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DIY Green Goddess Anti-Ageing Mask

Improve the appearance of wrinkles and age spots with lük’s DIY Green Goddess Anti-Ageing Mask. This incredibly nourishing mask will promote collagen production, lighten pigmentation, deeply moisturise and remove dead skin cells for vibrant, smooth skin.  

Avocados are one of our top super skin-food’s & main oils used to make Lip Nourish.  Not only do they deeply moisturise the skin but they’re rich in carotenoid antioxidants  to boost collagen formation in the skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.  Rich in Vitamin E, avocados also help to reduce the appearance of age spots, relieve inflammation and helps heals scars.

 Jojoba is personally my favourite oil for the skin. Whilst deeply nourishing the skin, jojoba oil promotes new cell growth, rejuvenates the skin and promotes skin elasticity. Once the oil has absorbed, your skin will instantly look and feel softer, smoother and moisturised.

And finally lime, in my eyes this gorgeous green gem is underrated.  An antioxidant-rocket, lime can combat ageing of skin as they contain an inhibitor of melanin production [melanin is responsible for causing pigmentation and age spots]. The citric acid in limes also helps to remove dead cells making the skin more vibrant and clear and their high level of Vitamin C is a co-factor to collagen production, to keep your skin smooth and wrinkle free. 

HOW TO

1. Mash 1/2 avocado with a fork

2. Add 3-5 drops of organic jojoba oil

3. Stir in a teaspoon of honey

4. Add a squeeze of fresh lime juice and a sprinkle of zest

[TIP: you can add some torn mint leaves for extra aroma and cleansing benefits]

5. Apply to clean face for 10-20 minutes and rinse with warm tepid water

6. Finish our natural green tea facial mist or invest in a high quality organic anti-ageing serum.

RELAX & ENJOY

Click here to find more of our DIY spa recipes to nourish your skin, hair and body.

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • Discard leftovers immediately after use
  • You can add some essential oils such as mint, orange blossom or lavender to make the mask more fragrant

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Walnut Milk – make in 2 minutes on a cold pressed juicer

I love skin-healthy, omega 3 rich walnuts and will do anything to eat them daily.  I make our fresh almond milk every few days for breakfast (I really do) and always think…I must try it with walnuts. Will walnut milk work? Will it be  an opaque white colour? 

And work it did a treat. Nut milks – a lactose alternative to ‘inflammatory’ & ‘body acidifying’ but calcium rich dairy are quick to make …if you have the right equipment. Don’t settle for store bought milks unless you need the convenience when you are away from home or just too busy as they contain added vegetables oils, refined sugars and are heat treated for pasteurisation loosing vital heat sensitive beauty nutrients. The two main ingredients in walnut milk are walnuts and filtered water. If you like you can sweeten the mild creamy walnut milk to make it divinely fragrant and caramelly with medjool dates and / or vanilla bean or cinnamon. Unlike  dairy & almond milks that are a good source of calcium, walnuts are low in calcium so boost the milk with a spoonful of tahini or if you eat yoghurt – add a few spoonfuls.

BEAUTY BENEFITS

Walnuts are a delicious non animal source of omega-3 essential fatty acids which help the body to reduce inflammation. Inflammation of the skin can lead to redness, puffiness and many skin diseases making it especially important to sustain a bright, youthful appearance.  Tryptophan is an essential amino acid found in abundance in walnuts and is involved in the production of serotonin.  Serotonin promotes positive feelings, washing over your body to create a calm spirit while helping you to smile and relax.  Minimise frown lines with walnut milk!! and glow from the inside, out.  See our beautifood bite too.

WALNUT MILK RECIPE
YOU’LL NEED

125 g (1 cup) walnuts (see notes)

500ml (2 cups ) filtered water

Optional: 2 fresh dates, pitted , &/or

pinch cinnamon or a few drops of pure vanilla extract or paste (or half a pod)

HOW TO

Use a cold pressed juicer  

  1. Add the walnuts to the holding tray. Turn on juicer.
  2. Drop the nuts thru several at the time as you pour in the water, retain a 1/3rd of the water if you are adding dates.
  3. Add the pitted dates and remaining water. (you can pour the milk back thru to extract any left over date/ nuts in the sieve)
  4. Pour into clean glass bottle or jars.
  5. Add vanilla & / or cinnamon – optional – and shake! I like the taste without it as I love walnuts.

With a Vitamix or high speed blender

Add water and nuts to blender – whiz on high for about a minute til white and creamy. Strain thru muslin cloth. If flavouring do so once poured into the bottle… and shake. If adding dates and flavouring – add strained milk back to blender add dates / spices and whiz til smooth.

Store walnut milk for maximum 4 days in the fridge.
Makes approximately 500ml (2 cups)

NUTRITION (with dates) 

Serving Size – 125g

Energy                911kJ

Protein               4.3g

Fat, total            20.1g

 – saturated         1.3g

Carbohydrate       4.4g

 – sugars             4.3g

Sodium               2mg

TIPS AND TRICKS
  • You don’t have to soak the walnuts overnight in the fridge before blending. Works fine but it is best to ‘activate’ them to awaken enzymes.
  • Use ‘Passata’ jars to store your walnut milk (500ml t0 750ml).
  • Blend walnut milk with raw cacao & or banana to make a delicious hot or cold smoothie.
  • Substitute walnut milk for regular milk with muesli and quinoa or oat porridge.

