IGNORANCE IS BLISS (if one is unaware of an unpleasant fact or situation one cannot be troubled by it.)

 

 

I lived the first 58 years of my life in IGNORANT BLISS. Growing up, I honestly cannot remember the first time I really watched the news or read a newspaper. As children this was never encouraged, besides we were always in bed when the main news of the day aired. Thinking about it now I guess being shielded from the unpleasant facts was the first step towards the conditioning that was to eventually, control me as an adult.

I was born the same year as the NHS so of course have not known life without it, but my parents and grandparents did. When struggling to earn enough to keep the big families they had back then, it would have been almost impossible to pay for a doctor when anyone got sick, so they depended on what nature provided to help with the common diseases. They also knew how to build up immunity to problems such as measles, mumps, chicken pox etc. (those parties continued for a while before slowly dying out)

Mothers must have been so relieved to be able to get help from the doctor as and when they needed it. It took away the huge responsibility of caring for a sick child alone, as she no longer had to worry she may be doing the wrong thing. A trip to the doctor was all that was needed for a diagnosis, and a bottle of medicine to cure whatever ailed the patient.

As a child, I was always busy, weekends and holidays were filled with exciting adventures, I would be outside with friends making our own entertainment. I lived near the sea so we learnt to swim at a young age, we climbed, played “rounders” on the green, we investigated caves – Life was bliss! The thought of drowning, falling, getting caught in a cave never occurred to us, we had freedom without fear. We would strap on our roller skates, get out the scooter, or, when we were lucky enough to get a bike off we would go. We would be out all day without thought of danger, only going home when we were hungry. The weather didn’t bother us we played in sun, wind, rain, and snow Life was bliss!

We didn’t know what a rapist was, never feared being taken away or set upon by other kids with guns, knives or bottles of acid. We would talk to anyone and make new friends, we were children enjoying life whilst learning how to communicate, plan, solve problems, deal with challenges, and so many more skills that we would eventually need as adults. Life was bliss! Generally, mothers then, would be working at home, or in the gardens, out talking to neighbours, or walking to the local shops, wherever we were if we were in trouble there would be someone else’s mother who would come to our aid. Sadly our children today no longer learn these invaluable skills to prepare them for the move into adulthood.

Moving forward: I left school at 15 and soon started work as a clerical assistant for around £4 a week. I rode 3 miles to work every day on my bike, listening to the “Beatles, Supremes, Elvis, blaring out of my pink “Dansette” radio which was always hanging from the handlebar (my radio came with me everywhere) and then home again Life was bliss!

Although I was now working, life was still very much controlled by my parents. A 9pm curfew was set and this remained (although broken a few times when I started going out with the man I would eventually marry a week after my 18th birthday) until I left home to start a family of my own. I spent the next 16 years looking after my husband and 3 amazing children. We actually had a choice then, which young mothers, sadly don’t have today. The next 26 years until retirement I decided to go to work myself, my previous clerical experience got me a number of jobs where I worked mainly in men based company’s. I was 40 when I decided I needed to find somewhere who employed women (now that was a shock!) I stayed at my job in Canterbury Hospital until I retired.

As we get older sadly things change, our parents get older and we have to prepare for the inevitable. Watching my mother deteriorate from a very independent women to the frail, confused, little old lady she became, due to, what I consider, the worst possible dis-ease of the body called Alzheimers.

It made me realise, if I was to escape, what most of us believe is the normal cycle of life, “degenerative disease” I had to start now! I was 58 when I read a book that would turn my life upside down! that book was called 7lbs in 7 days by Jason Vale. The following 2 years were spent reading, researching, studying, until finally in March 2008 I qualified as the first Independent Natural Juice Therapist In July of that year. This was my first ever qualification and for me an amazing achievement. I retired in July 2008 and so began my journey into the amazing world of Health and Wellbeing. Life is bliss!

What I have learnt during my life so far is, The realisation that the decisions I had made during my adult life were not actually of my own choosing but influenced by others beginning with my parents, teachers (what an important job they have) siblings, friends, husband, doctor, dentist etc – they have all had an influence in winning my unfailing trust that their way was the best way.

