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The Pregnancy Wellness Guide: Supplements + Nutrition

The Pregnancy Wellness Guide: Supplements + Nutrition

Posted December 09, 2014

Welcome to The Pregnancy Wellness Guide: Part Two – Supplements + Nutrition When I first found out I was pregnant, I was in Thailand with my beloved, on our belated honeymoon. We didn’t quite make a ‘honeymoon’ baby, but unbeknownst to us, this little soul had come into being just beforehand. You can head over HERE to read about the team I first called upon, almost immediately, whilst still in Thailand, after seeing those two little lines show up on the pregnancy test. Now one incredible woman that I consider VITAL to me team of support is Naturopath Tanya Goldie from Dove Cottage. My spiritual mentor, Belinda Davidson, first put me in touch with Tanya last year. During our work together, Belinda had picked up on a few non-threatening health concerns (serotonin deficiency + digestive troubles) that Tanya and I had been working on. In addition to my health, it was clear to both Belinda and myself that I was going to become a mamma soon! The energy of this child was literally attached to my own… I could sense it so intensely. Because of that, Tanya had given me a couple of supplements to start taking to prepare my body, just in case I fell pregnant. FYI: This simply included a tweak to the herbal tonic I was taking for my serotonin issue, as well as Royal Jelly, Spirulina, Folate and Iodine. We also put my husband on Silymarin for liver detoxing and a Zinc Supplement. It wasn’t long after (maybe a few days) that I started these supplements when Tanya emailed me to say, “Conception will be very easy for you…” That sentence filled me with both relief and anxiety, all at the same time. She wasn’t wrong. I (blessedly, gratefully) fell pregnant easily. I’m not going to call this pregnancy an ‘accident’… but it wasn’t exactly planned! So as soon as I found out, I shot an email off to Tanya to get some guidance. Her response: “Remember, everything you eat and consume makes up the DNA of your bubby”. Being a woman dedicated to the health of vitality of my own body, this reply came through to me loud and clear. It BOLDED and UNDERLINED the last 6-7 years of my own wellness journey, as if to say, you know how you care for your body and consume only the best? Well, now it’s even more important! As soon as I was on home soil I had a session with Tanya to make sure I was armed up with the right knowledge – what to take and why! + Before I go on, please note that I am not suggesting or recommending you blindly take and do what I have done for your own pregnancy. You MUST seek out your own expert advice and it must be in relation to your body, health and history. + Tanya and I have touched based regularly throughout this pregnancy to ensure I am getting enough of the nutrients and supplements for bub but also for my own health. Pregnancy throws up a whole host of various ailments … Tanya’s guidance has been vital in keeping me healthy and balanced. Someone once said to me that I needn’t worry about taking a bunch of ‘fancy’ supplements whilst pregnant – the baby will get from me what the baby needs. That might be the opinion of many but to me that is complete and utter crap. The baby WILL take, and take, and take… but if I am not feeding myself the right stuff (nutritionally and supplementary) the baby might be taking the WRONG things and  we will both become severely depleted. My health is vital not just during the pregnancy (for me and bub) but AFTER, so I can be a strong, alive and present mum. So here is an outline of the supplements I’ve been taking so far. Use this as a guide only and explore options for yourself. SUPPLEMENTS First trimester: A B6 Supplement + Liver Detoxer to help my body process the 400+ hormones flying around! B6 made a HUGE difference to the all-day-sickness (as did eating every 2 hours). Folate, Royal Jelly and Spirulina for Energy, Iron and Sustenance. Folate is a MUST if you are planning or just fallen pregnant. Iodine for bub’s development and for many of my body’s important functions! The Iodine has dramatically healed the fibroids I had in both my breasts by the way! Indigestion + heartburn: Slippery Elm tablets (this has been my life-saver!) Second trimester: I stayed on the Royal Jelly and Iodine. In addition we added in a new Iron supplement (with co-factors so it doesn’t cause constipation) and a B12 spray. I started on Zinc and Fish Oil at 12 weeks – for the baby’s brain development and for the baby’s skin! These are also helpful to prevent post-natal depression and stretch marks. Win-win. Every evening I also take Magnesium, Calcium, Slippery Elm and a powdered probiotic (which I have been taking the whole way through!) The magnesium + calcium have helped me sleep better and completely healed the restless legs syndrome I was starting to get – as the baby sapped my mineral stores my body started to show signs of it. These supplements completely sorted that out. For a period of time I was experiencing a lot of congestion and sinus irritation/mucous. This is a common side effect to pregnancy. Progesterone is released in such high dosages and does all sorts of weird things to your body – sinus problems being one of them! Taking a homeopathic remedy until it cleared really helped – this was a tissue salt from Dr Schuessler. Third Trimester: I’ve just entered the home-stretch of this pregnancy and this is what my ‘supplement’ kitty looks like now: Magnesium + Calcium (reduced dosage) Iron Royal Jelly B12 Zinc Iodine We’ve replaced my probiotic with a new strain Sb Flora Activ. This is designed to help prevent Strep B (an infection many […] Read more

