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What I learned in 20 years of teaching…

One of my favourite poems is ‘you get proud by practising’ By Laura Hershey.

Those tiny actions that you repeat every day?

They change you.

Growing butterfly bush or buddleia in Australia is a wonderful option

Your tiny daily actions change your muscles and posture—ever seen the way a cellist or violinist holds their head at the dinner table?

They way you regularly think changes the way your mind works.

People who do systematic work become increasingly technical.

People who learn a style of deductive reasoning such as lawyers become increasingly bound by rules and logic.

Grevillia in flower

Your speech and communication habits change your relationships.

Have you ever noticed how many psychologists have similar communication techniques or attitudes?  Or how teachers adopt a particular metre when speaking to 5 year olds?

Have you ever been talked down to by someone when they should have been talking up to you?

Sun shines light on the harbour

Your tiny repeated actions don’t just change what you do everyday, they change fundamental aspects of how you are in the world. They change your identity and your internal processes.

So my advice, for anyone really is to pick something to learn.

Could be a language, could be a way of walking, could be a skill, could be a craft, could be a body of knowledge, could be a sport, could be just about anything:

But pick something, and work on it for 5 minutes on a regular basis.

In time, I almost guarantee you’ll be really proud of yourself and how far you’ve come.

And I’ll be proud of you, too.

Note: None of the links in this post are affiliate links, but they do build my blog.

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My nails are stronger now

Collagen is needed for a healthy body.

This article from Healthline says that collagen may:

  • Promote heart health
  • Boost muscle mass
  • Prevent bone loss
  • Relieve joint pain
  • Improve skin health

I started taking Collagen in a tablet form around 5 years ago now.

About 6 months later, I noticed that my finger nails almost never broke any more.

Not only that, but my hair was thicker and broke less.

I also have many scars on my body, and I believe that part of the reason that my skin has been improving so much recently is because of those collagen tablets.

As an experiment, around 2-3 years ago, I stopped taking it.

I noticed that my nails decreased in thickness and my hair needed to be cut all the time.

There are many websites that talk about collagen as a potential wrinkle preventative, and that’s something I’m moderately interested in, too.

There are multiple articles on https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ about collagen supplements. Most of them have found that small doses in long term or short term use are not harmful to humans. One meta-analysis is here: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30681787/

I buy my collagen from https://www.iherb.com (I am not an affiliate of this site). I haven’t found a brand I love, but I tend to buy the bottle with the most number of tablets for the cheapest price, especially if it contains vitamin C. Vitamin C helps the body to process and store collagen.

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Pre-diabetes diagnosis.

I have been taking Curcumin for over 12 years.

I started when I got the news that I was pre-diabetic.

At that time I weighed around 150kg, (330 pounds).

I made a lot of changes to my supplements, and some changes to my diet.

I haven’t managed to maintain any of the weightloss, in-fact I’ve put weight on.

However, 6 months later, I was no longer pre-diabetic, and I’ve had good blood sugar results since then (written in September 2022).

I buy my curcumin from: https://www.turmeric-curcumin.com/ (not an affiliate– I get no material benefit for sharing this link).

That website is basically a single product shop with a long list of quotes from scientific studies that have shown that Curcumin in small doses is beneficial to humans for disease prevention, disease management, and good health. The company ships internationally, and there are steep discounts for bulk buys.

The FDA has classified curcumin as generally safe in small doses.

The reason I take curcumin is here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5664031/

The authors state that benefits of curcumin could include:

  • Benefit to inflammatory conditions
  • Benefit to metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance, hypergylycemia, high blood pressure, etc)
  • Could help in the management of degenerative eye conditions such as macular degeneration
  • Might have benefit to kidneys
  • Antioxident (improves systemic markers of oxidative stress)
  • Benefits to arthritis
  • Could reduce markers of brain aging and liver injury in healthy people

Note: I have a friend who may have gotten nerve damage from OD’ing on curcumin. I never take more than 1000mg per day. Of course, speak to your doctor before commencing any food or exercise program.

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Silent Sunday – Food Glorious Food

Yes, been there, done that. Well done Wide eyed wonderings.

Wide Eyed Wonderings

Farmers Market Haul

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly Plants ~Michael Pollan

Breakfast at my house.

I’m just a girl staring at a bowl of bran flakes and fruit, and asking it to be a giant blueberry muffin and vente pumpkin spice latte. ~Me on Monday

This post inspired by Marsha’s WQW # 34 healthy eating

Til next time remember ~Eating sh*t when you feel like sh*t will only make you feel sh***ier. ~Unknown

Til next time ~Pass the pumpkin pie spice ~JP

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Podcast with Pandora Sykes..

What an amazing woman.

Which me am I today?

A while ago now, I think 🥴, I recorded a podcast with the lovely Pandora Sykes. I must confess to not having heard of her before, but when I mentioned her name others clearly have as she’s a very popular journalist as well. You can read more about her on her web page…..

but she produces an interview series,Doing It Right,about the trends, myths and anxieties of modern life, which is where I come in…

So if you fancy a listen, make yourself a cuppa, pull up a chair and click play……

https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/what-we-get-wrong-about-dementia-with-wendy-mitchell/id1521559806?i=1000578774069

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