Monthly Archives: April 2016

Good People Doing Good Everywhere

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There are good people doing good everywhere.  Yesterday I had the pleasure of being invited to the prestigious launch of Maria’s Bags London at the Westbury Hotel in Mayfair.

Alida Boer, the former Miss Guatemala mixes beauty and business she is the Founder and CEO of MARIA’S, a high-end accessory brand that gives back to her native Guatemalan community through their unique works of art which with every stitch and detail conveys their Mayan heritage.  The bags use “huipil,” the fabric from “the blouse, the local garment,” which garnered much interest and enthusiasm each time she wore it, but taking it one step further she envisaged being able to wear the beautiful threads everyday, and hence the bag was born. Such is the intricate dedicated process that one bag can take up to six months to craft and designed to reflect the lure of the country with the full array of colours, animals, flowers and geometry and some even include scenes depicting stories, myths and legends.

The collection empowers the women who are creating these artisan modern accessories whilst remaining true to their cultural and anicent traditions and being gainfully employed. The brand also funds a small school of indigenous students many of which are the children of the workers, so that the quality of life is enriched.

Beverly Knight in Maria’s Bag

 

Giving back is true beauty in all its glory.

 

 

 

From The Outside In

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When it comes to fashion 2016 is following in hot pursuit of previous trends and it is all about dressing in our loungewear but in a vastly upgraded chic and sexy fashion, from the outside in!

Top tips to this look is to go for expensive looking quality garments that can be upcycled in a multitude of ways…

Tip One is the bodysuit, we like the offerings from La Perla especially those that can be used as swimsuits and or night time attire so you have three looks in one and your money goes further.

Tip Two is to wear a diaphanous piece to render the overall look slightly glamorous and more feminine so it is great with a structured or tailored piece.

Tip Three do not forget the feet, the ultimate accessory! Metallic accents are everywhere so why not combine two in one here and go for these stunning Zanotti heels in a range of eye popping colours. They will also blend perfectly with evening dresses or jeans and biker jacket for a casual elegant rebel appeal.

A minimalist bag will complete any outfit be it day or night and this one from Farfetch will carry you straight from work to an evening out.  Either cross body, clutch or ported with it’s handle the gold tones lend instant chic.

Sweaty Betty harem pants are rock chic, festival ready and would look fantastic under a tailored jacket for a daring sexy night out. Should be worn with shorts or leggings underneath for a more avant garde feel.

These are the looks we love and the pieces can be reused indefinitely from Festival to the Boardroom.

Fat Phobia

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Fat phobia swept the globe back in the eighties and good foods almost got cleared away with that motion.

Avocados deserve to reclaim their place at the top of the pantheon of superfoods and here are the reasons why…

oleic

Contrary to previous popular belief, not all fats are the same, nor are they all classified as bad. Fat is a major source of energy and helps your body absorb nutrients from foods. Yet, it’s important to understand the difference between two general types of fats – saturated and unsaturated.

The key is to limit foods that contain the “bad” fat full-fat dairy products, processed meats, pastries and replace them with foods that contain predominantly “good” fats” like avocados, peanut butter, nuts/seeds and plant oils.

nut oils

Avocado is Loaded With Heart-Healthy Monounsaturated Fatty Acids. 77% of the calories in it are from fat, making it one of the fattiest plant foods in existence. But they don’t just contain any fat… the majority of the fat in avocado is oleic acid.

cholesterol

Avocados are also high in beta-sitosterol, a natural substance shown to significantly lower blood cholesterol as well as being highly protective of the prostate.  Monounsaturated fat of the kind found in avocados has been linked to a reduced risk of cancer and diabetes.  They also contain lutein, a valuable member of the carotenoid family that is a natural antioxidant that helps to keep eyes healthy while maintaining the health of your skin.

Addressing the content of saturated fat becase it is from a natural whole food, it is markedly different from the saturated fat you might find in fries or a factory-farmed animal, which contain toxins.

