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SORE THROAT CURES

The weather has been shit in Berlin. Apparently it isn’t summer right now, it’s RAINING SEASON! Seriously, it rains EVERY day, since weeks. Yeah, The Groundhog doesn’t lie and on Groundhog Day there was the most terrible weather ever. Stormy, windy, cold and I’m sure there was thunder and lightning as well.

So yeah, this shit is wearing me out right now. Also, I have to cycle around the city every day and it’s hot, cold, rainy and humid, changing every half an hour.

Anyways, coz this shit has been wearing me out I woke up with a sore throat yesterday. First thing I did, I remembered reading some really glorious reviews of gargling with a cayenne pepper drink. So I did that! Not so nice, especially if you choke on the pepper, you have tears streaming down your face, your lips and your whole mouth are burning like hell and your sore throat still isn’t better.

It just doesn’t work that well for me and I’ve tried it several times before.. but I keep thinking it SHOULD work. It seems to work for so many people!

I did that pepper drink twice yesterday and it didn’t get much better, in fact it was worse the next morning. I can take pain better then nausea, which I absolutely cannot cope with, but a sore throat really, really is annoying.. it’s agonizing. But I remembered that I read about drinks with apple cider vinegar being helpful.

Of curz I’d only use the organic, unpasteurized, unfiltered(cloudy) apple cider vinegar. The cheap crap you get in the supermarket might work alright too, but I wouldn’t use it.

What you need to make the drink,

•organic apple cider vinegar
•a sweetener of your choice, agave syrup, brown sugar, honey or whatever  you       like
•and warm water

I put 1 or 2 table spoons of vinegar in a glass and then add some agave syrup and half fill the glass with cold water, mix it and add boiling water. I add the boiling water later, to not completely fry the ingredients.

Stir and finished! Now you just need to drink it really slowly and maybe keep it in your mouth/throat for a while if you can. You can also gargle, but I hate gargling. That’s for children!

As I said, I woke up with quite a painful sore throat. I had 2 drinks in the morning, the first one I made wayyy too strong, apparently I forgot that one table spoon is enough and took about 1000% more. I don’t necessarily recommend that, but it may help if you are in REALLY bad pain. Then I had another drink in the evening. 3 drinks a day and my sore throat is almost gone. Awesome!

It soothes it more or less straight away, but if you remember, when you’re having a sore throat, hot drinks soothe it most of the time, but only for like a few minutes and then it’s just as bad as before. With the apple cider vinegar it soothes it and then gets better and better. Sounds like I’m convinced, doesn’t it?! No seriously, it’s good and maybe you wanna give it a try when your next sore throat is kicking in. And don’t use the cayenne pepper, it’s not necessary. ..unless you’re into really hot foods that is!

Eat Your Weeds

I’m looking forward to doing some foraging in Germany.

Here is a classic foraging plant, dandelions! I used to pick them to feed them to my guinea pigs, personally I find them too bitter. I will try them in a green smoothie though, once I get a blender. Hopefully the smoothies turn out nice, because I’ve got high hopes. I will mix them with a lot of fruits in the beginning, bananas and pears and put spinach in and dandelion or whatever, kale maybe and then ease into putting more greens in. But a 50/50 mix of fruits and greens can’t be too bad?! Haven’t checked out any green smoothie recipes yet, but that can’t be too hard. Just freestyle it!

looks like a great youtube channel, definitely gonna check out more of his videos

I really like drinking dandelion/chicory coffe substitute. It’s very common in Germany, it’s called Malt Coffee and kids drink it. Definitely better than that sugar filled Milo crap or whatever else kids drink..
Anyways, I love it, we have it with rice milk. I wanna make it myself sometime, collect dandelion roots and roast them. Sounds kinda exciting!

Here are some more weeds. Eat them! Just watch out that crazy people haven’t sprayed this shit!

And here is a cool link to an article called ‘the fantastic four – 4 essential wild edible plants that may just save your life

Ok, maybe quite a dramatic header, but it’s always good to know what’s available out there, not just for emergency situations. And free stuff?! Always great!!

So yeah, watch these videos and eat your damn weeds!!

Snacks Made From Food Waste And Other Food

Here is a thing you can do, collect the pumpkin seeds from when you make a roast or whatever, clean them, dry them and roast them with tamari/soy sauce, sea salt and olive oil. No need to shell them. So Delicious!!
Great way to make food from things that are normally considered food waste. Also a great snack.

I’m sewing my ass off at the moment to send out all my orders before we leave, that’s why I’m neglecting this blog a bit. But that’s gonna change soon.

We are also listing lots of stuff on Ebay.

And are making lists, lists, lists..

Here is a picture of our lunch today, it was really nice. Tofu burger, spinach, potatoes, zucchini and tomatoes. All organic. We often eat our vegetables  raw.

Awesome lunch

We make a nice vegetable roast sometimes, it’s really simple, pumpkin, potato and carrots, maybe even broccoli and zucchini or whatever you wanna put in it, olive oil, salt pepper, maybe turmeric or cayenne pepper, if you like it spicy and 20 min in the oven. I love it! The pumpkin and potatoes go so well together in my opinion! What’s your favourite vegetarian recipe/thing to cook?

Children’s Farm and a Lentil

Today we went to the farmer’s market at the Collingwood Children’s Farm in Abbotsford. They had animals in enclosures(which i don’t like, but i like patting the animals), different plants growing everywhere, a cafe and music, all in a really pretty foresty setting. But why is the market only once a month???

Got some very nice produce and then we went to eat at Lentil As Anything, which is a not for profit community restaurant where you can ‘pay as you feel’ for a really nice vegetarian/vegan buffet. It was delicious! I’m thinking of volunteering there, but it’s a bit tricky at the moment with working full-time and at the weekends i just wanna make my own food and go for drives in the country..

After that we went to the wholefoods shop.

When we got back i made a roast with our finds from the market, so inspiring to cook with veggies in all these odd shapes and gorgeous colours.

The roast I made

And i made another bread, which turned out nicer and much less messy then the one from last week. I put heaps of spices in it, that’s why i call it the Pepper Bread..

The Pepper Bread

We also found heaps of rosemary growing in a library car park. Now how cool is that?! That went straight into the roast! It smells so nice! I wish i could eat like this every day.

So yeah, lots of food foraging and cooking today and hopefully some more eating and relaxing with some youtube clips coming up!

Ah yeah, and i watched this.

Watch it! It’s good. It’s about kids and how they get marketed to and turned into mini consumers so they can grow up to be big consumers. Nice, right?! I hate brands and marketing and consumer crap. That shit should be outlawed! Or better, people should stop being so stupid and buy all this shit trying to fill the voids in their lives.. and stop buying this crap for their kids too.

I wish you all a happy weekend!! What are your plans? I might go for a drive in the country tomorrow..

1st Day of the Year

A Happy New Year to everyone! I hope you had a great New Years Eve and stuff..

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This page is about frugal living, minimalist lifestyles, organic food, about alternative/sustainable lifestyles, avoiding waste and buying socially conscious, sprinkled with a bit of prepper.

And lots of other stuff..

I started it as a (New Years) challenge, to change my lifestyle and keep track of the progress and share what i find with other people

Here are some videos to tell you what this site is going to be about(among other things..)

 

The No Money Man

 

The No Money Woman

 

And the Man that lives in a Tree House

 

What are your favourite alternative lifestyle, money saving websites? Drop me a link i wanna know!