Longevity

My favourite word of all time... LONGEVITY.  I love everything about this word. The positive frame it shapes around ageing, the possibilities, the cultural discoveries, the joy, the connection, the ease, the daily habits, the self awareness - it all lights me up. So let me shine some light on how you can enhance your longevity.

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Longevity simply means - a long duration of individual life.

I notice a lot of people have hang ups around the word ageing.  There is fear attached to another birthday, another year.  I don't feel the same way and I'm really proud of that.  Each year brings more lessons, more connection, more discoveries, more opportunities. There is so much to discover and learn on this planet.  Over the year I have become equipped with oodles of tools on how to support my body and mind, nourish my hormones and focus on the things that are important for healthy ageing.  If I need to shift gears because I'm noticing changes in my body - I can.  I want you to either develop or enhance your own personal awareness around longevity, leaning on me as a guide and support.

The above pic was taken recently on day 4 of the Seeds Of Health fasting retreat at Mossman Gorge. We had been fasting for 3 full days and I felt amazing.  My body always slips into a place of ease when fasting - less work to do and therefore more time for regeneration and repair (the next fasting retreat is September 12-16th, 2018 so keep your eyes peeled!)

Here are some hot tips to assist you with your LONGEVITY...

  • Fast!  If fasting for a day or more scares you then try intermittent fasting - Have an early dinner then hydrate and skip breakfast, being prepared to munch of something wholesome and packed with nutrition at brunch/lunch.  Fasting repairs your DNA - can you believe that?!  Longer fasts give you faster results - this September (12-16th) there is another fully supported fasting retreat coming up!  Or reach out for guidance prior to that, to fast at home.
  • Hydrate.  Good quality water is a must here.  If you are hydrating yet filling your system with chlorinated and fluoridated water then it's creating extra work for your body.  Find some spring water in your area or purchase a Zazen water filter - I personally love mine!  Have used it for 3.5 years now.
  • Support stress within your body. Exercise is a great way to counteract and release stress (move your body in a way you love...me personally - hiking, yoga & swimming).  Herbs are another great way to support your body through times of stress.  Superfeast herbs are something I use daily to tonify and support my system, in hot drinks or smoothies, however through a Naturopath consultation I can refine the exact ones that you need in a variety of forms.  An iridology assessment (picture of your iris) assists me with this understanding. A liver cleanse blend could be the place to start?!  Floating is another beautiful way to surrender & give back to yourself when feeling stressed.  If you are a first time user remember to make the most of my coupon code!  Or for your own at home remedy - meditate!  Stress ageing the body faster than anything else.  Meditation is a free, at-your-fingertips tool that can reverse this ageing and combat your stress.  Deepak is holding another FREE 21 day mediation challenge on March 19th, so make sure you sign up!  
  • Eat plants!  Upping your plants - VEGETABLES AND FRUITS - definitely enhances longevity.  Adding enzymes, nutrition, vitamins, minerals, life force, hydration, trace minerals, antioxidants, etc to your system to repair your cells.  My social media channels hopefully provide inspiration for you here or my blog has recipes on it.  During a Naturopathic consultation the recipes, links & inspiration are more specific for you as an individual.
  • Tibetan Rites - these 5 exercises are known as the Fountain Of Youth.  I wrote a blog post about them a few years back.  The perfect tune up for your endocrine system each day.
  • Reducing and eliminating chemicals in your lifestyle. This is an enormous topic which I am super passionate about so perhaps another blog post needs to be created?  I have been chipping away at this in my own lifestyle for years.  Constantly upgrading my choices and switching to cleaner options for my body and the Earth.  For now I'll just list some of the alternatives I can support you with - chemical free menstrual cups and pads, chemical free beauty, perfume and cleaning products.  There is a whole chapter about Conscious Living (Chemical free living) in my Nurturing 9 ebook which you can download via my shop or on Amazon for your kindle.  Comment below or shoot me an email if you are wanting personalised support around this change to a chemical free lifestyle.  My Kitchen Detox packages are a great wholistic way to kick this change off!  Otherwise, a gathering with other women to discuss any of these topics is a beautiful way to spend the arvo - I love bringing people together to enhance their wellness.

Having others to share JOY with or lean on is ridiculously underestimated.  COMMUNITY is where it's at.  Coming together to share, laugh, cry, talk, inspire and be with is missing in our fast paced, online world.  Don't forget your neighbours.  The Blue Zones of the world - where the centenarians - thrive are fully aware of this concept.  I find the Blue Zones inspiring!  It's not all about how many carrots you eat, okay?!

