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Why I Chose doTERRA Essential Oils

When it comes to using natural ingredients for cleaning, personal care or health and wellbeing, essential oils definitely pack a punch into a small bottle. I have used essential oils since I was a teenager but it wasn’t until I had my daughter that I saw the full benefits of essential oils. Skin sensitivities and immune issues led me away from standard cleaning and personal care products and down the road of finding alternatives for both the house and our skin and hair. I later started to incorporate essential oils into my own recipes such as body butter, body wash and hair care.

At this point, I wasn’t loyal to any particular essential oil company or producer and didn’t think that it mattered as long as I was paying a reasonable price for what I thought was a good product. That was until I sampled doTERRA oils. I was invited along to a workshop where the host gave me a glass of water with a couple of drops of lemon oil and also gave me a sample bottle of doTERRA’s orange oil. I immediately realised there was a big difference between the oils I had been using and doTERRA oils. The taste and smell were the first hints and then there was the information on how oils are produced both ethically and to a standard that is classified as therapeutic. I realised that there are risks in using the “reasonably priced” oils that I had been purchasing. Risk such as heavy metals, bacteria as well as no therapeutic benefits at all, just a nice smelling oil. The oils I was buying also came from a variety of producers/farmers which in the end I had no real idea where they were harvesting their oils from and if they were even real essential oils. Once I started to read and research about doTERRA oils I knew that I could never go back to buying “standard essential oils” again. Here are 3 reasons why I fell in love with doTERRA essential oils.

Sustainably Sourced – doTERRA began an initiative to partner long-term relationships with small-scale farmers and harvesters in disadvantaged areas to provide them with jobs and reliable incomes.

A Rigorous Testing Process – doTERRA created their own testing process which involves several levels of testing to reach above and beyond the USDA organic standard.

Transparency – doTERRA created a website where anyone can search any oil by lot number to see the process, the farmers who produced it and the GCMS report.

What this means for you and me (the consumer) is that if you buy doTERRA you will get essential oils that are pure, safe, reliable and effective.

How to buy doTERRA essential oils

How to Buy doTERRA Essential Oils

Maybe like me, you’ve dabbled in essential oils for your health and household needs for some time but never knew what the best oils where to purchase. Maybe you have a couple of “bargain oils” sitting in your bathroom which you’re not sure whether they are working or not. Maybe you’re a complete newbie to it all and not quite sure how to go about purchasing essential oils but really want to start.

If any of that describes you, then you’re in the right place. Buying good quality essential oils has never been easier.

With so many essential oil companies on the market today, it’s confusing to know whether you’re buying the “real thing”. Well, worry no more. Buying “quality” essential oils matter as does sustainability, ethical production sources and the ethos behind the company. doTERRA essential oils ticks all those boxes.

To get started with doTERRA Essential Oils

There are 2 ways you can purchase doTERRA essential oils.

doTERRA essential oils can be purchased at full retail price via my doTERRA online shop and the doTERRA team will mail you your order. This is the most expensive way to purchase doTERRA oils but great for a casual oil purchaser who just would like to try one or two bottles during the year.

Go to my doTERRA Shop

For the more serious essential oil user – GET 25% DISCOUNT – Create a wholesale account to get 25% off the retail price.  Don’t let the word wholesale scare you, this option is similar to a Loyalty Reward Card. You pay a wholesale membership of $35 and then you can purchase doTERRA products at a discounted price of 25% off – it’s a bit like a Costco or Adairs membership. If you decide on buying wholesale, scroll down for further information.

Buy Wholesale – save 25%

Check out these links to get an idea of products available and pricing.

Product Guide

Enrolment Kits

New Product Guide 2018

AFTER SETTING UP YOUR WHOLESALE ACCOUNT, YOU HAVE 2 OPTIONS

Pay a one-off membership fee of $35 and choose any oils, blends, or consumables to create a custom order whenever you like. No minimum order required. This will give you 25% off the retail prices.  There’s no minimum spend and there’s never any obligation to make another purchase if you don’t want to. You do NOT need to place an order every month or on-sell to friends or family, you simply get to save 25%.

OR

Purchase an enrolment kit. The kits are a fantastic way to get started with doTERRA –Purchasing a starter kit is without a doubt the most economical way to get started as you will receive an even bigger discount (over $200 discount on the Natures Solution Enrolment Kit, pictured below, this is the kit I started with as it’s incredible value). Your membership fee of $35 is waived and you save 25%-55% on all future orders.

Once you become a Wellness Advocate, you receive 25-55% savings on future orders. There is no obligation to purchase monthly or to sell the oils. However, if you find that you LOVE the oils and start sharing them with friends and family, you can take advantage of doTERRA’s generous compensation plans by joining the Loyalty Rewards Program (LRP). For those who want to share the oils, your wholesale membership also includes :

    • free personalised online store (like mine)
    • a virtual office that tracks all your sales and the opportunity to grow a business
    • access to facebook support run by our team leader, where you can ask questions and receive support so you can use and share the oils with confidence
    • I will introduce you to my doTERRA coach, who will mentor you into a leadership role with your own doTERRA oils business.

 

Buy Wholesale – Save 25%

doTERRA coach

 

Still undecided? Maybe you have questions? Send me an email or touch base on the social waves.

How to Create a doTERRA Wholesale Account

To simplify the process of signing up for a wholesale account just follow these instructions. If you have any problems please email me: [email protected]


Step 1. Click on this link “join and save


Step 2. Choose your language (already set to English) and choose the country where your products will be shipped to. Click CONTINUE Advocate


Step 3. Select Local (OTG) Order (Australian Warehouse, Australian Dollars), if ordering from Australia, if not choose your country then click CONTINUE

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Step 4.

Select Wellness Advocate.

‘Wholesale Customer’  is already checked by default. I highly recommend picking the Wellness Advocate option, which is exactly the same, except you, have the ability to earn bonuses and compensation, (being a Wellness Advocate will NOT obligate you in any way to sell or buy.)  It’s by far the best value and who doesn’t love a little extra cash!  Click CONTINUE.

Australian Warehouse


Step 5. Fill out the top of the application with your personal details and enter your password for your own Virtual Office. This is where you will be able to place future orders, track past orders and more.  Click CONTINUE.

