It always happens at this time of year without fail. A few days of perpetual sunshine and suddenly, without warning, you realise that the beckoning of beach 2017, so far ahead in the distance with time to visit gyms or change diets, is actually here and now. Scary thought right? And the prospect of baring flesh that has been safely tucked away all year is not immediately appealing. So what can be done, quickly?
If I was in my twenties, my girl crush would be Deliciously Ella. She has single-handedly changed the face of what a vegan may look and be like which is no small matter. If in the past you would have let your imagination run riot and conjure up a physical manifestation of a vegan, Deliciously Ella would not have been it, let’s be honest. Continue reading “Pea and Cauliflower Bowl”
The title is actually a little bit misleading as there is no competition between juices and smoothies – they are two entirely separate entities. Both are trending at the moment and there has been a lot of write ups on the differences yet I still hear people referring to their Nutribullet as a juicer when it is, in fact, a blender. Therefore I think this is still viable information.
Simply put, a juicer extracts nutrients and fibre from fruit and vegetables and turns it into a concentrated liquid. Due to the lack of fibre, a juice bypasses your body’s process of digestion and hits your system fast and furiously. This is both good and bad. Good because the vital vitamins and minerals available in vegetables (think leafy greens, celery, cucumber, ginger, fennel) has an alkalising effect on your body which is great for your health and wellbeing. We all know that in acidity illness lie. Continue reading “Juice vs Smoothie”
I may be a bit slow off the mark but it was not long ago since I realised just how awesome YouTube could be. Yes I know. I was equally slow in the uptake of iTunes and Spotify – the latter which I could now not live without. In marketing speak, I am not what you may call an early adopter. Still, I’m with the programme now and loving the goodies YouTube is able to provide me with, especially whilst on holiday.
Which leads me nicely on to Tara Stiles, the yoga rebel with the renowned yoga studio, Strala, in New York. Model, yoga teacher, recipe maker Tara is a lovely example of someone who has forged her own path by being authentic and true to her beliefs. This is what Jane Fonda has to say about her:
“One of the things I like about her is her ability to make yoga accessible to people who might be scared of it or think it might be too esoteric,”
I’ve always been a huge Fonda fan so what is good enough for her is good enough for me. What I had not realized was just how much of Tara’s yoga stuff that is accessible free on YouTube. You can literally have morning, lunch and dinner yoga, yoga for bums and tums, the perfect beach body, releasing stress, loosing weight and so on. You get the picture. Her instruction is calm, easy to follow and inclusive. There are videos for beginners, intermediates and advanced practitioners and the good news is that they are not long, the average video is about 10 – 12 minutes. What’s not to like? I am naturally a huge fan. And as I am in beach land and surrounded by buff surfer bodies, male and female, I was inspired by Tara’s beach body yoga session this morning.
As part of her yoga lifestyle Tara also posts great videos on healthy eating, like this yummy detox kale salad.
Happy yoga Monday x