September 11, 2014

New Video: August Favorites!

Hi beautiful!  Feels so good to be back with a new video, I've really missed you all! Thank you guys for being patient during the time I was away. A lot of things are going on and I felt like I really needed to step back for a bit to focus on "refilling my cup" with inspiration and ideas for new content. Life can be so draining sometimes? Something I guess we all go through! But we are moving forward :) Hopefully you enjoy this new video featuring some of my current natural *cruelty-free* beauty favorites! My next one will be a health / lifestyle update. Hope you're all doing great! BIG HUG xoxo


Items Mentioned:
  • 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Tinted Moisturizer (Golden Peach)
  • RMS Beauty “Un” Cover Powder 
  • Alima Pure Lipstick in Sweet Pea 
  • Pacific Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mascara
  • Pacific Perfumes: Tahitian Gardenia & California Star Jasmine 
  • Acne Dote Face & Body Scrub
  • 100% Pure Purity Facial Cleanser & Mask
  • Teas: Peppermint, Spearmint, Chamomile, Digestive 

August 10, 2014

New Plant-Based Lifestyle Page

Hi my beauties! I hope you are all doing well ♥ I've been loving your questions on Tumblr and connecting with you one-on-one. A question that comes up a lot is about which resources / people / videos / books that have helped educate and inspire me these last few months. I would not have been able to do this unless I was properly informed and I am so thankful to all these people for sharing this information. I feel so much "richer" and whole as a person since discovering this lifestyle. So I created a new page (on the top of my blog) for those interested, dedicated to the YouTube channels, Instagram accounts, books, documentaries and videos that have inspired me. I will add to the list if / when I find new inspirations. Hope you find it helpful! 



Vegan Plant-Based Lifestyle 
Resource Page

I've complied a list of a few resources that really inspired me and literally changed my life in terms of diet, lifestyle and outlook on life. There is a lot of miscommunication when it comes to food and it's so important to get educated on health and proper nutrition. It can save us from a lifetime of varying diseases and emotional upsets. Not only does a plant-based lifestyle have a tremendous positive effect on human health, but also the health of the planet. Through eating this way, I am able to practice peace and compassion at every meal time. The answer, most importantly, is so delicious and so beautifully abundant!


Follow me on Instagram @AnnieJaffrey for 
healthy food posts and inspiration


I follow a plant-based, high carb, low fat, vegan lifestyle consisting primarily of raw fruits and vegetables with the addition of starches (like potatoes) and grains (such as rice). I go through periods of eating fully raw and "Raw Till 4" (more info on this below). I never restrict my calories, and try to get at least 2500-3000 each day (a good tool to use is cronometer.com to make sure you get enough). The more I eat (specifically carbs), the more energy I have and the better I feel. I don't believe in voluntary fasting (unless your body insists on it if you are feeling sick), but I think doing a watermelon / banana / mango "island" is an amazing way to cleanse and detox without putting your body through starvation or pain.

To thrive successfully as a low fat high carb vegan or raw vegan, you have to make sure to EAT enough. Plant-based foods are naturally lower in calories than processed animal foods, so make sure to eat till you feel totally satisfied. If you are properly nourished with the right foods you will have minimum to zero cravings for anything else.



Why do I follow a vegan plant-based diet?
Optimal health
High energy
Peacefulness / nonviolence
Respect and compassion for other beings
Spiritual and mental clarity
So much variety of vegan food, animal products are not a necessity
I love to eat in abundance
Health and conservation of the planet
Support local / organic / sustainable farming (our dollar is our vote)




YouTube Channels
Note: Some of these channels promote varying opinions on certain subjects,
but their overall message is the same in promoting a high carb low fat vegan plant-based diet, and that fruit is best.






Instagram Accounts 
There are so many great accounts that I follow, here are just a few of my favorites!




    Documentaries


    A few of my favorite food-related documentaries. All of these are available
    on Netflix and you might be able to view them on YouTube as well: 

    Forks Over Knives
    Food Inc
    Earthlings
    Food Matters

    You can also watch The Starch Solution by Dr. John McDougall (originally a book) on YouTube - lots of great info!




