Category: Personal

Let’s talk about fear, stress and anxiety



A topic that has been on the front of my mind pretty much everyday for the past few months is fear. The reason for this is due to a huge amount of upheaval and change in my life, and my brain is feeling it. I’m not ok, I have had panic attacks, trouble sleeping, and instead of being my usual confident, positive self, iv’e been a negative ball of anxious energy. 

I know that when I live my life in fear of what is coming next I forget about the present. I miss that opportunity to laugh with someone, I miss the gorgeous sunrise, and I miss the everyday miracle of being alive. Its a tough cycle to get out of, I’m still in it. I’m afraid of what will come tomorrow, if I will be good enough, if I will have regrets, or if I will make a difference. Because I so strongly want to make a difference in this world during my life. I want to see a change in the way we deal with healthcare, I want to stand up and be the one to make noise and lead the change. But I can’t do that if I am living in fear. 



So what am I doing about it? Well at the moment I am trying to get through everyday. Uni is the toughest, with assignments coming out my ears, and decisions about where I go next-do I study dietetics, do I wait? And work as well, I have just accepted a fantastic new job which starts next week, and although I am incredibly excited about it, I am also afraid. What if I am not good enough? Then of course there is all the rest-family, friends, money, exercise, health, diet, mental health, spiritual health, goals and finally my car. Its all swirling around in this crazy brain of mine, its terribly hard to get it to stop. 

So if this sounds familiar to you, I urge you to speak up-lets have a conversation about fear, stress and anxiety. Because if you are not ok, you don’t have to deal with it alone. There are so many incredible people in this world, many of which will be feeling the same as you right now. We are brought up to put on a strong face, to pretend we are ok, to not show emotion and to be brave. But it is ok to cry, its ok to feel weak, its ok to not be ok. We are part of this beautiful community of human beings, and I think we need to start acting like a team, supporting and motivating each other to be the best we can. 


So here are my top tips for dealing with fear, anxiety and stress:


1. Breathe


Its simple, but effective. A few weeks ago when I was having a panic attack (It was really scary because I had never had one before) my partner Cam was amazing, he simply told me to breath. It was like my brain had forgotten. And his words guided my to regain control of my breathing, and to allow my brain to be a little clearer. 

2. Exercise


In times of fear and stress going for a walk does wonders. If you don’t have time, its ok, only go for 5 minutes, but the benefits of getting outside in the fresh air, with the grass and the trees will help you to get focused again, and to try to keep cool, calm and collected. If you need to cry, its ok, those trees aren’t going anywhere-and they won’t judge you. 

3. Call a friend


When in doubt, call or catch up with that friend you know will be there for you. Get it all out, talk it through, they will listen, and give you the best honest advice. Sometimes all you need is an ear to listen to your problems. And sometimes, afterwards, they don’t seem so bad. 

4. Let it out


There is no point trying to keep it in. Its too hard, its like air filling a bottle, and the more you try to keep that air in, the more it wants to get out. And if you don’t let it out, it will explode. So cry, scream, break things, stomp around, rip paper, whatever you need to do to physically release the negative, fearful energy. A few plates and cups are worth your mental health. 

5. Pamper


During the last few weeks I have pampered myself more than I have in the past few years. Get your hair done, nails, eyebrows, massage, facial. Tell yourself you are beautiful and strong, and you will get through this. For me this makes me feel like I have it all together, and I know that the better I feel on the outside, the better ill feel on the inside. Treat your body, allow it space and time. YOU ARE A BEAUTIFUL HUMAN. 

6. Nourish


I know when stress, fear and anxiety rise up, its easier just to grab takeout. But seriously, you are not doing yourself any favours by taking the easy option. Instead, put on the slow cooker with a big old stew, curry or soup. That way when you get home from work/uni etc you can easily grab a big, warm, nourishing bowl of goodness. Eat fruit, smoothies, veggies, porridge, yoghurt, and nuts. Don’t go grabbing that packet of biscuits, bar of chocolate or bag of chips. It may ,make you feel better right now, but getting on that road to feeling better comes from the inside. 

