Hello Lovely Friends
As I’m sitting at my desk, it’s the 30 June which means that the first half of this year is almost over.
Winter has definitely arrived and set it: I’m back in my puffer coat, boots, warm gloves and cosy scarves, (a must have for cold and frosty Ballarat mornings), there’s ice on the car most mornings, I leave for work and arrive home in the dark, the heater is on every night and morning, the electric blanket warms up my bed sheets before getting in, I’m wearing multiple layers in the day, flannelette pyjamas at night, ugg boots when I’m home, the lawn has stopped growing, there’s no need to water my garden, my spare room/office has the drying racks up fulltime, and I’m craving warm soups and drinks.
Winter has brought a magic to my morning train commute to Melbourne with stunning sunrises, frost and fog across the paddocks that make them look like a winter wonderland, and crisp fresh air that creates dragon breath standing at the station waiting for the train. Whilst some mornings have definitely been cold, I’ve loved how alive the a cold morning watching the sun rise can make you feel.
If you’ve been wondering where I have been and what I have been up to of late, I wanted to let you know that I’ve not been hiding and actually have been quite busy behind the scenes: you’ll find out more as you continue to read this email.
It’s not been all busy as there have been times when I have chosen to just going with the flow of my life and give myself permission to connect with myself. Nurturing myself, doing the things that I love and are meaningful to me, has been important of late so I have given myself permission to do embrace and enjoy the experiences I’m having and the learnings I’m gaining.
Now to get on with this post.
People often ask me about what I consume, read and do each day so I thought I would use this post to share with you some of the things that I do to enhancing my physical and emotional health.
Books that I’m reading:
- The Magic by Rhonda Byrne – the book is a beautiful reminder of the importance of gratitude and being grateful for all that we have. Rhonda presents a 28 day practice that is designed to incorporate gratitude into your life and a daily basis and in doing so it will “revolutionise your health, money, job, and relationships, and make your smallest desires and your biggest dreams come true”. A friend shared with me recently that she and her children practice sharing the 10 things that they are grateful for each day in their life and that in doing this the family dynamic has changed and brought them closer together. I thought that was a really beautiful thing for a family to do each day.
- A Happy Pocket Full of Money by David Cameron Gikandi – it’s a big read, and the author recommends that you read the book at least twice so that you can really understand the power of our thoughts and beliefs and how they impact on our life experience. Based on quantum physics theory and the universal laws, the book explains scientifically and spiritually how our thoughts and intentions create our wealth consciousness. I’m half way through my first read and am coming to understand I am where I am today because of what I have thought. David sums it up succinctly with the statement: ‘Life is your mind expressed’. It’s an empowering book that is both simple and complex: I’ll definitely be reading it twice (and probably more).
Food products I’m enjoying:
- Macro Fire Cider – this is Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) with a kick and contains turmeric, garlic, ginger, chilli and horseradish. I love it as a pick-me-up when I first get home from work (1 tbsp in 250ml of filtered water) and to make a simple salad vinaigrette by adding it to virgin olive all – it’s delicious on everything!
- Republica Organic Green Mix Superfood – this is a raw powder mix of Chlorella, Barley Grass, Spirulina and Wheatgrass. Together these powders help to detoxify and alkalise your body and add anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant benefits. I add this to smoothies.
- Republica Organic Detox Mix Superfood – this is a raw powder mix of Chlorella, Barley Grass, Wheatgrass, Lucuma, Spirulina and Cacao. It offers similar benefits to the Green Mix powder, with the addition of Lucuma for fibre and Cacoa for a natural mood booster and a delicious chocolate taste. I add this to my smoothies.
- Macro Beetroot Latte – this mix contains beetroot powder, cacao powder, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, and vanilla bean powder and is delicious in smoothies or hot coconut or almond milk, or added to chia pudding or porridge.
- MetaBuz Turmeric Chai Tea – I came across this powder at the recent Food & Wine Festival recently and it has become a favourite of mine first thing in the morning: I add 1/2 tbsp. to a large glass of hot water and the juice of a half a squeezed lemon. The mix contains turmeric, cinnamon, ground fennel, vanilla, calcium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, ascorbic acid, kelp, black pepper, stevia, green tea, aniseed, caraway, ginger, liquorice, cloves and cardamom. It’s delicious in smoothies or as a golden latte with hot coconut or almond milk, or added to chia pudding or porridge.
