Happiness & Fulfilment

Happiness & Fulfilment

It is one of our favourite feelings knowing we have achieved something we have worked tirelessly for, or have helped make someone else feel better. The rush of pleasure and satisfaction is just so scrumptious that we want to share it with everyone.

Surround ourselves and others with positivity


Laughter and smiling is infectious. We all have had those moments when our bestie is in fits of laughter telling a story which we can not understand through the hysteria, but we end up laughing anyways. Positive vibes have a ripple effect. A smile can change someone’s day from miserable to satisfying in seconds. Get rid of the negativity, Ain’t nobody got time for that!

Accept praise and compliments
Take a step back and look at our lives and take note of what is working. Don't push away something just because it has imperfections. When good things happen, however small it may be, enjoy it! When someone tells us we look good or have helped them is some way. Accept the gratitude, don’t just shrug it off. 

Set your goals and go for it girl
Do not be afraid to look at what you really want and see yourself getting it. Every successful journey starts with a single step. Many people avoid this process because they don't want to be disappointed if things don't work out. If it doesn’t, brush it off and try again. Nothing worth having comes easy. 

It is not selfish to push yourself
It is easy to feel that someone else is responsible for our happiness or fulfilment, when the reality is that it is really our achievement. Once we realise that, we have the power to get where we want to go. If we stop blaming others or the world, the answers we are looking for will come much sooner. We control our paths, so let’s take the scenic route and enjoy our achievements.

Sometimes change is scary, but it is necessary
Even if it does not feel good or you simply do not want anything to change, it is the one thing you can count on. Change will always happen, so make contingency plans and learn from the things that maybe have not gone the way we planned.

Enjoy the simplicities every once in awhile
Appreciate those who love us, all our treasured memories, personal jokes that no one else will ever understand, or even that 5 minutes of much needed peace. These are the simple things that we sometimes take for granted but they are the gifts that keep on giving without expectation.

Ditch unhealthy habits, try healthy ones!
Oh My Glow is designed to be a healthy habit. The 14-day pack of OMG is designed as a trial to show you just how wonderful the results of the detoxing blend can be in such a short period of time.
OMG contains 10 superfoods and is aimed to provide you with everything you need in one serving. Typical results from undertaking the OMG detox include weight-loss, a boost of energy and motivation, clearer and healthier skin as well as a glowing complexion. 

Feeling your best, makes finding happiness & fulfilment that little bit easier!

October 19, 2017 by Natalie Diver
Vegan Cupcakes with a Chia Jam Surprise!

Vegan Cupcakes with a Chia Jam Surprise!

The leaves are changing colour on the trees and the dark nights are creeping in. What does this mean? GIRLS NIGHT IN! Woohoo!

We have the most perfect, vegan friendly, cupcake recipe with a chia jam centre. The girls will go mad for it.

Disclosure: This may make people want to come to your house more often!!

 

Necessary items:

  • Your best friends.
  • A camera.
  • Your favourite old school tunes.
  • Pjs.
  • An open mind

Now, let’s get our Mary Berry on…

Cupcake Recipe:

  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 330ml almond milk
  • 250g plain flour
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 120ml melted coconut oil
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract

 

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Line two muffin tins with 18 paper cases.
  2. Pour the apple cider vinegar into a measuring jug. Fill with almond milk to make 350ml. Let stand until curdled, should take about about 5 minutes. Perfect time for a little dance party!
  3. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, bicarb and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the almond milk mixture, coconut oil and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir just until blended.
  4. Before you all start tasting the mix or fighting over who is licking the spoon!!! Spoon the mixture into the prepared cases, dividing evenly.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until the tops spring back when lightly pressed, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool in the tin set over a wire rack. When cool, arrange the cupcakes on a serving platter. Now you can start making the Chia Jam!

 

Chia Jam Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chopped fruit - You can use strawberries, cherries, raspberries. Whatever is in season.
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice, to taste
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons agave, maple syrup, or sugar, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds, plus more if needed
  • 4 teaspoons of our OMG Beauty Blend.

