Happy Sunday beautiful people. I hope everybody has had a relaxing weekend with lots of time for self love. This is just a reminder to set your intentions for the week, move through the week with love and presence, and fiercely believe in yourself.
Today was yet another reminder of the power of the mind. I am so incredibly grateful for my yoga practice today that taught me to release all fear and expectation and let go of the limiting stories I tell myself, and just allow myself the space to experience the moment and let my potential flourish. SO much gratitude.
What is your “personal legend”? This a really tough question... is it what your job is? Your hobby? Your family?.... if you aren’t certain, you need to give yourself the space to be reflective and define your “Ikigai”, your reason for living.
I have only just had the epiphany about my own personal legend. Leaving teaching and pursuing nutrition was a seeming big leap, but after providing myself the space for reflection (and a little help from The Alchemist), I realised the leap was just a natural progression. I am a teacher. My personal legend is teaching others and helping others. I no longer connected with high school teaching and was totally disillusioned by the system, but this was just another stepping stone in the story of my own personal legend. I needed that to happen, all of it, every last gritty detail. Just as you need yours. As long as you don’t forget to follow the omens to the greatest most fulfilled version of yourself 💛 a bit hippie and profound for a cruisy Saturday, but speaking with the lovely @laura.rizzuto got me thinking all things destiny 💛
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Day 7 Healthy pantry project 😁 Linseed is jam packed with Omega-3 essential fatty acids, the benefits of which are far-reaching. Omega 3's protect your heart and brain, support your joints and most importantly, reduce inflammation. This is why everybody is so damn inflamed. Instead of having a normal ratio of Omega 3 & 6 (1:4) it is more like 1:50!!! As well as high amounts of Omega 3's, linseeds contain lignans, an antioxidant that supports a healthy hormonal profile and healthy immune system. Linseeds have up to 800 times more lignans than any other plant matter!!!! Linseeds also help to stop the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a dodgy form of testosterone that is often the cause of hair loss in both men AND women (as well as causing a whole bunch of other issues).
GARLIC! It can be the most powerful medicine, but it really does matter how you take it! Cooking garlic on a high temperature can kill off the good benefits and if you don't crush it or chop it the chemical compounds that are SO good for you aren't activated. If you want to get the most from your garlic and use it for the following reasons, I recommend first crushing it with the back of your knife, chopping it up into chunks, and swallowing it whole with food. Then, of course, add it to all of your delicious recipes!
GARLIC: Has lots of manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C and selenium. It boosts the immune system and combats illnesses such as the common cold. It reduces blood pressure, improves cholesterol levels, is an antioxidant to protect cells against oxidative damage and helps to detoxify heavy metals out of the body.
Had so much fun talking health & wellness with a bunch of awesome people at @afblaxland this morning!!!
Day 5, feel alive with coriander!! You either LOVE IT or you HATE IT... if you hate it, then you should probably suck it up and get it in because the health benefits are pretty outstanding (sorry @chi79). Coriander is a nutrient powerhouse! It is a fantastic source of minerals such as iron and magnesium, as well as Vitamins C and K. Coriander 🌱Detoxifies heavy metals. 🌱Controls blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol. 🌱Anti-bacterial. 🌱Anti-oxidant. Anti-cancer. 🌱Anti-inflammatory. 🌱AND controls gastrointestinal parasites. Seriously, how cool is coriander!?!?
The fourth MUST HAVE food for health stocked up in your kitchen is BLOOOOBS. I just buy them frozen... cheaper and snap frozen so all of those nutrients are locked in! They are just the most delicious little things in the world as well as freaking good for your health. You can tell just from their deep colour they are full of brilliant gut-loving polyphenols and antioxidants. As well as having all of the wonderful antioxidant benefits, they support healthy digestion, help with inflammation, and promote a healthy gut flora. They have significant amounts of Vitamin C and K, and their low sugar content makes them the perfect sweet snack without ridiculously spiking your blood glucose levels. One of my favourite foods BY FAR!!
GINGER is the star of Health Pantry DAY 3!!! Ginger is a 🔅POWERFUL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY FOR PAIN RELIEF
🔅STRONG ANTIOXIDANT PROPERTIES
🔅PREVENTS METABOLIC SYNDROME
🔅PROVIDES RELIEF OF NAUSEA 🔅REGULATES BLOOD SUGAR
Ginger is a powerful tool to reduce inflammation. In fact, ginger was compared to pain relief drugs such as ibuprofen in osteoarthritis studies and showed identical efficacy!! That means it worked JUST AS WELL! As well as this, ginger is well documented in the prevention of metabolic syndrome and reduces hyperlipidemia (high particles of fat in the blood), hyperglycemia (high glucose in the blood), oxidative stress and inflammation. It settles your tummy and helps with travel sickness. It also fights fungal infections which is why a bit of ginger tea hits the spot when you're under the weather. So, add it to your foods, pop it into green juices and smoothies, and grate it into a pot of boiling water for a delicious warming tea.
