Health


I haven’t done an empties post for a couple of months. It’s so very satisfying to finish up stuff. So let’s ferret through my trash shall we?

Cleansers and toners. I have found my HG of cleansers and made my way through a bottle of it without deviating. It’s The Body Shop’s Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil. OMG. Love at first sniff. I’ve read that some people don’t like the rather strong camomile scent but I love the lemony floralness of it. And what an effective cleanser. Slap it onto dry skin and work it in to dissolve makeup and impurities. Wash off and you have silky smooth skin. It’s a very effective cleanser and I don’t need to double cleanse. I’ve already bought another bottle but have to finish up a couple more cleansers before I get stuck into it.

The second cleanser I sort of gave up on. Didn’t really like it, meh. It’s New Zealand brand, Skin Food, Cleans All. Nothing really wrong with it. I just didn’t find it a joy to use and I didn’t see any impact on my skin.

The toner is a bottle of rosewater. I don’t use conventional toners; I always use rosewater and preferably rosewater with glycerin. I finished up a 200ml bottle of NZ brand, Home Essentials, rosewater. In the photo below, you’ll see the older style bottle. I really wanted to like this product but I found the ethanol (aka alcohol) way too overpowering. I didn’t see it contained alcohol when I bought the bottle (smack to head). I decided to stubbornly make my way through the rosewater and couldn’t get through it fast enough. Meh.

Dry shampoo. Yep. More Batiste. The leopard print can is the Wild oriental scent and the pink can is the Blush floral scent. I have gone back to No Drought dry shampoo by LUSH because it’s very easy to fluff some of the lemony-scented powder through my hair. No Drought also gives me more volume than Batiste but I still like the Batiste dry shampoos.

Body Butters. I only use The Body Shop body butters. I’ve used them for YEARS. My fav is probably the Shea body butter and I finished up a jumbo-sized one as well as a Coconut body butter. I’m not so keen on the coconut one actually. I don’t really fancy smelling like a tropical island as it interferes with whatever perfume I’m wearing. Next in line to finish up are the Olive, Cocoa Butter and limited edition Raspberry body butters. I love the thick creaminess of TBS body butters; you really can’t get any better.

Moisturisers. Two knocked off. The first one is The Body Shop Vitamin C Skin Boost and it smells of oranges. Lovely smooth texture and it contains Amazonian camu camu berry. I found my skin looked brighter after use, especially when I applied it over The Body Shop Nutriganics Drops of Youth serum. The Vitamin C skin boost works exceptionally well as a primer. Will certainly be repurchasing.

Shower gels and soaps. Another large 32oz bottle of Dr Bronner’s Magic Soaps was used up. This time the Almond liquid castile soap, which has a subtle almond scent. I adore Dr Bronner’s soap as it has so many uses: shampoo, body wash, hand soap, fash wash, dog shampoo and dishwashing liquid.

You’ll also see yet another Nivea Natural Oil – I bought two bottles in Stockholm in 2012 and only just got round to using one of them. A very delicate, pleasant scent but heck, you go through it quickly. Took me just one week to finish up the 200ml bottle.

Sad to finish up a fav shower gel – Greek brand, Korres,Vanilla Cinnamon shower gel. I’ve used this scent for years and years. I love the warm, spicy creamy lather.

I also knocked off two bar soaps – one by Himalaya Herbals, which I bought in Bhutan and the other by an Australian company, Thurlby Herb Farm. The Himalaya Herbal soap was Almond Rose and what a delight to use. Super creamy, delicately-scented and just the right size. Dang, I should have bought more to bring back with me! The Thurlby Herb Farm soap was the Orange Blossom Olive Oil soap. Whilst it was creamy and certainly reminded me of orange blossoms, I found the bar was just too big and flat.

Eye cream. Australian brand, Rosehip Plus, has an interesting concept: a roll-on skin boost serum. You can use it around the eyes, which is what I bought it for. But…..the roller ball stopped working after a few uses so it’s getting tossed. Meh.

