We bet that if you had a peek into your friends’ bathrooms, at least one of them would have a collection of Raw Sugar Living products in the shower. Chances are, if you asked them about it – they would not hesitate to tell you just how much they love Raw Sugar’s healthy, uplifting, nutrient-packed line of skin and hair care products.
We knew there was a reason why singing in the shower felt so good!
At Raw Sugar we love a good karaoke session, even if it’s in the form of a personal shower concert… Basically, any event where we can sing at
the top of our lungs and feel giddy about it, we love it.
So if you, like us, are eager to know what exactly about singing out loud is good for you, then read on! Read More
Breathe in, chill out and find time to relax.
Although it can be difficult to find time to unwind and relax the body and mind, we know it’s beneficial for our health and happiness.
We are sharing 7 scientifically proven facts of what actually happens when you do relax.
1. Reduces Muscle Tension and Chronic Pain
When you relax you help relieve muscle tension. It significantly relaxes the muscles and improves blood circulation all over the body. With improved
or increased blood flow, the muscles and brain get more oxygen from the blood because there is no clogging and no competition with other tissues. As a result, muscles can freely move and function.
2. Improving Concentration
Concentration essentials help to promote a calmer state of mind, enhances your focus, and decreases restlessness. The result? You’re better equipped to complete important tasks at your daily job. Now that you’re more relaxed, you’ll actually become more productive! That means more room for success in your life.
3. Improving Your mood
Improving your mood will change the way you view the world and making you see it in a positive light. Even simple walking can immediately improve your mood. Walking has been proven to be an excellent way to improve your mood – or in psychological terms gives a “positive effect”.
4. Boosts your Immune System
The immune system is your body’s natural defense system. It’s an intricate network of cells, tissues, and organs that band together to defend your body against invaders. Those invaders come with the potential to make us sick. Boosting your immune system helps you to become stronger and healthier.
5. Lowering your Blood Pressure
Having high blood pressure puts a strain on your heart which increases all kinds of dangerous risks to your health. When you relax, your blood pressure lowers. This reduces risks of heart problems and stroke overall. Other great benefits of having lower blood pressure is that it can improve your vision and boost you kidney health! It’s amazing what happens when your body is relaxed. Remember, every organ is somehow connected!
6. Sleep Better at Night
There is no better feeling than waking up well rested. Adequate sleep is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Getting enough sleep can benefit your heart, weight, mind and more. When we are relaxed, it’s easier to fall asleep, which will reduce your stress levels further.
7. You Have More Energy
Stress instantly depletes your energy… in a BIG way. Reducing stress and increasing happiness helps us all live healthier, more fulfilled lives. You will find that 15-20 minutes of deep breathing will even help to increase your energy. when energy is increased you can achieve anything!
If you’re yet to discover the joy of bath fizzers, you’re in for a super sweet treat.
Our little sugar cubes of love, as we like to call them at Raw Sugar, are launching in a few days – and we are just BUBBLING with excitement.
Raw Sugar Cube Bath Fizzers in Pineapple + Macqui Berry + Coconut AND our classic combo of Raw Coconut + Mango, are about to hit the streets (and, er, your baths). Each infused with 12 essential oils and extracts for pure skin radiance, our bath fizzers are going to soak your skin in love.
So what exactly IS a bath fizzer, you ask? It’s a little square bomb that fizzes and releases oils, aromas and nutrients when you drop them into your bath.
The beauty of a fizzer lies in the fact that your body gets a wonderful cleanse without the manual scrubbing and slathering that goes on in the shower. But fizzers are also powerful for unwinding the mind and allowing your senses to indulge in a wondrous state of bathtime relaxation and pleasure.
And that’s not even the tip of the iceberg. Here are 3 major reasons you need Raw Sugar’s brand new bath bombs in your life… pronto.
1. The chill factor
Picture this: the dim light of a candle, your favorite mellow tunes playing in the background, the intensely beautiful aromas of your bath fizzer, and your tired skin soaking in its detoxifying vitamins and brilliant blend of essential oils. Sounds like heaven right? That’s because it is. Nothing chills you out quite like a warm bath at home – and when you add the goodness of our bath fizzers to the scene, stuff gets pretty delightful pretty quick. Warning: you’ll want one every night. Don’t say we didn’t tell you.
