Forever Young

I LOVE NATURE. I like to immerse myself in it entirely so that the refreshing benefits endure as long as possible.

Go on an adventure

SO....we went on a this super-refreshing adrenaline-rush adventure with some friends (& their one year old baby boy). A rock-hopping, cliff-leaping adventure! We saw the most exquisite blue dragonflies!! I wish I'd got a clearer picture of them, they were amazing. There were two waterfalls. One tiny one - which was like a frothing spa which you could sit in for ages melting away tension AND one VERY LARGE ONE - to test the courage! My girlfriend & I didn't bring swimmers so I don't have any pictures of me leaping in (very feminist we were & did so in our NUDE BRAS LOL) but it felt so very exhilarating that we had to climb back around through all the spiders, rocks, bush & jolly well whatever else to do it again!

Point of Abi's stay young crazy story: Jump off cliffs if you dare, climb trees, run in the rain, swim in COLD WATER with your kids or friends or family. Keep a little spirit of adventure within. Try to resist the urge to be a 'sit & watch' parent, brother, sister, aunt or uncle :) Go on, you know you want to, just do it... You'll stay forever young & feel like a superhero, but better still, the people around you will totally LOVE you for it!

Love & chocolate xxx Abigail

 

First published by Abigail O'Neill on OrganiceYourLife.com on January 22nd 2012


Abi's Pumpkin Pie

Hi again! How's everyone?

Most people who know me know I prefer raw desserts (especially RAW CHOCOLATE!) but every now & then I'll cook an old fashioned favourite with local organic ingredients. Tonight I'm treating the family to pumpkin pie for dessert & I quickly jotted down the recipe as I went so I could share it with you. :) I haven't made it for years! Pumpkins are so fresh and lovely at the markets just now. I use fresh organic eggs in this recipe, because I have well loved hens of my own, but you could replace these with chia seeds.

BEGIN WITH:

2 cups pumpkin (I used the 'jap' variety, butternut is also lovely)

2 cups dates

1 teaspoon cinnamon powder

1 cup water

COOK TOGETHER until most of the water is absorbed and the dates & pumpkin soft. Place into blender, then ADD:

1 270ml can coconut cream

3-4 organic eggs (OR two tablespoons chia seeds + 3/4 cup water)

1 scraped vanilla bean or 1 tablespoon natural vanilla

2 tablespoons organic maple syrup, coconut sugar or extra dark brown sugar

Extra cinnamon for sprinkling on top

BLEND until smooth. Pour into prepared crust (below), sprinkle with cinnamon & BAKE 45 minutes in a fan forced over at 175'C or until the pie is nicely set through & slightly browned.

SPELT CRUST:

So simple!

2 cups wholemeal spelt flour

1/2 cup oat bran

1/4 cup rice bran oil OR use a little organic butter in place of part of the oil

1 tablespoon organic coconut sugar or extra dark brown sugar

Water. Just enough to bind.

MIX. Press into a lined pie dish & bake until semi cooked at 180'C.

I served the pie at room temperature with pure coconut yogurt & extra maple syrup

 

Actually quite nutritious & high in protein, good fats & fibre this pie would be perfect served after nice salad with lots of dark leafy greens or as it is with a pot of tea!

Love & chocolate xxx Abigail

First published by Abigail O'Neill on March 19th 2012, updated in 2019


Easy Clean with soap nuts

Did you know you can wash your laundry with soap nuts?

My introduction to soap nuts

WOW. Now I really know nature has it all. I'd never heard of these clean as a whistle little munchkins until I attended a soapmaking class. The information shared was AMAZING. Afterwards, people lined up for ages to purchase soap setting boxes, natural ingredients to make soap with...AND the best thing ever! SOAPNUTS. They look delicious don't they, & yet they are, SOAP?? Yes. Soap, in a nutshell! I'm still wowed out that these grow on trees (actually they are soap berries or Sapindus mukorossi) Anyway... All you do is boil 6 of them up in half a liter of water for 20 minutes & you have your very own, liquid soap. Strain before filling a pump 'foaming' bottle & keep near the kitchen sink, bathroom vanity or laundry to wash your hands without chemicals!


Isn't that simply 100% genius from mother earth? I think I'll add a little essential oil to mine...& apparently, you need to use it up within two weeks. That's because there's no nasties!!!! No evil preservatives. MMMM I like this soap.

