Why do we insist on complicating our lives, our feelings and our thoughts. And then wonder why we are feeling stressed out, confused and at times lost.
As humans we seem to overly complicate our life unnecessarily and then wonder why we have no time to enjoy being ourselves.
There wouldn‘ t be many people who would deny that our lives are overly stressful, where we lose sight of what is important to us and our wellbeing.
Simplicity is not just about removing distractions from our life where we have become over committed, but is it also about remaining true to our selves.
Here are 10 tips to achieving happiness and simplicity:
1. Say no to what distracts you from your desires.
2. Say yes to what you really want in life and start creating it.
3. Be clear on your intentions. Don’t assume others know how you feel or what you want.
4. Ask a simple question like, “what makes me happy?” Then go do it.
5. Take time out to retreat within, so you begin to find inner peace and calm.
6. Listen to your inner guidance. No more excuses.
7. Honour how you feel and don’t ignore what your feelings are telling you.
8. Speak your truth you have so much to offer this world.
9. Make time for reflection, meditation and journaling.
10. Most of all, be yourself. You really do matter!
Time to set the record straight on five of the biggest fallacies about food!
Fats are an important part of any healthy diet - even a weight loss diet - providing essential fatty acids while delivering fat-soluble vitamins to the body.
What really matters is the type of fat you choose. Saturated (‘bad’) fat, found in animal products, full-fat dairy, and processed foods, is linked to elevated cholesterol and clogged arteries. However, unsaturated ‘good’ fat, found in fatty fish, nuts, seeds, avocados and vegetable oils, is associated with a string of health benefits.
Just don’t have too much of a good thing. All fats have the same energy density, good or bad, fat always has nine calories per gram, so keep your overall energy intake within daily requirements.
The myth goes: eating too much cholesterol raises the body’s cholesterol levels. Egg yolks are high in cholesterol, so that must mean eating them raises cholesterol levels. Right? Wrong!
It has been shown that, in over two-thirds of the population, egg consumption leads to little or no change in cholesterol levels at all. The Heart Foundation recommends up to six whole eggs (including yolks) per week.
Nutritional supplements are not medications. They fill in the nutritional gaps of a well-rounded diet – nothing more. Just because many complementary products are made from natural ingredients, it doesn’t mean they can’t be dangerous if used incorrectly. Some, such as St John’s wort, are known to interact with prescribed medications. Supplements are just that, they supplement a healthy diet for various purposes.
During the 1990s, the Atkins and South Beach diets achieved huge popularity – and gave carbohydrates a label as the enemy of weight loss. Carbohydrates have had a bad rap for decades, with people becoming scared of bread in the belief that it will make them fat!
Rather than avoid carbs, it is more about choosing the right types- wholegrains, fruit and vegetables. Carbohydrate-dense foods such as bananas, oats, legumes, brown rice and rye or other wholegrain breads, which are high in fibre and resistant starch actually assist in achieving weight loss goals, because they provide satiety as a result of being digested more slowly than other foods.
A largely unregulated product labelling system has been built around a popular fear of fat. While it’s true that we need to be careful about how much and what sort of fat we eat, many low fat foods are unhealthy in other ways, usually because of high amounts of added sugar or salt. These foods often contain the same amount of energy or more because extra sugar is added to make the product taste good as a result of the fat being removed.
Look at the overall energy and kilojoule content when comparing products, not just how much fat they contain. Nutrition labels on packaged products are there to help.
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So easy and only four ingredients!
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
2/3 cup cacao powder
2 tbsp agave/coconut nectar/maple syrup
5 drops stevia
First, melt the coconut oil over a low heat. REMOVE from the heat as soon as it’s melted. After taking it off the heat sift in the cacao powder and whisk until completely combined. Then add in the sweetener of choice. And that’s it!
Drizzle it over fruit, pour it into molds or just spread it on a baking sheet and make bars. To get the chocolate to set, put it in the fridge for 10-15 min.
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup high quality cocoa powder
1/2 cup smooth almond butter
1/4 cup raw honey or maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Melt coconut oil. Blend all ingredients together in a food processor or blender.
Pour into paper-lined muffin tin cups or silicon muffin cups and fill half-inch full (Makes 10).
Chill for 30 minutes or freeze for 10 minutes. When firm, remove.
Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator or dig in!
Look to your kitchen for the BEST conditioners to moisturise and revitalise your hair!
Four different masks for each type of hair that you can easily make in minutes using all-natural ingredients you probably have sitting in your refrigerator or cupboard right now!
DRY hair –Olive Oil and Egg
In need of some major TLC?? Combine three tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil with two eggs and apply the mixture to your hair and let the mixture sit for 20 minutes before rinsing in the shower.
The olive oil will help hydrate brittle locks, while the protein in the eggs will promote healthy hair growth.
ALL HAIR TYPES — Avocado and Honey
Mask a ripened avocado and mix in a tablespoon of organic honey and allow it to sit for 20 minutes before rinsing it off in the shower.
Avocados are rich in a variety of vitamins and nutrients, including vitamin E and protein, both of which your hair needs to remain soft and healthy. Meanwhile, honey is a natural antibacterial agent.
OILY hair — Apple Cider Vinegar and Lemon
Combine 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar with the grated peel of an entire lemon and allow it to set for 15 minutes to absorb the excess oil from your scalp, and then rinse in the shower.
Apple cider vinegar will remove build up from styling products and conditioners and strengthen the hair shaft, leaving you with soft, shiny strands. It will also balance hair’s pH level, kill bacteria, and is a cure for dandruff.
DRY, flaky scalp hair — Banana, Honey and Almond
Mash together 1/2 a ripe banana and add two tablespoons of honey and a few drops of almond oil and allow it to set with a shower cap on for 20 minutes before rinsing.
Bananas can increase the moisture of your hair, smooth frizz and soothe your itchy scalp.
Choose the one that fits you better and bring your hair back to life!! There is no need to buy the priciest conditioners on the market to moisturise and revitalise your hair.
Using natural products ensures you know exactly what you’re putting on your hair and you’re avoiding the chemical cocktails in hair care products!
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