Becoming Healthy Chicken Soup


I have been a vegetarian for a long time now however my family are a long way off being veggie.  So whenever themselves are unwell, as the case has been over the past week, then we get to brewing up a big pot of chicken soup.  Chicken soup has long been a ‘kitchen cure’ for colds and flu, even the scientists have proved that it does have benefits, and it is quick and easy comfort food when you are feeling under the weather.


Homemade soup and bread for lunch.

Hot fluids in general are great for helping clear all those ‘blockages’ in the sinuses and re-hydrating you.  If you pop in a whole heap of other kitchen cures you will have a great healing meal.  Thyme for coughs, Sage for sore throats, garlic for its antibacterial properties, ginger for its anti-inflammatory  properties (and loads more beside) and a whole heap of vegetables along with chicken on the bone makes an awesome meal to help the healing along.  If nothing else though soup is incredibly comforting when you are feeling yuck.

Lots of families have their tried and true recipes however if you don’t here is one to start you off.  After that experiment and enjoy!!

Becoming Healthy Chicken Soup

  • Chicken on the bone (I use 2 chicken breasts with the skin on)
  • Garlic (the more you can sneak in the better)
  • 1 large onion
  • Dried thyme
  • Dried sage leaves
  • Ginger (fresh is better however ground is fine)
  • Vegetables of your choice – chopped or diced depending on your preference.

-Chop the garlic and onion finely.  Fry off little with some olive oil in a large pot.

-Add in the chicken and brown a little.

-Add in the vegetables for a quick fry then add in the herbs, stirring to ensure they don’t stick to the bottom.

-Cover with water and gently boil until the vegetables are soft and the chicken cooked through and is beginning to come away from the bone if knocked.

-Take the chicken out of the pot and get all the meat off, including the skin, then chop and return the meat only to the pot.

-Allow to sit for a bit before serving.


Hope this finds you all healthy, happy and enjoying your home comforts




Yay for the real foodies out there!


Thank goodness there are ‘real’ foodies out there who are creative and innovative in the kitchen! Otherwise honestly what would I have to blog about 🙂  My forte, I feel,  is in adaptations of recipes and in passing along good ideas so this week I intend to do just that.  This is a substitute for tomato paste/sauce which contains no deadly nightshades and which the awesome Hungry Cub blog has brought to my attention.


Simmering the carrots and beetroot.

I ventured to make this up today ready for tea tonight (still deciding between pasta, nachos or pizza ….. so definitely in an easy dinner mood) and found it very easy to make. Mine did turn out quite sweet though even with the apple cider vinegar added in so I did add a bit of Worcestershire Sauce and tamarind puree to give it more of a tomato paste taste.  Seems my thinking was not entirely new however as I found a similar ‘Nomato Sauce’ recipe over on ‘Enjoying this Journey’.

Anyway here is the recipe with adaptations that I made and if you wish to see the two original recipes then please hit the links above 🙂

Nightshade Free Sauce (makes 750ml)

1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 brown onion, roughly diced
3 garlic cloves, roughly diced
2 cups peeled & cubed beetroot (1 large or 2 medium)
2 cups peeled & cubed carrot (approx 2 carrots)
Dried herbs – basil and thyme
1 cup veg stock  (sadly I just use some veg bouillon and then add water)
a few good grinds of salt
2 Tbsp Tamarind puree and some Worcestershire sauce if desired.
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
8 pitted black kalamata olives

  • Cook the onion and garlic in the oil until they are translucent and softened.
  • Add beetroot and carrot and cook for 5 mins before adding the herbs and stock.
  • Cover and simmer until the veggies are soft – around 30 mins. You may need to add a bit more water for cooking (which I did) which will effect how much sauce you end up with.
  • Remove from heat and cool before blending smooth.
  • Add the AVC, olives, tamarind paste and some Worcestershire sauce to taste and blend again.
  • Transfer into a container.  Hungry cub says to use within the week or freeze 🙂

Hope this finds you enjoying life and the food in it.




Apple Cider Vinegar Uses


Recently a video came up on Facebook while I was in the midst of procrastination and being the dutiful procrastinator that I can be I watched it of course 🙂  It was all about Apple Cider Vinegar and 16 uses for it.

Turns out it was a really great video.  It was full of good quick tips about using Apple Cider Vinegar along with information about ACV as well as offering me something to blog about – seems my procrastinating was really working in an alternative way after all!.  It also fits nicely with my upcoming blog about the Apple Cider Vinegar I have on the brew at the moment.


My first attempt at Apple Cider Vinegar!  So excited 🙂

The link for the website and  video is here however if you are like me and prefer to have something written down I thought I would outline the 16 uses of Apple Cider Vinegar below.  Do watch the video though if there is one point in particular you think you’d like to try as I may have left out a bit of information you need.

