Living a life less toxic…

by Faith Canter


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The Plastic Free July Challenge

The 1st of July means the start of Plastic Free July. This gives us all a great excuse to try and reduce our plastic usage.  But why should we do this?  Well, plastics are not only incredibly toxic to our environment but also to our own health.  I recently wrote an article for the Ragged University  that explains exactly why this is.  If you would like to read this article then please click here.

I’m not suggesting you give up on all plastic, but that you either reduce or remove single use plastics (carrier bags, straws, coffee cups, food and general packaging within the home) for July.  I have put together the list below to give you some ideas of how you can reduce your plastic usage for your own health and that of this amazing planet.

  • Start to replace all your plastic storage containers with glass or metal ones.
  • Do away with cling film. Use scraps of material to wrap dry food, and glass storage containers for wet stuff.
  • Purchase a metal or glass water bottle and take this with you and fill it up as you go, rather than purchasing drinks in plastic bottles.IMG_20140618_194655
  • Take your own thermos cup/mug out with you and ask to have it filled rather than making use of the shop’s takeaway plastic cups.  Everywhere I go to now is happy to fill up your mug rather then use one of theirs, as it saves them money.
  • Take a metal (or wooden) camping cutlery set with you rather than using throw away plastic ones.
  • Join a veg box scheme. Most of their produce comes loose or in paper bags.
  • Buy locally. This way your food is less likely to have been sat in plastic wrappings for long periods of time whilst it’s been shipped from wherever it was produced.
  • Buy fresh produce or food that comes in cartons for things like tomatoes.
  • Take your own jars and containers to health food stores, fast food takeaways, and local farmers markets and asked for these to be filled rather than using their plastic containers.
  • Ask the store what their packaging is actually made from. I have been in two shops recently where I thought they were serving up their items in plastic packaging and it was actually vegetable based packaging instead.  I’m happy to say Neal’s Yard was one of these places.
  • When putting veggies at the supermarket in plastic bags you can either keep using the same bags every time you go10477308_902845176399265_7320564021015987526_o back (just take them with you or you can replace the need for these with using paper bags (mushroom bags are usually hanging around somewhere in the supermarket) or take your own veggies bags (as seen the the picture).
  • Buy or make yourself some reusable shopping bags. If you forget to take your bags into the shop then pop everything back in the trolley loose and take the trolley to the bags in your car. Buy twice as many reusable bags as you need, so that when you forget to put them back in the car after using them, you still have a spare set for the next shop.
  • Lose the bin bags! These days almost everyone has kerbside recycling/waste removal or composting facilities so there is no need for wet foods, drinks and produce to be put into your kitchen bin. You no longer need bin bags. Simply empty your bin directly into the main kerbside bin outside and do away with nasty bin bags.
  • Replace kitchen roll with a basket of scraps of material that you just reuse and wash. This eliminates all that single use plastic packaging around those single use kitchen roll sheets.DSC_1785
  • Either make you own bread (which will also be healthier) or buy it from a bakers, so there’s no plastic packaging.
  • Buy any sort of deli food, meats, and cheeses direct from the store, deli counter, or butcher and place them in your own containers.
  • Use a natural deodorant like a salt stone as although some of these are packaged in plastic they last about 18mths, so you’ll be using a lot less of them.
  • Buy a metal razor and completely metal blades. These may seem expensive to start with by they actually work out a lot cheaper as they last a lot longer.
  • Make your own natural cleaning products. The ingredients will often still come in plastic but they will last much, much longer so again, you’ll be buying less plastic.
  • Make your own natural body products. These will last much longer, so you’ll be buying far less plastic. You’ll also have the added bonus of putting less chemicals on your body.
  • Avoid body scrubs/exfoliators that are not made from natural ingredients as they have very small plastic beads in them. These get into our water supply and then our food chain as fish eat them believing them to be food.  Make your own easily with epsom salts, rock salt or ground fruit stones.
  • Use bio-degradable dog waste bags (or nappy bio-degradable nappy bags are often cheaper).   I’ve even heard of people using newspapers.
  • Bulk buy as many items as possible so that there is less plastic packaging produced used.
  • Buy (or make your own) bars of soap instead of liquid soaps to reduce the bottles used.
  • Keep a box for all the packaging you have received through the post and then reuse this when you post things out yourself.
  • Do away with zip lock and sandwich bags. Store food in reusable glass containers or wash out plastic single use containers and use these again. TIP: Microwave rice pouches can be used again for storing wet foods.
  • If there’s an option to buy food in glass instead of plastic (like with sauces and other wet foods) then take this option and then reuse the jar afterwards.
  •  Reuse plastic packaging where possible. Microwave rice pouches are great for storing wet items in the freezer or large yoghurt or soup pots can hold homemade stock, soups or other wet items in the fridge or freezer.
  • Or if you don’t want to reuse plastics for food then use them as seedling or plant pots.

