A Beginner’s Guide to Ayurveda

A Beginner’s Guide to AyurvedaHave you heard of Ayurveda before? Pronounced “aa-yer-vay-da”, this is one of the oldest healing and medicinal systems in the world, straight out of India. In fact, it’s often called the ‘Sister Science’ to yoga, because they were both started by the same great sages and compliment each other in their wisdom.

Ayurveda’s history can be dated back over 6,000 years – and some say as much as 10,000 years (isn’t that incredible?). Today in India there are around 300,000 Ayurvedic doctors, many of whom work side by side with conventional medicine and homeopathy, and as yoga has gained popularity in the western world, so has Ayurveda. Read the rest of this post »

The One Reason to Eat Healthily (and It’s Nothing to do With Your Weight!)

The One Reason to Eat Healthily (and It’s Nothing to do With Your Weight!)I wrote an update on my facebook page the other day that gathered a bit of feedback. I was really just musing on my thoughts, but those thoughts seem to have struck a bit of a cord with some people. So I thought, let’s delve a little deeper into it, shall we?

Here’s what I wrote:

I’ve been thinking about WHY people choose to become healthier, or at least, begin to eat better.
Usually it’s about aesthetics – how you look.
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(Self) Love Is All You Need

(Self) Love Is All You NeedThere’s a definite theme happening right now. With my clients, with myself, I’m seeing it everywhere! We’re all failing miserably at prioritising something extremely important – self-love.

I was chatting to a (gorgeous) client of mine yesterday and she was talking about work, doing the long hours, running around after other people and having trouble sleeping at night. So I said to her, “Well, when’s the last time you stopped and allowed yourself some relaxation time?”. And the response was a bit of an embarrassed, “Never…..”. Read the rest of this post »

Pondering the Power of Plants and Modern Medicine

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image29465427I was at a workshop over the weekend called Medicine Cabinet Makeover and it was all about using essential oils to keep you and your family healthy. We ended up having some great discussions (as we usually do at these kinds of events!), and there was one comment made that really struck a chord with me. The comment was this:

“Isn’t it funny how we’ll take a pill from a doctor, without knowing anything about it, and not question it at all.

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Add Some Vitamin ‘L’ into Your Cooking

So yesterday was Valentine’s Day. I’ll be totally honest with you, usually I’m not a big Valentine’s person – I kind of think it’s a giant marketing ploy to sell loads of red roses at ridiculously marked up prices (but if that’s your thing, go for it! Each to their own I say!). However yesterday I decided I’d totally shock the hubby by doing something nice for him.

(Side note: Not that I don’t do nice things for him, on the contrary. Read the rest of this post »

Juicing and Smoothies – What’s the Difference and Which is Better?

Juicing and Smoothies – What’s the Difference and Which is BetterLately I feel like I’m a juiceaholic. I’m literally craving them! Is that normal?? I wake up and almost straight away I’m thinking, what veggies do I have in the fridge? There’s some kale, oh I need a cucumber, I think there’s some carrots left over, did I have any lemons left? I can’t start my weekend without juice!!

The hubby, on the other hand, is a smoothie addict. He’s all about the almond milk, banana, cacao powder, maca powder, and whatever else he can find to throw in there (I would love him to be on the juice wagon with me, but hey, each to their own right?). Read the rest of this post »

About Following Your Heart

About Following Your HeartHello from Bali! Or more specifically, Ubud – mecca for yogis and nature lovers alike. And for me, being both of those, it’s pretty much paradise. If you don’t follow me on Facebook then you might be wondering why I’m here, so let me give you a bit of a breakdown of what’s happening at the moment.

I’ve basically taken a three-week hiatus from my normal life to immerse myself in all things yoga. To live, breathe, eat and sleep my yoga teacher training. Read the rest of this post »

Talking Sickness, Immune System and How Does That All Work Anyway?

Talking Sickness, Immune System and What the Hell Is That AnywaySomething very weird happened this week. It doesn’t happen very often, and when it does I’m always really, really surprised. So what happened? Well, I got sick (cue menacing music!).

I’ve just spent the weekend hanging out with a few billion (or so) of the wrong kind of germs, resulting in a Saturday night snuggling on the couch with the hubby watching a couple of movies and feeling a little sorry for myself. Only sorry for myself because of my cold – the snuggling bit was actually pretty wonderful and almost made being sick worth it. Read the rest of this post »

Keepin’ It Real At The Supermarket

Keepin’ It Real At The SupermarketSo pros and cons about the supermarket. Pro: you can buy whatever you want there. Con: you can buy whatever you want there.

Yes it’s true that the supermarket has added some value to our lives in the last 60 years or so, making it easier and more convenient to buy the food we need to survive. But just because something is convenient, doesn’t necessarily make it better. With the explosion of the supermarket world came the explosion of convenience foods – frozen meals in the 50s (TV dinner anyone?), dehydrated and boil-in-a-bag dinners in the 70s, crisps in the 80s and whatever it is that we call food now! Read the rest of this post »