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Many people find it hard to get out of bed in the morning and spend the first part of their day checking social media or emails that came in over night – not a great way to start. Putting together a morning routine full of mindful rituals can make even the toughest mornings easier.

Why not replace that morning flurry of a quick shower, frantically throwing on some clothes and a few mouthfuls of toast with a sense of calm and intention? Taking time first thing in the morning to set a positive tone for your day can have a positive effect on your overall well being.

Outlined below are just some of the rituals that you can use to make your morning routine more supportive. Ease yourself into it by adding one at a time and practising them mindfully until they become your routine.

Note how your new morning ritual makes you feel. Do you handle challenging or stressful situations better? Are your food choices healthier? What is your body telling you?

Remember your morning ritual is as much about the benefits you receive from each practice as it is about the ‘me time’. Enjoy investing in yourself first thing in the morning and watch the change that takes place when you choose to do this.

Lemon Water

Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a cup of warm water. This is such a simple and yet effective way to prepare your body to digest your food. It also helps your liver eliminate toxins, keeping your skin clearer and smoother.

Lemons are high in vitamin C, a vital anti-oxidant and important nutrient for the production of collagen, our anti-wrinkle fibre. They are a great source of phosphorus (required for a healthy nervous system, brain repair and memory) and sodium, helping eliminate wastes and prevent hardened arteries and arthritis.

If lemons are out of season or you’re travelling, apple cider vinegar does a similar job for your digestion and can be taken the same way; one teaspoon in a cup of warm water.

 

Dry body brushing

Your skin is your body’s largest eliminative organ and is responsible for one quarter of the body’s detoxification each day. Dry skin brushing is a wonderful detoxification aid. Brush your skin every day before your shower or bath for approximately 5-10 minutes, starting at your feet and moving upwards. Brush towards your heart with a light pressure until your skin has a slight healthy pink glow.

Healthy Breakfast

We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day but most of us aren’t putting this into practice. An easy way to ensure your morning ritual includes a healthy breakfast is to prepare one of the delicious and easy recipes such as our new Matcha Granola! This sustaining breakfast is high in fibre and B vitamins, both nutrients help support a healthy skin.

Get moving

Gentle exercise stimulates our blood and lymph flow and calms our nervous system, all of which promotes and encourages detoxification. Whether it’s a run, walk or rebalancing, breath-based exercise like yoga or pilates, all of these promote health and clarity of mind.

Breathe deeply

When we breathe we inhale life-giving oxygen and exhale waste carbon dioxide. Deep rhythmic breathing is vital to the healthy functioning of our bodies, helping to regulate our pH balance and calm our nervous system. It also gives us an opportunity to practice mindfulness.

Deep-breathing techniques are extremely effective ways of flipping your nervous system from ‘fight or flight’ into ‘rest and repair’. Your heartbeat slows and a feeling of relaxation floods your body. All systems of your body will work much more efficiently when you are in a calm state, a great way to start your day.

Think tank

Different types of thought effect our bodies physically in different ways and a lot of respected scientists are starting to think that we attract what we think.

Starting your day reflecting on what it involves and setting clear intentions for what you wish to achieve allows positive affirmation. This is an insightful way to gather, audit and clarify your thoughts.

Let go of: Negative self-talk, comparing yourself to others, limiting beliefs, resisting change, dwelling on the past.

Make room for: Gratitude, positive affirmations, embracing challenges, finding inspiration in the success of others, reflection, goal setting

So take a moment to reflect on what your mornings currently look like and begin to make them over by adding  the above routines to form a morning ritual that enhances your health and well being.

  • May 21, 2020

This is a gorgeous healthy grazing platter that can easily be prepped ahead so that you have a healthy snack on hand when needed. Maintaining healthy snack food in your daily routine can be challenging, especially weekends. You can prepare your veggies when you have time and keep them in the fridge in sealed containers. Hummus also freezes well. Then just grab them when you are ready to plate up.

FOUR RECIPES IN ONE

1. GRAZING PLATTER
2 carrots, thinly sliced
(we’ve used purple carrots, use a mandolin to make the job easier)
1 zucchini, sliced into rounds or sticks
A bunch asparagus spears or green beans, blanched
1 apple, sliced
Half to 1 cup spinach leaves
Roasted Tomatoes (optional)
Pickled beetroot or Sauerkraut
Fresh basil leaves
1 teaspoon, black sesame seeds
1 tablespoon, pumpkin seeds
Bestow Beauty Plus Oil
Himalayan Salt
Cracked black pepper

2. CREAMY HUMMUS

1-2 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tin of chickpeas (reserve the liquid)
1/4 cup of tahini
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan or sea salt
1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Oil
Himalayan salt
Cracked black pepper

3. PICKLED BEETROOT

1 beetroot, grated
Juice of half a lemon
1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar
Himalayan or sea salt
Cracked Black Pepper

4. ROAST TOMATOES
(see below)

ROAST TOMATOES RECIPE:

To roast the tomatoes preheat your oven to 200 degrees celsius. Cut about a dozen cherry tomatoes in half and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Drizzle with olive oil, season well with himalayan salt and black pepper then roast for 20 minutes until slightly blackening around the edges.

