Before electricity we had water-powered sowing machines and a water driven egg-beater?

Tap power and Water Motors A late nineteenth-century water motor with one side of the casing removed. Few people in the western world realise that they have an extra power source available in their household, workshop or factory: tap water. Just before the arrival of electricity at the end of the nineteenth century, water motors were widely … Continue reading Before electricity we had water-powered sowing machines and a water driven egg-beater?

Could pedal power become an energy option again?? OK, on your bike!!

Pedal powered farms and factories: Cost effective low tech technology for developing nations? If we boost the research on pedal powered technology - trying to make up for seven decades of lost opportunities - and steer it in the right direction, pedals and cranks could make an important contribution to running a post-carbon society that … Continue reading Could pedal power become an energy option again?? OK, on your bike!!

It takes guts to stay looking young and healthy..

  To help your gut return to a healthy state, you will need to look at your prebiotic and probiotic food intake!! A friend of mine said to me the other day “I would like to look young and be slim and vibrantly healthy, but I do not want to live like a zealot so I will put up … Continue reading It takes guts to stay looking young and healthy..

The search goes on for the fountain of youth…how fast are you ageing?

Source: In search of the fountain of youth 2 In my last blog post I discussed that the reason we aged was not about the candles on our cake, but how healthy our immune system was. Saying that we must keep our immune systems strong is all fine – but how do we go about this? But before … Continue reading The search goes on for the fountain of youth…how fast are you ageing?

Fermented Food – The Best Hangover Cure

The best hangover cure, and it’s good for you…

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fermented food in a cellar It has been quite a while since I was seriously hungover. So, probably I shouldn’t act like an expert here.

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Mold – When Things Get Ugly

Fermenting food for good health is one thing, growing a nice selection of colourful moulds is another…

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Mold on sauerkraut3Fermentation is fun. There are only a few strict rules to follow, and the rest is the matter of the will to experiment and to be open to unexpected results that are nice more often than not.  Nothing can go seriously wrong unless

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Did you know that caffeine stays in your system for up to 12 hours!?

A good old fashioned cuppa is not much better…

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In today’s society, sleep disorders have reached epidemic proportions, and one of the culprits is caffeine.

Enjoying a cup of coffee with a friend or work colleague, or grabbing another cup in the afternoon to get you through the load of work you have to finish before you head home, have become very much part of most peoples every day lives.

A standard cup of coffee, 100 gm contains 40mg of coffee. Remember as you upsize your cup of coffee you upsize your caffeine!

Energy drinks have also become very popular, many non coffee and tea drinkers choose to drink these fizzy concoctions to give them the same burst of energy tea and coffee drinkers enjoy. A Red Bull contains 30 mg of caffeine, 10 mg less than a standard cup of coffee.

Tea, although it is officially much lower in caffeine than coffee – is in fact not, when you brew your tea for…

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Walking together. Eating together.

What a fantastic book – a must read!!!!

John Newton Writes

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“This is a book about Australian food. Not the food that European Australians cooked from ingredients they brought with them, but the unique flora and fauna that nourished the Aboriginal peoples of this land for over 50,000 years. It was to try and understand why European Australians have almost entirely rejected these foods for over 200 years that I wrote this book.”

We celebrate cultural and culinary diversity, yet shun the foods that grew here before white settlers arrived. We love ‘superfoods’ from remote, exotic locations, yet reject those that grow in our own land. We say we revere sustainable local produce, yet ignore Australian native plants and animals that are better for the land than those from Europe.

In this, the most important of his books, John Newton boils down these paradoxes by arguing that we need to eat the foods that will help attune us to this land…

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Probiotic, Prebiotic – please explain!?

Such a great article, I couldn’t have made it any clearer myself….

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Two of todays health buzz words are Probiotics and Prebiotics – but what are they? Why do you need them? And in what way do they differ?

The digestive system is basically the work horse of the body. Everybody knows that  it is responsible for removing waste, but what most people don’t know, is that is is also responsible for  breaking down foods into glucose and nutrients the body needs for energy and nourishment.

The digestive system also constitutes 70 percent of the body’s immune system, meaning, that it performs a important role in defending the body against harmful bacteria and viruses.

Basically a healthy digestive system is paramount for general health and wellbeing. Poor digestion with affect every part of the body – the brain, nervous system, hormonal balance, reproductive system and the liver’s ability to properly detoxify.

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Probiotics are live microorganisms found in bacteria, yeast or fungi, and when…

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What happened to the walled garden way of producing food, using only renewable energy?

So what are walled gardens??? We are being told to eat local and seasonal food, either because other crops have been transported over long distances, or because they are grown in energy-intensive greenhouses. But it wasn't always like that. From the sixteenth to the twentieth century, urban farmers grew Mediterranean fruits and vegetables as far … Continue reading What happened to the walled garden way of producing food, using only renewable energy?