  • Include your Australian Business Number if you are considering earning money through doTERRA. You can set it up at a later stage if you don’t have one yet.
  • Create a password
  • Agree to the terms and conditions
  • Click CONTINUE

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Step 6.

If you want to purchase one of the enrolment kits, then you just need to click on the one you’d like. Remember your $35 joining fee is already included in the kit. View the various kits via the button below.

If you would like to customise your order, choose the Introductory Enrolment Packet – this is your $35 joining fee and once you’ve added that you now get everything at wholesale price!

If you want to add anything else to your order, start typing the name of the oil in to the space with the placemarker text “Enter additional item # or product name” and then add these to your cart too. View products via the product guide, see button below.

If you do not already have a bottle of Fractionated Coconut Oil I suggest purchasing a bottle now as it is essential when diluting the oils to apply topically.

Product Guide

Enrolment Kit Information


Step 7. Once you have added your enrolment and any oils you wish to purchase, you will see the items in your shopping cart. Before you can pay for your order, you need to view your totals and show any shipping charges or free products available to you. Click the VIEW TOTALS button.


Step 8. Confirm or alter your billing address if necessary, add your payment details and then click the PROCESS ORDER NOW & CONTINUE button.


Step 9. That’s it -You will see a screen to say your order has been processed. It will then ask you if you’d like to set up your Loyalty Rewards Order.  This is doTERRA’s monthly Loyalty Rewards Program (LRP) if you’d like to set up an order for next month, you are welcome to do so now! You can view the benefits of the program here. If you choose to not set it up now, you can always do it later if you decide you want to but this is an optional program and there is no obligation to join.

Upon successful submission of your application doTERRA will send you an email with your distributor ID and instructions on how to enter your Virtual Office.

doTERRA will send your order and you can begin this wonderful journey with doTERRA Essential oils.

About Essential Oils

Way before I discovered Coconut Oil, I discovered essential oils, as early as my teens. My dance teacher at the time drank peppermint tea by the pot full and patchouli, sandalwood and frankincense lingered in the room long after the class was finished. My hippie days were numbered but for the time I wore cheesecloth pants and tie-dye singlets, I would always be wearing geranium, rose or sandalwood oils. I now use essential oils in many different ways and know many more smells than rose, geranium or sandalwood. While once upon a time I believed they were simply a beautiful reminder of my dance teacher, now I realise that they have so many other benefits for your health and not just aromatic indulgences.

I have used essential oils as remedies for all sorts of ailments over the years for both myself and my family. Things like:

Anxiety
Sleep issues
Gut issues
Headaches
Easing depression
Oral Health
Cold and Flu
Insect Bites or Stings
Skin Conditions

While I rave about the benefits of Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and a host of other oils, essential oils are up there as well. I use them in my DIY body butter, body scrubs, body wash, toothpaste, and in oil pulling solutions. You may or may not be familiar with essential oils but you are probably more familiar with them then you think. Have you peeled an orange lately, or zested a lemon. Maybe you walked past an amazing lavender plant and smelt its beautiful aroma. What you are smelling and breathing in are the essential oils from the orange, the lemon and the lavender. Essential oils are used in cleaning products, shampoos, toothpaste, skin care products and the list goes on. Pure essential oils are made by harvesting the plant, leaf, root, stem, flower or bark and distilling it into a compound that is beneficial for our health, our home and the environment.

Essential Oils have many benefits Antibacterial
Antifungal
High levels of antioxidants
Decongestant
Skin Repair
Muscle relaxant
Anti-inflammatory
Pain and Tension Relief
Balancing hormones
Teeth Whitening and reducing gum disease
Mood Enhancer

My daughter has for many years used peppermint oil as a natural remedy for many ailments. Period cramps, headaches, mild decongestant, insect bites, adding to drinks or into recipes for that lovely minty flavour.

Essential Oils have many uses

Aromatic – in a diffuser or oil burner or by cupping a drop or 2 in your hands
Topical – diluted in a carrier oil and applied directly to the skin or roof of the mouth
Internal – adding to recipes or to water or into a veggie capsule

Essential oils also come as single or blended compounds. Learning how to blend essential oils is as easy as smelling the oils you like and trying a combination of them together. And there are many pre-blended compounds that essential oil companies are selling on the market.

How about you? Are you into essential oils? Click on the buttons below to learn about the oils I prefer to use.

Why I chose doTERRA essential oils

Where to buy doTERRA essential oils

Gluten Free Baked Apple Pancake

I cooked this Gluten Free Baked Apple Pancake for Shrove Tuesday which is traditionally the day before Lent. It’s the day you eat all the goodies before fasting for 40 days. However, I wasn’t intending on fasting for 40 days, just looking for an alternative for breakfast or dessert to fill up my hungry teens!

Autumn Apples

I had some really lovely first season Autumn apples that were just asking to be in this recipe. The varieties of apples available these days is almost ridiculous. When I was growing up, there was Granny Smith, Jonothan and Delicious. These days there’s a plethora of apple varieties. Gala, Jazz, Bravo, Kalei, Envy, Modi, Eve, Kanzi, Greenstar, Pink Lady, Fuji, Braeburn, Jonogold, Sundowner and Golden Delicious and that’s just in Australia. Apples are packed with nutrition and have high levels of Vitamin C, making them the perfect power punch to help ward off colds and flu. If you have a salicylate sensitivity then stick with golden or red delicious apple or swap it for a Nashi pear or a ripe Williams pear.

Pancake or Custard

This pancake is slightly unusual in that it is quite custardy. The tapioca flour and the egg/milk combination gives it a soft custard type texture. It works well as a breakfast dish and equally as great as a dessert served warm with cream or yogurt.

Gluten Free

The flours used in this are gluten free but you could easily swap them with a wheat flour. The texture will change from a custardy one to slightly cakier.  If you don’t have tapioca flour you can use arrowroot instead. I also think you could make this with Buckwheat flour and or almond flour. This recipe is from Lee Holmes at Supercharged Food. I’ve altered a few ingredients.

