February 2016 - Sarah-Jane Diamond

Weight loss and a healthy gut

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This weekend I was privileged to teach what I know about depression, chronic stress and the link to an unhealthy gut. 12 Gutsy explorers ranging from nutritionists wanting to add to their private practice to Mom’s wanting to improve the quality of care for their children on the ADD and autism spectrum joined me to learn the ancient art of fermentation and how to easily restore a healthy immune system and aid metabolism through good digestive support.

You can listen to a soundbite from Gutsy Living ferment to fabulous weight loss, digestion, and immune support where I gave some foundational “Be-ology” and physiology of good digestion and immune support, that we covered before we got into the hands on “alchemy” part of making ferments in the master class

 

If you are interested to take the next “Gutsy Living – The Art of Fermenting to lose weight and restore your digestive system” you can Find out about the 1 day Fermenting for health workshop or book now

If you are interested in hosting a talk or workshop in your area, please contact me here sj@sarahjanediamond.com to find out how to do that. 

Dr. Mark Hyman author of  the new book “Eat fat, get thin” speaks in the same scientific facts as our own Dr. Tim Noakes ( cured his type 2 diabetes with this protocol) of the Food Revolution and Banting Diet that has taken South African’s back to re evaluation the quality of foods they are choosing in their diets and losing weight.

“It is true that what you eat can affect your gut bacteria, for better and for worse, and changes in your gut bacteria or microbiome cause weight gain.  Indeed, some studies demonstrate that high-fat diets can adversely affect your gut flora and promote inflammation and weight gain. However, it’s important to note that the type of fat you eat matters!  Most of these studies are focused on diets that incorporate high levels of inflammatory, refined omega 6 vegetable oils like soybean oil. 

Refined omega-6 rich vegetable oils fall into the “bad fats” category and should be avoided. While most of us have been convinced, by the food industry and our government, that vegetable oils are safe and a heart-healthy alternative to saturated fats, we now know differently.

Polyunsaturated fats from soybean, canola, and other seed oils are inflammatory. Avoid them if you want to be healthier. Even if you consume some omega 3 fats while consuming these inflammatory oils, you won’t reap the healthy fat benefits.

For most of human history, we consumed a much higher ratio of omega 3 fats to omega 6 fats. Wild foods like grass-fed beef and wild-caught fish provide a great source of omega 3s, but these foods are not a big part of our modern diet. Unfortunately, the factory-farmed animals that do make up much of our modern diet have almost zero omega 3 fats.

The vast quantities of omega 6 fats in our diet contribute to heart disease, diabesity, and cancerStudies also link high omega 6 fat consumption to depression, suicide, and other major health problems due to increased inflammation.

To reverse these and other problems and create optimal health, replace these damaging omega 6 fats with healthy ones – like coconut oil, avocados, grass-fed butter, fish rich in omega 3s, and extra-virgin olive oil.

Interestingly, when we look at studies that use the healthy, anti-inflammatory omega 3 fats, we see just the opposite effect. These healthy fats promote healthier gut bugs, lower inflammation levels, and increased weight loss.

I said it before and I’ll say it again:  the types of fat we eat matters. The wrong fats increase inflammation, promote the growth of bad bugs, and create resistance to weight loss. The right fats decrease inflammation and help with weight loss.”

Why Is Gut Health So Important?

Optimal gut health has become a prominent focus in 21st century health. Having too many bad critters hanging out in the gut has been linked to numerous problems – including autism, obesity, diabetes, allergies, autoimmunity, depression, cancer, heart disease, fibromyalgia, eczema, and asthma. The links between chronic illness and an imbalanced microbiome (or gut bacteria) keep growing every day.

Many scientists have begun to refer to the gut as our second brain, an idea that is reflected in amazing books like The Good GutBrainmakerThe Microbiome Solution, and The Gut Balance Revolution.

Having a healthy gut should mean more to you than being annoyed by a little bloating or heartburn. It becomes central to your entire health and connected to everything that happens in your body. That’s why I almost always start treating my patients’ chronic health problems by fixing their guts first.

You can begin to understand the importance of gut health when you consider there are 500 species and three pounds of bacteria in your gut. There are trillions of bacteria in your gut, and they collectively contain at least 100 times as many genes as you do. The bacterial DNA in your gut outnumbers your own DNA by 100 times. You have about 20,000 genes, but there are 2,000,000 (or more) bacterial genes!