Hair. I finished up the L’Oréal Paris Elvital Volume Collagen Root Lifting Spray. I bought this to replace my HG volumising spray, David Babaii for Wild Aid Bohemian Beach Spray, which has been discontinued. Initially, I didn’t like it but it grew on me. So much so that I’ve bought a second bottle. Does a good job of giving my fine hair some volume and is light-weight.

Eyes. I finished up a concealer, eye shadow primer, two mascaras and an eyeshadow. Yeehah! The concealer is Maybelline’s Fit Me in Fair. A lot of hype around this concealer. It’s good. It’s creamy. It does a good job of concealing under the eyes. But…is not as good as Rimmel’s Wake Me Up or Almay’s Line Smoothing Under-Eye concealer .

I knocked off another tube of Too Faced Shadow Insurance. I think this is my third tube and most likely the last. I doubt I’d buy it again. Not since I discovered Bare Minerals 5 in 1 BB cream eyeshadow in Barely Nude. This is just the BEST eyeshadow primer and doubles as a creamy eyeshadow. The Shadow Insurance is good but I find it too liquidy.

Two mascaras gone. Maybelline’s Lash Stiletto in Very Black. I think this now comes in a black and red tube. I went through a couple of tubes and then gave it a rest. Going back to this mascara, I don’t like it as much as I used to. I think because I’ve now discovered Essence mascaras, which are seriously good. The second mascara I picked up in Hong Kong earlier this year: Maybelline The Rocket mascara. What a great mascara – doesn’t clump or smear. Glides on.

And I knocked off an eyeshadow by Too Faced. It’s called Nude Scene. When I lived in Australia, I went through many pans of this eyeshadow. Just love its neutral, soft peachy tone. I’m not sure if this shade has been discontinued as I can’t find it on the Too Faced website.

Lips. Labello care gloss and shine. Every time we visit the relatives in South Africa, I pick up many of these little tubes because they really hydrate the lips. My HG lip care treatment is the Nivea Lip Butters, with my fav being Caramel Cream. I think I’m correct in saying that Nivea is known as Labello in South Africa or maybe it’s certain products. I’ll be picking up more Labello tubes when we visit Johannesburg in 2015.

Clarisonic. Yet another brush done and dusted. I think it was a deep pore cleansing brush. I use the Clarisonic about three times a week.

Toothpaste. Yet another of the NZ brand toothpaste, Red Seal, used up. This one is the Natural SLS free tube. Minty with a hint of licorice. Love.

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I was watching the Badminton Horse Trials (UK) the other day. Even the most experienced of riders fall off horses and it seemed there was spill after spill at Badminton. My own riding instructor came off her horse in spectacular fashion a little while ago and she’s been riding for years. That’s the nature of riding…..no matter how good you are as a rider, the horse is an unpredictable animal and somewhere, somehow you’re bound to come off. I’ve never met a single person who rides that hasn’t taken a tumble or two.

A couple of weeks back, I flew off one of my horses. Well, wasn’t THAT dramatic but I did smack my left rib cage in pretty good fashion. So much so that I spent the first few days not really able to sleep properly and if I coughed…ouch!

Thinking about it, I was pretty certain that it was inflammation of the muscles and cartilage around the ribs. And what is good for inflammation? Turmeric. In fact, turmeric has AMAZING health benefits that you can read about here.

I make up turmeric treats for my horses and dogs so I thought I’d give it a go. Fortunately, turmeric is a spice I’m partial to – it reminds me of a cross between orange and ginger with a bit of spicy pepper thrown in. Just as well I like it because I downed it three times a day – one teaspoon of turmeric mixed with a few grinds of black pepper. Why add black pepper? Black pepper contains piperine and this boosts by 1,000 times turmeric’s bioavailability (the rate at which it is absorbed by the body).  Mix it all up with a little water; enough to make it drinkable rather than just a paste. Then scoff it fast; in one gulp. Do this three times per day. Turmeric is completely safe, although I always say check with your doctor (especially pregnant women).

