Cauliflower Soup Anti-Inflammatory Recipe

With the colder weather here in Australia, I have been cooking up some delicious and nutritious soups. This anti inflammatory soup has become a family favourite and has loads of flavour with all the delicious spices. Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory that will help to heal your gut. Garlic and ginger are powerful immune boosting herbs.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil or 2 tsp ghee
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves crushed garlic
  • 2 tsp chopped ginger
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp curry powder (I use an organic one from my local store)
  • 1 large cauliflower, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups (500ml) vegetable stock (I make my own vege stock paste with herbs and veggies, but if you buy a store bought one, get one with no additives, etc)
  • 1 tin (425g) coconut milk (additive free)

Himalayan pink salt, pepper to taste and fresh coriander to serve.

Method:

  • Melt the oil or ghee in a large saucepan. Add the onion and fry till browned. Add the garlic, ginger, turmeric, cumin and curry powder and stir for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add the cauliflower, vegetable stock and coconut milk. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and let simmer with a lid on for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat, cool slightly and puree with a stick mixer or blender till smooth. Add salt and/or pepper to taste and garnish with coriander.
  • My paleo bread recipe is a delicious accompaniment. Enjoy…

A new chapter…

I’ve been a bit quiet on my blog lately and trying to get my body back into balance with having those nasty parasites. The effects of these parasites were really draining and took a lot of my energy. Thank fully after two herbal cleanses, eating well, sleeping lots plus a bucket load of energy treatments and visualising them leaving my body… they are gone. It feels wonderful that I no longer have them.

Having an upset tummy for six weeks though, didn’t help my gut and I noticed that my hair wasn’t growing in as fast as what it had been. So I made an appointment with  my naturopath and he conducted some functional tests. It came back that my gut was moderately leaky and my liver was really under functioning.

To help both these issues I started taking a l-glutamine supplement to support my gut, plus kept on taking two probiotics daily, along with bone broth, fermented foods and took digestive enzymes (if I ate a big meal with red meat, which is not often). My naturopath also made me up an “awful tasting” herbal tonic to help support my liver.

Initially my naturopath wanted me on a bunch more supplements for my liver but I have found over the last two years that my body is very sensitive, so it’s best to do less than more. I have also been massaging my liver meridian points on my feet daily.  Plus my acupuncturist also put me on herbs to support my liver. I think by targeting it from many angles, plus eating well, my liver is doing much better and this is showing in my hair growth.

Over the last month and a half, my hair has been growing back in fast and only has small strips at either side of my head to finish growing in. There are small dark, thin hairs growing here, so I know it’s coming.  After nearly 10 months of it growing in from nothing, this is what it looks like.

June 2017

I’ve gone from absolutely not one strand of hair and wearing a full head scarf or wig (which I hid myself under), to a scarf tied up as it grew back in patches and now only a small headband. I am nearly there.

I realised this week, that I am the girl with hair now and no longer think of myself as ‘the bald girl’ and lacking in any way.

This brought tears to my eyes after reflecting on what a journey I have been on during the last two years. Hopefully soon I will book in to get a hair cut. What an AMAZING experience that will be.

Without losing my hair, I would not be the strong, healthy person I am today. It has changed my life for the better and I can teach my kids to look after themselves and nourish their bodies with nutritious foods. I am also opening a cafe in September this year, and working with a chef to create healthy “eat the rainbow” food and will help other’s on their health journey too. I am beyond excited with this new chapter I am about to embark on and forever grateful that such a negative experience has turned into such a positive one.

Please keep on sending through your emails… I love getting them and helping you too grow back your hair.

Much love and light, Jo xoxo

 

 

 

Hair Update and a few nasty surprises…

So, I thought I would update you on what’s been happening with my hair.  Well, my hair it’s still growing in…it’s getting darker,  thicker and slowly growing down on the sides. I have about an inch to go and then it will be 100% covered all over.  It seems to be growing about an inch downwards every 8 weeks.  I also have all my eyelashes back on one side (most are still light but a they are turning dark) and the other side seems to be filling in, especially over this last week. I paint castor oil on them every night and I think this has helped them get thicker. Maybe I’ll soon be able to use mascara on them… toxin free of course!!  My eyebrows have a lot of thick white growth but nothing dark yet.  Patience is the key, plus appreciation for what I do have.

