Exercise during your holiday

Since we are travelling right now it’s hard to stick to the regular exercise routine, but I really try to keep it up, one way or another. If you don’t find a gym or pilates/yoga classes nearby, you can always go for long walks and do some simple stretches.

Here are some simple things you can do without even leaving the hotel room if there’s no gym in sight;

  • 10-15 bodyweight squats.
  • 8-12 push-ups
  • 20-30-second bicycle kicks.
  • 20 jumping jacks.
  • 12 lunges per leg.
  • 15-30 second plank.
  • No rest between exercises, 1 minute rest between sets, repeat for 5 rounds.

Be creative and pack light exercise stuff like a resistance band, jump rope or a light yoga mat, so you feel more motivated, and try to take every chance to stay active – even small simple things like taking the stairs instead of the lift helps.

 

My pilates ball had to stay at home unfortunately 😀

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Marbella

Marbella was beautiful as always. The last time we went, few weeks ago, I literally did nothing. Just stayed near our apartment, in the pool for hours and went for long walks. (J obviously played tennis and Aiden was carspotting)

I love the contrast from Malta, green lush areas and a different type of lifestyle that we really click with. It doesn’t have a strong ‘personality’ the way Malta has though, so I love going back and forth to get the best of both worlds.

Oh – I can really recommend Breathe, go to the rooftop bar and enjoy the view and a beautiful cocktail!

 

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Blood type diet

I am currently on the blood type diet. The word diet makes me think of having to deprive myself from things I like, or having to stay hungry while watching others go for anything on the table. So that word feels negative in my opinion. Also in my case, I’m not trying to loose weight, i.e dieting for weight loss, but for the sole purpose of seeing what foods affect my digestion. So, I will say blood type diet, but in my head it’s something else :)

Having been ‘diagnosed’ with IBS and various allergies (intolerance rather) means I have tried so many different diets; gluten free, lactose free, foods accepted according to my intolerance test etc, but no real results. I still feel so super full after meals, bloated and generally tired. It’s very annoying since I’m slim, and post-eating makes me look 5 months pregnant, which is only okay if you’re actually pregnant 😀

Problems with digestion is also linked to anxiety, something I’ve suffered from a lot through the years. It’s not really known if the anxiety affects the digestion, or the other way around.

The reason I’m posting about the Blood type diet is because it’s now been a while since I researched my type, and understanding your type means you can cut out or add, tweak here and there and also know why your body can tolerate/not tolerate certain foods. This has been so helpful for me. I’m actually really happy and excited about it, because for me it makes so much sense. I literally cut out mainly 2-3 things which I used to eat on daily basis, and this made all the difference.

I’m type AB positive (rather rare) and having cut out chicken and anything corn (popcorn used to be my go-to snack) seems to do the trick for me. Since I don’t like red meat, chicken always seemed like the easy option, but clearly (corn fed) chicken didn’t agree with me – without me realising. Instead I would put all blame on the lactose or something else.

To be fair, no evidence exists to support benefits of blood type diets, and as with anything else, it’s very much up to each and every one to find their way, so I can only speak for myself. However, I really recommend that you read up on your blood type, even for the purpose to see what exercise and stress relieve is best suited for you.

Not only can I eat without feeling so heavy afterwards, but insulin and energy levels are more balanced. I also take 2 supplements to aid digestion based on my issue of having low stomach acid, but that’s about it.

Let me know if you have any experience with this diet?

 

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Roeqiya Fris Art

Roeqiya Fris Art – my favourite. She’s a Dutch/Egyptian illustrator and her art is inspired by Arab culture, fashion and nature.

For me it’s the color combinations, the warmth, and the simple beautiful situations that makes me want to keep looking and explore these paintings. They portray such simplicity yet there’s an explosion of emotions when you look at her art.

Find her on Etsy and Instagram

 

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Evolve Organic Beauty Miracle Face Mask

If you’re looking for a quick fix, this is your answer – Evolve Miracle Face Mask.

It’s literally a 5-10 minute job and voila – instant glow.

It keeps its promise when it comes to result, the jar is display worthy and in this case, even the scent and color of the product is appealing. Like a tropical fruit. Kind of that ‘all-round’ product I was talking about in an earlier post.

The only minus I would come up with is the texture, I found it a bit too loose or runny. Once applied however, it stays put!

 

This delicious miracle face mask blended with 100% natural fruit acids including Glycolic Acid from Sugar Cane delivers instantly smoother plumper skin. Peruvian Maca, an ancient energy booster, helps to increase cellular renewal and skin radiance and reduces the appearance of ageing whilst Papaya acts as a natural exfoliator.

 

 

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Miranda Sofroniou Art

Some Friday art inspiration for you.

I love Miranda’s art and as much as I would love to buy all of her prints, I need to pick a favourite or two. I also follow another artist called Roeqiya Fris, but more from her later on. The thing is, when you hang stuff on your wall, you need to love it. It needs to give you an instant feeling of feel-good and you need to be able to relate to it.

So, choosing one out of many is not as easy as it seems. When you go through their Instagram feed or websites, you see it all as one – one particular style and color scheme, but to select one or two is a bit more tricky. It also have to go with the rest of your home deco style, so you’ll have to go from there of course.

Here are a few of Miranda Sofroniou, you’ll find her here: Insta, Etsy and website.

 

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Nuxe Honey Lip Balm

If anyone sufferes from very dry lips, this is your cure – Nuxe Honey Lip Balm.

I had been using lipsticks and a variety of balms which really dried out my lips and whatever I did, they remained chapped. It’s no fun when you have your skin under control but the lips are all dry and unattractive, so I ended up trying a rich balm from Nuxe. It really sorted them out from day 1 so I bought a whole box of these little glass jars :)

It has quite a rich and somewhat grainy texture, some people don’t like the grainy part, but if you warm it between your fingers before applying, those tiny bits dissolves quickly. I personally don’t even notice them but some people do.

Since it’s rather rich, using it at night is also a good idea if the texture is too much to use under lipstick, but I use it day and night just to make sure I never go back to that chapped, dry state again!

 

“Muscat Rosemary Oil and Beeswax is deeply replenishing. 
Allantoin soothes while Acacia Honey repairs. 
Vitamin E protects the lips.”

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Givenchy Rouge Interdit Vinyl

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I change the color on my nails every 3 weeks when I visit my nail salon, and same goes for my toes, and last time I left the salon I realised I have absolutely nothing for my lips in my make-up bag to match the nails. It’s not just red, it’s red orange, which seemed like an easy thing to find, but turned out to be a lot more tricky than expected. Doesn’t really show on the pictures but it has quite an orangy tone. Thankfully I found a perfect match in Givenchy Rouge Interdit Vinyl number 08, a rushed buy at the airport on the way to Marbella. Small moment of victory :)