Fasting. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea. (You’re allowed tea when you fast. As long as you don’t add milk or sugar. Fun times.) But it is a thing. A thing people are doing.
It all started with a Horizon documentary about the benefits of going 5:2. I haven’t seen it yet because my attention span for documentaries is embarrassingly short. I quite enjoy them once I get going but I avoid getting going in the first place. But I’m told fasting provides such health benefits as a longer life, a healthier heart, lower cholesterol. While you give your organs a break from digestion, they can get on with other things, such as warding off cancer and other pests. Apparently. Continue reading
In which I make some Gooseberry Cordial. While getting sloshed.
Ok, so city folk have got their transport connections and 24 hour access to ice cream, but I’ve got a gooseberry bush, so there.
This time last year, my mother-in-law came in from my garden with a bowl full of gooseberries and informed me I was the, less proud, more unaware, owner of a gooseberry bush. I didn’t take much interest. What the goose are gooseberries good for? It’s not like they were strawberries or something I actually bought from shops. So I generously invited my mother-in-law to take them home with her, for she was far less likely to put them in a corner and leave them until they started to ferment. Continue reading
Instagram, Facebook, bloody blogs like this – we’re a nation of editors now, aren’t we? The filters, the dreamy yet meticulously edited versions of our lives that we put online. I’m not suggesting I don’t do this myself, of course I do. This blog is a carefully filtered selection of my weekly exploits. I don’t share the crap, I don’t share the challenges, tears and tantrums. Just the funny stuff – and the pretty pictures. Continue reading
In my continued quest to rid the world of sugar, I’d like to share with you a granola recipe that I’ve fallen in love with. Because in quitting sugar, I find breakfast to be the most challenging of meals to get right. ALL shop bought cereals (even the healthy ones) are laden with sugar or some derivative. Bread? Got sugar. Fruit? Got sugar. Continue reading
In which I trial a healthy alternative pancake shaped thing.
I realise I’m writing a Pro Pancake Day blog a few weeks after writing an Anti Valentine’s Day blog. There is no consistency to my belief system. I don’t like the forced consumerism of Valentine’s Day but I do love pancakes. Continue reading
Okay, this week I am not so much writing a post for my blog as telling you to go visit another blog.
But do come back. I like you. I need you. You make me feel wanted.
Sugar. It’s the new tobacco. This year began with a new media bandwagon: suddenly sugar was the enemy. And not just white sugar in your tea and the obviously bad simple sugars in your chocolate bars and cakes, but the sugar in your mangoes and bananas, the sugar in your bread. It’s hiding. It’s hiding in food you thought was healthy and you’re eating it and it’s making you fat, tired and hungry for more sugar. It’s giving you wrinkles, causing diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Continue reading