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The Crisp White Shirt: Part 1

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white shirt 2This is our first fashion blog post so we are very excited! Our fashion ‘know-it-alls” were brainstorming on what the very first post should be about and decided that since it’s summer it should be something light. Ideas flew back and forth, the line from The Devil Wears Prada “Florals for Spring, ground-breaking” was thrown into the mix as a means to dispell the “light = summer” debate. But then I remembered someone saying to me once,” Everyone should own a crisp, white shirt! Man or woman, you simply must have one.” And there the idea was born…”The Crisp White Shirt”. images

Because there are so many things to say about this particular subject, we are doing it in parts! So, this week we will just be focusing on the shirt itself and why you SHOULD have it!

Once You Go White

Now, whatever your job or profession, whether it be waitress or Miranda Priestly herself – the basic white shirt is a must have. You can wear it with anything and definitely wear it to any occasion. We will talk more about the style, fabric, texture in more detail in the next post!

Kim Kardashian looks stunning in this basic white shirt, which she couples with a pair of jeans for a GREAT casual look

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Angelina Jolie really turning up the GLAM!

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For the guys: A white shirt is something that is great for any event or occasion! If you are wearing a suit for a formal dinner or interview a white shirt is the perfect item of clothing. You can even wear it for a casual Sunday outing.

The white shirt is a fashion basic. Even if you don’t know anything about fashion or suffer from lack of style or fashion sense, like my sister, know that this is the a step in the right direction.

Both Brad’s looking great: Cooper with the formal suit and Pitt going casual!

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In short, the white shirt goes with anything and everything!

Look out for part 2 of “The Crisp White Shirt” next week, where we will talk about style, cut, fabric…

And remember, being healthy doesn’t only mean eating well. It is also about having healthy fashion sense and making good fashion choices.

Sleeping On Demand: Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

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The other day I was telling a good friend of mine that I can “Sleep On Demand”. Meaning that when I tell myself I am going to sleep, I do it. I don’t suffer the insomnia everyone talks about. My friends even say that I am narcoleptic! I guess I am just lucky that way because for some people getting enough sleep is really a problem.

This Is Why Sleep Is Vital

 

Count Those Sheep

  1. A great sleeping environment: Make your bedroom a good place to sleep. It should be nice and quiet and try to get the right temperature.
  2. Try and relax: Take hot bath or shower, or read a good book
  3. Get your breathing right: Breathing correctly and learning some good breathing techniques will help bring down the levels of cortisol in your body. Cortisol is a stress hormone that keeps you awake.
  4. Build a night time routine: Get into a night time ritual that you can follow before bedtime each night.

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  1. Nicotine: This is a stimulant. Don’t smoke if you can’t fall asleep.
  2. Caffeine: Another stimulant that should not be taken 4-6 hours before sleep time.
  3. Heavy Meals: If you get hungry before bedtime, eat a light healthy snack
  4. Exercise: Try not to exercise too close to your bedtime.

So, don’t think you are the party pooper for leaving the party early. Sleeping is important to your health and well being.

Happy Sleeping!

Something Fishy

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I have a quick recipe idea for you guys today!

This was sent to me by one of the readers and I simply had to share it! It serves 2 people and looks really delicious!

I can’t wait to try it!

Ingredients:

  • Fresh or frozen hake fillet 4 medium size pieces make sure hake is well defrosted
  • Prawns, 6 to 8 prawns de-shelled and deveined
  • 10ml olive or canola oil, sunflower oil would do
  • 1 fresh lemon or 10 ml lemon juice
  • Table spoon of finely chopped garlic, or 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • Black pepper and course sea salt
  • Half teaspoon of brown sugar
  • Fresh parsley
  • Half finely chopped red chilli
  • 200g string green beans or substitute with a few pieces of fresh asparagus, if you want it gourmet
  • Dried Italian herbs to your desire of taste
  • 2 table spoons of low salt soy sauce or 1 teaspoon of oyster sauce

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Cooking:

Heat up the oven grill to 200 degrees Celsius, set rack to second highest level

Season fish with black pepper and sea salt, be liberal with the black pepper but be kind to the salt, to little salt is better than too much, trust me, at the same time season the prawns lightly, you can add a pinch of paprika for colour and flavour to the prawns

Heat up 10 ml of oil in a  non stick pan, high heat, place hake pieces skin down first and sizzle skin until a golden slightly caramelized brown colour, don’t let it burn, remove from heat and change heat setting slightly lower. Each side of fish about 5 – 6 mins in the pan. Remove and place skin face up on an oven tray, rest fish while you proceed to the prawns and green beans.