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

Breathing for our lymphatic system...plus a free video!

I would like to welcome Pettina to the Seeds Of Health space.  She is currently completing her Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy, Nutrition and Western Herbal Medicine - the same qualification I began on my travels around Australia back in 2007.  Together we are going to be discussing all things health and myself imparting what I know with her to enhance her knowledge and only add to what she is already learning on her health journey.  She will be assisting with aspects of the clinic and getting some packages together and learning the ins and outs of what happens both in and outside consultations - ordering, blogging, documenting, consultations, marketing, social media, accounting, etc.  What hat doesn't a small business owner and entrepreneur wear? :)

Please understand that although Pettina is going to be sitting in on as many consultations as possible it is always completely your choice, as the client, as to whether you choose to allow her to sit in or not.  There is no pressure.

So here she is...I have to say a big thank you to Janelle first and foremost, I am so excited to have been taken under her wing in the chance to expand my knowledge in the health and wellbeing industry. I am in the exciting position of beginning my clinical hours with Janelle as a student Naturopath and to give you a bit of an idea, let me share a bit of background on me.

 Pettina - Student Naturopath

Pettina - Student Naturopath

As so many Naturopath’s seem to find their interest in this industry, mine was piqued from illnesses in childhood, where I was forever going from doctor to doctor being treated for asthma.  It was again in my early 20s after having lost my mother to cancer after a 6 month battle when I was 17, followed by a stressful relationship, that I again found doctors lacking in being able to treat my symptoms, let alone get to the cause… I just wasn’t getting better.  With a sharp and open mind, I decided to take matters into my own hands, (with the help of some amazing Naturopaths of course) and my passion for health and wellbeing grew from there.  Now fast forward, I have almost completed a triple advanced diploma in Naturopathy, Herbal Medicine and Nutrition and married into a family of coffee farmers, finding myself surrounded by 85,000 coffee trees in Mareeba.  

I cannot overstate the power of Nutrition in helping me find my path to greater health and happiness. Having said that I also love all natural modalities, from the body work of massage, bowen therapy, reflexology, cranial sacral to energetic medicine of homeopathy, theta healing, flower remedies, and every modality in between.  I look forward to having the opportunity of sharing with everyone my experiences as Janelle’s protégé.  I am finding myself connecting again with Doterra essential oils as well, my first experience with them was when I was managing a day spa on the Gold Coast, and had a Doterra rep offer me an Aroma Touch experience.  Afterwards I then knew for certain essential oils had a powerful presence in natural healing.

Janelle’s Nurturing 9 is powerful yet simplistic, inspiring healthy habits into our daily life.  This week’s focus is on the breath.  Lets all take a solid deep breath, appreciate the oxygen you’re breathing in for your organs and cells to utilise, feel the immediate de-stressing capacity it provides, purifying any toxic energy and filling us with simple life force.  Yogis incorporate pranayama into their classes, teaching the power of breath control, uniting them with the flow of poses and movement.  This practice helps us to switch on our parasympathetic nervous system, (the relax and digest system), altering the state of our nervous system.  I know I, all too often, get caught up in my determination to achieve my set tasks for the day - make my little girls lunch, put the washing on, phone the insurance company, go to work (another set of tasks), plan and cook dinner, do the shopping, fold the washing, play with my daughter, etc, that before I know it, the day is finished and my nervous system has been on high alert all day.  Slow, deep, rhythmic breathing allows us to be in the present moment, helps us to let go of overwhelming situations, and appreciate the little things in life.   Best of all they can be done any time of the day, anywhere!

Deep breathing can also help circulate our lymphatic fluid. This is important because unlike the cardiovascular system that has the heart as a pump to circulate blood, lymph relies on movement and breath to ensure our lymphatic fluid reaches our lymphatic organs for filtration.   Our lymphatic system is both our immune cells highway and sewage pipe.  Cells excrete unwanted toxic metabolic waste into our lymph fluid, along with dead cells and other cellular debris. Without effective movement, breathing and lymph circulation our other vital bodily functions would quickly shut down, due to trapped proteins and excess fluid.  Deep breathing, along with exercise, accelerates (up to 15 times) the normal rate in which our lymph can circulate and be filtered.   

