“Physical signs and symptoms are ways your body tries to alert you to deeper imbalances.”
Courtesy of ww.experiencelife.com
Courtesy of ww.experiencelife.com
Something he created out of love and necessity having found interest in the “biohacking” world thats so revolutionary in America , his frustration at not being able to access the products that were enabling people like Tim Ferriss and Dave Asprey to optimise their brains, bodies and productivity .. so basically creating super humans . He decided to bridge the gap and bring BIOHACKING TO BRITAIN . I know right . we picked his ..correction .. Upgraded super brain and found out the following…
The story of humble Vitamin D started my fascination with health. I was blown away that this simple Vitamin could influence over 1000 genes within the human genome. After a quick google search I realised I could get my blood levels of serum 25-hydroxy-vitamin D tested quickly and cheaply and after raising them to the correct levels I set about seeing what else I could manipulate.
I think peoples health is being screwed up mostly by a lack of responsibility from individuals themselves. The myth that you can eat one particular way (be that SAD, paleo, low carb…) and everything is going to be OK is wrong. People need to take responsibility to see what they personally need to eat, how much they need to work out and what they need to do to prevent cognitive decline and then do those things over the long term.
I think the ability for the average person to manipulate their brain neurochemistry is going to be the most important health development of the next 5 years. Cognitive decline is going to become the biggest health issue facing humanity alongside obesity as diets get worse and people live longer.
I think in time it will be commonplace to take a neuroprotective nootropic drug like piracetam in the morning alongside your omega 3s and vitamin d supplements.
The real scoop is that the word ‘paleo’ is used to sell cook books and diets. The movement started with an emphasis on eating real, wholefoods which is what I wholeheartedly support. As long as you’re eating a bunch of whole veg, a decent amount of fats from things like butter and avocado and a fist size of quality meat a day you’re doing well.
I intermittent fast and so I have a black coffee in the mornings using freshly ground Bioupgraded – High Performance Coffee beans and then have lunch around 1-2pm. Lunch is usually a salad of some kind – organic baby gem lettuce, cucumber, celery, avocado, tomatoes with some kind of meet like salmon or chicken. I make a little salad dressing using MCT oil and a squeeze of lemon too.
I enjoy cooking and so my evening meal could be anything. For example tonight I’m going to making slow cooked, sticky Chinese ribs and a tomato and basil soup. I’ll likely throw some kind of fruit cocktail together for a desert too. Random but delicious.
Vitamin D and Omega 3s (with Krill Oil being the best source) are essential for most people. After that it really depends on your mental and physical performance and training goals.
ABOVE: some of the supplements Will Curates on the site
It’s an obvious one, but Tim Ferriss was a huge influence for me to track my own health biomarkers and then use this data to improve them. Importantly his original book the 4 hour work week was massive inspiration for me to take control of my life and become and entrepreneur.
I’d love to interview Tim and dive deep into what makes him tick on the mindset kind of level.
Yoga is incredible and is something that I’m really into at the moment. Being tall I’ve never had decent flexibility and so it’s a new side of being ‘in shape’ that I’ve never really experimented with before.
I do a lot of rock climbing but when I’m not training specifically for that my weekly break down is this –
– HIIT once a week to increase mitochondria numbers and function (plus countless epigenetic knock on effects)
– ‘Lift heavy stuff’ twice a week which consists of 6-8 reps x3 sets of squats, deadlift, bench press, overhead press and a few other compound movements.
– Specific training for niggles. For example I smashed up my clavicle last year sledding and I’m still having issues with my infraspinatus being tight and so I do daily exercises to strengthen the muscles around this at the moment.
3 out of 4 visits to US doctors are for stress related ailments, stress is also the cause of 60% of all human illness and disease. Stress related aliments costs the US economy $300 billion a year (obesity costs way less at $200 billion).
Most of the people reading this right now are likely stressed, however there is a solution. It’s simple, free, we’ve been doing it for thousands of years – meditation.
If everyone relaxed their brains for 20 minutes a day by meditating the world would instantly become a healthier place.
Sugar is fine, in moderation, with real food, in the PM (as it effects your blood glucose and so insulin levels differently throughout the day).
Fat isn’t the devil, most of your brain is made out of it!
Carbs = insulin spike which is a useful tool if used correctly.
and finally the QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS (one word response)
Family, Fitness, Freedom
Wake, Gratefulness, Coffee, Read, Meditate, Work
Everyone knows what to do in health, business, life. Only the successful repeatedly do it.
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Awaken the giant within – Tony Robbins
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
and saw miraculous things like
i know wizardry .
and finally the inspiration was
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 !
