Plant-Based VS Vegan – What’s Actually The Difference And Healthiest For You?

Along my health journey, I discovered the power of food to heal. By removing all processed foods and animal products and by placing my focus on eating real whole foods in their natural form again, meant that my migraines massively decreased.

As I continue to adopt this whole foods plant focused way of eating, I often get asked: “Am I vegan then?” I reply yes for convenience and to save further debate, but the truth is that there is a difference, especially for your health.

Definitions

Let’s start with the definition of a vegan diet. Veganism is a type of vegetarian diet that excludes meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs and all other animal-derived ingredients and products. Vegans are typically very strict about not consuming animal products.

A whole food plant-based diet is defined as a diet based on foods derived from plants, including vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes and fruits, but with few or no animal products. Plant-based eaters tend to be a little more flexible and may occasionally eat some animal products, but the base of their diet tends to be plants.

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Of course, they are very similar due to the fact both approaches do not focus on animal products, which by elimination leaves a diet focusing on vegetarian options, however, the vegan diet can unfortunately sometimes not always be the healthiest, depending on the choices you make within that scope.

Nowadays as a vegan, there are suddenly so many more vegan choices in our shops and supermarkets, which without a doubt is a great thing. Anything from vegan cheeses to meat alternatives, however, having to make these products delicious to eat can involve using many harmful processed ingredients to make them palatable.

Take the company Beyond Meat for example. Here is a list of ingredients from their meatless grilled chicken strips.

Water, Non-GMO Soy Protein Isolate*, Pea Protein Isolate, Grilled Chicken Flavor† (Yeast Extract, Potato Maltodextrin, Natural Flavoring, Salt, Maltodextrin, Sunflower Oil, Citric Acid), Rice Flour, Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil*, Soy Fiber*, Carrot Fiber, Contains 0.5% or less of: Dipotassium Phosphate, Spices, Salt, White Vinegar, Sugar‡, Molasses Powder, Titanium Dioxide (for color), Potassium Chloride, Paprika.

As you can see by the MSG, Sunflower oil, canola oil and the other ingredients you can’t pronounce or have no idea what they are, this is not a healthy alternative to be consumed on a regular basis.

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What I am trying to point out is that those chicken strips are no healthier than a McDonalds chicken burger! The only difference is it doesn’t come from an animal, and as more and more vegan items become available just be aware of the amount of processed vegan alternatives you may consuming in your vegan diet.

On the other hand, you could be vegan and choose clean whole foods to be the staple of your diet. You could be making your own homemade seed milks, vegan cheeses from soaked nuts and veggie burgers made from such ingredients as sweet potato, whole grains and herbs and spices. There is a huge difference.

So what’s healthiest for you? I would always say plant-based, purely for the fact that the focus is on whole foods, minimally processed, that come straight from nature and out of the ground, rather than recreating “food” using a mixture of non-animal origin processed ingredients. And in terms

I would love to know your thoughts on this topic. Please feel free to leave them below.

#Vegan #Plant-Based #HealthCoach #MigraineFree #Nutrition 

Overcome Your Anxiety​ Using This Life-Changing Tool

Before my journey in cognitive behavioural therapy began, I had no idea what reframing was, but now I couldn’t live without it. This incredibly powerful tool has changed my life and I know this is something that can help others too.

So What Is Reframing?

Reframing in its most basic form is coming up with a different interpretation of an event or experience. It is a cognitive behavioural technique that helps you to change the meaning of something and therefore change the way you feel about it and thus your experience.

So for me, I have been using reframing in order to overcome my anxiety. Anxiety is having angst and fear about what may happen in the future, however, by reframing, I have been able to take a step back, look at my thinking objectively and then choose an alternative thought/belief that actually helps me to overcome my anxiety and thus make me feel physically and emotionally better.

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How Do I Reframe? 

Reframing is broken down into 6 simple stages which I will explain for you and to do this, I am going to use a recent example that helped me to overcome my anxiety about beginning physiotherapy for my neck and shoulder muscles.

