Annangrove

My time atAnnangrove Public School.

My first experience of school was at the wonderful Annangrove Public School, located at 285 Annangrove Rd Annangrove. Just writing about this is bringing back a ton of memories. I haven’t been to Annangrove for many years now, and maybe I’m long overdue a visit.

It’s hard to find any pictures of Annangrove, but here is a link to the google map image which shows the front of the school. In the mean time I’m going to try to find some more images to post of the school, but from what I can see, the school has retained a lot of its old charm. I have memories of the school bell ringing in the courtyard, the tennis courts where we played handball, and the bushland which abutted the back of the school. There were also numerous power stanchions right in the middle of where we used to play, so I wonder if these are still around.

I went to the local school right through from Kindergarten to year 6. I have really fond memories of going to school there. It is true that for a while I was the ‘principal’s favourite’. I was very good at maths and spelling, but not so good at writing! I remember that we always started the morning class with 100 multiplication tables questions, and I have vivid memories of crying in the playground one day when I only got 99/100. And yup, this happened one more time where I only got 99/100, but for every other single time I got 100/100! Oh well, it’s a shame that all of my maths skills have gone down the drain and little if any skills remain! And going back to being the principals favourite, I do remember a time when the principal came into class boasting about how good a speller I was. He also knew that I loved music and playing the cello. In front of the whole class he asked me to spell ‘rhythm’, and before he asked me , he told the whole class that he’d just asked some other kids and he was surprised they all got it wrong. But not me…. well anyway, I remember that I spelt it ‘rythm’ and left out the ‘h’. I just remember that he shook his head, a bit disappointed, may surprised, and then walked out!

Anyway, overall my experiences at primary school were quite positive, particularly building my self confidence in music, maths and academic subjects. But none of my primary school day glories could prepare me for the absolute shock of entering high school … going to the highly, super competitive Sydney Grammar School!

I will continue posting on Sydney Grammar days…..

My Favourite Superfoods

Here are some of my favourite foods

Eating foods these days provides tough choices. We are surrounded by modern day conveniences and packaged foods which have been highly processed with many nutrients having been stipped away. I will outline my favourite immune boosting superfoods which help to provide and maintain optimal digestive health.

KOMBU
I think that kombu is a great superfood, particularly due to being packed full of super nutrients. It is commonly available in the health food section of most supermarkets as well as being readily available in asian grocery stores. This seaweed is a staple of Japanese cooking, and is most readily available in the dried form. I like to add it while cooking grains and legumes, and it can also be used while cooking vegetables. Throw in some dried shiitake mushrooms and you will get an added flavour and nutritional boost. Kombu helps in the digestion of legumes, and will reduce the amount of bloating and wind that legumes commonly cause. The only word of caution is in regular use of kombu is all cookings due to the high iodine content which can affect thyroid gland functioning.

About me
I am passionate about nutrition and how it affects digestive health. I undertook training at the University of NSW, Australia. Special areas of interest include irritable bowel syndrome, coeliac disease and fatty liver. Nutrition is the cornerstone of health, and in particular plays a crucial role in disease prevention. Eating the wrong foods can lead to multiple digestive complaints such as heartburn, indigestion, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, constipation and low energy levels. Obesity is on the rise as being one of the most important factors in poor health, and is generally due to a lack of physical activity not to mention poor eating habits. I recommend keeping a food journal to try to identify trigger foods, as well as documenting any other relevant factors such as stress levels. Reviewing eating habits with a skilled dietician can also be extremely useful. A top tip is to make sure that you eat small meals frequently, so as not to overwhelm the digestive tract. Also remember to chew foods thoroughly – digestion start in the oral cavity, and if you gulp down food, your digestive system doesn’t stand a chance!