Month: December 2015

How To Ensure The Success Of Those New Year’s Resolutions!

Renowned behavioural psychologist Dr Paul Marciano has 7 pieces of advice that may help you realise your goals for 2016… 1. Clearly define your goals 2. Track your progress 3. Have patience 4. Publicise your goals to friends and family 5. Put it in your schedule 6. Stop ‘all or nothing’ thinking; it’s better to do something than nothing 7. Get up when you slip up Good Luck...

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Smooth Mama’s Seasonal Spectacular!

With more cranberries and other Vitamin C packed goodies than you can shake a stripey straw at, this festive little number will see you fighting off the seasonal lurgies as well as feeling all Christmassy – yey! This week’s ‘Bitesize Musings…’ has me extolling the virtues of the humble Christmas cranberry, so what else is in this antioxidant powerhouse? *1/2 punnet of cranberries *Thumb of ginger *2 oranges *1 tsp of honey *2 small mangoes *Dash of cinnamon *Omniblend with 4 icecubes Voila – juices all round for Christmas morning that might just ward off that cold hiding in the avalanche of unavoidable festive...

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It’s Christmas – it must be time to roll out the cranberries!

These super little berries have a myriad of health benefits, including an ’emulsifying’ effect on body fat and therefore aiding the body to rid itself of any excess – yey – I will have another mince pie then, swiftly followed by a glass of cranberry juice 🙂 Rich in phyto-nutrients and anti-oxidants, cranberries are an ever-green shrub native to North America. Studies have shown the potential health benefits of the humble cranberry to be multiple; from anti-ageing to cancer fighting; preventing plaque formation in the arteries, thereby lowering cholesterol and impacting positively on our neurological health; protection against urinary tract infection by inhibiting attachment  of...

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Festive wine headache? – Here’s how to lessen the pounding and be more ecologically friendly to boot!

Doesn’t everyone want to be kinder to the environment, consume less pesticides and be hangover-free the morning after? Well, whilst there’s no guarantee you’ll be without the epic headache, healthier options are more widely available in the wine department, so here’s what to look for… Avoid sulphites by looking for ‘low-sulphur’ or ‘no-added sulphur’ wine… Sulphur is a by-product of the fermentation process but extra sulphur is often added to maintain freshness for longer. Some people have no problems with sulphites, whilst others have quite severe reactions, ranging from rashes, flu-like symptoms and even asthma attacks! Buy organic… Studies have shown that...

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Cast-or oil your ailments away!

Did you know that castor oil is both anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory and has a multitude of uses both medicinal and cosmetic? Castor oil is extracted by pressing the seeds of the castor plant, which is native to Africa and India. Organic cold pressed is best 🙂 Hair… Castor oil has been shown to improve hair growth as it boosts blood supply to the follicles and stimulates growth. If you mix it with almond oil as a carrier oil (castor oil is quite thick) it’s much easier to apply. Massage a little into your scalp and leave in for a couple of hours or, overnight (cover...

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