THE INSPIRATION CORNER WITH MICHELLE MARIE MCGRATH

THE INSPIRATION CORNER WITH MICHELLE MARIE MCGRATH

Posted October 24, 2013

The Inspiration Corner is a weekly series where I interview inspiring soul-centred wellness advocates on what inspires them. We dive deep into Inspiration, health, wellness and self-love. I’m so excited to introduce you to Lovepreneur+ Self-love Mentor, Michelle Marie McGrath. Although, I’m sure this beautiful women who is making sure the message of self-love is heard by many doesn’t need introducing! Michelle creates Sacred Self’s organic Self-love range of Alchemical oils, bespoke Sacred Scents and popular self-love cards. She’s the co-author of “Love and Oneness” in the best-selling Adventures In Manifesting series and author of “7 ways to love yourself” ebook. Michelle is?passionate about falling in love with ALL parts of herself, and creating products that remind others to ?do the same. I was lucky enough to receive a gift from Michelle – her Surrender Alchemical Oil. It’s divine. Even better still, Michelle decided to send me a bottle of Freedom – not knowing about The Freedom Project or that I was having a moment of self-doubt around it! She is one intuitive woman. I know that you are going to devour her words. There’s real insight and inspiration in there – especially when Michelle details how she practices self-love. Dive in! Connect with Michelle Website | Facebook |Twitter | Instagram Tell us a little about who you are, what you do, how you got here. Originally from the UK, I moved to Australia when I was 25 to get married. I became immersed in personal development, natural therapies and healing courses. One memorable night in 2003, I was meditating and feeling particularly unhappy. I asked myself what I most needed and the answer was ‘self-love’. I had no idea what that meant and so I kept asking myself what that would look like for me. Surprisingly, I saw ingredients flying into a bottle, which created a “Self-love” Alchemical oil and it was so vivid that I made it. I stated a commitment to “let go of everything preventing me from embracing 100% self-love” and then proceeded to become very familiar with every part of me that was totally out of alignment with that intention. Over the next 9 years and I came to get to know myself and all the vulnerable parts of me that I had ignored, denied and repressed. I also intuitively received Sacred Self’s self-love range of 33 Alchemical oils during this time, which address the various aspects of self-love. For example Freedom Alchemical oil with its affirmation “I set myself free”, which is about assisting us to let go of self-imposed limitations. I learnt what it really meant to learn to love myself as I then moved through some big challenges and many life changes. I realised that I couldn’t rely on anything or anyone externally for my happiness and that nothing is guaranteed. It was my responsibility. So many blessings came from these experiences and it’s given me much deeper compassion for other people. What INSPIRES you? I am surrounded by so many inspiring people so the people in my life inspire me. I also love hearing stories of every day people overcoming adversity and courageously following their dreams. The power and beauty of nature is also an endless supply of inspiration for me. I feel immediately refreshed and uplifting spending time in nature, whether that’s by the ocean or in a national park. This, combined with travel, especially to sacred sites is also one of my absolute favourite ways of spending my time. Places such as Niagara Falls, the Himalayas, Uluru, Avebury and Assisi are ones that immediately jump out at me as places where I’ve received a lot of inspiration and insights. I love travel and have just got back from a wonderful women’s retreat in Bali. I receive so much from these experiences. There’s nothing like travel and learning about other cultures to expand our sense of what’s possible.…. How do you USE that inspiration? How does it integrate into your life? Time in nature and travel is instrumental for me and this is how I receive my Alchemical oils. This is how I live my life, integrating the creative force as it comes through me. I also use my ‘Inspiration’ Alchemical oil and its affirmation “I am inspired” when I need a reminder or I’m feeling frazzled. My business and life is creative and so I feel that it is integrated in this way. When it comes to health and wellness what’s important to you? I am very tuned into how my body is feeling and try to always listen to what it wants and needs. For me, all of the wisdom I need is inside me and my body will always tell me what’s most important if I ask the questions. I believe it’s so important to listen to our own body-wisdom, which has all the answers. What’s your routine? I eat mainly organic and local. I meditate and ask myself the question “what do I most need from me?” morning and night. I go for a walk each morning as I set my intention and contemplate the day ahead. I feel as though the day has not got off on the right foot otherwise and I’m not as clear. My day could also incorporate the use of hypnotherapy or EFT, depending on where I’m at and what’s going on for me. I usually have a walk again at some point in the afternoon. I have to spend a lot of time outside and connect with nature. How do you find balance + happiness? I think balance is a bit of myth and seems to be one of these things that people are constantly striving for. Our needs and desires change all the time and it’s being connected enough in with your own inner guidance, so that you can address what these needs are in that moment. Taking personal responsibility is extremely empowering. Happiness for me is derived in very simple things such as a good laugh with a […] Read more

