Thirty-one-year-old Paul Bennetts is an ex investment banker for Goldman Sachs turned tea lover and now co-founder and chief taster of Tomte. This week I had the pleasure of speaking at Grow.Inspire.Enrich with Paul. He is such an amazing dude, tea expert and super cool guy.
Paul told me that the level of competition for big goals is low while the level of competition for well-trodden goals is actually huge. This early realisation caused him to concentrate on his biggest goals. He said he knew it was worth doing when people said to him: “That’s crazy!” or “Come back to reality, Paul!”
When Paul entered the corporate world in his early twenties, he read Goldman Sachs: The Culture of Success by Lisa Endlich. At that time, he promised himself: I’m going to go work for that firm! I don’t know how, but I’m going to!” Eight months later, on a Monday night, he was sitting across from two of Goldman Sachs’ managing partners on the forty-eighth floor of the Governor Philip Tower in Sydney in a grueling interview.
Paul fought his way into the corporate world by not following the same path everyone else was taking, trying to outdo. He, then, spent his twenties putting in eighty-plus-hour-work-weeks clawing his way up the corporate ladder. Typically, he could be found from 9a.m. until midnight, Monday to Thursday, hunched in his cubicle. Fridays he cut out early—at 8 p. m. Sunday, he was back at work from noon to evening.
Because of his hectic work schedule, Paul lived on fast food, eating at his desk with his headphones on. Not surprisingly, he felt miserable and unhealthy.
Two or three years ago, Paul set out to learn everything he could about real health, diet, and exercise. He comments in retrospect, “What a minefield of conflicting information!”
Along the way, Paul discovered tea as an alternative to his heavy addiction to coffee and coke zero (ekkkk). You can read about that journey here.
That experience put Paul on a mission to share his experiences with as many people as possible. His goal was to help others avoid the hardships he had undergone.
Paul’s present life philosophy is to structure his life around continuous learning and service. He comments: “Without a doubt, acquiring knowledge and experience gives me the richest life, and money is in no way required to do that.”
Paul sees service as a two-way street: helping others while, at the same time, being energized by the work he is doing. Paul says, “I get the biggest buzz from teaching someone something I’ve known really well.”
Paul says most books should have remained ten-page articles. “I’ve found, the most valuable information is usually never buried on Amazon but sitting within someone’s direct experience. We all hold lessons, experiences, and knowledge that are phenomenally valuable to somebody else. We just need to make that connection with others. We need to share more and more often.” I agree!
Paul believes others are eager to learn from our successes and failures. He states, “We all have the opportunity to impart our best learnings to others in some way.”
Paul has big plans for his blog on tomtelife.com. These plans center around sharing his best learnings—particularly around slowing down, and disconnecting.
Paul has two mantras. They are:
Our best thinking and creativity come when drinking tea.
Slow down, disconnect, and drink tea.
Paul’s goal is to fix the tea industry in Australia. He says, “The diet and health industry is such a minefield of misinformation that it takes forever for anyone to figure it out and discover what is truly good for them.” He has spent the past two years learning about tea. He wants to discover healthy teas (like green tea) that didn’t require milk and sugar. Most retailers of tea store kept trying to sell him flavour-infused blends.
Paul notes: “Tea has been enjoyed for thousands of years, consumed as nothing more than fresh water and leaves. In Asia, it is still very much consumed in this way. In Western countries, clever marketing has combined fresh leaves with sweeteners and flavours to create all kinds of what I call ‘lolly’ teas. We want our nourishment to be organic and ethically produced. The same goes for the tea we drink. There is nothing worse than empty calories.”
To that end, Paul’s goal is to highlight pure teas by scouring the globe to discover amazing teas created by small “artists of the leaf” who are producing the freshest, most delicious, seasonal teas not available in Australia.
