The Cloud's a-coming ...and what to do about it

Some of you may know my why - I do what I do and use the tools that I do so that no one has to feel like I used to.

How I used to feel was overwhelmed, sad, dark... like I just wanted to curl up and pretend the world didn't exist. For me, I hadn't lost the will to live, but it was like I wanted to de-tach from reality. For me, relief came in lying in bed, not doing anything. 

Today, I have nothing against lying in bed not doing anything (who doesn't love a good sleep-in or a lounge around on the weekend or whilst on holiday) but it's different when that comes with an apathy for engagement in anything. I  literally, DID NOT CARE anymore. It was all too fucking hard so lie in bed and sleep I did.

Through my work as a Craniosacral, changing my thoughts through coaching and learning lots of great things, I have been able to manage these issues without medication (since I came off it). But recently, it's been a bit of a struggle.

I've noticed my 'cloud' (which is what I call this issue) edging closer and closer every day for the past few weeks.

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Why you ask? What has changed?

Well the answer my friends, is NOTHING. I'm more active than ever before, I eat pretty well (except for some sneaky takeaway every now and again and of course, my beer weakness every so often) and I surround myself with positive vibes and people.

But you know what, sometimes, there is NO explanation. The cloud just comes and there it is. Like a foggy mountain, my head is just filled with apathy again. The flame that I usually feel in the pit of my tummy urging me to get going is out. Done.

This time however, this fog is gonna get gone.

I've really let people in on this cloud this time - and talking about it certainly helps. I've practiced heaps of self care - I bought myself flowers which I LOVE but never do. I put a face mask on and went to bed. & I tried not to tell myself off for not getting to my "list".

And as for that list, I tried to do a tiny bit each day. I also asked for help with my business strategy which has been taking up too much mental room and I think I have been avoiding for fear of doing something wrong (is anyone going to die, no Anna, they are not  - so just do it)!

It worked. After a week or so of feeling absolutely shocking, I can honestly say, I am heading back to the sunny space. 

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My advice (which won't work for everyone) is as follows:

1) Recognise what is going on - feel the feelings. You've felt them before.

2) Don't ignore it.

3) Look at what you can drop right now (ask the "is anyone going to die question?" and let go of the things where no one is).

4) Pick one small thing each day and celebrate it with self care - flowers for yourself, a trip to a shop you haven't been to in ages, dress ups with a friend, a cuddle with your cat, I planted my herb garden and I found that incredibly relaxing... whatever it is treat yourself.

5) Tell people how you are feeling - tell them you're feeling rough and take the kind thoughts they pass on with gratitude. You are allowed to not be perfect.

6) Reconnect with peeps you haven't for ages but who you love. They've known you for a long time - rekindle the friendship talk about your life. They can offer unique perspective.

7) Sleep - go to bed at a set time and get up at a set time - adjust as required. 

8) Have your coffee after 2 hours of being awake & up - reward the getting up out of bed and being awake (which, yes, is hard in this state) as a celebration and give yourself that boost once you have made it to 2 hours up. I love this trick.

Give these things a go & let me know how you go xx

  Anna is a Wellness Coach specialising in stress management, weight loss and general well-being using a variety of coaching and body work techniques. To find out more or book an appointment, see www.roarfierce.com

Anna is a Wellness Coach specialising in stress management, weight loss and general well-being using a variety of coaching and body work techniques. To find out more or book an appointment, see www.roarfierce.com

The Healthy Deviant - a summary

I was lucky enough to attend the Ancestral Health Symposium in October with my mate Carl from Best Me Community.

One of the presentations was about being "A Healthy Deviant" which I found really interesting. The speaker was Pilar Gerasimo who is "a pioneering health journalist and social explorer intent on helping people cultivate what she calls “Healthy Deviance” — the ability to get and stay healthy in an unhealthy world".

What is a healthy deviant?

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So... I still hear you asking hat the hell is a healthy deviant!

Pilar explained Healthy Deviance as "a willingness to defy unhealthy norms" and "inspired non-compliance". It's like going against the norms of society (ie, all the unhealthy crap we do) and being ok with being different. I'm always on about being in ya own lane so there ya go.

We've got a bit of an "evolutionary mismatch" Pilar explained - there has been too much too quick on us as humans for us to really have been able to adapt to all of this "stuff" that's going on - the agricultural revolution, closely followed by the industrial one, then the technological one (can you remember when we were moving to the year 2000 and the world was a-panic because of computers not being able to handle the dates?!).

Automatic behaviors and the impact on freedom

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Today, we make a lot of automatic choices and behave in automatic ways just so we can cope with what's going on in the world. This might include making not the best choices because it's quicker, easier and requires less thought than having to modify that behaviors. I guess the counter argument to this is - that if we are actually putting more effort and thought into things, you usually get a better result and often, cope better with anything 'extra' that put pressure on us.

Why do we even care about this? Well, as our speaker pointed out - HEALTH IS THE FIRST HUMAN FREEDOM and we should be protecting this with everything we've got - even if we have to go against our current norms to do so. 

Freedom is the first thing to evaporate when we are sick - health is the thing that drives our capacity to cope both individually and collectively.

The skills of a healthy person

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So if we are being automated, making less than idea choices what is the impact?

Pilar  invited us to ask ourselves "Are you breaking yourself?"

