Author: eastgatetherapies

Body Image

 

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I want to talk about body image.

What do we see in the mirror when we look at ourselves.

What have we been told to see?  What is our expectation?

Not long ago I posted a full length picture of myself on Instagram. It was quite a big deal for me. I’m sure a lot of you can relate. Ok, I did it as part of body positivity day so I used that as an excuse. But it still was a big deal. After posting the picture, I wondered if this meant I am getting somewhere with my body image? To tell you the truth, generally I am quite contented with me now, except when Im feeling a bit off. It has taken a lot of work but it feels good. I feel like I am in control at last.  I’ve stopped believing that a life goal should be to change your body to be “better looking”. Better for who?

So why are we judged by how we look? Why do we judge ourselves by how we look?

Why do we judge? That’s the real question.

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I felt prompted to write this blog about body image because over the last couple of weeks there were a few instances where body image has come up and reminded me of its dominance in our society, and how it has affected me.

I have noticed however that since I have come off the weight band wagon I don’t get as many people wanting to talk to me about it. I’ve also changed my line of work so maybe it isn’t expected as much anymore. Well, whatever it is, it’s a welcome relief.

So back to the couple of instances.

Sitting next to me at a dinner was a very beautiful woman who had a body on her like a super model. She didn’t have any food in front of her and I asked “Aren’t you hungry? This meal is actually quite nice”. She said she had to lose a very specific amount of weight because she didn’t like the way she looked. And the specific amount was quite a lot. At first I thought she was joking so I laughed. However she wasn’t.

I then thought, wow, no matter what we look like, it’s sometimes still never enough.

I proceeded to eat the dinner.

Then, another lady who I know very well said to me, I need to talk to you about what diet I can do to lose all the weight I have put on this summer. I don’t know what was sadder, the fact that she felt she needed to lose weight or the fact that I am the diet guru. 

Someone also made a comment to me the other day about weight. They were being complementary by saying “there are people who are really fat and there are people like you who carry weight but feel healthy”. Hmmm thanks 😳

Why is our body image such an issue? Why do people care?

I usually find that people who are critical or make comments about other people’s weight have an issue with their own. That’s bizarre isn’t it? You would think that if you are a bit chunky you would have empathy and acceptance for someone else in the same boat. But no, it’s the first thing that is seen and commented on. People describe other people as, “the one that is overweight” and some people feel they have the right to voice their opinions, without any awareness of anyone else. I had a client who said I was getting chunky, mind you this same client was horrified that I wasn’t a vegetarian because I was a therapist.

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Oh well it takes all sorts. Fortunately by that stage of my life I didn’t care. If it had been 5 years earlier I would have been scouring the internet for the next diet.

Its also important to remember the other side of the scale when it comes to body image.

Weight is a very touchy subject no matter who you are. I have had a few clients who have body issues because they feel underweight and are embarrassed. One lady didn’t want me to touch her because of that and kept apologising for being thin.

So why have I brought this up and why is this subject important to me?

Because for the majority of my years it has been a very stressful and depressing subject. I think about the amount of time and money I have spent researching the latest diet, diet supplement, detox, pull me in knickers and everything else that goes with it just to get the perfect body that we are told we are meant to have, and it gives me a headache.

It’s disturbing to see people believe all the hype around diets and perfect bodies and how it will make you happy. Happy????? All it ever made me was stress out. Stress out about what to eat, stress out about what not to eat, stress out about gaining a lb, stress out about not losing enough lbs. Stress out about the judgment.

So, how do we change? Do you want to change?

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Well, for me it was turning 50. I had also been through the Amnanda Process. I changed my life in a lot of ways, but the weight thing was still getting the better of me. So, I said “that’s it”, no more diets, no more worrying what other people thought, no more stress.

It hasn’t been smooth sailing. There have been a few times where a diet has crossed my mind. There always seems to be something thrown in front of me especially when I’m on social media. But fortunately I haven’t acted on it. It’s about breaking a habit, you could even call it an addiction, which is hard to do.

