Spring cleaning your diet STARTS with reducing your intake of processed foods and hidden sugars and by filling up on fresh, whole foods that are packed with metabolism revving lean protein nutrient rich carbs and healthier fats. Ensure your success by making these super sample, healthier swaps the next time you shop. They taste so good, that you wont miss the junk.

WAKE UP YOUR WATER by adding slice fruit & herbs will encourage you to keep drinking,a crucial step in supporting your body natural detox process.

Instead of b u t t e r
– As a toast topper it is packed with healthy fats.

Fruit crisps
Instead of c r a c k e r s
You get the same crunch without the processed flour.

Greek Yogurt
Instead of sour c r e a m
It is much lower in fat and high in protein.

Instead of dried c r a n b e r r i e s
They have less added sugar and more iron.

Cauliflower Rice
Instead of r i c e
– Can buy fresh or frozen cauliflower, it will cut carbs and increase levels of Vitamin C.

Chia Seeds
Instead of c r o u t o n s
You’ll trade processed flour and empty calories for a boost of omega-3s.

Wild Salmon
Instead of farmed s a l m o n
It has fewer calories and half the fat and still packed with plenty of protein.

Orange Seltzer
Instead of orange j u i c e
A single glass of OJ contains up to 5 tsp of sugar.

Nutritional Yeast
Instead of p a r m e s a n
Provides Vitamin B, delivering a cheesy taste for less fat.

Chickpea Pasta
Instead of white p a s t a
It has just over half the net carbs and double the protein and fiber.

Pomegranate Seeds
Instead of g r a n o l a
On yogurt they add a great boost of antioxidants and cut out any added sugar.



