THE HEALTHIEST VEGETABLE … ISNT KALE .. THANK F*ck

I’m not a member of the Kale Club

I always feel like I’m chewing on a Nappy when I eat it .. so rough .. so rigid … and so needy .. you basically need to massage it better than a 90 minute Swedish Remedial to make it somewhat supple… and agreeable .. which actually does sound a lot like myself , so despite being the human equivalent of KALE , I simply don’t get the hype .

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I do appreciate it being the Gateway Vegetable (insert WEED joke here) for healthy living . but the same way a stoner can get locked into the monotony of lighting up daily “just cos” I think the other vegetables have been overlooked (this is not an incentive to try various drugs, this is just poor writing on my behalf… please stick to BUTTON mushrooms)

LUCKILY SOME SMARTIES TOOK THE TIME TO DO THE RESEARCH AND DISCOVER WHAT IS THE REAL SUPER FOOD VEGGIE ???

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Jennifer Di Noia of William Paterson University, looked at 17 important nutrients naturally occuring in food (fiber, protein, potassium, Vitamin A, B12, D) and calculated how much of those nutrients were found in a 100-calorie serving. The results are interesting. Watercress ranks as the most nutrient-rich vegetable, while other leafy greens like chard, chicory and lettuce rank well. Turnips, sweet potatoes and grapefruits performed worse.

SEE FULL CHART BELOW :

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SO the winner was WATERCRESS! who’d have thought .. being the cliche I am .. I naturally went out a purchased some .. and ate it stems and all .and then i found  A WHOLE FREAKIN’ SITE DEDICATED TO WATERCRESS!!!

NOTE : if you want to be super annoying you could pick the top ten and make a dish .. how Health-Food-Blogger Of you ..

http://watercress.co.uk

WATERBLESS .

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I-SCREAM . Ice Cream Made Of Cauliflower .. SAY WHAAAATTT

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I’m not a recipe girl .. in fact I could think of nothing worse then writing out what I make … literally my fingers are cramping now anticipating a recipe documentation .

HOWEVER .. this concoction was worthy of a share .

as a non-dairy lady who cant eat coconut (hey swollen face!) my ice-cream availability is limited .

until I stumbled upon a blog called

VEGGIE DESSERTS

and saw miraculous things like

Roast Dinner Waste Cake (Maple Cinnamon Cake with Carrot, Parsnip and Potato Peelings)

and

Cucumber and Mint Cupcakes with Rose Water Buttercream

i know wizardry .

and finally the inspiration was

Cauliflower and Chocolate Ice Lollies with Pistachio Dust

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as i didn’t have basically anything that was required .. i made my own .. ..

LADIES AND GENTLEWOMAN I GIVE YOU
VANILLA BLUEBERRY CAULIFLOWER ICE-CREAM !

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ABOVE:post ballroom blitz (aka blending)

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YUMMY

ON ANOTHER NOTE :

big projects coming up for my Baby (company)

THE SUPLUV
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with gift cards

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New Collaborations

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And Custom Bundles

so stay tuned !!

LOUISE ANDROLIA AKA Babe Mystic

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What do you do?

I’ve got a case of the octopus hands and a runaway creative brain so always liked to do more than one thing.
I work with clients Coaching and Tarot Reading. I had quite the tough adventure in my early 20’s and I work from everything that it taught me and then side by side with that I tune in to all my clients and know how to help them. I speak to groups and run workshops to share my favorite topics, write for a few different publications and also paint. I’m an artist at heart. I like to make things.
Right now I’m also currently working on a jewelry collection and creating some things for my shop, they are what I’m most excited about right now!

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Just give us a quick sentence of explanation for the services you offer?

I see myself as being able to shove people back into their skin (but that doesn’t sound so eloquent on a business card). I want everyone to know it’s ok not to feel ok, learn how to find their own balance through self-knowledge and awareness and reclaim their personal power.

At a base level I have (from having always felt weird and not understood) a huge passion to help people feel less alone.

You do coaching; What’s the most common issues people are coming to you about?

Everyone has the exact same set of fears just packaged up in entirely unique ways.
I see a lot of people with anxiety and types of unprocessed traumas. I also work as a bit of a big sister to those new to their own spiritual connection. I help people get to know their inner dialogue and shift fearful thoughts and negative mindsets. My clients are usually at a point of change and are feeling a bit lost. I guide them in locating why and help them rebuild their own reconnect the mind-body-spirit. My clients are also btw the best people ever met. It’s eye opening and heart warming to hang out with them.

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If you could tell your 23 year old self something… what would it be?

“You aren’t crazy – everything is exactly how it is supposed to be.”

Now we’re a health blog, you’re very in touch with your core self and body, how does that inform your health and eating habits ?

