Sunday’s Summer Essentials

 

 

Sundays are the perfect days to really enjoy summer. Therefor we’ve decided that each sunday we’ll be sharing some of our summer essentials with you.

 

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White tank Everlane

Soap L:a Bruket 

Canvas Sneakers H&M

Cut off shorts Zara

 

I could probably live in a white tank, some cut off jeans and canvas sneakers, it’s my summer uniform. In this post I wanted to mention one of my favorit brands: Everlane.

I love Everlane because they are a very honest brand, they practice radical transparency. As a costumer you get to see how much money it actually costs them to make an item.

 

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on top of that, they also let you know in what factory your item has been made and they make it their mission to only work with the best factories.

The revolution that started in food is expanding to clothing: origins matter…In the clothing industry, everybody wears it every day, but we have no idea where it comes from, People are starting to slowly clue in to this notion of where products are made

Everlane is only available online and therefor they can cut out the costs needed for physical retail and keep prices reasonable.

 

Enjoy your sunday!

Truly yours

Tina

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Green Beauty Brand Focus: RMS Beauty

The Paleo lifestyle, in my opinion, isn’t just about eating clean. It’s about living clean and avoiding toxins where possible. Beauty products can be filled with ingredients you’d rather avoid. With this series of posts I’m going to introduce you to some clean beauty brands.

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As the title suggest today’s focus will be on RMS Beauty.

RMS beauty was founded by Rose-Marie Swift, a renowned make-up artist. Her work has been featured in Vogue, I.D., Allure, W, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and other well known magazines. She has worked on adds for Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton, Dianne Von Furstenburg, Max Mara and much more. Several years ago Rose-Marie Swift started to experience some health issues, after testing she found out that her blood contained toxic levels of heavy metals as wel as high levels of pesticides and other chemicals. After the people who had tested her had asked her if she worked in the cosmetics industry she learned that it were the cosmetics she used that contributed to her health issues. After rebuilding her own health she decided to help other women, providing them with healthy beauty products. That’s when RMS Beauty was born. Rose-Marie Swift also created the website www.beautytruth.com to inform people about some of the dangers of cosmetics and skincare products. Rose-Marie continues to work in the fashion industry, using her products on some of the world’s most gorgeous faces.

RMS Beauty products are all gluten free, GMO free, soy free, nano free and they do not test on animals. Packaging for RMS Beauty products is all biodegradable, recyclable and reusable. RMS Beauty uses Certified Organic, raw, virgin, coconut oil as the base of all their products. This coconut oil is extracted from fresh virgin coconuts without the use of heat or chemical solvents preserving its natural Vitamin E, antioxidants and enzymes. On their website they also state all the ingredients you may find in the products they sell and an elaborate description of all of them.

The reason why my first post in this Green Beauty Brand Focus series is about RMS Beauty is because it’s simply my all time favorite beauty brand. RMS Beauty is the purest, most beautiful and natural line of products I’ve come across so far and I could easily live the rest of my life only using RMS Beauty for my beauty routine.

If I had to pick 3 favorites from RMS, the list would be as follows

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  • Lip2Cheek: can be used as a blusher as well as a lipstick. My favorites are Rapture and Promise. Rapture is a rich brick red, it’s lovely on the cheeks, especially in winter. It works great as a lipstick, it’s hydrating and highly pigmented. Promise is a salmon-pink with a subtle gold shimmer .

 

 

 

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  • “Un”cover-up: this completely lightweight foundation/concealer hydrates and heals the skin while minimizing the appearance of pores, redness and imperfections. It never leaves the skin looking dull or dry.

 

 

 

 

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  • Schermafbeelding 2014-07-23 om 17.07.08Cream eyeshadow: these double as an eye cream. My favorites are Magnetic and Karma. Magnetic is a taupe with a hint of mauve, perfect for everyday wear. Karma is a rich dark brown that also serves as an eye liner or (this is why I love it) an eyebrow color for dark brunettes.

 

 

Stay healthy!

Truly yours,

Tina

*RMS Beauty can be purchased at Love Lula

 

 

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Fitspiration

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Reading material:

 

Work out at home:

 

 

 

 

Stay fit!

