Wubo Ockels - Goodbye with a Smile

Wubbo Ockels: Goodbye with a Smile

When I was a young girl, I already knew who Wubbo Ockels was. He was the first dutch man to go to Space. I was intrigued by it.

Wubbo Ockels

Iedereen kent Wubbo Ockels als de astronaut, maar de laatste jaren was Wubbo Ockels, professor Aerospace for Sustainable Engineering and Technology bij TU Delft vooral bezig met duurzame projecten. Hij wilde jongeren bewust te maken van de aarde en ze te motiveren ook oplossingen te zoeken. Of het nou zijn Schip Ecolution was, of zijn werk voor TU Delft. Zijn idee om het verkeer beter te laten doorstromen en duurzamer te laten worden met de futuristische Superbus, zijn werk voor Happy Energy om duurzame energie te promoten. Hij vertelde me later ook dat hij wel de ruimtervlucht wilde maken waar hij voor was gevraagd, maar dan moest er wel de natuur van Curaçao er profijt van hebben, want daar schortte nogal wat aan in zijn ogen. Alles wat hij deed moest gewoon iets goeds zijn voor de natuur, aarde en de ruimte.

Interview & shoot for Organice Your Life

Daarom wilde ik met hem een groot interview doen  in 2011 voor Organice Your Life®. En een mooie fotoreportage maken, met mijn favoriete fotografe Alique, die toen nog redelijk onbekend was internationaal. (nu is ze befaamd fotografe voor internationale Vogues). Dus ik mailde met Wubbo Ockels, en samen hebben wij een datum voor de shoot afgesproken. Hij was heel enthousiast.

Op de dag van de shoot en interview kwam Wubbo heel opgewekt binnen. Hij was wel een 60er, maar aan zijn energie kon je dat niet merken! Hij verzekerde mij dat hij nog vaak ging dansen met jongeren in een lokale hippe club in Amsterdam, en dat hij dan vaak het langste doorging. Hij kreeg energie van jongeren, en wilde ook heel actief blijven. Leven als een oude man, dat wilde hij niet. Dus dat deed hij ook niet.

Wubbo had voor de fotoshoot zijn originele helm en ruimtepak meegenomen. Ik mocht hem zelfs op voor de foto! De samenwerking met Alique ging heel goed, en we maakte de ene "iconische" foto na de andere met Wubbo. Voor de cover van Organice Your Life® magazine ging ik samen met Wubbo op de foto.

Lonneke Engel & Wubo Ockels

Ik had zelf ook wat kledingstukken meegenomen, waaronder een witte mannen blouse. Wubbo vond die zo mooi dat ik hem heb gegeven. Van hem kregen we Happy Energy speldjes.

Homemade Lunch

De lunch had ik zelf klaargemaakt. Natuurlijk helemaal biologisch. Ik had risotto met paddenstoelen gemaakt, en een "homemade" paprika soepje en nog wat lekkere dingetjes. Vooral de risotto vond Wubbo erg lekker.

'S middags gingen we samen op Java Eiland buiten zitten in de zon,aan de rand van een gracht. We hebben wel 3 uur gepraat.. We hebben het gehad over alle projecten van hem, en zijn gedachten. Ik wilde ruimte bieden aan al zijn ideeën en zijn bijzondere verhalen. Want wat hij allemaal in zijn leven had meegemaakt, was zeer bijzonder om te delen met de lezers van Organice Your Life.

The Green Fashion Competition

Deze samenwerking zorgde ervoor dat we zo nu en dan contact hadden. Ik was op dat moment Ambassadeur van The Green Fashion Competition die toen nog bestond, en nodigde Wubbo ook uit om front row te zitten samen met zijn vrouw Joos. Daarna is hij nog regelmatig naar Amsterdam Fashion Week gegaan als front row gast.

In Memoriam Wubbo Ockels

Hij was een charmeur, en heel opgewekt elke keer dat ik hem zag of sprak. Steeds bezig met netwerken en nieuwe duurzame projecten op te zetten. Met zijn verleden als astronaut, en professor bij de TU Delft, kreeg hij veel voor elkaar.

