For too long now women in the media have been portrayed as fragile, dainty, airy, boring creatures who do nothing all day. If you take a look at any painting in the renaissance, women are depicted lying about in frilly dresses not doing much as they are so restricted by their garments. Society imposed on them a specific ideal of beauty, and that is to be the tiny quiet creature who does nothing all day and wait for her husband to come home. A woman should just be there to look at. Let’s fast forwards to the 21st century and although much has changed such as the way we dress, our freedom regarding work and voting and driving, the media still portrays women as fragile submissive beings in many editorial shoots. The men are always the ones in control, who are strong, but somehow, our society finds beauty in a naked woman who appears to be dead and helpless. Studies have shown that men are attracted to the look of women dying of tuberculosis because they cheeks are flushed, their lips are red from the blood and they are lying there, helpless.
Hello lovely reader,
Summer is over and it is time to get back into the swing of things, so we might be getting back to school, work, internship or another holliday. As we get caught up into our routine, we might not give ourselves the proper time and care we deserve. Some of us spent all summer being extra healthy because we were constantly outside, hiking, traveling, doing yoga, pilates, running on the beach (options are limitless); there is no better way to keep going with our adventures by the beach or in a new city than a refreshing smoothie, acai bowl, protein full omelet, Kombucha drinks on the go. A lot of us who believe in a healthy balanced lifestyle choose organic products such as Douvall in order to further portray how a healthy gut is equal to healthy skin. Both go hand in hand. What is the point of working so hard at the gym, if your diet is poor a can lead to a leaky gut or inflammation, which the impacts will be seen on your skin?
That is why we want to motivate you to make the end of 2017 and the start of 2018 your healthiest year yet. There are so many options out there in order for you to find what works for you and what makes you happy. We follow a strict vegan diet, however there are many other routes one can take to be healthy without going to extremes. It’s all about balance and not pushing too hard, or you will crash and burn.
It took us a while to find what activities could remain fun, challenging and motivating for a whole year. We found that mixing up yoga, tennis, boxing, running, balance and strength workouts made us feel more active and pushed us to live a healthy lifestyle because we loved the rush of endorphins and happy hormones. Sometimes it is hard to fit in a workout in your day, sut you can always find a way. You don’t need to join a gym, or the best yoga studio in order to keep moving. If you can afford it then go for it, but if your wallet restricts you from doing so, then go to a park with a friend or on your own. We decided to splurge on hot yoga at the HotPod Yoga Studio in London, but the rest we managed to find free or inexpensive ways to do them. For Boxing, check out the All Star Boxing Gym ( https://www.allstars-gym.co.uk/#) right past Notting Hill. They have saturday classes for two hours for 5 pounds only. You can sacrifice going out more for a meal or a drink, in order to afford yoga for example. Life is made of choices and you have to choose what the best ones are for your body soul and energy.
We are going to share with you a few of our favourite summer recipes to keep you going all year. You can obviously adapt with fruits and veggies of the season.BREAKFAST Acai Bowl
1. Soak chia seeds for at least 20 minutes in some of the coconut milk.
2. Simply add all ingredients into your Vitamix or high speed blender until thick and creamy.
3. The texture should be very thick, if too thick then add more almond or coconut milk.
4. If you stick a spoon into the mixture the mixture should be able to be thick enough to stay on the spoon, if not add ice or more frozen bananas.
5. Eat after making. Add ice as needed to desired thickness.
6. TOPPING OPTIONS: Unsweetened shredded coconut, goji berries, raw cocoa powder, homemade granola, Nourishing Muesli, banana chips, raw nuts/seeds, fresh fruit, avocado, dark chocolate chips, etc.MID MORNING SNACK Hummus with carrot sticks
Finely chop parsley and mint and add to cooked quinoa
Using salt as an abrasive and the back of a knife, mash and scrape the garlic into a paste
3Finely chop sundried tomatoes and roasted red peppers
4Combine all ingredientsMID AFTERNOON SNACK No bake Honey Peanut Butter Cookies
In a bowl, combine the rolled oats, natural peanut butter, honey and dark chocolate chips.
Mix thoroughly until fairly consistent.
Use a muffin tin as the mold to form the cookies.
Place them in the fridge for an hour or so to allow them to harden and then eat immediately.DINNER PESTO PASTA