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Healthy Living

Issue 2

June 2014

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Hi, I'm Linda

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I've been passionate about healthy living for most of my life and, as Jodie will confirm, we lived off the land for many years, sometimes out of financial necessity but mostly because we knew it was a healthy way to bring up a family, all things considered!

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In ten years we never had to resort to antibiotics, which inspired me to write my first book 'Grow Your own Pharmacy' - published by the long standing community spirited foundation - Findhorn Press - back in 2007. I've since gone on to write more books on home and garden topics and have an insatiable desire to talk to anyone who'll listen about the virtues of healthy living in all its wonderful forms.

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And of course I blog about it! http://growyourownlifestyle.blogspot.co.uk

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It is our intention to bring you plenty of tips and tricks so you can create a healthy lifestyle for you and your family.

Hello I am Jodie,

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I’m a 30 year married mummy of 3 living in sunny Devon. My children are Alice (12) Oscar (5) Toby (2), In the past 2 years I have learn so much about the organic world. I am passionate about Healthy Foods and Organic products. I have just recently become a consultant for Neals Yard which I am very excited about.

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I am the founder of Bloomintots Boutique;

A baby and mummy clothes brand with a growing selection of organic baby clothing. Working very hard to become certified ~ Long and expensive process, but well worth it.

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The idea of creating this magazine was a bit of a sudden brain wave. But being dyslexic I kinda knew I couldn't do this on my own. So what do we do when we need advice “Call mum” !

We joined forces and here we are! With my mum’s passion for growing vegetables and being a published author It just seemed to make sense.

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IN THIS ISSUE:

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Beauty Regime

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Feature Page 20-21

Peace Of Mind 6-7

Bright Ideas 22-23

Growing Your Own Food 8-9

About the Kids! 24-25

What to do in June 10-11 Herb Corner 12-13

Healthy Change 26 Did You Know? 27 Next months issue 28-29

Edible Flowers 14-15 Resources 30-31 Recipes 16-17 Appreciate 32-33 Monthly Quote 18-19 SUBSCRIBE 34-35

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Peace of mind

You Are What You Eat

If you've ever strolled round a lovingly kept garden, whether it's full of fruits, herbs, vegetables or flowers, you will have experienced a sense of wonder, a feeling of being at one with nature. Rushing round a supermarket grabbing packaged fruits and vegetables and all manner of processed foods just doesn't create that warm fuzzy feeling.

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high percentage of medical conditions are a direct result of our diet. The old saying of

'we are what we eat' has drifted into obscurity these days, but personally I'd rather be thought of as an exotic fruit than a Big Mac! It is important to realise that what we feed our bodies has an effect - whether we like it or not.

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Obvious - yes - but listening to people talking about their weight problems or diabetic conditions and observing what they put in their trolley when shopping sometimes indicates that although they may 'know' the facts, they don't often put it into practice.

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All those processed foods and yummy chocolate bars are very appealing in their bright coloured packages with their 'reduced fat' claims. Unfortunately, although the fat may be reduced, the sugar content and added chemicals can make up a huge percentage of the 'healthy' option.

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Because the contents of these foods tend to be so unnatural, our bodies are under serious stress while trying to digest them and also don't always provide the nutrients we need to keep healthy and strong.

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Peace of mind

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So how do we get around all this? Changing your diet overnight can take us so far outside our comfort zone, that inevitably we relapse and then beat ourselves up for not keeping it together. The best way forward is to first of all be honest with yourself. If you tend to treat yourself to a cake from time to time that's fine, but on a daily basis it can have dodgy repercussions.

So, let's take a few baby steps:

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1. Be honest - write down what you consume in a day and also write down your regular shopping list for a week. Study it. See where you can budget and you'll find yourself removing extras and leaving the good stuff on the list for next week!

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2. Now, think about alternatives to the processed stuff. For example, rather than buying a curry sauce that may contain tons of sugar and salt, chop up some fresh coriander and mix with fresh (or sugar-free tinned) tomatoes as a simple alternative. Or simply add a spoonful of cumin or curry powder.

