While I was doing research for weight loss shakes I came across the mineral “manganese” many times.  I didn’t know anything about it so I looked it up.

I was very surprised to find that this particular mineral is very important to bone development, brain function and memory.

Manganese also improves the functioning of the thyroid gland, regulation of blood sugar levels and metabolism of fats and cholesterol.

Nuts, seeds, whole wheat bread, tofu, beans, fish, spinach, kale, black tea, berries, pineapple, avocado, spinach, garlic, Spirulina, peppermint, coconut milk, rice and wheat bran are all very high in manganese.

many of these are also perfect ingredients for a weight loss smoothie .  Why not try this recipe today?

Weight Loss Smoothie 

  1. 1/2 cup coconut milk
  2. 1/2 cup milk alternative (or water and 1T whey powder)
  3. 2 T LSA mix
  4. 1T oat or wheat bran
  5. 1/2 cup avocado
  6. 1 t cacao or cocoa powder (optional)
  7. Stevia or honey to taste.

mix all together – I like to warm my milk. I also like to add a pinch of chilli powder.  Give it a go and let me know what you think.

Smoothies, Shakes and Juices

I am slowly (very slowly) starting a career in freelance writing.  So far it is very low pay but a lot of fun! Today I started a project writing about Shakes.  It is really interesting to go to the source with research and find out the truth behind the hype.  Today I discovered that quinoa, chia and flax seeds really are super foods with some amazing health qualities.  Do they help us to lose weight?  Well yes… And no.

Flax seed and Chia have got health benefits of their own which we will discuss in another blog.  The great thing about them from a weight loss point of view, is that they are both mucilagenous.  This means that they are gelatinous, they thicken the drink they are mixed with and they make us feel full.  Of course if we add something unhealthy like ice cream or shop bought fruit juice we are upping the calories and lowering the GI (Glycemic Index).  Quinoa adds protein for extra fullness and extra well being.

Juicing seems to be the best way to lose weight but I  have concerns about the fiber being wasted (or in our case being fed to the chooks).  I believe that we need some of that fibre ourselves.  Smoothies can be very fattening with a low glycemic index unless we are really careful about the ingredients.  Bananas, although quite healthy, have also got quite a low GI – about the same as biscuits.  This can be remedied by adding a low GI ingredient such as oatmeal, LSA or even psyllium husks. mucilaginous.

Shakes seem to have qualities of both juicing and smoothies with added ingredients for health and fullness. The use of whey powder or it her protein powders typifies a “shake”.  They also have a grain base – such as oatmeal, quinoa, chia (not actually a grain) and LSA.

If  we want to lose weight we need to balance the ingredients in any of these so that we are getting a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and proteins.  It needs to have an ingredient that will give a sense of fullness and it needs to be tasty!

To make a delicious healthy drink there are a variety of natural sweeteners that are low calorie and even low GI.  Stevia is my favourite – I have two stevia plants growing and am cultivating more.  Stevia can have a bitter after taste but I find it really blends well with the stronger tastes.  Xylotil is another natural sweetener that can be used.  I often like to use a little honey.  Sometimes it is just good to add a small amount of sweet fruit.

There is so much more to learn and share – I look forward to bringing this knowledge to you!

Shake for health

This is what I put in my every day shake.


Healthy Shakes

Quinoa, chia seeds, psyllium husks, dried berries and beetroot powder, dried fibre plus, green grass and spirulina, stevia, a banana and rice milk.  I  used a dessert spoon each of everything but the stevia (and banana) .  1 teaspoon of stevia was enough for this recipe.

Nutritious Weight Loss Shake

Ingredients that went into my healthy shake.

TENS Machine

Today I still had chronic back pain which just wouldn’t go away!  After a hard day of writing and cooking I gave in and sat down for a rest.  Mmm I thought – my Revitive!

So I pulled it out, dusted it off and set it up.  Oh My!  It felt so good.  The Revitive has foot areas that send electrical currents into the feet.  These are separate to the two plug in holes for TENS pads or gloves.  I put one set of pads on my sore back muscles and one set for my neck muscles.  For half an hour I sat in bliss!  The current from the TENS can be adjusted.  At its lowest it feels like a slight twinge.  When set too high it does feel almost painful.  When set just right though – Ooh La La – my neck felt like it was being massaged.  My back had instant pain relief and is still feeling better two hours later!

Some times we forget that there are simple and healthy alternatives to drugs and chemicals.  Don’t get me wrong – a few weeks ago I gave in and got a prescription for codeine forte from my doctor.  It has been so good to have pain free days, from joint damage,  arthritis and fibromyalgia, so good that I over did it and strained my back!


the TENS machine has certainly helped tonight.  The a revitalive is quite expensive but a simple portable TENS machine will only set you back about $50.00.  So go for it and get yourself some natural pain relief!

