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This week I’m delighted to be talking to Roz Purcell about her lifestyle and wellness tips. I find Roz hugely inspirational and her brand Natural Born Feeder is growing from strength to strength. She is a really bright light for her generation and a great role model.

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I’m delighted to introduce Gurutej as this weeks #WellnessWednesday guest. I met Gurutej through my very dear friend Nichole Wright. Gurutej has an energy that warms your heart and lifts your spirits.

I’m delighted to introduce Gurutej as this weeks #WellnessWednesday guest. I met Gurutej through my very dear friend Nichole Wright. Gurutej has an energy that warms your heart and lifts your spirits.

Creative… Gracious… Deeply Insightful… Free Spirited Thinker… Leader… These are all traits of a very special person who knew from an early age that her destiny lay in leading others to greatness! Gurutej Kaur at just a young age of six, shared her destiny with her Mother and proclaimed that she would one day start her own spiritual order.
For over 40 years, Gurutej has been living her destiny and continues to awaken the spirit of all she touches. Through yoga, chanting, meditation, healing and proven stress and health management systems she teaches people how to connect to their higher consciousness. Every day she lives the meaning of her name, which translates as “the one who brings you from darkness into light at the speed of light.”
Gurutej is one of the original students of Yogi Bhajan, who is credited with bringing Kundalini Yoga to the United States. Through his instruction and spiritual guidance, Gurutej is considered a foremost authority on Kundalini Yoga and internationally recognized as one of a handful of Kundalini Yoga Masters.
She co-founded 3HO Canada, building and overseeing communities, yoga centers and businesses all over Canada for 17 years. Gurutej’s obvious head for business did not overshadow her commitment to Toronto’s children, which is why she introduced yoga to surrounding communities by teaching staff at Toronto General Hospital and students at The School House and The Alternative School.
Gurutej’s devotion to serving the essence of all has brought her to teach in India, all over Europe, South America, Canada, and the US. She has served and counseled hundreds of people ranging from movie stars and heads of businesses, to the teenagers of Hamilton High, a public school in Los Angeles, where she taught yoga for 11 years.

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After releasing 4 instructional yoga DVDs, two were listed on the top ten yoga videos of all time!

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As a prolific writer she is an author to 3 popular books including: A Slice of the Beloved, The Moon She Rocks You, and The 13th Month: How to Get an Extra 29 Days Each Year. Her online courses The Moon She Rock You and GET YOUR ESSENCE (Skinny) back are transformative and very supportive. Her most recent inspired creation is a line of Aromatherapy Chakra Eye Pillows that are proving to be popular around the world.
She has been featured in Vogue, L.A. Yoga, Yogi Times, Fit Yoga, Common Ground, Splendora.com, The Discovery Channel and MTV. She was awarded Yogi Times’ Service Award and Teacher of the Month.
As a mother, her greatest achievement is in successfully raising two dynamic and consciously aware adult children, Amrit and Pritham who like Gurutej, take great pride in their commitment to making the world a better place.

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How would you describe your lifestyle?

Great. And what does that mean? I love what I am allowed to do, teach, heal, serve. I meditate first thing each day, I get to roller blade hills daily, (when in L. A.) wedge some good yoga in there and feel blessed to eat allot of live food. I feel intimate with my life, my beloved, my students and can use all previously mentioned support tools when the Universe kicks ass. To get back quickly. It’s not about perfection it’s about how fast I can get back to empowered me.

What’s your favorite food? Naughty or nice.

Greens and Toast together and not together, oh with great organic Olive Oil. Recently discovered that Coconut Butter yes the yummy one is great for the Gut. That on toast is my treat and a treat it is.

Do you exercise and if so what do you do to keep fit?

Yes I get to go right outside my door and rollerblade hills, ocean swim (alas not enough), and do yoga.

How do you find balance in your day-to-day life?

Keep my yoga mat right next to my desk and use it during the day for a few minutes here and there. When listening to something or just listening to myself.

How do you manage stress in your life?

Breathing , chanting, meditating and here is a link if you care to use it for things I give others and yes use myself to release and rejuvenate YOU TUBE

Do you meditate?