I also invite you to explore this concept - are you doing things that are impacting on your capacity to act individually or collectively? What can you change? Awareness, in my opinion, is one of the first chances for us to make change. 

Where to start in making change - what should you do?

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If we want to make change we kind of need to know where we are headed and lucky for us,  Pilar also touched on the skills of healthy person. Believe it or not - it's not just diet or exercise!

Where to start? Pilar suggested looking to nature which is a series of waves and oscillations. What if we started viewing ourselves like that? We are of course designed to be in sync with nature - it's what we were born into and rely on for our food and survival at the end of the day.

Pilar made the following suggestions that sync us more with the world around us which I think is beneficial. I'd also like to suggest thinking of other ways that you can connect again to the natural way of things:

1) Try 3 Min Morning Minutes

Don't grab your phone - try a gradual awakening instead. Use this 3 minutes of waking to do a Beta Brain state visualization of how you want your day to go (note to self, plan day ahead so you know what to visualise)!

2) Learn about Ultradian Rhythms

WTF is an ultradian rhythm? Well, these are natural for humans and we are always trying to override them. The basic theory is that we should be having a break every now and again as we go with the flow of the day - we will always have periods where we are more energised than others and it's about recognising that and going with the flow to get more done. Check out "The 20 Minute Break" for more information.

3) Try a Night Time Wind Down

Dim the lights (yeah you - put your phone down... basically, I am talking to myself here hahaha). Do your evening ablutions, and putter around the kitchen. It's just that quiet puttering that is the signal to your mind and body that it's wind down time. Probably not a the best idea at this point to be watching some horror show on Netflix.... 

4) Change your mindset

One of the biggest challenges in a busy automated world is how to to change the world at all... Pilar left us with this final thought which I found quite thought provoking. I invite you to think about this one after you read this....

"What if most people were helping others most of the time?" What do you think the impact would be?

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Yours,

Anna x

 

Panic & how to re-frame that shit

Having a brainy moment as I was driving along this morning. Felt that overwhelming sense of panic about all the work I had to do - stomach tightened, fear rose up into my throat, tried to breathe & felt like I couldn't.

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Then my mind just went PING. Like it was a one of "those" moments and now, I have sat down as I had to just write this immediately so ya'll didn't miss out.

WHAT IF - we used those panic feelings - which are fight or flight sensations - and used them as a source of energy! Energy to get shit done.

So here I am - using the power of those sensations to literally bang out this blog post. Rather than fearing the sensations and attaching all this negative meaning to them (which is super easy to do - hey I've been doing it (just like you probably have) for years) - I have literally thought "GREAT - so much energy to quickly pump this out and then get onto all the AWESOME stuff you are doing to improve your life & others".

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How to do I do that you ask? 

Well, I think first of all i'm getting ever clearer by the day on why I do what I do and what I am out to achieve. My target is becoming clearer and I am aiming towards it. To get there, there is a lot of stuff I need to do. It's the "lots of stuff" that makes the feeling of panic come on - there just seems to be so much to do (& I know you all relate).

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But instead of being caught up in all the meanings I have put on those feelings all these years - those negative connotations about it - I just simply chose. Chose not to engage in that and also recognise what ELSE those sensations feel like. They feel like gearing up to run a race. They feel like the excitement I get when I have things to share with other people and I am dying to tell them. So when you begin to really feel the sensations, name them and then realised that these are the same sensations you feel in situations you would otherwise name as positive, that is quite a unique moment.

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Just wanted to give you all the opportunity to do this too - recognise those sensations and re-frame it to yourself. This is the energy burst you need to get started on that list of things you want to do to make your life even more fantastic.

Get to it x

The Social Connection of Networking Groups

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I belong to the Venus Business Women's Network and I love it. Not only to do I get to meet with a bunch of super talented ladies every two weeks, I am committed to meeting with at least one of these ladies every two weeks and also referring to one of them as well. 

Venus has really forced me to be strategic with how I network - I have had to make time to allow for developing relationships with people I haven't met before and who haven't met me. How can you recommend something if you don't know the person who is delivering the product or service? You can't and this is where networking comes in.

I have also had to learn how to describe the Craniosacral work I do so that others can understand it.

THE ELEVATOR PITCH

That has been very beneficial - my "elevator pitch". Or, as we call it at Venus, my "one minute promo". Mine has become slicker and more professional as I've gone on. 

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Do you have a one minute promo - can you describe what you do in one minute or less? No jargon, in a way that people can relate to you? Or do you need to really refine that message?

GROUP POWER

The other thing I realised about networking groups was the power of the group - together, you can find like-minded women who are on your wavelength and band together. At Venus, we call this collaborative teams.

This can be formal, or in the case of my collaborative team - informal. In our case, we all work with babies - so let's get together and see how we can jointly promote each other whether it be an event or referrals - what can we do? This really forces the group to be creative and push the boundaries.

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Have you considered who you might partner with to think up new ideas? Who is working in an area like you? They are not your competition but your collaboration partners.

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COMMUNITY

The other thing that became very apparent following the Ancestral Health Symposium I attended recently was the importance of community.

My very good friend Best Me Community is always on about this concept. Why you ask? Well, in the Blue Zones (these are communities in the world that have the highest amount of centurions in the population) community is a really big deal.

