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No matter how much you don't feel like it, try for exercise every day. Outside exercise is best. Dogs help - even if you have to borrow one. Don't forget the cardio (walk or run or dance or skip), strength (weights, dig in garden, carry heavy things) and flexibility (touch your toes, stretch, do some yoga)
Water is Life. It's so easy to find yourself grabbing hot or sugary or alcoholic drinks when really water and lots of it is all you need. Try drinking it with gratitude in a well polished wine glass. I swear it's a treat.
Hippocrates had it right in around c. 400 BC. Good food really is a medicine. So try and stick to foods that nourish and energise rather than stimulate and tire. Anything natural is good.
I always look to the sleep of myself and my children when things start to overwhelm. A two year old needs 13 hours of sleep, a five year old, 11 hours. A ten year old needs 10 and 3/4 hours, a fourteen year old needs 9 hours and an eighteen year old needs 8 and 1/4 hours. Most adults need 8 hours and no more to spring out of bed refreshed and reinvigorated each morning.
Sleep is enhanced by a freshly made bed and a tidy bedroom, a bedtime routine, no screens and a determined putting aside of today and tomorrow and thinking only about what is happening to your body, part by part at this moment........zzzzzzz.
A recent study published in the British journal Royal Society Open Science says beeswax has the power to turn an nice, calm, well organised hive in to a chaotic swarm of rebellion. Normally bees just get on with things, looking after their queen and bringing honey back to the hive. But according to this new research, studying bumblebees, when the chemical composition of the beeswax changes the bees go crazy. They stop co-operating and start completing. They get agitated, attack each other, rip open the egg cells to kill the eggs, and turn on the queen. Who knew!?
Research from University of Western Australia has found that honey bee semen kills a sexually transmitted fungus nosema apis. This finding may help solve the worldwide bee decline problem.
To make this honey bread:
Dissolve 1 tablespoon of yeast in 2 cups of tepid water with 1 tablespoon of Elixir Honey
Allow to sit for 10 mins
Add 2 teaspoons of salt and 3.5 cups of wholemeal flour and knead to get a nice elastic dough. Add more flour if it's too sticky.
Sit in 2 greased bread tins for 1 hour in a warm spot covered with a tea towel.
Bake for 40 mins at 200/180 degrees fan forced.
You can top with sesame seeds or use other flours for variety.
Guzzle with butter.
You can't imagine the sound that this huge flock of cockatoos has been making today. There are too many to count. We've never seen such a huge group. They've been having a riot. Dropping gum nuts onto our tin roof. Loud squarking (they say 'plee-erk'. Flying all over the place. Hanging about in the trees. All day long. Nice visitors.
Recent research reported by Anna Salleh for ABC Science (http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2015/08/04/4283851.htm) from Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences have found that can bees carry half their weight in pollen and all their weight in nectar. That’s amazing in itself, but also bees change flight methods depending on their load. Shows what you can do when you eat lots of honey!