 

Since implementing the above I am actually spending a lot less money, creating less waste, reducing the toxicity levels of my body, home and environment and feeling great about it. In my book that’s a winner!

Here’s some other tips from some other sources:

My Plastic Free Life, click here.

A Year Without Buying Plastics, click here.

Life Without Plastic, click here.

A Plastic Free Year, click here.

Life Less Plastic, click here.

Life Without Plastic Blog, click here.

No Impact Man, click here. (This blog is a great all rounder for environmental hints and tips and the book is ace).

 

Do you have any tips you would like to add to this list?


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How I Learned to Love to Blog

A year ago today, on 29th June 2013 I posted my first ever blog!

In homage to that first blog and what I have learnt as an unlikely blogger in this last year I have decided to share my thoughts and feelings about the journey.

I never thought I’d be a blogger, never wanted to be a blogger, didn’t see why people wanted to share their thoughts in blogs and didn’t understand the blog fascination. But somehow I still became a blogger!

 

So what changed?

1. When you post something to Facebook, Twitter or any other social networking site it eventually gets lost in all the other posts!  So even if you say something insightful, profound or just simply interesting it’s lost to the millions of other insightful, profound and interesting posts on social networks.  However on a blog it’s always there, easy to find, share and use.

2. I had the notion of becoming an author and apparently when you become an author you need to build a thing called a platform (which is basically your following).  One of the great ways to build a platform is to blog interesting content, that people will either find when they search for topics you have covered on the internet or through blog posts you have shared on other forums.  To find out more about what this is and how to do it check out the book ‘Platform, Get Noticed in a Noisy World’ by Michael Hyatt.

3. I wanted to share recipes, multiple pictures and more information than a standard Facebook status or tweet.

4. It’s a good way to practice this writing lark (see point 2).  Also some of my blogs have actually become part of the chapters in my first book.  So you can re-use your content elsewhere.

5. I wanted to have somewhere where I could link all my thoughts, feelings, information and ramblings from all my other sites, pages and groups.

6. I wanted to have somewhere where I could direct future clients or publishers to see what I write about and am passionate about.

 

What have I learnt?

1. Check out at least a few of the blogging books available on the market, either before you start blogging or shortly afterwards.  I wish I had, as I struggled to understand what I was doing and to get any followers to start with.  Within two weeks of reading ‘Get Rich Blogging’ by Zoe Griffin I had doubled the followers on my blog and continue to add new followers every week since.  I have never had any intention of making money on my blog, but Zoe’s easy to follow book is a goldmine of blogging hints and tips and I highly recommend it.

2. Make sure to use links in your blog posts to other peoples’ blogs and pages and also to your own blogs and pages.  This will build your following more than anything else as Google will start to recognise your site as authentic.

3. Blog regularly!  Some people say to blog every day, but in my opinion this is a bit overkill and I personally have actually unsubscribed from daily bloggers sites.  Most other people agree on roughly three times a week.  On a good week I manage 3 times, but generally I blog twice a week and that suits me fine.

4. Think about the times of the week and day that you publish your blog.  There’s little point in publishing a blog when people are not around.  Some people might read it when they come back to their computer, but a lot of the time it gets forgotten about.  I have always got more of a response to my blogs if I publish them between the hours of Sun – Thur 18.00 – 22.00.

