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8 WAYS TO LOVE YOUR ‘OTHER BRAIN’

8 WAYS TO LOVE YOUR ‘OTHER BRAIN’

Posted August 26, 2013

This is the first of the amazing guest posts that will be appearing on the blog while I’m away at the ONE Infinite Training Retreat. Please welcome Lee Holmes.  Lee recently won the BupaBlogAwards and rightly so. The work she does over at Supercharged Food is incredible. __________________________________________________________________________ I’m so excited at being asked by Claire to be a guest blogger for The Wellness Project. I love Claire’s blog  and find It full of rich content and inspiration. I’ve known Claire for a few years now and we both share a passion for wellness with deeply aligned philosophies when it comes to holistic health.  My book and blog, Supercharged Food helps people to make nutritious food and lifestyle choices; if you take a visit you’ll find healthy recipes, a shopping list, meal planner, cooking tips and wellness information. I hope you come and take a look and try out some of the recipes, here’s the address www.superchargedfood.com What I’d like to chat about this week is something that was at the very heart of my own healing from an auto-immune condition and a key aspect of my overall wellbeing.The importance of a healthy digestive system or “The other brain” as it is often referred to is the central point for effective functioning of other body systems. Did you know that serotonin is manufactured in the gut? And our enteric nervous system in our bellies goes far beyond just processing the food we eat. I would love to share with you my eight simple ways to improve your digestion and absorption. Not only is it important to eat healthy foods full of vitamins and minerals, but it’s also important to ensure your digestive system is able to take advantage of these foods through proper absorption. If you suffer from any kind of digestion stress – diarrhea, constipation, IBS, acid reflux or other disorders – you might want to try these tips to get yourself on the way to maintaining a healthy digestion. 1. Take probiotics Probiotics are a live microorganism that improve the balance of flora in the digestive system. For a healthy digestion these friendly bacteria are essential. They help prevent the overgrowth of bad bacteria and are often depleted if you’ve been taking antibiotics or if you’ve had gastro. Probiotics can be found in some yogurts (check there is no added sugar), or taken as supplements. 2. Use more coconut products Coconut oil contains lauric acid – a proven antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal agent that is easily digested and absorbed. The antifungal aspect helps kill candida in the gut, which is a common problem for people with digestive stress. Plus, coconut helps absorb beneficial nutrients from our food. 3. Soak your nuts and grains When you soak your nuts and grains you are reducing toxic substances and inhibitors that occur naturally within the grain. For example, phytic acid (found in most nuts, seeds and grains), will combine with minerals such as calcium, zinc and magnesium and prevent them from being absorbed during digestion. Soaking neutralises this natural inhibitor. 4. Do an elimination diet If you find you experience adverse affects after eating a particular food, it might be worthwhile trying an elimination diet. Remove the suspected food or food group from your diet for anywhere between two weeks and two months and see if symptoms resolve. 5. Try bone broth Your digestive lining is supposed to be permeable to absorb nutrients. But for some people it can become too porous and let too much “leak” through without absorbing it properly. When this happens, your body can react, attacking the foods you eat. This can create IBS and other gut problems, even some autoimmune disorders. Bone broth contains gelatin which helps reinforce the lining of the gut and soothe digestive distress. 6. Drink less with meals Drinking a lot of fluid (even water) while you eat can dilute the level of hydrochloric acid (HCL) in your stomach. This acid is needed to help kill bacteria and digest your foods. It’s best to minimise the fluid you drink while eat and for at least an hour after you finish your meal. 7. Drink warm water and lemon Along with a delicious breakfast, it’s a good idea to get into the habit of starting the day with a cup of warm water with lemon. This alkaline drink will help jump start your metabolism and get your digestion moving. 8. Chew your food If you’re a mum or dad, you probably tell your kids this all the time: chew your food! Chewing is the first step in food digestion. Try not to rush through your meal, but allow yourself plenty of time to chew, chew, chew before you swallow. Hope you enjoyed this post and thank you for having me! Happy Cooking Lee xo Find Lee here: share: www.superchargedfood.com like: www.facebook.com/superchargedfood tweet: www.twitter.com/LeeSupercharged blog: supercharged1.wordpress.com link: www.linkedin.com/in/leesupercharged watch: www.youtube.com/leeholmes67 Read more

WHY WE NEED TO GET PASSIONATE ABOUT WEIGHT-LOSS!

