<![CDATA[swiish]]> http://www.swiish.com/ Wed, 18 Jul 2018 03:11:30 GMT Wed, 18 Jul 2018 03:11:30 GMT LemonStand <![CDATA[BRUSH TO BEAUTY]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/brush-to-beauty-02 http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/brush-to-beauty-02 Sun, 15 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT

You may have heard of dry brushing your skin before, but you may not know why it's so important and such a good thing to do.

Your skin is the largest organ of your body, which whilst an amazing fact, also involves some not so pretty details - like the fact that one-third of your body’s daily impurities are excreted through the skin. Yep, pretty gross... we're sorry. But that's why it's important to start dry body brushing ASAP!

Dry body brushing is basically a traditional natural health practice, which involves brushing over dry skin, followed by a bath or shower. The best thing about it is that it only takes five minutes out of your day, costs next to nothing, and helps your body inside as well as out!

There is literally an encyclopedia of dry body brushing benefits but some of them include: 

  • Removing dead layers of skin and other outer impurities

  • Stimulates and increases blood circulation

  • Helps release fatty deposits under your skin’s surface

  • Assists the eliminative capacity of your body’s organs

  • Rejuvenates cells

  • Strengthens immune system

  • Increases muscle tone

  • Improves skin texture

  • Helps prevent premature ageing

  • Alleviates vein and lymph congestion to reduce cellulite appearance

  • Assists with stimulation of sweat and oil glands, contributing to the restoration of moist, supple skin

 It’s amazing how one little (and super inexpensive) beauty staple can do so much for you inside and out!!

But before you go running for that dry brush there are a few tips you should keep in mind to get the most out of this routine… 

  1. It’s best to dry brush first thing in the morning before you shower. Start with light pressure until you’re used to the sensation, then move on to firmer strokes.

  2. Use a natural bristled brush or a loofah as a second choice. Avoid synthetic or nylon brushes or gloves as they’re too sharp and can damage the skin.

  3. Start with the soles of your feet, use swift upward strokes and brush from the feet, up the legs, working towards your heart.

  4. Once you’ve covered your lower body, move to your hands and work up your arms toward your heart in the same manner.

  5. Using a long handle brush, brush your back next.

  6. Lastly, work on your abdomen (moving in a clockwise direction to follow the movement of the colon), chest and neck. It’s best to avoid your face as most people’s facial skin is too sensitive.

  7. Brush for about three-to-five minutes until your skin is rosy and slightly tingly.

  8. Always shower after you dry brush to wash off the dead skin and impurities. Follow up with a moisturiser or body oil to lock in moisture and you're on way to gorgeously healthy, glowing skin. 

Want to get your hands (and body) on a dry body brush? Grab one here.

 

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<![CDATA[FLOAT YOUR BOAT]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/float-your-boat http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/float-your-boat Sun, 15 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT

What if we told you that you could float your way to better health? Sounds crazy, right? But hear us out on this one.

Floating is the latest wellness trend to hit the streets and we are 100% obsessed with it. And no, we’re not talking about going to your local pool to float around for half an hour; we’re talking about floating in a controlled tank where the environment around you has been designed to be free of distractions or obstacles of any kind.

Floating involves lying in a lightless, soundproof float tank filled with 25cm-deep saltwater solution heated to the skin’s temperature. Created by neurophysicist Dr. John C. Lilly over 60 years ago, floatation therapy involves lying in a specifically designed floatation tank that is filled with 1000 litres of water warmed to your skin temperature at depth of 25 centimetres. Dissolved in the water is 600kgs of pharmaceutical grade Epsom salt, which results in an incredibly dense solution. This enables people of all body types to float effortlessly and escape the pull of gravity.

It’s designed to help eliminate any outside distractions such as sight, sound, tactile sensations and gravity (due to the buoyancy of the water). The result? It literally feels like you are floating in space because you lose track of where your body ends and where the water begins.

Due to the reduced stimulation, your mind and body are transformed into a complete state of relaxation. Not only does this ease the mind, but it allows your body to fully absorb the magnesium from the water, which is what relieves tension, aches, pains and sore muscles within your body. It also increases circulation and can even help to regulate blood pressure. As your physical ailments begin to fade, your mental state then follows suit, allowing you to be incredibly relaxed. Trust us on this; the relaxation levels after our floating session were a high ten. 

We visited Sydney Float Centre for our float session and we couldn’t have had a better time. Upon leaving, our bodies were in a total state of relaxation and our muscle aches from working out were noticeably gone. To reap all the benefits, we would recommend going to three to five times to fully understand how you can use floating to the absolute maximum. 

After visiting Sydney Float Centrewe thought we would give you all our insider tips on what to do for your float visit. We know that when it comes to trying new things in the health & fitness area it can sometimes be daunting, which is it helps to insider knowledge. You can consider us your besties who are here to help.

 

  1. Eat beforehand. Yep, priorities, ha! If you don’t eat beforehand, chances are that you’ll spend your entire float session thinking about your next meal. Don’t eat right before your session because you’ll feel bloated and full but you might like to eat something light an hour before your float begins.

  2. Take really comfy clothes to change into once you finish your float. We would recommend booking in your float session in the late afternoon so you can head home afterwards. You want to take your favourite trackies, a sweater and ugg boots. When you’ve finished floating, you’re in a complete state of relaxation so to keep that momentum going, wear your relaxed clothes and head straight home.

  3. Further to the point above, to keep the relaxation momentum going, have your dinner prepared when you get home. Trust us, you will not feel like cooking or preparing dinner when you finish your float. Instead, you’ll feel like curling up on the lounge with a good book or TV show with a pre-prepared dinner ready to go!

  1. Get there early! Sydney Float Centre recommends getting there at least fifteen minutes before your session commences. Like any gym or workout class you go to for the first time, you want to get there early so you can familiarise yourself with the space. The staff at the float centre will also go through the floating instructions and any tips before you start. Arriving early will ensure you maximise your float time. 

  2. Don’t rush out of the float centre afterwards. Utilise the chill out room at your float centre and use the time to make yourself a cup of tea and to really unwind.

  3. After your float, you’ll notice that your skin will be velvety soft and luxuriously smooth. Invest in a beautiful body oil to use post float. You won’t regret it. 

If you’re in Sydney, we can’t recommend Sydney Float Centre enough. Everything about it was sublime and we can’t way to go back! If you’re not in Sydney, we’ve rounded up more float locations for you below.