Paul explains, “It’s like what’s happening in Hawaii.” After a decade of experimentation, Hawaii is producing the best artisan tea globally. He points out that Hawaii has gained notice because of this. Pure, organic teas are scarce because Hawaiian micro-lot tea farms grow as little as twenty kilograms of tea a year.
Paul is looking for teas that have not been mass-produced with artificial flavours.
His favourite tea, right now, is pu-erh (pronounced poo-air). He chuckles as he explains: “It smells like dirt and is dark like an espresso but it tastes brilliant. It is also the only tea that is cellared and aged with the most prized pu-erh cakes for thirty to forty years.”
Paul’s future plans involve improving his skills in better rock-climbing and photography.
When asked who his biggest teacher to date is he commented: “People seek affirmation bubbles. They seek out information and friends who agree with their views and don’t rock their boat or make them feel uncomfortable. It took me a long time to learn that. I’m now gaining the confidence to put myself in more and more uncomfortable situations.
His favourite mantra is from Tim Ferriss:
A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.”
Paul admitted that he survived the affirmation bubble of the corporate world by seeking out new experiences and new ways of thinking and learning. He became obsessed with the actual best method of learning. That’s when he discovered Joshua Waitzkin, the boy whose life forms the basis for the Bobby Fisher movie. Paul comments: “Waitzkin has an unbelievable understanding of the art of learning—so much so that he went from being a child chess prodigy to quitting chess and, from a standing start, becoming a two-time world champion of the martial art T’ai chi ch’uan.” Paul has learned a lot about the art of learning and seeking out new experiences from Waitzkin’s teachings.
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Though I’m the creator of PositivelyPresent, staying in the moment is often a struggle for me. My mind has a tendency to wander back to the past or stretch itself toward the future. However, over the years, I’ve learned that staying present is an essential part of living a positive life. To stay present, one must focus on what is, rather than what might be. Though I’m aware of the importance of living in the now, I still struggle with it more often than not. To help me stay focused on the now, I’ve come up with a method for managing thoughts about the future helps me redirect my thoughts to the present moment.
When my mind starts to wander, I do what I can to bring it back to the present by using what I like to think of as the TAP method. The TAP method involves taking thoughts about the future and giving them a closer look. While it sounds very fancy, it’s basically a series of three questions that I ask myself when I find my thoughts dragging me away from the present. Asking myself these questions almost always helps to bring me back into moment.
The TAP Method
The next time you find your mind wandering from the present—dwelling on what could be—use these questions to rein in those wayward thoughts and bring your focus back to the now.
1. Is it TRUE right now?
Take the thought you’re having and figure out if it’s true right in this moment. Let’s say you are worried about an upcoming presentation at work or school. In your mind you are standing up in front of the crowd, sweating, forgetting all the points you wanted to make. In your mind you are arriving unprepared; you are worried about being mocked by your colleagues or classmates. Now, those are very real concerns, but are they true right in this moment? No. Just like with this example, most of the things we imagine are not true in the present moment. Could they come true? Possibly. But thinking about them and giving them the same attention we would a true thought is pointless. It is a waste of our time and energy to focus attention on what may or may not happen. Also, take another look at the tale above. Even if the worst-case scenario did come true, do we know why it came true? Perhaps there is something worse than the worst thing we can imagine. Use this question to focus on what’s real and true, not what could happen.
2. Is it ADDING anything?
If the first question didn’t help and you have still been able to convince yourself that your thoughts about the future are true (remember: as much as they seem like very real possibilities, nothing is truer than the present moment), this question is the next step for bringing that brain of yours back to the now. Examine those thoughts you’re having about the future and ask yourself if they’re adding anything to your perception of the world. Let’s use the same example we used with question #1: you’re stressing about an upcoming presentation and all you can do is imagine how you will stumble over your words and embarrass yourself. Are these thoughts adding anything your present moment? Are they making you more prepared for your presentation? More confident that you will do well? Are they helping you to go over the information you will need to present? Nope! In fact, these thoughts are most likely taking something away from you — value time and energy that you could be using to prepare and practice. If the thoughts of the future aren’t adding value, let them go.
