In order to Elevate your life we work with a simple set of 5 principles that serve to rise you to your fullest potential and create a long lasting transformation. Today I will be talking about the second principle: health, and the 3 most important tools to discovering that radiant health glow.
Let's start at the beginning and think about the value of your life…
The first gift you receive is your health, let’s say this is accounts to 1.
Now we can add on extra zeros to account for all of the other aspects of our lives.
A 0 for wealth, a 0 for career, a 0 for romance, another for family etc. You get the picture.
Your number will probably be around 100,000 now, if not more...
Now lets take away the 1, what do you have? Just zeros.
This analogy really shows us how health is our wealth and one of our most important assets so we need to really learn to protect it. Because let’s face it, without our health we have nothing.
Ultimately the goal is not just to be fit from working out but to be healthy. In our modern day world a lot of emphasis is put on the staying fit and looking in shape but less attention is given on understanding health.
The 3 keys to a healthy body are: Oxygen, Water and Waste Elimination. Because cells are living organisms vital to human life, they have basic needs for their survival. These are the 3 things that cells need to survive and thrive.
Oxygen is one of the most important elements required to sustain life. Without it, our health begins to suffer and/ or we die. In the modern world we find our breathing becoming shallower due to the stresses and strains of life. As you will know from Part 1 of this series we spoke about grounding through meditation, this is a very good way to draw attention to the breath and bring in fresh oxygen.
Oxygen provides us so many benefits:
All very good reasons for us to hone our meditation or yoga practices and reconnect to the breath. The breath is life and the most vital gift we own.
Dr Weil provides a number of easy techniques to try out all which can easily be incorporated into your daily meditation practice: Breathing Exercises.
The amount of water in the human body ranges from 50-75%. The average adult human body is 50-65% water, averaging around 57-60%. The percentage of water in infants is much higher, typically around 75-78% water, dropping to 65% by one year of age.
Source: Thought Co
Water serves multiple purposes:
Considering our body it’s mostly made up of water it will come as no surprise that our brain is around 75% water and when we get dehydrated it shrinks! Studies have been conducted that show it’s possible that our mood is also affected when we are dehydrated. Not drinking enough water appears to be associated with such problems as falls and fractures, heat stroke, heart disease, lung disorders, kidney disease, kidney stones, bladder and colon cancers, urinary tract infections, cavities, decreased immune function, and cataract formation.
All the more reason to make sure you aim to drink around 2 litres per day. I personally start every day with a huge glass of lemon and ginger water, especially since we are extra dehydrated first thing in the morning.
3. Waste Elimination
The type of food we eat contributes to how well we are able to eliminate waste. Are you eating a diet rich in nutrient dense foods or are you scrimping?
Only you can know how well you are serving your body in this area.
My personal preference is to eat a vegan, whole foods, plant based diet. All the fresh fruits and vegetables contribute to expanding your consciousness too, something I discovered during my Saturn Return and talk about more in my book Twenty8: The Age of Power.
Why a vegan plant-based diet?
As shared in my story there are many reasons we should be opting for a plant-based diet, some of main reasons are:
1. For your health
The China Study, remains the largest and most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted and proves that a plant based diet is prolonging lives. And the USFDA recognizes both vegan and vegetarian diets as the healthiest diets of all due to low cholesterol and less health problems.
2. Lowers Risk of Disease
Eating a plant-based diet has been linked to lower risk of obesity and many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, inflammation and cancer.
3. Increased Energy
Feeling lethargic? This probably has a fair amount to do with your diet. Ditching meat means finding replacements that offer more nutrients and a more even delivery of energy throughout the day. Get ready to start waking up before your alarm!
4. Clearer, More Youthful Skin
A plant-based diet high in essential fatty acids and skin clearing vitamins like C and A can help your inner beauty shine through. I personally noticed how much clearer and youthful my skin looked after switching. Also I have a friend who has been vegan for almost 20 years and he looks like he is late 20’s when he is in fact 40!