Altogether, your gut is a huge chemical factory that helps to digest food, produce vitamins, regulate hormones, excrete toxins, produce healing compounds and keep your gut healthy. 

Intestinal health could be defined as the optimal digestion, absorption, and assimilation of food. But that is a big job that depends on many other factors. For example, the bugs in your gut are like a rain forest – a diverse and interdependent ecosystem. They must be in balance for you to be healthy.

Too many of the wrong ones (like parasites, yeasts or bad bacteria) or not enough of the good ones (like Lactobacillus or Bifidobacteria), can lead to serious damage to your health.

Optimal gut balance begins with your diet, which directly affects that balance. You want to eat a diet with lots of fiber, healthy protein, and healthy fats.

Good fats, including omega 3 fats and monounsaturated fats – such as extra-virgin olive oil, avocados or almonds – improve healthy gut flora, while inflammatory fats, like omega 6 vegetable oils, promote growth of bad bugs that cause weight gain and disease.

Even obesity has been linked to changes in our gut ecosystem, resulting from an intake of inflammatory omega 6s and not enough anti-inflammatory omega 3s. Bad bugs produce toxins called lipopolysacchardies (LPS)  that trigger inflammation, insulin resistance or pre-diabetes and therefore, promote weight gain.

Lack of sleep and chronic stress also contribute to gut imbalance, In fact, your gut flora listens to and becomes influenced by your thoughts and feelings.  So be sure to get 7 to 8 hours of quality sleep and remember to practice your favorite stress reduction activities daily. 

9 Ways to Optimize Gut Flora

The best way to grow a healthy inner garden and make your gut bugs happy begins with your diet. Here are 9 ways to build healthy gut flora starting with your next forkful:

  1. Eat whole, unprocessed, unrefined foods. One of the best ways to maintain gut health involves cutting out the sugar and refined carbs and jacking up gut-supporting fiber.
  2. Make 75 percent of your plate be vegetables and plant-based foods. Your gut bugs really love these high-fiber plant foods.
  3. Eat good fats and get an oil change. The good fats we mentioned earlier (like omega 3 fats and monounsaturated fats, such as extra-virgin olive oil) will help with decreasing inflammation, giving healthy gut bugs a chance to flourish.
  4. Supplement smartly. Beyond the numerous benefits (including reducing inflammation), studies find omega 3 fatty acids can support healthy gut flora You should definitely supplement with an essential fatty acids formula, if you’re not regularly eating wild-caught fatty fish.  You can find professional-quality formulas in my store. Take a good probiotic supplement. This helps reduce gut inflammation while cultivating health and the growth of good bacteria.
  5. Add more coconut. Studies demonstrate anti-inflammatory and weight loss benefits from adding Medium Chain Triglyceride or MCT oils. One of my favorite fats, coconut oil and coconut butter, contains these fabulous fat-burning MCTs.
  6. Remove inflammatory fats. Cut out bad, inflammatory omega 6 rich fats like vegetable oils. Replace these with healthier oils like extra-virgin olive oil and coconut oil.
  7. Add fiber-rich foods. Nuts, seeds, and a special fiber called glucomannan provide prebiotics and feed our healthy bacteria.
  8. Add fermented foods. Sauerkraut, kimchi, tempeh, and miso contain good amounts of probiotics so your healthy gut bugs can be fruitful and multiply.

The above recommendations are not miracle cures.  They are the actions that lead to normalized gut function and flora through improved diet, increased fiber intake, daily probiotic supplementation, the use of nutrients that repair the gut lining, and the reduction of bad bugs in the gut with herbs or medication.

Yes, inflammatory fats will definitely damage your gut bacteria. But the right fats, including omega 3s and extra-virgin olive oil combined with a whole, real food diet can actually repair your gut and even increase good bacteria.

Dr. Mark Hyman’s new book, Eat Fat, Get Thinchallenges conventional wisdom about what constitutes healthy oils and documents the research that debunks our old ideas about fat.

Another of my favourite ways I spoke of in the Gutsy Living master class to support great elimination of the detox pathways, increase your metabolism, lose weight and feel great is to drink this secret Apple cider elixir on rising every morning and or taking a shot of Liver lovers Swedish Bitters ( you will learn my favourite recipe in the Gutsy Living workshop) three times a day at least 20 minutes before meals for at least 2 weeks and then cutting back to just before breakfast or lunch as part of your daily self care rituality ( your body mind will thank you):

How trusting your gut and why morning rituals fail

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I started writing this blog on Monday and here we are at Friday and I am still going at it! I was in the zone, writing away and bham, power trips thanks to the electrician just trying to do his job and I lost the whole blog, the lead page linking to my new Gutsy Life fermenting workshop and the autoresponder sequence to go with it on mail chimp.

