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  4. I haven’t checked in here for a long time, but for some reason today ADW popped into my head so I thought I’d stop by and say hello, we did leave AD, went off to Qatar then Jordan. Came back here in 2017.
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  6. This is a new post from Expat Child by Carole Hallett Mobbs Expat Child - Moving overseas with children. Relocation advice. So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye… and sayonara Updated June 2019 The months of June and July are generally ‘moving ... The post When you can’t say goodbye appeared first on Expat Child. View the full article
  7. As I sit here reading the final proof copy of Life on the Move, I can’t help but be brought back to my expat days. I can’t stop myself from reflecting on what has gone on over the past year.… The post Reflecting on Life on the Move appeared first on Canadian Expat Mom. View the full article
  8. Did anyone have hysterectomy in Abu Dhabi?
  9. This is a new post from Expat Child by Carole Hallett Mobbs Expat Child - Moving overseas with children. Relocation advice. Which is harder: moving abroad or coming home? I asked the question above on my Facebook Page, exactly one year ... The post Repatriation struggles appeared first on Expat Child. View the full article
  10. In fact, ointments and creams that assert to prevent stretch marks during pregnancy are of little value, reports the National Institutes of Health. A cream made with shea butter or cocoa butter could be used to soften the skin and help prevent stretch marks as a result of weight gain, as seen in pregnancy. Baby Massage. Shea butter is an organic product. It means that it is free from perfumes, chemicals, parabens and other harmful ingredients. You can safely use Shea Butter for the daily massage of your tummy while you are pregnant, but also for massaging your baby every night after bathing. By the way I produce RAW SHEA BUTTER FROM GHANA WEST AFRICA IT'S VERY GOOD SKIN CARE!
  11. Just a few days left for Ramadhan, and we are already on the 22nd of Ramadhan, 2019 mashallah. Al Hamdulilah, even though these past few days have been really hot, fasting has not been so bad. Some family members have been tired though and I did get a little dehydrated ( not sure if I still am ) but I have tried to drink more after breaking fast. The past few days have been busy ones...hot days too I may add, couple of acs went down, electricity went off again ( but from some issue outside) only for a short time though fortunately, and yes, again our water drum was empty.. but had an emergency bucket of water ...just in case.. on stand by.. the water came back few hours later. These hot days are probably a warning .. that as soon as Ramadhan is over.. the heat is coming back with a fierce... June and especially July are the hottest of the year. Yesterday, I made some meat pasties, and my little granddaughter, decided to join and climb atop of table and sat there... I was just waiting for the moment when she would decide to get naughty mashallah .. I knew it was coming.... and thought I would be fast enough- as we all do.. but she quickly grabbed one of my prepared dough rounds... and squashed it in her hand. Of course, she was off the table after that and off to her room lol. She just couldn't resist! Yesterday, I made pasties, lugainmat, macaroni dish and chicken soup. I made macaroni to send to our neighbours along with the lugaimat. The Suhoor this morning was as usual, cereals, fresh milk, and some rice etc. left from fatoor for those who wanted it. When I woke up, I heard loud shouting going on and kids screaming .. I was like.. what??.. it is 3 am in morning....but one of family members had their family over and their kids, and when they come they don't leave until suhoor time. Today I had an appointment, and really, really wished that I could just sleep but pushed myself to get up and go.. and, then when I got back- had household routine to get through. When I did finally get time to rest, the sleep was gone :o I managed yesterday to watch Duroob ( Nations and Cultures) with Ali Saloom ( of Ask Ali) , It is a very interesting program to watch.. and you learn a lot about other cultures... something, amazing, something unusual and something strange lol all in one. Even though it is in Arabic, you will find it interesting just watching... it is on Emirates TV.. Sometimes , I forget which tv channel it is on and start pressing the remote buttons until I find it.. but now I remember! Sorry, not as many posts this year, in the first few days, we had our wifi down, and then just too many other things to be done with acs etc around the house. Hmm...I Just heard something slam very strongly against the window.. has happened several times now during the past year..but today was especially very loud,.. I am assuming pigeons or birds somehow didn't see the window or underestimated their speed and slammed into them!! I noticed our neighbours, hanging vests or plastic bags on their windows, to scare off the birds etc. I can understand why they do that though as today when we were window cleaning, it was a nasty job to do :((. OkaY, that's all for now... have to go cook!
