Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Let's Beet it!

I have recently had an issue with my blood pressure, It used to be low, but recently it shot through the roof, I have always believed that food can be used as a type of medicine, eat healthily and food can support your growth into fitness.

As soon as I found out that I had HBP ( high blood pressure) I researched on, if any, what foods can aid with my current health scare.

I am not going into too much about how HBP can be really bad for you, but I will say that, if left unchecked can lead to heart attack and stroke.

My researching brought up beetroot juice, it appeared in pretty much every article I read, so I had to try it, I have always liked beetroot, so the juice would be no problem ..right?

I decided upon this juice, I had the choice of a couple of products from my local supermarket, I choose this one because it says it is organic and has beetroot juice and apple juice in it, no other added extras!

It tastes very earthy and I am glad that they have added a little apple juice. At first I was not sure if I was going to like it, was downing a glass full for the benefits it would give me, but as they time went on I have started to drink it for pleasure and take my time to enjoy it.
The juice is the same colour as a beetroot, a deep purply Burgundy, its very pretty actually, but here is an example

Now, don't to business, why is this juice good for you-

  • Low in calories
  • Rich in anti-oxidants
  • Good source of folate, manganese, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, pantothenic acid, choline, betaine, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper and selenium 
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Detoxifying and can aid in digestion
  • Atheletes use this pre training to aid in stamina
  • Excellent source of dietry nitrate
  • Vitamins B1, B12 and C
  • The antioxidants in beets protect the skin by neutralizing free radicals. The lycopene in the juice helps to keep the skin elastic while protecting it from the sun.
  •  and many more!

So you can see, this vegetable is certainly worth eating and drinking!

I do have to mention - as you can see - I buy the carton as I have found the bottled juice is not quite as thick and to me tastes different and I did not like it, for me its the carton or no.

  • Have you tried this?
  • If not this brand, which one? 

Don't be shy, let's chat!

Julie :)

( information gathered from various websites and the picture of the beet it bottel comes from the Beet it website, the picture of the juice is copyright free, this is not a paid promotion)
Saturday, 11 November 2017

Pumpkins are not just for carving!

Pumpkin is packed with fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which increase cell turnover, to brighten and smooth the skin. Pumpkin contains antioxidant Vitamin A and Vitamin C to help soften and soothe the skin and boost collagen production to prevent the signs of aging.

I have always loved the humble pumpkin, I just love the way it looks and I think orange is a jolly colour, I love autumn colours and the season.

Not only have I read the nutritional value of the pumpkin but also the skincare values that this humble fruit can provide.

I had a pumpkin left over from halloween untouched, so set about putting it to use -

Roast Pumpkin-

  • 1 small pumpkin or 1/4 large pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  1. Heat oven to 400F. Using a large metal spoon, scoop out the seeds and insides of the pumpkin. Save the seeds for roasting. Use a sharp chef's knife to cut slices of pumpkin, 1-inch thick.
  2. Place pumpkin slices on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and rub on both sides of pumpkin. Season with, spices. Roast for 18-20 minutes, depending on thickness of pumpkin slices (check at 15 minute mark).

Homemade mask - 

I had no recipe to follow, I wanted to free wing it and simply cooked the pumpkin and mashed it into a bowl

then plain and simply plastered it all over my face! A word of warning, it gets messy and it takes a little while for you to get it to stay on your face, so I decided to get a dollop on my face and massage it around my face and then took a good ten minutes to 'press' the rest onto my face.
I did make sure that it had cooled, but not cold and then left it for a good half an hour. I did not feel any tingles and my face was not aggravated in any way, some of the pumpkin had dried, but a splash of water sorted that out, and then removed the rest with a warm flannel :)

I was not expecting anything amazing, but my skin felt smooth and felt nice and comfortable, I even got a compliment on how good my skin looked!

I will most defiantly experiment with adding other ingredients to the pumpkin, whether it be other skincare to aid in 'sticking' it to my face or something else from my food cupboard.

( I used the recipe from here, but I omitted the salt and sugar )
  • Have you made a mask from your food cupboard?
  • if so, let me know what it was!

Thank you for dropping by and stay healthy, happy and positive :)

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Asthma | Does the colder weather trigger you?

