Reflection + Comvita Olive Leaf Review

I saw this reflection on Gina’s blog who writes over at The Fitnessista and I thought this was a perfect time to think about, exactly that…. What am I thinking about? Soo here you go a bit what about going over in the Nat Attacks Real World-

Making: A list of festive holiday treats that I would like to make

Cooking: Lots of green smoothies, salads and fish tacos.

Drinking: Bubbles, Pumpkin Beer, Sparkling Rose, Iced Coffee and lots of water

Reading: BLINK by Malcolm Gladwell- The Power of Thinking Without Thinking is a 2005 book by Malcolm Gladwell. It presents in popular science format research from psychology and behavioural economics on the adaptive unconscious

Wanting: to be able to run again

Looking: to buy our first house in 2014.

Sewing: Nothing

Wishing: that my best friend in LA came to NZ to surprise me on my birthday-hint. Hint…

Enjoying: Sunshine, Christmas spirit, getting another year older, seasonal products (pumpkin, cinnamon, etc.) sales, online shopping, summer, and protein ice cream.

Liking: how stress free my Christmas shopping has been

Wondering: what else Nat Attacks A Balanced life will bring for 2014.

Loving: Pumpkin anything, HUGE Green Smoothie Bowls, PB2 (powdered peanut butter)

Hoping: that I get a chance to go home to LA in 2014 and see all my friends and family!

Marvelling: at how amazing and inspiring pregnant woman are who continue daily walks, runs, yoga and even cross fit, you guys sure are incredible!

Needing: GHD, Juicer, Nespresso and a Soda Stream (not sure if these are considered needs or wants) however, I have everything I need in life, these would just be great bonuses.

Smelling: Auckland Sunshine

Wearing: lululemon running leggings, Nike boys running t-shirt-cut into tank, Nike free’s

Following: My favourite bloggers, everyday… Hungry Runner Girl, Oh She Glows, Eat Live Run, Run Eat Repeat, Peanut Butter Fingers, Fitnessista, Daily Garnish, Girl Meets Life, Carrots n’ Cake. 

Noticing: how much absence really does makes the heart grow fonder (especially around the holidays)

Knowing: that this moment is exactly how it supposed to be

Feeling: excited for my birthday celebrations next week 🙂

Bookmarking: wall my favourite holiday recipes!

Opening: packages including my new IPhone 5c an early birthday present from dad!

Giggling: while a fall out of crow pose as I have finally learned how to take flight! Thank you Erica Davis from East West Yoga for the guidance along the way.

Thinking: that I am grateful for all the opportunities I get through Nat Attack’s, the people that I have gotten to meet, the social media community who supports what I do everyday and getting the chance to make this world a healthier and happier place.

I am beyond grateful to be able to try out products for the blog and when I got approached to do a 30 Day Comvita Olive Leaf Challenge I gladly accepted as the Comvita Challenge came at such a great time. With the change in seasons along with the stress leading up to the holiday season, I thought taking Olive Leaf everyday would be able to help keep colds away and help me live my life to the fullest! I usually take Olive Leaf through the winter and never considered taking it in summer however; I will definitely continue to take olive leaf all year around!

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About Olive Leaf

Comvita Olive Leaf extract for every day antioxidant support.  It is a natural source of health made from fresh olive leaves.  Comvita’s globally unique olive leaf extract ‘made from fresh leaves’ contains 30 times more antioxidants than the equivalent amount of the best virgin olive oils.

The Mediterranean diet is well known for a range of health benefits, partly due to the healthy antioxidants derived from the high intake of olive oil, made from olive fruit.  For many centuries the fresh leaves of the olive tree have also been used for health maintenance. (From http://www.comvita.co.nz/ingredients/aboutoliveleaf.html)

Olive leaf (Olea europaea) was first used medicinally in Ancient Egypt. It is gaining recognition as a powerful defender against sickness and numerous scientific studies have been conducted to investigate the extract’s beneficial properties. The reported benefits of olive leaf extract range from promoting increased energy and healthy blood pressure, to supporting the cardiovascular system and the immune system.

Other Benifits Include: 

  • Treating influenza
  • The common cold
  • Candida Infections
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Dental/ Ear/ UT Infections
  • Improved psoriasis
  • Normalisation of heart beat irregularities
  • Diminished cravings
  • Less pain from haemorrhoids, toothaches and chronically achy joints.
  • Stabilising blood sugar levels
  • Boosting immune function
  • Plus many more…

For more information, check out the Comvita Health Website found at http://www.comvita.co.nz/.

Colour Me CrAzY

Hello!

TGIF! Since I am living in the future (for those of you readers on the other side of the world) it is Friday for me the rest of you still have another few hours to go till the clock strikes midnight.Driving home I started thinking about what to write in today’s  post I got hit with every ORANGE light! I try not to get to angry at the road as it is only my fault if I am running late to get somewhere not the traffics or at least that’s what I try telling myself. Anyway…besides getting stuck at every orange light I was thinking about my recent eats, which consists of a very orange diet over the last while well actually since yesterday afternoon and today. 

Orange foods are good. Some of my favorites include pumpkin, pumpkin kumara dip (as seen below), oranges, carrots, mandarins, MANGO flesh (skins not orange),  dried apricots, Reece’s peanut butter cups come in orange packaging if that counts however, they are not too common here in New Zealand you can find them in specialty shops.  

When preparing a meal I do try choosing foods that are fresh and colorful and I usually try to choose different color foods. One of every color of the rainbow is the way to go. Please note artificial coloring does not count!  I don’t think you can count lucky charms or ‘pick n mix’ as a well rounded choice just because it is colorful. Nice try though.

Some of my eats recently have included: Roasted Pumpkin, An orange, an egg white frozen veggie scramble on pumpkin and unpictured items including a gluten free muesli bar, seed mix, yoghurt. This includes yesterday afternoon and today.

I also wanted to show you some of the other things that I put into my body along with food and vino. I wish my vitamin cabinet was a lot better stocked then what it is but vitamins are so expensive! What I do take, which is because it is what I have at the moment is spirulina capsules, iron melts and vitamins for ‘lack lusture hair and brittle nails’. Another accomplishment of mine that I started when I stopped drinking sodas was I stopped biting my nails and for those who know me well know that I am that girl who bites her nails and it is a horrible habit I am super proud of quitting. I do have the occasional slip up, which usually tends to be when I am stressed I have pretty much stopped.

Just a random note for the day. Its official, my Heinz Organic Ketchuph has empty and has been replacd by Mrs. Rogers Organic Tomato sauce, which is not as nice as my Heinz. Its a bit more like a chutney then a sauce.

Today’s exercise was on the lighter side today which was a 30ish minute run around the park. During my run I included some of those old school park work outs including abs, legs and really hard one with two parallel bars that you had to hold yourself up and try walk your hands along the bars while holding your own body weight to complete the entire length.Not sure if you got the image but i tried.

Early start tomorrow as I have a volleyball tournament this weekend Saturday and Sunday 8am start both days so quite night for me. GO PIONEER! I should probably start planning and packing breakfasts and lunches for the weekend as I am not getting stuck eating stadium foods or have to hunt for healthy food close to the tournament.

Have a great weekend, Ciao!