  12. The most common advice for preventing stretch marks while you're expecting is to exercise, drink lots of water and moisturize (cocoa oils and shea butters are all-natural, all-time mama faves). You can also try a stretch mark cream, lotion, balm, butter or oil to keep your belly, breasts, thighs and butt blemish-free. But Raw Shea Butter is well accepted
  13. Khibbiz Arabi (Pita or Arabic Bread) is used to scoop sauces or dips such as hummus and to wrap kebabs, gyros or falafel in the manner of sandwiches. Most pita breads are baked at high temperatures (700°F or 370°C), causing the flattened rounds of dough to puff up dramatically. When removed from the oven the layers of baked dough remain separated inside the deflated pita, which allows the bread to be opened into pockets, creating a space for use in various dishes. Ingredients: 2 1/2 teaspoon of yeast 1 teaspoon sugar 1-1 1/4 cups of lukewarm water (40-45 c) 3 1/2 cups flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon olive oil 1/4 cup cornmeal Preparation: 1. Dissolve yeast and sugar in 1/2 cup warm water, and let the mixture rest for 5 minutes. 2.In a deep bowl, combine the flour, and salt, making a well in the center. 3. Pour in the yeast mixture, the oil, and 3/4 cup water. 4. Using your hand, gently blend the ingredients in the liquid. 5. Continue mixing and kneading in the bowl for about 10 minutes until a smooth dough results. (Add a little more flour or water if necessary). 6. Return the bread to the bowl and cover with a clean dishtowel. 7. Leave to rise in a warm spot until boubled in bulk (2-3 hours). 8. Place the dough on a lightly floured board, and knead with floured hands for 5 minutes. 9. Tear off pieces the size of oranges or grapefruits and roll between cupped hands to form smooth balls. 10. Set aside on a floured cloth. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes. 11. Preheat oven to 475 F . Sprinkle baking sheets with cornmeal. 12. Using a rolling pin, roll out each piece of dough onto a circle about 0.75 cm thick. 13. Arrange the circles on the baking sheets, cover with a towel and let rise again for 30 minutes. 14. Place sheets in the bottom of the oven, directly on its floor, and let them bake for 5 minutes, until the loaves puff up and are lightly browned, or place under the broiler until browned.Check out my blog for more recipes
  14. If you love Roast Chicken and Vegetables this recipe is sure to put a smile on your face. Ingredients: 750g small new potatoes , such as Charlottes, halved 2 small red onions , cut into wedges 1 head of garlic , separated into cloves 2 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp maple syrup 1 heaped tbsp wholegrain mustard 1 large red pepper , deseeded and cut into chunky pieces 2 large courgettes , halved length ways and very thickly sliced few sprigs fresh thyme 4 large chicken legs portions Preparation: 1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Mix the potatoes, onions, all but 2 garlic cloves and half the oil in a large roasting tin with seasoning to taste. Roast for 15 mins. 2. Meanwhile crush the remaining garlic and mix with the maple syrup, mustard, remaining oil and seasoning to taste. 3. Toss the pepper, courgettes and thyme with the potatoes, then arrange the chicken portions on top and brush liberally with the maple syrup mixture. Roast for 45 mins to 1 hr until the chicken is golden and sticky and the vegetables are tender. Serve with rocket or green beans.Check out my blog for more recipes
  15. The ideal pasta for this recipe is the very small Rison No. 63, which resembles brow rice. It is available at continental delicatessens and some supermarkets. Broken up vermicelli is a suitable substitute. Serves: 4-6 Cooking time: 1½ hours Ingredients: 1 large chicken 1 cup ghee or substitute 12 cups water 2 medium onions, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 cinnamon stick 4 teaspoons salt ¾ cup chick peas, soaked overnight 1 lb (500g) coarsely ground meat ½ teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon black pepper ¾ cup Rison Pasta No.63 or broken up vermicelli 1 cup rice, washed and drained ½ cup slivered almonds Preparation: 1. In a large saucepan, brown the chicken in ¼ cup of the ghee. Add 8 cups of water, half the chopped onions, the garlic, cinnamon stick and 2 teaspoons salt. Bring to the boil, cover and continue to cook until chicken is tender enough for the meat to fall off the bones. While the chicken is cooking, drain the soaked chick peas and place in a large pot with 4 cups water. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer vigorously until just tender. Drain and set aside. 2. In another saucepan, lightly brown the almonds in a little ghee. Remove and set aside. 3. Add ¼ cup of the saucepan and heat. Fry the meat in the ghee, stirring occasionally, until brown all over. Turn down heat to simmer and cook until nearly tender - approx 15 minutes. 4. Stir in the cinnamon, black pepper and the remainder of the onions and salt, and continue to cook for a further 25 minutes. Remove from saucepan and set aside. Place the remaining ½ cup of ghee in the same saucepan and sauté the pasta or vermicelli until golden brown. Add the rice and sauté for a few more minutes. 5. Pour 5 cups of the boiling broth from the cooked chicken over the rice (make up quantity with water if necessary). Bring to the boil and add the cooked meat and onion mixture and the cooked chick peas. Stir well, cover, and turn down heat to simmer and cook until the rice is tender and the liquid is absorbed – approx 20 minutes. Turn off heat and allow standing for further 10 minutes. 6. Serve the chick pea and rice mixture on a platter, garnished with the almonds and chicken pieces.Check out my blog for more recipes
