Help me Rhonda kick start the Honda!

Kickstart or “activate” your turmeric. Who knew?

Activated Turmeric is better than just slugging back Turmeric powder and hoping for the best & here is why.

If it is not activated it’s not activated, meaning it is not doing the intended job. I started taking turmeric about 12 months ago to help with inflammation after surgery and radiotherapy. Turmeric contains Curcumin, which is the strong anti -inflammatory ingredient we are after. The end goal is to get the Turmeric from your mouth to your small intestine where it can be absorbed and be its most beneficial. To activate you need to follow this equation: –

Turmeric + Black Pepper + Fat = Kickstart Rhonda, that is activated Turmeric

Black pepper contains Piperine a compound that increases the bioavailability of Curcumin. Piperine slows the absorption of Curcumin in the stomach allowing the fat time to carry the Turmeric to the small intestine and that’s as techy as I am going to get for you and all you really need to know.

So to make this as easy as possible make up a small jar of activated turmeric paste and keep it in the fridge to use in smoothies and Golden Milk drink (recipe below).

Here’s the recipe to kicks start your Turmeric journey and get it out of the yard.


1/2 cup filtered water (not tap)

1/4 cup organic turmeric powder

1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Add all ingredients to a small saucepan and heat on medium-high, stirring constantly until the mixture forms a thick paste (about 5 minutes). Carefully transfer to a resealable glass container and store in the fridge for up to two weeks.


Golden Milk is a gorgeous way to have turmeric.

Combined with your preferred milk turmeric boosts calcium absorption, while the added fat from the coconut oil aids in your bodies ability to absorb and reap the rewards of turmeric. This soothing drink is the perfect thing to incorporate into your night time routine or on a cooler autumn afternoon to help promote a restful night’s sleep and boost immunity.


1/2 – 1 tsp turmeric paste

1 cup milk (almond, soy, coconut, or dairy) try my home made oat milk recipe you can find it on The Food Manifesto facebook site.

1 tsp coconut oil

Honey, maple syrup, or coconut sugar to taste

Cinnamon or nutmeg to taste

Combine turmeric paste, milk, and coconut oil in a small saucepan and heat on medium high, stirring constantly to prevent the mixture from coming to a boil. Once heated, transfer to a mug and add the honey and cinnamon if you like. Perfect for the pending cooler weather.

Learning to …

Photo by Tim Mossholder – thank you Tim

For me, a big part of “getting over” my cancer was getting my PEG tube removed. In the end it took 14 months and it fell out of its own accord, in an Ambulance on the way to hospital. I asked that they didn’t try and put it back. I felt within myself it was time to stop using it.

However, before I got to that point I had to research and experiment with smoothies and real food before I could transition back to oral feeding. So here’s the thing, I could not wait to get off the “commercially prepared liquid enteral nutrition formulas” also known as “artificial food”. Yes, that is a mouthful and the more research I did the more I realised I had to get back on to real food before I could start to heal and feel better.

I will preface this next section by saying I am eternally grateful for my surgeon suggesting I have a PEG put in. If I had not done so it is pretty unlikely I would be here writing this today. Secondly to the manufacturers of “commercially prepared liquid enteral nutrition formulas” – thankyou, for without your “artificial food” I also would not be here to write this.

About 3- 4 months into PEG feeding I started to really miss the social aspect of food and eating. I was also missing cups of tea and all those beautiful moments you take for granted with food. I took a long time to heal and with all the ups and downs I started to research a passion of mine and that was food as medicine, which was the whole and sole of my business The Food Manifesto. It took four years to realise my business names’ purpose.

Extract from my forthcoming book : Easy Follow Easy Swallow

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