By community, I mean eating together, having a support system, helping each other out. In today's world, meeting people can sometimes go to the wayside and we rely on Facebook or messaging to communicate. 

As a Craniosacral therapist, I am often the only person to even touch my clients that day. That's a whole day where someone hasn't even been touched by another person. Humans need other humans - we are pack animals and seek out comfort from others - our bodies thrive off other people (as long as we feel safe).

Networking groups are a fabulous way then to create a community - particularly if you have your own business and work alone. Or, you are new to a place and need to create that community where you don't have one. New friendships will blossom and you will begin to feel comfortable in no time within the group.

So now you know - networking groups are healthy for lots of reasons and I am super encouraging of those who wish to give it go.

The main points from today's article:

  • Be able to explain your business in 1 minute or less
  • See those in the same industry as you as collaborators not competition
  • Live longer through community benefits

If you want to find out more about my networking group -  get in touch. 

Yours in health & happiness always x

Anna

 

 

 

 

Gelatin Choc Pudding Recipe

Nourishing Dark Chocolate Gelatin Pudding

OCTOBER 14, 2012 BY

Gelatin is great for when you're busy and just need to get some nourishment. It can be used to thicken soup or smoothies. And it doesn't taste like anything so it won't muck anything up.

Caitlin who wrote the recipe says "This nourishing dark chocolate gelatin pudding is so creamy and delicious!"

Reasons You Need More Gelatin:

  • Contains easy to digest calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and trace minerals
  • Speeds healing from seasonal cold’s and flu’s
  • Builds healthy bone matrix
  • Provides minerals for strong teeth
  • Supports joints, cartilage and tendons with Chondroitin and Glucosamine
  • Fights cellulite
  • Prevents wrinkles
  • Increases muscle mass
  • Speeds metabolism
  • Heals the intestinal lining preventing chronic disease
  • Supportive for over stressed thyroid and adrenal glands
  • Broth with gelatin makes small portions of meat very filling which saves money

Reasons You Need More Chocolate:

  • Chocolate is good whatever the occasion - just make sure you choose a high percentage darker one for maximum antioxidant effect (like the 80% one in this recipe).

Nourishing Dark Chocolate Gelatin Pudding

Recipe by CAITLIN WEEKS

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp Unflavored Gelatin
1/2 cup water
2 oz Unsweetened Dark Chocolate
1 can coconut milk, (use canned, full fat)
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
1 tsp vanilla,gluten free
1 tablespoon of stevia
OR 1/4 cup maple syrup/honey

Directions:

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler with the coconut milk and sweetener until melted and mixed thoroughly.

Remove from heat and mix in the vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Mix the gelatin with the water until dissolved.

Add the dissolved gelatin to the chocolate mixture and stir well.

Put the pudding into the refrigerator for one to two hours or until set and chilled.

If you are impatient put it in the freezer for about 30 minutes.

Comparison... that nasty little thing that creeps in and steals your joy

"Be your own kind of beautiful" - these words sit on my gym's bathroom wall.

 

I wonder if other people read those words and actually think about them... who knows.

For myself - I've been in that bathroom ...say, over a hundred times. But I have never seen them before. Maybe they were sent today... who knows. At any rate - for me, they came at a really opportune time. So maybe the Universe does provide when you need it (another reminder for another time Anna!).  

As I said on Instagram (@roarfiercecoach) I've been struggling  with COMPARISON recently. My mindset, usually positive about most things, has been decidedly un-positive.

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” —Theodore Roosevelt

The kinds of things that have been going through my mind include:

  • dwelling on other people's Instagram likes & follower numbers; 
  • wondering if other people's businesses are doing better than mine;**
  • looking in the mirror at imaginary fat (as least I know it's imaginary so that's a step in the right direction);
  • stressing myself out about looking stupid at the powerlifting comp I am entering in November this year (what it I don't get my max lifts.... dying of embarrassment at the thought...);
  • procrastinating about everything - marketing, website updates, buying product for Rich Nutrients, doing things with my USANA business; and
  • being scared of everything (like sitting a cafe alone... what if they think I'm weird...). 

So I began to wonder what the hell it was about comparison and me that was getting under my skin. I wanted to examine my relationship with comparison. And I wanted to set some guidelines for myself around this for the future. I'm also calling on you to hold me accountable. If you see me 'doing the comparison thing', call me out. And point me back in the direction of this post!

Why is comparison even a thing?

I decided to do some research about comparison. I mean, they always say knowledge is power. 

So - why does our brain do this thing called comparison?

Well, we aren't born with this need to compare that is for sure. Everything I have read on this tells me that when I was born, I didn't need to compare myself to others. All I was worried about was being alive. As a baby, our two natural 'instincts' are fear of falling and loud noises. That is it. Obviously, we still need to be fed and watered and changed and loved (but again, that's another post).

Therefore, the conclusion most research I have read is that comparison is born from the world around us and our interactions with it.

As we grow, we learn that it's often when we do better than others that we get rewarded - by attention, compliments ("well done") and we realise that people are liked when they do 'good things'. This can be things like doing well at school, even being kind to others - we get told that this is good stuff to do. What happens is that our reward centre in our brain goes 'ping'! 

