Cleaning Green

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Does your kitchen cleaner have added lemon? Avoid the chemicals – the lemon is all you need! Save the ends of lemons and rub over ceramic surfaces and rinse with clean water.

The natural bleaching agent in lemons magically lifts many stains clean away.

– Cut down on washing up detergents. If the dishes have had no contact with grease, they probably only need a rinse in hot water. And they won’t need drying if there’s no washing up residue. Just leave them to drain.

– Invest in a decent polishing cloth. You can make the furniture shine without piling on commercial polish every time you dust. Find a soft, non-abrasive cloth that doesn’t fluff up when you use it.

– Instead of buying tumble dryer products to get that ‘just hung out’ aroma, try hanging out the washing for real – time, space and weather permitting of course! The laundry will smell fresher and you’ll also save on the electricity the tumble dryer isn’t using.

– Look for user friendly products. Liquid detergents are often better for your washing machine than powders – they don’t clog up the works so quickly – less need to call a plumber.

– Skin care products can be reduced dramatically if you choose to use a simple solution. A big tub of (food grade) coconut oil can replace moisturizers, hair conditioners and even lip balm.

Cut down on the cleaning products and your health, your environment and your pocket will be a lot better off.

Linda x

P.S. Amazon have plenty of organic products and brands to choose from – and they deliver!! Check out Ecover or Earth Friendly for example:

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Earth Friendly Products Ecos Lavender Laundry Detergent 50 Washes 1.5 Litres

Working From Home

Working from HomeWorking from home was often limited to taking your work home with you or putting plastic pegs in plastic holes and earning a few pennies for every 1,000 you put together.

But NOW, with most of us having online access from our own homes things are changing…

Many large companies are appreciating the benefits of fewer staff in their offices and some are designing jobs specifically for work-at-home mums – haven’t seen much evidence of facilities for work-at-home dads yet, but hopefully it’s on the cards.

With so many of us becoming self-employed and deciding to work from home – the working world is changing dramatically. Definitely a good thing.

The 9-5, 40-hour standard working week isn’t family-friendly and is often a cause of stress and other more serious medical conditions. And the juggling we have to do with a family is astonishing. How do we do it?

Although working from home requires developing self-discipline skills – more about that in a minute – the ability to be able to pop outside and enjoy a rare dose of sunshine during damp grey days of winter will do wonders for your health – mentally, physically and spiritually.

Is working from home an option in your world?

Take a little time to decide whether this is going to work for you. Don’t throw all your eggs out of the basket in one go. They will surely not come together as an omelette.

The number one skill you’ll need to make working from home a success, whether you have babies, school-age kids, teenagers or elderly relatives living with you, is SELF-DISCIPLINE.

I have to write this in caps to remind myself of the importance. I’m pretty sure I don’t have any natural self-discipline, although I’m learning!

The great thing about self-discipline is that it’s learn-able and the results can be fantastic. The discipline I need to write books demonstrates this well for me. When I have a finished book in my hands, the satisfaction and feel-good emotions are second to none, as well as a boost of self-confidence.

When you start writing your first book for example, or building your own website store, you may have a feeling of unease – excitement yes, but a certain unease. This is perfectly normal.

We have a natural defense system that gallops to the rescue when we attempt anything that’s outside our familiar environment or comfort zone,

If we choose to be rescued and dissolve back into old ways, that is a choice. But having the self-discipline to run with that scary feeling and boldly go where you’ve not been before has bonuses beyond measure:

– your self -confidence and self-esteem will grow daily
– your ability to deal with challenges will exceed your wildest dreams
– and most of all you will stay on the path of self-improvement making your world and the whole planet a better place to live.

Well, if they aren’t good enough reasons to ride those fears nothing is!

Linda x
P.S. If you’re thinking about getting the word out for your new business or work at home project, this handy download will guide you through the process.

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How Can I Lose Weight?

How Can I Lose Weight_‘How Can I Lose Weight’ is Googled millions of times every month!

Have you ever wondered why some folk never put on weight and others spend their whole life trying to lose it? There are a few mythical answers to this very popular question:

– willpower
– metabolism
– glands (??)
– various other medical conditions
– time
– money
– lifestyle ….. ah, now this one may not be so mythical!

In fact, how we live our lives in general has a lot to do with how our bodies respond. This wonderful biological miracle we live in responds directly to how we treat it.

“But I eat salad every day and count calories almost religiously and still can’t shift the weight”

Is this you? Counting calories, panicking if you go over your daily quota and generally allowing your ‘diet’ to run your life?

STOP RIGHT THERE!

This isn’t working is it? You’re still not happy with your weight and general health. I was going to mention fitness but that conjures up unpleasant images of push ups and bossy personal trainers.. so we won’t go there – not just yet anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

One of the biggest issues most of us have is instant gratification. We live in an instant world. From instant coffee to instant world access through the internet.

How many of us grumble when the connection is a bit slow? A few short years ago it may have taken hours to get through to someone on the other side of the world by phone. Nowadays we complain if we have to wait 10 seconds. Internet marketing experts will tell you if you haven’t grabbed your audienceโ€™s attention within about 5 seconds, they’re gone!

But I digress, losing excess weight should not be treated as an internet download. It took a while to install those pounds… it will take a while to uninstall them.

