Thursday, June 22, 2017

Why You're Not Losing Weight - 5 Unexpected Weight Loss Tips

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Please don't get me wrong, I'm not here to tell you that you SHOULD lose weight. I think society's standards are ridiculous. People just have different body types, and there's nothing wrong with that.

But sometimes it just doesn't feel like your body is as healthy as it could be. I know what it's like, I used to feel that way, too. I was never that interested in losing weight, but I did want to have more energy and make sure that my body was in its healthiest shape.

Now that I've reached my ideal weight, I would like to show you a few tips to help you take better care of your body, too. Always do this for your health and from a place of love, not a place of self-hatred. Make sure to also eliminate any negativity and toxic feelings towards yourself or your body from your diet! That is healthier than any type of diet change. Which takes me to the first advice...

1 Try softer, more calming methods of exercise

Usually the first thing that overweight people will hear from others is: EXERCISE! In theory this is very good advice. The problem is that so many of us who want to lose weight get the idea that we have to struggle as hard as possible. We try to stay at the gym for as long as possible and look for the most intense workouts we can handle. Yet despite all this effort, we still feel disappointed when we step on the scale, since nothing seems to have changed.

Most of us don't realize that pushing yourself too much when exercising is actually counterproductive. You see, when your exercise routine is very hard and intense, you usually feel stressed out. You also burn many calories all at once. That's why your body starts to think you're actually on the run for some predator animal or something and goes into survival mode!

When your body goes into survival mode, it produces the stress hormone cortisol. This hormone is meant to keep you alive in times of scarcity. That's why cortisol actually causes your body to store fat! Do you see the problem here?

Thankfully, the solution is simple. Look for gentle and calming exercise regimes rather than the super intense ones and see if it helps. I would recommend Yoga With Adriene's Youtube channel for this. Her yoga practices are so much fun and you can do them by yourself at home. Yoga is very calming, so it will stop you from producing stress hormones. But at the same time, your body does get enough exercise.

If you want to read more about what I just explained, I would recommend reading Don't Let Anything Dull Your Sparkle by Doreen Virtue. Next to healthy exercise, it also discusses dealing with drama addiction and negativity.

2 Switch soft drinks and fruit juice with fruit water

This might sound hard at first if you really love soft drinks, but trust me, you'll definitely get used to it. You don't need to go cold turkey on Coca Cola or Sprite altogether. But you can simply drink these things once or twice a week instead of every day.

Also, fruit juice might look healthy, but it's not nearly as healthy as eating an entire banana or apple. In fact, most fruit juice contains just as much sugar as soft drinks! That's because juice companies add lots of sugar to it and since you drink it instead of chewing, it's hard for your body to process.

To be honest I hardly ever drink soft drinks or juice anymore, because I'm no longer used to how sweet these drinks are! Before I didn't even notice the flavor that much, but when you only drink water the sweetness becomes really apparent and you may not even like it anymore. Water is very good for your health and weight, because it cleanses the body of stuff it doesn't need.

If you get bored with water though, don't worry, there's a simple solution: just put some pieces of fruit in the jug! If you leave a piece of lemon or strawberry in the water for a while, the flavor of the fruit will make it sweeter in a natural way. You can also use herbs, if you want. Here are some recipes.



3 Use Aloe Vera to cleanse your body 

Sometimes our diet changes just don't seem to have an effect. That's because our body has been storing unhealthy toxins for so long. It takes a long time for your body to cleanse these toxins on the inside, before you can see any effect on the outside. There is a natural superhero plant for this, though! Gel removed from the Aloe Vera plant is full of antioxidants and cleanses the toxins in your intestines. At the same time, it contains about 200 wholesome nutrients for your body.

Because the excess toxins are cleansed from your body, many people lose weight very quickly when they drink Aloe Vera gel daily. This effect is even stronger because Aloe Vera also speeds up your metabolism.  In addition to that, most people report getting this huge energy boost! That's because of all the nutrients that Aloe Vera contains. The layer in your intestines that blocks all the healthy stuff you eat is cleansed, so all the nutrients can be absorbed by your body properly.