Gluten Free Baked Apple Pancake

A baked pancake with a custard middle and spiced apple topping.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Servings: 8
Author: Kerry Wennersten

Ingredients

  • 2 medium apples peeled, cored and sliced
  • 2 medium apples peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or coconut sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Tapioca Flour or arrowroot flour
  • 1/2 cup Tapioca Flour or arrowroot flour
  • 1 tablespoon Banana Flour or coconut flour optional
  • 1 tablespoon Banana Flour or coconut flour optional
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk + 1 tablespoon
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk + 1 tablespoon
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg
  • pinch nutmeg
  • pinch sea salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 200° C or 390° F
  • Grease and line a loaf tin with baking paper
  • Mix the 3/4 of the sliced apple with maple syrup or coconut sugar and lemon juice.
  • Beat the eggs and add the other wet ingredients and whisk together.
  • Add in the dry ingredients except for cinnamon and nutmeg, and fold through until combined.
  • Fold through the apple mix.
  • Let sit for a few minutes to thicken
  • Pour into loaf tin
  • Top with remaining apple slices then sprinkle with nutmeg and cinnamon.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden.
  • Let cool for a few minutes and slice into squares and serve warm.

Whether it’s Shrove Tuesday or let’s use up Apple day, this Gluten Free Baked Apple Pancake will be sure to hit the spot and fill up hungry tummies. The slice will last a few days in the fridge stored in an airtight container.

4 steps to Recover Sun Damaged Skin

Summer is, in my opinion, the best season of all. I make the most of it by spending time at the beach, going for long walks and drinking up the Vitamin D from the sun. However, long summer days in my youth, when old age was too far off, has left evidence of sun damage. In the last 2 years, I have discovered that those rays were not as kind and loving as I once thought. So I have some age spots, flaky bits, wrinkles and crinkles. But there is a solution to treat sun damaged skin and prevent further damage. These 4 steps to recover sun damaged skin are easy to follow and still allow you to enjoy the benefits of the summer season.

1. Exfoliate!

To get rid of flaky dry patches,  a dull complexion and sun damage, then make exfoliation your friend. Exfoliate at least once or twice a week to:

  • Remove dead skin cells
  • Remove rough and dry patches
  • Stimulate cell renewal
  • Make your skin glow!

Body scrubs are easy to make with natural ingredients such as coconut oil, sugar, ground coffee and shea butter to name a few. Check out my body scrubs here.

Ingredients to include in your body scrub:

Stable oil or butter – coconut, shea, cocoa

The fatty acids in these oils provide excellent moisture and conditioning for the skin. The exfoliation process stimulates the skin cells, removes the dead skin and allows the oils to penetrate deeply into the layers of the epidermis. This process allows the sun damaged skin to become soft and hydrated again and gives the skin a smooth and silky appearance and touch.

Coconut oil provides antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. These help with any skin condition such as eczema or dermatitis.

Carrier oil – almond, avocado, olive, apricot, jojoba, rosehip or macadamia

These oils provide antioxidants, especially good for ageing skin and sun damaged skin. See more on the power of antioxidants in Step 3.

Sugar and Salt

You can use either salt or sugar as they both make excellent abrasives. The biggest difference between salt and sugar is the edges of the granules. Salt is sharper and more jagged, making it a strong abrasive which is good for dry and calloused skin. Perfect for heels, elbows, knees. Most salt scrubs use a natural sea salt (Himalayan, Mediterranean). Sea salts are high in trace minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron. These minerals help with circulation, reduce inflammation, detoxification and a muscle relaxant. Sea salt also has antibacterial and antiviral properties, making it a great healing ingredient for skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis. Salt scrubs can be a little drying, so it’s a good idea to use them only once a week. Do not use salt on cuts or open wounds. Salt scrubs don’t have the stickiness that sugar has, making them a little harder to use.

Sugar granules are both small and round, in comparison with salt, making sugar a more gentle abrasive than salt. It melts faster in hot water so washes off well. Sugar is also not as drying as salt, meaning you can use it a little more liberally. Sugar contains glycolic acid, which helps protect skin against harmful toxins and is a natural conditioner and moisturiser. Sugar has the advantage of coming in coarse, medium and fine granules.

Ground Coffee

Your leftover ground coffee from your morning cuppa may come into good use as a plant fertiliser, but ground coffee also makes a great ingredient for a body scrub. Coffee granules are both small and soft, which combined with sugar, make the perfect scrub. Coffee can reduce inflammation and swelling, giving your skin the appearance of firmer looking skin.

Essential Oils

Essential oils provide great antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. They also provide healing benefits for many skin disorders and sun damaged skin. Lavender, tea tree and lemon are great additions to your weekly body scrub.

2. Protect with SPF

The sun is essential for our health and our skin. We absorb Vitamin D by having our skin exposed to the sunlight. Spending just 10 minutes in the sun can give you 24 hours of Vitamin D. A darker complexion can afford 30 minutes. If you are going to spend more than 30 minutes in the sun, it’s wise to use some measure of protection. And for all those “fair beauties” the result of 10 minutes in the sun with exposed skin can mean disaster. My DD “cooks like an egg on a hot tarmac”. Finding a sunscreen that I was happy to put on my skin (a reasonable SPF and no chemicals) and my families took awhile. I tested many. My solution was this Homemade Coconut Oil Sunscreen that works a treat. We tested it out in Queensland recently, and with great delight, it works. The best thing about this sunscreen is that it has the added protection layer of shea butter and coconut oil. Perfect for any type of skin and essential for sun damaged skin. It glides on easily and rubs in without the pasty white colour of commercial zinc sunscreens and leaves your skin moisturised. Your skin doesn’t have that tight feeling after being in the sun or salt water. My whole family tested this and found that the sunscreen lasted an hour maximum before needing reapplication. Depending on how much time you spend in the water and the time of day you may need to reapply more frequently.

3. Strengthen with Antioxidants

Vitamins A, C and E are all antioxidants and are great for treating sun damaged skin. Antioxidants help repair skin damage by strengthening and hydrating. Over exposure to the sun causes oxidative damage to the skin’s cells. Free radicals increase, and premature ageing begins. Antioxidants can help repair the damage and slow down the ageing process. Using oils that are high in antioxidants topically on your skin as well as taking either supplements will serve you well. A diet high in antioxidants will also help the process of reversing skin damage.

Carrier Oils  – Packed with Antioxidants

Sweet Almond – Rich in Vitamin E, highly nourishing and cell renewing.

