Wow where did October go? I haven’t had much chance to write as life has been chaotic BUT super exciting!
A long held plan that was often talked about was setting up a healing centre with my friend Andraya well a few weeks ago she messaged to say she had found a venue and was I in! Abso fucking lutely – and we’ve not stopped since then! Ideas back and forth over flooring, paint scheme, pictures – unicorns definitely feature hahaha and we’d both like a ride on one but we may need to save some pennies for that first!
What has been the most incredible thing and the real indicator that we are aligned more than we even thought is that constantly we are messaging about something the other is about to message. We have both “seen” the same colour scheme in the rooms, the same choice of flooring – you name it. A true sign that when things are meant to be the Universe makes sure everything is aligned.
Please check us out on FB & IG and like our pages – we’ll be sharing lots of content and some of our services will also be available remotely as well as in person at our healing centre.
The theme for this month as The Healthful Doctor is wellness and delaying and preventing age-related dis-ease – the cornerstone of many being cardiovascular disease get that sorted and many other disease processes will be given the heave ho.
I’m slowly developing my website to incorporate my Canine stuff with massage therapy and cani-cross training and cani-hiking see the Who Pawa Wins tab for more info.
More recipes to follow – my main issue why they are slow to post is that I never write measurements down! Years of cooking I simply write ingredients and so every single recipe needs to be made and measurements noted before I can post! hahah that will teach me.
As always let me know if there is anything you want me to cover
Ageless ageing needs to incorporate a mind, body and soul approach there is no reason our health span can’t match our life span.
Staying active is vital for good health into old age both physically and mentally now that doesn’t mean you have to be trail running or a yoga expert (but no reason why you can’t) but rather you maintain a lifestyle that incorporates constant and moderate physical activity. Incorporate that into your daily lifestyle – a daily walk of about 30 minutes outside in the elements will do wonders for both your physical and mental health. Taking part in a class or group activity will also help you with motivation and the camaraderie that it entails will also be good for your mental health too. We live in a society where loneliness is common and more and more as we age and by making the effort to join in social activities you will help offset this aspect.
Our brain atrophies as it ages – if you compare the CT scan of an 18 year old and one of a 60 year old you can see vast differences – the older image will have more space in the skull as the brain has shrunk but there is no reason why brain function has to decline. The famed author Louise Hay who died 2 years ago aged 90 was always learning new things and taking part in classes and was as active physically and mentally as she was when she was younger, Louise firmly believed in making the aging process a positive, vibrant , healthy experience and embracing her inner child whatever the age. Keeping your brain engaged is vital to prevent cognitive decline – activities involving the brain stimulate new connections between nerve cells and may even cause new cells to generate developing neuro plasticity and therefore helps prevent against future loss. Anything that is mentally stimulating will help build your brain – take course, do maths, or crosswords, try crafts that also involved manuel dexterity as well such as knitting or painting. I have my mum knitting jumpers for my disabled dogs! Also strong social networks have also been associated with a lower risk of dementia as well as lower BP and longer life expectancy.
Its really easy to get stuck in a rut as we get older and there is always an inherent reluctance to change, change is scary but why not throw caution to the wind? Don’t judge the woman out for a meal alone – embrace the fact that she is not scared to eat alone. Want to do something but no one to do it with? Do it anyway. . Our level of happiness and positivity is massively affected by how we view the world around us and whether issues cause us stress. The study of epigenetics is fascinating – the environment we live in plays a far greater role than our actual genes. So if you live within a family environment of negativity and illness then you are likely to experience that. So don’t buy into that, choose how you react to issues, choose how you treat your health, make those changes regardless of what those around you think. No amount of being miserable will make someone else’s happiness improve, all you can do is you walk your own path and lead by example. Everyone has their own lessons to learn and whilst it may be frustrating for you watching them it is unfortunately part of their life plan. Just concentrate on finding your own happiness and sometimes that may mean moving on from those who just don’t resonate with you anymore. ut if you want to have good health then you need to release that which weighs you down and causes you stress.
Changing the habits of a lifetime can be hard but isn’t it harder when those habits become detrimental to your life time? Challenging ourselves is good, it keeps us mentally engaged, it keeps pushing us to grow and develop and however old we are doesn’t matter. Just because things have been a certain way does not mean than change cannot occur, it doesn’t mean that things won’t improve, it doesn’t mean that some of your ambitions can’t manifest. Kicking habits is tough, embracing new habits is tough but the key is the why! What is your motivation for it? Make it real, make it solid, keep focussed on the end result. Think how you will feel when you achieve it?
And I have a 30 day challenge coming up in October so stay tuned. Don’t forget the free e-book available see link in menu.
So continuing my blog on foods to have daily in your diet
Onions – Smash or pass? Does it depend on colour? Well anything colourful from the plant kingdom is actually more beneficial so choose red onions which in my opinion are also more flavoursome. Onions plus garlic, leeks and chives are all hugely beneficial for the cardio-vascular and immune system and can help lower cholesterol. Lots of evidence shows too that they are cancer protective especially for colorectal, laryngeal and ovarian cancer. They are nutrient dense with an abundances of vitamins and minerals (Vitamin A, B6, C & E and sodium, manganese,potassium and Iron) plus fibre. They are also great source of folic acid. Pretty much any savoury dish is enhanced with the humble onion or garlic -personally I am not so keen on leeks but I do like a nice leek and potato soup – recipe to follow. I love red onion in a sandwich with avocado and some vegan cheese mmmmmmmmm
Mushrooms – I love mushrooms what about you? Mushrooms have a high content of a particular anti-oxidant called ergothioneine which works on protecting the cells and because of this they have great immune and anti-cancer benefits. Mushrooms should actually be cooked as there is a toxin contained in them which is destroyed by cooking – I just boil for a few mins and as such can be added to all meals including salads. Now mushrooms are great sources of vitamin D which is essential for health and especially so as we get older. We make our own Vitamin D when we are in sunlight but with daily working inside this can be limited. By putting your mushrooms upside down out in sunlight for an hour or two beween 10am and 3pm can boost their Vitamin D levels significantly. That really is a more pleasant way of boosting your vitamin D levels that taking tablets that are unpalatable and to be honest have very little compliance with patients for that reason.
