All posts filed under: Health

Day in the Life of a Mum of Three Young Children

So what is it really like to be a mother to three young children? If I could sum it up in three words they would be; Love, exhaustion and chaos. Today I have taken what I would consider a brave step and uploaded a video on YouTube of a day in my life or DITL if you’re up with all the acronyms that exist on the internet these days. Whilst I am proud of my efforts and novice editing, the reality is that it is impossible to get the full story on film. I chose to purposely edit out some of the more stressful and unglamorous sections from my plethora of video footage, and I would like to firstly explain why and also go into the reason I choose to do so. So behind the scenes this is what really happened; my son crapped in my daughters room, or rather thought it would be a good idea to go to the toilet by himself and not tell me, which resulted in an unwiped bottom which …

Supplements for Depression

Depression can be such a crippling disorder that can negatively impact your life in so many areas, from how you go about your day to day activities to, how you socialise and even down to what you eat, what you wear and how you act. One of the most surprising and rather upsetting discoveries I’ve come across since being diagnosed with both depression and anxiety and complex post-traumatic stress disorder, is that the treatment and recovery is not an exact science and for many the process of recovery involves a lot of trial and error in as far as finding effective treatment and or medications. Through my personal recovery treatment I have trialled several different medications, physiologist and treatment facilities and professionals and unfortunately have not been very successful. I believe this to be partly because the treatment for depression is not very accurate, targeted or affective and partly because of my personal experience with doctors and my lack of trust in their ability to care for me. However I find myself in a position …

Depression and Motherhood | Starting YouTube

  So after a really long time of both battling depression and whether or not to start a YouTube channel, something I have been wanting to do for quite some time now, I have finally uploaded a very honest and very unedited first video which I thought I would share here on my blog. I’m hoping to continue this random streak of courage and upload more videos soon; based on a theme of motherhood, self-exploration and talking about depression and ways I am coping and hopefully curing my own. It would be wonderful if you could show a little love and support and check out my video, (my channel is called; finding me-again) it would be greatly appreciated.   Hope you’re having a wonderful day.  

The Connection Between Mental Health, Nutrition and Body Positivity

For many girls these days, one of the foremost mental distractions that also causes the most dissatisfaction and impact on our day to day lives is a preoccupation with weight, more specially weight loss. It is completely exhausting, and damaging to the self-esteem, constantly hating our bodies. I have had my struggles with my weight over the years spanning back to my preteens when I first became aware that I was different than the other kids as school, I was overweight, and I was teased and made to feel shameful and unworthy as a person. Women have such amazing skills and strengths that we can offer up as contribution to the betterment of this world but the majority of us are more concerned with thigh gaps and having abs then we are global environmental issues, political issues, equality, interpersonal relationships and self-growth, what a shame and what a waste of our brilliance, and I am among the guilty. My personal struggle was intensified when I was faced with the changes of my body during pregnancy …

Giving Up Perfection

When did good enough stop being good enough, and perfection the new norm? More specifically when did perfection take over my life, infiltrating every aspect until nothing was no longer good enough, and the internal struggle of comparison, self-doubt and dissatisfaction became my reality? Today it seems we are surrounded with persuasive images via media and advertisements that time and time again reinforce the message that we are not good enough. For the most part we aren’t even aware of their motivates, and if we are, either choose to turn a blind eye, or get swept up in the consumerist culture, driven by our need to fit in and be liked, that we buy in to the lie; we are not good enough as we are? Like blind sheep, and naive children we follow the like of zombies from birth to death never really stopping to question. The life we are striving for are lived by some of the most unhappy and distorted people. Money doesn’t buy you happiness, rather it buys you things and …

Five Alternative Therapies that Aid in Depression

In my opinion, and through my experience, how depression is treated and managed through the health system is not conducive to really and fully healing someone who is depressed and suffering. Although depression is marked as a mental illness, don’t make the assumption the sufferer isn’t in physical pain, or that there is no effect on other parts of the body aside from just our mental state.  Depression is an illness, it is debilitating, it is frustrating, confusing, painful, it is pain within your heart, body and soul and treatment for recovery should address all the areas of the body that have been affected. Treatment should be looking at realigning the deep rooted thought patterns, the physical toll that has been taken, stress on the heart and tension in the muscles and healing the soul. There needs to be more to recovery then just are you feeling happy or sad, but rather are you feeling content or are you feeling stagnant. We all know of our basic needs, food water, shelter, love and protection but …

Anti-Aging for Your Twenties? Prevention and Consistency

Is this even necessary? I guess it depends on who you ask, and your own personal view point! My back ground is in beauty therapies so I have an appreciation for good skin care and the benefits of what are now some quite advanced facials (most bordering on being a medical procedure). This is one of those cases where you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t. We are a society obsessed with staying young, and plastic surgery has become the new norm. We are constantly bombarded with distorted cosmetically enhanced faces greeting us from every celebrity obsessed magazine and internet resource. Let me state for the record I am not against plastic surgery or any treatment used for anti-aging purposes. What I am against is the unrealistic demands women seem to create for themselves and the unnatural faces that older women covet. Beauty is beauty however it comes! I’m not about to parade around in ugg boots at the grocery store or sport an unkempt appearance as I do have pride in …

My Morning Fat Burning Essentials

So I Have finally got into the swing of things as far as post baby weight loss and motivation are concerned. This being my third baby I found it a lot harder to lose the baby weight this time, probably from a combination of pure exhaustion and the toll taken on my body from having 3 (count ‘em) three C-sections in a short space of time. My biggest motivation currently is watching my body change and especially seeing the muscles and strength that I am gaining. It’s much more rewarding and effective if you work on fat loss and toning as opposed to just reducing the number on the scale (at whatever costs, usually includes muscle and water wright and unhealthy approaches). The three things that I try to include into every breakfast for their fat burning and metabolism boosting qualities are; Green Tea Loaded with antioxidants and various substances beneficial for your health and vitality. Green tea has been shown through several studies to help increase your body’s ability to burn fat and is …

Breakfast Superfood Smoothie | Banana, Date & Oats

For years and years I was one of those people who skipped breakfast (insert guilty face) even though I knew how important breakfast was, especially when it comes to kick starting your metabolism. My main reason for doing so was my dislike of regular breakfast favourites such as cereal, yoghurt and eggs, so I felt like there was nothing I really wanted to eat for breakfast. Then I got introduced to green smoothies, which I love, and satisfy both the foodie and the health nut in me. However I am one of those people who struggle to eat (or in this case drink) the same foods monotonously over and over again and crave variety and options. Because of this I like to keep things interesting with my smoothie making adventures chopping and changing the recipes all the time resulting in a multitude of different coloured concoctions. So today I thought I would share with you my favourite go to breakfast smoothie at the moment. This recipes boasts a lot of health benefits and contains some …