My passion to learn continued to grow, and with it the desire that everyone needed to know about my discoveries, women especially needed to know they had a right to freedom of choice. We all have a right to that. The problem was you cannot possibly have the freedom of choice if you don’t know what the choices are. So right or wrong I felt everyone needed to be educated on the subject, and began with the alternatives available to maintain health and wellbeing. After all we can only make our informed choices if we know what alternatives are available. Of course everything I have written, every workshop I have done has all been about my TRUTH, what I had come to believe. It was never about telling anyone they had to do it my way, my aim was that they take on what made sense and follow through with their own research which would lead them to their own TRUTH.

I have learnt to listen to my body, reconnect with “me” I am still a wife, mother and a grandmother but I am also enjoying being “me” the girl who got lost along the way. I make my own decisions about my health and wellbeing, and above all else I live in a body that I know, if treated right, can take me from birth to death – disease free, this is how I was designed, I was never designed to get sick. If it fails then I only have myself to blame I know exactly what fuel my body works best on.

I also discovered that It doesn’t make any difference what name we attach to what disease.

“Alzheimer’s” isn’t a disease, (nor is any other) it is the name of the Dr who, in 1906 noticed changes in the brain tissue of a woman who had died of an unusual mental illness. Her symptoms included memory loss, language problems, and unpredictable behaviour.

If we look at the body holistically, with the brain as the control centre, sending messages throughout the entire body. It is easier to think about dis-ease of the body rather than a specific named disease. It makes total sense to me that treating the body holistically rather than fragmentally is the way to go. Of the many systems making up the body We have a truly amazing immune system which protects the body from harmful influences from the environment and is essential for survival.

The immune system is made up from different organs, cells, proteins, and aside from the nervous system, is the most complex system that the human body has. As long as our body’s immune system is running smoothly, different groups of cells are able to work together and form alliances against just about any pathogen (a bacterium, virus, or other microorganism that can cause disease.) So the immune system has to be compromised for dis-ease to take hold. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0025680/

To end then, I believe too much emphasis is placed on finding a solution to the “dis-ease” when in fact what we should be looking for is the “CAUSE” – if you find the cause (a compromised immune system?) the disease can be eradicated.

As I move toward my 70th birthday in July 2018 I can happily confirm my Life is continuing on its blissful path! I still don’t watch the news, nor do I read newspapers. Obviously I am aware of what is going on in the world, with social media there is no escape, but what i consume with my eyes, ears and mouth are of my choosing and my choosing alone!

The clip below is Jason’s Goldfish Bowl if you haven’t seen it already its worth a watch.

GOODBYE TWITTER

As I move towards my 70th year I have decided to take a look at how my life has changed since retiring, and what I want from the next decade. Apart from qualifying and then working full time as a Natural Juice Therapist, I discovered an ongoing passion for knowledge I wouldn’t have thought possible.

Looking out of the window on this lovely Autumn day, watching the birds busying themselves, playing and talking to each other. I wonder would I have done anything differently if I had a crystal ball to see what lay before me. The answer has been on my mind for a while, and what I find really weird is that I am having quite a hard time actually doing anything about it!

Social Media, so what is social media? If you google it, the definition will tell you that social media is:-

“websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking”.

At this point in time I have a website, a facebook page, well 3 actually, and no I don’t really know why, but over the years they seemed appropriate to help my business grow, I have a twitter account, a linkedin account, 3 whatsApp pages, and an Instagram account, I dread to think how much time I have wasted over the past 10 years looking at these things almost daily.

So I am at last going to take the bull by the horns and sort myself out! The first thing to go is my “twitter” account, I have never really understood it anyway. So for all those who follow me, really follow me, have a genuine interest in what I do, I am still here – not here on twitter but here on the planet. I will always have my website so can be contacted, and dare I say you could even call me up and actually talk to me, a novel idea I know but it is so much better than sitting in front of a screen pretending to communicate with a fellow human being.

So for all those Queen fans out there, here’s a little treat!

And as the BT slogan used to go – a reminder for all you more mature adults

See you on the other side!

October – National Cholesterol Month

Are you someone who is concerned about your elevated cholesterol but not really sure if, or how you can help yourself naturally. There are ways in which you can help your body maintain a healthy balance, which includes a balanced cholesterol level.

So what is cholesterol?  It is a waxy, fat-like substance that is found in all cells of the body. The liver makes most of the cholesterol the body requires, with a small amount made by the lining of the small intestine and individual cells of the body, it can also be taken into the body by the food we eat.

