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.

 

 

 

Healthy Banana Bread Recipe

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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

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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.

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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.