 

Takes 2 minutes to make thru a cold pressed Juicer as you don't need to sieve it.

Takes 2 minutes to make thru a cold pressed Juicer as you don’t need to sieve it.

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She’s Delicious Interview with Lee Holmes of www.superchargedfood.com

Introducing health coach, yoga teacher, author, blogger and all-round wellness goddess- Lee Holmes, founder of Supercharged Food. When we met with her at Watson Bay’s Dunbar House, Lee was glowing from the inside out, this is a woman who lives and breathes health in the most holistic way possible.

Read on to find out how Lee built Supercharged Food from the ground up, how she nourishes her body and soul, and how her new upcoming yoga movement will take Australia by storm. There’s not much that this girl can’t do.

Lee at the Farmers' Markets

Award winning author & blogger Lee Holmes at the Farmers’ Markets

 

LEE’S GORGEOUS BUSINESS

What was your driving motivation to create Supercharged Food?

The Supercharged blog began roughly three years ago when I found myself in hospital and basically unable to function properly. I had gotten to the point of being so sick that I just couldn’t get out of bed anymore. I was absolutely exhausted all the time, I thought I had chronic fatigue but I tried to push through it, like many women do, we think we’re invincible!

In hospital I was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease and they put me on a cocktail of drugs; immuno suppressants, anti-inflammatory drugs, anti-cancer drugs and a lot of steroids. The drugs weren’t working; in fact they were making me feel worse, so I slowly weaned myself off them and decided I was going to use food as my medicine.

I started researching different healing ingredients and travelling overseas to learn more and more. When I came back I started creating recipes using the ingredients I had learnt about, and they were so popular, everyone wanted them so I created a website where everyone could have access to them, and it evolved from there!

Tell us about your work in improving the food in public hospitals and why you are so passionate about it? How can we help?

During my time in hospital I was astonished at the food they served. It was high in sugar, salt and preservatives and was so processed I couldn’t believe it. At the moment, the system relies on friends and family to bring patients fresh food but it’s hard enough already for those who have a loved one in hospital let alone having to prepare food and bring it to them, so I started a petition to lobby for change within the NSW government, which you can sign here. I challenged the minister of health to eat hospital food for a few days she didn’t take me up on the challenge but as a result of the petition is rolling out a new hospital menu in selected hospitals across NSW.

Tell us about your new book ‘Eat Yourself Beautiful’?

‘Eat Yourself Beautiful’ is my third book and it focuses on delicious recipes made with anti-inflammatory ingredients. All of the recipes are sugar-free, gluten-free, and yeast-free and many are dairy free.

I was inspired to create a book based on eating an anti-inflammatory diet because of the amazing effect it has had on my own body. My skin is glowing, my hair is thicker and my eyes are whiter. In terms of beauty, an anti-inflammatory, nutrient rich diet is the way to go.

What is your business philosophy?

I feel that your business philosophy is not set in stone, it changes as you and your business grows. My philosophy at the moment is to keep following my passion and as long as I’m still enjoying it and being inspiring to others I’ll continue to do it.

The other philosophy for me and my advice to others is to make gradual, small changes and steps towards your goal. Take one day at a time; if you just do little things towards your business, one thing every day, then you’ll reach your milestone.

Have you got any tips on maintaining a †˜work life balance’?

For me having a routine is really important. In the morning I’ll get up and have a hot water with lemon and do some yoga poses to come into my body and clear my mind for the day ahead. I find that this little routine gives me energy and focus.

At night I meditate to clear my mind and write a to do list for the next day so I don’t lose sleep stressing and I can wake up fresh and ready for the day.

For others wanting to improve their work life balance I encourage them to create a routine for yourself and also to practice meditation [alternate nostril breathing is a great way to start!]

BEAUTY

What is your daily beauty and skin care regime?

In the mornings I’ll do a dry body brush then jump into the shower. After my shower I’ll put rose hip oil on my face and coconut oil all over my body.

Instead of perfume I have some essential oils that I put on my neck, and then finish with my favourite lip nourish – the NUDE –  vanilla and cinnamon (which my daughter always steals because she loves it so much too!)

What is your best kept beauty secret?

I make up a little mixture of lemon juice and apple cider vinegar that I dab on my age spots and any dark spots from the sun to fade them. It absolutely works.

How do you nourish your body from the inside to keep yourself looking so gorgeous on the outside?

I do it by eating a clean, anti-inflammatory diet filled with real, mostly organic food. Good fats are also an important part of my diet like coconut oil, krill oil, olive oil and sardines as I find they give my skin a beautiful, natural glow.

I also do a yoga routine that energises the body from the inside out and makes my skin appear fresh and ‘blushed’.

FOOD

What is your food philosophy?

My food philosophy is to eat organic food as close to its natural state as possible and eating local produce to support local farmers.

