Monthly Archives: September 2014

Honey Dewlicious

H is for Honeydew.

This delightful melon is a refreshing treat on a hot summer’s day, but it’s also a low-calorie (about 60 calories a cup) and healthy choice (low fat and natural fibre source) any time you need to feed a craving for sweets.

Healthy skin and collagen rely on an adequate consumption of vitamin C and honeydew supplies you with a good dose. A 1-cup serving of honeydew will provide about half of your daily vitamin C requirements. Vitamin C can also boost your immune system so you can help prevent illness and infection. It strengthens your tissues, such as your blood vessels and bones, and promotes brain function. It’s also an important antioxidant, so if you live in a city and are surrounded by pollution, or if you smoke or drink, you should be making sure that you are getting plenty of fresh fruit and veg to try to counteract the oxidising effects of your lifestyle.

Copper is also essential for healthy skin because it helps aid in skin cell regeneration. Honeydew is a good fruit source of this trace mineral. Your body’s ability to repair its muscles and tissues also relies on a sufficient intake of copper and adding honeydew to your diet may help you increase your levels of this important mineral.

Honeydew melon has significant levels of B vitamins which help your body get rid of toxins that can cause illness and disease. B vitamins may also reduce your risk of heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

Melon make a great start to your day as part of a bowl of mixed fruit for breakfast or as a dessert for those with a craving for something sweet after a meal. They can make a fabulous smoothie or iced lolly and can even be added to a salad for a different taste and texture.

However you decide to enjoy yours, why not mix it up with a little Honeydew in your diet.

Stay young, beautiful, healthy and happy.

🙂

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Motivational Monday

Stop Making Excuses!

If you want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.

Is there something that you want to do?

Do you want to change how you feel about something?

Do you want a new Job?

Do you want to start your own business?

Do you want to lose weight?

Do you want to eat healthily?

Do you want to get fit?

Do you want in (or out of) a relationship?

Then,

DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT

If you were waiting for a sign, that was it, the one at the top of the page.

Start by making a plan.

Write down what you want to achieve. Then break that down into goals. The first goal should be something you can achieve today. The next goal may take a little longer, maybe a day or two. The one after that should be achievable by the end of the week.

Make your goals S.M.A.R.T.

S – Specific. Don’t be wishy washy about it. If you want to lose weight, start with exactly what you are going to eat (and not eat) for lunch or dinner.

M – Measurable. This is part of being specific. If your goal is to eat no more than 1000 calories for dinner – measure it. If you want to lose weight – how much?

A – Achievable. Part of succeeding is making sure you are not setting yourself impossible goals that doom you to failure. Make sure you can achieve the goals you set for yourself.

R – Realistic. In some ways this is similar to achievable – by making your goals realistic, you have much more chance of succeeding at them and moving forward to achieve your end goal.

T – Timescaled. If you want to lose weight – when do you want to lose it by. Set yourself weekly goals, monthly goals and have a timescale for when you want to have achieved your overall goal. This will keep you on track and motivated.

So, grab yourself a pen and some paper and draw up a plan.

Go on, what have you got to lose?

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Sunday Words

I’ve always had a bit of a thing going with words.

I like them. I like writing them, I like reading them, I like playing with them.

Maybe that’s what got me into Hypnosis..

I know that one of the things that got me into words was poetry. In particular a dog eared (yes, I see the irony), battered copy of Old Possums book of practical cats. I fell in love with that book, and during a spell of illness as a child, I learned many of the poems by heart.

Years later the Musical CATS was created and my Aunt took me to see it. I was still young enough to be absolutely enthralled with the magic they had created. Recently Cats has returned, and I frequently see posts on Facebook from friends excited to be going to see it. It has made me quite nostalgic for that first battered copy of poetry and reminded me of the joy I felt when reading those elegant prose as a child.

My very favourite was always Macavity, mostly because of this verse..

Macavity, Macavity, there's no one like Macavity,
He's broken every human law, he breaks the law of gravity.
His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare,
And when you reach the scene of crime--Macavity's not there!
You may seek him in the basement, you may look up in the air--
But I tell you once and once again, Macavity's not there!

 If you’re not familiar with these poems, I strongly urge you to give them a try, and if you have a shy, awkward kid in the family, who’s feeling a bit out of sorts at the moment, you could do a lot worse than finding them a slightly worn out copy to look through….

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Hangover Help

Did we have a good night last night?

