BENEFITS OF DRINKING GINGER TEA

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Hi dolls,

I wanted to start sharing one of my biggest interests in life and that’s health and health sciences. Since my health is very poor I need to make sure I live as healthy as possible and do what I can to boost my body.
One of my health routines is to make fresh ginger tea. Ginger have so many benefits and is so kind to the stomach that it’s safe to consume for all type of health issues (expect ginger allergy of course).
I quickly wanted to summarize a few of the reasons why ginger tea is so good for you. If you are looking to get healthier and take good care of your body, consider adding a cup of fresh ginger tea to your daily routine.

Ginger is one of the most beneficial foods to drink and brew tea on. Ginger is naturally anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and soothing. It’s most known to drink while having a cold but it’s amazing to drink daily to prevent colds and boost the immune system.
Enjoying a cup of freshly brewed organic ginger tea is also a great way to finish dinner with, since it helps with digestion and metabolize the foods better. Perfect for those suffering from stomach problems like IBS.
It is also known to help with weight loss at it gets your blood flow pumping which in return can boost your metabolism. Good blood circulation is the key in healing any type of health problem and also the key of keeping your body healthy. It can even help with period cramps and endometriosis, due to it’s anti-inflammatory effects.

One thing people might not know is that honey looses all it’s nutrients and effect when heated. So use organic plain honey in your tea and never use pure Manuka honey. Instead eat the raw Manuka honey on an empty stomach three times a day. I will write a longer separate post about Manuka Honey because there are just so much to write about it!

And last, a note of caution! Many stores today sell old ginger that is in fact rotten. It can cause stomach problems to eat or boil old and rotten ginger so be very careful.
Fresh ginger is never; Soft or soggy, have spots of white/dark mould, looks dry or wrinkles over the peel.
Fresh ginger is always very firm with a smooth light greyish/brown peel (no wrinkles!) and when you cut the ginger the middle part looks crisp and moist. Drinking or eating rotten ginger can cause side effects like stomach problems and stomach flu. I have discovered MANY stores sell old and rotten ginger hence I wanted to write this last part so you know what to look out for when you go grocery shopping.

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HOMEMADE ICE TEA RECIPE

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Ice tea use to be one of my favorite drinks as a kid. I remember when I was around 12-13 years old, me and my parents went to South of France for the first time and there they have nestle ice tea! And I obviously became obsessed with it and had to have it every day lol! Each time I visited France, especially south of france where it’s warm and sunny, I’ve always had this drink. Sadly it’s not sold in Sweden, so today I decided to try and make it at home without white sugar and preservatives.
And it turned out aaaamazing! It was so simple to make and it’s the perfect drink to make in the summer. Great way to impress your friends if you’re having them over. If you really want to make an effort, peel and chop up some fresh peaches in the bottom of a carafe and pour the tea over it, let it sit in the fridge for an hour and then add the ice when it’s ready to serve!

So what do you need? (I only used organic ingredients as well)
Peach Tea (best is the one with fruit piece)
Coconut Syrup
Honey
Ice

Boil the water, let the tea shimmer a bit in the boiling water for best added infusion of the herbs and fruit pieces.
Add quite a lot of honey (I used 5 big tablespoons for less than 1 liter of tea) and a few tablespoons of coconut syrup. Let it cool down completely before putting the tea in the fridge. Serve with ice and enjoy :))

hOME MADE ice tea recipe

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HOW TO FEEL CONFIDENT WITHOUT MAKE UP

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I love the fresh feeling of not wearing any make up, especially when it is spring/summer and the weather is warm and sunny. Just add a touch of lip gloss and moisturizer, throw on a pair of sunglasses and go out and enjoy the day.

I know many women all over the world do not feel as confident or comfortable doing this. But I love to share my own beauty hacks on how to be comfortable in your own skin.

The number one rule before anything else is to stop caring what everybody else thinks about you.
Okay I totally get that many women around the world still wants to look cute in front of their BFs/husbands but now I’m talking about the rest of the world, the strangers you meet in the street or in the grocery store!
You will most likely never see these people again and they don’t even know that you look any different because they have never seen you with make up, so why bother about what these people might think!!
I can honestly go without make up both downtown in London and Stockholm, hit up all the stores in my work out clothes and no make up. That’s how little I care about what others think.
I love fashion and  beauty, does that mean I always need to apply make up? The answer is no.

So now, moving on to some of my favorite beauty hacks of feeling fresh without make up. The next step besides learning how to stop caring what people think, is to take excellent care of your skin while putting in minimal efforts. Does that sounds impossible? I can promise you it isn’t, you just have to treat your skin and body with outmost respect and care, nourish it, feed it, care for the skin you are in ♥
Let’s get down to my fave tips and steps to follow!

