Seasons Greetings

healthy christmasHayshee Natural Living would like to wish you a very happy Christmas season!

Have you ever wondered what you are drinking when you drink Fanta?

These are the ingredients in Fanta :

Carbonated Water
Sugar
Flavouring
Food acid (330)
Preservative (211)
Colour (110)
Colour (122)

None of these ingredients do your body any favours, at all.

Its worth the change – your health will thankyou if you change to drinking water instead.

Don’t underestimate sleep

I heard an interesting radio article this week about sleep…and the part that stuck in my mind was that if a person goes to bed a hour later each evening for a week, only one hour, then by the end of the week he/she has (in theory) missed a night’s sleep.

So true!

We need this vital ingredient so much for recovery, growth and recuperation before we arise the next morning and start again.

If you are missing that night’s sleep a week, then try going to bed an hour earlier each night…you may really notice the difference by the end of the week.

Goodnight everyone!

Please pass the honey!

Some call it  the ambrosia of the Gods and it is mentioned in the Bible, honey really is one of the most versatile and antibiotic medicines that nature has provided us with.

I use it everyday for something or another and entire books have been written about this first sweet of mankind (not counting licorice), so next time you’re in the library or surfing the net have a look and you’ll be amazed how often honey is referred to, and how generally amazing it is considered to be.

Each country, and each area within a country, tends to have a distinctive type of honey. Some say that if you have hayfever – try eating honey produced nearest to your home (honeys are labeled generally to flower and origin).

Firstly, its brilliant for sores, cuts, wounds and extra brilliant for mouth ulcers. During war shortages honey was often used with vegetable oil as a dressing for small wounds, with great effect.

It makes an excellent gargle for sore throats. Mix one tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a cup of water. Gargle with it 3 times a day.

Honey’s a brilliant addition to cosmetic facials…mix it with ingredients such as olive oil, egg white, powdered brewers yeast and rosewater for an amazing and soothing facial.

You can substitute it for sugar in recipes, but be careful with measurements. As a rough guide, when you substitute honey for sugar you have to use less liquid by the cup. Always deduct three tablespoons of any other liquid in the recipe for every cup of honey you use. If the recipe calls for one Cup of dry sugar, use only 2/3 Cup of honey as an example.

To bring a boil to a head, mix honey with a tiny amount of flour and apply it with a plaster over to keep it clean. Keep reapplying for 24 hours and you should have results.

Honey is also slightly laxative, so try having a teaspoon dissolved in hot water with your breakfast if you are prone to constipation.

Lemon and honey drinks are fantastic. I make these up in the summer as well, and keep the drink in a container in the fridge to be drunk as a cool summer drink. Its a yummy sweet beverage, and kids love it. As a warm drink, its really soothing and vitamin-packed and its a great habit to get your family into drinking them as well.

It can be added to any herbal tea to sweeten it, a really good mid-afternoon drink.

Please note though: Scientific Evidence tells us : Don’t give honey to children under 2 years of age. Some uncooked honeys may contain botulism organisms. These are easily digested and eliminated by adults, not so in infants. For this reason many health organisations advise you also to avoid giving it to smaller children. Please be aware of this.

Echinecea found to be helpful during long-haul flights

A recent study by researchers from Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia, have found that Echinecea taken 14 days before and during long haul air travel reduced the incidence of coughs, colds, etc after landing.

 

What is actually in a McDonalds ‘Orange Juice’?

So, after a bit of research it turns out there is not actually a lot of ‘orange juice’ in a McDonalds orange juice.

Here are the actual ingredients:

Flavoured orange extracts
Flavoured orange juice concentrate
Orange Oil
Sugar
Citrus cell
Citric acid
Natural colour (160a)
Preservatives (202, 211)
Water

I guess the word ‘juice’ is used lightly.

Vote with your dollar! Its time to decide whether or not you really want these preservatives in your body, and those of your loved ones.

There is ALWAYS a better and healthier alternative.

Great facepack for oily skin

Home made and natural facepacks are one of the most simple and easy ways to treat your skin well – without the chemical load.

Heres a great facepack recipe that you can make yourself for minimal cost.

Facepack for Oily Skin
1/2 Apple
1 Tbsp Lime Juice
2 Tbsp Sour Cream

Blend the ingredients in a blender or food processor.
Apply to face and let set for 10 minutes.
Rinse off with warm water – or in the shower is ideal.

We have lots more of these recipes in our ebook series – follow the links on our homepage.

Do you fancy a cardboard cup full of preservatives?

That’s probably the best way to describe a McDonalds thickshake – a cardboard cup full of preservatives.

