Here is an interesting blog about the Paleo diet from one of our blog-hoppers Sarah George. I love seeing mainstream diets being challenged, not because I don’t think they have value for some, but I certainly don’t think there is ‘one’ solution for all. I value diversity, particularly when it comes to what we eat. Human beings are a diverse bunch and I think we need to embrace it rather than aim for homogeneity.
Take it away Sarah George:
I’m once again lecturing my favourite subject, Chinese dietetics, at Endeavour College of Natural Health this semester. And this has inspired me to write about dietary change for our change-themed Health and Happiness Collective blog hop.
Chinese dietetics is all about the joy of food! And how we can use it for healing according to Chinese Medicine principles. I love that last year some students with no interest in cooking were actually inspired to start cooking at home. That is a win for mankind in my books!
This semester I kicked off Lecture One with this TEDx video: “Debunking The Paleo Diet” by Christina Warrina, an archaeological scientist.
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As a naturopath change sometimes seems like a mantra; I advise clients to change their diet, habits and sometimes lifestyle all to achieve a greater level of well-being. So when considering the topic of ‘change’ for this blog hop, any of the above could have formed the basis of my article. However when I think back to one of the biggest changes I made in my health it was to change from commercial, synthetically based skincare over to natural and organic products. I have to say at the time the decision was tough because organic skincare had none of the glamour or promise of instant youthfulness of big brands and I have always been a sucker for pretty packaging and instant results (this is a slightly embarrassing admission).
Despite the average packaging and lack of youthful promise, organic skincare changed not only my skin, but also my life. This is a slightly dramatic claim I know but I did end up quitting my job and opening an organic skincare store so my life literally did change. On a less dramatic note my skin also improved significantly. This was at a time when my skin was chemically sensitive, red and inflamed so as you can imagine, applying a soothing, organic and chemical free serum for the first time was like heaven. That was 10 years ago and my skin still looks better than it did back then.
For many however, when it comes to skincare, change often doesn’t occur so readily. Brand loyalty is a significant barrier but so are product price; perceptions of quality and advertising spend. As you can imagine for these reasons the organic skincare industry took a while to make an impact on consumers. Fortunately it did and now even the big brands are making attempts to capture the organic skincare consumer dollar.
I think there are many reasons to make the change to organic skincare and I have outlined a few below that are particularly important to me. These reasons are key drivers in my decision-making and so also expand the use of organic products in my life generally e.g. house cleaning products, organic food and even organic clothing when I can find it.
Occasionally, even now a bright, shiny new product will catch my eye however it takes about a second to remember that I made the change to organic skincare for a reason and the allure quickly fades. And excitingly, there are new bright, shiny organic products being launched these days so really I need look no furtherTwitter It!
Well it’s been a while since my last blog entry but my extended summer holiday is over and I have some exciting news! I am participating in a blog hop with a group of health practitioners called The Health & Happiness Collective with the aim of sharing knowledge from a holistic perspective. We are all going to write an article focusing the concept of change. Yep it’s a big topic but by following the collective blog hop, you will see the wide range of views we bring to the collective, with perspectives on change from aromatherapy to acupuncture, naturopathy to horticulture. Personally, I can’t wait to see what comes up.
As each blogger writes, I will let you know so you can ‘hop’ over to their blog, read their perspective on change and if you feel inspired, add your own – we would love to hear from you.
Below you can see who makes up The Health & Happiness Collective:
I hope you come along for our blog hop!
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With the onset hotter, sunnier weather we will all tend to slather on more sunscreen and so what we are putting on our skin becomes even more important. I have pale skin, a history of Basal Cell Carcinomas and I use sunscreen regularly even in winter. I recently came across this excellent series of videos by Dr Oz. He looks at both sides of the sunscreen story and I definitely think they are worth watching:
I have had a close look at this topic and certainly agree with Dr Oz’s experts about choosing micronised zinc oxide based sunscreens. Read more about zinc oxide below:
There are definitely good brands of natural, micronised sunscreen available such as Eco, Wot Not, Devita and UV Naturals. Is is easy to choose a natural safe sunscreen as long as you know what you are looking for…so start looking at the label and find out what you are putting on your skin.
