3 mistakes professional women make that keep them feeling tired, discontent and chasing their tail

1. Forgetting to care for themselves

This is a big one to consider.  It seems to be easy for us as women to consider others first.  Life gets busy and we put everything bar ourselves first - the blog is more important, the shopping needs to be done, I need to get back to that person, I don't have time for meditation, etc.  BUT, by nourishing ourselves our tank is full to give to others. 

It is vital for us to make time to nourish ourselves - whether that be through movement and fresh air, taking time out to eat our wholesome lunch MINDFULLY without emails/phones/etc, or perhaps the practice of journaling for 10 minutes each morning.  However short or long, find something that suits your timetable and your needs.  What is your biggest need?  Is it time in nature, connecting with your partner, simply stopping and staring at the sky while enjoying a cup of tea, meditation, exercise, reading?  Make time for it.  It must be scheduled in and treated as a priority.

The element of self care and self love has been a very strong message for me this year.

 The grounds of my 10 day silent retreat...space, fresh air, (snow!), gumtrees, birds & my own thoughts...

The grounds of my 10 day silent retreat...space, fresh air, (snow!), gumtrees, birds & my own thoughts...

2. Not listening to their own intuition

This is a big one for me.  I continue to flex my intuition muscle and strengthen it.  Trusting in the person that I am and the journey that I'm on, with my own internal compass as a guide. 

As you know my retreat was going to go ahead in October this year, however it didn't.  I could have beat myself up and dwell on it - but to be honest I thought oh well I'll try again next year.  Sure, there were feelings of disappointment and failure, but for the most part, I thought, let's choose another date.

It was during my Vipassana retreat that I realised it was perhaps all happening too soon.  However, with the wheels in motion I just went with it and thought - everything is planned, so if it's meant to be it will be.

It was just after my Vipassana retreat that I closed the chapter of working with my original business coach.  I felt we weren't in alignment as I had originally hoped and this message came through so strongly while I sat for 10 days in silence.  So, I closed that door and thought "I've totally got this".  I've learnt so much thus far and now I'd like to really test myself and trust that inner confidence.  It wasn't long before I stepped into the unknown that a gorgeous friend recommended I connect with an inspiring soul (which I did via Skype on my birthday) who may just be able to offer a little insight to keep the momentum going.  Well...what a fabulous choice it has been, to close one door and watch another so perfectly open.  I am so glad that I spoke up and honoured that inner voice and intuition.

The biggest lesson I have learnt (and felt) from this sequence of events in the lead up to my 9 day retreat (which I'm sure you can understand is no small undertaking) is to really explain what I am offering from a very honest and open place.  Why do I feel this retreat is so valuable?  What is it about the Seeds Of Health evolution that makes me believe in this retreat so much?  Have I let my community know that every piece of the puzzle has been carefully considered in order to offer individuals the perfect chance at optimal health and the beginning (or continuation) of a journey which will support your entire being?

Perhaps I should honour that voice in my head and take this extra time to reassess all aspects of my marketing for the retreat?  Is my message clear?  Do people really know what they are going to receive as part of this 9 day retreat? 

 

3. Not fully believing in themselves and showing who they really are

I simply love being me - when I allow myself to be me.  That feeling when I'm really owning who I am and speaking and acting from that place of truth.  When I'm making choices that show my whole self and my true self. 

Where do you not believe in yourself or show who you really are?

This year I have really learnt the beauty of being soft on myself and listening to my inner voice.  It is okay to say no.  It is okay to juggle a little less.  It is okay to create space and simply do nothing.  Vipassana gave me the beauty of sitting with things.

Why have I not given myself permission to constantly choose from a space of softness and a space of honouring my true self?  Why could I not choose to soften when the wheels were in motion?

I now feel I am working from more of a heart space than a head space.  All the planning is done and now it is up to me to share with you all the details and the reason why this 9 day retreat will change your life!  Having spent almost 9 months planning and designing it, it is time to share those juicy details with you.  I have my first FREE event on Saturday 5th December, 2pm, Cominos House, so please note it in your dairies! 

I look forward to seeing you there!

Janelle x

How to spend your morning, to change your day

Morning activation sessions are a powerful and creative way to start your day. They incorporate movement and mindfulness, leaving you feeling refreshed, calmer and supported. Being in Cairns, I’m grateful that I have the opportunity to spend so much time outdoors. The beach is nearby and I wake to join many other people enjoying a sunrise swim, walk, or other morning activity. I love using early morning mindfulness rituals as I believe it is what sets the tone for the rest of my day. Even when I’m not at home in sunny Cairns, travelling around in colder parts of the country and abroad, I make sure my day begins in a similar, mindful way. 

What we do in the first hour of being awake can influence how we feel for the rest of the day. Complex morning routines, such as rushing around our homes half-awake, rarely afford us the time to nurture and nourish as we should.  I teach my clients that mornings are to be valued and enjoyed - whether you are young, retired, a mother or a business owner. True to my knowledge, I lead weekly morning activation sessions with a community of women in Cairns. On the days I don’t lead activation sessions, I take the time to move and nurture - hiking up one of the many hills, yoga, beach walking, preparing a nourishing breakfast or simply stretching.

What are morning activation sessions?

Activation sessions are a nourishing morning ritual that grounds the body and grows the mind. We practice conscious breathing, being present and creating intent. My sessions are a combination of rituals that will start your day in the best way possible. These include walking, hydration, warm-up, practicing the Five Tibetan Rites, sun-gazing, meditation and breathing exercises. All done while watching the colours on the horizon change. It’s a really special way to start the day.

So, what are the benefits?

