Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Healthy Eating: Guest post with Wellness Warrior Jess Ainscough

When I decided to do a 'healthy eating week' with guest bloggers, Jess Ainscough was definitely one girl I hoped would guest post for me. I've been following Jess via her blog and twitter. She has an amazing story and is very inspiring. So.. Who is Jess?

Jess is a Sunshine Coast based writer, holistic health coach, and the creator of the health and wellness website, The Wellness Warrior. Via her e-books, daily blog posts, and videos, Jess’ goal is to empower people to take control of their health and show that the quality of our lives is directly linked to how we treat our body and mind. Her transformation from champagne-guzzling, Lean Cuisine-loving, magazine writer to all-out nutrition nerd was made after she was diagnosed with a rare, “incurable” cancer back in 2008. Deciding she wasn’t having a bar of that “incurable” nonsense, Jess took responsibility for her condition with two years of Gerson Therapy. Along the way, Jess developed a obsession with passing on all of her newly learnt wellness wisdom to anyone who was parked in front of her for long enough to listen.

I am definitely willing to listen and I know so many of you will lap up Jess' advice too. I've asked Jess to give some hints to those of us that love food, but could implement some changes that will make a big (and delicious) difference to our everyday diets.

It's almost ridiculous to state that I love food (obviously!) but I also want to try to eat in a balanced and nutritious way so that when I do go out and order pork belly with scallops, honey bavarian cream, served with gingerbread, compressed apple, coriander and green apple sorbet and drink 4 g&t's - it's something special, rather than an everyday occurrence.  

5 Foods That Will Make a Huge Difference To Your Diet

1. Whole foods
Whole food is simply food that is prepared from ingredients as close to their natural state as possible, with all their goodness intact. Whole foods are foods that are organic, unprocessed and unrefined. They typically do not contain added ingredients, such as sugar, salt, or fat. Also known as food as it appeared in the olden days – before we started messing around with it. Food was created perfect in the first place, so why change it? To embrace a whole food diet you need to bid adieu to take-away food, processed food, refined foods and sugars, additives, preservatives, table salt and fats.

2. Greens
Green leafy vegetables are so readily available and so highly nutritious, however most people do not eat enough of them. Fresh raw green leafy vegetables contain high doses of chlorophyll, are incredibly alkalizing and will help keep your body young, and protect you against disease and illness. They boast high amounts of easily digestible nutrients, fat burning compounds, vitamins and minerals, proteins, protective photo-chemicals and healthy bacteria helping you to build cleaner muscles and tissues and aid your digestive system. Try any of the following: rocket, spinach, dandelion greens, kale, watercress, parsley, lettuce, endive, chicory, broccoli sprouts and mustard sprouts.

G.G. Note: I've got rocket, spinach, parsley, lettuce, broccoli, sprouts, kale and others growing in the G.G. Patch and most are really easy to grow so totally give it a go.

3. Whole grains
Whole grains contain essential enzymes, iron, dietary fibre, vitamin E and B-complex vitamins. Because the body absorbs grains slowly, they provide sustained and high-quality energy. Whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, rolled oats, buckwheat and organic products made from these grains have a completely different effect on our system to refined grains. Whole grains are high in fibre, which means the carbohydrates are absorbed much slower into our system. They don’t raise our blood sugar and they help our digestive system run smoothly. Click here to choose the best grain for you.

4. Natural sweeteners
We were given our ‘sweet’ tastebuds for a reason, and that reason wasn’t to teach us deprivation. White sugar is evil, but there is a whole world of natural sweeteners out there that are gentle on your system. Swap white sugar for sweet-as substitutes like organic raw honey, maple syrup, brown rice syrup, stevia, blackstrap molasses and dates.

5. Juices and smoothies
Juicing extracts the fibre while keeping all the nutrients in tact. This makes them super easy to digest, meaning all of the nutrients will go straight into your system. Unlike juices, smoothies still contain all of the fibre from the vegetables – however, the blending process breaks the fibre apart and makes it easier to digest. They are more filling and generally faster to make than juice, so they can be great to drink first thing in the morning as your breakfast,or for snacks throughout the day. Click here for more on juicing and blending.

Don't forget to check out Jess' blog for Foodie Friday and heaps of other inspiring nutritious hints.You can also connect with her here:

5 fabulous comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi! :) I just want to say that I am very concerned about the message that Jess Ainscough is perpetuating. I am sure she is a lovely girl with the best of intentions. However, her story is dangerous because I know actualy cancer patients who are declining treatment (that could actually cure them) for a 'natural therapy' which will mean certain death. The truth is, Jess has NOT cured her cancer and will definitely succumb to it eventually. The Gerson Institute is an absolute scam that is raughting vulnerable families out of their money by giving false hope. It's great to lead a healthy lifestyle as part of your cancer treatment (heck, it's great for everyone all of the time!), but most cancer patients do require conventional treatment in the form of surgery/chemo/radiation to survive long term. That is a fact and stories like Jess's are extremely dangerous.

Gastronomy Gal said...

Hi, Thanks for your comment. I appreciate that everyone has their own ideas and love that you can come to G.G. to discuss them. I wanted to let you know that I support everyone's right to choose their own path when dealing with illness.

Personally, I'm a big believer in using a holisitic approach including traditional medicine and I actually don't know anything about the Gerson Institute or have any affiliations with them.

I can't speak for all the posts on Jess' personal blog, but this post is just focusing on small changes that can make a big difference to your eating habits rather than any cures for illness.

I can say though, that I admire Jess' vigour and enthusiastic approach to health, and that is why I asked her to guest post. I don't think perpetuating healthy living is a bad message at all and love that Jess has so much passion.

Thanks for reading.

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