Video: Do you have a food allergy or food intolerance?

So many people today have a food allergy or even a food intolerance (less severe) and don’t know it!

It can be easy to mistake a food allergy or intolerance with fatigue, an upset tummy, bloating, headaches, irregular bowels, nutrient deficiency, weight gain or weight loss.

If you have an inkling you might be allergic to something then go get tested. Or, if you are convinced you are allergic or intolerant to something try eliminating it from your diet for 2 weeks and pay close attention to your body especially after you eat. I would suggest doing this even if you are also going to get tested properly as many tests aren’t 100% accurate.

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Do You REALLY Love Your Life?

Hi there, beautiful! Today, I’m going to ask you a very important question…

Do you love your life? Really love it? Are you allowing yourself to receive everything you have always wanted?

I hope so! Many people don’t and you could very well be one of them. It is so important that we listen to our hearts, follow our bliss and live the life we really love. A big part of that is being authentic. We cant be truly happy until we are 100% honest with ourselves about who we really are. Forget about who you are supposed to be and just be YOU. After all, there is only one of you now and forever, and that’s a pretty miraculous thing in and of itself.

2 books to help you get started with this journey include:
The Power of Now by, Eckhart Tolle

&

 Spirit Junkie by, Gabrielle Bernstein.

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A Glance Into The Truth About Disordered Eating and Recovery

Guest post by, Pailine Hanuise 

Dedicated to Katie Mary Bennett whom will always be in my heart. ❤

I usually like to keep this blog all about natural beauty, nutrition, inspiration and healthy recipes. However, I have recently realized how little I know about eating disorders. I recently had a friend pass away from anorexia. I was at a loss for words…to say the least. I was confused and devastated to name a few of the emotions I felt…

I didn’t understand so many things. Therefore, I called on my beautiful friend and fellow health coach, Pauline. She specializes in recovery from poor body image and eating disorder struggles. I hope this post can shed some light on the subject for you just as it did for me. All my love, Danielle

We might think Eating disorders are rare illnesses that only teenage girls develop because they consciously decide to stop eating to feel better in their body. But in reality, eating disorders are much more common and dangerous than that.

In fact 25% of women in our modern societies will develop a type of eating disorder at one stage in their life. This means that 1 on 4 woman you know will be affected. This is a lot of women.

Eating disorders are not limited to anorexia and bulimia or absolutely linked to extreme thinness as we might think.

Eating disorders are much more complex than this outdated stereotype. Disordered eating includes everything related to food and body image that makes the life of the sufferer painful and difficult.This can be overeating, over exercising, chronic dieting, food restrictions, fears developed around certain food group(s), negative body image or any combination of the above.

You can be ok with your eating but if you are always thinking about how your body looks like and feel bad about it, you will loose your self-worth, self-confidence and at one stage or another this might impact your eating behaviours.

Something that I always have to clarify for people is that you do not have to be underweight to have an eating disorder. They come in all form and shapes. Another thing that is often misunderstood is that disordered eating has nothing to do with one’s willpower. You can have as much willpower as you can imagine, once you find yourself stuck in these destructive behaviours it’s often too late to find your way out by yourself, just with the help of your own willpower.

I usually like to eating disorders to very strong phobias, because this is what they are in a way… phobia of certain foods, phobia of weight gain & phobia of others judgement. And as per all other phobias, they have nothing to do with one’s willpower. But the great news is that we can fully recover from them!

I know it because Ive learned the hard way. After seeing my little sister recovering from deep anorexia, I managed to heal my lifelong battle with bulimia. All my life I struggled with this illness. After more than 15 years of struggles and hitting rock bottom, I am now totally recovered. I am healthier and happier than ever before and I am helping women all over the world to do the same!

So If I can give you a few tips and advices I would definitely tell you not to leave a negative body image or a food issue (as big or as small as it can be) destroy your life and stealing it from you.

