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Make this: Vegan Rice Paper Rolls

Make this: Vegan Rice Paper Rolls

Posted March 13, 2014

The last few weeks in Sydney, as Summer slowly drew to a close, have been sticky. Humidity levels have reached uncomfortable… Which means, for me at least, my appetite completely wanes. I can’t quite stomach a heavy meal when it’s hot. Anyone else? Is it that just me? The other day my hubby and I felt inspired to whip up a light, summery and mostly raw meal. The result – the most delicious, satisfying and damn-easy dinner (lunch, snack – whatever you want it to be!). Because I hate having to read through a whole post before getting to a recipe I’m going to dive right into this one for you now, with these parting words – freaking delicious! What you’ll need: (makes approx 12) 2 carrots, grated 1/2 red cabbagge, grated 1 large handful of snow pea sprouts 1/2 avocado – mashed up 1 red capsicum sliced thinly 1/2 cup of peanut butter 1/2 deseeded pomegranate Big handful of chopped coriander Tamari Sauce Fish Sauce Pomegranate concentrate (optional) 1 fresh lime Sesame seeds 1 tsp Dried Chilli Flakes Packet of Rice Paper Sheets What to do: Mix all the veggies together, except the avocado and peanut butter. Mix up your sauce – a heavy handed splash of Tamari Sauce, Fish Sauce + 1 tsp of pomegranate concentrate, chilli, salt and pepper to taste, juice of the lime. Follow the instructions on the rice paper sheets – dunk one sheet a time into a wide, flat pan with hot/warm water for no longer than 5 seconds. Lay flat onto a clean chux dishcloth. (Not paper toweling, the rice paper sheets will stick!) Spread some peanut butter onto the rice paper towards the back 3rd of the sheet. Pile on 1-2 tbls of the veggie mix and a dollop of avocado on top. Roll gently – fold the sides in first and slowly roll it up. Continue with the rest of the sheets. Serve with a drizzle of the sauce (it’ll be in the bottom of your veggie mix) and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. Voila! Heaven. The best part? You can go wild with veggies, fillings and flavours. Spinach and prawn? Sashimi Tuna and wasabi mayo? Pork + Mint? Mmm Eat and enjoy! Claire x Read more

