Leek and Potato Soup

My friends Helen and Wayne have given me some home grown produce this week

even thou it is summer I have put them to good use, a hot soup still hit the spot

I have used both coriander and cumin in this recipe, and thought you would appreciate some information about the

Medicinal uses of cumin   

Cumin has been used therapeutically for thousands of years and it has a number of healing and curative properties that are listed below. Researchers today are now beginning to look at the components of cumin and study the beneficial effects that cumin has on the body.

Although cumin has long been known for its digestive properties, there are also many other ways in which cumin is said to keep the body healthy and heal the unhealthy body.

  • Cumin is a very good source of iron, which is needed to transport oxygen to all the cells within the body.
  • Cumin helps the body to absorb nutrients efficiently.
  • It is said to be a good general tonic and stimulant for the body.
  • It has been used to treat chest and lung disorders such as pneumonia and coughs.
  • Researchers are studying the anti-carcinogenic properties of cumin. It is found to prevent liver and stomach tumours forming in animals.
  • A paste made from cumin seeds and peppermint oil placed on the abdomen is said to relieve abdominal pains and liver disorders.
  • Cumin relieves flatulence, bloating, gas and other related stomach ailments.
  • Cumin is a diuretic.
  • It can relax muscles and prevent muscle cramps.
  • Cumin is said to help mothers produce more milk to feed their newborn babies.
  • Cumin is sometimes used as an antiseptic and also has antibacterial properties.
  • Cumin can reduce nausea and sickness, even during pregnancy.

information about the cumin from Help with Cooking 

Curried Cauliflower Soup recipe by Andrew Weil

This Curry Cauliflower Soup recipe was created by Dr Andrew Weil  Andrew Weil, M.D., is a world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, a healing oriented approach to health care which encompasses the body, mind, and spirit.
As a food coach I am always on the look out for easy fresh tasty meals. Most people are so busy working and rarely have time to prepare healthy real food, try this instead of canned or processed soups it’s delicious and cheap to make

Water is the liquid your body needs

Water is the liquid your body needs, not enough water will cause your energy levels to go up and down, day after day
This is so common in people as they struggle to find a work life balance

The simplest way to get out of pre-diabetic and get good reliable energy out of your body is to drink water! 3.6 million Australians have diabetes

Drink the right amount of water for your body, your body needs 33mls per kilo of body weight
• if you are 100 kilos you would need 3.3 litres
• if you are 60 kilos you need about 2 litres

If you are trying to balance the biochemistry based on your body weight, you wouldn’t say drink between 8 and 10 glasses a day, this may not be right for you.

If you drink too much water you will flush too many vitamins and minerals out of your system, water is only one component that your body needs. So as not to deplete the necessary vitamins like the vitamin B’s know how much water you should be drinking and drink every half hour or so until you reach your daily requirement that you need to remain hydrated and healthy

Red Bull Smoothie all natural

Red Bull Smoothie all natural, delicious and easy to make

If you are looking to ad fiber and energy to your day try my natural red bull smoothie; it is delicious

It is important to know that the whole fresh fruit is much better for you than juicing because you get the benefit from the whole fruit which is the natural fibre, as opposed to just the juice where you throw away the flesh and skin which is loaded with nutritional goodness
For diabetics this is great because you will not get the sugar spike with whole fruit as you do with just the juice, enjoy

Honey Boosts Endurance

I just love Natural Honey and Manuka honey and have personally been using it (manuka) for over 25 years; manuka honey has many great medicinal uses and particularly if you are in training, honey delivers a significant performance boost to athletes during strenuous exercise.

“Numerous studies have singled out carbohydrates as a critical nutrient in endurance exercise,” says principal investigator Richard Kreider of the University of Memphis Exercise and Sport Nutrition Laboratory.

The perfect running fuel, honey’s natural unrefined sugars are easily absorbed by the body. These simple carbohydrates are a great source of energy – in fact, honey was even used by runners in the Olympic Games in ancient Greece as an energy source.

The increased levels of carbohydrate in honey makes it a clinically proven option as a natural and stable energy boost for sports and endurance. The glucose in honey is absorbed by the body quickly and gives an immediate energy boost, whilst the fructose is absorbed more slowly providing sustained energy delivery.

Honey doesn’t need water added to it to be consumed like some conventional sports gels do, plus energy drinks and gels can contain artificial preservatives, colourings and sweeteners.

World Ironman Champion, Guy Leech also recommends natural carbohydrates to improve endurance performance.

Typically, sports such as cycling, marathon running, longer distance triathlon, cross-country skiing and endurance swimming benefit from carbohydrate loading.

Researchers found three to five tablespoons of honey reduced the time to complete a 64 km time trial by more than three minutes and improved cycling power by 6 per cent compared to a placebo. Honey takes around 15 minutes to get to the muscles.

If you use sweetener’s try using honey instead because honey contains sugar but unlike refined sugar, honey contains vitamins and minerals. If you eat too much sugar you tend to gain weight not only because of the calories but due to the lack of vitamins and minerals which are utilized in the body; the nutrients in honey are essential to dissolve fats and cholesterol.

If you find the price of Manuka honey is not in your budget, go get yourself some pure honey from your local hives and give it a try.

Donna Phillips

Food Coach and Fitness Activist


Manuka honey and cinnamon tastes really good

Manuka Honey and Cinnamon for weight loss, to my surprise tastes really good

I tried manuka honey and cinnamon today for the first time to see whether or not I would include it in my daily diet, the answer is yes! I love it, it is easy to drink and all I have to do now is see whether or not it will help reduce my bloating and and assist in losing my stubborn belly fat.

I made it up like this…

  • in a cup put 1 tablespoon of cinnamon powder
  • 1 tablespoon of manuka honey
Put a little room temperature water in and stir, top up with just under boiled water because if you put boiled water straight onto the manuka honey you will destroy the natural enzymes that is vital to making this recipe work; you could also place the cinnamon in the cup pour over the hot water and then add the honey once it has cooled for a few minutes

Cinnamon for weight loss

I am trying this out myself because there are so many different methods to losing weight these days I prefer to recommend something to my clients and friends that actually works, has worked for me or someone I know. It seems like the recommendation of honey and cinnamon is plenty so I have sifted through many articles and scientific research to get to the bottom of it

Research by Scientist Richard Anderson for Agricultural Research Service

“I don’t recommend eating more cinnamon buns, or even more apple pie – there’s too much fat and sugar.” Says Anderson. “The key is to add cinnamon to what you would eat normally.”




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