The season of indulgent food is upon us!

The season of indulgence is upon us!

According to tradition one must consume a piece of Christmas Cake a day (I have no idea where this tradition came from) for 12 consecutive days in order to receive the ‘Christmas Good luck’. However, in my case I’ve probably already consumed the 12 pieces…falling well short of the said 12 days. Woops!

So if you are a ‘consumer’ like me you might like to consider the benefits of Peppermint Tea (I’ve talked about this in a previous post), Chamomile tea, and a favourite digestive homeopathic remedy – Nux Vomica. One of these combined with a wee lie down on the couch generally works wonders after over-indulgence of the Christmas sort.

If you are finding you are consuming more alcohol than usual due to Christmas functions then its good to remember that as alcohol depletes the body of important vitamins keep taking your multi-vitamin over the Christmas Season.

Try and start each day with a glass of water with lemon juice added – a good kick start for your body.

And lastly, remember to keep up your exercise routine. Going for a walk after a large meal can do wonders also.

Have a happy and safe Christmas Season!

A Shout Out for Meatless Mondays!

How wonderful is the Meat-free Monday project?

If you are still to hear of this marvellous project I am a huge supporter so you might be hearing a lot about it from this blog in the future!

Meat-free Monday was started in the UK by the McCartney family. Linda McCartney was a vegetarian and food pioneer of her time.

Carrying this vegetarian passion on the McCartney family promote Mondays as being meat-free – giving your health and your pocket a boost as well as helping our planet. They are correct when they say that having one meat-free day each week can make a huge difference.

What I like about this project is that it only promotes one day a week meat-free. I’m not a believer in this busy world of doing things fast – and going cold turkey (if you’ll excuse the pun) and completely vegetarian in one hit can be stressful. Why not start one day a week and see how you go? Stretch to two days after a while and then three, and before you know it – Voila! You’re vegetarian! If you are already a vegetarian – why not make Monday your ‘Go-Vegan’ day?!

I remember Linda McCartney passing away in the late 1990’s. I was so sad. It was sad to say goodbye to such an inspiring vegetarian and passionate supporter of animal rights – but this wonderful project keeps her memory alive and I know she too would think it was marvellous.

Checkout this link :

http://www.meatfreemondays.com

The 10 most sprayed produce items in your Supermarket

OK, deep breath.

The list is out today for the 10 most sprayed produce items in your Supermarket.

It will be no shock to see grapes on the list as all the dark coloured grapes that I have ever seen personally in the Supermarket are white with residue from sprays. But such a shame that apples came in second! Sigh.

I cannot even begin to describe in a couple of sentences how BAD sprays are for the human body, don’t want to alarm you too much or anything but lets just say we’re not designed to be swallowing pesticides and chemicals. I will dedicate an entire post to it in the future and you may find yourself becoming a Naturopath!

Heres the list as at today:

1) Peaches
2) Apples
3) Celery
4) Nectarines
5) Strawberries
6) Cherries
7) Pears
8) Imported Grapes
9) Potatoes
10) Onions

If you have a source of organics nearby, I would encourage looking into changing your produce to be organically sourced. There are also some home-delivery organic boxes that come directly to your door – google them for your area and see what you can find. I can personally vouch for how much fun it is to have organic produce home-delivered, its like being handed a gift once a week (despite having actually paid for your gift)! Also some organic home deliveries have lovely little add-ons too like free range eggs, etc.

However, upons saying this I believe that there are some exceptions to the rule though that perhaps some staunch organic consumers would not agree with. For example, if you have teenagers with money in their pockets that have the power of choice of what they purchase for lunch, a bag full of fruit from the Supermarket is wonderful, wonderful, wonderful compared to McDonalds.

Also, organic produce is simply not in everyone’s budget. And that is fine. There may just be a time in the future when it is in your budget, so do not be worried. Maybe just try and purchase organic apples, stone fruit and spuds, and the rest can come from the Supermarket, something along those lines!

Also, its about educating our children to be fruit and vege eaters. If they are already produce eaters then fantastic, maybe start talking to them about organics now too……but if you are still at the stage of assisting your kids to make healthy choices then once again you want them choosing fruit as a snack, instead of KFC, and the rest will follow.

If Supermarket produce is more in your budget range, then do not avoid it because of this list. Supermarket fruit and veges are still so much better for you and nutrient rich compared to many foods in the other aisles of the Supermarket, so you are still making an awesome ‘healthy choice’.

Have a lovely day!

Shouldn’t an Apple Pie have Apple in it?

