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Plant Medicine for Gout

Posted by on Oct 20, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on Plant Medicine for Gout

Plant Medicine for Gout

 About once or twice a year for the last ten years I have had the pleasure of what I call ‘a bout of gout’. I have done a previous post on this, but wanted to take the time to update the ‘cures’ cabinet. I was lying on my bed with a swollen and painful foot and I was definitely playing the ‘poor me ‘ card, not a lot wrong with that because by playing it my wife dealt her positive cards, which led to new discoveries! She asked a simple question ‘when was the last time you truly felt positive and healthy’? I answered when working at sea 10 years ago (of course I have had great times over the last 10 years, the question was more aimed at a time free from chronic illness) she then asked ‘what were you doing’? This then bought back the memory of some supplements I was taking, which consisted of algae and herbs, I mentioned I still regularly eat algae, but the only herb I remember in that product was ‘Indian Tiger Herb’. She said well let’s get you some of that 😀. My wife then discovered that ‘Indian Tiger Herb’ is actually ‘Gotu Kola’ and is often referred to as Indian Tiger Herb due to the observation of Tigers using the Gotu Kola plant to heal wounds, after researching Gotu Kola I realised it was exactly what I was looking for, but when a bout of gout strikes one is limited on the distance they can travel, so I messaged a couple of friends who said they were happy to help (legends). They took there legendary status further by doing there own research and went and saw a herbalist who added warm lime water, sour tart cheery juice, Devils claw and celery seed to the list, they returned to me with an amazing goody bag. My friends had armed me with herbal wisdom and magic and my wife took me from poor me to let’s look to the positive and pay attention to the narrative because illness easily strikes a negative and pessimistic narrative. With narrative checked and a brew of Gotu Kola, Devils Claw and celery seed after an entree of sour tart cherry juice I was ready to meet my old foe in the battle field (with positive narrative in play, of course). The results are really significant and anyone suffering from rheumatoid arthritis or anything similar should in my humble opinion touch base with these remedies. To you all in great health Matt Allen...

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My Top 5 Reasons to Eat More Fat

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in Bio Hacking, Blog, Nutrition | Comments Off on My Top 5 Reasons to Eat More Fat

My Top 5 Reasons to Eat More Fat

First thing we should know is that not all fats are good for you. The best fats to eat are the saturated fats, like butter, ghee, coconut oil, and other animals fats from grass fed animals and the monounsaturated fats like olive oil and avocado oil. Polyunsaturated fats, from other vegetable oil sources, should be minimised in your diet and trans fats should be avoided at all costs! 1 – Good quality fats are a crucial raw material for so many processes and components of the body  Most hormones are made of fat and cholesterol and hormones control and contribute to almost all processes and functions in the body. Without a constant supply of high quality fat we can’t expect to feel or function at our best. Fats make up a large portion of your cells, from your brain cells to your skin cells and everything in between, again, without a great source of great fat, Your body will suffer on a cellular level. 2 – Fat is a much better source of energy for your body Fat is much denser and is slower to be absorbed (than glucose) , meaning you have more long lasting energy . Using fat as an energy source does not trigger a release of insulin, like a carb based diet does, which on  chronic basis is absolutely disasterous for the body and can be implicated in a large number of the lifestyle diseases.   3 – Fat eliminates cravings  Due to its slower and more stable absorption, fat is far more satiating for the brain than carb based energy sources. Our brains cause us to crave foods when our brain experiences sharp rises and falls in energy levels as on a carb based diet. On a fat based diet, these sharp energy rises and crashes don’t happen, therefore no cravings are triggered by the brain. 4 – Fat soluble vitamins need fat to be optimally absorbed Vitamins A, D, E and K are known as fat soluble vitamins, this means that these vitamins need to be absorbed by fat to be properly utilised by the body.  These vitamins are very high in dark green, leafy vegetables like our favourites kale, spinach, chard and broccoli. What this means is that we should eat these vegetables with a great source of fat, like butter, ghee, olive oil or coconut oil. What it also means is that eating these vegetables raw, like in a smoothie or juice and without a good fat, to absorb the vitamins, means we’re not getting all the vitamins we could be and we may even be doing some harm to ourselves.   5 – Eating a high fat diet can lead to a reduction in excess body fat By eating a high fat diet and re-igniting the bodies own fat burning mechanism, we can actually begin to burn through any excess body fat we may be storing and be full of energy as a result of that! Not to mention the effects this state of being can have on reversing, slowing down and preventing many lifestyle diseases. Bryan Gohl Note from Editor: Fat does not equal only animal fat, there are many as Bryan has pointed out available to Vegans and Vegetarians. Albeit coconut may not be vegan....

