7 Jan 2012

Raw juicing for optimum health

New Year - new you ... why I am a big fan of Raw-juicing:


Juicing helps you absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables. This is important because most of us have impaired digestion as a result of making less-than-optimal food choices over many years. This limits your body's ability to absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables.

Some people may find eating that many vegetables difficult, but it can be easily accomplished with a quick glass of vegetable/fruit juice.

Many people eat the same vegetable salads every day. This violates the principle of regular food rotation and increases your chance of developing an allergy to a certain food. But with juicing, you can juice a wide variety of vegetables and fruit that you may not normally enjoy eating whole.

11 Sep 2011

... currently relocating to ...

... the SW of France - ohh la la :) ... so too busy at the moment for blogging, but I will be back online soon ! Meanwhile, have a lovely season of mellow fruitfulness ... & wish me luck!!!

2 Aug 2011

Creative Journaling - a change to more Positivity

By Iris von Brandstatter -

3 benefits of creative journaling

Solve tricky problems.
Some problems are very difficult to solve when you’re stuck in an associative, first-person viewpoint. Only when you record the situation and then re-examine it from a third-person perspective does the solution become clear.

Gain clarity.
Not clear about what to do. Should you quit your job to start your own business? Should you marry your current romantic partner? It’s amazing how much clearer things become when you explore them in writing.

Healing problem areas.
Much can be said for the healing benefit of creative journaling. It combines the more emotional with the tactile to get things ‘unstuck’ - and you have the opportunity to rid yourself of the frustration, pain in a very visual way which generally helps with the ‘letting go’ process.

While your brain is technically capable of processing a great deal of input simultaneously, your conscious thoughts play out in a certain sequence. One thought triggers the next, which triggers the next, and so on.
Sometimes these sequences have a few branches, but they’re still subject to linear time, and at any given moment, you’re following one of those branches.

These thought sequences have a beginning, a middle, and an end, and it’s nearly impossible to see the big picture overhead view of a sequence while you’re stuck in playback mode. This is where journaling can provide huge advantages. Journaling allows you to break free of sequential thinking and examine your thoughts from a bird’s-eye view. When you record your sequential thoughts in a tangible medium, you can then go back and review those thoughts from a third- person perspective.

While you’re recording the thoughts, you’re in first-person mode. But when you’re reading them, you can remain dissociated instead of associated. This dissociative view, when combined with what you’ve already learned from the associative view, will bring you much closer to seeing the truth of your situation.

What to consider on this new creative adventure
How Often, How Long and When
You don't have to do journaling every day. However, the more you do, the more you'll benefit. It's up to you. Late evening is a good time, just before retiring. Some people prefer journaling early in the morning before they start their day. Block out at least fifteen minutes in any one session. Some activities take longer. The great thing about a journal is that you can use it practically anywhere. It's cheap and it's great therapy when you've got problems to resolve and it's a lot of fun. Also you can recycle a lot of old magazines this way!

It's best to have a quiet place where you can be alone with yourself and concentrate on journaling. Find a place that is free from loud noises, distractions and interruptions. Many people find that they have a favorite chair or desk or even a spot in nature where they like doing their Creative Journaling. Find the place that feels best for you a place that's safe, quiet and conducive to taking little journeys inside.

Structure and Spontaneity
It's a good idea to put the date on the first page of each journal entry. This way you can go back and review where you've been during your little trips into "inner space." You're likely
to see changes and growth. Sometimes you might uncover old patterns that you wish to change or new ones that you want to cultivate. Express yourself as openly as possible. Don't edit or revise what you write or craft or draw. Just let it all hang out. The important thing is to be as honest and spontaneous as possible. Remember, no one is grading you or evaluating your work. There is no right way or wrong way to keep a journal. Find the way that works FOR YOU. After all, it's YOUR journal, it's your life.

