Why do a kitchen detox?

The kitchen is the place where we prepare food for ourselves and our loved ones. When you enter the kitchen how does the kitchen make you feel. Organised, inspired, creative or messy, cluttered and overwhelmed.

Like most people around this time of year, Spring, I have decided to look at the way I eat and tweak it. We have come out of Winter, which is usually a time of heavy food, and with more light and heat in the days, we naturally start to want to eat lighter and possible even cleaner. For me I want to get back into my green smoothies, start introducing more fermented foods and have a shot of wheat grass each morning. This means growing my own wheat grass and juicing it.

So what does detoxing the kitchen have to do with how we decide to eat and nourish ourselves. The feelings that the kitchen invokes is going to have a direct impact on how and what you prepare for yourself. The kitchen will either support you on your journey towards better health and vitality or distract you from it.

Say you wish to start having a fresh juice or smoothie each morning. Is the juicer or blender on the counter or hidden in the back of the pantry? Do you have fresh fruit and vegetables on display on the counter or in easy reach in the fridge? Or do you see bottles of soft drink in the fridge each time you open the door? Think about it this way – each time you enter the kitchen it is marketing to you. Just like the TV, what you see in the kitchen is giving you messages. These messages will influence you on how and what you eat.

As with the change in season, there is a change in energy. Spring brings longer daylight hours and warmer days. It is a time of new beginnings, promise and growth. We start to be more active and head outdoors. Cleaning and detoxing the kitchen can support bringing this new energy into the kitchen and into the way you wish to nourish yourself.

Have you decided how you would like to eat and nourish yourself this Spring? Are you looking at:

  • eating less processed foods
  • increasing the amount of raw foods in each meal
  • consuming more green smoothies

Whatever you have decided to do, look at detoxing your kitchen to support you.

Would you like guidance on how to detox your kitchen? Are you unsure of the next steps you need to take to increase your health? Overwhelmed by all that you think you should be doing?

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Kinesiology – what is it?

Kineisology, pronounced ‘kin-easy-ology’ is technically the study of the movement of muscles.  Kinesiology sessions use muscle monitoring, a biofeedback system which allows the subconscious stresses and imbalances within the body to be observed.  Muscle monitoring began in the early 1900’s by Lovett, a Boston orthopaedic surgeon who used it to asses the level of disability from nerve damage.  In the 1940’s muscle monitoring was studied further by a husband and wife team of academic kinesiologists, Kendall and Kendall who then published their research.  It was this research that then came to the attention of Dr George Goodheart, a chiropractor in the early 1960’s.  Dr Goodheart started using muscle monitoring in his practise and was able to provide a deeper level of healing to his patients which he was not able to provide previously.  Through his work, he began to observe that not only where the patients finding relief from structural issues they began to experience relief from certain organ disturbances. 5 Elements In the late 1960’s Dr Goodheart recognised the link between the muscles being tested and the meridian system of Chinese acupuncture and his system known as ‘Applied Kinesiology’ evolved.  Dr John Thie D.C., a student of Dr Goodheart, developed Touch for Health in the early 1970’s which allowed the general public access to these techniques. Today Kinesiology has evolved further and is a holistic system of natural health care that combines muscle monitoring with the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), energy balancing and other healing modalities.  It works with the inter-relationship between body structure, chemistry, the mind and emotions and energy systems to promote physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. 

So what is health?  It is not the absence of disease but the absence of dis-ease or un-ease.  For health to be experienced then the mental (beliefs and thoughts), emotional (emotions and values) and physical (structural, nutritional and biochemical) aspects of a person need to be addressed.  Image an equilateral triangle, each side is the same length and therefore has the same angle between the two lines.  Each side represents an aspect of the person: mental, emotional or physical.  If either one side or one angle is changed/challenged and the person is unable to adapt to this challenge then this will affect the other two sides and other two angles and therefore un-ease (symptoms) will be experienced.  Kinesiology is used to find where and how a client is unable to adapt to all kinds of different things.  To verify the clients  ability to adapt to a challenge, a Kinesiologist will apply a small amount of pressure to the clients extended arm or leg to engage a muscle response.  When the client can adapt efficiently their nervous system will reflect this through the muscle response.  The client will be able to hold the limb’s position firmly when someone else exerts pressure against it.  If the client is not able to adapt efficiently the client’s muscles will unlock or appear to have less strength and the limb will give way under the pressure applied.

what is kinesiologyThe Kinesiologist works more like a detective – following clues of the body through the muscle responses and allowing the body to reveal precisely the location and / or nature of its imbalances, leading to the cause of the issues.  What is exciting is that the client’s muscle response also leads the practitioner to the preferred therapy that will most effectively resolve the issues.  The Kinesiologist does not ‘heal’ or ‘fix’ the client, it is a collaborative journey between the practitioner and client, as they explore and discover the factors that have created the symptoms and what is required to facilitate the body to move towards health, allowing the body to heal.  As each person is unique, each session is utterly different and is a journey for both the Kinesiologist and the client.

