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Liz and Julia’s Fiji Conference

Liz and Julia’s Fiji Conference

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The weekend was hosted by Professional Skin and Beauty our Jane Iredale Skin Care Makeup suppliers. What a fun weekend we had at the Radisson Blu Resort, you can imagine it, seventy like minded woman together with a sprinkling of male presence.

It is always good to hear about what others are doing in business, sharing ideas and seeing where the makeup industry is heading, new products and being able to pass this information onto our clients is very exciting.

We had two very inspiring speakers who shared so much with us, their life stories.  Jenny May spoke first about the journey from high performance athlete to the high pressure world of media and Kaytee Boyd, a nutrition specialist, sports and biomedical nutritionist, CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach in fact Kaytee’s qualifications were endless. Both women were inspiring to say the least giving us lots of tips and tricks to enhance our own lives and don’t we all need a bit of that !

Fiji Conference Aug 2016Liz, Jenny May and Julia

 

 

The Secret to Having No More Bad Days by Andy Shaw

The Secret to Having No More Bad Days by Andy Shaw

Whatever you are thinking about you are creating more of.  This is why people have said that your mind is a garden, the thoughts are the seeds… You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds.

But because of our current life situation we often have to think about things we don’t want to create more of.

Well today I’d like to share with you an exercise which will enable you to protect yourself from a whole day of having to think about weeds.

So if most of your day is spent dealing with stuff you don’t like, then this will protect you and may even allow you to enjoy areas which you previously hated.

This exercise will make you feel fantastic, if you just do it and suspend judging it until you’ve done it.

  1. Spend 15 minutes brainstorming all the things you have had in your life that were moments you appreciated.  Or that you appreciate now. Example I appreciate the time my Dad told me he was proud of me.  Or remembering first kiss, or first love, or a good night out, or a holiday you are going to have, or you’ve had…You know special moments from your life.  Write each of them down on a list.
  2. Once you have either 20 or 30 of them. Or the 15 minutes is up stop.
  3. Now sit back and relax. Either go through your list one at a time, or go through it randomly, it doesn’t matter….Pick one memory and think about it. Remember the feeling, and feel how good it felt when it happened.

Enjoy thinking about the moment and the few minutes before and a few minutes after the moment. Really be in that moment again. Soak it up as if it were happening now. Look at the details, feel the breeze, the smells, the tastes.

Look around you fill in the tiny details as you feel all of this notice how grateful it makes you feel.

4. When you feel like it move to the next item on your list. You don’t need to go through them all, just enough to take at least 15 minutes of your time.

5. When you have done at least 15 minutes, you should feel pretty amazing !

Then go about your day and see what happens. You should feel lighter and you should find solutions to problems begin happening as if by magic.

If you repeat this every day for as long as necessary then you will no longer have bad days, you will just have less good days.

 

New ! Bestow Nourishing facial Oil

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Bestow Nourishing Facial Oil is Janine Tait’s personally selected blend of 12 powerful botanical oils that will nourish, strengthen and protect your skin. Bursting with EFA’s, vitamins and antioxidants, this topical facial oil is a rich booster to add into any skin care regime.

WHO IS IT SUITABLE FOR?

Bestow Nourishing Facial Oil is suitable for most skin types including very sensitive skin. While heavy in consistency, the formulation is non-comedogenic, which means that it won’t block pores or cause pimples. With its nourishing lipids it is particularly beneficial for dry skin and has proved helpful for treating rosacea and dry skin conditions.

12 BOTANICAL OILS – MEET THE CHOSEN ONES

_MG_3670The 12 botanical oils I chose for the Bestow Nourishing Facial Oil contain phospholipids and glycolipids, natural constituents of beautiful skin and good water-binding agents, which enhance optimal barrier function.

Individually, each oil has been chosen for a specific reason.
Together these oils form a powerful blend that support skin barrier function, moisture levels and supply many vital nutrients that are needed topically.

1. Argan Oil is touted as ‘liquid gold’ due to its ability to moisturise lack-luster skin. It is high in EFA’s and vitamin E, two key players in helping the skin stay hydrated and preventing further moisture loss.

2. Jojoba Oil is compositionally the closest oil to our own natural sebum and therefore helps strengthen the skin’s protective function. Fun fact: jojoba oil is technically a wax.