A deep breath should be felt within the abdominal area.  Holding the breath for 4 counts, help oxygenate the blood, and then exhale twice as long as the inhale, to increase the elimination of toxins.  This cycle of deep breathing enhances the health of our blood and activates our lymphatic system.  So easy yet so effective, I love it!   Here is a video Janelle has made on another breathing technique which is equally simple - Alternate nostril breathing - Nadi Shodhan.  She will be posting more videos on YouTube so keep an eye out!

Pettina & Janelle x

The Best Dairy-Free Alternatives (…And A Free Recipe)

From the cow’s milk we pour on our morning breakfast to the butter that coats our toast, we learn from a young age that dairy products are a key component of a balanced diet. But with 1 in 20 adults experiencing some degree of lactose intolerance, its important to know what simple alternatives are available, from the grocery store shelf to the ingredients used in your recipes.

The low-down on lactose

Lactose intolerance occurs when our bodies aren’t fully able to digest lactose (or sugar) in milk. Even if a person isn’t lactose intolerant, they may have a negative reaction due to the whey and casein proteins found within dairy, which can lead to allergies, eczema, asthma, bloating and acne. Substitutes can help you feel lighter and less congested, easing these symptoms. After making the swap, many people (myself included!) happily discover an absence of the heavy white coating that usually sits on the tongue. 

How to lighten up

There's no need to give up anything when switching to dairy-free eating. That’s a light-bulb moment! Your favourite treats - milk, cream, cheese, yoghurt and icecream – can be easily replicated in all their delicious dairy-less glory. My general recommendation is to try a variety of dairy alternatives. Calcium, minerals, protein and vitamin-D can be found in a stack of foods. 

What alternatives?

To make the switch a little easier for you, I’ve been busily creating a simple dairy-free product guide to assist with shopping and cooking. I’ve written this out for clients in messy handwriting more times than I can count. Now, I can save my hands (and your eyes) a little work as it will be in neat, downloadable form. The guides (there is a wheat-free one too) include substitute recommendations like coconut and cashews, as well as ways to use them to recreate your favourite dishes. I’m really excited to be sharing this with you very, very soon! Watch out for my new e-shop with more goodies too.

RECIPE: Simple Vegan Cream

This is one of my all-time favourite dairy-free indulgences. It’s full of healthy fats and is great for your arteries, as it uses no animal products. Cashews form the base of the icecream. These kidney-shaped nuts have a high copper content, which is a co-factor to producing SOH (superoxide dismutase), important in energy production, tissue integrity and antioxidant defenses. It’s sweetened by pure maple syrup and vanilla. Maple syrup is a wholefood sweetener packed with minerals. Vanilla has aphrodisiac properties along with small amounts of B vitamins, calcium, iron, and zinc, among other minerals. See what I mean about not missing out on your vitamins and minerals? 

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup of Cashews (soaked, for 2-4 hours)

1/4 Cup Filtered Water/Rice Milk/Almond Milk (Depending on thickness)

1 Tbsp Maple Syrup

1 Tsp Natural Vanilla Extract

Method: Blend everything together until smooth, thick and creamy. Serve with or as a dessert.

Signs of adrenal fatigue and 4 ways to help you restore balance

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Navigating a maze of big changes in my life in the last 6 months – moving house, new professional challenges and working past bumps in my relationship – I’ve become attune to my body’s dwindling energy store. It’s the day-to-day kind. The one that helps you think clearly. The one you rely on to jump out of bed in the morning.

The reality is, daily life exposes us to many stress-inducing situations. These take the form of chronic illness, long-term stress from jobs, a major life event, an unhealthy relationship, or even food intolerances. When emotional, dietary or physical stress becomes prolonged, it can lead to adrenal fatigue.

So, what exactly is it?

Stress is believed to be the root cause of many hormonal imbalances, however adrenal fatigue remains a largely under-diagnosed and little-understood condition. It occurs when the body’s chronic stress response either never leaves or doesn’t work at all. At the crux of this response are the adrenal glands, two powerhouse organs that sit atop your kidneys. They are small but play a vital role in your wellness, regulating many critical hormonal jobs in your body.

One main role of the adrenal glands is the secretion of your body’s main stress hormone, cortisol, which controls our sleep/wake cycle, blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Overtaxed or depleted adrenals (think, a tired energiser bunny), caused by constant stress, lead them to weaken and therefore unable to produce normal hormone levels. Many people experience a disrupted cortisol cycle that leads to low morning levels and spikes in the evening. In other words, being unable to help us when we most need them!