7 WAYS TO BREAK-UP WITH YOUR TOXIC JOB

7 WAYS TO BREAK-UP WITH YOUR TOXIC JOB

Posted September 23, 2013

I’m so thrilled to share with you this follow-up guest post from Kacey Crawford. Not so long ago Kacey wrote a post here called “Is your job making you sick?” And yep, it was HUGELY popular, to say the least. Kacey is now here to offer up some advice to those that were screaming YES upon reading that very first post.And she knows what she’s talking about – as an inspired Career + Life Coach, Kacey is all over it! In Kacey’s words: If you’re ready to ditch the job that’s dictating your social conversations and robbing you of health and happiness, then this is your much-needed what next. 1. Clarify your reasons for moving on. This step serves several important purposes. First, identifying what’s made you unhappy means you can look out for (and avoid) it in future job choices. For instance, if it’s unreasonable working hours, excessive workload or unrealistic deadlines that are stressing you out, you’ll want to target organisations that offer flexible work and employee wellbeing perks – and steer clear of high-pressure or commission-based jobs. This exercise will also help alleviate any guilt or disloyalty that may surface when it comes time to bid farewell. While the job itself may suck, you could be leaving behind a great group of colleagues, clients or a boss who is powerless to improve things for you. Seeing your reasons written down will reaffirm why you’re making this choice and help you stand your ground. And finally, this step will ensure you have a polished, diplomatic response to the inevitable interview question about why you’re moving on. 2. Get the practical stuff sorted. First cab off the rank is to brush up your resume, then put your referees on notice that you’ll be job-seeking soon. Check they’re still happy to vouch for you and help them understand what you’ve been doing so they can talk about you with confidence. I’ve written a handy guide on resume writing, interview skills and cover letters that you can get right here, and it includes handy tips on how to get the most from your referees. Sign up for email alerts on the major job-seeking search engines. Update your LinkedIn profile to reflect your most recent experience, not forgetting any qualifications, training or achievements that should be included. And if you’re on a performance-based bonus or incentive scheme at work, check when your payment is due and know what the eligibility rules are. You don’t want to rule yourself out of the running with an ill-timed resignation. Now is also the time to reconnect with your mentors and contacts and start networking. 3. Start to dial it down so you can recharge. While it’s important not to check out of your job entirely before you leave (I’m a big believer in not burning bridges), you also need to preserve your energy for your job search – and the learning curve involved with starting a new role. In a perfect world you’d have at least two weeks between leaving your role and starting the next one, but we all know that often doesn’t happen. Stay professional, maintain your integrity and aim to wrap up any substantial pieces of existing work, but now isn’t the time to be taking on anything new. 4. Put a transition plan in place. If you have clients, manage people or work in a specialist/technical role, it’s important that you start thinking about how you’ll hand over your responsibilities once you leave. Depending on the severity of your situation it can be hard to think this way, but it’s a simple and often overlooked way of upholding your professional image – not to mention just plain old good karma. Use this time to tie up loose ends, bed down any processes or important information that’s living inside your head, and do an email and hard drive clean out (which may provide helpful fodder for your resume too). 5. Decide how you’ll leave. For most people, financial responsibilities will require you to give the proper period of notice and wait it out to maintain salary continuity between roles. If you can afford to take leave without pay – and only you can be the judge of that – or exhaust the rest of your annual leave as part of your notice period (which some organisations allow), then go for it. You may even want to take a career break if your organisation offers them – but consider what impact this will have on your benefits and entitlements, including access to paid parental leave. Now is also a good time to decide if you’ll raise any issues or grievances in your exit interview. It’s a personal choice as to whether you do this, but remember to keep your comments professional and gracious. Think about whether your feedback is likely to have an impact and what the future repercussions could be for you personally (especially if you work in a small industry). Think self-preservation as opposed to short-term gratification. 6. Get some clear direction. When you’re seriously unhappy at work, your desperation to escape can easily lead you to bounce unintentionally from one dissatisfying role to another. Use this opportunity to get clear on exactly what you want to do next (given that you’ve now discovered what you don’t want). If you’ve been thinking about a career change or starting up a business, then now could be the perfect time. Most people contemplating career change will start by thinking “what could I do”, which leads them down a narrow path that includes only their skills and experience. Try a different approach: imagine the lifestyle you want and then identify careers that will allow you to have it. What specific types of roles and organisations match your vision? How can you make sure you target them in your job search? What types of questions might you need to ask in job interviews to ensure your next job really stacks up? Remember your next role […] Read more

