The Power of Greens

The Power of Greens

Anne ClarkeWhen I was growing up, I had a very simple menu and very simple food choices.  My first meal of the day was cereal and If it wasn’t cereal it would be peanut butter on toast.

My dear mum meant well, but the cereal wasn’t the best choice and certainly is not what I would suggest today.

Our bodies are up against a lot of stress and a lot of ‘free radical’ attack, so if I can get some insurance and protection against the ravages of life, I’m going to chose green food every time.  You will see there are many ways of incorporating green food into your day.

One of the priorities of ‘My lifestyle choices now’ is eating and juicing and including green leafy vegetables into the family everyday menu.  It’s about getting the green on your plate!

While most of us know that lean protein and healthy carbs (like whole grains) give us energy, many are unaware of a group of superfoods that help our bodies process and unlock the energy from the foods we eat. These nutrition-packed veggies are easy to find, delicious, and have one thing in common—they’re all green!

Leafy greens and green veggies are filled with nutrients and power our health. Dark leafy greens, for example, are rich in vitamins A, C, E, and K as well as the B-vitamins essential to converting food into usable energy. With fibre, iron, magnesium, potassium and calcium, in addition to other beneficial antioxidants, these greens are true superfoods that can help you unlock the energy you need to tackle your to-do list.

Here are eight easy ways to add more green food on to your plate and into your life!

  1. Start your day with green by including veggies in your breakfast, like with a broccoli and cheese scramble on whole-wheat English muffin or by adding green vegetables to your omelettes.
  2. Place a bed of sautéed greens underneath your main dish, Veggie bake or quiche.
  3. Add natural sweetness to green veggies by combining them with fruit, like in broccoli salad with dried cranberries, or by roasting veggies to bring out their natural sugars.
  4. Amp up your side dish game by experimenting with new sauces or fresh herbs for green vegetables, like with asparagus salad with lemon-garlic dressing or crunchy cucumber-dill salad.
  5. Add kale or spinach to your soup or smoothie.
  6. Add lettuce and wild greens to your juices.
  7. Make sure you grow some fresh greens and make it easy for cultivating and harvesting.
  8. Use a powdered green of choice for when you are travelling or away from your usual routine.  We use Jade Green Zymes and/or Barley Life and several other brands.  Whatever your choice, just be consistent with it.

No matter what I always start the day with something green.  This simple habit has kept me well and happy for years!  Enjoy!

Supporting Our Emotions With Aromatherapy

Supporting Our Emotions With Aromatherapy

Emotional Aromatherapy

Let’s face it we are all emotional beings.  We feel things, we are sensitive, pensive sometimes, lonely, happy, sad, confident and insecure all within a fraction of a second.  We are human!

Scientists and psychologists have spent centuries trying to understand the phenomena we refer to as emotions.  Although science cannot yet definitively explain the exact mechanisms, we do know that emotions have vast influence on well-being.

As humans, we experience these ever change emotions which demand more from us than we realize.  There is some good news on the horizon and plenty of support, especially if you know where to look. (more…)

Raw Gems – Great Service – Sunshine

Raw Gems – Great Service – Sunshine

On one of my many trips to North Queensland, during the month of February 2018, it was all about ‘Raw Gems’ (the best raw treats I have ever tasted) amazing and great service wherever I went, and ‘sunshine’.  Of course, there was rain, its the wet season for goodness sakes, but I had glorious sunshine too, which made all the difference. (more…)

A Week To Wellness

A Week To Wellness

A Week To Wellness…  What can be achieved in Seven Days, that improves health and wellbeing?  let’s first start with where we are at!

It takes more than a week to form a habit, the good news is that you can achieve a shift by changing a few meal portions around, changing the food combinations, and leaving a few nasties out that are only going to sabotage your energy anyway.  Identifying those weak spots that show up in a day, as a direct result of fatigue, which probably came about because of poor food combinations in the first place and lack of quality sleep.

I ask people about the way they wake up!  It’s part of the preparation needed for the Seven Days To Wellness Project.  When you observe you can evaluate!  So, as you wake up, how do you feel? Are you energetic, tired, or about in the middle? For a few days before your seven-day project of ‘A Week to Wellness’, may I suggest you observe how you feel when you first wake up. (more…)

Peaceful Pooing

Peaceful Pooing

Someone once said to me that having a comfortable and peaceful bowel motion is the most ‘precious and most relieving experience’ your body could ever have, (after orgasm that is).  You see it’s not until you are all blocked up in your internal plumbing that you realise how relevant that statement is.  Elimination is a great leveller!  Everyone has to ‘poo’, shit, eliminate.  ‘If you don’t shit you die!’  So, what’s the best way to create ‘Peaceful Pooing’, and how can we avoid constipation and digestive issues that threaten the very last act of the symphony or concert of ‘digestion and elimination’?  I’ve got a few ideas, and I can’t wait to share them with you now…

When you eat food, it goes on a journey.  The food becomes a bolus and travels through your stomach and intestines and down to your colon, and then you eliminate the digested waste from the food out!  Digestion and elimination involve many aspects of your body including enzymes, hormones, blood flow, and more. So, when just one of the involved organs or systems is off task, your digestion really suffers and that shows up in the toilet bowl, or maybe not!