Stage 1 – Write down the situation/problem 

For example, beginning physiotherapy and feeling very anxious about it.

Stage 2 – Write down your thoughts about the situation 

Here write what is going through your mind when you think about this problem. For me my thoughts were;

  • This is going to be a very hard, long and painful process.
  • My neck and shoulders are stirred up and way too sensitive right now for physio.
  • This is going to take me four months plus to succeed at this.
  • I am dreading this process.

Stage 3 – Write down what feelings and emotions you feel

Here list how those thoughts make you feel. In my case, I felt fear, worry, frustration, tired, overwhelmed, panicked, anxious, scared, dread and exhausted.

NOW WE BEGIN TO REFRAME

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Stage 4 – Create four alternative thoughts 

This is where we now change our way of looking at the situation and think of thoughts more congruent with the situation such as;

  • Discomfort means that I am strengthening the muscles which is a good thing.
  • Physiotherapy is a positive experience that is getting me closer to my end goal of being completely headache free. It is not a burden, it is an exciting healing process.
  • There is no reason it will take four months plus, there is no time frame. It could happen very quickly in fact.

Stage 5 – List evidence to support these alternative thoughts

Here simply find evidence that supports your new alternative thoughts you just created. Such as;

  • I started physio once before and got running in the gym so if I can do it then I can do it now.
  • This time I am in a better and stronger place than I was before because I have learned so much since then.
  • Now I am ready for physio because I have dealt with the underlying tension.

Stage 6 – Write down what feelings and emotions you feel post reframing 

Take a deep breath and now evaluate how you are feeling after reframing and changing your view on the situation. For me, I felt relieved, confident, positive, grateful, I began to believe in myself again and I actually felt excited about starting my physiotherapy.

Now THAT is the power of reframing. I went from scared, nervous and dreading the physio to feeling excited, strong and capable.

It is important to remember that THOUGHTS ARE NOT FACTS! Even though they might feel like it sometimes, but by being able to reframe, you are able to view the situation through a clear lens and thus change how you feel.

 #CognitiveBehaviouralTherpay #Reframing #MyJourney #Healing 

 

 

 

 

 

Perfectionism – A Healing Help Or Hindrance?

Hi, My name is Kristie and I admit have a problem. I am a perfectionist. 

For many years I always believed that being a perfectionist was one of my best qualities. The kind of attribute I would put on my CV so that an employer knew I had extremely high standards.

However, after recent events and facing some difficulties on my healing journey, I began to realise that my perfectionism was not only a problem, it was actually hindering my recovery.

On a recent trip to Portugal, this was highlighted to me so I decided to delve deeper into this subject, so I downloaded an audiobook called “How to be an Imperfectionist” by Stephen Guise, and after listening to the audiobook my mind was completely blown.

I discovered that imperfection is actually the secret to success!

I know it’s hard to believe at first, but it’s true.

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The author explains that due to having exceptionally high standards of ourselves, perfectionists regularly experience certain emotions/feelings of anxiety, stress, inferiority, irritability, low mood, inner conflict, low self-worth and guilt.

However, an imperfectionist, who accepts their life and circumstances as imperfect will regularly experience such emotions/feelings as satisfaction, joy, contentment, peace, serenity and high self-worth. Now, which of the two approaches are going to help you in the healing process do you think? The latter for sure, because in my experience, regularly feeling emotions such as anxiety, stress and inner conflict only manifest in the body as physical pain. 

The author explains that these emotions are derived from our expectations/goals in life, so the good news is that if we change our expectations, we change how we feel.

He then delves further into expectations and explains that there are two types of expectations in life.

  1. General expectations 
  2. Specific expectations

Our general expectations should be HIGH. An example of this would be feeling positive that you are going to overcome your health challenges. If your general expectations are low you are going to struggle to succeed at anything in life.

