March 11, 2014
Just one of the most stunning things I’ve read for a while… Do read this latest in our series about “change”, and then venture into your garden, or onto your balcony of little pot plants, with fresh eyes and a curious heart.
Originally posted on The Eloquent Garden:
I’ve just read “Maddadam’ by Margaret Atwood. Now she’s an author who’s terrific at imagining change. She takes our fantasies, our dreams of change and details them in dystopian comedy-dramas. “God’s Gardeners” in charge of the world. Hmm. Not so practical, it turns out. And that marvelous fantasy that males and females have - ‘if only we knew exactly when someone wanted to mate with us’ - that would save us so much time and heartache we think. It’s wonderful what Atwood does with that one. I won’t spoil it for potential readers, but it does involve spontaneous colour change of body parts.
And plants and animals change too in surprising, fascinating ways. Convergent evolution, where two unrelated species take on the characteristics of one…
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March 5, 2014
Planning for a baby, and want to maximise your chances of an easy, natural conception?
Already trying and it’s just not happening?
My friend and peer Peter Kington has some wise, important guidance for you over here
I urge you to take a look, identify the elephant in your room, and change what needs to be changed.
March 3, 2014
This full moon just past – while making pesto – The Eloquent Gardener suggested we invoke The Winds of Change with a simple ritual. It’s amazing the flashes of inspiration which come when you’re in the kitchen!
After dinner, we headed off beneath the moon to the seaside and a fierce wind, all set with fragrant white flowers, salt, spring water and clear intentions.
We were ready to create and meet change head on.
One of my recurrent observations in clinical practice, is the struggle which so many of us have with “change”.
For some, this can be grappling with the pain and incapacity of acute injury, for others it might be workplace change and stress, for others it’s the transition from one stage of life to another.
With its roots in Eastern philosophy, the medicine I practice reminds us that change is inevitable. It’s the role of an acupuncturist to help people move through life with ease, resilience, and equanimity.
How do you meet change?
Do you make it happen, and does it excite you?
Do you dread it?
Do you risk-manage with plans and protocols, go with the flow, or put it all down to “fate”?
How do you mark your passage through the big and small moments in life? I’m beginning to think there’s a place for simple, meaningful rituals in daily life. My sense is a simple ritual can help us to focus our thoughts, settle our nerves, and to move with the times.
Wikipedia has an enlightening entry about rituals here.
And if rituals just aren’t your thing, this exercise in cognitive restructuring might be for you.
You might want to read Thomas Moore’s book The Re-Enchantment of Daily Life.
And what happened to the pesto? I promise that’s coming in the next post.
Images: All from Monet’s 1891 “Poplar” series. From The Wikimedia Commons
March 1, 2014
Continuing with our theme of “change”, Sarah George explores the very popular Paleo Diet in this generous, multimedia post. Be sure to check out Sarah’s blog, as she posts scrumptious gluten and dairy free, vegetarian recipes, among other things!
Originally posted on The Wellness Ninja:
Chinese dietetics is all about the joy of food! And how we can use it for healing according to Chinese Medicine principles. I love that last year some students with no interest in cooking were actually inspired to start cooking at home. That is a win for mankind in my books!
This semester I kicked off Lecture One with this TEDx video: “Debunking The Paleo Diet” by Christina Warrina, an archaeological scientist.
Now, I didn’t show it to them because I’m anti-Paleo Diet – because I’m not. I know many people who love living by the principles of The Paleo Diet and feel well doing so. I showed it to them because it…
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February 26, 2014
A big thank-you to Kathleen Murphy, -the next of The Health and Happiness Collective to share her wise, supportive guidance.
Originally posted on Your health. Your life.:
Here is my number 1 tip on where to start.
Be honest about the quality of your diet and how it makes you feel.
What percentage of your diet is made up of processed and/or packaged foods? Does your diet feature food or drinks that leave you feeling heavy, bloated or a bit ‘off’. Do you eat because you’re hungry? Because you’re bored? Because you’re feeding mid-afternoon sugar cravings? Or, are you eating without being aware of ‘why’?
These are important questions, as they’ll help you nut out what’s driving both your healthy and unhealthy habits.
Also be honest…
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February 25, 2014
Adapted from Rena Patten’s recipe in Quinoa for Families
Rena notes you can also make muffins with the recipe
3 large zucchini (courgette)
Flat leaf parsley and other herbs (you decide)
1/3 cup e.v. olive oil
1/3 -1/2 cup parmesan or similar cheese
Dried chilli flakes ( just a few or a lot, your choice) or 1-2 long red deseeded fresh chillies, finely chopped
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup puffed amaranth
1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Grease an oven proof dish 20x30cm (8x12in)
Preheat oven to 180C (350F)
Coarsely grate the zucchini and onion
I left mine in a colander to drain for a little while
Mix eggs, oil, roughly chopped or shredded herbs, chilli flakes, salt and pepper in a good sized bowl
Add the zucchini and onion
Add dry ingredients, and stir well until all combined
Pour into oven dish
Sprinkle with pine nuts and extra grated cheese
Bake for 35-45 minutes
But “where’s the quinoa” you ask?!
The original recipe calls for 1 cup of quinoa flour.. Which I have never seen in my district.
I used the brown rice flour and puffed amaranth combination because I have both in my pantry.
You could use all brown rice flour.
I also soaked a little burghul (cracked wheat) in boiling water and once softened, it was ready to be tossed into the mix, because I can tolerate a little wheat, and wanted something a little chewy in there. A little left-over cooked brown rice would be great in here, or cooked quinoa.
Diary-free friends, what would you use instead of the cheese?
February 24, 2014
Well, not quite summoning…but certainly exploring, discussing and reflecting.
I’m so lucky to have six blogging friends who form The Health and Happiness Collective, and together, we share our unique perspectives and reflections.
For the next couple of weeks, we’re visiting the theme of Change.
If you’ve ever needed encouragement to make the switch to natural, pure and effective skin care, Ananda’s article is for you.
The other happy bloggers are
Kathleen at Your health. Your life.
Sarah at The Wellness Ninja
Jan at The Eloquent Garden
Sandra at Nature’s Healing
Peter at Peter Kington
We invite you to sign up and subscribe to our blogs.
We’re a diverse bunch of natural medicine practitioners, gardeners and cooks who like to think, eat, create and share, and we’d love to have you with us.
February 17, 2014
Just like us, when our gardens are stressed from poor nutrition, dehydration or damp sogginess, over-crowding or temperature extremes, invading bugs will come and take over, creating an acute health problem.
Did you know that in Traditional Chinese Medicine, we see the mind-body-spirit as a landscape or garden?
Our job is to help you become your own gardener and show you how to cultivate great health and vitality.
Cautions and Care If you’re unwell, or worried about your health, please make an appointment to see a health professional. The information on these pages is not a substitute for the care and attention of appropriately qualified practitioners.
February 14, 2014
Roses… I couldn’t resist reblogging this one!
Originally posted on Wellcome Trust Blog:
Roses are red…or in the case of this week’s image roses are purple! And they look like sea creatures or psychedelic bubble wrap.
Believe it or not this week’s image is actually of a rose petal. This image was created by Annie Cavanagh and David McCarthy using a scanning electron microscope (SEM). An SEM uses a focused beam of electrons to produce an image of a sample; colour is then added to help viewers see the different elements more clearly. Annie and David’s use of these vibrant purples gives this image its sense of beauty and mystery.
Roses are thought to be one of the oldest flowers and they are thought to have first been cultivated in ancient Babylonia and Assyria before finding their way to Europe. It wasn’t until the early 19th century that rose breeding really took off, with people crossing all available roses. The result is…
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