1. Emma Louise – Freedom
I adore this track! I’m sure a lot of you have heard it on Triple J! I always crank up the volume when it gets played. Emma Louise is a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter based in Brisbane. Her debut album VS Head VS Heart is expected for release on March 22nd…can’t wait! Her EP, Freedom, has this gorgeous ethereal quality to it whilst being quite sexy and groovy. Cool tune…hit play whilst you read the rest of this post and enjoy
2. Carrot, Apple, Beetroot, Lemon & Ginger Juice!
I love this juice! Not only does it tastes amazing but it boasts a massive amount of live, raw nutrients! Let’s break down the benefits of each star component shall we
- beta-carotene – a very powerful antioxidant that helps to improve your vision
- vitamins A, B, C and folate
- an abundant array of minerals since they are a deep soil root vegetable
Carrots are liver cleansing, purify & revitalise your blood, improve hair/skin/nails plus lots more including helping your digestive system!
- minerals such as phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and calcium
- amino acids
- antioxidants including carotenoids & flavonoids
- vitamis A, B1, B2, B3, C & folate
- silica & glycine
- betacyanin – an anti-cancer agent
Wowsa! If that list isn’t enough to make you wanna go on a beetroot juicing frenzy, I don’t know what would! Beetroot juice helps fight inflammation, boosts your immune system, protects the skin from premature aging, detoxifies the liver, fights cancers and regulates metabolism!
- vitamins A & C
- soluble and insoluable fiber
- boron – which may promote healthy bones
- natural pheonols – that may have an antioxidant effect
- minerals – magnesium, iron, zinc, copper and potassium
There are loads of benefits from eating or juicing apples! Due to the fiber content, apple juice helps to keep your intestines healthy by flushing out any toxic matter. It may also help with constipation. Research suggests that apple juice increases acetylcholine in the brain, resulting in improved memory. Due to the high antioxidant content, apple juice may help keep your immune system strong and assist in cancer prevention.
- vitamin C (88% of DRI)
- citric acid
- minerals – potassium, calcium, copper, iron
I absolutely love lemon juice, and wake up most mornings to a tall glass of warm water and the juice of 1/2 a lemon. Lemon juice has been used for centuries for fighting off colds & flu’s due to the high vitamin C content. The potassium helps stimulate brain and nerve function and helps control blood pressure. Lemons are an incredibly alkaline food once digested, balancing our PH levels which is essential for good health. Lemons are immune boosting, antiviral, antibacterial, liver cleansing and act as a wonderful digestive aid.
- minerals – magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, potassium, sodium
- vitamin C
Ginger has been used for thousands of years for the treatment of colds & flu. Ginger has anti-inflammatory, anti-flatulent and anti-microbial properties. Gingerols have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and studies show that it may help with motion sickness and even morning sickness! Ginger is fantastic for assisting in digestion, improving the absorption of essential nutrients in the body. Ginger helps to improve the immune system.
3. Sukin Organics
Sukin is an environmentally conscious, organic personal care company from Australia. I’ve been using some of their gorgeous products for well over a year now. I love this brand because it doesn’t use any of the nasty chemicals found in most personal care products, and it is very affordable. Sukin products do not contain Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES), synthetic fragrances, animal derivatives, harsh detergents, propylene glycol, artificial colours, triethanolamine, mineral oils, EDTA, or parabens. Winning!
The above pic are the products I currently use from their range, plus also their body wash which I forgot to put in the photo! I love the smell of the body lotion and my skin feels so moisturised immediately after I apply it. The cream cleanser is perfect for my sensitive skin (I use this in the morning and use Wotnot biodegradable facial wipes in the evening). I use the lovely mud mask once a week to draw out impurities and the gorgeous eye cream morning and night. For a moisturiser, I use Priori’s amazing Coffeeberry extract moisturiser (99% natural) which I’ve written about here.
4. Baked salmon, quinoa and raw salad
I love this super easy meal! Tastes amazing, is ultra healthy and has the perfect ratio of protein, fats and carbs.
- Preheat oven to 175 degrees.
- cook 1/2 cup of quinoa (soak overnight if possible) in just enough water to cover it. Bring to boil and simmer for roughly 15 minutes or until quinoa has fluffed up and there’s no water left.
- Put salmon steak in some foil and season with sea salt, pepper and a good serving of lemon juice. Bake for around 12 minutes.
- Whilst quinoa and salmon are cooking, prepare your salad. I’m addicted to beetroot at the moment! You can put whatever salad and veggies in the salad. I also finely chop raw cauliflower sometimes too :-). Dress with red wine vinegar and a teaspoon of olive or macadamia oil.
5. Raw, Cultured Veggies
Oh the goodness contained in this glass jar! It is, of course, much better and economical to make your own cultured veggies, but sometimes there’s just no time! I highly recommend reading Donna Gates’ book The Body Ecology Diet. This book is about recovering your health and rebuilding your immunity with probiotic nutrition. You can also check out her website here. This is what Donna says about the benefits of eating raw, cultured veggies:
- Raw cultured vegetables help establish your inner ecosystem. Their friendly bacteria are a less expensive alternative to probiotics.
- They improve digestion. The enzymes in the cultured vegetables also help the digestion of other foods eaten with them.
- They increase longevity. You could think of the friendly bacteria in raw cultured vegetables as little enzyme powerhouses. By eating the vegetables, you will maintain your own enzyme reserve and use it to eliminate toxins, rejuvenate your cells and strengthen your immune system – which all adds up to a longer, healthier life.
- They control cravings.
- They are ideal for pregnant and nursing women. Pregnant women should eat cultured vegetables to ensure that their ecosystems are rich in friendly bacteria. They also help alleviate morning sickness during the early part of the pregnancy.
- They are alkaline and very cleansing. Cultured vegetables help restore balance if your body is in a toxic, acidic condition.
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