Cravings2

01 Mar Cravings, why you can’t rely on will power.

Cravings require more than will power. You’re hungry, its 3pm and you are craving a sweet treat… a brownie!! Loaded with sugar and gluten and you know you shouldn’t… but you eat it anyway and blame will power. I’ve been there. Although it would have been a red bull and a muffin. At the time it was my poison, but not these days… I couldn’t think of anything worse. I hate the term will power. It is a load of crap. It has never worked for me and people are so disheartened when they are failed by their own will power. I read so many health blogs with suggestions to curb cravings… but frankly they don’t help. Understanding why you are craving something helps to make an educated decision to either surrender to the craving or overpower it. I’ve been on the tail end where the cravings were soooo strong it would literally change my mood. I would be irritable, distracted and every thought would be figuring out how and when I would surrender to my cravings. This happens because your body is screaming out for something. It is craving something. In most cases it’s got something to do with your gut bugs. The bacteria in your gut (aka...

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Dragon2

23 Feb CHASING THE DRAGON (or in my case, health)

  People in the health world are obsessed with nutrients, vitamin and mineral claims and I used to fall for it hard. Over my years of learning about healthy eating I became obsessed with nutrition and it’s not in my nature to have an obsessive or addictive personality. So what changed? I changed my eating habits because I had a super stressful job (in my early 20’s) and it was causing me a lot physical issues from the constant stress, I saw this and decided to adopt a healthier lifestyle. On my quest I started to obsess about what I was eating, obsessing about superfoods, obsessing over certain vitamins and minerals, obsessed over juicing. Then it was raw food, then vegan, then raw treats… you name it, I’ve obsessed over it in my quest to find a healthy life style. I was on top of the world, feeling great it was like I was chasing the dragon. High one day then tomorrow was looking for my next fix, the next best superfood tomorrow. I felt like the coyote chasing after road runner with a knife and fork day in day out… I was never going to catch him even with my confidence, knowledge and persistence....

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CONSTIPATION

02 Feb Why you should be proud of your toilet time.

  We are going to talk dirty. Hope that’s ok. If you have met me you will know im not a shy person. But I apologise in advance if this topic offends or embarrasses you?     Going to the toilet should not be a strain, it should be a pleasurable experience a couple of times a day. Your body is amazing because it tells you when it is not happy or when things are not working properly. We just need to learn how to read the signs. Constipation is considered to be one of the western worlds biggest indicators of ill health. It’s a sign or symptom that something is not working and like so many things in the western world we tend not to take them seriously or go grab a pill to “fix” the problem rather than get to the root cause for the initial issue. When we eat we should pass the excess waste (your poop) after each meal, 2-3 times a day. (I can tell now you are counting how many times you have gone or not gone today, if at all). If you do not go at least ONCE per day you are constipated! End of story...

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tumeric smooth

12 Jan Sunrise Turmeric Smoothie

Turmeric is such an amazing food. It is usually found in the spice section as a golden yellow powder but it is actually a root similar to fresh ginger, if you have never seen it in its true fresh form. Turmeric traditionally is used in curries (because of its origin, being India) and I had no idea how else to incorporate it into my daily diet. So being naturally inquisitive I tried to find ways to add it to my diet in unusual ways. There really are endless possibilities however i have found my few fav combinations: omelets, curries, stir-frys and smoothies!!! Turmeric reduces inflammation so can reduce swelling in joints, gut inflammation, helps skin conditions and assists digestion. It is good for heart health, your immune system, heart health to name a few. You can also buy turmeric supplements that are aimed at joint care and also migraines in the health food store so jump on line and do some research to see if you think it could be a good addition to supplement your diet with. It has been used throughout India for centuries for its healing properties. Sunrise Turmeric Smoothie (SERVES 2) / 1/2 mango / 1 banana / 1/2 avocado / 1/2 Lebanese cucumber / small...

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Dandi tea

10 Jan Why I’m giving up my daily cup of coffee, for Dandelion Tea.

It’s a new year (yah) and the resolutions are flying around… so to add my 2 cents worth I am NOT giving up coffee. But I am severely reducing my intake to one or 2 a week. Somewhere along the line (and I am sure you can relate if you are a coffee drinker or have struggled with addictions to chocolate) I went from being the occasional drinker, to one every morning. Then to a habitual morning coffee, even if I did not feel like it and now I see myself occasionally having 2 cups a day!!!! Warning bells are ringing that I have an addiction. SOOOO instead of giving it up (because I genuinely LOVE the taste) I’m confessing my addiction to the world and I’m taking up dandelion tea instead. “Hello, my name is Sarah and I am a coffee addict” I have perfected my dandelion latte and it’s a great coffee alternative. Or in summer ice dandi is amazing. I also enjoy rooibos as well but definitely prefer dandelion as a coffee alternate. I am not bashing coffee as I adore it but there are some things to be mindful of… it is not good in huge doses because of the caffeine and...

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24 Nov How “Letting Go” Helped Heal My Acne.

Along my health journey I have done some seriously alternative things to cure my health woes. I’ve not only overhauled my diet but also my lifestyle, friends and home environment… nothing ever seemed to be enough and one day I realized what I had been doing wrong, and it wasn’t my diet or my lifestyle or my home environment. The problem was I used to ask myself that every day. Looking back I feel like i was paving the way for failure. “ Is it ever going to be enough??” is such a negative outlook.  If you break it down im literally saying nothing I try will work… Life is short and I don’t know about you but as I get older the years seam to go by faster and faster. I was wasting so much time being stressed and negative about my issues I was forgetting to have fun along the way and everything revolved around my issues. I’d get stressed about going to the pool and being makup free, going to the beach or spending the night at a friends house. I tried to hide under makeup but it never worked for me because every time I looked in the mirror...

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27 Oct Stop Looking For That “Perfect” Diet

So I know some of you would be hanging your heads in shame if you had to lay out (on the table) what you ate in a day. If you told your grandma would she be all for it or also hanging her head in shame? I know I didn’t always eat a healthy diet, personally I’m looking back now on my teenage self with disgust. I often used to think about eating healthy but didn’t really know where to start and would usually result in eating a salad sandwich was suckered in my marketing. My work snacks were “natural + fat free” bars or the microwave meals. I wouldn’t touch the stuff now let alone recommend it. I searched high and low for the perfect diet and have decided there is no one size fits all diet. Im more concerned about eating a healthy diet. What really defines a healthy diet anyway? This is a question I am always asked or always question myself… and it’s the hardest question to answer without passing judgement on anyone. Is a little judgement bad? I don’t think so, only because it makes you question your actions to some extent. I truly believe if you...

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