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SEASONAL SPRING EATING – WHAT’S INSTORE?

SEASONAL SPRING EATING – WHAT’S INSTORE?

Posted September 26, 2012

I regularly post information up on what produce is in season – except that I may have missed a couple of winter months, oops! (that’s ok, it’s not a strong harvest time!) So, to make up for it, here is the lastest list of what’s instore now. Which basically means what is the freshest, most alive and nutritious fruit and veggies for your health. Print this out if you can’t remember, keep it with you and make a conscious effort to eat seasonally. Because seasonal produce is often going to be local – even better! SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER PRODUCE: Fruit Cumquats Grapefruit Lemons Loquats Mandarins – ellendale and honey murcott Mangoes Oranges – blood and seville Papaya Pineapples Rhubarb Strawberries Tangelos Vegetables Artichokes Asian greens Asparagus Avocados (yay!) Beans Beetroot Broad beans Broccoli Cabbages Carrots Cauliflower Eggplants Garlic Ginger Leeks Lettuce Morel mushrooms Onions Peas Potatoes Pumpkins Silverbeet (double yay!) Spinach Zucchini I also found this infographic which was really useful. *Source chasingdelicious.com Enjoying eating seasonally (and locally!) your body and mind will thank you for it. Saha to you, Cx Read more

ALL ABOUT MY NEW E-COURSE – RENEW YOURSELF WELLNESS PROJECT

ALL ABOUT MY NEW E-COURSE – RENEW YOURSELF WELLNESS PROJECT

Posted September 25, 2012

I thought it would be a good idea to give you lovely wellness seekers a little more information about my latest health coaching service – the Renew Yourself Wellness Project. Right now through this blog and my facebook page I dish up morsels of health and wellness information, my own experiences on this journey, lots of yummy recipes, yoga, meditation and life musings. So, you are probably thinking what exactly is the difference with this e-course? Why should you sign-up to do this course? Well, the first question is why shouldn’t you! If you are 100% healthy, feeling switched on and switched into life, lead a perfect, sunny existence everyday and you are nourishing your body with everything it needs… well then, look no further. I applaud you – that is a real achievement. However, if you know, honestly, that you could pay much more attention to YOURSELF. Feeding your body, mind and spirit in the way you deserve… then, this course is for you. Now that we have that sorted out. Let me tell you what the e-course has to offer. It is an 8-week program – You do not come out with any sort of qualification, except being certified 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 topic – 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!) Lots of relevant health, lifestyle and wellness content  to read up on, consider and approach – information sheets, homework tasks, yoga sequences, video blogs, meditation recordings, recipes etc. Opportunity to experiment with different health and wellness ideas, apply them into your life and see how you can positively affect your life.  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 your life – how much you put in, you get out!  The launch date is October 14th, but you can start ANY time from then. That’s the beauty of an e-course. And when you feel the need to connect with others you can jump onto the private facebook group and share with those doing the program, myself or anyone that has finished. This is a version of my current one-on-one coaching program. It is obviously less ‘personalised’ than one-on-one coaching but that doesn’t mean the information is any less powerful or impactful. If you sign-up with a friend or a group of friends you can actually support each other through this. For some, this might be a way to deepen your wellness journey. For others this might be your first ‘toe-dip’ into the pool of healthy living. You can apply it however you want, it’s yours to mould, create and enjoy. And for those that want to move even deeper, the amazing Jess Ainscough from The Wellness Warrior has created the spectacular Lifestyle Transformation Guide. A very detailed and structured health immersion if you are looking for something to really dive into! Ultimately this is a great way to change your life, and to take ownership for becoming the best version of yourself.  Feel free to ask any questions here on the blog. And remember, if you sign-up with a friend you’ll receive 15% off the already cheap $99 price-tag. So, what are you waiting for? Just shoot me an email to book in today. Cx Read more

