Monday, October 27, 2014

New Beginnings...


Thanks so much for your support and encouraging comments (and the not-so-encouraging ones too, because they helped me improve!). After 5 wonderfully rewarding years on Blogspot, this site has been upgraded and  is now self-hosted. Please head over to my new website to stay in touch, and don't forget to update your bookmarks.

Love & Light,

Kate Punivai

Friday, October 17, 2014

Recipe: Peanut Butter & Honey Bites (Only 3 Ingredients!)

I confess...

I just ate five of these tasty little tackers, one after the other.

And I'm not sorry.

No. I'm not.

I've been making these for a couple of years, and my children love them! I can't remember where the recipe comes from, or even if I just made it up one time?

They contain only 3 ingredients, and can be whipped in just minutes.

What’s more, they’re gluten-free, sugar-free and dairy-free. (Not suitable for school lunchboxes though, due to the peanuts. All the more for you, my dear!)

But first, there is something I must write about - my conscience simply won't allow me to pass this over without a mention.

I'm talking about honey.

To me, honey is a sacred food. I don't use it often, but when I do, I remember to pause and appreciate the tiny creatures who devoted their lives to producing it. 

Did You Know:
 - A worker bee produces approximately 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in her short lifetime.
 - A hive of bees will fly the equivalent of 3 times around the earth (90,000 miles) to collect 1kg of honey
 - Worker honey bees are female and only live for about 6 weeks.

Albert Einstein once said "If the bee disappears from the face of the earth, man would only have 4 more years to live." We need to appreciate and care for these vital insects. Read 10 Things You Can Do To Help Save Bees.

Now that you are suitably humbled...let me share this recipe.

Peanut Butter & Honey Bites

1 cup natural peanut butter (See note below)
1/3 cup raw honey (Use maple syrup for a vegan version)
1/3 cup dessicated coconut (plus extra for coating)

Throw them all in together and mix. A food processor will do the job in about 20 seconds. Then shape into balls, coat in extra coconut, then refrigerate until firm.

Note: It's not strictly necessary to have peanut butter, you can also use plain peanuts. Just substitute the cup of peanut butter for 1½ - 2 cups of skinless, roasted peanuts. I’ve even used salted peanuts for this, and just rinsed off the salt before I used them.

Handy Hint: I have found that if you place them in a bowl at the very rear of the fridge, behind other items, they may escape the attention of hungry munchkins and remain there long enough to set...

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I Haven't Watched The News, Or Read a Newspaper, In Over 3 Years

Recently, a friend posted this cartoon on my facebook page...

It made me chuckle, but I was also reminded how much my life has changed the past three years, since I decided to tune out from mainstream media. 

Yes I, who once prided myself on being up-to-date with current affairs, have not watched the news, read a newspaper, or visited a news site in more than 3 years

When I made the decision to switch off, I was highly stressed, anxious about the future, drowning in debt, and felt helpless about what was happening in the world. That first week, I had to continually stop myself from turning on the TV out of sheer habit. It was a surreal feeling - almost a fear of not knowing or of being left out.

Maybe the world was crashing to a halt, and I was the only one who didn't know, and couldn't prepare for it?

But the world kept right on turning and, after that first week, I simply found other things to do.

More productive things, I might add! 

The fear of “not knowing” and being “left out” gradually subsided as I found myself not missing out on anything that actually made a speck of difference to my life. Instead of focusing on what was wrong and what I didn't want, I began to turn my attention to what I could do - creating the kind of life and future I wanted for my children. This saw me leave the city, get out of debt, move to a tropical island, start a business, write a book...

That transformation was the result of many changes I made in my life - cultivating selective ignorance was just one of them. But there are several benefits which can be traced directly to my decision to "tune out", and which had many flow-on effects in my life.

1. I've become much more sensitive and aware. 

I’d always thought of myself as a sensitive, intuitive kind of person, but I had no idea that watching and reading the news was desensitizing me so much.

Now, when I glimpse the sensationalist headlines of a newspaper, about terrorism or warfare or religious tensions, I feel myself start to become tense and on edge. It’s not outwardly evident, but I feel the subtle change of energy within me.

I never realized the negative, energy-sapping news stories were affecting me like that, until I spent time away from it, and now I can see it all too clearly.

Recently, my dad left his newspaper on the kitchen bench and my curiosity got the better of me. I didn’t even finish the first paragraph on the first page, before I walked away in disgust. It was all about war and bombs and military. It took me several hours of re-focusing my attention before I managed to shake off the feeling of un-ease.

I can’t believe I subjected myself to those negative vibes for so long, thinking I was staying “informed”, when really I was staying fearful and passive and helpless. But not any more!

      2. I've made better use of my time. 

      Over the last three-and-a-bit years, more than 1000 hours of my precious life have been spent on worthwhile activities, rather than sitting back helplessly, while being bombarded with "proof" of what a horrible world we live in.

