Use protection! Use Sunscreen really??

All of us know we need to protect ourselves from the sun to avoid skin cancer, and to slow down the aging process. But do we really know all there is to know about practicing safe sun protection on ourselves?

Are we using sunscreens wisely? Or are we just applying more chemicals to our faces daily, but actually not protecting ourselves from the sun at all?

The amount of information out there on sunscreens is baffling, and the Australian cancer council says that we are so concerned about the SPF factor, that we are not concentrating on the bigger sunscreen issue… The fact that most of us do not use it correctly, that we are only using a third of what we should be applying daily to protect ourselves.

So many of our top moisturizers contain a SPF factor that we, religiously apply to our faces every morning. Many of us, complain of congestion, milia, irritated and inflamed skins, and breakouts which we cannot clear up no matter what we do externally or internally, till we stop using moisturizer with sunscreen in it.

But why are we using a moisturizer with sunscreen anyway? By the time sun protection is needed between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm (11am and 3pm daylight saving) the sunscreen applied at 7 am is null and void, as even a broad spectrum 30 plus sunscreen only gives us a protection for no more than 2 hours! So it has worn off by 9 am. We have happily applied a layer of toxic chemicals to our face for no reason at all, as by the time we head out into the sun shine at lunch time, the sunscreen has done its dash.

Ultra Violet Rays

There are two types of UV (ultraviolet) rays from the sun; UVA and UVB. UVA rays are the most responsible for skin damage,that can lead to cancer and skin aging. Although UVB rays also cause damage and sunburn, they cause more surface damage than deeper skin damage. UVB rays are those necessary for the body to produce its own cancer protective vitamin D via the skin.

UVA rays account for up to 95 percent of the UV radiation reaching the Earth’s surface. Although they are less intense than UVB, UVA rays are 30 to 50 times more prevalent. They are present with relatively equal intensity during all daylight hours throughout the year, and can penetrate clouds and glass.

UVA, which penetrates the skin more deeply than UVB, plays a major part in photo ageing. It causes significant damage in areas of the epidermis where most skin cancers occur. But UVA also damages skin cells called keratinocytes in the basal layer of the epidermis, where most skin cancers occur. UVA contributes to and may even initiate the development of skin cancers. It is the most dominant tanning ray, which until recently was why most tanning beds used it over UVB rays.

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UVB, the chief cause of skin reddening and sunburn, tends to damage the skin’s more superficial epidermal layers. It plays a key role in the development of skin cancer and a contributory role in tanning and photo ageing. Its intensity varies by season, location, and time of day, which is why we burn in summer and not in winter. Although in so saying, the sun’s reflection from the snow is higher than the sun’s reflection in the sand, and the UV radiation factor increases by 4% each 1000 foot increase in altitude! UVB is also responsible for vitamin D production in our bodies.

SPF

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. It refers to the ability of a sunscreen to block ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, which causes us to burn, but not UVA rays. Most sunscreens only protect us from UVB rays. You need to use a Broad spectrum, sunscreen to protect you from UVA and UVB rays, and again, it needs to be reapplied multiple times per day

The real truth is, that SPF actually stands for how effectively the product protects you from UVB rays, but it does not rate how well it protects you from UVA rays, as yet, there is not way to measure this.

Then there is the SPF protection debacle.

Is a 100+ or a 90+ sunscreen really that much better than one with an SPF of 30? Not at all really.

A SPF 15 product blocks about 94% of UVB rays; an SPF 30 product blocks 97% of UVB rays; and an SPF 50 product blocks about 98% of rays. Sunscreens with higher SPF ratings block slightly more UVB rays, but none offer 100% protection.

Also be aware, that in most cases, each time you go up a SPF you are doubling up how many chemicals you are applying to your body. SPF 15 – SPF 30 usually means a 100% increase in chemicals whilst only giving you 3% more protection.

The good news is, that there are now more and more companies bringing out high protection products based on more natural ingredients. More later.

