Easy access…Antidepressants

I’m feeling a little vulnerable as I write this blog, but I just felt I had to share this experience.

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” Helen Keller

To some, my life would appear to be a dream; I’ve created a product that people genuinely seem to like & want to be a part of, I’m fit, I have a beautiful family, I was a model (not anymore), I have a support network that includes some of the most well known fitness, health and inspirational figures, and Im living my life my way.

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It’s all to easy to look at someones life from the outside, from their social media ‘highlight’ reel and make judgement, or create an opinion about that person. Staying true to myself and the purpose of my blog…this highlight reel is often not all it’s cracked up to be, even mine.

‘If you don’t think your anxiety, depression, sadness and stress impact your physical health, think again. All of these emotions trigger chemical reactions in your body, which can lead to inflammation and a weakened immune system. Learn how to cope, sweet friend. There will always be dark days.’ Kris Carr

Sure all of the above are true, but what about viewing my life from the inside out? My heart still hurts for a love that wasnt reciprocated (insecurity), I am creating a business on my own (instability), I surround myself with people who are inspirational figures (pressure), my family isn’t as close as I would want them to be, and I very rarely let anyone ; friends or lovers close to my heart as I’m petrified of being hurt (loneliness), which in turn makes me a #1datewonder.

Now these are 2 very outlooks on my life, 1 is positive, 1 is not so. Yet they are both very much my reality.

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I have written and spoken about my depression.

What you may not know, is I was meant to be and still am supposed to be tested for Border Line Personality disorder (basically this means it’s either white or black, good or bad, there is no balance).

As my business continues to become a reality (who would have thought my empire would be built on #balls), so to does the financial stress, the responsibilities and the very real fear of failure. As I began to experience the well-known traits of depression and self sabotage (for me this over eating thing is out of control at the moment) became apparent, I knew I had to speak to someone.

Sometimes that’s all we need… someone to really listen to us.

Anxious, excited and knowing I was doing the right thing, off I went to my Dr for a full blood test and Psychologist referral (I don’t have one in Sydney).

‘What you believe is very powerful. If you have toxic emotions of fear, guilt and depression, it is because you have wrong thinking, and you have wrong thinking because of wrong believing.’ Joseph Prince

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What surprised me as I was tearfully telling my story (if you need to cry, just cry), was the recommendation for antidepressants, not once but at least 4 times the conversation was redirected to ‘pills’ for my hormonal imbalance. He advised that I am depressed (which I am quite sure that I’m not, simply looking for some advice, someone to speak to, to express myself to).

I STRONGLY DO NOT ADVOCATE ANTI DEPRESSANTS.

Was he even listening to me??? I was in disbelief, after all that I was telling him; my clean eating lifestyle, my health coaching, seminars…he still tried to (I felt) ‘push’ medication onto me.

Now, I understand they do work for some people and considering there seems to be a natural imbalance in my brain they should work for me. However, my last incidence with these drugs at 100mg had me sitting on the edge of my balcony at 4am in the morning thinking my life was not worth living. Do I want to take them again, or try find the right one…Ummm…..NO?

I felt I had to write this as it really was a revealing experience, I mean Ive experienced this before, when I happily and eagerly took the antidepressants and the valium which I then created a dependence on. What about any person without so much knowledge, what hope do they have when their medical ‘professional’ advises these drugs???

The world we live in.

Exercise and food are the most under utilised drug. This is true.

‘Good humour is a tonic for mind nad body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keeps friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment,’ Grenville Kleiser

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All I was simply requesting was a referral to see a psychologist (i truly promote them as a personal trainer for your mind), someone I could talk to that isn’t in my world, about my pressures, frustrations and feelings without judgement. Yet I nearly walked out of there drugged up.

If anything I only feel more inspired to create change, to educate about the way we live (yes, I got my referral). Im not using this post to ask for sympathy or pity, simply as an expression of my thoughts.

“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them — every day begin the task anew.”Saint Francis de Sales

The truth is, the world aint all sunshine and rainbows…but its how you choose to act when you don’t feel so good that will define you.

Love & light, Charlie x.

*Note…It is ok to not be ‘amazing’ all the time, in fact it’s perfectly normal. And I can tell you this…everything will be ok, it always will be ok.

