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


Eating Your Water

With the temperatures heating up in New York City, it is vital to get the right amount of water in daily, as we consist of 60% H20 relative to our weight! So not only should we drink up, but we should also eat up!

I know it can be hard to get the recommended '8 glasses of water a day' for some people, especially if you are out and about, and simply lead an extremely busy lifestyle. I personally try to shoot for a good 10+ glasses, and for most approximately 2 litres a day is minimum! It might seem like a lot, but I do perspire quite a bit in the summer, and I sometimes think I am part camel, as I really do crave water! People laugh at me, but I have to admit it is my favorite beverage :)

But drinking water on its own is not the only source of hydration, as we are surrounded by nutrient dense, and hydrating fruits and vegetables which ultimately contribute to our daily intake of water (not fluids, as you can't count coffee, alcohol or caffeinated tea )

So here is a list of my favorite, water rich foods which you can incorporate into your diet, to contribute to your recommended 8 glasses a day minimum. They are perfect for the summer, and really will leave you nourished, healthy and most importantly hydrated!

- Lettuce (96% water)- all varities. My favorite is crunchy Romaine

-Cucumber (94%)- I have mine in salads, as a snack or I juice it into a green juice! So hydrating.

-Pears- I incorporate them into a juice, or cut them up in my fruit salads

-mushrooms- I can have a mushroom any which way, but prefer them steamed or lightly sauteed

-radishes- perfect in your summer salads, especially delicious with a citrus fruit (grapefruit, arugula, fennel, radish salad)

-watermelon (96%)- Of course:) My ideal summer fruit, and one that I simply cannot get enough of

-pumpkins (93%)- these gorgeous squashes have an extremely high water content, so roast them, make 'pumpkin fries' or simply steam them for a side dish

-broccoli and cauliflower (90%)- My two favorite vegetables. I do have to have them slightly steamed though, but can eat them in the bucket loads.

-spinach (92%)- I blend it into smoothies, juice it, or simply throw it into my salads. The more greens the better!

 

Not only are these foods alive and nutritious, but they taste amazing, consist of antioxidants which contribute to anti-aging, keep you full and contribute to your glow, all the while keeping you hydrating!

Remember to drink and eat your water!

 


Beauty Bites ~ Stuff I Do

Hi everyone! Let's talk about BEAUTY. Just quickly! Beauty bites!? ;) OYL is a great place to find lots & lots of 'beauty bites' by beautiful people! But as Miranda Kerr said in her book 'Treasure Yourself' - 'Don't compare yourself with others' she says...'a rose is beautiful, but so is a sunflower.' So as you read here I hope you keep true to YOU. Are you ready to start your very own beauty revival, & be the most beautiful person you can be? Starting from the inside, & allowing that beauty to shine without! You may enjoy my post ~ Cultivating Confidence. ..because just as important as what you put into your body, is how you feel, & what you think every day.

Most of what I do personally as a beauty regime comes down to the famous quote. 'WE ARE WHAT WE EAT'. Believe it!!! Say it until you cringe at the thought of processed, sugary, unnatural, dead foods. This is your foundation for life. Life to your bloodstream means beauty all over.
I believe in raw foodssuperfoods & lots & lots of good fats! I believe in chocolate. I believe in green drinks, I believe in GREENS (period). I believe herbs grow prolifically for a reason, I believe in thinking outside the square. I believe in climbing trees & I believe in smiling!

Ok. What else can I say in a nutshell? What you put in & what you feel is so very important, but there's a whole lifestyle package that will contribute to radiance like no other.  My top 8 beauty rules would be: Water (inside + out), Sunlight (daily), Exercise (vital to how you feel & look!), Nutrition (fill your body with lifegiving raw & unprocessed foods), Air (breath deeply, avoid toxic air), Rest (8 hrs sleep minimum, 3 of them before midnight best), Temperance (no to toxic substances; yes in moderation, to all that is good!), Trust (peace inside = anti-wrinkles). These points may seem to you too simple to prove effective. The image below from a recent shoot, is of me over 35 (SHHH DON'T TELL ANYONE!). I won't say exactly how far gone I am just yet...but suffice it to say, this simple stuff really works. Natural living is your most powerful tool against the signs of aging. The odd detox doesn't hurt either. For gorgeous glowing skin, do all you can to live closely to nature, you'll be amazed at the results! PROMISE.

Something else I love to do is use all sorts of natural things on my skin. By this I don't mean things that come in packages, generally, although I do have a few nice products which I use occasionally. I love skin foods (talking direct application now) like coconut oil, aloe vera, manuka honey, olive oil, cacao, avocado, strawberries, spirulina, clays etc. Be an 'unconventional beauty'. I love to make up my own masks, treatments etc (see one here) & simple effective face mist (here).


A nice book for people beginning natural beauty treatments at home is this one by Carla Oates, Feeding Your Skin.

It's funny I've been writing so much about beauty lately, & with all the things I'm learning & sharing, I truly feel that beauty is a human need. To behold beauty, to feel beautiful, & to express beauty is vital to life. Looking forward to sharing more on this subject soon!

Love & chocolate xxx Abigail


Weird & Wonderful ~ Seaweed

Seaweed is excellent for EVERYTHING. Seriously.

Check out some of the nutritional benefits:

*Nori has twice as much Vitamin C as oranges, packed with beta-carotene like carrots, rich in calcium for your bones, iodine and iron for thyroid, and are great in making sushi.

*Arame is laden with macro minerals like magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium and iodine.

*Kelp is high in iodine, which must be present for proper glandular function and metabolism. It also contains phosphorus and calcium, as well as magnesium and potassium. Kelp is a source of vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D and E, plus amino acids. Because kelp is the saltiest of sea veggies, it makes a popular salt substitute. However, it’s been tested to be low in sodium.

*Wakame is iron-rich and 10 times more calcium than a glass of milk!

Try whipping up a seaweed salad to have on hand. That way you can easily add it to almost any meal during the week. Try eating it with just about anything savoury, for extra valuable nutrients! I used Arame this time. Instead of boiling it like the packet recommended I simply soak the arame in boiling water for 20-30 minutes, then drain.

It went especially well with an unusual 'pome-chilli' dressing I made to disguise some of the seaweedy taste. I used one part pomegranate molasses, one part agave, 2 parts macadamia oil, 2 parts apple cider vinegar, 2 small finely sliced organic onions, salt to taste, & chilli flakes (for my lack of fresh cayenne peppers)! A sprinkling of fresh basil (parsley may be used instead with success) from the garden is complementary & the chilli will help distract the tastebuds a little also ;)

You can expect: Shiny hair, clear mind, radiant skin, healthy teeth & gums, thyroid function, immunity, cell regeneration (highly anti-aging), bone & joint function, weight loss, detoxification...& everything else. Think of it as a superfood to enhance your superhuman lifestyle!

Love & chocolate xxx Abigail