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Discover the Secrets to a Blissfully Happy Gut in 4 Easy Steps!

Are you on a quest for that elusive feeling of gut happiness? Here at Trish Tucker May Nutrition, we believe wholeheartedly in the magic of transforming our health through the foods we love and lifestyle choices that radiate positivity. 

The Foundation of Gut Health: Dietary Fibre and Nutrient-Rich Foods

First up on our digestive delight tour is the cornerstone of gut health – fibrous, colourful fruits and veggies! 

We often overlook the simplest truths, but these natural treasures are our gut’s best friends. They’re not just about making our plates look pretty; they pack a powerful punch of vitamins, minerals, and most importantly, fibre. 

Imagine fibre as the ultimate cheerleader for your gut, promoting a party of beneficial bacteria and keeping things moving smoothly, if you know what I mean. 

A rainbow on your plate truly does wonders!

Hydration: The Cornerstone of Digestive Efficiency

Secondly, let’s talk hydration. The elixir of life, water, plays a critical role in our overall health and especially in our digestive system. Keeping well-hydrated helps our body effectively break down foods and absorb nutrients while ensuring our gut landscape is just moist enough for everything to flow seamlessly. Let’s make water our beverage of choice (and maybe that occasional herbal tea) instead of too much coffee and alcohol.

Mindful Eating and Stress Management: Harmonizing the Digestive Process

Do you know the power of mindful eating and stress management? In the hustle and bustle of modern life, it’s easy to forget that how we eat impacts our digestion massively. By taking the time to eat in a relaxed environment, chewing thoroughly, and truly savouring each bite, we engage our digestive system in the most harmonious way possible. 

Dietary Diversity: Cultivating a Rich Microbial Ecosystem

Embrace diversity in your diet. 

Encourage an environment where beneficial gut bacteria can thrive by mixing up your food choices. Experiment with new foods, embrace fermented favourites like sauerkraut or kefir, and tickle your taste buds with unexpected flavours. Variety isn’t just the spice of life; it’s the lifeblood of a thriving digestive ecosystem.

Here’s to a fulfilling and joyful journey towards gut wellness. The road to well-being is both beautiful and uniquely yours—let’s embark on this remarkable journey together.

For more information about the 8-week gut transformation programme click here

Top 10 weight loss tips for women

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Okay let’s talk about weight loss. I know that losing weight can be challenging, especially for women over 40. However, with the right approach, it’s possible to shed those extra pounds and improve your overall health.

I am helping several clients to focus on weight loss. All are motivated by a special event. A wedding, a significant birthday, a recent diagnosis of high cholesterol and upcoming holidays can all motivate a weight loss journey.  Reach out if you need some help. I use targeted supplements, functional nutrition testing and regular accountability check-ins to keep clients on track to get results.

Here are the top 10 weight loss tips.

  1. Focus on whole, nutrient-dense foods such as fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Adding in organic vegan protein powder can help with blood sugar balance and cravings. Check out my website for my recommended range. Beta G
  2. Cut back on processed and sugary foods, which can lead to weight gain and other health problems.
  3. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and help flush out toxins.
  4. Incorporate strength training into your exercise routine to build muscle, which can boost your metabolism and help you burn more calories.
  5. Get enough sleep, as lack of sleep can disrupt hormones that regulate appetite and metabolism. Getting to bed earlier and having a relaxing evening routine will help with sleep. I recommend a combination of good nutrition and a range of essential oils to support sleep. Reach out if this is challenging for you.
  6. Reduce stress through activities such as yoga, meditation, or deep breathing exercises. I love Insight Timer App for daily meditation practice.
  7. Avoid crash diets and instead aim for slow, steady weight loss that is sustainable in the long term.
  8. Keep track of what you eat and how much you exercise to stay accountable and motivated.
  9. Find a workout buddy or join a fitness class to stay motivated and accountable. Move your body every day.
  10. Consult with a registered nutritionist for personalised advice and support. I offer a range of comprehensive private tests to measure cholesterol, blood sugar and hormones. They are fast and done in the privacy of your own home.

Could Time Restricted Eating Be The Answer to Improved Gut and Hormone Health?

Time-restricted eating, or TRE, is a type of intermittent fasting that involves eating only during a certain window of time each day.

Could it be the solution for your accidental weight gain and your gut health?

” Could Time Restricted Eating Be The Answer to Improved Gut and Hormone Health?”