Every day. Can’t be without. I have favorite ones that empower me and those I share with others.

People often set goals or intentions as they go through life. Is this something you do?

My Goal is to be connected to myself and to the all of it all. I do things that take me in that direction. I’m having to make a vision board for my marketing person so I will have fun but it will be a spiral for that is the way energy flows into us with most ease.

How do you unwind after a busy day?

Teach, take a walk, read, watch something funny on TV or a documentary, read mystic poetry each nite 1,2,3,4, or more poems till I am in that flow of vastness.

It’s the weekend, what do you do for fun?

I accept no weak ends. I often teach on weekends. Go visit friends, Go to farmers market, work in my garden, have friends over for dinner or go to their houses.

What’s your top health tip for our readers?

Use my youtube videos, get my free ebook www.gurutej.com . Set up a 20 minute consult with me Gurutej discovery session to find creative solutions to your most challenging problem. I am here to serve.

Finish the sentence – Being complete for me means…

Being connected to everything. Seeing the Divine in all. All one or Alone. Each moment we chose. Bless you.

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I’m so excited to introduce Roxanne Parker as this weeks “Wellness Wednesday” guest. I’ve known Roxanne for years as she is ones of Ireland’s top fashion stylists and over the next 7 months she will be styling the celebrity judges Una Foden, Rachel Stevens and presenter Kathryn Thomas on RTE’s The Voice TV show over the next 7 months.

Roxanne is 36 has a background in journalism, runs her own styling business, regularly appears on TV shows like Xpose, and works both in Ireland and abroad for magazine and advertising clients. She is currently studying for a Diploma in Naturopathic Nutrition in CNM and will qualify as a nutritional therapist in 2017.

I find it incredibly inspirational how she has turned her life around as you will read below

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How would you describe your lifestyle?

Consciously health conscious! I suffered from adrenal fatigue a couple of years ago and was hospitalized with bladder problems after multiple courses of antibiotics and it absolutely knocked me out and forced me to reconsider the way I was living and working on every level. I changed my diet, cut out sugar, wheat, diary, caffeine and alcohol and I also went vegan for a year to try bring my body back to balance. I also started to meditate daily and I quit the job I was in as my stress levels were through the roof. I brought myself back to wellness with sleep, whole foods, water, and meditation. I avoided negativity focused on positivity and went for energy healing. My health is still quite fragile and I really have to be mindful and eat wholesome organic nutrient dense foods and make sure I get enough sleep and water. I’m not one of those girls who can drink, party and eat crap it affects me severely and immediately.

What’s your favorite food? Naughty or nice.

Black & Green Organic 80% Dark chocolate. Some people can take a square to quell their chocolate cravings but the intense flavor never stops me from reaching for more!

 Do you exercise and if so what do you do to keep fit?

Yes I work out with a personal trainer, Robin O’Sullivan, at No17 Personal Training on Merrion Square for 30 minutes three times a week. This was an essential component to my path to wellness as you have to ease you’re self back into exercise very gently after adrenal fatigue so as not to over stress the body so I really needed a professional to guide me through this transition. For me working out with a trainer is key to keeping in shape as I treat it like an important business meeting that I would never miss and I work much harder training with Robin then I ever would on my own. We do HIIT style workouts intragrating intervals of cardio with kettle bells, TRX style moves, weights, lunges and squats. I really look forward to me sessions and always leave with a smile on my face!

How do you find balance in your day-to-day life?

Healthy food, good meals, cooking and being prepared with my food really empowers me and makes me feel in control of my moods and my cognitive function. When I am well fed and nourished I have razor sharp concentration, physical stamina and my moods are even as my blood sugar levels and hormonal balance is in check. This really is my secret to feeling balanced.

How do you manage stress in your life? Do you meditate? Have you ever tried it?

Yes I started meditating on the advice of an acupuncturist I was seeing when I first became ill.

I also went to Abby Wynne a physiotherapist, shamanic healer and reiki master and she really got me into meditation. I downloaded her guided meditations from her website on to my phone and listened to them morning and night. She has free mini meditations on her Sound cloud account and if I ever feel over-whelmed I take 5 minutes out and listen to one to bring me back to centre. I also really like Doreen Virtues Angel Therapy meditations. I listen to one every night they help me sleep and make me feel safe and protected.