5 REASONS YOU SHOULD BOUNCE FOR HEALTH

5 REASONS YOU SHOULD BOUNCE FOR HEALTH

Posted May 02, 2013

I’m always, ALWAYS, up for trying new things that are going to bring more wellness into my life. I go through phases where I’m content to stick with whatever I’ve got going on, but right now I’m in a trial phase – you might have noticed this from my post on EFT Tapping and I’ll be blogging soon on my new MoveBetterRoller. Check out the EFT VLOG HERE if you missed it, it’s one I know you’ll love. I’m in a phase where NEW stuff is calling out to me… look at me, look at me! Let me explain. It’s not that I’m looking for anything new and different, it just COMES to me. The other week I was with a client who had just done Anthony Robbin’s 4-day workshop. She particularly liked the day on health and wellness where Anthony flagged REBOUNDING as a must-do health practice. Honestly, rebounding was one of those things I’d loosely heard about over the years but had filed it away in my “not-right-now” brain. This happens to me alot. I actually see it as divine guidance. Something in me chooses to pay attention or to disregard and then one day, BAM! I’m hit with an influx of information around whatever it was I filed and I’m certain, in that moment, I have to respond. This is how I came to study Yoga, Health Coaching and bSchool… They just present themselves. It’s nice. Comforting almost. Well, that very day after meeting with my client – I read about or someone mentioned rebounding THREE separate times. Holy Batman, you can be sure I paid attention then! Years ago Sarah Wilson mentioned in one of her posts that when she hears/sees/learns of something three times she sits up and pays attention. I do the same thing. I used to ignore it, but now, I sit up straight and tall… intrigued, willing, able. Not one to mess about, instantly I bought a rebounder online and it arrived the other day! Let me just say this WOOOOOHOOOO! Ridiculously fun stuff. My inner child has unleashed. A mini-trampoline to bounce on. Umm… why wasn’t I doing this years ago?I started doing some research and found out all the cool-kids are doing it. Seriously, it looks a little like an 80s flashback – bouncing on a trampoline in tights – but it’s fun, fun, fun! Now, beside the fact this is just pure fun (which releases endorphins – our feel good hormones) this actually has a loooooong list of health benefits. Otherwise I wouldn’t be writing about it! Hey, you know me, I’m all about efficiency, so I’m just going to give you the top 5. 5 Reasons to get your BOUNCE on 1) Stimulates the Lymphatic System – increases the amount of waste and toxins the body can flush out which means greater ability for the immune system to fight and prevent major and minor illness and disease (and cellulite!) Interesting fact: 2/3 of your white blood cells (the ones that eat bacteria, viruses, cancer cells and other baddies) are found in your lymphatic fluid! 2) Rebounding circulates more oxygen to the tissues and cells – more oxygen means more life and health to your body and less disease Interesting fact: Rebounding alternates between weightlessness and double gravity which basically creates a pump-like action that DETOXES and pulls waste out of cells whilst injecting oxygen and nutrition into the blood. 3) Low-impact cardio exercise to lose weight and increase muscle tone – a stronger effect than running or jogging. Interesting fact: Many cardio forms of exercise such as running/jogging cause alot of stress of the feet, ankles, knees, hips, back. Which is why I don’t do them – too much impact for me. But rebounding decreases this stress by 95% whilst providing a more thorough cardio work-out. 4) Fights fatigue and manages stress – strengthens the glandular system to increase the thyroid, pituitary and adrenal glans Interesting fact: Rebounding increases endorphin output, which in turn encourages your rest + restore or parasympathetic nervous system to kick in and stabilise 5) Improves digestion and elimination by increasing metabolism Interesting fact: This type of movement can relieve constipation and promote regular and more efficient bowel movements. BONUS reasons (in case they weren’t enough!) Increases the performance of the heart and circulatory system – which means slowing down the ageing process! Energetically helps to shift stuck energy, energise the mind and encourage relaxation Strengthens and protects the joints whilst strengthening the musculo-skeletal system (If you’ve had an injury and can’t run/jog anymore, this is perfect for you!) Improves resting metabolic rate – this basically means that you keep burning after you’ve finished exercising! Encourages better sleep – almost all exercise will help you rest better Helps relieve menstrual pain You can do it anywhere, anytime – not weather dependent! How to bounce: Mostly, I just jump… I’m enjoying it as a way to shake off my day, or break up a long working day! Music. Bouncing = clear head and a rush of those feel-good endorphins! Here are a few (more serious) suggestions. Light Jogging on the spot Knee lifts – bring your knees up to your chest and alternate to the opposite elbow High Jumps – heels to bum! Side and Front Kicks Arm lifts – synchronized with your jumping/kicking movements (if you want to get fancy, some people use weights here) Now, I want to hear from YOU. Have you ever heard of rebounding? Have you tried it? What do you think! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts. Get sharing below in the comments. Thanks for reading. Love + light (and lots of bounce) to you. Cx Read more