ABOVE:post ballroom blitz (aka blending)
ON ANOTHER NOTE :
big projects coming up for my Baby (company)
so stay tuned !!
I love a good TED TALK .. this one has to possibly be one of my TOP 5 favourites … relationships are one of the key components to health … some say even more so then nutrition …
a good sunday watch
SELECT THE RIGHT RELATIONSHIP :
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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
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.)
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.
Lately in the health and wellness realms the idea of food as medicine is old hat. And now after thurough research a growing concern for the health habits of the current human population is being pointed to as the leading causes is everything from weight gain to chronic illness so basically it all starts with SLEEP.
SO what are the QUICK SAD FACTS:
-We sleep on an average 6.8 hours as opposed to 9 hours a century ago (shittt)
-Sleep is intricately connected to various hormonal and metabolic processes in the body and is important in maintaining metabolic homeostasis (mega shitt)
-Epidemiological data increasingly suggests that short sleep duration or chronic partial sleep deprivation may increase the risk of type II diabetes. (woopsie)
-Studies also revealed that chronic sleep deprivation (sleep less than 8 hours) was associated with increase in BMI. (that’s fat ladies)
-Loss of sleep or poor quality sleep over time has been associated with high blood pressure
-Long term studies on large number of shift workers suggested increase in breast and colon cancers
HOW DO YOU HACK YOUR SLEEP ?
Waking and sleeping at regular times reinforces a consistent sleep rhythm and reminds the brain when to release those all-important sleep and wake hormones… yep this is called you circadian rhythm my dears .
BLOOD SUGAR REGULATION
The second most common cause of insomnia is blood sugar issues …90% of people are unaware of this problem until the detrimental effects begin to show . because we simply cant connect that the jumping your insulin levels all over the shop during the day seriously effects your hormones (INSULIN IS A HORMONE MY FRIENDS!!!)
This is happening if You’re eat every 2-3 hours all day (snacking and grazing have been debunked as that 90’s myth of increasing metabolism .. instead its 3 meals a day which regulate sugar levels in turn making your metabolism most efficient . ” this constant eating results your body expecting to get fed every 2-3 hours, right, sooo good luck going to bed at the end of the day and expecting to sleep through the night, youre going to wake up when your blood sugar drops enough for you body to release adrenaline and wake you up (probs HANGRY as F*ck)
TIPS TO COUNTERACT THIS:
1. eat 3-4 square meals a day with no snacking .. like a human
2.Eat whole foods – avoid processed foods. - your body understands these and utilizes them properly .. Gummy worms and Diet Coke … are basically completely alien to your insides
3. Eat Protein in the morning and carbs at night .. counter intuitive to what we previously thought .. but carbs in the evening of the SAFE KIND like root vegetables actually aid in the release of serotonin which switches on the signals to sleep (serotonin is the “happy” chemical yes, which also explains why depressed people also suffer from insomnia)
*NOTE a sweet potato , yam or white potato are the perfect carbs to keep blood sugar levels smooth sailing through the whole slumber session (a great book detailing this is Potato’s Not Prozac , a worthy read for any food addict or diabetic )
Research has demonstrated that nighttime light exposure suppresses the production of melatonin, the major hormone secreted by the pineal gland that controls sleep and wake cycles, so keep your room dark as possible , funnily enough a study also showed that even if a source of light was pointed at a sleeping persons foot (not in eyesight) the body start to cycle into the waking faze … WOW ! Nowadays we have so much light emitting form tech things like phones and computers , its worth downloading the FREE program – f.lux which switches you laptop screen to AMBER lights , enabling optimal circadian rhythm .. And is also less geeky then wearing amber glasses ..
SUPPLEMENTS THAT HELP:
L-Theanine is a non-protein amino acid found naturally in green tea (Camellia sinensis). It is clinically proven to reduce stress, balance mood and improve the quality of sleep. It’s mechanism of action is through direct effect on GABA receptors. Recommended dose approximately 100mg before bed. – See more at: http://drhedberg.com/2012/02/06/how-to-cure-insomnia/#sthash.90M7DyMC.dpuf
brain’s relationship with the adrenal glands. After only ten days of high doses of PS, research has shown that excessive cortisol levels can be decreased in healthy men. PS has also been shown to enhance brain function and memory, decrease anxiety and depression, improve mood, and enhance metabolism. It is also an antioxidant. It is very difficult for the body to make PS as it requires many nutrients for production. Supplementation is vital for optimizing adrenal function so cortisol cannot have its negative effects on the body and the thyroid.
