Part 3 – Udo’s Oil – Best Beauty Secret Ever!

Udo's OilDuring our Fiji cleanse, we learnt all about oils and fats that can heal your body.  We have always included natural oils and fats into our diet.  It was great to know that we were on the right track.  We also discovered that some oils can heal the body and some can damage the body.  So depending on what you choose to eat and how you prepare it, your food will either nourish your body or break it down.

Your body needs healthy fats and oils for every cell to function properly.  They help to increase your energy levels and metabolic rate.  They nourish your hair, skin and nails so you’ll look fabulous.  They can even help to lift depression.  They can lower your blood pressure and balance your emotions.  Healthy oils actually help to burn fat.  One point that really jumped out to me:

Your Brain Does Not Function Without Essential Fatty Acids!

Essential fatty acids are the healthy fats.  Your body cannot make them so you need to consciously include them in your diet. There are two kinds, Omega 3 and Omega 6.  It’s important that you have them in the right balance.  Often western diets are low in Omega 3 and high in Omega 6. An imbalance can  create a lot of major health issues.  The healthy ratio between the two is 2:1, twice as much Omega 3 to Omega 6.

The essential fatty acids you can include in your diet are flax oil, soybeans, olive oil, walnuts, avocados, seaweed, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and almonds. Hemp oil also is very healing, although be aware that it may show up in drug screens.

The oil we were given during the cleanse was called Udo’s Oil.  Wow, this stuff is amazing.  Dr Udo Eramsmu, Ph.D. is an authority on fats and oils.  The short story is that Dr Udo studied biochemistry and genetics.  He was poisoned while working with pesticides and turned to nutrition to heal his body.  As a result he has made a full recovery.  He has become an expert in his field and developed Udo’s Oil.

We were taking Udo’s Oil three times a day during our cleanse.  We were given a small piece of pineapple to eat after it.  The pineapple just makes the oil easier to drink.  I discovered the most amazing thing while I was having Udo’s Oil – I didn’t need to wear any moisturizer on my face or my body!  Just a note here, this is the first time in my life that I have not worn moisturizer.  Even Jurgen’s skin looked really smooth and healthy.  We were both glowing and actually looked less crinkly! The oil was feeding our body’s from the inside out.

We found Udo’s Oil when we got home.  It’s was around $48 for 500ml, at one of our local health food shops.  I suggest if you are interesting in trying it, that you shop around.  I have found a few places since that are cheaper.  It was also available online for around $78 for 1 litre.  Make sure you keep the bottle in the fridge.  The light and air will destroy healthy oils very quickly as they are a very pure oil.

Jurgen and I are both having a shot of Udo’s twice a day with the pineapple chaser.  I have started wearing a little moisturizer again, more out of habit than necessity.  I’m also finding I don’t need to wear much make up at all anymore.  I’m 42 years old and my skin has never looked better.  Best beauty secret ever!

The Cleanse Part 2- Colonics

 

“Every tissue is fed by the blood, which is supplied by the Colon. When the Colon is dirty, the blood is dirty, and so on to the organs and the tissues. It is the Colon that invariably has to be cared for first before any effective healing can take place.”   
Doctor Bernard Jensen, DC, ND, Ph.D

As part of our cleanse at the Tony Robbins ColonicsLife/Wealth Mastery program, we were offered  a choice of therapeutic treatments. At an extra cost, we had the choice of massage, colonics and beauty treatments. You could relax in the sauna, spa or baths with fragrant oils. They also had a waterfall spa, which gave you a deep massage on the shoulders. All of this of course over looks the crashing waves over the coral reefs of SavuSavu.

When Jurgen and I arrived, we were not that keen on having any colonics. This was for two reasons. We didn’t understand that keeping our colons clean was going to greatly improve our health. Secondly, we mistakenly assumed that because we are eating a clean, organic vegetarian diet that our colons would be great. Many years ago I was not feeling very well and I had two colonics. It was an uncomfortable experience for me and I didn’t really feel I needed to repeat it.

By the end of the first morning, Jurgen changed his mind. This really surprised me as I couldn’t imagine Jurgen ever suggesting that it might be a worthwhile process. So we signed up and during the lunch break headed over to the Wellness Centre at the Namale Resort. Andrew from Gumtree Retreat walked us through the process. I felt a bit awkward while he was talking about how to insert the tube. I struggled to look him in the eyes! I just nodded and waited to be alone to work it out. Getting set up was easy and in a few minutes of working out what went where, I was underway!