Sunscreen application

To get the best out of your sunscreen protection, you need to apply it 20 – 30 minutes before you go outside, and then it needs to be reapplied every 1 and ½  – to 2 hours to keep you totally protected, depending on how much you sweat and how wet you get. If you are swimming, you must reapply your sunscreen as soon as you leave the water.

The difference between water resistant and waterproof sunscreen is, water resistant protects you for up to 40 minutes after exposure to water, waterproof protects you for up to 80 minutes.

In actual fact, the average person does not need to apply sunscreen every day to go to work. As ideally we should be getting 20 – 40 minutes per day for us to keep our vitamin D levels up, preferably before 10 am and after 2 pm (11am and 3pm daylight saving). Sunlight is the optimal source of vitamin D. By blocking UVB rays daily, you may be increasing your cancer risk.

Getting sun, without sunscreen, is actually really important. Recent studies reveal that people who spend more time outdoors without getting sunburnt, in fact decrease their risk of developing melanoma, and protects them from multiple forms of cancer; including breast, colon, endometrial, esophageal, ovarian, bladder, gallbladder, gastric, pancreatic, prostate, rectal, and renal cancers, as well as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Indeed, more people die of Vitamin D deficiency-based cancers than from melanoma. But this is another whole article!

One of my personal concerns is how many chemicals we are applying to our skin. Some of these chemicals are known carcinogens.

Block outs

There are two types of sunscreens available; physical block outs and chemical block outs.

Chemical Block outs

  • Dioxybenzone and oxybenzone. These two are free radical generators which can disrupt hormone function.
  • Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) is common in many sunscreens, acting as a dye that absorbs UVB light in the same way as oxybenzone. PABA contains a benzene ring in which electrons can shuffle, or resonate, between different locations within the six-sided structure. This electron dance matches that of the lightwaves of UVB rays, absorbing and blocking UVB energy by converting the light to heat. PABA releases free radicals, damages DNA, has estrogenic activity, and causes allergic reactions in some people.
  • Octyl methoxycinnamate:  Is the main chemical used in chemical sunscreens to filter out UVB light. OMC kills cells in mice even at low doses, and is particularly toxic when exposed to sunshine!
  • Benzophenone: Is an ingredient which prevents sunlight from breaking down the products in the sunscreen. It is a hormone disrupting chemical that interferes with thyroid function and lowers testosterone, which raises serious concerns about its impact on male fertility.

Personally I prefer the physical block outs which are non invasive and natural, and they also work from the moment they are applied.

  • Zinc oxide; is often found in lip balms and foundations. It looks white on the skin until worked in, and Titanium dioxide is also often found in natural sunscreens.

I personally prefer Zinc Oxide as it has UVA and UVB protection and I have never found it to cause any congestion on problematic or sensitive skins, whilst Titanium Dioxide I have found to do so.

The American Environmental Agency’s graph below features chemical and physical sunscreen ingredients, as well as the type and amount of ray protection that they provide and their class

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Many natural skin care ingredients give a certain amount of protection from the sun on a day to day basis.

Vitamin C, extra virgin olive oil, and extra virgin coconut oil all contain a natural sunscreen factor. Extra virgin coconut oil has the highest, it has a rating of SPF 10.

Bruce Fife, ND, author of Coconut Cures, explains that coconut oil applied to the skin protects against sunburn and cancer. Unlike sunscreen, unprocessed coconut oil doesn’t completely block out the UVB rays that are needed for vitamin D synthesis. It protects the skin and underlying tissues from damage due to excessive exposure.

Many natural and sustainable health practitioners recommend not only applying sunscreen on the outside to protect the skin but to also eat to protect the skin. Eating foods such as extra virgin coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, foods high in antioxidants, omegas, especially fatty fish and lycopene etc, will help our skins naturally protect itself from the suns rays.

My other half is actually walking proof of this. At 60 he will not and has never worn sunscreen. He lives out in the garden most weekends during the hottest hours of the day. He more than often chooses to swim between 20 and 60 laps of a outdoor 50 metre pool in the middle of the day. He burns, turns brown, then burns, turns black, and to this day has not had one skin cancer. He is often thought to be 10 years younger than he is.

