August also this year saw us through the olympics and all the emotions that come with them...Tears, tantrums and triumph mixed in with some of the most amazing performances I have ever seen. My favourites included Usain Bolt in the 100m and 200m and the mens 100m relay, the womens 4 x400m final, the womens marathon and the womens triathalon. Congratualtions goes out to all the athletes for participating to the best of their ability. You can't always win and your inner champion is displayed when you are gracious in defeat- this is true for all of us!!!
This August also saw 30 wonderful Enrich Clients jump in with both feet and join the Bikini & Boardshorts Detox in preparation for Spring!!!- We are into Day 13 and results so far are have been fantastic. This is more of a lifestyle detox program and one that definately wont leave you wondering who stole all the food out of your cupboards!!!- Great work 'Team Enrich' and I look forward to seeing more of these great results as we approach Spring!!
Life is full of trials and tribulations and we do the best we can with what we have in that moment in time...If only we had a magic 8 ball to help us make the tough decisions!!!! This month I introduce you to a flower essence which can help you listen to your intuition ( for those of you that don't know me personally...I am a little bit hippy)
We will also have a look at where the salt is hiding. Vitamin A is on the table for discussion and why it gets an A+ for winter.
We have all the regulars to keep you on your toes too, a joke to make you smile, a recipe packed with nutrition to warm you and quote to make you think.
So it's time to put your feet up and enjoy a read.
In Health and Happiness
Have you ever wondered what all the who-ha is about?? Perhaps you have never heard of them before? Or is it all just a little to much to take in. The founder of Australian Bush Flower Essences Ian White explains it best.
"The Bush Remedies not only help to give clarity to one's life but also the courage, strength and commitment to follow and pursue one's goals and dreams. They help to develop a higher level of intuition, self esteem, spirituality, creativity and fun. The more the Essences are used, the more one is likely to experience greater awareness and happiness in one's life. Then everyone benefits....the individual, society and the planet.
The effect of these Essences is similar to that of meditation in that they enable the person to
access the wisdom of their Higher Self. This releases negative beliefs held in the subconscious mind and allows the positive virtues of the Higher Self - love, joy, faith, courage etc. to flood their being. When this happens the negative beliefs and thoughts are dissolved, balance is restored and true healing occurs."
As a qualified bush flower essence therapist I use Bush Flower Essences regularly in my clinic. I have had fantastic results with this therapy and regularly use it myself when I feel out of balance. One of my favourite flower essences is Sunshine Wattle:
Sunshine Wattle helps address the negative issues surrounding the sensation of being stuck in the past, or having expectations of a grim or bleak future or the feelings of struggle. On the flip side Sunshine Wattle brings with it optimism, acceptance of the beauty and joy in the present and being open to a bright and optimistic future.
If you would like more information on Flower Essences and how they may help enrich your health & wellness journey than you are most welcome to contact me.
Joke of the Month
Boy: Noise with dust on it.
Chickens: The only animals you eat before they are born and after they are dead.
Dust: Mud with the juice squeezed out.
Mosquito: An insect that makes you like flies better.
Raisin: A grape with a sunburn.
Chemicals: Noxious substances from which modern foods are made.
Pass ON the Salt
Ever wondered how much is too much??? The current RDA of salt for an adult is set at 1600mg of sodium per day in order to prevent the onset of chronic disease.
A small amount of salt is important for good health – it helps to maintain the
correct volume of circulating blood and tissue fluids in the body. In Australia however we are currently consuming more than we require.
Sodium is regulated by the kidneys. Too much sodium can cause high blood pressure and many other health conditions. Too little salt can also cause an increase in the sodium levels in the body. As with everything it is about balancing.
Dr Helen Delichatsios at the Harvard Medical School states,
"Your body works to maintain a delicate balance of sodium and water. When we eat salt (sodium) the body pulls in or holds onto to extra fluid to keep this balance. The extra fluid increases blood volume. “If there’s more fluid in your blood vessels, there’s more circulating blood volume, and that
raises blood pressure.” Having high blood pressure increases your
risk for a heart attack or a stroke and even osteoporosis.
