The Secret Ingredients for Glowing Skin

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We all want healthy skin. No debate here, but, the journey to beautiful skin goes far deeper than just getting that golden tan. Real glowing skin comes from deep beneath the skin tissue. To achieve real glowing skin means turning your skin care routine into a 24 hour practice. Not only should we put on that sunscreen, exfoliate regularly, and hydrate but we also need to take into consideration the type of food we are eating. This is the true secret to healthy looking skin.

So, I present to you a list of ingredients to add to your shopping list if you’re looking to shed that old tired looking skin and reveal a brand new glowing you!

  1. Ravishing Red

Eating more red fruits and vegetables helps one fight those harmful UV rays and free radicals thanks to its super ingredient; Lycopene.

A few ingredients you can add to your shopping list now are tomatoes. This is a versatile fruit that you eat at supper, dinner or breakfast. You can even start getting your daily dose of pink grape fruit which will not only give you glowing skin but it will also start tackling any unwanted cellulite. If you are not into the sour taste of grapefruit then you can rather opt for a sweet juicy watermelon which is great for a summer breakfast or even a healthy desert.

  1. Simple Whites and Greys

Not only are whites and greys essential for any wardrobe but should also be stocked in your fridge. For healthy skin one needs to keep their immune system functioning properly and foods such as cauliflower, onions, mushrooms and garlic help the immune system fight infections, keeping the immune system strong.

  1. Violet Varieties

Eating foods which contain the pigment purple in them can help your skin for many various reasons. One being the obvious, they are rich in antioxidants. Another important ingredient found in these foods is a variety of polyphenols which act as anti-inflammatory. Purple foods contain a very important molecule known as resveratrol. Resveratrol as anti-aging properties promoting healthy aging.

Foods with purples hues are beetroot, blueberries, olives, figs, cabbage and plums.

  1. When life gives you Lemons…

Make lemon juice! Toxins and healthy skin do not go together unless you are adding a lemon or two to flush those toxins out. I would recommend doing this as a daily morning ritual before you reach that coffee. Not only will it leave you feeling refreshed but looking fresh too.

  1. The Lean Green Juicing machine

Green vegetables contain the magical anti-aging ingredient; Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) which has a high concentration of antioxidants. Green foods also contain anti-inflammatories properties which can assist in decreasing under eye circles and red blotchiness. Let me also mention the vitamin K content which is essential in aiding the process of blood clotting. It has great skin healing properties helping some skin conditions and also bruises, stretch marks and spider veins.

I would recommend stocking up on spinach, kale, cucumber and lemon juices or simply adding a side of freshly steamed garlic and spinach to your dinner.

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Spring: It’s Time For a Re-Fresh

kuoDjIt’s that time of the year again, the time of blossoming.

After a long and chilly winter, and let’s be honest a rather intense year so far, we have finally made it to spring!

This time round a decided to make a big change and what I like to call a re-fresh. The re-fresh being a job change, I moved out of a job that no longer fulfilled me and found a fresh new start at an exciting company.

The result; complete and utter excitement, I have found a new spring in my step. There are a few butterflies flying around my belly but I see them all around me to and it reminds me that it’s spring. I time for the flowers to come out inside us as well.

So here are a few inspirational ideas for you to start Spring with the same excitement and freshness but without being as drastic.

  1. Start that hobby you always wanted to try out but never did and actually do it – life is too short to keep putting aside doing the things you have always wanted to do. It doesn’t have to be anything big either and can be as simple as starting a herb garden or that morning jog every day, what ever it is “Just Do It” as Nike says : )
  2. Change up your living area. Do that typical spring clean – add a fresh new color scheme by adding some new scatter cushions or bedding. If you are not in the place to be spending money then one can re-arrange rooms, giving them a new Zen.
  3. Now that the sun and flowers are out, find a canola field nearby or take a walk in the forest even up the mountain – we have been cooped up in our houses trying to keep our bones from chattering all winter and now that’s it’s spring there’s nothing better for the body and mind than a long walk in the fresh air and beautiful surroundings.
  4. Give up something that is no longer good for you – there is no better way to feel anew than by giving up things that weigh us down or hurt our health, be it mental or physical. Perhaps it’s smoking, or eating badly. It could even be that your life style needs a little change to better your quality of life. What ever it may be, I promise you’ll feel great once you shake off the bad.
  5. Start drinking at more water – I am pretty sure you have all heard it before; ” you’re not drinking enough water” and it’s really important. I don’t mean to sound like mom now but if you want flowing skin and a healthy functioning body then you need more of that H2O.
  6. Find some great music and go dancing – why not start your spring with a celebratory dance; cheers to the sun, the trees, the ocean and life!

I hope you found this article inspirational and namaste my friends, love always.

Wild Woman Pick Up That Heart

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My heart pours.

Oh life, oh restlessness.

To love is brave ;

For oh! How it can break.

We give,

We take.

We smile,

And yes, we cry too.

I smile in wonder of such a love,

I crumble thinking of having a new road to take.

Oh dear heart;

How do we stop this over-flowing?

How do I put the bottle cap on and shut you off?

Even if just for a little bit.

Let me feel that sun again,

Let me touch his skin,

Kiss his neck.

Be brave, be brave.

All is where it is meant to be.

Keep your chin up high,

Wipe those tears from the eyes.

Let’s go, go back in,

Into where the soul prevails.

Where the firs burns.

Let it burn, burn, burn.

Never let that fire die.

Be still child, have faith.

Artful Movement

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Oh, the beauty of moving from one asana to the next. How lovely the contrast of soft flowing movement held by inner strength.

I feel my soul dance to a rhythm of breathing and balancing.