He loves fish. Every day he eats fish, fresh, tinned or pickled or all three. Always has and always will. Cooks with huge amounts of olive oil and eats avocados the same way most of us demolish mangos. He drinks tea as if his life depends on it, as well as water and takes chlorella whenever he remembers.

He drinks and drank too much red wine and trashed himself most of youth, as well as spending his life on the beach surfing and swimming. There is more and more proof, that controlled amounts of sunlight increases your bodies natural sun protection as Vitamin D protects us from the sun!

If you would like to protect your face from the sun daily with some sort of protection that you can apply in the morning and know that you are protected all day, use a mineral makeup, or a foundation with a zinc oxide base. The best protection is still mineral makeup. But if you like me do not want to wear mineral makeup as it settles into your wrinkles, use a foundation with a zinc oxide base, or a mineral base to it. It will give you physical protection from the sun.

But if you are really serious at keeping the sun off, there is nothing that beats a hat, and clothing, or just stay out of the sun, remembering that UVA rays will penetrate your glass car windows unless you have UV tinting in them.

Kombucha – a 2,000 year old health drink, it’s certainly helped my health!

Originally posted on The 1910 Bottling Company Blog:

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The Kombocha we make at home ourselves.

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There are stack of commercial products available now too – all different flavours too!

No he’s not some mystic who sits on a mountain top in Tibet. Kombucha is the beverage the ancient Chinese called the “Immortal Health Elixir?” It’s been around for more than 2,000 years and has a rich anecdotal history of supposed health benefits, like preventing and fighting cancer, arthritis, and other degenerative diseases – still to be proven I might add!

We brew it at home in swing top jars, but you can use any jar, as long as it has a lid that breaths – we’ve found kombocha grows well in a warm dimly lid area. We cover the jars with a tee towel as well – the strange white thing on the top is called the The ‘mushroom’ or ‘scoby’ (symbiotic culture of binary yeasts) is a jelly-like…

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You should drink 8 glasses of water today! But do you know what you’re drinking?

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It is really scary what we drink when we drink tap water. Research has found that the chemicals in tap water kill the healthy bacteria in the gut, this causes you to end up with a overgrowth of bad bacteria known as candida. My next blog is going to cover talk about candida and believe me, you will not be drinking tap water ever again if this article does not scare you enough!

Originally posted on The 1910 Bottling Company Blog:

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If you’re on a high fibre diet (which you should be to remain healthy), you need lots of water! *Water believe it or not is an essential nutrient in any diet, but especially important in a fibre rich one that includes a lot of vegetables and whole grains in order to keep your digestive system working smoothly. Best of all, drinking water is the best way to reduce appetite. Sometimes when you think you’re hungry, you may just be thirsty. So when hunger pangs strike again, first try drinking a glass of H20!

Just one small point though on water, as an essential nutrient to your diet. I’m very fortunate because as I live on a property where we harvest our own rain water, so our water is 99.9% pure – if you live in the city or in regional centres your water can sometimes be of dubious quality…

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Hands up who knows what Kefir is? Is it a gift from the Gods?

Originally posted on The 1910 Bottling Company Blog:

Kefirkefīrskeefir, or kephir (/ka’fiar/ka-feer), alternatively kewratalaimudu kekiyamilk kefir, or búlgaros, is a fermented milk drink made with kefir “grains” (a yeast/bacterial fermentation starter) and has its origins in the north Caucasus Mountains around 3,000 BC. It is prepared by inoculating cow, goat or sheep milk with kefir grains. Traditional kefir was made in skin bags that were hung near a doorway; the bag would be knocked by anyone passing through the doorway to help keep the milk and kefir grains well mixed.