There is a mirror next to the colonic The Cleanse - Colonics bed that reflects an image of the tube, where you can literally see what’s coming out of you. They refer to it as the YouTube! The colonic system is called a Libbe Colon Hydrotherapy System. You lie down on a plastic bed with your feet elevated. It really was very comfortable. There is a sheet that you place over yourself for modesty. It’s very clean and hygienic. Each speculum comes it’s own sealed bag and is for single use only. That was important and comforting to know.

You can control and alternate the water temperature yourself. This apparently is better for the bowels. In the interest of good taste, I’m going to refer to any waste matter as doo-dee! I was quite shocked at how much doo-dee was washed out of my bowels on that first session. Given we’d be travelling and missing our green smoothies, it was surprising how my bowels had slowed right down. Just in case you’re wondering, there are exhaust fans so everything smells as fresh as daisies.

Later during the week Michelle, Andrew’s wife did The Cleanse - Colonics a presentation for us about colon health. I was really amazed to learn that even if you have a really good diet, it is possible to still have parasites and worms in your intestines. This can especially be the case if you eat bread or pasta. I do occasionally have bread when we go out for breakfast. It’s funny how we worm our children, but we don’t worm ourselves as adults. Note to self: Worm Me! Parasites and worms can often be released in the 4th or 5th colonic. They showed us a picture of what they look like; it was not a pretty sight.

The other thing I found really interesting was the balance of both good and bad bacteria in the bowel. Your bowel needs both. Cleaning out the colon and adding back in the electrolytes and probiotics help to balance and keep the colon healthy. It was also recommended to change probiotics regularly as there are different ones for the both the lower and upper colon. Jurgen and I have committed to having a colonic every three months to maintain our on going colon health. Now there’s a conversation I never thought we’d have!

We were also shown how to massage our tummy’s to help stimulate the colon. The colon should be using peristalsis to move the doo-dee down through the intestines for elimination. Sometimes the colon becomes lazy and the doo-dee is pushed through the colon by the next meal. In an ideal world, having a bowel movement an hour or two after each meal is ideal. I noticed on average with the green smoothies that it’s twice a day for me. If I stop drinking my smoothies it can easily be a day or two before I go, which is definitely not ideal. What I eat affects the way my colon operates.

The second and third colonics were a breeze. It is The Cleanse - Colonics a painless procedure and quite relaxing once you know what to expect. I massaged my tummy during the colonics using the technique we were shown. I’ve also been doing it gently throughout the day. I felt so much better each time I went through the process and noticed a change in my energy levels. It was as if I was able to think a little clearer and I also had a burst of ideas. Learning about colon care and maintenance certainly added a dimension to our health we really hadn’t considered before. I’m really glad we went out of our comfort zone, it was definitely worth the results.

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Our Fiji Cleanse 2014

 

Part 1 – The PoleOur Fiji Cleanse 2014 Climb

We just got back from Fiji on Sunday. Jurgen and I attended a Tony Robbins event called Life/Wealth Mastery. It was an amazing ride. We joined an incredible group of 60 people and did the unthinkable. We all went through a “cleanse” together.

I always thought cleansing and fasting were much the same thing. Turns out I was wrong. Cleansing can include juices, clear soups, wheat grass juice and oils etc. I gathered because we are already eating a really clean vegetarian diet that this was going to be a breeze. For the second time, turns out I was wrong…

After some delays we arrived in Fiji the day before the Our Fiji Cleanse 2014 event began. Our final destination, SavuSavu. It’s a small island off the main land. The best way I can describe it is tropical paradise. We met everyone that night, as the Fijian people from village danced and sung for us. It was very powerful. You get a real sense of community amongst the people. We then headed off for dinner. Our cleanse was just about to begin. Dinner was mainly raw food, although it did include some fish and rice for those who wanted it.

After a good rest we arrived the next morning for breakfast. We were met with sliced veggies such as carrot, cucumber, tomatoes and raw hummus. There was also lettuce and some fruit. Our morning started with the some good old fashion bonding and getting to know one another. Our first order of business was to conquer the Pole!Our Fiji Cleanse 2014 13

Twenty minutes later we were all standing in front of several 15-metre high telegraph poles. Our mission was to climb the pole and stand on top. We were then to think about a commitment or something we wanted to let go of in our lives. I wanted to let go of the stroke. In my eagerness to volunteer, I was put third in line to scale the pole. As I was being fitted with the harness in the first group, I couldn’t see how people were able to climb on top of the pole without falling off.