7. Rest


Its ok to take a mental health day. You are entitled to sick days, and honestly its just as important to take it for mental health as it is for physical health. Your body will thank you for it, rest, sleep, relax, read a book, walk the dog, go to the beach, watch a movie, binge watch your favourite tv show. And don’t judge yourself for doing so, or feel guilty. This is your body and your mental health. Take control of it, and don’t let anyone make you feel bad. 

8. Write


Sometimes. its helps for me to get it out on paper (or in this case on screen), get that old dusty journal out, and write your heart out. Let out all the thoughts, negative emotions, fears, stresses, anxieties, and anything that has worried you. This is no time for holding back, so be brutally honest with yourself. Allow your self to scribble the pages, fill them up with everything on your mind. Let the pages take you away, and allow you to clear your head from the negative energy, you don’t need to hold onto that stuff. If it helps, once you are done, rip the pages and burn them, physically letting go of the feelings and thoughts. Then, once you are done, write down a purely positive mantra or quote that will take you to a place of clear, positive, beautiful thoughts. 

And most importantly of all, LOVE YOURSELF! You are a beautiful, intelligent, capable human being. 


If you have any tips that have helped you to get through times of fear, anxiety and stress, comment below, you never know who you might be helping. 



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The Flower Moon

So last night marked the May full moon, which is also know as the Flower full moon traditionally named for the time of planting in spring (For us here in the southern hemisphere its a little opposite).Its also called the hare moon, corn planting moon, and the milk moon. This particular full moon is interesting for a few reasons, Firstly in the scientific community this full moon passes past Saturn, called an Occultation. You can read more about it on Universe today. Sadly, I missed this astronomical event, but none-the-less was interesting to watch the videos. 
Secondly, the full moon during May is a very significant day for the Buddhist community. Its marks Vesak or Buddha day. This day marks the day in which Buddha was Enlightened. This passage from Buddha.net explains it:
 
 

“During the first watch of the night, when his mind was calm, clear and purified, light arose in him, knowledge and insight arose. He saw his previous lives, at first one, then two, three up to five, then multiples of them .. . ten, twenty, thirty to fifty. Then 100, 1000 and so on…. As he went on with his practice, during the second watch of the night, he saw how beings die and are reborn, depending on their Karma, how they disappear and reappear from one form to another, from one plane of existence to another. Then during the final watch of the night, he saw the arising and cessation of all phenomena, mental and physical. He saw how things arose dependent on causes and conditions. This led him to perceive the arising and cessation of suffering and all forms of unsatisfactoriness paving the way for the eradication of all taints of cravings. With the complete cessation of craving, his mind was completely liberated. He attained to Full Enlightenment. The realisation dawned in him together with all psychic powers.”

And Thirdly, the significance in astrology, the full moon signifies personal growth, reflection and resolution. This excerpt from the Cosmic intelligence agency explains it:

“When our dear, beloved moon comes into full opposition with our blinding Sun, we undergo the monthly process of personal reflection and, as expected, some inner issues emerge into the full light of day where they are consciously realised and hopefully become effaced, resolved, and somehow put to rest. It is a time when we seek closure.”

Every full moon I get a little bit crazy, but something always comes of it. For me, today signifies new growth and spiritual development, and the courage to make big progress and decisions. Of course, this full moon also signifies the end of Mars retrograde (read more about it on Gala darling) which has been going on for the last 2 months, honestly, I’m so happy its over, I was getting ansty about my career prospects and the life decisions I have made. Today feels like I am on the right path, and I have gained clarity about where I’m headed. It also means projects I have been holding back on will now be in full swing!

What does the full moon mean for you?

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Manifesting dreams: Creating a vision board

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I recently finished my vision board while having a pretty lame sick day. It was a day full of bed, rest, tea and vitamin c. But I decided that there was no better time to sit down with my scissors and glue, and a couple of great mags, and complete my vision board. Its been sitting unfinished for 6 months, and maybe that has been why I’ve been feeling a little incomplete with my goals and dreams. I’ve been feeling like I’m not any closer to my dream of becoming a dietitian, and that I have no idea where I’m headed or what I’m supposed to be doing. But after completing my vision board, I feel slightly enlightened to stand back and look at what its telling me. 
I’ve noticed that I pick lots of pictures of food, inspiring big words, images of community, travel pictures, active lifestyle, natural products, and yoga. This all combined together helped me realised that I’m on exactly the path I need to be on. I’m heading towards and incredible career as a dietitian, inspiring and helping others, while contributing to the community. 
Dreams I’m manifesting and creating:

  1. Becoming a successful and inspiring dietitian
  2. Having a healthy food cafe/health food store
  3. Educating and empowering people to lead healthier lives (Becoming a wellness coach)
  4. Being part of developing my own community (starting a farmers market and community garden)
  5. Travelling to far off exotic lands to explore other cultures and envelop myself in human societies
  6. Own a beautiful home surrounded by trees and be able to grow my own food
  7. Collect lots of gorgeous antique furniture (because its always got a great history and story behind it)
  8. Becoming a practising yoga instructor
  9. Create a recipe book full of nourishing healthy food for humans
  10. Getting married to the love of my life
So if you haven’t already made your own vision board, get to it and start making your dreams happen!

How to create a vision board (watermelon style):

What dreams are you manifesting at the moment? I would LOVE to hear below! Sharing them and asking the universe for them will help you make your dreams happen. 

 

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Volunteering in Nepal: Undernourished kids

As you guys are probably aware (as I talk about it all the time) i’m nearing the end of my Nutrition degree. And from everything I have been able to learn, I want to apply my skills in a much more practical way. I would also like to give back to the community. So with all that I have decided to take the leap and volunteer in Nepal for a month in January. 
There is a real need for assistance at the many children’s homes, day care centres, early learning classes and centres for children with special needs in Nepal. The centres that Projects Abroad work with often suffer from a chronic lack of resources.

I will be volunteering with the Nutritional Rehabilitation Centre, which was set up to provide a stable and nurturing environment for impoverished children suffering from varying degrees of malnutrition. This will be a great way for me to give back some of the skills and knowledge I have learnt through my degree, and make a difference to the lives of these kids.

However travelling to Nepal is a little costly, as well as the project running costs. So over the next 6 months I will be working my butt off to fundraise for this project.The funds raised through myself, will not only be paying for my expenses during the volunteering, it also includes the project operation and administration costs, awareness and communication, implementation and monitoring of projects, volunteer support from start to finish. Any extra money that I fundraise will go straight to the Nepal Youth Foundation, which runs the Nutrition Rehabilitation centre.

The company I will be doing the project through is called Projects abroad, which is an entirely independent company that does not receive funding from governments, religious bodies, political parties, development organisations or other external sources.
So with all that, one of the ways I am fundraising is through Entertainment book. They are a great company that exclusively sell their books through community organisations for fundraisers. This year they have launched their brand new digital membership, which is really exciting as my excuse for not using the book last year was that I never had the vouchers with me. I’m really looking forward to using the restaurant vouchers to try out a bunch of new places!

You can support me, and undernourished children in Nepal by purchasing your 2014/15 copy of the Entertainment book here.

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Live below the line: $2 a day

Hi Lovelies!

I will be embarking on “Live below the line” next week, and I wanted to share with you a bit about it, and why i’m doing it. Basically live below the line is an initiative to increase awareness of poverty, and how it affects food choices for the poor. Its also a personal journey to discover what it is like to live on the poverty line. The challenge is to live on $2 a day for food for 5 days. Iv’e taken quite a bit of time to prepare for this, and it’s going to be tough!
I am personally doing it to experience what food choices are like for people with little money. We live in a culture where poverty is around, but we are unaware of it, and the reality of it. I hope to use my experience to help those in need, and to increase awareness. Having studied Nutrition for the last 3 years, I know that the food I will be eating for these 5 days is in now way reaching the recommendation for macro and micro nutrients, there is just no way to get it all in. 
Below is my plan for what I will be eating, I have tried my best to include as many fruit and veg as possible, but what I found was that it was too expensive to fit more in. Also, it was hard to afford protein, I really wanted eggs, but they were too pricey. 