    YouTube Videos on Going Vegan 





    Low Fat Vegan Recipe Websites




    Books


    Accredited books on the high carb, low fat, vegan lifestyle:

    The 80/10/10 Diet by Dr. Douglas Graham
    Whole by Dr. T Colin Campbell 
    Reversing Diabetes by Dr. Neal Barnard
    Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn 
    The China Study by Dr. T Colin Campbell


    So why am I so passionate about this? Two reasons, one is for personal development and optimal health (and the fact that I feel so good!). The second, almost as important, is you guys. I've gotten so many emails from young girls (and older women) who are struggling with their weight and body image. It brakes my heart to read about this, especially severe eating disorders, when we shouldn't have to be dealing with problems like this. The answer is so satisfying, so simple and so easy! We just have to get educated on health and the latest nutritional science - we cannot let ourselves become products of society or live out of habits just because "that's what everyone is doing". This information is so powerful and it can help so many people, and that's why I want to get this information out, especially to my younger audience.

    The key to succeeding is FUELING yourself properly, eating enough of the right calories. Don't be afraid to eat a lot on this lifestyle. It will keep you feeling great and avoiding unhealthful foods while keeping you slim in the long term. It's also important to keep learning and to always be curious. I recommend subscribing to the YouTube channels above to keep the positivity and information flowing. I started this lifestyle beginning of March and I feel so great. I eat SO much, and I've lost weight (about 4kg), my energy is at the best it's ever been (without stimulants like caffeinated tea / coffee / cacao) and I feel more peaceful and in touch with my spirituality than ever before. Anyone can do this!

    August 2, 2014

    Questions & Answers on Tumblr

    Hi beautiful! I hope you've all been doing great. It feels like it's been a while since I've been in proper filming mode and I like staying in touch with you guys so I decided to start using my Tumblr to get your questions answered on a daily basis. I get a lot of questions on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook etc and I think this will be the best place to answer them since they can be viewed by everyone all in one place (but you can submit anonymously if you want). I love helping in anyway I can, especially when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, so ask away! I will try to answer questions daily! My tumblr account is AnnieJaffrey.tumblr.com, and to ask a question just click “Submit A Question” See you there! xo


    July 21, 2014

    Plant Based Vegan Lifestyle Update!

    Hello my lovelies, I hope you are all doing well! I just uploaded a new lifestyle update video onto my channel. I discuss a few things that have changed since I started this plant-based lifestyle. It truly is a "journey", I am always learning new things and I love that. There's so much more to food than we could have imagined, it is responsible for so much and I am so thankful to have discovered this awesome high carb low fat plant based way of life.  One thing not mentioned in the video (but spoken about in previous updates) is how much more “peaceful” I feel after totally eliminating all animal foods from my diet. Call me crazy but I believe everything carries an “energy”. Eating the flesh or byproducts of animals who have been tortured and mistreated just doesn’t seem right. The meat and dairy from these poor animals carry an energy too, and every time we eat it, it becomes part of us. Fruit and plant-foods however, are the expression of new life, new beginnings. No soul is sacrificed for me to eat anymore, and that feels really good! :) I hope you enjoy this video and let me know if there are any other topics / questions you'd like me to discuss in my next update video! XOXO



    Make sure to check the description box under the video 
    for more information & helpful links! 


    Topics discussed in this video:
    • Calories & weight loss 
    • Raw Till 4 lifestyle benefits 
    • Plant-based nutrition books 
    • Healthy bowel movements - TMI but important :) 
    • Water consumption 
    • Cleansing skin with water only 
    • Foods I avoid on this lifestyle 
    • HCLF restaurants vs fully raw restaurants 
    • Taking responsibility for our lives 
    • Peer pressure 
    • “I’m just one person - what difference can I make?”

