At the start of the year most of us begin with a health kick - but a health kick implies that it’s temporary and good health should be a way of life. It should be simple and easy to incorporate into your day to day living so that you don’t feel like you’re ‘being good’ you just feel like you’re ‘being you’.
So if you’re relatively new to things like Green Smoothies and Superfoods - stick around. We’ll be sharing some great recipes and de-mystifying some of the ingredients and buzz words so you can get on the health train for life (Woot woot!).
I’m a huge fan of the morning smoothie - it’s too easy just to blitz in your superfoods in one fell swoop and get your daily intake quickly, setting you up for a great day. They fill you up, boost your energy and even if you have a little lapse during the day, you can feel great that your body has already been given the nutrients it needs to function at its best.
NO - superfoods don’t taste horrible - ok, well spirulina by itself - yeah you got me there, even a hardcore health nut like me will still baulk at that taste - but my point is, when blended with other great ingredients, I promise you won’t even notice them (nor will the kids) and you will quickly adapt and begin to love the taste- which means it’s something that can become a part of your daily routine easily.
It’s about experimenting. There are some incredible recipe sites (that I will share with you at the end) packed full of super incredible, easy recipes. So lets start breaking down a few of the key superfoods.
Acai - (pronounced Ah-Sigh-EE). This awesome, dark purple amazonian berry tastes like just that, berries...but mixed with dark chocolate! For real! Just got a lot more appealing didn’t it? The deep purple colour also means it’s fun to play with in the kitchen if whipping something up for the kids. You don’t need a lot and it’s absolutely packed with antioxidants - meaning it’s great for fighting diseases, lowering cholesterol, improving circulation, reducing inflammation, boosting energy and is great for skin with lots of anti-ageing properties! 1-3 tablespoons in a smoothie or on top of your cereal per day is an easy habit that the whole family can get in on. Not scary at all right?
(this is what Cacao looks like straight off the tree)
Cacao (Cacao Powder and Cacao Nibs) - if you initially got this mixed up with Cocoa, you wouldn’t be the first (yes, even my first attempt at ‘Cacao’ ended up in a sickly sweet ‘Cocoa’ mess!). Cacao is essentially Cocoa (are you keeping up? it’s confusing!) in it’s raw form. Cacao is a ‘bliss food’ - meaning that it’s actually great for use as a natural anti-depressant! Again it’s super high in antioxidants but it’s also exceptionally high in magnesium which is the most important mineral for a healthy functioning heart. When there is an abundance of magnesium available to the body, the brain operates with higher levels of clarity and focus. Cacao is a great source of serotonin, dopamine, anandamide and phenylethylamine (PEA), four well-studied neurotransmitters, which are associated with feelings of well being and help alleviate depression. We have all experienced the positive feelings associated with eating chocolate, now we have access to pure raw unadalterated chocolate in the form of Organic Raw Cacao. This is much more potent than the processed chocolate and doesn't have any sugar or dairy products blocking the positive effects of all the goodies in Raw Cacao and it still has a chocolatey taste meaning you can get the kids to drink it and make some seriously yummy and healthy desserts with it!
So that’s just two of my favourite superfoods and just the tip of the ice-berg. We’ll be looking at more awesome superfoods in depth in the next few blog posts to help demystify these incredible foods and get you incorporating them into your and your family's daily life like a pro!
Combine all ingredients in a food processor, except for the cacao nibs, and process until a dense acai dough has formed. Add in the nibs and pulse a couple times to combine.
A heaping teaspoon at a time, roll into roughly 3cm balls, and place on a plate.* Place plate in the refrigerator for one hour or longer before serving. Makes 16 truffles. NOTE: Always serve chilled, or truffles will be too soft.
*Optional: Roll truffles in a plate of acai powder to dust exterior before refrigerating.
Ever thought that choosing Vitamin Water was a healthy substitute for sugar laden soft drink? Love the claims that each of the flavours can help boost immunity, energy and even fight eye disease? Oh dear, you've been had.
Greenwashing and healthwashing drive this Peach absolutely banana's! As consumers we're lied to so often and so effectively by so many companies that often we can no longer tell fact from fiction.
Did you know that Vitamin Water contains on average almost as much sugar as Coke? (Coke = 39g of sugar in each can vs Vitamin Water = 32g of sugar per bottle) Essentially, it's uncarbonated soft drink.
