My fasting journey...

MY FASTING JOURNEY - a little summary

Back in 1997 (I was 14yrs old – Grade 9 at school) I did the liver cleanse diet.  This was to help my skin - as I struggled with acne.  I did it with my mum for support – cutting out meat, dairy, wheat, sugar, etc.  It didn’t phase me at the time, which I look back & think is laughable as my friends ate chocolate around me & I didn't flinch.  Mum helped a lot with food prep.  She is creative so the food was interesting.  I do remember a lot of cauliflower...

This year I have co-facilitated 2 online juice fasts which allows you to feel supported while fasting but in the comfort of your own home.

This year I have co-facilitated 2 online juice fasts which allows you to feel supported while fasting but in the comfort of your own home.

Throughout my teens I tried a lot of things for my acne so was used to cutting out things.  When I had to say goodbye to cheese I remember it being a very devastating day!  My salad sandwiches no longer had flavour (or so I thought at the time...).  I have learnt so much since then about awesome ways to upgrade them and add creaminess... hommus, avocado, pesto, beetroot dip, etc.

In 2010 in my final year of studying Naturopathy I remember doing a 3 day water fast.  I was paralysed in bed.  It was horrible!  I didn't prep properly – I don’t even know what program if any I was following?  I know in hindsight I wasn’t drinking enough water.  I was home alone & mentally had to talk my mind into moving my limbs.  It was so weird and scary.  I also remember choosing to climb Mt Warning on the last day of my cleanse.  Hmmm… not so smart?!  So I got scared about having energy for the hike and broke my fast with something that was being cooked for dinner that night which had dairy and wheat in it (homemade pizza from memory), classic unprepared fast exit.  Haha! I learnt so much from this fast.  I was juicing a lot at this time - often daily. This daily routine didn't help my fast as I now know I was so unprepared physically, mentally, emotionally & understand the depth of preparation required for a smooth & easier fast.

In 2011 I was living in Perth & went to one of Tyler Tolman's weekend courses called Heal Thyself Express. Following those 2 days I kicked off a 30 day cleanse.  It started with a 4 day colon cleanse and for the remaining days I ate 1 bag of pulse (mixture of nuts, seeds, dried fruit, etc) & organic apples if need be. I got really tired of the sweetness and just wanted green leaves. I noticed a lot during this time in relation to my hunger, the season I chose to fast (winter in Perth or just prior to), how socially ‘awkward’ it was for others - I wasn’t phased when joining people for dinner or at the staffroom table. I found the social aspect fascinating! I was there for the company but there was so much stigma (& curiousity understandably) attached to eating less or better still cleansing or fasting. This is also where my fascination of water consumption kicked in & how different I felt when really well hydrated. I was always a pretty good water drinker but drinking a lot (1 litre) first upon waking was fascinating to daily over a month.  It is now a comfortable habit.  I began to notice how well I felt once hydrated and how my hunger decreased.  FYI: Hunger is often confused for dehydration.

With Don & Tyler Tolman in Bali working at their 7 day juice fast

With Don & Tyler Tolman in Bali working at their 7 day juice fast

2012 I attended one of Tyler’s 7 day juice fasts in Bali. I was looking for something to complement my Naturopathy that wasn’t supplement based and discovered his fast. The 7 day fast ended up being 2 days juice and 7 days water.  My eczema was giving me grief at the time and the juices made it itchy, so I dived in as the environment was supportive. Holy moly! Wowza. I loved the enemas and began to understand physically, mentally and emotionally how they shifted things at another level.  I released something that resembled black tar on day 4 after stopping juices and transitioning to water.  Oh my the smell! It was fascinating.  I remember feeling so damn happy and also gained further understanding of the body and what it can store. During this fast I gained more understanding of emotions being integrated, episodes of lethargy vs heaps of energy, dizzy spells, euphoria, etc and how to handle them confidently.  I continued the water on the plane trip back to Cairns and for another couple of days in Cairns, until my house mates started cooking and I caved with coconut water & fruit. Pretty darn awesome post fast transition (exit) this time because I was mentally & physically prepared due to the education around breaking a fast. Community support filled so many of my senses while not eating along with sunshine and different daily practices. I understood the potency of support, community & 'feeding' the body in other ways.  It's not just about stopping eating for those newbies out there!  This is why I feel so passionate to share more on fasting and have created this event next year!

In 2012 I went back to the same 7 day fasting retreat in Bali as a volunteer and worked behind the scenes with 28 people juice fasting while doing adventure activities (to keep their minds busy) eg. whitewater rafting, hiking, etc. This was amazing to be apart of the team and learn more!

2014 I did a 21 day retreat on the Central Coast of NSW which integrated 18 days juicing.  Again I did 3 days juice and the rest water because I wanted to clear my eczema – it would come and go over the years, at times really bad outbreaks and then leave for years. Through exploring fasting & understanding my body more I now understand the triggers causing it & also what has needed to be released through fasting and cleansing to allow my body to repair the eczema long term.  The 18 days juicing was combined with Vipassana Meditation & Rebirthing (a breathing technique to release emotions).  Full on and all complementary to each other - a whole body overhaul. I learnt more about my body and mind on this fast.  Lots of emotional triggers and also the fastest clearing of a coldsore ever while fasting on water & actioning a salt flush.