I also think it’s important to celebrate and appreciate your food by sitting down at the table, savouring each bite and enjoying food as an experience.

So through your Health Coaching how do you get people to apply these philosophies to their daily lives?

The way that I do that as a Certified Health Coach, is I give them a couple of little things to do every day. The client and I will put a plan together and we do everything gradually, one step at a time.

So for example, it might be starting your day with a hot water and lemon and then having a green juice every other day and we build on that. Once they start to feel the positive changes and see the physical benefits, people tend to get motivated by themselves to do more and more and they become open to making bigger changes.

Describe your day on a plate for us?

When I wake up I have a hot water and lemon and then a green juice after yoga which usually has spinach or kale, celery, mint, cucumber, coconut water and a green powder. For days that I need extra energy I’ll add nut milk or coconut oil. I tend to have a light breakfast and not eat until lunch time because it gives my body the chance to heal and cleanse itself. That’s what I do but it’s not for everyone, everyone is different.

If I’m hungry before lunch time I’ll have sardines and then for lunch I’ll have some left over’s from the night before or some stir fried veg, salad or fish.

For dinner I have some sort of grass fed lamb or slow cooked meal that I’ve made during the day with vegetables. I always eat dinner before 7 pm.

What are your top three †˜can’t’ live without’ ingredients when you cook and why?

  1. Garlic
  2. Kale- I’m obsessed with kale
  3. Herbs- for flavour

My ‘can’t live without meals’ are avocado and sardines on chia and flaxseed loaf, slow cooked lamb shanks and my shepherd’s pie with cauliflower mash.

Can you share with us your favourite †˜skin loving’ recipe?

Yes of course! Here is the recipe for my amazing cranberry and walnut granola:

Ingredients:

300 g (101/2 oz/11/2 cups) quinoa or brown rice flakes
90 g (31/4 oz/3/4 cup) chopped walnuts
75 g (21/2 oz/1/2 cup) dried cranberries
3 tablespoons sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
2 tablespoons almond flakes
1 tablespoon flaxseeds
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
60 ml (2 fl oz/1/4 cup) coconut oil
60 ml (2 fl oz/1/4 cup) rice malt syrup, or sweetener of your choice
1/2 teaspoon alcohol-free vanilla extract
15 g (1/2 oz/1/4 cup) coconut flakes
almond milk, to serve

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4) and line a baking tray with baking paper.

  1. Combine the quinoa, walnuts, cranberries, sunflower seeds, pepitas, almond flakes, flaxseeds, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl and mix well to combine.
  2. Place the coconut oil in a saucepan over medium heat and heat until it has melted. Add the rice malt syrup and vanilla and stir for 30 seconds. Remove from the heat.
  3. Pour the liquid mixture over the dry ingredients and stir well, ensuring the dry ingredients are coated thoroughly.
  4. Transfer the granola to the baking tray in a single layer, then cook in the oven for 20 minutes, stirring frequently and breaking up any clumps that form. Remove from the oven, add the coconut flakes, and bake for a further 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and cool.

To serve, place in a bowl and top with almond milk. It also tastes great on its own.
This granola keeps for 4 weeks in an airtight container in a cool dry place.

Lee's delicious cranberry and walnut granola

Lee’s delicious cranberry and walnut granola

 

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LIFE

What is happiness to you?

At the moment, happiness to me is having peace of mind and clarity.

What is the best advice you have ever been given and how do you live it?

To never stop having the ability to believe in yourself and be inspired by others. Don’t give up after the first time you get knocked back, keep on trying and keep on believing in yourself. I believe you can always get to where you want to be, you just have to find ways to get there because it may not always be the straight and narrow, and it could be the scenic route!

This has not been advice, this is something that I have learnt from myself from when I was in hospital thinking that my life was over but I overcame that through self-belief.

What is your personal Monday morning mantra?

‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’

I say to myself that I can’t do everything; I’m just going to take small steps to get to where I need to be and do it brick by brick.

What’s next for Supercharged Food?

For me personally, I’m creating my own yoga movement which is going to be yoga for older people because I feel we are a very ageist society and we don’t look after our elderly. I’m calling it ‘foga’ – yoga for fogies!

I’ll be working with Seniors Week and at all the age care homes and rehabilitation centres to create a community using yoga to get people socialising, moving their bodies, getting their blood circulating and getting them meditating. Part of the program will incorporate old school music in class so it’s going to be a really community focused movement and I’ll be taking it all over Australia.

I’ve also got another 3 books coming out this year and between all of that I’m going to India in June to further my studies in Ayurvedic medicine!

 

The gorgeous Lee Holmes

The gorgeous Lee Holmes

Supercharged Food is THE go to website for health and wellness and is currently the 2013 BUPA health influencer blog of the year! So if you want to learn how nutrition and lifestyle can make you look and feel amazing, or you’ve been running low on energy or unwell, be sure to visit Supercharged Food and follow Lee on Facebook– you’ll find a range of super healthy recipes to suit all tastes, researched articles on the latest health trends, weekly food planners as well as competitions and reviews of the latest health and wellness products.