WHY WE NEED TO GET PASSIONATE ABOUT WEIGHT-LOSS!

Posted July 26, 2013

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t focus much on ‘weight-loss’. I do believe that we need to manage our weight and be in a healthy range, but from a coaching perspective and even via this blog you’ve probably noticed I don’t talk ‘weight-loss’ much. Having said that, it’s incredibly important and for some of you out there perhaps you are battling with your weight at the moment and need some support. Cue Sally Symonds. Today’s guest post is from the director of Love Your Weight Loss and the author of 50 Steps to Lose 50kg… And Keep it Off. Perhaps you’ve heard of the incredible transformation that Sally herself underwent – losing over 50kgs and keeping it off. Today she shares how PASSION is an integral to losing weight and staying healthy. I hope you enjoy this post as much as I did. P.s read till the end – there is a giveaway for you! _________________________________________________________ 60% of Australians are now overweight or obese and by 2020, a mere 7 years time, the figure is tipped to top 80%. While there are many theories as to why so many of us are overweight, one often overlooked factor is the negative messages of deprivation and discomfort that people receive from much of the fitness and weight-loss industries.  In the January 2013 issue of the American Journal of Health Behaviour, researchers have discovered that shows like The Biggest Loser are discouraging people from starting an exercise program. The debilitating exercises, which are a popular part of this show, are really suggesting that the only way to exercise is to torture yourself, turning people off from exercising all together. Who wants to exercise if it looks like torture?  For many of us, those “all or nothing”, “go hard or go home” messages actually just make us go home – or not even leave the house in the first place.  In Australia it’s actually only the equivalent of the population of Melbourne that has a fitness membership of some kind or another and only the equivalent of the population of Canberra that use that membership more than once a week – i.e. enough to be effective. In terms of diets the situation is not much better.  Anyone who has been on a diet knows that diets mess with our heads just as much as they mess with our bodies.  They set us up for failure by creating on again/off again, good day/bad day, good food/bad food mentalities.  Not surprisingly, nearly 40% of people who participate in weight control programs end up binging on food!  There’s just no such thing as a guilt-free diet.  They are demoralizing, demotivating, disempowering, dispiriting and dull.  Worst of all, they leave us with mental “diet baggage” that can be difficult to get rid of.  Not surprisingly, many people don’t want to lose weight.  They think it’s too hard, too time-consuming and too painful.  And human beings avoid pain like the plague.  Instead we seek pleasure – and, I believe, so we should! Pleasure is motivating.  Pleasure is delicious, pleasure activates so many wonderful feel-good hormones in our brains – and bodies.  Turn pleasure up a notch and we move on to passion – and that’s where the fun really begins.  Passion is uncontrolled, unrestrained and unstoppable!  Does that sound how you’d like to feel about weight loss?  Well that’s how I felt when I lost my weight (the first 45kg in 33 weeks in 2002, which I kept off for five years before losing another 8.5kg after that).  For me, the most important aspects of exercise and healthy eating are the emotions, the inspiration, the subjectivity, the exotic, the revolutionary and the unpredictability. Feelings are more important than facts. My approach is unrestrained and adventurous, spontaneous and fun, irrational, erratic and unpredictable. It’s imaginative, creative and intuitive. I am constantly trying to rediscover and reinvent new ways of exercising and eating well so that my mind and body can have a constant source of stimulation and of passion.  For me, the experience of healthy living is much more important than the outcome because if the experience is great it follows that the outcome will be fantastic too.  And if you love how you lose weight – if you feel passionate about it – then you won’t struggle to keep the weight off. Sally x _________________________________________________________ For further information on Sally’s methods be sure to check out her upcoming Passion is Everything weight-loss and healthy living seminars in Sydney & Brisbane on August 3 & 10.  You can also follow Sally on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or YouTube. GIVEAWAY! If Sally’s words have inspired you then I’m sure you’ll love a copy of her NEW book: 50 Ways to Weight-loss Motivation.  There’s just two steps to enter and win one of FIVE of Sally’s new book. 1) Make sure you sign-up to my enewsletter (I’ll announce the winners there in a week) Remember you get my FREE member pack by signing up which includes a sneak peek of my ebook, 3 Steps to more Wellness Video guide, Must-have foodie shopping list AND a Declare Your Dreams worksheet 2) Comment below – simply tell us why you want to read Sally’s book. love + light, Claire Read more

IS YOUR JOB MAKING YOU SICK?

