WLW 010: Lee Holmes on Using Food as Medicine
Are you obsessed with food? Do you spend too many waking hours thinking about what you can and can’t eat and feeling guilty when you make ‘unhealthy’ decisions? If you ask me, it’s time we change the conversation around food entirely, which is why I wanted to interview one of my favourite holistic health gurus, Lee Holmes.
This podcast is a little different to the subject matter we usually cover on women, leadership and work, and I’m super excited to share it with you because nothing could be more important for us as women than how we look after and nurture ourselves – body, mind and spirit.
Lee Holmes is a holistic nutritionist, yoga teacher, wholefoods chef, Lifestyle Food Channel’s Healthy Eating Expert and author of the best selling books Supercharged Food: Eat Your Way to Health, Supercharged Food: Eat Yourself Beautiful, Eat Clean, Green and Vegetarian, Heal your Gut, Eat Right for Your Shape and Supercharged Food for Kids. Lee also runs a four-week online ‘Heal Your Gut’ program. She is a columnist with Wellbeing and her articles have appeared in leading Australian newspapers and journals, as well as The Times and The Telegraph, The Daily Express in the UK and The Huffington Post in the US.
In this conversation, Lee shares so much really helpful and practical information on how we can heal our gut and supercharge our food so that we can really thrive and feel energized. Lee gives us a detailed look at what she eats at each meal and shares some delicious anti-inflammatory recipes.
Here are 3 key takeaways from my conversation with Lee:
- Restrictive diets of any kind do you more harm than good and why many A-type personalities and perfectionists are drawn to these type of diets
- How the gut is really in charge of your health, your thoughts and your feelings and the best gut-friendly foods to have at home
- The crucial role that stress plays and why it’s essential to have a holistic health approach that incorporates body, mind and spirit
And make sure you stay tuned until the end for Lee’s top 3 tips for women wanting to improve their health and feel their best.
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Recipes mentioned in this episode:
Anti-inflammatory Toddy – Serves 1
- 250 ml (9 fl oz/1 cup) cashew milk or milk of choice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- pinch of vanilla powder
- pinch of freshly cracked black pepper
- 6 drops liquid stevia
Heat the cashew milk in a small saucepan over medium heat for 2–3 minutes or until just warmed. Add the spices, ginger, vanilla and pepper, then stir to remove any lumps. Remove from the heat and pour through a fine sieve to remove the grated ginger. Add the stevia and enjoy warm.
Supercharged Tip: Piperine, a key ingredient in black pepper, enhances the bioavailability of turmeric
Mint Choc Chip Smoothie – Serves 2
- 1 peeled and frozen banana
- 1 bunch of English spinach leaves (see note)
- 1/4 cup organic nut butter
- 1/2 avocado, peeled and stone removed
- handful of mint leaves, or 1/8 teaspoon alcohol-free peppermint extract
- 1 teaspoon alcohol-free vanilla extract
- 250 ml (9 fl oz/1 cup) almond milk
- 125 ml (4 fl oz/1/2 cup) coconut water
- handful of ice (optional)
- 3 tablespoons raw cacao nibs
Place all the ingredients except the cacao nibs in a powerful blender and blend until smooth. Add the cacao nibs and blend for another 5–10 seconds. Pour into a tall glass and serve.
NOTE: You can substitute frozen spinach for the fresh.
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