Developing your Creativity




What is Creativity?

What do we envisage when we hear someone called a “very creative person”? Possibly we assume that he or she is a gifted artist or composer, or someone whose home is filled with beautifully hand-crafted objects. Maybe it sounds like this is someone we should be in awe of. Then we might compare ourselves –inevitably unfavourably , telling ourselves that we just couldn’t hope to compete , that we’re “not that creative”.

But creativity has nothing to do with competition. The etymology of the word “create” is connected with the idea of giving life – of producing something where nothing existed before. Beyond this, it has the sense of being able to transcend traditional ideas to produce something original and imaginative. In other words, to come up with something a bit different. Continue reading

Top Twenty Healthiest Foods #6 Oily Fish


I really don’t like oily fish. I wish I did, because I know it’s very good for me, so this is something that I work at!
First of all, why ARE oily fish so good for me? What are their benefits?
Well, there are plenty. The most noteworthy quality of these fish is their omega-3 fatty acids which protect against heart disease and blood clots by lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and fat levels. Omega-3 fatty acids also have anti-inflammatory properties which means they can help sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis. The best fish sources include mackerel, sardines, herring, kippers, sea trout, fresh tuna, anchovies, swordfish and salmon. Some studies suggest that oily fish may also help sufferers of colitis, psoriasis and dermatitis and that they may even protect against some cancers. Oily fish also contain high quantities of vitamin D which helps the absorption of calcium and builds strong bones and muscles. The smaller fish whose bones are eaten, such as whitebait and sardines, also provide calcium for strong bones.

Can oily fish make you brainy?

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Top 20 Healthiest Foods #12 Carrots


What’s not to like about carrots?
Carrots are cheap, readily available, eminently versatile, easy to store, filling, nutritious – and colourful. What’s more, you can enjoy them both raw and cooked. No wonder carrots are the UK’s favourite veg!

Beware, though, of cheap uniformly shaped and sized supermarket carrots which have often been frozen with a resultant loss of flavour and a tendency to rot quickly. These have often been treated with pesticides too so, if prices are reasonable, it makes sense to buy organic. Carrots fresh from the ground have unbeatable flavour. (Actually, they’re easy to grow – why not give it a go?)

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What are the Top 20 healthiest foods?


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Most weight loss and healthy eating programmes focus on what you CAN’T or SHOULDN’T   eat. All very negative.But the quest to be healthy is one of the most positive we could possibly embark on, so shouldn’t the advice be expressed in positive rather than negative terms?

I like the idea of being told, “Try to eat all these things” instead of “YOU MUST NOT EAT…”  so I undertook some research to find out the 20 healthiest foods we can eat. Here they are:

  1. Natural yoghurt
  2. Broccoli
  3. Pineapple
  4. Blueberries
  5. Globe artichokes
  6. Oily fish
  7. Oats
  8. Nuts
  9. Oranges
  10. Sweet potatoes
  11. Cabbage
  12. Carrots
  13. Onions
  14. Tea
  15. Sunflower seeds
  16. Quinoa
  17. Olive oil
  18. Eggs
  19. Tomatoes
  20. Flax  seeds

All of these should be a regular part of your diet. So how many do you eat at the moment? I will be dealing with each of these foods in detail on this blog, discussing what the health benefits are and providing suggestions for how you can enjoy including them in your diet.

The first post in this series is on Natural Yoghurt and you can read all about it here: 


Cleanliness is next to hopelessness




Do people really do housework?

My mum used to – and so did all the other mums of her generation. Apparently, when people got proper decent homes after the war they were so pleased with them that they wanted to keep them spotless and so that’s just what they did, even though it meant women spent all their time cleaning, polishing, dusting, sweeping, buffing, washing, starching and ironing.

People took a pride in all this. If you hadn’t coated your doorstep with red polish for two weeks and if the brass pokers on your fire grate weren’t gleaming, then you weren’t fit to hold your head up. When you heard that relatives were coming next week, your first thought was to wash the nets with a blue rinse and shine up the windows, before embarking on a really major spring clean of the whole house. Continue reading

Top 20 Healthiest Foods: #1 Natural Yoghurt


What are the healthiest things to eat, I wondered? It seems like we’re always being told what we should eat less of or maybe not even eat at all! But I prefer to be positive: what foods could or should we be eating more of? I decided to look at twenty healthy superfoods and see whether it would be worth adding more of them to my diet.

Superfood Number 1 Natural Yoghurt


Yoghurt is a truly versatile and enjoyable healthy food and I don’t think I could do without it.
Yoghurt comes in a huge range of flavours, not to mention with the addition of various sweeteners both artificial and otherwise. I find the sweetened varieties leave behind a sickly aftertaste, so I prefer to stick to natural yoghurt. I sometimes buy the creamy Greek variety which is a good substitute for cream, but I usually get the normal runny stuff. Continue reading