Wednesday, 20 August 2014

90% Raw 10% Miscellaneous

When your shopping basket is 90% fresh fruits and vegetables that is an achievement!  Pat yourself on the back.  The raw food is taking over and you know you are on the right track towards health.  Eating cooked food is fine, however one must remember to 'eat your greens'.  It is easy to eat fruit because most people have a sweet tooth, however did you remember the greens?  Make sure that you eat lots of vegetables if you want to get lean.
I must point out here that Chlorella plays a major in the 'greens' part and not only that but also other bitter herbs and greens which are full of nutrients - Wheat Grass; Spirulina; Klamath Lake Blue Green algae; Marinephytoplankton; Parsley; Nettle; Coriander - the list goes on.
So what about the other 10%?  Okay here it gets a bit blurry.  It could be 10% grains such as Quinoa; Amaranth; rice however it could be junk as well.
No need to be judgmental of yourself here.  This raw food takes time and the only one judging is yourself.  It takes time to wean yourself away from conventional foods and sometimes the cravings linger longer than anticipated.  That is okay!  Just add in more raw when you can and you will discover how awesome you feel the more raw you eat.

Check out Markus and Cara on YouTube:

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

How to deal with Detox

As you can imagine a build up of the 'normal' foods can often lead to a feeling of wanting to shed the junk and clean up your act.  This is when one often finds themselves wanting to detox.  The body does this very efficiently as the cells are constantly being renewed and we have organs to eliminate the toxins (skin; colon; lungs; kidneys; lymphatic system).
The body instinctively knows when to detox and it will do this with little prompting.  You may find that you just want water or that you want less junk food because of how it made you feel.  There are some methods which can help the detox process a little easier.


  • Drink water
  • Rest more
  • Skin Brush with a dry skin brush (always towards the heart)
  • If you can do some gentle yoga stretches
  • Juice
  • Eat more raw foods
  • Supplement which Chinese tonic herbs
  • Breathe deeply
At first you may be baffled by the detox and wonder if you are ill.  However, once you know that it is just a way for your body to help regain some homeostasis then you will have the ability to deal with the physical symptoms.

Everyone experiences detox differently and there is no one answer for all (maybe hydration!)

It is important to recognize that we are a formulation of our accumulated habits therefore we need to look to the withdrawal symptoms in a positive way as dealing with how the body reacts to the withdrawal of these habits and to deal with any underlying issues as to why you need to keep these habits (for example an excessive desire for sugar may mean that you have an overgrowth of candida and taking chlorella certainly helped me balance my blood sugar).

The  more you detox the cleaner you will get and the more optimal your health will become.

Remember that as humans we have an innate ability to heal if we are fully hydrated and we have optimal nutrients within our food.  Humans are meant to be fit and healthy.  However varying external factors including stress and environmental factors are something we need to address in order to regain our equilibrium.



Check out FullyRawKristina on DETOX!

Monday, 18 August 2014

Why Raw Foods Make you Feel Alive

Although not 100% raw (I am aiming towards this!), eating more raw foods is so liberating and can really make you feel alive!  A fresh salad with herbs is so refreshing to the taste buds it really can push you to another level with your thoughts and your health.  You start to become more aware of the 'other' choices which may be cooked and not so healthy for you.  All the while the raw foods totally rock!  When the salad dressing is raw also, it can really take the salad into a new taste zone (I mean there is no point in eating a salad if the dressing is highly processed).
I usually eat a salad a day unless I juice or if I am out for lunch (and then I am scanning the salad options on the menu).  It is easy to eat junk food but salad makes you feel so much better!
I absolutely love the salads that the Liferegenerator makes and Dara Dubonet so check out her channel:



My salads usually consist of tomatoes; bell peppers; lettuce; avocado; Scotch Bonnet Chilli's; lemon; cumin; Himalayan sea salt; celery; peas; parsley; coriander.

Eating raw foods seems to be such an easy option once you have incorporated more fresh fruits and veges into your lifestyle it brings so much colour and vibrancy into your lifestyle and helps you to feel more energetic.

Once you get on raw food it becomes clearer why this is the best way to eat as you move further away from the processed food because,when you eat that other stuff you can feel the effects on the physical body.

Eating raw is a commitment to helping yourself cleanse and detox from the accumulated baggage you get when you eat too many pasties!

Although raw is a journey and a lifestyle shift so this is a continuous evolution of change as the human body cleans itself to create an authentic version of itself.




Thursday, 7 August 2014

What I am loving this Month

This is a collection of things I love this month...

Coconut water is excellent for hydrating the body.  It is easily assimilated by the body and is similar to our own blood plasma.
It would be nice to see more thai coconuts available in the UK.  When they are not available, Vita Coco is the next best option.
I absolutely love Vita Coco it keeps me hydrated and is available in many stores in the UK.

The sweaty Betty Autumn Winter catalouge just came through the door - absolutely love this brand..great workout gear and motivational pictures.











Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic Shampoo devised by Horst Rechelbacher who created the Aveda brand.  I love the fact that you get 444ml which is rather a large bottle and I think its meant to mean 444hz which in terms of 'resonance' is meant to be corresponding to the 528 hz or love frequency.


It is rather expensive however your health is the investment!


It is a lot different from Aveda if you have tried their strong smelling shampoo, however it is just as fragrant and thoroughly cleanses the hair making it softer and manageable.








At the moment my supplements have included the Synergy 100% Chlorella and I find that they give me energy and help improve concentration and focus.


I am also loving 528 Revolution radio so check it out!

Monday, 4 August 2014

More Fats; snacks; keeping the blood sugar level and hydration

I agree that living your life in abundance and eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables is the way to optimize the health.  However this carb thing really has to be commented on.  Stuffing your face with fruit may not actually be quite right for the body and there is sufficient evidence to support this. Eating abundantly is obviously good, eating until you feel full (especially when it is au natural).  However, stuffing your face with fruit may actually pose a health problem.

  

Veges




I have found that optimal health can be obtained when you have taken in the right fats. Therefore, it has to be mentioned here that the right fats have to be eaten to optimize endurance.  Eating an avocado (or two) everyday is one good way to have an excellent intake of fats.

Avocado

















I also recommend coconut oil; hemp oil; almond butter and olive oil which can be added to salads; smoothies and snacks. Some (hemp oil) have an acquired taste and may not be to your liking, however, you may find that all of these oils are far superior to your regular cooking oil (not that we want to do that now do we?! -
 an article on cooking with oil)




Keeping the blood sugar level







Recognizing that most people's blood sugar needs attention; regular low glycemic snacks can help us journey through the day and feel at our fullest when we address the blood sugar level.

Find out more on the Glycemic Index here

Snacking on low glycemic foods may help, but also small meals with plenty of avocado can help you to boost your energy.  Ideally supplementing with chlorella/ marinephytoplankton/ bee pollen can help.





Research on bee pollen  

Marinephytoplankton study on effect of diabetes

Marinephytonplankton health properties reports






Chlorella




Marinephytoplankton


















Hydration

Often we misinterpret hunger for thirst and it is important to realize that we are more liquid beings than solid food eaters.  Therefore, we need to drink at least 2 litres of excellent (preferably spring) water a day in order to keep the body functioning optimally.


Sunday, 3 August 2014

Pushing Your Fitness

There is so much I could say about health and fitness from the science to the physical aspects it is a vast subject to discuss.  So following on from the health food topic... Whilst the basis of a healthy body can start with the diet, fitness and lifestyle are also important factors. If you sit around with no exercise how can you keep an optimal physique? Your physical body is your responsibility to maintain and therefore, you have to look after it.

Joining the gym is the best option, on top of any other sport that may interest you.  However, simply walking outside in nature can help shift the lymphatic system and start to tone your thighs!
A good diet lifestyle would mean nothing if you are sedentary.  Why do people change their diet anyway?  It is usually to get a better physique.  People want to look good and feel good.

Get a picture of your favourite athletes to motivate you into action.


The Next Level
Once you are a regular visitor to the gym, you can start to take the training to the next level. That means pushing yourself to achieve optimal results.

  • Try a new piece of equipment
  • Create your own routine
  • Increase the amount of time on the treadmill/cross-trainer/bike
  • Stretch (this is so important if you want an optimal fully functioning physique!)
This is a great website for helping you choose a plan if you can't think of one!

Pushing yourself that little bit extra on every piece of equipment can soon yield the toned physique you are after.

You may have been given a training programme by a fitness instructor when you joined the gym and initially that will be useful, because they usually tailor their programmes to what you want to achieve.  However, this can often become boring when you get a bit more confident, after repeating the same routine you want to mix it up to be random and spontaneous - to help stimulate your brain.
So make up your own!  Be spontaneous but focus on certain muscle groups when you go in the gym. 

My favourite pieces of equipment in the gym include (there are too many to mention here!):

Crosstrainer


Speedrope

Back Lat row




My typical gym routine 

Is usually spontaneous and random!  I can think of things off the top of my head.  I would usually start with either weights or crosstrainer to get me into the fat burning phase.


If I start with weights I am sure to use the whole of my body rather than single out a specific muscle (until my body is warmed up). Then I either focus on my back; legs; arms or abs.  I like to use a variety of weights and exercises to keep my work out consistent and motivated throughout.

Throughout the workout stretching is imperative.

At the moment my focus has been on cardio so I have spent time on the cross trainer; bike; speed rope and running.

What motivates me is my ideal physique (toned and athletic keep this in mind) and a good playlist on my ipod. 

Keeping hydrated is a must

Goalsetting helps!

Overall the main thing with exercising is being consistent.  If you don't see results the day you join the gym, don't feel naffed just keep going!  Use motivational videos to inspire you to push yourself to the next level.  Here is one great video I found: