So they have done it again. Lani have produced a second product and dare i say it may even be better than the first! Previously i had introduced you to Lani tropical hair treatment; a hand sized blue bottle filled with the most glorious mixture of oils to nourish your hair. Well let me introduce you to Lani tropical body treatment; a hand sized pink bottle filled with the most glorious mixture of oils to nourish your body. Now i know what you might be thinking … oil all over your skin, ew how greasy! Let me put your mind at ease! Lani is magnificent, it is almost like a dry oil which soaks right into the skin immediately, smells like you have just had a very expensive essential oil massage and nourishes you from the outside in! Once a week i indulge in Lani after a delightful bubble bath and exfoliation to leave my skin irresistibly smooth to the touch and smelling like fresh flowers. Head over to my youtube channel to hear my talk more about Lani HERE or check out the website HERE for yourself !
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Let’s talk about Mr Booja Booja. Wherever you are Mr Booja Booja, i think I want to marry you. Seriously, i have never tasted indulgence like i have with Booja Booja products. Booja Booja is a loving company who hold the most glorious range of dairy free vegan friendly goodies including to die for ice cream and truffles. I have indulged one too many times in their ice cream (chocolate flavour of course) and this weekend splurged out on some delicious truffles. I had to get an outsider review as well as my own, and by that i mean i had to get a second opinion on these truffles from someone who was not used to eating vegan treats but whose palate was used to supermarket processed desserts, therefore i called in my mother. Our fingers dangled over the box back and forth back and forth in anticipation as to which flavour to try first. This box was box number two. It included 12 truffles of four different flavours; rhubarb and vanilla, hazelnut, banoffee toffee and salted caramel. Upon our first taste, the exact same word escaped our mouths … LUXURIOUS. I did not think luxury would ever be a word i would use to describe a food but then again i had never tried Booja Booja truffles.
In case you had not noticed from the growing trend on my blog, i like to live a natural lifestyle as much as i can; from the food i eat to the skincare and cosmetics i use, i try my best to recycle and avoid waste. One other thing is that i like is to support companies that support others. I would rather give my money to a company who is going to give back than to the multi-million corrupted corporate products lying on the supermarket shelves that contain only toxic ingredients. Booja Booja is one of those companies i like to support. Not only are the ingredients in their foods 100% natural, organic, vegan, and full of goodness .. They are a loving company. Booja Booja support two charities a year with a percentage of their profits and also seek employees with good values. Furthermore they develop longterm relationships of cooperation, trust and openness with suppliers and are all in a good company, a giving company, a loving company. That is who i wish to support.
I must must must share this brand with you. Oh hi, happy Monday! I have just finished guzzling a chocolate mylk by rebel kitchen … a dairy free and vegan friendly coconut mylk brand. I was fortunate to have a few flavours to try ranging from banana mylk, chocolate mylk, green matcha and chocolate orange. WOW. Maybe it’s because I am a self confessed chocoholic but the chocolate and chocolate orange flavours have won me over! I am now addicted. I have purchased other dairy free chocolate milks before but none have come close to this, not to mention other brands have funky ingredients and are loaded with … stuff. Rebel Kitchen mylks are not only dairy free they are wheat, gluten, refined sugar and nut free too! What is even better is the tiny ingredients list which consists of coconut milk, water and date nectar and then a few natural flavours! SO you really do not have an excuse not to try. The cartons are perfect single serve size (otherwise you would drown yourself in the mylk it seriously is that good!) so you can take them on the go with you, pack them into kids lunch boxes, add to smoothies, cereal, oats and more! There is literally no excuse not to run to your nearest Tesco, Waitrose or Wholefoods and stock up your fridge!
This is madness! I created my youtube channel on April 2014 and have just reached the 10,000 subscriber mark! 10,000 people from all over the world watching me make a fool of myself on the internet? I’ll take that! Thank you so much to all those who follow me and support me, i love making videos and blog posts! As a thank you i have created a giveaway on my channel which you can see here. You can enter to win some free goodies if you are subscribed to my channel, the competition is open for 2 weeks (2nd march closing date) and is worldwide! ALSO MY EBOOK IS ON SALE UNTIL FRIDAY 20TH FEBRUARY! CLICK THE EBOOK LINK ABOVE AND ENTER “valentine25” to get 25% OFF!
Good morning! For once in Scotland it is a bright and cheery looking morning, the sun is streaming in my window as I type! I wanted to write to you today about a new brand I have come across on instagram which I love; Neu Apparel. It is a fitness clothing line with bold and edgy clothing and I recently purchased one of their vests. I loved the slogan on the front “Good vibes only” as I believe that good energy attracts good energy. This top was super cheap; £11.99 and is perfect for the gym or with your jeans. On their website the top is featured with a tie knot at the front for different ways to wear the top (i cant quite work out how to do that so sticking with the basic style!). I have been on the hunt for some new affordable gym clothes as being in the gym 5 times a week the washing pile gets higher and I tend to run out of clothes. The “good vibes only” print reflects positivity, happiness, motivation and the grey colour matches perfect to my ever growing collection of black leggings! Check out the brand here
“If you ever feel like it’s difficult to eat enough veggies, making a small investment in a high-quality juicer is one of the best steps you can take for your health. Raw juice can be likened to a “living broth,” as it is teeming with micronutrients that many people are lacking.
