DETOX YOUR WORLD

Eliminating the toxic build up in our bodies is key to living a life of energy. To do this we must reduce our exposure to toxins in the environment and optimise the processes used by the body to deal with and remove toxins in our cells.

DETOXING OUR ENVIRONMENT

This can difficult as we don’t have complete control over what we are exposed to: car fumes, smoke, chemical cleaning products, tap water and even the food we eat all contain harmful toxins that build up in our cells and cause oxidative stress (basically cell damage reduces the amount of energy we can produce). What we can control, however, is what we choose to buy and use on a daily basis – shampoo, deodorant, moisturisers, toothpaste, laundry detergent, food – these products often contain a lot of harmful chemicals (fluoride and aluminium are common in toothpaste, tap water and deodorant and are neurotoxic).

Glyphosate is a pesticide that is routinely sprayed on GMO crops, the plant uptakes this chemical and stores it within its cells and we consume it, washing your veg won’t get rid of it! The problem with glyphosate is that it kills beneficial bacteria, and when you consider that bacteria outnumbers human cells 10-1 in our body, this is bad news and can create conditions for bad bugs to run wild. It leaves us susceptible to the growth of nasty pathogens and fungi within the body, which in turn increases toxic build up, which leads to inflammation that eventually results in reduced energy, reduced brain function, and in many cases, an autoimmune disease of some sort.

I don’t believe it’s a case of if you are are toxic or not, it is a case of how toxic you are and how effectively your body can cope with the toxic burden of everyday life. How many toxins you expose yourself to and how efficient your system is at removing them is key. Fortunately, we can optimise both.

As your body begins to remove toxic build up you don’t want to give it any more toxins to deal with, so choose natural products that are gentle on the body. It is also well worthwhile to invest in a water filter. A reverse osmosis system that fits under the sink is the best.

Eating organic is another measure I strongly recommend – so much conventionally farmed food is full of fungicides, pesticides and hormones that wreak havoc on our body. Switch your personal care products to ones that only contain natural, beneficial ingredients (a lot of products contain chemicals known to cause damage, I wouldn’t want to be putting it on my face and spraying myself with neurotoxins). Start looking at what you are buying and what you are using, there are plenty of awesome products out there that look, taste and smell great and made using ingredients and methods that don’t harm the planet and your health.

 

DETOX YOUR BODY

For this, you will want to start slowly. It is best to ease into it and not to shock yourself with a big change that will leave you with cold turkey symptoms. Firstly, begin to eliminate all the harmful foods in your diet (I found this can be quite difficult to start with and takes strong will power, something can be trained and improved).

For me, I had to leave my job and friends, for as long as I lived in that environment I struggled to change my habits. I was tasting everything I was making (regardless of what it was composed of), overindulging in alcohol and being in the stressful environment of a busy kitchen. I made the decision to put my health first and invest the time into healing myself, I moved to Australia to live with Nellie and began detoxing and healing. Once I removed myself from my usual life and patterns of behaviour it was a lot easier to make the food and lifestyle choices I needed to.

After 3 days I felt awful – I suffered fluey symptoms and struggled to leave the bed. 3 more days my brain felt better but my body was weak. 10 days later I felt in the best condition I’ve ever been in. That is not to say I am completely healed, I am still continuing to detox and remove heavy metals from my tissues. I estimate the whole process to take about 2 years. (If you suffer any medical condition always seek the help of a trained practitioner when detoxing). This process is ongoing and I’m constantly learning new ways to adapt and live this lifestyle in an often demanding environment.

Integrating daily habits for diet, mindfulness and exercise will greatly help the detoxification process. It is always best to start slow and easy and build up as you are ready for it.

When we live consciously, not only do we gain more energy and feel more vibrant, we treat ourselves with the respect we deserve, which in turn leads to treating others and our environment with more compassion.

We live in a toxic world; but we have the power to change it. It starts with the choices we make everyday, what we put on our skin and on our plate, the companies we choose to support or neglect, how we interact with each other.

 

When we heal ourselves; we heal the planet 🙂

 

Go Green and keep performing,

 

Tom

PROBLEMS…? WHAT PROBLEMS

Think about this – problems aren’t problems until we make them a problem.

If you haven’t picked up on it yet, you’ll soon realise I’m pretty psyched and excited about positive psychology.

I love studying happiness and examining how we can become fulfilled and happy beings. Through this field of study I’m learning how to coach myself and apply certain strategies to my own life so I can continue to move forward and progress as a human. The biggest theme, which keeps popping up in my personal study, is the idea that we are in control of our minds and we choose how we want to feel.

