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TUNA SALAD AND NECTARINE SALSA
This is summer food at its best, to be enjoyed outside with friends and a bottle of chilled white wine. The simplicity of the plain grilled tuna pairs perfectly with the colourful nectarine salsa, making a meal that is both healthy and delicious. Tuna packs a mean punch when it comes to supplying our bodies with protein and omega-3 fatty oils, as well as other essential minerals like phosphorus, potassium and magnesium.
Professor Oliver Sacks (1933-2015)
Neurologist and author
‘Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.’ Oliver Sacks
FROM STRESS TO SUCCESS… IN JUST 31 DAYSBy Dr John F. Demartini
Stress has become an international epidemic and we have all experienced its effects in some or other way. Stress affects each of the seven areas of our lives: spiritual, mental, vocational, financial, familial, social and physical. Whether we choose to ignore it or change the way we respond to it, is up to us. No one can really change our lives, but ourselves.
By applying the simple steps Dr Demartini outlines in his book From Stress to Success in Just 31 Days has been liberating in so many ways. He discusses 31 stress-to-success secrets that, when applied daily, can bring about the success you desire in all the areas of your life. Each chapter contains practical action steps and affirmations. The book is small enough to pop in your hand-(or man-) bag and is easy to use as a daily reference guide.
MANAGING DIABETES AND RELATED HEALTH CHALLENGESBy Dr Arien van der Merwe
As medical doctor with more than 30 years experience, Dr Arien van der Merwe strives to incorporate natural and integrative medicine into her practice. She has just released her latest book, Managing Diabetes and related health challenges. It is a comprehensive book comprising everything you need to know regarding the disease and how to manage it. She covers mainstream medicine, inflammation, stress, metabolic syndrome, obesity, hormones and introduces basic lifestyle actions you can take to take charge of your health. www.nb.co.za
100 NEW HERBSby Margaret Roberts
Margaret Roberts has been an author and part of the Natural Medicine family for many years. Her knowledge and experience on herbs and plants found both locally and internationally, far exceed anyone I have every encountered. Her new book 100 New Herbs includes practical advice on how and when to plant and grow each herb and teaches on the various medicinal, culinary and cosmetic uses of the same. The beauty of her books are always found in the personal touch of family history, how it was discovered, how her family members used it, or her personal experience with it. The beautiful pictures were taken by her daughter, Sandy.
THE OPTIMUM NUTRITION COOKBOOKBy Patrick Holford and Judy Ridgway
When I think of Patrick, I think of optimum nutrition. He has authored numerous of books teaching people how to live life to the full by changing the way they view nutrition and their health. The Optimum Nutrition Cookbook is no different. He covers topics such as: Hormone-friendly foods, Eating for a healthy heart, Vegans, vegetarians and fishitarians, and ways to boost your immune system. He includes an array of over 200 recipes and dishes to suit everyone.
www.jonathanball.co.za and www.patrickholford.com
Living off the grid
Living off the grid had always seemed like a faraway dream but when I was given the opportunity to do so during the publication of this issue I grabbed it with both hands.
My chance to experience everyday living in its simplest form, without any communication with the outside world, came when I was recently in Johannesburg for business. Initially, after having finished my meetings, I was only meant to spend a night or two with my friend and the owner of Weleda Pharmacy, Chamilla Sanua, on her farm on the border with Swaziland. It didn’t quite turn out like that.
We had to make an urgent departure as Chamilla had heard that her farm team had lef and someone started a fire on the farm. I was bundled unceremoniously into her 4 X 4, which was loaded with animal feed and other farming necessities, and we drove for four hours into the night. On arrival, in the dark and still in my suit and high heels, I clambered onto the back of the bakkie and helped Chamilla dump the feed and other goods so that we could go and fetch help if we needed it to get the fire under control. We also had to milk the poor cow who was about to burst and calm down the horses. At dinner the usually calm Labrador uncharacteristically jumped onto the table – we were all evidently feeling a bit unsettled by the events.
But it got better. Although it was pitch dark and I only had a fast-fading Consol lamp, the possibility of unseen bed companions (a spider or snake perhaps?) in my own thatched hut couldn’t stop me from falling into a deep and exhausted sleep. OK, I got a fright when I was awakened at 02:00 a.m. by a gobbling turkey, but once I realised what it was, I began to settle into the pure and simple rhythm of nature.
We had to stay a week as Chamilla needed that time to set things right on the farm. During those wonderful days I woke every morning at 04:00 a.m. to the songs of the birds and I went to bed at 07:00 p.m. as darkness fell like a thick blanket. I took long walks and swam naked in the river every day. We lived off the land: We made butter and cottage cheese and I cooked spinach, butternut and farm eggs on an ingenious solar-powered cooker and took solar-heated showers between palm trees. It was bliss.
It was also tricky, however. Although I had fashioned a great outdoor ‘office’ with incredible views from under a tree, at times I desperately needed cell phone connection and would walk for 40 minutes to find it so I could reach my real life office far away and send emails. So there were times when being isolated wasn’t so romantic! I think it is possible to live off the grid but it takes real commitment.
What struck me while I was on the farm was how every animal expressed its uniqueness fearlessly and with abandon, especially the new-born ducklings and the gobbling turkey that kept me awake at night. A deep relationship with nature awakens you to the inherent balance existing within and around you and assists you in acknowledging your own magnificent wholeness.
Express your own uniqueness – that’s why we are made the way we are.
With Love Daleen
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