I Put My Life On A Diet


Downsizing has become quite the thing to do now as prices keep on rising and money gets tighter and tighter for a lot of us. We are having to rethink the way we are living our lives, and make some changes. This was true for me.

I wasn’t really as happy in my life as I felt I should be or that I wanted to be. I was just doing what I had always done, even though I felt like I was just treading water, going no where. I knew changes needed to happen, but reinventing myself and my life life in my more senior years just felt so daunting.

After much research and thought I decided to buy a caravan as my ‘retirement’ home and hit the road as they say.

I downsized! I downsized from a house to a 17 foot pop top caravan. Everything that wasn’t essential has gone. Was it easy to let go of everything? No!  But the more I let go the easier it became.

Gone is my old life – sold, given away or put in the rubbish.

I like the idea of unplugging from the ‘system’ as much as I can, to simplify my life, and slow my life right down. The ability to be independent and move when I want is something I equate with freedom.

My idea was to live simply, with as small an environmental footprint as possible. This transition to an even smaller and simpler life has made me happier and healthier than I have been in a long time. It has also freed up money and time, two precious commodities in this world.

More time, more money, more freedom!

Living in my compact mobile home, I’ve learned that, as my living space became smaller, my freedom grew, both in terms of finances, free time and choices.  I only need enough space for myself to cook, sleep and a desk to write at.  Especially as I am constantly moving and changing my outside environment; One minute I am in a city enjoying all the hustle and bustle it has to offer, and the next I am amongst the trees on a mountain range doing Tai Chi at dusk or parked quietly off by a river somewhere enjoying the serenity. It doesn’t take much stuff or internal living space to do this.


A Doctor from the 1800’s view on Health

100_0499-11I recently read a book by a Scottish born MD that was originally published in 1886 – Gordon Stables “The Cruise of the Land-Yacht Wanderer” or “Thirteen Hundred Miles in my Caravan”. Though the book itself made enjoyable and interesting reading, it was the appendix on health that really caught my attention. How did a doctor in the 1800’s view health and wellness!

The following are some exerts from the appendix on Health.

“ I know there are many people who suffer from debility of nerves, from indigestion, and from that disease of modern times we call ennui ( feeling listless and discontented, tired and bored), which so often precedes a thorough break-up and a speedy march to the grave.  Seeing that ennui does not weaken any one organ more than another, but that its evil effects are manifested in a deterioration of every organ and portion of the body and tissues at once, let us consider for a moment what health really is.

To put it in my own homely way: if a young man, or a middle-aged one either, while spending a day in the country, with the fresh breezes of heaven blowing on his brow, with the larks a-quiver with song in the bright sunshine, and all nature rejoicing,—I tell you that if such an individual, not being a cripple, can pass a five-barred gate without an inclination to vault over it, he cannot be in good health.

Nay, but to be more serious, let me quote the words of that prince of medical writers, the late lamented Sir Thomas Watson, Bart:—

“Health is represented in the natural or standard condition of the living body.   It is sufficient for our purpose to say that it implies freedom from pain and sickness; freedom also from all those changes in the natural fabric of the body, that endanger life or impede the easy and effectual exercise of the vital functions. It is plain that health does not signify any fixed and immutable condition of the body. If we can form and fix in our minds a clear conception of the state of health, we shall have little difficulty in comprehending what is meant by disease, which consists in some deviation from that state—some uneasy or unnatural sensation of which the patient is aware; some embarrassment of function, perceptible by himself or by others; or some unsafe though hidden condition of which he may be unconscious; some mode, in short, of being, or of action, or of feeling different from those which are proper to health.”

Can medicine restore the health of those who are threatened with a break-up, whose nerves are shaken, whose strength has been failing for some time past, when it seems to the sufferer—to quote the beautiful words of the Preacher—the days have already come when you find no pleasure in them; when you feel as if the light of the sun and the moon and the stars are darkened, that the silver cord is loosed, the golden bowl is broken, and the pitcher broken at the fountain?

No, no, no! a thousand times no. Medicine, tonic or otherwise, never, alone, did, or could, cure the deadly ailment called ennui. You want newness of life, you want perfect obedience for a time to the rules of hygiene, and exercise above all.

