Issue 199

Give Yourself a Fresh Start For 2012: by Sue Lester Head Transition Coach, Master Practitioner of NLP & Hypnosis.

Coming back after holidays can be a real drag, but it's the perfect opportunity to make those changes you've been wanting to see, and promising yourself you'll do. Before you slip back into old routines and bad habits, make those changes - integrate exercise and relationship building into your weekly schedule. You'll feel a bit out of sorts adjusting, but that is going to happen anyway coming back from holidays, so turn it to your advantage.

Any festive goodies not already consumed can be packed up and given away, and stock up your fridge and pantry with the kind of fuel your body needs to thrive instead. Ensure you include protein every meal, drink 2 L filtered water every day, limit bread, pasta, rice and fruit, get rid of sugar and fried foods, and if you need alcohol choose wine over beer or spirits with soft drink mixers. Ideally eat your evening meal before 7pm, or have your main meal in the middle of the day. Be strict during the week, and you can relax the reins on the weekend.

If you are a morning person, set your alarm earlier and as you do that each night, commit to getting up immediately it goes off in the morning. Have your exercise gear laid out so you don't have to think about anything to get out the door, or into your home gym/pool/exercise DVD. If it fits your routine to exercise at lunchtime or on the way home after work, do that - make it work for you, and make it something pleasant, enjoyable or at least not something you hate doing! If you need accountability get someone else to meet you, hire a personal trainer or go to a class. Use exercise as "Me Time" or involve your kids so they learn great healthy living habits too.

Remember to nourish your relationships as well as your body, focus on what you do want rather than what you don't, and above all - speak respectfully to yourself. Don't say anything to yourself that you wouldn't say to your best friend.

Your life is now, not tomorrow, so enjoy it now.

NOTE: if you need help with weight release, non-smoker conversion, or motivation to make change please email Sue Lester, Head Transition Coach and Master Practitioner of NLP, on or call 07 3103 2679 to discuss and book a convenient time. Skype sessions also available worldwide.

(c) Sue Lester, 2011. Sue Lester, BA. DipTeach. Master Practitioner NLP, Hypnosis, Results Coach. Head Transition Coach at Growing Content Pty Ltd Ph 07 3103 2679 or 0428 128 679




The Coffee Craze: by Miriam Young Medical Herbalist!

There are many different types of coffee; from the most toxic instant coffee to the least toxic organic coffee made by the Swiss water de-caffeinated process. The following relates to all types of coffee, including decaffeinated.

Many people rely on coffee to regulate their bowel movements. When they eventually go off coffee, they find out they are chronically constipated. Coffee is a toxic irritant to the mucosal lining of the entire digestive tract and contributes to the formation of mucoid plaque; a sticky like substance that forms on the intestinal wall. Coffee adds to the build up of crystal and stone formation in the kidneys, liver and gall bladder. Coffee turns the blood acidic, and chronically dehydrates the whole body.

Coffee depletes the immune system and exhausts the adrenal glands. Coffee can exacerbate and in some individuals be the actual cause of anxiety and panic attacks. Coffee heats the whole system, especially the liver, which in turn can exacerbate anger, depression and mood swings. Coffee destroys essential minerals and vitamins, including vitamin C, calcium, iron, and magnesium. And because of this mineral leaching affect, can exacerbate smooth muscle pain such as in the case of period pain.

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that "There was a significant association between (drinking more) caffeinated coffee and decreasing bone mineral density at both the hip and the spine, independent of age, obesity, years since menopause, and the use of tobacco, alcohol, and calcium supplements [in women]."

Instant Coffee is Poisonous
To make instant coffee you must apply a blanching agent; such as bleach or chlorine and then nitrogen and hydrogen removal compounds. More chemicals and packing 'glues' are then added to make sure the molecules will form granule size parts. All roasted coffee contains acrylamide, a cancer-causing chemical also found in fried food.

Coffee may give you a quick fix of energy but ultimately it drains your body of vital force. One a day is too much and most decaf coffee contains even more toxins than normal coffee. Caffeine has been shown to decrease thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) and therefore affects the thyroids capacity to function. One cup of coffee is enough to adversely affect a woman's hormonal balance for a whole menstrual cycle.

One of my clients thought she had Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) until she gave up coffee and all her symptoms, including intense abdominal cramping and diahorrea, disappeared immediately.

Green and also white teas are becoming popular in the western world for a reason; they are cancer preventing agents, rather than carcinogens. Green and white teas contain anti-oxidants and anti-oxidants are becoming prevalent in our society for their health giving and anti-ageing properties. The market is being saturated with anti-ageing products for internal use as well as external use as in beauty products. Give up coffee and watch the years fall off you, your hormones rebalance themselves naturally, and your mood swings even out. Pure water is the best anti-ageing product that nature has ever provided humanity.

PS Consume no more than 2 cups of green/white tea per day as this form of tea still contains tannins, and in excess may deplete the body of mineral stores.

Detox4Life is your complete online resource for the highest quality herbal medicines, natural remedies and pure plant nutritional supplements for natural body cleansing and detoxing. Our Detox4Life On-Line Store includes a range of very effective colon cleansing and detox products for gentle body cleansing. We offer a range of programs, pure plant nutritional supplements and natural remedies, products for kids, skin care, and detox-friendly tasty treats... including chocolate!