These really are endless. Walking on the beach is a great way to connect to the earth, get the heart rate up, breathe fresh air and activate the digestive system. Hydration during these sessions is paramount. Bringing a drink bottle along with water and freshly squeezed lemon will ensure your body flushes toxins and is working in its most optimum and hydrated state. Stretching and moving will warm up the joints. Carefully selected joint exercises get your body flowing and ready for the day. The Five Tibetan Rites have the power to wake the chakras and energy centres of the body. These five exercises are known as ‘the fountain of youth’ due to the incredible benefit of balancing hormones, opening the heart and activating the thyroid. It’s a great strengthening workout for the core and glutes too! Sun-gazing is a practice to switch on your pineal gland. This helps regulate melatonin (sleep/wake chemical) and serotonin (happiness chemical), keeping your body’s natural cycles and patterns in check. Our pineal gland has a tendency to become calcified as we age and sun-gazing can help in de-calcifying the pineal gland. Lastly, the sessions are a perfect time to set intentions for the day. Each short meditation and breathing practice has a focus and offers insight for the day.  Silent mantras keep our busy minds focused. These, along with the breathing exercises, can be used at different times throughout the day to oxygenate our cells and heal and repair the balance in our nervous system. Mornings are a fabulous time to start over and try something new and different.

Connection and like-mindedness.

The added bonus of activation sessions is the community of women. Here is a little something from one of the ladies who regularly attends the activation sessions: 

“Thanks for another beautiful start to the day yesterday.The morning activation sessions are such a lovely blend of movement and reflection through the meditations and connection with nature, self and community. The past few weeks sessions have really opened my day up well for being present, grounded and focused in my work as a massage therapist. I look forward to continuing this as my regular Tuesday morning ritual.”

Join us!

I run morning activation sessions every Tuesday morning from 6am-7am in Cairns. Simply come along and meet at the southern end of Trinity Beach. Look out for my Seeds Of Health sign as this is the meeting point. Feel free to phone beforehand to check details and don’t forget to bring a friend 0438733103. I look forward to seeing you there!

Breaking the fast...

Good afternoon from Bali...

Some of you may have been following the journey so far on Instagram or Facebook through my Seeds Of Health page or the Tyler Tolman page.  There have been many special moments thus far.

 

7 days ago, I started this post & here is what I had written.

...I have just ridden through the streets of Sanur, on the back of a scooter, in the sunshine after the rain cleared this morning.  Raw cake in hand, post Bali Buda visit, & I'm heading home for a massage.  Yes, it is Saturday afternoon & my afternoon off.  I will need to pop back to check on some clients later, about 6:30pm, but am soaking up the chilled arvo in the meantime.  Some blogging to do, some being at home to enjoy.

 

We are just over half way through, the month long course that I am apart of in Bali - 30 day Heal Thy Self, with Tyler Tolman.  The clients have been apart of a 'juice fast, water fast, education, enemas, digging deep, healing' environment.  Everything is provided for them to enable complete healing without the stress of organizing.  I am proud to be apart of the team who are facilitating such a program.  Being hosted in Bali we have also been able to incorporate some Balinese traditions into the program like a traditional Balinese welcome ceremony, visiting a water temple to cleanse, visiting a Balinese priestess to assist working through what is arising on the fast, as well as simply enjoying the near by island of Nusa Lembongan for some snokelling, sun and salt air.

 Water temple

Water temple

Today was the beginning of releasing for clients.  You can read more about the process and the facilitators here…(http://thepowerofreleasing.com/about-releasing/).  Releasing gives clients a chance to emotionally release past hurts or 'things' from parents, friends, moments, past lives, etc that they have been holding on to (both consciously or unconsciously) & therefore contributing to their dis-ease and flow in life.  

 

I love that this program is so powerful in its combination of modalities, healers, timing and thought processing.  Some of the modalities used are: massage, network chiropractic (which is totally different to chiropractic work - a lot more gentle bringing you back in to your body), reflexology, sauna, lucia light, releasing, DeMartini Method, craniosacral therapy and more.

 

Today...I come back to what I had begun 7 days ago & feel excited at the new chapter that these 15 courageous participants are now in to.  It has been an exciting day for them!  They have transitioned from water, on to juice.  Some of them, with their individual situations began to water fast on day 2 (day one we gathered together to meet and greet and enjoy a salad).  Others chose to participate in a 5 day juice fast before moving on to water.  We are on Day 21 of the program, which means that some of them have been water fasting for 20 days and others 15.  Where ever they are at we have encouraged them to listen to their body with the assistance of both Tyler and myself to assess their symptoms and maximize their opportunity to fast for as long as possible in such a supportive environment where they are nourished by others supportive and positive energy, the sun, guasha, education, filtered water, relaxation, enemas or colonics where needed, healing and again I repeat, support.  I know personally it can get quite tough to enjoy only water after so long.  It is therefore really important that we bless the water saying thank you, I am grateful, etc before drinking as our body is made up of a large percentage of water which impacts positively on our healing.  

 "Messages to water" cover on all our filtered water containers

"Messages to water" cover on all our filtered water containers

This is a huge deal, and a massive achievement!  No one is taking this lightly.  The participants have all done such an amazing job so far.  The biggest bonus is that they have had the support of others (both participants and crew) around them to succeed. 

 Sunrise at the beach in Sanur.  10 min walk from where the guests are staying.

Sunrise at the beach in Sanur.  10 min walk from where the guests are staying.

