Leaves against a blue sky
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To buy or not to buy…

“Urges are like bubbles in a lemonade glass. If you leave the lemonade glass on the counter and go back to it the next day, [there are] not so many urges, not so many bubbles.”

Professor Mike Kyrios, a clinical psychologist from Flinders University

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-10-16/compulsive-shopping-fast-fashion-threads/101528868

Loved this article from the ABC news about how to buy less stuff online. This is good advice, and also a good article.

Thanks ABC.

It’s so exciting when new art materials come in the mail! It pays to be careful of what you buy and how often though. Surf those urges!
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Sweet Healthy Cinnamon…

Things we eat every day can be extremely healthy.

I learned about the benefits of cinnamon from World’s Healthiest Foods, which is an amazing website by a guy called George Mateljan.

I started taking it in capsule form 3 days per week around 2017.

Next time the Doctor (GP) checked my cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood sugar, they were noticeably lower.

Why is this?

  • Cinnamon contains antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. This study https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22007625/ says that cinnamon has “anti-microbial, anti-fungal, antiviral, antioxidant, anti-tumour, blood pressure-lowering, cholesterol and lipid-lowering and gastro-protective properties”.
Gum tree bark in some ways similar to cinnamon bark
  • According to this article https://badgut.org/information-centre/health-nutrition/cinnamon/ from the Canadian Society of Intestinal Research, Ceylon cinnamon can sometimes help balance blood sugars because it improves insulin sensitivity, slows the rate that your stomach empties, and improves glycogen synthesis in the liver.
Delicious fruits and veggies from my garden
Beauty
You can be healthy and enjoy your body
Spring Mulberry shoots: some of the healthiest foods are the yummiest and easiest to grow
  • This study https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28887086/ found that triglycerides reduced by an average of 23 mg/dL when taking cinnamon and total cholesterol reduced by an average of 13mg/dL. This effect got bigger the longer cinnamon was taken over 16 weeks.
Thanks to Wide Eyed Wonderings for this image of yummy healthy foods
It doesn’t matter what size or shape you are, you can always make small changes to improve your life

For me, supplements are a way to love my body into health. They’re something I can do to make my body healthier and make my mood better.

I only take Ceylon Cinnamon because it has the least amount of coumarin which can be harmful for my liver. I also take cinnamon in small doses and not every day.

I buy Ceylon Cinnamon either from here: https://au.iherb.com/ or https://www.pipingrock.com/

Hope you enjoyed this article, and absolutely live your best life supplements or no.

None of the links in this article are affiliate links. All of the pictures are taken by me, unless otherwise noted.

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Healthy healthy fatty fatty

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
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The Sound Relationship House (Part 5 of 5)

John and Julie Gottman’s Relationship House

The final step is developing together, developing a world together, and making each other’s dreams come true.

If your partner dreams of owning a Model T Ford, say ‘Yes’ when they want to buy one. If your partner has always wanted to learn Chinese, say ‘yes’ when they want to go to night school with you.

It’s good to have a couples language that’s just for you. “Remember that time when…”(we went on holidays to Canberra, we snorkelled with sharks, we walked 2km in 40 degree Celcius heat) is a wonderful tool to stroke your partners good feelings.

My husband had always wanted a moon watch, and that was my wedding present to him. His first anniversary present to me was a painting that I really loved. We do what we can to make each others dreams come true.

https://www.southsydneyuniting.org.au/

https://www.gottman.com

https://relationshipinstitute.com.au

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Sound Relationship House (Part 4 of 5)

John and Julie Gottman’s Sound Relationship House

The hard step is safely managing conflict.

This means having good boundaries, accepting that your partner will be right sometimes, and that they get to have a say in what happens as a couple, but not letting them walk all over you.

It means talking and talking and talking.

It also means respecting when your partner gets overwhelmed and letting them stop. Letting them self soothe, and soothing them where possible.

It means watching your partner for signs that they’re getting upset and coming back to it later.

Roasted Kumera, Chicken Sausage, Fetta, Kale, and Spinach

My husband and I are having a big discussion right now about food. I read obsessively about diet, and even though I weigh around 190kg, I put into practice anything I can. For example I take supplements that are associated with a decreased risk of Type 2 Diabetes, I make sure I have a long gap between meals and snacks so my insulin doesn’t stay constantly high and I have a decreased risk of insulin resistance, I increase my protein, vegetable and legume intake and decrease my white carb intake.

Anything I’m capable of, I do.

Yet, my husband and I Both enable each other to eat potatoes, biscuits, chocolate and desserts.

Apple pie! Ready for the oven.

So my husband’s driving license has recently been threatened, and we’re having to do some serious thinking.

It’s tough coming up against ourselves like that.

Last night we were talking and my husband asked for a time out.

We stopped for a minute, and I stroked his hand.

After a while I said something, and he held out his left hand in a stop gesture.

I stopped.

It doesn’t mean that we won’t talk about it, and keep on talking about it, it just means that when he or I get overwhelmed, we pause for a moment and calm down for a while. We can each rely on the other not to cause harm by flooding.

https://www.gottman.com