No Bake Nut Bars

These are an ideal healthy treat that really keep you going.  I love that they fill that salty,  and sweet craving all at the same time.  

Packed with protein, and none of the nasties that regular store brought bars contain. You can use any kind of nuts you like, but I used almonds because we happen to have these in abundance at our house this week. 

 

You will need:

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Delicious Sweet & Salty Nut Bars

50g coconut oil

50s coconut sugar

50g raw honey

200g oats

100g  almonds

1 tablespoon organic peanut butter

pinch of salt

pinch of cinnamon

 

Method:

Melt coconut oil, honey and coconut sugar together in a saucepan.  Bring to the boil, add the salt and cinnamon. Continue to boil for 1-2 minutes, stir continually so that the mixture doesn’t burn.  

Remove from the heat, and add the peanut butter, oats, and almonds to the hot mixture.  Stir to combine and pour into a lined loaf sized pan.

Press down flat, you may need to use the back of an oiled spoon because the mixture will be sticky. 

Leave to set in the fridge for a couple of hours before slicing into small bars with a sharp knife.

Store in an air tight container in the fridge (especially in summer).

Makes 10-12 squares. 

3 Ways To Reduce Children’s Anxiety

Children are far more prone to anxiety than ever before and suffer from stress, depression, and behavioural issues that effect their quality of life.  

I know what that feels like, as my son suffered terrible anxiety until we made some significant changes in his life.  We decided not to give him medication, and instead supported him to heal naturally.  

As a parent it can be heart breaking to watch our child suffer.  

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If it was a cut knee they had, you can put a bandaid on it, or if they suffer a cold we can tuck them up in bed, keep them warm and know they will soon be ok, but with anxiety it can hard to know what to do to help and can be an ongoing and debilitating problem .  

As parents we don’t have to feel helpless, in fact as the most important people in the lives of our children we are in the best position to make a difference.  

3 ways to reduce anxiety in children naturally.

1 – Feed them foods that fuel the mind.  

Every cell in the body is made from the food that children eat, including the brain cells. Additives such as artificial colours, flavours and preservatives can cross the blood brain barrier and effect the way the brain processes information, how they behave, how they feel and how they think.

Clean foods create a clean mind.  After taking my son off processed foods such as sausages, and ice blocks his debilitating anxiety reduce within just two weeks and he was able to have such a better quality of life. I also recommend using a few drops of lavender essential oil on a tissue under their pillow at night, and my family uses Weleda’s stress & tension relief tablets as an additional support during stressful times.  

2 – Let kids be kids.  

Leave children to be little, to grow and to play in their own way and in their own time.  Play is one of the greatest healers and NOT the time waster that some think it is.  

It allows children to process their thoughts in the real world, and is very therapeutic.  Too often children are thrown into the adult world of news stories, drama, and adult problems too soon. The adult world can cause havoc on a young mind that isn’t prepared for dealing with such problems yet.  Letting children be little for as long as possible will enable them to grow a strong and capable mind.

3 – Let them draw out their feelings.  

Drawing at any age is therapeutic and a great way of taking blocked feelings and emotions and getting them out on paper.  For children who may not have the words to tell us what is wrong, or even know what is wrong themselves, drawing can be very beneficial.  Give them plenty of paper, and crayons and pencils and get them drawing.  Let them draw what ever they want, but if they are having trouble getting started, or don’t know what to draw try this:

Ask them to draw a house and their family.  The colours used in their drawings all have a significant meaning, as do the people they draw.  The drawing of a child can tell a parent a lot about what is going on in their mind.

I have worked for more than 12 years with young children and have studied children and their art work. If you would like to understand your child’s drawing a little better, get them to draw their house and family, post it below, and I can help you understand it.  

If you feel like your child’s anxiety is getting out of control remember to talk to your doctor or natural health professional. 

Jamie x 

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What Should I Eat To Be Healthy?

Healthy eating…..It’s confusing right!??

Most people I speak to feel bombarded with different diets, superfood powders, kitchen appliances, and advice …everything you are now told to do is the opposite of what you just read.  

So in this crazy busy, information packed world, with big businesses all out for a quick buck, how do you REALLY know what is healthy and what isn’t?

I always use this great piece of advice when deciding if something is healthy for my body or not….

