A nourishing self-care ritual for vibrant health and energy.
What does your daily self-care regime look like? Do you have rituals that nourish and energise you? What do you do when you are feeling under the weather and not quite on top form? I have been pondering the idea of my own self-care regime and wondering if it is really enough to support me during periods of feeling unwell or overwhelmed. Spending a lot of time at the local hospital in support of a family member has left me feeling a bit drained. The time on the yoga matt, breathing and releasing, was just what I needed today. Followed by some time out and a cup of tea with my heros, my fellow yogis was just what the doctor ordered. My daily self-care regime consists of juicing, eating nourishing whole and raw food, exercising, meditating, quality sleep and hydrating with clean water. Visualising goals, repeating affirmations, enjoying the vibration of essential oils plus lots of hugs with loved ones are essential self-care rituals in my life. They help me bounce back after brief feelings of sadness, tiredness or overwhelm.
All of these wonderful self-care rituals leave a tangible residue of calm but vibrant energy in the body. Taking moments throughout the day to check in with the breath, even for three deep breaths has the impact of grounding energy in our busy schedule. It allows a flow and an ease in our day. It can allow a release of tension held in the jaws, the shoulders, and the neck. Checking in through the breath can allow a release of suppressed emotions, fears, perceptions which is so vital to our healing journey. We hold these emotions in the cells and if they build up in the cells it can lead to illness, tiredness, and dis-ease. When we check in with the body and the breath, the smallest most subtle release of tension can bring the flow back into our day. We can carry on, feeling energised again. Balance and flow returns. Our cells feel invigorated and rejuvenated. We feel more connected with our purpose. Once again we feel supported by our body and we can carry on to live the life we love, a life with passion, energy, calmness, love, joy, beauty and radiance.
We need to feel supported. Our body needs to feel supported in its healing process. Just like a good support bra and just like the yoga matt supports our body in our daily practise. It is our responsibility to support ourselves. Showing ourselves a deep, loving kindness means nourishing our bodies with living and whole, real food. It means allowing our bodies to rest when we need rest. It means finding an exercise that we love and we do daily. It means fuelling our body with clean food, water, air, quality sleep. It means speaking kindly to ourselves and being gentle with ourselves.
Does your self-care regime leave you feeling this way? If you would like further help with creating a self-care regime that invigorates you, get in touch. I run self-care workshops. I can teach you about juicing, making awesome smoothies, and energising, healthy food that tastes so awesome you will want to eat it every day. I can help you work out what foods and aspects of your lifestyle are robbing you of abundant energy.
The next self-care workshop will be held in Forster NSW, Australia at the Forster Yoga Studio. We always share a nourishing juice and a healthy snack. Take home recipes and a personalised action plan mean you will go away with a clear and tangible goal that will make an immediate difference in your life.
Workshops also take place in the Forest of Dean in the UK during the summer months. Keep in touch with event dates, recipes, gatherings and more inspiration by signing up to my newsletter. Don’t worry, I won’t bombard you with loads of newsletters and I won’t share your details with anyone else. But if you do need a little bit of help with your own self-care regime or any type of nutritional healing then please connect with me. I love posting pictures of my life on Instagram too – you get a little insight into my travelling adventure, the Passion 4 Juice healing kitchen and the occasional insight into the mad world or music festivals. www.instagram.com/passion4juice. I have a facebook page too if you want to like it and share with your friends. www.facebook.com/passion4juice.
About Trish Tucker and Passion 4 Juice
Passionate, energetic and inspirational are words used to describe Trish from Passion 4 Juice. Trish combines her passion for freedom, travel, adventure and keeping people healthy. Passion 4 Juice is an award winning business operating in Australia and the UK. She has endless energy for her kids and her business as she follows the sun, spreading warmth and the healing energy of her juicy taste sensations. Be inspired, motivated and impressed. Her energy is infectious and 32 years of juicing definitely shows – she squeezers a lot out of life! Trish serves fresh pressed juice at festivals, events and retreats. She is also available for workshops, seminars, and cookery theatre demonstrations. Trish has written a recipe book on the healing power of juice and shares her recipes online at www.passion4juice.com
Are you looking for a pop up Juice or Smoothie Bar for your next event?
If you are looking professionally made juices and smoothies as an alternative to alcoholic drinks, Passion 4 Juice has a professionally managed juice bar for hire. We offer everything from bar hire, equipment hire and staff hire. We can offer a cash bar where guests pay for their drinks. We can supply staff and stock. Everything you need for a professionally run event. Perhaps you need a smoothie bar for an underage event or children’s party?
There is a range of drinks to choose from. Mocktails, milkshakes, fresh pressed juices and organic smoothies. We can cater for events that are small and large. Perhaps you have a special celebration that requires special attention to specific diets such as a raw vegan wedding? We cater to unusual events and we travel a long way to please our clients. From the UK to Australia. We are located primarily in the South West of the UK and service cities such as Bristol, Gloucester, Birmingham, Oxford and Cardiff. We are also based on the Mid North Coast of Australia.
Our staff are experts in mixing mocktails but are also nutritionally trained. This is perfect if you are catering for special diets or events such as retreats and conferences. We can also serve quality, organic Barista coffee. Take the hassle out of catering for your next event.
Mobile Juice Bar keeps International DJ’s pumped at Rainbow Serpent Festival
The 20th celebration of the iconic rainbow Serpent Festival takes place this month in Country Victoria Australia. Rainbow Serpent Festival holds many experiences for each festival go-er. From the realms of self expression free from judgement of systematic norms, to the exploration of inner self and collective consciousness. But it is the music that keeps people coming back and draws in crowds from all over the globe. some of the best producers and DJs on the planet. In previous years Passion 4 Juice – experts in mobile juicing and nutrition have been selected to provide backstage sustenance and hydrating juices to some of the top DJ’s. Fruit platter’s, tasty kombucha and refreshing smoothie bowls are always on the menu.
