Healthy Life Essex Newsletter - November 2008

November: a month of change. Crisp, cold, bright days with sunshine dancing through the beautiful golden autumnal leaves of our native trees: wet, windy, blustery days that de-robe those trees, leaving them naked against increasingly stark, grey skies. And as those wintry nights draw in, our thoughts invariably turn tips on reducing, reusing and recycling this Christmasto Christmas.

As always we have lots of new articles but thought you might also like to revisit a few of our earlier pre-Christmas articles:
Buying Candles this Christmas
This holiday season give a gift to the environment,

Eat, Drink and be Merry – a holistic approach to the excesses of Christmas,

Our new articles are varied and include some fantastic recipes and information for chocoholics (sorry Cristian!) courtesy of Patrick Holford. As promised, we have also begun our new Country Walks section and have actually ‘reviewed’ the first couple. More walks will be continually added.

The following are brief introductions to the new articles added, sorted in to areas of interest. Some areas do overlap, so don’t be surprised if the same article appears more than once. .

Click on the green links for the full story

Countryside & Wildlife Charities Health/Therapies
Healthy Eating Environment Gardening
Spirituality Our Essex Reviews

Countryside & Wildlife

Thrift WoodCountry Walking in Essex – Thrift Wood
I love walking in the woods, it really does give you that feel good factor. The Thrift Wood walk is quite delightful, although you do need to make sure you are well prepared as it can be very muddy.

Country Walking in Essex – Bradwell Cockle Spit.
This area on the Dengie peninsular is one of the remotest in Essex. A large part of the wall is along the sea wall and it certainly bracing, so we would advise a day that is not too windy. The area is also historically very interesting.

Butterflies in Essex - by Roger Payne of Southend Central Museum
Do have a look at this lovely article. If you like butterflies (how can anyone not like Silver washed Fritillarythose beautiful creatures?) you might also be interested in going along to the ‘Butterflies’ exhibition at Southend Museum, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea (open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 9am – 5pm). It will be open until 3rd January 2009 (admission free).

Fungi Foraging
Kris Miners, Wild food & Bushcraft instructor for Greenman Bushcraft
It is well into the mushroom season now, so if you want to go fungi hunting don’t delay. Have a look at our article, get yourself a good reference guide, and maybe even book a fungi course with Kris.

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Fair Havens - Day Care Centre &
Fair Havens - The Facts

More information about Fair Havens, the hospice based in Westcliff-on-Sea. You may be surprised to learn about the day care facilities offered at the centre. When Sue Atherton was having treatment for secondary breast cancer, she found the supportive environment a real lifeline. You might also like to know some more facts and figures about Fair Havens.

Most people are aware of the NSPCC, the UKs leading charity specialising in preventing cruelty to children. But you may not be aware that 85% of their work is funded by donations. Recently, the Child’s Voice Appeal has been launched to raise funds in order to keep the Childline and adult helplines fully operational.

The Woodland Trust 
The mission of the Woodland Trust is to conserve, restore, and recreate the country’s native woodland and its wildlife. Trees and woodland generate oxygen The Woodland Trustfor us to breathe, store carbon, provide homes to a spectacular variety of wildlife, provide us with raw materials and help stabilise the soil. They offer us quiet places to relax within, inspire our imagination & creativity and refresh our spirits. Sadly, we only have 5.7% of woodland cover in Essex. The trust is trying to increase this and is hoping to purchase 260 acres of land near Elmstead in east Essex in order to develop a woodland.

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Kick start your child’s development with music
Jo Jinglesby Tara Dye, Jo Jingles Franchisee for South Essex.
Sitting on their nanny’s knees listening to endless nursery rhymes seems to be a thing of the past: not something many of today’s generation of babies and toddlers ever experience. But Tara explains that music is a fundamental part of our babies’ mental, physical and social development even, it is believed, while they are still in the womb. Find out more about this lovely way to help your child’s physical, social and emotional wellbeing.

Feng Shui in the Home by Jackie Tyrrell,
accredited Feng Shui consultant of Feng Shui Pathway.

Do you have troubled areas of your life at the moment? Maybe even your love life? (if so, do look at the case study attached to the article.) Could it possibly be that the Chi is not flowing smoothly through your home; that cluttered areas are having a negative impact on your life? Jackie sheds some light on the ancient practice of Feng Shui.

Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI) &
DITI & Early Breast Cancer Detection by Bill Bradford of Meditherm Ltd.

