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5 delicious healthy snacks

So, I’m 15 days into my health kick and I’m doing well and feeling pretty good. Sure, I ate pumpkin pie 2 days in a row and some chocolate but that’s just the way I roll.

Mostly though, I am enjoying eating better and saying no to alcohol. Here are my favourite top 5 healthy snacks.

honeycomb

Fresh honeycomb…yum

5. Honeycomb – loaded with enzymes and antioxidants, eating honey still in the wax is a great immune booster! Just chew the wax up and toss it when the honey is gone. Of course, I get this from my local beekeeper. One small piece daily is plenty.

choc PB

No added fats, oils, salt or sugar!! Gotta love that!

4.  Mayver’s All Natural Peanut & Cocao Spread – This is absolutely delish and now that chocolate is considered healthy, I eat usually only eat the dark, pure stuff! Just a teaspoon of this all natural spread satisfies a chocolate craving. It’s also great spread on banana slices if you’re looking for something sweet.

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Lovin’ organic peanut butter at the moment

3. Organic peanut butter on celery or sliced apple. Nuts are a great source of protein, rich in energy and antioxidants!

hummus

Ok, so the hummus is not with crackers or veggie sticks but this is also a great snack or meal!

2. Hummus with rice crackers or veggie sticks. Comprised of chickpeas, tahini, lemon, garlic, olive oil and spices, hummus is full of protein, calcium and omega 3 fatty acids!

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Daily smoothie ritual

1. Smoothie – I’ve always loved a good smoothie after my workout. They are filling and yummy. The benefits of my smoothies are protein, probiotics, antioxidants, potassium, fibre, oleic acid, vitamin C, B vitamins, amino acids and they are quick and easy to make!

What are your favourite healthy snacks?

 

Btw, it’s Kai Chronicles’s 2nd birthday today! WordPress sent me this in honour.

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How to take charge of your health for good

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Save the honey bee.

Today I met someone who could change my life, if I let her. As a writer, I often have to seek out experts to speak about my chosen subject and I have met some fascinating and knowledgable people this way. But none as fascinating and inspiring as Cyndi O’Meara.

Cyndi is a nutritionist, author and my newest health inspiration. Check this out:

She has never (NEVER) taken a pain killer or anti-biotic, nor has her children or her siblings. 

Cyndi’s father was a pharmacist back in the 50s and saw what prescription drugs were doing to society (pretty switched on, I’d say) and made it policy that his family would not pop a pill for any ache, pain or infection that came about.   Even through broken bones, Cyndi never took pain relief. Her father’s theory was that the drugs were just masking the symptoms (hear hear) and said that unless it was a life threatening situation, his children would never take medication.

Do we need to harden up?

Cyndi said that she thinks her threshold to pain is higher because she has never taken a pain killer.

“I think the fact that I have never taken a pain killer allows me to not be so sensitive to pain; I can deal with pain. My dad wouldn’t give me anything when I broke my collar bone. He made sure I was comfortable, physically. If I had a cold or flu, he wouldn’t allow anti-biotics.

“My father used to say, ‘Your body has to deal with the little infections in life so you can deal with the big ones later on’. He believed in the intelligence of the human body. We used food as our medicine, nothing else,” she said.

Growing up, Cyndi’s family used honey as their main cure-all.

“We always had honey straight from the apiary in our pantry. If we had a cold, mum would make up some lemon and honey drinks. A teaspoon of honey daily is the best probiotic out there,” she said.

Watch the signs, break the cycle

Society, especially Western society has been brought up to believe that they should never have to suffer or feel pain. There’s a pill for that. Although I do not take pills often, I am guilty of giving in to an infection or a headache or backaches and choking down paracetamol or taking a course of anti-biotics because I couldn’t handle the pain.

“We are so indoctrinated that if you have a headache, you take a pill. My indoctrination was very different. The headache was a signal, it was an indicator. Take the indicator away, you don’t solve the problem. Leave the indicator in place and investigate the cause: drink water, rest, eat, deal with your hormones whatever the issue is. My dad saw pain as an indicator to a problem,” Cyndi said.