Each day we have been starting with either a 5:30am gathering in the main room to make our way down to the beach for our morning activation (if the weather has allowed) or yoga at 6:30am in the yoga pavilion, after tongue scrapping, oil pulling and hydration.   Following each morning clients have gone back to their rooms to do an enema, listen to their huge collection of resources on their ipods, shower, guasha, lay in the sun, etc, depending on what is in store for the day.  Some days we have healing sessions where they move from one healer to another, other days is learning with different teachers in the main room (teaching the principles of health, trusting your intuition, future of business, human evolution, memory, DeMartini Method, etc) and then a mediation or singing session at night, unless there is an amazing doco to be shared - which happened a lot during the first 2 weeks.  

 One of the morning activation sessions held inside due to rain.  Tyler is playing the carillon bowl - which vibrates through your entire body.  It's beautiful after a meditation at the end.

One of the morning activation sessions held inside due to rain.  Tyler is playing the carillon bowl - which vibrates through your entire body.  It's beautiful after a meditation at the end.

Each client has had their own journey and processing to go through.  Highs and lows have been on different days (generally things will show up in reverse order working back one day for each year), some have had deep healings and many tears, others have felt sick and nauseous for days, others simply weak and tired, or ‘fine’.  No comparisons are made, simply the sharing of a unique journey in a collective space with full support.  We have tried to create a space where each can share how they feel each morning - the parasite stories are always interesting! :)  There have been a lot released!

 

I have really enjoyed being apart of everyone’s journey and supporting each person as much as possible through their own individual journey and letting them sit with things when they come up, not judging them or labeling them and allowing them to work through it and heal. 

 Juice!...after water is AMAZING!  I remember from my fasts plus the clients have been telling me all day :) (smoothie in the background which is for the crew)

Juice!...after water is AMAZING!  I remember from my fasts plus the clients have been telling me all day :) (smoothie in the background which is for the crew)

Along with juice today, each client has also begun a 4 day colon cleanse with bentonite clay, psyllium husk and honey along with a specific 4 day routine that the ancient Egyptians used to cleanse the colon of heavy metals and all manner of other things.  Eucalyptus oil, peppermint castile soap, 10 lemons and acidophilus are all apart of the process - a different ingredient each day.  This will really pull whatever else may be in the body before slowly entering back on to fresh fruit, smoothies and raw vegan food next week with the amazing Chef Cynthia Louise!  The last part of this program around food is a very important one.  Slowly entering back on to food is so essential so the body doesn’t go in to shock due to the wrong foods or over eating.  It is important to go slow, smell the juice, taste small portions, chew properly, salivate, take it slow.  There is no rush.  Let the body enjoy the food through all of its senses (in particular sight, smell and taste).  Chef Cynthia has this covered and the clients are in good hands.  We are fortunate to be holding these education sessions around food in her gorgeous new kitchen which she is about to start filming in.  Most of you know I am a big fan of her and that I stock her cookbooks in my clinic.  She has some other fabulous e-books online (http://chefcynthialouise.com/shop/ebook).  Let’s support her and her message as she is pure in what she teaches around the topic of whole foods, no wastage, look after the planet, care for each other and share. 

 Fruit platter on the first day - with a no wastage using leaves as the underlay.  Fruit will be provided when the guests break their fast in 5 days time from juice to food.  But smaller portions to take it slow.

Fruit platter on the first day - with a no wastage using leaves as the underlay.  Fruit will be provided when the guests break their fast in 5 days time from juice to food.  But smaller portions to take it slow.

I hope you have enjoyed reading the journey so far.  I do hope to write again towards the end of this amazing 30 day program to inform you how things are wrapping up.  Please ask any questions or leave any comments below.  I would love to assist you with any queries you have regarding this amazing journey that I have been apart of.  The team has been fantastic!   And the participants…so inspirational!  This is not a small achievement.  Well done guys!

P.S. One of the participants Cazzie, has been writing an online journal each day of her fasting experience.  Check it out here

 

Love Janelle xx

In house Naturopath with Tyler Tolman

Happy Friday!

Just a quick note today to spread my good news that I will be spending a month in Bali in January working with Tyler Tolman at the Heal Thy Self retreat.  This retreat is a fabulous program designed to enable individuals with chronic illness to heal their bodies using fasting, colonics, massage and self care principles to achieve vitality and heal themselves.

I will be working as the in-house Naturopath while in Bali allowing individuals to safely progress through their 30 day fasting and cleansing program.  The support and the program are amazing and I am so proud to be apart of it.  Check it out here…  I feel really honoured to be able to be there for each individual and watch there lives transform!  I know I will equally learn a lot from being apart of the team.

It is around 3 and a half weeks until I leave for Christmas with my family in Perth.  I will be spending some delicious time with my gorgeous niece Willow while there and soaking up the Perth summer – which I love!  From Perth I will be flying straight to Bali to begin preparing for the intense and fulfilling month ahead.

Please make the most of these next 3 weeks and come and see me for a consultation, food plan or simply to top up on a sleep herbal or digestive support or perhaps some barley grass as an easy way to add greens to your routine during the festive season.

Keep in mind over the festive season to:

  • Drink plenty of water (add lemon to assist your liver health).  Remember 1L for every 22kg.  3L per day is a healthy estimate unless you are a particularly small frame or quite over weight and need to hydrate and flush your body.
  • Consider adding Juice Plus to your routine.  I have been feeling fabulous since trialling it on myself.  It is a combination of fruits, vegetables and berries all harvested and freeze dried efficiently to capture maximum nutrients.  It is a great addition to the season that is upon us while we may celebrate a little more than normal or have a few later nights, perhaps change our regular routine because we are away visiting family or simply want to add more nutrition into the routine that you have already, to kick start 2015 with a bang!  It gives you that extra spring in your step to allow your body to meet all the demands of the Silly Season (& life in general!).  If this interests you please call me to talk further on 0438733103 or email janellecarolyn@gmail.com


  • Every day ensure you are eating living foods.  Be it green smoothies, salads, steamed vegetables, even a simple dose of barley grass powder in water while travelling.  Consider serving a raw cake at Christmas (there’s a great recipe here), or a delicious selection of salads for Christmas lunch.  I will post a Christmas ideas list in my next blog to inspire a whole food Silly Season!
  • Move your body!  Keep up the walking, swimming, dancing, gardening, running around with the kids, skipping, bike riding…you name it, just move your body!  However short or long you can manage, just do something everyday!
  • Stress can increase at this time of year so don’t forget to belly breathe.  Continue 7 rounds of 7, or perhaps you have a meditation you enjoy?  This will make the busy-ness a whole lot easier.

