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8 WAYS TO LOVE YOUR ‘OTHER BRAIN’

8 WAYS TO LOVE YOUR ‘OTHER BRAIN’

Posted August 26, 2013

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

RECIPE: RASPBERRY + FIG LOAF

RECIPE: RASPBERRY + FIG LOAF

Posted August 19, 2013

OMG. Yep, this recipe calls for a big old OMG (oh-my-god) moment. A few weeks back I sent a call-out to my enewsletter subscribers and asked my gorgeous peeps to share some of their favourite recipes. On my facebook page I am always so impressed by the recipe people are whipping up that I thought it was time to share some of that goodness. P.s Get on my list if you haven’t already and receive your free member pack filled with lots of wellness goodies! Sign-up below! The very first recipe that landed in my inbox left me glazy eyed and drooling. A BIG huge thanks to the lovely Larissa Jones who served up this delectable Raspberry + Fig Loaf. You are going to LOVE this. Let’s do this! Happy Baking. What you’ll need 1/2 cup almond meal 1/2 cup GF Flour 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 2 eggs 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 tablespoons coconut oil 1/2 cup mashed bananas 1/2 cup dates, pitted and chopped 1/2 cup apple, coarsely grated 1/2 cup figs, sliced 3/4 cup raspberries (frozen or fresh) What to do: Preheat oven to 180C. Grease or line loaf tin with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine almond meal, rye flour, baking soda and cinnamon. Set aside. In another bowl, whisk the eggs. Stir in vanilla, coconut oil and mashed bananas. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Fold in dates, apples, figs and raspberries. Break up bigger lumps of dates if they stick together. Transfer batter to prepared loaf tin. Bake for 40 minutes or until skewer comes out clean Yum, right? So, hey – if you want to share one of your most delicious recipes send them over to me. Email me your recipe, (claire (at) thewellnessproject.net.au  – just replace (a) with @) with an image and any social media links you want included for all you bloggers out there. Keep it clean, super-healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free if possible and packed with goodness. Saha! Claire x Read more

WHEN YOU PLACE POWER IN YOUR AGENDAS

WHEN YOU PLACE POWER IN YOUR AGENDAS

Posted August 13, 2013

I was on a plane in early June, flying to Brisbane to visit a friend. As I usually do, I made good use of the time in the air to meditate. As soon as I’d finished meditating I sat up, pulled out my iPad and started typing out a loose plan for an online project all around learning how to Surrender. I felt the words pour out of me. I felt the inspiration move through me. I felt almost giddy with the joy of it. Such a beautiful moment. Now, my ebook – Get out of your way: 17 ways to surrender for your best life yet – was almost ready to go live and here I was buzzing with the inspiration of an amazing new offering. I had no idea that very soon I was going to hit a plateau (which I wrote about here!) which kept me from moving forward. Since then, post plateau, I have felt the urge to create and brainstorm and feel my way through a new set of desires. But what I STILL wasn’t feeling was this project on Surrender. I sat down multiple times to bring this project to life. I’ve scribbled out a rough plan and then scrapped it. I’ve done the same with a title… over and over again. I decided to see my Kinesiologist who explored the concept and did a reading for me. Apparently, my body indicated that doing this course this September/October was 100% for my highest good. That, coupled with a few other ‘attachments’ I had created I started to grip to the outcome. I started to move from agenda. The result? I nose-dived even deeper into stucks-ville. Feet buried in concrete. Hitting my head against a brick wall. No flow. No inspiration. Nothing juicy or real or awesome. No beautiful, special moments of joy. When you place power in agenda It’s clear that I had started to cling to the outcome. My approach was no longer born from that place of pure inspiration that I had experienced on the plane, but it had latched itself to an agenda. A desire that wasn’t ‘true’ for me. Despite my Kinesiologist telling me that it was for my highest good, I intuitively felt that right now I wasn’t doing anything good! I’m not saying she is wrong, in fact, she could be dead on, but I took her words and used them as the main REASON for moving forward. Not to mention all the other reasons I discovered. “I should be able to do this because I’ve been told this is for my highest good”. “I should make this happen because it’s the ‘right time of year’ for this”. “I should definitely get this done in 2013 because If I don’t maybe I never will” “I should produce something else this year, to make this year BIG and special” “I should launch it in September because it works with the word September” Can you see my EGO… my head getting in the way? Standing in front of me, blocking me? When all you can do is surrender The irony is not lost on me that I am talking to you about creating a course on surrender and in the process I was doing the exact opposite. Gripping. Attaching. Controlling. Fearing. The only way forward is to take my own advice. Stop. Listen. Observe. Let it go.. I’ve explored my agendas. I see them for what they are. I have objectively clocked my ‘WHYs’  (why am I doing this?!) and allowed all of that to just be there, judgement-free. Now, I surrender. Now I let it go. Now, I put my tools down. Now, I stop trying so hard. When the energy of control comes up again During this process of surrender and de-stabilising the power of those agendas I still have moments of, what I think to be, ‘inspiration’. When they come up, I stop. I listen. I observe. Some of the internal dialogue looks like this: Ok, Claire, pause for a moment. What is this? What can you sense and feel here? What does it look like? Where did it come from? What ‘drove’ that inspiration, what triggered it? And let me get super-real here. If I have to ask those questions then I already know that the ‘inspiration’ I am feeling is actually ego-based agenda. Perhaps a fear has bubbled up – insecurity, self-doubt, lack of approval – that has driven my ego to attach to a perceived ‘solution’. In truth, when you feel the flow and your power is in that and that only there are no questions, the ego is quiet, there is no doubt! When you let go you get perspective Even as I write this I can sense the space of creation. Since I ‘totally’ dropped the doing, creating and building around this project I have noticed perspective. The areas I was previously stuck on no longer seem so confusing or difficult. The elements of this project seem less challenging or daunting. It reminds me of when I was 15, learning how to drive. I had weekly driving lessons and I was doing well, but not good enough to take the test. My dad eventually had to stop the lessons (they were getting expensive) for a couple of months. In the end I had a 3 month break where I didn’t practice driving ONCE, nor did I think about it. I stopped caring so much, either way, what would happen. I’d sort of ‘forgotten’ the purpose of it all. My first lesson back the driving instructor was astounded. I remember him saying that I was more than ready to take, and pass, the test. The time away created perspective and space. Within that space I was no longer playing within the energy of doing, trying, attempting, pushing, controlling. From there, with my agenda dropped and my focus simply on the experience I dropped into the flow. When we step back and get out […] Read more

