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MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (MS)

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system.

A substance called myelin ( a lipoprotein) protects the nerve fibres in the central nervous system, which helps messages travel between the brain and the rest of the body. In MS the myelin sheath is damaged causing a dysfunction of the nervous system.

According to the UK’s MS Society there are approximately 107,000 people with MS in the UK, with 5,000 people being newly diagnosed with the condition each year.

This means around one in every 600 people in the UK has MS. Each day, approximately 14 people are diagnosed with MS

MS is a very complex condition and can show many different symptoms such as fatigue, balance, vision, bladder problems. It can affect your memory, emotions and sexual function to name just a few.

The cause is unknown and there is no known cure. Once diagnosed you can expect to have MS for life, although treatments are available to help you to manage the condition and its symptoms.

However, there is a growing resurgence of natural healing including the use of whole, raw, live, food as therapy. Hippocrates, born 460BC, known as the father of medicine, famously said “Let food be thy medicine, medicine thy food”

A more common phrase today “you are what you eat” reached the UK during the 1920s and 30s, Victor Lindlahr, a nutritionist with a strong belief that food controls health published in 1942 You Are What You Eat: how to win and keep health with diet.

If you are suffering this debilitating disease, It makes sense to ensure you do everything possible to help the body produce and preserve the essential myelin we need to protect the nerve fibres of the central nervous system as well as helping our immune system work as efficiently as it can.

CALCIUM: A deficiency of this mineral may be a factor in multiple sclerosis. However, be aware that over supplementation of calcium (more than 996 mg daily) may increase the risk of hip fractures so best obtained from foods.

Calcium supplements may also interact with some drugs (tetracycline antibiotics) if you take too much you may impair the body’s natural ability to absorb zinc, iron and magnesium, with very high doses leading to kidney stones. Another reason to obtain our calcium from the foods we consume.

Natural sources of calcium are almonds, apples, apricots, asparagus, avocado, bananas, beetroot, blueberries, blackberries, blackcurrants, broccoli, cabbage, canteloupe, carrots, celery, cherry, courgette, cranberry, fennel, figs, garlic, ginger, grape, grapefruit, green beans, kale, lemon, lime, mango, mint, mushrooms, nectarine, onions, orange, papaya, parsnip, peach, peas, pineapple, raisins, raspberry, sesame seeds, strawberries, spinach, squash, sunflower seeds, tomatoes, walnuts watercress, watermelon, wheatgrass and the wolf berry.
Herbs containing calcium include, alfalfa, burdock root, cayenne, chamomile, fennel seeds, flaxseed, kelp, lemongrass, parsley, peppermint, and shepherds purse.

COPPER: Also thought to play a role in maintaining the myelin sheath.

Natural sources are almonds, apple, artichokes, asparagus, avocados, cashews, bananas, beetroot, bell peppers, broccoli carrots, crimini mushrooms, nuts, garlic, ginger, green beans and leafy vegetables, kale, kiwi, lentils, orange, peas, pecans, prunes, pumpkin, radish, raisin, sesame, sunflower seeds, spinach, squash, strawberry, sweet potato, swiss chard, tomato, walnuts,

IODINE: Helps to ensure proper thyroid function. Thyroid hormones help develop the nervous system by aiding the formulation of the myelin sheath of certain nerves in the central nervous system.

Natural sources are sea vegetables such as kelp, strawberries, onions, asparagus, dulse, garlic, mushrooms, sesame seeds, spinach, spirulina, squash, swiss chard, turnip greens.

VITAMIN D: Researchers are working on studies to determine whether taking vitamin D supplements could be successful as a reliable therapy for people with MS.

According to reports from the Linus Pauling Institute deficiencies of vitamin B12, B5 and B9 (which are known to play a role in the formation and maintenance of a functional myelin sheath) can lead to a breakdown of the myelin sheath.