This short insight to Kefir is a precursor to a series of articles in the next few issues of the 1910 Lifestyle Magazine on fermented Probiotics. Why not check out the latest issue of the latest 1910 Lifestyle Magazine - Jan 2014 issue out now at http://issuu.com/stephenhogwood/docs/1910_lifestyle_magazine__-_jan_2014

I use Kefir for Sauerkraut fermentation and pickling – it’s delicious! Marco Polo also…

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The GREAT news about salt, it IS good for you, well NATURAL SALT is anyway!

We are all told not to eat salt, because it has a direct effect on your blood pressure. It causes you to store water, causing you to put strain on your kidneys. It is also linked to dementia, heart attacks and stroke.

But the truth of the matter is, salt in its true form is VERY good for you. NOT the unnatural form of salt that we know as table salt, or the one we find in most processed foods.

But REAL natural sea or Himalayan salt is essential for all of our cellular functions. Not whitened sea salt, or anything which is refined or bleached, which is what we generally find in the supermarket.

Real unrefined high mineral salt is pinkish or greyish in colour and the sea salt variety is very moist, not dry and smooth flowing as the normal salt we use. Celtic Sea Salt or Himalayan salt is full of important minerals such as magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium, sulfur, iron, zinc, copper etc. It’s a natural source of 21 essential minerals and many more elements. This makes natural mineral salt much better for you than regular “table” salt. We need salt (real salt) to make hydrochloric acid, which helps you digest proteins.

Linus Pauling, Ph.D. (Two time Nobel Prize Winner)once said: “You can trace every sickness, every disease, and every ailment to a mineral deficiency”

Your body can not make minerals therefore it’s important to get your mineral needs met in some other way. We need to be taking minerals in a form that our body can use or assimilate. Unfortunately taking minerals in a vitamin tablet, according to the research, is quite useless. Our body not only has to produce excessive amounts of acid to break down the pill, the minerals cannot be absorbed into the body unless they are in a liquid form. Using natural salt is just one tool to help you meet this need. Natural salt also raises your body’s pH making the body more alkaline, but this is another blog (next week!)

The known benefits and use of natural salt have been around for thousands of years and many cultures of the past have viewed it as a very precious commodity…as precious and as valuable as money itself. The Himilayans still to this day mine the salt by hand in the Himalayan mountains, which they used to transport for miles to trade for other goods. Salt was used for preserving foods before refrigeration.

Here are some of the more vital functions of salt in the body taken from Dr. Batmanghelidj’s book, “Water: Rx for a Healthier Pain-Free Life”.

1. Salt is most effective in stabilizing irregular heartbeats and, contrary to the misconception that it causes high blood pressure, it is actually essential for the regulation of blood pressure – in conjunction with water. Naturally the proportions are critical.

2. Salt is vital to the extraction of excess acidity from the cells in the body, particularly the brain cells.

3. Salt is vital for balancing the sugar levels in the blood; a needed element in diabetics.

4. Salt is vital for the generation of hydroelectric energy in cells in the body. It is used for local power generation at the sites of energy need by the cells.

5. Salt is vital to the nerve cells’ communication and information processing all the time that the brain cells work, from the moment of conception to death.

6. Salt is vital for absorption of food particles through the intestinal tract.

7. Salt is vital for the clearance of the lungs of mucus plugs and sticky phlegm, particularly in asthma and cystic fibrosis.

8. Salt is vital for clearing up catarrh and congestion of the sinuses.

9. Salt is a strong natural antihistamine.

10. Salt is essential for the prevention of muscle cramps.

11. Salt is vital to prevent excess saliva production to the point that it flows out of the mouth during sleep. Needing to constantly mop up excess saliva indicates salt shortage.

12. Salt is absolutely vital to making the structure of bones firm. Osteoporosis, in a major way, is a result of salt and water shortage in the body.

13. Salt is vital for sleep regulation. It is a natural hypnotic.

14. Salt is a vitally needed element in the treatment of diabetics.

15. Salt on the tongue will stop persistent dry coughs.

16. Salt is vital for the prevention of gout and gouty arthritis.

17. Salt is vital for maintaining sexuality and libido.

18. Salt is vital for preventing varicose veins and spider veins on the legs and thighs.

19. Salt is vital to the communication and information processing nerve cells the entire time that the brain cells work – from the moment of conception to death.