While TRE isn’t a new concept, it’s been gaining traction as an effective weight-loss tool. I have been reading Gin Stephens’ Book Fast Feast Repeat and I am inspired.

Have you tried intermittent fasting?

Studies have found that time-restricted eating can lead to a significant reduction in body fat and waist circumference, as well as improved metabolic health markers like blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

Many clients are finding it an easy lifestyle to stick to. Ladies over 50 find it helpful in managing blood sugar and cravings

Why is time-restricted eating so effective for weight loss?

For starters, it limits the amount of time you have to eat each day, which can help reduce your overall calorie intake.

Additionally, TRE may also promote better eating habits by encouraging you to plan and prepare your meals in advance.

Finally, the act of fasting may also have an impact on weight loss.

Fasting triggers, the body to use stored fat for energy, which can help you burn calories more efficiently.

Fasting has also been linked to improved hormone balance, which can help regulate your appetite and reduce cravings.

Overall, time-restricted eating is a simple and effective way to lose weight.

But remember to pay attention to your body’s hunger cues and don’t overdo it.

Start off with shorter fasting windows and increase the time gradually as your body adjusts.

With a little bit of practice, you’ll be well on your way to a healthier, slimmer you!

If you are struggling with accidental weight gain and you think you might be in your perimenopause, please reach out to me for support.

I run an 8-week coaching programme to help get you started with TRE. This includes meal plans, recipes and accountability calls to help keep you on track and get you to your ideal weight.

Book a call here 

How to balance blood sugar and lose weight

Are you looking for an effective way to balance your blood sugar and lose weight?

If so, you’ve come to the right place! As an award-winning nutritionist, I have a wealth of experience in helping my clients achieve their ideal weight and develop healthy habits.

Balancing your blood sugar is key to weight loss, as it helps to regulate your hunger and energy levels. When your blood sugar is balanced, you’ll be less likely to reach for sugary snacks and more likely to make healthier food choices. Do you want to know my top 5 tips for balancing your blood sugar and losing weight?

1. Eat a balanced diet – Eating a balanced diet is essential for keeping your blood sugar levels in check. Fill your plate with fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Avoid processed and refined foods, and limit your intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates.

2. Exercise regularly – Exercise can help to regulate your blood sugar levels, as well as boost your metabolism and burn calories. Aim to get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week.

3. Drink plenty of water – Staying properly hydrated is important for keeping your blood sugar levels steady. Aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water each day.

4. Avoid stress – Stress can trigger the release of hormones that can raise your blood sugar levels. Find healthy ways to manage your stress, such as yoga, meditation, and deep breathing.

5. Get enough sleep – Lack of sleep can increase your hunger and cravings, making it harder to maintain a healthy weight. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep each night.

By following these tips, you can help to balance your blood sugar levels and achieve your weight loss goals. Good luck!

Top Tips To help you with emotional eating.

Do you suddenly feel hungry, stressed and overwhelmed?

Do you crave specifically unhealthy foods? Do you feel guilty or ashamed after eating?
Do you feel as though you have to eat immediately? Is your hunger satisfied when you’re full?

Physical hunger won’t make you feel shame about eating food, whereas emotional hunger is often linked with unpleasant emotions.

How to stop eating emotionally?

It can be difficult to stop emotional eating, especially when it’s become a habit over a long period of time. But don’t worry—it’s absolutely possible to address emotional eating and pay attention to your true hunger cues, allowing you to work through your emotions separately.

This will improve your physical and your mental wellbeing, and will be an important step to healing your gut and balancing your hormones.

If you feel hungry, drink water first.

Sometimes you can be dehydrated and confused about hunger sensations.

Wait five minutes before eating when you feel hungry.


Try to identify your emotions before eating. How are you feeling? How do you want to feel?  If you are feeling tired, bored, lonely, angry, sad it can be helpful to find another way to sooth other than food.


Have a list of your tools in your toolkit and post it on the fridge. This could be a short walk, legs up the wall, lying down, calling a friend, or listening to your favourite music.


Keep track of your eating habits to identify your triggers.


My clients find it useful to track daily food in the client app – this helps with accountability.


Keep healthy snacks on hand for when you are physically hungry

Things like carrot sticks and hummus or a handful of nuts will help to satisfy true hunger – and if you don’t want to eat them, it’s a sign that you may not be physically hungry,

Incorporate healthy habits into your daily life

Go for walks – anything to get OUT OF THE KITCHEN!