Berries – Who doesn’t like berries? If green veg is The Veg, then berries must be The Fruit. These are little powerhouses of anti-oxidants and phyto-nutrients helping to boost the immune system and protect against cancer, they guard the liver and the brain and are cardio-protective too. And are great for the collagen in skin. Aim to eat at least 1 portion a day and that is ½ cup of fresh or frozen. Now interestingly unlike many other fruits and veg – frozen doesn’t matter as the freezing process actually means more of the essential phytonutrients are actually released from the berry and so you actually get more benefit. Blueberries especially have shown to be especially good for eyesight and eye related conditions especially macular degeneration. They are extremely palatable so however you eat them just eat them, I especially love them on my overnight oats recipe, or in smoothies. But mixed with live yoghurt is also pretty good too.
Seeds – In studies it was showed that vegans who did not eat seeds did not live as long as those who incorporate them into their daily diet. So why are they so important? Very good sources of protein and fibre but also other essential benefits. Flaxseeds especially are fantastic in lowering high blood -pressure which is a huge problem today with so many people on anti-hypertensive agents that have a lot of side effects and often not just one drug is needed leading to a poly-pharmacy approach. A couple of tablespoons a day of ground flax seed (must be ground otherwise they pass right through and not pre-milled buy a little spice grinder and I blend a jam jars worth at a time which lasts about a week for me as my dogs have them too) is actually over twice as powerful as popular blood pressure medication with only good side effects! They are also effective in lowering cholesterol, blood sugar levels and inflammation. Really easy to incorporate into your food as well, sprinkled on oats, in a smoothie in recipes they make a great thickener and as an egg replacer in cakes and other baked goods. Chia seeds and flax seeds are both good sources of omega 3 which is essential for brain health – more about that later and just takes a tablespoon a day which is incredibly easy to do. More to come in some recipes!
G-BOMBS how easy is that to remember – focus on adding into your diet rather than swapping or eliminating other things will make it so much easier for you to get into the habit of eating for health.
Ageless September is all about prevention and treating common symptoms that occur as we age. Please don’t be put off if you are in your 20s or less – we all age and changes now can make a vast difference to the future, plus it can help you maybe plant the seed in your parent’s health to improve any issues they may have. I know that has been the case with mine, many of the tips I will share this month I have enticed my parents to embrace and although they are still a work in progress 🙂 small changes can definitely make huge steps.
Although we have the means and health to live longer and health span is not matching our lifespan and I see daily in my work as an ED doctor people who would be considered elderly in their 40s and 50s. My mother who is 79 (don’t tell her I told you) remarked the other day that a trip they went on everyone was very elderly at over 80! I pointed out her age and she retorted that she didn’t feel her age at all – and that really is the best attitude to have, I come from a family with a young mindset and my grandpa was climbing ladders well into his 80s. And my best friend was 30 years older than me til she passed away aged 81 but she was never old to me, had a wicked sense of humour and was every bit as much fun as people decades younger than her. Age really is a mindset and if you are dreading various age milestones or “physical decline” maybe I will be able to alleviate some of that.
Over the course of the month, I’ll look at ways you can help yourself energetically in mind, body and spirit . This will deal with nutrition and what to add in and swap out and possibly eliminate all in all. I’ll also address how to ensure your mental and cognitive health stays is optimized and also look at various energetic ways to also address issues.
Now you may be thinking well that is all very well but I come from a family who all have high-cholesterol, have died young with heart attacks and everyone has diabetes – its in the genes! Well not quite epigenetics shows us that we are more a product of our environment and our beliefs rather than our DNA. Epigenetics is the study of how genes express themselves and it shows that the external factors influence the gene expression as opposed to the genes themselves. The Bruce Lipton Book I’ve mentioned in Things I like is a great read to explain this in more detail –The Biology of Belief
Simply put if you live in a family with bad health and follow their daily lifestyle practices – bad diet, smoking, drinking etc then you will encompass that in your own health. But if you alter your actions and beliefs then you can change that or maybe at the very least mitigate it. With some of the inherited characteristics say breast cancer only 5% of this cancer is through an inherited cause that means the other 95 people out of 100 had non-inherited factors. And although the gene may make you more disposed to an illness it doesn’t guarantee you will be affected and modification of lifestyle factors that also contribute to the expression of a dis-ease will still play a huge role. So start by looking at you lifestyle practices – most of the time people know what is detrimental without any outside help and acknowledge them, write them down and see what you can do to change them. Feel free to get in touch if you would like any help in pursuing this further.
Don’t forget to check out the Plant Fit Summit more info on link or under Thing’s I like – Events there is some great advice on ageing and I just listened to an excellent interview with Victoria Moran in vibrant at any age who definitely looks at least 20 years younger than her 69 years!