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Whole Foods to boost your mood and make you happy

Food can be a comfort, a reward, a guilty pleasure, a bit of nostalgia. Antidepressants are as common today as pain relievers and nighttime sleep aids, but does this mean they’re the best option for our health? Of course not! We weren’t intended to need or rely on drugs 

Quinoa

Quinoa is a great natural anti-depressant. This mighty little seed is high in magnesium, iron, B vitamins, and all essential amino acids. Quinoa is a wonderful gluten-free replacement to couscous and also more nutritious.  Quinoa’s high mineral content directly plays a part in the release of serotonin, GABA, and even melatonin which helps you sleep easier. Its natural carbohydrates are also slow-releasing which is optimal for blood sugar and a longer lasting happy mood.  Quinoa comes in white, red and black.  for a burst of texture combine all 3.  Cook it in water, stock and even coconut milk.  Add it to soups, salads and stir fries.  Great for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Because it’s so high in nutrients, it also helps fight fatigue and anxiety. Hence, the hype is real — quinoa really is a superfood.

Chia Seeds

Healthy chia Seeds

 Chia seeds are packed with amino acids, iron, and contain B vitamins that are must-haves for a healthy brain. Because they’re a complete protein they also assist with optimal neurotransmitter function and the production of serotonin in the body. Finally, they’re a great source of omega-3’s and fiber.

Chia seed is a very versatile ingredient that can be used in many ways.They change their texture after being soaked and become softer, silky and velvety. You can blend them with your smoothies, shakes or cold coffee. You can also sprinkle some over your breakfast cereal.

Dark chocolate

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Dark chocolate boosts mood because it raises endorphin levels.  Choose dark chocolate with at least 70% cacao. and no milk products.   Dark chocolate is rich in minerals such as magnesium and copper. These minerals aid in regulating normal blood pressure and subsequently maintaining proper heartbeat levels.  Eating a delicious piece of chocolate can possibly reduce stress levels; it works by stimulating the production of endorphins that may give rise to a happy feeling. The serotonin level in dark chocolate may act as an effective anti-depressant. It contains serotonin, which has nearly identical qualities of anti-depressants. In addition, the dark variety of chocolate contains stimulants such as theobromine and caffeine, which are major stimulants.

Keep this in mind: The recommended dose is 28 grams per day.

Sweet Potato

Healthy Food Alternatives for depression

Sweet potato is one of the best natural sources of carbohydrate. Carbohydrates promote the production of serotonin, our number one feel-good brain chemical. They contain L-tryptophan, an amino acid directly related to helping prevent depression and anxiety. They are easily available, a great alternative to standard potatoes for its richness in fibre and helping in keeping the blood sugar steady. It’s also super rich in Vitamin B6. Low levels of vitamin B6 have been associated with symptoms of depression. weet potatoes are also high in magnesium and potassium which reduces cortisol and high blood pressure that increases with stress.

Flax Seeds

Antidepressant food

Flax is  one of the best sources of omega-3s, even higher in ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) than chia.  Flax is also packed with fiber to reduce blood sugar levels and contributes to better blood pressure too. Sprinkle a little flax on your foods however you can; it has a great nutty taste, and it can be added to everything from veggies to healthy desserts!  Flax Seeds have omega-3, alpha linoleic acid, lignans, and fiber. It’s also conveniently accessible as oil, grounded, flour, or powder. We now have a dehydrator and are making our own flaxseed crackers.  I have read some warnings about the overuse of flaxseed in your diet. As with everything, please do your own research.

Source:  One Green Planet,  Natural Alternative Remedy, 

10 Things To Do If The World Is Making You Depressed

Seriously, you’re not alone. Here are some useful antidotes to the global whirlpool of negativity…

There’s no doubt about it: the world is seriously messed up.  If you’re not feeling a little bit sad right now, you’re probably either already taking an assortment of pills to deal with the pain or you live off-grid in a forest somewhere, blissfully ignorant of ISIS vs Western ImperialismMonsantoEcocideTTIP, and all the other seemingly endless tragedies and injustices we never get bored of inflicting on ourselves and the rest of the planet. But rather than giving into the temptation to hide under your duvet until the day humanity blows itself into oblivion, here are a few proactive and realistic steps you can take to get you smiling again.