Eat regular well-balanced meals – DON’T SKIP MEALS. This adds to stress.

Get enough sleep and

Connect with friends and family

All these will help to boost your mental health and help you to address your emotional eating.
Triggers such as boredom, sadness and stress can result in overeating—even positive emotions such as excitement and happiness can be a trigger, as well as using food as a reward.

By working to understand why you’re eating emotionally, you’ll be better able to recognise your trigger emotions and be able to actually work through them instead of reaching for food.

If you are struggling with bloating and emotional eating please download the free eBook.

To get started download the free eBook to beat the belly bloat and balance hormones. https://passion4juice.groovepages.com/

5 Ways to Lose Weight When You Love Food

Losing weight does not have to be stressful, painful, or outrageously difficult. Many people lose significant amounts of weight just by tweaking their diet and making small changes to their routine. You do not have to starve and you do not have to abandon your favourite foods. You do not even need to centre your life on the treadmill or weight room. But, you do need discipline and willpower. Here are five simple ways to start losing weight and still enjoy the food you love.

1. Control your portions:

Embarking on a weight loss journey is not the time to punish yourself or eliminate all food you take pleasure in. Take baby steps and slowly reduce your portion size. For instance, if you are craving chocolate, instead of buying the biggest bar, purchase the smallest one instead. Those cravings are often satisfied by just a few bites. If you buy the bigger size, you may feel obligated to eat the whole thing, which you will later regret. Similarly, choose smaller food portions when you go out to eat. The key is to take less at the beginning, see if the smaller amount satisfies you, and then get more if you still feel hungry. Remember, it takes your body almost 20 minutes to register that it is full.

2. Drink a lot of water, green tea, and kombucha:

Water is the elixir of life. Increasing your water intake will not only curb your hunger but will improve your skin’s appearance and increase your energy. Drinking water will also help you burn more calories and will help detoxify your body. Daily consumption of green tea and kombucha will also help you burn more calories at a faster rate by improving your metabolic system. Drink tea twice a day after your meals.

3. Take protein powder:

Organic protein powder is one of the few weight loss supplements that is healthy and has been proven to show actual results. It is incredibly low in calories and high in fibre, making it a good appetite suppressant. This supplement may be helpful for people who struggle with binge eating. Protein Max is what I recommend. It is water-soluble so it helps reduce water weight and bloating. You can order it here

4. Eat foods that are high in fibre:

In general, foods that are high in fibre are typically low in calories. Fibre keeps your stomach full, curbs hunger pangs and helps limit your calorie intake to a minimum. Foods that contain a high amount of fibre are beans, lentils, rice (both brown and white), items listed as “whole grain” on their label, and nuts like almonds, pecans, and walnuts. Other good options are porridge, bran-based cereals, oats, and apples.

5. Eat foods with high water content:

Adding foods with high water content, like watermelon, zucchini, strawberries, cucumber, broccoli, yogurt, cantaloupe, and fish, will help your stomach feel full and stave off cravings. Many of these foods make great alternatives to your previously unhealthy foods. For example, if you are craving a thick milkshake, try one with yogurt, fruit, and ice, instead of one laden with calories and sugar. Zucchini or spaghetti squash also make great substitutes for pasta.

If you would like to learn more about my 8-week gut healing, hormone balancing programme book a free call here

Yours in health and wellness,

Trish

Tips to Help You Lose Weight over 40

I get asked about diets and weight loss all the time. 

My best advice is to eat real food, not too much and balance your hormones by eating plenty of fat and protein at every meal. This helps with appetite control and blood sugar balance. 

I often get asked whether a Keto Diet is best for perimenopause and weight loss.

The ketogenic diet involves a combination of food that allows the body to produce ketones in the liver to be used as energy.

It is also referred to as a low carb diet.

Let’s learn about the Keto diet and see how it can be your answer to weight loss.

How exactly does the Keto Diet work?

Since the glucose in your body is being used as a primary energy, your fats are not needed and are therefore stored. Typically, on a normal, higher carbohydrate diet, the body will use glucose as the main form of energy. By lowering the intake of carbs, the body is induced into a state known as ketosis.

Ketosis is a natural process the body initiates to help us survive when food intake is low. During this state, we produce ketones, which are produced from the breakdown of fats in the liver.

