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Homemade Smellies!

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It’s all well and good buying organic food but if you’re still using mass-produced, chemical laden beauty products then you are undoing all the good you are doing with your food choices. It’s a steep hill to climb to change your beauty regime but I am determined to try and make some changes where I can.

I am quite excited to have received the ingredients to make my own homemade shower gel! I have done some research into the benefits of these ingredients for various conditions including eczema and rhinitis and I’m looking forward to trying some different blends. Hopefully I can also replace some of the treatments I am currently forced to use from my nemesis Big Pharma!

Homemade Smellies!

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Introduction to Food Stories

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I wanted to share some food ideas, but I first wanted to think about how I would present them. I didn’t want to get bogged down with exact measurements or nutritional information as I do not have the tools nor the patience for this. I am therefore going to be writing some “food stories”.

I also wanted to question my motives for my food choices. I explore low calorie and low carb and initially, and narcissistically I approached these disciplines because I wanted to shift some weight. My priorities have now changed but I have taken away much more from the low carb mind-set than the hope of weight loss. It has taught me how to make meals more nutrient dense by replacing pasta, potatoes and bread with unprocessed, plant based alternatives.

I’ve spoken many times about my dislike for the pharmaceutical and large-scale agricultural industries that promote poor health and wellbeing, mass consumption, mass consumerism and questionable ethics. One of the ways we can fight back in our own lives is to cut down our consumption of meat. I’m not suggesting that everyone turns vegetarian or vegan ( although respect where respect’s due if you are one) but just to be a responsible meat eater. A way to fight back at the pharmaceutical industries is to stay well! I believe that eating a nutrient rich, varied diet with plenty of plant based, whole foods is one way to keep the mind and body healthy.

So, my first story is Celeriac and White Bean Lasagne.  I wanted to find an alternative to lasagne pasta sheets so I tried making my the sheets out of thinly sliced celeriac.   I’d like to add that I have since bought myself a mandolin food slicer as it’s tricky getting thin sheets without! I pre-cooked the sheets for a few minutes in stock to make sure they didn’t have too much of a bite.  As well as replacing the pasta, I wanted to replace the cheese sauce with something slightly healthier and more nutrient dense.  I used tinned white beans (butter, cannelini..), low fat cottage cheese and a mixture of cheddar and a small about of parmesan, (you can use a lot less cheese generally if you use some parmesan because of it’s the strength of flavour).  For the ‘meat’ sauce I actually used my vegetarian Bolognese which I will post about next time I make it and I’ve got some photo’s to share.

 

Left-Wing v Right-Wing

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Politics seems to be the new trend. It’s at the forefront of everyone’s attention and we all want to get involved. Either that or my age is reflecting my interests! Although the recent turnouts at the polling stations seemed to say otherwise.

Until relatively recently I wasn’t even sure what ‘left-wing’ and ‘right-wing’ even meant. Now there seems there is a clear gap between the two and ‘left-wing’ seems to be the increasingly popular persuasion. This has made me wonder how people settle into their preferred ‘wing’ and whether there is any benefit to a right-wing society.

The definition of left-wing (“The radical, reforming, or socialist section of a political party or system” https://en.oxforddictionaries.com) suggests that the current system is right-wing. By definition, right-wing is concerned with enterprise and private ownership as well as opposing any reformation from the left-wing (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com). This makes sense considering we…

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Consumption and Cow Farts

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This piece has been a long time coming due to my energy going towards the creation of a small human instead. With small human still pending, I would like to introduce to the world my latest mixed media baby (oil paint, digital):

This explores mass consumption through the meat trade and is a response to the film “Cowspiracy” and subsequent research on the environmental impact of global meat consumption. This isn’t just a response to the negative environmental impact of cow farts, but the energy needed to feed, farm and ship meat such as beef. It serves as a reminder to go local where possible and be a conscious consumer.

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Listen to What They Don’t Want us to Know

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Thanks to truth seekers, whistle-blowers and the general awakening of our species,  the reality of how the world works is out there now and it’s evident who the system has been set up to serve.

It is common knowledge that the monetary system is based on lies, politics is governed by the greed of the big corporations/banks and the well-being of the planet and it’s inhabitants is secondary to the growth and prosperity of the elite. Now we know all this, it’s time to look at what else they’re trying to hide from us. A good place to start is in cases where they’ve failed, such as this Ted Talk:

 

 

 

I love a good Ted Talk, especially one that has been banned. ESP is a bit of a wishy-washy subject, however science has concrete evidence that it exists so maybe we should be asking; what is it we’re not supposed to know about ESP? Could the CIA’s interest in it be for use as a weapon against us? And if this is the case, could the tables be turned? Or could ESP be used for the further development of our consciousness leading to a much needed global shift away from our current conditioning that ties us to the system?

Lessons in Life and Digital Art

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The Eden Project Most people have a bucket list of some description, consciously or not. The only definitive thing I had on mine was to go to the Eden Project. Adventurous I know! I think I felt it would satisfy some of my need to give meaning to my life by seeing more of the material world than just my own back garden. This is in the hope that when my current vessel gives up, I can find peace in the fact that I have made some use of my mortal time, therefore making death a little easier. The Eden Project

My reasoning behind this lonely entry on my rather short bucket list was that the Eden Project basically takes some of the worldly elements from beyond my back garden and puts them in one convenient place, not too far away from my current location without much expense, planning or commitment needed. The Eden Project

So I eventually made it…

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An Inspiring Share

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Seen as I haven’t created any of my own artwork in a while, I thought I would share someone else’s (Note to self: get creating…)

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Pawel Kucynski

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