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3. Find something that you like doing that you can do instead of snacking while watching TV so you aren't tempted to chain-eat those sweets. And if you didn't buy them in the first place, finding something else to do will help satisfy the cravings

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4. Avoid the white stuff: White bread messes with your insulin levels just as much as white sugar. You can find unrefined sugar and wholegrain bread in most supermarkets, and really, in the great scheme of things you are only spending a few pennies more - and as you saved a fortune NOT buying the sweets, you can afford it!

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5. Experiment with different tastes; Fresh herbs go a long way to helping re-educating the taste buds. If you like mint, drink mint tea after your meal - instead of chomping on the chocolate mints. You will feel soooo much better.

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And try this to satisfy your sweet tooth: Pop a few dates in the freezer for a few hours and they'll come out all chewy, sweet and caramel-like.

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6. Do your supermarket shopping online - if you don't have to look at the 'goodies', you won't be so tempted to buy them.

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GROWING YOUR OWN FOOD

Growing tomatoes is a labour of love - a love of good food!

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To get a reasonable tomato harvest, tomato seed needs to be started in early Spring. They do however need to be kept warm over the following few months.

You can start your plants from seed or buy ready grown small plants from local nurseries and garden centres. I find there isn't as much choice of variety when buying the plants....but if you're looking for a quick and easy family type tomato, buying plants is a good option. Varieties:

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There are hundreds of tomato varieties available in seed packets. I've had great success over the years growing tomatoes of dierent varieties..

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-tiny yellow plum -red cherry -huge beefsteak -oriental purple -red plum varieties -yellow cherry

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And regular family shapes and sizes! Early spring is the best time to start thinking about growing tomatoes. But as we're already into June, buy a few plants if you haven't any growing from your own seeds.

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How Many Plants?:

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For a seasonal crop to feed a family of four and a few extras, you should plant about 24 tomato plants. If you want to freeze some for the winter months, consider planting 12-24 more plants.

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You need a stake for each plant. Buy special tomato support canes from your local garden centre or, if you have access to large numbers of straight branches or off-cuts that are big enough, use them. Teenage tomato plants aren't at all fussy


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GROWING YOUR OWN FOOD

Position:

!Most planting instructions will have you planting your tomatoes in rows, some a half metre apart in rows 2 metres apart, etc; !However, from experience I know that this doesn't always work well with tomatoes. Tomatoes are very susceptible to blight viruses, and if you have all the tomatoes lined up, the virus may invade every single one. !Beating these viruses and still avoiding chemical remedies is possible though.... scatter your plants around the garden. !Check on the packet for distances, then you know roughly how big your plants will get, a half metre wide for example. !Planting your tomatoes all over the garden may seem untidy, but far from it. You could plant 2 or 3 in a row at the end

of one small plot, a couple in the flower beds, one or two in the herbs, a line of five against a fence. Get imaginative and try lots of ideas.

!Finding homes for two or three dozen tomato plants will be a lot easier than you think!

Growing Tomatoes - Let's re-cap:

!Make sure your ground is prepared ( weed-free, dug, hoed, raked etc;) !1. Dig a hole a little larger than the pot holding your tomato. !2. Place stake/cane in the ground right next to the hole !3. Dunk the pot in water and let drain for a few minutes. !4. Ease the tomato plant gently from the pot !5. Tease the roots out and place in prepared hole. !6. Fill with fine soil and firm down the plant with both hands !7. Water well. !8. Using a natural garden string/twine make a loose tie

Picking out:

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When your tomato plants start to grow, they will develop little branches between a branch and main stem, rather like an armpit growing an extra little arm!

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Pick these out when you see them. Leaving them will give you a lovely bushy plant but very little fruit. By picking them out, you encourage the main branches to produce more fruit.

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Tip: Wear gardening gloves to protect your skin from staining when picking out tomatoes.

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So that's it really. To sum up, growing tomatoes is all about:

! *Careful nurture in the first few months ! *Plenty of food and water ! *Support when life gets stressful! !

And the rewards? Eating tomatoes you've grown yourself is a totally different experience to eating supermarket varieties. It's hard to believe there can be such a difference - but there is...:-)

around the plant and stake. This will protect the young plant from any high winds or mean breezes!

!Voila! Plants are in. Now treat yourself to a cuppa.... Caring for your Tomato Plants:

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Tomatoes do need a little looking after. Keep an eye on them and make sure they get enough water. After a couple of weeks, you can feed the plants if you want to - and every couple of weeks after that.