  16. A feast in your mouth, lots of flavors , the unique aroma of basmati rice topped with pieces of lamb,beef or chicken. This one dish meal will feed a crowd. Ingreidnets - Makloobet betenjan: 2 cups basmati rice, well washed 4 Tbsp. clarified butter about 2 cups onion, diced 1/2 kilo boned lamb shoulder, cut in 1 1/2 cm. cubes salt and pepper to taste 1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin 3/4 tsp. ground allspice 4 cloves garlic, crushed 2 Tbsp. olive oil 1 large or 2 small eggplants, sliced into rounds but not peeled generous pinch of saffron dissolved in 3 cups beef stock 1/2 cup pine nuts Preparation - Makloobet betenjan: 1. Soak the rice in lightly salted lukewarm water for about 1 hour. Drain well. 2. In a large, heavy skillet heat 2 Tbsp. of the butter and in this saute the onions just until translucent. 3. Sprinkle the lamb generously with salt and pepper and add to the onions. Saute, stirring regularly until the meat is seared on all sides and the onions are golden. Add 1 tsp. of the cumin, the allspice and just enough water to cover the lamb. Bring to a boil and then lower the flame, simmering uncovered for 20 minutes. 4. In a large heavy skillet melt the remaining butter together with the olive oil. In this fry the eggplant slices, seasoning with salt and black pepper and the remaining cumin. When nicely browned drain the slices on paper toweling and set aside. 5. Sprinkle a 6 cup casserole dish with salt, spread the garlic on the bottom and then add the lamb and onions. Top the mixture with the eggplant slices and the rice. Pour over just enough of the stock to cover the rice, bring to a boil and then cover tightly. Reduce the heat and simmer until the rice is cooked and the liquids absorbed (about 1/2 hour, keeping in mind that the rice should remain somewhat moist). To umold, run a knife around the rim, place a platter on top and quickly invert (be sure to use a heat absorbent towel to hold the casserole) and then unmold. Sprinkle over with the pine nuts. Serves 4 - 6.Check out my blog for more recipes
  17. I was asked about Kaak A’ras a type of bread found in American-Lebanese communities specifically baked at Easter. I had always eaten Kaak bi haleeb but was not sure if they were the same but with different names. So I decided to go looking for it in Lebanon and went in search of this treat in the town of Zahle. The Lebanese, take kaak for granted, it belongs to daily life. Kaak is not a supermarket type of bread; it is street food, it is out there with the human hustle bustle. Eat it on the go with or without filling, it costs a few pennies and satiates hunger. There is early morning kaak - crunchy sticks sprinkled with sesame - served with coffee and there is afternoon kaak - a round pouch-like puff with a handle - generally sold by peddlers on motorbikes . There are also the feast days kaiak or dainty little cakes filled with dates, walnuts or pistachios also known as Maamoul. Now, Zahle is famous for its cafes along the Berdawni River, its invigorating climate and its population’s fighter spirit. But Zahle is also famous for kaak-bi-haleeb - kaak with milk - a swirl of a bun made with leavened sweet dough. Flavoured with mahlep this type of kaak is deliciously plain with a texture so soft that it melts in your mouth, once you’ve had one bite you become hooked . At Easter the same dough is used to make a larger round bun, called Kaak el Eid or A’ras. These are sometimes flavoured with aniseed or orange blossom and embossed in the centre with a cross shape. They are usually distributed at the end of a church service, or simply baked at home and shared with visitors. The best recipe of kaak bi haleeb that I have come across is our aunt Aida's who has lived in Brasil for the past 65 years. She has kept this tradition alive and although she guards her fantastic recipe with care she likes to share it and explain it with the most detailed instructions. This recipe is kneaded by hand you can however make it is a mixer without having to ‘activate’ the yeast. Simply rub the yeast into the flour using your fingers, just as if you were making a crumble and mix as instructed. Preparation time: 20 minutes Resting time: 1 to 2 hours Proving time: 30 minutes Baking time 15 minutes Ingredients 250 g plain flour 125 ml milk 75 g butter 150 g sugar 1 teaspoon, fresh yeast 1 teaspoon mahlep Instructions 1. Warm the milk in saucepan and leave the butter to melt in it. Stir the sugar in and dilute it. 2. Be careful not to over heat, keep the mixture tepid. 3.Mix one tablespoon of warm milk together with one teaspoon of sugar together with the fresh yeast. Stir until combined. Allow about 10 minutes for the yeast to ‘activate’; it will froth on the surface. 4. Place the flour in bowl and form a mound. 5. Add the milk and butter mixture and the diluted yeast. 6. Combine all the ingredients together. 7. Transfer the dough onto a work surface and fold and stretch it with your hands to get lots of air in. As it starts to come together it will come clearly off the work surface. This should take you about 10 minutes. Alternatively you can knead it in a machine for about the same amount of time. 8. Form the dough into a ball and place it in a bowl which you cover with a tea towel. 9. Leave to rest for an hour or two in draft-free place. The dough is ready when it has doubled in size. 10. Divide the dough into 20 pieces of equal size. Roll each of the pieces into a sausage-like shape and bring both ends together and pinch to achieve a ring. 11. Place each of these galettes, on an oven tray lined with baking paper. 12. Leave the rings to prove for about 30 minutes. They should again puff and double in size. 13. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C and place the baking tray in the middle shelf. 14. Depending on your oven kaak should bake in about 15 minutes. The tops are then a golden brown colour and the dough firm and spring-like to the touch. 15. Turn out onto a wire rack. Leave to cool. Source: The Libaliano KitchenCheck out my blog for more recipes
