Sunday, March 1, 2015

Natural Ways To Beat The Winter Blues

Let's start the month with some healthy stuff ladies! Spring is in the air and everyone is welcoming the new regenerating season with open arms. We need to get out of our Winter mood and get ready for the warmer weather. Altough it's still kinda cold in most parts of the world, it's never to early to start prepping your body and get energized! Our energy levels are low at the moment from a couple of months of cold and lack of sunlight. Still stuck in your Winter Blues? Avoid coffee and energizing "miracle" drinks and incorporate these little things into your everyday life from now on and you'll naturally keep your energy level at its highest. You'd also like my most recent post: 10 All Natural Instant Energy Boosters, for an instant energy booster!

Spring is just around the corner, so excited!!! Are you??

Love,
Lucia

Stretch

When you wake up in the morning, take a few minutes to let your mind and body adjust to being awake before you get out of bed. While breathing deeply, consciously stretch every muscle in your body, starting with your toes and working your way up until you reach the muscles in your face. I do it every single morning of my life and it really helps to energize!

Eat Breakfast

Many people don't eat breakfast because mornings are rushed, but oh my, it is the most important thing to start your day with! After fasting for multiple hours while we sleep, our bodies need plenty of nutrients in order to operate at their maximum potential. Just wake up a little earlier to make yourself a healthy breakfast. I start every day with two pieces of fruit and some line seeds or a heavy veggie fruit smoothy, all biological of course! Remember, a breakfast with loads of suger is not healthy. Normal cereals for example, most often seem "healthy", but the majority contain ridiculous amounts of sugar, wrong fat and E-numbers, which are poisonous to your body. Packages are very misleading, read the ingredients!

Drink Water

Water is crucial for proper functioning of every system in our bodies, which are naturally made of up to 60% water! Dehydration is a big contributor to feeling fatigued, so make sure you’re getting enough water every single day. Start your day with one glass of water. During the night you loose a lot of water, you're basically dehydrated when you wake up. Drink at least 2 litres of water a day. I drink at least one litre of filtered water and one litre of organic herbal tea (green preferably) a day.

Get Sun

Mentioning this in almost every single health energizing post, get as much sun as you can. At least 15 minutes a day or as much as the sun peeks. It might not be as sunny as you want yet where your live. But take advantage of it if there is sun! You can read in one of my previous posts about the reasons why, oh boy, it has some benefits you probably never heard of :P: 10 Reasons Why Sun Is Good For Our Health

Tap Your Thymus

The thymus is an organ in your immune system that is located at the center of your chest, below your collar bone. Tapping this area triggers the production of T-cells, increases energy, relieves stress, boots your immune system, and more. To do so, place your fingers in the center of your sternum and tap or thump for 15 to 20 seconds while breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. You will likely feel an immediate sense of calm after tapping your thymus, and doing so regularly can lead to a long-term increase in your immune system and energy level overall!

Image Article Sources: Wikipedia, Pinterest, Free People

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

New In | The Bohemian Dream February 2015

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It has been a crazy day in my studio! It's very nice to have a creative brain, but oh my.. it's also very exhausting. Too many ideas are running through my mind day and night like a hurricane. It gives me a headache something... yeah really. Anyway, still happy tough :) with everything I created this month! Sharing some The Bohemian Dream favorite newbies of February. In love with my model Jewel as always. Isn't she breathtaking?

Feedback is highly appreciated hunnies! Which is your fav and why?

Love,
Lucia

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

New In | Free People February 2015

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Wow, the start-up for my blog this year has been kinda slow. Too much work to do to really get back into it after the crazy holidays. But hey, we'll get there! I've been postponing visiting all my favorite blogs, but today is THE day. Can't wait to catch up with all my blog girlfriends! Definately missed y'all! :P

Sharing some Free People today! It has been a while, but to be fairly honest I've been pretty pissed off with Free People. To make a long story short, they really screwed up one of my orders and because of their omission I ended up with nothing. Anyway, still love them and always will :). Here are some of my favorites for February!

Love,
Lucia

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

10 All Natural Instant Energy Boosters

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Time for some healthy stuff ladies! Energy is lacking quickly during Winter. Naturally the cold makes us want to snuggle up under a blanket... which is all great, but not quite for your energy level! There are different reasons why we feel a little less energetic in Winter, the lack of sun obviously is the main reason. I found this great list on Hungry for Change of things you can do the instantly boost your energy. Not only in Winter, but throughout the year these tricks are applicable! Almost all of them are already a part of my daily life, but hey, maybe some of you ladies are ready for some natural energy boosters and not knowing where to start, here you go! Enjoy!

Love,
Lucia

Source: Hungry For Change

1. Get Some Sun It's not surprising you feel tired when you're stuck inside a cold or stuffy office with fluorescent lighting. Sneak outside to soak up some sunshine for 15 to 20 minutes. "Sunlight energizes and elevates mood," says Dr. Lorraine Maita, a board certified internist and author of Vibrance for Life: How to Live Younger and Healthier in Short Hills, New Jersey.

2. Sip Some Green Tea If coffee is your go-to solution for the afternoon slump, try swapping out your cup of Joe for green tea. "Green tea has small amounts of caffeine, and there are many noted studies that demonstrate that EGCG, the active compound in green tea, facilitates weight loss," says Dr. Elizabeth Trattner, who specializes in integrative medicine in Miami Beach, Florida.

