Fab Friday

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Friday is here 💖  I’m loving 

+ Diy Berry Lip stain

+ Toast toppings 🤤

+ New Zealand you are beautiful 

+ Celebrate the small wins 

What are you loving today? 

Enjoy your week

Kelly xo

Fab Friday 

Fab Friiiidaaaayyy! ( Oprah voice) 

I’m loving 

+ How good so these Kumera / sweet potato Shoestring chips 🍟 look 

+ Words! That’s about right ✌🏽

+ Plant envy 🌱 

+ Hair envy as well. I wish I could do my hair like this 😭

What are you loving today? Leave one thing in the comments below 💗

Enjoy your week 

Kelly xo

#JERF What is it? It’s good for you.

What does JERF mean?

Just eat real food.

Simple.

What is JERF? It's Good for you

Simplifying your ‘diet’ by choosing to eat real food.

When I say diet I don’t mean some fad, I mean what you eat on the daily – your lifestyle.

Real foods are unprocessed, whole foods, close to how nature created them. They don’t usually come in a packet.

What should I include?

Vegetables, vegetables, vegetables – lots of greens. Fresh in season veges. Snap frozen veges can also be a great option. Green juice powders are an easy option to get your greens in one glass, I obvs love Deep green.

You can try growing your own vegetables & herbs.

I’m an average gardener & currently in the garden we have –

Spinach, strawberries, lettuce, spring onions, we have harvested our garlic, have pumpkins starting out, tomatoes 🍅 starting to ripen, an Indian green vegetable cooked up like spinach.

Fruit – berries are best they are low in natural sugars & packed with antioxidants.  Fruits low in natural sugars are the better option.

Meat, chicken, fish & eggs – (if you eat them) as whole as possible – eg watch for highly processed sausages, nuggets etc. You can get cheaper cuts of meat which can be slow cooked & will be just as tasty. Canned fish 🐟 is also an option just watch those ingredients, best is the type of fish + olive oil/spring water. Eggs so many ways to eat them – essential in our house. Making bone broths from your meat/fish or chicken bones is really beneficial for you & it tastes so good. Some benefits of broth here

Full fat dairy – (if you eat it) butter, cream, whole milk, cheese 🧀, Yogurt Plain unsweetened. Forget the lite additive filled c#*p, when it comes to anything.  I love the quote low fat = chemical sh*t storm, remember this!

Nuts & seeds – raw nuts, walnuts, almonds, pine nuts (actually seeds), hazelnuts etc. Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, sesame seeds, hemp seeds etc. Cacao – the beans, raw cacao powder. Eat them as snacks add them to yogurt for breakfast, add to salads, nut or seed butters, Tahini.

Coconut – yes it deserves its own category, it is known in the pacific as the tree of life after all. Coconut milk, cream, coconut butter, oil, young coconuts – fresh water & meat, shredded coconut, fresh grated coconut. Full of good fats.

Fats – choose good quality cold pressed olive oil -organic is even better as olives are a highly sprayed crop. Ghee, butter, coconut oil, rendered fats, lard. 

Try to avoid cheap processed vegetable oils. They contain lots of Polyunsaturated fat which is highly unstable. Polyunsaturated fats go rancid &  oxidize easily.  It’s these oxidized fats that cause inflammation in cells. Oxidation is linked to all sorts of issues from cancer, heart disease, endrometriosis, PCOS, etc. Cheap oil crops are oftened sprayed with a load of pesticides & many are GMO. Vegetable oils also have a high ratio of Omega 6, an imbalance of omega 3 & 6 also leads to disease. 

Then when you really get into this lifestyle there are a whole bunch of superfoods – Maca root, ashwahganda, lucuma & a whole bunch of crazy good stuff. (I’ll do a post on amazing superfoods soon) 

What should I be looking for when I shop?

If you are picking up your food in packets.

When you check the ingredients you want to see

A. Things you recognise, no big wordy lists, no/few additive numbers.

To find out  what the numbers on the packets stand for, check out the chemical maze book or app. Or leave me a message in the comments with your additive number & I’ll check it out for you. I have the app & book.