Sydney Float Centre - 66 Riley Street, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010

Flow Revive - 50 Oxford Street, Paddington, NSW 2021

Beyond Rest - 18 Rokeby Street, Collingwood, Victoria 3066

Elevation Floatation and Yoga - 167 Camberwell Road, Hawthorn East, Victoria 3123

Beyond Rest - 125 Edward Street, Perth, Western Australia 6000

Beyond Rest - 3/58 Holdsworth Street, Coorparoo, Queensland 4151

Blue Lagoon Float & Spa - Shop 2, 137 – 139 Brebner Drive, West Lakes, South Australia 5021

The Float Room - 69 Finniss StreetMarion, South Australia 5043

Hobart Float and Spa - 80 Bathurst Street, Hobart, Tasmania 7000

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<![CDATA[LET’S ROLL]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/lets-roll http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/lets-roll Sun, 15 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT

We don’t need to tell you how much we love rose quartz rollers but if you want a refresher, you can read our full post on the simple and super effective beauty tool here.

It’s no secret that rose quartz rollers have taken the beauty (and Instagram) world by storm and for good reason too. They increase and stimulate blood flow and circulation, reduce puffiness and smooth fine lines and wrinkles, just to name a few. Even though they’ve been around for centuries for their healing and restorative properties, they really are the MVP of the 2018 beauty world.

Rose quartz is the crystal of not just love, but unconditional love, especially towards oneself so we think it’s fitting that using a rose quartz roller can be a large part of a self-care routine. Rose quartz is one of the most well known crystals and that’s not just because it looks beautiful. Rose quartz is known to help raise self-esteem, restore confidence, lower stress and balance emotions. As the crystal of love, it can also help heal the heart from anger, disappointment, lost love, resentment and jealousy. We’re firm believers that you have to nourish and look after your insides and that will then translate to the outside. Because rose quartz is known to help heal you from the inside out, your skin reaps all of the benefits. Hello glowing complexion and youthful looking skin!  

The question is though, are you using your roller properly? There’s so much information out there in the big world wide web so we thought we’d do all the research for you and consolidate it into this post for you. 

So how do you use a rose quartz roller? Firstly, the most important thing to remember when using one is to always roll it upwards or horizontally. You shouldn’t roll it back and forth across your face. 

See our easy-to-follow diagram below: 

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<![CDATA[READY TO ROLL]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/ready-to-roll http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/ready-to-roll Sun, 15 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Do you wake up in the morning with puffy skin, dark circles and pronounced fine lines and wrinkles? Unless you’re on holidays or are enjoying life at a yoga retreat, it’s a common sight for most people who are living in the everyday hustle of life. 

So what if we told you that we found a tool that decreases said puffiness, dark circles and fine lines? It would be a total game changer, right? No longer would you have to wake up and coat concealer under your eyes or pat your face with your hands until your skin woke up. This tool, that is super easy to use by the way, can have your skin looking refreshed and rejuvenated in only a couple of minutes! 

That’s where a rose quartz roller comes in. Rose Quartz has been used for centuries and Ancient Egyptians believed it had anti-ageing properties that prevented wrinkles and fine lines. Rumour has it, Isis, the Egyptian Goddess of Life, used to rub rose quartz in an upward motion around her eyes to retain her beauty and youthful-looking skin (and who are we to argue with a Goddess?).

In today’s world, rose quartz is the crystal of not just love but specifically unconditional love, especially towards oneself so we think it’s fitting that using a rose quartz roller can be a large part of a self-care routine. Rose quartz is one of the most well known crystals and that’s not just because it looks beautiful. Rose quartz is believed to help to raise self-esteem, restore confidence, lower stress and balance emotions. As the crystal of love, it can also help heal the heart from anger, disappointment, lost love, resentment and jealousy. 

The purpose of face rolling is to massage your face. It’s common to get back, neck, shoulders and full body massages to relieve aches and pains and to release tension so considering how often we use our facial muscles (from all the talking and eating we do, ha!), it’s really no surprise that our face should also be privy to regular massages. It functions as a tool to clear away toxins and impurities while increasing blood flow and stimulating circulation. The movement of increased circulation brings more oxygen to the skin’s surface, which loosens up spots where wrinkles are born. The result? You’re left with plump, firm skin and a glowing and healthy looking complexion. 

The best way to store your rose quartz roller is in the fridge because upon using it, the cool stone will help to alleviate puffiness, leaving you with ‘I just had ten hours of sleep’ skin (even if you had less)!

We put the rose quartz roller to the test and Olivia in our team has been using one for the past few weeks. Liv has been using hers morning and night for different reasons. She has been using it at night, after applying her serums and moisturisers, to lock in the products she’s used. The movement from the roller allows the skin to absorb the benefits from the serums and moisturiser. In the morning, Liv’s been using it to decrease puffiness (especially around her eyes) and to stimulate circulation and blood flow after a long sleep. Her verdict? She says “I’ve loved adding this simple step into my morning and night routine. It’s simple, it’s relaxing and I feel like it’s made a difference to my skin. I’m quite prone to a puffy face in the morning and this has made a noticeable and fast difference.”

It also comes in handy when we’ve been on an airplane and the pressure from the cabin has dried out our skin. When we’re just about to land, we do a quick once-over with our rose quartz roller and it leaves us feeling relaxed and ready to go!

Sometimes the best things in life are the simplest, and in this case, it’s true; the simplest beauty tools are the best. 

Want rejuvenated skin and a glowing complexion? Get your rose quartz roller here.

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<![CDATA[WEEK 3 – WINTER WELLNESS CHALLENGE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/week-3-winter-wellness-challenge http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/week-3-winter-wellness-challenge Sun, 15 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Welcome to week 3 of our Winter Wellness Challenge! We’re so pumped and ready to go for this week. 

We certainly felt all the food love with lots of you messaging and emailing us with your culinary successes. How is everyone feeling? We’re half way through our Winter Wellness Challenge and we have to admit, we are feeling SO much better than how we did at the start of the month. It really goes to show what a big change small differences can make. 

Before we get stuck into week 3, if you’re joining us now, you’re not too late – simply catch up on previous weeks here:

This week, we’re going to focus on tightening and toning our body and the best news is – there’s no exercise needed! Hooray! We’re going to show you how two simple (and inexpensive) beauty tools can help to transform your skin from lifeless and dull to healthy and radiant. 

