Category Archives: Monday Motivation

Yoga Teacher at Kula Yoga

I am very excited to announce that I have joined the Kula Yoga and Wellness family as a yoga teacher. Kula means “community of the heart” which is so obvious when you enter the gorgeous studio. Yoga is not just the physical practice, it is an opportunity to dive deeper into self awareness and nourishment for body, mind and soul. It is an absolute to joy to be a member of this incredible team.

My classes are:

Sunday Basics 4:00pm-5:00pm

Monday Power 6:00am-7:00am

Thursday Basics 9:30am- 10:30am

And if that wasn’t enough, Kula Yoga run a Yoga cruise every year. This years cruise dates are 25th June till 1st July. I am delighted to advise that I am one of the teachers on board. Nothing is compulsory but there are 2 daily yoga classes (Yin and Power) on the boat rooftop and nearby beaches, Snorkelling, Swimming with Sea Turtles in their natural habitat. We visit local villages and travel around the Gili Islands and Lombok. What a dream!

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Wellbeing at Work

I have been on a mission to transform the health and improve corporate wellbeing since starting my business 4 years ago.

Corporate Seminar Brochure "The 4 Pillars to Optimal wellbeing"

Corporate Seminar Brochure “The 4 Pillars to Optimal wellbeing”

February was the scheduled completion of a 4 month corporate wellness and nutrition project. My sessions that have included yoga, meditation and nutrition presentations have received a higher uptake of numbers participating than any other corporate program. I am excited to say the impact of my wellbeing initiatives has impacted the business so vastly I have been invited to continue driving improvements in this 300 staffed office.
Words can’t explain the joy and satisfaction I am feeling right now, I have not only brought nutrition incentives to the workplace but have created a culture that’s inclusive of yoga and meditation.

Celebratory Handstand

Celebratory Handstand

Joy is bubbling out of my heart right now

Fibre: The Original Sexy Superfood

When was the last time you discussed your bowel movements at a dinner party? It seems fibre intake and subsequent bowel activities are not a popular dinner conversation. Trendy superfoods like acai and goji berries, spirulina, cacao and wheat grass seem to be the focus when discussing superfoods.

Don’t get me wrong, I do love an acai breakfast bowl – spirulina shot and raw cacao coated goji berries do excite me. However, expensive ingredients from exotic locations are omnipresent whilst fibre is often considered passé.

Long before noni juice was purported to aid digestive discomfort and maca was heralded for …

Read the complete article on TheUpside Blog HERE

For wholesome nourishing and utterly delicious high fibre breakfast options, see HERE

The New Food Pyramid

Food Pyramid

Food Pyramid

Exciting news in the Nutrition world is the official launch of the new Food Pyramid. After 15 years it has been updated!

 

The new pyramid separates each layer into 5 specific food groups. Plant based foods are still the “eat most” category; with fruit, vegetables and legumes in the largest layer.

The grain section now contains quinoa and soba noodles which reflects how our culture has evolved.

 However, my favourite alteration is the addition of herbs and spices. They are packed full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and an excellent flavour enhancer so less salt can be used.

 Only 7% of Australians eat enough vegetables and less than half consume enough fruit.

Quite simple, quite the fad diets and consume more plant matter.

With Love & Nourishment, Sharon xx

 

A Magical Elixir

Watch this clip for the secret to a youthful complexion, boosting your digestion and metabolism, enhancing concentration and improving your overall health. You might be surprised ….. 🙂

 

Supplements- Yes or No

A Wellbeing Tip to start your morning, too much of a good thing is not a good thing….

I see so many clients consume copious amounts of multivitamin and mineral supplements.

Unless you have a blood test result that confirms a deficit in certain nutrients, it is not necessary.
Excess water soluble nutrients are filtered out via the kidneys into urine and excess fat soluble nutrients such as Vitamins A, D, E and K tax the liver.

 An excess of nutrients may increase your risk of conditions such as Hypervitaminosis A, too much Vitamin A often leading to hair loss, weakened bones and joints, dizziness, nausea, vision changes and liver damage.


For almost all individuals it is possible to acquire sufficient nutrients from REAL food.


With Love and Kindness, Sharon xx

The Truth About Sugar

It’s possible I may lose some of you with this post but I pride myself on honesty and authenticity so feel the need to voice my thoughts….Something that’s been on my mind for a little while but I haven’t articulated so clearly is my thoughts on avoiding fruit and the whole I quit sugar philosophy.

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To set the scene, I have about 10 years experience in the nutrition/health industry, an equivalent of six years studying nutrition, 2 nutrition degrees and i’m a qualified and registered professional. However, if individuals profoundly oppose my thoughts and opinions on food BUT take an interest in their wellbeing and seem healthy, I rarely harp on about their theories. Until today…

It utterly astounds me how the entire fruit group can be avoided by so many simply because it contains sugar. Now please don’t misinterpret, I am not suggesting processed carbohydrates and sugar laden meals and snacks be consumed regularly, I have no appetite for this food.
But rather, that fruit should not be classed in the same box as said processed foods, whilst highly processed commodities like most protein powders and coffee will be consumed without a second thought.
Whatever your opinion is of coffee, there is simply no denying, it is a stimulant and overrides our bodies natural circadian rhythm by impacting our alertness centres, cortisol and adrenaline. Adding butter and coconut oil to your morning cuppa to reduce this effect is really justifying a coffee addiction. No offence.

Now back to fruit, fruit is one of the most natural foods we can consume. If you buy organic you’d understand how much love, time and dedication goes into nurturing and growing the produce.
Fruit contains a plethora of nutrients- antioxidants that boost our immune health, vitamins that support energy transport around the body, minerals that boost healthy hormone synthesis, and fibre for gut health and to reduce bowel cancer; just to list a few.

More often than not fruit sugars are bound to fibre so they are slowly digested. There are some exceptions that are higher in fructose and water but you will still be better off consuming them than most other snack options. If you are sensitive to fructose and have been diagnosed with this, obviously tread lightly. However, avoiding an entire food group based solely on avoiding sugar is not justifiable.

With love and kindness, Sharon xx