In a small pot bring water to the boil and add a pinch of salt, add green beans and blanch until bright green and slightly tender, it should not be limping. Strain beans over a colander filled with ice cubes. The ice cubes stops the cooking process of the beans and maintains the cheerful bright intense green colour, and it keeps it slightly crunchy.  Set the beans aside.

In the same pan as the hake, start reheating the pan, this time not on high heat but a medium to low heat, add at least 10 ml of oil, tablespoon of garlic and chopped red chilli and sweat it. Add the prawns and briefly cook until just turned pink, add the 10 ml lemon juice, or half a squeezed lemon over the prawns and half a teaspoon of brown sugar, this helps neutralize the intense acidity of the lemon juice and the 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, at this point. Slowly simmer until sauce becomes reduced slightly, at this point add your blanched beans, and let it soak up the reduction with the prawns. At the same time pop the rested hake into the oven and grill the skin until it just starts bubbling and becomes slightly crispy.

Ready to plate your meal, beans at the bottom, grilled hake on top, and a few prawns, drizzle left over reduction, and garnish with fresh chopped parsley, and ready to eat.

You can always change the recipe to your needs and likes, you can add extra garlic or soy sauce, you can use Cajun pepper instead of black pepper, and you can even add a little water to you reduction if it’s too sticky or reduced to much, this will help thin the reduction!

There you go! Try it and let me know how it works out! Give some feedback on our Facebook page!

Mini Cup Cake Recipe

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I think I have a cheat day coming up soon so I have decided to make these cup cakes! I love cakes and sweet things so getting away from them is very hard for me…or should I say STAYING AWAY from cakes are hard for me.

And if I deprive myself of these things that I LOVE I know that I am going to go insane and cheat more often than I should.

The Reward Challenge

I use this cheat day system as a reward for my HARD work for 6 straight days of being really healthy.

However, this is the key: Don’t OVER INDULGE – even on the cheat day!

Don’t eat an entire pizza or KFC or whatever you choose to have. I still have foods that I love but in moderation. And I don’t have them all on one cheat day…that way I still have some other kind of food to look forward in the next 6 days as my REWARD!

266012_523530191010593_1050736378_oThe Recipe:

This is a low calorie, high fibre coconut cupcake recipe!

Ingredients (12 mini cupcakes):

  • 100 g coconut flour (100%)
  • 1/4 teasppon baking powder
  • 7 egg whites
  • 1 egg
  • 200-250ml water, you can also use milk, almond milk, yoghurt
  • 30 g honey
  • Cinnamon

How to do it:

  • Put all the ingredients together in a bowl and mix
  • wait 10 minutes and mix it all again
  • put the mixture in a tin for cupcakes
  • put it in a pre-heated oven at 180 °C for 45 to 60minutes

Also not forgetting NUTRITIONAL FACTS (1 Cupcake):

  • Energy: 33 cal
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 2,3 g (sugar 2,3g)
  • Fat: 1,3 g (saturated 1,3 g – wich are 70% mct’s, so good triglycerides)
  • Fiber: 5 g

I hope you all try it and ENJOY them…if you have any recipes, please do share them.

Quick Tips For Living On The Go

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no-time-480There are days when I just feel like I can never get anything done and don’t have the time to prepare any meals or get my exercise in – do you get that too?

Putting Humpty Together Again

For the past few weeks I have been watching someone in my office do something I think is strange but now I am jumping on that wagon because it’s going to A) save me a hell of a lot of time and B) give me more time to sleep.

