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Eating Plan

Our eating plan has been developed by Natalie Kringoudis. She is a doctor of Chinese Medicine and our proud Your Tea ambassador

Natalie Kringoudis is a Doctor of Chinese Medicine and our proud ambassador at YourTea.

We strongly believe that a holisitc approach is needed to achieve optimum health and/or reach desired aethetic goals. This is why we asked Nat to create an eating plan for those of you wanting more advice when it comes to food intake.

The eating plan below may be followed for the duration of TinyTeatox, or can be incorporated into an every day lifestyle change.

All meals are designed to thoroughly nourish the digestive system.

Firstly, Nat will explain how the digestive system works from a Chinese Medicine perspective - 

"Imagine a pot of soup sitting on a fire.  Both the spleen and stomach are the organs responsible for digestion; they transform and transport to the body the essential elements of food and drink. The nutrients they draw from food are sent out around the body to nourish and the bad sent out as waste.  So with this pot in mind, the stomach is the ‘pot’ and the spleen is the ‘fire.’

Therefore you may like to understand that digestion is a process that requires warm energy.  You may also recognise that all foods have properties in how they behave energetically in the body.  Those which are warming and invigorating (think meat proteins, some legumes, chili and alike) and those that are cold (like most fruits and raw or cold foods) which can slow down digestion and lead to weight gain.  Raw foods tend to be very heavy on the gut and overconsumption may not only cause weight gain but also cellulite and upset guts.

From a Western sense, our bodies digest food at 37 degrees.  So when we consume raw and uncooked foods, not only does it have work like madness to digest, but it first has to get the temperature of the food up to 37 before it can effectively deal with it.  So consuming warm foods makes digestion is much more efficient.

Sugar is also avoided as it is rapidly converted and stored as fat.  You will notice uncooked fruit is on the out list as it is not only high in sugar but also raw which again leads to weight gain"

Now that you have an understanding of how the digestive system operates and why we endorse eating warm/cooked foods, let us enlighten you with some delicious meal ideas... but first...

Let’s talk simple portion sizes:

When it comes to protein – your fist size is the perfect portion size for your own body 

Vegetables: a large handful

Grains: a small handful

Day 1

Breakfast: Quinoa or oat porridge with goji berries, chia seeds and macadamia nuts
Lunch: Spiced pumpkin soup
Dinner: Salmon and steamed veggies

Day 2

Breakfast:Eggs with tomato and avocado salad
Lunch:Rice with steamed veggies
Dinner:Beef and coconut curry

Day 3

Breakfast: Stewed fruit with warm sheep milk yoghurt topped with nuts
Lunch: Quinoa salad with avocado, steamed green beans and spinach.
Dinner: Stir fry greens with organic chicken

Day 4

Breakfast: Two egg omelette (with mushrooms, spring onions and thyme)
Lunch: Tuna fritters
Dinner: Chicken Soup

Day 5

Breakfast: Warm Bircher muesli
Lunch: Lentil Salad with haloumi
Dinner: Lamb shank stew

Day 6

Breakfast: Poached egg on warm greens
Lunch: Cauliflower soup
Dinner: Chicken and pumpkin curry

Day 7

Breakfast: Rice porridge with berry coulis (cooked berries)
Lunch: Rice salad with broccoli, sheeps fetta and roasted pumpkin
Dinner: Hot pot

Day 8

Breakfast: Fetta stuffed mushrooms
Lunch: Warm bean salad with fresh herbs
Dinner: Stir fry greens with organic chicken

Day 9

Breakfast: Quinoa or oat porridge with goji berries and macadamia nuts
Lunch: Curry with rice
Dinner: Rice with steamed veggies and salmon

Day 10

Breakfast: Salmon with stir fry greens (broccoli, peas and onion)
Lunch: Roasted veggies
Dinner: Slow cooked lamb with veggies

Day 11

Breakfast: Quinoa porridge with goji berries
Lunch: Bone broth
Dinner: Stir fry greens with organic chicken

Day 12

Breakfast: Home made baked beans
Lunch: Chicken Soup
Dinner: Fish Curry with rice

Day 13

Breakfast: Stewed fruit with sheep milk yoghurt
Lunch: Tuna fritters
Dinner: Lamb shank stew

Day 14

Breakfast: Two egg omelette (with mushrooms, spring onions and thyme)
Lunch: Brown Rice salad with broccoli, fetta and roasted pumpkin
Dinner: Fetta stuffed mushrooms

 

Here at Your Tea, we strongly believe that a holistic approach is needed when it comes to your health.

Ensuring that you eat a healthy, well balanced diet is vital in achieving optimum health.

Along with the help of our lovely ambassador and qualified Chinese Medicine practitioner Nat Kringoudis, our aim is to provide you with all the tools you need to reach your health goals.

The foods that work for you, may not work for the next person. We encourage you to utilise our suggestions and guidelines to get a sense of what foods your digestive system thrives from. Getting to know what makes your body tick will build the foundations for a life long, fruitful relationship between you and your body.