Please note CHOCOLATE WORKSHOPS:

I would be happy to run private raw chocolate workshops with you & a few friends in the lead up to Christmas if you simply give me a call and organise a date that is suitable before December 20th.  I have run many in the past & they are always a real hit (especially in the lead up to Christmas) as everyone loves chocolate BUT may not know about the healthy guilt free version!  Nicole (from Heavenly Cacao, whom I have presented my workshops with in the past) and I are just in the throws of confirming our venue for a raw chocolate workshop on Sunday December 14th.

I will be posting regularly on Facebook and Instagram while I’m away from Dec 23rd- February 12th so please connect on both and follow the phenomenal transformations that will be happening as people release not only the physical but also the emotional and spiritual aspects that have been creating dis-ease in their life.

I don’t leave just yet!  I’m just getting excited and letting you all know I have 3 and a half weeks left for face to face consultations, until I’m back in mid February.  However, I don’t mind setting up Skype consultations while I am away.  I would be happy to.

Please also remember the morning activation sessions are changing to the Botanic Gardens next week!  I intend to meet at the Gardens Entrance on Collins Ave at 5:45am to enjoy a walk around the gorgeous suburb of Edge Hill for 30mins (our normal walking time) & then enjoy breathing and exercises in our new setting of the Botanic Gardens.  Please bring a towel, water bottle and gold coin donation as normal.  I will post a reminder on Facebook early next week…I look forward to seeing you there!

Lastly, I have decided to decrease my blog posts and newsletters to once a month from now on (unless there are workshops or events coming up that I want you to know about) as I know that the stress of checking emails is a reality.  I know that your inbox can fill up all too quickly these days!

Well….this turned out to be not such a short post after all! 

I hope you have a fabulous weekend and I look forward to seeing you or hearing from you soon.

Janelle.

Breathing

Good evening readers 

Have you been stopped in your tracks recently and thought…where has the year gone?

Or perhaps where did last week go?

Where did today go?

I caught myself thinking this on Monday.  So much has happened this year and I can’t believe it is November already?!

Running my own business can mean that every week can look different and a routine is something that I’ve realised I love – I’m constantly aiming for a routine that works for me to ensure the weeks don’t pass me by.

Something that can easily slip from my routine is QUALITY breathing.  When we are busy it is easy to just keep DOING.  To not worry about our breath.  To not care about breathing – because our body can do it for us… but is it a quality breath?


Deep breaths and oxygenation are so important to enhance detoxification, keep our body energised, reduce inflammation and improve our mindset. Breathing is the pump for our lymphatic system – which cleans the garbage from our blood.

A breathing technique that I use at my Seeds Of Health Morning Activation Sessions is 7 rounds of 7. This alone is a fabulous tool for depression. By increasing the utilization of oxygen within our body we lower our blood pressure, reduce anxiety and panic attacks. Deep breaths allow oxygen to get to the blood and muscles therefore decreasing tension and inflammationThis in turn reduces pain and stress levels. In contrast short shallow breaths can have a negative impact on our mood and stress levels.

Belly breathing, deep breathing, uses oxygen efficiently.

Exercise is a great way of oxygenating every cell in our body and work the lymphatic system.  However, as a busy woman and someone who really respects Dr Libby Weaver’s work (Rushing Woman’s Syndrome) – please remember that fast exercise is not always the way to heal, regenerate and cleanse the body.  Sometimes those slower yet powerful forms of exercise like yoga can do more good for someone who is already anxious and tightly wound up.

Breathing stops disease of the mind. It can be as easy as slipping 10 deep belly breaths into your day. Or, you could try this easy and fabulous technique called 7 rounds of 7.


Breathe in for 7

Hold for 7

Breathe out for 7

Hold for 7

Repeat 7 times.


NB: The count of 7 needs to be even – 1 breathe per second. Observe the second hand on a clock while doing this to feel the rhythm.

In my clinic 7 rounds of 7 is a prescription for depression.  Whether or not you are struggling with depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, panic attacks, pain and inflammation in your body or a ‘monkey mind’ –  try doing 7 rounds of 7 twice each day for a week.  Notice how you feel and write your own experience below in the comments.

Begin to observe how you breathe. It all starts with awareness.

Additionally: To ensure you are breathing clean air in your office and home, you may consider investing in certain plants to improve the quality of your office air or air in the home. I have a Peace Lilly in my office to ensure my clinic air is being filtered.

Fans are also another fabulous way to electrify and ignite the air around you. Opening up the windows in your home for 10-20mins a day is another great way of energizing and cleansing your surrounding air.

Curries & cookies

Good afternoon beautiful people!

This week I thought I would let you know that I’m on Instagram & you can catch some of my photos from my holiday over there @seedsofhealth (http://instagram.com/seedsofhealth).  One of the joys was picking wild blueberries!

I would also like to share 2 delicious recipes that I have enjoyed making this week.

Firstly, there is a delicious curry recipe followed by a simple and scrumptious chewy cookie recipe (I love chewy rather than crunchy!)