Those extra 1000 hours were spent cooking nutritious meals for my family, playing with my children, cleaning my house, writing an e-book and building this website.

3. I’ve become more positive and confident

Rather than being constantly reminded of everything supposedly wrong with the world, I can now choose to focus on the kind of world I want to see. The world I see is nothing like the one portrayed on the news. I see people helping each other, being good citizens, trying to be decent partners/parents/employees. 

In the latter years of her life, my grandmother became very pessimistic and fearful about going out on her own. She stayed at home, reading the Daily Telegraph, which just confirmed her suspicions that robbers and murderers were lurking around every corner, just waiting to rip off a little old granny and leave her for dead.

I found myself falling into the same trap...

I used to worry about the future, and how would I protect my children amongst all this terrorism, and economic upheaval, and rising costs of living? Basically, I felt helpless. Strangely enough, the more anxious I became, the more I had to watch the news, in case there was some matter of utmost importance I had to know about (there never was. Just more of the same fear-mongering and pessimism.) 

Now, I don’t lose sleep over any of those things. Instead, I focus on what I CAN control, which is not “out there”, but “in here”. 

Rather than fearing the future, I am hopeful and optimistic and know that I am well-equipped to handle whatever challenges lie ahead.

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       4. I’m more up-to-date on useful information.

      I may not know the name of the latest axe-murderer, or which celebrity is cheating who, or who got sent out for being a naughty boy during question-time in parliament (does anyone even care?), but I am one step ahead of the media on useful information.  

For example, a couple of years ago, I read an article on Steve Pavlina’s blog about the health benefits of having a “standing” work-desk, rather than sitting at your desk all day.

Last week, as I was walking into work, I happened to glance up at the current affair show on TV. It was about how sitting at a desk all day is causing so many health issues, it will eventually burden the healthcare system more than smoking, and a stand-up desk is one simple, but effective, solution.

I laughed.

It was old news to me…

5. I'm more creative and able to think "outside the square".

Without meaning to sound like a conspiracy theorist, the mainstream news outlets really do portray a very limiting, conventional view of the world (which may or may not be influenced by whence their advertising dollars come from...)

Once I managed to extract myself from that limiting, narrow paradigm, I found that my mind became highly creative and original. Rather than getting my information from mainstream media, I gathered information by talking to people, reading books and blogs, experiencing the world with my own senses, and not through the skewed lens of the media. This had the effect of opening up my mind to all kinds of possibilities and opportunities, and led me to achieve things I might never have attempted in the past.
All in all, my news fast has been a wise decision, with many positive benefits.

If anything really important is happening, someone will tell me about it, or post about it on facebook. I don't feel that I'm missing out in any way.

So here’s to many more years of remaining blissfully ignorant of the headlines and hype.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Your Body Is The Healer

Ok, hold tight. I’m about to say something heretical…

Medicine cannot cure you, and a doctor cannot heal you.

Let me repeat: Medicine cannot cure you, and a doctor cannot heal you.

Only your body can heal you.

 At best, your doctor can give advice or prescribe a product, and his medicine may suppress your symptoms (usually how conventional medicine works) or kick-start your body’s own healing reactions (often how naturopathic medicines work), but at the end of the day, your body has to do the work.

If you have a broken bone, the doctor or surgeon might put it back into place, but only your body can knit the bone back together again. If you have a wound, the nurse might dress it to stop infection, but it's your body that grows new skin and closes over the wound. Your body is the true healer.

If you take the latest, greatest vitamin formula and all your aches and pains disappear, does that mean it has cured you? No. It means your body finally has what it needs to heal itself and function properly.

If you undergo chemotherapy and it shrinks your tumor, does that mean it has healed you? No. It means the chemotherapy has suppressed (one of) your symptoms. Cancer is one symptom of a toxic, acidic system. Chemotherapy, radiation and surgery might take out or reduce your cancer, but it cannot heal your toxic, acidic system. Your body can, though, if you give it the right diet and support.

I'm not saying doctors and medicine and herbal remedies don't have their place. Unfortunately, they have become all too necessary! But the real aim of a healthcare system shouldn't necessarily be to supply more doctors or better medicine, it should be to create a society that needs less doctors and less medicine! Anything else is just a band-aid solution...However, the economic reality is that band-aid solutions keep people in jobs and in business, so we are stuck with them (Pardon the pun).

I believe that if people really understood how awesomely their bodies were designed and what they are capable of, they would treat them a whole lot better.

When you get a “cold”, the runny nose, the sore throat and the cough are not symptoms of  an illness. They are symptoms of your body fighting off the illness. When your body is alerted to a foreign invader (such as a nasty germ), it immediately sets off a chain reaction of defenses. It starts sending in its troops, like white blood cells, but you probably just know them as “snot”, “mucus” or “gunk”.

