Go Organic.

Organic, the latest ‘it’ word in nutrition. What does it mean and why is organic recommended?

‘When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied.” Herophilus o2 Lets look at our ancestors, in the times of the hunter gatherer food was found organically, you had to chase/catch wildlife or scavenge the bush for berries. There were no pesticides, no enhancing hormones added, no meat houses where the animals are kept in a less than acceptable way.

I have always idolised my Oma & Opa (Dutch for grandparents), and I still do. They belong to the generation that worked for what they got. On the farm, my Opa would spend hours outdoors making everything happen, and my Oma in her garden, growing fresh vegetables (and the most beautiful flowers). One of our favourite things from those special visits to the farm were iPad snow peas, so fresh, sweet and delicious, snapped fresh that day. (Can you imagine now, offering a child snow peas, as a treat??) Picking strawberries, plums, what a fun adventure!

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People ate fresh food, pure milk full of vitamin d; now milk is pasteurized, nutrients are removed and then added, labels read fortified with (meaning added).

Vegetables were grown, manure was used to fertilise. They lived and experienced the natural circle of life.

Today we are over populating, there’s to many people reproducing and we are struggling to keep up with the requirements of this mass population. Conglomeraties trying to make every cent that they can, mass producing and artificially altering our food.

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This artificial change has an effect on us. From cancer to hormonal imbalances the effect is huge!

Xenoestrogens are a bi product, when oestrogen (the female hormone) is added to meat to enhance growth, we are then consuming it… This has been researched and shows to be the cause of more female like emotions in males and possibly the cause of increasing mental and reproductive disorders in women.

Where possible, buy organic meat and vegetables, you know the annals are treated the right way and your body will benefit more from the natural not altered nutrients.

 “Cultivate clarity, strength, vitality and power from natural, beautiful and organic living foods.”  Bryant McGill
Now, our food comes from the mass production factories, the farms are being purchased by large company’s, utilising and optimising every square inch. As part of my study, I recently had to watch trailers taken by PETA about the farming of animals.

It made me sick. I suggest you take a look for yourself and find out what is really going on out there.

Crops are sprayed with all types of chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, to make them grow.

You only have to compare an organically grown apple, with all it’s flaws, to a shiny store brought apple, to see the difference, but oh my, the taste…well, easy to say organic will always win, there is no comparison.

 “… food is not simply organic fuel to keep body and soul together, it is a perishable art that must be savoured at the peak of perfection.” E.A Bucchianerio5

Fresh is best!

Organic is better

 “The Earth is what we all have in common.” Wendell Berry

Love & Light, Charlie x.

Healthy idea: why not grow your own?

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Thursday Treat…RAW ‘Snickers’ Bites

I cannot wait until me treat making ban (whilst in competition preparation) is lifted! These little treats are first on my list!
‘Follow your dreams, work hard, practice and preserve. Make sure you eat a variety of foods, get plenty of exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle.‘ Sasha Cohen
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RAW Snickers Bites:
Recipe kindly provided by the gorgeous Asha Burnley.
 
INGREDIENTS
Chocolate:
1 cup organic coconut oil (measure first, then melt)
1/2 cup organic raw cacao powder
1/4 cup organic rice malt syrup
Salted Caramel:
2 tablespoons organic peanut butter

2 tablespoons organic coconut oil (measure first, then melt)

2 tablespoons rice malt syrup

1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan rock salt
1 1/2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract
Top:
Handful of raw almonds
Makes 10 – 12
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METHOD:

1) Place all chocolate ingredients into a medium-sized bowl and mix until smooth.
2) Place all caramel ingredients in a bowl and mix until smooth.
3) Add 1 tablespoon of chocolate on the bottom of your mold – (I used very small bite sized molds)
4) Add 1 tablespoon of caramel mixture to your moulds on top of the chocolate.5
5) Add 3 almonds to each mold on top of the caramel layer
6) If you have any chocolate left, then add 1 tablespoon to coat the top.
7) These bites will require around of 15-30minutes in the freezer to set. Please be mindful that they’ll melt at room temperature, so please keep in the freezer until you are ready to serve.
‘A healthy outside starts from the inside.’ Robert Urich

 

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Follow Asha, a fellow soulpreneur, spreading love, healthy tips and positivity on:

Facebook: Asha Burnley Health & Fitness

Instagram: Ashaburnley.

