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.


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

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.

Chocolate buckwheat granola

Happy Wednesday!

This week I thought I would share a delicious recipe that I’ve just made a fresh batch of!  I just love to enjoy the smell of it while it’s dehydrating and LOVE waking up to the divine smell, come morning.

Serving this raw GRAND cacao buckwheat granola with almond milk or sprinkled on top of an Acai bowl (explained below) gets me and my taste buds all excited for the day ahead!  It’s something so special!  I often savour the last couple of mornings as my stash gets low.

So…here is the recipe for RAW GRAND CACAO GRANOLA:

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups almonds (soaked overnight)
  • 1.5 kg buckwheat (soaked for 30mins)
  • 1 cup cacao
  • 1/4 cup cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup coconut nectar
  • Black styrian pumpkin seeds (much larger with more flavour!) – 1 cup or more according to how many you would like
  • Goji berries – 1 cup or more according to how many you would like

 

Method:

  • Soak almonds ideally overnight or for at least a few hours – then tip out the water they were soaked in
  • Soak buckwheat for 30mins and tip out the water they were soaked in using a strainer (so you don’t lose lots of buckwheat)
  • Place the buckwheat, almonds, pumpkin seeds, goji berries, cacao, cinnamon and coconut nectar (Maca is also nice in this mix) altogether in a bowl and stir until the mix is completely covered in cacao, cinnamon and coconut nectar.
  • If you own a dehydrator it is a big help however you can also dehydrate your raw GRAND cacao granola in the oven.  If dehydrating, place the mixture on trays and dehydrate on 45-60 degrees for 18 hours.  (Technically for your granola to remain raw it must be ‘cooked’ at 45 degrees or below – but if you are not worried about this the lower temperatures will still maintain a lot of nutrients).  If you are using an oven, set it on the lowest temperature and check it after 8-12 hours.   The almonds will hold a bit of moisture so to ensure they are fully dehydrated so they don’t go mouldy after a week.  I repeat it is important to keep dehydrating the muesli until the moisture in the almonds has evaporated.


Nutritional information:

  • Buckwheat is undervalued!  It is actually a seed and totally safe for people who are allergic or intolerant to wheat.  It contains NO GLUTEN.  Packed full of nutrients (magnesium being very high), great source of protein and fibre, balances blood sugar levels and good for a healthy heart.
  • Almonds – when soaked they are much more easily digested because the enzyme inhibitor has been removed from the skin.  Rich in calcium for healthy bones and teeth, healthy heart support, brain and nourishing nervous system support.
  • Goji berries are high in antioxidants
  • Black Styrian seeds high in zinc, magnesium and healthy fats
  • Cacao is loaded full of antioxidants, magnesium and happiness (gotta love chocolate in your breakfast!)
  • Coconut nectar – a healthy sweetener full of minerals
  • Cinnamon to support heart health, a warming spice – great for arthritis, balancing blood sugar levels and diabetes and beating fungal infections like candida

Do you need any more convincing?!!

If you are looking for a different way of using your raw GRAND cacao granola then sprinkle it on top of your smoothies or on top of an Acai bowl (like a thick blended smoothie served in a bowl with a spoon).

Acai Bowl  (pictured above) – Acai is a berry that packs a huge antioxidant punch! – Available from health food stores both frozen and powdered.  I think the frozen (fresh) berry is best and much more delicious.  Place a frozen Acai sachet combined with frozen banana, frozen mango, almond milk (or other liquids of your choice – less liquid than a smoothie), cacao, and whatever else you fancy (herbs, spices, nuts, coconut, blueberries, etc).  Serve in a bowl with a spoon topped with your raw GRAND cacao granola and bee pollen if you choose.  A mega dose of antioxidants, nutrients, minerals, hydration and the list could go on and on and on…just trust me 

What do you love to have for breakfast?  Have you tried making your own granola or acai bowl?  I would love to hear all about it in the comments below!

Have a bonza breakfast!

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.

Is your toxic pantry preventing progress?

What is a pantry clean out?

Pantry clean outs are a service that I offer at Seeds Of Health, in which I am really excited to offer, and would like to explain in greater detail.  I believe it is one of the most helpful tools to get you on track AND keep you on track, when you change your eating habits.

 

A change of ‘diet’ or way of eating may have been forced upon you due to current health concerns that you are experiencing, or wanting to heal?  Or, perhaps you are simply wanting to change your way of eating, due to your own learning and research.  Either way, if you have tempting or toxic foods lurking in your pantry or fridge it will be hindering your success!  No one wants that when they are determined to heal their gut, lose that excess weight, eliminate their child’s ADHD, improve their diabetic concerns, sort out their PMS and even heal their cancer.  Yes, that’s right, all of these conditions (which are just a short list) can all be improved by changing your diet which in turn compliments your healthy lifestyle choices.

Pantry clean outs require me to come in to your home, assess the current contents of your pantry and fridge, with no judgement and then sit down and have a discussion about:

  • what items need to go and why by going through individual products in detail – I find this education a very powerful tool;
  • which alternatives to buy that are not toxic;
  • what routines you need to establish in your kitchen to create ease with your preparation and cooking; and
  • which systems we need to put in place to succeed.

Sound good?  Sauces, salads dressings, canned foods, packets, labels, argghh…!  It can all get very confusing.  This is where I can help to clarify what to look for on a label, where to shop, what is VERY important to avoid and where can allowances be made.  This support is essential when beginning, refining and continuing your journey of health in order to SUCCEED!