Bond with mother nature

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Credit: pexels.com CC licence

This is absolutely crucial to restoring your energy levels and feel connected to the Earth. Not only is nature breathtakingly beautiful, but the great outdoors is a great stress-free zone. No wifi and cellphone signals messing up your brain, no CCTV cameras, no man-made noise, no light pollution, and no crowds. Whether you’re walking through a forest or sitting down by the ocean, you notice an instant calming effect that soothes the soul. Nature is oblivious to humanity’s problems. No matter what’s going on with our dumb species, the wind keeps rustling in the treetops, the ocean keeps making waves, babbling brooks keep flowing, and birds keep singing. If you live close enough to the wilderness to head out for one hour a day and enjoy the tranquility, do it! If you’re a city dweller, try heading to a park at lunchtime, exercise outside rather than in a gym, and plan regular weekends away to escape the oppressive urban jungle as much as you possibly can. Never underestimate the healing power of the natural world.

Turn off the TV

Television acts like a drug, and even alters your brain chemistry. You should probably do yourself a favor and throw out the brain-drain altogether, but if you can’t go that far, at least try to limit your consumption. Try not to come home and turn on the TV unconsciously, instead plan to only watch shows that are positive, funny, uplifting or educational, and leave the tube turned off until then. Start looking for inspirationalfilms and documentaries you can watch on your laptop. Choose your own entertainment, rather than letting someone else choose it for you. Muting TV commercials is another simple trick for anyone feeling down about the constant bombardment of consumerism, especially in the run-up to the holiday season.

Get involved

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Credit: Wikimedia commons CC licenced

Dwelling on the many urgent global issues that need fixing isn’t going to help you or anyone else, so instead choose just one cause you feel passionate about, and get involved in it. If homelessness is your main concern, maybe you could spend one day a week volunteering at a soup kitchen. If it’s animal cruelty, you could offer to help out at your local shelter. If you simply don’t have time to do this regularly, there are other options: why not organize a one-off local music concert, yard sale or even a bungee jump to raise money for something close to your heart?

If you need inspiration, click here for 10 specific things you can do to make a positive change in the world, and always remember the words of anthropologist Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Finally, don’t forget that even those seemingly tiny things make a huge difference. Smile at strangers. Give things to charity. Buy holiday gifts from Fair-trade and charity organizations that pay a decent wage to artisans in the developing world. Just continue being a kind person…and be kind to yourself, too.

Avoid the mainstream news

A selection of racist, fear-mongering headlines that will do nothing to boost your mood. Credit: CC license, pressreform.blogspot

Fear, terror, shock, horror, fear, terror, shock, horror…it makes absolutely no sense to wallow in the awfulness of it all. What will it achieve? If you can’t avoid the news for work reasons, I feel your pain. But promise yourself to take one month’s ‘media fast’ per year, where you don’t watch or read any news at all. You quickly learn that the negative energy we create when we feel anxious, angry or frustrated at the world is always better spent on positive thought and action. Terrifying news reports tend to spark widespread fear, division, and hatred for ‘the other’, all of which are detrimental to our shared goal of harmony, happiness, and global peace. Apart from the obvious negativity generated by the corporate media, there are various reasons you really can’t trust it to give you an honest account of what’s happening in the world. Consider the growing number of journalists who have come out and blown the whistle on the reality of news-gathering and reporting to expose an industry that cares very little for honesty and integrity. Striving to be a critical thinker can provide much-needed protection against the fear machine, so educate yourself about how the mainstream media actually works.

Channel your frustration creatively

Don’t get mad, get poetic. Writing, drawing, painting, vlogging or blogging, playing a musical instrument, or creating GIFs and shareable memes online are all ways of venting your frustration at the world in a positive way. Creativity is a wonderful antidote to depression. Many people claim they don’t have an artistic side, but I’m skeptical- even doodling on paper can relieve stress, and even if you think you can’t write a poem, you won’t know until you try!

Disconnect (to reconnect!) 

A recent study from Denmark suggested we’d all feel much happier if we had a break from social media. The Danish Happiness Institute found that participants who put down their smartphones and quit Facebook for a week were more content, and (not surprisingly) interacted more with real-life human beings. Social media can definitely be used for positive change, but if you’re depressed about the world it could do you good to back away from your smartphone for a few days, at least

Take control of your mind

Reminding yourself to live in the present moment is a very effective way to eliminate worrying and get some perspective. It’s easy to forget that the past is gone and the future doesn’t exist: all you really have is now. So many of us panic about what might happen or spend a lot of time wishing the past had been different. Since we have no control over any of this, it’s a total waste of your mental energy. If you don’t seem to be able to stop thinking, it’s worth considering meditation. There are even groups who participate in global group meditations to visualize world peace, and these kinds of initiatives have even been credited with lowering crime rates in cities like New York and LA (the idea is that individual brain waves can affect the collective consciousness).