VITAMIN B5 (pantothenic acid) found by consuming whole grains and eggs; VITAMIN B9 (folate) found in avocados and watermelon. With meats, dairy products or fortified cereals as sources of VITAMIN B12 (cobalamin).

Natural sources of B5 also include alfalfa sprouts, apple, avocado, blackcurrants, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chestnuts, cucumber, green beans, gooseberries, grapefruit, guava, lentils, mushrooms, orange, parsnip, peas, pomegranate, pumpkin, raspberries, sunflower seeds, tomato, spinach, spirulina, squash, strawberries, sweet potato, swiss chard, watercress and watermelon.

Natural sources of B9 can be found in apple, apricots, asparagus, avocados, beetroot, bell peppers, broccoli, brussels sprouts, carrots, cabbage, cashew nuts, cauliflower, celery, green leafy vegetables, kale, lentils, lettuce, melon, mushrooms, orange, pumpkins, spinach, split peas, sprouts, sesame seeds, squash, strawberry, spirulina and walnuts.

Natural sources of B12 is generally believed only to be found in meat and dairy products. However, it is thought by many to be found in sea vegetables, spirulina and wheatgrass. It can also be found in the herbs, alfalfa, bladderwrack and hops.

Interestingly, it appears that all three vitamins can be found in avocado and spirulina.

VITAMIN B3 (niacin) is vital to a healthy nervous system.
Natural Sources of B3 include, almonds, apple, asparagus, avocado, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, egg plant, green beans, guava, kale, loganberries, mango, mushrooms, nectarine, orange, parsnip, passion fruit, peach, peas, pine nuts, pumpkin, raspberries, sesame seeds, spinach, spirulina, squash, strawberries, sunflower seeds, sweet potato, tomato and wheatgrass.

VITAMIN B2 (riboflavin) In combination with other B vitamins including B6 (pyridoxine) and B3 (niacin) may help with multiple sclerosis.

Natural Sources include apple, asparagus, avocado, banana, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cherry, grape, green leafy vegetables, kale, lettuce, mango, mushrooms, orange, passion fruit, peas, plums, pomegranate, raspberries, spinach, spirulina, squash, strawberries, swiss chard, tomato, watercress and wheatgrass.

You can also find in herbs such as:- Alfalfa, burdock root, cayenne, chamomile, fennel seed, ginseng, nettle, peppermint and sage.

VITAMIN B6 (pyridoxine)
Natural sources: apple, asparagus, avocado, bananas, bell peppers, blueberries, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cantaloupe, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, collard greens, eggplant, filberts, garlic, grapes, green beans, green peppers, guva, goosberries, kale, lettuce, mango, nectarine, orange, passions fruit, pear, peas, pineapple, pomegranate, pumpkin seeds, onions, spinach, spirulina, strawberries, squash, sunflower seeds, sweet potato, swiss chard, tomato, watercress, walnuts, watermelon.

Herbs:- alfalfa, cayenne

BE-AWARE: Vitamins are an essential part of maintaining a fully functional, healthy body – they assist in the growth and development of the body. In combination with all the other essential nutrients they play a part in many roles including metabolism, immunity and digestion. The best and natural way to meet your vitamin needs is to eat a balanced diet containing a variety of raw fruits and vegetables. If you can’t meet your needs through food alone, then, and only then you may require dietary supplements. If you feel you need help via alternative methods you must seek guidance from your doctor, nutritionist or natural juice therapist before taking supplements.

When you look at the details above it soon becomes apparent that if we eat a well balanced diet combining raw foods as above, the body will benefit from a wide range of nutrients to keep our immune system in good working order preventing disease.