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{Fitness Expert} Denver Steyn…Eating Disorders

I have spent time connecting with so many different people throughout my career, and recently I have spent more time actually listening to them, not the kind of listening that has my monkey mind wondering about what Im going to eat next, who I need to call, or what I need to do, but the real type of listening, the kind where you absorb the other persons words, active listening. It has been during this practice of listening I have been amazed at the wealth of knowledge that surrounds me…I felt it only right to share with you.

Today Im sharing Denver Steyn, a fitness expert who is a leading personal trainer in Qld, but also a genuinely good guy with a desire for knowledge and passion for fitness. He is (one of those) IIFYM followers, and it works for him. He is also a pro at the ‘selfie’, pre, during and post training. See below.

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Eating Disorders, Denver Steyn

Nutrition is a core component of building muscle, losing fat, and ensuring your body is working as it should by providing the essential nutrients required to thrive and survive.

It is generally agreed that when you eat less you lose weight. When you eat protein you encourage your body to build and maintain muscle. When you eat carbs you provide your body with energy. When you eat fats you provide your body with essential nutrients for hormonal balance and transportation of other nutrients.

With that said, it is clearly important to incorporate all three macronutrients (protein, carbs, fat) in your diet.

People who go to extremes have the main goal of building muscle. This means more protein. Generally in excess of any study known to man. Protein protein protein. Every day. Every meal. In generic quantities without any consideration. 200g portions in the form of animal protein, 6-8 egg whites, protein shakes. Simple generic portion sizes. Some how it is whats required to get the job done, irrespective of a personal body composition assessment.

So if protein builds muscle which is an obvious major goal, and I need to eat less to lose weight, why not just eat minimal amounts of carbs and fats? That works right? How many times have you heard of people who “live” on chicken and broccoli. It has become more of a joke these days however it is still very relevant and continues to happen.

The issue is, people see short term results and don’t consider the long term effects. Eat protein; build muscle, eat less; lose weight or even; get “shredded”.

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Knowing the importance of nutrition, your body will always get the calories or nutrients it requires to survive. It is simply impossible to excessively under eat without your body responding in more ways than just losing weight, or body fat. What I mean is, when you are restricting your daily food intake your body will force you to give it what it needs to keep functioning at its preferred level of health or body composition “set point”. This is part of why we get cravings, why we snack on foods without thinking, and the big one; why many people are binge eating on a weekly basis.

Having a diet that focuses on protein intake and not much else, you can bet your body is fighting you on a daily basis. How many times have you had that craving to eat one small treat and ended up eating everything in sight? That could be an example of your body “getting what it needs”, regardless of what you are trying to force it to do.

So when fitness goes too far, people are following eating plans that have very little consideration or recruitment of essential dietary fats and carbohydrates. Protein is the key, with green vegetables and salads not really for the micronutrient content but more because they keep you full and help in the process of feeing “okay” in what is essentially planned starvation.

Binge eating is prevalent amongst those who preach the idea of “eating clean” or being strict with generic uneducated fitness eating plans. More so, it is associated with those who are over eating protein but under eating total calories in an effort to build muscle and get shredded.

I have seen first hand people who claim to be health & fitness role models who are closet binge eaters yet portray a lifestyle of nothing but clean foods and won’t allow their image to be hurt by being truthful about their less than desirable eating habits.

Although I have never been one to hide my eating habits, I have spent multiple periods of my life where I was doing everything you have just read. Under eating, binging, thinking nothing but protein and a few fibrous vegetables was a way of life. I thought it was a necessary sacrifice to get that elusive shredded and muscular physique. It is obviously a less than desirable outcome when you realise you have developed an eating disorder and have created a yo-yo cycle of “clean” and “dirty” eating as well as a fear of certain foods and a very restricted and psychologically damaging approach to nutrition. The first untold truth.

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Follow Denver on his journey…

Website: Denversteyn.com

IG: Biggydee

Love & light, Charlie x.

Do you know someone or are you someone that would like to be featured? Please email me charlie@charliedehaas.com.au I believe that sharing is caring and together we can make a change.

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Thursday Treat…Raw Cranberry Cheesecake

It is the season to be merry, but that doesn’t mean all your health and fitness goals have to go out the window. Choose healthy treats, make conscious choices.

