wellbeing

Finemore's Five for Friday (11)

Hi folks,

Welcome to Volume 12 of Finemore's Five For Friday, my weekly missive to the masses.  This week I have been mostly ... 

Impressed by :

Tylko. A company who engineers formica covered plywood shelving/storage to fit any space and allows you to have a hand in the design of your shelving. It comes in a flat pack but you fit it together very easily with a clunk-click sliding system. Looks great is super easy to construct (no screws, no tools) and is hard wearing. Check it out www.tylko.com

Using: 

Epsom salts in my hot bath. It is common to have a deficiency in magnesium and a great way to boost those magnesium levels is to take a hot bath with at least a mug full of Epsom salts. It can help with those cramps, post work-out or otherwise. If you are deficient in anything it makes sense to become sufficient if you can. I find the cheapest way to buy mine is in 25Kg boxes from Amazoncourtesy of epsomsalts.co.uk -  but you can buy it smaller quantities from the same company. 

Listening to : 

The Stone Roses by The Stone Roses. Will always sound amazing. I first heard it when I was about 17 when Manchester and the Hacienda was changing pop culture. Sometimes an album will pop back into your life when you least expect it. For those of you too young to remember this album or have never listened to it, please do. Love Jon Squire’s guitar work. 

Working : 

My legs. Doing a series of box jumps. Jumping up a foot or so and landing on both feet then jumping down in semi squat position. Jumping down facing both forwards and backwards. Great work out for your quads, hams and gluts. You can try jumping up from 2 feet then standing on one leg and jumping down from that 1 leg but landing squarely on 2. Hard work. Try 10-20 in a session. 

Watching : 

The first episode of the Handmaid’s Tale from the novel by Margret Attwood on Channel 4 every Sunday. Pretty gripping and scary stuff. This dystopian vision written in 1985 is one of those novels that was recommended to me many times but I never read. It describes a future where fertility rates decline to desperate levels due to pollution and the president of the United States and most of congress are assassinated as a religious order takes control of society and women’s rights. Go figure.

Until next time,

Simon

Finemore's Five for Friday (10)

Hi folks,

Welcome to the latest edition of Finemore's Five For Friday.  This week I have been mostly ... 

Listening to: 

‘is a woman’ by Lambchop. Finally been released on vinyl. Sounds great and brings back memories of one of the best concerts I have ever been to following the release of this album back in the day. 

Watching: 

Twin Peaks - The Return. On Sky Atlantic at the moment. If you loved the first 2 series then you will also love this new series some 25 years on even though the story escapes the town of Twin Peaks. David Lynch being his fantastic surreal self with most of the old cast. Love it. Not for the faint hearted or squeamish however. 

Remembering: 

A quote from philosopher Alain de Botton, “When people seem like they are mean, they’re almost never mean. They’re anxious.” 

You cannot expect to understand what someone else is going through at any given moment. Communication and understanding is difficult whether in contact with others or understanding who we see in the mirror every day. 

Eating:

A great sweet but nutritious and fibrous treat when watching Twin Peaks. Organic dates, stone removed, split down the middle and filled with clotted cream. Yum, it works, try it. 

Drinking: 

Mushroom Coffee. Some clever chaps in Finland have combined certain healthy varieties of mushroom with coffee to produce interesting and tasty warm beverages that seem to boost your mental performance (I find). The company is called Four Sigmatic and I like their products. Sounds a bit weird, not cheap but tastes good and feels good plus the mushrooms are considered superfoods (whatever that means). 

Until next time,

Simon

Finemore's Five for Friday (7)

Hi everyone,

Here's the next dose of Finemore's Five For Friday for you.  Would love you to get involved if there's any health questions you have or topics you want covered.

This week I have been mostly ... 

Contemplating

Life. What do we mean by the word? Life is described by physicists, chemists and biologists in totally different terms. Different cultures, religions and philosophies place different value and meaning upon it. As James Lovelock says in The Revenge of Gaia'Life can be observed, dissected and analysed but it is an emergent phenomenon and may never be capable of rational explanation.

For me Life is Love; both words for emergent phenomena. Life is your fundamental love affair. You get what you give. We speak of life in terms of love, "she loves life." 

Life, like love, can be disregarded but you only lose what you disregard.

I can only hope to regard my life, to be in love with being alive every day. As many have said what is life without love?

As a Chiropractor my intention is to help my clients to express more and more life. The more life (love) you have the less sickness you (and your genes) express. 

Wearing

Artillery No. 6 from a perfumer at the end of my old street in east London. Angela Flanders is now in her 80's making beautiful scents using older better techniques with less nasty chemicals. You can buy online

Listening to

The latest offering from Howe Gelb called Future Standards. Bit of a legend, bit of a maverick. Summer's evening songs. Seen him live a couple of times - well worth the money if you get a chance. 

Song to listen to : 'Irresponsible Lovers' (speaks to what I am contemplating this week). 

Exercising

My lateral stabilisers (obliques etc) again with a side squat. Lying on your side, knees bent, heels near your bum, propped up on your elbow, fist clenched, other hand on your hip, spine straight. Lift your hip off the deck and push your pelvis forward then back to your heels. Like squatting but on your side. Repeat 10-20 times each side. Enjoy. 

Missing

Oysters. Especially the native Fal River ones. So sweet, tasty and not too big. One of the most nutritiously dense foods you can eat. Packed full of zinc and minerals which is why they are known as a aphrodisiac and a fertility food. I love 'em. Local natural produce that is truly world class. Eat 'em.

Until next week,

Simon

Healthy organic non gmo pizza - base : 1 cup of ground seeds : sunflower seeds, flax seeds - half cup of desiccated coconut - half cup of buckwheat - large knob of grassfed butter, 2 free range eggs.  

pour mix on dry griddle or medium/low heat pan until stiff then grill 

 Topping: unpasturised Brie and cheddar with garlic and chilli  

 Yum

Healthy organic non gmo pizza - base : 1 cup of ground seeds : sunflower seeds, flax seeds - half cup of desiccated coconut - half cup of buckwheat - large knob of grassfed butter, 2 free range eggs.

pour mix on dry griddle or medium/low heat pan until stiff then grill

Topping: unpasturised Brie and cheddar with garlic and chilli

Yum