Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Relaxing Bedtime Yoga Video

Relaxing Bedtime Yoga | The Yoga Solution with Tara Stiles - yoga video (4 minutes duration)

Belly Breath - Quick calming exercise for children with Elmo and Sesame Street

Belly Breathe with Common and Colbie Caillat and Elmo - Quick, calming technique (and song) for kids to tame the little monster within. For more fun games and videos for your preschooler in a safe, child-friendly environment, visit Sesame Street at http://www.sesamestreet.org

Monday, 27 October 2014

How to Meditate Your Way to Happiness

Fascinating nine minute video on how the way we think affects and creates our state of happiness. Includes an effective happiness affirmation and breathing technique.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Buddha - Meditation Wisdom

Buddha was asked, "What have you gained from meditation?" He replied, "Nothing!" "However, Buddha said, let me tell you what I lost: Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Insecurity, Fear of Old Age and Death."

Iron and C Booster Smoothie

Fabulous plant smoothie which can kickstart your iron and vitamin C intake...naturally!

What laughter can do for your health and your life!

Excellent infographic on laughter and its health benefits...

Saturday, 19 April 2014

10 Steps to a Positive Body Image

Simple and common-sense steps to improving your body image. Only 10 steps to developing a healthier relationship with your body.

How to Remedy Your Migraine or Headache Naturally!

Have a headache/migraine? Submerge your feet and hands in hot/warm water and put a bag of frozen vegetables (or cold pack) at the base of your skull. The heat on your extremities pulls the blood from your head relieving some/all of your headache. Wonderful!

Friday, 4 April 2014

Top 25 Vitamin Rich Foods

If you want to maintain optimum health and vitality, knowing which vitamins and foods contribute and maintain a healthy body is vital.


How to Make Your Own Healthy non-GMO version of Milo

Milo is FAR from healthy but this home-made "milo" is! Absolutely delicious, crunchy and good for your body! Yummo!
What you’ll need
100ml Rice Malt Syrup (Pureharvest or other Australian rice malt syrups are best)
25g salted butter (or nuttelex or other vegan alternatives)
1 teaspoon vanilla bean powder (optional but awesome. must be the powder as it will need to be dry.
1.5 – 2 teaspoons raw cacao powder

Check out the full recipe by Alex Stuart here.



Beautiful Native American Spiritual Wisdom....

And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit, and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being. - Black Elk - We are one...



The Best Yoga Postures to Relieve Stress

Hold each pose for 2-3 minutes (approximately 20 - 30 breaths) or as long as comfortable.


Saturday, 8 March 2014

Amazing smoothie for vitality and good health - Celery, Cucumber and Pear

1 cucumber; 3 celery sticks; 1 1/2 pear; 6 Kale leaves; Makes about 20oz (I would suggest using organic ingredients for optimum health benefits, and for a little extra zing, add one organic granny smith apple peeled.)



Ten Steps to Zen...

10 to Zen - 1. Let go of comparing. 2. Let go of competing. 3. Let go of judgments. 4. Let go of anger. 5. Let go of regrets. 6. Let go of worrying. 7. Let go of blame. 8. Let go of guilt. 9. Let go of fear. 10. Have a proper belly laugh at least once a day (esp. if it's about your inability to let go of any or all of the above).



Reasons to eat fruit...

How different fruits heal and regenerate your body...



The healing properties of food

Discover the healing properties of plant foods and which are high in antioxidants...



Saturday, 22 February 2014

ABC Detox Drink recipe..

Apple, Beetroot, Carrot (and lime) to make a drink your body will thank you for! Energy booster and detox drink...



Easy Tofu Crunch Salad

Start with a creamy white cube of firm tofu. Drying it first, then steam it. Tofu steamed, get started on its transformation... add in some fresh, crunchy chopped celery. Fold in my creamy Dijon-lemon herb sauce. Easy prep, chill for a bit and enjoy as lunch or a snack. Nibble this stuff all day long if you are a grazer.

Serve on top of a green salad, munch with some rice crackers or roll it into a wrap.

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Best tip for preparing tofu is to begin by gently squeezing out as much excess "tofu water" as you can Using a handful of sturdy paper towels and a bit of muscle power. The more moisture you can get out, the more flavour can be absorbed in. This "drying" of tofu is also very important if you are going to saute, sear or fry your tofu. Less surface liquid - better crispy edges when you lay into a hot oiled saute pan. ..

Protein Craving. My inspiration for making this? I was craving a protein-rich lunch that I could whip together in a few minutes. Tofu crunch salad is versatile. Slather it on some crackers, press it between two slices of bread, roll it into a wrap or pile it on top of a greens salad. Flavor, complex texture and protein in every zing-crunchy bite..