De laatste contacten met hem waren nadat hij had gehoord dat hij (weer) ziek was. Hij vroeg mij of ik nog goede diëten en boeken wist die hem konden helpen. Ik heb hem een titel van een boek doorgestuurd, en hem heel veel kracht toegewenst. Het was duidelijk dat hij ALLES wilde doen om weer beter te worden. Hij wilde nog zo graag leven en wilde daarom alles aanpakken. Niets was hem te gek, zijn lichaam was het belangrijkste.

Jammer genoeg heeft hij, ondanks zijn inzet en energie, de strijd verloren. Zijn ziel is nu het heelal in gevlogen, maar zijn duurzame, en vooruitstrevende ideeën hier op aarde zullen altijd bestaan. Wubbo is een inspiratie voor mensen over de hele Wereld, jong en oud.

“If the World ends today, I'll be okay because I am happy with the way I lived my life”  Wubbo Ockels, interview Organice Your Life, 21 Mei 2011

 

Wubbo's last speech one day before his untimely death

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5V045-b7EAI

Wubbo, rust zacht, het was heel bijzonder om je gekend te hebben.

Ik wens de hele familie Ockels veel kracht in deze tijd. Samen zorgen we dat de gedachten van Wubbo Ockels altijd zullen blijven bestaan.

Lonneke

Wubo Ockels - Goodbye with a SmileWubbo Ockels March 28th 1946 –  May 18th 2014

Read more:

Interview Wubbo Ockels - Lonneke Engel voor Organice Your Life® 21 Mei 2011

OYL Circle of Five by Wubbo Ockels 21 Mei 2011

OYL Checklist by Wubbo Ockels 21 Mei 2011

 Text by Lonneke Engel. Photos by Alique. Copyright Organice Your Life®

 


Our wedding in the news!

Since we broke the news about our marriage we have received many well-wishes from all over the World! Thank you all so much!

A lot of  websites have written nice articles about our announcement. I have added them below.

More details about our wedding part 1 will follow coming weeks! And I will share some secrets to our wedding Part 2 and 3 ;)

Love, Lonneke & Dirk

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Just Married!

On the birthday of my late father Rob Engel, 29th of January, Dirk Verest and I, Lonneke Engel, would like to announce our marriage to the World! I am a lucky woman and have never felt more excited for our future together! 

Just married!

Dirk and I are extremely happy with our intimate & spiritual wedding, in our beautiful loft in New York City, in November 2013. Surrounded by close friends, we were married by Brooke, an ordained minister, who is a close friend, and my best friend Johan's wife.

Married life feels good! You have someone in your life you love, who loves you back. You have someone in your life to lean on, and together you are a team. Dirk and I are a team. For better and for worse, for real. And that's something I have longed for, for years.

Love, Lonneke

 My DIY wedding bouquet

Our Wedding in the News

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Featured Image by Sophie Blackall, our wedding card.


Candle 79 Restaurant review

When you go organic & vegan, most people think you eat the most boring foods. WRONG! Candle 79 (and its sister restaurants Candle Cafe and Candle Cafe West) show that vegan food can be inspiring, warming and delicious! A great restaurant in New York City.

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Romantic vibes

Candle 79 is a romantic restaurant with nice low lights and candles (the name says it all)  located in the posh Upper East Side neighborhood, and serves high-end vegan cooked foods since 2003. They have a great selection for raw foodies too, but most of it is true home cooked meals brought to another level by owners Joy & Bart. They have been rated #1 vegetarian restaurant by Zagat twice and everyone who loves vegetarian food raves about this place. They bring food from the farm to your table without harming anyone and any animal, only healthy food in a holistic way.

