Super easy, breakfast porridge made with black rice, almond milk and maple syrup for sweetness. Prep Time5 mins Cook Time30 mins Total Time35 mins Course: Breakfast
Servings: 1 Calories: 350kcal Ingredients
1 Cup Black Rice Like: Lotus Foods Forbidden Rice
1 3/4 Cups Water 1/4 Cup Almond Milk (or other milk alternative) 1/2 Tsp Maple Syrup or Raw honey 1 Cup Fruit of choice (Nectarine, Blackberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Blueberries)
1 pinch Celtic Sea Salt, 1 cinnamon quill, 1 star anise, orange zest from 1 orange
Top with dry roasted almonds (chopped), toasted buckwheat, toasted pepita seeds, white and dark sesame seeds
Follow Instructions for preparing Black Rice on package. Combine 1 ¾ cups of water, 1 cup rice and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
Remove from heat. Let stand covered for a few minutes. Fluff and serve. A rice cooker may be used with the same water-to-rice ratio.
Once the black rice is done, you can put it into containers for lunches, or have for breakfast a few times a week. To prepare the breakfast bowl, if reheating, add 1/3-1/2 cup of the black rice to a pot with the almond milk (or milk alternative) and re-heat on medium-low.
If you are making this in the morning, after the black rice is cooked, add 1/3 – 1/2 cup of rice to a bowl and top with almond milk like you would oatmeal.
Add 1tsp maple syrup, top with berries and enjoy! You could also add a vanilla protein powder to this to give it a bit more protein.
New and exciting research links the microbiome to endometriosis. This is exciting as it opens the doors for new treatment strategies including diet, herbal therapeutics and supportive nutrition. You can read more by clicking through to the article below:
For years you’ve probably tried diet after diet, eat less, exercise more, count carbs, drink shakes and yet no matter what you do the scales just keep creeping up.
Ironically, most people come to
me for weight loss who already eat healthy and exercise, yet they struggle for
years to maintain a healthy body weight.
Statistics show a dramatic increase in rates of type 2 diabetes, yet we are investing in weight loss more than ever before. This means, we need to get to the biological causes of why our cells are becoming insulin resistant and develop new late life-interventions to slow the process down (4,7,9).
If you are gaining lots of weight or can’t lose weight even with significant changes in diet or exercise routines, fat loss resistance triggered by microbiome may be the culprit
Passionate about helping people
maintain a healthy body weight, I developed MassAttack 20 years ago to
determine the biomarkers of what causes weight gain and provide 100% natural
strategies to stop, reverse and prevent
After 20 years of researching, the results are better than what I hoped and everyone who wants to maintain a healthy body weight needs to know this information!
The Facts on Flora
Our guts contain around 100 trillion microbes, collectively known as the gut microbiota. No two people’s microbiomes look exactly the same, and they are a product of what we inherit from our mothers during birth, our diets, environment and lifestyle.
In a pilot study, 26 participants went on a lower-calorie diet high in fruit and vegetables, and some didn’t lose as much weight as others. Analysis of their gut bacteria found participants had different levels of two particular types of bacteria, and one, Dialister, that hindered weight loss.
Many factors can affect your ability to lose weight, including certain health conditions, your dieting and weight loss history, age-related changes and your mother’s diet during pregnancy.
What researchers also found was that some for some people, eating tomatoes can make them fat! This is because tomatoes are one food that spikes insulin levels quite a lot for some people and they need to control the amount they eat. What this means is, the key to long term weight maintenance is to know your microbiome DNA. This is why I’m so excited – these insulin spikes trigger other hormonal problems linked to weight gain it’s a compounded effect and no matter what you do to try to lose weight, your body will fight you all the way. The good news is, you have access to the technology to find out if this is you!
The 3 key steps to turn back the
Remove the stimulating factors
Identify genetic causes
Inhibit biological changes
1. Remove stimulating factors
Accelerated weight gain in both
men and women is triggered by over120 hidden factors that are modifiable
– BUT the current structure for managing weight currently does not screen
Having just one hidden factor can increase body weight by a steady 5kg
per year and 1 in 5 people have at least one hidden factor.
This is why I developed the MassAttack
assessment screen – an affordable, accessible way to put the stops on hidden
factors accelerating biological weight gain.
2. Identify genetic causes
Getting assessed is the first
step to take. Knowing how to fix these problems is next and DNA testing
already had some genetic testing done through your specialist for genetic
mutations like MTHFR or thyroid conditions. What you are unlikely to have been
tested for is the interaction between your genes, your diet and how this
affects your biological metabolic age.
Microbiome health influences metabolic health in both men and women. It is also implicated in foetal development and impaired diversity is linked to autism spectrum disorder (16). For starters it influences over 30 genes involved in the uptake and metabolism of nutrients needed for the prevention of conditions linked to weight gain like PCOS, endometriosis and thyroid disorders (1). This includes the metabolism of vitamins A, C, D and B12 as well as folate, glutathione and coenzyme Q10 (5).