BREAKFAST IN UNDER 15 MINUTES

BREAKFAST IN UNDER 15 MINUTES

Posted March 06, 2014

Working as an entrepreneur from home has its perks. I no longer have to share the office fridge and kitchen with my colleagues (which always meant cleaning up after the messy ones). I don’t have to head out to grab food – I have a fully (and gratefully!) stocked fridge! I don’t have to pack my breakfast/lunch with me – which means I’m not carrying around 3 different bags (like I used to). Having said that, my days, although balanced and fulfilling can sometimes be busy and I don’t necessarily want to be in the kitchen cooking for longer than I need to. Which brings me to breakfast. By far the most important meal of the day, but you already know that don’t you? Forgive me for not wasting time here heralding the power of breakfast… let’s just all assume that we get it – there is no way we can function properly (after fasting for 8hours, asleep at night) throughout our day without a good meal to start off with. The question is, you know it – breakfast is key – but are you dedicated to nourishing your body properly? I’m hoping so, but going by the amount of clients I work with that totally skip breaky because they are too… a) busy b) tired c) disorganised … I’d bet that many of you sometimes (not always) skip the one meal that really, truly matters. ++ To hep you out, I’ve got 6 delicous breakfast ideas that are all ready in under 15 minutes. No excuses, huh? These breaky options are meals that I personally enjoy, regularly. I rotate, I change it up, I make sure I don’t get too bored, but generally, I don’t get caught up in having to make breakfast ‘special’. Now, what I mean is this; of course you want your breakfast to be delicious, but too often I hear people complaining that they are bored of their food. So, let me just say this once and for all: The primary intention is to FUEL your body with clean, nutritious food. It’s not about indulging in a complicated, gourmet meal that’s going to impress your neighbours. It’s about fuel and function. Yes, make it delicous, yes, make it interesting, but seriously let some of the emotional attachment to your food disipate a little. Save the complication for an expensive night out and just get in a consistent and healthy eating pattern, especially at breakfast! Ok, rant over. Onto breakfast! 6 Breakfast Ideas Ready in 15 minutes! 1) Avo on toast: Gluten-free sourdough (there are some great oat or buckwheat varieties available now) with lashings of avocado, fresh herbs, lemon, pink salt, pepper, sliced organic tomatoes and some alfafa sprouts on top! 2) Pre-made bircher muesli: Make a batch, keep it in the fridge, enjoy for 2-3 days (great to pack up a little container and take to work). P.s this is a dairy-free + sugar-free version Try this recipe: 2 cups gluten-free muesli (sans dried fried). Chuck in some chia seeds, coconut flakes, activated almonds 2 tbls of cinnamon + nutmeg Soak in 2 cups of coconut water + 1 cup of coconut yoghurt Let it soak overnight in the fridge. In the AM add in a sliced/grated green apple and off you go! 3) Payapa + yoghurt: For those of you that really don’t feel hungry in the morning, but you need something to tide you over until mid-morning (when you should refuel again) then this combo is a great digestive primer. It gets the digestive system awakened and ready to go and is a super detoxer as well. 1/2 deseeded payapa Squeeze of lemon juice over the top 2 tbls of yoghurt of your choice (sheep’s, goat, cow or coconut) Handful of crushed nuts sprinkles on top. Dig in with a spoon. 4)Pre-made nutty granola: Again, something you can make once and really enjoy for days! This is one of my favourite breakfasts. So filling and stupidly tasty. 4 – 5 cups of previously activated nuts (whatever nuts you prefer – I like almond, walnut, brazil, pistachio and macadamia). Toss in 3 tbls chia seeds, 1 cup coconut flakes, cinnamon to taste and 1/2 cup of coconut oil. Bake in the oven at 120 degrees for around 15 minutes. When it’s out and cooled, toss in some goji berries, puffed millet and/or brown rice. Store in a sealed container in the fridge. When you want to eat it, serve with your milk of choice (I prefer homemade almond milk), yoghurt and fresh fruit like sliced banana or whatever is in season!) 5) Scrambled eggs + avocado rice cakes: Seriously, this is so quick! Spread lots of avocado onto two brown rice cakes (Nature’s Harvest does an awesome organic version with nothing added but brown rice). Flavour as you wish (salt, pepper, seasoning) and then scramled up two eggs, pop on top and munch away. 6) High protein smoothie: I’ve posted lots of recpes before on smoothies. Check them out here. One of my favourites is an energy-dense one that will keep you going for hours. And no, it’s not green! 250 mls of nut milk or coconut water 1/2 cup of blueberries Coocnut flesh if you can get your hands on it. Other good alternatives – 1 tbls of tahini, or nut butter or yoghurt 1 raw egg or 3 tbls of brown rice protein powder 1 tbls of coconut oil  1 tbls of chia seeds Vanilla bean powder to taste 2 dates deseeded Blend and enjoy! ++ A few other options from my recipe section that can be pre-made ahead of time: Zucchini + Coconut Pancakes, Buckwheat pancakes, Quinoa Porridge and Vegetarian slice. All of these you can make in a batch (freeze if you need too) and have them ready for the week – perfect for those of you exceptionally busy and needed to save time. Click here for more of my recipes. ++ Ok your turn: I know you must […] Read more

