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 😀

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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 😀

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

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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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

HUMP DAY : LINK LOVE

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3 Kinds Of Cravings

http://psychologyofeating.com/3-kinds-craving/

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How To Keep  Burning Those Calories When Your Workout Ends

http://www.wellandgoodnyc.com/2013/11/25/afterburn-burning-calories-after-a-workout/

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Deepak Chopra Talks Bad Medicine (as a DOCTOR )

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-11607/why-i-left-conventional-western-medicine-to-find-fulfillment.html

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HEALTHY FOOD PORN/New RECIPE WEBSITE

http://vidyacleanse.com

How The Best Beat The Flu

http://www.wellandgoodnyc.com/2013/11/27/how-eight-healthy-people-prevent-the-flu/#how-8-super-healthy-people-prevent-getting-sick-1

 

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Morning Must: DO YOGA WITH TARA STILES

I love Tara Stiles.. she’s got to be the least cray cray boring yoga teacher ever.. its no wonder she teachers Deepak Chopra how to downward dog . this is a simple 8 mins (i friggin minutes, dont tell me you dont have time) gentle sequence .. its a good early morning or before bed little opener . oh tara .. why you so awesome ??!

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Victoria Secret Athletes I Mean, Angels

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its that time of  the year again .. not only does it start to get cold … but the victorias secret 2013 showed was filmed.. and the photos are out .. and we’re all like FARRRKKKKKK . a billion set of abs , not a ripple in sight and butts that sit more in the middle of the back as opposed to mine .. which can sometimes reside closer to my knees.. what he’s comfortable down there .. i think my butt has vertigo … oh woe is us … it is eternally confusing why the show is aired at the time we have all decided to bury our gym memberships in the deep abyss of some stray summer handbag , and start pretending that our bodies still look the same , its merely the more layered of clothing adding bulk .. naaat

anyway .. how do the angels keep so babe’n .. the general consensus seems to be ballet , pilates and a way of life … more specifically .. ladies show us you tricks

Erin Heatherton

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“I do Ballet Beautiful. It’s a lot of fun learning the movements and getting better at them. Playing with grace and elegance is not something I did growing up and it’s so fun to have the opportunity now. It keeps my spirit youthful and the perfect way to improve posture,” she told us. “It also inspires me to move my body in different ways.”

Doutzen Kroes

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“When I am in NYC I always go for a run outside, along the Hudson River, and I really love that. But I also do lots of boxing and jump rope training,” she told us. “I love to really sweat and have a tough workout and so my best workouts are mostly cardio. They do good but they make you feel good at the same time.”

Candice Swanepoel

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“I’m fit all year round, but about three weeks before the show I do step it up a bit. I have to eat a lot more, so I can work out a lot more,” she told us. “I like to feel really strong: to have a good bum and strong legs on the catwalk, so I really focus on that.”

Lindsay Ellingson

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“I eat normally, but I’ve been exercising a lot more. I work with Ballet Beautiful and Mary Helen is amazing. You can ask her to focus on certain muscles of your body that you want toned and she’ll do that,” she said. “When you work in lingerie, you really want your glutes really tight and your core, so I’ve been focusing on those areas.”

Alessandra Ambrosio

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Ambrosio undertakes pilates and yoga three times a week, and intense 10-day sessions of the Brazil Butt Lift class, devised by her trainer. “It isn’t hard to stay in shape,” she told Vogue‘s Sarah Harris. “I think I’m in better shape now than I was 10 years ago, but it takes a bigger toll – I get back pain!”

Behati Prinsloo

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“I try to do Pilates when I can all year around and I also like to swim a lot. I also have a trainer that kicks my butt when it’s needed! I like to be active and keep busy,” she told us.

Toni Garrn

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“My exercise regime is pretty strict anyway. I work out every day, but I step it up for the show,” she told us. “Before the 2013 show, I didn’t eat sugar or gluten for a month – which is extreme for me because I’m a big, big sweet tooth – so that was the biggest challenge of my life basically!”

