20 foods to help joints!

So this past week I’ve been a tad creaky!  My knees have been stiff and my sprained ankle is still taking some time to heal – so I thought tonight I would have a quick look at foods that are supposed to help joints and see if adding them in will make a difference or not!

  • Top one was salmon
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Flax seeds
  • Brazil nuts
  • Pineapples
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Strawberries
  • Bell peppers
  • Avocado
  • Turmeric
  • Ginger
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Kale
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Sweet peppers







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Don’t give up

Even when it seems every effort is coming to nothing at the moment – trust that it will come together in the end.

Sometimes it feels like you’re doing everything “right” in your mind and your actions and you’re not seeing results but it’s SO important that you don’t stop even if you’re not seeing the results when you’d think you’d see them – they will come.

Trust in that and keep going.

If it seems like there are obstacles blocking you – see them as challenges to see how much you want what you really want and push through them.

Use the force!

I had one of those ‘Duh, of course’ moments today.

I watched a Ted Talks short video today on ‘how to stop screwing yourself over’.

One of the points to come out of it is that to create changes in our lives, to create the new habits and come off autopilot in our lives we have to force ourselves to start with.  We simply won’t feel like doing what we have set out to do every day but then who feels like coming out of our comfort zone when it is so, well, comfortable?

I mentioned in an earlier blog about how I’m looking to find ways to be a ‘morning’ person as it’s something I struggle with.  I want to attempt to see if I can change this, I had in my mind that I would find fancy schmancy ways which I would find inspiring and have me leaping out of bed with a huge grin on my face…

Mel Robbins, in the Ted Talks video, puts it a little more bluntly.  Put the alarm on 30 mins earlier than intended and when it goes off whip the covers off and stand up.  This sounds like utter hell for me.  However, Robbins has a point – while we grew up we had our parents tell us (or nag us) to do the things we didn’t feel like doing but should do.  Now, we have to do that for ourselves – we can choose not to – however, by not doing some of these key things and just allowing ourselves to continue on autopilot or ‘snoozing’ we’re missing out on so much.

Robbins also mentioned a 5 second rule – that if no action is taken within 5 seconds of having a thought of doing something out of the norm or your comfort zone that the brain puts a halt to it and the moment has passed.  How much are we missing out on?  And who wants to miss out?!

I feel like I have already been using ‘the force’ by doing my daily blog, ensuring I am eating and drinking healthily every day and doing exercise – and now I need to spread it further into my life.

May the force be with you!

Lean on me

Don’t ever feel you’re alone.

Sometimes it feels like no matter how much we tell ourselves everything is going to be okay, how many affirmations or prayers we do – it’s not enough.  When times become hard it’s easy to let ourselves slip and we can end up shutting ourselves off.  Don’t.

Everyone needs support.  It’s important to have support around you, for circumstances life can bring or even that new challenge you’re trying out.  Find your support – it can be from your family, friends, loved ones, social networks or groups but get that around you. Don’t ever feel alone.

And when times do get tough don’t be afraid to reach out, ask for support or help.  Sometimes that’s the hardest thing – but do it and it might surprise you – not only that, it will give you a new lease of energy where you thought you had none.  Sometimes you just need someone else to tell you “everything is going to be ok”, “you can do this” and “I’m here for you”.

I am so very thankful that I have family, friends and loved ones around me that give me support when I need it.  Some can tell from my tone of voice that I need those words of encouragement, sometimes I have to ask for help and yet I am always blown away at the full support, help and guidance they give me.  I am so grateful and lucky to have that.

You can have it too – don’t ever feel alone in anything – just reach out, maybe you’ll be surprised.

Sometimes you need somebody to lean on, Bill Withers sings it beautifully:  http://youtu.be/N5jlPL1tNDY

Stay strong, keep going and don’t give up.


Have you had that moment when something you’ve said has been taken the wrong way?

Or there’s the situation where someone passes judgement on what you’re doing instead of asking you the background to it?

I used to think it was worth clarifying and justifying myself but as I’ve become older experience has shown me that it’s not worth my energy. People like to be right and some like to have their say – just let them get on with it. If you’re happy with the choices you make, the things you do and the things you say then why let anything else affect you? Of course if something that has been said has been misunderstood and caused offence then clarify it but pick and choose when that’s appropriate – some people don’t care to hear it because they’d rather thrive on the drama whereas others appreciate it.

Anyway how does this all tie in to healthbecomesme?

My lifestyle, thoughts, words, everything is changing from what has been the norm and it has met interesting reactions. Normally, adverse reactions or ridicule would send doubts through my mind but the reasons why I am on this journey are so strong that I no longer care what others think. Seeing people I love go through serious health issues – and losing some of them because of it – is enough to shake me up and wake up to what is truly important.

Take care of yourself and prioritise that.

We only get One chance at life – live it – with no regrets.

Shopping organic is a pain in the arse!

I’ve just come back from ASDA to pick up a few things I couldn’t at Sainsbury’s – I hate shopping at the best of times but this was bloody ridiculous!  They sure don’t make it easy for you to find the foods that haven’t been fertilised with God knows what and then they don’t have the organic alternative for all the foods there.  This is exactly one of the reasons I would normally give up!  It’s so bloody time consuming and annoying so when you’re starting out on this it makes you think oh I cannot be bothered! What is the point?!

I guess they’re counting on that.  I’d come home from work and just the thought of preparing a meal would fill me with the CBA (can’t be arsed) attitude and I’d throw a ready-made in the microwave.  Now I make myself do it, reminding myself in L’Oreal’s words: “because I’m worth it”.

The easiest way around this would be to shop at a Health food shop where they have it all there in one place, the only thing that puts me off is that they can be more expensive.  Now I’ve picked up a few organic fruit and veg from ASDA perhaps I’ll hang on to the receipt and compare the pricing with those shops.

I keep reminding myself this all seems an awful lot of effort right now but before long I will know where to go and what I want and it’ll all be as autopilot as shopping for all the crap I used to eat!