  18. Ingredients: 2 lb (1kg) fresh okra (tender) 4 medium-sized onions 2 whole garlic bulbs 1 tablespoon salt 3 lb (1 1/2 kg) ripe tomatoes, peeled and diced 1 cup olive oil 3/4 cup chopped fresh coriander 1/2 cup lemon juice 1 tablespoon ground, dried coriander Preparation: 1. Cut off the stems of the okra then wash and drain. 2. Sauté the okra, a few at a time, in oil until almost golden, then drain. 3. Peel the onions and slice finely, then fry them with one whole peeled garlic bulb in the same oil that okra was fried in. 4. When the onions and garlic are lightly browned, add the okra, diced tomatoes, salt and lemon juice. 5. Crush the remaining garlic cloves with the dried coriander, and then add with the green coriander to the above ingredients. 6. Pour half a cup of water over the okra and allow boiling over slow heat for half an hour without stirring. 7.Garnish with slices of green pepper then serve cold.Check out my blog for more recipes
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  20. Hi, I'm looking for reviews on Dr. Feroza as well. lalainejoy- did you end up seeing her?
  21. HOW I FINALLY HEALED MY ENDOMETRIOSIS AND GOT PREGNANT NATURALLY….TWICE Having endometriosis controlled nearly half my life. 1 in 10 women are affected with endometriosis and 30-50% of women with endometriosis are infertile. Thats approximately 176 million women in the world! It is difficult to imagine how so many women are affected daily by this debilitating disease. For some women there may be no symptoms of pain. For others (myself included) we experience excruciating pain each and every month. I remember reading threads, forums, websites and many other resources online knowing that there was simply no cure. I just couldn’t accept it. The pain that I endured, seemed unbearable to me. The reality that i would have to live my life like this seemed intolerable. The fact that I managed to heal my endometriosis and birthed two beautiful children naturally is something that means so much to me that I want to share my story in the hope that you too can heal yourself from this awful condition. Because this post is SO long, feel free to skip to any relevant sections which I have subheaded Lets start from the beginning My story HOW I FINALLY HEALED MY ENDOMETRIOSIS AND GOT PREGNANT NATURALLY…TWICE I first noticed I had ‘problems’ with my menstrual cycle when I was having serious pain every time I was due on my period. At the time, I was only a teenager. It seemed strange that my friends didn’t suffer the same way I did. I was always nervous in school that I would leak & blood would show on my school clothes. None of my friends seemed concerned that this would happen to them but my period was so heavy, that even if I wore a ‘super plus, night time’ sanitary towel & a “super plus” tampon, I was still afraid to leak. I was constantly rushing to the toilet. After going to see my ‘helpful’ doctor at the time, I was told that I just had period pains and that every woman has them. ( I felt unheard, as though it was all in my head) This went on for years My doctor explained that as my own mother had suffered heavy periods, I was also likely to have the same. I was given painkillers, and in a polite way, told to deal with it. Over the years, I had no relief. I would miss school, work & eventually college & university with the pain. It was excruciating I would dread the end of each month, knowing what was coming. In a bid to control the pain, I took various hormone replacements. The medications didn’t do anything to help & at times made me feel worse & very anxious. At some point, 7 years later (yes 7 years!!) i went to see a gynaecologist (one that i had seen years previously who had told me to deal with it. She told me I probably have endometriosis and that the only thing left to do was to permenatley stop my periods until i decided to have a baby. I was barely 20 years old! Who knew when I would want to have kids, that could have been another 10 years away (which it was). I asked her if there was anything else I could do. The simple answer was no. I was given no further information. it seemed ridiculous that I wouldn’t have a period for all that time. It didn’t seem normal to me and I’m glad I listened to those instincts. Endometriosis can only be diagnosed by a laparoscopy, which – for the NHS (Government health service in UK) they were unwilling to do. In the meantime I was given an injection that permentaly stopped my periods….for over three years. I hated it. The whole time. It seemed so unnatural The only positive aspect was that I was finally pain free which completely changed my life. The pain management was temporary and it took over 10 years before I