IS YOUR JOB MAKING YOU SICK?

Posted July 10, 2013

Guest post – Kacey Crawford – Career Coach. I’m so excited to bring you this guest post from the amazing, ridiculously intelligent  Kacey Crawford. Kacey and I first connected through Marie Forleo’s bSchool program (the life-changing business program I did earlier this year). Kacey is by far one of the most insightful people I know. We get together and pow-wow all things business, blogging and books, and when we do I feel like I learn about 10 million things. Yep. 10 million. She helped me see how to turn my ebook on Surrender into a TOOL that people could learn from and not just the book of spiritual waf fle I was destined to create if left to my own vices. So when it comes to career guidance, passion finding and purpose fulfillment I wholeheartedly trust this women. She knows her shiz. Kacey also strongly connects with something that is very close to my heart – The truth that our health and wellness is NOT just about the food you eat. It’s everything. Food, movement, love, career, creativity, finances… all of it matters. Today, Kacey brings to our attention how your job can be the main catalyst for poor health. I can’t stress this topic enough – a HUGE percentage of my clients struggle with their current career choice and the stress, dissatisfaction and poor health they experience because of it. This is important. ____________________________________________________________________________________         Her name was blood. You can’t say I wasn’t warned. When I landed my first graduate job with one of Sydney’s leading PR gurus, I knew the learning curve would be steep. Her acerbic tongue, office chain-smoking and unsurpassed abilities to churn through new staff were legendary. Verbally abusive and completely eccentric, it wasn’t uncommon for someone to start work with her Monday morning, slink out for lunch and then never come back. Looking back on what were the toughest eight months of my working life, there’s no way I’d tolerate that type of job now. But back then I naively embraced the chance to earn my stripes with the best in the business with little regard for the impact it would have on my health, relationships and confidence. I had weekly migraines that came like clockwork each Sunday, constant bouts of cold and flu, sleep disturbances, and a massive dip in my self-confidence that continued to plague me for years afterwards. Oh, and I was utterly miserable. While this might sound extreme, I know there are many of you out there battling your own version of a toxic job. The worst part is you may not even realise it. So how do you know if your job is bad for you? Here are some telltale signs: Do you get snappy with your partner and friends for no apparent reason or feel like you’re constantly wired and on edge? Do you find it hard to switch off and relax outside of work, perhaps waking up during the night thinking about your job? Are you constantly run down or fighting off a year-round flu? When you socialise with friends do you repeatedly complain about work? Have people close to you suggested that you find another job? Do you secretly harbour hopes of being made redundant? Staying in a job that’s making you miserable is bad for your health and your career. The ongoing stress can quickly translate into weakened immunity, insomnia, mood swings – and at the extreme end, all sorts of nasty hormonal imbalances and digestive issues. Clearly none of these are a recipe for high performance so it’s therefore unsurprising that your enthusiasm and commitment to the job might start to wane too. You may start to doubt your abilities, question your career choice, or even self-sabotage. The truth is, you spend far too much time at work to be miserable. And if you’re hell bent on “doing your time” in a rough gig thinking it will set you up for future success, well think again. Being able to prove you stuck it out won’t be much good if you’re too sick, exhausted or completely demotivated to continue, will it? In today’s environment where social media is keeping organisations accountable to stakeholders in real-time, and a new generation of employees are demanding more than just a weekly pay cheque, thankfully this particular brand of workplace culture has become less fashionable. But if like me you’ve discovered you’re soldiering on in a job that’s sucking the life out of you, it may be time to ask yourself why. And then get the hell out. Oh, and for the record – I’ve had about five career changes since my days with the Bloodmeister (who has since gone out of business due to “staffing issues”). And while I’ll never get that time back again, it was a golden lesson in self-respect that I’ll never forget. Kacey x ____________________________________________________________________________________ Keep in touch with Kacey on her blog, facebook and twitter Some advice from me? You are a spiritual being having a human experience, which means you owe it to yourself as this truly divine, universal being to experience this life to the best. If your job is making you sick… change it! love + light and lots of SAHA (good health) to you! Cx Read more

