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Happy Valentine’s Day! I woke up early this morning to make a special treat for this evening for my sweetheart and special friends. I had a little taste on the spoon to make sure they tasted ok : and decided to share the recipe with my blog readers…
The real beauty of this recipe is the raw, organic ingredients used and more importantly, the health benefits from them! As a fan of superfoods, these yummy organic ‘Bliss Balls’ go well either on their own, or with a nice cup of organic coffee, or a toast of champagne for a really special occasion like Valentine’s Day…..
1 cup raw, organic cashews (or other nuts if preferred)
5-6 pitted fresh dates
2 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 tsp natural organic vanilla essence
1 tbsp agave syrup
1 tsp raw organic coconut oil
dessicated coconut (to coat bliss balls, if desired)
Blend all ingredients, except coconut, together in a food processor.
Roll into balls, coat with coconut if desired. Store in a container, in the refrigerator.
Bliss….healthy and natural……
When you have a cut or bruise on your leg, it usually heals itself quickly – How Amazing!
However, if we are not careful, it can fester, become infected and give us pain.
Pain is our body’s signal to us that it needs help. With a cut leg the course of action is obvious. But what about tiny, invisible wounds that we can’t see, which are happening inside our bodies all the time?
What do YOU do when a subtle message of pain appears?
Too many of us reach for the nearest chemical ‘pain reliever’, when we could be doing something better to support our health and healing. Sadly, because most people do not trust or know how to embrace “Self-Care”, there are internal wounds festering and contributing to the ill health of millions of people around the world. And the vast majority of them will become customers (and victims) of the pharmaceutical industry.
Our bodies are being damaged inside, invisible and mercilessly, by toxic chemical reactions. Toxic chemical additives and hazardous wastes in our air, water and food supplies will continue to pervade our living and working environments. These toxins are returning to us in everything we eat, drink and breathe. Thankfully much of the internal damage they do heals automatically, like that cut on our leg. However when our body is not adequately nourished it can’t neutralise and expel these poisons fast enough. They build up in our body, and so does the invisible damage they do. Toxic build up can severely damage our immune system and lead to disease.
A body that is toxic is like a cut with dirt in it. It is contaminated and may not heal properly. It needs to be cleaned and given the nutrients it needs to detoxify and rebuild and heal itself. Many of us have already recognised the fact of life and have altered our lifestyles to avoid as many chemicals as possible. Some of us have also recognised this fact of health and are being more careful about nutrients that can help our body detox – and rebuild our immune system.
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How many times have you said to yourself or heard someone say: “My joints hurt when it gets cold or damp”?
There is a popular belief that weather affects arthritis. But is there any proof of this?
It’s been unusually cold in Perth this Winter, and patients have asked this question numerous times. Let me shed some light on this…
Arthritis can occur as a result of injury, when cartilage is damaged. This is known as traumatic arthritis. It can also occur as a result of “wear and tear” over time. This is the most common form of arthritis, and is called osteoarthritis, aka degenerative arthritis. There are also other diseases in which the body’s immune system forms antibodies which attack the cartilage in joints. The most well-known of these types of arthritis is called rheumatoid arthritis. This shouldn’t be confused with the term “rheumatism”, which has taken on the meaning of any aches or pains related to aging, or weather.
So what about the effects of weather? Some studies have demonstrated a worsening of arthritis symptoms with low barometric pressure and high humidity. There is a theory that low pressure systems, usually associated with damp or rainy conditions, could cause joints to swell. The swelling causes stiffness of the joints, as well as pain. High humidity may have an effect through other mechanisms.
Key: Keep the Muscles Warm and Loose
We know that arthritis symptoms can be worse when the muscles around the joint aren’t strong or supple enough. Cold weather stiffens muscles, so this may also worsen arthritis symptoms. I believe this is the key here. The muscles really need to be kept warm and loose.
Each person is different in how weather can affect them. Some people say they can predict rain based on their arthritis, and others say that they feel worse during or after a storm. This simply shows that the correlation between weather and arthritis is poorly understood.
There’s no actual evidence that weather actually causes damage to joints, and there’ s no more arthritis in the population in rainy, damp climates than there is in dry, sunny climates!
So keeping all this in mind, here are a few tips to deal with arthritis:
Keep joints warm. Dress warmly in cold weather, scarves and gloves are effective; and stretch once warmed up for cold-weather activity.