A CALL TO ACTION: IT’S TIME TO LOVE YOUR BODY

A CALL TO ACTION: IT’S TIME TO LOVE YOUR BODY

Posted March 04, 2014

This is a call to action. It’s time to love your body more. Are you ready? Are you with me? ++ The body our spiritual selves inhabit is so much more than just flesh and bone. It’s the vehicle we are blessed to have that allows us to be playful, adventurous, move, breathe, live, love and so much more. Your body is DIVINE. Sacred. Damn beautiful, if you ask me. Yet, why is it so easy to forget that? Speaking from experience, I know how easy it is to harass our gorgeous bods with hateful thoughts and cruel words. Today’s VLOG was inspired by the realisation that I had that, for the first time in a long time, I was playing in that negative head space again. Call it your ego, your mean-girl, your saboteur, that inner-voice of disdain… whatever you choose to call it, we all know how easy it is to let that unwelcome energy into and overtake our minds, hearts, bodies. I’m here, admitting that I have moments where my body, (beautiful, hard-working, patient body) cops an emotional beating. But I’m also here to check myself, and YOU, into remembering how profoundly special our bodies are and to remind you to LOVE your body so much your heart sings out with joy. I’m not going to go historical on you and start explaining WHY young women (and men) struggle with loving their bodies (society, culture, religion, sexuality)… Even if you don’t ‘know’  why, you get it, don’t you? You get in, in your heart – the suppression, the sexualisation of women in media, the patriarchal society (Ok, I’ll stop – it’s hard not to go into it!) I’m also not going to go into why we need to love our bodies. Seriously, you get that too, right? It’s not that you ARE your body – definitely not, you are so, oh-so, much more than that… You are the universe. You are divinity. You are spirit-soul You are god-like. Because you are all those things (energy, really) you need a vehicle, a costume of sorts that will allow you to be here on this gorgeous earth and do your thang.  That’s what your body is all about. Despite that truth, your body, although it’s not who you really are, is still a vital and integral part to your journey. It is part of your divine journey, so we can’t ignore it, discredit it, treat it poorly, harm it. And that includes the way you think, feel and talk about your beautiful body. All I wanted  to do with today’s VLOG is friggen INSPIRE you. To finally get you to say ENOUGH. I will not talk and think this way about myself any longer. I DESERVE MORE. I AM MORE. I AM ENOUGH. I want you to walk away from this post feeling a little more in love with you – the whole you, the thighs that rub together, the saggy breasts, the crooked nose, the scar(s), the stretch marks, the short legs, the too long legs, the good bits, the forgotten bits, the parts that you take for granted, the *insert the part you wish you could change here*…. You are perfect. Yes, you. Maybe the realisation that you are pure perfection – the divine personified – will encourage you to love yourself in the way you deserve. Maybe that’s going to that yoga class, eating clean, cutting back on booze, sleeping more, working less, slowing down, finding balance, meditating. So without further adieu, click to watch the video where I share: What I particularly don’t like about my body, right now Why we need to reframe our perspective for more bodylove. What I’ve been doing to change my mindset towards my body and how you can too! How being conscious, aware and respectful is what our body deserves The call to action – how to spread the #bodylove message online! CLICK TO WATCH: Are you with me? Is it time for you to love your body? Share below by finishing this sentence: *I love my body because__________* love + light, Claire x Read more

MEDITATE MINDFULLY WITH ME

MEDITATE MINDFULLY WITH ME

Posted February 25, 2014

I have something I want to tell you. Now this might seem a little ‘geeky’ to some, but to me, what I’m about to share, is actually a huge indication of how far I’ve come with my meditation practice. I rise everyday at 5:20am. Around 3am I tend to stir awake with the same thought: “I can’t wait till it’s time to meditate” After 3+ years of daily, dedicated meditation (with a few hiccups along the way) I am in a place where meditation IS my life-blood. Just as water, air and sunshine is. Stillness. Clarity. Connection. I have spoken about meditation SO many times on this blog. When it comes to wellness – living a balanced, perfectly healthy and truly happy life – meditation is by far the number one prescribed tool. All my clients know this. In fact, anyone that will lend me their ears knows it too. So I wanted to share part of my beloved meditation practice with you. In today’s VLOG I invite you to learn a gorgeous, simple and powerful practice known as Mindfulness Meditation. I share with you my own daily routine Talk you through how I practice mindfulness Explain how you can bring this practice into your life I highlight how mindfulness is all about being present CLICK PLAY TO WATCH ++ I also mention my new offering, launching next Monday 3rd of March: The 21 Day Meditation Project 3 WEEKS OF FREE GUIDED MEDITATIONS. Yes, FREE. I have to say I felt a really, really strong calling to offer this to you for absolute nothing. It’s big, it’s bountiful and it’s seriously going to rock your world! At the time of writing this blog post I’ve had over 800 amazing souls jump on board and sign-up to this project. How incredible is that! I can’t believe all these beautiful people are committed to opening to stillness, clarity and connection. I know that we can raise the roof with some seriously high vibrations through such an incredible collective of meditators – imagine, all those people meditating on the same day? That really lights me up! I hope it does too and you’ll join us. In the VLOG I give you some exciting information about what’s included in The 21 Day Meditation Project. Please feel free to share this FREE Meditation Project as far and wide as you can. Bring it on! ++ YOUR TURN: After watching the video finish this sentence below in the comments: “I believe in the power of meditation because…” love + light, Claire x Read more