So if we choose how we want to feel, then why do so many of us feel bad? I personally never want to feel bad, but it happens, sometimes often, and unfortunately it can be a massive struggle to get out of. It could be as small a thing as feeling bad when we wake in the morning, and the mood carries on longer than desired (me this morning), to things much more difficult such as loss of a job or having a heated fight with a loved one.

What I have come to realise, in any problematic scenario, the reason we feel bad is because of the way we are thinking about it. The cure, therefore, to stopping ourselves feeling bad, resides in ourselves. We have the power to change how we feel and the tricky part is the effort, time and practice it takes.

Imagine this scenario:

You are driving in your car and another driver is not paying attention, totally cuts you off and almost hits your car. In the moment, you swerve to get out of the way and almost crash into a telegraph pole. No harm is done; it was just a close call.

Now, you can respond in various ways. One person might absolutely lose their shit, turn into a rage and start screaming obscenities from their car. Another person may be a little shocked, think that was lucky and that’s it! They then get back to their day feeling joyful.

This is the exact same situation for two different people, yet their thinking, then response determines whether or not it turns into a problem.

Now, I’m not saying changing our thinking is an easy thing. In fact, it’s an incredibly difficult and hard thing to do. It requires a lot of internal focus. You have to pay attention to the voice inside and listen to what it’s saying. And a lot of the time it can be saying horrible things, but when we change the thoughts – happiness, magic and true abundance can shine through.

It really is achievable to minimise and even eliminate the negative emotions and reactions that come as a response to a thought. So if we really want to try minimise the drama and/or problems in our lives, we need to change our thinking!

My first step of guidance – start to listen. If you’re not feeling great, ask yourself ‘why?’ and truly listen to what you think. Listen to what your mind says, write it down if it helps and unpack what’s actually going on in your head to cause so much upset, worry, distress or annoyance.

It is easy to become a robot body and run from pure emotion, unfortunately, in those situations, we are not being present. We are not consciously taking action and without paying attention to ourselves, we cannot be mindful. When we run on autopilot emotions, the only person we truly hurt is ourselves because we are not being in tune and understanding what the real issue is. At the heart of mindfulness is paying attention. So always, if in doubt of your mood or why a problem is seeming much bigger than it needs to, pay attention to your thoughts.

Second big piece of advice – try remove yourself from the situation and imagine it happening to someone else. Does it still seem such a big deal? Does it still require so much stress, anxiety, annoyance, frustration? If someone was telling you about this problem, what advice could you give them, the magic here is if the advice you come up with is productive and positive – you can use it. Apply it straight away. If we change the way we think, we can change how we see a perceived ‘problem’ – it may not be a problem anymore!

Have a go at thought play, listen to your mind and see if next time you can minimize the intensity of a problem just by thinking about the situation differently.

Bye for now.

With love,

Nellie

xo

 

WHY YOU SHOULD TRY GUIDED MEDITATION

If you have already been introduced to the magnificent benefits of meditation, you’ll know how perfect it is for your mind, body and soul. If you have heard about it, but never really given it a go, I strongly encourage you to start – as soon as possible. If you’re ready to get on board, but don’t know how to begin or set up a practice, keep reading, I’ve got some handy tips for you.

Guided meditation is the easiest, and most suitable way to start if you’re new to the practice. The internet has made it so easy; YouTube is a fantastic tool with hundreds of channels to choose from. You simply browse, select and subscribe to your favourite creators, choose an appropriate time, then practice. That’s it!

Only recently, Tom and I started using guided meditations in the morning as our wake up alarm.  As our days are busy, I often found I wasn’t doing daily meditation unless I really pencilled it into my schedule. Now that I use this tool in the morning, everyday I am waking with meditation. It creates wonderful energy and sets us both up for a perfect day.

Since starting this practice I’ve felt more success, appreciation and contentment with my days and it flows right through to the evenings. Even more, I feel like I am making more time later in the day to practice further because it’s naturally cleared the way to a higher resonating emotional state. Overall, it brings more joy, hope, love, and gratitude to life and makes the experience of being here that little bit more special.

Listed below are some of the great benefits of guided meditation:

1. You don’t have to know how to meditate

Someone conducts and you follow along. There is no pressure on yourself to be a meditating guru. Listen, observe and enjoy the magical mind journey. Now some people will say they get easily intimidated by meditation because they feel they can’t shut off, focus, or stop thinking about external things, but what needs to be understood is this brain chatter is actually a natural part of the meditation release process. If any thoughts arise just let them drift away as if you are releasing them in a river and return your focus to breath. An additional benefit of guided practice is someone directs your thinking, so even if you do wander, their voice and guidance will aid relaxation. 

