Mandarin Heaven

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I’m in Mandarin Heaven at the moment. There is an abundance of them in the shops (being mid-winter here), they’re sweet, juicy and ridiculously cheap! What’s not to love. It’s amazing how nature provides us with what we need at just the right time. You see, mandarins are in season early winter to early spring – the same time that cold and flu season hits. Just one Mandarin provides 90% … Read More →

TOXIC CHEMICALS IN YOUR HOME

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What started out as a casual conversation with a friend about the dangers of many household products turned into an investigation on their effects on the body – YOUR body, YOUR health, YOUR family’s health and the creation of a Safe Non-toxic Alternative. My research uncovered that using everyday household cleaners, air fresheners and bug repellents can result in a multitude of health problems, some that you may be blaming … Read More →

TO PICK OR NOT TO PICK – THAT IS THE QUESTION

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THE ANSWER… Pick if it’s ready, BUT pick it properly!! FIRST establish if it’s ready If it’s a flaming red mass with no head, it isn’t ready. And if you push, prod and pick at it you are going to end up with either a crater on your face, a pimple the size of Mt Everest with a localised infection. So, be patient, apply a warm compress to the area … Read More →

SEED CYCLING

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Do you have issues with your menstrual cycle? Cramps, Back aches, PMS, Low energy, Irregular cycles, Low mood, Skin breakouts, Digestive Issues? Hormonal imbalances can play a very big role in these symptoms; in particular an imbalance between estrogen and progesterone. SEED CYCLING The good news is that hormonal imbalances can often be helped with seed cycling. Seed cycling works to help with the regularity and health of the entire … Read More →

BREATHING TO RELAX? THAT’S A NO BRAINER!

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When someone says, “just relax” or “chill out” does it make your blood boil? Well it’s probably a sign that you REALLY need to relax (lol) I don’t know about you, but I’ve tried various relaxation techniques. Meditation (half successful), yoga (not successful) and then I came across BREATHING. Well I figured I could do that since it’s what I do all day, every day!! But guess what, it’s not … Read More →

EMOTIONAL FIRST AID

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In my HEALTH AND WELLBEING articles I predominantly talk about nutrition, and some fitness, but usually don’t delve into mental health. For those of you that know me – you can probably understand why! 🙂 I recently listened to a great TED talk about EMOTIONAL FIRST AID. It talked about that when we cut or injure ourselves we put a Band-Aid or bandage on it. And if we have an … Read More →

GO MEATLESS TWO DAYS A WEEK

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You don’t need to survive on a diet of lettuce leaves when you go meatless but for the sake of your health I urge you to start cutting down on your consumption. A 2009 study examined the relationship of early death with the consumption of red meat, processed meat and poultry. It showed that individuals that ate red meat (daily) not only ate fewer vegetables and fruits, but (men only) … Read More →

EAT SOME SAUERKRAUT!

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Not the one from the supermarket that is kept in vinegar but the REAL SAUERKRAUT that has been fermented in brine (salt solution). SAUERKRAUT is an excellent pre-biotic. A Prebiotics is a food that serves as food for beneficial bacteria in our digestive tract.  Fermented foods assist in restoring the balance of bacteria in your gut, aid digestion and improve your body’s ability to absorb the nutrients from the foods … Read More →

3PM SNACK TIME

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If you’re anything like me, when mid-afternoon hits I usually crave for something sweet. If I’m not prepared I make ‘unhealthy’ choices so I make sure I prepare a suite of afternoon snacks on the weekend. Here is a sample of some of the snacks I prepare…. A jar of mixed nuts (almonds, cashews, brazil nuts) An assortment of fruit: bananas, apples, pears and oranges. (I bought a really nice … Read More →

KEFIR

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Originating in the mountainous region of Russia it was a process used to preserve milk and its consumption is thought to have contributed to the longevity of its people. It’s sort of like keeping Goldfish. You have to tend to them every couple of days or they may die! The final product ‘kefir’ can be bought from health food stores. Worth giving it a taste before you embark on raising … Read More →

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