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As the tomato plants grow, tie another loop of twine to the stakes, higher up. Don't let your plants droop. They will break and die.


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What to do in June‌..

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Here's a quick checklist for your garden in June:

-Keep an eye out for slugs and snails. They can devour a whole line of young plants in one sitting. Try any organic deterrent you can. Broken egg shells place around each plant works well, although time-consuming. A bowl of beer sunk into the soil near your plants can also work. Apparently slugs prefer beer to plants - but you will have a bowlful of dead drunk slugs in the morning!

Checklist:

-And keep an eye out for cabbage white butterflies if you are rowing brassicas (cabbage, broccoli etc;). Check the underside of the leaves for eggs, and destroy. Young caterpillars are very hungry and can chomp their way through your plants very quickly.

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-Use asparagus before they grow too tall. Usually around mid-June asparagus spears will attempt to flower. Eat them first.

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-Crop salad leaves and radishes as they become available. Make sure tomato plants get plenty of water and pick off the little extra branches that appear between the main stem and side branches. This will encourage the plant to put more energy into producing fruit rather than more foliage.

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-Sow winter vegetables. Winter lettuce can be started now and some brassicas need to be planted out. Brussels sprouts need a fairly long growing season. Buy a few young plants from the garden centre and get them in the garden soon so you can have home grown sprouts for Christmas dinner. Home-grown sprouts tend to be a lot more popular and the children may just eat a few!


What to do in June…..

Quick Strawberry Tips

! ! Your strawberry plants should be fruiting nicely around now.

! Keep plants well watered. Because they are shallow rooting plants, strawberries will dry out very quickly in hot weather, and your crop will be affected.

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When the fruits start to appear, cover the ground around your plants with a fairly thick layer of straw. Try and get 'weed free' straw. Barley is the best. If no straw can be found, use black plastic.

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Covering the ground in this way keeps the weeds down, and stops the fruits being in contact with the soil, where they will rot very quickly or get eaten by the slugs.

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Growing strawberries in your garden will encourage just about every garden bird you can imagine. The trouble is, they will ALL eat your strawberries ...... if you let them!

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Make a small wooden frame to stand over your strawberry bed, and cover in fine netting. Don't use heavy materials, as you will want to move the cover every day during cropping season. Use light wood, and perhaps tent pegs or the equivalent to secure it against being blown over by the wind or knocked over by cats and dogs.

! NB:Always use wildlife friendly fine netting so birds don't get their wings tangled.

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Remove the 'runners' - little plants coming off the main plant, before they root. This will encourage your 'mother' plant to produce more fruit.

! Pick your strawberries every day in season.

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With good weather and a fairly long growing season, strawberries can produce up to 3 crops a year.


Herb Corner

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Aloe Vera

!Historical evidence suggests that aloe vera originated

in Africa although it is now grown in many countries. In moderate climates, aloe is often grown as a houseplant and thrives well in containers. It will grow happily in humid conditions as long as the roots aren’t in water. The plant will tolerate very high temperatures as well as very cold air temperatures. But low ground temperatures will damage the roots.

!The use of aloe vera in medicinal preparations has

been recorded for more than 2000 years. The sap from the leaf of the plant is a thick gel and it is this gel that holds all the healing ingredients aloe vera is becoming more and more well known for. There is a wide commercial trade in aloe vera and it has proved to cure many minor ailments as well as some chronic conditions.

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The gel inside the leaves consists of many vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, C and B12. It also contains 20 of the 22 amino acids required by a human body and is therefore an excellent aid to healing. A very useful herb to have in the home.

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The plant is 95% water and is therefore frost tender. It is normally grown indoors as a houseplant in the UK and similar climates. In warmer climates aloe can be grown outside in full sun or very light shade.

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Aloe vera has become very popular in recent years and is available in the form of ready grown plants from many garden suppliers. Plants should be kept on a sunny windowsill and kept indoors for most of the year. During warm summer months, pots can be put outside during the day. Don’t forget to bring them in before the temperature drops.

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Plants can be started from seed although it can take anything from one to six months to germinate. It must be kept warm during this time. It should be started in well-drained trays or pots of warm fresh compost and kept damp. Water gently but regularly.

