Monthly Archives: May 2013

Reclaiming ‘Hippie’: The Taboo of Positive Living

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It seems like the more I make positive changes to my life the more I get called a hippie. Granted this is usually by friends and it might be in jest but nonetheless it points to an interesting phenomenon. The term hippie, as used today, seems to be a derogatory word, and even when it is used jokingly I think it reflects something important – that is, mainstream society’s indifference or perhaps even contempt for values that are not about doing whatever is normally done, whether or not it is good for you the individual, or the planet.

Most recently I’ve started making nut and seed milk. Yes okay, I can hear the cries of ‘hippie!’ starting already. Why? I think it’s probably not that great for a cow’s welfare to be forcibly milked all the time, at least I know I wouldn’t like it; nut milk is healthier for…

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Let’s get growing

Some of you may have noticed that recently the updates on my blog are not as often as they used to be. This is due to the spring (finally) arriving here, in the UK, so I was able to start our vegetable and fruit growing for this year!

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You are what you eat…

It is encouraging to see some of the main stream scientists talking about things as they really are, without promoting anything or trying to deceive the public for personal gain. You probably won’t find it in your daily paper, therefore I translated the text to English for you.

An interview with Prof. Mark Naruszewicz PhD, one of the  leading Polish scientists, about a recent study on the effects of our diet on the body.

– What are the scientists from the Institute of Food and Nutrition working on ?
We work in the field of nutrigenomics. It is a knowledge which is very rapidly developing, dealing with the impact of nutrition on gene expression. Today we know that what we eat directly affects our genetic material.

immune-system– Can you explain that a bit more?
Each gene is a single protein. Human physiology is based on the metabolism of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. It turns out that the fatty acids regulate gene expression. In other words, the type of fatty acid consumed determines human growth, the development of the central nervous system and other defence mechanisms, including immunological functions. A factor that best stimulates our genetic material to develop properly are unsaturated fatty acids, derived from plants and fish. Hence a lot of pressure from all medical societies, to change our diet and started eating what is compatible with our physiology. Continue reading

Yoga Outdoors: Embrace the Season

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Spring is here!  Summer is coming quickly.  What a perfect time to start practicing yoga outdoors!

Practicing yoga outside can bring an added layer of experience to yoga, both physically and mentally. The physical senses pick up the motion of the wind, sounds, air, smells and temperature.  Outdoor environments can be particularly helpful when practicing breathing techniques and meditation.  A good practice when in nature is to focus on the sounds within you (your breath) and around you.  Birds, wind, and leaves in the trees are very soothing sounds that can immediately relax people who spend much of their time in noisy cities.  You’d be amazed at what a little sound in nature can do for your mind and spirit.

Some of these common locations make great spots to practice yoga, depending on the weather and the time of day.

The Local Park
Just about every city and town has…

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Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is made by the fermentation of apple cider. During the fermentation process, sugar in the apple cider is broken down by bacteria and yeast into alcohol and then into vinegar. Like many types of vinegar, apple cider vinegar contains a substance called acetic acid. It also contains some lactic, citric and malic acids.

apple_cider_ vinegarWhy should we all start using more apple cider vinegar? First of all, apple cider vinegar is a completely natural product.  In integrating this product into our homes, we instantly decrease the consumption of unnatural chemicals in our daily lives.

Apple cider vinegar can help with many health conditions, including:
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Curing Type II Diabetes by Reducing Chronic Inflammation

New recipes – Courgette

Courgette/ zucchini is another underrated vegetable (it is actually a fruit from plant-science point of view) which is simply delicious and so versatile. Most of the time they are served cooked or baked, in various pasta or rice dishes, stir-fries or soups, however they can also be eaten raw in salads or raw pasta dishes.

courgetteOne of the main courgette’s properties (along with other squashes) is cancer prevention, by inhibiting cell mutations, especially effecting in preventing colon and lung cancer.

It is rich in nutrients like magnesium and potassium which help normalise blood pressure and plays an important role in cardiovascular health in general. The vitamin C content along with carotenoids stops the oxidation of bad cholesterol in the blood, therefore prevents the occurrence of strokes and heart attacks. Apart from Vitamin C they contain lutein which can serve as an herbal remedy for people with vision disorders and for sharpening the eyesight. Continue reading