Breaking my 18 day fast with fresh watermelon - eaten with my hands. Absolute connection and gratitude.

Breaking my 18 day fast with fresh watermelon - eaten with my hands. Absolute connection and gratitude.

4 years into my business, in 2015, I was asked to support Tyler as his Naturopath at his 30 day Heal Thy Self program in Bali. This was again fascinating to watch 16 people go deep on a juice fast (juices for a few days of preparation followed by 18 days on water).  So many emotions and layers were released and processed. It was incredible to be observe and support. I really began to understand iridology from a completely different angle.  Became more deeply fascinated by the metaphysics of disease and really felt in awe of what it takes to run a retreat.  Bringing together so many practitioners, timetables, communication, juice/food prep, music, etc it’s all done with ease when the prep work is done – so much unseen work behind the scenes.  All while keeping the mood high and emotions supported.

In the last 4 years I have done a bunch of different 3, 5 & 7 day fasts always trying something different to discover the nurture balance.  Intermittent fasting has been an easy & accessible way of fasting day to day & giving my digestive system a break.  An aspect of fasting I am really intrigued by as a woman. I feel we need more yin as women. Herbal teas, softness, community, etc.  I feel so damn passionate about providing supportive fasts that encompass and really support the emotional needs while sticking to guidelines to get results. I simply don't believe in measuring the in-goings (juice/water) and out-goings (poo/gallstones/parasites) for results. I could talk for days about my love and fascination of fasting - oh wait I am next February!

I have one of my mini fasts documented on my blog from 4 years ago.

I am excited to let you know about a supported fast I have coming up in February next year.  A fully supported 4 day fast that really emphasises the pre and post aspect of fasting, while really immersing yourself in all of the beneficial aspects of a successful fast - fun, movement (yoga & qi gong), community, sunshine, hydration, education & more, with 2 qualified professionals.  Check out this amazing opportunity here!

We have a special on for 2 more days to save $100!  Only selected accommodation remaining.  Please reach out for a 15min free consultation to answer any of your health concerns or questions around the retreat!  They are available for next week only - bookings essential!  Call me to book your spot.  Come the start of 2018, you will be grateful you have put aside some time to get back on track after the festivities of Christmas & the New Year.  

I am offering 15minute free consultations next week to answer any health concerns and questions around the retreat.  Bookings essentials!  Hit comment to reach out and book your spot or call me on 0438733103. I'd love to help you on your health journey.

Janelle x

What water?

What you may not know about tap water is that it has chlorine in it BUT more importantly, chlorine kills your gut flora! When things diminish your gut flora, they also directly impacts your immune system. This in turn affects your mood, your bowel habits and your energy levels to name just a few. So! With that in mind, you now prefer to be drinking filtered water?

Zazen is a brand of water filter that I adore and here are my reasons why. I personally own this filter and love it as there are 10 steps to the filtration process.  Not to mention the flavour of the water tastes delicious! I have had plenty of clients come to me saying how much they love the flavour of this pure water once they take the step to owning one.

Zazen water filter

Zazen water filter

Zazen water is alkaline water emulated by Mother Nature.

The emphasis with these amazing water filters is that not only do they produce clean drinking water, but they also ALKALISE the water.  We live in a very acidic world where our daily choices and our stress levels can create more acidity in our bodies.  So, to be drinking alkaline water every day is going to continue to provide optimal health for our bodies!  A chance to heal, repair and thrive!

The 10 stages of filtration that a Zazen water filter provide are:

1. Ceramic Filter - removes rust, sediments, organic matter and stops bacteria, cysts, parasites and hazardous micro-organisms.  

2. Silver activated carbon - Inhibits bacterial over growth in filter, reduces chloride, herbicides and pesticides, industrial poisons, THM's, organic chemicals and odours. Silver is not released into the water.

3. Fluoride reduction - Effective filtration of up to 90% of fluoride.

4. Activated zeolite - Inhibits bacteria and traps heavy metals such as lead, aluminium, nickel, cadmium and mercury. Removes detergents, ammonium, agricultural chemicals and other toxins.

5/6/7. Bioceramic Pi, FIR Energy Balls & Silica Sand - provides additional filtration to balance pH and neutralise acidic components of tap water. Infuses natural silica renowned for strengthening collagen for radiant hair and nails.

8. Natural Mineral Stones - Contains calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, silicon and other trace minerals which also assists to balance your internal pH. These stones are mined from 300meters below the Earth's surface without damage to the environment.

9. Silver Stones - A natural anti-bacterial agent to keep the lower tank clean and maintenance free

10. Magnetic Energy 1200 Gauss Tap - Restructures the water by surrounding it water with magnetic energy, just as spring water is exposed to the Earth's magnetic energy.

If you are interested in purchasing one please email or phone me and I can have it delivered to your door!  I love how simple the set up is with this company. Plus, it all happens within a week.