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When the plants are large enough to handle, prick out carefully into individual pots and keep warm. Position in a sunny spot, either in a greenhouse or on a windowsill. If you are planting outside choose the sunniest spot in the garden away from draughts and frost pockets. Protect with a cloche or other cover during the night until the plant has become established, and during the next cold season. Remember this is a tropical plant and likes warm humid weather and plenty of sun.


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Herb Corner

Offsets:

Storing:

The quickest way to propagate aloe is to take the offsets from the main plant and re-pot immediately using new compost and a container that can be positioned in the sun. Offsets should be 3 or 4 inches high (8-10cm) and removed carefully so as to minimize damage to the mother plant. All pots and containers should be very well-drained. Add extra sand or gravel to compost before planting.

Aloe Vera is an evergreen succulent and should be available for use all year round. The gel inside the leaves can be stored and is widely processed in aloe vera preparations. However, in commercial processing, it is usual to use the whole leaf as it is more cost effective. The outer part of the leaf doesn’t have any particular medicinal value.

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Water immediately after planting and then let the soil dry out almost completely before watering again. Use the offsets as they become large enough to remove from the plant, to produce new plants. Give them away if you have too many

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During the summer months, plants should be watered well and then left to dry out completely before watering again. During the winter months, the plant rests and requires very little water. When the soil is completely dry add a cup or two of water. The plant is a succulent so holds a lot of water within the leaves and roots, and will rot if watered too much and too often.

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The plant will need re-potting every year or so, depending on the size of the pot, how well it grows, and also the quality of the original compost.

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Aloe vera has shallow wide spreading roots and it should be re-potted into a container that is wider but not necessarily deeper than its current one. Always use fresh compost when re-potting and mix in some sand to help with the drainage.

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! ! Medicinal uses: !

The medicinal uses for aloe vera are well documented and various. One particularly benefit is a treatment for burns. The sap in the leaves can be applied directly to a minor burn. It aids the body in its healing process and the wound will be much relieved. The sap also relieves pain from stinging insects and plants

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An interesting feature of aloe vera plants is that they continue to release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide at night which makes them suitable plants to keep in the bedroom.


Edible Flowers

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There are hundreds of edible flowers you can grow in your garden. However, you must be 110% sure they're edible before you eat them. Some garden flowers such as crocus, foxglove, clematis, azalea, mistletoe are HIGHLY POISONOUS and should never be taken internally.

! If you're allergy-prone, introduce very small amounts of flowers into your diet - one at a time. !

Most herbs produce flowers you can eat. They are usually slightly milder in flavour than the main plant ( leaves and stem ).

Edible Herb Flowers Include:

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Borage Chives Lavender Lemon verbena Marigold Nasturtium Thyme

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! All of these flowers can be used to garnish salads. !

Nasturtium

Many flowers and flowering herbs can be infused in boiling water and drunk as a tisane. Regular lawn daisies help relieve stress and a few young bramble ( blackberry ) leaves will give your immune system

Thyme

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is an antiseptic herb and a soothing remedy for the symptoms of colds and flu. Pick off a sprig of thyme, flowering or not, and put into a jug with a spoonful of honey and a little lemon juice. Pour boiling water over and stir to dissolve the honey. Cover the jug to keep the heat in and leave to steep for a few minutes. Strain through a small sieve or tea strainer and drink as soon as it's cool enough. This tisane recipe gives you an instant feeling of good health.

! Marigolds !are another antiseptic herb and the flowers are a great culinary asset. Again, children love the bright orange petals and can be easily persuaded to eat their veggies. !*Mix a few petals into a plain rice dish to add colour and taste, as well as a few extra vitamins. !*Sprinkle over dishes to garnish !*Stir into a green salad. !*Make a soothing tisane by steeping petals in boiled water for a few minutes, strain and serve. !Marigold petals can also be used to soothe aching feet! Pour hot water over petals, allow to cool a little and soak your feet.. bliss!


