12 tricks for Radiant Beauty…

Keeping your youthful looks is easy when you know how. From brain training and clever make-up application to eating mindfully and upping your collagen, these 12 quick tips will keep you on track baby.

1.Eat mindfully. Its’s not new that as we age, our metabolism slows down  – which is why you can pile on the pounds more easily. The simplest way to weight management is to stop eat mindlessly. How: Turn off the TV, computer and mobile phone and put away books or magazines – when eating, just eat and pay attention to what you are eating, how much and how. Don’t overeat. Hear when your body is full and learn how to differentiate between emotional eating and true hunger. This is a great lesson for your kids too.

2. Stay Sharp. Improve your memory , speed, reaction times and other cognitive abilities with 5 minutes of online gaming. The games are fun and engaging such as matching colors and shapes and moving things around the screen.

3.Find a good face cream. As we ALL know, a good moisturiser should hydrate, nourish and protect your skin from environmental damage. Organic, Natural or botanical-packed face creams can be just as high-performing as synthetic alternatives. Weleda and Avène are two of my favourite brands :)

4.Drink yourself Beautiful. Collagen occurs naturally in our bodies and helps keep skin looking plump and youthful. Liquid supplements containing collagen are said to help hydrate skin , keeping it looking healthier and can be a more efficient way of ingesting the ingredients as absorption relies less on the gut as nutrients are assimilated more quickly into the bloodstreem.

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5.Supplement your skin too. If you’re thinking of taking supplements, look out for these nutrients:

Vitamin B’s: these help metabolise proteins and fats and are essential for cell renewal and supple skin. Eat: Green leafy veggies and watercress

Vitamin C: an antioxidant used by your body for tissue repair and skin-firming collagen formation. Eat: Kale

Probiotics: a healthy gut equals healthy skin, so feed yours with these healthy bacterias. Eat: sourdough bread (contains lactobacillus that produces lactic acid = aids digestion), fermented foods like kefir yoghurt and sauerkraut

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Vitamin E: an essential antioxidant and protector for skin. Eat: Sunflower seeds, almonds and spinach

Omega 3: proven to help reduce the body’s production of inflammatory compounds and keep skin cells flexible. Eat: 2 servings of yummy salmon, halibut, sardines or anchovies a week.

Deep inside the gut is where real ageing begins

6. Try the make-up face lift. You can lift away the years with a fresher make-up look. Try the following:

To plump:layer your skin to give a plumped-up, cushiony look to skin.Tap a small amount of day oil onto your face, avoiding the T-zone and follow by softly massaging in a pea-sized amount a day cream. Massage as you go.

To Brighten: Bright eyes are a sign of youth, so why not give yourself an instant boost by lightening and correcting under the eyes. How? Mix your concealer or foundation with a dab of day cream to soften the formula and avoid caking around the eyes.

Pop: Dust blush onto the apples of your cheeks. How: To create a “younger” appearance, dust the same blusher you use on your cheeks to just under the eye brow in your socket of your eyelid.

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7. Get some light. Swap your subbed for a lighted. Light therapy facials are now a popular alternative to more invasive treatments. UV-free, LED light is claimed to repair and rejuvenate the skin and boost your mood.

8. Deepen your sleep. Sleep pushes premature ageing back. Overnight is when the body produces the most growth hormones, which aid cell and tissue repair. For long restful sleep, avoid consuming heavy rich foods at least two hours before bed, unwind with a relaxing bath and out a few drops of soothing essential oils on your pillow. If you have babies at home like myself, the trick is to go to bed if not at the same time, at least 45 minutes after put the kids in bed.I know that i will have at least 6 to 6.30hours on non-interrupted sleep (from 8pm to 2.30am – when Maya wakes up for her sleep feed). Then i sleep another 4 hours until Maya wakes up for the day…Some nights are better then others, but i try to stick to this routine as much as possible. 

9. Check your DNA. Matching your skincare to your genetics might sound too sci-fi but this is no futuristic fantasy. DNA profiling your skin is said to identify what predispositions are present in skin, such as whether it’s susceptible to faster or slower breakdown of collagen. Then, the appropriate skincare with the right ingredients mix and concentration is prescribed.