However, our specific expectations should always be LOW. An example of this would be “I want tomorrow’s flight to go smoothly and to arrive completely headache free”. By setting such a specific goal and it not going “perfectly” to plan, you are only left feeling disappointed by your “failure”, thus creating a cycle of negativity that now impacts your general expectations and confidence to overcome your illness at all!

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This taught me that to be successful doesn’t require everything to be perfect, actually the opposite. The more you manage your expectations and not expect perfection, the more likely you actually are to succeed. 

A great way the author suggests to overcome your perfectionism is;

Caring less about results and more about putting the work in at all.
Caring less about problems and more about the fact you are making progress despite them.
Caring less about “failure” and more about success
Caring less about whether you are doing it “right” and more about doing it at all.
Caring less about what others think and more about who you want to be.
Caring less about the timing and more about the task at hand.

Are you a perfectionist and do you feel it might impact your health? Can you relate to this? If so, I would love to hear from you.

#Perfectionsim #Health #Mindset #Healing #My Journey 

My Food Diary – What A Health Coach Eats

As you know from my previous blog posts, food has played a huge part in my healing. As a result, I have been asked a lot recently what it is that I eat on a daily basis, so today I am going to share with you exactly that.

I have to confess, though I love experimenting with food, however, I am no MasterChef, so most of the time I use other people’s recipes and adapt them here and there.

Right, let’s get started then…

OH YES, IT’S BREAKIE TIME!

Breakfast is without a doubt my favourite meal of the day and I love mixing it up with plenty of variety.

  • Chia Seed Pudding – I use this recipe as a base and mix it up with different fruits in it such as mango, pineapple and banana then use the list of toppings provided.
  • Simple Oatmeal – For toppings, to prevent using lots of maple or honey I chop up an apple and sprinkle with cinnamon or top with berries with desiccated coconut.
  • Green Smoothie – To this, I vary it and also add some oats, chia seeds, a handful of nuts, moringa powder or wheatgrass powder. I use this recipe as my base and experiment.
  • Fluffy Plant-based Pancakes – These vegan pancakes are to die for. I normally top with maple syrup, a dollop of almond butter and some fresh berries.
  • Smoothie Bowls – Totally the craze right now and I love them. Here is the link to several I have tried. I especially like the mango and green smoothie bowls.

I also love making a fruit salad. If that doesn’t fill you up alone then take a portion, sprinkle with oats, chia seeds, add a dash of homemade almond milk and enjoy. (Personally, I don’t add any sweetener to my almond milk, but if you do, just add a simple date or two to the blender).

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ERM, I NEED A SNACK!

So the snacks I love include whole pieces of fruit, carrot sticks and homemade hummus, some dates, an apple cut up smothered in nut butter, an avocado with salt, pepper with a splash of Lea Perrins or a few salted caramel date and nutballs.

IT MUST BE LUNCHTIME BY NOW?

So for lunch, my usual staple is a salad but wow there are so many ways to vary salad.

The key to salads is prep. My base is always lettuce, cucumber, tomato and carrot. From there, at the beginning of each week, I deseed a pomegranate, cook up a batch of quinoa, roast some root veggies, make homemade hummus or dressing and boil up some beetroot so that I have everything ready to assemble. Then I just get creative.

Great salad toppings I use include goji berries, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, chopped nuts, dates, an apple, mango or berries. Other healthy lunch options I enjoy include;

  • Raw Salad – I love this combo of sliced raw veggies and together with the dressing from this raw recipe. It is delicious. Instead of an orange in the dressing, I use a lemon. This tasty dressing alone is great for any salad may I add.
  • Chickpea Flour Wraps – These are super easy and a great alternative to bread. I fill them with lettuce, tomato, avocado and either homemade hummus or the salad dressing from above.

(PM me if you would like my hummus recipe, I can send it to you.)

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DIN DINS!