YOGA WITH CLAIRE: JUICY HIP OPENING

YOGA WITH CLAIRE: JUICY HIP OPENING

Posted August 08, 2013

It’s time for some juicy hip-opening yoga! I naturally have tight hips. Over the 6+ years of yoga they have definitely opened up alot, but they can still feel quite locked up at times. So, I love nothing more than a sequence that is going to get right in deep and release some of that tension. Not to mention all the emotional gunk stored in my hips. I’m not sure who first came up with that idea in the yogi lineage, but it’s true. Within the Ashtanga Yoga Primary sequence there is a posture called Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose). For a good 6 months each morning as the teacher adjusted me in this pose I would end up with tears streaming down my face and this incredibly overwhelming feeling – like a head rush almost but wrapped in vulnerability. I felt exposed, raw, sad, relieved. My experience is that YES, our hips hold alot of past pain, trauma, sadness, tension, worry. I hope you enjoy this sequence as much I did making it for you. It’s an 8.5 minute sequence, but as I mention in the video please hold poses for longer if you need to. Make this practice your own juicy hip opening experience. I’d love to hear how you go with it. Come back after you’ve done the sequence and tell me your experience! CLICK TO PLAY Namaste, Claire x Read more

CAUGHT UP IN TOMORROW? BLOCKED BY THE FUTURE?

CAUGHT UP IN TOMORROW? BLOCKED BY THE FUTURE?

Posted August 06, 2013

Do you get caught up in the tomorrow? Or wrapped up in thoughts of HOW you are going to be the person you want to be, get where you want to go and do what you want to do? What if I told you that all you needed to do, to be, get and do what you want is to simply focus on TODAY? That you just have to think, behave and feel in the way you want to, just for today? In today’s vlog, this is exactly what I explore. During my recent Reiki Training with Frenchy from Prana Lounge we were taught the 5 Reiki Principles which all focus on affirmations and ways of being just for today. One day at a time. I love these principles because they really take the pressure off ‘being perfect’ and allow you to move through life in the way you want, living and breathing positive principles without getting weighed down by expectations or outcomes. One day at a time. Be in the now. The now is all there is. CLICK TO PLAY   There are 5 Reiki Principles which I share with you in the VLOG. After watching them I’m sure you will want to print these and keep them somewhere to remind you that 1 – Just for today, I will not be angry. Anger deals with the past and present moment. Anger from the past is futile, we cannot change it, therefore why hold it in our hearts? And anger for this moment is within the human context or story. When you remember that you are ONE with the universe, and that you are a spiritual being, anger towards the stuff in your story will dissipate. 2- Just for today, I will not worry. Worry is about the future. Concern, stress and anxiety of what may or may not happen. You have the power of choice in every single situation. Let the future become the present and deal with it in that moment, from a place of choice, instead of anger, frustration, hurt or sadness. Holding onto unnecessary worry can manifest into physical and emotional blockages and illness. 3 – Just for today, I will be grateful. Being grateful is about embracing your present reality for all its beauty. Gratitude brings about a deeper sense of contentment and happiness for what you have, instead of focusing on what you don’t. It brings joy into your heart. 4 – Just for today, I will do my work honestly. It is your right to work, create, learn, educate, teach, experience. Do what you do with honesty and integrity. You’ll only receive more of that back to you ten-fold. Be authentic, experience abundance. 5- Just for today, I will be kind to every living thing. Kindness is very closely related to true unconditional love. Kindness towards those, including people that frustrate, anger, irritate you or that you have no feelings towards is just as important. Living with compassion to every living thing allows you to feel kindness and compassionate towards yourself, in turn you are able to keep giving it out to others. The circle continues. Love + light to you, Claire x Image Source Read more