I now feel embarrassed and shameful that I let myself fall prey to BIG PHARMA. I had myself convinced that I wasn’t a “user”. And what’s worse, I have raised my child to think that taking pain relief is the way to go. That “medicine” is a cure all. Sure, we use honey, ginger, lemons, apple cider vinegar and some food as natural medicine but when the going gets really tough (pain and infection is involved) it’s straight onto anti-biotics and pain relief.

And is it just an excuse? An excuse to numb away every uncomfortable feeling or emotion that we have? Some use prescription drugs (legal drugs), street drugs, booze, fast food, shopping, gambling…whatever makes you (un) happy.

Cyndi said it but I fully believe it to be true: Addiction starts at home. Is it any wonder that 20 million people around the world use illegal drugs or that prescription painkillers are the most abused substance in the USA?

According to Dr. Carr, a professor of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, there were 15,000 deaths due to opioids in the USA in 2008 and a half million emergency department visits due to prescription painkiller abuse in 2009. That’s an incredible amount of pain, and that’s just in the USA!

For the past year, I have been on and off anti-biotics. I have not been this unwell since I lived in Canada (where going to the doctor was a bi-weekly event)  in the late nineties and believe me, my lifestyle back then was the contributing factor to my ill health.

Cyndi’s story and way of life has made me realise that I can take charge of my own health. I need to question and investigate why I am having pain and recurring infections and stop putting a chemical bandaid over the issues and get to the bottom of it. Sure, my pain may increase but I have faith that nature will help: raw honey, ginger, vinegar, fermented foods, fresh produce, water, herbal tea…..I’m changing habits.  I’m worth it. My son is worth it.

Want to learn more about Cyndi? You can find her here.

Save the bees. They do so much more than just make honey!


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What’s Working for me Wednesday

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It’s Wednesday again. Hard to believe it rolls around so quickly.

Lots has happened since last week. Some great stuff and some not so great stuff. Here’s the good stuff:

  • I spent some time at the beach
  • I baked cookies
  • I sold an article
  • I got a YES to write for an online parenting website
  • I got confirmation to cover a local performance festival that may see a 2-page spread!!
  • I received my tap shoes in the post
  • I received my order of organic, additive free dried fruits

And that is definitely what’s working for me….the organic dried fruits.

I’ve tried for many years now to eliminate additives from my diet (and my family’s) but sometimes I just forget and end up with a package of something in my pantry that has numbers like 220, 202 or 110.

I’m working on a piece about this very subject and have once again been inspired to check every label before buying. My local supermarket does not even carry additive-free dried fruit, that’s why I had to order it online.

After a google search, I found a fantastic website called Organic Road. I love them already and I’ve just received my first order today. It was fast to arrive and I think their prices are great (Mr M disagrees).

 

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the loot from Organic Road

I bought:

  1. dried apricots 1kg
  2. dried cranberries 340g
  3. dried mixed fruit (cranberries, blueberries, cherries) 340g
  4. dried sultanas 250g
  5. shredded coconut 200g
  6. black sesame seeds 250g
  7. virgin coconut oil 250g

With postage the total bill was $75.90 AUD.

What really prompted the shopping was that I could not find coconut without a preservative in it at my local shop. I know to stay away from the dried fruits but I was shocked that shredded coconut could not be purchased without a number attached. But, to my delight and surprise, I did find coconut flour in the shop today. To give them credit, they are stocking more and more organic and gluten-free foods.

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Oh, I have plans for you…

Tomorrow I have an interview set up with Tanya Winfield, founder of Additive-Free Pantry. She is also inspiring me to cut out some of the crap that I feed to Master T. It will be hard because some of his favourite foods are loaded with additives: ham, bacon and salami. I just have to explain to him that these foods are not good for his health. He’s 7 now, so I hope he will understand.

Do you read labels? Are you concerned with the amount of additives in food today?