I usually prepare my breakfast for the next day, the evening before. Does this make sense? Well, I spend all this time making my favourite breakfast (omelettes). Preparing the ingredients, cutting, chopping and whisking.Denslow's_Humpty_Dumpty_pg_5

For a few weeks I have been watching this guy bring all these ingredients (good vegetables) to work and making an omelette in the microwave. I thought it was crazy but now I see that it can save me so much time and get me to bed earlier instead of slaving away in the kitchen.

Here’s how it works:

Ingredients

  • Egg whites or with yolk (which ever you prefer)
  • 1 tablespoon shredded mozzarella cheese, ham, peppers, onion
  • Then add whatever other vegetables you like – spinach, mushrooms, even asparagus.

Directions

  • Take the eggs and place it in a bowl!
  • Mix in the other ingredients.
  • Place in microwave.
  • Heat for 2-3 minutes (depending on the strength of your microwave).
  • Let cool 30 seconds – 1 minute.

So, just pack your ingredients the night before, leave it on the kitchen counter and grab them on your way to work. It takes only 2 minutes to prepare and even less to gather the ingredients!

The Office Secret

I was visiting a good friend of mine, who is a rugby player and has an awesome physique, and we were talking about doing home exercises. I am very keen on the idea and am willing to do anything to get into shape. But I mentioned to him that I don’t have any equipment. He says to me that you DON’T NEED it! Well…at least at first! Until you can get a set of dumbbells, do some resistance training which uses your own body strength!

All good and well but when do I find the time to do all this? “At the office” he says…WHAT?

Eva_herzigova_wonderbra_1994The Male WonderBra – Or at least “The Push Up”

  • Set a goal for how many push ups you would like to do in one day.
  • Divide them equally between the amounts of hours you spend at work.
  • Find a place in your office that is quiet and where you can do your push ups.
  • Do the allotted amount every hour.

I was stunned at the simplicity and the practicability of the idea! I have found my space in the office already.

Do you guys have any other tips for healthy living on the go?

Do You Have A Friend With Benefits?

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friends-with-benefits-movie-poster-02I just realised that I don’t have a “friends with benefits” relationship in my life! Lots of people that I know have these types of situations and it got me thinking that I surely must be missing out on something right?

Someone with a GREAT body, full of ENERGY and who can GIVE it to every single time you NEED it!

If you were thinking Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis – you are dead WRONG!

The Benefactor

I realised that I don’t have a person or group of people who are encouraging me to be healthy and fit! And to be honest, I need that! I can motivate myself a little but I do need lots of encouragement. This leads me to the benefits part. I suddenly realised that I needed to make new acquaintances that are serious about living healthy and being fit. I did research, yes, going online does help in this endeavour! It is how I discovered one of my new friends, Revolution Nutrition FitClub, who is AWESOME!  134847_296528267119669_89033524_o

The Hot & Sweaty Benefits

I am going to join the first workout session of the year today, with my new friend right there by my side for encouragement and “the benefits”. What might these benefits be you ask?

And yes…you will be hot and sweaty too!

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Don’t forget, you don’t have to troll the net to make new friends! Simply ask and find out from your current ones if they want to be healthy and get in shape as much as you do. It’s a simple question which requires a simple answer. If the reply is too complicated, DON’T pursue it!

I was fortunate enough to have a friend who is totally willing to join me on the quest for good health and a better physique! Said friend will join me with my new friend tonight…

Make sure that you are getting the right BENEFITS from your FRIENDS! And in turn you will benefit them too.

2013: What to do?

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It’s always so cliché to talk about the New Year but what else is there to talk about? A great many things I suppose, however, this topic is probably the most pressing as we all like talking and thinking about what WE are going to do in the New Year!

How we are going to change the world, do more charity, lose weight, live healthier, be kinder, take more risks…the resolutions and “to do” lists are endless…. 2011-year-resolution-400x400

The more pressing question is: What ARE you REALLY going to do?

That eternal question

My question stands: What are you really going to do and achieve during the New Year?

And…It’s something that I think we start off seriously wanting to do but then along the way it dwindles! The desire to do those things leave us and we get caught up with so many others things because life is not predictable after all. However, it’s how we deal with those unpredictable moments that will propel us and motivate us to keep forging on and still be PASSIONATE about the things we set out to do!

