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Hydrate and Heal

Hydration is key any time of year, especially for gut and digestive health and vibrant brain activity. Are you drinking enough water?

If not, we can help suggest 3 key hydration products that can improve the taste of water for you:

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Green Tea in 3
Pure iced tea in 3 seconds, served hot in a cup or chilled in your water bottle, Green Tea in 3 is a clean, simple alternative to sugary drinks, making water taste better, with the health benefits of antioxidants, green tea and fruit extracts.

Creators of Green Tea in 3, dynamic duo Jodie Fergusson-Batte and Vanessa Carslake are two nurses with a driving passion for preventative health.

“Our mission is to positively influence the general health and wellbeing of all Australians, at the same time as making a significant contribution to the prevention of diseases such as obesity, diabetes and cancer by providing fast, convenient, health-boosting alternatives to sugary, flavoured drinks.”

Green Tea in 3 is an innovation in hydration….boosting health, one sip at a time! Click here to BUY NOW

Nutrition and Supplements

If you’re looking to make water more palatable use a lemon. It’s simple. You know that fruits and vegetables are full of water, so mix your favourites with Melissa’s products to increase your intake of good nutrition as well.

Melissa’s supplements are whole food based nutrition, including juice powder concentrates from 30 different fruits, vegetables and grains. The products help bridge the gap between what you should eat and what you do eat every day. Not a multivitamin, medicine, treatment or cure for any disease, and these products are made from quality ingredients carefully monitored from farm to capsule to provide natural nutrients your body needs to be at its best.

Melissa Collier lives a healthy, active life, and attributes her wellness to the addition of these products as an integral part of her nutritional intake. These products are also suitable for families of all ages.

Trust a gymnastics teacher to know what is good for you!  Click here to FIND OUT MORE

Inner Leaf Aloe Vera Juice

Healthy nutrition shows through the vitality of your skin, the sparkle in your eye and the energy you feel when you work and play.

Inner Leaf Aloe Vera Juice is known to improve wellness by helping to promote a healthy digestive system, support your immune system, balance stomach acids, and help your body absorb nutrients, reduce toxins, promote regularity, and help soothes muscles and joints.

Tahnee Thurgate offers you advice on healthy nutrition on the inside, as well as skin nutrition, sun protection and as a qualified beautician, has the expertise to advise you on skin care products as well. Click here to FIND OUT MORE

 

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Complement Your Therapies

Holistic health is all about finding a complement of therapies that works best for you to achieve your chosen outcomes. This is not new, but how many times do we corner ourselves into thinking that changing how we live is going to hurt, create discomfort, and take time?

Yes it is.

Creating space for a balance of healthy food, lifestyle, emotion and physical exercise – no matter what our capacity – allows us to find, and feel, our boundaries.

When was the last time you stretched yourself until you reached a new level in satisfaction? Are you proud of who you have become? What can you do to reach higher, and be someone you truely love?

When you love your body, it loves you back. Same for your mind and soul – it’s all an integrated web just waiting for your focus.

Building resilience and strength involves tears, sweat and pain. Acknowledging the past, learning from the lessons, then letting it go.

This is a gift to ourselves to be the person we wished we were – allow yourself time to cry, feel pushed to the edge, and question your response, because when you do this, you’ll be letting go of your ‘habit’ and opening to an enlivened state of vitality.

Here at expectme you’re not on your own in this journey.

We have the experts to help you body, mind and soul.  Empower yourself with the right people, with skills and expertise to get you across the line. This is your journey and we’re here to help you achieve your goals, one step at a time.

For a FREE phone conversation to find out where you need to start, Click HERE
Find Physical practitioners in fitness, chiropractic, physio, Bowen therapy, massage and more HERE
Expert Nutrition advice, essential oils, health food shops, supplements, and juices HERE
Find Energy work, such as Reiki, Clairvoyance, Kinesiology or Quit Smoking HERE
Relationships and Counselling services, Celebrant Services, JP and more HERE
Create healthy living spaces, de-clutter the home and spiritual cleansings HERE

Essential Oils for Wellness, Naturally

There’s an oil for that!

Pure essential oils and oil blends are revolutionising the way families manage their health, according to Sue Gavel of Wellness@ TenParkAvenue.

“These gifts from nature support every function of the body and bring balance, promote health, healing and wellness, naturally”, says Sue.

We’ve noticed an influx of quality essential oils on the market and Sue is proud to share the natural benefits of dōTERRA essential oils and wellness products, as market leaders in Australia. These Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) Essential Oils are nature’s safe and effective support for better health and well-being for the whole family.