I have learned to listen to body from having had and recovered from chronic illness and PTSD in the past. I know when I’m in and out of balance, instantly. I think it’s so easy for people to be overwhelmed by what to eat or how to live and if you take it down to the basics it’s so much easier and you will feel better. Learn about yourself and go from there. Like Kale may be cool but if you are intolerant to it then it’s not going to be your superhero.

I have an autoimmune thyroid disorder called Hashimotos and so everything is aligned to care for it. If I don’t look after myself or I get stressed then I get quite ill, quickly.

At the heart of everything I just don’t want to feel shit! so I’m super passionate about being kind and interested in myself. Every day I just endeavor to at least try.

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What are the 5 healthy life tips you do daily?

– I have a morning practice that involves committing to sitting down on a cushion and valuing my time, so I start everyday with writing, drawing, tarot or just remembering to breathe. This is my balancing thread that holds me together.
– I connect in some way with someone that I love. I’m an introvert and I love spending time on my own and so I have to remember to send antennae out.
– I try and move in some way – Pilates and walking suits me but even often it’s just stretching out into a great starfish shape in my bed.
– Feel all my feelings and know they are ok.
– Honour my creativity. If I don’t paint or make something I feel sad and mad.

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Tell us for real.. is there anything into newspaper horoscopes ?

Having done some ghost writing of horoscopes in the past I was certainly up to my eyeballs in transits, planets and all the detail! But, I was working with the coolest people…. So I can’t tell you for sure but certainly in the papers it’s watered down and you see a tiny snippet, and that will only inspire people to think its nonsense.
If you want to really want to get it, study your own chart, an exact map of the sky when you were born. I’ve never seen anyone do that and not be at least a lot in awe. It’s a beautiful, especially for self-development. Destiny is your partner in crime.

What is the process behind creating your in-depth and insightful Tarotscope readings ?

My process is that I sit with my cards and energetically tune into the readers for who I am writing for and then pick a card for each sign. Then I sit and channel them aka I just start typing until I’ve finished. Practical magic. (You can read my monthlies on thenuminous.net and get a free 2014 scope from my site!)

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Now. We’re all thinking it and sure you’ve been asked a million times, any spooky stories ?

I can talk to dead people?
Probably everything I experience is spooky, but to me it’s just how it is, and it’s awesome. Having said that I LOVE spooky stories, the old-fashioned horror movie kind and I like history.
I’m hoping my future husband is going to tell me ghost stories and at the same time be cool with the idea that they are probably also listening to him read the story. (Hello?)

I digress though, here is one for you.

When I was 17 I woke up one night and there was a woman standing by my bed. She was clear as day and watching me, but not in a scary way, she had a kind of sweet aunt vibe too her. So I was like cool a ghost, or what I’d call an apparition now, as it’s different to how I see spirits now.
The great thing is that I grew up in a house over 400 years old. So it transpired that over the years people would pop by because their great great uncle so and so lived there and we would let them look around. Every person who has ever come or knew our house would ask, “Have you seen the ghost?” and my Mum would say yes my daughter has, and we all has the same exact description of her. OOOooooooOOOOooo. Apparently three sisters used to share the house and they were known for watching over whoever lived there. I always thought it was cool, the house had the best vibes.

My mum also would also, very often hear a chorus singing in the attic.

Something else. When I dream that someone I know is crying then they always are in life, I check on them – I’ve never had this be wrong. It’s lovely and sad all at the same time

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Quick fire list of favourite things:
(SORRY THERE’S ALWAYS MORE THAN ONE THING ON MY MIND)

Website: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html + Google because I’ll find from there whatever is calling me.
Film: Badlands, Mary Poppins, Escape to Witch Mountain.
Book: Currently reading – Just Kids by Patti Smith + always some Myths or Fairy Tales.
Person: All My family members. PersonS sorry.
Instagram: Currently: @philipeastman for wanderlust and @laurakitty for fashion history.
Mantra: I SURRENDER
City: Los Angeles
Supplement: Vitamin D
Beauty product: Everything from Tropic (+ always good to know that in a crisis I could eat them.)

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Meal: Porridge is my one true love. Oats forever. Current favourite incarnation is with strawberries, blueberries, cacao and chia… because it basically tastes like a dessert.

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hello@louiseandrolia.com

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https://twitter.com/louniverse

http://instagram.com/louniverse

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

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

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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

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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: 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

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!”

