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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Chris Kresser & Aspirin .. slightly personal

this post is weirdly personal … dun dun dunnnn

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So firstly Chris Kresser is a licensed acupuncturist and practitioner of integrative medicine. if you dont know him .. you basically don’t know anything about functional medicine and I’m about to blow your mind .

His website http://chriskresser.com is a vast vast wealth of knowledge about everything from Gluten intolerance to baby nutrition .. in face he wrote a book called The Healthy Baby Code .. so he know babies .

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so before you get engulfed in a deep dive of his blog/website and free E-books .. which really shouldnt be free .. so we’re ripping him off something major .. so now we know he’s charitable .. do you love him as much as i do ??

Probably his most useful resource is his PODCAST .. where people can record questions for him to answer … ad boy does he answers .

SO THE PERSONAL ANGLE … my mum has a blood disorder so i thought on a whim and a prayer i would write in asking about her current aspirin prescription and illness.. and i woke up this morning with a new little podcast nestled like a sweet little egg in my hand (Hi Iphone glued to head whilst sleeping) – so unhealthy .

He answers the or paradigm that ASPIRIN IS FINE FOR LONG TERM USE …. so even thought the question was specific about my mums condition its also so useful for those trying to figure out the pro’s and cons of the little white pill .

NOTE* yes my voice is snoooozzeeefest and i canny pronounce people words sometimes

here’s the youtube version of the 30min conversation or go to the podcast on ITUNES 

The Nightmare Of Not Sleeping

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

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

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

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

BLACK-OUT 

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

SUPPLEMENTS THAT HELP:

L-THEANINE

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

PHOSPHATIDYL SERINE

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

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

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

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

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

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

GET THE FULL LOWDOWN ON THE LINK BELOW :

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

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

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

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


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

EveryThing You Need To Understand About Good Bacteria In The Body

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

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

 

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

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

So basically whatever she’s taking we want right ?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ABOVE: WILD NUTRITION’S SUPPLEMENTS

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

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

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what are simple healthful things people can start doing ASAP ? 

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

Quick Fire QUESTIONS

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FAVE FOOD – Ooh so hard to choose! Fresh raspberries

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

WHAT MAKE YOU LAUGH – My children

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

CHERISHED BEAUTY PRODUCT – Suti Honour Moisturiser

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

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

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

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

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

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

BEST FILM – The life of Brian by Monty Python

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

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

WHERE TO FIND HENRIETTA AND WILD NUTRITION

FOR CONSULTATIONS:

http://www.henriettanorton.com

SUPPLEMENTS & BLOG:

http://www.wildnutrition.com

HUFFINGTON POST CONTRIBUTIONS :

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

HER BOOK:

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

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

LIFE OF BRIAN…. CLASSIC

Sneak Peak : The SupLuv and Skin Stuff

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

So What Is This Project?

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

WWW.THESUPLUV.COM

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

CASE IN POINT : The Skintervention Bundle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HEY

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

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

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

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 ?!?!

P.S FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM MY BEAUTIES

http://instagram.com/bettycoconut

or

@bettycoconut

dont ask about the coconut ..

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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Squeaky Clean Juice Feasting …Courtesy Of Fruveju Organic Cold Pressed Juice

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Well well well, its a seasonal shift , and you know what that means ! ITS JUICE CLEANSING TIME !!
I was Lucky enough (or spoilt ,whatever) to be given the opportunity to do a three day juice cleanse with new juice baby company Fruveju  , they dont juice babies , but they are newly established (i was going to say fresh but my puns are too much sometimes)
Seasonal changes deeply effect our bodies, so during the transition cleansing and or fasting are really easy ways to seamlessly adapt . THIS ARTICLE DETAILS WHY TO SEASONALLY CLEANSE  (see at the research i do for you guys!)
 I chose the EVOLVE cleanse because i’m super evolved (side note , i know you hate these anecdotes but when I was younger I had a tooth that never came through and my dentist told me it was because in evolution humans are getting fewer and fewer teeth, so I am more evolved .. unfortunately i was bestowed by the older boys at school with the nickname “The Pirate”)
moooovinggg onnnn
I have to say from personal experience I find it hard to differentiate one juice cleanse from another , green juice here , carrot juice there , celery EVERYWHERE (why!).. so I was kinda expecting the same old thing…

