02 May My Go-To Ritual When I Feel Stressed & Out of Balance
The past few weeks have been really exciting with the release of my book, events and everything that goes along with the organizing and planning. But if I’m honest, these few weeks have been pretty challenging too. I feel like I’ve been on a major learning curve, and at times have felt overwhelmed, and quite honestly stressed and exhausted.
I’ve really had to go back to basics myself, re-setting my system to help it find its way back to a state of ease and peace that allows my wellbeing and sense of lightness. Being conscious enough to read the signs that your body needs help is key.
Before I knew better, I didn’t read the signs at all, I’d allow feeling stressed to go on for far too long. Inevitably, a point would be reached when my body just refused to hold-on any longer and it would be like a domino effect.
Feelings of tiredness and anxiousness would balloon into my digestive system totally giving up, bloated no matter what I ate, thyroid craziness, adrenal fatigue, my hormones all over the place and immune system nose diving.
It felt like a cataclysmic event, and the thing is, if I’d have gone to a doctor I would have had tests and been placed on all sorts of thyroid meds and goodness knows what, when really, all I needed to do was unravel the layers of stress so my body could find its balance. And, you can forget feeling light when you’re in this state, the opposite happens to me, I feel progressively heavier, regardless of what I eat or how much I exercise. Ironically, in this state, the more you exercise the heavier you feel, it’s totally counterproductive to push yourself in the gym if you’re in a state of stress like this.
I discovered that for my body to feel energized, happy and light I had to manage my stress levels and practice self-love and self-care daily, with even more attention paid when life gets challenging.
If I forget about my body it isn’t long until it’s getting my attention by feeling exhausted and heavy! The heaviness gets me every time, I really dis-like feeling heavy, perhaps this is why I was able to write a book about feeling light. Such a strong contrasting experience made my desire to feel light so powerful.
In my book, Your BeUtiful Body, I guide you through an 8 week process to creating Your BeUtiful Body and feeling lighter. Week 5 is a Rest & Digest Ritual, which is perfect for when life and your body are overwhelmed. I’m right in the middle of it now, day 2, as I’m preparing for my retreat that I’m hosting this Saturday in Dubai at The Retreat by Sofitel and keeping calm and connected in the process!
It is a three day ritual and powerfully resets your digestion, thyroid and adrenals. It is excellent TLC and an essential part of any self-care practice to nurture your body back to a state of ease whenever it’s giving you symptoms of dis-ease.
All you need is 3 days, it’s not about starving at all, the focus is nourishment so give this a try and feel a sigh of relief from your body…
REST & DIGEST RITUAL
Guidance for your BeU Rest & Digest Ritual in week 5 of Your BeUtiful Body.
Each day for 3 days, breakfast with Peaceful Oats, then lunch and dinner with Kitcheree. Golden mylk is for the afternoon or evening if you feel you would like. Drink plenty of water and herbal teas throughout, no coffee or alcohol.
3/4 cup of gluten free, old style oats
2 cups of fresh water
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Sprinkle of pink salt
1/2 tsp raw honey
- In a saucepan, on a gentle heat, cook the oats with the water and cinnamon. After 10 minutes, when nice and soft, remove from heat, place the lid on the saucepan and allow to stand for 5 minutes. This makes such a difference I think 🙂
- Then pour into you bowl, sprinkle with extra cinnamon, pinch of pink salt and a drizzle of raw honey if you would like.
1 cup basmati rice
½ cup organic whole mung beans, soaked for at least three hours before cooking
4 cup fresh water
2 tablespoons coconut oil or organic ghee
2 cm fresh ginger root, minced
1 tsp black mustard seed
1 tsp cumin seed
2 pinches hing (asafetida)
1 stick of kombu or wakame
½ tsp sea salt
½ tsp turmeric
- Rinse the rice and mung beans and soak for three hours or overnight. Drain. If using vegetables, cut into cubes.
- In a pot, warm the oil over medium heat. Add the mustard and cumin seeds and sauté for 1-2 minutes or until aromatic.
- Add turmeric, mung beans, and rice. Then add water, kombu, and ginger. Bring to a boil then cover and simmer for 40 minutes.
- If you need to add a more water, do so, but the kitcheree should be the consistency of stew when done.
- Garnish with fresh coriander and add pink salt to taste.
1 cup coconut milk
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cinnamon
Fresh ginger root (less than 1cm, although this is such a personal choice so experiment)
Sprinkle of black pepper
1-2 tsp raw honey
- Heat the coconut milk until hot, then place in a blender with turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper and honey. Blend until smooth, then serve.
Complete these three days, tuning into your body and being conscious of how it responds. Do your best to rest and practice deep relaxation, whether that’s deep breathing exercises or meditation. Don’t work-out hard at the gym, yoga and walking are much better options during this ritual. Give it a try and let me know how you find it.
Also, if you’re in the mood for a retreat and you’re in Dubai this Saturday, 5th May, then come and join the Your BeUtiful Body Retreat day at The Retreat by Sofitel on the Palm Jumeirah. RSVP to reserve your spot or you can find out more information about the retreat here. AED350, including lunch, healthy snacks, intuitive nutrition and body wisdom workshops, plant based cooking class and yin yoga and meditation. Would be lovely to see you there.