 

Method:

  1. Prepare the fruit as needed. Do not let the fruit fiend do this job, you won’t have any left! Remove stems, pits, seeds, and skin, as needed. Chop large fruits into small pieces. Berries can be left whole.
  2. Cook the fruit until it starts to break down. Transfer the fruit to a saucepan and set over medium heat. Cook until the fruit breaks down and becomes syrupy, 5 to 10 minutes. Mash the fruit with the back of a spatula or a potato masher, leaving it as smooth or as lumpy as you like. We know you are all dying to taste it, but be careful as this mixture will be crazy hot!!!
  3. Stir in the honey and lemon juice: Off the heat, stir in 1 tablespoon of the honey and lemon juice. Taste and add more honey or lemon juice to taste.
  4. Stir in the chia seeds and the Beauty Blend.
  5. Let stand 5 minutes, until thickened: This won't quite reach the firm consistency of regular jam, but it will noticeably thicken. If you'd like a thicker consistency, especially with very juicy fruits, stir in more chia seeds 1 teaspoon at a time.
  6. Once the mixture has cooled, drizzle the jam over the cooled cupcakes or poke holes and laugh at each other trying to fill the centre of the cakes without exploding them!
  7. Transfer to a jar or other storage container: Once the jam has cooled to room temperature, transfer it to a jar or other storage container. Store in the fridge for about 2 weeks. The jam will thicken further and become more set once completely chilled. The jam can also be frozen for up to 3 months; thaw in the fridge before using.

Get tagging @omgdetox on instagram and facebook, we want to see your creations and you using our Beauty Blend! We may even feature some of the best ones!

Have fun girls!

 

 

 

October 12, 2017 by Natalie Diver
Habits Making You Look Older?

Unhealthy Habits that make you look older than you are

Having pride in how we look is a great thing. However, we can be super excessive in our quest for the elusive ‘perfection’.

In the words of Queen Bey:

Perfection is a disease of a nation, it is your soul that needs the surgery.

If you strip right back to basics, you will find that you will start to gain a more relaxed outlook on life, appreciate the smaller things and reduce the signs of aging considerably!


There are 4 habits that we all do on a daily basis that we may think are healthy and normal, when in fact, they are not and they are speeding up our aging process and are detrimental to our health.


You are not sleeping enough.

You have heard it a million times before, not getting enough sleep is the worst thing in the world for your health blah blah blah! But it can even contribute to diseases later on. You may think you are fine on the four/five hours of sleep you got last night, but sleeping too little can do serious damage to your skin and health, which can make you look so much older than you really are. For those with acne, getting enough rest is particularly important to preserve a youthful look, as the skin heals when you are sleeping. Start getting at least seven to eight hours per night to ensure youthful skin.


Tip - Adding our Beauty Blend to your daily diet will help your skin, it is loaded with B Vitamins and ingredients that will keep your skin glowing and help fight acne!


A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down - NOT THE WHOLE BAG!

 Sugary drinks and store-bought cookies are not just bad for your waistline, they will wreak havoc on your looks. Consuming too much processed and sugary foods can and will make your skin look dull. If you want something sweet, do yourself a favor and reach for the apple instead of the cookie jar. Limit your treats and you will also appreciate them more.

 

Stop being a negative nancy and stressing all the time!

 Are you constantly thinking about the groceries you need to buy, the clothes you need to wash, and the deadlines at work you need to hit? Yes? Then it is time to take a deep breath and relax girl! Not only can chronic stress ruin your sleep patterns and increase your risk for heart disease but it can also make you look 10 years older than you actually are. Stress chemicals are released into your body when you are always anxious, which slowly results in a more aged appearance.

Tip - Introduce 10 minute of meditation into your daily routine before you go to bed. This reflection time will help you calm yourself, resulting in a better sleep and being able to tackle the following day more calmly.

 

Check your OCD! You may be washing your face and hands too often.

We all want to have ‘perfect’ skin and clean hands, but all of that washing can do serious damage to your skin and quickly age you. When it comes to your face, use a gentle cleanser without added fragrance or harsh chemicals, and this goes for ALL skin types. While those prone to acne are likely to reach for the stronger products that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid to keep their skin issues at bay, these ingredients strip the skin of all essential oils and cause severe dryness and irritation that can lead to redness, wrinkles and a dull, aged look. Do not forget to moisturize, either.

While you may be more concerned with your face than your hands, your hands show signs of aging, too. If you find your hands are dry and cracked from all of the washing, try massaging them with cream and then slipping on some gloves. The natural heat of your hands and the barrier from the gloves will allow the cream to penetrate deep into the skin, giving you ultra soft and beautiful skin.

October 11, 2017 by Natalie Diver
Stay Healthy During Winter

Are allergies getting you down, top tips to stay sneeze free this winter

We want you to stay sneeze free this winter! So we have put together our top tips to stay healthy and ‘drip’ free!

Why do some people catch every cold and virus going around and others manage to escape it altogether?

Your susceptibility has a lot to do with how well our immune system is functioning, and the great news is we can do so much to support it with with little adjustments to food we consume and our lifestyle.


Here are our top 6 tips to staying sneeze free this winter:


Winter sun one of the main reasons we get more infections in winter is because we have far less sun exposure which means less exposure to Vitamin D, a nutrient closely linked to our immune-system. If you are lucky enough to be able to take a holiday in winter to top up your levels, DO IT! If not, then eating more sources of Vitamin D such as mushrooms, eggs, tofu and drinking almond milk will help.