Today a western diet is high in refined and processed foods and saturated fats and artificial additives. Our meats and dairy are full of antibiotics and growth hormones.
Our grains and vegetables and fruits are sprayed with pesticides.
Even our environment is contaminated with chemical sprays.
Fat is the storage facility for any toxin, which the body does not wish to process.
Fat stores gather substances that the body experience as toxic or poisonous and tuck them out of harms way…the more toxins you consume the bigger your fat cells become and the fatter you get!
People who store fat easily have difficulty dealing with these wastes and their metabolic rate ( the rate at which you burn energy ) gets lower, leading to chronic fatigue and early aging.
Today even the fat cells of Arctic Seals are permeated with chemical poisoning!
The Liver is the organ assigned to processing our food; 1. It breaks down Toxic wastes.
2. It stores vitamins.
3. It provides enzymes for digestion.
The Liver has an amazing, even outstanding capacity to renew itself and handle detoxification, yet it can become overloaded…then toxins, which are fat soluble, are carried via the blood and lymphatic systems to be stored in fat.
The Liver is most active between midnight and midday.
To detoxify at this time by eating only fruits, which will not stress the liver, is to allow the liver time to cleanse and shed fat!
Using Raw Energy Food Combining as a lifestyle can change the way you feel and bring about rejuvenation, shedding fat to uncover your natural Beauty and bringing about renewed energy as your metabolism increases and your inner organs are cleansed and vitalised.
In the colon our villi are gently swaying and taking up nutrients to be carried into the bloodstream to nourish our body, however, through years of stodgy convenience food, plague can block and completely cover the villi. The fibre of Lettuce and apples and raw foods, can cleanse away this plague and reenergize us within.
When we eat convenience food over a period of time we also accumulate wastes in the tissues and we develop nutritional deficiences of vitamins and minerals.
When we eat plants and seeds and fruits and salads and vegetables in their natural RAW state, our body receives vitamins and sugars; which it can readily use for energy, water; to transport toxins out of the body and roughage; that can cleanse the colon. The subtle energies of these foods encourage detoxification and fat burning they give us life force and vitality to improve cellular metabolism and electrically charge our system.
The life force of a plant is destroyed when foods are cooked or processed, these subtle energies play a central part in enhancing metabolism, rebalancing the body’s functions and eliminating excess fat stores.
Scientists can measure the intensity of electrical fields in living cells and by measuring the ‘L-Fields’ around a seed, they can predict how healthy or unhealthy a plant will become.
Living cells or RAW FOODS emit light in the form of bio photon radiation their cells radiate this light very intensely and they produce natural alternating current fields which reflect biological events necessary for cell metabolism, health and growth. Raw foods are living foods and new spouts and seeds are life generating. Raw foods should form 50 – 70% of your diet for optimum health.
We get 3 types of energy from Raw Foods;1. Kinetic Energy for motion.
2. Electrical Energy to maintain cell wall integrity and muscle and nerve impulses. 3. Chemical Energy for the metabolic process.
Sunlight through photosynthesis in plants is the primary source of all 3 and much of this energy is destroyed when foods are cooked or processed.
By eating in a way that shows respect for the body’s enzymic limitations, you will allow your body to digest foods fully and properly.
For instance; eating meat with salad or vegetables then allowing 4 to 5 hours before you take a starch meal with fruit.
The human body is not designed to digest efficiently more than one concentrated food in the stomach at the same time.
Starch digestion begins in the mouth, the enzymes that act upon starches cannot effect proteins or fats and require an alkaline environment, the starch splitting enzyme Ptyalin prepares starch for its journey into the small intestine. All starchy food must be chewed thoroughly.
Protein digesting enzymes need an acid medium and cannot be fully broken down in the presence of starches. The body produces hydrochloric acid and the gastric glands produce pepsinogen, these come together to produce the enzyme pepsin for splitting proteins.
Foods are broken down into chemical parts for use by the cells thanks to enzymes.
Our villi in the colon allow these chemical parts to be taken away into the bloodstream.
When foods such as starch and protein are consumed in the same meal, food cannot be completely broken down and the stress on our organs and enzymes can result in food allergies.
Separating proteins from starches and allowing a digestion period will allow food to be completely broken down into chemical parts and reduce toxic build up and increase the metabolic rate.
Eating plenty of raw foods each day ( ideally 50 to 70% ) lifts the body with vitality and energy.
To achieve permanent fat loss you need rational and effective methods for eliminating toxic waste and to follow a way of living, which will permanently help prevent toxic build up.
The Raw Energy Food Combining will boost your metabolism and detoxify your body while it creates an alkaline system for optimum Health and reduces pain and inflammation within the body.
If you imagine;
A toxin, such as an artificial sweetener being consumed, it has no nutritional value to the body!
Unlike an advocado which is high in calories, but when we eat an advocado every part of our body wants its value; it is packed with healthy omega oils to nourish our heart and our skin, vitamin A is essential for the renewal of our cells. No part of the advocado is toxic or stored away in fat.
At first our body accepts the toxin and tries to process it, but as our body becomes familiar with the toxin, our liver and kidneys shun it away into the bloodstream to be transported to the fat cells. The fat cells are not happy about this and so they draw water to surround the toxin. Soft fat striated with hard fat, this is cellulite! The toxin is very contented to stay there as if relaxing in a hammock on an Island. Our once smooth, contoured and sculpted body quickly becomes fat and soft with cellulite the more toxins we consume.
Massage will rock the hammock and stir the toxin to leave the body via the bloodstream and sometimes an almighty headache will be the result but drinking plenty of water will help flush toxins away painlessly! Our Slim Legs treatment will break down cellulite with micro current but it is then important to drink plenty of water and eat well to avoid the empty hammocks becoming filled!
by Caroline

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Biogenic Diet of Raw Foods for Energy

Leslie Kenton is the author of over twenty books on health and nutrition including The New Joy of Beauty and The New Raw Energy she is both inspirational and an avid pioneer of a natural lifestyle eating for better health and nutrition and I highly recommend her books.
Below I will summarize some of her ideas and findings to stimulate your mind to seek her books;

A Biogenic Lifestyle is about becoming conscious and aware of everything you eat and the exercise you perform for maximum nutrition and health. It is about becoming open to the awareness of how your body feels with optimum nutrition and how by removing artificial foods that dull the senses and reducing low nutritious cooked foods the body regains health.
It is eating 40% fruit – because it is ideal for ridding the body of its own waste and of environmental pollutants – and 30% raw vegetables and salads then, grains, seeds and nuts make up the rest with limited dairy and fish or meat if you can tolerate it.
Water is the life force to turn the wheel and keep us alive.

