Sunday, January 27, 2013


What is Spiritual Beauty?
Physical Beauty is something I personally craved as a teenager and young adult. Over 20 years ago I discovered a way of life that inspired me to live each day with intention and purpose. A way of living that allowed me to be truly Happy and Healthy despite what was going on around me. This way of life is the essence of my personal philosophy 'Spiritual Beauty' Breathe Believe Nourish.
Part of that philosophy is to Breathe deeply daily, Believe anything is possible, be clear of your intentions and willing to work for it  and nourish  mind body and soul  inside out, through healthy nutrition and a positive mindset.
Physical beauty  what I looked at as a teenager was a false beauty because it's subjective. This type of beauty can be bought through cosmetics, diet pills, supplements, clothes, food, hair colour, tanning,  even plastic surgery. As women we use many  of them to help us 'feel beautiful' This type of beauty is based on resources and if you have the money then you have access to these resources that will aid in your physical beauty. I agree physical attractiveness is important and appealing to the senses because we are a superficial society. I wrote a section on Styling and Beauty in my first book  'How to Be a Happier Mum' because at that time of my life those things I felt were important to help Mums' pick themselves up from a dark place,  to help one feel great about themselves. As I have deepened and widened my practice,  I am learning more importantly to bless my beauty and be grateful for my health and well being that I work hard on achieving everyday so I can radiate a deeper level of Inner Beauty.
Don't get me wrong, I still think it is very important to take good care of yourself and it is something I am proud to see my own girls taking the time to care about their personal hygiene and beauty regime. Everybody does something for beauty even the males, in fact males love to look good. They might use the gym, clothing, hair products, fast cars to make themselves 'look good' 
Is there such thing as natural beauty, everyone does something to alter their appearance these days in some way.
Radiant Beauty within.
Yoga, meditation and  the personal development work I have poured my entire focus into  has taught me real  true beauty is 'Spiritual Beauty' it's in the heart and soul of every person.
I wondered what it meant many years ago now when I was in the middle of a Reiki session when the therapist said 'You need to open your heart' Yoga helped me 'open my heart'
When someone has spiritual beauty their presence and their beauty radiates more than merely someone who is just about physical beauty. 
The question is how do you attain this inner beauty? Some may say through God. What ever you believe in,  you have to have some kind of quiet knowing that there is a  higher power who gives you all the strength and confidence you need to live life to your fullest potential. There is nothing more powerful than Human spirit. When you are living your life to your fullest potential it feels like your best life, then you are at peace, confident, happy and you will radiate an inner glow. 
Spiritual Beauty attracts. I have experienced this a numerous times in my life when I may have looked physically beautiful, but was not feeling it or accepting it within. I can relate this time around my body building years, I may have been  buffed and looking physically amazing, but something else was missing. 
 Feeling this good will automatically make you want to take care of yourself and your health which will benefit your overall physical appearance. Physical attractiveness will no longer be your main concern you will have inner balance knowing who you are; knowing that you are beautiful and your body is a temple. You will no longer be subjected to low self esteem, jealousy and envy trying to compete according to superficial standards. You will eventually attract quality people into your life who love all of you, your mind body and soul. Now that's beauty.
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Kale benefits

                         Why kale?

Being addicted to some foods is a good thing and others not so goo! I cannot stop eating kale lately. I can’t help myself. I’ve been putting this hearty, healthy green in almost every meal! But that’s not a bad thing at all. Kale is a nutritional powerhouse and is beneficial to your body in more ways than you can imagine. One cup of kale has zero fat and only 36 calories and is high in vitamins and antioxidants. You can eat this green raw or cooked. Enjoy in  smoothies, salads, stir fry, baked as a finger food, or just wrap a little goats cheese and a cherry tomato inside and use it as a wrap, or roll. I love it. 
Detoxification and Weight loss
The fiber (5 grams in one cup) and sulfur in kale aid with digestion and liver health. The Vitamin C it contains hydrates your body and increases your metabolism, leading to weight loss and healthy blood sugar levels. The fiber in kale also lowers cholesterol.
Strengthen your Immune System
The vitamin A and C in kale improves your immune system and fights off viruses and bacteria. So if you feel like you’re getting a cold,  add some kale to your diet. Kale has more iron than beef, making it a great source of this valuable mineral for vegans and vegetarians. It helps more oxygen get to your blood and greatly helps those who are anemic.
Healthier Hair, Skin & Nails
The healthy balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids keep your body strong, healthy and beautiful from the inside out. Kale gives your skin a beautiful hue as well as preventing wrinkles and loose skin. This green also protects your skin from UV rays.
See Clearly and Stand Strong
Vitamin A keeps your eyes from optical diseases that come with age. It also helps store vitamins in the retina. The calcium and vitamin K and D keep your bones strong. And if you have stiff joints, the Vitamin C keeps them flexible.
The omega-3 fatty acids in kale help fight and alleviate arthritis, autoimmune disorders and asthma. The vitamin C provided helps relieve stiff joints and makes them more flexible and less painful.
Fighting Disease
Kale aids in releasing toxins in the body that can cause and lead to life-threatening diseases. It helps fight off and alleviate various cancers, especially colon, prostate and ovarian. The vitamin K helps with Alzheimer’s disease as it may forestall the effects of mental aging. The folic acid and B6 provide cardiovascular support and prevent heart disease.
For me I love to eat knowing I am preventing illness and strengthening my immune system so I can work and play to my FULL POTENTIAL!
Facts on its top 6 top benefits are sourced from
Craving Greens
Nicky x

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Greens Crisp bread and Good digestion.

Greens Crispbread

From our test kitchen to your home kitchen

Fresh Greens Crispbread

by Nicky Arthur

2 cups LSA, 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds, 1/2 cup English spinach and Kale, 4 fresh basil leaves,  1 big silver beet leaf, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, pinch Chile flakes,
1 Tbspn olive oil, 1 teaspoon dried oregano
Find preparation below

What is Food combining?

Food combining is based on the theory that different food groups require different digestion times.
Digestion is made easier if we eat food that have a similar digestion time. Protein and starch have different length of time required for good digestion.
Protein takes longer than starch, so they should be eaten at different times.
To take the thinking out of it for you the basic rule state that condensed protein like nuts, meat and diary can be eaten with green leafy vegetables, but can interfere with good digestion when combined with starch vegetables, like potatoes, root veges, and grains and should never be eaten with fruit.
Fruits are best eaten alone, as they are faster than other foods.
You  can relate to how light and energised you feel when you eat a piece of fruit.

The purpose of 'PROPER' Food Combining is to make it easy for our bodies to digest and assimilate our meals.
  • Green leafy vegetables combine with everything
  • Fruits are best eaten with greens and other fruits and not combined with proteins, grain or fats
  • Melons are best eaten alone
  • Starch do not combine well with anything other than green vegetables
  • Proteins such as nuts and seeds may be eaten green leafy vegetables, but not starchy vegetables, like potatoes, grains or fruits.
10 mins
Serves 6
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Preheat the oven to 150, and line or grease a baking sheet. Process all ingredients in the food processor until a dough is formed. Roll out on baking paper by using an other sheet of baking paper on top of the mixture to roll out fine. This is a crisp bread, so try and roll 5cm thick. Bake on a low temp 20 mins or unitl crispy. Be careful not to over bake it. When ready cut with a pizza cutter to get nice neat squares. Serve with fresh humus or simply top with tomato, avocado or eat on its own.

A very healthy snack, lunch or easy dinner.