Mix desired amount of shredded red and green cabbage, grated carrots, diced red and white onion, choice of nuts and seeds, raisins, dried cranberries and pineapple in a bowl. For the dressing, use Greek yogurt with vanilla, pineapple juice and vinegar. This can be refrigerated for a few days, keeping the dressing separate and using it for your current serving.
Almost everything in the body starts from two places: the upper brain – in our skull and our lower brain – we are talking about both males and females here – so the lower brain is the gut. How we interpret and respond to the world has a big influence on how our body functions.
If we respond with a stressful interpretation and reaction, then the adrenals get going and everything in our body changes. However, if we interpret and react with calmness, deliberation or with nonchalance, then our bodies function in a very different way.
Impact Of Gut On The Brain
On the other hand, the gut brain can have a huge impact on the skull brain. I am sure you have heard of all the latest data over the past couple of years on how the microbiota in our gut can effect how we think, feel and behave. So if that is the case, we really need to take care of our gut and make sure that we have good microbiota in there.
So today’s tip is about the gut microbiota. Probiotics are good supplements. The problem with the majority of them (even if they have a broad enough spectrum or a high enough count) is that they land in the first section of your small intestine – the Duodenum.
From there, they have to travel all the way down to the end of the small intestine and into the large intestine. That journey may last anywhere from 15-30 feet. They need to feed along the way so the vast majority don’t make it.
Cabbage – A Tasty Alternative
On the other hand, if we eat cabbage, we have a great load of microbiota – including the transport system, fiber and the food to feed them all in one. That is why whether you eat cabbage as coleslaw, cabbage roles, cabbage soup, Saurkraut or Kimchi, it is all very good for you. And of course, cabbage is very cheap. The fiber helps regulate both bowel movements and weight – all in one good package.
The following is a simple and easy coleslaw recipe that you can start with. I usually dont measure any of my ingredients. Have fun with it.
- Shredded red cabbage
- Shredded green cabbage
- Grated carrots
- Diced red onion
- Diced white onion
- Nuts and seeds (I use hemp and sesame seeds, slivered walnuts and almonds)
- Craisins (dried cranberries)
- Greek yogurt with vanilla
- Pineapple juice
Note: You can make a bowl full and keep it in the fridge for a few days. Just keep the dressing separate and add only to the amount you are currently serving.