When you drink fresh-made green juice, it is almost like receiving an intravenous infusion of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes because they go straight into your system without having to be broken down.
Drinking your juice first thing in the morning can give you a natural energy boost without resorting to stimulants like coffee. Since the juice is already in an easily digestible form, it can help revitalize your energy levels within as little as 20 minutes… and this is only the beginning of its benefits.” – Dr Mercola
I made this delicious juice as part of my breakfast today along with some fresh mango. It is simple, easy, tasty and full of health benefits (listed below). This made 1 litre of tasty goodness.
~ 18 APPLES
~ 5 carrots
~ 1 lemon
1. Run through a juicer
Friday 25th October 2014, I was lucky enough to head to London as a present for my 21st birthday from my parents! I must say, after travelling to and around Thailand this summer I had a new found love for travelling. I am used to going on relaxing holidays by the beach but Thailand was so different, i loved the mixture of fast paced Bangkok contrasted with the relaxing island of Krabi, i especially loved the hopping on and off of transport and making my way around a new country, exploring and creating myself an adventure. London was perfect for that. My favourite part of London? The underground. Yes the underground, i loved running around like a headless chicken and jumping on and off crammed platforms to even more crammed underground trains. I love the hustle and bustle. We stayed at the Park Plaza Hotel Westminster which was in the most idealistic location looking out onto Big Ben as we enjoyed our buffet style breakfast. Our first full day in London was spent at the Warner Brothers Studio tour of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! If you do not know what or who Harry Potter is you need a good read and a good film, or you need to come out from under your rock. Needless to say, it was the most fantastic time of my life (i may or may not be a self confessed Harry Potter geek).
The rest of that day was spent at Covent Garden, where I sussed out a predominantly raw vegan cafe; Wild Food Cafe nestled down a lane known as Neal’s Yard. I fell in love. Is it possible to love a place, a building, an atmosphere, maybe it was the experience as a whole, or maybe I was just drunk on cake. If you are ever in London, this place is a MUST.
On Sunday I found myself wandering the famous Oxford Street. Now I am not a shopper, i love a bargain … if i know exactly where it is so I can be in and out of that one store in a matter of minutes. Shopping is not my friend. When in London however, visiting Oxford Street was a must. I wandered into the 4 floor maze that was Topshop, lost my boyfriend for an hour, acquired a headache from the endless rails of clothing before rushing out of the place. I think I managed a whole 4 stores before I called it quits. It was nice to visit but give me Harry Potter and raw vegan chocolate cake over shopping any day.
After my fleeting visit to the shops, I was on the hunt for a vegan bakery for some donuts. Recommended to me by a fellow instagrammer was Cookies and Scream all vegan and gluten free bakery. This was also nestled away, in the heart of Camden Town. The food was good, the service was far from it. I would not recommend the hassle of hunting it down to be honest, when there are amazing places such as Wild Food Cafe. I did enjoy a cookie dough milkshake and 2 donuts regardless of the poor service.
My final day in London, Monday the 27th October. This day was spent being the ultimate tourist. Marco and I ran around all the iconic sight seeing hot spots with my camera in hand; The London Eye, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament, Downing street, to name a few.
I also hunted down another vegan based cafe; Raw Press Co and enjoyed a well needed green juice and a mixed salad box. The food was so fresh tasting and just what the doctor ordered on that sunny afternoon. My only complaint would be that the dessert was not vegan, What is up with that.
It was 3:30pm, I had to be on a train to the airport at 5:30pm. No trip was complete without another slice of Wild food Cafe’s chocolate cake so you best believe i hopped onto not one but two undergrounds, climbed 193 steps at Covent garden and ran a good mile or two between all of this, just to get one last slice of the raw chocolate and berry cake. It was just as good as the first time round, and a most perfect way to end my trip. London, Thank you xo
DO YOU WANT A FLAT TIGHT STOMACH?
I personally love to eat, i don’t know about you but i could eat 24 hours a day 7 days a week if i could! That is why i follow the lifestyle that i do. What lifestyle is that i hear you ask? I personally follow a plant based vegan diet, this means i never ever EVER consume meat or dairy products or any other animal product or by product. Why? Animal products are toxic to the body and eating the amount that people do on a daily basis in this day and age is extremely dangerous.
