Once I was explaining to someone why I prefer organic food. Instead of hearing me sharing something important to me, the message was heard as “your food isn’t good enough”. The internet and email makes misunderstandings even more prevalent, as we connect to each other in quite a remote way, and at high speed.

Email and forum flame wars erupt all the time, often over misunderstandings, or careless words spoken from the safety of distance, and can be draining on the participants.

Healthy food is just one small part of a healthy lifestyle – wasting energy on needless conflict can be a much greater cause of dis-ease. Someone once said “thinking too well of people often allows them to behave better than they otherwise would”. Sadly, the reverse applies too.

But I believe there’s a positive side. The Internet can be a vast mirror, exposing us as humans for what we really are. And the mirror may not be pleasant, but it speaks the truth, and the only way to deal with it is acceptance – from there we can move on.

Which brings me to bananas. Yes, we have bananas on offer again, at long last. Bananas are sometimes called “the good mood food”, as their high levels of Vitamin B6 and potassium can help relieve stress and anxiety. They’re also one of the most energy-boosting fruits – if you had to eat only one item of food a day, a banana is about as good as it gets.

That’s not the only stress-reliever on offer. Some of you may have received a free sample of Tulsi tea with your last order. Tulsi (the name means “the incomparable one”, and it’s also known as “Holy Basil” in the west) is one of the prime herbs used in Ayurvedic treatments. It’s used for a remarkably wide range of ailments, such as diabetes, headaches and malaria, and one recent study has even shown its use in protection from radiation poisoning. So whether your stress is due to your online activities, or your dairy going missing, tulsi can help!

There are a number of Tulsi tea blends available, as well as just plain tulsi. It’s available with ginger, with green tea, with chai masala, and with gotu kola. Gotu kola is itself a great herb for stress relief, revitalising of both the nervous system and brain. It has also been used by yogis for its calming and clarifying effects.

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Have a stress-free week!
The co-op team