Improve the bacteria in your stomach amazingly 70% of our immune activity takes place in our intestines! Gut flora provides a protective barrier against pathogenic bacteria (strains that can make us ill) and viruses, preventing them from getting into our bloodstream. Support your healthy bacteria levels by eating fermented foods like kefir, sauerkraut, miso and tempeh.

Avoid getting run down being too busy, stressed, anxious and losing sleep means we eat more sugary foods, starchy carbohydrates and drink more coffee to keep going. These cause us extra physical stress, and the main hormone that our bodies release to switch off stress (cortisol) also suppresses our immunity. So it is imperative that we look after ourselves, relax when we can, sleep more and cut out the junk if we want our immune system to do its job!

Top Tip: Our Beauty Blend contains Maca. This is grown in the mountains of Peru, it has been called “Peruvian ginseng.” Maca’s benefits have been long valued, Many people take maca for skin issues, as for some people it helps to clear acne and blemishes. Maca is also said to help alleviate anxiety, stress, depression or mood swings.

Nourish your immune cells our defence system needs a wide spectrum of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to function well (enter our Beauty Blend) that is why fussy eaters and extreme dieters are more susceptible to colds every week! Pack loads of nutritious foods into your diet especially foods rich in zinc, Vitamin A and Vitamin C, this means more fruit and vegetables, nuts, seeds,  sprouted seeds, like alfalfa and tempeh.

Get clever about your Vitamin C intake Vitamin C needs a range of bioflavanoids (plant chemicals) for it to be metabolised properly by our bodies, and these are not necessarily present in all Vitamin C tablets. The important bioflavanoids are present in natural sources of Vitamin C such as fruit and vegetable. Vitamin C only stays active in our body for a few hours, so we recommend adding 2tbsp of our Beauty Blend to a 100mls of water and sip it regularly throughout the day to help keep levels of natural vitamin C topped up. This in turn will help maintain the normal function of our immune system.

Look after your lymph system lymph organs and vessels produce immune cells and transport them around the body to where they are needed most. If you are a very inactive person, this can cause a stagnation in the lymph fluid. This means our immune cells can not do their job sufficiently and toxins get stuck in our system. Keep your lymph fluid running around the body by breathing deeply and exercising regularly to encourage the rhythmic pushing of the lymph through muscle contraction. Staying hydrated with plenty of filtered water and herbal teas is also super helpful here.

Start looking at your health as an investment and not an expense.



October 11, 2017 by Natalie Diver
Boost Your Metabolism

Feeling Sluggish? Let's Kick Start Your Metabolism Again!

Do you find yourself feeling sluggish on a daily basis?

Are you sick of feeling lethargic and tired but still not sleeping?

Your metabolism can be affecting your lifestyle. Find out what type of ‘metaboliser’ you are and start adjusting your diet and lifestyle to kickstart it again.


What is metabolism?

Metabolism or metabolic rate is the speed your body uses the food you eat for energy. Many of us think that we are stuck with a slow metabolism, and worry that it slows down as we get older.


Signs your metabolism has slowed down.

  1. Low body temperature.
  2. Feeling tired all the time.
  3. Gaining weight easily and difficulty losing weight.
  4. Hormonal signs.
  5. Your body is under stress.

What type of metaboliser are you?

Top Tip: We are all different and have different body types, it is important to tweak any health advice to suit your own needs and lifestyle.


There are 4 different types of metabolisers:

  1. Sedentary/inactive: You spend most of the day sitting down, whether your job requires you too or not. Symptoms can include insulin resistance such as: feeling tired, big appetite, brain fog and being overweight.

Try this: Teach your metabolism to burn fat again with a low carb diet.

  • Avoid processed sugars such as sweets, candy, desserts, cake, biscuits. Also starchy food such as bread, rice, potatoes. All of these are hard to digest.
  • Eat a portion of protein and healthy fat-containing food at each meal, such as nuts, seeds, coconut oil and avocados. These keep you going, plus eating fat gives your body the message to use fat for fuel instead of carbs!
  • Stick to 3 regular meals a day and avoid snacking. Take 2 teaspoons of our Beauty Blend in a glass of water or in a smoothie to help curb your sugar cravings.
  • Fast overnight - This does not mean starve yourself for 48 hours then binge eat for 12. Have at least 12 hours without eating every night. This means that if you eat dinner at 6pm, wait until after 6am the following morning before you have breakfast.

 

  1. Active: You are physically fit and train at the gym or even at home upto 5 times per week. But you suffer from colds, infections or feel run down more often.