$10 total
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Snacks
Day 1
Oats with grated apple and cinnamon
Chicken meat with rice and pumpkin patties
Chickpea and pumpkin curry with rice
Bone broth, flatbread, carrots
Day 2
Oats with grated apple and cinnamon
Fried rice with chicken, zucchini, carrot and fresh herbs
Mashed pumpkin with sautéed carrot, zucchini and onion
Bone broth, baked potato, carrots
Day 3
Oats with grated apple and cinnamon
Chicken meat with rice and pumpkin patties
Lentil dal with flatbread
Bone broth, carrots, baked potato
Day 4
Oats with grated apple and cinnamon
Carrot noodles with chickpea patties
Chickpea and pumpkin curry with rice
Bone broth, flatbread, carrots
Day 5
Oats with grated apple and cinnamon
Fried rice with chicken, zucchini, carrot and fresh herbs
Lentil dal with flatbread
Bone broth, carrots, baked potato
Shopping list:
Item
Amount
Cost
Item
Amount
Cost
Olive oil
100mL
$19.90/4L = $0.50
Carrot
1kg
$0.99/kg = $0.99
Canned toms
1 can
$0.79
Garlic
1 whole bulb
$0.99 for 6 = $0.165/1 bulb
Oats
200g
$1.28/750g = $0.34/200g
Potato
500g
$0.99/kg = $0.50
Apples
2 small
$2.38/kg = $0.60
Chickpeas
1 ½ cups cooked (1 cup dried) = 250g
$0.304/100g = $0.76
Cinnamon
2 tsp
=$0.10
Curry powder
2 Tbsp
=$0.15
Chicken drumsticks
2-3 small (300g)
$3.99/kg = $1.20
Onion
1 whole 180g
$1.99/kg = $0.35
Rice
6 serves = 3 cups cooked =200g
$0.30/100g =$0.60
Zucchini
1 whole
$0.50
Pumpkin
2kg
$0.69/kg = $1.38
Lentils
½ cup = 120g
$0.63/100g = $0.76
Flour
2 cups= 500g
$0.75/kg = $0.375

 

Iv’e calculated it from mostly things I already have in the cupboard. And I usually buy stuff in bulk, for example I bought a 10kg bag of rice for around $15, and I found pumpkin on special for $0.69/kg (Score!). and olive oil I buy in bulk too, so I was able to put in a little bit more. My local grocery store always has great specials too, so ill keep an eye out for great fruit and veg special next week. 
I am counting fresh herbs from the garden as free, as well a anything else I have grown (I have a single tomato growing!). I should have some greens, to add to the fried rice and curries, and if I will have some fresh mint which I will use for making tea. 
I would love for you to spare a few dollars for the cause, my goal is to raise $300, and so far I have $72. You can donate here: https://www.livebelowtheline.com.au/me/brittany_smith

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10 inspirational women

Today in the health and wellness industry, there are so many incredible and inspiration women. These women have motivated and inspired me to be on the path I am today, and without knowing it, every one of them have had a huge impact on my life, and the way I view myself. 
I’m not one to be inspired by celebrities, instead I am inspired by strong, intelligent, and brilliant women. In no particular order, here are the 10 women I am most inspired by:
 

Jess Ainscough (aka: The Wellness Warrior):

Jess Ainscough was one of the first wellness blogs I started reading when I began my journey a few years ago. She has been through a huge battle with cancer, and has come out the other side with an incredible story to tell, and a complete change in her lifestyle. She went from being a party girl, to being one of the most genuine, knowledgeable and inspirational figures in the industry. 
 

I’ve read her book, and Jess’ story is one to be read-the lessons she has learnt are ones she doesn’t want anyone else to have to learn the way she did. Jess believes that wellness isn’t a destination, but an ongoing relationship with your own body. A loving relationship, built on kindness & respect. And that’s a message I would love everyone to understand. 
 
You can read more about Jess over at her website: The Wellness Warrior
 

Dr. Libby Weaver:

Dr Libby is at the forefront of women’s health. She is a Nutritional Biochemist, and has published an array of best-selling books. I love how Dr Libby is able to take her huge amount of scientific research and turn it into exciting and easily understood ideas for the general public.
Recently I watched a TED talk Dr Libby did on women’s health, and the change from cave-woman times, to the modern day women. She explained how our biochemistry hasn’t changed in that time, and so our busy nature, and multitasking, is ruining our health. She explains how our bodies believe that we are in danger, and that when we slow down, and allow our bodies to be calm and present, we can be our healthiest selves. 
Dr Libby is such an inspiration and I would LOVE to one day be just as inspirational as her. You can read more about Dr Libby over at her website: Dr Libby, and you can watch her TED talk here.
 