 

Zazen water filters are a gravity fed design which emulate mother nature's filtration process.  The benefits of this system include:

  • Alkalises – pH around 7.4 (can increase up to 8.5 pH using our Alkalinity & Anti-Oxidant Enhancer), depending on your source water - this is IDEAL as this will assist in combating stress
  • Reduces Fluoride – Up to 90%
  • BPA & Phthalate Free with Glass Bottom Tank option
  • Tastes Delicious – everyone loves it, especially kids!
  • Exceptional Quality – filters harmful THMs, poisonous heavy metals and other bacteria down to 0.2 micron
  • Hydrates – immediately at a cellular level
  • Nourishes – with a balanced range of essential minerals & electrolytes
  • Cleanses – enabling cells to release toxic waste

Phone or email me (scroll to the bottom) to order yours today!  Free postage and delivery to your door within 3-5 working days. Could it be any easier?  This amazing company also provides fabulous shower filters so that you are not breathing in chlorine while showering daily.

Your gut, hormones and brain will thank you for the endless benefits this quality water provides to your body.  

Janelle x

How to prep your body for babies

Hi ladies,

The time prior to conception fascinates me!  It can be a challenging time.  A time of apprehension, particularly for those with a perfectionist streak!  (My hand is up!).  Am I doing everything I can?  Is this the right detox?  Should I be...A, B or C?!! Arghhh!

I want to take the pressure off and give you one easy thing you can start doing. One thing that will ADD nourishment to your body, tone your organs, nourish your stressed out nervous system, clear your skin up, support your liver and more. One thing I strongly believe in is ADDing goodness in, not taking away. By adding nutrition and nourishment we end up crowding out those things that don't serve our body.  

Herbs are one way of adding nourishment to our bodies and by placing them in food (hot drinks, smoothies, dinner, sprinkled on breakfast), we are also adding nutrition at the same time. It is as easy way to tone, detox, cleanse and support out body. Powdered herbs are a great way of adding some supportive herbs in.  By keeping your body toned and your organs in tip top shape our body is easily able to stay on top of the day to day stressors, without getting too far behind, then feeling like "oh my gosh I think I need to go on a one week retreat in Thailand to give back to my body!".  Don't get me wrong, sometimes these tunes up are needed - but we can save those for another discussion.

I have found just the perfect herbal company to allow us both to do this! One that I wholly trust and love their range *Superfeast*. I have been testing these for you everyday for the last 6 months. I am loving them.

Some herbs that I use daily are: Reishi, He She Wu, Chaga, Beauty Blend, Mason's Mushrooms & I'm yet to crack open the Lion's Mane. I generally pick 2 from my selection. This morning I added Reishi & Mason's Mushrooms to my plunger coffee. Yesterday I added the same to my smoothie as that is what I'm loving at the moment! Here is a run down of what these beautiful herbs can do for your body:

Reishi: Such a beautiful herb. Reishi brings peace to the body, mind and spirit. It is known as the herb of immortality...perfect for longevity. It improves liver detox, better immune function and mental clarity. By adding it to your food you are allowing your body to receive more. It is an adaptogenic herb that allows your body to adapt to changes and support the side effects of stress (depressed immune system, fatigue, hormone imbalances, sleep issues and digestive issues to name a handful). Sleep quality is of high importance when preparing to create a baby - it is the time when our body regenerates and recalibrates. Hormonally, this amazing herb helps to convert excess testosterone (which is a problem in conditions like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome).

He She Wu: This guy is perfect for supporting your adrenals. It is a tonic herb, meaning it tones organs in the body and therefore has life extending capacity. If you are a coffee drinker at the moment, consider adding a teaspoon to your coffee, so that you are not draining your adrenals while enjoying your coffee. By adding herbs your coffee becomes an elixir. Who wants to wake up and brew an elixir each morning?! ...ME! If you wake tired, you may also decide to better yet, ditch the coffee and brew a He She Wu cuppa with hot water and honey.

Chaga: Such a powerful antioxidant! Chaga is grown on Birch trees. It is also an adaptogenic herb and assists the body's natural capacity to resist stress. Wow! Who doesn't want that?! We've all got a lot or a little stress in our lives, right? It's damaging. So use this support tool! Chaga is also great for combating viruses and free radicals (damaging our cells and DNA). You may choose to simply add 1 tsp to water, steep for 5mins, then add some honey and enjoy. I love to add a dash of CocoQuench to mine :)

Beauty Blend: This baby is a detox blend. When we support our liver and detoxification organs we improve our skin. From the inside out. With a host of antioxidants, minerals and vitamin C this combination contains goji berry, longan berry, schizandra and micro-ground pearl powder. Wow! Beautiful alright. Your cells, organs, skin and liver will all be saying THANK YOU.

Mason's Mushrooms: This is a specialty blend of mushrooms made by the owner of Superfeast, Mason Taylor. These mushrooms boost your immune system, balance your hormone, strengthen your body to stress, while nourishing your nervous system. The blend contains: Chaga, Reishi, Maitake, Shiitake, Lion's Mane, Agaricus Blazei, Poria and Cordyceps. I have found this mix beautiful to add to my 100% banana ice cream with beetroot powder. What a pimped up powerhouse snack it is! Any herb that helps balance your hormones (generally through liver support) is wanted, as it makes it easier to track your cycle and know when you are ovulating for conception. 

