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Mark Bunn

Mark Bunn

Mark Bunn – is a leading natural health researcher specialising in Ayurvedic medicine, author of the three-time best-selling ‘Ancient Wisdom for Modern Health‘ and one of Australasia's most popular health and performance speakers.  Mark is also CEO of David Lynch Foundation Australia.

Wednesday, 02 May 2012 13:16

Oat or Semolina Porridge

Ingredients:

  • rolled oats/oatmeal or ground semolina – both available at health food shops and some supermarkets)
  • turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon, ground ginger, saffron (optional)
  • fresh dates and/or raisins
  • raw or preferably unprocessed sugar (Rapadura or Muscovado)

How to Make:

In a saucepan, before turning on any heat…

  • add about 1/2 a cup per person of oats or semolina
  • add milk according to the consistency you like (usually about double the quantity of oats or semolina* If trying to lose weight, instead of using skim milk, use 1/2 milk and 1/2 water
  • Stir the mixture to an even consistency before adding heat (this will reduce lumps)
  • Put on low/medium heat and while regularly stirring…
  • Add cardamom, cinnamon, turmeric & ground ginger – 1-2 pinches per person
  • Saffron – 4-5 hairs (optional)
  • 1-2 dates cut into small pieces or 15- 20 raisins
  • Sugar to taste
  • Continue stirring (and adding more milk or hot water if needed) until cooked.

This will be just a few minutes with semolina or oatmeal but longer with rolled oats (see packet).

Wednesday, 02 May 2012 13:13

Morning Power Cleanse

To assist your body’s natural ‘elimination cycle’, take one of the following, first thing each morning.

  1. One Glass of ROOM TEMPERATURE WATER (even better if boiled for 5+ minutes first & then cooled)
  2. One Glass of BOILED WATER with 10-20 drops of FRESH LEMON JUICE and 2 teaspoons of ALOE VERA JUICE

* Females – Do NOT take the Aloe Vera if menstruating!

As above

+ 2 pinches GINGER POWDER
+ 1-2 pinch TURMERIC

Having trouble getting to sleep or would just like a more settled sleep?

From Western science, we know that an essential amino acid called ‘tryptophan’, helps promote sleep. In the science of Ayurveda, it is known that ‘warm nourishing’ things, help settle the nervous system and therefore assist settled sleep. Put the two together and we see why ‘warm miilk’ (milk contains ‘tryptophan’) is a great age-old remedy* for sleep.

Try this ‘sleep-inducing’ recipe.

1/2 cup of milk * must be boiled – see below
2 pinch ginger powder
2 pinch cardamom
3 pinch nutmeg – * don’t have nutmeg during day or before driving etc as it can make drowsy in higher doses.
3-4 hairs of saffron * optional – not essential
A little raw sugar if like.
Bring to boil – boil for 1-2 minutes and drink about 15-30 minutes before bed.

Important Notes:

1. Do NOT use Soy Milk or Skim Milk for this purpose – Soy can be okay for other purposes, but neither are ‘real’ milk, which is important for this purpose.

2. If you have trouble with milk or are ‘weight-conscious’ etc, use low-fat’ milk or half milk & half water.

* While this drink can give great results, it is really just a ‘symptomatic’ remedy. If you have a chronic sleep problem, it is of course, important to treat the real underlying cause. This is usually more to do with poor daily routine issues, stress, over-activity at night etc. We will take a more comprehensive look at ‘proper sleep’ at another time.

* Do not drink medicated milk straight after a late dinner as it does not mix with savoury foods. Better to have medicated milk a minumum of 1 hour after dinner.

Wednesday, 02 May 2012 13:07

Stewed Apples or Pears

Alternative Breakfast to ‘Processed’ Cereals

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 green apples (some varieties cook more easily than others) or pears
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 2 pinches ginger powder
  • Optional – Rapadura sugar (or other unrefined sugar or Stevia), cardamom, cinnamon, licorice (to taste), raisins

Quantities: based on 1 person – increase accordingly.

Pre-preparation

Peel the apples/pears and cut/dice into small pieces.

In a saucepan

  • Put in the apples/pears and add ½ cup water (you may need to add more as you go)
  • Put on low heat and cook slowly
  • Add cloves, ginger and anything else you like – e.g. raisins, sugar, 3 pinches cardamom
  • Put a lid on the saucepan and cook slowly till fork friendly (soft but not mushy)

Notes:

This is a general guide only – vary to suit

Re; sugar – generally 1/2 a teaspoon or so is okay but depends on individual.

