Saturday, August 30, 2014

Free People August Catalog 2014

Last, but definately not least, for this month... the Free People Catalog of August. Again, a little later than normal, but hey, it's never too late to share the most gorgeous clothing in the world! Sharing my favs from the Free People August Catalog 2014 today! Everything is added to my Oh-I-Wish list (where most items have been expired or sold out obviously :P). Planning to get two cute sweaters for Fall next week!! Exciting!

Hope everyone had an amazing summer vacation! Back to work it is for me next week!

Love,
Lucia

Image Source: Free People

Sunday, August 24, 2014

5 Powerful Green Foods You Should be Eating!

Yep, some more healthy advice from this health freak :)! And yes... we all know we should eat more greens. I definately do, but probably there are some of you out there who really avoid eating more green veggies. I totally understand though, it needs to be your thing and you also need to know how to eat them. Regular rounds of broccoli, green beans, and lettuce can get rather tiresome if you don't know how to make them super yummie. If you really don't like the regular green veggies, you should try these nutrient-dense green foods. They are often overlooked. I basically eat all green veggies... even these, and I have to say, even though it might be kind of scary to try new green foods, they are absolutely delicious! Green foods are good for you, but they don’t have to be boring. Trying a new green every week can keep your meals interesting and your body healthy.

Sharing a list from Hungry for Change! If you decided to try out these green foods, try to get everything organic. Organic is simply the best! What is your favorite green food that you can't get enough of?

Love,
Lucia

1. Seaweed

Often overlooked because it is not a land-dweller, seaweed is insanely good for you. While providing a whopping amount of vitamins and minerals, seaweed’s golden ticket is iodine. Iodine is found in very few foods and is essential to a healthy thyroid. With more people avoiding iodized salt for a slew of reasons, mild iodine deficiency is growing more common. When deficient, a person may have difficulty losing weight, feel fatigued, perhaps depressed — experiencing general thyroid malfunction. Whip up a tasty seaweed salad for lunch to keep your thyroid chugging along.

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2. Microgreens

Move over regular arugula! Microgreens are simply mini versions of your favorite produce, and man do they pack a punch! As “toddler plants,” they contain more vitamins and flavor than their mature counterparts. There is an endless variety of microgreens from which to choose, from mustard and watercress, to turnip and sunflower — each with a unique, tantalizing flavor. As an added bonus, microgreens are crazy easy to grow in your kitchen, and will supply your meals with some tasty, uber healthy green nutrition.

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3. Lacinato Kale (aka Tuscan/Dinosaur kale)

This is your grocery-store-kale’s dark, jurassic-looking cousin. With 100 percent of your recommended daily allowance of vitamins A and K, and 88 percent of your vitamin C requirement, the rich compounds of kale have been linked to cancer prevention. It is a little sweeter and nuttier than your regular kale, so go ahead and experiment!

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4. Moringa

Recently growing in popularity, moringa is a leaf that is chock-full of goodies. It assists with blood sugar stabilization, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, is loaded with energizing and depression-fighting B vitamins, and containing 90 nutrients that benefit the human body. It is antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant-rich. Cook with the oil, or flavor meals with the leaves.

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5. Avocados

OK, so you may be pretty familiar with avocados, but they are so delicious and nutrient-dense that they deserve a mention. They are full of monounsaturated fats, which increase satiety and can assist with weight loss. Avocados are anti-inflammatory, blood sugar regulators, and may even prevent strokes. Buy them once for the high amount of potassium, fiber, B vitamins, and vitamins K and C; keep buying them for their glorious, creamy texture and your newfound obsession with guacamole.

Source: list by Hungry for Change, Images: Google

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

FP Backpack Heaven

Beginning of the new school year means a new backpack! I've always LOVED backpacks! I'm not going back to school though, but I think it's totally necessary to at least own one decent backpack for work. I work at home most of the time, but when I head out I need enough storage space for all the stuff I want to take from A to B, humungous handbags are just not my thing :). Backpacks are way more practical and there are some cuties out there! I'm kinda in dubio about which one to get... and Free People doesn't make it any easier for me! I adore all backpacks from FP, kinda pricey though, but totally worth the money, since I will use it forever. I think it's a good investment. Sharing some cuties today! Do you like backpacks?

Love,
Lucia

Image Source: Free People

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Bohemain Fall Inspiration

WOW!! My plans of blogging away and catching up on everything kinda fell in the water this Summer. I've been sleeping, eating and reading my way through my vacation like a zombie. But hey, don't blame me, I've worked for an entire year without having a vacation, weekends or rests. I really just didn't feel like planning, because that's all I did for the past year. The good news is, I'm rested and ready to take some action! I have another 2 weeks to relax and do what I actually planned to do :).

Can't believe Summer is basically over. Well, here in the Netherlands it's getting colder (which shouldn't happen yet, but OK). I'm actually ready for cooler weather again. A few weeks of boiling hot weather is enough for me. In september I'll be shooting a new catalog for The Bohemian Dream and I've already started gathering some Bohemian Fall Inspiration. Sharing some today! Anyone ready for Fall to kick in already?

Happy Weekend!

