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HOW TO MAKE PEACE WITH YOUR SPIRITUALITY IN A HUMAN WORLD

HOW TO MAKE PEACE WITH YOUR SPIRITUALITY IN A HUMAN WORLD

Posted January 21, 2014

How do you make peace with the spiritual/soulful lessons you are learning yet still be connected to and part of humanity? I really wanted to open up this forum to talk about what the hell we do with our spiritual journey/learnings/lessons that (sometimes) don’t quite seem to ‘fit’ into our normal everyday life. In today’s vlog, I tackle a really powerful question that came up last year in The Freedom Project members group. These questions really got me thinking, and I know that so many of you out there wondering the same thing: What do we do in life when we are presented with situations where someone we know  is deep in their story (i.e caught up in the drama, governed by Ego and just playing in an unconscious space)? Are we supposed to ignore and not pay attention to what this person is feeling, and keep reminding them that they are not their story?  And if so, how do we live with a compassionate and empathetic attitude towards others. Isn’t that what Humanity is about?  How do we make peace with what we know /learning –  we are not those limiting stories – and yet still be part of humanity? Good questions, huh!? I know, personally, I have asked this question to myself many times. It’s all about finding that balance point between our ‘humanness’ and the world we are part of, juxtaposed against spiritual truths and higher consciousness. It’s not an easy thing to do, but it’s possible. In fact, that’s the whole point of this crazy thing called life. Ok, so CLICK PLAY below to hear how I make peace with my spirituality! A few things to note: + In the VLOG share what I mean about ‘the story’, in case you are unsure. I breakdown how our ‘story’ and our ‘ego’ tend to be our go-to reference point  (security blanket, confidant, safety net) but is actually our illusion. It’s not the truth of who we are. + I talk through the importance of living as a Spiritual being having a Human existence, and what that really means. Tapping into the essence of who you are is part of your journey – it’s a remembering process, BUT trust me when I say this, the whole gamut of the human experience is the vehicle – it is valid, important, soo special. + I share with you the difference with being ‘real’ with life versus getting consumed by it and putting your power into your story (or theirs!) + I help you make peace with spirituality, soulfulness and connecting with humanity.  Our spiritual/soulful journey is not about ‘disconnecting’ from the world, from humanity, from people who aren’t ‘spiritual’… this about being in both realms. With your head on and your heart wide open. ++ Your turn: Share with me below – how do you feel about making peace with your spiritual journey/lessons/learnings with your humaness + humanity? ++ Before I leave you, at the end of video I share some info on The Freedom Project. If you are intrigued by my ecourse and feel called to it CLICK HERE to find out more! love + light, Claire x Read more

