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 !!

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 ?!?!?

 

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

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

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”)
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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…
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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

Unicorn Elixir … I Mean Dairy-Free Golden Milk

Golden Milk … 
it sounds delicious right ?! am i right ?!? 
Initially upon learning of this Elixir I assumed it was the MILK OF UNICORNS (naturally).. because you know that sh*t will give you super powers .. 
Nay (see what i did there?!) it is in fact an Old Ayurvedic Recipe used as an anti-inflammatory “Beauty Tonic” -Hello! and overall healthful drink . 
on a scientific note the Golden Ingredient – The PUN QUEEN IS BACK!! sorry anyway the main ingredient TURMERIC has recently come to the forefront of western health because of its many benefits 
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Including But Not Limited To: 
 
-dementia prevention
-cancer prevention 
-natural anti-inflammatory
-fighting colds / flu’s 
– assisting in insulin stability (helpful for diabetics) 
-stimulates gallbladder – in turn aids digestion and weight loss 
– natural liver detox 
 
so its a good’n 
But the Original Recipe from Ayurveda contains Dairy , which would have been fine because of the purity and freshness of milk back in the day (Imagining an old lady shaking her walking stick!?!?) but not so much now
 
so i’ve devised the dairy free alternative .. 
 
You’re welcome 
 
+Yogi’s take note , because it lubricates the joints its great before classes to aid flexibility 
 
RECIPE 
 
1/2 tsp. turmeric powder (less if fresh root) 

1 cup milk substitute (rice , almond, oat whatever go crazy!) 

1/3 cup water 

1-2 Tbsp. coconut oil (optional but helpful for the flu-ey people because its of antibacterial properties)

raw honey/stevia/maple syrup to taste

ALSO PLAY AROUND WITH THE AMOUNTS OF TURMERIC and sweetness.. when you hit that perfect personal preference this is friggin delicious 

Boil water and turmeric in small saucepan over medium-high heat for 8 minutes (the turmeric must be fully cooked if not powdered ). Meanwhile, bring the milk and coconut oil to boiling point in a separate pan and remove from heat. Combine the two mixtures and add sweetness of your choice .

 
 
to learn more about this cup’o goodness click 
 
 
 
 

Drop The Idea Of Protein Being A Meat Thing

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This is possibly the most annoying thing I ever hear.. “but if i don’t eat meat/ animal productsIi wont have enough protein!!’

“All vegetables have protein. In fact, calorie for calorie, spinach is more protein rich than beef. While 100 calories of ground beef has 10 grams of protein, 100 calories of fresh baby spinach has 12 grams.”


the above quote comes from an article on Natural News about how to Beat Inflammation  CLICK IT HERE 

It details why its important to lessen your meat consumption-along with refined sugars and carbs due to there acidity . AND IS JUST A GREAT READ !

Although I don’t eat meat I am so aware that people do need it because of their constitution and I completely believe in the organic farming industry . However I do have a slight issue (does anyone care about my issues?!?) with the regularity in which people consume animal products . BASICALLY IF YOURE EATING SOME KIND OF ANIMAL PRODUCT AT EVERY MEAL , YOU NEED TO REASSESS YOUR DIET! for the sake of your insides, your heart, PH level , energy levels and all round health

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So get strong with veggies like PopEYE .. I always wondered .. like was he lifting too much and popped his eye?!? was he born with a popped eye IS THAT A THING? , did his parents cruelly give him that name because of a birth defect ?!? what is going on !?!?

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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

Superhuman Superfood Super Smoothies .. SSSUPPPEERRR

The Super Smoothie

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ohh super smoothie .. why you so delicious , on my hunt for more combinations .. i found the Smoothie Index on Navita’s Naturals Website.. its basically the porn of smoothie websites ..

*dribble*

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Secondly .. buying each individual powder was making my brain hurt.. not only remembering them all but finding them all in one place.. so instead opted for these superfood mix ins .. they are f*cking delicious..

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Rich in chlorophyll & high in magnesium, green foods alkalise the blood & provide minerals. As well as wheatgrass, barleygrass, spirulina and chlorella green foods, this excellent mix also contains zeolite, pau d’arco & milk thistle for exceptional cleansing support. 100g.

Ingredients/More Details

Wheatgrass powder (29%), spirulina powder (19%), chlorella powder (14%), milk thistle seed powder (14%), barleygrass powder (14%), zeolite powder (not raw-5%), Pau D’arco powder (5%).

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InSpirals magnificent maintenance mix to nourish and sustain you in your day, providing plenty of natural plant-based nutrients and antioxidants. Pleasantly sweet-tasting. 100g.

Ingredients/More Details

Maca root powder (24%), yacon root powder (23%), baobab fruit powder (15%), ho shou wu (fo ti) powder (11%), ginseng powder (9%), purple corn extract powder (9%), acai powder (9%).