Stress Has Met Its Match I Give You -ADAPTOGENS… And Mushrooms Are Cute

Stress , ahh stress.. its such a f*cker .

basically if you aren’t “Eating well, getting proper rest, staying active, writing down what you’re grateful for and maintaining social connection” you’re stressed.. so we’re basically all in chronic stress

when we stress we tax our adrenals (responsible for energy regulation) and we release CORTISOL or the stress hormone , the effects of chronic elevated cortisol read as a deadly list

  • Anxiety
  • Auto-immune diseases
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Common Cold
  • Hormone Imbalance
  • Irritable Bowel Disease
  • Thyroid Conditions
  • Weight Loss Resistance

 and the symptoms you have high cortisol ( we all do you don’t even needs this friggin list )

  •  backaches and headaches.
  • sleeplessness
  • fatigue
  • weight gain (especially on stomach and hips)
  • low sex drive
  • constant infections or colds
  • sugar cravings
  • weak muscles
  • decrease in fertility
  • high blood pressure
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • acne and frequent skin infection

Shit .. right

but there are herbal remedies to allow your body to regulate and cope .. and these little treasures are called ADAPTOGENS .. and they do just that they ADAPT (oh gen?!? who’s gen.. whatever)

they “work a bit like a thermostat. When the thermostat senses that the room temperature is too high it brings it down; when the temperature is too low it brings it up. Adaptogens can calm you down and boost your energy at the same time without over stimulating.”

they also have no effects and can be used long term! unlike energetic super foods like cacao , which can strain the adrenals.

and unlike COFFEE they dont come with the crashing fatigue afterwards .

common supplemental adaptogens are holy basil, rhodiola, mushroom blends , liquorice root  , maca and astragalus root .

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so if you’re fatigued , overwhelmed or training hard (please stop early running people, it makes me feel laze-a-hee)

get shopping for these adaptogens .. This is a slideshow below for all the computer illiterate (hi parents 🙂 )

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Your Quick Guide To Ayurveda + Whats Yo’ Dosha Type + Get Healthy

for some reason this post made my head sing that craig david song .. Whats your flavour ohh tell me whats your flavour .

Any way ..

WHAT IS AYURVEDA MEDICINE ?

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Ayurveda is around 5000-6000 years old and is a form of natural healing and prevention developed after thousands of years of monitoring the human body  by the Indian monks. it means Ayur (life) Veda(science) AKA The Science Of Life .It focuses on BALANCE within the body and the theory that our Mind-Body-Spirits are composed of 3 DOSHA’s

Vata (wind)

Pitta (fire)

Kapha (earth)

With One more dominant overall Dosha .

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I for example am predominantly VATA , which is the cold slightly pathetic one… prone to brain frizzes . and apparently i need a lot of massages … i have unintentionally been living by this rule my whole like (body intuition? )

 a quick questionnaire will tell you yours.

click below

WHATS YOUR DOSHA?

WHY ITS WORTH IT ?

  • its a beautiful approach to health because it focuses on being individual .. no one health rule works for everyone.. its a personal balance and we all function differently
  • Instead of prescriptions and drugs , Ayurveda uses Food and Lifestyle as the most important medicine
  • Prevention is the greatest cure

What Happens Without The Balance

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READ ABOUT YOUR DOSHA BELOW

Characteristics for Vata predominant types:

 Creative; Quick to learn and grasp new knowledge, but also quick to forget, Slender; Tall and a fast-walker; Tendency toward cold hands and feet, discomfort in cold climates; Excitable, lively, fun personality; Changeable moods; Irregular daily routine; High energy in short bursts; Tendency to tire easily and to overexert; Full of joy and enthusiasm when in balance; Responds to stress with fear, worry, and anxiety, especially when out of balance; Tendency to act on impulse; Often have racing, disjointed thoughts; Generally have dry skin and dry hair and don’t perspire much.

General Health Tips for Vata Types:

Maintain regular habits, try to eat and sleep at the same time every night. Get enough rest and choose foods that are warm, cooked, nourishing, and easy to digest. Sweet berries, fruits, small beans, rice, and all nuts and dairy products are good choices for Vata types. Exercise intensity should be moderate. A more meditative yoga, Tai chi, walking, and swimming are all good. Avoid strenuous and frantic activities.

Characteristics for Pitta Predominant Types:

Medium physique, strong, well-built; Sharp mind, good concentration powers; Orderly, focused; Assertive, self-confident, and entrepreneurial at their best; Aggressive, demanding, pushy when out of balance; Competitive, enjoy challenges; Passionate and romantic; Strong digestion, strong appetite, get irritated if they have to miss or wait for a meal; When under stress, Pittas become irritated and angry; Skin fair or reddish, often with freckles; sunburns easily; Uncomfortable in sun or hot weather, heat makes them very tired; Perspire a lot; Good public speakers; Generally good management and leadership ability, but can become authoritarian; Subject to temper tantrums, impatience, and anger; Typical physical problems include rashes or inflammations of the skin, acne, boils, skin cancer, ulcers, heartburn, acid stomach, insomnia, dry or burning eyes.