‘Its our choices that show who we really are, far more than our abilities.’ J.K Rowlings

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Raw Cranberry Cheesecake

Contributed by Nikki Sharp ( Stay Sharp be Strong)

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This absolutely delicious dessert includes cranberries, coconut cream, and macadamia nuts to create a smooth, whipped cream texture that will melt in your mouth. The original recipe I adapted this from was for a caramel & macadamia nut cheesecake from The Whole Pantry (app), however it didn’t have enough varied flavors for my taste buds, so I played with different flavors and managed to create something wonderful!

INGREDIENTS
CRUST

  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/5 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp Lucy Bee coconut oil
  • Pinch of Himalayan pink sea salt
  • (Add 1 or 2 dates if needed to bind the crust)

CAKE LAYER

  • 200g coconut cream
  • 2 cups macadamia nuts (however I would personally change this to soaked cashews next time)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 1 cup frozen cranberries

TOPPING

  • 12 pitted dates
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 small lemon, squeezed
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water

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DIRECTIONS

  1. Mix all ingredients from the crust in your food processor. Add about half, blend then add the other half. Or just add all like me, and blend a few minutes longer until its creates a dough.
  2. Press into your spring tin or mini cupcake holders (I did both). You can leave out or put in freezer while making the cake portion.
  3. Add all ingredients for the main portion into your processor and blend until a whipped cream texture is created. Add to your crust.
  4. Add all topping ingredients into a blender or food processor until a liquid is created and the dates are fully incorporated. Drizzle on top of the cake layer.
  5. Top with additional fruit (I used cranberries and a tiny bit of matcha powder) and either serve as is or freeze for 2-4 hours until the cake portion has set. It shouldn’t be too firm when you serve it (although I tried it straight out of the freezer and it was fine!)

This summer make a commitment to yourself and keep it.

Love & light, Charlie x.

‘For he who has health has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.’ Owen Arthur

 

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Self love Sunday…getting control.

The day of the week to be still and reflect on your life, to plan and make changes (I love Self love Sunday).

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‘To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to ones family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control ones own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.’ Buddha

 

As Im reflecting, Ive noticed that I’ve created a dependence on food to feel a sense of control, eating until a sense of satiety takes over (ridiculous amounts). Not only this but I’ve falling into the ‘I don’t care’ category, filling myself with anything toxic. As I think about it, it scares me, I have never lost my own motivation in this way. Sugar, chocolate, chips and Ice cream. Now I’ve always been prone to a ‘cheat’ meal or two a habit  I have desperately been trying to break the circle of dieting. I believe in balance, but it’s always been the one or two, this time it’s been over 2 weeks where I haven’t gone longer than a few days without reaching for a sugary treat.

‘This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections.’ Saint Augustine

 

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Where has this come from? After researching and discovering the many causes of out of control eating/over eating and binge eating I realised I had created this as my ‘go to’. As my world is changing (I currently have the luxury of not having to set an alarm any day or be anywhere at anytime except for yoga class and a few seminars weekly). I had created a dependence on food in lieu of a sense of routine (and I am an OCD/addictive personality). In times of being unsure we become dependant on other areas in our life that we can control; partners, substances, exercise (this was my normal addiction), good and bad habits.

So how do we break these bad habits and dependencies that come on so quickly they occur without us even realising?

Make a plan. Today is a new day, I’m using my self-love Sunday to write a commitment letter to myself. Just as a reminder; healthy is happy. And a reminder that I care for my wellbeing.

I know I feel better in my body and mind when I make healthier choices (junk foods create junk moods, I have found this to be true). I am the only one in control of my life and I can choose how to live it.

‘A man sooner or later discovers that he is the master-gardener of his soul, the director of his life.’ James Allen

I also have to remind myself, it’s ok to make mistakes. For you see my whole life I have been involved in health and fitness, I live and breathe it, especially now as it’s my chosen career; the career I love. I will remind myself that it’s ok to slip up. Guilt is a bad thought that leads to bad emotions. Which only then lead to more of your bad habit (such a terrible cycle).

Let go of the guilt. The pressure to be perfect (all the time). Life is made to be lived; we live and we learn.

 

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‘The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.’ Albert Ellis

As I reflect, making my plan, I’m thinking about the triggers; a bad day, lack of motivation, and for me personally; the hope of something blossoming into a relationship that didn’t (rejection, something I deal with poorly). I have determined this has been, amongst others, the trigger to my low self-esteem, ‘I’m not good enough’ thoughts. Why, when this time of my life, (everything is amazing) this particular person doesn’t want to be involved? . These thoughts can lead to hurt, sadness and a negative downward spiral. But it’s ok to feel them sometimes, just know when it’s time to stop (today).