It was too late to work it out on the ground; I’d have to do it at the top. No worries I thought, I’ve got this! I was hooked up to the safety rope and gave the call to Our Fiji Cleanse 2014 14climb. I put each foot and hand on the pegs and began the ascent. It was great although hard work. I may need to work on my upper body strength! I climbed up quickly and by the time I reached the top I was puffed. I’d also ran out of pole. Now the real test was about to begin.

With my hands on the top of the pole and both feet no more than 20 cm below, I stood up…ON TOP OF THE TELEPHONE POLE! The pole was swaying slightly but I felt quite safe. The view over the trees to the ocean was amazing. I was really grateful for my life in that moment.  I was also thrilled that I’d faced another challenge and beaten it.

But wait there’s more…the next step was to jump off Our Fiji Cleanse 2014 15the pole towards a second rope with a trapeze bar on it. Yes, you read that right. A leap of faith and letting go. I took a deep breath and jumped. I touched the bar, the safety rope then engaged and I gently floated to the ground. The camaraderie was amazing. It marked the start of a life-changing 10 days for me. I watched my teammates climb and conquer the pole; it was a great way to kick off the experience.  Jurgen climbed shortly after I did and reached the bar,  yeah baby!

Over the next few weeks I’ll share with how the cleanse changed my health. I’ll spare no dirty details on everything from colonic’s, healthy oils, and the highs and lows of doing a cleanse. I assure you it wasn’t all unicorns and butterflies, ‘butt’ it was definitely worth it!Our Fiji Cleanse 2014 17

I’d love to hear about your experience with doing a cleanse, so please leave a comment below. If you found this valuable, please share it with your family and friends! Next week, it’s all about colonics…hmmm

Acid vs. Alkaline

The acid and alkaline balance in the body, unlocked one of the greatest secrets of health for me.  It actually gave me the blueprint for how to improve my health naturally after stroke. This dramatically reduced my risk of having another stroke.  It also reduced the risk of having all sorts of other conditions such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease etc.  Making this simple change has saved me from a future full of ongoing health issues.

What is the acid and alkaline balance?Acid vs. Alkaline copy
The acid alkaline balance is the balance of potential hydrogen or pH in the body.  It is measured with a testing strip using either saliva or urine.  The testing strip is then compared to a scale that ranges from 0 to 14.  Readings from 0 to 6.75 are considered to acid.  Readings from 6.75 to 14 are considered to be alkaline.  The ideal range is above 6.75.  The acid alkaline balance is influenced by food we eat and drink.

Acid
When the body has a high level of acidity, it is prone to illness.  Acid decreases the body’s ability to absorb minerals and nutrients.  It creates low energy production in the cells.  It also reduces the body’s ability to carry out cell repair.  The immune system is weakened.  The body also creates extra cells to store the acid, which often results in weigh gain.  High acidity in the body creates an environment that encourages growth in tumor cells.

Removing or eliminating foods that cause acid in the body will dramatically improve your health.  These include meat, eggs and dairy. Pork and Parmesan cheese have an extremely acidic effect on the body.

Alkaline
It is very difficult for disease or illness to exist in an alkaline body. When the body is in an alkaline state, it has increased energy levels.  Oxygen is transferred to the cells more effectively, which promotes healthy cell function.  It improves and protects the immune system.  The body will absorb nutrients and minerals more effectively.  Cells are able to repair more rapidly, which reduces premature aging.

Including foods that create an alkaline state in the body are dark leafy greens, fruit, and vegetables.  There are some foods that are naturally acidic such as lemons, however they actually create an alkaline balance in the body.

Getting Started
Start testing your pH balance so you can see for yourself what certain foods are doing in your body. Green smoothies are one of the fastest ways to influence your pH balance in the body.  In the last two and half years, I have had two colds.  One lasted for a day and the other lasted for three days.  Other than that, I have not experienced any other illness since my strokes in 2011.  I know that changing to an organic, alkaline vegetarian diet has been the key!

You can buy the testing strips from the chemist or online.  We brought 10 packs online and are still using them years later.  The brand we brought was called Youth Waters.  Just a note we have no affiliation with this company at all, they are just the strips we found easy to use.  More information on alkaline foods is available in my book, if you are interested.

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Cholesterol Made Easy!

Cholesterol often gets a bad rap.  It’s really important to know that there are two types of cholesterol.  They both do different things in the body.  There is the good cholesterol, which is called HDL.  And then there is the bad cholesterol, which is known as LDL.  The food choices you make influence your HDL and LDL levels.