The Rainbow Serpent Market Place, now know as the BAZAAR is close to one kilometre of stalls, it is one of the largest markets in Australia and it’s reputation for quality is equally as grande. Offering everything from locally handmade clothing and accessories, musical instruments, massage therapies and of course, delicious and healthy food and beverages from all corners of the world. Passion 4 Juice mobile juice bars have been part of this circuit for the last 15 years. Serving juice and smoothies to festival go-ers in the UK and Australia. Many people recognise the iconic brand from festivals in the UK
Food and Beverages from Thailand, Lebanon, Japan, Italy, India and Israel to name a few, and including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and organic dishes, gourmet deserts, chai tea and real, good coffee, and organic juice and smoothies. There is something to feed the hungriest soul and tickle the fussiest taste bud. We only select professional food vendors that take pride in their healthy and wholesome food, their environmental impact and their positive attitude.
If you are coming to Rainbow this year be sure to download the 2 for 1 juice voucher from the website. Click here for the link.
For the menu check out our youtube page for a sneak peak of some of the menu.
How to get your kids to eat healthy food?
Dear tired, overwhelmed parents,
I know you are too tired, stressed and hungry to stand up to your kids when they pester you for junk food – after all it’s packaged so beautifully, it is so bloody tempting to take the drive thru option. I was so surprised recently – I was busting to go to the loo. It was 11am Sunday morning and the nearest loo just had to be maccas! I was blown away at how many families were in there eating fries and big macs on a Sunday morning.
This is a difficult but necessary topic – it is time to be brave and be a bit hard lined with your kids. I understand that you have to choose your battles carefully as a parent. No one else will take responsibility for your children’s food education – well perhaps big food companies will misguide your children with the use of advertising and marketing. May I suggest this is not what you really want if you want your children to be fit and healthy. I am assuming that all parents want their children to grow up fit, strong, healthy, clever and free from lifestyle related illnesses.
If you are going to choose any battle to have with your kids – this should be it. I really believe that one of the BIGGEST responsibilities we have as parents is to teach our kids about real food. There are thousands of products in the supermarket that are offering the Holy Grail – easier, quicker, tastier, cheaper – quick, fast food options packed with enough salt, sugar and fat to get you and your kids totally hooked. These products are NOT food and they will make you and your kids FAT, SICK and will kill your taste buds quicker than you can drive through the Maccas drive through.
I get it – I am a busy, time poor parent too. There are many times during the week when I think ‘ooh wouldn’t a take away be good’. But on the very few occasions when I do give in, I am often disappointed with the quality and the taste. The fatty after taste or the lack of fresh real food. Or the feeling the next day. It is often a disappointing experience all round.
Kids Nag, I get that. Kids will happily eat food that is sweeter, saltier and fattier because it is designed to hit the sweet spot of the brain – the pleasure centre of the brain responds to sweet, salty and fatty food because the fast food giants spend millions on making sure these foods have just the right amount of salt, fat and sugar to make them really addictive. In my journey in nutritional healing I have lots of conversations with parents trying to do the right thing by their kids. They are giving them an abundance of academic and sporting opportunities but may be neglecting the importance of fuelling their body with nutrient dense foods.
I meet so many smart, educated parents that are taking an easy route with educating and feeding their kids. They are tired, over worked, stressed and are not willing to say no to kids when it comes to junk food. Eating out and getting take away several times a month is not doing yourself or your kids any favours. Putting crisps and chocolate bars in their lunch boxes is also not helping their brain development, their behaviour or their immune system.
Five a day as a guideline for the number of fruit and veg is totally flawed – do you want your kids to grow up with average health? Average health in this country means it is normal to be on lots of medication, type 2 diabetes, obesity are the new norm – 67 % of the population are now obese! Heart disease and cancer are common. Do you really want average health for your kids?
Don’t for a second think that the big food companies care one bit about your health. All they care about is profit. You must take control of your children’s health. Children are being bombarded by advertising telling them that sugar, cakes, biscuits, sweet treats are all totally normal and okay to consume every day. I am blown away every time I go to the small shop in our street – how many super cheap chocolate bars and crisps are on offer right at kid’s height. Sugar has no health warnings yet it kills more people every year.
But how can you do this when you are so tired, and so tired of feeling tired! I get that you don’t have much time. But I could race you – I will prepare a quick stir veggies in a pan while you sit in your car on the way to, at the drive thru window and back.
The rise in childhood disease and obesity signals a need for a greater focus on nutrient dense food while minimising the foods that are creating health challenges in young bodies.
Where to start? How about at your local farmers market? Where real food is locally available. A place where you can talk to growers and discuss what is in season. You can see what real, odd shaped fruit and veg really looks like.
Here are my top tips for helping your kids get as much nutrient dense, healthy foods:
I have friends that eliminated sugar from their diet but started eating more chips and savoury food instead. They had a live blood analysis and there were lots of hydrogenated fat molecules clearly visible in their blood. The food you eat can be seen in your blood. The food you eat definitely affects mood and behaviour. If you really have your child’s best intentions at heart then you will take this on board. Agree a plan and stay strong, stand together as parents and be brave. Saying no to junk food could be the best gift you give your children. Teaching them about personal discipline, portion control and seeing through the marketing lies will mean they are able to sift through the stories created by big food corporations. Teach them where real food comes from and how to prepare it so healthy tastes awesome.
If you need a bit more inspiration and hand holding during this process, you will be interested in our self-care kitchen workshops being held in Australia in the New Year. You can sign up to our newsletter so we can let you know dates. http://www.passion4juice.com will take you to the homepage where you can sign up and stay in touch.