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…)

How To Stuff Up Christmas

How To Stuff Up Christmas

‘Did you try to get everything done ‘before Christmas?‘  I’ll bet you did! You know, linen changed, house clean, the fridge full and clean, cards sent, letters are done, bills paid, garden perfect, lawns mowed, food prep in hand, kids rooms neat and tidy and cushions fluffed up just so!  Then there are the repairs, roof leak fixed:  Check!  Extension electrics done:  Car cleaned out, vacuumed and buffed:  Check!  Bikes repaired:  Check!  Weeding done:  Check!  Oh, dear is this a recipe for disaster if ever I saw it!  Mind you I love getting things done like the next person, but take it easy……..

I even thought I would have this article completed by Christmas, I was almost pulled into the hype and frantic vibration of commercialism and then I pulled myself into line, took my own advice and let it go. What’s the rush anyway?

Seriously is the world going to fall apart, if my humble article, read by half a dozen people, is not completed?  Is the world going to explode if the garden isn’t perfect and the lawn still needs a mow?  Is it really going to be devastating if you or I don’t have the brand new sheets on the bed, and the Christmas cards are not sent? I don’t think so.  This is why this article is after Christmas, I didn’t want to put pressure on myself to get an article written in time, it’s ludicrous.  That’s how you stuff Christmas up?  Setting unrealistic goals for yourself and then driving everyone nuts while you try to achieve them.  I confess I did put the nice sheets on the bed but in my own defense, it was a pleasure for me to do so, not a burden.  I’m going to share more about that………………

Christmas is the time of ‘high expectations’, of coming together with people you may or may not want to be with, and a time where ideally everything should just be ‘lovely’.  The reality is, Christmas can be messy!  Things can get out of hand, emotions can be explosive and it really is very easy to ‘stuff Christmas up’.  Let’s start with food choices.  Most people eat too much over the holiday season.  Adding to the overeating is the under exercising.  There’s a lot more lying around on the couch, and there’s nothing wrong with a little couch surfing, however, it’s not good for the circulation or for your energy levels if you are doing it all day and night.

We love our movies and can watch one after the other, and if you want to stuff Christmas up, you could do just that, ending up with square eyes, and a nightclub tan!  This is the season to be jolley they say, yet its peak time for suicides all over the world, the peak time for car accidents, drownings, burns and bites oh and even shark attacks!  The peak time for divorces, breakups and walkouts.  The peak time for violence and outbursts. It’s the time of the year when tensions are at their highest, and perceived personal inadequacies seem to stand out more.  So what’s the solution, where can we make a change and improve things, so we don’t stuff up Christmas?  Ever the optimist, I have a few ideas…

Here are 12 ways to stuff up Christmas and/or 12 ways to make it all better and the last 2 hints, could be optional and altered.  Tell me what you think!

  1.   Set unrealistic tasks before the 25th.                                                     
    1. * The better option would be to do what you can and don’t worry about the rest.
  2.   Drink Alcohol take drugs excessively.                                                     
    1. * The better option drink water, or mineral water with a few drops of Lemon or Lime Essential oil - refreshing.
  3.   Finally, tell Uncle Andy what you think of him.                                     
    1. *  Perhaps write to Uncle Andy and tell him what you like about him most and ‘forgive him’.
  4.   Eat too much rich food.                                                                             
    1. *Eat heaps of lettuce and greens and cut back substantially, take your time with meals, eat less!
  5.   Stop exercising!                                                                                       
    1. *  Take long walks, swim in the ocean, still lift some weights or do Yoga, don’t stop your exercise routine, enhance it!
  6.   Go to bed late, night after night!                                                             
    1. * Still get to bed at an early time, a few late nights, no worries, but keep an eye on your sleep times.
  7.   Say yes to every invitation.                                                                     
    1. *  Say no to most invitations that involve eating, drinking and sitting, say yes to walks in the park and being outside.
  8.   Quit your JOB.                                                                                         
    1.  * Avoid quitting your job on the first day back.  Take your time and think it through, if it’s that bad, give yourself a few weeks.
  9.   Move house!                                                                                               
    1. * I’m amazed at how many people move house over Christmas, this is terrible and causes more stress, avoid if you can!
  10.   Do a road trip.                                                                                           
    1. *  Bloody dangerous, travel when everyone else is not traveling. February or the first week in March, is better, not December!

Okay, that’s my top priority 10, with the next few hints for pondering…..

    11.  Give useless plastic presents with batteries.                                       

* It’s estimated that 1/2 of the Christmas gifts given out every year, end up in landfill 3 or 4 months later.  Give sustainable gifts!

12.  Resist the urge to rest.  Keep going even when tired!                         

*  When you can, sleep, rest, and relax.  Give your body that ultimate gift of release and timeout.

So there you have it;  You want to stuff up Christmas carry out those 12 steps, and you will master it, and if you want to have a fantastic Christmas filled with love and energy and good vibes, try the better options. (debatable of course).  I wish to all of you a very HAPPY & HEALTHY NEW YEAR. XX  2019 is yours for the creation. x  Anne Clark.

 

ps.  the whole quit your job thing, definitely consider doing something more purposeful and something you love, this is health-giving. xx

Gone With The Wind

Gone With The Wind

Most people don’t understand the value of breaking wind, or farting.  Seems like farting has been given some bad press, when it’s just a by-product of the digestive process..  Where it goes wrong or where the fart is an issue is, when it’s a stinky one!  You know what I’m talking about, the Silent by Deadly one’s.

We talk about farting a lot in our household!  It’s no big deal, it’s not even funny anymore, it’s just a measure of the activity going on inside of our digestive process, and we are getting the audio version of it through the release of wind.

There are obvious foods that trigger bloating and digestive discomfort, and there are layers and layers of angst that combine in the digestive process that are just a complete and utter disaster when it comes to feeling energetic afterwards. (more…)

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