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##Juice Fast Facts
Detoxing, not only is it the last word in diets, it’s also the summer smoothie word on everyone’s lips. Especially now there are so many different juice fast options to choose from. And while detoxes are designed to lighten the load on your digestive system, the question remains, is a juice-only diet worth the effort? The answer? Yes, but not for extended periods of time. That’s because the body is in fact already very efficient in eliminating toxins from the body. Instead, why not embark on a one-day 100% juice cleanse once a month or every 15 days? Go for a Monday, for example, to help the body recover from a weekend of excess. Or, twice a year go for a five-day cure as a seasonal health reboot. Whatever you do, just be sure to avoid the sugar trap and avoid juices that are overly packed with fruit, after all when stripped of its fibre, as is the case in juice, fruit can spike glycemic levels. Instead, blend plenty of vegetables along with a little fruit and vegetable protein and you’ll stay satiated as you detox your way to health.
##Eat your way to beauty
Want to feed your beauty regimen? In his latest book, Belle Dans Mon Assiette, Dr Olivier Courtin-Clarins dishes up everything you need to know about which ingredients, condiments and spices you can add to your everyday diet to foster fabulous skin. Better yet, you’ll also learn which products you should be avoiding and how to combat sugar cravings. Beautifully illustrated by Fabienne Legrand, this healthy eating bible serves up all the latest on food trends, from detoxes to gluten-free and lactose-free eating, and is topped off with plenty of tasty, yet healthy recipes. Now that’s what we call a feast for the eyes.
“Belle Dans Mon Assiette” (Beauty on a plate) is published by Cherche-Midi Editions.
##Meditate on the run
Sitting still as you concentrate on breathing isn’t exactly everyone’s idea of relaxing fun.
So why not give mediation while running a try? After all, running is known to increase feelings of mental calm. 30 minutes of meditation is optimal so if you’re not used to running for 30 minutes straight, it’s best to get a few sessions under your belt before you give it a try.
As you run, make it your goal to reach a stage whereby the body feels like it is running by itself, unaffected by thoughts of aching thighs or strained abs. Try to run rhythmically, without music, listening to your breath as you zone out.
Next, focus on becoming conscious of your body. With each and every movement, identify which muscles you’re using, how your feet touch the ground and how you move the arms. Then, let any feelings or thoughts you have float into and out of your consciousness. You’ll soon realise that the things that usually stress you out feel less important and less worrying.
Toning and meditating in one freeing move? On your mark, get set, lace up the running shoes and give it a try.Featured products:Carousel previous buttonCarousel next button
##Three model-approved sports
##Long live nap time!
Far from just being an indulgent habit, naps are ideal for refreshing and recharging the body. And now it has been scientifically proven! It is now known that sleep provides the body with the perfect conditions to repair itself, for the brain to be refreshed and for overall inflammation to be lowered (which incidentally is great for forging youthful-looking skin). Better yet, naps offer up exactly the same benefits as a longer sleep. So, while 20 minutes of nap time won’t prevent you from sleeping at night, it will revitalise the body and mind. Why not replace that after-lunch coffee and take to a deck chair, couch or bed for a short nap?Featured products:Carousel previous buttonCarousel next button
Time to get your little ones onto a yoga mat? We say yes. Or, should we say om? And, while there are plenty of yoga classes available for kids as young as three years old, there’s no reason not to try a few yoga moves with a much younger tot. In fact, as soon as your baby yogi can walk, there are a few great at-home yoga positions you can try.
After all, yoga teachers name plenty of health benefits, as greater self-perception, self-understanding and improved spinal posture all make the activity particularly beneficial for little growing bodies.
Better still, yoga can also help improve concentration, as breathing exercises teach children how to manage their feelings and prevent over-excitement. Consider that a skill someone of any age can benefit from.
Add to that more self-confidence and body assurance during adolescence and there’s no reason why yoga shouldn’t take its place in kids’ line-up of football and tennis lessons to forge a healthy balance between body and mind.
##Holiday snap success
Sure, being photogenic certainly helps when it comes to taking great photos, but it’s not everything. In fact, what really counts is having a few handy tricks and techniques up your sleeve. And that includes:
1) Choosing flattering light that is natural and slightly shaded. Always avoiding full sun, artificial light and flash photography. 2) For portraits, stand at a distance and zoom in to capture your face. Holding a camera too close can deform features. 3) For a selfie, hold the phone at arm distance, lifting it a little above face level, never lower. 4) For standing poses, try this tried-and-true actress’ trick by placing your arms on your hips or sides and crossing one leg in front of the other. It’s a pose that’s perfect for making legs look slimmer. Finally wear a few touches of make-up including mascara that will help widen eyes and a lip treatment that will plump your pout. Say cheese!Featured products:Carousel previous buttonCarousel next button
##Take a stand for abs of steel
Yes, stand up paddleboard may be the hottest sport of the summer, but did you know it actually dates back to 1960s’ Hawaii? Otherwise known as SUP, stand up paddleboard consists of maintaining balance while standing and paddling through the water. All on a special board that’s bigger than a classic longboard. Do it for the LOLs, but also for the body benefits. Because, other than being fun, SUP helps tone the abs and foster good balance.