The main thing that has kept me going is my strong feeling of being unique. I have led a contradictory life. There have been certain things in which I will not conform to at all and then there are things like body image where I got sucked right in. Well, now that ain’t happening anymore. The more I practise this the better I will get. I am now trusting myself and taking responsibility. I’m not stupid, I know if I overindulge in food and drink there is a consequence, but its nice to give myself permission to have the choice.

We are all unique and beautiful in many ways.

So, If this blog has made you question about how you describe someone or yourself, and maybe made you think twice about judging what you see then Im very happy.

Does anyone want any diet books??????????????  😜

 

 

Is the Heat Wave impacting you?

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Is this extraordinary heat affecting you?

It’s affecting me, and a lot of it is my fault.

I’ll explain why, and maybe this might help you as well.

Last week I was on holiday in Portugal enjoying the sunny days as you would while on holiday. We would go out somewhere in the morning before the heat started, then in the afternoon I would either sit in the shade or take an afternoon nap. And then I would venture out again in the late afternoon or at dinner time. I was drinking a lot of water and having cool showers before going to bed and eating cooling foods. Bliss.

So what has happened to my common sense since I have returned home????

We are not used to hot temperatures here in the UK. I’m not used to hot temperatures here in the UK. I’m always complaining about the weather not being hot enough here. You see I was born in Australia and our summers were hot and long. I think I have a romantic memory of Australian long hot summers without actually remembering the down sides.

I have been in the UK for over 20 years and have forgotten what those long hot summers were like and, I have acclimatised to the UK weather.

This is what I have forgotten over the last couple of days. I think I got over excited and I have spent too long in the sun.

Well, now I have been suffering.

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Yesterday and the day before I spent a lot of time out in the garden. I have been wearing a singlet top and shorts and a cap. I felt great. I don’t remember drinking a lot of water though because I was way too busy gardening. We had a nice bottle of Rosé sitting in the garden last night and I had a light dinner but then started snacking on crisps.

Just before I went to bed I started to feel quite odd and a bit aggressive. I was having a conversation with my husband and I my voice rose a few times. When he pointed this out to me I said I was just passionate. But in retrospect maybe this was the first sign of my Pitta inbalance.

I didn’t have a cool shower before going to bed last night which was a bad move. My system was warming up fast.

Everything was ok until about 3am. According to the Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, chi, prana, blood becomes most active in the gallbladder and liver from about 11pm to 3am. My liver was working overtime. It was heating up and so was I. At one point I had no more bed clothes to strip off and I was burning up. I probably should have had a cool shower then and there but I felt too awful. My kind husband got me a cold flannel and I placed it on my liver side which helped a bit, until that heated up as well. I probably drank 1.5 litres of water and I was still thirsty. This lasted for about an hour and then the headache started.

It is a headache that is immediately recognised by me. I get this headache a few days before my period and sometimes when I ovulate. It usually lasts for 24 hours and it always starts at night. When I checked my diary this morning I noticed that I am due for my period in the next few days so that’s the reason for the hormonal headache. No wonder my system was over heating, my hormones were at it as well.

I moved into the spare room so that my poor hubby could sleep and tried to relax. I did some breathing and visualisation which helped and eventually I fell asleep.

 

So, what have I learnt and how am I remedying the situation today?

Firstly, Im not that young Australian spring chicken who used to love being in the sun anymore.

Secondly, practise what you preach to your clients about imbalance.

Today I am enjoying a lot of water and in particular this wonderful tea

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Amaiva Pitta Tea

I am eating cooling fruit, Ive just had lovely nectarines and I will have watermelon.

Tonight will be veg of some sort. No meat – meat heats the system

No booze – alcohol heats the system.

I have spent most of the day in my lovely therapy room in the basement of my home which is very cool. I will venture out into the garden later when the sun is milder, and I will have a cool shower before going to bed tonight.

I hope this has been of some help to you.

Its all about awareness, take note of what your body is telling you before its too late.

Enjoy the weather.