I personally follow a plant based vegan diet that is high in carbohydrates, low in fat and low in protein
80% of my calories from carbs, 10% from fat, 10% from protein
That is 80% carbs, low fat and low protein. My diet is made up mainly of fruit which i consume for both breakfast and lunch, how much? ALOT. I like to eat at least 1000 calories of fruit per meal to keep me satisfied and satiated. WHOLE, RIPE, FRESH. It HAS to be ripe fruit as this is when the starch is broken down to sugar, meaning it tastes so damn good, it is easy to digest and i get all the vitamins and minerals at their peak. I follow what is famously known as the “Banana girl diet.” No it is not a diet it is a lifestyle. Diets restrict. I eat in abundance. I average 3000 calories a day of fresh fruit, vegetables and cooked vegan starches like potatoes, beans and rice. This lifestyle was based on the 801010 diet by Dr Douglas Graham which encourages a raw vegan lifestyle, however i incorporate cooked vegan food at dinner instead. This was proposed by Freelee the banana girl, who you can find here … (http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLwUd5KtYONsRJ3UAOojZ0w)
HERE IS WHY:
In the new study, which was published today in Cell Metabolism, researchers found that eating a high-protein animal based diet such as that of PALEO or ATKINS increased the risk of dying from any cause by 74 percent and the risk of dying from cancer by more than four times, compared to eating a low-protein diet. The study included 6,381 adults ages 50 and older who were followed for 18 years. (http://www.healthline.com/health-news/food-high-protein-diet-increases-mortality-risk-030414)
This puts high-protein diets right up there with smoking, which according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, increases the overall risk of death by three times, compared to not smoking. HOWEVER no such effects are found when this protein is derived from plant based sources such as soy, beans and leafy greens. We know protein is an essential macronutrient for building and repairing the body, but it is found in plants too.
Plants have been pushed aside when it comes to protein because they are not “complete” proteins. Complete protein sources are those which contain essential amino acids. Animal foods such as milk and eggs represent the best amino acid matches for our proteins and are therefore considered the highest quality. This is compared to lower quality plants which lack one or two of these amino acids, however as a group, plants do contain all of them. Plant protein allows for slow and steady synthesis of new proteins and we know that slow and steady always wins the race.
“Low quality plant protein is the healthiest type of protein” (The China Study
– slow and steady wins the race
Protein, along with fat, should make up NO MORE than 10% of our calories, anymore than this leads to lower levels of energy, increased acid toxemia, a precursor for osteoporosis, kidney disease, arthritis, immune dysfunction and cancer.
MY PROTEIN CHOICES
– Dark leafy greens
The World Health Organisation and The Food and Agriculture Organisation recommends a diet consisting of 15-30% fat. This is to the great dismay of the USDA Nutrition Laboratory who recommended 20-35% of calories be made up of fat. The director of the USDA stated that if consumers ate below 30% fat they would need to reduce their intake of animal products, a problem for the big wealthy business men who make millions off of you eating a burger everyday. Other experts offer lower levels of fat as percentages of calories including Udo Erasmus, author of Fats that heal, Fats that kill, who extensively researched the effects of fat on health. He recommends we eat just 15-20% of our calories as fats. The Pritikin Longevity Center which holds the finest heart disease reveral record of any U.S organisation recommends just 10% of calories to be made up of fat. This 10% was also recommended by Dr. Dean Ornish, a renowned cardiologist and author; Dr Caldwell Esselstyn, a surgeon; and Dr Neal Bernard, president of the Physicians committee for responsible medicine and author.
We know that too much fat is bad for us, but just how bad is it really? Numerous research shows that consuming a high or even a moderate fat diet can relate to almost every type of digestive disturbances, blood disorder, and degenerative disease. Eating substantially more than 10% of calories from fat can lead to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer and many other illnesses. Fat not only destroys our health but it also ages us.
This is not to say we should avoid fats altogether, however, a little does go along way (Dr Douglas Graham). So what fats are essential to our diet? Two polyunsaturated fatty acids are thought to be essential, Omega-3 and Omega 6, both which are common in many plant foods.
My fat choices
– Nuts and seeds
– Little rare use of coconut oil
It is now very widely believed that carbohydrates are the devil. Low carb diets are circling the nation and fad dieters are shying away from natures perfect food group. Lets be clear. The carbohydrates i am talking about, the carbohydrates that make up 80% or more of my calories from the day, are natural whole food carbohydrates. These include:
My carbohydrate choices
Thought i would get that list out the way first. My diet which is known as the 801010 lifetstyle is based on FRUIT. I eat fruit for breakfast, snacks and lunch and maybe even more snacks, before consuming cooked vegan carbohydrates at night for my dinner. Nutritionists and health professionals agree that 60-80% of our calories should come from carbohydrates. Fruits are high in fiber, water, vitamins, minerals, calories (to fill you up) and sweet sweet sugar to keep your body from craving junk.
Before our body can utilize any food, whether that be carbs, fat, protein, it must first convert it into simple sugars. Carbohydrates are the easiest to convert. Glucose is the primary sugar and is the fuel for every tissue and every cell in our bodies. The brain especially depends almost exclusively on glucose. Sugar in fruit is optimal fuel for humans and the water soluble fiber in these fruits allows their sugars to be absorbed slowly so high blood sugar is not a problem, so long as the diet remains low in fat.
Whole fresh fruits contain precisely the fuel upon which we were designed to thrive – Dr Douglas Graham
That was a long yet not overly detailed overview of what I eat and why. I truly believe that eating a whole food plant based diet free from refined foods and animal products, which is high in natural sugary fruit and low in fat, is the best lifestyle you could ever get yourself on. I urge you to do so.