10. Do Yoga for your age. Traditional Yoga prescribes different practices to keep you at your best in different stages of life. In your twenties, for example, your body naturally demands a physical, dynamic and fast-flowing practice to loosen the body and help you burn off adrenal glands, which will simply get you fired up and may not complement an already demanding schedule. You still want a strong practice, but one that helps to balance and maintain your wellness. By choosing a slower practice and changing the focus from doing to being, you may feel some of yoga’s profound benefits as it starts to work on a parasympathetic level.

Tune in to your breath and how your body is breathing and you’ll start to feel more grounded, while awareness areas of the brain light up, heart rate goes down, brain activity gets quieter and emotions are more balanced.

Over time, this means less of the stress hormone cortisol, which can accelerate ageing, and you may even find challenges in daily life easier to manage.

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11. Halt hair ageing. Greys, dryness and lack of shine can all mean your hair is struggling with AGE. Please invest in a good shampoo like herb ones, Oils silicone-free to smooth end and add shine. These oils, will nourish hair, seal ends and de-frizz. Choose those with plant extracts and natural oils only.

12. Sculpt your face. If you buy one thing to enhance your graceful-ageing efforts, make it the Lift&Sculpt Butterfly Stone – you can order online. By using the contours of the rose quartz stone, you can massage and sculpt your jawline and cheek, drain away puffiness from under your eyes, lift eyebrows and help smooth away fine lines and wrinkles – WOW. It’s natural, simple and you can see the effects instantly. This product is LOVED by A Listers including Jennifer Aniston and Linda Evangelista. Its the most natural and easiest tool to use and was created by Georgia Louise. 

Please start today!

 

Raw Carrot Cake Bites

 

Carrot Cake is probably one of my favourite cakes without any doubts!!! I have my very own recipe, and been proudly baking it every other week, for many years!!Not to mentioned that every time i had the opportunity to try a slice, i would voluntarily grab one and enjoy it with my favourite cuppa.Total fanatic!!!

My Carrot cake made it to endless gatherings and family celebrations. It was and is a pleasure cooking this amazing yummy cake with an absolutely decadent cream cheese frosting….Everybody looked forward to my dessert!!!

Because i love it soo damn much, i have decided to”study” a healthy version of my staple cake to be indulged at any time and anywhere, absolutely guilt free. That’s how i came across this yummy Raw Carrot Cake Bites recipe and added my favourite touches. This raw carrot cake contains freshly grated organic carrots, dates, raisins, spices, nuts and coconut oil. Compared with traditional cake made with flour, oil, granulated sugar, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and butter, a raw carrot cake is much closer to nature. It still contains fat, calories, and sugar, but in the form of whole foods that benefit and uplift your body. Yeyyy!!!

Raw Vegan Carrot Cake
Serves 15
vegan. gluten-free. grain-free. refined sugar-free
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
Carrot Cake
  1. 2 cups shredded organic carrot
  2. 3/4 cup dates, about 9
  3. 1/2 cup raw pecans or walnuts
  4. 1/4 cup dried raisins
  5. 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  6. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  7. 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  8. 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  9. pinch of salt
  10. zest from 1/2 a lime
Cashew Cream Frosting
  1. 1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight
  2. 1/4 cup water
  3. 3 tbsp raw agave nectar or coconut nectar
  4. 1 tsp vanilla
  5. juice of 1/2 lemon
  6. pinch of salt
  7. 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  8. walnuts and extra cinnamon for finish
Instructions
  1. Grate the carrot in a food processor fitted with the grater attachment. Squeeze as much juice as you can from carrots using your hands. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and set aside.
  2. In the clean food processor, now fitted with the blade attachment, blend the dates, walnuts/pecans, and raisins until combined but there are still some larger pieces of nuts, about 8 1-second pulses
  3. Add the spices, lime zest and carrots. Pulse until the mixture comes together and holds its shape. Place mixture back into large bowl.
  4. Using a ice cream scoop, measure out into balls and then flatten. Frost each cake with a heaping tablespoon of cashew frosting. Chill for at least an hour. Garnish right before serving.
For the Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. In blender (preferably high-speed) mix all ingredients except coconut oil, until smooth. Depending on your blender, you may have to add more water to get everything to move.
  2. Add coconut oil and continue to blend until creamy. Chill for 30 minutes in refrigerator or until firm and spreadable.
  3. Use as frosting for cakes and cupcakes.
Notes
  1. You can turn these squares into yummy and awesome carrot cake balls with or without the frosting :)
  2. Try it in cake pops too!!!
Adapted from My Darling Vegan
Adapted from My Darling Vegan
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Micro Greens