Here are some of my favourites;

  • Creamy Coconut Lentil Curry – This dish is so flavoursome I adore it. I do add a chopped green and red pepper to it at the beginning of the recipe to fill it out a bit.
  • Butternut Squash Stew – This is such a simple, quick yet tasty dish. I always find I add double the smoked paprika and cumin to it for extra flavour.
  • Cauliflower Tikka Masala – Another tasty curry, and don’t feel it’s necessary to make the cashew cream, it’s delicious without it.  I serve it with some brown rice.
  • Fajita Bowls – A Deliciously Ella favourite of mine and most my favourite dinner ever! Instead of using Chipotle powder I make my own fajita spice using 1 Tbsp ground cumin, 1 Tbsp smoked paprika, 1/2 Tbsp garlic powder and a dash of chilli powder.
  • Portuguese Pea Stew – I enjoy this meal without the rice. Simply use a nice big pasta bowl, give yourself a good portion of the stew and enjoy.

There we have it! As you can see all the of the above is plant-based, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined-free and vegan. Enjoy friends.

 #HealthCoach #Plant-Based #MigraineFree #Health #Nutrition 

 

 

 

 

How Journaling Can Accelerate The Healing Process

Before I began journaling myself I always used to wonder what the point was? I thought it was only for those arty, creative types who just love to express their feelings, but I was wrong.

Journaling can be beneficial to absolutely anyone wanting to achieve a goal in their life, which in my case was to become totally migraine free and now totally headache free.

As I progressed through my journey I learned that the more I used my journal on a daily basis, the quicker I overcame challenges, found clarity and as a result my health improved at an accelerated rate.

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What Is Journaling?

Journaling is keeping a written record of the emotions, thoughts, experiences and observations surrounding your life. It allows you to release pent-up thoughts and emotions, increase your focus, evaluate your failures and successes, brainstorm ideas, find clarity in difficult times, record your progress and help you track patterns and trends.

The art of journaling allows you to become your own inner counsellor, helping you to truly listen to your gut and navigate through life challenges whatever they may be.

For me, my journal became the place where I was able to find clarity. I was able to link specific symptoms with life events and evaluate health setbacks and why they didn’t go my way.

It gave me time to look inwards, learn, set goals, reflect, practice gratitude, listen to my body, prepare for medical appointments, release any frustrations and recite and create affirmations. It allowed me to connect the dots of the puzzle called health and understand how my beliefs, emotions, mind and body all interlinked.

Keeping a journal is not the same a headache diary. 

How Do I Journal? 

There is no set way to journal, just do what feels natural to you. Take some time out of your day with a beautiful notepad and start writing.

Morning times are great for setting intentions, reciting affirmations and practising gratitude and evenings are a brilliant time to reflect upon the day’s events, challenges, what you did well, didn’t do so well and how you could learn from it and improve next time.

Additionally, you may feel the need to write after a significant event in your day when your thoughts and emotions are fresh to you at that time. Experiment and find what works for you. 

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Alternatively, you could also write about:

  • What activity made you feel great?
  • How much time you want to dedicate to self-care this week?
  • What you are currently working to overcome?
  • What your intention is for the week?
  • What relationships in your life benefit your healing process?
  • How certain emotions manifest in your physical body?
  • When you felt most loved and cared for?
  • What you want to bring more of and less of into your life?
  • What you are proud of the most this day, week or month?
  • Your victories and failures and analyse why they happened?

Can you see how spending time journaling can really give you space for clarity, awareness and room to understand your unique body on a whole new level?

I would love to know if you journal, and if so, how it has benefited you?

#Health #Journaling #Healing #Migraine #HealthCoach 

Your Genes Are NOT Your Destiny

Have you ever felt completely powerless to your migraines because they run in your family and have been passed down through your genes? Well, I am here to give you an absolute golden nugget of information that will change the way you view your health forever.

YOUR HEALTH IS NOT CONTROLLED BY YOUR GENETICS!

Yes, you heard me right. Let that sink in for a second.

For generations, we have been led to think that disease is determined solely by our genes, however, scientists have now discovered that this actually isn’t true.