Here is a little video for you to get an idea what you can do with soap nuts:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q315kdYxr9M

More information on Soap Nuts you can read HERE

Or buy soap nuts HERE

Xoxo

Abigail O'Neill


Autoimmune Generation

Below are a couple of pictures of me with my beautiful mum - Maria Grace. They were taken a few years ago, at a time when she was much more the vibrantly healthy person I remember. My mum has been struggling with an undiagnosed autoimmune condition for over 15 years now. Although she has some good days, she is progressively getting worse. The concerning thing is - I have also felt lots of things in my own body, which remind me of her symptoms.

Prevention of disease

"Prevention is better than cure" yes, but I believe in the body's ability to heal itself. Do you? I also believe that through our pains, sufferings, confusion or other negative life experiences may come beauty, healing, joy, and much knowledge worth having!

I haven't worked out all the answers, even for myself; but I do know that all manner of fruits, vegetables, alkaline water, superfoods, light proteins, greens (yes they are vegetables, but I've doubled up as I feel we all should be consuming way more of them!), sunlight, fresh air, exercise, rest, and trust create an environment for the body and mind which has proven to promote healing and wellness.

Something I haven't shared, even on my own personal blog is that all I know and do on a day-to-day basis is because of many years of seeking, experimenting, reading and believing.

Mum and Me

We are living in an Autoimmune Generation. But whatever you're going through today, whatever your parents have suffered before you - please don't give up! Don't despair.

Mothers Day

Instead, go for a brisk walk... make a green juice! Start filling up your day with all the vibrancy from nature available to you. Read all you can, and fight with all your being. Lets create a revolution that turns Autoimmune conditions up-side-down!

Love Abigail O'Neill xxx

First published May  19th 2013, Updated in 2019


Abigail O'Neill's Model Chocolate book

5 recipes for chocolate lovers

Who doesn't love chocolate? Lonneke Engel and her fellow contributors shared their love of chocolate with you in these 5 recipes for chocolate lovers. 

First of all, did you know that Organice Your Life® contributor Abigail O'Neill even came out with a recipe book all about (raw) chocolate called "MODEL CHOCOLATE" ?

Model Chocolate

Whether it is Valentine's Day or not, here are 5 recipes for chocolate lovers you must try to make for the ones you love. (or just all for yourself!).

1. Chocolate Eco Block by Abigail O'Neill

Abigail O'Neill made this delicious piece of chocolate that should be a staple in your household!

Chocolate Eco Block recipe by Abigail O'Neill.

abi's chocolateee

2. Vegan black bean brownies by Lonneke Engel

This bean based vegan black bean brownie is delicious and a great snack for when you crave chocolate, or when you are just hungry! You might not even realize there are beans in it!

Vegan Black Bean Brownies recipe by Lonneke Engel

Black-Bean-Brownies-Lonneke-Engel

3. Healthy Brigadeiro by Carolina Fontaneti

Brazilian beauty Carolina Fontaneti tried to make a healthier version of the famous Brazilian Brigadeiros. Delicious!

Healthy Brigadeiro recipe by Carolina Fontaneti.

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4. Raw chocolate fondue by Abigail O'Neill

Many people like any ingredient just better if there is a layer of chocolate melted on top of it. Abigail O'Neill gives some tips to maken amazing chocolate fondue!

Raw Chocolate Fondue recipe by Abigail O'Neill

Model Chocolate Raw Chocolate Fondue

5. Frosty Fruity Chocolate by Abigail O'Neill

Another favorite by Model Chocolate Author Abigail O'Neill: Yummy fruits mixed with chocolate are always a good idea!

Frosty Fruity Chocolate recipe by Abigail O'Neill

Frosty Fruity Chocolate
Enjoy!

Love,

Team Organice Your Life®


chocolate massage

Two things I love with a passion? Chocolate and massages. You can imagine my delight when I recently discovered that you can actually combine the two! Even though both are considered luxury products, I personally believe they are extremely healthy for you and (dare I say it) even quite necessary for your wellbeing.

Why chocolate?

Uhm...seriously? It's just damn good! :D

But it's also actually really good FOR you, especially dark chocolate has a lot of health benefits: It contains alkaloids like theobromine, that increase serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain. (Serotonin has various functions, including control of appetite, mood and anger, endorphins work as natural pain relievers and produce a sense of well being). Scientists also claim that chocolate, eaten in moderation, can lower blood pressure.

