There’s your protein shake!

Did you know that if you mix chickpeas and rice milk together you have a complete protein? No more having to resort to processed protein powders with their potential for serious damage to your liver and kidneys.

Protein shake chickpeas rice milk

Thanks to one of those quirky bits of science, if you mix the humble chickpea with rice you get a resulting mixture that is a complete protein. It might be a bit hard to drink like that but by substituting rice milk we get a liquid result that can rightly be called a “protein shake”. Admittedly it’s not very tasty as is so Molly brings it to life with the addition of other goodies like bananas, frozen berries, yoghurt etc.

What is a complete protein? From Wikipedia :

complete protein (or whole protein) is a source of protein that contains an adequate proportion of all nine of the essential amino acids necessary for the dietary needs of humans. 

You can find more information on chickpeas in Molly’s earlier post, “Chickpeas Champion of Champions“.

Try Molly’s Protein Shake, I think you will be pleasantly surprised, I was.

Molly's Protein Shake

Ingredients

  • 100g chickpeas. (We use a 400g can between the two of us. Yes, a 400g can will only yield about 200g of chickpeas.)
  • 300ml rice milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen berries
  • 1 heaped teaspoon LSA mix
  • 1 heaped teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1 heaped teaspoon flax seed meal
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon yoghurt

Directions

  • Place all ingredients in a blender, mix, pour into a glass and drink. We get good results just using a stick blender with the ingredients in a jug.

All measurements are per person.
The only required ingredients are the chickpeas and the rice milk, all the other ingredients can be varied in both content and quantity as you like. Experiment to get your own favourite mix.
LSA mix is ground linseeds, sunflower kernels and almonds. Readily available at supermarkets and health food shops.
We have suggested canned chickpeas as being a readily available source but you could of course prepare your own chickpeas from raw in bulk and freeze individual portions.


Meditation Direction

All of us who meditate regularly develop our own little quirks and idiosyncrasies in our practice. I haven’t tested this personal theory but here is an example of one of mine and I would appreciate any comments you might have about your practice.

As I have stated before, I do open eye meditation from the Zen school of Buddhism. That is, I keep my eyes open throughout the meditation and keep my gaze fixed on a single spot in front of me, usually an image in my iPhone meditation timer which I place in front of me. However, most people in our Western communities learn meditation in the traditional method with eyes closed. This choice to use the open eye method is however not one of my individual idiosyncrasies. But it does lead into one that I do have and that is, that I usually like to face east when I have a choice of direction, at least at home.

Why east?

Well, I was amazed when I was made aware of how fast the earth rotates. At the equator, the earth is spinning at about 1,675 kilometres per hour!  That speed decreases, of course, the further north or south you get from the equator but it is still a mind-boggling rate. The direction of rotation means that we are always heading east at 465 metres per second.

So here I am, sitting perfectly still in meditation, on my cushion, eyes gazing fixedly at a point in front of me, and for the 20 minutes that I sit there in that fixed position, I have traveled 558 kilometres toward the east! And I don’t feel I have moved even one centimetre!

When I realised that I was heading east regardless of how still I was sitting I thought, what does that represent? East seems to me to represent the future, what is coming and that is the direction I am heading anyway. Conversely, if I was to face west then I would be continually looking at the past, out the back window as it were of the vehicle in which I ride. Personally, I would rather look forward to the future with eagerness than to the past with regrets.

This choice of facing east,  however, presented me with a little dilemma recently when I needed to change the location within our house to meditate. If I was to face east in this new location I would be looking at my own reflection in the mirrors on the wardrobe doors.  Comfortable as I may be with my own image I did think it might be a little distracting. I am not a perfect meditator yet, it is called practice after all.

So not west then, how about the median way, north or south? North toward the sun traversing the sky, for us in the southern hemisphere at least? Perfect I thought because north could represent the now, the exact moment I am in at any point in the course of the meditation, and the moment we are all striving to live a mindful life in. So north it is, or at least till I can start facing east in comfort again.

What meditation quirks do you have?


Opening hours

From the 30th August 2016, Molly will be available for appointments during the following hours:

  • Monday to Friday  9am to 5pm
  • Saturdays 9am to 3pm

Molly may, at her discretion, agree to appointments outside of these hours but would appreciate your cooperation in trying to fit appointments within these hours wherever possible.

