Healthy Eating – Flapjack recipe

IMG_0279Since our change of life style some 15 months ago, we have both lost over 2 stone in weight (no, not because we can’t afford to eat!).

Although I am a qualified therapist, I don’t have any formal qualifications in nutrition so my posts about diet are based on what works for me and what in my opinion is a healthy diet.

For various reasons, not just for weight control, we have cut out practically all added sugar from our diet, although we still enjoy a glass of wine whenever we feel like it (which is quite often).

I honestly believe that sugar is one of the causes of many modern diseases, including heart disease, strokes and dementia; maybe I am wrong but I do know that I feel so much better since cutting it out.

We don’t like to miss out on a treat with our morning coffee so I have adapted this flapjack recipe from one that was given to me recently.  They don’t taste incredibly sweet but are still yummy.  Having said that, we don’t eat them every day – all things in moderation!

Date & Oat Flapjacks

10oz porridge oats, 8oz chopped dates, 3oz chopped brazils, 2oz chopped pecans, 1oz pumpkin seeds, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1oz rice flour, 4oz coconut oil, 6oz honey,

Put the dates, honey, oil & 100ml water in a saucepan and boil until the dates are soft.

Place all the dry ingredients in a bowl and pour in the date mixture.  Stir until combined.

Spoon into a lightly greased (or lined) baking tin and cook at 180 degrees for 18-20 minutes.  Cut whilst warm into 24 squares.




Bowen for headaches

I’ve seen good results with people reporting relief from migraines after Bowen treatments but I’m delighted with the results from a client who came to me this summer suffering from hemicrania continua.  This is a continuous headache on one side and this lady has been suffering from this condition for 10 years.  She has had all the tests going but nothing has shown up and she had been reduced to taking Ibuprofen every 4 hours to try to give her some relief and has had to give up work.

Following a course of weekly followed by fortnightly treatments, we are now stretching appointments to 3 weeks apart.  The headaches are still coming, but now my client is generally taking pain relief every 7-8 hours, and on occasion even stretching to 10 hours.

You never know what the outcome will be, but Bowen continues to surprise and delight me.

Exciting Progress in the Garden

I have been really busy with therapy clients and making lots of jams and chutneys for our Ynysymond Preserves business but still finding a bit of time to get out in the fresh air.

We now have 6 new additions to the family, in the shape of Blackrock chickens which we hope will keep us and some neighbours supplied with eggs.  They have been with us 2 weeks now so hopefully they will start leaving us presents before too long.  I think they will be due their first photo shoot this weekend so watch this space.

The most exciting thing to be coming up though is our first honey harvest – it won’t be huge, but really looking forward to what promises to be a messy, sticky process over the next few days, fingers crossed.

Reflexology taster treatments

Ever fancied trying reflexology or Bowen therapy? I will be at the Craft & Holistic Fair at Manor Park, Clydach on Thursday 11th September between 2 p.m and 9 p.m offering reflexology taster treatments. Why not come down for a no obligation chat to see how one of these two lovely therapies may be able to help your condition.  Of course, many people don’t wait until they have a problem but use either regular Reflexology or Bowen therapy treatments to maintain their good health – why not become one of them?

Preserves with our own garden produce

At last the garden is starting to produce more lovely fresh produce to include in our homemade jams & chutneys.

Todays Spiced beetroot and orange chutney includes 3 different varieties of beetroot as well as our own onions.  Despite making another batch of spicy courgette chutney, there are still more courgettes waiting to be picked.

Homemade preserves available in Pontardawe & Godrergraig

We are booked up to attend 2 events to sell our yummy Ynysymond Preserves:

  • This Friday evening, 8th August there is a Ladies Shopping evening at Godrergraig Working Mens Club, open to all.
  • Saturday 16th August we have a stall at the street market in Pontardawe as part of the Summer Festival; 11 a.m until 5 p.m in Herbert Street outside the Arts Centre.

Look forward to meeting lots of people.  Come down and sample before you buy.

Ynysymond Preserves

It was always part of our plan when we moved to Wales to start selling some of the jams & chutneys that we make but 11 months in we hadn’t made a start.  An invitation to have a stand at the local school fete spurred us into action and we have now made our first sales.

As we wanted to do things properly, we waited until the local Environmental Health Officer had been out to inspected our kitchen, 5 stars – great start!

Jars and lids were ordered and initial recipes decided; we limited ourselves to 7 lines for our first foray.

Our first stand was a great success with 4 of the 7 lines quickly selling out.  We already have a couple of other events on our radar – watch this space.

As well as selling at local events, we will also be selling from home and I will be advertising in my treatment room as well.  Exciting times.

Bowen does it’s thing again

New client booked in for 3 treatments & on the 1st appointment really struggled to get her leg up onto the couch as she was in so much pain.  When she came for her 2nd appointment she reported that she had felt really ill after the 1st treatment and had gone to bed for a couple of hours. However, 3 days later she was completely pain free and had even managed to start running again. 3rd treatment cancelled as unnecessary, happy client with happy bank balance!

Chronic pain

Delighted to have 2 new Bowen clients starting this afternoon, both with chronic pain issues, one with her hip and one with her back.  It’s amazing how often the gentle moves of Bowen start to bring relief when other therapies and treatments haven’t helped.  Clients can normally tell within 3 treatments if Bowen is going to help them, so not too much pain in the bank balance either!