Try this: Give your body more fuel to keep going by customising your carbs to your exercise level.

  • If you have high-level goals, or you are performance training, think about what your sport/activity demands from your body – for high impact or high intensity training (anaerobic activities) you may need to introduce more starchy foods.
  • A diet that is low in starchy, carbohydrate foods like grains and flours, these are great for aiding in weight loss, but to perform well in intense exercise, carefully chosen carbohydrates will help keep your metabolism and immune system functioning well.
  • Try introducing buckwheat or quinoa, sweet potato, celeriac, swede, and parsnips into your diet e.g. a portion for lunch in advance of an afternoon session, and another with your evening meal to refuel after exercise.

 

  1. Skinny: Are you a lifelong dieter, you have not even touched or eaten carbs for so long, you eat very little and do not do much exercise because you have low energy. You seem to feel the cold more than other people.

Try this: Kick your metabolism into action with regular nourishing meals and more exercise.

  • Eat more and move more! Eating and exercise increase your thermal rate, which also improves your metabolism. Begin with 3 meals and 2 snacks per day. Plus some exercise that you enjoy at least 4 times per week such as walking, running, bouncing on a trampoline, yoga, etc.
  • Eat 1 tbsp coconut oil every day – the type of fat is in the family of MCT oils (medium chain triglycerides) this oil is used quickly and easily in your body for a burst of energy and not stored as fat.

 

  1. Hormonal: Your hormones are completely out of sync, your hands and feet are always cold, your periods are all over the place and you put on weight too easily.

Try this: Help your hormonal balance by reducing stress on your body and support your thyroid gland, which controls your body’s metabolic rate.

  • Reduce caffeine, alcohol, and sugary foods, which cause spikes and dips in blood sugar levels and push your body into a state of stress. Substitute your morning frothy coffee for a dose of our Beauty Blend. We use Guarana, which is nature’s caffeine source, as one the 10 ingredients blended together to create our super smooth and versatile product.
  • Get some support at work or at home to improve situations that are making you feel stressed. This could be a chat to your boss or switching to online grocery shopping, just think about what could make your life easier and do it Beauty!
  • Reduce your intake of foods that are famous for causing irritation and sensitivities (get to know your own body) in the digestive system, this includes gluten-containing grains like wheat, barley, rye and oats, plus dairy products, additives in processed foods and pesticides from non-organic food. Try to go for the natural and organic, whole foods as much as possible.
  • Eat more foods containing iodine such as seaweed, and choose natural sea salt to season your food. Iodine nourishes your thyroid gland which contributes to your metabolism. Get lots of sleep, your sleep (or circadian) rhythm regulates your hormones and your energy burning capacity. Try to be asleep before 22.30 each night and aim for 8 hours per night – a great tactic is to start getting ready for bed an hour before you are aiming to be asleep, this will help you relax and hopefully stop the ‘counting how many hours you will get if you fall asleep now’ happening.

Love OMG x

October 09, 2017 by Natalie Diver
4 Superfood Bliss Ball Recipes You Are Going To Love!

4 Superfood Bliss Ball Recipes You Are Going To Love!

Bliss Balls make the most perfect snacks for life on the go! From making larger batches and freezing them, or making a few different flavours and popping them in your handbag and gym bag for a snack during the day.

They are loaded with nutrients to give you the strength and energy you need throughout the day and their size makes them super manageable and easy to transport.

They are also super easy to make! Just mix the ingredients together & roll them into a ball!

 

Here are our 4 favourite Oh My Glow Bliss Balls to inspire you and get your creative juices flowing!

 

Lemon, Coconut and Maca Bliss Balls.

Ingredients:

  • -  1/2 cup raw cashews.
  • -  Juice of 1 lemon.
  • -  1/2 cup desiccated coconut.
  • -  1/4 cup coconut nectar (or maple syrup).
  • -  2 Tbsp softened coconut oil.
  • -  1 tsp maca powder.
  • -  6 tsp OMG Beauty Blend.
  • -  1/8-1/4 tsp vanilla extract.
  • -  1/8 tsp sea salt.

 

Peanut Butter and Chia Seed Bliss Balls.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup sultanas.
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter.
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract.
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour.
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds.
  • 2 tsps of OMG Beauty Blend.

 

Raw Brownie Bites.

Ingredients:

  •  1/2 cups raw walnut halves.
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder, 
  •  1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt. 
  •  1 cup soft dates, pitted.
  •  1 tablespoon water.
  • 4 teaspoons of OMG Beauty Blend.
  • Additional cocoa powder, coconut or crushed
  • nuts for coating (optional).