Eat like we did before the supermarkets opened their doors….

We didn’t eat anything from a box, or a packet or a bread bag…we didn’t eat bread or wheat (not the kind we eat now anyway) or processed sugars, and we certainly didn’t eat the millions of chemical additives that are poured into foods to prolong their  life and make them more attractive to consumers like we do now.

 

And you know the craziest thing??? We didn’t suffer from all the obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, ADHD, and autism that we suffer from now. 

Check out my quick video explaining what healthy food REALLY is by clicking below.

 

Holistic Wellness Found- From Fatigued to Energized!

Holistic Wellness Found! It wasn’t easy, there was A LOT of fatigue along the way, and I am determined NEVER to feel like that again.  

I’m sharing how I changed my life, discovered holistic wellness, and energized my mind, body and soul.

Here is sneak peak into my just launched FREE holistic wellness download, for your own copy click the link at the bottom.

Whether you are sick and tired of being sick and tired (LIKE I WAS), you want to slim down to the size you feel your most comfortable, or you just want an extra energy boost to keep up with your busy life, you have started at the right place.

Energy is everything, and everything is energy right?  It is the life force of all we are and all that we do.  With extra energy even the impossible feels possible.

Here is a little of my personal story…..

I don’t know what happened to me along the way, but I kind of feel like I lost myself in the business of ‘life’. 

Once I had my children, I was not only juggling being a mum, but all the other things that popped up along the way like running a business, a household, finances and working outside the home. 

All of a sudden I was 36 and sitting across from my osteopath being told I had adrenal fatigue, a thyroid disorder, was low in Iron, and so on and so on.

WHAT!

How did this happen? After all I live a healthy lifestyle!

Or so I thought…..I ate wholegrain bread, and often even baked it myself, I would even give myself weeks without gluten, eating gluten free bread, yet….I felt completely depleted in all areas of my health, unbalanced and was on the verge of complete exhaustion. 

AND…this wasn’t new, I often felt like this over the past few years. 

I had actually gotten used to it, and had began to tailor my life around my exhaustion.  I would avoid weekends away, telling myself it was easier to stay at home because I would just come home too exhausted. 

This is how EVERYTHING changed for me, and how I discovered holistic wellness…..

And it’s yours FREE just by clicking here ‘The Grain-Free Lifestyle’ FREE Download.  

The Inspirational Words That Changed My Life

I haven’t always been super positive, it’s something I have had to work at, and then work at again and again and again, until being positive is now something that just comes naturally to me.  

I believe that inspirational words have the power to change our subconscious, and in turn change our lives. 

Some people are born positive, and are raised by positive parents, and go on to have wonderfully positive lives. I wouldn’t say that was me, it wasn’t the way I was raised, and positivity didn’t come naturally to me.  I didn’t find it around me growing up, and the schools I attended were places you went because you had to, not because you wanted to.  

Life can be hard work, and some days can feel a hell of a lot longer and darker than others. I discovered the power of books when I was a teenager, I was probably about 15, I was in a really dark place, I had no one around me to support me, and I was really desperate for help.   It was then that I saved up and brought my first self help book.  It was called something like ‘How to be happy’ by an author I can’t even remember.  

But it obviously had a major impact and opened up a whole new world of inspirational words. 

From then on I was hooked, and when everyone else was buying cd’s, make up and clothes, I was buying inspirational books.  These books opened up a whole new world for me, one where there were opportunities to live a positive life.  For the first time my circumstances didn’t define my life and who I was.   I had options!  I read books about people who had been through similar experiences like mine, and had pushed through the pain and now helped others do the same.  

I thought ‘That could be me!’

The number one thing that has got me through some of the hardest times in my life are the inspirational words of my mentors. When I am lost I open up one of my inspirational books, and the right words for that moment will appear before me on the page.   

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Here are some of my favourite inspirational words.

“No successful person has ever known how their dream would happen.  They simply believed that it would happen and did not give up until it had”.  Rhonda Bryne  – From the book ‘The Hero’  

 

“Palm readers believe that your left hand is what you are born with, and your right hand tells the story of what you do with it.  In other words, regardless of the hand you are dealt in life, it’s always going to be up to you, what you choose to do with it”.   Paul McKenna From the book ‘The 3 things that will change your destiny today’.  

