Hi there, Hope you are having a great Thursday!
I’ve been battling with tech all day today….grrr. At 5pm I got out of my pyjama to pick up my 10 year old from squash. Now I’m chilling with a cup of Dandelion, Burdock and Hawthorn tea. Great for cleansing the blood and liver and it also comes with anti-inflammatory properties.
I didn’t exactly achieve what I set out to do today.. but hey-ho tomorrow is a new day!
I love the below quote “Worry is a waste of imagination”. I completely and totally agree! Instead of fretting about what I didn’t manage to do today I’m envisioning all the progress that will happen tomorrow.
Believing that things will work out resets the mind so it’s easier to see solutions to problems and to recognise new opportunities.
This is the cover to my “Guided Meditations for Morning and Evening” that I recorded last week. You can download it in the next couple of days. After my little tech problem has been solved.
According to BBC News the UK could adopt the Swedish/Norwegian bottle recycling system. Fantastic! Finally!
So what’s it all about? Well you basically pay a little more for your bottle of water, soda or wine like a deposit. When you have consumed your drink you take it back to a recycling area in the store and get that deposit back. Boom! Your bottle is saved and can be recycled over and over and won’t pollute the planet.
I can’t remember a time when we didn’t have this system in Sweden and I’m old!
I also remember in the 80’s when we left all secondary packaging like paper boxes for toothpaste for the cashier at the supermarket to deal with. Needless to say unnecessary secondary packaging disappeared after awhile.
My second health column in Scan Magazine, a monthly magazine showcasing Scandinavian brands around the world.
You can read the article about what foods to indulge in, to get great skin here. (page 98)
( My first column about super foods you already have lurking in your cupboard is here page 96)
Or you can pick up a copy in scandi related hotspots in the UK, Germany, The Netherlands, The United States and Scandinavian countries.
A spiralizer is fun and a great way to get more raw vegetables into your diet.
It’s my favourite kitchen gadget at the moment, it’s extremely satisfying churning out the veg spaghetti and the kids love it.
Dr Brian Clement a world leader within health and nutrition is in London the 21st June speaking about how to obtain optimum health and how to reverse the effects of premature aging.
I went to an event in March and was blown away!
He’s a seriously inspirational speaker and his knowledge about health and nutrition is boundless!
Tickets are only £42.50 (they are normally double that!) and a Gourmet raw lunchbox is also included in the price!
Get your tickets here:
- An outline of the principles of the Life Transformation Programme, which has evolved at the institute over 60 years, utilising data from tens of thousands of functional tests. The Life Transformation Programme provides the ultimate approach to health, natural beauty and longevity.
- We will continue with discussions regarding Dr Clements’ extensive clinical research and observations which have afforded him a unique insight into how we can prevent premature ageing and disease.
- Not all supplements are created equal, and we will learn more about how the vast majority of supplements on the market today may be at best ineffective, at worst toxic. Naturally-occurring supplements are what our bodies need: highly digestible food-based supplements derived from plants grown in rich, organic soils. Learn which supplements can best effect rejuvenation, delay pre-mature ageing and support well-being.
- The day will end with an extended question and answer session.
Doors open at – get there early for the opportunity to purchase discounted supplements and greet friends. Lecture starts at and finishes at . There will be an hour for lunch which can be taken in the stunning formal gardens. Doors close at .
Early Bird Tickets include a Hippocrates inspired gourmet lunch box from Nama* (www.NamaFoods.com)
Do you easily get bruised?
That could be an indication you need to include more flavonoids and vitamin C in your diet.
Flavonoids and Vitamin C help protect blood vessels from rupture or leakage, without them the capillary walls may start to leak and to much protein and fluids escapes.
Researchers believe that flavonoids and Vitamin C they are working together by improving each others antioxidant activity.
If you are a woman and also suffer from heavy periods It can be a sign that you need to eat a lot more fruit and vegetables.
Other symptoms to look out for are breast tenderness, frequent colds and infections, haemorrhoids and thread veins.
