Spiced zucchini & tomato with eggs

This dish is endo and SIBO diet friendly, it’s anti-inflammatory, rich in nutrients and easy to digest. Don’t forget to buy eggs that are from organic, pasture raised hens, not only is it a more ethical choice, they are better for you as they contain high levels of omega 3 fatty acids.

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You’ll need:

  • 1 small/med zucchini
  • 1 small tomato
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp of sesame seeds
  • 1/4 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/8 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp finely chopped chives
  • 2 tsp chopped or torn coriander (cilantro)
  • olive oil
  • sea salt and black pepper

Method:

Place the oil in a small fry pan and heat on a low to medium heat. Add the zucchini, tomatoes and lightly fry for about 30 seconds, then add the sesame seeds, sesame oil, chilli and the herbs except for the chives and coriander, fry and toss the ingredients to combine.

Crack 2 eggs into the mixture, add salt and pepper, chives and coriander, then cover with a lid and allow the eggs to cook.

Once the eggs have cooked to your liking the dish is ready to enjoy.

Yours in health x

Meredith

 

Cacao mousse with chia pudding

This is a great vegan breakfast idea, filling and with plenty of nutrients to keep you going.

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I usually make a batch of chia pudding the night before and have it ready in the fridge ready for whatever I want to serve it with in the morning.

Vanilla chia pudding

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup of coconut or almond milk
  • 1/4 cup of chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of rice malt syrup, maple syrup or stevia to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla powder (or vanilla extract but I prefer to use pure vanilla without additives). I order my vanilla online direct from the farmer.

Method:

  • Mix the ingredients together in a bowl, cover and place in the fridge overnight (or for at least 3 hours). Stir again after about one hour then leave to set in the fridge.

Cacao mousse

You’ll need:

  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/4 cup of cacao
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon of rice malt syrup, maple syrup or stevia to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon of spirulina (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla protein powder (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of cacao nibs

Method:

Place all ingredients except the cacao nibs in a blender and blast on high until a thick mousse is formed. If it’s too dry add a little more coconut milk. You can make the consistency thicker by adding more avocado.

To combine all elements of the dish together (as pictured), slice 1/2 a banana and place in a bowl, carefully spoon in the mousse and some chia pudding next to each other, then sprinkle with cacao nibs.

Yours in health x

Meredith

 

A year of recovery and growth

The first day of 2016. How are you feeling? Personally, I’m ready for a fresh start; I feel as though last year was a culmination of the last 7 years of poor health. Yep 2015 was a doozy with 2 major surgeries due to endometriosis which included a bowel resection and re-implantation of a ureter to save one of my kidneys. Along with this I was diagnosed with SIBO which as with endometriosis, took years to diagnose.

So was my endometriosis excision a success? Has eating a healthful diet improved my condition? What are the key factors for improving health when dealing with a chronic illness such as endo? I’ll try and answer these questions for you.

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The first surgery this year was endometriosis excision which had covered my entire pelvis, all my lower organs were stuck together, including part of my bowel. In preparation for the surgery I was eating well but taking the new ‘wonder-drug’ for endo called Visanne. For me personally I felt little relief on the drug and continued to experience breakthrough bleeding. During surgery I lost a lot of blood which my surgeon believes could be because of Visanne, as a result I ended up in intensive care and had multiple blood transfusions. For those of you taking Visanne, if it’s working for you then great, but if you’re preparing for surgery then talk to your doctor, I would recommend to stop taking it pre-surgery.

Since my operation I have had a new endometrioma on my left ovary, I believe this happened about 4 weeks after surgery when I started taking a new pill Norimin and I experienced some breakthrough bleeding. There are also some adhesions and scarring which occured from the surgery which are unavoidable. The second surgery to save my left kidney was a success which I am happy to say. Unfortunately there is no cure from endometriosis and I still experience some dull aching and pain on my left side, but being on the continuous pill (so no periods) has been a relief. If I need surgery again my doctor believes a full hysterectomy is the only option for me due to the severity of my case. On the fertility route (which I started exploring about 4 years ago)Β  IVF is considered too risky now and my chances of getting pregnant through an egg donor are less than 30%. Not the best news but I’m learning to deal with my situation and move forward in a positive way.

How has diet helped? Eating a balanced wholefoods diet and drinking plenty of H20 has helped in many ways; reduced bloating, better digestion and improved energy levels, are all improvements that I have seen. After being diagnosed with SIBO I have recently just finished a course of antibiotics and have just started a new diet to treat this, the diet is a phased approach the first is very restrictive. I’ll share my learnings and experiences with this as I progress through the journey. I am focused now on healing my gut, as I believe it is the basis for good health.

Another factor that I believe has a huge impact on overall health is excess stress, so do what you can to remove it from your life. This will be a key focus for me this year, to remove negative energy and excess stress and continue to focus my energy on the positive aspects of life.

The last year has been full-on, along with my health struggles, my husband also went through brain surgery which was hugely stressful (as you can imagine). With 2015 now complete, it’s time to move forward; after everything we’ve been through my husband and I decided to sell our house, leave the city we’ve both lived in our whole lives and make a fresh start in Brisbane, as I write this my house is filled with packing boxes, I’ll admit it is stressful, but without action there is no change.

The last year has taught me how strong I actually am and it’s also given me a deeper sense of empathy and compassion. 2015 has instilled my love of nutritional medicine and yoga and I will continue on my journey in 2016 to find health, peace and love. Wherever you are at on your journey, I hope you find happiness and health in 2016.

Yours in health,

 

Meredith x