What Injury Has Taught Me

My injury story:
Last year I began practicing yoga. I have always been intrigued by yoga and I finally just said “what the hell”, signed up for a beginners course and fell totally in love with it!  The trouble is I didn’t understand what yoga could do to my body. Sure, it made me stronger, leaner, helped my back pain and headaches, centred and grounded me, but it also caused me great agony. I am hyper-mobile, which basically means my joints are very fluid and can often move further than my muscles, tendons, and ligaments, making me prone to injury and pain. However, it can also make me look super capable and flexible on the mat – I could seemingly go further and deeper into postures that only way more experienced yogis could. It also fills me with a false sense of capability and even superiority – “look how far...
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How to make a healthy smoothie that actually tastes good

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When I was growing up, banana smoothies were one of my favourite lunchtime treats that my mum would make me. The recipe was fail-safe: banana, vanilla ice-cream, milk and vanilla essence. However, I have since found out that sugar isn't very good for you (go figure!) and I also don't tolerate huge amounts of dairy, so my old faithful banana smoothie became a big no-no in the last few years. I first started hearing about "Green Smoothies" about 18 months ago and thought they sounded like the most disgusting creation the hippies could bestow upon this planet. Spinach, in a smoothie?! You've GOT to be kidding?? But then I read a few more blogs and articles and was promised that you can't even taste the greens and it was a great way to pack in more veggies into your...
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How to naturally fight a cold

photo At about 3am I woke sneezing. By the time I woke up this morning I was a glorious snot-fest with a sore throat and a rapidly developing attachment issues with my jumbo box of tissues... There can be only one explanation: I have caught my boyfriend's cold. Great. Just what I need right now after a 3 week pain flare-up! I tried punching the universe in the spleen for this turn of events, but it didn't even flinch... Apparently the universe is pretty large and probably doesn't care much about my cold. Hrmph!! The good news is I have PLENTY of chicken soup left in the fridge from the weekend. The bad news is, I expect I will be a snot-fest for the next couple of days, which...
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Step-by-step Homemade Chicken Soup Recipe

A couple of days ago, my man woke up with the dreaded “man-cold”. Considering neither of us has been sick since we started eating more cleanly and juicing (i.e. in over a year!), this is somewhat of a novelty in our house now!

I do, however, still remember how to cure colds fast: rest, lots of fluids, pack in more juice and ginger, tea, and… my chicken soup. I’ve been making this soup for a few years now and it never fails to make me feel warm and fuzzy and nourished. Everything in it has a purpose and is super healing. The recipe might look a bit daunting at first, but you will find as soon as you take a deep breath and tackle it once, chicken soup is actually a lot easier than it...
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What to eat when you don’t want to eat

What to eat when you don't know what to eat

It's been almost three weeks since the beginning of my pain flare-up. I am battling not only with constant pain, but also with debilitating exhaustion. I am in a constant mind-fog which makes it really difficult to do any work and I find it difficult to look at screens (computer, phone, TV) for longer than about an hour. Although movement is important to my recovery, I have barely had the energy to go for a walk to the shops. Yesterday a 15 minute walk to run some errands led to stomach pains, dizziness and weakening fatigue!

During this time I also haven’t had much appetite during the day, which doesn’t really help when I am...

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