 

Passionfruit Bliss Balls.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 quinoa flakes.
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats.
  • 1/4 cup desiccated coconut.
  • 4 pitted dates.
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil.
  • 2 Passionfruits.
  • 2 tsps of OMG Beauty Blend.

 

Check out our Recipe EBooks for more delicious Oh My Glow infused recipes.

October 09, 2017 by Natalie Diver
Tags: recipies
Are You Sabotaging Your Workouts?

Are You Sabotaging Your Workouts?

Do you find yourself sitting there on a Sunday evening saying, ‘The fitness starts tomorrow!’.

Then tomorrow comes, you hit it hard, you eat kale, you workout everyday, then BOOM! Your body crashes and you just can not summon the energy to workout? Or you find yourself making excuses?

Yup, we have totally been there! Sabotaging our workouts before they have really begun.

How do we combat this?

We have found that there are 5 steps that can lead to us falling at the first hurdle.

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  • 1. Skipping the Warm-Up

  • While you can get away with skipping the warm-up when you are doing a low to moderate impact workouts, not warming up can easily lead to injury when you are doing high-intensity interval training (HIIT) exercises, especially sprinting or a weight session.

    Warming up helps your muscles ease into exercising and can prevent injuries occurring.

    Simple exercises such as:

    Squats

    Side bends

    Trunk twists

    Arm circles

    Shoulder shrugs

    5 reps per exercise should be enough to start warming you up.


    2. Not Feeding Your Muscles After a Strenuous Workout.

    When people are trying to lose weight, it is all too easy to fall into a rut where you unconsciously ‘fast’, start skipping meals or looking for quick fixes such as meal replacement shakes. Feeding your muscles after working out will have a more positive affect on your body and keep your energy levels adequately topped up.

    After a cardiovascular workout, wait 30-45 minutes, and then consume a high-quality source of protein (whole food) and vegetable-type carbohydrate. An example would be a spinach salad.

    After a resistance/strength training workout you need a different approach. The meal after a resistance workout needs to be absorbed rapidly to help repair your damaged muscles. As a general rule, you have a one hour window of opportunity to shuttle in the required nutrients. Ideally, you’ll want to eat your post workout meal around 15-30 minutes after an intense weight training session.

    3. Concentrating on a Single Body Area, and Working in a Limited Range of Motion.

    Try to think of your body as a composition of symmetry, and focusing on certain movements and muscle groups while neglecting others can cause imbalances. This in turn can lead to reduced balance and weaknesses in certain areas, such as your back. You could say your body is only as strong as its weakest link. So making sure every area is catered for is imperative for a successful workout.


    4. Training Too Long and Too Frequently.

    Exercising too much, either by working out too long or too frequently, can backfire in a number of ways. Recovery between sessions is super important, your muscles will fatigue and become weak, which in turn can lead to injury.


    Signs you are not adequately recovering between sessions:

    Exercise leaves you feeling exhausted instead of energised.

    You are getting sick easily, or it takes forever to get over a cold.

    You have heavy and restless legs.

    You have a super short fuse.

    You are regularly sore for days at a time.


    5. Inadequate Sleep.

    Although it can be difficult to get up to 8 hours of solid sleep per night, even resting in your bed with no distractions such as, TV or Social Media, can have a positive effect on your body.

    Do not force yourself to ‘sleep’, you will end counting how many hours sleep you will get if you fell asleep now, and it can turn into a vicious sleepless cycle.

     

    We find that adding our Beauty Blend to our morning routine has a super positive effect on our energy levels. We use Guarana, which is a natural ingredient that has the same effects as caffeine without the dreaded crash or with-drawl symptoms!

    October 03, 2017 by Natalie Diver
    Oh My Glow Detox: 14-Day Review

    Oh My Glow Detox: 14-Day Review

    I can’t attest to the “pregnancy glow” that Elizabeth Banks’s character in What to Expect When You’re Expecting debunks, but I recently found a natural, raw, gluten-free, and vegan (and baby-free) product that definitely has me feeling aglow.
     
    I bragged about the TinyTea Teatox not to long ago, and completed it again because I love the balance it brings back to my belly, and I’m a tea-holic anyway. Of late, I tried a 14-day detox powder that is an additive to regular eating and drinking, like TinyTea, but comes with a more extensive set of positive results.
     
    The Oh My Glow Detox, or OMG for short, is a 14-day or 28-day detoxing powder that you can add to all kinds of foods which you consume daily. I was skeptical of OMG at first because I couldn’t tell if it was a deceitful supplement (ew) or an “eat only this” cleanse (no way), but I’m pleased to say it’s neither! OMG serves as an additive to your regular diet, and simultaneously encourages you to eat healthier. (Keep reading, I’ll elaborate.)
     