General Health Tips for Pitta Types:

It’s important for Pittas to keep cool by avoiding overexposure to direct sunlight and fried and spicy foods. Avoid alcohol and tobacco, overworking, and overheating. When aggravated, susceptible to feeling negative emotions like hostility, hatred, intolerance, and jealousy. Choose fresh vegetables and fruits that are watery and sweet, especially cherries, mangoes, cucumbers, water melon, and avocado. Have lots of salads with dark greens such as arugula, dandelions, and kale. Avoid conflicts. Cultivate the virtues of honesty, morality, kindness, generosity, and self-control.

Characteristics for Kapha Predominant Types:

Easygoing, relaxed, slow-paced; Affectionate and loving; Forgiving, compassionate, nonjudgmental nature; Stable and reliable; faithful; Physically strong and with a sturdy, heavier build; Have the most energy of all constitutions, but it is steady and enduring; Slow speech, reflecting a deliberate thought process; Slower to learn, but outstanding long-term memory; Soft hair and skin; tendency to have large “soft” eyes and a low, soft voice; Tend toward being overweight; may also suffer from sluggish digestion; Prone to depression; More self-sufficient; Gentle, and essentially undemanding approach to life; Excellent health, good immune system; Very calm; strive to maintain harmony and peace in their surroundings; Not easily upset and can be a point of stability for others; Tend to be possessive and hold on to things. Don’t like cold, damp weather; Physical problems include colds and congestion, sinus headaches, respiratory problems including asthma, allergies, and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

General Health Tips for Kapha Types: 

It’s important to be active on a daily basis as Kapha types are prone to sluggishness, depression, and being overweight. Getting out of the house and actively seeking new experiences is also recommended. Be receptive to useful change, be intentional in implementing life-enhancing actions. Choose foods that are light, warm, and spicy. Tea with dried ginger and lemon is a great pick-me-up for Kaphas. Avoid heavy oily and processed sugars, which are detrimental to Kaphas. Use lots of spices such as black pepper, ginger, cumin, chili and lots of bitter dark greens.

(source for Dasha characteristics general health tips http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-1117/Ayurveda-Dosha-Types-for-Beginners.html)

 

HUMP DAY LINK LOVE: Miranda Kerr, Documentaries, Cartoons, Turmeric & MOONJUICE

its wednesday .. you’re bored ..and tired .. but heres some things to read while you pretend to do work on your computer
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MoonJuice
The most super Galactic beautiful and interesting healthy juice cleanse /organic shop in Venice beach , their tumblr is like falling into a unicorns butt hole  . you.are welcome
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Miranda Kerr apparently left Victorias Secret because the brand is Toxic , health conscious mega model apparently doesn’t agree with the fact that ‘if that product was a toy it would not be permitted in the EU.’. Woops
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Funny ,hugely disgusting  but ultimately educational :
english comedian and presenter Alex Riley tackles dairy products and the dairy industry .. prepare yourself for pus,heather mills and some very funny phone calls . BRAVO Alex .. BRAVO .. its one part of a series dedicated to Britain’s Really Disgusting Foods
turmeric
Turmeric Proven to be as effective as 14!! pharmaceutical drugs including PROZAC and ASPIRIN !
KANIWA .. the new quinoa .. oH super-grains, why you always being discovered !
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Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 , literally the best film of the year, its like my mind googly eyed fruits came into fruition (see what i did?!?! )
you must must see this when it comes out . tis the greatest film of 2013 because there is a baby talking strawberry named barry

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sitting at your desk, about to blow your brains out.. no worries i’m about to push you other the edge 40 Travel Destinations for the BUCKET LIST

Sweetness Of The Day .. Rude Health

I love when a company does it right and I also love a Dairy Free Milk Alternative .. in fact I think I have tried every brand under the sun ..Ii dont think actually I know , I carry rice milk in my bag at all times .YES I AM THAT LAME!.

So its pretty important when I find a brand that does a delicious one .. thats organic, with few ingredients and kind of funny!

come on rude boyyyyyy!

yes it exists .. I recently came across Rude health ( a health food company noted for its cereals and granola) they’ve branched out into milk alternative drinks . and they are great . good for the earth,body and mind . most notably they are one of the only almond milk brands that doesn’t contain CARRAGEENAN an additive that has shown to be cancer causing (WTF ! I KNOW ) along with gastrointestinal issues .. its best just avoided (CLICK HERE FOR FULL INFO) .

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As for the rice milk , its the only brand i’ve come across in the UK that uses Brown Rice, so you’re getting a wholegrain .. a WHOLE FOOD !! which is lower Gi (sugary basically) than white rice and more nutritious ! it also means it is broken down by the body easier . can I get a WHOOP WHOOP !

