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Today I started my morning with my toes in the sand, flicking through the pages of two of my favorite reads from this past year. Let me share them with you. It’s All Good, the Gwenyth Paltrow and Julia Turshen penned health bible that has me drooling every other page and a paperback by Dr Bob Arnot about a very sensitive topic to us all, The Breast Cancer Prevention Diet.

The latter had my sister looking at me a bit weirdly at the beginning of the year when I first read the short and informative book. As a healthy woman in my mid-twenties with a grandmother who passed away from breast and stomach cancer, I found the book a perfect reference on the simple tools of diet and exercise that we can all use for better breast health.

beach22Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli enjoy the limelight, applauded for their effect on oestrogens “the indole-3 carbinol from broccoli halts the growth of breast cancer cells by turning off a key enzyme important for the cells’ growth cycle”.
That’s good news for anyone who enjoys their cabbage, kale, bok choy, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, collards, radish, watercress, turnip, horseradish, savoy cabbage, rutabaga and mustard seed!

With the sun on my back and a little sea breeze drying my wet hair it’s the bigger book of the two that I come back to time and time again for the yummy veggie recipes and the simple quinoa recipe that I’ll never remember by heart. Paltrow collects all your best intentions for your food and mashes them into this book. It’s a book for omnivores, or for vegetarians who cook for omnivores and I can’t say enough good things.

In the spirit of breast cancer prevention… try these cruciferous recipes for yourself via Gwyneths blog, GOOP
Collard Roll Ups with Coconut Curry Kale
Moroccan Beet Greens
Three Bean Salad with Sauteed Chard

Read, Eat + Enjoy!! xx

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At #25 on the Models.com Top 50 list, Romanian Model Andreea Diaconu is a rising-star on a powerful upward trajectory.

She’s 22 years old, with a penchant for karate and Kiehl’s facial mist; sounds like a normal 20-something, right? That’s until you read her model CV.
Diaconu has booked recent F/W ’13 campaigns for Ralph Lauren, Adolfo Dominguez, Pierre Balmain, Dolce & Gabbana and Juicy Couture. She also appeared on (more…)

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Wearing sunblock is one of the simplest ways to protect your skin from premature ageing. With this pocket sized product, sun protection just got a whole lot easier- and cuter! summermust

Handheld devices; YesTo SPF15 Pomegranate Lipbutter, MD Solar Sciences SPF40 Natural Mineral Sunscreen Stick.
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kateheaderLiving in an imperfect world has its upsides- our minds are constantly searching for improvements; in ourselves, each other and in larger groups like our friends, families and communities. We like to change the way we look, we monitor the way we act towards each other and we feel we have the right to be treated well by others.
In the fashion community, businesses (read: designers, editors, magazines etc) redefine the norms of things like beauty and health almost constantly. They promote popular body shape, skin color, hair styles and ultimately advertise apparel, beauty products and jewellery to increase sales and promote brand recognition.

On a daily basis, we see beautiful designs displayed on the achingly thin bodies of pre-pubescent teens- a common sight in fashion advertising and editorials. Since the rise of heroin-chic bodies like that of Kate Moss (circa 1990′s) there has been backlash towards fashion houses that manipulate inspiration into thinspiration. Even then, the frequent call of media and advertising to change our outer selves in order to be happier, healthier and more beautiful have taken the dominant role for more than two decades. We have all at some point, fallen into the thinking that (more…)

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organic-applesGot questions about juicing? We can answer them!

Q. I can’t find Kale in my local supermarket. What can I substitute with?
A. Firstly, make a request with your local supermarket to start stocking Kale, they’re usually open to requests if they know the demand is there. Also, search for your local farmers market- they’ll have a range of unusual greens that might not be a popular choice for supermarkets. While Kale is very high in Vitamin A, C & K you can substitute with a range of greens. Try; Chinese Spinach (Amaranth), Swiss Chard, Rainbow Chard, Collard Greens, Young Bok Choi, Mustard Greens or Pea Shoots.

Q. Am I meant to remove the skin from ginger before juicing?
A.  As I usually buy organic, it’s my preference to keep the skin intact when juicing. If you are using non-organic ginger you can remove the skin easily with a metal spoon. Scrape gently at the skin & it should come away easily. Give the ginger a brief rinse before juicing

Q. Can I use a blender instead of a juicer?
A. We love blending AND juicing and each gives you different benefits. As a general rule, we like to blend our fruits and juice our veggies. That way your fruit remains sweet and fibrous and your vegetable juice provides you with many more minerals and vitamins that would be otherwise inaccessible if cooked. That being said we also loved Blended Juices (coming soon).

Q. Can I drink beet juice by itself?
A. Many people find beets too potent to drink alone- the root vegetable can give you a strong ‘dirt flavor’. Try peeling the beet if the flavor is too strong for you. We love juicing fresh OJ and adding in a beet or two. That way you can enjoy the vibrant color, refreshing citrus with a touch of earthy sweetness.

Q. Can I juice garlic?
A. Yes! Start small with this one, as we all know garlic has a strong flavor. Add in a single clove (not the whole bulb!) while juicing 6-8 Granny Smith Apples. Add half a lemon to further disguise the taste.

Q. What juice can I have in the morning?
A. In the morning your goal is to energise for the day ahead of you! We love the delicious recipe below to awaken and enliven our mornings with energy and hopefully some smiles!

THE Smiley, serves 2

1/2 mini watermelon
1 fuji apple
1 lemon
1 sprig mint (or basil/cilantro)

brooke ritchieJuice, enjoy & share!


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