There is a kind of magic discovered each time.

It is a forever evolving art of going into oneself and coming out a better version of self. We are artists of our own spirit creating a masterpiece of love and expression within.

Yoga is artful movement.

Sweet Potato Chips – A Healthier Alternative

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Sweet Potato Chips Recipe – A Healthier Alternative 

Portion for five to six people

Ingredients:

6 x Small Sweet potatoes

Garlic and Herb Mix

Black Pepper

Cayenne Pepper

Paprika

Himalayan Salt

Sprig of Rosemary

Cooking Oil (estimate 30 ml)

Baking Tray

Method:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius

Wash the Sweet Potatoes thoroughly under cold water.

Slice up the sweet potatoes according to preferred size

Coat with oil and spice to your desire. I use a Garlic and Herb mix, Paprika, Cayenne Pepper, Black Pepper and Himalayan Salt. One can also place a sprig of rosemary in the center or sprinkle around.

Lay slices out on a baking tray and bake for about 40 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius until golden.

Nutritional Facts

Amounts per 100 grams of Sweet Potato

Calories 86
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0,1 g

Saturated fat 0 g

Polyunsaturated fat 0 g

Monounsaturated fat 0 g

0%

0%

Cholesterol 0 mg  0%
Sodium 55 mg 2%
Potassium 337 mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 20 g

Dietary fiber 3 g

Sugar 4,2 g

6%

12%

Protein 1,6 g 3
Vitamin A 283%
Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 3%
Iron 3
Vitamin D 0%
Vitamin B-6 10%
Vitamin B-12 0%
Magnesium 6%

*Per cent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Reasons To Love Your A.M Exercise

FotorCreatedExercise is a vital part of one’s life and if it is not then I am sorry to say but you need to re-look at how you expect your body to function at its optimal level when all you are doing is helping it deteriorate. I want us all to create a better relationship with our bodies.

Exercising is not just about looking good or feelin
g good but it is about keeping your body healthy. Keeping it supple and keeping that muscle mass to protect bones and aging. If we do not take care of our bodies then who will? We need to understand our bodies and take the utmost care of this vessel that keeps you alive and capable of doing amazing things.

So to start, I thought I would leave you with a few reasons to consider doing exercise in the morning and how it can help you put your best foot forward.

  1. Become A Better Morning person – happier and will help you wake up

When you do your morning exercise, endorphins are released which as we know leaves us feeling really good. For those who struggle getting up in the morning, if you stick to s regular morning exercise routine and stick to those times then your body will become accustomed to this lifestyle and will naturally start preparing for you to wake up at those times making it easier to get up……

  1. Put Those Hormones To Better Use

Our crucial hormones are elevated first thing in the morning and as the day goes on these hormone levels start to decline. So, it makes sense to use those important hormones such as Testosterone early in the morning when it is at its peak level meaning your get a far more effective workout.

  1. Gym Bunnies Don’t Have To Share

Going to gym at peak hours after work is not always that fun. For those that take their exercise routine very seriously then this can cause some serious interference when you can’t use a certain dumbbell or machine because there is a queue and you don’t have all day let’s be honest. So it makes sense to do this in the morning when it is quiet enough for you to do what you need to do without interference.

  1. Allow Time For Other Priorities

Because you did your exercise nice ‘n early and have the whole afternoon to do whatever else you need to do. Morning exercise will give you at least an hour or two extra in the afternoon to do whatever else is needed.

  1. Better Functioning at Work or School

Exercising helps us with becoming more alert and focused. Overall better functioning meaning that by the time you get to work you are alert and ready to kick ass at your job or at school.

  1. Less Likely To Skip

We all know that come 4pm your energy levels start to take a dip. If you have had a demanding day the chances are that you are more likely to skip that gym session and go straight for dinner on the couch but when you go first thing in the morning your energy levels and functioning is at its best and it should become a morning ritual meaning that you are less likely to skip gym in the mornings.

  1. Increase Your Metabolic Functioning

It is known that exercise in the morning will help boost your metabolic functioning. If you do weight training/ resistance training this will cause your metabolic rate to improve throughout the course of the day.

Never Lose Sight of Who You Are

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2016, what an interesting time for human civilisation. Nowadays we celebrate uniqueness, we embrace the hippies, the hipsters, the nerds, and even the narcissist. I love the freedom but with it one can still feel a little over-whelmed. There is almost too much variety which can leave one a little baffled by their own uniqueness and where or how they fit in.

If you are like me and you feel just so utterly confused at times as to who you are and how you are unique in this vast world well at least you’re not alone and you’re not weird. Maybe just a little bit, but that’s normal now right? Because at the end of the day we are all somewhat strange. We are such complex beings and feeling a bit lost is normal. Perfectly normal. Doesn’t matter the age.

You see we live such fast-paced lifestyles with competition around every corner and to feel like you are in control all the time is very hard and this may be why we tend to lose sight of our true selves. We allow for others to push us around, tell us how we have to always be better, up our game, stand out from the rest and this can lead one astray

It can make us do things that are out of character and make us pretend to be what we are not and the best advice I can give to simply feel the ground again.

Go for that walk on the beach or in the park. Feel nature, not man-made material. Feel fresh air, not Air-con.  Feel your body and fall in love with it. Take time to simply be each day and appreciate. Be humble and less hasty. These simple tricks to slowing down will allow your brain to re-connect and your soul to explore life’s simple things again. I find that always brings me back home to myself and that which is true to me.

I hope this may help you too stay grounded when in need but I do encourage one to try make it a habitual daily practice. Even if for only a few minutes.

May your light shine pure radiance and your soul fall in love with life again.

Namaste.