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Finders Keepers – my picks

April 5, 2013

For all those Melbourne crafty types out there I’m sure you will be popping along to Finders Keepers market this weekend. I’ve just been, it was great, a visual feast of goodness.

These are my top picks:

Cat Rabbit – Brilliant felt creatures that are so character-full I just want them all
Jack of Diamonds – Beautiful machine knitted garments using gorgeous yarns
Abby Seymour – Super illustrations and porcelain finery
Emily Green – Colourtastic wonderland of neck pieces and fabric prints
Victoria Mason – Love the foxy necklace and all the other jewellery delights
Bonsai Kitten – Really comfy big knickers and the like with a vintage feel

So many people with so much talent and so much good stuff. Go! Enjoy! It opens at 10am on Saturday, go early to avoid the hordes.

Happy Stress – maintaining excitements

March 26, 2013
me looking over excited at Big Hearted Business conference. Photo courtesy Pip Lincolne

me looking over excited at Big Hearted Business conference. Photo courtesy Pip Lincolne

I am in a state of excitement… Its’s nice. But….

I know from experience that sometimes what happens is that I get overexcited and then I get overexhausted. So this time, I’m going to try and do things a bit different. I want the excitement to stay, but the energy to stay around to sustain it.

My excitement has come from a number of things that happened last week, which was topped off superbly nicely by Clare Bowditch’s Big Hearted Business conference. So much creative inspiration, my mind is a whirl. It really was a wonderful thing to be part of.

Our bodies have a physiological stress response to perceived ‘good’ things as well as perceived ‘bad’ things. Exerting energy, physical and emotional, beyond that which we have resources for, whether it be into something that we hate or something that we love, can lead to depletion. So when we’re running in overdrive excitement mode it’s prudent to take some steps to make sure we don’t burn out.

So these are some healthful things that I’m going to do to help me through this excitement burst:

1. sleep – I’m making a commitment to going to bed by 10pm and ideally 9.30pm every week night, this one is super important because cortisol (a hormone produced in times of stress) can upset sleep / waking cycles, so you might find yourself waking up earlier than normal. I LOVE early mornings, its a great time to get things done, but an early night will not only help compensate for earlier morning rising but will also give your mind, body and spirit that rest and rejuvenation it needs to counteract all the physical and mental busy-ness. And… to help avoid getting that ‘my heads buzzing I cant sleep’ melarchy I’m going to stop ‘working / playing / creating’ and certainly anything computer based at least an hour before bed. I’m aiming for a good eight hours shut eye.

2. walk – I’m going to walk. Walking is good. I am going to introduce walking incidentally to my day so I will walk to work, part way or all way, it will depend on the day. When I walk I will be mindful of my environment and will look at lots of things and feast my eyes. I will look at the sky a lot (whilst not forgetting to look where I’m going – falling down would be bad and not healthy at all). When I walk I will pound the earth, not quite an all out stomp, but I will really feel my feet on the ground. So when I walk I will feel grounded and my mind will be in the moment, freeing it up from the ever spiralling ideas and giving everything some space to settle and clarify.

3. eat – I’m going to remember to eat and I will make the best possible choices I can. I will have good and regular meals – breakfast (ESSENTIAL), lunch, dinner and some snacks. I have put good things in the fridge, easy things that can be thrown together in minutes – rocket, spinach, falafel, feta, tomatoes, almonds, avocado, amongst other things. Fresh, bright, colourful things that are nutrient rich. I’ve brought some nice dips (yes I could have made them but I’m doing super easy here) and have cut some carrot and celery into sticks and put them in a zip lock bag in the fridge = easy snacking and less ‘i need some chocolate or chips’ distractions. If you need some inspiration for some additional ways to get in your nutrients maybe consider a bit of raw. Check out fabulous Kemi’s Raw Kitchen website here.

4. breathe – I’m going to breathe…… on the toilet. We all go to the toilet (hhmm, if you’re shaking your head to this one you definitely need to come and see me or another health professional), and I hope everyone is breathing whilst they attend to their toileting,… but, its a good time to take an extra minute and take some nice long deep breaths. You might want to finish ‘your toilet business’ first. The rise and the fall of the diaphragm, which we employ in deeper breathing, kick starts the parasympathethic nervous system, thats the ‘rest and relaxation’ antidote to the sympathetic stress induced ‘fight or flight’ nervous system (no, it doesnt seem very sympathetic really does it, I think they should have named it something else). Please note – it is not necessary to limit this activity to the confines of your bathroom, do it whenever you feel, conscious deep breathing feels great.