Can you relate to having contractors in your space banging and drilling away and constant interruptions on top of your regular schedule that make sticking to your flow of daily rituals and routines, well rather tricky?

As an intuitive functional medicine and wellness practitioner specialising in Traditional Chinese medicine, assisting sensitive women move beyond stress, anxiety and depression naturally, its all about following the flow or feeding cycle of the chines clock and the 5 elements cycle.

You can take the 5 elements personality profile quiz here:

Five element personality questionnaire

Knowing what your primary and secondary element are will give you more understanding about how you tick , what triggers you and how to move through them with more ease, grace and a sense of humour.

When you muddle through your days letting everything upset your stomach, which rules conscious and sub conscious thought, you physically stew in your own digestive juices, start doubting yourself and worry about worrying –  it ends up being one of those “no guts, no glory”moments and you pump out a toxic cocktail of cortisol and inflammation that leaves your body screaming and you brain fried. not good for you, not good for your body mind and definitely not good for anyone around you! Trust me, the demon bitch from hell raised her voice a few times this week until I got a sense of lucidity and used some mindfulness and movement to discharge the frustration in a far healthier way than doing a bottle of wine!

I love this post Why morning routines fail and what to do by Jeffery Davis about “rituality” and how to tune in to the body mind’s innate wisdom to create ease and flow.

It fits so well with my own manifesto “Be your own medicine” and how to write your own prescription for living your best life healthy, happy and on purpose.

The curiosity of the question “who am I being today?” is one I love to give the mind/ego a job in supporting the creative mind to do just that create from a space of possibility and wonder.

Clearing space the night before by intentionally envisioning the state of flow I am aiming for the next day is one of the easiest and nourishing ways to feed the mind and invite in regenerative deep sleep.

So many of my clients come to me troubled with inflamed guts which have the up ruminating from a space of should haves and could haves and if only which leave them burnt out, depleted and uninspired in the morning.

What if you begin with the process of mindfulness ( the question at the golden hours of metal -3-5am lung/large intestines 5-7am time in TCM), flow to Earth Stomach/ nurturing from the inside out, ( feeding the gut to brain connection a healthy high octane meal between 7-9am when the stomach brain is at its peak) ensures you can “trust your gut intuitive knowing and follow the body mind’s natural rhythms 9-11am spleen time for conscious thought and high productivity. By fire time your day is moving into joy of the heart and we remember what stirs the fire in our belly of what we are here to give to the world as only we can being human kindness.

The mastery of human kindness and how to give more in our True nature.

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If you are feeling like you are spinning your wheels and need some laser sharp CLARITY in how to gain MOMENTUM in living your legacy this year,in the name of LOVE then why not book a CLARITY breakthrough to health, wealth and happiness session today?

What have you got to lose except excess weight, sleepless nights and stress?

I have opened bookings for February but hurry these complimentary deep dives go fast.

Book your complimentary CLARITY breakthrough to success and happiness session here.

 

And if you are in the Gauteng area and are interested in coming to the Gutsy Life 1 day fermenting to fabulous workshops, doors open 20th February.

Bookings are coming in fast so if you want to Be your own medicine and learn the alchemy of satisfying fermenting, sign up now!!

Only 6 spaces left.

If you have never made the link between your stress,depression, brain fog or weight gain and allergies its time to listen to your gut – its never wrong!

These are intimate gatherings of 12, where you get hands on with natures medicine chest and make your first batch of living goodness to take home, so secure your space now.

 

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Listen to your gut – it’s never wrong. Ferment to fabulous natural health and happiness now

 

As we officially begin the Year of the Monkey and 2016.

Monkeys are clever, devious, and very intelligent so after the Wood Sheep year of 2015, this year may bring more action, I hope so.

Did the sheep year show you where you follow instead of leading, where you give away your power, and where you do not set strong intentions and routines?

This new moon is significant too, as it involves all of the planets, including Chiron, the wounded healer.

Do you think a few individual and collective wounds may be rising to the surface? Look for more secrets and the collective momentum to build for truth, transparency,

and transformation in everything.

 

This month extends the energy we had in January, moving us further into 5D duality, which is becoming multi-dimensional and healing the whole of humanity through benevolent capitalism.