was finally able to receive a laparoscopy and confirm my endometriosis. And it still wasn’t easy to get it then! By this point, My symptoms were so severe. I was house bound and had to permanently leave my job. It wasn’t just my monthly cycle that was painful either. My whole abdomen was swollen and looked as though I was pregnant. I was also in excruciating pain, all the time. And I know that in comparison to others, I have it easy. Yet there doesn’t seem to be much awareness. And there is a serious lack of compassion for those suffering. After my laparoscopy, I carried on with various medications and was put through the menopause. Yes you read that right, put through the menopause. Just to clarify, I was in my mid twenties. via GIPHY I was told that this would be a part of my life. My fertility was probably going to be affected and I would have to endure multiple surgeries throughout my life. I was heartbroken. It seemed like nobody cared. Nobody understood the pain and difficulty it caused me Years later The most devastating part of my endometriosis journey was when I realised I wanted a baby and I didn’t think I was able to conceive. My fertility, like other endo sufferers, was most likely affected from scar tissue. Plus, I literally couldn’t stop my hormone replacement. My menstrual cycle was so messed up that it would cause too much pain and to go without treatment My lifestyle was at this time .. I was already an avid nutrition nerd. I had multiple qualifications in various nutrition, health & exercise practices. I had tried & tested multiple diets over the years, slowly finding what was working well for both me and my clients. I was working as a holistic health coach and personal trainer helping other mums get fit and healthy. When I wanted to conceive I thought I was super healthy and that there wouldn’t be any issues. I was ‘clean eating’ had barely any processed foods, a lot of protein powder, low carbs, no sugar and exercising everyday. A typical paleo style diet. I was pescatarian but only ate fish on occasion. I had a lot of eggs, yoghurt & other ‘healthy vegetarian choices’ I should have been the picture of health. However, this wasn’t the case. I was full of acne, I had serious sugar cravings which i was always trying to fix with healthy treats & protein smoothies. The other thing was that my endometriosis was still controlling a large portion of my life Thats when I started getting acupuncture and getting rid of toxins and drinking super green smoothies daily (more on this later). I initially did this because I wanted to eliminate my painful cystic acne. Luckily, I found out about veganism and I started to transition my diet from a paleo diet to a plant based one. The low carb approach clearly wasn’t working that well. You can read the best nutrition books that I suggest here By this point, I ate hardly any fish. Meat had been out of my diet for a long time already. The only thing left was dairy & eggs. I didn’t think i was consuming much but after going vegan I realized i was having way more than what I thought. After educating myself on how a vegan diet was optimal for health and realizing that nearly all my favorite things to eat were vegan already I decided that I would go all in and change my diet overnight. if you’re currently vegetarian and think its still healthy I encourage you to read these books and watch this short video I won’t get side tracked and tell you how amazing it was when i switched my diet over. You can read that here Ill stick to the topic, which is how i healed my endometriosis. So did a vegan diet cure my endometriosis? Honestly it’s such a huge topic and I tried so many things that I can’t put it all down to that. However, I am sure that i wouldn’t have healed it if i hadn’t changed my diet – I mean, it hadn’t worked before, but it worked after. I truly believe that going plant based along stopped my endometriosis from returning and spreading I also believe its what helped me get pregnant How a vegan diet can heal endometriosis first let me say that endometriosis is a curable disease. No matter what you have been told before What a relief to hear that right! In eastern medicine, endometriosis is curable and it doesn’t involve going on medication and having multiple surgeries for the rest of you’re life! In the west we view illness and disease differently. Many health professionals are specialists in particular areas (gastroenterologist, endocrinolgist, cardiologist) When we look at the body as a whole, an interconnected system we can see that everything is interlinked. Not one part of our body works independently. Thats why we must find the root cause of illness and look at the body as a whole. Thats not to say that specialist medicine doesn’t work because it absolutely does and I think there’s a place for western medicine. However, I think it is usually better suited to acute & emergency situations (surgery etc). The issue lacking in modern medicine is not addressing the root cause of disease, simply putting a band aid on it and treating symptoms. So how can we treat the body as a whole? First we must understand what endometriosis is What is endometriosis? According to live science “ Endometriosis is a medical condition that occurs when the lining of the uterus, called the endometrium, grows in other places, such as the fallopian tubes, ovaries or along the pelvis. When that lining breaks down, like the regular lining in the uterus that produces the menstruation, it has nowhere to go. This causes