Argan – rich in vitamin A, increases cellular regeneration

Avocado – includes chlorophyll, lecithin and potassium, as well as vitamins A, D and E. Avocado oil has a significant amount of palmitoleic acid, a fatty acid that provides moisture to the lower layers which make it ideal for a mature or damaged skin.

Coconut oil – The King of fatty acids and antioxidants! Coconut oil is great for moisturising and nourishing of skin. Buy your coconut oil here.

Rosehip – Natural form of Vitamin A

Sesame Oil – Provides rich concentrations of vitamins E and B-complex, as well as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, protein and lecithin. The only negative is that you will smell like an Asian restaurant!

Tamanu – extracted from the nuts of the Ati tree. Natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, as well as anti-bacterial. Apparently one of the best skin healing and rejuvenating oils available.

Wheatgerm – High in vitamin E and a natural antioxidant.

Essential Oils – Antioxidants and Healing Properties

Essential oils are just that – essential. For the perfect anti ageing oil/serum then try this combination. Lavender, Frankincense and Pomegranate Seed Oil.

Here’s what to do:

Use a dark coloured 2 ounce glass bottle, preferably with a glass dropper insert.

Add 10-20 drops of each essential oil.

Add in 2 capsules of Vitamin E oil.

Fill the last part of the bottle with jojoba oil.

Gently roll bottle to mix.

Use a 1/2 of the dropper and massage into your face and neck both morning and night. Also perfect for age spots on hands or legs.

This is my favourite combo but you could swap essential oils to geranium, rose or chamomile and use a different carrier oil such as avocado or apricot.

Eat Right – Foods high in Antioxidants 

Cherries, Blueberries, Goji Berries and Dark Chocolate all have something in common. They are all high in antioxidants. Cherries contain melatonin which protects skin against ultraviolet radiation. They are also packed with Vitamin C which is essential for building collagen and preventing wrinkles. Check out the following list for more foods high in antioxidants. Consume all or some of these a few times a day and you will be well on your way to a radiant and dewy complexion.

  • Broccoli
  • Pomegranates
  • Elderberries
  • Kidney beans
  • Blackberries
  • Artichokes
  • Pecans
  • Strawberries
  • Cilantro (coriander)
  • Carrots
  • Sweet potato
  • Grapes or red wine
  • Squash
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Wild caught salmon or mackerel

Sunburn Treatment

There are many sunburn treatments available but my recommendation is one you can easily mix up at home with ingredients that you might already have. I found this recipe on Draxe.com

What you need:

  • 1/2 cup Aloe Vera juice
  • 1/8 cup Coconut oil – fractionated (so the oil won’t set hard)
  • 10 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 10 drops Lavender essential oil
  • A glass spray bottle
  • A glass jug or jar

What to do:

  • Heat a small amount of water in a saucepan over gentle heat.
  • Place the Aloe Vera juice and coconut oil in the jug and place in the saucepan of water.
  • Heat the mixture until ingredients have melted together.
  • Remove from heat and add the essential oils.
  • Let the mixture cool and then pour into glass spray bottle.
  • Store in a cool place.

If you get caught out with sunburn and don’t have time to mix the above then grab some aloe vera gel, coconut oil and essential oils. Mix in a jar to make a paste and then smear this over the burn area.

Summary

4 steps to repairing and future protection for sun damaged skin

  1. Exfoliate – use a homemade or purchased sugar/oil scrub
  2. Protection – use a zinc based sunscreen or better still make this DIY one.
  3. Strengthen – use oils that are rich in antioxidants that feed and nourish the skin. Ditch all those commercial bought creams and lotions that only create toxicity which leads to more damaged skin cells.
  4. Eat Right – consume 3-4 servings of the foods that are high in antioxidants. Also, foods that are high in Vitamin C and fatty acids.
  5. Coconut oil contains high amounts of fatty acids, mainly MCFAs (Medium Chain Fatty Acids). These fatty acids protect, nourish and heal the skin and our cellular health. Use coconut oil in replace of your normal moisturiser and consume it regularly. A maintenance dose of 3 tablespoons a day with food is all that’s needed.

Sources: Some of this information first appeared in The Good Health News

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9 Essentials for Staying Well while Travelling

2019 is here and for some of us, this time of year can mean holidays and that often means travelling. Whether it’s by car, bus, train or plane and whether you are travelling overseas or overland, having these 9 Essentials for Staying Well while Travelling will help make your holiday break stress and sickness free.

If you have compromised health, chances are you may already include some of these essentials into your luggage when heading off on holiday.

For my family and me, especially my daughter, I travel with a box that includes supplements as well as remedies like lavender and peppermint oil and the treasured hot water bottle. Sometimes when you are on holidays, your health issues can ease for a couple of reasons. The everyday routine has gone, and there are no pressures to be here, there or anywhere. Often we get more rest, more time outside in the fresh air and sunshine, and more time to do relaxing activities like reading or lazing in a pool on a warm afternoon. However, I have experienced one or two holidays when either myself or my daughter have been unwell. Episodes like these can cost in dollars as well as peace of mind. So you can enjoy the healthiest and joyful holiday ever, check out these 9 Essentials for Staying Well while Travelling.

Essential Oils – Essential they truly are. There are a million and one Essential oils, but since you are travelling, then you need the two most versatile oils that nature gives us. Lavender and Peppermint. Lavender is the universal natural remedy for everything from sleeplessness to antiseptic. Peppermint is the perfect go-to for nausea, period pain and bug bites. Pack two small bottles in your hand luggage.
Hint: For on the go, add several drops of either oil to a slightly damp cotton cloth and put into a snap-lock bag. Apply the compress to sore tummies (peppermint) or to the temples (lavender) to calm and relax you or your child.

Probiotics – Gut health is important anywhere in the world but especially when you travel. Travelling, while it can be fun and adventurous, also poses problems for people with sensitive guts or poor digestion. Eating different foods then when you are at home, meals on the go, from roadhouses or street vendors can cause havoc with poor gut health. Drinking different water or allowing yourself to become run down can all lead to an imbalance in your gut health. A probiotic can help with digestive issues through to stomach bugs. Probiotics also benefit your immune system. Good gut bacteria help to kill off invading pathogens and help balance gut flora. Finding foods that are rich in friendly bacteria is one of the best ways of keeping up your probiotic count while travelling. Kimchi,Sauerkraut, Miso are all internationally known foods that contain a good dose of friendly gut bacteria. However, you may not always be able to source these probiotic-rich foods. It may be easier to travel with a probiotic supplement that can be taken with meals.
Hint: If you are travelling through Asia/India – start taking a probiotic supplement before you travel.

