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Could my shampoo really be making me fat?

skincare

We all know there are many questionable ingredients in our foods, but did you know that there are potentially even more in our personal care products. Our skin is our largest organ and absorbs the ingredients that we place on it, but like with food, it is completely overwhelming to figure out what we can actually put on our skin and still look good. I spent years bouncing between my organic natural shampoo and conditioner to the chemically dangerous one that made my hair shine and eliminate the nasty oily build up on my skull, I wanted the best for myself, but I wanted to look good also!

Perfume can contain over 600 chemicals, with many of these containing obesogens, these alter your fat cells and effect cell growth and can cause obesity or could just be stopping you lose those final few kilos that you can't quite budge. Think about all the products you may be using shampoo, conditioner, soap, makeup, foundation, moisturiser, toothpaste, perfume, deodorant, toner, hairspray, hair gel, nail polish ... quite a lengthy list and I bet these are used daily. Over the past few years I have tried and tested most products and can provide recommendations based on what works well for me, I have begun to build up products I recommend on my site to help you know where to start so you won't be wasting your money. The way I did my clean out is to focus on one area at a time, and replace the dodgy products that were not serving my greater good with new ones as I could afford it.

My recommendations list will continue to grow and I will post good home made replacements that don't cost an arm and a leg. My favourite ethical and trusted place to buy skin care is Twenty8, it is 100% natural, free from all synthetic chemicals, preservatives or fragrances. It is a holistic aromatherapy based range that helps slow the ageing process and rejuvenate the cells. I can truly say that since swapping perfume for essential oils I have lots of comments asking what 'perfume' I am wearing! You can buy Twenty8 products from my site, I will receive a small commission for this, I will only ever have products and recommendations on my site that I personally use and highly recommend. I also use coconut oil as a moisturiser, and almond oil as a carrier agent for my essential oils. I make my own deodorant and toothpaste.

Twenty8

 

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Digging deeper: When whole foods isn't enough!

Over the last six months I have begun to dig deeper into my health and I am finally ready to share some of my discoveries. I have found it difficult to come to terms with where I am now as I have always believed that whole foods, clean eating, exercise and a positive mindset should be enough, but, for me it hasn't and I am now able to share with you what I have been learning. I am incredibly grateful to how healthfully I do eat and how I treat my body, I shudder to think how I would be feeling right now if I hadn't been treating my body so well. I am by no means at the end of my self-discovery journey and I really don't think I have found the root cause of all my lethargy and tiredness, but I have found a start point and I am committed in 2015 to prioritise my own health and wellness above and before everyone else's. It is time to practice what I preach! "If I am broken, then I am of no use to anybody else" It is time to pick up the pieces and slowly place them back together so I can be the best version of myself, my kids need this and I owe it to them and all of my loved ones, friends and family.

Years of abuse to my body in the form of processed food, take away, gluten, dairy, sugar, over indulgence (and a few to many beverages) left me over weight, exhausted, with increasingly bad asthma, plantar fasciitis, arthritis in my big toe, extreme hay fever, bloating, gassiness, eczema, rosella, water retention, headaches, constipation, diarrhoea, and numerous other weird and disgusting symptoms that I thought were all normal and a part of growing "old" that is until 2 ½ years ago, when I discovered whole foods and one by one all of these symptoms disappeared. I learnt about the foods that agreed with my body and in that process I discovered a whole new normal. The next year or so I felt like I was walking on water, I had more energy than I ever imagined, and don't get me wrong here, I still feel better than I did in my 20's and I am now on the final countdown until I enter a whole new decade (the naughty forties!). I am grateful that whole foods have allowed me to uncover what is perhaps my true reason for feeling tired, lethargic, anxious and overwhelmed with life at times.