Mason's Mushroom Ice cream... Mmmmm

Mason's Mushroom Ice cream... Mmmmm

Lion's Mane: This is our brain support herb!  It is also a tonic herb and nourishes your nervous system. Perfect if you are one of those anxious types. The effect on the brain from this herb, helps to repair and reverse any neurodegenerative disease.

HOW TO ENJOY THESE HERBS?

1. You can place 1 tsp in a mug with boiling water, let it steep for 5mins, then add a dash of dairy-free mylk and a bit of honey. You may choose to mix 2 herbs together?!  Another elixir you may choose to create is a delicious hot cacao drink/hot chocolate or adding them to your coffee. Sometimes I also just let my brew steep and cool - drinking it cold or even iced. I loved the bitterness.

2. You can add 1tsp to your smoothie or home made 100% blended banana/berry/mango ice cream?!

3. There is nothing stopping you from sprinkling these on your chia pudding or quinoa porridge for breakfast or over your dinner of a night. 

One thing you can do to help me out is use this affiliate link when ordering your Superfeast herbs. In return I will continue to provide information about these herbs via my Facebook or Instagram pages with recipe ideas and creations.  I am also here to answer any of your questions regarding your health. Much gratitude. Happy herb shopping!  Let's get our bodies supported and in alignment for creating new life :) 

Janelle x

What I learnt from my accident

3 months ago today, on January 7th, I had a motorbike accident, while learning to ride a dirt bike in the back cane paddock.  It was a hot afternoon so I decided to wear shorts (worst idea ever!).  Anyway, as I was progressing well with my new skills I decided to give it a go changing gears.  This is where it all went wrong.  30minutes later & I was at the emergency department of the hospital with what I thought wasn't too bad a situation.  

However, it was only last Monday (11 weeks later) that I got my FINAL silver Acticoat (best invention ever!) dressing off!!! It's been 12 weeks since my accident & my final burn has healed over completely! What an interesting process it has been to heal my burns coupled with healing my heart from heart break - which i know plays on the immune system. I am now in the phase of treating my scars with aloe vera & a cream I've made up with zinc, lavender essential oil, calendula & an amazing oil called aesculapius containing silica, vitamin E & vitamin A.
I am also keeping up with lots of internal support (immune boosting herbs & gut support).  I was super excited about my first SWIM🏊‍♀️ which happened to be at Stoney's & then followed by an ocean dip in Sydney visiting family.  Oh bliss!!!  I'm a fish, so staying out of the water has been the least of my worries, but a challenge.  I'm yet to get back into swimming at the local Tobruk pool.  I didn't want the chlorine to affect my healing & dry everything out - so this extra week has been needed.

The pictures above show the day of my first solo motorbike ride, then some of the phases of my top and bottom leg, with the final pic (bottom right) showing my leg on Monday when the final dressing came off. It has been so interesting to watch the different phases. One of those phases being infection sadly - which i learnt deep burns are so susceptible to, particularly in the humidity of Cairns summers. Also getting the right treatment from the get go with Acticoat which I wasn't guided towards by the nurse I was seeing at the time, until I got a second opinion on the deepest burn at week 4. The susceptibility to infection with a deep burn is a no brainer really, but until going through it & learning the different phases of a burn i really thought my body could handle it. Throw in all the factors & mix it around with something called 'life' & I've learnt I need to surrender, trust the process & just put one foot in front of the other & continue learning.

One of the most interesting parts of my accident was being open to the lessons for emotional and spiritual growth.  Accidents are often related to built up anger.  I've had a lot to reflect on and feel that I have popped out the other side with more lessons than one (wear long pants on motorbikes!)... Mishaps can teach us so much when we are open to seeing the lesson under it.  I know I'm keeping things quite vague with my 'lessons' but I'm leaving that for me to ponder on and dive deep in to.  I'm sure you can use the reflection for your own journey?

I created a few collages of my mapped journey - I found it fascinating to watch the changes of my wounds.

Some of the ridges that were forming were concerning me, however with the help of Jaeme Zwart at Trinity Breast & Plastic Surgery, a very caring friend, I was guided in the right direction and also given a couple of treatments of silver nitrate to reduce the raised scar tissue & allow the wound the heal smoother and faster.   

Some of the ridges that were forming were concerning me, however with the help of Jaeme Zwart at Trinity Breast & Plastic Surgery, a very caring friend, I was guided in the right direction and also given a couple of treatments of silver nitrate to reduce the raised scar tissue & allow the wound the heal smoother and faster.   

Please feel free to ask any questions about the process - as I myself have found it fascinating! 

Janelle x

Aphrodisiac blends

Valentine's Day is 3 days away! Whether or not you choose to celebrate it, it is nice to know what herbs and recipes can be used to not only enhance libido but also tone your menstrual cycle, improve fertility, calm your nervous system & more. But not only supportive for the female system. Perfect for males also!

Nicole from Heavenly Cacao and I teamed up to create something doubly delicious for you!