Here are some recent photos showing what my hair currently looks like. 

March 2017

A few weeks ago, I was getting disappointed that my hair wasn’t all over yet and my beautiful and always supportive Mum said to me “Have a look at photo’s of yourself back in July with nothing at all. If you could see back then, what you have growing now, you would be jumping with joy and not looking at what isn’t. You wouldn’t even notice those side bits, not quite there yet”. And she was right, I need to focus on what I do have and not what I don’t have… the law of attraction.

It’s now the two year anniversary from when I first noticed that I was losing hair on the cruise and during the last month I have been working at releasing lot’s of repressed emotions around this traumatic time. It was like reliving that time on the cruise again (and my son having a very bad asthma attack) feeling trapped, suffocated, very scared and not knowing why my hair was falling out. I have done this with the help of two very special healing friends and it felt so good to let everything go and TRUST that it will all be ok. I think this was holding me back in truly healing and now I just need to STOP worrying that something else terrible will happen to me again. I also pieced together all the missing pieces of the puzzle, knowing why it fell out. This has given me peace and answered many unanswered questions I had for two years.

I’m using lots of my DoTERRA essential oils to help with this feeling, including Helichrysum (an amazing healer of pain). It helps to restore confidence in life and in myself, after trauma or loss. I rub a drop of it on my throat chakra each morning plus night and only after a week, I can feel the difference.

I’ve still been eating amazingly but unfortunately caught two nasty parasites on a recent health retreat by drinking contaminated water… UGHHH! This is the last thing I need right now. But I am starting a detox to eliminate these parasites in the next few days and are hoping with the right herbal products, probiotics and looking after myself, plus eating right, that they will go fast. My acupuncturist can also help with chinese herbal medicine.

When I found out last week that I had these parasites, I began to panic and worry that it would make my hair stop growing or fall out again or stop. I’ve had to really not let it worry me. Once again had to dig deep and be reminded that losing all my hair has forced me to seek healing and completely change my life in every way, and funny enough, after a week of knowing I have these parasites, I’ve now accepted this is another part of my journey. It’s something that I have been forced to learn about and will once again rise from the challenge. I eat amazing, get lots of sleep, keep toxins out of my environment and look after myself, so I think it will all be OK.

It’s also made me get some updated blood tests which I haven’t had since last August and learn that my Iodine, B12 and Homocysteine levels are out of balance. I need to work on correcting these and I am doing so with further testing and the help of a Naturopath.

I’ll keep you updated on my progress with hair plus my two unwanted friends over the next few months.

Love and healing, Jo xoxo

What do I eat for Breakfast?

Probably out of all the meals during our day, I found that Breakfast was the biggest one I needed to change. I was so used to having a bowl of cereal and a piece of toast with peanut butter, plus a cup of English Breakfast tea with milk and two teaspoons of sugar. I wasn’t sure HOW I could survive without my morning cup of tea.

Well, 23 months later and I HAVE survived without my English Breakfast tea and just replaced it with different herbal teas, that I now LOVE. I also begin each morning with fresh lemon or lime juice squeezed into hot water – this helps to alkaline your body by balancing your PH levels, flush the digestive system and rehydrate your body. I drink this as soon as I get up and normally about 1/2 an hour before I eat anything.

I try and eat different things each day for Breakfast, including –

  • Blueberries and raspberries with almonds, pepitas, sunflower seeds, chunky coconut with coconut kefir or coconut yoghurt.
  • Paleo Bread with avocado, parsley and lemon juice (see my recipe for this yummy bread).
  • Brown rice crackers with almond, brazil and cashew nut spread with avocado and a sprinkle of himalayan sea salt.
  • Poached eggs with spinach leaves, parsley, sweet potato, mushrooms and homemade sauerkraut.
  • A fresh green juice – (see my juice recipe).
  • A smoothie – with frozen bananas, coconut water, spinach leaves, avocado, berries, chia seeds and almonds.
  • A cup of homemade bone broth.
  • Last night’s leftovers, grilled chicken with salad, salmon with vege’s, paleo sausages with quinoa and veggies, etc.
  • Brown rice pancakes – these are delicious with a small bit of maple syrup and berries.
  • Chia seed pudding layered with berries, chunky coconut and almonds.
  • Homemade nut and seed mix with chunky coconuts, a teaspoon of honey and coconut oil – toasted lightly in the oven. Pour over berries and coconut yoghurt or coconut kefir.