Bruce Lipton a renowned cell biologist explains that only 10% of what happens to your body and health is in any way related to your genes. Just a measly 10%! Which means the remaining 90% is actually determined by our environment, such as our nutrition, emotions and subconscious beliefs.

#GROUNDBREAKINGALERT!

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So just because your mum, brother and great aunt Lisa suffer from migraines doesn’t mean that you have to!

Following on from that, I want to introduce you to the amazing world of Epigenetics. 

Epigenetics in the most basic, basic form is the study of our cells and how they can be turned on and off. Yes, this is actually possible.

So each cell membrane has receptors that pick up environmental signals, and what this does is control the “reading” of the genes inside the cells. These cells are so clever that they can choose to read or not read the genetic blueprint depending on the signals they are receiving from the environment.

Thus having migraines programmed in your DNA doesn’t automatically mean that you are going to live a miserable life full of pain. No no no! However, despite this, we have been programmed by the medical system to think this way.

Isn’t it true that a doctor always asks you what diseases run in your family? This simple destructive question programmes you into thinking:

  1. I will inherit this illness because it’s hereditary
  2. Because it runs in my genes there is absolutely nothing that I can do about it!

Wrong and wrong again.

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So how do we turn genes on and off then I hear you ask? Well believe it or not this is mainly done by our thoughts, attitudes and perceptions.

Do you believe that you will never ever live a life free from migraines? Is your attitude one of that no matter what you try and do to get a hold of your migraines they will always be in your life because they are genetic?

If so, maybe it’s time to realise that YOU are actually the one in the driver’s seat of your health! YOU are the one who has the ability to heal your body and YOU are the one who has the potential to change your genes and your story.

Now that’s got ya thinking…

#Health #Science #Epigentics #Healing #Mind #Beliefs

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Are Negative Emotions Causing You Physical​ Pain?

Have you ever wondered why when you’ve had an argument with a friend or family member you have a banging headache afterwards?

Trust me, this is no coincidence.

At first, I couldn’t see the link between negative emotions and pain. Well, this was probably because in the beginning all my pain just merged into one big mess so there was no way to differentiate one ache from another. However, throughout my healing journey, it suddenly became clear that there was an obvious link.

It didn’t matter what negative emotion I felt; fear, anger, resentment, frustration, disappointment, rage, jealousy, grief or sadness, it would all seem to manifest in my body the same way.

Pain.

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I first discovered this at the beginning of my healing journey. After losing my dream job to chronic migraines I was heartbroken. Feelings of anger, frustration and immense sadness filled my being every second of every day. I was literally grieving for my loss.

But after reading Louise Hay’s book “You Can Heal Your Life” I started to realise that those feelings were preventing me from healing. I had to let go and come to a place of acceptance, self-love and compassion for myself in order for anything to change. Going through this process I released so many of those harmful emotions and as a result, my body started to naturally heal itself. 

“The first step for any kind of healing and freedom is acceptance” – Peter Crone, Heal Documentary

Now being migraine free, it’s even easier to spot these instances. It’s so black and white there is no denying it. For me, I feel this instantly in my neck and shoulders but other people may feel it elsewhere.

Of course in life, we cannot completely avoid feeling negative emotions, we are human after all. However, there are steps you can take to reduce feeling those intense negative emotions on a regular basis that will over time start to benefit your health.

Give it a go! I promise you that you will only feel happier and healthier for it.

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   1. End Relationships That Don’t Serve You

Yes, it is ok to do this.  I would advise you do to a friend audit. Spend some time working out who lifts you up and who drags you down? Who are you excited to meet up with and who do you dread interactions with and feel drained afterwards? Who serves your health and who doesn’t?

   2. Control Your Reactions

Whilst trying to reduce negative emotions in my life I realised that so much of this was in my control. After all, 10% is what happens to you and 90% is how you react to it, so I simply had to make better choices. Walk away, distract yourself or just be the bigger person. Trust me, you are the only one who suffers and it’s never worth the pain.