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ABOVE IMAGE: despite the brand name they are actually incredibly polite .. besides potty mouth Brown Rice Milk

not only does it not have any baddy additives, its also got an ingredients list that is so short ! so Rude health in perfect British form does exactly what its says on the tin .

Anyway point is its British , Environmentally friendly, healthy, funny, and far outshines all of the other million long ingredient milk alternatives .

I make my Golden Milk with it

Click on the site , they also have an amazing recipe section .. which is helpful for any dairy free peeps no matter where you are !

http://rudehealth.com

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*p.s i’m not being gifted or paid to write this , in fact i think i’m the reason the brand has expanded into Waitrose .. I’ve bought so many .

My Ayurvedic Obsession & ASHWAGANDHA SUPPLEMENTS

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I Recently started reading into and attempting the Ayurvedic Approach to health , which if you click the link I’ve already given you a run down of  the “Art Of Living”.. and a link to find your Dosha Type .. Which is actually a really fun little quiz so here it is again:

http://www.pukkaherbs.com/dosha-quiz

Below is the book I’ve been Reading which has the quiz in it .. and i’ve .. to the bewilderment of all my friends been subjecting them and grouping them into their Dosha Types .. and have actually become super quick at picking peoples before they do the test… so fortune teller I know.. the amazing thing has been how spot on they are .. right down to their food preferences and even what exercise of work environment they thrive in.

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These are the 3 Dosha’s .. which Ayurvedic medicine believes we are all comprised of however individually havegreater constitution of 1 primary type.. sometimes 2 (lucky!) .. and an imbalance in our bodies of the 3 doshas is the basis for all mental and physical problems , including disease and weight problems as well as depression

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Im a typical Vata .. and recently have decided to follow the rules of my dosha type .. i must say it makes sense .. however I’m a vegan , sooooo its kinda hard when your Dosha type thrives of dairy and warm food .. so i’ve had to find alternatives , but whatever . it explains my former obsession for eating tubs of yogurt in the bath… now that i think about it .. that was depressingly Bridget Jone’s of me .. especially as it usually happened saturday nights , with Will & Grace playing on my laptop.. sometimes I do a mental mantra reminding myself i’m only 22 years old ..

But one amazing supplement the research i’ve been doing has turned me onto is ASHWAGANDHA .. yes is ass rapingly difficult to pronounce

basically

“Ashwagandha, an exotic Indian herb, has remarkable stress-relieving properties comparable to those of powerful drugs used to treat depression and anxiety. In addition to its excellent protective effects on the nervous system, ashwagandha may be a promising alternative treatment for a variety of degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Ashwagandha has powerful antioxidant properties that seek and destroy the free radicals that have been implicated in aging and numerous disease states. Even more remarkable, emerging evidence suggests that ashwagandha has anti-cancer benefits as well.” Source 

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although its meant for VATA types (feeling a bit like this post sounds like im speaking a foreign language or have become a member of captain planet “earth,wind,fire.. what sign are you!”  ughh)

but Ashwaganda its shown to have amazing properties in the body .. no matter who you are . its worth a try .. especially if you have a high stress situation going on and has also shown to

  • normalizes levels of hydrocortisone,
  • causes the size of the adrenal glands to return to normal,
  • increases thyroid hormone levels,
  • decreases inflammatory cytokines,
  • decreases oxidizing agents that can trigger inflammation,
  • decreases brain chemicals associated with anxiety,
  • markedly improves stamina and energy, and
  • turns on and improves white blood cell function to fight infections.

I GOT THE ABOVE INFORMATION FROM THIS WEBPAGE 

http://www.treatlyme.net/lyme-disease-supplement-blog/2012/7/9/ashwagandha.html

and finally the last thing i will leave you with is this Documentary on Youtube About

Ayurvedic : The Art Of Being

*note there is a scene when they paralyse a goat by pushing some thing on its spine.. its kinda weird.. then the medicine man eats a ball of mercury .. and something i think was arsenic .. its all pretty strange .. also the strap and baby up and massage it .. ive made it sound like a SAW Film .. but its interesting so have a looky

The Regrets Of Those Who Lived.. So We Don’t Have To Relive Them

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WHAT DOES YOUR CRAVING MEAN ? plus a donut with eyes ..