Got it. What can I do?

Step one: get tested for adrenal fatigue. I recommend a simple salivary cortisol test to understand where your levels sit. Step two: With effective questioning, nutrients, herbs, and lifestyle advice, hormones can easily return to balance. These 4 simple improvements have helped me manage my own stress, as well as many of my clients:

1.     Identify and de-clutter – what exactly is causing your stress? Pinpoint the reasons you are feeling anxious or sick. Create a list under 4 categories – emotional, physical, dietary and environmental – and try to identify your major stress points. Maybe it’s financial strain, or over-exercise, or over-exposure to a toxin, or a combination. Once you identify these, you can work on ways with the help from family and professionals to overcome them.

2.     Have a little empathy – even small changes will have a big impact. Although I know it’s not best to add an extra stimulant such as coffee to my already strained body, I’m conscious that it comes back into my life sometimes. Be kind to yourself, but also know that non-caffeinated alternatives are always a better option. I’ll enjoy a chai or herbal tea every second day. Or improve my coffee, by making it Bulletproof and organic (due to it being a heavy pesticide crop).

3.     Move, but go slow – an already stressed body doesn’t need the added burden of an intense 7-day a week exercise regime. Nor does it help to be completely inactive. Reserve a few days a week for low-intensity activity, including beach or bush walks, yoga, or simply getting outside and gardening, or playing with some of those bouncing, high-energy balls (kids) in your life.

4.     Get acquainted with herbs – a great therapeutic option to support adrenal function are  ‘adatogens’ given by naturopaths. Licorice root, Siberian ginseng, Chamomile and Ashwagandha all naturally stimulate the adrenals and help with balancing cortisol levels. Sometimes, gentle healing can come from nature’s best medicine.

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.

Pregnancy

Hello readers 

Thanks for joining me on this journey of health!

This week I want to share some information with you about pregnancy after it being brought to my attention by Tyler Tolman.


There are many things to consider both prior to getting pregnant & also during your beautiful 9 months of pregnancy.  Here are some wholesome suggestions to consider…

– Breathing: Do you breathe deeply?  Have you tried 7 rounds of 7?  Emphasis on breathing allows the body to excrete toxins, oxygenate every cell, feel energised, enhance the lymphatic system (collects garbage from our blood) and more.  While your body changes and prepares for creating a new being it needs to be oxygenated.  It will also assist with supporting the nervous system during this time.

– Sunshine: Vitamin D from the sun helps our mood, energy and bone health, to name a few.  It is essential to get some everyday – start with small amounts on as much of your body as possible. Try lying naked in your backyard, find a nude beach, or just get outside in your togs. Either way don’t assume that driving from A to B and exposing your arms to the sun is enough vitamin D for the day.

– Whole foods: Juices, dairy free smoothies, green smoothies (all providing concentrated nutrients), fresh fruit, steamed vegetables, listen to your cravings if you feel they are genuine but fill up on good nutrition at the same time.  Here’s a link to some great ideas on my blog…hereherehereherehere, here, & here – that should keep you going for a while!

– If you feel that you are not able to get these nutrients on a daily bases another suggestion or an additional add on would be to start taking Juice Plus – a new product that I am stocking in my clinic.  I am very excited about this product as I know that the fresh fruits and vegetables stored in the tapioca capsule go through a very strict, clean process to ensure the nutrients are well maintained – from paddock to capsule.  It is unbelievable what is inside  I feel this is a fabulous addition to include in your routine to ensure, along with lots of fruits and vegetables, you are those extra nutrients to support your body while it has extra demands.

– Good quality oils rubbed on your belly, breasts, hips, etc everyday.  Consider using coconut oil, olive oil, sesame oil (this oil is very grounding), jojoba oil, rose hip oil.  There are many to choose from.

– Exercise: ensure daily walking (30mins or more), weights or strengthening exercises where you can to keep the body well adjusted and strong as it goes through changes, yoga is a fabulous strengthening exercise that also allows for a mind/body connection and concentration on breath.

– Support around you and healthy relationships so that you feel supported during this time of change, growth and creation. Choose to surround yourself with positive people.  This will uplift your soul, nourish your nervous system, allow you to enjoy the highs and feel supported during the trying times.