CAULIFLOWER, LENTIL AND COCONUT MILK CURRY (courtesy of Delicious Magazine)

150g red lentils

5 tbsp coconut oil

2 tsp cumin seeds

1 large cauliflower, florets cut off and any large ones broken up

1 medium onion, finely chopped

6 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 medium-hot red chilli, halved, seeded and chopped

1 tsp freshly ground coriander seeds

1 tsp freshly ground cumin seeds

1/2 tsp turmeric

400ml coconut milk

200g vine ripened tomatoes, skinned and chopped (I just chopped mine)

1 tbsp lime juice

Bunch fresh coriander, leaves roughly chopped


Method:

1. Put lentils into small pan with 450ml water, bring to boil, then simmer for 15-20mins until the lentils have become a thick puree.  Cover and set aside.

2. Meanwhile, heat 3 tbsp of oil in large saucepan over medium heat, add half the cumin seeds and the cauliflower florets and cook, turning occasionally for 2-3 minutes until coloured here and there with golden brown spots.  Remove with a slotted spoon to a plate.

3. Add remaining oil and cumin seeds to a hot pan, then as soon as the seeds start to sizzle, add the onion.  Lower the heat slightly and cook gently for 10mins, stirring now and then until soft and sweet but not browned.  Add ginger, garlic and chilli and cook for 2 mins more, then stir in the ground coriander, ground cumin and turmeric.  Cook for 1 min, then stir in the coconut milk, cauliflower and tomatoes and simmer for 10mins, stirring every now and then until the cauliflower is just tender.

4. Stir the lentil puree into the curry with lime/lemon juice and season to taste with salt.  Leave to simmer for 2-3 mins more.  Stir in coriander and turn off the heat.


Chewy Salted Caramel Cookies (The Shrinking Hubby.com)

1 cup macadamias

1 cup fresh dates

1 vanilla bean scrapped

1 pinch sea salt


Method:

Blend all ingredients in a blender then press in to cookies on a tray.

Cook in 180 degree oven for 20mins or until brown and cooked through.  Be careful not to overcook them as they will continue to cook outside the oven – this creates a delightful chewiness.

I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I have!


MORNING ACTIVATION SESSIONS

I also want to let you know that the morning activation sessions at Yorkey’s Knob Beach on a Wednesday now start at 6AM! 15mins earlier.  However, after trialling this time yesterday morning I did notice that we will still be missing the sunrise so if anyone is interested in starting at 5:45am please let me know & that way we can enjoy some sun gazing together!  If you have never been before it’s a fabulous community event to allow like minded individuals a chance to get into nature & enjoy some walking which provides benefits of Earthing &

I look forward to hearing from you 

Janelle

Janelle’s journey

Good afternoon lovely readers,

This week is a little different. I thought I would tell you a little about my journey and what led me to creating Seeds Of Health. What my journey has been thus far and what my passion and aim is, within Seeds Of Health.


I think I’ve always had a seed inside me – of curiousity.

By the age of 14 I had done my first liver cleanse – following Sandra Cabot’s guidelines. I remember being in year 9 and wanted to tackle some skin concerns that I had so I decided, with my mum, that we would do a liver cleanse together. This type of investigation has led me to strong philosophy that I know I can trust to cleanse and clear my body. Things will continue to come up as life evolves, but these days I’m no longer worried and guessing. I know what tools to use. I have confidence and certainty. I want to educate and show others that they too can feel this sense of empowerment around their own body.

I encourage you to explore alternatives and always be open to try new things. You don’t know until you try and you don’t know where it will lead you on your journey.


I began my own health journey and interest in health many years ago when I was having problems with my skin.  At first during my teenage years it was acne on my face but then in later years I had a significant encounter with eczema while travelling around Australia. Both of these ‘issues’ provided fabulous platforms for exploration and learning around food as medicine, minerals, herbs and homeopathy. Well that’s what I chose to explore and felt drawn to.

Initially during the later years of high school I became interested in wholistic alternatives for my acne and tried things like zinc cream, eliminating dairy, another encounter with a naturopath and the idea of balancing hormones and skin concerns naturally, rather than choosing The Pill.

A Native Indian Reserve in Saskatchewan, Canada, was my first international stop which sparked something. Such an eye opening experience and in relation to where I am now, it gave me exposure to traditions, sweat lodges, cultural beliefs around elders, habits and food, as well as round dances, community, overseas travel and the beauty of honest friendships.

During my first year of University (studying a Bachelor of Learning Management in order to become a primary school teacher), I was given an amazing book by my cousin called Natural Fertility by Francesca Naish. It was powerful! I loved feeling that I could understand my body and know what was happening to it during my monthly cycle and in particular, knowing when I was ovulating. I now recommend this book to my clients because I feel it gives women a chance to feel in control of their body.

Fast forward a few years and I had explored a few more ‘healthy’ food ideas and trialed them for myself however still had this deep intrigue for what else plays a part in health and healing – the bigger picture of our body and illness. Along with this were a few trips to different countries like South Korea where my love of communal eating was sparked!

In 2007 I travelled around Australia in a van for 11months (which, by the way, was the best!) and suffered a serious case of eczema all over my body, which had been getting a little worse before leaving. This led me to dealing with a homeopath that my partner had used during his childhood. This suited the circumstance, as she was able to conduct consults via phone and post remedies to me while travelling. I also eliminated a lot of foods while on different remedies to enhance their potency and trial different options. A fabulous personal experience. During my travels around Australia I had time to contemplate what it was that I wanted to do instead of full time teaching, which I found stressful. My experience of full time teaching made me question where my passions lie. I kept being drawn back to health.

