How to Have More Energy, Clear Skin and Optimal Health This Holiday Period

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This is a post I wrote quite a while ago but I thought since we’re in the season where we can start to feel quite sluggish assisting your body to be more alkaline around this period can really help you feel a lot healthier and give you more energy.
I’m definitely starting to feel quite tired and haven’t been as healthy as usual so I’ll be starting a cleanse on the 2nd January to help give me a pick-me-up!

I will be doing the Dr Sandra Cabot  clean and lean 21 day detox which is available on my Inner Origin link here. This is a gentile cleanse consisting of lots of whole foods plus three powders a day that are full of lots of amazing super-foods and vitamins. If you’d like to join me on this detox email me chiamiablog@gmail.com and I can add you to the secret facebook page where you will have access to calls from Dr Cabot herself throughout January and also be in the running to win some prizes.

This detox will really help you feel vibrant and healthy and help balance your bodies alkaline levels. If you’re not sure what i’m talking about read on to find out all about Alkalising.

(ps.  This cleanse is also great to do any time of the year!)

Alkaline the PHacts 

Alkaline. That’s just something to do with batteries, right? That’s exactly what I used to think before I got into this whole health business shebang. I never realised that this word actually plays a HUGE part in the overall health and wellbeing of our bodies and is a major contributor to our body’s ability to heal itself.

Alkalising refers to balancing the pH (potential hydrogen) levels of the body. The ideal pH level of the human body should be around 7.35.  If this pH level is reached the body will be slightly more alkaline which means it will be in the best position to heal itself and fight disease. On the other hand, if the pH levels are lower, they will be more acidic leading to a body that is a breeding ground for disease, bad bacteria and cancer cells, as a result rendering the body unable to heal itself.  Most people who don’t regularly consume fruits or vegetables but often consume alcohol, coffee, soft drinks and processed foods, will be more prone to having low alkaline levels.

Good pH or alkaline levels are essential for good health.

Some health issues of a highly acidic body (low PH levels) include but are not limited to:

  • weight gain
  • upset stomach, poor digestion and bloating
  • killing off of good bacteria in the gut – so much of our mental and physical health is linked to our gut health
  • headaches
  • fatigue
  • trouble sleeping
  • bones are more prone to break and fracture
  • arthritis
  • teeth erosion
  • low immune system
  • decreases in the body’s ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients
  • decreases the body’s ability to detox and discard of heavy metals

How do you know your pH levels?

You can test your pH levels yourself using standard pH strips which are available from most health food stores or on an online store like iherb. Make sure you do a urine test though as testing your saliva can be quite inaccurate.

Food that cause more acidic pH levels:

  • red meat
  • eggs
  • soy – yep soy is not good for you, it wreaks havoc on your hormones and is a GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) food
  • canned fruit
  • dairy products
  • white grains such as rice and white bread
  • corn
  • processed foods
  • alcohol
  • caffeine
  • soft drinks
  • sugar
  • artificial sweeteners
  • fruit juice
  • stress
  • smoking
  • drugs/antibiotics

The 80/20 rule for creating an optimal pH balance

If your body is quite acidic and you want to restore it to a healthy pH level try eating 80% alkaline forming foods with 20% acid forming whole foods. This recipe is the perfect combo of acid and alkaline foods.

Now let’s get into the great benefits of having high alkaline levels in the body:

  • high energy levels
  • high performing immune system
  • less pain and inflammation within the body
  • quicker recovery from injury, this is why it is so important for athletes to have healthy alkaline levels.
  • glowing skin, healthy hair and nails
  • slows down the aging process
  • healthier teeth, bones and joints
  • lower cholesterol levels
  • better digestion

So what else you can do to raise the alkaline levels in your body? These are some of my tips:

  • Try a cleanse or Detox – if you are feeling quite sluggish a gentile cleanse may be exactly what you need.
  • Add more high alkaline foods into your diet each day. Here is a great detailed list of foods that are alkaline and acidic 
  • Drink chlorophyll – Chlorophyll is the green pigment found in plants and you can buy this in liquid form from most health food stores
  • Eat your veggies, especially greens, kale, spinach, broccoli, cucumber, celery. When you are eating kale, broccoli or spinach make sure you lightly steam them first as they can be very harsh on the stomach when eaten raw
  • Try adding a tablespoon of fermented vegetables to one or two meals each day. This will not only raise the pH levels in your body but fermented veggies are a great natural probiotic which equals a happy, healthy tummy
  • Start adding a fresh cold pressed green juice or a green smoothie to your diet every day or every couple of days. Here is a recipe for celebrity nutritionist Kimberly Snyder’s Glowing Green Smoothie. I have this every day and usually make a huge batch every Sunday enough to last me for a week. It will last in the fridge for about 2 days and I freeze the rest and just defrost it when needed
  • Drink hot water with half a lemon squeezed into it every morning – this may seem strange as lemon is an acidic fruit, however, once it enters the body it helps to balance the bodies pH levels and helps set up your digestion for the day
  • Try and drink around 2L of filtered water a day. You can also buy alkaline water or purchase an alkaline water filter which will help raise your pH levels even more. There are some great affordable alkaline water brands that you can usually find at your local health food or fruit shop. Putting some pink Himalayan salt and lemon in your water will help with raise the alkaline levels as well
  • Limit your sugar intake. There are many great tasting, healthy recipe alternatives to your favourite sugary treats out there that use natural sweeteners or a little bit of fruit to sweeten it. I have quite a few recipes like this on my blog.
  • Reduce stress by doing yoga, deep breathing or meditation as stress can cause the body’s acid levels to rise.

