Is fasting really that hard?

WHY WOULD YOU FAST + IS IT REALLY THAT HARD?

The simple answer is a reset/reboot/detox/cleanse.

BUT, the more exciting & juicy answer is a letting go of the old to upgrade your current state of health. For a positive experience fasting should be done in a supportive & rich environment so that you fully understand what is important while fasting, so that there is joy & so that you have knowledge & support on hand if you are faced with a challenge or question why you are doing it. After a few fasts, some people may choose to fast alone at home, however some simply thrive in a group environment & simply find it a lot more fun!

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What are the benefits of fasting? There is bottomless pit of benefits to fasting! Really. It’s just sometimes a challenge to actually begin the fast! I personally believe fasting with others is so much easier AND a lot more fun. This allows for success! Once you take food out & you begin drinking juice your body receives a much needed break, because your body is not having to spend energy on digesting foods. With this time, your body can go about repairing old injuries, congested or overwhelmed organs, cleansing, repairing, healing. It is the fastest way to heal because your body is being given an environment where it can actually do it’s job of staying on top of it’s tasks! However, it often has backlog to deal with first because we are generally in the habit of eating too much food, eating when we aren’t hungry or eating foods that are not healing to our system.


What are the challenges of fasting? Depending on what our lifestyle has been like leading up to our first or next fast, will often determine our experience. We can however support our bodies by reducing certain foods & drink in the lead up to a fast to gently ease our way into it. Cutting wheat, dairy, meat, sugar, alcohol & caffeine begins a gentle detox in itself. I created a video here last year about the prep phase. Then once we step into a committed juice fast our body can really get to work! As I said depending on how our lifestyle has been & also how our body’s detox pathways are working will depend on what we experience during a fast. BUT the environment in which we fast is a huge factor as well! On my fasting retreat I prioritise the best possible environment & schedule so that there is connection with uplifting people, engagement of your mind during learning sessions & engagement of your senses with time in the sun & nature. It’s not just about eliminating food - it is so much more! I also ensure that where possible participants are encouraged to do enemas to really support their detox & cleanse. This reduces any detox symptoms & allows the body to release at a deeper level.


Should I do it with support? I recommend that if you don’t do a group fast you should definitely tee up an accountability buddy or friend so that you have someone to check in with along the journey. I also offer support for one on one clients via Zoom/Skype or in person if we are in the same town. It really does need to be tailored to the individual, which is why I feel it is so important to work with a practitioner who has a lot of experience with fasting & assessing individual needs. I have been fasting since 2009 (10 years) and am fortunate to have worked alongside Tyler Tolman at his 7 & 30 day fasts in Bali. This gave me a lot of insight & knowledge to be able to support individuals with their specific needs. It really is so much more about how to create the right environment & support than it is about what we are taking away (food). If done correctly fasting can actually be a joyful experience. I have had some of my clearest insights & most pure connections while fasting. You can read more about my fasting journey here.

Me in NSW at the end of my 19 day fast (3 days juice, 16 days water).

Me in NSW at the end of my 19 day fast (3 days juice, 16 days water).


If you are wanting to experience the purity of your being, shedding the old & making way for rebuilding the new don’t forget in 3 weeks I have an opportunity for you to fast in tropical Far North Queensland. My next 5 day Transformational Juice Fast has 2 beds left for couples, besties or a nourishing solo king suite. Reach out via phone or email if this feels like the right opportunity for you to upgrade your health & add years to your life!


Janelle x

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

My fasting journey...

MY FASTING JOURNEY - a little summary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Janelle x

What water?

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

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

Zazen water filter

Zazen water filter

Zazen water is alkaline water emulated by Mother Nature.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Janelle x

How to prep your body for babies

Hi ladies,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mason's Mushroom Ice cream... Mmmmm

Mason's Mushroom Ice cream... Mmmmm

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

HOW TO ENJOY THESE HERBS?

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

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

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

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

Janelle x

Buckwheat crepes

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

1 cup buckwheat flour (or rye, spelt)

1 cup water

1 cup rice milk

3 eggs

Salt

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

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

 

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

DEPRESSION & JOY

I have been going through a tough time of late and have been spat out the other end thanks to 2 helpful things: A focus on joy and an amazing practitioner supplement N-acetylcysteine which assisted in me turning a corner.  I've decided to be really honest and raw in this blog post as I feel someone will benefit.  What is there to hide?  I love when others are honest and real with me.  Also, I watched 2 TED talks on shame and vulnerability on Friday by Brene Brown, which I think just tipped me over the edge to share.   

