My favourite fermented foods for good gut health By The Nourishing Space

My favourite fermented foods to promote good gut health….

It seems so many people these days are living with digestive issues….uncomfortable tummies, bloating, burping, gas, wind… you name it most of us have experienced it at some point….

For many, myself included when these symptoms occur instead of getting to the root cause of the issue…. Our first response is to jump straight to the quick fix of eliminating something from our diet….’Oh I’ll just stop eating bread for a few days’….or ‘I’m cutting out all dairy’….

But instead of eliminating things from our diet…what about if we added something? FERMENTED FOODS…..

I’ve been taking probiotics in tablet or powder form (Polybac 8) for many years now, but only recently have I starting experimenting with different types of fermented foods in my diet and I have to say that I am addicted! I have quite a sensitive stomach and am still finding the balance of what works and what doesn’t! But I can definitely tell a difference in how I feel after certain foods since introducing more gut friendly foods into my diet…

So what’s the deal with fermented food?READ MORE

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Why choose love….

It has been quite some time since my last Nourishing Space post…..and in all honesty I have sat down at my computer many times to write and each time, I have been hit with a wave of fear…. My ego has gotten the better of me, and self doubt began to rear its ugly head….

I literally caught myself having a conversation in my head….it went something like this…’what will your readers think’…’why has it taken you so long to get back to your blog’….’why can’t you fit this in?’…..I let this play out for weeks and instead of showing up to my blog….I’d  let my ego…or as my friend Mel would say my ‘mean girl’ take over and stop me from doing something I love.

You can apply this analogy to any scenario in life….be it a job, hobby, relationships, personal goal, fitness, weight loss…..How many times have you talked yourself out of doing something that you want to do, something that makes you happy, or that would help set you on a path to creating the life you want…simply because you were scared…. Or worse still because you were worried about what others might think…..READ MORE

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My top four Self love practices for SPRING….

As we welcome in Spring here in Australia, Sydney’s crazy weather of late is confusing many of us as to whether Summer is actually on the way…..Do we throw on our summer dresses and head for the beach, or are we still curled up on the lounge with a warm cup of tea? All I know for sure is that when the sun is out and shining, I am making the most of the warm weather and taking a long deep breath in to soak it all up.

So instead of focusing on the crazy weather, I thought I’d share a few of my favourite self care practices to help put a spring in your step this SPRING, so you when the sun does finally start to shine you emerge as a gorgeous, glowing, well rested beauty!READ MORE

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Create the SPACE and life will follow…..

Where is this year going? How can it be that we are almost in August….almost through Winter….almost back to sunshine and warmth?

To all my followers and friends who have asked what’s happening with the Nourishing Space…I guess the simple answer is that LIFE is what has been happening….

Each week I’ve sat down to write and it just hasn’t flowed…..I’ve been blocking myself….finding another distraction….avoiding creating space…or as my dear friend said to me ‘maybe you’re just not Nourishing Yourself’…..

She was right…I’ve written on the blog before about the power of a positive mindset and the importance of creating space for yourself…but I can honestly say this is an EVERYDAY.CONSCIOUS.PRACTICE….READ MORE

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My Detox Journey……Part 2

When it comes to something like detox, I’m all about recognising and celebrating the little wins along the way and after an ‘up and down’ kinda week I think it’s safe to say that it’s uphill from here!

I must admit, when I decided to bite the bullet and commit to this, I went in feeling pretty positive…thinking it would almost be a breeze…You know ‘my diet was pretty good right’…I thought to myself ‘I shouldn’t experience any detox symptoms like headaches, lack of energy, tiredness’…..ah yep how WRONG I was!

I had EVERY single one of those symptoms….There was a few times when I honestly thought I could fall asleep at 3pm, and it wasn’t until around Day 3 that I started to feel normal again…..

What I recognised this week is that it just goes to show you how much junk we put into our bodies! And even though my diet is pretty clean, it’s not until I started to really look at things and consistently say NO to treats that were being put in front of me that I realised over a week how many things somehow ‘snuck’ there way into my tummy…..

I shared here what types of food I was avoiding during detox, (the usual bad guys….alcohol, gluten, dairy and sugar) and you can follow me on instagram as I’ve been posting food pics up…So this week I thought I’d share….READ MORE

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My detox journey Part 1

As much as I think I choose the healthiest option available when it comes to nourishing my body….there are times when I slip up and things start to creep into my diet that I KNOW aren’t nourishing me….

Over the past few weeks/ month I have been letting a few more little ‘naughty treats’ slide through….combined with a not so healthy addiction to ‘healthy treats’ (yes sugar free chocolate is NOT an everyday food!)…and as as result I’m not feeling as vibrant and energetic as I think I could be…..

Now over the years I’ve read loads about different detoxes and have tried smaller 3-5 day stints (things like juice detoxes) however I have never committed to anything longer than a week….always finding an excuse as to why I couldn’t stick to it (birthdays, engagements, work dinners etc….) But this time I’m curious about how I will feel….When I commit to this 100%? When I simply refuse something I’m offered at a party? When I finally ditch my sugar-free chocolate addiction? When I publicly declare my intention? When I create the space to cleanse my body?

I KNOW I am going to feel INCREDIBLE…..

So what does Detox involve?READ MORE

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What you should know about fat free yoghurt…..

I recently conducted a little experiment when I was doing the grocery shopping to find out how many varieties of YOGHURT there were…..seriously over 30! I thought about how crazy this was….yoghurt is one of our most simplest food forms, however these days it’s more like a buffet smorgasbord with every different option under the sun….plain, greek, flavoured, flavoured with a twist of fruit, naturally set, pot set, flavoured with muesli, full fat, low fat, no fat… ugggh it’s just exhausting….

Believe it or not this was once quite a simple decision….plain or vanilla…

Now I LOVE yoghurt….a dollop on my muesli or porridge, on it’s own with berries or added into baking or smoothies….YUM!

In my teenage years however, I wasn’t as educated around which type of yoghurt to buy and so I made the most common mistake of all….READ MORE

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Five Things I am loving right now…

As I sit in the park writing this post, the beautiful Autumn sunshine on my back…I can definitely feel the change in season kicking in…a cooler breeze and bite in the air…Autumn leaves starting to turn and scarfs and jackets starting to appear.

As we move into this nurturing season, I thought I’d share some of the grounding things I’m doing at the moment to ease myself into the cooler months….READ MORE

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Cooking with Quinoa

Are you curious about Quinoa?… 

Where do you buy it from?…

How to cook with it?…

How do I pronounce it? Is it Quinoa or ‘Keen-Wah’…

And what do I actually make with it?

Ok let me tell you about this powerful SUPERFOOD and share some of my favourite ways to incorporate this nourishing grain into your diet.

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