Go placidly ami…

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, “Desiderata”.

This has always been my favourite piece of prose.  I have recited it daily as others do passages in the bible!  

” Go placidly amidst the noise and haste” – much easier said than done.  And so important to our equalibrium to be able to find that quiet place in our head when the world around us is in turmoil.

i recently found out that a world renowned pschycologist will only work with people who do yoga twice a week.  My next challempnge therefore is to get back into yoga.  I practiced it years ago when I was bringing up three children with very challenging behaviours.  I think it is time to find a teacher!  They say “when the student is ready the teacher will come” – I will let you know how that goes.

Tomatoes, tomatos!

A few ads ago I spent $12.00 on a box of tomatoes. I spent a few more dollars on several greens from the discount section of the green grocers and this is what I turned up with!






So, as you can see I did a rather bumping cookup. I ended up with six meal bases to eat and another 8 meal bases to freeze. I have enough tomatoes tomorrow to make a sauce!

A Little Brain Mole!

The Naturally Healthy Aussie

After spending a few days with my son staying over, he actually told me that he thought I had early onset dementia and that I needed to go and see a doctor!  This did not go down very well but I came to realize that he was right.  My memory was worse than it had ever been and I was having difficulty locking anything into my short term memory.  I was getting confused with the least amount of stress and I had almost caused an accident whilst driving my son to the bus station.  Hence his concern.

So I bit the bullet and went to my doctor for the third time to tell her there was something else wrong with me besides depression.  Now here in Adelaide, Australia it is not that easy to get into to see one’s regular doctor.  It is even harder to get an appointment longer…

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Ros' Backyard playtime

Will have to curtail my outside play for a few days.

Oh my goodness – It appears that the Naturally Healthy Aussie is facing one set back after another.  About two months ago – after experiencing one pain after another I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.  I was also Xrayed for arthritis – which has set up house in my fingers, wrists neck and back – along with damage caused by my most recent job.  Suddenly – after a lot of Internet research, everything made sense!

Last year I eradicated a tumour from my brain.  Now I get to fight of Fibromyalgia.  I have been following doctors orders for to the last few months but now I can think clearly and do things again – I will be looking at ways to permanently and naturally delete the newest demon!  I also need to work on fighting as much damage as possible that is manifesting itself as Arthritis.  The problem with fibromyalgia is thinking through fibrofog!

The a Doctor gave me a prescription for Panadeine Forte last week and I have only been using it when absolutely necessary.  Today  was one of those days when I needed the full dose.  It felt so great being pain free that I really got into the garden. Weeding, replanting, digging.  All well and good until this afternoon when the pain killers started to wear off and I discovered I had strained a muscle in my side :(.

Now I am sitting down writing and realizing that I can be totally miserable – thinking about not being able to do things and not being able to play much outside.   Or – I can think about all the writing and research  opportunities I now have because I can’t do much else!  I guess the glass is half full after all!

Raised Garden made with Pallets

I saw some really cool blogs about making raised gardens with pallets. These Youtube tutorials were from America.   I wondered if the same idea would work in  Australia – could we get free pallets, would the council be ok with me having them in the front yard,  would they be viable?

I did a quick Google search and immediately found an advert in Gumtree for 50 free pallets near where I live.

Pallets are a lot larger than they appear on the computer screen.  They are also a lot heavier!  I am  very lucky to have a wonderful brother who has a removal truck.  He even picked them up and brought them to me for free.  Here I must mention my equally wonderful sister-in-Law who helped Tim move the pallets whilst I was busy.



Fast food the natural way!

I have been thinking lately of “Fast Food”. No one wantss to spend hours in the kitchen after a busy day out. I am, by no means, a saint. I spent must of today out and my husband was working late. Here is what I did to make a quick and easy meal!

I set my Ipad up in the kitchen with a classic Iview Who Dunnit? To keep me entertained. I set two of the birds up for company and to give them fresh food!

I cut up a frozen onion and put that in the wok to fry while I cut off some frozen turmeric and ginger. Then I threw in some lemon grass powder, chopped up some chili and capsicum and put all that on to cook with a little Himalayan salt. I put in cut up broccoli (including stalks) and unpeeled thinly sliced carrot. While that was cooking I chopped up some spinach, kale and rocket from yesterday’s big discount find at the green grocers. I just put all the greens on top, splashed on some vegetarian stir fry sauce and put a plate over it. I turned the gas off and poured a glass of wine – Mmm.

When my husband got home we fried hokkien noodles in sesame oil and leeks. Tossed it together and wow. Some where in the mix my Husband, who us not a vegetarian yet, cooked a piece of steak – Grrrr. The meal probably took an hour to cook because I was watching an episode at the sample time.
The meal was delicious, I did most of the dishes whilst cooking, and got to sit down and relax after eating!