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1. Facial oils

Using a great facial oil to minimize any fine/dry lines and make the skin look more glowing. If you have ever seen an older woman with glowing skin and with far less wrinkles that other women her age, she will probably responds with saying she just uses oils her entire life instead of moirtuizer. Using the right type of facial oils (like Argan oil) will not only moisturizer you skin but it will protect your skin from pollution and dirt in the air, it will serve as a protective layer on top of your skin while still letting your skin breath. Since it is natural the skin will easier adsorb it than a classic lab produced moisturizer.

2. Self tanning
A self tanner for the face is the perfect way to instantly look more groomed and transform your skin from gloomy to glowing. I love this self tanner from Bare Minerals so much. It looks a bit green when you first apply it, it is because the bronzer in the cream (meaning the cream is coloured so you see where you have applied it) has a green undertone. But you can’t really tell once you have applied it carefully all over you face, neck and don’t forget to add a bit on your ears. I like to apply the self tanner during the day so it looks like I am wearing a tinted moisturizer.

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3. Treat your skin
Make sure you invest in skin care that suits your skin, a moisturizer, toner, cleanser and masks does not need to be from the same series or even brand to be the best for your skin. If you really want to pamper your skin, visit a dermatologist at a skin care clinic and find our your exacty skin type. It is even possible to have different skin types in different areas, for example one area as the T zone can be oily and the rest of the face can be dry. You then need to have one moisturizer for the T-zone and another moisturizer for the rest of your face and neck. In recent days I’ve discovered the importance of a good toner (without alcohol), it really works wonders on the skin!

4. Do a eye lash and eye brow tint
Go to the saloon or do it yourself at home. Here is a guide I wrote before on home to do it at home. This really makes you eyes “pop” and gives your brows that defined and clean look. This is also great for when you want to use less brow product and you will be surprised how  much blonde hair you have on you face especially around the eye area that you can tint and all the sudden you have fuller brows!

 

lip gloss swatches

5. Nude lip gloss
Find the perfect nude colored lip liner and lip gloss matching your skin tone. I wrote a guide about that here as well. This will instantly make you look more radiant and glowing, yet very natural.
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6. Try and minimize stress in your life
Going through stress or trauma can feel like it ages you a year or two in just a few months. Try and spend one hour every day by yourself and just focus on yourself and getting some quality time with yourself, talk a walk, listening to some relaxing music, watch your favorite TV show, anything to just wind down for a bit. And also get rid of all the toxic people in your life, if a boyfriend or friend is causing you grief and stress they do not deserve to be in your life. It may be so tough to break up with some because they give you a sense of stability and you are use to spending time with them, but once the dust settles, the sad-period after a break up will end and you will feel like a heaviest weight is lifted off your shoulders. Trust me when I say (with experience) you will start to glow again from within and out.

SMOOTHIE detox

7. The obvious steps – Good organic foods, water and plenty of sleep
Take good care of your skin, never sleep with make up on (I have done this twice in my entire life…), eat a lot of green veggies and fruits, make fresh ginger tea with raw turmeric powder a few times per week, invest in a blender or juicer and make amazing vitamin boosting smoothies, sleep at least 8 hours every night and plenty of water drink water (1.5 liters per day is ideal). Don’t  smoke and cut down on alcohol, avoid sodas and too much junk food and white sugar. If you like sweetener in your tea or coffee, switch to agave syrup. Try eat a tablespoon of raw Manuka honey each day. Also getting a daily dose of extra B and D vitamins is crucial, it is not possible to get enough of vitamins through these days since most of us eat cooked foods and most of vitamins and antioxidant disappear while heating up the food.

no make up look tutorial  Anastasia DurasovaPhotos taken by Anastasia Durasova

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TWO MONTHS WITHOUT SWEETS

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Hi babes!
Hope you are all surviving this grey and boring Monday.
Today marks the day when a whopping two months has passed since the last time I had any sweets!!
Since New Years Eve I have not had any ice cream, cakes, cookies, no chocolate, candy, junk food meaning no french fries, onion rings, pizza etc, stopped drinking carbonated drinks including sparkling water,  no full fat chips/crisp (only lentil flour baked non fried “chips”), nothing unhealthy really. And also no alcohol.
As many of you loyal readers might remember I have been complaining on and off over my sugar/candy “addiction” and I decided it was time to put an end to that.