3. Avocado Oil is full of vitamins and anti-oxidants, all of which are essential for beautiful skin.

4. Borage Oil is nature’s richest source of gamma linolenic acid, a secondary essential fatty acid, which helps repair the skin barrier faster than any other essential fatty acid. It decreases water loss, helping the skin stay hydrated and flexible. It is rich in vitamins and minerals as well as two important polyphenols; ferulic acid, which is a very effective anti-oxidant that can repair sun and weather induced skin damage and ellagic acid, which reduces collagen destruction.

5. Calendula Oil speeds healing, reduces inflammation and improves epidermal differentiation.

6. Rosehip Oil contains tretinoin, a vitamin A derivative that delays the effects of skin aging, assists with cell regeneration and promotes the increase of collagen and elastin levels.

7. Tamanu Seed Oil has anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and skin healing properties. It is a most unusual oil because of its ability to penetrate deeply into the skin.

8. Vitamin E Oil is an important antioxidant that protects the more delicate oils in the collection from oxidation.

9. Grapeseed Oil also helps prevent oxidation of the blend but in addition it contributes to skin repair and regeneration.

10. French Lavender Essential Oil has strong skin soothing and healing properties and assists in cooling and calming inflamed skin.

11. Sandalwood Essential Oil is beneficial for many skin types from dry, dehydrated skins to oily skins and acne.

12. Rose Geranium Essential Oil is wonderful for balancing the oil production of the skin making it valuable for treating oily or dry skin and everything in between.

 

Are Whole Eggs or Egg Whites Better For You?

Are Whole Eggs or Egg Whites Better For You?

 

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Many people (and even restaurants) claim that egg whites are the healthiest part of the egg, thereby tossing out the egg yolk. They believe that the egg yolk contains all the bad cholesterol that’s harmful to you.

It’s time to debunk this myth: The egg yolk is actually the healthiest part of the egg because it’s where all the nutrient density is highest. [1] The egg whites contain plenty of protein, but not as much as the yolk does. These are some of the nutrients that you get whenever you eat a whole boiled egg:

  1. Folate. It’s a B vitamin that is essential to fuel growth especially during pregnancy, infancy, and adolescence. [2] 2. Vitamin A. It helps maintain healthy skin, teeth, bone, and skin. It also promotes good vision, especially in low light. [3] 3. Vitamin B5. The intake of vitamin B5 has been known to rapidly heal wounds and scar tissues. [4] 4. Phosphorus. It is an essential mineral that is needed for the growth and repair of tissues and cells, and for the production of the genetic building blocks. [5] 5. Selenium. Selenium is necessary for reproduction, thyroid gland function, DNA production, and protection from free radical infection. [6] 6. Choline. In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, choline is also necessary for the health of the cell membranes, muscle control, and memory. [1]

Along with these nutrients, eggs are also a good source of vitamin B2, vitamin B12, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin B6, calcium and zinc.

The American Heart Association has said that eating an egg everyday can absolutely be a part of your diet plan. [7] You can enjoy eggs any way you like – poached, hard-boiled, and soft-boiled – just remember not to overcook them, as the heat damages highly-perishable nutrients in the yolk.

References:

[1] Mercola, J. 2016. Are Egg Yolks Good or Bad? http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/02/29/egg-yolk-benefits.aspx

[2] Ware, M. 2016. Folate: Health Benefits and Recommended Intake http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/287677.php

[3] Vitamin A https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002400.htm

[4] Vitamin B5 http://www.nutri-facts.org/en_US/nutrients/vitamins/b5.html

[5] Phosphorus http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/phosphorus

[6] Selenium https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Selenium-Consumer/

 

Paleo Lemon Cake

Paleo Lemon Cake with Coconut Butter Glaze

If you like the taste of lemon, this is for you, it is very ease and rather delicious. My tip here is just make sure you really sift and blend flours together before adding to the liquid mixture.

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Preheat oven to 180deg C and line a loaf tin.

