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  • My Meditation challenge: Getting a daily meditation practice

    I started with an idea that I wanted to do 30 days of meditation as I had just stopped meditating. And at the end of my blog about it, I decided to continue and do 100 days of meditation. To read this previous article, see the related posts at the bottom of the page. I did it! getting a daily meditation practice, I’ve just completed 100 days of meditation, it’s definitely part of my night-time routine now. I do a variety of meditations. I like to listen to guided meditations, create my own meditation and work through it, my favourite is to give gratitude to everyone in my world and everyone that might come into my world. I even listen to podcasts where they might have a soothing voice or giving my mind some great information. I also try to do some gratitude or a positive affirmation in the morning before I get out of bed, to help set me up for the day. If I do this, it also helps to get me out of bed earlier! I feel more focused and able to get things done, I don’t seem to spend as much time procrastinating. I have lists, but sometimes my lists get overwhelming, I had a list for work, a list for home, a list for Dad and a list that contains any projects I am working on. There would be post it notes around the house too! But I have got clarity on this now and I have put all my lists together in one place. I put all my ideas on there too. So, it’s definitely helped get me more organised. I also feel more productive, I have lots more ideas too. I write them down and follow up on them as and when I am ready. Before, my lists would just get longer and then I wouldn’t look at them again. If I looked, I probably have about 6 or 7 different spreadsheets with lists in the title. Not sure I want to go back and look at them! I already had a calmness about me, there has been no change to that, I am still calm. Is my mind negative? rarely. It’s quiet mostly, but it already was. I also practice The Law of Attraction/Manifestation and my meditation challenge has certainly helped in this. I use the gratitude meditations to bring focus to my mind, I then think about my manifestation list, especially when I wake up. I listen to whatever guidance or ideas come my way and I allow the process to flow. Yes, I can get a bit stuck sometimes, but for me it's all about re-focusing and doing a meditation really helps with that. If you are interested in learning more about The Law of Attraction or in joining a meditation session, let me know and maybe you can join one of my small face-to-face events. If you go to the comments section in the footer of my website, this will send me an email, or you can scroll down a little bit further and it gives you a link to sending a message via WhatsApp. Just be mindful that you need the WhatsApp app on the device you are using. There is a WhatsApp app for laptops as well as phones.

  • Vitamin D through my eyes!

