June 2012 for me has been and will continue to be a very exciting month. My husband celebrated a milestone birthday - 42- I believe every birthday is a milestone. I have been away on a friendship appreciation retreat- AKA - girls weekend away. I am becoming an Aunt to twins, a boy and a girl and to answer my wonderful private school school educated child.....no they are not identical...lol. Then there is our 8500km griswald family holiday through central Queensland to kakadu and back.
As I write this newsletter I am on route to go meet my wonderfully precious niece and nephew. On the way to the airport this morning my husband gave me a quick run down on how to check my self and my baggage in.
"What, I have to do it myself? Where are the people who do it for me?"
I was assured it was faster, better and easier. Mmmm, not so, I destroyed the bag tag sticker when placing it on my luggage and then removing it because it wasn't straight, then when I tried to restick it it stuck to my fingers and ripped when I pulled it off....oops.
Thankfully a very nice qantas man reissued my sticker and personally applied it to my bag and put it in the baggage carrier for me. I was very grateful. Then I held up security as the bangle I was wearing was under my jacket and couldn't be seen so they couldn't work out what part of me was setting off the alarm. Finally I get through only to be approached to participate in an explosives test...really??? I can barely get my hands in my pockets let alone a stick of dynamite. Can i tell you that i get tested for explosives EVERY time i enter an airport...I passed the test I case you were wondering :-)
So this months newsletter will be just as exciting I promise. We will look at what is considered a standard drink and what will it cost your bottom line. Show you how to save a few calories with your morning coffee and surprise you with some of the common nasties In your skin care and why you should avoid them. We also look at the benefits of juicing.
We have all the regulars to keep you on your toes too, a joke to make you smile, a recipe packed with nutrition to warm you, a food to introduce you too and quote to make you think.
So it's time to make a ginger tea ( my fav of the moment) sit down, put your feet up and enjoy a read.
In Health and Happiness
Most of use enjoy a drink. Whether it is to unwind from the week from hell- the thankgoditsfriday margareeta, to celebrate with family the welldoneyou cocktail, or a simple glass of red while cooking and pretending to be Nigella Lawson. The alcohol commission has recommended that both males and a females should have no more than 2 standard drinks a day. But do you know what size a standard drink is? And more to the point do you know what that drink is doing to your bottom line?
A standard drink can be any of the following
Light beer 2.7% alcohol: 425 ml (1 schooner)
Beer 4.9% alcohol: 285ml (1middy)
Wine 12%alcohol: 100 ml (1 glass)
Port/sherry 20% alcohol: 60ml (1glass)
Spirits 40% alcohol: 30ml (1nip)
If you were to have 2 glasses of red wine each night for 1 year you would be consuming 73 litres of wine a year. That is 49640 calories with absolutely no nutritional value at all. To burn 49 640 calories you woul need to ride an exercise bike vigorously for approx 75 hours...
By reducing your intake by half you save 37.5 hours of exercise and a whopping 24 820 calories!
Swap your large cappachino on whole milk for a large skinny capachino and save 92 calories or 384 kJ
Over a year this will save you 33 580 calories and you won't even notice the difference.
Did u know
When you walk across level ground you put up to 1 1/2 times your body weight on your knees with each step.
Each knee bears two to three times your body weight when you go up and down stairs, and four to five times your body weight when you squat to tie a shoelace or pick up an item you dropped.
This why it is important to stay in the healthy weight range.
Quote of the Month
The most ordinary day for some is the most extraordinary day for others
Funny Medical Terms to make you laugh
Bacteria- Back door to the cafeteria
AHF- Acute Hissy Fit
Acute Lead poisoning- Gunshot wound
Benign- What you will be after you are eight
Bug Juice- Antibiotics
Caesarean Section- High rent area of Rome
6 Chemicals you should try to avoid in cosmetics and why!!
Information sourced from
Phthatale family or di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP) and di(2-ehtylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) Can result in: endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCS) and carcinogen linked to birth defects; premature breast developments; lowered sperm counts; testicular injury; damage to reproductive organs; lung, liver and kidney cancer
Why used: makes plastic soft and malleable.
Found in: nail polish, hair-straighteners and sprays, body lotions, and deodorants.
Banned in: Europe
Lauryl sulfate(SLS), Sodium laureth sulfate(SLES)
Can result in: suspected carcinogen linked kidney and liver damage; nervous system disruption; damage to eyes leading to cataracts; eczema and dermatitis, known to inflame skin layers.
