According to children, poo is a really funny thing. In fact, my three year old niece thinks it’s the funniest thing she has ever heard. She informs me regularly that I am, in fact an ACTUAL poo, then collapses in a giggling heap, gasping for air
It is something we all take for granted. We get up in the morning, and then sooner or later do our business without too much drama.
The very first time I gave it much thought was when I was pregnant with my first child. I was so hungry I literally ate everything in sight, including an entire baguette in one day. "Wow" I thought each time I cut another piece off. "This is so good". Little did I know that my bowel wasn’t agreeing with me and I'm sure you don’t need too much info but I got my first idea of what childbirth could actually feel like.
For pregnant mums, constipation can become a real problem often resulting in Hemorrhoids, and other lovely surprises, all adding to the assault that pregnancy and childbirth can have on our bodies.
In the constant constipation combat, I formulated our Totally Devoted Ginger Cookies, which include key ingredients to keep things flowing, literally. This includes oats, chia and linseeds which are ideal for pregnant mums to incorporate in a healthy diet.
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Linseeds are a rich source of omega 3 essential fatty acids. These help prevent toxic biochemical that the body produces, making them great for stressed and overtired mums. They can also help to provide vitality and energy, which is pretty helpful in combating tiredness and fatigue during and post pregnancy.
Oats help to provide dietary fibre, which help relive constipation, making them a great choice for pregnant mums to consume on a regular basis. Oats have a low glycaemic index compared to other grains which should provide longer lasting energy. They are also a great source of essential vitamins such as thiamine, folic acid, biotin and Vitamin E.
Chia seeds are one of the healthiest foods on the planet. They are loaded with benefits for your body and brain, and pack a really powerful nutritional punch. All of the carbohydrates in chia seeds are fibre, which helps you to feel fuller for longer and helps aid healthy digestion. They are high in bone strengthening calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and protein.
Through tireless research and experimentation (and tasting) I have come up with a recipe that will 'go the distance' to helping the ole poodini issue once and for all.
2 Tablespoons Linseeds/flaxseeds
2 Tablespoons Rolled Oats
1 Teaspoon Chia Seeds
200 ml Water
Place all above ingredients in a small saucepan with lid and leave overnight to soak.
In the morning heat gently and add any spices you may like a tsp of cinnamon. Pour into your favourite bowl and enjoy in the same way you would a normal porridge by adding milk of choice/fruit/sweetener
The seeds should bind to food and toxic waste in your bowel allowing you to carry merrily on with your days.