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Christmas Traditions

How do you celebrate Christmas? What are your traditions, favourite recipes, gift ideas, decorations? We would love to hear how you make this festive season special, happy and healthy for you and your family. Please visit our Facebook Page and post your traditions, pictures, ideas and all things that you would like to share about Christmas. You can also share your great Christmas Recipes on our Recipe Entry Form. Alternatively email rachael@thebigswell.com with your ideas, or simply leave a message in the comment box below. Over the next six weeks all of your traditions will be posted … [Read more...]

Creating one year from now!

Today we’re looking out ahead just like the leopard in the early morning sun … Where will you be one year from now? While we’ll be planning with the end in mind in this series, a good place to start is by looking at what’s been accomplished this year. Every action we’ve taken in the last year has built the future we have right now. I received an email from Marion this week which says it all: “Thanks for your weekly blog – besides being interesting it gives me a reminder each week to keep up my goals energy.  And your Africa trip sounds amazing!  It is so great to be … [Read more...]

Tips for feeding kids a good breakfast

I noticed something pretty important recently. On the days I feed my girls a hearty breakfast, they don't get as hungry or grumpy during the day, and they don't ask for as many snacks. In fact it makes such a difference to how our days go, that I try to prepare them a cooked breakfast every day. I don't do this first thing in the morning mind. My oldest daughter nibbles on fruit and drinks raw milk while I get myself sorted for the day, and my youngest still starts her day with a bottle. I find this tides them over till I'm ready to fire up the stove. You might feel daunted by the idea … [Read more...]

The Power of Winning Habits!

The countdown is on … it’s the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London tonight! All the athletes are about to ‘strut their stuff’ after years of dedication, perspiration and preparation!   Can Michael Phelps do it again? I’m reminded of the magnificent accomplishment of eight gold medals, won by Michael Phelps at the Beijing Olympics in 2008! That accomplishment set a record for the most gold medals ever won in a single Olympic Games. He’s won 14 career Olympic gold medals; the most by any Olympian. In terms of total career Olympic medals, he’s ranked … [Read more...]

Bugged by Allergies

More research has been published showing the relationship between the microbes that live in the gut and the development of allergies, asthma and eczema. Human beings are covered – inside and out – by bugs: bacteria, yeasts, parasites and likely viruses as well.  In fact human cells are outnumbered 10:1 by microbial cells (that is we each have 10x as many microbes on us and in us as we do human cells)!  This collection of microbes is called the human microbiome.  This microbiome plays many essential roles in our health and wellbeing, or lack thereof.  With a healthy microbiome we … [Read more...]