Below are 2 recipes for you to create & enjoy with 5 chosen aphrodisiac ingredients. Their benefits are outlined below:

BANANA - rich in vitamin B’s & potassium which are needed for sexual hormone production. These nutrients are also key to muscle strength.

CACAO - the natural properties stimulate the senses & heighten feelings of joy & pleasure. It’s contains the “love” chemical releasing dopamine.

VANILLA - soothes emotional tension & reduces anxiety & stress while stimulating sexual desire. It has a euphoric effect on the brain & central nervous system to combat sexual debilitation.  

BUTTERFLY PEA - a sexual enhancer which also supports fertility & correction menstrual disorders.

SCHIZANDRA - increases mens staying power & stimulates sensitivity in female genitalia.

 

Aphrodisiac Parfait

Chocolate Layer

170g frozen mango

1 fresh date

20g Heavenly Cacao cacao powder

¼ tsp vanilla paste, powder or extract

½ tsp Superfeast Schizandra berry powder

Butterfly pea layer

300g young coconut flesh

2 tsp Just Blends butterfly pea flower powder

Pink Layer

3 frozen bananas

1tsp Just Blends freeze dried Pitaya powder

Directions

Blend and pour each layer into two glasses, starting with the chocolate layer.  Store the glasses in the freezer while making the next layer.

You will need to rinse your blender before starting each layer to ensure vibrant colours.

Top with coconut chips.

 

Sexy Time Chocolates

Coating

100g coconut paste

50g cacao butter

1/8 vanilla powder

3 tsp Just Blends freeze dried Pitaya powder

30g maple syrup

Filling

50g Heavenly Cacao basic dark chocolate or 70% raw cacao bar

40g cashew butter

35g maple syrup

¼ tsp Superfeast Schizandra berry powder

Pinch of Himalayan salt

Pinch of vanilla powder

Directions

Coating

1) Melt the coconut paste, cacao butter with the vanilla in a glass bowl over hot water, stirring frequently

2) Once melted, whisk in the Pitaya powder

Filling

1) In a glass bowl over warm water, melt and mix the cashew butter, maple syrup, salt and vanilla

2) While that’s happening, melt your chocolate in a glass bowl over water or make it.

3) Take 50g of the chocolate and gently mix it into the cashew mixture

4) Mix in the Schizandra powder

5) Put in chocolate moulds and place in the freezer until hard, approx. 1 hour.

6) Enrobe the chocolates in the coating and set in the fridge

7) Decorate if desired.

 

I would love to know what you think of both of them in the comments below?! :)

Janelle x

 

Fertility...by Pettina

Hello 2017!  Fertility Resolutions.

Who else is excited for what 2017 will bring us?  What’s your New Year’s resolution? 

If having a baby is featured on your plans for 2017, I’d like to share some tips and advice with you.  Whether you’ve only just started trying or whether you’ve been trying for some time, there is sure to be something for everybody.  

First advice is to let go of any expectations. 

Planning before conception is unnecessary, there can be a tendency to want to control and plan all the details, like what month you’d like your child to be born in, or when you’ll start to buy their first essential baby equipment, these thought processes has your logical brain (the left hemisphere) kicking in and taking over, when really the subtler instinct of the right brain is required.  Stay positive but detached from any outcomes.   It can be fun to use visualisation techniques during your fertile period, imagining seeing the little sperm joining with your egg, travelling along the fallopian tubes and finding a cushy home to implant in the uterus are great, but just know that it will happen when the time is right. 

Second advice is to be healthy.  Rather than focusing on how you can have a baby, focus on how you can be as fit and healthy as you possibly can.  Look after yourself, enjoy nutritious wholesome foods, and above all relax.  

Let’s not forget sex.  It’s pretty important when it comes to conceiving and I know that’s a fairly obvious statement.   But just like my first advice of relaxing and enjoying yourself, sex doesn’t need to become a chore.  There’s a tendency to feel pressured around the time you should be ovulating to have sex as often as possible.  Rather than having sex every day over 4-5 days, then no sex or irregular sex during your infertile period.  It is helpful to continue to listen to your own bodily desires.  Having regular sex helps improve sperm quality,  and a good rule of thumb in conceiving is having sex every 3 days throughout your entire cycle.   Take the opportunity, as it certainly doesn’t hurt to plan an extra romantic evening around the day you’re likely to be ovulating.    

Supplements to support fertility

Preparing your body for pregnancy is important.  A great way to do that is to incorporate a 2 week detox cleanse two-three months before you start trying.  Ask Janelle how she can support you through this process.  Herbs are a great way to support the organs of elimination, ensuring your body gets a thorough flush.  The process should also include nutrients to support the liver, as it is a key organ in detoxification as well as hormonal balance. 

Other supplements to consider include a high quality pre-natal supplement that provide the key nutrients, iodine, selenium, zinc and inositol to support thyroid health a key player in optimal fertility.  It should also include activated B vitamins especially folate and B12.       

