We were shocked at TL headquarters when we found out the majority of your immune system is found in your gut. Having suffered with digestive problems for as long as I know the TL Team and I were keen to sit down with healthy chef and author of the book Perfect Digestive Health Teresa Cutter to talk all things gut health and what a typical day on a plate looks like for this health warrior.
1. We love your philosophy to heal yourself through foods – what was the incentive for writing this book?
The inspiration for this book stems from my journey and the hundreds of emails I receive from people on their personal quest for better digestive health. It began as a simple eating plan but evolved to something much greater as digestion is far from simple. When I was about 6 and 7 I had developed pneumonia a couple of times so I was in and out of hospital often. Antibiotics destroyed the good bacteria in my digestive system so I really had to make a focus on foods I was putting into my body. The primary role of the digestive system is to break down and absorb food, providing our body with the fuels and nutrients it requires to function optimally. What we eat and drink builds the foundation of our health. Nutritional medicine places a great emphasis on the digestive tract — the primary area where we receive the goodness from the foods that we consume. A healthy digestive system leads to a healthier body and mind.
2. How does someone know if their health problems are gut related?
Gut related health problems tend to show different symptoms that vary from person to person. Very sensitive individuals may be more prone to symptoms arising in other areas of the body (e.g. migraines, skin rashes). Stress is one of the biggest issues that can effect how our digestive system functions and our overall health.
3. Advice for anyone with gut problems?
We are all so different and have our own unique digestive systems. The foods that work for some may not work for others.This is why I wrote my book…all health professionals you see will have a different point of view….I reckon I’ve been to about 12 gastrointerologists in my lifetime and a dozen naturopaths and other specialists…..I realised that every one has his or her own approach….and they only know what they know and what they’ve experienced. I decided to explore everything and start my journey to what worked and what didn’t …..my body responds better to natural therapies and I feel great.
4. Favourite gut healing foods?
Both smoothies and juices offer fantastic health benefits and have really helped me through some tough digestive issues over the years. Ultimately they provide a convenient hit of fresh nutrients – the perfect addition to a healthy diet. This is why I designed my Healthy Chef protein and functional food range. It was basically designed for me to take and help my body heal through the best nutrition.
5. What is your health philosophy?
I believe in honest, natural food. I eat as cleanly as I can because I believe my body deserves the best nourishment it can get. It’s important to know where your food has come from and treat it with the love and respect it deserves. I am not a fan of extreme diets or people who push strict dietary ideologies. I find that a lot of people stress over finicky nutrition details rather than focusing on the broader picture – that is, to eat natural wholefoods, focus on fresh fruit and veg and keep it simple.
6. Favourite ways to sweat?
I go for a long walk every morning. I also love kickboxing and reformer pilates!
7. What does a typical day on a plate look like for you
My typical day is designed around the food that help me to nourish and rejuvenate my body. I make sure I drink plenty of water throughout the day. I try and prepare every meal myself and listen to my body.
On rising – I kick start my digestion with 2 x glasses of water with the juice of 1 x lemon and 1 x wheatgrass juice.
After exercising – I make my Strawberries + Cream Smoothie and 1 x Matcha Green Tea.
Mid Morning – I have handful of macadamia nuts or some sort of trail mix.
Lunch – I eat a Large Salad with some protein
Afternoon – I have a Healthy Chef Goodness Shake to get me through to dinner.
Dinner – I up the protein with my Immune-boosting chicken soup – I love my soups.
Evening – I sip on homemade Lemon and Gingersnap tea, which is perfect for aiding digestion after dinner.
8. Favourite recipe from new book
That’s tough because I love them all! I guess if I had to choose I would say my my Strawberries + Cream Smoothie. It’s a winner!
9. Best advice you’ve ever received.
Learn to know how things are made and what’s in the food you create. My great aunt taught me to keep recipes simple, keep them fresh and make it yourself – which really is the secret to successful cooking that you can make effortlessly every day.
On my website thehealthychef.com I always go on about making food yourself and knowing what’s in the food you eat and still to this day cooking to me is about the living essence of the ingredients, being lovingly prepared either by you or by someone who loves you that will nourish your body.
Teresa’s book goes through all things gut health including triggers, how to heal, pre and probiotics, digestive super foods and then throw in a healthy meal plan including breakfast, lunch, dinner and healing teas and mylks.
We think this book is a winner and definitely worth a read even if you have never suffered from digestive problems. It’s loaded with great knowledge and some epic recipes. P.S. we can’t wait to knock up the macro garden salad with a tahini dressing. Hell yer!
Perfect Digestive Health is now available in hard copy from The Healthy Chef eStore https://www.thehealthychef.com/ for $34.95 as well as iTunes, Amazon and Google as an eBook for $9.99.
Happy reading and look after your gut!