    This is my opinion after the copious amounts of reading I do about trying to understand the body and what I implement for self-improvement. It is based on my reading, listening and understanding, I can read statements that don’t make sense to me, so I have to dig deeper, and I know that Vitamin D is a contentious subject, and there are lots of things to consider. First controversy is that Vitamin D is a hormone, not a vitamin. Even Wikipedia says so: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitamin_D At this point I would ask you to read the wiki article, so that will help back up some of what I say. We get Vit D from two sources; naturally from sunlight, specifically UVB rays or from some foods; like the flesh of fatty fish, cod liver oil, prawns, oysters, eggs, beef liver, some cheeses, mushrooms (grown outdoors or if exposed to UVB rays. some farms grow them inside but use UVB light to grow them). It is said that if you leave mushrooms out in the sun (you don’t get UVB through glass) you can increase the Vit D content, but it needs to be receiving UVB. Vitamin D is not instant, you do not get it just from exposing your skin. Sunlight plays a crucial role in the synthesis of vitamin D in the body through a process that starts in the skin. Here's a brief description of how it happens: UVB Radiation Exposure: When the skin is exposed to sunlight, specifically to ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation, a precursor molecule in the skin called 7-dehydrocholesterol (7-DHC) absorbs this UVB radiation. 7-DHC is a type of cholesterol. Conversion to Previtamin D3: Upon absorption of UVB radiation, 7-DHC undergoes a structural change and is converted into previtamin D3. Thermal Isomerisation: Previtamin D3 is not yet biologically active. It needs to undergo a thermal process, triggered by body heat, to convert into its active form, known as vitamin D3 or cholecalciferol. Transport to the Liver and Kidneys: Once formed, vitamin D3 travels through the bloodstream to the liver, where it is hydroxylated (a hydroxyl group is added) to form 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D]. This is the major circulating form of vitamin D. Further Hydroxylation in the Kidneys: Finally, 25(OH)D undergoes a second hydroxylation in the kidneys to form the biologically active form of vitamin D, which is known as calcitriol or 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D [1,25(OH)2D]. It's important to note that while sunlight is the primary source of vitamin D synthesis, factors such as skin pigmentation, sunscreen use, time of day, season, latitude, and age can influence the amount of vitamin D produced in the skin. So, to get Vitamin D, we need to get sunshine on our skin, more specifically, UVB. But UVB isn’t always available. It is based on various factors such as the angle of the sun, the thickness of the Earth's atmosphere that sunlight passes through, and the time of day. UVB rays are most effective for vitamin D synthesis when the sun is at a relatively high angle in the sky (around midday) because they have a shorter distance to travel through the atmosphere, and less of the UVB radiation is absorbed or scattered by atmospheric components like ozone, clouds, and pollution. I read that the best way to work out if you are in the right place to start the Vitamin D processes in your body is if your shadow is shorter than you are. There are apps out there than can help you work this out, I use SunDay and when I opened it at 12noon and followed it’s processes it advised that if I stayed in the sun for 1 hour 20 minutes, I would get the equivalent of 1000iu. But 30 minutes later when I tested it again, it said I would need to be in the sun for 4 hours 30 minutes and I would only get 225iu. So, I think this proves a point that the closer you are to 12 noon the better it is. (This was on Saturday 15th March 2024) As we get closer to the summer solstice, the less time we need to spend in the sun. Have I bored you yet? Vitamin D is vital for our wellbeing. But it is complicated. For a UK based person, I know that UVB rays change depending on time of year, and we only start generating vitamin D in our bodies from around 15th March until about the end of October. So, if you are lagging and feeling lethargic, then it could be that your stores of Vitamin D are almost depleted. So, another interesting fact! Did you know we store Vitamin D? The body can store vitamin D for varying lengths of time, depending on factors such as individual physiology, vitamin D intake, sun exposure, and overall health. Here's a general overview of how vitamin D is stored: Fat Tissue Storage: Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means it can be stored in the body's fat tissue. This storage helps maintain adequate levels during periods of reduced intake or limited sun exposure. Liver Storage: After being synthesized in the skin or absorbed from dietary sources, vitamin D undergoes initial processing in the liver, where it is converted to 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D], the major circulating form of vitamin D. Some vitamin D is stored in the liver. Duration of Storage: Vitamin D can be stored in the body for weeks to months. However, there isn't a precise timeframe applicable to everyone. Storage duration depends on factors such as the individual's vitamin D status, overall health, and any conditions affecting absorption or utilization of vitamin D. Release from Storage: When the body needs vitamin D, it can mobilize stored vitamin D from fat tissue and the liver. This stored vitamin D can then be converted into its active form, calcitriol, in the kidneys as needed to regulate calcium and phosphate levels in the body. It's important to note that maintaining adequate vitamin D levels requires regular intake from dietary sources, and/or sufficient exposure to sunlight. Additionally, individuals with certain medical conditions, such as malabsorption disorders, liver or kidney disease, or obesity, may have altered storage and utilization of vitamin D. Did I say it was complicated? It is, but I am hoping that this article makes it easier for you to understand. So, this is also controversial. Sunscreen/sunblock/Suncream blocks UVB from contacting the skin. So, if you wear sun protection, how do you get vitamin D? It’s your skin, your body, you have to do what’s right for you. I have fair skin, but I make a point of getting in the sun to increase my vitamin D levels. I make sure that I do not burn, instead of creams, I put a hat on or wear floaty clothing, such as a loose cotton shirt. I will put an organic sun cream on if I am outside for longer than what I consider to be safe for my skin. Additionally, the amount of skin you have on show, also increases the amount of Vitamin D you create. But remember, some of your skin is more sensitive. I know that my shoulders will colour up quicker than my legs, so the long sleeved cotton shirt, goes on as soon as I feel I have had enough. This article is to give you more information on Vitamin D, so that you can be more aware. Here is a list of symptoms that you can get with a Vitamin D deficiency: Bone and Muscle Pain: Vitamin D plays a crucial role in calcium absorption and bone health. Deficiency can lead to bone pain, muscle weakness, and increased risk of fractures. Fatigue and Weakness: Generalized fatigue, weakness, and a feeling of lethargy are common symptoms of vitamin D deficiency. Depression and Mood Changes: There is some evidence to suggest that vitamin D deficiency may be associated with mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. Impaired Wound Healing: Vitamin D is involved in the regulation of the immune system and plays a role in wound healing. Deficiency may impair the body's ability to heal wounds efficiently. Hair Loss: Although less common, some individuals with vitamin D deficiency may experience hair loss or thinning hair. Frequent Illnesses: Vitamin D plays a role in the regulation of the immune system, and deficiency may increase susceptibility to infections and illnesses. Bone Deformities in Children: Severe vitamin D deficiency in children can lead to a condition called rickets, characterized by skeletal deformities, delayed growth, and soft bones. Muscle Cramps: Deficiency of vitamin D may contribute to muscle cramps and spasms. In summary, Vitamin D is vital to our bodies. This article is to help you have a better understanding of how it works and how you can improve your intake.

