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Paleo + Lizzy Marsh

Here at Funch we are excited to be launching our first Paleo Power Ball Mixture. It follows the theme of our previous products as it tastes amazing, is easy to make and is packed full of wholesome natural ingredients. To develop this special product we have collaborated with exercise scientist and nutritionist Lizzy Marsh.

Lizzy Marsh brings to the team a wealth of knowledge and understanding of the Paleo space, having published a Paleo recipe book, that has been distributed internationally. Lizzy also works with individuals and groups to deliver high quality education and information about nutrition, training and achieving optimal health. Through these experiences Lizzy appreciated that it can be challenging to find the right snack that not only helps you through the mid-afternoon slump, but also provides nourishment and satiety. Working together Lizzy and the Funch team have developed these paleo friendly balls that tick all these boxes, while also tasting delicious.

What Powerful Ingredients We Are Using
The ingredients in the Paleo Power Ball Mixture have been carefully selected to provide you with not only an incredible taste, but a range of health benefits. We’ve selected some of the best anti-inflammatory super foods.

Ginger: This broad-spectrum anti-inflammatory root has been used for centuries among many cultures for its medicinal properties. Ginger may assist with reducing inflammation and relieve digestive problems such as nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness and stomach pain.

Turmeric: Like ginger, turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and has been shown to potentially ward off cancer, dementia and the common cold. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a strong antioxidant. For optimal absorption, curcumin must be consumed with quality fats and piperine, a natural substance found in black pepper that enhances the absorption of curcumin by up to 2000%! For this reason, we’ve paired turmeric with black pepper and coconut oil.

Lemon: Lemons contains anti-bacterial and antiviral properties and have been shown to aid digestion by helping to stimulate stomach acid and bile production. The Vitamin C found in lemons can provide a little immune boost and may also impact the adrenals and help to reduce the affects of stress.

A little about Lizzy
Lizzy has worked with Funch to develop this Paleo-friendly, high quality and tasty ball mixture containing anti-inflammatory ingredients like ginger, lemon and turmeric. It’s the perfect after-school snack, training fuel or party-plate, jam-packed with health!

Lizzy is a qualified exercise scientist and nutrition coach. She has worked with a range of different types of athletes from triathletes, cyclists, runners, and CrossFitters to recreational gym users to assist them with understanding nutritional requirements for improved performance and body composition results. Lizzy also supports a number of individuals in their journey to optimal health and focuses on optimising lifestyle factors, hormonal balance and nutritional requirements to feel fantastic and live a life you love. Lizzy believes in a whole food and low inflammatory dietary approach, with a focus on gut health, nutrient diversity and traditional food preparation methods. Check out her website at www.primaljunction.com or follow her on Instagram @primaljunction.

Lizzy explain more about the Paleo diet?
The Paleo diet refers to the diet consumed by our ancestors starting some 2.5 million years ago and ending with the start of the agricultural revolution about 10,000 years ago. During this Palaeolithic era, humans lived in small tribes and hunted and gathered their food. Although there were variations depending on location, environment and climate, research shows that these diverse primitive diets consisted mostly of small and large game, fish, vegetables, tubers, fruits, and nuts. Lacking were the grains and legumes, not to mention refined sugars and oils, as seen in modern diets. With the invention of agriculture, communities were able to start producing larger volumes of food, leading to the industrial revolution and the exploration of refined oils and production of sugar. Along with the influx of these highly refined foods came the onslaught of ‘diseases of the Modern Age’ such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure and obesity. Today, these diseases are affluent in all Western communities and the situation doesn’t appear to be improving.

In the Palaeolithic era, food was a necessity and research demonstrates that we did not always have enough of it. Today, what to cook for dinner is one of the most troubling and confusing questions, with an infinite number of answers provided by professionals, online sources, books and nutritional bodies. With unlimited access to processed and refined foods it can be difficult for many to question the modern nutritional guidelines and marketing of industrial food products and get back to basic, real food from small, sustainable community sources.

In a nutshell, the Paleo diet excludes foods that are likely to produce an inflammatory or immune response in the body and promotes a diet full of nourishing, low inflammatory and whole foods in their natural form. This way of eating excludes processed and artificial foods, gluten, sugar, soy products, dairy, refined oils and chemical additives like artificial sweeteners, colourings and preservatives. Instead, we aim to include large amounts of diverse and colourful vegetables, high quality meats (fed naturally), eggs, fish, and some coconut products, fruit, nuts and seeds. This way of eating incorporates foods that will provide your body with the building blocks to repair, grow and heal and excludes those foods that are depleting, reactive and inflammatory.