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What Is A Cell To Soul Approach?

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Here is THE FASTEST anatomy lesson you’ll ever have. This is how we are made up;

 

We are chemicals first - atoms and molecules.

Then CELLS. Groups of similar cells make up tissues. One or more types of tissues make up organs, and organs that work in the same production line and rely on each other make up an organ system like the endocrine system, the nervous system, the digestive system etc. 

The nervous system especially determines what kind of reactivity you have in situations and whether your default setting is having a positive or negative outlook on life. When things stress you out are you very reactive? Are you a Negative Nancy? Do you get defensive easily? Or are you usually cool, calm and collected?

If you’re working on changing yourself for the better, e.g. the way you handle situations (i.e. a workmate who constantly undermines you), how you perceive yourself - looking in the mirror with self-love or self-loathe, or how content and grateful you feel about being alive every day
- then can you see how depriving your CELLS of the nutrients they need to survive and thrive is going to make the changes you’re hoping to achieve incredibly difficult? There’s willpower and then there’s near impossibility. 

That is how "Cell to Soul" came about. Yes I am a sucker for alliteration but the concept of this is so strikingly straight-forward (see?) term is how I live my life, and how I encourage my clients and followers to transform their lives. In my opinion, your SOUL is the kind of energy you ooze every day and is all those things I just mentioned; how you handle emotion, your attitude and your relationships (especially with your relationship with you).

Health is not just a diet that makes you lose 5kg and feel better about waking up - it’s your ability to influence people, to alter perceptions, to smash your highest PBs, to become the reason someone else comes to work, to make marked impacts on your social and family communities and to give your children (whenever you decide to have them) the BEST damn genetic blue-print you possibly can, so that they can be everyday super heroes just like the best version of you is.

A Cell to Soul approach covers all bases and become as full-proof a plan as you can ever have, naturally. It's changing the micro parts of you and working on the bigger picture simultaneously so we can be better, happier people faster. Seems like a pretty bloody solid formula to me!

 

Dee x

Positive MVMT Interview

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Dee x


5 key food tips for health and fitness in 2018

May 23, 2018 • Activewear • Cell-to-Soul • Health-and-Fitness • Positive-MVMT

Here are 5 of the most popular questions being asked in the health and fitness industry right now answered by our guest, Dee Zibara - Founder of Cell to Soul.

Cell To Soul is the creation of Dee Zibara - a lover of hormones and biohacking ourselves to think happy. 

Food is always the first prescription - it’s incredibly underestimated and somewhere along the way, society forgot how to eat for health and now we just eat for taste or trend.

It’s especially important for us women to get it right since we’re usually the ones having bubbas and being Mums (an incredibly tough task!) Living a happy, full life is within arm’s reach but we just need to know what works for each of us.

 

1. What is the importance of fish and omega 3’s?

Fish is a rich source of Omega 3’s, and current research on the Standard Australian Diet (SAD) shows the intake of Omega 3’s are much lower than necessary. Omega 3’s are fatty acids that allow the brain to send it’s messages, bolster our immunity against sickness and the praise it’s been receiving of late is in regards to the ability of Omega 3’s to help improve mood disorders, ADHD and anxiety especially in children. It’s also helpful for pain and reducing inflammatory conditions. 

Fish is also a great source of protein which keeps us feeling fuller for longer. 

 

2. What effects does eating red meat have on us?

Red meat when it’s grass-fed and pasteurised is a good source of iron and B12 as well as protein. It’s important not to overdo red meat however, as there are other sources of plant based foods also high in these nutrients. In women, according to hormone guru Dr Sara Gottfried, red meat raises our bad oestrogens which is not good considering many women are oestrogen dominant. Overdoing red meat can also be quite inflammatory and put pressure on the heart by clogging arteries due to it’s high fat content. If the animal has eaten antibiotics and grains it’s whole life - steer clear. 

Try game meats for a change and don’t rely on typical cuts either - organ meats are much greater sources of nutrients!!

 

3. What is the difference between plant based proteins vs whey proteins?

Plant based proteins are commonly less allergenic and can range from hemp to pea to rice to sacha inchi (a Peruvian nut) - there’s HEAPS! Whey protein comes from dairy and is the part that separates itself from the cream when you eat yoghurt. A lot of people who are dairy intolerant should consider switching to a plant based protein, as it doesn’t aggravate the lining of our guts - which we really really need to stay in tact!