5. If you have lots of ideas for blogs then write these ideas down or start multiple blog drafts with the headings and add to each one as and when inspired to do so.  I generally write a few blogs at any one time and whichever one gets finished first gets published first.

6. If you have a blog idea about a particular health or environmental issue it’s always best to publish these around the date of the awareness day (look online for when these are).  This will increase you blog exposure tenfold.

7. Keep it simple!  Occasionally I do long waffling blogs if it’s something that I feel warrants it, but the general rule of thumb, is short, to the point and clear.  People generally don’t want to read lots of text and are after quick and concise fixes when they read blog posts.

8. Make sure to use the share button on your blog to share your blog posts on all your social networks each time you publish a blog post.

9. Consider sharing part of your blog post in the actual status box of your social network page.  This gets people interested and they generally click on the blog link to read more.

10. Don’t forget it’s OK to re-share your blog posts at a later date.

11. It’s great if you can get people to guest blog, as it means that your blog site will be shared between both yours and their readers.  It also gives them exposure with your readers, so it’s a winner for both of you.

12. Make sure to think about the names of your blog posts.  Long, wordy or boring blog post names mean people are less likely to click on the link to read them. Make them interesting or at the very least concise.

13. Interact with other bloggers, like, share and comment on other people’s blogs and hopefully they will do the same back.

14. Join blogging groups relevant to your own topics through online forums and Facebook groups.

15. If you think you might merge your blog and website at a later date then WordPress is the best site to go with as you will easily be able to move your blog from wordpress.com (their blogging site) to a self-hosted website on wordpress.org (for your website and blog together).  You will easily be able to move followers, pages and all information this way.

16. Make sure to have an email sign-up section on your blog.  This is a place where people can put their email address in to get a copy of your blog when you post it.  This also means if you so wished you could market to these followers in other ways in the future once you have their email address.

17. Try to finish your blog post with a question that will encourage people to comment on the post.

18. Make sure to put each blog post into a relevant category on your blog site.  This way if someone is interested in a particular topic they can find all your posts about it in one place.

19. Make sure to have links to all your social network pages permanently on your blog site so people can start following your elsewhere if they wish to do so.

 

What wouldn’t I do again?

1. I would make sure to identify my blog writing style early on, rather than swapping and changing around until I found out what worked for me and my readers.

2. Pick a blog template you are truly happy with, instead of changing your mind every few months like me!  If you’re unsure then spend some time looking at other people’s blogs and websites and make a scrap book of what you like from these and put something together that incorporates all these ideas.

3. I wouldn’t have a separate blog away from my website again.  It makes much more sense to have the blog as a page of your website, then everything is in the same place for people to find.  I am now currently in the process of merging my blog and website for this very reason.

4. I wouldn’t use photos from Google images again, as although these are easily available on the internet, most of them are actually still copyright protected. I am in the process of replaces any Google images with my own because as your blog traffic grows more people will see these images and you likely to get into trouble at some point over them.

5. Don’t allow yourself to get bogged down by writing blogs, if you start to see it like a boring task then this will come through in your writing. Plan out ideas, think about how often you want to blog and enjoy the process.

 

What am I looking forward to?

1. Engaging more with my readers and welcome new followers.

2. Allowing my readers to have a sneak preview of some of my upcoming book A Life Less Toxic.

3. Finding lots of lovely new ways to live a less toxic life, that I can share with all my readers.

4. Doing some more posts about less toxic travel.  I totally love travelling and have been all over the world and am looking forward to posting about this to my blog for all the other travellers out there.

5. I have a long way to go with my blogging yet, but I plan to enjoy the process and engage as much as possible with my readers.  If I write about what I love I know I can’t go wrong!

 

Here’s some relevant helpful hints and tips to blogging: 

Blog Buffer: 16 Tops Tips From Blogging Experts, click here.

Blogging Tips: How to Guest Blog Successfully, click here.

Blog Her: Top 10 Blogging Tips for Beginners, click here.

Goins Writers: 25 Blogging Tips for Newbies and Veterans, click here.

The Guardian: Top Tips for a Successful Blog, click here.

 

Do you have any blogging hints and tips you would like to share with us? 