Your body raises its temperature to try and kill off the invading pathogen – so you get a fever. 

Your body attempts to prevent the pathogen from penetrating further than the throat, which causes localized inflammation and heat in the throat, hence you get a “sore throat”. 

Your body is doing exactly what it’s meant to do! It’s protecting you…and what do you do in return? You pop some cold and flu pills to avoid feeling the sore throat and the sniffles. That’s right, you block the body from doing its work. 

Just because something makes us feel better, doesn’t mean it has healed us. In fact, with many modern medications, it has succeeded only in tampering with the bodies natural processes. If you take a painkiller because you have a headache, the painkiller doesn’t take your pain away, it simply turns off your pain sensors so your brain can’t register the sensation anymore.

Doesn't it make more sense to find out what your body is trying to tell you? In the case of a headache, it's probably trying to tell you to drink more water, or get away from your computer, or that you're lacking magnesium, or eating/using something that irritates the body. Listen! Your body is always talking to you!

And while we’re here, let’s have a little conversation about germs. All through the winter months, people cough and sniffle and blame their problems on “germs”. Unfortunately, germs are everywhere and life on earth is not possible without them. Germs are not the problem. Your immune system is the problem! 

Most likely, the immune system has become bogged down due to stress, nutritional deficiency, toxic overload, lack of exercise/fresh air/sunlight and can no longer cope.

The answer is not to try and control germs (you can’t), the answer is to build up an immune system that does what it’s meant to do – resist anything that’s potentially harmful to the body.

I haven’t been sick in years, and it’s certainly NOT because I’m paranoid about germs (I don’t even own a disinfectant, unless you mean vinegar). 

It’s certainly NOT because I wash my hands fifty times a day with antibacterial stuff (I wash my hands at the appropriate places with good old-fashioned soap and water). 

It’s definitely NOT because I vaccinate (Sorry to be heretical yet again, but I do not see the sense in becoming immune to certain strains of one virus, while at the same time being injected with the likes of aluminium, monosodium glutamate, and polysorbate 80, which just adds to my toxic load and makes it harder for my body to fight off other strains of other viruses. I'd much prefer a strong, healthy immune system that can resist any strain of any virus. But that's just me...)

And it’s definitely NOT because I take loads of multi-vitamins (I don’t take any).

I have, however, discovered (through research/trial and error/experimentation), how to support my immune system to do its job properly - that is, protect me from illness and disease. If you want to know more about the 7 habits I follow for excellent health, you can find them in my e-book “100% Alive”, available on Amazon.

The human body is beautifully, exquisitely designed to heal itself, renew itself, cleanse itself and regulate itself. If we nurture it properly, that is exactly what it does! But when we don’t? It doesn’t repair itself, it degenerates and ages, it fills up with toxins and gunk and fails to regulate itself properly. Sadly, you don’t have to look very far to find living (just!), breathing evidence in our families and communities and workplaces.

There is actually no physiological reason why the body should “age”! The body is constantly renewing itself, shedding old cells and replacing with new ones. The reason that people get old and stiff and arthritic is not due to the passage of time. It’s because: 

1. Their body is not getting enough nutrients to do its work properly. You need plenty fruit (preferably raw), plenty vegetables (preferably raw) and lots of leafy greens (preferably raw, again) if you want any hope of supplying your body with what it needs nutritionally. If the majority of your diet is cooked or processed foods, your body is going to wear out prematurely. Just saying..

2. They are overloading their bodies with toxins (chemicals on their food, in their personal care products, in the air they breathe, in their water) at a rate faster than the body can excrete them. Eventually, the body begins to clog up with toxic waste, the joints grow stiff and everything begins to slow down. 

3. Lack of use! People sit at their desk all day, drive the car home, sit in front of the TV, and then lay down to sleep…and wonder why their beautiful bodies, which were designed to dance, and run and jump, start to seize up from lack of use.

4. People accept aging as inevitable. After I turned 30, I began to notice more and more people my own age imply they were “getting old”. In their early 30’s, for goodness sake! All around us, people are perpetuating the belief that after the age of 30 - 40, our physical health starts to go downhill. People just love to talk about their ailments and what bothers them! Take notice, and you’ll realize you’re constantly being reminded that after a certain age, your body gets fatter, it slows down, it starts to ache, your memory and eyesight start to fade. 

Well, I say bollocks!!

What you believe is what you receive. If you expect to get old, crotchety and wrinkly, that’s likely what you’ll get. But I say no thanks. I say that my body is the earthly temple of my soul, I respect it and nurture it, and it returns the favor a hundred-fold. 

You see, I have this stubborn streak, and I don't necessarily accept that if someone else experienced it (or even if lots of other people experienced it), then it's inevitably going to be my experience too. We create our own experiences and outcomes, based on what we put in...

