Its not just what you put IN your Body
When it comes to hormones and the body – it’s not just nutrition that can affect it, it’s also the products we use on our skin….YES skin is the biggest organ in the body and it only takes 26 seconds for whatever you put into your body to be absorbed into the skin.
Now-a-days all our favourite products (oh and “make up also shall I add) are laden with “pretend” estrogens, chemicals, parabans (these have been linked to cancers esp breast cancer) – or as I like to call them “The Nasties”
These products play havoc with your hormonal \system and balance. So next time you reach for some shower gel – have a think – unfortunately it is in a lot of brands out there now – the ones we all know and love. I personally made the change to chemical and paraban free products in my life and not only have my skin never been better – I feel at ease knowing that I am not putting those nasties on my skin.
There are a lot more products out there that are ore natural, I didn’t realise how many until I looked into it.
So for starters here is what I use on my skin (I’m not saying you need to make this change, but I did personally – I mean nothing is worth more than your health is it?)
- Tropic Skincare (Skin, Body, Make Up Products) – which can be bought through myself, as I am an ambassador for Tropic (vegan)
- Yes To (Bath/Shower and Shampoos)
- Dr Organics
- Burts Bees
- Original Source
- Jason (plus they do fab sun cream)
- Bare Minerals Make up Range
- Kind Natured
- Dr Organics for Toothpaste/Mouthwash
- Bamboo Tooth brushes
So next time you are out shopping for “Smellies” – just have a little think and a
Look at the ingredients!
So before I get carried away…here’s my tips on how to keep the body
Healthy from the inside and outside:
# Don’t reuse plastic water bottles – the plastic has these “pretend” estrogens in it and they can seem into the water (even better opt for a BPA Free water bottle or a glass bottle)
# Buy Organic where you can, YES I know this is more expensive – but just be careful – especially when it comes to meats (esp in supermarkets) – grass fed and organic meats are the best, as quite often the cheap meat you see – may be a good deal but it’s more than likely pumped with hormones.
# Be picky on what you put on your skin – and this applies to Shower Gels, Shampoos, Make up – basically any cosmetic product.
# Avoid Sugar, Caffeine, Alcohol – these all massively disrupt the hormonal system, stop the body’s ability to absorb nutrients into the body – These are the “Baddies”
# DONT STRESS – I know I’ve already mentioned this but yes it’s a big
Look after your body….You only get one.
Make sure you are the healthiest version of YOU
May is walking month…and I really think every month should be really BUT we will go with the May walking month and crack on.
A generation ago, 70% of us walked to school – now it’s less than half.
Now-a-days we drive a lot and sit round a lot…what happened to good old walk?
I love nothing better than putting my headphones on and going out for a walk and I love seeing other people on my travels too, and whilst we do all move in some way…..I dont think we walk as much as maybe we used too.
I know life and society takes over and we are busier etc..but are we also lazier?
Walking is FREE, its beneficial to both Physical and Mental Health, makes you feel great, connects you with nature and its just about movement
“Walking is a man’s best medicine”, said Hippocrates over 2,000 years ago – and a growing body of scientific evidence suggests he wasn’t wrong.
According to one study of 334,000 people by researchers at the University of Cambridge, just 20 minutes a day cuts your risk of premature death by almost a third.
Yet Public Health England (PHE) has found that four in ten middle-aged adults – six million Britons – are failing to manage even one brisk 10-minute walk a month, increasing their risk of developing potentially fatal illnesses.
For most of us walking is as simple as popping on our shoes and walking away, I know this sent for everyone but I speaking about the masses……yet we dont seem to do a lot of it
You dont have to go on a big hike, it can be as simple as walking up the stairs instead of the lift, getting off the bus a stop earlier….deciding to walk instead of taking the car (obv were possible)
Get out and walk
Spend time at the weekend with family on a walk
Take the Stairs
Go for a walk on your lunch – get out the office
Whenever I am feeling in a bit of a fuzz nothing sorts me out like a good walk…honestly I love it….it clears my mind, connects me back to my heart and gets me out of the house and out of the space thats frustrating me….plus I feel energized after it and know I have done positive steps for my Health and Wellbeing
Do you like a walk?
