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Thriving through Winter -Part 2

It’s no secret, our bodies need to be well hydrated. After all they are made up of almost 65% of water. But there seems to be a misconception that we become more dehydrated in summer, more than winter, but it can actually be quite the opposite. In winter we are living more inside out homes/workspaces with artificial air and heating on. When we do go outside, we are dealing with extreme elements like cold blasts of wind and rain. All these things impact out hydration and our skin too. If you are like me in winter, the thought of drinking water, particular cold water just doesn’t appeal. So I drink a lot of warmed water with the added nutritional benefits of fresh slices of lemon and ginger. Sometimes with a little honey! *Interestingly, most of the Vit C in citrus are actually in the skin, not the flesh or juice, so have these slices of lemon in your warm water will extract the healing benefits of these essential oils. I have bottles of herbal teas, …

Thriving, not just surviving the colder months!

A little over a week ago, I was on a train early one morning, going to Melbourne for a meeting, when I couldn’t help but notice how many folks on the train where coughing and sniffling, looking unwell and quite frankly looked weary and miserable. Its winter in Victoria and let’s face it, it is the cold and flu season, so there are bound to be more folks walking around feeling this way and from all reports, flus and viruses are in full swing. But what it made me realise is that building up your immune system and keeping it robust is something I take for granted these days. So sitting on that train, surrounded by all these unwell folks, in a confined space didn’t have me too concerned, as I have spent a lot of my focus on my family’s and my health over the last several years, to keep this thriving, as I believe we don’t have to just survive! Disclaimer; It doesn’t mean I, or my family don’t get a sniffle from …

Are you on track with your health goals, for 2019?

Hi There,  I was chatting with a friend the other day and she pointed out that it was over half way through the year.At first I was a little shocked, as like all of us that are busy,  time can just fly on by without you even noticing it.Then, it really got me thinking? Many of us start out the year with great intentions, setting goals in our life, whether its something to do with our careers, family, health or a mixture of all these.We start off focusing on getting started and doing quite well, then life gets in the way.you know the ones….Curve balls, distractions, tiredness, the never ending ‘to do’ list, the getting caught up in our routine of this ‘busyness’, then the excuses set in….. we start to loose sight of these goals.  Is this you? …… Be honest? There is no shame in this. Trust me, we are all guilty of it, so please don’t think I am here to shame you. It is far more common than you think and …

Have you built a solid home?

Have you ever thought of your health being like a house?🏡Think about it- a house, like you health needs to be built strong, robust and well maintained 💪 It needs to start on a good solid ground- which are your genes🙌( these can be supported and changed!)  Then; 1- the foundation gets laid- these are your nutrients( macro and micro), the whole foods that support you cells, in which you build upon.🍎🍇🍆🥬🍠🍳 2- Then the framework& walls get erected- this is exercise and movement. 🤸🏻‍♂️🚴‍♀️With out moving our bodies, we don’t form and strengthen muscle and bones, to keeps us strong and up right. 🧘‍♀️ 3-finally the roof& doors get put on– the protectors from the elements.  These are our emotions. 💗Still exposing them to the outside world but not allowing the drafts and leaks to drip through and create rot and rust, but to become more resilient and robust 🥰🙌 But let’s not forget houses need maintaining- as there is always wear and tear, from weathering certain storms and age🤗  You are the master builder of your house- that amazing body that …

How and what you eat affects your gut health.

Last week I talked a little about the importance of gut health and what it means for our overall health. This week I would like to chat a little about the impact that the food we put in our mouth and ‘how’ we actually eat, affect our health and digestion.  *A little BIOLOGY lesson here!- You are made up of over 50 trillion cells and 10 x that in bacteria! YEP, you are made up cells and bacteria and these numbers are almost impossible for us to even grasp, but if you just take a moment to really think about it- we truly are  amazing, don’t you think?   The important thing to note here, is these cells and bacteria only survive and put out energy and good health if we feed it the right things. And that is by feeding them FOOD! And when I say food, I mean real foods, from real whole sources. Not convenience foods that are filled with mystery ingredients.  Whole foods, which are those macro ( quality proteins, fats …

