Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

Chia Seed Pudding Recipe

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 2 cup coconut or almond milk
  • 1/2 cup blueberries, raspberries, cherries or pomegranate
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
Top with (use any combination):
  • Fresh or stewed fruit
  • Shredded coconut
  • Raw nuts or seeds
  • Raw honey or pure maple syrup
  • Fresh mint

Directions:
1.  With a stick blender, food processor or equivalent liquidize 1/4 cup blueberries or other fruit.

2. Combine chia seeds and almond or coconut milk.

3. Cover mixture, and set on bench top overnight.

4. In the morning, stir the chia pudding to break up any clumps. Rinse the chia and don’t reuse the water.

3. Place a serve your breakfast in a bowl in summer, or warm through briefly as the weather cools down, top with anything you’d like. Place the rest of the mix into the fridge until the next day. Enjoy!

Spring Seasonal Health Practices

By observing the influence of the seasonal changes, we can avoid illness.

If we follow simple, healthful practices we can strengthen our body, mind and soul against illness and feel revitalized in spring!

  1. Waking and going to bed early and dressing warmly for the cold and winds of spring is vital. Meditate to begin each day with a sense of connection to yourself and stillness. Here is a simple ‘Quality Building Gentle Breath Meditation I use. It honors that we deserve the time to develop, confirm and enjoy the quality of our own stillness. It was created by my teacher Serge Benhayon.
  2. Release emotions and stress through healthy outlets like being active, so they are not suppressed. Journaling for even 10 minutes per day, writing as an observer, recording your emotions without judgment. Identify emotions, so you can see patterns and make changes. Connecting to your breath brings balance by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, bringing equilibrium and bringing you into the present.
  3. Stretch yourself by reading inspirational words, to help loosen the grip of old habit, both mentally, physically and spiritually. Create healthy daily living patterns, and assert self-regulation.
  4. Cleansing by drinking ½ lemon squeezed in warm filtered water upon rising to activate your liver so toxins are released. Eat plenty of fiber rich vegetables to help cleanse your intestines.
  5. Cleansing Herbal teas have been celebrated for their healing properties for centuries. It has been proven that certain herbal teas can be used as a preventative remedy, for illness and infection as they fortify the immune system and boost health generally. It  also is a great way for your body to gently detoxify, cleanse  and hydrate. Different herbal teas have different healing benefits.

 

Using a Personal Nasal Inhaler

Using a Personal Nasal Inhaler can help you deal with various emotional, mental and physical issues. They are a simple, safe and fun way to use essential oils.

KIDS

Aged 2 – 6 years and sensitive people apply 1 – 4 drops onto the cotton wick, and place in the inhaler and click in the end to secure.

Aged 6 – 12 years apply  3 – 8 drops onto the cotton wick, and place in the inhaler and click in the end to secure.

YOUNG ADULTS

Aged 13 – 18 years apply 4 – 10 drops onto the cotton wick, abnd place in the inhaler and click in the end to secure.

ADULTS

Apply 18 + 5 – 10 drops onto the cotton wick, and place in the inhaler and click in the end to secure.

Place the inhaler tip NEXT to and a 1 cm below your nostril and inhale. You do not need to insert the inhaler into your nostril, it is better NOT to insert the inhaler into your nostril.

Simply inhale s-l-o-w-l-y to the count of 5, hold for a few seconds, then exhale s-l-o-w-l-y to the count of 5 into one nostil, while holding your finger to close the other  nostril.

Repeat 2 to 3 times for each nostril. You can use the nasal inhaler every 2 – 3 hours. years and

This method helps the body to absorb the essential oils molecules into the bloodstream, and once there, be delivered to where the body needs them most.

Here are a few ideas:

Colds and Flu, Spring Allergies, Respiratory Conditions

Basil helps stress-related allergies, benefits colds and flu, headaches and migraines.

Cedarwood eases respiratory tract conditions, and breaks up phlegm.

