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Seth Godin calls it shipping.
The thing (getting our work out) that we must (absolutely) do no matter what.
So what about the stuff we don’t want to do but need to do?
It sucks sometimes right?
But I’m remembering something, that had helped me succeed greatly in the pursuit of things, but had somehow forgotten:
Push through the hard, not so great stuff, to get what you want.
Last year I started writing my book on Body Detoxing and Natural Health. The quest to finish it dragged on way past a year-
To every person wanting to write a book, a book should not take that long to write.
Unless it’s based on loads and loads of research, a book based on your expertise or personal journey should not take more than 12 months to write.
When a friend, who’s a published author, told me to stop messing around and FINISH MY BOOK! I did it in a week.
In another week I was done editing and sent it off for proof reading.
In two weeks total my book was ready for publication. Two weeks.
So far, folks I’ve given to read my book “Detoxxed” say it’s smashing.
Soon, it’ll be on sale right here on my website hannahviviers.com
Moral of the story: Buckle down- Get it done.
Another thing my friend said that kicked my booty into gear was: Someone’s DESTINY is tied to your work- You don’t get to procrastinate for as long as you want. The stakes are too high. GET GOING!!!!!
I could cite you the various stats on chronic illness, but I don’t have to.
Just think about how many people you know battling a chronic illness.
Recently, one of my Body Detox clients was telling me how autoimmune conditions have become so prevalent in her family, it’s fast becoming their main topic for conversation.
Not only did that shock me, but that we’ve become accustomed to chronic illness as “normal” is also bizarre.
I’ve never been a pill for every sniffle kind of person.
Mostly because chronic illness wasn’t as common when I was growing up.
I grew up in Zambia, in the 80’s (yep that old), and I knew two people with a chronic illness. My mom’s friend who had diabetes and eventually lost her life to it; And my Uncle who also had diabetes and later passed away from a heart attack.
Forgive me, actually three people, because we also had a neighbour who had High Blood Pressure.
And that was it. Three people I knew who had a chronic illness.
Before we moved to South Africa, I had never, not once, heard of cancer.
I know it’s hard to imagine- but by aged ten I hadn’t even heard there was such a disease.
It’s very different now.
Now, 10% of the people in my birth country, Zambia, have cancer.
Those numbers surprised me.
10% might not seem like much for most populations, but for Zambia- a country where cancer was almost unheard of- it was heartbreaking.
Today, in my own close circles, and by close I mean starting with my immediate family, every other person has a chronic illness- Including High Blood pressure, which by the way remains the number one killer among women in South Africa.
A friend in Nigeria told me, High Blood Pressure is the top killer in that country in both the male and female population.
When I spoke to him about some of the work I’d been doing in Natural Health, he said: “Hannah we need your message here. People are dying.”
He’d lost his own mom to cancer.
He went on to tell me that prostate cancer had become one of the top causes for death among men in Nigeria.
Such stats sadden me deeply because I believe they are so unnecessary and far easier to prevent than we think.
The lifestyle/disease connection
Around the world, more and more people are realising that there is a definite link between chronic illness and lifestyle.
I saw it in my own body after being terribly sick for five years.
I’d tried many different treatments and was eventually told I’d need chronic medication to have a somewhat “normal life.”
I was 27 at the time.
I thought it ridiculous that at such a young age this was to be my “normal.”
It didn’t feel right.
The sad part is that chronic medication is becoming the “norm” for younger and younger people.
At 27, I knew that constantly ill was not the life I wanted to live.
I believed there had to be a solution to get me healthy again.
I was determined to find it. And I did.
After two years of solid searching, I came across natural healing methods that I used to not only treat the chronic illness but beat the infertility I’d battled with too.
Now, I see it over and over- how people I work with are either significantly improving in a short amount of time or healing completely.
One of my clients, after more than 6 years of constant pain, (caused by an autoimmune condition), on day two of her Body Detoxing with me, sent me a message saying: “It feels so strange being in a body that doesn’t hurt.”
She’d been in pain so long she couldn’t remember what pain-free felt like.
Now, she’s experiencing firsthand how much what she eats impacts how her body feels.
So much so that she now tells me that what drives her food choices is: “Do I want to feel amazing or do I want to go back to terrible pain?”
I don’t treat illnesses, I never have.
But what I do know is that when we look after the body and feed it what it was designed to consume, it has the incredible ability to fix itself.
