January182018

Post-Holiday Recovery Tips

The holiday seasons can be hectic – and its no surprise many people (myself included) feel they need a vacation by the time work begins again in the New Year! Here’s some tips to help you recharge that weakened immune system and start 2018 refreshed and healthy.

Get some proper rest and relaxation

It may be easier said than done, but the best way to improve your mood and energy is to get a good seven to eight hours of restful sleep. It can be hard to prioritise sleep – but a quality sleep cycle affects all facets of your daily life! By ensuring that good sleep is the foundation of your week will help you on your way to achieving all your New Year’s resolutions.

Replenish Your System

After all those sugary treats and bubbly drinks during the holiday season, your body might be dehydrated and lacking in essential vitamins and nutrients. In order to feel healthy and energised again, make sure you are eating plenty of fresh produce – try drinking a fresh smoothie or fresh juice daily to get you feeling your best.

Reconnect with yourself

A large amount of research demonstrates that stress plays a major role in depression and anxiety.Fortunately, that same research also demonstrates that the stress response can be rebalanced through yoga, meditation, and massage therapy. For your burn-out recovery, try downloading a meditation app on your phone or iPad to help guide and inspire you. Alternatively you could look for a local yoga or bikram class to join. Setting aside a few minutes a day to reconnect with yourself will help prevent burnout from taking over.

Sweat and move

After you’ve re-established a good sleep cycle, and spent some time replenishing and reconnecting with yourself, its important to start back with your workout routine. As little as a 20 minute walk has been shown to promote brain activity which helps mental clarity and stress levels. Whether you walk, jog, spin, elliptical, bike, row, step, or do resistance training, make sure to get out and get moving.

 

I hope these tips help your post-holiday recovery! By spending some time to look after yourself you’ll be feeling better than ever for 2018. 

XOXO Ange

March312017

Six Super Spices to Add to your Diet

Time to spice up your life, ladies! I’m always interested in finding new, natural ways to improve my health. Having done some research, I’ve found six ‘super spices’ that have amazing health benefits and provide tasty additions to your meal plan. These spices are easy to incorporate into your daily diet and will have you feeling and looking fabulous in no time.

 

Cayenne Pepper

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If you love spicy food you’ll be pleased to know that cayenne pepper is one beneficial spice. Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin, which aids weight loss by enhancing fat burning and reducing appetite. It also has strong cleansing properties and helps soothe the digestive system.

How to Use It: add half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper (or a whole one if you dare) to your dinner each night. You won’t notice the difference in taste too much, but your body will certainly feel a change.

 

Tumeric

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This yellow spice has a ton of amazing qualities. Tumeric contains the compound curcumin, which is a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Turmeric aids in the treatment of arthritis, calms the digestive system and can improve brain function. On top of all that, it has an anti-cancer component.

How to Use It: I have a glass of warm water with one teaspoon of tumeric and a squeezed lemon every morning. It’s quick to make, doesn’t taste terrible and is packed full of goodness!

 

Cinnamon

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Cinnamon contains antioxidant and antiseptic properties that cleanse the body of harmful bacteria. It has strong anti-inflammatory properties and has been proven to aid cholesterol and reduce risk factors for heart disease and diabetes. If that’s not enough, cinnamon boosts the metabolism and regulates blood sugar levels, aiding in weight loss.

How to Use It: Eating just half a teaspoon of cinnamon daily can have enormous health benefits. Add it to your morning muesli, hot chocolate or smoothie. It’s also a delicious addition to muffins and cakes. Yum!

 

Cumin

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Cumin seeds are anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. They aid digestion and provide vital minerals including phosphorus, thiamine and potassium. Cumin also improves bone strength and eyesight, and lowers blood pressure. It helps manage the heart rate and has anti-cancer properties. Even better, it reduces appetite and boosts the metabolism, increasing weight loss.

How to Use It: add a teaspoon of cumin to hotpots like soup or stew. Sprinkle it over nachos, burritos and potato and mix it into hummus as a healthy snack.

 

Ginger

Ginger is a delicious spice which can easily be added to your diet. Like many of our other ‘super spices’, ginger has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. It can be used as a treatment for nausea and as a natural form of pain relief.

How to Use It: I love adding ginger to smoothies and juices. Combine a teaspoon with beetroot, banana and sunflower seeds for a scrumptious mid-morning drink.

 

Cardamom

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Cardamom has many health benefits, from decreasing blood pressure to boosting the metabolism. It contains many essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, potassium and niacin. It also has helps digestion and increases circulation.

How to Use It: cardamom has a more mild flavour than other spices, so is great for adding to smoothies, biscuits, muesli and porridge along with cinnamon.

 

December082016

Beauty from the Inside Out

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Beauty is an inside job. Yes, it’s as simple as that. As I’ve said many times before, when you feel good you look great. Who you are underneath your exterior and the way you feel about yourself are ultimately what is reflected on the outside. If you have a negative perception of yourself, it’s going to show. Enhance your self-respect and self-worth by reading my tips below.