What is cholesterol?Cholesterol & Green Smoothies
Cholesterol is the amount of fat within the bloodstream.  The fats within the blood stream are known as lipids.  It is a waxy substance that the body uses to produce vitamin D (the sunlight hormone), cortisone, aldosterone, progesterone, estrogen and testosterone.  Cholesterol builds cell walls and creates bile salts that help the body to digest fats.

The body naturally produces around 1,000 milligrams of cholesterol each day.  The average diet will usually contain between 150-250 milligrams per day. This is then added to the amount the body already produces.  You have the opportunity here to make sure you are getting lots of good HDL and limiting your LDL intake.

The good cholesterol HDLCholesterol & Green Smoothies
HDL helps to remove the bad cholesterol from the bloodstream and returns it to the liver.  The liver then processes it so it can be removed from the body.  It helps to protect the blood circulatory system from an excess of fat in the blood.  Whole foods that will help you to increase the HDL are greens smoothies, dark leafy greens, chia seeds, olive oil, avocados, nuts in particular walnuts.  Think fresh Mediterranean diet as a reference.

The bad cholesterol LDL
High LDL can build up and block the blood from moving easily through the body.  If a large build up occurs, it can form hard plaque on the inside of the vein walls, which causes the arteries to narrow.  This can reduce the rate of blood flow to the organs. It can be a major cause of heart disease, heart attack, stroke and angina.

Meat and dairy increase the amount of LDL in the body.  The amount you consume of these each day will directly affect your LDL levels. If you are serious about reducing your bad cholesterol levels, start with reducing meat and dairy.

Getting started
The first thing to do is get your cholesterol levels checked. Once you know where you are starting from, you can start streamlining your diet to match the health you want to create.  You can do this by making conscious decisions about what you put into your body, every day.  Your cholesterol levels are in your hands.  The best thing is you can create a fresh healthy diet full of smoothies and beautiful organic food.  What a delicious way to get healthy!

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Vegetarian Protein – Save the Animals!

The question I often get asked being a vegetarian is how do I get enough protein?  It’s actually really easy to do!Vegetarian Protein

Years ago I used to believe that protein only came from meat.  It was news to me that there are so many great vegetarian sources of protein.  You can enjoy a fantastic vegetarian diet and get all the protein you need.

The body uses protein for growth and to produce antibodies.  It also promotes cell repair and maintenance.  It is required for metabolism, digestion and for transporting oxygen and nutrients around the body via the blood stream.  Protein ensures your body has everything it needs to rebuild itself.

Here’s a list of some of the most common vegetarian protein foods I tend to use.  I will eat at least one but usually several sources from the list each day for variety and added nutrients:

Vegetarian ProteinVegetarian Protein
Dark Leafy Greens – green smoothies & salads
Avocado – great with everything, I love avocado!
Nuts – raw and unsalted
Seeds – great for a snack or added to salads
Lentils – soak & used in homemade felafels or soups
Eggs – poached & served with mushrooms & spinach
Legumes –  soaked and added to soups or stews
Beans – use raw instead of crackers for hummus and dips
Quinoa – added to sauteed mushrooms, onion, spring onion

Choosing good, natural vegetarian sources of protein will help to increase the alkaline levels in your body.  By reducing your meat intake, you will be helping to lower your acid levels in the body, which is ideal. The best way I’ve found to remember this is as follows:

                           Increased Alkaline levels is great for your health
                            Increased Acid in the body is horrific for health

Next week I’ll talk more about the Acid and Alkaline balance.  Learning about this unlocked how understood health and helped me rebuild my health after stroke.  You can use this to change your current state of health straight away!

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With love & gratitude,

Nikki xx

Permission to Daydream!

Yesterday I caught up with my friend Rosie.  I love it when we catch up because we always have fun and do something healthy together.  We walked around the river and stopped for a drink and a long chat.  I’d love to say that Rosie does all the talking but I have to take half the responsibility. Turns out we can talk underwater! I’ve learnt a lot of great things from Rosie over the years and yesterday to my delight, would be no different.

We were excitingly sharing our plans for the future when Rosie said something that stopped me in my tracks.  It went a little something like this…

                                     “When you focus in what you want,
                             your actions tend to take you in that direction.”

It was so simple that it blew me away. The more I thought about it the more I realised you could apply this to anything you wanted to bring into your life.  A great holiday, a loving relationship or even great health.  I’m going to call it Rosie’s Daydreaming Law. So daydreaming about something you want to happen is the perfect way to set yourself in motion to achieving it.