Honesty and Privacy
In order to be really honest with yourself it is important that you keep your journal private. This is a from of self-therapy and just as therapy is held confidential, so is journal work. If you're worried about what people will think about your feelings, thoughts, drawings and musings, you'll never be able to be really honest with yourself. Without total honesty, the Creative Journal will not yield the best results.

Selective Sharing
There are times when you may want to share an insight, a feeling a dream or some drawings with someone else. Be selective about who you share these special pieces with. Be sure the
person is safe, won't criticise you and is supportive of you and your journal work. Sometimes you may want to share with a counselor, best friend or spouse or even your kids. Whatever you do, avoid sharing with people who put you down, think journal- keeping is a waste of time or want to tell you how to think and feel or how to live your life. How you create your life is up to you. Don't let others talk you out of being and expressing who you really are in whatever form.

There is no right or wrong way to do Creative Journaling. Only YOUR way. Relax, express what's inside and get to know the real you. If you encounter self-doubt or blocks, put these down and breath in deeply whilst you are focusing on them. There are exercises specifically for dealing with it which will be covered in the workshops. You do not need any experience, training or special talent in writing or art to do these creative journal activities. All you need is the willingness to explore yourself, experiment with new media of expression and most of all ...


4 Jan 2011

Let the detox begin

♥ Body

Not very commonly known here in the UK - but all the rage in Europe since 1900s >> Dr. Schuessler Cell Salts

Very worth a read if you are trying to really flush out those toxins and get a new, rejuvenated body for 2011


2 Jan 2011

Wishing you a splendidly healthy 2011 :)

Ahh the time of resolutions again --- so how are you faring on your personal Wellness360 venture? How healthy are you in mind / soul / body / spirit ?? Anything you want to improve???? Then THIS is the place to check into. Here you will find inspiration, creative outlets, health and alternative therapy tips and tricks and lots of lovely zen things to soooothe your soul.

And here is the first tip: RELAX --- how you might ask, well a bit of me time is needed.
I have a few relaxation videos I run almost daily --- it is sooooo serene and leaves me in a truly calm state after only 2 minutes) ... catch the wave

Wellness Greetings
Iris :)

1 Jun 2010



A lot is to be said about the power of positive thinking. We have all experienced it in big or small ways - but most days, with the overwhelming bad news bombarding us left right and center and the behavior of our fellow humans (I am recalling commuter hell) - it is hard to remain positive. 

It's a matter of awareness, focus and believe - but most of all self-motivation and persistence.

I have over many years practiced positive affirmations in combination with NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and have developed a course/workshops to help people tap into their self-heal potential.

These workshops have now their own portal: http://www.journaling4freedom.com

If you would like to try it out, here are some positive Affirmations right now :) Enjoy and as with everything, practice makes perfect :)

Try this neat online tool >>
 Shuffle the Positive Affirmations cards :)

♡ And here some of my book tips:

1) It's the thought that counts - Dr. David Hamilton

2) I can do it (how to use affirmations) - Louise Hay

3) The Power of Positive thinking

25 May 2010

Optimum body-mind wellness > GO ALKALINE

♥ Body   Mind

Do you feel irritable, bloated, depressed, can't loose weight, are lacking energy and have allergies and nagging little aches and pains? It might all be a sign that your body is too acidic.

I bet enough of us have been on all sorts of diets - with more or less success. But here is an approach that first and foremost tackles the body-chemistry issue of our 'over-acidic' society - and you can see the pounds drop & your mood lift,  if you start 'ALKALISING' your daily food intake.

Here's the gist: WHY ALKALINE??

Our body is designed to stay alkaline and will do whatever it takes to do this. When we consume acidic foods and drinks, stop exercising and continually have negative emotions our body is overrun with acids and this causes major disruption and can lead to dis-ease and a messed up body-chemistry even encouraging cancer growth.

