HOLISTIC WELLBEING 

2017 so far have been challenging for many on a mental, emotional and physical level. 

So today I would like to share with you a few suggestions to get that spring back in your step.

The habits we create from the moment we wake in the morning set the tone for the entire day.

 

 

Staying Present

Doing a short mindfulness meditation can help you to focus on the present moment by bringing your attention to your breath. Helping us focus on the present instead of dwelling on the past of being anxious of the future

Great apps I would recommend to help you is :
Stop Breathe and Think and Headspace is another excellent one .

Exercise

I like to do some gentle yoga / pilates moves  in the morning . It strengthens the body. It wakes the mind and body up and helps you feel energized for the day ahead .

A 20 minute walk daily maybe on your lunch break will get fresh air into your lungs . Clear your mind . Overall puts you in a feel good mood.

What exercise to do practice ? I would love to read your suggestions in the comments.

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Eat A Healthy Well Balanced Diet 

We are all individual when it comes to our eating habits, how much we eat in a day can vary . I like to have 5 small meals a day . So here are just a few general tips to help you clean up your eating habits.

Try to get your 5 a day fruit  and veg in. Smoothies and juices are a great way to do this. Drink plenty of water to flush toxins out of your system.                       Try Herbal tea it is a healthy alternative to coffee.
Introduce good carbs into your diet eg. Brown Rice , Rice and Millet Pasta,  Brown Rice Noodles.
Quinoa is the best source of protein you can have, it can be added to soup, stir fry etc
The most important tip I could give you is to cut out refined sugar.

Start by making small changes and you will think better and feel better.

Forget fad diets they do not work , choose to eat healthy and be healthy. 

BE HEALTHY

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Health Supplements

During periods of stress, the body is less able to absorb nutrients, so some supplementation especially of the B group of vitamins, and vitamin C is helpful. Sometimes we need that extra boost if we are  feeling lethargic , run down, constantly getting colds and flu to name. Here are a few suggestions :

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Remedies For Colds and Flu

Iron is essential for a healthy immune system, preventing anemia and producing haemoglobin , a protein that helps red blood cells transport oxygen around the body. The best sources of Iron are found in meat, nuts and seeds, sardines and tuna, dark green leafy vegetables, lentils, chickpeas.

Symptoms of Iron Deficiency include:

  1. Pale skin
  2. Poor Appetite
  3. Fatigue
  4. Cold hands and feet
  5. Shortness of breath easily
  6. Headaches
  7. Anxiety

Spatone is 100% Natural Liquid Iron Food Supplement

This comes in convenient ready to drink sachets with apple juice with vitamin c, which helps with the absorption of the iron. Less issues with constipation .

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Echinaforce is a traditional herbal medicinal product used to relieve colds and flu like symptoms. It has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. Find it here http://www.avogel.ie

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Vitamin D can be made in the skin on exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D is also found in milk, eggs and meat . Deficiency is common in those who have little exposure to the sun. 

Gratitude Journal

A practice I enjoy doing every night is writing 10 things I am grateful for . It really helps you to feel good and appreciate your life.

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This the gratitude journal I use . The Secret Gratitude Book by @RhondaByrne

Essential Oils

As a qualified Aromatherapist I cannot recommend essential oils enough, to help you relax, de-stress , unwind .

A Relaxing Bath

Mixing six drops of pure lavender essential oil with an unscented bath foam/product . Add the mixture to the water and enjoy ! Lavender is known to relieve stress, anxiety, headaches, balance emotions .

Vaporisers 

2 Drops of Vetiver essential oil added to the water in a burner is excellent to aid relaxation and release mental and emotional exhaustion.

Get Plenty of Sleep

If you have trouble sleeping , about 2 hours before bed try switching off computers ,phones , TV  it will help your brain to wind down . Start doing this each night at the same time this routine will tell your brain it is time to wind down and relax. Make sure your bedroom is clutter free because a cluttered room equals a cluttered mind. Do a quick tidy. Have a nice cup of camomile tea.

Listen to some tranquil music . I listen to Medwyn Goodall his music is soulful and full of positive energy. Check out @medwynggoodall.net

What is your favorite ritual to help you wind down at night . Please let me know in the comment box below.

I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post and find these suggestions helpful.

Until next time,

Stay happy and healthy  

 

Disclaimer: Please consult you physician before starting any exercise or healthy eating plan if you have any health concerns.

 

WELLNESS WISDOM

 Today I would like to share with you a hobby of mine that I have grown to love .

Adult Coloring 

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As a child I loved art and enjoyed drawing a lot. I also had a fascination with color, especially how certain colors affect our mood. The use of color is a truly holistic therapy. Coloring has a profound and healing effect on us mentally, emotionally and physically.

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Health Benefits of Adult Coloring

  1. It exercises the fine motor skills.
  2. It trains the brain to focus.
  3. Coloring activates the logic part of the brain, and generates a creative mindset.
  4. Created a work of beauty.
  5. We feel centered and calm when we are coloring.
  6. It enables us to relax and unwind.
  7. Combats anxiety.
  8. Helps to achieve mindfulness.
  9. It generates wellness.
  10. A tool for relaxation and self-discovery.

This is one of my coloring creations.

