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Peachy Oilives Cake

This cake is amazing! Top Chef, Kristen Kish’s award winning menu included fennel pollen olive oil cake. Kristen makes this simplified version here with peach slices.

Its especially important that because we are using this large amount of olive oil, I suggest in this recipe, it is critical to use a very high quality and fresh (within 1 year of harvest) olive oil. I think that is what makes the difference!

Active Time: 20 MIN – Total Time: 1 HR 30 MIN – Yield Serves : 12

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe peaches, thinly sliced
  • 359 ml extra-virgin olive oil
  • 250g sugar (or alternative*)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 275g all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Sweetened vanilla Greek yogurt or vanilla ice cream, for serving

Instructions:

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with parchment paper and coat with vegetable oil spray. In a bowl, toss the peaches with 1/4 cup of the olive oil, 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of the sugar and the salt. Let stand until juicy, about 15 minutes.

Step 2

In a bowl, whisk the eggs, the remaining 3/4 cup of sugar and 1 1/4 cups of olive oil. In another bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and baking soda. Whisk the dry ingredients into the egg mixture. Fold in the peaches and juices. Scrape the batter into the pan; bake for 35 minutes, until golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool slightly, then serve with Greek yogurt.

Enjoy!

*Finding sweet substitutes you enjoy can help you reduce your sugar consumption. However, sugar alternatives are not a magical answer to your health problems and should be used in moderation. While sugar alternatives may be significantly lower in calories than pure sugar, remember to limit your consumption, as they can have health consequences as well.


According to the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Peach: Nourish Yin, Promote the Smooth Flow of Qi, Regulate Blood circulation, Disperse Cold



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Butter vs Marg

Butter vs Margarine, which is better. Is there really any debate? Well, actually there has been for years, but I’m sticking to my butter!!
Would you choose a processed, artificial spread that tastes like plastic, or one that is natural, full of goodness and tastes simply delicious? There are so many websites that will tell you butter is the demon and margarine is what we should be eating…not me! Butter has had a bad rap for years and is now on the comeback! Yahoo!! Let’s look at them a bit closer………
Margarine is made from vegetable oils that are chemically changed to make them solid using a process known as hydrogenation. As a result of this process, trans fat is formed as a side product with a high consumption linked to an increased risk of chronic disease. These vegetable oils oxidise in the body causing free radicals that damage cells, contribute to aging and diseases.
Studies are suggesting that natural trans fats from animal products, like butter, are not associated with any increased risk of heart disease. In fact, butter is heart healthy, containing butyric acid which is anti-inflammatory, medium chain fatty acids that are converted to energy, not fat, and fat soluble vitamins A D E and K. It is also low in lactose and rich in vital cholesterol.
Start spreading the news!!….and the butter!!
Choose your spread, choose your health. I have! I choose Irish butter!!



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Smiling Body Programme

In the Privacy and Comfort of your own home or office

With over 30 years experience in Chinese and Western medicine, James O’Sullivan developed the Smiling Body programme to help you Achieve better health, movement, freedom and longevity. He will support you to achieve your goals around your health, food, eating and lifestyle – and make them stick. He will empower you to adopt Zen habits that place you on the path to a healthier and happier future.

If you are looking for

  • healthy weight control
  • energy boost
  • improved immunity
  • restful sleep
  • harmonised digestion
  • balanced skin
  • a healthy pregnancy
  • help to manage food intolerance
  • advice for choosing and using wholesome foods and ingredients
  • meal plans and recipes
  • guidance for fussy eaters

“I am here to help you achieve all this and restore your Inner Smile”


Free Discovery Call

Are you wondering if a Smiling Body Programme is the right fit for you and your health goals?

Let me invite you to schedule a FREE 15-Minute Discovery Call, to get your questions answered.

During this call, you’ll share your health ambitions with me and I will explain how I can assist you to reach your goals. Together we can then determine if you’d like to book a Smiling Body consultation to regain control of your health.


