Eating Disorders are accompanied by Digestive Health Problems. In a lot of cases digestion issues can also contribute to further anxiety, create pain and discomfort. Dietitians working with eating disorder patients should really address these problems, and not brush them aside, and label them as ED behaviors. It will be helpful, if they can start to incorporate digestive friendly foods and recipes into patient’s Eating Plan. This will help with digestive discomfort and will make eating more easy.
Good health begins with a healthy digestive system
I would like to share a recipe with you by Belinda Blake and Nicola Moore. This comes from ION workshop , ‘Healing Foods for the Digestive Health.’
This is a super drink, excellent for those who are trying to ween themselves off caffeine and suffer from abdominal discomfort . It’s also excellent for balmy nights in Ramadan, before one rushes off to mosque for night prayers.
Green Masala Chai
Recipe adopted from Masala Chai in ‘Spices’, Sophie Grigson
8 green cardamom pods
1tsp fennel seeds
8 black peppercorns
5mm piece fresh ginger root, chopped
500 ml water
500 ml milk (author used almond milk)
sugar to taste
In order to help release the flavours and oils, the spices need to be gently bruised (this is best done using a pestle and mortar).
Put all the spices into a small saucepan and add the rest of the ingredients. Bring to the boil, then gently simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain off the spices and sweeten if necessary.