NEW BLOG SERIES – THE INSPIRATION CORNER

NEW BLOG SERIES – THE INSPIRATION CORNER

Posted September 24, 2012

I think it’s important to note that I am constantly inspired and influenced by so many things, situations, experiences but mostly, people! There are so many brilliant change-makers out there at the moment. And they are just at our door-step, ready and willing to share their passions with you. Inspiration is a cyclic experience. You are inspired, you then mould and change and re-form that inspiration into something just for you. You share that. And you in turn inspire someone else. I think that’s pretty special. Inspiration is important to me so I have decided to pay homage to it and all those amazing individuals with this new blog series: The Inspiration corner. This is also a chance for me to share these awesome individuals and their own inspiration with you. So, to kick it off I’d like to introduce the first inspiration individual, Melinda Cornford. Mel and I have crossed paths a few times. In our past lives in the media industry but more recently as two passionate wellness seekers. She has had a few unexpected turns and twists happen career wise in the last year but this has led her onto the most amazing path and I’d definitely keep an eye on Mel. Big things to happen, I’m sure!  I asked Mel what she is inspired by…  At the moment I’m inspired every day by my followers (on The Workout Room).  Receiving an email, tweet or comment about how one of my posts, tips or recipe has inspired them to make healthy changes in their lives puts a gigantic spring in my step. One of my night-owl girlfriends, who traditionally has chocolate and a can of V for breakfast, recently started running of a morning. I was blown away – she had to send me a photo to prove it. It’s those kind of success stories that get me out of bed of a morning and encourage me to do more. And what makes Mel feel alive and where does she get her inspiration from? I’m inspired by anyone who passionately follows their dreams. I love meeting or reading about people who are living every day doing something that makes them or others truly happy. I that kind of passion is infectious. Right now, women like activewear entrepreneur Lorna Jane Clarkson, wellness warrior Jess Ainscough, inspiration guru Gabby Burnstein and the author of this very blog, Claire Obeid, inspire me every day. Aww, thanks Mel! 😀 Check out Mel’s new blog, The Workout Room and join her growing facebook community. Tweet, tweet her way if you are so inclined! Wishing you a day filled with inspiration. Saha to you, Cx Image kindly borrowed from * http://henriksenlearning.wordpress.com/ Read more

HOW TO ALKALINE YOUR BODY

HOW TO ALKALINE YOUR BODY

Posted September 21, 2012

Have you heard about the Alkaline/Acid way of eating? It’s very simple and basically indicates that certain foods alkalise your bodies PH levels. And there is always the opposite – certain foods with acidify your body. We need both to some extent, but preferably we want to be at around 7.5 of the PH scale. To get there we must increase the number of alkalising foods into our diet. So how much alkalising foods do we need? Overall, as a guide aiming to have 70 – 80% Alkaline foods in your diet is enough to do the job. The reality is alot of acidifying foods are things we shouldn‘t be having alot anyways – beer, wine, spirits, refined carbohydrates, meat, dairy, sugar, artifical sweeteners, junk food etc. But, some of the food items that are ‘acidifying’ are still healthy items (salmon, brown rice, certain fruits…) It’s important to not be excessive and extreme, but definitely increasing the alkaline forming foods and reducing the acidic forming foods. Rather than list them all for you here, take a look at this downloadable PDF chart. This chart ‘rates’ the different items from highly acidic to highly alkaline so you can see where it sits on the scale and make better choices. There are some items on there that you’ll be surprised by but overall it simply reflects the wholefoods philosophy – food as close to nature as possible, food with minimal processing, additives and chemicals and of course, food that isn’t too taxing on the body to process, digest and absorb. Now that you know all of this, I’m sure you want to know the benefits of alkalising your body? Well, in short, the more alkaline you are the harder it is for disease to grow in such diseases. In fact, there is a theory that cancer and other such terminal diseases CAN’T grow in PH levels of 8 and higher. Our livers main function is to detox the body – processing and discarding of toxins. But we put so much strain on our livers with artificial chemicals, flavours, additives (read: junk!) that the liver sometimes can’t do its job properly. These toxins then get stored in our organs and blood resulting in a poor overall function – basically you become acidic Alkalizing your body allows your organs and cells to function at their optimum – steady blood pressure, slower ageing process, better digestive function, more energy. This is simple another perspective on healthy eating and living and of course another reason to be mindful of what we fuel our bodies with. The easiest and quickes way to alkalize your system? Start your day with lemon and hot water and enjoy green juices and smoothies! Check this one out – 100% fructose-free green juice from Urban Remedy. Since spring has sprung I’ve been downing these as often as possible. You can order from them direct or try and make it yourself (ingredients are listed via the link) Hope you enjoy alkalizing your beautiful bodies! Saha to you, Claire Read more