Day 2 of the Healthy Pantry Project is HIBISCUS TEA! I drink this on the daily because it is not only delicious but has amazing health properties!! 🌺CONTAINS POLYPHENOLS & ANTIOXIDANTS 🌺FIGHTS AGAINST OXIDATIVE STRESS AND INFLAMMATION
🌺BLOCKS PRO-OXIDANT RELEASE 🌺REGULATES FAT METABOLISM ⬇️
Hibiscus Sabdariffa is a flower that is rich in antioxidant compounds called polyphenols. Most chronic conditions are caused by oxidative stress and inflammation, including obesity. The polyphenol properties in hibiscus have been well studied and help to modulate AMP-K (an enzyme which helps with fat metabolism) and the PPAR receptors (regulates fat metabolism). In simple terms, hibiscus tea is a fantastic addition to your diet regardless of what your goals are. Because of all of the environmental factors that are making us sick, hibiscus polyphenols on the daily will support a healthier, happier body!
Day 1 of 30: Healthy pantry hacks! This is a good one - adding this simple product to your pantry could change your life!! I already had my rant about how important salt is in one of my previous posts, so check that out. This is more about the use of SEAWEED as a way to get your daily intake of IODINE!! Table salt is iodised, but it really isn’t good quality/real salt nor is the way that it is unnaturally fortified. Seaweed, such as dulce flakes, are a fantastic natural source of iodine. Yeah it can add dulce flakes to your salt which are readily available from health food stores such as @rainboworganic.au, or buy a salt with it already in it such as this @changing_habits salt. Iodine is SO IMPORTANT for the body, and like sodium is an ESSENTIAL NUTRIENT because your body CAN NOT MAKE IT!!! Iodine is crucial in thyroid function as it is a precursor to make all of the thyroid hormones. If your thyroid is not working properly, you can not be the healthiest version of yourself. Your metabolism slows down, your digestion becomes sluggish, your hair and skin becomes dry, you become lethargic and a whole lot of other really yucky symptoms. Get some natural iodine into you!!
WHAT’S IN MY PANTRY!?! SO..... because I am doing a 12 week diet plan that consists of me eating pretty much the same thing every single day, I have felt a little uninspired when it comes to insta posting. As I was gazing longingly into my cupboards full of dried goods, spices, herbs, teas and knickknacks, I had a lightbulb moment and decided I would do a 30 DAY “WHAT’S IN MY CUPBOARD” theme. Every day for 30 days I will post something that I have lying around AND explain the health benefits!! Hopefully this will inspire you to fill your pantry’s with everyday ingredients that’ll do your body wonders (and not break the budget). The first one will be this little nugget of joy, SEAWEED! So stay tuned 😁💛🌸🤯
Get some Ghee into you!
Ghee is a clarified butter and is used in Ayurvedic medicine because of all of its fantastic health benefits (as well as just being a necessary source of good dietary fat). It is rich in fat soluble vitamins such as A, E and K, has antioxidant, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties, and is high in the fatty acid CLA which has been shown to be effective in the prevention of cancers and lowers blood pressure. It is also easy on the gut, even for those with lactose intolerance, and actually aids digestion! This also has a high smoke point (over 500 degrees), so it is great to cook with! I also put it in my morning coffee along with some MCT oil, mix it through my veggies or pretty much any other food. Make sure it is a good quality grass fed organic source such as this one from @sol_organics_byronbay which is widely available in health food & supplement stores.
Always be willing to shake things up, try new things and challenge yourself in ways you never thought possible. Also remember that sacrifice isn’t something to dread, but something to excite you. Committing on a level you haven’t before will drive you to be more successful than you could ever imagine.
Today is day 1 working with a coach on a pretty crazy 12 week comp prep style program... I am so excited to commit, sacrifice and see it all pay off 🙌
Today has been an amazing, productive and hella tiring day, but nothing feels better than making progress! The icing on the cake are my business cards that have just arrived 😍😍😍 thanks to @lanii.dee for the beautiful logo, @vistaprint for the easy upload and quick delivery and @Canva for making me feel legit. Super happy!!!
WHAT GRINDS MY GEARS ABOUT THE AUSTRALIAN DIETARY GUIDELINE CLAIMS #1: SALT. You need SODIUM to LIVE, it is an ESSENTIAL NUTRIENT which means that your body can not make it and we must get it through our food sources. Salt is the best source of sodium, so make sure you are including a good quality source into your foods daily to ensure your body has all it needs to function. Of course it’s important not to have too much, but if you aren’t eating packaged foods you have absolutely nothing to worry about.
My only regret is not buying a box. @bodybeyond is stocking these bad boys, so if you need a chocolate hit without the garbage and guilt, run down and get some 🤤🤤🤤