5. Saving the planet
According to Cowspiracy, just one day on a vegan diet means you will have saved:
It's time to restock...
Maybe you are already halfway there and now have more awareness about your eating habits or breathing patterns or maybe you’ll just start drinking more water in the morning.
Remember without our health we only have zeros in the bank.
I hope that you found these tools valuable in learning how to create your health glow. I will be back with Part 3 of this 5 Part series where I will share how to own your power.
If you would like to learn more about my personal journey to transforming my life then please check out my book Twenty8: The Age of Power or my Elevate Coaching Programme.
With love & gratitude,
This year my intention is to teach as many people as possible how to Elevate their life. I recognise that life coaching is not always right for everyone however it is still important to me to empower individuals with the knowledge. In this 5 part series I will be talking you through all of the necessary steps to Elevating your life and provide you with a number of different ways to work through the key Elevate principles: Ground, Health, Power, Purpose and Elevate.
In order to Elevate one’s life first we must create a strong foundation upon which to grow. We do this through first grounding before we can rise up: much like a flower. First we must plant the seed the in soil in order for it to develop into the beautiful flower. Without fertile soil and watering the seed it may never fully grow into its full potential. The same goes for us as humans, with care and attention we can grow into anything we wish to be. Remember just because we don’t see the whole evolution of the flower does not mean it doesn’t exist. So how can we create this strong foundation?
How do we root ourselves, in readiness to rise like the flower?
Of course there are many ways to do so and we have to discover what suits us best. I personally have a range of tools I use to ground myself, using each as required to design the foundation I need at that moment in time. Life has its many twists and turns so it is good to have multiple ways to ground ourselves.
If I was only able to share three of those tools it would have to be:
I personally recommend grounding practices first thing in the morning – as soon as you wake. They are best used consistently. The more we practice the stronger we become in our foundation, the more we begin to step into the life we want because we take charge of our day by becoming responsible for the morning, we then recognise that the entire day is within our control. These practices all attribute to creating a calm and peaceful mind, body and spirit. It is said that each day we should do something to nurture all three of these aspects of ourselves.
Meditation is a key foundational practice as it helps to calm the mind, alleviating stress and anxiety whilst developing self-awareness, emotional health and kindness. I personally find that meditation helps me to stay calm in the face of chaos, and it helps me to check in with my inner spirit. I have a fuller awareness for noticing where the noise is present and meditation has taught me over time how to disperse the noise – all by sitting silently for a few minutes each day. It’s free and easy, once you get into the habit of it. The fact that meditation is your time, just for you means that you are continuously delving deeper within, even just 5 minutes a day allows you the opportunity to reconnect with yourself and this in turn allows you to develop a greater sense of self awareness. The more self-awareness we have the easy it will be for us to make positive changes within our lives. Awareness is the first step to change.
Journaling provides us with freedom of our thoughts. Instead of the brain storing all of the to do lists, worries and dreams, we write it down through journaling and free up space for other ideas or creations to come through. Journaling is also being called Writing Therapy and I can understand why. For me I love to journal as soon as I wake up, I will typically start by recording any dreams I had the night prior, then using the fast and free method I will write down any thoughts in my head – literally anything, even if it's stuff like I need to unload the dishwasher or clean the house or make a phone call. I will spend about 2 pages freeing my mind of any useless clutter, then I will move onto affirmations. I usually have the same affirmations that I write daily which correlate to what I am seeking to improve or manifest in my life. Over time you notice you have less to say in terms of worries or to do lists and then the fun really begins and the artist within starts to emerge. I find myself regularly interrupted by poems or ideas for my upcoming book. Once we free the mind it is able to create!
The balancing effects of Mother Nature are outstanding and Earthing is a very important habit to maintain to keep you connected with the Nature. When was the last time you felt the Earth beneath your feet? ‘Earthing’ is when you are in contact with the Earth’s natural, subtle surface electric energy or Ground Prana. There are a number of incredible benefits that can be realised through this simple method of walking on the Earth barefoot.