Avocados are also a great source of fibre and potassium, folate, vitamin A, beta carotene, and beta cryptoxanthin, another healthy carotenoid.

Always consult a professional before undertaking any regimen.

 

 

 

White Rice Over Brown

Brown rice and white rice

 

 

 

 

 

Some help to aid your choice in reviewing white rice over brown.  Carbohydrate-rich foods with a moderate to high glycemic index provide a readily available source of carbohydrate for muscle glycogen synthesis, and should be the major carbohydrate choices in recovery meals after workouts.

Phytic acid

The high glycemic value of white rice to provide quick fuel for hard workouts and facilitate muscle recovery.  Unlike brown rice, white rice does not come with negative drawbacks of gastrointestinal (GI) issues, allergy symptoms, and blocking the ability to absorb micro-nutrients.  Brown rice and other whole grains contain phytic acid (phytate), an anti-nutrient that binds to essential minerals like iron, zinc, calcium and magnesium and prevents our body from absorbing them.  Since phytic acid is located in the bran of the grain, the milling process used to change brown rice to white rice removes the phytate.

This is probably one of the only times where refining a food potentially has positive value and especially for carb hungry sportspeople wanting to refuel without stomach upset.

Although white rice is a great alternative for athletes, it may not be the best option for sedentary people, those training less than 4 days per week, or if metabolic disease is in the picture.  Brown rice is still a healthy nutrient dense food recommended for the general populous and everyday exerciser tolerating whole grains.  Continuing research is being done on degrading phytic acid in brown rice and whole grains but also new studies are now finding antioxidant benefits in phytate.

Rice is an easily absorbable form of glucose, which is why we usually eat it after a workout. While brown rice is slightly higher on the vitamin and mineral front, it is loaded with phytates, meaning these vitamins and minerals are not being absorbed.

basmati

In a sentence stick to white basmati rice for it is more nutritious and only plan on eating it once a week. Until it is discovered that there is a better way!

Always consult a professional before undertaking a regimen

 

 

 

Ashwagandha Root

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Find out about the amazing benefits of ashwagandha root and why you need it in your life…

Ashwagandha, one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic healing, has been used since ancient times for its restorative cure, likening it to Indian ginseng. In Sanskrit Ashwagandha means “the smell of a horse,” due to imparting the vigour and strength of a stallion.

In Ayurveda, there are specific herbs with adaptogenic benefits, ashwagandha contains substances (a combination of amino acids, vitamins, and herbs) that modulate your response to stress or a changing environment. Adaptogens help the body cope with external stresses such as toxins in the environment and internal stresses such as anxiety and insomnia. Hence it is a cure all.

One reason for the reputation of ashwagandha as a general energy-promoting, disease-preventing tonic may be its effect on the immune system. A number of studies have shown significant increases in white blood cell counts and other measures of strengthened immunity given ashwagandha or certain chemicals extracted from the herb.

It may also help regulate blood sugar which aids in suppressing sugar cravings. Plus it is one herb that could help your body produce its own thyroid hormones, also important in disease prevention/treatment e.g. Cancer.

The antioxidant properties of ashwagandha has traditionally been used to treat various diseases associated with nerve tissue damage related to the destructive molecules known as free radicals, such damage plays a role in ageing and in neurological conditions e.g. epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

Always consult a professional before embarking on a regimen.

 

 

 

 

Like An Egyptian

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We are all familiar with the phrase Walk Like An Egyptian…but what about everything Egyptian. So far they have led the way with building, engineering, science etc there was the waist cord to regulate eating, here we look at the inspiration from them as regards makeup.

Horus is one of the most significant deities in ancient Egyptian religion hence the name of this beautiful makeup, that will actually protect you during wear, it is vegan friend and contains no parabens in fact all the attributes that you can expect with an aligned environmentally friendly world.

Of particular note is the stunning metallic liners which can be used to dramatic effect. Smokey eye makeup which is on trend at the moment have been around for millenia!

