Monday, August 30, 2010

Fabulous Fibre!

We read a lot about fibre and that we should incorporate it into our diet, but how much is enough, and which foods can provide us with the right kind of fibre!

Put simply there are two types, and our bodies need both! The first is Insoluble fibre which helps keep our bowel active and regular. A diet rich in fruit, vegetables, seeds (such as pepitas, and sunflower seeds), and nuts will help prevent colon cancer, constipation and build up of toxins in your body.

The second is Soluble fibre, found again in fruit and vegetables, and also in psyllium husks (available at your health store), as well as brown rice, oats (a good reason to eat porridge), and legumes (beans and lentils).

A combination of these two types of fibre will help prevent a multitude of health problems including type 2 Diabetes, and heart disease, I am sure you will agree well worth changing to a high fibre eating plan!

How much is enough? As a rough guide men should aim for an intake of 30 grams a day, women, 25 grams, and children to early teens approximately 20 grams.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

What Is Meditation?

Many of my clients ask "What is Meditation?" Well it can take many forms:

1. Purely becoming centred, quiet and calm.

2. Breath Meditation. Here is one of the breath techniques which I use: breathing in peace and love; breathing out anxiety and stress. I find this works really well anywhere and at any given moment of the day when I need a boost and release from daily stresses.

3. Guided Meditation using gentle sounds of music or nature. This may be combined with a soothing dialogue.

There are a multitude of other forms Meditation can take: choose one which resonates with your soul and if you practise it on a regular basis you will reap untold benefits not only on a mental level but also emotionally, physically, and spiritually, and you will find ongoing joy, renewal and peace in every facet of your life.