SOUP-A FOODS .. winter soup meet superfood

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Above recipe minus spidey : http://vgourmet.ca/tag/vegan-soup/

Ah tis the season.. to be cold and sick… OR NOT

yes as the cold snap comes (not you australians ! damn you and your upside down summer!)

and no longer will the fresh juices or smoothies suffice .. instead we replace them with some things that are a little more heavy and a little more warming ..and cue the first pop of the trouser button .. ohhh poop

but it doesn’t need to be a fondue party people .. soups are a great nutrient dense meal .. and they can pack a soup-a punch (yep thats the only pun i have for this post so Im going to sprinkle it EVERYWHERE!!! ) by adding super foods so that warming delicious cup o love .. but remember soup is warm so it has to be superfoods that can handle the heat and have all those vitamins to ward off flu nasties as well as being savoury .. acai berry soup is a NAAAT .. the following are your new best friends ..

Spirulina powder

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HOW:

sprinkle no more than a teaspoon into your soupy bowl.. anymore and you’ll start to get the “fishy” smell and after taste .. and no one wants that

WHY :
Spirulina supplement is actually one of the richest and most complete food source present in the world. It has over a 100 types of nutrients, more than any other type of grain, plant, or herb. The product is widely used as a food supplement to boost ones energy, maintain health, and reduce weight among other uses.

The supplement actually contains about 60% of protein, 12-13% of vital minerals such as Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium, Iron, Zinc, and Phosphorous as well as a complete group of vitamin B. It’s also rich in several anti-oxidants, which protect body cells. In fact it is the only source of the antioxidant phycocyanin.

source: http://www.thespirulinabenefits.com

CHLORELLA

Naturya Chlorella Powder, 200g-500x500

HOW:  similar to spirulina .. easy peasy

WHY:

It is a nutrient-dense superfood that contains 60% protein, 18 amino acids (including all the essential amino acids), and various vitamins and minerals. One of its unique properties is a phytonutrient called CGF.

Chlorella provides all of the dietary-essential amino acids in excellent ratios. It is also a reliable source of essential fatty acids that are required for many important biochemical functions, including hormone balance. Chlorella also contains high levels of chlorophyll, beta-carotene and RNA/DNA. More than 20 vitamins and minerals are found in chlorella, including iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, pro-vitamin A, vitamins C, B1, B2, B2, B5, B6, B12, E and K, biotin, inositol, folic acid, plus vitamins C, E and K.

source: http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-chlorella.html

Chia Seeds 

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HOW: cook the chia in with the veggies and you’ll have an instant thickening agent ! no need for cornflour .. or simply sprinkle them over at the end to add some crunchy texture

WHY:
The most touted benefit of chia seeds is their high omega-3 content. However this is in the form of short-chain ALA omega-3. This needs to be converted to long-chain EPA/DHA omega-3. Unfortunately, our bodies aren’t very efficient in converting ALA to EPA/DHA so much of the benefits are lost. If this is the main reason you’re looking at chia seeds, you may well be better off with some wild fish, grass fed meat and fish oils for your omega 3s.

On the plus side, chia seeds are packed with soluble fibre and are high in antioxidants, calcium, iron, manganese and phosphorous. A unique property of chia seeds is the ability to hold up to 12 times its weight in water. Soaked for 30 mins, the seeds will form a gel like substance. Researches believe this gel reaction also occurs in the stomach, forming a barrier which means carbohydrates are broken down slowly. This makes the seeds popular among endurance athletes and also diabetics, who want a slow release energy source.

source:http://www.primalbritain.co.uk/chia-seeds-benefits-and-side-effects/

Seaweed 

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HOW:

have it in your miso , add it in with the veg or simply get some toasted nori strips and garnish .. mmmm toastie

WHY:

