In the past I used to purchase honey and lemon drinks in a packet from the chemist when in the death-throes of a full blown flu.

Of course, those little packets didn’t help much, therefore, I was doubtful when I launched this whole insane challenge.

Naturally, having real lemon juice and proper honey in warm water is an utterly unique experience, and with all the hype around it I set out on a 12 month quest to see if it actually was as miraculous as the trend says.

I am glad to report I am absolutely converted, and here is why.

1. I have not had a cold, flu or gastro illness in the entire year.

Precisely. On reflection, this in fact blows my mind. All of my life I’ve been a serial tonsillitis-getter, and at all times appeared to pick up whatever was going around. With a large family, that includes lots of little ones, there is without fail someone around who has the latest bug. I am pleased to announce I no longer catch them, even when it rips through the rest of the herd.

Confession: there were days I skipped utterly, and despite the fact that I have experienced very early signs of sickness occasionally (too many sneezes in a day, run down, extra tired, suspicious tummy rumblings) nothing at all has occurred. Yes, I’ve had tired days and occasional headaches, nonetheless nothing to write home about.

Once I got back on the regime these stopped occurring, and I now indeed wear by honey/lemon—to the point I‘ve become old-aged too early and carry them both in my bag when I stay at friend’s places or hotels. (Should I be worried I’m also proud of this?)

2. I no longer need coffee and have become a {gasp} morning person.
I have in fact started craving the zing that I get from lemon and honey first thing in the morning, besides it doesn’t leave me with headaches or the dreaded caffeine comedown. My energy levels have soared and I am quicker to smile in the a.m.

It used to take me no less than an hour to open my second eye and stop grunting at people like a cavewoman, but today I’m irking the people that love me in new and wonderful ways, for example, throwing deep philosophical questions at them as I bound into the kitchen. I’ll have to discover a new challenge quickly though, if I am to keep them on their toes.