What A Wolfe Taught Me (Best Weekend Ever)

I had a life changing weekend. One of those weekends that had me twitching with energy; had my  hand struggling to keep up with my mind; had me laughing hysterically one second then wiping tears away the next. You see, David Wolfe came to town and me and two of my soul sisters (Claire from This is Lifeblood and Emmy from Greens and Growth) made a pilgrimage to Samudra to hear what he had to say. We were not disappointed.

For those of you that are not familiar with David he is commonly referred to as the Rock Star of Superfoods. He spends his life travelling the world educating people about nutrition; particularly raw foods, mushrooms and superfoods.  He is a ball of energy with a mind that is gobsmackingly full of knowledge. His thirst for longevity is only dwarfed by his hunger for cacao. He has wild hair and wears poncho’s made of peat reeds. He is best friends with Woody Harrelson. He talks fast but pauses long.  His written goal is to achieve immortality.

Needless to say he is one of a kind and one of the most captivating and hilarious speakers I have ever seen.

Instagram @oliveonblonde

Instagram @oliveonblonde

The day started with a 3 hour workshop to create the ultimate healing elixir. I used to think my smoothies were fancy with my bee pollen and my maca – but no! Davids had exotic berries, medicinal mushrooms, ancient black algae’s and it all culminated in the 2001: A Space Odyseey music and then the chicken dance. I tried to put a video up but alas, will just have to post it on my Facebook page instead.

Me and my darling Emmy... a little bit excited!

Me and my darling Emmy… a little bit excited!

We then moved through to a lecture (where my mind was blown) which was followed by a Raw Cacao Dance Party; a rave with a cacao ceremony, no alcohol (just superfood cocktails), chanting and dancing until a very reasonable 12am. My blog-babes and I could not stop laughing at how different our Saturday nights had become!

For those curious THIS is what a Raw Cacao Dance Party looks like…

The Cacao Ceremony... chanting included

The Cacao Ceremony… chanting included

Pregnant belly dancers... fibre optic hula-hoops... tunic wearing men... you name it they had it.

Pregnant belly dancers… fibre optic hula-hoops… tunic wearing men… you name it they had it.

My darling Claire shaking her tail feather!

My darling Claire shaking her tail feather!

As I took literally 19 pages of notes I could not tell you everything that needs to be told.

So I have summarised the most poignant things I learnt from his amazing mind. 

Walk with me…

LITTLE BIT EXCITED.

LITTLE BIT EXCITED.

Ask, Look, Find

He told the most hilarious story about being stuck on a long flight with a hankering for organic orange juice. He decided he would search the plane just in case. As he walked past the attendants booth he saw through a gap in the curtain an orange juice sitting on the counter. He poked his head in and asked; “That wouldn’t happen to be organic orange juice would it?”. The flight attendant – apparently a raw food enthusiast – said “David Wolfe! Dude… check THIS out!” before slamming a 2 litre jug of organic kale juice on the counter!

If he had been sitting next to me and suggested that he was going to go looking for something as obscure as fresh organic juice I would have told him not to bother. Dont be silly. Wrong.

Be silly! Have a curious mind. Throw out preconceptions. Ignore boundaries.

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

Alcohol is a wolf in sheep’s clothing

David was unequivocal about this… actually he was kind of outraged. He spoke about the ridiculousness that alcohol drinkers look down on other drug takers and that society considers it in a different class. Alcohol is a drug like no other, and a very dangerous one at that.

But he understood that it is part of a lot of people’s lives and suggested that if you choose to drink that you at least add superfoods to it; add some goji berries to your wine, some chaga mushrooms in your vodka or hops extract in your beer. “At least get your medicine while you drink!”

Ultimately though he feels his superfood drinks are an upgraded technology as you get the high with no hangover. I have to admit after the Raw Cacao Dance Party… he may be onto something.

Leaders are readers.

Word.

Medicinal mushrooms are a non-negotiable

“Mushrooms are an ally to life. All life.” Basically, mushrooms are the most powerful healing foods and can be consumed by anyone… even a newborn. Next week I will go into depth about these mushrooms (reishi, chaga, shiitake, cordyceps etc) and how to incorporate them into your diet.

Turn. Off. The. TV.

A while ago I wrote this post about getting rid of the TV. Slowly however it has crept back into my life. I wholeheartedly blame Offspring (or more to the point… Patrick Reid). And even though I swore I would only watch the idiot box for that glorious hour on a Wednesday evening… sneakily it has snuck back in. So when he said;

“The news does not serve you. It is trying to create your reality. That is a reality of death, violence, crappy politicians. It convinces you of your reality. Where are the reporters now? I don’t see any here in this room where we are all having a great time! That’s because it doesn’t sell”

Roger, roger Universe. Message received.

Always keep moving

If you get too comfortable with life… you check out.

If you ride too close to the edge of life… you check out.

Move every day. Don’t move it – you lose it.

If it doesn’t make you feel good you need to get rid of it

Thoughts, relationships, food, whatever… it if doesn’t feel good get it the hell away from you.

Marshmallows are REAL man!

No amazing revelation here… I just found this totally gorgeous! The original marshmallow (free of artificial sweeteners and colours) are actually found in every ecosystem. Note to self next time I am camping and want to play chubby bunnies!!! The mallow (a root) is pulled up and boiled until it is soft and spongy. It is then dipped in honey and consumed as a sweet!

In the words of David himself… that’s the bomb dot com!

Pessimism and skepticism can destroy the world’s most beautiful moment.

Enough said.