After being involved in a very stressful marriage that was irreparable, 3 ½ years ago with a 3 and 5 year old I was separated, during this time I developed some coping strategies that have likely led me down the path that I am in now. Recent results have shown I have little to no hormones left in my body and I am in adrenal fatigue (they are completely fried and burnt out) I have been in fight or flight mode for many years now and retraining my brain and body to learn to slow down relax and be 'still' is not going to happen over night, however much I want it to.

Where I go next? I have no idea, I am taking bio-identical hormones to treat my hormone deficiency and aim to learn to meditate daily and go to yoga at least once a week. I am committing 2015 to my own health, on New Years Eve I sat down and wrote down 32 intentions for this year, among them are simple intentions like Yoga, get lost in a fiction novel (not my usual health and wellness non-fiction books), watch a movie, then there are the intentions that I may have to place on the back burner with my recent results, like running my first half marathon in April!

I am wanting to share all of this with you because, sometimes whole foods and a healthful vitalistic lifestyle is not enough, sometimes we have placed so much stress on our bodies that digging deeper is needed. I am adding to my 2015 intentions, to learn to listen to the whispers in my life, the aches, pains, tiredness, fatigue, the first warning signs that something is not quite right, to question what is happening always! Look for the right therapy that will help me best, not to place a bandaid upon what is happening but to really delve deep and find the root cause to fix it! Searching for a medical practitioner who is prepared to trust my intuition, and me, but, mostly I need to learn to trust myself. Being and feeling tired is not an option, it is not normal and I urge anyone who is feeling this way to seek further help. It is your life and the only person who can create and make long lasting change and decisions is you, you are the driver in your life, you are in control (as scary as that can sound and feel), you can't blame anyone else for where you are now. While you were innocent in the process of getting to where you are today, you are no longer unaware, by starting your journey today, by making one change at a time, one habit a week you will start to walk towards the life you want. Imagine in a year from now looking back at how far you have come, step by step you will walk towards a whole new you, the one you want. Everything happens for a reason in this world, and I know that where I am now is no accident, I am meant to be learning what I am learning, to grow as a person and share my knowledge with you, so I can continue to inspire you to be the best version of yourself!

You don't need to feel alone in your journey, that is why I created Nourished Awakening, a 10 week online program that will start your journey to health and wellness, help you to rediscover your MOJO and wake up inspired every day of your life. Sign up today with the discount code 'LOVE' for a special subscribers 25% off!

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Gaining the life you want!

Gain more years in your life and more life in your years... yes this is all possible and you will feel zesty, passionate and be energised!

 

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How you can give yourself a TREAT everyday!

 

Today's video shares with you exactly how you can still reward and treat yourself everyday and take steps to be the zesty, energetic and passionate person you deserve to be.

 

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Work with Me

 

Annwen Candy~Work With Me~

How can a coach help?

As a coach I lived the journey and I am currently walking the talk. I guide you to create and make sustainable and lasting changes in your life, we create customised plans together, just for you, without the screaming from the side lines and busting your chops to do what you don’t want to do in a one sized fits all program. I encourage, advise, give knowledge, rituals and experiences through low-pressure self-discovery. Coaching encompasses not just food and exercise, but self-care, personal growth, rituals and most importantly love and fun!

Why a Vitalistic approach?

A vitalistic approach to life believes body will heal when supplied with the right ingredients (good food, exercise, sleep, rest, clean air, sunlight, reduced stress and supporting your emotions).

Living a vitalistic life is about embracing your body’s innate intelligence and natural healing abilities to find and maintain optimal health. When the body is supplied with the right ingredients (good food, exercise, sleep, rest, clean air, sunlight, reduced stress and positive emotional support) it works with and for you to deliver powerful and enjoyable life experiences and longevity.

 

coaching

Hour Session

$97

6 x 1 hour sessions paid up front - paid upfront

$550

2 weeks of unlimited e-mail support

Delux 6 month package- paid upfront or 2x payments

$1 050

Includes fortnightly coaching sessions (12)

Kitchen Cleanout

Optional: Shopping tour or Chemical Free Home support

Unlimited e-mail support

ALL coaching includes a Wellness Pack

In person and / or via skype

(Travel surcharge applies for extra distance outside a 30km radius)


I take away the feeling of being overwhelmed and you reclaim your life.