When 75% of the foods are taken raw, evidence shows this can reverse the bodily degeneration which accompanies longterm illness. A raw food diet will increase energy and stamina and prevent disease. Such a diet has been credited with healing of long term crippling diseases such as arthritis and cancer, gastric ulcers, diabetes and heart disease. Athletes taken off their diet high in cooked animal protein and put on a raw regime reported improved performance.
Those who are optimally healthy do not face a future with fear of disease and degenerate but rather anticipation and excitement because they know they are capable of moving toward an even more positive state of health and fulfillment as the years pass.

In our industrialized world processed foods devoid of nutrition are normal and signs of degeneration are the normal. Scientists involved in raw food research note improved health of degenerative diseases. Even small changes such as cutting down on processed foods, sugar, alcohol and trans fats can improve health relatively quickly; changes for the better are measurable they show up as lower levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood, lower blood pressure and more efficient functioning of the immune system which protects body from infection, malignant growths and early aging.

The essential nutrients we need work in synergy with each other to make our body function. We have evolved to make use of foods in their natural state, with their abundance of vitamins and plant stem cells which mimic the effect of hormones and life empowering forces for healing benefits. There are many similarities between human blood and fluids found in nature; blood serum has a composition like sea water with an abundance of minerals and hemoglobin has a molecular structure closely resembling the plant pigment chlorophyll. Sodium and potassium are nutritional antagonists, when there is an excess of one the balance is disturbed and health suffers, sodium and potassium work together to maintain an osmotic pressure between intracellular fluids (within the cells) and extracellular (outside cells). Potassium compounds predominate in the cells of the muscles, soft tissues, organs and blood vessels. Sodium is found primarily in the blood plasma and interstitial fluids. Water is the most abundant constituent of the human body and a regular intake of fluids is essential for function and health.
Bermuda bananas are rich in Potassium. Sea salt is an easy Sodium boost, but usually with so much added salt in food, unless you have been sweating profusely, the imbalance is generally requiring extra potassium, as you become sensitive to your body needs you will crave what you need.
The immune system is the number one suspect in premature aging and degenerative disease with two parts to the immune system; The Thymus gland produces lymphocytes both T-cells which keep our skin cells rejuvenated and B-cells which protect us from viral and bacterial infection. So it is important that we encourage a strong immune system by nourishing it with vitamins and minerals from fresh, raw sprouts, nuts, pulses, vegetables and fruits. We have come to believe that a high raw diet offers two precious things; a promise of greater resistance to illness and aging and a key to greater aliveness and vitality!

Raw Foods have been used in medicine since the beginning of mankind and many religions recommend fasting as it clears the mind and gets us ready for celebrations. In 500 BC Pythagoras wrote of a cure of mashed raw fruit,honey and goats milk which is similar to the Swiss physician Max Bircher-Benner, born 1867 who inspired healing with his famous muesli of chopped apples and fruit, nuts, oats and raw milk which are soaked overnight in the fridge, he came upon this cure when he was seized with an attack of jaundice and found he could eat nothing, yet when his wife offered him chopped apples he found they were both appetizing and digestible. He founded his own clinic in Zurich in 1897 to treat illness with raw foods. The German physician Max Gerson who started successfully treating migraine headaches with his raw apple diet to discover it also worked to clear Lupus which is a tuberculosis of the skin and even lung tuberculosis which made him believe that his diet was a way of eating that restored an ailing body’s ability to heal itself. Gerson went on to write his book ‘A Cancer Therapy: Results of 50 Cases’ first published in 1958. He also believes that correcting the sodium and potassium balance, usually by eating a potassium rich raw food diet will invigorate and cleanse the body because as you improve respiration at the cellular level you also mobilize the white blood cells which fight and destroy cancer cells. Gerson’s raw food regimes enable many ‘terminal’ cancer patients to fight and destroy their cancers! Danish physician Kristine Noli turned to raw foods to beat breast cancer and she won. Dr Norman W Walker went on to write about raw juice therapy.
Another pioneer advocate of a high raw diet was dentist Weston A Price who from 1920 too 1940 travelled the World to study development of teeth and bones, he examined the dietary patterns of many people from the Loetschental Valley people high up in the Swiss Alps to the rugged Gaels of Harris in the Outer Hebrides. His main conclusion was bleak; processed foods pose appalling dangers to human health. He argued that human health is related to the wholeness and freshness of the foods we consume and that it is impossible to achieve a high level of health unless a diet is rich in raw foods.

