Their vegan/vegetarian energy snacks are really hard to find online, but you can buy this health conscious confectionery from GoodnessDirect.
But why should you?
This is a high quality organic raw food that’s nutritious, nutty and fruity.
The fruit bars and nut balls use super-charged ingredients like wheatgrass, spirulina or guarana. Mixed with dried apricots, figs and plums, they provide you with the balanced energy you need until your next meal.
A lot of care goes into every pack, ensuring that valuable nutrients such as vitamins, fibre, carbohydrates and minerals are retained in concentrated form.
So the only thing you have to do is unwrap and eat.
I’ve been cycling two hours to work lately. But I had to do something after spraining my ankles. I couldn’t go running any more and I needed to exercise somehow, so I turned to cycling.
But in spraining my ankles I’ve learnt a lot of lessons the hard way.
The most important one is, if you’re in pain DON’T push it!
I’d read about RICE before (Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate) – it’s what you’re supposed to do to an injury to minimise long term damage. (Recently, a St John’s Ambulance trainer told me that the compress bit has changed to “make comfortable” – I’m not sure why – maybe because you have to be careful not to damage the wound when you compress it?)
But as much as I knew about RICE I didn’t really follow it and, through overdoing it, my ankle swelled up nicely.
The purpose of the ice treatment is to stop inflamation. Recommendations for this vary but the common advice is to apply an ice pack for 20 minutes every couple of hours for 1-2 days. Immediately you’ll realise why Biofreeze is so useful: as a handy application it does the same job as ice but provides you with much more convenience.
You will however still need to rest until you can use the wounded part of your body without too much pain. I hope to keep some of this stuff in my desk at work so that I can continue to use it for sports injuries when I need to. I’d also like to tell my boss that it’s necessary for me to put my feet up at work too (elevation), but she’d probably say to me to ‘get on yer bike’.
In addition to the active cooling ingredient in Biofreeze, Isopropyl Alcohol, Biofreeze also uses herbal extracts to promote fast, deep and lasting pain relief. It promises not to burn you like other ice treatments and it won’t stain your clothing.
Of course, relief from pain is needed in lots of other situations:
If I follow the advice I should stay healthy for some time and eventually I’d like to get back to the running. But I’m a bit more cautious now.
You reach that point in the supermarket where you look at shelves stacked with different oils. You dream of being able to create exotic meals using only the perfect ingredients. And then you confess complete ignorance and drop the usual bottle of non-descript vegetable oil into your trolley?
Well, here’s a little something to help you along the road to sophistication…
I’m not going to give you all the details here but I can tell you of a useful place to find them.
Good oils are difficult to get right: the full flavour, with its quota of vitamins and essential fatty acids can only be achieved by gentle quality production. You’ll want to buy the right type. And then you’ll want to know how to use it: what type of cooking does the oil match? Which foods does it most compliment? How do they keep you healthy?
Bio Planète understand oils because they are an old organic firm from the French Pyrënées. They only produce quality oil and their website is full of information.
Go to their website (bioplanete.com) and click on ‘Our Oils‘ to learn just enough of which oil you should choose next to extend your cullinary skills. There are recipes, hints and tips there, as well as vital nutritional information and a description of the quality of each oil.
To help you begin GoodnessDirect stock the following in Bio Planète’s range:
There’s a serious point to this however. Many children are involved in child labour in the tea industry. Buying Fairtrade means you can act to put something back into the tea growing communities who make a stand for fairness for their families. It’s a chance to help Clipper help others as well.