20. Salt is vital for reducing a double chin. When the body is short of salt, it means the body really is short of water. The salivary glands sense the salt shortage and are obliged to produce more saliva to lubricate the act of chewing and swallowing and also to supply the stomach with water that it needs for breaking down foods. Circulation to the salivary glands increases and the blood vessels become “leaky” in order to supply the glands with water to manufacture saliva. The “leakiness” spills beyond the area of the glands themselves, causing increased bulk under the skin of the chin, the cheeks and into the neck.

21. Sea salt contains about 80 mineral elements that the body needs. Some of these elements are needed in trace amounts. Unrefined sea salt is a better choice of salt than other types of salt on the market. Ordinary table salt that is bought in the super markets has been stripped of its companion elements and contains additive elements such as aluminium silicate to keep it powdery and porous. Aluminium is a very toxic element in our nervous system. It is implicated as one of the primary causes of Alzheimer’s disease.

22. Twenty-seven percent of the body’s salt is in the bones. Osteoporosis results when the body needs more salt and takes it from the body. Bones are twenty-two percent water. Is it not obvious what happens to the bones when we’re deficient in salt or water or both.

So bring on yummy salt – I personally love the taste of Himalayan Natural Pink Rock salt, you need to grind this in a grinder.

 

Coconut oil as a sunscreen? We weren’t as daft as we thought!

Yes, in the good old days we used to slather ourselves in  coconut oil, and then feeling cocoluscious, we would toast our bodies in the sun!

But we were not as dumb as we thought! Research has now found that extra virgin coconut oil has a natural sunscreen of 10 SPF.

This means that not only are you applying something natural with no chemicals on your face and body, you are treating your skin to a healthy dose of Omega’s, vitamins and minerals, which in turn  are absorbed into the skin and blood stream whilst your pores are open!

Plus, if you get burnt (heaven’s forbid) you are actually healing the skin at the same time.

Tell me which sunscreen does that?

High weigh to hell, the impact of crash dieting

Most of us have been there at one time or another, or on many occasions, where we look in the mirror and see what we have tried not to acknowledge, or accept, we are carrying too much weight and in all the wrong places.

This moment of “oh dear” usually occurs before we need to wear something special for a special occasion or don our swimmers. It usually happens a very short time before D Day and we panic! We stop eating, or go on a slimming detox drink, or only drink slimming shakes, or eat soup for a week or two.

Great, we have lost all of that weight in two weeks flat! Wow! I can fit into that dress, or squeeze into that swimsuit.

Yup, you can do all of that, but there are severe consequences.

Firstly, I would like to explain the difference between a detox and a crash diet. A detox goes for 2 – 3 days, a crash diet goes for a week or longer.

Fasting two days per week, not consecutively, but approximately two days apart has proven to be highly beneficial for your health. It is believed now that fasting, for women 500 calories per day and men 600 calories per day, can help stabilize hormones, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, as well as helping you slowly but steadily loose weight from hard to loose areas of the body.

You do not need to do it by living on juice or vegetables alone, you can eat proteins, which are very important for lean muscle mass, and small amounts of carbohydrates, as long as you stay below your calorie limit. You can even have a cup of coffee or tea as part of your calorie intake. But sugar is out!

The idea of the two day weekly detox is to remove waste from the body and replace it with good nutrients. It is also beneficial that by eating less for two days per week on the digestive system, it takes some pressure off the body.

Going on a crash diet causes the body to become nutritionally deprived, and this is going to cause you to have health issues. Not only do crash diets impact on your long term health, but they also effect how well your brain functions on a daily basis.

Your body needs a certain amount of energy to function daily. It requires energy to keep your lungs breathing to bring oxygen to your tissues, to keep your heart beating for blood to flow all through the body, and brain functioning directing the central nervous system to do the jobs it requires.

