Crushes + Product Reviews, Wellness + Nutrition

Sustainable swimwear & cold water swimming’s amazing benefits Cold Water Swimming Benefits & Sustainable Swimwear

14th October 2019

Recently I was listening to a podcast about the incredible health benefits of cold water swimming – off-course I balked at the idea (and especially in winter this seemed like madness). But the more I read about how it could enhance my wellbeing the more determined I became to give it a go. It helped that another mom whose daughter is in my 10 year old’s class encouraged me with her own experience of cold water swimming.

Last Friday morning at 7:45 am I finally scraped up the courage to take the plunge :)…and guess what, it  wasn’t horrifying or traumatic…. it was exhilarating and I felt AMAZING afterward. And the feeling of wellbeing and calmness stayed with me for hours afterward. I could literally feel my body zinging with life and energy and since then I have a had a freezing, yet delightful swim every morning. 

I am lucky enough to live near the ocean (the West Coast of South Africa… which translates directly into brrrr and goosebumps) but if you’re keen and not near the ocean (or a cold body of water), why not fill your tub with a bit of cold water and add a few trays of ice a couple of times per week, the water can be recycled to the garden or for hand washing clothes… you will become addicted I promise. 

Below I am pleased to share an article from Life Hack that eloquently highlights the awesome benefits of cold water swimming, read it, then take the plunge and reap the benefits!

Ending with a big thank you for reading, and with this quote ‘When diving, go deep”. 

Happy swimming friends,

Marlien x

1. It boosts your immune system

The effects of cold water on the immune system have been studied widely. Cold water helps to boost the white blood cell count because the body is forced to react to changing conditions. Over time, your body becomes better at mobilizing its defenses.

There’s a reason why so many people who participate in cold water swimming are rarely sick

2. It gives you an endorphin high

Endorphins are what the brain produces to make us feel good about certain activities. Cold water swimming is a form of exercise, and exercise has been proven to treat depression. Cold water swimming brings us close to the pain barrier. Endorphins are released when we’re in pain to help us cope.

Cold water swimming is particularly helpful for endorphin release for this reason. Who can say no to a few extra endorphins.

3. It enhances your circulation

Cold water swimming flushes your veins, arteries, and capillaries. It forces blood to the surface and pushes the cold downwards. In other words, it helps to warm our extremities. Repeated exposure adapts us to the cold.

In older and vulnerable people, this is essential. It helps them better cope during harsh winters. The seasons become less of a health risk and more enjoyable

4. It increases your libido

Cold water was traditionally seen as a way to repress sexual urges. The fact is that it actually increases libido. A dip in some cold water boosts estrogen and testosterone production, adding an edge to fertility and libido

5. It burns more calories

The heart must pump faster and the body must work harder to keep everything warm while swimming in cold water. Overall, you will burn far more calories than swimming in hotter conditions. The idea that drinking cold water increases the number of calories you burn may be a myth, but it’s a fact that cold water decreases your body temperature so much that the body has to act. It’s no coincidence that cold water swimmers are generally thin

6. It reduces stress

Stress is a demon in the modern world. When stressful times come, we are woefully unprepared for them. Reducing stress means you will feel better, you will feel more optimistic, and you will be more resilient when stressful times come along.

Cold water swimming places stress on the body physically and mentally. Many studies have told us about the link between cold water and stress reduction. Cold water swimmers are naturally calmer and more relaxed. They are stronger in the face of adversity.Ic

When taking the plunge, do it in Sustainable Akina Swimwear 

Akina has beautiful swimwear, which is locally & 100% sustainably manufactured, below more info:

Fabrics:

We always source locally first. Except for our swimwear fabric, all our supplies are local. All of our cutting and sewing is done in our own factory to ensure we have full control over safe and fair labor.

Swimwear: Our fabric is 78% Recycled Polyamide and 22% Lycra Elastane. We double line our garments to ensure the entire garment is made from superior recycled fabric. The yarn is made from EcoNyl, which is manufactured in Italy from post-consumer waste including fishing nets, fluff, and rigid textiles at the end of their life cycle.

Sleepwear and undies: Our fabric is made in a local mill from 50% organic cotton and 50% modal, then dyed using plant based dyes. While any cotton is not our forever fabric, it’s the best we could find.

Packaging:

Our swimwear is packaged in a 100% recycled plastic zip bag, and we hope they get reused to and from the beach. Or to carry your snack around which ever 🙂

Sleepwear and undies get packaged in bags made from sleepwear fabric off cuts. Small drawstring cotton modal bags- happy to be stuffed with lavender for your sock drawer.

Shipping: We use recycled plastic courier bags, but working on solutions to bypass this step – stay tuned!

Sustainable supplies:

– We use recycled paper in the studio and to print our waybills.

– All cleaning products are nontoxic and biodegradable.

– 90% of our sewing supplies are packed/ stored in brown recycled boxes.

– Our cutting table and storage units are all made from recycled wood.

Future plans:

We invest a lot to save energy, water and waste. Our future plans include our own green manufacturing plant with solar, energy star appliance and efficient technologies.