Miranda Kerr:

Miranda Kerr is such a gorgeous soul, and her books have inspired me to love who I am. Being a model, she is in the spotlight everyday, but she has kept true to herself, and is a huge health advocate. She is such a great role model for women, and the words she writes in her books resonate with that. 
I just love picking up “Treasure yourself” and randomly picking a page and using the wisdom from that to empower my day. Every time I am feeling down, I can pick up her book and find some true and inspiring words. In a world where image drives everything, Miranda has used her beauty to create happiness for others, and I think that is totally amazing. There are too many celebrities that are terrible role models, but Miranda is just not one of them. 
You can learn more about Miranda at her website: Miranda Kerr, but I would advise you to get a copy of one of her books, they are empowering and inspiring. 
 

Emily Ehlers:

I have had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Emily Ehlers, and she is just awesome! Emily is a lifestyle coach, writer and mother, and spend her days helping and supporting women to be the best versions of themselves. She helps women to rediscover health and happiness, and I would love to one day be doing the same! And she does all this while being mum to Lucy (how cute is she!). 
Emily also helped me to connect with all the other like-minded souls in Perth through a gorgeous networking event last year, and I am eternally grateful for that, as it has given me the courage to be genuine and present in my blog writing, knowing there is a huge support network in my community. 
To get to know Emily, go over and have a read of her blog: Emily Ehlers
 

Dr Amanda Devine:

Dr Amanda Devine has been a huge part of my Nutrition studies, and has inspired me with her passion and knowledge of nutrition. Amanda has been researching bone and calcium disorders for 20 years, and I had the privilege of doing some work experience with this research. 
I just love how passionate Amanda is about her work, and the time and effort she gives to sharing her knowledge. You can read some of the articles Amanda has contributed to here: How Schools are urged to grow community gardens and How humans really are what they eat.
 

Lola Berry:

Lola Berry is a leading Australian Nutritionist, a yoga instructor, and writer. I love Lola’s genuine love for health and well-being, and how every aspect of her life is surrounded in wellness! She has a huge passion for creating good, nourishing food, and has written some amazing books. Find out more about Lola here. 
 

Claire Yates:

Claire is another incredible soul I have had the pleasure of meeting. Claire is in my dream job, a Nutritionist who blogs, writes books and inspires others to lead a healthier life. Her path has inspired me to step out of the box and change my view on Nutrition and Wellness. Her book, Optimal Health the Paleo way is fantastic (You can read my review here), and is an easy way to figure out the Paleo diet and why it works. 
 
Claire is changing the way people think about the Paleo diet, using scientific evidence and sound Nutrition knowledge. It all just makes sense. To learn more about Claire, visit her website. 

 

Zooey Deshanel: 

Now, I know Zooey is a celeb, but she is one of the celebs I am actually inspired by. She’s funny, genuine, authentic and is totally self aware. Its cool that there are still some celebs that arn’t self obessed perfectionists. Zooey helped to found the site Hellogiggles.com,
 

“HelloGiggles is a positive online community for women (although men are always welcome!) covering DIY and crafting projects, beauty, friendship, sex & relationships, pop culture, pets, television & movies, nostalgia, fandom, tips on savvy and stylish living meant to inspire a smile”

And I think anyone that is inspiring women to live a life full of that, is pretty awesome. 
 

Dr. Gillian McKeith:

Dr Gillian McKeith’s book “You are what you eat” was the first nutrition/healthy cookbook that I picked up. I would have been about 12/13 and it just completely changed the way I viewed health. Of course, at that stage I was still an image obsessed pre-teen, but it did start my journey to where I am today. And after watching her TV show, I was further inspired to be healthy. And that was when I started going into health food stores, and trying different foods that people thought were weird. I thank her for her abrupt discussions on food, and scare tactics. Its a totally legit method of getting people t change their habits. Visit Dr Gillian’s website here. 
 

