The more that we can eat locally and seasonally the better. Just making a bit more effort cumulatively can have a positive impact.
Every month we ask a health crusader to share the inner contents of their fridge. This month’s focus is nutritional therapist Eve Kalinik, whose back-to-basics approach to food allows for optimum nutrition of the body – and mind – without any deprivation. Her expertise in promoting good gut health means she prioritises the use of fresh, local ingredients which benefit not only the wellbeing of the person, but also the planet.
ALWAYS THINK SUSTAINABLE
I’m very conscious about eating meat that is organic and local. I love the ethos and quality of the meat at Daylesford Organics. My personal belief is the more that we can eat locally and seasonally the better. Just making a bit more effort cumulatively can have a positive impact.

TRY A STEAK SWAP
Vegetable ‘steaks’ are a great way to experiment with meat substitution. I recently made celeriac ones – slice the vegetable into thick ‘steaks’, cover with butter and dukkah and roast – it’s so delicious and satisfying and works great for meat-free days, especially with some ewe curd crumbled on top.

DRINK SMARTER
I almost always have a bottle of wine or champagne in the fridge. I’m rather particular with buying natural/biodynamic wines for many reasons and love this one from Davenport that is from Sussex so it’s local as well. I also recently discovered Small Beer - virtually alcohol-free beer and lagers that are great for when you’re trying to drink less. And for a really healthy kick I recommend Purearth Kefir – I always have a bottle of this in the fridge. It’s like champagne for the gut!


"Eat up your chocolate. Didn’t you know that it has polyphenols that help to feed the microbes in the gut! "
FAT IS YOUR FRIEND
Good fats are an essential in promoting good gut health. We need to eat some fat (both saturated and unsaturated) in moderate amounts to support the absorption of fat soluble vitamins such as A, D and E as well as having a positive effect on metabolism.

- Butter: I cook almost everything with butter. Everything tastes better with it as far as I’m concerned! It also provides healthy saturated fats for gut health
- Tahini: I use tahini to make delicious dressings and often add nut butters to my breakfasts. It’s good to have a variety.
- I always have some kind of cheese. It’s one of the easiest go-to ingredients for me. Currently I’m favouring curd, either crumbled over roasted veggies or in the morning spread onto sourdough with fresh figs and nigella seeds.

FERMENTATION IS FUEL
Fermented foods provide probiotics naturally. These include sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, unpasteurised cheese, kefir and miso. Try adding a spoonful of kimchi to your scrambled eggs in the morning for a great way to introduce fermented food to your microbiome.

EAT MORE CHOCOLATE
Didn’t you know that it has polyphenols that help to feed the microbes in the gut! 😉
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