eCourse: RENEW YOURSELF WELLNESS PROJECT

eCourse: RENEW YOURSELF WELLNESS PROJECT

Posted November 12, 2012

The RENEW YOURSELF WELLNESS PROJECT A go-at-your-own-pace e-Course where you various wellness topics all designed to leave you feeling Renewed. The 8-week e-Course designed to help you cultivate balance, true happiness and perfect health. ************ You’ve heard it. That call to make a change. That niggling feeling that there is more to life than just getting by, feeling ‘OK’. You know, in your heart of hearts that you deserve to feel alive – really, truly alive. Buzzing with energy, creativity, health… happiness. Do you want to feel 100% healthy,  switched on and switched into life?  Do you want to nourish your body with everything it needs? Is it important to you, now, in this moment, to be the best that you can be? Well then, look no further. The Renew Yourself e-Course is here to support you in getting a good grip on the life you want. A life you love. ************ I’ve really enjoyed the course. Claire’s material has been so user friendly and interesting (loved the Ayurveda info) and even though I eat well generally it has really widened my knowledge of new foods and lifestyle choices. Compared to how I was feeling before the course in December (sluggish, stressed and distracted) I am feeling lots better and your course has been a great guide for me. I think I will be dipping in and out of the material for a long time to come. Jayne Van Cauwelaert ************  Let me tell you what the e-course has to offer. It is an 8-week program – learn how to safely, effectively and profoundly improve your time on this earth Each week you will be sent information via email relating to a different health and wellness topics – structured information to guide you through your very own wellness project, including focus work Go at your own pace – do the work week-by-week or whenever you are ready Do the work in the comfort of your home (or in the park, at work, anywhere!) Dip into a heap of relevant health, lifestyle and wellness content to read up on, consider and apply – information sheets, homework tasks, yoga sequences, meditation recordings, recipes and more. Experiment with different wellness ideas, apply them into your life and watch the positive changes unfold You will have my support and guidance along the way but ultimately responsibility is on you to take the information at hand and make a difference in your life – you get back what you put in! Start ANY time. That’s the beauty of an e-course! What are you waiting for? Click here to find out how you can kick-start your own personal wellness project. Read more

A LESSON IN CHAKRAS

A LESSON IN CHAKRAS

Posted October 15, 2012

So, I’m back from my holiday in Bali and boy do I feel inspired and motivated. I have so many interesting things to share with you which you’ll read all about over the next few weeks. But for today, I want to talk about Chakras. I’m so excited because this is a topic I love to love and I also get to reward you amazing readers with a gift. Now, I’m sure you’ve heard about Chakras? Even if you think it’s a bunch of hippy voodoo you’d have to be living under a rock to have not even heard the term. Having recently undergone alot of energy work to deal with a few emotional blocks (more information coming soon)  I’ve come to believe in chakras from firsthand experience, and not just ‘theoretically’ knowledge. It is a very complex topic and one that you could spend hours delving into. Today, though I just want to give you an insight into Chakras, a beginner’s lesson of sort before we explore them further in the future. P.s read on to the end because there is a fantastic giveaway from Tara Wolf Chakra jewellery on offer! So – what are they? Chakra means wheel or disk. They are our energy centres – and we have many, but there are 7 main chakras.  Chinese medicine also talks of energy points within the body. Where are they? They sit along the spine. The spine, from an energetic level is called the Shushumna Nadi (the main energy channel). Each Chakras is mapped along the Shushumna from the base (near the coccyx) to the top (the crown of the head and just above). Chakras are likened to lotus flowers with different number of petals. And like flowers our chakras can be opened or closed depending on the state of consciousness within us. You like? You want to know more? So, Chakras live on the Pranamaya Kosha. A Kosha is a layer within us. And the pranamaya kosha is our energetic layer. Each of us has 5 Koshas: 1) Anamaya: Material layer 2) Pranamaya: Energetic Layer 3) Manomaya: Emotional Body 4) Vijnanamaya: Intellectual Body 5) Anadamaya: Bliss body The koshas are a whole other blog post (soon!) So let’s just sit with the knowledge that chakras are energetic. More details on Chakras please! The Chakras are pretty unique – each one is represented by a different colour, location, sense, element and trait. Mooladhara – Red Located – base of the spine/root centre Sense – smell. Element – earth Trait – survival Relates to – adrenal glands, kidneys, spinal column and leg bones Swadisthana – Orange Located – lower abdomen/sexual centre Sense – taste Element – water Trait – sexuality Relates to – gonads, prostate gland, spleen, reproductive system and bladder Manipura – Yellow Located – solar plexus/power centre Sense – sight Element – fire Trait – will, personal power, self esteem Relates to – pancreas, liver, gall bladder, stomach and autonomic nervous system Anahata – Green Located – heart/compassion centre Sense – touch Element – air Trait – love, emotion Relates to – Thymus glad, heart, lower lungs, circulatory system, hands and skin Visshudha – Blue Located – throat/speech centre Sense – hearing Element – ether/sound Trait – communication and creativity Relates to – thyroid gland, throat, jaw, lungs, vocal chords and digestive tract Ajna – Indigo Located – between the eyebrows/third eye centre Sense – intuition Element – space and light Trait – clairvoyance, intuition, imagination Relates to- pituitary gland, lower brain, central nervous system and left eye, ears and nose Sahasrara – Violet/White Located – crown of head/universal consciousness Sense – knowledge/understanding Element – thought Trait – transcendent consciousness, bliss, knowledge Relates to – spine, central nervous system and cerebral cortext Chakras are not fixed. They change and can be opened or closed, in excess of deficient. Somethings they are in different states depending on their innate personality, strengths, weaknesses. Not to mention that the workings of the chakras are interrelated. Strength or weakness in one can affect another – they influence each other. As an example, this is my own Aura photograph taken in byron (where else) earlier this year. You can see the intensity of red around me with a little bit of purple, blue and white. This was at a stage when I was transitioning in my career and passionately moving forward with determination and focus. Apparently, my aura photo, showing Red or the Mooladhara chakra emanating out of me would concur! I asked my amazing friend, meditation teacher and master reiki practitioner, Frenchy, to shed some light on Chakras: Often when people have more energy in the upper chakras than they do in their lower chakras it results in being “ungrounded” or “flighty.”  These people have difficulty focusing and engage in restless activitities, including talking excessively.  When the energy is concentrated in the lower chakras feelings of suspicion, fear, and self-centeredness develop with little concern for the feelings of others.  Energy work can help to restore and balance the body to a more natural state. When the chakras are restored to their full potential and power, each one supports all of the others.  This is when our words and actions have more purpose and power and we are most focused to understand our vision. (By the way, if you are in need of some energy healing, Frenchy is amazing. In three sessions my life changed). I hope this has given you some insight into chakras if you weren’t already right into it. love + light, Claire x Read more