Truly yours,

Tina

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This week in pictures

 

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…Have a nice weekend!

Kim & Tina


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10 benefits of Maca & my Maca drink

Maca root grows in the Andes mountains of Peru, making it the highest altitude growing plant in the world. Maca is a radish-like vegetable, root color varies from creamy yellow or light pink to dark purple or black. Maca’s use goes back to around 3800 B.C., when Peruvians cultivated and ate it for both its nutritional and medicinal value. The Incas found maca so potent that it was given to warriors in preparation for battles. It has been told that outside of war-time, however, warriors were banned from maca consumption. During these times maca could only be consumed in the royal court. As the time went on the knowledge of maca’s properties had been lost. It was not until mid- 20th century that this plant was rediscovered and regained popularity as a superfood.

  1. Maca is an endocrine adaptogen meaning it does not contain any hormones, but it contains the nutrients necessary to support normal hormone production. Maca stimulates and nourishes the hypothalamus and pituitary glands which regulate the other glands in the body, so when in balance they can bring balance to the adrenal, thyroid, pancreas, ovarian and testicular glands. This way Maca helps to balance hormones and can even help reverse hypothyroidism. 
  2. Maca relieves menstrual issues and menopause. It alleviates cramps, body pain and hot flashes.
  3. Maca is used to increase fertility. Studies have shown that it can improve semen quality. (note: it should not be consumed during pregnancy) 
  4. Maca is naturally high in minerals such as calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc, sterols , fatty acids, lipids, fiber, carbohydrates, protein, and amino acids.
  5. Maca is often recommended to those with fatigue. It increases stamina and is often used by athletes for peak performance. 
  6. Maca is also known to build muscle and is therefor a good alternative for steroids
  7. Maca helps with skin issues, as for some people it helps to clear acne and blemishes.
  8. Maca has been seen to improve blood circulation.
  9. Maca can stimulate hair growth, as well as prevent hair loss.
  10. Maca aids in  alleviating depression and anxiety

When consuming maca, one shouldn’t exaggerate: too much of a good thing is still too much. You can start with a teaspoon a day and build up to a tablespoon. It is also advised to skip some days and after a couple of months to take a break and stop usage for a couple of weeks.

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  • a teaspoon up to a tablespoon of maca powder
  • a teaspoon of grassfed gelatin powder
  • a tablespoon of lucuma powder (lucuma is a natural sweetner that has shown to greatly increase wound healing and tissue regeneration)
  • a tablespoon of cacao powder
  • small piece of (grassed) butter or ghee
  • 1 cup of hot water

mix all the dry ingredients with a little bit of cold water so they make a paste, then add the hot (not boiling) water to it, put the butter or ghee in it, stir and drink up!

Products mentioned:

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Enjoy your drink!

Truly yours,

Tina

 

 

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The big leap: Planning your meals

Schermafbeelding 2014-07-25 om 15.02.11Ever since I switched to a grain free diet a lot of people who have health issues or who are generally concerned with food and health have talked to me about switching to a gluten free or paleo diet. Even those who are completely convinced that it will benefit them are often still hesitant to take the leap. After all, there are several mental hurdles one needs to cross before embarking on grain-free/dairy free territory, What do I eat for breakfast?  What do I pack for lunch? Where do I eat while travelling? What can and what can’t I eat? Do I need to start reading food labels? Where do I shop? What do I eat on a budget? What do I prepare if I don’t have much time to cook? … Overall it can get quite overwhelming.  For those who want to make the switch but  feel stifled by these questions,we’ve decided to address these one by one over the course of several posts. We’ll give you some guidance on how to plan your meals and next week we’ll be posting a lunch recipe each day.

First let us zoom in on lunch,  since lunch and breakfast are considered the most challenging meals of the day. For some breakfast ideas you can read our post 10 egg- & nut-Free Paleo Breakfast Ideas.

Initially it will be hard to come up with meals since the use of certain foods is so deeply ingrained in our culture but at least at home you  have your pots and pans,  you have your fridge and your pantry and if needed you can always go to the store.  At work or school however, you have limited facilities, limited lunch time and the food you can order usually doesn’t fit your needs. So it’s crucial to be well prepared because yes,  initially it will take you more time. While making sandwiches is quick and easy, putting together a lunch which takes into account your dietary limitations takes a little more creativity and forward planning. However, once you’ve got a portfolio of recipes and ideas that work for you , once you’ve got a certain routine going it will become child’s play.