Cravings , cravings cravings ..

annoying and or baffling ..

but they’re actually our bodies way of balancing itself nutritionally .. either when we have too much of something E.g when we have a salty meal we crave water for hydration as salt dehydrates the body , same goes for certain nutrients. we also crave when we have deficiencies ..like when you’re desperate for a fry up .. your body is craving either fats (not the naughty ones) or protein eggs and meats  .. so look out for cravings .. because they can mean the following .. with a little help from Intergrative Nutrition Book you can get Online here

http://www.integrativenutrition.com

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LIKE :

Chips, crisps , fry ups , meats .. or dem colourless things

WHY?

other than the fact im pretty sure McDonalds is 50% food stuff and 50% crack cocaine … its usually a mineral deficiency – our bodies crave the minerals in sea salt and although normal salt gives the taste satisfaction .. its been stripped of its minerals , so you will never satisfy that reason behind the craving unless you replace those minerals

COUNTERACT IT :

leafy green vegetables , seaweed salads , Himalayan sea salt (tiny bit guys ) or mineral supplements if its something that reoccurs

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mmm cweamy

LIKE :
Icecream , yogurt, milky , even oils or creamy dressings

WHY ?

When craving something creamy, consider if you’ve had a lot of bread, crack- ers or other baked flour products recently. When eaten in excess, these foods create feelings of dryness and stagnation, and can also make us feel stuck, hard and irritable. When we reach that state of imbalance, we very often crave creamy, relaxing foods, such as ice cream, milk products or oily foods.*

COUNTERACT IT

Try eat- ing porridge made from whole grains, such as amaranth or brown rice. You can also make cream of broccoli soup, or cream of watercress soup, and use oatmeal rather than cream to get the consistency you desire. *

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LIKE:

Coffee & Beer

WHY?

this is usually a craving that occurs from digestion problems .. yep .. tum tum probs , as naturally bitter foods actually cut through a slugish digestive track and get sh*t moving .. literally (sorry )

COUNTERACT IT :

try eating dark leafy greens, such as dandelion, mustard greens, arugula, kale and collards. These greens will unblock stag- nant organs and promote healthy assimilation and elimination. *

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ahh this sweet F*cker

LIKE:

Donuts, sweets , pastries .. honestly do i have to list sweet things?? we’re not retarded .. basically everything processed, resembling funfair food or pretty coloured … dammit

WHY?

its an ENERGY THING , sugars are the easiest processed nutrient into energy .. therefore our bodies will look for it .. hence after work sweet TOOF!

OR

Its An Emotional Thing.. because sugar produces more insulin which helps tryptophan go to the brain , thus increasing serotonin (the happy chemical)

COUNTERACT IT:

 Emotionally you have to deal with that.. i cant help … but spikes in your blood sugar levels by eating refined sugar will actually deplete your serotonin further .. so its a vicious cycle …. basically pinpoint the emotional reason and deal with it without food . hard but what am i supposed to say .. get a shrink basically

The problem is that the more refined the sugar e.g white sugar , high fructose corn syrup (and agave sorry foodies ) makes the bodies blood glucose spike.. so we get a surge of energy and then a quick fall .. we then continue to do this throughout the day .. so its long chained sugar intake thats required  to stop this sugar monster , which is found in fruits and veg because  fructose (fruit sugar) is accompanied by water, vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients, so it assimilates into the body slowly and with ease

so allow for unrefined sugars or naturally occurring sugars , like fruits and sweet vegetables like pumpkin , carrots, parsnips etc .. natural sweeteners like stevia , yacon and maple syrup , coconut sugar .

Dates are amazing because they taste fudgy and delicious and will satisfy that taste but still have the fiber needed to make them slow releasing

ALSO QUALITY MATTERS .. instead of shitty chocolate .. by ridiculously expensive RAW ORGANIC DARK CHOCOLATE .. because you will feel so guilty you spent so much on it .. you wont inhale it .. and it has health benefits

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hot tamales (remember when Mariah Carey use to say that just mid way through sentences .. she was cray )

but Hot Spicy cravings …

LIKE:

Spicy Curries , Pizza, Mexican food … basically all that dirty food , Or even just dousing everything in Tabasco Sauce.. i know someone who travels with it , and has been know to withdraw from pocket at the most amazing times ..

WHY ?

Too Much Cholesterol & Fat in the diet

similarly with bitter foods spicy foods aid digestion by cutting through that stagnation. spices like Cayenne and chillies also speed up metabolic rate , which if you have high cholesterol or a high saturated fat diet .. your metabolic rate tends to be sluggish (ey fatty!) as well as aiding in circulation , spices are actually amazing for people with bad circulation … but its the forms it comes in which aren’t .. indian spices are great , but become obsolete when you’re eating them in a curry that has more saturated fat that a tub of Haagen Dazs (thats for real .. like actually )

People can crave The Spice O’ Life if they have a low vitality diet as well.bland or repetitive .. spice literally is craved to liven up the energy of the body and its spoken about vastly in Ayurvedic Medicine ( so if you always crave it like my tabasco friend, its good to read up on )

COUNTERACT IT :

like i said spices are great, craving them all the time is a sign you’re out of balance so make sure you eat clean and lean and sprinkling tumeric, cayenne, indian spice blends,  chilly flakes are all great and should hit the spot .