   3. Step Away From The Drama

We all have those friends, right? The ones whose life just seems to be one drama after another? It’s not a coincidence by the way, they attract it. I had to end several friendships along my journey for this exact reason. Step away from the drama and watch your health flourish.

   4. Be Kinder To Yourself

Negative emotions don’t just come from our external environment, so many of the negative emotions we feel come from our inner world. We inflict pain on our bodies by feeling emotions such as unworthiness and self-loathing. So spend some time looking at whats going on internally and what emotions you feel on a daily basis that could be affecting your health.

   #HealthCoach #Pain #Heal #Migraine #Stress #Health 

 

 

There Is No Magic Migraine “Diet” – Just Eat Real Food!

Recently I have been asked a lot whether food played a big role in my healing and the answer is always a massive yes!

After switching to a clean, plant-based whole foods approach to eating, I began to see the results within just three weeks, which I feel was super quick.

However, people are desperate to know what “diet” helped me achieve those results. Was it keto, vegan, paleo, low carb, high carb, low fat, no sugar? And the answer is….

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None of the above. There is no magical miracle migraine diet. I simply went back to basics and ate real food again out of the ground, the way nature intended. It really is that simple.

Firstly, the word diet is not something I like to use because a diet implies a temporary change. As we all know diets don’t work because inevitably you will just revert back to your old habits, so this change to a healthier way of eating has to be a complete lifestyle change.

Every different dietary theory has the ability give you a migraine. For example, as a vegan you can end up eating a lot of processed soy, vegetarian meals tend to include a lot of cheese, and low-fat options tend to have a lot of added processed sugars. 

My point here is that you can make any “diet” give you a migraine, so it’s not the type of “diet” you adopt that matters, it’s the type of food you eat within that scope that matters. You could be a vegan and have awful migraines and but at the same time be vegan and be migraine free! It’s your choices that matter. 

I basically eat a very clean diet derived from nature. This means eating an array of:

  • Whole fruits
  • Whole vegetables
  • Dark leafy greens
  • Seeds
  • Healthy fats such as olive oil, avocados and nuts
  • Legumes
  • Beans
  • Some gluten-free whole grains

By eating the above you automatically remove all processed food, chemicals, additives, MSG, colours, artificial sweeteners, added refined sugars and harmful oils which I can guarantee are going to be the majority of your food-related migraine triggers. 

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It really is as simple these 3 rules:

  1. Eat clean (food that is minimally processed, unrefined and as close to its natural form as possible).
  2. Make fruit and vegetables your priority. Up the amount you consume of both.
  3. Make your food with a list of single ingredients to make real food. Such as using butternut, cumin, garlic and coconut milk to make butternut soup.

If you still feel as if you need some guidance in this area I would suggest you purchase a copy of The Medical Mediums Life-Changing Food Book because it teaches you how the food from nature specifically heals our bodies.

Also, if you missed my previous post on what real food is then click here to find out more.

My point is, whether you choose to be vegan, paleo or vegetarian you can still become migraine free.

 #HealthCoach #RealfFood #FoodIsMedicine #Health #Migraine 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You Are NOT Your Illness

After years of suffering debilitating chronic migraines that gave me no break between attacks, I know what it feels like to be completely stuck. 

The reality is, after years of pain, tears and struggle for so many people, myself included, this becomes your identity. There is no way around it.

You eat, sleep and breathe migraines. You eat, sleep and breathe trying to find a cure and you eat, sleep and breathe contact with other migraine sufferers in the comfort that they too understand the nightmare that you are living.

However, upon this quest, I learned a serious lesson, a lesson that helped me to break free from the painful cycle and that was…

What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine you create. 

Buddha.

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If you believe that your identity is chronic migraine then that’s where you will unfortunately stay.

Remember migraine warriors that you are SOOOOOO much more than that! You are here to live your dreams. You were put on this earth to share your passions with the world. You were meant to live a fulfilled healthy life. You are here fall in love, have a family and travel the world so don’t ever lose sight of that. You are NOT here to simply exist, you are here to thrive. 

