The Nightmare Of Not Sleeping

Lately in the health and wellness realms the idea of food as medicine is old hat. And now after thurough research a growing concern for the health habits of the current human population is being pointed to as the leading causes is everything from weight gain to chronic illness so basically it all starts with SLEEP.

SO what are the QUICK SAD FACTS:
-We sleep on an average 6.8 hours as opposed to 9 hours a century ago (shittt)
-Sleep is intricately connected to various hormonal and metabolic processes in the body and is important in maintaining metabolic homeostasis (mega shitt)
-Epidemiological data increasingly suggests that short sleep duration or chronic partial sleep deprivation may increase the risk of type II diabetes. (woopsie)
-Studies also revealed that chronic sleep deprivation (sleep less than 8 hours) was associated with increase in BMI. (that’s fat ladies)
-Loss of sleep or poor quality sleep over time has been associated with high blood pressure
-Long term studies on large number of shift workers suggested increase in breast and colon cancers

HOW DO YOU HACK YOUR SLEEP ?
REGULAR BEDTIME 
Waking and sleeping at regular times reinforces a consistent sleep rhythm and reminds the brain when to release those all-important sleep and wake hormones… yep this is called you circadian rhythm my dears .
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BLOOD SUGAR REGULATION

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The second most common cause of insomnia is blood sugar issues …90% of people are unaware of this problem until the detrimental effects begin to show . because we simply cant connect that the jumping your insulin levels all over the shop during the day seriously effects your hormones (INSULIN IS A HORMONE MY FRIENDS!!!)
This is happening if You’re eat every 2-3 hours all day (snacking and grazing have been debunked as that 90’s myth of increasing metabolism .. instead its 3 meals a day which regulate sugar levels in turn making your metabolism most efficient . ” this constant eating results your body expecting to get fed every 2-3 hours, right, sooo good luck going to bed at the end of the day and expecting to sleep through the night, youre going to wake up when your blood sugar drops enough for you body to release adrenaline and wake you up (probs HANGRY as F*ck)
TIPS TO COUNTERACT  THIS:
1. eat 3-4 square meals a day with no snacking .. like a human
2.Eat whole foods – avoid processed foods.
- your body understands these and utilizes them properly .. Gummy worms and Diet Coke … are basically completely alien to your insides
3. Eat Protein in the morning and carbs at night .. counter intuitive to what we previously thought .. but carbs in the evening of the SAFE KIND like root vegetables actually aid in the release of serotonin which switches on the signals to sleep (serotonin is the “happy” chemical yes, which also explains why depressed people also suffer from insomnia)
*NOTE a sweet potato , yam or white potato are the perfect carbs to keep blood sugar levels smooth sailing through the whole slumber session (a great book detailing this is Potato’s Not Prozac , a worthy read for any food addict or diabetic )

BLACK-OUT 

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Research has demonstrated that nighttime light exposure suppresses the production of melatonin, the major hormone secreted by the pineal gland that controls sleep and wake cycles, so keep your room dark as possible , funnily enough a study also showed that even if a source of light was pointed at a sleeping persons foot (not in eyesight) the body start to cycle into the waking faze … WOW ! Nowadays we have so much light emitting form tech things like phones and computers , its worth downloading the FREE program – f.lux which switches you laptop screen to AMBER lights , enabling optimal circadian rhythm .. And is also less geeky then wearing amber glasses ..

SUPPLEMENTS THAT HELP:

L-THEANINE

L-Theanine is a non-protein amino acid found naturally in green tea (Camellia sinensis). It is clinically proven to reduce stress, balance mood and improve the quality of sleep. It’s mechanism of action is through direct effect on GABA receptors. Recommended dose approximately 100mg before bed. – See more at: http://drhedberg.com/2012/02/06/how-to-cure-insomnia/#sthash.90M7DyMC.dpuf

PHOSPHATIDYL SERINE

brain’s relationship with the adrenal glands. After only ten days of high doses of PS, research has shown that excessive cortisol levels can be decreased in healthy men. PS has also been shown to enhance brain function and memory, decrease anxiety and depression, improve mood, and enhance metabolism. It is also an antioxidant. It is very difficult for the body to make PS as it requires many nutrients for production. Supplementation is vital for optimizing adrenal function so cortisol cannot have its negative effects on the body and the thyroid.

- See more at: http://drhedberg.com/2012/02/06/how-to-cure-insomnia/#sthash.90M7DyMC.dpuf

MAGNESIUM
Magnesium aids in calming the nerves and relaxing the muscles, which in turn can help individuals to fall asleep. Similarly, a deficiency of the mineral is sometimes responsible for the nervousness that prevents sleep. Magnesium deficiency hampers the ability of the body’s motor nerves, which carry electrical impulses from the brain to the muscles to send the correct messages

SELLING TIME! at The SUPLUV – We do a sleep bundle with a whole food derived magnesium supplement

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MELATONIN
melatonin, in low doses for short periods – no more than a week or two at a time – can help regulate sleep rhythms. Generally, 1/2mg -2 mg about an hour and a half before bed will do the trick. Keep in mind however, for some people, over-use of melatonin can actually disrupt sleep, so use it sparingly and follow the manufacturer’s dosing instructions.