ALAS I WAS WRONG

 

this little cleanse had some unusual characters !  it was like an ensemble cast from a Garry Marshall Film (he did New Years Eve & Valentines Day if you are living under a rock sheesh)

IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER OF GREATNESS

The Spicy One 

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I came to this one with trepidation, i’d heard of this combination because of The Master Cleanse and wasn’t keen on an al caliente kinda beverage . but the coconut nectar (so glad to not see AGAVE for once!) and the fresh lemon was so precisely blended the kick only came at the end but nothing lasting .. so basically you get the benefits of the epic cleansing minus the face grimace . arrribbaaa

The Whole-istic One 

 

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aghh the all round good guy , the one you expect .. the green guy . it wasn’t too sweet but not too bland .. just what you would expect , I had 4 bottles a day .. its so nutrient packed that you don’t really crave anything , nor do you get those pangs of hunger or the tired lows .. he’s a sneaky little guru . he makes the cleanse sustainable .. truly

The Cute & Pink One 

 

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This wasn’t actually on my cleanse but I was given a bottle to try .. and thank f*ck .. Its so simple- just watermelon and lime , its now on my list of top juices EVER ! I found myself sipping it in bed and smiling , its like eating sweets but without the guilt . I cant even describe the deliciousness .. on the website they go on and on about the benefits ” Watermelon contains the amino acids citrulline and arginine, which help promote healthy arteries, blood flow and cardiovascular function” but its so unessesary because its like a guilt free cocktail,you’d drink it even if it wasn’t so good for you.

The Rooty One

(how rude, no but I mean root veg)

 

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Again this one wasn’t on my juice cleanse but I was given a bottle any whoo .. called the Red Pineapple it features pineapple, red apple, carrots, beets, ginger.  I was so thankful that the ginger didnt have that overtaking zest most gingery juices has.. people go mental on the ginger in a juice .. its like why!! its so strong .. my throats on fire . anyway its an all round good guy .. I was actually getting the ol’ tickle throat when I started the cleanse so nailed this bad boy and the tickly throat turned into .. nothing! I think from all the bromelain (anti inflammatory in pineapple) Vit C (beets) antibiotic properties (ginger) its def a juice to put down in the Food As Medicine Book. 

The Creamy Dreamy One 

 

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Oh.Mah.Gawd this is a game changer , Fruveju had perfected the cleanse and a lot has to do with this little bad boy, it tastes like a creamy tangy almost yogurty milkshake .. its just sweet and thick enough .. I’m literally “mmmmmhhmmm”ing recalling it .. I don’t even know why someone isn’t selling cartons of cashew milk .. almond milk can go bl*ow itself .. Cashew is soooo 2013 .. no but f*ck this milk was heaven and it comes as your very final juice of the day , so just when youre feeling a little fragile and that maybe you need something more filling .. you get it .. its so good guys , I even very sneakily poured a bit into my cup of herbal tea! do you know what , even if you don’t want to do a cleanse I suggest you order this juice by itself which you can do (as well as any of the others)
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anyway continue .. FOCUS ..BETHANY …FOCUS
 Fruveju bases its cleanses in 3 Categories (easy peasy) which go up in gradients of difficulty…
and
you choose from 3 (im seeing a pattern) of durations
1day 3 days 5days

do you know what .. just click the website:

http://www.fruveju.com

Lets Wrap this up . its a cool company .. you don’t get bored, its unusual .. its run by young, hot, modern people including a banging nutritionist (you always take health advice more from someone that is a babe.. fact)
and it does all the work for you , delivers it , sends you supportive texts,tweets and emails ( who needs a boyfriend!)
SO WHETHER ITS WEIGHT LOSS, GLOWING SKIN, DIGESTIVE ISSUES, ALLERGIES , GENERAL DETOX (HEY BENDER) juice cleansing is your crack 
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DEPRESSING SIDE NOTE: the only thing  negative about this cleanse was  NOW WISH I HAD DONE 5 DAYS INSTEAD OF 3 … (bratty me!) no but seriously I (HAND ON HEART)  in all honesty will be doing it again .. if mainly for the mental clarity and the energy !!
IF YOU GUYS WANNA DO IT DO  IT I SORTED A LITTLE DEAL FOR YOU BABES: :
30% off discount + free shipping in London using coupon code

