Wednesday, 18 August 2010


OK so we all lose out lust for life sometimes and struggle to see what we have and not what we haven't so to days blog on how to get back your ZING and quickly!

I love the Amercian fitness magazine OXYGEN who include motivational statements on the inside back cover each month, complete with an inspiring image of some description. One that really struck me is this:

" No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life".

How very true is this! But how often do we blame outside forces for what happens to us? Isn't it a damn sight easier, and makes us feel better if we can lay the blame at anyone elses feet other than our own.

So, first up on getting back your positivity is to take control of YOUR life, its the only one you've got so needs to be grabbed with both hands and worked on, constantly!

No point beating yourself up though - accept what's happening whatever it is and move on from it. Regrets are futile, they serve no purpose, better to take it as a learning curve. And shouldn't learning curves be lots of fun?!?!

I love Louise Hay when I'm feeling anything less than positive - shes an American teacher who has firmly established herself as a leader in the self help book/DVD/CD market.
I play her Feeling Fine Affirmations in the car to remind myself that I am worthy, that its OK to love myself just the way I am, that prosperity will come my way if I open my mind and heart and change the way my sub conscious mind thinks. This can take time but can really change the path of your life.

Playing loud funky music changes my mind set too and singing and dancing to it. My children love it when we all do this together and again it can really change the way you're viewing your life right now, and how accessible and simple is music!

Friends are worth their weight in gold to give you a boost in the right direction too - pick them carefully, you know which ones will help! I have a friend who's big into NLP, so he's fab to help change the deep rooted neural pathways we tend to use over and over and are not necessarily for our highest good.

I have a friend who's a corporate life coach, and she gets me to think outside of the box and break things down into manageable chunks; simple but effective.

I have another friend who like me is a CHEK holistic lifestyle coach - we're so on the same wave length its scary, and we can work together to help each other. Then I have other friends who are just great to chill out with.

Smells have the capacity to lift us too - I love the smells of coconut,cinnamon, vanilla, ginger, and marjoram, and also have a sage burning stick which I find cleanses my home so that I can think clearly.

Up there at the top for boosting positivity has to be exercise; choose the type to suit. You may like to run to clear your head, or lift heavy weights to sweat it out, or need the relaxation and calm of yoga or Pilate's. You can guarantee to feel better by the end of it, and done regularly the effects are cumulative.

Food and drink have an effect on moods too. Fill yourself full of processed junk and you're unlikely to feel at your best. Clean, healthy foods can have the opposite effect in energising us and lifting moods. Alcohol can make you go either way! One or two drinks can be pleasant relaxers, but over do it and black depression can set in! Be careful with this one!

Another OXYGEN positive affirmation is this " Believe in YOURSELF and ALL that you are". And remember you are SO worth it, whatever happening!

In Health and Happiness

Tuesday, 17 August 2010


This blog follows right on from the last TOXIC TUMMY one, which suggests we all need to have a greater awareness of the correlation between what we put in our mouths and the state of our overall health.

How many people suffer regularly from constipation, diarrhoea,excessive burping, excessive wind, bloating, indigestion,and general discomfort in the abdominal area? Irritable Bowel Syndrome (which kind of covers all of these symptoms) is one of the biggest reasons, in this country, for visiting the GP.

Consequently the over the counter medicine market for IBS relieving products is worth billions of pounds, and often are very ineffective and introduce unnecessary chemicals into an already congested system.

I was introduced to an amazing natural product earlier this year, by my acupuncturist - who recommends it for skin problems, and a friend who has a Forever Living Products business - she recommended drinking gel to soothe the gut (and most other areas of the body).

I have since become an avid user of Forevers range of ALOE VERA products, so much so that I now have my own business with them. The drinking gels have had a great impression on me and several members of my family.

Aloe Vera has been used as a medicine for centuries for both animals and humans. It has amazing health giving properties and can be used as a tonic to stay healthy as well as for specific issues.