Activated Charcoal – Activated Charcoal naturally absorbs and eliminates harmful toxins from your body. It’s a great weapon for waging war on food poisoning, stomach aches, and stomach bugs that lead to bloating and diarrhoea. It can also bring some relief for those who suffer from food intolerances such as gluten or dairy. If you are travelling in countries that have high rates of belly upsets, Activated Charcoal tablets are good to have tucked away in your wallet. The other product that is good but maybe not as well known is DE (Diatomaceous) powder. Diatomaceous Earth (also referred to as “DE”) is an all-natural remarkable product made from tiny fossilised remains of marine phytoplankton/water plants. The powder which is made from the build up of diatoms found in various parts of the world is ground down into micro-particles that act as a sweeper in your colon and intestines. These particles can quickly detox your system of any nasty bugs and bacteria. Not available in tablet form.
Hint: Use a small cosmetic container to keep some DE powder in that will fit in your handbag or daypack.

Nasal Spray – If you are anything like me, pollen, air pressure and erratic wind patterns can all trigger a hayfever attack or flare my sinuses up in an instant. If you are travelling in close quarters – ie: confined spaces with lots of people, chances are more than one of those passengers will have a cold or flu. Keeping your hands clean is one thing but keeping your nasal passages clear is also an essential if you don’t want to catch that cold. Air on buses or planes is usually circulated continuously which means you’re breathing in whatever germs are floating through that air flow system. A nasal spray (especially one with Xylitol in it) can help keep your nasal passages clean and hydrated. Xylitol is a plant sugar that prohibits harmful bacteria from attaching to the nasal membranes.
Hint: Pack a small saline nasal spray bottle into your hand luggage to help keep you protected from any nasty colds or flu.

Ginger – Ginger has some remarkable properties such as anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and antifungal. It’s also a natural painkiller. It can be used for colds and flu as it’s a great decongestant and a great prevention for illness as it shields our body against toxins. Ginger is available in a wide range of convenient forms for travelling with. Candies and crystallised ginger are good for motion sickness, headaches and nausea. Ginger tonics or tea is a great pick me up once you arrive at your destination or for calming upset stomachs.
Hint: Take a small snap-lock bag with ginger chews or crystallised ginger to aid travel sickness or headaches.

Flower Remedies – Bach flower remedies come in conveniently small bottles that are perfect for packing in hand luggage, but these small bottles pack a big punch when it comes to remedies. Rescue Remedy which is widely used for anxiety. Invented in the 1930’s, Rescue Remedy contains Rock Rose to alleviate terror and panic, Impatiens to mollify irritation and impatience, ClematisStar of Bethlehem to ease shock, and Cherry Plum to calm irrational thoughts.
Hint: Easy and convenient in either drop form or pastilles. Take 1 pastille or a few drops under your tongue.

Balms and Creams – Herbal balms made from plant extracts are one of the easiest treatments to carry when you are travelling. Arnica and pawpaw ointment are my two favourites. Arnica has been known as a plant extract that can treat sprains, aching muscles and joints as well as treating insect bites. Arnica comes in a spray, cream or tablet form. Pawpaw ointment is like a one stop medico. It can treat anything from burns, grazes, rashes and bites. It has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties and doubles well as a lip balm and sun and windburn treatment. Make sure you get ones that are petro-chemical free.
Hint: Small lip balm pots can be bought from pharmacies or supermarkets and hold a reasonable amount of balm or cream without taking up too much packing space.

Moisturisers – Whether you are travelling to a warmer climate or a cooler one – as soon as you step away from the climate you live in, your skin often tends to have a wobbly! Your skin, regardless of age, needs oils to help keep it soft, smooth and naturally protected from the elements. One of my favourite skin care products is my jojoba and rosehip oil for the face. But I also use my body butter on my face when it needs a little extra oomph. Coconut oil and Shea butter are two of the best oils you can use for your face and your body. Rich in antioxidants, they both provide great cover from the elements. They each have a small SPF factor and make an excellent night treatment from dry or windburned skin. Jojoba, Rosehip, Macadamia or Almond are also excellent liquid oils that can be used all over the body if a lighter oil is needed.
Hint: To keep your skin well hydrated, fill a small spray bottle with water and a few drops of lavender essential oil. Rub your oils or butter into your skin and then use your body and face mist to keep hydrated when out in the elements.

Magnesium – Every traveller will at some point get weary, stressed or both at the end of a long day. Magnesium is the perfect remedy to help ease and relax sore muscles, soothe your nervous system and promote a good nights sleep. It will also regulate your bowel movements. Available in tablet form but also easily made into a spray form. Magnesium oil is compact, portable and penetrates the bloodstream quicker than tablets.
Hint: You can also double up with your body butter by adding in magnesium. One product – multiple uses.

Now you may not need every one of these remedies but staying well while travelling is a priority that requires some thought and planning. Remember the 3 absolutes for travelling and staying well is sleep, hydration and good nutrition. Add in any or all of the above and you should be well covered for a great holiday and adventure.

How about you? What do you take on holidays with you? Have you got an absolute must-have that always travels with you? Leave me a comment or jump onto facebook to join in the conversation. I would love to hear from you. 🙂

Safe travels and Happy 2019 everyone

Kerry

Source: Some of this information first appeared in The Good Health News 2014

12 DIY Festive Season Gift Ideas

For all those DIY’ers that need some last minute Christmas gift ideas here’s my round up of 12 DIY Festive Season Gift Ideas. I love DIY’ing especially when I have the time. This year I may or may not get to all of these, but they will be on my list for gifts as the year goes on! The beautiful thing about DIY’s is not just that they are frugal, often re-purposed so not too much waste, but more so they are so much fun to make! It’s like gifting yourself while you prepare that special treat for your friends and family. Of course, you can make your DIY as expensive or as frugal as you wish. But more often than not, it’s the personal touch of taking the time to give a handmade gift that makes it so special. So will you be DIY’ing this Christmas? Let me know if you try any of the 12 DIY Festive Season Gift Ideas.

