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 !!

The Nightmare Of Not Sleeping

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

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

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

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

BLACK-OUT 

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

SUPPLEMENTS THAT HELP:

L-THEANINE

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

PHOSPHATIDYL SERINE

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

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

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

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

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

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

GET THE FULL LOWDOWN ON THE LINK BELOW :

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

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

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

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


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

The Free Sleep thingy you need .. F.Lux and bugs with instruments

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lets make this snappy..is that the expression ?

I  almost wrote snazzy . then I was like nah that doesn’t look right , then I was like sh*t did I already do this post on sleep . I can’t remember . me tired

So firstly lets chat circadian rhythm .. no that is not cicada’s with exceptional dance skills .. but that would be amazing .. are cicadas just crickets ? what are they .. for some reason they make me think of swamps .

(*note i just googled a cicada , its like a moth / cricket hybrid .. terrifying really)

f*ck me i need to sleep ok .

but heres a nice image i made

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so its a pretty serious thing , it has a direct affect of our hormones and mood . from every body of work i have looked at to every health guru,doctor and researcher will site sleep as the NUMBER ONE attribute of life that has the greatest effect on OVERALL HEALTH !

so whats up with our sleep at the moment ?

-stimulants are used regularly and without thought (yep that 3rd coffee by 2 pm is still f*cking your circadian rhythm come 10pm)
-lack of exercise (exercise has a direct affect on the hormones as well as energy cycles , as well as brain chemicals responsible for mood)
-lack of nutrients (magnesium is one of the most depleted nutrients in the modern diet and is in fact the greatest relaxant and most useful supplement to help with sleep disorders )

– indoor lifestyles , as the cicadian is immediately responsive to sunning the lack of which and the more artificial lights as well as not exposing yourself to sunlight upon waking (apparently every time you wake up you should run to a window/outside and open your eyes to the brightest outdoor light , this is the ultimate reset energy boost!)
– LAPTOPS AND SCREENS (yep that blue glow from the phone/computer/tv/laptop/ipad is directly f*cking up your rhythm)

SO i can’t help knock that coffee out of your hand, kick you out into the sunshine every morning , shove your face full of magnesium dense food and get you climbing a tree …

I CAN HELP YOU WITH THE LAST ONE !

DRUMROLL >>>>>>>>
F.LUX

FIRSTLY ITS FREE

SO you cheap ass’s have already downloaded it .. typical

 “f.lux makes your computer screen look like the room you’re in, all the time. When the sun sets, it makes your computer look like your indoor lights. In the morning, it makes things look like sunlight again.

Tell f.lux what kind of lighting you have, and where you live. Then forget about it. f.lux will do the rest, automatically.”

https://justgetflux.com

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heres the research if you don’t believe me (rude)

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https://justgetflux.com/research.html

you’re welcome . goodnight

MARILYN MONROE on her “bizarre” Diet And Exercise Habits..

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

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“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.”

