Life lessons

99 days left and “soon” isn’t one of them

September 29, 2016
99 Days left and "soon" isn't one of them
 99 days left and “soon” isn’t one of them

 

How much time today alone will you spend worrying about what to put into your mouth?
If you are anything like me, I used to spend a whole lot of time obsessing and stressing about what I did or didn’t put into my pie hole.
How much time do you think that’s added up to be over the past year?
Seriously, take a moment here to think about it – I’ll wait right here…
Ok so you’ve done the quick sums- it’s a bit scary hey?
So tell me again how you don’t have enough “time” to prioritise your health?
Yes, that was sarcasm you smelt.
I’m willing to guess you’re already investing a whole lot of time into you health and wellbeing (through stressing and obsessing) but it’s not getting you anywhere, In fact your making it harder on yourself to move ahead by staying in the same stuck patterns and with every failed attempt your self-esteem and you self belief drops a little bit lower.
As my homeboy Einstein said “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result”
So yes I’m calling you crazy if you think you’ll suddenly drop those last 5 kilos, or if you think you’ll miraculously have the ability to find effortless balance and be proud to wear that cute little zimmerman number at your bff’s wedding in November by using the same old methods that you have been.
There is less than 99 days left to the end of the year and how boring is that same new years resolution getting? 
How much energy do you think you spend stressing about what you ate or beating yourself up about it?
My guess is a hell of a lot and I KNOW how draining and tired you’re feeling just thinking about how you need to quit sugar, dairy, bread, drinks and god forbid- chocolate to get the confidence and bod you deserve.
Because I’ve been there and done that and trust me – with those methods you’re going to be sitting at home, annoyed that you don’t trust yourself enough to go out for “just a few” because you’re afraid that you end up hoovering down a kebab faster than you can say “diet starts monday” 😉
But guess what- it doesn’t have to be like that. I’ve done the leg work, I’ve starved myself, cut sugar, gluten and ended up in the same place I started in weeks (if not days) later.  The worst part? It didn’t get me any closer to my #bodgoals it just made me hate my body even more and keep up the struggle cycle.
Why am I telling you this?
Because I’m hoping you’ll listen.
I”m hoping that you’ll save yourself a good 5 years (I’m a slow learner ok?)  and cut to the chase to find effortless balance and peace with your food and body!
I know it’s completely possible for you because I’ve done the leg work and I’ve streamlined the f&*k out of that bioach so that you don’t have to struggle as much as I did. And really because I wish there had been something like this for me 5 years ago.
Because life is WAY to short to waste all your bloody energy counting carbs and skipping dessert!!
I  know you, because I also used to be stuck. 
I know you’ve got big plans and big dreams but worrying about this trivial crap is holding you back from doing any of it – and it’s time you stepped up.
So will you?
If your ready for an afternoon of smashing through limiting mindsets and dipping your toes in mindful eating sign up for one of my upcoming workshops: 
 Sat Oct.1st @bohemeandbody sign up: www.elisedanielle.com/events
or Sunday Oct.9th @ritualyogaand pilates – email them at admin@ritualyogapilatesbarre.com.au

 

If Im hearing a “hell yes lets do the damn thang” then maybe you want to jump into my LIVE GROUP COACHING PROGRAM – kicking off October 16th!  Register your interest by emailing hello@elisedanielle.com
AND if your ready to make changes, like yesterday and your determined to be the picture of glowing health, and reveal that hot new you (inside and out)  come new years, step it up and apply for my 3 month coaching program by emailing hello@elisedanielle.com or booking your free no obligation session !
Have a great long weekend loves! I hope to see you soon.
xx
Belinda Davidson Life lessons meditation mindfulness SOMM

Up Your Intuitive Game

September 15, 2016

Belinda Davidson's School of the Modern Mystic starts September 29th!

 

Even though I’ve been into yoga for over 10 years, I was never big on the “woo woo” side of things. Chakras, meridians, spirit guides… It was all a bit too far out there for me.
The further down the rabbit hole I began to travel into the yoga realm, I began to delve into more of the spiritual side of all things yoga and my curiosities were triggered. I began to devour books, podcasts, blogs – anything I could get my hot little hands on.
I stumbled on Belinda Davidson’s work about two years ago  and I was immediately intrigued.
I had dappled quite a bit with meditation but nothing had REALLY stuck with me yet….(read: I still wasn’t doing it regularly).
I also wanted to dive a bit further into my spiritual development and work through some ‘stuff’ I knew I’d been avoiding. I  discovered the School of the Modern Mystic (SOMM) the day before enrollment closed. I felt so strongly pulled to enroll so I very uncharacteristically enrolled right then and there and I’m so incredibly thankful that I did.
Where your attention goes your energy flows.
Chakras are energy centres in the body. I love how Belinda Davidson sums up their importance:
 “The only way you can successfully and permanently transform those areas of your life that are causing you constant frustration and worry, is by getting your chakras fit.”
 
