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

I’m not a member of the Kale Club

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

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

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

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

SEE FULL CHART BELOW :

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

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

http://watercress.co.uk

WATERBLESS .

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

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

HOWEVER .. this concoction was worthy of a share .

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

until I stumbled upon a blog called

VEGGIE DESSERTS

and saw miraculous things like

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

and

Cucumber and Mint Cupcakes with Rose Water Buttercream

i know wizardry .

and finally the inspiration was

Cauliflower and Chocolate Ice Lollies with Pistachio Dust

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

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

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ABOVE:post ballroom blitz (aka blending)

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YUMMY

ON ANOTHER NOTE :

big projects coming up for my Baby (company)

THE SUPLUV
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with gift cards

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New Collaborations

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And Custom Bundles

so stay tuned !!

LOUISE ANDROLIA AKA Babe Mystic

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What do you do?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What are the 5 healthy life tips you do daily?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I digress though, here is one for you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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https://twitter.com/louniverse

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

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

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

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

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(Infographic from cosmetologyschool.org)

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

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

I digress ..

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

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

ROLL UP ROLL UP

RMS BEAUTY 

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

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

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

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

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

My Suggestion would be the

living luminizer

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

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Nanna knows best : traditional healing 101

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Three Traditional Foods To Welcome Back Baby..

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

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

Traditional foods are back .. notably these three babies

BONE BROTH :

RUNNNNN VEGANS RUNNN!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BUTTER:

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Yep  said it butter . BUTTER IS BETTER .

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

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

Reading material

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

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

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

FERMENTED FOODS:

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

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

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

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

still not convinced about its goodness? read on babes

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

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

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

SWEETNESS OF THE DAY: Refinery29 Repost …FAT FAT FAT

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

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

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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 ?!?!

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or

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dont ask about the coconut ..

The MindValley Gives Us One Of The Most Important Info-graphics Ever & A Video Exercise That May Change Your Life

I WAS RECENTLY DISCUSSING THIS WITH SOMEONE:

 THAT ALTHOUGH SCHOOL BEING GREAT….. REALLY LACKS IN SOME LIFE LESSONS, like no one told me how integral stress management , and happiness can be in terms of sticking with  a career path . or that in life both professional and personal you’re dealing with other peoples emotions . and EGO’s  .. AND I WONDERED WHY THERE WASNT A SCHOOL OF LIFE or a course or even anyone else who had thought about this major limitation in the education system  , and alas as The Rule Of Attraction  will have it I stumbled upon MindValley …

they use cartoons which makes life so easy (i probably should have listened more at school and maybe cartoons wouldn’t appeal so much )

Vishen Lakhiani  

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and his company MindValley 

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 after compiling over 20,000 peoples opinion on what was lacking in education managed to break it down to 5 fundamentals that people wish / deem essential life learnings BELOW
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VISHEN , also posted an amazing exercise in the form of a youtube clip to unblock our inner guide , in a pragmatic way and help people realise their career path by 3 simple questions . simply beautiful . what a duuuuuude . LINK BELOW

Yogi Rachel Brathen Talks Body Image, Seinfeld , Pigeon Pose And A Pup Called Ringo

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In an era of excessive stimulation and constant viral over exposure (may the twerk RIP ) its nice to come across someone using Social Media for good …
Thats where Rachel Brathen comes in, a travelling yogi with more than  59,000 followers on Facebook and a casual 409k on Instagram … yep she’s basically the Beyonce of yoga .
Her profiles are peppered with beautiful images of her Aruba abode  (yep she lives on a caribbean island FML ) her always-booked-out retreats , a slightly mental whippet named Ringo (he has an Instagram @ringo_thegringo ) as well as jaw dropping pictures of intricate poses mid-ocean .. on a PADDLE BOARD! – This my friends is called SUP yoga (Stand-Up Paddle board Yoga) and Rachel was one of the first people to pioneer the beautiful practice.
It may sound as though she’s living the good life , but Rachel takes her social media power seriously  and with great responsibility .. especially with helping her younger female fans accept their bodies .
We picked her yogi brain .. and she lovingly provided us with this :
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DFH:  how did you start out as a yoga instructor? 

RB: I was practicing a lot and found myself one day thinking “if i was teaching this class, i’d do this or that different…” and shortly after that i started teaching to friends and the company i worked for while living in costa rica. i was teaching for a year before i did my first teacher training. when i moved to aruba i started teaching full time – there was no real yoga community on the island and i had a big space to fill! now the yoga community is thriving; it’s beautiful.

DFH:The single healthy tip EVERYONE should incorporate into their hectic lives? 

RB:Breathe deeply, drink more water and don’t make life as seriously as your mind wants it to be.

DFH:What makes you laugh ? 

RB:My puppies! All the time. Also, Seinfeld. Favorite show. Ever.
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DFH:you have an amazing following, especially on social media sites like Instagram , whats your favourite image you have posted and why  ?