Flavonoids are substances found in plants and they are basically responsible for all the brilliant colours of yellow, orange, red, blue and purple in fruits, berries and vegetables.
Good sources are dark coloured berries like blueberries, bilberries and blackberries, as well as grapes.
If it got a fab (natural) colour you want to eat it!
There are also a lot of flavonoids in the pith and peel of citrus fruits.
A great way to make sure you get enough flavonoids is so to add some grated lime or other citrus fruit to your soup, stew or in your smothie.
Cooking destroys some of the activity so it’s best to add it at the end.
We all know that to much sugar is bad for us, the more we devour the more insulin the body produce.
This in turn makes us fat, increases our appetite, increase the amount of fat that goes into storage AND it blocks the ability of the body to use stored fat as energy!
And it’s the fructose in sugar which is mostly responsible.
Ordinary sugar contains 50% glucose and 50% fructose. Glucose travels around the body and is used as fuel or is turned into fat but fructose does not travel around, it stays put in the abdomen and the liver turns it into visceral tummy fat….
As you probably know fat can be either stored under the skin or inside the abdomen, the fat in the abdomen that’s covering the organs is the visceral fat that gives an apple shape and it’s very unhealthy.
In a trial a 2 groups were asked to drink beverages on top of their normal diet, one group had their drinks sweetened with glucose and the other with fructose, after 10 weeks both groups had gained the same amount of weight but the glucose group had gained fat evenly around their bodies whereas the fructose group had gained a lot more dangerous visceral fat on the middle.
Fructose is being pushed as a healthy alternative, it has low GI (does not affect blood sugar so much) but this is only because the liver turns it into visceral fat.
There is More:
Fructose can also deactivate leptin, which our bodies produce when we have had enough to eat.
Without it we would feel hungry all the time, and if that was not enough leptin also boosts metabolism AND helps the body use fat stores as energy!
So as you can see calorie counting is such I waste of time It’s all about how the body deals with the food.
The worst fructose out there is High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) a cheep and very sweet substance derived from corn. You’ll find it in soft drinks, cakes biscuits, processed foods basically. HFCS can contain up to 90% fructose.
Bring a magnifying glass when you go shopping!
But what about the fructose in fruits?
Whole fruits are different they come with important fibre and are packed with health promoting nutrients, so you should defiantly include fruits in your diet!
But when juicing think more in the lines of fresh vegetables, berries and herbs and use only small amounts of fruits in your juice.
Especially apple and pear juice on their own contain way to much sugar, but as whole fruits they are great!
I found a couple of new helpful and healthy products in my local health food store that I want to recommend.
(For the record I have nothing to do with any of these companies)
The first one are yummy Chia Pods. They come in different flavours like mango, blueberry, banana and vanilla. They are made from fruit purée, coconut milk and chia seeds. Of course it’s beyond easy to make your own, but you have to prepare them a couple of hours before serving. I had a bunch of kids over for a play date the other day and served these pods as a healthy pudding as chia seeds contains important omega 3 fatty acids and fibre.
Apart from butter, we are a dairy free family and rely on rice milk as a milk substitute. I was super pleased to finally find a rice milk made from brown rice! It means there’s a bigger chance some of the nutrients from the rice are still there 🙂 This one is from Rude health. I tastes almost exactly the same as white rice milk and I do like the packaging as well.
Spaghetti made from legumes are popping up all over, I’m big on legumes and beans anyway and this is a fab contribution to my none-gluten-pasta-collection.
I have written about Co Yo coconut yoghurts before, but the raw chocolate flavour was new to me. Blinking hell it was amazing! It contains coconut milk, cacao, tapioca starch and xylitol.
I’m in Spain lapping up the sun the safe non-toxic way 🙂
I’m topping up my Vitamin D levels in a big way.
It’s out with bad chemicals and in with sun protection containing Zinc Oxide or Titanium Oxide!
Hi, so yesterday was veg box day and this is a little celebratory video about my weekly delivery 🙂