Morning Metabolism Boost: Honey, Lemon & Ginger with Green Tea

honey lemon n ginger


Today I want to share our morning ritual with you.

As soon as I wake up I put the kettle on (filtered water*). Then I squeeze a fresh lemon with my handy little lemon juicer (just like this one).

lemon juicerI pour the juice into my teapot and slice 2 or 3 slices of fresh ginger root and add them to the pot. I also add an organic Green Tea bag.

Once the mixture has been allowed to steep for a while I pour it into our mugs and add a spoonful of local (if possible) raw honey. Make yourself a pot and Enjoy!

At some point I will add the info for each of the ingredients highlighted above on why they are good for you to begin your day, especially if you are also dancing with the Big ‘C’.

What’s really important here is for you is to build up your Immune System, and to do that you need to check out your ph balance. I can already hear some of you asking “what’s my ph balance?” 

this is a balance between the alkaline and acid within your body

Basically, your body’s natural ph balance is around 7.3/7.4. I can guarantee yours is lower than that if you have cancer! Why? Because cancer can only live in an acidic environment, and when your ph level is lower than 7.3/7.4 you have an acidic environment in your body…..

How can you find out what your ph balance is?

Buy some ph strips:


I like these from Energize for Life.

Just pee on a strip first thing in the morning and wait for 30 seconds. I’ve found these to be the most reliable so far. Please let me know if you find out anything different?

It’s really good for you to have a marker to go by, and testing your ph level is a really good way to put a smile on your face as your alkalinity level goes up and up as you become more aware of your body’s needs.

We pee on a strip about once every week or two now, just to ensure that we’re keeping on track….

Off to do some research for you on the reasons why this is such a good boost for you every morning! Back soon… x

*If you don’t have a water filter, please do yourself a big favour and treat yourself! I got mine from Wilkinson’s for £7.00.

Welcome to Dancing with the Big ‘C’!


This beautiful image is a breast cancer cell seen through an electron microscope.

Photograph: Science Photo Library Science source/Science photo library


My name is Sue Fraser. I have 3 daughters. On December 23 2014 I learned that my eldest daughter Emma had been diagnosed with breast cancer…

I can’t think of a worse Christmas present for anyone who has a child. You can imagine how the season of goodwill suddenly became null and void for my family..

On 16 January 2015, after further tests it was found that the cancer had metastacised (spread) to Emma’s liver and lungs and was also in her lymph. It was now stage 4 and classed as terminal cancer.

Emma chose to have chemo. To be honest I believe that when someone is diagnosed with cancer they should have a cooling off period before being ‘offered’ chemotherapy.

So as a mum, my first instinct was to protect my child. Much to her partner’s (at the time) irritation I moved into their spare room the day before her chemo started to help take care of Emma, my two grandchildren and their home.

I borrowed a juicer from my sister, who bought the first of the organic carrots that has become part of the daily staple (more about that later). We also ordered some Essiac Tea and I made the first brew.

tea organic carrots

The reason I am writing this blog is to help anyone else who wonders what the heck they should do next after being diagnosed with the Big ‘C’, especially if the chemo route isn’t too appealing to you but you’re not sure what the alternatives are?

Why? Because as of the end of April 2015, the following had happened:

  • By March 10th 2015 Emma had 3 cycles of chemo, then decided she couldn’t cope with any more
  • On 6th March, after only 2 blasts of chemo and lots of organic carrot juice and Essiac tea we went to see Emma’s oncologist in Burton who told us that the cancer in her breast had ‘disappeared’! She was amazed and couldn’t stop repeating ‘Wow!’ Emma had another scan the following week.
  • Emma wanted to go ‘home’ so I moved with her and the children back to Plymouth on 21st March 2015 (my birthday). The day before we moved we got to see the oncologist in Burton for the last time, she informed us that the cancer in her breast had indeed disappeared and the rest was ‘melting away‘!
  • We have had juices, smoothies and Essiac Tea along with other natural goodies every day since 26th January 2015
  • I have been on an ongoing learning journey about the Big ‘C’ ever since, and still am…
  • We met Emma’s new oncologist on 23rd March 2015, he wanted Emma to continue with chemo, but she chose not to so he gave her 6 weeks to go away and settle in and have a rest from the toxins.

At the end of April 2015 both Danni (Emma’s sister) and I accompanied Em to her next appointment. Her oncologist tried his best to get her to resume chemo, but Emma is still adamant that she prefers quality of life to having poison pumped through her veins. We asked about the cancer and how it was doing, eventually the doctor showed us her scans – both the previous ones and the current ones. (I will post them if he lets me have a copy of them in the future). In his words the cancer is ‘practically gone’!

At the March 23rd appointment Emma’s oncologist said if she didn’t continue with the chemo the cancer would come back more aggressively than before, she was so brave at the time and determined not to let him talk her into more chemo. After the first session she spent 10 days in hospital with as many side effects as she could possibly have, including all her hair falling out after the first blast! She chose not to go through any more of that.

I’m not going to go into the whole story here, I want this to be more of a ‘Tips’ blog, passing on the information that has helped Emma to bring her body back into balance by removing the toxins in all areas of her life.

I aim to provide you with recipes and tips that we are using every day that are working for us. If you have any that you would like us to share, please let me know!

I don’t know all the answers yet, but I have done a fair amount of research since 23 December and I am writing a book about our story. If you  have any questions that we might be able to help you with on your own journey with cancer, please ask. If we can help, we will. If not, I will point you in the best direction.

Until next time….

Sue x