We always want to be better – If anybody wants to work with us to develop even more sustainable solutions, please get in touch – hello@akinalabel.com

 

 

Crushes + Product Reviews, Salad, Wellness + Nutrition

a sublime salad dressing Crede Pumkinseed Oil rocks!

3rd October 2019

It feels like Summer is here, and I have given myself an intermittent fasting challenge to shed some of my winter padding, and more importantly give my body the opportunity to run in a low-grade ketosis state which is optimal to brain and gut health. This means skipping breakfast and then having lots and lots of vegetables of all different colours for lunch/ brunch with a little good protein and lots of good fats for fuel.

Needless yo say the carbs have to be cut, but I find that when the weather gets warmer its much easier to stick to big salads for lunch. Supper is a little more tricky as I have two young children to consider…but that’s a whole other post….

Today’s lunch was so good and effortless, I felt compelled to share it – and you can add any raw veggies as this recipe is really about the dressing (the combination of veg I used has certainly been featured here before), but the addition of roasted peanuts is new which added crunch, protein and some extra good fats.

My salad combination was:

  • 1 x grated organic carrot
  • lots of spinach – as much as you can eat
  • 1/2 a baby red cabbage (shredded)
  • 1/2 a cup of crushed roasted peanuts (you can replace peanuts of any nut of your choice of course)

And now for the lovely dressing:

  • 1/4 cup of Crede Pumpkin Seed oil
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce (I use Tabu Food which is naturally fermented & unpasteurised)
  • the juice of one small lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon of coconut sugar
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • Sea-salt to taste
  • Shake it up in a jar and pour over this but of heaven ver literary any salad, you won’t regret it and eating your vegetables will not be a hardship with this one.

In dedication to your radiant health,

Marlien x

 

Crushes + Product Reviews, Wellness + Nutrition

Frozen versus Fresh Soga Frozen Juice

7th April 2019

Did you know that buying from frozen means you are getting a far superior product?

If you get most of your produce from a supermarket, you may be short-changing you’re nutrition when you skip the freezer cases. Frozen produce can be equal, or superior, in terms of nutrient value, quality, shelf-life and cost. Fresh-picked vegetables and fruits straight from the farm or your own garden are of the highest quality, but when you’re shopping at the supermarket — choose a mix of fresh and frozen to maximize your nutrition intake.

In a nutshell, many produce for the fresh market are picked before they are perfectly ripe, and as a result have not reached its optimal nutritional value yet.

I am discovering some lovely products in the frozen section, one of which is SOGA organic citrus. Their range of products include Orange Juice, Grapefruit Juice, Orange Juice lollies as well as lemon juices that come in handy sachets for single use. This means no wastage and all their products are just ‘squeezed and freezed”, as well as being from certified organic origin.

As winter approaches Soga juices are a wonderful way of adding bioavailable Vitamin C to your diet. You can find a SOGA freezer in your local SPAR and in most other supermarkets too, if not approach the manager and ask them to start stocking it. #YUMYUM

 

 

 

Wellness + Nutrition

Yoga Kitchen Workshops 2019 Yoga Kitchen Nutrition Workshops

28th January 2019

Are you tired all the time, do you struggle to lose weight and feel that you would like to invest in looking and feeling your best? Join one of my workshops this year to learn how and what to eat – and how enjoy the journey to your best health!

Announcing all my workshop dates for 2019, covering subjects like How to eat for natural and effortless weight loss and which foods & supplements to include for beautiful skin & boundless energy!

For dates & more info navigate to my events page http://www.yogakitchen.co.za/the-yoga-kitchens-events/

Lunch + Dinner Recipes

New Year’s Lentil & Potato Bake Plant-Based Gut Healthy Meals

1st January 2019

This recipe was inspired by my friend Monica after she described this yummy lentil & potato bake she makes….I still intend to get her recipe (and hopefully share it with you guys) but for now here is my version:

Ingredients:

  • organic waxy potatoes, scrubbed, pealed and then sliced thinly
  • overnight soaked brown lentils (rinse them well of the soaking water, and then par-cook them in a salted water)
  • 1 x tin of tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoon of ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon of allspice
  • 2 cloves of fresh garlic, grated or crush
  • 1/4 cup of sun-dried onion flakes
  • 1 kallo vegetable stock cube
  • 1 cup of water

Method:

  • once the lentils are par cooked (half cooked), add them to a large cast iron saucepan, or pot, then sauté them along with a drizzle of macadamia oil along with the garlic and spices, for about 5 minutes.
  • Next add the chopped tomatoes, crumbled stock cube, water, salt to taste and sun-dried onions and allow this mixture to simmer for 30 min (without the lid) on low heat.
  • Then add the sliced potatoes on top of this lentil ‘stew’ in a more or less single, but overlapping layer, add a bit of salt and pepper to taste and pop it in a pre-heated oven for another 30 min.
  • Serve with a salad and some greens of your choice.

Happy cooking and wishing you radiant health ahead in 2019