I am running a retreat on the outskirts of Bristol in February 2017. The website is below with all the details if you are interested. It is aimed at anyone tired of the pace of life or with fatigue-related conditions. Activities can be adapted to suit. All rooms are private.
Another great article from one of my fave research places. Shiitake mushrooms are a good source of B vitamins which are useful in fatigue related conditions, nervous conditions and managing depression.
I don’t recall where I picked this recipe up from but I was after a wheat-free savoury muffin and wanted
something to try chick pea flour with. I scribbled it down from somewhere then was without an oven for nearly three weeks so if I have pinched it from someone out there and you want me to credit you, get in touch! I have altered it to suit my tastes.
3 cups chickpea flour
3tbsp olive oil
1/2-1 cup of water
Cracked black pepper and rock salt
2 cups veg (recipe I wrote down read to grate but I just chopped up sundried toms, carrot, asparagus and green beans).
I added garlic salt and chopped fresh sage with a drop of basil essential oil the original recipe used herbes de provence.
3 eggs beaten
2 tsp baking powder
50g grated cheese (I used hard goat cheese)
Preheat oven to 180
Sift flour and baking powder into a bowl. Add in the veg and seasoning.
Mix oil with egg.
Add in the egg and two thirds of the cheese.
Combine the ingredients and add water slowly until you have a dropping consistency.
Spoon mixture into paper cases in a muffin tray.
Bake for 12-15 minutes.
Some useful tips and ideas here.
A light and yummy take on our British mayo-gloopy potato salad. Plus I love olives, so I’m in.
I class myself as a recovering fatigue. I’ve had some really tough times but I see the sun at the end of my tunnel shining and encouraging me on. Chronic illness can be self absorbing. Yes you must prioritise yourself but you can still be there for other people and it will do you good to do that. I appreciate the light but I have fought to see it. Don’t hide in your darkness. Accept help, don’t be afraid to ask for it, but also support and help where you can too. It’s how the world goes round best.
Another useful article from my fave article place (I love a good article) about the health benefits of the herb fenugreek.
Great if you have diabetes or are generally struggling with blood sugar regulation. Read on…
So my kinesiologist, who I rely on for my supplements to literally keep me going, says to me two weeks ago:
No nuts, no sugar, no wheat, no spice for two weeks.
Okay, I say, I can do no wheat and no sugar cos I do that anyway.
Oh, that includes sugar from raw fruit.
Oh no! I can’t give up nuts and fruit. What???!!!
But, it made me examine my diet. I make cookies with ground almonds, and energy balls with nuts and granola with nuts, and fake fudge with nut butter, and I snack on nuts and eat Body Me or Naked bars that contain….nuts!!!
Maybe, just maybe, I eat too many nuts. Yes they are a good fat, blah blah, but too much of a good thing?
Sooo I went back to porridge with cinnamon (I double checked that didn’t count as a spice I had to avoid) or a baked banana with 100% dark choc melting in the middle (HEAVEN). I found a recipe for energy balls with dessicated coconut and seed butter. I stewed apple with cinnamon. I didn’t bake any cookies but made courgette brownies instead.
And, I have to admit, I enjoyed it. I am past my two weeks of avoidance. Whether it’s that or the supplements kicking in or both, I don’t know but I do feel better.
Raw nuts take a lot of energy to digest (I discovered after I could have used nut butter and ground almonds, but hey) and like anything, if the system is overloaded it will run sluggishly.
Just a thought – maybe it would do you good to have a look at your diet and challenge yourself to avoid or cut back on one or two things and replace with other things.
Another helpful article from the lovely nutrition research bods at authority nutrition. Some of it is obvious, but then again, it’s only obvious if you know it! It is of course always preferable to handle any health condition naturally and drug-free where possible.
‘this simple and classic tapas dish is perfect economical and tasty choice to serve with summer drinks. It is gluten free, dairy free and vegan. I mix with sweet potatoes’
You will need:
250g sweet potatoes
4 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic
1/2 onion, chopped
250g chopped tinned tomatoes
1 tablespoon tomato puree
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
a pinch of stevia
1 tablespoon apple organic vinegar
salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 200C.
Please the potatoes and sweet potatoes and cut into small squares.
Brush an ovenproof tray with olive oil and place the chopped potatoes on the tray. Season with salt and pepper and toss the potatoes in the rest of the olive oil and 1 teaspoon smoked paprika so that they are lightly covered. Place in the hot oven and bake for 30 minutes. Toss the potatoes on the tray and return them to crisp up…
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I know most of this stuff but sugar (under its various guises) is so sneaky, this is worth a repost.
The Noakes Foundation have come up with this great guide to how much sugar is hiding in some of our favourite regular meals. Who would have thought that an apparently healthy bowl of muesli for breakfast would be one of the worst offenders?!
There are many times in the year where we are encouraged to give up our addictions, “Stoptober” always proves popular for those trying to give up smoking. Sugar is just as addictive so why not join in and try a Sugar Free September? If you manage to stick to it and get yourself through those initial cravings and withdrawals, I can guarantee you will question whether you really want to go back to your old sugar habit! Being sugar free opens up a whole new world of exciting and delicious foods and you will experience a new-found energy, no longer suffering hunger and sugar crashes.
How about starting with some eggs and…
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Another great article from a trusted source.
I’m not sure if I agree with the chewing gum because of what it contains but some good tips otherwise.