Eye of Horus offers an illuminating essential range of eye makeup based on formulas of the Ancient Egyptians, the originators of beauty and mystique, with sacred ingredients including Organic Moringa Oil “Oil of the Pharaohs”, claimed by the gods for its beautifying and regenerating powers and the ancient oil of Castor Oil.

It has never been easier to embrace your inner feminine goddess and with these gorgeous, natural products you can arm yourself and protect your beauty from the harsh environment around us.

Next step…bathing in milk perhaps?

#InLoveAndBeauty

Naturally Collagen

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The how to of naturally collagen is the way to increase the production and stimulation of this much needed ingredient in our bodies.  Topical serums and creams will not do it for you! The collagen molecules in creams are simply too large to penetrate the skin, they will simply sit there until you wash your face.

Eating the right foods such as fish, lean grass-fed meat, bone-broth (cooked collagen), broccoli, avocado, mango, collards (spinach, kale, chard), berries, beans, prunes, flaxseed and eggs which are all rich in essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals together with a good source of vitamin C which is key to stimulating and protecting the production of this essential protein.

To stimulate and create collagen then strength training (weight-bearing) resistance exercise using free weights, weight machines, body-weight resistance or resistance bands. It strains and aggravates muscles, bones, ligaments and tendons, which causes them to tear. The body then regenerates new and larger tissues if it is given the right foods (as above, natural and not processed preferably organic), hydration and sufficient rest to perform the rebuilding process. The new internal connective tissues are made of protein that is mostly collagen, so when strength training creates new connective tissue, it also creates new collagen.  Body-weight is the most successful of these exercise platforms because you will neither be over/under doing the resistance i.e. it is natural.  Remember to eata rainbow that way your body will be taking on board the various protein/carb/fat allowance it needs to rebuild.

Strength-training exercise and the right diet are not all it takes to create new collagen. After tearing muscles and other collagen-containing tissues with resistance exercise, your body needs time and rest to rebuild. This takes at least two days. In addition to muscle rest between workouts, your body needs quality nighttime sleep to rebuild maximum collagen-containing tissue. During deep sleep, your body releases the human growth hormone, which builds muscle and bone and burns fat.

Facial scrubs as well as some chemical products remove surface skin cells and stimulate the skin to produce new cell growth and new collagen. A dermatologist can recommend the most effective and safest chemical products and procedures for rejuvenating collagen in your skin.

Supplements can help to support this function as well.

Always consult a professional before embarking on a new regimen.

 

 

 

Productivity And The Menopause

Keyboard, Menopause text and Stethoscope

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you concerned about how the menopause will affect your productivity in the workplace.

Anxiety

Anxiety is another symptom often expressed during peri-menopause and menopause. In many cases it may not be the hot flushes that are causing anxiety in these women, but rather the stigma attached to being seen as menopausal.

positive mind, vibes and life

The time in the life when a woman is experiencing menopause should not be seen as a weakness or a barrier to a successful career. Instead, they should recognize the “mature-aged” woman in a more positive light as a woman who is:

  • Committed
  • Ambitious
  • Resilient
  • Dependable
  • Wiser

By increasing the fibre in your diet in the form of green smoothies (avocado, kale, lime, spinach, cucumber etc) helps to absorb toxins being processed by the liver and transported out of the body. Fibre also removes excess oestrogen. If your bowels are not regular, oestrogen can be reabsorbed back into the body leading to excess oestrogen circulating.

Sugar substitutes, such as but not limited to, Aspartame and Nutrasweet, need to STOP. These sugar substitutes have a negative effect on brain function and can cause headaches, sleep disturbance and interfere with liver function.

Each day start with your choice of lemon juice in hot water or ginger in hot water.

Taking charge of how your body is adapting is a liberating experience, after all there will be no more pregnancy scares and having to worry about contraception! It is time to have fun, so the symptoms need to be managed until they pass.