I dont mind going out on my own and walking….but if you you are worried about this or would rather do it with someone, reach out to me and you are always welcome to join me (weather permitting like, I like to walk but not in the rain haha)
Walking is soooo good for your Fitness, Health and Mental Wellbeing and its FREE, so why not take it up….you got this
The Health Benefits of Walking are endless….everything from helping fight diseases and increasing life expectancy to increasing confidence and making us feel more energised….come on who doesn’t want these benefits??
I think walking is massively underrated and if people went on a walk on ad daily basis they would notice their life dramatically get better, happier and healthier
Rest & Recovery
Listen to your Body and pay attention to what it is trying to tell you.
When we are in pain – its normally the final straw for the body and the final way to get our attention….HELLLOOOOO!!!
Pain manifests when we ignore the emotional and psychological triggers within our body…..and then BAM pain hits and we have to stop and listen
Training, Working out and all that is great but what about Rest? What about Recovery? Why aren’t these factored into your training program? why do we ignore these and constantly keep pushing our body to the limit?
When we then ignore the pain and push past the barriers and carry on..what happens? injury occurs and its a setback and then this will then affect our mental health as well as our physical,
Being in-tune with our body is so crucial.
Ive been there…ignored, carried o, trained through injuries and pushed past my barriers and take it from me….it doesn’t get you any further along. Im a lot more in-tune with my body now…I listen, I rest when needed, I recover properly and I do what my body needs.
You may be thinking “I dont need a rest…Im a machine” but let me tell you now…even well oiled machines eventually breakdown.
Do you think professional athletes rest and recover?? Damn right they do…so why dont we?? In my eyes anyone that moves in an athlete – so we should be resting
Resting wont make you lose all the results you’ve worked hard for – not resting and looking after your body will do this as you will eventually become ill
If you dont make time for wellness then sooner or later you will need to make time for illness – harsh? but true
Resting is good for our body, physically and mentally…it allows us to destress, focus and reflect and of course give our muscles a well earned rest
Please factor in rest and recovery into your program
Self Care Tip
Quick Self Care Tip
OK So we all follow people on Social Media….and whilst we may follow to initially admire them, a lot of them time we then start to see them in a different light…..we no longer admire them and look up to them, we start to become jealous. Jealous of what they have that we dont, jealous of how they look and jealous of their body’s/lifestyle.
This will then eat away at us, causing us to become miserable, hate on ourselves and spend all our time constantly stalking them and watching everything they do. We start to compare ourselves to others, negative though patterns come in and our self esteem goes down.
Why do we do it to ourselves? In all honesty, we dont even realize we do it…we just suddenly become negative and hating on ourselves and its hard to find out why.
If you feel this way about anyone – whether its family/friends/celeb/influencer….anything like that then you gotta unfollow – this isn’t being nasty – this is essential for your own wellbeing and your own mental state
STOP Following someone who makes you feel less about yourself, who makes your debut who you truely are and makes you constantly put yourself down…OK they may not “personally” be doing it but subconsciously you are being affected
Step back and look at who you follow, be aware of your thoughts when you watch their stuff and unfollow…until you have gained your confidence back
You are amazing and dont deserve to be getting dragged down
This is the day of Social Media and we cant escape it, but you can protect yourself and your mental state
Whilst is is “always” important to stay hydrated (especially when exercising) it is even more so important during the hotter weather.
We are having (lucky us) some lovely weather lately…and its so important to stay hydrated when out in the sun.
Water can be boring? Anyone else agree…I dont really like plain water, butch the same time I wouldn’t ever drink flavoured water…..so I make my own and I’m anted to share some little tips with you today.
