Monday, October 31, 2011

Carpe diem.

I was talking to a client today about how unpredictable life can be. You never know what’s just around the corner: an exciting job opportunity, a relationship breakdown, a pregnancy announcement or a fatal diagnosis.

I had a crappy three days last week but low and behold, the weekend brought about a life-changing marriage proposal on a moonlit headland -which of course I tearfully accepted!

This is why it’s so important to savour each moment, have the greatest respect for your body and tell the ones you love how grateful you are to have them in your life.

“The only constant thing in life is change” -Heraclitus

PS. This is our 100th post!! Woohoo! Take a trip down memory lane by checking out our very first post by clicking here.

Friday, October 21, 2011

A Day of Love.

Congrats to resident Herbalist and one of my all-time favourite ladies, Wendy Russell, who on this picture perfect day will marry her picture perfect man. Lots of love from myself and the Essential Health team x x x x x

"If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you" -Winnie the Pooh.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Counting whales.

One of my favourite quotes is by Beverly Sills –There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

This rings true for any student who’s studied into the early hours of the morning, any runner who’s trained for a marathon or a new mum with a baby in her arms.

Much like my newly retired parents, who worked insanely hard in their successful businesses and are now reaping the rewards by travelling the world.

I received a one line email from my Father Bear yesterday (a man of many words): "Where are we? Doesn't matter. Some people count sheep. We count whales". With the above photo of my mum attached.

There are no quick fixes for a worthwhile goal. No fast forward buttons for the challenging parts of life. Do the hard yards and you'll be counting whales in no time.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The hydration situation.

Did you know that I can read minds? It’s true! When I ask my customers and clients how much water they drink, I know what they will answer before they even open their mouths: “Not enough”.

About 8 out of 10 people tell me this. We really take it for granted how privileged we are to have fresh, running water in this country!

Dehydration is recognised by the body as an emergency situation! Alarm bells start going off and vital organs (heart, brain, kidneys and liver) steal water from other organs/body processes to keep the body functioning. For example, the brain might be running low of fluid, so the moisture from faeces in the large intestine will be reabsorbed into the bloodstream This causes constipation because the stool has become hard and difficult to pass. Constipation can lead to feeling tired and toxic, acne, haemorrhoids, etc. Not a very pleasant domino effect.

I’m reading this epic book by Don Chisholm at the moment called “Have you got the guts to be really healthy?” which talks about the importance of hydration and how the majority of health concerns can be greatly alleviated by simply drinking water.

Dehydration causes headaches, fuzzy thinking, constipation, dry skin, high blood pressure, stiff joints, gout, urinary tract infections, low energy and muscle cramps -just to name a few!

Figure out what works for you when it comes to drinking water. Ever since buying the beautiful blue glass bottle that sits on my desk I have increased my water intake three fold. Once you start thinking clearer, your skin starts glowing and you have wild amounts of energy –you’ll never go back.

“You may not be ill; you may just be thirsty”-Don Chisholm

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Move it and lose it.

Ahhh, the weather is warming up! What does that mean? Dresses without tights, no more cardigans and bikini shopping! Don't you just love those change rooms with the mirrors from all angles...

Needless to say we've had an influx of hopeful (and slightly deluded) customers coming into the shop lately looking for a vitamin that will instantly burn fat and melt away cellulite... I then proceed to hand them timetables and contact details for yoga classes, gyms, personal trainers, boot camps and pilates studios in the area (much to their disgust). How is all that mashed potato and apple pie with extra custard tasting now?

Dust off your runners, grab a friend and work that booty because actions speak louder than words.

And remember, sweat is fat crying!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Be brave like a lion.

"Do one thing every day that scares you" - Eleanor Roosevelt.

Smart lady.