Here is the link if you want to watch a video by Tyler Tolman on the topic of pregnancy:  http://tylertolman.com/health-articles/how-to-have-a-healthy-pregnancy

You may already know that I will be supporting Tyler Tolman in Bali this coming January!  People with chronic disease will be attending this 30 day fasting and cleansing program in order to heal their conditions.  This is something I am very passionate about and excited that I am able to work along side Tyler and support these individuals through their journey with my Naturopathic knowledge and skills in order to create healthy change and transformation in their lives.  If you are suffering from a chronic condition and feel this resonates with you then check out the program for this coming January right here.


Food Matters Live Screening

Happy Wednesday readers 

I just wanted to make you aware of a fabulous FREE screening of numerous health and related documentaries available for the next 4 days.  You may have seen my post about it on Facebook 6 days ago.  It is apart of the Food Matters website.  Have you seen the Food Matters documentary?

 

This documentary alone is such a helpful place to start – a tool to help plant the right seeds.  It is a documentary that the owners of Food Matters first pulled together.  It was such a success that a whole movement has followed.  The documentary gives you a really fabulous understanding of how food DOES matter “You are what you eat”.  How it impacts our health and how we can be CONSCIOUS of our choices, with lots of interviews by leading experts in the field.  I also find it provides a great way to ‘teach’ others and give them a sound understanding without having to give them a lecture they may not want to hear – give them a copy of the film or notify them of this FREE offer.  I often lend out my copy to clients to watch if you are not able to buy a copy.  I currently have a Hungry Food Change DVD to give away also…let me have a think about that give away!  I’ll notify you on Facebook – so come on over and join the Seeds Of Health community!

However, there is more to it than the next 4 days…you are able to subscribe to FMTV here (Food Matters TV) for $8/month or $80 for the year and have access to a whole scope of DVD’s (some you can’t find elsewhere), plus recipes and yoga and exercise videos to get you moving at home if you can’t make it to a class because of kids, or other reasons.  Online versions suit some people but not all I realise.  It’s often nice to buy the hard copy and get a bunch of family or like minded friends together, make some healthy snacks and make an evening of it with ‘juicy’ discussions to follow.  Check out the shop here or I can do a bulk order if you know of a group that would benefit.

The reason I’m letting you know about this fabulous resource is because I stumbled upon it when I was enjoying one of the free documentaries (that are only available till Nov 4th!).  I felt that I had to share!  The topics and documentaries shared and discussed come from all angles – so I feel you can, in time, make your own educated decision, along with guidance from qualified professionals like myself if you have questions arise and feel you need support.  You are also able to enjoy other short videos online, available for free all year round, including TED talks, humorous health snippets, videos on waste, the flu shot, additives, benefits of meditation, etc – all available here.

As I mentioned there is only 4 days left to enjoy Q&A sessions with the makers of the films and the films themselves for free here.  I have managed to watch a few over the weekend and of an evening – enjoying the reminders, stories, reflections, lessons and sharing with those around me.  I love the diversity of the films!   One that I missed and am eager to watch is called Love Bomb.  The link to the synopsis is here.  This quote will give you a taste –

“If we were all committed to loving, like radically committed to loving, the world would be completely different, the world would shift.” Kate Blackson

Watching these DVD’s will broaden your mind!  Share them with friends and family and friends of friends.  Pass the message on if you feel it’s worth sharing! …I do!  The choices are endless, the empowerment is rich and you certainly become more conscious of the choices you make (one of my major aims at Seeds Of Health)!

Keep in mind to make changes step by step, bit by bit – not all at once.  Develop a foundation to build on, which i can help you with.  I am here to guide you when you have questions surrounding the myths, tricks, contradictions, alternatives, etc.  Keep in mind I offer the following services:

  • Setting up a clean food plan for the fortnight;
  • Clean out your panty and fridge to start over with a clean slate – remember I offer Pantry Clean Outs – where I come to your home and discuss the contents of your kitchen and home (eg. laundry, bathroom, etc) and discuss what to keep and throw out and WHY.  Most importantly I discuss alternatives and what to replace with and how to store things, what to buy and cook as alternatives.  Read more here on my services page.
                                                Does your pantry look like this? Ingredients that you may not be aware of that are harming your health?

                                               Does your pantry look like this? Ingredients that you may not be aware of that are harming your health?