Whatever the symptoms, Kinesiology balances the body and puts it in the optimum state to heal itself, by removing the negative stresses, be they physical, mental, chemical or emotional.  Regular maintenance with Kinesiology can prevent a build-up from occurring of of this stress.

In good health, Vicki

Green and Gold celebrating Australia Day

I’ve been creating a number of desserts lately and decided to make one to celebrate Australia Day. I then got to thinking, “What do I love about Australia and what does Australia Day mean to me?” Hmmm

I love the red dirt and openness, the amazing display of stars, the sound of the cicadas when summer hits, the gorgeous beaches, the beauty of Sydney Harbour, the smell of the eucalypts trees, being able to walk freely, discuss issues openly with friends, the opportunities we have, being able to dream and realise those dreams, how we come together to help our mates, the diversity in food, people, culture, scenery and more. I really do feel blessed to be living in this amazing country.

So here is my Green and Gold Mint Bites 

Green-and-Gold-Australia-Day-Minni-BitesIngredients
Base:
1/2 cup pecans
1/3 cups walnuts
1/4 cup almonds
1/4 quinoa flakes
1 Tbs cocoa powder
1/8 tsp celtic sea salt
1/2 – 3/4 cup medjool dates depending on softness of dates
Green Layer:
1/2 cup cashews – soaked overnight
1/2 cups baby spinach
1 avocadoProcess-making-green-and-gold-mini-bites
1 Tbs honey
1/4 cup coconut oil (liquid)
pinch celtic sea salt
6 -10 drops doTerra peppermint oil
Gold Layer:
3/4 cups of soaked cashews nuts
1 1/2 cups of mango
1/2 cup of coconut oil (liquid)
Chocolate Layer:
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup coconut oil (liquid)
2 Tbsp honey
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Method:
Base:
  1. Add nuts to food processor and process until the mixture resembles coarse flour.
  2. Add quinoa flakes, celtic sea salt, cocoa powder and process again.
  3. Add 1 cup of dates and process again. Mixture should hold its shape when pressed into a ball. If it doesn’t add a few more dates.
  4. Press base into cup cake trays.  I use 4cm diameter silicon cup cake trays as it is then easy to press the mint bites out.
  5. Put in the freezer.

Green Layer:

  1. Add all ingredients except coconut oil and peppermint oil to food processor and process until smooth.
  2. Add coconut oil and process again.
  3. Add peppermint oil and process again.
  4. Spread mixture evenly over base and put trays back into the freezer to set.

Gold Layer:Green-and-gold-mini-bite

  1. Blend mango and macadamia nuts in food processor until smooth.
  2. Add coconut liquid and blend again.
  3. Spread mixture over green layer and put trays back into freezer to set.

Chocolate Layer:

  1. Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix together.
  2. Pour over gold layer.
  3. Put trays back in freezer to set.

Makes 36 mini bites. If you don’t have cup cake trays then use a 20cm x 30cm slice tray.

Note: When using coconut oil it will solidify when cold so add to the food processor while it is running so it doesn’t form chunks in the mixture.

Have a great Australia Day.

Please leave a comment about what Australia Day means for you?

In good health, Vicki

Overcoming jet-lag

jet-lagFirst of all what is jet-lag?  Jet-lag is often experienced by travellers when they travel for long distances across a number of time zones.  It is believed that crossing these times zones quickly disrupts the circadian rhythms of the body causing the traveller to experience any number of different symptoms:

  • low energy
  • disorientation
  • nausea
  • sleeplessness
  • headaches
  • inability to focus and concentrate
  • digestive upsets

to name a few.  These symptoms can be mild and only last a day or two or can be quite severe and last for days, debilitating the traveller.  Another contributing factor to jet-lag is the artificial atmosphere in the plane as it is dry and there is also less oxygen than on the ground.  Also the long exposure to the radiation and the lack of physical activity for hours also causes stress to the body, one of the symptoms being DVT (deep vein thrombosis)

So what can you do to reduce stress of jet-lag on the body?