 

 

 

Cold Weather and Kidney Energy

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Although we had record warm temperatures last week in the UK, the cold weather still hasn’t finished and in this blog I want to talk about a particular problem I see during the cold Winter months: Low Kidney Energy

It is something I suffer from and I also see it a lot in clients this time of year.

What is Kidney Energy?

The traditional medicines of most cultures talk about vital energy flowing around the body. In Chinese medicine for example it is called Chi, in Ayurveda medicine it is called Prana.  A healthy body has a good energy flow through all the major organs and systems with no major dips or low points. When I examine a client, I am able to feel this flow of energy and detect imbalances.  And it is in the kidneys where during the colder months, I frequently feel a dip or low energy in both myself and in my clients.

So why do we get Low Kidney Energy?

Firstly, Kidney Energy does deplete as we get older but lifestyle factors play an important part.  Stress, Overwork, Chronic illness can all be contributing factors. But Low Kidney Energy can be caused by something as simple as not drinking enough water.

Believe it or not the seasons also impact on our body’s flow and especially the cold weather on our kidney energy.

What are the Symptoms of Low Kidney Energy?

Personally, one of the signs that things are not working properly, is feeling cold right through me. People with Low Kidney Energy generally hate the Winter and really feel the cold nearly all the time, even inside with the heating on. In particular, feeling cold in the lower half of your body, lower back, knees, ankles. Low Kidney Energy can lead to low back pain and pains in the legs.

 

I know you will probably say, “But it’s Winter, of course you are cold” however, there is cold and there is cold all the time. If you suffer from this then you will know what I mean. It’s the cold right through to the bones cold. Cold through to the core of your body. You might have experienced this type of cold when you had flu or have been over exhausted and felt as though you had a chill.

If you feel like this then maybe you need to think about your Kidney Energy.

When my Kidney energy is good, I might be cold on my extremities, but I don’t feel cold in my core.

 

The next thing that I might feel is thirsty. Dehydration is a major cause of Low Kidney Energy and during Winter we tend not to drink as much as we would in the warmer months.

I do make a point of drinking water. I find if I don’t drink enough I become dehydrated. This results in my body becoming too acidic and then other problems arise. Normally, the kidneys filter out various salts and minerals and regulates your body’s PH. However, dehydration puts a lot of pressure on the Kidneys and the bladder.

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When my Kidney Energy gets low I also get the ache. It is a very deep dull ache in the right side of my back just under the ribcage. Then I know that my poor old kidneys have had enough, are overworked and are low on Energy. That is just my experience, however I do have people complaining of back ache in these areas as well.

Other physical symptoms clients experience include:

Constant Tiredness.

Dizziness, Vertigo

Poor bladder control, or frequent urination (often a sign of overworked kidneys and dehydration).

Puffiness and Water Retention, especially around the ankles and feet.

Craving salty foods

Dry weak hair

Moaning, Complaining, Fear.

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How to Improve Your Kidney Energy

There are a number of things you can do to increase kidney energy.

The first thing to do is look at your lifestyle:

  • Are you burning the candle at both ends?
  • Too many late nights, lack of or even too much exercise?
  • Eating on the run / doing everything on the run?

All of these factors can weaken kidney energy if endured for too long. So rest and relaxation of body and mind is crucial to help strengthen the kidneys.

Keep your Kidney area warm

As part of this I would highly recommend a regular warm Salt bath during the Winter months. Not only is this fantastic for destressing and relaxing, Salt is also the flavour we crave when we have Low Kidney Energy. Dead Sea Salts or Himalayan Salts are highly beneficial.  They contain numerous minerals including Potassium and Magnesium which are very often deficient in today’s diet. Magnesium is natures tranquilliser and Potassium helps regulate the fluid balance in the body. Not only will you feel restored and regenerated after one of these baths, you will also feel relaxed.

Two products I recommend are Primordial Sea Bath Salts

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Therapie Himalayan Detox Salts These go out of stock a lot because they are so good if a bit expensive. If you can afford them they are definitely worth it.

Next, Keep Hydrated.

