Friday Favourites #1

Hi guys and welcome to a new series I’m trying out – Friday Favourites.  My chance to fill you in on all the things I’ve been loving each week.

Through my blog I get access to some incredible products.  I’m often approached by great small businesses who are out there creating amazing things but just don’t have huge marketing budgets.  Hence the fact that you or I have never heard of them!  I hope, through this series to be able to show you some new products that you might never have seen before.  I also plan on sharing a bit more about my life.  What I’m up to, where I’ve been etc.  I’d love to hear about things you’re loving this week in the comments.

So what are my Friday Favourites this week:

The Autoimmune Fix by Dr Tom O’Bryan

The Autoimmune Fix by Tom O'Bryan

I can’t put this book down – it’s a real page turner!  I’ve found it so interesting.  Written by Dr Tom O’Bryan, a specialist in autoimmune diseases and gluten sensitivity it explains how gluten intolerance and sensitivity affects many more people than ever thought.  Anyone with a sensitivity may not know it but this book explains the damage it is causing internally.  Autoimmune diseases are actually on a spectrum and anyone not experiencing complete body health may already be on the road to a full blown condition.  If exposure to gluten continues it will almost certainly develop into an autoimmune disease and this book aims to reset your gut health and microbiome (the good bacteria in your system) before the disease develops.

Slightly too late for me, I suffer with the autoimmune condition Lupus, it made me realise what damage I was doing through eating gluten and other allergens and I wish I’d found this book earlier.  I am however going to do his ‘re-set diet’ to help heal my gut so that things don’t get any worse.  He also mentions that certain conditions are reversible so while I know Lupus isn’t, maybe a stronger gut will mean it doesn’t deteriorate further.  The book has a 3 week plan for eliminating most major food allergens to heal the gut and I’ll let you know my experiences with it.

If you suspect that you may have a sensitvity to gluten or are experiencing any unexplained fatigue, brain fog or other symptoms this book is a must!  It’s very accessible and easy to read and it may just save you from chronic health problems!  Do something about it before it’s too late!

Holiday Dreaming

I’m off on holiday next week and it cant come soon enough!  Dan and I have planned an epic Road Trip, starting in Bordeaux, France and ending in Bilbao, Spain.  Along the way we’ll be travelling through Cap Ferret, Biarritz, San Sebastian, Rioja, San Vicente de la Barquera, Santander and Castro Urdiales.  I’m so excited to see some amazing places, eat some fantastic food and taste some delicious wine!  If you have any tips for any of these places, please leave me a note in the comments section.  Restaurant recommendations and sight seeing ideas would be very welcome!  And any holiday reads?  I’m planning on a lot of beach time!  Now I’m just praying for some fabulous weather!

Dr Gaye’s Super Golden Turmeric Tea

Dr Gaye's Super Golden Turmeric Tea by Emma eats & Explores - Grainfree, Glutenfree, Dairyfree, Sugarfree, Raw, Paleo, SCD, Organic, VegetarianI’d never tried Turmeric Tea until Dr Gaye kindly sent me a pouch of Super Golden to try.  I’ve heard all about the anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric recently.  I now take a turmeric capsule every day but I’d never had it in this form before.  Boy was I missing out.  It’s like a hug in a mug!  It’s delicious, comforting, warming and I look forward to every single cup.  It comes as a powder and you mix it with a bit of water to make a make a paste and then top up with hot water.  Sweet and spicy at the same time and the ingredients are 100% natural and the powder only contains…

  • Coconut Milk Powder
  • Turmeric Powder
  • Cinnamon Powder
  • Ginger Powder
  • Cardamom Powder
  • Black Pepper
  • Chilli Powder

so it’s perfect for SCD, Paleo, in fact all diets.  I love this turmeric tea so much I even took it on holiday with me when I went to the Lake District.  Dan started off by calling it my ‘Thai Green Curry Drink’ (it does smell a bit like that) but now he asks for a mug too!Dr Gaye's Super Golden Turmeric Tea by Emma eats & Explores - Grainfree, Glutenfree, Dairyfree, Sugarfree, Raw, Paleo, SCD, Organic, Vegetarian

The ethos behind the company is great.  Dr Gaye has created a range of healthy products to help you get all the vitamins, minerals, fats and proteins that you need in easy to use products.  Everything is Raw, Organic, Vegetarian & Sugar/Grain/Gluten/Dairy Free.  They make getting all you essential nutrients very quick and easy.  Great for me as I definitely don’t have time in the mornings to prepare a healthy nutritious breakfast.  I’ve tried the Super Super Cereal (a kind of grainfree granola) which I love on my yoghurt in the morning or on a smoothie bowl.

I also have the Super Porridge which I’m looking forward to trying and I’ll let you know what I think when I’ve given it a go.  Dr Gaye is also about to launch a Summer Cleanse program if anyone is interested?  10% off her Super Shakes and daily personalised emails to help you achieve your wellness goals!

And they’ve even given a special discount code to my readers for any of their products!  If you add the code EMMA at the checkout you can receive 20% off your total until the end of June!!  Give it a try – I promise you wont regret it.  Go for the Turmeric Tea!

My Mama

This weekend is my Mum’s birthday and I’m looking forward to some quality time with the woman who is not only the most amazing mother in the world but also my best friend.  We’ve had our fair share of adventures and always have so much fun together…

In the last few years we’ve been to Madrid, Portugal, Dublin & Paris together and I hope there will be loads more girlie weekends away in the future!