INSPIRATION CORNER WITH JORDAN DAVID THACKRAY

INSPIRATION CORNER WITH JORDAN DAVID THACKRAY

Posted March 04, 2013

Hey peeps. Welcome to another instalment of The Inspiration Corner. So, I’ve tweaked the format slightly to include a Q&A style. That doesn’t mean you won’t finish this post feeling inspired and motivated. Oh no… especially not with this awesome yogi. Let me introduce Jordan David Thackray. We first crossed paths teaching together at Yoga Village and now his yoga business FLY – Finding Lotus Yoga – is hugely popular and one to check out. I have total asana envy – this boy can do things with his body I will only every dream of. Follow him on instagram – it’s worth it. Or stay connected on Twitter of Facebook. Jordan is 30, is a fellow “slashie” – creator / artist / yoga instructor and is here to talk all things inspiration, health and happiness. **************** Hello I’m Jordan, I get out of bed every day and do the best I can, that’s all my mum ever wanted from me. I teach yoga and I’m kind. I have big dreams and I work hard at achieving them. What INSPIRES you? I find people being honest, good and creative most inspiring. I love to see people finding a truthful voice, even better when it’s against the odds. I love an underdog because aren’t we all battling on some level. Inspiration really shows when we are doing what we love because we do it well. So seeing people actively pursuing truthful creativity that inspires me. Where do you SOURCE your inspiration? I source inspiration through my actions, my work, my dedication to the practice of yoga and the people I get to meet daily. I do look to the universe and it always comes up with the goods. How do you USE that inspiration? How does it integrate into your life? I use inspiration to make a ‘work of art’ out of my life, this to me is my life’s purpose and its an endless task and has so far been a very windy road. With this purpose, through my action, I hope to give back by inspiring others to seek their own truthful creation. When it comes to health and wellness what’s important to you? Feeling good is very important to me, being able to sit in stillness is key to my wellness. Observing my health through yoga and non-attachment has allowed me to become stronger in mind and body, and overcome ailments that have inhibited creativity and confidence with me in the past. So in referring back to myself USING inspiration, to inspire others, this is important to me because I want share what I have learnt and am learning with others, so that others may not suffer. We live in a very superficial time where money, ego and illusion play a very big role in confusing people, when it come to health and wellness I want people to know what I think I know. What’s your routine? My routine is simple, and is anchored by my dedication to the practice of yoga. But it is not rigid; like in yoga I need strength through dedication and flexibility through being honest. So that when circumstances change and they always do! I can adapt but not feel out of routine. How do you find balance + happiness? I find balance and happiness with my self. I simply I hope it reflects into hearts of the people I meet. That sounds naff, but happiness to me is simply being in a place where we are open to see our true self, so that we can express it honestly and be a blessing to those we encounter and surround ourselves with. How do you practice self-love? I allow myself to be perfectly flawed and imperfect. (Awesome! – Claire) What’s your favourite healthy recipe? I made a mango salad the other day it was the bomb!! I’m not much of a baker but I love making salads it was: Mango, cherry tomato, cucumber, rocket, cashews sprinkled with a few chai seeds! For dressing I just massaged the rocket with a tiny bit of olive oil before putting it all together. What are you non-negotiables when it comes to your lifestyle (food, diet, exercise etc) For me it’s all negotiable. I cannot be attached to anything, and things change so I guess what’s not negotiable is that I don’t punish my self and only practice self love. (However that’s the ideal but I’m human so I do beat myself up from time to time) How do you deal with those moments/days when you are lacking in motivation? Try to meditate, look outward to the universe, for lessons and things to inspire me. It’s a constant, ‘fill the well’, ‘empty the well’ situation. Motivation comes and goes with me, like the weather. I find being helpful to others is a great motivator.   What’s one thing you wish you could pass onto friends and family about health and wellness? That they are perfect and they already have the answers they seek. They just have to enquire within and then put the answers into truthful, joyful action.  **************** A big thank you to Jordan. I never realised how much I would learn from The Inspiration Corner, but I’m hugely grateful for the ‘sharing’ that these segments provide. I hope you enjoyed Jordan’s post as much as I did! Saha to you, Cx Read more

