I really believe that never has diet been more important.

This is not a lecture, just a stream of consciousness really, as I see and hear around me so many people talking about what they are doing to ‘survive’ the couch; how off licences are deemed ‘essential’; and sales of sweet treats and savoury snacks have gone through the roof! 

The trouble is that it’s counter to our human nature! In times of stress we want comfort food, and thanks to our modern diet it is those very comfort foods that are putting our health at risk.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again and again and again – whatever it is you are putting in your mouth will have an effect on your whole body, right down to a cellular level. We are not dustbins to fill up and then get emptied, the food goes somewhere, it gets processed by our stomachs, goes into our blood stream, is carried to our organs (including our brains), for use or removal.

The packets of processed snacks, biscuits and beer you’ve had because you’re ‘bored’, or ‘stuck at home’ and need a ‘pick me up’, will in fact be doing completely the reverse, it might make you feel good whilst you’re eating it, but in as little as under an hour, your system will feel sluggish and your brain foggy, then when that ‘food’ has gone, you will feel hungry because there wasn’t anything of nutritional value in that ‘food’ and so the cycle will start again.

If it was known that that ‘food’ could actually be having a negative effect on the body’s nutrient balance that could triggers a cascade of inflammation and metabolic disruption – would it still be as appealing?

 Here’s the great news! Ifyou were to quit the rubbish today and go for high nutritional content in what you were eating, within a few days and certainly a few weeks ( that’s why there are so many 30 day resets!) your body would be working on a whole new metabolic level and your immune system would function at a much better level.

This is the incredibly simple recipe that I showed you on instagram, nutritionally dense and versatile as a bread substitute, why not give it a go?

Paleo grain free flatbreads

  • 100gm coconut flour
  • 3 tbsp psyllium husk
  • 90gm coconut oil – melted
  • 1/2 tsp sea/himalayan salt
  • 380ml boiling water

Add the coconut flour, psyllium just and salt to a mixing bowl and stir together

Add the coconut oil to the mixture with the boiling water and allow to cool 

It may look an odd consistency, this is due to the psyllium husk, and makes it easy to handle once cooled.

Take out a small ‘handful’ and roll to a ball, press to form a disk about 4mm thick, I’m happy to use my hands, but you can use a rolling pin between partchment paper if you prefer

Heat a frying pan, if not nonstick add a bit of coconut oil, just enough to prevent sticking. Add. A couple of the disks at a time to the pan and cook on each side until a nice ‘flatbread’ colour

Allow to cool. They keep in the fridge for 3-4 days and they also freeze well.

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