  • To stop shampooing my hair or to not stop shampooing my hair?

    I was chatting to one of my yogi’s and she said, oh, I’ve done that, haven’t shampooed my hair for 4 years. Wow, she said I should look up “No Poo” on Facebook, so once the class was finished, guess what I did. There’s a group called No Poo – UK, so I joined the group. It’s now two weeks since I have washed my hair with shampoo, I have naturally curly greying hair, I used to have a really oily scalp, but dry hair, but with a few changes I have made to my diet, my hair can usually go a week without anyone noticing. Two weeks in and we are off to a party on Saturday, and I have been working out how can I continue with no shampoo and not look like I’ve not washed my hair for two weeks. Which I know I haven’t. So, tonight I have been investigating doing a baking soda wash with an apple cider vinegar conditioner. Here's an interesting article about doing both, it gives the pro’s and con’s for both: https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-8953/diy-this-baking-soda-shampoo-saved-my-hair.html So, I have washed my hair but not with soap or shampoo or any unnatural chemicals. I have also bought some soap nuts today as it’s another way to wash the hair naturally. Waiting for them to turn up. I’m going to be adding to this article as the days and hopefully not the grease continues! I have been looking at the posts on No Poo - UK today, lots of different ideas. I was chatting to my no poo yogi again and said that she has used soap nuts but recommends using them ground! Darn it! But wait, I’ve just found an article that says you can grind them in a blender. Result! https://wastefreeculture.com/how-to-use-soap-nuts-for-laundry-3-different-ways/ I didn’t realise that I can use soap nuts for my laundry too, so am keen to try that too. I have been using an eco egg, my partner isn’t as green as me, so hope I can get this one approved. Wish me luck. (I did used Soap Nuts for several months, but it didn't go down well, so we went back to the eco egg). Just a note to say my hair feels quite clean after its no poo wash yesterday, my hair is a bit dry as it’s curly, but I may have found some natural hair masks to try. Hmm, wasn't able to do the hair mask suggested as I don’t have any of the ingredients, so I need to go shopping. It’s 4 day’s since I did the baking soda wash and things are okay. No comments from hubby about my hair being skanky, so it’s all good! So, I decided to do a moisturising mix on my hair. 1 banana / ½ avocado / ½ tbsp olive oil / ½ tbsp coconut oil / ½ tbsp honey / 1 egg. Blend and apply to hair, leave in for about 20 minutes. Then wash out, I did this in the shower, that was about a week ago, my hair isn’t oily, it’s a bit dry, but that’s about normal. I might do an apple cider vinegar rinse for my next wash as my hair is a bit dry, or I might do some coconut oil and leave in for an hour or so. It's a week later, my hair looked a little greasy yesterday, so I have showered this morning but only water washed it, then I used ACV in warm water to condition it, but it doesn’t feel like it did yesterday, it feels claggy. Think I need to do a soap nuts wash, but I will try to leave it for a few more days. It's 2 weeks further on, I haven’t washed my hair for 2 weeks, but I did an Epsom salt bath with Borax and Baking soda a couple of days ago and my hair has been feeling yukky!, so I succumbed to a hair wash with baking soda and a conditioner of warm ACV. That’s better. I am please that I have removed lots of chemicals from my body, and that was the intention. I also must comment that I didn’t use the soap nuts for my hair, I only used them in my laundry. My husband mentioned that we were running low on shampoo the other week and I said, oh I didn’t realise. He gave me a look and then I explained that I no longer use it. He hasn’t noticed. RESULT! I started this article back in March 2022 and It’s now March 2024, I am only washing my hair with baking soda and conditioning with ACV. With the occasional hair mask. I have noticed that my scalp is no longer greasy, my hair is not as dry as it used to be, and it's a bit thicker. I used to have a patch that was always tangled and it’s no longer there. I try not to dry my hair with a hairdryer, I like to dry it naturally, so it dries with my natural curl. I occasionally use my GHD’s to produce a party head! My blogs are about what’s on my mind and the things I do to improve me. I am a work in progress, reducing toxicity and harmful chemicals to allow my body to work more efficiently. I know that my ideas may not be appetising to everyone, but if it’s something that you have thought about, why not give it a try, I am happy to discuss it with you.