Food Gift Ideas –

  1. hot-choc-on-a-stickHot Chocolate on a Stick – The Intrepid Baker – For all those lovers of hot chocolate! I have a particular member of my family that loves chocolate milk anything! Cold or Hot! It doesn’t matter as long as it has chocolate and milk together! I’ll be making probably more than a couple of these. To make a dairy free version – add coconut milk to the ganache instead of cream.

 

 

 

 

2. chai-tea-mixChai Tea Mix – thekitchn.com – Chai tea never seems to loose it’s appeal – whether you have been drinking it forever or just discovering it, chai tea offers so much to the humble cup of tea. I’m always on the look out for a great DIY chai tea mix and I think this one might be it. I love that it’s made with the whole spice, baked and then crushed. I think the flavours will really sing as it starts to brew. Personally, I will swap out the candied ginger and sub it with some fresh grated ginger or ground ginger. Looking forward to making this up for another fellow “tea lover” friend.

3.54eb407a4fe85_-_diy-gingerbread-house-kit-recipe-clx1213-xln Gingerbread House or Angels – You definitely need a little time up your sleeve to take on this project, but it is so worth it. Both of these recipes are for a gluten free dough but if you don’t have to adhere to a GF diet then there are many recipes out there that you can use. Once you have your dough ready, the fun begins! Invite all those wonderful little and big people around to help with the assembly. If the gingerbread house seems too big, then go for the angels. The angels are still fun to decorate and by putting a hole in the top while they are baking, you will have a beautiful tree ornament or stocking filler.

4. herb-flavoured-saltHerb Flavoured Salt – Pop Sugar – One of the easiest but most flavoursome pots of culinary heaven is a pot of herb flavoured salt. Simple, easy to make and the best thing is you can personalise the flavours. The roasted garlic one is my favourite and besides these three flavours you can try Rosemary, Garam Marsala or Morrocan flavours.

5. playdoughPlaydough – Frugal and Thriving – one for the kids! When my kids were little, playdough was a staple in our craft cupboard, along with cutters and tools which kept them busy for sometimes hours on end. Quick and easy to make, the sky’s the limit when it comes to colours and even smells that you can add to the mix. Pop the dough into some small mason jars or Tupperware containers and tie with a festive ribbon. Add some cute tools and cutters and you have the perfect pressie for that small person in your life.

Beauty and Skin Care Gift Ideas –

6. DIY-Mint-Sugar-Scrub-final2DIY Sugar Scrubs – lovegrowswild.com – This DIY mint sugar scrub is Christmas in a jar. Perfect as a gift but also a great pamper for yourself over the Festive Season. Sugar scrubs, no matter what flavour combination you use, are the simplest DIY beauty product around. Great for your skin and so easily customised right down to the colour of the sugar and the smell of essential oils. Try out my sugar scrub for other flavour combinations.

 

 

 

7. DIY-lip-balm-recipe1DIY Flavoured Lip Balm – vivawoman.net The perfect gift for all ages is a DIY Lip Balm. Made with 4 simple ingredients – coconut oil, beeswax, vitamin E and essential oils. Lip balms are a must have for the handbag, glovebox, school or sports bag. Customise flavours and smells to make that special present for friends and families. Great as a stocking filler or to add to a hamper or pamper pack.

 

 

8. Ginger Peppermint Foot ScrubGinger Peppermint Footscrub – naturallymindful.com Pedicures are up there with coffee dates IMO. I love pedicures. The soaking, the scrubbing, the softness and freshness of how your feet feel afterwards. It’s better than a new pair of shoes. This DIY footscrub is another great stocking filler or pamper pack item.

 

How-To-Make-Bath-Salts-560x3789. Herbal Bath Salts – diynatural.com – another pamper pack or stocking filler. A soothing bath as a wellness remedy or just because it’s the holidays washes all those stresses away in about 20 minutes. Salt baths are great for detoxing, pumping some magnesium into your body and producing soft, silky skin. Plus you get the added bonus of having 20 minutes of time out bliss! These bath salts are so easy to make and look lovely in a mini mason jar or repurposed candle or jam jar! Make enough for you and your friends.

10.coconut_sage_soap_DIY_a_house_in_the_hills DIY Shea Butter Soap – ahouseinthehills.com – Soap making can be a little tedious and messy and a lot of other things. However this DIY Shea Butter Soap is the complete opposite. Easy, simple and they look so adorable when finished. I would just make one tweek and that is to add in 3 tablespoons castille soap for a little more foam. Wrap them in some wax paper and tie them up as tree decorations. They are also perfect to have in a guest bathroom or gift them with a nice washcloth or hand towel for that special friend.

 

 

Gift Ideas for that Special Man

11.homemade-rosemary-mint-shaving-cream-top Rosemary Mint Shaving Cream – foodformyfamily.com – For that special male in your life! What man doesn’t need a little pampering every now and then. DIY Rosemary Mint Shaving Cream has coconut oil, shea butter, jojoba or almond oil and essential oils. It’s perfect for all skin types but especially for sensitive skins. The Rosemary and Mint go so well together, giving the cream a great robust fragrance. A great practical gift – and so easy to make.

 

 

 

12.Coconut Oil Post Homemade Coconut After Shave Balm Aftershave Balm – coconutoilpost.com – make a pamper pack with this DIY aftershave balm and the Rosemary Mint Shaving Cream above. Why keep all the natural goodness to ourselves and our female friends. Our male counterparts also need spoiling, pampering and taking care of. And there’s no better way to do it then with some all natural coconut oil loving DIY skin care. Perfect for all skin types, you can mix and match fragrance by using different essential oils.

Hope you found what you were looking for. My 12 DIY Festive Gift Ideas was brought to you with love and kindness. Wishing you all a fabulous Christmas and safe and happy New Year.

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10 Gluten Free Festive Season Sweet Treats

If ever there was a time in the year that you need some yummy but healthy cookie recipes it’s Christmas and the Festive Season. Whether you are going to a Bring and Share, Pot Luck or packaging up beautiful bags full of treats as presents, it’s great to have a few trusted recipes up your sleeve. These recipes are my pick for this season. Gluten Free, some are Dairy Free and free of refined sugars. Hope you enjoy baking these 10 Gluten Free Festive Season Sweet Treats as much as I have.