In the SOMM, Belinda explains that the best way we can change what isn’t working in our lives or problems is by changing our energy, which in turn, changes our vibration and our lives!
This six month Chakra course is divided into three sections over the term:
 1) The chakras: where you learn about what they are, what they do and how we can strengthen them to change our energy.
 2) White Light: what it is and how you can use it to heal blockages in yourself and how to manifest miracles in your life.
3) Mindfulness: What mindfulness truly feels like in practice and how you can integrate more of this in your life (This is so essential for intuitive eating!)
 You also receive Belinda’s Chakra Cleanse Meditation and two free White Light Retreats that are included as well- these are truly transformational.
This year Belinda has released a free training series: How to Heal your Shadow and Step into the Light and I can not recommend it  highly enough! It’s an amazing resource in and of itself. It also gives you a sneak peak into the course. The first video has already been released so check it out! 
My Experience
My intention with the course was to strengthen my energy and discover what direction I needed to continue in. I had a lot of personal stuff come up for me especially through the beginning when delving into the chakra meditation and it was tough at times (not going to lie) but I’m so glad that I worked through it. It’s changed me deeply, I’ll leave it at that.
As we delved deeply into the Chakras a lot of my underlying blocks became really apparent to me. Through the course my connection to intuition developed and became stronger and stronger. I’m amazed at the difference when I think of where I was before. And honestly- I’m now 2 1/2 years out of the course, still doing the meditation and still going deeper.
I’m SO bloody thankful that I have this as a tool to help guide me, I so much better at listening to myself and I find it easier to make tricky decisions because I have the confidence that I REALLY KNOW- what direction my life is meant to move in and when I find myself questioning something I have the ability to stop, really tune in to what’s going on for me, re-connect to my chakras and allow myself to be guided.
And YES – as a skeptic and an anti-woo woo person (I studied philosophy for f-sakes -if anyone revered the rational mind it was I)  I’m fully aware of how cray cray that might sound. Quite simply-it’s just true.
Belinda Davidson and this course have honestly changed my life- I don’t say that lightly. I have never had such a consistent meditation practice as I do now and it has impacted my life profoundly. I’m able to tap into my intuition and my creativity whenever I need to (for the most part- let’s be honest I’m still human ;). It’s boosted my connection to myself and how I fit in the universe around me and I’ve had some incredible, insightful and quite honestly mind blowing experiences in my meditations.
I feel more supported in my life than I ever have.
I can wholeheartedly recommend the School of the Modern Mystic and I KNOW how integral it will be in your journey with Intuitive Eating as it was so fundamental in taking me to the place where I’m at right now. And quite frankly it’s fucking amazing. I’ve never felt so confident, happy with where my life is at and proud of my body as I am right now.
The School of the Modern Mystic is the best way to learn how to connect with yourself, change your energy and truly change  your life for the better and I do say those things lightly!
 If you’d love to clear blockages, experience more flow in your life and get yourself energetically fit:
Check out the Chakra Cleanse Meditation.
and
Sign up for the free video series and a sneak peak into the course

 


I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. Have you heard of Chakras before? Are you able to feel into which one might be blocked? I’ll happily provide some insight to you xx

*I’m a proud and loving affiliate of Belinda Davidson

Recipe

Sweet Potato Fries with Healthy Ranch Dip

September 9, 2016
Sweet Potato Fries with Healthy Ranch Dip
Sweet Potato Fries with Healthy Ranch Dip

 

 

Confession: I love ranch.
It’s a love like no other.
I think it started back in the day when I would go out to party and then find myself at numero uno’s pizza (Vancouverites you’ll understand) aka late night dodgy hole-in-the-wall pizza place.
The thing with numero uno’s is they had ranch sauce AND Franks red hot in these massive squeeze containers so you could literally drown your pizza in sauce…because I’ve always been a classy kind of gal kids… And who doesn’t want ranch and hot sauce all over their pizza..right? (It’s a north-american thing ok?)
So now that I’ve really set the scene with my past life drunken adventures I’m sure I’ve really warmed you up for this recipe…..
I’ve always been a fan of my homemade sweet potato fries and a week ago I decided to make my own ranch dip  and try and healthify it a touch- but not so much that it tastes like cardboard, because I like you and I don’t want you to eat crappy tasting ranch dip.
Well I’m telling you I hit the jackpot because this is relish! It’s THE perfect accompaniment to these tasty fries and I know you’ll start to develop an obsession just like mine when you taste the sauce 😉
Enjoy this insanely simple and delicious recipe!