This may seem like a lot to take in and a lot to do all at once but try not to stress too much about it (don’t want to get your acidic levels rising) just try implementing one or two of these tips to start with and you will still notice an improvement in your health. The most important thing is to make sure you are adding fresh vegetables into your diet everyday and eating food closest to its natural form.

Cauliflower & Leek Soup

soupCauliflower would have to be one of my favourite vegetables not just because it tastes great but also because it is so versatile. Don’t believe me? Just check out my recipes for cauliflower sushi, cauliflower tacos, kale & cauliflower TabooliButter chicken with cauliflower cream or my friend Maddy’s recipe for Cauliflower Couscous.

This soup is no exception in the taste department and it will leave you feeling full and satisfied after eating it. I put some kale and nori sheets under the grill then crushed them up and sprinkled them over the soup with some chicken strips. This worked really well but some fresh herbs and spices would also taste great on top.

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4 Simple Recipe Ideas

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you may have come across some of these recipes already, but I thought I would share these on the blog for those of you that aren’t social media obsessed (go you if that is the case). These are just a few quick, easy but delicious meal and snack ideas that anyone can make.

Passionfruit and Avocado Ice Creams

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Sounds like a weird combo but the avocado makes them really creamy and the sweetness of the passionfruit hides the taste of the avo so it’s a perfect summer treat for the kiddies.

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Kale Tabouli

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Happy 2014 to everyone! This year I am going to make more of an effort to include more savoury recipes on the blog that include heaps of veggies and nutrients in fun and delicious ways. But don’t worry, I will still be including some sweet recipes as well! I feel that this is the perfect recipe to start off the new year; this is a Continue reading

Guest Interview: Andrea Cox + Tall Goddess Tahini Dressing Recipe

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I am delighted to present to you this week’s Gorgeous Guest: Andrea Cox of thehealthyhaven.net. I have been following Andrea’s website and YouTube channel for some time now and always look forward to watching her videos as she always has great health tips, recipes and words of wisdom to share.

Andrea is a model, health guru, published author, holistic healer, celebrity raw food chef and runs cleansing raw food juice fasting retreats in Southern California. A retreat that I am dying to attend one day!!! Continue reading

The Art of The Homemade Smoothie

Originally published on There Are No Roads

chaiChai Breakfast Smoothie, recipe below

Smoothies; they seem to be all the rage these days and for good reason, too! If you use the right ingredients they can become a very healthy and nutritious on-the-go meal that will keep you full and energetic until your next big meal. This also means you will be less likely to crave sugary food between meals. Plus, it’s super easy; you don’t need to be a whiz in the kitchen to throw some stuff into a blender and press a button.

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Zucchini Pasta Two Ways

zp1zp2This is a really quick and easy recipe that tastes remarkably like pasta. I have provided two different recipes for this; even though they both contain the same ingredients I have changed the quantities in each recipe to result in a creamier Continue reading

Raw Cupcakes with Raspberry Frosting Recipe + Girls’ Night In

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On Sunday night I was lucky enough to attend a ‘Girls’ Night In’ and help make some vegan treats for it. The Girls’ Night In was hosted by the lovely Kaplan family (you can view my interview with Dena Kaplan here) in their amazing house to help raise money for The Cancer Council Victoria, for which they are ambassadors. It was such a fun and delicious night, attended by many inspiring women. There was Continue reading

Guest: Amanda Moore + Sautéed Kale Recipe

Bio PhotoThis week’s guest is a fellow health coach, creator of The Savory Soul life coach, writer and yoga teacher whose mission is to change the way women view their bodies and lives using her experience of recovering from her own health and body image issues. So many things stood out for me in this interview and I feel as though Amanda and I have quite a bit in common, including our taste in music! Meet Amanda Moore…

What led you to pursue a career in health and wellness and why are you so passionate about it?

Well, this is a VERY long story but I’ll try to give you the short of the long. In 2004 I had almost two feet of my colon removed for a precancerous colon polyp following my mom having uterine cancer and my older brother having colon cancer (at age 26). We discovered that we have something called HNPCC (Hereditary Non- Continue reading

Guest Interview: Daniel Finley Chinese Medicine Doctor

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This week’s guest is Daniel Finley who is an extremely passionate Chinese Medicine Doctor based in Dallas, Texas. I learnt so much from this interview through Daniel’s insight into how Chinese Medicine can help with many health issues and how we can incorporate Chinese Medicine principles into our everyday life. Meet Daniel…

Tell us a little bit about yourself and why you chose to study Chinese Medicine?

I enjoy adventure and being active so I play hockey, teach martial arts and get outside and travel as much as possible. I love being healthy and helping others with their health and I am very grateful I get to do that as a job. When I was in high school I developed some embarrassing digestive problems and couldn’t get any help with traditional medicine. I lived with them for a few years and finally talked to my Kung Fu teacher about them. Turns out he was a doctor of Chinese Medicine and he did acupuncture for me and it worked! I was free, and I wanted to help other people who were caught in the same situation as me. I went through Chinese Medicine School and have now been in practice for five years. Continue reading