HARNESS THE POWER OF STRENGTH + SOFTNESS

HARNESS THE POWER OF STRENGTH + SOFTNESS

Posted February 18, 2014

Strength + Softness. Two energies coming together to create harmony in body-mind-spirit. The Yoga Sutras, written by Patanjali, is a well known book that outlines the art and science of yoga as we navigate towards enlightenment (Samadhi). These sutras serve as a guide, a compass, a map for the inner world journey. A way to peel back layers, to dive into self-enquiry and to develop and enhance our lives. I recently attended a yoga class where the teacher guided us through a practice carried on the wave of a potent Sutra from Patanjali: STHIRA-SUKHAM ASANAM In this sutra, Patanjali explains that every yoga posture needs to be balanced with qualities of Sthira  – steady, stable, effort, steadfast, strength and qualities of Sukham – ease, delight, joy and softness. In today’s VLOG I dive into this idea of Strength + Softness and how that actually translates off the yoga mat and into our lives. As we play between these two energies and attitudes we find a point of balance. A place of calm, centered and grounded in joy yet not overwhelmed with intensity and hardness. Click play to watch and to learn more In this video you’ll discover: + How strength + softness relate to surrender + Why we need a balance  + the combination of these two energies + The importance of blending contemplation with action + How to play both energies at different times of our live + How softness is needed and isn’t failure Your turn: Do you need to harness Strength (Sthirah) or Softness (Sukham) more? Which one do you lean towards the most, in this moment? Share below in the comments below. love + light, Claire x Read more

DOES YOUR SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA NEEDS LOVE?

DOES YOUR SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA NEEDS LOVE?

Posted February 17, 2014

Last year I started working with the incredible Belinda Davidson. I have no words to describe this incredible woman, except to say the work she does is powerful and truly life-changing. Like no other.  Together we have set about on a serious mission towards healing, not just on a physical level but on an energetic level – more profound and potent than I can describe. I am in complete awe of this woman. In our first session Belinda (who is a Medical Intuitive and Psychic) picked up that my third chakra – The Solar Plexus Chakra – needed some work. It is something I have personally sensed for a while, but haven’t been able to put words (that’s a first!) to it. Does your solar plexus need love? The solar plexus is our third chakra. It is symbolised by the colour yellow and is located between the bottom of the rib cage and the naval. Our third chakra relates to personal power. Our sense of self and identity. Self-esteem and self confidence. It’s also about how we relate to our surroundings and to others. Our will power and determination, or lack of it, is strongly linked to the Solar Plexus. When this power center is weak, depleted or leaking (it can be too open or too closed) it can show up in our life in a number of ways: Poor self-esteem and confidence Feel co-dependent; lacking independence Struggling to stand up for yourself Unable to say ‘no’ Feeling out of alignment with your truth Difficult knowing what is right for you Lack of stamina and endurance Being impressionable and easily influenced Feel restricted and unable to flow with life Knowing yourself without any doubt Sense of ‘inflation’ – thinking you are better than others Difficulty concentrating and focusing Poor ability to make decisions and judge situations Over sensitive to criticism Overly controlling On a more physical level a Solar Plexus issue can show up in digestive issues, stomach ulcers, adrenal fatigue, allergies, low energy, diabetes, chronic fatigue and anything else related to the organs near the Solar Plexus. ++ Take a moment – can you sense any of the above playing out in your life in a strong way? For me, personally, I have no problem saying ‘no’ or being opinionated, or having open and honest conversations. Moreso there was a lack of certainty around knowing what I want and what is right for me. I was craving a deep, strong, powerful sense of sense. The intuitive part of my personality ensures that I can read others quite easily, but can sometimes draw me down the path of confusion, unsure of what is right for me. Reboot your solar plexus My recent session with Belinda (and after another scan of my chakras) delightfully showed that our work together has dramatically improved my solar plexus. Yew! I feel more in my power, a stronger sense of ‘holding my own’ and level of mindfulness and awareness that is completely refreshing and peaceful. I’ve been flexing the Chakra 3 muscle with focus and intention and I wanted to share with you what I’ve been doing. Even if you aren’t 100% certain if it’s needed, there is no harm in loving your Solar Plexus a little more. 1) Chakra Cleanse meditation Belinda has created the most incredible guided Chakra Cleanse Meditation. 34 minutes of deep energetic cleansing work. I do this daily and can honestly say it has contributed greatly to the healing and restoration of my Solar Plexus. You can get your hands on it here. Click on the image below. P.s I also include a BONUS 3-part Chakra Cleanse in my ebook: INSPIRED – A DIY Retreat Guide to Distil Your Dreams + Clarify Your Visions. 2) Practicing Mindfulness Outside of my daily meditation practice I am devoted to mindfulness as a practice. It’s not always easy but I am allowing myself the gift of the present moment more than ever. Throughout my day I am ‘aware’ in every moment. I notice my emotions, bodily sensations, what is happening around me  – I notice sounds, pay attention to what I can see. My daily morning ritual of gratitude is also a way of dropping into the present moment and open up to the details (the big and the small!) of my life with thanks and appreciation 3) Core strengthening I’ve been including more core work into my yoga + movement practices. Not in the aim for washboard abs but to ignite the fire of personal power and ‘self’ within in. 4) Citrine Crystal I’ve been wearing a Citrine Crystal pendant on a long chain, so it sits near my solar plexus. I also place a citrine crystal on my belly when I’m in a meditation (reclining). When I journal on anything relating to my solar plexus I keep my journal open and set Citrine on top of it, in the sunlight for a few hours. I feel as if this charges up my intentions. I also keep Citrine close by my desk and hold it when I feel a little ungrounded or off centre. 5) Pranayama I’ve been included some powerful yogic pranayama techniques known as Bellows Breath and Breath of Fire hat powerfully utilise the diaphragm and get the Solar Plexus pumping with life and energy. Watch how to do it here. 6) Getting Spicy A few herbs and spices are said to aid the healing of the Solar Plexus – luckily I love them all and can easily include them in my diet. Ginger, peppermint, chamomile, turmeric, cumin, fennel, peppermint I’m either brewing up a tea or sprinkling some spice onto a home cooked meal. 7) Scents for Solar Plexus I burn these oil Lavender, Peppermint and Chamomile regularly (p.s peppermint is beyond divine!) depending on my mood. I also add peppermint to Jojoba oil and massage it into my belly – this helps with stomach cramps and any IBS related issues too, FYI! 8) Healing Light Last but not […] Read more