Abigail O'Neill's Model Chocolate book
Abigail O'Neill's Model Chocolate book

Why massages?

(Again: seriously?)

As opposed to the calvinistic belief that massages are a decadent indulgence, they are actually a powerful pain management tool, a very effective stress reliever and therefore a good way to keep your body healthy. Massages relieve pain, reduce anxiety, depression and blood pressure. They also stimulate the release of endorphins and serotonin. Another interesting fact is that they increase peripheral blood lymphocytes, which stimulates the immune system by getting rid of the body's waste products. This is because massages improve both blood and lymph circulation, which helps your body gain strength and maximizes your energy level. Efficient circulation also helps in muscle recovery, growth, and promotes the natural healing process.

Why chocolate massages?

Well, duh... Ok, in the highly unlikely case you're not convinced yet, here's why: Needless to say, it smells delicious, and the warm chocolate on your back feels amazing. But there's much more to it: The combination of almond oil and cocoa really hydrates your skin, and therefore has an anti-aging effect, plus it contains various minerals that improve skin texture. Cocoa contains anti-oxidants, that have a detoxing effect on your body. Also, it contains tannic acid, known for its slimming effect. And this is only the physical part! It's very good for the mind too: The double increase of serotonin and endorphin makes you feel super relaxed, peaceful and gives you a feeling of happiness.

Can anyone resist...?

 

Model Chocolate

xoxo Abigail 

p.s. check out my book Model Chocolate for delicious chocolate recipes!

Organice Your Life choice for a chocolate massage if you don't want to make the chocolate massage oil yourself: Chocolate Massage Oil/Body Oil 8 fl. oz. with All Natural Plant Oils


Making of Model Chocolate

Carolina, Fabio, Dirk and I 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 

Model chocolate book

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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Love Me Bitttersweet Jaffa Pie

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 .

Chocolate cookies

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!

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

Love, Lonneke

All pictures copyrighted by Organice Your life® 

First published in 2013, updated in 2019


Healthy Food: Ask and you shall receive

I've had crazy weeks in my life... 4am starts, 12am wraps, you know - all those glam 'life of a model' moments. Nothing I hate more than eating stuff that makes me feel lethargic, heavy and clogged. Unfortunately when working long hours or late sometimes models have to choose between skipping a meal or eat fatty, processed, or chemically treated food! Certainly not the ideal for a gorgeous figure and face that needs using again tomorrow, the day after, and hopefully the day after that.

Little collage of my green juice, quinoa salad, and lovely location of one of my shoots last week.

How I prepare for photo shoots

I usually pack an enormous fridge bag full of healthy food like dehydrated snacks, green juices, organic salad vege's and fresh fruits, bottles of my 'Supergorgeous Almond Mylk' and plenty of raw chocolate options for snacking, such as my raw cacao protein bars (from the book), goji berries and cacao beans, and a nice big slab of raw chocolate. It lasts a few days usually.. This time, unfortunately I ran out.

That one time I ran out of healthy snacks

I was driving 4 hours homeward bound, late at night with only a few hours sleep from the night before and soo tired. I was wishing I had some delicious SOMETHING to keep me awake and there was no organic coffee, or organic anything at the service stations... So I asked for something crazy! I wanted a Chia Latte but without the 'powder' they make it on which is full of sugar, flavorings and other evil things... but they couldn't get their head round that one, so I asked for a 'Earl Grey' (delicious tealeaves infused with Bergamot) Latte with a big pinch of cinnamon and a spoonful of honey and, made on non GM soy (lucky they had this!). It was the best of a bad bunch and ended up tasting delicious! I drank it with the last of  my healthy snacks, my dehydrated cacao cookies and felt very thankful.

My delish raw cacao cookies, makes for perfect travel food ;)

Boost Juice on my way home

On another big drive home I was fortunate enough to have access to a Boost Juice bar (a juice bar chain all over Australia) where I custom ordered a beetroot, pineapple, lemon and ginger juice and asked them to create a frappe with it adding in frozen mango, and green tea powder and it was PERFECT!

Organic farmers market tomatoes made a yummy energizing snack!  