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Today, is my time, I’m choosing to not give my power, my self-love away to someone, away to the addictive chemicals in ‘bad’ food. Instead I’m going to write My Commitment letter and reflect on everything that is amazing in my life, because I am truly blessed. I’m starting a 28 day ‘clean’ program. Not a Diet. In 28 days it will be my 30th birthday and I’m hoping the release of my book; Live a life you love (fingers crossed). What better motivation, to be the very best version of myself.

What are you committed to? Where is your focus? What can you do today to make a change in your life?

‘As your faith is strengthened you will find that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will, and that you will flow with them, to your great delight and benefit.’ Emmanuel Teney

I am the only one who can create my dream reality, and I have the faith, knowledge and belief that I will. Mistakes do not define me, they empower me.

Love and light, Charlie x.

I’m off to spend the day doing the absolute final (scary and exciting) read though of my Manuscript.

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Medical practice; how good is it?

It’s now been over a year I have been dealing with a personal health situation with still no answer.

I wanted to express my thoughts and my understanding to those who are in a similar situation, or even worse.

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Whilst it isn’t life threatening at this stage, my issue  has had a huge impact on other areas of my life, and my mental health (not to mention my finances).

“Those who are without compassion cannot see what is seen with the eyes of compassion.”  Thich Nhat Hanh

As we put out trust into the medical system, led to believe that they have the answers, how are we meant to feel when the answers we receive are: no explanation, more tests required, I cant tell you why?

It has been through my own process of trying to determine the cause of a digestive issue (some of you close to me know, but I generally tend to always look like I’m 3 months pregnant, sometimes more depending on food). After seeing specialists, gastroentologists, naturopaths and nutritionists, being recommend medication for paraplegic’s to full Fod maps diets; no gluten; no diary; no sugar diets….still with no solution and no reason for cause, I can say it becomes more than a little disheartening. To feel pain with no explanation, no see distension in your own body, leaves you feeling less than happy, hoping to understand what is causing it.

In a review 1 in 6 patients will visit a Dr with digestive issues.

Does this not send a loud signal to not only our government but the medical world that something we are doing is WRONG?

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“The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.”  Voltaire

Personally, I have tried it all; I tried the medication that I was given after a transit study, the specialist had no reason for the cause wasn’t interested in finding it but happy to give me a drug that ‘should’ work (it didn’t, and I realise this may be part because of my own mind mentality of not wanting drugs in my body, especially without treating the cause). A standard GP who was quick to write a script for a course of serious and intense antibiotics for a period of 2 weeks (with no recommendation of cultivating any good bacteria with a probiotic), to the nutritionist who recommended a full FOD map diet (no consumption of specific foods that cause fermented gas in the stomach), no gluten, no alcohol, no sugar (I did commit to this for 3 weeks, and can honestly say it was very difficult and limited with no result).

I can begin to understand why people have little faith in those who invest years to develop knowledge about the human body.

I love to read and do my own research this can sometimes be beneficial, but also detrimental as there is so much information out there. The more you research a particular issue the more confused you can become, just as with nutrition or anything in your life, there will be many reasons why it is the most amazing thing (EVER), and many that claim it to be the worst.

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The digestive system is the beginning of all disease. From bad bacteria (of which we need some), equalling malabsorption of nutrients, creating toxins and unbalance within the body to serious disease. It is one of the least understood systems in the body.

Instead of diet, what if we looked at the properties in food, the times best food types are digested, with different food partnering? This is something I am now looking at.

As I’ve had everyone from family, friends (who are all fabulously fit and share a passion for knowledge and learning), to the specialist and naturopaths find problems but no solution or cause, you get to a point of beyond frustration.

“Always laugh when you can, it is cheap medicine.”  George Gordon Byron

Curious, the digestive system in eastern philosophy can be dictated to by our emotions. If you find you have had problems with digestion, this can relate to life experiences such as resistance to letting go, or releasing things in your life. Intriguing thought (if you know I’m still working through some issues remaining from a bad relationship and healing my heart). In fact, my next visit,  if I decide to pursue this will be to a kinesiologist; the combination of eastern and western medicine.

