Saturday, 22 November 2014

Why DOES Penelope Cruz have four gold needles pierced through her ears?

Penelope is undergoing auriculotherapy - a form of acupuncture developed in France.

This therapy is a blend of Eastern and Western medicine methods
Needles are placed in the auricle area of the ear to alleviate health issues elsewhere in the body.
Auriculotherapy can be used to treat addiction, depression, sciatica or used to help with weight loss or fertility issues.
The pins, neatly spaced in a vertical line down the star's auricle, may look like trendy new jewellery, but they are in fact acupuncture pins that are attributed with myriad health-giving properties.
The needles are used for auriculotherapy - a form of acupuncture that stimulates points in the auricle (the external ear) in order to alleviate health conditions elsewhere in the body.
They could be put in place to help the wearer combat some sort of addiction, habit or unwanted behaviour,and are widely used to help alleviate chronic pain, sciatica, tinnitus, depression, gastric problems or insomnia.
Increasingly, the therapy is being used by fertility experts to assist women who might be struggling to
One of the most obvious - and simple to explain - uses for auriculotherapy is to help quit smoking.
The user wears the needles in the ear and, if they feel the urge to smoke, they simply press or twist the needles.
Practitioners also report excellent results with weight loss and weight management, where the needles are used to help dieters curb cravings and halt binge cycles.
The treatment, which was brought to light in the West 50 years ago by a French doctor, Dr Paul Nogier, has been used in Chinese and Egyptian medicine for millenia.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

6 Fantastic Ways to Look After Your Eye Health 

 Computer Screen Habits
 With so many of us spending more and more time at the computer screen  eye strain is becoming more prevalent.  If you work at a computer it is important to take regular breaks.  Every 20 minutes take a small break and then a longer one every hour.  It is important to refocus your eyes -  so look out of the window at the sky or something distant and then come back to something close.  Do this ten times every 20 minutes.  It is also a good time to refocus your thoughts. 
Eat Food for healthy vision 
Omega 3 fatty acids – salmon, tuna, sardines, walnuts and flaxseed – reduces inflammation.  Eat oily fish 3 times per week.
Zinc – kidney beans, seafood, poultry, pumpkin seeds and brazil nuts– helps with night vision and cataracts.  Brazil nuts are also a good source of selenium which is absent in our soils now.
Vitamin C – citrus, tomatoes, capsicum etc – supports healthy blood vessels.
Vitamin E – nuts, sunflower seeds – protection from free radicals
Lutein and Zeaxanthin – green leafy vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, brussel sprouts – can help protect against macular degeneration and retinal damage.  Eat fresh green leafy vegetables daily.
Wear Sunglasses
Provide adequate protection for your eyes by wearing good quality sunglasses to reduce sunlight exposure  and reduce glare.  Don’t forget them if you go ski-ing.  This will also help reduce lines from squinting.
Have an Annual Eye Examination
No vision problems?  An annual eye check is still important to check for glaucoma and make sure the macula is checked.

Here are some points you can use daily –
·         On the foot:  press down on the spot between the great toe and the 2nd toe.  You may feel a slight ache or soreness.  Hold for about 30 seconds on each side.
·         On your hand:  When your thumb is close to the index finger, this point is located  about level with the end of the crease on the “meatier” part of the muscle.  Press, rub and hold.  It should feel achy or sore.
·         On your face:  Locate the area outside the bony rim – between your eyebrow and your eye – and press gently along from the inner eyebrow to the end
     Tea for Sore, Tired or Red Eyes
Combine either a peppermint tea bag or fresh mint leaves with 3-4 goji berries and 2 dried chrysanthemum flowers (available from Asian grocery stores) in a mug or pot.   Boil the kettle, wait for 3-4 minutes for water to cool slightly and pour into mug or pot.  I often make one up in the morning and just top it up with warm water through the day. 

And lastly, don’t smoke.

( – Macular Disease Foundation, Australia)

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Great Recipe for Meatless Meatloaf

150gr brown onion, finely diced
1 garlic clove, crushed
150gr button mushrooms, sliced finely
1 red capsicum, finely diced
1 celery stick, finely diced
2 carrots, peeled and finely diced
salt and pepper to season
1/2 cup raw cashews and 1/2 cup raw walnuts
1/2 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
4 eggs
1/2 cup each of fresh parsley and basil, chopped3 cups of gluten free breadcrumbs

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees celsius.  Heat a little olive or coconut oil in a large frying pan.  Gently saute the prepared vegetables over medium heat until soft.  Do not brown or burn the vegetables.  Season with salt and pepper.
Place the nuts and seeds in a food processor and gently pulse until just combined (you don't want them to be too fine, they need to have texture).  Put the nut and seed mix with the vegetables and then add the beaten eggs and breadcrumbs.  Mix well  then add chopped herbs, stir through.
Line a loaf tin (approximately 30cm x 17cm with bake paper.  Press the mixture into the loaf tin and cover with another sheet of bake paper.  Press down firmly, then remove top paper layer.  Bake in oven for about 1 hour.  Cool in loaf tin.  Slice and serve with salad or vegetables.  
Great nutritional value and very filling.  Good for picnics or use left-overs for lunch.  Based on a recipe from Dr Libby's Real Food Kitchen.

Listen to a bit of sax with Gato Barbieri while cooking!  Here is the link.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Bitter Melon - Miracle Cure for Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes

Bitter Melon

Is it the new miracle treatment for Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity

People of China and India have a long history of using the vegetable, bitter melon,
for treating obesity.  In the last few years many medical companies have been
conducting research on this ugly looking vegetable.  The Garvan Institute in Australia
in conjunction with the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica are working to uncover
the therapeutic properties that may be a solution for Type 2 diabetes.  Four bioactive components
 that activate the enzyme AMPK - a protein that regulates metabolism and enables glucose
uptake at a molecular level - have been discovered.  
In Chinese Medicine and Ayuverdic medicine this humble vegetable is sliced and boiled in water
The water is then drunk daily and the cooked vegetable eaten to prevent obesity. Alternatively the
 leaves can be chopped and made into a tea.  Any part of  bitter melon that you consume has the 
effect of lowering blood sugar.  It is not an alternative to your diabetic medication but is an adjunct
 and may help reduce your medications.
 Look for other recipes. You can use it in stir-fry dishes, try this link