I have lost count of the number of emails, Facebook comments and tweets asking me “How do I get started?” when it comes to becoming your own healthy heroine. Due to a downright devastating diagnosis, I was forced to ditch the junk and re-evaluate my whole life, which included moving out of my house, leaving my job and starting my own health revolution overnight. I wasn’t entirely sure what I was going to do, after all, I knew of no-one that had shunned conventional treatment in favour of healing themselves naturally. Then again, I was born a Scorpio and am always up for a challenge. I certainly don’t do things by halves!
I researched everything I could on health and healing, educating myself on how to kick-start my body’s natural healing mechanism so I could be well again. I went on detox retreats, read everything I could get my hands on and studied at The Institute of Integrative Nutrition to equip myself with a deep understanding of health, happiness and spiritual wellness.
Here I am, eighteen months later and I feel and look better than ever. And I mean ever! I have more energy and experience, more peace and happiness than I can ever remember having. Now people want to know how I’m doing it. What I drink, what I eat, what shampoo I use and how I experience peace despite having a so-called incurable disease that has the potential to end my life at any moment.
My job, which I previously hated, has now become one that I love. I work with amazing interesting people who want to experience health and happiness. And why not? It’s your birthright! As the song “Perfect” by Fairground Attraction goes; “too many people take second best but I won’t take anything less”. I agree. Why should you have anything less than the best? Life is to be enjoyed and it sure is too darn short to live a life you don’t love.
I often hear people say “Well I’m quite healthy already, I do this and don’t do that” but it’s not until they work through my health coaching program that they realise there is so much more they can do.
So, if you’re not experiencing true health and happiness, then I would suggest you read through some of my fundamentals — things that I recommend you do if you want to ignite your own health revolution and become your own healthy heroine.
These are my top ten:
1 — Get juicing! Juicing is a super-fast way to flood your body with nutrient-dense and oxygen-rich phytonutrients. Green juice is my favourite. I love to add E3 Live for a superboost.
2 — Choose anti-inflammatory alkaline foods. An anti-inflammatory alkaline diet is rich in enzymes, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants that the body loves. Opt for green drinks and smoothies, veggies, sprouts and sea vegetables instead of scary dairy, meat, fizzy drinks, alcohol and processed foods.
3 — Dump the junk. Reduce or eliminate sugars that come in the form of processed foods. White and brown sugar, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, maple sugar, molasses, sucrose, invert sugar, fruit juice concentrate — it’s all sugar! It spikes your blood sugar, promotes inflammation, mines your body of minerals, stresses out your immune system and fuels candida.
4 — Forget the flesh. By reducing the amount of animal products in your diet, you are less likely to develop chronic disease. Animal products, (eggs, meat and dairy) are highly acidic and pro-inflammatory causing stress to the body.
5 — Drink the cleanest water you can find . Try to consume 1-2 litres of the cleanest water possible every day. If you are drinking green juices that are already very hydrating, you may not need as much water. Click here for advice on my opinion on the best waters. Also, try adding some MSM to your water for an anti-inflammatory boost.
6 — Don’t stress it! Stress is a major contributing factor to internal acidity which puts pressure on your body and upsets the delicate pH balance your body. Invest in chilling out through meditation visualisation, relaxation or doing something peaceful you love such as spending time in nature.
7 — Hit the sack. Your body loves sleep so much so that when you’re sleeping, it’s working. It is busy detoxing, healing and repairing. So do it a favour and get to bed between 11pm and 7am as these are its optimal working hours.
8 — Love the skin you’re in. You can eat the best diet in the world but if your skin is absorbing toxic chemicals everyday through your potions and lotions, your body begins to stockpile them and eventually something’s gonna give. Don’t let it be your immune system! Go chemical-free.
9 — Detox. Giving your body the opportunity to clear the junk and get back on the healthy highway is the best present you can give yourself. Not only can too many toxins overload that precious liver of yours but it can cause serious imbalances and prevent you from experiencing good mental health, happiness and peace of mind. Book yourself on a detox retreat.
10 — Make fun your priority. Don’t take yourself or life so seriously. It’s too easy to get caught up in your head and believe those stressful thoughts. Take some time out, put the to-do list on ice and do something that makes you laugh.
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