Other genes play a role in how rapidly your metabolism ages primarily due to their influence on conditions that influence energy conversion like inflammation, mitochondrial function, digestive problems, hormone related conditions and autoimmunity.
exciting new microbiome DNA testing identifies the influence of
specific digestive flora on estrogen production, insulin regulation and thyroid
health – all key triggers for accelerated metabolic aging. This means,
depending on your microbiome balance, taking an
over the counter probiotic or eating more fermented foods could potentially be
making things worse.
It also means, whatever you do to improve your metabolism, including dietary choices, taking vitamins or managing your health, can become more effective if you match it to your DNA.
DNA testing is an exciting NEW strategy for rapidly reversing the rate
of metabolic decline. Tailoring your diet to your DNA can literally shed around
5 kg per year without trying.
3. Inhibit cellular changes
damaging your metabolism
Finally, (this is new information
that can make a big difference to conceiving) an amazing researcher at
Princeton University – Coleen Murphy discovered cathepsin B proteases
increase metabolic aging.
exciting part is, advances in genomic herbal therapeutics means you can inhibit,
reverse and slow this process.
If you have been trying to lose
weight, it’s time to take a new approach. My 3 new and exciting discoveries
means you can not only slow metabolic aging but turn back time! It’s
exciting. It’s new. People struggling to lose weight should know this!
Remember, the approaches
currently promoted to people are eat less, exercise more and decrease carbohydrate
intake. It’s far too simplistic and collectively we need to stop thinking this
way. Simply waiting for it to happen naturally, following a healthy lifestyle
or taking over the counter herbs or vitamins is in some cases helpful, but only
skimming the surface and in some cases potentially making things worse.
This approach to improving metabolic outcomes is an absolute game changer. It’s a 100% natural way to stop, reverse and restore the effects of accelerated metabolic aging and if you apply these steps you really can change your path to maintaining a healthy body weight. It’s time to start believing it really is your time to be slim!
Narelle Stegehuis MHSc HM.
Narelle Stegehuis is a leading natural health provider. Helping people be healthy for over 20 years, Narelle is passionate about natural accelerated age reversal and environmental metabolic health. Narelle provides specialised content for Torrens University and media publications such as New Idea, Woman’s Day and Women’s Fitness magazines. Narelle strives to create community awareness and affordable programs for the management of complex health disorders.
Antibiotics are a very important part of current medical treatment, but science is discovering the overuse can have unintended consequences that can impact gut health and trigger weight gain in some people.
Antibiotics have saved millions of lives by reducing or removing pathogenic bacteria. However, we are now learning that overuse of antibiotics can have the unintended consequence of also reducing or removing resident bacteria, important for gut health, metabolic functioning and the way we metabolize our food. This can lead to resistant weight gain, – meaning you just keep gaining weight.
35 percent of people give up on their #weightlossgoal before the month ends – not due to a lack of time or willpower – they are weight loss resistant. With the right help they can beat it.
Antibiotic effects on the gut microbiome and resistant fat
Antibiotics come in many different forms, some targeting a wide range of bacteria (broad-spectrum), while others targeting only a few types of bacteria (narrow-spectrum). Broad-spectrum antibiotics are the most commonly prescribed and their use has been observed to have several impacts on gut health, and resistant fat including:
reducing microbial diversity in the gut1–5 involved in glucose metabolism
reducing protective species such as Bifidobacterium spp.1,2,6 triggering inflammatory cell release associated with fat cell production.
promoting the colonisation of opportunistic pathogens such as Clostridium difficile that can cause antibiotic-associated diarrhea7–9
In infants and young children, antibiotic use can be linked to an increased risk of asthma and weight gain1,10.
In a healthy gut microbiome, the resident microorganisms help protect
against invasion by opportunistic pathogens through a process called
colonisation resistance. This involves different methods to inhibit
pathogens, such as:
producing anti-microbial compounds
outcompeting pathogens for space in the gut
maintaining the mucus layer so pathogens cannot reach intestinal cells
training the immune system to respond to pathogens11,12
When the resident gut microorganisms are reduced during antibiotic use, these protective functions may stop occurring and provide an opportunity for pathogenic bacteria to colonise which triggers a cascade of metabolic problems linked to weight gain.
Recovery of the gut microbiome
After an antibiotic course, recovery of the gut microbiome can take some time 2,3,13–16. However, these studies have also shown that even after two to four years, some bacterial groups do not recover completely and antibacterial resistance genes can also persist at increased levels for at least one to two years following antibiotic use13,14,16,17 creating metabolic changes that cause weight gain. Therefore, even a short course of antibiotics can have long-term effects on the gut microbiome and make maintaining a healthy body weight challenging.