Easy Crunchy Tofu Salad
vegan, makes 5 cups

1 lb firm tofu, drained
1 1/4 cups celery, chopped
3/4 cup flat leaf parsley, finely chopped (or sub in any herb - dill, basil, cilantro, tarragon..)
4-5 Tbsp Vegenaise (vegan mayo)
3 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 lemon, juiced
pinch lemon zest
1 Tbsp maple syrup (optional to sweeten up a bit more - apple is also another nice sweet accent)
dressing spices:
1/4 tsp celery seed
1/4 tsp garlic granules
1/4 tsp fine black pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne
a few dashes mustard powder
(you can get creative with the spices you'd like to try)

optional fold-in's:
1/4 cup sweet onion, diced
1/2 green apple, finely diced

for more saltiness add in a splash of tamari (or salt to taste if needed)

Directions:

1. Squeeze your tofu dry with a paper towel and slice into large cubes. Steam for about 5 minutes. Let cool.
2. In a large mixing bowl, add all your ingredients and whisk into a creamy sauce. Fold in the tofu and begin breaking into smaller bits with a fork. Fold well until all the tofu is coated.
3. Fold in the parsley and celery.
4. Adjust salt and spices as desired.
5. Cover and place in the fridge until ready to serve - allow at least an hour for the tofu to chill and the flavors to marinate.

Serve with a variety of crisps, crackers and toasts. Enjoy!

Thank you to lunchboxbunch.com for this recipe.

Friday, 7 February 2014

Strength training exercises for women...

Body area specific exercises to strengthen your body and improve your fitness.



Why are we here?

We are here to help, not to judge.


Amazing ideas - Recycling and Re-Purposing Household Objects

Turn vegetable fat into a long-lasting candle, an old bunk bed into a comfortable star observation platform, turn an old dresser into a beautiful bench and lots more ideas that will save you money and help save the environment through reusing commonly thrown away objects.


Saturday, 1 February 2014

How to Make Delicious Vegan Gravy

Vegan Gravy
What you need:

1 vegetable bullion cube
2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
few good dashes garlic powder
2 heaped tablespoons nutritional yeast
few good dashes soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon mustard
1/4-1/2 cup flour, as needed (I use brown rice flour)
1 tablespoon vegan butter
sea salt and pepper, to taste

What you do:
1. Combine all ingredients in pot, and bring to boil.
2. Cook on medium low heat until done.
I sometimes like to add a little pinch of sage as well. This goes great over everything! My Dad (avid meat eater) says that this gravy is delicious!
Preparation Time:
15 minutes
- See more at: http://vegweb.com/recipes/i-cant-believe-its-vegan-gravy#sthash.7hEwpGox.dpuf






Recipe courtesy of vegweb.com

Be amazed at what your body will do within 24 hours!

Every 24 hours your body will: blink 24,040 times, your heart will beat 100,000 times, your lungs will breathe 23,000 times, your liver will filter 1,500 litres of blood, your body will produce 2 litres of acid! Our body is an amazing miracle of nature!



Monday, 13 January 2014

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Healthy, Scrumptious Crunchy Granola Bar Recipe (raw, vegan, delish!)

Ingredients: yields 20 bars (1/4 cup each)

1 cup raw sunflower seeds, soaked & dehydrated
1 cup rolled, gluten-free oats, soaked & dehydrated
1 1/2 cups raw pumpkin seeds, soaked & dehydrated
1/2 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup hemp seeds
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup raw coconut crystals
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup cold-pressed coconut oil
1/4 cup raw honey
1/2 cup diced medjool dates, pitted
1/2 cup diced, dried apricots

Topping:

Date paste




Preparation:

I recommend not to skip soaking & dehydrating the pumpkin and sunflower seeds, and oats. This will ensure that the batter doesn’t get too wet.
In a large mixing bowl combine the sunflower seeds, oats, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, coconut, raw coconut crystals, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and salt. Mix together well so the spices are evenly dispersed.
Add the water, coconut oil, raw honey, dates and apricots. With your hands, work everything together, getting everything well coated.
To create the bars; I used a press which worked beautifully. If you don’t have a press, line a baking sheet with plastic wrap, making sure to bring it up over the edges. Press the batter into the pan with the palm of your hands or better yet, cover with another piece of plastic wrap and place another baking pan on top. Press down as firm and evenly as you can. Place in the freezer for a few hours. Remove, lift out onto a cutting board and slice into bar-sized shapes.
Place the bars on the mesh sheet that comes with the dehydrator. I used a knife to slide under each bar to transport it to the mesh sheet.
Pipe the date paste onto each bar. I used a Wilton piping tip and a large piping bag to accommodate it. This pipe tip size matched perfectly with the width of the bar press that I used. You can use a butter knife if you don’t have these tools. Just do your best and have fun with it.
Dehydrate at 145 degrees (F) for 1 hour, then reduce to 115 degrees (F) and dry for about 24 hours or until dry to the touch on the outside but a bit moist on the inside.
Allow the bars to cool to room temp before storing. Wrap individually. On the counter top they should last 1-2 weeks, in the fridge 2-4 weeks and in the freezer, up to 3 months, possibly longer!

Thank you to nouveauraw.com for this fabulous recipe.

Plant foods essential for healthy blood with the added benefit of possessing anti-cancer properties...

Add these foods to your eating regimen for healthy blood and strengthen your system against cancer.

Gandhi wisdom...creating your destiny...

"Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviour. Keep your behaviour positive because your behaviour becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because you values become your destiny." - Mahatma Gandhi