So for me, when I took my focus off being a chronic migraine sufferer and started focusing on the life I wanted to live by simply changing my focus, the most amazing thing happened. My health started to slowly improve. 

And do you know why? Because it was the law of attraction working at it’s best.

So today I am going to share some tips to help you find you again and reclaim your identity from that nasty illness.

  1. Be Aware Of Your Company

Did you know that we are the average of the five people we spend time with most? That doesn’t have to be physically who we spend time with either. That could be through conversations on the phone, online contact or social media friends.

So if you are surrounding yourself with negative minded people who only focus on the sadness of sickness, then by the law of average that is where you will stay. On the flip side, this can work beautifully the other way round. When you choose to surround yourself with health-focused, like-minded, positive people it can only propel you in the right direction towards healing your body. 

Who are your top five and how do they influence you?  

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     2. Get In Touch With The Real You Again

What were your dreams before you got sick? What were your passions? What made you feel alive? Writing poetry, making your own music or cooking? Whatever it was, then this is what you need to reconnect to.

Take some time to journal and get in touch with who you really are as a person again. Who are you when sickness is not consuming you? What qualities do you love about yourself and what do you want to achieve once you are healthy again? Because you WILL be healthy again!

     3. Be Aware Of Your Voice

The words you speak hold an incredible amount power and create your reality so be careful what you say out loud and in your thoughts. For example, If you list yourself on your social media page as “chronic migraine sufferer, anxiety, depression” etc then how are you ever going to escape it? Instead, use empowering positive words to describe who you are such as “Kristie Hindley, healing from chronic migraine day by day, learning new healthy habits and creating positive change”.

Create your story and use worlds that reflect where you want to be because it goes a long way.

#ChronicIlness #Health #Healing #Illness #Health Coach 

 

 

What Is Self-Care And Why Is It Essential?

Online nowadays the word self-care gets thrown around a lot, but what does self-care actually mean? To always put yourself first? To make sure you have a morning and evening skincare routine? Or to take time out to go to a yoga class?

As a Health Coach, I would define self-care as “an act initiated by one’s self to maintain health through nourishing the mind, body and spirit”. 

So why is self-care so important?

Nowadays our lives are so busy that sometimes we forget to take care of ourselves. However, if this happens, it won’t be long before your body starts to sound the alarm and let you know in the form of a stinking cold, fatigue or even chronic migraines in my case.

Self-care can help you tune into your body, prevent sickness and help you find homeostases which is essential in maintaining health.

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When people first think of self-care, they think of having a day at the spa, a massage or some sort of beauty treatment, but self-care is so much more than that.

Self-care can be incorporated into all areas of your life. For example:

  • The food you choose to put in your body every single day is a form of self-care
  • The physical exercise you partake in is a form of self-care
  • The way you talk to yourself is a form of self-care
  • The relationships you choose to surround yourself with is a form of self-care
  • The way you manage sleep is a form of self-care
  • The mindset you adopt is a form of self-care

Can you see how if all the above fell out of balance there is a chance that your health could suffer as a result?

Self-care can be anything that nourishes your mind, body and spirit and will be individual for everyone. Some examples of this could be:

  • A long walk in nature with the dog
  • Writing in your journal to acknowledge the daily progress you are making
  • Taking some time out for meditation
  • Not letting anxious thoughts get the better of you
  • Going to a dance class
  • Buying yourself some fresh flowers just because you love them
  • Finishing work half an hour early to spend some quality some with your kids
  • Having some quiet time with a good book
  • Getting up half an hour earlier to prepare a healthy lunch for your day
  • Reciting a list of everything you are grateful for as you walk to work

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As you go through life and evolve, the self-care you need now will be very different to the self-care you need in say 10 years time.

Learn to simply check in with yourself on a regular basis and simply ask yourself “What does my body need in order to feel balanced right now? Trust your gut because it knows the answers.

Fall in love with taking care of yourself because your body is the only place you have to live.

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