Friday, 30 November 2012
Thursday, 29 November 2012
I stumbled on this great blog and while reading it, I came across the word 'thrifting'. Alright, call me an illiterate, a dummy or stupid (despite my master degrees) for not knowing this word but I must say that no one I know has ever used it before. So I hopped on goggle to find out the meaning immediately. I was surprised that even though I enjoy a bit of shopping, I didn't know what this word meant...sigh.
Anyway after a good read up on thrifting, I felt ready to do it. Fortunately for me that evening, I was at Uxbridge shopping mall and just outside the mall, there were tents/kiosks that are never normally there. I am guessing they were there because the festive season (Christmas) is approaching. They sold lots of Christmas candles, wines, scents, nuts and other festive things. I knew this was the time to 'do some' thrifting...yeahoooooo!!!!!
I had a silk scarf a while back but my sister obtained it from me. I wasn't bothered then because I didn't really use it and I wasn't natural yet (hair-wise). However, over the past months getting a silk scarf has been on my mind. DING... As I was going through the various tents, I found one that sold so many hair accessories. I jumped for joy and dashed to the nearest cash machine to get me some money (in a non-existent Texan accent).
Each scarf was going for 6 pounds or two for 10 pounds. Hell yeah!! I got myself the two above and I intend to have these scarves for many years to come, that is if no one acquires it from me.
Saturday, 17 November 2012
Source : Psychedelic Experience
There are some images we come across and can’t help but be stunned by them. Well this just happens to be one of those I find stunning today. I enjoy viewing images that draw me in. I am going to be posting images I find fascinating each week and call it ‘Stunner Image of the week’.
Do you have images, pictures, drawings, graffiti, sculptures, crafts... you are always drawn to? Tell me, I want to know.
Friday, 16 November 2012
Saturday, 3 November 2012
During the week, I went out on Wednesday evening for a drink with a friend and my system can't handle just a bottle of beer. It got me thinking about how I have slightly diverted from my healthy eating lifestyle this past couple of weeks. I also had a hangover two weeks before and it took me about one week to get over it. I decided to get a cleanse this weekend.
I came across this nice cleanse recipe on the Chef Ahki Facebook page and felt inspired to use it too. So on Friday after work, I headed to Sainsburys to get the following;
- Kale - 200g (used 100g)
- Spinach - 200g (used 100g)
- Lime - 4 medium but used only 1
- Cayenne pepper - used about half a tablespoon
- Green tea - 2 bags (Had this at home already)
- Water - 2 cups (Had this at home already)
- A food blender (Had this at home already)
I am not a 'greens' freak and don't make too much effort towards ensuring I always have 'the greens'. I prefer fruits and vegetables with other bright colours. However, this weekend I am giving 'the greens' a go and see if I succeed at it.
I came up with my own twist by using cooled down green tea to blend all the above and below ingredients.
Why I used the above ingredients for my detox
Kale for detoxing - Kale contains isothiocyanates (TIC) from glucosinolates and it enables the body to detoxify in both phase I and II. Also the high sulfur in Kale is known to be essential for Phase II of detoxification. Phase I and II detoxification is the process by which toxic compounds (usually stored in fat) are made water-soluble, and released by the body. Water-soluble compounds are able to be released as urine by the kidneys, by sweat in the skin, or by the bile from the gall bladder. In summary, Phase I neutralise the toxins and Phase II prepares them for elimination. For more information click here
According to WebMD, a cup of kale contains 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber, and 15% of the daily requirement of calcium and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), 40% of magnesium, 180% of vitamin A, 200% of vitamin C, and 1,020% of vitamin K. It is also a good source of minerals copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus.
Spinach for detoxing - A huge benefit of eating spinach for detoxification purposes is that it contains chlorophyll, which helps to absorb pesticides and heavy metals that are often found in several everyday fruits and vegetables. Generally, spinach contains similar nutrient to that of Kale with added Vitamin E.
For more about spinach vs kale click here
For more about spinach vs kale click here
Lime for detoxing - This citrus fruit has come a long way with me. Also considered a berry, it is my go to fruit when i am feeling sick and nauseated. It contains vitamin C and a flavonoid called limonin glucoside. Limes are very good antibiotics, detoxifiers and great antioxidants. Limes cleanses bacteria and toxins from the body and aids in digestion, making them a key ingredient for liver detoxes
My Verdict: I know it is almost impossible to see the results of the cleanse immediately but i feel great about it. I must say though that it was not a kind of drink I could lounge at home, watch a movie and enjoy its taste. I had to rush it down and try not to savour it. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't bitter or disgusting in taste but I am not a fan of smoothie consistency and this drink happens to have just that. All in all, it is something I can get used to like salads, and go on to have it about three times or even more a week as time goes on.