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Watch this YouTube video and hear my transformation from a very sick, tired and nearly dead person…  to the vibrant, energetic and loving person I am today.

My journey isn’t over yet but it sure is more enjoyable being healthy every day.

Follow your dreams – your healing begins now.

I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at 24 years of age.  It took several years to diagnose my Crohn’s.

After years of suffering agonizing pain, discomfort surgeries and medication I thought this was going to be my life.  I was so sick I didn’t think I would life past 30.  For a young single parent of a growing boy this thought was devastating.

I took numerous medications prescribed to me, I was in and out of hospital and had several surgeries as needed.  I was unaware of what was going on in my body and I blindly handed the care of my body to the health professionals looking after me.  They knew more than me, right?

At 28, in 2003 I was in unbelievable pain and could not move. I had been bedridden for over two weeks and I was down to only eating a little bit of white rice.  I had been through a lot of pain in the past however this pain was unlike anything else I had ever felt.

I managed to call my mum who picked me up and took me to the hospital.  The pain was now unbearable that pain killers where the first thing I was given when I arrived at the Emergency Department.

After several hours of tests, they found that my bowels had in fact perforated!  The contents of my bowels had leaked into my system poisoning my body and I had Peritonitis.  I was them ambulanced to another hospital where my specialist was based.  I was grateful on a Friday night for my specialist surgeon who undertook immediate emergency surgery on me.  It was a Friday night – he should have been out drinking a glass of fine wine and relaxing.

During the surgery 8cm of my bowels were removed.  I remained in hospital for over a week to recover.

I was lucky to be alive and if I had got there any later I wouldn’t have made it. To be told I nearly died brought everything into perspective for me. That’s when I decided to do something drastic before it happened again.  From my bed I made some serious decisions.  One being never to take medication again.  It had not prevented this emergency.  How would I be able to trust it again?

I began my search to find a cure for my own Crohn’s Disease.  I simply introduced turmeric, fresh juices and wholefoods to my diet.  I cut out dairy (I couldn’t resist cheese though), red meat and reduced the amount of chicken I ate.  These simple changes where much easier on my digestive system and became a simple solution.

Over the next few years I cut out wheat and all gluten.  I am human.  I am not super strict on my regime but if I lapsed I would suffer with a lack of energy and the pain would return.

I felt an enormous difference. I didn’t have to run to the closest toilet after eating, I felt like I had more energy and truly felt better than ever in every way.

I started finding out more information on wholefoods.  In 2015 I found a nutritional product which changed my life.  I found a way to replenish my body with the high-quality nutrition of simple fruits, vegetables and berries in a capsule.  Now nutrition went straight into my bloodstream within 7 minutes and my bowel didn’t have to process anything!  Easy on my bowel – great for my system!

The results were instant and incredible.  In a matter of weeks, high nutrition was in my blood and I regained the energy and vibrancy I’d lost in my 20’s.

I stumbled across a community who supported my new wholefood lifestyle. They were living a healthy life that I wanted.  I embraced the community and a new way of life.  A combination of support and personal development lifted me to a whole new level.

I hadn’t had a colonoscopy since my surgery in my 20’s.  At 41 I was curious on what my results would be on my own natural remedy journey.  The results came back 100% clear with no signs of Crohn’s Disease.  I was astounded and quietly proud of myself.

Now I help others with auto-immune diseases to heal themselves.  One day at a time.

What is Crohn’s disease?

Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), resulting in swelling and dysfunction of the intestinal tract.  The inflammation causes swelling, redness, and loss of normal bowel function.

The immune system then attacks the body instead of helpfully attacking a foreign invader (a virus or bacteria, for example).  Crohn’s is an auto-immune disease.

The inflammation of Crohn’s disease most commonly affects the last part of the ileum (a part of the small intestine), and often includes the large intestine (the colon). However, inflammation may also occur in other areas of the gastrointestinal tract, affecting the mouth, esophagus, or stomach depending on the person.

Some symptoms of Crohn’s disease include diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain, inability to eat, weight loss, and fatigue. Some patients have severe pain that is like appendicitis.

Crohn’s disease also limits the ability of the affected intestine to absorb the nutrients from food; a patient with Crohn’s disease can have signs of malnutrition, depending on the amount of intestine affected by the disease and the time of having Crohn’s.

