What would you do if you were standing barefoot on a drawing pin? I heard this analogy a while ago and it really struck me. Let me explain…
Did you know that your body is in constant communication with you? Sometimes it’s whispering, other times it’s yelling at you…but are you listening to it? Do you know how to listen to it? Are you in tune with what your body’s asking you for?
How does your body communicate with you? Through symptoms, like pain (that’s just one example, others would be insomnia, cravings, fatigue, bloating, brain fog) but pain is a good one because we all know what that feels like. Symptoms are your body’s way of trying to tell you that something is out of balance, that something needs seeing to.
More often than not, when we experience pain, we medicate it – to make the pain go away.
The interesting thing is that taking medication to quell the body’s cry for help is a little bit like taking neurofen or similar whilst you’re standing barefoot on a drawing pin...
I've been experimenting with raw chocolate a lot recently, especially since having doTERRA essential oils in my life. Why? Because these oils are so pure you can use them internally and that means...you can use them in your raw chocolate - YUM!
After creating the sublime (if I may say so myself) Chocolate Orange Fudge (see previous recipe blog), I've been playing around with making a plain chocolate that doesn't melt or go squidgy when it's out of the fridge. Enter Rochelle from Eat Smile Live, who put me onto this recipe by Victoria Leith, with the addition of lime and ginger essential oils.
What' you'll need:
200g raw cacao butter
3 heaped tbs raw cacao powder (not cocoa powder as it's not the same: one is raw and nutritious, the other isn't)
3 tbs of lucuma powder (found in most health food shops, some supermarkets and online)
4 tbs shelled hemp seeds
maple syrup to taste (the recipe says 4 tbs but I think that's too sweet for my tooth so I do half of that)
About three years ago when my husband Chris and I were experimenting with various cleanses, we finally stumbled upon one that made sense and really worked for us. After eliminating gluten, alongside some other common culprits, we both discovered just how crap eating gluten made us feel – in completely different ways - bar one, we both felt shattered. Chris got post nasal drip and his eczema flared up. For me it was a pseudo pregnant tummy as well as serious brain fog and mood swings.
The difference was so pronounced that neither of us needed any further proof and since then, by and large, we both avoid gluten – and feel much better for it.
Inevitably, though, there are days when you stray. Not so much because you want to but because you simply forget. I was in the thick of half term holiday last week, a day out in town with the kids, Zeph (6 years) not listening to a word I’m saying and giving me several heart-in-the-mouth moments, leaving me thinking that harnesses for kids ARE a good i...
This delicious and decadent treat uses doTerra wild orange essential oil. I would only use doTerra oils in cooking, as they are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade and I can be sure that they are completely pure and free from any unwanted nasties.
Arguably, these fudge bites are both therapeutic and nutritious. doTerra wild orange oil is an uplifting, happy oil as well as supportive of the immune system. Coconut oil is a healthy fat, as are chia seeds. There a lots of antioxidants in raw cacao and Vitamin C in the goji berries.
This recipe is adapted from one of my favourite gluten free cookbooks, The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook by Alissa Segersten and Tom Malterre.
Makes 13-14 good sized bites of fudge
¾ cup of raw cashew butter (I use Meridian)
½ cup melted extra virgin coconut oil (I use Biona mild version as it has less of a coconut-ty flavour)
6 tablespoons of raw cacao powder (not the same as cocoa powder: one is raw the other is made from roasted cacao beans, so not as...
You’ve heard it before, haven’t you? “Just eat less and exercise more.” But how many of you have tried that and found that it doesn’t really work? And it feels like you’re pushing a boulder up the hill the whole time too.
Whilst I’ve been on the webinar and health summit rounds this Summer, I’ve been struck by this paradigm that many of us still subscribe to: Isn’t losing weight all about calories in vs calories out? That simple!
Well it’s not. Nearly everyone I’ve talked to has tried that at one point or another in their lives. Interestingly it might work for a time (and sometimes better for men than women) but it doesn’t really work long term or make us feel full of life and energy, which is how we want feel most of the time, right? If counting calories really worked, we wouldn’t be in a situation where 25% of the UK population is obese. That’s around 17 million people.
