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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Did you realise you were an adrenaline junkie?

Are you the type of person that leaves everything to the last minute, is always late, and ends up rushing to wherever you need to go?

If yes, one of the reasons for this could be that you need adrenaline rushing through your blood vessels in order to have the energy or motivation to get anything done.  When we are stressed - for example by realising we only have five minutes to get somewhere - the adrenal glands release adrenaline, which causes our blood sugar to rise and gives us energy to move and do things.  However, if you rely on this stimulus on a daily basis, your adrenal glands can become worn out, and your blood sugar levels can end up shooting up and down all day; unstable blood sugar levels can lead to energy dips, mood swings, sweet cravings and weight gain, to name but a few.

Adrenaline also shuts down digestive processes and increases the blood pressure, which is great if you need to run for your life, but not so great if it happens every day when you're late for work.

So what can be done?  Well there are various dietary strategies that can help to nourish the adrenal glands when they are worn out, and also to help stabilise erratic blood sugar levels, but also important is proper relaxation.  Spending just a few minutes each day doing, and thinking, nothing can be very restorative to mind and body, and will also give your adrenal glands a well earned rest.  If you find this difficult, I recommend a meditation CD called 'Guided Meditation for Busy People'.  It's a series of short meditations which give your busy mind some much needed time out.  Kinesiology treatment is also great for helping to cope with stress and the effects of unbalanced blood sugar; worries and fears can melt away leaving you free to get on with your life.

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Monday, September 06, 2010

Need a bit of inspiration?

Cooking new things can be daunting or too much of a faff, or perhaps you just don't know where to start.  But all too often we fall into a routine, eating the same old things time and again, which can lead to feeling dissatisfied with your food.  And food should always be satisfying!

With this in mind, I would like to share two great recipe finders that I often use.

One is on the BBC's Food website.  You can search for whatever ingredients you want have to hand - for example you can enter 'chicken', 'tomato' and 'olives', and a whole selection of recipes come up containing these foods.  And some of them are from the programme 'Ready, Steady, Cook' which means they are very quick to prepare!

The other recipe finder is on Delia Smith's website.  All the TV chefs have their own version of this, but I particularly like Delia's recipes.  They're tasty and fairly easy to prepare.

Also on the BBC's website is a section devoted to cooking techniques.  So if you want to know how to make your own fresh pasta, or how to fillet a fish, then look no further.
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