 

 

 

Sweet Potato Fries with Ranch Dip
Ingredients
Fries
1 Large Sweet Potato
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
Sprinkle of Garlic Powder
Sprinkle of Sea Salt & Pepper

 

Ranch Dip
1/2 Cup  Natural Greek Yoghurt (Jalna is amazing)
1/2 Cup Organic Sour Cream (Barambah is out of this world tasty)
3/4 Tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 Tsp Onion Powder
1 Tsp Dried Dill
1/2 Tsp Dried Oregano
1 Tbsp fresh chopped parsley
1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
Salt & Pepper to taste

 

Directions
Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius. Wash and cut up sweet potatoes into strips. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and spread out the fries on the tray with space in-between. Sprinkle the sweet potatoes with coconut oil, season with the spices and toss so they are evenly coated. Make sure the fries are spaced out again to get them crispy!
Pop them into the oven and bake for 30-40 minutes (depending on how crispy you like them!).
While the fries are baking, combine all of the dip ingredients into a bowl and stir until it’s all mixed through- yup that’s it!
Dip your fresh fries into the ranch dip and become as obsessed as I am 😉
xx
Elise

 

 

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3 Life Changing Benefits of Mindful Eating

August 19, 2016
3 Life Changing Benefits of Mindful Eating
3 Life Changing Benefits of  Mindful Eating

 

 

Happy Friday Loves.
When put into practice mindful eating is a serious game changer.
Imagine never stressing or obsessing about food or what to eat EVER AGAIN.
What would that mean for you?
What would that look like?
This  week I wanted to share with you this quick clip of me chatting to Adrianna from Brisbane Barre Studio about 3 Life Changing Benefits of Mindful Eating.
Yup it sounds big- and that’s because it is!
These are the 3 main takeaways that students also walk away with after participating in my “Ditch the Diets” workshop series.
I’m super excited to announce that I’m teaming up with a couple fantastic Studios on the Gold Coast to bring you more opportunities to develop this practice of eating Mindfully.
AND for those of you ready to take it further my course BACK TO BASICS will be released in a months time.
Details coming soon!
In the mean time- have a watch and let me know what not worrying about food would look like for you below!

 

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My Favourite Natural Cold Busters

August 11, 2016
My Favourite Natural Cold Busters
My Favourite Natural Cold Busters

 

It’s that time of year my little muffins… Cold and flu season. Yuck.
I was on the edge of a full blown cold but I successfully dodged it despite a really big week of moving and work!
These are my go-to’s when I start to notice the first signs of sickness and I SWEAR by them.
NOTE: It pays off to be connected to your body.  The more connected you are the sooner you can start to notice that you’re beginning to feel “off” and the sooner you can start amping up the self-care to help you dodge the sickness or at least shorten your down-time. That looks so different for everyone, so start paying attention!

 

The moment I feel the top of my throat start to feel dry and scratchy, I know my body is already starting to fight something and I start pumping myself with these natural remedies:

 

1) VITAMIN C
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin and a powerful antioxidant. Anitoxidants help to protect the body from damage caused by free radicals – which are compounds formed when our bodies convert our food into energy.
Studies have shown that supplementing with 200mg or more is shown to reduce the severity and duration of colds. I swear by taking this stuff and I get on it as soon as I start to feel something coming on.
2) ZINC
Zinc is an essential trace element that we is necessary for our health specific for immune function, wound healing, blood clotting and much more.
Taking zinc within 24 hours of the START of your symptoms helps to reduce the length of your cold, according to a 2013 Cochrane review. You’ll want to take a dose of at least 75 mg to get the best result.
3) GARLIC
Garlic contains a component called allicin which is anti-microbial making it a great option to help treat the common cold.
It’s not just a tasty addition in your favourite Italian dish. Garlic has been found to reduce the frequency of the common cold by 60-70% in people who take garlic supplementation daily. Check out the studies here.
I personally find garlic is one of the best things to dose up on when I start to feel the sniffles sneaking in. Just make sure everyone in the household is consuming whatever garlic laced dish your cooking up!

 

 

What superfoods or supplements do you swear by this time of year?
xx
Elise