FIND THE CENTRE OF YOUR STORMY EMOTIONS

FIND THE CENTRE OF YOUR STORMY EMOTIONS

Posted August 05, 2013

I really love the idea that we are not our “emotions”. When I say emotions I am talking about the highs and lows we experience. I’m not talking about ‘feelings or desires’… which I feel often can come from a more intuitive place directly connected to your truth and essence. Think about that mental energy that spits out ’emotions’ that leave us feeling elated or deflated. Sometimes we are left feeling a little ‘out-of-control’ as if we had no say in the matter and we are just battered left and right but circumstances, experiences, events. So, I really appreciate the idea that I am more than those emotions. That I am HIGHER than that. Yes, as a spiritual being having a human existence my purpose  (OUR purpose) is to, well, have a human existence. And part of that is to experience emotions, challenges, joys, loss, happiness … the whole range of human emotions. However, isn’t it reassuring to know that if we truly are not these emotions then we have the power to not be controlled or bullied by them. Our whole life is not at the mercy of these some-times ego driven emotions. If you are not your emotions then who are you? Good question. And it’s a question that no one can truly answer with concrete evidence. So my response is based on years of yogic, spiritual and personal development study. Truly though, my response is based on my own intuition. This is what I do know. You are not your name. You are not your face, body, clothing. You are not your job. You are not your experiences, habits, problems, addictions If we keep peeling away the layers we eventually get to this space where there is (seemingly) ‘nothing’. But within that nothingness is everything. Have you ever meditated and had a moment, even a millisecond where your breath seemed to stop, your thoughts ceased and you entered ‘the gap’… some in-between land of nothingness. And, instead of feeling scared you actually felt blissful. As if you’d just come home? As if you’d just stepped into love. That space of infinite love, complete and utter trust and universality… that’s who you are. The Higher You is everything. Are we supposed to transcend our emotions? When I first started on my journey of self-exploration and dove into yogic studies I often thought I was supposed to rise ABOVE my ego or above that which I am not. It confused me… Why do I have this body, this human experience, this breath if I am  supposed to rise above it? Why do I have these emotions (sometimes they serve me, sometimes they don’t) or this ego, if I am higher than this? It took me a while and even more recently I’ve started to come to terms with the truth. I’m not supposed to transcend this. I’m not supposed to supersede my ego. I’m not required to shed my human-ness or the emotions that I have. I’m just supposed to remember….Remember who I really am. Watch what I do in my life. What I say, how I act. Become aware so I can grow and evolve from there. Become more conscious so I can use my truth, within this human experience to simply live LIFE and be the best I can – emotionally rich, physically healthy, spiritually connected, mentally alive. Find the centre of your stormy emotions So, we undersand we are not our emotions. We also understand that we don’t need to ignore them, stifle them, transcend them. But what do we do when we have them? What do we do when we experience high voltage emotions – anger, sadness, moodiness. We sit with it. We BE with it. I like to say, we get super cosy and friendly. Hear me clearly though – this is not creative license to run wildly off into the horizon with your emotion. This is not an invitation to let said emotions overtake you, control you and run the show. This is different. You acknowledge those emotions. You let them be rather than squash and stifle. If something needs to be expressed from that emotion, you allow it – safely, with love, with consciousness. Instead of letting them blow-up or be buried – neither of which actually provides any real insight or understanding – try and just sit in the centre of those emotions. Like the eye of a storm where it’s calm and serene, despite the fact that you KNOW there is the whirlwind around, you are centered. You are watching it, objectively, separate from it and not caught up in it. This applies to the whole spectrum of our emotions – even the good ones! From a ‘positive’ perspective, rather than run away with your elation and happiness can you savour it and enjoy it but not get so rapt within it that the only way for that emotion is to head south, sending you to its polar opposite? Your turn: How do you feel about sitting with your emotions (fears, sadness, anger, hurt, happiness, elation, joy) rather than identifying with them and getting caught up in it all? Love + light. Claire x Image Source Read more