SEEK OUT THE MESSAGES IN YOUR DREAMS

SEEK OUT THE MESSAGES IN YOUR DREAMS

Posted January 20, 2014

I had a dream recently, in the soft-focus  moments of the early dawn. Half awake, almost groggy, dipping in and out of dreamland and reality…. It was a bizarre dream, that had no relevance to my reality, whatsoever. That is, until I put on my detectives hat… Let me share this dream with you (bare with me here!) I was driving a bus. I had been ‘assigned’ this role, to transport people around the town. Somehow, despite my resistance and loud protesting (I doth profess too much!), I ended up behind the wheel. It was a big clunky bus, and I not only struggled to drive, but I didn’t know the route I was supposed to take. Clueless. I planned to drive slowly and reference my google maps (ahh, technology) each time I stopped. But two friendly passengers said they’d direct me from the map. I remember being very focused and determined. I had no idea why I was driving this bus, except that it was something I had to do, no one else. Everything was going along ok, until the passengers directing me got distracted. (Umm, hello?!) I took a wrong turn and ended up, stuck, uphill. I couldn’t manoeuvre the bus, turn it around or go backwards. My bus-driving skills or lack-of really showed face at this point. I remember thinking, ‘Oh! If only they were paying attention, I wouldn’t be in this mess’. Then, true to form, I woke up. It was 5:30am as I rose. Barely awake I stumbled to the bathroom, letting the dream roll around in my mind a little longer. Normally, I’d dismiss it and get on with my day. Lately, however, I’ve been paying close attention to my dreams a little more than usual (well, the ones I remember!) I’ve set the commitment to see or hear the underlying messages beaming out of my subconscious onto the movie screen of my mind. I’m pulling out my magnifying glass and whacking on my detectives hat for a little reconnaissance mission into the depths of my sub-conscious mind. It didn’t take me long to ‘see’ what I was really meant to… it’s amazing when you set a focused mind onto a ‘task’ how easily it’ll bare fruit. Let me share with you the THREE Lessons I learnt from my dream: 1) Sometimes we receive ‘assignments’ in life – challenges, experiences, circumstances – that we don’t quite understand. Nor do we now WHY it has come to us or what the steps we are meant to climb. But here’s the clincher… we aren’t meant to know. Really, we just need to know the first step and the general idea of what we are dong and where we are going. Our inner compass just needs to point due north and then the details will figure themselves out… only once we’ve communicated loud and clear that we are willing to ‘go there’ – wherever ‘there’ might be. I can see that this ‘job’ of transporting people (guiding them home!) is a role that I am meant to fulfil. Coaching, teaching, guiding … this is what I do and sometimes I can’t see farther then the first step. Sometimes I feel a little clueless, but as soon as I take that first bold yet deliberately cautious ‘do-I-know-what-I’m-doing’ step, it all unfolds with ease, like a big, softening sigh at the end of a yoga class… 2) There needs to be an unlimited supply of trust to navigate through these experiences. A constant, and steady drip of trust being intravenously fed into us from the divine. Without it we are faithless, fearful and full to the brim with questions as we try and ‘figure it all out’. In this dream, I took my assignment, despite being confused and literally lost. To me, this is an affirmation that all the inner work I have been doing to cultivate more trust in my life is finally shining through. 3) Life has an interplay of influence and intuition. The passengers that helped me offered their guidance. Which is something, in my life, I readily and openly accept from other teachers, healers, experts. It’s something I have done more and more of over the last few years. If I feel I can learn from someone, I’ll jump right in. I’m open to guidance. However, this dream indicated to me, very clearly, that the influence and help of others can only get me so far. I have to remain present and aware in every assignment and to ensuree that I am open to receiving direction from my own intuition. She’s always talking to me, but sometimes I’m not listening. How very sad. In the dream I ‘blindly’ listened to the instructions of my helpers, without tapping into my own resources – intuition, knowledge, reading the signs, the tools I’ve learned –   to navigate. If I had been a little more switched on I would’ve seen that hill uphead and made my own empowered decision to not (cluelessly) drive up it. It’s as though I had switched off my own inner compass system because I felt ‘safe’ that someone else had that sorted for me. Missed the point. This is never the case. Embrace your assignments Every single assignment, every single experience that unfolds for us is actually FROM us (the higher consciousness), which means its pre-designed for our own growth and evolution. Suffice to say, then, wouldn’t we do better by staying completely present and taking ownership for our role within the journey? I recently wrote about Being Your Own Guru that relates to this message. Within that simple, harmless dream I’ve come out with three powerful reminders. Whether these are spot or not, it doesn’t matter. I am interpreting them for me, from me, in a way that will most supportive to me. Making time for dream-time My family have always ‘interpreted’ dreams. And by interpret I mean in that ‘wise-woman’ old-world sort of way. I can’t even count the amount of times […] Read more

