Coconut

I’m Coco-nuts

Lately, Angel and I have been buying baby coconuts and cracking them open at home. I had never got into this (until now) because it seemed way too hard and messy. Plus, why bother with that when buying the bottled stuff is so much more convenient?

Well, unless said bottled coconut water is labelled “raw” and kept in the fridge, it’s pretty much nutritionally dead after the heat processing it went through for preserving — and often tastes nowhere near as good as the real thing.

Once you get the hang of opening your own fresh coconut after one or two attempts following a handy YouTube demo, you’ll realise it’s actually EASY and insanely delicious. Plus, there’s something rewarding about opening it up yourself.

No other drink beats the taste of fresh, chilled coconut water straight out of its shell. Nothing!

And it keeps getting better… Once I’ve drunk the water, I take the empty shell with my spoon and scrape off the flesh inside, indulging in my kind of “other white meat”.

Or, I save the flesh in the fridge to use in a smoothie later on or the next morning. I’ll be sure to update my Be Well Smoothies ebook with some new coconut-meat concoctions I throw together in coming weeks! For now, any of my recipes that use coconut water can easily have some coconut flesh added as well for an extra kick of the tropics.

Coconuts in Kuranda

So besides the taste whisking me away to a mental tropical paradise, why go to this effort?

Coconut water is an exceptional hydrator. Forget about sports drinks which are loaded with sugar while only providing around half the amount of potassium that fresh coconut water will give you.

So next time you’re in need of electrolytes — whether that’s from a big workout or a big night out, reach for coconut water instead!

Yum yum yum yum.

LG x

eyesVScomputers

Eyes VS Computers

Computers are changing the way we see the world — but are they also changing the way we see?

It’s rare to find someone who doesn’t spend hours on a computer every day, and doctors are now seeing more cases of Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), which is caused by exactly that. So, I’ve gathered some information and strategies to help prevent eyestrain, or in more extreme cases, CVS.

Dr. S. Singh, an 
ophthalmologist at the Castleman Eye Center in Michigan says, “No study has proven that long-term computer work truly damages the eyes; 
it could however lead to strain, fatigue, headaches and symptoms of dryness.”

The most common prevention strategy is following The 20/20/20 Rule. Dr. Singh explains, “While on the computer, every 20 minutes, take a 20
 second break, and look at least 20 feet away, whether it be out the window or down the hall. This, along with the use of some over-the-counter lubricating eye drops three to four 
times a day, will help with the previously mentioned
 issues.

VSP optometrist, Dr. Leanne Liddicoat, also recommends the 20/20/20 rule, along with the following strategies:

  • Ensure proper lighting: Poor lighting often causes eyestrain, whether it’s irritation from overexposure by lights that are too bright, or strain from lights that are too dim. Ease strain on the eyes by keeping overhead bright lights to a minimum and positioning
 your desk lamp to shine onto your desk, not at you. Position your
 computer screen in a way that reduces reflections and glare from windows 
or lights.
  • Working distance: The closer your eyes are to the object you are
 looking at, the harder your eyes have to work. A good rule is to apply 
the Harmon Distance (the distance between the elbow and first knuckle) 
as a guide.
  • Eye exams: All adults should have an annual
 eye exam to help detect underlying vision problems.

The Liver

The liver plays a large role in nourishing and moistening the eyes. When the liver is deficient in required nutrients, it can cause problems such as blurry vision, myopia, “floaters” (dark specks, spots, threads or clumps in front of your eyes), color blindness, or dry eyes.

The best way to boost your body’s nutritional levels is to consume more fruits and vegetables. Try to include more dark, green leafy vegetables like kale, green leaf lettuce and beet greens, as well as carrots and squash in your diet, for example.

Here are 10 ways to cleanse your liver, as suggested by David Wolfe:

  1. eat your food raw
  2. add garlic and onion to your meals
  3. consume less sodium and saturated fats
  4. drink lemon water daily
  5. eat artichokes (bile production)
  6. milk thistle (flavonoid complex)
  7. consume glutathione-producing compounds (avocados)
  8. drink green tea (loaded with catechins)
  9. eat plenty of green foods (chlorophyll)
  10. consume adequate lecithin (peanuts)

Anti-Glare Glasses

Gunnar Eyewear produce glasses specifically designed for gamers, or for those who already wear eyeglasses, consider attaching something such as Chemistrie lenses over the top.

