Being healthy is simple – it is disease that is complicated. Hi my name is Trish and I run a mobile juice business called Passion 4 Juice. I have been juicing for 33 years and studying nutrition for the last four years. I have had a keen interest in healing with the power of food since a teenager, and I now have a very good understanding of ancient healing techniques the philosophy of nutritional healing. Hopefully this blog will inspire you on your own personal journey. It was 33 years ago when I realised my love for juicing and sharing my knowledge and health tips with other people. Beginning with combinations like carrot and apple, I gradually progressed to more extraordinary and unusual taste sensations. Now I love anything with ginger, and turmeric. I tend to juice my veggies and eat my fruit. I love experimenting and creating zingy, strong flavours. There is no end to the amazing combinations.
But I haven’t always been healthy. I suffered allergies and asthma my whole life. When I was 14 I eliminated diary from my diet to improve my asthma. I was always eating a fairly healthy diet but I still ate lots sugar, wheat and other processed foods. By the time I got to University my some of my habits were fairly toxic and I started making bad choices in relationships too.
Asthma medication was just part of my life. I was born undersize and had to stay behind in the hospital as my twin brother went home. I had bronchial problems all my life. Puffers, anti-histamines and carrying round an Epipen full of adrenalin were just part of my life dependant on drugs to control my allergies. I never really understood that all this was indicative of a high level of toxicity and could be fixed with better nutrition.
Peaking at 12 anaphylactic episodes in one year, I knew I needed help. I was more dependent on my asthma puffers, I was stressed and was getting very bad headaches. I came across a nutritionist and through kinesiology - Hillary Newman diagnosed me with a high candida count, a hook worm, limes disease and parasites. I was put on a very strict diet that included very few food groups no fruit, no sugar, no grains. We had to starve the parasites and get rid of the hook worm that was creating breathlessness.
In our culture generally we don’t take care of our health, we’re led to believe that whilst we’re busy in our minds, we can ignore our bodies. Then if the body becomes sick there’s a pill, potion or surgical operation, that will cure’ the symptoms and we can carry on with old habits. However, the body is using these symptoms as a way of communicating its distress; if we ignore them dis-ease will result. The body whispers a long time before it starts to shout. Listen to your body it has your best interests at heart! I believe there are a few simple rules to follow for good health.
Hydration, hydration, hydration. The body is 75% water, all the organs and systems run on water, without sufficient water the body gets stressed. That means water, freshly pressed vegetable or fruit juices and herbal teas NOT tea, coffee, green tea, fizzy drinks, concentrated fruit juice or alcohol – they dehydrate and create stress.
Make time for juices and smoothies – if you own a juicer it needs to be kept our on your bench near the fruit bowl – not at the back of the cupboard. It will be one more excuse not to use it.
Get enough sleep – that means going to bed early enough to enjoy a long restful sleep – staying on a screen til the late hours will disrupt your hormones and create stress. The human body is designed to go to sleep at 9pm and wake at 5am. It’s only with the advent of electricity and television that we’ve altered our lifestyle and chosen to go to bed later. Sleep is vital to keeping the body in a healthful, balanced state. These functions take place between 9pm and midnight and if you regularly miss that sleep cycle your body is physiologically stressed and will become exhausted.
Exercise – I like to fit in exercise as part of doing something else – carrying lots of fruit and working outdoors is a natural part of my job. I like walking the kids to school or riding to work. Exercise just for the sake of it can seem boring especially if you are new to it. It doesn’t need to be formal, overactive or competitive, a daily walk of half an hour is sufficient. If you are doing as part of another daily routine activity then it is a bonus and can easily become a habit – plus if you decide to walk or ride to work you wont get half way there and think ‘Oh I cant be bothered’ – you have to get there.
Find healthy alternatives to your favourite foods. If you have a sweet tooth, try to make healthy sugar free alternatives. Bliss balls are so easy to make and are a good go to for healthy snacks for the whole family.
Have fun in the kitchen and make some mess. So many people are too scared to try new recipes, dishes or equipment. If you are unsure take a short course, watch on youtube and get your family involved. My kids love looking through recipes books for weekly meal plans and setting a challenge. Make it fun and interactive.
One of the best time saving tips for busy people is to batch make juices, smoothies and even vegetable prep. Choose 1 day a week where you will chop, prep, juice, blend and freeze. Being healthy and making healthy choices is about being prepared and not getting caught out when you are tired and hungry.
Try and add more raw to your diet – have a look at your plate and ask – what is raw? A little bit of salad on the plate or a freshly made juice with each meal can add another 5 servings of living food to your diet. It also means you will be getting more enzymes – they are catalysts for digestion and if they are present in the food you are eating your body won’t have to make them. You will feel more energised. Eating cooked food all the time makes your food harder to digest and can leave you feeling tired and depleted.
Do what you love and love what you do. Life is far too short to be dissatisfied. Work out what your passion is and JFDI! It will give you energy, inspiration and leaving you feeling happy and grateful to be alive.
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