Why ignoring your feelings is sometimes an essential act of self love.

Why ignoring your feelings is sometimes an essential act of self love.

  I know. Ignoring your feelings? Really???   Isn’t it self love about honouring how we feel? To get out of our head and follow what feels good, in each moment?   Yes, absolutely it is.   BUT, it’s also often true that self care can look like the very thing you DO NOT FEEL like doing, in that moment.   Do you ever think “My brain is telling me that this thing is going to make me feel better, but I actually don’t feeeeeel like doing it?   Yep. Sometimes self care can be utterly confusing.   You see, the ego has this extremely well honed skill of making us FEEL like we would rather be anywhere else in the world than facing the very thing that will create the movement, growth, healing and expansion of our truest self, because the ego is perfectly happy staying exactly where it is. In control. Keeping you SAFE!   (STUCK = SAFE, as far as the ego can see).   What I’ve noticed, is that we are taught to expect and recognise resistance showing up when we take a leap in our work, our life path, or relationships with others …stretching the comfort zones and ‘pushing’ ourselves to some extent for our own growth can feel really empowering and exciting!   But self care is supposed to feel good, relaxing, fun or deeply nourishing! So it’s easy to think we are doing something wrong when it doesn’t. So I think it’s really important to acknowledge that resistance can show up in our self care  journey TOO! Resistance can show up every...
Budding Nutritionist? : 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming a Nutritionist

Budding Nutritionist? : 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming a Nutritionist

It was in a classic light bulb moment that I knew I was going to become a nutritionist. I suddenly saw something that had been staring me in the face for the first time, with sparkling new eyes.  My kitchen ..my bookshelf ..the conversations I had ..where I spent my money (ehem, Greenlife!) ..the way I had been parenting for the last 3 years ..the programmes I watched …it was already my life! Nutrition was so close to home it hadn’t occurred to me to make it into my career.  I still feel incredibly thankful for the moment that set me on this path.. Since then, I have learned A LOT. So today, for any of you considering a career in nutrition, or any other modality in the realm of health and wellness, I want to share with you five lessons I wish someone (like seriously wished) had passed onto me when I began this journey, which has been equal parts extraordinary and challenging at times.   Here it goes… 1. You might be the biggest nutrition nerd, but if you’re clueless about business, you’re not going to earn a living. Taking a course to become a nutritionist is a big investment of money, time and energy. But like anything, if it is your passion and your work in the world, it is worth every penny (plus every long night of last minute revision!). And, if you love something, you’re going to be good at it, right? What I have learnt though, is that it’s not enough. Sorry to burst your bubble! You can have a brain full of...
Guest Post :: Ariadne Kapsali ~ 4 Yoga Poses to Promote Restful Sleep

Guest Post :: Ariadne Kapsali ~ 4 Yoga Poses to Promote Restful Sleep

You know those times when life gets so full that it seems your mind and body is never just.. quiet? Well the end of last year and the beginning of this year seems to have been this way for so many that I speak to, including myself. One way that my body tells me that I need to slow down, which never fails to get my attention, is that my sleep gets really scanty. I want that deep, peaceful, wake up truly rested kind of sleep, and I just haven’t been getting it. I know I’m not the only one. So I was beyond thrilled when my beautiful Yoga teacher friend Ariadne from Yoga and Other Stories was happy to share her wisdom with me and all of you on how we can use yoga to help with stress and insomnia, or just improving the quality of our sleep. Thank you so much Ariadne!   ~Yoga & Sleep~  How yoga can help with insomnia I was totally delighted when the wonderful Ruth asked me to write about this topic because I have full and utter faith in yoga’s ability to help with sleep problems and stress. Sleep is to vital our well-being, our creativity, our relationships and our souls. I’ve been reading Arianna Huffington’s new book Thrive and I am amazed to find out about the very real consequences of sleep deprivation. So although I consider myself a good sleeper, I do also consider myself an owner of a very, very busy mind. Most of those who struggle to fall asleep at night, also report a difficulty switching off...
Turmeric Milk Recipe ~ Liquid Gold!

Turmeric Milk Recipe ~ Liquid Gold!