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Capsicum & Cashew Dip | for beautiful hair, skin & nails

[RECIPE] Serves 4 |  30 mins go-to-wo

This dip looks gorgeous, tastes delicious and makes you look and feel fabulous. It’s another recipe I created for  the Balmoral Boatshed Beauty Food Bar . Enjoy

BEAUTY BOOST
Skin, hair and nails..this dip has got you covered! Capsicum is a rich source of vitamins A and C, which attack free radicals in the body and defend against damage to your skin’s structural integrity. Specifically red capsicum contains lutein and zeaxanthin, antioxidants that help to maintain your skin’s youthful appearance by increasing skin’s elasticity while protecting the skin against the inflammation and damage of UVB radiation. Think of it as an internal sunscreen! Cashews are rich in copper, an essential component of many enzymes. One copper-containing enzyme in particular, tyrosinase, converts tyrosine to the pigment melanin, which gives hair and skin its colour. Cashews also contain good sources of protein, which is an essential to building healthy and strong hair and nails.

YOU’LL NEED
3-4 capsicums charred on the grill

1/3 cup olive oil

handful raw cashews

1/2 tspn smokey paprika

1 clove garlic

balsamic glaze or pomegranate molasses

salt & pepper to taste

TO MAKE

  1. Chargrill your capsicums in one of two ways (see TIPS & TRICKS below for two methods)
  2. Add capsicums, cashews, garlic, oil, paprika and glaze or molasses to food processor or blender and whiz until a creamy consistency.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste. Adjust consistency with more oil if you need it to be a bit runnier – remember it will firm up in the fridge.

TIP & TRICKS
Methods to chargrill capsicums..

OPTION ONE

  1. Take the whole capsicums and grill them on a naked flame, turning constantly until skins have blackened (charred) all over.
  2. Pop capsicum in a bowl and cover with plastic or into a plastic bag wrapped in a towel to steam, soften and cool down.
  3. Peel off the black skin, remove seeds and white membrane, chop roughly.

OPTION TWO ( less messy way to chargrill  but smokey flavour NOT as intense)

  1. Cut the top and tail off each capsicum, slice in half,  remove seeds and white membrane
  2. Brush the skin of each half with oil then place under the grill skin facing up.
  3. Grill until skin has blackened. (charred)
  4. Place warm capsicums into a freezer bag, close by twisting and then wrap this bag in a tea towel. The capsicums will steam themselves.
  5. Wait until the capsicums are soft then remove from bag.
  6. Remove the blackened skin, roughly chop.

TO SERVE
Serve on a platter with some veggies and crackers..simple as that!

 

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The Green Goddess Dip | tighten, brighten and moisturise your skin

[RECIPE] Serves 4-8 |  10 mins go-to-wo

I created this dip with my good friend & chef extraordinaire Jo for the Balmoral Boatshed Beauty Food Bar evenings. I had a desire to show the beauty in food by using several coloured dips on a plate to demonstrate how each colour has different ‘active nutrients’ and how each of these can benefit the skin in different ways. There are lots of versions of “green goddess’ dip, some use cream cheese instead of avocado some don’t use herbs….but I created this one using my favourite ingredients that are always on hand. Because I have a kitchen garden I selected 5 different herbs. Don’t go to the expense of doing that if you don’t grow your own. Just select a herb or 2 who’s flavour your like or ones that go with what you are cooking.

BEAUTY BOOST
Avocado is fantastic for your skin! Luscious lipids & Vitamin E moisturise the skin by replenishing the skin’s natural moisture barrier to keep it soft and hydrated, vitamin C firms the skin by boosting collagen production and antioxidants smooth the skin by fighting free radicals that cause inflammation, dryness and tissue deterioration. Whether you choose spinach or watercress (or both!), the vitamin A content of these green leaves along with herbs is very high and promotes healthy skin by allowing for proper moisture retention. This helps to fight psoriasis, acne and dry skin. The zinc content of pumpkin seeds also aids in the fight against inflammation while the iron helps to brighten up those cheeks!

YOU’LL NEED
1 avocado

lemon – tablespoon or 3 of its juice

5 ‘half bunches’ of herbs (eg parsley, coriander, chives, basil, mint, dill – whatever you prefer!)

1/3 bunch green leaves (eg. watercress or spinach)

pumpkin seeds (couple tablespoons optional)

a good glug of avocado oil, grape seed oil or olive oil

1 sml clove garlic

salt & pepper to taste

TO MAKE

  1. Add the ‘well picked’ greens and garlic to food processor or blender and whiz until fine. Add pumpkin seeds (if desired) at this stage too.
  2. Use some oil to help the mix combine.
  3. Add the avocado and blend until a creamy consistency.
  4. Add lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste. (use lots to get intensity and balance of flavour)
  5. Adjust consistency with oil.

TIP & TRICKS
Experiment with the flavour of your dip mixing the type and ratio of greens !

TO SERVE

As a dip, sandwich filler or canape base. 
If serving as a dip,  surrounded with fresh and crisp veggies and crackers.

Green goddess dip - who can resist?