3. Stand Up Are you reading this slumped over your computer, feeling tired at the moment? Perk up by standing up, says Moshe Lewis M.D., chief of the department of physical medicine and rehab at the California Pacific Medical Center, St. Luke's Campus, in Redwood City, California. "Never sit too long. Vessels have a natural tendency to constrict during periods of inactivity, zapping you of energy and making you feel tired -- even if you are not sleep deprived." Standing up and walking around even just for a few minutes is enough to jump start your heart and muscles. Plus, it can help you be more productive once you sit down at your desk again, Dr. Lewis says.

4. Give Your Brain A Mini-Vacation Next time you're fighting off the urge to doze off at your desk, try blinking more often, suggests Dr. Douglas N. Graham, author of The 80/10/10 Diet. "When reading, watching television, viewing the computer, or otherwise engaged, blink 10 to 20 times per minute, rather than staring at the screen or page without blinking at all. Your brain takes a mini-vacation with each blink."

5. Drink A Green Monster Think you can't live without your morning coffee? Trade it for this nutrient-packed drink once and you'll change your mind. "I usually have [this] for breakfast and then don't need to have coffee," says Joanna Chodorowska, a nutrition and triathlon coach in North Whales, Pennsylvania. Here's how to make it: In a juicer, combine 2-4 leaves of kale, 2-4 leaves of romaine lettuce, 1 inch ginger root, half a lemon (with the seeds removed), one apple (cored), and a clove of garlic (optional for cleansing and boosting immune system). Chodorowska says you can use this as a base and add other dark greens, carrots, celery, beets, or even an orange or pear instead of the apple to make your own signature energy drink. Don't have a juicer? This creamy blend is just as effective at boosting energy (and tastes like an indulgent dessert!) and only requires a blender.

6. Socialize With High-Energy Friends Surround yourself with people who help motivate and uplift you to revitalize your body and mind. "Associate with high-energy friends. Their energy and enthusiasm will soon enough rub off on you," Dr. Graham says.

7. Breathe Deeply "Learning how to inhale completely and how to exhale completely is one of the best energizers," says Dr. Laurel Clark, president of the School of Metaphysics in Windyville, Missouri. Next time you need a quick pick-me-up, try this simple exercise from Dr. Clark: Sit with your spine straight, eyes closed. Focus your attention on your breath, and slowly inhale to a count of 6. Hold your breath to a count of 3 and tense all of the muscles in your body. Exhale for a count of 6, completely releasing all of the breath, relaxing the muscles as you do so. Hold the breath out to a count of 3. Repeat this slow rhythmic count--inhaling, hold and tense, exhaling and relax, hold the breath out. "After a while, you can cease tensing and relaxing the muscles and just focus on the slow rhythmic breath," Dr. Clark says.

8. Sit Up Straight "Shifting your posture can immediately give you more energy," says Dana Davis, a certified yoga teacher and Balance Posture Method instructor at Sonoma Body Balance, in Petaluma, California. We typically sit or stand with our shoulders, neck, and head shifted forward, which can affect the arteries that bring blood to our brain, Davis says. "When [the arteries] are bent out of shape, that can restrict the blood flow to the brain. Our misaligned posture also wastes a lot of energy, as the muscles have to take over work that the bones would normally do in a healthy person." Davis recommends a healthy, naturally aligned posture to help reduce long-term fatigue and stress. For help finding the most energizing posture.

9. Eat An Apple It's tempting to turn to sugar (hello, chocolate!) when your energy dips, but eating high-sugar foods will make your fatigue worse in the long run. Make a habit of keeping apples on hand--at home and at work. "A simple apple is a great energy-boosting, mid-afternoon snack. Full of vitamin C, fiber, and complex carbohydrates, an apple can deliver a boost of energy and stabilize blood sugar," says Peggy Kotsopoulos, a registered holistic nutritionist and author of Must Have Been Something I Ate. What's more, new research from Florida State University says apple antioxidants and pectin (the sticky part of fruit used to make all-fruit jams and jellies) can help lower "bad" LDL cholesterol (think L is for lousy) and fight inflammation, a known trigger of premature aging and disease.

10. Drink Some Water "The most common cause of fatigue is dehydration," Kotsopoulos says. Why? "If there is not enough fluid in your body, blood volume can drop; as a result, your body (and heart) must work harder in order to supply your cells with oxygen and nutrients." Dehydration can cause everything from mental fogginess, impaired short-term memory, dizziness, and fatigue, she says. Be sure to hydrate all day long but especially when you start to feel fatigue coming on to help combat low energy.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Early Spring Inspiration

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We are still in the middle of Winter, but I'm feeling Spring paradise in my studio for the past couple of days! Winter has been very calm here in the Netherlands, but I had enough already. My skin needs some sun...like now! I'm getting inspired and can't wait for the first Spring sunshine. What about you? Sharing some early Spring Inspiration today from the Etro Spring Summer Collection 2015, I just can't help myself. Etro is one of my favorite brands at the moment, the Hippie Boho vibe and prints are divine! What do you think?

Hope all of you are well, will be catching up in a bit!

Love,
Lucia

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