A big hello to you all! I've certainly been missing in action of late but I'd like to think that I've learnt a lot during this time. This year has been a massive learning experience for me. I became extremely busy at work, doing incredibly long hours on what felt like endless deadlines. This has definitely taken it's toll and has unfortunately meant less time for friends, family, health and of course, ESW blog.
My health is always an ongoing issue for me (like so many of us I live with an autoimmune condition). When I was younger, I didn't know how to deal with it but as an adult I am learning more and more about myself, my condition and the importance of clean living in its treatment. I am also moving further and further away from traditional, surgical treatments and finding just as much success (if not more) with simple strategies like de-stressing, cleaning up my eating habits and thinking happy thoughts!
I found myself in a tricky situation however, where my stress was unavoidable and time was very limited. I am blessed to know some very open minded, healthy and holistic people (my brother in-law being one of them). He gave me some advice about diet that I believe helped me through the most intensely stressful period of my life so far. He explained the importance of considering everything I put into my body and suggested I come off all sugar (fruit included), dairy and absolutely anything processed for a period of 4 weeks. If you need a label for this style of eating then I guess it fits into the Paleo arena, though I prefer not to use labels personally as I find them restricting. I think of it rather as a simple lifestyle change.
So in the peek of all the craziness at work I was suddenly empowered as I realised I had a game plan to combat the symptoms that were all too familiar and very unwelcome; low energy, depression, bad skin, bloating, bad digestion and a general lack of motivation (not the best ingredients for being at your creative best!).
I am happy to report that work has calmed down now but more importantly, my diet change has really helped my symptoms. I feel it's important to share my experience here so that anyone else going through the same or similar situations can feel as empowered to start making changes as I did (and still do). I will be sharing more recipes that support good health in the battle against autoimmune disorders here on ESW Blog, and hopefully more people can begin to see an ease in their symptoms, as I have.
All that being said, let me now introduce today's post - The Turmeric Loaf. I started exploring natures anti-inflammatories and discovered the healing powers that the spice turmeric has. This loaf has become a healthy treat at our house. It's easy to make and keeps in the fridge for up to one week.
Turmeric Loaf (Anti Inflammatory Treat)
2C carrots (grated)
3 ripe bananas
1/2 lime juice
1/4C poppy seeds
2C almond meal
1C walnuts (roughly chopped)
Grease your loaf tin with coconut oil and neatly line with baking paper. Preheat oven to 150 degrees.
In a large bowl add grated carrot and bananas, mix them together using an electric beater. Add your lime juice, turmeric, nutmeg and cinnamon and beat further until mixture is completely combined. Add in your almond meal, walnuts and poppy seeds and stir together using a spatula.
Pour your batter into the loaf tin, it will be thick and dense so flatten with the top of your spatular to ensure it is level.
Place in oven and bake for 40 - 45 minutes. Remove and place on a wire rack, allowing it to cool down. Serve with grass fed butter and a touch of himalayan salt. Or if you're feeling a little more indulgent, add some seasonal berries, drizzle a good quality maple syrup and add a spoonful of coconut yogurt on the side.