HUMMUS RECIPE:

Blend all the hummus ingredients together until smooth. Add more of the reserved chickpea liquid if it is too thick.

Place in sealed container in the fridge to be used as directed. Can be refrigerated for up to 4 days, can also be frozen to use at a later date.

To make hummus dressing for salads just add water to quarter of a cup of hummus until it is a dressing consistency.

PICKLED BEETROOT RECIPE:

Place all the ingredients in a bowl, mix well and place in a lidded jar or container. This will keep in the fridge for several days.

CREATE YOUR HEALTHY GRAZING PLATTER:

To blanch green veggies, boil the jug, pour boiling water over the greens in a heatproof bowl, sit for one minute then strain and douse with lots of cold water to stop the cooking process. They should be a lovely bright green colour with a good crunch.

Arrange the veggies, basil and apple on to a large platter, dollop with hummus, drizzle with Bestow Beauty Oil or Bestow Beauty Plus Oil, sprinkle with seeds and season with salt and pepper.

This Christmas, we are giving our clinics a gift with a difference, the gift of making a difference!

We have donated our Christmas gift budget to a Bestow Sisterhood Special Project. We are supporting a second year Cambodian medical student, Nav Sreynak, who is struggling to pay her fees. Sreynak’s education has been sponsored through the Cambodia Charitable Trust since she was a young girl and it’s inspiring to see her doing so well at university. Together, we are truly giving her the gift of a brighter future and the opportunity to fulfil her purpose and potential.

Nav Sreynak’s Story

The odds were stacked against Sreynak from birth. Born into a poor family in rural Cambodia, the chances of her completing even a primary school education were slim to none. In light of this, the fact that she is about to begin her second year as a university medical student is truly remarkable.

The turning point in Sreynak’s life occurred when she was sponsored through the Cambodia Charitable Trust (CCT) as a young girl. She responded to this opportunity by working hard at school and pursuing her dream of becoming a doctor. She loves medicine and this career will empower her to support herself and her family and to help many people.

Sreynak lives in Phnom Penh with her sister, who through the CCT support their family has received over the years, can now study to be an accountant. Sreynak works hard juggling household chores, studying for her medical school exams and learning English and French. Her basic living costs are covered by a Kiwi sponsor through the CCT, but the medical student fees of $2300 per year are totally beyond her, or her family’s, ability to pay.

It is our privilege this Christmas, as a Bestow Sisterhood, to make a significant contribution towards Sreynek’s second year of medical school fees so she can continue along this life-changing path to a brighter future.

It’s bright, determined young women, like Sreynak, who are Cambodia’s hope for the future. Changing the life of one girl has a transformative effect that ripples out to her family and community and helps to turn the tide against systemic poverty.

We will tell Sreynek that there is a sisterhood of women who are cheering her on her way!

Thank you being part of being part of such a generous and big-hearted sisterhood.

Much love,

Janine x

  • November 29, 2018

When gut-health is prioritised, skin transformation accelerates and wellbeing sky-rockets. I have understood this connection for decades, but it wasn’t until I faced a personal health crisis in 2016 that I realised just how critical gut-health is…

Make no mistake, gut health is on trend. What interests me is that the latest scientific research is affirming what holistic skincare wisdom has been saying for decades – there is a direct connection between gut health and skin health.

I have incorporated gut health strategies into my skin transformation coaching since my early 30’s, but I recently faced a debilitating health crisis which suddenly made this gut wisdom very important to me.

In late 2016, over a period of just one month I went from being fit and active, hiking in outback New Zealand and in the most advanced Pilates class to hardly being able to walk or dress myself.  The discomfort started off in my lower back, spread to my hips and then to my upper back and shoulders. I was in terrible pain. As I continued to deteriorate, I started fearing that I was going to end up in a wheel chair. Then as an added bonus I developed perioral dermatitis and patches of persistent eczema.

I underwent a huge number of tests ranging from MRI’s to blood tests for autoimmune disorders.  None of the specialists could find anything wrong with me except for high levels of inflammatory markers in my blood.  There was no explanation and I had no idea what to do next. I started thinking this could be the end of my career.  How could I continue to teach skin care therapists about health and wellness with any integrity when I couldn’t even heal myself?