If you are like me, the winter months and the plummeting temperatures can trigger my asthma symptoms, also unfortunately it is flu season as well, but I have written a post on that already.

It is important to take a strong view on bugs, I know it sounds obvious, but try not to be sneezed upon, purposely stay away from friends that are coughing or snivelling, and if you need to blow your nose, then wash your hands afterwards.
I always carry a little bottle of hand gel in my bag, in case I cannot get to a basin to wash my hands, if that is the case, then I make sure that I keep my hands away from my face,eyes and mouth in particular.

 Another thing I like to keep an eye on is my diet, I try not to eat foods that will give me indigestion,  as sometimes stomach acids can irritate your airways and exacerbate your symptoms, always talk with your Asthma advisor or talk to the people at Asthma UK.
If I eat when I am out, I make sure it is food that I can use cutlery for, no fast food that I have to use my hands for.
Keep yourself hydrated, it is just as important in the winter months as it is in summer and try to keep off processed foods and eat healthy. Do not skimp on the sleep and try to take some exercise, just take precautions if exercise exacerbates your symptoms.

I ALWAYS wear a scarf, as the cold air going into my 'pipes' breathing in the cold air can trigger asthma symptoms, so breathing thorough a scarf can take the edge off the chill.

I have been known to have several on, a woollen one to keep my neck warm and one that encircles my neck so I can bring it up to my face if necessary, almost like a face mask.

One last thing to check is your inhaler technique, I know form personal experience that after a number of years, it can get sloppy, here is a page that is useful for re evaluation of your your technique.

I use a spacer, so this is a very helpful video, but YouTube is full of informative videos, for whatever device you use.

I hope that, this has been helpful and not teaching you to suck eggs!

Hope you have a great day and a healthy winter!

Sunday, 29 October 2017

What I am stocking up up in for the Flu season!

It is this time of year again, the sun has gone, the leaves are falling and the temperatures are rapidly declining.
As an Asthmatic, I always get a flu jab, my GP practice provide this for me, you can enquire at yours, if you are interested.
My local chemist provide this service too, but I think you have to pay for it. Whether you believe in Vaccinations, it is your own choice, I do, therefore, I make sure my family get one too.

Because I cannot take over the counter cold and flu remedies, I like to look towards other areas that can make me feel a little more human.

C.O Bigelow cold and flu bath soak, this soothes aches and pains and eases congestion, with Eucalyptus, Peppermint,Willow Bark Echinacea and Ginger.

This turns the bath water blue, but do not worry, you do not come out a smurf!  ..well actually..... I would love to visit smurfland!

This is a tad pricey, so if your budget does not stretch that far then KNEIPP EUCALYPTUS COLD SEASON BATH SALTS are alot cheaper. 

If you have an essential oil burner, then some Eucalyptus oil is handy to burn as ...
 Eucalyptus is one of the best oils to use during colds, flu’s and other infections. Use it in a steam inhalation to relieve congestion during a cold or a sinus infection, or a sore throat. Eucalyptus oil is also antiviral and antibacterial, and helps to fight the cold virus. Burn a few drops of Eucalyptus in an essential oil burner during the flu season.
As with all Essential oil, read the instructions and make sure you are using them correctly. I always buy TISSERAND, never had a problem with any of their products, so I stay with what I know.

I always try to stock up in PARACETAMOL, as this is an effective way of reducing temperatures and soft tissues, the KLEENEX BALSAM are my favourite.
I always have a stock of soft handkerchiefs in as well, in case I want a change from a tissue.

Vicks VapoRub is a firm favourite too, I do not think it is the same as the one you could buy years ago, but it still can be effective, I prefer rubbing it on my back, but it does make a mess of your jammies!

Can anyone remember the old fashioned night burner ( I am going back quite a while!) where you had this silver oil burner and you place a tea light in it, so it gently released the solution during the night, I remember as a child, I used to find the flickering of the candle quite comforting and watching it used to make me drowsy, thus helping me sleep- alas they do not make it anymore ...sigh

I am a firm believer in hand washing as well I do not use gels as a short cut to this, they are handy in some circumstances, but it will never replace hand washing in my house!