Green goddess dip – who can resist?

colour me beautiful dips

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Natural Beauty interview with Vanessa Gray of www.vanessamegan.com

Vanessa Gray is the founder and director of her own luxury, organic and eco-friendly skincare company †˜Vanessa Megan’. Her philosophy is †œyou should never put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t eat” so naturally we were drawn to her to be our ‘delicious woman’ of October.

Starting out in her own kitchen in 2009, Vanessa made natural skin care products for friends and family. Word grew quickly and within 9 months, her range was being sold all over Australia. Read on to find out how she did it.

Vanessa looking gorgeous at Marrickville's 'West Juliett' Café

Vanessa looking gorgeous at Marrickville’s ‘West Juliett’ Café for her interview

 

West Juliett's amazing baked treats

West Juliett’s amazing baked treats

 

VANESSA’S GORGEOUS BUSINESS

Tell us about your journey. How did you go from being an actress and a model to creating your own business?

After modelling for a number of years  I went through a bit of a crisis when I was 22. I was freaking out about what I was going to do with my life so I started acting and eventually got into NIDA.  I absolutely loved acting but all through my time at NIDA  I was always really into essential oils, herbs and herbal teas for people suffering from different ailments from pimples to migraines. I was kind of like the witch doctor.

Not long after I graduated from NIDA I was speaking to a friend who told me, “you should never put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t eat” and that just made so much sense to me, it was my light bulb moment.

The day after that I went out to find a skin care range with no chemicals in it and there was nothing. So, I started researching and developing this love for biochemistry. Then I began creating my own products for friends and family which they absolutely loved and it just evolved from there. That was in 2001.

When I began branding the products, I decided to call the business Vanessa Megan because when I was going through hard times my dad called me his “strong butterfly” because Vanessa means butterfly and my middle name, Megan, means strong and I really loved that concept and the whole metamorphous of the butterfly and doing that naturally with our skin.

Then in 2008 I started a stall at the Bondi Markets with nine products and two weeks later someone came up to my stall who was on their phone saying “yeah yeah i’m here what do you want” and it was like oh my god, I got a request! Then when word grew and I got into a couple shops and a couple more until eventually I couldn’t sustain it in my apartment so I got a warehouse in Marrickville where we still make everything onsite.

And now, over 10 years later, I  get up every morning and I do what I love. That’s something my parents always said to me: do what you love and it won’t be a job, if you’re doing something that you love then money will follow.

In New South Wales alone our products are sold in About Life, Natural Progression Nutrition and Health, Dr Earth, Yoganic Pregnancy Yoga Studio, Body Mind Life, Go Vita, Iku, Mr Vitamin, Healthlands Leichardt, House of Yoga, Spell and Sydney Nourished Life Showroom.

[For Vanessa Megan’s full retail and online stocklists around Australia head to her website where you can find the perfect product for your skin ranging roughly from $10-$150]

You’re philosophy and inspiration continues to be †œyou should never put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t eat† tell us about that and how you apply it to your products?

First of all, we source the best quality ingredients and get everything tested and if it doesn’t pass we send it back. Plus, we now have our Australian Certified Organic [ACO] accreditation which has been three years in the making!

All ingredients are plant based and from a natural source because I really believe that we can get great skin from the earth, I mean, what person have you seen using a generic anti-wrinkle cream that has given them that ‘magical’  transformation that everyone wants?

We still make everything by hand and don’t use alcohol in any of our products, which is often used as an anti-fungal and anti-mould agent but it dries your skin out so we’ve found this fantastic preservative which is a radish root extract. We’ve also got this new anti-ageing ingredient from a flower bulb as well as many other amazing skin loving extracts from natural sources which no else is using.

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Vanessa Megan’s Blood Orange Foaming Body Wash from the new ‘Body and Home’ Range

Vanessa Megan's Bergamont Shaving Cream for Men

Vanessa Megan’s Bergamont Shaving Cream for Men

 

What is a typical work day for you?  

Every day is different- I get into work at about 7:30am, do a little work out with my neighbour every third day, meditate before my staff arrive to get me ready for the day and then start working at 9am, going through till about 6pm, sometimes later. During the day it’s a mish mash of everything which is hard but I have a beautiful team behind me that helps me.

I used to be work work work, working on weekends, nights, everything, because there was such an expansion in the business that I really needed to give my all. The business is my baby so I needed to give it all my attention but I’m much better now at having that work/life balance.

For others out there wanting to start their own business, what is your advice?

Starting a business; if you’re going to be taken seriously you need to get your foundations laid down straight. Take your business seriously and take yourself seriously and whatever your strength is, stay there and whatever your weakness is be honest with yourself and get others to do it for you.

Also, have a great relationship with your bank, your accountant and lawyer, it makes life so much easier if you have that trust in them.

BEAUTY

What are the benefits of using organic, chemical-free products on your skin? Tell us about the differences you can see and feel?

From the feedback we get, the results are almost instant. The fact that you’re putting completely natural products on your skin makes such a difference to how it looks and feels. It’s like the difference between drinking a can of coke and a green smoothie, you can really feel it.

