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CHOOSING FOODS THAT SUPPORT A HEALTHY METABOLISM

Ever wondered what foods you should be eating in aid to support a healthy metabolism? I found this list the other day and thought I’d share it with you….

 

  • Organic Fruit– watermelons, papaya, lychee, cherries, grapes, RIPE/cooked apples, RIPE/cooked pears, peaches, kiwis, orange/orange juice, etc. are packed with good sugars (fructose and glucose), antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
  • Organic RAW Carrots– Raw carrots act like a natural antibiotic to aid your gut. They help decrease bacteria, endotoxins and estrogens in the gut, which will help increase metabolism.

 

  • Organic Expeller Pressed Coconut oil – A healthy saturated fat consisting primarily of medium chain tryglicerides (MCT). The MCT’s in coconut oil are proven anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral agents.

 

  • Organic Pastured Eggs– Eggs are loaded with vitamin B12, Vit D, Vit A, choline and leucine all of which are what your body utilizes to help metabolize fat.

 

  • Organic Dairy – and milk and other dairy contain tons of calcium. Calcium has shown to help decrease blood pressure and decrease abdominal fat.

 

  • Organic Fruit Vegetables– Squash, zucchini, tomatoes, pumpkin, etc. They contain high levels of folate, Vitamin C and fructose along with glucose.

 

  • Organic Russet Potatoes – rich in protein, calcium, iron, vitamins A and C. Always eat potatoes with a fat and protein and some fruit (you want the fructose). The fat, protein and fructose will help regulate your BS when consumed with the starch.

 

  • Organic Coffee– Coffee increases glucose uptake (increases metabolism) and provides the body with the minerals Mg, K, and the vitamins B1 and B3.

 

  • Wild Shell fish–Oysters, clams, muscles, shrimp, lobster, scallops and crab are all good sources of high quality protein. Shellfish contain vitamins A, C, D and E, and the B vitamins. Shellfish are an exceptional source of vitamin B12, which is required for every metabolic process in the body.

 

  • Salt–it’s natures diuretic and is necessary to mobilize glucose (sugar). The right white, clean source of salt actually increases your metabolism, decreases endema and helps muscles recover.

 

  • Organic chocolate — Chocolate contain not only a healthy level of antioxidants but it also contains stearic acid, a saturated fat that has been found to boost your metabolism.

 

  • Bone broth and Gelatin. — Bone broth and gelatin are an amazing protein source free of the inflammatory amino acids, cysteine, methionine and tryptophan.*Of course, if organic foods are not available to you, do the best you can. You can still get lots of benefits using the non-organic options.

 

So as you can see there are a few awesome things on this list that we all love to eat (chocolate!!). Till next time….Tiarna :)

 

Sourced from:

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20746339,00.html

http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/18-metabolism-boosting-foods/slide/1

http://www.organicauthority.com/mojo-foods/no-more-diets-16-foods-that-naturally-boost-your-metabolism.html

 

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The benefits of KALE!

Ever needed to fill your meal full of a nutritious leafy green? Well Kale would be the best one to do it! Do you know why? Here are some reasons:

  • Kale is extremely low in calories, very high in fibre, as well as having zero fat! One cup contains around 36 calories, 5 grams of fibre and 0 grams of fat.
  • It is great for aiding in digestion and elimination with its great fibre content.
  • Just one single cup of kale contains; Vitamin A; Vitamin K; Vitamin C; Vitamin B6; Manganese; Calcium; Copper; Potassium; Magnesium; Thiamine; Riboflavin; Niacin; Iron; Phosphorus.
  • These can also be called Antioxidants, which are amongst the substances that help counteract oxidative damage. Oxidative damage is believed to be one of the leading drivers of aging and many diseases, including cancer.
  • Kale also contains substances that bind bile acids and lower cholesterol levels in the body.
  • Vitamin K is a very important nutrient, in which most Australians do not get enough of. Lucky for us, Kale is one of the world’s best sources of vitamin K, with a single raw cup containing almost 7 times the recommended daily amount. It helps prevent heart disease, osteoporosis and is absolutely critical for blood clotting.
  • Kale is also believed to have protective effects against the growth & reproduction of cancerous cells, due to the fact that it is actually loaded with substances that have been shown to help fight the formation of cancers, at the molecular level. Although, Studies have shown that vegetables like Kale, may significantly lower the risk of several cancers, the human evidence is proven to be mixed.
  • Kale is high in lutein and zeaxanthin, nutrients that have been linked to a drastically reduced risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.
  • Kale is extremely low in calories, but also provides you with the significant bulk which should help you feel full. This is due to the low calorie but also high water content, which means the food has ‘low energy density’. Although, there are no tests directly linking kale to weight loss, eating plenty of foods associated with ‘low energy density’, have in fact been associated with numerous weight loss tests.
  • Did you know? Cooked kale offers more iron than one pound of beef and more Vitamin C than an orange!

