1. Respect your body and life
2. Respect the planet
3. Respect wildlife and nature
4. Respect other cultures
5. Respect other people’s beliefs
6. Respect other people’s tastes
7. Respect other people’s choices
8. Respect other people’s opinions
9. Sample other people’s beliefs
10. Sample other people’s tastes
11. Sample other people’s choices
12. Sample other people’s opinions
13. Sample non-judgment
14. Self-improve rather than other improve
15. Read inspiring books
16. Listen to inspiring CD’s
17. Listen to inspiring Podcasts
18. Listen to inspiring DVD’s & Videos
19. Read positive and uplifting stories
20. Read good news
21. Try dropping fiction
22. Learn from the famous
23. Read about high achievers
24. Read biographies
25. Learn about Top 100 (or 10) best in their field
26. Break bad habits; replace with good
27. Be thankful
28. Appreciate what you have
29. Repel negativity
30. Celebrate life
31. Focus on what matters
32. Focus on what is important
33. Enhance senses
34. Enhance awareness of thinking
35. Learn meditation
36. Learn breathing techniques
37. Marvel at your surroundings
38. Marvel at the basics
39. Enjoy simplicity
40. Listen to birdsong
41. Listen to nature
42. Listen to the weather
43. Practice positive action
44. Practice positive speech
45. Practice positive thought
46. Look for the good
47. Cherish how fortunate you are
48. Enjoy sunsets
49. Enjoy storms
50. Harness your inner smile
1. push yourself to get up before the rest of the world - start with 7am, then 6am, then 5:30am. go to the nearest hill with a big coat and a scarf and watch the sun rise.
2. push yourself to fall asleep earlier - start with 11pm, then 10pm, then 9pm. wake up in the morning feeling re-energized and comfortable.
3. erase processed food from your diet. start with no lollies, chips, biscuits, then erase pasta, rice, cereal, then bread. use the rule that if a child couldn’t identify what was in it, you don’t eat it.
4. get into the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter and garlic, fry an egg, slice up a fresh avocado and squirt way too much lemon on it. sit and eat it and do nothing else.
5. stretch. start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. roll your head. stretch your fingers. stretch everything.
6. buy a 1L water bottle. start with pushing yourself to drink the whole thing in a day, then try drinking it twice.
7. buy a beautiful diary and a beautiful black pen. write down everything you do, including dinner dates, appointments, assignments, coffees, what you need to do that day. no detail is too small.
8. strip your bed of your sheets and empty your underwear draw into the washing machine. put a massive scoop of scented fabric softener in there and wash. make your bed in full.
9. organise your room. fold all your clothes (and bag what you don’t want), clean your mirror, your laptop, vacuum the floor. light a beautiful candle.
10. have a luxurious shower with your favourite music playing. wash your hair, scrub your body, brush your teeth. lather your whole body in moisturiser, get familiar with the part between your toes, your inner thighs, the back of your neck.
11. push yourself to go for a walk. take your headphones, go to the beach and walk. smile at strangers walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. bring your dog and observe the dog’s behaviour. realise you can learn from your dog.
12. message old friends with personal jokes. reminisce. suggest a catch up soon, even if you don’t follow through. push yourself to follow through.
14. think long and hard about what interests you. crime? sex? boarding school? long-forgotten romance etiquette? find a book about it and read it. there is a book about literally everything.
15. become the person you would ideally fall in love with. let cars merge into your lane when driving. pay double for parking tickets and leave a second one in the machine. stick your tongue out at babies. compliment people on their cute clothes. challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for a whole day. then two. then a week. walk with a straight posture. look people in the eye. ask people about their story. talk to acquaintances so they become friends.
16. lie in the sunshine. daydream about the life you would lead if failure wasn’t a thing. open your eyes. take small steps to make it happen for you.
Make Your Own Alkaline Vitamin Water
Find yourself needing a vitamin boost?
Click here, for complete recipe and directions of my five signature colour-free, sugar-free and bpa plastic free alkaline vitamin waters or get inspired to make your own combinations.
