What we eat builds the foundations of our health, and yet so many of us have such a complicated relationship with food. If you are willing to work on that relationship, you can develop a healthier attitude and learn to listen to your body’s natural cues.
Having an awareness of what you eat, the beliefs you hold around food and thinking about what you are putting into your body can help to promote healthy habits that encourage both mental and physical wellness. Controlling your eating and making healthy choices doesn’t have to mean bland, you can feel excited about food changes and not restricted.
With the festive season just around the corner, why not bring a little conscious cooking into your kitchen. See the real benefit that incorporating herbs and spices into your food can make, such as food being more exciting/flavoursome without added calories as well as being a great substitute for salt, sugar and saturated fat.
Why not try some of the following herbs and spices in your cooking:
If possible try to use herbs in their fresh form and if cooking add when the food is almost finished cooking to retain the flavour and aroma.
*Please be mindful of any allergies you may have when selecting herbs and spices.
#consciouscooking #herbalremedies #herbalist #homemade #kitchenguide
We’re all about natural health here at TITC and while creating our ‘Menopause Empowerment’ course (click here to register your interest), we came across some interesting facts about Pumpkin seeds.
Did you know that Pumpkin seeds can help enhance your mood, renew your skin and reduce menopause symptoms? A woman can lose zinc through hot flushes and night sweats and you guessed it, these amazing little seeds are high in zinc. It helps our immune systems to stay strong as well as keep skin healthy and produce sex hormones which during the menopause are decreasing. Pumpkin seeds are also high in protein and provide omega -7 that helps to prevent dryness of the skin, including vaginal dryness. Pumpkin seeds are definitely a great snack for anyone looking to improve their heart health, skin, immune system and sleep.
We suggest eating a handful of organic seeds as a healthy snack or if you’re carving pumpkins this Halloween, why not roast the seeds scooped out. Simply wash the seeds and remove any flesh fibres from the pumpkin, spread over a baking tray, pour a little olive oil over them and then sprinkle with your flavouring so sea salt, Italian herbs, cinnamon or even chilli flakes. Then mix all together and then bake at 170 celsius for around 15 minutes or until the seeds are lightly golden brown. Leave to cool and then store in an airtight container for snacking on later!
#pumpkinseeds #foodforthought #naturalremedies #womenshealth
Autumn is the season of change. So take a leaf out of nature's book and seize the opportunity this October to establish new patterns, behaviours and actions in your own life.
Life is made up of a series of moments, experiences and social interactions. As we pass between these situations we are often exposed to ideas, suggestions and guidance that if we were to pay closer attention to, would actually provide beneficial direction for change within our lives and behaviour. However, our ability to accept and consider these ideas all depend on us approaching them with an open mind. Too often we see outside advice as a form of criticism on us as a person (because lets be honest if we are partaking in certain behaviour we usually don't see initial problems for ourselves). Therefore, step one in achieving successful change is to try and see new suggestions with a calm and open mindset. Allow yourself to consider different options and choices without acting defensively (one way to do this would be to consider the scenario from the perspective of someone else, or to imagine the guidance you would give to a friend). Keeping yourself open to the idea of change is the first step towards being able to actually achieve it.
This takes us to one of the most important steps in achieving a change in your mindset or behaviour.Throughout our lives many of us will often consider taking steps towards new actions but we don't set aside the time to really focus on what we want to achieve, Take some time out of your busy life, find a quiet undisturbed place to reflect and allow your mind to really focus on the change you want to see. Ask yourself, why, when, and what you want to change and how you propose to achieve this. In reality this step can take varying degrees of time depending on the individual but the key thing to remember is that you want to change your idea of change into a belief for change. For example you may want to decrease/stop smoking and have the idea ( 'stopping smoking is important') but after deep consideration of the above questions surrounding your reasons for change you will transform this idea into a belief ( 'I need to stop smoking'). Change is achieved by finding a belief that you find motivating.
Okay, it's go time. Here is the stage for action. After we have fully considered our options, decided what we want and achieved our own motivating beliefs as to what change we want to see and how we are going to achieve it, now is the time to start the journey. Think of this as your road trip prepping time. You wouldn't start out on a long car drive without making sure you were properly prepared and getting ready for a life or behaviour change is exactly the same. This is the time to begin readying yourself for the work ahead. For some this may take the form of physical action such as removing items from day to day life that are associated with behaviour you wish to stop (such as cigarettes or junk food) or incorporating new positive things that will assist in the planned change (such as joining a gym). Mental prep work such as quit/start dates are also a great way to start gaining momentum and building determination towards achieving your goal.
Here we go... it's time to start doing and make the change you want to see. Practice makes progress and progress builds motivation. Motivation fuels further action and action leads to results. Now is the time to put into place everything you have been thinking about. The key to achieving change at this stage is mindset. Keep focused on the belief you have already decided upon and allow yourself to regularly reflect on where you want to go and what you want to do. Take steps everyday in the direction that you want to go, sometimes these will be large physical steps and sometimes this will just mean taking time out to refocus your mind.
You have started on the path to change and so far so good but here comes the very most important stage in this transformation and that is maintaining the change you wish to see. You have successfully achieved a great start but what you need to work on now is how you are going to continue meeting your goals. One of the most important things to consider in achieving this is to realise that the strategies you put in place at the start of your change will need to continue to grow and develop alongside your new lifestyle or actions. Here comes the information again that you need to continue checking in with yourself, how you feel, what you want and why you are initiating this change. As you move further down the road towards your idea of change becoming a daily way of life, you need to address how this new version of reality affects you and those around you. Acknowledge your success and allow this to reinforce your beliefs and reinvigorate your motivation. By keeping your mindset focused and positive you will allow yourself the best opportunity for continued growth and persistent change.
#change #newstart #hypnosis #liveyourbestlife
Every month we will be delivering little snippets of therapy news alongside seasonal tips and tricks for the the mind and body, exclusively for our newsletter tribe. So why not get comfy, take some time out from your busy day and enjoy a catch up chatter with us. Take a seat on our therapy couch and allow yourself to breathe, escape and grow.