I’m done with Groupon’s coupons & Pigsback, Wowcha vouchers

I’m done with Groupon’s coupons & Pigsback, Wowcha vouchers

I’m always tempted when I see a massage for cut-price value – oooooh I think, nice, something for me ……… but I have decided I am worth more. Too many disappointed, wasted afternoons spent on uncomfortable plinths feeling like I was being pummelled by a few feathers instead of receiving a deep tissue massage. It’s always a sinking feeling when I turn up and its a beauty parlor. I know this is not the massage that satisfies me. I want connection and deep holding, not product and generic strokes.

Today was the final straw when my therapist said that arms were not included in a full body massage. Really!! You would think after the time I turned up for a Thai massage and the therapist opened the door wearing 3-inch heels with leather trousers I would have stopped buying massage deals promising all the extras, but no I carried on. I had 1.5-hour treatments where they cut the treatment to an hour without explanation, another where the masseuse opened the door and had a conversation with her landlord as I lay naked on the plinth behind her. No one asks me if I have any injuries or what I would like. I just get what I’m given. So enough is enough, I’m standing up, I’m being seen, I’m recognizing my worth………… I know what a good treatment is because I give them. They are a held contained space, safe and warm where the client can enter deep states of relaxation. Where their body is encouraged to start its own healing process. Where I connect and talk to their body via the energy flow in the meridians; I hear what it’s saying and my hands engage in a dialogue with their bodies present vitality. Each treatment is different, unique and individual, just like the client on the mat.

I am grateful for all the mediocre treatments and even the downright awful ones because I now value my own healing Shiatsu treatments and I value the skill in the other Shiatsu practitioners that I will be visiting in the future.

So don’t sell yourself short – Have a Shiatsu. Make sure you receive my next blog “How to find a good practitioner” by entering your email on the homepage – they say teach what you need to learn ?

Love your food, Love yourself

Love your food, Love yourself

Your relationship with food is a mirror for your relationship with life. So rather than feeling bad about what you eat, be in love with the conscious choices you make every time you put a scrumptious morsel in your mouth. Feel the love as the food gives you life.

Our relationship with refined Sugar can be difficult. We love it, we hate it. We swear we will never have chocolate again and yet when we are at our most vulnerable it comes knocking on the door, and like a lover we know will do us no good we let it back in. For in Chinese Medicine security, comfort and motherly love is found in sweet things. Who doesn’t want a soft squidgy embrace full of love? Unfortunately chocolate cannot give us this hug – it may alleviate uncomfortable lost symptoms for a while but really its just keeping us in a loop of highs and lows, comfort then guilt. There is nothing wrong with Chocolate but it may be our relationship with it that might need to change so that there’s no addiction, there’s no “must have” with guilty feelings to follow. You either have or don’t have – it’s got to be a conscious choice full of love.

So how do we get to the state of choice with our food as sweet things can be very addictive, physically, mentally and emotionally? Using my experience of Chinese Medicine and my background of facilitation and coaching, I have found that the big thing that helps us make a change is love. Love for ourselves and love from others supporting us through the lifestyle transformations. Others care for us; we care for ourselves

I will be offering 1-1 support and answer questions, provide solutions and possible alternatives to problems that arise throughout the course. Also don’t underestimate the power of the group. As we journey together with the closed Facebook group can provide support through sharing and posting. This interactive course is very different to a self-help book that sits alone on your shelf. This course is filled with living people all on the same path seeking to love the food they eat.

Then there’s the Chinese Medicine information part. There are points on the body and certain foods that will help alleviate sweet cravings and bring satisfaction. Within the online supported program, I show you acupressure points, explain meridians, share ingredients and create dishes that are really tasty. With all these tools we are more likely to make the change to a nourishing, wholesome, healthy life where we have a life full of love, delicious food and conscious choices

Healthy doesn’t mean denial – with my course it means the opposite – if you consciously love your food, you love yourself.