The end goal of a properly maintained keto diet is to force your body into this metabolic state. We don’t do this through starvation of calories but starvation of carbohydrates.

Our bodies are incredibly adaptive to what you put into it – when you overload it with fats and take away carbohydrates, it will begin to burn ketones as the primary energy source. Optimal ketone levels offer many health, weight loss, physical and mental performance benefits.

 

Weight Loss on a Keto Diet?

Before you can use a ketogenic diet for weight loss, it’s a good idea to have an understanding of how it works. Here are some important points about the ketogenic diet:

A ketogenic diet is centered around bringing the body into a state of ketosis.

Ketosis is metabolic process in which the body burns fat for energy instead of its primary fuel, carbohydrates.

When you drastically cut down on the amount of carbohydrates or calories you’re eating, and there aren’t enough carbohydrates from food to burn for energy, the body switches to the state of ketosis.

Once in ketosis, the liver uses the body’s fatty acids to make molecules known as ketones to burn for fuel. Those on a ketogenic diet eat a low amount of carbs to do just this.

Benefits of a Keto Diet for Weight Loss

Increased Fat Burn: When you eat low-carb and your body starts burning fat as its primary source of fuel, you’re essentially in a fasting state where your body is using your fat stores directly for energy. Those experiencing stalls in their weight loss or having trouble getting rid of unwanted fat can benefit from a ketogenic diet for this reason.

Hormone Regulation: Ketosis can help sustain weight loss by regulating hormones that affect weight. After you eat, the hormone cholecystokinin (CCK) is released by your intestines. CCK is responsible for stimulating fat and protein digestion and inhibits the emptying of the stomach, which reduces appetite. This makes CCK a great regulator of food intake.

Eating a ketogenic diet can also help you avoid cravings for food after losing weight, reducing the chance of gaining the weight back.

Appetite Suppression: Yep, ketogenic low-carb diets may be helpful in reducing appetite by altering the concentrations of hormones and nutrients that affect hunger. It’s no wonder ketosis is used as a strategy for weight loss; it removes the need to eat more or respond to cravings for unhealthy foods. This means you can better listen to your body’s true hunger signals without worrying about counting calories or going hungry.

Blood Sugar Regulation: When you’re eating a ketogenic diet full of healthy fats and proteins plus an abundance of vegetables, you experience more stabilized blood sugar. This is much better than traditional diet foods that are usually high in refined sugars and other carbohydrates, leading to a spike in blood sugar that leaves you feeling hungry again soon after.

Finally, your answer to weight loss without starvation, but still being able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Increase the chance of maintaining weight loss, reducing cravings, and eliminating the need to stress and obsess over every calorie or food portions.

If you are over 40 and struggling with your weight book a free call here https://p.bttr.to/2MZVUKN

How to reduce sugar and feel fantastic

Sugar is nothing but empty calories, the calories that only make you gain weight and do not provide you with any benefits because they do not contain any nutrients. Cutting out sugar can be very hard, especially when you have a sweet tooth.

Here are my top tips to help you stop eating sugar.

  1. Start slow and take baby steps:

If you try to cut out all sugar from your diet at once, you will fail, because those cravings will come back with a vengeance. It will feel more like a punishment than an accomplishment. Instead of completely cutting out all sugar from your diet at one time, start controlling the amount of sugar you DO consume. For instance, if you take three teaspoons of sugar in your tea or coffee, try cutting back to two for one week, then down to one. For that sweet tooth, start by just cutting out chocolate and sweets before you abandon everything like baked desserts, or just save it for special occasions.

  1. Use sugar alternatives:

Instead of using sugar when you do want it, replace it with honey, agave nectar, or sugar alternatives like stevia.

  1. Challenge yourself:

Some people like to challenge themselves and love the feeling of accomplishment when they fulfil that challenge. If that, is you, try to challenge yourself to not to eat sugar for a week (or for a day, if you have a serious addiction) Gradually extend your time and celebrate each milestone.

  1. Try sugar-free gum:

When sweet cravings strike, grab a piece of sugar-free gum. This will keep you occupied and satisfy the need to chew on something. I am not a big fan of gum, but it can work well for some people.

  1. Choose fruits over desserts:

Fruits are a sweet and a healthy alternative to desserts. If you feel like having cake or a favourite dessert, then grab some blueberries or another sweet fruit. The natural sugars in the fruit will help curb those cravings.