2012. MY YEAR IN PICTURES.

2012. MY YEAR IN PICTURES.

Posted January 16, 2013

2012 – I think I’m only just now digesting it and truly allowing myself to be humbled by it’s awesome-ness. Don’t get me wrong, there were plenty of difficult moments… but now, with perspective, I can see that they too were just as awesome as the more obvious examples. Seeing as I’ve only just chewed up 2012 and swallowed it down, I’m ready to give you (and myself!) a snapshot of the year that was. I feel it’s only right before I find myself deeper into the well of 2013. The biggest take-out for me in 2012, was to let go… accept and go with the flow, instead of swimming upstream and fighting pointless battles. Sometimes surrender is all there is. Towards the end of 2011 I had that kind of earth-shaking, life-changing moment that propelled me to make the biggest decision of my life – leaving my full-time career in PR to live the life I had dreamed of. Building my coaching business full-time and teaching with passion, working for myself, living the lifestyle that I preached and finding joy in each day, not snippets of borrowed time between someone’s else’s time. This decision paved every element of 2012. It was the biggest, and still is, change I’ve ever made. I am forever grateful that I finally got the gumption to take a leap of faith… _____________________________________________________________________________ Once I resigned I had a month of work. My beau and I headed off to Fingal Bay for some sunshine, peace and connection. _____________________________________________________________________________ January. My favourite month. Sunshine. Ocean. New dawn, new day. And not to mention my birthday. I turned 30 in 2012 and the miserable rain made planning my ultimate yet very relaxed harbour side bbq very, very difficult. Last minute changes made… and yep, I STILL had such a heart-opening, soul-warming evening with my favourite people in the world. _____________________________________________________________________________ With The Wellness Project growing I was literally walking around each day awe of the life I had created. Sessions by the ocean with amazing, wellness-seeking individuals just had me gobsmacked. Really? This is my life? _____________________________________________________________________________ At the end of summer I was lucky to skip out of town not once but twice! First to Byron Bay for the Spirit Festival with two of the most amazing women I know, Emma Seibold and Nadia Rihani. Then next to the Phoenix Weekend where I met some amazing people that I am still friends with and which also opened the doors to awesome yoga teaching opportunities. _____________________________________________________________________________ When I look back at 2012 I can’t deny that I spent ALOT of time in the kitchen. If you follow my instagram (claireOwellness – go, on!) you’ll know what I mean. Working for myself means I work from home where I can cook and eat exactly what I like. Cooking for me is like a moving meditation. It’s my creative time. It’s spiritual. So FOOD gets a special mention here. And boy did I enjoy some delicious, healthy food. _____________________________________________________________________________ I also starting teaching more private yoga classes – one of my favourite things to do and got serious about my meditation practice. Not to mention teaching at the amazing Yoga Village. I love every student in that place, every teacher and every moment teaching there. _____________________________________________________________________________ Autumn was all about the L.O.V.E. My honey, Christopher, proposed to me at Ballast Point Park with a love lock. Overwhelmed. Overflowing with Joy. Incredibly in love. We didn’t waste anytime locking down a venue – so we headed up to the Hunter Valley to find a venue. We are getting married this April at Roberts Restaurant. It was an easy choice for us. Chris loves wine, I love good food and nature and we both fell in love with the colours, the fresh air and the rustic, homely feel of the place. _____________________________________________________________________________ Throughout winter I really got stuck into building The Wellness Project. There were workshops, new programs launched, a new website, lots of exciting changes and even more brilliant clients (not to mention all the amazing, special like-minded souls I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, working with, laughing with). When I wasn’t teaching, coaching or at yoga I spent alot of it in my office or reading with a cup of tea.   _____________________________________________________________________________ At the end of winter I flew to Melbourne to visit my soul mate, Emma Seibold and her family. I also got myself a wedding dress. This IS a big deal. Not being the kind of girl who ever dreamed up her ultimate gown, finding something in Melbourne was such sweet relief. In less than three months I’ll share some wedding pics. _____________________________________________________________________________ By the time the jacaranda trees were blooming and the spring sunshine was glowing it was time for some R&R. Off we went to Bali for the wedding of two very special friends – Valeria + Santiago. I was a bridesmaid with a few other girls and we had such a brilliant time. Despite being on the back end of some crazy virus (again, another reminder to slow down!) it was the most awesome trip and it really served to recharge my batteries. Eating our way through Seminyak brought a whole new meaning to wellness. _____________________________________________________________________________ India. I almost don’t know what to say. But here goes. New amazing friends. Food, and lots of it. Yoga – challenging, difficult, eye-opening, inspiring. Early nights, early mornings. Traveling with my dear friend, Nadia from Yoga Village, we got to share something really special. Goan sunsets. Heat. Tears. Spices. Dogs – angry ones. Longing. _____________________________________________________________________________ To wrap up the year we spent the last few days of 2012 and the first few of 2013 at Seal Rocks. Camping is an annual trip with a big group of amazing people … they are like family. We eat by the campfire, we sing along to a guitar, we lazy around in hammocks. It is our chance to switch off and reconnect. And also to spend 6 hours each […] Read more