For further information contact the writer:-

Carol Brace (Natural Juice Therapist)

Refs:

http://en.biomanantial.com/nutritional-guide-regenerate-myelin-and-maintain-healthy-brain-a-2166-en.html
http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/vitamin-d-could-repair-nerve-damage-in-multiple-sclerosis-study-suggests
http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/myelin-sheath-nutrition-2065.html
http://www.drstandley.com/bodysystems_immune.shtml
https://www.mssociety.org.uk/ms-resources/ms-uk

FIBROIDS

A fibroid is a benign tumour made up of muscular and fibrous tissue which develops in the uterus. Mainly effecting women between 30-50 yrs although can affect younger women. It is suggested that 4 out of 5 women will have fibroids at some point during their lives although 75% are symptom free, so completely unaware they have them. In fact many women with fibroids will never experience any problems whilst performing their daily activities as well as maintaining a good quality of life. Fibroids start to shrink naturally after menopause.

However, some women experience symptoms so severe that their ability to maintain their day-to-day activities proves difficult. For these women medication to regulate hormone levels, or surgery to remove the fibroid/s and in some cases remove the uterus, (hysterectomy) seems to be the only way to obtain relief from the unpleasant symptoms.

There are four types of Uterine Fibroids.

Subserosal fibroids, found on the outer uterine wall, can continue to grow putting additional pressure on surrounding organs, causing pelvic pain/pressure.

Submucosal fibroids, found just under the lining of the uterine cavity are the least common type, these large fibroid tumours may increase the size of the uterus cavity, blocking the fallopian tubes causing complications with fertility. Can cause very heavy, excessive menstrual bleeding and prolonged menstruation.

Pedunculated fibroids grow on a stalk, and can grow inside or outside of the uterine wall. They can cause pain and pressure as the fibroids are able to twist on the stalk.

Intramural fibroids, these benign tumours also known as uterine leiomyomas or myomas are found within the uterine wall. The most common of the fibroids can make the uterus feel larger than normal when it expands, so is sometimes mistaken for pregnancy or weight gain.

The additional pressure placed on surrounding organs by the growth of the fibroid can cause frequent urination and pressure. It can also cause excessive menstrual bleeding, prolonged menstrual cycles, pelvic, back pain and bloating. If located in the cervix area can cause some pain/discomfort during intercourse.

There are no clear reasons why we get fibroids although it is thought that hormones may be a factor. With genetics and ethnicity playing a role. Fibroids are known to be more common in black women.

Nonetheless there is growing evidence, albeit anecdotal, that nutrition can help in reversing and preventing the majority of degenerative diseases we are plagued with today.

We have long forgotten that as women we are very intuitive beings, nobody knows our own body better than we do and if we really think about it we may be able to remember that our body was giving plenty of warnings that all was not well. Everything you feel, that slight niggling pain, the headache, feeling tired and listless are all signs that our immune system is struggling to do its job.

If the immune system is in full working order, nothing can penetrate it. The immune system is our body’s defence against infectious organisms and other invaders. The immune system attacks organisms and substances that invade our systems and cause disease. It is made up of a network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect the body. We were not designed to get sick!

Ignoring the warning signs as we so often do because of the pressure of family, housework, cooking, looking after elderly parents as well as holding down jobs will eventually take its toll.

So what can we do to heal naturally. We need to get back to basics, it would be almost impossible to revert back to just being a wife, mother and grandmother but we can prioritise and make sure that we look after our bodies properly, make time for ourselves, to pamper and nourish our inner self.

Food for Thought
An 87 year old homeless man, interviewed during the 1970s, was asked how he looked so good, he said “living on the streets is a choice for me, I like the freedom it affords me. And,” he continued, “I don’t eat junk food.”

The market vendors would give him left over fruit or vegetables, whilst a few local restaurant owners would provide him with a free wholesome meal occasionally. He was incredibly fussy about what he put into his own body.

Why didn’t he eat junk food “if I don’t look after my body, I will have nowhere to live.”

To kick start the bodies inborn healing mechanism we have to change the way we nourish ourselves. A 7 day freshly extracted juice body cleanse is an excellent way to begin. Natures fast food flooding the system with all the nutrients it requires, followed by a maintenance programme of one or two juices a day and a “clean” meal.