 
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“Frankly, I’ve never considered my own figure so exceptional; until quite recently, I seldom gave it any thought at all. My biggest single concern used to be getting enough to eat. Now I have to worry about eating too much. I never used to bother with exercises. Now I spend at least 10 minutes each morning working out with small weights. I have evolved my own exercises, for the muscles I wish to keep firm, and I know they are right for me because I can feel them putting the proper muscles into play as I exercise.”
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“SPORTS. I have never cared especially for outdoor sports, and have no desire to excel at tennis, swimming or golf. I’ll leave those things to the men. Despite its great vogue in California, I don’t think sun-tanned skin is any more attractive than white skin, or any healthier, for that matter. I’m personally opposed to a deep tan because I like to feel blond all over.
largeBy nature, I suppose I have a languorous disposition. I hate to do things in a hurried, tense atmosphere, and it is virtually impossible for me to spring out of bed in the morning. On Sunday, which is my one day of total leisure, Isometimes take two hours to wake up, luxuriating in every last moment of drowsiness. Depending on my activities, I sleep between five and ten hours every night. I sleep in an extra-wide single bed, and I use only one heavy down comforter over me, summer or winter. I have never been able to wear pajamas or creepy nightgowns; they disturb my sleep.”
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“BREAKFAST. I’ve been told that my eating habits are absolutely bizarre, but I don’t think so. Before I take my morning shower, I start warming a cup of milk on the hot plate I keep in my hotel room. When it’s hot, I break two raw eggs into the milk, whip them up with a fork, and drink them while I’m dressing. I supplement this with a multi-vitamin pill, and I doubt if any doctor could recommend a more nourishing breakfast for a working girl in a hurry.
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DINNER. My dinners at home are startlingly simple. Every night I stop at the market near my hotel and pick up a steak, lamb chops or some liver, which I broil in the electric oven in my room. I usually eat four or five raw carrots with my meat, and that is all. I must be part rabbit; I never get bored with raw carrots.
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P.S. It’s a good thing, I suppose, that I eat simply during the day, for in recent months I have developed the habit of stopping off at Wil Wright’s ice cream parlor for a hot fudge sundae on my way home from my evening drama classes. I’m sure that I couldn’t allow myself this indulgence were it not that my normal diet is composed almost totally of protein foods.”
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Sweetness Of The Day: Link Lovin’

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Its that time of the month .. where i give you some reading materials ..

lets the brain growth commence , heres some info from around the WORLD WIDE WEB about health,wellness,fat, food and some other things 😀

first lets kick it off with another article about the foods that keep your gut HEALTHY! YAY

http://www.erewhonmarket.com/the-best-foods-for-your-gut/#.UvDQwha8_ww

and in comparison , this is a must read for all those silly peeps  still eating conventional yogurt to be healthful .. It is NOT A HEALTHFOOD ..

http://www.truthaboutabs.com/problems-with-yogurt.html

Planning a Trip ?!? Beat the jetlag with these sneaky easy peasy tips

 http://www.marksdailyapple.com/jet-lag/

do you know your leptin ?!?! probably not BUT IT IS: ” the lookout hormone – the gatekeeper of fat metabolism, monitoring how much energy an organism takes in.” so you probably want to get to know it .. yah

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http://wellnessmama.com/5356/cravings-fix-your-leptin/

JUST BEFORE VALENTINES LETS REMEMBER THIS DUSTIN HOFFMAN CLIP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shit .. right

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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”)
moooovinggg onnnn
I have to say from personal experience I find it hard to differentiate one juice cleanse from another , green juice here , carrot juice there , celery EVERYWHERE (why!).. so I was kinda expecting the same old thing…

ALAS I WAS WRONG

 

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

IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER OF GREATNESS

The Spicy One 

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

The Whole-istic One 

 

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

The Cute & Pink One 

 

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

The Rooty One

(how rude, no but I mean root veg)

 

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

The Creamy Dreamy One 

 

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

do you know what .. just click the website:

http://www.fruveju.com

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

FRUVEJUYEAH

 

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

The China Study Author Nails A New Book

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sweetness Of The Day.. WISE WORDS

 

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In the end, only three things matter: how much you have loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you. — Buddha

Sweetness Of The Day … Dribble Inducing ICE CREAM

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

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

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

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

WE ALL CREAM FOR VEGAN ICE CREAM 

IS.GOING.TO.BLOW.YOUR.MIND

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

*holds napkin to face .. absorbs dribbles*

Child SuperHero Baking Vegan Cakes… The best video ever?

BABYCAKES

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is the bakery of dreams its vegan and basically the healthiest way to eat a cupcake (there is a god)

“BabyCakes offers all-natural, organic and delicious alternatives free from the common allergens: wheat, gluten, dairy, casein and eggs. Rest assured, all sweeteners have been chosen responsibly and used sparingly. White sugar will never be found in our bakery, nor will we ever use toxic chemical sweeteners.”