Who says, that breakfast must be cereal and toast. Just because we have been brought up that way, doesn’t mean we have to keep doing it. Try creating something new each week, that you’ll enjoy.

This morning I received an “eye roll or two” from my husband as I ate leftover grilled salmon with veges and rice… but, it was much healthier than his cheese toastie on pumpkin sourdough.

Is there a recipe you would like me to include on my page? Please let me know what interests you.

Love and healing, Jo xoxo

 

Different treatments and finding the right path for ME…

I’ve always been a positive person, very optimistic and seek to find the best in situations. My husband Roy would quite often call me “unrealistic”, but that was me, always smiling, never wanting to focus on the negative. This was really tested at my third Dermatologist visit.

My hair had only been falling out for three weeks and I was a mess. I guess when you pay to see a specialist, you hope for a ‘magic pill’ to fix everything. I was put on the steroid ‘prednisone’ to try and stop it falling out. At that stage I would have tried anything but after 2 weeks on prednisone (and it’s terrible side effects) and my hair coming out more than ever, I knew this was not the answer.

Listening to the Dermatologist informing me that I might never get my hair back, was life draining and that without prescription drugs, my hair had very little chance of returning. I also asked about changing my diet to see if that would help and was assured that diet played no role in hair loss. This was further backed up by a visit to second Dermatologist.

In the first few months, lot’s of prescription drugs were offered to me to try and trick my body into stopping attack my hair. After I came off the Prednisone, I was put on two different tablets for high cholesterol (yes, you heard right, I didn’t have a cholesterol issue but they can promote hair growth as one of the side effects). I tried this for about a month and then decided that I didn’t want these drugs in my body. I also tried Minoxidyl for two months and ended up with a hairy face (not a good look) and maybe three hairs on my head.

My second Dermatologist tried DCPC, which is a chemical that is applied to the scalp each week. DCPC acts like a decoy, drawing your immune system’s attention away from your hair, allowing your hair to grow again. The chemical produces an allergic reaction , like eczema or dermatitis. Sounds crazy, right. I tried this for about 2 months and when I was told I would need to stay out of the sun, especially during a trip to Bali, I knew this was not for me. Also, DCPC is NOT a cure for alopecia and after stopping it, your hair might all fall out again.

After 6 months of trying various prescription drugs for Alopecia, I came to realise that I was in this for the long haul and needed to balance and correct any deficiencies that my body was facing. That’s when I realised that I didn’t want to rely on a prescription drug for life, scared to go off it, in case I lost whatever hair I had grown in. I needed to have FAITH that I was on the right path without the use of prescription drugs. Some people may have growth with these prescription drugs and they may never have any hair loss again and I’m so happy for them that it worked. I just felt deep inside me, that I needed to do this from the inside out.

Don’t get me wrong, I still looked for the ‘miracle’ drug or potion that would grow my hair back, but I knew that there had to be a way. I had HOPE.

I began by throwing out all those prescription drugs, including all toxic makeup, cleaning products, skin care products etc and replacing it with organic toxic free alternatives. I also added in a good probiotic, zinc, l-glutamine and magnesium. And, yes, after lots of reading, I realised that diet plays a huge role in our body and if I ate the right foods, I might just have a chance to get all my hair back.

“One step at a time… my entire world as I knew it, began changing for the better”.

Love and healing Jo xoxo

 

 

Paleo Breakfast Bread Recipe

Vegetarian… Gluten Free… Dairy Free… Grain Free…

The perfect alternative to store bought bread. It’s delicious toasted for breakfast or as a snack. I love this with chopped avocado and fresh herbs on top.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 2/3 cup tapioca starch/arrowroot flour
  • 2 tbsp flax meal (I sometimes use LSA mix)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp bicarb soda
  • Pinch himalayan sea salt
  • 3 organic eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk (canned or homemade)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 up coconut oil
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar

METHOD:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and line a loaf tin with baking paper.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients in one bowl and whisk the wet ingredients together in another bowl.
  3. Combine both wet and dry ingredients and pour into loaf tin.
  4. Place in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown on top and cooked through.