Spiritual philosophers like Louise Hay, Eckhart TolleAlan Watts and Jiddu Krishnamurti are well worth checking out for anyone who wants to use positive affirmations, mindfulness, ancient wisdom and meditation to visualise a better planet (or even just to make beneficial changes in your own life). If this all sounds like nonsense so far, I recommend watching a powerful film called ‘What The Bleep Do We Know’, which uses the latest cutting-edge research in quantum mechanics and interviews with leading physicists to illustrate how human beings are truly the co-creators of their own reality. True story! You might also want to read an unusual book called ‘Handbook for the New Paradigm’: it’s very strange, impossible to describe, and requires the suspension of disbelief at times, but it will leave you feeling very hopeful and empowered about the simple steps you can take to wrestle our lovely blue planet back from those who seem intent on destroying it.

Remember: millions of people feel the same as you!

Realising you’re not alone in feeling despair for the world is important. Even if your Facebook feed is full of intolerance and apathy, it doesn’t mean nobody else cares. Just remember the millions of people around the world who are campaigning for change. Surround yourself with like-minded people, and never underestimate the importance of a hug! Reddit even has a forum for people who are feeling down, so if you can’t speak to anyone in your life about how frustrated and down you feel, try the online community. Note: If it’s not just the world that’s making you feel depressed but your entire life, or if you’re prone to feeling blue on a  regular basis, you should ask for professional advice, think about alternative therapies, and consider counselling. 

Nurture yourself

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Credit: pexels CC license

Repeat this mantra: “I am not a superhero.” Nobody expects you to be, and nobody is asking you to be. So stop beating yourself up about things that are absolutely out of your control. If you’ve gotten to the point where you’re so sad about the suffering of others that you’re no longer looking after yourself, you’re really no use to anyone. Sure, you can’t stop thinking about the plight of refugees or all those people on the streets this winter, but you’d be much more able to take proactive steps to help them if you make sure you’re healthy and happy first. So exercisesleep and eat well. Do what you love. Give yourself a break. Be your own best friend. It’s vital to stay happy if you want to make the world a better place. It might sound silly, but just dancing around your living room to uplifting music will give you an instant energy and endorphin boost. Sing in the shower. Smile even if you don’t feel like it. Hey, there’s even a lot to be said for watching funny cat videos.

10. Celebrate and be grateful for the positives

Credit: Wikimedia

Credit: Wikimedia

Despite the fact there are so many global issues that urgently need addressing, the world really isn’t as bad as it seems- and if you turn off the TV and stop reading the news, this quickly becomes apparent. Statistically, things are getting better across the board: global poverty is reducing, campaign groups like Avaaz are working, and all over the world, people are doing wonderful things and making huge changes. Emily Dickinson said:“Hope is a thing with wings,” and she was right. The best way to make the world a better place is to begin with yourself and those around you. Treat yourself and your loved ones with love and compassion first, and you will likely find this starts spreading. Make just one person smile today, and you have made a difference.

Researchers have found that “people who keep gratitude journals on a weekly basis are healthier, more optimistic, and more likely to make progress toward achieving personal goals.” Scientists say that people who write ‘gratitude letters’ to someone who made a difference in their lives “score higher on happiness and lower on depression, and the effect lasts for weeks.” So instead of feeling guilty for your own blessings, say thank you regularly. Every night, make a list of all the positive things that happened to you today, no matter how small. Start your day by telling yourself that something wonderful is going to happen, and within a few days you’ll feel more in control and more optimistic about life- and better prepared to make positive changes in the world.

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Enjoying Your Gluten-free Lifestyle

Enjoying Your Gluten-free Lifestyle

Whether you have a wheat allergy, celiac disease or some other form of gluten intolerance or sensitivity, trying to structure your life around a new health condition can be daunting. Most people on gluten-free diets quickly adapt; making a few changes to a recipe here, choosing an alternative product there, learning which items to avoid and which can safely be consumed.