There are two types of cholesterol circulating in the bloodstream – HDL (High Density Lipids) and LDL (Low Density Lipids). The HDL are the helpful ones, forming a part of the hormone messaging system so are considered healthy. The LDL levels are the ones which must be kept low in order to prevent arterial plaque and atherosclerosis. Furring of the arteries is the end result of high cholesterol levels which leads to heart valve disease, stroke and other potentially fatal conditions.

Cholesterol is essential, it forms part of every cell in the body and serves many vital functions. Our bodies need cholesterol to maintain healthy cell walls, it is the major precursor for the synthesis of vitamin D and of the various steroid hormones (which include cortisol and aldosterone in the adrenal glands, the sex hormones progesterone, the various estrogens, testosterone, and derivatives). It also aids in the manufacture of bile (which is stored in the gallbladder and helps digest fats) it is important for the metabolism of fat-soluble vitamins, including vitamins A, D, E and K.

As you can see cholesterol is not the bad boy it is portrayed to be. However, elevated blood cholesterol is a very different story, it is a widespread problem today and can lead to blocked arteries and stroke. It is commonly treated with drugs that have unpleasant and sometimes dangerous side effects.

There are ways you can help yourself in reducing your cholesterol levels. Elevated cholesterol is thought to be the by-product of eating foods with high levels of saturated fat, usually fatty animal products like fatty meats, bacon, eggs, sausages and fried foods, so careful attention to diet and a reduction of these foods can help in reducing high levels.

Increasing your levels of exercise aiming for at least 20 minutes a day can have a beneficial effect on your cholesterol levels. You can achieve this if you find something you enjoy doing rather than joining a gym with all good intention only to give up after the first couple of sessions. Do something that makes you feel good, take a 20 min walk in a park or along the beach in your lunch break, nature is an amazing “pick me up” if you take the time to enjoy it. Dance, again you don’t need to join a class (unless you want to ) you can do this in your kitchen, just put on the music you danced to in your youth and move that body, however you choose to do it, find the fun in movement you are more likely to stick to it if it is something you enjoy.

Following a 5 or 7 day juice cleanse program will not only help to reduce your cholesterol, it will cleanse the blood stream, kicking off the bodies own natural healing mechanism. There are lots of natural juice therapists out there now who will help you choose a programme that is right for you and support you if necessary.

Use this special month to learn all you can about the good and bad of cholesterol and how you can turn your situation around,  you owe it to yourself to live a life free from disease, we were never designed to spend as much time dying as we spend living.

