Breathing

Breathing

When I was a little girl, my family and I shared our summer holidays in ‘Macrae’, a beautiful beachside suburb of the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.  The water was sparkly green-blue and sometimes grey as the mood of the sky reflected back a predictable color and pattern for most of our summer.

I would play and swim for hours on that beach, walking up to Rosebud pier and back and accumulating and intensifying every freckle that is still on my skin today.      I used to dive under the water and hold my breath for as long as physically possible, and rejoice in the inhalation of new oxygen as I burst out of the water for embracing life.  I shuddered at the thought of not being able to breathe, not being able to take in those deep inhales, and express those necessary exhales. (more…)

Annie’s Toasted Muesli – Winter Warmer

Annie’s Toasted Muesli – Winter Warmer

Sometimes it’s just nice to have a bowl of homemade muesli, it warms you up in winter and satisfies the urge to enjoy something that is grounding and warm.  This is where Annie’s homemade muesli comes into its own.

Here’s what you will need.

  • one large baking tray
  • 500 gms organic rolled oats
  • 250 gms sunflower seeds
  • 250 gms pepita’s (pumpkin seeds)
  • 100 gms shredded coconut
  • 100 gms shaved coconut pieces
  • 100 gms walnut pieces
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 drop of cinnamon bark essential oil (optional)

Optional extra ingredients – 

  • 100 gms sultanas
  • 100 gms dried currants
  • 100 gms dates

Putting it together –

Begin by spreading out the oats on your prepared baking tray.  Follow on with the sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, coconut, and walnut pieces.  Drizzle the honey over the top and gently stir in the more vulnerable ingredients like the coconut and walnuts.

Place in a hot oven and bake for 5 minutes, keep an eye on it, don’t walk away or get involved with another task, it’s very easy for this to burn.  After 5 minutes, come back stir the unheated ingredients to allow for a more even toasting effect.  Bake a further 5 minutes.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool.  Add one drop of cinnamon bark essential oil.  Tossing the muesli through the essential oil adds a warming aroma.

If you desire more sweetened muesli add the sultanas, dried currants, and dates.  If not you can leave out those ingredients.

Store in an airtight container either in the refrigerator or in the coolest part of your pantry.  Store in a glass jar if possible.

Serve with fresh apple pieces and muesli mix soaked in hot water.  Delicious.

 

 

 

Vitamin C and Other Antioxidants

Vitamin C and Other Antioxidants

 

Having a healthy immune system is absolutely vital to ensure one’s quality of life. I don’t know about you but I certainly want to be around for a while and in a good quality of health, mental and physical.

Your immune system has the amazing capacity to protect you from disease and fight off foreign invaders that may cause your body harm.  It’s in your interest to fully appreciate your immune system before it stops operating efficiently.  Let’s look into what we can do to help ourselves and the ones we love.

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When Should You Pay Attention To A Sneeze?

When Should You Pay Attention To A Sneeze?

When Should You Pay Attention To A Sneeze?  There’s a lot of talk about the coronavirus in china right now, clients have been contacting me and asking me ‘Annie, how serious should we be taking this, and is this more about media hype and scaring the ‘crap out of everyone?’

To answer that, just like I told my clients, I am not a doctor and I do not prescribe!  I say the most effective way I can help people is with ‘real’ prevention and immune building practices which I practice myself every day.  In other words, I’m not asking anyone to do something that I’m –

a) not prepared to do myself,

b) not qualified to handle,

c) because my ego tells me I should know better.

So, with that said, if you are sneezing your head off, and you know it’s more than hayfever, and you are not getting over it, then you have to pay attention to the symptoms, out of respect for the people you hang around with!  Read more….

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Leptin & Ghrelin

Leptin & Ghrelin

The Gut Brain Link

Leptin and Ghrelin, what do these words mean?

Leptin and Ghrelin are hormones in the body that we all have but we each have different levels of them. These hormones can be a contributing factor as to why you see ‘the incredibly skinny person’ eating
mountains of food and not gaining any weight and a very large person, eating like a mouse but still gaining weight!

These hormones are related to weight loss and connected to our sleep patterns and the link between our internal urges to sleep and to eat. (more…)

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