 

4. Why should we add healthy fats to our diet?

Healthy fats provide smooth signalling in our brains and are the ingredients for our hormones! Hormones aren’t just related to women on their monthlys though - our happy hormones, hunger and fullness hormones and our adventure hormones are all also made from healthy fats.

 

5. What are some natural food options for if we're low on energy?

Fruit in its “just-picked-from-the-tree” form is great for a short burst of natural energy - it provides us fruit sugar in the form of fructose which is quickly used as energy by the body. Foods and drinks that are fruit flavoured or have fruit as one of many ingredients don’t count!

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Love Learning About Nutrition & Wellness? Prefer to Watch Than Read? I've Got You Covered!

You haven't seen a blog post from me in the last few months, not because I don't love writing, or like prioritising it, but because I'm moving into (and really enjoying) a new medium of SHARING and LEARNING with you - VLOGS!

Reading advice is one thing, but when someone gets up close and personal and is talking straight to your face (with a screen in between) it becomes a lot more personal, and the person watching on the other end takes a lot more accountability of their own actions - or so I've found in my own experience.

IF you've missed my recent 25 - part video series on my Cell to Soul FB page, you MUST have a watch!! Not only does it save you time, I feel as though you'll be able to relate to it on a whole other level because you'll be getting the info straight from the horses mouth!

Yes... I'M the horse... :D

I also did a very topcial interview on the 5 KEY FOOD TIPS FOR HEALTH AND FITNESS which I'll post tomorrow - stuff people ALWAYS want to know about - with fashion fitness brand Positive Mvmt - these girls are making waves in the industry - you'll be obsessed their crops and activewear! PLUS you get 10% off on your first online order!

If you've already been watching my VLOGS I love you dearly! Your support means the world to me and I hope you've been some implementing the 25 Easy Health Tips I spoke about in my videos.

 

Until next time,

Dee x

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C-section? Strep? Antibiotics while pregnant? 1 thing you NEED for your baby's health

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If you've had any of the above during pregnancy or delivery, the 1 thing you'll need for your baby's health is strongly associated with their mental development, their ability to feed properly, and their tendency to develop health issues like asthma and skin conditions like eczema.

Probiotics

They come in powder form, so you can put it over your nipple before feeds if you breastfeed OR if you're bottle feeding you can simply mix it into their formula - but once it's cooled down as heat destroys it!... room temperature is OK. Personally, for our little bubba who is very happy, healthy and plump, we use BioCeuticals BabyBiotic. Sold in health food stores with the approval of a health practitioner onsite OR as a grab-and-go from their fridge (depending on where you shop) this essential supplement will help your bubba.

You could start from Day One (I'd say try a 1/4 of the recommended serving).

Why it's SO important if you've had a C-section, strep or any antibiotics while pregnant/during labour?

Our baby's need to be bathed in the bacterias of our netherlands on their way out. It's their first introduction to healthy bacterias that colonise on and inside their own bodies which they miss if you deliver through the abdomen or wipe out all bacterias when you're given antibiotics especially during labour. So once they're on the outside, you can give them their best chance of strong immunity with probiotics. 

*** There is now something called Microbiome seeding!! So if you're at all concerned about baby's immunity by not getting Mum's bacterias on the way out, and are having/planning to have a Caesarean, fear not and email me at dee@celltosoul.com.au for more info!!

Dee x

3 simple swaps for incredibly better health

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Let's cut to the chase. You can't drink coca-cola (A.K.A. a cup of chemical sugar) and eat McDonalds and FEEL your best. Sure you might LOOK skinny - but you're undoubtedly adding to your risk of heart disease, diabetes, mood disorders as well as deteriorating your entire Gastro Intestinal Tract (GIT) which lead to a whole other bunch of problems for your health. In my opinion, even if most of your diet didn't change, changing ONLY these 3 things would drastically improve your health AND help you shed the fat - promise! 

