Floating;

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Last week, I booked myself into an isolation tank at Beyond Rest. If you watch The Simpsons, you may remember this episode where Lisa & Homer go floating (poor Homer). Anything that involves extra dopamine and endorphins, I’m all in for!

Taken from the Beyond Rest website, the floatation tank contains a super-saturated Epsom-salt solution, which is about 25cm deep. This creates an environment similar to that of the Dead Sea, which lets you float effortlessly on the surface of the water and enjoy a feeling of weightlessness.

It eliminates all outside distractions such as sight, sound, tactile sensations, and gravity, so you feel like your floating in space losing track of where your body ends and the water begins. Noise from the outside doesn’t get to you. This is done  by water and air heated to your body temperature so you cannot distinguish between the air and water thus giving you the floating feeling.

Some of the benefits of floating

The relaxed state you get into while in the tank is a healing state for many conditions reported by researches to:

  • Promote total calm, peaceful relaxation, eliminates fatigue and jet lag.
  • Quicken rehabilitation and recovery. Relieve pain from arthritis, migraines and injuries.
  • Improve sleep, alleviate stress both physical and mental.
  • Energise and revitalise
  • stimulate left/right brain synchronisation creating mental clarity and alertness.
  • shift brain waves from beta to lower frequency levels to alpha, theta and even delta waves.
  • Accelerate learning, increases creativity, problem solving.
  • Heighten visualisation, deepens meditation and expands awareness.
  • Enhance hypnotherapy and self-hypnosis.
  • Enhance potential for lucid dreams
  • Increase your motivation and diminish depression, anxiety and fear.
  • Increase your productivity as you are clear and ready to work on whatever it is that is important to you
  • Facilitate freedom of habits, phobias and addictions
  • Improve athletic performance, speed the healing process and prevent sports injuries.
  • Boost immune function
  • Decrease the production of cortisol, acth, lactic acid and adrenaline which helps reduce stress and relaxes you.
  • Increase the production of endorphins
  • Increase and improve the circulation and distribution of oxygen and nutrients.
  • Help in healing people with fibromyalgia
  • Reduce blood pressure, pulse, heart rate and oxygen consumption
  • It’s a great story. At the end of the day when you see family or friends and they say ‘how was your day’ – it will be much more of an interesting story

Being a total water rat my whole life, I’ve always been a huge fan of floating in the ocean except you can never do that for too long because you either get hit by waves or you get burnt. So floating in a tank was the perfect solution.

If you’re one of those people (like me) that makes 99% of your life decisions in the shower, then a float is for you! I spent half the time getting 100% on a decision & the other half meditating (more on this massive decision soon!!)

And the best part? In your own private room, you get to shower afterwards with Sukin products & walk out of there feeling super refreshed.

Check into your closest isolation tank in Brisbane // Melbourne // Perth // Sydney

Worldwide float locations can be found: HERE

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I’m quitting sugar (again);

All above photos found on my Pinterest board: Sweets.

May 6th, I played the supporting friend role for a girlfriend that just got out of a long term relationship & ate myself silly with frozen salted caramel yoghurt and a million sugary extras like chocolate cake, kit kat, tim tams & strawberries. And when the sugar hit, I vowed to quit the white stuff for good. So I went home & made my old time favourites; the raw prune balls.

I attempted to quit sugar back in August 2013 with a little success (read about it here & here). I tried to quit sugar 9 months ago for the very same reasons as I have this month. Sleep disruptions, low moods at 3pm & of course, that unwanted bit of love hanging around the mid section (my biggest problem area, the tummy). I got a personal trainer not long after my birthday last August and made lots of raw treats but it still didn’t stop me from bingeing on sweets far too often.

When you find yourself eating multiple biscuits a day for absolutely no reason & whatever cake and chocolate you can get your hands on & yawning come 3pm, something has gotta change. This time round, I’m not quitting fructose (found in fruit) but I have given up the white processed stuff.

It’s currently Day 24 and I’m a little surprised how easy it’s been & how much the sight of sugar has disgusted me. On Day 1, I came home to four boxes of Lindt & Baci (my ultimate faves) and walked away. Over the last 24 days, there have been several cakes brought into the office & a HUGE pile of leftover Easter chocolates put in front of me. And I can’t forget the daily supply of mint choc biscuits, chocolate covered scotch fingers and Tim Tams before my eyes.