TEA TIME:
herbs like lemon balm, passion flower, chamomile, magnolia and valerian root ALL aid in relaxation and have proven to be as effective as some prescriptive sleeping medications

GET THE FULL LOWDOWN ON THE LINK BELOW :

(http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5104/Herbs-for-Insomnia.html)

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Interesting facts
1. if you feel a “tired but wired” sensation at night it means that the your cortisol (stress hormone) cycle is out of whack .. it should be high in the morning .. to get us out of bed .. and slowly lower till the evening to allow for melotonin to build inducing sleep

2. if your excuse for lack of sleep is needing to pee … its not ok .. waking up to pee is actually rather abnormal because our body produces hormones that stop us need to relive our selves at night

3.Better-reported sleep quality (longer duration and better quality sleep) was associated with greater fat loss during a calorie-restriction diet program in adults.


“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.” – Irish Proverb

EveryThing You Need To Understand About Good Bacteria In The Body

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So everyone is pushing Pro-Biotics and good bacteria .. the relation of which in the body have been shown to affect weight, mood , metabolism and the possibility to develop autoimmune disease and crippling health issues like IBS and Eczema .

SO what is it , why do we need it .. and how come we’re so lacking in it ?!?!?

 

Henrietta Norton: A Nutritional Therapist Dishes On Diet , Why Fat Is Fab and Wild Nutrition

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Henrietta Norton Is a UK based  Nutritional therapist ,HUFFINGTON POST contributor , member of Guild of Health Writers, published author , Health Speaker , mother AND co-founder of the whole food nutritional supplement company Wild Nutrition … AND TAKE A BREATH! I don’t think I’ve ever used that many comma’s to describe one person…oh I forgot she was also named as ES magazine’s ‘ top 10 health gurus to have on speed dial’

So basically whatever she’s taking we want right ?

She’s not only been helping out clients deal with health issues , mainly in the realm of woman’s health and fertility (she wrote a book on Endometriosis) she’s now embarked on a new endeavour to provide whole-food derived supplements that are free of fillers, bulking agents or synthetic ingredients.. out of neccessity to provide her own clients with supplements that were actually functional and healthful unlike so many commercially produced products on the market … being one of the only brands available that refuses to use plastics! she’s so far ahead of the game.. we had to pick her brain . 

*note : she is currently pregnant .. is this woman a superhero ?!??! what the what!?!?

what is the one health myth you wish the general public would just put to rest?

Fat is bad for your health. If meat  comes from naturally raised, grass-fed or organic animals, keep the skin on! It will provide valuable fat-soluble nutrients such as vitamins A, D and E but also amino acids, CLA and AA which have vital role in neurological development (11% of the brain is made up of AA), gut health and reducing prematurely ageing skin. Women are most vulnerable to eating a diet that is too low in fat.

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what personal diet philosophy do you follow (supplements/plant based/ancestral etc )  ? 

I think balance is the key and therefore don’t follow any diet that is too restrictive. However I will cook foods from scratch, using foods that are as close to nature as nature intended. This means my diet is naturally high in plant based foods and proteins.  I do believe that if you start from a foundation of wellness, a little of what you fancy is part of that balance. I guess it can be summarized by the 80/20 approach. I only take Food-state supplements as this is the way in which the body is attuned to receiving nutrients – not as synthetically generated isolates as found in many supplements. I see outstanding results from using these natural low dose nutrients both in my own health and my clients.

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ABOVE: WILD NUTRITION’S SUPPLEMENTS

what are the most common health problems you encounter ? and do you think a common thread connects them ? 

My work specialises in women’s health and the most common symptoms I have with these clients are sub-fertility and menstrual irregularities such as PCOS, endometriosis, PMS and poor skin health. Most of these are accompanied by digestive imbalances and chronic stress.

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what are simple healthful things people can start doing ASAP ? 

  • Getting more sleep. Sleeping between 10.45-6am has been shown to reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, certain cancers and support your bodies adaption to external stress.
  • Start the day with a protein based breakfast. This has been shown to reduce erratic eating and energy levels during the day. A good example would be poached eggs and spinach on rye bread  or a quick protein smoothie of greek yoghurt, greens, frozen berries and chia seeds.
  • Eat lightly in the evenings at least 3 times per week. Many of us tend to eat our main meal at night. This is a time when digestion can be more sluggish so eating lighter at this time, gives the digestive tract a needed rest.
  • Start the day with hot water and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. This support liver and digestive wellbeing.

Quick Fire QUESTIONS

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FAVE FOOD – Ooh so hard to choose! Fresh raspberries

LIFE MANTRA- Being healthy is a whole-body experience and how you feed your body also nourishes your mind and soul from the root up.

WHAT MAKE YOU LAUGH – My children

WHAT MAKES YOU CRY- Beauty in nature such as the sunset over a sea- an overwhelmingly beautiful sort of crying

CHERISHED BEAUTY PRODUCT – Suti Honour Moisturiser

PERSON YOU WOULD WANT TO BE STUCK IN AN ELEVATOR WITH – My husband, we would have a great laugh and would be a great comfort if it got scary.

DAILY PRACTICE- Making a cup of fresh herb tea, usually sage with some fresh ginger or lemon. Deep breathing to centre will feature everyday too.

SUPPLEMENT- Wild Nutrition Pregnancy formula (currently 39 weeks pregnant)

WEBSITE YOU LOVE  – www.Nourishedkitchen.com for some fabulous recipes with wholesome, non-faddy, ingredients. 

FAVE INSTAGRAM- Shock horror but I don’t use it – sorry!

MY LAST MEAL WOULD BE AT – The fish market at Essaouira, Morocco

BEST FILM – The life of Brian by Monty Python

BOOK- Dr Christiane Northrop “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom

INSPIRED BY – My clients who trust me with their health each day and from whom I continue to learn so much.

