Healthy living tips

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Healthy Living Tips is about easy, delicious ways to be healthy. There is a false notion that healthy living is not very attractive, certainly not tasty, and yes if you bully me, I suppose I must.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Healthy food is good food. And mostly it tastes good because it is good! And if it doesn't (for example, tofu, which is very bland) then dickey it up with garlic, or ginger, or herbs, or Garam Masala. Delicious!

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"Human judges can show mercy. But against the laws of nature, there is no appeal. "

- Arthur C. Clarke



To be blunt, healthy living is really just about following the laws of nature, just because there is indeed no appeal. Those who refuse will pay the ultimately penalty: Pain, misery and multitudes of visits to doctors, chiropractors and dentists too.



"Those who won't hear, must feel."

- Dutch proverb



So it is.

Exercise too is vital; whether you walk or cycle, swim or skip, is entirely a personal preference, but do something. Couch potatoes have only pain, bucket loads of pills and dementia to look forward to.

You have two choice on the subject of walking, one from our chiropractic help site, but the second is highly recommended too.



Healthy living tips is also about a healthy distribution of the hours in your day. Exercise takes time.

So, I'm going to take a liberty. My first healthy living tip is to consider our walking benefits page.



Along with cycling and swimming, walking is a very good place to start. When you sing you begin with doh ray me, to be healthier you begin with around the block, bicycle and the pool. 

So does cooking nutritious food take time. Reading too, spending a few moments with God each day, talking to the kids; we either spend time doing these things, or we waste even more time visiting the doctor, the chiropractor and the psychologist.

A good start is to make a weekly visit to the fresh Fruit and Veg market, preferably by bike if it's within reach. Just seeing those delicious mushrooms and shiny purple aubergines; it's the market that gets me excited about good food and willing to make the time.



Healthy Living Tips - all about delicious food. Often it may be slow food, but munching into an apple, frying up a bunch of mushrooms and drinking a glass of clean water really takes no time at all.

Our slogan: SLOW FOOD, made fast!


HEALTHY LIVING TIPS


A. AVOCADOS - rich in the healthy fats


      APPLES for every organ, even the lungs


B. BEANS and LEGUMES

With so much evidence now that a high animal protein diet is associated with a host of diseases, including cancer and heart disease, it make sense to start substituting legumes for our animal protein. So easy, so delic in any case.

Beans, peas, chickpeas, lentils, pulses... it's all about increasing the vegetable protein and fibre in your diet.


       

       BANTING FOR VEGETARIANS

The classic Banting diet, being high in animal protein and fat, is repugnant to vegetarians. Banting for vegetarians explores ways for the vegetarians to bant without bacon and all the other high animal fat products.


     BEETS

Beetroot is definitely one of the nutrient dense vegetables. Rich in iron for women, with soluble fibre for the constipated, absolutely vital anti inflammatory betaine, simply delic


         BREAD

It takes literally only five minutes to bake your own loaf using 100% wholemeal flour; we like the sourdough bread as the gluten is more digestible.


         BROCCOLI

Queen of the anti-cancer vegetables, broccoli makes a delicious soup:



     BUTTERNUT (winter) SQUASH


BACKACHE

Backache Tips for the gardener. BACKPAIN ...


C. Making a Compost Pile

Like humans, vegetables require good food to grow in.

     CAULIFLOWER


C.  CHICKEN BONES


    CHICKPEAS


       CELERY


C. CHILIS


     CUMIN


C. CHIROPRACTIC HELP



Food synergy is a new and interesting concept. Research is showing that enjoying whole foods is far superior to eating the individual constituents. Drinking fresh orange juice is far better to taking ascorbic acid tablets for your vitamin C. Nothing beats the taste of your own home squeezed OJ either. Don't begrudge the time; a tenth of what you'll spend consulting your doctor and lying in bed with the flu.


What's more, you can cheat. You can enjoy a cream cheese dip, provided you follow it with olive pate and a couple pecan nut halves with no detrimental effect on your bad LDL cholesterol. The fat and protein in mutton stew lowers the high glycemic index of mashed potatoes.

Think of as wide a dietary spectrum as you can, select nutritious nutrient dense foods, not white rice and bread.



CHOLESTEROL ... essential for healthy nerves, nasty if you guzzle too much and don't follow our healthy living tips!

Remember, not all cholesterol is "bad". At our Olive Garden pages you can learn all about the difference between HDLs and LDLs and their different function. If you don't eat cholesterol foods, your body will manufacture it. You can't live without cholesterol.


D. DELIC DIPS


E. EGGS

Eggs are the best source of vitamin B12, without it you'll get a nasty called pernicious anaemia. Think food synergy: have your eggs on a bed of spinach.


     EGGPLANT

       EYESIGHT



F. FATTY FISH

Whatever else you do this week, unless you're a vegetarian, purchase some fatty fish. Twice a week is recommended by the heart foundation, and rightly so. Oodles of research now proving fish has benefits on a wide range of diseases from cardiovascular to arthritis to Parkinsons to Alzheimers; a very important healthy living tip.