To tackle the forward planning part and as a quick  comment on meals in general,  I recommend you make a shopping list. Pick a day of the week on which you draw out  a meal plan for each day of the week and the ingredients needed. This will not only ensure that you know which ingredients you’ll need to get through the week ( after all, nothing is worse than an empty stomach and an empty fridge, it leads to bad choices) it will also help you keep track of your budget.

So which questions would you like us to address?  feel free to comment in the box below, we’ll answer them to the best of our ability in one of this series future posts. Our first lunch recipe and additional tips on meal planning will appear on Monday the 28th of July.

Regards,
Kim

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A modern day Picasso

This post is inspired by booooom.com  and their Remake project. The idea of the project is to remake a famous work of art using photography. Lots of different artist gave their own interpretation to the project. Some tried to recreate the original images as close as possible while others focused more on the theme the artwork represents. 

Here are some of my favorites. Definitely check out booooom.com for more cool stuff!

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Testing gluten sensitivity

Schermafbeelding 2014-07-22 om 13.52.07Having studied to become a nutritionist I learned, just like everyone else who studies to become a nutritionist here in Belgium, that whole grains are the most important component of a healthy diet.

I did learn that gluten can be a problem for a very small group of people. People with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity will experience digestive problems, chronic constipation and diarrhea, anaemia and vitamin deficiencies (because of a leaky gut). Gluten sensitivity is only related to the gut and the digestive track, a very small group of people is suffering from it and if you aren’t then gluten are good for you. So basically a whole bunch of other gluten related issues are completely overlooked here. Gluten sensitivity goes far beyond the gut but unfortunately your average nutritionist isn’t aware of this. 

The food pyramid is the favorite tool of almost everyone teaching diet and nutrition.

carbs are good and fat is bad (unless the fat comes from plants or fish)

That’s your moto when you study to become a nutritionist. Up until today that’s what they are teaching you at school. By doing this they are literally neglecting years of research, clinging on to their precious food pyramid, making you feel worse instead of better.

It’s not just the nutritionists though, your doctor down the street will know no better. Going into your average doctor’s office, saying you think you might have some gluten related problems, he or she might send you to the clinic to have you tested for celiac disease. The test will likely come out negative and your doctor will advice you to continue eating your gluten packed meals.

Why will the test come out negative?

The standard for celiac diagnosis is a small intestinal biopsy, which requires a sample of the cells in the intestinal wall to detect gluten-induced injury. A very uncomfortable procedure to begin with, intestinal biopsy commonly results in false negatives since intestinal damage can vary from one location to the next. So to put it more clearly: during this test they will take a very small piece (very small) of your intestinal wall out to see if there is any damage there. So for example 50% of your intestines could be damaged but if they take out a piece of the 50% that is undamaged the test will show up negative.

The test will be wrong 7 times out of 10, in order to come out as a celiac your intestinal wall basically needs to be ruined beyond recognition. 

Another way to detect gluten sensitivity (be it celiac or not) is by looking for gliadin antibodies. Gliadin is one of the two components that make up gluten. Gliadin, in it’s turn, is made out of 4 components: alpha, beta, gamma and omega.

The test is only measuring antibodies for the alpha component.

So if your body is reacting to any of the other components it won’t show up in the test and you’ll come out negative. The other component of gluten, glutenin, is not tested for. According to a study published in the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (2006),

It is highly probable that the glutenin proteins are toxic.

And there is even more bad news. In order to make gliadin more water soluble, food manufacturers alter the gliadin protein by a proces called deamidation. Immune T-cells have shown to respond more readily to deamidated gliadin than non-deamidated gliadin.

This means that an individual can have no sensitivities to any other forms of gliadin but its deamidated form yet the immune system’s response to it will be far more aggressive.

Again there are no tests for antibodies against deamidated gliadin. 