It is very clear why this newly found and very cheap superfood is causing such a huge buzz, not only with the organic kind, but with absolutely EVERYONE!

 

 

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Sourced From: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-4408/Top-10-Health-Benefits-of-Eating-Kale.html

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What’s in your Skin Care?

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I came across this Blog recently about nasty ingredients in Skin Care and thought it had some great info in it so I wanted to share it.  Many of these ingredients are also used in Hair Care and even some brands claiming to be natural!  EverEscents definitely does not use any of these nasties.  Happy reading, Cheers Tiarna

Ever wondered what you are putting on your face?  These days the labels can be very deceiving so if you don’t know what you’re looking for, you are bound to fall in the trap of buying something that says it’s good for you but really isn’t. Read on to learn what words to look for and what they are actually doing to your body!

 Phenoxyethanol

 We’re seeing fewer chemical preservatives, a.k.a “parabens,” on labels because consumers have become aware of the potential problems with parabens, a newer preservative, under the name “phenoxyethanol” (or ethylene glycol monophenyl ether), has emerged into conventional and even “certified organic” skin care as a safer alternative.

But is it really?

Phenoxyethanol is commonly used in a variety of skin care products ranging from facial and body cleansers to moisturizers and make up. Several studies demonstrate this preservative shows toxic effects to the body in moderate concentrations. These effects include:

  • reproductive and developmental complications
  • contact dermatitis (skin irritation)
  • damage to the brain and nervous system

Japan recently banned the use of phenoxyethanol in all cosmetics, while most other countries have limited its use to 1% concentration.

Aluminium

Some studies have linked aluminium to Alzheimer’s disease, though recent research has cast doubt on the connection. Other studies have indicated that aluminium may be linked to breast cancer and other brain disorders. Aluminium, in the form of powder, is used in self-care products such as antiperspirant deodorants.

Aluminium is unequivocally a neurotoxin. It can cause irritation to the skin, it’s an endocrine disruptor, and it causes birth disorders in animals.

The average person will consume, absorb and/or eat three pounds of aluminium in their lifetime. Wow! Think about that next time you reach for Dove or Old Spice on the shelf.

Formaldehyde

 Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen linked to leukaemia, pancreatic and skin cancer, skin irritation, and cirrhosis. It is typically found in nail polish, eyelash glue, and hair smoothing and straightening products like the popular Brazilian Blowout treatment.

This chemical is a little more inconspicuous, meaning that it’s not often listed on a product label, but rather “released” from preservatives. These preservatives include:

  • DMDM hydantoin
  • Imidazolidinyl urea
  • Diazolidinyl urea
  • Quaternium-15
  • Bronopol
  • 5-Bromo-5-nitro-1

If any of these chemicals are listed on the label, avoid the product.

Dioxins

 Belonging to the “dirty dozen” list of dangerous chemicals, dioxins are of high concern. Existing in the food chain as environmental pollutants, dioxins have made their way into many skin care products. Because they are persistent compounds, they linger inside of our body for long periods of time.

According to the EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database, dioxins are known endocrine disruptors, strongly linked to cancer and toxic to the organ system and human development. Dioxins will not be listed on a label, but are often contained in antibacterial agents such as triclosan, PEGs and sodium laureth sulfate.

Dioxins are also found in non-organic tampons, as most conventional cotton is genetically engineered, sprayed with pesticides, and treated with bleach.

Toluene

Toluene is often used in glues, adhesives, chemical detergents, dyes, paint and paint thinners, plastics and many other industrial substances. Why would we want that in our skin care? Look out for this chemical also hiding under the names: benzene, methylbenzene, toluol and phenylmethane. You may see it in nail polish or hair colouring products.

Triethanolamine (TEA)

There’s tea (a nice herbal blend steeped in warm water), and then there’s TEA. These two are not to be confused, and we much prefer the first.

TEA is a fragrance ingredient, pH adjuster, surfactant, and emulsifier. It’s found in soaps, hair care, lotions, make up, perfumes and sunscreens. The health concerns include cancer, organ system toxicity, allergic reactions and bioaccumulation in the skin. Animal studies also show that even at low doses applied topically, it was linked with cell mutation.

