I discovered this book while researching how what happens in the gut affects the entire body. I was then fortunate to find myself attending a talk with Elizabeth, where I was able to hear first hand, how making small changes to how you nourish your body can really change how you look and feel.
Here is what happened when I met Elizabeth…
Elizabeth (a natrupath and Master Herbalist) explained how 70-80% of the problems she treats with her clients is solved by a change of diet. Not a special pill, not cream, not voodoo… just food.
(at this point my ears truly pricked up)
She went on to explain that people have now become emotionally involved with food rather than just eating for nutrition. “When you become emotionally attached to food, you can’t make good decisions” – what she is referring to here is that morning coffee that has to be part of your routine… rather than waking up and identifying why you are tired you are associating a feeling with it. This goes for chocolate or other the sugary snacks you see as a “pick me up” in the afternoon in the office. She went on to explain “if it is emotional, it is addictive and it is not good for you” Instead of thinking about food as merely a means to a nourishing ends we are associating an emotion which is not beneficial.
Elizabeth continued to explain what is making us old:
Each one of these is highlighted in her book and explains how they are affecting your bodies youthing abilities.
She went on to explain how our body sends signal to us – most of which we ignore or we medicate rather than dealing with the issue head on. All of us at some point will be affected by the 5 issues listed above. In what way and to what degree is all personal.
She went on to explain the top 3 to really focus on if you want reach your full potential
When the body is acidic your body is not happy. Like fish, our bodies happiest state is at alkaline. The foods which are acid-forming in our body are: Meat, Dairy, Alcohol, Caffeine and Sugar – no surprises there really.
Our body draws on our natural minerals to alkalise these – thus pulling minerals from our teeth, hair, nails and bones.
This leads us to looking and feeling lifeless…
So what does Elizabeth say the top 3 things you can start doing to change this: + Lemon and Water + Green Juices (try and go no fruit) + A plate of vegetables everyday
In her book she goes on to tell you how to cook to draw the most nutrition from vegetables and how to affectively alkalise your body without feeling like you are giving up the things you love. Simple changes to make a glowing you!
Inflammation is when your body swells to warn you. This could be in your mouth from allergies all the way down to your stomach. The latter is the harder one to identify. When your body has an allergy you may not even notice – there are subtle signs such as sniffing or coughing after/ during a meal, bloated-ness, and other little signs which we as humans so cleverly ignore.
In her book she gives a list of ailments and potential causes. If you think you have an allergy (or maybe you have no idea) it is definitely worth a look.
Tricks for dealing with Inflammation are: Ginger and Tumeric
She went on to explain that anything labelled with “itus” is an inflammation… e.g. tonsillitis
Which can be treated by alkalising the body and introducing these anti-inflamatory foods rather than guzzling down anti-biotics or other pharmaceutical drugs
Protecting yourself from the free-radicals. Making sure your diet is rich in anti-oxidants to fight the daily interactions with free radicals which age our cells from the inside out.
I am not going to re-write the book but I would highly recommend you look this lady up. Her website EPJHealth provides a plethora of information to get you started on your quest to transform yourself into the most vibrant version of you!
Her book Eat Yourself Young has guides, plans and questionnaires to help you find out where you are.
Cook Yourself Young gives you the pillars and a host of recipes to get you started.
Are you fed up of feeling fine? (Defined by Elizabeth)
F – fucked up I – Insecure N – Neurotic E – Emotional
Then start by making those small steps to a more youthful you
I shall end this blog with the parting words from Elizabeth
Green Smoothies are the perfect way to start your day. Beside the ‘green hype’ the benefits of starting your day green really do pay off. The Western Diet doesn’t provide as much fruit and vegetables to meet our daily needs. We have all been guilty of having eggs for breakfast, nuts mid-morning, chicken and quinoa for lunch and then some protein and veg for dinner. That means with even the healthiest of diets there is a significant lack of fruit and vegetables.
Due to the high fructose content of fruit, it is recommended not to have fruit post 3 pm and source only vegetables post this time. That means starting your day with a Green Smoothie can give you the head-start of getting your 7-a-day.
Green smoothies are not only great for digestion and weight management but also your skin. The skin is one of the largest organs of the body protecting us from the outside. It is the best indicator of what is going on inside…
Are you feeling dull, look tired and have dry skin?… and none of the expensive creams you buy is working? Perhaps its time to go a bit further than skin deep and have a look on the inside.
The ingredients in this smoothie give you a huge boost of those wonderful vitamins and good fats it needs to thrive.
Apples give you a boost of vitamin C, while the skin of a cucumber is full of nutrients that nourish you from the inside out. The celery and Kale give the body some good fibre and vitamins that allow greater digestion and glow. Dried spirulina contains about 60% protein. It is a complete protein containing all essential amino acids and it also contains..
Protein: 4 grams.
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin): 11% of the RDA.
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): 15% of the RDA.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin): 4% of the RDA.
Copper: 21% of the RDA.
Iron: 11% of the RDA.
So… have I convinced you yet?
Green Smoothie Ingredients:
2 sticks of celery
handful spinach or kale
Half an avocado
knob of peeled ginger
3 tablespoons of lemon juice/juice of a lemon
1.25 cups of coconut water
1 teaspoon of super green powder (chlorella, spirulina etc)
We blend the greens and fruit for easy digestion, your body is able to absorb more of the vitamins and minerals without working so hard
Add coconut water and chopped vegetables. Blend at a low speed until smooth.
Add rest of the ingredients (except lemon and spirulina), and blend at high speed.
Too make cooler add a handful of ice
For More Stress-Free Nourishing Recipes Click Here: Nourish
I have been trying to work out ways while I am away in Manchester to getting my 7-a-day of veggies and fruit. Fruit is sometimes easier to do as apples and bananas go so well raw – however trying to get in the green stuff can sometimes be hard.
In my first week I stumbled across The Fruit Exchange in Manchester. Opening in 2012 it is an independent Juice Bar in the heart of Manchester which cater for Juices, Smoothies, lunches and also detox juice packages.
When you get inside the interior is beautifully decorated – invites you in to all their healthy goodness.
When ordering you can choose your size, which juice (or other item you would like) and then their helpful staff juice it there in front of you. Their menu caters for dietary requirements if you are dairy free and list everything very clearly so no nasties are too be seen.
For those with a sweet tooth they also do frozen yoghurt and an array of “healthy” whole food cookies on the counter if you need something a little more jazzy that day.
My favourite is one of the top Green Juices: Wake up Call!
This consists of Spinach, Lime, Cucumber, Apple & Celery – a perfect wake up to a cold morning in Manchester. It is delicious, nutritious and has three veggies in to get those 7-a-day into your diet.