  1. Know the benefits of quitting sugar:

There are so many benefits of cutting sugar that if you educate yourself on them or experience the negative side effects first-hand, you will cringe at just the thought of consuming sugar. When you cut out sugar, your cardiac health improves, your skin begins to glow, and your acne starts clearing up. Furthermore, cutting out sugar will boost your mood and you will stop feeling cranky, moody or tired all the time. Your memory will improve, and you may be able to lose the extra weight you always wanted to shed. You will balance your hormones and reduce the cortisol if you can manage your blood sugar levels.

  1. Add fennel seeds to your diet:

If you just can’t shake off your sugar addiction, try adding fennel seeds to your diet. You can either add them while cooking or you can chew them raw. Fennel seeds do not contain any sugar or empty calories, but they have a naturally sweet taste.

  1. Don’t start your day sweet:

According to a study by Brown, if you start your day by eating something sweet then you will crave sugar all day long. So, instead of having something sweet, have a savoury breakfast. Don’t even use the sugar alternatives in your breakfast.  Make sure you have plenty of fat and protein at each meal to help you combat cravings and feel fuller for longer.

  1. Use essential oils to help reduce cravings. My favourite are grapefruit or fennel, one drop under the tongue or one drop in water will help your metabolism and reduce cravings. I only recommend the best oils from DoTERRA. If you would like to order, get in touch.

Sugar is an addiction, and it takes time, consistency, and determination to abandon it completely. Start small and take little steps toward removing it from your diet.

If you would like to learn more about my 8-week TIME TO NOURISH gut healing hormone balancing program, click here www.trishtuckermay.com

The program is designed to get you moving from sluggish, tired, bloated and accidentally overweight to feeling fantastic and full of energy.

If you would like me to help you get to the root cause of your problems let’s have a chat about the state-of-the-art testing, I provide so I can work out exactly what your body needs in terms of diet, lifestyle and supplements to rebalance itself.

Yours in health and wellness,

Trish Tucker May

The Benefits of Exercise for your Hormones

 

Exercise is the best gift you can give yourself for peri-menopause and beyond.

Consistent, regular exercise can change your life in ways you may not have considered.

Here are a few ways.

Benefit #1: It improves your self-esteem.

Exercising regularly or more than twice a week will make you feel better about yourself and naturally improve your self-esteem. It will make you feel like you have accomplished something and like you have done something amazing for yourself.

This feeling of accomplishment will make you believe in yourself more and you will become confident in other aspects of your life.

Benefit #2: It will make your skin glow.

If you battle with bad or dull skin, try adding exercise to your daily to-do list and make it a point to check it off.

Regular exercise can help relieve dullness and may help prevent the signs of early aging like wrinkles and fine lines.

Benefit #3: You will sleep better.

Regular exercise will reward you with a peaceful night of deep and quality sleep.

Exercising strengthens your body’s circadian rhythms, which keep you alert and awake during the day and make you feel sleepy at night. If you find it hard to sleep, try just fifteen minutes of exercise a day and notice the improvements.

Benefit #4: It helps control your weight.

Exercising on a regular basis helps you burn the calories that you have consumed throughout the day so that you can either lose or maintain your weight and build muscle tone.

Benefit #5: It improves your memory and brain health.

Exercising can improve your memory and the overall health of your brain. It can prevent brain fog, that sudden shut down of your brain that happens when you get tired and makes even the simplest and most routine tasks seem difficult and suddenly very confusing.

Exercise also stimulates the production of hormones, which aid in the repair and growth of your brain cells.

Benefit #6: It helps reduce chronic pains.

Regular exercise can help in reducing and possibly eliminating excruciating chronic pains. One of the most common causes of chronic pain is inactivity.

Your body is just like a machine; as long as it remains active, it will function well.

Several studies have also shown that regular exercise can increase your pain tolerance and decrease your body’s perception of pains and aches.

Benefit #7: It can help you feel happier.

Last but, not the least, regular exercise can help reduce or prevent feelings of anxiety and depression and make you feel happy again.

According to a study conducted by Oxford University, people who exercise regularly, even at a beginner level, are found to be more content and happier than those who fail to do so.

To feel even better, try increasing the intensity of your workouts slowly and feel more accomplished, healthy, and happy.

If you would like to learn more about 8 week gut healing, hormone balancing program click here

Yours in health and wellness,

Trish Tucker-May