SPIRULINA

Spirulina, is a moss-like blue green algae that grows on top of lakes or specially designed ponds. Called spirulina because of its spiral shape, it is one of the oldest inhabitants of the planet, spirulina has been described as one of the most powerful foods on earth and thought to be the richest vegetarian source of all the nutrients the body needs to stay active and healthy.
The exact origin of spirulina is still unexplained, but it is known to have appeared 3.6 million years ago so has years of evolutionary wisdom coded into its DNA. Spirulina has been a rich source of nourishment to many cultures including America, Africa and the Middle East since ancient times. The first documented report on spirulina dates back to the 16th century. Spirulina is believed to have been a nutritional source for the Aztecs and Mesoamericans.
SEVEN SUPER SPIRULINA FACTS
1) Spirulina is high in chlorophyll and has a very high vegetable protein level, up to 65% almost 3 to 4 times more than fish or beef, it has been described as a complete food source and said to contain over 100 types of nutrient. The nutrients in spirulina are highly absorbable as it contains no cellulose in its cell walls.
2) It is a protein powerhouse as spirulina contains 18 of the 22 amino acids required by the body including all 8 essential amino acids.
3) Great for the blood, Spirulina contains vitamins C, and E, calcium, magnesium, selenium, zinc, potassium, sodium, phosphorus and iron which is essential in forming red blood cells, also beneficial to pregnant women or people with anaemia.
4) Energy boosting, Spirulina will give you more energy and a greater resistance to disease, helped by the powerful antioxidants beta-carotene and Vitamin E, both found in abundance in spirulina.
5) The good fats are to be found in spirulina as it is a good source of Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) The good fats our body needs to keep a healthy heart, nervous system and brain. The gama linolenic acid (GLA) in spirulina dissolves fat deposits, helping to prevent heart problems, lower blood pressure  and reducing ‘bad cholesterol’.
6) As a true alkaline food source – Spirulina helps balance the body’s pH. When the body is acidic it will pull alkaline minerals from the bones to keep the pH balanced.
7) Spirulina has cleansing properties, and can be used to detoxify the liver and kidneys, as well as cleanse the arteries, It can help with weight loss as it contains high amounts of phenylalanine an amino acid which curbs appetite.
TOP FACT: It is said that NASA use spirulina for Astronauts and plan to grow and harvest it in space stations. NASA also state that the nutritional value of 1000 kg of fruits and vegetables equals one kg of spirulina.
THE BIGGER PICTURE:
On a World level, if we care about our planet and our future generations, there has got to be a huge shift in the way we, as a population, feed ourselves. Whilst reading the many books I have on Spirulina the following stats shocked me, taken from the book Earth Food Spirulina by Robert Henrickson.
Land area and water needed to produce 1kg of Protein:
Soya Beans (34% protein) Land area 16  sq meters – Water  9,000 litres
Corn (9% protein) Land area 22 sq meters – Water  12,500 litres
Grain fed beef (20% protein)  Land area  190  sq meters – Water  105,000 litres
Spirulina (65% protein) Land area 0.6 sq meters – Water  2,100 litres
As you will see an astronomical amount of the worlds natural resources goes on providing food sources, namely soy, corn and beef, that has little nutritional value or benefit.
BUT, there is hope…. The following is taken from a statement by Director General Iisam, head of delegation to the UN Economics and Social council in May 2008:
“We envision that the development agencies and the international community join our endeavor to use Spirulina as an intervention tool of both policy and practical relevance to fortify food so that the nutritional benefits associated with Spirulina can be delivered to the neediest.”
Where can I get it from?
Go into JM shop via my shop link and get 5% discount
Spirulina is available in 2 forms as a powder supplement and as tablets. It is also available from most good health food stores and online.  Spirulina powder is recommended when adding to juices or smoothies, and tablets are recommended for those that don’t like the taste or for people doing weight training who want to take higher quantities of these branch chain amino acids in pure form to help with muscle growth and repair.
Author: Carol Brace – Natural Juice Therapist
References:
Spirulina – The most powerful food on Earth by BV Umesh ISBN 10:81-7806-040
Superfoods for Optimum Health: Chlorella and spirulina by Mike Adams Truth Publishing
Earth Food Spirulina by Robert Henrikson ISBN 0-9623111-0-3

Juicing Action Plan for lifelong Health and Vitality

Step 1

Think about where are you today and where you would ideally like to be. You may already be healthy so should not have a problem introducing juicing into your daily diet. If however you are challenged with health problems or taking medication you will need to inform your doctor that you are planning on changing the way you eat.

Step 2
Prepare Mentally – Set your goals – think about how and when you are going to start, which programme will you be doing a 3, 5 or 7 day cleanse to begin, or just introducing one or two juices a day. Think about what you want to achieve from Juicing. Do you have a Grand Design? Do you want better health or just weight reduction? you may want to have it all, and why not! Have you an ultimate goal, a mental picture of where you want to be in 3 months, 6 months, a year.

Step 3
Prepare Family and Friends – It may be wise to let those closest to you, know that you are about to begin juicing, and ask them to support you in your goal. Log on to the Therapy website http://www.juicemaster.com/juice-therapy/ to find out If you have a Natural Juice Therapist in your area. If you have one near contact them and find out if there are any workshops coming up where you can meet likeminded people.

Step 4
You are going to need a Juicer and Blender: There are many types to choose from, at varying prices. The very best one you can have of course, is the one you will use every day. if you are confused, a Natural Juice Therapist will be able to help you decide which is the best type for you. Give one a call for advice on the best one for you. You can buy a Juicer from many places today at varying prices.

Step 5
Exercise is an essential part of a healthy life and is highly recommended as part of your new Juicy lifestyle. If this is a new venture for you, you will need to think about a form of exercise that you will actually DO on a regular basis. You don’t have to join a gym there are many forms of exercise, walking, swimming, join a dance class, rebounding etc. It is important that you find an activity you enjoy to move your body on a daily basis, all the time you are moving you are ALIVE.

