How about a #NoMakeUpSelfie for #CancerPREVENTION??

Over the last 48 hour hours my Facebook news feed has been flooded with friends and family posting their Selfies, sans Make-up, for cancer research. It seems the whole country is on board. So far over €200,000 has been raised, and that’s an impressive sum when you consider the average donation is only €4!

It got me thinking though; what if €200,000 was invested in cancer prevention? Instead of closing the metaphorical stable door after the horse has bolted, and being constantly  one step behind, why don’t we concentrate on being healthier? Research put forth in one of my lectures this week by Dr Joel Fuhrman, suggests that simply including green vegetables, mushrooms, onions and green tea in the diet, has the combined effect of lowering cancer risk by well over 50%! How many of us actually know this, and why exactly is this information not widely available in mainstream media?  You can read more about Dr. Joel’s work here and I highly recommend that you do.

To date, billions have been invested in cancer research, but yet ,cancer rates continue to grow year on year. It seems to me that it is high time we started to invest in cancer PREVENTION, and that we put at least part of the money towards education and food policy change. We need to start being Proactive instead of Reactive.

I’m all for cancer research. I am eternally grateful for those who have made it their life’s work to find a cure for this terrible disease, that has affected so many families, including my own.  Ask any cancer patient and I’m sure they would tell you that they would have done anything possible to avoid it, had they all the information. And so it is, that I want to fly the flag for cancer PREVENTION.

I have been nominated to take part in the social media craze, but as of yet have not done so. I want us all to start thinking differently about our health and the diseases that affect us. Let us not only think about cancer research, but also about cancer prevention. Equal importance needs to be placed on both these life saving strategies.

So here it is, my take on the   #NoMakeUPSelfie, but this one is for #CancerPREVENTION

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What’s Your Personality Type?

How well do you really know yourself? If somebody were to ask you right now, what your best qualities and greatest strengths are, would you be able to answer?

While the phrase “taking time out to find yourself” may conjure up images of free-spirited hippies on the beaches of Goa in the 1960’s, it should not be a luxury afforded only to the young, or to the incredibly wealthy. Imagine how much easier our lives would be, if we really understood who we are, and why we do the things we do.  It’s not beyond the realm of possibility that we would be happier, have better relationships, and more meaningful careers.

Personal development is  a big part of my journey to become a Holistic Health Coach with IIN and last week we were introduced to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.  This is a questionnaire that aims to identify our characteristics based on our preferences. You can find out more about it here, or you can take a version of it  here.

Me, I’m  an ISFJ

Some characteristics of people with ISFJ personality types are;

  • Reliable, stable and down-to-earth
  • Enjoys order and structure
  • Dislikes conflict and confrontation
  • Kind, warm-hearted and considerate
  • Practical-minded
  • Likes concrete information
  • Very aware of other people’s feelings

But the best part for me was the discovery that ISFJ types do well in healthcare professions, particularly counselling and coaching!! It confirms to me again, that I am exactly where I am meant to be, and that finally, I am on the right path. Why did I not hear about this years ago?

I challenge you all to find out your “type”-you never know what you might learn!

Enjoy!

What I Learned From Deepak Chopra

I am a luminous star-dust being with self-awareness.

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And guess what? So are you!

How amazing is that?!

 

Deepak Chopra taught me this last weekend.  I’ve decided to dedicate 2014 to growth; or more accurately, personal growth. I have a tendency to remain firmly within the confines of my comfort zone, and therefore a big part of this challenge will be  saying yes to opportunities. Not only the kind of opportunities that come banging loudly, but also those that are  merely a persistent thought, or a sense of unexplained hopefulness felt somewhere between waking & sleeping.

My first opportunity appeared in january and I said NO! Fortunately for me the universe had heard my intention loud and clear and wasn’t willing to let me off the hook that easily. A day later I got a seemingly impossible second chance and literally at the 11th hour, with ten minutes to spare, I jumped in and signed up with The Institute for Integrative Nutrition,  the worlds largest nutrition school.  I will spend the next 12 months training to be a Holistic Health Coach and I will share my experiences here.

This is not my first rodeo, hell no! I’m a fully certified Dietary Coach but that is only the beginning of this story. A Leaf Less Ordinary will act as my yardstick, so that from time to time I can pause, reflect and ask myself the hard questions;

  • Am I pushing my boundaries and growing every day?
  • Am I staying focused and true to me?
  • Am I genuinely living a life that is less ordinary?

I am a mother (a single one at that). I am a daughter, a sister, a friend. I have been a student and a teacher, a follower and a leader, an employee and an employer. I have experienced great happiness, deep sorrow & everything in between. My story is your story, just as yours is mine. Why?

Because I am a luminous star-dust being with self-awareness, and so are you.

Will you join me on this journey?

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