Coaching boosts strength and confidence creating new lifelong habits.

 Kitchen clean outs
Chemical free living
Reading food labels
Shopping tours
Recipes
Meal planning
Transition phases with children
What real food is
How technology has created food like substances
How to find a food philosophy
Tools to keep you aware and on track
Stress free and enjoyable action plans
Keeping you on track to achieve your goals, what ever they may be
Navigating your kitchen and grocery shelves with ease

You gain a road map for success when at home and out and about. There is no one model that fits all, everyone is an individual and deserves to be treated accordingly. You will receive unique mentoring to suit your lifestyle, environment and body.


Kitchen Cleanout

 Annwen offers a liberating program where she will come into your home and declutter your kitchen pantry and fridge with you. She will guide you through the ingredients that may be making your family sick and offer suggestions on how to replace these ingredients in your cooking. This program is for those who want to start their journey to wellness with the best possible chance of success.
 
Includes - full pantry clean out
Sort food into 'throw-out', 'transitioning phase', 'keep' and ‘replace’
Valuable nutritional information and advice
Shopping lists, knowledge on how to source your ingredients locally
Reading food labels – to understand the 'whys' behind the changes.
Meal planning
Recipes
Access to Annwen for the whole 2 hours
$185
(Travel surcharge applies for extra distance outside a 30km radius)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Chemical Free Home
 
Detox Your Home (3hr Session)
What is in your home that could be causing you ill health
Includes - complete overhaul and removal of toxins in your home
Kitchen Cleanout
Demonstration of what could be used/done differently
Knowledge of how to source alternatives
Save money around the home
Access to Annwen for the whole 3 hours to pick her brain on chemical free living
$270 

 

 

 

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Coaching

coaching

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 
6 x 1 hour sessions paid up front - paid upfront: $550

2 weeks of unlimited e-mail support

 
Delux 6 month package- paid upfront or 2x payments: $1 050

Includes fortnightly coaching sessions (12)

Kitchen Cleanout

Optional: Shopping tour or Chemical Free Home support

Unlimited e-mail support

 

 

ALL coaching includes a Wellness Pack

In person and / or via skype

(Travel surcharge applies for extra distance outside a 30km radius)


I take away the feeling of being overwhelmed and you reclaim your life.

Coaching boosts strength and confidence creating new lifelong habits.

 Kitchen clean outs
Chemical free living
Reading food labels
Shopping tours
Recipes
Meal planning
Transition phases with children
What real food is
How technology has created food like substances
How to find a food philosophy
Tools to keep you aware and on track
Stress free and enjoyable action plans
Keeping you on track to achieve your goals, what ever they may be
Navigating your kitchen and grocery shelves with ease

You gain a road map for success when at home and out and about. There is no one model that fits all, everyone is an individual and deserves to be treated accordingly. You will receive unique mentoring to suit your lifestyle, environment and body.

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Kitchen Cleanout

Kitchen Cleanout

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Annwen offers a liberating program where she will come into your home and declutter your kitchen pantry and fridge with you. She will guide you through the ingredients that may be making your family sick and offer suggestions on how to replace these ingredients in your cooking. This program is for those who want to start their journey to wellness with the best possible chance of success.
 
Includes - full pantry clean out
Sort food into 'throw-out', 'transitioning phase', 'keep' and ‘replace’
Valuable nutritional information and advice
Shopping lists, knowledge on how to source your ingredients locally
Reading food labels – to understand the 'whys' behind the changes.
Meal planning
Recipes
Access to Annwen for the whole 2 hours
$185
(Travel surcharge applies for extra distance outside a 30km radius)
 

 

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