Eucalyptus is anti-inflammatory, eases mucus, colds, flu, sinusitis, lowers temperature with a fevers.

Frankincense clears the lungs of mucous, regulates breathing, treats infections.

Lavender calms and soothes allergic inflammation, and reduces mucous cells.

Lime boots the immune system, helps respiratory function, fevers and recovery after illness.

Peppermint clears sinuses, helps allergies and reduces inflammation.

Rosemary is a tonic for the lungs, respiration, cold and flu.

Sandalwood boosts immunity, helps respiratory disorders and aids relaxation and sleep.

Positivity – orange, bergamot, lavender, rose.

Calm – buddha wood, sandalwood, frankincense, roman chamomile.

Focus – orange, lemon myrtle, lemon tea tree, ho leaf, peppermint.

Grounded – vertiver, sandalwood, frankincense, cypress blue.

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10 tips for late summer health

Late summer begins with heat, but is the turning point into the cooler, YIN energy of Autumn.

It’s time to slow down, and begin to turn inward.

Here are 10 tips for late summer health, to help you transition into autumn.

1. Late summer correlates to the Earth Element

The earth element has a dual processing role: thoughts and food. It relates to the Stomach & Spleen in Chinese Medicine and in Western Anatomy, the spleen is equivalent to the pancreas, which regulates blood sugar metabolism.

2. Earth element relates to the Digestive System

The digestive system offers us nourishment, satisfying our needs, giving us support to grow & manifest. Eat organically what’s in season to improve digestion. Use this seasonal guide.

3. Centre and ground after the excitement of Summer

Stand on the earth, draw from its living energy; through soil, rocks, and water. Feel earth’s energy come into your feet and legs, direct it up through your spine, allow it to reach up to the sky, through your arms, hands and out through your head.

4. Earth out of balance – Physically

Physically this can manifest as stomach issues, weak muscles, hypoglycaemia, sugar cravings, eating disorders and poor hair, nail & skin health.

5. Earth out of balance – Emotionally

Emotionally we may lack compassion, be ambivalent, worry and be obsessive.  We are clingy and have a tendency to over-mother.

6. What to Eat

Locally grown fruits & vegetables with moisture and natural sweetness. E.g. apricots, beetroot, cherries, corn, cucumber, peaches, plums, pumpkin. To stay attuned to each season, use this seasonal guide.

7. Don’t overdo it (in hot weather)

Too much cold food and drink and refined sugary sweets can impair the digestive system; don’t overdo icy sweet drinks or sugary treats, as the cold create lethargy in the body and a foggy head, while the sugar makes you racy.

8. As the weather cools

Include warming foods like fennel, ginger, mustard greens, pumpkin and squash.

9. Begin meditation to s-l-o-w down mind chatter

Earth is our processing centre; too much time in left brain activity e.g. planning, thinking, worrying can slow down the digestive function. Learn to switch off, and access the right creative brain often. Try this meditation to reconnect.

10. Be in present moment awareness (No multi-tasking!)

Turn your attention to your breath, and bodily sensations (use the meditation above); keep coming back to yourself and be still and self aware. 

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3 Superfood Breakfast Recipes

                 These 3  Superfood Breakfast Recipes are vegan, gluten, sugar and salt free.
        There are approximately 250 calories per serving, and you can customize them to suit you taste buds.
Super simple and satisfying, these 3 Superfood Breakfast Recipes, using nutrient dense ingredients, are high in vitamins, mineral and fibre, and you can make them in five minutes with only a few ingredients. 
However, if you have more time, there are extra benefits if you soak grains, legumes, raw nuts and seeds overnight, as that they contain a moderate level of phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors. All plants contain phytic acid in some levels, but grains, legumes, raw nuts and seeds typically contain the highest levels.
Plants need phytic acid to safeguard them until the right growing conditions are present, so they can germinate. In the body, phytic acid can stop nutrients being absorbed and reduce the digestibility of other foods. Enzyme inhibitors prevent premature sprouting of seeds, but affect humans as they bind to nutrients in the body and contribute to nutrient deficiencies as well as irritating the digestive system.