HOW A YOGA PRACTICE CAN KICKSTART A CLEANER DIET

HOW A YOGA PRACTICE CAN KICKSTART A CLEANER DIET

Posted February 13, 2014

I have to pay homage to Yoga for leading me to true health. Yoga definitely changed my physical body, my breath and my way of thinking and feeling but it has to be said that it taught me more about nutrition than any book or course ever has. Yoga was the first experience that brought to light the reality – the sad truth – that I was not nourishing my body wisely or intuitively. If you’ve been a reader here for a while (thank you!) you’d probably already know that I great up immersed in health. The family business specialised in Middle Eastern Health Foods (tahini, halva, sesame seeds, carob) and my parents and siblings (still to this day) are passionate about good food. Despite that I gave the ‘junk-food, drug-taking, late-night, boozy lifestyle’ a really, really good crack. Good enough to leave my body weak and riddled with IBS, Adrenal Fatigue, Anxiety, early on-set OCD and a whole host of other baddies (stomach ulcer, sads… blah, blah, blah). But this is not a post about what I did to myself – truth be told, I’m grateful for it all – but this is about how the incredible life-saving practice of yoga (a ‘forever-love’ of mine) can retrain the mind in the way we choose eat and the way we relate to food. How Yoga Changes the way you eat Looking back, it all seems so obvious that I underwent an entire overhaul simply by attending class. I want to share this with you in case Yoga has been calling out to you, yet you can’t fully commit. Or maybe you are in need of some gentle transformation. The below outlines exactly how Yoga started to lovingly nudge me towards a cleaner life. Firstly, you begin by avoiding heavy meals before a yoga class. Teaches advise not to eat 1.5 – 2 hours before hand unless you’re eager to meet your meal again in the most unpleasant way! Next you notice how certain foods in your diet come back and bite you on the ass during practice – nauseousness, joint stiffness, headaches. But also after – recovery is slowly, your flexibility seems limited. You then start attending morning yoga classes, which means you consider what you’re eating the night before and most likely get yourself to bed at a healthy hour. Finally you start experimenting with different ‘healthier’ options in an effort to have a more seamless, fluid and easier practice. When I realised that green veggies, more water, less animal protein and less sugar made a HUGE difference as to whether I could touch my toes or sit still in meditation, I started to pour over health magazines for food inspiration. ++ The health industry relentlessly bombards us with a new fad diets, confusing ‘must-dos’ or made-up rules leaving many of us disconnected, baffled and with no real understanding of how to eat instinctively – that is to say, simply fueling and feeding the body so we can grow, feel whole, be nourished and healthy in a way that is right for us, individually. Through yoga there is a natural progression towards making better food choices without the guilt and emotional battering we often put ourselves through. Like all good things it’s a slow, steady and soft transformation. The physical asana (pose) practice creates a deep awareness; deepening our understanding of our body and what it desires. Yoga unfolds is a new found consciousness around nutrition that leaves us with a consistent sense of well-being and even deeper understanding of the foods that cultivate a sluggish, body or overactive unsettled mind. Over time, yoga will encourage its students to discover a more comfortable and balanced relationship with food. It takes time. Be patient, begin to tune into the body and listen. By building discipline in your practice, inviting patience and cultivating compassion you can begin to overcome many of the food obstacles we often face… no matter how formidable they may seem. And we can then start to love our food, and ourselves in a healthier way. ++ Why not start yoga today? Click HERE to visit my youtube channel where I have a collection of mini guided yoga classes + lessons. Your turn: Has yoga or another form of movement changed your lifestyle and diet for the better? Share with me below in the comments. love + light, Claire x Read more