Luckily I ended up under the care of a great physiotherapist who used a holistic approach and could help me to connect the dots.

Janine Tait | Bestow Founder

A year prior to this happening I had picked up a mild gastro infection while I was travelling New Zealand offering skincare education. It didn’t cause me too much distress so I let nature take its course and within a week the symptoms settled down. But they never fully disappeared and I was left with an irritable bowel.

After about six months of this mild discomfort I decided to get it checked out. A physician took a biopsy of the bowel and diagnosed me with lymphocytic colitis, an inflammatory condition of the colon where the lymphocyte or immune cells accumulate in the bowel wall. The physician suspected that my immune system had dealt with the original infection but had failed to turn off. My gut immune system remained on high alert, the lymphocytes all waiting for invaders and at the same time inflaming my bowel.  There was no cure, I just had to hope the situation would resolve itself given time.

A few months on, my gut was still unhappy and the pain in my joints began. Looking back I realised that my sensitised immune system had continued to inflame the colon, resulting in leaky gut. The increased permeability of the gut meant undigested food and inflammatory substances could enter the blood stream and spread throughout my body. For me they took up residence in my joints and skin.

Nothing I tried gave me any relief. I couldn’t exercise, could hardly walk, needed help to dress and couldn’t even travel for any distance in the car. I became fearful, stressed and in constant pain.  You can imagine what a relief it was for me to find this holistic physiotherapist who could help me.

She encouraged me to go on a dietary programme to heal my gut. Within 24 hours of eliminating certain foods I started to feel just a little bit better.  These were foods that I would normally consider to be healthy but I now know are irritating to a damaged gut. It was the first sign of improvement since this saga began and I was encouraged. I stuck to the programme religiously and it took me a good 18 months to completely heal myself!  My skin was the first to heal and then slowly, as my gut symptoms improved, the inflammation in my joints reduced.

I am now back to full health, I’m focussing on regaining my spot back in the advanced Pilates class and I’m out enjoying the New Zealand great outdoors – a recent trip to Steward Island being a highlight!

There were other gifts that came out of this challenging experience too. Firstly I lost weight. It just dropped off me as soon as I embraced the dietary programme and I lost 7 kilograms in total. I also find I’m more motivated to pursue wellness as a priority, incorporating daily meditation, good sleep rhythms and enjoying a healthy balance of breath-based and cardio exercise.

I am so grateful to have had this experience. I now have a strong sense of conviction about how important it is to heal your gut before you try to heal your body or your skin.  

I’ve become passionate about producing resources and tools to help therapists and their clients transform their skin and their wellbeing with gut-health strategies.  The Bestow Gut Love + powder and Bestow Love Your Gut online programme are game-changers and I can’t wait for you and your clients to try them.

BESTOW GUT LOVE + POWDER

A world-class synbiotic powder, including probiotics, prebiotics and digestive enzymes to restore the gut and renew skin from within. Rich in fibre, it promotes regular elimination of toxins, creating the inner environment for clear, glowing skin.  READ MORE.

BESTOW LOVE YOUR GUT PROGRAMME

This online programme combines gut science with wellness wisdom and provides the dietary guidelines I used to heal myself. The beautifully designed online platform provides gorgeous gut-healing recipes, a 7-day meal planner, shopping guides, nurturing rituals and inspiring education. READ MORE

Bringing it all together

The Bestow Love Your Gut Programme brings together all four principles in a 7-day gut healing plan which can be cycled as a four week programme for greater benefits. The beautifully designed online platform provides gorgeous gut-healing recipes, a 7-day meal planner, shopping guides, nurturing rituals and wellness wisdom.

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JANINE TAIT is New Zealand’s leading dermo-nutritionist, a holistic skincare educator and the founder of Bestow Beauty, a fast-growing wellness company which offers a beautiful range of organic skin nutrition superfood blends, recipes and rituals to heal and nourish skin from within.

  • September 21, 2018
To make life super easy for you we have been busy creating short videos and recipes on 5 simple ways that you can include Bestow Beauty Oil or Bestow Beauty Plus Oil in your daily life.

This third one is a delicious Bestow Peachey Turmeric Smoothie. You can change out the fresh peach ther fresh, in season produce like pineapple, mango, feijoa, apricot or kiwifruit.

RECIPE
Bestow Peachey Turmeric Smoothie

1 cup of coconut water
1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Oil
2 tablespoons of coconut yoghurt
1 fresh peach, cut into chunks
½ a frozen banana
1 tablespoon of tahini
1 Medjool date, pitted
½ teaspoon of turmeric
½ teaspoon of cinnamon

Process all the ingredients in a blender.

View all the 5 Ways videos.