If you suffer from 3pm chocolate cravings, why not make these and incorporate 1-2 (depending on your daily macros) at 3pm, with a herbal tea for your guilt free chocolate treat? I definitely will be!

‘I believe that how you feel is very important to how you look – that healthy equals beautiful’.  Victoria Principal

Love & light, Charlie x.

 

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The Pretty Qualities; Honesty.

Have we become so self obsessed/busy that we’ve forgotten the moral code? The right way to treat other people? Common courtesy? It seems to me that we are breeding a culture of ‘its all about me’.

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Honesty is a quality that seems to be lacking. In a society where we all live a little guarded, protecting ourselves and our hearts from hurt and disappointments, wouldn’t it be important to spend time practising this quality?

I’ve found that people will be dishonest when trying to protect themselves, rather than being honest and dealing with the circumstances.

Honesty is always appreciated.

If you know something but you don’t tell someone, are you being dishonest or simply omitting the truth? Obviously I don’t promote to interfere with other people’s business, just to act your own way, with integrity and honestly.

‘Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom’. Thomas Jefferson.

 

As a business development manager, and a skin care trainer, one of the best lessons I have learnt; if you don’t know something, be honest, find out the answer and get back to the client/student. People respect honesty and view dishonesty with disdain.

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Are you an honest person?

Being honest means you refrain from lying, cheating, stealing and acting hypocritically.

If something/someone upsets you, do you hold onto resentment, or do you let the other person know their actions have affected you (of course this happens in life, were all different people on our own journeys). Be honest, talk about how those actions have made yo feel, and then choose to get over it, or invest your time elsewhere. Everyone has a different set of morals and values that they live by, spend time with people who share your moral code (not saying some are good, some are bad, just everyone is different).

 ‘Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around’. Leo Buscaglia

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Truth hurts. It’s true. The truth can be more damaging than a lie, or omitting it, but the truth will always come to light. Your better to be the person telling it. Whether to a lover, family or friend, honesty isn’t easy. Especially when words of truth have the ability to hurt, but honesty is always valued.

Many situations can be avoided when you act honestly.

I know now, if i make a mistake (whether in work or relationships) I’m quick to admit it and then FIX it. Be honest.

‘Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress’. Gandhi

The truth is no one is perfect, but we are all here trying to live our lives happily with great love, family and friendship, to accomplish this, you must include honesty in your list of core qualities.

 ‘If Im honest I have to tell you I still read fairy tales and I like them best of all.’ Audrey Hepburn

Be honest with yourself. Who you are, what you like, what you dislike, stop trying to be somebody you’re not. When you start acting in a manner that is true to you, you’ll find the happiness you have been searching for, act from a place of integrity, live a life of passion.

 ‘There are those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and also be honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained. Lao Tzu

Treat other people how you want to be treated.

Love & light, Charlie x.

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Monday Motivation…Candice Aiken

I’m delighted to share with you today a truly gorgeous girl who inspires me in every way, Candice Aiken.

“Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.” Mary Radmacher.

Candice (28) is a Certified Holistic Health and Lifestyle Coach, Reiki Practitioner, writer, yoga teacher in training, co-founder of curtisandcandice.com. She Lives in the middle of the Australian rainforest with husband Curtis and 2 dogs (sounds like absolute heaven!)

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NBB: Curtisandcandice is fast becoming a popular wellness ‘go to’ brand, Why do you think that is?

To be honest, I am not doing what I do to become a popular wellness ‘go to’ brand. It’s not my main intention. I do what I do for the sheer passion and love of it – and because I can’t not… it’s my purpose on this earth.

I do not set out each day to please the world, I simply show up as my authentic self, I do what I can without any attachment to the outcome and know that whoever needs to hear my message, they will! And they will take away exactly what they need to from it. I adore our beautiful community because understand and accept that this is who we are – completely and 100% authentic unfiltered Curtis and Candice.

“Better indeed is knowledge than mechanical practice. Better than knowledge is meditation. But better still is surrender of attachment to results, because there follows immediate peace.“ Bhagavad Gita.

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NBB: When did you decide to you wanted to be involved in the Wellness industry?

I spent many years earlier on in my life chasing money, battling with low self-esteem, yo-yo’ing weight (I’ve been a size 8 and I’ve been a size 14), unhealthy addictions, negative self-talk and I experienced many health issues resulting in frequent visits to doctors and hospitals. It wasn’t until 2010 when my husband, Curtis, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and I was finally given the kick up the butt I needed to make a major change in every aspect of my life.

