Go off Track but Don’t Derail

Good Glorious Day!

Welcome to the last few weeks before the years ends and the weeks that many start to think they are giving up any hope of maintaining their health until somewhere in January.

Mindset is a powerful tool when it comes to applying yourself to any decision. Whether it’s saving money or losing weight- mindset plays a crucial role in your health and your happiness and it bodes us all well to watch our inner talk around this time of year.

NAILING DERAILING

As humans, we are set to a number of defaults. From maintaining homeostasis to remembering the finer  details of a negative experience vs the positive ones.

We can nail detailing so incredibly efficiently and it takes more conviction than a guilty offender to turn that head space around.

In fact-our biochemical messenger system has it so well wired that we can even become addicted to experiences that are negative, toxic or self deprecating.

Much like any addiction, the power is in the trigger, the head chatter and the follow through action.

Here are my steps on how you can stay on track with your food, exercise, alcoholic beverage intake and even your mind chatter:

1. Understand that much of your habit forming will be subconscious, which means that calling it out to raise to conscious thought will be necessary. This means being 100% honest with yourself that you respective repetition patterns maybe locked in and needs to be put on notice.

2.  Allow yourself stages of changes - not as a back door excape plan in case you fail, but as a way to bit off smaller pieces of the goal to embed deeper set new healthy patterns and habits.

3.  Always choose a healthier option if on offer. This will fortify your will power every time you do. Read ingredient labels, look for fresh produce in the food or clear fluid in the beverage.

4.  If you do slip off the edge- give yourself a 48 hour rule to be back on track by.

5. Remember that a week away from your healthy plan won’t equate to a complete fall off the perch results wise. There is time to regain control and move forward still. Don’t give up just because you gave in.

6.  Be kind to yourself if you do go off track- the last thing you need right now is negative self talk that will embed poor habit forming again.

7.  Reward your achievements with non addictive substances and habits. Think about an experience reward you are aiming for and gift it to yourself - massage, meditation classes, hydrotherapy, facials, pedicures, manicures, nature experiences - they all put back into the fortification account.

8. Get help - it’s ok to sort yourself out a health coach to keep you accountable until you are in the habit of doing it yourself.

9. Consider tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique) as a way to rewire your neural pathways towards more supportive habits. Sessions are available this month and remote appointments are offered through Skype, Messenger or Zoom mediums.

I have also a series of online self paced motivational sessions that are designed for weight management clients but are able to be applied to any (health) goal.

Being Healthy Doesn’t Have To Be Hard

Health Doesn't Have to Be Hard

Good morning to you!

I have had a wonderful week returning to my almost usual antics now that I have given the (fracture) boot the royal boot! You sure do appreciate being able bodied when you lose the function of a part! It reminds me to remind YOU to NEVER take your body for granted and every day - take at least one measure to consider the basic needs of giving your body nourishing food, hydrating fluids, mobilising movements, daily eliminations and soothing rest.  It is literally that simple!

From life after being on my butt or crutches came a sweet reconnection, actually quite a few, but more on that later...

I've chosen this topic today as a reminder to those of us who have lost ourselves in the quest for a healthy life.  To quote the highly anxious Robby the Robot in Lost In Space, "Danger Will Robinson" may well apply as a warning for those who complicate the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle.

If you have ever been the victim of paralysis by analysis, you will understand that overthinking a plan can be detrimental to its success.  This can't apply more to the subject of one's health.

In all the thousands of hours spent researching the ethology (starting point) of a disease and more so how to apply solutions to it, there are some basic fundamentals that I commonly find are overlooked along the way.  I guess this is where natural medicine is at its best - we are always looking for causation in our conversations with patients - which means we are constantly going from a bottom up approach in differential diagnosis.