But yet, I kept on walking & didn’t once cave in. The raw prune balls have been the best substitute as well as the choc snacks made by Isagenix, which contain chromium for cravings. I don’t really have an end date to this processed sugar ban. I’m feeling good & I don’t want to return to how I used to feel anytime soon! In my second week, I noticed how much more alert I was & how I was managing to get through the day without yawning (writing reports all afternoon can do that to you).

I don’t make it very easy on myself, pinning all sorts of sweet stuff but like the rest of my Pinterest stuff, all those sweet things can wait!

So I’ve love to know what’s everyone’s opinion on sugar; how does sugar make you feel & have you ever tried to quit the processed stuff?

FMTV;

A few weeks ago, Food Matters launched Food Matters TV aka FMTV. For the price of a green smoothie a month, you get access to hundreds of health & wellness documentaries, extended interviews with leading health exports, healthy recipe videos and yoga, exercise and meditation programs. 

So far, I’ve watched E-motion; Fat, sick & nearly dead; The Shift; You can heal your life and The Tapping Solution. All have been incredible in such different ways.

E-motion (the trailer is behind that hyperlink)  is a factual, feature-length documentary set to change the way humanity thinks about the physical symptoms of disease. Driven by interviews with cutting edge healers whose backgrounds include western medicine, quantum physics, kinesiology, biology and genetics, E-Motion looks at the underlying cause for everything that makes us sick. 

Fat, sick & nearly dead (trailer found here) is a documentary that follows a man named Joe Cross who is 100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease. He trades in the junk food and hits the road with juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for the next 60 days. Across 3,000 miles Joe has one goal in mind: To get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle (I’ve now watched this twice because it was THAT good).

The Shift, starring Wayne Dyer, explores the spiritual journey from ambition to meaning. The powerful shift from the ego constructs we are taught early in life by parents and society – which promotes an emphasis on achievement and accumulation – are shown in contrast to a life of meaning, focused on serving and giving back.

You can heal your life, starring Louise Hay, gives penetrating insights into Louise’s fascinating personal story; and shows how her views on self-esteem, abundance, and the metaphysical causes behind physical ailments were developed. It also reveals how she applied these concepts to her own emotional, spiritual, and professional life.

The Tapping Solution, starring Jack Canfield, explores Tapping in a way that’s never been seen before. The film combines the wisdom and experience of world famous teachers, speakers, and motivators, with an element that’s usually missing: REAL LIFE CASES, unfolding before your eyes.

Plus, ‘Hungry for change’ and ‘Food Matters’ are a must see. Seriously, the price of a green smoothie a month for all this amazingness? Total bargain!

Question time, where do you watch your documentaries? 

Happy 12 months to me!

On Thursday night last week, I graduated from university & went straight to the airport to catch the red eye to Brisbane. For the last 12 months, I’ve been on the greatest wellness journey to date, feeling better & better as time goes on. I started this journey for energy, a stronger immune system and a big detox post summer celebrations.

What I didn’t know last February was the fact that aligning my body would change my life in ways I wouldn’t even be able to imagine. Other than having energy for days, not being sick in 8 months, better sleep & feeling happier, less stressed & burnt out, I’ve met a HUGE amount of amazing people on this same journey as me.

And for someone that moved to Perth in 2007 & went straight into the party scene when I was still underage, this has been the biggest blessing of all. I remember breaking down to my parents in early 2009, confessing just how bad my life was spiralling out of control (first time ever admitting I had a drug problem to my parents – turns out they knew the whole time). I was just about to do a 2-year bridging course for university (since I dropped out of high school as soon as I turned 16) and I felt so stuck. I was surrounded by toxic people, negativity, drugs & alcohol and in general, people who weren’t on the same path as me.

I did my 2-year bridging course, meeting some incredible people along the way before doing 3 months backpacking through Europe & then straight into 3 years of intensive work & study.

Over the last 5 years, I’ve slowly changed aspects of my life. I’ve done lots of physical activities, saved as much as possible to travel, spent lots of time reading, connecting with new & old friends & done plenty of stuff by myself (as well as working and studying of course).

If I could tell my 17 year old self where I would be today, at the age of 23 (nearly 24), I would describe my current situation as completely outrageous from what it used to be.  To think how much my situation has changed in the last 5 years, especially the last year, totally blows my mind. The amount of times I have cried in the last 3 days, just thinking about how amazing things are at the moment cannot even be counted on two hands (and here I was thinking I was an emotional-less Russian!)