When we do something and get rewarded it's a little bit like a drug - we want to get more of the same compliments and rewards so we strive to do these 'good things' again. Our brains are literally addicted to the chemical that is released when we get a reward (dopamine). 

Over time, we may not get the same rewards - so we keep striving and try to out-do ourselves and everyone around us to try to get what we are craving - that 'ping' in our brain and the feeling of satisfaction that follows.  

We also start looking at what other people are doing to get rewarded and try to copy it. This makes sense from a historical perspective - humans evolved by copying other humans and this is how a variety of practices became normal (eg, eating with a fork). One human started it, others copied and this spread. 

However, in my opinion, this doesn't always make sense - because if you are copying how is it that you are unique, and therefore special, and therefore deserve a reward? Interesting thought isn't it.

Having established why we are addicted to reward I thought I should turn to how people go about getting that feeling. 

What does one have to even do these days to get noticed?

Now, presuming that we want to get noticed is the starting point here. And I guess for me, admitting that I want to get noticed (in the business sense at least) is a big deal. No one wants to be that person who is 'me me me me' all the time. But I do want to have people interested in what I am doing because I feel I have something to offer in the areas Roar Fierce stands for - #wellness, #energy and #authenticity. Also, at the end of the day, we all want to earn a living. And for me, this is about being independant. 

The kinds of things I am offering are not always mainstream and again, that is interesting to me. Because I actually am one of the people doing something different. And that isn't even enough to get me noticed.

And so I go into looking at other people doing things and the cycle I outlined about starts again! 

So, what to do?!

The first step is realising you have a problem - here's how if you don't think you can do it alone

My moment of clarity came when I actually felt depressed. For those who know me, I've had depression before and for me, the feeling of wanting to stay in bed and never get up is the worst feeling. In fact, I would go as far as to say it's not even a feeling. It's a complete shut down.

I realised that this inertia - not doing anything at all, to-do list growing exponentially - was actually depression and shutdown was imminent. Having been there before certainly helped me have the 'realisation'. If you think you might have tendency to go to this place - you need to talk to those around you and make sure they are 'on notice' about what is going on. They can then pick you up if you fail to realise what is going on yourself. 

The second step is asking for further help - from experts

Communicating about how I was feeling was also key - these are what a friend of mine would call "difficult conversations" but you HAVE to just have them or you will end up in bed, duvet over head. That is not a space I want to be in. I want to be living my authentic life - with #wellness #energy and #authenticity. 

    As a result of these conversations, I have elicited the help of some gurus in this area to shed some light on what I am doing. One conversation I had was really interesting about the quality of images for social media (thanks Kate!). I also realised, that the to-do list was growing rapidly because I was trying to do things I am not qualified for (enter a new marketing company to assist). Watch this space.

    I have also begun having discussions with those 'in the know' about web traffic and how to read google analytics and other things that will assist with online business. Taking advice is kinda hard - I've always been that high achiever who got rewarded. And the loss of the 'reward' feeling has been hard to take.

    I have also investigated advertising and some different options. 

    All of this takes time - and whilst I could be using this time stalking other people on social media - I realised that I AM MORE IMPORTANT. The things that I stand for make a difference to people.

    So where am I at right now as a result of my reflections on comparison?

    I really looked at what I stand for - those concepts of wellness, energy and authenticity. And I questioned them and whether I was really committed to these or were these fake and something I created to try and get recognition. 

    But I realised:

    • If you are well - you can do more.
    • If you have energy - you can share more.
    • If you are authentic you can look at yourself in the mirror and feel safe in the knowledge you know who you are without fear or unease. 

    And I realised that what I am about is totally me.

    You have to believe that somewhere, you have a gift that needs to be shared with the world. Even if sometimes, it's hard to remember this fact. I am firmly of the opinion that we wouldn't be here if there wasn't something we were meant to be here for. We might not even know what it is yet, or we are still looking. But that tiny bit of hope is enough.

    My message to you in simply this:

    Stay true to yourself. Always be able to look at yourself and know you have been honest and true.

    All this from comparison!! So, whilst comparison is the thief of joy, it managed to be a good thing for me (how ironic). Forcing me to think about what I was doing to myself and create a better vision for myself. It also forced me to focus on what really matters. 

    I'll be in my lane. Have fun in yours. 

    Over to you xx

     

     How we should view ourselves daily!

    How we should view ourselves daily!

     

    ** on a side note I realise that yes, their businesses are probably doing better Anna, as they are just getting on with it and actually working, not mooning about on Instagram & Facebook & Snapchat and Twitter... and every other social media you can think of **

     

     

     

     

     

    Supported Backbend with Globe Artichoke

    How to Do Anna's Favourite Supported Backbend

    This is an amazing way to start or finish any yoga practice - or just because you feel like lying on the floor & stretching your back (that's pretty much why Anna does it). Anna purchased her beautiful bolster from the lovely Globe Artichoke - these items are bespoke and just gorgeous. Made to order specially for you.

    It’s an immediate heart opener that allows the shoulders, chest, and abdomen to open and relax, while the head, neck, and back are fully supported. It also aids in creating space in the lower back region and eases compression.