  • Ingredients
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 Tablespoon coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup coconut butter, for glaze
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup, for glaze
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice for glaze
  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs with the coconut oil, maple syrup, lemon juice and lemon zest.
  2. Add the coconut flour, tapioca starch, baking soda and salt. Mix well.
  3. Transfer to prepared loaf tin. Bake for 40 mins or until a toothpick inserted in centre of cake comes out clean
  4. Cool completely before glazing.
  5. In a small bowl mix together the coconut butter, maple syrup and lemon juice for the glaze. I placed the bowl over hot water and this brought it together nicely.
  6. Spread on cake.

Coconut butter is very easy to make if you have a high powered blender or can be bought premade.

Here is the recipe from my Quirky Cooking book by Jo Whitton

  1. Place 400g desiccated coconut into high powered blender.  Process for at least 2 minutes scraping down sides of bowl.
  2. Add melted coconut oil very slowly for another minute gradually increasing speed until you have achieved a smooth consistency.
  3. Store in jar, will go solid when kept in fridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

When’s the Last Time You Drained Your Lymph Fluids

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When’s The Last Time You Drained Your Lymph Fluids ?

The lymphatic system plays a very important role in the human body’s fight against disease. It’s largely made up of a network of thin tubes (filled with clear lymphatic fluid) and lymph nodes. The thymus, spleen and bone marrow also all play vital parts in the function of the lymphatic system.

The lymph nodes house the lymphatic fluid which contains lymphocytes and other white blood cells, vital components of our blood that fight infection and cancer

If our lymph fluids get backed up in the nodes or if there are problems with our lymph ducts, it can cause the nodes to swell and become inflamed, on top of compromising the body’s immune system. [1]

White blood cells are the primary reason why the lymphatic system is so important. If your blood is drawn during a medical checkup, WBC levels are one of the things your doctor will look at in determining if you have an infection. When pathogens invade the body, white blood cells exit the lymph nodes and enter the bloodstream to fight the infection – this is characterized typically by two things: a fever and a high WBC count. Low WBC counts in the presence of a fever can signify a problem with your immunity. [2]

Unlike the cardiovascular system however, the lymphatic system is not a closed system – and in humans it does not have a pump. This means that the movement of the lymph fluid relies on the physical movement of the body in order to circulate and prevent the nodes and ducts from becoming blocked with dead white blood cells. Without adequate movement of the fluid, lymph nodes can become infected and disturb the normal homeostasis in the body’s immune and vascular systems. In the brain, a lack of lymph drainage can damage memory and contribute to Alzheimer’s disease. The same thing happens when the lymph nodes near our major organ systems don’t flow and drain effectively – it can cause widespread organ dysfunction. [3]

Certain kinds of movement and exercise are regarded as beneficial to the lymphatic system as they assist the movement and drainage of the lymph.

Natural Drainage Of Lymph: 3 Methods

#1: Massage

This method is one of the most popular ways to manually drain your lymph nodes, particularly in areas like the breast and armpit. When massaging the breast, gently make circular motions that lead away from the areola and towards the armpit, then downwards. This promotes drainage of the lymph fluid away from the nodes of the breast and axilla to the body’s vasculature. You can also apply this technique to other lymph nodes of the body. [4]

#2: Exercise

Another way to effectively get all your lymph nodes properly drained is to exercise! Moderate exercise that helps improve vascular circulation also promotes adequate drainage of lymph fluid, about two to three times better than not doing any exercise at all. This is because lymph flow in and out of the nodes is increased during exercise. You can try jogging, walking, cycling, or other similar exercises for at least 30 minutes, three times a week to promote proper drainage of your lymph nodes. [5]

#3: Rebound Therapy

Did you know another name for a rebounder is lymphasizer ?

This last method is technically a form of exercise but warrants its own special focus as a unique and valuable drainage method. Rebound therapy is slowly gaining recognition for a variety of health benefits that range from physical to emotional. Have you ever wondered why kids instinctively want to bounce – on anything from a bouncy castle to your newly made double bed? There might be something to it… it’s really good for your health!