Wednesday, 02 May 2012 13:04

Cous Cous / Semolina & Vegetables

Ingredients

  • fresh ginger (fruit & vegie shop)
  • turmeric, coriander, cumin seeds, others you like (supermarket)
  • black mustard seeds, asoefitida/hing (Indian/ Asian market/grocers)
  • semolina (coarse best) or cous cous (both in supermarket/health shop)

Quantities: based on 2 people

Pre-preparation

  • have all spices ready in advance
  • finely cut/grate fresh ginger – approx. 1 tspn
  • cut vegies
  • boil water in a pot/kettle (to add to food while cooking)
  • i. Cous cous (wash 2 large handfuls and drain) ii. Semolina (dry roast until light brown)

In a saucepan

  1. pour in some oil (olive etc) – approx 3 tspn or according to recommendation
  2. heat oil on low/medium heat
  3. Add black mustard seeds – approx ¾ tspn (have lid on!!!)
  4. Wait until seeds have danced (popped)
  5. Add cumin seeds – ¾ tspn
  6. Add fresh ginger
  7. Add turmeric – approx. ¼ teaspoon
  8. Add asoefitida/hing – 1-2 pinch (small quantity)
  9. Add other spices you wish – coriander, cloves etc
  10. add vegies and stir into spices (brings flavour into)
  11. add water (hot) and cook
  12. when veggies are 3-4 minutes from being cooked add semolina or cous cous plus enough hot water for the consistency you like
  13. stir regularly adding water when needed until cooked – 3-4 minutes

*** add salt near end of cooking

Notes:

This is a general guide only – vary to suit

Add chutneys, churnas etc to taste

Monday, 07 May 2012 13:01

Light Dinner Suggestions

According to the time-tested principles of Ayurvedic medicine eating heavy hard to digest foods at night is the seed for all disorders – from fatigue, excess weight through to serious disease.

These problems are magnified if also eating late. Eating a ‘light’ dinner (according to appetite) reasonably early (digested by the time you go to bed) is one of the single most important things you can do for your lifelong health, happiness and personal performance.

Wednesday, 02 May 2012 12:44

Spicing Meals

Ingredients:

  • fresh ginger (fruit & vegie shop)
  • turmeric, coriander, cumin seeds, others you like ( supermarket )
  • black mustard seeds, asoefitida/hing (Indian/ Asian market/grocers)

Quantities: based on 2 people

Pre-preparation

  • Have whatever you are spicing ready in advance – cut vegies, wash rice/dahl etc
  • Finely cut/grate fresh ginger – approx. 1 tspn)

Directions

  1. In a saucepan pour in some oil ( olive etc ) – approx 3 tspn or according to recommendation
  2. heat oil on low/medium heat
  3. Add black mustard seeds – approx ¾ tspn ( have lid on!!!)
  4. Wait until seeds have danced (popped)
  5. Add cumin seeds – ¾ tspn
  6. Add fresh ginger
  7. Add turmeric – approx. ¼ teaspoon
  8. Add asoefitida/hing – 1-2 pinch (small quantity)
  9. Add other spicesyou wish – coriander, cloves etctomato great with dahl (add here)
  10. add vegies or rice or dahletc and stir into spices ( brings flavour into)
  11. add water and cook

*** add salt near end of cooking

Notes:

Dry roasting rice first makes it lighter ( easier to digest )

This is a general guide only – vary to suit

 

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There are lots of drugstores and supermarkets which sell these stretch mark products for individuals to make use of. Lots of them seem very appealing to people because the cost is often inexpensive and also the statements that the companies say make the product seem irresistible to test. But to tell the truth, most of them fail to work very well. Some can help to make the stretchmarks harder to see, but you will find better natural methods to eliminate stretchmarks. The fantastic thing about it’s the price to have it done isn’t much.

Monday, 04 October 2010 10:52

Peppermint Pick Me up

Does your energy regularly sag? Do you find yourself reaching for a cup of coffee or sugary soft drink each afternoon, instead try some peppermint. The distinct smell and taste of peppermint has been known throughout many traditions including Ayurveda, to stimulate the brain, helping it to ‘spark up and focus’. Peppermint stimulates alertness and performance, particularly with respect to jobs that involve more details tasks.

Thursday, 09 December 2010 10:48

Soy Products – Super food or Super Scam?

This week, we have some interesting information on the highly topical area of soy products. 

If you have been hearing the latest reports on soy foods you may well be confused. Some experts tout soy as being one of the greatest foods of our time, while others believe it can be responsible for such seemingly far out things such as the feminisation of boys and for increasing the risk of breast cancer. Another study out just a week or so ago suggested that high consumption of soy products may indeed compromise our health due to the high levels of phyto-oestrogens. And just this week, the media have been reporting that importers of soy milk brand Bonsoy are facing a class action from customers because say they were left with permanent thyroid problems from an iodine content seven times the recommended level. (This is a classic example of what can happen when we consume ‘artificially maniplulated’ products … even though the ‘original’ product may be natural).

Anyway, who or what do we believe?