We’re also going to show and explain to you how you can float (yes, float!) your way to health and wellness and the health benefits floating can have on your entire body. 

Let’s get started with this week’s challenge!


Have you heard about facial rollers and have no idea what they are and what they do? Don’t worry, we explain everything you need to know about rose quartz rolling and why you should be doing it every day here.

There are very specific dos and don’ts when using a rose quartz roller and a dry body brush. Learn if you are rolling the right way here and brushing the right way here.

How you spend your morning can either make or break your day so this week, we would love for you to create your own morning routine that includes using a dry body brush and a rose quartz roller. To really get the most out of your morning, and consequently, your day, we find getting up a little bit earlier than we need to works really well. One of the best things about getting up earlier is that you don’t feel like you’re getting up for work. As much as we love our work, we find it’s a bigger incentive to get up each morning to read a book or meditate or exercise before the daily grind begins. Here’s what our morning looks like (if we don’t hit the gym):

6:00am – We wake up and have a 10mls of apple cider vinegar in a small glass of lukewarm water. It kickstarts the digestive system and we learnt last week that drinking warm beverages is incredibly important for an Ayurvedic diet

Whilst we’re setting our apple cider vinegar and water up, we get our rose quartz roller out of the fridge (yes, the fridge! A cold roller is best for decreasing puffiness) and roll our skin using the techniques we learnt here.

6:15am – We hop on the lounge with a cosy throw rug and read for 15 minutes. Sounds super indulgent, right? But the first part of your morning should be dedicated to some form of self-care and we’re usually too tired at night to read for a long period of time so we spend a little bit of time reading. Sometimes, it’ll be a page-turning novel and other times, it might be a book about business. Either way it’s just a nice start to the morning.

6.30am – It’s time to use our dry body brush before we have a shower. A dry body brush can help to increase circulation, stimulate blood flow and reduce cellulite. We find it especially important to use in winter when our skin is SO dry. It gets rid of all that dry skin that tends to build up in the cooler months.

6:40am – After we’ve used our dry body brush and had a shower, it’s time for hair and make-up.

7:00am – Breakfast time! Brekkie is the most important meal of the day and to be honest, probably our favourite meal of the day. We usually both have a green smoothie (no surprises there) and we also have a glass of water with a teaspoon of Super Green Superfood Powder, which helps to detox, debloat and energise. It’s also packed full of fruit, veggies, probiotics, prebiotics and superfoods so we know we’re doing something amazing for our body first thing in the morning. 

7.30am – Head out the door for a productive and energising day!

How does a one-hour session of floating sound to you? It would be just you and a tub full of water to help you relax and rejuvenate. This week, we would love for you to try a float tank. You can read about what happened when we went to a float tank here but in essence, floating relieves tension, aches, pains and sore muscles within your body. It also increases circulation and can even help to regulate blood pressure. The relaxation levels upon completion of your float are also a high ten. Make sure you read this post for our insider tips and tricks on floating (trust us, you need to read this). 

To tighten and tone without exercising, this week, we’re offering 10% off all rose quartz rollers and dry body brushes at shop.swiish.com! Shop your rose quartz roller here and your dry body brush here and use the code: WELLNESS10 to receive the discount.

Don’t forget that we’ve also got our Winter Wellness Challenge calendar to make things easier for you. We’ve created a calendar for you that highlights all the information you need over the next few weeks. As you can see, you can expect to find something for every day of the month. Don’t worry though; these are all super simple tasks that can easily be slotted into your everyday routine. Click here to download your calendar. We would suggest printing it and keeping it on the fridge or on your desk so it’s always nearby and ready to go! 

There you have it, simple ways to tighten and tone without exercising. Thanks for joining us on our Winter Wellness Challenge and make sure you follow us on Instagram to get the latest in health and wellness! We’d love to hear how you’re going with the challenge so feel free to touch base with us on social media or leave us a comment below. 

Love Sally and Maha and the SWIISH team xx

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<![CDATA[BROCCOLI COFFEE IS A THING]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/broccoli-coffee-is-a-thing http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/broccoli-coffee-is-a-thing Wed, 11 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT

First, there was mushroom coffee and now we’d like to introduce you to broccoli coffee. 

Yes, that’s not a typo. Broccoli coffee is now a thing and according to scientists, having 2 tablespoons of broccoli powder in your daily caffeine drink of choice, is akin to having one serve of vegetables. 

We can’t deny that broccoli is a nutrient-rich vegetable with plenty of fibre, vitamins (including A, B1 and B6) and minerals such as potassium, zinc and magnesium but what’s it doing in coffee? According to scientists, the powdered form of the brassica vegetable is an excellent way to meet your daily vegetable intake and although it might turn your coffee a slight green colour, the taste isn’t all that different. 

The benefits of broccoli are plentiful with it constantly being referred to as one of the world’s healthiest vegetables. It’s anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, it can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and it can help promote strong bones so even though it might make your daily cup of joe taste a little... different... it’s probably worth it for the abundant health benefits. 

If you want to experiment with broccoli powder in your next coffee, it can be added to an espresso shot before the steamed milk is poured.

Would you be game enough to try broccoli coffee? We’re up for giving it a try!


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<![CDATA[HELLO CUTE!]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/hello-cute http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/hello-cute Tue, 10 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT

All of your mummy and me dreams have come true because we’ve found a brand that creates beautiful shoes for the modern mumma and child.

Say hello to Hello Zef, the Victorian-based shoe brand that launched in 2015 by Suzie Goold. Originally just selling kicks for kids, Goold had request after request to launch a Mumma collection so that’s exactly what she did. 

Like us, Goold believes in supporting small businesses and quality products that can be passed down from sibling to sibling or friend to friend.

 The shoes range from sandals and sneakers to trendy high tops and we’re obsessed. The prints are incredibly cool and totally on trend; they’re definitely something you will both want to wear. Another thing we adore about this brand is their work with local charities and organisations. 

Shop Hello Zef.

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<![CDATA[SET THE TONE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/set-the-tone http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/set-the-tone Mon, 09 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT

If there’s one thing we’d like to thank the 2018 fashion gods for, it would be tonal dressing. 