I can help you follow a safe and healthy Aloe Vera program, the C9 cleansing program. If you are interested, just send me an email in the "Contact" section or go to this website (then click on "Shop" and then on "Forever F.I.T"). I will guide you over email or in real life to help you get the best results.

If you want to take care of your digestive system and get more energy, you could also try a bottle of stabilised aloe vera gel. Since I started drinking this, I no longer have a problem waking up at 6 in the morning! You can try it here, by clicking on "Shop" and then "Forever Aloe Drinks".

4 Reduce meat and dairy products 


Over the past year, I've slowly eliminated meat and dairy products from my diet. My original reasons for doing so were my love for animals, helping the environment and reducing my acne. But I was surprised to find that after a few months of changing my diet one product at a time, my body also looked a lot thinner!

Again, you don't need to eliminate every piece of meat or glass of milk from your diet. You can simply replace your hamburger with a veggie burger once or twice a week. Instead of eating real yoghurt, you can try to eat soy based yoghurt sometimes. First, please make sure you are not allergic or intolerant to soy, however! Be careful with yourself.

Many people think that I have very limited food options, since I don't eat anything with meat or dairy in it. The truth is, sometimes I hardly notice that I made this change at all. These days there's a huge variety of meat replacements that are just as good as the real thing, so I rarely feel like I'm missing something. And I love my soy milk and coconut yoghurt.

Only on birthdays, when other people eat cake, it can be a problem, but then they just give me a bag of chips instead, which is good, too ;)


5 Stay positive

Again I want to emphasize how important self love is. I couldn't stress this enough! Your brains and your body are directly connected with each other. Time after time, the medical world has shown how influential your beliefs, or the placebo effect, are on your body.

So maybe the reason why your body won't change no matter what you do, is all the hate you send it. Do you perform well on tests or other tasks when you're constantly being criticized? No, probably not, because hate never does any good. Hate only hurts you and your body. Only love can heal.

Like I said before, stress can make your body believe it is in danger and take measures to survive. This includes storing more fat. Stress is also super unhealthy. What more excuses do you need to take more baths with lavender or Lush bath bombs? ;)

And think about it. If you can learn to love yourself now, in the body that you're in right now... Then do you even need to lose weight at all? No, because your self worth and mood no longer depend on what your body looks like! Then you will truly be free, because you love yourself unconditionally.

Of course self love is a journey, so don't feel bad if you're not quite there yet. Just take small steps every day, with things like journalling, meditation and positive affirmations. If you need support, feel free to send me a message on my social media anytime, you don't need to do this alone.


This was my little list of tips to help you with your body weight and health! Do you have any more advice?

Wishing you a fantastic week,


~Mayte ଘ(੭*ˊᵕˋ)੭*

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Dear Diary: Herbs, Flowers and Brocante


Hello, dear person who is reading this ♡

Though my night was difficult because of scary dreams, my day was entirely the opposite. It felt like a beautiful dream, because it was filled with flowers in all the colors of the rainbow. Before you think I did something super special: no, not really, I just went to the garden center. But I enjoy all the beauty that can be found in everyday places like that. To me, those things are what makes life special.

For years already, I've wanted to learn more about herbs and plants. Witchcraft in particular has always fascinated me and when I was a child my mother already let me read books about the subject. Therefore, learning the healing powers of plants and herbs has always been a small life goal for me. Wouldn't it be so cool to be that knowledgeable person who can name all the plants wherever they go?


This morning I finally started to read a book about the subject, that I got from the library yesterday. It's called "The Magical Powers of Herbs and Plants". The first part of the book has an entire section on the history of plant healing and folklore, which interests me a lot as a history major. Later in the book there are pictures of plants with their ascribed powers next to them.

Tip: if you don't know a lot about plants I recommend reading the last part first, so you can read the historical background while actually knowing what plants the author is referring to. At least I wish I had done that, since unfortunately my plant knowledge is very minimal. Still, I love the book because of its beautiful images.

My family and I moved about a year ago, and the garden of the new house hardly had any plants when we got there. Now that the weather is growing warmer we are very busy planting new flowers and plant life everywhere. I love to see how our quiet garden is evolving from a brick desert to a more colorful and living place. Today we went to the garden center to buy a rue, which helps keep cats away from our flowers. I saw many beautiful things there.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Fashion Favorite: Crystal Jewelry in Different Shapes


Hello dear readers ♡

Jewelry with crystals is my favorite kind to wear, because I find that crystals affect my mood a lot. They can make it just a little easier to be kind or cheerful, or give you just that energy boost that you need.