  1. Coconut Cranberry Cookies by Paleohacks – I’m planning on making this delightful
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    cookie recipe in the coming days. While I love coconut flour, I always have to tweak recipes like these as the goodness of all that fibre just doesn’t go well with my gut. Most folks with gut issues or altered microbiome problems struggle with large quantities of dietary fibre of any kind. I substitute with 50/50 coconut flour and tapioca flour. The other option is to use 50/50 almond flour with coconut flour. Enjoy!
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2. Coconut Biscuits 3 Ways – by me! – These biscuits are the perfect gift IMO. Quick and easy to make they also come in handy for that last minute Bring and Share occasion. Pack them in a clear gift bag and tie with a ribbon for that special homemade present.

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3. Sugar-Free Coconut Ice – I Quit Sugar – I love the colours of coconut ice. It fills me with wonderful memories of my mother’s many stints in the kitchen whipping up treats for school fetes and Christmas parties. This sugar-free version is just as good and has the yumminess of coconut milk, oil and shredded coconut!

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4. Spiced Sweet Potato Muffins with Orange Buttercream – me again! The perfect companion to a dessert menu or for just enjoying with a friend over coffee. These muffins are packed with the goodness of sweet potato, and the spice combination is delightful.

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5. Double Chocolate Mocha Cookies – Alana’s Pantry – I love the flavour combinations that Elana uses in her recipes.  And a good chocolate cookie recipe can’t go wrong for the festive season. I would sub out a couple of things to make it more gut friendly. 1. Omit the agave nectar and use honey or rice syrup instead. 2. Swap out half of the almond meal and add in tapioca or coconut flour 50/50. 3. If you don’t want to use the coffee beans, try using dandelion instead.

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6. Choc Millet Fudge Cake – Hello me again! What can I say it’s chocolate again! But one of the most delicious and moist chocolate fudge cakes around. This fudge cake is my take anywhere that I’m invited to bring a “plate” recipe. Whether folks realise this recipe is gluten free, and dairy free doesn’t seem to matter – there are only crumbs left on the plate!

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7. Ginger Molasses Cookie – Gourmande in the Kitchen – a delicious chewy ginger cookie made with the goodness of molasses. You could sub out the honey and replace with rice syrup if you want to reduce the sweetness.

Blackstrap Molasses while it is sweet and comes from sugar cane, has surprising amounts of nutritional benefits. High in minerals manganese, magnesium, potassium and iron it is known to help headaches, fatigue and some PMS symptoms. It’s also high in Vitamin B6. Blackstrap Molasses comes from the first press of the sugar cane, therefore is not subjected to high levels of processing. Using un-sulphured molasses will also gain more health benefits. Use it wisely though as it is still sweet and high in carbs.

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8. Chocolate Coconut Mousse – Yes me again – This is a great addition to the dessert bar on Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve. Packed with coconut milk, gelatin and dark chocolate makes one of the most healthy mousse recipes around.

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9. Gluten Free Gingerbread Men – CaseyJade.com What would the festive season be without Gingerbread Men! And these Gingerbread Men are just the treat for so many reasons.

  • Make them with your kids as a Christmas activity.
  • Package them up in a cute bag or box for ready to go gifts.
  • Bring them out for that special cuppa with your best friend who also happens to love gingerbread.
  • Save them for when you just want a late night snack!

10. Coconut Sugar Stars – Free Range Cookies.com – Gluten and Dairy Free, these coconut sugar cookies have a hint of caramel because of the coconut sugar in them. Easy to make and to eat. Enjoy them or gift them!

So there you go my 10 Gluten Free Festive Season Sweet Treats. I hope you enjoy them as much as I will.

Do you have a favourite festive cookie or sweet recipe? Would love to hear from you. Post a photo on FaceBook or send me a comment.

Wishing you all a safe and happy Christmas. 🙂

6 Tips to Survive the Festive Season

No matter how you celebrate the Christmas/New Year holiday, I know you will love these 6 Tips to Survive the Festive Season. I love this time of year. Not only is it my favourite season, by that I mean summer, but I love the buzz of Christmas and holidays. Strangely enough, I’m not a big Christmas lunch/dinner type of gal. Considering I was brought up with the traditional Christmas fare, puddings, fruit cakes, pavlova’s, turkey, chicken, seafood and all the trimmings, my dietary restrictions now, make many of these foods obsolete on my Christmas menu and shopping list. Over the years, depending on who we do Christmas celebrations with, I have adapted to working with the foods I can eat and when invited out somewhere have come up with plans and strategies to suit how well I can survive during all the festive snacking. By surviving, I mean, no chemical flare ups, no IBS episodes, and no to putting on extra kgs/lbs. Believe it or not – most people put on up to 3 or 4 kgs over the holiday season, and consequently suffer more than one food coma that has them rendered useless for a day or more. If you are on an elimination diet or know that you have GI issues or simply want to stay healthy and not put on the festive bulge then here’s my –

6 Tips to Survive the Festive Season

If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail – Benjamin Franklin

1.Christmas Planning – Planning seems like it might spoil all the fun, take up too much time and get power_of_planning_quote_image-300in the way. But planning is essential if you want to stay in control and survive the festive season with some sense of grace and dignity. Planning your events or what you will eat at these events won’t spoil your fun, but will, in fact, do the opposite – it will allow you to have more fun and relax, knowing you have a clear mind about what you can and can’t eat and drink.

  • A calendar, diary or piece of paper is all you need to write up a simple plan.

Planning also covers you for situations where there isn’t any food you can eat – for e.g., no gluten free or dairy free alternatives. One of the biggest factors for people who are either conscious of their weight or are following a dietary protocol for gut issues is that many catered events don’t always cover your nutritional needs. And that has to be expected. No one caterer can supply every type of food choice at a single event. But it leaves you either snacking on either the one menu item that is suitable but not sustainable or going hungry. Hunger is not fun at the best of times, and when you have gut issues or wanting to sustain a healthy weight, it’s best to avoid situations that leave you hungry.

  • Jot down your events, parties, and catch ups that include food and drinks.
  • Contact the caterers or friends who are supplying the food and ask whether the menu accommodates for special dietary requirements.

If it’s a bring and share then you are in control.

  • Bring a meal that you can eat and that will be substantial to carry you through the event.
  • If desserts are on the menu, take something that you know is suitable for you as well, even if you weren’t asked to bring a dessert. It’s no fun if you have no sweet treat to enjoy when everyone else is indulging in their chocolate fondant!