FRUVEJUYEAH

 

I know i know Im too good to you .. but I love you long time 🙂
RECOMMENDED READING
BENEFITS OF A JUICE FEAST/FAST

The China Study Author Nails A New Book

Well&GoodNYC what would i do without your little daily inbox’s of goodness !

this morning I got an email about Dr. T. Colin Campbell‘s new book .. he’s the Author of every health conscious persons Bible .. THE CHINA STUDY .. “It’s the largest comprehensive study of human nutrition ever conducted. It was launched via a partnership between Cornell University, Oxford University, and the Chinese Academy of Preventative Medicine. The groundbreaking results from the study (and other influential nutrition research) recommend the best diet for long-term health.”

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 And now Whole: Rethinking The Science Of Nutrition <——-thats a link

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Well&good gave the lowdown on what the book covers:

*Source:http://www.wellandgoodnyc.com/2013/10/10/does-the-science-of-nutrition-need-a-makeover/

1. Food is more important than nutrients. “The whole apple is far more than the sum of its parts,” Dr. Campbell says. Looking at a food as just a list of calories, protein, calcium, and Vitamin C, etc., is not enough. Taking a supplement for each nutrient in an apple, for example, is not the same as eating one (see numbers 2-4).

2. Nutrients in food vary immensely. So, if you want to eat exactly 1,000 mg of calcium each day, good luck. One handful of beans does not contain the same amount as another, even if nutrition facts claim it does. Beta-carotene in some foods can vary three- to nineteen-fold, and one study found it varied forty-fold in peaches.

3. Nutrients affect each other, big time. Magnesium influences the effects of iron, protein affects zinc, vitamin A acts differently when paired with vitamin D, and so on. So focusing on getting each nutrient is infinitely more complicated than taking a supplement for each one.

4. What your body does with the nutrients is key. “The food we put in our mouths doesn’t control our nutrition—not entirely,” he says. “What our bodies do with that food does.” So if you ingest 500 mg of vitamin C, that doesn’t mean your body is going to utilize all of it.

5. Your body knows what it’s doing! Dr. Campbell argues that while the complexities of nutrient interactions sound complicated and discouraging, the body is actually doing a great job at making what you eat work for you. In the end, he says, you can eat a whole foods, plant-based diet that’s heavy on veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains, beans, and legumes and short on processed foods, animal products, added salt, oil, and sugar, with balanced carbs, protein, and fat, and the rest will take care of itself. “In short, your body is constantly monitoring and adjusting the concentrations of nutrients in the food you consume in order to turn massive variability into the narrower ranges it requires to be healthy.” —Lisa Elaine Held

Below Is a Little excerpt which i think is pivotal that every human know (i’m being so serious today !?!? OHMAGAWWDD)

.. his books are always innovative, and incredible so get reading peeps

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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

Dumpster Juice & The Buddha Hand

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this my friends .. is a dumpster juice .. because its literally got anything compost-y in it .. that isnt a word i know .. but this is delicious .. as soon as you put strawberries in a juice .. its delicious .. its like a banana in a smoothie .. it could literally have an old shoe in it .. but it will just taste banana-ry .. today i am making up many-a-words

heres what went in it …

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 Broccoli

small apple

lemon

iceberg lettuce

rainbow chard

strawberries

spinach

black cabbage

dino kale

cucumber

Aloe vera Water

Stevia

BUDDHA HAND

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Now note the weird YELLOW MONSTER THING.. that my friends is a BUDDHA HAND! its a lemony aromatic fruit .. and its bizarre , the texture the whole way through is the same as the skin of a lemon or orange .. WERIDD but it isnt bitter .. its basically lemon peel that someone told to calm down .. but how much do you go “grab ma strong hand” when you see its little cripple fingers .. if you dont know what im talking about.. let me take you back

anyway this is all part of my 21 Days juicing which has just begun .. i personally love juicing and feel great.. im going to swap in some smoothies every now and then .. and hopefully find some more retarded fruit .. suggestions welcome

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Five Of The Best .. Wellness Websites

I’ve got you covered on the health website front .. these are 5 of my all time favourite websites

Part of me is being really bratty about putting them up as im like nooo they’re my little secrets .. but i must share because they deserve to be shared . so enjoy clickety clicking this weekend . endless hours ..