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Edible Flowers Roses -

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Rose petals can be used to garnish desserts, flavour ice cream or added to jams. Rose hips (a great source of vitamin C ) can be made into rose hip syrup or wine. Rose Petals can be crystallised and used to decorate chocolate cakes, cup cakes, or use them for celebration cakes for weddings or Thanksgiving. Roses are always a pleasure and being able to actually eat them is divine :-)

Broccoli - after the broccoli floret comes the flower- leave a few on the plant and use the tiny yellow flowers in stir frys and salads

! Carnations !

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to wine, sweets, and use as cake decorations

Elderflower - make elderflower champagne from the flowers - make it non-alcoholic for a refreshing summer drink ( and full of vitamins! )

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Violets - Sprinkle a few violet flowers into a salad. They have a slightly perfumed taste. Violet flowers are traditionally crystallised and used as cake decorations.

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Nasturtiums - Scatter a few over a large bowl of green salad. The colours are stunning and you can mix in a few chive flowers for a purple touch. Children always love the idea of eating flowers â˜ş and this is a great way to get them stuck into the salad.

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Nasturtium flowers will only stay fresh for a couple of hours so should be picked as close to dinner time as possible. The leaves will stay fresh for a day or two in the fridge.

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Zucchini (courgette) - flowers have been served in the finest restaurants for many years and are a delicacy, apparently! They can be simply used as a garnish or dipped in a fine batter and deep fried for a minute or two.

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Edible flowers are a stylish addition to any meal. The Romans used them to garnish their banquets 2000 years ago! Many restaurants will have a variety of edible flowers to garnish their more elegant meals. You can grow them in your garden, backyard or window box!

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P.S. Never use pesticides or chemicals on plants you intend to eat.


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Recipes

Lettuce Soup Did you know you can make lettuce soup? Try this recipe, (taken from 'Grow It! Cook It!') when you have loads of Cos lettuce cropping at once!

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Ingredients:

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12 oz. (350g) chopped Cos lettuce leaves 4 oz. (120g) finely sliced spring onions or shallots 2 oz. (50g) butter or substitute 1 tablespoon (2 dessertspoons) flour 1 pint (0.5 litre) of chicken or vegetable stock 0.25 pint (150 mls) milk Seasoning: a little salt and black pepper and chopped herbs of your choice.

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1. Gently heat butter in a fairly large heavy based saucepan

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2. Add lettuce and onions to the pan and stir gently over a fairly low heat until soft, being careful not to burn the vegetables.

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4. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, stirring regularly. Remove from heat and leave to cool for 5-10 minutes.

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5. Liquidize soup in a blender or food processor until smooth. Return to the pan. Stir in milk and seasoning.

! 6. Re-heat over a low heat until piping hot right through, stirring all the time. ! 7. Serve hot with crusty bread or croutons. ! !


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Recipes

Lemon Meringue Pie ! This recipe is indulgent and absolutely delicious! ! Ingredients

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6oz. (150-175g) short-crust pastry Finely grated rind and juice of 2 lemons 4oz. (100g) sugar (preferably sugar) 5 level tablespoons (75ml) corn-flour 2 eggs, separated 3oz. (75g) caster sugar

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Method:

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1. On a lightly floured board, roll out pastry to fit an 8inch (20.5cm) flan dish. Line the dish and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.

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2. Bake blind in a preheated oven (Gas mark 6, 400F, 200C) for about 10-15 minutes. To bake blind, lay a piece of greaseproof paper over the pastry and pour dried beans over the paper. This prevents the pastry from rising.

! 3. Remove from the oven. Remove beans and paper and bake for a further 5 minutes until pastry is set. !

4. Put the lemon rind, juice and granulated sugar in a saucepan with about 0.5 pint (300mls) water. Heat through gently until the sugar has dissolved.

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5. Mix the corn-flour to a smooth paste with 6 tablespoons (90mls) water. Stir into the saucepan with the lemon mix and blend well. Gently bring to the boil, stirring all the time then cook for a further minute.

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6. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Beat in the egg yolks one at a time. Then pour mixture into the pastry case. Level off.

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7. Whisk the egg whites until stiff. Then whisk half the caster sugar into the egg whites, until sugar is completely mixed. Then gently fold in the other half of the caster sugar.

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8. Spoon the meringue mixture over the lemon filling and smooth over. Make sure the filling is covered but don't let the meringue overlap the edge of he pastry case.

