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 .
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 ???
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 :
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 ..
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
Cucumber and Mint Cupcakes with Rose Water Buttercream
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)
with gift cards
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 …
Alexandra Redcay so concisely explains and guides the audience into the complexities of second guessing , wrongful choosing and the role self love comes to play in choosing romantic relationships .
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.
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.
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.
HOW TO FIND LOULOU!!!!!!!! CLICKEDY CLICK
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.
“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.” – Irish Proverb
So everyone is pushing Pro-Biotics and good bacteria .. the relation of which in the body have been shown to affect weight, mood , metabolism and the possibility to develop autoimmune disease and crippling health issues like IBS and Eczema .
SO what is it , why do we need it .. and how come we’re so lacking in it ?!?!?
Henrietta Norton Is a UK based Nutritional therapist ,HUFFINGTON POST contributor , member of Guild of Health Writers, published author , Health Speaker , mother AND co-founder of the whole food nutritional supplement company Wild Nutrition … AND TAKE A BREATH! I don’t think I’ve ever used that many comma’s to describe one person…oh I forgot she was also named as ES magazine’s ‘ top 10 health gurus to have on speed dial’
So basically whatever she’s taking we want right ?
She’s not only been helping out clients deal with health issues , mainly in the realm of woman’s health and fertility (she wrote a book on Endometriosis) she’s now embarked on a new endeavour to provide whole-food derived supplements that are free of fillers, bulking agents or synthetic ingredients.. out of neccessity to provide her own clients with supplements that were actually functional and healthful unlike so many commercially produced products on the market … being one of the only brands available that refuses to use plastics! she’s so far ahead of the game.. we had to pick her brain .
*note : she is currently pregnant .. is this woman a superhero ?!??! what the what!?!?
what is the one health myth you wish the general public would just put to rest?
Fat is bad for your health. If meat comes from naturally raised, grass-fed or organic animals, keep the skin on! It will provide valuable fat-soluble nutrients such as vitamins A, D and E but also amino acids, CLA and AA which have vital role in neurological development (11% of the brain is made up of AA), gut health and reducing prematurely ageing skin. Women are most vulnerable to eating a diet that is too low in fat.
what personal diet philosophy do you follow (supplements/plant based/ancestral etc ) ?
I think balance is the key and therefore don’t follow any diet that is too restrictive. However I will cook foods from scratch, using foods that are as close to nature as nature intended. This means my diet is naturally high in plant based foods and proteins. I do believe that if you start from a foundation of wellness, a little of what you fancy is part of that balance. I guess it can be summarized by the 80/20 approach. I only take Food-state supplements as this is the way in which the body is attuned to receiving nutrients – not as synthetically generated isolates as found in many supplements. I see outstanding results from using these natural low dose nutrients both in my own health and my clients.
ABOVE: WILD NUTRITION’S SUPPLEMENTS
what are the most common health problems you encounter ? and do you think a common thread connects them ?
My work specialises in women’s health and the most common symptoms I have with these clients are sub-fertility and menstrual irregularities such as PCOS, endometriosis, PMS and poor skin health. Most of these are accompanied by digestive imbalances and chronic stress.
what are simple healthful things people can start doing ASAP ?
- Getting more sleep. Sleeping between 10.45-6am has been shown to reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, certain cancers and support your bodies adaption to external stress.
- Start the day with a protein based breakfast. This has been shown to reduce erratic eating and energy levels during the day. A good example would be poached eggs and spinach on rye bread or a quick protein smoothie of greek yoghurt, greens, frozen berries and chia seeds.
- Eat lightly in the evenings at least 3 times per week. Many of us tend to eat our main meal at night. This is a time when digestion can be more sluggish so eating lighter at this time, gives the digestive tract a needed rest.
- Start the day with hot water and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. This support liver and digestive wellbeing.
Quick Fire QUESTIONS
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
SUPPLEMENTS & BLOG:
HUFFINGTON POST CONTRIBUTIONS :
“Often, when given the right tools, your body is capable of redressing physiological imbalances that can cause ill health. The key is to ensure you are providing the tools specific to your body’s need and to support healing. I have had the pleasure of seeing the results of this time and again.” Henrietta Norton
so its about time I started leaking out information about the project/business/service I will soon be launching . I’ve been hesitant to do so as i suffer from the dreaded Fear-Of-Failure Syndrome that can be all too crippling , I’m in Los Angeles currently and i’m surprised I’ve not come across some kind of medicated tincture to alleviate said syndrome .. considering they have every pill under the sun , i attribute my inability to locate said pill as sheer laziness and post jet lag eye-blurs .
