Category Archives: Healthy Living

Protein Green Smoothie with Hemp ;)

I hope the title got you interested!

My trusted Nutritionist friend (Keris of Fitter Food/Fitter London) prescribed me UltraClear Plus pH and I’ve been having it for breakfast for the last week with a small serving of protein eg 2 sunny side up eggs. I got bored mixing it with water so I decided to be adventurous with my green smoothie today.

I got a sample of Nutiva’s Hemp Seed at a press event (oops, I still haven’t blogged about the goody bag!) and today seemed like a perfect time to try it out. No I’m not talking about drugs here so don’t get too excited! Although it comes from a variety of Cannabis, it contains a low amount of THC (the reason for the drug effect). So it does not have the same effect as cannabis!

Hemp seeds are rich in protein, omega 3 fatty acids and GLA (an essential fatty acid) which made them a great addition to my smoothie.

I’ll be honest, I had no idea how this was going to taste – I was going to drink it either way (I don’t waste food!).

I used a serving of UltraClear, 2 cups of spinach, 1/2 a cucumber and a sample size of the hemp seeds with 1 cup of water. Mixed it all in a blender and…

Verdict: Yummy and Filling!

You can try this with any protein powder of your choice (just make sure it’s not full of cr*p). Other high protein seeds are flax, sunflower, chia, sesame and pumpkin. I haven’t tried any in a smoothie yet, have you?

Are you a green smoothie novice? Check out this post with simple green smoothies. I will be uploading a video soon.

Are you a green smoothie pro, then please share your recipes :)

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Natural Skincare Products I Use

Happy Monday!

I hope you had a nice weekend, over here the British weather decided to give us some sunshine. Of course, a high percentage of people were half naked, over 14 years here and that still amazes me!

I was recently asked what products I use on my face and body, and was reminded again that I didn’t have that information documented anywhere.

I was in a chatty mood (when am I not?) so I decided to record a video sharing and explaining this information :)

Products Listed In This Video
Fullers Earth Powder: http://amzn.to/14sxICj & http://amzn.to/YFGntU
Face Oil: Contact Me
Nature’s Gate Body Wash: http://amzn.to/16fcYMkhttp://tgt.biz/14syAab
Dr Bronners Castille Soap: http://amzn.to/ZqGjRj
Body Butter: Contact Me
Naturally Fresh Deodorant Crystal: http://amzn.to/ZqGWKK

Do you use any of the products mentioned above?
What products do you use?

Have a great week ahead and there’ll be more natural skincare/haircare posts in the future :)

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My March Favourites (2013)

Happy New Month :) I can’t believe it’s April already! 
I decided to keep this short and sweet, leaving the image below to do most of the talking :)

Green smoothies: http://www.adura-o.com/2013/03/green-smoothies-im-loving-em.html

Palm Oil Mask: http://www.adura-o.com/2013/03/palm-oil-face-mask.html 

Organic tampons: http://amzn.to/10sIYsM

I’ve used these for a while but finally got my hands on the ones with applicators (halleluyah!). And before you say anything about, “They’re probably expensive”, they’re not! We focus on what we eat and put on our bodies, how about what we leave in our bodies for hours on end? Using a sanitary pad/towel is obviously better (Read: Toxic Shock Syndrome) but, in my opinion, messier. So I’m embracing these chemical free tampons :)
Do they work: Yes they do!

Have you tried any of the above?

Have a wonderful April!

Homemade Natural Beauty Products with Olive Oil: Five *Cheap* DIY Recipes

I was speaking to my friend at the gym and overheard a conversation about her conditioner. She’s just paid for a house and said she can’t afford to splurge on expensive conditioners.
My tips for her included:
  • Add some extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) to her cheap conditioner to instantly improve its properties
  • Do some hot oil treatments at home with EVOO
  • Condition with honey & EVOO
Olive oil is rich in Vitamin E and has many properties including being very moisturising.
The great thing about olive oil is it’s affordable, I buy mine from supermarkets and Bertolli Extra-Virgin Olive Oil is usually on offer (which is when I buy a few bottles!). Aim to buy ‘Extra Virgin’.