So that when you reduce your calorie intake to a point which is so low that there is not enough energy being provided to your body to carry out these basic life functions, you are not going to be able to function as well as you should, because basically your body is fighting for its life!

A crash diet is forcing your body into starvation, and your body does not like this, so it is going to fight back, and fight back hard!

It will slow down your basal metabolic rate. This is the rate your body is going to burn calories daily to keep your body alive, doing the basic functions we discussed before.When you go on a crash diet, you are reducing your calories so that you are not supplying your body with enough calories to keep you basal metabolic rate functioning to sustain life.

So your body now will start emergency proceedings in order to keep you alive. It will slow your resting metabolic rate so that you are conserving as much fuel as you can. For example if you normally burn off 1500 calories per day to keep all of your basic functions working, your body would drop it down to 1100 to reduce the threat to its survival.

You will notice that your fat loss will come to a halt and you will reach a plateau, your body will not loose anymore weight as your metabolic rate is functioning at a slower rate. I have noticed with my crash dieting clients, that incredibly efficient smart women become forgetful, disorganized and cannot cope with things they used to. For the normally scatterbrained, I find that I often start wondering if they have dementia (especially my older clients) for there is no consistency in anything they do, their brains just do not function well at all!

This is why crash diets produce fast results at first, and then none at all. This is because the body takes a while to notice what is going on, once it does, it puts all systems in to stop your efforts.

The bad news is that once the metabolic rate slows down, it will stay slow for quite some time. So now you return to eating normally, but your metabolism is still working slowly and your start gaining extra body fat quickly.

So first you see your scales go down two kilos, but then you gain three once you start living normally again. Next thing you know, you are not only back to square one, you are worse off then before you started!

But this is just the least of your problems.

When you are constantly consuming less calories than your body needs to survive, you will end up with nutritional deficiencies.

You will start to fall short on iron, which helps you maintain physical performance, calcium needed for strong bones, and many other bodily functions. B group vitamins needed for healthy metabolism, heart health and stress control etc. Magnesium for brain function, and shall I go on? Get the idea?

Simply, to loose weight quickly, you are putting yourself at risk of serious health issues in the long run. Imagine what you are doing to yourself when you do regular crash diets………. Or go on one for two or three weeks, or longer. If you go for longer, you are likely to end up with a calorie deficit as well.

So you think – that’s the idea is it not?

The body gets nutrients from food, if you are not getting food, where are you getting the nutrients from? Nowhere! Even if you take a multivitamin, it is not going to replace the fiber you get from real foods, and the moisture, as well as all of the nutrients you get from real food which you cannot get from multivitamins. Even if you consume superfoods which will give you vitamins, minerals and omegas, they still do not replace all of the proteins and fiber. There is also one problem, you cannot absorb enough calcium from supplements as you can from food.

This brings you to the next problem you are faced with.

Loss of bone mass. If you are young, you will think this is not something you should worry about as it will not effect you. It will as you get older. What you do in your youth shows up as you age. So the damage you do to your bone mass during your 20s, 30s and 40s will show up during your 50s and 60s. If you are dieting at 50 or 60 or older, your body is less effective at absorbing calcium, so when you loose calcium whilst dieting, you increase you calcium deficiency.

When you are on a crash diet, you are not getting enough calcium, which is going to put a lot of stress on your bones, especially if you are exercising to support your diet.

Calcium plays an important role in keeping your vital organs strong as well as your bones. It is needed to keep your heart beating, your brain functioning, and your muscles contracting. It is needed for every function in your body.

As your blood calcium levels start to drop it will tap into your primary source of calcium reserves to supply your vital organs with enough calcium to maintain life function. This primary reserve is your bone mass. And we know the side effects of that.

When you crash diet, you also loose lean muscle mass. Muscle burns more calories than fat does.

When you are on a low calorie diet and not bringing in enough calories or protein to cover all of your basic needs, the body will use the protein you need to build muscle mass and produce hormones etc, for basic survival functions.