Take the bread out of the pan and let it cool on a wire rack. Slice it up when cool and pop it in the freezer. This bread becomes even more delicious after freezing. When you want a slice, just pop it in the toaster and it becomes crunchy and flavoursome – then add your favourite topping and enjoy…

Emotions and how they stop us from truly healing…

Can emotions hold our hair back from growing? At first, I didn’t believe they could, but YES, emotions can most definitely stop your hair from growing back in. It took me a long time to understand how powerful emotions are and the role they can play out in our bodies – around 70-80% of our immune system is located in our gut. “Emotions play out in the theatre of the body”.

For the first year of healing, I focused mainly on my diet and healing my gut and correcting any internal imbalances. But as time went on and I still had no hair, I began to realise that I needed to deal with any stressful or traumatic past life experiences I had experienced (including losing my hair on that cruise and the feelings and emotions that came with that). Even for years prior to my hair falling out, I would always put on a brave face and never address any of my emotions properly. I would bury them deep, hoping they would go away. I wouldn’t cry or let any anger or upset out, so gradually over time, these emotions just built up and got bigger and bigger.

If we hold onto too much pain and hurt over a long period of time, we can become sick. I remember visiting Nici (for Natural Energy Balancing) for the first time and even in the nutrient deficient state I was in, plus had no hair, “repressed emotions” was the first thing that came up on the list to treat me for. This was the first time I had properly ever really thought about “how I was really feeling” and not bottle it up – I realised this was a huge part in my life that I needed to address.

“If we can bring harmony between our body, our mind and our soul, this will result in the relief and cure of disease”.

You might ask, how do I work through any emotions I have? Well, this is much easier said, than done and I have needed the help of friends and also energy healers to dig through the many layers of emotions. Recently I went on a Yoga and Meditation Retreat with a beautiful friend and spent three days meditating, practising yoga, eating delicious organic vegan produce, getting massages, being out in the natural bush setting, massages, epsom salt baths and swims plus just stopping and listening to the sounds all around us… I found that I truly let go and found what I was looking for. Which was peace within me – loving myself exactly as I am. I also learnt, that to grow, I need to open my heart fully (even if at times it can be scary) and to truly feel, see, smell, touch and taste, the beauty in everything around me.

Kundalini Yoga and meditation has also helped me greatly in healing, as well as, daily affirmations like – “I am beautiful” plus “I love and accept myself”. The daily meditation for Alopecia (located on my home page) states quite a few affirmations that you say about aloud and by practising it everyday, you begin to believe these are true. Try doing this meditation for a few weeks and see how things change inside. My essential oils also help to release emotions and just the smell of them, triggers a positive emotional response in our bodies.

To truly heal and fulfil your life’s purpose, you must first heal your physical body and your heart, plus release any limiting beliefs plus increase your spiritual awareness and connection. I have come to realise after working through these levels of healing that it is my life’s purpose to help others heal and give them hope – this is why I set up this blog. It brings me peace, knowing where I’ve been and where I am going in life and by helping other’s, I am also healing myself. And funny enough, after addressing my health, heart and limiting beliefs, my hair began to grow.

It’s funny looking back and reading what I have just written above and realising how much I have changed. I have turned a very traumatic event into something that I am very grateful for, plus I can now pass everything I have learnt onto others. I saved this powerful saying on my phone over a year ago –

“The soul always know what to do to heal itself… the challenge is to silence the mind”.

This is very appropriate during my final stages of healing.

Love and healing, Jo xoxo

The 10 most important things that have helped re-grow my hair

Over the last 22 months of healing, I’ve come to realise that whilst food and maintaining a healthy diet is extremely important, there are so many other factors that are equally important in healing your body. So, here’s a list of the top 10 most important things (including food) that I feel have been essential in helping me grow back my hair –