Well finally it looks like the good guys might have a win with a huge class action law suit filed against Coca-Cola (makers of Vitamin Water) for false marketing and misleading claims- what we like to call "big fat whopping porky pies"
Here's the low-down on the law suit against the 'junk food' drink kids;
"The suit, which was originally filed back in 2010 by the nonprofit health advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), alleges that Coca-Cola has been engaged in what can only be described as blatant labeling fraud. Vitaminwater's "Power-C" flavor, for instance, claims to deliver "zinc and vitamin C to power your immune system," while the "XXX" flavor is branded as containing "antioxidant vitamins to help fight free radicals and help support your body."
Both claims are an immense exaggeration, as these two vitaminwater products are composed primarily of water, sugar, and a handful of synthetic vitamins, which is hardly a recipe for robust immunity. And yet this is the overall image being portrayed by Coca-Cola for its Vitamin Water line of beverages, which is really nothing more than glorified soda pop without carbonation.
"The marketing of Vitamin Water will go down in history as one of the boldest and brashest attempts ever to affix a healthy halo to what is essentially a junk food, a non-carbonated soda," says Michael F. Jacobson, Executive Director of CSPI. "Vitaminwater, like Coca-Cola itself, promotes weight gain, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cannot deliver on any of the dishonest claims it has made over the years."
Want water with extra benefits that's ACTUALLY healthy for you? Ditch the rainbow coloured drinks and try adding a little Organic Freeze Dried Coconut Water Powder to your water - easy to take with you on the go. Or just drink water like your mother taught you ;)
Tell us what you think - should all companies be accountable for their false advertising and misleading claims? Or is it a case of buyer beware?
Beautiful peaches - and I do mean beautiful - this is a fabulous video that all women should watch about appreciating their natural and true beauty.
This is an ad for Dove - (don’t get me started on the toxic ingredients in their products and the fact if they actually cared about women and looking after them, they would remove the ingredients that are causing men, women and children so many serious health issues...however let that not detract from this fabulous video about how women are so off the mark when it comes to body image) - it’s wonderful! (oh I’m so conflicted ha ha!)
The women in the ad were asked to arrive at a location, spend some time with a stranger and then take a seat behind a curtain while FBI trained forensic sketch artist Gil Zamora asked the women to describe their looks for him to sketch.
Afterwards, the strangers that the women had been asked to spend time with earlier described the looks of these same women to the sketch artist with very different results.
Take a look and see - if someone asked to sketch you purely from your descriptions - would you describe yourself as beautiful? If not? Why not?
I haven't seen you watching this video but I think you're beautiful... you should too ;)
*Do remember that health is more important than beauty and while the campaign is fabulous for highlighting our body issues - don't fall for it! The toxic ingredients in Dove products are linked to some serious health issues like breast cancer, infertility, asthma...plus seriously, can a company that makes 'Bleaching Creams' for whiter skin really comment on 'Real Beauty'? Be smarter than a great advertising campaign peaches - you deserve beauty AND your health.
Hooray! At last! The European Union has now officially banned all animal testing for cosmetics...for good!
So what does this mean? It means we’ve taken a massive step in the right direction. It means that companies like L’Oreal can no longer sell new finished products or products with ingredients that have been tested on animals anywhere in Europe.
All products made with the blood, bile and tears of animals before the ban came into place are still able to be sold, but companies will now have to find alternative methods of testing to allow any ‘new’ products to hit the shelves.
I have long been against animal testing for blindingly obvious reasons (nothing at Peachy Clean has ever been tested on animals! - majority of our products are even vegan friendly!) and many will argue that animal testing is needed to trial products before being safe for human consumption, however cosmetics is just not one of those necessities - no matter which way you powder your nose!
While China still require animal testing on all cosmetics to be sold by law, thankfully Europe has taken the first step to counteract this. Big companies will now have to provide two versions of any new products - one with animal testing for China and one without any animal testing for Europe so we’ll see what happens in the coming years but hopefully the ban in European cosmetic sales will put pressure on the rest of the world and cosmetic companies to cease this needless cruelty.
At last - a giant leap in the right direction! Now don't you want to just go out and kiss all the bunnies you can find?
The David Jones Autumn Winter 2013 launch was a bit of a spectacular affair and I was lucky enough to be hosting the Perth leg of the fashion soiree!