##Three feel-good holiday reads
A fun page-turner
From the author of the Devil Wears Prada comes The Singles Game and a glimpse into the cut-throat world of tennis, filled with many of the same sacrifices and squabbles of the fashion game.
A practical read
The Joy of Leaving your Sh*t All Over the Place by Jennifer McCartney picks up where Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up leaves off to extol the creative benefits of a little mess and mayhem – all making for a fun and refreshing read.
An inspirational read
In Happiness: A Philosopher’s Guide, Fréderic Lenoir offers up an inspirational meditation on happiness that’s sure to spur you to make a few changes in life.
No questions asked, the best part of any summer day has to be the chance to enjoy a few early evening happy hour drinks. But, if you’re worried about consuming too many calories come drinks time, there’s good news! You need not miss out. Why not keep a cool conscience this summer with this refreshing drink that looks like alcohol, tastes like alcohol, but does not contain any alcohol? And, better yet, it’s also rich in vitamin C, it’s hydrating and packed with great health-boosting minerals. We’re talking about Naturo Pastaga, the drink that’s about as Marseillais as a game of boules and clear blue skies. Cheers!
In a small saucepan, heat a small carton of rice milk (25ml) with a teaspoon of turmeric, a tablespoon of aniseed, a tablespoon of fennel seed, one stick of liquorice and three tablespoons of agave syrup. Allow to cool, strain and serve with ice cubes. If you close your eyes you can almost see the Marseille skyline!
Adapted from a recipe by Angèle Ferreux-Maecht, owner of La Guinguette d’Angèle.
##Silly for Ceramics
It’s the latest trend to hit Instagram that’s got us going mad for ceramics. We’re talking about ceramic design that is hip, visionary and fashion-forward. Dragging what was once seen as a dated craft into a new era, they’re all part of a renewed interest in craft and artistry that has got us all reaching for lasting objects with a sense of time and place.
And not just that, in this fast-paced era of online ephemerality, pottery has become the hottest thing in relaxation as well. Because, just like gardening, there’s nothing like it for slowing down, getting the hands dirty, chasing away some stress and emptying the mind.
Some even see it as a form of meditation. Classes are popping up everywhere, so why not give it a try?Featured products:Carousel previous buttonCarousel next button
##Sip happy with the blueberry breakfast tart and mango smoothie
Yes, you read that right, we’re talking about a few dessert-delicious go-tos here. All from Tess Master’s mouthwatering ‘Blender Girl Smoothies’ collection and a lip-smackingly sippable selection from Blogger Sarah Britton, the mind behind mynewroots.org. And apart from being deliciously rich in vitamins A, C and E, fibre and potassium, they’re also the perfect way to bring zest and colour to your summer.
Blueberry Tart Smoothie
540 ml of unsweetened almond milk, hemp milk or rice milk, 45g of unsalted cashews, 30g of soaked oats, 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, 1 teaspoon of chia seeds, ½ a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 320g of frozen blueberries.
Blend the milk, cashews and oats together in a blender for about 1 minute, or until you have a creamy mixture. Add the remaining ingredients and blend for another 20 seconds. Pour in the maple syrup. Then, to give your blend a boost, add a spoonful of Maqui berry powder, some flaxseed and a little coconut oil.
Mystical Mango Smoothie
1 1/2 cups (360ml) freshly squeezed orange juice, 1/2 cup (120ml) water, plus more as needed, 1/2 a medium avocado, pitted and peeled, 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lime zest, 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom, 2 cups (320g) frozen mango, 1/2 cup (62g) ice cubes.
Throw all of the ingredients into your blender and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy. Add more water as needed to blend. As for boosters, try 1/2 teaspoon wheatgrass powder, 1 teaspoon chia seeds or 1 teaspoon flaxseed oil.
##A cheat-free tan
Want to rock up to the beach with the perfect tan? Then now’s the time to book yourself in for a pre-holiday escape with a tanning treatment at a Clarins Spa. After an extensive scrub, body massage and shower, self-tanning cream is applied to the body and lotion to the face so you’re left with a healthy jolt of warm colour and an even tan, complete with radiantly hydrated glow.
Consider it the perfect way to show up to the beach looking beautifully bronzed without exposing yourself to harmful UV rays.
Head to the Clarins Beauty Salon for a perfect tan every time.