Anyway it super popular im not writing about it per se more so this video they did of the owners superhero clad nephew baking like a vegan pro

i love him

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/30381291″>Oliver Bakes BabyCakes NYC, Episode 1: Madeleines!</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user1523068″>BabyCakes NYC</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

THIS WEEK : Whats Your Med Style?… Model +Author=damn you + Beer Hair + The Most Beautiful Popsicles On Planet Eart

so this week I’ve been clicking and saving many-a-wegpage.. my bookmarks are bursting … heres a few I  liked

Well&Good Provide The Answer To WHICH MEDITATION DO YOU NEED? eg.. what problems suit what meditations 

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ARE THESE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THINGS EVER *BRAIN EXPLODES*

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DAMMIT THIS HOT MODEL WROTE A BOOK ABOUT HEALTH .. so much envy love 

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BEER IN THE HAIR ?? BEAUTY TIPS Courtesy OF Celebs Brought To YOU BY BUZZFEED 

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Get High With Hemp

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no not the one you smoke .. or the one they make horrible fisherman’s pants out of .

This hemp is an entirely different strain of plant to Cannabis.. well the same strand as the vegan clothes.. but different form … they’re tiny nuts which are actually part of the fruit / flower family.. I’m confusing you .. especially if you clicked here due to the title.. dont get your dreads in a twist.

its basically a little nutty sunflower seed tasting .. soft textured superfood . it can be eaten raw.. made into hemp milk sprouted or shelled .

shelled is easiest as you just sprinkle it in salads or soups or breakfast.. just fling it about … hemp shower !!

delicious and nutritious .. it is the veg equivalent of a steak and its full of the new fashionable fat Omega 3.. good fatty good .

so facts:

30% make up of easily digested protein

all 10 amino acids

cholesterol regulator (so steak without the steak bad bits)

omega-6 to omega-3 fat which can help to improve your moods

anti-inflammatory

gamma linoleic and stearidonic acid which can help with eczema, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, allergies high Cholesterol

anyway .. a lot of athletes swear by it and use it as an energy boost .. and its in many-a-health-experts-smoothie . ANNNDDD Hugh Jackman ate them to get buff for wolverine … cue everyman just face planting into a bowl of hemp

so get hempy

RANDOM Things About Sleep

The Future Of Sleep

A duo have made a eye mask that allows you to lucid sleep – control your dreams … so sick!

Watch them below explain it in a Kickstart video .. I must have one

http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/dream-machine-control-your-sleeping-mind-with-remee/

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This App will help you sleep like nothing else

http://lifehacker.com/5817500/pzizz-helps-you-get-to-sleep-faster

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What Your Sleep Position Says About You:

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NATURAL SLEEP

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AND THIS ARTICLE ABOUT NAPPING

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http://q.equinox.com/articles/2012/12/art-of-napping

ok goodnight

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Sweet Baby

Three Unexpected sugar alternatives , that are unprocessed and deliciously good for you .. i love stevia , but i know the processed liquids and powders are definitely not great for the body , and the dried leaves are impossible to find AM.I.RITE??

honey is boring . agave gives me the fear .. and aspartame .. dont even .. so i tried these random ones you may not know about . all better than sugar .. all delicious

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the bestest: Yacon Syrup

Yacon syrup comes from the yacón plant and was used heavily by the INCAS it has plentiful nutritional properties and few calories alongside low sugar levels. yacón roots have been eaten by people with diabetes and digestive, renal problems .

its low in calories because the yacon contains up to 50% FOS (fructooligosacharides) consuming it  doesnt increase blood glucose (hence its diabetic friendliness) like every other sugar , fructose or glucose …and is instead a form of dietary fibre and sugar polymer both not absorbed by our bodies but instead  regulates good intestinal flora and boosts the immune system by feeding the probiotic bacteria( GOOD STUFF- NOT JUST IN YOGURT) .

It is usually made similarily to maple syrup using an evaporator and tastes similar to molasses , or caramelised sugar

GROSS WIKI FACT: In a study by Genta et al. it was shown that a daily intake of yacon syrup produced a significant decrease in body weight, waist circumference and body mass index when given to obese pre-menopausal women

mmm buttery : Lucuma Powder

Comes in a powder form and is derived from the lacuma fruit .

