Let food be thy medicine . . .

OK. First of all can we just say a huge HUGE thank you from all the A Grapefruit with Lola (AGWL, let's make it easier!) family. The love and appreciation shown for the last blog was truly overwhelming and it's safe to say you will be seeing and hearing a lot more from us :-) .

Along with the blog lovin' we received some more in depth questions about gut health and we have decided to delve a little deeper. We believe our poor gut doesn't receive the credit and TLC it deserves, besides your gut is essential for more than just instincts! It has to make sure your body gets fed, absorb nutrients and discreetly get rid of well you know - what's not needed. A very complex job, i think you'll all agree!

There are stacks of 'counter' digestive remedies out there, all claiming to be "the answer". However, here at AGWL we're all about delving into the nitty gritty! We preach that by using the correct products and re jigging your daily rituals, you can get down to the cause of the upset and most importantly prevent it.

We're asking you to dispose of your counter remedies and join the fermented revolution! Fear not, this is not an invitation into a secret cult. No, no, this is merely an insight into the world of fermented foods. "DON'T RUN A MILE", just hear us out. We are fully aware that fermented foods have a certain stigma attached to them, associations tend to be that they taste off, sour or pickled. Which yes, we will admit Sauerkraut does have a pickled aroma. So if your'e the kind that order your burger 'sans' gherkin then the kraut isn't for you. However, maybe you will find something that doesn't tickle your pickle in the list below;

  • Unpasteurised miso
  • Tempeh, made from fermented soybeans
  • Yoghurt and Kefir made with live cultures
  • Fermented drinks and tea - including KOMBUCHA

Notice, the emphasis on Kombucha ?! Ok, so we are a little obsessed. Have you ever tried Love Kombucha before?! The clue is in the name, one sip and you instantly form an love affair with this tasty, sexy and gut friendly beverage. We TOLD you we are obsessed and it's brewed locally . . . even better !!

If you did in fact "RUN A MILE" when the thought of  adding any of the above into your diet , then start with Love Kombucha. A cultured beverage made by fermenting tea with a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast (known as SCOBY). The result?! A refreshing, effervescent drink that is low in sugar, full of enzymes and probiotics. An easy, tasty addition that satisfies any potential sweet craving as well as blissfully settling your gut. If we had to pick a favourite it would be 'Ginger and Lime' - outstandingly delicious and a perfect replacement for a 'Ginger Mule' for those who enjoy a cocktail as much as we do ;-). 

January and February get a bad rep and are often named the "boring months" it's also every detox and diet authors dream!!! Want our best advice?! Ditch the detox and the crash diets and listen to your body. Best way to get back to your bodies natural rhythm is by adding natural gut healing supplements (as mentioned above) into your daily routine and just eat food, not too much, mostly plants.

Not forgetting the power of movement. Have you taken that YOGA class yet? Its the New Year, your year, NOW is the time! Click on the picture below and book your first class with Emily . Appreciate her fun, sassy style and find and unlock your Vinyasa Flow.

You just can't beat a good ol' bowl of berries . . . natures candy! Vivacious in colour and brimming with antioxidants. However, where they are grown and how they reach our plate makes ALL the difference. The berries are grown in their native land of Finland, wild harvested (explanation to follow) and then dried out and ground to a powder. Meaning they are TWICE as powerful - the goodness is locked in and sealed for up to TWO years. Say goodbye to molding off berries and hello to the modern day 'fairy dust' . . . simply sprinkle Arctic Berries on whatever you please and watch your food transform into a rich rainbow of health. 

Please allow us to unleash our inner geek and give you a brief explanation of the difference between Organic and Wild harvested . . . * assembles perfect pigtails and taps pen*.

You can't get fresher than wild harvested, berries are grown in their natural habitat, soaking in all the nutrients from the original landscape and absorbing all of the elements. Whether it rains or shines, the berries naturally adapt to their surroundings and it is in fact one of the reasons that Arctic Berries are so nutritious as they are used to blossoming in harsher weather conditions. 

Organically grown berries are taken out of their natural habitat to a different environment hence the (commonly used) description planted or farmed. Don't for one second think were hatin' on organic berries . . . not one bit, they're still super tasty and beneficial. We just think that Arctic Berries are pretty spectacular and absolutely jam packed with nutrients. 

