Whilst down at the beach this morning with my adorable husband … the sun kissing my back, swimming in the surf, and breathing in the beauty of Byron Bay beach and surrounding hinterland, I am completely filled with gratitude.
I believe that heaven really is here on earth if we wish to choose to create it. Every day that I make the intention to be present as I walk on the beach observing the clouds, the mountains, the seagulls, the ocean and the way the waves crash upon the sand; or when I look out our living room window at the birds, butterflies, flowers, plants and dragons all doing their thing in the garden, I am simply in awe at just how beautiful this planet is. It washes away all my worries and concerns about the news ‘stories’ that are designed to fuel our fear. And every time I breathe in the beauty of nature, I am gifted with even more unexpected surprises, whether it be a pod of dolphins swimming by, or a coloured flower that I hadn’t seen before, or a cloud formation that all fill me with happiness, joy and beauty.
Creating my life exactly how I like it is something that I absolutely love to play with. Continue reading
Posted in 'Me' Time, Beauty Care, Environment, Exercise, Home Environment, Nutrition, Outdoors, Relationships, Sleep
Tagged conscious choices, consciousness, gratitude, happy new year, health, thank you, wellbeing
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Diary of a Vegan
Making the decision to go vegan is a different path for everyone. The reasons behind the choice may range from healthy living to animal rights. Whatever they are, making the decision to be vegan is one of the biggest gifts you can give yourself, animals and the planet.
I was chatting with Be Genki‘s Sam Sample recently. She mentioned she had recently made the transition to veganism, after years of flirting with it. I asked if she would be happy to share her journey in the hope of inspiring others who are thinking about becoming cruelty-free. Here is her story… Continue reading
People have been drinking herbal teas for their healing properties for as long as we have known how to heat water. Considering the anatomy and physiology of our body, herbal teas make perfect sense as the drink of choice, not only for their diverse therapeutic benefits but also for helping to improve our daily water consumption. The human body is composed of more that 60% water. Blood is approximately 92% water, the brain and muscles are approximately 75% water and bones approximately 22% water. Rather important that we drink an adequate amount of water each day don’t you think! Continue reading
Considering the stress and stimulation that we are increasingly being exposed to, it’s no wonder that many of us find it difficult to fall asleep at night, suffer from poor sleep or wake up feeling tired and flat.
Checking emails in bed on the iPhone or Blackberry, eating a large meal at nighttime, going to the gym late at night, worrying about how much work there is to get through, watching television in bed, depending on alcohol or pharmaceuticals to help fall asleep, are all recipes for an inability to fall asleep or disrupted night’s sleep. Continue reading
It’s not such a great idea to go to bed on a full tummy. Nor is it a good idea to quickly throw together a meal via the microwave and sit down on the couch with eyes on the TV and dinner on your lap.
Whether you’re finding it a challenge to find the time to prepare a healthy nutritious dinner after a full day’s work at the office or household chores, or lack inspiration about what to cook, following are two versatile “recipes” that you can adapt to suit you and your family’s tastebuds. Quick and easy to prepare, nutritious and delicious, perfect for taking the stress out of dinner time, salads and soups are the way to go. Continue reading
For centuries apple cider vinegar has been widely used for its health benefits. In 400 BC, Hippocrates, the father of medicine, used it for its natural cleansing, healing and energising qualities. The Egyptians used it in 300 BC, and Julius Caesar’s army used a vinegar tonic to fight off disease and maintain health. Many recent medical studies document the health benefits. My thought is that there is clearly something remarkable about apple cider vinegar and that it is certainly worth consuming every day. Continue reading
Posted in Beauty Care, Nutrition
Tagged apple cider vinegar, blood pressure, detox, digestion, health, healthy hair, immune system, pH levels, skin care, wellbeing
Clean, clear, beautiful skin is something that most of us desire and strive to attain. Whether you’re trying to prevent spots or a more serious condition or prolong the aging process there are a number of key factors that influence the health and beauty of your skin regardless of your age or concern. Continue reading
I’ve been going to the same beautician for over 12 years now, for she’s not only excellent at what she does, but she’s also a joy to talk to. One thing that I have always noticed and admired is the amazing skin tone, elasticity and softness of her face and body. She’s well in to her 60s and is clearly someone that is ageing beautifully, naturally and gracefully. My last visit I couldn’t help but ask what her secret was. Continue reading
Feeling tired? Exhausted? Lacking concentration? Lacking motivation? Whilst energy drinks, coffee, and pharmaceuticals may offer a quick short-term solution and “hit” of energy, they are not doing you, your loved ones or the planet any favors.
If you’d like to get off the roller coaster ride of energy highs and lows, it might be a good idea to consider other options. Following is a number of lifestyle choices and rituals specifically targeted to help improve energy levels. Continue reading
Posted in 'Me' Time, Exercise, Nutrition, Outdoors
Tagged aromatherapy, coffee, diet, energy, energy levels, essential oils, health, herbal, massage, mind, soul, tea, wellbeing
Have you ever had one of those days when you’ve been racing around from meeting to meeting and haven’t had a moment to stop and feed yourself and then suddenly you get that all-encompassing feeling of “I NEED FOOD, NOW!!” and then you grab the first thing in sight to satisfy that hunger and neglect. If we lived in a world that was free from processed and junk foods this wouldn’t be such a problem, but chances are that first thing you grab is not so healthy. Continue reading
Salt is such a contentious topic to raise. Dare I say that salt can be healthy?
I’m certainly not suggesting to start (or continue) adding a sprinkle of salt to every meal. I would, however, like to propose an alternative to table salt and a lovely relaxing ritual to enjoy each month. Continue reading
Stress… it seems that we all are susceptible to this overwhelming feeling. What may be stressful to one person may be a “walk in the park” for another. So whether it’s a monstrous to-do list at work; upcoming exams at school or college; an imminent wedding or event; trying to meet tight deadlines;