I start off every day with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in half a cup of water. Here's why:
- vinegar improves insulin sensitivity. http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/27/1/281.full This stablises blood sugar levels and means that glucose is cleared from our blood.
- it's a fermented product and is a prebiotic. Prebiotic foods (think anything fermented such as miso, ume boshi plums, sauerkraut) feed good healthy bacteria in your gut which means good digestive function, improvements in immunity and a healthy mind
- acetic acid found in apple cidar vinegar has been shown in studies such as this http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19661687 to reduce triglyceride levels, reduce visceral fat and to decrease waist circumference.
- Buy unpasteurized, unfiltered and organic apple cider vinegar. Too much processing will take away the wonderful benefits such as enzymes for digestion and beneficial bacteria. Cider vinegar should be murky brown and you should be able to see sediments at the bottom.
Every day for about a year I've been doing this, such a cheap fantastic way to have a little 'detox' every morning and help my liver.
Breakfast: poached eggs on cooked spinach
Snacks: I bought some black tahini! Which makes me think, next post will be some information about the in-credulousness of tahini! What an amazing texture, not dissimilar to the texture of marmite (for all my kiwi readers out there). I had a small rice cake with a tablespoon of my new tahini in the morning. Afternoon an orange.
Lunch: thai beef sesame stir fry. Get the recipe from here: http://www.shake-it.com.au/Shake-it-Lunch-Dinner-Thai-Lime-Sesame-Stir-Fry.html I cook my lunches at night and often cook enough so I can just heat it up for dinner too.
Dinner: See above comment ;)
Fluids: spearmint and chamomile tea, water and green tea. Two glasses of red wine.
Supplements: multi-vitamin, iron tablet, fish oil capsule and probiotic
Exercise: Weights at the gym. I am a member of my gym so every six weeks one of the personal trainers changes my programme around a little to keep things interesting.
Thoughts and feelings: Every day and not just for these two weeks I think of how lucky I am to have access to such amazing healthy food. I look around and find it difficult to comprehend all the fast food places and how they are so popular. If mainstream medicine embraced naturopaths and saw the amazing difference we make in people's lives... that would make my heart sing.
Yours in health