    1. Find ways to eliminate STRESS. When we are constantly under stress our immune system knows it. Our adrenals produce stress hormones that impact sleep cycles, hunger, body temperature and lots of other functions. Long periods of stress will cause our immune systems to become overactive, causing autoantibodies to attack the body and more importantly our hair. Choose to take time out for yourself and find something that you love to do. Over the past six months I have really been trying to eliminate stress and since becoming really aware of it and managing it, my hair began to grow back. I also love practising meditation morning and night (just 12 minutes twice a day), going on beach walks and swimming in the ocean, practising Kundalini Yoga, listening to music, reading a good book or one of my favourite magazines. If you can’t manage this on your own, get help if you are feeling overwhelmed. I regularly see my Energy Healer who helps me keep my emotions and stress levels down.
    2. Eat whole, unprocessed, fresh foods. Pick the best quality fruit, vegetables, eggs, nuts, seeds and meats you can find. Visit your local farmers markets for fresh produce and remember that you’re supporting a farmer in your local community by doing so. Foods at these markets can be organic and free of pesticides, added hormones, antibiotics and herbicides, thus reducing toxicity in your body. Every Sunday morning, I visit our local farmers markets with my family and it’s become a favourite weekly trip. I love chatting to the farmers and store holders and picking the freshest most colourful produce. By eating clean foods, your refined sugar intake should be eliminated or greatly reduced.  I do not eat any processed sugars, only natural sugars found in fruits. Most importantly, I have eliminated gluten and dairy from my diet as both were causing inflammation to the lining of my small intestine. I will never, ever eat gluten again but maybe small amounts of dairy in the future, when all of my hair is back. If you are not sure what foods to eat, see a nutritionist who can help you. I found an amazing nutritionist who has taught me how to nourish my body and what foods to eat on a daily basis.
    3. Address any imbalances, yeast, vitamin deficiences, bacteria issues, digestive distress, etc. You might need to find a Functional Doctor in your area that will help you do this. I had a parasite plus SIBO and went on an intensive cleanse to eliminate these. Most importantly, if you have any gut issues, like I had, take a good probiotic. I had one morning and night for a long time and have only just cut this back to one in the morning. Don’t supplement with pills just because you read it’s good for you, first make sure that you actually need it first with your doctor. You can get all your vitamins and minerals from a clean, fresh healthy diet if you are absorbing everything correctly.
    4. Drink plenty of WATER daily. Consider filtering your water to remove impurities like metals, chlorine and fluoride. Water keeps us hydrated and is essential for the proper circulation of nutrients in our bodies. I drink at least two litres of water a day and always use a glass drinking bottle/cup to drink from. Plastic bottles can leach chemicals into the water.
    5. SLEEP well. When we sleep, our bodies heal. Before my hair fell out, I would get to bed late, not sleep great and wake early. Now I try and make sure I am in bed by 9.30pm and get plenty of sleep. Lavender essential oil is perfect when I’m laying awake and trying to sleep. I also find meditating right before bedtime really helps me get to sleep fast and stay asleep.
    6. ACUPUNCTURE and Chinese Herbal Medicine. This has really helped to free up blockages in my body and allow the energy to flow freely. Please see my recent article on acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine and how it’s helped me with my hair growth.
    7. Reduce toxicity in your environment. Our skin is the largest organ in our body and anything we put on it goes straight to our bloodstreams. The importance of getting toxins out of our bodies cannot be underestimated. I started by replacing all my skincare and cosmetics and buying non toxic alternatives. There are many great websites like http://www.nourishedlife.com.au that have some fantastic beauty and skincare products. Essential Oils have become my part of my daily routine and have helped me reduce toxicity in my body (see my recent article on Essential Oils for more details). Also use non-toxic cleaning products around your home. I make lots of my own products using essential oils, vinegar, bicarb soda, apple cider vinegar etc. Most store bought cleaners are loaded with toxins and chemicals that become airborne and we inhale them or absorb them through our skin.
    8. Get OUTSIDE and move more. Gentle exercise boosts immunity. I regularly go on beach walks and get out in the sun. The sun is the best natural source of vitamin D and is essential for strong bones and good health. I try and get at least 20 minutes of sun each day and I think this has helped with my hair growth.
    9. Eat healing foods daily, like bone broth, kombucha, saurkraut and kefir. Every day for nine months I drank a cup of organic bone broth which I had cooked in my slow cooker for 48 hours. Sounds gross, yes in the beginning I hated it, but you get used to the taste pretty fast. Now most of my hair is in, every 3-4 months I cook up a batch and have it everyday for two weeks, just to nourish my body. Most mornings, I eat coconut kefir yogurt with wild organic blueberries plus seeds, nuts and other fruits. Probiotic foods are so healing. Eat fresh turmeric, this helps boost your bodies immune response. Zinc helps facilitate immune cell function and is found in so many animal products, beans and nuts. I sprinkle a handful of pumpkin seeds over my breakfasts and salads and eat raw almonds daily.
    10. Live in gratitude. When my hair first fell out, I was so angry that my body was doing this to me. Over time, I have realised that my hair falling out has been a blessing and have changed so many things in my life for the better. Each day, I thank my body and are so grateful for being taken on this wonderful journey into knowing who I really am. I am now surrounded by like minded friends who are inspiring and positive, and we all boost each other’s energy.  This week in a Kundalini Yoga class, three beautiful friends and I, took part in a powerful healing meditation afterwards. It completely changed my day and I’m still feeling the benefits days later. How blessed I am to be a part of such a special group of amazing people. Every night before bed, I run through what happened during the day and always give thanks to anything good that’s occurred, even crappy days I thank, as that’s normally when you learn the most and can be grateful that certain things have come to your attention. Always be aware of your thoughts and live in gratitude not anger.