I have come so far since those days of liver cleansing, when I was 14 years old.   With this background and my love of food as medicine, the power of herbs, the power of nature and my belief in the importance of simple daily practices like drinking 1L water upon waking, getting into the sun, etc, to create health and healing, I decided to start my own business called Seeds Of Health.

To this day I believe, from my own experience, emotions play such an enormous role in the healing journey…it has been an interesting ride so far and one that I have learnt enormously from and still do everyday. I am learning to trust my ‘gut’ more and more and ensure I am surrounding myself with positive healthy relationships and balance – for me getting in to nature in really important.

What once began an awareness of nutrition soon spread to an awareness and desire to live more consciously. I began to question what alternatives could be used for everything including skin, laundry, cleaning, etc. I became aware of how I was voting with my dollar, every time I spent money. My Naturopathy studies opened my mind and also blew my mind at times. Our bodies are capable of SO MUCH given the RIGHT CONDITIONS.

Another important part of my journey was stumbling upon Don and Tyler Tolman at a free seminar in Brisbane. After interactions and encounters over a few years I attended a 7 day juice fast and everything that was presented to me felt right within my body. The simplicity and honesty of the foundation of health is something I wanted to incorporate more in to my practice as a Naturopath. The Naturopath industry as a whole felt like it was moving away from where health begins and more towards a topical ‘pill’ approach. I wanted to educate, empower, guide and lead by example to encourage others to try it for themselves and see how their body feels. From personal experience I know it works. From here I have grown year by year gaining more knowledge about how to live consciously – a very important part of my aim within Seeds Of Health.

I want individuals to feel they have a CHOICE and to know that they vote with their dollar every time they spend. Also, to consider the finer details like what they put ON their skin each day, along with what they put IN their bodies.   What choices and alternatives are available? That’s what my aim at Seeds Of Health is – education and awareness in order to live consciously.

When viewing my philosophy on my website you will notice that I have 3 important reasons while I chose the name Seeds Of Health (the name actually came to me relatively easily and effortlessly and for the following reasons it still rings true to me).

  1. Planting seeds of knowledge that blossom when the time is right – remembering everyone is on their own journey.
  2. Knowing where your food comes from and where possible planting seeds to grow your own. Herbs and rocket are a great place to start!
  3. Predominately or solely a living plant based diet. One that encourages individuals to crowd out the bad by simply increasing the good in their diet, making the transition enjoyable.

My continued aim with Seeds Of Health is to simplify health and live consciously – bringing awareness to our routines, lifestyle choices, food choices, emotions and how this impacts on our mind, body and spirit impacting our vitality. I enjoy bringing a community together like during my morning activation sessions to practice simple and powerful daily rituals in order to realize how easy it is to implement them into daily life – creating a ripple effect and an abundance of health.

I would love to hear your comments or questions below!  I love to stimulate discussion and let you have your voice heard.

Have a beautiful afternoon x

Janelle.

Did you say to put oil in my mouth?

Good afternoon readers!

What a sunny Thursday it is here in Cairns.  This weather is gorgeous!

I want to take some time to explain what oil pulling is and its benefits, as I have written posts on my Seeds Of Health Facebook page and commented on it in previous blog posts.  But, I realise that it is not common knowledge to some people and perhaps even a little weird?!  Fair enough too.  But don’t judge anything until you try it, I believe.  I came across it 2 years ago and have enjoyed using the technique regularly since then, in my morning routine.

The idea behind oil pulling is to draw toxins out of the body – therefore assisting with both acute and chronic health concerns.  The health of our mouth has a huge impact on the rest of the body.  Your mouth also provides an indication as to what is happening in your body – be it visible in the health of your gums, cavities in your teeth, scallops on the edge of your tongue, the colour of your tongue, bad breath, etc.  They all provide clues.

Oil pulling is a effective and economical way to target a whole host of these health concerns – all with a simple 5-20 swish of oil each morning.  “Your mouth harbours hundreds of species of bacteria, viruses and fungi…” (Fife, 2008).  With a simple cut from flossing your teeth or perhaps the occurrence of gingivitis, ulcers, etc. these bacteria, virus and fungi can enter the bloodstream – with the potential to create inflammation, havoc and disease in the body.  It is therefore important to not only boost your immune system but also keep your oral health in tip top condition.

Oil pulling has the ability to freshen your breath, create healthier gums, whiter teeth and protect against chronic health concerns such as arthritis, headaches, knee pain, constipation, eczema, PMS, you name it!  Due to its ability to target the whole body, by drawing toxins to the oil and out, once the oil is removed from the mouth (spat out).

It is interesting to note in Dr Fife’s book that Dr Weston A. Price in the early 1900’s knew the important link between oral health and other health concerns in the body.   The process of a root canal involves the decayed tooth having the soft centre drilled out, disinfected and the cavity filled with a hard rubber like material, before the tooth is sealed and capped.  However, the decayed matter is not always 100% removed and this is where problems can arise, as the tooth seems to always remain infected.  He notes that once root canal teeth are removed other health concerns like chronic arthritis also clear up due to the infection not invading the bloodstream, continuously.  Fascinating!

So…I recommend that you give it a go!  Another challenge for you   I love to give you homework and things to work on…that improve your health!

Upon waking, before hydrating with 1L of water, take 1tsp-1tbsp of coconut oil or sesame oil and swish it around in your mouth for 5-20minutes.  The coconut oil will turn white.  Do not swallow the oil, simply spit it out in to the garden and use the remaining bit of oil on your lips to moisturise your lips.  You can choose to do a number of things during this time, read a book, meditate, do a breathing exercise, listen to your favourite music and dance, go for a walk, hang out the washing, etc, unless you are happy to sit in stillness and wake up slowly watching the trees blow in breeze   All of these choices are perfect.