RB:I posted a “love your body love your soul” post a few months ago, describing some of my flaws (stretch makes, i like eating cheese in bed, i have oily skin) and  a couple weeks back a picture of my belly fat. Haha – yes – these is my favorite posts! i get such amazing response every time. I’m sick of seeing only picture perfect posts on instagram, like everyone’s lives are so damn perfect all the time. we choose what we portray. everyone has bad days, everyone feels inadequate from time to time.. and it can be quite intimidating seeing post after post of advanced yoga poses, fitness shots, beach… no one’s life looks like that all the time. i do my best to inspire people and still keep it real. the comments i get on these posts make me tear up, and i get flooded with emails. so much love from people who are just want to accept their bodies as they are.
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DFH:how do you stay healthy whilst travelling ? 

i don’t always. i try to practice as much as i can – i always have my mat with me. i focus on drinking water. i do gentle stretches every morning and legs up the wall every evening to keep my body happy. i drink beer when i feel like it and never ever ever indulge in “guilty pleasures” – NO GUILT. EVER. Pleasure? Hell yes!

DFH: how would you advise people especially young girls to accept their bodies? 

RB:We have to change the way we see ourselves, not the way we eat. Instead of trying to change your body (lose weight, get fitter, slimmer whatever), focus on loving your body first – real change and healthy ways come from there. Stop feeling guilty about what you eat or how you act! I read a fitness magazine the other day and they had a segment called “you ate it? negate it?” – BULLSHIT! It’s stuff like that that promotes insane body images. like, “uh-oh, i accidentally indulged and enjoyed dessert after dinner, or birthday cake, or wine with my friends… How do i get rid of the guilt i feel – how much exercise do i need to do?”. It’s nuts. There are so many more important things in life than obsessing over calories or number on a scale. What do you love to do? What makes you feel good? What makes you really happy? Focus on this! Be happy, first. Don’t take your body so seriously. Life is much more fun when we relax and love ourselves the way we are.

DFH:Favourite Pose? 

RB:Double pigeon pose. Or legs up the wall pose. And handstands!
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DFH:advice for people wanting to become yoga instructors? 

RB:Find your own voice. Don’t try to copy your past teachers, or an image of what you want to be as a teacher. Find what makes you unique and use that as a teacher.

DFH:a list of  favourites… 

RB:
Website: www.youtube.com. i love cute animal videos!
Film: the darjeeling limited. or jeff who lives at home. or garden state. or sleepless in seattle! i’m a sucker for sappy love stories.
Book: The power of NOW by eckhart toll. and the shadow of the wind by carlos ruiz zafon.
person: all of my sister and brothers (i have five). can’t pick! they’re all much younger than me and i love them to death.
instagram: @ringo_thegringoImage
Mantra: thank you
supplement: none.
beauty product: argan oil!
meal: breakfast 🙂

DFH:finally whats in store in the next 6months ?

oh. so much! we have three more retreats this year, all sold out. i love our retreat groups. i just started working with a media production company so some exciting things in the works!  early next year we go to mexico, then a europe tour, then brazil… oh and at some point i’m getting married!! crazy! it’s going to be a good year 🙂

For all of Rachels amazingness , click n follow peeps

http://www.rachelbrathen.com

https://www.facebook.com/rachelsyoga

http://web.stagram.com/n/yoga_girl/

To Read Some Of Her Wise Words :

http://www.elephantjournal.com/?s=rachel+brathen+

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/wc/rachel-brathen

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

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

Any way ..

WHAT IS AYURVEDA MEDICINE ?

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

Vata (wind)

Pitta (fire)

Kapha (earth)

With One more dominant overall Dosha .

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

 a quick questionnaire will tell you yours.

click below

WHATS YOUR DOSHA?

WHY ITS WORTH IT ?

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

What Happens Without The Balance

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READ ABOUT YOUR DOSHA BELOW

Characteristics for Vata predominant types:

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

General Health Tips for Vata Types:

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

Characteristics for Pitta Predominant Types:

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

General Health Tips for Pitta Types:

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

Characteristics for Kapha Predominant Types:

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

General Health Tips for Kapha Types: 

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

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

 

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

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
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Turmeric Proven to be as effective as 14!! pharmaceutical drugs including PROZAC and ASPIRIN !
KANIWA .. the new quinoa .. oH super-grains, why you always being discovered !
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Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 , literally the best film of the year, its like my mind googly eyed fruits came into fruition (see what i did?!?! )
you must must see this when it comes out . tis the greatest film of 2013 because there is a baby talking strawberry named barry

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

Sweetness Of The Day .. Rude Health

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

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

come on rude boyyyyyy!