If you feel your arthritis symptoms worsen in specific weather, try to avoid heavy activity at those times. Even if nobody can prove that arthritis and weather are related, if you feel that it does affect you, then listen to your body and act accordingly.
The saying goes, “Change is as good as a holiday.” I will disagree with this. Change is good, but I prefer the holiday when possible. It can be a weekend getaway, or an overseas trip, but the end result is what counts.
There are various valid reasons to travel, and all of them have the potential to bring great benefits to the traveler.
Traveling is a fantastic experience and something that most people look forward to at some point in their lives. For many people traveling is an escape from the daily grind of life, but for other people travel is a way to grow as a person and broaden their horizons.
In my case, my latest trip to Singapore brought a little of all of the following forms. I wanted to be able to get away from my every day surroundings to fully refresh. I learned a lot about the culture, the history, the people and the wonderful food in Singapore. Not only that, but the shopping was nothing short of amazing! Now for some that would be stressful, but for me, not the case. I enjoyed it immensely and felt that is was “just what the doctor ordered.”
Forms of Travel
One common form of travel is escapism. People from all walks of life get exhausted with their work and the stresses of daily life, and going on a vacation helps them to forget those problems and stresses for a while and recuperate, and return to work refreshed. Sure, you could relax at home and reduce your stress a little, but changing your environment completely helps you to remove yourself from your stresses and daily routine. That makes for a much more effective stress release. This type of traveler tends to visit resort areas like Bali, Phuket, Fiji, the Caribbean Islands, etc. The tropical weather of such destinations makes for a comfortable escape at any type of year.
Culture And History
Another type of traveler is the traveler with an interest in culture and history. For example, someone who has an interest in Buddhism can visit India to discover the roots of Buddhism in real life. It is an opportunity to experience the cultures that they have read about or seen on television. It also gives a chance to gain deep insight into our planet, the various countries and how they interact and function.
This type of traveler wants to understand themselves better by removing themselves from their surroundings, from work pressures, family and friend pressures and their own inner struggles. It gives the chance to see what the person is really like at the core. This traveler may enjoy the people they meet and all of their daily experiences and adventures more than a specific destination or culture. Learning ways to interact with new types of people, different problems as they arise and learning how to find inner peace anywhere regardless of the place, are experiences this type of traveler will appreciate the most.
All of the above travel styles can be very enriching and rewarding to the traveler. Some people may appreciate a mixture of them all, which would be ideal. Whichever style you choose, enjoy it the fullest. There are experiences waiting to become memorable treasures. Life is short, refresh and recharge sooner rather than later ~ don’t wait for retirement!
Which one, you may ask….in fact, many of my chiropractic patients ask me all the time which is best. Well, questions like this always depends on the individual and their personal needs. Both Yoga and Pilates work in supporting your body, mainly the muscular system. Core muscle strength is one of the Health Benefits of Yoga and Pilates.
A little background from a chiropractic perspective:
The muscles of the abdomen, the back and the buttocks all support the spine. These are the core muscles. If these core muscles are weak, they often contribute to the root of back pain, especially lower back pain.
Muscles are the spine’s main support system. Strengthening the muscles that support the spine with exercises can assist in preventing, reducing and even eliminating back pain.
Strong abdominal muscles (primarily the deep abs) are as important as strong back muscles for supporting the lower back and preventing lower back pain. Strong quadriceps (front of thigh muscles) are important to prevent back injuries when lifting. Proper lifting techniques involve using your legs. If your legs are weak, you may end up using your back, which can lead to injury.
Shortened muscles can throw the spine out of alignment and cause back pain. Stretching exercises lengthen shortened muscles and help to relieve back pain. Tight back muscles, tight buttocks muscles, and even tight hamstrings (back of thigh muscles) or quadriceps (front of thigh muscles), can affect the alignment of the spine. Stretching the back with stretching exercises also increases mobility of the joints of the spine.
Flexible and strong muscles help maintain proper posture and prevent back strains and sprains.
Here are the basic differences to help give a better understanding between Yoga and Pilates.
Yoga is aimed to unite the mind, the body, and the spirit. Yoga’s view is that the mind and the body are one, and that if it is given the right tools and taken to the right environment, it can find harmony and heal itself. Yoga therefore is considered therapeutic. It helps you become more aware of your body’s posture, alignment and patterns of movement. It makes the body more flexible and helps you relax even in the midst of a stress stricken environment. Benefits include feeling more fit, more energetic, balanced and peaceful. Your own body’s weight is used for resistance from one posture into another. There are several different Yoga styles. It boils down to personal preference and individual needs.