Eating Out

It can be challenging when you first start eating out, but again, most people find local cafes and restaurants that can accommodate their needs. If you're based in a larger metropolitan area, you may be lucky enough to find a gluten-free speciality restaurant near you. If not, don't despair. A growing number of people are aware of the problems faced by gluten-sensitive individuals, and if you ask the staff they may be able to offer you gluten-free options. Many dishes are already naturally free of gluten, or can be made gluten-free with a few small changes -- leaving the croutons off your salad, for example.

On the go

While it's easy enough to eat wheat and gluten-free at home or in your favourite eaterie, things can get a little more complicated when you're out and about. At work or running errands, it can be more difficult to find things that are safe for you to eat and drink. Deciding to go gluten-free may mean passing up your usual fast food or takeaway options. Instead, look for prepackaged foods in supermarkets and grocers, or find quick and simple recipes that you can prepare at home and bring with you.

Further afield

The real challenges often begin when you leave your usual locale and travel somewhere unfamiliar. It can be tricky to find safe places to enjoy a meal or a drink. Going self-catering is one option. If you prepare your own meals, you can be sure you're not accidentally eating anything you shouldn't -- but the extra effort can make a holiday feel less relaxing for some. Fortunately, there are some hotels and holiday resorts that make a special effort to provide delicious gluten-free dining as part of their overall experience. It may take a little research, but you can find wonderful holiday options that don't involve the worry and extra effort of trying to find gluten-free foods. Support organisations for gluten and wheat sensitive individuals can often help.

At HideAway Haven we cater for a range of dietary requests, requirements and lifestyles.  We make our own gluten free bread and have a range of milks for those who have a dairy intolerance or who are vegan. Our raw afternoon treats are all gluten free and vegan.

Going gluten-free doesn't mean giving up the things you enjoy. With a few creative changes, you can live life to the full.

 

Article written by Sally Perkins - Freelance Writer and mother of a gluten intolerant daughter.

Mrs Jones Cafe - Denmark

Mrs Jones Café was been judged the WINNER in two categories of the Restaurant & Catering Industry Association’s 2016 Awards for Excellence in Western Australia. The awards were announced on August 29, 2016 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre,

CAFÉ OF THE YEAR - 2016 WA WINNER – Mrs Jones Café, Denmark

CAFÉ RESTAURANT - 2016 WA WINNER – Mrs Jones Café, Denmark

BREAKFAST RESTAURANT = 2016 WA FINALIST – Mrs Jones Café, Denmark

We stopped here for lunch on our way home, hoping to find some vegan food on the menu.  We were surprised to find 3 different options.  Thank you Mrs Jones, the food was awesome and it was so good to have a choice of lunch options.

We chose  Hummus Trio: beetroot, black tahini, chickpea, warm flatbreads and Tofu Tacos with Asian style slaw, avocado, salsa, flat bread. It was really delicious and we experienced the joy of eating delicious whole food .  The other vegan option was Salad Bowl: roast vegetables, mixed quinoa, spiced chickpeas, cucumber, avocado, sunflower sprouts, mixed leaves, tahini dressing.  We will try that next time.

Awesome New Invention Allows You To Bake Edible Spoons To Reduce Plastic Waste

A neat invention allows you to bake a set of four flavoured spoons in just three to four minutes.  What a great idea for big hotels.  

Image Credit - Edible Spoons

Image Credit - Edible Spoons

Because it’s so easy to use single-waste plastic, such as cutlery, plates, and cups, one rarely thinks twice before tossing the materials into the trash. It’s because of this, however, that the world is becoming increasingly burdened by plastic pollution.

According to statistics compiled by The World Counts, humanity’s wasteful habits are already wreaking havoc on the environment. In the North Pacific Ocean, for example, there is 6x more plastic debris than plankton. Additionally, 90% of the trash that floats in the oceans is made up of plastic (equating to 46,000 pieces per square mile). As materials composed of plastic slowly break down, they release toxins into the environment. The trash is also oftentimes ingested by animals and in some cases, traps innocent creatures such as turtles and fish.

It’s because of this that every individual needs to do their part for future generations and wildlife by ending their reliance on plastic materials. Fortunately, there is an ingenious and delicious solution for peoples’ dependance on disposable cutlery: edible spoons!