So, I have decided to be more determined than ever to accomplish the goals I have set!

I have decided to write them on paper, stick it up in my room where I can see them every day. And not only have these goals but also writing down a timeline.

My Wish list:

These are the things that I would like to implement this year:

  • Being more considerate of others
  • Starting my home gym
  • Eating healthier
  • Show more interest in my family
  • Give more of myself to my friends and others
  • Love more and hate less

For now, these 6 things are things that I really need to concentrate on because right now they are important to me! As the year goes on and I have scraped these from my goals list I will add more which I wish to achieve.

Sink or Swim

New-Years-Resolutions-e1356567019488This blog has really been such a cool space for me this past month to help and motivate me. My hope is that any of you out there will be able to share your ideas and journey with me and others…

So, tell me some of your goals and how you plan to achieve them. You may have a different view on how to do things and it may be helpful to me as well as others.

This is my last post for 2012…HAVE A BLAST AND HAPPY NEW!

Festive Season and FEASTING! Or over-eating?

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Now that Christmas is over and our bellies have had time to relax and deflate…it’s time to look on to the impending future and NEW YEARS!

This entire period of festivities is a time of laughing, fun, time with family and lots of EATING!

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Now…this time of the year doesn’t have to be the time for you to over eat or gain weight or be unhealthy! Although, I must admit I do sometimes just want to pig out BUT I have to remind myself that I have don’t have to hoover everything in sight! I can still be eat and live healthily this festive season.

Instead…have FUN with FOOD

Yes, let’s get to the GOOD stuff! There will no doubt be many parties, endless braai’s (i.e BBQ’s) and copious amounts of alcohol! Going to a BBQ doesn’t have to be stressful in terms of what you can eat! Here are some healthy and fun things to eat and put on the coals/fire:

  • Steak
  • Skinless Chicken Breast
  • Fish

My personal favourite though has to be the SKEWER! Chicken breast, vegetables (green, red, yellow peppers), red onion, mushrooms…actually WHATEVER you like! I included some dried peach just for fun! It’s really filling and just CHEWY GOODNESS!  tossed-green-salad1

Add a LOVELY green salad and you are good to go!

Vegging OUT!

Now, I realise that not everyone eats meat…so, I suggest when going to the BBQ, take along your tofu IMG_1588burgers, and remove the chicken breast from the skewer! I made one without meat as you can see in this image to the left…

Don’t be SKEERRRRDDD!

DON’T be afraid to go to a BBQ – EVER! You can have just as much fun as the others and still be healthy!

If you guys out there have any other cool healthy foods and recipes for BBQ snacks…please comment and let me know!

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A Cool Beef Salad Recipe For Summer…or Winter!

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I was wondering about what to eat the other day and I was looking to find something interesting. I guess my most interesting ideas come from nowhere, when it’s just me and the kitchen! Like when I fried almonds in the pan with onions and peppers…

So, I came up with this little treat for myself! I must admit that some elements are borrowed too…borrowed or lent? I never know…

Here is it:

Beef Salad

  • 30ml oil (I suggest olive oil/extra virgin olive oil)
  • 500g rump steak (you really substitute here…if vegetarian, tofu is great)
  • 30ml soy sauce
  • 30ml sesame oil
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 6 spring onions, very thinly sliced
  • 250ml bean sprouts
  • 500ml shredded red cabbage (regular will do as well)
  • 1 red apple very thinly sliced
  • 30ml sesame seeds
  • Mint leaves (fresh)

Instructions:

Heat the oil over high heat and seer the rump steak on both sides. Then, cut the steak into strips.

Combine the sesame oil, soy sauce and lime juice and set it aside.

Mix together the spring onions, bean sprouts, cabbage and apple.

Place the beef strips on top of the mixed vegetables and apple. Drizzle with the sesame oil mixture,  sprinkle with sesame seeds and put some mint leaves on the very top!

You can serve this with any or no bread…it is good with rye though!

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Busy Life? Exercise At Home!

