I am currently enjoying picking strawberries, loganberries, raspberries, cherries (and waiting slightly impatiently for blueberries -come ooon!). Loving popping them in a fruit salad with some mango and melon and perhaps papaya. Fantastic as this fulsome mix of flavour is, I also pop a drop each of food grade lemon, lime and wild orange essential oil in a tablespoon of filtered water and pour that over, stir and leave in the fridge. Hello sunshine in a bowl with a cool refreshing breeze – sort of! (Oh, use your imagination, will you?).
In 2009 I had my chronic fatigue diagnosis. Worst time ever (not that there’s a good time) I’d just gone fully self-employed without the luxury of sick days and reliant only on myself and the finance I was able to generate. No pressure then!
After doing A LOT of stuff wrong, I went to visit a nutritionist, Claire Stone, who gave me some extremely useful pointers about where I was going wrong (quick fixes, carbs, sugar – we’ve all done it!). I took most (sorry couldn’t get on with linseed tea) of what Claire discussed with me on board. It wasn’t easy and took effort, but when I let myself fall off the wagon, boy, did I notice the difference Claire’s suggestions made. Having implemented a lot of changes over a bit of time, I still felt something was missing. Yes, I was addressing my health with nutrition but I wasn’t combining my mental health with my physical health. Knowing, thanks to Claire, that nutrition was key I started my search for a retreat. Having found one that advocated vegan ‘clean food’ and incorporated yoga, I contacted the organisers and told them about my condition. At the time I was walking with a walking stick and not going very far. To cut a long story short, I was amazed at what I was able to do on the retreat under kind and attentive instructors and co-ordinators. I incorporated more of what I learned and today I now class myself as a recovering fatigue. So now I’d like to give something back. I have set up a retreat in beautiful surroundings with private ensuite bedrooms for that all important heavenly night’s sleep. A place for you to rest, recuperate and learn about self love and care. Optional Pilates that can be tailored to you, fantastic whole food, fun, relaxation, mindfulness, meditation, colour breathing which balances and aligns energy centres. This retreat could help you learn what you can be capable of and learn to manage fatigue and/or stress. To help you find freedom in gentle movement and be proud of what you achieve. There are various options, I know it can be scary to commit to a weekend, or finances may not permit, so to make all the benefits accessible and affordable I am offering a two night stay, a one night stay and a day retreat taster. Full details are on the website and you can jump to Dates and Prices.
Energy balls with a twist…the usual recipe but with lavender essential oil and rosewater. Perhaps chill out balls or bliss balls is better! You get these in your room if you come on my retreat
Recipe in my book Eating for Energy on Amazon.
A regular in our house and an excellent way of using up stuff in the bottom of the fridge soup. Todays soup goes like this…
2 sticks celery
3 medium carrots
handful of sundried toms
1 red pepper
1/2 tsp pink salt
2 drops basil essential oil (or bung in fresh/dried basil)
1 tbsp. avocado oil
1 pt water
Top n tail the celery and deseed the pepper.
Peel and chop the carrots.
Heat the oil in the pan.
Chop the celery and cook until soft.
Add in the carrots and cook for a few minutes then add in the pepper.
Slice and squeeze the orange. Add in the juice.
Add in the sundried toms and cook for a few minutes.
Add in the salt and basil.
Add in the water and bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes.
Have a look at this retreat in March designed to refresh, rejuvenate and relax you.
2 small sweet potatoes – peeled and sliced
1 beetroot (I used yellow) – peeled and sliced
Half a bag of kale
2 handfuls of cherry tomatoes
1 pint of water
1 teaspoon seaweed salt
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 drops black pepper essential oil
2 drops basil essential oil
Pop all in a pan and bring to the boil. Simmer for 15 mins and cool then blitz in a food processor.
Turmeric is a anti-inflammatory.
Beetroot have vit C and B vitamins (for energy)
Sweet potato are high in vitamin C
Kale rocks the C-vit, also has some B.
Black pepper and basil essential oils are great as they have a higher potency than the ground dried variety. Black pepper is a great anti-oxidant and basil is calming; stress is really bad for the immune system.
This is a new take on making crumble from Bunny kitchen. If you are unsure of the liquid stevia (freely available in USA but not UK so much, you can substitute vanilla powder or essence. Liquid stevia is available online and lasts an age as you only need a drop or two at a time. Can be a bit pricey though.
We always complain about how tired we feel during the middle of the day, or how much we really need a nap right now! Believe me, I can frankly say the same for myself. However, there are some steps to minimising that lethargic feeling on a daily basis! Here’s 5 Ways To Increase Your Energy Level! First things first, you’ve got to cut back on the sugar!
I am in danger of ‘borrowing’ all of Sugarsticks’ posts. Another great one. I am looking into chronotypes as a way to manage energy and get the most out of the day but until I have more info on that, this post is an excellent start.
We always complain about how tired we feel during the middle of the day, or how much we really need a nap right now! Believe me, I can frankly say the same for myself. However, there are some steps to minimising that lethargic feeling on a daily basis! Here’s 5 Ways To Increase Your Energy Level!
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1. Cut down the sugar!
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That might sound crazy because we know that the more sugar we eat, the more likely we’ll go on a sugar high – which means more! However, that sugar high does go away quickly. Cutting back the sugar will make your body less reliant on the substance – meaning that you will have more “natural” energy to go about your day! I know it’s hard to stop eating sugar, so here’s 10 Easy Ways To Decrease Your Sugar Intake!
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One in two Australians exceeds the recommended daily sugar – which is meant to be approximately 6 teaspoons a day! One doughnut already contains 6.75 teaspoons of sugar!
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The majority of us prefer sugary treats – we enjoy pancakes for breakfast, or even granola with a dollop of yoghurt on top. It makes us satisfied and ready to go about our day. However, there are reasons why we should cut down our sugar levels.
1. Weight loss
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Sugar acts as a fuel for the body – however, if we don’t burn the sugar off, it’ll turn into body fat, making it harder for you to lose weight .
2. Increased energy
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Decreasing your daily sugar intake would overtime train your body to become less dependent on sugar! This’ll mean that you’ll have longer lasting energy to go…
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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.
Some useful tips and ideas here.