cysts, heavy periods, severe cramps and even infertility. The endometrial tissue may also grow in the vagina, cervix, bowel or bladder, and in rare cases it may spread to other parts of the body, such as the lungs. Dr sara gottifred, a harvard endocrinologist (& yoga teacher) categorises the different hormones related to endometriosis Lets have a quick look at all the hormones involved and how they work together Progesterone Too little progesterone causes PMS, irregular menstrual cycle, endometriosis, depression & anxiety Too much progesterone causes weight gain, mood swings & breast tenderness estrogen Too much estrogen causes painful, heavy periods, water retention, increased PMS & decreased sex drive§ Too little estrogen causes absent or irregular periods, depression, headaches, fatigue Thyroid Too much estrogen causes too little thyroid function. To little thyroid function can drop progesterone levels exasperating PMS Cortisol high cortisol levels have a greater affect on estrogen and progesterone. High cortisol also blocks progesterone receptors causing progesterone levels to plummet What I did to heal my endometriosis This is a lost of things that I did on my journey to healing my endometriosis. Note that I didn’t set out to heal my endometriosis. I was simply trying to eliminate other health issues (cystic acne, depression & gut issues) Healing endometriosis was simply a side affect as my body became more balanced. #1 Acupuncture Accupuncture works by stimulating the nerves system. Acupuncture was the ONLY way I managed to get off my hormonal medications. Note that I hadn’t gone plant based at this time so maybe this wasn’t the only way to come off medication. Also note that is it ESSENTIAL to get an excellent acupuncturist, not just you’re average Jo! #2 Cleansed my body to eliminate heavy toxins I added a hella lot of vegetables to my diet. Fiber is crucial for endometriosis. Fiber helps to excrete excess estrogen (along with cholesterol) out of the body via feceas. #3 Green smoothies Almost daily. I added lots of veggies & included superfoods such as this one #4 Came off all hormonal treatment #5 Yoga & Meditation Not daily but on a regular basis #6 Cut caffeine consumption As an avid English tea drinker, I went down to one cup of tea or coffee per day only. And drank loads of herbal teas #7 Reduced stress I get that this is so difficult to do. What helped me was reading through various books on personal development. Simply changing how you react and view difficult situations in life can have a dramatic shift on stress levels. This was the first book that opened my eyes about this concept and its totally transformed my life and how I view things #8 Eating a whole food plant based diet You can learn how to start a healthy whole food plant based diet here #9 Reduced toxins in the home I swapped chemical house cleaners for natural cleaners, vinegar & lemon #10 Reduced toxins in the body I stopped using chemicals on my skin. The skin is the bodies largest organ. Whatever you put ON TOP of your body will ultimately end up IN your body. For natural body care, here’s what I did (and used) HAIR/FACE/BODY Coconut oil all.the.time. I used this on my hair & my body (but not my face as it increased my acne) HAIR Natural Haircare(shampoo & conditioner) My skin was in a terrible state after being on so many hormonal medications over the years. These were THE best products I tried. They literally made a difference in my skin when nothing else worked. My skin was noticeably clearer within one week! FACE Facial cleansers I alternate with this one (great for acne prone skin) and this one (great for sensitive and dry skin and it smells amazing!) Facial moisturisers Daytime (for acne prone skin) Daytime (for dry and/or, sensitive skin) Nighttime (for acne scars & discoloration) Nighttime (to smoothie wrinkles & plump skin) I also LOVE LOVE LOVE this organic facial oil. It leaves my skin dewy looking without bringing me out in acne and it smells divine! BODY Body Wash I love these lavender and peppermint body washes that are made with organic hemp, olive and coconut oils. They are full of natural ingredients so they are gentle enough on kids. Whats even better is the price! They are such a bargain! PERFUME I stopped using perfume & opted for natural essential oils such as these gorgeous smelling ones. I just love this women balance aromatherapy blend which promotes calmness and helps to balance menstruation I also seriously limited the amount of makeup I put on. Lipstick has some of the worst chemicals for disrupting hormones! Yikes! Whenever you use makeup go for products which contain the most natural ingredients Other tips Some tips and tricks I learnt along the way that I would encourage others to do when healing their own endometriosis 1. Limit caffeine. Caffeine distrusts cortisol levels. Limit caffeine to 1 cups of tea or coffee per day if necessary. Choose herbal teas that lower cortisol and promote relaxation. this tea also works well with balancing hormones The exception is this amazing coffee which contains medicinal mushrooms – not the ones that get you high;) Mushrooms are nutrient power houses. This coffee gives you a natural energy boost and is rich in nutrients, leaving you fresh and focused – minus the anxiety For coffee lovers, this is the one for you. I promise you will love it! 2. Take herbal supplements. The following supplements can be helpful for balancing hormones Vitamin B12 vitamin D supplement if you can’t get adequate