By contrast our modern diet consists of an enormous variety of foods, many of which are tinned frozen or preserved, many of our fresh foods are adulterated – lettuce is plunged into N-6 Benzyladenine to keep it fresh and many apples and vegetables have been sprayed with as many as 18 chemicals. The staples of the modern diet are different too they are protein foods from meat, fish and poultry and dairy products which have been made from pasteurized milk. A modern diet will overindulge in refined flour and sugar and take in several pounds of chemical food additives each year.Physician Francis M Potting discovered the life giving strength of raw food when he tested the adrenal glands of cats; feeding 900 cats raw milk and raw foods while another group of 900 cats were fed cooked foods, cod-liver oil and pasteurized milk the experiment lasted 10 years spanning several generations of cats. Those on the raw diet were healthy with good skeletal structure, normal behavior and healthy offspring. Those cats fed only cooked or treated foods developed a high incidence of allergies, sickness and skeletal deformity they produced small weak, litters! Potting showed that cooked foods can interfere with the normal behavior of an animal and that damaging effects are passed on from generation to generation. He went on to study the effect on human health to also discover a diet of chemically fertilized and processed foods and proteins denatured by heat was damaging and he insisted on treating his patients on a diet of raw foods which included raw vegetable juices and even a raw liver cocktail.
A diet too high in cooked foods can lead to slow but progressive degeneration of the cells and tissues and encourage early aging and the development of degenerative diseases as many essential nutrients are destroyed by cooking. Grilling and frying can bring about changes in the nature of food proteins, fats and fibre which not only render these food constituents less health promoting to the body but may even make them harmful! This was shown to be true when in 1950 Dr Masanore Kuatsune, head of the medical department in Kyushu in Japan tried the Japanese prisoner of war diet, comparing the effects of raw and cooked foods; he and his pregnant wife both followed a raw version of the diet for 120 days in Winter and 32 days in Summer and 81 days in Spring…both continued in good health, nursing was easier for Mrs Kuatsune and they felt good, however when they switched to try the experiment with cooked foods only …all the symptoms of the hunger disease that were so devastating – oedema, vitamin deficiencies and collapse rapidly showed themselves – they were forced to abandon the experiment. Experiments in Switzerland with animals have shown likewise. On a cooked food diet the animals succumbed to anemia, scurvy, goiter, dental caries, degeneration of the salivary glands and when pasteurized milk was added arthritis also. A clear picture emerges!

The Biogenic Way of Life
In 1920 Edmond Bordeaux Szekely researching in the archives of the Vatican; on the shores of the Dead Sea at the time of Christ, which undoubtedly enshrine wisdom more ancient still, give quite specific instructions about health and healing and stress the use of fasting and raw foods to achieve potent mental, physical and spiritual health. He published his findings in English in 1937 and co-founded The National Biogenic Society with Nobel Prize writer Romain Rolland which is now based in Costa Rica.
Biogenic practitioners regards all illnesses as manifestation of a single disease: DISHARMONY
Naturopaths also quietly heal patients on raw diets.
Nevertheless, the principles of healing underlying the use of raw foods are still foreign to the training most doctors receive today.

By Caroline Bartlett

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Sugar is classed as a carbohydrate but can be divided into different sugar components.

Here is a break down of the components that can be found in our daily food intakes, such as fructose & sucrose which is in our fruits and vegetables, glucose can be sourced in table sugar, honey, milk products and cereal, galactose & lactose in milk products and maltose in malt products and some cereal.

Sugars are found in most of our daily intake of foods and are quite an addictive supplement in our day to day lifestyle. Sugar can be replaced with honey, agave(nectar), maple syrup or molasses.

Honey has a lower GI value than sugar, meaning that it does not raise blood sugar levels as quickly. Honey is sweeter than sugar, so you may use less of it, but is does have slightly more calories per teaspoon so it’s wise to keep a close eye on your portion sizes.

Agave nectar is a real sugar, as opposed to an artificial or non-nutritive sweetener. It has properties similar to many sugars with one important exception: its glycemic index is significantly lower. This makes it a healthier alternative to many processed and natural sweeteners.

Maple syrup is thinner than both honey and molasses. Therefore, it may produce a thinner and perhaps runnier result. Using either slightly less maple syrup or slightly more solid ingredients can help compensate for this discrepancy. As far as flavor is concerned, the differences for the most part will be predictable, as you are probably already familiar with the differences in taste between honey, molasses and maple syrup.