Here is the ingredients that you will find in a standard McDonalds thickshake :

Shake itself :
Milk powder
Dextrose
Synthetic vanilla flavour
Cellulose gum (460)
Gaur gum (412)
Carrageen (407)

Banana Syrup :
Sodium benzoate (211)
Beta-carotene (160a)
Glucose
Citric acid (330)
Sugar
Propylene glycol
Banana flavour
Water

Chocolate syrup :
Cocoa
Invert sugar
Malt syrup
Citric acid (330)
Potassium sorbate (202)
Glucose
Sugar
Salt
Ethyl vanillin
Sodium benzoate (211)

Strawberry Syrup :
Strawberry flavour
Invert syrup
Allura red (129)
Sunset yellow(110)
Citric acid (330)
Sodium benzoate (211)
Sugar
Glucose
Water
Brilliant Blue (133)
Strawberry flavour

Are you really happy consuming all these insane ingredients that are otherwise known as a McDonalds thickshake??
Are you happy with your loved ones consuming them also?

If not – now is the time to change! Stop buying McDonalds thickshakes and use your dollar as a vote against this sort of food.

You have every right to control what you are eating – instead make your own at home or find a nice healthy alternative for when you are out and about.

When I loved McDonalds apple slices for about 10 minutes

Here’s a story :

For a teeny, tiny while I felt warm fuzzies about the McDonalds apple slices.

Yes Me! A Naturopath.

This was about 10 years ago, for about 10 minutes.

It was when the only takeaways available in the town that I lived in were Fish’n’Chips, KFC and McDonalds. I don’t need to talk about the zero nutritional value that these takeaways hold (but you can guarantee that I will in future blog posts), and at the time McDonalds introduced some ‘healthy’ options to their menu. This included little bags of sliced apples. Awwwww! So cute and healthy too!

As a Naturopath, I had some serious warm fuzzies towards McDonalds. Finally kids could have a little packet of apple slices instead of fries! Woop!

But then reality hit. It was a business move. Consumer demand was jumped on by McDonalds, and a niche in the children’s market was being filled. And in the market that parents were looking for essentially also with the outburst of Diabetes Type 2 in teenagers and generally unhealthy children with low immunities.

Pictures of famous (and highly paid) sports people were appearing on McDonalds billboards clutching a hamburger in one hand and a bag of apple slices in the other. Look kiddies! We eat McDonalds – so should you! Its ‘healthy’ afterall!

So I did some research. Sadly those lovely little pieces of apples all sliced so neatly into the lovely little McDonalds plastic bags are actually about 12 months old when they reach the shelf at McDonalds. To get to this stage they are sprayed with a trillion different chemicals (of which McDonalds will tell you are safe) to preserve them for as long as possible. Prior to this the apples were sprayed and PRE-FROZEN for a period of time before being packaged.

Why can’t McDonalds just have a bowl of fresh organic apples behind the counter that they sell for say $1 each or include in meals? By doing this they would tick so many boxes – supporting the local organic farmer for one, and selling a good quality and healthy product to children as well.

But its all about the money. McDonalds would not make the ginormous profit they make on every other product if they took my suggestion.

Nope, its easier for Maccas to cover everything in spray and attempt to fool us into thinking its healthy.

Oh dear.

The Pros of Eating Seasonal

citrus

If you think about how nature provides for us – its quite logical to eat seasonal.

Take the season of Winter for example. If for some reason all our supplies of imported and international produce were not available on shelves and we had to eat local, seasonal produce that was grown within the country we live in, then we would be provided with, depending of course on your climate, produce that in turn provides you with all the nutrients to stay well in the winter. Truly!

Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin – which basically means that your body flushes out what it doesn’t need at the time. If you feel a cold coming on and you munch a big handful of Vitamin C tablets, chances are likely that you have wasted your money. Your body will use what it needs and wee out the rest, and a couple of hours later you could do with some more.

With Vitamin C supplements, always take small doses frequently to get the full effect.

This is why nature provides us with Vitamin C in our winter fruits. Citrus (Grapefruit, Mandarins, Oranges, Tangelos) are all available in winter and contain Vitamin C. So does Kiwifruit and Tamarillos. So do brassicas like Broccoli, Brussell Sprouts and Cauliflower.

To achieve the ultimate absorption of iron, which in turn supports our wellbeing and immunity, we need to increase Vitamin C as well. So it makes sense that silverbeet and spinach are also in season throughout winter. These two are super high in iron content!

Back in the day, before our fruit was sprayed and 6 months old before it even reached the supermarket shelves, having a piece of citrus at breakfast, lunch and dinner would provide you with a nice dose of Vitamin C.

It is still possible now to achieve this from fruit, but we have to go back to organic and freshly picked citrus, and avoid the supermarkets. Otherwise, to attempt to achieve high nutrients this from supermarket and imported fruit….it simply won’t happen.

Sometimes we are so used to walking into a supermarket and seeing the same produce on the shelves month after month, that we actually have forgotton what is seasonal and what isn’t.

Have a look in the organic shop or on organic websites instead,or google the seasonal fruit available in your region. Buy from local markets and you will be supporting locals as well as supporting your health.

And its exactly the same for Summer. It makes sense that nature provides us with melons, pineapple and stone fruit throughout the summer – these have a high content of water which in turn assists to keep us hydrated. Berry fruit is the same.

Happy Seasonal Eating!!