On the instruction of King George VI, this brilliant piece of propaganda was created in 1939 by the British Government’s Ministry of Information. It was intended to raise the morale of the British public in the event of invasion during World War II. At the time, it was little known and never used. Never used, that is, until it was discovered in 2000.
I’ve thought of King George VI often this week, being one of my worst weeks as a Mum. I thought of Him as I sat up with my wide awake son at 2am and then again 6 hours later, when he drained an entire bath full of all the available hot water, just as I was about to step in.
I thought of Him when reading a text from a neighbour who was picking pepitas out of her son’s nose immediately after cleaning up a major poo incident. I vowed to Keep Calm and Carry On as I retrieved half a kilo of raw lamb chops from the juicer, as I sat on the floor dressed as a fairy trying to entice my son to crawl up the hallway for the tenth time that morning and as I ran up the street in my daggiest pyjamas, chasing my increasingly and worryingly athletic son.
I’ve just ordered the largest available print of King George’s iconic poster for my hallway, and am thinking of getting a tattoo.
Not surprisingly, I wasn’t the only ‘Therapy Mum’ having a shitty week… so, to my many beautiful sisters in the trenches, Keep Calm and Carry On because in the words of King Solomon, “This too shall pass.”
I heard him calling out at 6am, I was hoping for 7. I swept him up in my arms and brought him back to bed with me thinking I’ll cuddle him back to sleep and we’ll lie uninterrupted til 8. Dad’s away, it’s possible.
So the breathing is getting slower and deeper, I’m feeling confident and then it starts:
“Parrots fly. Fruit Bats fly. Ladybugs fly and Bumble Bees fly. Come closer Mummy”, he draws me nearer as if he’s the parent.
“Fruit bats fly and Kookaburras fly, Flies fly and Bees fly!”
This week we’ve added another exercise to our daily therapy ‘program’. It really is as if each new technique we add is building and building like a fabulous symphony of brain function, with communication often being the most obvious indicator of progress.
As I lay there thinking what a wonder this whole process is, Gryffin sat up and delivered the most complete sentence I’ve ever heard him say:
“I’m a bit hungry Mum. Get up and make some porridge now please.”
Anyone who’s working around food intolerances has to become expert at substituting ingredients, unless you want to spend your life in a recipe book!
But aside from having to avoid certain foods, it’s a really good idea to bring as much variety into our diets as we can. Through eating too much of the one thing, we can actually create intolerances, especially in children. Wheat and dairy are often the main culprits here.
One way to easily add variety into our kids’ diets is to use lots of different flours – not just wheat flour, but seeds and legumes like chick pea / besan flour. On the recommendation of The Institutes, I’ve been experimenting with high protein flours this month – like Amaranth for example. Gluten free Amaranth is actually a seed, and with 17% protein, it’s way ahead of wheat for nutritional value – and it has a great texture. Like Potato and Buckwheat flours however, you wouldn’t just do a straight swap for wheat in a recipe. Instead, in the case of Amaranth, it’s ideal to swap just 25% of the recipe to maintain texture and flavour. Here’s a link which explains some of the benefits of using Amaranth. Click here to read more.. »
I just read this in Peter Glickman’s newsletter, and thought I’d pass it on. You can subscribe to Peter’s newsletter at www.TheRawFoodSite.com
Remarkable way to reduce toxins in just three days!
A recent study discovered that just three days of eating fresh organic food not packaged in plastic drastically reduced levels of toxic chemicals.
Scientists from The Breast Cancer Fund and Silent Spring Institute asked five families to remove all packaged foods from their diets for three days and were given fresh, organic food stored only in glass or stainless steel containers.
As a result, levels of BPA and DEHP (toxic chemicals found in plastic) found in their bodies dropped 60% or more!
Recent studies have linked BPA with heart disease, leaky gut syndrome, infertility, erectile dysfunction, diabetes, obesity and behavioral changes in children.
DEHP can damage the liver, kidneys, lungs and reproductive system according to animal studies.
So, following this research, you can reduce your toxins by 60% of more by eating fresh raw organic food stored in glass or stainless steel.
I’ve just received a patient referral for a NAET practitioner here in Melbourne, Stephanie Bowen. I can really relate to this as I used NAET to treat my own digestive issues in my 20′s, and after the treatments, the issues never returned.
I am a patient of Stephanies, she also has seen my husband and my son, Jack. We were referred to her by my niece who also has been to her for gluten digestion problems, which she says she doesn’t have any issues with anymore (which is amazing because she had been on a restrictive diet for quite some time).
I always had a problem with oranges and most citrus and would get horrific acid reflux and itchy palms when I consumed them. I had been battling with it since my pregnancy, yet my cravings for them were incessant. So I would often consume them and then pay the price. A few sessions into this treatment (the NAET) and I had no trouble!!!
My husband had some sort of lactose intolerance, always has since I have known him, and after he saw my condition clear up he finally went in, but still didn’t believe it – and lo and behold it worked.
My son had the same trouble, with dairy, couldn’t have ANY or would be in digestive trouble all day, as well as some hyper-activity when he ate most kinds of sugar even the really natural ones, which I suppose is fairly normal for most kids, but he couldn’t concentrate AT ALL if he had more than just a little bit. So after the “sugar” treatment he felt he could concentrate much better, and his behaviour improved by quite a bit as well, not so frustrated or angry. Milk is no problem now either, and he can consume as much as he wants. Easy!
I know so many people that need this, for so many food “issues”.
It is a bit unreal how this treatment works. It really shouldn’t, but it does! I couldn’t get my head around it for quite some time, and my husband still can’t, but if it works it works, I guess!
I would highly recommend Stephanie, she really took the time and the care.
JS – Melbourne
Stephanie Bowen works out of St Kilda West. If you would like Stephanie’s details, send an email and we will send you the practitioner directory – which consists exclusively of practitioners recommended to me by my readers.