Another thing I like about them is that they come in so many different shapes. It makes them easy to adapt to your style. But in addition to that, I feel like the different shapes also affects the energy the crystals radiate.

Here, I'll list some different crystal shapes that I really like and what energy I think they connect with. However, please keep in mind that everyone has a different relationship with their crystals, so for you their vibes might be completely different! These are just my feelings.

Heart-Shaped 




A few years ago I bought a necklace with a rose quartz in the shape of a heart and I've been wearing it almost every day. Apart from the fact that it's super cute and makes me feel like a magical girl from an anime, I also love its soft and peaceful energy. Rose quartz is the stone of love and I think that in the shape of a heart it's even stronger!

But I've seen lots of other crystals in the shape of a heart, too. In my experience they contain the same properties as the crystal normally would, but usually softer and with a more joyful energy. I think they make the wearer look like a princess, prince or fairy from a fairytale.

These are some shops that sell heart jewelry:
♡ HighVibrationsDesign
PositiveMindSo
♡ NandNJewelry
JGBeadedJewelry


Moon Shaped



The moon is a powerful mystical symbol that encourages us to use our intuitive abilities. I think wearing a moon shaped crystal sends out the signal that you're a wise person who trusts in their own inner magic. In addition to that, I believe that moon crystals can help you accept your own shadow side, like the part of the moon that is often hidden from our sight.

When you wear a crystal shaped like a moon, the spiritual abilities the crystal amplifies become even stronger and you become more aware of them. It makes it easier for you connect to the divine qualities within you, helping you realize you're literally made of love and light and you're the very definition of magic.

Here's a list of places where you can buy moon jewelry:
KnottyByChoice
WillowAndMoonDesigns
YouEarthAsh
shopriseandshine

Cross Shaped




The cross is a symbol we usually connect with Jesus Christ. That's why wearing a crystal with this powerful symbol can help you connect more easily with Christ's consciousness, that gentle power to heal people and create miracles for yourself and others. It's a state of mind of complete faith and surrender to a higher plan.


Personally, I feel like the cross symbol can give you enormous emotional strength like Jesus had. At the same time it will help you to be as kind and compassionate as he was. It can give us the courage to follow the plan of the Universe, for the highest good of all, instead of our small human plans. I wear my rose quartz cross necklace almost every day to remind me of Jesus' teachings, so I can stay positive and centered.

Here are some places where you can buy cross jewelry:
Wolf shaped




While this type of crystal can be a bit pricey, I just think it's so magical, so I've been wanting to write about it ever since I first saw them. For some reason I love wolves, though you probably wouldn't expect that from someone who wears pink all the time.

I believe that wearing a wolf necklace can help you enormously with your self-confidence. Wolfs are strong and fearless, walking calmly towards their goals. They know that their place in the pack is important, but they also know their individual worth. They're not afraid to make their voice heard, howling at the moon and everything (not really, but still).

While wolfs usually live in packs, I think that they can also inspire the "lone wolf" within you, meaning that they help you trust in your ability to take care of yourself. Wearing a wolf necklace can remind you to silently walk away from the pack once in a while and reflect on your own wishes and emotions.

Since wolfs are wild and free and follow their own instincts, a wolf shaped crystal also makes you become more aware of your inner guidance and gives you the courage to act on it. Thanks to its strong energy you worry less about the opinion of others so you can calmly follow your own truth instead.

Here's a little list of places where you can buy wolf shaped jewelry:
♡ RockCandyPendants

Point shape




Pointed crystals are probably the most commonly worn out of this list, having been a trend for a while now. Often you'll see them being worn by fashionable people on choker necklaces. So if you are afraid to show people in public your spiritual side, you can wear one of these and pretend it's nothing more than a fashion statement!

A crystal like this concentrates a lot of its energy stream into one point. That's why it provides the wearer with crystal clear focus and intentions. It can help you know exactly what to do to reach your goals. When studying, a pointed crystal can help you concentrate better. In addition, it helps the energy flow more smoothly in your body without it being blocked.