We’re obsessed with this trend that’s taken over the fashion world this year and we honestly can’t get enough of it. What is tonal dressing, you ask? Like it sounds, it’s when you wear the same colour head to toe but in different shades. Navy and sky blue? You bet! Aubergine and lilac? Absolutely! Mustard and buttercup? Yes please!

The key with tonal dressing though is to mix textures and even patterns, and to have one item that contrasts against the whole outfit. This usually works best with accessories like shoes or a clutch. Wearing head to toe red? Go for a black clutch. 

Like us, you’ve probably already nailed wearing head to toe black but if you need inspo on wearing colours outside of your comfort zone, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve rounded up our favourite head to toe colour combos for you below!

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<![CDATA[GOLDEN ELIXIR]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/golden-elixir-02 http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/golden-elixir-02 Sun, 08 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT

In our kitchens, we have a simple and useful mantra: waste not, want not. We’re always looking for new, creative and nutritious ways to use up scraps whether it’s freezing leftover green smoothies into ice cubes or using overripe bananas to make sweet banana bread. But one of our favourite things to make that uses up odds and ends from the kitchen is bone broth. Yep, bone broth. And trust us, it’s not as scary as it sounds.

Bone broth is like a homemade stock, except that it's a rich and savoury broth without all of the sodium or flavour additives that you often find in store bought varieties. Like the kind you get at your local butcher for cheap as chips. This is one superfood trend that won’t break the bank. Perfect as a base for soups (like Pho), casseroles, stews or you can even use it in place of oil when cooking. Veggies stir-fried in this wonder broth taste insanely delicious.

So what’s the benefit of bone broth? Well, it’s rich in gelatin which is great for healing a lot of issues like gut sensitivity, joint pain and even poor sleep. It keeps your immune system fighting fit too which is especially important in the cooler months. You can add whatever yummy veggies and herbs you like for a comforting and highly nutritious meal that tastes great. Plus it’s good for skin, hair, nails and cellulite (woop woop!) so it’s a beauty food too!

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<![CDATA[GOOD MOOD FOOD]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/good-mood-food-02 http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/good-mood-food-02 Sun, 08 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Have you ever eaten something and just instantly felt happier?  It may have been a slow cooked roast lamb or it could have been a superfood salad; there’s no one food group that does it.  What it really comes down to the chemical makeup of particular foods, which can help to bolster your mood.  Gooo science!

Whether they’re relieving stress, increasing energy or sending a surge of happy hormones through your brain, the following foods are said to be the top mood-boosting munchies.  Here’s why…

Bone broth is particularly good at boosting your mood because it’s a mineral rich infusion of organic bones, vegetables, herbs and spices, which results in a feeling of nourishment and warmth. 

Not only is bone broth wholesome and full of flavour but it’s also an excellent source of minerals, which can boost the immune system and improve digestion. Studies show that broth made primarily with organic animal bones (like beef or chicken) and simmered for hours on end is a magic elixir that can help with gut issues, relieve tired muscles and revive dry and lifeless hair. The reason a bone broth takes so long to cook is because whilst it’s simmering, it’s breaking down the bones and extracts its contents, like collagen, amino acids and minerals, which results in its high nutritional value. This is why it’s important to use the bones of organic beef or chicken when making your broth; you only want the best! Once you add your veggies and extra spices to your broth, you literally have a golden elixir that is incredibly wholesome and nourishing for your entire body, but especially for your gut. The gut is one of the main factors in how you feel so a healthy and happy gut means a healthy and happy you!

Eggs are a great source of the vital nutrient choline, a nutrient that’s incredibly important for liver function, normal brain development, nerve function, muscle movement, energy levels and a healthy metabolism. Choline and subsequently, eggs, also help nerves to communicate and for muscles to move, which are both associated with mood and energy levels. So when you’ve got a healthy level of choline in your diet, it’s more likely that your energy levels and mood are at healthy levels. 

Strange but true!  Mussels actually have one of the highest naturally occurring levels of B12, which helps your brain to stay strong and healthy as you grow older.  Mussels also contain zinc, selenium and iodine, all of which help to keep one of your body’s biggest mood regulators (the thyroid) running smoothly.  

Coconut is another food filled with heart-healthy fats but believe it or not, it can also help to calm you down.  Studies have shown that even just the smell of coconut can help to reduce stress by weakening your ‘fight or flight’ response and slowing down your heart rate.  So next time you’re feeling a bit stressed out, remember - ‘keep calm and smell a coconut.’

You don’t need to be a scientist to know that chocolate makes people happy.  Why?  Well firstly, dark chocolate increases the production of endorphins, which are chemicals in your brain that produce feelings of pleasure.  It also contains serotonin, which can help to fight depression. 

Animals that are raised eating grass have much higher levels of linoleic acid in their bodies, which helps reduce stress hormones.  Grass-fed lamb in particular is packed fool of haem (or heme) iron, which is vital for maintaining stable mood levels.  Shish kebab anyone?    

What a lot of people don’t know about calcium is that it triggers your brain to release ‘feel-good’ neurotransmitters.  That’s why nutritionists say that it’s possible thatpeople who don’t have enough calcium in their diet can become anxious, irritable and depressed.  Not only is Greek yoghurt full of bone-boosting calcium (more so than any milk or regular yoghurt) but it’s also packed with protein as well.  That means you’ll be left feeling full, satisfied and hopefully extra happy.

Numerous studies have found that saffron can help to reduce symptoms associated with PMS, such as mood swings and depression.  It’s even been found to have mood improving effect similar to those of clinical antidepressants.  That’s one seriously powerful spice. You’ll find saffron in lots of curry dishes but you can also use saffron to make a serving of simple and easy saffron rice. 

Saffron rice:

  • Good pinch of saffron threads
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups (300g) Basmati rice
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped coriander
  1. Crush the saffron and a good pinch of sea salt in a mortar and pestle. Set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook onion, stirring, for 6-8 minutes until softened. Stir in rice. Add 650ml boiling water and bring to the boil. Stir in saffron mixture, reduce heat to low, then cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes until rice is tender. Cool, then fluff with a fork. Garnish with coriander.

 

Not only is salmon delicious and super filling, it’s also rich in essential fatty acids. These fats actually play an important part in increasing the body’s ability to absorb essential hormones, especially those that help to regulate your mood. Salmon is also loaded with high-quality protein, selenium and B vitamins, which turn the food you eat into energy your body can use, which can help regulate and reinvigorate your mood. Try eating salmon twice a week or you can also take Omega-3 supplements (find them at your chemist) to still reap the benefits. 

