Most of us have jobs where we spend the whole week commuting to work early in the morning, working all day and then coming home when it's dark. This does not leave any time for relaxation or to unwind. I also work on Saturdays which means that my weekends are cut by 50 percent. This makes my Sunday mornings really precious and I really cherish them.
I love waking up early, hearing the birds twittering outside and sitting in the conservatory or lounge just savoring the silence while I enjoy my early morning cuppa, a light breakfast and getting my hands on the crisp clean pages of the Sunday Times before anyone else gets there. I hate it when the newspaper pages are out of order or someone has crumpled them and folded the paper badly.
Strange as it may seem but I have routine, I make a pot of tea, yes a pot of tea none of that tea in a huge mug business! Tea needs to be enjoyed from a fine china cup with a saucer. Next I slice some fruit, fill a bowl with granola top it with my favorite greek yoghurt and toss some fruit on the top. Of course one also needs warm croissants and pastries too. Once my breakfast tray is prepared. I take it into the lounge.
Over a leisurely breakfast I flip through the paper glancing at the main news. Once I have had a quick overview I go back and read the stories that most interest me. Glancing through the paper today, I was particularly interested to read an update about the Sugar Smart App that was launched last month.The App allows parents to check the sugar content on products by scanning the barcode with a smart phone. The launch of the app horrified parents as it highlighted the levels of sugars found in baby foods.The article today about the government app says that all baby foods have been removed from the app by Public Health England (PHE) as it was found that the app could not differentiate between good natural sugars and bad refined sugars. There is a major confusion amongst parents as to what really is healthy and what is not since even large amounts of natural sugars are bad for children.
On the health front it was particularly interesting to read that scientists are developing a 10 minute DIY test for cancer. David Wong, a professor of oncology at the University of California said it is possible to detect tumour DNA Circulating in bodily fluids with 100% accuracy.The test is entering clinical trials and it is hoped that it is approved in two years. The test is thought to be able to detect all types of cancers. I think this would be an amazing breakthrough.
I always leave the any inserts and magazines that come with the paper till last. This week the Sunday times have launched The Sunday Times magazine. Glancing through the magazine, I was most interested to read an article about " The Life Project, which began in 1946. The study is a portrait of tens of thousands of peoples lives in Britain. The study is very interesting highlighting topics about peoples lives and the effects it has on them. The "how to live well article " follows cohorts of children from 1946 to 1990. It shows things that were learnt from people's lives and how they are helping in shaping our future. You can read about The Lie Project:The Extraordinary story of Our Ordinary Lives by Helen Pearson.
Being a foodie I love reading the recipes, I am loving all the amazing food features and the droolworthy photos and recipes.This week's magazine had a refreshing blood orange and rosemary juice recipe and a Chestnut pancake recipe. I immediately fell in love with both and I have added them to my short list of recipes to recreate.
The Sunday Times paper with all the extra magazines is not just a paper for me its plays an important part in my Sunday relaxation routine. You can also get a digital pack of the Sunday Times, currently there is a special subscription offer of £20.00 for 13 weeks.
This post is in collaboration with the Sunday Times.