3 Easy Steps to Overnight Soaking:

  1. Place enough warm water in a bowl or jar, to completely cover the grains, raw nuts and/or seeds.
  2. Add the grains, raw nuts and/or seeds, and leave covered overnight on a bench top (not in refrigerator).
  3. Rinse the grains, raw nuts and/or seeds, and discard the soaking water, don’t re-use it.


Overnight Breakfast Bowl

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups raw rolled oats (often labeled “old fashioned” oats; be sure to use gluten-free – I buy Bob’s Red Mill from Woolworths or IGA)
  • 2 tbsp raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 tbsp raw flax seeds
  • 1 tbsp raw chia seeds
  • 4½ cups almond or coconut milk
Top with (use any combination):
  • Fresh or stewed fruit
  • Shredded coconut
  • Raw nuts or seeds
  • Raw honey or pure maple syrup
  • Fresh mint

Directions:
1. Combine oats, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds and almond or coconut milk.

2. Cover mixture, and set on bench top overnight.

3. The next morning, rinse the grains and seeds with fresh water. Don’t reuse the soaking water.

4. Place a serve of your breakfast in a bowl in summer, or warm through briefly as the weather cools down, top with anything you’d like. Place the rest of the mix into the fridge until the next day. Enjoy!



Overnight Chia Seed Pudding

Chia seeds gel when soaked, so generally they are not rinsed after soaking.

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 2 cup coconut or almond milk
  • 1/2 cup blueberries, raspberries, cherries or pomegranate
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
Top with (use any combination):
  • Fresh or stewed fruit
  • Shredded coconut
  • Raw nuts or seeds
  • Raw honey or pure maple syrup
  • Fresh mint

Directions:
1.  With a stick blender, food processor or equivalent liquidize 1/4 cup blueberries or other fruit.

2. Combine chia seeds and almond or coconut milk.

3. Cover mixture, and set on bench top overnight.

4. In the morning, stir the chia pudding to break up any clumps.

3. Place a serve in a breakfast bowl in summer, or pour warm coconut or almond milk over a serve as the weather cools down, to make a chia porridge. Top with anything you’d like. Place the rest of the mix into the fridge until the next day. Enjoy!



Morning Energy  Balls

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup almond butter or a combination of any nuts
  • 1/4 cup ground or whole flax seed
  • 2 tbs of your favorite dried fruit or 3 medjool dates, pitted
  • Tablespoon raw honey or pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:
1. Blend all ingredients in a food processor until sticky and roll into balls.

2. Chill in the fridge, and snack away. Enjoy!



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Meditation

The purpose of Meditation is to bring you back to yourself,
and develops awareness.
You can reconnect to the rhythm of your own breath with meditation.
The key to meditation, is to develop a deep connection to yourself. Meditation can determine the quality of your physical, emotional, mental and energetic state of being. As you mediate, all the external influences that affect you will lessen.
Meditation should not be mindless, or a means of escape, distraction, disconnected numbness or bliss. True meditation is instructional versus guided.
It’s helpful to use sensory cues such as:
  • The imprint upon which you close your eyes
  • Focus with your mind to the activity of your breath

Rather than mindfulness, which is very popular at present, the mediation below, encourages a heartful approach to life. It will help you engage with life with an attitude of gentleness and compassion. You will develop a loving quality of presence, which is naturally healing for your body, mind and spirit

The Meditation below will inform and instruct, and is perfect for beginners. It is also great for anyone interested in developing, and establishing the quality of their own gentle breath. This is the true value and purpose of meditation.