- Golden Flaxmeal – flaxmeal contains Omega 3 fatty acids essential for healthy heart function and also provides fibre and protein. I add a 1-2 tsps to smoothies, or porridge. Flaxmeal does have a laxative effective if consumed in large quantities so a max of 2 serves or 20g each day is recommended.
- Turmeric – I add this to so many things and use both the powdered and raw forms. Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin which assists in reducing inflammation in your body. To enhance the absorption of the curcumin, add a black pepper and healthy fat such as coconut oil. It’s delicious to add when sautéing vegetables (try using sesame or macadamia oil to saute your favourite green vegetables and season with turmeric, black pepper and sea/rock salt) and cooking eggs.
- Raw Ginger – I love the taste of fresh ginger and like turmeric use it in all sort of things. Ginger can assist with easing nausea, pain and inflammation. It’s delicious added to vegetable stir fries as well as sliced into herbal teas such as Higher Living Organic Cocoa & Chilli or Licorice teas
- Lemon Balm Tea – Also known as Melissa, this herbal tea is a soothing and healing tea and is particularly beneficial in detoxifying the liver, spleen and kidneys. I make a litre of the tea and then enjoy during the day with freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Supplements that I’m taking:
- Vitamin D, Vitamin K2, Calcium and Magnesium *– being winter we have limited sun exposure so our body’s Vitamin D levels are likely to be low and taking a supplement can be beneficial to your overall health. According to Dr Mercola, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, calcium and magnesium work in unison to optimise our absorption of Vitamin D and delivery of calcium into the bones as well as help to prevent and treat a range of diseases. I use Ostelin Cal-DK2 and take additional Vitamin D3 so that I take 5000IU each day.
- Read articles by Dr Mercola here on the importance of Vitamin D and magnesium.
- Collagen *– Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies and according to Dr Josh Axe, collagen supports a healthy gut, a healthy brain, joint comfort, flexibility, bone health, healthy skin, healthy aging, healthy weight and restful sleep. As we age our own production of collagen reduces so by taking a collagen supplement, you can improve your health from the inside out. In a week of taking the collagen I could see a significant improvement in the elasticity and overall look of my skin.
- Read Dr Josh Axe’s article on Collagen here
- I take Dr Josh Axe’s Multi Collagen in a capsule form and buy it from iherb
- Complete B-Complex *– As I essentially eat a vegetarian diet with only occasional amounts of animal protein (fish and eggs), I’m mindful of my Vitamin B12 levels so take a Complete B Complex to support my nervous system function.
- Read an article here on the benefits of Vitamin B Complex.
- I take Life Extension BioActive Complete B-Complex in capsule form and buy it from iherb
* If you have any disease or illness or are on medications, it is important to check with your health practitioner to ensure any supplements are suitable for you.
A course that I’ve done:
- I recently completed Lvl 1 & 2 of an AAMET International Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) course run by Russell Cunningham at the Australian Institute of Self Development . EFT or tapping as it is often referred to, is an emotional form of acupuncture that addresses the emotional issues that contribute to our physical and emotional health. It’s a simple and highly effective technique that can give profound results. Over the course of the three day course I learnt and practiced the technique and experienced firsthand the shift or release of stored negative emotion in my body. If you are interested in learning about EFT, Russell runs a range of workshops throughout the year and coaching sessions by appointment.
A fun thing I’m doing:
- I love affirmations and positive quotes so am having fun combining these with images using a tool called Canva. You’ll see some of these on my blog pages and I will be adding them to my emails going forward. I hope you enjoy them.
A course I’m writing:
- Over the last few months I’ve been writing a detailed set of notes for an introductory course on eating raw food. There’s still some work to do to complete the notes: when complete I will use them in a workshop and will have them in an e-book format to purchase online.
So in a nutshell that is what I’ve been doing of late.
Until next time, wishing you love, laughter and happiness. Stay warm and cosy too!