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Holistic living is a way of life where the decisions we make and how we act honours our higher being and has a positive impact on the environment and our community. It is where our body, mind and spirit are in sync and the earth benefits from our existence.
Maintaining a holistic lifestyle is achievable through the continuous practice of mindfulness. When we are mindful, every decision we make is a conscious, considered one.
Practicing mindfulness encourages us to question why we decide to act the way we do and consider the impacts of our actions in a selfless way.
Living holistically means making ethical choices that are beneficial for you, the community and the environment.
Living holistically means taking care of you by nourishing your body with unprocessed foods full of nutrients. Your body is your temple, your vessel in this dimension. If you want your mind, body and soul to connect you need to respect your body. This also goes for exercising. Our physical form is not meant to remain stagnant for long periods of time, nor is it designed to endure hours of high intensity physical activity. Everyone’s body is different, to know what foods and the type of exercise that best suits you, practice mindfulness and listen to your intuition.
A great way to add mindfulness to your daily routine is by adding a meditation to your schedule in the morning or at night. Reflect on your feelings and thoughts, and allow negative energies to detach and flow through with ease.
Take part in sacred relationships
Connect with your family and friends on a genuine level. Don’t be afraid to let them know about changes in your lifestyle and your reasons for doing so. Not everyone will agree with the changes you’re making, but by being genuine to your friends and family, you honour yourself.
This also attracts the right people into your life, and can even encourage friends and family to live more holistically too.
Nurture the environment
Mother earth is an amazing life force full of wonders. A noticeable attitude shift as you progress on your journey of holistic living is a new found gratitude of the beauty of all natural living things. There is no right or wrong thing here; it is up to you to choose how you want to honour the environment. Some choose to go vegan and others choose to create a self-sufficient garden and mini-farm and live off their own land. Others simply trade in walking on the treadmill to go hiking the bush track, as just being in nature is enough.
We would love to hear how you live holistically. Feel free to share your lifestyle choices in the comments section below.
For more from this author, Carmel Crinnion, visit sanctumhealing.com.
When you hear the words ‘home garden’, you usually think of herbs in a window box or a plot of strawberries. But did you know there’s a wide range of fruits and vegetables you can buy once and regrow forever?
It’s easy, good for your health, and can save you heaps on your grocery bill. Take a look at the simple tutorials below…
Don’t toss the top from this summer favourite! First, remove the bottom leaves from the crown (the spikey part). Fill a glass of water and place the crown inside, just so the base is covered.
After about nine days, you’ll see the beginning of long white sprouts. By the third week, the crown will be sporting some impressive roots. That’s when you know it’s time to plant it in some soil.
You don’t need a lot of space; a simple planter box will do. In 18 months, they’ll be ready to harvest, just in time for next summer.
Cut about three inches off the bottom of a bunch of celery. Next, place it roots-side down in a small bowl of water. In just three days, you’ll begin to see fresh celery stalks sprouting from the top.
Once you see new foliage, remove the outer stalks so the roots are exposed. Once you see long strands appear, transfer to soil.
It’ll take about five months for them to become fully grown.
This aromatic vegetable is great to have on hand. When you buy it at the supermarket, select a root with lots of ‘nubs’. All you need to do is plant it with the nubs facing up.
You can grow ginger in a dirt plot or pot. It’ll be ready to harvest within four to six months.
Select the largest cloves in the bunch and separate them. Peel back the paper from the sprout end. Then place the cloves in some soil about six inches apart, with the peeled end up.
In about two weeks, you’ll see garlic sprouts start to emerge. They’ll be fully grown within eight months.
5. Spring onions
Cut the end off, about four inches from the roots. Place the freshly cut ends in a glass of water near a sunlit window.
By day five, fresh onions shoots will begin to grow. You can leave them in the glass to keep growing or plant them outside.
They’ll be ready to harvest in about eight to 12 weeks.
Do you regrow any fruits and vegetables yourself?
You don’t have to spend a fortune to attend a weekend wellness retreat where you’ll relax in a stress-free environment and be pampered from head to toe.
Believe it or not, you can easily create the same atmosphere at home.
Creating your own peaceful and serene oasis can be done right in the comforts of your own home.
All you need to do is follow these simple tips to have your own rejuvenating retreat without ever leaving your home:
Many weekend wellness retreats offer guests a place to meditate and ease their mind from draining thoughts and their body of unwanted stress. You can easily incorporate a few minutes of mediation by sitting in complete silence in a comfy position with your eyes closed.
Focus on your breathing and clear your mind. Make it a point not to think of anything other than your breathing.
Sip on herbal and green tea
Tea is the beverage of choice for many retreat centers, so head to your local store and pick up some tea. Brew a cup in the morning as soon as you get out of bed to start the day off right. A cup of green tea can improve your physical performance and brain function, as well as aids in weight loss and fighting off infections.
Go for walks
Take a 30-minute walk in the morning and then take another one in the evening when the sun sets. Go around your neighbourhood and just take in the beauty of it all, while letting the worries of the world slip away with every step you take.
Reading can really relax your body and take your mind off things. Spend an hour reading that book you’ve been dying to start or choose a contemplative book that will help you get closer to your dreams in life.
Take a long bath
Soak in a hot bubble bath to relax just before bedtime. Put on some soft music and dim the lights – use candles to really set the mood. Bring your book in with you or just sip on a glass of wine with your eyes closed and just let everything else fade away.