The trick is to make sure you focus on what you really want, not what you don’t want.  The Universe doesn’t recognize if you whether you want something or not.  It will only recognize the thing or situation you are focused on.  So keep a firm eye on creating what you want to happen, and watch the magic take place.

When I look back over my journey, I realised something quite profound. I imagined health in my mind first, which then created new actions.  These new actions then created health in my body.  So daydreaming is not a waste of time but a valuable tool heal your body and create health.  You could use this amazing law to create the world around you.  Imagine it in detail, in colour and sound.  Feel what’s it’s like to be living in your ideal life.  Make your daydreams so fantastic; they are filled with pure joy.

So next time you find your self daydreaming about something exciting you want to bring into your life, spare a thought for Rosie’s Law.  The one piece of advice I will leave you with is…

Permisson To Daydream

In The Eye Of The Beholder

Macular Degeneration and Green Smoothies copyI wrote a piece for a lady early last year, who was experiencing macular degeneration. She was interested in using diet and green smoothies to limit any further loss of vision. I found a lot of foods that help to promote eye health. It was a really interesting challenge.

I noticed a change in my own vision in the past few months so I went to see the optometrist. I can see a hummingbird at one hundred metres away! My vision up close is a not quite as clear. I’ve had the same prescription for reading glasses for the last 15 years. This changed slightly at my eye test. Although they increased the prescription, it is still very mild.

I thought it was time to revisit eye health and make sure I was doing everything I could from a natural perspective, to look after my eyes.  This is the article I wrote about improving the health of your eyes using diet and green smoothies. Click here to read the full article.

Hope you have a wonderful day and “see” you next week! Please leave a comment and share this with your friends and family if you if found it valuable.

With love and gratitude,

Nikki xx

Beware of Over-Pimped Green Smoothies!

Beware of Over Pimped Green SmoothiesSometimes less is more.  I’m not a fan of over complicating life.  In fact, it’s the simple things these days that me bring the most pleasure. A good laugh, a feeling of joy and a kind word can make my day.  I really am that easy to please.

The same goes for my food.  I love easy, delicious recipes.  Recipes with a thousand ingredients generally put me off.  This is certainly the case with green smoothies.  I often see green smoothies that have been pimped out to such a degree, that the simple health benefits become diluted and sometimes lost altogether.

The most important ingredient in green smoothies is the leafy greens!

The leafy greens create the foundation for real health. They are cleaning the blood, protecting the eyes and increasing bone health.  They prevent cell damage, osteoporosis and diabetes.  They regulate blood clotting and prevent the build up of plaque in the arteries.  They can also reduce inflammation that causes arthritis.  They are full of chlorophyll, which helps to rebuild the body at a cellular level. Leafy greens help to rebuild the brain – how cool is that!

I’ve seen all sorts of weird and wonderful recipes for green smoothies.  The simple truth is that less is more.  Just add your favourite fruits and water, and voila!  You have the perfect blend for real health.

Adding a lot of other ingredients and reducing the amount of greens won’t give you the same health benefits.  Potions, powders and even vegetables won’t take place of leafy greens.   Why compromise when it comes it your health?  You can have the best of both worlds when it comes to smoothies and food.

Here are a few tips to help you to keep it simple:Beware of Over Pimped Green Smoothies

1. Don’t use vegetables in your smoothies.  They generally won’t taste as nice and it’s not necessary to include them. Power pack your green smoothies by using extra leafy greens. Save your delicious vegetables for other dishes.

2. If you are looking for extra vitamins or minerals to add to your green smoothie, look to nature.  You will find everything you need using organic whole foods.  Potions and powders have been refined and had their structure changed.  Accept NO SUBSTITUTES for real food! Keep your smoothies pure and stick to the formula of leafy greens, fruit and water.

3. Within that formula, you can be very creative.  I love using coconut water and the flesh in my smoothies.  They are an ideal ingredient and help to hydrate the body and the skin.  They will also make your green smoothies taste amazing.  Look for different fruits and greens to increase the nutrients you would like to include in your diet.  Be your own Health Detective when it comes to your body.

4. Remember to rotate your leafy greens.  Your body needs a variety of nutrients and minerals.  It’s important to make sure you keep all things in balance.

The simple things in life are often the best.  Unforgettable moments with family and friends, a beautiful sunset and the words, I love you.  Give your smoothies the simple touch and your body will love you for it, in return.

If you found this valuable, please share the love you with your family and friends.  Share your inspiration in the comments below on what simple recipes bring you the most joy. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

With love and gratitude,

Nikki xx