Because you can’t enjoy life when you suffer from any type of disordered eating or poor body image, the first thing to do is to seek and ask for help. I know it might sound impossible when you’re stuck in these horrible illnesses but heaps of progress has been made these last years and we are understanding them more and more everyday.

It’s much better to start recovery now and focus on it during the next few months than choosing the easiest solution and keep destroying your health and your self-worth for God knows how long.

Another important thing is to realise that, even though you might have spent all your life struggling with these illnesses, stuck by the limiting beliefs that go with them, things can change and you can change too.

Do you see yourself growing older and not feeling good and confident in your own body?

Do you see yourself having kids while still struggling with disordered eating?

I hope not! Well poor body image or disordered eating are not part of your personality. You have the power to change! And even if it’s never too late, the earliest is the best!

More and more resources are available online for all budgets – I publish free weekly articles and video blogs to help you get a better body image & relationship with food for example.

Also if you feel you need to talk to someone who can understand what you are going through or have any questions, feel free to drop me a line 😉

Pauline Hanuise is a certified Holistic Recovery & Health Coach and is a member of the American Association Of Drugless Practitioners (AADP). She believes everyone deserves freedom over food, health & happiness. Having recovered from 15 years of struggles with eating disorders, she is now dedicated to help people making peace with food and get a better life. She is the creator of the health and wellness website paulinehanuise.com and the Facebook community ‘Respect Yourself‘ where she gives tips and advice about health, wellness and happiness.

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Video: Defining Self-Love

Let’s break it down. ❤

  • Self love can change your life.
  • Self-love is essential for living a truly healthful life and your Optimal Beauty dreams. You won’t truly feel alive, vibrant and your best if you leave this factor behind.
  • Self love is about accepting yourself, right now, exactly as you are.
  • Self-love is about not worrying what anyone else is thinking. It includes leaving comparison and toxic gossiping behind.
  • There are both acts of self-love and living a life through self-love expression.
  • Self-worth, self-care and self-love all go hand in hand.
  • We need to take time out for ourselves every day.This should not be viewed as selfish, egotistical or self-centered.

Affirmations from Sacred Self’s Self-Love Cards a.k.a. little nuggets of wisdom:

  • “I accept myself exactly as I am in this moment. Now.”
  • “Self-love is letting go of the need for others’ approval. I approve of myself.”
  • “I only feel lack when I am not complete within myself.Today I acknowledge my wholeness and perfection.”

All my love,

Danielle xoxo

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A Woman’s Guide to Self-Lovin’

by, Danielle Stein

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I talk a lot about nutrition and health. I talk a lot about how food is medicine and we are what we eat. However, today I want to talk about something a bit different, but keep in mind that just because it is different does not mean it is not as important as nourishing our bodies with the “right” foods. We also have to nourish ourselves with something else. I’m talking about a certain kind of love that is more important than any other you will have ever known.

I’m talking about self-love. This kind of love is the act of loving yourself- wholly, unconditionally and without reprimand. Think of the way you love your kids, your dog, your mother or father…do you love yourself just as much or (yes, please) more? You absolutely should love yourself more. I promise, this is not selfish; it is necessary.

I have a small request…I would like you to fall madly in love with yourself. Like I said, this is not selfish, it is necessary.

It’s no secret how wonderful, talented, beautiful and unique you are. So, why not? Not only is this act actually good for your health, but you will love life so much more if you do. Everything comes together when you do this. If you are having difficulty focusing on your health and wellbeing, this will help. If you are having trouble in a romantic relationship, this will help. If you are having trouble making new friends, this will help.

In life, you have to love yourself first, no questions asked. Everything in your life will start to thrive effortlessly when you do. You will radiate with love, joy and self-worth- it will be written all over your face. It is so beautiful, and I invite you to start today.

Start looking at yourself and your life differently starting right now. Focus on the love you have for yourself. Think about your accomplishments, your inner & outer beauty, your successes, your defeats…all apply. Wherever you are in your life; single, married, divorced, in a relationship, engaged- start your self-love journey today.