I cant wait to spend a day celebrating her and treating her.  Her love and affection for her family knows no bounds.  I can honestly say she is the most selfless and giving person I know.  Happy birthday Mama and I hope we all make it a day as special as you are.  Love you always xx

What are you loving this week?

I’d love to know what you’ve been loving this week.  Leave me a note in the comments and I hope you all have a fantastic week!  Until next Friday…



36 Comments Add yours

  1. jolerrs says:

    Amazing! Your holiday will be wonderful. I’ve done it the other way around in a camper van – sailed to Bilbao and drove up through France. San Sebastian was amazing – great pinchos and cava! Have a fabulous time! x

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      Argh I cant wait – any San Sebastian restaurant recommendations? There are so many to choose that it’s all a bit overwhelming!!

  2. Such a good read. Love all these new products being talked about.

  3. That turmeric tea sounds amazing. I love adding turmeric juice to my juice recipes for the added health benefits, but I love that this product includes a lot of my favorite spices! Have an amazing time on your holiday!

  4. Hi Emma! Love the site, and love the share about turmeric! I’m currently addicted to it. It is so good for you!

  5. Katrina says:

    Sounds fab I read a book once like this and was hooked also and it even had an audio disk I listen to in bed

  6. Julie Cao says:

    So many fantastic news and I am jealous of your coming road trips! I have never been to France and Spain, Have a great time and make sure to post your updates and pictures!

  7. Jo says:

    Must try the turmeric tea…I wonder where I can get it in NI? Also must get that book! Thanks for sharing.

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      I think they ship to NI – they have free delivery to anywhere in the world!

  8. Emily says:

    Wow, it really looks as if you’re totally enjoying yourself. Good for you 🙂 I’ve never been outside the states except to Puerto Rico when I was a child. Have fun on your adventure 🙂

  9. Carol Hall says:

    I like to add turmeric to my cauliflower “rice”, it gives it a great colour as well as being extra good for me. I’m just not sure about it in tea – especially with chili as I avoid anything spicey. And I’m so glad you treat your mum on her birthday, a sign of healthy family!

  10. Danay says:

    What a great way to share your favorites. I may have to borrow the idea! I’ll have to check out The Autoimmune Fix. Anything to stay healthy!

  11. Turmeric tea sounds amazing especially because the spices that would alter the taste of turmeric and still allow to reap it’s benefits!!

  12. I recently (in the last year) started cooking with turmeric and I love it, but I didn’t know it could be used in a tea! I have to make this asap!

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      It’s really great! I’ve only ever used it in curries – what else do you cook with it?

  13. roseclearfield says:

    Your road trip sounds amazing! Enjoy!!

  14. Your road trip sounds amazing! Have fun!

  15. Leslie says:

    I love that tea too! I am a tea lover, i can’t help it. It’ll be nice to see your mom and i hope she has a great birthday. I must admit, i am a little jealous you will be traveling for your holiday. Safe travels!

  16. Enlightenment for Schmucks says:

    That tea sounds delicious. I’ve been starting to add tumeric spice to my meals more and it really gives a boost to how my gut feels (I also have gluten allergies).

  17. Cassie says:

    Very curious to check out this book! And I haven’t put Turmeric in anything yet so i think it’s time to try!

  18. Kristi says:

    Love the idea of sharing favorites! I have not seen that tea before and am going to have to try it. I would love to hear where it is sold…I’m in California, so I am guessing Whole Foods, Sprouts or Trader Joes? Glad to see its G-free too! (We Celiacs love to hear that!)

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      The company is UK based but they ship worldwide for free! I think you can only get it online. I’m glutenfree so everything on my blog is too!

  19. Happy birthday to your mum! Your upcoming holiday sounds like it will be fun and relaxing! Book recommendations? What genres do you like to read? Let me know and I’ll give you some suggestions. 🙂

  20. kaitlindcuevas says:

    Your road trip sound like a blast! Have SOOO much fun! I love your idea to do “Friday Favorites” – what a great way to end the week by reflecting on things you love!

    – Kaitlin

  21. I hope you have a great holiday! I’m reading Eat Dirt right now and am loving it. Such good information!

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      Thanks for the recommendation – whats the book about? I need more things on my reading list

  22. Leah says:

    These are all great Friday favourites! Your road trip sounds AH-mazing! And I am going to have a look at the Tumeric Tea, I need some natural anti-inflamatory to help with my sore back. Thanks for the info!

  23. Ivanna | Provocative Joy says:

    This week I am loving my vanilla chai tea bags and the book I’m reading. It’s called How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyimana. It’s a memoir about her resettlement in the U.S. as a refugee after her family survived a massacre in Burundi. There are some difficult parts to read, but so far I’ve found it beautiful and hopeful.

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      Thanks so much – I love book recommendations especially when I’m off on holiday! Beach reading!!

  24. helenvella says:

    Love Tumeric I use it in all my cooking and in salads too. Great post.

  25. Thanks for the book and tea recommendations. I’m going to purchase the book and tea today. I need to reset my gut as well, because Lupus is trying to touch other parts of my body.

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      Sorry to hear that you suffer from lupus too! Sending hugs and healthy wishes!

  26. Nelu says:

    Good on you to include a shout out to your mom. We forget to appreciate them sometimes.

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