Jo Tastula:

Jo Tastula is a yoga teacher, but her classes are online. I have never actually met her, or spoken to her, but she is the best yoga teacher I have ever had. She has this amazing calm energy about her, and is such an inspiration. I would love to one day be at one of her real-life classes. Without her knowing she has helped me to get passionate about yoga, and inspired me to make it a habit, not just something I do occasionally. Find more about Jo Here.
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Stuff I heart #2

I hope everyone had an amazing Easter weekend, full of rest, relaxation, treats, family and love <3 
I know lots of people are still on holiday until next week, but I’m back in action this week, and I’m ready for the remainder of the Uni semester as well as filling the blog with yummy recipes and nutrition posts. 
So here is my (slightly) overdue stuff I heart post:
 

1. The Paleo diet and Claire Yates cookbook “Optimal health the Paleo way”

I picked up this book from work after months of swooning over it, and I spend Friday morning reading the entire first half, which is full of some fantastic nutrition information. Claire is full of so much wisdom, and I just love her book! If you get a chance, grab a copy. I made the Carrot and sweet potato bites you see on the far left, they were a huge hit at the family BBQ I was at over the weekend. 

See my full review of Claire’s book here. 
 

2. This article full of reasons you should break up with your makeup

I stopped wearing a face full of make up a few years ago, it was mostly because I couldn’t afford it (student life right), but my face has loved me for it! I now can be proud of my own skin, rather than hiding behind a layer of chemicals. My mum also helped me to make the choice to move to natural makeup, so now, I could probably eat everything I put on my face. And our skin is our largest organ, so it absorbs everything! I love not wearing makeup, and I think it should be an everyday trend rather than for a #nomakeupselfie. 
There is also this great website I used for my info on being gorgeous AND green. 
 

3. This article on what your perfect day looks life from This is Lifeblood

On that note, here is what would be my Perfect day: Wake up early, refreshed and energised, next to my man. Then, cuddles and a coffee in bed with a chat. Then off outside to exercise with the sun rising, yoga, walking the dog, or the beach. Next would be a big, gorgeous breakfast full of eggs and veggies. Then work. In a perfect day I would be seeing clients as a Nutritionist, inspiring and educating people to live a fulfilling and empowered life. Lunch would be more veggies and of course a cup of tea. The afternoon would be filled with blogging and creating new recipes, as well as a bit of gardening. Then its time for some more exercise, another walk, or yoga, or some running. I’d then make an exciting, nourishing meal, and share it with my closest friends and loved one. There would be wine, and nibbles and music. And then finally at the very end of the day, I would sit down to read something awesome. 
 
Sounds awesome huh! What does your perfect day look like?
 

4. This incredible Lady: Yuna (Singer/Songwriter)

 
 
I’m in love with her album Nocturnal, I don’t usually post about music, but this is just too good not to share. Its full of lovely sparkly songs and gorgeous lyrics. Its my spring anthem album at the moment, Plus its fantastic to sing along to <3
Find out more about Yuna here.
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Hello happy!

Today is the United Nations International day of Happiness. The day was launched in 2012, and was developed because of the recognition that  the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal. Everyone wants to be happy, and the 3 components of global happiness were defined as social, economic and environmental well-being.

I think thats a pretty cool day to celebrate, and i’m going to spend the day doing all the things that make me happy!

1. Preparing good, healthy food with love, and sharing it with the people around me.
2. Cuddling my fur babies
3. Doing yoga and being mindful and present
4. Educating people about their health and well being
5. Spending time with the love of my life <3

Happy Happiness day!!

I would love to hear all the things that make you happy, or make your own list, and do all of those things today!

 

The one word that can kill your groove

I read an article this morning on mind body green, and it really resonated with me. It was all about one word. And how that word can turn the best intentions of self love into an spiral of anxiety. Its a word I find myself using all the time. Its a word full of expectation of myself imposed on myself by the external environment.

Should. 

Iv’e realized that I have been having some major breakdowns in my want to live a healthy life. Everyday I find myself thinking:
I should exercise more
I should do more study
I should blog more
I should feel happier today
I should eat healthier food today
What i’m doing is comparing myself to the cultural ideal of others. In this case, the ideals of the “wellness” and “health” culture. Everyday I think to myself: “I should be doing X because everyone else in the industry is doing X”. Its a completely viscous cycle. And it got to breaking point last night when I was so anxious about all the things I thought I should be doing, that I couldn’t get to sleep.
The article I read this morning stated:

Since so many people grew up listening to a litany of rules, when the word “should” infiltrates into your own running commentary, you will likely respond to yourself the same way you responded to your well-meaning caregivers and authority figures: with resistance (since no one want to feel controlled).

