Sweet and Sour Noodles

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Serves 4 (approx 352 calories per portion)

10 mins prep time and 10 mins cook time.

Taken from Practical Cooking – Wok and stir fry published by Parragon in 2002. Its a book we use regularly.

3 tbsp fish sauce

2 tbsp distilled white vinegar

2 tbsp caster or palm sugar

2 tbsp tomato puree

2 tbsp sunflower oil (we use a small amount of coconut oil instead)

3 crushed garlic cloves

350g rice noodles soaked in boiling water for 5 minutes

8 sliced spring onions

175g grated carrot

150g beansprouts

2 eggs – beaten

225g peeled King Prawns

50g chopped peanuts (unsalted)

1tsp chilli flakes to garnish

  1. Mix together fish sauce, vinegar, sugar and tomato puree
  2. Heat the oil in the wok
  3. Add the garlic to wok and stir fry for 30 secs
  4. Drain noodles thoroughly, add to Wok along with the fish sauce mix and mix well to combine
  5. Add spring onions, carrot and beansprouts and stir fry for 2-3 mins
  6.  Move the stir fry mix to one side of wok and add beaten egg to empty side of wok, cook until egg sets  (we find cooking the egg in a separate pan worked better for us then add it to the wok)
  7. Add the prawns and peanuts and mix it all well
  8. Serve up and garnish with chilli flakes and serve hot

 

 

 

 

Have you had your daily cocktail?

man-1456951_1280Pity it was a cocktail of nasty chemicals!

Stop and think just how products we use on ourselves and in our environment on a daily basis and consider how many different chemicals are in those products, some cocktail wouldn’t you say?

Are we all really happy doing a chemical experiment on ourselves each and everyday ?

Awareness of the products and their ingredients has to be the first step, we can all look at labels but would be know what they are are if we can even pronounce them in the first place? Many of the ingredients are written so small that you have difficulty actually making them out or they are there but you have to lift a label to see them.

Awareness has to be the first step to understanding, then people can make their own informed decision.

There are alternative and affordable products, even better still how about joining  like minded people and join a co-operative marketing venture and buy your products for the home, pets, toiletries and make up as well as some other luxury items as well at discount, gain reward stamps and know that together we are making the World a better place by caring about our environment,ourselves and each other. To find out more just click on the links on the right of this blog and take a look. We are raising awareness in our own way .

Why take even the slightest risk by carrying on using products that contain potentially toxic ingredients?

My daughter has slight eczema but she has had no problem since we have been using ecofriendly products in the home, a pair of school trousers were washed recently in a shop bought biological washing powder (she didn’t know this) and within a few hours of wearing them her eczema had erupted quite badly on her legs.

My eldest daughter also recently used a well known facial wash/moisturizer after reading good reports about what it could do to help teenage skin, she woke up with blisters on her face.

So many irritations, allergies i believe are caused by using chemical laden products in the home, environment and on ourselves, we do all really need to stop and start thinking for ourselves.

The average person uses 9 personal care products every day and most of those are even before they have stepped out of the door. Most of these contain scores of man made chemicals. Many of these chemicals have never been studied for long-term safety.

Those that have will have only been looked at with regard to compatibility with the other chemicals in the same product (not if they were then mixed with different products that you use!)

Your skin absorbs 60% of everything that you put on it – so how many products are you using and so mixing into a deadly cocktail on your skin? Soap, shampoo, shower gel, conditioner, shaving gel,moisturiser, foundation, deodorant, makeup remover, body lotions – anything else?

A large cocktail of nasty chemicals!!

Did you know the average person uses 9 different personal care products each day. Most of them contain man made chemicals and have probably only been tested for compatibility with other chemicals in the same product.

Your skin absorbs up to 60% of what is put on it. What products do you use in the mornings for instance? Soap, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, shaving gel, moisturiser, deodorant, body lotions, foundation, make up remover…………….

Your body cannot deal with all these chemicals and they build up in your body and could cause problems later on.

Did you know that to be able to be called “natural” only one ingredient has to be “natural”. Take a few minutes to check the products you use every day, many contain SLS, SLES, Parabens, Aluminium chloride and others , all of which can cause a range of problems from rashes, eczema, blocking pores, mimicking oestrogen and some being casually linked to cancers.

 

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Favourite Motivational Quotes

Motivational Quotes

I Love and always benefit from motivational quotes so i thought i would share some of my favourites
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The future depends on what we do in the present. – Mahatma Gandhi

Fall seven times, stand up eight. Japanese proverb

“A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has” – Margaret Mead

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world” – Gandhi

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up” – Thomas Edison.