sunshine levels. A vegan DHA supplement can help alleviate PMS Magnesium, always get a topical magnesium selenium – you can get your daily amount by eating 1 brazil nut daily probiotics Good quality multi vitamin 3. Practice abdominal massage To improve blood flow and increase lymphatic drainage 4.Use non toxic sanitary products So important to hormonal health! l researched this menstrual cup later on and wish I had started using it sooner The detox period when I first started healing myself from endometriosis it was a gradual process (because I didn’t plan on healing my endometriosis. Instead I was trying to heal my body from other health complaints. The more vegetables I ate and green smoothies I drank the more I detoxed my body. I actually had quite severe detox symptoms even though I was on a very clean and healthy diet. Detox symptoms included diarrhoea cystic acne general low mood dry brittle hair that constantly fell out I was also an emotional rollercoaster I didn’t know I was detoxing at the time, it’s only when I look back when I realised with all the steps in place that’s exactly what I what was happening. Now I know that that’s what was happening and even though the detox symptoms were very unpleasant, I would still do it all over again. However, I wouldn’t do it in a gradual approach, I would go ALL IN. The longer the detox, the longer the process of healing My mistakes Not going plant based sooner Eating too high protein/high fat and low carb The result So what happened? It took at least 2 years until I felt like my body had stabilized. It took this time for me to completely transition to a whole food plant based diet. However coming off medication & healing my acne and other issues were gone in a matter of weeks. I was also able to conceive naturally and very quickly. In fact I was able to get pregnant after 1 month of trying! And to top it off, it happened again the second time round! Can I heal endometriosis faster? Absolutely! I don’t want you to be put off with 2 years! Im sure if you did what took me 2+ years to learn straight away you would have fast results.Thats just how long it took me to realize what to do and to completely heal my body, not just from endometriosis. In conclusion I know how painful and how difficult endometriosis can be and I wish I had found the post like this years ago. It would have saved me so many tears. Having reassurance that endometriosis can be cured and that it doesn’t have to control your life was life changing for me. I hope you find relief, optimism and useful information in this post. If you know anyone who is going through endometriosis then I encourage you to share this post with them. I would have done anything to have read an encouraging post like this when I was in the thick of it all. I want to end this with a quick disclaimer, I am not suggesting that I know for certain that everyone can be healed from endometriosis 100%, I have no way of knowing this. What I do know is that we are the only species on the planet that has health conditions that are a result from diet and lifestyle When our bodies are in balance, illnesses and disease cannot spread. I know that this has been an extremely long post but endometriosis ruined so much of my life that I think you deserve special attention If you would like to know anything else, please feel free to leave me a message in the comment section below how i healed my endometriosis and got pregnant naturally The post HOW I FINALLY HEALED MY ENDOMETRIOSIS AND GOT PREGNANT NATURALLY…TWICE appeared first on Holistically Lizzie. View the full article
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  23. Mashallah , we are already into the last special 10 days of Ramadhan. Late night prayers have already begin ( other prayers that come at late night ) besides taraweeh prayers. Muslims will be more dedicated to their prayers and reading during these days as Ramadhan reaches it climax. The past few days have been really hot-- been out for appts. so know it has been.. also I have to drink more as little dehydrated as doctor said. I told you all how last week was full of problems with water issues etc.. , funny enough when I went to visit my daughter in laws family( who we have know for many. many years ) , she was telling me how their electricity went off for some reason and they had to stay at a nearby relative's house for the night. and next day ( when we were there-son and I ) they too had a water issue.! It was nice to actually go somewhere different for a change, even though we didn't stay long and had to return same day ( night), they made harees and lamb and rice, and I had something I had been craving after seeing on tv.... Char'me, which was so tasty with the tamar ( soften dates). My dear relative gave me some to bring home too so that was very kind of her. She makes it herself. We didn't stay long as the men had to go for Taraweeh, then we had the journey back to Abu Dhabi ahead of us . It has been a busy couple of days since my last post, neighbor brought us some harees yesterday so that was nice, I will inshallah send sambosas and lugaimat, today send out out a Chinese noodle dish and lugaimat as we make that every day. Today feeling slightly thirsty, but time is flying -have to drink more afterwards though to make sure my body is getting enough water....have lots to do, and other things I want to get done during these days but lets see how it goes. Well wish you all well and that's it from me today as have to get back to kitchen.