I think in 5 to 10 years time, we’ll look back on the products we used to use and say “can you believe we put these chemicals on our skin?!”

Also, when people use organic, chemical-free products they don’t wear as much make up as your skin has already got that glow.  Our NEO face oil is our biggest seller, made up of argan oil, sea buck oil and pumpkin seed, because it instantly gives you this gorgeous, natural glow. Personally it’s all I wear in summer.

anessa explains to us how she gets 'the glow', the natural way

Vanessa explains to us how she gets ‘the glow’, the natural way

How important is it for your health and your skin to use products free from chemicals?

Its really important.

Parabens and Polyethylene Glycols [PEG] which are in nearly all skin products are being linked to breast cancer. When you think about the amount that’s in most deodorants that you put on every single day in an area that’s part of the lining of your breast tissue, it really rings true that these chemicals are being ingested by your skin.

Other harmful ingredients include mineral oils, which are the second biggest ageing agent, number one is the sun, and they’re in 90% of skin care.  They’re actually a petrochemical and also come under the name of “liquid paraffin”. They don’t allow anything good to be absorbed into your skin and they block anything bad from getting out- they’re stopping your body’s major organ from breathing.

The top 4 ingredients we say to watch out for that are mineral oils, Sodium laurel sulphates [SLS’s], parabens and PEGs.

What is your daily ‘skin routine’?

I always cleanse and wash my face at the end of the day. In Summer I only use our Petitgrain Cleanser and the NEO oil and then in Winter when the atmosphere is much dryer, I use our rose and chamomile cream or the marine collagen anti-ageing cream . I’ve also just begun using our new serum ‘Resurrect’  for extra hydration and anti-ageing benefits but that’s it – I’m a simple girl.

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Vanessa Megan’s Nature’s Elixir Face Oil Serum

What is your best kept beauty secret?

There are a few beauty tips straight from your fridge which I would never even try to replicate.

One of my favourites is a face mask I make out of Greek yoghurt and turmeric. Just mix the two together,  apply to dry skin, wash it off after 10-20 minutes and all the redness in the skin is gone. It’s especially great for thread veins, redness and spots, even my pigmentation goes down when I use it, it’s unbelievable! Whenever I do one every asks me what I have done to my skin!

[See this month’s DIY beauty mask recipe we were inspired to create for you]

FOOD

How do you nourish your body from the inside to keep yourself looking gorgeous on the outside? Can you see the difference that eating organic, nourishing, wholefoods has on your skin, eyes, hair and nails?

I have always been a really healthy eater,  in portion size and as well as with what I eat. Luckily I’m much more of a savoury person because I do notice if I do have chocolate i’ll get a pimple, it sounds silly but what I eat really effects my skin.

I eat a lot of “skin loving” quinoa salad…I have a quinoa salad recipe and it has become very famous in my circle of friends. Everywhere we go they ask if I can make some quinoa salad and even though I have shown my friends how to make it three times they say theirs never tastes the same as mine!

Vanessa’s ‘famous’ quinoa salad|

What you need

  • 1 ½ metric cups of quinoa
  • 3 metric cups water
  • 1 bunch Gai-lan
  • 2 carrots
  • 3 spring onions
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 cloves purple garlic
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

For the dressing:

  • Juice the lemons, removing pips and pour into an empty jar.
  • Add equal portions of olive oil.
  • Crush garlic cloves into the dressing.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.

How to

  • Pour the quinoa & water into a saucepan, bring to the boil.
  • Turn down to low heat and put the lid on the saucepan. Cover until water has evaporated and the germ has popped out of the quinoa.
  • Take off heat.  Cool. [Alternatively you can soak the quinoa grain overnight, instead of cooking it]
  • Chop Gai-lan, like you would cabbage for a coleslaw and put in a large bowl.
  • Peel and slice carrots thinly, add to bowl.
  • Chop spring onion using white & green parts, add to bowl.
  • Fluff the quinoa with a fork.
  • Add quinoa to the other ingredients and pour dressing over the top.
    Mix well.

Describe your day on a plate for us:

Im not a big morning eater. I’ll get up, do my meditation, have a cup of black tea with honey and milk and then i’ll have yoghurt with a piece of fruit, rice bran and some nuts and dates.

For lunch, I’ll generally have some sort of ham and salad roll or sandwich and an apple.

For snacks, we have little healthy nibbles at the office like pepita slice.

At night, dinner is a super rich green leafy meal with some kind of organic meat like a slow roast chook. I’m big on organic meat and eggs. Some nights if i’m on my own  i’ll just have scrambled eggs with some quinoa! Easy, nourishing and tastes delicious.

I grew up on a farm so when I cook it’s very rustic. There’s nothing cavier about my cooking.

What are your top three †˜cant’ live without’ ingredients when you cook?

  1. Turmeric
  2. Quinoa
  3. Miso paste- this is my new ‘stock’. I’ve just started making slow roast lamb shoulder using brown rice miso paste instead of stock, mixed with balsamic, vinegar, coconut sugar which I pour over the lamb with some lemon and rosemary. It’s AMAZING.
LIFE

What is happiness to you?