One of the things I love love love about the David Jones season launches is the support for Australian Designers and models - I mean, our kids are totally killing it on a global scale and it’s great to see that the tall poppy syndrome has been laid to rest long enough to give designers like Dion Lee, Ellery, Josh Goot, Camilla and Marc, Akira and the like a massive, well deserved fist pump!
Joining me on stage to introduce the new season frocks and jocks was super stylist Elizabeth Clarke - now when I say super stylist, I mean this woman has worked for Elle, Vogue, Grazia, with Miranda Kerr, Candace Bushnell, Kristy Hinze and even Tom Cruise and Vanessa Redgrave on the set of Mission Impossible! (Peaches stay tuned for a giveaway involving this amazing fashionista and Peachy Clean in the next month or so!) - that's some serious style cred!
Our fave models strutting the runway? The gorgeous, down to earth Miranda Kerr (of course!), Samantha Harris (the stunning indigenous Aussie model who was the 2nd ever to grace the cover of Vogue!) and the stunning Jessica Gnomes.
Also getting our love were Perth models Adam Erceg (pictured above-you're welcome ladies ;) and the super gorgeous (and lovely!) Caris Tiivel and Stacey Monaghan.
Who are your favourite Aussie designers and what new season staples will you be filling your wardrobe with?
Superbowl schmooperbowl! Beyonce stole the show (and the power!) during her smokin' halftime performance at the 2013 Superbowl.
What a woman! Bey hit the stage in sexy black leather and did. not. stop. shaking her famous booty right up until the end. How anyone can sing while gyrating like that is beyond me - the woman must be all kinds of fit or be part super-bot.
Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams were bootylicious as ever during a Destiny’s Child reunion that literally caused the stadium to blackout for a moment - seriously, that’s some butt-shaking power!
Just had to post the video - what an inspiration! New mum, smoking hot curvy rig and total die-hard rocking diva! I need a nap just from watching her!
If you’ve just watched it - I know you’re singing ‘if you liked it then you shoulda put on a ring on it’ right now ha! Good luck getting that out of your head today! ...I’m off to the gym, I gotta get like Beyonce! Fit is so the new black.
I LOVE the silly season!! After working as a Social Writer (professional partier!), reporting on up to 10 of the cities best parties a week for many years I’ve definitely learned some great tricks to surviving the party season in style! With a choc-block diary around Christmas and New Years there’s little sleep to be had and more than enough glasses of bubbles doing the rounds (I’m not one to say no to a good glass of champers-heaven forbid!) but the down side is late nights, little sleep and overindulgence can wreak havoc on your skin and you can end up looking like something the cat dragged in pretty quickly! So I’ve popped together a wee list of fail safe ways to keep you partying like a rockstar while still looking as fresh as a peach!
Dilute where possible! When you’ve just had enough to drink and switch to softies - it can be a chore explaining to everyone that no, you’re not pregnant and no you’re not being a party-pooper. Get your softies poured into a wine glass - lemon cordial and soda water in a wine glass looks just like white wine! You get to have a breather and no one will hassle you - win win!
EAT! When dashing around like a mad person from party to party it can be hard to find time to eat without stocking up on greasy party food. A good meal before heading out will help absorb some of the alcohol and give you energy to keep going. People who don’t eat get messy quickly! And when you get home - have another snack and plenty of water before bed
Vitamin B - Vitamin B helps your body break down the alcohol so you won’t feel so sick the morning after! Tresos B, Berrocca...take them before and after a big night - you’ll be glad you did!
Wear comfy shoes! No party should come to a halt because of your feet. If you can't resist a pair of awesome shoes - pack a back-up pair of ballet flats in your handbag. Don't make people wait for you or go home because you wore the wrong shoes - be comfy.
Hangover food - still scored yourself a nice little hangover? Honey on wholemeal toast! Bread helps fill your tummy while the honey contains potassium and fructose to help counteract the effects of alcohol! Scientifically proven!
Skin care! While it’s fun to go to every party - you don’t want to look like you’ve been to every party! Don’t let your skin suffer! Invest in a few key products that will turn back the night before to help keep you looking respectable at the office the next day! I’ve tried and tested and trust me you can’t go past these instant skin-hangover cures!
Eco Tan - a tan hides a multiple of sins! A good tan will keep you from looking pasty and disguise blemishes and imperfections! The real kicker? A tan is slimming too! If you can't tone it-tan it! ;)
The eyes are the window to the night before ;) Don't skip a good eye cream! And always use your eye cream in between the bridge of your eyebrows and around your lips too!