Through gentle bouncing or rebounding on a trampoline (or similar surface), circulation and lymph drainage is improved, aside from promoting an increased state of wellbeing. The science behind it lies with the lymph ducts’ valves. In this regard, bouncing can be likened to a more intense form of walking. When pressure is placed on the lower extremities (when you prepare for a bounce or take a step), the valves in the lymph ducts close and open when the pressure is released. When you bounce, the valves close and open more fully than walking or jogging, promoting better lymph fluid evacuation. [6][7]

Many people who are into this exercise obtain a special rebounding trampoline – a portable 36″ (or similar size) mini-trampoline that allows them to get in their bounce time. It’s a great form of exercise and lots of fun – just put on your favorite music and bounce to it, what could be more awesome than that? 🙂

References:

[1] National Institutes of Health. Lymph system. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002247.htm

[2] National Institutes of Health. WBC count. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003643.htm

[3] Weller, R., Djuanda, E., Yow, H. & Carare, R. (2009). Lymphatic drainage of the brain and of neurological disease. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00401-008-0457-0

[4] Estourgie, S., et. al. (2004). Lymphatic Drainage Patters From the Breast. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1356216/

[5] Lane, K., et. al. (2005). Exercise and the Lymphatic System. http://link.springer.com/article/10.2165/00007256-200535060-00001

[6] Zimmermann, B. (2014). Flush Out Body Toxins Through Rebounding Exercise. http://beyondgoodhealthclinics.com.au/flush-body-toxins-rebounding-exercise/

[7] Rennie, J. (2007). Learning Disability: Physical Therapy Treatment, A Collaborative Approach. https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=dueeIxJ3ilkC&oi=fnd&pg=PA249

 

 

 

 

Why Massage Your Feet at Night ?

Why Massage Your Feet at Night?

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Massage has many therapeutic benefits, ranging from the promotion of rest and relaxation to improvement of circulation in various organs in the body. Adults aren’t the only ones who benefit from therapeutic massage, even infants as well! According to traditional Chinese medicine, the feet benefit most from massage, because of the belief that the soles of feet are connected to different systems in the body and stimulating a particular area of the foot also stimulates a specific organ or system.

Foot massage is an excellent way to promote relaxation, blood flow, and over-all wellbeing in people of different ages and with different health conditions. Even if you are physically healthy, you will still be able to benefit from a daily foot massage by improving your mental and emotional health. A simple self-administration of foot massage for 10 to 15 minutes each day before bed can do wonders for your health.

Over the past several decades, there have been numerous studies done on the therapeutic benefits of touch and massage. They focus on the physical and psychological benefits of massage on a variety of health conditions and ages:

Scientific Research On Foot Massage

– A 2014 study on the geriatric population of a care facility showed that a 15 minute massage was able to improve their physical, psychological, and emotional well-being. [1]

– A 2015 study on Chinese massage revealed that it is able to stimulate the body’s parasympathetic response (the rest and relaxation response), with the effects reaching their peak after 10 minutes. Heart rate was significantly reduced as well. [2]

– A study on self-acupressure in 2015 revealed that it was able to alleviate the signs and symptoms of different conditions – from allergies, nausea, vomiting, pain, and stress in healthy subjects. [3]

– A 2014 study on infants with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and massage therapy revealed a decrease in GERD signs and symptoms and infant stress and an increase in weight after regular massage was done for 30 minutes each session, for six weeks. [4]

– After a period of two weeks wherein diabetic patients with peripheral neuropathy were administered Thai foot massages, the subjects’ range of motion, balance, and foot sensation improved significantly. In fact, results were seen as early as after the first session. [5]

– Post-operative pain is a common problem among surgical patients, especially those affected with cancer. According to Ucuzal and Kanan (2014), foot massage was able to reduce pain scores and vital signs (blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory rate) after five minutes of foot massage, effectively reducing post-operative pain in post-operative breast cancer patients. [6]

– Another common problem among surgical patients is pre-operative anxiety. Patients undergoing either major or minor surgery often experience some form of anxiety. In a 2014 study, anxiety levels were significantly reduced after 20-minute sessions over four days. A decrease in anxiety was also seen in the experiement’s control group who were given gentle foot rubs with oil for one minute over the same period of time. [7]

– Foot massage was studied in relation to patients affected by dementia, showing a positive change in alertness, relaxation, and mood compared to a therapeutic technique called quiet presence. [8]

Foot Massage Before Bed

The most beneficial time to receive a massage is at night. Why? According to a study published in 2013 about the best massage timing, massage is most beneficial when performed after an exercise, because the benefits are reaped after strenuous activity. [9] This concept can be applied to simple activities of daily living — your body is in the best condition to receive the benefits of a foot massage at the end of the day, after all your activities have been done and it’s a perfect way to relax and nurture in preparation for a restful sleep.

