Monthly Archives: October 2015

All About Calories









All About Calories

A calorie is what we consume each time we drink or eat.  We need these units of energy to help us go about our daily tasks, breathing, moving, thinking etc.  What we need to establish is how many calories we need per day without doing any other activities other than the basic functioning.  We can then amend our consumption based on what our bodies require.



When we overeat we are simply taking on too many calories that our bodies cannot burn off again and therefore begin to store the extra as fat which will over time result in weight gain.

Weight Gain

weight gain

This is a direct result of taking on board too many calories for our system, they therefore do not get used up and are stored as fat.

Using Calories



Our system can either burn calories or store them.  Hence we work out because it makes us feel good (releasing endorphins) and it stokes the system to go into burn mode.  When we work, undertake activities and our body fulfills its function we are burning fuel.  There are many factors that can affect the effective thermodynamics but the basic rule of thum is to consume the amount of calories our body can burn each day.


Salt Water Beauty Benefits

salt water






Salt Water Beauty Benefits

It is little known of the virtues of salt water, we discover from an early age that going in the sea makes our skin feel smooth as it heals wounds and cleanses each pore.  But it also does the following:-

Treats skin conditions

itchy skin

Sea salt is packed with healthy skin-friendly minerals like magnesium, calcium, and potassium, which is exactly what makes it so beneficial to various skin conditions. It absorbs the toxins in the body and on the skin, including acne-causing bacteria, and works to treat infections and encourage the healing process. Salt’s natural moisture-reducing abilities can also help to regulate the overproduction of oil that leads to clogged pores. Eczema sufferers also find great success with salt water, particularly Epsom salt: Magnesium is an anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial mineral that not only eases itching, but also draws the moisture from eczema-causing bacteria and fungi to hinder its development.



Because sea salt wards off bacteria, it helps to cleanse the gums and minimize bad breath, which makes it a great—and totally natural—ingredient for a DIY mouthwash.

Gentle exfoliant

Who knew salt could feel this good..

The exfoliating powers of salt aren’t just limited to its scrubby physical properties: The minerals in the salt itself help to open pores for deeper cleansing, as well as encourage blood flow, and the purifying benefits better enable your skin to absorb moisturizer and other treatments.

Sore muscles

Facing crippling inflammation and pain

Epsom salts have long been heralded as a natural, affordable, effective way to alleviate aches and pains, thanks to the magnesium that becomes absorbed through the skin as you soak in the bath.

Natural free remedies.



Techie Goodies Fitness Motivation






Techie Goodies Fitness Motivation

Because who doesn’t love a goody when it comes to something mundane.  Yes we know we will feel better after moving, but it is the getting moving that is difficult!

UA Record (Free,

smartphone fitness app
This free app, which is Under Armour’s very first fitness platform, works like a personal trainer to create a personalized plan to reach your goal based on your interests and health data. Make it work for you.

Apple Watch

apple watch

The watch will present you with your fitness data and instructions and keep you on the go, and if you are concerned that you have an important communique it will flash up whilst you are working out.

Instructor Online

fitness instructions

If you want a step by step guide there are many offerings out there from instructors which you can follow on your phone, computer, smart tv etc.

Now being healthy is easy too!



Hyaluronic Acid Youthful Skin Mythbuster








Hyaluronic Acid Youthful Skin Mythbuster

This miracle worker is officially revolutionizing the anti-aging game with its inclusion in top of the line cleansers, serums and moisturizers.

But how does this miracle ingredient actually work? Does it reduce and prevent wrinkles? Here are the reasons that you need hyaluronic acid in your skincare regime.



Natural ingredients are all the rage in skincare and this substance is produced in your own body being a naturally occurring component in your skin, as well as in your eyes, nerves and joints, where it acts as a cushion and lubricant. It also ensures your skin functions properly as a barrier, keeping your complexion healthy and gorgeous.


Hyaluronic acid is generally located in our skin, keeping our complexions plump and soft. As we age, we produce less resulting in deflated-looking skin. We like serums and moisturizers that contain hyaluronic acid to replenish stocks.

Super hydrating

super hydration
Hyaluronic acid excels in attracting and retaining moisture holding a thousand times its own weight in water! Using a cleanser, serum or moisturizer that contains this ingredient is the addition of much-needed hydration and volume to your skin.