Do you answer yes to the following questions below?

  • Are you unsure of what is in those packets in your cupboard?
  • Are you unsure of what to replace these packet and canned foods with?
  • Do you believe you are eating well but unsure of why you are not getting better?
  • Are you stuck and unsure of how to make the change to a healthier and more conscious way of eating?

Then, it is definitely time to organise a pantry clean out!


Your next thought may be…what do I do with all of these new ingredients?!   This is my favourite part!  I can discuss recipes, menu ideas, time savers and more.  Perhaps even put together a food plan for yourself and your family, if that is what you require.

Together we can bust those food myths that are confusing you and keeping you from making the progress you really want, in order to be beaming with vitality!  Contact me today to organise your pantry clean out, or perhaps you know a friend or family member that would greatly benefit from a home visit like this?

If you have previously been through this type of clean out in your home let me know below in the comments what you found challenging, easy or useful and let your friends know, if you feel they will benefit from such a service.

Together, we can work, to create success with your health and a family full of vitality!

Delicious food for plane travel!

Happy new year to you!

I hope you had a restful and recharging break!

What food is easy and nutritious to travel with?

I recently found myself on another plane, but this time well prepared and I wanted to share some information with you on what I do prior to plane travel, that helps me. 

On Christmas Eve, I travelled from Cairns to Brisbane and then drove to Ballandean (Granite belt country).  I picked up my partner from work about lunchtime & we travelled together down south.  First there was a 2 hour plane trip and then a 3 hour drive to Ballandean, with my parents included.  My parents drove us from the airport to Ballandean so I thought there may be a few people to feed on the 3 hour car journey.  I knew that my partner would be hungry after a full morning of work (last day for the year and he’s the boss) and then straight on a plane with the need to get on the road, at the other end, ASAP to make it for Christmas Eve celebrations at his parents.  So I prepared a whole lot of food.  

Aside from our longish commute, I do believe it’s always good to be prepared when jumping on a plane because the food is often so processed.   If you happen to opt for a ‘healthy’ sandwich the bread is often white and causes bloating or all kinds of nasty things that you don’t want while trapped in a small compartment with strangers.

So I thought I’d share a few ideas of what you could take when travelling on a plane that can either be sealed in zip lock bags or throw away containers so they don’t end up being extra luggage for your trip.  The zip lock bags can also be washed out and used on the return journey if you need to save space in your luggage.

The foods that I prepared for us included:

·       2x whole roasted sweet potatojust roast the whole sweet potato (skin on) in the oven on a tray and walk away and do other things.  Give it about 40-60mins.  It will be deliciously soft and able to be pulled apart and sprinkled with sea salt when ready to eat.  

·       Home made hommus

·       Raw dehydrated crackers that I had made in bulk after wanting to use my left over veggie pulp from my juicer.

·       Feta cheese to have as something a little decadent on the plane with our crackers.  That nice salty taste to create variety.  This was left over in the fridge.  I personally feel better without dairy in my diet however my partner likes it.  Organic is a must if you are going to choose to eat any dairy.  As I write this though, my partner is currently trialing 30 days of no dairy to see how it agrees for him.  

·       Festive cherries bought fresh from Rusty’s Market for our trip.  There were so many we got to share them with the family when we arrived.

·       Home grown pineapplethis was special for sure!  Not an easy addition to every plane trip as they do take 2 years to growbut wow!  It was the sweetest, juiciest, delicious pineapple I’ve ever had!

·       Raw cakeI had a small love heart shaped Chilli Maca Chocolate Pie frozen in my freezer that I thought we could share and enjoy.  

·       Bliss balls are another great option!  I have a simple recipe on my blog as well as a new recipe/ingredients list on my Facebook page.

·       Smoothies and or juices are also a fabulous choice when travelling!  

·       Water is so under-estimated as well.  I always over hydrate before hopping on a plane.  When we are dehydrated we often feel hungry which causes us to eat unnecessarily.  When we are stuck in a chair on a long flight we can also choose to eat unnecessarily, which is another reason to over hydrate.  I often get caught out on international flights and have to skull my 1L bottle of water at security.  I actually found this beneficial the first time it happened because I got off the plane feeling absolutely fine rather than dry and bloated and all of those awful plane flight symptoms.  I try to drink at least 2L before an early morning flight and 3L or more before a later flight during the day.  It doesn’t bother me so much having to get up to go to the toilet because I get to stretch my legs and get the blood flowing.

As you can see I went well overboard, but had no idea how hungry we would all get, on the 5 hour journey.  It’s better to have more than end up eating plane food!  These photos aren’t particularly clear but give you an idea of easy foods to take on the plane.  In the tupperware container (above) there is hommus and a little feta.  Along with some dehydrated crackers and sweet potato. Below, in the container, is the raw cake as well as pineapple & cherries.



I would love to hear what you take on planes to fill your hungry tummy?  

I hope 2014 is off to a fabulous healthy start for you!  If you’re wanting health advice or coaching or perhaps a detox or cleanse  from all of the Christmas festivities, please book in for a consultation to ensure you start the year off on the right foot!  Also follow me on Facebook to get food ideas, recipes, tips, links and inspiration to help you out when you feel like you need that boost!

Janelle.

Juice fast in Bali!

Hello healthy readers!

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Janelle 

Preparation for a juice fast

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Janelle