“But what about all those ‘Lose 10lbs in 10 days’ diets?”

Great in theory, but what usually happens is that even if you do lose 10lbs in 10 days, 20 days later you will have 11 or 12lbs to lose. Fast weight loss is not effective because your body doesn’t have time to address the underlying issues about why you were carrying the extra weight in the first place.

Our survival instincts are often to blame. Instinctive behaviour is deeply rooted in our subconscious from days when we lived in caves and fat was essential for survival. Unfortunately our instincts haven’t yet updated to blend with 21st century living.

So it’s NOT YOUR FAULT!!!

Stop beating yourself up about it and take positive action that suits your lifestyle and results in the healthy body you deserve.

Don’t listen to the excuses. None of them are real. One underlying issue is responsible for all our excuses.

Lack of self-love.

Even if you think you’re pretty stable, respect and love yourself and everyone else loves you too, if you’re reading this you probably have a body issue going on.

If you aren’t in shape, something somewhere flipped you into survival mode and left you there. You don’t have to book into therapy to find out what it was, just accept that something occurred and now you’re gonna deal with it!

So the plan is to create;

—a comfort zone that bubbles over with confidence,

—and the healthy gorgeous body you always dreamed of.

Once that’s taken care of, everything else falls neatly into place…

So here’s the challenge:

Decide how many pounds you want to lose and stick to the plan for the same amount of weeks – don’t try to cut corners by trying to lose more than 1lb a week. 1lb may not sound much but go and pick up something that weighs 1lb (500g) and then relate the weight to actually losing it from your body.

Whether you think this is impressive or not, go with it.

Allow 1lb a week weight loss only. It’s tempting to get rid of the first few pounds quickly and this often naturally happens in a diet plan, but it doesn’t really help because we allow thoughts like ‘I lost 3lbs last week so I can eat cake today and tomorrow.’ to take hold.

A dangerous strategy – the point of healthy diets is that you gain a healthy attitude to food and re-educate that survival software.

The best way to see the bigger picture is to know that you won’t be ‘suffering’ on a ‘diet’ for ever more. But will enjoy and feel at ease with your new way of seeing yourself and the world around you.

Processed food does NOT nourish living bodies.

If you look at the number of posh vets and animal surgeries our society supports, it seems clear that by feeding our animals on processed foods they are suffering from the same adverse medical conditions as humans.

Before you start your healthy diet plan, give yourself a little time to think about real food as well as a gentle physical pursuit.

Treat yourself to a walk in the woods or a super healthy meal

Perhaps consider a few of the reasons why you haven’t sorted this out yet – don’t stress this though. Remember we all have self-limiting beliefs, and blasts from the past that keep us locked in a revolving door.

And the most important point I’d really like to stress is ‘Take it slowly’ – Any pressure will keep that survival mode firmly switched on. Rushing isn’t a good thing – you miss the details, you sometimes fall over, and most of all you don’t particularly enjoy the journey.

Enjoy the journey – it’s a challenge yes but, as neuro-science proves, if you accept the challenge you’ll release tons of feel-good hormones.

You may also be nervous. One of the biggest obstacles in human society is FEAR. When we decide to do something, we get excited and positive about our upcoming results. Then the fear kicks in…. again our survival instincts … and puts doubts in the way.

Ride those fears because they’re not real – don’t ignore them. Acknowledge, accept, then move on…

Takeaway Checklist:

– Be realistic in your weight-loss plan
– Don’t allow your thoughts to push you into ‘instant gratification’ or get-thin-quick schemes ๐Ÿ™‚
– Start enjoying ‘real’ food more than ‘processed’ non-foods
– Decide what you like to do that involves moving around –

if you are physically challenged, there are chair workouts and other pursuits that you can enjoy that will help you get rid of excess pounds. Did you know knitting burns up a fair few calories an hour?

But most of all … “Love Yourself”

Linda x

 

Chicken and Chocolate

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When I watched the film ‘Chocolat’ for the first time, I didn’t realize that the sauce they were pouring over their main meal was in fact chocolate! To me, chocolate is something to make me feel good while I’m wasting time – a ‘quick sugar fix’

Now I’ve studied the chocolate subject a little more, I’ve realized that chocolate isn’t just a sugar fix but an elegant and delicious ingredient that can be enjoyed with main meals as well as desserts and cookies – and no guilt attached ๐Ÿ™‚

Check this out:

Cook chicken pieces – either coat with flour and fry slowly in olive oil or roast in the oven until cooked right through.

Make the sauce:

Ingredients:

2 oz. (50g.) dried cherries
1 oz. (25g.) unsweetened chocolate, chopped – use a dark chocolate and check there’s no added sugar
8 fl.oz (about 240mls) of chicken stock – try and use stock from the chicken you’re cooking rather than stock cubes
2 fl.oz (about 50mls) balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon of brandy or orange juice

Method:

1. Pour chicken stock into pan and bring to the boil. Cook until reduced and thickened. If you’re using stock cubes, you may have to add a little cornflour to help with the thickening process.

2. Add the cherries and vinegar to the pan

3. Lower the heat a little, but keep simmering until the sauce separates when you run a spoon across the bottom of the pan. Don’t burn it!

4. Stir in the chocolate and brandy or orange juice until chocolate has melted.

5. Serve hot with chicken.

Enjoy!

Linda x