Look for it under other names like DEA and MEA on the labels, too.

Plastics

It seems that over 90% of conventional skin care products are packaged in plastic these days. If you spend all this time creating a beautiful product with organic plants, herbs and high-quality ingredients, wouldn’t you want to store it in something that protects the integrity of the formula?

Storing products in cheap plastic shows a lot about the quality of the skin care. Opt for BPA-free plastic when glass is not possible, because Bisphenol A (BPA)—the compound found in plastic—can leach into skin care products. Research has shown that BPA can be absorbed through the skin and we don’t need any more estrogen-mimicking happening in our bodies.

Glass is the best option for storing skin care, but do remember to still read the labels, as even the “top-shelf, high-end” skin care products packaged in glass are filled with chemicals.

Sometimes reading labels can be overwhelming. A general rule of thumb is that if it doesn’t roll off of the tongue easily (unless of course it’s a botanical name in Latin), and if water is listed as an ingredient (this requires a preservative to be added), then I’d swap it out for something cleaner.

 

Sourced From: http://www.annmariegianni.com/10-ingredients-definitely-dont-want-skin-care/

http://www.scratchmommy.com/whats-in-your-skincare-products/

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Coconut Crackles

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  • 2 cups desiccated coconut
  • 2 slightly rounded tablespoons honey*
  • 1 teaspoon concentrated natural vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  1. Place the ingredients into a small bowl and mix to combine.
  2. Use your hands and fingers to work the honey and oil into the mixture until it is well combined and sticking together.
  3. Use slightly damp hands to press the mixture very firmly into the holes of a silicon mini muffin tray.
  4. Place in the fridge to set.
  5. I pressed down on my crackles again after they had been in the fridge for an hour or two and then I left them to set overnight.
  6. Enjoy!

Sourced from our favourite website: www.wholefoodsimply.com

 

 

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Double Crunch Peanut Butter And Chocolate Chip Fudge

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  • 6 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey*
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 tablespoons crushed peanuts
  • 50 grams dark chocolate, finely chopped**
  1. Place the peanut butter, honey, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla and salt into a heat proof bowl. Heat the ingredients until the oil starts to melt. Remove from the heat and stir until the mixture is smooth and well combined. Add the crushed peanuts and mix to combine. Pour the mixture into a silicon loaf tin. Sprinkle the chocolate over the top and place the slice into the freezer to set.
  2. Slice. Serve. Eat and enjoy.

*you can use rice malt syrup if you prefer.

**I use 90% dark chocolate.

notes – one sliced this can be stored and served straight from the fridge or freezer. It will not be stable at room temperature.

 

Sourced from our favourite website: www.wholefoodsimply.com

 

HEALTHY HAIR TIPS

 

  • Let Your Hair Down– Regularly pulling hair back in a ponytail or bun too tightly can cause damage. Removing hair elastics often leads to breakage, so make sure if you must put your hair up opt for hair ties that slide easily out of your hair.

 

  • Don’t Wash Everyday– Washing hair too frequently strips it of its natural oils, which actually causes the scalp to produce more oil. It will take some time for your scalp to adjust to less frequent washes but be patient, eventually your hair will thank you.

 

  • Brush Before Washing– When you do wash your hair, brush it beforehand. Not only does pre-shower brushing make for fewer post-shower tangles, but brushing also dissolves dirt and product build up and disperses hair’s natural oils. 

 

  • Never Brush When Wet– Hair stretches and is most prone to breakage when it’s wet. Use a wide-tooth comb or your fingers to gently untangle knots and save the brush for when hair is at least 90% dry.

 

  • Watch the Water Temp– hot water is drying both to your skin and to your hair. Wash hair under tepid water and do your final rinse with the coldest blast you can handle. Cold water will seal the cuticle, promoting shiny hair.

 

  • Condition, Condition, Condition– You should condition hair every time you wash, but only the ends. Just like you really only need to shampoo the scalp, conditioner is only needed on the ends, where the hair is much drier.  Once a week, use a deep conditioning treatment like EverEscents Organic Cinnamon & Patchouli Deep Treatment all over. For extra healing, after you’ve applied the mask cover your hair with a shower cap as this locks in the moisture and the heat from the shower will take care of the rest.

 

  • Cool it with Heat Styling– Hot tools like hair dryers and curling irons are very damaging to hair. Embrace your hair’s natural state as often as possible. When you do use hot tools be sure to protect hair first with EverEscents Heat Protector that coats the cuticle—creating a barrier between the hair and the heat. Also watch the temperature setting too; using hot tools on high settings can cause hair to become dry and brittle. Start at the lowest setting and work up if necessary.