Thermal Imaging (thermography) is a non-invasive test using specific equipment that has developed significantly over the last 20 years. Today’s computerised systems are very sophisticated and very accurate. Our articles will explain more about DITI and its uses, with the second article relating specifically to the EARLY detection of breast cancer (DITI can detect very early stage breast cancers whereas a mammogram may not be able to detect a typical slow growth tumour for about 7 years.)

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Healthy Eating 

Good News for Chocoholics by Fiona McDonald Joyce
No really, you are not misreading this. It is the healthy eating section and yes, you Dark Chocolatecan eat chocolate! Of course, it is not quite that straightforward. It does have to be good quality dark chocolate, and you mustn’t have too much. But chocolate can be good for you! Fiona also provides two sublime recipes: chocolate cheesecake and chocolate orange mousse. (Article courtesy of Patrick Holford’s 100% Health Club)

How to go Veggie by Karin Ridgers of
November is Vegan month, so it seems appropriate to feature this article on going vegetarian or vegan. People make this choice for a variety of reasons: sometimes environmental factors; may be an ethical decision relating to killing animals for food; or perhaps for health reasons. (But we must stress, whatever the reason for changing to a vegetarian / vegan diet, it is essential to make sure you still eat a balanced diet providing sufficient quality protein, vitamins B12 and D, and omega 3 essential fats.) Karin provides 6 easy steps to actually getting started.

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South East Essex Women’s Environmental Network (SEEWEN)
We are proud to be hosting on behalf of the above. The network’s vision is of a world where women are aware of their ability to change the environment for the better and actively come together to do so. Find out more about the group and perhaps attend one of the relaxed, friendly meetings. And please let us know if you have similar environmental groups near you.

Recycling in EssexRecycling facilities in Essex
Do you sometimes have good quality but no longer loved items that you would like someone else to benefit from, but don’t know where to take them? Our quick links will make it easier for you to find new homes for your unwanted items.

New planning regulations for front garden paving
by Jill Crooks of Room 105 Design Partnership
These new regulations have been introduced for environmental reasons. Jill explains how you can meet the requirements without having to submit expensive building regulations and still have an attractive and environmentally friendly parking area.

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New planning regulations for front garden paving
by Jill Crooks of Room 105 Design Partnership
These new regulations have been introduced for environmental reasons. Jill explains how you can meet the requirements without having to submit expensive building regulations and still have an attractive and environmentally friendly parking area.

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Peace of Heart
We have to acknowledge that we live in troubled times. This beautiful article talks about taking total responsibility and looking within to love and to heal ourselves: therein lies the secret to healing the world. Our goal must be One Heartbeat of Peace.

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Our Essex 

Salvation Army Hadleigh Farm & Rare Breeds Centre.
Hereford Bull - Urso MajorThe centre, close to Hadleigh Castle, is a wonderful place to take the children for a fun time feeding the animals and learning more about the environment. Opening times are limited outside of the summer season, so do check before visiting. Visit the farm, the Castle, have a walk around the rolling hills of Hadleigh Castle Country Park, and perhaps stop for refreshments in the adjacent restaurant. A great day out for all!

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Food Glorious Food by by Patrick Holford & Fiona McDonald Joyce
Braised Lamb Shanks, Strawberry and Banana Cheesecake, even the great British Breakfast! Lots of information for eating a healthy low-GL (glycemic load ) diet and loads of absolutely delicious recipes. This is not a diet book – it belongs on the shelf with your very best cookbooks! And it would make a great Christmas present.

The Mind Coach by Jamil Qureshi
Another self-development book, perhaps lots of ideas you have heard before. The difference in this book is the way these ideas are delivered. Jamil’s Mind Mapping concept is a very positive, common sense approach to life. Here, the emphasis is on making just a tiny change at a time.

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Quotes of the Month


"If my grandchildren thought of me when they looked at the desolation that has overcome great patches of the earth and thought, 'He knew what was happening but he did nothing about it', I would feel deeply, deeply ashamed of myself."

Sir David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough certainly need not feel ashamed. But how will we feel when presented with the same question?

"Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means."

Albert Einstein

We will not all have the same impact on the world that this great scientist had, but we will know in our own hearts if we have done the best we can.

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...
It's about learning to dance in the rain."

We love dancing – don’t you?

"Our stories are singular but our destiny is shared"

Barack Obama.

A powerful message. The world watches hopefully and prays that America’s president elect can indeed help bring peace and security not just to his country, but throughout this troubled world. But we must all take responsibility and be prepared to play our own role in the journey to a better life for now and for future generations.


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