The combination of severe inflammation, ulceration, and scarring that occurs in Crohn’s disease can result in serious complications, including obstruction, abscess formation, and fistula formation.

Bali Cacao Ceremony

Recently I travelled to Bali on a mission to increase my health through fasting, massage and the healing properties of the sun.  I travelled to the centre of transformational healing, Ubud.

Ubud never disappoints.  Not only did my physical body get reinvigorated and reset to it’s factory settings, my mind and heart got transformation too with a new experience for me – a Cacao Ceremony.

I hadn’t heard of such a thing before.  I was fully engrossed, mesmerised and transformed by the music, the cacao brew, the community and the energy they created.

For years, dating back to Aztec and Mayan cultures, cacao was a ritualistic medicine signifying both life and fertility, it was ingested by Royalty in ceremonial God worship and in sacrificial ritual.

For me the emotional impact was profound. Everything felt heightened in my physical and emotional body, including my awareness to my deepest sense of self and to my heart. It literally felt as if my heart opened like a flower.

People dancing, singing and sharing themselves freely without alcohol or drugs.  As a non-drinker I can handle more of these types of parties!

It has been said that cacao facilitates a deep sense of self-love, tears are always followed by smiles of deep gratitude. In other moments, the sheer ecstasy felt from the cacao can be described as nothing other than a divine experience.

In the right place, with the right people a cacao ceremony will surely bring about transformation, connectedness and love for all.

Give it a go when you get a chance.

My first order of pure cacao (imported into Australia by a friend situated in the Blue Mountains) will be delivered to me shortly.  I’m excited to prepare my first ceremonial brew following an ancient recipe.

I can’t wait for the magic to unfold.

In health, Angie. x

A little Indian doctor introduced me to Turmeric 20 years ago.  He sold it to me for astronomical prices.  I knew no better then.  It just made me well.  Sometimes it takes blind faith to heal your body.  I know, I’ve been there.

1.      Fights inflammation naturally

Chronic inflammation is believed to be the culprit of many of our modern diseases. Curcumin, or turmeric’s active compound, is found to be a potent anti-inflammatory compound which matches or even exceeds the effectiveness of many anti-inflammatory drugs available. (1)

2.      Protects your brain

Cognitive disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s are often linked to decreased levels of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), which is a type of growth hormone.  Researchers have found that curcumin positively influences the levels of BDNF and may delay or even reverse many brain diseases or age-related decline of our brain functions. (2)

3.      Reduces the risk of several types of cancer

Turmeric may be one of the most potent natural anti-cancer substances out there.  Not only can it prevent cancer growth, but inhibits the development and spread as well and may even hold the natural cure for this dreadful disease. (3)

4.      Improves digestion

Eating turmeric on a daily basis stimulates the gallbladder, reduces bloating and gas, and prevents inflammation of the digestive tract.  However, when suffering from a gallbladder disease, turmeric should not be taken on a daily basis to avoid overstimulation, which can make things worse. (4)

5.      Protect your heart

Curcumin has shown to reduce LDL (or bad) cholesterol, prevent blood clotting, and remove plaque build-ups in the arteries. (5)

6.      Soothes symptoms of Arthritis

Although more research is needed in this field, many people report various improvements of their condition. It helps them fight chronic inflammation and reduces the pain too. Some even claim curcumin supplements work better than many OTC or prescribed drugs available on the market today. And without any side-effects. (6)

7.      Delays aging and improves longevity

Free radicals and inflammation are believed to play a major role in aging and curcumin affects both. And given that it also protects our heart and fights cancer, which are 2 of the biggest killers in today’s world, it obviously benefits longevity too. (7)

These benefits are only the tip of the iceberg of what turmeric can do for you.

To improve overall health and happiness, add 1 teaspoon of turmeric to smoothies, juices, soups, curries, stir-fries, homemade cultured sodas, and dressings on a daily basis.

Feel free to call or email me to see how you can incorporate turmeric in your life.  I’m always up for a chat.

Enjoy your turmeric.

Love, light and being best friends with turmeric.
Angie. x

Sources include:

1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19594223
2. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0031211
3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18462866
4. https://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/turmeric
5. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19233493
6. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22407780
7. http://www.immunityageing.com/content/7/1/1

We all know that water is important, but how many of us drink as much as we should? Ideally, you should be drinking 40ml per kg of body weight (go on, get your calculator out!)