Spring is here and the days are just gorgeous but the sun is hotting up and with summer on the way it is time to prepare your skin. Eating the right foods, topical products and sun practices can all help increase your skin’s resilience and improve health. This article reviews the most significant things you can do to stay sun smart.
The most significant thing you can do to prevent sun damage is to wear sunscreen (natural of course). Research completed in September 2011 (Diffey BL, J Cosmet Dermatol) evaluated the effect of daily application of topical photo-protective products and its effect on facial photo-aging (skin aging due to sun damage). The results show that regular use of topical photo-protective agents (SPF sunscreens) significantly reduces the lifetime exposure to UV. While this may seem logical interestingly, the SPF rating was of lesser importance that beginning regular use early in life. In addition many only use an SPF product in the summer months and this study identified that year-round use was preferable. To sum up this research, start early and use an SPF product daily.
From a dietary perspective there are many good foods that can help your improve your skin’s resilience to sun damage. The phytochemicals found in many foods are powerful antioxidants, which can improve many aspects of skin health by reducing oxidative stress. These benefits include the reduction in UV light sensitivity and therefore long term sun damage. Eaten in high enough quantities, key antioxidants can promote a healthy glow that rivals a tan! Some good examples are outlined below:
Other tips include:
Daily Sun Protection
World Mental Health Day is this month on October 10th and this year the focus is based on the understanding that mental health begins with you. To achieve this the website 10/10 (10 out of 10) is encouraging people to make a mental health promise to themselves. So it doesn’t matter if you, a family member or friend has a mental illness or just care about good mental health, you can take part by making a promise that’s meaningful to you. The advice given by the 10/10 website is to keep it short and meaningful. You can post it on the website, facebook and twitter or just keep it personal.
Here are some ideas that have been posted at 1010.org.au:
I have chosen number 6 – switch off devices and tune out. What is your mental health promise? Share the love and ask your friends and family what they promise.
In my recent interview with Jodie Smith from Bodecare I mentioned Dry Face Brushing. I have had so many enquiries about this practice since then. Gentle manual facial brushing will speed up cell turnover and strengthen the skin’s inner structure much like body brushing does for the body skin. However, unlike the body, dry skin on the face builds up and can clog open pores. Dry facial brushing will very effectively exfoliate dead skin cells and minimise congestion as well as increasing circulation (nutrition) and draining away lymph congestion (toxins) around the nose and eyes. Once a week is often enough to achieve these beneficial effects.
The dry face bristles have to be a soft plant bristle, like Jute. Jute is a very fine plant bristle that is delicate enough for the skin around the eyes but still stimulating enough to drain away puffiness. Avoid choosing a brush that is harsh on facial skin, as it is can scratch and damage. For example bristles like Boar’s hair, coconut plant, Tampico plant are not suitable for delicate skin. Bodecare’s Dry Facial Brush is made from the finest Jute plant bristles. The brushes are vegan friendly, eco-friendly and manufactured under fair trade laws and really easy to use.Twitter It!
With the detox and ongoing dietary changes I have recently made (no dairy, no gluten) I shifted from feeling deprived of the things I couldn’t eat, such as buttery toast, by using a technique called “crowding out”. It is essentially a way of re-framing your view to help change eating habits. Crowding out means you add more healthy food to your diet rather than focus on cutting out the foods you enjoy. With time, cravings for more unhealthy foods will likely diminish. It worked a treat for me as I still get to eat heaps of yummy foods, like CoYo (coconut yoghurt) and Chia Pudding.
Blend together the Chia Seeds and Cacao until mixed. Add the liquid of choice and gently fold through. Don’t whisk too enthusiastically or air bubbles may form and the Chia Seeds won’t absorb the liquid properly. Add sweetener and fruit and let set in the fridge for 10 minutes by which time, it should be sufficiently chilled and ready to eat.
Image courtesy of Eating Bird Food. They also have an alternative pudding recipe which looks delicious.