 Listen to the Introductory Gentle Breath Meditation™ by Serge Benhayon.
When we are present to ourselves and still,
we can catch the stories our mind is playing.
Still struggling with negative thoughts and behaviours?
Need 3 simple steps to rewire your brain for positive change? Read on
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5 simple tips to sync with summer

These 5 simple tips to sync with summer are easily implemented, and will help you enjoy the spirit of the season.

1. Alkalise

Alkalise by eating  vegetables and fruits in season, and grown locally to benefit your health, the planet and your budget. Buying in season, means the food is at its peak supply, costing less for farmers and their distribution arm to get the food to you. Eating seasonally, means you get the best tasting and healthiest food, with the highest nutrional value.  Here is a seasonal food guide to make it super simple to stay connected to each seasons abundance throughout the year, and sync now with summer.

2. Exercise

Continue to exercise regularly; if activities have ended for the year, try something different, such as having a swim to cool yourself down, or going for a walk in nature to help your body sync with the changeable weather when it occurs in the environment. Exercise in the cooler times of the day, like in the morning or later in the day.

3. Hydrate

Drink plenty of water, as every cell in your body requires water to function well. Water accounts for approximately 60 percent of your body weight. Your individual water needs depend on the level of activity you do, and the temperature of the air. For most people, the amount of water lost per day, averages between two and three litres. Summer is perfect to drink iced herbal teas, and water with fresh herbs, such as peppermint, or fruit slices: this will protect your body from illness and disease,  and flush out toxins.

4. Light

Ensure you expose yourself to 30 minutes of morning light, by getting outside into the natural daylight, when there is a moderate amount of the sun’s rays. Natural light helps regulate you sleep-wake cycles and boosts your Vitamin D supply. It has been found that at least 1,000 genes that govern almost every tissue in your body are regulated by Vitamin D3, the active form of Vitamin D. Sunlight lifts the spirits, as it increases the brain’s release of  a hormone called seratonin: this hormone boosts your mood and helps you feel calm and focused.

5, Meditate

Meditate to reconnect to yourself all year round. This meditation gives you simple instructions, to establish a quality of your own gentle breath. It is perfect for beginners, and uses simple sensory cues to bring focus with the mind to the activity of the breath.  True meditation needs to always bring you back to yourself, and help you develop awareness; it should never be used to escape, or be distracted. I listen to the Introductory Gentle Breath Meditation™ by Serge Benhayon.
Happy syncing with summer !
Read more about how to stay well in summer

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Pickled Red Cabbage

This delicious Pickled Red Cabbage recipe is perfect all year round, and highlights the unique colour and flavour of red cabbage, while preserving all its nutrients.  It’s sweet and sour, without being overly acidic, stays crisp and bright in colour, and aids protein digestion.

Cabbage grows in Melbourne in Autumn and Winter, but in temperate climates (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide) it can grow all year round. The flavour of red cabbage is deeper and earthier than green cabbage.

Use Pickled Red Cabbage as a salad, or fry to warm it through and use as a side dish.

Ingredients:

I medium size full red cabbage

2 cups of boiling water

2 tablespoons raw honey

1/2 cup organic apple cider vinegar

1 cup virgin olive oil

3 fresh or dry bay leaves

1-2 cloves garlic, roughly crushed

20 black peppercorns, roughly crushed

Method:

  1. Shred the red cabbage in a food processor.
  2. Prepare the marinade: boil the water, add the honey and stir until it has dissolved, add the apple cider vinegar. Keep olive oil separate for now.
  3. 1/4 fill a 1 litre jar with shredded cabbage, pour 1/4 marinade and 1/4 olive oil over and add 1/4 garlic and peppercorns and stir, then push cabbage down tightly. Repeat for next 3 x 1/4’s until the jar is full. Place bay leaves around the outside of the mixture.
  4. Put it in the bottom shelf of the refrigerator where it is not as cold.

Your Pickled Red Cabbage is ready to eat straight away, but the flavours come through more fully in two days. Keep refrigerated.

