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Session two of my hypnotherapy exploration

June 24, 2019
Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese belief that the way your house is built or the way that you arrange objects affects your success, health, and happiness. The morning after my first hypnotherapy session (click here to read) with Lydia I woke up and cleaned and de-cluttered my flat. Cleanliness-wise my flat is always in pretty good shape and I have some helping hands to keep it that way every week. However, when it comes to clutter and “stuff” I’d known for a while that this needed some attention and the morning after my first hypnotherapy session – totally unplanned – the time to get clear (literally and mentally) transpired.… Continue reading...
Health

Biohacking with CBD lozenges

June 18, 2019
You know those bright, brilliant moments in life where your energy is soaring and your mind and body are firing on all cylinders? Thoughts come quickly and clearly and physical movement happens almost effortlessly. You feel free, unshackled from any of life’s resistances and like you can conquer anything. I frickin love this feeling. Mental and physical effort feels pleasurable. There is momentum behind me and a surge of motivation and purpose. According to positive psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, what we experience in these moments is known as flow state, defined as an “optimal state of consciousness where we feel our best and perform our best.” Csíkszentmihályi, popularised the term in his 1990 book and describes the mental state of flow as “being completely involved in an activity for its own sake.… Continue reading...
Health

Hypno knows; how hypnotherapy unexpectedly helped me

June 12, 2019
Life is hard. We know this. And we also know that everyone we meet is dealing with their own struggles. Often, living can seem like you’re a salmon constantly swimming upstream against an unrelenting current complete with menacing bears trying to catch you and eat you just when you’re trying your damn hardest to make it to the top. BUT! Sometimes, just sometimes, life can offer you an easier, rather lovely route where hidden treasures lie in the places where bears once stood and the current is on your side to provide you with gentle assistance along your journey to the top.… Continue reading...
Fitness, Health, Travel

My 10k Riga Race in 33 degrees

June 5, 2019
(Latvia Part II) Morning came and with it clear skies and hot, hot sunshine. It had been a sleep starfish in your birthday suit with windows wide open kinda night. Mercury was continuing to rise and with a race time of 12.45pm I knew I was in for a scorcher. A big bonus of my late start time meant I could have two breakfast’s though and boy did I make use of that double whammy! Round one was mushrooms, spinach, toast and a smoothie and round two was porridge and mashed banana. By the time my Latvian mummy arrived to drive me to the start I was ready to rock ‘n run.… Continue reading...
Fitness, Health, Travel

Hello lovely Latvia

June 5, 2019
Earlier this month I was lucky enough to have a lovely time in Latvia – as well as a painful one (more on this in the next post)! I’m so grateful to the Latvian tourist board for the invitation to visit for many reasons, not least because without it I’m not sure I’d have ever had the delight of discovering the country’s natural charm and beauty, which deserves to be celebrated. Before my arrival in Latvia, Europe’s second greenest country, I had a pretty undeveloped idea of what to expect. Judging by its location in the Baltic region of Northern Europe (bordered by Russia, Belarus, Estonia and Lithuania) I imagined it would be colder than the UK (wrong!… Continue reading...
Fitness, Health, Travel

sky high in Oman

May 24, 2019
I love adventures. I love all kinds of adventures but my very favourite are adventures in the great outdoors. I love discovering new places and landscapes and the thoughts, ideas, feelings and opportunities they inspire and ignite in me. I love the newness and feelings of freedom and deep gratitude they provoke. (Even without the adventure just being in nature always leaves me marvelling at the miracles of creation!) It’s a chance to deeply connect to the natural world, to myself and others around me, breathe deeply, challenge my body and explore its capabilities whilst allowing myself the time to appreciate the simple things like sunshine on my skin, the current of the ocean swirling around me, the crisp clean mountain air, the grandeur of century old cedar trees… You get the idea.… Continue reading...
Health

The poigniant story of how cancer fighting recipe and wellness app wholesome world was born

March 1, 2019
This is a story of an incredibly strong and brave young woman who transformed tremendous loss into an opportunity to help hundreds and thousands of others beat cancer and live healthy lives. Freyja Hanstein, 31, lost her husband to abdominal synovial Sarcoma cancer in 2014 just one month after their wedding. Mercilessly, 10 months later Freyja was diagnosed with a grade III/IV Oligodendroglioma cytoma brain tumour. Despite the odds Freyja beat the cancer and has now launched Wholesome World, a healthy lifestyle app featuring cancer-fighting recipes, treatment options, support groups, products and services and wellness tips. The app’s healthy recipes and wellness tips make it applicable for everyone to use and get inspired to live a healthy lifestyle.… Continue reading...
Food, Health

My Veganuary

February 1, 2019
Since the Veganuary movement started five years ago participant numbers have more than doubled each year and a total of over 250,000 people in 193 countries have signed up. This Veganuary I decided to join them and devote myself to being wholly vegan for one month. I was mostly eating a diet of plants anyway but the occasional piece of fish or cheese did pass my lips. Oh and I can’t exclude the sweet treats I consumed, some of which contained dairy. I’d not touched red meat for ages (years) though and had been repulsed by chicken and eggs ever since watching the 2017 documentary film What the health, which critiques the health impact of meat and dairy products consumption, and exposes the malpractices of  leading health and pharmaceutical organisations which support animal consumption in highly questionable ways.… Continue reading...