The Smiling Body Full Programme

Together we will agree on your health goals

Health Questionnaire 

Book your mentoring consultation on the link below. On confirmation of your booking, I will send you a health questionnaire which is a comprehensive review of your health symptoms, lifestyle and wellness goals.

The questionnaire is an online form that can be completed on most devices, computer, tablet or mobile, and can be submitted as soon as your finished. I need this for preliminary analysis before your initial consultation. This will help me to identify possible lifestyle and dietary factors which could be contributing to your health concerns and build a clinical picture of your health history.

Description
We will agree a date and time for your mentoring consultation and get together for a 60-minute face to face via Zoom with online secure end to end encryption.  This will be followed by a Follow Up Consultation after 2-4 weeks (included in fee).

At your consultation:

We will meet face to face online for 60-minute. I will use the questionnaire as a bases for further investigation of your case history, medications, current diet and lifestyle. Together we will agree on your health goals for the consultation and work out a realistic programme for you to follow. During the consultation I will be asking you about your eating habits over the past 7 days to add to the clinical picture.

You can expect:

  • A full explanation of my understanding of your health concerns
  • Herbal recommendations for your specific needs.
  • Complete daily Meal Plan for 28 days to help in your food choice.
  • Vitamin and Mineral recommendations based on your essential needs.
  • A discussion of foods that may be contributing to your ailments
  • Suggestions of foods that may help alleviate your symptoms
  • The explanation of any possible vitamin and mineral deficiencies
  • Detailed lifestyle recommendation tailored to suit you
  • A written report of your treatment timeline, as part of your programme

After the consultation:

You will receive your written report (approx. 10 pages) by email, with links to online resources.

We will establish a date for your (no cost) follow up consultation (approx. one month). If you should have any questions or feedback during this time I will be available via email with a guaranteed 48 hour response time.



Future Follow up consultation(s)

Additional follow up consultations work on the same principle as the initial one but will last 30 to 45 minutes. I recommend this to review your programme and see which of the recommendations have worked well for you.

You can expect:

  • A full review of your programme
  • Adaptation of the programme in light of any difficulties experienced in following it
  • Addressing of any new symptoms/change in circumstances since the last consultation
  • A detailed nutritional programme for the next stage of your treatment: including diet, lifestyle and/ or supplements tailored to suit you

Future Follow up consultation


Please note: this consultations cannot replace your GP’s advice. Always consult your GP if you are suffering or suspect you may be suffering from any medical condition.


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Golden Casserole


This dish strengthens weakness and improves energy and enthusiasm. The warming spices encourage movement of Yang energy, so for those of you who feel the cold this is especially warming and nourishing!

Ingredients: (serves 4-6)

  • 1 cup dried chickpeas (soaked overnight and cooked as per instructions)
  • OR 1 large tin pre-cooked chickpeas
  • 1/2 butternut squash, de-seeded, peeled, cut into chunks
  • 3 carrots peeled and sliced
  • 2 white onions diced
  • 1 large sweet potato peeled and cut into 1” chunks
  • half medium turnip peeled and cut into 1” chunks
  • 1 dessertspoon ground ginger
  • 1+1/2 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 2” piece cinnamon stick
  • 2 bayleaf, good pinch of sea salt and black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or sesame oil
  • 2 organic vegetable bouillon stock cubes

Directions:

  1. Heat the oil in a large pan. Add diced onions and fry until they become translucent.
  2. Add the salt, pepper, ground ginger, ground coriander, cinnamon stick and mix thoroughly to release their fragrances.
  3. Add all the chopped vegetables and mix with spices and onion. Add a large mug of boiled water. Simmer for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the pre-cooked chickpeas and mix thoroughly. Adding a further 2 cups of boiled water. Add the bayleaf.
  5. Crumble the stock cubes into the pot and mix thoroughly.
  6. Cook for a further 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Alternatively at this point the pot can be transferred to the oven and cooked on gas mark 3/160°C for a further 30 minutes.
  7. Serve with freshly chopped coriander, well cooked brown rice and lightly steamed kale or cabbage.

Chickpeas contain more iron than other beans & pulses so they’re great for nourishing the Blood.