Preferably warm or room temperature water in the winter. The digestive system doesn’t sit well when we drink ice cold water.  I like to drink Lemon juice in warm water. Citrate, a component of the citric acid in Lemon juice actually makes urine less acidic.

Nettle Tea is also a wonderful Winter drink for the Kidneys. It stimulates them and helps flush excess water and toxins from the body. This is what I drink.

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Nourish yourself in the Winter

Try not to eat raw food in the Winter especially if you have weak digestion. During the cold months try not to put too much pressure on your digestive system. You can lightly steam or stir fry vegetables, this will make the food easier to digest. I try to eat seasonally and that means root vegetables in winter. Roasting root vegetables is delicious and there are numerous recipes for soups. Here is one I make regularly.

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Parsnip and Split Mung Bean Soup

 This soup is also very nice using different vegetables such as broccoli, peas or even courgette

1/3 of a cup or yellow split mung beans

3 cups of water

1 bay leaf

4 large parsnips peeled and chopped

1 tablespoon of ghee (or any oil you wish)

1 peeled and onion chopped

½ teaspoon of turmeric

2 teaspoons of cumin powder

2 teaspoons of vata spice

1 litre of hot vegetable stock

Salt and pepper to taste

Put the split mung beans in a small saucepan with the water and bay leaf and simmer on a low heat for approximately 15-20 minutes until the mung is soft.

Meanwhile, steam the parsnips (or other veg) until soft and keep to one side.

Heat the ghee in a large saucepan and fry the onion on a low heat until golden brown.

When the onions are ready, add the turmeric, cumin and vata spice and fry for another minute.

When everything is ready, add the steamed vegetables and mung beans to the onion and spice mix in the large saucepan. Give it a mix and add half of the vegetable stock to it.

Liquidise/blend this mixture and add the rest of the stock to it or as much as you want to achieve the consistency you would like.

Season with salt and pepper.

 

These are some suggestions I give my clients based on what works for me and also for other clients when they come for a healing session.

Keep warm everyone, I don’t think the winter has finished yet.

 

Sexuality & Health

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Amnanda Moksha Part 2

In my last blog I gave you an overview of what Amnanda Moksha is generally, I would now like to explore it further in relation to female sexuality.

Sexual energy infuses life and influences everything we do. It is one of the main creative life forces that drives our thoughts, feelings, behaviour and as a consequence our health and well-being.

Unfortunately, when our sexual energy is blocked or not flowing well, it affects our entire system both physically and mentally.  

Amnanda Moksha helps you to clear the blocks and generate this sexual energy.

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I will give you an overview of how Amnanda Moksha has helped me in terms of my Sexuality and Sexual Energy?

The main thing that I have achieved is a sense of freedom. Both in my mind and my body.(One of my clients has referred to the feeling as a lift, a lightness).

As a result of clearing blocks through Moksha, my general energy has changed.

I feel lighter in myself. I used to have what I would call heavy days, blocked days. My head was foggy, my limbs felt heavy. I had no motivation. It wasn’t an illness, it was a state of mind and body. Reading back in my diary, I used to complain about people and life in general. These were my beliefs. I would also criticise myself a lot.  No wonder I felt heavy. This affected my physical body as well. I used to have achy muscles, painful periods, digestive problems, hormonal headaches, throat problems and the list goes on.

All of this has changed.

Of course, I get the odd achy muscle, a headache here and there but overall things are different. My attitude is different. My mind is lighter and clearer and therefore I have a different type of energy and outlook. Maybe some of you will understand where I am coming from. I had no idea what this was until doing first the 12 month Amnanda Process and then later the 6 month Amnanda Moksha.

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One particular block I had was to do with Body issues. I have had body issues for a very long time. I was always reminded that I was a chunky kid, so I have spent a lot of my life on one diet/detox or another in the hope that something would change. My self-talk / self-image about my body was always negative. That then becomes a habit and consequently part of my identity (who I think I am).  I would never wear a bikini and always made sure I was covering what I didn’t like seeing. Since doing Moksha, this has become less prevalent. I actually enjoy eating what I want, and don’t punish myself if I stray anymore by doing some strange diet. I used to use the excuse and say it was because I was curious about the diet/detox and this would be the one to change me. Honestly, I always felt deprived, but continued to punish myself.