For a snapshot of the course visit our Online Courses page

And for advice on a special ingredient There’s even a free video to stop sweet cravings: just click on the links

How sugar ages you and your skin

How sugar ages you and your skin

The Stomach & Spleen are responsible for the flesh tone of the body. If you want everything smooth and plump with the resilience of youth then keep these two organs healthy. The flavour that the Stomach and Spleen loves is sweet. It gives us a feeling of satisfaction and support. This is fine when it’s healthy sweet stuff, such as brown rice, butternut squash, chickpeas, but the refined sugar of chocolate, cake and biscuits weaken these organs as it’s too much for the spleen to process and for the body to balance.

Perhaps the foods above don’t beckon and entice you but if you take the Stop Sweet Cravings 30 day programme you will find its full of delicious recipes including raw chocolate, spinach with ginger and garlic, rhubarb and apple crumble and roasted spiced chickpeas which will support your spleen and stop your wrinkles.

When we eat too much refined sugar it attaches to proteins in your bloodstream and forms a new molecule called Advanced Glycation End Products (AGE’s for short – very appropriate) these damage protein fibres such as collagen and elastin which keep skin firm and elastic. Once damaged these protein fibres become dry and brittle – bringing on sagging and wrinkles. The regeneration of the elastin and collagen fibres slow after the age of 35 so it is especially important as we age that our appearance doesn’t. So even if your waistline isn’t your motivation its important from an Eastern and Western Medicine point of view, to keep your sugars down if you want bright, fresh skin.

So what can you do?

The dishes created within the programme are full of potent AGE inhibitors. The dish in the photo is a prime example, Roasted Vegetables with Brown Rice and a tangy asian dressing is full of B1, B6 vitamins and Alpha Lipoid Acid which have powerful anti-glycating properties.

Alpha-lipoic acid is an antioxidant. It is found in every cell, where it helps turn glucose into energy. It is a potent antioxidant as unlike other antioxidants which only work in water or fats, alpha-lipoic acid is both fat and water-soluble. Spinach is another amazing Alpha Lipoid Acid food and there’s a scrumptious recipe in there too. In Chinese Medicine, Spinach also helps to drain the body of excess fluid so you can look healthy and plump for all the bright skinned, bright bodied reasons. So come to my online kitchen table and discover delightful healthy food for reducing sugar cravings, dull skin and wrinkles

Stop the swinging if you’re over 40

Sugar highs mean sugar lows, when we have a sugar low, our bodies produce adrenaline to keep us going through this lull in energy. Constant adrenaline surges lead to all sorts of problems such as calcium deficiency which over a period of time weakens the bones and causes osteoprosis. It is important that we take good care of our bones especially during peri menopause as the bone protecting hormone, estrogen, begin to drop.“In the five to seven years following menopause, women can lose about 20% of their bone mass.”

Sometimes though these fantastic slow release sugar foods are not around to satisfy that quick sugar hit so make sure you have some healthy snacks that are good to chew. Chewing in Chinese medicine is part of the Stomach/Spleen digestion process. Take time for your food, chew it, taste it, feel it, this will leave you with a feeling of sweet satisfaction. Quick snacks that are good for the stomach and spleen are roasted chick peas, hummus with carrot sticks, walnuts, pistacios & almonds. Try these as a satisfying protein rich snack which will prevent sugar swings

I’m done with Groupon’s coupons & Pigsback, Wowcha vouchers

Cuffe Street Cooking Classes

Find out, what to eat to help you sleep, build healthy bones, maintain good blood pressure, to remain calm in stressful situations and to live a happy life, full of joy.

Have fun and try new food – Thursday 10.30-12.30 – Greenside Hse, Cuffe St

No need to book – just drop in

Cost €4 (includes all food eaten within the class)

28th Sept Healthy Immune System

  • Chilli Pesto – Chilli Relish – Wheat & Gluten Free Drop Scones

5th Oct Regulating hormones & maintaining strong bones

  • Arame with Carrots and Sesame – Chilli & Parmesean Polenta

12th Oct Improve flexibility and joints & Learn to detox effortlessly

  • Asian Style Autumn Slaw – Spiralized Courgette with zingy dressing

19th Oct Healthy Heart reducing stress and anxiety

  • Beet Marmalade – Insalata Caprese – Carrot salad

26th Oct Healthy alternatives to stop sweet cravings

  • Turkish Carrots – Ginger & Garlic Spinach – Sweet Potato Falafel