March 1

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Change is good + 3 Changes You Can Make Today

You know what? Change is fantastic! We need change in order to continue growing, and if we’re not growing, we’re dying. It’s as simple as that. 

Change comes in all sorts of ways. You might change your work place, your location or style. You might even change your diet and way of living. That is good. Usually, change is welcomed with resistance. Don’t we all know it so well? But what happens when you cross the threshold? How do you feel about it? Today I want to share some of my recent small BIG change, what I’ve learnt from it and 3 small changes you can make to live a healthier lifestyle and hope to at least inspire you to make a small change. 

If you’ve seen any of my older photos you probably notice me having very long hair.  

I always cherished my long hair, goddess like hair. It was my jewel. For a woman, her hair is her extension of femininity. For a man, his beard is a sign of manness. We express ourselves through that and they become part of who we are. And we take it for granted. 

Imagine my despair when I started losing handfuls of hair every single time I showered or brushed it!

I went down to each possible cause and addressed it. And then it hit me!

It was connected to my recent spine surgery and general anaesthesia. 

This is because general anaesthesia and major surgery put your body under physical stress, which can alter the life cycle of the hairs on your head, and cause excessive hair shedding that shows up several months later. Boom!

So all I had to do was wait for it to finish falling and regrow? Scary prospect!!  

Hair stores your emotions and stress. A bad hair day? That’s a result of a bad night’s sleep or stress. Even though you don’t think of it too much, hair is one of your body’s archives. It keeps so many secrets and can reveal a lot.

Think about hair analysis, where you can find all about from allergies, sensitivities, intolerance and compatibility with foods. 

So, I decided to do something about it. I wasn’t going to wait for it to shed like an autumn tree’s leaves.

Getting a cut was scary and exciting at the same time. Sounds familiar? That’s how change feels. Scary and exciting. Yet you still do it. I won’t lie, it was emotional. But doing it was the most relieving, detoxing, cathartic thing I’ve ever done!

It was part of the process, of the closing cycle. I let go of it all. First surgery. Chop. My father’s death. Chop. Emotions. Chop. Stress. Chop. Fears. Chop. The past emotionally charged past 10 years of my life. Chop! I freed myself.

And I felt a weight lifting off my shoulders. Change feels AMAZING! 

 


What is that one thing that scares you to do? What’s the change you’ve been postponing for a while now? I encourage you to step up, and go for it! Change is good. And it doesn’t always have to be monumental.

Here are 3 SMALL CHANGES YOU CAN MAKE EVERY DAY
to get you closer to your health goals: 
 
 
1. READ THE LABELS 
 
 This is my most powerful tool. Reading the label helps you confront your cravings or binge moments. If it has something that has nothing to do with the product itself (ie you get tahini that has anything else than sesame seeds or nut milk that has more than water and nuts) I just don’t get it. Sometimes I find myself going for some naughty stuff (we’re all fighting the same demons) and once I’ve read the label I put it down. Even if it says organic and natural on it, you should still do that. That often means “we’re masking some stuff away”. Give this exercise a go for a week! 
 
 
2. GET MORE GREENS 

Whether at the market or in the shop, next time you go around get an extra bunch of kale or bag of spinach. Add some courgettes or broccoli. Anything that is green. It will kindly nudge you (not to say force you) at home to use them. Make a bigger green smoothie, a salad or some spiralised zoodles with your favourite sauce. Even if you don’t know what to do with it, get it, google it, prep it, eat it. Ta-da! And now you’re eating more alkalising, nutrient rich greens. Good or good? 
 
 3. KEEP SUPPLIES AT BAY -aka always take snacks with you-
Fruit pieces, lunch box, home made snacks – anything you can think of – just pack it and take it with you, so that when hunger strikes you’re prepared. When you are in hangry mode you just don’t think straight. You’re under the fool impression that you’ll collapse, and starve if you don’t eat NOW. Am I right? If you’re covered and you’ve taken precautions you can munch on an apple, banana or avocado, why not? Easier would be to have a small bag of soaked nuts mixed up. And if you’re caught on the spot, an easy option is to go for a piece of fruit or hummus and crudities, ie celery sticks or an organic carrot you can munch on. Great conversation starter 😉 
 
 
Hope this helps! 
 
Until next time, keep growing! 
 
Lots of love,
Denisa xxo
 
P.S. And here’s the new look! 
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