Glastonbury Chalice Well

chalice-wellThe Chalice Well is a natural spring found within the walls of the World Peace Garden, a beautiful, calming oasis at the foot of Glastonbury Tor, which has been in use for over two thousand years.

Christian mythology suggests that Chalice Well marks the site where Joseph of Arimathea placed the chalice that had caught the drops of Christ’s blood at the Crucifixion, linking the Well to the wealth of speculation surrounding the existence of the Holy Grail.

The red of the water is said by some Christians to represent the rusty iron nails used at the Crucifixion. It is said that beneath its waters Joseph of Aramithea hid the Chalice of the Last Supper and immediately the waters flowed red.

Legend has it that the water has healing properties, this may be however because it contains iron oxide, which gives it a red tinge.

Last week I was in the area so I went to take a look. It really was the perfect spot to take in the afternoon sun on what was a beautiful spring day, and an ideal opportunity to sample the healing water for myself. You can drink the water for free (there is however a small charge to enter the garden).

(Source: Wikipedia)

Things That Cause Lymphatic Stagnation

This weekend was probably the first weekend since the op where I’ve taken my eye off the ball in terms of my diet, going out for pizza and drinks with the girls, having bacon sandwiches for breakfast and afternoon tea with cake. I did get a couple of healthy meals in but on the whole, I was no where near as good as I have been.

It didn’t take long for my arm to feel the effect. Cramping pains around my elbow and occasionally in my hand and fingers. I know now I should have been more mindful about what I was doing. More than anything else, the link between what I eat and drink and how well my arm is doing is a reflection of how good my lymph flow is, with alcohol and sugar being the biggest culprits.

Im not going to cut these things out completely but I think I will have to plan my weekends a bit better in future, making sure that I still get my 5 a day, drink plenty of water and don’t have too many treats all in one go.

Things That Cause Lymphatic Stagnation

White sugar, white flour, white rice, refined table salt, processed meats, greasy and fatty foods, too much alcohol (apart from the occasional glass of red wine), dairy products, artificial additives, preservatives, colourings and flavourings.

(Source: Wise Geek and Gorgeous Skin)

No Time To Juice?

innocentI’ll be the first to admit that it takes some planning and preparation to make freshly squeezed juice. So for those days when I just don’t have the time to get all the ingredients I need or if I simply forget, there is a fantastic alternative: Innocent Smoothies and Juices. Packed with fruit and nothing else, just one glass is 2 of my 5 day, at the start of the day, every day. Sorted!

And now there are Innocent Smoothies for Kids too – small carton versions, which I can pop in my bag and take to work and that count as another 1 of my 5 a day.

Innocent smoothies are made from crushed fruit as well as fruit juice, which means they contain vitamin C (good for the immune system) as well as (on average) the same amount of fibre that you’d find in an apple and a portion of strawberries.

So if the thought of great tasting, convenient, healthy juices and smoothies with nothing nasty added to them at all wasn’t enough of an incentive to rush out and stock up, I can also tell you that Innocent give 10% of their profits to charity.

(Source: Innocent Smoothies)

A Healthy Weight

There is a correlation between obesity and the risk of developing Lymphoedema after breast cancer surgery, making weight loss an important part of the recovery process.

A BMI greater than or equal to 30 poses a risk.

With that in mind I thought I would see what I could find to help anyone with a new year resolution to get fit and stay healthy. Not one to ever want to cut out the good stuff, I found these tips on how to stop overeating really interesting.

  1. Eat food from a smaller plates, it looks like you’re eating more
  2. Eat with your non-dominant hand and you’ll eat about 20% less
  3. Short fat glasses tend to hold more liquid than tall slim ones, so put your drinks in tall glasses to cut down on drinking
  4. Put a mirror in your kitchen or on your fridge and you’ll be more self conscious about what you’re eating
  5. Chew gum when you feel hungry to consume fewer calories
  6. Eat slowly and you’ll eat less
  7. Eat from red plates, it’s the colour associated with the word STOP
  8. Turn off your TV at meal times to eat up to 50% less
  9. Take a photo of all the unhealthy things you eat to cut down on your unhealthy eating by about a third
  10. Cut down on how many varieties of food you serve so you’re not tempted to try them all

First Signs of Lymphoedema – What To Do

I’ve been getting unusual sensations in my affected arm for the last 7 days so the question is…

What do I do now if this is the start of Lymphoedema!?

Ok, first and foremost, don’t panic! The sooner it’s treated the better the outcome. This is what I’m going to do…

  1. Call the Breast Care Nurse and explain what I’ve been experiencing and for how long. Arrange to see the hospital’s lymphoedema specialist.
  2. Call my MLD therapist and tell him all of the above and bring my monthly appointment forward.
  3. Continue with my rebounding workout because it’s a great lymph mover and keeps my arm supple.
  4. Revisit the YouTube links on SLD (simple lymphatic drainage).
  5. Throughout the day do the post-op physiotherapy exercises whenever I can. Aim to do these at least 3 times a day now.
  6. Take a flask of boiling water to work with me so I can de-congest my lymph whilst at my desk.
  7. Put sliced lemon in my filtered water whenever possible.
  8. Make sure I eat one banana a day.
  9. Drink pineapple juice.
  10. Move my grounding mat from my PC to my bed so I can get the benefit whilst I sleep.

At the moment I think that’s the best I can do whilst waiting to see the specialists.

Fingers crossed!

How To Get 100% Vitamin D Daily

calinRecently I found out that my vitamin D levels were classed as “insufficient” and was put on a course of tablets to correct it. As you know, I’m not a fan of pills and as the days are getting shorter and sunlight is in less supply, I was very interested to find out that there is now another way of getting 100% of your recommended vitamin D, every day.

Yoplait have brought out yoghurts and drinks which are full of vitamin D goodness. Just one Cal-in+ drink has 100% of your daily recommended allowance. So, no surprises, I bought some and they are quite nice. Result.

Ginger Tea

Now that its started to get a bit cooler, here’s something that will help to keep colds at bay and give your immune system a bit of a boost. Not only that but ginger tea is great for reducing stress and lifting your mood.

Serves 4
5 mins prep

Ingredients:

4oz Ginger, grated
4 cups Water
4 tsp Honey

1. Put the water in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Add the ginger and let it simmer for 15-20 mins.

2. Let the mixture cool for 5 minutes.

3. Using a strainer pour the water into 4 cups.

4. Add a teaspoon of honey in each cup, stir and serve.