So this weekend has been the biggest game changer. I flew to Brisbane by myself, having met some of the people briefly in person or spoken with online. I’ve known a handful of people for a few years that were there but that was it. But I guess that’s what I’ve learnt over the last 7 years – you have to go out there & meet people. We celebrated the success of this amazing wellness company we’ve all partnered with & all the incredible individuals that really get it (there were SO so many!!) Can you imagine a company conference going from 300 people in February 2013 to over 2,000 in 2014? It’s a pretty good indication of its success over the last 12 months that I’ve been SO blessed to be a part of & witness.

So what’s next? It’s all a work in progress at the moment but now that university is finished and my property valuation reports are just days from being submitted for my property licence, I’ll be updating this blog as often as possible, sharing as much as I can.

All I can say for now is, I’m SO so excited for what’s to come in the next few months!

Living with a happy gut (and other rambles)

Beginning of 2012, I became friends with my gut. After years of pain & bloating (and thinking it was normal!), I cut wheat & gluten out of my diet. Considering I lived off bread, cereal, pasta and pizza, I had no idea how I’d survive but hey, look at me now! I look back on my diet and it makes me CRINGE. I wouldn’t even be awake for an hour before the bloating kicked in and then it wouldn’t be long until lunchtime that usually involved pasta or bread/wheat roll (wheat is supposed to be better than white bread right?)

I have no idea how I managed to juggle 1-2 jobs and study for so many years when I was constantly feeling ill after every meal (I didn’t share this with anyone).  It wasn’t until my 2nd colonic session in 2 years when it was suggested I should see a naturopath as my bloating hadn’t improved since the previous appointment.

And if you haven’t seen a naturopath before, they are the earths miracle workers. A good one will know what herbs you need for any problems whether it’s an unhappy gut, time of the month problems, sleep, stress or moods (my one helped me with all the things listed and more). Naturopaths are the first people I recommend to ANYONE.

& how does this all relate? I came across this fantastic article this week titled, “Gut Feelings: the future of psychiatry may be inside your stomach” and I could not relate any harder to this article if I tried. We live in a society where people think a script will help make you feel better but why would you want to mask the symptoms when you can have a solution to the problem?

It’s not easy & it does take time but I always refused to accept medication for headaches, unhappiness and pain. And now that I’ve read John Gray’s ‘The Mars and Venus Diet & Exercise Solution‘ book and this latest article, I can’t help but feel more people will be aware of just how important eating the right food is. Not only does it improve moods & your health, you may notice you’re sleeping better and feeling better.

I’d love to know, have you noticed how food makes you feel?

Healthy eating & total health kick;

Various meals & snacks I’ve made

Now that the temperature is starting to heat up, I’m seeing a massive difference in the foods that I eat. Lately, I’ve been craving a lot of salads with egg and chicken or tuna.

Past few weeks, I’ve done a complete 180. I did a detox (not sure if anyone wants to know but I’ll stop at the words colonic) where the nurse thought I may not be eating for my body so I went home & booked myself an appointment with a naturopath. So next few weeks will be all about changing the foods I eat.

I’m interested to see if eating for my blood type is any good, does anyone have any experiences with that?

Vibrogym + Infared Sauna session

Last night my friend Gracie invited me to go to a ‘vibrogym’ with her. I’ve heard of something similar before & was expecting to just stand there on a plate, while it vibrated my whole body- more importantly, my lower body.

We were booked in for a half hour session. The instructor asked me to start doing lunges, squats, leg lifts, press up and sit ups. I was NOT expecting that! It makes every exercise so much harder!

After that, I lay on the platform and it massaged my legs & butt for 10 minutes. You rotate your body to massage your left & right side and then front & back.

I read the benefits of this vibrogym is that it increases circulation-perfect after a day sitting in the office! It is also a great body toner- just what I wanted.

Here’s the website for more benefits: http://www.vibrolifehealth.com/Benefits.htm

After that workout, also included in the $15 session was a 35 min infared sauna session. I’ve heard of these saunas before but other places charge $40 for 30 mins & I was never interested in spending so much.

The Journal of the American Medical Association stated: “A moderately conditioned person can easily sweat off 500 grams in a sauna, consuming nearly 300 kcal, which is equivalent to running 2–3 miles”.

You can bet I will be going again!