3. Is it POSITIVE?
You might be able to convince yourself that the future thoughts are true and adding value (“They’re preparing me for potential outcomes!” you might argue), but you can’t argue with this third question: are these thoughts positive? Imagining what could occur in the future might seem to have its value, but more often then not the imagined scenarios are harmful to living a positive and present life. Yes, we must all look to the future at times, but dwelling on or obsessing about the future, assuming we know what will come to be, is almost never positive. Look closely at your thoughts — even those about the past and present — and ask yourself if they are positive. Going back to our example, you can see that imagining the worst outcome is not positive. But what about imagining the best outcome? That certainly must be positive. While I won’t argue that imagining yourself giving an amazing speech is much better than daydreaming of a failed performance, either way you are choosing to focus on something that is imaginary. The most positive choice of all is to focus on what’s happening right now, what’s real and true.
Though it’s not foolproof (my mind has a funny way of worrying about the future no matter how hard I struggle to focus on the now), the TAP method has definitely helped me redirect my thoughts from what-could-be to what-is. Importantly, it gives me a process that encourages me to focus on what I’m thinking instead of just letting my thoughts run wild. Learning to question my thoughts, rather than accept them as facts, has made a huge impact on living a positive and present life. The future is a tempting place to visit, but it’s no match for living in the moment.
Dani launched PositivelyPresent.com in 2009 when she decided to turn her life around and start focusing on the positive while living in the present moment. Positively Present focuses on living positively in the present moment, and since its launch Dani’s personal development site as grown and it continues to touch lives around the world. Dani recently published her first book, Stay Positive: Daily Reminders from Positively Present. To learn more, visit StayPositive365.com.
I’ve been asked to post what I eat on a daily basis. But before we get started it’s important that I mention what I eat changes all the time, I eat locally and with the season, but this is what I have been eating lately.
- Warm filtered water with fresh lemon and a dash of apple cider vinegar
Morning tea: (ONE of these or nothing if I am not hungry)
- Cup of organic herbal tea
- Apple with almond butter
- Veggie sticks
- A small handful of activated nuts
- C Coconut Water
- Filtered water
Afternoon tea: (ONE of these or nothing if I am not hungry)
- Cup of organic herbal tea
- Apple and almond butter
- Veggie sticks
- A small handful of activated nuts
- C Coconut Water
- Filtered water
- Raw cacao bliss ball
Dinner: (one of these)
- Grass fed and grass finished slow cooked meat (usually lamb or beef) with some sort of veggies or salad like this, this
- Wild caught salmon with some sort of veggies or salad
- Raw chocolate
- Cup of organic herbal tea
What are you eating in a day? Tell me in the comment below what your day on a plate looks like?
In case you haven’t been following me on facebook, twitter and instagram I just got back from New York. I am overloaded with inspiration, refreshed and ready to kick butt. The reason I travelled to New York was for Marie Forleo’s annul RHH Live conference (I will post about that later). But another awesome thing I got to experience was Gabby Bernstein group coaching – which was bloody A-MAZ-ING to say the least.
The theme of the night was forgiveness.
Here’s what I took away:
- That we have to know and understand the difference between our inner guides vs. our ego (aka mean girl), don’t get them confused or mixed up.
- You have to tap into our creativity energy field to create space for it to flow.
- Our outer hustle has to be aligned with our inner hustle.
- It’s ok to ask for guidance (this is what I am here for).
- We will always fall off but it’s important to be with gentle with ourselves when you do.
- Commit to 40 days of meditation every morning.
- We are the gurus, we are our own biggest teachers.
- Have the willingness to forgive. Repeat ‘I choose to forgive’.
- When it get’s heated with someone ask ‘What is my part? What can I learn? How can I grow’?
- Always find the love in the darkest situations.
- Forgiveness is our most powerful tool we have.
- When we forgive we are forgiving the ego.