As well as eating clean it is necessary to manage what you feed your mind, as stress and emotional problems are on the increase with women having to deal with more and more pressures as mentioned above. Think about what you ingest through your ears and eyes, turn off the tv and change your reading material if necessary.

For more in-depth information contact me;

Carol Brace:
29th February 2016

THE HEALTH OF THE PROSTATE

 

I have written this article because I hear frequently from women who are concerned about their Partner’s health especially when they have been told by their GP’s they have problems in that area.
Unlike women, men are not usually happy to talk about their hormonal problems so as wives, partners, mothers etc. we are very rarely made aware of a problem until it is at a concerning stage.

So this is for my women readers who will hopefully leave it around for the men in their lives to look at. It is an easy to read article that I have put together to try and encourage you to look further into prevention rather than wait for a problem.

If the man in your life is suffering any problems in this area he must be advised to consult his GP. I am a qualified Natural Juice Therapist NOT a doctor. The information below is my own opinion written in simple, easy to understand terms.

The Prostate is a sac that that sits just below the bladder, Its main function is to produce fluid which protects and enriches sperm. Although the prostate is situated right under the bladder and surrounds the urethra it is not connected to the urinary apparatus.

The urethra is the tube that runs from the bladder to the end of the penis and carries the urine out of the body this tube is shared by the prostate for the ejaculation which passes from the testes through the urethra on its way out of the body.

The prostate, therefore plays a huge role in the mans ability to function sexually, I came from an era where men or women just didn’t discuss their sexual health with anyone, like mental health it somehow had a stigma that it made you less of a man / woman to admit to having a problem. I can see this is changing slowly and we are all becoming more aware of our own amazing bodies.

The prostate then is the centre of not only the mans sexual pleasure but also stress, feelings of inadequacy, aggression  etc. If stored in the prostate these unleashed emotions can become a source of health problems.

There can be various prostate problems. Painful urination, or pain during sex can be indicative of an infection or (Prostatis)

Prostate Enlargements  or BBH ( Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy ) can be indicated by straining to urinate, stopping and starting, dribbling before and after urinating. or frequent, urgency and possible incontinence.

Some of the above symptoms may also indicate cancer of the prostate, but this in no way means that you have cancer, as with any disease of the body there are many reasons that a normal, healthy prostate can become a diseased prostate, some of these are:-

Poor Diet: Studies have shown that prostate, breast and colon cancers are linked to dietary factors. Today’s food has changed drastically over the last 60 years, as the pace of life has increased so have the convenience foods, most of which the body does not recognise as food. We are consuming so much junk food (which is toxic to the body) putting unnecessary stress on all of our body systems. We MOT and service our cars on a regular basis, feed them with the correct fuel because we know that if we neglect them, they will let us down – when it comes to our body we seriously neglect it year after year and then wonder why after years of hard work keeping us on the road it finally gives up and needs major repair work or scrapping. You are in control of what you put in your mouth, start putting in the premium fuel and see how the performance in all areas of your life just gets better and better.

Stress: Another killer, and like our food we are continually putting ourselves in stressful situations on a daily basis. Relaxation is important, not only for your body but for your relationships, your family, etc. there are far too many young men being cut down in their prime due to stress, that is not how it’s supposed to be. We are designed to be on this planet for at least 120 years to live a disease free life. There are to many people working to build a better future for their families to the detriment of the present and their health – we need to rethink what is most import to us – be part of this new revolution that is building, value your body it is the only one you have, if you look after it – it will look after you!

Family History: Although there is evidence supporting the theory that family history plays a part in the development of cancer. I read a quote somewhere that went ” if you always do what you always did – you will always get what you always got” so I believe that a large part of this group could change that “certainty” by looking at their lifestyle especially nutritional and emotional patterns. I believe changing to better food choices and self development can have huge benefits to our Health and Wellbeing.