Don’t swan down to the supermarket and buy any old turmeric from the spice shelf. You’ll need to go to a health food shop and obtain the very best quality turmeric.

Within 24 hours, my left side was almost back to normal. No more pain when bending or lying down. After three days, no pain or tenderness. A wonder spice for sure!

I also used another miracle product – Zen Pain Relief Herbal Liniment by Martin & Pleasance (Aussie company founded in 1855). The Zen spray is chock full of ingredients with pain-relieving properties such as Arnica and Angelica. These ingredients are also anti-inflammatory. Spray the affected area and within seconds it acts to numb the pain. Combined with the turmeric, I healed pretty quickly.

I’m actually planning to take the turmeric/pepper combination daily. Just once a day rather than three times. Taking turmeric regularly may help to offset Alzheimer’s disease, which begins as an inflammatory process in the brain and turmeric also possibly has anti-cancer properties. Heck, it can’t hurt so I’m taking it.

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Just mix one teaspoon of turmeric with a few grinds of black pepper – then add enough water so you can drink it.

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Miracle spray!

 

If there is one thing I love – it’s cinnamon. The spice that was used by Ancient Egyptians to embalm dead bodies and was also used to preserve meat during voyages of discovery by the Spanish, British, Portuguese and Dutch. Cinnamon or Cassia zeylanicum has a warm fragrance and I use a ton of it.

Sprinkled on my Nespresso coffee; on my porridge; over pumpkin soup. I even toss a small amount into Zeph and Zsa Zsa’s dinner and mix it in. Why? Because cinnamon has amazing medicinal benefits. And I speak from personal experience.

Most of my adult life, I’ve been cautioned by doctors that my blood pressure is at the high end of the normal range. My mother had high BP and had to take medication. So it’s something I’ve been very aware of and I’ve been determined not to let it get so out of control that I need BP medication.

Before I went off to work in Rome last year, I went to the doctor and my BP was 130/90. Not great. I promptly forgot about it and, whilst living in Rome, my lifestyle really changed. I do a lot of physical stuff on the farm but, in Rome, I walked everywhere – 15 minutes to the train station and back each day, plus walking all weekend long around the amazing historical sites of Ancient Rome. On my return to NZ, I continued the walking – taking the dogs for a walk in the back paddocks at least three times a day – and for some odd reason, I increased my cinnamon habit.

When I went to the doctor a few weeks back to get a medical certificate, the dreaded BP machine came out. To my doctor’s surprise and mine, it was 110/75. He took it again to make sure but it was the same. He went on to do a general checkup but returned to the BP issue and asked what changes I might have made to my diet or exercise. I yapped on about walking more and turning vegetarian. He nodded sagely and then asked if I was eating any different foods. I replied negative on that one really, except for ditching meat but….I am obsessed with cinnamon, is that an issue?

Doctor dude then outlined the medicinal benefits of cinnamon. Whoa, who knew! Here’s what this spice can do for you:

  • aids digestion
  • encourages blood circulation
  • reduces harmful cholesterol
  • may have anti-cancer properties
  • may reduce chronic inflammation linked with neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease
  • may help prevent diabetes

and….it helps to lower blood pressure. I’ve read up about cinnamon and its effects on BP and it is one of seven medicinal herbs or spices that can naturally help people with BP issues (others being garlic, evening primrose, cayenne pepper). If you haven’t really dabbled with cinnamon before, you need to be cautious because it can cause gastrointestinal upsets and pregnant women need to be extra careful. You can read the warnings here.

I guess it’s the combo of walking, a vegetarian diet plus the cinnamon that has helped lower my BP. Whatever. I’m going to continue to scoff the cinnamon! Oh and I mentioned I toss some cinnamon into Zeph and Zsa Zsa’s food. I sprinkle about one teaspoon of the spice into their food about four times a week. It’s known as a dog superfood (along with pumpkin which they get too).

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I prefer to use organic cinnamon rather than the stuff you get from supermarkets.

