Posted in Food, Food and Drink, good food, Health, Healthy diet, healthy eating, healthy food, healthy habits, healthy options, heart, heart health, keep it simple, self care

Make your own almond milk

 

Making your own almond milk is easier than you think and you will know exactly what is in it: almonds and water. No additives, no extras. Ensure the almonds are good quality. There are lots of good reasons for drinking almond milk. It is not just for vegans. It is a milk alternative. It is good for your heart, bones, waistline and blood sugar. It doesn’t have to be refrigerated so a handy alternative for outdoor activities or camping. The benefits are here on Lifehacker. The almonds need to be soaked so do it in the morning so you can make it in the evening or do it in the evening so you can make it in the morning. It’s super simple past that point and even that isn’t hard!! authoritynutrition gives you some more information about almond milk. You might like to read how it compares with cows’ milk.

Posted in Environment, Health, self care, skin care, sustainability, wellbeing

Homemade eco deodorant

I decided to try this recipe for eco deodorant because I had all the ingredients and containers. I also tried the idea from yesterday’s video to put the solid deodorant into a twist stick. As you can see from my picture it’s not as neat as the one in yesterday’s video. That will come with practice. The only thing I changed in the recipe was to swap the quantities of baking soda and corn starch. I also used bicarbonate instead of baking soda. It does come out a lovely lemony colour and it smells really nice. I put it in the fridge to harden. I mixed it for a few minutes to make sure the solution wouldn’t separate and that seems to have done the trick. Next time I think I’ll use my stab blender to mix it up. Today was a good day to try it in Adelaide because it is 36 degrees Celsius and a bit humid. So far all is going well. I also had some left over I couldn’t get out of the bowl. I used that on my hands and it has really softened and hydrated them. Bit of a bonus really! Why am I bothering? Because deodorants go onto the skin in your armpits and that is where significant lymph glands are located. I take the point from the eco deodorant fans that it’s probably a good idea to really check what is in your deodorant and antiperspirant. It wasn’t much bother to try this out , though. It took me 5 minutes to make it and about 3 minutes of constant stirring and then 2 minutes to put it into containers. It seems to be working. I have a longish car drive to make in the heat later on and that really will be a test.

Update 8/1/2017

My eco deodorant not only survived a long, hot drive, it has worked on days over 40 degrees Celsius as well. I was wondering if it would melt in the heat but it doesn’t.  My friends and family are assuring me this recipe is working and I feel a lot happier now because it is totally natural and so easy to make.

 

Posted in concentration, control, Health, healthy habits, inspiration, motivation, slow living, Stress Busting, wellbeing

What does slowing down mean to you?

That was bizarre. The woman is in a completely different age group to me, she is at a different stage in life and yet, her video looked like my life at the moment. I am watching the ocean, walking on the beach, enjoying my yarn arts, reading , doing yoga and walking in nature. I really am taking the time to take the time! She articulates well what slow living is about and why you need it. We do glorify doing and it’s as though life has no meaning if you don’t have this grand todo list of where you have been and what you are doing. I am lucky I have a dog who really loves walking. That may sound odd but my other dogs preferred playing , running around, fetch, all of that. This dog is in my life now and she just loves walking. She started me off on this slow path. I was thinking I needed to reclaim my life. I have always had too much to do, have supported others, done so many things and worked really hard. I have achieved a lot and it has defined me but all the time the things which were important to me were being neglected. I did some sewing, some knitting, some crochet, some cross stitch but now I have time to really think things out and to really involve myself in my projects. When you are driven like you are in life then you pump a lot of adrenalin and it eventually impacts on your health. You don’t sleep properly, you don’t exercise properly and even if you think you are eating well, once you slow down you realise you were limited in your choices because of time and energy. I have had a chance to meet people, talk more, really notice the clouds. In many ways it is as I grew up. We often had times just wandering or sitting and looking or sitting and chatting. Like the woman in this video I love my technology. It can be very inspiring but it is also a great way to produce and share ideas and keep connected with people in a really good way. I have found it odd that after years of being uber busy I now have tome to think properly and notice. I am doing a journal about slow living. It is already set up and I follow the pattern. The balance she talks of is what is missing. If you work then there is so much to do there is no balance. Over the years the amount of things expected has increased. Profit, cost cutting, profit, streamlining have all meant good people are pushed too hard. They are reliable. They are there , and because they are there, they are overworked. The only solution is to work less and want less. When she talked of decluttering it was an indication we are driven to collect things in one way or another. To be slow, you need to simplify your life and be genuinely content with less.

Posted in contraindications, Health, medicine, side effects, supplements

Vitamins and supplements

There is no substitute for proper medical care and supervision. Healthcare professionals sometimes prescribe vitamins and supplements as part of a care plan. There can be a lack of understanding as to what this will achieve, what is the correct dose and , as with any tablet, lack of knowledge about what the side effects are. There also might be a bit of a delay in being able to speak with your health practitioner too.  I am a great believer in knowing side effects. I have found the webMD site useful because it provides very good information which then helps you to have better discussions with your doctor or medical care provider. It looks at all the issues and it looks at how medications can interact so it is a very helpful place to go if you are getting yourself a bit confused and need to have a proper conversation with your medical health care person. 
Posted in exercise, fitness, Health, keep active, keep fit, mini trampoline, wellbeing

Get your rebounder out

Bellicon is a brand name for rebounders or mini -trampolines. I found this article about the benefits of rebounding and was suitably impressed. I have a mini trampoline in my big shed. It was my daughter’s when she was little. She used to love bouncing on it and playing with it and it helped keep her active and fit. It fell into disuse. I used it for a bit and then packed it away. Well, it’s coming out again! It can be set up again in my big shed where it will be dry and under cover and out of the way. They have come back into popularity but this time they are there to benefit everyone and make a real difference to your health and fitness even if you are not feeling that fit and well. This clip gives some good ideas as to how to use it to good effect. I can do that! The good thing about mini – trampolines is they can be bought in big department stores and don’t cost a lot. With the amount of good they can do, they are worth exploring as a fitness option.
Posted in face brushing, Health, lymph drainage, skin care, wellbeing

Brush your face!

