Homemade drinks – Hot or cold but not as sugary

Yes, yes, still water is healthier, from the tap when you are lucky or bottled water. And yes, yes, breastmilk is better for babies and Moms (except in serious cases). (WHO recommendations on infant feeding: https://www.who.int/nutrition/topics/infantfeeding_recommendation/en)

But when you want to indulge yourself… and especially for cold drinks, industrial products add tons of sugar. On the labels at my place, I can read 120g of sugar per litre for organic syrup. I can read the same amount of sugar for products that are not going to be diluted: still in my country, organic fruit juice peaks at nearly 100g/l and Coca-Cola at 128g/l. These are what I call directly sending formal invitations to diabetes!

So, yes, you can indulge yourself from time to time with a sweet drink if you don’t overdo it. The recommended daily dose of sugar is 25 g/day or six teaspoons.

I suggest three healthy recipes that can be drunk hot or cold. It’s to get you started! Afterwards, you will invent your own recipes.

1) Infusion of rosehip (rich in vitamin C): Put a bag of rosehip infusion in the teapot. Add simmering and not boiling water. Enjoy without sugar or sweeten with raspberry or blackcurrent syrup.

2) Green tea with mint (good for digestion): Use simmering, non-boiling water, which you pour over a bag of green tea and fresh mint previously placed in the teapot. Remove the tea after 2-3 minutes, leave the mint for at least 10 minutes. Drink as it is or mix with a spoonful of organic wholemeal sugar or organic lemon syrup or organic sureau flowers syrup.

3) Green tea with lime or yellow lemon (good for the liver): Cut the lemon into pieces. Place the black tea of your choice in the teapot (Earl Grey or Russian Earl Grey for me). Use simmering, non-boiling water, which you pour over a tea bag. Remove tea after 2-3 minutes; leave the lemon. Blend with a spoonful of organic wholemeal brown sugar (optional).

You can also press the lemon directly into the glass – Healthy soda: https://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/158971101626/healthy-soda-le-jus-d12-citron-1l-deau

Pour lire ceci en français: https://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/183141207790/boissons-maison-chaudes-ou-froides-et-surtout

Great Fruit: There isn’t any grape in it ! But there’s juice…: https://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/173188724375/great-fruit-there-isnt-any-grape-in-it-but

Sugar – the elephant in the kitchen: Robert Lustig at TEDxBermuda 2013: https://youtu.be/gmC4Rm5cpOI

Excess sugar in food and drink needs tackling by law | Letters https://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/sep/10/excess-sugar-in-food-needs-tackling-by-law?CMP=share_btn_tw 

Industry hits out at ‘scapegoating’ as France amends sugar tax:  https://www.foodnavigator.com/Article/2017/10/30/Industry-hits-out-at-scapegoating-as-France-amends-sugar-tax#.Wn7z5Cm_OHA.twitter

Guggenheim museum reportedly offered the White House a golden toilet: https://edition.cnn.com/2018/01/25/politics/guggenheim-white-house-van-gogh-toilet/index.html

If Donald Trump was responsible he would pay more attention to toilets. Bill Gates and WHO do.

WHO – Reinventing the toilet for 2.5 billion in needhttp://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/92/7/14-020714/en

You can save 70% of water in developed countries by changing your toilet flush for a model invented 70 years ago.

The ‘Hydrochasse’ Griffon , The Environmentally responsible and innovative solution: http://trends.archiexpo.com/griffon/project-155624-245506.html

Fontaine – Marcel Duchamp

Do help Mrs Dalloway!

Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf – eBook: https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/w/woolf/virginia/w91md

Mrs Dalloway’s 1997 film: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119723/?ref_=nv_sr_1

What Singapore, Norway and Switzerland have in common ? According to OECD (http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/noncommunicable-diseases/mental-health/data-and-statistics), they are the 3 most advanced countries in the world. They also share the same approach to justice and mental health by providing their citizens with a system common to all. A single health system that includes mental health like any other condition. In these countries, mental health is accessible, affordable, efficient and is neither taboo nor a stigma.

According to WHO (http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/noncommunicable-diseases/mental-health/data-and-statistics), policy direction have never been so clear : in those 3 countries there are between 35 and 40 Psychiatrists per 100k citizens. Only 9 in the other 47 developed countries.