 

Self-talk

The number one way you can improve how you feel about yourself is through positive self-talk. It’s about loving who you are and appreciating yourself. Most women have experienced thoughts of self-loathing at some time in their life. This could be criticising your body, telling yourself you aren’t good enough or questioning how others could ever perceive you in a positive manner. These kinds of thoughts are hurtful and self-destructive. When we think of ourselves poorly, we’re only causing damage. Negative self-talk inevitably results in low self-esteem, poor levels of confidence and unhappiness or dissatisfaction. You should never tell yourself that you are ugly, fat, useless or any other negative word. Similarly, you should never compare yourself to others. Every person we meet is at a different stage in their life to us. They are a different age or body shape; they have different experience and skills. Nobody is perfect, and comparing the things that you dislike about yourself to those that you see on other woman is only going to damage your self-esteem further. Beauty isn’t defined by the way you look next to another woman.

 

A Healthy Life, A Happy Life

When you have a balanced diet and regular exercise regime, you naturally feel healthier and happier. Eat nutritious foods and drinks lots of water to literally keep your insides thriving. Maintain consistent eating patterns and visit a nutritionist if you feel like your current diet isn’t really working for you. Exercise is a fabulous way to boost your self-confidence, so make sure you’re getting out there often and going for a walk, doing some yoga or hitting the gym.

 

Mind’s Eye

Do you feel that you’ve found inner peace? Are you content with your life and where you are going? Make a list of your values and goals and see if you’re actually accomplishing them. If you aren’t working towards them it’s likely you won’t feel completely fulfilled. Are you happy with your career, your friendships and relationships, your hobbies? When we love the life we’re living, we love ourselves. The key thing to remember is that changing your life is up to you – and it isn’t as hard as it might sound. Making the conscious decision to change is the first step. Once you’ve done that, the rest will begin falling into place. Remember also that even if there are things you dislike about your current position, there are good things in your life too. Don’t forget to focus on the good!

 

Confident Style

The way you dress reflects how you feel about yourself and how others perceive you. Probably the best advice out there on this subject is to wear what you feel comfortable and fabulous in. Don’t wear something that makes you feel self-conscious, uncomfortable or unattractive. Dress to highlight your assets and boost your self-esteem. That might mean jeans and a blouse for one person and a fitted dress for another. The key thing to note is that you’re dressing for you, not other people. Wearing all of the latest trends won’t necessarily make you feel good, but wearing the jumpsuit you’ve had forever that enunciates your hourglass figure will. Confidence is sexy, so dressing in the clothes that make you feel the most confident is a winning solution! If you aren’t happy with your look, visiting a stylist is a worthwhile idea. It’s never too late to reinvent your look, and often this is all you need to discover your true style and feel sensational. On top of all this, make sure you show your confidence with a smile – a big, happy smile says a lot about a person.

 

 

 

September292016

Body Basics: The DIY Way

It’s no lie that skincare products can be expensive, especially good ones. Thankfully, contemporary society is now much more aware of the benefits of using natural skincare products, for both our skin and our environment. We now consciously think about what we are putting on our bodies every day, and look for healthy, cruelty free options. When it comes to skincare, I am strictly a 100% natural girl. I’ve used Xtend-life’s gorgeous New Zealand made range for years, and can’t get enough of it. However, if you don’t have the money to continuously buy natural skincare products (because yes, they usually are more expensive than the ones which aren’t natural), there are actually lots of easy, cost-efficient ways to make your own at home. When it comes to things like scrubs and masks which you don’t use everyday anyway, the options are boundless. I’ve put together a few of my favourite, simple recipes and tips for do it yourself body products. They are all VEGAN.

 

Angela’s Avocado Face Mask

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I love avocado! Not only is it delicious to eat and fantastic for your health, it’s also great for your skin. This mask is super easy to make and feels amazing. Cocoa powder and maple syrup both contain tons of antioxidants, and avocado is perfect for moisturising and cleansing.

Ingredients:
1 avocado
2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tbsp. maple syrup

Directions:
• Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until smooth and creamy.
• Apply liberally to the face and neck. After 10 minutes, rinse thoroughly with warm water.

 

Quick Coffee Body Scrub

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This scrub smells amazing and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth. You can also use it on your face if you’re gentle. If you drink plunger coffee, keep your ground beans afterwards and use those.
Ingredients:
¼ cup coconut oil
½ cup ground organic coffee beans
¼ cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup coarse salt
8 drops of your favourite essential oilInstructions:
• Mix all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until well combined.
• Apply to skin in the shower then wash off.

Magical Milk

450980_idea-2_2Milk has many different uses and is another natural way of looking after your skin. I like to use soy or cashew milk because of the creamy consistency, but you can use whatever you have on hand. It’s a great makeup remover for sensitive skin. Just dab some on your closed lashes then swipe off with a cotton bud dipped in warm water. It’s also nourishing for dry hands. Heat up a large bowl of milk and soak your hands in it for about 15 minutes. You’ll be amazed at the changes!

 

 

 

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