One example and a common one is Vinyasa Yoga. Vinyasa Yoga makes use of modified yoga poses that are designed to enhance healing, flexibility and strength of joints. The poses also intend to promote the feeling of well-being and strength. The emphasis of this branch of Yoga practice is on coordinating breath and movement. Practices may also include meditation, reflection, study and other classic elements.
Pilates is aimed at reaching similar goals with a series of controlled movements. The major difference is that the Pilates technique has a full complement of mat work, as well as incorporates work on the Pilates machines. The emphasis of the exercises is to strengthen the abdominals, improve posture, stabilise and lengthen the spine, improve balance and overall strength.
Pilates Six Principles:
Pilates works the whole body, emphasizing control, precision and concentration in both the mind and the body. The focus is on quality not quantity, so movements are not performed rapidly or repeated excessively. The abdominal muscles, lower back and buttocks (“powerhouse”) serve as the centre of all movement, allowing the rest of the body to move freely. This focus on core stabilization makes one stronger from the inside out and is critical for advancement. The low impact nature of Pilates makes it ideal for injury prevention and rehabilitation. The balance between strength and flexibility creates a healthy, vigorous and symmetrical workout for all muscle groups resulting in a leaner, more balanced, and stronger body.
Are you still left with a question of which of these two fitness techniques is right for you? Here’s an answer for you: do them both! You don’t necessarily have to choose. The nature of the techniques makes it easy for them to complement each other. Get the stretch from Yoga and keep it from Pilates. Strengthen your abdominals and watch your poses improve. Join the breathing techniques of Pilates and meditative aspect of Yoga into your daily routine and see the stress of your everyday life begin to dissipate. Both techniques are time-proven and established, and with the help of an experienced instructor, you will surely reach the goals you set up for yourself!
While researching for my last post on dark chocolate, I found a website that really grabbed my attention. The website was about a specialty chocolate and coffee shop, called a chocolateria. The presentation of the website caught my eye. As I was reading, I was curious where this shop was and to my wonderful surprise, there was one in Perth! Actually, in Fremantle which is south of Perth. The shop was called San Churro. They specialise in the Spanish donut, ‘the churro’ and different chocolates. They serve coffee and the famous, Spanish hot chocolate. I was so excited that I could experience these Spanish delights here in Perth! There are other shop locations as well in Australia. The week after I found this website, I was meant to meet a friend in Fremantle for breakfast. I suggested we go there to try their coffee and churros. She knew exactly where it was and was pleased to say she had been there before and really enjoyed it.
It was Wednesday morning, when we met at 9am at San Churro on Market Street, Fremantle. The churros are made fresh on the premise. The aroma was filling the air as the morning churros were freshly being made. After we placed our order, we had a chance to look around the shop. There were different chocolates from all over the world.
The real bonus for me was the dipping options for the churros. Choices between white, milk and dark chocolate and the fourth option was “dulce de leche”. This brought back fond memories of my trip to South America, in particularly Argentina. This delicious caramel is like peanut butter is to the United States and vegemite is to Australia. We chose the dulce de leche and dark chocolate due to its health benefits.
There are also handmade chocolate truffles for the true chocolate connoisseur termed the “Coleccion Afrodisiaca” which translates to the Aphrodisiac Collection. There are unique flavours for a really special treat.
If you’re not in the mood for churros, there are different cakes, cookies, biscuits to choose from. And what really impressed me was they offered gluten-free, lactose-free, vegan, vegetarian and low-fat options.
So really, there seems to be something for everyone. We browsed through the shop items that offered various chocolates from different parts of the world. Great gift ideas for the chocoholic!
We sat down on a comfortable leather lounge at the side of the shop with a wooden coffee table to have our coffee and churros on. The coffee was one of the best cappuccinos I have ever had. The chocolate on top of the froth was their special shaved chocolate. That was a treat in itself.
I highly value presentation and service. San Churro gets a thumbs up from me in both areas as well as their products. A delightful experience I just felt I had to share.
There are many superfoods listed – usually between 10 and 20. I have written my blog posts according to my personal favourites. Saving the best for last, here are the health benefits of dark chocolate.
