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Amazing Benefits of ‘Dog’s Blood’ Tea for Women’s Health

I thought that I would start this post by reassuring you that there is no dog’s blood, or anything like it in this tea. Dog’s blood (rivina humillis) is actually a plant that is native to Southern and Central America along with the Caribbean.

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This plant is said to have amazing benefits and has been used for years in the countries given above to help treat:

  • Infertility in women
  • Regulate menstrual cycles
  • Clear blockages in the fallopian tubes
  • Reduce inflammation in the body, especially the joints
  • Improve stomach and digestive health
  • Get rid of persistent headaches

There is a real buzz about this herb at the moment but there is not much information to be found about it online. This is because it has just been handed down through generations via word of mouth.

With so many benefits there is no reason not to give this tea a try, even without any fertility problems it acts as a mild womb cleanse, removing layers of old blood with your normal cycle. The best way to reap the benefits of this plant is to make a tea with the dried leaves. You would not want to ingest the leaves fresh, and unless you are living in one of the countries that I have mentioned it would be hard to get hold of them anyway. The tea is quite readily available in health food shops and also markets that sell a variety of Caribbean fruits and vegetables. If you do not have access to these shops you could also try buying online.

The information provided here is for educational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose and treat any diseases without first consulting your general health practitioner. If you have a serious health problem we recommend that you seek medical advice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Delicious Vegetarian Meatballs

One of my favourite dinners before being vegetarian, especially as it draws closer to winter, was a big bowl of spaghetti and meatballs in sauce. Since being vegetarian I have not been able to find any veggie meatballs that even come close to the taste that I remember.

Which is why I was so excited when I was shopping earlier this week and I came across Linda McCartney’s vegetarian meatballs.  They are £2.60 for approximately 12 and can be found in most large supermarkets.

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I do not usually eat meat substitutes as I prefer to stick to a plant-based diet and avoid artificial ingredients, but it is nice to try different things sometimes when you fancy them.

These meatballs were delicious and it is was such a quick and easy dinner, which my young son enjoyed as well, and he can be a very fussy eater. I cooked the meatballs 18 minutes in the oven, whilst they were cooking I sauteed some garlic, onions, peppers and mushrooms. I then added some bolognese sauce, and once the meatballs were cooked I stirred everything together and served with some whole wheat spaghetti.

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I would recommend these meatballs to both vegetarians and meat eaters who feel like having a break from meat. Red meat can be quite heavy on the digestive system so it is nice to have a tasty alternative sometimes. Let me know your thoughts if you have tried these meatballs before, or how you find them if you are going to give them a go.

 

 

 

Watch “The Most Effective Squat Challenge: 100 Rep Fitness Blender Squat Challenge” on YouTube

Sharing Some Fitness Love…Fitness Blender

I wanted to share with you guys my favourite couple to workout with at home. I used to be a real gym bunny, in the gym 4-5 days per week, I did Spinning, Body Pump, along with Boxercise and lots of cardio. However I noticed after a while that the classes were not challenging me as I was doing them so often, and also I had got stuck in a rut with my gym routine. I was doing the same workouts over and over and not really seeing any differences in my muscles and strength.

Soon after this time I discovered Fitness Blender and I have not looked back since. They have so many free workouts on Youtube and they add a new once each week. I have changed my whole shape just through doing more of their strength training videos, I am never bored and I get to workout at home. I can wake up and workout before my son wakes up, or workout once he is in bed. They are such a likeable couple and also knowledgeable so if you follow their instructions you will be in safe hands.

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The first video that got me hooked was the 100 Rep Squat Challenge I did this short 8 minute video about 4 times per week for 4 weeks and I noticed such a difference in my glutes. This was one of the reasons that I started going through their videos and wanting to do more. Fast forward over 2 years and I still workout with Fitness Blender, 3-4 times per week. I still go to the gym sometimes, especially if I want to lift heavier weights than I have in the house. But its reassuring to know that I can get excellent results at home, or anywhere for that matter, if it is not a workout that requires equipment.

I just wanted to share this with you guys and I hope that you will give it a try, and let me know your thoughts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Meal a Day Diet Disaster

I have been following a plant based diet for over 3 years now and I really enjoy it.  I have discovered so many different fruits and vegetables, I tend to eat seasonally and it has really given my eating regime life. There are so many different recipes to try, and a whole host of ingredients. I have a lot of cook books that I refer to often, one of my favourites being Forks Over Knives. 

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I am always looking for new recipes and ideas also healthier ways of eating, which is how I stumbled across an article which promoted the benefits of eating one meal a day (OMAD diet).  Many people have had success with this eating plan and found that it benefits their health and gives them a new-found level of vitality. An example of this is given with a couple who were recently interviewed by The Sun newspaper, please click here to view the article.

This lifestyle change appealed to me because it gives your body and digestive system a break and a chance to conserve energy. The body uses a lot of energy to break food down and put it to different uses, so I thought that by eating once per day this would give my body a chance to have a break. Some other known health benefits are:

  • Increased energy
  • Increased heart health
  • Stabilised blood sugar by decreasing glucose levels.
  • Increasing how well insulin works in the body.
  • Sharper focus throughout the day
  • Losing body fat
  • Eating consciously

A lot of the research that I did emphasised the fact that this eating plan causes a lot of weight loss, which is not what I wanted, however I still decided to give it a go. There are some risks that I had to take into account also:

  • Extreme feelings of hunger
  • Shakiness
  • Fatigue
  • Brain fog
  • Binge eating

Initially I found the OMAD plan quite simple, I would start the day with warm water and lime, I would then have a green smoothie a couple of hours after. Early afternoon 1-2pm I would have some fruit and then 4-5pm I would have my main meal. However the problem for me started at around 7-8pm when I would feel really peckish and find myself rummaging through the kitchen cupboards. Fruit or vegetables would not be something that I felt like eating at this point so I would often opt for crackers, nuts, dried fruit, spelt bread, nut butters…and the list goes on.

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I continued this pattern for a couple of months, I did lose about 8lbs which was quite noticeable on my already slim frame. I also found that I was eating one meal a day but I was now snacking up a storm. I found that I was constantly hungry and I was always snacking. Also the amount that I was eating was not sufficient for my level of activity. I work out 3-4 times per week, strength training and I also do yoga regularly. The OMAD plan really did not support this level of activity. I started noticing differences in my skin, I had breakouts quite frequently and I also noticed some hair loss around my hairline,

Anyone reading this would think well why did you not just change your diet? Because I thought that OMAD was a healthy eating plan I did not initially link the changes that I experienced to the diet. I just thought my body was going through hormonal changes. It was not until I saw a biochemical nutritionist that I realised the problem. I was not getting a sufficient amount of nutrients from the one meal per day or the snacks that I was eating and this was wreaking havoc for me.

Whilst this diet may be good for some and help them with weight loss and raise their levels of concentration, it really did not work for me. The good things that I have taken away from the experience are that:

  • I now eat more consciously.
  • I do not eat 3 meals per day just because I think that I should, I eat when I am hungry.
  • I eat more raw food than I do cooked. Every day I have a large salad with a variety of vegetables, I eat more fruit, and I also have a large salad before or with my dinner.
  • I have green smoothies sometimes, but I have to be in the mood, I go through phases of my nutribullet being my best friend and then for a few weeks I just cannot stomach another smoothie.
  • I listen to my body rather than following any plan

I am glad that I gave the OMAD diet a try because it has made me much more aware of what works for me. It has also taught me that it is fine to try different things but the most important thing is to have a solid foundation of what works for you, you can then build upon that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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