Not only can these help you with your water intake, they are refreshing, can energise the body and are great for the skin – Oh and they taste YUMMY!!!
Next time you have some water try adding these in, when Im at home Ill make a big jug and keep in freezer and when i am out and about teaching I like to add to my water bottle.
These can all be added individually – or if you are feeling a little wild them mix em up….like a cocktail but without the alcohol and hangover haha.
Even if you are drinking during the nice weather….have some water with your drinks too to stay hydrated and prevent any nasty hangovers.
I love adding these to my water:
- Fresh Ginger
- Mint leaves
- A pinch of Himalayan Salt
And as I said you can also mix these up…like cucumber and lemon are lovely together and lime and mint is delicious
Stay hydrated but without the sugar laden drinks
Enjoy the sunshine
Get some Vit D on your skin
Wear your sun cream
I’m always here
Like a lot of you – I watched the Corrie Episode showing Aidans suicide, whilst I think it was done tastefully….it really got to me.
I dont have any actual experience with suicide and I cant even begin to imagine what anyone must be going through to turn to suicide….it literally hurts me to even think about it and I cant even imagine what their loved ones must be going through also.
The thing is Mental Health is still a taboo subject, yes people are a lot more open than they used to be, but I still think we dont talk about how we feel enough.
Society and pressures and social media play a part and also that it can be “frowned” upon to be seen to be showing our feelings and emotions and it can make you feel vulnerable and that people may think you are weak.
Ive never been suicidal BUT I do struggle to open up to people, I think I am wonder woman and I can take on the world, but inside I can be crumbling…and I can imagine this is where people sometimes start and it escalates…again Im no expert.
Ive had dark times (as I am sure a lot of people have) and Ive been through my fair share of bad times…..Ive had 2 major breakdowns in my life (and Im still going through one) and still now Is struggle to get out of bed some days, I smile, laugh and paint on this “show business” image when I am teaching…but sometimes I cry when I drive home from classes….sometimes I get so down that I cant get out of bed, sometimes I dont know where to turn…..I feel I am losing control at times…..BUT then sometimes (and mostly) Im a happy soul, I love life, Im grateful for every moment and I am a positive and upbeat person…..but remember even the most positive and happiest of people have that air of darkness inside them that eats away (OK WOW…Im filling up writing this…..and its took me a LOT to open up here, but I am hoping in doing so….that I just help 1 person know they are not alone)
A smile can hide a thousand tears, a laugh can hide a broken heart and I think we all could be a little kinder and compassionate not just to other people but to ourselves……lets be honest we are our own worst critic always.
I know people say this but I just wanted to throw it out there….if you are ever alone, afraid, scared to just in need of someone to be there…please, please reach out to me.
I dont care id you hardly know me or if you are my best friend, I will always be here
2am or 2pm….by phone or online.
Please never suffer alone
Even if you just want to sit in silence…..cry, talk, scream, walk anything…Im here.
I want to help as many people as I can realize that their mental health is just as important as their physical health
I want to help many people understand they are not alone
I want to help people realize their true potential and how loved they are in this world.
No1 ever deserves to go through these times, but it happens and it happens a lot more than people think.
Im here for anyone, anytime…..I will never judge or try and solve the problem, I will listen and be the light in your darkness
New Day, New Workout, New You
Ok so I felt compelled to write this out this morning and if you follow me on insta and watch my stories you would already of seen it.
So I went to my early morning yoga class this morning at 7am…but this morning it was like my body just didn’t wanna play, I felt stiff, tired and it was like my body was like “no Jen…not today”…I battled through and do the best I could, but then something happened ….when we went into savasana at the end…which is the final pose for relaxation, I found myself beating myself up, and saying negative things to myself because I struggled….and then BAM something suddenly clicked..STOP JEN…..how about I be grateful for all the things my body has just done….the fact I got up at 545am to get to the Yoga class for 7am, that I moved in ways that are magical, that I was able to breath and feel every movement….how about that??
So what am I going on about??
