“Water, water, everywhere nor any drop to drink”. So wrote Samuel Taylor Coleridge (“The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”) but it could well have been penned by one of our own cells. (“The Rime of the Dehydrated Cell” perhaps?)
Our cells hear us fill up our kettles from the tap, run ourselves a bath, as well as listen to our incessant complaints about too much rain, but probably feel deprived of this rather essential fluid!!
Each of our cells comprises approximately 70 – 80% water, so common sense dictates that we need to replenish their stores on a regular basis. But how many of us do that?
Ideally we should be drinking at least 2 litres of good quality, clean, still water, spread throughout the day. Sadly, though, very few of us drink enough water (if any!) and usually instead choose from a range of diuretic beverages, such as coffee…
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Whilst out walking the other day I noticed a board outside the local garden centre advertising a High Street chain which was inviting peeps in for an afternoon pick-me-up coffee.
The problem with pick-me-up coffee is that it tends to give you a buzz initially and then drops you from a height afterwards. High in caffeine, coffee is a stimulant which triggers the stress response. (Really, do you need more stress? No? I thought not!) This plunges the body into “fight or flight” mode, totally artificial in our modern world, unless of course there really is a tiger lurking behind the pot plants! As your cells need instant energy to help you fight or leg it from the perceived danger, glucose is unpacked from storage pronto and floods the blood stream (hence the buzz), but once the body cottons on to the fact that it really isn’t a life-or-death situation, the sugar is packed away again. Nowadays we rely too heavily on our caffeinated pick-me-ups. The constant moving around of glucose uses up precious reserves of nutrients and energy, which over time can leave us depleted. The body’s carefully fine-tuned mechanisms, highly taxed, can also start going wrong. Cravings, hypoglycaemia, and diabetes are just a few outcomes.
If you do want a little caffeine “lift”, then I would recommend green tea, which is gentler and comes with health benefits.
For an afternoon pick-me-up, however, I like to make myself a raw cacao milkshake (made from nuts or seeds). All natural, healthy stuff which helps to re-energise us whilst re-stocking the body’s nutrient reserve too.
For 1 person
- 0.5 pints hemp milk (I make my own and use it fresh. You can use shop-bought milk, such as hemp or almond)
- 1 tablespoon maca powder
- 3 teasp raw cacao powder (3 teaspoons give it a nice chocolatey flavour, 2 teaspoons are also nice)
- 1.5 teasp bee pollen, ground
- 1 large banana
- 4 good drops of vanilla essence
Put all the ingredients in a blender and whiz round. Pour into a glass, sit somewhere relaxing and enjoy!! Your cells will start singing with that chocolatey goodness 🙂
Today’s blog is written by two of my favourite people, Denise and Tracy, who together have created a visionary business called “Rethink and Do”, the aim of which is to inspire and empower complementary therapists to build flourishing businesses. As therapists themselves they know a thing or two (and then some) about running successful businesses, and understand the importance of spending time nurturing both ourselves and our businesses.
Last summer they held their very first conference which was a resounding success. It was inspiring to hear brilliant speakers as well as to meet fellow therapists in the audience, and I definitely came away with a spring in my step and lots of ideas in my head. This year’s conference, entitled “The Business of Therapy” promises to be just as inspirational, and has the added attraction of being held at Chester Zoo (I’ll be visiting the elephants afterwards!!).
My advice to therapists: buy your ticket today, then come along in July and be wowed.
Anyway, enough from me ………. let me now pass you over to Denise and Tracy
Hello to you
It’s lovely to connect with you today.
We’re stopping by to introduce ourselves and extend an invitation to you to join us in July at our annual conference.
We are Tracy Jones and Denise Oliver and we came together to create Rethink and Do, a business dedicated to therapists and practitioners.
We celebrated our first birthday last year with a conference and it was so successful, inspirational and uplifting (the words of our delegates last year) that we couldn’t just stop at one. Here’s a link for you to take at look and have a listen to what they had to say
This year the Rethink and Do Conference will be held on Monday, July13th at Chester Zoo, one of the most prestigious conservation zoos in the world. If you don’t live locally to Chester why not consider a mini break in this gorgeous piece of paradise here in Cheshire and attend the conference as well?
This is an intimate event (of only 50 therapist delegates and already half of the tickets have been allocated) at the beautiful Oakfield Manor, where the original owners of the zoo actually lived. Some of you may recall the recent television program, ‘Our Zoo’, which was all about the Mottershead family and one man’s incredible vision.
The theme of this year’s conference is ‘The Business of Therapy’ and the whole event is designed with that in mind. There will be guest speakers who are at the top of their game in their own businesses plus time & space for networking and connecting, giving you the opportunity to step up your health business to the next level (whatever that level is for you).
Do take a look at the website here where you will find lots of information about the speakers and their field of expertise
Your ticket price includes free parking, all day attendance at the conference, morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea. You will also have access to the zoo itself with time built in for you visit many of the animals and the luscious gardens. Let’s not forget that you will connect, chat and who knows, maybe even collaborate on new projects with therapists you meet on the day.
We are working very hard on this day so that you can come along, learn, enjoy and leave inspired to take your business forward in the way that is best for you and your therapy practice.
If you’re ready to book your ticket then please do this via the website
We wish you ease and joy, and look forward to meeting you very soon.
Tracy and Denise