Zen Mum’s Yoga Journey



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I was anesthetized from reality and locked inside a self-created mental hell.

As I found yoga and meditation, I became aware of the mental seeds I was sowing for myself. As this awareness grew my depression, anxiety and chronic stress became a very faint memory.

Yoga and meditation provided a way for me to connect and nourish my mind, body and soul.

Life is never straight and predictable and on the 3rd of September 2018, I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. The entire  pregnancy was a physical and mental struggle. As if exhaustion and endurance were competing like competitive school children within my body.

At week 5 I was diagnosed with severe morning sickness or what’s known as “hyperemesis gravidarum” (which means “excessive vomiting during pregnancy”). This includes several hospital visits for dehydration and the only way to stop the vomiting is to take medication. Although the medication was only stopping the vomiting, I was always nauseas.

I thought I was finally finding a rhythm between having a toddler, serve morning sickness and a being a university student when my waters broke at 23 weeks. I was to be hospitalized and on strict bedrest until my son was delivered.

My son was born and died on the 3rd of September 2018. Jasper was healthy had a great body weight for a premature baby at 26 weeks however he had a condition that we were unaware off. My son was unable to be saved.

As Jaspers mother, I felt like it was me and my body that failed him. I thought I had been through the toughest part of my life already, but I was wrong.

Reconnecting with yoga was not easy. It felt so disconnected to my body, mind and soul. The BEST thing about yoga is that it has so many levels. So, I just started very slowly with very light stretches and quick meditation. Every time I started to give up on my workout session or meditation. Slowly day by day I would build on this. Some days I would give up and others I wouldn’t even start, but I never quit.

Once again yoga and meditation helped me to reconnect with healing, health and self-love during times of great darkness in my life.

I now have permanent access to a paradise within my own mind, body and soul.



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Read Key Facts & Practical Advice on Maintaining A Healthy Diet From The WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)

A healthy diet helps protect against malnutrition in all its forms, as well as noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), including diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer according to the WHO. Lets check out practical advice on maintain a healthy diet.
In order to improve fruit and vegetable consumption you can:
  • always include vegetables in your meals
  • eat fresh fruits and raw vegetables as snacks
  • eat fresh fruits and vegetables in season
  • eat a variety of choices of fruits and vegetables.
Fat intake can be reduced by:
  • changing how you cook – remove the fatty part of meat; use      vegetable oil (not animal oil); and boil, steam or bake rather than fry;
  • avoiding processed foods containing trans fats; and
  • limiting the consumption of foods containing high amounts of      saturated fats (e.g. cheese, ice cream, fatty meat).
You can reduce salt consumption by:
  • not adding salt, soy sauce or fish sauce during the preparation of      food
  • not having salt on the table
  • limiting the consumption of salty snacks
  • choosing products with lower sodium content.
Sugars intake can be reduced by:
  • limiting the consumption of foods and drinks containing high amounts of sugars (e.g. sugar-sweetened beverages, sugary snacks and      candies); and
  • eating fresh fruits and raw vegetables as snacks instead of sugary      snacks.
WHO supports taking action at global, regional and local levels to support healthy diets and physical activity.

How Do I Eat Healthy?