    To Use:

    • Place bolster vertically behind you, lining the short end directly with the low back.
    • Be sure to snug the bolster as close to the body as possible, then slowly lie back over it.
    • If the body is too tall, place a block or pillow at the end to support the head.
    • Keep length in the back of the neck by slightly tucking the chin.
    • Let arms drape out to the side, opening palms up to the sky, and relaxing shoulders down.
    • Legs can be straight out or in supta baddha konasana (as shown above).
    • Stay and relax for 3 – 5 minutes (or 10-15 if you're doing a headspace app meditation which is what Anna likes to do).

    Thanks to http://www.thejourneyjunkie.com for their great instructions and images x

    Paleo Bread as promised

    To go along with Best Me's delicious Bone Marrow recipe - check out this Paleo Bread made with products you may already have in your kitchen or that can be purchased at Rich Nutrients - my online health food store. 

    I've taken this recipe from Paleo Hacks and it was written by Deanna Dorman. 

    Ingredients

    How to make it:

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees (celsius) and line a loaf pan with baking paper.

    2. In a standing mixer or large bowl, blend together the almond butter, eggs, coconut oil, honey, and apple cider vinegar until smooth.

    3. In a medium bowl, sift together the flax seed, coconut flour, baking soda, and salt.

    4. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until smooth.

    5. Pour the dough into the line loaf pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until browned. Check to make sure it’s set with a toothpick.

    6. Remove the loaf from the oven and let it cool for 20 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a wire rack.

    I would love to hear how you go making this! let me know in the comments. 

     

    Nutra Organics Velvet Latte - the latest in coffee alternatives

    Nutra Organics Velvet Latte is a beetroot turmeric based powder, all certified organic, and it’s SUPER popular (like our Nutra Organics Bone Broths).  We are sure they will fly out the door so get in quick to secure your winter nutrients today! You'll also get a recipe card so you can use it in different ways! How helpful is that!

    WHY BUY VELVET LATTE?

    Health Benefits include detoxification, boost energy and stamina without caffeine, high vitamin C. Nutra Organics and Natural Things say that "Healthier coffee alternatives are in huge demand. Latte’s made using on trend ingredients are the hottest trend in cafe’s right now. Introducing Velvet Latte, a nourishing beetroot turmeric, chai infusion that makes a beautiful vibrant pink latte. Naturally sweet with subtle ayurvedic chai spices, this blend is a perfect harmony of flavour and nutrition."

    HOW DO YOU MAKE VELVET LATTE?

    It's super easy:

    Healthy Jellies

    A recipe from one of our wonderful customers over at Rich Nutrients - Sonya Coakley (and her friend Kasey O'Meera).

    • Dissolve 2 tbs of Gelatin in 1 cup of hot water
    • Add 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar (or to taste).
    • Transfer to a deeper plate and put in the fridge to firm up. This usually takes around 2 hours.
    • If you want a firmer jelly add more gelatin in the first step.

    Sonya's suggestion is to pop a couple in your lunch box for a quick snack! YUM!

    Sonya has used blackcurrant juice in place of water (and kiefer once) with varied success!

    One of her girlfriends adds in ginger and another one uses fresh lemon juice instead of apple cider vinegar. So the options are endless!

     

    Baking for Non-Bakers - Hunter Gatherer Gourmet

    Anna's been baking... and it's broken all her barriers. If Anna can bake this, you can too. Watch her do it here! And the do it yourself. Hunter Gatherer Gourmet have this to say:

     

    "Hunter Gatherer Gourmet, your go-to for delicious, quick, gluten free, grain free and dairy free (but not taste free) paleo baking mixes. We pride ourselves on our unique, winning formula of nutritious ingredients designed specifically to make it easy for you to create delectable treats that your taste buds, and your body will love. Boasting all natural ingredients, low in sugar, preservative free and incredibly easy to use (read foolproof) plus they taste like ‘real cake’. Free up your time and enjoy your treats!"

    Chia Seed Pudding - with the zest of orange

    Yum - I forgot how good Chia Seed Pudding can be and even better with the zing of orange zest... I was eating Chia Pudding this morning wondering what it was that they had put in there and orange zest it was, so I want to recreate that yummy taste!

    This recipe doesn't really take very long which is good (other than the leaving it overnight). The chia seeds plump up and become so soft and easy to digest - great for irritable tummies and great for getting some fiber into your diet (that still tastes delish)!

    See what you think of the recipe below - this makes around 3 puddings:

    INGREDIENTS

    • 1 1/2 cups light coconut milk

    • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons chia seeds (any brand will do - Rich Nutrients stocks a variety)

    • 1 tablespoon honey (swap to maple syrup if you want to make it vegan)

    • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste

    • Tiny pinch kosher salt

    • 1 teaspoon fresh orange zest

    • Sliced oranges, for topping - or any fruit, my one this morning had plum and strawberries

    • Optional - coconut flakes, for topping

    HOW TO DO IT:

    Stir the coconut milk, chia seeds, honey, vanilla, salt, and orange zest together in a bowl or measuring cup. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

    In the morning, stir once more. Serve topped with orange slices and coconut flakes (if using).

     

    RICH NUTRIENTS - my new online store plus SALE stock!

    We hear a lot of talk about "Real Food" and "Healthy Food" but what if you can't be bothered navigating your way through a shop, or you don't live near a shop that provides all this stuff?

    Rich Nutrients - my new online store - solves your problem. We:

    • do rural delivery if you can't get to a shop because you live too far way: 

     

     Rural Delivery is sorted!