6 WAYS TO STAY WELL IN KAPHA SEASON

6 WAYS TO STAY WELL IN KAPHA SEASON

Posted July 30, 2013

As I write this It’s a balmy 23 degrees in Sydney. Yep… we call this winter. But this is no early Spring. It’s a freak-of-nature moment that only does one thing – trick us! The problem is right now middle/late winter and into early spring we are in the thick of what is called Kapha season according to Ayurveda. In case you want a little recap or you are new to Ayurveda head over to this post written by the amazing Ayurvedic Expert, Monica Bloom. What is Kapha Season? Every dosha/nature within Ayurveda – Vata, Pitta, Kapha – relates to a season or time of year. As mentioned, for those in the Southern Hemipshere, we are in the middle of Kapha now. Have you ever noticed how you will almost make it through winter without a cold/flu and then towards the end of winter you get knocked down with the snottiest, goopiest cold ever? Yep, you can thank Kapha for that! What are the qualities of Kapha? Kapha relates to water AND earth. What do you get when you put those together? Goopy, slimy mud. Thick, slow-moving, wet, unctious. That, my friends, is Kapha. Kapha energy is cold, wet and heavy. Sounds like winter and early spring, right? These qualities on a physiological perspective are important. The lubrication within Kapha is responsible for keeping our body supple and strong. Now… because we are entering the season where there is MORE Kapha qualities thrown about (more cold, rain, heaviness) we need to be mindful of this and do what we can to stay in balance. This applies to everyone, even if you don’t have any Kapha in your Ayurvedic profile. I am a Vata-Pitta and yet I still get affected by Kapha if I don’t manage it properly. How do we stay in balance during Kapha season? We stay warm and dry. Try not to let the warmer weather tease you and go throwing off your winter layers. Don’t be fooled. Stay bundled up and stay dry – out of the rain and even out of the ocean (unless you’ve been swimming all season). Get mobile! MOVE. Kapha energy tends to be slow and heavy, we need to counteract that big time. So get walking, running, do a PT session, go to more dynamic, flowing yoga classes. Get sweaty! When it comes to diet keep it light. Lots of veggies and a small portion of carbs and protein. Eat spicy foods – turmeric, cayenne pepper, cumin, chilli – to keep the fire going. If you are a vata/pitta go easy on the spices! Rise by 6am. Kapha season coupled with Kapha time of day (from 6am – 1oam) can make for a very sluggish, slow kind of day. Get up by 6am to keep your energy alive and rocking. Start clearing out. Spring clean your home, do a spring clean of your wardrobe, recycle /donate  stuff you don’t need. Go through every corner of your life and detox! Prepare for a cleanse by early spring. It’s time to detox from all that beautiful wintry food – stews, soups, roasts are perfect for winter, now we need to clear out the colon and kick-start our metabolism again. A Bonus tip for you! Enjoy turmeric in your diet! Check out this post for ideas. Keep eating a clean, fresh diet. Up your intake of Vitamin C, B, Zinc, Olive Leaf Extract, Andrographis or any other immunity boosting supplements you prefer. love + light, Claire x Read more

THE POWER OF LAUGHTER

THE POWER OF LAUGHTER

Posted July 29, 2013

It wasn’t that long ago that I introduced you to Sarah Tolmie via The Inspiration Corner series. Sarah was the incredible celebrant that married Christopher and I earlier this year. She is a woman who cherishes life + love in all it’s glory. As a Celebrant, Coach and Pastoral Carer Sarah loves to explore the whole repertoire of experiences within life and love. I love this woman. She has such a gorgeous, naturally open energy to her. I’ve wanted to get her in front of you, my gorgeous readers, for so long – and today you get to meet her. Sarah is also, (amongst so many other skills) a Laughter Yoga Leader. Being a passionate yogi and a true believer in the power of laughter to heal and encourage surrender I jumped on the chance to chat with Sarah about this interesting practice. Below you can check out my recent chat with Sarah on Laughter Yoga – the history of it and how it came about, why laughing can be so healing, the topic of surrender and letting go. I loved learning more about this and it has really helped me to remember the power of laughter. Sarah is captivating, intriguing, infectious, bubbly. Make a cup of tea, get comfy and prepare for some insights and laughter. love + light, Claire Read more

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