Posts


Thanks to fix.com for Contributing this article. It helps simplify just what exactly essential oils can be used for and how beneficial they can be. Do you use essential oils and would you like to know more?

If so contact caroline@honestabouthealth.com who is our weekly resident #EssentialHealth writer.

Whats your favourite essential oil? Comment below…

AC_days_tastythursday carrot apple juice

This is hands down one of my favourite juices. As we move into the colder months I start to include a lot of ginger and tumeric in my diet. It’s a great alternative to your OJ in the morning. This juice will energise you, help with digestion and is a strong anti-inflammatory juice.

This is also a great juice for kids but what I do is juice 3 carrots and the apple and give some to James and then add the ginger and tumeric for myself followed by 2 more carrots!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 5-6 CARROTS (Add an extra 1-2 carrots per child)
  • 1 RED APPLE ( More than 2 kids add another one. One Apple= 2 servings)
  • 1 INCH GINGER
  • 2 INCHES OF TUMERIC

DIRECTIONS:

  • JUICE CARROTS AND APPLES PUTTING THE GINGER AND TUMERIC IN BETWEEN THE BIGGER FRUITS (I find they juice better this way)

*For kids I just juice carrots and apples first. I usually get away with adding tumeric but not ginger!! (Just yet!)

Slide1

I’m delighted to team up with The Natural Medicine company for my launch. We are offering one lucky winner the complete Natural Skincare Solution with this skincare hamper worth €325.

The lucky winner will indulge in Premium Skincare solutions including Burt’s Bees, Dead Sea Spa Magik and Barefoot SOS. This hamper is perfect for just about anyone!! To enter finish this sentence and comment below:

Being Complete means for me…..

Good luck

Ali xxxx

MEDITATION-facebook

 

Today is the beginning of Oprah and Deepak’s 21-Day meditation Series on “Manifesting Grace Through Gratitude”. I absolutely love these meditation series as they are thought provoking, easy to follow and complete.

For me meditation is a chance to just sit still with myself and be present. For such a long time I lived life in fast-forward. I felt like a DVD player whose button was stuck and I was too busy top go and get repaired. When my world fell apart I had two choices to face what was happening or bury my hand in the sand and wallow in my own self-pity.

It was at that point I actually realized how selfish I had been for years. Partying myself almost to death at times in an effort to block out reality. I didn’t even realize the pain my friends and family were in watching me but in hindsight I also had no idea how to help myself.

When I chose to face the music the weeks and months and indeed years that followed were some of the most difficult of my life so far. Throughout this time one of the many tools I used was meditation. I’m very often asked if meditation can bring up strong emotions and the simple answer is “yes it can!” But what I found powerful is that sometimes words aren’t enough and we if we really want to heal on a deeper level unfortunately we do need to dig deeper to get to the truth. I use the word unfortunately here because it can be hard work and very hard on yourself personally but let me tell you it’s worth it in the long run.

I combined meditation with journaling, counseling, exercise, nourishment from food and I also kept a gratitude diary so when I listened to todays initial meditation from Deepak and Oprah the tears flowed and instead of fighting them like I used to I let them flow. I wrote in my journal for a while afterwards because I obviously hit a nerve and what I realized yet again is just how powerful the art of gratitude is. When you are deeply and truly grateful for something you will feel emotions. Part of my tears today are relief that I pulled through and sometimes I get overwhelmed by emotion when I think of how kind some people have been.

So try not to be afraid of who you are and your emotions. Own your feelings, recognize them and if necessary ask for help in figuring them out but never ever be afraid to just be who you are because we are all different and unique and this world needs you to shine your light brightly as there is only one of you and no matter what you think you are important too!!

NAMASTE XXXX

Visit www.chopracentermeditation.com for more information on the 21 day meditation series

FROM TRAVEL SICKNESS TO ANXIETY TO SWOLLEN ANKLES I’VE GOT YOU COVERED!!

Travel Sickness

Nelsons_Travella-72tabs-€5.99-

If you are going to travel, don’t’ forget to include some basic essentials: long journeys are generally not enjoyable; however, for those that experience the symptoms of travel sickness they can be even more unpleasant. To help relieve these symptoms, remember to pack Nelsons Travella. (€5.99) It contains a unique combination of seven homeopathic remedies, each specifically chosen to help bring soothing relief for the unpleasant symptoms associated with travel sickness.