This is new territory for us, we are going ‘where no man has gone before !

 

This new moon is significant too, as it involves all of the planets, including Chiron, the wounded healer.

Do you think a few individual and collective wounds may be rising to the surface? Look for more secrets and the collective momentum to build for truth, transparency, and transformation in everything.

The US CIA just released thousands of documents about the alien presence in the 1950s and 1960s.

They just may own up to the full extent of that presence now.

This month extends the energy we had in January, moving us farther into 5D duality, which is becoming multi-dimensional.

This is new territory for us, we are going ‘where no man or woman has gone before.

If you are feeling like you are spinning your wheels and need some laser sharp CLARITY in how to gain MOMENTUM in living your legacy this year,

in the name of self LOVE then why not book a CLARITY breakthrough to health, wealth and happiness session today?

Book your complimentary CLARITY breakthrough to success and happiness session here.

best free

 

What have you got to lose except excess weight, sleepless nights and stress?

I have opened bookings for February but hurry these complimentary deep dives go fast because we look at where you are, what is stopping you and you leave with

an easy to implement tailor made plan to fast track you to where you are going.

 

And if you are in the Gauteng area and are interested in coming to the Gutsy Life 1 day fermenting to fabulous workshops, doors open 20th February.

Click here to get the scoop on your poop, yes we all do it and register to secure your space.

If you have never made the link between your stress,depression, brain fog or weight gain and allergies its time to listen to your gut – its never wrong!

HEALTHY MICROFLORA ABUNDANCE = HEALTHY IMMUME SYSTEM 

BALANCED ECOSYSTEM = HEALTHY LIVER AND HORMONAL BALANCE 

Some of the benefits are living ferments far outweigh what you can swallow in a tablet form and its kinder on your pocket too!

Cultured vegetables, are naturally fermented probiotic vegetables that contain beneficial bacteria for the colon along with essential enzymes, vitamins and minerals. A healthy colon is vital for detoxifying the body and absorbing nutrients from your food. It’s our first line of defense.

Providing the body with healthy microflora from live foods and naturally fermented probiotics not only replenishes the beneficial bacteria for the colon. The culturing process also enhances the nutrition in the food and pre digests it, which provides super available nutrition. This is especially important for those with digestion or nutrient absorption problems. Probiotic rich foods also satisfy carbohydrate cravings. The action of the culture organisms makes the minerals in these foods more readily available to the body. The good bacteria also produce B vitamins, providing a significant increase to the level of these vitamins found in many fermented foods.

Cultured foods naturally contribute to efficient digestion in three ways: by breaking down foods to make digestion and assimilation easier, by providing enzymes to aid digestion, and by supplying and nourishing the correct intestinal bacteria.

For more details on the Gutsy Life 1 day fermenting to fabulous workshop – 4 things to put on your fork to reclaim a healthy gut right away 

Just click on this link to secure your spot  and I will send you all the details.

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These foods are very rich in enzymes produced by the culture organisms and the processes of fermentation.

This means that eating probiotic foods assists in the digestion of other foods by building up the enzyme supply. Daily intake of cultured foods and fermented probiotic liquids is a natural way to create good health.

Your average bottle of good probiotics costs about SAR350/$30 for a month’s supply. Store bought sauerkraut starts at SAR50/ $4 for a 250ml bottle.

Your average batch of homemade sauerkraut contains a small organic cabbage, which costs about SAR6/$6, plus some sea salt, which might run at SAR20/$2 for a huge box.

That batch of kraut, about 750ml  will probably cost SAR26/ $6.17. And it will be waaaay more tasty and powerful, probiotically speaking.

Dr. Mercola did a test where he had his homemade sauerkraut tested for its probiotic content. He found that 16 oz. of his kraut had the equivalent of 8 bottles of probiotics tablets!

What an incredible testament to the power of live foods.

At 8x the potency, that means that SAR26/ $6.12 worth of kraut can save you SAR2400/ $240.00 in a good quality probiotic tablet.

And be a more effective way to get probiotics in your body—fast.

Doing what they do to keep you healthy.

It’s alchemy and so relaxing to make too.

Ready to be your own medicine and grow a healthy immune system and a happy body mind, why not join me and other amazing people.

I would love to share what I know with you about the power of live food and fabulous gutsy ferments.

What an act of self love to give yourself for Valentine’s day.

Book your spot here for this life changing, gut inspiring live workshop on Saturday 20th February