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How to do the Wim Hof Method

I learned so much recently attending a Wim Hof Method seminar.

Leading up to the event I was like a kid waiting for Christmas. I’ve long understood the power of breathing. One of my first major steps forward with anxiety was seeing a Breathing Physiotherapist and literally learning to breathe again. Who knew we could forget?

And yet yes, many of us do it wrong. Yeah, how crazy is that, considering it’s probably the most natural action we can do. But we breathe into our chests and over breathe. This is just one symptom of the “fear state” that our host suggested most of us live our life in.

Nigel Beach, of Element Health NZ, explained that our autonomic nervous system is made up of two parts – the parasympathetic and the sympathetic – and the world is in sympathetic overdrive.

He talked about part of the reason being the cost of the comfort that we all enjoy in our daily lives. This has made us fragile and lose resilience; mentally and physically. Obviously you’ll know if you follow me that I believe this fear state goes much deeper.  Back to the past experiences that shape our belief in ourselves and the beliefs we have about our world. It’s like looking at life through a lens framed by fear. But if we stop and choose to zoom out, we can see the same things through different perspectives.

For me a massive shift in perspective came really recently as I discovered my DNA. For so many years I’d been trying to fix what is wrong in my body by adding things in – probiotics, supplements, essential oils to treat symptoms – in my DNA results the answer was clear. The blueprint I need to get my body back to a natural state of balance that didn’t need all this extra shit to fix it.

For example, did you know when the body is under stress, our adrenal glands trigger the release of glucose stored in our various organs, which often leads to elevated levels of glucose in the bloodstream?  Working with non-invasive blood sugar monitoring technology for optimal wellness, I have been seeing a lot of people tracking high blood sugar levels and wondering where in their diet they need to change up what they are eating.  And granted, nutrition plays a huge part in blood sugar control, but at the same time I am seeing them working too hard and feeling stress and being “too busy”.  This too plays a huge part in our blood sugar control and is why I am so passionate about my Whole Life Wellness Packages.

We are all living in a state of sympathetic overdrive because of our high stress, high noise, high pace lifestyles and this has knock-on effects through our holistic health.  Those high blood sugar levels mean we don’t absorb all the nutrients from that lunch we just ate and so our body goes without the micronutrients it needs to thrive.

Nigel Beach, our seminar host said a sentence that was so powerful for me…

We are messing up our ability to to be human.

I couldn’t agree more!

So what do we do?  What did I learn on Sunday that has already been transformational for me?

Start with our breath.

Notice how you breathe.  Lie down on the floor, place a hand on your chest and in the dip of your diaphragm and feel whether you are breathing into your belly, pushing your ribcage out, or up into your chest.

Breathing is something we don’t generally think about; the job of our autonomic nervous system, but there are massive benefits of taking over control, in terms of our subconscious mind and physiology.  Because if we can control our breath, what isn’t possible?

Wim Hof certainly lives with this “everything is possible” attitude that is infectious.  We watched videos of him running a marathon barefoot and shirtless above the Arctic Circle, diving under the ice at the North Pole and sitting in an ice bath for the world record of 1 hour 53 minutes!!!!  2 minutes was a real push for me.

(Credit: Innerfire BV)

For the basics of the Wim Hof Method, visit his website, or attend one of Nigel’s seminars.  The Method is simple on the surface, but you want to make sure you are doing it correctly and safely.  You take 30 quick, deep breaths, inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your nose, but only exhaling 70% of the air you breathe in. Then, after the 30th breath exhale all the way out and then hold until you feel the need to breathe in again. At this point, inhale as deep as you can, and hold it for 10 seconds. Then take a 15 minute break and repeat for 3 rounds.

Nigel also taught us a really good breathing technique for anxious feelings, which creates nitric oxide and all its benefits on improved athletic performance, lowered blood pressure and better brain function (all things anxiety screws with.)

Combined with repeated exposure to the cold, mindfulness and consistency, Wim Hof says that his method can increase energy, lower stress and improve the immune system.  Nigel showed us how he had purposefully hacked his body’s PH using the technique!  And claims to have cured people of many afflictions.

For Wim it enables seemingly superhuman feats of endurance.  However, for me it is the perfect example of biohacking to experience our human bodies at their best.

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So for me, what’s next?

I literally text my Muay Thai Coach following this seminar with this question!