Which brings me to this post, olive oil can be used in so many ways but I will highlight my favourites, which I’ve tried and tested:

  1. CONDITIONER
    Moisturising: Olive Oil + Honey. It doesn’t matter if you have any leftover, I usually make enough to last up to 5 applications.
    For protein, add an egg yolk (it’s best to add this to one portion because eggs expire).
    Use: Apply to entire length of your hair, cover with a shower cap. Leave in for anything over an hour.
  2. HOT OIL TREATMENT/PRE SHAMPOO
    Warm 1/2 a cup of olive oil (don’t let it get too hot).
    Use: Apply to hair from root to tip. Cover with a shower cap and sit under a dome dryer.
    Other options – do some housework or hold shower cap in place with a scarf and leave in hair overnight. Wash your hair and enjoy the soft, shiny results.
  3. FACE MASK
    2 tbsps olive oil + 2 tbsps Fullers Earth Powder
    Add honey for extra moisture
    Olive Oil + Honey is a great option too
    Use: Wipe face clean and apply mask. Leave for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, then wipe oil residue with warm water and a face cloth. Finish with a cold water rinse.
  4. FACE, LIP & BODY SCRUB
    To gently exfoliate your skin and reveal fresh, soft skin, 1 cup of brown sugar and 1/2 to a cup of olive oil (depending on what consistency you want).
    I love using soft brown sugar as it’s gentle enough for the face and great for the body.
    Optional: A few drops of an essential oil (eg lavender, peppermint, tea tree.)

    Use: Apply on clean face & lips and gently massage in small circular motions, it shouldn’t hurt. Rinse and wipe off excess oil with warm water and a face cloth. Moisturise.

  5. BODY SCRUB
    For your homemade version of those expensive salt scrubs, mix 2 cups of sea salt with 1 cup of olive oil
    Optional: 1 tablespoon of grated lemon zest OR a few drops of lavender essential oil.

    Use: Apply and massage all over body, focusing on the rougher areas of your skin. Rinse off with warm water and moisturise.

Other uses:
  • Olive Oil can also be added to a bottle of conditioner (1 part olive oil to 4-4 parts conditioner) to give extra nourishing properties. 
  • Massage into cuticles (finger & toenails)
  • As a make up remover, apply a small amount to cotton wool or directly on your face. Massage into skin and wipe off. Repeat until all make up is off, then wipe off excess oil with warm water and a towel. Moisturise.
If you’d like me to post more DIY recipes here, let me know in the comments section :)

Quick Catchup: Clean Weekend and a New Video

Hope you had a good weekend. I had another sugar free weekend and feel good for it today. I went to help my friend at her Ermioni’s Bake Shop stall in Archway Market and didn’t have anything! Not even  a tiny sample of her scrumptious baking. Funny thing was – it wasn’t difficult, not one bit!

It helped that there was a hog roast stall in that market so I bought a portion of it (on its own) and my friend bought me more later :) The worst thing to do when you’re avoiding sugar is to be hungry around sugar!

On Sunday, I made some plantain chips and had them with an omelette and a banana shake (1 cup of organic farm fresh yogurt and 1 banana). A couple of sunny-side-up eggs with runny yolks would have been perfect to dip the chips into… yummm! Next time ;) I absolutely LOVE plantains, can you tell?

I’m on Day 15 of my personal #CleanNineteen challenge and, honestly, I don’t feel deprived because I’ve been making extra yummy meals and green smoothies <-- all homemade and natural :) Looks like I might just continue past the nineteen days, I'm enjoying it :) I started this week as I plan to continue and finish it – cleansed and refreshed, let’s see how long that lasts!!
Palm Oil Face Mask before my shower and a big glass of leftover homemade green smoothie (from the weekend).

Finally, here’s a video I uploaded on Friday on treating yourself with unhealthy food. I do that a lot and it’s a habit I’m trying to curb. I’ve been doing well these past few weeks by making berry or banana smoothies over the weekend (I have some pictures on my Instagram). And also making extra scrumptious meals, which makes a huge difference.

Watch the video here:

Have a productive week!

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Green Tea: Get Over The Taste & Reap The Benefits

I’ll be honest, the first time I tried green tea, I wasn’t interested in drinking it ever again. Its taste wasn’t anything to write home about but like most things, it’s an acquired taste. It didn’t help that I was never really a tea person, I could do without tea for years so the properties of green tea played a huge part in my going back to it! The way it settled my stomach, which was an instant result, helped too!
Now it’s part of my daily routine and I always have at least one cup daily.

You could start out by having it with a natural sweetener eg stevia or raw honey. And slowly wean yourself off the sweetener. Another way to enjoy green tea is making homemade iced green tea. Again, you have the option to use a natural sweetener but slowly reduce it.

Green tea is also great for the skin, read this –> http://www.blisstree.com/2011/07/21/beauty-shopping/drink-green-tea-for-younger-looking-skin/

For more on green tea, read:
http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/health-benefits-of-green-tea
http://www.blisstree.com/2013/02/25/food/nutrition/green-tea-benefits/

Dinner & A Bug

The title’s ridiculous right?! Read on and it’ll be explained… I think! If not, let’s blame it on me feeling a little under the weather ;)
Anyway I’ve been fighting some kind of bug/flu all day! I’m one for resting completely to recuperate but I had a 7am Fitter London Spin class which I taught off the bike so shouting and standing were the limit of my exertion. 
I listened to a friend’s advice and had a long sleep until 1pm before trying to get some work done including writing up one short recipe and throwing together today’s dinner. Then it was back to bed for a couple more hours.
I also increased my Vitamin C dosage, drank a lot of ginger/lemon tea, green tea and water.