 

  • Have a follow up consultation (or refer a friend or family member for an initial consultation) with a clear intention about what you want to heal or improve (or both! :).  I can also help you to decipher what your intention needs to be;
  • Have a BARS session  to clear subconscious thoughts patterns that no longer serve you around food or everyday choices you are making in your home, work or lifestyle that are holding you back from achieving a healthy, well balanced lifestyle full of happiness and vitality!;
  • If you feel you know what the alternatives are but don’t know what to cook then call me and let’s organise a food workshop – either privately or with a group of friends.  A lot of the topics that I cover are listed on my website here 
  • Do you have a celebration coming up and want something delicious and fun to contribute to the party?!  Then research raw cakes and make one yourself for the first time or contact me and I can make you one for your celebration!;
  • Lastly, if you are familiar with the Food Matters crew and have watched some of their DVD’s over the years or have been to doing your own research and making changes to your home and diet, but still questioning why you are feeling low in energy, or can’t put a finger on something, perhaps we need to conduct a hair analysis test to clarify?  A hair analysis tests for vitamin and mineral deficiencies, moulds, parasites, electro magnetic radiation (EMR) and heavy metal toxicity – a combination or only one may be affecting your health and slowing down your progress to wellness.  Let’s work together on this one.

I hope you enjoy the films and resources on the Food Matters website!  Remember that I am here to guide and help you on your journey to wellness.  I look forward to your comments regarding the films you’ve seen, enjoyed, felt challenged by, resources you loved, etc.  There is so much to learn and share on this journey to wellness.  We just need to plant the seeds, which we wish to grow 

Janelle

Please note: I receive no income from recommending Food Matters – I simply want to share this wonderful resource that we all have access to online!

Overfed & Undernourished

Meat…should we eat it?

It’s a hot topic!

Last Friday night I was part of a Q&A panel at the end of a fabulous movie called Overfed & Undernourished.  The movie was a documentary about a boy called Liam who was clearly Overfed & Undernourished.  Sadly a true depiction of many children in today’s society.  An example of his state of health was he had trouble walking up a grassy hill without wheezing and stopping for a breather, due to his sedentary lifestyle.  Together Liam and his dad decided that it would be best to send him off to his Aunty and Uncle’s place on the Gold Coast as they lived quite a different active and healthy lifestyle that would provide Liam with the opportunity to get back on track with his health.  This was an intense and challenging 3 months that changed Liam’s life for the better.


Following the movie I was asked, along with 2 other individuals within the health and wellness field to answer questions from the audience about health.  One of the questions was about meat and how much should we eat?  This was an interesting and fabulous question, yet at the time didn’t give myself the opportunity to expand as much as I would have liked, so I thought I would use this forum – my blog – to do so.

My philosophy within Seeds Of Health is to increase our plant based food intake.  This can be done through fresh juices, smoothies, salads, soups, whole food dips, steamed vegetables, exchanging a meat curry for a delicious Dahl (a lentil curry – ask me for a recipe if you want one!), etc.  It’s often about swapping A for B.  Which I can help with!  Let’s add in so much good food, that it just naturally crowds out the bad, rather than depriving ourselves of certain foods.

Generally speaking, we all have some form of inflammation within our body, however to what extent varies depending on the individual.  Do you have signs of headaches, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (changing between diarrhoea and constipation), stiff joints, achey joints, sore back, irregular hormones illustrated through PMS or painful, varying cycle lengths (for the ladies!)?, gout, anemia, a fungal infection under your toenail, etc.  All of these symptoms are signs of inflammation and imbalance within the body.  By increasing the foods which provide ‘light’ (from the sun – plant based foods) into our bodies, our body is able to heal, repair and bring itself back to balance.  The moment we start eating too much processed, heavy, dense, dark and dead food (that is not grown with sunlight and living nutrients) our body has to work very hard to break it down and process it.  If it is foreign (ie. the body doesn’t recognise it as food because it was made in a lab with numbers and preservatives, etc) our immune system goes on high alert to protect our body from the ‘invader’.  Doing this constantly this wears out our body.

Animal products (namely meat and dairy – yogurt, cheese, ice cream, cream, milk, chocolate) cause a ‘stickiness’ and clogging of our arteries, not to mention the non-organic matter that is entering our bodies like steroids and hormones in meat and dairy as well as horrific ingredients like anti-freeze and leather cleaner found in ice cream.  It is so important for these reasons that if you do choose to eat animal products that they are free range/organic/bio-dynamic/happy animals that they themselves live a natural existence where they are able to roam and eat their natural diet.