I feel like this is just the beginning.  I have long believed in a profound connection between the mind and body and my experience in the ice only confirmed it.  When I got into the ice my breath was stolen from me and it took me by surprise! Like a fear of the fear, not being able to breathe like that triggered memories of the feeling of not being able to breathe in a panic attack and that made me start to panic. But then I did what I’ve learned. Breathe and step out (not the ice 😉, but my perception of the situation).  I breathed through.  Doing this enabled me to rationalise. I’m in ice. My body is cold. I need to breathe to make it easier on myself and suddenly space came for air to get through.  What would have been the result previously?  Giving in to the primal desire to run from the pain and fear of being in that ice.

And that’s what we are doing every single day of our lives.  In the comfort of our warm homes, shoes, medical bandaids and lifestyle crutches our autonomic nervous systems are giving into pain and fear and avoiding the actions that make our lives exciting and exhilarating.  And we are experiencing the chronic health issues of our bodies physically being in this chronic state.

Just like my Signature Course, From Fear to Fierce helps you to go into your past and effectively deal with your past experiences by taking control and making a choice whether you want the beliefs created from it to rule your life… going into the cold, facing it with conviction gave me the empowering choice to decide whether I stayed and took positive action (control my breath) or give up and run.  I cannot properly tell you what the feeling of going into that ice was like. It stole my breath and I felt like I was suffocating for the best part of that first minute and only then did I start to notice the pain in my hands and how my body was starting to violently shake.  And yet with help from my fighter comrade sat next to me and my coach I continued to focus on controlling my breath.  And even when I got out, the instinct was to run for a warm towel, but instead I used the power by body has to warm up! We danced, we jumped, we smiled!  We felt alive!!!!!!!

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The feeling of the ice snatching my breath and that struggle to take control and how my body then went into an autonomous state of fight or flight can actually be likened to how life is setting the pace for the majority of us.

Whatever your situation, I bet life has you going faster than is good for you. Whether you are already feeling the discomfort of anxiety you can bet there’s symptoms of this pace:
– how many times a day do you say you are busy?
– how often do you feel tired or overwhelmed?
– where is your mood at? Are you low? Do you go from high to low like a fall off a sharp cliff?
– do you often finding yourself taking a deep sigh out of the blue?
– is your sleep out of whack, or do you think you’re sleeping well, but wake up feeling unrefreshed?

Breathing is an effective way to slow us down and counteract the damaging effects that prolonged stress can have on our bodies — effects that are well known, are generally accepted and you are likely suffering – even if you don’t know it yet.

Something like Wim’s breathing technique and how it changes our physiology is key to understanding how we step in at the earliest transition point from our body’s state of wellness to disease.  Where are we imbalanced?  How do we get that balance back?

As an example of how powerful this is, in 2014 Wim Hof got a group of test subjects together under the supervision of Dutch researcher Matthijs Kox and they were injected with E-Coli.  The test subjects had learned the Wim Hof breathing technique for 10 days previously and there was nothing special about these people; they were randomly picked.  They performed the techniques as they were injected with the substance that would normally have people suffering fever and nausea pretty quick and instead they experienced lower levels of inflammation, and were less affected compared to the unlucky control group who had not learned and weren’t practising the Wim Hof technique!  Wim’s got science intrigued…!

Hof being tested. (Credit: Innerfire BV)

So, if we find out early that we are suffering with inflammation within our body through a simple blood test that measures CRP, and then we use the Wim Hof Method to eradicate it from our body, what does that say about our ability to avoid the chronic disease of which inflammation is a major warning sign?  Moreover, what in our life is causing that inflammation?  What does our unique body need us to change so balance is restored?

Check out this diagram…  It’s a pie chart of the determinants of health in the US.

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So across a person’s lifetime, their wellness can only be attributed 10% to the healthcare they received.  The rest is us, our beautiful human body and all it superhuman powers and the ability we give our body to work at its maximum potential through our behaviour, nutrition and environment.

Making you rethink the power of a simple breath?  If yes, reach out to me.  It’s not just robots that can be tuned and improved…

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I gave up supplements for 30 days and this is what happened…

It’s easy to think, when you’ve been on supplements for a while, that their effects are a placebo.  When you find a good supplement that works, and you start feeling alive again, you begin to forget how bloody awful you felt without them.

In 2016 I hit a really rough patch in my health.  I had a small baby who breastfed like there was an award for it and I’d not really taken much of a break between breastfeeding her and my elder daughter; I was run down, excruciatingly tired and my thyroid was out of whack.  I’d taken various supplements since I’d had my eldest daughter and really started to invest in our holistic health as a family, but I’d really not felt much of a difference using them.

Then I was introduced to a brand that was not synthetic and did not contain mega-doses of vitamins, just essential nutrients, metabolism benefits, and powerful antioxidants designed to help promote energy, health, and lifelong vitality.  Within one month of taking these supplements I felt a world of difference!  Even my thyroid and anxiety improved, but what I really noticed was the difference in my skin and energy.  My body was clearly lacking in something that it was getting back in these supplements.

