Can Seaweed Save Us?

There are thousands of varieties of seaweed on this planet, many of which are very nutritious and healing for the human body. Some of the better known seaweeds are nori, dulse and kelp.

Now what exactly makes seaweed so amazing? Here is your answer, short and simple:

“Sea vegetables provide all 56 minerals and trace elements required for your body’s physiological functions in quantities greatly exceeding those of land plants”

In other words, you could survive on seaweed alone!

The health benefits of seaweed have been known for centuries. It has been used to treat  depression, memory loss, low libido, radiation poisoning, and much more. It truly is amazing!

So why not include this healthy food in your diet? Whether it is in the form of nori rolls, dulse flakes or kelp noodles. You can add all kinds of sauces and spreads to make seaweed more tasty if you don’t like its natural flavour.

Be adventurous and try out new recipes, such as this one:

Raw Vegan Sushi

Ingredients:

  • 4 to 6 sheets of dried nori seaweed (un-toasted)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup julienned cucumber slivers
  • 1/2 to 1 cup julienned carrots slivers
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup thin-slices avocado
  • 2 to 3 cups sprouts (alfalfa, broccoli, clover, etc.)
  • Soy sauce, sushi vinegar or miso to taste (or any vegan dressing)
  • 1 cup of water (to seal the edge of the nori sheet to the roll)

References:

- The Health Benefits of Seaweed

- SeaWeed FAQs

- Raw Vegan Sushi

Postpartum Depression

There is a significant number of women who suffer from postpartum depression. It might not be very obvious at first, especially since sleep deprivation is hard on all new parents and therefore a certain degree of unhappiness is to be expected. However, if it goes further than that and you feel disconnected, can’t seem to bond with your newborn and maybe even feel resentful, you might have a problem with depression.
But there is hope! You can try to cure your PPD naturally.
These are some quick tips:

- Consume Omega 3 fatty acids
– Get plenty of sunshine or try bright light therapy
– Exercise (20-30 minutes a day should suffice)
– Take folic acid

And always remember that you’re blessed with an amazingly cute and fascinating newborn who soon you will love more than anything else…

Rewire Your Brain

 

What if I could just teach myself to think positively every time unpleasant feelings come up? Wouldn’t that be an enormous relief?

It is much more realistic than you might think. A Stanford study showed some very interesting results regarding the rewiring of brains to prevent depression. You can read the article here.

While this particular study focused only on 10- to 14-year-old girls, I believe anyone would benefit from rewiring their brains to react better to negative situations. Since stress can cause diseases such as depression, training your brain not to overreact to negative stimuli would be extremely beneficial.

How to do this? Think of pleasant experiences every time bad feelings start to creep up on you. It sounds very simple, and indeed it is.

 

 

Walking Barefoot

Walking barefoot is a wonderful thing. It grounds us and connects us to Mother Earth. In fact, it is very natural, and yet most of us confine our feet in shoes. Often those shoes are way too tight causing all kinds of problems, some of which we might not even associate with wearing shoes. But why suffer? Go barefoot and enjoy life instead!

There are numerous health benefits:

- better circulation

- more strength

- better posture

- less inflammation

- less stress

- and many more

Walking barefoot is an amazing experience. You will feel all kinds of sensations: hot and cold; soft and rough; wet and dry – you name it. Furthermore, it makes you more conscious of the present moment, which is something all of us need to be better at. Too often we drift into the past or the future and totally miss what’s going on right now in the present.

When you first start out, it is best to limit your barefoot walking to a short time, say 5 – 10 minutes a day. We are so used to wearing shoes all the time that our feet are quite weak. If you overdo it in the beginning, your feet will probably get sore. So ease into it and enjoy the daily progress.

 Your feet will thank you!

Getting Out of Bed

There are times when it is extremely difficult to get out of bed. And I’m not talking about those times when you’re still tired because you stayed up too long. I mean those mornings when you don’t feel motivated to do anything. Those mornings when you would rather not go back to reality, but stay in your dream world. All of us have experienced these moments, and for some it is a daily battle.

So what do you do when you find yourself in this situation? Are there any steps that might spark motivation?

This is what I recommend:

  • Smile. Yes, it’s very simple, but it does help.
  • Be grateful for waking up and being given the opportunity to live another day.
  • Think of all the fun things you could do today.
  • Count to 10 and then force yourself to get up.
  • Make sure your alarm clock is out of reach so you have to get up.

What do you do to motivate yourself?

A Minimalist Life

Sometimes less is more. Sometimes less is true bliss. We don’t need to fill our homes with tons of stuff that we don’t use most of the time. If we accumulate more and more things, we feel more and more weight on our shoulders. In other words, owning more does not make us happy – it does quite the opposite.

If you want to spend less time cleaning, organizing, repairing etc., a minimalist lifestyle is perfect for you. In addition to having more time available, you can save a lot of money by consciously buying only what you need.

Minimalism is also a wonderful tool to figure out what you truly want in life. It makes you reconsider your decisions. I can’t say enough positive things about this simple lifestyle because it resonates with me on a deep level. It seems like the perfect solution to a lot of our problems these days.

If you are interested in reading more about living a minimalist life, please check out these two blogs which I personally find extremely inspiring:

The Minimalists
Becoming Minimalist

Are You Nuts?

Nuts are more than a healthy treat. They can potentially lift your mood and improve your depression symptoms. 

Let’s focus on Brazil nuts for a moment. They are known for containing high amounts of selenium, which is an important trace mineral that can alleviate depression. There is no better dietary source of selenium – only a couple of Brazil nuts per day suffice to meet your  selenium needs.

They are great for your immune system and can even lower the risk of breast and prostate cancer. In addition, they are gluten-free and oh so tasty…

So instead of popping a supplement every day, why not consider eating one or two Brazil nuts? 

Fun Fact: Even though they are called Brazil nuts, most of these nuts actually come from Bolivia.