I had an evening class (Fitter London Kettlebells) which was fun to teach as always, with more of standing and shouting at people (ha!).

Hot shower on returning home and served a massive portion for myself fresh & hot from my slow cooker. Yummy and so so warming!

Now it’s time for a LONG sleep.

A New Video With Healthy Tips & Ginger/Paprika Beef Soup

I uploaded this video earlier this week and forgot to post on here. It’s been a long but very productive week :)

With the start of the The Get Trimmer Challenge (entry is officially closed), some interesting things coming up and life, I’ve been a little distracted.

Luckily I recorded and edited this video a while back so all I had to do was upload it to YouTube.

I have a blog post that goes hand in hand with this, as I used a step-by-step approach to reach my goal.
Read more here: “How To Cut Down On Carbs”

Watch the video here:

I’m playing with spice/herb combinations so I decided to try ginger and paprika. I love ginger with chicken but I hardly ever season my meat (goat meat, beef, etc) with it. Paprika is something I just started using more often last year after I ate some chicken my Aunt made. I went back for seconds AND thirds!

1kg Beef
4 medium carrots
2 medium onions
Seasonings: Ginger, paprika, mixed herbs and salt.

Cooked till tender :)

This turned out great and I can now say the ginger & paprika combination is a winner :)

Enjoy your weekend!

The Benefits of Lemon & Water… and A Personal Challenge

Happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend. I spent most of my Sunday in bed or on the sofa – my typical LAZY Sunday!.

Ever since I learned of the many benefits of drinking lemon and water, I’ve aimed to have a glass every morning. It’s been relatively easy to stick to during the week, when I have a set routine, but I usually forget at the weekend!

I first tried lemon & water when it was a part of my daily Weight Watchers meal plan. Oh Lord, OVER ten years ago. Where did the years go???

Anyway, back to what I’m talking about here – I had a glass of warm/hot water and lemon (or lime!) every morning before breakfast. I didn’t know what the reason behind it was but I felt if WW orders it, then I’m doing it.

It wasn’t until years later, that I bothered to listen to a friend (Keris) and also read more about it on the internet. I also learned that it helped curved my cravings for chewing gum (which I am sometimes addicted to). As someone who’s had a history of bloatedness and a sensitive tummy, this (and green tea) with the combination of a healthier, cleaner diet has made a huge difference to how my stomach feels.

Now that I’m more enlightened, I try to have it every day. Although it’s advised to use warm water, which on its own has a nice effect on the stomach, I usually use room temperature water and have it at least an hour before eating breakfast.

A few benefits of lemon & water include:

  • It aids digestion and helps relieve the symptoms of indigestion and heartburn. This is because it is  has similar characteristics to our digestive juives eg saliva and bile. I can vouch for this!
  • It helps with efficiency of elimination from the bowels, to put it in a polite way ;) No need for TMI but this is one of the results I can vouch for. 
  • It helps cleanse the liver by helping liquefy bile and controlling its flow. It also helps with liver function as the liver produces more enzymes from lemon/lime water than any other food (according to A.F. Beddoe, author of Biological Ionization as Applied to Human Nutrition)
  • It helps balance pH as it’s highly alkaline. Yes, it contains citric acid but when processed by the body, it has an alkalising effect. A lot of foods we eat have acidic effects on the body including meats, fish and grains which most people consume a lot of. Read this page on acid/alkaline forming foods –> http://rense.com/1.mpicons/acidalka.htm
  • It has anti-inflammatory properties: it  dissolves uric acid, which is usually responsible for pain and inflammation in the body and joints.
Although this has nothing to do with drinking it, when applied topically it’s been known to gradually help fade blemishes and scars. I haven’t tried this yet. Maybe I will soon, I could do with a couple of blemishes being cleared up.

It has a lot more benefits which can all be read about here: http://www.quantumbalancing.com/news/lemon%20water.htm

How and When Do I Have Mine?
Half a lemon squeezed into a pint glass of (filtered or spring) water. First thing in the morning, at least an hour before breakfast.

So what’s my personal challenge? To continue this every single day this year but I’m going to start with this month. I will try to post on Twitter, Instagram, here or even on Facebook. Sometimes I will have it with my green drink to kill two birds with one stone, like I did today.

Feel free to join me on this little challenge :)

Note: As lemon is acidic in nature (before being processed by the body), it’s been said that daily drinking of lemon & water could wear away teeth enamel. So it’s been advised to drink with a straw, which I’m going to try to do more often than not. It’s better to be safe than sorry!