 

  • Sleep on Silk– silk pillowcases are much smoother than cotton pillowcases, which means less tugging and tangling, and therefore less breakage and damage. Sleeping on silk also reduces frizz.

 

Sourced From:  http://www.longlocks.com/tips-for-healthy-hair.htm

Mother’s Day Gift Packs – Available Now!

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, we here at EverEscents have created a beautiful pack to give to your loved one on this very special day. Our Mother’s Day packs contain an Organic Shampoo & Organic Conditioner of your choice and has a FREE Organic Treatment. What better way to tell mum you love her!

Check them out at your local salon stockist here http://www.everescents.com.au/salon-locations/ or grab one online here http://www.everescents.com.au/shop/current-promotions.

 

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the base

  • 200 grams organic corn chips*
  • 2 rounded tablespoons honey**
  • 4 rounded tablespoons peanut butter***

the top

  • 6 tablespoons peanut butter***
  • 3 tablespoons honey**
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons cacao or cocoa
  1. Line a loaf tin with baking paper overhanging the sides for easy removal.
  2. Place the base ingredients into your processor and blend at high speed until the mixture resembles a fine, sticky crumb. When you think it is down give it another blast and then press the mixture firmly into your tin.
  3. Place the top ingredients into your processor and quickly blend to combine. Do not over blend. Pour the mixture over your base and place in the fridge to set.
  4. Slice. Serve. Eat. Enjoy!

*corn chips are readily available in the health food section of the supermarket and from health food stores.

 

Sourced from our favourite website: Wholefood Simply.

FEATURES AND BENEFITS OF COCONUT OIL

For some time now coconut oil has been a buzz word around the health industry, mainly because of its varied health benefits.

There has previously been a misconception spread among many people that coconut oil is not good for heart health. In reality, it is extremely beneficial for the heart. Coconut Oil can improve blood cholesterol levels and may lower your risk of heart disease as it is loaded with saturated fats which raise HDL (the good) cholesterol and change the LDL (the bad) cholesterol to a benign subtype. It contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps in actively preventing various heart problems like high cholesterol and high blood pressure. It reduces the incidence of injury and damage to arteries and therefore helps in preventing atherosclerosis. Studies suggest that the intake of coconut oil may help to maintain healthy lipid profiles in pre-menopausal women.

Coconut oil is an excellent massage oil that acts as an effective moisturizer on all types of skin, including dry skin. Unlike mineral oil, there is virtually no chance of having any adverse side effects on the skin from the application of coconut oil. Therefore, it is a safe solution for preventing dryness and flaking of skin. It can also delay the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin, which normally accompany aging. It helps in preventing degenerative diseases and premature aging due to its well-known antioxidant properties and can help in treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections. For that exact reason, coconut oil forms the base ingredient of various body care products like soaps, lotions, and creams that are used for skin care.

It strengthens the immune system because it contains anti-fungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin which research has supported as an effective way to deal with viruses and bacteria that cause diseases like herpes, influenza, and even HIV. Candida, also known as Systemic Candidiasis, is a tragic disease caused from excessive and uncontrolled growth of yeast called Candida Albicans in the stomach. Coconut oil provides relief from the inflammation caused by candida, both externally and internally. Its high moisture retaining capacity keeps the skin from cracking or peeling off.

So if you haven’t yet discovered for yourself the health benefits of Coconut Oil do yourself a favour and try it, either in your cooking or on your skin. Your body will love you for it!

 

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Sourced: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/oils/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html

 

 

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Sunday Slice

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base

  • 4 tablespoons organic peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons organic honey
  • 1 1/2 cups organic  cashew meal

top

  • 2 tablespoons organic  honey
  • 2 tablespoons organic  peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons cacao or cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons organic coconut oil, liquified
  1. Line a loaf tin with baking paper overhanging the sides for easy removal. Mine measures 19.5cm x 9.5cm.
  2. Place the peanut butter and honey for the base into a medium sized bowl and mix to combine. Add the cashew meal and mix to combine. You can use your hands to work the mixture until it resembles a dough.
  3. Press the mixture into the base of your prepared tin and set aside.
  4. To make the top place the ingredients into a medium sized bowl and mix until the mixture is smooth and well combined. Pour the mixture over your base and place in the fridge overnight to set.
  5. Slice. Serve. Enjoy.
  6. You can set, store and serve this straight from the fridge or freezer. It will not be stable at room temperature.