THE FREEOM PROJECT IS OPEN FOR ENROLLMENTS

THE FREEOM PROJECT IS OPEN FOR ENROLLMENTS

Posted January 16, 2014

The Freedom Project: Your 9 week guide to limitless living is open for enrollments! I’m so excited, this day has finally arrived. Today, I’m opening the doors to The Freedom Project: Your 9 week guide to Limitless Living. This ecourse is unlike anything else out there. It’s deep. It’s powerful. It’s profoundly transformative. It’s not for the faint-hearted. It’s for those of you ready and willing to: open up to surrender + the power of letting go chip away at your limiting beliefs, fears and emotional blocks step forward and into a life of freedom (oh yeah!) But don’t take my word for it. Read what the gorgeous Amelia Williams (from Nurture And Shine) had to say about her recent experience in The Freedom Project: “For as long as I can remember, I thought that freedom in my life meant that I had to be the one in control of everything. If I gripped tightly enough to my life, I would be safe. How very wrong I was. Claire Obeid and her inspiring Freedom Project taught me the art of surrender. Ever so slowly, I began to loosen my grip, and sure enough – along came true freedom. The less control I had, the more liberated I felt – Claire completely opened me up to a whole new way of living. Through Claire’s teachings, I felt like I came home to the person I was. Who I was without the shackles, without the judgement and without resistance. Less suffocating layers – more vulnerability. I walked away from the Freedom Project feeling more like myself than ever before. I finally feel FREE and for that I am eternally grateful. The Freedom Project can be confronting, but in the most magical of ways – you come face to face with those limiting fears and old “stories” and are able to see them for what they are, and then move forward with ease.  Claire’s words and videos are warm and encouraging. She gently pushes you to ask questions, push yourself further and ultimately be the best you can be. I felt incredibly supported the entire way through my journey.  The little community Claire has built around the Freedom Project is so loving and engaging and I can’t recommend The Freedom Project, and the beautiful Claire enough. She truly is one of life’s wisest and kindest souls.” Check out what some of the other  members of The Freedom Project had to same about this transformative and power-packed ecourse. If this all sounds like a YES to you (and you’ll feel it, if it is) then click HERE and jump onboard. If you still need some more information, feel free to explore The Freedom Project site. Check out the Welcome Video from me. Click HERE to learn about what’s inside the actual ecourse. Visit the FAQ page Don’t forget: the early-bird rate (only $149!) ends on January 22nd. I can’t wait for you to join us. Love + light, Claire P.s I like to be fully present + have the time to commit to the beautiful souls in this course, so with that in mind I won’t be running this course again before winter. Read more