2. It’s visualisation based

You start with an intention and envisage the outcome. It allows your mind to become clear, still and reflective. Visualisation is powerful in the way it can affect our reality by imagination. When we visualise an experience before we act on it we are better prepared for the situation as we have already mentally practised it. Visualisations also come with added health benefits; many studies have found visualisation can decrease stress, depression and alleviate pain and headaches. The mind has a powerful effect on the body; getting into deep states of relaxation and using visualisations provide the perfect conditions for whole-body healing. 

3. It works as a healing technique

You can focus on a disrupt in your life and work to resolve and mend any distress. Further, it can help to unpack hidden blocks that you may not be aware of: there could be an unconscious strain that’s holding you back from reaching your full potential, by addressing it at a subconscious level it gets to the root of the problem and paves the way for lasting change. Guided and unguided healing meditations are fantastic tools for relaxing and calming our bodies and minds and bringing focus to growth and repair. 

4. You choose the time

You can choose any time of the day to practice. It is good to do it in the morning and envisage your perfect day unfolding, the feelings of love and compassion you should experience will bring positive energy to whatever you are achieving that day. In the evening it is nice to reflect on the day’s events and re-live the experiences you felt grateful for, really feeling gratitude is key and will set you up perfectly for a restful sleep.

5. Provides focus and intent

You can choose a focus, e.g. relaxation, releasing worry, gratitude, healing anxiety etc. and you can choose how long you want to meditate for. Videos range from 5 minutes to over an hour so you decide what time-frame best fits your schedule. You may find on different days, a different focus feels more right. The beauty of meditation is that it is your practice. Play around, Experiment. Enjoy being the only you there has ever been, and ever will be.  

I strongly recommend giving it a go if you’ve not yet established your meditation practice. If you’re already meditating but haven’t tried guided methods, why not dabble with the idea, it will compliment what you are already doing.

Make sure you try!

With love,

Nellie

THE BEAUTY OF GRATITUDE

I am thankful for the opportunity to start a new, fresh day. 

I am grateful for the friends and family I have. They’re supportive, loving and encourage me to be the best version of myself.

These are two very simple – yet powerful messages anyone can say everyday, to themselves, to show they are thankful.

When we show thankfulness we eliminate negativity and function at a higher level – allowing more acceptance, care and compassion into our lives.

These messages are so easy to say and are perfect examples of gratitude.

Gratitude therefore is an appreciation of all the things you are thankful for. It is paying respect to, and celebrating what we have and acknowledging the goodness and richness of our lives.

Unfortunately, some people can think gratitude is difficult, especially if we’re having a hard day. If at times you think you have nothing to be appreciative of  – I want you to think again.

What about the oxygen you’re breathing – you should be thankful for that!

What about the clothes on your back – you should be thankful for that!

Gratitude doesn’t have to be for some profound and unusual experience. In my opinion, when we show gratitude for the simplest things – this is when true happiness can really grow.

Try this next time you are having a bad day. List as many things you can of which you are happy for. It can be as simple as the appreciation for the food you’ve been able to eat.

Gratitude honestly makes you feel better – and it’s such a simple and easy thing to do. If you aren’t doing it yet, I strongly advise you to start. My life satisfaction has drastically improved just because I’m consciously making an effort to think about the good things I’m grateful for. Give it a go and if you’re really stuck have a look at these prompts, they’ll get you started.

With love,

Nellie

GRATTITUDE PROMPTS

Gratitude does not have to be difficult.

In fact, gratitude is a fantastic tool for shifting our focus from the lacks in our life to the abundance that is already present.

Just by the sheer focus on things we are thankful for, we attract more positivity and thus more happiness. When we are grateful our fears, disappointments and worries disintegrate because we are focusing on everything that is good in our lives.

Below are some simple prompts you can use every day to kick start your gratitude practice.

Enjoy!

THE POWER OF GRATTITUDE

This infographic designed my Mindvalley clearly sums up the importance of gratitude. Gratitude not only improves our health and wellbeing, it increases spiritualism, can boost our motivation, opens the doors for forgiveness and improves our social intelligence, which all inevitably makes us more happy. Through gratitude we become more in tune, feel more connected, show more appreciation, share more love  and therefore kindness in the world.

Enjoy the read and endeavour to sparkle more gratitude in each and every day!

With love,

Nellie