I recently learnt at a yoga class that coconut oil can be cooling to the body, so if you are a Vata constitution or simply feel the cold I would recommend sesame oil.  I have not managed to purchase any yet from the health food store, but it is on my list for this afternoon.  I am not sure how the sesame oil changes after oil pulling but I am wanting to give it a go!  I will report back in the comments.

Oil Pulling Therapy by Bruce Fife is such an interesting read!  I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to know more!  I am happy to lend my copy out for short periods, otherwise grab your own.  Empower yourself with knowledge.

It is a fabulous idea to incorporate this practice into your morning routine and note how you feel each day in your journal.  Do it consistently for 2 weeks and note how your gums become healthier, your teeth whiten, your breath becomes fresher and both acute and chronic illness begin to clear up as the toxins are pulled from the body.

Happy swishing!  Add your comments below if you have tried it in the past, currently incorporate it in to your routine or just want to give it a go?  I can’t wait to hear your results.

Juice fast in Bali!

Hello healthy readers!

Well it’s been 2 weeks since I returned home from assisting to run the inspiring and fabulous juice fast in Bali, with the amazing Don and Tyler Tolman.

I feel motivated, clean and more than happy knowing that I have added to my fasting experiences and topped up my knowledge, expanded my consciousness, as well as making some beautiful connections with mostly Aussies that I will continue to cherish.

There were 28 ‘fasters’ in Bali that successfully completed a 7 day juice fast.  Well done to them!  It was amazing to see them ride the highs and lows of cleansing their temple.   Each day we were all involved in morning rituals that allowed us to begin the day in the best way possible.

 

Our morning rituals consisted of waking between 5am and 6am (on alternate days) joining together at the main room to do a coconut oil pull (to assist in drawing toxins out), hydrate with 1L of water and then make our way to the beach which was about a 10 minute walk where we would ideally be greeted by a perfect sunrise.  In the pavilion by the beach we would either do a yoga session with a visiting teacher or the 5 Tibetan Rites followed by various resistance exercises with Tyler.  On non-yoga days we would follow our exercises with a walk/run on the sand and a swim in the ocean.  I had such a thrill one morning body surfing some waves all the way in to shore.  It’s been too long!

Following our morning beach session participants were given around 1 hour to do an enema if they wished, gwasha their bodies (a fabulous mixture to cleanse the body and prepare it to absorb the suns rays) and get in to the sun before our morning knowledge sessions focusing on one of the 7 principles of health.

We would start our morning knowledge sessions with an uplifting 5 minute dance session which would wake everyone up and inspire them to switch their brains on & get ready to learn!  This was definitely one of my favourite parts of the day!

If we were lucky enough we would get a ‘question and answer’ session with both Don and Tyler where we were allowed to leave any questions we liked in the question box & they would spend 15minutes answering as many as they could.  This really allowed the topics to expand!

In the afternoon we would head off on adventures ranging from white water rafting and massages in Ubud to whole food workshops with Chef Cynthia Louise!  This allowed us to observe ourselves putting the mornings session in to practice, in the real world.

loved hearing both Tyler and Don share their passion, giving us all a greater understanding about ancient practices and what choices we can make to better our health in this life time.

I am so excited to be able to hopefully run some of my own juice fasts in Cairns in 2014.  It would be so wonderful to bring a community together to fast and learn in order to raise our consciousness and better our health so each and every day can be better and better!

Finally, fasting gives our body a chance to cleanse and recharge while re-programming things at a cellular level.  I often visualise these little guys (our cells) hard at work.  It’s simply amazing what they can achieve and how this positively impacts our mind!

Please leave a comment below or contact me via my email (janellecarolyn@gmail.com), my Facebook page (Seeds Of Health) or phone (0438 733 103) to let me know if you are one of those KEEN juice fasters for 2014?!  If you have a group that would like to fast together, outside of Cairns, I would be happy to travel.

Signing off with a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and an excited feeling inside of what possibilities lay ahead for 2014!  

Janelle 

Preparation for a juice fast

It’s nearing the end of the year…can you believe it?!!

I’m loving the hot weather in Cairns and the build up to Christmas holidays with family and friends.  I have to say I also LOVE the peaches that are in season at this time of year!  I simply love sitting still and enjoying the smell of a ripe organic peach before launching in for my first bite 

In the lead up to Christmas remember that it doesn’t need to be a time to stuff yourself silly on foods that make you feel bloated and yuck.  It can be a healthy, delicious and enjoyable time with loads of whole food treats and meals to share of greater nutrition value and flavour without the awful feeling post meal.  Please come in and see me for an appointment or ask if you are wanting help to ensure that you can enjoy your Christmas without the feeling of being bloated and hungover on sugar.    

I’m really excited that I have been invited to assist in facilitating a juice fast in Bali, with Tyler Tolman and Don Tolman, before the year is out.  Wow!  What an opportunity!  This father and son pair have a passion for whole foods and fasting with an emphasis on the 7 principles of health.  Don has spent many years researching different cultures and their practices surrounding health.  Both have the most amazing knowledge and brains.  A wealth of information!

I leave for Bali tomorrow and I have been working my body towards a juice fast over the last 3 days.  These initial steps of transitioning to raw allow the body to begin detoxing with lighter, cleaner foods before stepping in to the realm of just juice and water.   For the first 2 days I have eaten only raw foods (eg. raw zucchini pesto pasta, lots of fresh fruit (watermelon, peaches, pineapple), dairy free/sugar free smoothies, acai bowls, lightly steamed broccoli, kombucha, etc).  Today I have transitioned on to juices and will continue on that while taking a colon cleanse powder blend with bentonite clay in it, to assist in drawing toxins out.  It goes without saying that hydration is key also!  I always have 1L of water upon waking and ensure that my fluids are kept up during the day.  I am consuming an easy 3L plus per day at the moment.

