The Hunza people are legends in the true sense of the word. They have mastered the secret of old age, for which the rest of the world has sought so long in vain. They have evolved a way of living, thinking, and eating that has substantially lengthened their life span. They don’t have much money, yet they are not poor! Nestled in an isolated corner of the Himalayan Mountains, HUNZA has been a land of mystery for more than two thousand years. The stories that have come to the outside world in the early ’60s told of a valley of eternal youth, capturing the imagination of every man and woman.
How is it that a tribe in north India and Pakistan, can live free of disease, reaching ages of 115 or more? How is it that these same men can father children at the age of 90? Can we explain Hunza women being just as energetic at 80, as Australian women age 40? How does that happen? Perhaps the answer lies in the fact that their life in the tiny valley they call home, has remained untouched by civilization for more than 2,000 years!no jails or crime and no juvenile delinquency, yet the children of the Hunza Valley are not restless. They are the healthiest longest-lived people in the world today. (more…)
I don’t know about you, but I crave sunshine, especially in winter, as it not only warms me, but it uplifts my soul as well. But did you know there are science-based reasons why getting sunshine and particularly morning sunshine into your system is crucial for your immune system and overall wellness? (more…)
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…)
Recently I watched the movie ‘A Knights Tale’ and I was reminded that it was indeed a beautiful movie, which after probably the 5th time I’ve watched it, I got the most out of it. William (played by Heath Ledger - oh so missed as an actor and a human), was a commoner, who dreamed of better things for himself and those he loved, but in medieval times, a commoner could never become any more than that! His father in the movie reminded William that he could change his stars if he really believed it. This message was reinforced throughout the story. So what is the story? (more…)
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…)
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…)