Here are just a few snippets of information that might give you that little nudge to drink a bit more:

Most mature adults lose about 2.5 to 3 litres of water per day. Are you replacing your water loss? (Source: betterhealth.gov.au)

– On average food provides about 20% of your total water intake, while the remaining 80% comes from drinking water. (Source: kidney.org.au)

– An air traveller can lose approximately 1.5 litres of water during a three-hour flight – so make sure you’ve got a bottle with you! (Source: betterhealth.gov.au)

– By the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. (Source: livestrong.com)

– Low energy, loss of muscle strength and endurance, and feeling tired are symptoms of dehydration. Do you experience any of these? (Source: livestong.com)

– A sense of hunger is a side effect of dehydration. Are you really hungry when you reach for that snack, or are you dehydrated? (Source: livestrong.com)

Here are some easy tips to increase your water intake one day at a time:-

– Download the app Water Lite or Waterlogged to keep track of your daily intake.

– Add natural flavour to your water with slices of fruit and veg. Try strawberries, green apple and basil, lemon and lime or watermelon and mint, just to name a few combinations.

– Keep a big jug on your desk at work and a bottle in your bag so water is always within reach.

– Have a glass of water as soon as you wake up – this will get you off to a good start for the day.

– Drink a glass of water with every meal.

– Match each tea, coffee, wine, beer etc, with a glass of water.

– If you’re not a fan of tap water, invest in a water filter to improve the taste. Something as simple as a Brita filter bottle will do the trick!

Love, light and hydration, Angie. x

My life is a whirlwind now. Every day I make decisions and if I get hung up on the fear that they may be the wrong choices… I’m going to blow a gasket!

So, today I prepare for next week where more decisions are coming right for me. Bring them on I say.

Here are 5 tips to balance out any decision-making process. They may help you find a bit of balance to…

1. The 2 minute rule

The idea behind this tip is to force action through a self-imposed deadline. It’s simple enough to incorporate: any time you have to make a decision, just set the timer and begin the process. The time limit forces you to quickly assess the pros and cons while quickly coming to a decision. The simplicity behind this tip makes it very accessible. If you’re simply slow at making decisions, then this tip is a life saver. It doesn’t have to be 2 minutes either; anything from 1-5 minutes should work fine as well.

2. Think black and white 

There are times when we have more choices then we need. Excess of anything can overwhelm and lead to analysis paralysis, so in this case, try judging your options simply as good or bad, which will simplify and quicken the process of weeding out the less optimal decisions. This limited approach is ideal for the over-analyzers who insist on questioning every variable to death.

3. Put it in a hat

If all options seem to have roughly equal value, write down your best ones on separate pieces of paper and place them in a hat/bag. Your decision will be the one you pull out at random. This also works if you have a bunch of tasks you don’t want to do; these you could pair with a reward hat. Do a task, then when its done pull out your random reward from the other hat. This will help make the process be more tolerable.

4. Focus on the present

We can often become overwhelmed with the big picture, trying to see how our decisions will affect the future. The process is mentally draining, because you’re trying to see every step along with its every outcome. It’s better to save that energy for the task at hand, and simply try and make the best decision possible. Live in the moment, make a decision based on what will make the next step the easiest instead. Doing this for every step is a great choice for the chronic non-decision maker.

5. Embrace the idea of failure

Probably the biggest fear for us slow decision makers is that our decisions will lead to bad results. Compensation is then made by over-thinking the situation, causing us to question every aspect involved in the decision. Ultimately we run the risk of making no decision at all because we waste time and energy on useless questioning—this line of thinking must be rewired.

Instead, we should see delaying the decision as worse then making a bad decision. Bad decisions can be recovered from and learned from, but not making a decision at all means we don’t get to determine how our lives unfold. A fear of failure means that some thing or someone will make that decision for you.

Keep these tips in mind the next time you feel like you want to back away from a decision, because you don’t want your life to be decided for you.

BRING IT ON!

I was thinking about how powerless I feel today. I am a little cold, procrastinating to do anything productive and not inspired by the work I usually love doing. In this mood, I asked myself “How did I give my personal power away and how do I get it back?”

So, a bit of searching had to be done to relocate my personal power!

I discovered I was giving my personal power away purely through negative self-talk (there other avenues I will share on another blog). I couldn’t find a way to get out of my own head. I recognised I was saying many of the statements below. How about you?