Good habits, I say, may be formed as well as bad ones; not so easily, I grant you, but, being formed, or for a time enforced, they, too, become a kind of second nature. Let me simply enumerate, by way of reminding you, some of the ordinary rules for the maintenance of health.

Diet.—Errors in diet produce dyspepsia, and dyspepsia may be the forerunner of almost any fatal illness. It not only induces disease itself, but the body of the sufferer from this complaint, being at the best but poorly nourished, no matter how fat and fresh he may appear, is more liable to be attacked by any ailment which may be in the air. Dyspepsia really leaves the front door open, so that trouble may walk in.

The chief errors in diet which are apt to bring on chronic indigestion are:

  1. Over-rich or over-nutritious diet.
  2. Over-eating, from which more die than from over-drinking.
  3. Eating too quickly, as one is apt to do when alone, the solvent saliva having thus no time to get properly mingled with the food.
  4. The evil habit of taking “nips” before meals, by which means the blood is heated, the salivary glands rendered partially inert, the mucous membrane of the mouth rendered incapable for a time of absorption, and the gastric juices thrown out and wasted before their proper time, that is meal-time.
  5. Drinking too much fluid with the meals, and thereby diluting the gastric juices and delaying digestion.
  6. Want of daily or tri-weekly change of diet.
  7. Irregularity in times of eating.


Drink.—I do not intend discussing the question of temperance.

  1. But if stimulants are taken at all, it should never be on an empty stomach.
  2. They ought not to be taken at all, if they can be done without.
  3. What are called “nightcaps” may induce sleep, but it is by narcotic action, and the sleep is neither sound nor refreshing. The best nightcap is a warm bath and a bottle of soda water, with ten to fifteen grains of pure bicarbonate of soda in it.

Cream of tartar drink. This should be more popular than it is in summer. A pint of boiling water is poured over a dram and a half of cream of tartar, in which is the juice of a lemon and some of the rind; when cold, especially if iced, it is truly excellent in summer weather. It cools the system, prevents constipation, and assuages thirst.

Fresh air.—The more of this one has the better, whether by day or by night. Many chronic ailments will yield entirely to a course of ozone-laden fresh air, such as one gets at the seaside, or on the mountain’s brow. Have a proper and scientific plan of ventilating your bedrooms. Without air one dies speedily; in bad air he languishes and dies more slowly; in the ordinary air of rooms one exists, but he cannot be said to live; but in pure air one can be as happy and light-hearted as a lark.

Exercise.—This must be pleasurable, or at all events it must be interesting—mind and body must go hand in hand—if exercise is to do any good. It must not be over-fatiguing, and intervals of rest must not be forgotten.

Work, is not exercise. This may seem strange, but it is true. I tell my patients, “I do not care how much you run about all day at your business, you must take the exercise I prescribe quite independently of your work.”


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Earthing or Grounding for Greater Health



Have you heard of Earthing or Grounding?  Do you know what it is?

It is simply the act of walking barefoot on the ground, or lying/sleeping on the ground, gardening with your bare hands or feet in the earth; allowing your body to reconnect with the earth’s natural healing energies and rhythms.

Although it is a very simple and natural thing to do, there are actually many health benefits associated with this. I think we all know about walking barefoot on the dewy grass or riverbank or sea side to reduce or ‘earth out’ any build up of static electricity in our bodies. But now there have been a number of scientific studies done that show Earthing can help relieve chronic pain, reduce inflammation, improve sleep, relieve stress, enhance well-being and much, much more.

Ancient cultures knew about the earths powerful energy and natural rhythmic pulses that keep life running in a rhythm and balance that maintains homeostasis, which is essential to all life, and naturally incorporated them in their everyday lives. But our disconnection from the Earth and Nature has, until recently, meant that Earthing or Grounding ourselves has virtually been overlooked as having any positive impact on our health or well-being, by our modern culture.

During Earthing, negatively-charged electrons transfer from the earth’s surface into our bodies where they neutralize positively-charged destructive free radicals, and also releases any build-up of static energy in the body. These electrons are the most powerful antioxidants known. By scavenging and neutralizing free radicals in the body, antioxidants help to ease inflammation and cell or tissue damage. Earthing also enhances our mood by relieving physical or emotional stress.

