Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Vietnamese Cold Rolls

I love Vietnamese cold rolls and always wanted to make them myself. I wasn't confident I'd be able to roll the rice paper. I was right! I tried making them today and my first one was spectacularly wrecked. It fell apart, the snow pea sprouts dug holes in the rice paper and it looked horrible. So hopeless! I persevered and worked out you hardly dip the rice paper for any length of time. Into the water, shake off and onto the preparation surface. Vietnamese cold rolls are so healthy and perfect for our summers. I used snow pea sprouts, chopped prawns, avocado, 2 minute noodles and some peas and sweet corn. I made a nice dipping sauce with the  flavour pouches from the noodles and added a bit of balsamic and fried onion. By the time I had wrapped my fourth roll I could do it quite well. Obviously , practice is what I need! So looking forward to being able to make them now. The recipe on this clip is nice and the process is explained very clearly. Happy now! Another fear conquered. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Vitamins and supplements

There is no substitute for proper medical care and supervision. Healthcare professionals sometimes prescribe vitamins and supplements as part of a care plan. There can be a lack of understanding as to what this will achieve, what is the correct dose and , as with any tablet, lack of knowledge about what the side effects are. There also might be a bit of a delay in being able to speak with your health practitioner too.  I am a great believer in knowing side effects. I have found the webMD site useful because it provides very good information which then helps you to have better discussions with your doctor or medical care provider. It looks at all the issues and it looks at how medications can interact so it is a very helpful place to go if you are getting yourself a bit confused and need to have a proper conversation with your medical health care person. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Never give up

Arthur is  such an inspiration. He shows us you just need to decide you want to change and then persist until you find that person who can assist the transformation. For Arthur it was DDP Yoga . The story is here

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Get on your trike!

The tricycle has caused such a lot of excitement and interest. A family member with a heart condition which is restricting him decided to have a creative approach to his limitations. He likes making things. It has been cold and wet and so it was a good winter activity to actually build the trike. You can buy them ready made. It has been a great project. It has used his brain, his ingenuity and allowed him to get some great feedback and involvement with others. It needs all the adjustments and fine tuning now and will then turn his often trying walk to the shops and back a nice little outing on his trike. It means he can increase his mobility and hopefully have more independence and fitness. That is the plan, anyway. His doctor is pleased with such a good approach to a difficult condition. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Get your rebounder out

Bellicon is a brand name for rebounders or mini -trampolines. I found this article about the benefits of rebounding and was suitably impressed. I have a mini trampoline in my big shed. It was my daughter's when she was little. She used to love bouncing on it and playing with it and it helped keep her active and fit. It fell into disuse. I used it for a bit and then packed it away. Well, it's coming out again! It can be set up again in my big shed where it will be dry and under cover and out of the way. They have come back into popularity but this time they are there to benefit everyone and make a real difference to your health and fitness even if you are not feeling that fit and well. This clip gives some good ideas as to how to use it to good effect. I can do that! The good thing about mini - tampolines is they can be bought in big department stores and don't cost a lot. With the amount of good they can do, they are worth exploring as a fitness option. 

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Pineal gland

This video came up on my Facebook feed. One of my friends had shared it. I was curious. It is very interesting to listen to and I have been listening to it every day since. It has been helpful when I feel a bit stressed out by daily living. I just listen to it as I am working on my computer and feel better. I don't know if it is helping my pineal gland or not. There is a lot of vague information about the pineal gland. It is known as the third eye . The pineal gland regulates the circadian rhythm so it's probably a good idea to keep it functioning well in order to promote regular sleeping and waking patterns. I am sharing it because you might find it helpful too.  

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Life is beautiful

The Life is Beautiful blog has some really cheering images and things to think about. It is a nice blog to visit when you just want to feel good, feel better or keep the positives going. In an acquisitive society we take a lot for granted and forget that some of the most important and valuable things in our life are free. They are the things which can sustain us, inspire us and make us feel better.