So how versatile are essential oils? You’d be surprised that dōTERRA also have a range of essential oil-based dietary nutrients you can include in your cooking for inner health, and on the outside, skin care, personal care and natural living products that create an healthy environment for your family in your home. From kitchen to bathroom and laundry, these products offer natural, non-toxic alternatives to chemical-based products.

Sue conducts a variety of workshops in Griffith, Leeton and Wagga, bringing interested community and health professionals such as massage therapists, naturopaths and yoga teachers together to learn the benefits of these products.

The best way to learn is through one of Sue’s dōTERRA Introduction to Essential Oils and Make & Take workshops, as well as one-on-one consultations. With Sue, this can be done in person if you are live around the Leeton area, otherwise a scheduled phone hook-up at a suitable time is available.

Click HERE to make a booking now.

Sue loves to offer and share free samples of these awesome oils and oil blends so everyone can experience the benefits first-hand.

dōTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils are the finest essential oils available in the world. Each of our oils meets strict quality testing for purity and composition, ensuring that your experience consistently provides maximum wellness benefit for your emotional and physical health.

Discover the full product range of essential oil products for healing, recipes for every meal, solutions for home cleaning, and improving peak performance with Sue Gavel at Wellness@Ten Park Avenue – Find out more about Sue’s essential oils products HERE.

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Create a Habit You Love

Habits are life’s shortcuts. They save us time and effort and the need to rethink and remake the same decision in the same situation over and over. For instance, you don’t have to think about and decide whether to brush your teeth or not every morning. You just do it out of habit. And while brushing your teeth you can think about something else, or nothing at all, just brush teeth. But not all habits are beneficial and some are very destructive.

Start by asking yourself these questions, then identify the answers for YOU, and write them down:
1. Which habits are you grateful for?
2. Which do you want to change?
3. Which do you want to eliminate?

Then consider:
4. Which habits keep you healthy and which undermine your health?
5. Which habits help you achieve your goals and which block progress?

It’s time to draw breath, sit back and run a mind movie of the last 12 months to pinpoint which habits to repeat and which to dump. Now’s the time to review the past year, identify what you enjoyed, your successes, and progress in various areas, and to recognize the useful habits and the lessons learned during that time. Note also the things that didn’t work well and need upgrading, revamping, or discarding, and especially note the habits that were part of that.

And it’s not just once a year that it’s valuable to review, but quarterly or half yearly and at the end of a project as well. It’s very illuminating and educational, and you get to correct mistakes early. The process of achieving an outcome or goal is just as important as the goal itself. It’s not only the end result that is the prize or reward.

It goes deeper than that. The process of completing or achieving a goal is a journey that transforms you, from who you were at the start, to who you become as you progress towards your goal. The skills you gain and the habits you form along the way continue to stand you in good stead beyond the goal achieved. You literally build new brain circuits as you build your abilities and success producing habits. You become the person you want to be, an achiever with habits that sustain you practically, financially, mentally, emotionally, spiritually.

How do you create habits?

Charles Duhigg wrote The Power of Habit, drawing on the scientific data that identified that habits play a central role in any successful long term program, be that in business or in the home, for self and your family. Charles Duhigg collected the research that clearly shows our habits shape us, so it pays to choose habits wisely. We can deliberately create positive habits, the routines that make us productive and happy, so we don’t need to constantly re‐motivate ourselves to be our best.

Researchers wanted to figure out how habits work on a neurological level, and what it takes to change habits we already have that no longer serve us. Lisa was one person recruited into the scientists’ study. She set a
goal, to trek through the desert in Egypt. She was broke, overweight, and unhealthy. To do that trek she knew she had to give up smoking – that set off a series of changes that ultimately radiated out to every part of her life. Changing one thing changed everything.

Once she knew what she wanted she took the first step, stopped smoking, and everything else she needed to be ready for the desert trek started to happen too, without additional motivation for each progressive step. She started walking, steadily increasing the distance. She lost weight. Her food preferences changed. She started saving money. She prioritized her time… all leading to succeeding in her goal to have her desert adventure, which she did less than 12 months later.

“Researchers examined images of Lisa’s brain. They saw something remarkable: One set of neurological patterns, her old habits, had been overridden by new patterns. They could still see the neural activity of her old behaviours, but those impulses were crowded out by new urges. As Lisa’s habits changed, so had her brain.” Lisa focused on changing just one habit, smoking. By focusing on one pattern, a keystone habit, Lisa continued to reprogram the other routines in her life as well, as a consequence rather than as her primary focus.

When life runs smoothly it may feel like that is due to well considered decisions, but mostly that’s not so. It’s due to habits.

