Archive for the ‘Feel good’ Category

A Youth Injection without the needle or the poison

13/01/2010

The beauty and anti aging industries are worth  billions of euro.

Every year women and more and more men all over the world spend ludicrous amounts of money in a quest to look beautiful, sexy and young.

Fake lashes, fake hair, fair nails, fake breasts, thinified bodies, tightened and masked faces…

But does all of this really make people look more beautiful, sexier and younger?

And if so, at what cost?

It’s a known fact that many ingredients used in beauty, anti aging products, and make up are carcinogenic.

These chemicals are used by many of your favourite brands.

If you think lathering or injecting these products on your face and body is going to make you younger, think again.

If anything, they are making you age faster, and may potentially cause disease.

Add this to lack of sleep, stress, alcohol, smoking, dehydration, bad nutrition,  overeating, and a sedentary lifestyle… and you have the best aging cocktail in the world.

I am convinced that the less you mess with your body the better.

I got the best beauty tips from my gramma and my mum.

When I got married last August, a lot of my guests were trying to do the maths.

“Anna how come your mum is so young? She must’ve had you when she was very young” they said.

Many thought she was in her mid forties. She is in her mid sixties. And she looks more beautiful than ever.

I can count the amount of times she’s worn make up in her whole life with the fingers in my two hands. She’s never had a facial, a manicure, a pedicure, or any other beauty treatment.

Her beauty secret?

She washes her face every morning. She eats a mediterranean diet. She exercises every day. She relaxes with yoga. She sleeps like a log.

I do exactly the same, and a lot of people don’t believe it when they find out I am six years older than my husband.

The only products I use are completely natural and most of them I make in my own kitchen.

But what I think makes a huge difference is the weekly youth inductions I subject myself to.

I use nlp and hypnosis to induce myself into a state of deep relaxation that allows me to reprogram my mind to bring out the attributes of beauty and youthfulness.

At the end of a twenty-minute session, I wake up refreshed and invigorated. It usually feels like the best nap you’ve ever had.

I have done inductions like this with clients, and they tell me that afterwards, they look in the mirror and they can see and feel the difference straight away.

Remember when you were a child, and you were fresh, dynamic, full of energy, flexible, strong, fast, powerful, playful, bold, exuded positive energy and a boundless imagination…?

Youth and beauty are about so much more than what people can see on the surface. It’s about what people can feel from you.

You can be beautiful and young again, quickly, and with no harmful side effects.

All it takes is twenty minutes and a pillow!

Anna


Young and beautiful with NLP



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Want to feel great and lose weight? Avoid these foods!

29/12/2009

People tend to think about food in terms of what it does to their bodies, i.e. it makes you fat, it keeps you trim… many don’t stop to think about the effect food has on their minds.

Food can make you full of energy, positive, razor sharp focused, clear minded, motivated, relaxed… or it can make you feel like crap, chronically tired, depressed, anxious, negative…

The following foods are so bad for your mind, and body, that I really can’t see any reason to eat them.

Not only do they have close to zero nutritional value, but they also give your body a nice dose of harmful toxins.

Avoid these at all costs and start to feel boundless energy and zest for life. Not to mention the slimming effects…

MICROWAVE POPCORN

Chemicals, including perfluorooctanoic acid, in the lining of the bag, are part of a class of compounds that may be linked to infertility in humans. In animal testing, the chemicals cause liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancer. Studies show that microwaving causes the chemicals to vaporize  and migrate into your popcorn.

In fact, getting rid of your microwave altogether is probably one of the best things you can do to improve your overall health.

WHEAT

Many people buy wheat bread as opposed to white bread because they believe it is more nutritious.

What they don’t know is that wheat is often contaminated with toxins and no matter what the form, wheat, whole wheat, cracked wheat, sprouted wheat… they will all be capable of causing the same problems including: celiac disease, IBS, rheumatoid arthritis, headaches, infertility, and developmental delay in children.

Intolerance to wheat is far more common than doctors typically recognize. The human body hasn’t evolved to digest it. Wheat, and nearly all other grains, convert to sugar in the bloodstream, and rapidly accelerate aging and chronic illness in most people.

Most of us should limit or avoid wheat altogether.

SUGAR

An average doughnut will give you about 200 to 300 calories, mostly from sugar, and few other nutrients.

It will throw off your blood sugar and won’t stay with you so you’ll be hungry again soon.

Apart from the numerous negative physiological effects of sugar, which I won’t mention here, it can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline, hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness. It can reduce learning capacity, and increase in delta, alpha, and theta brain waves which can alter your mind’s ability to think clearly. It can  also cause depression, increase your risk of Alzheimer’s disease, worsen symptoms of ADHD, and even cause antisocial behaviour.