Most of all believe that your body CAN heal and you CAN get your hair back. It isn’t an easy journey and it does take time, but I can guarantee you, you will be rewarded with your hair back.

Love and healing, Jo  xoxo

Hair Update, I’ll need a haircut soon…

Part of my journey to wellness is to help other’s get their hair back. I want to turn such a negative experience into a positive one and give other’s hope by sharing all my hair growth photos.

When my hair all fell out in March 2015, I couldn’t find one photo of someone with Alopecia Universalis and their hair growing back unless they were on some “miracle drug” which probably had severe side effects or once you stopped the drug, your hair would fall out. It was very disheartening and very scary not knowing if it was even possible to do it naturally. I decided that when my hair finally started to grow back – I would take lot’s of photos to show people how it looks growing back in. This will help you to visualise it actually happening, which is so hard when you have none and also no idea what it will look like. Of course everyone’s hair may grow in differently, but at least you can get the picture.

Over the last month, my hair has been growing back fast with all the top and back now filled in with dark hair. Looking at old photo’s on the weekend, I realised that the top only started showing signs of growth with tiny dark hairs in September and now in January, it’s covered all over and getting thicker every day. There are also some very long white hairs and some of these are more than two inches long. I don’t know if they will change colour or fall out, who know’s. The sides are slowly growing down and I can see the changes each week, they only have about an inch or more to go to be fully covered. I can see the new white hairs getting thicker first and then change colour to dark hairs.

I think my daily meditations have been really helping and I can actually now visualise it growing. When I first started the alopecia meditation, I could not picture it growing on my head at all – now I can feel it growing. I kind of look like I have a ‘punk rocker’ mohawk hair style happening at the moment and I’m the least punk person around, so this is a weird feeling. It has really forced me to love myself exactly as I am, even with this crazy hairstyle. At home I don’t wear anything on my head and am confident showing people what I look like. This is a stark contrast to when I had none, always hiding, feeling embarrassed and ashamed that I had none. When I go out, I’m still wearing a head scarf tied up with the back and front hanging out and can’t wait for the day when I won’t have to wear one anymore. I am going to have a ‘headscarf burning party’ and celebrate my journey with all my friends and everyone who has helped me on this journey.

Here are some photo’s of my hair from last week so you can see where I am at.

This week as I was taking my kids to the hairdresser to get ‘back to school’ haircuts,  it really made me start to get excited knowing that I will be sitting there soon and getting my own haircut. Wow, what an AMAZING feeling that will be. I know it won’t be too far away and it will be a celebration.

For those of you who’s hair has started to grow back in, make sure you take weekly photo’s so you can compare the changes. It’s funny as sometimes it looks like nothing much is happening but when you compare them weekly, fortnightly or monthly, the changes ARE huge.

I would love to see photos of your growth or hear about your journey, please send me through any pictures of your hair growing back in to include on this post, to give other’s HOPE. Sometimes just sharing your story helps you heal faster too.