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Standard vegetables, take a seat please – there’s a younger model in town!

The first time I saw microgreens, I thought, “Awww how cute are these!”

We’ve come to accept the baby-fication of our vegetables – baby spinach, baby lettuce, and baby squash prized for their tenderness and cute size have staked out territory in the produce section of many a grocery store including in our Parkn’Shop.

For a bit now, growers and a few inventive chefs)have decided we need vegetables that are even more juvenile than babies — seedlings so small, and so young, they’re called microgreens. The advantages of these tiny leaves less than 14 days old are many, their proponents say. They make vibrantly hued garnishes to salads, sandwiches and soups. And whether they’re spinach, pea, beet or purple mustard, microgreens are rumored to pack even more nutrients that their adult versions.

Micro Greens Have Up to 40 Times More Vital Nutrients Than Mature Plants

After all, What Are Micro Greens?

Micro Green is the universal name for almost any green vegetable or herb that has edible leaves and is harvested at the coteleydon growth stage – the stage when the first set of true leaves sprout. The coteleydon growth stage comes after the germination and sprouting stages but before a plant fully develops its root and leaf structures. The first set of true leaves develops after the coteleydon – or the first two visible leaves – of a plant appear. When the next set of leaves – anywhere between two to four – are produced, the plant actually enters the coteleydon stage. If the plant is allowed to grow, it becomes a seedling.

Types

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Micro Greens are most commonly harvested from leafy greens such as kale, arugula, beet greens, onions, radish greens, watercress, chard and bok choy and herbs such as cilantro, basil, chervil, parsley and chives. The taste of micro greens depends on the original vegetable. Micro Greens have a very strong and concentrated taste of the original vegetable. This means that cilantro microgreens will still taste of cilantro but in a stronger, more vegetal and condensed format. The health benefits of microgreens are similar to those of sprouts; however, the specific nutritional profile for each micro green depends on the type of plant it comes from originally.

Understanding the Sprouts

Sprouts and microgreens have the highest concentration of nutrients per calorie of any food. They are the richest sources of vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, chlorophyll and protein, and provide us with substantially greater health benefits than raw fruits and vegetables.

Sprouts are germinated seeds. They grow for 2-5 days depending on the seed. Sprouting magnifies the nutritional content of the seed, more than tripling vitamins A, B-complex and C. The vitamin content of some seeds increase by up to 20 times the original value after just a few days of sprouting.

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The smaller seeds, such as broccoli, alfalfa and radish, contain up to 100 times more of the incredible phytonutrients than their mature counterparts. What this means is that just a handful of broccoli sprouts can provide you the same nutritional benefits as a bucket full of mature broccoli. The larger seeds, such as the grains (kamut, oats, rye) and legumes (lentils, chickpeas, beans), provide with the energy (calories) we need to function. In addition to boosting the antioxidant, vitamin, essential fatty acid, and enzyme content, it’s been well documented that the soaking and sprouting process also increases the quality and quantity of fiber and protein. Sprouting is simply the best way to prepare grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. It activates enzymes, releases anti-nutrients, and improves our digestion and absorption of beneficial nutrients, allowing us to get the most health benefits from our food. The beauty of it all lies in the fact that sprouts can be grown on your kitchen counter every day of the year, and with minimal effort.

