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January clean up

Happy, healthy, balanced New Year to you!

After all that indulgent, caution to the wind eating and drinking it is time for a seasonal clean up for us.

There are so many bugs including the dreaded super flu going around , we need to boost our immunity, sleep better as well as lifting ourselves from the dark moods that can engulf people with the reduced sunlight and storms that leave us indoors for days on end.

So, braving the rain, wind and puddles I went shopping and stood wearing my private halo at the check out…

halo shopping
Halo shopping – veg are in the fridge 😉


There is nothing worse though, when embarking on any kind of regime than the feeling of deprivation. I for one kick back badly at being told I “can’t” anything!

Healthy food must be tasty, filling, look good and do good.

We need multi-tasking dishes of the finest order.

Another thing, how about making your meals pretty?

tom salad

I collect bowls and plates, it’s a bit of a thing, started at Jurby Junk on the Isle of Man when I lived there , a wonderworld, tables piled on tables and all piled with other people’s junk, somebody else’s treasure! I have never lost that love of bowls and cups, big or tiny with patterns inside as well as outside, huge jewel coloured bowls to pile with leaves and wide rustic plates to place lots of different tasting, textured and coloured morsels onto. Ideal if the food colours are slightly monotinous or dull but, when the food is bright and varied, let it tell it’s own story on plain white, as above.

Here is a recipe for you plus an alternative to show how easy it is to switch the flavours up…

Stir fry 1

I chopped …
1 onion
1 yellow pepper
1 handful runner beans
1/2 inch ginger and turmeric

I steamed the beans whilst I stir fried everything else (onions for a few minutes first) for ten mins.
Added the beans to the stir fry with …

 1 handful spinach ripped
Leaves torn from 6 leaves of purple Kale and ripped

Splashed with some Braggs (you could use soy sauce) and a few grinds pepper and tipped into a bowl.

I threw on top a palm full of Goji berries and lots of spiced pumpkin, chia and sunflower seeds.

SO good!

Jan stir fry

Stir fry 2 using similar basic ingredients …

I chopped …
1 onion
1 red pepper
1 handful runner beans
1 carrot into small sticks
3 largish mushrooms quartered
1/2 inch ginger
1 clove garlic, crushed

I steamed the beans whilst I stir fried everything else (onions for a few minutes first) for ten mins.
Added the beans to the stir fry with …

1 handful spinach
Leaves torn from 6 leaves of purple Kale

I sprinkled with …

1/2 teaspoon five spice powder
Juice of 1/2 lime
2 teaspoons maple syrup
2 teaspoons soya sauce

Stirred it all until all the leaves were wilted and served sprinkled liberally with lots of spiced pumpkin, chia and sunflower seeds.

Don’t think diet, don’t think deprivation think delicious, nourishing, light and bright. If you are used to drinking alcohol or hitting the chocolate bikkies slouched in front of the TV most nights think of indulging yourself in the evening instead, try doing something you don’t do when you drink – like make something, go out swimming or for a dark walk (watch those puddles – actually wear wellies and enjoy those puddles!), start a new hobby, read a new book, start learning something, do self massage, have long, early bubble baths and snuggle into bed early.

Find a turn around for yourself, turn what may feel negative (only because of habit and because you are saying no) into something positive and fun or indulgent.

Here is to a year of finding our best, happiest and healthiest selves.

Desri XX

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