Category Archives: Journey to a healthier life

How protecting our Health and the Planet is linked.

Protect our health and Planet
Protect our health and Planet

Protecting our Health and the Planet are linked.

For me it means thinking about how my daily actions affect my own health, that of my family and also the impact it has on the environment.

Many people associate going greener just with the environment but on my journey I have realised that actually a lot of what is having a negative impact on our environment may actually impact our health negatively too.

A lot of the products people buy for cleaning their home, washing their clothes and personal care items such as soaps, shampoos, sprays etc can be damaging to both health and the environment, instead of cleaning your home and making it safe it can make it toxic!

Manufacturers want us to belive that using their heavy duty chemical cleaners will bring harmony and loveliness to your life and make life easier. The fact is that fewer than a 1/4 of 70,000 chemicals used in these products have been fully tested for safety and substances classified as hazardous waste are found in many common cleaning fluids.

60% of any substances directly applied to the skin surface is readily absorbed, so our bodies may take in up to 2KG(4.4lbs) chemicals each year. The above information was taken from the book Organic Home by R. Richardson.

Unfortunately many people wait for either a health issue or health scare or an environment problem close to them until they start to open their eyes and start asking questions WHY?. Why wait when there are fantastic products out there at reasonable prices which are not only better for the health and well being of everyone but which also don’t add to the already horrendous problems faced by the environment?

Chemical experiment on ourselves

lab-217074_1280

 

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.

Why take even the slightest risk by carrying on using products that contain potentially toxic and harsh 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/moisturiser 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.

Shop for healthier alternatives from Ethical Superstore

What is Food Combining?

What is Food Combining?

proteins-1489125_1280

I’m currently doing a Diet and Nutrition Course and the topic of the latest module is Food Combining.
Food Combining is making dietary choices based on whether certain groups of food when digested by the body work well together from a digestive and nutritional point of view.

The concept of Food combining isn’t a new one having been around for generations in some Cultures.
Should you mix alkaline and acid foods at the same sitting or proteins and carbohydrates together are just some of the questions people have been looking at.

From a nutritionist viewpoint a well balanced diet consists of foods from all the food groups but there are instances where maybe food combining would be beneficial.

In the 1900s a popular food combining diet emerged called the Hay Diet created by Dr William Hay who found out that fruit and vegetables turned into alkaline after being metabolised by the body whilst processed foods turned into acid. He believed that combining the two would result in the body being in an overly acidic state. He felt that people shouldn’t eat acidic foods , alkaline foods and proteins at a sitting together and should all be separated.
Since that with increased knowledge about the pancreas and other research this has really been proven incorrect.

There is however no evidence to show that food combining has any negative impact on the body as long as overall you are eating a balanced, healthy diet. With so many people having digestive issues, intolerance, allergies food combining may actually be helpful.

My personal view is to listen what your body tells you after eating combinations, I think our bodies are designed to deal with all the food group combinations when the digestive system is in optimum health but maybe with our modern diets and lifestyle if we don;t eat a balanced diet overall our bodies lack nutrients and don’t perform so well and maybe food combining theory would be beneficial in that case to help the body heal.

fruits-1489128_1280

When Life gets tough

despair-513529_1280

Life rarely goes to plan and I think we all fight so hard to make our own plan work out when actually the Universe has it all in hand and gives us what we need to learn and grow and become better rather than what we want.
So at times it feels that its unfair, that life is working against you and its hard to accept that what is happening especially if its a health issue or a relationship problem or financial problems all of which nobody would actually consciously choose for themselves.

Take full responsibility for everything that happens in your life and try and see the positive and what you can learn from it and keep moving forward.

Each day try and be a better person than the day before, face those fears holding you back head on and just let yourself fly.
Easier said than done sometimes I know but what has helped me through some challenging times is knowing

1. It won’t last as nothing does
2. That you aren’t given anything you cant handle even if it doesn’t feel like it
3. That there is always a positive in every situation which may not be obvious at the time and you may need to dig deep but its there somewhere if you choose to find it.
4. That life is tough and its your attitude to it that makes the difference.

Sweet and Sour Noodles

14066405_193274591089985_8094821238678641417_o

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.

 

Shop healthier products from Ethical Superstore

Shop healthier products from Green People 

 

 

Favourite Motivational Quotes

Motivational Quotes

I Love and always benefit from motivational quotes so i thought i would share some of my favourites
parachute-1416426_1280

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

Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

4150324_orig

 

Banana Bread Recipe
A great way to use those over ripe bananas
 4 very ripe bananas
 1/3 cup coconut oil or melted butter
 4 eggs 
 1tsp vanilla 
 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
 1/2 cup coconut flour
 1tsp baking powder
 1/4tsp Himalayan salt or sea salt
Mix everything together
Pour into a greased bread tin
Cook 180f for 45-60 minutes.

You can add in your own ingredients too such as nuts, dried fruit, maybe chia seeds, hemp seeds etc , I will be experimenting.

You may find that the texture is different to what you may expect or are used to, it could be described more of a moist cake texture than a bread .

