Farting and other middle aged issues
How colourful is your plate?
If you’ve been hanging around in the diet or nutrition space for a while, you will probably have heard a bit about gut microbiomes and how important they are. We’ve known for a while that bacteria in our our gut is a good thing and that when we kill them off by taking antibiotics, it can make our gut health… not healthy.
For a while there we probably tried to fix the problem by replacing the bacteria - there is a whole multi billion dollar industry around cultured yoghurt, and most of you would have believed the marketing BS around this one. Don’t get me wrong, yoghurt is good, but not for getting bacteria into you. Ingesting bacteria makes fuck all difference to live gut bacteria where it matters because, well, the stomach is designed to kill bugs, not provide them a party venue.
Like just about everything else, the body is designed to fix itself, if only we give it the raw materials. We improve our gut microbiome by feeding the bacteria that’s there and encouraging them to replicate. The easiest way to make sure that microbiome is as diverse as possible is to give it lots of different nutrients and the easiest way to identify these different nutrients is because, very conveniently, they are different colours.
(OK, that’s an oversimplification, but it’s a bloody good rule of thumb!)
This colourful lunch took 10 minutes to prepare. Spiralised raw beetroot, grated carrot, shredded red cabbage, chopped spring onions, coriander and mint, topped with crumbled feta, a toasted three seed mix (flaxseed, sunflower and pumpkin) and chopped deseeded chilli. Dressing was made on the spot with fish sauce, lime juice, sesame oil, nut oil and a little brown sugar.
If you’re serious about stopping farting and getting skinny, then make sure to put some colour on your plate.