Savi Passionflower & Pomegranate Face Mist. Pack it in your purse for a skin refresher on the go. A good mist makes helps your moisturiser sink in and misting before make-up helps to give you a real dewy finish while helping your make-up stay on a bit better!
AEOS Realive Serum - it's all in the title! Again, another fab product to pop on before make-up for a healthy glow and even more amazing for boosting skin tone! (Buy any AEOS product and receive a free sample kit so you can try the full routine!)
A good lip balm! Regular lip balms contain parabens which actively dry your lips out (that's why you feel you need to keep reapplying!) and lets face it, once our lippy has rubbed off onto the glass and we're in no state to colour in between the lines - it's a good lip balm that will see you through! My fave is the Weleda Everon Lip Balm - super lush and creamy, won't end up all over your face and will keep you hydrated well after the party pash underneath the mistletoe ;)
Stay safe beautiful peaches! Catch taxi's, check on your friends, and always get someone you trust to walk you to your front door. Stay classy!
Here's a pic of me wearing the amazing Gypsea Peacock Pants on a recent holiday - not only are they the most comfortable pair of summer pants I own, the print is just AMAZING! (You may remember I wrote about the amazing prints from Gypsea when I first saw them on the runway at Perth Fashion Week - I managed to bribe the designer Scott into letting me have the pair off the runway! Yay!)
(PS - I later thought about it and maybe dressing up like a tasty peacock wasn't the smartest idea before playing with tigers ha ha!)
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Swimwear shopping can be an absolute minefield of tears, tantrums and total self esteem blow-outs if you haven't managed to stick to all the New Years resolution with the regiment of a Navy Seal Officer (my resolutions usually go out the window in the first week when they're quickly replaced by the one rule that lasts me the rest of the year 'if it's not fun, don't do it' ha ha!)
But there are a few tips to get you into your best cossie yet and I was recently asked to share these as a stylist on The Morning Show (yay!) so here's a few of my golden rules that just may help.
If you can't tone it-tan it! We all have wobbly bits, dimples and 'problem' areas - it's called being human and in contrast to what all the air brushed photo's of supermodels we have shoved down our throats on a daily basis-is NORMAL and BEAUTIFUL! However a good lick of a great fake tan can give you a confidence boost, help smooth out the skin tone and turn you into a bronzed goddess-no matter what your size! A fake tan is very slimming! The best I've found (by a long way) is Eco Tan.
Choose a style that works for you, for example;
Fuller Figures - Choose a one piece with a V-neckline to draw the eye away from the tummy area and up to your ahem *assets ;) Rouching or patterns on the torso are great to help break up the mid-section-if you can find something with darker panels on either side of the tummy area go for it-this is a great slimming trick! Make sure you’ve got support though-you can always get a seamstress to sew in a good bra to the top of the bathing suit
Pear Shapes - Try to choose something light on top and darker on the bottom-like a mix and match pair of bikini’s. This helps to balance out the top and lower parts of your body to maximize proportion. Steer away from boy short cuts-the hemline on boy shorts will hit you at your widest point and simply highlight the pear shape.
Shorter Frames - Something with a higher waistline or high cut sides is good for you, this helps to create the illusion of longer legs-also lighter colours are best
Smaller Busts - opt away from the bandeau top as they can be quite flattening. Choose a moulded cup to give you a boost-triangle shapes work best to create more surface area and make the bust look bigger, the smaller the amount of fabric, the smaller your bust will look.
Straight-up/straight down figures - create curves with a higher waistline like a retro style knicker bottom or an empire line in one pieces.
For the boys - the shorter the length of your shorts, the longer your legs look so if you’re a little shorter in stature, choose a shorter style - below the knee will just make you look even shorter
Be comfortable! If you’re constantly pulling your top up, pulling your bottoms out of your toosh or just feel uncomfortable in the style it shows. Even though it may be the height of fashion, it only works if it works on YOU. You are individual so go for what you love most-it will show in confidence!
Dry Body Brush - Body Brushing is incredible for lymphatic drainage and evening out skin tone. It’s the most effective method for fighting cellulite and keeps your skin looking smooth and soft. If you’re about to head to the beach-have a quick brush first, you’ll see an instant boost in skin glow! I love (and so does Miranda Kerr) the Bodecare Tampico Bristle Body Brush.