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My Vegetarian, Yogi Identity

Posted by on Oct 3, 2017 in Blog | Comments Off on My Vegetarian, Yogi Identity

My Vegetarian, Yogi Identity

I get it. I really do. Its a great philosophy.   Ideologically speaking, I would be more than happy to eat only a vegetarian diet.   And I did, for about 7 years. With some time as vegan thrown in for good measure.  I remember the day my ignorance was shattered. I came home to find my then girlfriend watching one of those undercover PETA videos, you know, of humans treating animals in absolutely disgusting ways.  Truly horrifying.  I’d never stopped to think where my meat had come from.  I just presumed everything was ok.  Then that video shattered everything. I actually got angry. How could this be happening. Was I a part of it? I suppose I was.  I stopped eating meat instantly.  I went into vegetarianism full steam ahead, my girlfriend and I both did.   Veg curries, salads, grains that nobody knew how to pronounce, ( kwinoah?) juices and smoothies.  I was relentless. I once juiced a raw onion just to see what would happen, if it could be added to my litre of juice a day. You can imagine the result. Heaven knows what I was thinking.   I was the absolute poster child for vegetarian wellness. I bought every seed, nut, green and brown superfood powder you can think of and added them all to my smoothies.  Everyday.  Every smoothie turned into thick brown sludge. Try adding cocoa and spirulina to the same mix.  I was super healthy I told myself.  The result? I felt wonderful, I really did. The zing and pop of having that many raw veg in ones diet everyday really is noticeable. I lost weight too. Only a little mind you.  Had I paid attention, Im sure my skin looked better too.  But things started to go wrong almost immediately too.  It took 7 years for me to admit to myself that my health and my body were deteriorating.  The most obvious symptom was diarrhoea. Then constipation. Then diarrhoea.   Consistently inconsistent.  FOR 7 YEARS!  Can you imagine the kind of denial one needs to have to go through that?  I always had an excuse. Not enough of this, too much of that, forgot to do this, ate that thing I shouldn’t have eaten.  Before I went vegetarian, while still on the Standard American Diet or the Western Diet, I was consistent as clockwork. To the minute, everyday.  No more.  Now I worried consistently about the consistency of my next poo.  Plus I was bloated. Always. I may have been bloated while on the Western Diet but I never paid attention.  I was so permanently bloated that I thought I just had a pot belly, like that was the way my body was shaped. I thought my father’s beer belly had been passed on! Really inconvenient considering I had been working on a 6-pack for about 15 years at that point.  Next, my joints started to fail. First my knees, then my wrists, then elbows and shoulders.  My knees would hurt even during a short walk to the corner store. If I stepped out of the car at slightly the wrong angle, my knee would twist and it would hurt for days.  Same with my wrists, I once opened a jar of nut butter, or at least tried, but my wrist sprained before I managed to get the top of the jar off. I had to wear a wrist strap for 2 weeks. All I wanted was some cashew nut butter, instead I got a badly sprained wrist. At work, as a carpenter, I noticed I was getting weaker, like my grip strength, I knew from experience...

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How to Reset a Human Being

Posted by on Jul 2, 2017 in Blog, Personal Development | Comments Off on How to Reset a Human Being

How to Reset a Human Being

Human species for a reason cover the linguistic and semantic content of being. Being not doing is the primary goal of our existence, however daily multitasking and mundane living makes us more of doers than beings. Yoga, meditation, mindfulness and other practices help to bring that being back and here is what I have experimented with and implement into my life that works so I invite you to try for bringing your being back. ‘YOU TIME’ Daily ritual with no excuse. Clear out the regular window in your daily schedule for ‘YOU TIME. This investing in yourself is non negotiable. It will make you a better parent, partner more successful employer and human being! How? On the days you can, make that ‘YOU TIME’ longer self-affair ( morning lay-in,relaxing bath, longer meditation, yoga session), on the other days make it even few minutes in the sun or savouring your favourite tea. Switch the outer world off and indulge in that present here and now ‘YOU TIME’. Make the most of it and apply it daily! HEALING Arrange a healing appointment. Be it a yoga class, a massage, acupuncture or any body or mind holistic therapy. If you can afford, do it weekly. Otherwise schedule it fortnightly or even once a month. Just do it, schedule it. You owe it yourself! If you think you cannot afford it, let me tell you that you can! Skip a drink night once a week for a month or swap another shopping spree for an evening with a book in the interest of your finance and personal growth. If you still can’t afford it, think of skills swap. We all have skills that are needed by the holistic therapists. Find yours and offer them to those who need your expertise in exchange for the treatment. (I’m always happy to offer my Wellness toolbox for media/marketing/IT brain 🙂 YOGA I’m not flexible enough? Try yoga. I didn’t like the teacher? Try another class. The answer is: give it a go. I swear by yoga. Not by my Cirque de Soleil flexibility but by the feeling of spaciousness it creates in my body and mind. The response vs reaction to life, the awareness and presence of my breath in anything I go through in life. Yoga determines my words, actions and nutritional choices. It mutes that inner critic and makes me apply more self-love. Go, try it, do it! NATURE ‘’Nature never did betray the heart that loved her’’ so wise the greatest William Wordsworth was! Nature heals. We need it to recharge. To breath, to destress. To slow down. Do yourself a favour and find few minutes daily for a stroll in your nearby park. Or drive, take a train to the beach, forest, mountains destination? Or if you like sharing the nature, you can join one of our hiking/walking retreat/nature retreats too! Lucky are those who live in the country, and feel how important that relation with the nature is for us. Nature gives integrity. WORRYING. If it’s out of my control, I should not worry. Worrying ages us. Makes us sick and does not improve our relationships with the others. Affects our wellbeing too, causing sleep disturbance, food intolerance or even indigestion and obesity. Worrying is not cool. I use all the mentioned above techniques, practices, rituals to stop me from worrying and to help me to detach from it. It is somehow human to be prepared for the worst so it certainly should be human to aim for the victory too?! I invite you to dig into some NLP, Positive Thinking...