Happiness to me keeps evolving. Being a new learner of meditation,  happiness to me at the moment is being in a space of ‘no thought’ and having space around you to breath.

In meditation there’s a place I go to where I’m just in pure joy and that’s happiness. When there’s no thought, I’m in bliss.

What is the best advice you have ever been given and how do you live it?

Mum and dad have always said “follow you heart” which has really stuck with me. “Follow your heart and everything else with follow, follow your dreams,  trust your intuition.” I feel really blessed I have such a supportive family.

What is your personal Monday morning mantra? What gets you out of bed?

I’m more visual. I use visualisation to project where I want to be. The power of the mind is so great; if you visualise what you want from the day ahead and put it out there into the universe, it will come to you. I do this in all areas of my life. I see myself as happy and I don’t know quite how I’ll get there but I know I will happen somehow.

What are your hopes and dreams for the future personally and for Vanessa Megan?

For the business, it’s on the cusp of turning into a new era. It’s really exciting what we’ve done with our certified organic facelift!

And personally, I would love a family. I’d also love my own hobby farm with a big house and a veranda that goes all the way around and big veggie patch!

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Vanessa Megan’s Bubba Bath Massage Oil from the Baby Range

If you’re not already a fan of Vanessa’s products, then unlock the beauty for your self at Vanessa Megan website  like her on facebook at or you can book tickets to one of  ‘about life’s’ healthy skin evenings where Vanessa will take you through a DIY facial, advise on which products will suit your specific skin needs and talk about skin healthy foods [or as we call them, beautifoods], with tips on how to include them in your diet. For more details and to book tickets, head to About Life. 

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DIY Enzyme & Turmeric Mask

[BEAUTY]

Vanessa Gray’s mask to reduce redness and pigmentation

This mask, consisting of just Greek yoghurt and turmeric is fantastic for reducing redness and pigmentation whilst gently moisturising the skin. Vanessa recommends this mask for those especially with extremely dry, itchy and red skin, rosacea and broken capillaries. The enzymes in the Greek yoghurt (live in the probiotic bacteria) work to hydrate and soften the skin whilst the anti-inflammatories and antioxidants in turmeric help to fight free radicals and allow new cell growth and keep the skin’s elasticity intact. It is also great for lightning pigmentation and evening out skin tone. You’ll see and feel the benefits of this amazing combination immediately after you wash it off!

HOW TO

1. Scoop two tablespoons of organic Greek yoghurt (I have pigmentation and sun spots on my arms so I used a little extra) into a small bowl

2. Grate roughly one teaspoon worth of fresh turmeric root into the bowl, or you can use 2 teaspoons of store-bought turmeric powder

3. Stir well to combine the two

4. Spread an even layer over your [clean] face

5. Leave on for 10-20 minutes, though the longer you leave it, the more chance the yoghurt’s enzymes get to work their magic on your skin!

6. Wash off with warm water and gently pat the skin dry.

You can keep any left overs in an air tight glass jar in your fridge but it should not be kept longer than two days.

TIPS + TRICKS 

  • Vanessa recommends to do some meditation and positive affirmations while you wait your 10-20 minutes
  • Use gloves when handling fresh turmeric root as it can easily turn your fingertips bright orange!
  • Use an old, or dark coloured face towel as the turmeric may stain a white one]

 

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Look at the gorgeous shades of food active turmeric, known for its anti-inflammatory + antioxidant benefits.

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Super Skin Milk | recipe for soft, smooth skin

[RECIPE] 3 x ~285ml serves  | 5 minutes wo-to-go (+12hrs soaking of nuts)

This is an easy †˜skin drink’ to make that’s scrumptious, satiating + skin-moisturising. I first saw a variation of this recipe demonstrated on the cold pressed juicer and new with a few tweaks it would make a fabulous †˜milk’ to moisturise skin inside out.

Nut milks provide a delicious base and if you have the right machine they are quick and easy to make. Why not pre-make a few little jars in one batch and sip each day as part of your morning beauty regime.

Sadly the consumption of fat in our everyday diet has taken a massive battering over the last 2 decades. Fat is essential for our bodies to function optimally, so enjoy the healthy monounsaturated and essential fatty acids in this drink. It contains approximately 7% fat ..the same as greek yoghurt, 3% sugar & protein…so what are you waiting for ?

BEAUTY BOOSTING

Moisturising your skin from the inside out is essential to keep it soft and smooth. Lipids such as the those found in almonds coat cell membrane to keep cells smooth, plump and hydrated.

 Beauty benefits of Super Skin Milk ingredients

ALMONDS: Amino acids, essential fatty acids, vitamin E and powerful antioxidants keep skin moisturised and younger looking. By soaking almonds you activate the enzyme inhibitors and improve digestibility.
PEAR: Good source vitamin C + high fibre to maintain digestive health for the removal of toxins and increased uptake of nutrients from foods.
GINGER: Full of anti-inflammatory fighting substances to aid digestion for better nutrient uptake
LEMON: Rich in vitamin C, essential for making collagen for firmer skin. Body Alkalising and cleansing.
WATER: Hydration to keep cells plump and skin smooth.

