Essential oils support the body on both the physical, emotional and energetic levels. They can be used to support our physical health including our immune system, hormones, gut/digestive health, respiratory health and help us manage moods, focus, rest/relax as well as get rid of toxic household products.
I made these lemon coconut bliss balls for my essential oils class last night, my final one before I scoot off to Bali - woooooooo! Bliss balls are a great little snack to make at the start of the week and pop in your bag so you're not tempted to snack on biscuits and sweets. They are gluten, dairy and refined sugar free.
In August last year, I quit coffee. Real coffee anyway; I still drink decaf. Is that cheating? I’m not sure. All I know is that my body responds really poorly to caffeine and cow's milk and I don’t really have time for that. As an FYI, decaf coffee has had approximately 97% of the caffeine removed, so there is still a trace, but not enough to make you chomp at the bit.
In March last year I started my health coaching certification through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition so have spent the better part of a year immersed in health and wellness, which you all know I am completely passionate about but it can get a little overwhelming, trying to keep up with the latest and greatest.
On August 18th I declared I wasn't going to be drinking til the end of the year. It wasn't that my drinking was in any way out of hand - in fact it was aggressively the opposite - but I knew that drinking didn't fit into the overall vision I had for myself and what I wanted to achieve in the last months of 2017.
Up until recently, I never gave much consideration to what products I was using on my face or body. I used whatever had a stable endorsement, good packaging and - in later years - looked fancy in an instagram flat-lay. But this year, the pinnacle point of my whole conscious journey, I was awakened to the fact that I needed to have more intention in the products I was using in order to align with my evolving values.
Recently my friend Tania and I embarked on a four day guided cleanse; a collaboration between Huckleberry and Feel Fresh Nutrition that promised to reset our systems after the winter season. It did that, and then some. Guided by the little nutritionist legend that is Abbie O’Rourke the programme included over four days worth of organic groceries, recipes, daily newsletters and a Facebook support group for endless virtual high-fives.
A couple of weeks ago I shared on Instagram that the wheels had well and truly fallen off. I was feeling anxious, depleted, lacking motivation and all kinds of emotional. If you didn’t catch it or you've always wondered what I look like when I cry, here it is.
I’ve spent the past couple of weeks quietly trying to make sense of what this lingering feeling means. Because, that’s what we do in the personal development space; we can’t just let feelings exist without rigorous curiosity. And the more I talk to women around me I’m discovering I’m not alone. I can reflect on it now because I feel like I'm coming out the other side.