B. Less than 5 ingredients is ideal a la Michael Pollan.  Unless its listing whole foods, as may be in a packet of frozen vegetables.

C. No hydrogenated vegetable oils

An average meal for me would have

+ Fish/meat/chicken/egg with salad and or vegetables. Some good fats from butter, olive oil or avocado. A fresh chutney which is like a tomato salsa made fresh, guacamole, kiwifruit chutney etc or Indian pickle (achar) – mango/lemon/Apple.

We do have at least two vegetarian days a week ( for religious reasons) this excludes eating egg also.  So these days would be vege curry/stir fry, sometimes salad as well. Good fats again. Sometimes with brown rice or basmati. Chutney as above or Indian pickle (achar).

I did a post on meals I eat on the regular here

I take my vitality trio daily as well this give some me my probiotics , antioxidant goodness of berries & cacao, and my green juice fix. 

Above all be mindful when buying, cooking & eating your food.

Enjoy it – with company is always better 😊

Much love

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5 ways to Winter wellness

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  1. Grow your own sprouts – lovely to see some ‘life’ in your kitchen at this time of year. Easy to grow, amazing nutrient source & delicious.
  2. Add a matcha green tea to your day. Nothing like a hot cuppa on a frosty day. Matcha has many health benefits including enhancing mood, antioxidants & fights against viruses and bacteria.
  3. Probiotics – 85% of our immune system resides in our gut! Probiotics reestablish the proper balanpce of good bacteria in the gut. Wholefood probiotics are best as they are real food or make your own cultured foods – sauerkraut, kimchi etc.
  4. Juice for nutrient assimilation at a cellular level. A great combo for this time of year >> orange, carrots, ginger and turmeric. Bonus is that it looks like sunshine to remind us of those summer days we may be missing.
  5. Move! Don’t let winter slow you down too much. Exercise produces endorphins – a feel good buzz, to help keep the winter blues at bay. Dance it off, practice yoga, do a one song work out. It’s a great way to keep warm.

I would love to hear from you. Let me know in the comments below how you stay well in winter.

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Unlock the Secret to Good Health

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By Czerral Wheeler

The most important secret to good health is to unlock the bodies’ potential to heal itself. Particularly at this time, addressing the innate intelligence contained on a cellular level is paramount if the human race is going to have any quality of life or perhaps even to survive.

Cancer is just one way Nature eliminates an unwholesome part of its system. We all know we have to grow towards our highest potential, to become wholesome and yet there seems to be a self-defeating tendency in all organisms which chooses the easiest or most expedient pathway, which leads to their lowest potential. It is through this ruthlessness that nature keeps everything in balance; She destroys what is unhealthy and saves only what is the fittest, setting the standard for the next level of potential.

The human body dances to the tune of the cosmic intelligence. Therefore, we must learn the language of the body. Our happiness or sorrow lies in our knowledge of the way our own individual body defends us against debilitating diseases. Otherwise the likes of cancer and those bacterial and viral infections which have the potential power to bankrupt the pocketbook as well as the health and joy of our life span can manifest.

Each individual organism at every level has the power of choice to go forward or be left behind, and each level of every system can be seen to have its own philosophy. The purifying of the internal environment cannot be achieved unless these conscious guiding growth philosophies are in harmony with nature’s purpose. Cancer cells come from a conflict between philosophies of life at one or more levels of an organism.

99.9 % of the bodies cells are passive. .01% of the total of our cells reside in our immune system. It is a well-known fact our immune cells are all that stand between us, death and disease. The philosophy of a killer cell found in the immune system is to do battle to the death, if necessary. These killer cells hold an equivalent philosophy as that of a “Japanese Samurai.” Other less active cells are passive or non-aggressive. They hold an opposite philosophy with their unwillingness to kill to save. This allows pollution of the body’s own internal environment. The immune system then becomes deficient, which results in disease.

Genes are ultramicroscopic particles in the nucleus of a cell, which carry the DNA message of life. Like a perpetual communication from the Creator to his creation, this message is communicated to the rest of the cells and to the body as a whole by the messenger RNA. The beneficial or destructive influences that permeate the body and surround the cell environment determine the activity and effectiveness of the RNA which play the fundamental role in the nature of all cell substances, cell structures and cell effects.