WHERE TO FIND HENRIETTA AND WILD NUTRITION

FOR CONSULTATIONS:

http://www.henriettanorton.com

SUPPLEMENTS & BLOG:

http://www.wildnutrition.com

HUFFINGTON POST CONTRIBUTIONS :

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/henrietta-norton/

HER BOOK:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Take-Control-Your-Endometriosis-Christopher/dp/0857830686

“Often, when given the right tools, your body is capable of redressing physiological imbalances that can cause ill health. The key is to ensure you are providing the tools specific to your body’s need and to support healing. I have had the pleasure of seeing the results of this time and again.” Henrietta Norton 

LIFE OF BRIAN…. CLASSIC

Sneak Peak : The SupLuv and Skin Stuff

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so its about time I started leaking out information about the project/business/service I will soon be launching . I’ve been hesitant to do so as i suffer from the dreaded Fear-Of-Failure Syndrome that can be all too crippling , I’m in Los Angeles currently and i’m surprised I’ve not come across some kind of medicated tincture to alleviate said syndrome .. considering they have every pill under the sun , i attribute my inability to locate said pill as sheer laziness and post jet lag eye-blurs .

So What Is This Project?

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its a company/ service called THE SUPLUV .. because its all products to supplement your life ! get it get it?!?

WWW.THESUPLUV.COM

the site has ready-to-purchase “BUNDLES ”  of curated health and wellness products for specific health purposes . smart huh ? it eliminates the hours  trawling through health food shelves as well as researching the best brands as well as the root cause of the issue .

CASE IN POINT : The Skintervention Bundle

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This little bag is full of all the things and information needed for those suffering the dreaded acne /break out / confusing skin issues .

so  often people scrub skin with chemical peels, or the Voldermort of skin care products (pro pro.. active.. no don’t say it ) or are even medicated with such heavy duty perscriptions before even attempting to find the root cause .

The Skintervention Bundle I curated  targets and address issue of the gut-acne axis and the role of good bacteria and the health of someones skin , as well as the chemical affects of skin products , nutrition , the role of detox and acne and a little damage control tips and tricks .

the products are all researched , tested and clean .. and are i believe to be the best in the world .. no seriously . yep

DISGUSTING GIF COURTESY OF TED-ED (ed.ted.com)

along with the bundle you will receive a GUIDE TO .. which details whats inside , why its inside , as well as all the information you need about EVERYTHING i could think of , and similarly a list of references and reading materials to read up on in order to heal yourself!

THESE GUIDES WILL ACCOMPANY THE BUNDLES IN THE FORM OF AN E-BOOK WHICH WILL BE EMAILED UPON PURCHASE .. SNEAK PEAK OF SOME PAGES BELOW

so thats that , i won’t try to sell them to you .. because i honestly don’t have that used-car-seller gene in my body . but i love doing this and have had so much fun working with all the brands and formulated bundles that are really going to help people look and  feel better but most importantly have the information they need to help themselves .

and now i shall retreat to my cave of fear .. thats a dig for compliments people .. send letters .. love letters .. alphabet letters , alphabet soup. and END

HEY

The Free Sleep thingy you need .. F.Lux and bugs with instruments

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lets make this snappy..is that the expression ?

I  almost wrote snazzy . then I was like nah that doesn’t look right , then I was like sh*t did I already do this post on sleep . I can’t remember . me tired

So firstly lets chat circadian rhythm .. no that is not cicada’s with exceptional dance skills .. but that would be amazing .. are cicadas just crickets ? what are they .. for some reason they make me think of swamps .

(*note i just googled a cicada , its like a moth / cricket hybrid .. terrifying really)

f*ck me i need to sleep ok .

but heres a nice image i made

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so its a pretty serious thing , it has a direct affect of our hormones and mood . from every body of work i have looked at to every health guru,doctor and researcher will site sleep as the NUMBER ONE attribute of life that has the greatest effect on OVERALL HEALTH !

so whats up with our sleep at the moment ?

-stimulants are used regularly and without thought (yep that 3rd coffee by 2 pm is still f*cking your circadian rhythm come 10pm)
-lack of exercise (exercise has a direct affect on the hormones as well as energy cycles , as well as brain chemicals responsible for mood)
-lack of nutrients (magnesium is one of the most depleted nutrients in the modern diet and is in fact the greatest relaxant and most useful supplement to help with sleep disorders )

- indoor lifestyles , as the cicadian is immediately responsive to sunning the lack of which and the more artificial lights as well as not exposing yourself to sunlight upon waking (apparently every time you wake up you should run to a window/outside and open your eyes to the brightest outdoor light , this is the ultimate reset energy boost!)
– LAPTOPS AND SCREENS (yep that blue glow from the phone/computer/tv/laptop/ipad is directly f*cking up your rhythm)

SO i can’t help knock that coffee out of your hand, kick you out into the sunshine every morning , shove your face full of magnesium dense food and get you climbing a tree …

I CAN HELP YOU WITH THE LAST ONE !

DRUMROLL >>>>>>>>
F.LUX

FIRSTLY ITS FREE

SO you cheap ass’s have already downloaded it .. typical

 “f.lux makes your computer screen look like the room you’re in, all the time. When the sun sets, it makes your computer look like your indoor lights. In the morning, it makes things look like sunlight again.