The menu has many options to choose from

When I get here, I never know what to choose, their regular menu already has too many options that make my mouth water, but they also have a few daily specials. What I love here the most is that they are the best at preparing seitan, and all their seitan dished are amazing. The World Famous Seitan Piccata is one of my favorites, as well as all their dishes with roasted fall vegetables and mashed vegetables. Every dish has many flavors on one plate and that's why this is one of my favorite restaurants in the World. Candle 79 has many homemade original cocktails, with organic alcohol or virgin ones. the coconut and ginger blend is great, as well as the rosemary infused sparkling pear juice.

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Seitan entrée with fingerling potatoes, onions, butternut squash, apple & more.
Candle 79 -3Tempeh Entrée with string beans, brussels sprouts, fennel salad, mole, mashed pumpkin

Candle 79 - 4Dessert special: soy vanilla ice-cream, candied figs, almonds & sauce.

Our favorites at this restaurant

Anything with their seitan: it's amazing! Like Seitan chimichurri

Avocado tartare with kale chips

Their ravioli or any other pasta

Dishes with any of the following: garlic mashed potatoes, mashed butternut squash, mashed pumpkin, roasted brussels sprouts, porcini mushroom sauce, marinara sauce, grilled tempeh, grilled seitan.

Seitan piccata

Their daily specials

Any of their virgin cocktails  or "Smooth sippers" as they call them.

Also, even if you never take desserts: Candle 79 makes desserts so good you can't believe it is vegan!

 

Adres

Candle 79

154 E 79 street

(between Lexington & 3rd)

 

Love, Lonneke


Peacefood Cafe NYC review

Peacefood cafe 1NYC is the place to be for vegan food! This is another one on my favorites list: Peacefood Cafe NYC.

I have been to the one in the Upper West Side of NYC, but it is a bit out of the direction I usually have to go when I am in NYC, so I am very happy they opened one downtown just a bit South from Union Square!

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Their menu needs a bit of investigating to discover the great things they have to offer. You have to realize everything they offer is vegan: nothing is made with animal products. But they serve great healthy things, and some that resemble the bite of meat too!

It is a great place to just go for a snack or coffee/tea with a sweet bite, a vegan sandwich, as well as for a full dinner.

Their Shanghai Dumplings are a great snack, and their pizzas are tasty too.

Peacefood cafe 3But my favorite dish is the simple roasted and sautéed veggies plate for dinner. You can chose 4 of your favorite vegetables. It seems they use a certain oil to sauté it in, so it tastes absolutely delicious! ( I pick Brussels Sprouts, Japanese Pumpkin, Sautéed kale, broccoli)

But I also like to order their special of mashed potatoes, mushrooms, gravy and other vegetables that are in season. It is like what your mother used to make but the healthy version the vegan way.

What I also love here are the special teas (Mother's Bouquet is a favorite).They also make a raw & vegan chocolate pie and I tried the raw key lime pie: so good!

PeaceFood Cafe NYC locations

Uptown:
460 Amsterdam Avenue @82nd street
10am-10pm everyday

Downtown:
41 East 11th street @University Place
10am-10pm Everyday

Peacefood cafe chocolate pie

 

 


Salud organic juice bar NYC review

I love exploring New York City and finding great neighborhood gems! This time I discovered Salud, a family owned juice bar business with 2 locations in Brooklyn and NYC.

We went to the NYC location, located on Thompson street in Soho, NYC. Salud Organic juice bar NYC is a small place with lots of turquoise color and many artsy decoration. Which I can understand once I read on the website the juice bar is a creation by a brother and sister, who are a chef and an artist.

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The menu is healthy with a latin twist. They have a daily homemade soup ( I had the lentil soup it was delicious)  and a daily special. The regular menu is a mix of smoothies, juices, sandwiches, wraps, tortillas and brunch items including eggs. They serve chicken, but also "Un"chicken sandwiches. But most things on the menu are vegetarian and all is ... organic!

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We ordered the E-Detox-O ( a detox juice with cayenne pepper) and the Purple Haze, which is now my favorite smoothie! It has homemade roasted amaranth, banana, blueberries and hemp milk. For brunch they have easy organic egg dishes and I love the wrap with eggs, kale and avocado.

