FOOD: FIGHTING ARTHIRITIS WITH DIET

Arthritis can hit you at any age. but as you get older or menopausal it is more common than you think. Many of us suffer from stiff joints. I was diagnosed with Osteoarthiritis in my spine about 10 years ago in my early forties. At the time I was walking with two sticks and having regular steroid injections in my spine under anaesthetic. My prognosis was ” you will not get any better but we cannot say how fast it will deteriorate” when it spread to my fingers, elbows and toes, I sprang into action.

Today I play tennis, do yoga have a full and active life and no longer use sticks and definitely no more steroids. Even my consultant has noted down full details of how I fought arthritis and won.

So today I am going to share with you my anti inflammatory diet.Passed to me by a friend in Hollywood.The town of all things healthy. This changed my life and I notice an immediate improvement if you stick to it for 3 days per month only. As I have been busy for the last few months I have omitted for the first time in having my anti inflammatory diet days and my joints have noticeably started to stiffen again.

It consists of a smoothie, hot drink and a soup. You can have as much as you want . I have JUST this. But if you need some solid food stick to fish and vegetables. NO red meat, sugar,carbs, eggs or chicken. No dairy, (cheese is difficult to give up for me ) and absolutely NO COFFEE!! Keep it fairly simple so your body does not have to work too hard.

Smoothie

1 Lime , cranberries, blueberries,cucumber,spoonful of avocado,a few walnuts, teaspoon of spirulina(alkaline).

Whizz up in your blender with lots of ice ( it always tastes better chilled).

Have every morning on an empty stomach.

Hot Drink

Make enough in one go to drink throughout the day so you can let it steep.

Boil in a big pan. 8 lemons, 8 tablespoons of dried parsley,3 tablespoons celery seed,1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder,1/4 grated ginger root. 10 cups of water.

Once billed just leave it to steep. Sieve the tea.Then once cooled leave in a jug in the refrigerator. Heat up and drink throughout the day or have chilled in the Summer months.

Soup

Make a big pot for you to have throughout the day.

2 cups of root vegetables, parsnips, carrots,swede. 2 cups of sweet potato, 2 cups of greens (preferably kale), 1 red onion, 5 celery stalks, a cup of mixed mushrooms, garlic and fresh coriander.

Boil then simmer for an hour. Blend to a puree add more water to achieve a consistency you prefer. This soup does not look pretty but it is actually delicious. When my friends visit and I am on my anti inflammatory days they always love a bowl of this, in fact I am sure they pop around on purpose !!!

Treat yourself gently during these 3 days lots of Epsom salts baths or book a professional lymphatic massage.

I hope this works for you in easing the inflammation like it works for me, but you lose nothing by trying…..except perhaps some excess weight and the sugar ring around your waist.

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: IF YOU SUFFER FROM INFLAMMATION GIVE THE BODY TIME TO REST I TRY TO ONLY EAT IN A 4 HOUR WINDOW BETWEEN 1-5PM. THIS GIVES YOUR BODY TIME TO HEAL AND CALM. YOU WOULD BE INFLAMED IF YOU WORKED CONSTANTLY TOO !!

HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY OR 3 DAYS SHOULD I SAY

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXXX

FOOD: SOUPS TO FIGHT CORONAVIRUS

Its all about the garlic !

As many of you may still be self isolating and awaiting your vaccines or maybe you are anxious about having the vaccine. So give yourself the best chance by boosting your immunity, I am going to introduce you to three nutritional powerhouse soups. All can be made very quickly , and all can be made from frozen and store cupboard ingredients. The reason I chose these soups………

  • You may be on your own so very little prep required (no chopping and peeling)
  • When you are feeling poorly you sometimes only want soup
  • All the ingredients are good for the immune system and detoxifying the body
  • You can make one big pot for when you feel like a littel throughout the day
  • Soft food so good for sore throats

Many people are stockpiling tinned soups these contain high levels of salt and sugar which can cause inflammation. Important to cut down on sugars and dairy when you have flu symptoms as they can excacerbate mucus in the membranes and inflammation. You need plenty of protein to fight the infection. avoid acidic foods eg tomatoes if you are vomiting .