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<![CDATA[THE AYURVEDIC GUIDE TO EATING]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-ayurvedic-guide-to-eating http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-ayurvedic-guide-to-eating Sun, 08 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT

We all know the saying “you are what you eat” and whilst we usually apply this to our physical health, did you know it’s even more applicable to our mood and mindset?

Everyone has a different relationship with food and you’re probably aware of how food fits into your life (we obviously love everything about it) but there’s a greater force surrounding food and how we consume it.

According to Ayurveda (meaning “the science of living”), the process of eating is life giving, reverent and important for the development of our mind as well as our physical health. Ayurveda is an Indian health practice thought to be more than 5000 years old and consists of a number of disciplines, including aromatherapy, diet, herbal medicine, acupuncture, yoga, massage and meditations.

There are numerous practices related to eating that ensure a clear and positive mindset and mood. 

Essentially, the Ayurvedic guide to eating is based on balancing our bodies. In Western culture, it’s easy to eat too much sweet, salty and savoury food that can create imbalance within us so the Ayurvedic guide to eating is based on eating foods in a way that fulfil us from within. 

Here’s the Ayurvedic guide to eating for a positive mindset full of clarity and joy!

  • Always sit down when eating because it’s easier to digest food when you’re in a relaxed posture.
  • Avoid cold drinks at mealtime. Try room temperature or heated drinks, including herbal teas.
  • Eat at the same time each day
  • Lunch should be your largest meal of the day and dinner should be a lighter meal than lunch and should be eaten before 8pm.

 

Your brain’s health is connected to so many different things within your body, from your diet and gut health to sleep patterns and brain chemistry. Food plays a critical role in your mood and based on the Ayurvedic guide to eating, there are three types of food. Sattvic foods create joy and mental clarity, tamasic foods create lethargy and dullness and finally, rajasic foods create movement in the mind. 


Sattvic foods are the foods you want to add to your diet (we’ve listed these below) whilst tamasic foods are to be avoided because they promote tiredness and slowness. Tamasic foods include fast, frozen and fried foods, alcohol, onions, margarine and microwaved foods.

Rajasic foods are a little more complicated because they have the ability to push and invigorate us. They can be mentally stimulating and can promote activity but they can also stimulate aggression and an imbalance of emotion. Rajasic foods include hot spices (like chilli and pepper), lemon, tea, coffee and eggs. 

Therefore, it’s important to eat as many sattvic foods as possible because they are nutrient-dense, pure and light, which consequently can improve your mood and mindset. 

If you want to have a better relationship with your food and to improve your digestion, add some more sattvic foods to your diet. These can include:

    • Organic fruit and vegetables
    • Some grains, like oats, quinoa and basmati rice
    • Legumes
    • Nuts and seeds, including almonds, sesame and sunflower seeds
    • Organic dairy
    • Oils such as sesame oil, organic ghee and cold-pressed olive oil
    • Sweetener such as raw, unheated honey. Only eat sugars in small amounts.
    • Mild spices such as turmeric and ginger
    • Room temperature or heated drinks

The above list certainly isn’t exhaustive or unattainable and we can definitely see how consuming the above foods can help to improve one’s mood and mindset. As with anything, changes won’t happen overnight but with time, you’ll be able to see how the food you consume manifests on the mind, leaving you to feel calm, creative, clear-headed and joyful.  

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<![CDATA[WEEK 2 – WINTER WELLNESS CHALLENGE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/week-2-winter-wellness-challenge http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/week-2-winter-wellness-challenge Sun, 08 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Welcome to week 2 of our Winter Wellness Challenge! We’re so pumped and ready to go for this week. 

How did everyone go last week? Thank you all so much for the comments, emails and messages you left for us. We’re so happy to hear and see that so many of you are on board with us! We’ve said it once and we’ll happily say it again, everything is easier when you do it in a group so we love that so many of you have joined us.

Now that we’ve made inroads in overhauling immunity, this week, it’s all about eating your way to wellness. Yes, that’s right, this week is all about food. What we’re going to do this week is investigate how the food we eat can affect our mood. Did you know that studies have shown that 90% of serotonin (the good mood hormone) is produced in the gut? Additionally, did you know that some immune cells can potentially make serotonin hence the connection between immunity, which we covered last week (read more here if you missed it), and mood. 

If you’ve ever cooked from one of our cookbooks or followed on from our health journey over the last few years, you know that we are all about maximising our nutrient intake through heaps of veggies, lean proteins, good fats and fibre, but not spending hours in the kitchen.

If you want to take this week’s wellness challenge to the next level, we have included a BONUS seven-day dinner meal plan for you. Just click the link here to get yours.

OK let’s get started!

Feeling down in the dumps? These foods can actually make you feel better plus they’re healthy! Read all about the best good mood foods here.

Does the answer to better digestion and less bloating lie in Ayurveda? We get the answers here.

Can one simple recipe help your gut and immunity? This one can. And, it’s cheap as chips. We’d love for you to make our go-to bone broth recipe! You won’t believe how easy it is plus it costs next to nothing to make. Get the recipe here.

 We’re all about simple self-care practices so this week, we would love for you to download an affirmations app and give it a try. 

Our favourites are – 

 

Shine sends you free daily text messages with motivational quotes, positive affirmations and actions you can take every morning. Download it here.

ThinkUp is a positive affirmations app to help reduce stress, build positivity, and overcome mental health challenges. You can record affirmations in your voice to make them 10 times more effective. Download it here.

Unique Daily Affirmations helps you succeed in your endeavors, bring you out from under the clouds, and make positive changes in your life. Through uplifting statements and quotes, you'll believe in yourself with these one-a-day affirmations. Download it here.

To eat your way to wellness, for this week only, you can get a free Going Going Gone Shopping List (valued at $14.95) when you buy any of our cookbooks. We specifically made this shopping list to correlate with our cookbooks and we’ve categorised each section based on their location in the supermarket. It’s exclusive to SWIISH so you can’t get it anywhere else! 

That means, when you can buy Super Green SmoothiesThe Good Life or Simple and Lean, you’ll get our favourite shopping list for free! Save 14.95.  

