[Originally published 24th July 2017] So by now you have read all about giving up sugar and avoiding additives, and if you haven't, well catch up peeps - click on the links! Clean eating - or getting in touch with my inner hippie - was one of the biggest changes that I have made to my life in 2017! It was the first year I ever told my parents NOT to buy me an easter egg! Exploring all the alternative grocery options in my local and not so local area was fun, as was beginning to cook a lot more stuff from scratch. My kids both love pie and I can make a great family pie that they will gobble up! Yes of course it takes me a lot more time than just whacking a store bought one in the oven but I know exactly what is in it. In this part 2 Blog I am talking about buying organic. This is something, that to be honest, I had always scoffed at before because I had heard all the research about the there being little, if any, added nutritional value in organic produce. This remains true. However, even though you may not get more vitamins and minerals by eating a product that is, or is made with, organically grown matter, you can be sure that you will get LESS chemicals. In
Here at Evenstar Wellbeing I’m all about energy, and food is the energy that we consciously and deliberately put into our bodies. It is literally fuel for living, for every aspect of our lives. So, if you enjoy living a good life, or you’d like to live a better one, the number one action that you can take is to pay attention to what you are fuelling your body, and your life, with. It’s a sad fact that many people in the modern western world treat their motor vehicles better than they do their human vehicles! Whole Foods The simplest thing to keep in mind when deciding to focus on your food energy is to eat food. Yep, simply eat food. Don’t put things into your body that are in fact ‘food-like’ substances (ie. highly processed, packaged products) that we’ve been conditioned over the last few decades to think of as food. Your body actually doesn’t know what to do with a fuel source that it doesn’t recognise. How do you know if something you’re putting in your mouth is food? Ask yourself, is it something that your ancestors, even as little time ago as your grandparents, would recognise as food? A whole food is something that is grown on planet earth – either plant or animal - and you could walk into a farm and touch it with your
Plastic. It's everywhere these days because it is so convenient. Cheap to produce (a petroleum bi-product), strong, light, easy to clean and literally indestructible. But as with many 'indispensable' things that modern society has adopted due to their convenience, plastics are not only having a massive impact on the health of the planet (through production pollution and at the other end of their lifespan, as waste) but they are also contributing to the ever growing epidemic of lifestyle diseases through their affect on hormones. Plastics - hormone disruptors Some of the chemicals used to manufacture plastics are hormone disruptive, with phthalates and BPA being the worst offenders. Please also refer to my Blog On the Nose in regards to phthalates in synthetic fragrances. What does hormone disruptive mean, and why does this even matter, after all a lot of the time hormones get a pretty bad press? In actual fact hormones are vital chemical messengers that coordinate the processes of growth, metabolism and fertility. In addition, hormones help to control the immune system. Hormone disruption can mean several things, including that the chemicals (such as BPA and phthalates): mimic hormones, interfere with the production of hormones, prevent the effective utilisation of hormones, cause generalised inflammation (due to immune system compromise) and they can also impede the detoxification processes required with excess hormones. Doesn't my body deal with chemical exposure itself?
Your gut microbiome is super important to overall health and is the first topic in this new video series called "One Thing I Know". Your gastrointestinal microbiota ("gut microbiome') consists of trillions of bacteria that reside in the digestive tract. They are imperative for effective digestive function and also for immunity. At any point your gut microbiome are either increasing or decreasing overall inflammation in your your body. Inflammation is the natural response of the body to fight infection and disease but when it becomes disregulated chronic illness can result. I am constantly updating my knowledge by reading books and listening to podcasts and taking courses. A big part of my whole reason for doing what I do is to help people to be better able to improve and maintain their own wellbeing so therefore I love to be able to share new things that I learn. I recently listened to an episode of the Low Top Life podcast (which I HIGHLY recommend) where Alexx was interviewing one of the world's most pre-eminent specialists in the microbiota, Dr Jason Hawrelak. The chat covers some of the other microbiota that are important to consider including the nasal microbiome and the vaginal microbiome, but something that really leapt out at me was the bit about how to best manage the gut micobiome when we have to take a course of antibiotics. If
There is so much easy access to very addictive things in modern society - including social media and sugar (which most of the time we don't even realise we are consuming!) - that we often fail to think of ourselves as being addicted. If you want to find out how to tell if you are indeed addicted to something - a substance, a behaviour, a negative habit - and more importantly the 5 things that you can do to give up your negative behaviour, check out the full blog published by Sivana East. In it you will discover: the neuroscience of addiction (what is going on in your brain) why you may have developed an addiction foods to avoid, and those that may help the types of movement that are good to assist giving up an addiction how sleep (or lack thereof) plays a role in addiction the reasons why meditation may be the cure you're looking for the best essential oils to use to support yourself to give up The video covers a lot of the same information as well, if you prefer to watch, rather than read! If you would like any further information feel free to contact me directly. To book a session with me, where I will cover the full Evenstar 5 Star Wellbeing approach to your recovery, as well as giving you some beautiful reiki
The overactive logical brain (the modern brain) means that many of us find it hard to access and listen to our intuition. But it is there, in every one of us, deep within the external cortex, our ancient, intuitive brain lies just waiting for us to tap into its wisdom! For you, my modern human reader it seemed like a good idea to offer some practical ways to get this part of your mind really firing again. What could be simpler than eating things, and in ways that help these super powers to work better?! Watch the video or read the full Blog, published by Sivana East and you will discover: the relationship between gut health and intuition foods that improve intuition things to avoid consuming the best times to eat to activate your intuitive abilities how sleep and intuition are interlinked Feel free to contact me if you'd like any further information.