EAT THE MEDITERRANEAN WAY

EAT THE MEDITERRANEAN WAY

Posted January 13, 2014

It’s not lost on me how incredibly fortunate I am to have grown up in a home filled with and passionate about good food. With both my parents hailing from the Middle East I was blessed to know and eat ‘real food’ on a daily basis. When I close my eyes and remember my childhood home there are three things that stand out. 1) The noise – with a family of seven under one roof, you can imagine the cacophony of voices, chairs scrapping on tiles, plates clanging as the dishwasher got stacked and unpacked (for the 3rd time that day) and Arabic music singing in the background. 2) The aromas – my mum would usually start cooking in the morning, so there would often be some delicious meal simmering away throughout the day. I can smell the spices, the toum (crushed garlic paste), the lamb stew. 3) The chefs – both my parents love to cook and they do so in very different ways. When I think of my parents I can see them in the kitchen. Mum making a fresh batch of Labne (yoghurt), Dad pickling the Olives he just harvested from our tree outside. It’s because of these childhood memories that I eat and live the way I do. Of course, I got lost along the way (in my late teens/early 20s my diet was far from good). And today, when anyone asks me ‘how’ I eat, the best way for me to describe it would be ‘traditionally‘ or better still ‘Mediterranean‘. Let me share with you how and why you might like to tweak the way you fuel your body this year. ++ I eat grains. Poo-ey to all those paleo loving, grain hating folks. I grew up on brown rice and basmati, oats and cous cous, barley and bourghal. It works for my tummy. It gives me energy. My tip: Try including organic, biodynamic grains sparingly through your diet, maybe 1-2 times a day. See how it works for you.  Limit portion sizes if you are watching your weight, but usually you’ll find you are fuller for longer and tend to snack less on crap food. I eat Olive Oil + Fat.  Growing up and still today I use ALOT of Olive Oil. In fact, my husband and I buy (just as my dad did) a big 5 litre tin of good quality Australian Olive Oil. Not to mention that I use real butter and ghee (and coconut oil). My tip: Don’t be afraid of fat – cook with butter, ghee and coconut oil for high heat. Olive Oil is ok on low temperatures, but best eaten raw on salads and drizzled over your meal. I eat dairy. As a powerhouse probiotic in yoghurt form, this superfood really is a must. If you can’t tolerate cow’s milk try goat’s or coconut. My tip: In the meditteranean diet, yoghurt is used as a digestive aid, a flavour enhancer and a main meal! Use it for and on anything. My favourite – serving a bowl of savoury, slightly salty yoghurt, drizzled with yoghurt alongside meat. I eat small portions of meat. Thinking to the bulk of meals my parents made, meat featured alot but in very (and I mean very) small portions. Example: A vegetarian meal like Lebanese Zucchini’s stuffed with rise and minced lamb. Add to that, we don’t eat meat every single day and night. My tip. Reduce your meat intake. Aim for 1-2 times per week or add meat to a meal as an enhancer and protein ‘kick’ but not the main affair. I eat veggies with every meal. Yep, every single meal (as much as I can!). Dark leafy greens, roasted root veggies, crunchy summer salads, seasonal produce. My tip: Make the veggie component of every meal your main event. Don’t hold back, the more the merrier! I eat fish. Salmon, Barramundi, Prawns, Octopus, Sashimi, Sardines. Tuna. I could LIVE off fish. Oh wait, so could you. High in necessary Omega’s, Fish is something we should all be eating and often. My tip. Increase your fish intake. If you aren’t already get fishy at least twice per week and serve it up with a BIG bowl of steamed, dark leafy greens. I eat fruit, nuts and seeds. Another double pooey to those anti-fruit people. High in fibre essential vitamins and nutrients, you’d be mad to delete fruit entirely from your diet. Nuts and seeds feature in my diet in some form – either as a snack, in a homemade granola, tossed into a salad or made into a milk! My tip. You don’t need to eat it often, but one piece a day is fine! If you are watching your sugar than reduce your intake until the sugar cravings decrease. Honestly though ditch the refined sugar before you ditch fruit. When it comes to nuts no need to go mental on them, but a handful a day is perfect (especially Almonds). I eat eggs… alot of them. Seriously, I could eat around 4-5 per week, sometimes more. My cholesterol is PERFECT. Need I say more? My tip. Eggs are an amazing source of good fat + protein. Increase them in your diet if you can tolerate them. They are perfect for breakfast and will give you alot more energy and sustenance than cereal and muesli. My husband lost weight simply by eating eggs for breakfast. It kept him satisfied for longer so he ate less in the afternoon! ++ Going Mediterranean is simple, easy and the most supportive way to nourish your body. It’s a no brainer really. Your turn: Is your diet similar to the Mediterranean way? What could you change? love + light, Claire x p.s If you want to try some of my recipes head over HERE. Read more