  • Making your money matter

    What’s different about doing yoga with me? In business, they suggest that you benefit from having a “unique selling point”. I follow lots of other yoga teachers on social media and see what they post, and a recent post has brought the idea of this post/blog to me. Did you know that I offer a “Pay as you Go” for each class you attend, just £6. Is that too cheap? Maybe it is, but I have had no increase in my costs, so I have no extra costs to pass on. I am not trying to undercut anyone, I know that in the current climate, things can be tough and the first thing to go is the spend on luxuries. Exercise is often considered as a luxury. My other services; such as reflexology, reiki, sports massage, gait analysis etc. are also considered a luxury. So, if I can keep your costs down, you might be able to treat yourself to a massage every now and then. I offer no commitment to attend class. Why? I was once asked why people don’t attending classes. OMG, the list is vast. Got a new puppy or a new grandchild. I’ve had to change my hours, I’ve changed my job. I need to run the kids to a new class they are doing, my partner needed my car, got a flat tyre, got a lunch date, hospital appointment, I’m moving away. I hibernate in the winter. My illness means I can’t come every time. The list goes on. So, to release the pressure on you, I don’t ask for commitment, I know you will come when you can. Booking system. Nope, not got one of them either. You come and go as you please, All I ask, is that if you are a new starter with me, that you complete a small questionnaire and let me know the first class you are coming to. Having a booking system costs money, I don’t want to increase your costs. I ask the universe to make my classes busier, but not overcrowd them. Membership packs. Yes, I offer these, you get a small discount for doing this, but it’s not a necessity to have one, they don’t have an expiry date. I mark them off on my spreadsheet each time you attend. It does help that you don’t have to pay cash every time you come. Even if you have told me that you are coming, but can’t make it, I still don’t take the money. I only like you paying for what you use. Is it a good business model? Probably not! But it is my business model and it works for me. You have enough pressure in your life, you don’t need to be worrying about me too. My unique selling point shows that I do care. Namaste 🙏🏻 Pricing and information correct on the date this was published on 8th February 2024