  • Blood Purifying:The chemical composition of seaweeds is so close to human blood plasma, that they are excellent at regulating and purifying our blood.
  • High in Calcium: They can contain up to 10 times more calcium than milk and 8 times as much as beef.
  • Alkalizing:They help to alkalize our blood, neutralizing the over-acidic effects of our modern diet.
  • Have Powerful Chelating Properties: They offer protection from a wide array of environmental toxins, including heavy metals, pollutants and radiation by-products, by converting them to harmless salts that the body can eliminate easily.
  • Contain Anti-oxidants: Seaweeds contain lignans (naturally occurring chemical compounds) which have anti cancer properties.
  • Detoxifying: They are rich in chlorophyll (the pigment that makes some seaweeds green) which is a powerful, natural detoxifier that helps to draw out waste products.
  • Boost Weight loss: Seaweeds play a role in boosting weight loss and deterring cellulite build-up. Their naturally high concentration of iodine, helps to stimulate the thyroid gland, which is responsible for maintaining a healthy metabolism. At the same time, its’ minerals act like electrolytes to break the chemical bonds that seal the fat cells, allowing trapped wastes to escape.

source:http://foodmatters.tv/health-resources/seaweed-superfoods

Matcha Green Tea Powder

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HOW:

matcha tea turns bitter above 180 degrees , so i wouldn’t recommend long cooking , but its great for warm soup or even RAW soups

WHY:
In addition to providing trace minerals and vitamins (A, B-complex, C, E, and K), matcha is rich in catechin polyphenols – compounds with high antioxidant activity. These compounds offer protection against many kinds of cancer, help prevent cardiovascular disease and slow the aging process. They also reduce harmful cholesterol in the blood, stabilize blood sugar levels, help reduce high blood pressure and enhance the resistance of the body to many toxins. The most important polyphenol in matcha is EGCG (epigallo-catechin gallate), which is the subject of many medical studies. Matcha has a significant amount of dietary fiber and practically no

calories.

source: http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02050/Matcha-Tea.html

Hemp Oil

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HOW:

remember hemp oil is a heat sensitive oil , so scorching hot soup is not a friend , unless you want rancid oil (ewwy) .. try having some on the table and drizzling over your pumpkin soup with a few toasted pumpkin seeds

WHY:

Hemp has 3 unique nutritional factors. It has an ideal balance of Omega 3 and 6 for sustainable human health, it has a full amino acid spectrum meaning it provides complete protein, and it has a massive trace mineral content – truly one of nature’s superfoods.

Consumption of hemp oil and hemp seed is ideal for people with low essential fatty acid intake, and also perfect for athletes. It is of course particularly valuable to the veggie/vegan population, and even more so for veggie/vegan athletes, who are always looking for complete protein sources.

Other benefits of hemp seed oil include its effect on the skin and the hair, nourishing both on a cellular level. Hemp oil is easily absorbed by the skin and those EFA’s go straight to work!

source:http://www.yaoh.co.uk/health-issues1.html

sweetness of the day the marshmallow test…

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Walter Mischel’s marshmallow test is one of the best-known studies in the history of psychology. In the 1960s, Mischel, then a professor at Stanford, took nursery-school students, put them in a room one-by-one, and gave them a treat (they could choose a cookie, a pretzel stick, or a marshmallow) and the following deal: They could eat the treat right away, or wait 15 minutes until the experimenter returned. If they waited, they would get an extra treat. Tracking the kids over time, Mischel found that the ability to hold out in this seemingly trivial exercise had real and profound consequences. As they matured and became adults, the kids who had shown the ability to wait got better grades, were healthier, enjoyed greater professional success, and proved better at staying in relationships—even decades after they took the test. They were, in short, better at life.

Transcendental Meditation What It Isn’t Good For ?.. Absolutely Nothing

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ahh meditation , nothing makes guilt bubble up more than when you hear a friend/family member / or just some a*s hole on public transport exclaim .. “erhh ma gawd meditation has changed my life”

 am I right ?