##Heavenly Head Massage
When you want something done well sometimes it’s best to just do it yourself. At least it can certainly apply to head massage. Stressed-out? No need to wait to schedule a treatment, simply flex your fingers, settle your fingertips onto your scalp and get set for some DIY relaxation. Begin by resting your elbows on the table, then with fingers on the back of the head, move them up towards the forehead in a circular motion. Next, place your palms on either side of your head and gently move the scalp upwards. As microcirculation is boosted, hair follicles are oxygenated and nerve endings are stimulated, causing the whole body to relax. Do double duty and add a little face mask and you’ve got all the makings of a lush pampering treat.Featured products:Carousel previous buttonCarousel next button
##Three life-changing breathing exercises
On the hunt for a few new ways to hit refresh on your health, fitness and wellness? Well, take a deep breath because we’ve struck upon a super-effective, all-natural method which also happens to cost nothing! We’re talking breathing exercises here. In fact, five minutes a day is all you need to catch your breath and exhale your way to great results. Time to give these three exercises a try.
Cardiac Coherence Breathing
To begin, breathe in, rounding the belly as you go. Then, breathe out emptying it. Try to take the same amount of time breathing in as you do breathing out. Gradually, the heart, which often races when under stress, will calm and the pulse will slow, allowing you to feel all the more relaxed and at ease. To find the proper heart rate and breathing balance, give a handy app a try. Options like RespiRelax, CardioZen or Heart Rate + can all make five minutes of exercises three times a day a breeze.
Best done first thing in the morning, this powerful breathing technique is perfect for switching on, giving your day a killer kick-start and giving your body a germ-busting detox. While we frequently breathe through the nose, Kapalabhati uses the belly to guide breathing, using it to pull in each breath over the course of a minute. Think stomach massage and breathing technique all rolled into one.
Want better balance? This technique harmonises the left and the right sides of the brain to forge equilibrium. To begin, hold your right nostril shut with the thumb and breathe in through the left. Then, hold the left nostril down with the ring finger and exhale through the right. Next, breathe in through the right nostril, hold your finger over it and breathe out through the left. Repeat for at least a minute.Featured products:Carousel previous buttonCarousel next button
Love fashion? Then this book is for you. From Amanda Brooks, former fashion director at Barney’s New York and the blogger behind “I Love Your Style”, now comes “Always Pack a Party Dress”.
If you’re not familiar with Brooks’ super-chic stylings, then look no further than Pinterest for a whistle-stop tour of her all-time fabulous looks. Meanwhile, covering her 20-year fashion career, this book takes you from her days as assistant to Patrick Demarchelier, right behind the scenes of the fashion world. Fun anecdotes and plenty of fascinating stories abound.
Her experiences also give you plenty of valuable tips for nailing your own personal style.
Always Pack a Party Dress, Blue Rider Press.Featured products:Carousel previous buttonCarousel next button
Think your apartment’s stylishly on trend? If you don’t have any plants, then think again. For proof, just log on to Pinterest for a glimpse of the latest green wave that’s taken the interiors world by storm. To breathe fresh life into your interior, there are even a few varieties that can purify the air that’s filled with chemical pollutants – from furniture, carpets and household cleaners. So much so in fact that some plants can clean up to 10m2. We round up a few of the gorgeously green best.
As demonstrated by NASA research, its long leaves eliminate carbon monoxide and formaldehyde.
This king of household plants can eliminate up to 90% of benzene and plastics in the atmosphere.
This plant’s huge leaves capture formaldehyde and pentachlorophenol, a chemical that can be found in wood. Plus, it humidifies the air.
This stunning oval-leafed plant has been shown by NASA to absorb ammonia.
This pretty little palm can put a stop to formaldehyde, xylene and toluene chemicals.
If the name Mary Helen Bowers doesn’t mean anything to you, you’re probably not alone. Yet Bowers ranks as one of the most influential classical dancers of our time. In fact, it was Bowers who trained Natalie Portman for her role in the film Black Swan and helped the actress scoop a 2011 Oscar. And, it’s Bowers who has been training and toning the likes of Liv Tyler, Sophia Coppola and more than a few Victoria’s Secret Angels ever since.
Her story? In 2008, after 10 years with the New York City ballet, Bowers decided to launch Ballet Beautiful, a series of video dance classes. The rest, as they say, is history.
So why are we sold on Ballet Beautiful? Because the tutorials are stunning and they’re accessible to all levels. Top on our must-try list has to be the supermodel exercises that make for a long, lean and toned ballerina bod. Bowers has even come up with a line-up of ballet-based exercises for pregnant Primas.
For more information, simply follow Mary Helen Bowers on Instagram @balletbeautiful.