LEMON, LIME + LAVENDER RAW CHEESECAKE

LEMON, LIME + LAVENDER RAW CHEESECAKE

Posted September 19, 2012

Dairy-free? Check. Raw? Check. Gluten-free? Check. Vegan? Check. Sugar-free? Check. Now that we have that out of the way, the main question is…  does it taste good? Well, my ‘taste’ indicator is my fiance. A meat loving, wine appreciating man who gets squeamish at the thought of veganism but super excited when you say these words: Cheese Cake. So, I’ll let his words do the talking. “This cheesecake is amazing”… ‘Nuff said! Well, there is actually alot more to say (it’s me, writing) but really all you want to do is get the recipe, make it and eat it right? Right. If you’ve never experimented with raw and vegan recipes, well this is a fantastic way to get involved. It’s stupidly easy. There is nothing to burn yourself on. All you need is a food processor/blender and an open mind. I tweaked this recipe from about 3 different ones I found on the net. One of was lavender, another lemon, another lime. Some used avocado, most didn’t. So, I invite you to do the same. If you don’t have all the ingredients, see what you can substitute. The beauty of raw is that you can taste as you are creating and therefore you can tweak and change it. What you’ll need: The filling: 1 tsp dried Lavendar (I used my Just Lavender tea from T2) The juice of 1 Lemon The juice and zest of 1 Lime 1 Avocado or 2 – 3 small (organic tends to be smaller) 2 cups Cashews 1 tbls Coconut Oil 1 tsp Stevia (or 1/2 cup raw honey if you prefer) The base: 1 cup Pecans 8 pre-soaked and seeded Dates 1 tbls Coconut Oil 1 cup Coconut Flakes What to do: Blend all base ingredients until it is a sticky, slightly crumbly mess but one that will stay together Press your mixture into a cake tin/dish lined with baking paper. Use anything you have for the tine: round, square – just make sure the sides are  not too high. Pop it into the freezer or fridge to set Meanwhile blend all your filling ingredients until a nice smooth texture. Once your base has set spread the mixture through evenly. Set this in the fridge. To serve, lift the cake out with the baking paper, slice and serve with a dollop of fresh coconut cream Eat and enjoy! I’d love to hear your feedback so feel free to comment below. Saha to you, Claire x Read more