I bet this happens to a lot of us….we turn up for a class/yoga/gym/run session (whatever your poison is) and we have a crap workout, and we wish we hadn’t of even turned up, we feel rubbish and then sometimes we compare ourselves to others and the teacher and then we beat ourselves up about it, we think we are never going to get where we wanna be, never be fit as others and we just wish we had stayed in bed with some hob nobs and a cuppa…anyone else felt this way??
Thing is…..we often forget to be grateful to ourselves and our body’s….the shear fact you can get out of bed in the morning, get to the gym/class…whatever and just MOVE is amazing, the fact your body allows you to do things you may never though was possible…its magical. Look at our body’s – they are machines…..they are amazing, look how they move…OK yeh somedays they move better than others….but so what??
Next time you are feeling this way during or after a workout…STOP and FLIP IT…..praise yourself and your body for the movement it brings, be compassionate and kind….
Everytime you turn up for your workout or you turn up on your mat for Yoga, its going to be different. Todays workout wont be like yesterday and it wont be like tomorrows, Your body will be different than it was yesterday and tomorrow when you wake up your body will be different again…yes really!!! So when you show up for that workout, be in the moment, accept your body for what is it NOW and accept yourself for what YOU are now….be grateful for the movement you can do.
Embrace the good with the bad, embrace the wobbles with the strengths
Everyday isn’t going to be perfect
Every workout isn’t going to be amazing
All that matters is that you move, show gratitude and LOVE your body for what it is
You have an amazing machine that you live in, dont ever forget that
Now give yourself a hug haha
I wanted to pop by today to talk all about Crystals.
Do you have a fav crystal? Or do you always find you are drawn to a certain crystal??
There is a reason for this…normally when we are drawn to certain crystals it is because we need the healing energies of that crystal in our lives…and whenever you feel drawn to a crystal I always say “BUY IT” ahah but then again I am a crystal hoarder….but hey who doesn’t love a good crystal.
When you a buy a crystal in a shop always make a put of cleansing it when you get home…if its been in a shop its likely to have been handled by others and can pick up negative energies…so cleanse it with sage/incense/moon/salt water and hold it in your hands, set an intention and feel the energies.
A Full Moon is a great time to cleanse all your crystals too.
Id LOVE to know what your fav crystal is ….get in touch and let me know
Also…do you find you are drawn to a crystal and dont know why?? Let me know and I can give you some insight
Love and Light always
Mental Health Awareness
Its Mental Health Awareness Week…although, we should always be aware of this…
In someway we have all experienced it whether it be ourself or someone close….but our mental health is often not talked about and not looked after as much as our physical health…when really its just as (if not more) important……it should be used, and trained and looked after like the muscles…..its our “mind”muscle”
I have suffered from anxiety for a while now….and it happened just after I lost my best friend…my grandad, and my mind has been a toughie to control after this (I had it also as a child after the loss of my dad…but its different as a child) as an adult you know more and it affects you differently….Im not saying this for sympathy, Im saying it to hopefully let someone know they are NOT alone…..I still get bad days now, but I do some things that help me get past to or just make the day a bit brighter…Im not saying these are everything but the things below are things I swear by and that I feel have been truely part of my healing and journey.
I used to think asking for “help” was a sign of weakness…until I had the breakdown and then I realized that it wasn’t a sign of weakness it was a necessity
If anyone is feeling this way, please reach out and get in touch with me, I always want to help people and just give some support
Fitness….its not all about the physical, but there is a connection
When we think of fitness we often just think of the physical aspects…the sweating, the aches and the grimaces – but its so much more than that!
Your body wont go where your head doesn’t take it…sounds weird I know but its true
How many times has your body wanted to go the gym/class but you talk yourself out of it.
How many times have you been having a bad day and jibbed the fitness?…when really that workout is probably what you needed….they say (whoever they are) that we always avoid the things we really need
Physical Fitness is all the body…the outside an the aesthetics, about fitness, health and progressions and whilst thats amazing – its much more than that
So lets move onto our “Mental Fitness” – very often overlooked and avoided as a “taboo” subject!!
