Mind Your Microbiome

Great viewing from ABC Catalyst.

“New research has linked the Western diet to asthma, autism, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, emphysema, cancer, and the list goes on. The reason a healthy diet could be even more important than previously thought is because food affects the bacteria deep inside our guts. Unbeknownst to most of us, we each carry about 1.5 kg of bacteria – that’s trillions of tiny microbes that contribute 100 times as many genes as our genomes do. In the last ten years, a technological revolution means scientists are now beginning to discover just how crucial these microscopic creatures are to our overall health…and what they’re learning is shaking the very foundations of medicine and nutrition”

Full report here: http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/gut_reaction_part_1/#

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Change Your Beliefs About Yourself to Form Better Habits

Some great advice:

“Your goal isn’t to be perfect. Your goal is simply to win the majority of the time. And if you cast enough votes for the right identity, eventually the good behaviors will win out.

For some reason, we often think that if we fail to follow our exact plan step-by-step, then we have totally blown it. The truth is that it doesn’t work that way at all. If you make a mistake, remember that it’s just one vote. Be aware of the votes you’re casting and try to win the majority. Every action is a vote for your identity.”

Another Whole 30

Technically, I’m only STARTING another Whole 30, rather than ‘doing’ another one, because I didn’t finish ‘doing’ the last one, nor the one before that, nor the one before that, nor … you get the idea.

Why didn’t I finish?  I decided my desire for a quinoa cracker was worth more than my desire to finally finish a Whole 30.  In hindsight, that seems silly, but it made sense at the time.  One of my goals was to break the cycle of bad eating and drinking habits, which I did, until about 2 weeks later, when I started on my bad habits again (chocolate and wine being the most notable).

I’ve just come back from a spectacularly enjoyable 2 weeks in San Francisco, where I ate and drank whatever took my fancy, and I fancied a plentiful array of varied things (though mainly soft corn tacos with pulled pork, washed down with a margarita).  My exercise routine was awesome at least; I walked almost everywhere, which meant up all those damn (but very pretty) hills.  I also made it to San Francisco Crossfit which was one of the highlights of the trip.  I’m totally in love with San Francisco – and not just because of SFCF although that does have somewhat to do with it 🙂

Anyhow, back to my reason for doing another Whole 30 and how I’m going to go about it a little differently this time.   Continue reading

Hello World!

Well, here it goes, my first blog post.

Firstly, welcome!  Nice of you to stop by.  I should probably give you a little bit of background information before we start ….

About 6 months ago I stumbled upon the concept of primal/paleo eating and I also picked up a copy of Gary Taubes’ book ‘Good Calories, Bad Calories’. While I’m now convinced that sugar is evil and grains are not my friend, I do struggle sometimes to resist their deliciousness. Evil or not, they still taste damn good. I also now know that calorie restriction is NOT the way to achieve a healthy mind and body (and it sure as hell wont make you happy). How many calories you consume is irrelevant – its how you consume those calories that makes all the difference.

Bring on the bacon!

I love to cook and I’m slightly obsessed with finding new recipes and information on the internet to enable my new lifestyle. I also love sharing these discoveries with friends and family (whether they like it or not!), so I’ve set up this blog and my associated Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/HappyHealthyStrong to facilitate my obsession.

I hope you enjoy the content and find it helps you to be Happy, Healthy and Strong too.

Amanda

Cover of "Good Calories, Bad Calories"