Ask and you shall receive

I'm writing this post to encourage you to be bold! Go ahead, ask for crazy things to suit your needs! Even in places that you think won't have any healthy food that you could eat. The more we do this, the more people will realize the need to have healthier, raw, GF/ DF/ SF, organic, non-GM etc options available in places where now there is only fast food as an option.

Love Abigail O'Neill xxx

First published on November 28th 2012, updated in 2019

 

 


Raw Chocolate Eco Block

We models need chocolate right? It can get us from one casting to another, one shoot to another while still keeping us feeling light & energetic ...

Raw chocolate

Actually raw cacao chocolate is a wonderful superfood for any one of us who wants to look & feel our very best, as well as have the energy to meet our superhuman lifestyles!

Eco block chocolate

Today I'm going to give to you one of the 60+ recipes from MODEL CHOCOLATE - my supergorgeous raw chocolate recipe book, due out later this year.

This recipe is cheap, simple to make, & tastes delicious! It's raw energy food you can make in 10 minutes to have on hand all week (if it lasts that long!).

Creamed coconut

Creamed coconut is available from good health food stores or supermarkets, you can get it in a jar - such as the beautiful Artisana brand - which is more expensive, or in a blocks such as Royals which make this recipe super cheap! Find the blocks at Asian supermarkets or again, from the health food store.

 

Abi's Model Chocolate Raw Chocolate Eco Block

Abi's 'Model Chocolate' Eco Block
A delicious recipe of chocolate from Abigail O'Neill's book "Model Chocolate"

Author:
Cuisine: raw food
Recipe type: dessert
Serves: 4

Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 

Ingredients
  • 200g creamed coconut
  • 2 big tablespoons raw honey or more
  • 1 tablespoon cold pressed rice bran or coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla powder
  • 1 big tablespoon nut butter, optional (makes a slightly softer creamier chocolate)
  • ½ cup chopped raw brazil nuts
  • ½ cup mixed sultanas, currants & raisins
  • Pinch fine sea salt
  • ⅓ cup organic raw cacao powder

Instructions
  1. Line a flat tray with foil or non stick baking paper.
  2. Place creamed coconut into a glass bowl to melt over a larger bowl of boiled water.
  3. Remove from heat & mix in all other ingredients until combined.
  4. Using a spatula scrape out onto lined tray or mould & set in the fridge.

Notes
Supertips: you can add different kinds of nuts, seeds or dried fruits to make it a very special raw chocolate eco block!

 

10 minutes to prepare. 10 minutes to set. Makes a massive block to feed a family.

Stay tuned to for all the superfood chocolate you can eat! <3

Cacao love!

Abigail xxx

First published on August 22nd 2012, updated in 2019


Frosty Fruity - Raw Chocolate

I love to talk about raw chocolate! Check out my video and recipe below.

p.s If you would like to make this recipe for Frosty Fruity when you're going to have an actual frosty Xmas day, you can always swap the frozen fruits for some stewed fruit or dried fruits and perhaps some spices such as cinnamon, cayenne and nutmeg to make a more warming kind of chocolate treat.

Video of me talking about my book Model Chocolate and my health

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmVGozECa68

More raw chocolate recipes

My ebook with over 70 superfood chocolate recipes, as well as beauty, fashion, art and featuring some beautiful Australian models, is now live via my site abigailoneill.net for $25.

Love and chocolate xxx Abigail 

 

Frosty Fruity - Raw Chocolate
A delicious frosty & fruity chocolate treat!

Author:
Cuisine: rawfood
Recipe type: snack

Ingredients
  • 60g cacao butter
  • ¼ tsp vanilla powder
  • 1 tbs raw organic coconut oil
  • 2 tbs raw macadamia butter
  • 2 tbs raw dark agave
  • ⅓ cup raw cacao powder
  • 1 cup freshly frozen mango, diced
  • ½ cup frozen blueberries

Instructions
  1. Melt cacao butter with vanilla powder and coconut oil in a glass bowl over another bowl of boiled water.
  2. Remove from heat, whisk in macadamia butter, agave and cacao powder.
  3. Line a glass dish with greaseproof paper and squander frozen fruit into the base.
  4. Drizzle raw chocolate on top. Chill one minute in freezer. Serve.