All over the world, including countries like Zambia, and even here in South Africa, there are voices in the natural health space who point to our fast food– can’t do without junk lifestyle as the main cause for the massive rise in chronic illness.
Alas few are heeding this voice.
I hope this changes because we can’t afford for it not to.
Being chronically ill is not normal.
It is so sad that it’s being made to be.
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Every now and then I love a good sandwich.
I don’t eat bread much so when I do, boy do I make it count!
For this (super simple) Vegan version of a yummy mayo-like filling, you’ll need
1 Ripe Avo (de-seeded)
1/4 Cucumber (chopped)
A small piece of Red Onion (chopped)
Juice of half a lemon
1/2 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
1tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Fresh coriander (chopped) (for garnish)
Freshly ground black pepper
Optional: Salt to taste
How you’ll make it
Add all all your ingredients together and mix with a fork.
And… voila! Your avo mayo is ready.
I love it with some sourdough bread topped with freshly chopped coriander
Looking back over my life there’s one thing I’ve done when faced with difficult challenges.
It’s one of the things I encourage each one of my detox clients to do.
This one thing was what led me to curing my chronic illness and beating infertility.
This year I used this one thing to turn my business around-
Yes, it’s that powerful.
Want to find out what that one thing is? Watch the video below.
If it is you’re probably trying to do too much too fast.
When it comes to making the transition, slow and steady is often more sustainable than fast and furious.
While I’m all for super healthy eating I can tell you I’m still cleaning out my kitchen.
It’s a journey
There are still items in our cupboards and fridge I want gone- I’m pretty drastic about getting rid of everything I think is unhealthy, but it’s a process with my family. And that’s OK because the transition is happening at a pace that allows us to all be on the same page about what we’re consuming. That buy-in from everyone in the household, especially among the grown-ups, matters a lot. I explain to my children why it’s best we don’t eat this or that. And if they do have a sweet here and potato chip there with friends I don’t get all twisted about it- We’re all on a journey.
What about going organic?
Organic food is, hands down, far better- but even if you’re not able to do the whole organic thing at the moment just eating more fresh fruit and veg, bought from a regular store, is FAR better than eating processed stuff that comes out of boxes and packets.
There was a time my husband and I did a coffee enema/juicing detox week where most of the food we used was not organic. At the time we just did with what we had and we still saw amazing results.
The power of starting
Folks sometimes put off healthy eating because they want to do it perfectly in one go. They feel they need to do a drastic sweep of their kitchen and get on the “health” wagon full on. Truth is, if you wait for that to happen you might never do it. Starting small is at least a start. Don’t underestimate the power of just starting.
Small steps matter
It’s taken us a long time to get our kitchen to being about 80-85% cleaned out. Even for us it’s still a process. But just the small changes we’ve made along the way- one change every now and then, has culminated in much healthier living overall for us.
Slow and steady. As long as you’re making those changes- good on You. You and the ones You love will enjoy the benefits of even the slightest changes.
With the days chillying up it’s good to have a few quick and tasty soup recipes up our sleeves.
Here’s my Delish Curry Lentil Soup (feeds 4):
2/3 Cup of *soaked Lentils (I use orange lentils, You’re welcome to use whichever lentils you prefer)
*1/4 pre-cooked butternut puree
1/2 an onion (grated or chopped)
1 clove fresh garlic (chopped or grated)
Tip of a pinky finger size fresh ginger (grated)
1 tsp Masala spice mix (or according to your taste)
1 tsp Curry Powder (or according to your taste)
1 tsp ground turmeric
Salt to season
*Soak your lentils overnight. To soak, place lentils in a glass bowl and cover completely with water. Cover with a dish cloth and leave overnight. When ready to use rinse the lentils thoroughly.
*Pureed Butternut is one of the ways I thicken sauces for my stews so I usually have some stored in my freezer. If you’re making your butternut from scratch cook it until soft and then puree a quarter of it for this recipe.
When ready to prepare the lentil soup:
Mix the washed lentils with all the spices, garlic and fresh ginger
Saute the onion
Add the spiced lentil mix to the onion and saute until the bottom of your pot is dry and needs water.
Add 2 cups of water and turn down heat to a low simmer.
When soup is ready add the pureed butternut.
Do you want your soup textured or smooth?
