What to do if you feel powerless in the face of fear-creating news?

Destroy Fear with Love – Spread Love over the whole planet!

I am not accepting it anymore to be brainwashed with negativity that creates fear. I will actively do something against it. And I want to invite you to do the same and join me.

We’re exposed to fear from so many directions … fear from burglaries and crimes being fought with more police presence and more laws … fear from drugs being fought with the war against drugs … fear from cancer being fought with the war against cancer … fear from terrorism being fought with the war against terrorism … fear of having no money, but hey the bank and their credits can help you … fear of having no job, but hey an expensive University study will make sure you’ll work well in the system … fear of disease being fought with more and more vaccinations and legal drugs … fear of cavities being fought with fluoridation in water … fear from a nuclear war … fear from natural disasters, got plenty of them at the moment …..

And all this is being brought to us by the media via news, newspapers, magazines, radio, facebook and more. All this is produced to brainwash us and to keep us in fear. We’re all being enslaved to this fear! If we live in fear we can’t see what’s really going on and we are not able to live our life to it’s full potential.

Who’s behind creating all this is another big story and I don’t want to get into this, as I don’t want to give this any more energy.

You know what? The grass that we water will always be greener than the grass that we don’t water. Basically when we give energy to something it will grow and multiply. Simple physics.

What can we do?

Quite simple, start with not giving this fear and anything creating fear in you any energy, any power.

Stop watching and reading the mainstream media and the fear – creating news. Stop engaging in all the negativity that will just cause more fear.

Choose something that will destroy fear and that gives fear no chance. Choose love and spread love . For yourself, your family and friends. For people you meet during your day. But don’t stop there. Choose love for the whole planet, blanket the whole planet in imaginary love, visualise it. Every evening before you go to sleep and every morning after waking up spread imaginary love over the whole planet. If enough of us engage in this activity I guarantee there’ll be a positive change happening in this world.

I really welcome your thoughts on this. Let me know if you’re in!

Love

Patricia

 

 

I’m sure we all know someone who’s not well with a cold, chill or even the flu at the moment. Don’t wait for yourself to join them with being sick, be proactive! There’s a lot one can do to say well over the colder months of the year. Keep reading and feel free to share your own ideas.

Eat well!

No sugar, no processed food, lots of vegetables prepared in any way you like it, protein from fish, eggs, chicken, beef, lamb …., nuts and seeds, good healthy fats like coconut oil, avocado, clarified butter and olive oil, some fruit, dairy only if well tolerated, no or only small amounts of grains and gluten. Add garlic and onions to your daily menu.

Bone Broth

Bone Broth warms your body and soul. Make it out of bones from your roast or you can also buy bones for your broth. Chicken, beef, lamb or fish bones are great to use. Supplies you with lots of minerals, keeps your gut healthy and functioning, contains gelatin and other healing components and supports your immune system. If you’re unwell and don’t feel like eating anything it’s a good idea to go on a bone broth fast for a few days. Or to just give your digestive system a break and support your immune system I do recommend doing a 3 day bone broth fast. Drink bone broth, herbal teas and water. Recipe for chicken bone broth click here

Vitamin C rich food

We all know that Vitamin C is essential for our immune system. Just the right time in winter when Citrus fruits are available. Every day have a hot lemon drink, and a few other citrus fruit. Apart from Citrus fruit Cabbage and all vegetables from the Brassica family are rich in Vitamin C, load your dinner plate full with those hardy winter cabbages. Don’t forget the humble potato! Rich in Vitamin C!

Fermented Foods and Drinks

Fermented food like Sauerkraut and Kimchi are rich in Vitamin C, but as it’s fermented it’s also rich in probiotics. Probiotics support a healthy immune system, detoxifies the body, aids digestion and have many more benefits. If Sauerkraut or kimchi is not your favourite then try some coconut water kefir, fermented coconut water.

