Happy and Healthy December

It is very hard to believe how quickly 2010 has flown by. This has certainly been an eventful year, filled with love, travel, and plenty of food! 2011 is proving to already be an amazing year - one in which I get married, go on an amazing honeymoon, and then have another wedding celebration on a different continent a few months later! Exciting!

Instead of posting another recipe (because, frankly, I don't have a new one for you - although I did make a delicious carrot/ginger/coriander soup yesterday - pretty much this recipe but some grated ginger root instead of red chili and garlic), I thought I'd just do a bit of a year recap and provide a few quick tips for staying healthy in the final month of 2010.

No one likes getting ill, but especially not in December - so many celebrations, big and small, and usually some traveling is involved, so it's best to combat illness before it even begins. That's why it's vital to make sure you get plenty of rest on the days when you don't have holiday parties or nights out planned. Drink plenty of water (I know it's cold and you'd probably rather drink a mug of something warm, but staying hydrated will keep germs at bay), eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, and try to get exercise as often as possible. If you start to feel that ominous tickle in the back of your throat, or wake up with a stuffy nose, start fighting it immediately with healing foods like ginger and garlic, and spices like cinnamon and cayenne pepper. It may not be the same as your usual cup of coffee or tea, but try drinking the following concoction several times a day (sometimes referred to as "Sweat It Out Tea"):

  • several thin slices of ginger root
  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon OR 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • optional: 1 tsp honey

Put all of these bits into a mug and cover with boiling water. Drink a few times a day, and I promise this will make your cold go away much faster! And no need for Nyquil or antibiotics... that ginger alone will combat the virus as best it can :)

And now - onto the photos! Here are some that I randomly chose to sum up my highlights of 2010. I hope you had just as much fun as I did, and here's to another year filled with health and happiness! Phil and I are off to Sweden tomorrow (weather permitting) for the weekend to do some sightseeing and Christmas shopping, so I'll be back next week with more goodness.

Photos, starting at top left: (1) me and my Dad on new years eve, (2) Hudson Valley, NY, in January, (3) Charles River in Boston, (4) Allens Boots in Austin, Texas, (5) and (6) engaged in Paris!, (7) Sainsbury's chef for a day, (8) engagement photo shoot in London, (9) learning how to cook fish at Jamie Oliver's shop, (10) back to America in April, (11) 4th of July BBQ with friends, (12) Mykonos, Greece, (13) and (14) Florence, Italy, (15) Phil and the beautiful cake he baked for his brother's wedding, (16) and (17) my raw dessert obsession begins, (18) Thanksgiving for 10!