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Positive Attitude for Longer Life

Posted on November 4, 2019 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)
Wouldn't you rather choose to be happy?  A positive attitude not only improves your mood, can also lengthen your life, decreasing major health concerns. Harvard School of Public Health researchers have determined that optimistic individuals were approximately 50% less likely to experience an initial cardiovascular event compared to their pessimistic individuals.
 
We've listed below FIVE TIPS FOR RESETTING A POSITIVE FRAME.

At Audacious Health we frequently observe the relationship between one's feelings and levels of stress and its impact to health.  So, we suggest choose positive emotions, feelings and attitudes.  Smile, relax and reset your emotional state and support your ideal health.  Try the following five tips to reset a positive frame;-
 
1. TURN that frown upside down... smiling stimulates positive neurotransmitters in the brain e.g. dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins which create feelings of wellbeing, joy and euphoria.
 
2. SHAKE it up.... you've probably noticed this is something your dog does when they are agitated, anxious, over-excited or fearful.  So have a little shake and brush off bad vibes and have a dance to some good vibes.
 
3.BREATHE... take a deep breath and visualise the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems balancing.  Take another breath and visualise the right and left hemispheres of the brain balancing.
 
4. STAND up / Sit up straight...  Caught yourself slouching?  Bringing your spine back to an upright position and notice how you instantly feel more positive when you hold that frame and allow for better breathing. The breath is an invisible link between the mind and body.
 
5.RELAX those shoulders... hunched shoulders = negative, relaxed shoulders = positive.    Something as simple as relaxing your shoulders can have a profound effect in calming your entire nervous system.  But don’t stop there.  Relax your face muscles, your forehead, and where you are feeling tension in the body.

What can you do today to feel more positive and live longer?

Another Five Tips for Healthy Eating Habits

Posted on September 27, 2019 at 12:08 AM Comments comments (0)
Previously we talked about five top tips for Healthy Eating Habits, i.e. Eat your food slowly; Sit whilst you eat; Enjoy what you eat; Plan your meals; and Portion control your meals....  How did you go?  Were you already following these habits?  Below we've listed another five healthy eating habits to help you with "spring cleaning" your health this Spring.  

* AVOID OVEREATING
Eating slowly and controlling portions will help with avoiding eating too much.  Overeating can also happen when we've eaten a meal that hasn't satisfied us and therefore we reach for an after meal snack.  Or are you eating too many snacks between meals?  Spread your meals out throughout the day.

* COOK MEALS FROM SCRATCH 
Where possible, cook your meals, using fresh, raw ingredients.  This way you know exactly what has gone into your meal and you've decreased the amount of additives and preservatives in your meal.  When you cook your meals, enjoy the process, touch the ingredients, taste test things, enjoy the aromas.  Don't know how to cook?  There are plenty of fun ways to learn these days - check out your local or online options.  

* AVOID EXCESSIVE DRINKING DURING MEALS
Drinking too much with a meal will reduce enzyme activity. Drink up to 2 litres of water a day between meals.

* EXERCISE, NOT JUST DIET
Exercise needs to go hand in hand with healthy eating habits.  Consider regular exercise (3-4 times per week) like yoga or qi gong.  This type of exercise massages the intestines and thereby invigorates the digestion and gets the blood flowing, regulates appetite, metabolism and blood sugars.

*SPRING CLEAN YOUR PANTRY, FRIDGE AND FREEZER
When did you last clean out your pantry.  Is it full of out of date items?  Your fridge and freezer items should also be checked regularly. Keep supplies fresh and keep healthy snack options on hand.

Top Five Tips for Healthy Eating Habits

Posted on September 1, 2019 at 10:22 PM Comments comments (0)
We have all heard the expression "you are what you eat".  So, making healthy food choices, i.e. what we eat, is important.  And just as important is "how we eat" or i.e. our eating habits.  good eating habits will support us to stay on track with maintaining our diets and digestive systems.  Below we've listed our top Healthy Eating Habits for you to consider if you aren't already doing this...

* EAT YOUR FOOD SLOWLY  Chewing your food versus scoffing it down makes a difference. For starters, it aids in the digestive process.  An increased amount of air is taken in if you eat too quickly as well as the portion size of the food is likely to be larger, leading to inadequate digestion and an increase in gas production.  When you eat slowly, you increase your chance of feeling full (and avoid overeating).  Unless you have gotten your meal portion sizing down pat, remember to stop eating before you feel full and allow a few minutes to see if you need to keep eating or if you are full.

* SIT WHILST YOU EAT  Standing and eating or eating on the run is counter-productive to good digestive processes.  Relax for a few minutes before you eat.  Choose to sit at the dining table, without the distraction of tv, and eat nice and slowly and with gratitude for the meal.  Eating with awareness helps with metabolism. 

* ENJOY WHAT YOU EAT  We are so lucky to have so many great foods available to us, lots of good quality foods, lots of variety and choices.  If you do choose to indulge in a little treat, then make the calouries count and enjoy it.  The odd treat to sooth the mind and soul or to satisfy you socially is ok.  Avoid stressing out "when eating something you shouldn't" as feelings of guilt or negativity don't serve you well.  Consider 90% for the body and 10% for the soul.  And remember, good healthy food doesn't have to be boring or unsatisfying - it may just require some pre-thought, commitment and organisation.