The concept, which was initially introduced in India, led to the invention of a tool called the Edible Spoon Maker. According to the company’s website, the Edible Spoon Maker allows one to eat their food with an eco-friendly utensil and eat it, too! Designed by Anatoliy Omelchenko, cooks can use the Edible Spoon Maker to bake crispy and evenly browned spoons from a variety of homemade (or store-bought) doughs. The best part? The process to create a spoon takes only three to four minutes and produces a set of four!

The Edible Spoon removes the need for plastic disposable spoons, which are not bio-degradable

It takes its place by being 100% natural. It is 100% bio-degradable.

And its 100% edible. And its healthy.

Updates on when this gizmo will be available have yet to be released as its patent is still pending.

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5 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Plastic Waste

Humans have created enough plastic since the second world war to coat the Earth entirely in clingfilm - no joke. It’s time people ditch their dependency on plastics.

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Though people have heard again and again that humanity’s consumption of plastic is both unsustainable and horrid for the environment, few ever do anything about this fact and change their habits. As a result, plastic now pollutes every corner of the Earthaccording to The Guardian. Additionally, findings from an international study have found that humans have created enough plastic since the second world war to coat the Earth entirely in clingfilm.

Obviously, it’s time to retire the obsession with single-use plastic products. Because they break down at a glacial rate, they are a detriment to the environment, wildlife and peoples’ health. The following video, titled “5 Things You Didn’t Know About Plastic,” explains why this is so by using a Rube Goldberg machine to follow the journey a plastic bottle takes from “factory to home.”

It’s shown why throwing a plastic cup, straw, plastic bag, or food container into the trash isn’t an acceptable habit, and why everyone needs to reduce their dependency on plastic and start to use reusable containers.

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The Amazing Benefits Of Aloe Vera And How To Use It To Improve Your Health

This wonderful plant could change your life.
 

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Aloe vera has long been heralded as a plant with amazing benefits, but with modern technology natural remedies are falling by the wayside more and more. The plant, which the ancient Egyptians used often and called the “plant of immortality,” can be used for a number of ailments and promotes faster healing and continuous health when used regularly.

Aloe vera contains 200 biologically active, naturally occurring essential vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, minerals, and other helpful components to naturally work on the body.

A recent study investigated the properties of aloe vera and found that the plant also possesses anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties. This is helpful for the immune system because ingestion of the juice can mean cleansing the body of toxins and other harmful buildup in the human body.

The minerals found in aloe vera are extensive and include calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, selenium, sodium, iron, potassium, copper, and manganese. These minerals help to boost metabolic pathways, which are a series of chemical reactions that break down and build molecules.

One study showed that aloe vera may contain B12, a vitamin that is essential for the production of red blood cells. This would be promising for people whose diets consist of avoiding meat at all costs because they often have to incorporate B12 into their diet in alternative ways. Aloe vera is a tasty and healthy way to do just that. Another study revealed that aloe vera could increase the bioavailability of B12, meaning it aids in the absorption and efficiency of the vitamin when ingested.

Aloe vera contains enzymes such as amylase and lipase, both of which aid in digestion, as well as bradykinase, which reduces inflammation and helps lower blood pressure.

Out of the 22 amino acids needed by the human body to stay strong and healthy, aloe vera verifiably contains 20 of them. One common thing aloe vera is used for is to treat acne, which makes sense because the plant also contains salicylic acid, the active ingredient in all acne medication.

This powerful plant aids humans in a variety ways, including removing the toxins in the organs all throughout the digestive tract. It can quickly help to alleviate the symptoms of more immediate ailments, such as indigestion, upset stomach, ulcers, and inflammation in the gut and the joints. When used orally, it has shown to be as effective as traditional mouthwashes at removing plaque and can also heal mouth ulcers.

To repair the inside of your body and ensure your continuous health, it’s best to ingest aloe vera juice. This can be done either by extracting the gel straight from the plant or purchasing a pure aloe vera juice at the store. You can mix this juice, whether harvested or purchased, with smoothies or other tasty juices to make it more palatable because it tends to be a bitter-tasting plant. Aloe vera can also be applied topically to treat burns and acne and soothe skin.

Aloe vera truly is an amazing plant that is easy to grow and can change your life. Consider harvesting your own plant if you’re interested in reaping the benefits of this natural remedy as a more cost-effective alternative or supplement to traditional medications.

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