·        They are doing it, so I couldn’t…

·        I don’t know how to…

·        I never get to do what I want to do…

·        I’m not smart enough…

·        I’m not pretty enough…

·        I can’t do it because it’s too hard…

I had to stop myself and ask, “Is it really true?” Then I asked myself how I would know if it was true. In most cases I haven’t done anything (or everything) to combat my self-talk.  I could wash my hair… then I will feel prettier for example.

There is much that we can control and impact with our own personal power. Change our thinking and we will start to see what we can do rather than what we can’t do.

I got up, put on an hour affirmation YouTube clip, wrote this blog and now I’m ready to get going.

The social media strategic business plan I promised to complete this week for a client… its complete in my head already. Winning!

Good vibes, Good love, Good day.

Angie. x

When I moved to a new house I purchased a microwave for the sole purpose of heating up my wheat hot packs. I avoid cooking and reheating any food or drink in my microwave purely as I don’t know the consequences of doing so.

Here are 4 reasons why I don’t microwave food:

1.      Microwaves Zap Food Nutrition

Heating my food in the microwave strips away its original nutrients. What may have started as a nutritious plate of food has now evolved into “dead food” due to the dielectric heating of microwaves.

2.      Microwaves Destroy Vitamin B-12

The health benefits of vitamin B-12 are instantly negated once heated in a microwave. The shift of vitamin B-12 to an inactive form of the vitamin is found in foods during the microwave heating process. I like my B-12 to stay as nature intended it.

3.      Microwaves Create Carcinogens In Food

There is plenty of research on this one out there. When foods that are wrapped in plastic and heated in the microwave, carcinogens in the food are created.

4.      Microwaves Can Change Your Heart Rate

Microwaves can produce effects on your body instantly due to the 2.4 GHz radiation — the frequency of radiation emitted by microwave ovens. If you experience irregular heart beat or any chest pain and regularly eat microwaved food, it might be best to stop using them.

No one’s impervious to food cravings. At some point, we all feel that pesky, nagging urge to eat the wrong foods. Cravings lead us to make poor food choices. Some experts believe food cravings have both psychological and biological aspects to them. By understanding the root cause of food cravings, it is easier to stop ourselves from over indulging and eating fattening foods. Below are the most common causes of food cravings and how to address them:

Cause: Endorphin Production

Endorphins popularly known as “happy hormones” are secreted by the pituitary gland. It uplifts the mood and makes us feel happier. Unfortunately, it can cause food cravings. Food that is rich in sugar, carbohydrates and salt boost production of endorphins. These items trigger the urge to eat more. This may explain why you’re always less strict about your diet when you are in a good mood.

Solution: Exercise and Have Enough Rest

Studies show that endorphins can also be produced by the body through sleep and exercise. Instead of eating a bag of chips or chocolate bars, go for a quick run or take a brisk walk during the day. Once you get home at night, go to bed early and get a good night’s sleep. The endorphins your body produces will be just as good as those produced when gorging on sweets.

Cause: Serotonin Depletion

Just like endorphins, Serotonin is a “happy” hormone created by the body and then used as a neurotransmitter. It mainly comes from the gastrointestinal tract and is believed to have an impact on how people feel. Serotonin can also affect a person’s appetite and digestive system. Studies show that food consisting of sugar and carbohydrates increase serotonin level which can cause food cravings too.

Solution: Improve Gut Health

Since serotonin is primarily produced in the gut, make sure your gut is healthy so it can easily absorb the nutrients from the food you eat. This will help your body maintain the right amount of good bacteria and digestive enzymes that will kill off any cravings you have. Increase the amount of fermented foods rich in probiotics.

Cause: Emotional Factor

Perhaps the toughest to overcome among all causes of food cravings are the emotional triggers. A person is more motivated to eat when depressed, bored, anxious, or stressed. Eating your feelings may make you feel better temporarily but habitual, excessive eating isn’t exactly kind on the waistline.

Solution: Find a Substitute

Cravings do not last long. The urge to eat will pass within several minutes giving you enough time to make better food choices. Even better, distract yourself by working out rather than pigging out!

Also, try drinking lots of water. Keeping yourself hydrated will lessen the chances food cravings. Keeping your body hydrated will reduce the feeling of hunger. Experts say you should drink about 40ml of water per kilo of body weight per day.