IT’S TIME TO EAT EGGS! PHASE 2 OF MY CLEANSE

IT’S TIME TO EAT EGGS! PHASE 2 OF MY CLEANSE

Posted January 15, 2013

So, I’m cleansing. Have you heard? 😉 If you had no idea head over to here and here for updates. To date, I am feeling pretty damn awesome – and apparently looking good too, but I think that’s just my partner trying to win brownie points! There have been a few challenges, especially when eating out. But generally I have never felt deprived or seriously hungry. Except on the weekend when I walked past a cafe and could smell the delicious scent of freshly roasted coffee. I don’t drink coffee much either so it’s a little bizarre that I was craving it. I’ve just entered the 2nd phase of this GIT (gastrointestinal tract) and Liver cleanse. It might seem strange that I’m doing a liver cleanse considering that I rarely drink (when I do I can only just get through one glass of wine!). If you head over to yesterday’s post you can read up on why cleansing the liver is so important. In phase 2 we are still trying to maintain a healthy environment for the GIT + Liver. Which means we STILL avoid foods that aggravate and irritate. But, (yes, there is a but!) there are a few new things to add in to the diet. 1) Lean lamb – 2 or 3 times a week and small portions only 2) Eggs – 5-6 per week 3) Buckwheat flour – breads/pancakes 4) Fruit – (how I missed thee!) but only certain HIGH ENZYME LOW PH kinds: Berries, passionfruit, kiwi, rock melon, lemons, limes, grapefruit, pawpaw. 5) Rye bread (the real kind) I’m still meant to keep up the brown rice, yoghurt, veggies and fish – the more the better. I can’t lie though, I am a little bored of brown rice! This phase lasts around 2 or so weeks, depending on your needs. I’ve got a big batch of buckwheat pancake mixture ready to roll. It’s going to be heaven. Today’s breakfast was a kale + fresh herb scramble (two eggs) with a savoury buckwheat crepe, avocado + cherry tomatoes. I never thought I’d be so excited to eat eggs again. Cleansing really does give you a deep appreciation for the food you love. Tomorrow I think I’m going to have buckwheat pancakes with fresh fruit, lots of yoghurt and cinnamon. If you are cleansing too I wish you all the best. Stay strong, it’s worth it. Saha to you, Claire x NB/ This cleanse is adapted from Elyane Brightlight’s book Natural Recovery. Please note, if you have any serious health condition it is not wise for you to conduct this cleanse without proper guidance and supervision. Please see a qualified naturopath who can provide the correct supplementation and support. Read more

