Food is one of my passions. No- I don’t think it’s because I love eating it all the time, although I do enjoy eating good food! It’s more to do with the empowering feeling of knowing what effect food has on my body and eating accordingly.
At present I am going through the menopause and suffer a little with hot flushes, which are particuarly tiresome at night as they can keep me awake. Now this has prompted me to read about natural remedies for relieving such symptoms. I have found some really interesting information on what my body needs at such a time. By increasing my intake of omega3 and foods such as soya, green vegetables, fish and nuts and decreasing my intake of caffeine and alcohol I am already feeling the benefits. The great thing is that these foods not only relieve the symptoms mentioned, but they benefit me in so many other ways, such as keeping my weight down, which is also an issue at this time.
Knowing that many if not most of my ailments can be cured by diet is exciting and empowering. I have lost count of the number of friends who lament the awful side effects of prescribed medication for their ailments and many are still suffering many months later. Yet nature has provided a rich source of nourishment that, in addition to a healthy lifestyle, can give us a healthy and pain-free life in many cases.
Standing up for real (fresh, varied, unprocessed) food on Food Revolution Day is all about teaching us to make good use of the provisions that are out there if we will only learn to find them, prepare them and eat them. In many ways it’s about going back to basics, learning how to use foods to our advantage as our great-grandparents did, but also just simply learning to love real food. In today’s world we have so much information at our fingertips.
Share real food on Food Revolution Day. Find out about this exciting event with Jamie Oliver on May 17th: The Food Revolution
Fear demands to be hidden and disguised. It has to be in control and will speak loud and clear as often as possible. The best time is first thing in the morning, for then it has more chance of controlling the whole day. As the day arrives, it can lie about how impossible my dreams and goals are for the day. It can convince me that I can’t do any of it. Can’t is a favourite word as are hopeless, dangerous, irresponsible and impossible.
Fear is a friend of Lies. They work really well together. If fear can fuel the lies, then it has a great chance of control and the person concerned is likely to be covered in a cloak of deceit. Yes- they will be perfectly convinced of the truth of the lies and will get very angry if challenged. If challenged they will probably feel not only angry, but also let down and misunderstood. “Surely they can see that I can’t possibly be expected to…..!” will be their plaintive cry.
Fear loves darkness, so although it loves to get right in there at the start of the day, it also loves the night, when it can lurk in the shadows and take you by surprise when you are unprepared. The more it can stay with you, the more potent it will become and you might actually grow to like it. This can be the point of no-return, for once it becomes your friend it could be there to stay. Its roots will go deep if left alone and will twist themselves around every part of your life.
What can get rid of it then? Some kind of pest killer? It might affect every part of the body, making it sick, but it starts in the mind and that is where it needs dislodging. Counterattack it with truth and the lies will no longer be able to hang around. Without the lies, fear won’t know how to function on it’s own.
Fear is a hard master. It demands, it deceives, it destroys.
What is the opposite of fear? For me it is LOVE!
Know what you believe and find the truth, for the truth will set you free!
I don’t know about you, but it does me good to think happy thoughts. Wasnt that what made the children able to fly in the story of Peter Pan? Whilst only a story, it had some sense in the concept. I am too quick to think sad and depressing thoughts and realise that I need to train my mind to think happy ones. How sad is that? Oh dear- there I go again!
So instread of thinking: “what a dark, depressing day”, I will think, “what a lovely day to spread some much-needed happiness and kindness”. Or instead of thinking how much I am struggling today, I will think of someone else to share some cheer. Instead of seeing bad first, I will look for the good and instead of spending lots of time watching or listening to unhappy people, I will look for happy ones.
I don’t think that this is living in the clouds either- or if it is, it certainly beats living in the mud!
“What you focus on will grow” is a saying I have heard. Now is the time to look each day for the things that I want to grow and focus on them. I want to see my relationships grow for instance, so it will be good to look at them positively and I wouldn’t be surprised if much of the negative things that I saw before disappears.
Children do this more naturally. There’s nothing to cheer you up like the smile of a baby. The challenge is to keep it alive in them and not kill it. Let’s celebrate this life-giving emotion and water it each day. Do you remember the Care Bears? Let them share Funshine Bears Happy Activities with children. Check out this resource for teaching the happy emotion to children: Funshine Bears Happy Activities
What makes you happy?
I was sitting in a steam room the other day when I noticed a sign on the wall which read, “Beware of hot steam”. It got me wondering why such a sign was necessary. Does it mean that we wouldn’t be aware of the steam and it’s potential dangers if that sign wasn’t there, or do we only take care when someone tells us to? Why won’t they allow us to use our common sense?
Well many people believe that common sense isn’t so common nowadays and we need rules and signs to enable us to function. Maybe it’s more a case of use it or lose it! If we constantly tell our children what they should and shouldn’t do, they will I believe, lose their ability to make wise decisions themselves, for they will always be waiting to be told what to do. A far better strategy would be (more…)
Do you feel sometimes as if you are talking to yourself? What has happened to the sense of hearing in your house? No one is listening! In a family it can sometimes feel a lonely place, where there is plenty of action, but not many times when everyone stops to listen- apart from at the TV of course! It can be a shock to find that after many years living together, often where communication has been mainly shouting at one end of the house to the other, you realise that you hardly know each other. Well, here are a few thoughts to create an environment where you are able to listen to each other. (more…)
There are more nerve endings in our fingertips than other parts of our body. Is it any wonder then that we are naturally keen to feel and touch things around us? We can discover a lot by doing this. How else would blind people be able to read and identify things without being able to feel?
In the same way a child needs to be able feel and touch in order to learn. They can of course learn by using their other senses, but I have noticed how much quicker they learn and with so much more enthusiasm, when their little hands are able to feel and touch as well. Over the years I have developed ways of making this possible during my teaching sessions with young children. Here is one that concentrates on The Sense Of Touch and uses many of these principles in a successful way.
Take a look at The Sense Of Touch Lesson Plan
So next time little hands want to touch, think first before saying no, for who knows how much they might learn.