Last year I got the opportunity to figure out just what I was lacking and why. I did a DNA test to find out exactly what my body needed and was potentially lacking in terms of nutrition.  I was flabbergasted by my results!  The biggest thing that the DNA test revealed was my body’s inability to process carbohydrates.  This made so much sense.  I’d eaten low carb for years (because that’s how you stay thin, right?) and I’d always struggled to last between meals, regularly got faint, suffered low blood pressure and had no muscle mass.  My DNA test also revealed that my body had difficulty processing healthy, monounsaturated fats and that I also have the fat gene, which explains my lacking off switch in regards to food!  I can literally eat and eat food that tastes good (so usually all the bad stuff) and the only way I have managed to get around that lack of control is to avoid junk food almost completely and stick to food portions at meal times.

In regards to micro-nutrients, vitamins, my body showed an inability to process and absorb Vitamin A, Vitamin D and Folate.

You see our DNA is like an Instruction Manual.  A DNA report tells you what you have and how to work with it.  Like a hand of cards, you can either play them really badly and subject yourself to chronic diseases you may have avoided, or play them well and enjoy a long, healthy life.

In general, I had been doing quite well with my hand of genetic cards, but there were definitely some changes I needed to make and fast, starting with my carbohydrate intake.  In terms of my vitamins though, it seemed my choice to take a high quality, natural supplement had been a good one.  In order to get enough of the Vitamin A, D and Folate my body needed, I would have been having to eat heaps of eggs, carrots, pumpkin, green leafy vegetables, asparagus, broccoli and liver, which in fairness, I do try to eat most of, but I struggle to get more than a couple of portions of vegetables a day and I am not a huge fan of fish, eggs or liver.

And it’s interesting because I’d noticed that if I ever forgot to reorder my vitamins and had a week or so without them, the skin around my cuticles would begin to peel and crack.  Vitamin A is a key vitamin in skin repair.  My youngest daughter, who is very fussy and eats very few vegetables unless I force feed them to her, also has the same issue if she doesn’t take her vitamins regularly either.  I wonder now if she has the same genotype as me and also has some trouble converting plant-based Vitamin A (beta-carotene) to the active form retinol.  There are more worrying concerns about not absorbing proper amounts of the vitamins our bodies need though:

  • A lack of Vitamin A can increase the risk of heart problems
  • Vitamin D plays an essential role in bone health, energy and anti-ageing because it promotes better absorption of calcium and lowers inflammation
  • Folate, alongside other vitamins fuels the body during workouts and are important in the synthesis and repair of DNA.  It also enhances brain health and moods.
  • Several vitamins are crucial to proper immune function, which ensures that we are able to properly fight viral and bacterial infection, deal with inflammation and stress, effectively digest food and heal.

So what happened when I took 30 days off my supplements?

  1. The first thing I noticed was my energy drop substantially.  Substantially!  I’m a kickboxer and a mum, so energy is vital to my day, and I started dragging my feet in a big way!
  2. I looked awful.  One of my eyes started to droop, my skin looked washed out and almost grey and I looked old and tired.
  3. The skin on my finger nails started to peel and crack, and got very red and sore, to the point I was embarrassed for people to see my hands
  4. I got an awful migraine
  5. I got sick with a head cold/cough after I haven’t been sick for months
  6. My productivity and creativity flatlined because I felt low on energy and not like my bouncy self.

Here is a before and after from my YouTube channel of daily videos:

When I was taking my supplements daily:

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After I stopped!:

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I was even surprised myself when I looked back to 4 weeks ago and compared to my videos now.  I knew I felt different, but to see such a difference as well?

So why did I stop my supplements?

Despite my supplements being awesome and effective, I have been offered the opportunity to have my supplements personalised to my body’s needs.  This means my body will get everything it needs and nothing that it doesn’t and my supplements will evolve as those needs change!

This personalisation is not done through a very non-personal one size fits all quiz like other personalised vitamin services.  These supplements are personalised to your DNA and the lifestyle factors that will either activate your not-so-good genes or keep them happily dormant; therefore helping me avoid potential chronic diseases and supporting me to experience optimal health because everything within my body is working as it should be.  Supplements are delivered to your door, monthly, and all the guesswork and confusion is removed and replaced with a solution bespoke to you.

I know I was very lucky to find a supplement that worked for me, but it took going through many different brands and complexes (most of which I peed out!)

But, is a daily dose of vitamins and minerals necessary?