     
    Kill the Cleanse
     
    If you saw the word “detox” and were immediately turned off (but still kept reading), let me confirm that OMG is more than a detox; the initial “detox” portion exists to get you used to adding the powder to your meals regularly. Unlike regular detoxes, even TinyTea, you don’t have to stop adding OMG to your diet. It is meant to become a routine of healthy eating and form a habit of including Earth’s more rare beneficial ingredients in your daily cooking.
     
    Fruit infused water is delicious, but please, please, no more lemon water cleanses! Cleanses are not as healthy for you as the fad leads you to believe. Shocking the body, depriving it of nutrients, and then going back to old habits does absolutely nothing positive to your insides.
     
    Traditionally, OMG was meant to be added to water for legitimate nutrients. Think of it in terms of how Benefiber works for the body. But, daily intake of OMG with water helps regulate more than merely your metabolism.
     
    Yes, OMG will help boost you back to normal after a particularly alcohol-induced weekend or a long vacation filled with bad, delicious foods. But, it’s not a cleanse. Cleanses don’t work exactly how diets don’t over time. OMG assists as a permanent healthy habit, not shocking the body for a short period of time.

    Skin
     
    OMG is literally the first detox product I’ve found that helps with skin. Sure, I’ve heard of supplements and pills that claim to aid in obtaining clearer skin. But, in the health market, I’ve never heard of a completely natural product hit the shelf.
     
    I don’t get too many pimples if I don’t touch my face all the time. But, my skin gets flaky and dry around my eyebrows and nose. I pretty much have a bandit mask of dryness on my face, which I moisturize religiously in the winter.
     
    I stopped moisturizing when I started my 14-day OMG detox. I can’t claim it directly impacts pimples, because again, I don’t get those much anyway. But, I can confirm that my skin appeared far more balanced overall, and I had no irritating dryness. I literally did not moisturize once and my skin felt smooth without itchy flakiness. That’s the first time I’ve ever experienced a skin improvement with a health market additive.

    Belly Balance
     
    Metabolism seems as simple as eating well and exercising. But, if it were that easy, we’d all have quick metabolisms most of our life. And, all of these belly balancing products wouldn’t exist.
     
    Bottom line, obtaining a completely balanced diet is nearly impossible in today’s world. We all have good and bad weeks, where we either workout and eat clean every day, or Netflix and chill with some pop and pizza multiple days in a row.
     
    OMG definitely helped my metabolism set back to regular. It almost felt like a PH balance for my stomach. My belly felt neutral and happy about what was going into it. In return, this also decreased my bloating because my gut was functioning properly.
     
    A lot of the ingredients in OMG are difficult to find in your average grocery store, especially packed all in one place or product. Plus, the foods I added it to formed a healthy habit I wasn’t even fully aware that I was starting. Again, it’s not a cleanse or an “eat only this for x amount of days” product. It’s a detox to get your body back on track, and then to get used to consuming it along with other nutritious foods regularly to keep your body that way.
     
     
    Vitality Boost
     
    Adding OMG to my morning work week routine felt like taking a vitamin each morning. My body received nutritious ingredients it wouldn’t otherwise have gotten in my breakfast.
     
    OMG is the perfect detox to start before summer, and to continue on in the warm weather. Why? Smoothies! I always crave my coffee for taste, but OMG increased my attentiveness just a few days after adding it to my daily work week morning breakfast smoothie. My energy level matched my motivation without needing a caffeine boost.
     
    I wish I would've had OMG when I got my gum graft back in January. I had a smoothie fest because I didn’t want experience the pain of chewing for the first couple of days post-surgery. Oh My Glow would’ve provided me with extra nutrients and energy, which I was seriously lacking on a smoothie-diet.
     
    While most people know healthy food increases energy, most don’t realize that a nutritious diet also prevents inflammation, which causes depression. Eating bad food is pouring bad chemicals into your brain and system. Poor good chemicals in, and you'll be shocked how much your energy, mood and overall vitality improves. I think the ingredients in OMG assists with this greatly.
     
     
    Recipes
     
    Speaking of smoothies, OMG can be added to more than only water. A huge, unique perk of this detox is how easy it is to add to your diet, because it can be scooped into various yummy health foods you are already eating! OMG truly promotes and encourages an overall healthy lifestyle, which you don’t get from other detoxes.
     
    The only negative point I have regarding OMG, is that it turned most of my smoothies the same purple color. But, it tipped the scale back over in its favor by introducing me to a crazy amount of new, delicious smoothie recipes. OMG recently created a recipe book as well.
     