Leda is a wonderful advert for face brushing. Since I had decided to give body brushing a go to keep my circulation in good condition so I could keep warm, I found this video on You Tube to do with face brushing so I have been trying that too. After just 3 times my face looks and feels better. It has tightened my skin and made it smoother,  made my skin feel better and it has been very relaxing. It’s a nice thing to do in the evening after a day at work. I have a little round face brush that I found amongst all my grooming things. I don’t think I could use a big brush like Leda. My little brush suits me well. It is about 3-4 cm diameter on a long handle and I find that easier to hold. She is right when she says you need to work up to it and to get your skin used to being brushed.
Posted in Health, skin care

Give your body a nice brush

My gas heater has decided not to work and I have to wait for the repair man to come. This, by chance , has got me to try body brushing. I feel the cold more than I do heat and so not to have a big fire when it’s cold has been a bit of challenge. I have had to work out ways to keep warm over the week I am waiting to get the fire looked at. I have a small heater to take the chill off the air. I have learned to wear layers , jumpers , socks, scarves and gloves. I have worked out that if I have the time to start my day with a bath it works better than a shower at keeping me warm. I have also had a chance to body brush and that really gets me warm! It is the best thing to keep my circulation in good shape and I have come to enjoy it. I can also say I feel better, my skin is better and my energy levels are better. Part of that is also probably the fact that I am taking a positive stance towards a gas heater which is  suddenly not working! I can safely say I’ll keep body brushing in my life and Ashley does a good job in this video of explaining what to do and why.  I use a smaller brush and it works well.

 

Posted in exercise, fitness, gardening, Health, nature, positive attitude

How does your garden grow?

This is a Smarty Pants bougainvillea. I love the colour and the honey eating birds love it too. My garden has been going through the changes again. I seem to change it every so often . I realise out the back it has fewer flowers than it used to have because of the drought we had. I lost a lot of flowering trees and shrubs. I replaced them with succulents which have their own look . My garden is moving onto a tropical look these days. Palms, monsteras, philodendrons, passionfruit. It is interesting to watch my garden change. It always looks at its best around October and November. For me, it is how I get my exercise. I have the fresh air, nature, the work to be done and there’s always plenty of that. I am physically active in my garden. No pottering and gentle pruning for me. I don’t have trouble focussing on the work to be done and then just doing it. I’d never swap it for a gym. So my garden and walking my dog keep me healthy. I look at new houses these days and they have very little by way of gardens and that is a shame. People don’t seem to want to work on their own bit of land anymore. Children grow up without seeing a garden change on a seasonal basis. In summer mine looks dry and crispy at times. I did get it through this summer well. That in itself is a challenge. I have to think how I will get my garden to deal with particular weather impacting on it. It’s  good to think about and sometimes it makes me quite creative. It’s nice to have this place AI can go which adds to me in all sorts of ways. I wonder how people manage without a garden and what replaces it in their lives. Nature is very healing.
Posted in exercise, exercise bikes, fitness, Health, wellbeing

On your bike!

My exercise bike is small but it does the job for me. My sister had a big one with heart rate and who knows what else monitor  and it was great but it was heavy and it took up a lot of room. My little one takes up very little space. The one left is from Vlad’s Gadgets and actually folds away so it could be taken on trips or just put away when you have guests. Mine doesn’t need to go away because I use it a lot now and it takes up so little room it is hardly a problem. I have it in a room where I have a nice view over the hills. For a while my little bike was in the garage and I saw it once in a while. In the end I brought it indoors and through winter and the cold weather it comes into its own. I have found it is the only thing which gets me calm quickly when I am stressed. 10 minutes of peddling settles me down and I am in a much better frame of mind. It keeps me warm  in winter and stops me from going mad in the cold weather. I am a sunshiny , blue skies sort of person and will happily be outdoors and moving around then, so I don’t use my bike much in summer. I have found it good to use in the morning because it gets me going and in a good mood. I don’t find it boring  but I guess I’d use my iPod if I did… or read a magazine! My little bike makes me get some exercise in the winter months. That’s the thing. If I didn’t have it I wouldn’t be doing anything because I just feel cold and miserable.
Posted in fitness, Health

Get walking!

Inspite of what I said yesterday about preferring to garden rather than walk I have had a lovely half hour walk this morning and was ready for a nice breakfast when I came back. My car is being serviced locally and it is within walking distance. Normally I take it to a place close to town but last time I was out all day until late waiting for my car. This way is much more convenient and has added a health bonus. They will have it ready by lunch time so that will be another half hour walk. I figure I just have to start rethinking a few things in my life to build in the purpose walking. I can’t just go out and walk. I have to be walking somewhere for a reason. Adelaide has turned on a beautiful day so it was a lovely walk through the paddocks and down a leafy street. Plenty of others were out walking too so there were cheery hellos along the way. I think people are starting to realise that if we all get out on the street then it is much friendlier and safer. So I feel pretty good about myself today and will think about how to keep this up.