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.


The free vitamin

If you guessed SUNSHINE was the free vitamin…well done!  You are correct.  Sunshine is SO GOOD for our health and so easy to ‘take’ yet some of us don’t get a chance to enjoy it each day, because we work indoors and are simply “too busy”.

This needs to change.

SUNSHINE is one of those vitamins which is absolutely essential for good health.  In fact without a healthy amount of sunshine in your week your bones become brittle eventually leading to osteoporosis, your mood dips with the possibility of leading to depression and sadly cancer can even eventuate.  Sunshine helps the body maintain health by boosting your immune system (converting cholesterol to vitamin D), which in turn prevents disease.  It also provides you with a flood of happy hormones which also strengthens your immune system.  A daily dose of sunshine assists in preventing diseases like osteoporosis, cancer, obesity, heart disease, depression and more!  Plus it is free!


Various ways that you can include more sunshine in your day are:

  • Sun-gazing – this is not direct sunlight however it is very beneficial for various reasons such as regulating sleep patterns and hormones by activating you pineal gland (sun rise and sunset are effective for this).
  • Enjoy a morning cuppa in the sun – this is a great time to sit in the stillness and soak up some rays of sunshine
  • Eat your lunch outside – take a break from technology
  • Get to the beach on the weekend, go for a bush walk outside
  • Enjoy a picnic on the grass with some friends in the sun
  • Read a book on the grass in your bikini (we are so lucky we can do this in Winter in North Queensland!)

You may be asking yourself, but what if my skin is sensitive and I burn easily?  Should I wear sunscreen?

No, is the short answer.  Sunscreen is laden with toxic ingredients that are absorbed by your skin.  Our skin, being our largest organ, absorbs everything we put on it – make up, moisturiser, perfume, sunscreen, etc.  Certain barrier creams like coconut oil provide SPF 10+ – a healthy alternative.  However, if you are out on the water all day & dealing with water reflection or perhaps you work outside every day, a brand of sunscreen I would recommend is Miessence Outdoor Balm SPF 15+, for those days or times you know you will be in direct sunlight for hours.   It is still healthy and advisable to wear a long sleeve cotton shirt and hat for example if you are working outdoors.

If you are not in this situation, of working outside all day as a landscaper for example, or spending a day on the water kayaking or fishing, then it is healthy to allow your body to receive full sun exposure for a period of 10-30mins every day in order to boost your immune system and prevent all kinds of diseases mentioned above, ranging from the common cold to cancer.

Our skin reacts and burns from the sun if our cells are not being fed living nutrition!  We ideally want to be feeding our bodies a predominately plant based diet (part of my philosophy at Seeds Of Health) packed full of living nutrition – fresh juices, smoothies, vegetables, fruit, salads, nuts, legumes, lentils, seeds, etc.  These foods contain so much vitality!

Despite knowing this you may still be asking but how much sun is too much?  I believe it is best to start off slowly.  However you choose to enjoy the sunshine, it is important to get a healthy dose of ideally 10-30mins each day.  Full body exposure where possible.

There is an interesting group called the Sunshine Vitamin Alliance (http://www.sunshinevitamin.org) – a group of physicians, individuals and organisations – that promote the benefits of natural vitamin D (sunshine) for our health, as opposed to vitamin D in supplement form.  It was interesting to read that they believe humans are spending less time in the sun, now than ever before, which in turn has lead to more than 1 billion people being vitamin D deficient – with various healthy issues resulting from this deficiency, as discussed above.

I encourage you to get out into the sun for 10minutes each day for the next week and notice how you feel.  Does your mood lift?  Do you find you have more energy, less sniffles and agitation, a healthier complexion?  Just notice.

I know the sunscreen and sun are hot topics so leave your thoughts below.  I would love to hear from you!

Have a beautiful day x

Janelle

Fasting

Fasting can either mean a water or juice fast.  A rest from digesting, which allows our body to put energy into healing and repairing.

This is my 5th fast.  In the past I have done a two 3 day juice fasts, a 30 day adventure (starting with a 4 day colon cleanse, a salt flush and then 26 days on Pulse – ask if you would like to know more), along with a 9 day fast (4 days of juice fasting followed by 5 days of water) and I am now at the tail end of a 4 and a half day juice fast where I intend to enjoy green smoothies and fresh fruit for another day and a half, making 6 days altogether of juices, smoothies, fruit and water.  My digestive system is loving the rest and I am feeling more agile and have a much clearer mind.

