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Anti-aging Asparagus Soup

Asparagus Soup

Asparagus is in season at the moment, celebrating that spring is here (in the UK). It is one of my favourite vegetables – it is versatile and eats well in soups or grilled with a poached egg or two.

This asparagus soup is so easy to make and only needs a handful of ingredients.

Asparagus also has many anti-aging benefits. The more the better I say.  Read More →

Is food making you feel blah? 5 ways to feel better today

is food making you feel blah

I have always had a love/hate relationship with food. Although I enjoy eating food, it would often cause me stomach pain, bloating, headaches, tiredness or just a feeling of blah.

Has this ever happened to you?

If so, you may have a food intolerance.

How I discovered I had IBS

As a child I was a fussy eater and ate small amounts of food at a time. As I moved in my teens, this was replaced by a fixation on eating low fat food with the primary goal to be thinner. By the time I was in my early my early twenties, I was mainly living off low fat, prepackaged foods and the result was that I was skinny, but extremely unhealthy with continuing symptoms of tiredness, headaches, bloating and uncomfortable stomach complaints.

When I finally decided that enough was enough, I embarked on series of tests with various doctors. They came to the conclusion that I had undiagnosed Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and they suggested I improve my diet. Little explanation was provided to me about what IBS was or what an ‘improved diet’ looked like.

Listen to your body

It wasn’t until I embraced yoga and began listen to my body that I discovered how to make changes that resulted in positive health outcomes. The yoga postures assisted with toning and strengthening my internal organs. While meditation and relaxation work taught me how to breath and release tension.

The final stage of wellness occurred by changing my diet to include wholesome, fresh foods, including organic meat and mostly gluten and lactose free foods.

I rediscovered the art of cooking and buying fresh foods and the enjoyment having a meal with family and friends. This is not an outcome that happened overnight, and I still continue to research and try new foods as I move forward. I do wish that I had found my insights earlier. That is why I am passionate about sharing my health and wellness journey with you.

What is food intolerance? What is IBS?

Food intolerance is your body’s inability to digest certain foods that it is hypersensitivity to. Common symptoms of food intolerance includes headaches, irritable bowel, runny nose and bloating.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a condition of the digestive system caused by a change to your body’s ability to move food through the digestive track, resulting in an increased sensitivity of the gut. The symptom can come and go and can worsen due to stress and after eating certain foods.

Food intolerance can be difficult to tell apart from other digestive disorders such as IBS. So it is advisable for you to see your doctor to discuss your symptoms.

5 ways to feel better today?

Here are the top five things that I do to manage my digestive issues:  Read More →

Top 5 tips to kickstart your summer wellness

Summer Wellness

As the season is changing here in the UK, the days are getting warmer and the nights lighter for longer. Spring is a great time to assess where you are presently at with your health and wellness and where you want be heading over the next few months as we head into summer.

With so much information out there, it can be hard to know where to start with making changes for your health and wellness.

Well help is at hand, with my top five tips to kickstart your summer wellness.

1. Have a summer adventure

For me, summer is all about having an adventure. Some of my most vivid childhood memories are of my summer adventures, whether it was a family holiday by the sea or a picnic in the backyard. Expand your mind, learn something new like taking a cooking class or in my case learning Italian. Whatever adventure you choose to have, it needs to be something you will relish sharing with your friends and loved ones as you catchup with them over the summer months.

2. Boost your health with veggies

The fastest way that you can boost your health is to have at least five serving of fruit or vegetables every day.

Make fruit and veggies interesting by mixing it up – try a green smoothie or a veggie juice, ideally you can make this at home with a blender or a juicer. Or, seek out your nearest wholefoods cafe or juice bar and try a new taste sensation. At the moment my favourite veggie juice is carrot, apple and celery.

Try adding veggies to each meal you have. Add shredded carrot to your chicken sandwich or have a veggie soup. I even like to add mushrooms to my spaghetti bolgnaese. If you try to eat seasonally, your veggies will be fresher and cheaper. In my veggie box this week I have the most tender asparagus spears which I am still deciding how to enjoy them best.

3. Start your day with breakfast

Start your day right, with a slow, long breakfast full of fresh wholesome food.  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it sets you up to fuel your body and stops you from snacking on junk food by mid morning.

As you will have seen in last weeks newsletter, my favourite breakfast is my homemade Banana Granola. It is gluten and dairy free without added sugar or preservatives. It is super tasty and it keeps me going for hours.

If you aren’t a breakfast person (yet), try starting your day with a green juice or a smoothie.

4. Enjoy the great outdoors

De-stress in a natural setting and feel the sun on you skin, enjoy the great outdoors. Go for a walk, take your yoga outdoors, go for a swim or plant a veggie patch or go and Pick Your Own (PYO) strawberries. The options are endless.

5. Set your goals and take action!

Whatever you decide to do this summer, the most important step is to set your goals and take action. Remember, thought without action is procrastination!

Write out your goals and stick them up on your fridge where you can see them every day. Decide what action you will take to move you forward towards your goals. Put that action in your calendar as an appointment.

For example. If you have dusted off your swimmers/bikini and want to start an exercise routine, now is the time. What action are you going to take to get your exercise routine started – make it really specific eg: I am going to the gym on Monday’s and Wednesday’s at 10am. Put that appointment in your calendar.

Or, perhaps your goal is to travel abroad this summer. Decide on the destination. Book in your holiday leave and get it on your appointment calendar. Start saving and book your airfares. I like to create an online pin board to capture motivational images of the destination of choice. I like to use Pinterest for my online pin board but a tradition cork board will also do the trick.

Track your progress and celebrate your achievements!

Need more help. Get an accountability partner to keep you on track such as walking with a friend, joining a yoga class or get yourself a wellness coach.

So, print off my top tips and set your goals and actions today.

I would love to know what you are planning for your 2014 summer adventure? Leave a comment and let me know.

Hello and welcome!

Abundant

My name is Kim. I am a certified life coach and yoga practitioner. I am originally from Brisbane, Australia and I am now living in Oxfordshire, England.

I love to travel, eat sushi, drink peppermint tea and read a good book. I am learning Italian and rediscovering the joy of riding my new pushbike.

What is this blog about?

This blog is space for me to share my passions about living a life of health, wellness and happiness. I will be sharing recipes, tips, motivation and tool and techniques to assist you in creating your own version of an abundant life. I am so honoured to have you join me on this adventure into abundant wellness.

So why do I want to be your coach?

My background is in human resources in the fast paced, corporate world, of legal services. By the time the client arrived at my door, they had often lost their passion for life. They were stressed, dissatisfied and disengaged with their life (and sometimes from their loved ones too). For some, they attached their entire identity and purpose in life to their job title. For others, they questioned what they wanted to do ‘when they grow up’. For most, they felt like they had lost their way.

As I coached and mentored these people back towards a life of happiness and fulfillment, I realized that I wanted to extend my coaching to reach people before they arrived at that point of despair.

I wanted to create a safe space that allows my clients to express their fears and limiting self-doubts, to then be able to guide and support them to live a life of wellness and abundance. And from that, my blog and wellness coaching programs have evolved.

How can you be involved?

I would love to connect with you and have you join me for this adventure into all things wellness. You can join me on Facebook, Pinterest and via my weekly newsletter. Please share this blog with your friends and feel free to leave your insights in the comments box below.