One can of soda, for example, has about 10 teaspoons of sugar, 150 calories, 30 to 55 mg of caffeine, and is loaded with artificial food colours and sulphites. The diet varieties are also problematic as they are filled with harmful artificial sweeteners like aspartame.

Studies have linked soda drinks to osteoporosis, obesity, tooth decay and heart disease. Plus, drinking all that sugar will likely suppress your appetite for healthy foods, which paves the way for nutrient deficiencies.

If you regularly drink soda, regular or diet, eliminating it from your diet is one of the simplest and most profound health improvements you can make.

FRENCH FRIES & CHIPS

Potatoes are bad enough when consumed in their raw state, as their simple sugars are rapidly converted to glucose that raises insulin levels and can devastate your health. But when they are cooked in trans fat at high temperatures, all sorts of interesting and very unpleasant things occur.

Anything that is fried, even vegetables, has the issue of trans fat and the potent cancer-causing substance acrylamide.

Foods that are fried in vegetable oils like canola, soybean, safflower, corn, and other seed and nut oils are particularly problematic. These polyunsaturated fats easily become rancid when exposed to oxygen and produce large amounts of damaging free radicals in the body.

These oils can cause aging, clotting, inflammation, weight gain and even cancer.

Due to its high saturated fat content, coconut oil is extremely stable and is not damaged by the high temperatures of cooking. This is why coconut oil should be the only oil you use to cook with.

ORANGE JUICE (AND ALL FRUIT JUICE)

Fruit juice has about eight full teaspoons of sugar per eight-ounce glass. This sugar is typically a fruit sugar called fructose, which is every bit as dangerous as regular table sugar since it will also cause a major increase in insulin levels.

Many commercial orange juices are contaminated with mould from damaged fruit that are processed. So if you drink commercial orange juice regularly you will be exposed to these mould toxins.

This doesn’t mean that you should avoid fruit, just fruit juice. When the fruit is intact and whole, its fiber will somewhat moderate the release of fructose into the bloodstream as well as somewhat moderate insulin release.

Avoid  eating these foods and start to notice a surge in energy, mental clarity and a slimmer figure, in as little as 7 days.

If it doesn't grow in a field..

Start feeling great right now and let me know all about it!

Anna



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Looking for love? Get inspired by Bonnie Greer’s love story

25/11/2009

Ok, on a completely different subject from my last post, but after watching Monday’s Loose Women program, where playwright, author and critic Bonnie Greer talked about how she met her current husband, I just have to share this with you.

If you are looking for love and you thought romance was dead, think again!

Bonnie said that moving to London from the States was tough and she felt lonely at first.

One day she was in a supermarket aisle and this man smiled at her. The first person that had smiled at her since arriving to London.

She thought that was lovely, and she found herself going back to that supermarket just to see if that person who had smiled at her would be there.

Years passed and after a string of relationships, she and her then boyfriend went to a theatre play.

There, a man approached her and asked her if she was a critic. She said yes. He asked if she would bring him to watch a play sometime. She was shocked.

This man put his hand on hers, and at that moment, she said she knew she would marry him.

Later they both realised they had met 6 years earlier at a supermarket aisle.

If you have a romantic story like Bonnie’s please feel free to romantisize our lives with it.

And if you are looking for love, keep believing it will happen, and it will.

Anna

 

 

Let music lift you up!

25/10/2009

Music has always been a huge part of my life. I believe in the amazing power of music: music can heal a broken heart, it can bring people together, it can make us dance like no one is watching, it can can make us jump like crazy… it can also bring back memories of the best moments of our lives.

When I was little my dad used to play tapes of classical spanish singers on long car journeys. Us kids used to sing in the car until we fell asleep with exhaustion. Later on, at about 10 years of age, I discovered Michael Jackson, and Tina Turner. I was completely in awe of them. Even though I couldn’t speak English at the time, I learnt the lyrics to many songs by writing what I heard down on a piece of paper and memorising it.

At age 16 I joined a heavy metal band as a singer and guitar player. We played concerts and even recorded a demo tape. I loved getting immersed in the music, and for a long time it was my whole life.

In my twenties, as a fitness trainer, there was nothing I enjoyed more than teaching an exercise class to the right music and getting everyone involved and loving it.

Now, I sing mostly in the shower, and my taste in music is infinitely wider. But still, nothing lifts me up like a good tune! And this one by young Tinchy Strider and N’Dubz is of my latest favourites!

Whether I want to get motivated as a coach, for a training session or for a night out, I can always count on music!

What are your favourite tunes and why?

Anna