References:

[1] Ogawa, N., et. al. (2014). Psychophysiological effects of hand massage in geriatric facility residents. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24476592

[2] Fazeli, M., et. al. (2015). The Effect of Head Massage on the Regulation of the Cardiac Autonomic Nervous System: A Pilot Randomized Crossover Trial. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26562003

[3] Song, H., et. al. (2015). Effect of self-acupressure for symptom management: a systematic review. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25637155

[4] Neu, M., et. al. (2013). Benefits of massage therapy for infants with symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24379449

[5] Chatchawan, U. Eungpinichpong, W., Plandee, P. & Yamauchi, J. (2015). Effects of thai foot massage on balance performance in diabetic patients with peripheral neuropathy: a randomized parallel-controlled trial. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25892354

[6] Ucuzal, M. & Kanan, N. (2014). Foot massage: effectiveness on postoperative pain in breast surgery patients. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24882025

[7] Bagheri-Nesami, M., et. al. (2014). The effects of foot reflexology massage on anxiety in patients following coronary artery bypass graft surgery: a randomized controlled trial. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24439644

[8] Moyle, W., et. al. (2014). Foot massage versus quiet presence on agitation and mood in people with dementia: a randomised controlled trial.

 

Working With the Breath

Working With the Breath

 

A girl doing yoga

A girl doing yoga

Do you ever catch yourself holding your breath? If I am deep in thought, stressed, trying to figure something out, or juggling a bazillion things — I often realize I am holding my breath. Even when I am not completely holding my breath, I notice that my breathing can be shallow and short. Many of us don’t think twice about our breathing because it’s automatic — we are apparently doing it just fine if we are alive. However, just because breathing is involuntary and we are meeting oxygen demands doesn’t mean that we are breathing properly. Almost all of us underestimate the power of this essential function, and poor breathing habits can have a negative effect on our health.

The Benefits of Deep Breathing

You might be thinking, “I breathe all of the time so what’s the big deal?” Unfortunately, most of us are not taught how to breathe. In fact, we tend to lose the ability to breathe properly over time. If you observe a newborn baby or an animal you will notice that when they inhale their stomach rises and then falls on the exhale. This diaphragmatic breathing, or deep breathing, utilizes the entire capacity of the lungs. As we go through life and experience stressors, our breathing becomes shallow and we only use the top portion of our lungs. So why is it important to breathe deeply?

Deep breathing:

  • Massages our internal organs to help them to do their job, especially the liver, the stomach, and the intestines.
  • Helps oxygenate the body, which increases alkalinity and makes it harder for diseases to thrive.
  • Helps the lymphatic system and the lungs expel toxins.
  • Relieves stress by turning on the parasympathetic nervous system—the relaxation system.
  • Supports peristalsis, which is the mechanical pumping in the intestines. If you are constipated try deep breathing.
  • Releases endorphins, our bodies’ natural painkillers.
  • Improves sleep.
  • Improves circulation and supports the heart so it doesn’t have to work as hard.
  • Improves posture.

When we are stressed, angry, frightened, etc., our natural response is to take short shallow breaths from the upper lungs. This can activate our sympathetic nervous system — “fight or flight” response. From an evolutionary perspective, humans have spent the majority of our time in the parasympathetic (relaxed) state. Unfortunately, as we go through modern life, the majority of us default to “fight or flight” style breathing, which in turn supports a stressed state. By practicing particular breathing techniques, we have the ability to influence the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. In other words, by imposing rhythms on the breath voluntarily, it gradually induces those rhythms in the involuntary nervous system. Ultimately, practicing deep breathing can increase our parasympathetic state and decrease sympathetic reaction and have long-term health benefits.

Deep Breathing Practices

So how do you breathe? Sounds funny to ask but it is vital to know. One of the key elements in deep breathing is utilizing both the upper and lower lobes of the lungs. To practice for the first time, it can be helpful to lie on your back. Place your hands on your belly. Take a long slow inhale through your nose and your hands should rise. After you fill the lower portion of your lungs (keep breathing in) then allow your chest to rise. On the exhale, do the opposite. Allow your chest to fall first followed by the abdomen. Continue in a slow rhythmic cycle. You will notice that you can breathe in so much more oxygen using this style of breathing.

