I know the value of taking my
daily supplements; I have taken them for years – I feel better, look better and
my energy levels are amazing (and I won’t even say “for someone my age” because
I am more energetic than just about everyone else I know!) I felt confident
that I only took the ones I needed, and that I understood the dose I needed for
each that I chose to take. That said, I recently made a big boo boo and did not
properly read the label of a new supplement I started to take.
I am Dr Cabot’s graphic artist and
have not long finished typesetting the new book, “Healing Autoimmune Disease”
and, as usual when I am putting the artwork for a book together, I get to read
said book many times during the editing process.
These days, way too many people are finding themselves with fatty liver disease and, in the vast majority of cases, this is because of their diet. It seems strange to me that people don’t really believe that their daily diet of highly processed, convenience food - which is super high in sugar and industrial seed oils - means that they are actually walking a very scary, yet quite deliberate, path to ill health – regardless of their age.
I remember when I was in my teens and early adulthood, it seemed to me that I, and almost everyone else I knew, could eat what we wanted without worrying about those ‘middle age’ type health problems that younger people today often suffer from .
Many older adults seem to be really getting the message that they, as individuals, need to be responsible for their own health and wellbeing – and that is great news. You would certainly agree that it is much better to be proactive and ward off illnesses than to have to deal with them once diagnosed.
The bad news is that many health conscious people don’t seem to realise that using ‘diet’ versions of soft drinks will not help their cause to keep their weight in check and health in good order – in fact, consuming diet drinks will have the opposite effect!
Millions of people all over the world
started this year doing the same thing they did last year and the year before
that and the year before that . . . They
made a promise to themselves that THIS was going to be the year they would
finally lose that weight, give up smoking, get a better job etc.
In other words, they made their annual New
Resolving to change the things we do which
are harmful to ourselves or others is a positive and proactive step but it must
be followed up with affirmative action.
My friend’s mother always remembers to buy thoughtful gifts
for my grandchildren and, this Christmas, she gave them a kit so they could make a gingerbread man and also one which was to construct and decorate a
gingerbread house. She asked me to pass it along to them and said that she
knew that I was the kind of nanna that would take the time to make these things
with them. To be honest, I can’t imagine a nanna who wouldn’t make time to do such
fun stuff with their grandkids and I certainly was not going to miss out on
such an adventure!
When a baby is brought into this world, whether it pokes it
little head out or it is lifted out of its mother by way of medical
intervention, I feel confident in saying that, in almost every case, this new
arrival is cause for celebration.
A newborn baby is so incredible – just think about all those
tiny body parts, all wrapped up in the softest skin with a voice so loud and insistent
that it overrides reason and commands grown adults to stop what they are doing
and try and decipher what the cacophony is all about.
Recently, I read an article where
it was recommended that handheld devices such as smart phones or tablets should
be banned for use by children.
This article made some salient points such as:
- Sitting and playing games on
handheld devices increases the possibility of delayed development. Moving
around has been found to enhance learning and physical development in children.
Some kids get up in the morning, sit and watch television then switch to a
handheld device such as a smart phone or tablet and continue hours and hours of
sedentary behaviour – never really moving from the spot they first sit.
Giving young children lollies or soft drink is a surefire
way to get them zooming around the room, squealing and generally running amok.
I am sure we all remember the good old sugar high!
Of course, giving our
grandkids lollies and cakes is one of the basic rules of being a nanna. It is
expected and, when timed just right, sees our little grand darlings leaving our
care with a bag of goodies to eat. Kudos to us (as far as our grandkids are
concerned) and woe to their poor parents who will have to cope with their hyped
up munchkins for the next few hours.
One of the things both of my grandchildren know about me is that I do my very best to avoid gluten. Even when my youngest granddaughter pretends to make me some play food, she always says to me as she is serving it, “Don’t worry nanna, it is gluten free.”
As a grandmother, I believe it is not only important that I look after myself so I can keep up with my grandkids, but that I teach them about the life changing things I have learned. That is a vital part of being a nanna – passing on the wisdom that comes with experience.
I've just returned from visiting the place where my mum and dad's ashes were scattered. They are at a special place in the Dandenong Ranges in Victoria and this wonderful place, their resting place, as it were. is absolutely perfect. On our trip we experienced that drizzle that only seems to fall in Victoria! You know, the one that can last for days yet is light enough so you can go about your business - that is, if you don't mind getting a bit damp.
It just doesn't rain like that in Sydney - we get all the lightening, thunder, southerly storms and just rain .