I am self imposing “rules” which i’m responding to with resistance. Studying Nutrition I am in a constant state of judging exactly what I eat: because I “should” eat healthier today, I automatically resist that.  This negativity creates a cascade of effects, which end up with me feeling anxious about my lack of will power and dedication.

An example of this is ” I should go for a run because I haven’t exercised today”. This is a really common one for me. If I don’t exercise for one day, I feel guilty, worthless and unhealthy. So I force myself to go for a run, even when i’m exhausted. Even when all I feel like doing is curling up with a good book and reading. So what i’m doing is resenting myself for not running, then running, and still resenting myself for going for a forced run. That’s not loving to myself, and defiantly doesn’t do anything for the fact I was exhausted.

Actions derived from “should ‘s” aren’t loving to anyone. To heal from the addiction to should, start to notice how often the word populates your self-talk, and then notice how you feel inside when you fall prey to believing the should statement. When you hear the word should, ask, What would be most loving to myself and others right now?

Then listen closely for the answer.

So instead of doing things because I “should” this week, i’m going to try to do things that are most loving to myself and others. I’m really excited to see the results!

I would love to hear if you have the same issue? Do you self impose external judgement on yourself? How does it make you feel?

Xx Britt

References: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-12128/want-more-self-love-eliminate-this-word-from-your-vocabulary.html

Five Friday favourites #3

Hey all!

Its been a slow week here on The Wellness Plate, I have been incredibly busy with work and Uni! Alas, that’s no excuse for a lack of posts 🙂 So here is my roundup of Five of my favourite things from this week.

1. This article about the 11 most destructive nutrition lies ever told. There have been so many nutrition myths told in the past, much of it is misinformation and a lack of research. Some of it is marketing hype or media lies. Anyhow, all of it is destructive and have caused a significant change in the way we eat. Take the eggs myth for example. Eggs are a great source of B vitamins, Vitamin D, E and many of the Minerals. Eggs are also a fantastic protein source, which is great for keeping us feeling full for long.

The other one which has had a huge impact on our diets is the myth about grains. Grains such as wheat are cheap and keep us from feeling hungry, however they are pretty low in nutrients, and as a society we have become so dependent on them. The agricultural revolution has only happened recently, and has been associated with all sorts of health problems, including intestinal damage, bloating, and pain.

Find the full article here: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-11-most-destructive-nutrition-lies-ever-told-2013-11?IR=T

2. Julie and Julia. After telling someone about my blog and how much I love food, nutrition and cooking, they recommended I watch Julie and Julia. Its a brilliant movie about the stories of two individuals,w hos love of cooking intertwines their stories. Its the life story of Cooking legend Julia Childs, as she learns and develops her passion of food and cooking into an incredible cook book. The story of Julia Powell begins with the goal to cook her way through this very book, and of course, blog about it.

I absolutely loved the movie, especially Meryl Streep-She was totally brilliant. And although isn’t about healthy food, it does portray my love of cooking none-the-less. It reminds me of the way my nana used to cook, and how she put her love for people in the food she cooked.

3. Teresa Cuttter: The Healthy Chef’s recipes. This week alone I have made her Chilli Con Carne, Green pea and Spinach risotto, Massaman curry, Classic tomato soup, and Granola. I would LOVE to one day have as many wonderful recipes as she does! Its such an inspiration to have so many really great healthy recipes available. if you haven’t been over to her website yet, I urge you to! You can find her at: http://www.thehealthychef.com/

4. Volunteering abroad. As I’m getting to the end of my Nutrition degree, I have decided that it would be great to get some international Nutrition experience, and I have found a great organisation that does just that. The project is in Peru in a place called Urumbamba, and kids there are at high risk of being undernourished. So I’m hoping to get there at the end of this year over the summer break. For more info: http://www.projects-abroad.com.au/projects/medicine-and-healthcare/nutrition/peru/

5. Simple acts of Kindness. Its such a beautiful thing when another human being does something completely selfless for another human. And I realised the other day that I have been doing alot of the receiving and not much of the giving of these simple little acts. My goal for the next week is to do one kind thing a day. Yesterday I did the warm drink rounds at work, and offered everyone a hot drink. Such a simple thing that made someone else’s day. Peppermint tea for all!