Posts Tagged ‘digestive problems’

New Year new you!

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Happy New Year everyone!

2013 has arrived and the Christmas period is well and truly over leaving many of us with bulging bellies filled with guilt from all the delicious festive food we consumed.

With many of us making New Year resolutions and failing within the first few days why not scrap the idea of saying you are going to stop eating this, going to do that etc. and set out a list of goals or achievements for the coming year instead.

For example instead of saying you are going to lose weight perhaps state what weight you would like to be by the end of the year (or by a certain date) and what steps you are going to put in place. This may help you to reach your goal. It is also important to have reasonable expectations of what you can achieve as there is no point putting a plan into place that does not fit into your daily routine setting you up for an instant fail.

It may also be a good idea to not stress over putting your New Year ‘resolution’ into place straight away. Research has shown that there is a high instance of New Year resolutions being broken shortly after they were made. Getting back into the way of things after the Christmas period can be a bit of a struggle as the January blues set in and we get back to the grind stone. Why not ease yourself back into things first before setting your resolution.

Furthermore, our digestive health may not be at its best due to all the luxurious food we have eaten as well as the size of portions tend to be more generous and that extra chocolate too tempting. Not to worry though as once you are back into your usual routine, things should start to level out and your digestive system running more smoothly. To give yourself an extra digestive boost why not try to add a bit of extra fibre into your diet though eating brown bread, pasta and rice instead of white and a glass of orange juice to help kick start things. A brisk walk in the evening may also help to get things moving as well as making you feel more energised and good about yourself.

Whatever your plans for 2013 are, may we wish you the best of luck and success in achieving them!

A nice cup of tea!

Monday, November 26th, 2012

A nice cup of tea (or coffee) is a good way of warming up after coming in from the winter cold, wrapping our hand around the cup in itself is comforting as ice cold hands thaw out.  Whilst tea contains flavonoids which have antioxidant properties, black tea also contains caffeine which acts a diuretic which means you may become dehydrated. It is important to note that moderate intake of tea will not result in you becoming dehydrated as remember the main component of tea is actually water and whilst there is bad press about caffeine is does serve a purpose of sort by helping our cognitive function i.e. keeping us alert when we are tired.

Caffeine has also been shown to alter your digestive habits hence the reason why we have chosen to talk about tea in our blog this week. Whilst for some, anything but traditional tea is not an option, for those of you that would like to try an alternative, peppermint tea may be an option. It is naturally caffeine free and helps aid a healthy digestive system. Peppermint tea has been shown to act as a muscle relaxant which in turn aids the breakdown and digestion of food enabling easier movement though the gastrointestinal tract. It can also help with excessive flatulence. Experts often recommend that you drink peppermint tea quite after a meal as this helps to breakdown the gases produced and promoting better digestion.

Stepping out to improve digestive health

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Walking? We do it every day whether it be walk to the car, walk to work, everything will involve us walking to get from A to B. Walking also helps our digestive system particularly a fast paced walk as it helps to get the blood pumping. It is a cheap and easy form of exercise.

Lack of regular exercise can result in feeling bloated, sluggish, increased flatulence, feeling lethargic and possibly some abdominal pains. While we’re not suggesting you start walking marathon amounts after every meal, a leisurely walk after a meal will aid digestion.

So, as we will soon be putting the clocks back, and while the sun is shining on the Autumn leaves, why don’t you have a lunchtime walk with colleagues this week? The fresh air and conversation could leave you invigorated for the afternoon ahead of work!

Get ready for Autumn !

Monday, September 24th, 2012

It’s only about another month until the clocks turn back and am sure you’ve noticed it’s already starting to get darker a little earlier each evening.

As Autumn approaches, we’ll be starting to think about comforting foods to get us ready for the cold weather, but too often it’s too easy to fall into the trap of substituting healthy food for more fattening snacks.

Why not try this delicious one pot dish. It will not only warm you through the winter months but will help your digestive health too.

Ingredients

Serves: 6

  • 450g diced beef stewing meat
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 170g tomato purée
  • 500ml beef stock
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 3 potatoes, cubed
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 250g mushrooms, quartered
  • 285g frozen garden peas, thawed
  • 1 red pepper

Method

1.Remove any bits of fat from the meat. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Sauté the meat until browned on all sides. Remove meat and set aside.

2. Add the onion and tomato purée to the pot and sauté over medium heat until onion is tender, stirring often. Return the meat to the pot along with the beef stock, combining with the onion and tomato purée mixture. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 1 to 1.5 hours, or until meat is tender.

3. Add the carrots, potatoes, rosemary, thyme, bay leaf and cayenne pepper, and simmer, covered, for another 45 minutes. (Note: It may be necessary to add some water if the stew seems too thick.)

4. Add the mushrooms and the peas and allow stew to heat through. Remove bay leaf and rosemary sprig before serving.

Beat the holiday trots

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Whether you are planning on going a bit further afield this year or staying closer to home we are all sure to be over indulging in food and drink and possibly trying new delicacies. Whilst this can be fun and exciting it can often lead to stomach upsets, feeling bloated and uncomfortable or in worst cases constipation or diarrhoea.

Ensuring we have a healthy digestive system before we go on holiday will help to reduce the likelihood of feeling unwell whilst on your well-deserved break. Consuming foods that will help promote the growth of good bacteria along the gut wall to stop the bad bacteria getting through and causing infection. This will also help keep our digestive system ticking along nicely and keep us nice and regular.

Foods such as asparagus, garlic, leek, onion and artichoke are good sources to help promote the growth of good bacteria however if we ensure we consume the recommendation of five fruit and vegetables per day this will also help ensure the growth of good bacteria and provide us with good sources of fibre as well as consuming whole grain foods such as brown bread, pasta and rice.

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