    Rural Delivery is sorted!

    • explain what the products are and what they do/help with on our site (each item has detailed descriptions)

    And you don't even have to leave your house. You can even order at work if you're so inclined. Win win I say!

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    "When you judge others, you do not define them; you define yourself" - Earl Nightingale

    The above quote I borrowed from my mentor Sally - she posted it on her social media and I thought - YES, that is what I need to put at the start of my latest blog post.

    So today, I am having a wee rant.  This rant is about marketing. And open mindedness & judgement. And being who you are and knowing what you want. So stick with me whilst I tell this story.

    The other day I was discussing my USANA business (that is, marketing and selling the USANA vitamin and mineral supplementation and support products). Talking about the company, I realised (again!) that it's pretty awesome.

     USANA HEALTH SCIENCES

    USANA HEALTH SCIENCES

    Here are some of the cool facts about USANA are as follows:

    • Founded by a scientist (Dr Wentz) not a corporate suit;
    • The motto of the company is "Your health. Your life. Your way" (in my opinion, that's pretty empowering);
    • It's a billion dollar company with 500,000 families involved in either taking the products or in the marketing of them;
    • They have a FDA registered manufacturing facility that ensures the quality of their product;
    • They comply with British and American Pharmacopeia Standards;
    • They also comply with Good Manufacturing Processes (GMP) - which means that what is in the product is in the product;
    • The products also dissolve properly - this means that they aren't hanging around in your gut but are absorbed into your body;
    • They have a whole site called "Ask the Scientists" which answers all your frequently asked questions, including WHY they have chosen the ingredients and formulations they have - they really stand by their product; and
    • they sponsor lots of athletes with an awesome guarantee - you can read more about it here

    So, as you can see - it sounds pretty good. Check more out here.

    So back to my conversation. I'm saying all this good stuff. And then they ask if it's network marketing. Yes I say. 

    And what happens?!

    I immediately get given the 'weirded out' look or the 'sympathy' look - like "why are you involved in a network marketing company?" or "why are in a pyramid scheme?".

    So this got me thinking...

    Why do people have something against network marketing or MLM? If it's a great product, why does that make the product suddenly become uninteresting or "no good"?

    My mission is to help people find wellness, energy and authenticity. Part of this is spreading information about an awesome product. If you aren't well, have lots of ailments or you just aren't getting the right nutrition to live life to your fullest (which most of us aren't), nutritional supplementation can really benefit you. This is FACT - and you can easily research this on the internet, in books, & even medical texts talk about the benefits of nutritional supplementation. Even the American Medical Journal suggests that most adults would benefit from taking vitamin supplementation

    I'm not 'hocking a crap product' (as you can see from the above) - it's one of the most well known and used products in the United States with rapidly growing market share in other countries (including New Zealand).

    So maybe it's about the marketing approach itself... Do people feel pressured to buy the product if you ask if they are interested?

    I also find this really interesting. If you're standing in a shop and someone asks if you need any help and you don't - you say "no thanks". Why is it different if I (who you may actually know and have a relationship with) ask you if you're interested in something that might help you? What does that say about you if you can't say "no I'm not interested?" I'm not going to be offended - if it's not for you, it's not for you. Just say so. 

    I also got thinking about different marketing concepts - all come down to one basic tenant. NETWORKING! That someone or something (be it an advert, sample or whatever) got you to use a particular product. So if that isn't network marketing....... what is? Get my point? (If you didn't, it's that everything is network marketing. ALL marketing is about building networks whether they be with people you actually know or people you know online/digitally/by brand  etc. Networking is how business works).

    Is it the perception that Network Marketing or MLM forces people into joining the business?

    I only want to work with people who are honest about what they want and are willing to work hard for it. People who are actually interested in health and wellbeing and spreading that message.

    People who want to work on personal development, personal branding and are totally coachable - not defensive or think they are perfect (having worked with people who think they are the world's greatest in the past and that they have nothing to learn I simply cannot think of anything worse)!

    And of course, people who want to be entrepreneurs, own their own business and work at it.

    Lastly, I want to work with people who also believe in the product - what's the point in working at something if you're not into it? 

    The other thing I have learned is if you've had direct experience with Network Marketing - then yes, you are going to have an opinion about it. And maybe your experience with Network Marketing/Multilevel Marketing  wasn't that great. Not good that you didn't have a good experience. But if you aren't open to seeing how we do it at USANA and in my team (Global Health & Wealth Solutions) - then it's not for you and that's totally cool. 

    But if you haven't had direct experience - don't let other people's experience put you off. I like to communicate and ask if you're interested.  But if not, I am not going to bug you or try and force something onto you if you're not a) open to learning and b) not at all keen.

    I am however, going to work really hard to find like minded people to share the product with and, along the way I am sure there will be people who want to work in the business too. 

     

    Maybe it's the perception that it's a pyramid scheme?

    So if you do start working with USANA, then you will become part of a big team. And there will be someone above you and eventually, if other people want to work with you, people below you. That looks a little like a pyramid (as, funnily enough) do most businesses.

    My experience of this 'formula' is not that those at the top of the pyramid are getting all the money and not doing any work - but that it's a big team working towards the same goals and doing the same things to get there.