Benefits of cutting out sugar:

Our general health lifestyle with sugar is quite hard to obtain a balance because it consist throughout most of the foods we eat. By following the benefits stated below it will help to prevent high blood pressure and diabetes, one can feel better and have better wellness.

How to cut out sugar:

Stop Buying Processed Foods
Choose Whole, Fresh Fruit Over Juice, Dehydrated, or Other Fruit Products
Uptake water intake help the body function and eliminate any toxins
Instead of adding sugar to cereal or oatmeal, add fresh fruit (try bananas, cherries or strawberries) or dried fruit (raisins, cranberries or apricots).

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The plate shows each food group, protein(beans and lentils), carbohydrates (grains & starchy vegetables), fats(seeds and nuts) and fruit & vegetables as a proportion of a balanced diet.

As part of a healthy balanced diet, we should all be trying to do the following:

– Eat at least five portions of a variety of fruit and veg every day, choose fruit and veg of different colors and have a mixture of cooked and fresh produce.

Starchy foods (carbohydrates) such as pasta, rice, cereals supply a great energy source and pulses, soya, tofu, dairy products, eggs and nuts such as beans, peas and lentils provide a great protein supplement.

Carbohydrates are the sugars, starches and fibers found in fruits, grains, vegetables and milk products.

Choose fats that are rich in omega oils such as vegetable oils including sunflower, grape- seed, avocados, nuts and seeds. Cooking oils such as almond oil, corn oil, peanut oil, safflower oil, and sesame oil are better suited for cooking at higher temperatures and have a high smoke points (400 degrees F and higher) include avocado oil (refined). Some cooking oils and fats will reach what is referred to as the smoking point before reaching temperatures required for a good fry. Olive oil is not one of them.

Cut down on sugar (supplement sugar for raw honey) Remove sugar (white and brown), syrup, honey and molasses from the breakfast table — out of sight, out of mind! Cut back on the amount of sugar added to things you eat or drink regularly like cereal, pancakes, coffee or tea. Try cutting the usual amount of sugar you add by half and wean down from there.

Reduce your salt intake. Try not to add salt to your food at the table. If you eat too much salt, the extra water stored in your body raises your blood pressure. So, the more salt you eat, the higher your blood pressure. The higher your blood pressure, the greater the strain on your heart, arteries, kidneys and brain. This can lead to heart attacks, strokes, dementia and kidney disease.

Drink about (6 to 8 glasses) of water a day; more if you exercise. The benefits are increased energy & relieves fatigue, promotes weight loss, flushes out toxins, improves skin complexion, maintains regularity, boosts immune system, natural headache remedy, and prevents cramps & sprains.

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Rainbow Vision of Life Giving Foods

‘Aim to eat a rainbow of foods every day to ensure you are getting everything you need for optimum health and well being.’ – The Food Hospital, Dr. Gio Miletto, Lucy Jones, Dr. Shaw Somers.

Vegetarian Lifestyle
Being a vegetarian regardless of the kind of meat-free diet practiced, vegetarians should focus on getting enough protein, iron, calcium, zinc, vitamin B12, and vitamin D. By eating a variety of foods including fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, soy products, and whole grains, vegetarians can get adequate nutrients from non–meat sources. Vegetarians, especially vegans, need to pay attention getting enough protein, iron, calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B12, and omega–3 fatty acids. Being vegetarian we do not consume red meat but have to incorporate more fish, whole grains nuts green vegetables and vitamin C to aid absorption. Vegetarians need to make sure they get enough iron and vitamin B12, and vegans enough calcium, iron and vitamin B12.

Daily Food Plan

With pertaining to the main food groups of carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables, proteins and fats here is my day to day meal plan which normally consist of the following foods:

Carbohydrates are your body’s main source of energy they help fuel your brain, kidneys, heart, muscles and central nervous system. By consuming grains such as jasmine rice, thai noodles, couscous is quite essential in a vegetarians diet.
Fruits and vegetables give us plenty of fibre, vitamins, minerals , including folate, potassium and vitamins A,C and also protect against major illnesses, such as heart disease and cancer.
Proteins are essential as a vegetarian my diet would consist of tofu, nuts, seeds, kidney beans, chickpeas, and lentils. Protein is essential for growth and repair and the maintenance of good health.