    Not only will you learn so many easy, yummy smoothie recipes when you incorporate this into your life, but OMG actually helped me eat healthier in general because I actively thought of nutritious meals with which I could add in Oh My Glow. Here are some ideas:
     
    Smoothie
    - Smoothie bowl
    Homemade Jam
    - Oatmeal
    Chia seed pudding
    Pancakes/waffles
    - Baked goods like healthy chai muffins and oat bread
    Homemade ice cream
     
    As Natalie once posted, "Look inside to fix the outside". Start with pairing a 14-day detox of Oh My Glow with your new healthy eating habit!
     
     
    Detox to Routine
     
    Even though a 28-day detox is obviously more beneficial, I recommend trying the 14-day pack first like I did to ensure you like it. But, again, the goal of OMG is to form a habit of living a healthy lifestyle, and it takes about 1 month (28-31 days) to form a habit.
     
    As previously mentioned, the other momentous pro of OMG compared to other detoxes is that after the 14-day or 28-day detox you commit to, you can still use it regularly in food. You don't have to stop or take a break; it becomes a daily healthy boost like a vitamin.
     
    As a society, we have become so obsessed with quick fixes or supplements that replace nutritious foods that we forgot that the best thing with the quickest results for our body are the ingredients nature provides. Join the health culture that promotes holistic, balanced living through Earth’s natural goodness.
     
    I definitely suggest trying a 14-day detox of Oh My Glow as a natural morning wake-up, a pre-workout boost, a metabolism regulator, a skin balancer, and a daily tool to help you in your personal push to consume a more nutritious diet. Let’s cheers our smoothies to a healthy lifestyle and a balanced body!

     

    Thank you to the beautiful Mallory Jordan for the review x

    October 01, 2017 by Natalie Diver
    Avocados - Not Just An Ugly Fruit

    Avocados - Not Just An Ugly Fruit

    So, as you have probably guessed, we are obsessed with Avocados! Although they are certainly not the prettiest item to look at, they are a super unique type of fruit. Most fruit consists primarily of carbohydrates, while the avocado is high in healthy fats. You need healthy fats to help you absorb certain nutrients, such as fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E and K - all of which can be found in our Beauty Blend!) and antioxidants (like lycopene and beta-carotene).

     

    Here we have some of the main nutritional benefits of adding avocado into our diets:

    They are super nutritious.

    Let’s get our geek on for a minute...

    Avocados are very nutritious and contain a wide variety of nutrients, including 20 different vitamins and minerals.

    • Vitamin K: 26% of the RDA.
    • Folate: 20% of the RDA.
    • Vitamin C: 17% of the RDA.
    • Potassium: 14% of the RDA.
    • Vitamin B5: 14% of the RDA.
    • Vitamin B6: 13% of the RDA.
    • Vitamin E: 10% of the RDA.
    • Then it contains small amounts of Magnesium, Manganese, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Phosphorous, Vitamin A, B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin) and B3 (Niacin).

    This is coming with 160 calories, 2 grams of protein and 15 grams of healthy fats. Although it contains 9 grams of carbs, 7 of those are fibre so there are only 2 “net” carbs, making this a low-carb friendly plant food.

    They contain more potassium than Bananas.

    Potassium is a super important mineral that so many people do not have enough of in their diet. Avocados are loaded with potassium, which helps support healthy blood pressure levels.

    They are naturally high in fibre.

    Avocados tend to be high in fibre, approximately 7% by standard weight measures, which is much higher than other foods. Fibre is important in remaining healthy when losing weight, and maintaining our metabolic health.

    Avocados are not only beneficial to our insides, they also have amazing effects on our skin!

     

    Here we have selected 3 skin loving benefits of this totally underrated fruit:

    Antioxidant Carotenoids for Healthy Skin.

    Avocados are an amazing source of antioxidant carotenoids such as: alpha-carotene, beta carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin and lutein. These are free radical quenching properties that provide great protection for our skin from environmental damage that leads to fine lines, wrinkles and other visible signs of aging. Can we get a hallelujah!!!

     

    An abundance of Vitamin C.

    Avocados contain large amounts of vitamin C, which is an important factor in keeping our skin healthy. We should ideally have many sources of vitamin C in our diet every day as it is water soluble and cannot be stored in your body. In a nutshell, we can not overdose on Vitamin C.

    As well as having strong antioxidant properties, vitamin C is needed for the creation of elastin and collagen, which bind our skin cells together and help maintain their firmness and structure. It is never too early to think about wrinkle prevention ladies!

    Moisturizing Monounsaturated Fatty Acids.

    One of the main avocado skin benefits comes from their high oleic acid content. This monounsaturated fatty acid maintains moisture in the epidermal layer of your skin, helping to make it soft and hydrated.

    Omega-9 fat, oleic acid is also involved in regenerating damaged skin cells and reducing facial redness and irritation. For those who suffer from skin irritation and dryness regularly, eating more avocado is paramount for skin health and moisturization.

