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Tart Cherries: health benefit

Tart Cherry (sour cherry) nutritional value and benefit

Cherry tart has been suggested and used for gout for many years. The reason behind it is the anti-oxidant properties as well as the anti-inflammatory properties of the cherry. Tart Cherry contain a high amount of phenols and anthocyanins and cyanidin (Wang, Kuehl). Gallic acid is a phenol that is found high in cherries and in many studies gallic acid is an antioxidant protective of the kidney and the uric acid cycle in particular which is one of the reason it helps the gout. [read more…]

Baby brain development:

Baby brain development and happy synapses building from birth:

I had a very good interesting workshop where Dr Suzanne Zeedyk talked about connection with the baby and what happens from birth onward. What shapes that baby future and the importance of happy memory from birth to 3-4 years of age. The importance of the baby feeling safe, protected and loved even though they cry, or you leave them for a little bit with somebody that they do not know or for just the toilet or shower time. The importance of trust and forgiving starts from birth onward. [read more…]

Nutritional value of Kale

Kale nutritional benefit

Kale is part of the Brassica family (Brassica oleracea acephala), the cabbage family to make it easier for everyone).  Kake and collards are essentially the same vegetables only kale has leaves with curly edges and is less tolerant to heat. Greens such as mustard greens, turnip greens, watercress have the same benefit of kale. Kale is thought to come from Asia Minor and be brought to Europe in the 600 B.C. Curly kale was a significant crop in ancient Rome. [read more…]

Coconut Chana Saag (kale recipe)

This recipes was tried and tested by one of my client (courtesy of Bonny). Website  that the recipe was taken is

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/feb/11/coconut-chana-saag-vegan-recipe?CMP=twt_gu

(Serves 6)
2 tbsp refined coconut oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp minced fresh ginger
2 tbsp mild curry powder
1 tsp salt
Several pinches freshly ground black pepper
½ tsp anise seeds (or crushed fennel seeds)
¼ tsp garam masala
½ tsp ground cumin
¼ tsp cayenne (or more or less, depending on how spicy you like it)
1 (680g) tin whole tomatoes
2 (425g) tins chickpeas, rinsed and drained (3 cups)
225g kale, chopped
1 (396g) tin regular or lite coconut milk
2 tbsp fresh lime juice

For serving: cooked brown basmati rice

Preheat a large saucepan over a medium heat and add the coconut oil. Saute the onion in the oil for 5-7 minutes, until lightly browned.

Add the garlic and ginger and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the curry powder, salt, pepper, anise seeds, garam masala, cumin and cayenne, and toss to coat the onions, letting the spices toast for a minute or so.

Add the tomato juice from the tin, scraping the bottom of the pan to deglaze. Simply hold the tomatoes and let the juice strain through your fingers. Now add the tomatoes from the tin, squishing them with your fingers as you put them in the pot, to mash them up. Add the chickpeas and mix well.

Cover the pan and bring the heat up a bit. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the kale and stir until wilted, then let it simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes more to cook it down even further.

Add the coconut milk and heat through. Add the lime juice, then taste for seasoning. It tastes best if you let it sit for 10 minutes or so, but if you can’t wait, then just dig in. Serve over basmati rice with a little mango chutney and coriander on top.

• This recipe is taken from Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week by Isa Chandra Moskowitz, published by Sphere, price £20.

 

Pretty salad (wheat/gluten free)

Pretty Colourful Salad (pretty yummy too!)

Ingredients (no specific quantities – up to individual preference/judgment)

s   Beetroot  (cooked, chilled)

s   Avocado  (sliced or diced)

s   Mange tout  (blanched, chilled)

s   Watercress

s   Oranges  (thinly sliced)

s   Pecans

s   Linseeds

s   Olive oil  (extra virgin, cold pressed, naturally)

s   Apple cider vinegar

s   Freshly ground black pepper

Mix all together, toss lightly & carefully (so as not to squash avocado)

Communications what it means to me

The past few years I have been trying to understand what communication means to various people and to me in particular. What if found path that I took either with friends, or past relationship or people in general including people who you had thought could communicate better their idea. I found that culture, upbringing and the state of mind of the person all contribute to what a person wants to communicate or understand of the communication between them and others. I read many books on communication or mis-communication and interpretation of facts and events. Reading books from Louise Hay, the Barefoot doctor to Marshall Rosenberg and many others, [read more…]

krill oil what is the fuss about

Krill are tiny crustacean’s family that is found in abundance in the sea. The word krill in Norwegian means “young fry of fish”. It is the favorite food of Whales, seals, penguins, squid. One of the reasons that scientist and companies are trying to find a different source of oily fish so that do not deplete nature from its fish. Krill breed in a big quantity so it is easier to get the oil. Also the commercial breeding is done in the Southern Ocean of Japan. There are a lot of questions from public to know what is the difference now with the fish oil and the krill oil.  Few differences stand up from the benefit of fish oil. One is the Astaxanthin, an anti-oxidant, which is part of the carotenoid family of anti-oxidant. The carotenoid property in krill fish are due to the orange pigment color. [read more…]

Kiwi fruits nutritional value

Nutritional value of a kiwi:

Kiwi fruit is originated in China and was called (and still is there) Chinese Gooseberry. It was then imported to New Zeland where was named kiwi fruits. It is part of the Actinidia family (woody wine plants).

In the past 30 years as the kiwi fruit has been introduced to Europe and the rest of the world there has been an increase in allergy to the fruit. The allergy can be from a mild rash to anyphylatic shock which is more severe and needs immediate medical attention. Some people are allergic to the tree pollen and later develop an allergy to the fruit itself. For this reason it is suggestible not to introduce kiwi fruits before a year old in children that are prone to allergies or have parents that have any form of allergies, including peanuts, celery, tree nuts and seafood’s.

Who ever is not allergic or intolerant to the fruit though, should enjoy the fruit as much as they can as the nutritional value of the fruit is very high. [read more…]

Choices that we make in our lives

This is another knowledge that I have acquired since embracing a bit of Spirituality and working with cranio-sacral therapy, either receiving it or giving the treatment is  the importance and meaning of choices that we make in our life. Some choices are made for us and others we consciously make. Some are made because of fear of repercussion from our society and family and others because we are scared to make a mistake and we do not want to risk to be wrong or right sometimes. I found from my own [read more…]

Follow your heart

Since I started cranio-sacral therapy I have been told to feel from the heart when you work and opening the heart. I have been not understood that much until 2 years ago when I kept reading about spiritual books of all sorts and got my self a bit into healing for myself and now naturally using for my client. I was thinking about children and babies of now. Our generation and our parents were pretty much survivors of wars and therefore the priority was to teach the kids a survivor skills rather than teaching them to follow their heart in what they wanted to do for life. Some countries are still in that survivor mode and the teaching is still the same. Some have tried to mix with the modern now days world and are clashing because of that. [read more…]