I get a pot of Honey in, the runny type, even though I cannot stand the stuff, it is good for sore throats, but sometimes I think I would rather suffer the sore throat, than reach everytime I smell the darn stuff!!:P

 Warm jammies, lots of my favourite films, plenty of water to drink and rest, but I have always got those in stock !

One thing that I do always have in the house is DETTOL WIPES as I like to go around the house post cold ( and during, especially if sneezing everywhere) as the makers say that ...

Dettol Antibacterial Surface Cleanser kills 99.9% of bacteria, including E. coli, salmonella, MRSA and the flu virus.

I think I have covered everything, I am sure there are things that you like to do or stock up on, but I thought I would share with you mine.

I shall go now and leave you lovely people, until next time!




CO Bigelow 

Vicks and kleenex from any supermarket or chemist

Bye for now and have a cold free winter!

Julie :)
Thursday, 26 October 2017

Everything is coming up rosy! | Korres |Wild Rose advanced sleeping repair mask

Just let me say that this smells divine! I really did not like 'Rose' products at all in my youth, did not like the smell, but I am so glad that I got over that, as I am really enjoying using this!

Freaking Love this! | Oskia | Renaissance Mask

Blurb -
With MSM, Passion Fruit, Grape, Lemon & Grapefruit AHA's, Papaya Enzymes, Swiss Garden Cress Liposomes, Prebiotics, Ribose & Butterbur.

For all skin types
For immediate spa facial results and long term anti-ageing & brightening. Designed to increase cell turnover, boost radiance and packed with OSKIA’s trademark blend of beauty-boosting nutrients, this luxuriously-textured exfoliating mask leaves the complexion smoother, more refined and illuminated. Our testing panel thought its natural perfume so delicious they wanted to eat it! Suitable for all skin types and with a fresh aromatic scent combining rose, passion fruit and chamomile, all organically certified, OSKIA’s Renaissance Mask works hard to remove tired skin cells and boost cell regeneration and ATP energy without aggressively stripping the top layers of the epidermis. Pink initially, the luxurious and uniquely textured cream turns white once properly massaged into the skin, helping clients know when it’s been applied effectively.
I have been trying this mask now for a good month or so, I have been using this twice a week, and I have to say, that I am really happy with this, combined with the cleanser, it makes for a happy face!

If you have a keen sense of smell, then you might think it smells a tad 'weird', that's the only word that came to mind when thought how to explain it, I have to say that the more you use it, the less you seem to mind it.

As you can see, it is a beautiful pinkish colour, the texture is smooth, yet quite thick and holds it shape, I use the provided spatula to scoop out, no finger dipping in this mask!

It is quite interesting, because, when you have applied, and smoothed in, it turns white and this according to the makers, is when the mask starts to work and you know that you have applied it correctly.
I tend to do things when I have a mask on, like writing my blog or washing up for example so time does seem to fly by and it is left on for longer than the suggested 10 - 20 mins will no ill effect.
When it comes to taking it off, I always splash my face with some luke warm water and give myself a little massage and the mask turns a little milky, then I rinse off with a flannel or muslin cloth making sure that all of the mask is taken off.

Final Thoughts -

I bought this because I had read alot of positive talk about it and had seen it pop up everywhere, so had to try it, just in case I was indeed missing out on a potential holy grail product.
I do like this and will most defiantly be buying another pot when this runs out, as you can see, I am 'hitting pan' as it were

I thought the smell of it was going to be an issue ( I have a very keen sense of smell) BUT it works and makes my skin feel soft, and it looks fresh and clean afterwards, so I put up with it. My mum actually likes the smell, so its just me obviously!

Oskia is defiantly a brand that I wish to investigate more, and its British .. yaay, go us!

It comes in a 50 ML jar and sets you back a cool £49.50
If you would like to know more about Oskia click here and it will take you to the web page and you can read to your hearts content.

  • Have you tried this?
  • Do you want to try it after reading this?
  • have you tried any of their other products?  

For me, this beats Liz Earl | Aurelia | Probiotic Cleanser

Can I take a moment to just stick my nose into my pot and take a good 'ole sniff? it smells divine!

                                     *takes off the lid and procedes to take a good sniffaroo*

I just love using this in the mornings, as it really wakes up me and my skin, its soft and creamy and is really good for working it into all the nooks and cranny's of my face to give them a good clean.