Author: Alexandra Carey

Smoothies, Juices + Detoxing; essential or unnecessary in a modern, healthy diet?

It’s hard to escape the message that smoothies, juicing and detoxing are essential elements to a healthy diet these days. If you buy any cookbook or follow any of the big names in healthy eating on social media, smoothies and juices are a prominent feature, as is the promotion of regular detoxing to systematically cleanse the body of the toxins and the effects of a modern lifestyle. There is a lot of hype, but is in there any truth in this message and is it worth buying in to? My answer would be yes, sort of 😉 A lot of the arguments that you would hear against smoothies and juicing and detoxing is that humans have survived just fine without these modern incarnations of food and that the body detoxes itself regularly without the assistance of a 3 day juice cleanse. And there is scientific and research based facts to back all of those arguments up.  However, there is myriad anecdotal evidence out there from people who have incorporated smoothies and juicing into their regular …

The Magic of Food Combining to Aid Digestion

What if I told you that by simply re-arranging the contents of your dinner plate, you could experience more energy after eating and less bloating? You’d say “hell ya”, right? So a few simple truths about the way certain food groups digest when consumed together should have been something we all learned in Home Economics. And I’d like to say that maybe we did learn about it but we forgot, but evidence would show by your standard meal combinations such as the routine Sunday Roast dinner and the ubiquitous Spag Bol and Lasagne batch cook meals…that this simply isn’t the case. What’s the Deal With Food Combining? There are three main food groups that form the bulk of our diet, they are: Carbohydrates (think: pasta, potatoes, bread, vegetables and fruits) Proteins (think: meat, fish, eggs, dairy) Fats (think: coconut oil, olive oil, nuts and seeds) Carbohydrates are broken into two groups: Fruits Starches Starches are further broken down into two very important groups: High Starch Low Starch If we take a standard Roast Dinner as our …

6 Ways to Optimize Digestion + Get More Energy From Your Food

Eating is such a MASSIVE part of our lives and yet a lot of us don’t spend very much time thinking about the way we eat and how our food makes us feel. Our primary source of energy comes from our food and if you find yourself chronically tired and fantasizing about a bakery or sweet shop, then it would be wise to take a look at what you’re eating, why you’re eating it and how you’re eating it. When you break down a few simple truths about how our body responds to the food we eat and what we can do to help the digestive process, you might feel a bit annoyed at how crazy simple it all is and that years of struggling with weight issues, bloating, feeling totally wrecked after eating and symptoms of IBS could have been avoided if someone had just told you sooner! The Truth about Digestion Our digestion is controlled by a function of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS), called the  Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS). The PNS is …

Because I am a Girl

Today is international #dayofthegirl which should obviously be everyday! But these organized campaigns are important to bring awareness to the very real issues girls suffer in the developing world where they are discriminated against in education, health, work and family. 

Deconstruct Your Asana | Low Lunge

Low Lunge | Anjaneyasana   Instructions Come to an all fours, table top position. Take a moment to bring the knees to hip distance apart. Coming up on the finger tips, move the right foot forward to come on the inside of the right hand. Take a moment to make sure the right knee is now stacked over the right ankle and the knee is tracking the middle toes. The back hip will move forward away from the stack of the back knee into a deep lunge. There are two options for the position of the back foot. It may feel more stable to have the back toes curled under or you may want to rest on the top of the foot. Lengthen through the top of the head to elongate the spine. While pressing firmly into your base. Inhale taking the right hand ontop of the thigh and the left hand ontop of that. Take a moment here to find your balance and engage the tummy muscles (thinking of having a corset around the …