Follow this list for some of my favorite acts of self-love and although there are many more, I believe these will help get you started until you find some of your own favorites.

  • Journaling. Such a great way to release. To release anger, frustration, self-doubt, negativity, self-hatred. I want you to write it all down. The good, the bad, the ugly. Let it go. I also want you to write down the things you’re grateful for. It can be intangible (like the air in your lungs, the beautiful day, or the love of your family) or something tangible like (your job, your new bed sheets, food in the fridge for your favorite meal).
  • Treat yourself. Take the time to relax in a bubble bath, do some yoga, apply a new (organic!) face mask.
  • Skip the television. Advertisements are incredibly well thought-out, but they do NOT serve your best interest. In fact, they are strategically thought out so that you actually feel terrible about yourself.  I recommend recording your favorite shows so you can fast forward through them or watching a movie instead (preferably featuring a powerful, independent woman or something hilarious. Laughing has been scientifically proven to boost your mood.)
  • Bake yourself a delicious, guilt-free treat (or treats)! Don’t subject yourself to the “sugar blues” any time, any day.  The emotional roller coaster processed sugar causes will only make anything and everything going on in your life completely dramatized. Trust me. (I have many fab, easy, homemade, completely guilt-free dessert recipes on the blog. You can find them at any time!
  • Call a family member or friend who lifts you higher (and preferably makes you laugh). Talking to a loved one who really knows you and just “gets you” is going to make you feel loved, happy and alive. Let them know what’s new and good in your life.
  • Go for a walk or run outside. Connecting with nature combined with the endorphins from exercise is so good for the soul. It truly is an instant mood booster. Listen to your favorite playlist; something upbeat is always good.
  • If you’re near the beach or another body of water – go there. Walk on the beach, sit and simply breath in the salty sea air, listen to the ocean or go for a quick dip. This always lifts my spirits way up and beyond. Don’t live near water? Go to a place that makes you feel at ease. The park, a hilltop…
  • Go to the mirror, look at yourself, and repeat, “I accept and love myself exactly as I am.”  I know it sounds a bit silly, but affirmations are very powerful. If you’re someone who is hard on themselves (and many of us are) you will really benefit from this. I want you to love yourself with all your heart. Saying this in the mirror will make your subconscious start to believe it, and therefore you will start to believe it and accept yourself for the fabulous person that you are. Say this affirmation over and over again if you want to, or whenever you walk past a mirror- the more the better.
  • Pull an Oprah and make a vision board. Have you taken the time to sort out your goals lately? Vision boards have become increasingly popular, are very effective and a fun, creative activity in general. Print out pics from the web/pinterest or cut them out of magazines. Anything that you feel relates to your goals is great! Quotes, pics of inspirational people, landscapes that make you feel peaceful/somewhere you want to go are all great.
  • Have a girls night! Drink a little red wine, prepare delicious, healthy meals and desserts, and vow to banish any negative self talk for the night (and all other nights would be ideal!). Go around and list the thing you each love about yourselves the most. Then give a compliment to each person there and them the same to you.

Self-love is one of the most important things when it comes to your health and wellness. Don’t let the media or society determine how you feel about yourself or who you are. This life is yours- conquer it. Start your self-love journey right now. Start giving yourself all the love you have to give! Be in love with yourself every minute of every day. It’s the best gift anyone could ever render. Remember how incredibly fabulous and beautiful you are-inside and out. Remember to be grateful for what you have (which I bet is a hell of a lot more than so many people!). Love yourself enough to make good choices. Stay positive and here’s to the exciting journey towards true health, wellness and self-lovin’ there could ever be!

Self-love yourself up, love yourself to pieces and never look back.

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The Best Valentine’s Day Yet

by, Danielle Stein

The Best Valentine’s Day Yet- February 14, 2013.

This year is going to trump all of the romantic time you spent with your partner or past partners.

This kind of love is more important than any other love you will have ever known.

I’m talking about self-love. I want you to fall madly in love with yourself. When I say everything comes together when you do this is an understatement.