People often set goals or intentions as they go through life. Is this something you do?

Yes for the past couple of years I have made a list on the first of January of what I want to achieve throughout the year. Invariably by the end of the year everything is crossed off. If something is left it is usually something that with time I have come to realize wasn’t right for me or that I no longer desire. More recently I have discovered Louise Hay’s positive affirmations and I find them incredible! They leave you feeling so positive and full of joy and gratitude! For me regularly practicing positive affirmations has been a game changer in my outlook on life.

How do you unwind after a busy day?

I sit in the garden and potter around the plants, and pick some herbs or vegetables for dinner. It’s so soothing being in nature, seeing the changes of the seasons, If I’m feeling particularly wired I will take off my sock and and shoes and walk bare foot on the grass, this always soothes me instantly and makes me feel grounded.

It’s the weekend, what do you do for fun?

Hit the hills and go hiking with friends in Co Wicklow. I’m really blessed to have like minded friends who love the great out-doors just as much as I do and who are into chilling out and getting as much fresh air and exercise as possible over the weekend. Glendalough, The Devils Glen, the trails around Powerscourt Waterfalls are all favorite walks. We usually meet early at one of our houses and car pool so we are not all driving and we swing by Avoca on route for some delicious fresh salads and organic chicken to have for lunch out on the hills. I spend so much of my time in the city I literally crave the fresh air and the expanse of the countryside when the weekend roles around. Also my friends and I often get together to cook healthy meals over the weekend. We all do the prep, bring different ingredients, try new recipes and share and enjoy the food together- it’s a really pleasurable, social way of cooking, eating and enjoying food.

 What’s your top health tip for our readers?

Drink more water! Its so basic but this one small, simple, cheap change can have a massive effect on you’re over all health. Most of us are dehydrated and this can make us feel excessively tired, falsely hungry, constipated and can cause headaches, dry skin, fine lines and skin breakouts. I have a morning routine where I drink two pints of water first thing in the morning followed by a mug of hot water with either lemon slices or a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. It’s a ritual that rehydrates me after a night’s sleep and wakes me up without the need for caffeine. As I exercise I aim to drink 3-4 litres of water throughout the day, it makes a massive difference to the clarity of my skin. For those who don’t like drinking water, try throwing mint leaves and cucumber or lemon and lime slices into a 2 litre bottle of water and sipping it throughout the day to hit you’re daily quota. This will gently flavor the water naturally without any chemicals, sugar or artificial sweetener so you get a delicious, refreshing, hydrating drink without the empty calories or tooth decaying effects of a sugary cordial.

 Finish the sentence – Being complete for me means… an alignment of the body, mind and spirit. If one of these elements is out of balance, unhappiness, un-rest, and dis-ease can set in. It is a constant balancing act to try keep all in balance. But the more you become aware of yourself the easier it is to check in and become in tune with which area of you’re being is off kilter and work at bringing it back to center through exercise, healthy eating, meditation and a loving attitude towards you’re self and others. My biggest learning curve over the past few years has been that happiness comes from inside you and no one person or external thing can make you happy. I have finally learnt to love myself- it only took me 36 years but hey! Better late then never!

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This week I’m talking to Sile Seoige who is a breath of fresh air. Her energy is infectious and last night I spent a wonderful evening at her fundraiser in Ananda restaurant in Dundrum for her upcoming trip to Calcutta with The Hope Foundation

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Welcome to ‘Wellness Wednesdays’ where I’ll be chatting to various different people each week about their lifestyle habits. Each week the same 10 questions will be asked but as you’ll start to see yourself in the coming weeks, the magic lies in the variety of answers I’ve been getting which just proves how individual and inspirational we all are in our own unique way.

My first ‘Wellness Wednesday’ guest is one of my ultimate girl crushes, TV Presenter Amanda Byram. I know Amanda for such a long time having modelled together during our early careers and we also grew up in the same area in Dublin. She is insanely beautiful both inside and out which you are about to see for yourself!!