Unsurprisingly the acid foods are the ones you already know are bad for you (cola, chips, chocolate, sweets, burgers, dairy) and the alkaline foods are the ones you already know are good for you.
And here is a detailed ALKALINE versus ACIDIC FOOD CHART  - start today :)

To rebalance your body's alkaline state, you simply need to encourage a 70-80% of your diet of alkaline foods and try to limit acidic foods. Back this up with at least 3 litres of good quality, clean, alkaline water each day (and no, that isn't tap water) and you will soon start to feel fantastic and those pounds will drop!
NOTE: Sugar & artificial sweeteners turn everything acidic!!! So check those veggie and pre-packed fruit juices. Best is fresh and self made
I invested in a good quality juicer and blender and pretty much have  juices and smoooothies  daily, I also buy only organic :)

I have tried this myself and continue for years now on a mainly alkaline daily regime - my results were pretty drastic - I was never overweight, but I still dropped 1/2 stone (of toxins and unhealthy fats) , my cellulite went almost completely after a full alkaline detox and my stress levels went way down, I feel more energised and have no head-aches, pains or niggles.
But if I am 'weak' (oh mea culpa) and start eating more sweets and acidic foods again - then I immediately notice a downturn of my health and mood, skin etc. after a few days. 
So for me alkaline is the solution.
Why not try it out and let me know your progress?? 

Always love to hear from you!
Be well 
And to conclude, an interesting article on the DANGERS OF ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS - a MUST read !!!

A low-down on meaty dangers (NOT only for animal lovers)

♥ Body
Humans are 'Not Designed' to eat meat -
Sure you heard the saying: “YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT (and assimilate!)” 

Take a moment and go through the things you stuff in your body day, after day, after day, month after month, year after year. 
The human metabolism is not made for being on a mainly carnivore diet! Just because you can digest animals does not mean you are supposed to or it's good for you. 

You can digest cardboard and eat your newspaper - that does not mean you should eat it.  

Renowned Cardiologist William C. Roberts from the cattle state of Texas, says this without hesitation: "Humans aren’t physiologically designed to eat meat. I think the evidence is pretty clear. If you look at various characteristics of carnivores versus herbivores, it doesn’t take a genius to see where humans line up."

Those who eat flesh are far more likely to contract cancer, allergies and diseases than those following a vegetarian diet and that's a fact proven 100 times over these days.

MORE FACTS that might make you woozy (please sit down) 

  The risk of fatal ovarian cancer is three times greater for women who eat eggs (3 or more times a week) as compared to those only 1 egg per week (that goes of course also for all products having egg in it). Chicken from commercial farms are fed and stuffed with hormones that can harm a womans' & mans'natural body-chemistry seriously! 

 Ingested flatworm or tapeworm danger (often found in meat). Yummi!! The little larva is swallowed and tries to attach itself to your intestine with its head. Then it grows longer by making segment after segment.  (YES I know this is disgusting– yuck a parasite, unfortunately meat control still offers wide gaps where tiny things like that can slip in easily in your next beef or chicken fillet!
Want to see what that tape-worm looks like? - You sure? OK...  MEET THE TAPEWORM 

 Heart attack and cancer is the most common cause of death in the UK. The male red meat-eater's risk of death from heart attack is 50%. The risk to men who eat no meat is only 15%.  

 The animals that are being raised for meat are often diseased. The livestock industry attempts to control this disease by feeding the animals ..... you guessed right ... ANTIBIOTICS. Huge quantities of drugs go for this purpose. They can not be eliminated by frying, cooking or grilling etc. - so get the full dose of them, day, after day, after day ...

Well there you go - now you know!  And you don't have to be an animal lover to see the issues at hand.

But ... if you simply can't stay away from meat, then make it at least white meat & fish - and go only for organic, free-range and corn-fed :) Bon appetite !

Some interesting resources reg. meat consumption that might turn your stomach
1) The Meat Fiasco
2) The Red Meat Danger
3) Ethical issue about animal cruelty