Tummy tips! From celebrity nutritionist Kim Snyder…

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Feeling tired?

Skin looking greyish? Eyes lost their twinkle?
And how is that tummy of yours… Bloating? Burping…?

Rest assured you are not alone!

Digestive health is one of the most common yet under studied areas in modern medicine, yet it is one of the key systems in creating energy and feeling beautiful!

Its lucky we have wonderful tummy experts like Kimbery Snyder, author of ‘The Beauty Detox Solution’ for tips on how to lose the food baby and renew our sparkle.

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Working with the likes of Fergie, Hilary Duff and Drew Barrymore, she knows a thing or two about how to give ourselves an energy kick, shed some fat and glow from the inside out – all without crazy calorie counting or cutting carbs.

“The less energy we tie up in digestion, the more energy we can “unlock” to spread through our bodies and confer beauty benefits” she says.

So what are some of her tummy tips to get that gorgeous glow?

1. You are not a tiger – don’t eat like one!
So many people are eating animal proteins every day, sometimes for 3 meals a day! Our stomachs just aren’t designed to tolerate that much. Take it easy on the steak and kidney pie and opt for veggie options when available. For meat lovers, this can be hard at first, so a good habit to start is meatless Mondays 😊 every week!

2. Alkaline first!
Before any meal, try to have some high-fiber alkaline foods like raw carrot sticks or a garden salad. This will ensure you’re getting your fiber needs, but more importantly, will help to balance your ph balance before you load up on saucy, starchy or meaty meals which are very acidic for our bodies.

3. Skip breakfast
Yes, that’s right!
Well, maybe that’s a bit extreme… But
eating breakfast like a king and dinner like a pauper is a health myth… and its high time everyone stopped forcing breakfast into their mouths to “kick start their metabolism”
Our bodies didn’t evolve like that. Breakfast should be eaten when we first feel hungry in the day, not because cereal companies are telling you to chow down corn flakes at 7am.
You will have more energy if you actually delay your morning meal until you are feeling hungry – when the best thing to eat is fruit, a green smoothie or a fresh vegetable juice!

One look at Kim and its easy to see how this way of eating has its beauty benefits…

Her signature glowing green smoothie recipe is a big hit in LA, see the recipe below and watch your inner beauty shine through 😊

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Ingredients:
4-5 large handfuls of leafy greens – Kim recommends romaine lettuce, kale and spinach
Parsley or Coriander (if taste doesn’t bother you – very detoxifying)
1 liter of water (filtered is best!)

1 Apple (cored)
1 Pear
1 Banana
Juice ½ Lemon
1 cup Ice

Instructions
Place ingredients in a big blender (the more powerful, the better and more appetizing your smoothies) – water and greens first, blitz, then add fruit and ice.
Blend until smooth.

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Enjoy!

Tip – use seasonal fruits – if apples aren’t available, substitute with peaches or whatever is lying around! Fresh is best.

BY AZUSA HYDE

 

Sweetness Of The Day … Dribble Inducing ICE CREAM

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Sometimes its FUDGING (yay more puns) hard to find healthier alternatives for everyday things..

but occasionally you come across a particular food that actually tastes better than in unhealthy alternative .. i know youre thinking .. lies… so many lies

but honestly Dairy Free Ice Cream is delicious and rarely requires more than 4 ingredients .. usually based of frozen banana’s , coconut milk or frozen berries .

DONT BELIEVE ME .. but hold up! this pinterest called

WE ALL CREAM FOR VEGAN ICE CREAM 

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Created by VegNews its got cake batter, peanut butter, watermelon, fudgy chocolate .. literally all the best flavours ..

*holds napkin to face .. absorbs dribbles*

Dirty Dozen .. Dun dun dun

Going organic can be expensive and sometimes you’re like .. ugh is this necessary?

well …

pesticides are used on a vast majority of crops of produce, but some more than others! so each year a Dirty Dozen List comes out with the most heavily pesticide filled foods.. basically if you cant buy everything organic at least buy these ..

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p.s look how smug the broccoli looks…

THE DIRTY DOZEN 

also in case you’re still being a stingy F*ck read this article about the Benefits Of Organic Produce 

Katey Denno Celebrity Make Up Artist & Kind Beauty Guru

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Katey Denno …

Not only does she look like she’s been painted by the hand of Botticelli , she’s a superbly gifted Make Up artist to the stars, As well as being a  passionate “Green Beauty” advocator .I asked her some questions to clarify non -toxic beauty and just generally pick her brain..

 Denno’s a real game changer , she’s one of the forefront pioneers making eco beauty go from green to glam .

