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Be Inspired! Volume 10

Be Inspired! Volume 10

Hey hey hey!

It’s been a long, long minute since I last did a blog post! Life has been a bit cray, cray! I write to you from Morocco, where I’ll be working for the next few months. Exciting and unexpected! The good news is that I am still very much available for virtual health coaching sessions, so don’t delay if you’d like to get started with working with me! The other good news is that I’m excited to show you how I stay healthy even while away from home and my creature comforts/routine – where there’s a will, there’s a way! Looking forward to sharing some of my Moroccan health gems with you…

So as usual, with these Be Inspired posts, I’ve trawled the internet for some interesting/inspiring reads so that you don’t have to! I also share some things that I’ve been loving lately… so let’s get started!

Robin Berzin, a functional medicine doctor, (who was also one of my lecturers at IIN) *** shares some simple tips on how to break your sugar habit in this article. As we all know by now, refined sugar wreaks havoc with our hormones, weight and skin. Bye-bye!

I’m often asked about the importance of buying organic produce. In my opinion pesticides, GMOs and crazy preservatives and additives are scary and I’d rather avoid them… That being said, a lot of people just can’t afford or even get access to organic food. In that case I say pay attention to the latest Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen list and try to limit consumption of conventional dirty dozen foods. You can find the latest list here. If you can’t buy/find organic, try to peel the fruit or veg and/or soak and wash the produce really well! There are loads of fruit and veg washes on the market, or you can even make your own, by adding some vinegar and bicarb to a sink of water and letting the produce soak for 20 minutes; then scrub and rinse well!

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I am a huge fan of cold water immersion and this came up as one of the hot tips from Dr Sanjay Gupta who traveled the world looking for the best longevity tips secrets!

I am currently reading this book, which is inspiring me A LOT!

And lastly, because I’m in Morocco… I thought I’d share this beautiful travel guide from WuHaus – looking forward to exploring this gorgeous land every chance I get! Have you been to Morocco? Any hot tips, hidden gems and health recommendations I should try out?

Well, that’s all for now folks! Hope to be able to post some more in depth articles soonest!

Big loves xoxox

 

*** If you’re interested in becoming a health coach or just exploring health and wellness for yourself, I highly recommend the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Please use my referral link: https://geti.in/2IFUQHQ  and we’ll both be rewarded! 🙂 WIN WIN!

 

Bespoke Body Turns One!

Bespoke Body Turns One!

Happy birthday to Bespoke Body! I can’t believe it has been a whole 365 days since I launched my baby out into the world. Wow what a year it has been…

I was and still am juggling Bespoke Body with my full time job in the film industry… which is A LOT. There have been weeks and months when I just haven’t had a single spare moment to put energy into Bespoke Body… but even so, I’ve managed to do personal fitness training with a handful of clients – I didn’t realise how much I missed doing that!  I’ve also managed to health coach another bunch of clients. Some clients signed up for 6 or 12 session programs, which unfolded over 3 to 6 months. It has been so rewarding to see clients grow and learn so much on their journeys – some clients even making amazing life changing transformations! When their programs are over, I know that I’ve equipped them with enough knowledge to be able to sustain their new healthy lifestyles for a long time, if not a lifetime! Some clients have also just come for once off or a couple of sessions to deal with a specific or acute concern. There’s a program to meet everyone’s concerns, time constraints and budgets. The time I spend with clients flies by and is so enjoyable – once again affirming that this is what I’m meant to be doing and hopefully one of these days it will be my full time gig!

Over the past year, I’ve also had a chance to figure out which direction I want to take Bespoke Body in and which services I want to offer. At first I thought that offering whole food cleanses and making smoothies for people was something that I’d love to do… Trial and error showed me that at the moment it’s just not feasible in terms of time put in, profit and facilities available… so that has been put on the back burner. Live and learn.

Since I last checked in here, it’s been an amazingly exciting and busy December and January. I got engaged on the 20th of December! Woo hoo! Feel like we’ve been floating in a bubble of love (and champagne) since then. We also went on a romantic safari, partied like rock stars all over Cape Town, enjoyed lots of beach time, workouts, healthy meals, not so healthy meals, Netflix binges, book reading and am now full on in the thick of a shooting a new TV series. Phew!

So once we have a wedding date set, I’ll take you guys along for the ride in terms of prepping myself for “the big day”. I’m even thinking of doing a Bride To Be program/challenge/bootcamp type thing closer to the time… I want to cover healthy eating, supplements, exercise, skin-care and even mindfulness in preparation for the wedding. No extremes. Nothing stupid. Just amazing advice, tips and tools to help me look and feel my brightest, most balanced and loving self.  So if you’re also getting married later this year or early 2020, this might be something you’re interested in!