Step 6
Before you start your juicing programme it may be helpful to clear out any foods and drinks that may prevent you in reaching your goal. So if you think you will be tempted it is best to remove ALL temptation out of the way. Find a new home (the bin is the best place) for those sweets, cakes, biscuits, sugar loaded drinks, alcohol etc. and you will very soon realise that you do not want them back! Once you start juicing a mixed variety of health giving fruits and vegetables containing vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes all working in synergy within that glass of pure liquid gold you will be amazed at the results you can achieve.

Step 7
Shopping: You may be confused about which is the best produce to buy. Organic is always the best but for many people either unobtainable or unaffordable. If you are lucky enough to have farm shops or farmers markets close this will be your next option followed by your local shops and supermarkets. Whichever you decide upon it will undoubtedly be better than what you are consuming at the moment. Make sure you get all you need for the first 3/4 days there is nothing worse than going to make your juice and find that you don’t have all the ingredients. But If this should happen, don’t worry, you will be able to miss something out or change an ingredient without causing a problem to the juice. The Juicemaster 7lbs in 7days App is a great help when shopping, it is also a powerful tool to guide you through the 7 day detox. If you would prefer to have someone else make your juices for you, go to someone you can trust to make them for you. There are a lot of companies out there making juice programmes. My advice would be to ask your local NJT first who can make programmes to your specific requirements. I would also recommend http://www.juicemasterdelivered.com
Follow these steps and you will be completely prepared, you will have everything on hand to begin. If you are doing just one or two juices a day try and make sure that when you have your main meal it is a healthy meal with an accompanying live green salad. Drink lots of water, it is important to keep hydrated, this is also essential for the Juicemaster 7 day detox plan, drinking plenty of water will help wash the toxins out of the body.

Sleep is also very important, especially during a detox. Sleep is essential for your health and wellbeing. The body heals and recuperates from the wear and tear of the days activities whilst we sleep. So lack of sleep can have a negative effect on our overall quality of health.

Step 8
Whatever plan you decide to begin with, know that it has the power to take you on a lifelong journey towards vibrant health and vitality – Enjoy!

Natural – Holistic – Wellbeing

It is all about “balance” I have successfully achieved this with my body by practising Natural Holistic Wellbeing, recognising what my nutritional needs are to enable the whole of my body to remain balanced.
A balanced body is a healthy body so by making sure I meet my nutritional demands easily on a daily basis I have achieved a truly healthy body that doesn’t let me down by becoming stressed or sick.
My working life as a Natural Juice Therapist is becoming busier by the day. With a passion to make a difference in the world I find I haved joined lots of juicy, raw groups on various forms of social media so have become swamped reading posts every day and commenting where I think I have the expertise to help. I have come to realise it is now time to practice my natural, holistic, wellbeing in this area. I have removed myself from all but a few groups and amazingly, over the last few days I have found so much more time to do the things I love, the things I planned to do when I began my journey 8 years ago.
Yesterday, I parked away from my local town and walked in. I found a lovely new shop that had been there for a month but I had been to busy to notice, I went into the council offices to pay for the venue I had booked for a forthcoming workshop and bumped into my old yoga teacher ( I gave up my weekly class over a year ago as work got in the way ) I start again next Friday. I then popped along to check out her new venue as I wasn’t sure where it was – I was met by a lovely couple who now run it on a volunteer basis, apart from running it as a venue that is used daily for different therapy’s as well as yoga, pilates, and fitness classes etc. they also run youth clubs from there on a voluntary basis doing lots of things with young people, one of which is teaching nutrition. So instead of spending, what was becoming many hours a week I am going to spend some of those saved hours really making a difference to a group of kids, I will be a part of the cooking class they hold each week teaching nutrition, which will of course include juicing. It didn’t end there – I picked up an NHS community health leaflet on my way out, so every Wednesday morning I am going to join the 75 min walk covering the beautiful riverside and rural footpaths around Sandwich.
If all that can happen in just one day of changing how I look at the ways in which I can have more “me” time to live out the next 60 odd years on this amazing planet, just bring on today – I’m off to the hairdressers this morning and instead of my usual rush I will be parking further away, connecting with real people and definitely “smelling the roses” Have a brilliant day however you choose to spend it. 9th May 2015