With our understanding of the different philosophies of the body, we must focus upon the immune system and assist it to evolve to its highest potential. In order for the immune system to reach this potential it must have raw materials in the form of organic nutrients at its disposal. Ideally these organic nutrients would come from whole foods grown in organic soils because the quality of any plant is a reflection of the environment it is grown in.

The immune system is so intelligent it recognizes the difference between man made biochemical nutrients and natural ones produced by the body’s own cells, or those found in nature’s whole foods. The body reacts in a form of shock to man made nutrients identified as foreign substances and immediately shuts off other parts of the immune system, particularly in the stem cells where the basic building blocks of healthy new cells are spawned. Therefore the potential for future repair of damaged cells is discharged due to this approach, because the organism cannot make new defensive cells for its immune system.

As we look deeper into the intelligence contained within the body, we will find ourselves at the base of all life, ‘the Bacteria kingdom’. It has been stated that a single cell in the immune system contains more wisdom than all the accumulated wisdom of the human race. Acknowledging this, we must come to understand the first line of defense or offense of the immune system is the bacteria. The human body contains over 2 kilos of these highly intelligent organisms. They are responsible to make nutrients available to the body. Good bacteria fight off bad bacteria through use of natural anti-bodies that they produce. They produce life-giving enzymes and use lactic acid as a means of destroying the health robbing bacteria and fungi.

In order to actualize the potential of the immune system we must first address the needs of the body in relation to bacteria. The balance of good bacteria and what has been labeled as bad bacteria must be in a ratio of 85% good and 15% bad. Once this most important ratio falls out of balance then all manner of disease starts to manifest in the body and overwhelm the immune system. Most holistic practitioners will agree, “Disease begins in the colon.” Once putrefactive bacteria take hold in the bowels all kinds of toxic materials are released into the body environment. Bad bacteria imbalances allow fungus and yeast to cross these important lines of balance resulting in Candida and Thrush.

Antibiotics found in drug therapy and in the meat and foods we eat destroy the important balance of bacteria in our body. The air we now are forced to breathe in the world’s cities has over 600 toxins that also effect this balance. Birth control pills, heat, cold, preservatives found in most foodstuff, salt, alcohol, colas, fluorides, and chlorine’s, just to name a few, also destroy or compromise this delicate balance of bacteria in the gut!

Due to this, in order to reach the highest potential within the human body, we must first start to adjust the bacteria balance in our intestinal tract and then saturate the body with a broad spectrum of whole food organic nutrients. By addressing these two areas in our own body we take ultimate responsibility for the cause of our health, or lack of health. We learn the true meaning of “Preventative Health Care” and then we no longer just deal with effects.

The most important point of this message is: “We must learn to replace the good bacteria on a daily basis. If this is not done then no matter what remedy, therapy, diet or drug is used, it is all for naught!”

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Mankind is gradually learning that in our hands lies the power to co-create our own reality, individually or collectively. This truth is cradled in our own understanding of how our bodies work in harmony with nature and our willingness to supply it, with the vital raw materials needed in order to bring us to our highest potential. It is necessary for us to encourage the intelligence in the genes to develop and grow towards their highest expression by creating a resonance with the unified collective purpose of life.

It is time for humankind to recognize and acknowledge the interconnected Higher Order of Intelligence living within each and every thing. When given cooperation and allowance, this Infinite Intelligence orchestrates all that is needed to fulfill the balance, harmony and peace that are every individual’s birthright within the macro-micro-cosmic worlds.

Find out more about Inliven Probiotic Superfood here

The Journey to Optimal Wellness

by Gary Beck, ND

Are you one of those who like the idea of optimum wellness?

If so, please do read on.

What is optimum wellness and what does it take to get there?

As a health professional with many years of testing, talking and researching, it is very clear that very few of us operate anywhere near what I refer to as “optimum wellness”.