This beautiful ‘Golden Milk’ is something I have been meaning to try for months now (yes, it really does take me that long to get around to something!). I’m a huge fan of turmeric for it’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant action in the body and I use it a lot in my cooking.. I have also recently rediscovered just how comforting a warm, frothy, milky drink can be, especially on these wintery evenings, and after years of dedication to my beloved herbal teas and infusions (still going strong!) the odd frothy chicory coffee with nut milk has been hitting the spot big time. So this healing delicous-ness of liquid gold was only a matter of time.   Turmeric milk is an old Ayurvedic tradition, used for centuries as a deeply nourishing and healing tonic. Traditionally it would have been made with cows milk, but I prefer to use nut milk, either coconut, almond, or my current favourite; macadamia nut milk. So good.   Turmeric is most widely know for its anti-inflammatory properties due to the compound curcumin. Curcumin works by inhibiting the activation of a certain molecule in the body that plays a major role in ‘turning on’  inflammation. (1) In the short term, acute inflammation is a vital tool of the immune system which is always working to protect us from invasion, but chronic, long term, low level inflammation, caused more often than not by diet and lifestyle, is a driver for most if not ALL chronic illness. So, any foods or rituals you can add into your diet and lifestyle that helps to reduce inflammation, I believe is...
10 Simple Steps To Resolving Insomina

10 Simple Steps To Resolving Insomina

Most of us don’t give much thought to our sleep, it just kind of happens, doesn’t it… unless you’re not getting enough, and then oh my do you really know about it! Insomnia not only disrupts your life in the immediate future because your ‘effin exhausted and your brain can’t function properly, but over time it actually wreaks havoc with your health, effecting your hormones, nervous system, cardiovascular health, and it also can lead to weight gain. For me, when my body is tired, I get headaches, and my productivity becomes, frustratingly, nil. If you are suffering with insomnia, you definitely do not need more to worry about, so let’s focus on some positive actions you can implement to help you fall asleep, prevent night time waking and improve your quality of sleep. A few may be obvious, but ask yourself honestly… are you doing them? My Top 10 Sleep Supporters   1. Balance your blood sugar. Waking up with stressed or anxious thoughts at 3am and can’t get back to sleep? The most likely reason is that your blood sugar has dropped too low. When this happens stress hormones kick in (your fight and flight response) to stimulate stored glucose to be dumped into the blood. Work on balancing your blood sugar during the day. Main principles – reduce sugar, caffeine and refined carbohydrates and increase protein and quality fats. My Tip:: Try having a tryptophan rich snack before bed and even when you wake in the night – a spoonful of nut butter, a boiled egg, an oat cake with banana and nut butter, (more on tryptophan...
6 Signs You’re Deficient in this Essential Anti-Stress Mineral

6 Signs You’re Deficient in this Essential Anti-Stress Mineral

Well known among its devotees as natures relaxation mineral. And it truly is! This mineral was the first nutrient I felt really confident and in prescribing in my practice as I saw it having such incredible results (think cancelled heart by pass!!) It is also very clear to see when someone is deficient, and is one of the least toxic or problematic supplements if you take too much, in fact an excess may even do you a favour if you are suffering with constipation. Magnesium! Depletion of the nutrients in the soil, stress, alcohol, medication, antibiotics, caffeine, sugar and junk food all the deplete the body of magnesium. Below are 6 signs and symptoms that indicate that your body is crying out for more magnesium. My guess is you can relate to at least 1 of these…?   1) Tiredness & Fatigue Magnesium is the center piece of  ATP – the energy molecules of your body! It is also an essential co factor in over 100 enzymatic reaction involved in energy production.   2) Muscle tension – pain, cramp, ticks, twitches, spasms or tremors Magnesium and calcium also work together in regulating nerve impulses to the muscles. They are also involved in contraction and relaxation of muscles. While calcium is required for muscles to contract, Magnesium is essential for the muscle to relax. You know those annoying little eye tremors you get when your stressed or tired? Next time, think Magnesium! Magnesium is a wonderful pain reliever too and has been shown to improve certain pain related conditions including fibromyalgia, migraines, tension headaches as well as general muscular aches...