I actually believe a “food first” approach is better, but then I am living the reality of being a busy mum with fussy children and little inspiration for healthy, colourful meals that everybody in my house will eat.  I never used to need supplements because I ate such a good diet, but now my situation is very different, plus you have extenuating circumstances like breastfeeding draining your body of nutrients and extreme workout regimes and our soils lacking the nutrients in the first place because land as been overfarmed.

Health and wellbeing needs are unique.  Solutions for people on a health journey need to be targeted to people’s unique needs.  Many people are like me and don’t eat enough fruit and vegetables and wholefoods, but unlike me they don’t actually have the information about their own bodies that they need to know what food choices are best for them, so they can plan and be proactive, rather than fumbling around in the dark and getting frustrated and giving up.

I now know from my DNA a baseline of fruits, vegetables and wholefoods that are really good for my body and I can meal plan around them.  It is easy.  And I know that where my diet falls short my supplements can pick up the slack and I can have the peace of mind that as my lifestyle changes (my sleep changes, my stress changes, I exercise more/less, my mood changes, etc) my supplements will evolve with me.

If you are open to see whether this solution will be helpful to you too, click here to answer a few short questions to provide you with the information relevant to your situation.

In your high vibes, happiness and optimal health!

CW x x

 

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How Gratitude is Linked to Your Bank Account (and other success!)

Do you ever find yourself saying something like,

“When I hit [fill the blank $/month], then I’ll feel fulfilled?”

Or, something like,

“When I lose that 5 kilos, then I’ll feel better about myself?”

Or,

“When I’m earning better, then I’ll feel grateful and blessed/happy?”

 

I’d like to suggest that you have it the wrong way around….

 

That is exactly where I was.  When I was in financial hardship I was miserable!  I was not grateful for anything I already had, just depressed, frustrated and in complete despair about everything I was lacking.  My energy was rock bottom and in that way it was completely blocking money or any success showing up in my life.  (Read more about the law of attraction in action here.)

We need to create an energy space in which the change we desire is compelled to show up.

So, if we desire more money to land in our bank account, we need to think first about how it would feel to have that money in our bank account! Feel the high of receiving it like we already have it. If we continue to pour out negativity, we will continue to attract more in… Because like attracts like.

I’m not sure I really believed in this stuff the day I decided to listen to my mentor when she suggested I should practice more gratitude.  But I was down for changing my personal energy.  It was sucking the life out of me.  So, even if you don’t believe in the law of attraction, wouldn’t it feel better to completely change your personal energy? Feel lighter, brighter, more positive and less anchored in the worries and the doubts?

Gratitude is the way to start. A feeling of appreciation or thanks. So simple, yet so powerful 💛💛💛

And did you know gratitude grows the more you use it? I am a walking example of that.  And the more gratitude you have, the more you open yourself up for abundance.  And that did totally happen to me.  Nothing changed in my business but me and it started with the practice of gratitude.

Every time my mind started on a negative thought pattern, I started to feel grateful, for whatever -. I even coined this, Gratitudeness 😊

According to the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, “the average person has about 70,000 thoughts each day. Most of these thoughts are very similar and simply repeat over and over in our heads each day.” There’s one big problem with this — the vast majority of these thoughts are negative.

It’s not always a matter of simply telling our minds DON’T THINK THIS NEGATIVE THOUGHT NOW. Because guess what our minds do? They start to think about that negative thought (they just ignore the don’t part). As the famed psychotherapist Carl Jung said “What you resist persists.”

Flexing our Gratitude muscle works to stop negative thoughts in their track and replace them with something positive and moreover, a good feeling, rather than the bad ones that come with thinking negative thoughts.  When we feel low thoughts, our whole energy depletes and it limits our potential, when we feel good thoughts our energy rises and we open ourselves up to opportunity.

So here is an action to try… Next time you feel sadness, loneliness, fear, anger, bitterness or any negative emotion, try and and flip it to Gratitudeness.

I honestly believe this has been a big part in my success the last 18 months because like attracts like. Feel good do good. We are literally magnets with our personal energy fields. And more often than not, we are pointing the magnet in the wrong direction 😲

If you want to know the exact practice I used to practice gratitude every day, reach out to me in the box below and I’ll send it to you, free of charge!  Please write GRATITUDE in the comments

In Your High Vibes & Happiness,

CW x x

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What is your deepest darkest confession?  The thing that you don’t feel like you can tell anyone about, but the thing that is holding you back in your life? 

At the beginning of January I committed to creating a video every day for 365 days to help others lift their vibration to manifest success.

You can see them at my YouTube Channel here.

I have had a lot of people reaching out to me since I began these videos.  It seems my suggestion that there is something deep down that holds us back is a true one for many, not just a reflection of my own experience.