    Omega-9 fatty acids are also one of the building blocks of a healthy complexion and avocados, and even more so avocado oil, are a great source of this skin moisturizing fat.

    We love making our own facemasks and could not select one to share, soooo, we have included TWO as they are AMAZING!!!

    1. Avocado Honey Face Mask.

    This easy to make face mask for dry skin uses only 2 natural ingredients, namely, avocado and honey, both of which act as natural moisturizers. This mask works wonders for mature, wrinkled and dry skin. Take 1 fully ripe fresh avocado, remove the skin as well as the seed, and mash it up into creamy pulp in a bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of honey and stir the mixture until it turns into a uniform paste. Apply to skin and leave it on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off the mixture with lukewarm water and pat dry your face with a soft towel.

    This avocado mask recipe works to impart a beautiful glow to your face. This face mask is not too sticky, but it is delicious!

    2. Oatmeal Avocado Face Mask.

    This acts as a great moisturising mask and helps in restoring damaged skin. Take 1/2 ripe avocado and 1/2 cup of oatmeal. Cook the oatmeal as per instructions in the label on the oatmeal packet and mixed it well with the mashed avocado (without its skin and seed) until it turns into a pulp-free paste of uniform consistency. Apply it on your skin and leave it on for 10-15 minutes or until it dries up. Once it’s done, rinse it off with lukewarm water and pat dry your skin with a soft towel.

     

    Show us your Avocado smoothies, dishes or exciting ways to use it! Tag @omgdetox to be featured!

    September 27, 2017 by Natalie Diver
    The Autumn Survival Guide

    The Autumn Survival Guide

    The leaves are changing colour and the air is becoming more crisp, this can only mean one thing, ** said in the voice of Jon Snow** Autumn is coming!


    We have spent all summer sculpting our bodies, protecting our skin and enjoying the sun. Although it is hibernation weather, we should not neglect ourselves, our bodies still need some serious TLC during the colder months.


    So we have an Autumn Survival Guide for you to help you keep your glow without that sun kissed effect.


    1. Hair

    Treat yourself to a haircut to trim away the damage done by the sun, and salt and chlorinated water. This is also the perfect time to start nourishing your locks in order to prevent the damage winter can do.

    Tip: Apply coconut oil to your hair once a week for a luxurious shine and deep moisture treatment without any harsh chemicals!

    2. Skin

    Prepare your skin for the colder months by getting into a regular moisturising routine. Now is the time to switch to a richer, creamier moisturiser. The cold, harsh air will dry out the skin and become dry and flaky. Remember to exfoliate first so you remove any dead skin cells and so that your skin can easily absorb the moisture.

    Tip: Prevent dryness and flakiness by using a hydrating face mask or serum on a regular basis. Do not forget to still apply sunscreen. Just because the temperature may be low, does not mean the UV rays will be less detrimental.

    3. Eyes

    Cooler weather can dry our skins, especially the tender, delicate skin under your eyes. Make sure you use a moisturiser specifically for eyes.

    Tip: Get rid of dark circles and puffiness by applying cool teabags, cucumber or coconut oil to the sensitive areas. Take care not to get it in your eyes!



    4. Hands & Nails

    Your hands are constantly exposed and can suffer from dryness in the colder season, especially around your joints. Keep them soft and hydrated by regularly applying hand cream.

    The colder air can also make your nails more brittle, so be sure to file them at least once a week to avoid breakage.

    1. Nutrition

    In the cold weather, the craving for heartier foods is something we all get (if we are honest). The appeal of salads disappears with the heat!

    Here we have an awesome recipe for Apple Pie Porridge that will keep your energy levels and metabolism functioning throughout the day.

    Ingredients:

    2 medium peeled and diced apples.

    2 heaped tablespoons of raisins.

    ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon.

    400mls of sugar free apple juice (if you can press your own, that would be fabulous!).

    100g rolled oats.

    200ml of water, coconut or almond milk.

    2 tsps of Oh My Glow Beauty Blend

    Method:

    Place the diced apple, raisins, cinnamon and apple juice in a saucepan, place the lid on, and  cook on a high heat for 3-4 minutes.

    Add in the oats, Beauty Blend and water/milk and simmer for a further 2 minutes.

    Serve in bowls and sprinkle with a little cinnamon for extra flavour if desired.

    We have your back this Autumn, our Beauty Blend is loaded with skin loving vitamins and minerals. Oh My Glow Beauty Blend is a powdered supplement, made entirely from 10 superfoods with nothing else added. It is known to reduce bloating, clear skin, boost energy and aid weight loss! The perfect Autumn accessory for sexy skin!

    September 21, 2017 by Natalie Diver