Toxins: The toxins in our environment have a lot to do with our health, and while we can not do very much about the external toxins we can choose what we use in our own homes, put on our skin and into our mouths.

There will be those who say the body rids itself of toxins naturally, and this is very true, but we have overburdened our bodies for many years clogging up our natural waste disposal system, the body just can’t keep up with the huge amounts of toxins we push into it so it backs up in the body, not only weakening the immune system, but disturbing the body’s ability to absorb the much needed vitamins and minerals thus making it easy for disease to get a foot hold.

I have just highlighted a few problem areas – there are many other factors that interfere with our health, but basically the fact is the more we do to help the body the less likely it is that we will succumb to ill health.

Five Tips for a Healthy Prostate:

1 Detox the Body with a 7 day Juice cleanse

2 Begin to eliminate or drastically reduce intake of processed foods, alcohol, red.
meats and dairy.

3 Find a Passion that will keep the mind active.

4 Exercise, move your body on a regular basis.

5 Work on expressing emotions, for far too long men have been conditioned to be “tough” but men also have feelings just as women do and withholding these
emotions can be detrimental to health.

In conclusion, I believe the health of your body is your responsibility, and that very familiar saying “You are What you Eat” does, in fact, say it all – It is you, and you alone who decide what you put into your mouth ( unless of course you are being force-fed ). You alone decide what and who you listen to, just as it is you alone who read and watch (see) what you want to. All it takes are a few changes to your lifestyle to make a difference to your overall health. Only you can truly make the difference – you can decide if you want to make this life journey feeling vibrant, healthy, happy or sluggish, sick and unhappy the choice is yours no one can make that choice for you – it’s up to you!
Enjoy the Journey!

Ref:  Prostate Heath in 90 Days by Larry Clapp PhD, JD
Your Prostate by Chet Cunningham

 

What’s in an Apple

Driving back home following another successful Juice Academy I thought about a question that was asked during the Q&A session. “How do we know that all the nutrients we are saying are in an apple, or any other fruit or vegetable are actually there” My answer would be of course we don’t know, in fact no one really knows, I doubt there will ever come a time when we can truly say we know what nutrients make up an Apple.

So when did all this nonsense begin, my grandma or mother certainly knew nothing about nutrition apart from knowing fruits, vegetables and herbs were good for you. They knew enough about food and herbs to keep them well. Doctors were expensive for that generation so they made sure that a visit to the surgery was the last resort. It wasn’t until July 5th 1948 that Health Secretary Aneurin Bevin launched the NHS and health care became free for all, which, as you can imagine pleased everyone especially my mum as she didn’t have to pay for a midwife when I arrived here on the 31st July in that same year.

The President of the USA Abraham Lincoln launched the Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of Chemistry (now called the Food and Drug Administration) in 1862. Many years later in July 1967 Professor Alastair Frazer, who became the first Director General set up the British Nutrition Foundation. The foundation was set up as an independent organisation to raise the levels of research and education in the field of nutrition. What seems to have been forgotten was his “vision” which was to use nutrition to prevent as well as treat disease. He believed the key to achieve this was to create a closer working relationship between physicians and the food industry. Unfortunately the food industry has changed beyond all recognition since 1967 to the detriment, not the benefit, of our nations health.

That said lets get back to the nutrients in that apple! The scientists have been hard at work for years trying to find out what exactly it is in an apple that can contribute to our health, in fact they could go on for many more years, spending millions of pounds and never find out the true extent of what that apple contains. Numerous expensive studies have been done to prove that children who drank apple juice were less likely to suffer from wheezing. Eating apples can help lower LDL cholesterol, and may help to prevent breast cancer, apples may help protect neuron cells reducing the risk of Alzheimers, or could be just as effective as statins in preventing vascular deaths among people over 50. You can decrease your risk of thrombotic stroke, lower your cholesterol, or lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