Optimum wellness is not merely an absence of symptoms associated with being “unwell” but more importantly, having a body and mind that can do all the things we expect it to do – and much more. Where we can perform at ease all of the physical, mental and emotional tasks required to have an exciting, successful and fulfilling life.

To perform at optimum wellness, our body must have its basic needs met regards nutrients, and it is a deficiency of basic nutrients that is often one of the root causes of why a person has become unwell.

If we are to look at a health continuum where at one end is “optimum health” and the other is “premature death” it is a very sad fact that the majority of us a probably nearer the “dead end” than the other.

It may be that today we feel OK and we get on with doing what is needed for the day, but tomorrow we may experience something very different – getting a cold or experiencing some pain associated with an injury or some part of our body that just doesn’t work properly.

What has happened is that we have taken a slide along the continuum due to some additional stressor that has appeared, we have been pushed back along the health continuum slightly closer to the “dead end” and as a result we now begin to experience symptoms that are signals all is not well and our health isn’t as great as we thought – from one day to the next we may be pushed into and out of some type of symptom picture and it seems it takes very little to shift us one way or the other.

Nutrition is the key to optimal wellnessOf course we will have times when our body just doesn’t feel great and the normal ups and down of life will get in the way, but if we are able to properly nourish our body and strengthen our organs and systems to the level where symptoms are seldom experienced then we have moved along the continuum in a positive way, the day to day highs and lows are the simple ebb and flow that they should be and we are not forced to stop what we want to or indeed need to do, due to feeling unwell.

The reality of symptoms occurring to signal us that all is not well then become a rare occurrence  and we are no longer limited just because we overdid it a little. We now have a healthy buffer that allows us to get out and truly experience a wonderful life.

What do we need to achieve optimum wellness?

The research continues in the hunt for the holy grail of health, but really we all know there is no silver bullet as such, and I am sure that all of you reading this already know that the first step to optimum wellness and keeping well is eating good food. The old “just eat a balanced diet” and you will get all you need is valid – but only to a point.

We need to be giving our body a variety of good food, something that has become more difficult to find over time, in part due to our growing techniques and the high level of processing that much of food our goes through.

When I talk of balance I want you to consider first, the balanced minerals that our body needs as a primary component for all body functions

And what is that elusive balanced diet anyway?

Food in all of nature’s glory is what a balanced diet is, the wider the variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds the better. The bigger the variety of colours and tastes providing everything from sour and sweet to bitter and bland, then once again, the better off we will be, the variety of tastes to stimulate different parts of our system are all completely necessary.

Nature has given us a colourful pallet of food to consumeFrom this variety there is the need for us to supply an adequate range of minerals,  importantly minerals in the correct ratios as well as quantities. This is one area where once again most of us fall short.

Minerals are so fundamentally important that without certain minerals and trace minerals there are numerous functions in the body that simply cannot work. I have already mentioned that in my experience the vast majority of health concerns that many people suffer with stem from a deficiency of one or other minerals.

Let’s be clear, deficiencies come about due to poor dietary choices along with problems such as food production on land where soil quality is diminished and the presence of toxins or toxic residues in and around us and of course in the food chain.

On the other hand, many people take single-nutrient supplements for specific health concerns, but they may actually be doing more harm than good by creating imbalances. It’s important to understand the complex, overlapping relationships between nutrients and why consuming a balance of nutrients may be best.

We know that minerals are critical for optimum wellness, but what is the best source?

There is little doubt in my mind that as usual, nature knows best and for many years I have recommended the inclusion of green foods into one’s diet. Many green foods are particularly high in mineral content and as a result you will benefit in many ways by adding more into your dietary regime.

One of the most potent ways of getting additional green foods into our diet is from high quality, certified organic, powdered foods such as DeepGreen.  Due to the simple fact that DeepGreen is a pure (balanced) food source, there is absolutely no risk of overdoing one or other mineral. Nature as usual has things in the perfect balance and what I suggest is for people to aim for “mineral saturation”.

If you need to or want to take more DeepGreen you can do so without any concern of overdoing something.
Get your daily dose of DeepGreen and move along the health continuum closer to Optimum Wellness.