 

Planning a boat trip?

Sea-Band_Adult-€9.95

Sea-Band (€9.95) is the natural way to relieve motion sickness (GREAT FOR MORNING SICKNESS DURING PREGNANCY TOO). Sea-band operates by applying pressure on the Nei Kuan acupressure point on each wrist.
They are also suitable for children and help with motion sickness in the car, boat and are great for kids Find out more here Sea-Band

 

Holiday Anxiety and Fear of Flying

Rescue-Remedy_Spray2-20ml-€12.50

Feeling anxious or overwhelmed are common symptoms of holiday travellers, especially for those who fear flying. The thought of sitting trapped in a plane for even a couple of hours can be a terrifying prospect.

Rescue Remedy (€12.50) taken on the day of the flight can be very helpful in dealing with feelings of anxiety and panic. A few sprays or drops can be taken as often as required during the flight until the person feels calmer and in control. It is also safe to take alongside other medications.

 

Swollen ankles and tired legs

AVogel_Venagel-100gr-€16.75 (1)

If your dream holiday is either to explore a city or simply relax don’t forget to nurture your legs. Swollen ankles can be an unwelcomed side effect of flying, especially on long flights. After a long day sightseeing you may also experience tired and aching legs.

Apply A.Vogel Venagel (€16.75) made from Horse Chestnut as it will cool your legs and help to reduce the swelling and sense of fatigue. Drink plenty of water and try to put your feet up at least once a day.

 

Sun care from head to toe

Parasol-Suncare-factor20-100ml€21.50-200ml€38.99

Irish skin is not generally accustomed to sunshine, so protecting your sensitive skin from the harmful effects of the sun’s rays is very important. I have just returned from Spain and I used Parasol (€38.99) for the first time.

I found it great and it is also an Irish brand. It has an innovative broad spectrum with a photostable filtering system. One application per day protects you from harmful UVA and UVB rays, while still letting the sun rays through to give you a lasting tan. Parasol is non-staining, waterproof resistant and includes a wide range of sun factor screens, making it ideal for the entire family.

Optima-Aloe-Pura_Aloe-Vera-Gel-100ml-€4.45After a long day outdoors, you can apply Optima Aloe Pura Vera Gel,(€4.45) a cooling and soothing 100% organic gel which helps to moisture and restore dry and damaged skin.

Smile your way through summer with Optima Aloe Dent Lip Balm,(€3.83) a natural lip balm with UVA and UVB protection. The Tea Tree oil and lysine based formula provides rich and soothing protection for dry & cracked lips from sun exposure. It also helps to prevent the dreaded cold sores I get. Taking Lysine tablets every day when you are away will also help!

Naturtint_3-in-1-Restructuring-Spray-30ml-€9.99 (2)

Your hair may also need some special attention. Naturtint 3-in-1 Restructuring spray (€9.99) is essential for anyone who colours their hair as the three active ingredients are designed to rebuild & repair, strengthen & protect and maintain hair colour. Spray onto dry ends throughout the day, to keep your hair hydrated and glossy (free from parabens, silicone and SLS).

 

First aid kit

Higher-Nature_Citricidal-45ml-€13.52

Whether going camping or travelling to less developed destinations,Higher Nature Citricidal (€13.52) with grapefruit seed extract is a natural disinfectant and antiseptic for external and internal use.

It has the ability to support the digestive system and taken every day while on holiday, it may help prevent any unwanted bacteria from taking hold, avoiding traveller’s tummy problems. A few drops can cleanse utensils and wash fruit & vegetable safely. It is also a powerful ally for all pregnant women, allowing to prepare a healthy and fresh meal, such as salad during summer time.

Probiotic Complex terranovaBecoming ill with a tummy bug or infection can really ruin a holiday so be prepared and don’t forget to pack a good probiotic. I absolutely love Terranova’s products for so many reasons. The owner of the company Stephen Terrass is such an inspiration. There are no binders or fillers used in any his products. I took these on my holidays and for a week after I returned home!!