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9. Flick the meringue up into peaks with a knife and bake in the oven (Gas mark 2, 300F, 150C) for about 35 minutes.

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10. Remove from the oven and carefully remove from the flan dish. It may be easier to use a flan ring rather than a dish.

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Serve hot or cold with cream.


MONTHLY QUOTE


MONTHLY QUOTE

“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if we can’t help them, don't hurt them.” ! Dalai Lama


FEATURE PAGE ‘

EFT

! ! ! ! Traditional Healing Methods !!

There are many different forms of healing - many of which are free and available to all of us. Sceptics will argue against many 'simple' or traditional healing techniques, calling them a placebo and not real... Surely if it works, it works...

! Let's look at EFT for example !! !

EFT - Emotional Freedom Technique - is based on eastern acupuncture methods and involves tapping on the meridian points of the body. There are no financial costs unless you choose to join a group, buy a book or follow a program. You can find many different tapping routines on You Tube. Some of the best known practitioners are Nick Ortner (The Tapping Solution), Dr. Carol Look, Brad Yates, Margaret Lynch and you will probably find many more if you search around.

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Go with the practitioner that you resonate with. I find some of them a little fast but if they suit you, go with them!

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Side effects:

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The only side effects that can occur with this treatment is when other issues come to the surface and trigger unexpected emotions. However, many healers agree that it's not a bad idea to get to the root of your problems, so that you can start healing from a place of knowing rather than a vague state of misunderstandings.

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The process is easy to learn and you can't get it 'wrong'. You can go through a round or two of releasing negative stuff then a round or two of positive.

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On the opposite page you'll see an image of where the main points are. You tap on each point with 2 or 3 fingers, firmly but not too vigorously, about 6 or more times on each point while affirming or stating your intention.

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So, you should always start with the karate chop point, which is the fleshy part of the side of your hand - where you would expect to karate chop a brick in half if you were so inclined :-)

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While tapping on this point you say your set-up statement, 3 times. For example if you are having financial worries, first of all rate the issue from 1-10 so that you can re-assess and see how you're progressing later. Then you may say something like...

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Even though I'm not earning lots of money I deeply love and accept myself Even though I'm not earning the money I need to pay my bills, I deeply love and honour myself Even though I'm not earning enough money I deeply love and accept myself, and everyone else!

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EFT

! ! ! And this could be your 'Round One': !

eyebrow: I'm not earning enough money side of eye: I haven’t got enough money to buy what I want under the eye: I'm not earning enough money under the nose: I'm useless at earning money chin: I don't feel worthy enough to earn a lot of money collar bone: I'm not earning enough money under arm: I don't feel capable of earning lots of money top of head: I'm not earning enough money

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And 'Round 2':

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eyebrow: even though I'm not earning lots of money side of eye: I accept I am worthy of earning lots of money under the eye: I am releasing the stress and guilt of earning lots of money now under the nose: I accept I can earn lots of money chin: I know I am capable of earning lots of money collar bone: I am releasing all negative feelings towards money now under arm: All negative feelings are being released now. top of head: I am creating my own mega - income

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Then rate the problem again between 1-10. You may need to do this again a few times, and every day, but it takes only seconds and well worth trying.

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Don't copy this word for word. Look at the tapping videos online and follow along. The practitioners, mentioned above, are professionals and you'll be able to find the routines that suit you and your particular problem or challenge.


BRIGHT IDEAS! We love up-cycling. Having a creative mind is always easier when you want to up-cycle. But for those who aren’t so much, here are a few things we think are just wonderful.

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! Do you have a pair of funky old children's wellies lying around?

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Well if you don’t, get down to your local charity shop and find yourself a pair!

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This is a must have for any garden!

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Flower pot wellies!


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BRIGHT IDEAS!

Hehe!

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I had to share this one with you.

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What an excellent play pen-

paddling pool in the lounge!

Pop down to your local farmer and see if he has an old Tractor wheel going spare! Then get stuck in with a bit of paint and lots of fun ~ and you have a stylish fun sandpit!


‘ IT’S ALL ABOUT THE TIDDLY~PEEPS….

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Banana healthy snacks - Quick, easy and yummy.