Tell f.lux what kind of lighting you have, and where you live. Then forget about it. f.lux will do the rest, automatically.”

https://justgetflux.com

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heres the research if you don’t believe me (rude)

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https://justgetflux.com/research.html

you’re welcome . goodnight

Sweetness Of The Day … When Maybeline Was F*cking Terrifying

I feel I need to preface this with .. if you have sleep issues, are prone to easily scare or simply feel a little unstable today .. DO NOT WATCH THIS CREEPY COMMERCIAL FROM THE 50’s .. another reason to avoid toxic make up .. It gives you the CRAZE EYE ..

Clean MakeUp Can Be Pretty …. SAY WHATTT?!?!?

So … make up ..is like the female equivalent of the male ability to lie with great conviction .. yep boys are liars liars pants on fires .

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but apparently so are our cosmetic companies … because i am not a scientist and mainly because learning with pictures is funnnnnn , and probably because I’m lazy

SEE BELOW INFOGRAPHIC THAT WILL MAKE YOU GO HOLY SHIZNITT WHAT IS THIS MONSTER PASTE I PUT ON MY FACE AND RUB IN MY EYES !

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(Infographic from cosmetologyschool.org)

Ok now breathe … because I’m sure you’re rubbing your face and thinking of all the eggs in your womb that are turning to dust because you bought some cheap ass chemist make up .. which lets face it is a lil too thick anyway (I’m a somewhat expert on this as i spent my teens walking around with enough foundation on that you could scratch your initials in my forehead like a pre-kiln terracotta pot ) 

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*note : above image is not me .. but i could have given this chick a run for her money … O_O

I digress ..

But make up is Fun and pretty and girly you say  .. and “clean” or “organic” make up is for the hairy-of-pitted sisters who wash with soap nuts and haven’t figured out that looking fashionable and clean is not in fact an indication of having no social conscious or wanting raisin shrivelled ovaries (I’m going heavy on the ovaries chat .. apologies )

But thanks to a couple of clean people (think Jessica alba, Karlie Kloss and Miranda Kerr) that hippie sh*t is getting a decadent make over ..

ROLL UP ROLL UP

RMS BEAUTY 

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(i am not being endorsed to write this .. because no one would ever endorse me for anything lets face it (yay make up pun) .. and SAD FACE)

so what is this wizardry clean make up Created By esteemed Make Up artist Rose-Marie Swift (no taylor relation i don’t think)

“After many years in the fashion and make-up industry, I’ve learned a lot about the impact of daily exposure to chemicals in beauty care products. I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t live up to its promises. I see the results of taking a quick-fix approach to looking good. I know first-hand the price our health can pay in the pursuit of beauty. I realized that what women need is a cosmetics line that is as pure as possible, one that creates a solid foundation for anti-aging and long-term beauty.

RMS Beauty is dedicated to transforming the way women use makeup, and it’s about more than simply using organic ingredients. In fact, that’s only the first step in creating a product that’s not only non-toxic, but that actually heals and nourishes skin. It all comes down to chemistry: when a raw material is processed for use in cosmetics or other beauty products, it typically undergoes a lengthy process. I was surprised to learn that the majority of ingredients used for natural cosmetics are refined, bleached, deodorized, clarified, fractionated and heated to high temperatures. But this means they are not pure natural ingredients anymore – they are now equivalent to man-made chemicals. Complicating matters more, the processes strip away almost all of the nutrients that make natural ingredients beneficial to skin. Today’s cosmetics and skincare lines are full of mono-nutrients and mono-nutrients do not interact. Only real nutrients interact… anything alive interacts.”

 so its beautiful and clean ..and its worth the look into .. its worth the make up overhaul .. a lot of people don’t realise that the quality of their skin is a direct result of the stuff you’re putting on it !

My Suggestion would be the

living luminizer

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This Little gentleman will make you glow like you have money and loads of hobbies .. no… but seriously you’ll look like a lady of leisure , and its ingredients of coconut oil, rosemary extract and  castor oil .. must have been blessed by jesus himself because it is magic

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Sweetness Of The Day .. I Heart Gut Toys … Yep

 

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I think I have found my ultimate gift website .. for serious .. you know i love a little gut health !

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and it is so important .. And the Company I HEART GUTS thought it was SOOO freakin important that the self proclaimed “anatomically obsessed illustrator” and founder Wendy Bryan decided to turn her obsession into fun toys !

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other than being fun and sometimes citing some great reference to articles based on the different organs , there are some beautiful testimonials from people who have bought the products.. One about a mother who bought the stomach for her child that had to surgically have their stomach removed … heartbroken people who received a “new heart” which is so cute .

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HEART OF GOLD.. GET IT!!!

its a great way to teach children about certain parts of the anatomy as well .. aghh i love it much :D

MARILYN MONROE on her “bizarre” Diet And Exercise Habits..

An absoloutley fascinating interview with Monroe in which she divulged candidly her diet and exercise habits .. and her penchant for bizarre tastes as well as revealing she sometimes sleeps 10 HOURS!! wtf babe was like a big fluffy pussycat

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“EXERCISE. Each morning, after I brush my teeth, wash my face and shake off the first deep layer of sleep, I lie down on the floor beside my bed and begin my first exercise. It is a simple bust-firming routine which consists of lifting five-pound weights from a spread-eagle arm position to a point directly above my head. I do this 15 times, slowly. I repeat the exercise another 15 times from a position with my arms above my head. Then, with my arms at a 45-degree angle from the floor, I move my weights in circles until I’m tired. I don’t count rhythmically like the exercise people on the radio; I couldn’t stand exercise if I had to feel regimented about it.”