Love and healing, Jo xx

Letting go and enjoying the simple things in life…

This has been a major challenge for me during my journey…how to truly let go, be at peace and trust that everything will be ok in the end. I recently found a saying “Everything will be OK in the end. If it’s not OK, it’s not the end.” 

These words have given me comfort, especially during the last leg of my journey in growing back my hair. I know this is not my life forever – it will pass and one day I will look like ME again. The funny thing is that life will never be the same again. It’s changed me in many ways but in every way for the better. No longer do I worry about the small things in life that once bugged me.

I remember in past years, not wanting to swim at the beach and get my hair wet, because I didn’t want to wash it. Sounds crazy, hey. Not thinking of the amazing feeling splashing through the waves, plus the fun that I’d be having with my kids and the healing effects of salt water on my skin.

On a recent trip to Bali, with absolutely no hair, I sat on the sand watching all my family and friends in the water, carefree and having the time of their lives, just wising that could be me. I could have easily gone in but I didn’t want to go in the water in front of everyone and have people staring at my bald head. We are planning another trip back to Bali this year and I cannot wait to be out there in those waves, feeling happy and free.

During a beachwalk a month ago, I stood and looked at the water and the waves and decided that is what I needed to do – just dive into the ocean and feel free. So that’s just what I did and it felt amazing. I cannot believe after all these years, it took me to lose the hair on my entire body for me to enjoy something so simple. Now, most nights after dinner, my husband Roy and my kids head down to the beach and enjoy a swim together. It’s become a treat and something we all look forward to.

I also make sure I go on regular beach walks, as this helps to ground me and I feel at home walking on the sand – another thing that I never did and we have the beach right at the end of our street. Now, it’s something that I can’t wait to do in the morning. Walking barefoot on sand is also really good for inflammation, which I had a lot of in my body and I think my walks have really helped in reducing it. Beach walking also gives me time to truly be grateful for living in such a beautiful part of the world. Sometimes I take the kids with me and we know where all the good rock pools are that carry the most colourful starfish, which rock pools have the largest shells laying around and what time of day is the best to see both of these. We have three huge glass jars full of the shells we have collected on our walks and I smile every time I look at them and think of our adventures.

Another favourite thing I like to do, is just sit outside in the sun and just look and listen… listen to all the sounds around me, like birds singing in the trees or flying past, the wind blowing the hedges, watching the clouds and just being grateful for everything. Never before did I stop and just say,  thank you for my amazing life and have such gratitude. Now I do.

I’ve learn’t to just breathe… breathe so that you can feel your belly moving up and down – deep breathing so that it is all you focus on. If I ever have some emotions coming up that I’m having trouble letting go of, I find a quiet place, normally my bedroom, lay down and just BREATHE.

Working through my emotions has been hard at times and quite often it’s something that I have needed help with. I regularly see a beautiful lady, Jeannine Verriest from http://www.essencepower.com.au, who helps keep me in balance. Jeannine works with your energy field and helps to remove barriers, limiting beliefs, sabotages in our lives that may arise through the environment, other people, and emotional stresses. She has become my life coach, friend and I really look forward to each visit.

Jeannine has put me in touch with my “inner self” and helped me be the best person I can possibly be. Each visit, she re-balances and re-aligns my energy field. I still don’t quite understand how she does this and how she knows what emotions are coming up for me before my visit, who I’m carrying energy for and what needs balancing. All I know is, that it works 100% and she has given me a whole new insight into myself that I had no idea even existed.

I have never been this in-tune with my body and it’s a great feeling. Don’t get me wrong, I still have everyday frustrations like running around crazy with the kids, gritting my teeth when my 4 year old won’t clean up his mess or when our cheeky miniature dachshund Hope won’t stop barking at everyone who walks by our home, but I am much calmer, happier and at peace. So much more so, than when I had all my hair. I wouldn’t have dared to believe losing my hair would turn into such an amazing learning experience. THANK YOU…

Here are some more phrases that I saved along the way – 

  • Be proud of yourself for how hard you’re trying.
  • Don’t compare your life to others and don’t judge them, you have no idea what their journey is about.
  • No-one is in charge of your happiness, except YOU.
  • You did not come this far to walk away without the victory.
  • You get to say what happens next.
  • Everything is exactly the way it’s supposed to be.