Do you have kids? Do you work with kids or deal with them regularly? Do you remember back when you were a kid? It wasn’t that long ago was it? How many kids back in your day were obese, had diabetes, wheat or dairy allergies or had autism, ADD or ADHD? I’m guessing that if you are like me, not many…if any! What has happened? Why does it seem that every second child these days is either obese, has diabetes, is allergic to something or has been diagnosed as ADHD? We have a fantastic article (I didn’t write it!) that will hopefully shed some light on this all-important issue for you.
"Abhyanga" - the Ayurvedic old massage has been recommended for thousands of years as part of the daily routine for maintaining overall health and well-being.
According to the ancient Ayurvedic texts, regularly performing the oil massage (traditionally done daily) does the following,
As I wait in line at the check out of many grocery stores usually trying to research the buying trends of young Mums with young children I’m appalled by their lack of education and understanding as to how food choices not only affect the health of children but also their behaviour.
If they knew that the foods that they were spending good money on inadvertently affects the health and behaviour of their children would they do it?
Background (from Mark)
For pretty well all of our married life, my wife (Karen) and I experienced the cancer journey. Karen was diagnosed with breast & bone cancer throughout much of her body just a few months after we were married. Amidst all the usual challenges and difficulties we all appreciate with such journeys, for the most part it was also an amazing time full of the most wonderful things in life. A great marriage and a generally very blessed life.
Throughout some of this time, Karen recorded various ‘personal’ lessons, learnings, sources of laughter and other bits and pieces that she thought she might one day put into a blog or similar in case something might provide some encouragement or help for others going through a cancer, or other challenging health or life journey. While she never got to do that herself, I’ve taken some of what I thought might be interesting pieces from her journal and notebooks that I felt she might not mind being shared. (Most likely, just as in when she was in her physical incarnation I’m sure I won’t have got it quite right … but we mere mortals do our best!)
Having read them myself, I personally believe a lot of the messages are equally applicable to all of us, whether (delete perfectly) healthy or otherwise. Anyway, if any of it is of interest, great, if not, that’s great too.
Just saw a current affairs TV commercial the other night about new research showing the hazardous effects of commercial mouthwashes. It mentioned how these mouthwashes kill good bacteria in the mouth thus preventing blood vessels there from relaxing and thus increasing the risk of things like heart attack.
Below are some jokes, funny stories and little bits of humour that Mark has compiled over the years that he has found quite humorous, and hopes you find the same. As they say, life should never be too serious not to be able to stop and enjoy a good laugh. Please enjoy.
* Note; some of the jokes may push the boundaries of political correctness, being sexist or possibly even slightly offensive. We hope you enjoy them in the spirit of a good laugh, and don’t mean to offend anyone.
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Ideal for Vegetable Pasta, Rice, Semolina, Dhal, Noodles etc
For pasta, semolina, cous cous, noodles etc
This is a great little recipe for having on dry biscuits, or dipping celery or carrot sticks etc. into. Great as an afternoon snack, or for serving at lunch/dinner parties for your friends.
- 2 bunches fresh basil
- 2/3 cup unsalted cashews
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- 2/3 cup olive oil
- juice of 1/2 a lemon
- Approx. ½ – 1 tsp unrefined sea salt or good quality, natural salt e.g. Himalayan Crystal salt
- Optional (Mark loves this) – Organic coconut cream
- Place all ingredients into a blender (a good quality one that can handle nuts) and mix.
- Add a couple more nuts if your mixture is too liquidy, or add some more olive oil if it’s too dry.
- Use more or less coconut cream, salt or lemon juice to taste.
Also known as Vegetable Fritters.
Kids and adults alike love these. This recipe is based on the Indian Pakora, which is a fried vegetable fritter dish made with besan (chickpea) flour. When the fritters are cooked with this flour it adds flavour and crunchiness. They are ideally served with chutney.
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins
- If you have a food processor, to save time, instead of grating the vegetables, put them all together and chop them up in the processor.
- To make your own Besan flour, add dry chickpeas in small batches to a food processor, coffee grinder or blender and process until pulverized and smooth. Then run through a sieve to remove any large particles. Use as directed in the recipe.
- Besan Flour – ¼ cup
- Wholemeal Flour – 1 cup
- Coriander powder – ½ tsp
- Turmeric – ½ tsp
- Garam Masala – 1 tspn
- Salt – ½ tsp
- Water – 1 cup
- Ghee or Olive Oil – appx 1 Tblspn – for shallow frying.
- 4 cups of grated/finely chopped seasonal vegetables – a combination of any if the following depending what you have in the fridge: eg. Pumpkin, sweet potato, carrot, zucchini, red capsicum, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, leek, fennel.
How to Make:
1. In a medium bowl, mix the besan and wholemeal flour together. Stir in the coriander, turmeric, garam masala and salt.
2. Make a well in the centre of the flour mix. Gradually pour in the water and mix to form a thick, smooth batter.
3. Add the grated vegetables into the flour mix and combine well.