 
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“Frankly, I’ve never considered my own figure so exceptional; until quite recently, I seldom gave it any thought at all. My biggest single concern used to be getting enough to eat. Now I have to worry about eating too much. I never used to bother with exercises. Now I spend at least 10 minutes each morning working out with small weights. I have evolved my own exercises, for the muscles I wish to keep firm, and I know they are right for me because I can feel them putting the proper muscles into play as I exercise.”
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“SPORTS. I have never cared especially for outdoor sports, and have no desire to excel at tennis, swimming or golf. I’ll leave those things to the men. Despite its great vogue in California, I don’t think sun-tanned skin is any more attractive than white skin, or any healthier, for that matter. I’m personally opposed to a deep tan because I like to feel blond all over.
largeBy nature, I suppose I have a languorous disposition. I hate to do things in a hurried, tense atmosphere, and it is virtually impossible for me to spring out of bed in the morning. On Sunday, which is my one day of total leisure, Isometimes take two hours to wake up, luxuriating in every last moment of drowsiness. Depending on my activities, I sleep between five and ten hours every night. I sleep in an extra-wide single bed, and I use only one heavy down comforter over me, summer or winter. I have never been able to wear pajamas or creepy nightgowns; they disturb my sleep.”
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“BREAKFAST. I’ve been told that my eating habits are absolutely bizarre, but I don’t think so. Before I take my morning shower, I start warming a cup of milk on the hot plate I keep in my hotel room. When it’s hot, I break two raw eggs into the milk, whip them up with a fork, and drink them while I’m dressing. I supplement this with a multi-vitamin pill, and I doubt if any doctor could recommend a more nourishing breakfast for a working girl in a hurry.
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DINNER. My dinners at home are startlingly simple. Every night I stop at the market near my hotel and pick up a steak, lamb chops or some liver, which I broil in the electric oven in my room. I usually eat four or five raw carrots with my meat, and that is all. I must be part rabbit; I never get bored with raw carrots.
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P.S. It’s a good thing, I suppose, that I eat simply during the day, for in recent months I have developed the habit of stopping off at Wil Wright’s ice cream parlor for a hot fudge sundae on my way home from my evening drama classes. I’m sure that I couldn’t allow myself this indulgence were it not that my normal diet is composed almost totally of protein foods.”
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Sweetness Of The Day: Link Lovin’

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Its that time of the month .. where i give you some reading materials ..

lets the brain growth commence , heres some info from around the WORLD WIDE WEB about health,wellness,fat, food and some other things :D

first lets kick it off with another article about the foods that keep your gut HEALTHY! YAY

http://www.erewhonmarket.com/the-best-foods-for-your-gut/#.UvDQwha8_ww

and in comparison , this is a must read for all those silly peeps  still eating conventional yogurt to be healthful .. It is NOT A HEALTHFOOD ..

http://www.truthaboutabs.com/problems-with-yogurt.html

Planning a Trip ?!? Beat the jetlag with these sneaky easy peasy tips

 http://www.marksdailyapple.com/jet-lag/

do you know your leptin ?!?! probably not BUT IT IS: ” the lookout hormone – the gatekeeper of fat metabolism, monitoring how much energy an organism takes in.” so you probably want to get to know it .. yah

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http://wellnessmama.com/5356/cravings-fix-your-leptin/

JUST BEFORE VALENTINES LETS REMEMBER THIS DUSTIN HOFFMAN CLIP

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPAat-T1uhE

Nanna knows best : traditional healing 101

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Three Traditional Foods To Welcome Back Baby..

Nan was right about the always wearing fresh underwear thing .. you know there has been at least one moment in your life where youre like .. thank f*ck for fresh undies ! (impromptu wax ladies?!?)

But this year we’re seeing a harp back to the old .. old is new .. retro is recent .. and we’re realizing nanny knew more than her weight in healthy living (lets pretend the smoking as a medicinal cure never happened lalalalalal)

Traditional foods are back .. notably these three babies

BONE BROTH :

RUNNNNN VEGANS RUNNN!!

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No but seriously the old adage , chicken soup for every ailment has actually proven itself to be not just a fun fact … but straight up FACT . Its slow simmered animal bones (how do you make that sound normal?) along with all the gelatinous and collegen filled marrow/connective tissue and joints (again sounds gross. Reason to broth :

- used on the GAPS diet to heal leaky cut /intestinal issues and consistant indigestion.

-Cures upper respitory infections as proven here http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11035691

-Makes your hair and skin beautiful due to the high content of gelatin and collegen (yep that sh*t people inject in their faces you can in fact ingest and build-your-own-botox)

-More minerals than a multivitamin , and more readily absorbed . in chinese medicine they have a saying that “like cures Like” so drink both broth .. build healthy bones !

-Filled with amino acids glycine and proline – both potent inflammation fighters .. hence why it helps with stomach problems and particularly for people who are celiac and exposed to gluten .. soothing mmmm

Still cant bring yourself to do it .. read sarah wilsn article n why you should http://www.sarahwilson.com.au/2012/01/how-to-make-bone-broth-and-why-you-should/

BUTTER:

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Yep  said it butter . BUTTER IS BETTER .

OUR GRANDPARENTS KNEW IT !! they remained sceptactle of margarine from the beginning … they new that you cant make something that looks like butter out of cotton and soy.. without  a WIZARD…or some kind of horrific chemical process .a lot of research has been done into the saturated fat issue .. and finally people have realized vegetable franken-oils are very likely the worst thing to happen to the human body since white bread (yeh don’t butter that sh*it please)

By no means is this a free pass to butter EVERYTHING . but if you must . avoid margarine at all costS and paste on some ORGANIC fresh buttery goodness.