By increasing plant based foods like fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds (quinoa, chia, hemp, linseed/flaxseed), legumes, lentils, etc and finding replacements for the everyday consumer items (listed below) our body is able to clean the colon and arteries and repair, reaping the benefits from there – more energy, better digestion, clearer mind, more motivation, weight loss, etc.

CHANGE IT UP:

  • Exchange cows milk for – almond milk, rice milk, Bonsoy milk (a better brand of soy milk that is non GMO), oat milk, coconut milk, hemp seed milk, coconut water (fabulous base for smoothies).
  • Exchange processed wheat bread for – sourdough rye or spelt bread (the less ingredients listed the better!), Essene bread, homemade spelt crepes, rice cakes, mountain bread wraps, sushi nori rolls, rice papers, etc
  • Exchange traditional ice cream for – whole food smoothie (frozen banana, cacao and almond milk!), coconut ice cream (available at health food stores), home made ice cream using whole food organic dairy ingredients, home made icey poles using 100% frozen fruit blended with a paddle pop stick great recipes here.
  • Exchange traditional Cadburys dairy milk chocolate for raw chocolate 

So after providing some background information let’s get back to the question.  How much meat should we eat?

As you can no doubt gather from the above information it is more about assessing where your body is at and letting it heal and repair – which in turn increases vitality.  Individually we will consider what food is right for your body and most importantly quality of the food you choose to eat – be it animal products or not.  It is a very individual assessment depending on your state of health.  Using iridology and questioning I assess your current state of health during a Naturopathic consultation.  Please contact me if you feel it is time for an assessment of your body.

The AIM is to increase your plant based foods and know exactly what you are putting in to your body (reading every label! and ideally not buying foods with labels).

A great resource to get started with whole foods is The Real Food Chef or The Real Food Kitchen.  I was selling these at the movie premiere, last Friday night.  I truly believe, aside from the endless blogs online that this recipe book provides not only mouth watering recipes that are functional for the family (both meat based and vegetarian) but opens your mind up as to how to increase your plant based foods with every meal you eat.  I stock these recipes books and am happy for you to phone or email me to collect your copy.  The authors Dr Libby Weaver and Chef Cynthia Louise are profound in their knowledge of nutrition and plant based foods.  I personally have worked alongside Chef Cynthia Louise and cannot speak highly enough about what she has to offer.  Dr Libby Weaver is a woman of such strength that acknowledge an epidemic of Rushing Women’s Syndrome – women packing more and more into their lives without stopping to nourish and realise what their body needs.  Together, both of these women turn the everyday meal like sheppard’s pie or caramel slice in to something that is so jam packed with vitamins and minerals, your body will be thanking you for it and your tastebuds will be singing!

I would love to hear from you in the comments below what your opinion is of the above information and what journey of health you have been on?  Do you agree or disagree with the above information?  Did you see the screening of Overfed & Undernourished?  What was your opinion of the movie?

I look forward to chatting to you in the comments below.

Signing off with kale kisses,

Janelle.

What is real food?

Happy Friday readers!

Earlier in the year I spoke at the Future of Food convention in Brisbane.  I discussed 3 main topics:

  • What is real food?
  • What is lurking in your food that isn’t REAL?
  • Voting with your wallet.

So…what is REAL FOOD?

REAL FOOD is food grown by nature maintaining its vitality and nutrition.  It does not contain chemicals like additives and preservatives – it NOURISHES your body.  Cooked or not, it does not come in a can or packet with bonus numbers attached.


It is ESSENTIAL that you consider where your food comes from for optimum health. When you move away from nature it impacts on your immune system, digestive system and mind.

In order to boost your immune system, digestive system and mind even more so, ensure you are hydratingmoving your body, taking deep breaths, getting out in the sun, enjoying quality sleep & doing something you love. But for today, let us get back to the topic of REAL FOOD.

Firstly, I have a couple of questions for you:

Is it ADHD or the amount of PRESERVATIVES, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOURS, COLOURS AND SWEETENERS in my child’s food?   Is it PMS or is it the food choices I’m making?  Ponder these questions for a moment – are you and your children eating REAL food?  If not, perhaps conduct your own little experiment and monitor both you and your child’s mood and behaviour after certain foods like sugar, yogurt, cheese, ice cream, bread, sauces, packaged dried fruit, fruit juice, cured meat or cereal to name a few.