1. Red Meat & Chicken FOR Legumes

Organic  (even tinned...) chickpeas, beans (all kinds!), lentils, peanuts. They're GOOD sources of plant protein and full of fibre (so not only do they fill you up, they flush you out.) Farm animals are fed antibiotics every day and your body could really do without ingesting the antibiotics they consume over a lifetime. PLUS, even though farmers aren't "adding hormones" anymore, you're still eating something that produced it's own hormones which will alter yours when you consume it. If you're into vibrations and energy, you'll also notice you take on the energy of the animals that you eat - they lived lives remember that, and the parts of them you're consuming still hold their (often low) vibrating molecules that all living matter is made up of.  

2. Coffee FOR Kombucha

Beaming with live probiotics, if you were to swap your cup of Joe for a fresh cup of Kombucha, you'd notice you'll feel energetic without that anxious feeling. You'd also notice improved elimination (poo/wee!) and better hair, skin and nails which coffee tends to frizz up and dry out.

3. Boxed goods FOR Fresh Food

Obviously this covers nearly the rest of your food, but even swapping your SNACKS each day between main meals for a piece of fresh fruit or raw veggies (celery, cucumber, tomato, carrot) will give you so many more nutrients than a burnt out piece of cardboard ever could no matter what the ingredients i.e. muesli bars/crispbreads/biscuits.

These swaps are actually easy and $$$$ COST WISE are very similar. You'll even find swapping your red meat for legumes SAVES you money. Try it, and see for yourself!

Dee x

How I fell pregnant - don't underestimate the power of your plate.

Ok it's obvious how. But I mean really, HOW DID I DO IT?

I've spent the last 4 years (and longer as I was in the health industry as a Personal Trainer before my PCOS diagnosis), working on my own health by trying to regulate my own hormones. I just wanted ONE normal FRICKEN period that came around 4-5 weeks apart, and was PMS-FREE. Was that so hard?! - I wasn't asking for perfection!

So, I used myself as my greatest experiment, learning as much as I could through webinars and articles and then finally embarking on what will be my life's work as a Nutritionist. I LOVE learning and can never get enough. The science fascinates me because the body is a never-ending mystery where the more you dig, the more you find.

I found the formula I needed, and like a Mathematical equation, I applied specific food and well-researched supplements week by week to mimic what my female hormones SHOULD be doing to achieve overall "hormonal balance". On the 3rd month of my self-made protocol, my period (after finally becoming "regular" for me) fell away again... and I thought I had failed to balance them. So back to 2 or so periods a year and the drawing board...

But what really happened was that I fell pregnant - after years of being told it might be impossible.

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(Look how cute this baby bump is!!)

So what's my message:

No-one is taught about the power of food when they're young. Become thirsty for the knowledge yourself and seek out the people who have it. It determines our destiny. It changes our genetics. I mean, I'm about to becomes someones MUMMY! 

If you're a skeptic, then I challenge you to eat vegetables only for 1 week and see what changes occur for you, and THEN I want to hear about it at dee@celltosoul.com.au 

Dee x 

Why Being Pregnant Feels Like Being An Alien

If you’re like me, you like to wing things. You’ve always “winged it” in life because you always had an unwavering faith that deep down, no matter what happens, you WILL be OK. 

And more often than not, more than OK.

So I giggle to myself to think about the situation I’m in right now. I’m exactly 16 weeks pregnant and completely winging it through this pregnancy so far and it’s for a couple of reasons!

 

1. There’s a shitload of Information out there that will make it's way to you

A lot of people have a lot of opinions, and from family to doctors to midwives, I have certainly been delivered more than enough information that has been handed to me on a silver platter (or should I say in a large stack of catalogues/papers). I am grateful for these health professionals that I can place my trust in them to safely guide me through unknown territory, which is funny because up until now, I’ve always had a bit of a vendetta against GPs and the healthcare system (as a lot of Nutritionists seem to have to be honest). It's nice to see the other side of the system - the side that is proactive about health and wellbeing.

But I’m really not 'worried'. Yes, I’ve felt horribly nauseous and breathless for majority of this 16 weeks but I am really prepared to take each step as it comes with my partner and not worry too much about the future… because there’s that deep seeded knowing that everything will work out exactly how it’s meant to and not a touch different. 

That’s not to say I’m not stressed about getting everything ready in time especially financially, but ever since I’ve taken the passenger seat in my own body, I have been completely blown away by the wonder that is the human body, and it has put me at ease that my body has got it all under control... which brings me to the next reason...