From that day forward we committed to living as though we were ‘blessed by MS’ and we most definitely were! We finally had a purpose in this world – to show up every day as the best version of ourselves and then help others to do the same. And so, out of this blessing, my passion for health and wellness was born.

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“Our bodies are our gardens—our wills are our gardeners.“ Shakespeare.

 

NBB: Has there been any challenges along your journey?

Most definitely! I think it’s inevitable in life. But I truly believe our challenges give us the best opportunities to grow and evolve (flowers grow through dirt!), and in those moments, they allow us to make choices and decisions that best describe who we wish to be.

“Change is not something that we should fear. Rather, it is something that we should welcome. For without change, nothing in this world would ever grow or blossom, and no one in this world would ever move forward to become the person they’re meant to be.” Author Unknown.

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NBB: How do you maintain balance between your Career and personal health?

Firstly, I make my health my number priority ahead of my business, because without my health, I am pretty much useless to anyone. I look after my mind through daily meditation, DIY retreats & alone time (otherwise known as my ‘cave’ time) and writing; I care for my body through a high raw plant-based organic diet, and I move my butt daily with walking, yoga and rebounding; and I nourish my spirit by connecting barefoot with the earth and immersing myself in nature as well as spending quality time with Curtis and my 2 dogs. I find that when I care for myself, I have so much more energy and vitality…. I am then even more productive in my work and completely switched on for my beautiful clients.

NBB: What do you believe are the keys to success in business?

  1. Love and passion
  2. Patience and determination
  3. Surrender and non-attachment to the outcome

NBB: What is your advice for anyone who has a dream?

Don’t give up! Even when things get hard, you encounter speed bumps and challenges arise, just KEEP GOING! So many people give up when things don’t go to plan or become a little challenging, and although this may be for the best for some people (if it’s time to let go of a dream they are no longer passionate about or if it’s just not the right time yet), though if it’s something you love then keep at it and the universe will conspire to make it happen for you.

“The groundwork for all happiness is good health.” Leigh Hunt.

NBB: When can we look forward to next from you?

Following the recent release of Curtis’ eBook ‘Blessed By MS: How I overcame Multiple Sclerosis + simple changes you can make to prevent or beat serious illness’, my own eBook ‘Your Nutritious and Delicious Life: An inspiring guide with 55 recipes for healthy living’ is due out early September which I’m really excited about. I am also in the process of creating a spring cleanse kit to help others through their own detox program, which is coming out next month too.

(NBB, I have asked Candice to be sure to let me know when she releases her ebook, so I can let you all know! I’ve seen some of her recipes and I can’t wait to get making them!)

NBB: Share something no one knows…

I ADORE classical music! I wouldn’t say that ‘no-one’ knows this, but very few people do. I’m a fan of all music really but classical tunes are so soothing – each piece of music has so much substance and purpose.

Top 3 Wellness tips:

  1. Find something you love and do it every day… if you are doing what you love then you are living life ‘on purpose’ and will be the happiest most inspiring version of yourself.
  2. Laugh as much as you can… Laughter is healing, it’s medicine for the soul. Laugh at yourself, at whatever situation you find yourself in and especially at the world.
  3. Nourish your body with fresh, local, organic food… It is so incredibly satisfying supporting local farmers and knowing your produce has not been sprayed to within an inch of its life with toxic pesticides. If you can, grow your own herbs and vegies – this is as fresh as you will ever get and it’s so much fun.

 

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Follow Curtis and Candice on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/coinside.wellbeing

Instagram: Candiceaiken

And visit their website curtisandcandice.com for more inspiration, love and recipes.

I hope you have read this and feel inspired, I definitely am.

Have a gorgeous Monday.

Love & Light, Charlie x.

Do something…FUN

What are you doing today that’s showing yourself a little self-love? Today, I ran the color Run ‘the happiest 5km on the planet’ ( a 5km run with color bombs along the way).

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When was the last time you let go of all your worry’s and just enjoyed life? Its been a long time for me, there’s generally always some place, something to do or something my mind is distracted with.

‘If people never did silly things nothing intelligent would ever get done’. Ludwig Wittgenstein

When you spend time around small children you remember what its like to be free, abundant. I think of the times spent with my little sister, and the way her gorgeous giggle resonates through my heart and soul (sometimes over the smallest thing, which makes it even more special) To laugh abundantly, what a special ability. As adults, we don’t do nearly enough of, and should try to partake in more, after all, laughter is the best medicine.