The Earthing Institute states:
“Earthing is nothing really new. It’s purely a revival of a timeless practice and a forgotten law of Nature: that we belong to Nature, and part of the very connection with Nature is our connection with Mother Earth. “
My love for Earthing started 3 years ago when I challenged myself to thirty days of nature walks, to uncover if it made any difference to my health or wellbeing. After only a few days I was hooked. I remembered putting my shoes back on and walking home from the park only to experience the truly grounding effects of Mother Nature. The Earth’s prana, received from the ground into my feet, had sent me off with a tingle, a subtle energetic flow that I had not had before walking barefoot through the park. After finishing my challenge I never looked back. I noticed an improved mood, relaxed composure and the reduction of headaches (which I typically had through computer usage) - all through Earthing daily. If, for some reason, I had a day off, I was more irritable than usual and I felt less connected to myself.
What do you think of these activities? Maybe you are already practicing one or two of them and notice the benefits? Maybe you are feeling inspired to start a new daily practice? Wherever you are today is the perfect time to build a new habit!
Let me know in the comments section which practice you are going to try…
I hope that you found these 3 tools valuable in learning how to ground yourself. I will be back with Part 2 of this 5 part series where we will cover off the most important tools to radiant health.
With love & gratitude,
When a new ‘superfood’ or health craze starts I typically opt out, with the view that this is just a marketing ploy to get me to spend money on things I don’t really need. But with CBD I feel very differently.
I personally came to find out about this miracle supplement via my friends at the Feel Good Café. Their reviews and positive experiences was enough to spark curiosity. They claimed better sleep, freedom from anxiety, pain relief, and help with inflammation amongst other benefits.
I bought my first bottle that very day and have loved their CBD ever since.
For me personally I experienced a deeper sleep, reduced anxiety and a calmer feeling within myself. I noticed how whenever I consume it at bedtime my dreams are far more memorable and lucid – if you’re into that, it helps. I also have a tendency to suffer with anxiety; a few drops of CBD and my anxiety disappears within minutes. Not to mention the relief I have felt after suffering with muscular aches and pains.
I recently attended a talk on CBD held at the Feel Good Café in Chingford (one of my favourite Vegan spots, the Buddha bowls are amazing!) and I wanted to share the information I learned to help spark your curiosity.
First up, what is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, one of the two principle active components of the hemp plant family. I was intrigued to discover that the body makes small amounts of CBD, in the same way that we make dopamine for example.
The cannabis plant naturally produces around 200 different kinds of organic hydrocarbon compounds known as ‘terpenes’. The terpenes are a very valuable part of CBD oil, each having powerful remedial properties in themselves.
What are the benefits of CBD?
Anti-anxiety, anticonvulsant/ epilepsy, calming, muscle relaxant, anti-fungal, sedative effect, sleep promoting, anti-bacterial amongst so much more. There is growing evidence that CBD is successful in treating a number of symptoms. However, it is important to note that the UK law does not permit CBD oil to be described as a medicinal supplement therefore, CBD oil can only be offered for sale as a dietary supplement.
How to consume CBD?
Ideally 3-5 drops per day, it’s possible to take more once you are familiar with it. CBD is poorly absorbed in the digestive tract, so it is best to take it under the tongue – hold for a minute or so before swallowing.
Ensure that you are purchasing CBD from a reputable seller who sells a full spectrum CBD.
Will CBD make me feel high?
This was one of my main concerns, since I am not keen on using drugs for recreational use and was worried this might make me feel high. Luckily, CBD is not psychoactive, so you cannot get high by consuming CBD.
Can I travel with CBD?
It is important to remember that CBD has not been legalised in all countries, therefore it is best to double check if you plan to travel with CBD.
Have you tried CBD? What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear.
If you are curious and would like to try, I have teamed up with FeelGood Essentials who have provided a 10% discount code "FeelGood10%" which is valid until the end of March on all orders.
With love & gratitude,