Reading material

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2274747/At-truth-Butter-GOOD–margarine-chemical-gunk.html

http://authoritynutrition.com/7-reasons-why-butter-is-good-for-you/

may I remind you that FAT DOESNT MAKE YOU FAT – CLICK MEEEE

FERMENTED FOODS:

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I have a feeling  I don’t even need to detail this one anymore , last year fermenty goodness was all the rage . Whether Kombucha, sauerkraut, Kvaas, miso, tempeh or kefir was your crack . Anyone into  the healthy living thing (basically everyone) was consuming fermented foods like a fat kid at  a pick n’ mix.

Full of probiotics and digestive enzymes .. these babies are going to save you on the supplement isle .. and the generations that came before us consumed them  ALL the time! Which explains why old people homes smell like farts (sauerkraut you delicious beast you)

HEY I EVEN WROTE AN ARTICLE ON HOW FERMENTED FOODS HELP YOUR BRAIN !

http://www.hipandhealthy.co.uk/feed-brain-healthier/

still not convinced about its goodness? read on babes

http://www.wellandgoodnyc.com/2013/08/09/7-fermented-foods-you-should-be-eating/

http://wellnessmama.com/2245/health-benefits-of-fermented-foods/

http://www.refinery29.com/2014/01/59294/fermented-foods

Blogging Tumbleweed .. And a weird vintage diet commercial while you wait

So I haven’t updated in a while .. I apologise . there is stuff to be squeezed out of my Mind Grapes shortly

but whilst you’re bored .. here’s a strangely beautiful commercial about women’s never ending  pursuit of SIZE 8 .. but its so retro its like if Grace Jones was the face of rice pebbles …

SWEETNESS OF THE DAY: Refinery29 Repost …FAT FAT FAT

I mentioned it in the post below .. that fat is a new fit word.. but like the true genius Refinery29 is they nailed the whole Truth About Fat in a recent post so….read up . its soon to be general knowledge ya know

http://www.refinery29.com/2014/01/59481/fat-health-facts?utm_source=email&utm_medium=editorial&utm_content=everywhere&utm_campaign=140103-fat-health-facts

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HEALTH AND WELLNESS TRENDS OF 2014 Part 1

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HAAAAAPPYYY NEWWW YEARRR BABIEEESSS
I haven’t blogged for ages .. but its a new year , and this blog is going to keep on keeping on …so I thought I would start the year off with some premonitions .. cos I like to get freeakeh like that … so hang tight for some peeps into 2014 for health , wellness, exercise and foods mmmmmm delicious .
I hope you’re all looking to further your physical and mental health like the genius’ that you are
. And may my future blogs from Los Angeles (i know my life is great) fill your brains with goodness ..
Let The Games Commence (I just saw hunger games so felt it was apt .. but OMG jennifer lawrence has a face like jesus carved it out of an angels ass.. how just HOW!)

Omega 3’s

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Indisputable new studies have proven omega 3 deficiencies are the cause of many and most mental and physical ailments .. from depression to weight gain , with modern diets so high in omega 6’s in the form of vegetable oils in basically all processed foods .. Omega 3 are depleted and considering our body cant produce them and needs to aqquire them from foods (unless you’re eating a lot of sustainable fish and flaxseed) you wont be getting adequate amounts .. everyones going to be talking about krill oil & fish oils supplements as the most successful ways of building your Essential Fatty Acids .. its all about OMEGA 3 in 2014
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Paleo Diets

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They were big this year , but in 2014 paleo is going to reign supreme . The Palaeolithic diet harps back to eating caveman style and shunning Dairy and ALL GRAINS AND LEGUMES in favour of fat rich grass fed meats and fresh produce . Last year was all about bacon and eggs for breakfast , but this years paleo diet will look far more fresh , healthy and Gatherer -Hunter as opposed to Hunter-Gatherer . Think kale salads , fresh fish and simple berry dishes . Adriana lima is doing it … nuff said
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Exercising Smarter

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its now been proven that is not the length of your workout that matters , but the quality .
HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) CrossFit and Functional exercise (like pulling objects , climbing and gymnastic based gym workouts) are where its at .
losing that stubborn weight or toning up quick is about short intense 20 minute workout utilizing multiple muscle groups to turn up the dial on metabolism and start the fat burning process .
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Good Fat

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Now we know fat doesn’t equate to GETTING FAT .. the year is going to be the Fat 14.. in fact to get into that fat burning state of Ketosis one needs a high fat diet , so check out the coconut oil , avocado , butter (grass-fed) ghee and anything else with the GOOD FATS in it .. these fats cant be used as energy and instead go straight to power the brain and your body has to seek about its own stores of body fat to burn for energy . look it up peeps . fatty fatty boom boom
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Mainstream Juice

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mark my words there will be unpasteurised fresh juices at the stores in 6packs.. beer or green juice… beer or green juice.. GREEN JUICE .. green juices and juice cleanses became the darling of 2013 and now everyone wants to get in on it without paying a months rent so expect affordable cleanses to hit the mainstream
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Bye Bye Smoking

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people are over it.
From Australia to Europe and other progressive areas of the world have shunned it in public places , put taxes on it and upped the ante on advertising its negative impacts on your health … but it doesn’t even need to be said anymore , almost all smokers are wanting to quit and with books so popular like Allen Carr’s Quit Smoking The Easy Way and various new forms of meditation and hypnosis to toss the habit  alongside a rapid rise in sales of Electronic Cigarettes .. smoking will be a thing of the past sooner than we thought … even the french are over it
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Crazy Yoga Leggings