Where have I been Dear Reader? Coping with a bit of a workload at the moment, that’s where. I have a few Rome projects on the go that I can work on virtually. Pity though, as I’d rather like to go back for a few months to Rome. I did manage to trim two of my horses this week and that was a hoot. We’ve had VERY strong winds and Miss Rosie’s mane was flying into her face but that mare didn’t budge. Amazing horse. Saffy was a little less confident in the wind but she now has dainty hooves.

And so to empties, which I haven’t done since February. I’m determinedly making my way through as many products as I can. I’m quite pleased with the amount of stuff I’ve gone through and I’ll review the product and then indicate if I’d repurchase.

Almay eye makeup removers. These were both in a Gift with Purchase. There were 80 pads in both the Moisturizing and Oil-Free containers. I much preferred the Moisturizing pads; the Oil-Free often stung my eyes. The Moisturizing pads are infused with a botanical blend of aloe, cucumber and green tea. I could use one pad for both eyes and the eye makeup was removed very easily. I’d certainly buy the Moisturizing version again but no need as I use coconut oil to remove my eye makeup.

Shower gels. I managed to finish up three – very satisfying. The first one is Lux Shea Butter Exfoliating Scrub, which cost NZ$4.99 for 400ml. I really love the smell of this product – it’s like a thick caramel or maple syrup scent – and it whips up into a creamy lather. Sadly though, it contains SLS and I’ve told you about this nasty foaming agent before. I won’t be repurchasing. The Nivea Natural Oil I’ve also told you about. I first bought it whilst working in Rome and thought it was a body oil. So I used this one in the shower. The scent is delicate and I have another three of these lined up ready to go. But the standout shower gel is by NZ brand, Wild Ferns: Manuka Honey Revitalising Body Wash. Luxurious and oh so sweet honey-smelling! It contains pure Active Manuka AAH (Antibacterial, Antioxidant Honey) 650+ that protects and maintains your skin’s natural moisture balance. I bought this is Levin whilst visiting my uncle. LOVE and will probably repurchase once I’ve made my way through all my other shower gels.

Cleansers. The first cleanser was in my shower for ages. It’s by another NZ brand, Apicare. They make natural active Manuka honey skincare products. The cleanser is called Manuka Sensitive Delicate Face & Body Wash and is free from sulphates, alcohol, colours and fragrance. It contains active 16+ Manuka Honey and Aloe Vera for fragile skin and was an absolute delight to use. So much so, it will become a permanent item in the shower. Repurchase? Hell yes.

I also made my way through a tub of Angels on Bare Skin by LUSH. This is a huge best-seller for LUSH and rightly so. This little tub goes a loooooong way because you just need a pea-sized amount of the ground almonds in this cleanser. Mix with water and you end up with a lovely almond milk type cleanser, which exfoliates as well. Angels on Bare Skin is made from 100% natural ingredients including lavender flowers. It has certainly helped to reduce the redness of my skin and I’m already into my second tub. LOVE.

Hair product. I’m taking ages to get through my shampoos and conditioners. They are all SLS-free I might add. But I did finish up one hair product – LUSH Sea Spray. I’m a total lushaholic; I admit it. Sea Spray is basically a scented styling spray that gives your hair body and volume. The sea salt in this spray comes from the shores of Spain, near Cadiz. I decided not to lug my usual favourite, David Babaii for Wild Aid Bohemian Beach Spray, with me to South Africa, which is why I bought the 100g Sea Spray bottle. It lasted just on three weeks and left me a bit cold. The only LUSH product I’m not raving about. It did the job but was nothing special so I’ll be sticking with David Babaii.

Soaps. Underneath the Almay eye makeup removers (photo below) is a wrapper from a soap by Kiss My Face. The soap was Olive & Honey and it’s paraben and SLS-free. Not tested on animals either and it’s enriched with beautiful olive oil and honey. This was a beautiful bar of soap. It didn’t lather up all that well due to it being SLS-free and the bar itself was too big, so it was sometimes a bit difficult to use. I’m certainly going to purchase more soaps from Kiss My Face. You’ll also see a wrapper from Melaleuca – a wellness company that offers nutritional supplements, cleaning and personal care products, as well as skincare and cosmetics. We use a lot of Melaleuca stuff and the soap I finished up was their White Opal Bar – a French-milled bar with a tropical coconut scent and naturally derived aloe vera and glycerin. My only complaint is I would like the coconut to be more prominent.

