Caroline McHugh’s beautiful MSG

If you ever wondered why you are here and what your are in this world, if  you are truly living your own life and why you have to be the best YOU, not even similar to anyone else, watch it.

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My daily walk and swim has been redeemed

I never knew that my daily ritual of walking to the beach and swimming in the ocean, summer and winter, had the code name ‘Blue Space’, but I certainly knew that it makes me feel incredibly well, alive and healthy. Having already inspired many others to do the same, here is the article that might ‘tip you over’:

We all know that spending time outdoors is good for you on both a physical and mental level, but the benefits of spending time specifically at the beach have just been revealed.

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That incredible feeling of peace and calmness that you experience at the beach is now being referred to as “blue space.” That’s what scientists have dubbed the effect that the combination of soothing smells and sounds of water have on your brain. The blue space is enough to make you feel at ease in a hypnotic sort of way.

When you notice how relaxed you feel at the beach, it’s not just all in your head. Science says that it’s a change in the way your brain reacts to its environment leaving you feeling happy, relaxed and reenergized.

Overall, this blue space effects you in four different ways.

1. Going to the beach reduces stress.

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Water is nature’s cure to life’s stressors. It’s full of naturally occurring positive ions that are known for having the ability to make you feel at ease. So whether you jump in for a swim or simply dip your toes in the water, you’re sure to experience a feeling of relaxation. That’s one instant mood booster we could all use from time to time!

2. The beach boosts your creativity.

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Feeling like you’re in a creative rut? Well, scientists now believe that the solution to this is the beach. Being in blue space allows you to clear your head and approach problems or projects in a more creative way. Much like meditation, the beach triggers a feeling of calmness that allows you to tune everything else out and reflect on what it is you’ve been needing to focus on.

Feeling like you’re in a creative rut? Well, scientists now believe that the solution to this is the beach. Being in blue space allows you to clear your head and approach problems or projects in a more creative way. Much like meditation, the beach triggers a feeling of calmness that allows you to tune everything else out and reflect on what it is you’ve been needing to focus on.

3. Going to the beach can help reduce feelings of depression.

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Much like the effects that the beach has on feelings of stress and creative ruts, the beach also provides some relief to feelings of depression. The hypnotic sound of the waves in combination with the sight and smells of the beach can put you into a meditative space. In turn, you can clear your mind and reflect on life in a safe space away from the chaos of your daily life.

4. Overall, spending time at the beach will change your perspective on life.

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And that perspective is going to change for the better! Nature in general has always been a factor in healthy happy lives, but the beach in particular is so good for the soul.

So grab the SPF and pack a picnic, because it’s time to head to the beach!

from: http://shareably.net/visiting-the-beach/?utm_source=Kaz1&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=Kaz1

Recipe of the Week: Strawberry Watermelon Cake

I have allowed myself to change the original recipe to make it a healthier version:

INGREDIENTS

  • 250 gm seedless watermelon, thinly sliced
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) rosewater
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 40 gm almond meal
  • 500 gm strawberries (about 2 punnets), halved
  • 10 seedless red grapes, halved
  • 1 tablespoon slivered pistachios (see note)
  • 1 tablespoon dried rose petals (see note)

Almond dacquoise

  • 150 gm almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 150 gm finely chopped dates
  • 5 egg whites
  • 100 g sugar

Rose-scented yoghurt cream

  • 300 ml coconut yoghurt
  • 30 gm raw sugar
  • 2 tablespoons rosewater
  • gelatine powder

METHOD

 

For almond dacquoise, preheat oven to 200°C. Process almonds and dates and in a food processor until finely ground. Whisk egg whites in an electric mixer until soft peaks form (3-4 minutes), then gradually add caster sugar and whisk until stiff peaks form (1-2 minutes). Gently fold through almond mixture, spread on a 30cm x 40cm oven tray lined with baking paper and bake until golden (10-15 minutes). Set aside to cool on tray, then cut in half lengthways.

Arrange watermelon slices in a single layer on a wire rack. Sprinkle with 20ml rosewater and maple syrup. Stand to macerate (30 minutes), then pat dry with absorbent paper.

Meanwhile, whisk coconut yoghurt and sugar in an electric mixer, gradually add rosewater and gelatine and refrigerate to thicken.

Spread one-third of rose yoghurt cream evenly over one half of dacquoise, scatter with half the almond meal, then top with watermelon, trimming to fill any gaps. Scatter over remaining almond meal, spread over half remaining cream. Top with remaining dacquoise, spread over remaining y-cream and refrigerate until firm (1-2 hours).

Combine strawberries, remaining rosewater and remaining maple syrup in a bowl, toss to combine and set aside to macerate (15 minutes). Carefully arrange on top of cake, gently pushing into cream. Trim edges of cake, scatter over grapes, pistachios and petals, and serve.

For the ‘true and original version, go to: http://kitchen.nine.com.au/2016/05/16/13/22/strawberry-and-watermelon-cake#uq5ILxpxEOgzyJ9Z.99

The Essence of Health

I have found Dr. Craig Hassed’s recommendations from his book with the same title practical and useful. Dr. Hassed often presents at Gowler’s retreat and specializes not only in cancer treatment, but in promoting the Seven Pillars of Wellbeing for  anyone:

ducation: The importance of understanding an illness, the prognosis, treatments and side-effects, as well as self-help strategies. It is just as important to educate yourself in how to change your mindset and behaviors. 

tress Management: means to be able to change our emotional and mental state, to include mindfulness and meditation into our ways of life and remove emotional blocks.

pirituality: gives meaning to our lives. Any form of spirituality that impacts us in a positive way has a major effect on our mental and emotional health and helps us to deal with potentially serious or life-threatening illness. 

xercise: Regular exercise and physical activity has a major effect on our physical and mental health, can treat and prevent illness.

utrition: Healthy, non-processed, natural foods have far reaching effects on treating or preventing disease in our body and mind.

onnectedness: Relationships and connection to family and friends have subtle and obvious effects on our wellbeing at every level. They also impact our ability to implement healthy choices in our lives.

nvironment: is more than the air we breathe and the water we drink. Apart from a healthy physical and clean environment we thrive on a healthy emotional and social environment.