Duhigg writes:
“And though each habit means relatively little on its own, over time, the meals we order, what we say to our kids each night, whether we save or spend, how often we exercise, and the way we organize our thoughts and work routines, all have enormous impact on our health, productivity, financial security and happiness.”

The 2006 Duke University research found more than 40% of actions people performed each day weren’t actual decisions, but habits. We all at some point deliberately made a choice, and we repeated that choice till it became a habit, no longer requiring any decision or thought at all.

A habit is a programmed reflex, an automatic pattern of behavior that initially had a pay‐off that we wanted or valued. And from that key choice other choices were linked, based on that foundation of personal value.

Now not all choices that become habits are beneficial. Some work for immediate gratification, but with long‐term consequences that don’t please us at all, or are detrimental. There are key habits in every area of our life that make a massive difference… to our health, relationships, finances, career, hobbies,  personal growth, education, community contribution…

So which habits do you want to get rid of that currently don’t serve you and what beneficial habits do you want to reinforce or establish? How can you do that? What can you do to cancel out the bad or detrimental habits and install useful, valuable habits? They are good questions that deserve answers.

For a moment, imagine how your life or a specific area of life, could be different, better, easier, more productive, if you could change one habit. If you can see the advantages and benefits to your life, then our expert team at ‘expectme’ can show you the steps to turn that image into a positive habit, that leads to the outcome you want.

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Our guest Blogger today is Anna McRobert. anna [at] annamcrobert.com.au.

Water is Winter – I’ll drink to that!

Water is the energy of winter;  when nature retreats and recovers its vital energy ready for the next cycle of seasons.

It’s also a time to flush out the negatives in our lives, address our fears with stillness of mind, filter what’s good for us and what is in our area of influence, and ‘go with the flow’.

5 ways to bring the flow into your life:

  1. Trusted energy workers on expectme are skilled and experienced to help guide you in your self-discovery and address your challenges with stillness of mind and soul. Psychic Mediums and Clairvoyants:
    Little Shop of Wicca
    Soul Connexions
    Intuitive Senses
    Soul Healing with Kate
  2. Our fitness trainers suggest drinking water more frequently during the cold weather is good for your health, sweat out your negatives, rehydrate and nurture after exercise. Fitness Trainers:
    Studio 9 Fitness
    On the Move Health and Fitness
  3. Remaining hydrated is important during winter. Health Therapists and energy workers encourage you to drink frequently to flush the toxins through your body.
    Fran Artese Massage Therapist
    Soul Vibe Kinesiology
    Heather Whitehouse
    Aquila Dynamics – Emotion Coding
    Heal You Life and Beyond
    Sharon Hutchinson Reiki
    Julian Floreani Reflexology
    Carter Family Chiropractic Centre
  4. Good nutrition requires water for digestion and conversion to energy and growth. Make your booking with our trusted dietician, access health food and quality supplements, and essential oils. See:
    Accept Health
    Griffith Health Food Shop
    Seeds of Wellness
    Wellness@TenParkAvenue
  5. Now here’s something to expand your understanding of water. Water holds wisdom. We are predominantly composed of water. Why is this pertinent? Because when we see ourselves as made of water, we see ourselves in a fluid changeable context. We feel the warmth of a friendly hug, we’re said to be ‘hot blooded’ when we’re angry, and it’s known that cold energy is old energy, which is why we can feel cold when we’re dwelling in the past instead of ‘going with the flow’.Using high speed photography, Dr Masaru Emoto discovered that crystals formed in frozen water reveal changes when specific, concentrated thoughts are directed toward them. His book, The Hidden Messages in Water is a New York Times Best-seller.

Raise a glass to the life-giving liquid

To quote Dr Emoto himself in the pursuit of a happy and healthy life: “The answer is to purify the water that makes up 70% of our body“^. Surround yourself with positive vibes, give thanks for all that you drink and eat this winter, and encourage yourself to generate positive thoughts in all that you do, and with others that you are with……no matter what the weather.

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Dawn of the Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice is arguably the shortest day of the year.

For me this is a time for layers, such as the analogy of an indulgent slice of chocolate cake (see below). Winter’s about layers of clothing, good books stacked up on the bedside table ready for reading, and time to consider the deeper layers in my life.

The Good Witch, Nicole Rowley of Leeton and Wagga’s Little Shop of Wicca offers guidance for the Winter Solstice:

“Keep the fires burning inside ourselves and around us, stay positive, warm, healthy and happy. To help you bounce out of bed in the morning, set your goals the night before, make a list of all the things you’d like to achieve this winter, and tick them off as you go”, she says.

“Family is high on the priority list this winter. We spend a lot more time inside together…so make plans to enjoy these times. Board games, cards and good movies, and snuggling up on the lounge together are great ways to spend time with those close to you.