Please note that appointments can now be requested online by clicking “Make an Appointment” and selecting your preferred date. We will then confirm or amend your appointment by phone or email.

You can also simply email or phone Molly or Mike directly, see our contact page for details.


Has your bowel gone CRAZY?!

There you are living a great life, all cozy and comfortable and happy when one day it hits you. That sudden urgent call of the loo!

You have to run to find the nearest loo. Not a problem if you are at home, but when  you are out and about it can become the race of your life.

I know you know what I mean!

Then this urgency settles and you figure it was a once only event. Until next time, then it reoccurs over several days, and disappears as suddenly as it started. So you relax again but a small part of your mind stays on alert. Waiting. And there it is, a few days or maybe a few weeks later that urgency hits you, but this time it’s not only a few days of serious urgent bowel situations, it lasts for a week or two, and to top it off you then become constipated and can’t go to the loo at all.  So its off to the doctor to see what is happening.

A barrage of tests later, and all the results are fine, you are a picture of health. Nothing nasty anywhere, nothing wrong at all. So what has happened to your bowel? Read More


Creating 2016

Aren’t we all so blessed!

It’s another new year and we are all still alive!  That’s a blessing!

I get excited when a new year begins! It feels like a whole new beginning. Like breathing in the fresh crisp air after a summer storm. Refreshing and invigorating!

I just love the possibility and potential of what I can think of and create for myself and my family. It helps me to feel that I am making a framework for my future, for what I want to achieve. That there is a purpose for my being.

I love to set my goals, my map of where I want to head in this new year. I know some people don’t like to set goals but for me it’s like having a bit of a road map to follow. Somewhere to head so I’m not just going where the wind blows me.  So I sit at my computer and I list everything I want to do. A bit like a ‘bucket list’ I suppose, and I take my time doing this. I look at all aspects of my life. My health, my relationships, my travel plans, my finances, my work, my dreams. Read More


Goodbye 2015

As we say goodbye to 2015 we also say goodbye to 15 Terminus Street which has hosted our clinic for the last three years. Molly has now set up new premises in Stanhope Gardens and we look forward to welcoming you there in 2016.

This new year will be bringing with it a number of new services and courses such as Molly’s Sunday Morning Healing and a range of ebooks from The Gluten Free Granny. Stay posted for details as these become available.

From all of us at Shavana Health we wish you and your family all the very best for a safe, healthy and prosperous 2016.


Herbal Paste

You have probably seen the tubes of herbal pastes in the supermarket, or seen them advertised on TV. They are a great idea and a way that you can have annual herbs all year around for  your cooking delights!  Now you can make your own without any of the chemical preservatives added.

If you are a herb grower, now that the annual seasonal herbs are at their end, you probably have some bushes that are heavy with leaves and you may be wondering what can you do with them. You can dry them or you can make this paste. 

If you don’t grow any herbs but would like to make the pastes yourself, you can simply go to your local market and buy some fresh herbs. You will need a couple of bunches of each herb.

Herbs that work well for pastes are:

  • parsley
  • basil
  • coriander
  • oregano
  • mint
  • lemon balm
  • marjoram
  • chives

All you need are the herbs, olive oil and a food processor. The amount of olive oil is dependent on the amount of herbs you have, and the consistency that you like.

You can keep the paste in the fridge for a couple of weeks, or you can freeze the paste in ice cube trays. 

Method:

Wash and dry the herbs. Remove the leaves from the stems. Place the herbs in the food processor and add small amounts of the oil until you have a consistency you are happy with. 


DeCluttering

We all know about clutter. Most of us have some of it somewhere, those special ‘things’ stashed away that we can’t bear to part with, after all we just might need them sometime! Some of us have lots of clutter. We see the TV shows about the extreme hoarders and the dreadful mess they live with, even dead mice or vermin and maggots under loads of papers or materials. A very real health hazard.  Fortunately not many reach this chronic stage of clutter in their homes. But many of us do reach this chronic stage in our body!

Clutter in the form of a sluggish digestive tract, a sluggish bowel, allowing food to stagnate and toxins to accumulate and ferment. Yeasts grow and multiply and worms (yes those little creepy crawlies) find a nice home to reside in. 

