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May 13, 2024

Following the positive response to a discussion on gut health in episode 29 of my No Bullsh*t Nutrition podcast, I’ve decided to delve deeper into this important topic. Today, we’ll explore practical strategies to improve your gut health by incorporating different fibres into your diet and making mindful choices that support your digestive system. Understanding […]

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Are Your Snacks Making You Hungier?

Following the positive response to a discussion on gut health in episode 29 of my No Bullsh*t Nutrition podcast, I’ve decided to delve deeper into this important topic. Today, we’ll explore practical strategies to improve your gut health by incorporating different fibres into your diet and making mindful choices that support your digestive system.

Understanding the Importance of fibre Diversity

It’s important to build a robust gut microbiome that we incorporate diverse fibres into our diet. This includes consuming a variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and grains. Just as a thriving garden boasts an array of plant life, our gut thrives on a diverse range of nutrients. By diversifying our fibre intake, we help to build the beneficial bacteria in our gut, supporting digestion and overall well-being.

Practical Tips to Achieve Dietary Diversity

To ensure you’re meeting your fibre needs, aim to incorporate at least 30 different plant-based foods into your diet each week. This could include fruits like blueberries and raspberries, vegetables such as broccoli and capsicums, and a variety of nuts, seeds, and grains. Keep track of your intake to gauge your progress and identify areas for improvement.

  • Eat Seasonally: Eating seasonally is an effective way to diversify your diet. Visit local farmers’ markets to discover fresh, seasonal produce and experiment with new ingredients. By embracing seasonal eating, you’ll not only enjoy a wider range of flavors but also reap the nutritional benefits of fresh, in-season produce.
  • Simple Swaps: Making simple swaps in your daily meals can significantly increase your dietary diversity. For example, trade frozen blueberries for a mixed berry blend containing raspberries and blackberries to incorporate additional nutrients into your breakfast routine. Similarly, alternate between chia seeds and hemp seeds in your porridge or smoothies to diversify your fibre intake. When it comes to snacking, opt for variety by creating a mixed nut blend containing almonds, walnuts, cashews, and other favorites. These small changes can add up over time, contributing to a more balanced and nourishing diet.
  • Increase Vegetables: Most of us undereat our vegetables. Aim for 3-4 different vegetables in each of your lunch and dinner meals and watch your plant foods add up!

Avoiding Detrimental Habits

While focusing on dietary diversity is essential for gut health, it’s equally crucial to be mindful of habits that may negatively impact your digestive system. Excessive alcohol consumption, as well as a diet high in refined sugars and flours, can disrupt the balance of gut bacteria and lead to digestive issues over time. Aim to limit these substances in your diet and prioritise whole, nutrient-rich foods whenever possible.

Incorporating diverse fibres into your diet and making informed dietary choices are key steps toward supporting gut health and overall well-being. By following these practical tips, you can nurture your gut microbiome and enjoy the benefits of improved digestion and vitality.

If you need support to navigate all the knowledge on gut health, or specific support with IBS or IBD, check out my services page for all the ways in which I can help and support you.

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