With benefits of being low in acidity ,low in sugar and contains an excellent source of  fiber,  B3, and minerals.beta-carotene, niacin, and iron

the taste is slightly butterscothy .. toffee-ness  good for mixing into tea or coffee or smoothies

SHWEETNESS : Dates Syrup 

mmm yes the finger licking caramel goodness … yes the fruit! it qualifies as a whole food.with only one ingredient in the syrup .. soaked /steeped/evaporated dates.. depending on if you make or buy it . similar texture and taste to molasses or dark agave.

is the least tooth achy sweet of all the syrups like maple and agave etc

contains potassium (more than boo-na-na’s!) , magnesium, calcium, iron, riboflavin, niacin, folate, phosphorus, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B-6.

have a SWELL DAY ! or not

Inflammation of the body …

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When the body acknowledges a substance that is foreign – take for example a splinter in your finger .. it causes the effected area to become inflamed – which is basically the immune system sending out infection fighters . However the same can happen in regard to foods that don’t assimilate into the body or are seen as alien (mainly processed foods and dairy) which put the body into a state of constant inflammation this inflammation has strongly been linked to cancer, autoimmune diseases like Lupus, and Crohn’s disease as well as Psoriasis, Diabetes, Allergies, Arthritis, Atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Cancer and Heart Disease and SIGNIFICANT WEIGHT GAIN /Inability to lose weight.

JEESSUUSS you say .. i know right .. but if you think of it simply as an allergic reaction it actually makes a lot of sense .

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I know when I ate yogurt .. and I mean I only ate yogurt .. like dinner yogurts and all .. woopsie I had a lot more health problems , chronic headaches and a skin rash that came out in the sun – considering I was a  Lizard in a former life , this was pretty shitty .

So heres the list . Try it for a Week

Anti- inflammatory      

Vegetables 
Spinach
Parsley

kale
 romaine
Broccoli
garlic
onion
cabbage
avocados
Sweet potato 
 

Spices 

*Turmeric
*ginger
Fruits: 
Blueberries
Strawberries
*lemons
Nuts & Seeds
Macadamia
Flaxseed
hemp seeds
Other
Miso Soup
Salmon -free range
Seaweed
*hemp oil
filtered water
*Green Tea
 

Inflammatory 

Red and Processed Meat
oils besides Hemp/Flaxseed oils
sugar!
EGGS
Dairy
Refined grains , White bread, pasta , white rice etc
Aspartame – artificial sugar
MSG- food addictive in canned or packaged foods
Corn- and derivatives like oil and syrup
Artificial Colours
Soy milk
Trans fats – Deep fried foods, margarine etc

The China Study buddy

The China Study :

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if you havent read it or learnt up on it you should , it was a 20 year study by T.Colin Campbell (ph.D) and Thomas M.Campbell M.D which documented the correlation between the consumption of ANIMAL products to the incidence of Cancer and chronic disease . And produced some hard to argue facts about  those who avoid processed foods and animal product consumption “will escape, reduce or reverse the development of chronic diseases”

its quite extensive so here are the facts :

Eight principles of food and health

The authors describe their eight principles of food and health:

  1. Nutrition represents the combined activities of countless food substances. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
  2. Vitamin supplements are not a panacea for good health.
  3. There are virtually no nutrients in animal-based foods that are not better provided by plants.
  4. Genes do not determine disease on their own. Genes function only by being activated, or expressed, and nutrition plays a critical role in determining which genes, good and bad, are expressed.
  5. Nutrition can substantially control the adverse effects of noxious chemicals.
  6. The same nutrition that prevents disease in its early stages can also halt or reverse it in its later stages.
  7. Nutrition that is truly beneficial for one chronic disease will support health across the board.
  8. Good nutrition creates health in all areas of our existence. All parts are interconnected.