Gut Health

What is it? How does it affect our health? Yesterday I enthusiastically, went to a health talk about Gut Health- the topic was ‘clearing the confusion’ about the messages and claims out there about this incredibly diverse and emerging field of health/science. This got me thinking…” I am a qualified and certified Gut Health Coach and I haven’t really been sharing this knowledge with my followers!” Crazy right? I promise its not been deliberate! So over the following weeks I am going to deliver a series on gut health- -What is it? -How does it affect our health?-Some simple strategies to help in this area -The importance it has not only in the connections to digestion, but the links to so many other health conditions, including mental health.  Hippocrates stated 200 years ago, that “All disease begins in the gut” and for the most part, science is now slowly catching up to this very notion.A healthy balanced microbiome ( which is your good and bad bacteria residing  mostly in your digestive tract, but also on your …

Hello Strangers! Its been a while.

Hello Stranger! It’s been a wee while since I’ve been in your inbox. I haven’t been ignoring you on purpose, I promise. It’s just I have needed some serious time out. Time out from the crazy, crazy world that became my life over the last 18 months. Most of which I can assure you has not been fun. I wrote about a year ago, I was dealing with a stressful situation in my life. Unfortunately, this situation did not get better and I was forced to make some seriously humongous changes in my family’s and my life. We eventually got through this challenging time and have now settled into our new life, but once settled, I simply fell in a heap. And I mean a big giant pile of physical, emotional and spiritual heap. And it wasn’t pretty! I wish to share this story with you, not to over share my life, but to hopefully demonstrate that stress and trauma can affect us in so many different ways. We can keep being busy, thinking I’ll …

When best laid plan, go astray!

Do you ever get up some days, with grand plans of what you would like to achieve but then the day goes a little haywire? Today, I woke up nice and early with the best intention. It all started when I flung out of bed a little too quick and strained a muscle in my neck (nothing major, just a twinge!). I recovered a little, rubbed some muscle oils in to relieve neck then got my exercise gear on, thinking ok, I won’t do any yoga today or HIIT, (due to being a little Ouchy) but I will go for a nice long walk. “Yes that’s what I’ll do”, I say. I got delayed, my daughter woke up extra early, then the morning routine went off kilter when my husband left something important at home after he had left for work, my daughter decided to be a little difficult and defiant ( hello, end of year tiredness and hot nights with little sleep!), so morning routine goes out the window. No problem I say, “I …

Stress Part 4- Helping a loved one through difficult times and resources

Welcome to my last post in the series. I really hope it has been of some benefit to you or someone who has needed it. Helping a loved one, no matter how young or old through difficult times is often something as humans we either step up to, or shy away from. Now I say this without judgement as we all have our reasons for stepping in or stepping away from this. But never underestimate the power of a simple act of kindness. I was recently chatting to a close friend, who was sharing with me a wonderful positive experience she shared with her children. Her daughter who has started school this year, has been struggling with some tummy issues due to the anxiety of being separated, not only from her mum during school hours, but she is also not in the same class as her twin brother and her anxiety has been presenting itself as tummy pains. My friend was telling me on the way to school the other day, she played some very …

Stress Part 2- What’s really going on in your body?

In todays post on stress, I will discuss; What is really going on in your body Stress v’s trauma What is the flight or fight response? What is the freeze or flop response? Stress comes in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes it’s brief and passes, sometimes it’s low level but constant, sometimes it’s there but you are not aware of it, sometimes it’s chronic and other times it’s intense. Whatever or however it appears in your life, it all plays out the same way in your body and that is by the release of stress hormones, adrenalin and cortisol. The one thing that is very clear is that when experiencing stress for long periods of time or of great intensity, the way it manifests in your body, mind and spirit, it can have a major impact on your health. Let’s consider the impact that the stress can lead to in terms of our health and wellbeing? • Adrenal fatigue • Anxiety • Thyroid issues and sex hormone imbalance (including PMT, debilitating menopause etc) • Digestive …