 


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Nice and Simple Sourdough Recipe

The Benefits of Sourdough:

Due to the natural yeasts and bacteria in the sourdough starter and amount of time the bread dough it is allowed to rise for it means that any gluten in the dough are eaten up.  During this process the starches are predigested which means the dough become much easier to digest.  This along with the increase in lactic acid and natural preservatives makes for a yummy, healthy and easier on the digestive system loaf.

Ingredients:

480g of flour (I prefer spelt flour)

100g sourdough starter

220ml of fresh water

1 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

 

Directions:

  1. Mix 100g of sourdough starter with 300g of flour and 220ml of water well in a bowl and cover for 8 – 10 hours (at this stage you can add herbs, chillies and sundried tomatoes).
  2. Add the remaining 180g of flour, sugar and salt and knead well and cover and allow to rest for another 2 – 3 hours.
  3. Knead again and pop into a lightly oiled bread tin or proof basket and leave in a warm place covered for 1 – 2 hours (you can make slices in the top of the dough at this stage if you want to).
  4. Preheat your oven on a medium heat (around 180) and add a bowl of boiling water to the bottom of your oven.
  5. Place dough in its baking tin/basket into the upper oven and cook for 30 – 35 mins.
  6. Remove from the tin and allow it to cool slightly before cutting into it.

 

Notes:

Your sourdough starter needs to be fed once and week and should live in your fridge until the day before you want to use it.

To fed your sourdough starter add 50g of flour (I use spelt flour) and 50ml (or grams) of filtered water. Mix well and pop back in the fridge until you want to use it.

Your starter will separate (with the hooch laying on top), this is absolutely fine and it just needs stirring back in each week when you fed it.

 

Sourdough Starter Recipes:

The Kitchn: How to Make a Sourdough Starter, click here.

Nourished Kitchen: How to Make a Sourdough Starter, click here.

Paul Hollywood: Sourdough Starter, click here.

BBC Food: Sourdough Starter, click here.

 


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Healthy Travel Tips

As you might have guessed I try to be as healthy as possible and this can sometimes prove difficult when you’re on the go.  So I decided to put together a list of my top tips for healthy travel.

1. Buy a camping cutlery set.  I take mine everywhere I go, this means I can eat salads, fruits, muesli or soup from a mug in the hotel or other things like avocados.  This is my favourite and best used tip for healthy eating on the go – with one of these lots more healthy foods become edible.  It also has the added bonus of meaning you’re not using single-use (environmentally unfriendly) plastic knifes and forks (that is if the store even has these).

2. Take a large lunch box of fruits and veggies and other good foods with you.  This means at least for the first few days you’ll be a good girl or boy!  Don’t worry about the wasted space this takes up on the way back – I simply take the lid off and pack things in the box (it’s actually great for anything that you’re worried about getting damaged or leaking).

3. I take my own healthy muesli with me and some almond milk.  I have personally found that almond milk (not the stuff you buy from the refrigerated areas of the super market, but the one off the shelves) is fine to consume for brekkie with my muesli for 3 days without having to put it in a fridge.  So this is a great option for a healthy breakfast when living out of a suitcase.

4. If you pass a supermarket then always buy some fruit.  Even if you’re not hungry at the time, you will be later and if it’s close at hand you’re much more likely to eat this than go and find a vending machine or corner shop that sells chocolate and crisps etc.

5. I take my tin water bottle everywhere with me.  I top it up whenever I come across drinking water taps or fountain and it means I always drink enough water every day and that I’m not buying lots of single use bottles (better for my health and that of the environment = winner).

6. Take your own herbal teabags.  I take a small supply of organic herbal teabags everywhere I go in my handbag.  This way anywhere that has hot water means I can have a healthy herbal tea.  These days many more places sell herbal teas, but I still find I use them up, especially when staying away from home or visiting friends and family.

7. If it’s impractical for you to take your fermented foods and drinks with you (to maintain good gut health) then then next best thing it to take a really good probiotic with you.  This helps to minimise the risk of tummy upsets.