Nutrients and Health Benefits of Micro Greens

The nutritional profile of each microgreen depends greatly on the type of microgreen you are eating. Leafy greens are a good source of beta-carotene as well as iron and calcium. Dark green leafy vegetables such as kale and chard are also high in lutein and zeaxanthin. Because microgreens require only minimal sunlight and space to grow, they can be grown in your kitchen or in a windowsill, allowing you to control the type of microgreens as well as their growing conditions. Home-grown microgreens are not exposed to as many pollutants as commercially grown varieties. Because you have greater control over their growing conditions, such as exposure to pesticides and the type and quality of soil used, you will have fewer added or environmental toxins in your microgreens. Growing your own microgreens means that you have easy access to them and can incorporate them more readily into your daily diet, increasing your vegetable consumption.

Serving Suggestions

  • Dress microgreens with a simple vinaigrette made from extra virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, minced garlic, and cracked black pepper. Serve as a side dish or a bed for a serving of salmon, beans, or another lean protein.
  • Toss microgreens with pesto (anything from the traditional basil type to roasted red pepper or sundried tomato varieties works) and use as a topping for an open-faced sandwich.
  • Add microgreens to an organic omelet or tofu scramble with other veggies such as mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, and bell pepper.
  • Use raw microgreens as a garnish on a hearty bean or lentil soup, pizza, or in place of lettuce in tacos.
  • For a simple chilled entrée, combine microgreens with vinaigrette, a small scoop of cooled whole grains (I like quinoa or wild rice), and a lean protein like cubed tofu.

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Best Challenge Ever!!

It has been 4 months since we welcomed 2015 and for 4 months i have been dedicating 100% to my body, mind and soul. A promise i have made as soon as i welcomed the New Year, at 00 on that December 31st 2014.

I have promised to make this the healthiest year possible. Not that i haven’t been healthy in the previous years, but because i have been pregnant twice, i had certain limitations – food and exercise wise.

As soon as we welcomed January, I have been working out like mad!!!And felt soo good to finally concentrate in something that i really L.O.V.E. Working out! Sometimes solo, others with either Maya or Sienna … always with a stroller!You can find me jogging and do power walks in the streets and trails of Taipa at least 4 x a week. I have included my very own routines of Yoga and Fitness too.

A part from all this workout routine and breastfeeding Maya, i knew that something was missing, in order to increase my milk supply and the quality of my milk, increase my energy and feel lighter. I also wanted to recover faster from the pregnancy and c-section and be at my best for my family and loved ones. I have noticed – after a month of giving birth, that i was not digesting well/fast enough, and i always felt bloated at the end of the day, with a full stomach sensation..Something that i never had. I’ve been observing for 1.5 month. I knew i was eating well, but always wondered if  could be healthier…i knew i needed to be more consistent with certain things. I included Juices (of course) to my day and started feeling the difference right away – More Energy. It was no news…i know exactly the benefits of adding Juices to the Lifestyle…

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Since i am Breastfeeding Maya – non stop – i just can’t undergo a Juice Cleanse. I am dying to…(everybody has tried Sattva’s Cleanse Programs but me)…anyway, I knew i had to do a type of cleanse to renew, re-start, re-energize…

After my last post, I did research after research, read books, magazines and articles about Diet/Food…i start feeling that the key was to Cleanse my Body and Heal through Food!I thought why not give it a go?that could work for me…the more i learned the more i was sure that i needed to Spring Clean my Diet too. So, i decided to make a 20 Day Challenge to see the difference.

20 Days Challenge of Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet (Mostly Raw). (You can follow my Journey @marianahedegaard)

 

What is a Plan-Based diet?

It’s a diet based on fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains, and legumes; and it excludes or minimizes meat (including chicken and fish), dairy products, and eggs, as well as highly refined foods like bleached flour, refined sugar, and oil. A plant-based diet can be basically another way to say “vegan”, though many people do use the term to mean that you eat almost all plants with some animal products. I believe Veganism is the ultimate plant-based diet.

