Turmeric Milk Recipe ~ Liquid Gold!

Turmeric Milk Recipe ~ Liquid Gold!

This beautiful ‘Golden Milk’ is something I have been meaning to try for months now (yes, it really does take me that long to get around to something!). I’m a huge fan of turmeric for it’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant action in the body and I use it a lot in my cooking.. I have also recently rediscovered just how comforting a warm, frothy, milky drink can be, especially on these wintery evenings, and after years of dedication to my beloved herbal teas and infusions (still going strong!) the odd frothy chicory coffee with nut milk has been hitting the spot big time. So this healing delicous-ness of liquid gold was only a matter of time.   Turmeric milk is an old Ayurvedic tradition, used for centuries as a deeply nourishing and healing tonic. Traditionally it would have been made with cows milk, but I prefer to use nut milk, either coconut, almond, or my current favourite; macadamia nut milk. So good.   Turmeric is most widely know for its anti-inflammatory properties due to the compound curcumin. Curcumin works by inhibiting the activation of a certain molecule in the body that plays a major role in ‘turning on’  inflammation. (1) In the short term, acute inflammation is a vital tool of the immune system which is always working to protect us from invasion, but chronic, long term, low level inflammation, caused more often than not by diet and lifestyle, is a driver for most if not ALL chronic illness. So, any foods or rituals you can add into your diet and lifestyle that helps to reduce inflammation, I believe is...
Hunter Gatherer..? Or Raw Vegan..?

Hunter Gatherer..? Or Raw Vegan..?

  Hunter Gatherer..? Or Raw Vegan..?  Both seem so logical and persuasive don’t they? When you hear about a hunter gather, or Paleo diet, it all makes perfect sense, protein, fats, balanced blood sugar, gut healing, yep, sounds wonderful!! And then you hear about raw vegan ism and that makes total sense too, All those nutrients still intact, cleansing and more healing, more glowing people…. Now what the heck to do??? Clearly both diets produce some very healthy people, and many people have healed from every disease imaginable by religiously sticking to one or the other of these diets. The testimonials are at your finger tips, seek and ye shall find! So how do you know which way you are supposed to eat? Here’s what I know to be true: Your body is always doing its absolute best to keep you well. Illness is often the bodies attempt to maintain its critical homeostasis, and it will go to great lengths for your survival. When you find a way of eating and living that suits you, this astonishingly wise and beautiful body of yours will re-balance, and wellness will come. But here’s the thing; how each of us digest, metabolize and utilize food can be very different from one person to the next. We call it bio-individuality. We are as individual in body as we are in mind! What makes one person glow with health and vitality could contribute to another person developing or perpetuating a chronic illness. Yes, really! Some people tolerate carbohydrates very well, while others will develop insulin resistance from the same diet. Some people need more...
Golden Soup + a Magic Potion

Golden Soup + a Magic Potion

So apparently it was the first day of Autumn 3 days ago, is it just me that always thought that Autumn started on 1st of September? I’m a Stiener child, and now a Steiner parent, so I have always thought of myself as being pretty well in tune with the seasons, how could I not know that Autumn starts on the Autumn equinox?? The date when day and night are equal, which this year fell on the 23rd. Shame on me. We were already feeling well and truly Autunmy though, things are turning golden and delightfully crunchy on the way home from school, Ollie collected 30 conkers just yesterday and rosehips won’t stop looking at me and telling me that I DO in fact have time to make syrup. Traditionally Autumn is the time turn inwards, after the harvesting and all joys of summer, to reflect and set intentions for the year ahead. Mine will be about creating balance, setting boundries for myself between work and self care, while putting some much needed attention on the latter. We’ve also had the pleasure of the ol’ change of season snot and sore throat lurgy. And that means soup, of course. A nourishing, immune boosting, bug fighting, warming Golden Soup to be precise. I love the sweetness of the apple and fennel in this soup. Turmeric, ginger and garlic are antimicrobial and very supportive to the immune system and the digestive system. When your unwell, soup is an ideal food because it is easy to digest, and allows your body to conserve as much energy as possible so that your immune...
8 Reasons Why You Need ACV In Your Life!

8 Reasons Why You Need ACV In Your Life!

Have you made apple cider vinegar a staple of your fridge and medicine cabinet yet? If not, I’m here to give you 8 reasons to hold off no longer. A little mix of the most scientifically proven health benefits plus some good old tried and tested favourites. What’s so special about apple cider vinegar? Apple cider vinegar (ACV) does contain some trace minerals, B vitamins, potassium, amino acids, pectin and enzymes, but is actually pretty low in many traditionally valued nutrients such as vitamins and minerals. So why have natural health experts been singing its praises for centuries?? Organic, unpasteurized and unfiltered ACV contains a living, web like substance called ‘the Mother’ which develops during fermentaton from Acetobacter bacteria and is made up of strands of proteins, enzymes and beneficial bacteria. THIS, ‘The Mother’, is what sets ACV apart from regular vinegar, which loses this beneficial substance during filtration. So, always choose organic, raw, unfiltered ACV, the cloudier and murkier the better! Internal health benefits 1) Enhances Digestion and Gut Health Low: Stomach acid is a common but often overlooked cause of digestive symptoms. Apple cider vinegar is increases the acidity of the stomach and stimulates your digestive juices, helping to regulate the pH of the gut, balance bacteria, resolve indigestion, and aid the digestion and absorption of nutrients. It’s very high in acetic acid which can increase the body’s absorption of essential minerals from food even further. 2) Blood Sugar Balance and Weight Loss: Studies have shown that ACV helps to lower blood glucose levels. One possibility is that it slows the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream...
5 Reason to Eat the Beauuutiful Beetroot – Plus a Juice!

5 Reason to Eat the Beauuutiful Beetroot – Plus a Juice!

I love sharing recipes with you guys, and will continue to do so but recently I have been thinking I want to give you even more, to inspire you discover the healing power of food and how you can use food as medicine. So I have created a category called ‘The Farmacy’ where you can find out more about the medicinal properties and health benefits of some of the ingredients I use. As Hipporcrates so eloquently put it “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” Beetroot my seem like an odd one to start with, but I made a juice, and was having such a moment of beetroot wonder and gratitude… so here I am! Beetroot are one of my absolute favourite root veggies, I love the beautiful deep colour, the earthy but sweet taste.. Apart from being delicious, I always love eating something which I know is really nourishing me, and I feel like I get so much from eating beetroot. So today I am here to tell you my top 5 health benefits of beetroot and why we should celebrate this often overlooked vegetable! Oh, and of course to give you a recipe for how you can enjoy beetroot in all its glory 🙂 Top 5 reason to eat those beautiful beetroots. Nourishing Beetroots are powerhouses of nutrition. Rich in immune boosting vitamin C and B vitamins as well as folic acid which is essential for normal tissue growth and development and lowers the risk of birth defects. Beetroot is bursting with alkalising minerals like potassium, magnesium, manganese, iron and sodium (plant source sodium...