BE YOUR OWN GURU

BE YOUR OWN GURU

Posted January 08, 2014

The most powerful Guru is the Guru within “The best teacher out of all the Gurus is You“… These are the words my beautiful Yoga teacher wrote to me in an email recently. I had written to her to tell her that I was loving my home-practice and completely devoted to exploring the asana, the breath and the mind all on my own. I had felt the need to connect with her – to apologise for my long absence from the shala but to also let her know that all was well with me. Yoga + I were still very much in love. Unexpectedly, her words above really hit home. They were the words I had needed to read. I had, without knowing why, started to let go of alot of teachings and study I was involved in or about to embark on. I was blindsided by this sudden feeling to let these teachings/teachers fall away. I had a strong feeling to be without ‘guidance’, which is an unusual feeling for me. I was ready to be my own Guru and to step into complete trust with myself, I just didn’t know it until I read her words. What is a GURU? Let me take a step back here for a moment. Four years ago, during my teacher training, we were studying the Guru Lineage + what a Guru actually meant. The word Guru actually translates to ‘Remover of Darkness’. A Guru is something or someone that sheds light on and blows open the truth. A Guru provides the truth-seeker with the pathway to walk (stumble, trip, fall, get back up again). Most of us hear the word Guru and think of some divine, ever-wise, all-knowing individual that teaches, guides and enlightens. And yes, that’s pretty much spot on. However I’ve come to realise that in the past, my palpable desire to learn more about myself, to connect deeper with my own divinity and to peel off the layers of untruths has actually left me a little powerless. Putting Power in Your Gurus I have had many (many!) teachers along my journey, and I still believe, to this day that we need guides + gurus to light the way forward. I was so rapt with the abundance of information and teachings available to me that I gave my all (and still do) to learning and listening. I would not be the woman I am today if it wasn’t for those teachers and their lessons. What I’m starting to understand though, is that sometimes, in the past, I’ve let these ‘teachers’ and gurus easily influence me. And what I really mean is that I’ve let myself ride the wave of their teachings with so much oompf and intensity that I haven’t created the space needed to check in and say ‘how does this teaching feel + fit for me?’ When my yoga teacher wrote those words – “The most powerful Guru is the Guru within” – I had a profound light-bulb moment of clarity (the kind that gives me full-body tingles) that it was now time for me to really connect with my own inner wisdom and start to trust that wisdom, more than anything else. It’s not that I have blindly absorbed others teachings without feeling connected to it – no, I’ve always resonated with everything I’ve studied  and experienced. I am no sheep. But it is more that I have openly placed more power in their wisdom that I have my own. Use your Gurus Today, I’m feeling called to continue my journey of self-exploration into mind-body-spirit-soul but with a different approach, a different method. I’m letting go of the ‘need’ to be guided by anyone else and instead if I feel called to work with someone, study something, connect with a teaching I will do so because my own inner wisdom says to. I will ‘use’ my Gurus, for want of a better word. I will tap into their knowledge in the same way I do when reading a book – they provide insights, they provide knowledge, they provide new perspective – but I won’t put my power in them in the way I once have. The power is within, not without. Be your own Guru I’ve recently been told that in many of my past lives there is a strong ‘wise-woman’ streak. I have been a healer- intuitive-midwife- herbalist in more lives, than not. In doing my research, these women in history have all had a common thread – a strong inner wisdom that they trusted and harnessed to nurture + heal. From a very young age I’ve had an ability to tap into wisdom that one shouldn’t really have, without the experience to match. I’m not tooting my own horn – this is just how I am. Now, I can see that my natural born wisdom is my own inner guru. You have it too. Your inner guru might show itself in a different way. Mine is through wisdom – a knowing, without actually knowing. A thought that really is an insight. An idea that is a nugget of truth. Perhaps for you ‘visions’ or ‘feelings’ or ‘creativity’ or ‘expression’ is how your inner guru guides, supports and teaches you. If you look back on the year that has just been, I’m sure you can see that all the major, pivotal moments came to and moved through YOU because of YOU. Yes, all those learnings, challenges, wins, losses, transformational moments and insights, all may have been influenced by someone/thing else (teacher, Guru, book, blog) but they become all-powerful + game-changing only when YOU process them and how YOU choose to respond, react, contemplate, act. The main ‘tool’ you need to support your life and journey is actually you – the guru within you. Your  own insight, wisdom and inner guidance system (that no one else has!) is the biggest teacher you can ever have and ever will have. It’s time for us to be grounded and […] Read more

LIGHT UP YOUR INTENTIONS (and no one else’s!) FOR 2014

LIGHT UP YOUR INTENTIONS (and no one else’s!) FOR 2014

Posted January 06, 2014

There is so much focus on what we desire, want to create and intend at this time of year that sometimes we can get feel a little suffocated by it all. That ‘I-must-get-it-right’ attitude when it comes to our intentions and resolutions means that often we (unconsciously) appropriate other people’s soulful goals, instead of really tapping into what’s true for us. Last week, on my last day in Jervis Bay (South Coast, NSW where we holidayed for a week), I spent some time journaling and heart-storming on 2014. As I was tapping into my ‘goals with soul’ and my heart’s truest desires, I found myself pondering on whether my intentions and goals were being filtered and refined through ME (and no one else) > my higher self, my divine soul, my truth. We are so eager to make each year bigger, bolder and brighter that, without realising it, we find ourselves absorbing intentions that might be better suited to someone else (or come from someone else – the media, celebrities, things we’ve read, people we admire, culture). Tapping into what we desire is about where we are personally at in our life – it’s got nothing to do with anyone else. What I did next changed everything… I asked myself ONE simple question that flipped this self-exploratory process on its head and reframed the whole experience for me. So I decided to share it with you in a VLOG. CLICK PLAY TO WATCH > It’s a 3 minute video where I share this super simple, yet powerful exercise to really get you think about what intentions, soulful goals, dreams and desires are hitting it on the nail for YOU and only you. p.s I apologise for how dark this video is – there weren’t many places I could set-up to film in our holiday house. ++ YOUR TURN: Ask yourself the question I presented in the video, and comment below. Share with me your insights! love + light, Claire x Read more