According again to WHO (http://www.who.int/mental_health/prevention/suicide/suicideprevent/en), close to 800 000 people die due to suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds. Many are not even recognised as suicide which make the statistics not realiable meaning there are more.  Many more attempt suicide. Suicide occurs throughout the lifespan and is the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year olds globally. Suicide is a global phenomenon; in fact, 78% of suicides occurred in low- and middle-income countries in 2015. Suicide accounted for 1.4% of all deaths worldwide, making it the 17th leading cause of death in 2015.  90% of suicide in Europe are caused by mental illness.

Mental illness causes sufferings. The three extracts of Mrs Dalloway here above are exemples of these sufferings.

There are different ways to deal with this worldwide phenomenon:
1. Ignore it.
2. Isolate and coerce people only when they disturb order.
3. Heavily tranquillise them so the people who are ill do not interact anymore.
4. Cure them, YES, that’s possible but rare. With methods, blood tests, grids, elaborate tests, adequate medication and close supervision by specialised doctors; some of these mentally-suffering people may have a normal life. 

We may hope that CRISPR will make a discovery to help them even more:

Could CRISPR Gene Editing Help Cure Mental Illness? (2016): https://edgylabs.com/mental-illness-crispr-gene-editing

Novel Approach to Study and Treat Schizophrenia (2017): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5289958

Not treating mentally-suffering people not only affects the ones who are ill but also the relatives. Many love them and do their best to help. Having an ill person at home may affect others and some of them may develop a mental disease as well.

Also, most of the time, mentally-ill people lose their job and are not compensated in proportion while they could be very valuable on the working force when treated properly. Pressure at work should also be reconsidered as it can cause people to not being able to deal with their disease anymore and in the worse cases, loose track of reality. “Adequate treatment can improve employment outcome but across the 60 developed countries, 70% of mentally-suffering people do not receive any treatment”. http://www.oecd.org/els/emp/mental-health-and-work.htm

The ILO and WHO have co-published recommendations about how to deal with mental illness at work. Here it is: http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/—ed_emp/—ifp_skills/documents/publication/wcms_108152.pdf

PrinceWilliam and Jacinda Ardern discuss mental health at Davos 2019: https://youtu.be/8yHqctvMtEM

Roy F. Baumeister & John Tierney – Willpower



Sugar – the elephant in the kitchen – Robert Lustig at TEDxBermuda 2013: https://youtu.be/gmC4Rm5cpOI

Comment le sucre affecte le cerveau – Nicole Avena: https://youtu.be/lEXBxijQREo

Fiscal policies for diet and the prevention of noncommunicable diseases – WHO: http://www.who.int/dietphysicalactivity/publications/fiscal-policies-diet-prevention/en/

Jamie’s Sugar Rush : https://youtu.be/Bpr20BdngSY

Diabetes not only imposes a huge health burden but also a large economic burden worldwidehttps://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-016-2827-1

Budget 2017: New sugar tax confirmed by Philip Hammond in fight to combat rising obesity – The Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/budget-2017-sugar-tax-philip-hammond-fight-obesity-child-weight-gain-fizzy-drinks-a7618316.html

Industry hits out at ‘scapegoating’ as France amends sugar tax – 30-Oct-2017 By Katy Askew: https://www.foodnavigator.com/Article/2017/10/30/Industry-hits-out-at-scapegoating-as-France-amends-sugar-tax

Nestlé says it can slash sugar in chocolate without changing taste – The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/dec/01/nestle-discovers-way-to-slash-sugar-in-chocolate-without-changing-taste

A new formula and a new name: Coca-Cola Zero Sugar replaces Coke Zero: http://www.fooddive.com/news/a-new-formula-and-a-new-name-coca-cola-zero-sugar-replaces-coke-zero/448169

Coronary disease and metabolic syndrome: http://www.ifcc.org/ifccfiles/docs/coronary_disease_and_metabolic_syndrome.pdf

L’épidémie de diabète en Europe – OMS: http://www.euro.who.int/fr/health-topics/noncommunicable-diseases/diabetes/news/news/2011/11/diabetes-epidemic-in-europe

Diabetes in Cambodia: http://www.mopotsyo.org/index.php/2015-07-14-11-47-29#

Tragédie en sucre mineur – Sciencetips : http://newsletters.artips.fr/Sciencetips/Leonard_Glycemie

“…Le fait-maison permet de prendre conscience des quantités de sucre…”: https://www.lemonde.fr/planete/article/2019/06/25/selon-l-agence-nationale-de-securite-sanitaire-75-des-4-7-ans-consomment-trop-de-sucre_5481322_3244.html