  • Reflections on my 30-Day Meditation Challenge

    As a devoted yoga teacher, meditation has always been a central component of my classes. I constantly seek inspiration from various sources, whether it be through listening to guided meditations or drawing ideas from the books I delve into. Recently, my class meditations have centred around the powerful practice of setting intentions, a concept that invariably intertwines with my personal journey. During one of these class meditations, a revelation struck me—I had inadvertently stopped meditating for my own well-being. In that moment, I resolved to set a personal intention: embark on a 30-day meditation journey. Commencing immediately, my first session unfolded on the cosy embrace of my living room sofa. Ranging from brief 5-minute respites to more profound 40-minute introspections, each day presented a unique opportunity for self-discovery. My meditation toolkit featured online sessions from luminaries like Louise Hay, Wayne Dyer, Gabor Mate, Joe Dispenza, and others. The Silva Method countdown proved instrumental in guiding my practice. Regardless of the day—be it Christmas or New Year's Eve—I remained steadfast in my commitment, ensuring a minimum of one session daily. I am pleased to report that I successfully navigated this self-imposed challenge, culminating in 30 consecutive days of meditation. So, what did this dedicated practice reveal to me? The benefits were tangible. I found myself slipping into slumber more effortlessly, free from the early-morning call of nature. Mornings greeted me with heightened mental acuity, easing the transition from bed to bustling day. A subtle calmness settled within me, proving transformative in various aspects of my life. As someone deeply intrigued by the art of manifestation, my recent meditations have gravitated towards this theme. Notably, I observed an enhanced ability to articulate and focus on my desires. Specifically, I directed my intentions towards increasing attendance in my yoga classes and garnering more clients for my additional services. Remarkably, within a week, two new clients availed themselves, and nine inquiries flooded in—an encouraging sign of progress. Was the 30-day meditation journey worthwhile? Undoubtedly. It guided me to insightful books and unearthed a fear I now actively work on overcoming. Looking ahead, my meditation practice endures; today marks day 44. I've incorporated a reflective ritual into my daily routine—evaluating the day, identifying areas for improvement, and expressing gratitude for every experience. Furthermore, I commence each day with purposeful contemplation, setting intentions that encompass both the immediate and distant future. For classes, I visualize the attendees I wish to welcome, intertwining manifestation practices with broader aspirations. As I pursue various manifestations, I reflect on achievements, infusing each thought with heightened emotion and substance. My recommendation? Embrace the transformative power of meditation, weaving it into your daily existence. As I continue this journey, I anticipate sharing insights at day 100—further testament to the enduring impact of a dedicated meditation practice. If you are interested in doing more meditation, please get in contact. I often organise meditation events. I will be announcing one soon....

  • The Biggest Little Farm Review - Feel good documentary

    I love a feel good documentary and received a recommendation to watch "The Biggest Little Farm". What’s not to like, in fact I have watched twice now! It includes wildlife and farm life together, the yin and yang of making changes and the implications they bring. Growing your own food and how the ecosystems of nature, nurture and life work together. It’s a visually stunning and emotionally engaging documentary chronicling the journey of John and Molly, as they leave urban life to establish a sustainable farm, in California. The cinematography beautifully captures the landscapes and wildife, providing a backdrop to the couple's challenges and successes. It explores themes of biodiversity, and the interconnectedness of ecosystems, promoting the importance of sustainable agriculture. With its educational value, the film delivers an inspirational message, showing the positive impact of regenerative farming practices and the possibilities of creating harmony with nature. Showing that we can live together with nature, if only we, collectively made a bit more effort. I watched this via Netflix, it is available on other channels, if you do a bit of research. Would love to know what you think? I would give it an 8/10.

  • It's Soup Season! Try my Vegetable Soup

    On a recent Facebook post I quoted “It’s soup season!” I love soup and enjoy making it, so I am always on the lookout for new recipes. And the lovely Sandra has provided me with the bare bones of a spicy vegetable soup recipe that I have made today and hope you don’t mind me sharing it with you. So, here’s the ingredients list: 3 shallots, finely chopped 1 small red onion, finely chopped 2 celery stalks, chopped 200g chopped mushrooms 2 garlic cloves, chopped 1 carrot, diced 1 sweet potato, diced 1 litre of stock (choose your flavour) 2 tbsp Thai red curry paste (if you don’t have this ingredient, just add some chilli flakes) Prepare all the veg, then sweat the onions, celery and shallots for 5 minutes, once they start to soften, add all the other veg and cook for another 5 minutes. Pour in the stock, bring to the boil and then simmer until the vegetables are tender (about 20 minutes). Once, you are happy that all the veg are tender, blend the soup and serve. This is gluten-free, vegan (if you use vegetable stock), it also qualifies as keto although it does contain veg with starch. This could be served with a nice crusty bread and butter to make it an evening meal, or without for lunch.