Then when it does not get enough protein which is the case in most low calorie diets, it will start to dip into your lean body tissues to access the amino acids you need to keep yourself alive. Now the truth is, if you are overweight, you are already lacking muscle mass, and have excess fat, otherwise you would not be overweight!

Now that you are burning up muscle mass, you are lowering your metabolic rate even further. This is why men burn more fat than women, they have more muscle mass, whilst women have more fat mass.

This means you are now in serious trouble. You are now not only lowering your metabolic rate due to being on a crash diet, you are loosing lean muscle mass as well.

When you start eating normally again, slowly and steadily your metabolism will restore itself, but your muscle mass will not, it is gone permanently forever. Unless you work at rebuilding it again through weight bearing exercise, you will continue to have a very slow metabolism.

This also is a problem if you have cellulite. The reason you had it in the first place is because you had such a small amount of muscle mass. Now you will notice even more cellulite because you have even less muscle mass.

Maintaining muscle mass is the most important part of a weight loss plan, if you are not eating enough protein, you will not maintain your weight loss.

This all leads to an increase of injury development. With a decrease in bone density and muscle mass, you will find that you will become injured more often than you used to.

You will find an increase in joint pain as well as your tendons and ligaments surrounding your joints becoming weaker and weaker. You will often find yourself suffering from neck and back pain. Hip and knee problems.

With enough tissue damage without recovery, serious injuries can occur such as overuse injuries or muscle pulls and strains, which can take weeks if not months to overcome.

So you say, I am young and do not have aches and pains. How is your focus? How is your concentration?

Anyone who has been on a long term fast or crash diet will have noticed that they often become forgetful and disorganized.

If your brain is not receiving enough nutrients, it will start to run on ketones as a fuel source which often leaves people feeling light headed and fuzzy. Your brain like all other organs in the body needs a constant stream of nutrients to function normally.

Low carbohydrate diets will impact your mood as well. Carbohydrates increase the serotonin in the body that gives us that feel good state. This could be why you wish to bite everyone’s heads off!

Another downside, is lack of physical performance. If you like to exercise, you will find that not only the quality of your performance suffers, but when you are exercising, without the correct nutrients, you are accelerating the process of bone loss and muscle loss.

Last but not least, the ugliest part of a crash diet is bad breath. Your body usually becomes acid instead of alkaline, and your breath becomes fetid. Low carb diets are frequently the cause of this due to the body burning ketones. Another cause is lack of vegetables and fruit, causing the body to become acid, not alkaline. Also, often lack of water consumption can be the cause if you are loosing weight fast, but not flushing the toxins out.

So now that you are totally freaked out over crash dieting, you need to know what compromises as a crash diet.

  1. A diet with a low calorie count of less than 1200 calories for women and 1500 calories for men.
  2. A diet with insufficient protein. A good diet should provide a well- balanced amount of protein. If you are eating protein with every meal and snack, you are receiving enough protein every day.
  3. Any diets omitting any food group from the diet. Eg. Low carbohydrate diets. You need to eat fresh vegetables every day, and have 15% of your daily food intake made up of healthy fats.
  4. Any diet that promises rapid results.

If you are wondering then how you can get into that dress or swimsuit in a short period of time, whilst maintaining muscle mass, therefore not covered in even more cellulite than before, just get back to the basics.  Firstly start weight bearing exercises, to build muscle mass and burn fat. Two days per week follow a detox program, preferably drinking nutritionally high detox drinks (on these two days do not exercise). You will find that you will loose that weight and gain health. I have seen a few people have great weight loss success over a very short period of time.

But beyond that. Live a healthy life. Be more concerned with eating for your health, and exercising for your health, than worrying about weight. Love your body, because if you do not love it, nourish it, take good care of it, it will not love you back.

Beautiful Shoot at Jaspers Berry, the perfect venue for a Gatsby style wedding!

Getting married may be just another special day in our lives, but it is one of our major milestones.