A healthy pregnancy and baby begins with the health of the ova and sperm.   The newly conceived embryo in the early stages relies on the health of the ova and sperm to ensure it divides properly, so that implantation and a healthy pregnancy can occur.   Supplementing with Coenzyme Q10, particularly its active form Ubiquinol, has shown in studies to both improve egg and sperm quality and increase fertilisation rates.  Coq10 mostly resides within the cell membranes of the mitochondria – the power house of the cell and is a powerful antioxidant.  Researchers believe supplementing with Coq10 helps restore energy to the cells, whilst also inhibiting DNA oxidation and protecting the genetic code.   

Herbal tinctures can also be created to support reproductive health, both as tonics for the reproductive organs and by providing the libido with a healthy boost.  Ask Janelle about her Aphrodisiac blend that can help support your fertility. 

Bush Flower Essence – Women’s Essence blend.  She Oak and Flannel Flower help with any subconscious blockages that can prevent conception. 

Essential Oils are also great to help with fertility.    doTERRA Balance Blend and Wild Orange in your diffuser to help with emotional balancing and help calmany anxieties and fears around your ability to conceive.   doTERRA’s Clary Calm is a great product to be applied daily to help support women’s monthly menstrual cycles.  It contains 11 essential oils to support women on their fertility journey, key essential oils includingClary sage and Geranium as  uterine and ovarian tonics, Fennel Seeds to help regulate hormones and lavender to help relax the uterus. 

Here’s to a babylicious 2017! 

 

Guest post: Surviving the Silly Season

By Pettina Jaques

The festive season is upon us, and we all like to give ourselves permission to relax a little bit more, and maybe even enjoy something from the ‘naughty’ list, after all it is the perfect time of year to do this.  The question is then -  how do we enjoy the holiday spirt, without feeling guilty afterwards.  A couple of simple little tricks can be the key. 

First tip:-  Plan in advance.  Start thinking now how you can be friendly to your liver and instead of having every drink that is offered to you on the day– plan to have some ingredients ready on the day to make some festive mocktails – everyone would like to join in then and nobody feels like they are missing out.   This can be done with your sweet treats also.  Make some miniature energy balls and make them into little snow men – they’ll be sure to be the most popular treat of the day.  A savoury option is perfect too!  Pinterest is fabulous for ideas!

Rumball snowman

Rumball snowman

Second tip:- In the days leading up to Christmas be really conscious of your food choices, being a little bit naughty on Christmas, means you need to be extra good leading up to it.  Even if that means for only 2 or 3 days in the week leading up – give back to your body on those days.  Make some extra green smoothies and/or take an extra long walk, or go for that jog you’ve been meaning to go on.  Then of course there is New Years – so again plan for 2 or 3 days where you are going to be really good leading up to it. 

Third tip, for good luck:- Think about your motivator.  Are you going to be extra mindful over Christmas for yourself and reap the benefits of your body loving you back, or maybe you have a loved one that you want to be there that much more for, who can motivate you.  Or even planning a week’s detox in the New Year, which will set you up beautifully for the coming adventures of the New Year. 

The most important thing is to enjoy, relax and be mindful, after all laughter and fun, really is our best medicine.   

I couldn't agree more about the laughter Pettina!  I would also love to add one tip that I feel will be super useful during the festive season is to not eat your last meal too late!  If you have a HUGE Christmas feast, give your body a break in the evening and drink water or fast the following morning until 11am and just drink water and herbal tea.  You'll have a great evacuation (which makes anyone feel amazing!) as your body would have had a rest and time to repair.  

Enjoy the Festive Season!...it's my favourite time of the year :)

 

Peppermint Muesli Slice

I love this muesli bar recipe because its low in fructose and is yummy!  I find takes less time to make than energy balls & you don’t have to roll each individual ball, just simply press and bake in the oven! 

Peppermint Muesli Slice

Peppermint Muesli Slice

Ingredients for Step 1

1 cup walnuts

1 cup pepitas

¼ cup almonds

¼ cup macadamias/cashews

Step 1

Put all all of the dry ingredients into the food processor (S blade) and grind into a crumbly nut mixture.

Ingredients Step 2

¼ coconut oil (melted)

¼  cup rice malt syrup (100% fructose free) 

½ cup sunflower seeds

½ cup pepitas

½ cup dried unsweetened organic cranberries

¼ cup coconut chips

½ tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

5 drops peppermint essential oil

Add the above ingredients to the food processor containing the crumbly nut mixture and grind (you may need to stop and scrape down the sides several times until uniform dough is formed).

Press in shallow baking tin and bake in oven for 15-20 minutes. 

While still warm, slice the bars into desired sizes, then put into the fridge in an air tight container.  

5 Ways to Nourish your Thyroid

The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland that resides in front of your throat and under your Adam's apple with an important function of producing and releasing hormones (T4 & T3). These hormones along with the well known pancreatic hormone insulin and cortisol are responsible for regulating your metabolism, providing energy to your cells & regulating your sex hormones.