According to Dr. Andrew Weil, a basic rule for breathing practice is to try to make your breaths deeper, slower, and more regular. To deepen your breathing, practice exhaling beyond your normal breathing sequence. Exhaling completely builds muscles between your ribs, and your exhalations will naturally become deeper and longer over time.1 In addition, by squeezing more air out you will automatically breathe more in. Weil recommends the following “4-7-8 breathing” technique as a way to improve your breathing rhythms:

  • Put your tongue on the ridge of the tissue behind your front teeth.
  • Forcefully exhale, making a wind noise.
  • Breathe in through your nose for 4 seconds,
  • Hold your breath for 7
  • Release air through your mouth for 8
  • Repeat four times at least twice daily. You may increase to eight repetitions, but Weil discourages doing more than eight repetitions at a time.

Weil claims that this breathing technique is the most powerful anti-anxiety intervention you have available to you.2 You can’t be upset or anxious and perform this exercise at the same time. In addition to doing this breathing technique twice daily, try doing it during stressful moments in your day (working on overwhelming projects, listening to screaming kids, dealing with relationship conflict) in order to neutralize stress on the spot. It literally shifts the autonomic nervous system.

We have many opportunities in the day to practice deep breathing (remember using upper and lower lungs and exhaling completely are key). Some ways to incorporate deep breathing into your daily life:

  • During a walk — this will rev up your internal fire and increase the health benefits of your walk.
  • Practice Yoga, Tai Chi or Qi Gong — forms of gentle exercise that incorporate deep breathing.
  • While driving — stopped at a red light? Breathe!
  • When tired — take some deep breaths and watch as your energy returns.
  • While you wait — can aid in hindering that impatient feeling that can arise.
  • In a sauna — will enhance both relaxation and detoxification.
  • In nature — adds extra benefits due to the negatively charged ions that are abundant in nature, especially when near moving water.
  • Upon waking — can help you wake-up and expel built-up carbon dioxide.
  • Before falling asleep — helps put the body into a deeply relaxed state.

For more insight into different breathing techniques that are great for health, I recommend the book The Tao of Detox: The Secrets of Yang-Sheng Dao written by Daniel Reid.

Breathe deep my friends!

References

  1. Andrew Weil, “The Art and Science of Breathing,” Weil Lifestyle, com, Retrieved on 15 February 2016 at http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02039/the-art-and-science-of-breathing.html.
  2. Andrew Weil, “Anti-Inflammatory Health with Andrew Weil, MD,” lecture, Institute for Integrative Nutrition, New York, 5 January 2015.
  3. Daniel Reid, The Tao of Detox: The Secretes of Yang-Sheng Dao, (VT: Simon and Schuster, 2006).

Bovine Gelatin

BOVINE GELATIN – Healing Foods

Gelatin 3What is gelatin? by Linda Paterson

Gelatin is derived from collagen found in the bones, cartilage, connective tissue, and skin of both animals and humans.  Collagen makes up almost a third of all the protein in the human body.  It is a big, fibrous molecule that makes skin, bones and tendons both strong and somewhat elastic.  As you get older, your body makes less collagen and this may present itself with stiff joints (from less flexible tendons) or wrinkles (from loss of skin elasticity).

 

Traditional diets are very high in gelatin because they consumed bones and cartilage as a staple meal in homemade bone and meat stocks, soups and stews.  Our grandmothers know that the stock made from meat and bones were a rescue remedy for the sick.  It is well known to aid in digestion and promote muscle strength for athletes.  GAPS promotes the use of stocks and soups as a daily staple to ensure that the nutrients and important amino acids are received.  This can get a little discouraging during the hotter months, however there are several ways you  can receive additional gelatin with Bernard Jensen’s Gelatin powder by mixing into your smoothies, shakes, juice or cooking recipes such as jello/jelly and other desserts calling for gelatin.

Supplementing gelatin will provide you with the added protein and much needed amino acids to help rebuild the cells in the damaged gut wall. Proteins are made of components called amino acids.  The human body is able to synthesize some amino acids on its own: however other important amino acids need to come from our diet. “Essential Amino Acids” are the components that need to come from an outside source.  Edible gelatin contains nine of the ten essential amino acids.

