How I’m beating autoimmune arthritis with lifestyle medicine (3).

Lifestyle autoimmune arthritis

Autoimmune disease is a bummer. Autoimmune arthritis is a bummer. And psoriatic arthritis – a form of autoimmune arthritis with psoriasis – is no exception.  Left to its own devices, autoimmune diseases take no prisoners in their destructive progression and conventional approaches can only leave the sufferer reliant upon toxic and hideously debilitating medications. Believe me, it doesn’t HAVE to…

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Spring Foods Make Those Gut Critters Happy!

Spring Foods Seasonal Eating

‘Spring’ foods do a body good!  The ancient life-sciences and traditional societies knew that it does a body good to eat seasonally and modern science may just be catching up!  Our gut microbes are smart and demanding critters and we need to keep up!   Ever wondered why we call Nature’s regenerative season ‘Spring’?!   *This post was…

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How I’m Beating Arthritis with Food-as-Medicine (2): What I would have said to my younger self!

Izabella Younger self arthritis

Sadly, my younger self wasn’t able to piece together the complex medical and research jigsaw on arthritis and psoriasis that convinced me that food-as-medicine was the ONLY way of truly healing myself from a progressive autoimmune disease – psoriatic arthritis. IN THE FIRST POST in this series I shared how good it felt to know I was healing my psoriatic arthritis with…

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How I’m Beating Arthritis with Food-And-Lifestyle-Medicine (1)

spring blossom jigsaw

There’s NO doubt about it – I’m beating arthritis with food-and-lifestyle medicine.  Today, I took a break from writing, recipe testing and filming for my upcoming book to walk, painlessly, through a local park on this glorious early Spring day.  As I looked up and noticed the new blossom flowering against the clear blue sky,…

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Valentine’s Day ‘Self-Love’ 5 Ways!

Valentine's Day Self Love

Valentine’s Day traditions of romancing and honouring a lover with sensual foods (like chocolates!) hearts and flowers goes way back to the 18th-century.  Leaving aside the tacky media hype, I think it’s still a lovely way to recognise and be recognised by, a loved one.  For those without an ‘other half’, Valentine’s Day can leave us feeling pretty…

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My No-Stress Christmas Lunch Recipes!

Christmas roast pork shoulder

Family and friends are gathered around the table, chatting happily, their smiley eyes twinkling and mouths watering in anticipation of the feast before them. Picture a magnificent bone-in roast shoulder of pork sitting up proudly on its platter, snug in its cloak of crispy, fragrant crackling. Surrounding it are dishes of golden, crunchy roast potatoes; baked apples with…

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Cinnamon & Ginger Stuffed Apples for Pork, Poultry or Game

This lovely blend of flavours (sweet, spicy and slightly sour) pairs beautifully with roast pork, poultry or game and looks amazing on any celebratory table.  When I make traditional applesauce (whether silky smooth or chunky) I favour it slightly tart, to off-set the sweeter roast meats. I tend to use Cox’s apples as they’re local to me, but…

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Mustard & Maple Glazed Roast Parsnips

This is simple glaze transforms the humble parsnip – or for that matter, any root veg – into a thing of complete deliciousness, more than worthy of a place at any celebratory table.  But actually, I don’t wait for an occasion; I’ll take these as my main carb with… well, just about any meal! You can use either Dijon…

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Jamie’s 6 Hour Slow Roast Pork Shoulder (My Fennel Crackling!)

Christmas roast pork shoulder

Low-and-slow is the ONLY way to cook Christmas pork.  Shoulder, on-the-bone, will give you depth of flavour, succulence, meltingly tender, uber-delicious meat and the best crackling ever.  If that vibes with you, then THIS is the recipe for you!  And if you want a stress-free Christmas morning, then this absolutely the recipe for you –…

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Delia’s Crunchy Roast Potatoes with Saffron (or Turmeric!)

Don’t these golden roast potatoes make your mouth water?!  I love Delia’s saffron twist, but if you’re on a budget, it works with a little turmeric too! I find that Desiree or King Edwards make the best roasties.  But whether saffron, turmeric or classically roasted… for the best roast potato experience you’ll need to serve them right…

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