Miriam Young is a Medical Herbalist, she practices from her clinic Flourish Remedies in Tewantin and Fig Tree Pocket in Brisbane 0413 024 901.







Detox Your Body With Alkaline Water: with Alkalife - available in Woolworths - QLD,NSW &VIC.

Did you know you can detox simply by switching your drinking water?

Yes, it's true! But not just any water - alkaline water. How you ask? Read on to learn more.

Optimal health starts with maintaining the right acid-alkaline balance. The pH levels of your internal fluids affect every cell in your body and an acid imbalance can lead to health problems. The pH range of your blood ranges between a pH of 7.3 to 7.45 and it is critical that you maintain this as a blood pH of 7.0 can lead to death. If your body's pH becomes too acidic, you may experience fatigue, low energy levels, poor digestion, excess weight and even more serious conditions. This is often due to the foods we eat, lack of exercise, stress and the body not eliminating acids properly. The correct acid-alkaline balance starts with proper nutrition. This includes eating more alkaline forming foods and drinking plenty of alkaline water.

Why alkaline water so important in maintaining the acid-alkaline balance

Water is the most essential element in establishing and maintaining the correct acid-alkaline balance. The quality of the water is just as important as how much of it you drink, as it must be capable of preventing toxins from accumulating and damaging bodily cells. It also transports minerals and nutrients that are necessary for cell metabolism, and remove substances that can damage the cell. Only alkaline water can help neutralise acid and allow your body to remove them.

What is alkaline water?

The pH (potential of hydrogen) of any water is measured on a scale between 0 (acidic) to 14 (alkaline) with 7 being neutral. Waters with a pH less than 7 are considered acidic and pH above 7 alkaline. Many people wrongly assume all drinking water is neutral. The fact is, distilled water is neutral, while most of the drinking water available to us is acidic.

Benefits of alkaline water

Alkaline water helps neutralise stored acids and toxins in your body. Once neutralised, your body can then flush them out. Studies have shown that alkaline water can help the body to resist disease and slow aging by increasing intercellular hydration, replenishing essential minerals, stabilising and protecting cells, helping to maintain a normal blood flow and acid-alkaline balance, flushing out and preventing waste from accumulating in cells, and preventing free radicals from forming and damaging other cells.

alkalife provides a natural alkaline bottled water delivery service. We are also available in many health food stores listed on our website at and Woolworths in QLD, NSW and Victoria.




Music For Healing: with Endeavour Short Courses!

They say that music has charms to soothe the savage beast, but did you know that the idea of music as a healing influence dates back at least to the time of Plato and Aristotle?

Those who practice in the growing field of music therapy report benefit in using music to help manage chronic pain and depression, promote movement, calm patients, ease muscle tension, and heal many other mental and physical complaints.

Music has been shown to affect the body and mind in many powerful ways and bring benefits to your state of mind, long after you've stopped listening.

Endeavour College of Natural Health's new, interactive, one day Music for Healing workshop will allow you to discover the power of vibrational medicine and teach you how you can apply this in everyday life to support healing within by soothing the body, calming the mind and connecting with your creative spirit.

No musical background is required, only a passion for sound and music. You will learn new strategies and tools to utilise music for healing in daily life.

Course presenter, Natalie Daniel, has educational qualifications in Counselling, Music Psychotherapy, and Business Marketing, and has trained in classical flute & piano from an early age and through this began her journey in holistic care inclusive of the mind, body and spirit. As a counsellor, music psychotherapist and complementary medicine educator, Natalie believes finding meaning, passion and purpose in life is as essential to living as it is to therapeutic practice.

What will you learn in the Music for Healing workshop?

o Sound Healing - Healing with Sacred Sounds - Toning, Tibetan Singing and Healing Bowls
o Classical Music for Healing
o Relaxation Techniques
o Guided Imagery and Music
o Expanded States of Consciousness
o Mandala Drawing - Utilising Colour and Sound
o Music and Meditation
When's the next course available? 25 March 2012 @ Endedavour's Brisbane Campus

How do I book? Online @ and enter promo code MHS20 for your 20% discount.

Special Offer: Enter promo code MHS20 at checkout to receive a 20% discount off any on campus or online short course booked before February 28 2012.


2012 South East Qld Gym Guide!

click the below to find a local fitness cente to suit your needs.

Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba



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Short and Sweet:Apple and Celery Salad.

(Serves 4).

1 head celery

3 small green apples

50 grams walnuts

1 tsp lemon juice

50 gram cottage cheese

5 tbsp dressing (see Dressing chapter)

Wash the celery, break into sticks and cut off the green leaves. Chop the celery very finely. Wash the apples, cut into quarters and remove the cores. Slice thinly and sprinkle with lemon juice. Coarsely chop the nuts. Mix the celery and apple with half the nuts and arrange on a flat serving dish. Crush the cottage cheese in a bowl with a fork and mix with the dressing. Stir the remaining nuts in the dressing and serve separately with the salad.

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Laughter is the best medicine!

A man goes to a psychiatrist and says, "Doc, my brother's crazy, he thinks he's a chicken." The doctor says, "Why don't you turn him in?" The guy says, "We would. But we need the eggs."

.Quote of the Month!

"Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises" Demosthenes


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