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Transform your BODY … Renew your Energy … Live and Love Life Naturally
Transformations to inspire…
This week a client walked into Feel Good Studio and we have watched her transform, it is interesting that when someone takes the decision to change and become healthy their whole life takes on new meanings and new beginnings along with confidence, health and their love for life becomes renewed. At the same time we received photo’s; for a wedding Dorota’s friends had transformed themselves after years of yoyo dieting they had found a method that worked which would change their lifestyle for ever! Diets for many are a dreaded and a long suffering pain where depriving themselves draws their energy. Lifestyle change is about pleasure and enjoyment with understanding of food and exercise and water and the love of movement of your body. Understanding the foods that nourish the body, becoming aware of posture and balance, simply breathing and taking control of life to include enjoyable exercise. Allowing your body to feel hungry to see detoxification and weight loss so that the muscles you are building become defined is more pleasurable than feel feeling overfed and bloated. Knowledge of the body and the foods that fuel and ignite it will inspire you to select healthy and delicious meals that are easily put into a lifestyle plan. As you become aware of how foods effect your mood and your body, an elimination diet of foods you are sensitive to will increase your energy and spirit.

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screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-1-52-47-pm Feel Good Studio is the new Toning and Rejuvenating centre in Hamilton. Located over Vineyard Vines and opposite the ferry terminal on Front Street. Feel Good Studio is a members club which offers a light and bright place to unwind and rejuvenate and get into shape. We have members aged from 12 years to 88 years! You will be personally assisted by the happy and capable team including; Caroline Bartlett our Beauty Therapist and Fitness Instructor. Diana Fearis our Powertone Pilates Instructor and Kyria Evan our Powertone Pilates Instructor and Yoga Coach. Feel Good Studio is good for everyone with a clientele including young mothers who like to come after dropping off the children to School. The program aims to keep them in shape while giving them an opportunity to relax and plan their day. Powertone Pilates is safe throughout pregnancy and helps to bring back the core after child birth and caesarean section. Meanwhile, busy executives can unwind mentally while the toning tables pull their posture back and relax away tension. For the active members Powertone Pilates brings balance to the body with stretch and mobility to improve their performance at golf, swimming and tennis and complimenting sports such as combat training. With our expert assistance Powertone Pilates is safe to get you back into shape after surgeries as the toning beds keep your back and neck in perfect alignment throughout and actually complete the movement so you can concentrate on breathing and holding in your core. The rhythmic motion of the toning tables was developed in the 1930’s by Bernhard H Strafer to help polio sufferers maintain muscle mass. Today we are living longer and want to improve the quality of life so for the mature members Powertone Pilates is a smart choice with so many benefits including mobility, improved bone density, toning and pain relief and yet no sweat so it can be enjoyable and sociable too! It is very successful at easing pain in the hips, back and neck while slimming the body. Powertone Pilates is an encouraging form of gentle exercise for those who do not have the stamina or will power for exercise or sport and is very enjoyable with the machines doing most of the work along a circuit allowing mindful concentration on engaging your core for fast results! The studio also has two beauty rooms well equipped for Facials with CACI Lifting, Mesotherapy Firming, Crystal Microdermabrasion resurfacing and Thalgodermi blemish control with Galvanic current and High Frequency Light Therapy. Caroline will thoroughly pamper you with a facial using THALGO marine products from France or try one of the advanced Facial Treatments with a pampering massage from head to toe. We also offer waxing and Massage and slimming treatments and will soon be offering micro blading and semi permanent makeup. Kyria offers Yoga on a Monday night from 6pm, such a relaxing way to end the start of the week. We are offering free trials now and our monthly trial for $200 allows you to come frequently for noticeable Posture and Slimming.

