Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Gluten For Punishment

Food intolerance is on the increase. There are numerous theories as to why this is happening, but for those people with this problem, their main concern is finding appetising gluten free food. When you cut out natural foods which contain gluten, you substantially reduce your diet options. So it's very useful to find companies who produce a good quality tasty gluten free range.
This is beneficial for people with wheat intolerance, gluten intolerance, or who are Coeliac.


Below you will find some very useful links: Fria Bröd, the biggest gluten-free bakery in Scandinavia and available throughout many European countries. Visit us here or on our web site at, for regular updates and upcoming events.!/pages/Fria-Gluten-Free/148382048546519?v=info

Hope this has given you some food for thought.

Monday, 7 February 2011

Back to Basics for a Better Society

Back to Basics for a Better Society

We live in a world where there is constant pressure to be ultra slim and look at least ten years younger than our actual age.
Every woman’s magazine we pick up focuses on these subjects, and now men’s publications are following suit.

This is a serious problem because it’s not only affecting adults, its damaging our children from a very young age. Even though some of them are not old enough to take in the written content, the images are subliminal and have a very powerful negative influence on them.

Everything is portrayed in a superficial way. So the majority of young people come to expect things like instant fame, expensive designer clothes, and cosmetic surgery.

What happened to acceptance, tolerance, and individuality?  It’s becoming like a clone factory, and it’s infiltrating all areas of our lives.

Surely the most important thing is to learn and grow intellectually as a human being. Enjoy our relationships and friends without judgment or preconceived expectations, and of course to ultimately accept ourselves. We should be enjoying the simple things, which make day to day living enjoyable.

Here are a few examples:

  • Going for a walk in the park or countryside with family or friends.
  • Making something from scratch yourself, instead of buying it.
  • Helping someone else (the smallest gesture can make someone’s day).
  • Reading a good book, or reading to someone else who finds it difficult.
  • Dancing is a mood lifter, and a great way of socialising.
  • Writing down all the positive things in your life. 
  • Do something creative regularly. 
  • Be thankful for what you already have, The grass is not always greener on the other side.
  • Accept complements and complement family and friends. They need need it too!
  • Do a good deed for someone, it makes you feel good.

It’s these sorts of activities that build self esteem and make you feel like you’ve achieved something.
It’s up to us to take a stand, and not become media sheep. If not for ourselves, for our children and the future of mankind. People need purpose not perfection.

    Friday, 4 February 2011

    Making positive moves to fight the Winter blues.

    Just into the New Year most of us feel a little on the low side. This is probably down to a number of things like, adverse weather, monetary problems, virus's and short days with very little sun light. Most of us start off with good intentions in January, but all to often our resolutions fall by the way side within a week or two of making them.
    So What can we do to have a more positive outlook.  You'd be surprised actually. It's the small things that can really make a difference. One of the most important things is to have some kind of routine. These may vary widely, because some people work full time, whilst others may have health problems to contend with.

    Here are a few things that can brighten up your day, whatever your daily routine involves.

    • Keep in touch with your friends, networking is good, but a phone call is even better.
    • Wear colours which you feel good in and for ladies wear some nice make-up.
    • Read...reading is good for you, especially for writers. You can learn an awful lot about writing through reading other authors work.
    • Eat little and often if it's at all possible. If you work full time make sure you stop for a break, you are entitled by law to have at least one 20 minute break. This varies from employer to employer and the amount of hours you work.
    • Make sure you drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. Dehydration over a prolonged period can cause health problems, and has been linked to lethargy and depression.
    • Watch a comedy programme. There is no better medicine than a good laugh.
    • Keep you own blog. It's a good way of expressing yourself.
    • Take a multivitamin, especially if you eat and run. At lot of people live at a very fast pace now.
    • Have a long warm soak in the bath, whilst listening to your favourite music.
    • Try listening to new bands and music. Old favourites are good, but there's a lot of new talent out there too.
    Everyday of life is a gift, don't waste it being unhappy.

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    Thursday, 3 February 2011

    Looking back at the 'Lake District'.

    The Lake District is considered to be one of the most beautiful places in Britain. I have been lucky enough to live there twice. The first time was when my father got a job as a general manager in an electrical business in 1965, when I was eight years old. At first we lived in the town of Windermere, before moving to Bowness-on-Windermere in 1967, which is where Lake Windermere is located. I suppose I took the beauty of the place for granted as a child. It's only now I look back and think, it was a special place. I spent many hours with my father on Lake Windermere. Dad had a few boats between 1967 and 1971. Two of them were speed boats and he taught me how to drive them from the age of ten. When I reminisce I know I was privileged, because not many youngsters get to do exciting things like this, and also because I had quality time with my father. These memories live on and are very precious to me, because my dad died in 1987 aged  just 51.
    We left Windermere in 1975, it was only a short move to a place called Staveley about 4 miles away from Windermere. I moved several times after that and thought I would never go back to live in the Lake District.

    However, in November 1984 I returned to Bowness to run a very nice guest house with my parents. By this time I was married and had a 2 year old daughter. Between 1984 and 1987 we met a lot of very nice people from all over the world. It was ideal for me because I worked in the family business, but also had quality time with my daughter in the afternoons. Usually we would go down to the pier in Bowness and feed the swans and ducks, and on the way back I would take Julia (Victoria) to the swings.

    These were magical times in an extraordinarily beautiful location. Above Julia (Victoria) and myself in the grounds of our guest house 1985.

    Wednesday, 2 February 2011

    New Blog

    Hi Everyone,
    Welcome to my blog, I'm still customising it so please bear with me and check back very soon.