7 OF MY FAVOURITE (FOODIE) THINGS

7 OF MY FAVOURITE (FOODIE) THINGS

Posted September 17, 2012

No matter how healthy something is, I have to love the taste for it to feature in my  diet. And this is a point I’d like to flag – if you don’t like it, ditch it. Find an alternative. Just because you’ve heard that spirulina is good for you (which it is) doesn’t mean you have to force-feed yourself if you don’t like it. The point? Enjoy everything that you put into your body. It’s not necessary to create an emotional attachment to it, but the more you love something the easier it is to include it into your diet and lifestyle regularly. Here are a few of the many things that I just can’t live without. I previously posted about my top 9 health ‘supplements’ and I still love each and every one of them. But these ones I use  daily. 1) Cinnamon – It’s a little ridiculous how often I use cinnamon. I boil cinnamon bark (not quills) and drink the tea I add cinnamon to my chai, hot chocolate, smoothies and breakfast cereals I cook up curries with  cinnamon quills What are the benefits? Regulates blood sugar Reduces LDL (bad) cholesterol Eases menstrual cramps 2) Lavender – A scent I never thought I’d love, but perhaps It’s true that your senses change and refine as you age. I now enjoy Lavender tea daily I bake desserts with dried lavender – so yummy! I also sprinkle lavender drops on my bed each time I change the sheets (I have a friend to thank for this idea), burn Lavender oil to keep my anxiety and stress levels at bay and use it as ear oil What are the benefits? Helps with insomnia and anxiety Reduces headaches Settles an upset stomach 3) Chia seeds – It was easy to commit to a regular dose of chia seeds into my diet. Tasteless, versatile and simple. I chuck them into or onto almost every dish. I sprout my chia seeds as well I make chia seed puddings I add them into smoothies What are the benefits? Rich source of protein Contains Omega 6+9 High anxtioxidant levels High in calcium 4) Silverbeet and Kale – At The Wellness Project HQ we eat greens daily, particularly these two. To me, a meal doesn’t seem complete without them included or added on the side someway. Greens often form the basis of a salad or ‘hash’ meal I add greens to smoothies I make coconut Kale chips as a snack A fresh side salad of silverbeet and lemon juice goes with every meal Use the leaves like betel leaves for a quirky, asian inspired entree What are the benefits? High in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, zinc High in Fibre and chlorophyll Contains Vitamins A, C, E K 5) Eggs – nature’s original superfood. A perfect combination of fat and protein – eggs makes me feel nourished and sustained. Poached, fried or scrambled for breakfast Tossed through a salad Roasted veggies with boiled egg Fresh, raw egg cracked  into a smoothie Scrambled through quinoa Mini-muffin sized frittatas Healthy banana breads What are the benefits: Perfect balance of protein and fat Keeps you fuller for longer Packed with energy prevents heart attacks and heart disease (according to Harvard Public School!) Improves cholesterol (contrary to proper, mis-guided beliefs!) 6) Coconut oil – the best fat there is. And yes, it is a saturated fat… not, it doesn’t make you fat! I cook and bake with this Make granola with it Drizzled on salads or the base for a dressing Add to smoothies, hot tea and eat by the spoonful What are the benefits? Anti-bacterial and anti-microbial Regulates blood sugar Promotes weight loss and improves digestion 7) Nuts – Yep, any and all. I buy up at least 1 kg of nuts every couple of weeks. Almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews. YUM. Of course they are activated – read here if you don’t know what that is – before I eat them. I make crunchy nutty granola I use to make raw cakes, cacao balls and date squares I chuck into smoothies for extra protein I add to salads or use a crust for baked fish or lamb I always carry a small container in my handbag so I have something curb my hunger if I don’t have time to eat before I teach/coach What are the benefits? A fantastic source of heart friendly omega-3 called alpha-linolenic acid Lots of fibre to help with bowel function Great source of Vitamin E which aids healthy skin, immune function and free-radical fighting These are but a few of the things that feature in my life regularly, but they are some of the top-dogs. Hope this helps you on your own wellness journey. Saha to you, Claire x Read more

