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:
  • 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:
  • 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  

May 29, 2014

Raw Vegan Lasagna Recipe!

Hi everyone! Hope you're all doing well ♥ I have a new recipe video up for you showing you how I make my raw vegan lasagna which is seriously delicious! This is one of my favorite raw - more 'gourmet' - dishes. Even though it’s pretty quick and simple to make, I tend to save this for more special occasions, and I stick to more simple dishes day to day. It’s been over 2 months now that I’ve been 100% plant-based vegan and I feel so so good! It’s seriously been life changing. I will be filming a new update video soon so feel free to leave any questions or topics you'd like me to talk about down below in the comments! I will also get to a few of the previously asked questions I've received over the last few weeks. I hope you guys try out this recipe, and if you do, take a picture and tag / hashtag me on Instagram so I can see it! Love seeing your recreations :) Lots of love to you guys! XOXO

Raw Vegan (Low Fat) Lasagna Recipe

Layering Ingredients:
  • 2 to 3 zucchinis 
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms 
  • 1 cup sliced cherry tomatoes 
  • 1/2 avocado 
  • 1 tbsp hemp seeds 

Tomato Sauce Ingrediens:

  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 3-4 tomatoes 
  • 2 handfuls sun-dried tomatoes 
  • 1 cup basil leaves

You could also add a "cheese" layer (but I prefer mine without). If you google raw vegan cheese recipe you will get a few options but they mostly involve soaked cashews and water - super simple and a lot healthier than regular cheese! :) 

May 25, 2014

Gift Swap With Teni Panosian!

Hello my beauties! I hope you're all doing great. I have a new video for you today featuring a beauty swap I did with the lovely Teni from MissMaven.com - she is a doll! Such a sweetheart and she is super talented at doing makeup. I've been subscribed to her channel for about a year now, and we recently connected a few months back. We decided it would be fun to do a swap video, so she got me a few things from the States, and the things I bought her are from Dubai :) Click here to check out Teni's video where she shows you what I got her. Hope you enjoy the video! 

May 17, 2014

Hot Weather Makeup

Hello lovely  I did an interview the other day for Mod Mods Magazine, giving tips for heat-resistant makeup for hot days during the summertime. Although I hold off on wearing makeup to the beach, this type of makeup would be great if you're going to a barbecue, to a park, a concert, or even even an amusement park, where you know you will be out most of the day - in the sun and probably sweating :) All the products I recommend are chemical-free and vegan :) I hope you find it helpful! XOXO

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