5. take my supplements everyday, regularly and be so compliant that I get a gold star – I’m getting into some B’s. Thats because they are extra specially useful in times of stress and help facilitate energy production, neurotransmitter function (keeping your brain good) and so so many other things. I’m going to be getting into my B vitamins because I know that will suit me and my current health situation. I dont know if that would be appropriate for you, so if in doubt ask someone that will know.

6. zonk – I’m going to have a few zonks here and there. Switch off time. And yes, controversially, for me a bit of switch off time is actually a bit of switch on time as I laze on the couch and reach for the remote. I love tele. I love watching good tele on catch up tv. For me, I love the shift of focus it gives me, again, much like the mindful walking, it gives my mind some space to settle. Medical documentaries are my favourite. But you will have your own zonk thing.

None of this is rocket science, it’s all basic stuff but its good to be reminded sometimes isn’t it. I’ll be doing other stuff too, of course, like exercise, meditation, drinking plenty of water, avoiding alcohol, lots of good things, but at the most basic of levels, if I do those 6 things above I reckon I’ll be getting there.

I’m not in anyway saying don’t enjoy your excitements, indeed I urge you to invite them in, but a little bit of mindful awareness of your own personal happy stress management might go some way to helping them last even longer. May your excitements bring you much joy in the most sustainable, healthful way possible. Long may they last.

Sue

???? What would you add to this list? What do you do to bring down your stress levels?

 

 

 

Feeling Big in the Heart

March 24, 2013
me at BHB photo courtesy pip lincolne

me at Big Hearted Business conference. Photo courtesy Pip Lincolne

Another conference this weekend, this time its the Big Hearted Business conference in Melbourne and I’m LOVING it, so many great speakers and super people attending. I get to make pom poms today with the lovely Pip Lincolne from Meet Me At Mike’s . So much fun. I see some new business plans being sown (or should I say sewn!) and I feel VERY excited about this. Will share soon. Stay tuned!

Extreme Crochet

November 29, 2012

In Melbourne it’s hot. Super hot. It was meant to peak at 38 degrees C at 5pm tonight. It’s certainly super warm. And we do not have aircon at my house. so yes, super warm indeed.

It is somewhat unfortunate therefore that I really really really want to crochet and finish off my blanket that brings me lots of joy as super hot heatness and thick woolly crochet blanket do not really go together.

But, given my dedication to crochet – oh crochet how I love you so – and being the tenacious sort, I have decided to go ahead and do ‘extreme crochet’, this requires some special considerations, should you wish to do similar you will need the following:

1. a fan

i really like my old Hoover fan, it was acquired from a house share some time ago – i like its kinda retro feel

2. a very large glass of water and a spritzer bottle with water in it (mine’s rosewater) for some gentle cooling spritzing of the face, armpits, wrists, soles of feet….. etc

3. something loose, cotton, thin, cool and wafty to wear

4. a bowl of water to immerse your feet in

5. proximity to shower for some serious cooling off should it be required

6. a calm, patient mood – this is not a time to work on something that’s going to make you feel ratty cos ratty = more heat

I think it will be worth it – cos i really do think this blanket is going to be the bestest, I started it on the weekend that i did get engaged and it will always have that beautiful association attached to it.

Look – here it is in its final planning stage – choosing the order of the squares was fun.

So by hook or by crook i will crochet, yes indeed. yes.

Stay cool

sue

Beaut Breakfast

August 2, 2012
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This was my breakfast the other morning, brekkie salad – avocado, baby spinach leaves, tomato, almonds and I added some quick fried tempeh – delicious!

I was inspired by a recipe from The Stone Soups ‘Love your waistline and your food’ book. The book appears to be paleo-centric but will have a much wider appeal, some great recipes, with the philosophy of ease, health, quick and tasty food – my kind of eating.

Jules has lots of recipes on her blog here.

Detox and Dry July tips

July 6, 2012

I thought I would re-post these handy Dry July tips – good for anytime of the year and for anyone who is currently on (or considering) a period of alcohol abstinence, so here are some additional things you might like to be doing to assist in a bit of Bodily Spring Cleaning, to go alongside that beautiful rest you’re giving your liver from the burdens of alcohol.

Now, I’m not presenting here a full-on detox plan. Did you know?- there are some factors that would make a detox a bad idea for some people; these include pregnancy (though its often beneficial as part of a pre-conception plan prior to pregnancy), breast feeding, chronic illness and being on certain medications. With my patients the type of detox I put them on is often tailored to them as individuals, based on their existing diet, lifestyle, health etc. If you want more specific detox advice by all means contact me.