GET THE BODY YOU WANT WITH BARRE

GET THE BODY YOU WANT WITH BARRE

Posted September 14, 2012

I have many talented, inspiring friends. I’m not saying that to sound cool. I’m saying it out of gratefulness that my life has been blessed with such down-right awesome individuals. One such friend is the delightful, open-hearted and gorgeous Emma Seibold. Here’s some background for you…  Emma and I (and a third, very special friend) lived together for 2 years. That home was coined the house of love. And in that house of love my life changed. Emma was an integral piece to my puzzle. She helped me explore the ideas, concepts, dreams, hopes and epiphanies I was having in a time of deep self-exploration. Her guidance and love allowed me to realise that anything is possible and I owe a huge part of where I am  today to the darling Miss Emma. Emma is one amazing woman. Like I said, she is a talented, inspiring and awesome person. Nothing is impossible once she sets her sights on a task. She was the founder of Urban Remedy, who I now have the pleasure of working with. After giving birth to her gorgeous little boy, Emma then moved to Melbourne where (only 6 months after her bub was born) she launched the hugely popular Barre Body in Melbourne. Did I mention she is driven, motivated and smart? On a recent trip down to Melbourne I had the absolute pleasure (and pain) of attending one of Em’s Barre class. Wow. I felt muscles that I hadn’t felt since my first yoga class. Deceptively difficult, Barre is a fusion of yoga, pilates and ballet. Emma turned to Barre post-baby in an attempt to regain her pre-bub body. And, hand on heart, her bod is better than ever. She is one smoking hot mama! Barre Body isn’t in Sydney yet, but to my Melbourne peeps, if you haven’t already get your booty down to Barre Body if you want an even tighter, toned booty! For everyone else Emma has made some amazing videos for body+soul which will take you through a few Barre sequences. This post is my way of saying thank you to Emma. But it’s also to share Barre Body with you lovely readers and give you the chance to experience it for yourself – even if it’s only from your living room. These sequences will give you long, lean, toned muscles – toned arms, legs, butt and belly. Who doesn’t want that? Barre Body Long and Lean Routine Pt 1 for Body + Soul Barre Body Long and Lean Routine Pt 2 for Body + Soul Barre Body Long and Lean Routine Pt 3 for Body + Soul In the name of research I actually did these sequences the other day just so I could share this with an honest opinion – and let me tell you this, long + lean will definitely be in your sights if you did this everyday. I’d love to hear your thoughts – have you done Barre before? Or even better, have you been to Barre Body in Melbourne? If you’d like to connect with Emma you can check out her website and blog, visit her on facebook or say hi via twitter! Saha to you, Claire x Read more

SPOTLIGHT ON KUNDALINI YOGA

SPOTLIGHT ON KUNDALINI YOGA

Posted September 12, 2012

I love experimenting with yoga… we (yoga teachers) call it yoga-slutting. We rendezvous with a different practice. Sometimes just once, other times we enjoy a little love affair. Part of my love for skipping about Sydney (and further afield) trying different teachers and styles is that it broadens my concept of yoga. It teaches me, as a teacher, new was of bringing yoga into my student’s lives. But it also encourages me to step out of my comfort zone and not get too attached to my own practice. So recently I started attending a few Kundalini classes and I’d love to share some info on it with you today. Kundalini is, in a nut-shell, a very powerful spiritual practice. Originally taught by Yogi Bhajan, it is now an ever-growing popular style of yoga. In this transformative yoga practice you will work on your physical, spiritual, and mental layers of being and this can be done in a number of ways. What does the word, Kundalini mean? Well, in Sanskrit it means coil. Kundalini is the energy within every human being. And it lives at the base of your spine, a coiled, snake-like energy naked to the idea but well documentated by spiritual seekers and yogis for centuries. It is believed that by awakening this dormant energy, which travels up the Shushumna Nadi (the energetic channel which is the spine on the physical level), slowly opening and unlocking each chakra, and helping the individual reach spiritual enlightening and divine union. For some of you, this might be the first time you’ve heard of Kundalini – and perhaps you are thinking what a whole lot of of voodoo crap. And that’s cool – I’m not here to convince you. But bare in mind this isn’t a concept just concocted last Thursday – we are talking thousands of years of information shared and passed down from yogi to yogi. So, if Kundalini is about awakening an energy for enlightening, divine union – how does this happen? What can you expect in a Kundalini class? Powerful breathing exercises. Chanting – mantras Meditation Postures includes mudras (gestures/seals) ++ Sometimes you might do ONE downward facing dog in a 75 minute class but have a stronger energetic reaction that if you were doing a dynamic class. A kundalini yoga class is based on Kriyas – also known as a ‘set’ of exercises. This basically works to focus in on specific areas allowing you to experience quite deep and profound reactions, changes and responses. For me, Kundalini usually brings me to tears at some point – I don’t practice it all the time because it often makes me feel quite raw and open. But every now and then I feel I need that – to have my heart space cracked wide open. It is believed that practising Kundalini yoga keeps the body, mind and spirit in shape – preparing you to maintain clam, focus and happiness in the face of adversity, stress, change, pain, troubles – LIFE basically. ++ The KM Yoga school in Bondi Junction, Sydney says this about Kundalini: The effect (of Kundalini) is a heightened self-awareness and vitality that allows you to harness mental and emotional energy. Individuals feel more in control of themselves, with enhanced peace of mind, concentration and a deeper inner calm and self-confidence. No matter what your age or physical capacity is, Kundalini yoga and meditation can have immediate benefits. Sounds powerful huh? Well it is and if you are ready and willing you can enjoy Kundalini for all it’s worth. There’s not much more to say than get to a class and try it. It’ll rock your world and potentially open you up to something incredible. Maybe I’ll see you on the mat? If you practice, or have tried Kundalini I’d love to hear your experience and if not what do you think of Kundalini Yoga? Cx Read more