I will stay on this juice cleanse prior to arriving in Bali as I am wanting to be at my best to assist in the facilitation of the juice fast (i.e. I don’t want to be detoxing myself).  I am there to support others during their fasting experience and therefore want to be feeling on top of things by Saturday.  It is common to find the first 3 days of juice fasting the most challenging, hence why I have started on raw and transitioned to juice in the week leading up to the community juice fast in Bali, beginning on Saturday.

The group of people gathering together in Bali will be from all walks of life, with different health histories and different daily practices.  The detox symptoms of each and every one of them will be different.  If you are choosing to join us via the virtual online juice fast, please remember this and be kind to yourself.  We are all unique.

A supportive community makes a juice fast so much easier!  Come and join in the fun…here is the link to join the FREE 7 day juice fast in Bali, online…

http://www.onlinejuicefast.com/nov-fast 

 Fasting gives the digestive system a break allowing it to rest and repair.  This regenerates the organs and gives the body an opportunity to cleanse.  With the emphasis on the 7 principles of health (hydration, air, exercise, whole foods, passions, relationships and sunshine) along with enemas the body is able to cleanse and repair.  A can’t wait to support and share in this experience with others, over the next week!

I am looking at facilitating a juice fast in Cairns next year.  It is such a perfect location surrounded by delicious tropical produce.  If you are interested in joining the juice fast or have a great idea for a venue please reply below, comment on my Seeds Of Health Facebook page, email (janellecarolyn@gmail.com) or call me (0438 733 103).  

 

Tyler and Rachelle Tolman have hosted many online juice fasts this year allowing the online community to grow with 1700 members currently.  It is a place where you can ask questions and share your thoughts.  A perfect platform to fast from if you are unable to join us in person.  Good luck if you’re choosing to join us on this amazing journey of fasting, which starts this Saturday!  

I’m really looking forward to assisting those who are joining us in Bali this Saturday!  I also look forward to sharing my experience on the other side 

Janelle

Feeling Grateful

Hi everyone,
I had the most amazing weekend last weekend.
I started my weekend off with a gorgeous early morning swim at Palm Cove with some friends.  I got there a little early and went for a walk along the beach and watched the sun rise.  As it was rising I did some Tibetian Rites (http://www.mkprojects.com/pf_TibetanRites.htm – this is just one site I have found, there are many) and then sat on the sand and took some deep breaths to enjoy where I was.  Post swim during our conversation a friend was wanting to find a new home for his herbs as he is moving into a unit so I was the lucky one who now has some gorgeous new herbs to take care of.


I was then planning on coming home and getting stuck into my list of things to do as I had a ‘free’ weekend and thought what a great opportunity to make some head way on my list of things to achieve.  It was such gorgeous weather though so I decided to abort that idea and lay in my hammock and decide what my weekend would look like.  This is a rare thing so to make sure I didn’t waste it it also became a Facebook free weekend.  This allowed me to simply enjoy where I was at the time and not flick through the feed at random moments when I waiting for something, as I sometimes tend to do.

I then decided my first stop would be the market!  To find myself a delicious coconut, to complement the gorgeous weather!  My 30th birthday is coming up soon so I then felt that some new birthday togs were in order, as I am heading away on a 5 day hike near the beach in WA (I have a secret fettish for swimmers).  So off I trotted to explore my options….I came away with some that I love!  The rest of my weekend involved some beautiful walks in nature, hanging out with my partner, some therapeutic cleaning, chats with old friends that were enjoyed in the afternoon sun and not pushed for time and a fantastic sunset on Sunday evening shared with friends.

I went to a talk by Dr Peter Dingle a couple of months ago and following his talk decided to buy one of his books called The Gratitude Guide.  While I was away in Thailand doing my pranayama course I was noting down what I was grateful for at the end of each day.  It was an excellent exercise to ensure that was spending the majority of my thoughts on all the good that is in my life.  The more we focus on what we are grateful for the more we connect those neural pathways in our brain – enhancing the positive in our lives and bringing in more positive!  Try it.  Get yourself a gratitude diary and each night just before you go to sleep spend 5 minutes writing down all that you are grateful for, or at least 3 things.

I have a lot to be grateful for at the moment and am really excited about the next 3 weeks and beyond.

  • I am leaving tonight on a plane to Western Australia where I will be seeing my brother and little niece whom I haven’t seen for 8months – my niece is the sweetest little person ever!  Come Monday morning I am going to begin my 5 day hike along the Margaret River coastline – the Cape to Cape walk.  I just loving getting out in to the wilderness and enjoying a life of simplicity.
  • All of my family are coming to visit when I return and we are going to hire a house up north and spend a week hanging out.  My dad was 60 last year and we didn’t really get to celebrate it and I’m 30 this year so it’s a excuse to enjoy being together and build sandcastles with my little niece on the beach.
  • I have just finished up working for someone else as a Naturopath so this will give me more time to focus on my own business.  An exciting leap of faith!  I can’t wait to have time to put my ideas in to action!
  • I received some raw chocolate blocks/base ingredients to create raw chocolate, from a friends company in the USA (http://yourdecadentwellness.com/chocolate/) which I simply can’t wait to make!

I best be off and hop on my plane!!  Have a beautiful weekend and remember to focus on what you are grateful for each evening.

Check out this short TedTalk for some extra info on mindfulness and meditation and how it can create more happiness in your world (http://www.ted.com/talks/andy_puddicombe_all_it_takes_is_10_mindful_minutes.html)

Janelle.