JUXTAPOSED BELIEFS – WHEN SOMEONE SEES THE WORLD DIFFERENTLY TO YOU

JUXTAPOSED BELIEFS – WHEN SOMEONE SEES THE WORLD DIFFERENTLY TO YOU

Posted February 11, 2014

At least once a day I converse with someone (husband, friend, client, family) who has a thought or belief or opinion that is completely the opposite to my own set of thoughts, beliefs, opinions. It’s what makes us unique, colourful… special, even. But how do we make peace with our beliefs that might be directly against or in contrast to those in our life and their own beliefs? Have you experienced that – the clash of beliefs? Maybe with a partner, a best friend, your mum? You have? Awesome stuff – because  this post was written for you! In fact, it was inspired by a member of The Freedom Project who raised this very powerful question (above) and the many clients I’ve had who have raised this exact concern with me. What do we do when our nearest and dearest just don’t see the world and participate in life the way we do? I just had to tackle and explore it in today’s VLOG – I know many of us experience this clash often, if not daily and most likely within our closest relationships. Think about it for a moment. How do you manage the dynamic between yourself and your personal view of the world and attitude to life with someone else’s completely bipolar perspective? You believe in abundance. He believes that you get what you’re given, nothing more. You believe in a ‘glass half-full‘. He sees the world through critical eyes. You believe life always has your back. He believes that we are on our own. You believe in energy + all that cannot be seen. He believes that it has to be seen to be believed. ++ To help bring this to life a little more I share, personally, from my experience with my husband who definitely has a different perspective and a few belief systems that are the black to my white. Click play to watch: I share three powerful ways to make peace with someone else’s belief system I touch on my beliefs around money in relation to my husband’s I offer up tips on how to ‘manage’ it when someone else sees and believes in a way that you don’t. I highlight how the clash of beliefs and perspectives can actually benefit you I invite you to consider reflections and what they are teaching you about yourself Your turn: What is a major belief/opinion you have that clashes with someone you love? Can’t wait to hear from you in the comments below. love + light, Claire x Read more

