My Holistic May 

My Holistic May 

Hi everyone…

I cant believe writing this, that we are in the 6th month of the year…where is the time going?? May was as promised a busy month for the blog and the business, see below some of  my holistic highlights from the month..

 

A-z Blog Series

I started a A-Z Blog series about how Massage or Reflexology  (my treatments) can help with common aliments. So far I have released 6 of these:


A is for Arthritis

B is for Backache

C is for Constipation

D is for Diabetes

E is for Endometriosis

F is for Fatigue.

Click on each of these for the full blog and do keep an eye out for another 6 in June.

Take advice from a Tree:

Anyone who follows my Instagram stories has seen almost daily snaps of my Bonsai tree. The new addition to my work desk in May. The Bonsai symbolises harmony, peace, order of thoughts, balance and all that is good in nature. All of these one needs in a busy sales environment.



Darkness into Light Walk:

I was delighted to have completed this with my sister in Banada (Sligo) for Pieta House at the beginning of the month. Such a great cause and a beautiful experience.   I especially loved the candle lit country roads and the illuminated signs of Hope, Strength and Courage along the route. Remember its good to talk and there is always someone out there that can help.

 

Featured on other sites:

It was a busy month for The Holistic Toolkit been featured on other sites. At the beginning of the month I was choosen for “Scale it Simple’s” Friday feature for my “Why Massage is good for your Skin” blog.
Read it here.

Then at the end of the month, I was also featured on the Irish Health Hour website for with my “Top tips for getting the most out of your holistic treatment”.


Read it here.

Also in the middle of the month, I was asked to takeover the Snapchat for CrossFit Galway’s, “Rise of the West” CrossFit competition day.  Such a great fun!


 

Mayo championship:

The round up of the month couldn’t be done without mentioning my beloved Mayo. First championship match and win in the bag and many more to come I hope. This day was extra special for me as I got to share it with my nieces and nephews and watch it through their excited (Sligo) eyes!


So thats it, just some of the holistic moments from May, a busy but enjoyable month!

See ya in June x

Stay holistic

Catherine

 

Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroons

😜😜😜 Disclaimer! 😜😜😜

Not only is the following recipe totally and utterly 100% not good for you, it is highly addictive and you will want to eat them all!  (Just to warn you!)


But where’s the fun in healthy eating all the time and I am great believer that its ok to have some “unhealthy” snacks once in a while too. It’s all about the balance!

The following is a really easy recipe for Coconut Macaroons that my friend Emma shared with me years ago and because I made them for my work colleagues today (and they were gone in a flash!). I thought I would share the details with you here.

Ingredients:

2 Egg Whites

170 grams of Desiccated Coconut

170 grams of Sugar

1 tsp of Vanilla Extract

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Beat the egg whites in a large bowl until frothy.
  3. Stir in the Coconut.
  4. Stir in the Sugar.
  5. Stir in the Vanilla Extract.
  6. Mix all the ingredients into a sticky dough.
  7. Using your hands, roll the mixture into small round balls and place on some baking sheets and place in the oven.
  8. Cook for about 15-20 mins. or until the golden.
  9. Leave to cool for another 20 minutes and then peel off the baking tray.
  10. Eat and enjoy.

 

 Alternatively: Replace the coconut with finely ground Hazelnuts or Almonds for a different taste.

Have a go and let me know how you get on.

Stay holistic 🙂

Catherine x

P.s Have a look at some other recipes that I have here and contact me here if there are any that you would like me to try out.

 

 

 

 

Dealing with Jet lag…

Dealing with Jet lag…

This weekend the clocks ‘spring forward’ one hour to symbolise day light saving time. (I.e. Summer time).It is done to help make better use of daylight , ideally moving one hour of daylight from the morning to the evening.


However this will also have an effect on your own body clock and for a few days your body might feel a little more sluggish and tired.

This is the same affect the body has when recovering from jet lag. With jet lag, your body system can get confused and react out of sync. This can lead to fatigue, indigestion and bowel problems, loss of concentration and general feelings of unwellness. Your immune system might also be affected and you could be more at risk to cold, coughs and sore throats.

Recently I was away and I find the best ways to deal with these symptoms from jet lag (particularly long flights) are the following:

On the flight, drink plenty of water and try to move about regularly and do gentle flexibility exercise to keep the blood flowing.

Set your watches/phone clocks to the destination time as soon as possible. This helps the mind adjust to the new time quicker.

When you arrive at your destination try and get as much sunlight as you can, as this will help your body feel more awake. Do more stretches and move about to help the body get the kinks out after a long flight.

In return, if you land early, try and get a few hours sleeps before midday but make sure you don’t sleep too long and then go to bed at your normal time that night and for the next few nights to get your body back into its natural rhythm.

Over the first few days drink as much water as you can as this will help flush out any toxins in your body.


Reflexology is also known to help with the effects of jet lag. It a natural way to get the body back in balance by relaxing the body and helping the body get a good nights sleep.

It works on balancing all the bodies systems and pays particular attention while to the central nervous and endocrine systems, especially the pineal gland which are all helpful for your body clock. So your body will thank you if you book yourself in.

Happy Easter everyone and I hope you all enjoy the extra hour of day light
Stay holistic 🙂

Catherine