So what is it about calories? Maybe we need to really get our heads around the fact that all calories are NOT created...
I apologise for being very light on communication over the last 6 weeks but I’ve had to put my own advice into play and create space where there was none and pace myself so I didn’t end up burnt out and bitching at the people I love the most!
I’ve also got some exciting news coming up, I’m working on a new website, a couple of new programmes I’ll be offering very soon and some exciting new collaborations, which I’ll keep you posted on.
I was recently listening to Pedram Shojai, a Dr of Oriental Medicine, talking about TIME - or lack of it - a topic very relevant to me at the moment, and to a lot of us I think, given that Summer, in Traditional Chinese Medicine is about expansion, growth, activity and creativity.
Time is a scarce resource that we all want more of and, at the route of the problem, is time compression: when there isn’t enough time to fit in all the things that we want to fit in on any given day. This leads to us feeling...
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the liver is one of the organs connected with Spring. So it’s the perfect season to show our livers some lurve and get the most benefit out of it
The liver has a big job to do...it’s a busy organ!
If it were a person, it would be a mum with a full time job, with 3 children under 10 years at home, running her home, an active person on the PTA, doing part time work for charity and managing a major house renovation all at the same time…phew!!
So if you think you’re busy…spare a thought for your liver!
It has about 500 different things to do every day. I’m not going to bore you with listing every one of those but here are just a few really interesting ones:
cleans your blood by breaking down medications, drugs, alcohol by neutralizing the toxins and packaging them for safe elimination
makes bile, which helps with food digestion
stores important vitamins that the body needs for growth and repair
Did you know that you could be eating the healthiest food in the world and still be starving of the nutrients your body needs to function and stay healthy?
What? You mean all those lovely green vegetables and organic food aren’t doing me any good?
I’m afraid not. Not if you’re S-T-R-E-S-S-E-D!
Your nervous system has two switches: one is the stress response and the other is the relaxation response. For most of us, our stress response is switched on waaay too much. Mental, emotional, physical stressors like moving too fast through our days with too much to do, bad food choices, toxins, chemicals, hormones all over the place, crappy PMS, feelings of anxiety, jealousy, anger, resentment, frustration, all turn the stress response on. The stress response switch is automatic and we don’t have any control over it, our brain does.
The good news is that the bit we do have a little control over, if we choose to, is flipping the switch into relaxation response and de...
Girls, isn’t it true that our periods have such a negative vibe around them? They only seem to bring us hassle, moodiness, pain, tiredness…there seems to be nothing good about them. They interfere with our lives, rather than enhancing them. The media even portrays them as something to be ashamed of. Some women can’t wait to get to menopause to be rid of them.
What I want to share with you is an empowering re-frame of the way we think about our menstrual cycle. A new way to harness it, so that it works for you, so that it can help you do better in life instead of hindering you.
Guys, this makes interesting reading even for you and I urge you to share this blog with the women in your life…they will thank you.
Last week I was catching up on some health-related podcasts and one, in particular, was so interesting I just had to share it with you. Stasha is a health coach who specializes in Periods and she presented a truly refreshing way of looking at and using your cycles to your advantage.
We’ve all heard about how good avocados are for our skin – ever made one of those home-made face masks? So good you could eat it? Or some hair treatment involving avocados?
Well it’s not a myth. The healthy fats and vitamin E content combined with phytonutrients make avocados really helpful in strengthening your hair and protecting your scalp, whilst also being extremely beneficial for your skin.
But it turns out, those healthy fats are fantastic for inside our bodies too and for a whole host of other things:
Improves digestion as it’s full of fibre which helps to keep everything in your digestive tract moving smoothly. This is so important because we want to have a clear (and regular) exit route for all the toxins and chemicals that your body needs to get rid of.
B5 and B6, essential for making hormones, keeping your adrenals healthy, making energy and helping you manage stress better.
High in antioxidants vitamin C and E. These zap free radicals. Free radicals are crazy molecules tha...