A SNAPSHOT OF MY DAILY DIET

A SNAPSHOT OF MY DAILY DIET

Posted September 10, 2012

So right now, as I write this, my normal eating pattern is a little different because I’m in the middle of a juice/smoothie cleanse – with a little bit of healthy eating cheating! However, I was recently asked to share what I eat in a typical day so I thought I’d blog about it for you here. Firstly, it’s important to note that my food philosophy is ‘bio-individuality’ – basically what works for me might not work for you. That doesn’t mean you can get away with eating crap and I can’t, it just means that the balance of different types of healthy, whole foods is different for each of us. And balance is the key word here. It’s my favourite word in fact and it is the common thread in every area of my life. When it comes to food I first and foremost see it as fuel – energy to allow my body and brain to function at its best. And then I see it as an indulgence, something to get creative with, enjoy and savour. I try and be consistent and almost ritualistic with what I eat so that it’s not a headache and being healthy is just a way of life. I also allow space for rule breaking too. Part of being balanced is understanding that joy and passion is just as important as the food you are digesting. So if that means enjoying dessert over a girly dinner, or being relaxed about having takeaway at a friend’s house because we are having too much fun to cook, then so be it – although it doesn’t happen often! So here is what a normal day in my diet can look like: please note this is based on a day working from home. It’s obviously different if I’m out and have to eat in cafe’s etc. 1) Drink a big glass of filtered water – it’s the first thing to enter my body 2) Over a journal/affirmation session in bed I will enjoy a cup of hot water + lemon – I’ve been doing thing since I was a kid 3) After meditating/yoga I’ll have another big glass of water 4) Breakfast time – either: Poached eggs with lots of steam green veggies and whatever seasonal produce I have. Sometimes this is served on sourdough bread. Sugar-free quinoa, buckweat + barley porridge with coconut oil, nuts, seeds, homemade yoghurt and banana Syrian style bean + egg breakfast (recipe here!) 5) Between breakfast and lunch I’ll drink lots of water + herbal tea – green/black chai/lavendar. Sometimes I’ll have a smoothie here (less in winter) 6) Lunch time – either: A big green superfood salad – kale/silverbeet, tuna, goji berries, hemp seeds, sprouts, seasonal veggies, olive oil, lemon juice, ACV. Anything leftover from the right before – this might be a warm chickpea salad, roast chicken + veggies, baked fish – anything really. 7) If I get a craving for anything sweet in the afternoon I’ll have a warm tea and a small bowl of crushed nuts, coconut flakes + my homemade nutella. Or cacao bliss balls. 8) Dinner: usually quite protein based with a very generous serving of veggies again! Baked salmon + veggies, chicken stir fry, vegetarian chickpea + haloumi salad, vegetarian dhal, quinoa + veggie hash, slow cooked lamb. I cook with REAL fats: butter, coconut oil, olive oil and only use grass-fed/pastured/free range/ Of course, no two days are exactly the same. I trust my body and try to listen to what it needs. And hopefully this inspires you to do the same. If this seems daunting head over to my recipe section. All my recipes are easy and simple – I am not into fussy creations. And it’s not expensive to eat well. The higher up the food chain (animal based protein, dairy etc) the more $$ you should spend on quality and the lower down you can be a little more flexible with the quality. For example, if money is tight spend your dosh on the quality produce and only choose some organic fruit and veg. Eating well is possible, easier than you think, and worth SO much. Saha to you, Claire x Read more


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