Optimal nutrition supports resilience

To give your mind and body the right environment to grow, we are going to explore optimal nutrition.


Food is fuel to your body. We are made up of trillions of cells, working together by communicating information to each other and other complex processes via the systems of the body. They can only do that when nutrients are present.

To perform your daily tasks you need essential vitamins and minerals. Studies are showing that over 95% of us are not eating our recommended daily intake of 5 serves of vegetables a day.

Living with MS and recovering from a paralysis in 2009 at age 29, much of my research was on how to help my mind and body repair. Now 9 years strong I have made a full recovery, each year just keeps getting better and better. Optimising my nutrient intake was pivotal in my recovery and I continue this so I can perform to my potential each day. I came across studies and research by multiple Professors and even Neurologists living with MS themselves.

When you are in need of repair, recovering from a setback, a difficult time emotionally or physically from disease or pain, I discovered that we need even more nutrients to support the process of recovery.


The science behind nutrient dense food

In all my research I wanted understand how do I maximise optimal health and recovery. I came across Dr Terry Wahls, Prof. George Jelinek, Swank, McDougal.

Decades studies shown physical improvement, last decade the mind.

Now research shows that what you eat relates to the health of gut microbes.

The following findings are the most common denominators to maximise repair :

What do I eat?

  • Green leafy vegetables like: bok choy, kale, spinach rich in Vitamin’s A, B, C, K, Calcium, Folate for bone, hormone, adrenal, thyroid neurotransmitter, nerve health and repair

  • Deeply coloured fruits and vegetables like : berries, beetroot, orange, plums rich in antioxidants with antibacterial benefits and great for immune system, reproductive and vascular health

  • Sulphur rich foods help to detox the cells if you don’t have an allergy to foods like onions, garlic, cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, mushrooms all with gut health benefits, antimicrobial benefits, hormone balance and good for liver health

  • Iodine rich foods like : seaweed that also assist the cells to detoxify

  • Free range, organic and ethically sourced animal protein if this is your choice of protein

  • Good fats like avocado, nuts, nut and seed butters, olive oil, flaxseeds, sustainably caught wild fish rich in omega 3 fatty acids excellent for brain and hormone health

  • Plenty of plant based foods rich in proteins, good carbs, good fats and fibre.

  • Reduce your salt intake by seasoning your dishes with herbs such as turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, sage, parsley, chilli, cumin, rosemary and thyme. Not only tasty but are rich in nutrients and can be excellent remedies for eg: diabetes and insulin control, inflammation, immunity and brain function.

  • Hydrate because water makes up : 90% of your lungs, 76% of your brain, 25% bones, 75% muscles that move your body, 82% blood transport nutrients

  • Cut down on coffee, sugars, artificial flavours and sweeteners, processed foods, alcohol

  • Test yourself for food allergies like wheat, gluten and dairy

Focus on what you increase rather than focusing purely on what you are eliminating. As it’s more fun and if you think about it, when you are ensuring that you are getting more of the nutrient dense foods in, you will inevitably decrease the other list. What you focus on gives it energy, so focus on the benefits of the good stuff rather than the cravings and letting go of the bad.

Mindful nutrition and growth

When you eat better you are going to feel better.

When you feel better, you are more inclined to make better choices that leads to you valuing yourself. It is when you are feeling good in yourself, in your energy levels, mind and body - you are more likely to be braver to get out of your comfort zone, to grow.

To change your mind about what is possible for you.

When your mind shifts its focus from a state of urgency or an alarmed state, it can now prioritise feeling safe, resting, digesting and repairing.

This leads to a deeper connection within ourselves and to others around us.

This is the right environment to repair, thrive and grow.

May the force be with you


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