MY YEAR IN PICTURES – A REVIEW OF 2O13

MY YEAR IN PICTURES – A REVIEW OF 2O13

Posted January 05, 2014

Wow. 2014, welcome. 2013 was a BIG year. Beautifully full, challenging, exciting, sometimes downright exhausting. But rich and multi-layered and deep. When I look back at the year that was I can’t believe how much has unfolded. What keeps pouring forth from my heart is the realisation that the main theme of 2013 was LOVE. I didn’t realise it at the time, and I can now see how… 1) LOVE – UNION. I got married to the love of my life. And we keep going from strength to strength. His love is beyond. He is my forever guy in a way that just feels so nurturing and supportive. We are the witness to each others life and our biggest cheerleaders! 2) LOVE – SELF. This year I have taken my level of self-awareness to new heights. I listen to my body in a way I never have before. I sloooow riiiiight dooowwn when I feel overwhelmed, suffocated or just straight-up exhausted. I don’t push, I don’t control, I don’t force. I’ve also given myself space to be still, daily. Meditation, journaling and pondering are a normal part of my self-love practice. Almost unbroken. I rarely take a day off from this, because I finally get it. THIS is the recipe for a loved-up life. For me at least. 3) LOVE – YOGA. Yoga has always been a love, but it has mutated into a completely unconditional, perpetually nourishing sort of love. I have spent 80% of this year in self-practice. I rarely go to a class or see my teachers. It’s not that I don’t need their guidance, but I need ME and my intuition to guide me more. Not only that but I’ve had the joy of diving into eye-opening teacher training courses and events and I’ve learnt so much about this beautiful practice… spiritually, it is the most supportive thing in my life. 4) LOVE – WORK. Oh wow. What a year. I’ve written two ebooks, started the most powerful + magical ecourse and worked with more woman than I can count across the globe! I’m STILL blown away by the feedback I get on my books and the experiences that unfolded during The Freedom Project (I can’t wait for February when the next round commences!) I love to write and tell stories. My work – through my blog and ebooks gives me the opportunity to open up, authentically and express. I am so in love with the written word and I am even more excited to see where it can take me from here. I’m always astounded by how easy it is for me to be disciplined and do my work – and that’s because I freaking LOVE it. I love each amazing soul that has chosen me to support them, I love each reader on my blog, follower and newsletter subscriber. Eternally grateful, overwhelmed with appreciation, straight up love-drunk with my work. I am SO excited for 2014. Big things brewing people. BIG THINGS! 5) LOVE – SELF EXPLORATION. I can’t even begin to imagine how layers I’ve pulled off this year. I’ve worked through some serious limiting self-beliefs and all through countless forms of study with mentors, different programs, coaches and self-study. I’ve also armoured up with the most amazing healing modality – EFT (life changing, people!) and I can’t even begin to fathom what self-exploration will unfold next year. 6) LOVE – CONNECTION. I have a strong ‘hermit’ streak – I love being on my own. Completely comfortable in my own world. But I also have, just as equally a strong community minded streak – I love to connect with like-minded souls. I feel blessed this year to have met and bonded with some incredible people who I admire, respect and ROCK my little world. At this point, after doing the #desiremap again the words that will carry me through the first half of 2014 are: INSPIRE | CONNECT | FREEDOM | DEVOTE |  BLISS | LIGHT | What do each of them boil down to? Yep, you got it. L.O.V.E… But, there is another ‘word’ that keeps coming to me – a word that represents my 2014 – and it is EXPAND. Expand + grow + evolve in every way; through my business, in my spiritual/self exploration, in love, in community-building, in presence, in joy, in devotion to my prayer/meditation/yoga. P.s If you haven’t yet done the Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte, you need to. It’s the freaking bomb. Click HERE to check it out. So, there you have it. Here are some highlights from my year, in pictures and some hero moments include: Getting married! Love that man + the most magical day of our lives. My daily ritual of rising with the sunrise, meditating, journalling and yoga. Studying EFT + Reiki My first ever ebook on Surrender – literally changed the way I live and for many others too. This sent me into a deep focus on the art of surrender in life and business. Including starting the #sundaysurrender and #surrenderseptember movement I started Vlogging! A first for me – and I overcome a fear doing it too. I completed Marie Forleo’s BSchool... which I’ll be doing again this year because it transformed my business! (You should be doing it too if you are budding entrepreneur – stay tuned, I’ve got something cool for you!) The Freedom Project – by far one of the best (and mot challenging) things I’ve created. The hub of love and sharing is just magic amongst the members.  (Enrollments opening soon for February course) My office – have spent so much time here, but I love it. This year was about home life, grounding, staying centred. Vlogging – I started earlier in the year, despite being shit-scared and I love it now! Speaking gigs. I LOVE speaking at events – that’s a big intention for next year. Lots of chill time in the sunshine. Bupa Awards – being nominated with beautiful souls like Lee Holmes, Jess […] Read more