In between getting beauties like Isla Fisher , Olivia Wilde and Amanda Seyfried (yes pick your jaw off the floor , she’s that good!) red carpet ready , she personally tests and reviews new products, puts up beautifully filmed tutorials , does workshops and… (take a breath this woman does everything) gives good nutrition advice , hello green smoothies -on her self run site The Beauty Of It Is

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I was surprised to  learn her path to make up aptly reads like a film script and exposed that her Kind Beauty approach is a mere aspect of her all round kind approach to life .

So you know by her credentials she’s got great advice

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How did you get involved in Make Up?  

i was a social worker for the first 10 years of my career life and i worked in the realm of HIV/AIDS. I had a lot of clients who were transgendered, mostly male to female. The way they were able to transform themselves through the use of makeup was so amazing to me! it led me to start researching how i could be involved in that world – the world of makeup! i read up on every artist and photographer whose work i admired from all the major magazines, and found photographers to do test shoots with to begin building my book. It was a slow but sure process, and i made sure to remain open to learning everything and anything.

You favour natural products .. why and what are your favourites ? 

As a person who’s concerned with what i put into my body with regard to food and drink, i find it just as important to be conscious with what i put on my body- and the bodies of my clients. There are so many good non-toxic lines on the market, with new ones popping up all the time. One of my favorite online stores is spiritbeautylounge.com – she has the most well edited selection of non toxic products on the market!

Ilia, RMS, Kjaer Weis, Lina Hanson, and then there are products sold elsewhere – burt’s bees, roots rose radish, BITE beauty…

Are there any beauty Chemicals you try and avoid? 

Albumin                                                                         Phtalates

Bentonite                                                                        Propylene Glycol

BHA/BHT                                                      PVP/VA Copolymer

DEA, MEA, TEA                                                      Quaternium-15

Diazolidinyl Urea                                                      Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate

DMDM Hydantoin                                                       Stearalkonium Chloride

FD&C Color Pigments                                     Triclosan

Glycerin/MSDS                                                      Talc

Imidazolidinyl Urea                                    FOR KIDS

Isopropyl Alcohol                                                      2-Bromo-2Nitropropane-1,3 Dio

Mineral Oil                                                      BHA

PEG                                                                         Boric acid and Sodium Borate

Petroleum/Petrolatum                                     Dibutylphtalate and Toluene

best  advice you’ve ever been given ? 

Not everybody has to like you.  This is a tough one for me!

What are the new big trends in beauty/looks for 2013?

I never really follow trends… i’m more into timeless, classic beauty.

Beauty from the inside out seems quite important to you .. whats the best foods/supplements/ lifestyle choices for looking great?

Yes it is! The main issues that folks come to me with that make them feel less than great are skin breakouts, and skin dryness/lack of glow associated with aging.

Eating/drinking lots of fresh leafy greens, richly colored berries, and keeping greasy/heavy foods out of your diet is a great place to start. I’m also a proponent of including apple cider vinegar into your diet (1-2 tsp a day in water) plus 1-2 tsp of coconut oil mixed into your food – whether that’s in a smoothie, or your oatmeal, or cooking with it – will keep your liver clean, and your skin glowing, as well as help stave off any sickness. (i haven’t had a cold or the flu in YEARS!). I also believe in keeping a strong yoga practice to work out tension and find focus – it will show on your face, without a doubt.

I find that a hair/skin/nails supplement is generally beneficial to most, and choosing one made from whole foods is a good idea. The vitamin B and D groups are wonderful for keeping our emotional selves and cells in good health.

following on from that .. if I were to open your fridge .. what would you be most proud of or most embarrassed by ? 

well, my boyfriend is a chef in a raw, vegan restaurant, so he’s in charge of the fridge – and there are countless containers of his great concoctions in there. I’d be most proud that at least 85 percent of food i keep in the house is organic and or locally grown/produced. We try to be mindful not to be wasteful and we only shop for what we know we’ll be eating within the few days that follow, so there’s never that much in there. Most embarrassed – I have an obsession with frozen sweet peas (organic, of course). i love them, so i keep tons of them on hand. when people open the freezer they’re always confused and surprised to find 15-20 bags of frozen peas on hand!

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When it comes to getting ready for the red carpet what are your go-to fail safe products or techniques ?

i always start with getting the skin into glowing condition by giving a face oil massage before doing anything else.

Getting a good curl going on the lashes is very important to me, and I generally use a few false lashes to take a pretty lash to a gorgeous lash.

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Can you recall any teenage make up disasters? ( I personally favoured a terracotta orange bronzer overload .. and an inability to blend down the neck hah!) 

i have to say, i think i did a better job with my makeup when i was a teen! i was certainly more consistently put together – i wore perfectly executed black cat eyeliner every single day.