- After your morning meditation sign the scared contact of forgiveness with yourself. Choose to forgive!
- Repeat this affirmation ‘I’m willing to release this, I’m willing to forgive’.
- If you find it hard to forgive someone write down all the things you love about that person.
- If you meet someone with love everything else melts away.
- Forgiveness is releasing our attachments.
- When things get heated let the ego have a rant, then let go of it.
- In my defensiveness my safety lies.
- Fighting back is only creating more violence.
- Be angry and open hearted at the same time.
- Forgive yourself always.
Gabby has been a huge mentor of mine for many years now because I love and resonate with her message and love the work she is doing.
What do you think of my take-aways? Do any of these resonate with you?
This week’s Friday Friend is my fellow HealthTALKS co host Natalie Kringoudis. Not only an awesome host but a Natural Fertility Specialists, Acupuncturist, Chinese Medicine Practitioner, Muma of two and kick ass business owner.
Natalie makes her home in Melbourne where she helps couples to achieve their dream of being parents. She says that she does this “Mostly without all the fuss that the rapidly growing fertility industry seems to place on women these days.”
Natalie also educates on women’s health. She encourages women to take charge of their wellness, to scout out issues like endometriosis or PCOS when they are young. She teaches that there are alternatives to hormone contraceptives. Natalie says she loves what she does!
She says her first job is being a mum. She has two beautiful children (they are sooooo cute) and an amazingly supportive husband who encourages her to do her own thing. She says she has an awesome family and feels truly blessed.
Natalie started her blog to help educate and show women there are some very safe and effective alternatives when it comes to their health. She explains: “Most often, medicines like the pill don’t provide a solution. It’s a case of ‘take this pill to fix this problem that this pill caused.’ It doesn’t often work.”
Natalie also wanted to help women reconnect with themselves and demonstrate that fertility (or lack of it) isn’t all doom and gloom.
Natalie’s clinic The Pagoda Tree has produced outstanding results. She shares with us a letter from a client which sums it all up so perfectly:
“Beautiful Lady I love your work….you give hope and inspiration that pregnancy can be within our own control (for majority of cases)…instead of over something outside of ourselves like age, infertility… have read your book twice and use your shopping list every week, I have implemented all your foods and feel fabulous…you have given me hope and inspiration, and helped me believe that 35 is not too old to have a baby…Thank you!”
Natalie feels fortunate that she has already accomplished a lot of her dreams. She wants to be “a woman, with a voice and to be an example that there are many roads to wellness.” She says, “You just need to find your groove and stick with it.”
Natalie’s goal is also to educate. She contends that fertility and health can always be improved and that most often than not, the alternatives work better than synthetic medicines that have horrendous side effects.
Natalie’s next plants include continuing to help couples make babies. She also has a print version of her book Fertilise Yourself and a new book that she has co-written soon to be released. Also there are many exciting things happening with HealthTALKS which will soon be released.
Natalie’s favourite affirmation is:
Be the change you wish to see in the world.
She elaborates: “For a long time, I’ve had to live by example – alternative medicines are now more accepted than ever before, but by being the change – it’s not about ‘preaching,’ nobody would listen… it’s about observation and sharing and how others see the good you do for yourself that makes the difference.”
Natalie says her biggest teacher to date is her parents. Her mother is a huge advocate for healthy living.
Get Natalie’s e-book Fertilise Yourself here.
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We all know how important exercise is but if your still not convinced here are my 10 reasons to move your tush every day.
- Exercise keeps you young and prolongs life.
- Ease asthma.
- Protects against cancer.
- Combat stress and anxiety.
- Prevents heart attacks.
- Released feel good endorphins making you happier.
- Control blood sugar.
- Improves your sleep.
- Gives you more energy.
- Increases your metabolism.
I move my body every single day (usually first thing in the morning). Even If I am not feeling 100% I will still go for a beautiful gentle walk in nature to keep my body moving and the toxins flowing.