Here are some commonly overlooked conditions which just needs a simple approach to solving its dilemma:

  1.  #Headache - not a deficiency of paracetamol - most common cause is dehydration or toxin intake.
  2.  #Backache - commonly not permanently paralysing - most commonly a combination of muscle spasms that eventually lead to bone movement which can be initially helped by a good and regular massage.
  3.  Irritability - not always a hormonal imbalance - commonly contributed to by a lack of quality sleep, not enough adequate hydration and the aftermath of toxin overload.
  4.  #Weight challenges - infrequently a frank thyroid issue - commonly thyroid imbalances come AFTER a weight challenge is experienced for some time.
  5. #Constipation - not a deficiency of laxatives - the body is crying out for fibre, water and bacterial balance from prebiotic foods and probiotic strains.
  6. #Insomnia - is not your body craving sleep medication - getting underneath the chemistry of sleep from stress and hormonal, food and glucose balances is the way back to a solid night's repose.
  7. #Sugar cravings - is not your system needing Mars Bars - its your gut bacteria or dopamine receptors asking for a little quick fix - what they actually need is commonly more basic than that!
  8. #Fatigue is not a #coffee deficiency no matter how much it feels like one - give that system good protein, magnesium, hydration and a balance of rest and activity.

Whatever your health dilemma is, try and find its common cause.  Keep it nice a simple - your sanity may well rely on it!

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And now for that sweet connection!  I have teamed up with the wonderful crew at Healthy Families Australia who have recently launched their incredibly well stocked online health food business where you can find literally anything for a healthy household. Run by local families - Anja and Claudine understand how important it is to make buying healthy produce and household products super simple and easy!  They have just launched an opening discount which will expire soon...but my readers get to enjoy the benefits on this FOREVER!!

 

Use this code: https://healthyfamiliesau.com.au/discount/WHL15?redirect=%2Fcollections%2Feveryday

Secure your PERMANENT 15% off every day!  With Christmas coming up - this is the perfect opportunity to put together a healthy basket or hamper for friends, family or work colleagues. Delivery throughout Australia is available! .

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More exciting news for 2019 coming soon with some other sweet connections having been made this past few convalescing weeks!

 

Happy Weekend everyone!

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Teeth Grinding – Its Not all About the Worms

Happy super sunny Saturday!

 

Its going to be a glorious weekend on the Gold Coast, no excuses for avoiding a little vitamin D - there will be plenty of it!  If you have been finding your sleep has been a little erratic the past few days, you may be sensitive to the moon phases - it will pass soon. However, if you wake due to a sore jaw - you may be grinding your teeth, and that is a problem (not serious, just pesky).

It becomes serious however if you don't address it and your teeth grind themselves down to gum - then the moon affecting your sleep will be the least of your worries - getting dentures and having to wake up with your choppers in a glass next to your bed should put things into perspective.  By the way, I believe the common dental recommendation is to keep them in these days, so that you don't dry your mouth out and cause health affecting bacterial and gum disease.

Often teeth grinding is thought to be due to a possible worm infestation, particularly in children and this can commonly be the case, rectified by a comprehensive gut repair and worming program.

However something as simple as a head off centre on the vertebrae, a tight temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or a jaw misalignment could be the issue.  If the latter is more likely, a simple trip to a dentist who specializes in functional (myofacial) alignment is a must.  If the former is likely, a trip to the osteopath/chiropractor could be in order.  If it the TMJ is nasty - massage and in particular - craniosacral massage therapy would be my recommendation.

I was working on a patient today with some remedial massage work and could see looking down the centre line from her forehead that her top lip and bottom jaw where heading off in two different directions.  She was complaining a lot about teeth grinding and I could feel that her neck was very tight on one side compared to the next. She runs - she knows running throws her body out of whack but - she loves to run. Her teeth grinding was affecting her sleep - she would wake with a really sore side of her face.  I did some tests to check the TMJ and yes - it was way out of whack, just what the run would promise.  Even a small amount of massage began the realignment process.  Next was to unscrew the head from being on so tight - we can literally think our way into facial muscle tension - so muscle relaxing herbs and magnesium are recommended.

So next time you hear yourself or someone else grinding away at their pearly whites, their next birthday present could be a voucher for a soothing jaw relaxing massage...or a year's supply of Wormwood and Garlic herbs!