One of my favourite face masks

Heres one of my favourite and very simple face masks :

1 Kiwifruit
1 tsp honey

Whip the whole lot through the blender. Apply to face and lie down for 10 minutes, then jump through the shower and wash the whole lot off. Bliss!

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Would you vote for McDonalds?

McDonalds annoys me.

Ask anyone about McDonalds and seriously they seem to all say “Oh yes McDonalds. Great training. Great Work environment”

I bang my head on a wall.

How is it that McDonalds manages to fell entire forests, load their food with a zillion additives and preservatives, support unethical factory farming and yet they are perceived as a company that offers ‘great training’ and ‘great work environments’ in our society?

Big deal McDonalds! There are trillions of wonderful companies (international too) that offer great training and great work environments, AND SO THEY SHOULD. This is not the dark ages, lets provide our employees with fantastic options and not expect a massive pat on the back for it! There are also companies that are ethical and honest in how they produce their products.

In my view, McDonalds does one very amazing and wonderful thing. They are behind Ronald McDonald house – and this is a fantastic incentive worth commenting on.

The rest of McDonald is seriously TERRIBLE. Hello World!! Everyday you could find an issue with McDonalds on the internet, in the News and in general, but instead people LOVE THEM because of their great training?

The are often the subject of investigation – please look further and decide harder where you are going to spend your dollar. You really are voting when you spend your money.

I recently saw on the News that a McDonalds ‘chicken’ nugget has only 2% chicken in the ingredients – 2%! I enquired further into this, and its true, only 2%. That’s just wrong. What is the rest of what you are eating then? Ask yourself, am I ok with that?

This sparked a little bit of research on my part, and I have a list of the McDonalds ingredients for the majority of their products.

Here’s a few of them to give you an idea…

McDonalds soft serve icecream ingredients :

Milk powder
water
corn syrup
annatto (160)
mono/diglycerides (471)
guar gum (412)
synthetic vanilla flavour
sugar
cellulose gum (460)
carrageen (407)

And that’s just the soft serve part!

Here is the ingredients of the strawberry topping :

strawberry syrup
pectin (440)
brilliant blue colouring (133)
sodium benzoate (211)
locust bean gum (410)
nature-identical strawberry flavour
sugar
allura red (129)
citric acid (330)
potassium sorbate (202)

Ladies and Gentlemen – I ask you – Are you comfortable eating all these ingredients in a sundae? Are you comfortable with your children eating this? Are you aware that McDonalds supports unethical factory farming practices? Did you know that McDonalds supports the felling of rainforests and uses palm oil in their products?

Please think harder about where you spend your money – you are voting with your dollar.

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Cayenne Pepper

To warm up cold feet, sprinkle a bit of cayenne pepper into your socks. This folk remedy apparently warms your tootsies by increasing circulation and improving blood flow….

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Vegetarian Penpals

Today I stumbled across a gorgeous little community. Vegetarian Penpals matches you with like-minded penpals around the globe. You can exchange recipes and make new friends whilst enjoying the old-fashioned art of letter writing. I’d thoroughly recommend it!

Here is the link :

https://vegetarianpenpals.weebly.com

Our eBooks on Amazon

If you jump onto Amazon and search us under Hayshee Natural Living – you’ll see we have some seriously bargain eBooks available for purchase and for free if you belong to the Kindle Library. As often as possible they are free to customers who do not belong to the Kindle Library as well!

Check us out!

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!