Clutter in the form of a toxic overload from pesticides, additives and preservatives in our foods, water, and air,  and  heavy metal residues.

Clutter in the form of emotion stresses. Work pressure, home and family stresses, anxiety, fear, negative self talk.

All of which weaken our immune system and leaves us more vulnerable to inflammation and infections. This is when many vague symptoms start to occur and it sets us up for a downward spiral into ill health. Chronic illnesses like allergies, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, hormone imbalances, recurrent infections, depression, weight problems, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other chronic degenerative illnesses develop.  The list is endless. 

So just as it is important to keep our homes and environment clutter free, so it is important to keep our body free of clutter.  I tell my patients to choose one month every year to do a spring cleanse and declutter their body. 

To do this  you need to use herbs to cleanse your body from worms and to treat your body for fungus, bacteria and viral infections, even if you feel fine and don’t think there are any bugs lurking in your system. They will be there! 

You need to eat clean for the month, that means lots of fruit and veggies and proteins, drink pure water, have no junk food and no alcohol at all for the month (email me if you would like a healthy eating plan for your declutter month).

You need to make sure you have regular bowel function and do skin brushing at least two times a week. You will need to get a good nights sleep, and do a daily relaxation either in the form of meditation or simply doing an hour a day of a hobby that you are passionate about. 

Have 2 or 3 sessions of acupoint detox to accelerate the release of toxicity from your body.

If you do your ‘declutter’ or otherwise known as a detox for one month each  year, you will have a stronger immune system and be far better equipped to fight off any bugs that come your way.


Carpet freshener

This is a lovely blend of essential oils that will freshen up your carpet.  Simple to make and free of nasty chemicals. You can combine the oils, or use any one of them.

Carpet Freshener

  • 1 cup Bicarb soda 
  • 20 drops Lavender
  • 20 drops Lemongrass
  • 10 drops Eucalyptus
  • 10 drops Cinnamon

You need a wide-mouthed jar with a lid. Add the bicarb and all the essential oils. Close the lid tightly and shake well to distribute the oils.  Allow 24 hours for the oils to infuse into the bicarb soda.   Sprinkle over your carpet and allow to sit for 15 – 30 minutes, then vacuum the powder. A bonus is that your vacuum cleaner will smell great too!


Do You Have Cravings For Certain Foods?

It’s probably fair to say that each of us will have a craving for a food at some time. Pregnant women are well renowned for having strange food cravings. It’s easy to remedy if you have a food craving, after all, you can just go  out and purchase that food and eat it, however there can be another side to food cravings, and that is that you may even be craving certain foods and not be aware of it. How can that happen?  

Have a look at what you are eating each day. Is there a food that you have to have? We all know that coffee is addictive, and alcohol and tea and good old chocolate. How about if you just have to have potato chips regularly? If you just can’t walk out of the supermarket without the chippies in your trolly, without  your recognising it, you have a craving! It is subtle and not as glaringly obvious as chocolate or coffee, but there it is. How about when you go to the supermarket, armed with a shopping list, yet you can’t walk past certain foods without popping them into your trolly. Not just naughty foods, but fruit or veggies or meats. When you see something you think how nice that looks. Impulse buying or cravings?  Craving wins!  We see the foods, be it good for  us or not, and get a sense that we need that food. There could be a very good nutritional reason behind that impulsive buying. There could also be emotional reasons.

Lets look at some of the cravings and what they mean from a nutritional perspective:

The following foods can be indicative of a deficiency, not for everyone nor is it necessary the only mineral or vitamin that could be deficient, so please use this as a general guide only. If you would like to check out what is causing your cravings, come in and see Molly.

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Food, Deficiency
Chocolate, magnesium  
Soft drinks,  calcium
Lollies or sweets,  chromium / tryptophan
Salty foods incl. chips,  chloride and essential fatty acids
Red meat, iron
Bread  & Toast, nitrogen
Pasta, chromium
Cheese, calcium and essential fatty acids
Acidic foods,  magnesium
Coffee & Tea,  iron /  sulphur / sodium chloride 
Alcohol & Drugs,  calcium / potassium / glutamine
Spicy foods, zinc
Ice (frozen),  iron / folic acid / B6 or B12

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