3 things I’ve done this year to stop my hay fever…

Hey Moms,

As it’s allergy season, I thought I’d share what’s worked for me this year. I’ve made 3 changes/additions to my lifestyle and this has made a significant difference for me. Normally I should be walking around with red streaming puffy eyes but this year this hasn’t been the case…

Just to give you some background, I developed hay fever at the age of 20! So I’ve had it for 16 years. It was a few months after coming to Dublin, I was on my university work experience and all of a sudden started to suffer badly from hay fever especially in the morning on my way to work. So as you do I went to the pharmacy and was given the standard antihistamines, however, they didn’t seem to work well, initially got some relief but symptoms started to come back and after a few months of trying this together with eye drops and nasal sprays I stopped. Over the years I have tried other pharmaceuticals but nothing seemed to help.

It normally starts late March for me until the end of September, eyes running non-stop and it looks like I am constantly crying… the result sore red puffy eyes. No point in wearing eyeliner and mascara!

My best friend and I refer to this as oh you’ve got runny eye again. At her wedding in September 2016, it looked like I was constantly crying, there were times this was the case ha! however the majority of the time I was suffering from hay fever (aka runny eye).

Nowadays, those of you who know me well know that I always try and reach for a natural remedy first, so this year I implemented 3 changes and I am so very pleased to share that I have no hay fever at the moment!  Yes, none!! Even on the high pollen count days…

So here are the things I’ve tried:

  1. Green smoothies: these have become a habitual morning routine in our household, Issey also loves helping me make these, they are very easy and quick to make.  It only takes approx. 5 mins to assemble and blend –  ingredients I used to include spinach/kale, nut milk or coconut water, seeds, frozen berries (use different ones every day), and banana (optional).  You can also add cacao powder, maca and other additions if you like. The result is delicious, and I strongly suspect it is helping me combat my hay fever symptoms….;0   There is evidence to suggest that increasing fruits and veggies (especially high in vitamin C) really helps with allergies as this produces an anti-inflammatory response in our body which in turns helps our immune system,
  2. Pollinosan by A. Vogel: I came across this as at the start of the hay fever season as I diligently started searching for natural hay fever remedies and this had some great reviews. Pollinosan is made up of all-natural herbs (which is great) I started taking these for a few days at the start of April, however, around the same time I also started taking the Juice Plus capsules which I will discuss below and after a few weeks I realised, my eyes had been clear….  I haven’t taken these tablets regularly though and therefore can’t claim its just down to these.  It’s important to note that that I’ve taken other A. Vogel products in the past and they have worked very well. Also, one of the downsides of Pollinosan is that it’s not suitable for children under 12 years of age.
  3. Juice plus whole food capsules: these little beauties were introduced to me by my friend AmyBrooke, I like to refer to her as my wellness warrior 🙂 she is the epitome of health and I finally decided to try the Juice Plus even though I thought they wouldn’t do much more for me as I considered myself pretty healthy… One of the benefits of taking them is more energy so I said to myself well if these capsules can give me more energy then brilliant (always important with a 4-year-old) I never even thought that these could help stop my hay fever. I’m so impressed with these that after taking them for 3 months I’ve decided to join the Juice Plus franchise as they have provided so many other benefits however that’s perhaps for another blog :0 The good news with these is that they are suitable for children as they have them in a chewable form! The premium blend I am taking contains 30 kinds of fruits, vegetables and berries.

For me I think (consistently) having my daily smoothie and taking the Juice Plus has been the winner as mentioned I haven’t been consistent with the Pollinosan however, I think it’s still worth a shot as everyone is different and I’m a believer in trying things to see if they can work for you. I have used other A. Vogel products with great success in the past.  And, I will still be bringing these with me on holidays just in case ;0

I will keep you posted on how I get on over the rest of the season and to see if my hay fever is finally gone 🙂 The real test will be on our holidays in Croatia in July – the last time I was there my eyes streamed nonstop!

Watch this space…

Moms, as always, I love to hear from you, do you or your family suffer from hay fever, have you found anything that works for you, if so please share with us as it could be very useful for other families, many thanks!

Best wishes, L X

 

References:

Pollinosan 

Juice Plus

Fruits and vegetables anti-inflammatory

Fruits and Veggies to reduce hayfever & use of Juice Plus:“Reproduced with permission from the Dr. Mitra Ray Newsletter 

Spring allergies

Foods to reduce Hay Fever 

 

 

Ode to the Chickpea… quick and tasty chickpea & spinach curry

Hello lovely moms,

This week I am sharing another one of our favourite family recipes. Not only is this chickpea curry super tasty it’s also really nutritious! This recipe was sent to me by my beautiful niece Gracie (thank-you Gracie!) and when I first made it both her and my husband Rok were raving about it.

Honestly, over the years it has taken me a while to develop a taste for chickpeas,  however now, the more I make chickpea dishes the more I crave them.

Chickpeas are super nutritious, they’re a great source of plant-based protein along with fibre, iron, zinc, phosphorus and B vitamins! They have a host of benefits: for example, they are known for helping lower inflammation in the body, reduce oxidative stress and maintain blood pressure! In addition, they are especially beneficial for us ladies in balancing our hormones and also good for the prevention of wrinkles.

Pretty awesome in my opinion ;0

Also in this beautiful dish is spinach, another fave of ours, (we consume spinach at least once per day in our smoothies/juices) spinach is a powerhouse of nutrients such as folate, niacin, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K & iron.

It is also very beneficial for good eyesight and it protects the skin against harmful UV rays. Note, a recent study suggests that thylakoid found in spinach can curb cravings and hunger which can further help in weight loss.

So let me have the recipe I hear you say, well here it is:

  • 1 onion (or 2 small onions) roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • a thumb of ginger
  • 4-5 large tomatoes quartered  (or 1 jar of Passata)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1-X 400g tinned chickpeas drained and rinsed (or in my case, I use 2X 400g as I like to use a lot of chickpeas in this recipe 😉 )
  • 1 X small can of organic coconut cream
  • 100 g spinach
  • salt and pepper to season
  • half a lemon
  • coconut oil for frying

Method:

  1. Add the onion, garlic, ginger, and tomatoes to a food processor (or in my case I use my ninja blender) and process until smooth.
  2. Heat up coconut oil in a pan over a medium heat. Meanwhile, crush the mustard seeds and coriander seeds until fine.
  3. Fry all the spices (cumin, coriander, turmeric, garam masala, and mustard seeds) for two minutes.
  4. Stir in the blended sauce (tomato, onion, garlic, and ginger), and simmer on a low heat for 20 minutes.
  5. Add the coconut cream and chickpeas and heat through for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Season with a pinch of salt and drizzle lots of lemon juice, then add the spinach. Cook through until the spinach has wilted.
  7. Then serve with either rice or in my case I love serving with roasted potatoes (the Irish way ;0)
  8. Other options including adding 1 tsp of hot chili powder and serving with fresh coriander.

This is one of those dishes that’s even tastier the next day, that’s if you manage to keep leftovers… 🙂

So there you have it, Moms, as always love to hear from you… do you have any favourite chickpea dishes or, if you decide to give this dish a try, please let me know what you think?

Love and best wishes, L X

PS: Calorie Count (based on 4 servings) approx 344 calories/serving – note this excludes the roast potatoes ;0

Credits:

  1. We are so Vegan 
  2. The Happy Pear
  3. Yup its Vegan

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