The function of the thyroid is both simple yet complex. It begins in the brain with an initial signal from the pituitary gland to release a hormone that then stimulates the thyroid to produce and release its hormones. This is not the complete picture however, as we need to ensure the hormones have been converted into the correct form which allows the hormone to enter your cells and complete the required tasks, of metabolising, producing energy, and interacting with other hormones.  Ensuring this final step means no annoying symptoms like fatigue, poor memory, morning stiffness and difficulty losing weight. You don’t need to be experiencing all of the symptoms to indicate your cells have low levels of thyroid hormones.   Key symptoms to look out for include:

·      Lethargy                      

·      Sensitivity to cold     

·      Heat intolerance

·      Mood swings

·      Headaches

·      Vertigo

·      Deafness

·      PMS

·      Voice change

·      Loss of libido

·      Susceptibility to viral infections

·      Unexplained weight gain

·      Difficulty losing weight 

The next question is, how do we look after our thyroid and its hormones?  There are a number of important steps you can take to nourish and support your thyroid and improve these important last steps of the thyroids journey into your cells.   

 

EAT FOODS THAT NOURISH

Include in your diet at least 3 times a week foods high in iodine.  Iodine is an essential mineral required by the thyroid for production of its hormones. 

·      Kelp

·      Wakame/nori etc

·      Oysters

·      Cranberries

·      Mushrooms

·      Fish

·      Dulse flakes (yummy added to your salads and soups)

·      Sunflower Seeds

 

Another important thyroid mineral is selenium, which particularly helps with the conversion into a more useable form.  Foods high in selenium include:

·      Fish

·      Oysters

·      Alfalfa

·      Celery

·      Cashews/brazil nuts

·      Onion

·      Garlic

·      Broccoli

·      Mushrooms

 

FOODS TO AVOID can depend on the individual, however as a guide can include common inflammatory triggers, which can disrupt the balance of conversion, such as gluten, dairy, soy, alcohol and sugar.  

*I would also add that flouride greatly affects our thyroid gland*

 

KEEP ON MOVING

Exercise helps stimulate thyroid gland secretion, ramps up the metabolism and improves your cells receptiveness.  If you are exercising why not get a dose of Vitamin D at the same time, and take a walk outside, this is another very important vitamin for hormone health. 

 

GO ON A DETOX PROGRAM

This is one of my favourite suggestions, and something I like to do once every 6 months.  I don’t realise how sluggish my whole system has become, until a few days into the detox and my bloated belly disappears, I lose a couple of kilograms, and I start feeling great and full of energy again.  Detox programs allow your digestive system including your liver to go on a well deserved holiday.  The liver is always working hard, finishing off jobs for so many other systems including recycling and excreting unwanted biochemicals which include your hormones.  A good percentage of conversion to the active T3 hormone, used by your cells, takes place in the liver, and again selenium is a very important part of this process.  The liver is susceptible to stressors such as poor nutrition, chronic illness and exposure to heavy metals.  Allowing the liver and gut a holiday can ramp up these vital conversion processes again.

  

HEALTHY GUT COLONY

Your friends in the gut, perform many tasks and interactions for us, and one of them is converting your thyroid hormones into the active form utilised by your cells.  About 20% of the conversion is performed by your friendly bacteria.  They can help to reduce inflammation levels in the body, which if left unchecked negatively impact upon your active thyroid levels.  Inflammation causes a rise in cortisol levels, throwing things out of balance.  Regular consumption of fermented foods and drinks in your diet is a great way to maintain a healthy colony.  It is also important to bare in mind that especially after taking antibiotics and even during and after a detox program, a course quality probiotics can positively impact on your thyroid health.

 

SLOW DOWN AND BE MINDFUL WHILST EATING

Take time to enjoy every mouthful and chew with purpose.  This is the beginning of good digestion.  Having a strong digestive system is connected to having a healthy metabolism and hormone balance (as well as a strong immune system).  Eating slowly allows your body to register that food is going in, and gives it a chance to prime all aspects of digestion (stomach acid, digestive enzymes, gallbladder bile and many other chemicals).  Chewing and eating slowly, gives the body a chance to release sufficient hormones associated with satiety giving greater portion control. 

 

Written by Pettina Jaques (Prac student @Seeds Of Health) & edited by Janelle Twine.

Wicked coleslaw

This is a delicious easy recipe to whip up and can be made in a large quantity to last a few days in the fridge for quick lunch or dinner additions, or a simple snack.

Ingredients:

Tempeh (fermented whole soybeans - look in your supermarket cold section or at the health food shop) - roughly half a block.

Cabbage (red and white) - less than a half, but depends how much you are making.

Red capsicum - one half.

Celery - 1 large stalk.

Fresh coriander - A good handful.

Organic apple - One whole.

Soya mayonnaise (from the health food shop or health food section of the supermarket) or your favourite home made mayonnaise or vegan cashew cream.  Roughly 2 tablespoons.

Optional extras: Walnuts, finely chopped carrot or squash.

Method:

Finely chop the 2 types of cabbage, celery, coriander, apple and red capsicum.  

Dice the tempeh into chunks and lightly fry in the frypan until light brown.  

Toss together and stir soya mayonnaise through to coat all the vegetables and add creaminess to the dish.  

*I haven't given you strict quantities for the above ingredients as I feel you need to adapt them to your liking.  