Magnesium aids in calming the nerves and relaxing the muscles, which in turn can help individuals to fall asleep. Similarly, a deficiency of the mineral is sometimes responsible for the nervousness that prevents sleep. Magnesium deficiency hampers the ability of the body’s motor nerves, which carry electrical impulses from the brain to the muscles to send the correct messages
melatonin, in low doses for short periods – no more than a week or two at a time – can help regulate sleep rhythms. Generally, 1/2mg -2 mg about an hour and a half before bed will do the trick. Keep in mind however, for some people, over-use of melatonin can actually disrupt sleep, so use it sparingly and follow the manufacturer’s dosing instructions.
herbs like lemon balm, passion flower, chamomile, magnolia and valerian root ALL aid in relaxation and have proven to be as effective as some prescriptive sleeping medications
GET THE FULL LOWDOWN ON THE LINK BELOW :
1. if you feel a “tired but wired” sensation at night it means that the your cortisol (stress hormone) cycle is out of whack .. it should be high in the morning .. to get us out of bed .. and slowly lower till the evening to allow for melotonin to build inducing sleep
2. if your excuse for lack of sleep is needing to pee … its not ok .. waking up to pee is actually rather abnormal because our body produces hormones that stop us need to relive our selves at night
3.Better-reported sleep quality (longer duration and better quality sleep) was associated with greater fat loss during a calorie-restriction diet program in adults.
Fat is bad for your health. If meat comes from naturally raised, grass-fed or organic animals, keep the skin on! It will provide valuable fat-soluble nutrients such as vitamins A, D and E but also amino acids, CLA and AA which have vital role in neurological development (11% of the brain is made up of AA), gut health and reducing prematurely ageing skin. Women are most vulnerable to eating a diet that is too low in fat.
I think balance is the key and therefore don’t follow any diet that is too restrictive. However I will cook foods from scratch, using foods that are as close to nature as nature intended. This means my diet is naturally high in plant based foods and proteins. I do believe that if you start from a foundation of wellness, a little of what you fancy is part of that balance. I guess it can be summarized by the 80/20 approach. I only take Food-state supplements as this is the way in which the body is attuned to receiving nutrients – not as synthetically generated isolates as found in many supplements. I see outstanding results from using these natural low dose nutrients both in my own health and my clients.
ABOVE: WILD NUTRITION’S SUPPLEMENTS
My work specialises in women’s health and the most common symptoms I have with these clients are sub-fertility and menstrual irregularities such as PCOS, endometriosis, PMS and poor skin health. Most of these are accompanied by digestive imbalances and chronic stress.
FAVE FOOD – Ooh so hard to choose! Fresh raspberries
LIFE MANTRA- Being healthy is a whole-body experience and how you feed your body also nourishes your mind and soul from the root up.
WHAT MAKE YOU LAUGH – My children
WHAT MAKES YOU CRY- Beauty in nature such as the sunset over a sea- an overwhelmingly beautiful sort of crying
CHERISHED BEAUTY PRODUCT – Suti Honour Moisturiser
PERSON YOU WOULD WANT TO BE STUCK IN AN ELEVATOR WITH – My husband, we would have a great laugh and would be a great comfort if it got scary.
DAILY PRACTICE- Making a cup of fresh herb tea, usually sage with some fresh ginger or lemon. Deep breathing to centre will feature everyday too.
SUPPLEMENT- Wild Nutrition Pregnancy formula (currently 39 weeks pregnant)
WEBSITE YOU LOVE – www.Nourishedkitchen.com for some fabulous recipes with wholesome, non-faddy, ingredients.
FAVE INSTAGRAM- Shock horror but I don’t use it – sorry!
MY LAST MEAL WOULD BE AT – The fish market at Essaouira, Morocco
BEST FILM – The life of Brian by Monty Python
BOOK- Dr Christiane Northrop “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom“
INSPIRED BY – My clients who trust me with their health each day and from whom I continue to learn so much.
WHERE TO FIND HENRIETTA AND WILD NUTRITION
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HUFFINGTON POST CONTRIBUTIONS :
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 .
its a company/ service called THE SUPLUV .. because its all products to supplement your life ! get it get it?!?
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
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
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
I feel I need to preface this with .. if you have sleep issues, are prone to easily scare or simply feel a little unstable today .. DO NOT WATCH THIS CREEPY COMMERCIAL FROM THE 50’s .. another reason to avoid toxic make up .. It gives you the CRAZE EYE ..
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 .
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 !