They gain all this amazing information by taking out and studying a particular nutrient. If the few nutrients they have discovered to date can do all of this just imagine what this amazing little fruit may be capable of if we only knew the capabilities of the undiscovered ones all working in harmony with each other! Far to complicated for me I will just remember what Mum would tell me often “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”

Nutrients are found in the soil, which are taken up by plants and passed on to us through the exquisitely designed digestive system. If there are no nutrients in soil nothing will grow – so you can be sure if you are eating an apple or any other plant based foods you will be getting a supply of nutrients. Unless of course your are eating GMO foods but that is another huge topic which I wont go into here. My rule of thumb is to eat a rainbow each day as different coloured fruits and veggies have different nutrients, or so we are told! It does make sense to me to eat a variety of different whole-foods each day to ensure a variety of nutritional intake after all eating the whole foods that were provided for us humans has worked for my ancestors for thousands of years so I see no reason why it wouldn’t work for me.

History tells us that humans evolved about 200,000 years ago and civilisation as we know it is 6,000 years old. Agriculture was UK’s biggest economy before Industrialisation started during the 1800s when people began leaving the farms to populate the growing cities, Deaths in the cities were high due to lack of hygiene and sanitary care. We have certainly come a long way since then, science worked hard on finding cures for eradicating diseases like smallpox, cholera, typhoid and tuberculosis. And of course we can never go back but I do think we can learn much from our ancestors, as I said if they had it so wrong for thousands of years we wouldn’t be here today. People are getting fatter and sicker than ever before in our history. We are told this generation will die before their parents – a horrifying thought – so do we really need to know what nutrients are contained within the apple, or any other wholefood – a resounding NO! just eat it, or better still make a delicious juice.

Do we need to know what nutrients are in most of the foods that line the shelves of the supermarket today and constitute a major part of the diet for the majority of our population, a diet that is served to our children in schools, our parents in care homes, and our sick loved ones in hospitals across the breadth of the UK – the answer to this question is YES, YES, YES, There are NONE! All of these precious people need good wholesome nutrition, the kind that will feed them on a cellular level, allowing the body to grow, to keep the brain active, and to keep disease at bay. As I said earlier an apple will grow from the nutrients within the soil, so don’t analyse it just eat it. If an apple will grow from taking up the nutrients from the soil, a child will grow from those same nutrients via the cells of the body, these same nutrients feed the brain so our parents wont need the care homes, and our hospitals will not be overflowing at the seams with people suffering diseases caused by nutritional deficiencies. Just a thought!

The Price we pay for Health

Having just spent 3 days at a huge BeFit event in London specifically aimed at women, it became very apparent that the fitness and health industry is massive and very, very, expensive!
There were lots of exhibitors extolling the virtue of the “must have” health drink, food, supplements, gym gear and so on all competing for the hard earned pounds in your pocket.
I was on the “Juico” stand in my role as a Natural Juice Therapist advising people of the health benefits that can be gained from juicing your own raw fruits and vegetables not to mention the huge savings possible from not buying into the man made products so widely touted today.
Everything the human body needs to stay healthy, with enough energy to work and play is all provided by the food we consume, if we choose lifeless, nutrition poor, pre-packed, processed foods we will be unable to function properly. On the other hand if we feed our cells with living fresh, raw, fruits and vegetables full of life giving nutrients we will feel alive with huge amounts of energy to keep going and remain healthy well into old age.
Juicing is the answer to provide us with plenty of life giving nutrients in the easiest way possible – it is natures “fast food” so next time you put your hand in your pocket to purchase those very expensive “must have” healthy options remember you can have it all by just choosing to invest in a good quality juicer and juice your way to a long, vibrant, healthy life using the best organic produce available which you will now be able to afford.
The Juico Uno, for me, is by far the very best vertical masticating juicer I have used, it is a delightful little workhorse and with its auger attached to the sieve is so much easier to clean. 4th May 2015

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