Monday, 24 December 2018

Season's Greetings!

Season's Greetings and Happy New Year 


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Friday, 29 June 2018


The Superfood Beauty food Lunch of Champions

     Some of you may or may not know that I have just been certified in Beauty Nutrition and about to take a course to be licensed as a practitioner of The Face Lift Diet.  I am very eager to share some findings with you as I learn more about beauty from the inside out so here we go!

I have always known that you can't get all the skin nutrients you need from a jar.  Manufacturers try to put them into jars for us and you end up paying loads of money for minute amounts of ingredients and water!  I've always known that skin nutrients can be found in our foods and that they work from the inside out but I never realized to what extent.

You can eat minute amounts of "the good stuff" as a daily regimen and get everything you need sometimes even for free (when it comes to water for example).

Healthy foods and Superfoods really are our beauty foods and can be easily adapted into your food and drink diet to help you reap maximum benefits from the inside out.  I plan on adding this branch of Health and Wellness called Beauty Nutrition to my practice but first I plan to lead by example.

For those of you who have joined the LC Natural Health and Beauty group on FB you will see the recipe I've shared for my daily Smoothie (The Ultimate Beauty Elixer!) and I've added some nuts and seeds to the mix.  The picture below shows how you can add ground flax seeds to a smoothie for gut health (colon cleansing) because when you clean your colon you clean your skin.  The Coenzyme Q-10 we purchase in minute amounts in facial products can be found in the spinach in my smoothie and the 3 pistachio nuts.  The 23 almonds (28g or 1oz) give me the Manganese and Vitamin E I require and the 1 lone Brazil nut in the middle gives me more than the RDA of Selenium I need to prevent cellular rusting. 

The best part is that with all the nutrients and fibre that is rich in this lunch I am not hungry afterwards and can last until dinner while being very active during my work.  These little beauties pack a real punch! 

Stay tuned for more and join our group for insider information on Healthy Beauty and Beauty Nutrition.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Heal Your Heart Naturally With Ayurvedic Principles

How To Heal Your Heart With Ayurveda

In this month dedicated to love and all things heart felt it's important to begin by making sure yours is in good condition.

We all know that the heart is one of the most vital organs in the body.  Look at the veritable fortress of bone and tissue that surrounds it in the chest cavity.  Given that we cannot survive without a properly functioning heart, this level of physical protection is really no surprise.  But physical protection isn't always enough to keep our hearts healthy.  In fact, heart disease is currently the leading cause of  death among both men and women, so the heart is certainly an organ deserving of our attention and care.

The following guide is not about heart disease; it is about the Ayurvedic approach to promoting heart health, and as such, it is relevant to all of us-whatever the current condition of our hearts.  Let's take a moment to consider the realms of the mind, consciousness, and other subtle energies that are intimately linked to heart health.

By definition Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge).  It offers a body of wisdom designed to help people stay vibrant and healthy while realizing their full human potential.  

Ayurveda has always recognized that the human heart is really two hearts:  the physical heart that performs the function of a pump, and  the emotional heart that experiences joy and sorrow and everything in between.  It follows, then, that any problems the heart encounters are also on two levels:  physical and emotional.  On the physical level, accumulated undigested material, or ama, clogs arteries.  Free radicals bombard the system, impairing - among other things - the efficient functioning of the heart.  On the mental and emotional levels, day-to-day stresses can add up, spewing adrenaline that can damage the delicate fibres of the heart.

All these enemies of a healthy heart have one thing in common:  they attack silently, insidiously causing damage over time.  It is important, even when there seems to be no apparent damage to it.

My personal Ayurvedic approach to heart health, especially when going through challenging moments in life, is to focus on the 4 following acts:  Breathe, Eat, Sleep, Move.

Breathe Away Stress
According to Ayurveda, a holistic approach to heart health requires you to nourish the emotional heart as well as the physical heart.  The heart is not just a pump - it's the fountainhead of all emotions, whether it's joy and exhilaration or sadness and frustration.  Mental and emotional stress can disrupt the emotional heart.  Practicing a meditative technique twice daily has been shown in research studies to help in lowering blood pressure, reversing arterial blockage and enhancing resistance to all types of stress.  
Not everyone is able to concentrate for a full meditation so I just breathe.  Inhale (through the nose) for a slow count of 5 then exhale (through the mouth) for a slow count of 5.  Do this for a cycle of 2 to 3 times daily.

Eat Right
Arguably the most critical step you can take towards heart health is to eat a heart-friendly diet.  For a society used to fast food and eating on-the-go, this is also arguably the most difficult step to take and maintain.  But there are small things you can do to make your diet more heart-healthy.  Eat more servings of fresh fruits and vegetables; start your day with stewed apples or pears; include soaked blanched almonds in your diet; dress your veggies with fresh lime juice; and eat heart-friendly spices such as fresh-ground black pepper and the antioxidant power-spice turmeric.
Choose fresh foods over processed foods or leftovers; light foods over rich, deep-fried ones; and warm, cooked foods over cold, heavy foods.

Get Enough Sleep
Research studies have linked sleep deprivation to blood pressure problems, depression and other factors that increase the risk of heart disease. Ayurveda considers sleep just as important as dies in maintaining health.  Practice good bedtime habits - favour restful, calm ing activities as bedtime draws near to help disconnect the mind from the senses.  Keep your bedroom clear of distractions - television, computers, other work0-related material.  Maintain a temperature that's comfortable.  Wear comfortable, organic cotton sleepwear.  Stay away from stimulants in the evening.  Go to bed at a time that might allow you to get 8 hours of sleep a night.  Early to bed and early to rise still work to keep you healthy and energetic through the day.  There are even apps that you can get on your smart phone that signal you 15 minutes before your bedtime to allow you an 8 hour rest period night.

Move Moderately and Regularly
You don't have to do a strenuous workout five times a week.  The key is regularity.  If you follow the Ayurvedic principle of balaardh - exercising to half your capacity - you can exercise every single day without straining your muscles.  Walking is excellent exercise for everyone and excellent therapy as well.  The early morning is idea for taking a 30-minute walk.  It will not only help your heart; it will prepare you for the day by charging up your circulation and your metabolism.
I've been a dancer for the majority of my life so I find I can move my body most efficiently when I have my favourite music on and dance like nobody's watching!!

I'd like to add one more not to these 4 simple acts and it's a very important one; Love.  Love yourself, love others, love what you do, love how you look, love what you're about to eat...get the idea.  Love nourishes the heart, feeds the soul and fills your entire being with light.  Recognizing that you are taking care of your heart is a very loving thing to do for the Self.  Self-love is life giving.  It increases health and wellness and decreases pain and illness.

Start the month of love, February, by consciously loving yourself and your heart with these easy Ayurvedic principles that contribute to heart health. 

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