So take off your shoes whenever and where ever you can, get your hands and feet back in the earth as often as you can when you’re outdoors, and take advantage of the natural health benefits of Grounding yourself.


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Notice the Good & Practice Gratitude


You can complain that roses have thorns or you can rejoice that thorns have roses.

The choice is yours!


Did You Know – You are responsible for the energy you ‘bring to life’ and the attitude/energy you bring to any situation in Life.


If your attitude is Loving and Grateful you see the world as being full of wonder, delight, magic and mystery.

Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it!

Fear, judgments, and anger collapse this attitude, and often sneaks up on you quickly, unnoticed, just because it is so normal.

It seems easier to feel fear and lack rather than contented abundance. Fear and judgments can lead you to imagine the worst possible outcomes with frightening images and stories in your head often go round and round, building in intensity.

Your feelings/emotions tell you very quickly what you’re thinking. It is impossible to feel bad and at the same time be having good, loving thoughts, and visa versa.

Did You Know – An antidote to fear/anxiety is to breathe deeply, breath slowly, soften your body, relax and stick to the facts as they are right Now. Anxiety is usually about the future; an imagined, outcome that may never happen.

Each thought you have is a tiny impulse of energy that goes out from you and into the Universe. Your thoughts are a major source of power and energy, either to your advantage or your detriment. Your Life is an expression of your dominant thoughts; each thought you think is planting a seed for future experiences.

When you remember to acknowledge gratitude for all you have and are, you will start to feel nourished by all that you have and are.

But if life becomes an “I ought to be, do, have . . .” affair, you continually feel inadequate and unfulfilled.

Focus on who you naturally are rather than trying to make yourself fit some other mold.

You make the best you there can be, so Keep dancing with your Unique Self!
See the Good in yourself, your life and your world and be Grateful for all that you are and have!

Where is your focus and attention right now? And where does it go when you aren’t watching?


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Have you experienced Reiki or Hands on Healing?


‘Hands on Healing’ is a natural and ancient form of healing. In its simplest form we instinctively put our hands on what hurts, ie a headache, sore knee, stomach ache etc.

Reiki is a simple and natural form of Hands on Healing. Anyone can do it, anywhere, at any time, and on anyone (with permission) or anything. You can use it on yourself when you are feeling out of sorts – nervous, stressed, uncomfortable – and it will energize, calm and restore a balance.

One of the first things you notice while receiving Reiki Healing is how peaceful and relaxing this gentle healing art is. Some people fall asleep during a Reiki treatment. Others notice a deeply relaxed, but aware state similar to that of meditation.

A Reiki Master was asked what she feels when she is giving Reiki. Love she replied. This is not a philosophical concept but real hands on love.

We are alive because vital life force energy is flowing through us. Life force flows within the physical body through pathways called chakras, and meridians and nadis. It also flows around us in a field of energy called the aura. Life force nourishes the organs and cells of the body, supporting them in their functions. When this flow of life force is disrupted, it causes diminished function in one or more of the organs and tissues of the physical body. Reiki can help restore the free flow of life force energy within our body.

Reiki can be used to unblock accumulated toxic energy. The body can accumulate toxins when we are out of balance and harmony with life. Thoughts are energy too and if our thoughts are at odds with our essential essence we become out of balance, out of ease with our core and that of the universe. And as a result we create dis ease.

Reiki is a technique for directing, balancing and restoring Life force energy. Restoring balance, harmony and energy flow. If we are out of balance, out of ease, we are in a state of dis ease.

An exercise to try:
This is an exercise to increase sensitivity in the hands. Take three deep slow breaths in to the count of four and then out to the count of 8. Be at ease, your hands at ease, your body at ease, your mind quietly at ease.
Place your hands in prayer position in front of your heart. Let your palms separate a few centimeters, and feel the energy that starts to build up between the two hands. Let you palms separate further apart while still feeling the energy. Then place your left hand over the heart area and your right hand over the solar plexus (just below the sternum) and feel the energy connect with your body.