Hand creams. I finished up a tube of Nourishing Hand & Cuticle cream by NZ brand, Evolu. This cream contains New Zealand native Harakeke, Kiwifruit, Carrot seed and Vitamin E. I very much like this hand cream but do prefer hand creams from LUSH (such as Tiny Hands). I did find it non-greasy with a subtle fragrance and it did the job of caring for the dry skin on my hands. I wouldn’t purchase it again though mainly because I’m pretty well obsessed with the vanilla and cocoa butter combo that is Tiny Hands.

I also finished up a tube of The Body Shop’s Hemp Hand Protector. It was sitting around in a bathroom cabinet and so became a target of my campaign to use up products. I HATE the smell of this cream but I will admit it’s a very rich and emollient hand cream. I’m also not too keen on the aluminium tube as, towards the end, a crack in the tube opened up and I had to be careful and avoid the sharp metal bit. If the packaging is reconsidered I might repurchase, but for now, it’s LUSH hand cream for me.

Toothpastes. I was a bit sad to finish up a toothpaste by Jason called Powersmile All Natural Enzyme Brightening Tooth Gel with papaya and pineapple enzymes. It’s fluoride and SLS-free, with natural tea tree and neem oils. A fantastic toothpaste and I’ll be reordering it from iHerb. Another toothpaste I went through was an NZ one called Manuka Vantage with pure NZ manuka honey, propolis, Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Aniseed oils. Not so keen on this toothpaste since I found out it contains Sodium Lauryl Sulphate. Boo!!

Makeup. Not doing so well with finishing up cosmetics. I have SO much that it will take some time before I hit pan on items. But I did use up a small size Lorac Multiplex 3D Lashes volumising and thickening mascara in black. Not much to say about this mascara. It was ordinary really and prone to clumping and flaking. Maybe I had a faulty tube and I certainly didn’t notice any volumising going on. Another makeup item I’m actually throwing out, as opposed to using up, is a lip gloss by Australian brand, MOR. The shade is Cassis Noir – the same as the matching hand-cream I have and love. Cassis Noir combines cinnamon leaf, bulgaria rose, black currant and star jasmine in a warm seductive dance. But I’m afraid the lip gloss leaves me cold. It certainly is high gloss but I found it sticky on the lips and I don’t like the dark cherry colour on me.

Sample. And finally, a sample pot from LUSH of their colour supplement in Light Pink. I use the Jackie Oates colour supplement but wanted to try the Light Pink. The idea is you can mix the colour supplement into your moisturiser for a natural tint or use it straight out of the pot as a foundation. Light Pink is for fair skin (as is Jackie Oates) and has that English Rose look about it. But it’s a bit too pink for my skin, which already has a red tone to it. I’ll be sticking with Jackie Oates.

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Yeah empties!

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Three shower gels used up!

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Fantastic cleanser that I’ll be repurchasing.

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A lovely shower gel from NZ.

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Kiss My Face soap – a newly discovered favourite.

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Two toothpastes used up!

I was in The Warehouse the other day. I don’t normally frequent The Warehouse. For non-Kiwi readers, The Warehouse is best described as bargain shopping where you can buy everything and anything under the one roof. I needed some small plastic bottles to hold some shampoo in, so visited my nearest Warehouse.

Cruising down the aisles, I stopped to look at what shampoos were on offer and spotted Universal Brands’ Body Sensitive range. Never heard of Universal Brands but seems it’s Australian. I checked out the conditioner as I was intrigued by the claim that it has no sodium lauryl sulphate, harmful detergents, animal derivatives, soap ingredients or artificial colours. I’ve told you before why you should be avoiding sodium lauryl and sodium laureth sulphates (SLS).