WHY WE NEED TO CLEANSE THE LIVER

WHY WE NEED TO CLEANSE THE LIVER

Posted January 14, 2013

Before we dive right in, If you aren’t up to date head over to my previous blog post detailing the Liver Cleanse that I am currently doing. Today, I thought it might be helpful to explain what the big deal is with the liver. We all kinda know it’s a pretty important organ… but how important is the question. On this cleanse, unless you saw an item on the INS list, well then it’s OUT. Everything in the cleanse is designed to detox the system. The deletion of sugar, alcohol, caffeine and so on rapidly aids the process, but the deeper aspects of detox all boils down to the liver. One cannot understand how to repair the body without knowing about the liver – Elyane Brightlight Did you know that the liver has more than 500 identified functions? Yep, it’s true. I was a little gobsmacked by that, honestly. It made me realise how little I acknowledge this small but mighty organ! Three roles that the liver plays – all which are MAJOR to our health. The metabolism of fats, protein and carbs The manufacture and distribution of hormones Selection, detoxification and excretion The liver produces bile which aids in the digestion of fats. It also secretes glucose, proteins, vitamins and fats used by the body. It stores and metabolises vitamins and produces anti-toxic substances. It also stores the all important Vitamin B12, folic acid and iron. Our liver receives absorbed substances from the intestines where harmful and useful substances are identified. The baddies are detox via enzymatic action – the are often released through excretions (stools and urine). The liver also aids in our immunity – secreting a protein that binds to harmful bacteria that have not been detected by a different component of the immune system. This process ensures that the bacteria is ‘noticed’ and destroyed. Pretty impressive little organ, me thinks. But wait, there’s more! A vital role is the liver’s release of glycogen or blood sugar into the bloodstream. This is absolutely necessary for our functioning, for energy – to do absolutely anything at all, including reacting quickly to stressful/dangerous situations to simply walking down the street. The biggest battle for the liver is that we tend to eat a surplus of certain foods (caffeine, refined carbs, sugar) that break down really quicky resulting into a HUGE release of glycogen from the liver into the bloodstream. The body has a panic attack, not knowing what to do with this sugar in the blood. As a result, the pancreas throws insulin into the bloodstream to bring down the blood sugar and you feel flat again – Elyane Brightlight It’s a constant yo-yo effect. The liver sends up the blood sugar, the pancreas drops it back down. Now you know why we feel so UP + down. So we are on this yo-yo/up-down/ping-pong effect all day. We gorge on a HUGE meal at night (when we least need it, the metabolism is slower after sundown and we do MUCH less in the evenings). We are wired and awake because the body has too much energy, which gets stored as fat and to top it off we wake up tired, sluggish and moody the next day. The purpose of this cleanse is to give the liver a break from the overwhelming quantity of crap we send its way. It no longer has to deal with queue-jumpers (sugar, refined carbs, alcohol) and can actually do all it’s other (a few hundred!) vital functions. I’m at day 7 of the cleanse and I’m almost ready to move into Plan B. Stay tuned to find out what’s involved and don’t forget to stay connected via facebook where I am only posting updates on how I’m tracking on this cleanse. Saha to you, Claire Read more

WHAT IS THE SAHA SPACE?

WHAT IS THE SAHA SPACE?

Posted January 11, 2013

Many of you have been following this blog since it’s inception over 1.5 years ago. Others might be much newer and perhaps you are wondering why this blog is called The Saha Space? Considering that I sign off every blog with ‘saha to you’ I thought it was high time I explain it because it’s not just a name, it encapsulates so much more of who I am, why I live, breath and coach in the way that I do and what I hope to pass onto others. Today I’d love to share the story of this name with you. As a teenager and even in my early 20s I would never have fathomed that I would one day be a Certified Yoga Teacher and a Certified Holistic Health + Wellness Coach. I was never an overly atheltic child – definitely not the kind that felt confident to do all those things children love to do – handstands, backbends and general body contortionism! Nor was I focused on health. Being naturally petite I could get away with eating anything and everthing so I rarely thought about what I was putting in my body. I think one of my many nicknames in high school was human trash-can, because I would eat anything and everything! But when I look back to the past and remember a word I grew up with, ‘Saha’, I realise there was no other way for it. I am exactly where I should be. The Arabic word Saha, loosely translates to ‘good health’ but to me it means so much more than that. Growing up with Middle Eastern parents, the word ‘Saha’ filled my days. Upon hearing this word I am immediately transported to the kitchen of my parent’s home. It is here, in this kitchen sitting at the old, worn wooden dining table – which quietly, stoically, respectfully supported us through arguments, tears and giggles – that my journey began. As the youngest of five children to parents hell bent on raising their kids in true health; I slowly absorbed (amongst the mayhem) the countless snippets of spiritual, nutritional and emotional nurturing. From instructions to chew my food 25 times, to looking inside when I need guidance, or one of my father’s usual debriefs on why the spoonful of his homemade tahini (en route to my mouth) was so precious. With each morsel of heavenly food, love, spirituality and affection I would hear the word Saha, uttered by my mother, father or siblings. Saha is a word acknowledging that which gives good health. A word filled with pleasure and true respect to the blessings in our life. A word entrenched in gratitude. A word that invites you to exhale with contentment. You know that feeling when you are staring out at the expansive, never-ending ocean… the sun is warming your shoulders and you can’t help but smile at the beauty of it all. That feeling is saha to me… that big, deep sigh of real happiness from within. So it’s no surprise to me, in hindsight, that as I sat in deep meditation one day that the word SAHA bounced within the walls of my mind. It was like a whisper with a gentle knudge. As I opened my eyes, feeling whole, happy and healthy, I realised this should be the name of my new blog – all those months ago. The Saha Space was born. Each time I write that word I pay homage to it, to where I have come from, the the thousand times its been uttered with love and to balance, true happiness and perfect health. With that, I invite you to be part of The Saha Space. Be here, explore, learn, share and express your own experience of saha with all of us. Saha to you. Claire x Read more


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