Alcohol is often part of a big night out or a celebration, but it can leave us feeling a little less than sparkly the next day.

Some people will tell you that it’s self inflicted, that it’s all your own fault, but that doesn’t change the fact that you feel sicker than a parrot that’s been lying on the bottom of it’s cage for three days.

So what can you do to try to reverse the effects of the poison that your body is suffering from.

1. Take aspirin or an aspirin derivative like Ibuprofen (If it is safe for you to do so). Avoid paracetamol as your liver is already under performing as it’s trying to process the alcohol you drank, and it needs a bit of a break

2.Get some fluid into you. Part of the reason for the headache you’ve probably got is dehydration. Despite drinking lots last night, the alcohol has a diuretic effect meaning that you’ve probably lost more water than you’ve taken in, so you need to replenish it. Avoid tea and coffee as they have caffeine in them which won’t improve your dehydration. Instead go for water or water mixed with fruit juice. The water will hydrate you and the fruit juice will boost your blood sugar and give you a dose of vitamin C which will help your liver out and potassium which will replace some of the electrolytes you have lost.

3.Eat something. Depending on how you are feeling this could be some dry toast or cereal which will help to boost your blood sugar, or a bacon sandwich which will not only boost your blood sugar but will also help to replace salt and brain neurotransmitters that were depleted by the alcohol. Eggs are a good choice as they contain an amino acid called cysteine which helps counter the effects of acetaldehyde, which is known to create worsened hangovers.If you feel sick it’s worth trying to eat some ginger as this is know to reduce the feelings of nausea and if you really can’t face anything else, try a packet of crisps.

4. Be Happy. A 1997 study in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) suggests that guilt about drinking, a neurotic personality, becoming angry or depressed while drinking, and having suffered “negative life events” in the past 12 months are better predictors of symptoms of hangover than how much or what you drink!

5. Do some gentle exercise. Going for a walk is a great idea. It might not seem it at first, but getting out in the fresh air and getting the blood circulating will help to alleviate your symptoms, just make sure you have had some water and food first.

6.If all else fails, go back to bed. Sleep is one of the most essential treatments for a hangover, as your body in most cases does not get a chance to go into the R.E.M. (rapid eye movement) state of sleep which provides proper restoration for your brain due to the rebound of glutamine in your body. If you have to be up, make sure you get to bed early tonight.

Wishing you a Happy, Healthy and Hangover free weekend 🙂

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Friday Feeling

Every Friday I try to post a good news story – hopefully something a little inspirational.

The picture above is a guy called James Harrison of Australia, also known as the “man with the golden arm”.

He is a superhero.

Over the course of 57 years, he has saved the lives of over 2.2 million babies.

At the age of 14, Harrison underwent major chest surgery, requiring over 3 gallons of blood. Realizing the blood had saved his life, he made a pledge to start donating blood as soon as he could.

Harrison started donating in 1954, and after the first few donations, it was discovered that his blood contained an unusually strong and persistent antibody which cured Rhesus disease, the most common form of  haemolytic disease of newborns (HDN). This uniqueness was considered so important, that his life was insured for $1 million after this discovery.

Your blood may or may not be as unique as this guys, but to someone it could be the difference between life and death. If you or someone you know has ever received a blood transfusion, or had surgery where blood was needed, you already know what a difference it makes.

I urge you to give blood if you can. It doesn’t hurt, it’s so simple ad it’s the easiest way you could be a superhero today.

If you’re scared of needles, get some help. There are plenty of therapies available that can help you. My favourite is, of course, Hypnotherapy, but others are available too.

So check out your local blood donation service and become a superhero.

Have a great weekend

🙂

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Never have I ever…

Have you ever played never have I ever?

The idea is that someone says never have I ever…and then states something that they have never done. Anyone else in the group who has done whatever the statement was, has to have a drink.

Some people don’t get drunk playing this game, some people get very drunk indeed.

My aim in life is to try as many things as possible, which is a great strategy for enjoying myself and expanding my comfort zone, but is a terrible strategy for playing this game.

I try to do something new as often as possible. I listen to new music, I try new sports, I read new books, I meet new people.

I expand my comfort zone.

Today I did something I had never done before.

I took my car through a car wash.

I grew up in a home where nobody drove. I was the first one to get a driving license when I was 17 and soon became the house taxi service. There were quite a lot of things that I had to do that were unfamiliar to me – simple things, like filling the car with petrol, going into a multi story car park or changing a tyre. I had to work all of these things out for myself and it all went fine. One thing I had never got around to doing was going through a car wash as before now I have always hand washed my car.