Half of the 18 amino acids in gelatin are considered essential, meaning they cannot be produced by the human body but must be consumed from the diet.  Glycine (for example) an amino acid found in gelatin must be present in order for the liver to efficiently remove toxins from our systems.  Lysine, another amino acid (easily accessible through gelatin), helps the body to absorb calcium and develop muscle protein.

Information and Uses for Bernard Jensen’s Gelatin

Good natural source of natural protein and amino acids. Animal protein powders are easity absorbed by your cells with the benefits of important amino acids to help heal the damaged gut wall.

Good source of collagen to help regenerate aging skin

Anti-inflammatory properties to reduce joint pain and alleviate arthritis

Adding to recipes to help maintain structure such as: jello/jelly, mousse, desserts, cheesecake and making marshmallows.

Aids in the relief of allergies

Strengthens hair and nails

Add your gelatin to a cup of juice, smoothy or stock

This brand is recommended by the Weston A Price foundation and we have chosen this brand because it is derived from grass fed cows not pork.  This product has been minimally processed to reduce or eliminate the occurrence of free glutamic acids. There is no added sugar and the powder has no flavour.

Bernard Jensen’s 100% Bovine Gelatin Powder: Non-GMO, made from cows (not pork) unsweetened and unflavoured.

“The food of a thousand uses”, one level tablespoon of pure gelatin will gel one pint (473ml) of liquid, for the use of any recipe calling for gelatin.

If you haven’t the time or for some reason are unable to make your own bone broth this is a very simple option.

 

 

 

 

 

Walnuts and Brownie Slice Recipe

Walnuts – Pure Brain Food!

I love browsing through Don Tolman’s Encyclopedia of Whole Food Medicine, it is beautifully illustrated and packed full of interesting information and today the book opened up at walnuts.  Gathering walnuts of late myself I thought I would share the information and finish with a recipe, of course !

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Choosing 1/4 cup of walnuts for a snack can give you both omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids .  Approximately 95% of your daily omega 3 requirements.  These brain-friendly nuts are also full of B vitamins, which are particularly great for your skin. B vitamins help with stress management,  mood and prevent skin disorders, keeping those wrinkles and fine lines at bay.

Walnuts also offer protein, fiber, magnesium, manganese and copper. Just make sure the label does read UNREFINED or you can assume that it has been through some kind of chemical process that makes it worse for your health.

I choose to activate nuts and seeds now  before using. The reason being once soaked in water and salt for a period of time it starts off the germination or sprouting process then dehydrated or placed on an oven tray at a low temperature. Soaking increases the nutrient value of the nuts along with breaking down the problematic compounds, this also helps enhance their digestibility. Do check soaking times this can vary according to the type of nut or seed.

This recipe is devine!! It is from our Bestow Treats 2 recipe book by Janine Tait and Sheryl Nicholson. I love the combination of walnuts and avocado, in fact I didn’t have any pecans nuts so just increased the walnuts and replaced the cacao with carob. Give it go.

BROWNIE SLICE -with chocolate topping

Base

1/2 cup pecans, 1/2 cup walnuts, 2 tablespoons of cacao powder, 1/2 cup shredded coconut, 2  tablespoons chia seeds, 1 cup medjool dates, pitted, 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Add all the ingredients to a food processor and blend well.  Press into a baking paper lined square tin and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Topping

1 small ripe avocado, 2 tablespoons of 100% organic maple syrup, 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted, 2 teaspoons of Bestow Beauty Powder, 1 teaspoon of cacao nibs, 1 tablespoon walnuts, finely chopped

Using a stick blender, process avocado, maple syrup, cacao powder, coconut oil and Bestow Beauty Powder to a smooth consistency. Spread over the base in a thick layer and sprinkle with cacao nibs and finely chopped walnuts.

Store in the refrigerator and can be frozen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choosing 1/4 cup of walnuts for a snack gives you both omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids. Approximately 95% of your daily omega 3 requirements.   These brain-friendly nuts are also full of B vitamiins, which are particularly great for you skin. B vitamiins help with stress management and mood, and prevent skin disorders. In turn, keep those wrinkles and fine lines at bay.

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