I will definitely go back sometime! Very happy it is close by to where we live!

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Salud Latin organic juice bar

107 Thompson street NYC

Love, Lonneke


IMG Models open to all!

I am so happy when I find out that people in the fashion industry are making a difference! Especially when you have been seeing it up close from the beginning. That's why I love my agency IMG.

I have been with IMG Models worldwide (New York, Paris, Milan, London) since 2005. Right from the beginning, they have embraced who I was and what I brought to the table, no matter my size or shape. I think they only measured me once, and I did not fit the standards, which was not really an issue, as they worked around it. (I have never been the perfect size ever FYI). Compared to other agencies I visited when I was looking for a new agency back in 2005 who all had a different vision of me, IMG saw my qualities and gave my career a new boost with many new campaigns, after my exclusive Ralph Lauren contract ended. I loved my agents Peter in NYC, Jurgen in Paris, and Andrea and Giovanni in Milan, as they always were very helpful and got me great bookings. Also Ivan, who is the Vice President of IMG Models, was always there if I needed advice. I know it is different at many agencies.

My profile on IMG Models

In 2008 when I became a Certified Health Counselor, they asked me each year to come speak to their young models at their yearly Model Prep 101 event just before September Fashion Week, and give them tips on how to be healthy during Fashion Week ,and every day working as a model. I have done that 3 or 4 times now, and this year I unfortunately couldn't join the team because of my illness that made me quit modeling. But I hope to be back next year! That was also a first in the industry: an agency that organizes a great event to help guide their models the right way.Previously agencies were just the ones that booked the job, and agents did not have time to be the go-to person for the models for any other business than the show business, but these days IMG agents are helping girls on every level they can. Need a trainer? They arrange it. You need a new outfit? They help you. You need someone to talk to? They are there for you.

Lonneke IMG model Talk 2012
Lonneke at IMG Model Prep in 2012

IMG Model prep 2012 story by me on Organice Your Life®

IMG Model Prep 101 usually is on a night before the September NY Fashion Week, when the girls are gearing up for castings, fittings and shows. A team of about 5 or 6 experts come in and give a short speech on their subject of expertise, and the models can ask questions. It is really an event to support and embrace the girls, and organized by IMG'S David Cunningham and his team. One thing David Cunningham said to the models at the event that I remember well and thought was great was: "You are all here because we believe in you. If you do well at NY Fashion Week, that is great! But if you don't book many shows that is O.K. too! Because we believe in you, you are here and we hope to work with you for a long time in the future, no matter how many shows you book"  These words I thought really gave the girls a good feeling, because their career did not rely only on the success of their NY Fashion Week. After all, runway work is a totally different thing than modeling for pictures or video, and every girl has their own talents! The event is held on the beautiful terrace of the Penthouse office of IMG Models in NYC. There are always great healthy foods and drinks sponsored by NYC vendors, and the goodiebag is really, really good (trust me I have gotten many goodiebags in my life and IMG's goodie bag is one full of useful products, especially for models.) A few things in the goodie bag: All stars Sneakers, makeup, fitness clothing, teeth whitening system, skincare, discounts, free gym membership, drinks and more. ( I know you like to hear about those details!)

The experts speaking have changed the past year, but some have been regulars like Betsy Selman-Babinecz, a Board Certified Clinical Social Worker who really helped girls- and myself-  by giving "emotional tools" to deal with the pressure in the Fashion Industry. Also present were Nian Fish, a Creative Director/Producer who started the CFDA Health Initiative, and Casting Directors like James Scully. Other experts the past years included trainers, lawyers, PR agents,and more. Last year Jessica Stam spoke shared her experiences as a top model, and I gave tips on healthy food and essentials for Fashion Week. All our tips were put together in a nice booklet provided by IMG. I hope to be part of this great initiative for more years to come!

