Friday, October 24, 2014

Dirty Dozen? Clean Fifteen?

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Where do you buy your cosmetics? What brands do you trust? Do you know which products are safe?
Are chemicals safe?

Environmental working group is a non-profit organisation and their aim is to inform consumers about protecting their health and the environment. It's an awesome website that everyone should check for their own health.
Have you heard of The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen? It was created by the environmental group, where they highlight the cleanest and dirtiest conventionally-raised fruits and vegetables. If a conventionally grown food you want tests high for pesticides, go for the organic version instead. And also - the health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh risks of pesticide exposure.

What is the healthiest sunscreen?

What is the best fluoride free toothpaste?

Skin guide to cosmetics?

Guide to eco-friendly laundry detergents?

Guide to healthy eating?

This website has the answers!
I have been browsing and reading this website a lot lately and it's really eye-opening and packed with information!


Today's Mantra: Paula

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Homemade natural anti-aging cream

Yes I "make" my own skin-care, face cream and body lotion.

Our skin is our largest organ. I choose carefully what I put on my body, and the idea is that if I don't eat it, I won't put it on my body. Anything we put on our bodies we absorb through our skin. That's almost the same as eating it. Who likes to eat body cream, anti-aging cream, tan sprays and others? I don't! I like my fruit and veggies!
So if you can't eat it, don't put it on your skin!

 For a few years now I have been using oils on my face and body. I know it sounds oily or greasy, but it's not!
And in the end I'd rather stain my clothes then absorb chemicals through my skin.

For my face, I use only pure organic cold pressed oils like Hemp oil, Argan oil or Olive oil. So I don't actually make it, I buy the cold pressed oil and use it on my body.
Hemp oil, or hempseed oil is the one that works best for my skin, but you might like others. 

Olive oil is always a backup plan when I run out of hemp :)
But there are tons of oils out there that you can try, and most of them have SPF too so that's a bonus! You might want to try: Grapeseed oil, Argan Oil, Coconut Oil, Hemp seed, Olive oil, find the one that suit you!

What do you use to hydrate and moisturise?

Today's Mantra:  I see the bright side in every situation.


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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Etsu Izakaya - Great Japanese restaurant!

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I haven’t really been posting on the travel part of my blog. Don’t forget my blog is called Fit Raw Travel :)
So today I want to write about a beautiful restaurant on the Gold Coast. If you ever travel to Australia, you must try this restaurant!

It’s a very international country so you can find a lot of great cuisines!
Etsu Izakaya is a great Japanese restaurant and bar izakaya style. What is izakaya you ask? That was the same question that popped into my head too! Izakaya is a style of Japanese pub so a mix of a restaurant and bar that serves smaller plates/to share or not, and you can mix and match anything you like! Kind of like Spanish tapas food – finger food. I think it’s a great way to eat as a set menu restricts you and you can order as much or as little as you want to.

The atmosphere was beautiful, a young crowd all up for party and great music too.
The place only opened a week ago and was very crowded on a Friday night and all booked.
The decoration is amazing, and very funky. You can definitely feel the Japanese style with all the paintings on the walls and open grill behind glass.

Everything in the pub was very beautiful and stylish, from the funky chairs, to the large table with a tree in the middle, and the table settings and handmade plates and bowls.
The food is very diverse and it’s great for all tastes. They serve all kind of skewers, Japanese style of course with sauces, tempura, salads, chicken meatballs and food for all tastes meat lovers or not! For vegans, there are plenty of options: a handmade silken tofu salad, served with pine nuts – delicious! 

Spicy edamame that was very tasty, a beautiful miso soup (that did NOT give me food poisoning –  lol).  They also serve tempura veggies – delicious and steamed veggie – very tasty and full of flavor. You must try the grilled rice balls – which is white rice on the grill with a smoky teriyaki flavor, amazing how such a plain food can taste so delicious!

The drinks are very good, from Japanese beers to aged whiskey to delicious crisp  wine.

The place was clean, stylish and will definitely be a regular customer!

Make sure you make a reservation !

Today's Affirmation: It's not who you are that's holding you back, it's who you think you're not.



Saturday, August 23, 2014

Paulo Coelho's latest book: Adultery

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It's been rainy here the last 2 days, in sunny Queensland, so the only thing I want to do is cosy up on the lounge and read a book.
I love reaing - it relaxes me and takes me to another world. The best book I've read in the last few years is still 1Q84 - by Haruki Murakami.

And my fav vegan cafe has great coffees - soy cappucinos, beautiful raw vegan cakes, free wi-fi, beautiful music, friendly service, great atmosphere and very cosy lounges - score!!

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If you haven't heard already, Paulo Coelho's latest book is out so hurry up and go grab it while it's fresh! I had mine pre-ordered months ago on Amazon, so on the 19th I had a great surprise on my Kindle!

It's a great and interesting book, not really Paulo Coelho's usual style, but it's still a good read! The title doen't really do it justice, I think it's more about love in the book, but I haven't finished it yet. The book is set in a modern world in Geneva, telling the story of a woman who has the perfect life - a great family, kids, job, house but is bored and depressed with her life. It's not his usual style of writing that gives you a lot to think about, it's a very simple read.
The reviews on the book aren't that good, but I think it's ok. Looking forward to his next one !

I recommend all his books, they are all great and so inspiring! Top three books I recommend from him are:
The Alchemist
The Pilgrimage
The witch of Portobello

Let me know if you read his book and let me know what did you think?

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Raw Mango-Blackberry cake!

Raw Mango-Blackberry cake recipe

Cheeese cake!

Hello everyone, only a few times have I been more excited to share a recipe with you as I am today. This raw vegan cheesecake is very rich and creamy that no one will believe you it's raw, vegan, and healthy!

Ingredients:For the crust:- 1 cup almonds- 10 large organic medjool dates
- pinch of salt
- organic vanilla extract
- 1 tbs organic cacao powder
- 2 scoops raw vegan protein powder
- cinnamon, to taste

For the cheesecake filling:
- 2 cups cashews, 
- vanilla stevia drops
- juice of 2 organic lemons
- coconut water, if needed 
- 1 cup mango
- 1 cup blackberries

This part is very easy! Using a food processor or a high-speed blender, process all your crust ingredients until you have a sticky dough. Press the dough on a cake pan and set in the fridge while you make the cream.

Process the cashews, lemon juice and vanilla in your high-speed blender. Process until you have a very creamy consistency, (you might need to add coconut water). Divide this cashew cream in two, and blend one part with the mango and the other part with the blackberry.

Pour the mango cream on top of your base layer, set in the fridge or freezer for a few hours and then add the blackberry cream on top.
Decorate and serve!


Today's Mantra: Love yourself!Paula