Holding on to anger, resentments, hurt and pain rather than forgiving is something that is very detrimental to our health.

 

When we can resolve major issues like power, control,
abandonment, jealousy, and anger issues the sooner we can move out of the drama and into a really creative, productive and exciting life in which we are truly growing!

 

When we overeat eat cooked foods, processed foods, junk foods, packaged foods loaded with chemicals, over-salty & over-flavoured foods, or we overeat then our colon is stressed. And when our colon is stressed, we are stressed. And then it’s much harder to be kind, positive, loving or forgiving.

 

We are so addicted to foods that harm us. And so it is easy to get addicted to addictive negative
emotions that harm us too.

 

And just as much it’s easy to get addicted to anger, hate, confusion, sadness, despair. Powerful emotions generating powerful addictive chemicals in our body.

 

But when we eat a raw diet, it’s possible to break the cycle. Diet and emotions work together in so many ways. And interesting that eating a diet which is not addictive in any way, we become free of addictions. We think more clearly. We aren’t so easily stressed.

 

This is what we focus on our retreats. We do a week of raw food, eating our way into health one bite at a time. We workout and bring play back into our life. And we do our inner work. And together these planes support each-other to generate a huge forward momentum that we are truly shift into a whole new way of life and a whole new level of vibrancy!

 

We offer personalised retreats to support you in any transition; a holiday just for you. Please see our personalised page for all the details.


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In this blogpost I introduce one of the most important people in my life—Har.  He is one of the farmers who grows my food.
But it wasn’t always like that.

 

When I first began to get serious about my health and what I ate I started to look for the most accessible way to get the freshest produce. Living in the city the local health food shops didn’t quite stock the freshest choices. There just wasn’t the demand for it. And it was  over priced for the amounts that I needed to sustain myself.

 

So I found the main organic distributors. The middle man. The companies that bought bulk from the farmers and then supplied the organic shops and businesses in town. The alarm would be set for 4am and with a 40 minute drive to the fringes of the city, this would be our weekly dedicated ‘shopping trip’.

 

Armed with a trolley the size of a mini platform we would shop alongside the health store owners in the huge market sheds. Most things had to be bought in bulk. So whatever was in season was eaten. We were coming home with boxes of cos lettuce, a variety of greens, an abundance of vegetable and fruits, perhaps it was oranges and cherries that week, and peaches and passion fruits the following week. Life was pretty simple, we might not have been eating a huge variety however what we were eating was all organic and it tasted fantastic.

 

And It made me happy knowing that I was one step closer to eating from the land.

 

Things have changed since then. I ended up moving closer to the farmer. But the farmers also have better access to us now. Today due to the demand, Farmers’ Markets have exploded in most places. It’s so good to see! We really have many more choices today, real opportunities to vote with our dollar to make a stand for what is most important to us.

 

In this video I share my joy and love for organic farming and knowing where my food comes from.

 

From being a shopper in stores who bought food off the shelves and in boxes, it’s now all about my relationship with the very person that grows it.
Picking lettuce, rocket, all the herbs that I’ll be eating that week whilst catching up with Har is so enriching.

 

Its really living from mother earth to the table. And this gives me a sense of community and interaction that I never felt before, enriching my life even more.

 

See you in Bali on our next 100% organic retreat! www.artofliferetreats.com
Oksana


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I wasn’t sure about writing a detox blog this year because it seemed predictable, but something clicked inside of me and I wanted to write about how we can learn to listen more about our body and know when it is time to reboot or reset the button.

 

There are many reasons why people have the need to clean out the cobwebs. Here the main reasons:
overindulgence
chronic-stress
Picture   fatigue
sluggishness
digestive problems (bloating,skin problems)

 

Results:
Gain more energy
increase vitality
refined senses
clear mind and focus
positivity
inspired and motivate

 

Realigning with our internal guidance system is the reason why I detox.  I love the way my food-mind -body comes into balance. We need to learn how to listen to our body’s and know when it is time.

 

Here is a really simple plan.

 

1 big glass of warm water with Lemon or Apple cider vinegar upon rising.
1/2 an hour later 1 smoothie

 

    Ginger/Mint/Mango Smoothie

 

2 cups firmly packed Greens: spinach, kale, collard, purslane,
1/2 cup mint
1/2 lemon with rind for bioflavanoids
1/2 avocado
1 mango fresh or frozen
2 cups water
1 Tbs. spirulina, hemp powder, maca, optional

 

Blend in a high speed blender until smooth

 

Drink lots of water during the day

   Coriander, Spinach Sweet Potato Soup

 

2 cups Spinach or Kale
1/2 cup coriander
1/2 avocado
1-2 Tbs. Coconut oil
1/2 sweet potato cubed
1 small nob tumeric fresh
2 cups water

 

Blend in a high speed blender and consume around 4 pm

 

Daily skin brushing – The skin is our biggest organ, by invigorating the whole body we allow the toxins to come out.  It’s a  really simple process to get the skin smooth and glowing, and also great for those stubborn cellulite areas too!

 

Sauna – infra-red saunas are the best, but any sauna will steam-clean you from the inside out. Make this a weekly habit for a month and just feel the difference.

 

Exercise – this means walking, yoga, swimming – get out and about as much as you can.

 

Meditation – Find a nice tranquil place and make this your special meditation spot. Just 15 minutes a day with the intention of being still and quiet will do wonders for you.

 

By making small changes to your routine you can experience great benefits. It doesn’t mean you have to go-hard or go-home, it doesn’t mean you need to restrict yourself and push yourself to the edge every time. Just a few simple additions to your daily life will bring a spring back to your step, and you never know perhaps they will become a regular part of your  life.

 

Be happy, love life and shine!

 


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