Welcome to The Confidence Kitchen! My name is Laura Livesey and this is where I chronicle my adventures in tracking down little-known methods you can use to naturally restore radiant health and beauty, an energetic feeling of aliveness, and a joyful mindset. Above you see me in my natural habitat: the many farmer’s markets around London, UK!

Why The Confidence Kitchen will help you get a gorgeous glow while boosting your energy, confidence and well-being

The Confidence Kitchen started out as a blog on a joy quest, but very quickly became a way for me to document my personal journey to bring down my unusually high cholesterol levels. You can read my cholesterol lowering story here

“Be at least as interested in what goes on inside you as what happens outside. If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.” – Eckhart Tolle

How my own personal health crisis completely changed my life for the better

During my health challenges, I was struck by the amount of information available online. It was overwhelming and once I became more knowledgeable I realised how often publicly available information (even from large socially accepted bodies) is often wrong or incomplete.  I’ve come to realize that in general, the majority of doctors are not clear on how to effectively treat health conditions using diet. In my case, 3 doctors told me there was nothing to be done lifestyle-wise with my genetic condition and that I would need to be on pharmaceuticals for the rest of my life.

I said no to the side-effects of better living through chemistry, and did my own research to uncover a world of healthy living that I implemented step by step through very small daily changes. The result was nothing short of a “miracle”, according to the medical establishment. My doctor simply looked at me and said “We do not understand how this happened”.

My LDL cholesterol reduction without drugs, was nothing short of a miracle for the UK medical establishment

My LDL cholesterol reduction without drugs, was nothing short of a miracle for the UK medical establishment

This is my documenting of a seeker’s journey to find not only more! better! or greater! which I certainly quest for, but ultimately how many beautiful and useful things curiousity can discover

So the Confidence Kitchen is really about taking the alarming stats that we all hear every day about how the Western world is fatter, more disease ridden, depressed, and toxic than ever, and digging deeper into each issue to give you tiny pockets of action in the form of a “secret” that you can use to up your game a little bit each week.

“The most socially gracious people I know share one character trait: intense, nonjudgmental curiosity.”—Martha Beck

I wish you a healthy and joy filled life!

I would be honoured to have you follow my blog – you can sign up in the top right hand corner. Please share your personal “bright spots” of change, inspiration, insights, and health improvements.  More people need to discover the amazing power that daily habits, natural remedies, and inspirational self-care ideas have to improve and heal our bodies and lives!

“So Forget mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it. Today is your lucky day.” – Will Durant

Thank you so much for stopping by and joining me in creating a life that is abundantly blooming!

Yours in growth,

Laura
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p.s.  If you were like me, then you’re probably putting off your health and self-care to another day “when you will have more time.” Well we all know that day will never come, right? And I think we also know that time is not our only problem here, is it? Taking risks and trying new things is scary! Well, the good news is a sentiment I share with Eleanor Roosevelt, that “it takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.”  And as Anais Nin reminds us, “there comes a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful that the risk it took to blossom.”

Not taking action surrounding our health and well-being is life draining on so many levels. We shadow box with time and energy and schedules and obligations, but “to be always intending to make a new and better life but never to find time to set about it is as to put off eating and drinking and sleeping from one day to the next until you’re dead.” (Og Mandino). We are slowly starving ourselves of the activities that make life meaningful, energetic, nourishing, and real.

You have a limited amount of self-control, so you need to identify a select few things that you are going to focus your energy on changing at any given time – otherwise you will fail

I’m talking about health and beauty a lot on this blog, but I’m not a doctor. I come at this material from what I feel is often the key point of “stuckness” when it comes to self-care improvements: How do we manage the “change” aspect of getting well on a day to day basis? It’s the moment to moment decisions that alter the shape of our life, yet how to get a handle on these, and make positive changes in a way that is as stressless as possible?

Enjoying some iPad exploration in a local cafe off Bermondsey Street in London

Enjoying some iPad exploration in a local cafe off Bermondsey Street in London

I’m a business owner who focusses on helping businesses successfully navigate through change processes. I’ve always found this advice from success coach Tony Robbins useful: “Success leaves clues.” It mirrors the ‘Bright Spots’ that Chip and Dan Heath outlined in their book “Switch: How to Change Things when Change is Hard,” and encourages us to hunt down and focus on things and people that are working/successful. We can then break those things down to understand how we can use that information for a positive impact in our life (as opposed to focussing on what is not working). Additionally by focussing on those bright spots, it allows us to direct our very limited “self-control” energy, onto the highest return activities aka the “secret” activities. Here is a great video outlining how our self-control is finite, and depletes with use.

“ Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. – Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) Dutch painter