We’ve all heard about how good avocados are for our skin – ever made one of those home-made face masks? So good you could eat it? Or some hair treatment involving avocados?
Well it’s not a myth. The healthy fats and vitamin E content combined with phytonutrients make avocados really helpful in strengthening your hair and protecting your scalp, whilst also being extremely beneficial for your skin.
But it turns out, those healthy fats are fantastic for inside our bodies too and for a whole host of other things:
Improves digestion as it’s full of fibre which helps to keep everything in your digestive tract moving smoothly. This is so important because we want to have a clear (and regular) exit route for all the toxins and chemicals that your body needs to get rid of.
B5 and B6, essential for making hormones, keeping your adrenals healthy, making energy and helping you manage stress better.
High in antioxidants vitamin C and E. These zap free radicals. Free radicals are crazy molecules tha...
In nature, Winter is a time for slowing down, turning inwards and digging deep. Shedding the old to make way for the new. For us humans it's a similar story but Winter can also seem heavy going and dreary, keeping our head down, waiting for Spring to come and trying not to get sick.
It doesn't have to be like that. Here are 5 tips for surviving the Winter.
1. Get to bed early. This is the season to hibernate. Don’t push against it. Press pause and slow down. Early nights, snuggled up with a good book, listening to music you love, or meditating are nourishment for the soul.
2. Get outside in nature, whatever the weather. It’s recharging, grounding and clarifying. We need all the natural light we can get in the winter as our vitamin D levels can be low. If you’re feeling seasonally depressed, irritable and are experiencing insomnia go and speak to your doctor about getting your levels checked. It can make a huge difference to supplement with vitamin D if your levels are low.
So Christmas is nearly over and we've wished the New Year in with lots of love, positivity, hope and good intentions. I hope you all had a good time with your loved ones.
I kind of overdid it – especially on all the mince pies, cheese and chocolate! It was delicious but now I’m feeling a bit sluggish, slow and tired…and a bit snappy, dare I say it!
As a woman in my 40s, with two very energetic young boys aged 5 and 8, I have worked really hard over the last year and a half to get my energy back up from where it was, after having kids knocked the stuffing out of me (excuse the Christmas pun)! I’ve done this using food, sleep, relaxation techniques, supplements to support my battered adrenals, getting rid of a hidden bacterial infection and boosting my liver and gut health. This is also the exact process I work through with my clients.
How many of us continue to go through life not feeling as good or energetic as we want to? Feeling slightly under the weather, out of whack, sub-optimal...
There’s been a lot in the news about sugar recently.
Finally, it’s coming out that it’s all the sugar in our food that’s making us fat…not the fat! Fat has had such a bad rap for so long and while everyone has been desperately trying to eat low fat and keep their cholesterol as low as the docs say they should, lots of people are getting fatter and sicker!
Some eye opening stats from a UK public health survey state that in 2013, 56.4% of women and 72% of men aged 35-44 years were classified as overweight or obese! And the figure gets higher for 45-54 year olds of both sexes. And the trend is getting worse year on year.
And obesity leads to a whole host of really unpleasant diseases.
England’s chief medical officer is actually making the direct link between sugar, obesity and life shortening illnesses.
The challenge has been laid at the food industry’s door.
But shouldn’t we be taking responsibility for our health, rather than relying on the food industry? Isn’t our go...
Last week was one of those weeks where I ended up having to take my own advice!
My youngest son picked up a stinking, snotty cold and was at home, off school, all week. Every day I thought he would be better by the next and be back at school so I could get on with myvery important work/studying/stuff…but each day he woke up just as thick with cold…and I started to get more and more hassled and stressed about losing a lot of the time I had intended to do other things with.
So, my lesson last week was that I just needed to surrender to it. I couldn’t change it, so there was no point stressing over it. Though that’s easier said than done!
The list of things I had to do last week needed to be put to one side. In fact, there was only one thing that had a real deadline on it…I’d set all the other deadlines for myself, which had just served to stress me out more!
It’s so easy to do this to yourself, make up these lists of ‘musts’ and ‘shoulds’ with deadlines attached and then ge...
I'm very excited to welcome you to my first official Be Marvellous blog! In the months to come I'll be writing about food, energy, our bodies, health and vitality. I hope you enjoy it and find the tips useful.
With the days getting shorter and colder, winter is wrapping itself around us, urging us to snuggle up indoors, eat more food and keep warm, I wanted to kick off my first Be Marvellous newsletter about our body’s connection to the rhythms of nature.
It’s sometimes hard to remember in our busy, crazy lives, that our bodies have cycles and rhythms that are directly linked with the cycles and rhythms of nature around us. That's just how we're programmed..
The rising sun wakes the day up and because our bodies are linked to this, our core body temperature rises too, so that we wake up and the energy burning factory inside us (aka our metabolism) does too.
Eating within an hour of waking up stokes your metabolic fire and gets the show on the road, whilst not eating could signa...