Don’t forget that we’ve also got our Winter Wellness Challenge calendar to make things easier for you. We’ve created a calendar for you that highlights all the information you need over the next few weeks. As you can see, you can expect to find something for every day of the month. Don’t worry though; these are all super simple tasks that can easily be slotted into your everyday routine. Click here to download your calendar. We would suggest printing it and keeping it on the fridge or on your desk so it’s always nearby and ready to go! 

There you have it, four ways to eat your way to wellness! Thanks for joining us on our Winter Wellness Challenge and make sure you follow us on Instagram to get the latest in health and wellness! We’d love to hear how you’re going with the challenge so feel free to touch base with us on social media or leave us a comment below. 

Love Sally and Maha and the SWIISH team xx

 

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<![CDATA[WEEK 1 – WINTER WELLNESS CHALLENGE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/week-1-winter-wellness-challenge http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/week-1-winter-wellness-challenge Sun, 01 Jul 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Welcome to week one of our Winter Wellness Challenge! We’re so glad you’re here and that you’re joining us for the next four weeks as we hit the reset button on our wellness.

Do you love winter for its cosiness, endless slow-cooked meals, days curled up on the lounge reading your favourite book and warming up in the season’s latest threads? Us too! But on the flip side - are you fighting off the flu? Struggling with a cold? Can’t shake a cough? Or just generally not feeling fighting fit? We absolutely know that these conditions, whilst they’re not life threatening, they ARE life interrupting. 

That’s why we’ve decided to focus on immunity for week one of our Winter Wellness Challenge because it’s the foundation of good health. When our immunity is compromised, we’re more susceptible to getting the cold or flu, which is why it’s so important to keep our immunity in tip-top shape. If you want to boost your immunity and avoid getting sick, we’ve got the tools to help you.

This week’s Winter Wellness Challenge four tasks are all focused on boosting and maintaining good immunity.  

Follow these 10 steps to kick-start your healthy living journey. No gyms or drastic diets necessary. 

We bet you didn’t know that this body part plays one of the biggest roles in your immunity. Find out what you should be doing everyday to boost your immunity here.

Want to take your winter wellness to the next level? These simple and delicious winter drinks will keep you fighting fit. Watch how Sally makes her favourite immunity booster drink here.

This week, we’d love for you to try an infrared sauna! Yep, we want you to sweat it out, and the best news is, you don’t even need to do one minute of exercise. In comparison, we want you to relax and an infrared sauna will help you do just that. Infrared saunas are an excellent way to detox your body. Whilst traditional saunas heat only the air around you, infrared saunas penetrate deep within your body at a cellular level, which means that they can eliminate 20% of toxins from your body. Find out what happened when we tried an infrared sauna herePlus, we’ve also rounded up our guide to infrared saunas in every state!

To help you kick start your way to better immunity, for this week only, you can get two of The Ultimate Refresher Tongue Scrapers for the price of one (save $19.95). Get yours here.

To make our Winter Wellness Challenge even easier for you to follow, we’ve created a calendar for you that highlights all the information you need over the next four weeks. As you can see, you can expect to find something for every day of the month. Don’t worry though, these are all super simple tasks that can easily be slotted into your everyday routine. Click here to download your calendar. We would suggest printing it and keeping it on the fridge or on your desk so it’s always nearby and ready to go! 

There you have it, four ways to better immunity! Thanks for joining us on our Winter Wellness Challenge and make sure you follow us on Instagram to get the latest in health and wellness! We’d love to hear how you’re going with the challenge so feel free to touch base with us on social media or leave us a comment below. 

Love Sally and Maha and the SWIISH team xx


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<![CDATA[BOOST YOUR IMMUNITY]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/boost-your-immunity-turmeric http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/boost-your-immunity-turmeric Wed, 27 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT

You might not think that this humble spice is all that exciting but turmeric - and turmeric milk - make for an amazing, anti-inflammatory detox drink with a world of health benefits!

Turmeric is often used to ward off the winter flu - see my video below for an immunity boosting tumeric, lemon and ginger drink. And as for turmeric milk, well that has been called a ‘natural aspirin’ due to its amazing ability to relieve the pain and swelling caused by headaches or injuries. It's even said that turmeric milk helps to fight free radicals that damage the skin and make it lose its elasticity. So good!

Now that winter’s here, you need to try at least one of these recipes!  There’s nothing better than snuggling up on the couch with a blanket, your fave tv series and a mug of these miracle beverages. The perfect drink before falling into a deep, restful sleep!

 

*Original recipe here

*Original recipe here


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<![CDATA[THE HOT SPOT]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-hot-spot http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-hot-spot Wed, 27 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Here's something we never thought we'd say... we LOVE to sweat. 

Hahaha! Bear with us while we explain. Think about when you've done a killer workout and absolutely busted your backside. There's something about sweating that tells us that we're doing something amazing for our bodies. We're getting rid of toxins, we're releasing endorphins, we're helping our body to function at its best. Sweating can also assist with weight loss.

Sweat helps to heal wounds and abrasions, it regulates our internal body temperature; and helps to prevent colds (we're looking at you, winter).

But exercise isn't the only way to get your sweat on (we can hear the cheering now!). One of our favourite ways to eliminate toxins out of our system besides exercising is by hitting up our favourite infrared sauna for a sweat session. 

If you’ve never heard of infrared saunas, listen up, because you will never look back once you hear how beneficial they can be for your health! Infrared saunas penetrate deep within your body at a cellular level, while traditional saunas, that you’re probably used to, only heat the air around you.

Because of this, infrared saunas can eliminate 20% of toxins from your body, compared to the 3% of a traditional sauna. Sounds pretty good, right? It’s one of the best ways to detox your body – without exercising. If you’re worried about feeling claustrophobic in an infrared sauna, you don’t need to because they use a dry heat instead of a humid heat (which traditional saunas use) so the air always feels clean and pure. This purity and cleanliness extends to your skin as well with one of the key benefit of an infrared sauna session being clear and glowing skin. Because the infrared sauna is designed to detox your body, your skin will also naturally detox, which results in a clear and dewy complexion.

One of the things we love the most about our infrared sauna sessions (besides the multiple health benefits) is the relaxation it provides. In our opinion, this alone is reason to visit an infrared sauna. Like us, you probably lead an incredibly busy life, so going to an infrared sauna, is the perfect place to take some time out to relax. Depending on where you go for a session (we’ve included a city guide below), you can spend your sweat session catching up on some zzz’s (like Sal does - no surprises there) or you can spend the session reading the latest fashion mags (like Maha does – also no surprises there ha!). Regardless of what you do to relax, there’s no denying that an hour of you-time to unwind and sweat the day away is highly beneficial.