A healthy Green Smoothie

3701546_orig

Green Smoothies

There are also a few people who say too many green smoothies are bad for you because of the oxalic content of leafy green vegetables . We have green smoothies a couple of times a week after doing our own research.

Moderation is one of my favourite words when it comes to most things and green smoothies are no exception, some people grasp a new idea and then become a bit obsessive about it and as with excess of anything it can then cause problems.

After researching possible links of nutrient deficiencies and the body being too acidic as being possible contributory factors in a cancer diagnosis  we decided that green smoothies would be a part of our healthier regime.  Smoothies are a great way of introducing nutrients and foods that maybe we wouldn’t be keen on eating any other way.  Its also a great way to get children having fruit and vegetables they may not be keen on if you served them up on their own.

We use a good handful of Kale, a stick of celery, either half or whole avocado depending on the size, 1 banana (you may also want to add in some mango initially), a tablespoon of coconut oil, one capful of aloe juice per person, a teaspoon of hemp powder per person and we sometimes add in ground flax seeds milled in a coffee grinder or we use flax oil.  Then add enough water to your desired consistency in the blender.

Kale is one of the the most nutritionally rich vegetables grown in the UK.  Kale is a good source of Vitamins K, A and C and also contains manganese, copper and phytochemicals which are believed to help with certain types of cancer. It is almost fat free and is low in calories. Our local Supermarket now do organic Kale so we buy this.

Celery is packed with Vitamin C, potassium and Iron, a good source of calcium and is high in calcium. It also gives a good dose of folate. We also use the leaves too which are a source of carotene. It is virtually fat free, low in calories and low sodium. One stalk has only 2 calories and you would need to eat 30 sticks to get the same amount of calories as a digestive biscuit.

Avocado  is a nutrient dense fruit including potassium, B vitamins and folic acid and contains good fats but very low in cholesterol and sodium.

Banana very low in saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol. It is a good source of dietary fibre, Vitamin C, potassium and manganese and a very good source of B6. Most of the calories come from sugars.

Aloe Vera Health drink we put 25ml cap per person in the smoothie if we haven’t already taken it that day. Oral ingestion helps the digestive system and contains large amounts of antioxidants.

Raw Chia Seeds The little seeds contains calcium, manganese, phosphorous and healthy omega 3 fats, they may be eaten milled or whole. They make a great source of protein for Vegetarians.

Virgin Coconut Oil so many uses for this very versatile product from hair care, skin care, oil pulling for oral health to cooking and adding to smoothies , this is due to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid which gives it soothing properties, its is antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal and antibacterial.

Raw Protein Hemp Powder this is a recent addition to our smoothies. It is a good protein source for Vegans and those on gluten free diets.

8780446_orig

Journey to a Healthier Life.

Its a Journey
Its a Journey

To live healthily you need to look at various areas of your lifestyle not just one, but focusing on one part at a time is  a good way to start. The areas to look at are

1.  Reduce the chemicals you use in your home, on yourselves and in your local environment.  You want to give your body and the environment the best possible chance of staying healthy in a World where  both are being abused by modern lifestyles.

2.  Eat a healthy diet which gives Your body the nutrients it needs to function properly and aid our immune systems to deal with any problems it has to. So much of our food is lacking nutrients because of the intensive farming methods, poor soil, hormones and antibiotics used in meat production, pesticides used on crops for higher yields, the distance our food travels before we get it on our plates, the storage conditions and preservatives used and then when we finally get the food in our homes it is heated and cooked which also destroys nutrients in most cases. It’s just crazy, add that to all the hidden sugar and salt in processed foods it’s no wonder more and more people are getting illnesses and diseases.

3.  Do regular Exercise, find something that you enjoy and do it regularly. It has so many benefits.

4.  Look after your Mental well-being by doing things that make you feel good, modern life can be so stressful that it can feel like you have no time for you but it is so important to make that time, whether its a hobby you enjoy, a regular pamper session in the bathroom with the door locked, meditation time or time out to reconnect with nature.

5.  Making the best use of any outdoor space you have to grow your own vegetables as well as flowers.  Treat your garden as another room in your house and decorate it accordingly.

6.  Personal development should be a continual process. Every day try to be a bit better in some way to the previous day.  Educate yourself with books, online resources and make sure you learn from mistakes made.  I personally used to hate making mistakes and that would stop me from trying new things but that has all changed. Much better to have tried and failed and learnt than not have tried at all.

7.  Inspiration and motivation  is also important. Find your  favourite authors, gurus who help you through those days when self-doubt pops up or you are lacking oomph,  sometimes it’s also just best to go with the feelings, allow yourself time to feel and then move on again. Some days it’s just best to be kind to yourself.

8.  It’s important to Goal Plan and make a road map of how you are going to achieve your goals . Writing them down is such a  powerful way to reinforce them and also  helps keep you focused.  It gives you stepping stones towards your bigger goals and its always good to reward yourself when you reach a stepping stone. Set your intention and then take Action which leads to Results.

As you can see it’s really a lifestyle change but can be done step by step.