3 key strategies to rewire your brain for positive change!

Changes in life are imminent, and springtime allows you an opportunity to change your thinking and being. You can embrace new foundations, and rewire your brain for positive change!

Spring is a period of renewal and rebirth; offering you a fresh start, to feel energized, find balance, harmony and new beginnings.

How do you move effortlessly with change versus react?

You need to understand how to rewire your brain for positive change!

At any given moment, your brain can either support a deepening of who we are, help you be more effective and efficient or hinder new learning, growth and change.

 

Are you stuck on auto-pilot?

3 key strategies

1. Meditate

Pause to recconect to the quality of gentleness within, and the rhythm of your own breath.
It’s helpful to use sensory cues such as:
  • The imprint upon which you close your eyes
  • Focus with your mind to the activity of your breath

True meditation is instructional versus guided; it always brings you back to yourself and develops awareness. It should not be mindless, or a means of escape, distraction, disconnected numbness or bliss.

Rather than mindfulness, which is very popular at present, this meditation encourages a heartful approach to life. This means that we engage with life with an attitude of gentleness and compassion, and develop a loving quality of presence which is naturally healing for our body mind and spirit

Reconnect to the rhythm of your own breath

Informing and instructing, the Introductory Gentle Breath Meditation is perfect for beginners or for anyone interested in developing and establishing the quality of their own gentle breath. This is the true value and purpose of meditation.

 Listen to the Introductory Gentle Breath Meditation™ by Serge Benhayon.
When we are present to ourselves and still, we can catch the stories our mind is playing.

2. Journal

Writing in a journal allows you to explore and make sense of your experiences and relationships in life.
Keeping a journal helps you to get to know yourself, and allows time for reflection. In turn, this supports you to appreciate yourself, analyse and gain insight and gives you more choices in new actions or ways of being in life. This process encourages ‘neural plasticity’, helping your brain to change!
Break out of the negative loop

There’s a simplicity in gliding a pen on paper, it just feels good in your hands.

By writing, you become aware of what, how and why you are doing what you are doing. You can identify useful strategies, recognise strengths and weaknesses and ultimately become more congruent as awhole person.

If you are willing to accept responsibility and be self-directed, a keen sense of observation and open-mindedness is fostered.  Reflection allows you to establish a connection between all aspects of your being and life, acknowledge your feelings and emotions, observe patterns of behaviour and thinking, that may be holding you back.

Access your creative side with doodling

To find answers use colour to doodle to access your creativity.

The right, creative side of your brain verus the logical left side of the brain is a model to describe different styles of thinking. By using both sides of the brain equally, you can find an organic flow between writing and images, analysing and creativity.

Another reason to journal, is because it has been found that if we look ahead at a screen this accesses the logical left side of the brain, versus if we look down when writing or drawing on a page we access the creative right side of the brain and in reality we can be 10 times more productive. WOW!

A model that describes different styles of thinking

Utilise your whole brain to move beyond fixed attitudes.

Confidence and assertiveness naturally follows which helps you easily change attitudes, perspectives or priorities, without resistances.  By identifying barriers and patterns as well as challenging your beliefs, you will avoid repeating the same patterns: this raises your conscious awareness and presence.

3. Infinity

Drawing the infinity sign integrates both sides of your brain. The benefits of this exercise, includes enhanced attention, hand-eye co-ordination, stress reducation and emotional wellbeing.
In your journal, use your dominant hand first, then your non-dominant hand, to draw the infinity sign (the
number eight lying on its side) for 1-2 minutes a day.

These simple approaches help foster a more integrated whole you. They are easy to implement and will help you to rewire your brain in an ongoing way to be congruent with yourself and life.

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7 Key Principles to help you grow your wholisitic business

When ethics, business and spirituality harmonize

Complimentary health practitioners very often fail to establish themselves in the world. So many are exceptional at what they do, and seek to maintain a high standard by continued professional development: however, there is a collision between their values and beliefs, and the essential elements required, to operate a successful small business.