 

2. The human body is the coolest engine that will ever exist

As if I wasn’t already obsessed enough with the body. I keep saying to people how awe-struck I am that I have never needed to TEACH my body how to grow a human and yet it is - how it can expand and loosen it’s muscles or how to stretch the organs in the body to prepare for something it’s not yet experienced - I mean, the human body is an incredibly delicate machine and how this baby can take what it needs from my body without me having to do much is unfathomable. 

So yes I feel very much like an alien in my own body - in the best way - (the same body I’ve always been so in tune with) and it’s an experience I wanted to share with you because it’s such a beautiful feeling!

Have you felt this sense of fascination in your pregnancy too? I’d really love to know from you mummas and mummas-to-be out there…

Please share your thoughts with me at dee@celltosoul.com.au

I would love to know if you’re feeling me on this topic!!

 

Dee x

Increasing productivity: What to do when you’re not getting through your to-do list

We all get to that point. We take on so much. Deadlines are fast-approaching and the bills are piling. You may be dreaming of escaping your stressful reality and wishing for a big getaway just to avoid dealing with your never-ending to-do lists.

 

The way out? 

A 2-4 day getaway somewhere surrounded by nature. 

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Why 2-4 days?

It is the perfect amount of time away; not too little that you can’t really feel like its a time-out from your hectic schedule, but not too long that you get stuck in holiday mode. Holiday mode is great when you don’t have looming deadlines within the next month - but if you do you need to avoid spending too much time away from the projects you’re working on. That 'holiday mode’ not only usually means eating your body-weight in mood-wrecking foods but can also end up with work quickly piling up and waiting for you on your return. Holiday mode also makes you complacent, and similarly to muscles you don’t maintain, your go-getter attitude might wane at this critical time and take time you don’t have building it back up again when you return form your mini-getaway. 

But, it’s so important you feel refreshed. Don’t keep hitting your head against a brick wall trying to force yourself to keep pushing. The cortisol (stress hormone) you’re building from the frustration of not being able to complete a task or execute an idea will wreak the most havoc on your body and be severely counter-productive. Cortisol will cause poor concentration, feelings of fatigue and brain fog. Do you really want to execute plans in that state?

 

Why is it ideal that it’s in nature?

Nature allows the body to return to a state of calm and connectedness. Rocks, sand, soil, ocean, bush, grass - it’s all good. The cleaner the air the better, and more you can switch off from technology, the more you can regenerate and rejuvenate your mind and body. Stress melts away because of the physical and mental distance you’re creating, and we are blessed with the opportunity to remind ourselves that our life is what we have pieced together intentionally, and that we are larger than this moment, or this project, or whatever is consuming you. 

To maximise the healing affect of nature, getting your skin in contact with the ‘skin’ of the earth allows an exchange of electrons through the body known as ‘earthing’. It gives us the energetic charge we need to reduce inflammation in the body. So not only does nature provide us a mental recovery but also a very physical one. 

 

When you really let yourself unwind for that period of time, you’ll find you can come back feeling fresh, ready to tackle that list again. This time feeling recharged and more often than not with more inspiration. 

Dee x

The Benefits of Organic Groceries Without the High Cost

The best thing about the "age of information" that we live in today is that the health revolution is building independent, informed consumers who are not falling prey to the incredibly manipulative business marketing strategies that exist in every industry.

There are literally thousands of articles on health and the real foundation of making better health choices is choosing organic. Mind Body Green has LOADS of information about why organic is best.

What is GREAT is that I've found some shortcuts (as I always do) to maintaining health AND sticking to budget. So I've learnt how to be selective and if you're a bargain hunter too you'll really appreciate this!! 

Through a lot of research on Organic produce and Organic Farming it has become apparent that not everything you buy needs to be organic, and in fact buying some non-organic grocery items is just as good as purchasing organic - PLUS it saves you money.

Behold, the most beneficial shopping list for your health by the EWG (a multi-national nonprofit research organisation). Email us for a higher resolution version, print it off, and stick it in your wallet for a quick reference every time you shop. The LHS is foods to buy organic versions of as they've resulted in the highest number of toxic chemicals, herbicides and pesticides, and the RHS are save options that have low levels of these nasties (so go ahead and choose the cheaper non-organic versions!) 

Source: EWG

 

Enjoy your improved health!

Dee x