- Recovery - This vitamin water is ideal for recovery post-workout or after a large bout of physical activity. Blackberries and Cherries aid in replenishing oxygen in the blood while pomegranate and glutamine help to restore and repair muscle tissue damage
- C*Power - This vitamin water gives you a boost of anti-viral and anti-inflammatory vitamin C. With natural citrus fruits and camu camu powder, c*power is ideal for boosting your immunity after an illness or just keeping your body empowered. This is an excellent combination for weight loss
- Stressless - This is my favourite combination, the blend of watermelon and rosemary is divine. This vitamin water is ideal for helping you balance stress on a mental and physiological level. With the addition of B vitamins, hydrating watermelon and calming rosemary this combination is best used during times of stress or intensity
- Digest It - Excellent for aiding in digestion and stimulating the colon and digestive tract. With the combination of pineapple’s digestive enzymes, soothing, cooling mint and warming ginger, stimulating lemongrass, immunizing lychee and probiotics this water will aid in internal balance
- Detox - Purify your blood and body with this awesome vitamin water! Detox is ideal for the morning after a night out or when you are cleansing. Created with hydrating coconut water, and fresh cucumber, nutrient rich coconut meat, detoxifying milk thistle and anti-oxidant loaded raspberries and blueberries, this combination will cleanse your body from the inside out
This is great information! Not only could it be fun for the family to do together but environmentally friendly, too! (AND educational- the benefits keep adding up!) :)
from The Healthy Hybrid…
Various plants (in no particular order) that you can regrow from the food you already have! Woot! Way to reuse and recycle! I constantly have green onions and celery growing. (And potatoes/sweet potatoes but that just because they decided to do that in my pantry) Do you guys regrow any of your food?
Cabbage - same technique as celery
Romaine Lettuce - same technique as celery
simple fun food projects to do with children in the classroom
super spices. num.
PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS CHEMICALS:
Where will Big Chemical be when your symptoms start?
Avoid these Toxins in your personal care products!
Every day we lather, spread, scrub, blend, apply, and swipe personal care products like shampoo, deodorant, eye makeup, shaving cream, lipstick, and moisturizers all over our bodies…
Take a look at the ingredient list on any given product you use….phthalates, polyethylene glycol (PEGs), aluminum, parabens, sodium lauryl sulphate, and a multitude of other unpronounceable words. When used chronically, all these ingredients have potentially deleterious effects to humans and the environment…
Phthalates: Dibutyl phthalates are used as plasticizers and prevent the cracking and drying of an array of commercial products, including shampoo, body wash, and moisturizer. Phthalates may cause reproductive and developmental abnormalities, exhibiting their largest effect in males through testicular malformations and reduced sperm count.
Polyethylene glycols (PEGs): are found in soaps, deodorants, and moisturizers, and act as solvents and moisture carriers. They also function as “penetration enhancers” and increase absorption of chemicals into the skin. PEGs themselves pose little threat to our health, but are often contaminated with measurable levels of 1,4-dioxane, and ethylene oxide, which are probable and known human carcinogens, respectively. Any contact with these two contaminants poses a threat to human health. Additionally, 1,4-dioxane acts as an environmental contaminant and is toxic to aquatic life once it has been washed down the drain.
Aluminium: is a common active ingredient in many commercial antiperspirants and deodorants and functions to block the sweat ducts from releasing sweat. The sweat-blocking mechanism of aluminium is potentially harmful to breast tissues and has been associated with increased rates of gross breast cyst growth – cysts that may be associated with breast cancer. Aluminum also acts as a metalloestrogen, which may increase risk of breast cancer due to elevated estrogen levels.
(Source: University of Manitoba)
SOLUTION: Search for name brands such as Live Clean, Burt’s Bees, Rocky Mountain Soap Company, Tiber River Naturals, and Aveda. These product lines may cost a few dollars more, but they are for the most part free of some of the common ingredients just mentioned.
Did you know that on a daily basis an average consumer may use as many as two different personal care products that, when combined, could contain as many as 200 chemical compounds? Or were you aware that one out of every ten ingredients used in cosmetic and personal care products shows evidence of reproductive toxicity in laboratory studies?
“Where will Big Chemical be when your symptoms start?” They’ll be in cahoots with Big-Pharma trying to sell you drugs to treat the symptoms. -Q.