Why I Eat Eggs with Oranges

Why I Eat Eggs with Oranges

Since I was in my late teens I have suffered with various stomach issues labelled as IBS or similar to the point where a bleeding gut led me to the hospital for an endoscopy. It is probably the single most unpleasant experience I have ever had. 

At this point I realised that I needed to take control, I needed to change my eating habits, I needed to get smart on what I can eat, what I should eat and what would give me the boosts I need when I am a little below par.

MY reading and research has been extensive and has come from a myriad of sources from Kris Carr, to The China Study, to Alicia Silverstone and many many others, I actively seek out nutrition advice and try to tailor what I find to my own personal health.

One of the things I learned from a book called Gut Instinct by Dr Pierre Pallardy  is that Citrus Fruit Can Aid the Absorption of Iron.  Now as a woman this is helpful to know, during my time of the month and when my gut is particularly bad I can feel drained, and tired. I have never found that iron supplements worked, they make me constipated which makes me even more lethargic so the best way for me to tackle this feeling is to up my iron content.

This morning for example I had fried eggs on toast with freshly cut orange

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For my lunch I have found adding spinach or watercress can boost my feeling of well being no end plus it tastes absolutely gorgeous if you jazz the salad up with some roasted veggies. If you add bright jewel coloured veggies they have been know to boost your mood…worth a try isn’t it?

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So next time you are under the weather or feel you are missing out on something you need rather than reaching for a pill bottle have a look at the mix of foods you are putting on your plate, you might just surprise yourself at the amazing combinations you can come up with.

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Water…How Much is Enough?

How Much Water Is Enough?

I don’t know about you but I drink a lot of liquids throughout my day, from a morning glass of water, coffee, fizzy drinks and alcohol I am pretty much sloshing by bed time. But how much water is enough?

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I used to think as long as I drank a couple of glasses of plain water every day I was doing my bit to stay healthy but I have recently adjusted this belief. You see I started a new job and I work in an air conditioned space with hundreds of other people, I found if I wasn’t drinking at least a litre and a half to two litres of water a day I became sluggish and ended up with a horrendous headache.

Now this sounds like a lot of liquid to consume but what I have discovered is this

  • My skin is better, clearer and firmer
  • My eyes are brighter
  • I am alert and awake all day
  • I have lost a lot of weight without even trying.

One of the good practices I have adopted is keeping a glass of water by my bed. I drink it as soon as I wake up before doing anything else, it is amazing how quickly I become more alert. Try it, it works believe me.

You see the first few are great benefits but the weight loss is the most amazing. What I have discovered is that when I am not working and I think I am hungry 9 times out of 10 I am actually thirsty. This works at work too, I spend vast amounts of time, I work a 10 hour shift, sitting on my bum talking to customers. I have had little time or energy to exercise and so thought I would gain weight but nope I have lost weight.

The other thing I have found is if I substitute my bad habit of full fat coke, with fizzy water, I satisfy a craving and no longer need the caffeine, sugar laden, additive packed bottle of supposed refreshing energy. This has made a massive difference to the peaks and troughs in my energy levels.

So how much water is enough….I would say at least a litre and a half of plain water and then if you fancy a coffee, tea or fizzy pop you can enjoy them without worrying about cellulite, weight gain or bad skin.

How much water do you drink in a day? I know a litre and a half sounds a lot but just have a glass of water whenever you are in the kitchen, or keep a full glass by your side as you work, you will be amazed how easy it is to drink enough and feel better.

Chilli Sponge Cake With Chilli Chocolate Topping

So my baby boy is 13 today and his request for a Birthday cake is Chilli Chocolate cake. I decided this year to make a slight twist on the usual chocolate sponge with chocolate fondant icing. and here it is…

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Ingredients

175g caster sugar

175g vegan marg

175g self raising flour

3 eggs

tsp vanilla essence

1 fresh red chilli, a largish sweet chilli works best

chilli chocolate flakes

First put oven at 180 degrees.

Line the base of a round cake in with greaseproof paper and grease the walls of tin with vegan marge.

In pestle and mortar grind up half a red chilli and seeds, you need to make it into a paste so take out all your aggression on it, so it looks like this Image

Cream caster sugar and vegan marg until lighter in colour and fluffy in texture. Add the chilli paste.

Slowly add 3 beaten eggs and 1 tsp of vanilla essence. Slowly spoon in the flour and mix/fold until all mixed beautifully then place in the cake tin. Image

Put in the oven for 25/30 mins test cake by placing a skewer or knife in the centre of the cake if it comes out clean the cake is cooked.

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Finally when the cake is cooked melt the chilli chocolate flakes and spread over the cake. If you like the cake spicier add more chilli to the cake mix.

The marbling effect on the cake happens when the chocolate dries and hardens. A perfect older child or adult Birthday cake