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing” – George Bernard Shaw

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily” — Zig Ziglar

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” – Wayne Gretzky

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. ~Les Brown

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. ~Henry Ford

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. ~Thomas Edison

Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it. ~Buddha

Eat Healthily

We have come to the conclusion that back in the 1940s was probably the last time the Planet and people were at their healthiest, animals grazed naturally, were fed normally and being grazed on grass was considered normal, there were not as many pesticides, produce was local grown and consequently fresher when we get them on our plate which has to be a good thing from a nutritional point of view which seems to be overlooked over convenience and price!

An increase in population means more pesticides have been developed to increase yield, animals have been given growth hormones and fed differently to ensure a higher yield, people have become cash rich but time poor so many have turned to processed food to save time, fresh produce has travelled many miles to the supermarket before we buy it or has been treated to preserve it longer.

Short cuts ALWAYS have a price to pay at some point.

We have also decided that you can’t live totally healthily on a “sick” Planet as we can’t control things like environmental pollutants There are many factors which affect our immune systems, diet, stress, pollutants, chemicals as well as environmental factors.  We now have a lot of radio waves transmitting around us, wireless networks, mobile phones and so on and we won’t know for many years how and if these are affecting us in a negative way  but we can limit the damage by doing what we can and we believe it is something everyone should think about.  Two factors we can can control is what we put on and in our bodies.

Many tinned and processed items have hidden sugars so its always wise just to glance at the label and see how much sugar it contains, when I started doing this it was a real eye opener.  Watch out for another blog post on sugar soon.

Basically our way of life and diet in the Western World has led to our immune systems being compromised and without a healthy immune system you are more likely to develop disease and be ill.

A good general rule to go by is eat lots of colours, a rainbow diet and include raw foods.

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Acknowledge your feelings

 

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I’ve recently learnt a valuable lesson when anxiety forced to me to stop and re-evaluate my life. I had got into a rut and blinkers on in many areas of my life and now after taking time to analyse along with relaxing for a while I have a whole new perceptive and a deeper sense of calm and peace.

The last 10 months have been tough trying to find my way after being given a wake up call with my health which stopped me in my tracks.

It’s made me realise exactly what is important in my life and what isn’t. It’s also made me question a lot of things and has left me at times wondering what it’s all about on occasions and the more I see properly what’s happening around us and across the World the more I feel I don’t fit in which is quite unsettling.  We can’t carry on as we are abusing each other and the Planet.
Maybe we each have to create our own heaven on earth and find those with the same values?

Having had a close family member suffer depression and anxiety for many years I thought I had at least a general understanding of what people go through but I have now learnt that unless you have been through it yourself you really cannot have a clue. I’ve always classed myself as a positive, half glass full type of girl and thought anxiety wouldn’t ever affect me but that all changed a few months ago.

Its been a tough few years for us with us both dealing with cancer diagnoses and subsequent surgery and treatment and also losing a relative to the disease and seeing his decline all have had an impact and resulted in me absorbing myself in my work from home business and pushing myself incredibly hard whilst also dealing with all the usual everyday concerns of car problems and worries of family life as well as what’s happening in the World  which ultimately all built up and had to escape and panic attacks and anxiety were the result.

I became very good at shutting out any negative thoughts.  What I should have done is  acknowledged them and then let them go.

Panic attacks appeared resulting in feeling you can’t breathe, tight chest  and a general feeling of doom, especially every time I logged onto the PC, this forced me to step back and take a look at my life.  It was tough waking every morning and over breathing kicked straight in so I was spending the whole day struggling not to have a panic attack, I was so glad when bedtime arrived.
Someone suggested some adult colouring which I really enjoy now and I’m learning to crochet too and allows me to focus on something while also relaxing, walks out in the Countryside also really helped.

Learning to live in the moment and being mindful rather than mind full has also had a positive impact.  Learning that its OK not to be strong all the time and that that having a bad day is acceptable.

I have learnt a lot about myself over the last year, I’m still taking things slowly,  still learning more about myself on a daily basis and have good and not so good days.

We must listen to the small warning signs our bodies give us which we all too often overlook or reach for the pills so we can carry on or it will manifest eventually in something that brings you to a halt.  Being strong for others is also very noble but you can’t just push aside and overlook your own emotional needs as I have found out.

The journey continues.