“When you want something, the whole universe conspires to help you”.  Paul Coelho – From the book ‘The Alchemist’.  

“We have chosen these experiences and they are a part of our lives for a reason.  We may not find out what that reason is for some time.  It may not even be in this life time.  But we need to accept that it is a part of the plan and get through it as best we can”.  Kelvin Cruickshank – From the book ‘Taking The Journey’.  

“The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in your heart, this you will build your life by, this you will become”.  James Allen.  – From the book ‘As A Man Thinketh’  

“What we see in other people are reflections of part of ourselves” . Kate Spencer.  – From the book ‘Twelves Lessons, The Journal’.  

 

I hope you found some inspiration from reading this post, PLEASE share some of the inspirational words that have helped you on your life’s journey.  

Every time you read something inspirational that resonates with your soul, know that the magic and wisdom you see in those words, is the same magic and wisdom that is within you.

Jamie x

 

 

 

10 Signs You Are In The Wrong Job

The fact that you have come to read a blog post titled ‘5 Signs You Are In The Wrong Job’ could be a sign right there do you think?  

But let’s have a good look at the list first before we decide.

It was easy for me to write this list because I have had plenty of ‘wrong’ jobs along the way. I have worked in a service station, a hairdressers, a coffee shop, been part of a roading gang, been a teacher a model, and quite a few more. From dreading every Monday, to even taking up smoking just so I could have an excuse to be away from the building itself for 5 minutes, I can honestly say these jobs taught me so much.

 signs you are in the wrong job

They taught me what I did want, because they showed me what I didn’t want.

 

Here is my top 10 Signs You Are In The Wrong Job.

1 – You wake up every workday morning with a feeling of absolute dread.

I am sure we ALL know this feeling. One of my first teaching jobs was so bad, that I after weeks of working there I began to think crashing my car on the way would be better than actually being there! If that’s not a sign I don’t know what is right? 

2 – The negativity from work flows into your personal life.

It affects you negatively even when you are not at your place of work. You get home from work and talk about all the crap that happened through the day, from what people said that they shouldn’t have said, to all the crap jobs you had to do with no thanks.

3 – The time goes so slowly.

Tick, tick, tick, you watch the hands on the clock slowly moving around the clock face, and you wish you could just move it a little bit forwards so you don’t have to endure another 5 hours of work.   Each work day feels like a eek that you will never get back.  Remember the saying ‘Time goes fast when you are having fun!’.

4 – You feel unappreciated and underutilized.

You have great ideas, your creative and your imagination is bursting with ways to make the world a better place. However it’s not the right place to voice these ideas, and when you have in the past no one listened anyway.

5 – You are physically, mentally and spiritually exhausted.

You flop exhausted into bed each night after work, yet still feel like you haven’t given what it was you were born to give.

6 – You can’t see a future in your current job.

Even if there is a ladder to climb, it doesn’t get you interested, excited or make going to work any happier.

7 – You only go to your job for the money.

If you won the lottery, the first thing you would do is call your boss and tell him to stick it!

8 – You arrive late or bang on time.

You purposely never arrive early to work and try not to stay late because you don’t want to have to be there for 1 minute more than is absolutely necessary.

9 – You are disappointed with what you do for a job.

It isn’t what you thought you would do when you were younger, and you yearn for more excitement.

10 – Work feels like a prison.

Being at work makes you feel trapped.

 

If you ticked 3 or more of these, there is a good chance it’s time to make some bigger, brighter plans for the future. But you aren’t alone, it’s very common for MOST people to feel this way about their job. But it doesn’t have to be this way for you. The one thing that will make your job more enjoyable right away, is having an ‘escape plan’. Start writing down all the things that you do want, and how you are going to start working towards the right job for you.

Know this.  There are people in the world who absolutely love what they do, and would do it for free, and would do it forever if they could. Every day I get up and I get to create, write, to be a mum, and a business owner. These things light me up from the inside, time gets away from me, and my days feel like minutes! I too worked jobs that weren’t right for me, but they all hold a valuable lesson. They point us towards what we do want….and we will get what we want when we become clear about our goals.

What do you really want to be doing every day?

Did this resonate with you today? I’d love to hear your thoughts on your current job, so comment below or flick me an email.  

Jamie x