Thankful day

thankful

I brought some beautiful organic vegetables from the market in the weekend, freshly picked and beautiful looking too.

As I was cooking them today I was thinking about the grower and I thanked them out loud as I prepared the wonderful food.

Thanked them for growing the beautiful produce, for choosing to grow organic, for becoming certified, for taking the time and the care to grow amazing nutrient dense food.

Then as I went about my day I thanked others out loud – producers of natural sustainable products I use, the people who choose to sell these products, organic farmers, people who are doing their bit to make the world a better place.

It was such a nice practice and made me realise all the wonderful people and the things they are doing for us and the planet.  It’s sometimes easy to get caught up in the doom & gloom but take the time to think of those creating positive change in the world. Thank them as you think about them, thank them in person or in email, or thank them on social media. Show your appreciation for what they are doing or creating.

Let me know in th comments below Who do you have to thank today?

With gratitude

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Ginger Gem!

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Ginger is amazing its a..

Antiemetic – treats feelings of nausea

Antiviral – helps combat the common cold

Anti-inflammatory – many arthritis sufferers use ginger to help ease aches and pains

Antihistamine – helpful in the treatment of allergies

Antispasmodic – used to calm upset stomachs and provide relief from bloating, gas and diarrhoea

Anxiolytic – ginger may bind to receptors in the brain helping to reduce anxiety.

It also lowers cholesterol levels and helps prevent blood clot formation.

Add some ginger to your meals or drinks, fresh ginger keeps well in the freezer then just grate it off as you need it. Once its been frozen its really easy to just scrape the skin off.

Try this hot ginger friction rub! it’s great way to warm up on a cold day. This rub stimulates the circulation and soften the skin.

15g fresh grated ginger or dried ground ginger

250ml water

3 teaspoons almond oil

2 teaspoons witch hazel

Method:

Steep the ginger in boiling water for approximately 20 minutes. Then mix 3-4 teaspoons of the ginger water with the almond oil and witch hazel. Massage directly onto wet skin while bathing, using a loofah or coarse cloth or brush.

Fragrance.. avoid it!

 

Choose personal care products whose list of ingredients doesn’t include the word fragrance as it is generally synthetic.  You’ll protect your hormonal system and that of your offspring by side stepping fragrances.  You reduce exposure to phthalates – a family of hormone disrupting chemicals found in all of our bodies but at their highest levels in children and in women of child-bearing age.

Phthalates are commonly used to make perfumes last longer and keep nail polish from flaking.  The chemicals cross the umbilical cord from mother to fetus and exposures are thought to be most problematic in the eighth – fifteenth week of pregnancy when the fetus begins to develop as either male or female.

Fragrance effects the planet too

Developmental changes in wildlife first alerted scientists to the hormone disrupting properties of chemicals in everyday products that found their way into their environment.  Alligators downstream from sewage plants were being born with deformities, panthers were suffering from abnormalities.

In lab tests phthalates in synthetic fragrances have found to alter sexual development and cause cancer in lab animals.

—- Do One Green Thing – Mindy Pennybacker

Seasonal Eating for the end of Summer

 

In the southern hemisphere we are enjoying summer.  All the holiday celebrations can be hard on your liver. Crucerferous veges such as brocoli, sprouts and cabbage benefit the liver.  Watercress, fresh fruits, beetroot, garlic, bitter veges and green tea will also benefit liver detox pathways.

Some fantastic foods which are in season at the moment and I’ve been enjoying are.

 

Asparagus

– A natural diuretic which is great if you suffer from fluid retention

-Rich in folate, vit E, vit C. Folate helps carry carbon around the body, this mechanism constantly repairs DNA.

 

Avocado

– Provides nearly 20 essential nutrients including fibre, potassium, vit E, folate.  The good fats in Avos act as a nutrient booster helping the body absorb fat soluable nutrients such as beta carotene and lutein.

 

Kale

– Rich in sulphur – containing phytonutrients which research indicates have the capacity to help fight cancer. Great source of beta carotene and calcium

 

Watercress

– Contains iron, calcium, folic acid, vit A, vit C and iodine. Best eaten in its natural state fresh and crisp.

 

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Let me know in the comments below what you are enjoying eating this season? If it’s not summer where you are let me know which season you are in.

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Spirulina – richest source of nutrition in the world

Spirulina contains over 100 synergistic nutrients and is the single richest and most complete source of total organic nutrition in the world!

As natures richest whole food source of Bio-chelated Organic Iron, its 58 times richer than raw spinach and 28 times richer than raw beef liver! It is also natures richest whole food source of Beta Carotene (Pro-vitimin A) being 25 times richer than raw carrots!

Spirulina is one of nature’s near-perfect foods, as it is up to 70 percent protein by weight and is rich in B vitamins (including B-12), minerals, GLA, natural iodine and phycocyanin

  • “Spirulina was found to have very positive effects for radiation sickness when given to children exposed to radiation after the Chernobyl nuclear accident
  • Many studies have found that Spirulina can serve as a “radiation shield,” helping protect your thyroid gland, strengthen your immune system and blood, protect your kidneys, and bind to heavy radioactive isotopes so they can be more quickly eliminated from your body
  • While spirulina is an excellent source of nutrition, you must be very careful about its source, since it can be contaminated with heavy metals and other environmental pollutants” (www.mercola.com)

Certified Organic Spirulina is in both the Deep Green Alkalising Superfood and Inliven Probiotic Superfood.