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no more boring blacks in class its all about crazy prints and brights in 2014 .. the year we all get HAPPY !
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Yelfie

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The Yoga Selfie .. Downward dogs on the beach .. Pigeons In Paris .. Airport Wheels .. its only going to get more extreme .. its the new PLANKING.. HASHTAG YELFIE
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Soy Sorry Its No Good

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The US has already started to make alternative milks available at coffee shops .. like almond milk and rice milk .. health conscious dairy shunners are over the Soy craze of the mid 2000’s and realised its no better option than shitty milk so to keep the young trendy health consious peeps happy  I wouldnt be surprised to see starbucks bring in a Almond Milk Latte Mid 2014 .. HALLELUJAH
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Sunday Reading : Oreos And Crack Cocaine

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we’ve been hearing it for years.. fast food is addictive blah blah blah .. we all know its bad for us .. we all slightly threw up in our mouths watching SuperSize Me ..

but now some scientist actually hooked up the ol knoggin and found the reason you may be dunkin like your life depended on it and the reason you’re one pack of oreo’s away from freebasing bakery goods ..is because DUN DUN DUN … orea’s activate the same (and more ) neurones in the brain equivalent to drugs like Cocaine ..sweet jesus .. literally

“…Oreos activated significantly more neurons than cocaine or morphine. ‘This correlated well with our behavioral results and lends support to the hypothesis that high-fat/ high sugar foods can be thought of as addictive,’ said Schroeder.

And that could be a problem for the general public, says Honohan. ‘Even though we associate significant health hazards in taking drugs like cocaine and morphine, high-fat/ high-sugar foods may present even more of a danger because of their accessibility and affordability,’ she said.”

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THE FULL ARTICLE HERE http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/10/30/oreos-fructose-consumption.aspx 

NOTE : its worth reading as it goes on to describe the issues of fructose .. which yes i will be writing about soon spoons x

Lets Get Mystical .. Q&A With Ruby Warrington Creator Of The Numinous

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Meet Ruby Warrington , babe Journalist who’s pieces have been published in The Sunday Times , InStyle, and Stylist magazines to name a few .She’s travelled the globe interviewing the likes of Miley Cyrus (pre-twerk!) and Alexa Chung .. but this is a lady of difference and alongside her day job has become the  Creator .. or Mother ?!?! lets say Mother of the beautiful and niche website
A site unlike any other …for all things new age, meditative, spiritual and other worldy .. however all the while being modern .. its basically a cool girls spiritual den.
The articles vary from the latest fashions all the way to Crystal healing . Ruby ‘s  managed to traverse the gap of the mystical and modern beautifully .. And will become a port of call for all conscious Gen Y’s
We Picked Her Big Zen Brain ..

1.How was the Numinous Born?

I first heard the word ‘Numinous’ – meaning ‘that which is unknown or unknowable’ – in conversation with my friend Shelley Von Strunckel, who is a very eminent astrologer and all ’round mystical oracle. I immediately fell in love with the concept of ‘the numinous’ – aren’t our interactions with the big un-namable sometimes our most profound experiences? – and thought it would be a brilliant name for a chic and fashionable magazine about the esoteric.Screen Shot 2013-12-02 at 15.47.15

2.You have some amazing contributors to the site , have you naturally sought out people with a similar outlook

on life , or have they been drawn to you ? basically where do you find these awesome people ?

I’m used to reaching out to people for interviews and commissioning writers – I have 15 years experience as a magazine editor behind me, so it sort of comes naturally! But I have been surprised and really delighted by the number of people who’ve also approached me about contributing to the site since I launched. It feels like people have been waiting for this platform to appear.

3.why do you think people have such a hard time seeing harmony with the “mystical” world and the hustle and bustle of “real” life ?

Because I think there is this very outdated idea that to be a spiritual being – i.e. connected to the mystical or divine – you need to sever you ties to the material world. But since the 1960s – the dawning of the Age of Aquarius – ideas about how we ‘should’ behave and what’s right for each individual have become much less rigid. We are all essentially spirit in human form, and we all experience the numinous -Asos.com addiction, high powered career in finance or not!

4.Can you give all the sceptics a few examples of tangible events or anecdotes where you’ve really seen how being more mindful can positively effect your life?

I wrote about a recent experience I had though my kundalini yoga practise here – it really blew my mind!
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5.How does one stay spiritual , but still want to gain wealth and success .. i think people assume one detrimentally effects the other ?

(I feel like I answered this one above! But…) The older I get and the more I connect with the numinous, my definition of ‘success’ is changing. It used to mean being able to buy my first Marc Jacobs bag (a truly AWESOME moment), but these days success is more about the manifestation of my heart’s desires, and seeing the tangible results of my positive action in the world. Of course I still want Marc Jacobs bags, Marc Jacobs bags are beautiful, but by no means does this detract from my understanding of myself as a spiritual being.

6.Reading material ..what are some books thats have really helped you on your path?

I recently read Marianne Williamson’s ‘The Law of Divine Compensation’ – which gets into the subject above in a really accessibly way.
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7.what part does nutrition play in your life?

Wow – what part doesn’t it play? I am a firm believer in ‘we are what we eat’ and definitely try to choose food that feeds my spirit as much as my body (seeing as the two are really one and the same). Which also means not getting too fanatical about anything food wise, which I think is easy to do when nutrition has become such a loaded and political subject.