NY magazine article on the IMG Model Prep 101

When I decided regular modeling was not for me anymore, as I worked as a model for over 20 years and I feel there is not much to "win" anymore that way in the fashion industry, IMG was very supportive. I hope to continue to work with them more in the future as a Personality, Spokesperson and Certified Health Counselor, focusing on projects that are either organic, green or healthy, with Organice Your Life®. I feel now I am ready for the next step in my career and it feels good!

My Profile on IMG Speakers for bookings

Lonneke for Twirl fragrance by Kate Spade, shot by Phil Pointer, booked by Peter from IMG Models NY
Lonneke  and other models for Twirl fragrance by Kate Spade, shot by Phil Pointer, booked by Peter at IMG Models NY 
I am happy to see that IMG is also still developing in an even better agency. I was very excited when I read this interview with Vice President Ivan Barth for Cosmopolitan, in which he shares that IMG will from now on just focus on the best models and personalities, no matter age, size and shape. Because really, great women come in all shapes and sizes. It is a great development in an industry I find has become too much fast fashion and everybody looking the same. I don't see any fun in extremely thin girls that all look the same, and even I, someone who has been in this industry for so long, can't say who's who anymore sometimes. I myself gained some weight and I feel happier and look better this way I think than when I was trying to fit in as the standard size model. I am happy to know that  IMG models really wants me to be me, and that will only make me a better public figure, and a happier person.

Lonneke for Clarins, booked by IMG Paris
Lonneke by herself as a canvas for Clarins, booked by IMG Paris

Lonneke for Brunello CucinelliLonneke and other models for Brunello Cucinelli booked by IMG Milan

Coming weeks and months,  I will share some fashion secrets, good and bad, on Organice Your life, as I know you want to know these "dirty' secrets! And I want to make this industry a healthier place by sharing my experiences,  as I know us models are role models for women around the World.

So good news for everyone dreaming of being a model. You now have a chance with IMG Models no matter what size, shape, length, age or color you are: Because only the best is good enough for IMG Models.

Love, Lonneke

Featured image: Lonneke for JCrew booked by IMG NY (note: not all models are represented by IMG Models in this picture)


Making of Model Chocolate part 2

Hello beautiful readers! I share the cacao love with Organice Your Life® contributor Abigail O'Neill, so what's better than getting together for some model chocolate making with friends? As Lonneke already shared her favorite recipe from Abigail's Model Chocolate book HERE, I'm gonna share mine with you all.

First of all, I wanted to congratulate Australian supermodel Abigail O'Neill with her wonderful work on the amazing book Model Chocolate ! Much more chocolate LOVE to you my dear, thank you very much for the effort of turning your passion into something everyone could benefit from!

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Getting ready to start our "Chocolovers" cooking in the Organice Your Life® kitchen. All ingredients and of course Model Chocolate cook book by Abigail.

I'm crazy for cookies... only the smell of cookies coming from the oven drives me crazy! So I chose the Chocky Bikkies with almond butter and honey. They are made with cacao nibs for a bit of crunchiness... I absolute love IT ! These are the healthiest I've ever made... Ingredients such as coconut, macadamia , vanilla and honey are the heroes of this awesome mixture above...

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And it all together turned into ...

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THIS! Beautiful leafs made with lots of LOVE

The other day at home, my boyfriend Fabio reproduced another great recipe to one of our good friends and everyone was absolute blown away by how easy and tasteful were the Protein Cocoballs!! We've tried out eating them either before and after getting our workout done. It felt good to my body both ways, increased my energy level and helped recovering muscles. They're good as sweet treats after lunch or dinner, as it's made with the best ingredients and superfoods on Earth, so you don't get to feel guilty about eating them. It's pure goodness ;)

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Delicious Protein Cocoballs ready!

So let's get inspired , get your friends and start cooking!! If your are interested in having access to all these amazing choco blast, please go to OYL shop and get yours! E-book and hardcopies are available HERE. Join us and share your love for raw chocolate too! Share your love for chocolate too!

Xo Carol ;)

pictures by Carol, Fabio & Dirk  Verest


Making of Model Chocolate

Carolina, Fabio, Dirk and I recently spent some time in my Organice Your Life® kitchen in NYC making delicious chocolate treats! We first went through the Model Chocolate book by top model & OYL contributor Abigail O'Neill, and picked our 2 favorite recipes.