All skin types

all skin type
It penetrates the top layer of your skin, and attracts and holds water, which fills out any fine lines.


When applied topically fine lines are plumped immediately and skin feels firmer. Over time, those results just get more visible, so you it is an investment in your skin today and for the future.




Falafel Fast Food Recipe

beetroot falafel








Falafel Fast Food Recipe

Falafel is often considered fast food or street food in the Middle East this dish is actually very versatile. The classic fried version is what’s typically found but there’s no reason it can’t be baked and it consists mostly of healthy chickpeas.

The base of the recipe also lends itself well to adaptations of different beans, spices or vegetables. Beets add a sweet flavour and plenty of nutrition and during baking it helps to keep the food moist.

If you cannot eat garlic (like us!) then simply skip the ingredient, it will not impair the end result…

beetroot chickpeas ingredients

  • 1 Red beet, peeled and quartered
  • 1 Cup chickpeas (canned is fine, rinsed and drained)
  • 1 Clove garlic, peeled (we skip this)
  • 2 Tablespoons tahini sauce (bought or home made)
  • 1/4 Cup all purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 Teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings

Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees.

Add the beet, chickpeas, (garlic), tahini sauce, flour, parsley and cumin to a food processor or blender and pulse until the mixture comes together but it doesn’t need to be a smooth paste. Season with salt and pepper.

Form 1 oz. balls (use spoon for ease) and place on a baking sheet or in a disposable tray, leave to cook for 30 minutes and serve over steamed veggies, drizzled with tahini sauce.

You can also serve this in a pitta with salad or over pasta instead of meatballs.

Falafel Pitta Sandwich


Reverse Body Fat Aging

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Reverse Body Fat Aging
As a woman ages past 30, she ovulates fewer and fewer months of the year. As ovulation starts to decrease, so do progesterone surges that stimulate the thyroid. Secondly is the unnatural toxins in our food and thirdly is stress which produces cortisol which prevents fat burning.

Kickstart Metabolic Engine

First, eat as much organic food as possible to minimize your exposure to those disastrous xenoestrogens that are found in pesticides, herbicides and fungicides that conventional food is treated with.

Second, make sure you find time to relax and make it a specific, active goal of yours to remove as much stress from your life. People will consume your time with their problems if you let them, so make sure you draw some firm boundaries and make time for yourself to relax and “un-busy” your schedule.

A Faster Method for More Immediate Results


Herbs, spices and natural ingredients can trigger a healthy, sustained increase in thyroid to counteract the thyroid-suppressing effects of this estrogen dominance.

Unlock fat with Coleus forskohlii, also known as forskolin, is an ancient herb that helps stimulate enzymes that break up stubborn fat so it can be sent off to be burned.

Stop storing fat with Chromium picolinate a unique form of the mineral chromium that will better utilize your own natural insulin which is your fat storage hormone indicating to your body to store fat and stop burning it.

Tame cravings with rhodiola rosea which will curb cortisol production – a major culprit behind stubborn fat. Not only can cortisol cause cravings, it can trigger fat gain, especially around your belly and other trouble spots.

Feel full sooner with irvingia gabonensis, an extract from the seeds of an African fruit, can increase your responsiveness to the leptin hormone which should be signalling the message.

Green tea extract can help offset the slowdown in metabolism it can help you burn fat like a child again!

The tasty spice cinnamon actually mimics the effects of insulin. So you need less of the hormone that makes your fat literally stick around.

Green coffee bean extract can help reduce how much sugar you absorb from the food you eat. Less sugar means less insulin = less fat making.

Use common sense or seek advice from a medical professional.

Metabolic Response






Metabolic Response

If your metabolic response isn’t kicked into high gear, 150,000 calories of stubborn fat or pocket
obesity will stick to you like glue: your hips, belly, thighs, buttocks, arms, chest, and even your face.

The wonders of the metabolic response are that you can activate it yourself by eating the foods you love, and is activated by IGF-1 is produced primarily by the liver as an endocrine hormone as well as in target tissues in a paracrine/autocrine fashion. Production is stimulated by growth hormone (GH) and can be retarded by undernutrition.

Weight loss and fat-burning isn’t caused simply by reducing calories or controlling insulin… it’s caused by the fat-freeing hormone, IGF-1. This creates a metabolic response in the body, accelerating and repairing an aging metabolism so it can burn fat, rejuvenate calorie-burning M.A.T. and muscle tissue, and slow the aging process.