8. Decant some coconut oil into a small glass jar.  I take coconut oil everywhere with me.  It’s solid at home temperature, so does not need to go in the silly clear liquids bag when going through the security check at the airport.  It’s a great moisturiser and make-up remover, is great for stings, bites, sunburn and many other things as listed in my blog post about coconut oil (click here).

9. Pack a deodorant rock.  I don’t use antiperspirants due to the toxic load of the harmful chemicals in them, so I have tried out most of the natural alternatives and I have found the PitRock salt rock the best of the lot.  It allows you to naturally sweat without smelling.  Again it’s a solid so does not need to go into the clear liquids bag when going through security and because it’s antibacterial it doubles up for helping with spots, bites and stings also.

10. Take a set of ear-plugs in your make-up bag.  These can then be used on planes, trains and in noisy hotel rooms. A must for getting adequate sleep.

11. Before you leave check out if there is a health food store, raw, vegan or vegetarian restaurant close by, or as a last resort. a M&S or Waitrose (for their large range of yummy salads) close by.  You can wander around cities for hours and not find these when usually they are only a street or two away if you know where to look.

12. Get grounding!  The best thing for jet lag is to ground yourself once you get off the plane.  This simply means taking your shoes off and connecting with the earth again.  I rarely suffer from any sort of jet lang by doing this, it works a treat.

13. Meditate.  Use the time on the plane/train to meditate.  Not only will this help to ground you, but you’ll feel more energised, less jet lagged and more relaxed.

14. Get stretching.  I find most hotel rooms aren’t big enough for a full yoga or pilates routine but most are big enough for a few basic stretches.  This is a great way to start the day, stretches out those cramped travelling muscles and is also energising.  I’ve even been known to do a few on the plane as well; you feel heaps better afterwards.

15. And my final tip is if you can fit your smoothie maker and/or juicer in your hold luggage then do it!  This has saved me many a bad meal before.  Smoothie makers these days are quite small and you can pop just about any fruit and vegetable in them with some water (and if you’re like me then some raw enzyme protein powder) when on the go and there you have a healthy snack or breakfast.

What healthy tips do you have for travelling?

Here’s some healthy travel tips from others…

In Sonnets Kitchen: Top 7 Healthy Travelling Tips click here.

Trip It: 10 Tips for Healthy Travel click here.

The National Geographic: How to Stay Healthy on the Go click here.

My New Roots: Recipes & Tips for Healthy Travel click here.

Sick on the Road blog click here.

The Independent Traveller: Eating Well & Staying Active click here.

 


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Free-from Pineapple and Orange Cake: Dairy, gluten, sugar and yeast free

I fancied a little treat today, so along came the free-from pineapple and orange cake!

I find a lot of free-from foods are packed full of processed sugars and trans fats, so are actually not very good for you. What makes this cake so good is that although it has some high sugar (but all natural) fruits in it, it has no processed sugars or trans fats at all! It’s super yummy and also being free-from it doesn’t have any dairy, gluten or yeast in it either.

Ingredients: 

150 g/1 cup of dried and pitted dates

The peel of 1 orange

The juice of the same orange and filtered water making it up to 200 ml/ 3/4 cup

125 ml/ 1/2 cup of olive oil

30 g / 1/3 cup ground almonds

60g/ 6 tbsp rice flour

90 g/ 9 tbsp soya flour

60 g/ 6 tbsp corn or gram flour

1 tbsp of ground ginger

4 tsp of baking powder

3 medium eggs (beaten) or if you vegan egg replacer

150 g / 1 cup of pineapple (fresh or canned)

60 g / 6 tbsp of raisins

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 170C / 325F / gm 3.

2. Finely chop the dates and add to the orange in a pan.

3. Place the orange/water juice mixture into the same pan and heat until simmering.

4. Once the dates and orange peel are soft remove from the heat and add the oil.

5. Place the date mixture into a large bowl and slowly add the flours, ground almonds, ginger, baking powder and then the beaten eggs (or egg replacer).

6. Chop the pineapple up into small chunks and add to the cake mixture, along with the raisins.

7. Grease a cake tin with a little olive oil and place the cake mixture into the tin and then into the oven for 30 mins.

8. After 30 mins reduce the heat to 140C / 275F / gm 1 and cook for a further 20 mins.

9. Remove from the oven and turn out onto a cooling rack.

10. Can be frozen if you want to save some of another day.

Enjoy! 

