Say No To Plastic Water Bottles

Say No To Plastic Water Bottles

I can’t tell you how infuriating it is for me to still see plastic bottled water being sold as a solution to transport, store and sell water, and this being sold as a so-called convenience to us!  Ughh.  This is an environmental disaster! We are actually 2-3 decades late in our response in actioning some sort of change around our consumption of plastic, however, as you will eventually read in my new bookLifestyle Reset- The Essential Guide To Healing You and The Planet  I’m calling it again, like many other environmental evangelists, and making an effort through the way I purchase or not purchase plastic bottles.  My suggestion is to only store water in a glass or BPA-free container. If not for the fact that whole cities are forming on top of plastic mountains, in countries like Laos and Brazil, I believe ‘collectively’ that we can still do something.  Here’s why:

Because I keep fish in a pond within the garden of our property, I get to observe firsthand, how important the quality of water is to the life and health of my fish.  An example of that is, last year I noticed several floating ‘dead’ fish near the filter mesh of my pond.  I wracked my brain as to what may be causing so many fish to just turn up dead or very near death, as I had been keeping the water clean, and been particularly vigilant at cleaning out the filters, and then it hit me.  I had introduced one new filter mesh which must have had a chemical of sorts, still embedded in it, and my fish just couldn’t handle the effect of this filter on the water quality. (more…)

Landing In Lockdown Then Quarantine!

Landing In Lockdown Then Quarantine!

I found myself in a precarious position, I was forced into ‘lockdown’ in Victoria while visiting my father.  Along with all other Victorians I was sharing their plight in the cold of winter.

I have been known to say to my family, ‘no one is to die in Winter, get married, or have any celebration that requires my presence because it’s just too cold and I won’t be there for that.’

Indeed my trip to Melbourne was to only be for four days.  “Life Is What Happens When You Are Busy Making Other Plans, as John Lennon’s words ring out to me!”   I busied myself sorting out dads’ place by going through various cupboards, draws, storage areas, and more.  Preparing meals for dad, that were healthy and wholesome and enjoying his beautiful company while forced into a Melbourne Lockdown that came out of nowhere but, then when I think about it now, was highly likely to happen! (more…)

Compassion, How hard can it be?

Compassion, How hard can it be?

How hard can it be to express compassion?  For some, very hard.  I have a beautiful book by ‘His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler’ - ‘The Art of Happiness‘ which sits on my desk.  At one stage this book got shuffled about like paperwork that I needed to attend to but didn’t have a chance.  Moving it around meant I kept looking at it yet not taking the time to read it, then finally I tackled the first chapter and then the next!  Ironically, the book ended up getting priority reading!  Removing it from my desk and bringing it into another environment, meant I could re-read small parts of it and capture the wisdom. (more…)

Passionate about Passionfruit

Passionate about Passionfruit

I love passionfruit, especially eating them directly from the enclosure of the pulp itself.  I use the passionfruit outer casing as a bowl and using a teaspoon, I scoop the passionfruit pulp out and devour it.

What a perfect design this fruit is, much like the banana that has a skin that can be used to house the fruit until you are ready to eat it.  The pulp of the passionfruit is delicious, sweet, and satisfying, and perfect for adding to your fruit salad selection, or just eaten as is!  The discarded part of the passionfruit can go into the garden mulch, but not the worm farm, too hard for those little worm mouths to cope with.

Passionfruit contains a lot of antioxidants. In particular, it’s rich in vitamin C, beta carotene, and polyphenols. Polyphenols are plant compounds that have a range of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.  So including a few passionfruit into your daily fruit intake is an outstanding way of improving your overall immune response therefore your resistance to disease and all the nasty stuff that can happen just by being human! (more…)

The Age Of Anxiety

The Age Of Anxiety

Anxiety can often be overlooked or mistaken for another condition, and therefore undiagnosed, misunderstood, and psychologically swept under the carpet, while the Anxiety itself creates havoc in the nervous system of the body.  Catching the signs of anxiety early can mean the prevention of far more grave conditions.

Anxiety is a feeling that manifests in various ways, it can begin with your heart beating faster, usually in response to a stressful situation.  Another symptom, even more, common is your palms become sweaty as you’re confronted with a perceived overwhelming task or event.  Note the word ‘perceived’!  Everything in life comes back to perception.  How you respond to any given situation is directly related to your personal, private interpretation of that situation, ‘perception’. (more…)

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