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

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

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

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

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

I make my Golden Milk with it

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

http://rudehealth.com

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

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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GREAT ARTICLE .. Plus blog Guilt

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let me preface this post with an I’m Sorry i have not been posting .. these are my excuses (because you don’t care skip to the link of the shweet article)

1. i’ve been travelling 

2. I’ve been studying 

3. I’ve been doing my Yoga teacher training , and basically can just about make it to bed every evening in between epson salt baths from having my legs popped out of the sockets and thrust above my head . sounds sexy.. is naaat

4. i just couldnt think of anything to write about … 

 

luckily i was lazy but good ol’ Refinery 29 was not , they posted this great article the other day about calories not being  a calorie … baffling i know .. but read it because these people are such smarty pants … 

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http://www.refinery29.com/calories-in-food#page-2

 

I PROMISE I WILL BE BLOGGING ASAP .. AND ABOUT EXCITING THINGS LIKE MEDITATION < KUNDALINI < GOOGLY EYED FRUITS AND GENERAL WELLNESS SHIZNIT 

How To Travel Like A Genius : Supplements And That Bridesmaids Scene

How To Travel Like A Genius … 101 

so i’ve just done a long haul flight .. 23 hours all up .. i do this maybe 2-3 times per year .. so my friends …i am a F*cking star at travelling , and have met every kind of traveller possible .

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Firstly i would like to mention, you can take as much food as you want on the plane , you can make your meals at home and take them onboard long as they arent a liquid over 100ml .. I take vegetables, fruit and salads , you’re not obligated to eat plane food , this really confuses me when people are like ” ugh i feel bad I had to eat plane food , you know how disgusting that stuff is !” yehhh i do .. so do you apparently , but the steward must have held the air-marshalls gun to your head and stuffed that rock hard bread roll down your throat .. because i see that happen so much .. What the F&ck ??!?

so take apples, berries, salads, granola , vegetables.. for christ sake take half the health food store , you’ll feel so much better for it and i promise no one will blink an eye, people will just be like .. dammit i wish i had brought delicious food, whilst eating a curry in a foil dish that looks like a warmed up turd .

Now thats off my chest .. here are some supplements for every Traveller

The Nervous Traveller 

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Magnesium 

AKA the calming mineral .. its key in relaxing your muscles physically as well as your brain , and is so beneficial to sleep its retarded , this is good for the flyer who needs to neck 4 vodka mini bottles before you’ve even sat down .

dr hyman writes about it here http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/magnesium-the-most-powerf_b_425499.html

 

The Sleepless Traveller 

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Melatonin 

cant sleep on planes? or want to get sleep aligned with the timezone you’re about to arrive at? melatonin is your best friend , melatonin is a hormone naturally occurring in the body and regulates the sleep – wake  cycle of your body . it allows for more seamless adjustment to timezones

The “I Look Like Shit After A Long Haul Flight ” Traveller 

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Green Supplements 

dehydration , lack of oxygen and lack of nutrients are to blame for this one .. which is why you should take as many leafy greens on the plane with you . but taking a Greens Supplement will do wonders, they also keep your digestion detoxing so you wont get bloated from the pressure of eating food so high up!! plus it will give you some added boost and energy .. think something with barley grass (alkalising) spirulina (energising) and Chorella (detoxing) .

The Blocked Up Traveller 

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Magnesium Oxide 

i had to add this one , its disgusting yes .. but the amount of people who ask me about this one … if i had a penny!

different to magnesium supplements (please don’t confuse them :I) , magnesium oxide (Milk Of Magnesium) is a bowel supplement .. not a laxative as such as all it does is bring oxygen and moisture back to the digestive tract allowing for proper elimination naturally (no running to the bathroom required) it is really important to be eliminating especially if you choose to eat the plane food (silly) because you’ll need energy when you’ve compromised your body due to  changing your eating habits, exotic foods , timezones, and lack of routine .. so this will be a game changer .

The Stomach Bug Traveller 

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Probiotics + Colloidal Silver 

there is always one person you know (its probably you), who steps on a plane  gets sneezed on by an old dude and rubbed by the snotty fingers of the child sitting next to you .. and boom you’re out with either flu or gastro , people have come to accept these travel bugs as just a natural occurrence of air travel . it needn’t be so , first probiotics .. the good bacteria in your body , when strong will fight an win against almost ALL bacteria, infections and germs so keep those little men strong and take probiotics throughout the flight .

secondly another line of defence is colloidal silver (in spray form) is activated silver suspended in water which when sprays acts as a barrier between you and any bacteria and germs .. i spray my blanket and chair as well as myself (like a shower of tiny jewellery ) .. or better yet when the mother isn’t looking .. spray the sticky child next to you , then hide under your blanket and pretend its a fun game .

The Bad Circulation Traveller 

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Garlic supplements 

Swelly legs, tired face, stiffness and tingling .. yeh that would be you and your shitty circulation , they say most people should take aspirin when flying not just to prevent from DVT (deep vein thrombosis)  but to just assist the body in circulating your blood (and water) when put under the strain and literal pressure of high altitudes . but you don’t need to take aspirin .. Garlic is one of the best anticoagulants in the world , its been used for thousands of years, and naturally aids circulation , and has similar (sometimes clinically proven to have better) effects of circulation when flying.

Finally , the usual tips, drink loads of water, get up and walk , and finally enjoy that you have however many hours to sit and think about fun stuff or watch some shitty films . p.s another plus when you bring your own food with you, is you get to use the bathroom whilst everyone else is being served dinner… and we know what the bathroom is like when 100 plus people get fed toxic high shelf-life airplane food.. so enjoy your fresh as a daisy toilet time before the masses tarnish it .

And FINALLY TRAVEL SMART …. OR LIKE THIS

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