Above all have fun. As well as letting the sunshine in, let your inner sunshine glow. Be happy, be healthy and be you xxx

FullSizeRender

MYSELF AND JOHN WITH DARAGH AND DEE WHO HAVE JUST OPENED A NEW HEALTH FOOD STORE IN RANELAGH CALLED URBAN HEALTH

It has been a wonderful day of food, friends and fun. I just got home from The Taste of Dublin which gets bigger and better every year. This is the first year I didn’t have James with me though as Mum took him to Wexford for the day as I went to see Patrick Holford talk about stress this morning!!

His talk was on in Fitzpatricks Castle in Killiney organised buy Select Stores Patricks talk focused a lot on breathing to reduce stress and In my opinion the busier you are the more you need to meditate and take time out. A few things really stuck with me from his talk:

“you see the world through how you feel”

and

“marketers have figured out a way to see us food heroin”

Both of these quotes are so true and it really is up to us to take our health, stress levels and the quality of food we eat into our own hands We also need to make better informed choices about the food we eat on a daily basis!

I headed into town after and met up with my friend John and after eventually finding parking we went to The Taste of Dublin. I had heard so much about #primebyAldi, Aldi’s incredible restaurant at Taste so I was dying to experience it for myself. My sister Laura was there on Friday and she was right, it really was that good! I met Lucy Kennedy and her adorable little girl Holly and we all tucked into an amazing menu prepared by chef Gary O’Hanlon

FullSizeRenderAfter that we took a stroll around and bumped into lots of friends. The weather was great and the atmosphere was incredible. I was really impressed by the healthy stands this years including raw juices by McCormack family farms Mc Cormack family farms and I arrived home with my wheatgrass for the week from My Organics Farm

IMG_6635Spring break were playing and there were Minions everywhere as the new movie is coming out. The old parental guilt hit me then as James loves the Minions even though he hasn’t even seen the movie yet!! He even has swimming shorts and T-Shirts for his holidays next week.

FullSizeRender_3John managed to find himself a new house and I had some great coffee at the Nespresso stand which was very impressive

FullSizeRender_2I’m home now with a full belly and a happy heart patiently waiting for my baby to come home as I need cuddles. I’m already excited about Taste next year which reminds me to live in the moment!! lol

Ali xxx

healthy lifestyle

FACT:

So this may come as a surprise to most people but BEING HEALTHY DOES NOT HAVE TO MEAN LIFE WILL BECOME BORING!!!

Believe me this was also my greatest fear after all for years I perceived exercise as hard work and eating healthy food as a boring and a tasteless waste of time. I also thought happiness could be found at a party, when I booked my next big gig or indeed when I became accepted by my peers, so yes very sadly I worried what people thought of me. I searched for years and years for that slippery sucker called happiness but it felt that every time I got near it, well, it disappeared again.

Being healthy was the last thing on my mind as i never really thought that being healthy meant that much. Now I realise that I really didn’t value myself and probably didn’t feel like I deserved to be healthy and happy.

You see being happy is not something you can buy, a place you can travel too or indeed a company you can be employed by! It’s inside of us all already but we need to mind it and nourish it with a good lifestyle and good life choices.

The way I see it is that for years I worked hard at partying and sabotaging things for myself and the end result was depression and anxiety but now I spend time and work hard at being the best I can be and the reward for all this hard work is vitality, energy, contentment and excitement every day for what’s coming next!

Being healthy is the single greatest gift I have ever given myself. But my advice is that small changes make a big difference so don’t try to overhaul your lifestyle overnight.

Here are some great starting points:

1. Find an exercise you actually like

2. Drink more water and start each day with lemon water

3. Get enough sleep!!

4. Be grateful – write down 5 things each day you are grateful for.

5. Nourish your body with fresh foods – every thing you eat becomes a part of who you are!!

Start simple and build from there. Feeling good feels so good that it is definitely something I want to hang on to.

So take the first steps and learn to love yourself and in turn you’ll start to love your life. Believe me you won’t regret it!