(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 )
*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
(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
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
An absoloutley fascinating interview with Monroe in which she divulged candidly her diet and exercise habits .. and her penchant for bizarre tastes as well as revealing she sometimes sleeps 10 HOURS!! wtf babe was like a big fluffy pussycat
“EXERCISE. Each morning, after I brush my teeth, wash my face and shake off the first deep layer of sleep, I lie down on the floor beside my bed and begin my first exercise. It is a simple bust-firming routine which consists of lifting five-pound weights from a spread-eagle arm position to a point directly above my head. I do this 15 times, slowly. I repeat the exercise another 15 times from a position with my arms above my head. Then, with my arms at a 45-degree angle from the floor, I move my weights in circles until I’m tired. I don’t count rhythmically like the exercise people on the radio; I couldn’t stand exercise if I had to feel regimented about it.”
One Wife’s Plight To Be Skinny .. Animated so Cutely You’ll Want To Be Swirling Around In An Orange Tub Of Jello Too.. WTF is that about !?!?
So I haven’t updated in a while .. I apologise . there is stuff to be squeezed out of my Mind Grapes shortly
but whilst you’re bored .. here’s a strangely beautiful commercial about women’s never ending pursuit of SIZE 8 .. but its so retro its like if Grace Jones was the face of rice pebbles …
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
we’ve been hearing it for years.. fast food is addictive blah blah blah .. we all know its bad for us .. we all slightly threw up in our mouths watching SuperSize Me ..
but now some scientist actually hooked up the ol knoggin and found the reason you may be dunkin like your life depended on it and the reason you’re one pack of oreo’s away from freebasing bakery goods ..is because DUN DUN DUN … orea’s activate the same (and more ) neurones in the brain equivalent to drugs like Cocaine ..sweet jesus .. literally
“…Oreos activated significantly more neurons than cocaine or morphine. ‘This correlated well with our behavioral results and lends support to the hypothesis that high-fat/ high sugar foods can be thought of as addictive,’ said Schroeder.
And that could be a problem for the general public, says Honohan. ‘Even though we associate significant health hazards in taking drugs like cocaine and morphine, high-fat/ high-sugar foods may present even more of a danger because of their accessibility and affordability,’ she said.”
NOTE : its worth reading as it goes on to describe the issues of fructose .. which yes i will be writing about soon spoons x
Meet Ruby Warrington , babe Journalist who’s pieces have been published in The Sunday Times , InStyle, and Stylist magazines to name a few .She’s travelled the globe interviewing the likes of Miley Cyrus (pre-twerk!) and Alexa Chung .. but this is a lady of difference and alongside her day job has become the Creator .. or Mother ?!?! lets say Mother of the beautiful and niche websiteA site unlike any other …for all things new age, meditative, spiritual and other worldy .. however all the while being modern .. its basically a cool girls spiritual den.The articles vary from the latest fashions all the way to Crystal healing . Ruby ‘s managed to traverse the gap of the mystical and modern beautifully .. And will become a port of call for all conscious Gen Y’sWe Picked Her Big Zen Brain ..
1.How was the Numinous Born?I first heard the word ‘Numinous’ – meaning ‘that which is unknown or unknowable’ – in conversation with my friend Shelley Von Strunckel, who is a very eminent astrologer and all ’round mystical oracle. I immediately fell in love with the concept of ‘the numinous’ – aren’t our interactions with the big un-namable sometimes our most profound experiences? – and thought it would be a brilliant name for a chic and fashionable magazine about the esoteric.
2.You have some amazing contributors to the site , have you naturally sought out people with a similar outlook
on life , or have they been drawn to you ? basically where do you find these awesome people ?I’m used to reaching out to people for interviews and commissioning writers – I have 15 years experience as a magazine editor behind me, so it sort of comes naturally! But I have been surprised and really delighted by the number of people who’ve also approached me about contributing to the site since I launched. It feels like people have been waiting for this platform to appear.
3.why do you think people have such a hard time seeing harmony with the “mystical” world and the hustle and bustle of “real” life ?Because I think there is this very outdated idea that to be a spiritual being – i.e. connected to the mystical or divine – you need to sever you ties to the material world. But since the 1960s – the dawning of the Age of Aquarius – ideas about how we ‘should’ behave and what’s right for each individual have become much less rigid. We are all essentially spirit in human form, and we all experience the numinous –Asos.com addiction, high powered career in finance or not!
4.Can you give all the sceptics a few examples of tangible events or anecdotes where you’ve really seen how being more mindful can positively effect your life?I wrote about a recent experience I had though my kundalini yoga practise here – it really blew my mind!