Lonneke & Carolina making chocolateLonneke & Carolina 

Australian model Abigail just released her first chocolate & super foods book full of yummy desserts & treats called "Model Chocolate". And send us a copy too to try some desserts! So we spent the whole night preparing the recipes and we had a lot of fun!

From the many, many recipes, I chose the pie Love Me Bittersweet Jaffa Pie and Carolina chose the cookies.

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The pie is a mix of pure, organic ingredients like shredded coconut, pure chocolate nibs & powder, orange oil, orange juice, macadamia nuts and dates.  It is probably the most expensive pie I ever made, as most of the ingredients are not cheap, but it is one of the best pies I ever tasted! The amount of each ingredient was really perfect, you could really taste the orange oil & juice in the "aftertaste". And all the ingredients are uncooked, organic and actually healthy for you! Of course you don't eat the whole pie at once, so after the pie was made, and we all had a piece with a nice cup of tea, we split the remaining pie and Carolina & Fabio took their half home. We later found out we all ate a little piece each night after dinner as a treat until it was finished! So the whole week we all enjoyed it. So in the end it was something we could enjoy for so long it wasn't an expensive pie at all.

macadamia dates coconut flakes 1The ingredients for the crust of the pie are mixed together in a blender.

making crust of raw pieFabio is making the crust of the pie by pressing the pie mixture really well to get a solid and strong bottom of the pie

pouring of chocolateFabio ads the chocolate mixture onto the crust

Carolina pouring chocolateCarolina sprinkles raw cacao nibs on top.

Model chocolate book 1Model Chocolate book with the chocolate pie after coming out of the fridge.

Model Chocolate pie 2We love a piece of this chocolate pie!

The whole recipe for this delicious pie you can find in the Model Chocolate book .

The cookies were a mix of ingredients like chocolate powder,spelt meal, maca, macadamia oil, coconut oil. These pictures are going to be posted in an article by Carolina so stay tuned!

If you are interested in making these recipes yourself , you can buy the Ebook  and/or the hardcopy in our OYL shop HERE>

What are you making next from the Model Chocolate recipe book?

Love, Lonneke

All pictures copyrighted by Organice Your life® 


Lonneke Engel is YouBeauty's Lifestyle Columnist

I have been writing for the website YouBeauty by Dr. Oz & Dr. Roizen as a green lifestyle expert for a while now.  I really love being part of such a powerful team!

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The old logo of Youbeauty

 

Lonneke for Youbeauty

Check out my past articles below and check in for new ones in the future!

Love Lonneke

 

On avoiding stress in your body & mind: When your Body says 'NO': avoiding a Burnout"

On simple rules to eat a healthy diet: What should I eat?

On how to Organice Your Home: Clean up your life.

4 tricks for a Summer body: 5 simple tricks for looking great!

How to stay beautiful during stressful times

A peek into my life: introducing Organice Your Life to readers of Youbeauty.

Tips to: stick to your New Years Resolutions.

Motivation to start living your life the way you want to: Who says you can't follow your dreams?

Organice Your Relationships: Invest in your relationships

Introduction to myself: Lonneke Engel

 

 

 


Be healthy on the GO!

I've been asked a lot what I do to avoid unhealthy eating habits , so this article is dedicated to that. Some basic actions can really save your day!

Everywhere I go, I try to look for new places where I can find exciting organic food options. Also I go for greener options as much as I can, re using plastic and paper bags or water bottles for example - and always manage my diet to be the best as possible in the most different situations.

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I don't like how plane food tastes and how it makes you feel bloated - so I've found a solution for it: always pack a few healthy snacks and a nice home made meal to eat on the plane...

