Thursday, March 13, 2014

Healthy Choices One Step at a Time

An improvement in health may be gained by incremental steps rather than monumental ones.

In my experience and in watching clients, it’s the small but determined Baby Steps that make changes both easier to implement and more likely to succeed.

Waiting until you’ve got everything in place or until your ‘ducks are all in a row’ will result in kicking the can down the road indefinitely. There will never be a perfect time to start.

Someone said to me recently, “I’m not quite ready to start.” Ready for what? Ready to give up meat? Alcohol? All cooked food? Chocolate? (Heaven forbid!)

Food is mostly a mind game, in my opinion. It’s your mind that chooses, not your tummy or your schedule. You are in charge of you.

So choose to start. What ONE thing can you do today to start a healthier you journey?

Here are some ideas:
A glass of water first thing in the morning
Coconut sugar in your coffee instead of white sugar
Butter instead of margarine
A salad (fresh/raw) with each cooked evening meal
Wedges instead of chips
A drink of water before you quench thirst with tea, coffee or juice
Home-made gravy or sauce on your meat instead of buying packets or jars. These usually have sugar, a lot of salt and chemicals in them.

These are very simple and forgive me if I sound like Captain Obvious. For some though, this means they’ve started or can choose something else to change.

“A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step.“

What is your ONE step for today?


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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Maca Powder and Energy

This super food is my favourite. It has the pleasant taste of malt so makes a good partner to chocolate or in a smoothie with a strong fruit flavour.

There has been a recent drop in the price of maca so this is good news. It’s not often something goes down in price, is it?

It comes as a powder (smoothies, muesli, raw un-baking, chocolate, etc) and now also in a vege capsule. The capsules are for those who dislike the taste or don’t have smoothies. They are also perfect for travel.

Maca can help your energy to last well into the afternoon (if you had it for lunch) at the time when traditionally, energy is waning. Coupled with chia seeds these two super foods can really make a difference. Maca also serves to help remineralise your body.

I wish I’d known about maca years ago.

“It promotes the optimal functioning of the hypothalamus and pituitary master glands. Maca contains unique alkaloids that stimulate the master glands, which in turn improves the overall functioning of the endocrine system.”

Maca root

Interestingly, it is known as an aphrodisiac. I wonder if it is more about bringing hormones back into balance and so restoring a low libido. Mothers of young children (any age child, actually) may well find some help in ‘this department’. Whilst I’m not giving any details I can say that I have no intention of stopping the inclusion of maca powder in my (almost) daily smoothies. That’s all I’m saying.

For those of you who like the facts, here they are:

Traditionally, maca has been used for:

*  Treating menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and depression, as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy [HRT]
*  Stimulating and regulating the endocrine system
*   Regulating and normalizing menstrual cycles
*  Stimulating fertility in both men and women
*  Supporting the immune system
*  Increasing energy, stamina and endurance, reducing chronic fatigue
*  Enhancing libido, treating impotence
*  Revitalizing seniors, mentally and physically

Maca contains high amounts of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, all the essential amino acids and it contains nearly 60 phytochemicals.

Maca is a Peruvian root vegetable and looks like a turnip or radish.

Those folk with thyroid ‘issues’ need to consult a physician before including maca.  There are no other contra-indications known. One can’t overdose but it is a good idea to take a regular rest; perhaps weekdays on, weekends off.

Maca is available from our web Shop. It comes as a powder in 250g, 500g and 1 kg, also 120 capsules.


The Anglo-Far East Company
The Original Private Gold and Silver Bullion Custodian
Your reference when you order: an-001