“In winter, we can enjoy the crisp clean air of the morning, we move more to get warm (which is awesome for our bodies) and food is delicious, which is a good time to organise an indoor dinner party, slow cooked food and warm desserts….actually there are loads of good things to do this winter, you just have to find them!”

“June is when the moon is centred around fun, communication and positivity. The full moon is June 20th”, Nicole reminds us.

Leona Sea, Soul Connexions, sheds a new light on this time of year, with a focus on gratitude.

“Winter Solstice is Yule, that is traditionally celebrated at Christmas time. It is a time to celebrate the end of the long nights and welcome the return of the sun. To me its about being grateful for all that we have especially family, both chosen and blood”.

Living close to the snowy caps in Canberra, Dan Stevenson, Intuitive Senses, asks us to slow down during the Winter Solstice;

“Following the great cycles of the earth, Winter Solstice brings the activity of summer and spring to a close. Winter is a time of rest, reflection and introspection as well as preparation.

“Winter’s about the inner world of the soul, a summation of soul / life progress so far, then a time to review goals, set plans and prepare for the vitality required for the spring. For me, the solstice is the time to pause and reflect, then let things be for the winter”, says Dan.

To manifest these thoughts, we need to allow ourselves time to reflect. The best way to do this is to find a warm place in your home, clear space in your mind, and time in your day to consider what is serving you well and connect to your inner self so that your goals and visions can be heard.

Generate new energy. A new dawn. (Note to self: if I need extra energy this winter, it’s ok to buy chocolate – make sure there’s plenty to share!)

‘expectme’ holistic health has over 60 trusted professionals to assist you on your journey to:

SET GOALS

MEDITATE & REFLECT

CONNECT TO SPIRIT

GET INSPIRED

GET STARTED ON MY PERSONAL JOURNEY 

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Dietitians know that diets don’t work!

This month ‘expectme’ has invited Amanda Mannes, Accept Health in Griffith, Leeton and Coleambally, to give us the inside story about the important role that a dietitian plays in our daily wellness, and why she knows that diets don’t work.

“People often want a magic diet prescription to make them thinner, happier and healthier. I wish that providing an personal diet plan would help. But diets don’t work!

Why? Well firstly, diets don’t correct our self-talk. Diets are really hard to stick to, and if you’re like me, I hate being told what to do; so I will rebel. There goes the diet!

All this external pressure and internal negativity ends in most people giving up or regaining the weight they’ve worked so hard to lose.

So what can a Dietitian do for you?

Let’s broaden our scope for a minute. Dietitians address food and nutrition as part of a bigger picture. dietitians can help you create your vision of what health and good nutrition means to you.

They can also help you break through barriers that are stopping you from making positive changes in your life, including better eating choices.

Most importantly, a dietitian provides you with the best suited tools, information and step-by-step support to help you achieve your health and wellness goals.

If you’re thinking about making a change to your diet, the best way to make sure it will be achievable and sustainable is to call me, your local nutrition expert, Accredited Practising dietitian and Wellness Coach.”

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The breath of life!

Winter reminds us of the omnipresence of breath.

To most, breathing comes naturally. But have you stopped to consider your breath, what it actually feels like. Where does your breath actually go? When did you learn to breathe? Can you control your breath?

Meditation involves concentrating on your breath as a form of relaxation and focus. The depth of your breathing from shallow, to deep, long breaths, provides rejuvenation and peace. Yoga principals are centred around the breath, the flow of energy and release through movement.

Energetically speaking, the Kundalini is the ‘breath of life’ igniting the Chakras and in turn the Meridians with the spark of life at first breath. What an auspicious event!

Deep sighs can enable our body and mind to ‘let go’ and reset our intentions. Massage involves much deep breathing to eliminate the pain and stress in our muscular structure.

Physical pursuits such as swimming and running are made more efficient with correct breathing techniques. Good coaching helps refine the process and build fitness and capacity.

Breathing quality, fresh air is good for mood elevation, better digestion, relaxation, longevity and circulation. Take your time when you eat and enjoy your meals each day.

Take control of your breathing, and ask one of our 60 trusted health professionals to show you how to integrate good techniques into your exercise, balance, energetic or relaxation activities:

Fitness – Studio9 Fitness, On the Move Health & Fitness
Massage  – Fran Artese, Heather Whitehouse, On the Move, Kathleen Howard
Meditation – Little Shop of Wicca, Heather Whitehouse
Chiropractic – Carter Family Chiropractic Centre
Yoga – Studio9 Fitness
Kundalini – Soul Vibe Kinesiology
Essential oils – Wellness @ Ten Park Avenue