16 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

  1. Banish Break outs: Use ACV at an antibacterial toner
  2. Soothe a sore throat: Gargle ACV with warm water (this one works and is one himself uses all the time)
  3. Get rid of Dandruff: Make a mix of 1 part ACV to 3 parts water and spray onto hair.  Leave for an hour and then rinse off.
  4. Remove a wart: Soak a cotton ball in ACV and tape onto your wart/verruca and leave overnight. Repeat for a few nights and the wart/verruca will go.
  5. Deodorant: Kills the odour causing bacteria
  6. Clear a Sinus infection: Mix 1/4 C unfiltered ACV, 1/4 water, 1 Tb honey, 1 tsp cayenne and a the juice from a wedge of lemon.
  7. Whiten your teeth: 2 parts ACV to 1 part Baking Soda then rinse thoroughly with water as highly acidic. NB: Use caution with this one due to the high acidity
  8. Heal a sunburn: Apply with wash-cloth to the area.
  9. Clean make up brushes: 1 cup water mixed with 1 tsp ACV and pop brushes in.
  10. Soothe Eczema and psoriasis: Add some ACV to bath water.
  11. Prevent ingrown hairs: rub on the area with a cotton bud
  12. Detoxify your skin: Mix ACV with bentonite clay and use as a mask
  13. Get rid of stinky feet: Soak feet in a mixture of 1 part ACV to 4 parts water. This can be used to clear up athlete’s feet too.
  14. Boost your energy: ACV is rich in vitamins and minerals to making a drink of it with water is great for your system.  1 tb ACV to a mug of hot water with honey to taste or 1 tsp to a glass of cold water.
  15. Improve digestion: Create a salad dressing using 1/4 C ACV, 1/4 tsp pepper, 2Tb water, 1 tsp salt, juice from a lemon and 1/4 C olive oil
  16. Support Weight Loss: Pop some ACV into your water in the morning and throughout the day.

Hope this finds you marvelling in the wonders of ACV as I did 🙂



Emotions and Pain


As you probably have already gathered I’m a bit believer in emotions (particularly unreleased emotions) being the root cause of ailments and dis-ease we experience in life.  I have found this to be particularly true for myself and also for my family along with many of my clients.  This article by Christiane Northrup came into my vision and I thought I would share, especially after my post the other day.

In this article Dr Christiane Northrup gives 12 ways to release fear and anger to heal the pain of arthritis.  There are lots of practical ideas and food for thought in here.  If you want to read the full article (I have just cut and paste a portion of the article) on Dr Christiane Northrup’s website.

What Really Causes Arthritis

By Dr Christiane Northrup.

While the many forms of arthritis have very different causes, risk factors and effects on the body, they all share a common symptom—persistent joint pain.

Pain of any kind has emotional roots.  In fact, studies show that emotional factors are crucial to the development of R.A. The emotions associated with arthritis are usually unexpressed anger, resentment, aggression, criticism (of self and others), lack of support, and fear.

Experts suggest that one reason women are afflicted with R.A. four times more frequently than men is because women are taught from early childhood not to express anger.

It is also not uncommon for people with R.A. to have experienced some sort of emotional trauma, usually before age 5. Traumas that occur when you are young can hinder the development of your immune system and leave you susceptible to infections, such as Epstein-Barr virus, which Medical Medium Anthony William says is an underlying cause of R.A. symptoms.

How To Release Emotions To Heal From Arthritis

Where you you experience arthritis in your body can be a clue to what hidden emotion or trauma you’re suppressing. One of my all time favorite books for deciphering the emotional roots of physical pain is Heal Your Body by Louise Hay.  You can use it to look up the location of your pain and gain an understanding of what emotion or trauma you may be suppressing.

Here’s how you can get to the root of your arthritis so you can heal:

