health

Dr Libby’s TED talk about ‘Rushing Woman’s Syndrome’ – A must watch video.

Two people posted this video about the pace of life and health implications for women on my wall, separately on the same day. So I thought I better make myself a cup of tea and watch it. Boy, I’m glad I did. I didn’t want it to end.

Have a look at the video, and if you like it, there are a couple of other links there to explore. I certainly intend to.

Dr Libby Weaver – “Rushing Woman’s Syndrome”

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Homemade Sesame & Herb Crackers

If there is just one obsession I have, it’s making efficient use of resources and time. But there’s not just one, I have several obsessions. Some more of my current ones include my daughters cute feet, measuring people’s bathrooms and kitchens, and creating amazing healthy recipes. This recipe comes from the first obsession though. It will double as a pastry base or pizza base, and in fact I did double this and make another thing that will blow your socks off. Apple Custard Pie! Recipe to come for that, which used the leftover egg yolks, created two items of health and deliciousness to cook at once, and all Paleo. Because, not only is it a hip thing to do, it will make you feel amazing.

Sesame & Herb Crackers

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1 1/2 c almond meal
1/2 c LSA (ground up mixture of linseed, sunflower seed & almond)
1 egg white
1 tsp water
1 tsp olive oil
Pinch of Himalayan salt
1/3 c sesame seeds
Dried herbs to your liking

Put all dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk together wet ingredients. Add wet to dry and mix together until you get a dough like consistency. Press it altogether into a ball, and place between 2 sheets of baking paper. Roll the dough out thinly, (about 3mm). Peel off the top layer of baking paper. You could cut shapes with cookie cutters or just cut into rectangles. Place on an oven tray and cook for about 10-12 mins. Keep an eye on them, you want them just brown and crunchy.

Drizzle with a tiny bit of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and keep them in an airtight container.

A tasty savory treat, go really good with cheese, meat and my amazing Spicy Onion Pickle. Or just some raw veges and avocado… Anything you can dream up. Enjoy!

NB So you can double the first 6 ingredients on this list. That will give you enough for crackers, and a base for apple pie, or a pizza base, or a pumpkin pie. Split the mixture and then add the bits for crackers in one bowl, and a bit of sweetener for the other half in the other bowl, if you’re going to make a sweet pie. I will post recipes for that soon, in the meantime, experiment away!

Xmas Present #2 – Cinnamon Almond Butter

I’ve been busy again this week, creating home made gifts. This is one of my faves, so if you get one of these, you know that you’re dearly loved by me. Its soooo easy, a thrifty christmas present, and nutritious and delicious. I usually do a regular version just sweetened with honey, but this is a bit special for Christmas. Delicious on toast with slices of apple. That’s my personal favourite way to eat it.  Here’s how you do it!

Cinnamon Almond Butter

Almonds. It doesn’t really matter how many you do, I did about 1.2kg and got 6 x 250ml jars.
Coconut Oil
Cinnamon
Brown Sugar
Pinch of salt

If you like a nice toasty roasty flavour, then put your almonds on a tray, lather them in coconut oil, a bit of the cinnamon and sugar and toast them in the oven for about 15mins. Set aside to cool.

 

Then, put them in the food processor and blitz! Well, add brown sugar and cinnamon to your taste, and turn the machine on. Depending on how good your machine is, it may take 15 mins or an hour. You’ll need to scrape down the sides pretty regularly, and just keep going until all the oils come out and its nice and thick and goopy.

Put it in a nice airtight jar, put a label or a tag on it and you’ve got a healthy eating christmas gift!

 

Phantom crying and other things that keep us awake – 10 Hints for sleeping better

I’ve spent a good part of the last 3 years in a bit of a zombie state. Having small children leads to inevitable periods of sleep deprivation, unless you’re one of those lucky people to have a live in nanny and the kids at the other end of the house.

The thing I find a bit annoying is when people say “Well you should just sleep when the kids are sleeping”. I don’t know about others, but this is actually very difficult for me.

For one, if they sleep in the day, you usually have to carry on with other normal life tasks like eating, going to the toilet, or maybe even housework. For two, its not actually that easy to instantly fall asleep. I lie there, day or night, with racing thoughts about which child is going to wake soon, or the things I need to do, or just stupid things like what I said to so & so last week. And then there’s the phantom crying… any little noise that resembles the pitch of one of my babies cry, alerts me out of slumber right away. And sometimes, I even hear them crying when they aren’t. This is a great hinderance for restful nights.

I’ve discovered a few tricks that help me get to sleep quicker, they are no substitute for a full unbroken nights sleep, but I think it helps:

1. Himalayan Salt – A few granules under the tongue. Apparently its the minerals in the salt that help relax you.

2. Magnesium – A glass of magnesium drink will relax your muscles and nervous system.

3. Do more exercise. It’s really true that it helps you sleep better.

4. Actually counting sheep – I just count backwards from 100. Sometimes I get a bit distracted with other thoughts, but if you can focus, it usually works.

5. Having a bath or a shower generally does help. You feel refreshed after the day’s activities, and its nicer sleeping without old sweat all over you. (A common Brisbane state of being)

6. Maca! Having a cup of hot cacao and maca before bed is just delightful. Its soothing and delicious, and has loads of health benefits.

7. Hanky Panky… thats all I’ll say about that

8. Fresh clean lovely sheets!

9. A pretty far out suggestion, and not very common, NEVER have children! I couldn’t do this, and its too late anyway.

10. Sleep Rescue Remedy. Its great. Get it from the chemist.

Feel free to share your ways into the land of Nod, I think lots of people have this same trouble. And with that.. goodnight.