Nourishing Food like soups and stews

I do hope you’ve got your crock pot on your kitchen bench now that we’re in the middle of winter. Use it! Fill it with slow cooking meat, all sorts of vegetables, spices and herbs and let your slow cooker do the rest to develop full flavour. Easy to digest for your body, provides you with protein and good fat, has as many vegetables in it as you like, low stress as you can prepare it ahead of time.

Walks in nature

Exercise is always important, just because it’s colder is no excuse to not get outside. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “there’s no bad weather only inappropriate clothing”. We’re so lucky in NZ to have bush walks at our finger tips, access to beaches and regional parks. Grab the family and friends and set out for a brisk walk. Gets your body used to the cold, gets your blood moving and warms your body. Try to spend time in the sun without sun protection, in summer and in winter. Not to get a sunburn, but to produce Vitamin D. Unfortunately we don’t produce enough Vitamin D in the NZ winter sun, therefore you have to make sure that you get enough during summer. Vitamin D gets stored for up to 3 months in your body. But I recommend for people that are not getting outside enough to get their vitamin D levels checked! Vitamin D is important for a proper immune system, but also for the regulation of your body weight and your mental health!

Sleep

Do I have to say more? Make sure you get a good night’s sleep! Every night! Even just one night with not enough sleep can reduce the strength of your immune system and could be the cause for your next cold or flu!

Warming drinks with ginger, cinnamon, turmeric or hot lemon drinks

Heat your body from the inside out! Use those amazing spices in drinks and cooking to fight off infections and to keep well.

Supplements

If the cold or flu has already started in your household then really look after yourself. Rest as much as you need, take all or some of the following to support your immune system: Vitamin C, Zinc, Olive leaf extract, EpiCor, Echinacea, Golden Seal, colloidal silver and various essential oils.

 

Every Thursday is rubbish day in my street. On this day bright orange rubbish bags decorate the footpath and the berm. You can choose between smaller 40 liter bags and bigger 60 liter bags, most households have the bigger ones. Some households have only one bag outside, some have two, some even four or five. They must have a lot of people living in one house to produce so much rubbish, I think to myself!

And every week I also go shopping.To the fruit and vegetable shop, the organic shop, butcher, farmer’s market and also the supermarket. I peek into other people’s shopping trolley when I’m in the supermarket and because I’m a Nutritionist I have an opinion about what people buy and consume. No, don’t worry, I keep this opinion to myself in the supermarket, but I can shout it out loud in my blog and on my website. Sometimes though I do feel like I want to offer some well meaning advice to some shoppers ….. And I look at the people that are pushing their trolleys through the supermarket and some look very healthy, energetic and vibrant, some look very unhealthy, tired, over- or underweight and not well at all. Most of the time there’s a strong connection between the trolley content and the health of the people pushing the trolley. It’s a no-brainer. Trolleys full of sugar-laden cereals, fruit drinks, sweetened yoghurt, low fat dairy, processed meats, crackers, chips, sweets, sauces, cheap oils, bread, flour ….. being pushed by people that are not-so-healthy. Trolleys with mostly vegetables, fresh meat and fish, good fats and no processed food ….. being pushed by people that are usually healthier looking.

Last Thursday I wanted to take our rubbish out, but our small bag with 40 liters was only half full. And yes, we’re a big family with 8 people in the house, myself, my lovely husband, our own three teenage sons and three homestay students. It’s often the case that we don’t even fill a small rubbish bag, just because we don’t produce that much. In addition a big part of that rubbish is from my asian homestay students and their consumption of processed food that comes in a lot of packaging, bought by them, not by me!

And then it occurred to me, the relationship between how much rubbish we’re producing and how healthy we are. Easy! Makes total sense! The more rubbish one produces the more packaged and processed food one is eating. The more you make your food from scratch and from fresh produce the less rubbish you will have. Combine this with some recycling, composting, maybe even worm farming and a Bokashi system, and if you’re lucky  a few chickens and Bingo! You’ll have no more than a shopping bag full of landfill per week.

But this won’t be happening on it’s own, it needs thinking and planning to get to healthy home cooked meals, less rubbish production and a healthy body and mind.

