1. Veggie Garden
Gardening increases physical activity. It is a great way to engage with the whole family and lets them help take responsibility for the garden. The fruits and vegetables grown in your
garden promotes a healthy lifestyle, because they are rich in nutrients, especially in phytochemicals, anti-oxidants, vitamin C, vitamin A and folate. Not only will you save more dollars, it also gives you a new appreciation for nature, when you can have the opportunity to see how things grow.
2. Say Goodbye to Processed Foods
Did you know that 60% of the calories in an average American’s daily diet come from “ultra- processed” foods? Food is what nourishes your body on the inside; so the old saying “You are what you eat” does have some truth to it! Cross out everything that is processed on your grocery list. In fact, go to your kitchen right now and throw all processed foods out. Out of sight, out of mind means you have no choice but to eat the healthy alternatives.
3. Hello Vegan Products
Vegan beauty products have a whole list of benefits as they tend to be gentler on the skin, making them better for sensitive skin. Since Vegan products are packed with so many nutrients, your skin will absolutely love it!
4. Get Active
Benefits of practicing physical activity regularly reduces your risks of a heart attack, manages your weight better, lowers your blood cholesterol level, lowers your blood pressure, gives you stronger bones, muscles and joints, lowers the risk osteoporosis, and the list goes on! This will help you feel good naturally, so set a aside 30 mins each day to go for a walk. It’s worth it!
5. Gratitude is The Best Attitude
Gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with happiness. It also has many benefits in terms of our health, satisfaction with life, and the way we relate to others. Being grateful helps you feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences and build strong relationships.
Take a little time out of each day to show some gratitude.
6. Cook Fresh Food
Cooking from scratch with fresh ingredients is so much more healthier, which means you and your family will be consuming the right foods to benefit your health. Eating at home allows you to cut out what you may deem unnecessary in your diet. You’re in control of the food you cook and the food you consume, which allows you to build healthier habits and encourages the whole family to be healthy with you.
7. Get Organized
Who would have a thought that such a simple thing like getting organized can bring you so many health benefits? Here are a few things that being organized will do for you: improves your sleeping habits, reduce stress (which makes us happier), can lead to better eating habits and can boost your energy! Go on, get organized.
Breathe in, chill out and do some meditation. It encourages a healthy lifestyle, increases happiness and some study’s show it actually slows aging! Where do we sign up?
You may laugh at this (pun intended) but, it’s true! Laughing releases natural endorphins in the brain which are your feel good/happy chemicals. Don’t forget, laughing is contagious – spread it. Who doesn’t feel happy laughing? Try it, we dare you.
Scheduling downtime every single day (even if it’s 15 mins) increases your energy, mood, and enhances your creativity!
There you have it. 10 easy ways you can start living a more natural and healthy life right now!
Did you know that Raw Sugar Living was the first to introduce ColdPress
Technology® to beauty?
Applying the same philosophy that goes into making your favorite Cold-Pressed juices, processing beauty products through ColdPress Technology® allows us to get the most out of the fresh and healthy fruits and superfoods that we pack into our products. It locks in all the vitamins, nutrients and enzymes, and only releases them when they’re applied onto your skin.
There are a number of reasons why ColdPress Technology® is so beneficial to both your health and your skin. Here’s a quick overview of why.
First, what does ColdPress Technology® Actually Mean?
To “ColdPress” fruit means to put it through a hydraulic press. The main difference of a hydraulic press, is what happens after the fruit has been “juiced”. Immediately after extraction, the juice is bottled and sealed in a large chamber of water with five times the amount of pressure you’d find in the ocean. No extra heat or oxygen is used in this process, meaning that little-to-no nutrients are lost. This allows all the nutrients and vitamins of the fruit or superfood to stay at their peak until you use them.
ColdPress Technology® keeps the good stuff in.
Cold-Pressing gives us direct access to the natural oils that are extracted directly from botanical and fruit sources. This helps keep in their natural benefits and gives power to everything that is pure, while remaining true to the source of the whole fruit. It maintains the integrity of the plant, instead of trying to filter it down to one part. This also helps us to create a product with pure, rich essential oils, vitamins, enzymes and nutrients that nourish and feed your skin.