For example, when I had my first son, people said I couldn’t expect to go back to the same size as before. After a while, the weight came off and I went back to wearing my pre-pregnancy clothes. Then, they said, it won’t be that easy after the second one. But a few months after the birth of my second son, I was right back into all my old clothes. Then the next lot of well-meaning advice, was that after turning 30, I’d have to work harder to stay slim. 

Meanwhile, I just smiled politely, and ignored their "advice".

In fact, I can state with absolute certainty that I am more energetic, more flexible, more toned, healthier and fitter than I was a decade ago. And I fully expect to be even more so, in another decade. 

You get to choose how you age, by choosing what you put in your mouth, what you put on your skin, what you allow in your mind, and embracing love in all it’s forms. These daily little choices have an accumulative effect over the years.

The most youthful-looking people I know are not the ones who buy expensive anti-aging creams or employ personal trainers. They are the ones who have lived simply and honestly, loved wholeheartedly, gave generously, appreciated nature, and nurtured their bodies with wholesome foods.

Your body is just exquisite. Every process, every system, every cell, every action and reaction, is perfectly designed to keep you healthy and in a state of homeostasis (balance). Nurture it, love it, support's the true healer. 

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The 10 Most Mind-Blowing Books I've Read

Anybody who knows me, knows that I adore reading books! My mentor loves to remind us that readers are leaders, and I reckon she's right. 

After much deliberation I've whittled my list of mind-blowing books down to just ten. These books completely changed my worldview, or inspired me to transform my life and health.

If you click on the title of the book, it will take you to The Book Depository - my favorite online bookstore. They have millions of titles (including ones that are hard to find in conventional bookstores) and free shipping to most countries in the world (but not Tonga, sadly. I save up my orders for when I'm in Australia). These links are affiliate links, so if you do make a purchase, I receive a small percentage.

1. E-Squared by Pam Grout

I bought this book less than a year ago, and I've already read it five times!

It is fascinating, entertaining and profound, all at once, and the "experiments" have the potential to change your life.

2. The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder

It doesn't matter if you're a health nut or a complete newbie, this book has it all. It explains how our bodies work, and how to look after them so we can look and feel awesome.

If you only ever read one book on health, let it be this one.

3. The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz

This book is decades old, but it's wisdom is timeless. It teaches you how to harness the power of the mind to create the life you want.

It's brilliant, and I re-read it at least once per year, hence why my copy is tattered and missing it's covers.

4.  Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach

Have you ever stumbled across a little old book that looked kind of plain, but when you began to read, it completely blew your mind? This little book was like that for a me.

 It is written as a non-fiction story, but the message is so profound I had to keep putting it down, so I could digest the meaning and let it sink in.

5. The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss 

More than anything, I love a book that challenges the current paradigm and looks at the world from a different angle to the one we're used to being shown.

 This book is all that! I love it most, not for the business insights and resources (which are great on their own) but the reminder of what is possible.

6. The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber

If you are in business, or thinking about going into business, you need to read this book. Seriously. I say this from hard-won experience. This book provides the template for building a sustainable business and teaches you how to work ON your business, instead of IN it.

Buying this book will probably turn out to be the best investment you ever make in your business. Have I mentioned that you need to read this book?

7. The Hidden Messages in Water by Masaru Emoto

I've been delving into quantum physics and metaphysics for a while, but this book was mind-blowing, especially some of the author's theories on the Universe and energy fields.

This book also contains stunning photographs of how our words and thoughts affect water molecules (and in turn affect us, and the wider world).

8. Spirits in Spacesuits: A Manual for Everyday Mystics by Sean O'Laoire

Ok, I confess. I borrowed this book from a friend more than six months ago, and I still haven't given it back. He's overseas, so that's my excuse for treasuring this book as long as I possibly can.

This revolutionary book really opened up my mind to a different perspective of God, life, the Universe, the Bible.

9. Don't Get Mad, Get Wise by Mike George 

One day, I was in a bookshop and I only had enough money to buy one book. This was the one I chose. It turned out to be perfectly suited to the situation I was dealing with at the time.

This book teaches us how we can choose to be at peace, no matter what is happening around us or to us. I still use these principles in my everyday life.

10. Not On The Label: What Really Goes Into The Food You Eat by Felicity Lawrence

I've read many books exposing the food and drug industry, but years later, this one still stands out as the one that shocked me so much, it forever changed the way I buy food.

This one is based on the UK food system (although most of it applies to the entire Western world). For an expose on the US food system, try reading Fast Food Nation

What books have really blown your mind or changed the way you see the world (or yourself, for that matter?) Let me know in the comments, because I would love to have a read. If they're mind-blowing enough, I may even be obliged to re-arrange my list...

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