Want to get your sweat on? Here’s our nation-wide city guide:

Nimbus & Co - 97 Bondi Road, Bondi Beach, NSW 2026

Flow Revive (launching Monday 9thJuly) - 50 Oxford Street, Paddington, NSW 2021

Espavita - Shop D, 80 Bay Street , Ultimo, NSW 2007

Skin Deep Medi Spa - Central Park, 777 Hay Street , Perth 6000

Skin Deep Medi Spa also has salons in Como, Floreat and Mullaloo. Click here to view all the locations.

Brunswick Holistic Health - Hardwick Building, 22 Tripovich Street (corner of Ballarat Street), Brunswick, Victoria 3056

D-Tox Box - Level 1, 110 Swan Street, Richmond, Victoria 3121

Body and Brain Clinic - Level 1, 747 Burke Street, Camberwell, Victoria 3124

The Float Space - 4/394 Montague Road, West End, Queensland 4101

Bliss Float - 1/57 Oxford Street, Bulimba, Queensland 4171

The Float Space - 6/12 Norval Court, Maroochydore, Queensland 4558

Hobart Float Centre - 80 Bathurst Street, Hobart, Tasmania 7000

Quay Day Spa - Level 2, Cambridge Road, BelleriveTasmania 7018

Swiss Wellness Natural Health and Beauty Spa - 125 King William Road, Hyde Park, South Australia 5061

Bamboo Day Spa - The House of Healing (inside), 88 Walkerville Terrace, Walkerville, South Australia 5081

Training For Warriors - 30 Daly Street, Darwin, Northern Territory 0800

 

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<![CDATA[THE IMMUNITY SECRET]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-immunity-secret http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-immunity-secret Tue, 26 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT

When you think about immunity, you usually think of the role your gut plays in how you feel. Whilst your gut is one of the primary culprits of good or bad immunity, have you ever thought about the role your tongue plays in this scenario?

Yes, it’s true. Your tongue is one of the key players in a healthy or not-so-healthy immune system. Sounds weird, right? But hear us out.

Your tongue is one of the first lines of defence in your body. Obviously, whatever you eat or drink has to pass through your mouth and tongue so it makes sense that whatever your gut is subjected to; your tongue is subjected to as well. Your tongue absorbs toxins, which are then absorbed into your body and in turn, affect your immunity. This is why it’s so important to clean your tongue and your teeth regularly.

Additionally, proper digestion begins in the mouth and is the foundation of good health. Cleaning your tongue on a regular basis will remove any toxins that may obstruct optimal digestive functioning and consequently, optimal immunity.

If you’re sick of being sick all the time or just want to boost your immunity, take a closer look at your tongue and overall oral health because it might just be that the culprit is right under your nose (literally!). 

One simple and easy way to look after your tongue is by using a tongue scraper. Tongue scraping is an ancient Ayurvedic tradition, where you use a metal tool to remove build up from your tongue. According to Ayurvedic tradition, tongue scraping improves and maintains oral, physical, mental and spiritual health and since the mouth/tongue is one of the main gateways between your mind and body and the environment, maintaining the health of this gateway is critical to optimal wellbeing.

Scraping your tongue on a daily basis removes any build-up on the tongue that, if left untreated, can result in toxins that are absorbed by your tongue. These are the toxins that can lead to bad breath and poor oral health. It can also be the cause of improper eating, poor digestion and it can affect your immunity and gut health. Not to mention that it can also impact your sense of taste. There’s no point in cooking and eating delicious food when you can’t taste it!

Tongue scraping is a simple, effective and inexpensive way to maintain and improve your general wellbeing. Standing in front of a mirror, scrape your tongue by holding the two ends of the scraper in both hands, sticking out your tongue, and placing the scraper as far back on you tongue as possible. With firm but gentle pressure, scrape the surface of your tongue in one long stroke. Rinse the scraper and repeat until your tongue feels clean and is free of coating (usually 5 to 10 times). Whilst you are cleaning your tongue, you will notice the (gunk-like) build-up on the scraper. This is a good thing! It means that the scraping is working and the toxins are being removed from your tongue, and consequently, from your body too. 

Want to improve your immunity and oral health? Get your hands (tongue!) on your own The Ultimate Refresher Tongue Scraper here.

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<![CDATA[THE 10-STEP KICKSTART]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-10-step-kickstart-02 http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/the-10-step-kickstart-02 Mon, 25 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Too many people tend to have an ‘all-or-nothing’ attitude when it comes to health and fitness. They think, “Right, starting tomorrow (which is Monday, of course), I’m going to work out every single day and eat nothing but salad.”  Then by Wednesday, it's back to guilt-ridden indulgences in just about every sugar and carb laden thing in sight. Sound familiar? Don’t worry, we’ve been there too! 

It’s because all-or-nothing diets are soooo not sustainable.  Instead, it's all about taking baby steps towards a healthy lifestyle.  This way, you won’t feel like you’re sacrificing your happiness for your health when you can actually have both. Yasssss you can!

Below, we’ve rounded up a list of easy, simple ways to help you kick-start a healthy lifestyle.  The best part is, you don’t have to make any drastic changes.  But take these little steps every day and you’ll be feeling fab in no time.

One huge reason that a lot of diets fail is because people decide they need to totally cut out certain foods (or food groups) altogether.  This only leads to intense cravings and overeating later on.  To combat this problem, opt for healthy versions of your favourite foods instead.  Crazy for peanut butter?  Try trading it in for a natural, sugar free version (you'll find it in the health food aisle at the supermarket).  In the mood for a brownie? Opt for a Skinny Minnie Brownie instead. Feel like a bowl of pasta? Try our Zucchini Noodles 2 Ways.

You will not believe the difference stretching can make to the way you feel.  Especially if you’re used to sitting at a desk all day, your muscles and joints are probably as stiff as cardboard!  Try stretching each morning or night to loosen up a bit.  You’ll also feel more relaxed and perform better during exercise. Epsom salt baths also work a treat to loosen tight, tired, achy bodies. Plus they're super relaxing too. 

