Natural Treatment for Chilled Hands and Feet

Do you ever go to hop in the shower or bath, and the water temperature feels fine on the rest of your body, but as soon as you put your hands or feet in- suddenly they are about to burn off?!

This happened to me, every-single-time. It would take me 10 minutes to ease into the bath, and my feet would have a cold-burn feel that would dissipate after a while but it was such an inconvenience. Also, my hands were freezing ice blocks, all the time.

I have found a remedy. I am on Day #3, of a 1 week remedy program, and thought I should share it because, let me tell you- it’s working! I went for a walk tonight, and usually I cannot feel my fingers about 5 minutes after being outside (however, Melbourne is pretty cold!). Tonight, I got home and my fingers were cold, but I could still feel them. Seriously!Β capsicum foot soak

It is simple and affordable.

Ingredients:

2 Capsicums

3L FIltered Water

Instructions:

Simply roughly chop up 2 capsicums. Seeds, tops and all.

Place in a pan with about 3 liters of water, and bring to the boil. Let the capsicums and water boil for about 15 minutes.

Allow the pot to cool, until the water is just above luke-warm.

Use the mix to soak your hands and feet in for 15-30 minutes.

Repeat every day for one week. I can’t vouch for this, but apparently it’s meant to leave your feet lovely and warm (yep- chill free!) all winter long! Who wouldn’t want that?

Pumpkin Hack

Healthy life hack; use the whole pumpkin.

Every part of a pumpkin is valuable, we use every single bit of pumpkin. Not only does this reduce waste, it maximizes the value of the vegetable.

When I cut a pumpkin, I remove the skin and put it in my collection of stock/bone broth scraps.

Then I scoop out the seeds and place them on a tray, roasting them in the oven to crispy perfection. Pepitas make a great snack, or perfect for tossing through salads or topping on soups.

  
Finally, the flesh. I usually cut into cubes, perfect for eating by itself or adding to meals. Sometimes I steam it, or roast it; using the cubes in a frittata, as a side for meals, blending it to a purΓ©e and making a pumpkin spice cake… Yum, just thinking about it makes me hungry.

Don’t waste any part of a pumpkin! It’s all valuable, all usable, and all delicious .

    

Winter is Here

Winter has made her swift, grand entrance, here in Melbourne. It is cold. Of course it is cold, what else should we expect? (But really, I don’t go anywhere without wooly socks on, these days).

Anyway, I always get chilled extremities in the colder months. My hands and feet are so icy that I often take hot water bottles to bed just to fall asleep. 

I have read an old folk remedy for chilblains and poor circulation of the extremities. It involves capsicum, but not consuming it. 

I will be trailing it tomorrow, and passing along the details if in fact, this Chinese Medicine remedy delivers the goods. 

Wish me luck, the future of my fingers remaining attached depends on it, ha! Stay tuned for more πŸ˜‰

Study Hack

Sometimes, you just need to find a spot where you can switch off the outside world and delve into your goals, focusing all of your energy on the task at hand.

Right now, for me, this is study.

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I went to a friend’s property in the beautiful (chilly) Mornington country side. We sipped mineral water, studied beside a fire place and there were alpacas at the front door. It really doesn’t get much better than that.

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Sunday Sentiments

Be kind.

Everyone is fighting a battle that you (probably) know nothing about. We all have our back-stories, demons and fears. Our vulnerability defines our humanity and should draw us together, rather than be pushed away.

It costs nothing to smile, hug or speak a kind word. Love is the most healing substance on the planet and it’s FREE!! So let’s spread it all around ❀

Sweet Sunday Scramble

Breakfast inspo for Sunday mornings.

Super easy to throw together, and ingredients that you already have in your pantry- who wouldn’t want to indulge in a beautiful breakfast on an easy Sunday morning?

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Serves 2 (halve the recipe for 1 person)

INGREDIENTS:

4 eggs

1 mashed banana

4 teaspoons of chia seeds

4 teaspoons of ground flax

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

coconut oil for frying

INSTRUCTIONS:

Step 1: Mix all ingredients together, until well combined

Step 2: Heat coconut oil in a fry pan until melted.

Step 3: Pour batter into the pan, and scramble until the eggs are cooked through- but not too much!

Thanks for the inspiration Kat! x

20 Minute Study Hack

It was the first day of SWOTVAC (the week of study, without lectures, prior to exams). I was overwhelmed and had no idea where to start. The sheer amount of content made me want to curl up and wish it all would disappear (ok, I actually did this… it didn’t work). I messaged my friend Kat, and as usual she had some wise advice:

Set a timer for 20 minutes. Study one thing. Study for the whole 20 minutes.Β 

So, I got my environment prepared: a quiet nook, green tea, knee rug, good lighting, print outs and notes. A bunny by my side.

Got my phone out, put it on flight mode and set that timer for 20 minutes.

I focused on one specific thing to revise and learn, and before I knew it, my iPhone car horn alarm was sounding. Seriously, already? The time flew, and I just kept on studying. This process had given me a mindset reset. It put my head in the game because it seemed totally manageable and I felt capable that I could achieve the task.

Sometimes, that’s all we need. Break down our task- no matter how large or insurmountable it may seem. Set yourself up for success, and just do it!

Glasseslit Unveiling- watch us try on our new glasses for the first time!

Our glasses arrived from Glasseslit.com. Watch us try them on for the first time ever!

After filming we realised that Regan’s glasses wereΒ ordered for reading, not for general wear or distance. Seeing as we ordered them about a month ago, it totally slipped our mind that we had chosen that option. So, they are the correct prescription, and have been made to his specifications.

An all round success story!

Chocolate Custard Pots – paleo, dairy free, sugar free

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I made these little custards in ramekins and they were the silkiest, smoothest little custard cups ever. I was so impressed.

With the amount of eggs, I expected an eggy flavour and texture, but no, they were seriously so GOOD!

No dairy, no sugar, Paleo- this recipe does not get any better.

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It took me about 2 minutes to get it on the stove and I stirred it, in between doing a few chores. It was ready to pop in the oven in no time, and after 35 minutes, the smoothest and creamiest little puddings came out.

INGREDIENTS (for plain custard):

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 can coconut cream
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup

Chocolate custard: (as above, plus add)

  • 3 tablespoons cacao powder
  • Tiny sprinkle of salt

This recipe is more ‘dark’ chocolate flavoured, if you want something a bit sweeter, add some more maple or even some honey.

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Make sure eggs are at room temperature. Whisk all together in a bowl until well combined.
  2. On very low heat, add coconut cream, maple syrup, and vanilla to a pan and constantly stir until just simmering.
  3. While whisking quickly, very slowly combine coconut mixture into egg mixture.
  4. Fill a deep sided baking pan ΒΎ with water. Fill ramekins with custard mixture and place into pan. Should fill roughly four dishes.
  5. Bake at 180 degress celcius until there is no jiggle left in the custard when shaken.
  6. This should be roughly 30-45 minutes. Remove and let cool then chill and enjoy.
    Tip: Try not to over bake here. The custard may become scrambled and less smooth and creamy.

Perfect with a cup of herbal tea on a cold wintry night
Perfect with a cup of herbal tea on a cold wintry night
Other variations could include cinnamon, berries, plain vanilla, rum and raisin… the possibilities here are endless. Make it your own and let us know what you come up with!