  • Is your Yoga mat gathering dust?

    Re-discover Inner Peace: Why You Should Return to Yoga Have you ever tried yoga and felt that incredible sense of calm wash over you after a class? The soothing embrace of relaxation, the clarity of mind, and the rejuvenation of your spirit - these are just a few of the incredible benefits that yoga can offer. If you've experienced this bliss before but haven't returned to your mat in a while, it's time to rediscover the magic of yoga. In this article, we'll remind you of the reasons why you should come back to yoga and how it can continue to enrich your life. Reconnect with Your Inner Self: Yoga is not just a physical practice; it's a journey within. It allows you to reconnect with your inner self, providing a sanctuary for self-discovery and self-care. By returning to yoga, you'll have the opportunity to delve deeper into your own consciousness, exploring your thoughts and emotions in a safe and nurturing environment. Stress Relief Beyond Compare: The modern world can be overwhelming, and stress is an all-too-familiar companion for many of us. Yoga is a powerful tool to combat stress, offering you a safe space to release tension, calm your mind, and reset your nervous system. That post-yoga sense of tranquillity is your body's way of thanking you for taking a break from the chaos. Improved Physical Well-being: Remember those moments of feeling strong and flexible after a yoga class? Returning to yoga can help you regain and enhance your physical well-being. Whether it's increased flexibility, improved posture, or a stronger core, yoga can help you achieve and maintain a healthy body. Community and Connection: Yoga classes are more than just places to practice; they are providing community and connection. Returning to yoga means rejoining a like-minded group of individuals on their own journeys to wellness and self-discovery. The support and camaraderie you'll find in a yoga community can be a powerful motivator. Lifelong Learning: Yoga is a lifelong journey with no finish line. There is always something new to explore, whether it's a different style of yoga, a challenging pose, or a deeper understanding of the philosophy behind the practice. Returning to yoga gives you the opportunity to continue learning and growing. Emotional Balance: Yoga helps you cultivate emotional resilience and balance. It equips you with tools to manage your emotions, navigate life's ups and downs, and find your centre even in the most challenging moments. Personal Transformation: Yoga is a transformative practice. By returning to it, you open the door to personal growth, self-acceptance, and a greater sense of purpose. It's an opportunity to evolve into the best version of yourself. So, if you've ever felt that calm, blissful sensation after a yoga class and have since strayed from your practice, now is the perfect time to come back. Your mat is waiting for you (just needs a little dust off), ready to offer you the same sense of calm, balance, and well-being that you've experienced before. Rediscover the magic of yoga, and let it continue to enrich your life in ways you never imagined. Your journey awaits, and the benefits are boundless. Namaste. 🧘‍♀️🧘‍♂️✨ Check out my Yoga page to discover my classes.

  • Is it possible to heal your past traumas?