What else can you look forward to seeing from Bespoke Body this year? I’m hoping to host a holistic health weekend retreat or workshop in March or April  – will keep you posted as soon as I know more on that! I will also be looking for venues to host exercise events, workshops and even cooking demos. (Lemme know if you guys have any suggestions or leads!)

Later this year, I’m also hoping to launch some more classes (online and in person), an infrared sauna service and maybe even an e-book! Let’s see how the year unfolds…

As always, if you’re looking for more frequent updates, be sure to follow my Instagram and Facebook pages! I’m trying to make space in my life to create more useful content for you guys… Please please let me know if there are specific topics that you’d like me to cover.

I thank you all for your support and love over the last year. It took a lot for me to finally “put myself out there” and stop just talking and start DOING! Launching a new business (especially when it’s also a side hustle) can be a slow and sometimes frustrating process. One step forward, two steps back. It’s all good though. I am happy. My life is FULL and satisfying. I feel very very blessed.  I know when the time is right, things will fall into place for Bespoke Body and it’ll be full steam ahead!

So for now I’m off to eat some CAKE and cheers to Bespoke Body and all of YOU!

xoxo

 

Healing Shamanic Plant Medicine Journey

Healing Shamanic Plant Medicine Journey

Hello lovelies!

It’s been a very long while. I’m sorry for the lack of blog posts, but if you’d like to stay tuned with all that’s happening in my life and for daily nuggets of health wisdom, please be sure to follow along on my @bespokebody Instagram page which is much more active!

07/12/2018

As I write this, I am about to embark on a healing shamanic journey with plant medicine. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a very long time. The stars have finally aligned – it’s New Moon tonight and I am on a break from film work. I couldn’t think of a better way to close off this year and set intentions for the festive season and 2019. This healing journey involves psilocybin mushrooms as a tool to crack the mind and heart wide open. It’s a possible stepping stone for me to exploring other plant medicines like ahaushka. I umm’ed and ahhhh’ed about sharing this experience with you guys, but I hope and believe that you are all open minded enough to read on and not jump to conclusions or judgements.

There’s no denying that plant medicine like marijuana, mushrooms, etc are the way of the future. They are going to go mainstream. In the next decade, someone doing a mushroom trip or ahaushka will be as commonplace as getting a prescription filled at the pharmacy.

Michael Pollan’s latest book, How to Change Your Mind chronicles his journey experimenting with psychedelics. Who is Michael Pollan? Is he some young, reckless hippie? Nope. He’s a middle aged family man, a world respected journalist, multiple best selling author, documentary maker and visionary thought leader. If he’s writing a book about psychedelics… well there’s no denying…

There are also millions of dollars being pushed into clinical research on the use of psychedelics and MDMA on depression, PTSD, anxiety, breaking addictions, OCD behaviour and a list of other modern maladies.

So why am I participating in this? Well, for the past few years I’ve been on a deep journey of self-discovery. I have done a lot of inner work and gone through massive development and growth… but there’s always more work to be done. I am hoping that this journey will help me break some lingering thought and behaviour patterns. I hope to heal any last wounds from my past. I am also excited to “see” other worlds; to be inspired; to maybe have a divine download…

I am nervous, but mostly really eager for this experience. No matter what happens, I hope to learn something and I am open to receive whatever the plant medicine shows me…

*** A FEW DAYS LATER ***

Wow! Wow! Wow! I’ve seen and done some things in my life, but my mind has been blown by this experience. I’m not going to walk you through everything minute by minute, because I don’t want to give too much away… also I think that everyone’s experience will be totally different, so I don’t want you to get caught up in the details of my take on the journey.

I feel like I’ve underdone years and years of therapy in one night. I feel lighter – like I’ve stripped away layers of bullshit that no longer serve me.

Forgive my fragmented recollection of this experience. It might not make much sense to you, because I want to keep some details to myself, but I also want to share some of my insights and take-aways which might inspire you to take a journey too…

The journey started off as a sort of past life regression for me – I saw suffering from long long ago… mine and other women’s pain. Very often we are carrying around wounds and baggage from past generations or many lifetime’s ago and we wonder why we feel in a funk…

I overcame these struggles and became a strong Lioness – I literally saw myself with the head of a lion. I came into my own POWER. I found the warrior woman within.

Then I dealt with some old wounds from my parents divorce. And I realised that they were both just doing the best that they could at the time in their lives. Forgiveness. I felt a surge of gratitude for both of them and all that they’ve done for and given me.

Throughout the first part of the journey I cried a lot. Silent tears streamed continuously down my face – my pillow was wet. It felt so good to just release.

I also realised that all the suffering that I’ve ever endured has happened FOR me, not TO me. Everything in my life leading up to this point, has made me stronger and ultimately has made me realise my true purpose… I am a healer and I am here to help other’s overcome their struggles, just as I have overcome mine.

