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Festive Season Food – Top 3 Survival Tips

December is well and truly here and I wanted to share with you my Top 3 tips for managing the Festive Season in regards to Food (which as you know is one of the aspects of Evenstar 5 Star Wellbeing - the others being Sleep, Movement, Surroundings and Being). Don’t worry I’m not going to be a total scrooge about it all!  The festive season is actually meant to be at least a little bit of fun, and if that can’t include a touch of overindulgence and treating yourself then there would be something wrong! My Top 3 Tips cover: Good food in a hurry Sweets glorious sweets Bringing a plate Hippy Woo Woo style! Watch the video now or check out the full Blog, which was published by Sivana East. There is heaps more information on my Blog on the following topics (which I briefly cover in this one) Food additives Sugar Organic food For help with balancing and increasing your energy levels during the Festive Season book a session now!

Playful Energy

Many of us don’t have enough play in our lives.  I am certainly guilty of this!  It’s mainly being self-employed that does it for me – I find it hard to prioritise play! I don’t skimp on spending time to look after my wellbeing – I take all the time necessary to shop for and cook fresh organic food to nourish myself, I spend 1-2 hours exercising most days, I am pretty careful to ensure that I get enough good quality sleep and I keep my surroundings as toxin-free as possible. But I don’t prioritise doing stuff just for fun.  If I make a commitment to catch up with friends then I will always stick to that but I rarely initiate catch-ups myself these days.  I always make sure that I have some quality time with my kids – dinner time conversations, going to the footy, seeing movies we all want to see. But when I am left to my own devices I will spend every possible minute working!  I am lucky because I do actually love what I do and am very passionate about it but I don’t love that I would feel somewhat guilty if I took a day off to go bushwalking or I spent the night just binge watching Netflix or taking an hour to have a bath. Ironically I began writing this piece and then got

Men’s Health Week: improving work life with Reiki

The theme of Men’s Health Week 2018 (11th-18thJune) is “Men & Families – making healthy connections”.  I love this multi-faceted theme! We can take from it that improved family connections can improve the health of men (and women, for that matter), that family can be very influential on the wellbeing of men, and that the emotional wellbeing of both men and women is dependent on connection with other humans and finding the right tribe.  Unfortunately it seems that men in general are not nearly as good at making and sustaining healthy connections as women are and this is one of the contributing factors to men’s health being overall a lot worse than women’s health.  Men die younger, have more preventable diseases, more accidents and a greater risk of lifestyle related disease than women, which is why Men’s Health Week is a thing! Men seek advice and interventions for symptoms at a rate that is much slower and less frequent than women, almost certainly contributing to their higher rates of disease and early morbidity.  What we really want everyone to do is to work on prevention and looking at underlying causes, rather than just band-aid solutions and treating symptoms. Western culture dictates that men should be outwardly strong, independent and largely silent about what is going on inside of them on all levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.  Men are

Common Digestive Complaints: which essential oils to use

The digestive system remains top of mind for me at the moment!  If you regularly read my Blog or see my videos you’ll know that I do talk about it a lot!  That is really because (paraphrasing Hippocrates – father of medicine, here) all Wellbeing begins in the Gut. In the Wellbeing Assessment that I do with clients when we begin working together one of the key things that we discuss is their diet and whether or not they have thought about the health of their gut microbiome lately!  Because of the amazing connection between the gut and the brain many of the things that people often seek out my services for – anxiety, stress, fatigue – often have an underlying cause that is controlled and influenced by both their heads and their tummies! Gut Microbiome Guinea Pig At the time of writing I am using myself as a bit of guinea pig and investigating my own gut microbiome.  I’ve sent my poo off to America to be analyzed (still waiting for the results!) and I’m currently doing Michael Mosley’s Clever Guts Diet.  Having been doing this for a week now I can honestly say that I feel a lot more energetic, both physically and mentally, plus I’ve lost more than half a kilo (not that this was my purpose at all!)  I was starting from a position of having

Natural Ways to Give Up an Addiction or Negative Habits

Addiction is not always a word that we all relate to, but perhaps you have negative habits that are doing your wellbeing a great disservice? Do you keep smoking even though you know it could significantly increase your risk of cancer and you really want to give up?  Do you find it impossible to skip your 1-2 glasses of wine each night, even though you know you should have a few ‘alcohol free days’ a week?  Does the idea of being without your mobile phone for a few hours send you into a cold sweat? These are all addictive behaviours and if you want to give up then this video is for you. The video covers: What is addiction? Why have you become addicted? Natural Support Tools to overcome addiction. Some links that you might find useful once you have watched the video are included here: More about Reiki The third Chakra, or Solar plexus Insight Timer Meditation App Essential Oils Purify Lavender Peace Motivate If you would like any more information about anything that I covered in the Video, or anything at all about your Wellbeing, don’t hesitate to get in touch. To book an appointment to help overcome your own addiction or negative habit, click HERE.