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Coaching and Mentoring

Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Coaching and Mentoring

Why Coaching or Mentoring? A coach and mentor helps you achieve more than you could have yourself or accelerate your achievements. They also help you overcome obstacles solve problems and develop in the specific areas needed. But what’s the difference? Coaching: Is shorter term, task/goal orientated. Helps to achieve a task or goal, and the skills to achieve them. Its purpose is to improve the individual’s performance. Can be conducted almost immediately on any area/topic. Mentoring: Is longer term, relationship orientated to provide a safe environment where the mentoree can share personal issues. Helps develop work/life balance, self-confidence, self-perception, and how the personal influences the professional and vice versa. Its purpose is to develop the individual for the present and future. Develops leadership and talent. The real value of coaching and mentoring, lies in the process of uncovering and de-layering that leads to identifying the essence of the problem or obstructing belief or paradigm. Types of Coaching and Mentoring Holistic Lifestyle & Health Coaching Life Coaching Relationship Coaching Leadership and Management Coaching / Mentoring Business Start-up Coaching / Mentoring Yoga Teacher / PT Coaching / Mentoring   Holistic Lifestyle & Health Coaching   We investigate the underlying causes of disease and stress, considering the body as a “system of systems.” Using a coaching model, we examine how disease and stress are preventable through healthy eating habits, lifestyle management and appropriate types of exercise. You will understand why every meal, every bout of exercise and every late night has a hormonal consequence. You will be given tools, such as in-depth questionnaires, in order for us to determine your current level of lifestyle and health and readiness for change. No matter what your level of fitness or apparent health, you’ll likely agree that just because someone is not sick, does not mean they are is well! Most chronic diseases take years to develop, but a healthy lifestyle can go a long way toward prevention. www.chekinstitute.com/ Life Coaching Holistic integral life coaching includes everything about the client and the client’s world. We examine the first principle of awareness and uses tools like the Jahari window and other tools from Budokon and Zen Meditation.   We look at what could be brought into view through focused, and understanding of oneself and application of new skills. This is a self discovery journey of how one represents oneself and investigates ones social world, habits, relationship with body, mind, the quality of self-care / love, as well as the amount of focused attention and energy available to take on change.  We examine present values with a focus on meaning and happiness in life. Where there is a misalignment of focus / energy with this we look at creating a strategy to move forward, which often results in a paradigm shift that can radically alter life. The method attends to the individuality of the person as well as the social context in which they are embedded. Our individuality includes our thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and intentions as well as everything that is happening to us physiologically. Our social context includes the language(s) we speak, the culturally specific practices we engage in, the relationships we are a part of and the history of the groups we belong to. Additionally, we are always in a shared physical environment that includes nature and human artifacts, and our background, sense of possibility and our mood are shaped by the physical space we’re in. Together we build competence and skills to better face life circumstances. Practically speaking, successful coaching leaves people with the following outcomes: Awareness (self and environment) Ability to adjust perspective or self correct. Self mastery/leadership and long-term excellence...

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Graces Prayer – The Bendy Witch

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Graces Prayer – The Bendy Witch

Grace’s Prayer Posted on 01/03/2015 You thought you were on a roll You thought you were in control Only to find it was all an illusion From your misplaced delusion That you could freeze time In the relative sublime And while you struggle to pick up The pieces of the grand f*ck up Sands of time slip through your fingers She waits, in the void she lingers Patiently, for you to surrender Praying for you to remember That you are not the changeable But the untouchable Eternal… © Raye – The Bendy...

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