A treat at the retreat

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
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Recipe in my book Eating for Energy on Amazon.img-20170126-wa0000

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Colour Breathing – Relax Me Happy!

As part of a retreat I am running, I will be offering colour breathing. This isn’t colour therapy and while it took off about a decade ago, it’s become rather an unknown entity, however, it’s powers of relaxation are one of it’s best kept secrets. Based on the simple system of chakras, or if you prefer, energy centres, it is a therapy that balances and aligns using colour and breath – as the name suggests! It really is that simple, it does exactly what it says on the tin.Well, if it’s that simple, can I just stare at a colour and breathe? You may well ask – you can certainly try and the breathing alone may relax you, but this system goes a little deeper. Each chakra is related to emotion, emotions fire our thoughts and both make up our state of mind. Therefore, chakras can become clogged, unbalananced or blocked. Colour breathing uses discs coloured in a specific pattern to give the impression of a vortex and to draw the subconcious in and thus down into your inner most self. It promotes your ability to connect to yourself and the emotional unbalance and helps you release it with breathing in the colour and thinking about certain words – a bit like a mantra. If you want to know more, or experience it for yourself, you best book on the retreat and find out! http://www.rejuvationretreat.com

Bug busting soup

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.

 

 

Know your sugars

One of the first thing I talk to people about when discussing managing fatigue is cut sugar right back. It’s hard to go sugar free, but not impossible. But cutting sugar is a good way to begin.  This is all very well if you know what sugar is. I tell people to read the labels and then I give them a list of the most common disguises sugar uses to sneak into your food.

The following article, from a trusted research source, plainly and excellently lays out the sugars to watch out for.

Well worth a read. Carry a note of the common and uncommon ones in your purse or wallet when you go shopping. Stop letting food manufacturers poison you!

Essential oil in food and drink

I recently attended a doTERRA talk and was fascinated to learn about ingesting essential oils. I know there is debate about ingesting essential oils. It is safe if you GET THE RIGHT ONES so don’t do downing the cheapy ones off a hippy website. I bought the physician kit from doTERRA and dabbled half-heartedly with a few oils, not really wanting to expend my much needed energy on a new thing which may be a fad (for me, not generally). I think we’ve all dabbled with lavendar if nothing else. Yesterday, I hit a fatigue slump and needed to prep for work in the evening, so I rubbed a drop of peppermint oil on the back of my neck and inhaled it from my hands. Instant lift that lasted!

This week I’ve been listening to the Essential Oils summit who have fascinating talks daily. I think it’s too late to sign up but have a look at superfoodalchemy.com and traditionalcookingschool.com. I listened to Wardeh’s talk today (tradcookingschool). I happened to be in the kitchen with my laptop and was making a fruit tea, so I popped a drop of lemon oil and a drop of wild orange in it. Mega-yum! Energy boost! I also happened to be making a pasta sauce and rather than the herb, I popped a drop of oregano oil in (this oil is strong so you may want to drop it off of a cocktail stick but I like oregano). Wardeh says that a drop is equivalent to a teaspoon of the herb so that will give you an idea of how much to use akin to your own tastebuds. The sauce tastes amazing, plus, oregano is good for gut issues and I know my husband is having a stress work day which will inevitably upset his bowels, so I am hopeful his dinner will help sort that out. I am now getting really enthusiastic. Ever since I wrote Eating for Energy a few months ago, people have been asking about a second book. I never intended to write one, I just wanted to get how I improved my chronic fatigue condition with food out there to help other people. Now though I am getting excited about cooking and baking with essential oils…maybe there is a second book in the offing!

Palmed off by unsupported facts about a ‘healthy’ sugar.

Bum. Yesterday I thought I’d found a new sugar that wasn’t going to exacerbate my fatigue coconut sugar (or coconut palm sugar/coconut nectar). Frankly, I should have known better. I bought some coconut jam at the weekend. I spread it on a piece of toasted rye bread yesterday morning. Had I stopped at that, I might have got away with it. But I didn’t, and I didn’t. Believing it to be low GI and having nutritional benefits such as magnesium (great for fatiguers) I ate a couple of teaspoonfuls of it after my dinner. I work evenings teaching Pilates. I felt dreadful at my classes last night. Nauseous and knackered. I blamed the heat, of course, but a little voice was saying, Yeah, what did you eat that was different today? Coconut jam. So, referring to my nutrition bible Authority Nutrition (should have gone there in the first place) I now find it is loaded with sucralose, so I may as well be eating fructose, so I may as well be downing refined sugar. It’s not as bad as refined sugar. But it’s not a ‘good’ sugar. Let’s face it, that is probably never going to exist. I can obviously tolerate a bit, which is progress in itself. Several years ago, when my CFS was much worse, it would have increased my fatigue and sent me straight into a slump, because that’s what sugar does to anyone with a fatigue condition. But I think, in the interest of continued CFS recovery, it’s bye bye coconut jam. Back to Avocado on toast and banana in my porridge for breakfast. Anyway, my chia seed jam is much better (she convinces self). The link for the article is below.

https://authoritynutrition.com/coconut-sugar

Incredible hulk supper

I sometimes crave green. Usually either a large leafy salad or kale chips. I love kale chips. I could live on kale chips. I think you get my gist. Sooooo easy – bung half a bag of kale on a baking tray, sprinkle rock or pink salt and cracked black pepper and drizzle with a nut oil. Bake until they crisp. Eat. I added halloumi today. Can’t beat a bit of squeaky cheese on a Saturday night, or any night (maybe I need to get out more). Kale is an excellent source of vitamins A, C and K, and a good source of calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. Magnesium is essential in dealing with fatigue.

Blast from the past

In my role as a clinical hypnotherapist I specialise in dealing with people with anxiety and depression. Yesterday I saw a lady with anxiety and palpitations, a lady with self esteem issues who comes across as extremely confident (so often the way) and a lady with a chronic fatigue condition that is as yet officially undiagnosed. It was surreal listening to her frustrations and anger and misery that she tries so hard to hide from her loved ones but stores up inside until she nearly explodes. I saw so much of myself – my previous self – in her and heard so many things that I had voiced. Trying to keep a professional perspective is hard. I’ve been there. I don’t know how she feels literally but I have a damn good idea of where she is coming from. I hope I am an example to her (she knows some of my history) and she garners some hope from my recovery. Seven years on I am so different. I am not through recovery but I see a beacon at the end of the tunnel now, not just a faint light and certainly not bleak darkness any more (except the odd day!). Changing my diet was life changing and that’s why I wrote my book and why I took to blogging. It’s also why I stopped my old blog and started a new one. One that is more hopeful. This is the newly evolved me. The new improved version. The upgrade! There are so many people out there trying to do this alone. You are not alone. Don’t isolate yourself.