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5 tips to avoid catching a cold

When the weather gets cold, a lot of people catch a cold. These are my 5 tips to avoid catching a cold, which help me to protect myself against a cold or flu, or to get over it quicker! No one wants to fall ill, so a good regimen is key to good health especially in cold days. And if you catch a cold, a  healthy lifestyle will help you recover quicker!

1. Live a healthy lifestyle

This is especially important in the cold season. This means eating healthy, warming foods like soups and stews, with lots of energy that your body needs to stay warm. Also you have to move your body enough during the day, even if the weather makes you feel you want to curl up on the couch with a warm cup of tea and a blanket. Go walk your dog a few times, or go work out. Make sure you get a good night sleep. It is dark more hours of the day, and that means you need to get more sleep.

READ MORE: 5 tips for Smart ( and Healthy) Healthy Grocery Shopping

2. Wash your hands all the time, and go everywhere with a hand sanitizer

This doesn't need much explanation really. During the day you touch a lot of surfaces that other people have touched as well. Bacteria and viruses are easily spread that way. And if you don't you are more likely to catch a cold.

READ MORE: How to properly wash your hands to avoid a cold

3. Hydrate yourself

When it is cold people or less likely to drink enough water because it is cold, but when you are inside with the heater on, you are dehydrating rapidly. This means drinking enough water and/or tea, but also making sure your skin from the outside stays hydrated. Especially dry skin on your lips, inside your nose, and dry eyes are excellent places for viruses and bacteria to enter your body. When these are hydrated, you create a barrier between you and the potential viruses and bacteria. I use homeopathic eyedrops, aloe vera for my nose, coconut oil for my skin, and coconut butter or shea butter for my lips. Also hydrate the air you breathe. Humidify the air using a humidifier inside your apartment, and let it run day and night. Also, when you go outside, wrap a scarf around your mouth and breathe through it. When you preheat the air, and moisten the air with your saliva, it will again protect against a dry mouth and bacteria and viruses from easily entering through your mouth and nose.


4. Take some extra vitamins

Especially Vitamin C which is known to be helping boost your immune system. I also take oregano oil which supposedly has anti-viral properties and garlic because it is supposed to cleanse your blood. Also a complete wellness mix of herbs to boost your immune system is a good option. Go to your local vitamin store for advice and ask your doctor what vitamins work for you.

READ MORE: Vitamins and minerals

5. Drink tea with healing herbs

I like Mu tea which is a combination of 16 herbs including licorice, and the good old herbal teas including chamomile and jasmin tea and ginger tea. Add some honey. Honey is known for the antibacterial qualities so it is said that taking honey will soothe your throat. More hard-core is adding raw ginger to your tea. This really helps me to avoid catching a cold!

READ MORE: Ginger Lemon Tea

Stay warm & healthy!

Love, Lonneke

Ginger Lemon Tea

I make this tea every other day because I love it so much and I never get bored with ginger flavor. Its so spicy and warming and reach and …. healing!

The power of ginger lemon tea

When you feel your stomach is upset or when you over-eat (think Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas celebration!), or when you just need immunity boost, make this tea for yourself or your love one, sit in a cozy chair with a blanket, and enjoy the herbal aroma that is oh so good for you! Sipping ginger lemon tea will calm you down, fire up your digestion and warm up your soul.




Chocolate to go with tea

I always keep raw chocolate bar in my fridge (yes, i do keep my chocolate in a fridge! it stays crisp and fresh) . Chocolate and this tea is a delicious treat at any time of  a day!




Ginger-Lemon Tea Recipe

Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4

Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 

  • Ginger
  • Zest of ½ lemon
  • 4 cups boiling hot water
  • raw honey (optional)

  1. Make a lemon zest with smaller peeler, and shred a ginger with a large peeler.
  2. Put inside of teapot, add hot water and let it seat for 10 min.
  3. Serve in your favorite cup.
  4. Add honey at the end (optional).
  5. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4

Cheers to health!


First published by Valentina Zelyaeva on November 24th 2011, updated in 2019



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First published by Valentina Zelyaeva on on July 9th 2012, Updated in 2019

The Best Carrot Ginger Dressing

I am not a big fan of salads, but if a salad has a good dressing on top, I suddenly love it! It is all about the dressing, and this Asian carrot ginger dressing is definitely one of my favorites. And it is super easy to make too!

This dressing you mix well into your salad, and the flavor is sweet (the carrot and sugar), a hint of salt (soy sauce) and sour (rice vinegar). The best carrot ginger dressing brings an all-round flavor that you will love in your salad!

What is your favorite salad dressing? Let me know!

Love, Lonneke

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The Best Carrot Ginger Dressing
A super fast and super tasty dressing for your salad.

Cuisine: Asian
Recipe type: dressing
Serves: 4

Prep time: 
Total time: 

  • 3 carrots
  • 1 small to medium onion
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • ½ a cup soy sauce
  • ½ a cup brown rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • olive oil

  1. Clean the carrots and onions, and put in a blender with the ginger, soy sauce, brown rice vinegar and brown sugar.
  2. Blend all together until a smooth texture
  3. Add some olive oil and mix again. (You can add more olive oil if you want to make it more creamy)

This dressing tastes great with a salad made of iceberg lettuce, avocado, cucumber, sunflower seeds.

Need Energy!

You know sometimes you need to do a lot of things, but your body and/or mind is not very cooperative. You are tired and prefer to be in bed or relaxing on the couch. You know coffee helps, but will also probably keep you awake at night when you actually can go to bed. And coffee some say, is like drugs, so not so good for you.

