Another warm welcome to all the ‘new people’ who’ve recently joined our classes.
It’s soooo good to have you ‘on board’ with us.
We get great feedback about our classes and I hope that you’ll ALL continue join us and work out with us. Thank you.
I mentioned in last week’s newsletter but a reminder about next week & the following week ie that on Tue 7 & 14 and Thurs 9 & 16 December, we’ll enjoy our Fitness Pilates/Yoga by Candlelight classes in Craiglockhart Church hall & Dreghorn Loan Hall (DLH) again.
Please consider bringing battery-operated tea lights/candles if you have them or ordinary tea lights/candles, holder & lighter on those dates. During the relaxation part of these classes, you may also want to have a warm sweattop or zip up jacket handy to put on and keep yourself relaxed and cozy.
We’ve only got this week and another 2 weeks before we finish up this year on Fri 17 Dec but don’t worry, we’ll just be ‘off’ for 2 weeks so put Tue 4 Jan in your diary – that’s the week our 2022 classes start back again.
So in the meantime, let’s strengthen up in advance for the festive period, holidays, the occasional mince pie, cake etc. Let’s continue to be as strong and flexible as we can in our approach to every day life, it’s ups and downs, twists and turns etc.
Well apart from eating as well as we can and drinking enough water, sleeping well, relaxing and having fun, as I say, we’ve got our classes this week to start/continue/improve/progress with our fitness, overall strength & flexibility. Yessss.
Good to know: where attention goes, energy flows.
If you’re looking for some family Christmas fun…
As a family, we went to the Christmas market early on Sun 21 Nov and went on quite a few of the rides with the kids ie grandkids. Layla had no fear and she wanted to go on those chairs that hang by long chains and the ride goes round and round and …..round …and no one else was keen to go on with her so, even though I wasn’t keen either, I went on with her (gran points were UP there). As I say, she had no fear and was looking over the edge as the ride/chairs rotated up, out and round and round (seemed like for ages). I must say it started off well and was exciting but at one point, I thought: oh no, I just want to get off and luckily it didn’t last too long!
Going on various rides can be costly so I’d suggest taking some sort of ID with your Edinburgh address on it to get 20% off ride prices eg instead of £30, it cost £24 for myself, Nicola & the 2 kids on the London-eye-type pod.
There’s also Stockbridge, Grassmarket & Leith markets:
Healthy recipes for everyone inc gf, vegan, veggie etc All Minimalist Baker Recipes
I also love @foodrevolutionnetwork and would recommend following them, they have lots of interesting posts on there as well as masterclasses and their website.
One of their posts is entitled: 5 best foods to reverse and prevent type 2 diabetes and they are:
- Green vegetables
- Non-starchy vegetables
- Nuts and seeds
- Fresh fruit
At this time of the year, we see lots of pomegranates in the shops and I like to buy them, remove the seeds and add them on top of (coconut) yoghurt or over porridge. With the rest of the seeds, I’ll put them in a zip bag and store them in the freezer to use the next time. It’s a bit more time-consuming (and possibly messy) to remove the seeds yourself but … they smell lovely and it’s cheaper and there’s less packaging when you buy the whole fruit as opposed to the convenient plastic tubs you see/can buy.
However, sometimes, we just want convenience and hopefully the plastic tubs do actually get recycled.
Did you know? that pomegranates are full of antioxidants incl vitamin C which supports immune function. They’re also high in (good) nitrates too.
Another winter/Christmas staple: cranberries which are also high in antioxidants responsible for increasing blood flow, dilating blood vessels and lowering blood pressure (according to another FRN foodrevolutionnetwork post).
FRN have a recipe for pomegranate cranberry sauce you might like to try:
2 cups fresh cranberries, ½ cup pomegranate juice (just the juice), ½ cup water, ¼ cup maple syrup or date paste, 1 cinnamon stick, 1” fresh ginger peeled & sliced & ¼ tsp allspice.
How to make: add all ingredients to a pan and bring to a boil then simmer for 10 mins or so until the berries are soft, stir until the mix thickens. You might want to taste it during the cooking process and add more sweetness/allspice if you’d like.
Remove from the heat and transfer to a heat-safe bowl or glass container. Once cool, remove the cinnamon stick and ginger slice.
Store in the fridge covered for 1-2 hours before serving. The sauce will further thicken as it cools.
This fruity sauce would be nice as an accompaniment to any festive main and sounds easy to make. Let me know if you make it & what you think.
I was talking about porridge and often have it for breakfast but did you know? that oats contain beta-glucans which may have cancer-protective characteristics.
Beta-glucans in oats have been shown to stimulate the immune system, help fight infections and have anti-cytotoxic and tumour-fighting properties.
However, I only buy organic oats (and usually gluten free, but definitely organic coz I don’t want to be adding glyphosate, any pesticides or herbicide weed-killer to my diet and I usually order and buy from local Real Food Source – The Best Real Foods At Great Prices)
(RealFoodSource = RFS)
Here’s a recipe on RFS website for carrot cake brownies which contains oat flour (you can blitz porridge oats in the blender until it resembles flour) and you don’t have to wait until Easter to make these. Any time is a good time. You can of course buy all of these ingredients from RFS if you don’t have them and usually, they deliver next day.
I woke up at 3am this morning, went an 10k run, came back and made a vegetable smoothie but … I can’t remember the rest of the dream!
The kids keep teasing me about my failing memory but they won’t be laughing at Christmas when there’s no eggs under the bonfire!!
Please continue to pre-book your place in our DLH or Craiglockhart Church classes, by emailing me and I’ll reserve your space.
Please always remember to wear a face covering when entering and leaving church halls and also when/if moving around the hall ie moving from hall to toilets and back.
Please pay for classes by contactless or insert your card using my card machine in class and you can also bank transfer the money to my account too – I can give you my sort code & bank details. Or £5 cash but card/bank transfer preferred.
Please also ensure that you return your completed Booking Checklist to me electronically if you’re attending indoor classes.
If you have any difficulties emailing your completed Booking Form or printing it off, please let me know. I’ll bring a few blank Booking Forms with me anyway
I hope that you enjoyed this week’s exercise/food/lifestyle inspired newsletter with lots of links to click on and find out more.
I look forward to hearing from you and also seeing you in Craiglockhart Church and Dreghorn Loan Hall this week.
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