Earthing is vital to health

Get your shoes off… let you feet directly touch the earth. This sounds very hippie indeed but by connecting your body to the Earths subtle electrical field you allow it to naturally discharge stress, pain and inflammation. Sarah Wilson wrote a fab article on it here if you want to learn more. I have always been very resistant to wearing shoes – earning the nickname of The Hobbit among family – and I never had a good reason. I am thinking maybe I instinctively knew it was the right thing for my body. Well… that’s how I am going to argue it now anyway.

Salt water is the most powerful cleanser

Your body will also crave hot salt water when it needs it. Feeling sick? You crave broth aka hot salty water. Sore muscles? Soak in a bath full of hot salty water. Cleanse a wound? With hot salty water. You get the picture. Listen to your body, it knows what to do.

Today is the best day ever.

Every day is! Wake up and say that to yourself every day. Make it the first thing you say to whoever shares your bed, home or life. The future is rushing at us – lets enjoy every second.

With a whole bunch of gorgeous women from the blogosphere and IIN family.

With a whole bunch of gorgeous women from the blogosphere and IIN family.

Have you seen someone speak who completely shifted your paradigm? Or has that come through a book? Would love to hear in the comments!

How To Fall Right

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This week I fell off the horse. And it was a huge horse. You see, for the first time I had hit my wellness stride; my skin was glowy, my eyes clear and my weight was starting to get back to some sort of pre-baby normality. I felt motivated and happy and hadn’t felt the choke of a panic attack in a long while. I couldn’t remember the last time I felt this good. Then… THUD.

I moved to a new home, did renovations on the old one, started my studies with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and experienced our first month as a single income family. All this with a nearly-mobile six month old and two disgruntled dogs. I lived off crap quick ‘food’, let my exercise and self-love routine slip and got overtired and overstressed.

Within two weeks I felt that all my hard work – my life-changing life changes – had been undone.

So while I was wallowing in my melancholy I stumbled upon an old photo of my 11 year old self sitting atop my gorgeous dappled grey pony, Trigger. I looked confident and in control – which confused the hell out of me because Trigger (as the name suggests) was a damn psychopath that had tried to end me many times that year.

I wondered how it was that I looked so comfortable when I was riding a certifiable maniac. How was younger me so calm?

It all happened after my first fall. We were having a peaceful stroll when Trigger decided it was time for me to go and madly bucked until I sailed through the air and hit the ground. My confidence evaporated. I couldn’t understand how I had fallen when I had been getting so much better at riding? It completely rattled me. I was determined that it never happen again and said to my instructor….

“Can you please teach me how to ride so that I never fall off my horse again?”

Then she hit me with it…

“Em… you are going to fall off. You are a rider. You can’t ride and expect not to fall”.

THUD.

She continued; not realising the butterfly wings she was flapping and the future epiphany she was constructing.

“…the point isn’t that you fall. Everyone falls. All you need to know is how to fall”.

THUD. Of course I am going to fall off! How did I expect to be trying new or perfecting old without the occasional slip? That’s why I was calm! When something is a certainty it stops becoming a big deal when it eventually happens. When did I forget that?

Life is our ride. Our horses are our actions, skills and dreams. We are going to fall… we just need to fall right.

So here’s all I know about falling off a horse…

Kick your feet out of the stirrups

The horse has started bucking. You knew it was coming just by the way the horse was walking. Now it’s kicking madly and you are just holding on for dear life!

This was where I could see all my habits going out the window… I was eating badly, staying up late, drinking wine every night. I knew it was all wrong but I was just too scared to let go of the reins.

It is time to recognise what is happening and release yourself from the behaviour. It may seem scary to let go – knowing the hard work that is about to come – but once your feet are out of those stirrups you are free. And you won’t get dragged along for the rest of the rollercoaster.

Relax into the fall

You’re in the air now and you have that beautiful, terrifying weightlessness of uncertainty.

For me this was where I surveyed the damage. Accepted all those mistakes I had made. Yep… I ate a box of Kraft Deluxe Macaroni Cheese. It comes with a tin of cheese in it. Just let that sink in for a second – a tin of cheese.

See the positive in your ‘perceived mistakes’. For some reason you needed to fall… there was a lesson in there. For me it ended up making me feel like I made headway on my wellness mission because I did not enjoy one bite of the mac cheese! It was too salty and it stuck to the roof of my mouth. I purged after it which I haven’t done in a long while. I felt awful.

So even though I started off feeling like an awful person for eating this once I relaxed into it I realised that it was the sign that I have changed. I am getting stronger and healthier every day.

Accept that you are off the horse. You have stopped those bad actions. Stop beating yourself up. Relax into the fall. Let yourself hit the ground.

Curl up like a hedgehog

You’ve hit the ground. Now you better curl up so you reduce the chance of getting hurt by the second wave (be they horses legs or self doubt).

Now that you have freed yourself of the destructive behaviour and accepted what happened you need to figure out why to stop it knocking you straight back down again.

For me it was understanding that my to do list was overwhelming me and my new house was so disorganised that I just couldn’t keep my head above water. I called on the support around me so that I could dedicate myself entirely to organising my house. Once it was clear so was my mind.

Self reflect… do need a bit of break? Do you need to realign your intentions? Have your intentions changed? Do you need to reset your goals? Were you just self-sabotaging? If so, why?

Once I understood Trigger I could preempt when he was about to start bucking and why.

Understand your trigger.

Dust yourself off and get back on

My instructor told me that if I didn’t get straight back on then the horse has won. Horses are smart and they will remember exactly what to do to get you off and keep you off.

You’ve had a temporary slip-up: that is all.  Don’t let it become a habit just because you got a bit of a fright.

The longer you wait before you start exercising/saying affirmations/ loving yourself/whatever it is, the harder and scarier it will become to climb back on.

You got this!

xxx

Have you fallen off your horse lately? What’s your fave tip for falling right or getting back on? Would love to hear from you in the comments…