You can live for up to 50 days without food but without water you will only survive for a few days

HYDRATION

BUT HOW MUCH WATER DO WE ACTUALLY NEED?

On average our bodies are made up of about 60% water so keeping hydrated is really important. We lose water all the time by sweating, going to the bathroom and even breathing. Its suggested that we drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day but I find drinking plain water really hard so here are some ideas for sprucing up your water and getting more fluids into you on a daily basis:

1  Keep a bottle of water with you all the time- in your bag, the car or on your desk at work

2  Add a slice of lemon or lime to your water- I start every day with warm water and lemon. When you wake up your body is dehydrated after a long nights sleep so this is an ideal way to start every day .It is now simply a daily habit that I do automatically.

3  If you find it tough to remember to drink water set an alarm on your phone. I do this if I’m really busy and it works!

4  Remember that we often mistake hunger for thirst so if in doubt drink first as true hunger will not be satisfied by drinking water.

5  Experiment with the different flavours of herbal teas and reduce the amount of caffeinated drinks you have as caffeine is a diuretic.

6  Include more water rich foods in your diet. A few examples are: cucumber, watermelon, strawberries, star fruit and peppers.

7  Check your urine to check your hydration. If you’re well-hydrated your urine will be mostly clear with a tinge of yellow.

I caught up with Jason Vale a couple of weeks ago and he shared a couple of great tips about juicing. If any of you are fans of my Facebook page www.facebook.com/alisoncanavanofficial you will know that I’m a huge fan of both juicing and blending.

I kept getting mails asking about the difference between juicing and blending and also for some of my recipes so here’s a full page that I did as part of my minding mum series with the Daily Mail. Enjoy xxx

ALISON week 4 minding mum jpeg

As you will know by now I’m a big fan of doing a lot of little things to keep healthy. By this I mean eating well, exercising, meditation, keeping a gratitude diary every day and, much more. The trick is to find what works for you and everyone is different. As a busy mum my nutribullet has been a lifesaver as sometimes I simply don’t have time to juice in the morning and my nutribullet is just so easy to clean but there is a difference between juicing and blending and a nutribullet is a blender.

 

The main difference is that juicing removes the pulp and extracts most of the liquid nutrients and water from the fruits and vegetables. Blenders pulverize the whole produce making it into a smoothie. The pulp is what is called indigestible fiber, which has no nutrient content but is essential and very important for a healthy diet. It helps to keep your digestive system and gut healthy and it also slows down the absorption of sugar which is why you should not juice a lot of fruits together as the sugar will get absorbed quite quickly leading to your blood sugar becoming unbalanced which causes mood swings and believe it or not energy loss!

 

The trick is to use mostly vegetables when juicing or blending. When I’m juicing however I always notice how much more produce I go through so as Jason Vale says juicing really is “a nutrient express”.

I’D LOVE YOU TO TRY SOME OF MY RECIPES ABOVE AND LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK? XX

Congratulations to our 3 winners of our Alflorex Digestive SOS Health kit containing 3 month’s supply of Alflorex, three different organic Pukka teas to support digestive health (Pukka three mint tea, Pukka golden chamomile tea, Pukka three fennel tea, 8 Panda Liquorice bars and an Atlantic Aromatics essential Lavender Oil.
Alflorex Image

OUR WINNERS SAID:

“I had Ulcerative Colitis and due to perforations on my colon I had to have life saving emergency surgery, another two surgeries later I live with a J pouch that works s a colon now. My digestive health is really important as I have no colon I loose a lot of potassium and salts and don’t absorb Iron very well and need to replace this through diet and supplements. I would love to win this competition and try out these products as I’m sure my digestive system could really benefit.” Grainne Cunningham

“I’ve tried changing my diet and all types of medication and nothings worked. I’m so tired of my digestive health impacting on so many areas of my life. It has created so many anxiety issues for me. I would love to try alforex to see if this natural remedy would work for me Nicola m”

“Feeling good come from within. We all know how important a healthy diet is but what’s the point of a healthy diet without a healthy digestive system?! I need a reboot and this would be a great way to start off!!! Daniela simmons”

Thanks for entering,
I have some more winners and even better competitions coming up soon,
Thanks,
Ali xxxxx