If you are going to a catered event and you know there will not be adequate food items, then plan to eat beforehand or take something with you, if it’s appropriate.

  • A small meal or snacks to carry you through will allow you to enjoy the evening without starving or resorting to eating something out of desperation.
  • A bag of nuts or veggie sticks in your bag is often enough. But you have to be prepared ahead of time.

Eating before is essential if you are coming straight from work or from somewhere else other than home. I have many GF/DF friends who often eat a small meal in the car on the way to a party. While you may feel a little socially awkward about not eating, most people won’t notice.

If you are particularly sensitive to being a social snob when it comes to eating, then choose what foods you are prepared to eat.

  • If you know the host, then chat to them before the event to see if you can afford to take the risk.
  • Count the cost – if you decide to take the risk, make sure you prepare for any consequences of food reactions.
“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?”
Ernest Hemingway

2. Getting enough Festive sleep – Does anyone else relate to this quote or is it just me. The sleep-is-the-golden-chainreality is that when you don’t get enough sleep as the quote goes, you do indeed start to fall apart. Regardless of age, sleep is essential if we want to stay healthy. The lack of sleep causes many problems such as hormone disruption, altering our circadian rhythms and weakening our digestive system to name a few. One of the biggest downfalls of not getting enough sleep is that we often eat the following day to stay awake, generate energy and to make us feel better.

Whether you have one party or 10 over the festive season, you have to factor in sleep! Go back to your planning sheet and work out how you are going to accommodate your sleeping needs. Whether you sleep in after the big night or take a nap beforehand, make sure you get adequate rest.

“A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.”
A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

 

3. Exercise between Events – Another essential to surviving the festive season is exercise! Exercise keeps fit-exercise-or-illnessyou focused, aids your physical body and most importantly keeps your weight stable and your mind at peace. We all know that exercise is important but do we know that by not doing it we are paving out a path that will cost us dearly as life goes on. If you enjoy life, then do yourself and your body a favour – make time to move! Here are some suggestions:

Dance, swim, walks, hiking, pilates, yoga, weight training, jogging, cycling, tennis, and the list goes on. There are endless ways that you can stay active. You don’t have to have some huge goal other than to move your body on a daily basis. 30 minutes minimum is a great number to aim for when you are starting out. Build up from there. Factor these times in before or after a festive event. If you have done a reasonable cardio workout before or after you should have enough burn to consume a few more calories. Making exercise a priority, especially a day after, will keep you focused on healthy choices.

Self Compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others – Christopher Germer

love-yourself4. Treat Yourself – Self-care is one of those misunderstood phrases. Many of us feel it means over-indulgence or doing things at the expense of others. But self-care is an essential to surviving the festive season. Think of words like respect, love, thoughtfulness and compassion. We have it for others, so why not for ourselves. Mothers are often the worst at self-care. But self-care gives you the very thing that you need to keep giving to others. Self-care or treating yourself doesn’t mean that it always has to cost money or about eating extra servings of pavlova or chocolate cake. In fact finding other ways to treat yourself that doesn’t involve food often helps you overcome the issue of emotional eating. So here’s a few tips for self-care over this festive season.

  • Manicures/pedicures – either DIY or from a salon
  • Haircut/wash/style – DIY hair conditioning or go all out and find a new style and cut
  • Facial – DIY a mask with ingredients from your kitchen
  • Body scrub – check out these DIY recipes
  • Bath with salts, magnesium and essential oils
  • Take a long walk on the beach or through the bush
  • Take an hour and read a favourite book or catch up on a movie
  • Take a nap or rest under a shady tree or curled up in a blanket in front of the fire
  • Take a yoga or pilates class
  • Take time out to practice mindfulness
  • Give yourself a break – Treating yourself is also about encouraging yourself and patting yourself on the back. Don’t get down on yourself or apply the guilt or shame if you stuff up here and there. Stick to your plan and factor in a cheat meal or day when you want. You can’t always be “on the wagon”. Just plan when you want to fall off it.
  • Speak sweet words to yourself and others. Leave the negative thoughts behind and find the positives in each day.

“The way to create something great is to create something simple.”
Richard Koch, The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More with Less

5. Follow the 80/20 principle – The 80/20 principle can apply to many things. Food, goals, lifestyle. It’s a good way to look at our humanness and to remind ourselves that we are not perfect but work in progress. Here are some ways to apply it.

  • Follow a healthy diet 80% of the time with 20% indulgence.
  • Fill your plate with 80% of fresh vegetables and 20% of grain and protein. Don’t forget some healthy fats!
  • Eat until I’m 80% full with 20% left for digesting my food. The way to achieve this is to eat slowly!
  • Make sure you include healthy fats into your diets such as coconut oil and avocado.

“Pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine.” – Slovakian Proverb

6. Drink Water & Stay Hydrated through the Festive Season – Water is your best friend. And if it’s not then it needs to be! Here’s why:ill-just-have-water

  • 75% of our brains are made up of water – no one can ever call you an airhead again!
  • Regulates your body temperature – water keeps you both cool and warm
  • 83% of your blood is made up of water – before drinking alcohol, make sure you are well hydrated. Alcohol enters the bloodstream within 30 minutes depending on whether you have eaten or not. Make sure if you are planning on having a couple of drinks that you slow it down by drinking water at the same time or have a glass of water in between drinks.
  • Removes waste – helps with constipation and other GI issues. Water is a great digestive aid as well as a natural detox liquid. Try adding lemon juice as a boost to digestion and cleansing.
  • Helps with weight loss – replacing soft drinks or other high carb drinks with water will keep the kilo’s off.
  • Feeds the cells – so much of our health begins with our cells. Water transports nutrients and oxygen from our foods to feed our cells. Water is used to convert the food we eat into energy.
  • 75% of our muscles is water – when we are dehydrated, even by 1 or 2%, our muscles grow weaker, our energy plummets, and exercise performance lowers. Make sure you drink water before exercising, as well as during and after.
  • Headache cure – one of the most common causes of headaches is dehydration. When you feel a headache coming on, try drinking water first before reaching for pain relief.

So how about you? Have any great tips for navigating the festive season. Please share them in the comments below or jump over to Facebook – would love to hear from you!

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