonly called adrenal fatigue.

Instinctively women - especially mothers! - can feel when they are in “burn out mode”...but that’s where their instincts end and their desire to “get things done”, at work and in the home, takes over.

So first it’s important to understand the concept of adrenal fatigue. The adrenals are the glands responsible for secreting hormones such as cortisol, DHEA, adrenaline, and epinephrine. The term adrenal fatigue is a little bit of a misnomer-- it's more...

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Sheet Pan Chicken

Uncategorized Apr 14, 2021
 Here's something a little bit different for dinner! This recipe is also anti-candida diet compliant 🙂
 
Servings: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 small head cabbage (approx 1kg), cut into wedges
  • 1 cup red onion wedges
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1 tsp. mustard powder
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds
  • Fresh chopped parsley for garnish
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 220 degrees C.
  • Drizzle 1 tablespoon oil over a rimmed sheet pan.
  • Evenly space chicken thighs on prepared pan, season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste, then drizzle with another 1 tablespoon of oil.
  • Roast chicken for 15 minutes.
  • Remove pan from oven and nestle cabbage and red onion wedges all around the chicken.
  • Season cabbage and red onion with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste, then drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon oil.
  • Return sheet pan to oven and roast for another 20 minutes, until chicken is golden and...
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How Stress Sabotages Hormonal Health

Uncategorized Apr 12, 2021
 

We see so many professional working Mums who feel that stress runs their life, and ruining their family life!

Just getting through their day is a challenge and they long for the times when they just used to “whiz” through their to-do list.

But there are a few key things they are missing that’s letting stress be the “boss of them” and in this article, we’ll share how to release the pressure valve.

 

The Conventional Belief For Burnout: That’s just ‘Mum Life’ or a sign of ‘Getting Older’

It seems that everyone - and Mums in particular! - are stressed out nowadays and it’s no wonder with everything that’s happening - with their work commitments and their family obligations.

And what makes this time even harder is that it happened after years of “burning the candle at both ends”, and driving themselves hard to “just do it” and make things happen.

Most working Mum’s wonder...

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Hot Cross Muffins

Uncategorized Apr 07, 2021

Happy Easter everyone! Hope you all enjoyed a relaxing weekend

We’ve been doing lots of Easter cooking over here in the Bellette Residency. Here’s a yummy healthy variation of the Hot Cross Bun!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup 100% maple syrup or raw honey
  • 6 eggs
  • 250 grams coconut oil (or ghee or butter)
  • 2 apples peeled and grated
  • 3/4 cup of unsweetened sultanas (or raisins, be sure to check for nasties!)
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • apple (for the crosses)

Method

  • Preheat your oven to 180°C.
  • Line 12 muffin tins with large muffin cases.
  • In a large bowl, mix the almond meal, coconut flour, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a bowl.
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Luscious Lime Easter Eggs

Uncategorized Apr 01, 2021

Happy Easter everybody! Here's some Easter kitchen inspo for you :)

Ok, so my homemade eggs aren’t the prettiest ever, but at least they’re healthy! These little beauts are full of good fats and naturally flavoured with a food-grade lime essential oil for a citrusy twist. Haven’t ever tasted lime-flavored chocolate, so I thought I’d give it a go. I’m always up for some kitchen cuisine experimentalisation!

 

Ingredients

  • 250g cacao butter
  • 80g raw cacao
  • 80g rice malt syrup
  • 70g coconut oil
  • 8 drops lime essential oil (food-grade)
  • Goji berries, coconut chips, cashews, and buckwheat to decorate 

(other flavour options: other essential oils such as lavender, peppermint, orange or grapefruit, or nut butter, vanilla bean, berries.)

 

Directions

  • Melt cacao butter in a heatproof bowl over a pot of boiling water.
  • Once melted, take off the heat and add all other ingredients.
  • Whisk together until all ingredients are well combined.
  • Pour into...
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No-Cut Salad

Uncategorized Mar 24, 2021

Looking for a quick-to-make recipe for a meal? Fret not! With this five-ingredient healthy salad, you won't have any excuse to not eat at all. Just grab a bowl, break apart or sprinkle on the ingredients, and it's all set. You can now enjoy a yummy and healthy meal any time of the day.

Ingredients:

  • A big handful or two of baby spinach
  • 50g of feta*
  • 150g shaved ham
  • 1 tbsp sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp red kidney beans

Directions

  1. Place baby spinach in a bowl
  2. Break apart the feta and hand and place it on top of the spinach.
  3. Sprinkle sun-dried tomatoes and red kidney beans over the top of the salad.
  4. MIX & enjoy!

*Can swap out the feta for a nut-based feta, if you're needing to avoid dairy 

 


This recipe is approved for our following Healing Diets:

- Adrenal Healing Nutrition Plan (post 2-week blood sugar reset, or sub the feta for a nut-based feta)

- Gluten-Free / Celiac & Non-Celiac Gluten-Sensitivity

 

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