    You want to see others do well and you want your team to be awesome. Why? Because you get direct benefit from that in earnings.

    Of course someone up the 'chain' is going to earn more - they have been around longer & have built up a bigger business over time. But who's to say your business won't be bigger than theirs one day? And that is definitely an outcome that can happen - I've met people who it's happened to (yes, real life people who I've spoken to in the flesh!).

    The pyramid then isn't so much of a pyramid is it.

    Here is a fabulous article that discussed the difference between Network Marketing/MLM and pyramid schemes - worth a read if you are still convinced that what I am saying is a load of rubbish (it's not). 

    So, I guess what I am saying is the following:

    • If you're interested in looking at different ways to achieve energy and wellness you might be into the product - ask for more information, do your research & become a customer if that's what you want.
    • If you're not interested in the product - don't become a customer.
    • Be clear about what YOU want. If I ask if you if you're interested, and you're not - tell me that.
    • If you want to work with me - cool! Be clear about why you want to become part of the USANA family and my team. I only want to work with people who are committed and love the business and product. 
    • If you aren't interested in the business - cool! Read the above about who I want to work with. That probably isn't you.

    I stole this from a USANA colleague's page (thanks Jeff!) - but he's totally right:

    A lot of the time we have people/friends in our ears giving their opinion on the situation at hand. But I ask you this one question- these people/friends do they have what you’re searching for? Do they have the life you want? Never take advice from those who don’t practice what they preach or who have never done anything different to what they are doing now. 

     

    x Love to all x 

    P.S another cool thing - the reason USANA decided to use this approach is to keep costs down for the end consumer - top product, good price and to ensure that real people are marketing the products - people who actually USE the product and know the real life benefits. And you can trust that we use it because in order to be active, we have to show we order it.

     

     

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    Do you want an extreme workout that's FUN & QUICK? READ ON & get your discounted offer! P.s you can also do it injured!

    I was lucky enought to be invited by the wonderful XBODY Christchurch to try a workout... I was super interested in this following a rib injury I had incurred.  I had inflammation of the fascia and tissue surrounding my ribs (this is called costochondritis) and it was quite painful to exercise. Actually, scrap that. Excruciatingly painful.  Going to the gym and carrying on with my training (necessary given my goals this year) was not happening... I needed help quick smart. 

      The area of my ribs that was super painful - the breastbone and ribs 2,3 and 4. 

    The area of my ribs that was super painful - the breastbone and ribs 2,3 and 4. 

    So why would I be trying to exercise with terrible pain... naughty, naughty I hear you say.  Well, there is a whole lot of research out there that suggests a thing called micro stimulation of the muscles by electrical pulses can help with this kind of injury - especially areas such as the ribs that don't have a heap of blood flow.  Well, at this point I was ready to try anything!

    What I found at XBODY was more than some muscle stimulation - I got the world’s hardest and best workout! And I was kept free of pain throughout... what an awesome combo.

    So it looks like it does in the picture!  I turned up and had a consult with the wonderful Denita, was asked to change into the super sexy undergarments you must wear underneath the "Lara Croft" suit you see in the picture here  (*sarcasm* ... they are not sexy but you need to wear them to ensure that the electrical impulses conduct and that you are protected from the suit). Following the dress up part of the exercise, I went in to begin my workout.

    They are quite kind to you at XBODY - they wet the little patches inside the suit with warm water (so you don't freeze!) and this ensures the electricity conducts properly.  You are then strapped into the suit.  We had previously discussed my goals for the session, my injury and why I was there so I felt really listened to - quite important for a first session. 

    They start the electrical pulses low - they go on for 4 seconds, then off for 4 seconds.  You then work with your instructor (Denita for me) and you work out how high you want each area of your body to pulse.  This is awesome as it means you work with what your body is capable of and what is going on for you right then and there (ie, injuries, energy level etc).

    Word of warning - this is NOT the time to be meek and mild. You have to tell your instructor what you are feeling. As Denita said - she isn't in the suit so can't feel what you feel. If you are uncomfortable - bloody say it (as I did when my abs got quite sore about 3/4 of the way through the workout... Denita turned the pulses down!).

    Once you are at a comfortable level, you then begin the 20 minute HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout - 4 secs on, 4 secs off for every exercise.  You end up breathing in time with the 4 second slots - when the pulse in on contracting your muscles, you breath out. And when the pulse is off, you breath in. 

    As I said above, XBODY works with what your goals are - for me, it was to try a full body workout and not be in pain. And I can tell you - I got just that! No terrible chest pain - this was the first time I exercised in weeks without any pain, yet a full on HIIT workout complete with sweat, swearing and muscle soreness! I was doing squats, lunges, tricep & bicep exercise and even abdominals (hence my ab soreness during the workout!).

    My butt (and pretty much the rest of me too) was sore for around 4 days afterwards - such was the intensity of the workout.  I was super surprised at the effectiveness of it all and also how heavily I was breathing! SO COOL and everyone should DO IT!

    This is German technology that has been studied - so you don't have to worry about being harmed in the process.  So effective for rehab because you can control the contraction of the muscles and increase blood flow to those areas that require it but still maintain comfort.

    Watch here for a video explaining more.