I know so many people who hide behind their relationships to determine whether or not they are happy, whether or not this Valentine’s Day will be good or not, depressed because they “don’t have a Valentine” or they’re “alone”.

You’re never alone if you love who you are.

I’ve been there. But aren’t we better than that? I know you are a strong, successful, beautiful, independent woman- and whether you know it or not, you are! Even those who are usually happy and confident can fall apart on this day. The media does do a very good job of making you think that if you’re not in a relationship or having someone pining after you that you are not good enough.

I know women who literally get anxiety over that fact that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, creeping up on us like an evil villain, because they don’t have plans and don’t have “someone special”. Well I’ll tell you this much, YOU are someone special. YOU deserve happiness. YOU do not need to subject yourself to eating a tub of ice cream, cookie dough, or chocolates on this day.

This year, whether you’re in love with somebody or not- I want you to forget about all of this nonsense.

I want you to celebrate Valentine’s Day a little differently; by focusing on the love you have for yourself- your accomplishments, your beauty, your successes, your defeats…all apply. Wherever you are in your life; single, married, divorced, in a relationship, engaged- start your self-love journey today.

Some ways to practice self-love on this glorious day (and all other days) of truly loving yourself are listed below.

  • Journaling. Such a great way to release. To release anger, frustration, self-doubt, negativity, self-hatred. I want you to write it all down. The good, the bad, the ugly. Let it go. I also want you to write down the things you’re grateful for. It can be intangible (like the air in your lungs, the beautiful day, or the love of your family) or something tangible like (your job, your new bed sheets, food in the fridge for your favorite meal).
  • Treat yourself. Take the time to relax in a bubble bath, do some yoga, apply a new (organic!) face mask.
  • Skip the television. Advertisements on Valentine’s Day are so silly. If you’re in a delicate state I recommend watching a movie instead- preferably featuring a powerful, independent woman or something hilarious. Laughing is scientifically good for you and will boost your mood.
  • Bake yourself a delicious, guilt-free treat (or treats)! Don’t subject yourself to the sugar blues- especially when you’re already in a delicate state. The emotional roller coaster processed sugar causes will only make it worse. Trust me. (I have a fab, easy, homeade, completely guilt-free chocolate recipe. It’s quite festive as well. Hearts=self-love. You can find it here. )
  • Call a family member or friend who lifts you higher (and preferably makes you laugh). Talking to a loved one who really knows you and just “gets you” is going to make you feel loved, happy and alive. Let them know what’s new and good in your life.
  • Go for a walk in nature (or run if that’s your thing). Connecting with nature combined with exercise is so good for the soul. Studies show that this is an instant mood booster. You will also benefit from released endorphins. Listen to your favorite music, something upbeat is always good.
  • If you’re near the beach or another body of water – go there. Walk on the beach, sit and simply breath in the salty sea air, listen to the ocean or go for a quick dip. This always lifts my spirits way up and beyond. Don’t live near water? Go to a place that makes you feel at ease. The park, a hilltop…
  • Go to the mirror, look at yourself, and repeat, “I accept and love myself exactly as I am.” I know it sounds a bit silly, but affirmations are very powerful. If you’re someone who is hard on themselves (and have been especially with Valentine’s Day just around the corner) you will really benefit from this. I want you to love yourself with all your heart. Saying this in the mirror will make your subconscious start to believe it, and therefore you will start to believe it and accept yourself for the fabulous person that you are. Say this affirmation over and over again if you want to , or whenever you walk past a mirror- the more the better.
  • Pull an Oprah and make a vision board. Have you taken the time to sort out your goals for 2013? Vision boards have become increasingly popular, are very effective and a fun, creative project as well. Print out pics from the web/pinterest or cut them out of magazines. Anything that you feel relates to your goals is great! Quotes, pics of inspirational people, landscapes that make you feel peaceful/somewhere you want to go are all great.
  • Have a girls night! Drink a little red wine, prepare delicious, healthy meals and desserts, and vow to banish any negative self talk for the night (and all other nights would be ideal!). Go around and list the thing you each love about yourselves the most. Then give a compliment to each person there and them the same to you.