YOU’LL NEED…

90 (110g) Almonds   (equivalent of 18 / 100ml water)

1-2   Pears (unripe is better as they don’t discolour)

1      Ginger slice – small – 1cm x 2cm x 3mm

2      Lemon slices with skin

500ml filtered water

HOW TO…

1) Cold Pressed Machine (eg Kuvings Silent Juicer)

  1. Soak almonds overnight to soften & activate
  2. Drain and discard water
  3. Process almonds thru juices with water, keeping 100ml.
  4. Follow with pears and lemon and ginger.
  5. Flush thru remaining water.
  6. Mix, taste (adjust if necessary) and serve.

Note: You may like to chill before drinking or serve with ice.

2) Vitamix

  1. Soak almonds overnight to soften and activate
  2. Drain and discard water
  3. Process almonds with water to make almond milk.
  4. Strain milk through nut bag or fine sieve.
  5. Give jug a quick rinse and put milk back in.
  6. Add pears, lemon and ginger.
  7. Mix on high for 40 seconds til all ingredients finely blended.
  8. Mix and serve.

Note: You may like to chill before drinking or serve with ice.

3) Ladyship

  1. Ideally – soak almonds overnight to soften & activate
  2. Drain and discard water
  3. Add sieve (#1) to jug.
  4. Add water, almonds, pears, lemon and ginger.
  5. Mix for 30 seconds til all ingredients finely blended.
  6. Whilst blending, open tap and mix continuously til empty.

INGREDIENT VARIATIONS

–       Fresh turmeric is fabulous for an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory boost

–       Add an egg for protein for a natural face lift – amino acids are the building blocks of skin + cell repair and maintenance.

–       Add a dollop of yoghurt for probiotics to keep you digestive tract in order to help remove toxins and for better absorption of nutrients. If you don’t like dairy try some of the fabulous natural coconut yoghurts that are around now. (be aware they are 20% fat…ie 4 times more than regular so keep in mind to rebalance your food intake if you swap to it)

–       Instead of water use coconut water for electrolytes and immunity.

–       Cinnamon or vanilla can be added for extra aromatics.

–       Use any other nut – cashews, macadamia’s or brazil (particularly good source of silica to strengthen nails and hair)

TIPS + TRICKS

–       Pre-make a few little jars in one batch and sip everyday as part of your morning beauty regime.

–       Depending on what beauty benefits you require, swap or add ingredients to suit your personal needs. EG add some pumpkin seeds for zinc if you are have pimples.  Zinc helps to heal skin.

If you like to read nutritional panels, I calculated this one for you to see the macro nutrients.

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These jars of Organic Super Skin Milk were made at the Growers’ Market Pyrmont – we are there with a Beautifood Bar first saturday of every month

Beautifood bite | ginger

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Best known for its ability to alleviate stomach discomfort and nausea this root has now been proven to have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which is particularly beneficial for the skin.

FOOD ACTIVES: Antioxidants; gingerols (in particular 6-gingerol)

BEAUTY BOOST:

Inside: The potent antioxidants in ginger (gingerols) have the ability to neutralize free radicals which cause inflammation in both the skin and joints.

Outside: The anti-inflammatory properties work to reduce the inflammation of the skin that occurs in psoriasis and acne. This prompts the skin to heal itself and appear smoother, tighter and less red. It also acts as a prevention against premature wrinkles caused by inflammation.

COOK: Grate into any salad dressing or marinade or add a chunk into your fresh juices for a zesty bite. Simmer with a few slices of lemon and some honey for a delicious tea.

TIP: Suck on a fresh piece of ginger to relieve nausea caused by motion or morning sickness. East regularly to reduce pain levels of joint diseases such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

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PRINT this gorgeous 10x15cm beautifood infobite photocard to keep beauty inspiration at finger tips reach in your kitchen

Step 1. Simply click on the infobite image left.

Step 2. Then right click and choose †˜Save image as’ where it will be a JPEG in whichever folder you choose.

Step 3. Open the saved image and print on a postcard size (6†x4†/10cmx15cm) photopaper.

Step 4. Be at printer for your gorgeous beautifood infobite card!

Step 5. File in a handy place in your kitchen.

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Zinc | healthy skin + acne miracle mineral

[FOOD]

Source: Found to be richest in animal produce, key sources are poultry, lean meats and oysters. Also found in pumpkin seeds and whole grains like quinoa or just the germ of wheat.

Beauty and Benefits: Important antioxidant & anti-inflammatory agent. Maintains healthy skin, promotes cell repair and is involved in the metabolism of omega-3 fatty acids making it a helpful agent against dry skin. Essential for enzyme production, plays a role in strengthening the immune system + helps heals wounds.

Known as a miracle mineral for acne! Experts have even suggested acne to be a side-effect of zinc deficiency. Zinc controls oil production in the skin and has been shown to be effective both at reducing and preventing lesion formation, and also ensuring those already on the skin to clear sooner. It is also an aid to those annoying singular pimples!

Morsel to Motivate: Great for high energy and low stress levels!