2. They saturate your skin in goodness
Our bath fizzers aren’t like any ordinary bath fizzers. They’re crafted with natural ingredients that worship your skin and treat you like the goddess that, quite frankly, we know you are. With good stuff like Dead Sea Salt and Kaolin Clay working to detoxify your pores, and Lavender and Sea Kelp helping to purify – these little cubes of love are enriched with skin-loving magic, taken straight from mother nature. You’ll feel nourished, rejuvenated and renewed – and doesn’t that sound nice?
3. They’re FUN!
Bath time hasn’t been this playful since the days of rubber duckies and tot-sized sailboats. There’s something to be said about the simple pleasure of the pop, fizz, soak that comes with our little love cubes – and they definitely add a new level of excitement to Sunday nights at home. And that scent? It’s joyful enough to make you want to call your ex and ask him how his mom is doing. But don’t do that. Definitely don’t do that.
Now, what are you waiting for? Your bath is calling.
2017 was a big year.
Big election. Big results. Big protests and big backlash.
But instead of dwelling on the negative, let’s focus on the GOOD things that happened in the year preceding us. The triumphs and the glimpses of hope. The events that inspired us and shaped us. The moments that we’ll remember forever – and that we’ll use as arsenal to enter 2018 brighter, bolder and more uplifted than ever.
Here they are – the little things that happened throughout the year that will make a big positive impact on lives.
1. Strangers uniting to help others during Hurricane Harvey
In the darkest of times, during the devastating hurricane that hit Houston this year, we saw a beautiful display of humanity and comeradie among the people of Texas. Boat owners mobilized to save people in flooded houses, neighbours combined their strength to reach out to people stuck in cars, and an all-round feeling of good grace inspired us all.
2. Raw Sugar donated over 500,000 bars of soap to people in need
Not many people are aware that hygiene is a major world issue. In fact, 32% of people don’t have access to the resources needed to sustain a healthy level of hygiene – which can cause diseases and a myriad of health issues. So, to do our bit, we partnered with Direct Relief in July and handed out over 500,000 fresh bars of soap to people who needed them most. It was part of our Raw Sugar Initiative – something we plan to exercise even further in 2018. Watch this space.
3. Diversity at the Oscars
Are we the only ones who cheered the roof off when a list of well-overdue, well-deserved wins were handed out at the Oscars? We saw a kind of diversity we haven’t seen honored on our screens in a while – and it was beautiful.
4. Malala Yousafzai started college at Oxford
In one of the most inspiring turn-of-events situations to ever have happened, Malala started her studies at Oxford 5 years after being shot in the head by the Taliban for trying to go to school. After all the incredible things Malala has achieved in the past few years, this one might be the most important – as Oxford is the same school Benazir Bhutto attended, who went on to be the first female prime minister of Malala’s native Pakistan.
5. Villagers in India knitted sweaters to protect elephants from the cold
This year, elephants in India started sporting multi-colored sweaters after villagers banded together to hand-knit super-sized woollies for the animals to protect them from the near-freezing temperatures. These formerly-abused animals were living at a nearby conservation centre – and when staff warned that they might be in danger from the cold, women of the village wouldn’t hear of it. They produced warm, colorful garments to see the creatures through the winter – and give them another chance at life.
Are you feeling inspired by the positive events that were in 2017? Let’s all make a pact to be the change we wish to see in the world in 2018… and just watch the magic happen.
So you want to go vegan. You’ve heard about the ethical, environmental and health benefits the vegan lifestyle delivers and you want in. You’ve been planning it all year, but just haven’t quite gotten around to it. You reason that after the holidays and into the new year is the best time to make the transition – when the slate is clean and motivations are high.
But… how do you make the change, and make it successfully? Here are some useful tips and guidelines to ensure your transition to veganism is one that sticks.
Before anything else, make the effort to learn everything there is to know about veganism. This will really help you feel prepared and get you excited to embark on a positive life change. Read all about the benefits of the vegan lifestyle. Learn how to optimally nourish yourself on this diet so you won’t have any deficiencies. Start understanding ingredients lists and which ingredients are off-limits. All the insights will help you ease into a plant-based lifestyle with confidence and ease.