Love,
Lucia

Image Source: Bohemian Autumn Pinboard - Pinterest

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

7 Reasons To Drink More Water

Starting off the month with some healthy stuff ladies!! The past couple of weeks the sun has been burning us alive here in the Netherlands, and what I have noticed around me was that water is lacking is many peoples' diets, very shocking to have found out that even some of my friends "don't like water".... what??!! How can you not like water? Maybe I'm a little radical when it comes to a healthy diet, I grew up in a very healthy environment, not knowing what soda was until I went to primary school... but to me water always has been delicious!

Since I was a little child I knew pure water was essential. Your body is made up of around 70% water. If you lack water, then your body will try to get moisture from any liquid source in your system. When you're literally draining yourself, you're impacting your physical and mental health and speeding up the aging process. (thanks mom!)

Everybody knows in summer extra hydration is necessary... but oh my, how many people don't understand what good hydration actually means. PURE WATER is what we need people! Coffee, alcohol, and sodas are not, apart from the fact that they will eventually kill you, the source of hydration we need.

Not drinking enough water can cause: fatigue, confusion, memory loss, dizziness, dry and wrinkled skin, brittle hair and nails, cold fingers and toes, constipation, eczema, headaches, urinary tract infections, and muscle pains. These are all signs of dehydration!

Sharing some reasons today why you should drink more water! Leave the unhealthy coffee, sodas and alcohol out of your diet. It's a lifestyle, I know, and not the most easy task. Me personally, I drink one cup of organic coffee a day and a few glases of red organic wine a week... everything else is green tea, water and fresh home-made juices. Why would you want to poison yourself if you can have all that!?

Hope you like this post! If there's anything you think I should add, please let me know hunnies!

Love,
Lucia

7 Reasons To Drink More Water by Hungry for Change

1. You'll Digest Your Food Better

If you're spending a bit too much time and effort on the toilet, you could probably use a glass (or two!) of pure water. The body is very wise: it knows that the vital organs need essential nutrients more than the rest of your body.

If you're dehydrated, however, your body will take what’s available. Hence constipation. Water-depleted stools are hard to pass —and they can be there for days! As a result, your stomach feels bloated with the overgrowth of fermenting bacteria and yeast. Not fun!

2. You'll Stay Sharp

If you prefer being upbeat and focused, you need to drink water. If you’re feeling confused and forgetful, try drinking more water before going to see the doctor. Dehydration can trigger brain fog.

3. You'll Love What You See In The Mirror

If you love what you see in the mirror every morning, good for you! Keep doing what you're doing! But if you struggle with a puffy face and sunken eyes with dark circles, you're being warned that your kidneys are in distress. You are not drinking enough water.

The kidneys filter toxins, salts, and water from the bloodstream. If the body is dehydrated, then the kidneys can’t function properly. If the kidneys are overloaded, this will show in your face. Maybe you just had a fun night out with a bit too much booze. Maybe you ate too many salty snacks — or maybe you’ve been getting a bit too much sodium from take-out. Whatever the reason, the result is written all over your face.

4. You'll Have Youthful Skin.

Dry and wrinkled skin occurs for two big reasons: (1) water retention and (2) a lack of subcutaneous fat. If you want to boost your natural fillers and look more youthful, with glowing skin, do three things:

1. Splash cold water on your face several times every morning
2. Gently pat your skin dry
3. Drink a big glass of chilled water on an empty stomach.

Make sure that you drink more than two liters of water during the day, and eat fat everyday! By fat, I mean pure and unprocessed plant oils from foods like organic flax seeds, butter from grass-fed sources, and organic coconut oil! Fat binds the water to the dermis skin layer and functions as a natural filler. You don’t ever need botox! The fat (mainly from the butter) will store in the fat layer that prevents that hollow look that often appears with age.

5. You'll Lower Your Body Fat

This will probably surprise you, but being dehydrated can make you gain weight! As I mentioned earlier, the body will use all other fluids available when it’s dehydrated. By pulling water out of the bloodstream, excess glucose will remain until it reaches the liver, where it's supposed to be stored as glycogen for later use.

6. You'll Curb Your Appetite

Do you constantly feel hungry? Do you have cravings for sugar and wheat? Drink a glass of water. Pure water acts as an appetite suppressant. When feeling hungry, I suggest you drink a big glass of water before you act upon that sensation. If you need some taste, you can add a bit of lemon juice, or a splash of a├žai or pomegranate juice (without any added sugar).

7. You'll Help Your Body Do Its Job

There’s a reason why they call water the source of life — our blood is 90% water. The bloodstream provides your cells and organs with oxygen and nutrients, and takes away any waste products. As you can see, blood is essential and important.

As I said before, the body will tap the water from cells and blood if needed to help counter dehydration. The blood will become thicker, increasing the risk for clotting, and making it harder to pump it through the system. This can have a serious impact on blood pressure and heart disease. Lack of water is also linked to headaches, pain and tension in muscles and joints. It even causes stomachaches and heartburn. Everything is connected throughout the body, and it’s important not to neglect one of its fundamental tools.

How Much Water Do You Need?

In general, you need about 2 Liters (65oz) of pure water a day. You might need more if you live in a warm or dry climate, as well as if you exercise often or practice “Bikram” or hot yoga. You will also need more water if you are pregnant, or breastfeeding. Plus, take into account the diuretic effects of coffee, tea, alcohol, and sodas, as well as salty foods.

Source: Hungry for change / Google