I have learnt a lot on this particular fast & have really enjoyed playing with new juicing recipes.  It has been interesting doing it with another and making juice for both of us as I have had to plan ahead to make 5.5-6L of juice per day.  The support has been great, knowing that someone else is going through the same experience as you, no matter how different it is.  Also, sharing a dinner or juice together and not being tempted by the smells coming out of the kitchen.  I highly recommend having a buddy!

It is my first fast after learning so much about fasting from Tyler Tolman in Bali last September.  My first 3 day fasts were done a while ago and I wasn’t aware of the importance of oil pulling, enemas, breathing, sunshine, Gwasha, exercise, etc while fasting.  I also didn’t have as much knowledge as I do now about breaking a fast.  During this fast I have felt more at ease and confident with how to approach a juice fast while fitting it in around a normal working week.  If you are just starting out with fasting, be willing to explore it and play with recipes and be kind to yourself if things don’t go to plan.  There’s always another opportunity.  Each fast is a chance to learn something new and remember for the following fast.  We should all be doing at least one fast a year or if you choose to one a month to give the body a greater chance to heal and repair.  Some people fast one day a week on just juices or smoothies, which is excellent, however I would still recommend a longer fast each year.

Here’s a glimpse into one of my days of fasting…Day 5.  I started my day with some coconut oil pulling, 1 litre of water (this should happen every morning whether you’re on a juice fast or not), some yoga and then an enema.   I have been feeling amazing on juice and the enema just topped it off!  This morning, being Saturday, was a perfect time to do an enema as I didn’t have to rush off anywhere.  After my enema I had a shower & used a cleansing ritual called Gwasha.  Gwasha is a specific mix of pure alcohol and aluminium free bi carb soda.  I learnt about this through Tyler Tolman and know that it cleanses the skin beautifully and should be followed by applying coconut oil all over the body and getting into the sun for a little while, to soak up some vitamin D.  So that is exactly what I did… while sipping on coconuts!

I would  liked to have been doing enemas every day on this fast but it didn’t happen due to a very busy week.  Enemas are essential if you are needing a good cleanse and trying to rid something acute or chronic within the body.  

The things I have learnt this week are:

  • I realised how beneficial it was to have a variety of high water content vegetables so that your juice goes further when making such a large quantities.  For example, watermelon, pineapple, coconut water, cucumbers, celery, etc.
  • I have tended in the past to make my juice as needed (except for the 9 day fast with Tyler Tolman, as the juices were made for us).  However, I actually think making a larger quantity of a morning for breakfast and lunch, for 2 people, actually motivated me more and saved time with prep and cleaning up.  I just had to be organised.
  • Coconut oil pulling is such a fantastic technique to draw toxins out of the body.  This is done daily & can be continued when your fast is finished.  It is also known to whiten teeth.  You simply place 1 tablespoon of coconut oil into your mouth upon waking and swish it around for 5-20mins.  It is important to adopt this as part of a fast to allow the toxins to exit your system that bit faster.  There is a wealth of information here http://www.oilpulling.com or a great book available called Oil Pulling Therapy by Bruce Fife.
  • It has been excellent setting an intention each morning at the start of my yoga practice or during my breathing exercises while walking or sitting.  I would like to continue this.
  • It is really important to listen to your body on the fast and rest when your body asks for it.  Even if it is just a 10min rest.  I found myself doing this when I got home from work some afternoons and feeling recharged from it.
  • If you do feel like you just can’t continue on juice because you are too hungry the first thing you should do is drink 1 litre of water and wait 20mins, the other option is to have an apple as apples assist in cleaning the colon.
  • My body temperature dropped while fasting so it is important to plan fasting around the seasons or just remember a cardigan/jacket if working in air-conditioning.  Lucky I live in Cairns!
  • I have been able to develop a better relationship with food.  During periods of stress I tend to overeat, no matter how healthy the food is.  This fast has given me the ability to slow down and enjoy the smells and each ingredient and each mouthful of flavour (I tried to remember to do this with my juices).  My body performs a lot better on less.
  • Breaking a fast can often be tricky.  It is important to transition to smoothies and then to fruits and vegetables that have a high water content like watermelon, cucumber, tomatoes, pineapple, etc.  Raw salads with lemon juice and sea salt for flavouring, as well as home made vegetable soups.


I leave you with a gorgeous picture of the view from my back steps.

Please post a comment on the blog or Facebook if you have any questions/comments.

Happy juicing!
Janelle