    As a yoga teacher and therapist much of my day is dealing with my business, working with clients, keeping my accounts up to date, creating meditations, planning events, learning new my skills. I am a one-woman band, so I do everything. One of my favourite skills is learning which involves reading new books, doing courses. Life can be very business centric. But I like to work on myself too. Yoga has taught me so much about me and I have learnt to listen to what’s going on inside more. I am becoming more open-minded and enjoy challenging the fears and trauma’s that I am finding within. We all have them, and I have discovered that you can remove them, if you want to. One of the areas of my life that I am not comfortable with is that my Mum walked out on us when we were young. She had mental health issues and in the 70’s it was very much brushed under the carpet. I generally dislike Mother’s Day and any conversation about Mum’s. She left when I was about 8 and I have blocked all memories of her. I can not see her in the room with me or my family. There are photos, but none of us have one on display, maybe we all feel abandoned. This is one of my trauma’s. I am so glad that I discovered Yoga as it is helping me work towards releasing my traumas. Uncomfortably, I have to revisit area’s I have buried so deep. I have decided to try learning more about my mum. I am asking my dad and my sisters about her and finding out some juicy little snippets. She was into sewing and I do remember that as a kid she made lots of clothes. I asked my dad if he kept any of her patterns, and he had a massive box of patterns, including the one for her wedding dress which she made with her Aunt. Opening the box was a trip down memory lane that I have shared with my sisters. One of them remembers that my mum wasn’t always good on amending patterns to fit. She recently told me about a pair of burnt orange trousers that Mum made her when she was 8. The crotch was at the knees, so she had to roll the trousers up at the waist, so they fitted. She recalled that she put a hole in them accidentally on purpose just so she didn’t have to wear them. But I can imagine that a patch would have been sewn on them! I do remember a sewing shop in Wickford called Richardson’s and spending lots of time in there. So back to today and dealing with my trauma’s……. I love watching the Great British Sewing Bee and have watched most of the 9 series, but never taken it any further. Until Lizzie on the most recent series kept talking about her mum. It got me thinking, what better way to deal with my trauma’s and mother issues than to do a bit of sewing. I have a sewing machine and I make lavender bags, meditation pillows and the likes for my clients, but I haven’t made a garment for years. So, I rifled through the box of patterns and found a dress that I wanted to make. It’s a pattern from 1975 that cost 60p that has been used and it’s actually reasonably on trend. I am very much into reduce, reuse, recycle. I looked for fabric and found a lady selling some lilac gingham. I bought 3 metres for £3! She had bought it and never used it. So that hit’s the reuse spot. But why did I decide to make a dress during the hot spell in September! The dining room table is the only table to use, but it’s in our conservatory and in the middle of the day the temp was 45 degrees centigrade. I got up early and did a few hours during the morning when I could. It’s also very therapeutic as there are lots of things to concentrate on. Laying out and cutting the fabric was easy, I had to work out if the pattern would fit and I was very lucky it did. I could have made a few tweaks, but that’s a lesson learned. The first technical instruction was “gather” off to YouTube to find out how. That turned out relatively easy. Adding an invisible zip. Hmmm, zip added, it’s not totally invisible. My fabric was the same pattern on both sides, most fabrics have a dominant side, so when I laid my two back panels down after attaching 3 pieces together, I had 2 left panels instead of a left and right. There may have been the odd swear word, but in general I was giggling at my mistakes. Final faux pas was that it has elastic in the neck-line with gathered fabric, as soon as I cut the elastic I lost the end inside the gather and had to pull it through and rethread it. But what an experience, I have a finished dress, I have learnt how to gather, also to gather a hem that is wider when you turn it up, I also never used my machine to invisible hem, didn’t even know I could. I even chatted to my mum whilst I was doing it, sadly she has passed away. As I write this article, I feel humble and honoured that she brought me into this world. I talk about her much more and don’t feel angry or hurt anymore. I am feeling that this little sewing journey has bought me closer to her and ultimately has helped to free my shakti from a samskara. What can you do to heal past trauma’s? I would love to know………and love to help, if you need it.

  • Time for a challenge....

    I love listening to a podcast and this week I listened to one that suggesting doing a challenge that involves eating “30 different natural foods containing polyphenols in a week”. Polyphenols are a category of compounds naturally found in plant foods, such as fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, tea, coffee and dark chocolate, they are thought to be beneficial to your health and improve the health of your gut biome. So, coffee is a bean, so that counts as one. If you use a seed mix, then it might count as more because there is more than one seed in the mix. Dark Chocolate counts as one as it’s high in polyphenols, milk chocolate doesn’t count. There is no calorie counting here, it’s just different natural foods, we are looking for the lower processed, the better. I know that coffee is processed as is dark chocolate, but they do contain polyphenols. But the more processed they are the less they contain. I have added a file below for you to print as a score card. Allowing you to put on the fridge, to help you keep count. This is my list of 30 foods: I know that everyone has different intolerances and diet styles these days, so you may not be able to join us on this challenge. But I would love to see your list if you do. I’d also be interested in how many days it took you to complete this challenge. You could post it on Facebook or Instagram and tag @attitudewellbeing or #attitudewellbeing. Please don’t eat anything that you know that you might be sensitive to or avoiding as you may know what foods can spike your blood sugar levels or affect your gut. This challenge is about being kind, so please be mindful of your individual situation.