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InSpiral’s mix is a perfect boost to lift your spirits. This stimulating mix is high in natural caffeines and will surely keep you alert and bouncing into the night the natural way! 100g.

Ingredients/More Details

Guarana seed powder (27%), maca root powder (20%), raw cacao powder (20%), yacon root powder (20%), suma powder (13%).

BUY THEM AT INSPIRALLED.COM

SO ALL THE HARD WORK IS DONE FOR YOU >>>YAYYAYYA

The Alkaline Diet & The Acid Trip … I Mean List

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so everyone’s all like.. we must get alkaline.. acidic things are bad!! boo ..

and you all nod along thinking .. i understand the concept .. what the hell is acidic food and alkaline food? how am i supposed to know this shit?? i just learnt what Chia Seeds are and am looking into buying a juicer.. now i have to have a periodic table of foods and PH levels NOOOO .

dont worry i got your back

 .. so heres a chart .

P.s Thank God Breast Milk is alkaline ?!?!? WHAT … because if you’re reading this table .. you’re obviously not a baby (if you are .. its blowing my mind a baby is reading my blog) … therefore .. who the f*ck is consuming the breast milk ?? *shudder*

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Read up on alkaline here : http://www.raw-foods-diet-center.com/alkaline-diet-detox.html

KICK COFFEE.. ADD THESE DELICIOUS THINGS

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why say no to coffee?.. or at least cut down..

because dun dun dunnnnnn..

It inhibits the absorption of essential minerals, such as iron, magnesium and zinc, as well as B vitamins. (we slightly need those )

it jolts the body’s central nervous system.(not good)

it can exhaust the adrenal glands leading to chronic fatigue and weight gain .. dammit

increases cortisol (stress hormone) which makes yo’ tummy fat !! (abdominal hoarding is for squirrels and bears.. and things that hibernate)

dehydrates thus causing blockages .. ewww stagnant body

each cup of coffee contaicns 100-190 mg of caffeine

did you know  its been proven that the thought or smell of coffee is stimulating  just as much as actually consuming it ?

having kicked (some) coffee compared to my 8 cups a day.. i shit you not ..it can be quite difficult just ruthlessly getting rid .. so instead of just eliminating it .. substitute it or at least that 2nd or 3rd cup for these alternatives .. you’ll “crowd-it-out” with better alternatives and wont even miss it .

Alternatives :

The Other Caffeines :

Black teas

with less than half (50mg)  the caffeine of a cup of coffee .

less chemicals involved in the processing .. and its not too weird healthy freakness of an order so you don’t feel strange and can still go to Starbuck’s

Green Tea ..Matcha Powder

high antioxidant levels .. some of which have shown ant ageing properties

 … it is actually derived from the same leaves as black tea , however leaves are steamed as opposed to fermemented

30mg Of Caffeine

and have you ever had a Matcha Tea Latte? .. I am about to blow your mind

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http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2012/11/mint-matcha-green-tea-latte.html

Your Herbal Mates:

Yerba Mate

a type of south american Holly Plant (hi christmas ) is similar to tea however instead of caffeine it contains the stimulant xanthines which is less stressing on the body and with fewer side affects than caffeine (how many times will I say caffeine in the post?!?) it also contains theobromine the same stimulating feel good little beauty in CHOC-CO-LATE mmmm

Rooibos Tea

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leaves from the African red bush it has immune-boosting properties

with an earthy taste

high level of antioxidants

assist with nervous tension, allergies and digestive problems .. so basically counteracts everything coffee does to the body , YAY!

its amazing in this african blend …by yogi tea

The Upgrade From Coffee:

Barleycup

looks like coffee, smells coffee-ish .. is not coffee…

a powdered cereal drink made of roasted barley, rye and chicory.

prepared the same as you would a normal coffee , and is caffeine free

it tastes like a very sweet mild coffee .. smells caramel like and i think its delicious .

so far the best alternative to coffee

health wise it increases circulation and its full of antioxidants

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chai tea latte

black tea  and cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and pepper-all of which aid digestion and help circulation

and its f*cking delicious

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The Superfood To Add To Your Life:

if you’re worried about your energy and alertness without coffee .. get some MACA in your LIfe

its a superfood and relative of the radish and has an odor similar to butterscotch and a taste of bitter butterscotch .. I don’t actually mind it .. some people don’t like it as it is strong .. but you can hide it well in most smoothies or coffee’s and juices .

Its been used for centuries as a remedy of “tired blood”  enhancing energy, stamina, athletic performance, memory and overall adrenal hormone health

filled with vitamins, minerals, proteins, tannins, complex alkaloids and other phytochemicals

plus Miranda Kerr swears by it … and she be babe’n

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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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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 

IS.GOING.TO.BLOW.YOUR.MIND

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.