To feel free. Free from the daily pressures of life, free from the worry of it all, just free to be.

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The color run was something fun. With the expectation of getting ‘all messed up’, hair, makeup, what I looked like or what anyone thought of me DIDN’T MATTER. What a huge relief that alone is!

Humour is infectious, laugh, giggle, get messy, and enjoy!

‘The most wasted of all days is one without laughter’. E. e. Cummings

 

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Learn to laugh at yourself. This is on my personal ‘development’ list, to develop the ability to laugh at myself, if I fall, if I make a mistake or when I’m just being terrible. It’s quite a refreshing feeling to be able to stop and laugh at a bad mood, poor comment or a mistake made, and you give other people the opportunity to laugh with you.

Feeling stressed? Find something Fun to do. Shoot some hoops, find a local activity, play a game (you are never to old to play twister). Laughter helps relieve stress (studies have proven it, so go get your giggle on!)

‘It is impossible for you to be angry and laugh at the same time. Anger and laughter are mutually exclusive and you have the power to choose either.’ Dr Wayne Dyer

 

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The event was a fun activity, great for a family day out, and it was so great to see many family’s with their small children getting amongst it all (the color, no doubt there will be some cleaning being done this afternoon). It was something different.

Look out for activities in your area, this is your life, create quality time for your family and loved ones. One of the secrets to happiness is great relationships. Invest in them wisely.

Get your giggle ON.

Love & light, Charlie x.

‘In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. for int he dew of the little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed. ‘Khalil Gibran

 

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All in a Name…

I am the first to admit, I am a perfectionist. I like to have my life in an order that I understand and to be in control (I do struggle when I’m not). These traits can sometimes be beneficial to me, sometimes detrimental…especially when it comes to decision-making (and also social relationships). Because I feel the need to strive for perfection, the weight of decision-making is intensified in hope of getting it right.   d2

‘In  any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.’ Theodore Roosevelt.

My current dilemma; my business name. With so many avenues I wanted to explore; this blog, writing, speaking, events, and now coaching, and with so much competition out there, the desire to have an outstanding name has caused reevaluation of Nourish (your mind).Balance (your body) .Breathe (for your soul).

It amazes me how we so easily ‘fall out’ of love with something we were so in love with. When I created NBB, it felt right, now…well, Im reevaluating.

This  of course happens in every aspect of life, the bright opportunity of a new career, the adoration of a new love, the shine of new purchases. Then, like everything the brightness, adoration, and shine wear off, and we search for another source to promote those feelings of elation.

‘The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.” Flora Whittemore

Is this part of the problem in society today, where there is so much to choose from we are actually spoiled for choice?

“The problem, simply put, is that we cannot choose everything simultaneously. So we live in danger of becoming paralyzed by indecision, terrified that every choice might be the wrong choice.” Elizabeth Gilbert, Author.

 

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If your like me, you may fear your own decision making from mistakes made in the past. It can be hard to accept that mistakes are just mistakes, a part of life to learn from. We all make them.

I find myself creating many situations and scenarios in my mind about the pros and cons of changing NBB, in fact I even had to send out a little support message to my close friends for their opinion (thank you). The interesting thing, prior to sending this ‘please help me’ message, is; I had already made up my mind. I was just reaching out for verification, reassurance. My own fear of making a mistake was stronger than trusting my instinct. I was also contemplating the destructive thought; what will people think? As we know, the more time we spend worrying about pleasing others and what they think, the less time we have to focus on developing our own lives (wasted energy).

Helpful decision-making tools:

Make time to consider decisions, don’t act in haste.

One method is to contemplate options and select the one that you feel a sense of excitement for. Katherine Melo Sipe

Trust your instinct.

Stop procrastinating, this only creates more confusion.

Let go of control, let it happen.

Dont be afraid of change. There is only one thing that is certain in this life; change. Embrace it.

Remember, everyone makes mistakes, make them, and learn from them. Growing is a part of life.

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So, my decision was already made; you will see NBB kept where possible, however I will use it under my name Charlie de Haas (everyone loves a little self promotion; next task…conquer the selfie! Most likely wont happen 😉

‘Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen’. Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Love & Light, Charlie x.

Your decisions create your dream reality.

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Be Well; the Project…sharing love

My heart was filled with warmth when I read the kind words written below, naturally I wanted to share and hopefully inspire you to become more, do more, be more today.

