Getting rid of the small clouds before they take up your entire sky

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I have been an expert in not dealing with the small clouds for a long long time. You know, stuffing unopened letters at the bottom of the drawer because I know I’m not going to like the content….

Leaving difficult conversation until they are no longer difficult, they have become as easy to do as climbing Mount Everest with your hands tied up or as easy as counting your own hair!….

Ignoring the hard decisions until it feels like whatever you do it’s going to be the wrong decision….

Not going to the doctor because you don’t really want to know what’s wrong with you until this little cold that you have, has become in your head a couple of serious illnesses combined…..

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Why do I do it, why do people do this? Because many of us are ostriches that really hope that the difficult stuff will go away if we just ignore it. I learnt that it won’t, it just gets bigger and bigger and bigger the longer we wait. And we waste an awful lot of energy in the process of waiting that could be spent on much better things.

From now on I will try my best to deal with the small clouds as soon as they form on my sky in order to have less dark clouds hanging over me. I like the thought….

Have a great weekend everyone

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Too hooked and a salad Niçoise

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Sometimes I get a little bit too hooked on health food. I mean I do always tend to want to eat healthy, nutritious food rather than processed rubbish. But sometimes I get too concerned that it has to be 100% healthy and forget that if there’s an element of a dish that I’m not too happy about that I might overlook some divine dishes that are at the same time super nutritious.

For example I love Salad Niçoise but yes potatoes are starchy ( but a very good source of vitamin B6 and a good source of potassium, copper and vitamin C and more) and yes there’s mercury in tuna ( but a great source of omega 3 and selenium and more) I wouldn’t eat potatoes or tuna every day but it’s a much healthier treat than most other treats. And keeps me away from, again processed rubbish ( anyone gets the sense that I firmly hate processed food)

I tend to use tinned tuna for this dish and tinned food is not good due to it containing BPA but since I have cut out almost all tinned food every now and again my body can most likely deal with it.

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Some of the many good benefits of salad Niçoise;

Olives; anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits that helps the cardiovascular system, respiratory system, nervous system, musculoskeletal system, immune system, inflammatory system and digestive system…..so more or less all of the body. Very good indeed.

Watercress, a superfood indeed. Vitamin K and Vitamin A which has health benefits for the skin and the eyes. Also contains glucosinolate compounds which have shown to have anti-cancer effects.

Green beans ; great source of folate, fibre and vitamin K

Eggs, high in protein and a whole range of vitamins and minerals. The best source of Choline which is being used to build cell membranes.

Salad Niçoise
Serves 2

120 grams of spinach, rocket and watercress
120 grams of green beans
20 black olives
1 can of tuna
10-15 anchovy fillets (we get ours from the counter in any Italian delicatessen)
6-7 new potatoes
3 eggs
1 shallot
Some extra virgin olive oil
Salt and black pepper to taste

Wash and boil the potatoes with skin on until tender ( about 10 min) . Boil the eggs for 10 min as well. Chop off the ends of the green beans and steam for 7 min. Wash the salad and add to a large bowl. Then add the tuna, anchovies and olives. Finely chop the shallot and add to the bowl. When the potatoes are cooked, half or quarter them depending on size. Add the potatoes, cooked green beans, the olive oil and some salt and black pepper and mix it up. Peel the eggs, half them and add them last to the salad on top.

When choosing Tuna you want to choose a smaller Tuna such as skipjack or tongol and stay away from larger tuna such as albacore or yellowfin since the larger tunas contains significant more levels of mercury. You also want to look for pole and line caught tuna since it’s the sustainable way of fishing tuna. No other marine life is harmed in the process.
I was happy to learn that Sainbury’s own brand tuna is skipjack and is pole and line caught. Another great option is Fish4ever.

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Busy bee and a turmeric, ginger and spirulina health insurance shot

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Sorry for having been so quiet lately. My life had suddenly got very busy…..in a good way. I’m feeling quite exited indeed. So some things that are happening;

I’m sorting out the blog, not changing it massively but it has lately felt too restricted which means I lost a bit of my spark so I’m making some small changes to make me exited again. I do think this is how we should always deal with things in life. If something has lost its spark we need to look at what we need to change to make it inspiring again…or move on. Don’t stay stuck in something spark-less!

I have also have started to seriously go for my dream of running a marathon, yes I have runners knees, yes I have a crappy, way too tight IT band and yes I have MS. Why should that stop me from running a marathon? I see absolutely no reason. So I have got new running shoes, new insoles and a personal trainer who is helping me to build strength in the right places. I’m also hopefully going to go and see my favourite physio. I’m icing my muscles and am using the foam roller to ease my ITband muscles. And if that doesn’t work then well I’ll try something else. Maybe I will become a barefoot runner…..

Adding to that I’m doing something that I have been wanting to do more of for a loong time…..dancing. Did jazzdance on Monday and Flamenco yesterday…..Flamenco was amazing, such passion and beauty. And the jazzdance was cool. I seriously kicked ass!! We’ll at least in my head which is all that matters ; )

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One part of sorting out my knees is to reduce inflammation in my body which is not only good for my knees but also for my Multiple Sclerosis and my health in general.
Chronic low-level inflammation has been linked to many western diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

If you want to read more about why reducing inflammation is very very very important here are some articles to read;

Mindbodygreen
Sciencedirect
Mercola

To reduce inflammation in my body things that I want to include in my diet on a daily basis are Turmeric, Ginger and Spirulina. I try to add turmeric and ginger in my cooking as often as possible but I don’t use it every day so I decided to make a little shot of these ingredients and drink it daily. It’s my health insurance for much less than £1 per day! I use capsules of turmeric which has a higher percentage of curcumin (the beneficial component of turmeric) than the spice from your regular shop.

I was fairly sure that I had to write a post about how sometimes we have to ingest things not because we like them but for the incredible health benefits…… But to my surprise I found that there is a way that actually makes it taste…..not-quite-Saturday-treat-ish but really really ok..

Turmeric, ginger and Spirulina health shot

1 capsule of Turmeric ( I use Terra Nova )
1 teaspoon of Spirulina ( I use Creative Nature’s Spirulina Powder (Hawaiian)
Freshly grated ginger (2cm cube)
5 tablespoons of coconut milk
A pinch of freshly ground black pepper ( enhances the health benefits of turmeric )

Open up the capsule and add to the coconut milk, add the spirulina, the freshly grated ginger and some black pepper.
Stir and enjoy! Or neck it down if it still doesn’t suit your taste : )

Ginger is very good at relieving motion sickness and nausea in general, it’s a digestive aid, anti-inflammatory, it fights cancer and is good at dealing with colds and flu

Turmeric is a very potent anti-inflammatory, wards off dementia, fights cancer and inflammatory diseases such as multiple sclerosis.

Spirulina is high in protein, helps allergies, removes toxins from your blood, reinforces your immune system, is anti-inflammatory, helps you control high blood pressure and cholesterol, is a great source of various nutrients such as B12 and helps protect you from cancer.