Ingredients to Stockpile

Your shopping list for all 3 soups:

FROZEN SECTION

BAGS OF: CHOPPED ONIONS/LEAF SPINACH/BUTTERNUT SQUASH/BROAD BEANS/CHICKEN BREASTS

STORE CUPBOARD

JAR OF FRESH GRATED GINGER/CHICKEN STOCK CUBES/TURMERIC POWDER/GHEE/ FRESH GARLIC BULBS(LAST UP TO 6 MONTHS)

ROAST GARLIC SOUP

Serves 3/4

4 whole garlic bulbs

cup of onions

Ghee

Chicken stock

  • Slice across top of each bulb, no need to peel . Drizzle with olive oil. Cover with foil and roast for 40 mins in oven 190 degrees.
  • Melt a tablespoon of ghee and saute the chopped onion
  • Pour in 850ml of chicken stock
  • When garlic nice and soft allow to cool a little then squeeze the garlic out of each bulb into the soup.
  • Add 4 blocks of leaf spinach (optional)
  • Add seasoning ( like WHITE pepper in this one)
  • Blend until smooth

NUTRITIONAL NOTE: I would use onions and garlic as much as possible they are nutritional power houses that fight inflammation. Garlic is good at detoxifying the body is anti bacterial/antibiotic as they contain a chemical called Allicin. It is better to roast the garlic than chop as if you don’t chop/blend finely enough and a piece gets lodged in your intestines you can get garlic poisoning and it is very unpleasant take it from me. I use ghee (clarified butter) as it is tastier than butter but also has the milk part taken out so no lactose.

CHICKEN AND BROAD (FAVA)BEAN SOUP

Serves 3/4

2 cups of frozen broad beans

1 cup of onions

ghee

1 chicken breast

chicken stock

  • Wrap chicken in foil with a little water and seasoning place in oven 180 degrees for 40 minutes. this way it keeps it nice and moist.
  • Saute onions in ghee
  • Add broad beans and saute for a few minutes
  • Add chicken stock and boil for 15 minutes
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Once chicken cooked ( ensure it is cooked thoroughly) flake it into the soup
  • Grind black peppercorns over the top.

NUTRITIONAL NOTES: Broad beans are LOADED with vitamins,minerals,fibre and protein. Impressive health benefits such as improved motor function and immunity. Chicken of course is great for protein and makes this soup more substantial. However if you need a real quick fix just omit the chicken . The Fava soup is great just how it is. Tastes amazing. I have it at least once a week.

BUTTERNUT SQUASH,TURMERIC AND GINGER SOUP

SERVES 3/4

2 Cups of butternut squash

1 tablespoon of ginger

2 teaspoons of turmeric powder

Chicken/veg stock

Add some onions and garlic too if you like and seeds if you want some crunch.

  • Just throw everything in a pot and boil for 15 minutes
  • Blend . Season. That simple.

NUTRITIONAL NOTES: Turmeric is anti inflammatory. Butternut Squash is good for ACE vitamins and B vitamins, calcium ( great if you have cut back on the dairy), magnesium and zinc. It supports the natural function of the immune system.

IF YOU PREFER YOUR SOUPS THICKER/THINNER JUST ADJUST THE STOCK ACCORDINGLY.

JOJS STYLELIST TIP: THESE SOUPS ARE SO GOOD FOR YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM DONT WAIT UNTIL YOU ARE ILL START BUILDING THEM INTO YOUR DIET TODAY. I REGULARLY BUILD THESE SOUPS INTO MY DIET AND I HAVE NOT HAD A COLD/FLU FOR 10 YEARS……..JUST SAYING.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXXXX