Food for thought

Wellness brings to mind a feeling of happiness mixed with bits of joy, satisfaction and a overall feeling of being nurtured. I get this feeling a lot when I fill up with wholesome foods. I also know feeling good is about making informed choices about what to eat. Green Goodness Co Yoga is all about helping people. The way they choose to do this is to help people make better choices through education, giving them the right tools and inspiring them with stories of people just like themselves achieving things they dream for Knowing about wholesome foods that energise, and addictive foods that drain the energy, can help us in making the right food choices. Wholesome foods would be foods that make you feel good long after they have been eaten. Sugary, processed and junky foods satisfy an immediate need or craving, but hours after being eaten, they leave us feeling depleted, drained , with a craving for more.

Many times our body signals to us, what is lacking within. Research has shown that certain cravings are a direct result of certain mineral and vitamin deficiencies in the body. Supplements do not provide the same healing as fresh organic food does. Natural sources of vitamins found in organic food nourishes the body whereas food devoid of nutrients take away minerals from the body. When we address a craving with the food that supplies the right nutrient, the craving goes away as the body receives the required nutrient. For example constantly getting a craving to have something salty, could signal a deficiency in the body. Knowing how your body talks to you about salt can help you figure out what you really need. Salt cravings can be an important clue or sign that your thyroid and adrenal glands may be in need of minerals. If you try and satisfy these cravings by filling yourself with table salt and processed foods, you will further upset the delicate balance within the body. However, if you choose high quality sea salts that contain an abundance of naturally balanced mineral  you will quell those cravings and help restore health.

Unique Wedding Menus

A wedding is a time of indulgence, of pampering and feeling blessed. This is your special day and you want to indulge. There is no better way to feel indulged than by entertaining amidst a beautiful setting. However, if the food does not complement the setting, the feeling of indulgence starts to evaporate. Factory 51 Cocktail Function Venue  is Brisbanes ultimate location for a unique wedding in its industrial chic Function Room. The menu is designed using high quality, fresh produce, to ensure guests have an amazing culinary experience. An unconventional wedding option can leave your guests talking about the fantastic event for many days to come.

Interesting drinks

The reception drinks pave the way for what can be expected in due course. Along with a glass of bubbly, you can offer other interesting options like a punch, or cocktails served from vintage champagne. Even setting up a soda station, or a juice bar can provide the guests with interesting options to choose from. Another personalised option is to add drink tags to the signature cocktails or drinks that are being served.

Street carts

These work really well if you want to bring in a mix of food to the event. Carts allow you to experiment with various cuisines. You can serve anything from Asian noodles to burgers. Wedding food carts add to the fun element of a wedding. The cart gives a casual feel of guests being able to head to a van to select their favourite hot dish off the menu and find a picnic table to eat. Great for a country wedding or a casual style wedding.

Picnic food

This works really well if you are planning to have a country garden wedding. Tables of food are laden with deli style eats, fresh bread, cold meats, cheeses and sweet treats . To add to the picnic touch, hampers of food can be used for serving food.

Dessert with a twist

The final ending to a story-tale wedding should match the expectations set at the beginning. For a vintage wedding rustic apple crates piled with Kilner jars and mismatched crockery are ideal. Dessert bars  are a great option and get you to put a a few favourites on the table. For a healthy and gluten free option fruit and yogurt parfaits are great.

Living Acne free

For those of us who have learnt to live with acne and acne scars, gazing at the mirror may not be a pleasurable task. In a world where everyone strives to look perfect, blemishes are not tolerated well. If you have an acne infection resulting from oily skin and clogged pores, peel off masks can be quite helpful. The Miskn Medik8 Peels penetrate the skin to treat acne at a deep level. The Peel has no downtime and only mild skin flaking. It is combined with naturopathic treatment to help speed up results and ensure skin is breakout free. Each MiSkn Acne Removal  includes extractions where needed.

For deeper issues like Adult Acne, Hormonal Acne and Cystic Acne, a complete treatment is recommended as it requires deeper cleaning and not just surface infection removal.

Understanding acne will help you take the right decision for treatment of acne. Sebaceous glands under the skins surface keep the skin smooth and supple by secreting oil. This sebum comes to the surface through tiny pores. The amount of sebum produced depends from person to person. Incase these pores get blocked, the sebum will accumulate within the pores, and in a mild condition it results in the formation of small pimples, blackheads and whiteheads. Incase bacteria that lie on the surface of the skin also get trapped within the pore an inflammation may occur. If inflammation develops, it causes the surrounding skin to become red and the spots become larger and filled with pus leading to small cysts. Such extreme cases require treatment otherwise milder infections are best left alone.

Topical treatments for acne as prescribed by a dermatologist are recommended. For milder infections a basic skincare regime should be followed:

Do not wash more than three times a day and wash with normal or lukewarm water. Too hot or cold will worsen the infection. Excess washing and scrubbing may cause more inflammation and possibly make acne worse.

Use a mild soap or wash. An antiseptic wash will kill the germs so that may be a good option. Make sure the wash is not exfoliating as it may erupt the pimple and leave scars. Again no astringents, as they tend to burn.

Do not use ointments or oil-rich creams, as these may clog the holes of the skin (pores). Opt for a water based moisturising cream

Boost Immune function with floating therapy

Daily living and daily exposure to stress, pollutants and chemicals, leaves the immune system depleted, making us more prone to infections and disease. There are a number of routine ways to boost immunity. Half the time we start well, but let go midway as the whole process seems to require effort. Studies have shown a direct link to de-stressing and better immunity. Flotation therapy has been academically studied in the USA and in Sweden with published results showing reduction of both pain and stress. At the moment there have been 80+ studies done on the benefits of floating. Beyond Rest Melbourne  brings the benefits of floating including pain reduction and relaxation benefits, as well as better rest and restoration, that enhance natural abilities.

How does floating work?

Floating involves floating in pools where the temperature of the water has been regulated, and the water is purified and saturated with epsom salts. Epsom salts,as we know it are basically a mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Both magnesium and sulphate are easily absorbed through the skin. Magnesium reduces inflammation, helps muscle and nerve function, whereas sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins, and help ease migraine headaches. So these salts are wonderful for relaxing the nervous system, soothing back pain, aching limbs, healing cuts and sprains, and drawing toxins from the body.

If we are constantly exposed to deadlines and other pressures we undergo long periods of stress. Stress drains the body of magnesium. Soaking for a period of on hour, in warm water mixed with epsom salts, replenishes the body with the depleted magnesium. The magnesium produces serotonin, that creates a feeling of calm and relaxation.

Floating has a side-effect to it as well. Since floating produces deep relaxation, this profound relaxation causes the brain to release endorphins which control pain. This is a lot like meditation where a period of meditation releases endorphins in the body thus creating a sense of calm. Endorphins are the bodys natural pain killers.Endorphins interact with the opiate receptors in the brain to reduce our perception of pain and act similarly to drugs such as morphine and codeine, thus helping you reach a state of bliss and calm.