When I make an apple pie at home the filling consists of stewed apple, cinnamon and I use honey to sweeten.

Here is what McDonalds uses in their apple pie filling :

Sodium Carboxy
Sodium Methyl
Sodium Cellulose (466)
Colour (160)
Colour (E160b)
Modified maize starch
Trisodium Citrate (331)
Citric acid (330)
Sugar
Water
Nutmeg extract
Cinnamon extract
Lemon juice extract
Apple extract

If you are unhappy with this extensive list of artificial ingredients – then vote with your dollar and don’t buy McDonalds Apple Pies!

The benefits of Naturopathy

A Naturopath is trained to use and employ safe and effective natural medicine that will support the human body in recovery. Naturopath’s use a wide range of modules, including homeopathy, herbal medicine, vitamins and minerals.

The benefits of Naturopathy are numerous as a Naturopath treats and views a person as an individual and will ascertain a treatment programme for you that is entirely personal.

Naturopathy is used to treat many health concerns and diseases. Chronic conditions such as period pain, digestive problems, menstrual problems, ongoing cold and flu’s and cystitis respond well to natural medicine.

Natural medicine, when used under professional guidance, does not have the same side effects as pharmaceutical medicine.

Your Naturopath is like your GP – make sure there is that all important connection, and that you understand each other.

Have a great day!

10 Reasons to drink water

1) Water is absolutely essential to the human body’s survival. A person can live for about a month without food, but only about a week without water.

2) Water helps to maintain healthy body weight by increasing metabolism and regulating appetite.

3) Water leads to increased energy levels. The most common cause of daytime fatigue is actually mild dehydration.

4) Drinking adequate amounts of water can decrease the risk of certain types of cancers, including colon cancer, bladder cancer and breast cancer.

5) For a majority of sufferers, drinking adequate water can significantly reduce joint and/or back pain.

6) Water leads to overall greater health by flushing out wastes and bacteria that can cause disease.

7) Water can prevent and alleviate headaches.

8) Water naturally moisturises skin and ensures proper cellular formation underneath layers of skin to give it a healthy appearance.

9) Water aids in the digestion process and helps prevent constipation.

10) Water is the primary mode of transportation in the body and is essential for proper circulation.

What’s in those little tomato sauce sachets?

Those little sachets of tomato sauce that you get at McDonalds and fast food places do not actually have a lot of ‘tomato’ in them.

Here’s the ingredients of one of those sachets :

*Tomato paste extract
*Calcium sulphate (526)
*Glucose
*Water
*Invert sugar extracts
*Flavouring
*Salt
*White vinegar extract 9260)
*Acetic Acid
*Sodium Diacetate (262)

Just more ‘food for thought’!

Cellphones versus Brain Cancer

There is STILL NO PROOF that cellphones do NOT cause brain cancer. All studies that are made are coming back with big, fat alarm bells pointing to over-exposure of cellphones causing this, particulary in children’s developing brains.
Would it be wrong to predict that in say, 30 years time, there will be an epidemic of brain cancer that is caused by over-exposure of cellphone use right now?
I know you can’t comment, sorry, because of my spam issue, but its food for thought isn’t it?

Remember the posts of the past?

A bit of housekeeping!
Don’t be alarmed, I know the old posts have vanished. But I am often asked about posts from years ago – this blog has been running a long time now – and so I’ve decided to re-post all the oldies again over the next 12 months.
We can never have enough informed choice now can we??!
Thanks for your awesome support.
Apologies again my dear readers that you can’t post comments – I am being bombarded with spam.
I’m sorry but I do not advertise for other companies.
Have a lovely day!

Foods That Can Help Save Your Life

Dr Akilah - Celestial Healing Wellness Center

turmericDRINK

By Anthony Gucciardi

Chances are that a number of food-based and environmental stressors are adversely affecting your health, putting pressure on your biological function and taxing you away from your optimum health potential. If you eat junk food, live in a polluted city, drink alcohol, smoke, or take pharmaceutical drugs, you could be unintentionally loading your body with toxic substances. Thankfully, a mixture of great tasting and powerful food products can help heal this damage in addition to boosting your overall health condition.

Turmeric & Cayenne Pepper Nutrient Drink

For starters, Turmeric is one nutritional powerhouse that you should be consuming on a daily basis. Before purchasing any old Turmeric spice product, however, it is important that you buy the right kind. Look for pure Turmeric powder, as opposed to commercial curry powders that contain less concentrations of pure Turmeric. It is also highly preferable that you purchase 100% organic Turmeric…

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