Great Big Wellness Geek


Today Mr Amazon Delivery Guy confirmed something I didn’t even realise I was dreading – confirmation that I’ve officially become a ‘Great Big Wellness Geek’ (GBWG for short)… and I’m not quite sure what to think of it.

Basically Mr Delivery Guy brought with him my coveted BPA Free 2 liter water bottle, the one that was as cheap as chips (€12 including postage and package!!) the one I got from these guys at New Wave Enviro Products, the bottle I wrote about here and have been only dying to receive.

Here’s a pic of him (the BPA bottle, not the Delivery Guy you ninny!)

BPA Free Bottle

Isn’t he a cutie?!

The strange thing was that when it was delivered to my office I was too embarrassed to take it out of it’s box and have a good old ‘New Delivery Inspection’ (like I used to in days of yorn when my delivers included Dermalogica products).  You see half my office already thinks I’m mental – what with the green juices I do be sup’ing, the homemade green lunches, the herbal Nettle and Green teas I have stationed beside their Nescafe and Barry’s Tea and the floral pouch of supplements I have on my desk (I deservingly get a guffaw of laughter every time I take a spray of my Vitamin D!!) so I think I just felt this BPA bottle went that step too far for what I’m ready for just now.

Basically I’ve decided there’s a few stages involved in Wellness:

GBWG Stage 1: This is the stage where you’re toying with becoming a GBWG. It’s a stage where you Google ‘cleanses’, ‘effects of sugar’, ‘benefits of raw food’, tentatively replace your beauty products with natural ones, drink a green smoothie once a month (and only get through half cos you think it tastes like grass) but generally go with the flow and keep your beliefs and preferences under wraps.

GBWG Stage 2: Then there’s the next stage, the one where you start requesting veggie options when eating out (instead of not wanting to rock the boat), actively count the number of fresh fruit and veg you’ve eaten each day and panic if it’s less then 4 and have a freaker if someone sprays Antiperspirant Deodorant near you in a confined space (‘agghhhh my poor lungs’!!).

The thing is I feel like I might just have pushed through into Stage 2… and I’m not yet sure how I feel about becoming that person.

We all find ourselves a bit cringy at times right?!

(There is a Stage 3 but I’m not even going there today)

Well anyways I know what Oprah (does anyone else have a mental block on how to spell that woman’s name?! My first attempt is always Opera!) and her cronies would say…

And other fabulously motivating (but oddly irritating) phrases. But sometimes it all gets a bit much and you’re just a bit daunted about being out on your own, and basically you just aren’t bloody well ready for being at GBWG Stage 2.
Who knew an Amazon delivery could invoke such emotions eh?! 😉

Time for Tea


I’ve always loved tea. I’m one of those people who believes that a cup of tea can solve any problem. I even presented a School Talent Show back in my Secondary School as Mrs Doyle, the iconic tea pusher from Father Ted! Therefore it shocks even me to admit I haven’t drank a cup of regular tea for over 6 months (bar a few cups when visiting friend’s houses).

This is mainly due to two things:
A) As per my ‘Belly First’ post, I’m trying to cut caffeine out of my system, due to it messing with hormones, it getting in the way of your system absorpting essential minerals and vitamins from food into our systems (iron, magnesium, zinc and B vitamins) and it playing havoc with the immune system. Also I was drinking a lot, too much, between 5 – 7 cups of tea/ coffee a day!

B) I’ve whole heartedly embraced a whole new world of herbal tea.

Herbal tea fascinates me, mainly due to it’s sheer efficiency. Side note: I think I may have been a German in a past life due to my love of punctuality and the fact I can’t stand time wasting and inefficiency (German people are like that right? Or is that a terrible generalisation?!). Anyways, bringing this back to tea, I enjoy the fact that when I’m sitting drinking a cup of herbal tea it’s not just providing comfort and warmth but it’s also working some magic on my insides.

Here’s a list of my favourite herbal teas and the efficient magic they work as you sip:
Green Tea: aids digestion, speeds up your metabolism, boosts your immune system, high in antioxidants, reduce abdominal fat, detox the organs from harmful imbalances

Dandelion Tea: It eases congestion of the liver, it helps to purify the bladder and kidneys, aids digestion, it eases bloating, contains calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium, vitamins B and C

Camomile Tea: It eases troubled and anxious bodies and minds. It can also help with stomach problems such as menstrual cramps, stomach flu, and ulcers. It has also been proven as a sleeing aid.

Peppermint Tea: Peppermint is a great digestive aid after a large meal. It helps to relieve tension and bloating. It also speeds up the detoxification process (aka a hangover)

Nettle Tea: This is a great one for detoxifying the liver. It’s also high in iron, which makes it an excellent ‘blood-builder’ and is also known to ‘get you regular’

Why not give one of them a try the next time you put the kettle on? In the words of Mrs Doyle, ‘Ahhhh go on, go on, go on, go on… GO ON!’


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