I have to somewhat smugly confess I am now this a*ss hole .. HOWEVER , keep your judgement but one  moment longer .. it was after much searching and FAILED attempts at every meditation under the sun that i finally found my method.

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which also happens to be kinda the lazy person guide to meditation .. how fitting

its also the meditation of the celeb world.. which made me apprehensive .. as I bookmarked it alongside Kabbalah , those sneaker heels and tom cruise .

 basically a fad

dun dun .. wrong

People Meet Transcendental Meditation

Yes i am aware it sounds almost cult-y , slightly complicated and like something only ghandi could master , but that is where its name does it no favours .

its far from all those things .

ORIGIN

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HOW TO DO IT ?

the technique is a simple and effortless mental process practiced for 15–20 minutes twice a day, sitting quietly and comfortably in a chair with the eyes closed. and can be learned by anyone .. including CHILDREN !

your teacher does a short prayer and provides you a MANTRA (nothing religious) it is simply a no-meaning sound that you repeat mentally.. you are not meant to verbally say the mantra or write id down ( so you don’t get visual pictures in your mind)

WHY DO IT?

because it requires no religious beliefs , no props (put down the incense and meditation pillow) and all those “how to meditate” books.

 ” you can be thoroughly skeptical and the technique will still be fully effective.”

Its also is completely portable , provided you aren’t driving a car , you kinda need your eyes for that.. but im a horrible driver so dont take my word for that

its mental benefits , read as long as the Harry Potter series …

“The benefits of the Transcendental Meditation technique are immediate and increase over time. The technique’s positive effects—for mind, body and relationships—have been verified by hundreds of research studies conducted at top medical schools and published in over 350 peer-reviewed scientific journals.”

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Important to Note .. you do pay for it (according to your earnings) but it isnt a fad or money making machine 

and is completely a Nonprofit organization: The Transcendental Meditation technique is taught through a nonprofit, tax-exempt educational organization. The organization’s goal is to develop the full potential of the individual, minimize the negative impact of stress, and bring unrestricted and fulfilling progress to all areas of society.

 

I know it sounds too good to be true ..

so lets listen to some people I love discuss it

oh ellen.. how i love yee

lil aussie nod, hey wolverine

to find out other public accounts from go here :

http://tmhome.com/transcendental-meditation-experiences-reviews-people/famous-people-who-meditate/

also if you have the time DAVID LYNCH this film director is the greatest advocate of T.M and has created The  David Lynch Foundation For Consciousness-Based Education and Peace to help fund the research and continuing teachings of the meditative practice .. and yearly has an annual charity gala which is all recorded here

 

 

p.s i have to say it .. it changed my life , that 20 mins morning and evening , is still revealing its amazingness to me daily . (sorry to be that asshole.. but  i do it for your benefit )

 

Mushrooms Cups The Supplement for weight loss, energy and apparently Sexy Times

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Not those thailand full moon mushroom cups.. although those too I hear are life changing .. but this supplement comes trip-free and delicious

In a previous post I explained

ADAPTOGENS

and although incorporating a vitamin style mushroom complex into your diet is beneficial and somewhat essential for stressed, lethargic and active people.

Sometimes you can make it a little more fun .. I GIVE YOU FOUR SIGMA FOOD’S

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and specifically its instant superfood powders .. highlighting adaptogenic mushroom complex’s .. they are small pouches of amazing mushrooms (and a few other natural herbs and flavourings ) that can be added to juices or smoothies , or in my case the PERFECT REPLACEMENT FOR TEAS AND COFFEE!!

yep mix this puppy up with some warm milk and you have a deliciously caramel almost malty flavoured drink ( bizarre i know , you think mushrooms would taste like ass)

Its such a great company ( note i again am not being gifted for this post… i should probably start asking to be gifted … but then how will i spend all my money at the health food store?!?! :O wahhh )

so lets go through the list

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INSTANT SHIITAKE:

Top 2 Benefits of Shiitake
1. Nurture skin and beauty
2. Support liver

Shiitake mushroom
Shiitake mushroom, the active ingredient in Instant Shiitake, is a true beauty food. For thousands of years in Asia, shiitake has been used to heal the skin, support the liver, enliven the blood, and boost Qi (meaning ‘life force’). It is a great natural booster for detoxing. Schisandra berry has always been the number one beauty herb in Asia and dandelion further detoxifies the body to support clean and glowing skin. Natural vitamin C from rose hip multiplies the bioavailability of all the active components.

