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.

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Exercise and a yummy guacamole!

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So because my last posts (My MS story part 1 & My MS story part 2) were verrrry long I am going to say very little on this post in order to spare your eyes and my fingers ; )

Im just going to tell you quickly about my goal for this week. I am concentrating on seriously getting back to doing exercise. Why?

“If exercise were a pill, it would be one of the most cost-effective drugs ever invented,” Dr Nick Cavill

I will report to you in the end of the week how it’s been going because if we let someone know we are doing something it’s much easier to stick to it. So I’m letting you know ; )

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Yesterday we had late lunch / early dinner and then we wanted something small to eat for the evening. Because I’m in exercise frame of mind I was inspired by the Super Bowl mania across the pond where apparently they eat an enormous amount of avocado ( an expected 158 million avocados during this years Super Bowl) So I made some yummy guacamole that we ate with some beetroot chips but watched the The Bridge instead!

Yummy guacamole!

Serves 2 as a snack

1 avocado
1 shallot or 1/2 small red onion
1 tomato
1 small clove of garlic
1/2 lime
1/2 red or orange chilli

Mash the avocado in a bowl. Squeeze the lime juice over the mashed avocado. Finely chop the garlic, shallot, tomato, coriander and chilli. Add to the mashed avocado mash and mix it up. That’s it!

Next blog post I’ll tell you about the great beetroot chips that goes with it!

Avocado is a fruit that unfortunately has a bad rep due to it’s high fat content…..But in fact it can help to lower cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of diabetes, prevent cancer…….and and and promote lower body weight! So don’t let the high fat content scare you off.

Fake sushi!

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Second time I’m about to eat this…..maybe not fake sushi but a different, faster to make and slightly healthier sushi. And I’m excited, I truly am. I love sushi, not as much as ice-cream but almost.  There are some problems with sushi though and they are

a) it takes a looooong time to make it. I don’t know how many times I have invited people over for sushi and after hours of slaving over the rice I have to end up saying, enjoy the sushi but ehrm…sorry about the rice. It’s too sticky, too soggy, not enough sticky…. I’m sure the curriculum when you study to become a sushi chef is at least 75% learning how to do rice.

 b) it’s stuffed with white rice.  So what? I hear you say. And yes I agree in principal, I don’t think white rice is the most evil thing lurking in our cupboards. But combined with all other rubbish that we eat it can possibly cause diabetes, weight gain etc. Like someone said the reason why Asians can eat so much rice and still manage to be slim is because apart from rice they mainly just eat really good for you, natural stuff. (True for most Asian food, I went to a Vietnamese restaurant last Saturday and 90%-ish of what was on the menu was healthy stuff. And oh so yummy!!! )

Anyways so a combination of wanting to cut down on white rice and making sushi so easy that it is something that I can throw together in 20-30 min and hence eat on a weekday….every day….forever…made me try this

Sushi with cauliflower rice ( please don’t let the title scare you of, I know it sounds awful but even my husband, the food snob, kept saying yummy, delicious, please make this again )

If you haven’t made sushi before there are a couple of items you need to get

Sushi rolling mat
Nori sheets
Wasabi
Pickled ginger (to be served on the side)

And other ingredients (serves 2)

1 head of cauliflower
1/2 a ripe avocado
1/4 cucumber
1/2 carrot
2 tablespoons of sesame seeds
1 piece of sushi quality salmon or tuna
2 tablespoons of mayonnaise

How I make cauliflower rice for sushi;

Pull of the florets, try not to get too much of the stem. Put in a blender and blend for 15 seconds or until it is rice size pieces. Fry in pan until it seems cooked 1-2 minutes. No need to add oil. Mix 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise with 1/2 teaspoon of wasabi. Mix cooked cauliflower rice with mayonnaise/ wasabi mix. Let it cool. That’s it!!!!! Easy peasy! Then of course you have to make the sushi. Which I’m not going to explain since several other people have done it better than me. Here’s a good link.

Inside you can mix ingredients whichever way you like. Sesame seeds can be sprinkled on top of rice before you start adding other ingredients.

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So what’s so healthy about sushi. Well apart from all the vegetables there’s the Wasabi which has a number of health benefits. It has possible cancer fighting properties. Wasabi contains a chemical called isothiocyanates. These are the same anti-cancer chemicals found in broccoli and cabbage. It has anti-inflammatory properties so possibly helpful for people suffering from arthritis. It also has anti-bacterial properties…Could explain why I never have got food poisoning from eating sushi. But be careful when you buy wasabi though because a lot of products contains only horseradish and mustard. (which are still good for you but it is not real wasabi) I’m buying a good brand and it only contains 10% wasabi so I am considering getting some wasabi from the Wasabi company.

Then there is the Nori sheets which is very rich in protein (up to 50 percent of the plant’s dry weight), and one sheet has as much fiber as a cup of raw spinach and more omega-3 fatty acids than a cup of avocado. Nori contains vitamins C (a potent antioxidant) and B12 (crucial for cognitive function) and the compound taurine, which helps control cholesterol.

Update; I served the sushi to my sister and her (also) food snob husband. And they were happily munching away on the sushi completely forgetting that it was made with anything else than rice!