Cooking this dish slowly in the oven creates a deeper warmth for the body which nourishes the Kidney/Spleen/Stomach energy.



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Advice – “Leave out the Ice”


When my students ask, “What is the most beneficial diet for healthy living?”, I reply, “Leave out the ice, 冰/bing.” (Bing in Chinese means literally frozen water.) Most of the time, they are utterly puzzled by such an unexpected response. However, the best diet is the one that is free of harmful elements. In traditional Chinese Medicine, the habitual use of ice cubes in drinks is a harmful dietary custom. For digestion, our body needs the internal combustion of heat to transform the food and absorb the nutrients through our intestines. Ice, when ingested, becomes a coagulant and constricts our blood vessels and internal organs. The coldness of ice hinders the digestive process.

Another metaphor will illustrate this point quite succinctly. Imagine you are trying to cook a pot of bean soup and someone pours ice cubes into the pot. The bean soup will take twice as long to cook and taste too watery. The effect would be similar on the food inside our stomach. Our body must first heat up and melt the ice cubes in order to cook the ingested food. Often, we conclude a meal with a cold ice cream dessert which further compounds the constriction and cools the ingested food. It is no wonder that in the documentary film, “Super Size Me,” the actor who exclusively eats McDonald’s Big Macs becomes gravely ill after only one month. Besides his diet of fatty, processed foods, he is constantly drinking soda with ice.

This is a well known fact for the Chinese. In most Chinese restaurants in Chinatown with mostly Chinese clients, even in 100 degree weather in July, the waiter will serve you a hot pot of tea with your meal. Take out the bad stuff and you will be left with only good, beneficial food. In other words, perhaps the actor eating the Big Macs could have ordered tea instead of his iced drink and he might have fared somewhat better. However, the greasy, oily French Fries filled with trans fat cooking oil (at the time the movie was shot, trans fats were routinely used in frying) is more bad stuff which we will reserve for discussion in the next blog.

For digestion, our body needs the internal combustion of heat to transform the food and absorb the nutrients through our intestines. The coldness of ice blocks the whole digestive process.

In conclusion, you need internal heat to digest your food. If your digestion is already a bit slow or stagnant, then in accordance with Traditional Chinese Medicine, you should avoid all cold or cool foods like the plague. So, next time when you go to a restaurant, order a pot of tea with your meal instead.

Contributed By Sat Hon
Founder, New York Dantao Qigong School, author of “Healing Cancer with Qigong” and “Taoist Qigong for Health and Vitality.”


James says………….
Let’s take a look at what cold water can do to the body

Your body is 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 degrees Fahrenheit). When you drink something very cold it takes energy to warm back up again. Drinking cold water has been touted as burning extra calories, which is true, but it also takes away from the ability to digest. So if you are going to drink cold water with ice, it is suggested to do it away from meals.

Drinking cold water can increase the risk of a headache. A migraine can be triggered by ice water consumption.

Cold water can cause mucus to build up leading to a sore throat.

Drinking ice water is taking a chance. Ice is often not purified and contains dirt particles and even fungus. Make sure to clean your trays often and if eating out, you may be safer ordering water with no ice.

Now, on the opposing side, how warm water affects the body

Drinking a cup of warm liquid is soothing and can help with pain reduction from muscle cramps including menstrual.
Done first thing in the morning, a cup of warm to hot water can boost your metabolism and lead to weight loss.
Drinking warm water can help cellular repair by improving skin elasticity, meaning you may just age better than your cold water gulping equals!

Hot water can help with digestion, hydration, and break down old stored food particles in the colon leading to better digestive health overall.

Hot water is a great treatment for colds and flu. It helps clear congestion.

Detoxify! Drinking hot water makes your body temperature rise. That helps clear your body by sweating out toxins through your pores and boosts your kidneys as well.

Surprisingly, hot beverages stimulate the pleasure areas of the brain. No wonder Starbucks is rocking the market… Hot drinks just feel good.

Choosing hot or cold drinks is very much personal preference and often based on weather. If you drink cold iced drinks try and space them between meals rather than drinking it while you eat. Your body may just thank you!



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