Monthly Archives: May 2016

Stories I loved this week.Β 

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We’re off on holiday this week and it is long planned and very well deserved. We haven’t been away since our trip to Toronto last year and I’ve been yearning for some time away from London and an escape into another culture.

I expect to come back happy, refresh, recharged and ready to take on my last assignment and exam for year 2 of my nutrition studies. I’m excited for the break!

14 wellness tips these women learned from their moms. #6 is so me – drink more water! (Well + Good)

Me at any kind of food market. (The Onion)

I really like Darya’s take on the Biggest Loser weight loss study that came out a few weeks ago. In a nutshell, weight loss can be sustainable if you do it in a mindful way. (Summer Tomato)

Changing careers in your 30s – something I’m currently in the process of doing. It’s exciting, nerve wracking and incredibly adventurous, all at the same time. (Oh Joy!)

Why you can’t lose weight on a diet. (New York Times)

A fascinating piece of food trend research from Google. No surprise that searches for ‘functional food’ like bone broth and turmeric are rising.

Photo by Fre Sonneveld

Lemon, Ginger and Oil of Oregano Cold Remedy

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As you can probably imagine, I’m not a huge fan of off the shelf cold remedies you might find in your local Boots or Superdrug. I always prefer a natural remedy whenever possible.

A few weeks ago when I was fighting a little cold, I bought a few turmeric tonic shots from my local Planet Organic. As effective as they are, they can be rather pricey at Β£3.50+ for a 50ml bottle.

Here’s my recipe for a quick little homemade tonic that will help boost your immune system and help those natural killer cells do their job of getting rid of bad bacteria and pathogens. Ginger has a lot of zinc, a mineral that is better at boosting the immune system than vitamin C and turmeric is packed with curcumin, an phytonutrient that has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

Oil of oregano is an incredibly powerful antioxidant, with important antiviral, anti fungal and antimicrobial properties through carvacrol and thymol, its active ingredients. I get my oil of oregano from Zane Hellas, a reputable Greek company.

What you need:

1 lemon, cut in half and juiced

1/4 thumb fresh ginger,Β roughly chopped

1/4 thumb fresh turmeric,Β roughly chopped

a dash of cayenne pepper

1/4 teaspoon coconut oil

4-5 drops of oil of oregano

10 – 20mL water to dilute the mixture, depending on preferred strength and taste (for me, the stronger the better!)

How to make it:Β 

  1. Juice both halves of the lemon into a cup with a lemon juicer. I go old school and do it by hand, using the red hand juicer in the picture at the top
  2. Add the ginger, turmeric, cayenne pepper, coconut oil and water
  3. Blend for 10-20 seconds, or until the turmeric and ginger are not longer visible
  4. Add the oil of oregano and stir for 10 seconds, or until it is no longer visible on top of the mixture
  5. Down the hatch!

What are your cold remedies? I’d love to hear what your tried and true recipes and tricks are!

Stories I loved this week.

It’s amazing how a little sun and some extra sleep can really lift your mood. For the past two weeks, I’ve been going to bed between 9:30 and 10:30pm every night. Not intentionally, mind. Purely as a by-product of not being able to keep my eyes open after we put J to bed, then I attempt to have a bit of chat with my husband and do some course work.

This has happily coincided with J starting to sleep more regularly through the night, so M and I are feeling more refreshed and frankly more human. It’s only taken 2.5 years, but it’s so exciting to have a child that finally sleeping through!

Lil’ Kim and the unbearable whiteness of being. (The Conversation)

How will women manage their periods in the future? Great question – it feels as though we sleepwalk our way into menstrual hygiene choices. (Refinery29)

A fascinating profile on the Bouvier sisters – Lee Radziwill and Jackie Kennedy. (Vanity Fair)

How I longed for a better breast pump when I was breastfeeding my son. The sound of the Medela and doing 3am pumping sessions still haunts me. For all my future breastfeeding sisters, I look forward to seeing what the breast pump of the future looks like. (New York Times)

This is such a great piece about the social pressures on boys. “If we can free men from their belief that a real man is tough, competitive and unemotional, then we can create happier men – and better partners, friends, colleagues and fathers.”Β (The Pool)

I used to love watching the Biggest Loser, but was always incredulous at how they managed to not only lose weight so quickly, but whether the contestants really had the nutritional and fitness foundations to maintain the weight loss. It turns out that they didn’t and this type of weight loss really messes with the body’s metabolism. (New York Times)

Photo by Erol Ahmed