As if all the above isn’t even enough, Wheat Germ Agglutinin (WGA) is the lectin component of wheat. Lectins are present in all grains and can pass through the gut wall in their intact form, causing the immune system to recognize them as foreign invaders setting up a defense against them. WGA is found in high concentrations in whole-wheat products, especially sprouted wheat.

WGA reactions can cause clumping of red blood cells,  it can break down the blood-brain barrier and inhibit nerve growth factor.

Common WGA-induced symptoms are poor circulation, cold hands and feet and brain fog. You guessed it: tests don’t look for WGA antibodies.

DIY testing

The best way to test gluten sensitivity is to cut out gluten for several weeks or months and see how it makes you feel. Be aware though:

Getting off of gluten can be like kicking a cocaine habit

During the digestion of gliadin, gluteomorphins are formed. Gluteomorphins are morphine-like opiods that have been linked to drugs like LSD. They can be very sedating and addictive .

Getting off of gluten can, just like getting off of drugs, result in a period of withdrawal lasting a few days to several weeks. In this case withdrawal symptoms can include neurochemical imbalances, altered mood, and gastrointestinal distress.

So if you’re unfortunate you’ll have to bite the bullet, stick with it for a couple of days or weeks.

Make sure to watch the video below and subscribe to The Underground Wellness youtube channel if you want to know more about gluten and other health related issues.

 

Be brave!

Truly yours,

Tina

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The perfect lemon-aid

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This lemonade isn’t exactly lemonade, it contains no lemon, we’ll use lime instead and the sugar is replaced by honey. To get the most out of our drink, we’ll also be adding some healthy extras.

It’s the perfect refreshment on a hot summer’s day and it only takes a minute to make

What you’ll need:

- 1 liter of cold water

- 2 limes

- 2 teaspoons of turmeric (benefits see here)

- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (benefits see here)

- 1/4th of a cup red beet juice ( benefits see here)

- 2 teaspoons of honey (more about honey here)

What you’ll do:

- wash the limes, cut them in half and squeeze some of the juice out in the water

- put the limes themselves in the water

- add the rest of the ingredients

- stir (if you use a glass jar you can close it up and shake it)

What you’ll get:

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Enjoy your drink!

Truly yours,

Tina

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Wise words from Bukowski

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Bukowski is one of my favorite writers by far. He doesn’t beat around the bush, there’s no embellishments, no unnecessarily romantic metaphorical language, just good honest writing. Realness , honesty and madness come pouncing at you with each line you read. His writing isn’t necessarily pretty but there’s a beauty in the pure harsh emotion he throws at you. It’s reality served raw and uncut, it’s writing at its best ( if you ask me).  There’s a lot of knowledge and dept in his work so why not throw some at you?

 

“Life’s as kind as you let it be.”
(Hot Water Music)

 

“and if you have the ability to love
love yourself first
but always be aware of the possibility of
total defeat
whether the reason for that defeat seems right or wrong”

(How To Be A Great Writer )

 

“And I remember when I was a kid, I thought, I’d like to live to see the year 2000 , I thought that would be the magic thing, with my old man beating hell out of me everyday I wanted to live to be 80 and see the year 2000; now with everything beating hell out of me I no longer have that desire.”

(Tales of ordinary madness) Bukowski died in 1994

 

” Unfortunately, the world was molested with billions of people who had nothing to do with their time except murder it and murder you.”

(Tales of ordinary madness)

 

“people are just not good to each other.

we are afraid
we think that hatred means strength
we think that New York City is the greatest
city in America.”

( The crunch)

 

“there is a loneliness in this world so great
that you can see it in the slow movement of
the hands of a clock

people so tired
mutilated
either by love or no love.

people just are not good to each other
one on one.

the rich are not good to the rich
the poor are not good to the poor.

we are afraid.

our educational system tells us
that we can all be
big-ass winners

it hasn’t told us
about the gutters
or the suicides.

or the terror of one person
aching in one place
alone

untouched
unspoken to

watering a plant.”
(Love Is A Dog From Hell)

 

“contentment-
I wouldn’t call it
happiness -
it was more of an inner
balance
that settled for
whatever was occurring
[…]
what matters most is
how well you
walk through the fire.

(You Get So Alone Sometimes That It Just Makes Sense)

 

Regards,

Kim

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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