8.this is a health blog, any go-to foods or supplements or even regimes that you swear by ? we want to know your secrets!!

I stopped eating meat about three years ago, around the same time I gave up coffee and sugar – and all three things have had a profound effect on my overall wellbeing. Ditching meat has dramatically improved my digestion, and without coffee I am more focussed, sleep better and have more sustained energy. As for sugar – it was like coming off drugs in terms of feeling less anxious and just more happy in general. Kind of amazing! I think I’ve actually got quite a sensitive system and I’m pretty tapped in to how different foods make me feel. On that tip, I also love the way my morning hot water and lemon is so very refreshing.
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9.What is the first article you would advise someone to read .. if you could only choose the one! (i know its cruel) from The Numinous ?

 This is really hard! But I wrote a story on a workshop called ‘Becoming Your Own Psychic’ recently, which was sort of like a workout for your third eye. Developing my own intuition has been a big theme for me this year, and I think if we all paid more attention to what the ‘unseen’ – or numinous – is telling us, we’d all have an easier, more magical time. So I guess start here.

10.People cant seem to wrap their heads around tarot cards and star signs .. however we’ve all heard those spooky stories of premonitions and readings becoming reality , have you ever had an amazing experience ?

Louise Androlia, who writes the monthly Tarotscopes for the site, is very talented reader. Once I found myself wide awake at 4am, only to find out later that day that she had been doing a reading for me at exactly that time (she’s based in London, I’m in NYC) because she’d been called by spirit to do so. I woke again later to a a long and incredibly detailed email about exactly what I was going through that that moment in time, along with exactly the advice I needed. As for astrology, I see it more as a tool for self-awareness and personal development than a way to ‘predict’ the future. Learning to read into my chart, with the help of the Astro Twins – which I wrote about here – has helped me understand my strengths and weaknesses, as well as my relationships, so much better.
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11.You worked in fashion… how do you traverse modern and mystical lives?

I try to combine the two! For example, I recently did a ‘psychic closet clear out‘ with my friend Psychic Betsy – so much fun! And when I recently bought myself a pair of tiny diamond earrings, I definitely saw it as a way of letting the Universe know I was ready for more abundance in my life…

12.Whats next for the Numinous ?

I have big plans for the site in 2014, all of which will be unveiled in due course! But coming up soon, a very cool line of apparel and a very different take on the traditional women’s mag “new year, new you” January diet. Watch this space!

13. the most testing emotional, spiritual and physical challenges come from relationships , what advice do you have for young women today in terms of being conscious in romantic relationships?

On a very practical level, knowing your astro chart and knowing theirs can be an incredible tool for understanding relationships – what works, what doesn’t and why (of course you also have to be willing to accept what you see). From my personal experience (I’ve been with my husband for 15 years, married for ten), always being my own person first, and being completely honest about that, is what works for me. In other words, never fake it and never pretend it’s working when you know it isn’t.

finally quick fire questions 

Food – anything green with salmon on top – in pretty much any way shape or form.
Mantra – “yes I can”
Exercise – Patricia Moreno’s IntenSati and any class on yogaglo.com
What makes you laugh – the irony of life…(I am British after all)
Makes you cry – weddings, every time
Beauty product – St Tropez fake tan
Person you would most want to be stuck in an elevator with – my husband
Daily practice – I like to mix it up
Website you love – yogaglo.com!
Instagram everyone should follow – @sparkleomyoga, @The_Numinous
Place you should eat at least once – La Paloma Ibiza
Film – Too many – but for some reason today I’ll say Cloud Atlas
Healthy Habit – choosing to love myself, no matter what

101 On Dry Brushing

LADIES … its time to brush your asses… yep .. not just your ass your whole body .

Dry Brushing has been around for yonks.. but many people either .. cant be assed to do it .. (pun happy this morning) aren’t using enough pressure or a hard enough brush ( go hard or go home)

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so what is it ?

it is literally using a dry brush on your DRY skin usually done in the morning to flush the lymphs (hey immune system!) exfoliate dead cells (hey silky smooth body) and allow the skin to detox , because the skin  IS THE LARGEST ORGAN OF ABSORPTION AND EXFOLIATION (i know fuck , right .. ) you know that cellulite .. yeh you don’t need that .. that  my friends is  TOXINS STORED WITHIN THE FAT CELLS … you’ve stopped reading because you’re looking on Amazon for a dry brush ..

what are the other benefits?

(i cant believe you need more convincing after the cellulite thing..gawdd)

-help with bloating because massaging the lymph nodes helps the body shed excess water and toxins

-improve digestion

-improves kidney function

 -stimulating hormones

 -firming the skin

-rejuvenates the nervous system

-eliminating clogged pores

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how to do it ..

its not rocket science

Prior to a bath or shower , take said body brush (all natural , non synthetic because thats retarded)

from the extremities in long sweeping brushes applying firm-ish pressure (lets not bleed peeps) always going towards the heart to promote that circulation

however when you get to the stomach  apply clockwise brushing movements, to stimulate digestion (HEY OOO)

and thats its boom , shower off the dead skin cells and butter your self up with some coconut oil . your ass just thanked me

WARNINGS FOR PEOPLE WITHOUT COMMON SENSE

-Don’t do it on sensitive skin or on wounds or fresh tattoos or anything where the skin is broken … oh gawd

- DONT USE ANY PRODUCTS WITH IT

-don’t do it on your face .. please

- Don’t give up – IT TAKES ABOUT 2-4 WEEKS to see this baby work its magic