Longer Shelf Life
It’s beauty with staying power. A vital aspect of ColdPress Technology® is its natural ability to increase shelf-life. Despite the extracts being naturally obtained, the skincare product stays fresher and longer, when put through a hydraulic press.
Healthier and Gentler on Skin
The process of ColdPress Technology® does not require any harsh chemicals or dyes. Because the ingredients are natural and sourced
directly from Mother Nature, they are gentler on sensitive skin and healthier overall.
Want to experience the benefits of ColdPress Technology® for yourself? Check out our great line of beauty, hair & personal care items here.
Some things in life just work better in pairs. Wine and cheese. Surf and sand. Ross and Rachel. Raw Coconut + Mango.
At Raw Sugar, we love thinking up magical concoctions from the divine ingredients given to us by the kind hands of Mother Nature. Our team of incredibly fussy skincare experts spend lots of time putting together different blends of wholesome fruits, nuts, seeds, and superfoods to see what works best. And frankly, our Raw Coconut + Mango marriage was an instant hit – and is fast becoming a classic.
But, there’s way more to this scrumptious-smelling duo than meets the eye. It’s actually incredibly powerful and effective on skin. Here’s why.
1. The Mango brightens
Did you know mango is magic? It works to perk up and brighten your complexion – leaving your skin feeling and looking younger, bouncier and more alive. Since it’s jam-packed with anti-oxidants, mango works to promote collagen production which increases skin elasticity and firmness. Its Vitamin A properties also help with giving your skin a head-turning glow.
2. While the Raw Coconut soothes
Raw Coconut offers the kind of soothing properties that irritated or tired skin dream of. Coconut has natural antibacterial powers that have great effectiveness in relieving inflammation, eczema, dermatitis and any painful skin allergies.
3. Mango can assist with acne
Mango is rich in Vitamin A – which has been proven to reduce oil production on the skin. So, if regular acne keeps showing up on your face like an unwelcome visitor, mango can help. Pssst – it’s also great at reducing fine lines and wrinkles, too!
4. While Raw Coconut deeply moisturizes
Coconut is a brilliant natural skin moisturizer. It’s so easily and readily absorbed into skin’s pores – and doesn’t leave behind any sort of residue. Which means that even if you have naturally oily skin, coconut will work for you.
5. The best part? ColdPress® Technology!
When this magic duo is combined into our products, it’s processed through ColdPress® Technology which locks in all the good oils, vitamins and enzymes that skin instantly soaks up. So you know your skin will reap all the pure wholesome goodness of these incredible fruits.
Still not convinced about the prowess of Raw Coconut + Mango? Visit our online store and try it for yourself. WARNING: you’ll be hooked!
Stress less and laugh more. Worry less and do more. Procrastinate less and produce more.
We all know that’s what we should be doing, right? But sometimes life gets in the way and our wellbeing takes a backseat. But, the path to mental and physical wellness doesn’t have to be hard. There are small things you can incorporate into your everyday routine to help maximize your wellbeing and increase your productivity by spades. Because, truly – a little self-care and self-love go a long way.
Make time for relaxing activities.
Every day, put aside a little time to simply indulge in something that eases your mind and feeds your soul. Have a passion for crochet? Love reading? Find cooking therapeutic? Be it going for a scenic walk or engaging in a spot of gardening, it’s important to schedule the things you love doing into your everyday and make them part of your routine.
Find your form of meditation.
Find time in your day to feel present – even if it’s just for a small pocket of 5 minutes. Some people like yoga. Others like to meditate. But for some of us, writing our thoughts down in a journal, doing some breathing exercises or reciting positive affirmations is just as effective a form of mindfulness.
Treat yourself kindly.
We tend to our own harshest critics. Our expectations of ourselves can be sky-high, and when we fail to meet them – we enter a spiral of disappointment. But when we show ourselves the same level of kindness and compassion we show others, magic happens. Be tender to yourself during hard times. Encourage and reward yourself after small wins. The result? Soaring self-confidence.
Sleep, sleep, sleep!
Whatever you do, try not to skimp on sleep. Sleep enables our bodies to repair themselves and our brains to consolidate memories and process information – without enough of it, our immune systems weaken, and we’re more prone to mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. 7-8 hours a night, plus a short power nap or two during the day, will work wonders for your energy levels, health and general state of mind.
