Eating Organic Economically

Eating Organic Economically

 Organic is a way of life. A way of measuring quality and value through the chemical and genetic nature of our food. What goes into our bodies and ultimately what feeds every living cell within us with information is a foundation for health and wellbeing. And is not to be taken lightly.  The cost of buying organic can be frustrating and simply expensive. Here I have shared my top tips, for feeding a family of four (and that includes two teenage boys) within a reasonable food budget.  Buy in season. Most produce in season goes on special, is cheaper and fresher. This is a great time to freeze extra produce and make extra batches of your favorite seasonal recipes to freeze.  Visit your local farmers market. This approach works best if you have made up a weekly menu plan with in season recipes. This is a great way to explore seasonal goods, while supporting your local community! it can also give you insight into the type of farm and methods used. A good tip is to go towards the end of the market and bargain for deals with the vendors.   Shop the bulk section. Buy your beans, grains, nuts and seeds here – all dry goods. Some stores have extensive organic bulk sections, where you can stock up on your oils, nut butters, syrups and honeys too. It really can be worth a slight detour, or running a special errand to a organic grocery store with a large bulk section.   Shop online. As much as I cringe because this doesn’t support local businesses and the environmental impact of shipping. Shopping online can be very cost effective and help achieve...
Our Inner Ocean

Our Inner Ocean

 The mighty and mysterious Lymphatic system is easily one of the most overlooked healing systems in the body. It is the backbone of the immune system and is responsible for the movement and flow of lymph fluid. The lymph picks up blood cells and discharged cell materials and carries them to lymph nodes, where the lymph is flushed, cleansed and regenerated. The lymph nodes have a high concentration of white blood cells, lymphocytes which are key players in the healing of infection. The lymphatic system also plays an essential role in the detoxification of the body, as the lymph fluid gathers and moves out toxins and cellular waste through its vessels and into the colon, where it is eliminated.  Our bodies are between 70-90% water and the movement, exchange and cleanup of our intercellular fluid is paramount for our overall health and wellbeing. An important fact to know about our lymph system is that it does not have a pump like our circulatory system has the heart. The lymphatic system moves by way of muscular and skeletal function… this is so important to understand, as most of us lead sedentary lifestyles which tax our bodies in many ways.  Scientists are still discovering the massive span of the Lymphatic system, but as recent research now shows, this intricate and vast system moves from the brain and throughout the whole body. I like to think of the Lymph and blood as the oceans within, both vitally important, one nourishing and delivering vital nutrients and the other cleaning up and making sure everything is in check. The integral relationship of the lymphatic system and the blood can be likened to yin and yang, they both work together and are part of a larger functioning beautiful whole.  Some...
Iodine the Goddess mineral

Iodine the Goddess mineral

Many elements shape and support our bodies, with minerals being a crucial part of the basic nutritional foundation of our health. They support physical connection and vitality, both within our relationship to the earth and within the inner working harmony of our bodies.  Iodine has many vital roles in the body and is found in every organ and tissue, in fact every cell in the body has an Iodine receptor. Iodine is most commonly known for its essential support for a healthy and balanced thyroid, but has many more roles ranging from balancing estrogen levels, an antibiotic to detoxification.  The thyroid which is a complex master endocrine gland that governs energy, hormones and affects nearly every organ in the body, lies in the fifth throat chakra. The colour of the chakra is blue and holds the energy of expression and if imbalanced is associated with emotional traumas from childhood. We live in a time where more people then ever have thyroid issues. Thyroid imbalances are more common in women then in men, and can often be linked to a family history of female relatives with various thyroid imbalances. There are many contributing factors that affect the delicate balance of the thyroid; our Iodine intake from diet, our exposure to chlorine (in tap water and swimming pools), bromide (found in bread) and fluoride all block iodine receptors. Estrogen dominance also blocks Iodine absorption along with a number of medications.  Why is Iodine the goddess mineral?  It is concentrated in the thyroid, breast tissue and ovaries. Is interconnected with estrogen levels. Dry skin issues and the inability to sweat. Helps metabolism...
Water therapy to smooth, tone and boost immunity

Water therapy to smooth, tone and boost immunity

Want a glowing complexion, taut skin, less cellulite? How about improved blood circulation and enhanced lymphatic function and drainage? sounds amazing right? it is! this is where I introduce you to the art of hydrotherapy. Hydrotherapy is used across the world in old and new health and wellness practices. And is a beautiful therapy. As the body is 70% water using this luminous element to stimulate and nourish our bodies, becomes a deeply rejuvenating and healing experience. Hydrotherapy uses water at cold and hot temperatures to manipulate blood flow and lymphatic function of the body. Cold water essentially forces the body to pull blood towards the core protecting the organs, the rush of more blood, results in the organs receiving more oxygen and being rejuvenated. When we douse the body with warm water blood returns to the extremities. This action begins to create an inner pump like movement of blood and lymphatic motion. the inner circulation improves blood flow and lymphatic drainage which helps eliminate toxins from the body. Detoxification helps to strengthen the bodies immune system, which is the bodies main defense against viruses, bacteria and infection. Getting down to business. All you need is a few extra minutes at the end of your shower. While you shower in warm/ hot water relax, take a few deep belly breaths and with each exhale let tension and stress go, do this for 1-2 minutes. Now, adjust the temperature to a much cooler setting, go as cold as you can tolerate (your tolerance will increase over time) stand so the water is showering your chest, and BREATH turn around so...
Lemon water to alkalize your day

Lemon water to alkalize your day

Off to a New year and a New you? Trying to instill some healthy habits that will make a difference in your health and overall wellbeing? Starting your day with Lemon water is one of many key fundamental healthy habits that anyone can do to help the body become more alkaline, cleanse and gently jumpstart the digestive system. A cup of warm lemon water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach offers huge yet gentle impact and is one of the easiest no fuss healthy habits anyone can do.  Alkalizing the body helps to balance the constant acidic state that most people are experiencing. Our modern day lifestyles full of stress, little sleep, fast food, high sugar, caffeine chugging are just a few reasons why we need to tune in to the inner environment of our bodies and give a little love and self care. Lemon water gently wakes up  the digestive system and stimulates the liver to do what it does best, detoxify and eliminate.  A little juice on Lemons. They have been a part of the human diet since the 1st century, used in home remedies and are considered a fruit with an abundance of radiant properties: they are antiseptic, antimicrobial, are known to decrease mucus build up in the body,  improve the absorption of minerals, promote weight loss, cleanse the blood, help alleviate flatulence and indigestion, ease nausea, heartburn and constipation.  Make this alkalizing tonic every morning upon waking, on an empty stomach. All you need to do is heat up your filtered or spring water, take the juice of a freshly sliced organic...