    1. Locate Your Pain. Use Louise Hay’s Heal Your Body to look up any body part where you are experiencing pain.  For example, Louise says that pain in your neck is related to your inability to see the other side of an issue. Pain in your knee – a very common occurrence in our culture –means that you are being inflexible or stubborn. Pain in your hand represents holding on to something that’s not working for you, or feeling unable to “handle” something.
    2. Acknowledge the Emotions of Arthritis. If your pain is caused by arthritis, you always add anger, resentment, criticism or fear into the mix – so, for example, the pain in your hand could be from holding on to something.  Because the pain is caused by arthritis, you may feel angry or resentful about whatever it is that you are holding on to.
    3. Determine Which Side of Your Body Is Affected. Typically, arthritis on the left side of your body will have to do with relationships, creativity and other feminine qualities, or the women in your life. Arthritis on the right side of your body has to do with the masculine side, such as career and finances, or the men in your life. If it’s your left hand, you may be holding on to a relationship that isn’t working and that is causing you to feel resentment. If it’s your right hand, you may feel afraid to reach for something, such as a job. (Note: In a very small percentage of people these masculine and feminine energies can be reversed.)
    4. Express Your Emotions Then Release Them. Once you have identified the location and meaning of your arthritis, express the emotion(s) associated with it.
      1. Start by placing a hand on your painful body part and say “This hurts.” If you have pain in more than one place, move your hand from one place to the other and simply repeat “This hurts,” or “I hurt here.”
      2. Then say, “I choose to release this”  then name your emotion or event. If you cannot name the emotion or event, you can say, “I now clear my anger, resentment and fear out of my joints.”  Use this as you peel the layers and uncover the root cause of your arthritis.

      Remember, even though you may have experienced a painful event, you get to choose how you interpret and respond to it. When you hold on to painful memories, your body reacts with physical pain, hormonal secretions and other stress responses.  Own your emotions then let them go. This is the equivalent of taking out the garbage every day. You can also ask that Divine Love assist you with releasing your emotions. I do this every morning.

I now clear anger, resentment, and fear out of my joints. — Dr. Northrup #arthritis #anger #affirmation

8 Alternative Therapies For Arthritis Pain Relief

Getting control of your pain is an important aspect of healing from arthritis. If you don’t address the pain you can become fatigued and even depressed, which takes a toll on your immune system. If you must take a drug, take the safest one possible for the shortest amount of time possible. In addition, try adding one or several of the following alternatives to your pain management routine while you continue to practice releasing the emotions associated with your arthritis.

Here are eight proven techniques and therapies:

    1. Clean Up Your Diet. Most Americans eat a highly inflammatory diet.  Eating real, whole foods is a no brainer when it comes to easing pain of all types.  Be sure to eliminate all grains and sugar. These increase insulin and leptin levels and cause inflammation. Also, eliminate dairy, corn, soy, and all processed foods.
    2. Optimize Vitamin D. The best way to increase your Vitamin D is through sun exposure. If you live in a climate where you don’t get enough sun, try taking a Vitamin D supplement. Optimal blood  levels of Vitamin D are between 40-80 ng/ml. It generally takes 5,000 IU per day to maintain this level.  You can get your level checked with a test kit from
    3. Add Omega 3 Oils. Omega 3 oils mediate inflammation.  Add plant-based Omega 3s to your diet such as flax seeds and walnuts. You could also try a high-quality EFA supplement.
    4. Practice Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). Tapping can help you release stress and emotional trauma and get to the root of your arthritis pain.
    5. Try Anti-Inflammatory Foods. Add Curcumin, Ginger, and Pineapple to your diet. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables – the more colors the better.  Remove any foods that you may be sensitive to – people with arthritis often don’t do well with night shades. Eat your food as close to raw as possible. Try to eat organic when you can.  Juicing is also a great way to get your fruits and vegetables.
    6. Try Acupuncture. The Chinese believe arthritis is a disease of blockages or obstruction of one of the energy meridians. Acupuncture – like EFT– can help to clear your energy meridians and ease pain and inflammation.
    7. Get Grounded. Grounding, or Earthing, uses the Earth’s electrons like a magnetic mop, cleaning up positively-charged, inflammation-causing electrons and creating balance in your personal electrical circuitry. Simply put your bare feet on the ground and allow them up to soak up all of the good negatively-charged electrons. Studies have shown that standing on the earth for 20 minutes per day decreases cellular inflammation by 20%.
    8. Use Divine Love. Divine Love is the most powerful healer of all. When you do a Divine Love petition you connect to your Source Energy.  This can be used every day without any side effectsFor more information on this go to

– For the full article head over to Dr Christiane Northrup’s site

Hope this finds you moving through life with ease.



Kitchen Cures


So it seems that it is that time of the year here in NZ when the coughs and colds strike, well in this house at least.  With that in mind I thought a wee post about kitchen cures and real foods that can help would be in order.

We have our favourite kitchen cures of course and my list is not everything there is so  I’d love to hear other ‘cures’ from other cultures if you’re keen to share.

This week some kitchen Cures for Coughs:

Coughs can be extremely dehydrating to the body so it is really important to maintain fluids even when it seems we don’t need to. Try some of these:

This has to be our favourite, tried and true, remedy.  Thyme has been an officially approved German treatment for coughs for a long time and there is a good reason of that – it works! 😉 The flavonoids in the herb relax the tracheal and ileal muscles and they also reduce inflammation. Just brew up a strong ‘tea’ with some dried thyme, add honey to sweeten if needed, and then sip regularly especially around times of coughing.