Eating a nutritious, balanced diet doesn’t mean doing a rigorous 6-day juice cleanse or avoiding the foods you love in favor of an unsatisfying garden salad. It just means listening to your body and eating in moderation. Try to consume as many wholefoods – plus fresh fruit and vegetables – as you can, and cut back on processed goods, sugar and caffeine. That doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in chocolate cake – you can! Just make sure you’re balancing it all out – and you’ll feel more productive, energized and invigorated.
Try to fit in regular exercise. Working up a bit of a sweat will help to reduce stress levels and improve your overall health. Try to find an activity you enjoy – a daily walk along the beach, a pilates class, or even jumping on the trampoline with the kids for 10 minutes a day.
All hail the healing power of water. Drinking 8 glasses of water a day can enhance cognitive function for a more alert, productive you, it can support digestion, kidney function and detoxification, and it also works wonders for your skin.
Treasure your relationships.
Spending quality time with people whose company you genuinely enjoy not only makes you happier – it can help you live longer, too! Studies at Brigham Young University in Utah have shown that fostering strong relationships with friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues can improve our lifespans by 50 percent. Pretty impressive, huh?
Do some good.
If you’re kind to others, the universe will be kind right back to you. Evidence shows that helping others is actually beneficial for your own mental health and wellbeing. It helps reduce stress, improves your emotional wellbeing and even benefits your physical health. And remember, a good deed is a good deed – no matter how small it may seem.
The power of optimism – it’s real. Eliminating negative self-talk is an incredibly effective form of stress management – and it even has positive impacts on your health. Looking at life with a glass-half-full approach just means that you understand unpleasantness in a more productive way – you hope for the best, rather than anticipating the worst. It can take some practice, but once you get there – life suddenly becomes more rosy.
Incredible things start to happen when you add a morning lemon water to your diet. Your skin starts to glow. You stop getting sick so often. And like magic, you feel more energised and uplifted than you did before. But that’s just the beginning.
Squeezing the juices of a fresh lemon into a glass of warm water in the AM helps jump-start your digestion, and with that come a multitude of benefits. Lemons are jam-packed with nutrients, from Vitamin C and B-complex vitamins to calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium (even more than apples!) and fiber.
To get the most of this sunshine-sprinkled fruit, your morning ritual should go a little something like this: wake up, squeeze a whole lemon into a warm glass of water, drink it before you consume anything else, then wait about 30 minutes before you have your breakfast, smoothie or coffee. This will help you fully receive the benefits of your morning citrus-fix – of which the best ones are listed below.
1. Detoxes your system.
There’s no need to resort to extreme fad detox diets to cleanse your system – a simple glass of lemon water will do the trick. It’ll help flush out any toxins in your body by enhancing enzyme function and stimulating your liver. A fresh start to the day, indeed.
2. Jump-starts digestion.
By loosening up the toxins in your digestive tract, lemon water aids healthy digestion and gets your system working right for the day. It also helps to reduce those pesky and unpleasant side-effects of indigestion such as heartburn, burping and bloating.
3. Boosts your immune system.
There’s no better friend to your immune system than Vitamin C. And because lemons are full of it, your morning ritual of lemon water will help stops colds and flus in their tracks by upping your body’s levels of Vitamin C.
4. Clears your skin.
Lemons, magical lemons. They’re brimming with antioxidants, which means they work to rescue your skin from blemishes – and wrinkles too! By detoxifying your blood, your complexion’s radiance gets a lift – giving you a glow from the inside out.
Bid goodbye to nasty morning breath because an unexpected, but certainly pleasant, perk of lemon water is that it gives you fresher breath. It also relieves toothaches and gingivitis. A true all-rounder.
6. Lifts energy levels.
Your body gets an instant energy boost when lemons enter your digestive tract – and not only that, but they help decrease the symptoms of anxiety and depression by having a calming effect on your nervous system.
7. Reduces inflammation.
When sipping lemon water becomes part of your morning ritual, it will help to reduce the acidity in your system and decrease uric acid in your joints – which is a major cause of inflammation.
So there you have it; lemon water is a simple and easy way to give your body a healthy start to the day. This one small practice can radically alter your experience of the day – try it, and tell us what you benefits you first notice!