All posts tagged: immunity

Thriving through Winter -Part 2

It’s no secret, our bodies need to be well hydrated. After all they are made up of almost 65% of water. But there seems to be a misconception that we become more dehydrated in summer, more than winter, but it can actually be quite the opposite. In winter we are living more inside out homes/workspaces with artificial air and heating on. When we do go outside, we are dealing with extreme elements like cold blasts of wind and rain. All these things impact out hydration and our skin too. If you are like me in winter, the thought of drinking water, particular cold water just doesn’t appeal. So I drink a lot of warmed water with the added nutritional benefits of fresh slices of lemon and ginger. Sometimes with a little honey! *Interestingly, most of the Vit C in citrus are actually in the skin, not the flesh or juice, so have these slices of lemon in your warm water will extract the healing benefits of these essential oils. I have bottles of herbal teas, …

Lemon Persian Lamb- Slow Cooked

There is nothing like coming home to lamb shanks in the slow cooker. This dish only took 10minutes to prep in the morning ( or the night before ????) and switch on low???????? It is also loaded with Vegetables, herbs and spices! Slow cookers are the best kitchen appliance to have when life gets a little busy! Here is what I do, to be more time effective with eating well in a busy life; I meal plan I choose meals that are time appropriate each day, according to what time we walk in the door of an evening. I prep as much as I can- this often means either prepping on a weekend, or the night before. I don’t let the prep and planning become time consuming- 10-30 minutes max. I keep it simple during the week and especially in really busy times. I use my slow cooker a lot!!                                                     …

Letting go of the guilt!

The last few days I have been feeling quite unwell. Nothing too major, just the winter lurgy and a little sinus infection.  It’s been a busy year so far, juggling 2 business’s, family and domestic life and a small, but worth it social life! Although I am very good now at setting boundaries, acknowledging my limitations and prioritising me and my body…. well lets just say, I’ve let the ball drop a little over the last few weeks. I have been still eating ‘quite’ well ( ok, a  few take away meals may have snuck in?).  A few extra glasses of vino have definitely been sneaking in ( I have a liver condition and alcohol does not agree with me!) but the one thing I have noticed mostly, is I have dropped my morning routine. Now my morning routine is about ‘me time’, I rehydrate, do some exercise ( mainly yoga, but also a session or two of HHIT on occasion) and meditation. This sets up my day for great energy, clarity and focus. But …

7 Tips to Prevent Colds and Flus this Winter.

It’s that time of year in Oz, when the weather changes, the leaves on the trees are turning a beautiful array of autumn colours. It also means the onset of rainy, cold, dark, dreary days and nights ahead, along with the dreaded colds and flu season. But what if I said to you, these simple tips below will help you build up your immune system, to help fight off the dreaded lurgy? Even if you do get a cold, if you’ve built up your immune system to be strong, it will mean your cold won’t be as severe and your recovery, much quicker. Plenty of Sleep- A lack of sleep means our bodies can’t function correctly. Did you know that when we sleep, it’s when our bodies go into rest, digest and repair mode. It’s when our bodies organs and systems do all their repair work, so we can operate optimally, so without a good nights rest, we lack energy, make poor food choices, use caffeine to get us through the day, our bodies don’t get …