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!
This is the third of my Blogs focusing on the holistic health view Chakras and this one is all about the 3rd Chakra - the solar plexus energy centre - which governs our overall sense of Power, Energy and Balance.???? If you would prefer to read the full piece instead of, or as well as, watching the video, it was published by Sivana East. We have 7 main energy centres in the body. These energy centres operate on all levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Different systems call the energy centres different names, but almost all traditional systems of medicine recognise these energy centres as well as other minor energy centres, and energy pathways. In my practice I refer to the energy centres as the Chakras – which comes from the Indian tradition. Many energy healers work with the Chakras. Chakras are areas where the body is very open to receiving energy, from all sources. When it becomes imbalanced the flow of energy into the chakra is depleted or even prevented. Each chakra governs and works with specific areas of physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. To get your FREE copy of my Chakra Balancing Ebook click here. Balance in any of the Chakras works on a spectrum, so if you can relate to extremes in any of these areas you may have an imbalanced 3rd Chakra: how energetic you feel in
This video will allow you to flow into the 2nd chakra system of health which is all about our emotions, our creativity and the partnerships that we form with other people. ??? Do any of the following sound like health and wellbeing concerns that you have: emotional eating overly emotional or unable to express emotion water retention profuse sweating inflammation urinary system issues reproductive system issues blood pressure problems frequent diarrhoea or constipation very dry skin? If any of these things sound like you then you may have an energy imbalance in your 2nd chakra, the sacral chakra. In the video you will learn about the Evenstar 5 Star Wellbeing approach to balancing your 2nd chakra. If you prefer to read my Blog on the topic it was published by Sivana East. I mention crystals and essential oils in the section on how to manage your Surroundings for 2nd chakra balance, these are the ones I would recommend: Crystals Citrine – joy, creativity, going with the flow, self-expression, bladder & kidneys, circulation, constipation, menstruation, menopause Ruby – passion, sexuality, blood flow and detoxification, kidneys, reproductive system Carnelian – creativity, metabolism, fertility, kidneys, blood clotting, blood supply Essential oils For overactivity Eucalyptus – will help you move from feeling overwhelmed to feeling cohesive Emotional Aromatherapy blends (Console, Peace, Forgive) from DoTerra Juniper – will help you move from feeling distraught to
?? Do you have the signs, symptoms or traits of someone with an unbalanced Root Chakra (also known as the 1st or Base Chakra)? How do you know?! Can see yourself in any of these areas: - you tend to be overweight or underweight - your skin is always red or always pale - your immune system is overactive or underactive - you have bone problems (eg. joint or muscle pain) - you have blood problems (eg. anaemia, clotting) - constipation is your norm - you are always stressed over little things, or you are very stressed but too tough to show it - you have strong feelings about the colour Red (love it or hate it!) - your home life is very cluttered or pretty much non-existent or non-important to you - you are very active with groups and organisations, or the opposite - you keep to yourself and are disinterested in family - you attack others readily, or you often feel attacked by other people - you have strong opinions, or you find it hard to form opinions - you love tradition and tend to be conservative about retaining tradition, or you feel shame about your ancestry and ignore tradition Find out more in this video! Or if you prefer to read my Blog, it was published by Sivana East. To access my Chakra Balancing Tips for FREE click