So, here are just a few generic gentle tips to ease you on your way to a bit of Dry July cleanliness. And yes, most of it is common sense knowledge – but that’s what I like, common sense, practical, sensible health information that is achievable, affordable and effective.

My biggest tip of all is this:

  • embrace this process as an opportunity to discover new beverages, new foods, new ways of doing things, new ways of feeling, general tip-top all round, good newness; as opposed to feeling like you’re missing out on things you’ve been used to. Rejoice in the satisfaction and sense of fulfillment that being creative in this process brings. Embody the positive aspects of giving yourself health; building a positive mindset will make it much more likely that you will succeed at making more healthful choices.

Some other tips which you may like to incorporate:

  • start the day with the juice of half a lemon squeezed into a glass of warm water, drink it swiftly rather than sipping it over a period of time. This will kick start your metabolism and get your digestive juices flowing, as well as cleansing the liver. If you’re concerned about the potential acidic effects of the lemon juice on your tooth enamel then make sure you drink this before you brush your teeth, if you like, you could also drink it with a straw if you’re really worried.
  • keep well hydrated – aim for 2 litres of filtered or spring water per day. I like warm best, I believe the body likes it to, half from the kettle + half from the filter jug. Sometimes when you get the exactly best temperature warm water can taste like nectar – honest! experiment, try it! You can try flavouring your water with slices of fresh lemon, lime, ginger or mint leaves, if you want to be a little bit fancy. You can also drink herb teas and include this in your water count.
  • enjoy lots of fruits & vegetables (organic where possible), enjoy a multitude of rainbow colours to get maximum antioxidant nutrient content.
  • increase fibre – fruit, veg, wholegrains, legumes.
  • increase consumption of wholegrains, choose ‘brown’ alternatives to ‘white’, when choosing bread, pasta, rice etc Try grains such as quinoa, buckwheat, millet.
  • avoid refined sugar, cakes, biscuits, store bought condiments and sauces, which frequently have ‘hidden’ sugar added – watch out for words such as sucrose, fructose, maltose.
  • avoid processed and convenience foods.
  • minimise saturated fats.
  • avoid alcohol (obviously you will already be doing this if you are Dry July’ing).
  • avoid caffeine and caffeine containing products – coffee, tea, energy drinks, chocolate. Try alternatives to coffee such as dandelion or chicory root tea.
  • avoid soft drinks, cordials, fizzy and scarily coloured ‘pop’ (as we used to call it when I was a kidlet).
  • embrace home cooked, tasty meals using fresh produce
  • consider investing in a slow cooker – and a slow cooker cook book (such as this one) – conveniently delicious. The ingredients work it all out in the pot, they have heaps of time to work out how to be-friend one another and work alongside each other, resulting in good, digestible nourishment.
  • avoid exposure to environmental toxins, including smoking; reduce your use of personal care products, cleaning products (seek environmental alternatives or be resourceful with vinegar and bicarbonate of soda); generally minimize your use of synthetic preservatives, flavours, chemicals etc.
  • dry skin brushing – using a natural bristle (not nylon), long handed brush on dry skin, in sweeping strokes up your body, working towards your heart, brush your skin for 3 minutes or so before getting into the shower, this assists your lymphatic system in eliminating toxins and will help reduce the risk of skin outbreaks.
  • hot and cold showers – before you get out of the shower, turn the temperature down to cool for a minute and then return to warm, to cool, to warm. After you’ve been doing this for a couple of days be brave and try alternating between warm and COLD! The alternating temperature helps stimulate circulation.
  • moderate exercise – will keep your circulation going and help elimination of those toxins as well as releasing ‘feel-good’ endorphins.
  • you may want to use this time to do a bit of ‘mind detox’ too – you may feel inspired to let go of some thoughts / feelings that you feel no longer serve you. Enrol in a meditation course, read that book that you know is going to be inspiring but you’ve not quite got round to buying / reading yet and take time out for yourself and relish in some rest & relaxation. Identify and celebrate some of your bestest qualities. Doing some cleansing of the bodily kind can have a very positive effect on clearing some mind junk too and installing some new & supportive behaviours.

Go to it Dry July’ers! Enjoy!

sunny side of the street

June 27, 2012
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Do you cross the street to walk on the sunny side? I do. Mostly.

This afternoon in chilly Melbourne the sky was super blue and the sun did shine. I crossed the street and soaked it up.

Happy in the sunshine in orange slacks and sneakers.

Lovely.

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