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I’ve even flown interstate to see (an expensive) holistic dr, still with no answers; ‘I just don’t understand’.

So my personal advice for anyone who is dealing with these situations, and as I mentioned I do sympathize, especially with those dealing with life threatening situations, is sometimes, just follow your internal instinct.

Return to clean natural eating. Get your body moving, keep up your h2o, and maybe you’ll be surprised at how the body will return to its natural balance that is homeostasis (it naturally wants to be here and will always try to return to this place of balance), give it the tools/food/nutrients to do so.

‘The greatest force in the human body is the natural drive of the body to heal itself–but that force is not independent of the belief system.  Everything begins with belief.  What we believe is the most powerful option of all.’ Norman Cousins

It’s not about giving up, it’s about having faith in the miracle that is your gorgeous body (believe me I know this is hard). For me, I’m giving my beautiful body the reward of taking a break from intense dieting, supplements, intense training and just letting it be. A kg or 2 (or 5, oops), what does it matter? Ease up on yourself and remember there’s so much more in life to focus on; the good.

Studies show that a positive mind and a positive body can heal more than you think possible.

Believe (I am). Energy goes where intention lies.

‘To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.’ Buddha

Love & light, Charlie x.

Today’s mantra: I am healthy, I am happy. I honour and appreciate my body.

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Monday Motivation…Nicole Joy Inspire

I am so excited to have this amazing woman as todays Monday Motivation. Nicole has personally inspired me to make things happen in my own life and always, always a kind word to say. She is not only stunning on the outside but radiant on the inside.

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You have recently created immense change in your life? Please describe how this feels?

Incredible! Doing what you love and loving what you do is a game changer. I wasn’t truly passionate about the business I was in prior to starting up Nicole Joy Inspire and making the switch to what I truly love and what essentially is just an extension of who I am is very liberating. And highly recommended!

‘I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.’ Arthur Rubinstein

How does it feel to successfully achieve your goals?

There’s nothing quite like watching something you built from the ground up flourish into something successful! I have started everything from my own line of jewellery and a men’s t-shirt label to my own brand of luxury sleepwear. I started modelling in 2005 after I won the Miss World QLD title, but (not surprisingly), the modelling and TV world can be very harsh and I began to resent the fact that my income and job opportunities were limited by someone else’s opinion of me. I wanted to be the ‘master of my own destiny’ so to speak – so I started my own companies. Where I had full control and my looks had nothing to do with how much I could potentially earn.

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Has there been any challenges along your journey?

Of course! No success story is complete without them. It’s not a question of if you get challenged – it’s inevitable, it’s how you react to those challenges that is key. In the last 3 years of running my sleepwear label, I learned more about business than any degree could have taught me. I made mistakes, spent A LOT of money and found myself crying in a heap on my bedroom floor, wondering how I was going to pay the bills more times than I care to remember!

The retail game was a tough one and when I was being completely honest with myself – not my true passion. So I decided to get real, get honest and get back to basics. FOOD. I am Italian and some of the fondest memories I have are in the kitchen with my mum and my nonna. (Although I am not sure what nonna would have thought of raw desserts!)  Friends became my guinea pigs and my recipes quickly went from mid-week taste testing on the lounge  room floor to being sold in health food stores and local cafés. Those recipes are the foundations for my book.

‘When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile.’ Unknown

 

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How do you maintain balance between your Career and personal health?

Sometimes it can be difficult – especially when things are moving full steam ahead and you feel as though if you stop, even just for a moment, that you will miss out on opportunities. Meditation, yoga and walking my puppy are always great ‘time outs’ for me!

How do you feel as an inspirational figure/mentor?

It feels wonderful and truly satisfying to know that I am making a difference, to someone somewhere. I knew that I wanted to do that for such a long time, I just didn’t know what vehicle would help me do that. Being a teacher, I have always had that innate ability to relate to people from all walks of life, so to be able to reach so many people through my blog and now my book is a real blessing.

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” Oscar Wilde

What do you believe are the keys to success in business?

Time management, clear goals and the determination and persistence to keep going when you get knocked down.

What is your advice for anyone who has a dream?

Figure out your ‘why?’ WHY do you want to achieve that? HOW will it impact your life? WHAT will your world be like when you achieve it and WHY is it so important? When you are really clear on that you will be motivated like never before and no one will be able to stand in  your way!