Eating well is the key to activating this hormone and get it to work its magic throughout your system. Protein derived from food is one of the essential ingredients here.

eggs and spinach

These are easy to find anywhere and everywhere, all manufacturers are now packaging eggs and spinach as food to go.

Vegan sources of protein. Vector EPS 10 hand drawn illustration

To make life easier we have included the protein sources for vegans here!

Protein diet: raw products on the wooden background

And finally protein sources from meat and fish.

As we all know by now, carbs are evident in most foods too, so it is not necessary to consume a carb laden meal by itself.

With sensible healthy eating (raw food is the best where possible) we can invoke our IGF-1 hormone to kill off the pockets of fat and feel more energy, find anti-age effects and generally love life.

As with everything in life, if you are not sure, check out how this would work for you.  Speak to a Doctor and get a balanced impartial and expert opinion.

Good luck

Invigorating Skincare








Invigorating Skincare

It’s tricky to stay abreast of skincare jargon and with new buzzwords being added often! Most recently we have come across the term “Energizing” for invigorated skin, presenting a glowing and unfatigued look.

Young beautiful woman holding kiwi fruit slices on the face in spa salon.

Vitamin C provides potent antioxidant protection skincare to brighten skin, boost healthy collagen production, and protect skin against environmental aggressors that can accelerate skin aging.  This should also be eaten to help with the fight!

Caffeine, something you may find in under-eye creams to reduce puffiness is also a great ‘faker’ in products and what we consume.

Moisturising with botanical oils and brown algae extract is another good defence.

Proper hydration, will make your skin look less dull, rough, and tired anyway, and will often feature in the ingredients of skincare products.

In a world of his own

As to the difference between energizing and revitalizing another trendy word in the world of skincare can be described best as the former refers to making skin look rested and awake, and the latter refers to improving skin’s cellular function.  Revitalization will usually refer to cellular turnover—as we age, skin cells metabolize at a slower, less consistent rate, which can lead to dullness and accelerated visible signs of aging in both males and females.

Nourish yourself healthy too!





Meditation And Inner Peace








Meditation And Inner Peace

Did you know that you can achieve greatness with a little bit of stability every day.  Introduce into your daily routine a space of time that will allow you to forget about all else which in itself will help you gain perspective.  There are some apps you can follow on your mobile phone if you are not able to conduct this exercise solo.

The benefits of taking some time to yourself and doing these mind exercises will help in all areas of life including weight control, problem solving, health benefits etc.

This advertises itself as a “gym for your mind,” a place you can go to get your fix of meditation fitness. The app itself is free to download and features a 10-day program that reportedly teaches you the basics of meditation. Subscribers (which costs), are granted access to even more meditation sessions of all different lengths of time. In fact, there are guided practices based on specific areas of your life, like relationships and creativity. There’s even a progress section that documents your journey.

Relax Melodies

One of the app’s top features is that you can combine many sounds for a customized experience. For example, you can add some tree frogs to your rainforest noise. Tune this app to nature sounds, binaural beats (which have been studied for positive brain effects), guided meditations, and more. Meditations focus on improving aspects of your life like creativity and awareness.


Easy to use, just click through to the guided meditation of your choice. Clearing your mind with meditation can be very powerful. And for many meditators, a clean-slate mind is exactly the point. But some practitioners like to focus on a particular life issue or area of improvement. Omvana helps you hone in on topics like health, wealth, and sleep, and supports your mind-quieting practice.



Basic Human Right To Die

human right








Basic Human Right To Die

It is our right to live our lives the way in which we feel we want to.  Obviously there are moral boundaries and we cannot impinge on the lives of others.  However within that we have the longstanding question of how much we value human life above all others.  We are allowed to kill under certain circumstances and we can decide to put our pets to ‘sleep’ if they are failing and unable to recover. How so then, are we in the position that we have to beg for our own destinies to be recouped into our hands?

We have strange views about death…we have those who will stand up and defend the death penalty, stand laws or any number of other things that can and do result in death but get upset about the idea of assisted suicide for the terminally ill…

It is not our place to interfere with personal life choices and decisions i.e. abortion, same sex marriage, assisted suicide etc. Why are we imposed with others morality?

There are many laws and statutes that imply the human right to die, being able to live is not just being able to exist (i.e. draw breath).

The time for change is now…