Why a good rant can work wonders for your health

  • How I ranted my way to a slimmer waist
  • If you haven’t got this in your house this winter, you should get one NOW and protect your whole family
  • The boozy way to better health

I’ve just discovered ANOTHER great way to lose weight and keep trim?


After Friday’s letter, where I told you about how I have my alter ego to contend with I went for a little swim.

And I MEAN little. Just changing into my trunks has me leaning against my locker taking in deep gulps of air.

So after my Olympic effort of five lengths (I’m like a wind-up toy; I go crazy for a few lengths then sputter and come to a standstill), I weighed myself in the changing rooms, and I’m 3lbs lighter than I was last month.

Now, it can’t be the swimming. I only go to the baths about once every six weeks. And I’m not sure it’s the walking or cycling, because I’ve been doing both of those things regularly now for months, and my weight’s been pretty much the same all of last year.

But I HAVE been moaning about things quite a bit recently?

The lack of sun in Bristol, the fact that a set of window shutters we ordered don’t fit, my home alarm going off three times in a month, fast food shops and the crazy rush for fuel and toilet rolls ….they’ve all had a bashing.

Still, according to one report I’ve read, having a good rant can burn up to 50 calories a minute. I wonder if bashing away at a keyboard while I’m writing these letters does the same trick?

AND, venting your anger and letting it loose in a good old moan has been shown to prevent stress and help you relax.

In which case I must be the most relaxed man in Britain!

But at least I managed to shake off a sniffling cold? I mean debilitating ‘man flu’ that I was starting to suffer from last week.

And it was the easiest thing I’d ever done?

Make sure that you are fully prepared for the upcoming winter.

Getting rid of the sniffle was all down to a good dollop of raw Manuka honey.

And it has been proven to be great for all ages too.

‘Honey is better at treating children’s coughs than an ingredient used in many over-the-counter medicines’, proclaimed The Daily Telegraph last year.

Almost immediately, every Good Life reader sighs and says ‘Yes, we already know that’.

Honey is one of those old wives remedies that is so obviously effective most of us don’t bother with the science.

It just works.

But this story from the Telegraph was still welcome, because at least it got the message out to the masses.

The researchers behind this story found that children who took honey syrup had improved sleep, a reduction in coughing frequency and a less bothersome cough.

The results were as effective as dextromethorphan, the key ingredient in pricey, mass-produced cough syrups.

Honey, of course, is much less expensive and more natural.

And it works on adults to. Even whingers like me.

Here are a couple of remedies you can try yourself:

The boozy way to better health

  • Soak an ounce of dried thyme in a cup of boiled water, covered, until cool. Strain, then mix the liquid with a cup of honey. Now put this into a glass jar and store it in the fridge (it keeps for several months). Take a teaspoon of this syrup several times a day as needed.
  • Take some freshly chopped basil leaves, some crushed raw ginger and add to hot water. Now stir in a teaspoonful of honey and, once cool enough, drink slowly. This will sort out both colds and sore throats.
  • Squeeze the juice of a fresh lemon into a large mug. Add hot water. Stir in two teaspoons of honey. Breathe in the steam for a few minutes, inhaling through your nose. Now drink. The added option that your doctor won’t ever recommend? A splash of whisky. This kills the germs dead.

‘Oh Ray,’ I hear you cry, ‘They sound absolutely marvellous. If only I could have more remedies like this to hand, to use whenever I wanted, my life would be perfect.’

Well for once I’ve already thought ahead, and have made sure you can have the most powerful health compendium on uses for honey all in one place.

In fact this little book covers THREE of the most amazing natural ingredients you’ll ever come across – honey, garlic and vinegar. And the book I’m talking about is my own mini-opus, called The Honey, Garlic and Vinegar Miracle.

I know I’ve told you about this before, but I really think every Good Lifer should have one (I wouldn’t have wasted 9 months of my life doing all the research and putting this book together if I didn’t think it could help you).

So if you haven’t read it yet, why not give it a go? If you give it a look through and don’t like it, just send it back and you’ll get your money back in full.

I hope you are all keeping well… but don’t miss out on the chance of a good rant every now and again!