 

Let me know how you found the flavour and texture and whether you tried any unique additions which I hadn't mentioned. I love hearing about creative cooking! :)  Enjoy the flavours 

Janelle x

Buckwheat crepes

Here is a simple delicious recipe which can be used with a variety of flours and in a variety of sweet or savoury situations...

1 cup buckwheat flour (or rye, spelt)

1 cup water

1 cup rice milk

3 eggs

Salt

Makes 4.5 crepes. Blend all ingredients together and ensure that there are no lumps.  Pour 1 scoop worth into a pan and cook on medium heat.  This batter can sit overnight or otherwise you can make the crepes and freeze them with baking paper between them.

I have used this recipe to wrap savoury ingredients like the picture below and have also successfully enjoyed dark chocolate and banana creations...#tryit.

 

Post your creations below on the comments or otherwise on my Seeds Of Health Facebook page.

MY HISTORY OF DEPRESSION AND HOW I FOUND JOY

I have been going through a tough time of late and have been spat out the other end thanks to 2 helpful things: A focus on joy and an amazing practitioner supplement N-acetylcysteine which assisted in me turning a corner.  I've decided to be really honest and raw in this letter as I feel why not?  What is there to hide?  I love when others are honest and real with me.  Also, I watched 2 TED talks on shame and vulnerability on Friday by Brene Brown, which I think just tipped me over the edge to share.   

You see I have a history of depression.  It began in high school and has reared it's head every now and then over the years. After losing my partner of ten years at the beginning of the year, my foundation was a little shaky.  I have really tried to soldier on this year, but it's been tough.  I've been holding my head up and really trying to find my new groove, but every now and then (like last weekend) things just reached a point of overwhelm and I caved.  I had a number of signals leading up to the weekend, which I was trying to work around.  Finally I felt myself slipping - I know my signs and signals, so I thought, hang on, where is the joy in what I am creating?  What do I have the power to change?

Last Saturday I had a very real and honest chat with my cousin (who is also an entrepreneur) about how challenging things were for me at this point in time.  Speaking these challenges aloud led to a few major decisions, which took the pressure off - the pressure, I had place don myself.  Can you relate?

Contemplating the possibilities...

Contemplating the possibilities...

This conversation led me to challenge my thoughts on my 9-day Renew You Retreat, quit Facebook (my personal account) and focus on what brings me joy.  "What do you really want to choose Janelle?" beyond all 'shoulds'.  I feel I have been running at full speed trying to catch up, while organising the retreat, while seeing clients, while trying to catch up on my blogs, newsletters, Facebook, Instagram - all that, while still needing to continue relief teaching to pay those bills which keep creeping in running solo and running a 9 day retreat.  I found myself drowning in my thoughts and looking for a way out.  As it goes with being an entrepreneur, no one else pays the bills but yourself, so when costs are high and your not making ends meet, what do you do?  You need to kick into logical mode and start making some honest shifts.  

I set an intention last full moon, at a women's circle gathering.  It was to trust in the flow and be kind to myself.  So with all that was happening in my mind and the feeling of 'slipping'...I gave myself the permission to allow myself to not go ahead with my 9-day Renew You Retreat.  This decision has not been made in haste.

However, making a choice, this choice, and not simply soldering on, allowed me to wake up the following morning and feel whole again.  To feel like life doesn't need to be stressful.  To know that my choices create flow, ease and joy in my world.  To know that I wouldn't be chasing my tail for the next 4 months, while holding my breath.  I am grateful for that.  I have felt things were moving at a pace I wasn't comfortable with and I chose to honour that by stopping the retreat knowing I wasn't giving the very best of me.  

To utilise all that I have worked so hard to create for my 9-day retreat I have been mapping out how I can share it in smaller snippets so that it is more accessible for you in the community and others outside the community.  I know that 9 days is a long time to step away for and possibly not achievable for everyone.  Please note though that it was designed for a very specific reason - to allow you the space and support, away from your everyday life, to educate yourself on the big picture so you feel empowered to implement new practices with understanding, in order to develop new habits to support you on your journey to abundant health.  

I am noting all of the amazing individuals around me, which I also plan to collaborate with for mini workshops, events and shorter retreats.  I endeavour to bring each other together, create joy, share knowledge and strengthen our community of women.  

So as you may have noted, I got overwhelmed, chose self-care and realised I needed to refocus - please support me in doing so by being as real, honest and vulnerable with me (as I have just been) in telling me what I can do for you.

My burning question that I have for you is what do you love about Seeds Of Health?  I want to know what you value most.

  • Do you value the Naturopath consultations and iridology?
  • Would you like more recipes on the blog?
  • Would you like more newsletters and sharing on the blog - understanding more about me, Janelle, the person behind the Seeds Of Health brand?
  • Do you value me sharing on Facebook and Instagram?  
  • Would you appreciate more resources to assist you on your journey?  What kind?
  • I'm keen to share more videos on my YouTube channel (Janelle Twine) and my eBook isn't far away!

So, I'm so eager to hear from you in this Seeds Of Health community.  How can I support you more?

My intention in this community is to bring women together to empower and strengthen each other both with self-care principles and human connection.  I look forward to hearing from you, what you value most about what I offer and Seeds Of Health and in turn how I can support you more.

Janelle x