Should we eat wheat? (and what is the deal with gluten anyway?)

Avo toast

Back in 2013 I embarked on my gluten free life. At the time I didn’t know it would be so permanent but now that I have thoroughly researched it, I am glad that I am (mostly) gluten free.

It started off by having a baby. Why would that have an impact? Well this newborn baby of mine screamed his head off every time I ate wheat. No, he didn’t have a strange phobia of sandwiches but rather, 7 hours later, the components of the sandwich ended up in my breast-milk which he then drank. It took me a few weeks to figure it out (and you can read more about it in another blog post) but he had silent reflux and the “wheat” upset his tummy. It was more specific than wheat, actually the protein in wheat – the gluten.

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“2 minute” Miso Soup

miso soup

I was chatting to a few mums in my mothers group the other day about quick and healthy lunches and I told them about my 2 minute miso soup. It is really easy, quick, and really healthy. I was actually teaching my naturopathic students about the benefits of fermented food a few weeks ago – of which miso is one (but that’s another blog post!). I buy the one from the supermarket (Asian section) but you can also get it from health food stores and obviously Asian grocers. As it is fermented, it lasts for ages in the fridge. I have also discovered that miso doesn’t have to be made from soy. It can be made from any grain, and so it still can be eaten by people who avoid soy.

You can also make this as a “2 minute noodle” work lunch, where you put all the ingredients in a large jar, and then at lunch time you just add boiling water, shake it up and – hey presto – you have a yummy lunch. If doing it this way, I would put 2-3 teaspoons of miso paste in the jar rather than 1 tbsp so it dissolves easier.
Recipe below:

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Butter vs Margarine

margarine v butter

This is probably one of the most common questions I get asked as a naturopath, whether it is in my clinic, or a weekend BBQ, when the inevitable question “what do you do?” gets asked. This most often gets followed up by “what is better: butter or margarine?”

It seems on the surface that butter and margarine both have some good points and bad points, however I hope that I convince you in favour of butter by the end of this article.

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A balanced diet is always the best

Fruit and Vegetables

Earlier in the year I read a blog post that got me thinking. It was about a woman who was a former vegan and had reverted back to eating a balanced diet containing animal products including meat – and how great she felt.

As a naturopath I am constantly hearing about the latest dietary fad. I have seen a few in my time

  • High protein high fat
  • High protein low fat
  • Low fat
  • No sugar
  • No gluten
  • High fat
  • Israeli Army diet
  • Fruit only diet
  • Grapes only diet
  • Raw food only
  • Vegan
  • Raw vegan

The latest one seems to be paleo 😉

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