Heal Your Gut
Here's to a healthier gut & a happier you.
Even those who have been in sunnier spots over the last weeks can’t fail to have noticed the increased focus our intestines are getting. Gut health tops the agenda for most experts, from the medical community to nutritionists, naturopaths and most others in the industry. Every good reason too, as it seems taking care of our gut is the number one priority in our bid to relieve the debilitating affects of chronic stress on our lives. Think sleeping issues, weight issues, immune health, not to forget our skin and brains. To learn more see my recent article in The Gloss magazine. So much so that gut health has been scientifically acknowledged as ‘the gateway to healing other issues.’ (Vincent Pedre, M.D.)
Having just received a copy of Sydney-based wholefood chef Lee Holmes latest book, I cant wait to try some of the fab sounding recipes all created to restore the long-term well being of the gut. “Think of your gut as a garden that can only thrive when the soil is healthy,” she says. “Healthy soils require healthy foods and nutrients that will allow the ‘good guys’ to flourish. By feeding my body all-natural easily digestible wholefoods, I allowed it to heal at a fundamental level.” (In 2006 her TV career ended up on the cutting room floor after she was diagnosed with a debilitating autoimmune disease).
The book is overflowing with practical advice, explaining the vital importance of the gut to overall health, the phases of gut healing, weekly meal plans, shopping lists, plus 90 anti-inflammatory recipes created to heal while delivering vital nutrients, vitamins and minerals to reboot the gut and body.
Why I love it
While I haven’t as yet experimented with the recipes, what I love most about this book is that it’s less about the avocado, quinoa and kale salads (which to be honest I am SO sick of hearing about) and much more about how to make the best broth - the perfect base for the colourful menu of soups that I cant wait to try - many dosed with Apple Cider Vinegar (learn how powerful this is for our health here) Fermenting (another buzzword) is explained too with easy-to-follow recipes. Heal Your Gut is peppered with supercharged food tips such as using the trimmings and bones from your next lamb roast to make this supercharged Lamb Broth.
Holmes is a Certified Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, a wholefoods chef and author of three bestselling books in the Supercharged Food series. And she looks amazing too – vibrantly healthy, REAL and not a waif-like Barbie with the eponymous high ponytail and a fake smile (sorry, but I had to add this!)
Lee Holmes super-soup extraordinaire
- 60 ml (2 fl oz/1/4 cup) extra virgin coconut oil
- 1 kg (2 lb 4 oz) lamb marrow bones
- 2 litres (68 fl oz/8 cups) filtered water
- 2 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
- 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
- 3 garlic cloves
- 1 onion, peeled and quartered
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- Celtic sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F). Place a flameproof casserole dish on the stovetop over medium heat and melt the coconut oil. Add the bones and stir to coat. Add the lid and transfer the casserole dish to the oven. Bake for 30 minutes or until the bones are browned.
Transfer to the stovetop, cover with the filtered water and add the remaining ingredients, including the seasoning. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 4–6 hours, adding more water if needed. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Strain and refrigerate until the fat congeals on top. Skim off the fat and store the broth in an airtight container in the fridge, freezer, or freeze in ice-cube trays.
Heal Your Gut by Lee Holmes (Murdoch Books, £14.99). Photography by Cath Muscat.