It contains all eight of the essential amino acids we need, a multitude of vitamins and minerals and polysaccharides that play a big part in restoring and boosting the immune system (70% of which is found in the gut).

This amazing plant, of which the gel from the inner leaf is used to produce a wide range of products from face creams, to deodorants (without aluminium salts -google this, its a BIG deal) is :

- anti inflammatory
- anti- viral
- anti- fungal
- anti bacterial
- helps to soothe the digestive system from the mouth right to the rectum
- effectively helps to detoxify the gut
- acts at a cellular level to help heal and generate healthy tissue

So the drinking gel not only can help the wide and varied symptoms of IBS but can assist in helping ulcerative colitis and crohns disease amongst other diseases of the gut.

Taken daily (I take 30mls x 3times daily because this amount works for me) it helps to maintain good overall health and well being, and is a great tonic for energy.I know someone who adds it to water as an energy drink when cycling!

So if you do suffer from a toxic overloaded body you could benefit greatly from introducing aloe vera drinking gel into your diet - no chemicals, organically grown, no nasty additives, pesticides, herbicides etc. for your liver to have to detox, just a good, clean nutritious food.

For more details on how aloe vera can help you and your family - contact me through Balanced on face book for more info.
Look forward to being able to help you move towards greater health.

In health and happiness,

Tuesday, 10 August 2010


How can we, as a nation, expect to be dis-ease and stress free, when most of us don't seem to be aware that there is a MASSIVE correlation between what we put into our mouths on a daily basis (and so absorb) and the state of our health??

Gillian Mckeith, who I think (despite what people say about her) has done a lot of good for health awareness, promoted the saying You Are What You Eat - and an even better saying is You Are What You Absorb. Every morsel that passes your lips has to go all the way through the digestive system for the body to use for energy, and to keep us ticking over. Is it any wonder that so many of us spend a lot of time in a lacklustre state because our bodies are desperately trying to extract some nutrients from foods that don't contain any, and never have.

Many of the processed foods on the supermarket shelves are "anti-nutrients" and it takes more energy for the body to digest it than it gets out of the food itself in a lot of cases. These foods may include breakfast cereals (some of which contain several spoonfuls of sugar for every bowl eaten- see earlier blog on the subject),processed chocolate and confectionery, refined carbohydrate products such as white bread, white rice, white pasta, pizza, chicken nuggets, cheap processed meats, alcohol, sausage rolls, pork pies, crisps, sweetened and salted nuts, ready meals,chips etc. etc..............

One of the reasons that these foods are so poor in nutrition is that they are refined to the extent that they lack a decent amount of fibre, and we need fibre/roughage to keep a healthy digestive system. Fibre helps the peristalsis action (like waves) of the gut to keep foods moving through our systems and keep us regular! Refined foods contain little roughage and so can get 'stuck' to the colon walls where they accumulate over time. The longer this goes on and the more C.R.A.P foods that are ingested mean trouble as they are effectively toxins sitting inside us. This build up can also prevent any goodness eaten from being properly absorbed and utilised.

Toxins are then absorbed back into the bloodstream where they have the potential to create havoc in the form of minor to major health issues. Refined foods are a large cause of problems such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) which affect millions of people in the UK and is one of the biggest reasons we visit our GPs. In most cases it can be controlled by a change of diet.

So, what we really need is a diet rich in vegetables (particularly green ones) and fruits and good quality meat and fish,nuts and seeds,oils and some complex carbohydrates that still contain roughage - and plenty of water to keep us hydrated and to help move things along! Stagnation of any kind in the gut is a bad thing - and often the cause of sleepiness, headaches, unexplained bouts of illness, lethargy and many,many more health problems.

Over 70% of our immune system is housed in our gut, so if we clog it up with C.R.A.P foods is it any wonder we get sick?!

Do yours a big favour and make 80% of what you consume really great, fresh nutritious foods. You'll reap the rewards for years to come. Who really wants to add to the drain on the NHS? I for one want to have health and vitality to enjoy my life to the full.

In Health and Happiness,