Another exercise is to:
Gently focus your attention on the center of the palm of your hands. Rub your two palms together and Notice the energy building there. Notice any sensations of warmth, tingling or energy movement. Stop and place your hands on a sore or problem area of your body. Or alternately place one hand on your solar plexus and one over your heart – this is very calming. Notice the energy coming from your hands and entering your body or quietly spreading from your hands.

Did you feel warmth, tingling, energy moving, anything?

Everyone has the ability to do Reiki. It is a natural innate quality within us all. Attunements can help open the pathways for the energy to flow, but so can intention and practice. There is no substitute for an intention to help and practice. Even after going to a Reiki Master and receiving the attunement, you are sent home to practice every day for the next 21 days. It is thought that it takes 21 days to create new pathways in the brain and create a new pattern/habit.

Reiki enhances whatever it touches. It is a natural, powerful system that unlocks the inner flow of vital energy.

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Are Your Food Choices Affecting Your Mood?

Food & Mood


Did You Know – Food has a powerful influence over mood, both to your advantage and disadvantage.


Your food can assist you to become more happy and healthy, or your food can undermine your health and well-being, physically, mentally and emotionally.

Food used to be something we ate to give strength and vitality to our bodies, to heal us when we were sick and to satisfy an appetite after doing meaningful work. Now food is produced for profit and instead of being eaten when we are physically hungry, food is now consumed to satisfy artificial cravings. We eat, but we are rarely satisfied, only full.

Food changes chemicals in the body and brain, affecting mood and behavior. It is impossible to be contented and emotionally stable while poisoning your body and brain with artificial and adulterated ‘food’. Present day research and experience are proving without a doubt that there is a connection between what we eat and how we think, feel and behave. Improving your physical diet can reduce stress levels, anger and anxiety.

Enjoying a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices, eggs, lean meat and oily fish, for instance, is associated with a reduction in mood swings, depression and anxiety. Eating these foods can help maintain a steady blood-sugar level, which also helps to stabilize mood. Your mood also affects the foods you choose.

People in a negative frame of mind are more likely to choose sugary, fatty, processed and salty indulgence or comfort foods, rather than Life Enhancing ones. Sugar leads to fluctuations in blood sugar, which can bring on mood swings and the Sugar Blues. Sugar, though sometimes a short term fix, encourages poor mental and emotional health. Sugar, carbohydrate and processed food consumption also triggers a cascade of chemical reactions in your body that promote chronic inflammation. In the long term, inflammation disrupts the normal functioning of your immune system and wreaks havoc on your brain, and mood.

A high-quality source of protein – like organic eggs, sardines or a handful of almonds (preferably presoaked to unlock the enzyme inhibitors)– helps to keep your blood sugar levels steady for enhanced energy and mood.

Brain chemicals (neurotransmitters, such as serotonin, dopamine and acetylcholine) influence the way we think, feel and behave. They can be affected by what we’ve eaten. We are becoming more and more aware of the Gut/Brain connection and know that eating traditionally fermented, unpasteurized foods are the best route to optimal digestive health.
Bananas contain dopamine, a natural reward chemical that boosts your mood.

Magnesium, found in pumpkin seeds, almonds and leafy greens, is a calming mineral that gets depleted when we’re stressed.

Leafy greens, legumes, nuts and eggs: These types of foods are packed with vitamin B, which helps to create neurotransmitters such as serotonin, which calms and reduces anxiety.

Caffeine, found in tea, coffee, cola drinks and chocolate, is probably the most widely used behaviour-modifying drug in the world. We often choose to drink it if we are feeling tired and irritable, because it can give us a boost and help us to concentrate.

My main philosophy about what to eat and what to avoid is quite simple. If man has created, enhanced or adulterated a food in any way, then I greatly reduce my consumption of these foods or avoid them altogether. The chances are the molecular structure of the original food has changed due to high heat, forced pressure or some other unnatural process or procedure so our bodies no longer recognizes it as food. This is how some food allergies are created. I prefer to eat foods created by nature, as nature intended.

And last but by no means least is Water. Dehydration can contribute to poor concentration, low energy, and poor mood, so try to drink plenty of water every day and stay hydrated.

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