Since point crystals have been a popular fashion point for some time now, there's probably an infinite amount of places to buy them, but here's a small list:
TheBohoMinimalist
7ChakraJewelry
lotusfairy
Sunvsmoon
PeekaBelle


These were just a few of all the different crystal types out there! If you are afraid to show people you like crystals or new age-y stuff, you can simply choose a special shape so other people's attention goes out to that, instead of the fact that it's a crystal. I hope I could show you different ways to be a little bit creative with your spiritual routine and practice. Do you like to wear crystal jewelry?

Wishing you a fantastic week full of magic and happiness,

~Mayte ଘ(੭*ˊᵕˋ)੭*

P.S. The silly illustrations in this post were made by me. Feel free to use them, as long as you keep the credit on the image intact. ଘ( ˊᵕˋ )ଓ

Monday, April 10, 2017

March Thrift Store Finds: Colorful Spring Wardrobe and Vintage Ponies


Hello dear readers ♡

We have already flipped the page from March to April a while ago, but due to exams and papers I only had time to show you my thrift store finds now. I'm very sorry I didn't post as often as usual.

This month I went to the thrift shop a few times and I'm very thankful for the things I found. I thought it was super fun that the thrift store brought out all the cute Easter related things they had. So much cute stuff with chickens, bunnies and eggs.

It's really convenient that they change their selection of items like this. It does make me wonder how much stuff they must have. The clothing section now seems to be sort of in between the seasons. They still have some warm clothes, but also lighter ones. I bought a few clothing items, I'll show them to you now.

Summery floral skirt 



This skirt is patterned with small yellow and orange flowers. It reminds me of summer, lemonade and oranges. Like many of my thrifted clothes, it was originally from a Dutch department store called HEMA.  

What I love most about this skirt is that the lining makes it a little bit fluffy. When worn, it's not flat, but it has a nice a-line type of shape. It makes me feel very elegant. It also has ties so I can adapt it to my size, and when tied into a ribbon it looks princess-like. 


I'm super thankful I have found this skirt, I think I'll wear it a lot this summer. Its fabric is sturdy and not transparant, so it can easily be worn without tights. 


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Cardcaptor Sakura Mood Boards


Hello dear readers ଘ( ˊᵕˋ )ଓ

These days I'm sort of busy with exams and papers. Please don't worry, the materials I have to study are really interesting, so I don't mind at all. It just leaves less time to write blog posts for you, sorry! However, when I have free time I still like to put together little mood boards with pictures from Polyvore and WeHeartIt to wind down, so I thought I'd share some of them with you!

I had the idea to create mood boards around Cardcaptor Sakura. It's one of my favorite anime. I love to listen to the soundtrack while studying, since many of the songs are so dreamy and beautiful. Did you know that CLAMP made a sequel to the manga, called Clear Card-hen? It started in 2016, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Cardcaptor Sakura. I never expected that to happen and it makes me super happy. Do you think they will also make an anime adaptation?

I made two mood boards this time, one for Sakura and one for Tomoyo. I might make more in the future, if I have time?

Outfit for Sakura 

Named from the beautiful flower that blooms in the spring

"I believe, 
and with just that, 
there is nothing I can't overcome."
- Sakura Kinomoto

Actually, I think the idea started because this skirt from MILK reminded me of Cardcaptor Sakura so much! It probably has to do with the color scheme, pink and yellow, which is definitely my favorite color scheme at the moment. Also, the motif reminds me of Sakura's Star Wand and the patterns that appear all around her when she releases her wands' powers.

The leather backpack reminded me of Sakura's randoseru, a type of backpack Japanese children often wear to school. And I don't know why, but the boots also looked like they were made for Sakura to me. Maybe it's because of the bows that they look slightly like the shoes Tomoyo always makes Sakura wear. I only added the unicorn accessories because they fitted with the outfit so well, sorry! Do you think Sakura would like unicorns? She does like plushies a lot.