It is not so much the salt that we add to the food which is increasing our levels, it's the hidden salt in the processed foods which we are eating. There are the obvious ones such as chips, popcorn, canned foods including soups and processed meats such as bacon, salami ham and hot dogs. But sodium is also found in bread and rolls, pizza, poultry, sandwiches, cheese, and pasta and other sauces.
A bowl of cornflakes has about the same amount of salt as a small packet of plain chips.
So check and compare food labels on the products that you are purchasing from the supermarket. Look for low sodium foods (contains less than 120mg/100g) . Avoid as much as possible processed foods- whole foods are a much better option. If you are using canned lentils or beans rinse them before adding them to your meal
and you will decrease the sodium content by around 40 %.
Add flavour to your foods with fresh herbs or spices which have health properties and flavour.
Your taste buds will get used to the changes and your heart will thank you for it- So Pass on the Salt!!!
A+ for Vitamin A
Vitamin A is a hard working, multi talented fat soluble vitamin with the unique distinction that it was the first vitmain officially named. It is absorbed in the small intestine. Absorption of this vitamin is affected by alcohol. There are 2 forms of vitamin A -Retinol is the main animal source. It can be found in liver and fish live oil, egg yolks, whole milk, cream and butter. Beta Carotene is the plant source of vitamin A and is available in a wide variety of yellow and orange coloured fruits and vegetables as well as the good old leafy green vegetables.
Vitamin A is necessary for the functioning of:
eyesight- thus why if you eat carrots your eye sight will improve
Growth and tissue healing- production of new cells, including bone cells and helps with tissue repair and protects the tissue from infection
Healthy Skin- it stimulates the growth of skin cells, it is important for our mucous membranes in the nose, eyes, intestinal tract, respiratory system and bladder
Immune function- it improves the functioning of white blood cells which enables antibodies to be sent out to block the activity of viruses and infections within the body. Research has also shown that it may be of assistance in preventing cancer of the lung and colon.
Antioxidant- Vitamin A protects the mucus membranes and tissue linings in the body from free radical damage caused by infections, viruses or environmental factors.
Deficiency can result in-
poor immune function, poor wound healing, dry skin, sinus problems, tinnitis, night blindness, decreased function of neutrophils and our natural killer cells, dry hair, poor bone growth and a poor sense of smell and taste.
The RDA of vitamin A is 5000-10,000IU for an Adult
As this is a fat soluble vitamin which is stored in the body high doses should not be taken for a prolonged period of time and caution should be taken with supplementation when pregnant as high levels may cause birth defects- check with your health care practitioner for further information.
Recipe Of the Month- Thank you Kelly Timms!!!
Red Lentil, Chickpea & Sweet Potato Soup- Serves 10
2 red onions, roughly chopped
4 cloves garlic,
2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tbs coriander seeds
1 tsp ground
500g sweet potato, cut in 3 cm chunks
500g red lentils, well
10 cups vegetable stock
½ savoy cabbage, finely shredded
2 x 400g tins chickpeas, rinsed
4 tbs low fat
½ bunch coriander, roughly chopped
Heat a large saucepan over medium heat, spray with oil, add onion and cook
for 5 minutes.
Add garlic and spices and continue to cook for another 5
Add sweet potato, lentils and stock and bring to a simmer
and continue to cook for 35-40 minutes or until potato and lentils are
Puree with a stick blender until smooth and adjust seasonings. Add cabbage
and return to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Add chickpeas and again return to
Remove from heat, serve and add 2 tsp yoghurt and fresh
coriander to each serve.
PER SERVE: Energy: 1086kJ
(259Cals), Protein: 19.6, Fat: 3.4(sat 0.7), Carbs: 38.6g(Sugar 6.9g), Fibre: 11.7