  24. It is already 17th Ramadhan and in all honesty, mashallah it is going fast...I think even faster than last year. Then again, This Ramadhan has been more busier than normal, with having to fix water issues around the home, electricity then went crazy owing to someone in family, hoping by some miracle the broken boiler would suddenly work.. of course the boiler had tripped off the electricity causing all fridges, Tv and the wireless cable box to switch off.. then the young lady kept opening and opening again and again.. until we were like helloooooo, stuff is actually getting damaged around here and thus without internet connection etc. Well seems to be okay now, but at a cost of course! And, if that wasn't enough, I had just finishing paying for fixing pipes and the like around the house. The good thing about all this though, is over the years I have gained the experience in getting things done.. at least I don't stare waiting for it to get done lool. Everyone has also had coughs and colds... maybe allergy or something ( mine was anyway) some maybe not....Hubby's has the sneezes now too... when any of the boys ( since they have to go to work) see anyone sneezing.. they cover their faces... grandkids think this is so funny and have a good laugh. When they have a cold, they would chase after one of their uncles who would cover their faces and run away from them lol. Fasting has been in God Great Grace, and Al handulilah, quite good.. its almost 6 pm and just now really to feel thirst... only because now I have had time to sit and moan about it lool. When you busy... time flies but one major thing is to avoid going out as much as possible during Ramadhan...that way, you won't feel as thirsty. Neighbours have sent Harees, little sandwiches, rice dishes etc etc.. today I made yummmm… grilled fiish which is put on a bed of herbs and lemons and just teaching my maid a couple of important recipes as when I am out, she will have to make them--however, found my self having to make emergency corrections when I get back from an appointment . I made the daily al lugainmat, shurba, and little meatball bbq sandwiches, and beef pasties which my family demand if they have just missed it for one day... well... have to buy the meat of course on one of those days ! My daughter in law mother from Sharjah and who I have known for many many years, sent us really beautiful tasty hares Mashallah, and anyone will tell you the Samon ( slightly spice butter [turned into a ghee] is made to perfection there mashallah. At fatoor one time we were discussing food etc ( of course last couple of minutes before the Azan ) and my hubby brought up the subject of Charmi ( a kind of delicious curd ), which I now craved lol. Also, the daily ' Al Shara' show on Emirates around 11 pm, brought it up again as the local woman on the show was about to make it Mashallah! I haven't been able to watch Tv or even follow anything this year as either too busy or when I do sit, I fall asleep. I have caught glimpses of some good shows though that I would like to watch but if I did, I usually pick one and that is it. Last night at Suhoor my young grandson made an appearance for suhoor...asking for rice Krispies-he is too young to fast but it is all about getting use to the Ramadhan Environment and to experience waking up for suhoor… it is fun and exciting for kids at this age, as they get to be awake at unusual times. So, he called out to me all proud Mashallah :). My granddaughter fell asleep... she will probably take it out on her dad today ! Well have to get going now, to prepare the table...everyone will probably mashallah go out after Taraweeh prayers, quite frankly... don't mind staying home!! People Mashallah are already buying new clothes and shoes for Eid, I managed to get some beautiful textile pieces but had not time to get them done... and not one for going out to kharaat and the mall for long period of times..wondering how people can spend hours at the malls hmm... I get what I want and out lol! Guess I would be boring! well everyone, take good care....bye for now.
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