Give yourself a manicure and pedicure at home and use your favourite nail polish colour that makes you feel strong and sexy.
There are many other things you can include to create your own wellness retreat at home, but as long as you get some peace of mind and relax, that’s all that matters!
Do you have any other tips to add to the list? Please SHARE in the comments.
About the author:
Mel Driver is the owner and creator of the award-winning natural beauty product company Embalm Skincare. Mel is passionate about empowering women to make the right choices when it comes to looking after their skin, so they can avoid being exposed to health risks associated with many leading cosmetic brands. Her passion for healthy living led her to extensively research holistic nutrition and ways to use the power of nature, to enjoy beautiful skin without sacrificing your health.
Today, Mel has created a 100% natural skincare range that is attracting interest from all over the world, as well as recognition by “Nature & Health” magazine as one of the best natural beauty products for 2016. Created with love and care in Tasmania, Australia, Mel’s products are available in selected stores and from her website www.EmbalmSkincare.com.au.
Healthy food generally comes with a misconception that it is tasteless, bland and overall unpleasant. Whilst that may be the case for some foods, there are plenty of healthy options that are bursting with flavour, full of goodness and bound to satisfy you.
Here are 10 healthy foods that don’t taste healthy, let alone terrible!
- Dark Chocolate: Any health-food junkie knows that if you’re looking for a sweet treat, dark chocolate is the way to go. The secret to its reputation as a superfood: cacao beans. They’ve got the highest concentration of antioxidants of any known food. Just keep in mind that the darker it is, the more bitter it will taste.
- Flaxseeds: Flaxseeds won’t overwhelm your taste buds, but they do have a subtle nutty flavor. They are an essential omega-3 fatty acid that may protect against heart disease and stroke. Tip: Eat flaxseeds ground to make their health-boosting benefits more available to your body.
- Ginger: Ginger has an acquired taste and is known for its powerful health benefits such as improving cardiovascular function, aiding digestion, boosting immunity, relieving pain, and reducing inflammation. A small amount goes a long way in terms of both flavor and health.
- Pistachios: It’s time to get cracking. Pistachios have a delicious buttery flavor, and a long list of health benefits. They’re an excellent source of protein, antioxidants, and potassium. Due to pistachios’ ability to reduce the body’s response to stress, they make the perfect afternoon pick-me-up. Tip: To avoid excess sodium, opt for unsalted nuts.
- Goji Berries: These tiny super berries pack a mean health punch. Native to Asia and Europe, Goji berries have long been used in traditional Chinese medicine. Believe it or not, they are a good source of protein, in addition to containing high levels of antioxidants and trace minerals, like copper, iron, zinc, calcium, germanium, phosphorus, and selenium. Dried goji berries are a bit tangy, a little sweet, and have the same texture as raisins. Eat them by the handful or mix them into a nutribullet juice!
- Acai Berries: Acai berries have a deep purple hue and a sweet, tart flavor similar to that of a blackberry. They’re one of the most popular superfoods out there, and are packed with an outstanding amount of antioxidants and plant chemicals. It’s challenging to find the berries in the produce section of your grocery store, so the best way to get these guys into your diet is with a superfood smoothie.
- Chia seeds: Not only are chia seeds versatile and extremely healthy but they don’t taste bad because they don’t taste at all. That’s why adding them to a juice, smoothie, salad or anything really is a brilliant idea.
- Sweet potato: Sweet potatoes are like a gift from Mother Nature. When cooked, an enzyme in the potato breaks down the starch and turns it into something called maltose, which is responsible for the food’s sweet flavor. Sweet potatoes are full of the antioxidant beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A. Vitamin A is important for healthy vision, immunity, and for preventing some types of cancer. Sweet potatoes are also low in calories and high in fiber, making them an ideal food for weight loss or maintenance.
- Garlic: Garlic breath aside, this food is amazing. Raw or roasted, its flavor rating is through the roof, and it’s also incredibly healthful. Garlic has been used for decades to help prevent colds to heart disease, and eating raw garlic twice a week could cut your risk of developing lung cancer in half.
- Kale: Yes kale may not have a pleasant taste when eaten raw or on its own, but add it to a nutri bullet juice or make a batch of kale chips and you’d never know what you were enjoying!
You’ve no doubt heard of chia seeds, but have you heard of chia seed oil?
Chia oil is made from the edible chia seed itself.
It’s a great alternative oil to use in cooking when you are looking for ways to avoid unhealthy oils. The seeds themselves contain high amounts of oil, so you don’t necessarily need to use the oil by itself to reap the benefits.
Chia seeds are fiber-rich with a neutral flavor, making them versatile. You can add them to your favorite beverage, sprinkle them on a salad or top your yogurt with them.
Here are 50 ways that you can use chia seeds in your daily routine – the options are almost endless!
Approximately 40 percent of the chia seed is composed of oil and of that, 60 percent of the oil is made of omega-3 fatty acids.
The human body is unable to manufacture omega-3 fats, making it essential for you to get them from your diet.
Buying Chia Seed Oil
The best way to get your hands on Chia Seed oil is to buy it. Making it requires you to have access to quite high-tech machinery. You can purchase chia seed oil online or get some from your local health shop!
Give it a go. I’d love to hear your thoughts!