Each morning upon waking I check in with my self. I see how my body is feeling. If I have ‘planned’ to go to the gym or yoga and not feel up for it, I wont go. Simple. I never ever push my body.
This is key:
Never push your body too hard when you are not feeling well.
This morning I had ‘planned’ to go to the gym but decided a beautiful walk was better for me in that moment. So I did exactly that.
These are the things I do weekly.
- Workout at Origin of Energy – Three times per week
- Brisk walk – Twice per week
- Soft sand jog on the beach – Once per week
- Yoga at KM Yoga – Once to Twice per week
What does your weekly workout plan look like? Share in the comments below.
I finally made it!
After five long days of anticipation, facing the unknown and the uncertainty of flights after Hurricane Sandy, I finally had a flight home to Sydney. I was leaving New York City. It had been a long week with no power, no hot water, no phone, no Internet or connection to my family. Devastation, shock, and sadness loomed over the usually fast-paced city.
With my flight cancelled and changed three times, I wasn’t sure when I was getting out. But I stayed hopeful. I knew the angels would look after me. They did! I got my flight and was leaving on Friday. Thank you, angels!
One of the best things about being stuck at JFK airport for over seven hours was meeting this beautiful, elderly couple, Jan and Alan. We chatted about everything: life, kids, career, rugby, how cheap shopping in America is, Hurricane Sandy, and love. (We did have seven and a half hours to kill after all!)
After really getting to know each other and being inspired by the love these two shared, I asked Alan and Jan how long they had been married.
“Fifty years,” Jan replied.
“Wow! Fifty years!” I responded.
After picking my jaw up from the airport floor, I had this overwhelming feeling of sadness. Fifty-year marriages don’t happen as much anymore. Some of my friends got married and broke up within the year. It’s sad! I asked them what the secret to a long and happy marriage was.
Alan responded, “Patience, my love.”
Jan said, “Commitment.” She went on to explain, “Of course, we’ve had our ups and downs, happy and sad times. But, I made a commitment many years ago, not only to Alan but also to myself.”
How beautiful! I thought. We’re all so scared of the big C word nowadays that we avoid it at all cost. To our generation, commitment means ‘locked in’, ‘forever’, ‘holy shit’. Or does it? I am a recovering commitment-phobe. I hated committing to a three-year phone contract, a relationship, or even New Year’s Eve plans. I use to be so scared to commit because I thought it meant FOR-EV-ER. But that’s because I wasn’t present. I was too worried about: What if this happens?, or What if I change my mind? Then, I will look like a fool!
But I realise, now, that in those moments when you ‘fall down’ or ‘look like a fool’ miracles occur. A Course In Miracles says, “miracles occur in those moments of uncertainty.” Those are the moments when we choose love over fear, where we pick ourselves up and try again.
If we play it safe all the time, don’t take risks or fully commit wholeheartedly, we aren’t living. We aren’t present. We are ‘playing it safe’. I don’t know about you, but I didn’t come here to ‘play it safe’! I came here to live a big, colourful, vibrant, kick-ass life.
So, I ask you this, gorgeous: Where in your life are you playing it safe, not taking risks, and not fully living?
We have only one life, beautiful! One chance to paint whatever our heart desires on our very own blank canvas.
So, what are you going to paint? What does this look like for you? Who is in your life? What are you doing? What do you look like? Where are you living? Who surrounds you?
Every morning, at the end of my meditation, I state what I want to create in my life. Right now, I want to publicly declare my commitments to you. Publicly writing or saying things out loud helps hold you accountable.
So here goes!
- Today I fully commit to living my life to the fullest in every single moment.
- To take big risks that scare the bejesus out of me.
- To love with my whole heart.
- To honour my mind, body, and spirit.
- And to trust always in the process of life.
Now over to you, beautiful. Write your commitments to yourself in the comments below so we can all hold each other accountable. This is a safe place and I would love to hear from you. What do you want to commit to?
