photo cred Cat A staple that I can't live without is honey.  In my past life I used to consume those yucky artificial sweeteners which do even more yucky things to your body (they actually promote weight gain rather than weight loss). Now it's all about honey, well, in moderation, of course. Did you know that honey doesn't have to be pasteurised? Actually it's better if it's not because pasteurisation kills all the nutrients and live enzymes and slows down the crystallisation process. But yet again, we consumers have been brainwashed by marketers to think that honey can only be clear and runny. 'Tis not so my friends. Do yourself a favour, find a local honey supplier or at least make sure the honey you buy is "unpasteurised" or "raw".  That way if you're going to indulge in some sweet let it do double duty and let it give you an extra bang for your buck.

Photo Cred Lisa Every second person seems to be sick, it's just that time of year. And if you're skipping your greens, working too hard and partying a bit too much you're probably going to catch the cold... not that I'm willing ill on any of you, I'm just saying. Forget the boxed cold remedies and get on this granny concoction. Hot Cold Tea  1/8" fresh ginger, shaved 1/2 lemon, squeezed 1 tbsp unpasteurized honey 1 cup water, boiled Pour hot water over thinly sliced ginger, add lemon juice and honey. Stir well, cozy up on the couch with a blanket, two schnauzers and enjoy. Ginger is a warming food which makes it perfect for this weather and it helps clear congestion in the nose and throat, lemon is high in vitamin C and honey is soothing for sore throats plus it supports the immune system. This is a quick summary of three pretty fantastic foods that all want to be part of your regular diet. Feel better soon! Thanks to my Grande Jean for coming up with this topic on the fly.