THE INSPIRATION CORNER WITH MELISSA AMBROSINI

THE INSPIRATION CORNER WITH MELISSA AMBROSINI

Posted October 01, 2012

Today’s inspiring individual is the warm-hearted and gorgeous Melissa Ambrosini. We met during our health coaching studies and have recently held a fantastic workshop together – many more planned in the future. We have a real ‘heart’ connection and if you ever have the pleasure of meeting this amazing soul you’ll come to realise that she navigates life FROM her heart. A rarity. She inspires me because she believes in love and she isn’t afraid to show it. I hope Melissa inspires you as much as she does me and everyone she meets! What inspires you Mel? I am inspired, every day, as soon as I open my eyes, to give this game we call life another crack. I am inspired by: hot pink and orange sunrises and sunsets choice freedom soulful conversations with conscious beings being in the garden getting shiny, diamond-clear on my goals achieving my goals juicy gratitude lists the people I choose to surround myself with travelling adventuring through new countries and cities Mother Nature and all her beauty honesty the beach and feeling the sand between my toes being outdoors and feeling the sunshine on my skin breath-taking views beautiful imagery and art my family great books seeing the dolphins and whales play in the ocean lovingly moving my body deep meditation heartfelt connections love magical blogs painting and doodling journaling reciting affirmations and mantras organic food prepared and eaten with love. Why do these things inspire you? All of the above make my heart sing. They give me a reason to get out of bed each morning. That sets me on purpose and gives my life meaning. I don’t necessarily, logically, understand why they inspire me. I don’t need to. They just do. What does Inspiration mean to you? Sometimes, we wander off down a path that is not true for us. We do things with agendas and out of fear and ego. Your own personal inspiration gently guides you back onto your yellow brick road towards your true purpose. Without it, we would be lost. It runs through my veins. I need it to survive. You can read more about Mel and her business Path to Wellness here or connect with her on facebook. Saha to you, Claire x Read more