Mood board for Tomoyo 

In the gentle night, I sing this song alone

"The greatest happiness
is when the one you love
is happy." 
- Tomoyo Daidouji

Maybe it's silly, but my favorite songs from the Cardcaptor Sakura soundtrack are definitely the songs Tomoyo sings for the school choir, Tomoe, Yasashisa no Tane and Yoru no Uta. Her voice is so angelic and calming. Because of Yoru no Uta, she always reminds me of the night sky. When I think of Tomoyo I also think of her selflessness and her ability to somehow understand everyone just from observing them. 

Because she's such an angelic person I always picture her wearing white clothing and holding small white flowers in her hand. Of course she always has her camera with her, too. I imagine her to be the kind of person who is always looking at old pictures she took and daydreaming about the memories they hold.



Thank you so much for reading my post! Did you recognize the characters in these mood boards? Or would you make them completely differently?

Wishing you the most wonderful week possible,

~Mayte ଘ(੭*ˊᵕˋ)੭*


P.S. Another song I love from the Cardcaptor Sakura OST is Shiawase no Sakura Namiki. So dreamy!
P.S.S. Click here if you're interested in this week's oracle card reading ♡ 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Making Your Own Home Altar for Prayer or Meditation

Dear readers,

Maybe you remember that way back in January I wrote a post about my thrift store finds? The above dresser (is that how you call furniture like this in English?) is another item I found at the thrift store that month.

I'd already had the idea for a while to make a prayer altar somewhere in my room, a quiet place where I could light a candle and listen to my inner voice. So I asked the Universe if it could maybe make a suitable table cross my path. When I saw this one, I felt it must be the one because of its Barbie pink color! Added bonus: it can store items in the drawer, so I keep my yoga mat there.

To be completely honest, I noticed it does feel slightly personal to post pictures of my altar here! However, because I'm really happy that I made the choice to arrange a sacred space for myself, I thought that maybe I could inspire others to do the same.

You see, over the past few months I noticed that whenever I sit down in front of my altar, I immediately feel calmer. It's as if my mind switches into prayer mode and my body notices the different energy in this space. That makes it a lot easier to focus on prayer and stillness without being distracted.

So if it sounds useful to you, in this post you can read some of the steps I took to create my own sacred space. Of course you should feel free to switch things up, ignore the steps or create your own ideas. It was only meant for inspiration. If you're curious, read on for some basic tips.


Monday, March 13, 2017

Collage: Blue Fairy of the Forest

Blue Fairy of the Forest

"When the winds of March are wakening the crocuses and crickets,
Did you ever find a fairy near some budding little thickets,...
And when she sees you creeping up to get a closer peek
She tumbles through the daffodils, a playing hide and seek."
- Marjorie Barrows

In my "Daily Life of a Doll" post I wrote that I'd love to make a sort of collection of collages with dress up dolls. Often I forget about ideas like that after a while, but these collages are a lot of fun to make. At the time I made this one, I was listening to interviews of the World Angel Summit with Doreen Virtue and other spiritual teachers, so my mind was full of angels, fairies and other magical things. That's why this dress up doll turned into a forest fairy.

Now that we're approaching springtime here, more and more flowers pop up to make the cities more colorful. This is my favorite time of the year, because seeing the snowdrops and crocuses while I'm on my bike in the morning makes me so incredibly happy! Flowers always remind me of fairies, since many movies and books show fairies living in flowers or taking care of them. I think fairies are like nature spirits. I feel like these magical beings also very connected to crystals, which is why I added some of these sparkly friends to the collage.

The above fairy's name is Bluebell and she likes to wear blue and lavender. Her thin wings emanate the scent of pine trees and the sea, and her eyes always sparkle. The mischievous fairy's favorite activity is to dance near a river in the moonlight together with the forest creatures. She also likes to play jokes on her friends. However, if one of her friends - or a nearby human - feels sad, she always manages to lift their spirits.


Though fairies have always fascinated me, unfortunately I'm afraid they no longer like me so much, since my parents recently took down a tree in our garden! However, my parents meant well: they just wanted to make room for new trees and plants. Maybe if we do our best to be as environmentally conscious as possible, they might forgive us some day?

Wishing you a magical and fantastic week,

~Mayte ଘ(੭*ˊᵕˋ)੭*


P.S. I did an oracle card reading for this week, click here if you're interested!