Amanda is known the world over for her presenting skills having hosted The Swan in America, Total Wipeout, Sunday Brunch and The Big Breakfast in England and also our very own Ireland Am here in Ireland to name but a few. At 42 she’s looking and feeling better than ever before. She has just launched her new website amandabyram.com, plus a new YouTube channel dedicated to health and fitness, which I know you’ll love as much as I do. Add to that her work as a positive image campaigner for women and she is one amazing lady.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR LIFESTYLE?

Since I turned 40, my lifestyle has been based around health. Of the mind and body – I don’t believe you can have one without the other! My day to day always includes some sort of physical activity, I can’t exist without it. And trying to better myself. We are too hard on ourselves, especially us women. We try to be the best career women, mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, girlfriends. It’s too much! We need to stop and breathe every now and then.

WHAT YOUR FAVORITE FOOD, NAUGHTY OR NICE?

ooooh Well, interestingly, ever since I’ve become super healthy, I crave healthy things more often than non-healthy! I love sushi, and a good Christmas dinner doesn’t go unnoticed!

DO YOU EXERCISE AND IF SO WHAT DO YOU DO TO KEEP FIT?

Yes! It’s key to a healthy mind for me. I try to mix it up these days. I used to do long cardio sessions, but I have since ruined my knees from running so much! So now I tend to focus on high intensity for less time, I love weights sessions to burn fat and get lean, and pilates. I also spin these days, it’s the best low impact high intensity cardio!

HOW DO YOU FIND BALANCE IN YOUR DAY-T0-DAY LIFE?

That’s tough for me. Balance is something I have struggled with my whole life! I am an all-or-nothing kind of gal. But I’m working on it! I have to put my computer down and my phone too, at a certain stage in the day. Social media is mind cripplingly addictive and can really affect your mood. I think we tend to live through other peoples lives, and its not real. My boyfriend is the key to my balance these days. He is a great for reminding me that there is not just me in my life anymore! I can’t be selfish, so now i would rather put tools down and go out for a bike ride or the movies with him instead!

HOW DO YOU MANAGE STRESS IN YOUR LIFE? DO YOU MEDITATE?

I try, but it’s not easy! I talk about stuff a lot – I find that is a great stress reliever. My boyfriend studied psychology, so he get the way the mind works, so we talk it out. Also exercise works as a stress reliever for me! I also visit an amazing NLP therapist called Akcelina Cyijetic http://akcelina.com/ she teaches me how words can affect everything – and how to stop living in my head and live in the now!

PEOPLE OFTEN SET GOALS OR INTENTIONS AS THEY GO THROUGH LIFE. IS THIS SOMETHING YOU DO?

Yes, I often envisage my life as I want it to be. I’ve been doing that since I was a teenager! Nowadays I write cosmic order boards, and manifest good things into reality :) On New Years Day I wrote out 50 goals, in each area of my life that I wanted to improve on or achieve. Re-reading the list every now and then is a great reminder that a) you’re on the right path b) you’ve achieved things you set out to do c) you need to be more mindful of the things you haven’t yet done!

HOW DO YOU UNWIND AFTER A BUSY DAY?

Just being with my boyfriend is enough to make me unwind! We chat about the day and other stuff and watch movies. Living in London can be quite busy and stressful, so it’s really nice just to ‘BE’.

ITS THE WEEKEND, WHAT DO YOU DO FOR FUN?

Well, I don’t drink anymore, so I find it hard to figure out what to do at weekends, seeing as most people focus their social life around drinking! We tend to be active and head to Brighton or the coast a lot. Movies is always a big weekend activity, but in truth I travel so much that I’m normally doing something in a foreign city or country!

WHAT’S YOUR TOP HEALTH TIP FOR OUR READERS?

Oh, so many! Well first and foremost… Give yourselves a break! Be kinder to yourself and everything will fall into place. More practically, quit or cut back on booze if you can. It is full of sugar and toxins, and we don’t realise it, but by over drinking it puts us in a haze for the rest of the week, until we start all over again at the weekend!

FINISH THE SENTENCE – BEING COMPLETE FOR ME MEANS…..

being fulfilled in my work and personal space, rising to every challenge, saying yes to every opportunity and always knowing that i have tried my very best.

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