I love the Holidays! I do, really! But I will be the first to admit, no matter how hard I try, I still have my moments of exhaustion and stress. It’s my own doing. And I’m learning to say NO more and slow down. My body is the first to tell me to do so.
If you’re like me, you carry stress in your gut. If you’re like me, your gut lining may take a beating and need some TLC. This means I need to focus on eating NOURISHING HEALING foods, yoga, and easing back on intense exercise. These are KEY to helping the body manage acute stress.
If you’re like my husband (aka the Kiwi), his stress comes from big career decisions while still in the middle of training for an Ironman. WHOA! That’s a lot of physical stress!
Either way, stress is stress. Mental or physical. And FOOD can help heal and repair when the body starts to break down. The rest is up to you to take ACTION and slow down. AM i right? YES!
Two of my favorite foods for gut health and coconut and cranberries. You can read up on why I love Coconut MCT oil Here, so let’s focus on the other… CRANBERRIES!
Unsweetened Cranberries rank right up there with berries when it comes to antioxidant content! Antioxidants are essential to for combating the free radicals that can damage our DNA. Free radicals attack the body when it is ….. STRESSED (physical or emotional).
Raw Cranberries also provide you with an array of nutrients, including digestion-aiding enzymes. In fact, a new study has been linked cranberries to helping prevent attachment of bacteria to the stomach lining, similar to what it does for the urinary tract. This is good news for those who are prone to stomach ulcers. Source.
Okay, so we’ve talked about cranberries, and coconut. Now let’s talk about this smoothie recipe and what else I add to it to make it good for the gut.Print
You’ve got your coconut, you’ve got your cranberries, now let’s about how to get in more probiotics, enzymes, and protein!
This is where MyMix come into play! I really enjoy this product and what the company is about. They really do TAILOR to your dietary needs. Basically, you create your own nutrition supplement (pre or post workout).
I created two custom nutrition mix powders with specific supplements and allergy friendly combos that we need each day. One is vegan (with hemp and probotics) the other is more paleo friendly with grass fed 100% whey protein, a B vitamin complex for energy, a digestive enzyme and L-Glutamine (to help absorb our nutrients more). Both great for muscle repair GUT health. I like to alternate plant/animal protein so that the body get’s a variety of nutrients.
If you’re interested in trying out my personal COTTER CREATION mixes, check out these links below. It will take you straight to the store. Use Code CCRUNCH10 for 10% off
- VEGAN HEMP Protein/ Sugar Free Chocolate/Greens blend/ B Complex/ Probiotic
- VEGAN HEMP/Sugar Free Coffee/Greens blend/B complex/Probiotic
- WHEY Stevia Sweetened Vanilla /Digestive Enzyme/L-Glutamine
Now go blend this and stay stress free! 😉
Disclaimer: My Mix allowed me to create my personal protein mixes free of charge. We love them! Yes, that is our honest opinion. Always!
What’s your go to HEALING food?
Do you ever use unsweetened cranberries in more than a sauce? If not, it’s time to start!