Last year my health cost me $60,000

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Yes you read that right. Due to excessive stress in the work place I had a total mental and physical breakdown, from which I am still recovering. It cost me $60,000 because I lost the ability to earn money for a year. Fortunately for me, that wasn’t strictly true as I was awarded work cover for my psychological injury. The point I am making is, stress is costly. If you don’t have your health you truly don’t have very much at all. It’s true, my stress was caused by extreme circumstances, however these circumstances can happen to anyone of us at any time, perhaps it’s a single factor like mine, or maybe it’s a perfect storm of factors that come together to bring you down.

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Coffee and Dairy – maybe they’re just not that into you..

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I have given up SO much that the thought of giving up coffee and dairy was simply too much to bear, so I turned a deaf ear to all things anti-coffee and dairy, I didn’t want to know. It was my morning ritual and it bought me joy. Deep down inside (not even that deep) I knew it was not good, not even the coffee itself but my longstanding love affair with milk and all things dairy.

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STOP IT!!!!

STOP IT!!!!

I just wanted to share this hilarious video.

It’s so tempting as a parent and even as a therapist to want to tell someone to ‘just get over it’ and yet we all know this doesn’t help the situation. Getting over the things that we fear and worry about is a highly personal journey and only with the support of loved ones can we begin to make true progress towards expanding our lives. Continue reading “STOP IT!!!!”

The Inconvenience of being Healthy

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This morning as I ‘inserted’ a range of supplements via a home made suppository (125% better absorption) and chugged down my super green food, chia, flaxseed, maca powder, home grown egg, magnesium, psylium smoothie, I though to myself.. ‘uuurgh’. Then I thought, I can feel a blog coming on. (amongst other things). Continue reading “The Inconvenience of being Healthy”

Ponderings of My Pantry

FullSizeRender-3.jpgI just cleaned out my pantry… ah the reminiscing, ah the HORROR. It tells the story of my year. It lets you know all my secrets and inmost fears and phases.

Most noticeable was the gluten free phase, and my obvious desire to make as many loaves of gluten free bread as was humanly possible as well as eating large quantities of rice porridge. Gluten free pasta also was in great surplus.

The less noticeable Sushi phase, was only evident from some weathered, flea-bitten nori (seaweed paper), rice vinegar (next to the brown vinegar, white vinegar and applecider vinegar, balsamic vingegar and caremalised balsamic vinegar), and a small container of shari (special rice), which leads me to the rice section. I had no fewer than five different varieties of rice, depsite the fact that I pretty much only use Basmati, 99.9% of the time… there was brown rice (both long and short grain), white rice, aborio rice, shari rice, and Basmati rice. I do have a vague recollection of becoming excited about the idea of risotto after watching some random cooking show, but its clear from the unopened packet this never became a reality. Like so much else in my pantry.

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