Stress and Pregnancy: risks and management

Pregnancy gets talked a lot about in the media, especially when it relates to celebrities.  What never seems to be discussed though is the affects that chronic stress (including from media attention) can have on both the pregnant woman, and her unborn child. Unfortunately many people suffer from chronic stress in the modern world, which has great risks to health and wellbeing. When pregnant women are in this situation there are potential risks to their unborn child as well as themselves. This video discusses the risks of chronic stress to everyone, including pregnant women, as well as the research that is starting to be done on health and wellbeing outcomes for babies whose mothers are stressed throughout pregnancy. Most importantly you can learn how to manage stress when pregnant!  One of the things I mention is Lavender essential oil, which is one essential oil that is completely safe to use during pregnancy.  I have also had clients get great benefits out of meditation using Circle & Bloom. If you or your partner are thinking about having a child you might like to check out my Blog on Preparing yourself for conception on an energetic level. If you would like any further information about this or anything else to do with your wellbeing, feel free to contact me. If you would like to get your stress under control, whether you are

Gut-Brain Connection: how it affects your wellbeing

More and more research is being done and finding associations between our gut micro biome and how well our brain is working, including in serious illnesses such as depression, anxiety, autism, MS, OCD, CFS and even just plain old stress! In this Vlog I talk about: how the digestive system has its own nervous system how it also plays the lead role in immunity how imbalance in the digestive system can therefore lead to chronic inflammatory responses and resulting dis-ease Learn more including how to achieve balance for your gut micro biome! If you'd prefer to read my article instead of watching the video, you can read it on Thrive Global, where it was published. Two places you can go for additional research and to hear amazing stories of how changing gut-health changes lives you might like to look at the work of Dr Terry Wahls and also Kirsty Wirth at Kultured Wellness If you want a tool to help with the energetic balance of your digestive system the essential oil blend Digest Zen is amazing! If you would like to access some overall better energetic balance and wellbeing Book Now for a session with me! If want any further information don't hesitate to get in touch.

Work Life Balance: the holy grail of modern women?

Secrets of that illusive thing called work-life balance that you'd love to know! Recorded on the eve of International Women's Day, watch this video to hear tips from women who are succeeding in their quest for better work-life balance as they #pressforprogress, and also how women are driving the adoption of a wellness culture in their workplaces. Taking time out for ourselves as women, especially when we play many roles including mother, partner, daughter, friend on top of the role we play in order to earn money, can be very difficult.  But if you stop to think about what would happen if you collapsed in a heap because you hadn't been looking after yourself then everything is put into perspective.  Looking after yourself is actually the least selfish thing that you can do! If you'd prefer to read all about it Kochie's Business Builders published my article 4 Reasons why Small Business need a Workplace Wellness Strategy in March. To get back some energetic balance and wellbeing why not book a session with me now! Don't hesitate to get in touch if you want to chat more about how work-life balance is affecting your wellbeing.

The Ultimate Choice: invest in wellbeing now or pay later

Do you find yourself constantly saying "I don't have time" or "I can't afford it" in relation to things that you know are good for you? So what do you spend your precious time and money on instead? This video will explain that if you don't invest in your wellbeing now, you will most likely pay the price with illness or injury later on.  This is the ultimate choice that we make in relation to investing in our wellbeing! In order to make change in our lives it is beneficial to start from a state of energetic balance and reiki will help you to achieve this.  A couple of the chakras (energy centres) are really crucial in effecting change.  The 3rd chakra is all about our get up and go, motivation and commitment.  The 6th chakra is involved in having a clear mind and being able to make decisions easily.  Reiki will enable these chakras to be balanced and in flow.  Book an appointment now! Motivate essential oil blend is also a powerful support tool for any change process that you may be going through. If you have any queries about this, or anything else to do with your wellbeing, don't hesitate to get in touch. Other Blogs related to this topic are 3 Unhealthy Things you spend your Money on because you think they'll make you Feel Better, 6

Letting go of the old to make room for the new

You may think on a conscious level that you're over something that caused you sadness, anguish, fury or frustration and yet change is just not happening in your life? The problem is that often we hold onto the past on an unconscious and cellular level and whilst this is happening there is just no room for new positivity to move in as a replacement! Heart Chakra I wrote this Blog in the week that had Valentine’s Day, rapidly followed by the New Moon Solar Eclipse and thus was a big week for heart energy. The heart chakra (one of the 7 energy centres found at all levels of the body – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual) is the fourth chakra and is commonly recognised as the energetic centre of love.  This refers to your ability to both give and receive love.  What is less commonly known though, is that the heart chakra is also strongly associated with your ability to let things go.  To let go of people, situations or things that no longer serve you.  This is all about letting go once you have processed your sadness, grief, and/ or anger on a conscious level.  (For more information about dealing with grief check out my Blog on that topic.) New Moon New Moons are always about sowing new seeds, putting things in place to make change.  But of course it