Just as you go to the gym and train your muscles – you need to remember to train what I like to call the “mind muscle” – so by being aware of it, doing stuff that focuses on your mind and helps bring happiness and harmony. yes doing the physical stuff can help with the mind…but we also need to give it some individual attention
There is no doubting that the more you help your body – the more your help you mind…and mental exercise is just as important.
Meditation is one of the best ways of working on your mental fitness and calming the mind…but at the same time its not for everyone.
When you are resting/asleep…quite often the body is relaxing but the mind doesn’t always follow suit.
Keeping your mind fit isn’t as difficult as getting ready for a marathon. You can add mental fitness style exercises into daily life:- Reading, Meditation, Laughing.
The mind-body connection is overlooked but is a massive part of Health,Fitness and wellbeing and is something we need to be more aware of. Our thoughts become things/actions….s what we think we become, how often have you been in a bad mood and all you can think is negative thoughts…and then the rest of your day follows on this way, or likewise if you are feeling good/good mood and you think positive thoughts and you go on to have an amazing day…it isn’t just a fluke…your thoughts are literally shaping your mood/day/life…and then if we dont feel good/happy on the inside then this is going to show on the outside….so see how mental fitness is just as important!!
* Write in a Journal – just get it out your head into paper – no1 needs to see it
* Write 3 things overnight you are grateful for
* Getaway – even if just a night in a hotel, spa day or a walk in somewhere new
- Work on your strengths – the positives
* Ask for help – it is NOT a sign of weakness
* Dont beat yourself up if you feel this way… ITS OK
* Be kind to yourself always
* Good Nights Sleep – it works wonders
* Meditation (takes a bit of getting used too – I use an app called “calm”)
* Exercise – even just for 10mins
* Good Nutrition – KEY!!!!
* Find a hobby….do something you LOVE, something that makes you smile
* Have some Dark Choc – just a square
* Soak up and enjoy what you already have
* Colour…seriously it helps with anxiety, love my colouring book
* Laughter is after all the best medicine
* Practice Forgiveness – for yourself and others
- Walk in Nature (seriously this has been a biggie for me)
If you are going through a tough time right now, I send Love and Light to you and wish nothing but happiness for you.
Reach out….to me or someone else, you are never alone
and always remember “Its OK not to be OK”
Full Moon Ritual
HERE’S YOUR RITUAL:
1) Have a pen, a couple sheets of paper, and a timer. It is important that the paper is removed from a notebook before writing. Be sure both sides of each page are blank when you start.
2) Choose a challenging situation, relationship, or personal belief to bring forward and give yourself the opportunity to untether yourself from its limiting grip.
3) Set a timer for 15 minutes and for the full duration of time, let any and all feelings, information, associations, questions, frustrations, insights, etc., flow freely from your pen. Do not edit yourself. It can be as “shameful” and “embarrassing” as it needs to be. It is raw and authentic and that is what makes this work. Write the things that you would never say out loud. There is nothing wrong with you for feeling, but these feelings do not have to remain hindrances to you stepping fully into love. Allow yourself to be unapologetically human.
4) Once the timer sounds, pause. If you need to write more, keep going until every last drop is out.
5) Once done, DO NOT reread, revise, or edit. Take what you’ve written and rip it up into pieces. You have placed the energy on the page, and do not need it anymore.
6) If you have a safe place to burn the paper (such as a fire place, camp fire, or cauldron) you can choose to burn the paper. Otherwise, take the ripped up pieces and either burry them in the earth or discard them into a trash can outside of your home. The energy has been released from your body.
7) Wash your hands and if accessible smudge yourself with sage.
8) Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and acknowledge your power to release what you do not need.
9) This ritual can be repeated for as many topics/areas of your life that are hindering your experience of happiness and love.