Most people love chocolate – I do! What I found for myself was that eating regular milk chocolate was never satisfying. You could always eat more. It can be very difficult to stop, especially if you don’t have self-discipline. The sugar and less cocoa content is responsible for this. I’m not a fan of white chocolate, so it really isn’t tempting to me. After reading and understanding what is behind dark chocolate, it became my favourite type of chocolate and that is why I chose it as my last superfood.
Did you realise that chocolate is plant-derived, as are the fruits and vegetables recommended to be heart healthy?
While a little dark chocolate is good, a lot is not better. Chocolate is still loaded with calories/kilojoules. If you’re going to eat more chocolate, you’ll have to cut back somewhere else. With Easter here, so much emphasis seems to be around marketing chocolate eggs, bunnies, etc. Overindulgence is not recommended! Remember that a balanced diet and regular exercise is still the key to good health and wellness.
If you enjoy strong dark chocolate, you get more of the good stuff — cocoa. This in turn has less of the sugar, and your chocolate craving should be satisfied with lesser amounts. If you substitute plain dark chocolate for junk food, you will come out ahead health-wise. On the other hand, there are plenty of other, perhaps healthier ways to boost your flavonoid intake: fruits and vegetables give you the added benefits of fibre, vitamins and minerals, while straight black or green tea give you an antioxidant boost.
Dark chocolate does contain a bit of protein and various minerals including iron, copper, magnesium and zinc. However its main saving grace is that it contains high levels of flavonoids — chemicals that help protect plants from disease and insects. Gram for gram, cocoa contains higher levels of flavonoids than other renowned sources such as red wine, tea, apples and berries!
Studies have shown the benefits of both cocoa and high-cocoa chocolate have shown that it not only tastes good and stimulates endorphins, the feeling of pleasure but it also:
• Improves blood vessel health which in turn can help to lower blood pressure.
• Contains serotonin, which acts as an anti-depressant.
• Can help to lower cholesterol.
• Can improve insulin resistance and sensitivity.
• Helps to reduce blood pressure in people with high blood pressure. However, people with normal blood pressure don’t appear to be affected.
• Reduces inflammation and plaque build-up in blood vessels, which can lead to atherosclerosis.
• Decreases blood platelet activity. Chocolate has been found to have the same anti-platelet effects as aspirin.
Dark chocolate also improves cholesterol profile by increasing HDL (good cholesterol) levels and lowering LDLs (bad cholesterol).
Here is some more good news — Even though it contains high levels of saturated fat, some of the fats in chocolate do not impact your cholesterol. The fats in chocolate are 1/3 oleic acid, 1/3 stearic acid and 1/3 palmitic acid:
• Oleic Acid is a healthy monounsaturated fat that is also found in olive oil.
• Stearic Acid is a saturated fat but one which research is shows has a neutral effect on cholesterol.
• Palmitic Acid is also a saturated fat, one which raises cholesterol and heart disease risk.
That means only 1/3 of the fat in dark chocolate is bad for you.
• The stearic acid is converted to oleic acid which doesn’t raise cholesterol. Combined with the oleic acids already present in the chocolate, these appear to counteract the negative effects of the other saturated fat, palmitic acid, making it at least blood cholesterol neutral and perhaps even lowering it.
Does it have to be dark? The answer is yes. Dark chocolate for most is an acquired taste. It has been suggested that the milk proteins inhibit the absorption of cocoa flavonoids, so even if you eat more milk chocolate to compensate for the lack of cocoa, or eat milk chocolate with higher cocoa content, you still won’t get the same benefit as eating pure dark chocolate.
It has also been suggested that eating or drinking dairy products such as milk just before or after dark chocolate reduces its effects.
It can be healthy, but…
To add to the confusion, not all chocolate is created equal — levels of flavonoids may depend not only on the percentage of cocoa in the chocolate, but also the growing conditions, initial handling of the cocoa beans and the manufacturing process. What you buy might not be in the same league as what was proven beneficial in tests.
This makes it hard to pin down how much of which chocolate you need for health benefits. And the amount of chocolate consumed in some of these studies is enormous. The 100 grams of chocolate in some studies would account for more than one-quarter of the average person’s daily kilojoule requirements — with little other nutritional benefit. The dark chocolate that I recommend is the Lindt 70% or 85% varieties.
Like fine wine, appreciating fine chocolate is a “fun way to live longer” and a fantabulous way to receive some health benefits along the way!