MUST READ: TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE

MUST READ: TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE

Posted May 04, 2012

Have you noticed how sometimes the universe really wants you to notice something? Over the last month I’ve literally ‘bumped’ into this book, several times. I saw it peeping out of someone’s bag, I saw it being purchased at a book store, I randomly landed on a review of it and then everytime I, myself, would go to purchase books online or instore Tuesdays with Morrie was always featured in a  really obvious, hard to ignore spot. One afternoon having lunch at Gertrude & Alice in Bondi Beach, I, as usual, had selected 5 books to purchase (so that’s where my money always goes!) and as I was about to head out, again, there was Tuesday’s with Morrie. It was getting ridiculous – enough already, the book was bought. I finished it in one night. This is a must-read. Many of you probably are well ahead of me. It seems I might be a little slow on the uptake here, (it’s an international bestseller!) but nevertheless, I cannot recommend this book enough. A story about a man going back to have his last ‘lessons’ with his old university professor – Morrie – on Tuesdays. Morrie is dying. Morrie wants to share his experience and his pain. He wants to be the gateway between life and death and literally pass on the wisdom and knowledge that he has both accumulated over his life but also in the final months of his life. This book is a total gem. Without over complicating the topics, Morrie and Mitch (the author and main character) discuss and discover spirituality, love, friendship, family and more. The biggest lesson I received from this book was around appreciation, gratefulness and understanding what really matters. “I don’t know what spiritual development reall means. But I do know we’re deficient in some way. We are too involved in materialistic things and they don’t satisfy us. They loving relationships we have, the universe around us, we take these things for granted.” Tuesdays with Morrie really made me think. It just made sense. It’s most certainly a book that everyone should read, own, read again. Signing off with an exhale. Pause. Listen. Live. Claire Read more

A GUEST POST FROM MY SISTER & A STORY ABOUT ALIVE BREAD

A GUEST POST FROM MY SISTER & A STORY ABOUT ALIVE BREAD

Posted March 16, 2012

Today I’m passing the saha space over to someone else that truly, inherently understands what ‘saha’ means. She is my sister – Graziella. She is also (like everyone in my family!) passionate about real, whole, healthy food. And she doesn’t believe in cutting corners. She is brutally honest and no fuss. This is why I love her. Her attitude to food led her on a mission to solve a (personal) bread crisis and today she is sharing her journey… because surely, like my sister, some of you love bread and are keen to know there might be a way to enjoy your bread, and eat it too. Enjoy and saha to you! Claire I have embarked on a new way of eating and preparing foods.  I’m calling it my Alive Food Movement and it happens in my 1 x 2 metre kitchen.  It covers the staples in my families diet. Yoghurt and Bread. Yoghurt Having a Middle Eastern background and by chance marrying another Australian born Middle Easterner, savoury yoghurt is part of our diet and frankly, in my household, part of virtually every meal.  We eat four litres every 1.5 weeks. At breakfast: Savoury yoghurt with olive oil, olives, bread and eggs For lunch:  Potato, rice, quinoa or some sort of salad with creamy savoury yoghurt on the side with whatever protein we’re eating that day. Dinner:  lamb stew with savoury yoghurt and chutney. Soup with a dollop of savoury yoghurt and drizzle of olive oil. And of course anything that gets marinated usually gets yoghurt in the marinade too. I make my own yoghurt as does my mother, my sisters my aunts and all the women in our family going back through time – it can’t be counted. Not because there isn’t an equivalent, (supermarkets are full of natural yoghurt brands) but for the ultimate creaminess you get in homemade strained yoghurt.  It’s creamier than cream, and it’s cheaper.  Also you can always add sweetness, either in the process or afterwards so it’s perfect for all yoghurt needs. So despite all this wonderful yoghurt packed with good bacteria my family were eating I an my daugher were constantly bloated.  She was so puffy and malnourished which totally defied the sheer quantity of food she consumes – the joke in our family is that my two year old eats like a man. (It’s true! Her favourite word is yummy and she can pack away more than a grown man. She amazes! – CO) Instinctly, I knew who the culprit was; it was that ever tempting fluffy white or brown loaf of love. Bread love. Oh, I love bread. I love it like some people love cake. Of course denial can last years.  But it was getting to the point where bread and I either went our seperate ways –  a divorce of the gluten variety  – or I made it work.  I chose to make it work. Here is what I learned. Bread First I thought gluten was my problem…isn’t gluten intolerance the candida of the 80’s? So I got into spelt flour (lower gluten profile)  and made bread with that. No help. I tried unleavened breads, quick breads,  chickpea, rice and buckwheat breads. My gracious partner wondered why I was in a dizzying haze of flour all day long and why our toddler became frightened of the oven (and sometimes what it produced). This was serious – I was trying to solve a health problem. Small improvements were made, but not enough. Until I remembered I never felt bloated on sourdough bread! (Ding, ding! – CO) Sourdough, my friends, is the equivalent to whole, organic, unpasteurised milk (raw!) that has the two proteins to help you digest it as well as the enzyme lactase.  Sourdough uses natural yeast available in the flour and your home (oh yeah) to create a bubbly beer like good bacteria that breaks down the stuff in grains that turns our guts into fermentation chambers, which keeps us gassed out and farting.  And of course sourdough is the way bread used to be made, until for the sake of the mighty dollar and progress we ruined our own food. I studied. I researched. I workshopped. And…I learned the most shocking truths. Eating regular wholegrain bread is worse for you in the long term than eating that wonderful fluffy white stuff they pump full of preservatives.  The fluffy white crap makes you fat and the fancy wholemeal stuff actually depletes your system of calcium, magnesium, zinc and iron! How? Phytates. Phytates, Phtytates. Phytic acid is found within the hulls of nuts, seeds, and grains. Phytic acid has a strong binding affinity to important minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc. When a mineral binds to phytic acid, it becomes insoluble, precipitates and will be non-absorbable in the intestines. This process can therefore contribute to mineral deficiencies in people whose diets rely on these foods for their mineral intake. Thanks Wikipedia. So in plain English: Phytic Acid makes grains difficult to digest and can prevent you from absorbing essential minerals. They actually help your body to get rid of them. Think about how often do we eat whole wheat bread and other whole grains thinking they are good for us? It’s not what we eat it’s what we assimilate – to paraphrase my Naturopath Elyane Brightlight. So the moral of the story is this:  Bread leavened with bakers yeast (most bread) does nothing to help break down the phytic acid in grains. Consume sourdough or make your own bread.  It’s expensive to buy the proper stuff (beware of cheap imitations use flavorings or vinegar but still use bakers yeast) but it’s easy to make after a bit of time getting a sourdough “starter” going. After two months of intensive experiments I can now make a delicious crusty sourdough bread of the easy no-knead variety and a family friendly whole meal sourdough sandwich loaf that stays fresh for days.  Here are a couple of recipes and techniques to anyone who wants to bypass two months […] Read more

