How to have the best sleep ever Sleep is one of the most democratic, freely available and effective forms of health insurance. Professor Matthew Walker. Unfortunately modern Western society tends to view sleep as being, at best, something that is at the bottom of our never-ending list of priorities, and at worst, something that’s only for wimps! Add to that an ongoing global pandemic of fear and anxiety – feeling like life as we knew it has left home and all that remains is stress, boredom and nothing to look forward to. Good sleep seems to be more elusive than ever. And yet, it is SO important. Along with what we put into our bodies - namely food and water - good quality sleep is essential if we want to maintain our wellbeing and live long, healthy lives. Our sleep quality has an impact on our ability to concentrate and make decisions. In turn this can then increase the risk of incidents and accidents and of course it can have a negative effect on all aspects of our lives – work, relationships, motivation to exercise and eat right. Even worse are the effects of chronic sleep deprivation, which include increased incidence of depression and anxiety, as well as numerous other physical health conditions such as heart disease, weight gain, diabetes and infertility. Most worrying is the reduction in the effectiveness of
[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
Healthy environment...happy, healthy you! We have been incredibly focussed on our immediate surroundings during 2020. The Covid-19 pandemic has forced us to stay away from many places in which we would normally spend a lot of time. It has meant that the majority of the population has had to move their whole lives into the home for working, schooling, exercising, shopping (online of course) and leisure activities. So, what better subject to end the year on, than a good hard look at what is important in terms of having the most healthy environment possible around you. Of course it's important to look at your home because that is where you go to relax and unwind, and especially where you sleep. But if you normally spend many of the hours of your week in a workplace it is also important to consider everything below in relation to that location as well. Is your work place a healthy environment? Surroundings Surroundings is one of the aspects of Evenstar 5 Star Wellbeing™ - the other four being Food, Movement, Sleep and Being. Each of these 5 aspects cannot be considered the one key to overall wellbeing. They are intimately entwined and need to be viewed as 5 parts of a whole - my holistic approach! I will introduce all five components in the content below, but to start with lets look at some
In world where it is so easy to constantly compare yourself to others and the ‘ideal’ portrayed online, it is pretty common to spend a lot of time feeling like you are coming up short. Unfortunately the human brain is designed to focus on the negative 2.5 times more than it focuses on the positive. This is a protective mechanism. The brains of our ancestors were designed around their need to be constantly aware of potential physical dangers and react accordingly to enable the survival of the species. Now, the reality is that if you don’t have as many followers, or as many likes, or as many photos of your “amazing” family posted for the whole world to see, your life will not end, you will not be physically maimed, but the way your mind and body react to this situation is the same. Your brain thinks you are ‘in danger’. It sends stress response signals to your body, preparing it for fight or flight. The same is true when the 24 hour news cycle gives you a stream of negative information, especially during a global pandemic. Added to which there are indeed tangible physical dangers that your brain has to compute – the virus, the restriction of freedom, the potential loss of income and all the add on impacts of that which actually can impact your physical survival. At
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
?? 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
Everything is energy and promoting healing in yourself with energy therefore makes total sense! In this video I talk about: the key aspects of energy medicine - prevention and finding underlying causes how energy works on all levels - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual - to promote healing why we need to be willing to let go of our wounds on all levels in order to heal chakras and what sort of energy each chakra is particularly aligned to the aspects of Evenstar 5 Star Wellbeing that we need to manage in order to retain energetic balance - Food, Movement, Sleep, Surroundings & Being My updated 7 Chakra Tips are now available! Click here to access them for FREE! If you'd like to read my article instead of watching the video, it was published on Sivana East To access some energetic balance in order to promote healing Book Now. If you have any questions about any of this feel free to Contact me or Book a Complimentary Wellbeing Chat.
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.
This Blog was written for one of the most sugar-filled times of year - Easter (2018)! That particular Easter marked the anniversary of me quitting sugar and I want to share with you the science behind our relationship with sugar, especially as a continuation of my earlier video on the gut-microbiome (check out the Gut-Brain Connection). Yes, you guessed it, the bacteria in your gut could have a lot to do with your relationship with sugar! Around Easter 2017 I did a webinar on the Wild Diet (a type of paleo diet) and watched That Sugar Film and realized that I needed to make a change and significantly reduce my sugar intake (which was a lot lower than many people to start with!) If you want to read all about that process then please check out That Sugar Blog. World Health Organisation guideline on sugar More than 3 years ago now the World Health Organisation put out a new guideline recommending that people reduce their intake of free sugars to less than 10% of their total energy intake, with less than 5% (roughly 25 grams) being even more highly recommended as beneficial to health. So what are ‘free’ sugars? This term refers to any sugars that have been removed from their naturally occurring source, and are not consumed as a part of a whole food. Free sugars therefore include any sugars added to
There is a lot of conflicting information out there about red meat and whether it is good for you or not. This video goes into the reasons why it is a good idea to reduce your consumption of red meat, including what the World Health Organisation says and what red meat does in your body - both the good and the bad! I also talk about the easiest way to reduce your consumption, which is going to improve your health and wellbeing and look after the planet at the same time! It's a win-win! If you have any questions about this or anything else to do with your Wellbeing please don't hesitate to get in touch. Energetic balance is very beneficial when you are trying to make a change in your life. The Third Chakra plays a key role in motivation and determination and the Sixth Chakra is instrumental in your ability to think clearly, focus and make decisions! If you would like to book in for a Wellbeing Assessment and Energetic Balance then please click here.