This block is clearing all the time. Now I have the confidence and knowledge to know what is good for me and what isn’t. I have the freedom to choose what I do. I’m not on that hamster wheel of the same behaviour and not getting anywhere and feeling out of control.  I don’t care what size clothes I am. I feel freer yet feel more in control as a result.

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Do I feel sexy and sexual?

That’s a good question. I have found that because I accept compliments more, then yes that has increased my self-confidence and ultimately my sexuality. In the past, every time someone would compliment me on something I wouldn’t accept it. Say someone said “you look nice today” I would answer “No I don’t”. Sound Familiar??????

This can be changed

I work on the basis that we have 3 main driving engines in our life.

  1. The importance of Acknowledgement.

I believe we interpret this as love. The opposite is criticism.

In childhood we look for acknowledgment from our parents. As teenagers we look for acknowledgment from our friends. As adults we look for acknowledgment from our partners, children, society and so on.

If we get and more importantly accept Acknowledgement then that results in

  1. Your self-esteem, charisma, acceptance of self, love

Which then leads to

  1. Strength, Potency, Motivation, Purpose.

These 3 drivers run our lives.

How many of you can say these are working well???  Are there any blocks there?

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Blocks in our sexual energy affect the balance of our metabolic system, and importantly our hormones. 

A lot of people think that our “female” hormones are active only at certain times in our life such as just before your period, puberty, pregnancy and menopause. The truth is, hormones influence the health of our bodies and minds every single day. They work like your internal internet system carrying messages from the glands where they are produced to cells in different parts of the body. These chemical messages help to “turn on” or “turn off” functions that control appetite, heart rate, stress, blood sugar, sleep cycles, sex drive etc.

I am not going to go into the biological workings of our monthly cycles. However, we all recognise the roller coaster ride of our hormonal cycles. Dramatic fluctuations of oestrogen and progesterone can cause, all sorts of challenges.

A lot of women experience imbalances of some sort. Due to many reasons. So what do we do then?

The current medical advice is to suppress and take over a woman’s natural cycle at the first sign of an imbalance, using powerful synthetic hormones, rather than educating women on the importance of diet, exercise and other therapies such as Amnanda Moksha which can then allow them to take advantage of the different strengths that they have in their control as their natural cycle progresses through life.

 

Amnanda Moksha activates your belief in yourself, your acknowledgement through happy hormones, positive hormones.

After all the best acknowledgement comes from you, doesn’t it?

I have seen amazing transformations from clients that have done the Moksha programme.

But the main thing that is most dominant is Freedom. Freedom to change, to explore your potential, to accept and love yourself.

Sounds good doesn’t it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amnanda Moksha

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This is the first part of my blog introducing Amnanda Moksha therapy.

 

To all you wonderful women out there:

I want to ask you some direct questions:

How do you feel about your life; is it going in the wrong direction for you and you are unable to change its course?

Do you feel that despite your best intentions you always seem to make the wrong choices?

Do you have phobias?

Do you feel trapped?

Do you feel tired all the time and don’t have any motivation?

Do you feel not right, but don’t know what to do about it?

Are you on medication that stops you being you?

Do you suck at relationships?

Do you want to feel energised and liberated?

Do you want to change?

If you identify with any of these points and you want to change, then we need to talk about how to help you change and most importantly, how to remove the obstacles or blockages that stop you changing.

We need to talk about Amnanda Moksha Therapy.

 

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So what is Amnanda Moksha Therapy?

 

The name comes from two Sanskrit words:

Amnanda means “Path to light/joy”. 

Moksha means “Liberation”, or to be free.

The therapy was last practised in India about 100 years ago and now it has been adapted and modernised and is being practised in Europe.  It is a combination of counselling and a therapeutic massage-based treatment where you and I work together to remove the blocks in your life.

When we talk about blocks, we are talking about the things that stop you doing what you want to do.  These fears are normally deep-rooted sub conscious thought patterns. For example, it could be a fear of speaking in public or a fear of flying.

