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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Energy MOT

We all have things we 'ought' to do every day/week/month to keep us healthy.  How many people have bought a juicer with the intention of making a fresh juice every day?  Or started a regime of dry skin brushing?  And most people have some kind of exercise equipment lurking in the house somewhere.  I, like most of us, have been through these regimes - some things have stuck with me, some things have fallen by the wayside.

Some of the things that have stuck with me require no equipment, foods or unpleasant tasting drinks and I still do them regularly.  I am talking about techniques you can do to yourself to keep your energy system free flowing and vibrant.  I usually do some of these techniques before I see clients to make sure I'm feeling balanced and energetic.  These are some of my favourites.

Cross Crawl
This really simple exercise is one of the first things taught on any kinesiology course.  It helps to stimulate both hemispheres of the brain and is said to help co-ordination.  The exercise involves marching on the spot, and as you lift each knee, you touch it with the opposite elbow.  Easy.

Three Thumps
This technique was developed by the Donna Eden (the queen of energy medicine!) and it can give you an instant energy boost whilst balancing energy in the meridians.  It consists of tapping three sets of energy points on your body; just below your collar bone, in the centre of your breast bone and at the bottom of your rib cage.

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

EFT is more than just a daily tonic, it is a therapy in its own right.  But you can use it on yourself to help resolve worries, fears or just uncomfortable emotions.  Again it involves tapping specific energy points on the body.  There are many places on the internet you can find instructions on how to do it but  I learnt EFT from this tiny book: EFT in Your Pocket.  It's a great technique to learn and it works instantly.  I was actually amazed the first time I tried it!

Tapas Acupressure Technique (TAT)
TAT is similar to EFT in that it works on an emotional level and that it involves holding acupressure points (no tapping though).  It again can be used to release stuck emotions and negativity.  To download the free instructions and for more information, visit the website

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Making life easier in the kitchen

Over the years I have bought my fair share of kitchen gadgets because I am always on the hunt for time saving devices.  Many of them have been disappointing and end up taking up valuable shelf space, gathering dust.

Recently however, I have brought some fantastic new kitchen tools into my home!  And after using them for a couple of months, I can confidently report that they are in regular use with no opportunity to gather dust.

The most versatile of my new purchases is the Kenwood Compact Food Processor.  This really does save lots of time when cooking and preparing food, and has allowed me to make all kinds of foods that I never made before; coleslaw takes a couple of minutes to prepare (and is so much more delicious than shop-bought versions).  And preparing onions, mushrooms etc for something like a bolognese sauce also takes just moments. It makes light work of pretty much anything that needs chopping or blending .  Very pleased with this purchase!

And to go with the food processor, I also bought Jamie's 30 Minute Meals.  I've never actually bought one of Jamie Oliver's books before and this one does not disappoint.  I, like most people, have recipe books on my shelf that have only been used a handful of times, but I have made at least five recipes from this book (some of them a couple of times) within a few weeks of owning it.  I really think it's an amazing book - the food is delicious and the recipes are presented as a complete meal, with side dishes and sometimes desserts too.  Last night I made chicken satay with fiery noodle salad - YUM.

Something that I am using several times a week is my new Zyliss garlic press.  I find that garlic presses are often fiddly to use and clean, and I have been searching for a perfect solution to crushing garlic for some time. The unique thing about the Zyliss press is that you don't have to peel the garlic cloves before you press them.  So you just put the whole clove in - no peeling or cutting required - and crush!  The skin is left behind in the press and you throw it away.  Rinse the press to clean it, and that's it.  This is the best garlic press I have ever used!

My Joseph Joseph Citrus Reamer is another new addition to my kitchen.  Although not quite so pivotal when preparing food, I do love this gadget.  I use it for squeezing lemon juice onto salads or onto food; it catches the pips and is easy to rinse clean.

The last item on this review is not new, and I've owned it for a few years.  It's a Hamburger Maker and with the start of BBQ season it's been getting a lot of use.  Home made burgers are miles better than shop bought versions in terms of taste, but also in terms of nutrition.  When you make anything at home you know that nothing dodgy is going into it.  And if you are not keen on beef, you can use this burger maker with any other kind of mince (turkey, lamb etc) or fish.  I have even used it with a chickpea mixture too.
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