Jamie has a passion for life and living it without the boundaries so many of us have. He likes to see the possibilities and go for them, following what he feels moved to do. He believed in being the person he is destined to be, regardless of circumstances. He 100% lives in the flow and in the present moment.
Jamie has a big heart and loves sharing with others. He now supports people in living their ultimate life. He finds true inspiration through mentoring and speaking all over the world.
Jamie’s parents separated when he was fourteen and he found himself having to work out his life without family support. This forced him to ponder who he was, why he was here, and why we are playing this game called life.
He says, “That expression is different and unique to everyone and what makes us special. It has nothing to do with anything outside of us in life, but we have been taught to believe the opposite. When I chose to trust my internal feelings, my intuition and allow these feelings to move through me I naturally felt inspired, motivated and confident in who I am and what I feel to do.”
Jamie let go of his need for and attachment to how things were ‘supposed’ to be or look. Instead, he lives an inward journey, a heart-filled path based on something as simple as a feeling. He comments of this journey: “Getting myself out of the way has been a vulnerable, emotional but exciting and freeing experience. In this space I have come to find incredible wisdom and insights as I connect deeper and deeper with that unique expression. This is where I experience my flow in life and this is what I enjoy seeing others come to experience too.”
Jamie started his blog because he wanted to share what he felt was moving through him. He observes, “My friends would always come to me with questions on what they where to do in life and how to deal with some of their issues. I always seem to have great advice. I realised it was through my own experiences and my willingness to go all the way with whatever experience I was faced with that gave me some great insights worth sharing. I wanted to share these insights in an honest and vulnerable way. I feel that when we have the courage to be vulnerable and express from our hearts we give permission to others to do the same.” Jamie hopes that by sharing his experiences openly and honestly he can be who he is truly meant to be and inspire others to do the same.
Jamie’s dreams and aspirations include sharing the possibilities of what happens when we let go, get ourselves out the way and allow life to flow through us so we may express our true and unique infinite creativeness.
His favourite quote is by Rumi:
“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?”
Jamie’s greatest teacher and now dear friend is Amir Zoghi, the founder of Be Free People who supports him in sharing his work. However he credits life as being his biggest teacher.
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Guest post by Susan Walling
Living today’s busy modern lifestyle, can make trying to get a little “OM” time quite hard for most people. Pressure to be in a lucrative position, external & self- imposed expectations, juggling deadlines, bills, exercise, relationships & families. It’s easy to see how stress can sneak in & over stimulate our adrenals.
Are you tired, wired or on edge 24/7? Find it a monumental effort just to get out of bed? Lack the energy just to get through your day? Resolve to remedy by going to the Gym, but need Coffee or Redbull just to get there?
In my Kinesiology clinic I work with many clients who come in feeling disconnected and fatigued and they don’t know why. I find this such a common dysfunction within our hectic lifestyles.
So what could be causing this?
Enter cortisol & the adrenals………
Your adrenal glands are one of your main inbuilt stress fighters, cortisol is one of the hormones that is released by your adrenal glands to help you mobilize your body’s fight /flight response to any kind of stress in your day- to- day life on a physical emotional & psychological level.
Throughout the day, they send out hormones to keep up our fluid and electrolyte balance, to regulate our carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism and even to keep our sex drive healthy.
The stress response (fight or flight) is ingrained in our body for physical survival, when faced with a stressful situation or threat, the adrenals send a rush of adrenaline followed by a huge dose of cortisol increasing the flow of glucose (as well as protein and fat) from our tissues and into the bloodstream which in turn increase energy and physical readiness to handle threat. It affects the heart rate, causes increased blood flow and an activation of the nervous response.