Then I found Guayaki Yerba Mate Organic Energy shots. The word "USDA organic" caught my eye, and I wanted to try it. It is made with organic superfoods like Yerba Mate, Goji BerryAcerola Cherry and Ginger. Guayaki also seems Fair for Life certified by IMO, kosher, certified CCOF organic so pretty impressive.

You new Substitute for coffee?

I am not a big fan of energy drinks, as usually there is a lot of artificial flavoring in it. When I find a new food like this, I like to do some research on the ingredients. This way I get educated along the way! *

The main ingredients listed above, like Yerba Mate should boost your energy and give you focus and clarity as mentioned on Guayaki's website. They also say  it is healthier than other energy-giving ingredients like coffee, tea, kola nut, cocoa and guarana, and in some countries in South America it is a national drink.

Guayaki is a dietary supplement. It seems at least better choice than most energy drinks. And they have a few interesting flavors, Chocolate Raspberry is my favorite. ( but Lemon is good too). It actually tastes really good!

For me, I found I was more alert, without my heart beating faster (That's what I get from drinking coffee) I feel the same just a bit more alert. I only take it when I am extremely tired and have to do something, or work.

But really, the best recipe for getting enough energy , is not drinking energy drinks, but is getting enough sleep, that's for sure!

You can order Guayaki on Amazon:

*p.s These are the results of my research on the ingredients of this product:

Guayaki ingredients include organic evaporated cane juice, not really my favorite.

It also says "Organic flavors", I wonder where these come from?

It also contains  L-Malic acid, which I found after research on

"L-Malic acid: Main function and Purpose: As an acidulant, L-Malic acid is especially suitable for jelly and foodstuff containing fruit ingredient. It can keep the natural color of juice. Used in health drinks, it can resist fatigue and protect liver, kidney and heart. L-Malic acid can enhance pharmaceutical stability and improve pharmaceutical absorption. It can be added into composite amino acid injection, directly participating the metabolic cycle of organism-Krebs cycle. It can reduce the metabolic loss of amino acid and can compensate hypohepatia, cure uremia and hypertension, and weaken the damage of anticancer drug to normoblasts. It is also used in skin disinfector, air depurative and deodorizer." In Europe it has code E296, and I also found it is not a synthetic form (that's D-Malic acid).

In a book I own with all the E-numbers and explanation, E296 is filed under the "contradictory research results, be careful" category. (Which means some say it is healthy, some say not. When in doubt do not use this additive. Especially when you are pregnant or planning to. )Under E296 says it should not be given probably to young children.

This is what I found about Guar Gum:" A natural food thickener, 8 times more thickening ability than corn starch. It grows primarily in Pakistan. It was used in weight loss pills to give a feeling of fullness, but has been banned by FDA for that purpose. Diabetic patients should be careful, and only take it when drinking at least 8 ounces of liquid. In Europe it has code E412.

In my book E412 shows following: also filed under the "be careful" category. In bad cases people can be allergic, and this additive is mostly considered harmless. But it does "Pas op" which means "watch out".

With this information I can take a conscious decision for myself, and will take it only when needed, and not multiple times a day.

Doing research about food is always important, I mean, you put that food inside your body, better know what it is exactly! I always recommend researching your food!

Lonneke on De Dino Show

Philippe, Lonneke, Jandino & Adje

Hi everyone!

Yesterday was my first time being on a tv show ever, showing how to make juices and smoothies and mentioning Organice Your Life®! It was the talk  show by comedian Jandino Asporaat, "De Dino Show"  which is very popular amongst young people in the Netherlands.

I could not stop laughing while I was there! Jandino and the other two guests: Philippe Geubels (a Belgian comedian) and Adje ( A Dutch rapper) were so funny! I hope to be back sometime in the future and I hope to do more of these shows too!

I showed 2 recipes:

*A Juice, juiced with the Versapers juicer with: kale, apple, carrot and ginger. To find more juices  on our website that you can make with your chosen juicer, go HERE.

*And my famous Banana, spinach and almond milk shake. If you want to know how to make a smoothie with these and other ingredients, find the article I wrote for this site about that HERE.

Smoothie Dino Show 1
Pouring in Almond milk into the blender.
Smoothie Dino Show 2
Blending the banana, almond milk and spinach.
Dino show smoothie 3
I poured the drink into the glasses...
Dino show drinking smoothie
And everyone tried the smoothie and thought it tasted good!

 The last one they loved the most!

If you live in the Netherlands, you can watch the tv show below through Uitzending Gemist.

Philippe, Lonneke, Jandino & Adje

Otherwise see a short clip here on a news website.

Love, Lonneke

Ginger Tea

All right, I am probably obsessed with tea! I just love to have my warming cup of tea every day. At home I have huge collection of herbal, green and white teas.

I recently bought super cute reusable tea container (made with glass, not plastic!) to take it with me when I go to work or when I'm traveling.

Organice Your Life choice:
The Lotus Glass Tea Tumbler. Tea Infuser Bottle & Strainer for Loose Leaf, Herbal, Green Tea, Coffee or Fruit Water Infusions. 450ml/15oz Keeps Drinks Hot or Cold for 45 min. Bamboo Lid +Travel Sleeve

Tea To Go

So, what I do is: before I leave my home, I pour hot water into my tea container, add few (or alot!) pieces of fresh ginger and few leaves of jasmine tea. And it seats there, brewing for an hour or so.

When I open the lid, ginger aroma is so refreshing and warming that everyone around me wants to have a sip.

Either you are a ginger-fan or someone who looks for natural remedies to boost your immune system, you will love this recipe!

love, Val

First published by Valentina Zelyeava on on April 29th 2012, updated in 2019