  • Not sure which Vitamin C tablets to take?

    There are too many things we have to do these days to improve our health and it’s an absolute minefield! I spend hours reading books, listening to podcasts, doing more training, investigating options, looking at ingredients, looking for things that are “free from additives”, “sugar”. I get a lot of questions about what do I use and am always happy to provide any information requested. But that in general only helps one or two people. Today my brain has clicked on like a lightbulb and I realise that I can get to more of you if I blog it, or one day soon, maybe a podcast! Who knows, but the world is our oyster. So, today’s subject is vitamin C. It’s always good to get this vitamin from food, so you know the usual ones. Citrus fruit; such as lemon, lime, grapefruit and oranges. But it can also be found in cabbage, peppers, kiwi fruit, cauliflower, broccoli, strawberries, peas, melons and tomatoes. (The list is bigger, these are just examples) But did you know that there are things around us that can reduce our uptake of this essential vitamin. Alcohol, pollution and stress can allow this vital vitamin to go straight through us. My investigation and training tells me that if you are low in Vitamin C you will get more colds than usual. You may feel fatigued or have a lack of energy. You may bruise easily and get nosebleeds. Your wounds heal slowly and your gums may bleed easily. Why do we need Vitamin C? Here’s a list of the things it does inside our body. It helps strengthen the immune system, we all know this, everyone grabs for the effervescent vitamin C tablets to add to water! It is used by the body to make collagen and elastin. Collagen is a building block of your muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments and fascia. It’s also an antioxidant which helps your body protect you against pollutants, free radicals, reactive oxygen species (ROS). It also helps to turn food into energy. It also reduces constipation. Finally (for this blog) it helps protect your skin against UVB rays from the sun. So, it’s quite important! But most “off the shelf” Vitamin C products are made with Ascorbic Acid, this is only part of the Wholefood vitamin C, but not all of it. It is better if you take the whole product. Wholefood vitamin C does everything that is listed above, Ascorbic Acid or any other derivates don’t do the same. You can never take too much wholefood vitamin C as your body will release the excess. This is not true of other essential nutrients. I would therefore recommend “Pure Radiance C®” An all-natural alternative to synthetic vitamin C, there are absolutely no additives, no ascorbic acid, fillers or gluten: Wholefood Vitamin C I personally take these supplements, but will as an amazon affiliate, make money on you buying these products, through the above link, but I will only advertise the products that I use myself. I hope you enjoy my Vitamin C blog, I have lots of other blogs, so please take your time and peruse my site. I am a Nutritional Therapist and am invested in improving the health of me and all those around me. I do not take my posts/blogs lightly. But these are correct at the time of publication, but are also my opinion from the sources I have read. If you feel that something is wrong in any of my posts, please do let me know.

  • Are you still suffering from Plantar Fasciitis? How long have you had it? Not going away?

    Isn’t it time that you reduced that issue? Plantar Fasciitis is a pain in the sole, arch or heel of the foot. The pain/discomfort can get worse when you have been still, such as sitting or sleeping, and it can take a while for your foot to loosen up. And as soon as you rest, the pain is back again. What feels like a constant cycle. The muscle on the sole of your foot is called the plantar fascia. It can become tense when the foot is not in its correct position. So, if you have high arches or flat feet, or have injured your ankle, you might be prone to this condition. It is possible to reduce the pain you get with a combination of skills. Fortunately, a set of skills that I possess! I am finding that a combination of foot analysis, reflexology, massage and exercise (and a couple of hidden modalities) are able to activate the plantar fascia muscle and this can have a big impact on the reduction of pain in the foot. It’s not guaranteed that the discomfort will stay away, but you will be given videos of the exercises to improve the issue with your feet. You can complete these exercises at home, whenever you need to. The exercises provided are aimed at strengthening the foot muscles and bringing them back into alignment. But like any muscle you have to keep working on them, let them slip and the discomfort can come back. So, if you have Plantar Fasciitis and would like some relief, why not book a session. We all know someone that has it, so please share this blog with them too. You might just become their new best friend. £60 (equipment included). Follow up session (if required) £45. Prices correct at time of publication.

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