The whole body effects of excess cortisol levels & prolonged stress are;
- Blood sugar imbalance
- Weight gain
- Craving “comfort” foods like fats & sugars
- overeating, feel fatigued, store excess body fat usually around the tummy
- Immune system suppression
- Gastro intestinal problems
- Cardiovascular issues
- Fertility problems
- Chronic fatigue
- Thyroid disorders
Some common adrenal & cortisol culprits;
- Excess coffee ,soft drinks & sugary drinks including energy drinks
- Processed foods and a diet devoid of vital nutrients
- Poor diets, dieting , long-term malnutrition
- Drugs & alcohol
- Trauma ,shock & stress
- Negative personal relationships
- Financial hardship
- Doing too much
- Chronic dehydration
- Exposure to toxic chemical (eg; hairdressers) and pollutants for a long time
What I find to be the most contributing factors of adrenal fatigue in men;
- The problem fixer – He Thinks, Thinks Thinks…(about an issue or problem) but never translates said thought into emotionalaction. He is taking action physically but failing to change the inner emotional perspective & dialogue. Exhausting!
- The disconnected- He has forgotten he has a life outside of work & family. He is up to his eyeballs in mortgage repayments living his days “going through the motions” with little or no outlet.
- Negative self -talk – I should have done this or that, usually in relation to career & money
- The man cave! When there is no healthy outlet to diffuse emotions, suppressions occur followed by lethargy & irritation and a severe lack of communication. Quick fixes such as sugar or coffee will be employed & tension maybe held in the jaw (TMJ)
Bad diet, candida, dehydration, stress followed by a potential magnesium & mineral deficiency, lowered B vitamin & low stomach acid,
What I find to be the most contributing factors of adrenal fatigue in women;
- The Martyr- She sacrifices by doing too much for others and forgets about herself. This can trigger resentment when she is not appreciated or acknowledged in return, but continues to give, give, give.
- The Judge- Perfection is not achieved, consequentially she turns inward in self-judgment , outward in judgment of others & then feels judged by others.
- The Disconnected- She has forgotten how to make decisions for herself away from the needs and expectations of others consequently conforming into a people pleaser.
- The stuck – She Thinks, Thinks, Thinks ….(about an issue or problem )but never translates said thought into physical action. As opposed to the male Stuck, she changes the inner perspective…fails to Act. This is an exhausting output of worry & negative energy.
Once again, quick fixes such as sugar or coffee may be employed as well as the potential to purge & yo- yo diet followed by negative self- talk .Candida may be present as well as a magnesium & zinc deficiency, low stomach acid, lowered B vitamins & tension held in the jaw (TMJ).
The best approach to keeping cortisol levels at bay is mastering stress management and optimizing diet
- Slow down ….manage your time more efficiently…stop to smell the roses! & try not to eat on the run
- Laugh, smile & get silly …your inner child wants to play…and your body will love the endorphins!
- Don’t take on more that you can handle
- Include plenty of whole foods ,fruits & veggies
- Cut down or eliminate coffee, sugar and process foods
- Manage stress by finding a positive yet realistic & sustainable outlet that fits your schedule, like a quick 15 minute walk around the block
- Be gentle with yourself , treat yourself like you are your own best friend
- Drink at least 2 litres of pure water daily
- Avoid negative draining people in favor of positive uplifting people
- Avoid drama or gossiping
- Take a good magnesium supplement and B vitamins to manage stress levels.
- Have a go at tai chi, yoga, meditation, Qi gong ,swimming…anything that will help toquieten the mind, reconnect & feel a sense of inner peace.
Herbs for adrenal support
- Astragalus root , Cordyceps , siberian ginseng , Licorice root Adrenal nutrition
- Vit B3 ,Vit B5,Vit B12, Folic Acid , Vit C, Vit E, Sodium, Potassium, Salmon oil
A little bit more about Susan Walling
Susan first became interested in her own health and wellbeing at the age of 8, due to her own childhood asthma, coeliac disease & her Fathers health issues. Susan quickly became acutely aware of the mind-body connection and there began her own personal journey searching for answers that would lead toward better health and vitality.
