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It’s beauty-food

Include the following food in your daily diet to improve your good looks:

  • Spinach – for those dark rings under the eyes
  • Nuts – to help give moisture to your skin

Whole grains – to add lustre to your hair

Many beauty products, like moisturisers, face masks and toners are made from food you find in your own kitchen most of the time.

For example:

* place cucumber slices on tired eyes to relieve swelling

* add four bags of Rooibos tea to your bath water for a beauty soak

Take ¼ ripe avocado, mash it up in a bowl until smooth. Mix in 1 teaspoon of plain organic yogurt and ½ teaspoon of honey. Stir all together until paste is smooth. Apply to skin and keep it on for 10-15 minutes or until it dries out. Rinse off with lukewarm water and pat your skin dry with a soft towel.

Here are three exercises you can do at the office without freaking out your co-workers:

  • The telephone pace – whenever you get a call on your cell-phone, get up and walk around
  • Become a stair-master – take the stairs at every opportunity

The water-bottle lift – fill up your water bottle and lift it above your shoulders with both arms in front of you X10 or with one arm at a time 10X on each side. Remember – lift and hold for a breath before lowering.

Movement is food too

Mountain Pose:

  • Stand tall with feet together, shoulders relaxed, weight evenly distributed through your soles, arms at your sides.

Take a deep breath and raise your hands overhead, palms facing each other keeping your arms straight. Reach up toward the sky with your fingertips.

Movement is food too

Tip for the day:

Naturally better

Medicinal uses

Cayenne pepper – contains capsaicin, which reduces pain sensations when applied to the skin

Lavender has antioxidant components and helps lower the levels of stress hormones in the body

Basil is a member of the mint family and has immunity-enhancing properties.

Natural nutrition

Recipe for better health: Salad

Roasted beetroot and peach salad

Ingredients:

  • 3cups beets roasted and chopped
  • 2peaches pitted and sliced
  • 140 gmixed greens
  • 3tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2tablespoons walnut or olive oil
  • 1teaspoon stone ground mustard
  • 1teaspoon honey
  • ½ cup crumbled blue cheese [or feta / goat’s cheese]
  • ¼cup walnuts roasted and chopped

 

Instructions:

  1. Roast your beets in a preheated oven at 200 degrees C for 45 minutes
  2. Once cool, peel the skins off using your fingers or a paring knife
  3. Chop the beets and set them aside
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, walnut (or olive) oil, mustard, and honey until completely mixed.
  5. In a large salad bowl, add the mixed greens and toss with some dressing.
  6. Add the peach and plum slices and the roasted beets – toss salad again.
  7. Serve with roasted walnuts and crumbled blue cheese on top!

Recipe for better health: Soup

Anti-anxiety soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of chicken broth
  • ½ zucchini, cut into 1 cm cubes
  • 1 yellow squash, cut into 1 cm cubes
  • 1 asparagus stem, cut into 1 cm lengths, or some frozen peas
  • A handful of fresh herbs, chopped (include parsley as one)

 

Instructions:

Bring the broth to the boil, reduce to a simmer and add the vegetables. Cook for one minute, stir the herbs in and serve with a crush of black pepper. Sip slowly. Breathe and relax!

Quench your thirst: Water

Stay hydrated.

  • Cold / room temperature filtered water
  • a pretty glass pitcher (beautiful things lifts the mood!)
  • ice
  • Cucumber + Lime + Strawberry + Mint

 

Mix together, leave for a few minutes and serve!

Tip: if you don’t drink all the water within 24 hours, strain out the solids and refrigerate for up to 3 days, or pour in ice cube tray to make ice.

Mindfulness matters

Meditation for the soul

Meditation helps you to sleep better at night!

Read more here: http://www.chopra.com/articles/why-meditate#sm.00002t47b2854crrqsa2iurq1dshz

Smile more

Smiling makes us more attractive!