Productivity and Sleep

Michael Hyatt, an internationally recognised leader and author has recently posted  a fascinating info graphic (see link for a larger version) about sleep and productivity. For elite athletes the ability to sleep more improves performance and Hyatt suggests that your own personal productivity, whether it is at work or home will improve with more sleep, even regular naps.Roger Federer says : “If I don’t sleep 11 -12 hours a day, it’s not right.” For many of us we crib on sleep, take short cuts, pack more into our day, use caffeine and alcohol to keep us going and relax and then we wonder why we cannot sleep. Sleep and rest will empower us to do more and improve our health and well being. 

But in this insanely busy western world how can we make sleep a priority? As working woman, mother, wife..what changes can you make to your day to give you the sleep your body really craves? Love to know how you sleep.

Blogpost from Manse Medical.

Gluten Free Carrot and Pineapple Cake

So here is another gluten free cake. I have a gorgeous carrot and pineapple cake recipe that I have been making for a very long time. I love it, but it uses  a lot of white sugar. This new gluten free version uses, carrots, tinned pineapple in natural juice, walnuts, coconut flour, gluten free SR flour, eggs, rice malt syrup and olive oil. I made it all in the food processor and then blitzed the “icing”; a combination of coconut oil, shredded coconut, rice malt syrup and vanilla extract. Don’t expect the “icing” to be smooth and runny, it is chunky and not unlike making the topping for a lumberjack cake. I find the coconut oil allows it to combine well and set a little. And as for the extra nuts – I like more colour and crunch, so it has extra topping! You could easily omit this if you are a nut free family.
I am not going to give you the exact recipe, because it wasn’t really exact in any sense of the word. The cake is healthy, gluten free, super moist and dense. I am enjoying the experience of playing with coconut flour – are you?

Egg and Bacon Muffins

How easy can breakfast or lunch be with these egg and bacon muffins? I had been looking for quick, healthy items that the family could grab on the go. Whether they get used as breakfast muffins or lunch box fillers these protein rich, carb gluten and dairy free wonders work well. Simply spray your tin/tray of choice, line each hole with bacon, crack and egg in each one, season with pepper and bake in a moderate oven until bacon is crisp and eggs are cooked. We have experimented with adding baby spinach, feta and oven roasted tomatoes. All these are great additions. Let your imagination go – just keep it simple.

Special Words for My Kids

A prayer for our growing children

As they mature and leave the home
provide them adequate finances, but not riches
spouses who will love them, but not worship them
Give them sorrows, but not too deep
struggles, but not too great
Make them seasoned, but not hopeless
comfortable in their own skin, but not vain
zealous, but equally wise
knowledgeable, but filled with humility
content, but continually striving
Allow them to be confident, but not cocky
humble, but not sheepish
gracious, but not fearful
Mature their body in strength
their emotions with sophistication
and their imaginations with grounding
Fill their lungs with deep laughter
and their souls with joy
But even as I pray these things,
there is one prayer that soars above the rest
Bestow upon them your grace
Lavish them with your mercy
Drench them with your love
Give them the gift of faith
Satiate all their appetites with you
Fill them with your Holy Spirit
Set them apart for your holy service
Bring them into union with Christ
Let their hearts know a peace that surpasses understanding
Grant that my children would be Your children
That would make this child exceedingly thankful
Hear my prayer, O Father of mercy and grace
A timely prayer from Growing Faith

Beard Man

So this is not my man. And I am not sure I really like this example of a beard, but it is representative of the new wave of beards that seem to be everywhere. Sportsmen, celebrities, models – everything that the marketing people want to sell you is being held, watched, driven, eaten and drunk by Beard Man. Truly, take a look around.
No longer relegated to the Grandpa or hillbilly, Beard Man can be young, fit and famous. In my case he is my man. And I like his beard, kept short enough to add colour, a bit of texture and interest. When my man and I first met he had a beard – a longer one and quite gingery aka Viking Man. He determined that any woman that could see ‘through’ the beard to the real man was a keeper. Here I am, many, many years later. And decades on fashion has brought it back. What do you think? Do you like Beard Man?