Nutrition labels, that is.  No, we’re not saying you have to count all your calories, but there are other things you should watch out for.  When choosing packaged foods, check the label and opt for foods that are higher in protein and lower in trans fats and sugar.  For the most part, you should look for lower carbs as well.  However, wholegrains are an important part of a balanced lifestyle so keep them in your diet but just eat them in moderation.  

The one thing you can do to make sure your diet fails is eat food you really don’t like.  In other words, if you’d rather eat your own hair than carrot sticks – don’t eat them!  Finding nutrition rich foods that you love will teach you to enjoy healthy living, which will make it much more sustainable in the long run.  Not into salad?  Try a stir-fry or a wholegrain sandwich instead.  Can’t stand broccoli?  Add some spinach, bok choy or snow peas instead.

Don’t freak out – it doesn’t have to be coffee!  A lot of us have ‘habit foods’ or crazy cravings that we think we absolutely need.  The reality is that most of the time, you don’t really need it.  By breaking one habit, you’ll set your brain up to resist other temptations too.  Think of it like ‘craving training’.

Being healthy doesn’t mean you have to do super intense workouts every single day.  Too many people try to go from 0-100 and up their workout routine all at once.  But this only leads to burn outs.  You can’t go from couch potato to gym junkie in a week!  Instead, just try to get moving whenever you can.  Park the car far away from work or take the stairs instead of the lift.  Just as long as you’re getting those steps in! A lot of it is also about being conscious of how much (or how little) we actually do move each day. A fitbit is a great investment, or alternatively if you own an iPhone, check out the "Health" app (it comes automatically with the phone) which measures steps, walking and running distance, how many stairs you've climbed etc. Once you start to see the numbers, try and improve on them, and work your way over a period of time to walking 10,000 steps per day.   

Instead of ditching all your favourite foods in favour of veggies, just have both!  Try adding a serve of vegetables to both lunch and dinner.  If you’re too full, cut back on something else.  This is a great way to work more vitamins and nutrients into your diet without giving up anything you love. 

Whole grains, that is.  Try to choose whole, minimally processed sources of carbohydrates like brown rice, buckwheat noodles and grainy bread over white bread and pasta.  Why?  Whole grains are low-GI and provide slow burning energy that can last all day.   They’re also much higher in fibre, which will help keep you feeling fuller for longer. 

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, sleep is SO important for your health.  There have been numerous studies which show that those who get more sleep lose more weight, even when they’re doing the same amount of exercise.  Try turning off your electronics at least an hour before bedtime and switch off the lights at a reasonable hour. 

Believe it or not, your typical restaurant or fast-food feed can easily hit 1000 calories per meal.  Not to mention that a lot of what's on offer isn't particularly nutritious. Making your own meals will allow you to control exactly what you’re eating so you can make sure you’re getting those veggies and whole grains in! If you need some recipe inspo, you'll find plenty of SWIISH Kitchen recipes on the SWIISH site, or you can pick up a copy of our recipe books from the SWIISH online store. 

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<![CDATA[COUPLE GOALS, HOUSE GOALS]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/couple-goals-house-goals http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/couple-goals-house-goals Sun, 24 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT

We’re not sure about you but we are obsessed with Emily Blunt and John Krasinski. They define #couplegoals and anything they say, do or touch turns into absolute gold. So it’s no surprise that their townhouse in the Brooklyn, USA suburb of Park Slope is #housegoals.

The townhouse, built in 1909, has 7 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a parlour, a guest suite and is honestly just so beautiful that we want to move in ASAP. Sadly, the $6.5 million USD price tag is a touch out of our price range haha! 

What we can do, though, is recreate their interior style. It’s reported that the Blunt-Krasinski family spent $300,000 on this home reno but we’re going to show you how to get the same look for much less. 

 

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<![CDATA[ON THE SUNNIE(S) SIDE]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/on-the-sunnies-side http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/on-the-sunnies-side Fri, 22 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Just when you thought you had seen enough 90s trends making a comeback (mom jeans, anyone?), the inimitable Hadid sisters have revived the small sunglasses trend that has now been seen on everyone from Rihanna to Kendall Jenner. 

As a side note, who could forget Julia Roberts wearing a pair with a leather jacket and a black beret when she played Anna Scott in Notting Hill? Gotta love a 90s rom com!

Here’s how to wear them below and if you want to go back to the 90s like all the cool kids, you can shop these sunnies now at our online store.


 

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<![CDATA[A DARING DIET]]> http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/a-daring-diet http://www.swiish.com/blog-post/a-daring-diet Thu, 21 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT

As you’re all probably aware, there are a million and one diets out there claiming that they’re the answer to losing weight, toning, glowing skin and being the healthiest you can be.

Whilst some of these diets may actually work, others are questionable (hey, grapefruit diet, we’re looking at you!). If you’ve been following SWIISH for a while now, you’ll know that we live by the 80/20 rule. 80% of the time we have clean, lean, whole foods - like lean proteins and veggies at dinner, salads for lunch and green smoothies every morning but we’ll also happily eat pizza when we head out for a dinner with our besties. 

The latest diet that’s getting some attention is the pegan diet. Pegan, you ask? Yep - the pegan diet is a combination of the best parts of the paleo and vegan diets. Dr. Mark Hyman, the director of the Cleveland Clinic Centre for Functional Medicine in the USA, wrote an article about how he considers his own diet as pegan. He explained that he’d taken some of the best aspects of both paleo and vegan diets to create a diet that uses whole, real and fresh food.

So what would you actually eat as a pegan? We did some investigating to find out! Dr. Hyman explains that eating a pegan diet is “really simple. Eat foods low in sugar and starch. Eat lots of plant foods. If you're going to eat animal foods, eat sustainably grown or harvested foods. Have foods that have lots of good fat, like nuts and seeds, olive oil, avocados."

  1. Stay away from sugar

  2. Eat mostly plants

  3. Easy on fruits

  4. Stay away from pesticides, antibiotics, hormones and GMO foods

  5. Eat foods containing healthy fats

  6. Stay away from nut, seed and vegetable oils

  7. Avoid or limit dairy

  8. Meat and animal products should be treated as condiments

  9. Eat sustainably raised or harvested low-mercury fish

  10. Avoid gluten

  11. Eat gluten free whole grains sparingly

  12. Eat beans only once in a while

Although it seems like an overwhelming list, Hyman believes it’s a completely realistic diet. We’re still undecided whether we would give it a try but would you? Do you think you could follow a pegan diet?

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