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When can we look forward to next from you?

Well I already have an idea for book number 2! At the moment we are working on a short video series and some exciting collaborations with some fabulous companies!

Share something no one knows…

I auditioned for Popstars when I was 21!

Top 3 Daily Health tips:

1. Green smoothies

2. Meditation

3. MOVE! (exercise that you love!)

 

‘Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.’ Dalai Lama

 

I would like to sincerely thank Nicole for her time and her inspiring answers (I know Im feeling motivated). Its amazing to see someone follow their passion, through life’s adversities and create the life they love.

I was lucky enough to be a ‘recipe tester’ of some of the absolutely delicious recipes in Nicoles book, and I promoise you, you wont be dissappointed. I would definitely recommend if you find you enjoy or crave sweet treats…these are guilt free (YUM)! And perfect for the social season!

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Follow Nicole on her journey:

IG Nicolejoyinspire

Facebook: Nicole Joy – Guilt Free desserts

www.nicolejoyinspire.com (Book is available for purchase here).

Feeling more motivated on this rainy Monday,

Love & light, Charlie x.

GMO’s…what are they?

I’ve recently being studying the effect food has on our bodies, how what we eat we truly become.

“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.” Anthelme Brillat Savarin

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Today I reviewed GMOs and wanted to share with you some of my findings:

A GMO is a genetically modified object. This means that the organism has been modified from its original genetics (DNA). It has been altered from its natural true form.

There is an ever-increasing amount of genetic modification in our food. Most commonly; corn, soybeans, potatoes, canola, pineapple, strawberries and SO many more. The purpose of genetically modifying food is to grow stronger pest resistant crops, add nutritional benefits nad longer shelf life.

‘Chemicals, n:  Noxious substances from which modern foods are made.’  Unknown

The reason I wanted to share some information is to express my beliefs about health and lifestyle; stop the diet, just be REAL, not fake.

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Daily we consume these altered substances via our food, plant genomes are cross-breed with the desired qualities for the best outcome. Pesticides, herbicides and the meat we consume, which is fed GM food.

Are genetically modified objects safe? Although supported by some large federations, there is a lot of controversy to the long-term effects of GMOs in our bodies.

‘High-tech tomatoes.  Mysterious milk.  Supersquash.  Are we supposed to eat this stuff?  Or is it going to eat us?’ Annita Manning

Think about it, if GMOs are used in the form of a pesticide in or on plants, it does its job by killing the bugs nad preventing crop wastage. What is the difference between these bugs and us? Size, that’s all. And we consume GMOs daily…and they build up in our system…think about it.

Interesting, some plants are bred with a GM herbicide or pesticide. What then happens is they cross-breed with weeds and grow super weeds which are then also herbicide nad pesticide free, making it difficult for farmers to manage.

How do you know if you are consuming GMOs? The good news is Australia has laws that state GM foods must be labelled. You can find this either on the label of the food, or next to the specific ingredient (i.e soybeans genetically modified). However there are exceptions, if there is under 1% of GM ingredients, companies do not have to label this as its included as unintentional or accidental.

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‘I love fresh fruit and vegetables. I’m not a strict dieter. I don’t think that anything in life should be so regimented that you’re not having fun or can’t enjoy like everybody else. JUst know that fresh food is always going to be better for you.’ Carrie Ann Inaba

Food that is due to be consumed immediately, from restaurants does not require GM labelling, although it is the owners responsibility to provide the consumer with true and correct information about the food.

To improve the efficiency of animal production, researchers are using gene technology says CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) This research, uses the altering of DNA in livestock populations to selectively breed animals that produce more meat, milk and fibre.

These same animals are fed approved GM foods; Cotton & Canola in Australia, plus approved imported foods.

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“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.” Lewis Grizzard

being REAL, not fake, the good news is in Australia, there are no approved fresh food GMOs (fresh fruit & vegetables). Even more reason FRESH is BEST.

Organically certified food contains no GM products.

Love & light, Charlie x.

Excited to get to the Farmers market tomorrow!

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Obesity…the inner terror.

Today I watched a video of a  12 year old girl getting Liposuction as her only choice. I felt ill.

After researching the Australian facts I found 63% of Australians (14 million) are overweight or obese (over 5 million).

Obesity is an epidemic.

Obesity has caused more deaths than cigarette smoking in Australia.

Where are we going wrong?