There were lots of other powerful moments about realising and stepping into my power… I also had some beautiful moments solidifying my relationship with Chad and our readiness in taking next steps with our lives together.

The second half of my journey was more visual – literally mind blowing images that I saw… binary code being projected, wild animals, unicorns, rainbows, sacred geometry… There were moments of joy and uncontrollable laughter. More wonderful realisations about what really matters in life… My heart was literally cracked wide open with joy and wonder and gratitude.

I got to share this beautiful journey with my mom by my side. She too experienced a massive healing process. She said that she felt 10 years younger! 🙂

There were about 8 other people (young, old from all different backgrounds) at the journey and the next morning we had to share our experiences as part of the debriefing process. People do these plant medicine journeys for many different reasons: depression, breaking addictions, healing PTSD, spiritual enlightenment, understanding one’s self better… so many reasons. So not everyone in the group had super profound journeys… some just had fun… some connected to the energy of the universe and some even connected with other beings.

During my journey, a phrase kept on being repeated to me: this is the medicine. This is the medicine. This is the medicine.

PLANT MEDICINE.

If you have an ounce of curiosity about exploring plant medicine or for healing a number of maladies, I urge you to get in touch and I’ll share my shaman’s contact details with you. I know that people are doing these trips in clinical environments now, but there’s something very special about participating in a sacred ceremony led by a qualified and experienced shaman. It was a deeply spiritual experience for me.

For those of you that are not so open to or may even be quite judgemental about this experience, I urge you to ask yourself why. Plant medicine has been around for a lot longer than modern medicine. The risks and side effects are much lower than most modern medicine. The stigma about psychedelics is going to start fading as more and more evidence on their efficacy as a healing modality are revealed. Legalization is coming.

I’d love to know your thoughts on this subject whether you’re for or against!

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate…

Wishing you all a very healthy, happy and relaxed (as much as possible) festive season ahead. Stay present. Take care of yourself. Lead with love.

xoxoxo

Natural remedies to stop a sore throat fast!

Natural remedies to stop a sore throat fast!

You wake up and it feels like you swallowed a bunch of razor blades. Your throat is so sore and you know that if you don’t contain this infection immediately, you’ll be on a one way ticket to Sickville.
I don’t have time to get sick. Well no-one really does, although some people might look forward to a few days in bed away from work. If you’re like me though, and you’d rather be doing all the things, then read on!

Life Lately

Life Lately

Oh hello there strangers! Hope you haven’t forgotten about me?!
I can’t believe how long it has been since I last posted on this blog. Time just ran away!
My silence hasn’t been completely unintentional though…

Be Inspired! Volume 7

Be Inspired! Volume 7

Hey beauties! Sorry I’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging front. Thought it’s been a while since I posted some lovely inspirational links for you to click… So let’s get started! 

Grain Free Apple Berry Crumble Recipe

Grain Free Apple Berry Crumble Recipe

So I don't want to toot my own horn too much, but this baby is gooooood. Real good. When I served it for dessert at a leisurely Sunday lunch, comments like "This is the best dessert I've ever had." and "This is the most delicious thing I've ever tasted." were flung...

How I finally cleared up my skin (holistically)

How I finally cleared up my skin (holistically)

I’ve never had what you would call severe cystic acne, but from the age of about 13, until a year ago I would ALWAYS have at least one pimple on my face. The pimples were usually concentrated on my chin and jawline and they would mostly flare up before my period, but pimples would also randomly appear on other areas of my face.

Autumn Pear & Cardamom Smoothie Bowl

Autumn Pear & Cardamom Smoothie Bowl

With the changing of the season, an icy cold smoothie bowl just doesn’t seem so appealing at the moment… Furthermore, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda both believe that cold beverages and food are actually detrimental to your health

Self Love

Self Love

  Why is it so god damn hard to love ourselves? Is it a female thing? Is it just me? I don't know. What I do know, is that learning to love myself has been the the greatest, most transformative gift I could ever receive. During a recent spring clean, I came...

Be Inspired! Volume 6

Be Inspired! Volume 6

Hello beautiful! Wow it’s been a little while since I posted here (actually only 2 weeks, but it feels like ages!) I must be honest and say that I caught a case of “the blahs” before Easter and was just feeling kinda uninspired and well, BLAH.

Morning Rituals

Morning Rituals

Once upon a time, I used to wake up about 20-30 minutes before I had to dash out the door for work. My morning routine included hitting the snooze button multiple times, then slapping some make-up on  and rushing out the door. By the time I got to work, I was still usually half asleep and needed multiple cups of coffee and a mountain of sugar to get my brain and body into gear. I felt frazzled!

LET’S WORK TOGETHER!

 

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