‘Let us always meet each other with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.’ Mother Theresa

 

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” Where do I begin…?

When I stumbled across your blog (thanks to Linda Fenech), your words resonated in my head. The idea of participating in your Wellness Project appealed at a time when I was looking for ‘something’, but wasn’t sure what.

Last year was such a successful year for me health and fitness wise – I lost a lot of weight, and my fitness was soaring…..and then came my ‘annus horribilus’.

But all that changed when I began your Project. My faith in myself was restored and I am well away on my life’s journey.

I have learnt many things from this experience, some practical, but more about myself and my worth. It has been such a positive experience and one that I would recommend to anyone. I have had my enthusiasm for training return and I am excited to see how this will change me.

I will continue with the tips you offered, my general sense of well being is excellent and I attribute that to the vitamins, chlorophyll and the clean eating. And the water, I really need to work on that!!

But mostly, it’s all in the state of mind. I will never again under estimate the power of positive thinking

Thankyou Charlie, from the bottom of my heart’.  Cheryl Hastings

you4“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” Gandhi

‘I have tried many a “diet” and have exercised like a gym junkie yet I constantly find myself wallowing in self pity and fluctuating with my weight. I know that if I look good I feel good and that means so much more than trying to eat well and exercise. Taking part in this program forced me to go beyond the normal dieting yo-yos and look within myself for something more. I have found that I can give myself more by paying attention to not just my own body, but my mind and soul. I now believe that the mind can achieve anything and have finally realised that I need to put as much effort into myself as I put into building up others. I love some of the new habits that you introduced to me and am keeping up with my morning exercise, teas, dry body brushing and healthy eating recommendations. Thanks for showing me that being healthy means looking after our minds first! The rest will follow!’ Stephanie de Masi

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For a little Friday love…Desiderata, words for life…
Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

be wellAre you ready to create change in your life? To live the life you have always wanted, to be the person you dream of being?

Add Nourishbalancebreathe/facebook for more information.

Love & Light, Charlie x.

‘Life is not about making others happy.  Life is about sharing your happiness with others.’

 

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Protein (Hot & Cold) Melt…

Thursday Treat, a yummy little no guilt night time snack (these are always my favourite)

‘Life is not merely being alive, but being well.‘ Marcus Valerius Martialis

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Cold portion:

1/2 scoop Chocolate ProtoWhey

1/4 tsp Coconut Oil

1 tsp Almond Meal

1 tsp Chia Seeds

1/4 cup water

Directions: Mix all ingredients together and freeze for 20 minutes.

Hot portion:

1/2 scoop Mocha ProtoWhey (or use Vanilla protein, get creative)

1/4 cup water

1 egg white

1 tsp Chia Seeds

Directions: Mix all ingredients together, microwave for 1 minute.

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Remove Cold portion from the freezer and top with the Hot portion, add coconut flakes and raspberries.

DELISH. No Guilt. Build your Body.

‘The body is like a piano, and happiness is like music. It is needful to have the instrument in good order.’ Henry Ward Beecher

It IS easy to be healthy.

Love & Light, Charlie x.

‘A healthy attitude is contagious but dont wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.’ Tom Stoppard

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The Dating Game…For Him

Now its only fair after dedicating a piece; The Dating Game for her, that I dedicate a piece to him (from her).dm1

Dating, yes it can be fun, yes it can be confusing, and yes you must take part if you ever want to meet that special someone. But when did it become a game with a rule book without defined rules? I mean would you play Rugby/footy without a playbook?

So this is for the guys out there that would like a rare insight into the female mind.

Speaking to some male friends about the dating scene and the game that is played, it seems that some of you are just as confused as most of us. One even said to me, you can’t be too nice, it gets you nowhere.

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It has become a battlefield where we protect our hearts and our feelings in layers of mistrust, wary and judgement. Yet we are all out there looking for the same thing (well some people aren’t).

‘The man who has never made a fool of himself in love will never be wise in love.’ Theodor Reik

Men and women are different. PROVEN fact.

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What women appreciate:

Be yourself; don’t try to be someone you’re not to impress her. Let your true colours show and then you both have a fair chance of deciding if there is attraction there.

Have manners; its ok to forget these around the boys, but act like a man and you may find a lady.

Listen to her (and pay attention); woman love to talk (FACT), this is how we deal with daily life, we like to analyse it, worry about it, think about every possible situation that may arise and then we eventually solve it. Let us.