Hot tea:
As mentioned above coughing dehydrates you and so you need to keep the fluids up. Drinks are important and hot teas even more so as the warmth of the drink will relieve your throat while it hydrates. Green tea which is full of antioxidants, Apple cider, peppermint, lemon and honey along with the aforementioned thyme are all good kitchen cures for that pesky cough.

Try some hot herbal or fruit teas to ease your throat and re-hydrate you.

Try some hot herbal or fruit teas to ease your throat and re-hydrate you.

This is a very traditional kitchen cure for coughs and colds and a good one.  Garlic has antibiotic properties which helps healing all-round.  The Cherokee also used it as an expectorant for coughs and croup. My preferred method, and I think the most effective, is to finely diced a clove of raw garlic and then add a bit to a teaspoon of honey.  The honey also acts as an antiseptic which will soothe the throat so benefits abound!

Onions and honey:
I have tried this one when the kids were little and it was pretty effective – probably because they liked the sweetness of the honey and caramelised onion!  Simply chop up an onion and place in a double boiler with ½ cup of honey and some lemon juice. Cook on a low heat till the onion is soft and slightly caramelised.  You can either strain out the onion or leave in. Store in a jar and use as needed.

Hope this finds you happy, healthy and if not cough free at least with a few ideas up your sleeve.



We all want the same things really.


One of the most interesting things I have learnt since being on this journey of natural health, both in becoming more aware of my actions and while working with clients, is that ultimately we are all dealing with similar issues and wanting similar things.

It amazes me how often I hear people feeling the same as I am at the same time.  It never ceases to astound me that others share my fears and I am always left feeling that we are connected so much more than we realise.

Treating others how we want to feel can also benefit us.

Treating others how we want to feel can also benefit us.

I have begun a little challenge for myself and I thought I would share.  I’m trying to view others as if they were wanting the same as me, regardless of how different their actions or words may be, and reacting to them as I would want to be treated. Viewing them as wanting to be loved, wanting to be valued, wanting to be included and wanting to be happy.  Treating them with respect, giving them time and as much patience as I can.

I’m in the early stages of my challenge and it is hard to remember at times, yet when I do view others this way I suddenly feel very different.   It actually adds to my life in a good way rather than detracting from it and leaves me with a positive vibe that then flows into my day, improving it no end.

Hope this finds you happy and healthy



Bring in the new and out (hopefully) with the old!


I’m just back from very relaxing 5 days over the hill at my Mum’s.   With a fairly haphazard internet connection (actually that is probably being overly generous) I was un-able to get into my e-mails or work easily for the whole time and…….  It was FANTASTIC!!  I was able to enjoy just being, knitting by the fire while watching t.v. which is a real treat as I don’t have one at home :),  and reading without feeling guilty about doing work for the biz each night.

My knitting projects while away.

My knitting projects while away – a hat, a horse and a donkey along with the beginnings of another hat.

The best part of being away however was that I created a new habit. You see I am (or should I say was), and have been for a very long time, a post-dinner snacker.  There I have said it! 🙂  I know I’m not alone, it is just that my ‘snacking’ can often turn into an hour long, or longer,  munch while I work or talk.  Usually it is part of my procrastination plan – you know the one – it is where you are procrastinating over work and in order to feel ok about the said procrastination you make yourself busy with something else.  My something else is invariably food!

My ‘snacking’ is often healthy enough, it is just the sheer amount which I am eating and the fact that I’m not actually hungry when I begin that is the problem.  I also feel terribly guilty about it as I know it isn’t good for me.  In doing this most nights of the week I don’t ever give my body a decent chance to absorb as it is always ingesting and digesting.  It wasn’t intentional that I stopped my night snacks while away, and maybe that is the secret behind it working – it just happened 😉  A combination of busy hands, catching up with Mum, T.V. and the kitchen being in a different area of the house all helped I guess.  Usually whenever I make a conscience decision not to snack I end up spending the whole evening thinking about food only to rescind my decision by the second night!

Tea for one

My new evening ritual

Now that I have gone a whole week without snacking it feels great.  A hot drink (or two) is the most I’ve had in the evenings lately and I’m feeling so much better on waking each morning. I had read a long time ago about the body’s cycles (8 hours each of appropriation – ingesting and digesting, absorption and elimination) and I immediately understood the value of sticking to these yet the practical application of this theory continued to elude me!  I’m not going to jinx it now by saying that is the end of my evening snacks (A wise woman once told me ‘Never say never as you only end up looking the fool’) however I am hoping that this marks the beginning of a long lasting healthy new habit.

Hope this finds you enjoying your evening full of joy and happiness.