Still with us?! The smallest of changes can really help your health, do not underestimate the power of good gut health. Ditch the FADS and crazy diets and instead let food be thy medicine! Your task for this week . . . embrace natural supplements and re store faith in good nutrition. 

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Until next time,

Maxine x







Go with your Gut . . .

Stomach, Tummy, Belly . . . there are many ways to refer to your gut and there are also many common health aliments associated with it. When something isn’t right your health can be compromised.

To name the main and most common denominator . . . drum roll please . . . I.B.S (irritable bowel syndrome). Symptoms include bloating, cramping, constipation and now how do I put this delicately. . “The runs”!

Recently there has been a lot of public attention drawn around Chrohn’s Disease (in a nut shell - an inflammatory bowel disease affecting the colon and intestine). Celebrities such as Sam Faiers (The Only Way is Essex) and Dynamo (the infamous magician) have been very public about their battle with the illness.

I promise this isn’t a science lesson – stick with me.

My aim today is to bring you natural and accessible remedies to cure any gut problems you may encounter. Whether you suffer from a bowel related illness, you are Celiac (gluten intolerant) you suffer from any other allergies or if you just feel something ‘ain’t’ right in there.

Here at A Grapefruit with Lola we have a few tips and tricks up our sleeves to bring a bit of serenity to that stomach of yours .

Have you ever heard of Plenish Water +?! If you haven’t then where have you been hiding darling?! It’s the ‘Chanel’ of probiotics! @plenishcleanse isn’t your average pro biotic . . . Oh no it breaks the mould. Containing bioactive cultures (bacillus coagulans) for a healthy gut, alongside organic fruit flavours, all combined into a refreshing and hydrating water. All of the benefits with no absolutely NO sacrifice to the flavour. Can be consumed on the go, whilst working out or as a 4pm pick me up at your desk. We LOVE Pineapple Ginger – Hydrate and Protect the perfect balance of spicy, sweet and most importantly soothing .



Plenish+ also have some really helpful tips on how to cook and eat for a calmer stomach . . . during the winter months why not try using a slow cooker and embrace the season of the soup and stews! Cooked foods are much more gentle on the stomach and there's nothing nicer than coming back to an inviting bowl of somethin' HOT ;-).


Could you be doing anything else to encourage a healthy gut?!

You know it!! Move. Simple! I know when that awful gut wrenching feeling strikes all you want to do is grab your onesie, shut the curtains and cuddle up and watch ‘ The Kardashians’ . . . come to think of it THAT does sound appealing!

However, it ain’t going to make that feeling go away – my advice. Yoga – now I am no ‘Yogi’ but these are my two favorite gut calming stretches that can help a ‘sistaaaa out!

‘Childs Pose ’(upper) and the ‘Rocking Baby ’(lower) are all perfect for stimulating digestion and stretching out your stomach. Side note – ‘Rocking Baby’ can look hilarious. Don’t take yourself too seriously and roll with it (literally).

Haven’t got the space to channel your inner 'Yogi' or think it may cause ruptures at work?! There is nothing that a good old fashioned hot water bottle can’t fix. It will warm those cramps right up and brings a real sense of nostalgia. These days you can purchase quite the stylish model (discreet too) so that it is nobody’s business but your guts!

Another tip - treat life like a fashion runway . . . That’s right! Walk like your Naomi Campbell.

I’m not asking you to whack 9 inch heels on and “whip your hair back and forth” (however if this floats your boat – then by all means). Posture – slide your shoulders, straighten your back, chin up and ‘WERK’it. Good posture promotes a good gut.

When it comes to the end of the day there’s nothing better than winding down with a calming bath, lit candles and a cup of soothing herbal tea- we love the Three Mint Blend, and Peppermint & Licorice @pukkaherbs (mint- a natural digestive). This will also encourage a good night’s slumber zzzzzzzz! Essential for your gut health and let’s be honest nobody likes a ‘Cranky Nancy’!

De-Stressing your mind will De-stress your stomach . . . They’re connected you know! Look up the brain/gut axis – it’s a big thing! Mediation is the perfect way to clear the mind and focus on that pure connection with your body . . . if you have mastered this art form then you deserve a gold medal. I’m yet to find my inner chi . . . I’ll get there. Until then, I’ll stick with my ‘Rocking Baby’ ;-).

Click on the pictures above to stock up on our gut healing favourites and show that stomach who is BOSS!

And remember always ‘Go with your Gut’.

Maxine X