5.How does one stay spiritual , but still want to gain wealth and success .. i think people assume one detrimentally effects the other ?(I feel like I answered this one above! But…) The older I get and the more I connect with the numinous, my definition of ‘success’ is changing. It used to mean being able to buy my first Marc Jacobs bag (a truly AWESOME moment), but these days success is more about the manifestation of my heart’s desires, and seeing the tangible results of my positive action in the world. Of course I still want Marc Jacobs bags, Marc Jacobs bags are beautiful, but by no means does this detract from my understanding of myself as a spiritual being.
6.Reading material ..what are some books thats have really helped you on your path?I recently read Marianne Williamson’s ‘The Law of Divine Compensation’ – which gets into the subject above in a really accessibly way.
7.what part does nutrition play in your life?Wow – what part doesn’t it play? I am a firm believer in ‘we are what we eat’ and definitely try to choose food that feeds my spirit as much as my body (seeing as the two are really one and the same). Which also means not getting too fanatical about anything food wise, which I think is easy to do when nutrition has become such a loaded and political subject.
8.this is a health blog, any go-to foods or supplements or even regimes that you swear by ? we want to know your secrets!!I stopped eating meat about three years ago, around the same time I gave up coffee and sugar – and all three things have had a profound effect on my overall wellbeing. Ditching meat has dramatically improved my digestion, and without coffee I am more focussed, sleep better and have more sustained energy. As for sugar – it was like coming off drugs in terms of feeling less anxious and just more happy in general. Kind of amazing! I think I’ve actually got quite a sensitive system and I’m pretty tapped in to how different foods make me feel. On that tip, I also love the way my morning hot water and lemon is so very refreshing.
9.What is the first article you would advise someone to read .. if you could only choose the one! (i know its cruel) from The Numinous ?This is really hard! But I wrote a story on a workshop called ‘Becoming Your Own Psychic’ recently, which was sort of like a workout for your third eye. Developing my own intuition has been a big theme for me this year, and I think if we all paid more attention to what the ‘unseen’ – or numinous – is telling us, we’d all have an easier, more magical time. So I guess start here.
10.People cant seem to wrap their heads around tarot cards and star signs .. however we’ve all heard those spooky stories of premonitions and readings becoming reality , have you ever had an amazing experience ?Louise Androlia, who writes the monthly Tarotscopes for the site, is very talented reader. Once I found myself wide awake at 4am, only to find out later that day that she had been doing a reading for me at exactly that time (she’s based in London, I’m in NYC) because she’d been called by spirit to do so. I woke again later to a a long and incredibly detailed email about exactly what I was going through that that moment in time, along with exactly the advice I needed. As for astrology, I see it more as a tool for self-awareness and personal development than a way to ‘predict’ the future. Learning to read into my chart, with the help of the Astro Twins – which I wrote about here – has helped me understand my strengths and weaknesses, as well as my relationships, so much better.
11.You worked in fashion… how do you traverse modern and mystical lives?I try to combine the two! For example, I recently did a ‘psychic closet clear out‘ with my friend Psychic Betsy – so much fun! And when I recently bought myself a pair of tiny diamond earrings, I definitely saw it as a way of letting the Universe know I was ready for more abundance in my life…
12.Whats next for the Numinous ?I have big plans for the site in 2014, all of which will be unveiled in due course! But coming up soon, a very cool line of apparel and a very different take on the traditional women’s mag “new year, new you” January diet. Watch this space!
13. the most testing emotional, spiritual and physical challenges come from relationships , what advice do you have for young women today in terms of being conscious in romantic relationships?On a very practical level, knowing your astro chart and knowing theirs can be an incredible tool for understanding relationships – what works, what doesn’t and why (of course you also have to be willing to accept what you see). From my personal experience (I’ve been with my husband for 15 years, married for ten), always being my own person first, and being completely honest about that, is what works for me. In other words, never fake it and never pretend it’s working when you know it isn’t.
finally quick fire questionsFood – anything green with salmon on top – in pretty much any way shape or form.Mantra – “yes I can”What makes you laugh – the irony of life…(I am British after all)Makes you cry – weddings, every timeBeauty product – St Tropez fake tanPerson you would most want to be stuck in an elevator with – my husbandDaily practice – I like to mix it upWebsite you love – yogaglo.com!Instagram everyone should follow – @sparkleomyoga, @The_NuminousPlace you should eat at least once – La Paloma IbizaFilm – Too many – but for some reason today I’ll say Cloud AtlasHealthy Habit – choosing to love myself, no matter what
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