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If who would like to take coloring to the next  level by combining  the powerful impact of affirmations with the positive effects of creativity in your life.  I would recommend:            

               The Affirmations Coloring Book by Louise Hay    

http://www.hayhouse.com

I wish you all happy coloring ,

❤ Elle

MAY FAVOURITES

Hi everyone, here are my May favorites . I hope they inspire in adapting a healthy holistic lifestyle. Enjoy!

Healthy Snacks

It is difficult sometimes to find  healthy snacks especially when you are in work /collage and you experience the 3pm slump ( sugar level drops) . If this is you,  I have found a solution. These healthy, delicious, nutritious bars are a must when you are on the go. They are vegan, dairy free, gluten free, egg free, high fibre and full of raw organic superfoods . They are really satisfying.

Check out the full range of products @ http://www.natashaslivingfood.ie

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Eco Lifestyle 

I try to use natural products especially in the home.

Ecover products repect the most sensitive skin and contain biodegradable, plant based and mineral ingredients. They are not tested on animals.

If you have sensitive skin , this is for you.

I purchased the Ecover fabric conditioner and non – biological laundry detergent.  The fragrance which is plant based smells of Summer. The items I washed were clean and fresh and stain free. I was extremely happy with the result.

You can purchase the ecover range @ http://www.ecover.com

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Make-Up 

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Benecos Natural Beauty 

The Benecos make up range is  free from

Paraffin, Parabens, Silicones, PEG, Synthetic Color, Synthetic Fragrance, Synthetic Preservatives. Not tested on animals.

I purchased the Natural Mascara Vegan Volume in Magic Black for voluminous and irresistible lashes. I achieved clump free full lashes .

I purchased 3 quattro eyeshadow in Smokey eyes . The colors are lovely for a day or night look and are easy to blend. The darkest shade can also be used as an eye liner.

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Check out http://www.benecos.co.uk for full list of make up and skincare products

I do hope you enjoyed this blog post . What products have you discovered lately? Tell me in the comments .

until next time

Stay healthy and happy

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TASTY RECIPE

Hi everyone 

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Today, I am sharing a super quick recipe that will satisfy any sweet tooth in a healthy way.

CHEWY SULTANA COOKIES

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Ingredients

  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 4 cooking apples
  • 270g Oats (I used gluten free)
  • 150g Sultanas or raisins
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3tlbsp honey or maple syrup

Method

  1. Preheat the oven gas mark 6 200 F
  2. Mash your 4 ripe bananas together in a bowl .
  3. Grate your 4 apples and add to the banana mixture.
  4. Add the oats
  5. Add the honey to enable the mixture to stick .
  6. Add the sultanas and cinnamon.
  7. Mix all together.
  8. Grease your baking dish with coconut oil or line with baking paper.
  9. Take a tablespoon measurement of mixture at a time, and press flat on baking try .
  10. Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes.

The cookies should look golden brown when cooked. Let them cool on a wire tray.

Store in an airtight container to maintain freshness.

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Ready to serve.

Enjoy with a nice cup of herbal tea .

Enjoy with a nice cup of herbal tea .

 

Recipe Source: I discovered this recipe on Deliciously Ella‘s you tube channel , subscribe to Ella’s channel for more delicious recipes or even better get the book .

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Mindful MAY

It’s  Mindful May . So my mission today is to lighten the mood and help you all feel a little more positive about the month ahead.

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You Are Enough Just As You Are . Instead of constantly searching for outside resources to feel worthy or happy, remember you have a treasure within you to face any challenge that may present itself to you . Challenges help us to grow and strengthen on a Mental, Emotional, Physical and Spiritual level.

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If you have a plan or goal to get fit and healthy this month .
First of all visit your medical practitioner before making any changes to her diet and exercise regieme.
Don’t be too hard on yourself , take it a day at a time and one step at a time . Make small changes .
It takes 30 days to change a habit so be mindful of that.
Reward yourself each week with maybe pampering bath with essential oils or whatever you would like to do to motivate yourself to keep going .
You can do it !

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Eighty percent of success is s up and following through...

SHOW UP AND FOLLOW THROUGH

It all about feeling good about yourself Believing in yourself.
Loving yourself .
Surrounding yourself with people that love and support you .
Taking a holistic approach .
Hydrate and nourish your body and get plenty of sleep.

Here’s to a happy and healthy month of May 👍

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I appreciate your presence here, thank you.

Please check back for more tips and tools to help you feel good from the inside out .

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Coconut Easter Nests

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Looking for a healthier option this Easter ?

Check out this fab recipe

Easter treats don’t have to be sugar-laden and found in the store! These cute little coconut nests and raw chocolate eggs make the perfect little Easter treat that the kids can create themselves.

Source: Coconut Easter Nests

Happy Easter ❤ Elle x

A Mindful Moment

The practice of mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now.

Take a deep breath. Get present in the moment and ask yourself , what  is important this very moment.

A moment of radical acceptance, is a moment of genuine freedom. -Tara Brach

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❤ Elle x

Yoga Flow

The eight steps of Raja Yoga

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Yoga is like music:

The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind and the harmony of the soul, create the symphony of life. – B.K.S. Iyengar


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6 Things Yoga Has taught Me

  1. Honor Your Body
  2. Let go of things that no longer serve you
  3. Breathe
  4. Be Present 
  5. You can achieve more than you think
  6. It’s not about being good at something. It’s about being good to yourself

Life is a gift, let it flow.