Overindulgent kids free time and a green kale, avocado and pineapple smoothie

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Last weekend was a rare and lovely event of nearly 48 hours of me and husband time without the kids. Not that I don’t love spending time with my kids but I find it important for us as a couple to recharge, regroup and just being two people in a relationship rather than just mummy and daddy sometimes. We spent a month looking forward to it which in itself is a treat. ( it’s always good to have things to look forward to ) I’m very lucky to have a sister and brother-in-law who are willing to sacrifice their weekend peace and quiet for us to have some is time.

We decided to not go away for our weekend but to actually be tourists at home in London and we turned into two kids in a candy shop and tried as many restaurants, bars and coffee places that we could possibly try in a weekend. All these places that you can’t go to with a buggy and 2 kids that are unable to sit still for no more than 10 minutes!

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Although the weekend was amazing it wasn’t exactly amazingly healthy. I have a fairly addictive personality to put it mildly, it’s all or nothing, on or off, do or don’t. (Yes I have been betting on most games during the World Cup! ; )
I’m working hard to learn moderation but didn’t succeed this weekend so after a hedonistic 48 hours I’m getting back to my latest favourite, smoothie meals! Sometimes I have one for breakfast, sometimes for lunch and if I don’t have time for a proper sit down meal in the evening I might even squeeze in a smoothie for dinner. I always thought I would go hungry having just a smoothie as a meal but if you do it right then it can be very filling.

Advantages of a smoothie as a meal;
You’re giving your digestive system a well-deserved break, it’s fast and easy and it’s easy to load the smoothie with nutrients.

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Green breakfast smoothie with quinoa and kale

Serves 1

1 cup of kale (roughly 2 medium leaves)
1 cup of coconut water
1 cup of chopped pineapple
1 oz of cooked quinoa
1 tablespoon of wheatgrass
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
1/3 of an avocado

Cook the quinoa. If you’re having the smoothie for breakfast the quinoa can be cooked the day before to save time in the morning. Crush the chia seeds a little bit to get the most omega 3 out of them. Add everything to the blender and blend until smooth. Breakfast is served!

Taking charge of ones health and a wheatgrass green juice!

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Despite all my recent healthy eating I am still feeling rather exhausted. ( and pretty exhausted of saying that I’m exhausted) I have been explaining it away with looking after Z1 & Z2 and not sleeping through the night and…and…but hey I’ve actually been sleeping through the night since July so that excuse doesn’t fly any longer. So I bit the bullet on Friday and went to see my GP. Problem with me is that I don’t like nor trust doctors. Don’t get me wrong I’m sure most of them are doing a great job, I have just been unfortunate enough to meet some that hasn’t and it has left me disillusioned. Therefore I have a strong urge of being in charge of my health. So before going to my doctor on Friday I had googled and googled and googled some more, and I knew exactly what tests I wanted and what I thought might be wrong with me. I obviously didn’t tell him this and it turned out that he sent me to for more or less exactly the tests that I wanted, and some more. We have only been with this GP practice for a short while but man they are good! They listen to you, I mean really listen, they are thorough and they don’t rush. And they never ever make you feel like you are bothering them.

I know people say not to google your symptoms because it will just freak you out. And true, if you for example google or phone for medical advice regarding chest pain chances are that they will send you an ambulance when in fact, what you have might just be a vitamin deficiency or anxiety or a pulled muscle. So when searching the internet for symptoms one has to stay rational, be aware of the worst case scenario but remind oneself that most likely it really won’t be something that bad. For myself I’m suspecting a B12 or iron deficiency. I’ve been pregnant or breastfeeding for the last 2 1/2 years so it sort of make sense. And a lot of the symptoms fits the description. The good thing with doing my own research is that I feel much more in control, I’m not just handing the control over to the doctor hoping that they will do a good job. I can make sure they will do a good job : ) They might be the experts on medicine but I’m the expert when it comes to my own body.

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I recently watched a really interesting program on BBC horizon on what some believe is the future of medicine : self-monitoring. Well worth a watch!

Key pointers when being your own medical detective

Stay calm, focus on all the not so bad things it can be rather than the worst case scenarios.

Use your common sense, internet is a great source of information but there’s a lot of misinformation as well so be wary of what you read.

Don’t just use the internet to self-medicate. Do go and see your doctor as well, two detectives are always better than one!

When speaking to the doctor do keep an open mind, they are after all (supposedly) the experts

If you want to use alternative medicine don’t expect your GP to understand it, there’s most likely no point even mentioning it to them. Same goes for alternative medicine, they are not always keen on the standard pharmaceutical medicines. And here you have to make your own decisions! 95 % of the time I tend go for alternative ways but sometimes one just has to resort to the crap that you get from the pharmacy.

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So anyways have to wait for this results so in the meantime I will use food to get as much energy as I can therefore this will be my daily drink as it can be beneficial for the red blood count due to it containing chlorophyll. ( it’s good for a whole heap of other stuff as well)

Wheatgrass green juice!

2 apples
2 stalks of celery
1 handful of kale
1 handful of spinach
1 piece of ginger to taste. I like a strong ginger taste so use a 2cm cube.
1/2 teaspoon of wheatgrass

Juice all ingredients starting with the ginger. Stir in the wheatgrass in the end. Drink and enjoy your super woman powers!