Based on the ingredients list, I would not use the conditioner. I must add a caveat here – I’m not a scientist. Just someone who has taken the time to study the various ingredients in shampoos, conditioners, shower gels and so on.

I’m not saying that the Body Sensitive conditioner or range isn’t safe or natural but let’s look at the ingredients list for the conditioner, starting off with propylparaben (see photo below). I haven’t read great things about propylparaben. In conditioners and shampoos, the amount of propylparaben isn’t necessarily a cause for concern but many products are now avoiding parabens so why use them?

Methylparaben is also listed and is a synthetic preservative that has been linked to breast cancer. The cosmetics industry uses low levels of methylparaben and the link is therefore a weak one. But again, why create products with controversial parabens when you can have paraben-free products?

Guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride caught my eye. This is also known as guar gum and is a conditioning agent that makes hair feel softer and smoother. It’s one of three conditioning agents normally present in shampoos and conditioners: Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Quaternium-33. They are referred to as Quaternary Ammonium Compounds or quats, which can cause skin and respiratory irritation.

This chemical safety database has this to say about quats:

Quaternary ammonium compounds can cause toxic effects by all routes of exposure including inhalation, ingestion,dermal application and irrigation of body cavities. Exposure to diluted solutions can cause mild and self-limited irritation. Concentrated solutions of quaternary ammonium compounds are corrosive and can cause burns to the skin and the mucous membranes. They can produce systemic toxicity due to their curare-like properties. They can also cause allergic reactions.”

From what I’ve read, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride should not exceed 0.2%-1.0% in a product. There are plenty of shampoos and conditioners that don’t contain this conditioning agent: Burt’s Bees Rosemary Mint Shampoo Bar and Aubrey Organics Blue Camomile Hydrating shampoo being examples.

DMDM Hydantoin is a preservative that has replaced formaldehyde. It’s known as a formaldehyde donor because it slowly releases formaldehyde. It’s a strong skin, eye, and lung irritant and is a known human immune system toxicant.

Cetearyl Alcohol consists of Cetyl and Steareth Alcohol and it’s a fatty alcohol (as opposed to a harsh, stripping alcohol). I’ve read good and bad things about this alcohol derivative. As a fatty alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol acts as an emollient or humectant to moisturize skin – that’s the good part. The bad part is that it’s a known common allergen. I found this patient information leaflet that explains the allergic reaction. Cetearyl glucoside is an emulsifying wax extracted from vegetable fats, corn sugars or coconut and appears on a fairly lengthy list of corn allergens.

Not sure I’d want any shampoos or conditioners containing any of the above ingredients splashing onto my face or absorbing into my skin thanks. You’ll note the product is also made in China – a country not exactly famous for strict safety regulations. Just look at this scary list from 2007 of dangerous Made-In-China products.

I’m sure things have changed since 2007 but we all need to start learning how to reverse-engineer the ingredients list on products that claim to be safe or natural. There’s a ton of variety out there and a ton of ingredients listed on thousands of products. It’s our responsibility to educate ourselves so that we are in control of the ingredients that go onto, or are absorbed into, our bodies.

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Ingredients listed on reverse side.

Regular readers (anybody?) will know that my grandmother and mother were devotees of Gayelord Hauser. Gotta love that name: Gayelord (and I believe he was indeed gay and his partner’s name was Frey Brown – an American actor who lived with Hauser in Sicily). If you don’t know who the heck I’m talking about, go here to catch up before I go on.

My grandmother lived to 87 years and my mother one week short of 91 years. My grandfather lived to 91 years and also followed Gayelord’s nutrition philosophies (as well as some of his own). Gayelord lived to 89 years (a bit short of the 100 years he was hoping to make) but was carried off by pneumonia.

So I’m taking no chances. I’ve picked up my mother’s copies of Gayelord’s books and I’m reading fast. I can recite by heart his five wonder foods: skim milk, brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, yoghurt and blackstrap molasses.

One of the books reminded me that when I was in my teens, I followed Gayelord’s philosophies and was whipping up yoghurt in a thermos, which set overnight and was ready for breakfast the next morning.