So What Is This Project?
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
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
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 !
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.”
heres the research if you don’t believe me (rude)
you’re welcome . goodnight
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
Bye Bye Smoking
Crazy Yoga Leggings
Soy Sorry Its No Good
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
its that time of the year again .. not only does it start to get cold … but the victorias secret 2013 showed was filmed.. and the photos are out .. and we’re all like FARRRKKKKKK . a billion set of abs , not a ripple in sight and butts that sit more in the middle of the back as opposed to mine .. which can sometimes reside closer to my knees.. what he’s comfortable down there .. i think my butt has vertigo … oh woe is us … it is eternally confusing why the show is aired at the time we have all decided to bury our gym memberships in the deep abyss of some stray summer handbag , and start pretending that our bodies still look the same , its merely the more layered of clothing adding bulk .. naaat
anyway .. how do the angels keep so babe’n .. the general consensus seems to be ballet , pilates and a way of life … more specifically .. ladies show us you tricks
“I do Ballet Beautiful. It’s a lot of fun learning the movements and getting better at them. Playing with grace and elegance is not something I did growing up and it’s so fun to have the opportunity now. It keeps my spirit youthful and the perfect way to improve posture,” she told us. “It also inspires me to move my body in different ways.”
“When I am in NYC I always go for a run outside, along the Hudson River, and I really love that. But I also do lots of boxing and jump rope training,” she told us. “I love to really sweat and have a tough workout and so my best workouts are mostly cardio. They do good but they make you feel good at the same time.”
“I’m fit all year round, but about three weeks before the show I do step it up a bit. I have to eat a lot more, so I can work out a lot more,” she told us. “I like to feel really strong: to have a good bum and strong legs on the catwalk, so I really focus on that.”
“I eat normally, but I’ve been exercising a lot more. I work with Ballet Beautiful and Mary Helen is amazing. You can ask her to focus on certain muscles of your body that you want toned and she’ll do that,” she said. “When you work in lingerie, you really want your glutes really tight and your core, so I’ve been focusing on those areas.”
Ambrosio undertakes pilates and yoga three times a week, and intense 10-day sessions of the Brazil Butt Lift class, devised by her trainer. “It isn’t hard to stay in shape,” she told Vogue‘s Sarah Harris. “I think I’m in better shape now than I was 10 years ago, but it takes a bigger toll – I get back pain!”
“I try to do Pilates when I can all year around and I also like to swim a lot. I also have a trainer that kicks my butt when it’s needed! I like to be active and keep busy,” she told us.
“My exercise regime is pretty strict anyway. I work out every day, but I step it up for the show,” she told us. “Before the 2013 show, I didn’t eat sugar or gluten for a month – which is extreme for me because I’m a big, big sweet tooth – so that was the biggest challenge of my life basically!”
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
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
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
Top 2 Benefits of Shiitake
1. Nurture skin and beauty
2. Support liver
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 (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.
Top 2 Benefits of Chaga
1. Boost the immune system
2. Fight against pathogens
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 (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 (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 :
you don’t have to take my word for it .. instead hear about it from real smarty peoples
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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dont ask about the coconut ..
DFH: how did you start out as a yoga instructor?
DFH:The single healthy tip EVERYONE should incorporate into their hectic lives?
DFH:What makes you laugh ?
DFH:you have an amazing following, especially on social media sites like Instagram , whats your favourite image you have posted and why ?
DFH:how do you stay healthy whilst travelling ?
DFH: how would you advise people especially young girls to accept their bodies?
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…
DFH:finally whats in store in the next 6months ?
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To Read Some Of Her Wise Words :
- It’s All a Blessing. (elephantjournal.com)
- “After I’ve lost 20 Pounds, I’ll Be Happy With Who I Am” (sensestoryperception.com)
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
The Whole-istic One
The Cute & Pink One
The Rooty One
(how rude, no but I mean root veg)
The Creamy Dreamy One
do you know what .. just click the website:
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.”
And now Whole: Rethinking The Science Of Nutrition <——-thats a link
Well&good gave the lowdown on what the book covers:
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.”
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
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 !?!?