The Problem With Coffee

I absolutely love coffee! I’m on and off it constantly. When I’m ON I have one a day. I especially like it on holiday.
If you are not sensitive to caffeine and have a healthy life-style, a small cup of coffee a day it’s not going to pose a health risk to you.
But knowing what could be problematic with drinking coffee empowers us to make good decisions for our health in the long run.

Here are a few reasons why you drink maximum 1 cup a day:

– Coffee makes us loose important minerals that we are likely to be deficient in anyway. To metabolize coffee the body needs minerals. On top of that coffee is a diuretic so more minerals are lost, which can further contribute to nutritional deficiencies.

– Caffeine is a natural insecticide to protect the plant against bugs. Some people are sensitive, and no wonder.

– Coffee is one of the most chemically sprayed crops in the world!  (Always buy organic coffee if you can!)

– Coffee stresses the adrenals. When you drink a cup neurons send messages to the pituitary gland which makes the adrenal send out adrenaline and cortisol. Basically your latte send you straight into fight or flight mood. Boom!If you drink several cups a day your nervous system will take a beating.

– Unfortunately de-caffinated coffee is not a solution as it’s not guaranteed to be a 100% caffeine free and nasty chemicals can be used to remove the

Great Coffee alternatives here:

Lemon & Apricot Energy Bar

These Lemon and Apricot Energy Bars are nut free, so perfect to put in your kids lunchbox.

– 2 cups apricots

– 1 1/2 cup desiccated coconut

– 1 cup pumpkin seeds

-1/2 cup shelled hemp seeds

– 1 fermented lemon (about 1/2 cup) or zest from 1-2 fresh lemons

Blend everything in a food processor. Put baking paper in a square oven dish. Let it set in the fridge for about 2 hours. Cut up into squares and sprinkle with desiccated coconut.

5 Reasons Why You Should Drink Artichoke Tea

Have you ever tried Artichoke Tea? I can highly recommend it! Both for it’s fabulous health benefits and also for its delicious taste. The taste is smooth, sweet and softly woody, I take it with a drop of stevia.
Artichokes were used as a health food and as a digestive aid by the Egyptians and Romans, and has traditionally been taken as a health tonic  in Asian countries for many ailments.

Here are 5 reasons why you should drink it on a regular basis:

1. Artichokes comes with fantastic antioxidant action which can protect the body against damage from free radicals and environmental toxins. (Among other things preventing premature aging).
2. You will also be adding Folate, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc and Vitamin A, B and C to your diet.
3. It helps to protect the liver and gall bladder, so excellent as a detox aid and because of that an extra bonus is clear skin!.
4.It’s soothing for the stomach, helping digestion.
5. It’s also a diuretic, preventing water retention. And is sometimes used as a weigh loss aid.


Am I the last person on earth to hear about and try the Invisibobble?? How could I have missed this miraculous hair assessor? I blame it on having boy-children only.
I love to have my hair up in a pony tail IF I have had my roots done fairly recent.
And of course I always have it up when I go training. (Which is happening regularly nowadays :))
What is so different with this gadget in comparison to ordinary hair ties is that it  doesn’t pull on the hair. You won’t get those big indentations in the hair when you let it out, after training for example. This is normally a major issue for me and my fine hair!  But this old-style telephone cable fixed that. I also like that the company was founded by 2 college students and is now massive! Everyone and his aunt have copied their idea, but the plastic in the fakes seem inferior, they don’t stay on as well or they pull to hard. I bought my original Invisibobble at Boots, they were about £5 for 3 ties.

Lip Love

When you are switching to clean green beauty products, start with swapping either your foundation (because it covers a big area) or your lipstick.
Here are 4 reasons why switching to clean lip products is a good idea:
-The skin on your lips is thin and it’s easier for nasties to penetrate
– You probably re-apply during the day so larger quantities of toxins will be absorbed.
– you will inadvertently swallow some of the product as you eat and drink.
– Your kisses won’t come with nasties 🙂

The products in this video:
Ilia Beauty: Lipstick:  In my room
Ilia Beauty: Lipstick: Wild Child
Lippy Girl: P-Bomb
Pacifica: Coconut lip Butter in Shell

Recipe: Hemp & Kale Hummus

This Hemp and Kale Hummus is so good!
Hope you like it!

– 230 gram cooked chickpeas (about 1/2 cup dry)
– 1/3 cup shelled hemp seeds
– handful of kale (about 30gram)
– fresh coriander (about 10 gram)
– 2 tablespoons tahini
– juice from 1/2 lemon
– 4 tablespoons olive oil
– 1 garlic clove
– 1 teaspoon cumin
– 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
– 1 1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions: Put everything in a blender. Boom!


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What Salt To Use When Fermenting Vegetables

Salt – the Worlds most popular seasoning can make a dish sing. The days when people shunned salt like the plague are thankfully over, but we still need to be vigilant. Not all salts are equal. Bog standard table salt is still the bad guy! It’s been chemically produced, bleached and is devoid of nutrients.
Natural Salt on the other hand is really good for us. Sean Salt, Celtic
salt or Himalayan crystal salt are all good salts. That has a place in healthy eating.