Both of these options offer yellow coloured polarized lenses to help reduce the glare from the computer screen and increase comfort during extended use.

Test Yourself

While this should never replace a full eye examination by a professional, why not test your eyes now on your iPhone or iPad for a bit of fun? I downloaded Vision Test by 3 Sided Cube Design Ltd, which measures your visual perception, long-distance vision, and color accuracy. According to the app, my lifestyle maybe be affecting my eyesight, hence my motivation to write this article!

This article was originally posted on PokerNews

Sage

Green Smoothies for Kids

Why not try disguise some goodness into a colourful, tasty smoothie your kids will love? This is a much healthier alternative to packaged juices or milk — or any other drink besides water, really.

Jade, my dear friend of more than 20 years (wow), spoils her family with green smoothies, and gorgeous little Sage absolutely loves this blend (all of it, including the optionals). Continue reading

Fonda Regina, Playa del Carmen

Bicep Curls for the Mind

I recently sent out this tweet:

A friend replied, asking if I had any “training advice”, so here’s my suggested training program.

Most of our thoughts seem to naturally fall to the negative. We weren’t born that way, we learned it. Look at kids and how much faith they have in themselves, how easily they make friends, how much joy they get from looking in the mirror and how optimistic they are about life and adventures.

It’s time to unlearn the negative tendencies we’ve adopted and return to a more neutral, confident mindset.

How did we learn the negative in the first place?

We’ve grown up in a society embedded with fear and resistance for “self-protection”. Having a marketing degree I know firsthand that a marketer’s role is to create a need for their product, and this is often by instilling fear or doubt in the consumer’s mind. It’s everywhere.

Negative headlines sell. Mainstream media must fill their airtime so they seek out every “story” they can find — often making us believe we live in a terrifying world.

We learn to compare ourselves to others as if we are all born with the exact same genetic and social makeup. We’re raised to not be overly confident as arrogance doesn’t fly. We learn to doubt our own abilities rather than trust in our own power beyond what is imaginable.

Instead of naturally looking at what is wrong or what is missing, try add more gratitude and optimism.

The Warm-Up:

Author Anita Moorjani, who writes about how she miraculously cured herself of terminal cancer, teaches this quick activity to highlight the power of focus:

  1. Look around you right now and find everything that is the colour red. Commit as many red objects to your memory as possible.
  2. Then, close your eyes and recall everything in the room that was blue. Almost impossible!

Imagine how much we miss in our lives because we’re paying so much attention to what we don’t like, or what is lacking.

The Exercise: 

Now, lets make that limp optimism muscle burn:

  1. Set your phone’s alarm to 5-10 random times throughout the day.
  2. Each time the alarm goes off, check in with your thoughts at that very moment. How did you sound? Likely complaining, criticising, judging, fear, etc.
  3. If so, take that thought and flip it around. Don’t disregard it, just focus on training yourself to realise what there is rather than focus on what’s not.
  4. Repeat until this becomes a natural process.

Examples:

Firstly, ask yourself if it’s real. Usually it’s not and you’re just dramatising. Snap back to the present moment and what you’re doing right then and there. As Eckhart Tolle teaches, all negative emotions are tied to regret of the past or concern for the future, which isn’t actually real right now so why ruin this present moment too?

If you’re doubting yourself, look at what you have achieved. Can’t think of anything? Maybe you cracked your eggs that morning without bursting the yolk. Anything. You’re achieving constantly, we just don’t recognise most of it.

If you’re feeling broke, look at what have an abundance of — friendship, playlists of your favourite music, a roof over your head.

If you’re dwelling over someone and what they said or did, remind yourself that thinking about it in that very moment does absolutely nothing other than ruin your moment, not theirs. It won’t change anything except drag you down.

Quit being a victim.

Stop complaining.

There’s always something.

The idea is to get out of the stress of your thoughts. We create way too much anxiety over everything. When we calm the anxiety we can tackle any actual issues with more of a rational mindset, such as taking a realistic look at our finances and setting a budget until the next pay day without freaking out about it, feeling like you have nothing. If you have the ability to read blogs online, you have a heck of a lot.

LG x

Lynn Gilmartin | Be Well • Travel Often • Life's Good