HOW TO MANAGE YOUR MOODS

HOW TO MANAGE YOUR MOODS

Posted February 10, 2014

We all have them. Those out-of-nowhere shifts in mood that can often blind side us and those around us. An instantaneous moment where the gloves are thrown off and we are ready to pounce. Frustratingly, it’s usually something small and irrelevant that can set us off. Confession time: If there is a long gap between when I finish a yoga practice to eating a meal, take heed – you must tread carefully. The drop in blood sugar leaves me foggy and irritable… which means, my friend, that my fuse is short and I have trouble maintaining perspective, calm and clarity. Considering that I know this insightful fact about myself, you can be sure I don’t let that happen. Managing our moods is definitely a combination of becoming more aware, reframing our perspective and harnessing different tools/experiences to keep us emotionally/mentally/physically in balance. For women, there can often be a deeper issue at play – an imbalance in hormones can wreck havoc – like a cyclone tearing through a small town in a matter of moments. Only to leave as quickly as it showed up. If after reading this post you suspect something greater is at work here when it comes to your moods please get in touch with a Naturopath asap! Hormonal imbalances are not something to ignore. Moods + How To Manage Them 1) Self-sabotaging guess work How many times have you ‘filled in the gaps’ on an important issue that you actually don’t have the full facts on? You’ve been waiting to hear back from ‘that’ guy you met on the weekend, he hasn’t texted yet (it’s Sunday night), so you have moved into assumption mode: “Maybe he’s just not that into me?” “I’m not pretty enough” “He’s seeing someone else” Seriously, unless you are psychic can you leave the guesswork for a few moments? Unless, that is, you are actually trying to send yourself into downward spiral and into a mood. If so, go nuts! Solution: Stay present. Be in the moment – nothing is wrong in the here and now, is it? Maintain some perspective my love. The only thing YOU get from the guesswork game and for listening to those voices in your head is a big, old, stinking mood. Yep, you brought that on for yourself. Which means you have a choice. Choose clarity in the present moment. 2) No movement means bad moods Exercise isn’t recommended simply because we can get a rockin’ bod – we need movement for our mental health. Endorphins (happy hormones) are releases, brain function increases, stress is reduced, self-confidence soars. We are talking a more balanced mind-body-spirit, which in turns lessens that dramatic swing between moods. Solution: Need I say more? MOVE! Yoga, Pilates, Barre, Walk, Jog, Run, Swim, Train… choose your poison. Be mindful not to overdo it too – exhaustion leads to some heavy moods too! 3) Drinking poison Ok, a little extreme, but sometimes I feel like alcohol IS poisonous. Personally, I’m not a big drinker, but my husband loves a good drop of red. So I get it – I understand the LOVE (read: obsession) people have with the bottle. But if you are honest with yourself, does it really make you feel perky, bright, calm + clear-headed the next day? Naaah. Me? I’m a light-weight and I don’t do so well with the sugars and preservatives in booze – one glass is ok, just. Anymore and I feel foggy and pissed-off the next day. Fun fact: An emotional state marked by Anxiety and Stress called Dysphoria kicks in when you start drinking, which only worsens as you continue. I’m also going to throw this in to the mix: if you are a hardcore coffee drinker then you might need to consider that caffeine might be your ‘poison’… 1 cup a day, sweet. 2+ hmmm, 3 or more? Um, maybe not! Solution: Again, stating the obvious here, but cut back on poisoning your body (so often). If you have noticed that you are feeling a little moodier than usual take a look at your alcohol and caffeine consumption. Experiment with it – try for a week or so reducing your intake. Feel any better? 4) Monkey mind = mood swings Imagine being stuck inside a confined space. There are somewhere between 60 – 80,000 people in there with you. Each talking, out loud. Each processing something they see, hear, read. Each rehashing the same minute details, plans and situations. Each one reliving the past or dreaming of the future. Sound familiar? No? Well, it should – it’s what is going on in your head for most of the day. Yes, we have somewhere between 60,000 – 80,000 thoughts per day. Many of the them the same as the day before or the minute just gone. Repetitive, insane, chatter. Monkey’s in your mind. I don’t know about you, but simple writing that out has made me irritable! No wonder some of us have a short fuse – we never have a moment of stillness Solution: Breathe, let it all go, be still. Meditate my love. Make the commitment to stillness this year, if you haven’t already. Do you want clarity of mind, a connection to your own soul, a flow of creativity, oh and a little respite and peace? You know what to do! P.s I have an exciting new project in the works, launching early March, that will bring Meditation to you! Jump on mailing list below to be the first to hear about it. 5) Overreacting leaves you over it ‘Calm down and stop being so sensitive’. I used to hear that phrase ALOT back in the day. A highly strung, highly stressed little pocket rocket… I was always the first to react to bad behaviour, social atrocities and bad news with such fervour and intensity. Man, it was exhausting! Part of what makes me who I am (and maybe you too) is that passion + sensitivity, but honestly, I was channeling it […] Read more


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