When it comes to FERMENTING it’s very important that you use the right kind os salt.
You should not use a salt with iodine as Iodine kills bacteria. Of course when we ferment we want the good bacteria to grow and flourish.

Salt is our friend when fermenting, because harmful bacteria can’t tolerate much salt but our helpful healthy bacteria can!
So the salt acts as bouncers keeping the riff raff out while our healthy bacteria get to work. The salt tolerating lactobacillus thrive and multiply.

When fermenting I like to use fine salt (sea salt or Himalayan salt) as it will be easier to work and you will quickly reach the salinity that is needed for your lactobacillus to thrive and keep the nasty bacteria at bay.

The salt does not preserve the vegetables, using more salt will not make it safer. Submerging the vegetables in the brine is what makes it safe.  The salt just gives the friendly bacteria the upper hand.

When fermenting try to stick to 1.5% ratio of veg weight. But some recipes demand a much larger % of salt.


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Beauty Food: Mushrooms Recipe

Mushrooms are a beauty food! But I’m normally not a big fan, and the kids hate them. I only like Marinated Mushroom recipe HERE and the above recipe. If you are old enough to remember the number one bestseller Fit for Life you might be familiar with this recipe 🙂

So what is so beautifying about mushrooms?
Mushrooms comes with anti-inflammatory action which has been linked to aging and most disease. They help boost immunity which in turn help fight off inflammation. They are also low in calories and at the same time very nutrient dense. Containing 15 vitamins minerals and phytonutrients, including folate and hard to come by Vitamin D and Selenium.  Mushrooms can be a good substitute for meat as it has that denser texture that you might miss if you are used to eating meat.  It’s really important to only eat organic mushrooms as they absorb and concentrate whatever they grow in.

Mushrooms with Garlic and Lemon
 – 300 gram Mushrooms
– 2-3 Garlic Cloves
– 1 Tablespoon Coconut oil
– 2-3 Tablespoons of Fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon of dried
– Fresh Lemon Juice about 1 Tablespoon
– Salt & Black pepper to taste

Wash and slice the mushrooms. Saute the garlic and mushrooms in the coconut oil until soft. Add salt and pepper to taste. Squeeze some lemon juice in. Add the chopped parsley. Serve.

It literally takes two minutes!
I either serve it as a side dish or on top of pasta made of lentils.

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Duvet Day

The first two days of “The Beast from the East”  was fun. Adults turned into kids with impromptu snowball fights everywhere. Kids running to the park to try out a sledge before the snow melted.
I have not seen snow in London like this since 2008.
But I’m over it now!
My 10 year old’s school shuts at 11.45 today…what’s the point.
We have lit all our candles and are cozying up on the sofa with our duvets. He is nagging me to have Leon’s for lunch but neither of my 2 local ones delivers at the moment??? and I’m not going out today. Love Leon as they have a great gluten- free selection and it’s always fresh and colourful. Having Leon get’s me into holiday mood. It’s our tradition to head straight to Leon after passport control  if we travel from terminal 2 at Heathrow.

I’m also prepping Glögg for tonight. Ie Mulled wine. I make mine the old-fashioned way by blending vodka with spices and sugar and after it’s  infused I blend it with warm wine. Total Christmas vibe!
recipe HERE

Thankfully I only have one  VO-job today and that’s to be recorded in my home studio.

Stay warm, stay safe!


Best Vitamin D Supplement

The best source of Vitamin D that I have come across (from a bottle) is the above Cod Liver oil. Of course sun on your skin is the ultimate way to boost Vitamin D levels. But as many of us live in cold climates the sun is not a reliable source a large part of the year.
A sign of vitamin D deficiency could be frequent colds and infections, feeling low, tiredness and weakness especially when walking up stairs. Researchers estimate that over 50% of the population is deficient in this important vitamin.

Deficiency of Vitamin D is linked to a hold host of serious illness like autoimmune disease, diabetes, heart disease, depression. The list goes on.

Thankfully doctors are now very aware of this and It’s really easy to get a blood test to check for deficiency.
I have been really low in the past and as a contributing consequence got pneumonia 2 years ago. Other members of my family and clients have also tested very low and the supplement that made all the difference was the above cod  liver oil.
I’d like to point out that I do absolutely not work for that company!!!
As you might know I prefer to keep things as veggie as possible and I used a veggie Vitamin D spray for years. So I was beyond shocked when my son and me (at different times) were told we were VERY low in Vitamin D!

We immediately started to take the fermented cod liver oil and a month later (both times) the doctors were AMAZED of how high our levels were and that it was achieved in such a short time. And clients have had the same experience. The good thing with Cod Liver Oil is that it also comes with Vitamin A. A negative is of course the pollution of our seas, and It’s the reason I only take cod liver oil when I really need it and won’t  be seeing the sun any time soon.

The Fermented Cod Liver oil have been in the dog house for awhile in the health community because what is fermented here? the oil? not likely.. BUT I have had such amazing result with this produso I’m looking past all the controversy.

You can get the Fermented Cod Liver Oil from Green Pastures on Amazon and in health foods shops Online.