Here’s some recipes for some more free-from cakes you might like:

Fabulously Free From: No Corn Cornbread, click here.

Gluten Free on a Shoestring: Gluten Free Strawberry Cupcakes, click here.

Free From Fairy: Millionaires Shortbread, click here.

Carly Olivia: Gluten Free Chocolate Sponge Cake, click here.

What’s your favourite free-from cake recipe?

 

 


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Good Vibrations

Here’s an excellent and thought provoking article by Bruce Lipton!
His book The Biology of Belief helped me with my own recovery from ME/CFS.

the biology of belief

Good Vibrations

“I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.” – Henry David Thoreau

The brain generates electric signals, and if I put EEG wires on your head, you can see the brain activity printing out. There is another device called a Magneto Encephalograph, where the probe doesn’t touch the head. That device reads your brain activity with a probe outside of your head. You might say, “Wait! Then my thoughts are not contained in my head?” and I’d say, “That’s right!” The concept is, your brain is acting as a tuning fork and the broadcast from your brain is not located in your head, so you’re like a radio station. In effect, you’re broadcasting. Everything vibrates—energy vibrates and matter vibrates. This is where the concept of constructive interference comes in, where two vibrations can tangle with each other…

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My top Inspiring Documentaries & Films

Here is a list of my favourite inspiring documentaries and films.

I believe it’s important to focus on health, positivity and growth rather than the negativity of much of mainstream TV and media.  My own healing path benefited hugely from watching several inspiring/spiritual documentaries each week and it is something I have found I have kept doing even to this day.  If I feel I am having a slightly negative day I pop one of these on and it soon turns my day around.  Happy viewing!

I have broken these down into rough categories, although many of these fall under several of the categories listed.

The Body

Food Matters

The honest account of the drug and food industry.  How we can cure ourselves of just about everything if we look at diet and detoxing.  A must watch!  For the trailer and option to buy the full film, click here.

Simply Raw

Reversing diabetes and other health concerns in 30 days. For full film click here. 

Raw for Life

The ultimate encyclopaedia for the raw food lifestyle.  These two discs clearly show the benefits of adopting this lifestyle. For trailer click here.

Burzynski Part 1 & 2

A completely natural way to recover from cancer that how the American Government/FDA reacted to this amazing breakthrough. Shocking at say the least!  For the whole of the first film (part 1), click here. 

Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom

This is a recording of one of Christiane Northrup’s talks and is the funniest item on this list, yet still manages to be packed full of tons of information – a must watch! Unfortunately you can only get this item if you pay for it, but here is a trailer of it, click here.

Super Juice Me

Explains the truth behind what’s on our plate and the benefits of juicing.  Click here for the trailer.

Heal Yourself, Heal the World

The story behind Max Gerson’s, Gerson Therapy, how to heal naturally from cancer and other illnesses/diseases and reset our body’s health and well-being.  You can only get this on DVD or through a subscription to FMTV, there are no trailers online either, but there are dozens of short clips on You Tube about Gerson Therapy. Here is one of these talks from Charlotte Gerson, Max Gerson’s daughter, click here. 

Fat Sick & Nearly Dead

One man’s juicing journey to healing himself of an auto-immune disease and how he inspired and helped others with their own healing paths. Click here for the full movie. 

The Greater Good

Vaccines, what do they really do, do we need them, what are the side effects and who’s really benefiting from them?  I like this documentary and it explains both sides of the argument.  For the full documentary click here

The Tapping Solution

How to tap, why tap and how everyone can benefit from tapping.  This is a nice, simple and clear documentary about tapping (EFT). Here’s a link to the trailer, click here. 

The Grounded

A brilliant documentary about how simply grounded ourselves every day as cure a whole host of ailments, large and small. I highly recommend this film, click here.

The Mind

I AM

This is a brilliant documentary about how are are all connected.  How our emotions, hearts and lives effects those around us, including plants and animals.  For the trailer, click here. 

