Five Things to Check Out Today

It's been months since my last 'Five Things...' post, but it's about time to share some of the things that I have enjoyed stumbling across in the world of health, food, and nutrition. I hope you enjoy some of these gems, either throughout the course of today or with a cup of tea by your side over the weekend. I've been quite busy over the last while, so I finally had the chance to sit down and put together this post with some of my absolute favorites from the internet at the moment. Keep your eyes open for an exciting new project that I'm working on, Wholesome Kitchen, my own little online store where you will be able to purchase and enjoy some of my favorite granola recipes, warming winter porridge mix, banana bread premix, and beautiful kitchen accessories. Stay tuned :) It's very exciting! Ok enough words, I hope you enjoy these resources and recipes!

1. Don't Salt My Game - Laura Thomas PhD ft. The Rooted Project

If you've ever wondered why consulting with a nutrition professional, either a registered dietitian or registered nutritionist would benefit you more than following the advice of a wellness guru, then this podcast is for you. In this episode of Don't Salt My Game, Laura chats to Helen West and Rosie Saunt of The Rooted Project, who are two dietitians that are making evidenced-based nutrition fun and accessible to the public by linking us with leading experts in the field of nutrition, including researchers, professors, registered nutritionists, and dietitians. Despite what you may think, nutrition is not as simple as a 10 step program or cutting out whole food groups.

A dietary intervention that really works for one person is not guaranteed to work for the rest of the population. Give the podcast a listen, and learn a bit about the kind of credentials to look out for in someone from who you're seeking out advice to make sure your nutrition info is sound and based on credible evidence. Also, learn about some red flags telling you to run away and avoid, and the reasons why people who know relatively little about nutrition give the impression of authority when in reality real experts know the limits of their knowledge. Whilst you're on the internet, check out The Rooted Project's website (I love their 'Infographics' section) and subscribe to Don't Salt My Game to stay up to date with Laura's most recent episodes.


2. Creamy Millet Porridge with Roasted Strawberries

I stumbled across this divine looking recipe on Naturally Ella earlier this week, and I have been waiting to try it out. This morning I will be enjoying it topped with mashed banana and a drizzle of nut butter instead of strawberries, and I'm SO looking forward to it :) I have always wondered how to get millet to become nice and creamy like a warm bowl of oats, but now I know that all you need to do is run the millet in a coffee grinder before cooking it. Millet is a wonderful little grain, free from gluten, with 20% or more of the required daily value of protein, fibre, and a number of B vitamins. Whilst you're there, check out some of the other delicious recipes on Naturally Ella, as well as this personal favourite post.


3. Apples Under My Bed

I'm not entirely sure when I discovered Heidi's blog, but I do remember that upon finding it I spent a whole bunch of hours looking through pretty much EVERY SINGLE one of her recipes in her archives, and flagged over half of them to try out sometime. Her Cacao and Oat Thickshake is one of my absolute favourites, and I am looking forward to making her Feel Good Bowl part of my winter lunch and dinner repertoire. As Heidi mentions in her 'About' section:

[su_quote url=""]My blog is my diary, my space to document our days. When it first began, I wrote a lot about food, from weekend pancakes to long, lazy family lunches. My man and I traveled a lot, so I wrote about that too. And then we had a baby. On August 27th, 2015, our daughter was born and since then, this blog has become a place for me to share my feelings about my new role as a mother, as well as what is going on in our world, from cultivating a slow pace of life to the recipes that are bringing me joy.[/su_quote]

Her Instagram feed is a visual feast, with beautiful pictures of nourishing food as well as everyday adventures with her dear little girl. You might actually get lost in the beauty of her words and photographs, so make sure you have some free time to really enjoy navigating through the pages of Heidi's blog. One of my absolute favourites :)


4. MyFlo App

The MyFLo app is a period tracking app that guides you as you discover what you can do to be relatively free of yucky symptoms often associated with the menstrual cycle. Through each week of your cycle, your brain chemistry shifts and you think, feel, and operate. We know this already, but it can be a bit confusing at times, and without a roadmap, we as women often just tell ourselves that we are just being hormonal.  When our cycle works optimally, the hormonal shifts that we experience makes you naturally inclined to do certain things more easily during specific phases of your cycle. Check out the Flo Living website for some more information and resources that can help you address issues of hormone imbalance, missed periods, and confusion surrounding your cycle.



5. Good for the Heart, Good for the Brain

Studies have also found a link between brain injuries early in life, and the onset of Alzheimer’s years later...Similarly, scientists have also been studying associations between Alzheimer’s and a variety of other life events and lifestyle choices.

I found this article very interesting. Alzheimer's is something very close to my heart, and learning about the most current research surrounding its cause, prevention, and possible treatment really interests me. Despite a growing conviction amongst researchers that lifestyle choices matter, most of us still view it as a predominantly inherited condition (i.e. we are genetically predisposed to it, and can't do anything to stop ourselves from getting it if it runs in our family). Thankfully much of the current research has shown that there are possible modifiable risk factors that are all within our own control, which we can change, and possibly ward off the onset of the condition even if we are genetically susceptible to it. Some of the same measures used to prevent the onset of cardiovascular disease have been shown to protect somewhat against Alzheimer's disease. It's a long article, but is very interesting :) Go check it out if you have some free time.

For all of this, perhaps the most significant insight that Alzheimer’s researchers have gained over the last 20 years is that what’s good for the heart is actually good for the brain, too. Nearly all the common cardiovascular risk factors are also linked to increased risk for Alzheimer’s:

  • Smoking

  • Hypertension

  • High cholesterol

  • Diabetes

  • Obesity

Have a great Friday, and enjoy the weekend dear readers! x