The digestive system can’t break all your food down, and this then becomes a stool, more commonly known as poo!  Once the stool has been formed, the intestine muscles will work to push the stool through the colon and out through the rectum.  This entire process should be easy and natural, however, when you have constipation, this means the muscles that work to do the pushing of the stool through the colon are pretty much on a morning tea break, at your expense!  This lack of muscle contribution or performance will result in irregular bowel movements which will cause your stool to be hard and dry.

These images give you a pretty good idea of what happens when everything is going great, and then when everything is not so great!   

You may not know this, but there is more than one type of constipation, so it is a good idea to be familiar with them.  If you are experiencing ‘organic constipation’ you are experiencing a change in your body.  This type of constipation should be treated by a professional or doctor.  It’s not as common, and should not be ignored!

I’m going to share more about Functional constipation. Functional constipation happens when you are not eating well, not drinking enough water, experiencing high-stress levels and leading an improper lifestyle!

I think you would know when you are suffering from constipation, but since I’m going a little deeper, it’s worth stating the symptoms of constipation:

You will know if you have constipation if you experience any of the following:

  • 1. Less than three bowel movements in a week  (I’ve had people in my consultation room tell me that their GP said this was normal!)
  • 2. Stools are hard, dry and possibly even lumpy
  • 3. It is difficult and maybe even painful to pass stools (this is one to really observe and act on)
  • 4. You strain when trying to pass stools  (again, not a good sign)
  • 5. Have the feeling that you haven’t emptied your bowels after passing stool  (definitely one of the most understated symptoms)

Constipation is most commonly caused by having too much adulterated (processed) food in your day, therefore, food choices need to be evaluated.  Eating too much-processed foods can cause harm by weakening the wall of your colon.   The weakening of the colon wall will make it very difficult and uncomfortable for you to push a stool through the colon. Eventually, your muscles will just give up which results in Constipation.  Common triggers are low - fibre diet; not drinking enough water; sitting all the time; ignoring the urge to defecate; travelling; laxative overuse; medications and rushing through life!

If your body is having trouble eliminating the waste, ‘the trash’ so to speak, and producing a stool, then all those toxins, harmful germs, and dead cells will be left sitting around in your body, like passengers in a transit lounge when the flight has been delayed.  Just like a transit lounge, when new passengers arrive, (more waste builds up), then you have a crowded waiting area.  Can you imagine that?  As I write this all I can think of is the many times I have been in exactly that situation (in a transit lounge that is, waiting for a flight from an airline starting with the letter J).  I wonder what Airline I could be talking about??

 

 

Here’s the point, if wasted food is left decaying in your body then you can resabsorb your waste, the following medical conditions become a reality!

  • 1. Fecal Impaction
  • 2. Varicose Veins
  • 3. Hemorrhoids (Piles)
  • 4. Anal Tears and Fissures
  • 5. A Prolapsed Rectum
  • 6. Diverticular Disease
  • 7. Migraines

So what sort of techniques and solutions can you employ to have peaceful pooing?  For starters, you can eat more flax seeds; get more vegetables and fruits into your day; incorporate Cascara Sagrada (a phenomenal herb that is found in many bowel tonics or fibre blends), use Senna herb as a tea; incorporate slippery elm, bentonite clay, and drink Aloe Vera juice.  You can diffuse and use Peppermint Essential oil, ingest Wormseed, use Thyme Essential Oil, incorporate Garlic and Onion into your meals (internal worms don’t like garlic and onion - much like your worm farm doesn’t like citrus), use flaxseed oil, drink Digestzen Essential Oil blend (a few drops in water, or rub on your stomach), drink Fennel and Lime Essential Oil as a tonic in loop warm water.

There are so many more things you can do, but the most important one, the highest priority is………….daddah….

Hydration. WATER - H20.  Drink warm water, put a drop of Lemon Essential oil in it, if you like, but drink warm or room temperature water all through the day.  Aim for a litre of pure water before 9am and just keep it up.  You can never drink too much water, just sip on it, take your time, don’t gulp it down.  Enjoy water.  It’s life-saving!

Guess what there are a few other things you can do, like meditation, listen to music and dance around a little, think of things that make you happy, deep breath and have a laughPeaceful Pooing is your natural right, give your body a gentle shake, jump up and down a little and enjoy the art of pooing.

Can’t wait to read your comments ox Thank you for reading. Annie Clark.  The author of The Poo In You.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nature’s Solutions Kit Summary –

Nature’s Solutions Kit Summary –

It’s no secret that essential oils are fantastic for helping the body and mind to calm down, to regenerate and to shift state.  Perhaps what is pertinent and yet to be revealed is the benefits of a kit like the Nature’s Solutions Enrolment kit which will help you facilitate ‘change’ in everything from transforming a home renovation, room clean, declutter and discard unwanted items, which ends up with psychological benefits beyond the obvious for you!  It’s all good!

When looking over the many kit options available through Doterra, you can’t go past Nature’s Solutions kit.  Here’s my take (Annie Clark) on the contents of this kit,  how, why and when to use them: To make this article easier to use and reference I’ve broken it up into several parts - here goes(more…)

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