Improving gut health after antibiotics to fix your metabolism
A good general strategy to improve gut health is to make sure you feed your gut microbiome foods that will allow your beneficial resident microbiota to grow back. This means eating a wide variety of foods that are high in fibre and plant polyphenols such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and whole grains22.
If you have gained weight after taking antibiotics or struggle to #loseweight you need a targeted approach to accelerate weight loss
Most people who struggle relentlessly with their weight are dealing with a systemic imbalance that is physiologically blocking weight loss. This is known as weight loss resistance, which urges your body to hang on to extra weight – no matter what diet or exercise measures you take. We know this situation is extremely frustrating, and while there is good reason for it, there are also effective solutions.
Egija Zaura, Bernd W. Brandt, M. Joost Teixeira de Mattos, Mark J. Buijs, Martien P. M. Caspers, Mamun-Ur Rashid, Andrej Weintraub, Carl Erik Nord, Ann Savell, Yanmin Hu, Antony R. Coates, Mike Hubank, David A. Spratt, Michael Wilson, Bart J. F. Keijser, Wim Crielaard Same Exposure but Two Radically Different Responses to Antibiotics: Resilience of the Salivary Microbiome versus Long-Term Microbial Shifts in Feces Amarican Society for Microbiology 10th November, 2015 DOI: 10.1128/mBio.01693-15
Obesity – The Struggle Is Real. If you have trouble maintaining a healthy weight and the number on the scales keeps inching up, you are not alone. In fact, as many as 63% of Australians (1) and over 65% of New Zealanders (2) are overweight or obese. Not just a cosmetic concern, obesity is associated with a wide range of health and metabolic conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, blood sugar imbalances, diabetes and early onset dementia. The potential economic burden to the Australian government is catastrophic.
Almost 2 in 3 Australian adults (63%) were overweight in 2014–15, similar to 2011–12. Why is this so? Exciting new research proves we are metabolically diverse – for some even the humble tomato can tip the scales. #loseweight
Over the last decade or so there has been enormous interest in the microbiome – the billions of microbes that live on and in the body. Researchers continue to discover how the microbiome influences numerous aspects of our existence, including the risk of becoming obese, developing metabolic imbalances and triggering hormonal problems. For some even the humble tomato can trigger weight gain or inhibit weight loss. The good news is, we have the technology to test microbiome diversity and tailor your diet to match. This means you stop making the wrong dietary choices and start to maintain a healthy body weight
Over 1 in 3 Australian adults (34%) had high blood pressure in 2014–15—a slight rise from 32% in 2011–12 Maintaining a healthy weight reduces cardiovascular disease risk. #Microbiome strains trigger weight gain and CVD risk
Of the many microbes resident in the gut, some are able to extract more energy from food than others. However, if you have too many of these bacteria (known as Firmicutes), then the body tends to store away this extra energy as fat, contributing to weight gain. If on the other hand, you have more of a different type of bacteria (called Bacteriodetes) then less energy is extracted from food, less fat is stored, and you are likely to be leaner. Restoring balance in the microbiome can help support healthy weight maintenance.
Probiotics to The Rescue
Probiotics (specific strains of beneficial bacteria) can positively influence the gut microbiome and health. Two strains in particular have been found useful in helping to control weight gain: Bifidobacterium animalis ssp lactis (B-420™): As well as reducing fat mass (particularly belly fat and waist circumference), B-420™ has also been shown to support healthy blood sugar levels and to reduce the ‘yo-yo’ weight regain often experienced after weight loss. Bifidobacterium animalis ssp lactis (HN019™): This probiotic strain can reduce fat storage, body mass index (BMI), and lower levels of unhealthy cholesterol. HN019™ is particularly beneficial for those with metabolic conditions.
Almost two-thirds (63%) of the population aged 18 and over are overweight or obese (36% overweight, 28% obese) . Only one-third (35%) of Australian adults have a healthy body weight. Stop weight gain, restore health and live a longer, healthier life.
What you do daily matters! Incorporate healthy habits into your life to support healthy weight: Choose wholefoods and protein (e.g. meat, fish, tofu) with main meals, while minimising sweet, fatty, fried and fast foods. Move more. Go for a walk at lunchtime, take the stairs, spring clean the house, get into gardening, or walk the dog. There are millions of ways to move – whatever the way, just do it! Ensure you get a good night’s sleep, ideally 7 to 8 hours. Being well rested will ensure you are not looking for extra energy from food.Set yourself up for success by setting specific, measurable and achievable goals and meet them!
Part of a Bigger Plan
While probiotics can be purchased over the counter and including prebiotic foods into your diet are good for many, in some individuals this approach may may make things worse. If you are struggling to lose weight, you have weight loss resistance and it’s important to get to the cause.