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As society advances and we become time poor,we reach for the closest thing available to eat, yet how often is this healthy? Do you even know what healthy is? I have found as a health coach and watching the dietary trends that most of us are CONFUSED. What is right, what is wrong? Paleo, Gluten free, calorie restriction, if it fits your macros.

“By cleansing your body on a regular basis and eliminating as many toxins as possible from your environment, your body can begin to heal itself, prevent disease, and become stronger and more resilient than you ever dreamed possible!”  Dr. Edward Group III

Sure you can get a salad from a fast food restaurant, but what about the additives, the sauces?

My answer…biochemical individuality, find out what works for you. Because you are YOU-nique, you are an individual that requires different nutrients than any other being.

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Think about the little things.

That juice that you chose today at lunchtime. Healthy? Read the label, especially the Sugar.

The low fat yoghurt you chose because you thought it was better for you? Read the label, how many ingredients do you know?

Statistics show that if we continue our current lifestyles and eating habits, 1 third of children will be obese (current statistics show 1 in 4).

What type of culture are we breeding?

“Today, more than 95% of all chronic disease is caused by food choice, toxic food ingredients, nutritional deficiencies and lack of physical exercise.”  Mike Adams

As we succumb to the daily pressures of life, the living expenses, being time poor, we feed our children with food that is not nourishing their bodies or promoting a healthy lifestyle. We rush home from our work activities and feed our children whatever is easiest. How often is this healthy? Families are no longer sitting down at dinner, enjoying the love and company of one another, rather eating on the go, causing stress to the digestive system and miscommunication/lack of connection within the family unit.

All to often when in a supermarket you can see a child ‘throw’ a tantrum and cannot be quietened until they receive a ‘treat’ (read sugar laden chemical filled food). Every second advert on tv is advertising unhealthy foods designed with bright colours to draw our attention, especially that of a young mind.

Healthy eating is no more expensive than unhealthy eating, all you have to do is prepared.

As our days get longer and we become more tired, it’s all to easy to let your children play on ipads/iphones, play stations etc. Is this really a good decision? How is this relevant to the obesity epidemic? What happened to getting outside and kicking a ball around? Spend some quality active time with your family (and friends) you’ll feel better for it.

 “Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.”  John F. Kennedy

You make the decisions in your life. You can choose to lay in bed with movies all day consuming junk food (think about how this makes you feel, in your mind and body) or you can choose to get outside, get moving, go to the beach, walk, shop, anything. Just do it.

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Create small healthy habits and you will find you will benefit immensely from them.

What about toxic friends? Those people who just want to socialize with alcohol, drugs and poor food choices? Sometimes you have to take a stand for yourself. Make a decision to commit to practising healthier habits, instead of meeting or catching up for a wine after work or a bender on the weekend, why not go to the gym, yoga, a run, a walk? Stroll around the farmers markets and delight in the pure deliciousness of organic food.

These are the small things that will make the world of difference, not just to you, but to your family, your friends and to our future.

Obesity has become the largest threat to the Australian public health system. If so, why is no one doing anything about it?

Australian woman spend $400 million per year trying to lose weight. Yet we are still rapidly increasing the obesity statisitcs.

What about subsidising gym memberships? Offering free group fitness? Seminars about nutrition? It’s all to often not a lack of desire to change, but a lack of knowledge to change. I do believe the government need to evaluate the facts and create a plan.

Healthy is happy.

Even now after 10 years within the Health and beauty industry and with all the knowledge I know, I STILL get confused!

My advice…find people who motivate you. Surely within your circle of people you know there is someone who inspires you, who would be happy to help. Sometimes all you need to do is ask…’Im trying to work on becoming healthier would you mind if I walked with you?’

Quite funny but a very true story, often when asked on dates, I have to monitor where they will take me (I usually opt for Japanese), just in case its something I don’t feel like consuming and letting my beautiful body deal with (because I truly think the way our bodies work is miraculous).

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Make a commitment to your self to choose healthier options, daily. Dont think about a diet, a 12 week restrictive program, simply choose healthier options daily and before you know it your body will be healthier and you will be happier.

I am no expert, but the warning signs of this epidemic are there. Surely its time we did something about. Just 1 person being healthier every day WILL make a difference.

‘A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.’ Tom Stoppard

Love & light, Charlie x.

‘Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.’ B.K.S Iyengar


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