How to spend your morning, to change your day

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

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

What are morning activation sessions?

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

So, what are the benefits?

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

Connection and like-mindedness.

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

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

Join us!

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

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.

Curries & cookies

Good afternoon beautiful people!

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

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

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


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

150g red lentils

5 tbsp coconut oil

2 tsp cumin seeds

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

1 medium onion, finely chopped

6 garlic cloves, finely chopped

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

1 tsp freshly ground coriander seeds

1 tsp freshly ground cumin seeds

1/2 tsp turmeric

400ml coconut milk

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

1 tbsp lime juice

Bunch fresh coriander, leaves roughly chopped


Method:

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

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

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

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


Chewy Salted Caramel Cookies (The Shrinking Hubby.com)

1 cup macadamias

1 cup fresh dates

1 vanilla bean scrapped

1 pinch sea salt


Method:

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

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

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


MORNING ACTIVATION SESSIONS

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

I look forward to hearing from you 

Janelle