    Topics discussed in last update video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DT8LJFT3_HI
    • What I eat in a day / food inspiration 
    • Skin breakouts, the detox phase & loosing my "glow"?
    • New skincare products
    • How long will I remain raw?
    • Plant-based diet / Raw Till 4
    • Eating raw in social settings 
    • How to deal with unsupportive family
    • Weight gain / weight loss on raw foods
    • Staying motivated 

    Topics discussed in previous update video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Mrlsjiizjw
    • Proper food combining (to avoid bloating)
    • High fat vs low fat raw vegan
    • Emotional eating
    • Sugar & weight gain 
    • The detox phase
    • Developing a positive relationship with yourself 
    • Pregnancy & raising children
    • Do I feel hungry or nutritionally deprived?

    July 12, 2014

    Clothing & Accessories Haul!

    Hi everyone ♥ I feel like it's been so long, I hope you are all doing really well! I am in Geneva now visiting the fam and it's been so nice. We don't get to see each other too often, so when I'm here I immerse myself :) Although I love the warm sunny weather of Dubai, the weather here is so refreshing. I love this cool fresh country-side air we get here by my moms house. I've been going out on long walks almost everyday and I just love breathing deeply and taking in all the goodness - it's the simple things in life right :) A few days ago I went to the city and purchased a few goodies which are featured in my latest video which just went up! I hope you enjoy it and maybe find some inspiration. Let me know what items you liked the best! Hugs from Switzerland XOXO



    June 19, 2014

    New Video: Fitness & Workout Tips!

    Hello beautiful! I hope everyone's been doing great. I've been back in Dubai for a couple of weeks which has been so nice, but am leaving in a few days to go to Europe for about a month to see my family. A lot of traveling these past couple of months :) Anyway I wanted to film a video for you talking about my fitness and workout tips. It's been super requested so I hope you find some answers and inspiration from it :) Remember, we are all meant to move our bodies - our bodies love to be moved - whether that's taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking in the park, biking, dance, or of course classic workouts at the gym. The goal is to live an active lifestyle, however that fits for you! Also, it's so important to fuel your body and understand how it works. This has made such a difference for me! I hope you find these tips helpful :) Let me know what exercise you like to do in the comments below! XOXO 



    June 5, 2014

    Delicious Bliss Balls!

    Hi beautiful! I just whipped up the most delicious raw vegan gluten-free bliss balls from just a few simple ingredients. These are great as a snack, a dessert or you could even make a whole lot and have them all for lunch if you're following a high carb, low fat vegan lifestyle. Today I had a few of these with some bananas and it was a delicious combination. They give me lots of energy and they taste absolutely amazing - plus did I mention they're actually healthy? :) Dates, the primary ingredient, are rich in minerals and vitamins such as B-vitamins and are very low in fat. Recipe for these bad boys are below!



    Bliss Ball Ingredients:
    • Dates (pitted, about 1-2 cups)
    • Organic gluten-free oats
    • Cinnamon
    • Vanilla pod (or organic vanilla essence) 
    • Coconut flakes
    • Other optional ingredients: nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews), dried berries (goji), cacao etc

    How to make: 
    • Using a blender or food processor, blend up the dates
    • Add in ingredients such as: oats, cinnamon, vanilla 
    • Take a spoon full of the date mixture and roll into bite size balls using the palms of your hands
    • Cover in dried coconut flakes 
    • Place in fridge to allow ingredients to set before serving, or devour as is! 

    Hope you try out & enjoy these little heavenly bliss balls! 

    June 1, 2014

    Solar Powered Roads... Genius!

    Hi everyone  I came across this video today and thought I had to share it with you. It is just the most genius idea - I had one of those "aha" moments like, "how come we haven't done this already?" (The answer to this is unfortunately due to money and greed, but with enough positive influence, I truly believe we can see a change.) Even though it's not food or beauty related - it's still pretty cool and I love finding people who are passionate about what they do :) The video has generated over 11 million views already, so you might have already seen it. I hope the idea gets pushed forward, it make a revolutionary impact.

    Relating this back to myself, I've always loved the idea of solar panels on the roof of my future home - along with my own little vegetable garden and fruit trees of course :) Generating energy from the sun to power your home will significantly reduce your monthly expenses, and it's of course much better for the environment. Let me know your thoughts on the video below in the comments! XOXO