I personally have always been someone who thinks that if you are going to spend a lot of money on your wedding it has to be something really memorable for your guests as well as yourself. If you do not care if your guests find the day memorable, as long you find it memorable, then get married on a romantic beach somewhere or with Elvis in Los Vegas, don’t put on a massive wedding!

I married my ex-husband aboard the Archille Lauro, a Italian cruise ship whilst it was docked for only 4 hours. The wedding was short and sweet, the guests were served cocktails for pre wedding drinks (not to be repeated in a hurry as they were all drunk by the time they sat down to dinner!) Delicious Italian food and an unbelievable wedding cake, then back to the Hilton hotel to their massive executive suite for more partying.

For years everyone spoke about my wedding day as it was something really memorable.

About to remarry again, I have had an elegant garden wedding planned, more of a party than a wedding mind you – the wedding is just a excuse for us to throw a massive cocktail party!

Jasper’s Berry has totally messed that idea up for me! I now want to have my wedding here!!

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This place is just the most magical place I have ever been to. I feel as if I have walked back in time, to the 1920s. I feel as if I should be dressed in silk and cashmere, wearing pearls and diamonds.

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My first foray onto the grounds was whilst Rosie was waving her magical wand and building it. I was blown away by what she had planned and could not wait to see the finished product.

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I was lucky enough to be the makeup artist for the first bride to get married at Jaspers Berry, and work in the new bridal salon. Kate the bride dressed in the stunning dressing room, and a room it is! No small closet here!

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I was at long last able to be able to look at the finished product, all I could say was wow, oh my God and wow!! Every little thing has been thought of. Delicate antique cutlery and crockery, mouth watering food, exquisite flower arrangements and bouquet for the bride are just some of the finishing touches we all adore.

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I did not get to see all of it that time round, but when I came back to do the hair and makeup for the  shoot of the very beautiful Rowena Crofts with the talented Karen from Evocartiv photography & design, for Jaspers website, I had a chance to wander around properly.

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The elegant lobby feels like you just stepped into Raffles hotel, it seeps elegance and luxury, but yet, unlike many five star hotels, it makes you feel relaxed, and ready to welcome all of your guests.

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The sophisticated bar in the old school house leaves you feeling the same. Calm and serene, pampered and spoilt. You just need to have a glass of French champagne or a glass of a good single malt scotch on ice.

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The beautiful Orangery is where you and your guests have dinner and can dance the night away whilst a gentle breeze floats in through the beautiful tall French doors.

It would help if I told you where this dream venue is! It is 5 minutes south of Berry, on the South Coast of NSW. It is the sister to the divine Terrara House Estate. If you have ever attended a wedding organised there by Rosie, and been blown away by the perfection of it all – she is also the owner of Jaspers, and excels here as well, with her work partner in crime Sue. These girls are just miracle workers!

Jaspers Berry’s website is still a work in progress, but they have a facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/jaspersberrysouthcoast

The amazing photography was done by Karen from Evocartiv photography & design http://www.evocartiv.com.au/ Karen also does the most beautiful boudoir photography, specialising in bridal boudoir – a perfect gift for him and yourself. I think this is a brilliant idea! You work so hard before your wedding getting your figure into perfect shape, and your skin and hair just luminous, it makes sense to have some divinely sensuous photos taken of you looking your most stunning. As you see from the gorgeous shot below of Rowena in the bridal salon on the bath, they are beautifully tasteful and sensual!

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The stunning top and bottom  Rowena is wearing was made by bridal gown designer extraordinaire, Angela from Swish bridal design in Freshwater/Manly. Rowena’s stunning gown in actual fact was the one she wore for her own wedding at Terrara House and was also designed and made by Swish http://www.swishbridaldesign.com.au/ Love, love, love it!!

Having done two shoots there now; I am hoping desperately that Rosie wants more photos done! And am looking very much forward to my next wedding there, and the one after that and the one after that………but in so saying, I am loving the weddings I am doing at Terrara house http://terrarahouseestate.com.au/ now this place is also totally divine……….but I digress – will have to rave about this place another time!