Every morning for the past few months I’ve started my day with a cup of coffee loaded with butter and coconut oil. It’s delicious, doesn’t make me cray cray like regular coffee does and it keeps me feeling full right up until lunch time. I’ve shared my morning coffee ritual on my Instagram stories a few times and have had lots of people wondering what the heck it’s all about, so I thought I’d explain.
I am going to do a month long detox. I am going to do yoga. Go swimming. Walk at least one hour every day. Stop drinking coffee. Do a juice cleanse. No gluten. No sugar. No dairy. No meat. No caffeine (like NONE). Seriously I think I was in a we-sold-our-house-and-have-no-where-to-live-false-sense-of-security-frame-of-mind. When I look at that I think Emmy … what on earth were you thinking? Not only did I say I was going to do all that … I went and freaking published it on Instagram for the whole world (ahem 3K+) people to see. Like seriously? Only one word for this type of thinking. CRAY. (Yes I am aware that isn’t actually a word).
I’m a researcher. Google is my friend and I use it often. When I was pregnant with my first baby I was in research overdrive. I mean I researched basically everything you could imagine. The pile of books on my bedside table was impressive (and slightly daunting!).
But not really. This headline had me laughing out loud. For most people the struggle is in the falling asleep part, less than the staying asleep. There are countless obstacles (especially in this social media fuelled world) that can disrupt our circadian rhythms, and prevent an easy get-to-sleep-quick regime. But fear not. After countless years of dealing with this problem, I have found my top five solutions. And they probably aren’t things you’ve read elsewhere. Ok, some of them are standard, but some might just surprise you. 8pm is my ‘turn off’ time. It’s not my go to bed time, but it’s the time I like to start thinking about bed … and how I can help myself get to sleep sooner. Here are my five non negotiables when it comes to snooze o’clock.
I love love love a creamy cup of chai with loads of honey on a chilly winters day, but we’re trying to avoid unfermented dairy in our house at the moment, for a few reasons, so nut mylk is where it’s at!
For those new to the wonderful world of fermentation and wanting to give it a go, sauerkraut is definitely the place to start! Sauerkraut is essentially fermented cabbage, which sounds pretty bloody horrible I know, but stick with me while I convert you: kraut is high in dietary fiber (it helps you poop!), vitamins A, C, K and certain B vitamins, is a decent source of iron, copper, manganese, magnesium, sodium and calcium. It’s brimming with beneficial bacteria which makes it amazing for gut health, immunity and clear skin. It helps to reduce cholesterol, improve heart health, strengthen bones and protect against some forms of cancer!
I love nothing more than discovering recipes that are as easy as one, two, three EAT! Life is so hectic at the moment for us; I’m working three nights a week and my hubby is working 6 days; so being organised especially when it comes to dinner time is really important. We’ve been experimenting with different recipes and our mantra is cook once, feed twice! It has halved our cooking time and having leftovers means we have lunch the next day or dinner the following night. One recipe, which I came across and have fallen in love with, is Donna Hay’s No-Peel Roasted Pumpkin Soup Recipe.
My incredible breathing genes have unfortunately been passed down to my beautiful little four year old, who now suffers quite severe bouts of Asthma at very random times. I’ve suffered from Asthma for over 20 years now, and have worked out natural tips to help my body get through times when it hits me suddenly. Sure – these natural remedies don’t completely solve the problem, and I still need to take prescription medication. However, knowing that i’m doing the best I can naturally, alongside taking the medication, helps me sleep soundly at night. Things like black coffee, steam showers, eucalyptus oil, and breathing exercises, like using the Buteyko method, have helped me.
Carob seems to be one of those foods that you either love or hate. I’m a carob lover through and through – the taste reminds me of eating carob covered apricots as a little girl. Rich and sweet, but not sickeningly so. I could eat it all day long, and so could my girls!
Guest post by Ciara
I just love buying fruit and vegetables when they are in season, they taste fantastic – fresh and full of flavour and the price is always great. Last weekend I picked up a whole pumpkin from my local fruit and vegetable market, at 49c a kilo – I couldn’t say no! I had a recipe in mind for dinner that needed about a kilo of pumpkin so I figured I could use the rest in salads, scones or muffins. Pumpkin is so delicious and it lends itself to both savoury and sweet recipes.