5 ways to hide vegetables in food

A lot of people don't like to eat vegetables or beans, even though they know they are good for you. Kids are really good at that. So here are 5 ways to hide vegetables in food, and no one will ever know because they taste so good! Why don't you try these 5 recipes?

1. Zucchini Banana Bread muffins

Baking is a great way to add vegetables into your baked goods. These Zucchini banana muffins are so good!

Zucchini Banana Bread muffins Recipe by top model Lonneke Engel

 

2. Super Power Smoothie with baby spinach

A simple smoothie with fruits and a handful of vegetables is super easy to make and does the trick!

Super power smoothie with baby spinach recipe by top model Abigail O'Neill

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3. Black Bean Brownies

A healthier version of the famous brownies, but these actually taste better than the "real" ones in our opinion!

Black Bean brownies recipe by top model Lonneke Engel

4. Immunity Booster juice with bell pepper, celery & cucumber

Juicing is another great way to mix in vegetables in your sweet juice.

Immunity booster juice recipe by top model Valentina Zelyaeva

 

5. Pumpkin pie

Baking is our favorite way to add vegetables to our diet. This pumpkin pie recipe is so delicious!

Pumpkin pie recipe by top model Abigail O'Neill

Pumpkin Pie

Enjoy!

 


Beautify with essential oils

Today I'm going to discuss just a little of the amazing benefits of essential oils, particularly for your skin, and how I make the most of them in my beauty regime.

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An essential oil for every ailment

It's no secret that aromatherapy is a buzz-word for the health conscious. There's practically an 'oil' to help every and any ailment from the common cold to tummy upsets and everything in between. In the beauty aspect - everything from thinning hair to skin conditions such as psoriasis and acne to more beautiful nails can be improved by the use of specific essential oils.

My 20+ essential oils

Pictured are just a few of my 20+ essential oils which I've been collecting for some time now. I just love them! I use the oils after almost every shower or in my baths to uplift, re-energise or calm depending on what I need at the time. I also use them to ward of sickness or headaches for myself or my family. Popping them directly on the feet is amazing! Your feet will absorb the oils and transport them quickly into the bloodstream. I personally can recommend Young Living as my favourite. I've tried many brands over the years and have found these the best for both potency and purity. I also love their blends suited to so many of my varied needs. Of course there are many other lovely oils available from various companies. Only check that they are therapeutic grade before purchase.

Essential oils for your face

Just now though I want to zone in on what I do for my skin - the skin on my face that is! As many of you will know who've read any of my previous posts, I believe in beauty from the inside-out in every respect. What you eat really is what you'll become on the outside and what you think will also determine much of what is expressed in your person. There are few beauty 'products' as such that I would recommend one actually put on their skin. Essential oils are something I can certainly vouch for as enhancing my complexion, increasing tone, and evenness in skin tone.

Essential oils against acne and ageing

Frankincense is the king of oils for my face. I am totally in awe of it's effectiveness to lessen if not completely fade pigmentation. This is what I use it for most! If you want to remove age spots or scarring naturally, look to frankincense essential oil to do the job. This essential oil has been revered since ancient times as a healing agent for various conditions, and has been used on the skin for countless treatments. It has several different healing properties, including being a cicatrisant, which means it is capable of promoting wound healing and fading scars on the skin. I've never experienced acne or breakouts personally, but frankincense would be perfect for you if this is a condition you have suffered from and have scarred skin as a result. As well as frankincense I also enjoy pure essential oil of Sandalwood as an extra preventative measure against ageing. It's wonderful for wrinkles!

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my daily regimen with essential oils

I shower and exfoliate my skin to cleanse and remove dead skin cells leaving it silky smooth and absorbent. Then, using my fingertips, I simply smooth over 5 - 10 drops of the Young Living essential oil of Sacred Frankincense - usually I do this in the evening. I may also then pop a couple of drops of Sandalwood oil to any lines on my face, followed by some pure organic, cold pressed Jojoba oil. I love using my DIY face mist as well, often in the mornings, which includes frankincense essential oil as well with rosewater as a toner and freshener for my skin.

Any other questions on my choice of essential oils, or to experience Young Living essential oils for yourself, feel free to ask me via my personal YL page  here.

You can read more beauty tips I live by a recent interview for the well known Australian website Beauticate, here.

Love, light and everlasting beauty to you all

xxx Abigail