As a Professional Educator in complimentary therapies, I have witnessed hundreds of graduates fail to translate their belief, passion and expertise into a thriving business. Despite the winning business plan they have perfected, they frequently have a conflict between caring for people and equating this into a dollar value. Countless brilliant practitioners are unable to realise their vision in the world, and struggle to make an adequate living.

 

 

Follow these 7 Key Principles to invigorate flagging confidence, break through inertia, re-ignite your soul calling, and stay on track in your wholisitic business.

 

  1. Spirituality in business

Embody your personal values, be fully present and grounded and hold your integrity with others, while being honest and transparent. Daily practises like meditation, being reflective, and fostering inner stillness are crucial. Treat your clients and others with respect, care and love and at the same time, don’t be afraid to reflect the truth about any issue/s at the right moment in the therapeutic process.

 

A clean healthy diet helps you read your client and others, stay fully present and focused, and sustain your energy. Embody and harmonize both the masculine and feminine principles in yourself and in everything you do. These fundamental governing laws of the universe are replicated in every manifestation in nature and life. Practise social responsibility by looking at how your business impacts the environment and serves the community.

 

  1. Share your unique gifts

In a wholistic business, develop and share your unique spiritual gifts from your soul and align this to your mission. Growing your wholistic business is one of the most powerful paths of spiritual growth, if you can sustain and evolve through the challenges. Therefore, the tests and trials you meet along the way, can feel deeply personal. I call this the ‘unenlightened self’, that wounded inner child, that goes into old patterns of restriction.

 

  1. Stay on track

This ‘unenlightened-self’ can take you off track, and stop you from stepping into being a leader and expert in your field. With insight and awareness, you can grow through and beyond these constraints, without unnecessary pain. The more aware and insightful you can be, the more you can stretch towards realising your full potential.

 

  1. See challenges as opportunities

Challenges are opportunities to grow and expand, but if you are operating from your ‘unenlightened-self’, you will miss these vital moments. Remember, don’t judge yourself, feel negative or project outward: this closes your intuitive faculties, stops you receiving insights from your higher self, and keeps you away from your spiritual, enlightened flow.

 

  1. Improve your operations

Clear processes help you offer an excellent service to your clients. Draw up a flow chart to accurately formulate each proces,s and show you the links between various elements. From the point at which your client books a session, to the end of that session when you say goodbye.

 

Utilise technology to improve how you operate, such as a client booking system with automated reminders. Add a document you can send ahead of time, for your client to complete about their reason for visiting and health history. This will create more time in their session for you to consult and treat. Continue to strive to improve how you run your business, so you have more time to be with your clients and weave your unique magic!

 

  1. Quality marketing

Know your ideal client and always direct your solutions to their unique problems, through quality content. Use email and social media channels to engage and build relationships with your clients and in turn direct them to access your services and products; this will increase your market share. Make time to analyse your marketing efforts.

 

Ensure you have a website you can update and keep it fresh and relevant. Optimise your online content, as this way a search engine can put you in the top results, when people search with keywords.

 

Develop your brand to convey everything you hold dear about what you do and say. You need to reinforce the key elements and objective of your business and communicate them to your audience. Every element of your brand, from the colours you use, the logo, the brand name need to reflect what you provide. If you aren’t crystal clear on what you stand for in business, then how would you expect anyone else to be?

 

  1. Be attentive to finances

Maximise your chances of success by developing a framework to keep track of your finances. Be aware of your expenditure and cash flow always, and keep your business and personal finances separate. Make sure you have easy low-cost payment and receipting facilities set up for your clients, so cash flow is not hindered and can be tracked easily. Hire a trusted accountant and bookkeeper. Set aside 15 minutes every week to organise your finances.

Wholistic therapies, body massage with essential oils.

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Claire Lamicela

Wellness Strategist