How do I achieve healthy and homemade meals for 7 days a week for 8 of us and in the process produce less waste?

  • Write a meal list for every week, ideally before you go shopping. All meals and plenty of snacks for the week. Also think about lunches for the kids, yourself and your partner.
  • Accordingly write your shopping list. Make sure you use first what’s in your pantry and freezer..
  • You most likely have quite a few staple recipes that you make often. This is great and makes your life as a cook actually easier. Keep them for the days when you don’t feel creative!
  • Buy in bulk if suitable for your situation.
  • Invest in a freezer. This way you can make use of specials with meat and fish and you can cook ahead of time and freeze a few meals.
  • Take half a day on the weekend or whenever you can take time and prepare some food for the week ahead.
  • This is a list of food that I prepare ahead of time (not all at once of course): cook or roast a few chickens and take the meat of and then cook a big pot of chicken stock from the carcasses, make a soup (my favourite at the moment is “Minestrone”), wash lettuce and make your own salad dressing, prepare raw vegetables for snacking on (celery, capsicum, cucumber, carrots…), cook a frittata with whatever you’ve got available, make some cauliflower rice, bake cookies or a cake, make bliss balls, bake egg bread or gluten free bread rolls, make crackers, soak nuts and seeds and make muesli, make sauerkraut, kombucha, coconut water kefir, cook a big pot of mince for hungry teenage bellies or make some meatballs or a meat loaf, cook a dozen eggs, make some ice blocks with frozen berries (hahaha, my teenage sons still love them and I still make them in the rocket moulds from when they were little). And purchase some good storage containers (glass or pyrex is better than plastic) and store appropriately in pantry, fridge or freezer.
  • From time to time I have quite a few containers with small amounts of leftover food in the fridge and we’ll have a “leftover dinner” just topped up with whatever is missing, maybe just some scrambled egg.
  • To help you to make better food choices you’ll need to prepare food ahead of time, there’s no way around this. This way you’ll always have decent food available. Even if it’s just some egg bread with almond butter and a few sticks of celery!

And remember: don’t be too hard on yourself, give yourself time for the change, take one step at a time and feel good about every little achievement of eating better, producing less rubbish on the way and looking after yourself, your family and the planet while you’re at it.

How do I produce less rubbish?

  • All paper and cardboard gets collected and either recycled or composted.
  • All plastic wraps and bags get collected and taken to Pak’n save for recycling.
  • All plastic, glass and tins go into the recycle bin.
  • I buy food that is the least processed and the least packaged. I just refuse to buy food with lots of packaging. I buy in bulk when possible.
  • Every bit of food waste and green waste goes into one of my three composting systems (compost, worm farm, bokashi).
  • I’m taking empty boxes and bags with me when I go shopping, this way I don’t need plastic bags.
  • I explain all this to my kids as often as I can to teach them to make good choices. Not that I’m always successful … they are teenagers after all and are making their own decisions. But I know they will come back to what they have been brought up on one day!

I don’t have the time to do this I hear you saying. I believe you, but hey no one is giving me more than 24 hours a day to do this, but I make the time as it’s important to me for my health, my family’s health and the health of the planet. Human health and planet health go hand in hand, I can’t be well without the planet being well and vice versa, it won’t work long term. By looking after our health we’re looking after the health of the earth.

Okay, I’m not working full time, I work part time in my own business, but this is a decision I make for my health and the health of my family. Shopping and preparing food is a big part of my week, it takes many hours. Whenever I can I get the kids involved, my husband is my right hand man and together we get it sorted. The more I plan ahead the easier it is to eat healthy for the whole week, every week without resorting to takeaways or processed food.

We all make choices how we want to live and whatever we decide has to work for us. For me healthy homemade food, looking after myself and the planet  is very important and at the top of my priority list. Without health I have nothing and can’t enjoy my life, no matter how much money I earn from working long hours.

Hope this blog gets you thinking about your own situation 🙂

Love

Patricia  

 

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