The Healthy Celiac Podcast

Smoothie Bowls for Easy Digestion in Celiac Disease

April 28, 2022 Belinda Whelan Season 1 Episode 56
The Healthy Celiac Podcast
Smoothie Bowls for Easy Digestion in Celiac Disease
Show Notes Transcript

In today's episode I talk about the benefits of 'chewing' your smoothie for better digestion.

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So on last week's episode of the healthy CEL podcast,

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I was talking about 15 gluten free foods

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That could still be causing

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Issues

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With your digestion.

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And my husband and I were enjoying a smoothie

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Bowl

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Today. And I was just chatting with him about the differences between , um, eating a

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Smoothie bowl versus

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Drinking a smoothie and how much more beneficial

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It is to your digestive

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System. And lo and behold, He turned around and said, wow,

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That's perfect for sharing with your

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Audience. And you should teach

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People

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That on your podcast.

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So

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Here we are. I thought I'd

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Share with

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You the benefits of

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Why

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A smooth smoothie bowl

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Is

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Really great for

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You with celiac

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Disease and why it's

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Actually better

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Than having a smoothie.

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So

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Let's jump into those reasons and help inspire you

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To

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Start consuming a smoothie bowl .

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So, firstly,

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What is the difference between a smoothie bowl and a smoothie? So a

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Smoothie smoothie, we obviously

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Know what

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A smoothie

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Is.

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Don't we, we,

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We can picture it in a cup or a glass with a straw and we drink it and it's gone. Whereas a smoothie bowl, as it sounds , you eat it out of a bowl and you don't drink it with

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A straw, you actually eat it

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With a spoon. And when I say

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Eat it, you are

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Actually chewing your smoothie bowl. Okay .

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So

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What is different is

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It's a little bit

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Thicker than a regular smoothie.

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So it,

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It's got more of

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A ,

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A thicker consistency based on the way that you

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Make it. So you don't add

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Water

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To your smoothie

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Bowl and there's not as much liquid

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Added to

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It. So when I make

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Smoothies, I usually

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Add something like water Or some coconut milk

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Or some coconut water,

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Something to make it a thinner and easier to drink through a straw.

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Whereas we don't do

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That as much with a smoothie bowl. Now you can put lots of different and things in your smoothie bowl. And then what's normally done is you sprinkle different things on top

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Of your smoothie bowl

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And it can be

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Fruit. It

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Can be nuts and

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Seeds. It can be, you know,

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Shreded coconut, things like that, and maybe a drizzle of maple syrup. And it just adds another element to it where

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You actually have to chew it. So let's talk about why

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That's beneficial.

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Now, when we talk about

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Digestion, digestion actually starts

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Before your food hits your stomach. So

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When you

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Chew food, you are

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Actually creating more

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Digestive juices.

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Okay? So

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If you just

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Swallow some thing without chewing it,

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Your digestive juices,

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Haven't had much of a chance to Swirl around in your mouth and swirl around that food and

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Get

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That

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Digestive process

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Happening. So when you are chewing

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A smoothie bowl,

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So let's just say you take a mouthful of your smoothie bowl and you chew it around in your mouth before you swallow it. That's actually creating more digestion before it hits your stomach. It's pretty amazing, really? So when you are cooking, your body is starting digest that food before you have even eaten , because we start to smell the food. We start to see the food and our body gets ready to digest that food. It's very powerful and it's very different to, if you were to go and order some take away food. So let's just say you phoned up, you order to take away food. You go and pick it up and you eat it straight away . You will not digest that food as well as if you had prepared your own food because your body hasn't had that initial sense of smelling and seeing the food and being prepared for it. It's, it's quite incredible when you feel about it . So again, preparing a smoothie bowl, seeing it smelling all the beautiful fruits, all the things that go into it, moving it around your mouth, chewing it up, digesting, digesting, digesting. So it's incredible to think that just by changing the way that you eat can change the, that your body digest food. Now, what I absolutely love about having a smoothie bowl is you are eating something that is completely nutrient dense. It is full of nutrition. It is full of goodness. It's going to make you feel amazing. You're gonna feel great to start your day. When I say that you don't even have to have them for breakfast. They're fantastic for an afternoon snack or lunch. You don't just have to have 'em for breakfast, but they are an incredible start to your day because they're feeling they're delicious, they're nourishing, and it just makes you feel good to start the day with something healthy. I don't know about you, but when I start the day on a healthy foot, I tend to follow it through for the rest of the day. So it can help create better habits as well when we eat well, first thing in the morning, I think that's very powerful as well. So yeah, so it's something that's, I, I highly recommend that you give it a go and it's a way of getting those nutrients into your body while you're healing. So if you are very new to having celiac disease and you are worrying about what to eat and you're struggling to find different breakfast ideas, because it's probably one of the questions that I hear a lot is I just don't know what to have for breakfast. I just don't know what to eat. And people reach for things like gluten free breads, which are usually full of fat. They're very high fat, the gluten free bread. And a lot of them have a lot of sugar in them. And there's not that much nutrients that we get from eating bread. Anyway , um, obviously we get fiber and lots of goodness from that side of things, but as far as being nutrient dense , there's, there's not as much of that nutrient dense profile coming from gluten-free bread.

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So

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Replacing gluten-free bread for breakfast, making sure you just reaching for, you know, packaged gluten free cereals, a smoothie bowl can do so much more for your body than any of those packaged items ever can do.

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So

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I, I love eating as much

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Real whole foods as possible.

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I know it's not always Easy for a lot of people, But even if you just added this in a couple of times a week and see how

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You feel, you know, if

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You work during the week

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To say,

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You've got a job Monday to Friday, it doesn't even take that long to make in the morning. I kid you not. It might sound like, oh wow,

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This is a lot of work, but

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They Actually don't even take that long to make.

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So give it a go . See how you feel.

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See what the difference is when you eat this way. Feel. If it nourishes you

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Feel, if it fills you up,

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If you feel more energized and go from there because Like anything, if you don't try it , you don't know. You've gotta give things a go

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To see how

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You feel and how your body reacts. Okay?

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So

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If there's something that resonate with you, I'm gonna give you guys the opportunity to download

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A free ebook that I've put available

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For you on my website. And that way you can get some recipes off me and play around with them and, and see what

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Works

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For you. There's no hard and fast rules. When it comes to smoothie bowls, you can change up the ingredients. You can have different fruits in them, but it's one of those things that once you've got a

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Base

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Idea of how to make them, you can play around with them and you can make them your own.

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So go

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To my website, Belinda wheelin.com and download that freebie, because I want you to try these. I want you to , um, take photos of 'em and put 'em on Instagram tag in your photos, send me your photos. I wanna see what you're making. I wanna see what you're creating and let me know how you

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Feel. Because

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Like I

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Said, so powerful,

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So nutritious,

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So good for you.

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And I honestly think you really like them . So

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Yeah,

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I want you , I want you to give it a go and let me know. So I hope that that really helped you and inspires you, you to try something different. And I hope it helps you think a little bit more about food. Next time you go to eat and think about digestion and think about how it starts

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Before

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You've even taken the first

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Bite.

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So thank you so much for listening. Thanks for tuning in. I really appreciate you being here and letting me share

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With

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You and teach you about your amazing body. So thank you again, and I really look forward to talking with you on the next episode.

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So

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Have a fantastic week and I will talk with you soon. Take care. Bye .