Finding Happiness

This is a film about living simply and finding happiness in a spiritual community called Ananda.  It’s lovely, easy watching and inspiring (and now I want to the place ha).  For the YouTube trailer, click here.

E-motion

How what we think effects our life and how understanding, loving and listening to ourselves can create large shifts.  What we put into our body and think about our body has a huge impact on overall health and well-being.  Here’s a long trailer for E-motion, click here. 

Choice Point

I love this documentary! We all get to a point in our life where we have an important choice to make, this documentary explains how we react to this choice and how it can effect our life in amazing and positive ways. Great things can come from very hard paths and choices.  Click here for the trailer.

Feed Your Head

A great documentary about how what we put into our body effects our mental health. Click here for the YouTube trailer.

You Can Heal Your Life

I great film explaining how the way we speak about our health, ourselves and others effects our life, health and well being. Click here for the trailer.  A must watch! 

Finding Joe

This takes a little while to get going, but is worth it!  Explaining we are all in the same story but by following out bliss we can pave our own happy and healthy path. Click here for the trailer. 

Celestine Prophecy

I totally love this film, it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!  It really makes you think about coincidences and how we all have connected energy.  A must watch!  Here’s the trailer, click here. 

The Secret

A really interesting documentary about the law of attraction. Watch the full movie here.

The Moses Code

The thought provoking storey of how we are all one in the same, click here.

 

The Planet

An Inconvenient Truth

This is one of my favourite documentaries.  It explains climate change in detail and in a clear and easy to follow way.  It’s must watch for everyone and is a scary reminder of what will come to pass if we do not act now! Click here for the full documentary. 

Vanishing Bees

What’s happening to all our Bee’s and how it will effect the planet, our food and our lives. I highly recommend you watch this documentary, click here for the trailer and/or buy the full documentary. 

One Man, One Cow, One Planet

How teaching people to grow, eat and live organic and bio-dynamic effects health, life and takes back our choices from the big companies! Click here for the trailer and/or to buy the full documentary. 

Economics of Happiness

This is a brilliant documentary about localisation rather than globalisation and how this impacts us and the planet. Click here for the trailer and/or to buy the full documentary. 

Food Inc

This is a great, but shocking documentary about the American food industry. Click here for the trailer. 

Black Fish

This is a shocking documentary about the reality of sea-life parks.  Watch the trailer here and/or buy the full film here.  A must watch! 

The Living Matrix

This is a science based healing documentary, explaining quantum physics, belief, healing fields/web and bio-energetic principles. Click here for the trailer and/or to buy the full documentary. 

7 Days to Freedom

These dvd’s show you how you can change your life with 7 days worth of tapping/EFT.  To watch most parts of these DVD’s for free follow this link to David’s online page. 

 

Based on True Inspiring Stories

The Shift

This is a totally brilliant film about the power of our thoughts and other ignored everyday things.  I highly recommend everyone watches this film.  Click here for the full documentary on YouTube. 

Peaceful Warrior

This is one of my favourite all time films (and the book also), it helped me to completely turn my health and life around!  It is based on a true story about Dan Millman’s amazing healing journey after a terrible accident took almost everything from him.  I cannot recommend this film enough. Click here for the trailer. 

Conversions with God

Based on the true story of Neill Donald Walsch’s amazing transformation after losing everything and living homeless, his anger and then his connection with spirit. Click here for the trailer.

 

Mainstream Inspiring Stories

The Way            – Another favourite of mine!

Seven Years in Tibet

Pay it Forward            – Another favourite of mine!

A beautiful Mind

The Green Mile

The Pursuit of Happyness

Captain Philips

The Matrix

Avatar

 

What’s your favourite inspiring or spiritual film or documentary? 

 

Here’s some links to some of people’s favourite films or documentary:

The Positivity Blog: 9 Uplifting and Inspiring Movies for a rainy summers day click here.

One.org: 10 Inspiring films on social change click here.

Personal Excellence: 12 Inspiring movies with important life lessons click here.

Adventure Travel Blog: 10 Inspiring travel movies click here.

BuzzFeed click here.

Top 100 Most Inspiring Film click here.