* PLAN YOUR MEALS and shopping list.  This will help avoid the last minute buying take-away meals which are hefty on the waistline as well as the budget, and increase your chances of cooking and eating healthier meals.  Plan your meals for the week, factoring in your schedule's activities.  Set aside a morning or afternoon to cook up healthy meals that can be frozen for eating later in the week.

*PORTION CONTROL YOUR MEALS  Learn to cook your meals with fresh ingredients, decreasing your intake of additives and preservatives. If you've cooked too much, save extras for left overs versus piling up your plate and feeling you must eat it all. Eating too much puts a strain on the digestive system and stresses the liver

Does Food Matter?

Posted on August 31, 2016 at 8:24 AM Comments comments (0)
Modern science has found, proved and revised many links between what we eat and our health.  Recent research has also established links between what we eat and our moods and emotions.

None of this is news to Traditional Chinese Medicine  (TCM) that has long explored the connection between the food we eat and our energetic systems.

Foods in TCM are categorised based on factors such as:

  • Cooling or heating effect
  • Ability to raise or lower energy
  • Increasing Yin or Yang
  • Ability to build blood
  • Specific effects on individual organ systems

Food is a particularly interesting topic in TCM that we will look at further in future posts.  The first step to using food for health is to observe the relationship between what you eat and your energy, general health and any specific conditions you experience.

Simply observing what foods impact your health and making adjustments can often produce great results.


Change...

Posted on September 28, 2015 at 4:42 AM Comments comments (0)
Well.  Spring is all around us and it's often at this time that we think about making changes in our life.  Diets, additional exercise, reorganising our homes:  change can bring up interesting thoughts and emotions.

Change is an interesting concept and a great example of the experience of life being a product of our interpretation.  For example some people experience changing where they live as an exciting new beginning whilst others (in the same family even) experience the same change as very unpleasant.

So the experience of moving house isn't inherently positive or negative, enjoyable or onerous (it can't be if two people can see it so differently).  Events and changes in circumstance only take on positive or negative associations when we apply our judgements, preconceptions or beliefs.  This would seem to be a key to understanding how to better cope with change.  Once we realise that a large proportion (or all?) of how we experience change is a product of how we subjectively see the world - not some objective state we have an opportunity to change our experience.

How might this be practically applied?  One technique is to practice "seeing" with less labelling words.  Often when we think of a situation we immediately apply labelling words.  We might say "Oh, I don't like moving house, it's hard".  Through seeing with less labelling words we might ask ourselves  "What is moving really?"  Putting possessions in boxes, letting go of possessions you no longer need, taking stock of your possessions?  From these perspectives moving could really be more fun that the word "hard" originally made it sound.

Food for thought?  In Traditional Chinese Medicine change is the realm of the Liver energy - most active in the season of Spring.  Health Liver energy helps us to embrace change.  Problems with Liver energy effect our ability to change and be flexible.

Why is the ability to change important?  Why would you need to be flexible?  Great questions.  The world is full of change and it is a natural phenomena that we can't avoid.  Resisting change and being in-flexible require a significant amount of energy.  Adjusting to change and being flexible are great skills in experiencing the world the way we want to...

Spring into Spring

Posted on September 3, 2015 at 10:13 PM Comments comments (0)
Already we see evidence that spring has arrive from the sun coming up earlier and staying longer to flowers blooming. You may have also noticed the shift in our body's energy with these seasonal changes.

Spring is the season of the liver and gallbladder in TCM, with these organs responsible for regulating the smooth flow of energy throughout the body and mind. When this flow isn't smooth and soothing we experience irritation, frustration, anger, depression, insomnia, indecisiveness, and are more prone to headaches, joint pain, muscle strains. So keeping the liver and gallbladder energies in balance is important!
We can help prevent blockages to our smooth flow of energy through our diet and lifestyle choices. We want to avoid exposure to toxic chemicals and poor quality fats and denatured foods.

Spring is associated with the colour green. For nourishing and rejuvenating the liver we suggest getting some greens like kale, Swiss chard, and parsley into your diet. I find the easiest way to do that is in a green smoothie.

Or lightly fry some shredded silverbeet as a side to any meal. I like this with a little tamari and poached egg for breakfast. Lightly steamed/simmered 'el dente' vegetables are a good way to go in Spring.

You could try starting the day, to help cleanse the liver and gallbladder, by having a cup of warm water with a slice of lemon or a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar.

Consider swapping that coffee for a cup of peppermint tea.

For most of us we notice that eating dairy, high fat fried foods and large quantities of nut fats causes us to feel sluggish. These heavy foods exacerbate sluggishness in the liver. More 'pungent' immune boosting foods such as garlic, ginger, watercress, mustard greens, turmeric, basil, cardamom, marjoram, cumin, and fennel are beneficial to our diet. These help to ease the transition into spring when changes in weather make us susceptible to allergies, flus and acute illness.

To deal with inflammation and problematic heat in the liver, or for dealing with springtime allergies try including bitter foods in your diet including - romaine lettuce, asparagus, amaranth, quinoa, radish leaves, citrus peel, dandelion, chamomile, milk thistle seeds, and Oregon grape root - all have liver cleansing capabilities. These foods will also benefit red, swollen joints.

Green Spring Clean Smoothie

Posted on September 3, 2015 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)
Green spring clean smoothie
Blend below .... enjoy :)
Ingredients:
*1 organic cucumber
*1 head California endive, ends trimmed off
*4 organic kale leaves
*2 organic green apples
*1 lemon, preferably a Meyer lemon
*1 thumb size piece of fresh ginger


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