1. The Wellness Warrior 

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is a girl from aus( all healthy people are from aus) but she post really easy to read articles  and interviews with some of the best .. as well as little mantra’s at the end of every post

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this is a new one and my god it is beautiful , really really ridiculously beautiful .. its like being in an art gallery or some super zen spa … with great interviews with great women and simplistic well written articles

3. Mind Body Green 

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its like the WholeFoods Of websites… huge and you can find everything you’re looking for .. and its restocked daily

4. The ChalkBoard Mag

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One of the best online “magazines” you can find .. they also do a Guest Editor that has varied from Skin care gurus to Jamie Oliver … its the go to for current articles and superfood help .. its the kind of place you go just browsing and learn about 8000 new things

5. This Rawsome Vegan Life 

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This is Solely for Food Porn .. there is no one on earth who makes better healthier food alternatives than this girl .. nor anyone that photographs them better.. be prepared to dribble .. .loads

 

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

SAY NO TO AGAVE… not a health food

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we f*cked up .. with AGAVE.. sorry guys but its official .. this delicious golden syrup aint no health food its highly processed and has a high percentage fructose sugars.. its up there with HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP .. woops that processed  sugar everyone is alway saying is killing us all and making our children hyper little c*nts …But seriously Fructose is the chain of sugar in fruit yes.. but it comes in minimal amounts in fruits .. coupled with fiber therefore is digested and released slowly and the bulk stops you from overeating .

 BUTTT when you condense it into a sweet syrup of high amounts of fructose its not good AGAVE IS ACTUALLY HIGHER IN FRUCTOSE THAN HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP with anywhere from 60-97 percent of it containing the fast acting sugars which cause weight gain , liver damage and inflammation .

 Dr.Joseph Mercola recently wrote an article on the issue stating ” Most agave “nectar” or agave “syrup” is nothing more than a laboratory-generated super-condensed fructose syrup, devoid of virtually all nutrient value, and offering you metabolic misfortune in its place.” … oh god

so put the squeeze-y bottles down . step away from the syrupy devil.

i apologise profusely for being the bearer of bad news .

FOR THE FULL LOW DOWN HERE ARE SOME ARTICLES ABOUT IT

http://kimberlysnyder.net/blog/2012/08/15/what-everyone-ought-to-know-about-fructose/

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mercola/agave-this-sweetener-is-f_b_537936.html

to juice not to juice .. Refinery29 you ask all the right questions

 

REFINERY29 is basically my online mindreader … every time a thought pops in my head .. about a week later im emailed the answer in the form of a Refinery Article … but HERE is a great one on whether Juice Fasting Is necessary or good . personally i love Green Juices

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As an occasional detox, though, can’t a juice cleanse give your body a break? Actually, that’s not necessary, says Salge Blake. “Your body is so smart,” she says, “and thank goodness — because we oftentimes do silly things and don’t eat correctly. And that’s why we’re so grateful that our body is so smart and is able to adapt.” According to Salge Blake, the body’s organs and systems clean themselves— without the help of a juice cleanse. Giancoli agrees, saying, “There’s no need to do something like a detox. Our body does that on its own.”

More importantly, says Salge Blake, going on a juice cleanse isn’t a risk-free endeavor. She points to dangers in fully absorbing these programs and the nutrients they provide, as some don’t include enough protein to sustain a woman throughout the day. “You need a certain amount of dietary protein coming in to maintain your lean muscle mass,” she says. “If you don’t eat this protein, your body starts breaking down the protein you already have, to use it for things it really needs like red blood cells and the nervous system.” In addition, she says, this process could be potentially fouling up your metabolism — exactly the opposite of what many detox-ers are looking to accomplish.

Still, while juice cleanses have yet to receive unanimous support among nutritionists, doctors, and dietitians, the fever for detoxing shows no signs of slowing down. If you’re interested in committing to a three- or five-day plan, make sure you talk to your doctor about its nutrients and whether you need to supplement with a little caloric, protein, or fiber intake to make sure you get complete nutrition. Yes, it’s one extra step for those who want to do a cleanse — but what good is downing 20 pounds of veggies if it’s not helping your health?