I spend so much time in airports and airplanes that if I don't take proper care, I'd end up eating something not good for me. At the first time I made my own bowl with plenty of healthy food I felt much more vitality and energy to handle those never ending 10 hours seated on a plane. Everyone should try it! No shame! Even the plane staff helped me out heating the meal, and there it goes a tip if you wanna do the same: take an aluminum bowl to make it easier, then ask someone to heat for you just the way they do it with regular food they serve it.

fotoThis beautiful plate was made with love by my boyfriend and it's all organic quinoa beets and carrots with tilapia fillet and caramelized onions and some boiled egg whites! YUMMY

foto 3That meal was the first one we made to eat healthy on the go: Brussels sprouts, broccoli, sweet potatoes and fish fillet

 Sometimes at work, snacks before or after lunch time, are not nutritious enough to help me get going through my day of hard work. So again I've found a solution. I ALWAYS take with me energy protein bars, nuts and other organic snacks in little bowls that fit in my bag. I will never go to work unprepared, because we never know what's for breakfast and lunch. I'm known by stylists and beauty artists for doing it ( they usually sees me sneaking in my purse ), they call me "smart girl" and I have the pleasure to share my treats with them.

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These are a few simple things you could integrate in to your routine, or if you don't have a routine (in my case).  You just need to think ahead of all difficult situations you're gonna be dealing with, so you are prepared for everything!

Follow these tips on a daily basis, and you will not regret anything after all :

  • Try not to stay more than 3 hours without eating, ALWAYS have some good snacks with you, otherwise will won't even notice that it's been hours since you bite something.
  • Drink water! sometimes your body will trick you, so you might think you're hungry and would end up cheating with bad snacks, when your body it's JUST thirsty !
  • If you don't exercise that much ( or as much as you'd like to ); always goes for smart choices: stairs instead of elevators, go walking or biking to work  - do not ever lose a chance of moving your body!

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Stay healthy!

XO Carol


Rebecca Taylor

Fashion Designer Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca TaylorRebecca Taylor is a busy bee. Originally from New Zealand, this businesswoman is an entrepreneur, but also a wife & mom, and this all in one of the busiest places on Earth: NYC. For Organice Your Life® we asked her about her family life and how to juggle her career, as well as what charity has her heart.

OYL: Being a designer, an entrepreneur, mother and wife, while living and working in one of the busiest cities in the world, how are you able to maintain balance and peace in this whirlwind we call life? 

Rebecca: "I am not sure if you ever truly find balance; it’s quite difficult to juggle it all, but I take it one day at a time and try to keep focused on my priorities.

OYL: Now that you are a mother, what values do you try to instill in yourchildren? Do you carry over the customs and traditions from your own childhood?

Rebecca: "Definitely. My children are still very young, but I teach them to always be respectful of others, to take care of each other, and to follow their passions. I have one brother and two sisters, and we are all very close. my mother was quite strict when wewere growing up, but she always gave us the freedom to follow our dreams. I would like to give my children the same encouragement and support my mom gave us."

OYL: Being from New Zealand, which is hom to abundant nature and beautiful landscapes, do you find it difficult to adjust to New York City Life, Especially now that you have children?

Rebecca: "Well, I've been living in NYC for 20 years now, so I've had some time to adjust.New York City offers so much; there are always so many wonderful things to explore with the children. however, at times nostalgia does set in, and I find myself missing the gorgeous landscape of my seaside village.

Rebecca Taylor

OYL:At Organice Your Life® we are very involved with charities and their work, what are some charities that you support or belong to?

Rebecca: We support a lot of charities throughout the year, but to name a few:

Triple Negative Breast Cancer

make-a-Wish Foundation 

The Foundling Foundation

OYL: Within your life and environment, do you try to live a "Green-er" life? In What ways?

Rebecca: "Yes, I try to be very conscientious of being ‘green’ on a daily basis. I don’t usually print anything unless it’s absolutely necessary, and I am really strict about recycling. We are actually looking into recycled fabrics as well for the line. I feel it’s our duty to preserve the Earth as best as we can."

Visit Rebecca Taylor's website to see some over her exquisite designs.

interview by the OYL team. First published September 2012