I love what I do and I feel so empowered as a parent when I can help my own children. Last week Emma was kneeling on her bed when she flopped down on her tum however she didn’t realise that the doona was covering the foot of the bed so when she flopped down her neck landed on the wooden part and her head was hanging over it. She was very distressed, so while cuddling her I held her head (Head Holding) to help calm her down.
Once she was calm she said her neck hurt and the pain was also going along her jaw to her ear. I did some other techniques on her known as N.O.T. (Neural Organisational Technique) and while holding some points on her head she opened her eyes and said “The pain is going, thank you so much Mumma” and closed her eyes again. When I finished there was a small amount of pain where the adam’s apple is. She slept well and woke the next morning feeling really good. I am so blessed to have N.O.T. as one of my ‘tools’ to help my family. I can also help you if you have any pain or structural discomfort just give me a call to make an appointment.
In good health, Vicki
I was recently asked by someone enquiring about the upcoming workshop if it was worth attending as she could not eat onion, garlic or chili. There is only one dish in the workshop that contains garlic as part of the dish however you can substitute with hing for the flavour of garlic.
So what is hing?
Hing or asafoetida is dried gum from the rhizome or tap root of the Ferula, a perennial herb. It is of the same family as carrots and parsley. This spice is used in a number of Indian dishes along with turmeric to enhance the flavour. It is often used to harmonise the sweet, salty, sour and spicy components of the dish. In it’s pure form is has a fetid smell and can contaminate other spices and herbs if kept in the same area. Once dried however is has a taste and aroma of sautéed onion and garlic. For those that can not eat garlic or onion this spice substitute with this spice. It is used by the merchant caste of the Hindus who do not eat onion or garlic. I purchase my hing from the Blue Mountains Food Co-Op or it can be purchased on line.
In good health, Vicki
Jannine and I hosted our first Raw Pot Luck dinner on Saturday. It was a lovely evening spent with some wonderful women and we enjoyed some amazing dishes.
This dinner is about providing support for participants of the raw workshops on their exploration with raw food, inviting guests who are interested in raw food and giving them an opportunity to share a fabulous evening and show casing raw food. Everyone commented on the variety and colour of the dishes and how full of flavour each dish was especially compared to the cooked versions. We enjoyed fattoush, gazpacho, marinated mushrooms, pumpkin soup, avocado soup, kale salad and pad thai followed by apricot and fig energy balls, apple crumble and cacao and chia pudding. The taste buds certainly where entertained on Saturday.
If you would like to see more photos of the evening, click here.
If you would like to find out more about the Pot Luck dinners send me an email. Our next Introduction to Raw/Live Food workshop is on 5th April, there are a few places left if you would like to attend.
In good health, Vicki.
I’m quite excited as I write this. I feel that life is really taking off and there are some amazing things around the
corner for me. I hope 2014 is treating you as well.
I was in Brisbane last Monday to spend a full day with my Business Coach, Terri Cook of Success Zone. Before I left home on Sunday, Jannine made me a green smoothie to take with me on the plane – no need to say anything about plane food!
She used our new Tribest blender which is a fantastic portable blender. As you can see in the picture, the ingredients go into the cup (the meat and water of 1/2 thai green coconut, 1 mango, 1 mint leaf, 1 spinach leaf and water for consistency), the blade is screwed on and then the cup is inverted and put on the motor to blend. The Tribest can be used for making green smoothies, nut milks, sauces and dips, grinding nuts, seeds and grains and best of all is portable. So after my green smoothie was made I packed the motor, blade and a spare lid into it’s travel bag and packed this into my suitcase. I was then able to make a green smoothie the next day.
If you would like more information about the Tribest we got ours from Raw Pleasure.
Monday with Terri was full on!
Have you had days where there is so much information and you are producing so much that your head feels like it is going to explode. Mine did and to cap it off I started getting a headache across my eyes. I want to share the following technique with you as this is what I did and it helped the headache evaporate. It’s called ‘Head Holding’ and I have shown a number of my clients how to do this as this is a fantastic technique for releasing stress. Whenever we experience stress blood flow is redistributed in the brain and tends to be withdrawn from the Frontal Lobes and redirected to the deeper subconscious survival areas of the brain. ‘Head Holding’ increases blood flow to the Frontal Lobes (forehead area) and improves the communication between the Frontal Lobes and the ‘Reptilian Brain’ (back of the head) allowing clear thinking. Use this technique any time you experience stress.
One time I used this that showed me how powerful this technique really is, is the time my son broke his arm. Oliver was in immense pain, crying and becoming hysterical. As Jannine drove us to the hospital, I sat in the back with Oliver holding his head, as described in the attachment, and getting him to focus on ‘blowing out a candle’. Big blows. At times I would just hold the forehead and hold up my finger and say “Blow out the candle, big blows”. As we will automatically breathe in, it is important to focus on the out breathe. By the time we reached the hospital Oliver was still in pain but very calm. He was able to get himself out of the car and into the wheel chair to go into the hospital. The more often you ‘Head Hold’ the more often you take yourself out of the stress response and move towards having an integrated functioning brain and therefore able to come up with solutions to your problems. Please send me an email as I would love to hear how this works for you.
In good health, Vicki.