Banana Fact: Bananas can cheer you up! Bananas are the only fruit that contain Amino Acid, tryptophan and vitamin B6. These all help our bodies to produce Seratonin. Seratonin is the natural chemical in our system that helps alleviate mental depression.

Banana Smoothie

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1 Banana ! 1 tablespoon honey, or sugar! 1 cup milk! Ice (optional)!

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Place all the ingredients into a blender & get blending!

Banana Ice-Cream

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Peel the bananas and cut them into chunks before freezing. When you want ice cream, dump a couple of handfuls into a food processor and whiz until they turn into creamy goodness.

Bananas and sugar

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Chop up 1 banana and sprinkle either white or brown sugar over the banana! Easy as that!

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I usually add raisons too, but you could add nuts or any other preferred fruit.


IT’S ‘ ALL ABOUT THE TIDDLY~PEEPS….

One for the ladies!


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HEALTHY CHANGE

A Healthy Home There are tons of healthy changes you can make quite painlessly and without maxing out the credit card! Bathroom Air Fresheners:

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Aerosols and chemicals really upset the balance of the air in your home and can affect asthmatics quite dramatically.

! Two great alternatives to sweetening the smells: !

1. Light a scented candle for a few moments. Don't leave it alight if you have children in the house, unless you have a safe place to leave it for a few more minutes. Generally though, just a few seconds is enough.

! 2. Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to the inner cardboard tube of the toilet roll. ! Other Air Fresheners: !

Many of us are living with central heating systems, and in some parts, even air con systems. Either do the lighted candle thing to avoid the aerosols - or OPEN a window - yes I know - a bit radical, but letting fresh air course through your home will expel all sorts of unpleasant odours and leave a wonderful fresh and natural smell behind.

! However, if you live on a busy main road, stick to the scented candles! ! Bleach: !

Ouch! Bleach is not only awful for the environment, it's also responsible for breaking down our immune systems. Living in a sterile environment is not really 'natural' and you don't have to bleach everything into shiny whiteness. Use the last bits of lemon to wipe round the sink and the stains will disappear and leave behind a lovely lemon scent.

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Furniture Polish:

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A damp duster will remove dust and clean at the same time. A few drops of essential oil will also give wood an extra boost and leave everything smelling delicious :-)


‘ DID YOU KNOW?

Cucumber Cucumbers are the fourth most cultivated vegetable in the world with good reason. Spas and beauty products promote cucumber and they are always popping up in smoothie recipes.

Cucumbers contain:

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Plenty of B vitamins Calcium Iron Vitamin C and lots of other good-for-you stuff!

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! Here are just ten of the many benefits of cucumbers. ! 1. Cucumber slices placed over your closed eyes will reduce puffiness and refresh your eyes.

! 2. Cucumber re-hydrates - they are 95% water after all.

! 3. Certain properties in cucumbers have been found to help prevent some cancers

! 4. Cucumber will help cleanse your kidneys

! 5. A slice of cucumber held in the mouth for a minute or two will freshen the breathe.

! 6. Use cucumber slices to help soothe minor burns and sunburn.

! 7. Cucumber juice can help balance insulin levels which is helpful in treating diabetes

! 8. The fibre in cucumber helps digestion and really can help with weight-loss

! 9. Cucumbers contain 'silica' which helps to keep joints healthy and mobile

! 10. Silica can also promote hair growth

! Oh, and they're great in salads and smoothies!

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Moments Of Appreciation

Elephants cry, play, have incredible memories, and laugh. Elephants are social creatures. They sometimes “hug” by wrapping their trunks together in displays of greeting and affection.

Elephants can swim – they use their trunk to breathe like a snorkel in deep water.


Moments Of Appreciation

Redwoods have been around for about 240 million years, compared to about 200,000 years for “modern” humans. -meaning the earliest redwoods showed up on earth shortly after the dinosaurs.

Redwood trees can grow to 300 feet or more. The tallest tree on Earth. There are approximately 50 redwood trees taller than 360 feet living along the Pacific Coast. Amazing!


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Healthy Living Magazine 1st JUNE 2014  
Healthy Living Magazine 1st JUNE 2014  

Healthy Living magazine, jam packed with bright up cycling ideas. From growing veg to your latest healthy beauty regime. Have fun reading!...

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