Why used: foaming agent and emulsifier.
Found in: toothpaste, shampoo, bath salts, body and shower gels.
Banned in: Europe and Central America
Paraben preservatives or alkyl-p-hydroxybenzoates (methyl, propyl, butyl, and ethyl)
Can result in: hormone disrupter, estrogenic (mimics natural estrogens that leads to cancer); linked to breast cancer; skin rashes.
Why used: germicide and preservative.
Found in: conditioners, hair styling gels, nail creams, foundations, concealers, mascara, facial masks, skin creams, and deodorants, sunscreen, hair-colouring.
Banned in: Japan and Sweden. Under review in the UK.
Formaldehyde family or Diazolidinyl urea, 3-diol Imidazolidinyl urea, DMDM Hydantoin , Quaternium-15, Nitropropane-1, Formalin , Methanal , Methyl aldehyde, Methylene oxide, Morbicid acid, Oxymethylene
Can result in: carcinogen, causes allergic reactions and contact dermatitis; headaches; irritates mucous membranes; damaging to eyes; linked to joint and chest pain; depression; headaches; fatigue; dizziness and immune dysfunction.
Why used: disinfectant, germicide, fungicide, defoamer and preservative, cheap and mixes easily with water.
Found in: shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, liquid antiseptic hand wash, skin lotions, bubble bath, hair care products, antiperspirants, nail polishes, talcs; mascara, mouthwash, make-up remover.
Banned in: Europe
Amine family Diethanolamine (DEA), triethanolamine (TEA), amonoethanolamine (MEA)
Can result in: hormone disrupter; carcinogen linked to liver and kidney cancer; irritant to hair and skin; corrosive to eyes; causes contact dermatitis; react with other chemicals to form carcinogenic nitrosamines.
Why used: emulsifier, pH adjuster, and preservative, foaming agent added to coconut oils.
Found in: shampoos, soaps, hairsprays, sunscreens, foundations, concealers, eyeliner, talc, face powders, shaving creams, hair colouring products (women and men), hair sprays.
Banned in: Currently under review in the USA, UK and Europe
Propylene / Butylene Glycol (PG)
Side Effect: linked to possible brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities respiratory and throat irritation, central nervous system depression, pulmonary oedema, brain damage, hypoglycaemia, skin rashes and dermatitis, neuro-toxin that weakens protein and cellular structure.
Why: cheap substitute for glycerine, Humectant (retains moisture).
Found in: deodorants, body lotions, body washes, hair conditioner, hair gel, creams, hand-wipes, lipsticks.
Banned in: Europe
Five Benefits of Juicing- Vegetables
1. juices bring the important nutrients to the membranes of the gut and make them more easily absorbed
2. jucies provide a high antioxidant content
3. they are a living food which reduces the digestive load on the liver, gut and pancreas
4. they provide you with an abundance of energy
5. juicing vegetables can decrease acidity and toxicity within the body
Time to give your vegetables a squeeze!
Recipe of the month-Beef & Vegetable Stew
450 g braising steak
1.5 tbsp plain flour
1 tsp hot paprika
1-1.5 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp ginger
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, cut into chunks
3 garlic cloves, sliced
2 celery sticks, sliced
225g carrots, chopped
300ml beef stock
350g potatoes, chopped
1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped
2 corn on the cobs, halved
115g tomatoes, quartered
115g shelled fresh or frozen peas
1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander
Salt and pepper
Trim any fat or gristle from the beef and cut into 2.5 cm chunks. Mix the flour and spices together. Toss the beef in the spiced flour until well coated
Heat the oil in a large, heavy based saucepan and cook the onion, garlic and celery, stirring frequently for 5 minutes or until softened. Add the beef and cook over a high heat, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes, or until browned on all sides and sealed.
Add the carrots, then remove from the heat. Gradually stir in the lager and stock, then return to the heat and bring to the boil, stirring. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally for 1.5 hours.
Add the potatoes to the saucepan and simmer for a further 15 minutes. Add the red pepper and corn on the cob and simmer for a further 15 minutes, then add the tomatoes and peas and simmer for a further 10 minutes, or until the beef and vegetables are tender. Season to taste with salt and pepper, stir in the coriander and serve.