Eat More, Not Less!

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When you embark on a new diet or see a nutritionist for advice, they will sometimes ask you to give up this and that for various health reasons or goal’s that you are trying to achieve. As you leave their office, I’m sure you may feel a little disappointed and overwhelmed by the news.

I have found ‘Adding In’ rather than ‘Taking Out,’ has turned my health and eating habits around and has become more effective in a sustained long-term health routine. What do I mean by ‘Adding In’?

Eating more whole foods, fruit, veggies, good quality protein, whole grains, healthy nuts and seeds, and lots of water will leave less room for the foods causing you troubles.

Keep a bottle of water close by and top it up regularly. If you keep drinking the water through-out the day, you will have less room for soft drinks and other undesired sugary drinks.

Once you keep filling your body with healthy, nutritious food, it is only natural that you will stop craving unhealthy foods and start to crave water and whole foods that make you feel amazing and energized. Before long using the ‘Adding In’ trick, you will find you are naturally following the plan your nutritionist or health adviser has put you on!



Do you have a Passion?

In today’s meditation with Oprah and Deepak – they explored “Living with Passion.”

For me, my passion has always been an ocean and the sun. If I am at the beach with my family swimming and surfing, I feel free and alive. I call these day’s my ‘magic days.’ For other’s it may be dancing, singing, cooking, hiking, yoga, being creative or painting. Having a passion is fundamental to your happiness.
With our crazy, busy lives sometimes we can lose sight of our passion or not make the time to follow these pursuits. I challenge you this week to try and schedule time to indulge your passion and see if it make you feel happier and more aligned with who you truly are.
Have a great week!



Don’t through in the towel!

So you had a big night out, drank a little too much and danced the night away. Or it was a weekend of family, friends and feasting. Don’t feel guilty and say that’s it, I can’t do this or I’ll start eating healthy again on Monday. Make your next meal a good choice and you will be on your way back to good health!

p.s. I hope you had a great time – you deserve too!


Are you Juicing?

Juice Time!

Are you Juicing?

Juicing today has risen in popularity, thanks to people like Joe Cross (Reboot with Joe). Joe is teaching the world, the health benefits of juicing which came about through his own personal experience of turning his life around.

Why Juice?

– Faster and easier absorption of nutrients

– Increases Energy levels

– Improves thinking ability

– Strengthens hair and nails

– Helps aid immunity

– Gives your digestive system a rest

– Improves the health of skin and hair

Please enjoy a simple recipe, for my favourite juice!

Immunity:

1/2 pineapple

1 orange

2 carrots

1/2 inch ginger root

1/2 lemon

So get a little more fruit and veg into you and see how fantastic you feel!

Checkout Joe’s website for more recipes:

http://www.rebootwithjoe.com



Dream Chasers – Sarita Merlo from The Byron Bay Tea Company

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Today I had the pleasure of interviewing the gorgeous Sarita Merlo, founder of The Byron Bay Tea Company. Sarita is a herbalist, health advocate and passionate tea drinker. Her business has grown from humble beginnings of brewing tea for clients, intimate market stalls to now being found in cafes, restaurants, resorts, retreats and food stores all around Australia.

What is your background and how did you become a tea expert?

I am a herbalist and have always loved herbal medicine. I feel like we have amazing medicines at our fingertips, and I wanted to make herbal preparations available for people to enjoy and benefit. With this knowledge, I made herbal teas that benefited people’s health and made them palatable to drink through the mixing of spices, vanilla beans, and berries, to make some fantastic flavours. The taste was the key!

How did it all start?

It really was my love of herbal medicine that made me create the range of organic herbal tea blends. As an extension, I wanted also to cater to a wider group of people who enjoy tea. Technically herbal teas are not tea. So I also decided I wanted to offer regular teas as well. So I bought in traditional teas and then 2 -3 years later, I became fascinated with Oriental teas. Recently I have researched the benefits of the tea leaf and have become quiet interested in regular tea and it’s health benefits.

Has that overshadowed the other side of your business?

No, my passion is still the herbal tea blends. The wonderful thing about my herbal teas is that people don’t have to consult a naturopath to get the health benefits.

Many health conditions today have an underlying cause of poor digestion. What tea do you recommend for this?

The majority of clients I see have digestive issues, ranging from bloating, flatulence, constipation, indigestion, nausea, or digestive issues from stress. Tea will benefit with these conditions, alongside dietary changes. For these conditions I recommend Byron Bay Tea Company’s, Digest.

What is your Favourite tea?

My favourite tea is Digest. I created it for myself. I was going to fundamental food store in Byron Bay and weighing out different blends myself. Then I thought, there must be other people out there that love blended teas and the transition from that was thinking about the whole business.

Was it always your dream to have your own business?

Not entirely, but I knew from a young age I wasn’t going to be hopping on trains in Melbourne and dressing up in a suit, in the corporate world. Becoming a naturopath 15 years ago was quiet out there, as my grandfather was a medical doctor. My family didn’t embrace it at the time, but the turn around is amazing and my whole family are all on board.

I can see you have developed a new range of tea. How do you stay motivated and keep your brand evolving?

I need to keep abreast of the Australian tea drinking culture and what they are looking for. My observations have been that there has been a major, major shift.

Australia have become more of a tea drinking culture and over the last nine years we have seen these changes. Our product isn’t foreign anymore and is more the norm. The consumer has become more adventurous and very disconcerting. They want to know if it’s organic and what ingredients are in the tea. They know good quality tea and what wild crafted teas are. No longer can a cafe getaway with serving a tea bag in a pot and charge $4. Quality is the key!

We have noticed in particular with our business that Oolong white and green (oriental teas) have become increasingly popular due to their health properties.

What advice would you give to people wanting to start their own business or chase a dream?

I’m a big believer in following your heart. When I started Byron Bay Tea Company I was taking a punt but I had a passion for herbal medicine and it was that which was the driving force and still is behind my business. My passion lead me, then I learnt how to run a business along the way. I knew I couldn’t be doing something that I didn’t love or selling a product I didn’t love.

Do you have a quote that means a lot to you?

“Seize the day!”

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http://www.byronbayteacompany.com


Cultivating Happiness!

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Cultivating Happiness

Some day’s life and our emotions can just take over. We may have experienced sadness that can rock us to the core. Or the day that has no joy with no explanation as to why?

It’s ok to have these feelings, but let’s look at how we can turn these feelings around and cultivate a daily practise of happiness.

Research by Dr. Todd Kashdan revealed “gratitude was one of the three elements essential for creating happiness and meaning in life. The other two ingredients include meaningful relationships and living in the present moment.”

A gratitude journal can help us realise all the things we are thankful for. Being grateful helps us focus on what we have, rather than what we don’t.

Try this exercise called The Three Blessings:
Before you go to bed each night for one week, write down three good things that happened during the day. At the end of the week, revise the list and see if you are feeling any more joy.

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Find supportive people and surround yourself with those that make you feel amazing. There is no time in life for toxic relationships and people that bring you down. Your friends and family should build you up!

Bring present!

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Other tips that I find helpful:
1) Playing music that makes you get up and dance.
2) Find a physical activity that brings you joy.
3) Take up a new hobby.

This week try some of these tips and practise cultivating happiness!