Add before you subtract.
Rather than just going cold turkey and eliminating all meat, dairy and eggs from your diet straight off the bat – start incorporating more vegan-friendly foods before you take anything out. That way, the transition will be smoother and won’t shock your body. Start adding more legumes, seeds, nuts, vegetables, non-dairy milk (like almond, rice, or soy) and tofu into your diet. You can also start a collection of delicious vegan recipes you can get excited about making.
Leave the hardest till last.
What’s your favorite food ever? That one you think you’re gonna have a really, really hard time letting go? That one. Maybe it’s a creamy feta cheese, or your Sunday morning eggs on toast. Whatever it is, don’t cut it out straight away. Leave it until last. Phase it out in a slow, controlled manner – this could take weeks or even months. You’ll find that the less you have it, the less you’ll crave it.
Learn all the good substitutes.
Being vegan doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the good stuff. Did you know that nutritional yeast flakes make a great substitute for parmesan cheese? Or that coconut yogurt tastes just as good (if not better) than dairy yogurt? Experiment with all these substitutes to find which ones you like best. Soon enough, you’ll be creating your own new plant-based versions of traditional favorite recipes.
Don’t lose sight of why.
When the going gets tough, it’s easy to be tempted into giving in. But, when you know exactly why you decided to be vegan and remind yourself of that, you can quickly reign the temptations in. This is why it really helps to know all the benefits of a plant-based diet and the positive effects it has on our health, environment, and humanity.
There’s no getting around it. The holiday season is full of spiced lattés, sticky-date puddings and a never-ending selection of sweet treats. And no matter how much you try to abstain from the decadence, sooner or later – you will give in.
But if, and when, all the butter, sugar and indulgence gets a bit too much – you can still satisfy your sweet tooth (and not ostracize yourself from society) with these super healthy dessert recipes. That’s right, we just used the words HEALTHY and DESSERT in the same sentence – and with good reason, because we scoured the internet and found a whole bunch of guilt-free deliciousness.
Here are out top 7… so eat, enjoy and be merry!
1. Chocolate chip kale cookies
One of our fav gals, Chocolate Covered Katie, has come up with this completely outrageous yet completely delicious chocolate-chip cookie recipe that, quite frankly, is so wrong it’s right. Using spelt flour instead of regular, and packed with leafy greens, these cookies help you get your daily veg intake while tasting like… well, cookies.
Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it – we’re officially obsessed.
2. Samoa Bars
Have dietary restrictions? No worries. These scrumptious Samoa Bars by California’s own Bakerita are Gluten Free, Paleo, AND Vegan. You know what else they are? Utterly amazing.
With a caramel coconut filling, they’re so decadent it almost hurts. Oh and guess what, they’re packed with so much good stuff you can even have ‘em for breakfast. YEAH.
3. Strawberry Ice Cream
Making your own ice cream is one of those things that sounds really intimidating but actually isn’t. If you have a food processor, it’s as easy as 10 minutes and 4 ingredients. And with this recipe from Country Living, it’s only 70 calories per serving. Get on it.
4. Raw Raspberry Cheesecake Brownie Bars
Go weak in the knees for cheesecake? Don’t we all *sigh*. Love brownies? Us too. Packed with protein and healthy fats, these raspberry cheesecake brownie bars give you the best of both worlds – minus all the guilt. We’ll have five, please. Like right now.
5. Baked Peaches
Sometimes, the simplest things in life are the sweetest. Literally. These baked peaches taste so exceptional you won’t believe you’re just eating a piece of fruit. Add a spoonful of coconut yogurt to take it up a notch.
6. Pumpkin Pie
Who knew comfort food could be so nutritious? With a buttery, flaky crust and smooth, creamy filling – this is the ultimate crowd-pleasing dessert. A medley of delicious spices means that it fills your home with the most delicious scent while baking. Have yourself a slice… or three. We know we will be.
7. Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Another great recipe from our girl at Amy’s Healthy Baking. If you’re a sucker for chewy cookies and cinnamon tastes, you’ll fall head over heels for these oatmeal cookies. They have the most wonderful texture and a beautifully light and warming flavor. Consider us converts.