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Eating Plan

Natalie Kringoudis is a Doctor of Chinese Medicine and our proud ambassador at YourTea.

We strongly believe that a holistic approach is needed to achieve optimum health and/or reach desired aesthetic goals. This is why we asked Nat to create an eating plan for those of you wanting more advice when it comes to food intake.

The eating plan below may be followed for the duration of TinyTeatox, or can be incorporated into an every day lifestyle change.

All meals are designed to thoroughly nourish the digestive system.

 

- Firstly, Nat will explain how the digestive system works from a Chinese Medicine perspective - 

"Imagine a pot of soup sitting on a fire.  Both the spleen and stomach are the organs responsible for digestion; they transform and transport to the body the essential elements of food and drink. The nutrients they draw from food are sent out around the body to nourish and the bad sent out as waste.  So with this pot in mind, the stomach is the ‘pot’ and the spleen is the ‘fire.’   Therefore you may like to understand that digestion is a process that requires warm energy.  You may also recognise that all foods have properties in how they behave energetically in the body.  Those which are warming and invigorating (think meat proteins, some legumes, chili and alike) and those that are cold (like most fruits and raw or cold foods) which can slow down digestion and lead to weight gain.  Raw foods tend to be very heavy on the gut and overconsumption may not only cause weight gain but also cellulite and upset guts.

From a Western sense, our bodies digest food at 37 degrees.  So when we consume raw and uncooked foods, not only does it have work like madness to digest, but it first has to get the temperature of the food up to 37 before it can effectively deal with it.  So consuming warm foods makes digestion is much more efficient.   Sugar is also avoided as it is rapidly converted and stored as fat.  You will notice uncooked fruit is on the out list as it is not only high in sugar but also raw which again leads to weight gain"

 

 

Now that you have an understanding of how the digestive system operates and why we endorse eating warm/cooked foods, let us enlighten you with some delicious meal ideas... but first...

 

Let’s talk simple portion sizes:

When it comes to protein – your fist size is the perfect portion size for your own body 

Vegetables: a large handful

Grains: A small handful

 

 

 - Your Tea Eating Plan - 

 

Day 1

Breakfast:  Quinoa or oat porridge with goji berries, chia seeds and macadamia nuts

Lunch: Spiced pumpkin soup

Dinner:  Salmon and steamed veggies

 

Day 2

Breakfast:  Eggs with tomato and avocado salad

Lunch: Rice with steamed veggies

Dinner:  Beef and coconut curry

 

Day 3

Breakfast:  Stewed fruit with warm sheep milk yoghurt topped with nuts

Lunch: Quinoa salad with avocado, steamed green beans and spinach.

Dinner:  Stir fry greens with organic chicken

 

Day 4

Breakfast:  Two egg omelette (with mushrooms, spring onions and thyme)

Lunch: Tuna fritters

Dinner:  Chicken Soup

 

Day 5

Breakfast:  Warm Bircher muesli

Lunch: Lentil Salad with haloumi 

Dinner: Lamb shank stew

 

Day 6

Breakfast:  Poached egg on warm greens

Lunch: Cauliflower soup

Dinner: Chicken and pumpkin curry

 

Day 7

Breakfast:  Rice porridge with berry coulis (cooked berries)

Lunch: Rice salad with broccoli, sheeps fetta and roasted pumpkin

Dinner: Hot pot

 

Day 8

Breakfast:  Fetta stuffed mushrooms

Lunch: warm bean salad with fresh herbs

Dinner: Stir fry greens with organic chicken

 

Day 9

Breakfast:  Quinoa or oat porridge with goji berries and macadamia nuts

Lunch: Curry with rice

Dinner:  Rice with steamed veggies and salmon

 

Day 10

Breakfast:  Salmon with stir fry greens (broccoli, peas and onion)

Lunch:  Roasted veggies

Dinner: Slow cooked lamb with veggies

 

Day 11

Breakfast:  Quinoa porridge with goji berries

Lunch: Bone broth

Dinner: Stir fry greens with organic chicken

 

Day 12

Breakfast:  Home made baked beans

Lunch: Chicken Soup

Dinner: Fish Curry with rice

 

Day 13

Breakfast:  Stewed fruit with sheep milk yoghurt

Lunch:  Tuna fritters

Dinner: Lamb shank stew

 

Day 14

Breakfast:  Two egg omlette (with mushrooms, spring onions and thyme)

Lunch: Brown Rice salad with broccoli, fetta and roasted pumpkin

Dinner: Fetta stuffed mushrooms

 

 - If you're completing a 28 day TinyTeatox, simply repeat the above 14 day meal plan - 

 

 

 

Special additions & snack ideas:  You may like to add a slice of rye bread to your breakfast.

Snack ideas include:  Rice cakes with hummus, or pesto activated nuts and seeds, trail mix, olives and pickled foods or yoghurt with cooked fruit, chia seed pudding, popcorn, kale chips and superfood balls, homemade bakes using suitable flours (like coconut flour or rice flour) are also a great idea.

 

                 

 

Breakfast Ideas:

1 - Quinoa or oat porridge with goji berries and macadamia nuts

2 - Fetta stuffed mushrooms

3 - Rice porridge with berry coulis (cooked berries)

4 - Poached egg on warm greens

5 - Warm Bircher muesli

6 - Two egg omelette (with mushrooms, spring onions and thyme)

7 - Stewed fruit with warm sheep milk yoghurt topped with nuts

8 - Eggs with tomato and avocado salad

9 - Quinoa or oat porridge with goji berries, chia seeds and macadamia nuts

10 -  Salmon with stir fry greens (broccoli, peas and onion)

 

        

 

Lunch Ideas:

1 - Spiced pumpkin soup 

2 - Rice with steamed veggies

3 - Quinoa salad with avocado, steamed green beans and spinach

4 - Tuna fritters

5 - Lentil Salad with haloumi 

6 - Cauliflower soup

7 - Rice salad with broccoli, sheep’s feta and roasted pumpkin

8 - Warm bean salad with fresh herbs

9 - Curry with rice

10 - Roasted veggies

11 - Bone broth

12 - Chicken Soup 

13 -  Tuna fritters

14 - Brown rice salad with fetta, broccoli and roasted pumpkin

 

            

 

Dinner Ideas:

 1 - Salmon and steamed veggies

 2 - Beef and coconut curry

 3 - Stir fry greens with organic chicken

 4- Chicken Soup

 5 - Lamb shank stew

 6 - Chicken and pumpkin curry

 7 - Hot pot

 8 - Stir fry greens with fish

 9 - Rice with steamed veggies and salmon

 10 - Slow cooked lamb with veggies

 11 - Stir fry greens with organic chicken

 12 - Fish Curry with rice

 13 - Lamb shank stew

 14 - Feta stuffed mushrooms