These are all acts of self-love; one of the most important things when it comes to your health and wellness (it has even been proven to aid in weight loss!). Don’t let the media or society determine how you feel about yourself or define your day. The day is yours- conquer it. Remember how incredibly fabulous and beautiful you are-inside and out. Remember to be grateful for what you have; which I bet is a hell of a lot more than most people. Love yourself enough to make good choices. Stay positive and here’s to the Best Valentine’s Day yet!

Self-love yourself up, love yourself to pieces, don’t ever look back.

Give yourself all the love you have to give! Be in love with yourself every minute of every day. It’s the best gift anyone could ever render.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

xoxo, Danielle

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Girl Power&Women Empowerment

by, Danielle Stein

Today, I want to talk about Women Empowerment or …Girl Power!

Below, I have listed quotes and accomplishments from some of the most influential women of our time. I admire these women so much. Each one of them was harshly ridiculed at one point or another for being different, for going against the grain. Many, of course, are left out- but these are some of my faves. Their words of wisdom make my heart sing. They are so inspirational and were told they would never accomplish their biggest dream. Imagine if they would have listened…

I hope you use this post as a safe haven– come here and read through these quotes when you’re feeling down, when someone ridicules your dreams or when you have self doubt.

Oprah

Considered by some the most influential woman in the world.

#11 on Forbes list of power women and #151 overall

Favorite quote: “Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.”

Side note: Was told she wasn’t ‘fit for television’.

Coco Chanel

The world’s most elegant woman/Named one of the most influential people of the 20th century

Favorite quote: “A girl should be two things; who and what she wants.”

Audrey Hepburn

Philanthropist, one of the top 100 movie stars of all time, one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world.

Favorite quote: “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says, ‘I’m possible’!”

Marilyn Monroe

Named sexiest woman of all time.

Favorite quote: “Sometimes things fall apart so that better things can fall together.”

Side note: Was told she wasn’t pretty enough to be a model or actress.

Amelia Earhart

First female pilot to fly solo over the Atlantic.

Favorite quote: “No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another.”

J.K Rowling

The Harry Potter series are “the best-selling book series in history” and the films are “the highest grossing film series in history”. She has been named, “Most influential woman in Britain”.

Favorite quote: “If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” -J. K. Rowling

Side note: Told in 1996 that “children were no longer interested in witches and wizards.”

Maya Angelou

Among many other things; Wrote a screen play which was the first by an African American woman-and it was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Favorite quote: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Gabrielle Bernstein

“A decade ago, young women like Ms. Bernstein might have been expected to chase the lifestyle of high heels and pink drinks…But now there is a new role model for New York’s former Carrie Bradshaws…well versed in self-help and New Age spirituality…Ms. Bernstein is one of a circle of such figures, influenced less by the oeuvre of Candace Bushnell than that of Marianne Williamson.”-The New York Times

Favorite quote: “I believe in miracles.”

Dolly Parton

One of the most successful female country artists of all time.

Favorite quote: “If you don’t like the path you’re walking, start paving another one.”

Louise Hay

Dubbed the closest thing to a saint.

Favorite quote: “You have the power to heal your life, and you need to know that. We think so often that we are helpless, but we’re not. We always have the power of our minds…Claim and consciously use your power.”

Julia Roberts

At one point, was one highest paid actress in the world. In 2001 she was ranked as the 11th most powerful woman in the United States.

Favorite quote: “I believe that two people are connected at the heart, and it doesn’t matter what you do, or who you are or where you live; there are no boundaries or barriers if two people are destined to be together.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

By her death, she was regarded as one of the most esteemed women in the world.

Favorite quote: “Shoot for the moon- even if you miss you’ll land among the stars.”

Let these women be some of our greatest personal role models. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve something you’re certain you want. Focus on it, manifest it happening and never give up. Don’t be afraid to dream big! xoxo

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