The block creates a physical hormonal response in our body. I’m sure everyone has experienced the sweaty palms and adrenalin rush of a really stressful situation. But blocks, and the real-life physical response that follows, can occur in our imagination.

For example, when you dream there is a tiger hiding under the bed, your brain doesn’t distinguish between fact or fiction, it sends the fight or flight hormones rushing through your body regardless. Nightmares only exist in the mind, but we wake up sweating, scared and with a rapid heartbeat: this is our body’s hormonal response.

And everyone is unique, we could all go through the same experience, but each of us will have our own response system to the events, either real or imagined.

Additionally, a lot of us feel the pressure of our families or peers to behave or act in a certain way.  Even if that doesn’t feel right, we find ourselves conforming to Society, suppressing the real self, and stifling our potential because every time we put our head above the parapet those stress hormones kick in and drag us back.

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A little bit of stress now and then isn’t a bad thing, in fact it’s perfectly natural and a spurt of adrenaline in a dangerous situation could save your life.  However, when the release of stress hormones becomes the normal way of living or even when you choose to avoid situations because of your physical reaction to stress then this is not healthy or happy behaviour.  

Living with a long-term imbalance of stress producing hormones can lead to physical symptoms such as digestive issues, migraines, obesity, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, and joint or muscle pain which then might lead to much more complex and serious conditions all because our bodies are out of balance through being stressed.

What the Amnanda Moksha programme does is to help you rebalance this hormonal system and change your interpretation of your life experiences. We work together to strengthen your conscious mind so that you have the freedom to make decisions towards your contentment and happiness in a stress-free way. Your decisions will come from you, not your subconscious identity or from society. We work to help you rebalance your metabolism so that stress releasing hormones are reduced and are replaced by happy healthy hormones that we all have the ability to produce.

 

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How does Amnanda Moksha effect our metabolism and hormonal response?

 

Whenever you touch someone, or they touch you, there is going to be a metabolic response and hormones are released.  Happy hormones or not so happy ones will be released depending on the situation. This also applies to every word we say to each other. Our bodies are constantly responding on a metabolic level.

For example, just think about the last argument you had with someone, how did that make you feel physically.  Maybe that physical feeling has happened before, and you don’t like it, so you suppress your feelings and avoid conflict to avoid the physical feelings that follow. Guilt for example, produces stress hormones and affects us physically; and our world is full of guilt.

In Amnanda Moksha Therapy we use a special touch treatment given with unconditional love.  By activating the happy hormones like oxytocin (the bonding hormone which makes us feel comforted during the treatment), in connection with your neuronal system (brain) we work on rebalancing and reprogramming your hormonal response so that old blockages are replaced with new feelings and reactions. 

Over the treatment period of 6 months (1 session per month) and then beyond into the future, your thought patterns will start to change and rebalancing will begin. What was stressful can now be handled differently.

Just as important as the loving touch therapy is the work we will do together in the consultation part of the treatment. We will identify the blockages and their causes that are stopping you moving forward: the stress inducers, the things getting in the way of your healthy happy life. Together we will find the solutions and empower and guide you to have the energy, strength and knowledge to fix yourself.

 

Thank you for your time reading this.

 

Introducing Amnanda Moksha Part 2

Look out for my second blog on Amnanda Moksha coming soon in which I will talk about how this wonderful treatment can help women with problems related to sexuality, fertility and the reproductive system.

 

More information about Amnanda Moksha:

 

  • Amnanda Moksha consists of 6 treatment sessions usually taken monthly over a 6-month period. Each session last around 90-120 minutes and costs £65
  • I only treat female clients.
  • Sessions are held in the peace, calm and safety of my treatment room in my home in Louth.
  • In special circumstances I can treat you in your own home although an additional charge will apply for my travel, contact me for more details.
  • My website is eastgatetherapies.com where you can find more details of the treatments I offer.
  • If you have any questions please contact me, Susan, on 07503 180502 or you can email me at eastgatetherapies@yahoo.com or message me via the Eastgate Therapies Facebook page

 

 

Day 6 of Autumn cleanse

 

Hello and welcome to Day 6 of my Autumn Cleanse.