  1. Increase your water intake – this will assist in reducing the dehydration the body experiences.
  2. Avoid alcohol – alcohol dehydrates the body further and causes extra stress on the digestive system.
  3. Eat lightly – as the digestive system is affected eating lightly will reduce the strain on the digestive system
  4. Breathing – actively take some deep breaths in and out every hour as this will increase the amount of oxygen taken into the body
  5. Simulate the day/night cycle of your destination – assist your body to adjust its circadian rhythm by changing your day/night pattern to that of your destination.  If your destination is 12 hours behind and it is night time there, when you take off, lower the blinds and turn off the lights and try to sleep.

As a Kinesiologist I know that acupressure points are used to stimulate the meridian system and help bring the body back into balance.  I started to do some research so that I could assist my partner and clients who were travelling overseas.  I found ‘No More Jet Lag‘ by Dr Charles Kreb, a scientist and Kinesiologist.  This was exactly what I was looking for.  Below is what Jannine experienced using this.

When I have travelled long haul in the past I have always suffered jet-lag.  Travelling for work also means you have to be in ‘work mode’ pretty soon after getting in, so there is really no time for jet-lag.  In the past my symptoms have been a craving for sunlight, trouble sleeping and feeling physically ill (nausea and feeling like I would pass out) for at least a couple of days.  The jet-lag could last about 5 days.

Vicki gave me the ‘No More Jet Lag‘ decoder – which uses acupressure points to combat jet-lag.  I was more than happy to try this, knowing how good acupressure can be through Kinesiology.  The decoder is simple, and I first used it shortly after arriving at Heathrow.  While tired on the Monday I got through the day and was fresh for meetings on the Tuesday.  The Tuesday night saw me tired, however not in the dame way I have experienced previously with jet-lag.  After that I was fine, transitioning to UK time and sleeping soundly each night.  My colleagues were fascinated, they all travel and know now debilitating jet-lag can be.

When I got to Sydney, and into the car I got the decoder out, worked out the points and rubbed.  Again I was tired on the Sunday, but slept Sunday night.  I slept will each night that week, no sunlight cravings, no nausea, no feelings of passing out.  There were no symptoms at all.  I was stoked.  Sixty seconds of rubbing acupressure points and my circadian rhythms were in sync with my location, my body was adjusted and I had none of the stress from jet-lag at all.” Jannine, Sydney

Along with the above suggestions to reduce the stress on the body, Jannine has used the decoder a number of times and has not suffered from jet-lag. If you are travelling overseas you might find the ‘No More Jet Lag decoder a good travelling companion.

In good health, Vicki

 

 

Are you having regular down time?

coffee timeI was talking to my mentor, Terri, the other day and at the end of the session she suggested that I take 30 mins each day for ‘Nothing Time’.  Nothing Time? Terri explained that each day she has 30 mins where she has a cuppa and does nothing. No one is to disturb her including the kids. It is a way to recharge the batteries – to reboot the body. It was interesting to observe my internal reaction to her suggestion – “I’m already busy, to take 30 mins out of my day…ahh”. So that afternoon I made a cup of tea and sat on my lounge for my 30 mins of down time. I found it quite challenging to just sit. First I noticed how the TV area needed a dust, then I looked at the clothes that needed folding and putting away and then I thought of my to do list….. So I turned away from it all and looked out side and watched the wind in the trees. I lasted 20 mins the first day.

The next day I again made a cup of tea and sat on the lounge. Again I noticed what needed doing around the house. This time I also felt guilty. Where did that come from? As I sat a picture of my parents came to my mind. Dad was, is always on the go, he rarely sits, while my Mum would and does take regular time out through the day to have a cuppa and read some of her book. Dad would often comment about Mum taking time out. Ah that is where that has come from – I’ve copied Dad on the go, go, go and if I do stop I feel guilty about it. So I sat there that day for the full 30 mins and noticed how I felt and what was happening in my body.

I have found that the 30 mins a day has allowed me the time to be with myself. To give myself a break, which has helped me recenter and come back to myself, ready for the rest of the day. It has also allowed my brain to have some time off and for me to once again enjoy hot cups of tea. So do you have regular down time? Do you sit and read a book? Do you lay in the sun? Have you made the commitment to yourself that you are important and deserve regular, daily, down time? If not I suggest that you do and observe yourself and your thoughts.

In good health, Vicki