Mermaid fitness #goals? Time to try swimming with fins. For best results, opt for a short fin design that makes for smaller, more frequent leg kicks. Then, simply take to the water kicking your legs from your hips and not your knees. Yes, it’s harder work, but it makes all the difference. Thanks to the greater water resistance provided by the fins’ larger surface area, you’ll be increasing muscle effort. The result? A toned bottom, trim thighs and killer calf muscles. You’ll be using your abs, massaging away cellulite and improving overall circulation as you swim through the water. Consider it your siren-approved summer exercise for the pool and the beach. Our top post-workout tip: When you hit the shower, carve out a little time to recuperate with the reinvigorating power of Clarins’ Eau Dynamisante Gel Moussant Shower Gel.
##Spirulina: a microalga with maximum effect!
Consumed as early as the Inca era, this freshwater green microalga is packed with nutrients. With over 50% high-quality proteins, essential fatty acids, chlorophyll that is excellent for detoxing, protective antioxidants and a host of minerals, including a generous dose of iron, it belongs to the highly exclusive superfood club. In Africa, it is even grown to combat malnutrition. Why add it to your diet? To easily make up for a diet that is not always balanced, when you don't have time to cook or when following a restricted diet. Low-calorie spirulina is a welcome choice when you want to lose weight but stay in good shape. Sports enthusiasts also appreciate its energising and oxygenating effect. It is eaten dried, ideally in powder form, added to a smoothie or a salad, for example. It is also available in pure tablet form, to be taken as a dietary supplement. When purchasing, check on the pack that the product only contains spirulina and no other algae, artificial colourings, preservatives or additives.
##Are You Brave Enough for Slackline?
Slacklining is a portable form of exercise that can be done almost anywhere (even in the middle of the city). All you need is the elastic strap that hooks between two pillars such as trees and a bit of motivation. Serious enthusiasts work their way towards the Trickline – a routine that involves turns, splits and eventually acrobatic leaps (i.e. “the jumpline”). Your core and legs will benefit from the balance-based strength training, while Slackline’s challenging routines will sharpen your focus. Just remember: don’t look down!
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##Tour the Globe from One Treehouse to Another
Looking for a real adventure? Book one of these treehouses for an eco-travel experience you’ll never forget.
At Bois de Landry in the Perche region, you’ll find fifteen treehouse cabins surrounding a 2-hectare lake. There isn't any electricity or running water, so expect composting toilets, candles and solar-powered lights instead.
United States: Head to Issaquah, 30 minutes from Seattle, where you’ll find Treehouse Point, a six-cabin resort with incredible views, riverside yoga sessions, and therapeutic massages included.
Sweden: Offering a more modern take on treehouse living, the Treehotel in Harads, Sweden is a must-see for design lovers. Choose from six treerooms created by Scandinavian architects, including one in the form of a UFO and another one inspired by a bird’s nest!
China: TAn hour’s flight from Guangzhou, you'll find the tropical island of Hainan they call “the Chinese Hawaii”. The Sanya Nashan Treehouse Resort offers four cabins built directly into tamarind trees, you’ll have access to the neighbouring Buddhist ecological park, plus the iconic shoreline. Paradise, found!
Go to AirBnB for more information.
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Picture: Adam Crowley
##Healthy Glow Porridge: don’t worry, eat healthy!
To beat the autumn energy slump and help you to keep your skin healthy, here's a porridge recipe that fills you up with vitamins B, C, E and K, manganese, flavonoids, copper, selenium, fatty acids, omega 3, fibre, etc.
350 ml almond, flax, oat or cow's milk + 20 g oat flakes + 20 g quinoa flakes + 1 tablespoon almonds + 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds + 1 teaspoon flax seeds + ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon + 1 tablespoon liquid honey + crushed pecans or hazelnuts + a few raspberries, blueberries or other seasonal fruit + 1 pinch of salt
Gently heat the milk. Mix the oat and quinoa flakes, seeds and salt in a saucepan over a medium heat until they are toasted and grilled. Add half of the warm milk, stir vigorously and incorporate the cinnamon and honey. Warm it over a low heat for 15 minutes, stirring constantly, and add the rest of the warm milk, and cold milk if necessary to obtain the desired consistency. Pour the mixture into a bowl and add the blueberries, raspberries and other seasonal fruit... and sprinkle with the pecans or hazelnuts.
##The Ultimate Detox Recipe
Cleanse every morning from the inside out with this ultimate detox recipe. For the perfect start to the day, we swear by journalist and author of Green Glam & Gourmande, Rebecca Leffler’s detox recipe:
Combine and Drink. 1 small lemon, 1 tsp. of shredded fresh or powdered ginger, 1 pinch of ground cayenne pepper, 1 pinch of powdered turmeric, hot water.
Did You Know? Lemon helps flush toxins from your kidneys and alkalize your body, which increases blood flow, alertness, and yes, metabolism.
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