You see I’ve had a mixed history with depression.  It began in high school and has reared it's head every now and then over the years. After losing my partner of ten years at the beginning of the year, my foundation was a little shaky.  I have really tried to soldier on this year, but it's been tough.  I've been holding my head up and really trying to find my new groove, but every now and then (like last weekend) things just reached a point of overwhelm and I caved.  I had a number of signals leading up to the weekend, which I was trying to work around.  Finally I felt myself slipping - I know my signs and signals, so I thought, hang on, WHERE IS THE JOY IN WHAT I AM DOING & CREATING?  WHAT DO I HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE?

Last Saturday I had a very real and honest chat with my cousin. Speaking these challenges aloud led to a few decisions, which took the pressure off - the pressure, I had placed on myself.  Can you relate?

Contemplating the possibilities...

Contemplating the possibilities...

This conversation led me to challenge my thoughts on my 9-day Renew You Retreat, quit Facebook (my personal account) and focus on what brings me joy.  What would you choose away from the ‘shoulds’?  I feel I have been running at full speed trying to catch up, while organising the retreat, seeing clients, while trying to catch up on my blogs, newsletters, Facebook, Instagram - all that, while still continuing relief teaching. I found myself drowning in my thoughts and looking for a way out.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Do you value the Naturopath consultations and iridology?

  • Would you like more recipes on the blog?

  • Would you like more newsletters and sharing on the blog - What topics are hot?

  • Do you value me sharing on Facebook and Instagram? Why?

  • Would you appreciate more resources to assist you on your journey? What kind?

  • I'm keen to share more videos on my YouTube channel (Janelle Twine) and my eBook isn't far away!

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

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

Janelle x

Breathe for lymphatic flow...+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

2016...Simplify

How has your year started??

Mine began with quite a confronting situation which has settled in and begun to diffuse.  I feel I am beginning to digest that & enjoy a fresh start to the year.  

My word for the year is SIMPLIFY.  This feels so damn good!  I have been making an effort to cull for the last year.  But this January my culling efforts went to a whole new level - both in my clinic and also my home.  I have been picking up objects - be it clothes, books, articles, CDs, crockery, etc and noticing if it feels joyful to keep it.  It is such an easy process yet one that hasn't felt so easy in the past.  I have often kept things for logical reasons rather than whether they bring me joy.  My world feels so much lighter because of this practice.  A simple example is culling my CDs. That has been my latest project.  As I drive to work each day I put a new cd on and notice whether it lights me up or not.  I have a whole 2 large cd wallets of cds I've collected over time and ones friends have given me before going travelling, etc.  

I am starting to apply this to all areas of my life.  I am SIMPLIFYING my daily practices (cups of tea, mediation, whole foods, choosing less, enjoying more, reading, sitting with things more, shifting, feeling full with less).  Gosh its a gorgeous thing!  One that makes my world feel so full, yet I am doing less, have 'less' and am choosing less.  Does this feel like something which may benefit you?  What area of your life could you begin to simplify?

I am absolutely loving operating my clinic from town.  I drive to work, knuckle down, immerse myself in what I love and then drive home.  I try to leave work at work.  And so far the separation is fabulous!  Home life seems simpler.  I found last year I wasn't switching off from my business and having quality down time.  I am appreciating the amazing people I am working with and they are equally appreciating my contribution to the space.  Together we are better.

This year two of my larger goals are finishing my ebook and going ahead with my Renew You retreat in late September.  Both are EPIC!  There are only 8 spots left and there is a $500 discount until the end of February so please consider this chance for YOU!  Taking some time out to begin your very own HOLISTIC, SELF-CARE REVOLUTION.  Also note, that if you sign up with a friend you get a further $200 off!  You can choose to support and encourage each other. 

Keep your eyes out on my website over the coming week as there will be a few exciting changes!  As well, look out for my newsletter which will be arriving in your mailbox anytime soon (if you are on my mailing list) updating you on upcoming events and some tips on hydration - a KEY nurturing element at Seeds Of Health.

Let me know in the comments below, what is your word for the year?!  I'd love to know :)

Janelle x