Friday, September 26, 2014

The Best Foods For Your Heart

Ok, so, this has been the most busy month of the year so far. This is my second blog post and september is basically over, ridiculous! But hey, I'm done with the crazy transition into Fall work for my business, so let's get back to it with some healthy stuff.

Lets talk about the best foods for your heart today. Everybody wants to live healty all the time and keep up with the daily dose of veggies and fruits, but oh my, there's so much more to it than just that. A bucket of salad is not going to get you anywhere, health wise. What we need every single day to keep our heart and blood vessels in the best condition is the right combination of vitamines C, green vegetables and omega 3 fatty acids (combined with a healty life style obviously; enough sleep, no stress and excersise). I came across this amazing list of Hungry for Change with some of the best foods to keep your heart as healthy as possible. A combination of a few of these foods daily and you're good to go! Remember organic is always the best :).

Hope you like this health-freak post of mine :), if there's anything you think I should add just hollah!!

Love,
Lucia

Some of the best foods for your heart and blood vessels are:

Green Vegetables

Romaine lettuce, green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce, arugala, kale, Swiss chard, collard greens, turnip greens, sesame leaves, basil, parsley, mint, broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, green onions, leeks, spinach, zucchini, and Asian greens like bok choy, are the very best foods for your heart and blood vessels. These green vegetables supply a wide array of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals that can nourish the cells of your cardiovascular system. And just as important, these green vegetables have virtually no chance of harming your heart and blood vessels.

Foods That Are Naturally Rich In Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Raw walnuts, freshly ground flax seeds, purslane, wild salmon, anchovies, lake trout, fresh seaweed, organic eggs from birds that are raised in a free range environment, and high quality fish oil are all naturally rich in omega-3 fatty acids and are well tolerated by the masses. Undamaged omega-3 fatty acids have been shown in both clinical and epidemiological studies to reduce one's risk of cardiovascular disease.

Foods That Are Naturally Rich In The Full Vitamin C Complex

Acerola cherries, black currants, tropical guava, grapefruit, green and yellow kiwis, lychee, longans, oranges, cantaloupe, papaya, persimmons, goji berries, and red currants are all naturally rich in the full vitamin C complex, which includes compounds called flavonoids. Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants that can help to protect your heart and blood vessels against damage created by free radicals. Flavonoids can also help to support healthy widening of your blood vessels during times when an area of your body needs increased blood supply.

Source: List by Hungry for Change

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

New In: The Bohemian Dream

Hey girls! How are you?! I've been so busy I didn't have time to blog and visit y'all :(! I've been building my new studio and making things ready for Fall and Winter shoots. Indoor fashion photography is not just a small task, it's very difficult actually. Officially I'm an amateur when it comes to photography, but after years of doing my own collections photography I learned a thing or two :). But indoors, oh my, I had to shoot over and over again to finally get the best lightning effect I wanted (still not totally satisfied, but hey, pretty good for an amateur right? :P). Studio is done... back to blogging ladies, will be catching up! Sharing some new pieces from my OOAK Fall collection today. My model Jewel looks gorgeous as always, she could go straight into a Free People catalog! You can visit me at The Bohemian Dream if you are interested in any of these pieces :). Hope you like 'em! Which one is your fav?

Lots of Love,
Lucia

Image Source: The Bohemian Dream

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