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Do you feel like your life is too busy? Need 26 hours to complete your day? When this happens, do you even have time to exercise? I’m sure you can’t even think straight let alone fine time to exercise or get the correct vitaminsBusy Life

Lazy Bones

I don’t live a particularly busy life, although some days are busier than others. But, I find that sometimes I am lazy and find myself doing other things to fill my time (watching TV, PS3, going to visit a friend just to avoid a work-out). If you feel like this, I fully understand and to a certain extent it’s okay – until you reach a point as I have – where exercise and moving my body has become imperative!!

Guys Vs Dolls

The eternal question: Is yoga meant for men? Yes…of course it is! It’s meant for everyone! Guys – THIS IS WHAT YOGA WILL DO FOR YOU: It will improve your SEX LIFE! Ladies…you all know why yoga is good for you and the endless benefits you will get by practicing it!

Teaching A Downward Facing Dog New Tricks

I have found that in the morning, when I wake up, I am feeling really tired and lethargic. It’s been a bit better this past week because I have made a change in the way I am eating…AND I feel so much better, PLUS I have not measured it but my jeans are fitting a little less snug too!

To add to my feeling of being less tired, I am starting to do some simple stretches in my room, AT HOME! These are some easy yoga positions that will get your blood flowing, help your muscles stretch get you ready to start your day!

Here Are 3 Poses You Can Start Out With

Forward Bend BWForward Fold

Stretches hamstrings, calves, and hips; strengthens legs and knees

Stand with feet hip-width apart, gently hinge forward at the hips and lower the torso toward the floor. Bend your knees generously to take any pressure out of the low back and hamstrings. Grasp opposite elbows with opposite hands. Breathe deeply and let gravity take the body toward the earth. Relax your head, neck, shoulders and torso. Slowly sway your torso or gently shake your head. Hold for one minute and roll back up to standing.

Why it’s good for you: This is a great move to use as part of a warm-up for any workout.

We often have a hard time knowing when we are holding excess tension in our head, neck and shoulders, and that buildup of tension can create headaches, insomnia, poor circulation and decreased lung capacity. If you practice slow, steady breathing along with this pose, it can lower your blood pressure over

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Stretches feet, shoulders, hamstrings, and calves; strengthens arms, legs, and core

Start on your hands and knees with your feet and knees hip-width apart. Position your hands about shoulder-width apart, and spread your fingers wide. Pressing firmly through your hands, lift your knees off the floor and straighten your legs. (If you have tight hamstrings, a gentle bend in the knees is fine). Walk your hands forward a few inches, and walk your feet back a few inches to lengthen the pose. Squeeze your thighs as you press them toward the back wall. Press your heels back and down toward the floor (though they might not reach the floor). Relax your head and neck and let your shoulder blades slide down your back toward your feet. Set your gaze between your feet. Suck your stomach in and engage your core muscles. Breathe deeply. Hold for three minutes, rest, and repeat one more time.

Why it’s good for you: We often experience back pain due to chronic tightness in the hamstrings and hips. It’s also common for us to have very tight shoulders. Down Dog releases those areas, while building upper body strength. If you can do only one pose a day, start with Downward Dog.

Chair PoseChair

Stretches shoulders and chest; strengthens thighs, calves, spine, and ankles

Stand up tall with your big toes touching. Inhale and raise your arms straight up to the ceiling alongside your head and neck with palms facing each other. Drop your shoulders down your back as you lengthen up through the neck. As you exhale, bend your knees, sit down and back as if you were sitting in a chair (like doing a squat with your feet together). Do not let your knees extend past your toes. With each inhale lengthen the spine. With each exhale sit a little deeper in the chair. Eventually your thighs will be parallel to the floor. Drop your tailbone down toward the floor to take any stress out of your lower back. Keep your core muscles engaged and keep your knees and thighs pressed tightly together. Hold for 30 seconds.

Why it’s good for you: No gym necessary! Chair pose torches abdominal fat while strengthening the thighs and legs.

More reasons why Yoga is good right here.

The END – Not!!!!!

I end off these stretches by doing 5 push-ups! I know they seem a small amount but I am just starting…so I think doing 5 of them, with good and proper form is good enough! You don’t want to take on TOO much TOO soon and burn out and become despondent about exercise.

So…here’s to getting the start started full of energy and zest!