INSTANT MAITAKE ( one of my favourites , but i can never get it as apparently its everyone’s favourite)

Top 2 Benefits of Maitake
1. Support weight-loss
2. Balance blood sugar levels

Maitake mushroom
Maitake mushroom (Grifola frondosa), the active ingredient of Instant Maitake, can be of great help for diabetics and in supporting weight loss. It is especially known for its capabilities to modulate blood sugar levels and to optimize the insulin production. Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum) is a sacred herb in Ayurveda and supports these effects. Ginger helps with bloating and natural vitamin C from rose hip increases the assimilation of all the goodies.

INSTANT LION’S MANE (ive not personally tried this , but my brain probably needs too)

Top 2 Benefits of Lion’s Mane
1. Increase memory and concentration
2. Protect the nervous system

Lion’s Mane mushroom
Lion’s Mane mushroom (Hericium erinaceus), the active ingredient of Instant Lion’s Mane, is the best friend for anyone who wants to maintain a healthy brain and a strong nervous system throughout life. The stimulation of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) production will result in better memory, improved concentration and boosted creativity. Lion’s Mane has shown great results in prevention of various brain and nervous system related diseases as well as some psychiatric disorders.

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INSTANT CHAGA

Top 2 Benefits of Chaga
1. Boost the immune system
2. Fight against pathogens

Chaga mushroom
Chaga mushroom (Inonotus obliquus), the active ingredient of Instant Chaga, is a vital part of a “pathogen-proof” immune system. Chaga contains one of the nature’s highest amount of SOD (superoxide dismutase), the most potent antioxidant in the human body. The antioxidant count in the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) scale also goes through the roof. The antioxidants prevent oxidations from happening in the body and thus protects the DNA and keeps the body young. Studies have shown that chaga use is an effective way to fight against unwanted bacteria, viruses, and inflammation. Chaga has also been shown to have very strong anti-tumor properties.

INSTANT REISHI (the one that got me hooked Planet Organic Cafe does an AMAZING reishi rice milk Cappuccino .. its a must )

Top 2 Benefits of Reishi
1. Reduce stress
2. Improve sleep quality

Reishi mushroom
Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum), the active ingredient of Instant Reishi, is nature’s ultimate anti-stress antidote. As an intelligent mushroom, reishi may balance an overdriven hormone system and improve sleep quality. As an adaptogen reishi may help the body fight against stress caused by demanding modern society. Reishi has a history of use of over 4000 years, and it’s one of the most researched natural medicines in the world.

INSTANT CORDYCEPS (all round good one)

Top 2 Benefits of Cordyceps
1. Boost energy levels
2. Improve sexual performance – OH HELLO !!

Cordyceps mushroom
Cordyceps mushroom (Ophiocordyceps sinensis), the active ingredient of Instant Cordyceps, has some exciting properties for anyone who desires to improve his/her performance. Many scientific studies have shown that cordyceps can increase one’s maximal oxygen intake (VO2 max) by up to 15%. Oxygen is the most important element for your body. By using cordyceps you will be more energetic and achieve exceptional performances in sports, at work, at home and not to mention in the bedroom!

ALSO WITH A LIST OF TESTIMONIALS LIKE THIS :

http://www.foursigmafoods.com/testimonials

you don’t have to take my word for it .. instead hear about it from real smarty peoples

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so get shroomtastic .. I definitely noticed a difference in my energy levels especially with my Ashtanga Training (see Image above) and they taste delicious so its win win .. let me know if anyone has tried them ?!?!

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