 

Last night I was feeling great and slept really well.

This morning I stepped on the scales and was happy with the results – 5lbs loss.

I was thinking last night that today would be my final day of the juice cleanse.

I came up with this conclusion not because I caved in and failed but because I was very happy with my achievements which were to feel lighter and brighter and I felt like eating again.

In the past I would have never have stopped. I would be clinging on with my fingernails even if I felt miserable. “I can’t show that I’m a failure” That was my belief system.

Well that was then and this is now. Now I am much more flexible and relaxed about life in general. Yes, I had fun juicing and smoothie-ing and souping and I had a good old clear out. But I was ready to finish. That’s not to say I won’t be having the odd juice and smoothie here and there, I enjoy them very much. But I don’t like dogma, I like my freedom of choice

 

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I was doing a course today so I took my massive flask of juice which I did drink a lot of.

 

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But then our lovely hostess put on a fantastic spread for lunch and I thought OK now is the time.

 

I have had a juice for dinner though

 

Overall, I have enjoyed my last few days and have felt very good.

Like I said before I am not new to detoxes and cleanses and enjoy trying out new things.

I hope you have enjoyed coming along with me on my journey and maybe tried some of the juice recipes or soups.

 

Until my next blog

See you soon.

Day 5 of Autumn Cleanse

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Today I woke up very energised. Actually, my energy has been good overall. It makes me think that I wasn’t as bad as I thought I was. I did think that because of my summer indulgences I would be struggling, but hey I’m not going to complain.

One thing I have noticed, and I know this, but it is good to be reminded is how much I need to eat in comparison to how much I want to eat!!!!! As the saying goes “my eyes have always been bigger than my stomach”. I’m not sure what that is? Sometimes boredom, a way of procrastinating (by eating), comfort? Probably all of the above. I’ve had a strange relationship with food over the years. 

When I was a singer I had the added bonus of being paranoid about what I ate and when.

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What I try to do now is enjoy what I consume. If I want a desert for dinner, then I have it and enjoy it. I think the biggest problem a lot of us have is the negative emotions associated with eating, especially guilt.

Negative emotions hinder your digestion. Your metabolism is greatly influenced by your mind and vice versa. When you enjoy your food as you’re eating it, your hypothalamus (part of the brain that controls many bodily functions and is responsible for motivational behaviour) releases pleasure signals that stimulate your digestion. If you feel bad about what you are eating, the opposite will happen,  slow digestion which causes your body to store more calories as fat rather than burning them. It’s also important to note that all stressors can have this effect on your metabolism, not just guilt. I try not to label food as good or bad, I want my body to love food, not to see it as a source of shame. However, I do struggle sometimes when I see the scales moving up instead of down, but then I just say “get a grip”. I’m sure plenty of you know where I’m coming from.

 

Anyhow, on to my day

 

7.30am

Lemon, ginger and warm water

 

9am

Juice number 1

Apple, cucumber, carrot, chard, celery, broccoli, beetroot, lemon and ginger

I felt like something more savory this morning

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11.30am

Juice number 2

Apple, spinach, cucumber and celery

 

1.30pm

Nakd Bar

 

6.30pm

Chard and sweet potato soup

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  • 1 red onion
  • 1 clove of garlic crushed
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 white potato
  • chard leaves (I only use chard because I have so much growing in my garden – you can use spinach if you like)
  • Hand full of Rocket
  • Chilli flakes of paprika
  • 500ml vegetable stock

 

In a large pan, heat the oil, red onion, garlic, celery and chilli flakes until soft.

Add the peeled and chopped sweet potato and white potato, chard and vegetable stock.

Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes before serving.

If you prefer a smoother soup, pour into a blender and blitz until desired consistency is achieved.

 

I worked at home today again with clients and felt great.

I’ve been getting compliments about my skin which means the detox is working nicely.

 

Looking forward to tomorrow

See you then