FINDING YOUR CENTRE MEDITATION + PRANAYAMA WORKSHOP

FINDING YOUR CENTRE MEDITATION + PRANAYAMA WORKSHOP

Posted December 07, 2011

Stretch. Breath. Be Still… an invitation to our centring end of year workshop. The Details: What: Stretch. Breath. Be still. Meditation Workshop Date: Sunday 18th December Location: Rose Bay Yoga Room Level 1/ 696 New South Head Rd Rose Bay, NSW, 2029 Time: 4:30 – 6:30pm Price: $25  Contact: Amanda Fuzes to book  amanda@rosebayyoga.com.au As the year is drawing to a close, the silly season is about to kick in and the birth of a new year is just around the corner, what better way to find your centre, renew your energy and pause amongst the craziness than with an educational and soul-nourishing workshop. So, I’d like to invite you and your friends + family to come along to our workshop.Together, myself and Frenchy will guide you through gentle stretches, pranayama (breath work), meditation and chanting. Over a blissful 2-hour journey you will gently open your body as I lead you through a series of stretches followed by prepatory breath-work to clear the mind and centre your thoughts. From here you will be invited into a quiet space as Frenchy guides your body, mind and breath into stillness through three different meditation styles.  We will reconnect the body and mind through a revitalising breath technique before closing the practice by experiencing the beautiful vibration of sacred chants. This workshop will allow you the chance to reflect on what has been in 2011, prepare your mind for the seasonal celebrations and encourage openness to what will come in the new year – inviting new beginnings.   If you feel in need of some reconnection, time-out and a little clarity, then this is for you. I also need to mention here that Frenchy’s meditation is so blissful… her yoga nidra sends me to an incredible warm, safe and delicious space. The feedback from current students at Yoga Village is that they love her just as much as I do… so it is a must. Shout out of there are any Qs! Signing off with an exhale. Pause. Listen. Live Cx *Pictures borrowed from Franziska Mayr facebook page Read more


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