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There are many different types of plant-based diets. The three most common ones are:

Vegan: No animal products such as meat, eggs, or dairy products.
Lacto-vegetarian: No meat or eggs, but dairy products are OK.
Lacto-ovo-vegetarian: No meat, but dairy products and eggs are OK. – Mine as i eat eggs 1 x a week

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People ask me why this Challenge? my answer is simple. To change, to improve and to learn.

What’s the benefits of this Challenge? As a Nutritionist and being in this industry for some years now, i can’t get tired of sharing/advising that a good nutrition and a balanced diet is key to everything. Along with that, our bodies need a break every now and then. With that in mind, i always advise and insist on the same thing:

Fast at least once a week. You choose: Juice Cleanse, Water Fast, Raw food cleanse – for a day. And you will see the results right away!!Once you make it an habit, your body will be forever grateful.(Before getting pregnant Wednesdays were my Cleanse Days. I used to drink water or herbal teas for the whole day).

From my personal experience, my favorite benefits of a whole-food, plant-based lifestyle is the increased clarity of mind and energy levels. I can feel it that I am consuming what my body wants and needs on a cellular level. I love feeling overall so clean and good.

The benefits are endless: illness prevention such as diabetes and heart diseases, more energy, better mood, more positive thoughts, happier, lighter, less bloated, better circulation, less water retention, better skin, stronger hair and nails, more motivation, better digestion and of course weight loss.acai3

How often do i eat: Breakfast (8am), Lunch (12.30), Afternoon snack (glass of Almond milk or a small bowl of probiotic yogurt and fruits), Dinner (19). Times may vary, but it’s always a 4x a day meal including the afternoon snack. It works for me, but doesn’t mean it works for you. Check your G.P or Nutritionist for advise first.

What i eat: a variety of things. This challenge pushed me to learn new recipes and their benefits!!Eating Raw and Plant-Based food only never been this easier and tastier. I am not talking about the humble lettuce and tomato salad. I am talking about Kale salads, Rice salads, vegetarian screws, grilled vegetables, couscous, quinoa… wowwww,So much choice!!!Basically i am eating the freshest and cleanest whole unprocessed foods and as as much Organic as possible, i am adding tones of superfoods and Raw nuts to the diet, eating nothing but the best and healthiest oils including Coconut Oil, good fats,eating gluten free and lactose free too. I have swapped Cow’s milk for Almond, Cashews and Rice milks, i have lactose free cheese, i drink litres of water, organic and herbal teas only including Mother’s Milk Tea, Cold pressed Juices and Smoothies and my MUST HAVE Decaf coffee. I am so motivated that i don’t even feel tempted/crave to fish. meat or seafood. I have my soups every now and then too. I have Chia Seeds pudding and Açaí bowls too…i even managed to learn how to make it. So easy, so fast, so yummy and soo healthy…Come on…

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Do i Regret? NO

Do i enjoy? Yes

Do i love it? Yes

Do i recommend? Hell yeah!!!!!!

No need 20 Days like i am doing…start with 1 day and take it from there.I also recommend to follow this diet after you finished your Juice Cleanse program. This is a great way to break the cleanse and to keep with a healthy routine/lifestyle.

For me personally, it’s not a challenge because my diet – before this challenge – was very plant-based already. What really helps is not focusing on what I was giving up, but on the good things I could eat! Actually it’s very simple — you just learn to eat a variety of plants. If you slowly change your eating patterns, it’s not hard at all. Be flexible and don’t be too strict — you’ll find that it’s much easier if you allow yourself an occasional meal with animal products, especially in the first 6-12 months.acai-berry-bowl

Control your quality of life by consuming a plant-based diet. Filling your plate with fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains is the best means for disease prevention and even disease reversal. Equally important, a plant-based diet is the best means for feeling good inside and out, everyday. While it keeps your arteries clean and your cells happy, it also brightens your skin, eyes, and hair. Weight management is just an added bonus.

Eat your vegetables! A few consistent musts for your grocery list: broccoli, spinach, apples, and blueberries.

If I could make a single dietary recommendation to people looking to get healthier, it would be to move to a plant-based diet, No doubts about it.

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