When I finally began to work on myself, deeply last year, I discovered that my #1 value in life was freedom and everything in my life was the opposite – trapped and controlled because an experience I had 14 years ago had me living my life in a nice safe bubble.  I suffered with crippling anxiety and I learned that it was my brain, my mindset’s clever way to stop me straying out of that safe bubble.

I read a quote today that said, “you will face your greatest opposition when you are closest to your biggest miracle” – Shannon L. Alder

And it really spoke to me.  I coached with my own incredible mentor 11 months before I shared my deepest, darkest confession.  I peeled back every single other onion layer before that point and I made big transitions forward.  However, it took 11 months for me to speak out what was deep inside and really putting my life on hold.

Do you have something that sits heavy in your heart?  Your own deepest darkest confession?  Not in the sense that it is something you have done, but in that you don’t feel like you can tell anyone about, or maybe even verbalise it properly, you just know it is holding you back in your life?

How would your life be different if you faced this issue?  Spoke it out?  Discovered it and its impact on you?  Or moreover the impact the world is waiting for you to make exactly because this thing happened to you?

Time is so valuable.  I mentioned that last year I discovered my #1 value was freedom and that everything about my life was the opposite.  Coaching helped me discover myself in a supported, gentle and confidential way.  In this way I discovered my past experiences had created beliefs that were limiting me.  In stripping those beliefs away, and walking forward as a completely different person, taking actions I’d never believed were possible for me before I now have freedom in all areas of my life that are important to me – time freedom to spend with my children, a schedule that is mine, not somebody else’s, more financial freedom, more fun and enjoyment in my life, and perhaps more important than anything else, freedom to serve.

The final piece of my self-discovery has been the connection to my purpose and my ability to live that purpose, that freedom and feel the release of almost everything that was holding me back.  This has completely changed my vibration, my ability to manifest and thus my success.  My past experience, the thing that once broke me is now a gift and the reason I am writing a book, the reason I finally got my coaching business off the ground and the reason I connected with an opportunity that is changing peoples’ lives.

What if your story, your deepest darkest confession, the thing that perhaps brings you despair, is the thing that will bring people hope?

Reach out to me if you are ready for your own journey of self-discovery to begin

In your high vibes & happiness,

CW

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A thought (and tip) on limited beliefs!

You are the average of the five people you spend most time with ~ Jim Rohn

This means our community can make or break our success!

We have 70,000 thoughts buzzing around our mind every day and unfortunately, most of them are negative.  So who we hang around, what we listen and what influences our thoughts becomes significant.

  • What is your mental nutrition?
  • Who is lifting you up?
  • Who is inspiring you?
  • Who is pushing you forwards?
  • Who is supporting you?

Because all of us have limiting beliefs and they don’t need any help holding us back!

In fact, if you aren’t experiencing success in a particular area of your life right now I can almost guarantee a limiting belief is at play.

Last year began the process of interrogating my past experiences to understand the ones that had created my limiting beliefs around money, parenting and success.  Because they were all presenting as a crippling lack of belief in myself and this was BEFORE the experience that completely shut me down in fear.

You see, most of our limiting beliefs are created when we are children.  When we are between 2 & 6 years old our brains are like little sponges; we absorb everything and create our beliefs from what we observe innocently in our world.

And the thing is, we cannot change the experiences that happened in the past, we can only ever control what we do going forwards.  We can continue to live trapped by our limiting beliefs and our fears or we can make a decision to grow.

On my Facebook Page I posted today that my Manifestation Challenge is running again to help you choose empowering thoughts over negative ones and help change your focus.

Just think of it like programming – like your brain is just a big computer and you can download the new stuff you want on it, but you have to invest in the programming.

Otherwise every thought, will ping a big emotional charge like fear, which keeps you stuck.

And you know, I was stuck, really stuck 18 months ago.  And then suddenly out of nowhere an opportunity presented itself to move forward.

It was a business opportunity actually.

I couldn’t afford it

I didn’t believe I had it in me to achieve in it

But I couldn’t handle the idea that if I didn’t take it I was going to stay stuck!  That was the only reason I said yes to it!  That and I was kind of inspired by the idea of changing the world…

But the big message is that decision is directly responsible for where I am today because of the community it connected me to and the motivation and inspiration I surrounded myself with that encouraged me to believe in myself.

I upped my average

So, limiting beliefs, your mental nutrition, your community and your new programming.  I really recommend, even if it isn’t my free manifestation challenge, find one new way this week to start reprogramming your thoughts this week.

You can check out my last newsletter too to see some ideas you can try straight away!

In your happiness & high vibes!

CW x xx

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