Food greatly impacts on mood and behaviour!  These days children are all too quickly medicated for disruptive behaviours without considering the foods they are putting in their bodies.  Adults are often left wondering why their temper is so short and why they always feel so tired and irritable.  I love to work with children and adults to improve mood and behaviour through food choices.  Contact me for an appointment if you are needing support and guidance about how to improve you and your child’s mood and behaviour.

You may already know that food in a packet or a can is NOT real food, however sometimes we are time poor, feeling lazy or we are still learning about real food, so it helps to have knowledge and awareness around preservatives, additives, artificial colours, artificial sweeteners and the like in order to make an educated choice.  Knowing which ones to steer clear of is incredibly helpful!

COMMON PRESERVATIVES INCLUDE:

  • Sodium benzoate and Potassium benzoate (211) – known to cause Leukemia, cirrhosis of the liver and Parkinson’s disease, along with triggering allergies. Found in pickles, flour, margarine, fruit juices, beer, salad dressing, soy sauce, toothpastes, mouthwashes and medicine.
  • —Sodium sulfite (220) – effects include headaches, joint pain, heart palpitations, allergies and cancer.  Found in dried fruit, canned olives, corn syrup, vinegar & wine.
  • —Sodium nitrate (251) – worsen asthma and decrease lung function. Animal testing has proven high rates of cancer. Germany & Norway have banned this preservative. Used in curing meats such as ham, bacon, beef and sausage.
  • —BHA and BHT – synthetic antioxidants. The International Agency for Research on Cancer claims they carry carcinogenic properties linked to cancer and hormone disruption. Commonly appear in cereals, chewing gum, vegetable oil, potato chips, snack foods and meats.

ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS (eg. Aspartame, Sucralose) result in a shrunken thymus, impaired immune system & enlargement of liver & kidneys. Scarey!

  • —The Sucralose Toxicity Information Center reports – skin rashes, flushes, panic like agitation, dizziness and numbness, diarrhea, swelling, muscle aches, headaches, intestinal cramping, bladder issues and stomach pain.  Sucralose destroys your digestive system.
  • —Aspartame alone creates over 92 different health side effects. It creates such chaos because it dissolves into solution and can therefore travel throughout the body and deposit in any tissue. When Aspartame is heated to 30 degrees it turns in to formic acid, formaldehyde and ethyl alcohol. Drinks containing aspartame can therefore be sold chilled and not pose a problem, however our internal body temperature is 36 degrees – this liquid soon becomes highly toxic and can cause numerous side effects to eyes, ears, neurologic, psychological, chest, gastrointestinal, skin allergies as well as our endocrine system, therefore creating hormonal disruptions. Sadly Aspartame poisoning is commonly misdiagnosed as MS, chronic fatigue syndrome, ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease, hypothyroidism to name a few.

ARTIFICAL COLOURS AND ADDITIVES

  • —Brilliant blue (FD & C) – made from coal tar contain a high content of toxic substances such as mercury and fluoride which is found in coal.
  • —Gelatin (derived from collagen) – left over remains of dead animals hooves, skin, nose, eyes, bones, whatever is generally considered fit for human consumption. Sadly this goes through an intense process where the above is dipped in acid solution, washed, filtered and evaporated many times, drying, milling and then blended and packaged. Have you eaten a jelly lolly or protein bar lately??!

Today I haven’t even touched on meat and dairy, in relation to real food. I will need to write about this in a future post. If you do choose to eat either or both, please ensure it is organic or biodynamic. This is essential.

Albert Einstein once quoted:

“It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by it’s purely physical effect of the human temperament and intellect, would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.”

Lastly, I’ll leave you with a few things to remember when shopping for real food.

  • Learn to work WITH nature – NOT against it.
  • —Eat seasonally. Supermarkets disconnect us from this and don’t always support the farmer.
  • —Eat what you grow, where you can.
  • —Get to the market and get to know your farmer – the person who grew your food.
  • —Vote with your wallet – if you choose not to grow your own food you are supporting someone else to do it for you.  Consider who that person is. We are supporting their practices and will continue to do so as long as they have the financial means to do so. Consider who you are voting for with every dollar you spend.

I hope to see you at the market this weekend asking lots of questions of the stall holders, about where your food comes from.  I know I do!

Have a fabulous weekend!

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.