Advantages of menopause:

  • No more PMS
  • End of headaches
  • Rush of energy
  • Empowerment

Boosting nitric oxide is key to your new body this is achieved primarily by meditation, exercise and sex.

lauren bacall

Menopause is a gift, lighting the way to significant transformation in all areas of your life. It is a time to find out who you really are, what your body really needs, and what you really want to do with this part of your life. midlife can be the most radiant, passionate years of your life. Self-knowledge and self-confidence are the true gifts of menopause — they create an inner glow that more than cancels out other physical changes.  Lauren Bacall once said during midlife, “I am not a has-been, I’m a will-be.” There’s a reason they’re saying that 50 is the new 30.

Ingesting a rich supply of omega-3’s, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients,  with a balanced diet of whole foods, including a good ratio of protein, carbohydrates, healthy fats, and fibre is the pathway to healthy midlife. Limit your exposure to toxins by purchasing organic foods whenever possible. Drink at least eight glasses of filtered water a day and limit caffeine and alcohol. If you are smoking, get help to stop. Get some fresh air and exercise daily — 30 minutes.

Changing your perspective on what it means to get older is a powerful first step in changing how you will age.

Always consult a professional before embarking on a regimen.

The Major Minerals Our Body Needs

Essential Minerals

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are six major minerals our body needs, especially fluid balance, maintenance of bones and teeth, muscle contractions, and nervous system function. Remember to eat a healthy balanced diet to ensure absorption of these essential nutrients, “eat a rainbow every day” to get your healthy fix.

Food rainbow

Calcium for strong bones and teeth, blood clotting and normal nerve and muscle function.  Found in dairy products and alternatives, nuts, green leafy vegetables.

Different vegan milks.

Chloride for gastric juices and alongside sodium in the fluid surrounding the cells to help keep body fluids in balance. It is present in table salt (sodium chloride) and many vegetables, including celery and tomatoes.

tomato juice

Magnesium for muscle and nerve function, blood sugar control, regulation of blood pressure and maintaining strong bones. Found primarily in nuts, seeds, whole grains, legumes and dark green vegetables. It’s also found in yoghurt, salmon, bananas, and potatoes.

magnesium

Phosphorus for bone growth and cell membrane function, along with B-complex vitamins to convert the foods we eat into energy, found in foods that are high in protein such as meats, nuts, seeds and legumes.

Foods containing phosphorus (P)

Potassium for nervous system function and muscle contraction present in the fluid inside the cells so it’s essential for normal fluid balance in your body. It can also counteract the impact of sodium on our blood pressure. A healthy balanced diet should provide all the potassium required daily; primarily in fruits and vegetables, as well as in legumes, milk, nuts and meats.

Products containing potassium

Sodium works with chloride to maintain fluid balance outside the cells, it regulates blood pressure, with regulated intake.

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#EatARainbowDaily using as many organic ingredients as you can, failing that natural and grass fed options are good too.

 

 

Successful Bikini Line Shave

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There is a right way to a successful bikini line shave and it goes like this:

Pink razor

Replacing your blade frequently (ten shaves) is imperative. Razor burn, irritation and ingrown hairs can actually all be caused by using a dull razor and bad shaving habits, like pressing too hard and going over the same area multiple times, tools with five blades should be purchased.

Shaving in the bath

Shaving dry is a no-no. Always wet the hair, even before applying shaving cream or gel to hydrate the skin and follicles rendering it softer and easier to cut.  Preferably sit in a warm bath and apply a lather shower oil/bath soap product and shave as part of your ablution.  Soap enhances the hydration and keeps skin supple afterwards. It also helps you keep track of where you have shaved, so you will not cover the same area over and over again, rendering it sore and prone to breakouts and redness.

Follow up with a toner if needed to soothe the area if it is prone to ingrown hairs, otherwise leave well enought alone.

body oil

Finish by moisturising, we recommend oil on wet skin to lock in the hydration from the bath, simply apply and massage in and then towel dry.

Use organic products for best results and always consult a professional.