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Natural, Anti-Bloating, Slimming, Detox Water

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I’m currently bloated and puffy, a reminder that I didn’t listen to my body when it told me to be cautious of the open bars and expansive buffet counters during the ongoing wedding season.

I’ve come to the realisation that when my friends get married, I get fat.

My system is in dire need of a major overhaul.

In an attempt to conclude the ceasefire, I rang my friend Anandini  from Diet Unlimited. I explained to her how crucial it was that I looked fit during a photo shoot that I had the following day. Besides I was going to be in a scuba diving suit in 3 weeks, and really didn’t want to look like an overweight fish in the selfies I would be taking down under.

Anandini shared her favorite detox-water recipes with me, and told me to drink 8-10 glasses of this slimming-vitamin infused-yummy water everyday; in addition to giving me a 3 day detox plan, that I will blog about in a few weeks.

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Healthy home-made Nutella

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I am a huge Nutella lover and have probably consumed embarrassing quantities of it after breakups, during sleepovers, at the cinema where no one can see how much I have eaten and while watching reruns of America’s Next Top Model by myself. Obviously this unhealthy obsession had to stop, but I didn’t want to completely give up licking chocolate off a spoon while Tyra Banks taught skinny models how to smize, so I resolved to compromise. I found healthier substitutes to make my homemade version of Nutella. My easy-to-make, gluten-free, vegan, hazelnut chocolate crunchy spread is not only nutritious but also delicious. You won’t be able to put your spoon down, but don’t worry, you won’t have to.

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Gluten free Chocolate Chia seed Cookies

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These gluten free chocolate chia seed cookies are not only super healthy but also very satisfying. Their gooey chewy chocolatey texture leaves you smiling and your cravings fulfilled. Also, indulging in these sweet treats comes with a 100% guilt free tag, which means that you can have 4 in a row like I did without punishing yourself with temporary starvation afterward. Besides being yummy in your tummy they are also full of goodness. The Chia seeds are packed with omega 3 fatty acids which keeps your heart healthy, lowers your blood pressure and keeps your cholesterol under control. The quinoa, nuts, dates and cacao are great sources of protein, fibre, iron, zinc and antioxidants; while the honey is a wonderful anti-inflammatory. The cold pressed coconut oil is all things amazing and is the perfect addition to these superfood cookies. Moreover, these cookies are gluten-free, vegan and will take you less than 30 minutes to make and bake.

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Fermenting Coconut Water & Miranda Kerr’s Love Child

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When my grandmother first told me about fermenting coconut water, I wasn’t very convinced despite my intrigue. The word ‘ferment’ brought to my mind images of yeast and bacteria, which didn’t seem so pretty at the time. A combination of my curiosity and love for all things bizarre led me to the great master of the World Wide Web where I specifically typed “Does fermented coconut water give you skin like a Korean woman?” My undying obsession with the continuous quest for ‘poreless-pimpleless-wrinkless-as soft as a baby’s bottom’ type of skin, has made me realize, over the years, that the closest thing to perfect skin is either my dog’s ear or a Korean woman’s face.

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Chia Seeds For Breakfast Please

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“There is no meal more important than breakfast”, “Have breakfast like the champions do”, “Breakfast is a must!”… How many times have we all heard that?

Yes, breakfast should be given importance too, after all our bodies were fasting for an average of 7 hours before being awoken, so it’s only logical that what we feed our bodies next is what is thoroughly devoured, absorbed and catalyzes the day’s metabolic activity.

Unfortunately most of us ignore the impact that breakfast has on our health. Cereal boxes that scream ‘eat me’ from the shelves of the packaged foods aisle, magazine covers that tease us with images of photo-shopped bodies promoting products that claim nutrition and protein in a flavored smoothie, creatively packaged breakfast bars that fool you with their pretty wrapping, and brown-ink dyed bread that looks so brown it must be healthy- they’re everywhere; their stylish fonts and statistical bullshit hypnotizing us into believing their marketing gimmicks. Instead of a ‘healthy’ cereal that disguises sugar and empty calories, or a protein shake that gives you more gas than muscle, or the brown bread convicted of fraud while smothered in crunchy peanut butter, opt instead for dishes filled with real nutrition, energy, vitamins and minerals. Enter, Chia Seeds.

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