Who doesn’t like some of the sweet stuff? As a woman with some challenges around menstruation, its a definite part of my life (and my period wellness kit!), but I don’t know too many people who don’t indulge in some chocolatey goodness. However, in the past year I’ve learned that regular, commercially produced chocolate isn’t the healthiest option – with loads of refined sugars, and often trace amounts of gluten, these are no longer options for me (and I hope once you’ve seen how easy it is to make, you’ll have a go at it too!). I’ve mentioned two brands before that I like to buy (in Australia, check out Loving Earth and Pana), but I really wanted to try making my own this time. Continue reading
12 months ago, to the day, my life changed. On 1 February 2013, the first round of the Barrecode 60 Day Challenge for 2013 started, and my world hasn’t been the same. It was the day I stopped eating gluten, the day I started to learn my body was strong, vital and capable or so many things. It lead to the beginning of my beautiful new friendship with S, to reading It Starts With Food, to my TCM doctor, to my beautiful coach and friend, Tara. To green smoothies and home made chocolate and the joys of weekly roasts. To R reclaiming his health. To meditation. To meeting the knowledgeable and fantastic educators from Whole 9 South Pacific. To starting this blog and connecting with all of you! I’m grateful for every second of it. Continue reading
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Tagged 1 year to change your life, Active Living, Barrecode, Fitness, Food, Health, Wellness, Whole30
The last couple of weeks has been another health learning curve for me. It has highlighted exactly how important sleep is for the human body (and mine in particular), and its a really worthwhile topic to talk about. I’m going to share what has happened to me, but I’d love to hear your experiences with sleep too.
I’ve always known I need sleep, and its usually something I do well and with ease. My body knows when it needs to recharge, and it just gets on with it (irrespective of what I might want to do at the time!). So summer can often be challenging for me – at the moment I live in a house which is north facing, so we get a lot of warmth. I’ve found it to be a beautiful thing in winter, as it keeps the house warmer and comfortable, and even helps keep my immune system ticking over, and ensures I don’t dry out and bleed anywhere (a chronic problem in our last place!), but it does mean it gets pretty warm in summer. Summers in Tasmania are pretty mild, but we always get a few 35-40oC days, and for those, the house doesn’t cool down enough for a comfortable slumber.
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Tagged Bruny Island, creative, exhaustion, Food, nature, relax, self-care, sleep, sleep deprivation, Stargate SG1, Von Willebrand's disease, Wellness
I shared this on this blog’s facebook page earlier in the week, so I thought I’d better share it here too. I hope you all have a lovely long weekend planned (for those Australians reading!) and I’ll write more to you all next week.
I’ve been a little quiet over the last few days, and I will be for a few more. The sleep disruption I mentioned a little while ago? Well it continued, unfortunately, and due to some work commitments I was unable to take a break early in the week to feel fully rested and well, which ended up forcing me to the last couple of days. I’m also heading away for a short break for this long weekend, and will be out of phone and net range, so this page will be a little quiet until I get back. My message for all of you for the long weekend (here in Australia at any rate!) is to honour your bodies – if it wants to play beach cricket, go for it! But if it’s craving a break, do yourself up something yummy and iced (I’m talking tea, of course!) and give yourself a rest. Have a great weekend everyone and I’ll talk to you all next week.
I was asked to do a little exercise a few weeks ago to come up with some guiding words, desires and themes for 2014. If you’ve been following on my Facebook page, you’ll know that I don’t really ‘do’ yearly resolutions, so what I shared was what I’ve been guided by or am following through on for my current ‘period’. I don’t even do this by a year, I just wait until the impulse arrives, and follow it until it feels done. It works well for me, just letting it happen as it does without the pressure and external structure of annual, January-timed goals. Its a perfect mesh of three of the things that make me, me: introversion, intuition, rationalism.
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Help an INTJ sister out, would ya? I’ve recently read this article on an online Australian newspaper and the first paragraph/sentence (that’s a whole other grammatical rant I won’t get into today!) gave me the shits. I’m sorry, how is health the second rung benefit of exercising? Continue reading
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Tagged Barrecode, Body image, Exercise, heatlh, Hiking, INTJ, joint and muscle health, MNB, Move for Health, riding, rock climbing
I have to say, I’ve very much been enjoying having a Facebook page for this blog (have you checked it out yet? I’m over at https://www.facebook.com/mymissingfactor). I get to share all my posts, plus whatever else comes my way, like this funny poster -
Universal truth, no?
I’ve mentioned once or twice about my obsession with tea, and you’ve probably heard about my bleeding disorder by now, but I wanted to share a bit more about my love for science fiction. And a little bit of fantasy (I adore Tolkien, and of course the Harry Potter books), but I think sci fi has always been the bigger draw for me.
I’ve been enamoured with the genre for as long as I can remember. Probably the earliest incarnation of it was watching the last of the original run of Doctor Who on the ABC, but since then I’ve also loved Finders Keepers (old school Aussie kids show based on a book by Emily Rodda, anyone else like this?), Round the Twist (yep, definitely including this – which other genre gets a rabbit-replicating wardrobe?), Buffy and all things Whedon, the new Who and greater Whovinerse, Stargate SG1 and many many others. What is the attraction? I think this is an odd mix of my VWD and INTJ personality – the imagination, future projecting, and the fact that so many story lines in sci fi have kids, women and the somehow disadvantaged (through illness, genetic difference or social reclusiveness) rising up and becoming strong. Heroic. Powerful. Being both an introvert and genetically different from the general population, as well as often finding myself at odds socially (try being the INTJ chick in the room when the other ladies start talking about weddings. Shudders), I really associate with a lot of the main characters in the books, shows and movies I adore. Continue reading
So as you may have gathered from this post, international travel isn’t as straight forward for me as I might like it. I’ve previously had troubles on those long plane trips – struggling to keep my sinuses happy, feeling comfortable with the food, and worrying about bleeds or being pulled over for my needles/icepacks at the airports. But for my recent trip to Montreal? I felt so much better about travelling, and only one really hit of jetlag. So what did I do differently? Continue reading
I bet you weren’t expecting that sentence to end the way it did! But my slightly long winded path to health actually started with shampoo and scalp bleeds.
I know, you thought I’d covered all the weird and gross bleeds I have with the words ‘menstrual’ and ‘colonoscopy’. Never fear, readers, I have more for you today! So, how I found out that shampoo ingredients (and later on, skin care) can cause problems and bleeds for me -
About 6 years ago, I got fed up with my hair. With it not cleaning properly (the joys of having a super thick mane), with the constant flow of scalp dislodging itself on my clothes, with the itchiness. And the bleeding Continue reading