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As a child growing up in a small farming community, I would see the cows being herded down the country lanes to the barns where they were milked. They moved happily along, their udders were not overfilled and dragging on the ground as we see today! They were organic and their milk was warm and creamy and delicious to drink untreated!! In later years it became popular to give cows hormones to increase their lactating ability and increase the milk yield. For the poor cow they better be in their stall ready for milking early because now their udders are so full of milk they practically drag on the ground! But how does this effect us? In science we learn that if you take a hormone secondhand it can actually increase in strength! Today, I have eliminated dairy milk from my diet, although I eat lappings of kerrygold butter daily as it seems to have no side effect for me personally and I think,is good to keep my brain and body healthy. However, I socially find creamy dessert treats such as ice cream and creme anglais so yummy that on rare occasions I find them too irresistible even though I am all to aware of the consequence, I may dream of yogurt and cheesecake even stop and remember how good it tastes and creamy sauces with mushrooms and parmisan are other temptations I cannot resist altogether! BUT a hormone is a very small particle that can multiply and my body does not like it! When our body rejects something such as a hormone it will not process it in the normal way but will send it to be stored in a fat pocket and surround it in fluid, it does not take long before the body becomes soft and wobbly when we ignore our intolerances. Milk can curdle in the upper digestive tract and cause real sickness. The hormone used to increase production of milk in cows can effect the breast tissue and cause these to become enlarged and tender even in men and in women it is very noticeable that before the monthly cycle there will be tenderness. Lactose has a crippling effect on the upper digestive system for those who are sensitive. I have sat silently at many a dinner party rubbing my tummy in agony for unto 2 hours of real pain. Milk also has a congealing effect on fluids so it will create sinus and breathing problems. Not everyone will agree with me, but I can through my personal experience proclaim that with the exception of butter,gruyere and parmisan cheese remaining dairy free allows my body to remain strong and firm and slender but as soon as I go back to it I get wobbly fast!! If you suspect you may be sensitive to a certain food there is a simple home test you can do, but it takes will power – eliminate the problem food from your diet for 3 weeks and if you drop a few sizes and feel better you are intolerant…go on you know what to do now!!! written by Caroline Bartlett this is a picture of My friend Jane (in yellow) and me (in black) aged 50 and not drinking milk because I know I am intolerant!!!


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We all need something to brighten our day. If you are a morning person it may be watching the birds as the sun rises or a walk with your dog when the world around is calm and full of the joy of serenity and promise. Everyone has small rituals in their lives to give it stability and structure. Routine rituals such as a morning stretch or quiet time to catch up on the morning paper with a cup of aromatic coffee help us to get our thoughts in order and prepare us for the day ahead. We need to be flexible and connected in our modern world so it’s vital for our wellbeing to create regular habits and to consciously enjoy every moment of them.
Circadian rhythms influence our natural behavior; over a 24 hour period, in the morning we arise to start fresh at dawn full of anticipation and by nightfall as the lights dim we chill down to sleep and dream, just as in the Spring as the daylight shines earlier we are filled with new hope and excitement, as Winter draws in we get more snuggly and calm down. It is important to listen to our inner body clock. Awareness of these rhythms may help us time and structure our lives successfully. However, today life may not always make this practically possible with so many problems stirring us up; such as an office rumor of redundancy while the bank is pressing for more interest on a mortgage as a sad example! or a bright night at a disco with way too much alcohol as a sorry example!! Rituals help us to stabilize our daily lives restoring a sense of calm and organization.Such as a prayer at night to wish good for others and protection for ourselves. Rituals will have a powerful effect on our sense of well being and help us make the right choices. Try small steps first taking time to discover what works for you personally. Relaxation like taking a Wellness Holiday may give you the peaceful time needed to get back on track and dream and visualize new ideas to implement into your life allowing you to breathe and consider new opportunities and solutions. For others joining a club where you can enjoy relaxation and sports with friends or for someone constantly on the go a new music download or watching football can be enjoyed as time for just chilling and letting your thoughts unwind! Discovering a new equilibrium while maintaining a healthy lifestyle will enhance your life and improve your lifestyle choices. Finding time to relax can be quite the challenge in itself…with so much to do and so little time… grabbing a herbal tea on the go or squeezing in a short break with all the potential delays at the airport simply may not cut it! Relaxation cannot be forced, but it can be trained. Learning how to relax and listening to your inner being does help to relieve tension. Powertone Pilates, Yoga and Swimming are excellent choices of exercise which combine with an inner concentration. Mindfulness as we enjoy exercise calms down the panic of life giving your thoughts time to reset themselves logically. It is important to make time for relaxation after a busy work phase to achieve a happy sense of life and success…enjoy all you do with care and consideration and plan to be organized and balance life joyfully….best wishes Caroline

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