Healthy Eating Pyramid should be considered by everyone. 
The Healthy Eating Pyramid is Nutrition Australia’s own food selection guide which is also based on the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines. 
It shows the five core food groups according to how much each contributes to a balanced diet. It is based on the recommended food intakes for 19-50 years old, but it is generally applicable to all ages 1–70.
It is a food selection guide which visually represents the proportion of the five food groups recommended for consumption each day.
Discretionary (optional, non-compulsory, voluntary) choices can be enjoyed occasionally as part of a balanced diet, but only in small amounts. We recommend limiting your intake to one serve per day as a maximum (approx. 600kJ);
· sweet biscuits, cakes and desserts
· processed meats and sausages
· ice-cream, confectionery and chocolate
meat pies and other pastries
· commercial burgers, hot chips, and fried foods
· crisps and other fatty and/or salty snacks
cream and butter
· sugar-sweetened cordials, soft drinks, fruit drinks and sports drinks
· alcoholic drinks
The Healthy Eating Pyramid encourages Australians to enjoy a variety of foods from every food group, every day.
The foundation layers include the three plant-based food groups:
Vegetables and legumes
These layers make up the largest portion of the Pyramid because plant foods should make up the largest portion of our diet – around 70% of what we eat!
Plant foods contain a wide variety of nutrients like vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They are also the main source of carbohydrates and fibre in our diet.
Older children, teens and adults should aim to have at least 2 serves of fruit and 5 serves of vegetables or legumes each day.
From the grains food group, choose mostly whole grains (such as brown rice, oats and quinoa), and wholemeal/wholegrain/high cereal fibre varieties of bread, pasta, crisp breads and cereal foods (over highly processed, refined varieties).
The middle layer includes the milk, yoghurt, cheese & alternatives and the lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, legumes food groups.
Foods in the milk, yoghurt, cheese & alternatives group primarily provide us with calcium and protein, plus other vitamins and minerals. This food group also refers to non-dairy options such as soy, rice or cereal milks which have at least 100mg per 100ml of added calcium. Choose reduced fat options of these foods to limit excess kilojoules from saturated fat.
Foods in the lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, legumes section are our main sources of protein. But each food also provides a unique mix of nutrients, including iodine, iron, zinc, B12 vitamins and healthy fats. We should aim to have a variety of meat and non-meat options from this food group.
The top layer refers to healthy fats because we need small amounts every day to support heart health and brain function. We should choose foods that contain healthy fats instead of foods that contain saturated fats and trans fats.
Choose unrefined polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats from plant sources, such as extra virgin olive oil, nut and seed oils. Limit the amount of saturated fat you consume and avoid trans fats.
We also get healthy fats from foods in the other food groups, such as avocados, nuts, seeds and fish, so we only need a little bit extra from oils and spreads each day.
Lastly, Many herbs and spices have health-promoting properties, but since we tend to eat them in smaller amounts their primary purpose is to flavour and colour our meals.
Cooking with fresh, dried or ground herbs and spices is an easy way to create foods that suit your tastes, and increase your enjoyment of home-made meals without needing to use salt when cooking or eating.
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Zen Mum’s Inspiration – Martial arts (Taekwondo) Belt;

ZenMum: I’m always asked how I stay energized and motivated. I’ll keep it simple – Its Martial Arts!

My parents, both had black belts in Karate and were instructors before I was born, so they insisted I try Karate while young, but I never held enough patience so i stopped participated in martial arts until the age of fourteen years. I watched my brother and father train twice a week in Taekwondo for a year, before deciding to join and give it a try myself. Then that was it, I was hooked! It wasn’t just the physical and spiritual elements of marital, but the community itself had a large part why I was hooked.

The martial arts community, (it’s worth acknowledging; it does not matter what type of martial arts you are involved in, or what background you have the community is welcoming.) is strongly based on Humility, Determination, Respect and Reciprocity. The belt system very much represents these core values. Belts represent the skills and time a person has achieved through consistent participation. When someone has trained for long enough and has the acquired skills for that belt level one must pass a test (grading) to then be reward the next belt and congratulated formally. This creates a kind of structure within the community; Lower belts must always respect higher belts; higher belts have more authority. It is a community that has always remained balanced, in my experience. The community work together at eliminating ‘bullies’ who misuse skills and power, this is easy in an environment of shared morals centralising on; Humility, Determination, Respect and Reciprocity . The community spirt inside a martial arts community push past barriers of; race, gender and age.


The ‘Belts’ of martial arts have been with my family for so long, it has occurred to us that the process of ‘grading’ is a lot like, what was needed throughout life like; meeting educational and career goals, weight loss, muscle gain, finances etc This keeps you calm, determined and highly motivated.

My experience with Martial arts has been profoundly beneficial in making me into the motivated, hardworking, respectful, healthy and honest person I am today. I thank my parents for introducing to me such an insightful and skilled community, and I will pass it down to my children happily.

I’d highly recommended any martial arts, but especially the ones with ‘Belt’ systems, they are more heavily based on humility, determination, respect and reciprocity to anyone interested in Martial arts.


Thank you for reading!

If you have any thoughts, comments or questions feel free to post below or send me an email at zenmumbody@gmail.com



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