Health

The Happy Health Project #5

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This is for all you office dwellers out there who need to spice up your life. If you’re anything like me, I spend every waking hour stuck in front of a PC, a deep vein thrombosis casualty waiting to happen.

All those deadlines, stress from commuting, poor sleep and poor diet choices lead to chronic inflammation in the body. I should know. I am one big inflammation when I don’t take care of myself.

However, help is at hand in the simplest form – the wonder spice turmeric. Hailed as an anti-inflammatory miracle, this bright yellow spice will do wonders for your health from speeding up your metabolism to warding off inflammatory diseases such as Type 2 diabetes. It’s also great for fighting spots – a little dabbed on the offender overnight will dry that pimple right up.

Following yet more surgery, I’ve been taking it in pill form (available from your local health store) for the past couple of months and can report faster healing. I also feel physically better but I’d imagine that’s psycho-semantic – if you tell me something is good for me, then I automatically begin to feel healthier.

But you don’t have to take it in pill form to reap the benefits of turmeric. Add a little of the spice to some of your favourite soups or curries for a quick health-boost. If you’re stuck for ideas, try my quick spiced carrot soup to get your daily dose of turmeric.

Becca’s Spiced Carrot Soup

6-8 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 onion, peeled and chopped
500ml vegetable or chicken stock
2 tsp cumin
1-2 tsp turmeric
Sprinkle of chilli flakes

Method

Saute the onion in a little oil until soft. Add the chopped carrot and spices, stir to coat. Add the stock. Bring to the boil before reducing to a simmer for 40 minutes. Blend.

Season to taste and add a dollop of crème fraîche before serving.

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