    Denita swears that 2 sessions of this a week is guaranteed to take you to the next level sports wise - and I'd tend to agree given what I have experienced. Unluckily for me, no one in Wellington, NZ has this technology.  

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     This is not me but you can see this woman doing a lunge... not easy!

    This is not me but you can see this woman doing a lunge... not easy!

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    Mood

    I promised a report back and here I am - literally glowing – someone commented on a tan that I don’t have so something must be going right today.  I can honestly say – I have more energy than ever before – it’s like a light has gone on.  I’m now training 2 times a day most days – mixing it up totally with different things going on.  I want to make sure I am constantly challenged, but not burnt out so I am incorporating “rest days” and active resting too.  It’s going well so far.

    Also, in other awesome news, I was struggling with shitty skin around my chin and this seems to have calmed down too!  Honestly, I totally get how bad shitty skin can make you feel.... it's not vanity, it can actually have an effect on how you view yourself and shitty skin also feels really nasty (in a tactile way).  So I am glad to say things are more under control.

    In terms of the supplements, I am taking the dosage as outlined in the last post – of USANA’s “Usanimals” (the kiddy vitamins and they taste gooood!), the Omega 3 Jnr (the kiddy fish oil that also tastes goooood!) and a Vitamin D booster – this is a tiny pill and one I can swallow even without water (YAY for tiny vitamin pills). I am also adding a smoothie a day into the mix (kale/spinach, coco water, USANA probiotics, USANA Fibrology, protein powder and mixed berries) so I can take the probiotic powder too. 

    I am being super strict right now with taking my supplements.  The biggest thing that I have noticed is an increase in my mojo – and by this I mean my general “vibe” has gone right UP.  As a person who has used medication to keep on top of anxiety and battled with depression, this is a major thing.  Even on days where I don’t feel like doing much I am still getting on and doing it.  This is awesome. 

    I noted in my first post that one of the things that annoyed me most about doing research on anxiety and depression was finding out there was a strong link to these conditions and vitamin deficiency.  YET, no one tested my vitamin levels.  No one even mentioned my vitamin levels.  And now, having done reading (and continuing to read) I have found out more and more about this – in particular the correlation to a lack of B vitamins and these conditions. 

    I know that I am doing what I need to do to help my system get it’s get up and go back.  I’m eating well (that’s another thing I have recently got a tight leash on!), taking my supplements and exercising.  And thriving so far!  I am also making sure I have “time out” – SO important.  Maintaining my craniosacral study, getting regular craniosacral treatments, a massage each week and doing Headspace every day (mindfulness app that I love) are my time out things. 

    If you are finding you’re struggling with life in general, I seriously recommend getting your vitamin levels tested – there are plenty of places that do it.  And if you want to try USANA, hit me up.  I’m finding it great, as is my Mum (she’s an interesting case study) and lots of other people I know. 

    I’m also totally happy to talk about Craniosacral work with you, techniques I’ve used to try and battle the inner voice that tells you how crap you are and anything you want to chat about xx  

    NEXT TIME: Mum doesn't know it yet, but she's getting interviewed about her experience. Go Mumma x And I am going to talk about some of the interesting things that can happen to your body when you start taking multi vitamins... ah the body, always doing interesting things!

    My Prescription

    Since deciding on USANA, I then had to work out which vitamins that are recommended both by USANA and by doing my own research. 

    As an adult with USANA, you would usually start on the core vitamins and minerals - USANA’s triple-action cellular nutrition system: Core Minerals and Vita-Antioxidant.  I tried for a while to take the pills but I have never had much luck with them.  Interestingly, I chewed them a few times and for vitamins and minerals, they actually aren’t yuck so that’s a bonus!  USANA also recommends the BioOmega for your omega fatty acids (remember, that’s one I’m super low in).

    There are of course other options – after trial and error I am currently taking USANA’s child’s vitamin in a higher doses than a child would take, and their children’s omega 3. 

    I have done quite a lot of reading to make sure that I am getting enough of everything and have been following the guidelines I have found in that reading.  One of the books I loved is called:

    What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About Nutritional Medicine May Be Killing You.  It’s an easy read, peppered with real life examples and a guide about what this particular doctor suggests in the way of supplementation for people who are generally healthy and for those with particular conditions.  As always, if you have a condition, you would need to talk to you doctor about these thing but ultimately, you are in charge of your own health and need to do your research and be happy with your decisions.

    Abit about the vitamins I am taking in terms of taste

    The child’s vitamin/mineral tastes like raspberries and the omega 3 is a liquid that tastes like orange.  Unlike other liquid omegas I’ve taken, there is no weird, fishy aftertaste which is so fabulous.  I’ve had some nasty experiences with liquid omegas before and this was honestly like a hallelujah moment for me!

    I also have USANA’s Rev3 energy drink (another berry flavour which is nice and refreshing) before the gym each time I go and on days where I need a get up and go.  Having been a bit of an energy drink fiend in the past, I was pleased to discover that Rev3 is a lot more natural and doesn’t contain nasties like some of the other energy drinks on the general market.

    I also take the USANA probiotic every second day and will be looking into some optimisers depending on how my energy levels go over the next 6 or so weeks.  

    Let me know in the comments if you want any additional information about anything I am taking - I am totally happy to answer questions and find out more information if you want it. I've found all this research really interesting and encourage everyone to read, read, read!!!