Today I changed that.

It was Fun 🙂

I will be doing it again.

Is there something you’ve never done – big or small – that you can do today?

If there is – Do It – you never know, you might enjoy it.

If you feel like commenting what you’ve done or what you want to do, I would love to hear about it.

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See the beauty in others

I saw a post today from Celebrate Quotes which said

‘The sign of a beautiful person is that they always see beauty in others’

and it reminded me of another quote

‘How we see the world is a reflection of who we are’

When we are depressed, we see the world as a depressing place.

When we are in Love, we see the world as a wonderful place.

When we are interested, we see the world as a fascinating place.

I want my world to be happy, caring, beautiful, interesting, sharing, nurturing, challenging and amazing so I guess that’s what I should strive to be…

What do you want your world to be like?

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My Happy Jar

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This is the latest post about my Happy Jar.

It’s a way to look back on things and remember all the little things that make us happy.

The idea came from a nice story I once heard about a woman who had a jar. Every time she thought of something that made her happy, she would jot it down on a piece of paper and put it in the jar. Whenever she felt down, or fed up, she would go to her jar and find all the things that made her happy. Some things were big things, events that happened that she could look back on and smile, but most were little things that she could cherish and maybe even recreate to make her feel better.

So here are a few things from my Happy Jar this month

Making Tea in a Teapot with loose leaf tea

An unexpectedly warm morning in Autumn

The fragrance of a new candle

Reconnecting with an old friend

A cuddle when you’re feeling sad

Having a post reblogged

Chocolate cake (warmed up with a little bit of ice cream)

The smell of a book

The sound of silence

Helping out a neighbour

I know none of these things are amazing, there is nothing earth shattering about them, but all of them have made me smile and brought a least a little joy to my soul.

What will you put in your happy jar this month?

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Who am I and why am I here?

Who am I and why am I here?

Is this a massive question, or a very simple one?

Let’s start easy

My name is Sue, I’m a Hypnotherapist, I’m an unmarried, but long term partner (18 years) to my boyfriend. I’m a daughter, a sister, an aunty and a friend. I’m a caregiver to an 8 year old hairy monster of a dog called Flump. I’m a bit of a hippy when it comes to peace, love and equality, but I’m also a trained scientist, so I like to see evidence of things working and to understand why. Maybe because of this I’m also an atheist, but one with a pretty good understanding of religions of many varieties. I’m a blogger (or at least trying to be) and in simple terms I guess that brings me to why I’m here.

I’m here, sat in front of my computer, writing a blog, to share some of the things I have learned. I wish I had known the stuff I know now when I was 10. Things would have been very different for me. I would have been more confident, more self assured and much, much happier. If I can share some of the things that have helped me, then that is a great thing. I’ll be honest and say that part of the reason I write is to raise the profile of my business, but realistically, it isn’t going to make that much difference to it. I’m based in the UK, in Coventry, and I run a face to face practise, so the chances are that wherever you are reading this from, you are never going to come and see me. For me this is much more about sharing information that can change your life in a positive way and maybe, just maybe, making it easier for you to be who you want to be and to do what you want to do.

On a deeper level the question of who we are and why we are here can seem pretty overwhelming, especially in the early hours of the morning when you can’t sleep or late at night, when you are sat at home, alone.

Personally I believe that there is no real reason.

We just are.

It can take a while to get your head around, and if you believe in a higher power, then you will obviously think I am mistaken. That’s OK, it’s hopefully going to be a while until either of us know for sure, and until then I just want to live my life as happily as I can. For me that means helping others too, as that makes me feel good.

In the film ‘The Bucket list’ there is a scene where the protagonists are visiting Egypt. They say that the Egyptians believe that when you die you are asked two questions before you can enter ‘heaven’. These questions are:

Have you found joy in your life?

Have you brought joy to others’ lives?

I’d like to think I can answer yes to both of these, and I plan on doing more of the same.

Here’s to a great week

🙂

 If you want to find out more about what I do, or hypnotherapy in general please feel free to check out my site Talk Therapies.

I’d love to know what you think

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A little Sunday Haiku

John Coper Clarke is a British performance poet.

When I think of his poems I don’t automatically think of Haiku, but this is one that he wrote which I absolutely love…

 To-con-vey one’s mood
In sev-en-teen syll-able-s
Is ve-ry dif-fic

Have a great Sunday

🙂

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