Live better, eat green
I don't know about you but I'm a sucker for easy ways to engage with embracing a healthy lifestyle. This is not 'goody two shoes' stuff but simply a nice way to be - creating better energy, clearer skin, fewer viral infections and a zest for life.
I'm not really interested in the grand gesture, so the extremes of clean eating and punishing exercise are not for me. Instead I enjoy healthy living through moderation - regular exercise, daily fresh air, and a good diet all the time (with fairly frequent indulgences of wine and dark chocolate, and last week I even made a coffee cake. It was delicious and therapeutic to make on a rainy day but not something I care to repeat often).
Like most of you out there I guess, I am surprised that March has come round so quickly, but here it is and with it comes opportunity for tuning in to better health and wellbeing. Whatever your religious persuasion Lent which this year begins on 1st March and ends on the 13th April could be the perfect time to take stock and clean up your act. For a start, it's a finite time. If we all set a few goals and commit to them for just 40 days then who knows how we will feel when the middle of April comes around.
For my own 40 days I am committing to living better and eating green by which I mean to be more conscious of what I put in and on my body and pay more attention to how my lifestyle impacts on the environment. By the time Easter arrives I hope to be a bit fitter, a fraction leaner, full of the joys of spring and ready for some Simnel cake.
Spring is a fabulous time for enjoying UK grown vegetables with spring greens topping the list in terms of ease of preparation, value for money and nutritional content. Chop finely, rinse well and boil for a few minutes in lightly salted water. Then drain and return to the pan to steam off excess moisture and dress with a some olive oil and lemon juice. Season with a little sea salt and black pepper and you will have antioxidants in abundance, a high dose of vitamin C, loads of fibre and the perfect food for toning and detoxifying your digestive tract. If that doesn't help to put a spring in your step then I don't know what will. Make them a regular on your menu over the next few weeks and you will feel virtuous beyond belief. Spinach, spring onions, purple sprouting broccoli, savoy cabbage, watercress and fresh herbs are also in season so make the most of them too.
Sleep your way to better health
One in 3 adults occasionally has insomnia. One in 10 adults has chronic insomnia. Insomnia affects women more often than men, and it can occur at any age. In the UK 200,000 work days are annually lost through sleep deprivation costing the economy £40bn.
We all know that sleeping well increases immunity and focus and makes us nicer people to be around but as you can see from the figures above, many of us do not enjoy restful sleep on a regular basis. Poor sleep in terms of hours and quality has a huge impact on daily life and our susceptibility to chronic, degenerative diseases.
I am one of those lucky people who can generally sleep on a clothes line but when I am under stress I make sure that I follow a relaxing bedtime routine to help minimise sleep disruption. This for me means eating early in the evening, not consuming stimulants such as coffee and sugar after lunchtime, and turning off all devices (mobile phone and laptop) as soon as I finish work. I can then light a Rather Lovely organic candle
and relax in the bath with some Rather Lovely bath salts
. The salts are formulated with pure organic essential oils to help relax mind and body and Epsom salts which are a good source of magnesium, a natural muscle relaxant which is useful for those who suffer from restless leg syndrome or night time cramps. Then I'll have a warm caffeine-free drink and read for a while before hopefully dropping off quickly and sleeping soundly.
The following article from the Cytoplan blog
gives more in depth information on disturbed sleep which may be linked to hormonal issues and in which case may benefit from a supplemental approach. The Cytoplan sale ends on 28th February so take this opportunity to stock up if you use their products on a regular basis. You can get 10% off your first order by entering my Practitioner number WF0009 and code WF10 at checkout.
You may wish to use the 40 days of Lent to work on any sleep issues you have. It takes on average 30 days to change a habit so addressing diet and exercise and adopting a healthy bedtime routine during this time could be just the springboard you need.
Fer Phos is the tissue salt indicated from February 19th - March 20th.
Tissue (or cell salts as they are also known) have been prescribed since their discovery in the late 1800s to naturally correct mineral deficiencies in the body which result in symptoms of sub-par health. They are a safe and inexpensive way of bringing the body back into balance.
There are 12 tissue salts which can be taken individually or in combination and homeopaths often prescribe them alongside constitutional treatment to help with acute complaints. One of the best books on the subject is Natural Healing with Cell Salts by Skye Weintraub, ND.
I use them a lot in my practice to good effect but also find it useful to take each one of the salts during their indicated astrological months. The prime function of this months indicated salt Fer Phos is to carry oxygen around the body and strengthen blood vessel walls. It is a natural component of the blood and the first remedy to give at any sign of inflammation. It's common name is phosphate of iron and iron is required by the body to help kill off viruses. A lack of iron causes fatigue which is a common symptom of all viral diseases. Fer Phos is recommended in nearly all conditions and is especially effective before exercise and along with Kali Phos it helps aid sleep that is disturbed by worrying thoughts.
A 30ml bottle costs just £11. Adults can take 3 tablets 3 times daily and children 2 tablets twice a day. They are gentle yet effective, safe to use and suitable for all ages. Building up a first aid kit of tissue salts throughout the year will cover many acute complaints including sleeplessness, coughs, colds, headaches, muscle spasms, hay fever and much much more.
I strongly recommend you purchase a good book on the subject (such as the one mentioned above) which contain a repertory of complaints.
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Below is a reminder of changes in my practice which have taken effect from the New Year
Lifestyles have changed so much in recent years and I feel it's now time for me to catch up. As such, there are some important changes to my working practice that I need to make you aware of.