‘People will not remember you for what you did or what you said – but for how they felt when they were around you. ‘ Mary Angelou

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Be Honest; Treat her how you would like to be treated. Be a good person. Treat her with respect.

Make an effort; women appreciate the small things, like calling when you say you will, being on time, and doing what you say you will, be a man of your word. Women require reassurance. Effort is reassurance.

‘Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. ‘Pooh’! he whispered. ‘Yes, piglet?’ ‘Nothing,”said Piglet, taking Pooh’s Paw. I just wanted to be sure of you’. A.A Milne

Dont forget Romance; it doesn’t need to be extravagant, simple Good Morning Beautiful/Goodnight messages can be enough for a smile.

Make the first move; whilst most women aren’t afraid to get what they want, there’s nothing like the thrill (and research shows you love the thrill of the chase) of being asked out by a guy (you just may have had your eye on, girls make it easy for him, smile, say hello), if she says no, so what?

‘Men always want to be a womans first love; women like to be a mans last romance’. Oscar Wilde

Mostly, have fun. Dont be a player, that may have been fun when you were younger…but it takes a real man to respect a real woman.

I am no expert, these are the simple thoughts that have been discussed between myself and my friends on many occasions (no doubt other woman) about the complicated, confusing game of dating.

“Don’t worry about finding the right woman concentrate on becoming the right man.”  Unknown
Love & Light, Charlie x.
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Monday Motivation…Mia Connor

m1Happy Monday gorgeous people! (Yes, it is a good/GREAT day!) Today,  I would like to share with you the success story of Mia Connor, owner of The Make Up bar, Qld. Mia also has her own Makeup Brush Signature collection (Crown brushes), and has been the makeup artist behind many of the fashion images you see nationally.

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NBB: The Makeup Bar is well known as the place to go for all makeup requirements, photoshoots, weddings and formals. Why do you think that is?

The Makeup Bar has been established for six years now so I have built a strong client base in that time. I like to think I am good at what I do which keeps the clients coming back! (NBB: you just need to view her portfolio and you will see that she is)

NBB: When did you decide to you wanted to be a makeup artist? 

My first makeup course was merely to learn how to do my own makeup – I had no intention of becoming a makeup artist although was very creative and artistic at quite a young age so its no surprise I have ended up in the creative industry. I decided to actually make a career out of it probably around eight years ago now.

‘The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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 NBB: How does having a successful business feel?

I have gained a lot more self worth since becoming “successful”.  My business is very rewarding both in the sense of making people happy but also being deemed a “success” by my peers.

‘Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.’ Napoleon Hill

NBB: Has there been any challenges along your journey?

Running your own business is always challenging.  Its time consuming and stressful at times but I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I have worked extremely hard and put in the time in the early days so now I have the luxury of being able to say “yes” or “no” to jobs.

NBB: How do you maintain balance between your Career and personal health?

Luckily one of the benefits of running your own business is the flexibility of hours – well it is for me. I try to take set days off each week and hit the gym when I can.

 NBB: How do you feel as an inspirational figure/mentor? 

It still seems very surreal to me to be considered an “inspirational figure”.  It’s certainly very rewarding and a nice feeling to be thought of in that way.

NBB: What do you believe are the keys to success in business?

I believe that if you are good at what you do, you will almost always be successful.  However, talent alone isn’t always enough, you need to be able to market your brand to make it work.

NBB: What is your advice for anyone who has a dream?

Definitely chase your dreams as no one should have regrets.  If you are passionate enough about something you can always make it work.  When I started The Makeup Bar it obviously was financially costly at first but I went in with the attitude of “its only money” and if it didn’t work then it didn’t work – at least I tried.

‘Inspiration exists, but it must find you working.’ Pablo Picasso

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NBB: What can we look forward to next from you?

I am going to branch into training in 2014 and move towards opening up my own makeup training academy.

Share something no one knows…

I worked as a paralegal in law firms for almost a decade before chasing my dream as a makeup artist.

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Top 3 Makeup tips:

1. Always match your foundation to your chest and body.

2. If you get mascara on your skin – let it dry and it will pick off, rather than ruining the rest of your makeup if you do it when its still wet.

3. Gel eyeliner is the most long wearing over any other eyeliner.

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‘Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.’ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Hope you have a gorgeous day…do today what others wont.

Love & Light, Charlie x.

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