F. Flax seeds

Flax seeds are the richest vegetable source of omega-3 fatty acids. So simple to add to your food with the use of this cheapo coffee and seed grinder.

F. Flour

Use only 100% wholewheat healthy flour in your baking and don't be deceived by the term "wholewheat". Millers may call it that if no more than 40% of the goodies have been removed.



G. Garbanzo beans

Garbanzo beans, aka Chickpeas are the world's favourite protein source. Literally, and for good reason. Think of making your own

If you pressure cook and freeze your garbanzos it takes only four minutes to make your own fresh hummus.



H. HONEY - for infertility and ulcers

There are few subjects closer to my heart. A beekeeper for over fifty years, this is the hobby that continues to fascinate and grip my attention. But there's a big BUT. Only raw honey has any merit, it's a very heat-labile product, and to get raw honey you need to visit a small local beekeeper probably. 

It's no coincidence that we talk of a HONEYmoon and a bottle of honey mead was always given to a couple celebrating the nuptials.


      HYDROGENATED FOODS

Why are they so dangerous? We don't allow margarine in our home. Tastes like plastic, and is plastic. But, to enjoy the benefits and taste of butter, you do have to be thinking food synergy. 


I. Icecream

I definitely will get to a page on icecream... if you are regularly eating foods from our Healthy Living Tips page then icecream is definitely on the menu.


J. Jams and jellies

For this I'll need she-who-must-be-obeyed's help. She makes divine jams. The Chinese guava is my favourite. There's young fruit on our tree and they will be ripe in April. The trick is to get the gel point right. Much gnashing of teeth, but worth all the effort. Delic.


K. Mmm...? A suggestion for our healthy living tips? Ah, Kale.



L. Lima beans

Dried, limas are known as butter beans, and are great food, but green lima beans are to die for; make some sufferin' succotash.




M. Mushrooms



N. Nuts about healthy living tips

Interesting research that those who include a small amount of nuts daily in the diet, despite their high fat content actually lose weight. Strange but true. More important they are vital part of getting your cholesterol into balance. Along with fish, highly recommended by the Heart Foundation.


O. ORANGES and LEMONS

O.  OLIVE GARDEN - get your inflammatory omega-6 count down

OSTEOPOROSIS,

Our osteoporosis page is arguably the most important blog at healthy living tips; only prevention works and, neglected, disability which is worse than pain lurks.


O.   Omega-3



P.  PARSLEY BENEFITS - don't let your randy teenager near the parsley!

     Pesto

       Prunes



R. RADISHES

Radishes will turn a "boring" lettuce and tomato salad into a food divine. High in fibre, vitamin C, zinc and other antioxidants and phytosterols, it doesn't however compare with broccoli.

     Red Meat

A recent study out of Harvard, reported in ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE RESEARCH, is that premenopausal women who eat more than 1.5 servings of red meat per day - bacon and eggs for breakfast, mutton stew for dins? - may double their risk of breast cancer compared to ...



S. STRAWBERRIES

How wrong folk lore and tradition can be. Early Dutch cynics called strawberries useless flavoured water. How wrong can you be?

Spinach

The Popeye food is the richest source of magnesium; a deficiency is one of the main causes of arthritis, hence our interest as chiropractors.



T. Make Tahini

Tahini is a sesame seed paste that is so easy to make. One of the essential ingredients of many of the Mediterranean foods like hummus. Rich in phytosterols and lignans that prevent raised cholesterol, full of essential amino acids and the healthy fat oleic acid that coats your nerves. Important for your Chiropractor.


T. TOMATOES

The red colouring in tomatoes, lycopenes, a carotenoid, have been shown to reduce prostate cancer (and others presumably) by 50%. That's hot! We should all be eating more phytosterols and carotenoids, found freely in vegetables and fruit.


Water makes healthy bones, joints, and muscles. As a matter of fact, the foundation of health depends on the water we drink and the air we breath. At TreeSap Enterprises - your Eco Wellness Store they know water. Learn the principles for the foundation of a Wellness Home, where: You CAN quarantine wellness ‘IN’ and sickness ‘OUT’.


V. VEGAN

Intelligently done, a healthy way of living, notwithstanding potential vitamine B12 deficiency. Also a good way to lose weight.



W. WATER

Eight glasses a day? An old myth that's stuck despite the research.


     WEIGHT LOSS

With obesity killing more people now than starvation, literally, it behoves all to watch the creeping killer that's stalking most of us. Perhaps worse than death, disability due to knee, hip and foot arthritis.


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Interesting challenges of the day

1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I've left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he's happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He's doing well.

3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost painfree. 

Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.

He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he's well pleased; sixty five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he's taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily walk has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift.

6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. Xrays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65 year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

9. This 88 year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done.  

10. Mr X is a 71 year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a year ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.

12. Mr D is a 38 old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he couldn't sleep on that shoulder.

13. Mr D, a 71 year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?

And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.



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