The book I like the most is Mirror Mirror on the Wall, which was apparently a best-seller in 1960. There are some recipes in this book that I’ve been trying out. Recipes for food, vege and fruit espressos (what he calls vitamin-packed juices) and recipes for skin creams. So far I’ve cooked up his Beautyfarm Soya Muffins and some kind of peasant bread. The bread has no name but it’s heavy, dark bread.

I don’t know what was going on in the 60s but they must have eaten like stick insects. The muffin recipe only made six muffins; and the bread is on the small side but Gayelord remarks that it should last a week. Okay, that’s if you nibble a bit off each day! The muffins are not sweet despite having orange rind and raisins in them. The thing about Gayelord is it’s all wholewheat flour, wheatgerm, blackstrap molasses, soya flour – no white sugar, white rice, white bread. No white anything.

So it’s a bit of a shock to the taste buds, which are used to modern foods that are literally laced with sugar and other nasties. At first, the muffins tasted really bland and light-weight and only somewhat tasty. But each day I’ve been eating one for breakfast and now I’m really used to them. The bread is interesting with the wheatgerm giving it a very distinctive sort of nutty taste.

Next up, I’m going to try his body slant idea. You lie on a board (an ironing board will do or you can make a special board) and elevate it slightly off the ground so that the blood circulates to the face and head. You do this whilst getting your ten minutes of early morning sunshine so the body can manufacture Vitamin D. Think I might feel a bit like a bat hanging upside down but heck I’m going to give it a go.

Mirror Mirror on the Wall is a bit hilarious to read when it comes to Gayelord’s advice on makeup. But he is considered to be the founder of the natural food movement and a nutritionist who was really decades ahead of his time. Hilarious or not – I’m studying all his books.

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Beautyfarm Soya Muffins.

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Gayelord’s recipe for heavy bread. Zeph is wondering if it’s something he can play with.

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Gayelord Hauser.

It was great fun the other day. Our friend who has five English Pointers popped in to help us with moving cows. A local farmer’s entire herd, plus the bull, is having a holiday with us for around six weeks. This is so the bull can visit our lady cows, Splash, Bridget and Francis. So our friend came to help and two of her Pointers joined Zeph and Zsa Zsa for a morning of Pointer play.

Actually, it’s a bit sad. The day before, our friend had to make the tough decision to put her male dog down. He was only ten and had developed tumours in the chest to the point that his lungs were filled with liquid. He deteriorated quickly. She’s not quite sure what the cause was because Pointers can live long lives. Our breeder has a Pointer that is eighteen years old and still in reasonably good health.

This is why I’m doing all I can to feed Zeph and Zsa Zsa nutritious food and keep them off the processed dog food crap. Processed kibble and tinned dog food was invented for the convenience of human pet owners not dogs. If you don’t believe me, then do your own research. Start here, here and here.

I remember growing up, we had two dogs and they were fed scraps from the table. My mother used to cook up what she called dog casseroles, which were basically meat and veges. Our dogs ate bones, livers, hearts and so on. They both lived to a ripe old age. Since they were puppies, I’ve been cooking for Zeph and Zsa Zsa. It doesn’t take much time but you do need to research dog nutrition to make sure they are getting a balanced diet.

The main thing to know is that the canine diet must be at least 60-75% protein. Dogs require far more protein than humans. Protein is of course beef, chicken, lamb, turkey, pork, fish, eggs and dairy products. I do not feed my dogs raw pork though – too much salt content and raw pork could contain Trichinosis (but not if you freeze the pork for a few weeks before consumption).

Contrary to contemporary opinion, grains are fine to feed dogs (unless the dog has an allergy to grains). Zeph and Zsa Zsa get organic Quinoa, rolled oats, brown rice, pasta, legumes. They also enjoy a daily dose of extra-virgin coconut oil.

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L-R: Bingkey (who is related to Zeph and Zsa Zsa), Zeph, Edie and Zsa Zsa.

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