It really is true! You are what you eat. That doesn’t mean to say that if you eat a cow then you are a cow, but many of us could do with being a bit more aware of the effects that the food we eat is having on our bodies. Smelly feet, sweaty pits, heartburn, pimples, bladder infections, dry skin, depression, anxiety… the list of ways our bodies tell us we aren’t eating healthily goes on and on. If you are interested in what you can do to get a cleaner, happier body then keep reading!
If you have read my first post about Shatkarma you might have picked up on the little metaphor of a tree that I mentioned. That metaphor refers to the ayurvedic belief that most afflictions of the body are caused by certain root or lifestyle choices. The different afflictions form the branches of the tree and trying to cut them off one by one won’t kill the whole tree or stop the branches from growing back.
Lets think about an example. Putting deodorant on your smelly pits might make them a little less funky for a few hours, but eventually they will start smelling again. If, on the other hand, you make some changes to your diet that mean your sweat itself is less smelly then hey presto! You might not even need to use any deodorant at all! Or imagine that you have a stubborn little belly that you have started to despair of ever getting rid of. Well, a simple change to your diet can help you burn fats faster, increasing the speed of your metabolism and help you to feel much fitter.
Modern science also tells us that many health problems stem from an imbalance in the gut. Some of the foods we eat can take too long to digest and too long to pass through the intestines, with the result being that they end up stewing away in there, feeding bacteria and allowing colonies to grow. And when that happens… well, the external ‘reflections’ of what is going on in there are generally not so pleasant.
“But I don’t know what food is good for what” I hear you exclaim! There is a huge amount of information on the internet and not all of it is reliable, but if you know where to look it is definitely worth taking a little time to learn about the foods that we eat. Check out websites such as Web MD for a wealth of information that is written by people who are really in the know – medical professionals from all over the world.
So without further ado, I would like to share with you my favourite breakfast recipe. Its easy and fast to make and it can help you to smell better, shed some fat, clean up those intestines and get yourself beach body ready. Simply becoming aware of the benefits of different foods can help us to understand our bodies much better and feel much better too!
Easy breakfast smoothie
- 1 or 2 bananas
- 2 tbsp yoghurt
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 1 tbsp maca powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- a handful of spinach
- 200 ml water
How to make:
Throw all ingredients into the blender, wizz!!! drink and enjoy 🙂
Bananas are brain food. They are high in potassium, which is good for the heart and regulating bodily fluids. The also have prebiotic qualities, which means they regulate the bacteria in your gut. Someone once told me, if you want soft feet, eat bananas.
Yoghurt is great for the gut too, filled with the good bacteria you need to help maintain a healthy balance in your stomach, and also a great source of protein.
Flaxseed gives you a slow burning load of energy, as well as omega 3 fatty acids, which are very good for the heart.
Maca powder is one of those super foods that got very popular in recent years. The powder derives from a root which grows in Peru and it’s known for giving a boost in energy, mood elevation and regulation of hormones, especially male and female reproductive hormones. Careful with this one ladies, it can make you very fertile!
Spinach, which is packed with insoluble fibers works as an intestinal brush, sweeping out any stuff that is stuck along your digestive tract and providing vitamins, such as vitamin C as well as other goodies for the body.
Feel free to add or remove anything from this recipe. Drink this smoothie daily for a month and see how your body changes 🙂