Susan has successfully worked in many fields including Education, Early Childhood, Media Sales & Advertising, Account Management and in the Corporate World, but found that her real gift and passion is in healing others. Bringing her natural intuitive abilities and compassionate nature to this work, she loves assisting others on their journey toward empowerment in life, body, mind, spirit & soul.
Since finding Kinesiology she has found this to be the most effective and efficient way to solve and shift any problem, deeply & profoundly.
Susan has a Diploma in Kinesiology ,Diploma in Forensic Healing , and has also been certified in a broad range of other modalities over the years including Kinergetics & RAW.
I am beyond excited today to introduce you to From My Kitchen. Rachel is the brainchild behind this incredible company and also one of my darling clients. Rachel first came to me a few months ago for health and life coaching, she felt very lost in her career and life. The thing I love about her most is her commitment to her growth and drive to always see the bigger picture. Since coaching with me Rachel left her career as a makeup artist to follow her heart and do what she loves, which is cooking. With my guidance we paved out a business perfect for her and voilà From My Kitchen was born. I have sampled the entire menu and can honestly say everything is ridiculously delicious and guilt free. There are even a few adapted versions of my recipes in there.
Here’s some more background info on From My Kitchen.
What is ‘From My Kitchen’?
‘From My Kitchen’ is a home cooking business that delivers delicious and nutritious weekly snack packs and travel packs to the convenience of your front door.
Why did you start ‘From My Kitchen’?
That is a very exciting question with an interesting story. About 3 months ago I quit my job as a makeup artist and decided that makeup wasn’t my career path. I was in a vulnerable place and decided I wanted to change my life and do things differently. I got in contact with the lovely health coach Melissa Ambrosini and started a journey with no expectations or ideas I just started living in the moment. At the time I had never tried chia seeds, goji berry’s, or quinoa before and had never heard of cacao powder. I have always enjoyed cooking so I just spent hours in the kitchen experimenting with all these new and amazing products. My passion for cooking began to flourish and I just found it seemed so natural and true to myself being in the kitchen. Recently an old school friend asked me to look over recipes of hers and help her tweak them so she can use them for her clients. Not only did I help her but I made my own and from there the idea of ‘From My Kitchen’ started. I started ‘From My Kitchen’ because I want to allow anyone the opportunity to enjoy nourishing food without the stress and excuse they don’t have time to make it or don’t know how.
How is this different for other home delivery companies?
‘From My Kitchen’ delivers daily to all areas of the Sydney Eastern Suburbs, Sydney CBD and inner city areas. The main difference is by delivering daily the products are always fresh and ready to eat.
Why is From My Kitchen so unique and different?
I believe there is nothing else out there that offers healthy, nutritious and tasty snacks that come to you. Another unique package are my travel packs that includes four wholesome snacks, herbal teas and vital greens to make flying a breeze. From my experiences with travelling and being on an airplane for over sixteen hours I like to try and feel as refreshed, hydrated and rejuvenated as possible and the snacks and food available on planes is not adequate. All the ingredients are 100% organic, using the finest natural products and super foods. All the products are sugar free, gluten free and vegan. They are homemade, guilt free and of course 100% tasty. My products are suitable for all dietary requirements and I can alter the recipes based on your requests. I have also just introduced my new summer menu that offer a great range of sweet and savory options, suitable for all taste buds.
What are your dreams and goals for From My Kitchen?
“From My Kitchen” has lots of exciting and fantastic projects coming up. My next goal would be to have a stall up and running at my local farmers market. I want to get my products out and make them accessible to the community. I would also love to get my products into schools offering kids nutritious and tasty snacks. In the near future, I would love to have my products in different health stores throughout Sydney. Ultimately, I would like not only to do snacks but also meals. I want to make meal plans for my customers ensuring they are always different and interesting and then cook their meals daily, from breakfast to dessert. I want everyone to have the opportunity to eat nutritious and delicious meals especially for people who don’t like to cook, don’t know how or just can’t find time. Wow, so much coming up but I can’t wait.
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