If you’d like your lentil soup textured simmer for 10-15 minutes (or until you feel the lentils are to your liking)
If you’d like a smooth soup cook the lentils for 20 minutes or until very soft and fluffy. If using a stick blender you can blend as soon as the soup is ready. If using a glass blender let the soup cool and then blend.
Ever struggle with heartburn?
Guess what helps reduce heartburn, is super delicious and uber healthy- Yep! Mangoes.
Mangoes are among the most alkaline of foods. Eating them helps neutralise the body’s PH- something you really want happening if you battle with heartburn. Happy munching 🙂
Growing up in Zambia I hardly heard of serious diseases like cancer.
The two most serious illnesses I came across as a child was my mom’s best friend’s sister dying from diabetes; Then when I was about 7 years old, we experienced the first member of our family being diagnosed with HIV.
We heard of High Blood Pressure here and there- most of it was stress related. But things like cancer and all the many terrifying diseases we hear of now- they weren’t as common back then.
Today though 10% of Zambia’s population is battling cancer.
Diabetes there is through the roof and High Blood Pressure has become far more common than it ever was.
Just recently I spoke with someone from Nigeria and they told me that
the number one killer among men in Nigeria now is Prostate Cancer.
The disease that’s most prevalent among the entire Nigerian population i.e. men and women is High Blood Pressure.
High Blood Pressure also remains the number one killer among women in South Africa.
We have to ask:
We know our environment is far more polluted now- however Natural Health Doctors are telling us that what we eat and drink play a far bigger role in our health than the air we breath.
Growing up, the vegetable English Giant Rape, which is in the Kale family, was a staple. We had it at almost every meal.
Today the rest of the world’s calling Kale a super food- something we ate as part of our daily meals for thousands of years.
And that’s just it- most of us in Africa grew up eating what many people around the world are only now beginning to appreciate as “super-foods”. Yet we in Africa have abandoned the kind of eating that sustained us throughout our history- and traded our once wholesome eating for junk.
We’ve ditched the now popularised “super-foods” we ate daily for crap like highly processed white bread- processed meats, toxic pastas- deep fried everything and foods saturated in rubbish fats and sugars-
That is not progress-
It’s health complications just waiting to happen.
As a kid I remember most people would go home for lunch.
Lunch was a cooked meal with a variation of: dried beans, veggies, pap…
For many people meat was expensive and was eaten only once in a while.
Today lunch, for many people across the continent, is the fast food of choice for the day; With a massive serving of sugary drinks, deep fried things and foods from sources we don’t even know… many of us are eating sick animals packed with antibiotics and all sorts of hormones-
It’s no wonder we’re battling so many illnesses.
Our bodies cannot function properly eating like this.
I know how overwhelming it is to make major changes- so how about we just start with the little things…
When it comes to our health just going back to our primitive way of eating is an amazing start to healing our bodies.
One of the dictionary’s definition for “primitive” is unsophisticated.
Well let’s look at what our “sophisticated” way of eating has brought us- Is it really worth it?
even if you don’t have a steamer
Ever wonder how to make super delicious, forever moist chicken?
Cooking with steam ensures food stays juicy and moist- it’s also healthier way to cook.
For this recipe You’ll need:
Organic Chicken Strips
Your favourite spices for chicken
Spice your chicken with your fave spices.
I like using fresh rosemary, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper, ground cumin and a touch of cayenne pepper.
Marinate your chicken in the spices, garlic and lemon juice for at least 30 minutes.
Season your water as well with the spices of your choice; You can be heavy handed with the spices in the water.
If, like me you don’t have a steamer, use a steel colander.
Ensure your pot is smaller than the bottom of your colander so the colander sits high above the pot.
There’s no need to pre-heat the seasoned water.
Place the chicken strips into the colander.
Turn your stove on to a slightly above simmer setting and cover the chicken with a lid.
Keep an eye on the chicken strips.
Turn the strips regularly to ensure they’re evenly cooked and are all ready at the same time.
You’ll know your chicken is cooked when it’s an opaque white when you cut through it.
Remember cooking this way will be slower than using direct heat: 10-15 minutes should do.
Do not taste the chicken without cutting through it first- raw chicken can be very dangerous.
Once the chicken is an opaque white when you cut through it, it’s cooked.
I like my chicken well done so even when it’s cooked I let it cook a little longer.
As long as you keep on eye on it, the chicken should remain juicy and moist.
Serve with a medley of steamed veggies or salad.