7 HEALTHY HANGOVER CURES

7 HEALTHY HANGOVER CURES

Posted December 30, 2013

It’s a little bit rich that I’m writing a post on hangover cures – considering I barely drink. But, truth be told I used to drink (and do a whole lot more than that – party girl, much?) and I also understand what the body wants after a big night of drinking. So, if the silly season is in full swing for you or you know that on new year’s you are going to let loose then here are a few super quick and easy ways to recover and avoid chemicals and drugs to get through it. Hydrate! Yes, water, and more water. But we really need to up the ante when it comes to hydration. So try this. Either add a dash of Himalayan or Celtic salt to your bottle of water to encourage absorption. OR, get your hands on a fresh coconut – drink the water and enjoy the flesh. Not only does coconut water have lots of lovely electrolytes, but the flesh is high in fat. Noticed how we crave fat when we are hungover?  Fat triggers a release of the feel-good hormones AND it’s the most energy dense foods – we need to refuel to heal. Scrub! A third of toxins in the body are expelled through your skin. Get a hot towel, soak it in hot water and wring it out. Begin scrubbing your dry skin vigorously from the feet, upwards towards your heart. Do your entire body until your skin goes pink. Then jump in the shower and blast your skin with cool and then warm water. Detoxifying and cleansing. Bonus – it gets the blood pumping and can re-energise you when you are feeling flat Cleanse! Get some greens into your body. Try a green supplement. My favourite is Synergy Naturals Super Greens (Chlorella, Spirulina, Barley Grass and Wheat Grass). Mix it into water or your favourite juice and have a big hit of green energy. We are talking about life-sustaining food here. Clearing out your insides, enhancing healing and repair, rebalancing your pH levels, detoxifying the digestive system and dumping lots of powerful antioxidants and enzymes to support your body, inside and out! Support! Your liver is one of our powerhouse organs. It already has enough on it’s place let alone having to work through all that booze. Give it some support by taking a Milk Thistle supplement. This can actually be taken before you head out to drink or the days following. It helps the liver in it’s detox function and also encourages liver cells to repair. Nifty, huh. Nourish! Yep, eat fat. Good fat though. Have some avocado, nuts, coconut oil. Enjoy a healthy fry-up (pastured eggs, organic/grass-fed bacon, easy on the bread).  Even have some Haloumi. Your body wants energy and it wants to heal. There is a reason you crave something greasy the next day, but you can still keep it clean – cook it yourself, use good quality oils/butter and make sure your produce is organic and fresh. Refresh! Get yourself to the ocean and dive right in – no matter how cold. Salty swims always seem to rebalance and renew. There is nothing quite like it. If you can’t get to the ocean or a pool then bath-time it is. Rest! No brainer. Slow down. Do a little less. There’s no need to accomplish any big tasks. Your turn: We all have our own fool-proof remedies. Share below – what’s your personal cure for a hangover? love + light, Claire Read more

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