Since my health has become worse and worse in ways that I’m totally not in control over, nothing I can change or affect, I decided I wanted to do everything in my power to protect my health in every aspects I can.
Meaning food and lifestyle choices.
I’m now following an alkaline diet which is the best diet to follow to prevent any health conditions or diseases like diabetes, cancer etc etc.
I’m planning on writing a longer post about what an Alkaline lifestyle means but I will summarize it as short as I can.
The optimal Ph level for the body is 7.3, this is the Ph level when the body will function at it’s best and prevent diseases to grow. If the level goes below that diseases can grow and take hold in the body. For example cancer cells can’t grow in a high Ph level environment. So everything that has a low Ph level I’m not eating or consuming anymore. You are suppose to eat “high Alkaline foods” approx 80% of the time and the rest of the 20% you can eat whatever you like but avoid the worst low level Ph foods. Also called acid foods.
To mention a thing that are acid; Coffee, sugar, alcohol, meat, fish, chicken and dairy from cows (soy and almond milk is OK), sodas and sparkling water are among a few things to avoid.
Since I haven’t been able to excise at all the goal with this was not too loose weight but to just live a new healthy lifestyle. However if you would follow the Alkaline diet and combine it excises I’m sure amazing results can be achieved.

If any of you dolls want too I’m happy to share some of my amazing healthy and tasty food recipes here on the blog?
Healthy food does not need to be boring <3
Xx Louise

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VANILLA MACARONS RECIPE

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Once upon a time I use to be quite amazing at making macarons, I practiced and I practiced. But then I guess other things than baking came up and took away most of my time. I do however, on occasion, love to bake and especially macarons.
So for Christmas and NYE I decided to give my old faithful macarons recipe a try and along the line I even found a better recipe which I will share with you all today.
I also discovered the importance of always using powder flavor and gel colours, and never too much liquid color. I added the Swedish words after in the recipe flr my Swedish readers ♥

French macaron recipe for approx 20-22 macarons with filling

130 grams of Almond flour (mandelmjöl)
130 grams of Powder sugar (florsocker)
45 grams of castor sugar (strösocker)
100 grams of aged egg whites (äggvitor)
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla powder (not vanilla sugar or “vaniljsocker”)
Do not exceed 1-2 teaspoons of powder/gel/liquid for flavors or/and color into the batter

Filling
This filling is so easy and simple it’s silly! Mix half a yar of high quality raspberry jam together with maybe 1-2 deciliter of room temperature warm Nutella. Mix it together and pour it in a piping bag to fill the macarons. I also added just a pinch of vanilla powder into this, which gave it a lovely vanilla touch to it!

Temperature for the oven 150-170 Celcius degrees in a approx 10-12 min. Here you have to go a bit on the feeling on how warm you oven gets. If you know you’re oven might get really warm then put it in 150 degrees. I recommend that you instead of making all the macarons on 1-2 trays maybe do 3-4 trays and use the first tray as a “test” to see how you oven works for macarons. In that way you havent ruined all of your macarons if the first one is a bit off.

For how to make the macarons I actually recommend that you go on youtube and watch tutorial on “How to make french macarons”. I can describe the folding technique and how to whisk the meringue, but the best way to learn is to watch it.

But a few important steps to think about
– For example when you add the sugar into the egg whites, the egg whites should already be whisked so much that it leaves traces before you add any sugar into the mix.
– Make sure you blend the almond flower and powder sugar together properly before adding into the meringue batter.
– Add the flavor and coloring before you add the almond/sugar mix
– Make the macarons rest on the trays for a least 30 to 60 min before baking them in the oven. The macarons should have developed a “skin” before baking.
This is of outmost importance and to learn this like I did, just watch a tones of videos but follow this recipe for the measurements ♥
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STAYING IN SHAPE

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Hi dolls!
In one month it is my 27th birthday and I usually reflect a lot before my birthday. I also make a major attempt to get in better shape before my bday.
This photo is from two days before my last bday and I felt that my body was in really good shape and now I want to get back at it. I havent been eating as often as I should, I had way too much sweets and just not been taking care of myself in regards to what I eat.
I eat maybe one real meal per day which is really bad, I know I know. So this month I’m going to dedicate totally to getting healthier! It is not that I have a bunch of weight I want to loose but I have 2 kg I would like to drop to be back at the weight I prefer. My weight has for a long time been between 53-56KG and I would say maybe 54 is where I think I look the best. When I weigh 53 or less I think I start to look to skinny and I don’t like that so much anymore.
Of course two kilos don’t really make a major different in appearance to be honest, it is more about how it feels inside. Any of you dolls know what I mean? My main focus is really just to boost my body to get healthier and I assume I might drop a kilo or two just by eating less sweets and trying to get my metabolism up and running again by eating more often.
So now I’m going to have a cinnamon bun and a cup of tea and start tomorrow hahaha! I havent had any candy for almost two weeks so I guess that is always a good warmup for my healthier month awaiting.