30 April 2012

Best shampoo in the world

My favourite shampoo in the world is called Avalon Clarifying Lemon. A must have. You're welcome!

All hair types wonder. I swear by it. Great scent, awesome results.
You can find this product at any Wholefood store and Planet organic.
To buy it online for only £5.99 click here

London Spa Girl x

Are you going with the flow ....



........or sabotaging your own happiness?

Awakening one morning in my sunny bedroom 12 years ago, I heard myself saying out loud, "So I’m moving to London..." The words were part exclamation, part question, and they woke me up completely. As surprised as I was, I also experienced a happy, pleasurable feeling...

But by the next day, I had dismissed the whole thing as just an odd dream....After all I cozily lived in Sofia, had a great job, great group of friends and hardly knew a soul in London...
Then out of the blue came a phone call from my work offering to sponsor my buisness studies at a London University.
A week later I received a letter from my landlord: Flat was going to be put on the market..

A dream, an opportunity, an offer, the boot - the message was unmistakable. So I willingly closed down my life in charming little Sofia, and moved to London. 

I had a great opportunity to move abroad and I took it almost instinctively. To this day I still wonder how much has changed since that day.

They say information is not necessarily knowledge, knowledge can come only from experience. This way of life requires you to pay attention to meaningful coincidences and go with the flow.

When you experience flow on a daily basis, synchronicities such as these are as natural to you as breathing. Although by its very nature, synchronicity cannot be created, controlled, or planned, when you live a life of flow, you can practically depend on synchronicity to show up.

Notice the words: it’s when you experience flow — not if. That’s because the power of flow is absolutely attainable. To experience it requires first of all that you choose to undertake that process. Then you must develop the necessary skills, much as you do when you learn to ride a bike: it takes focus to learn the basics and practice to make it second nature — but once you know how to do it, you enjoy ease and smoothness.
To truly be happy though, you have to support your own happiness. You have to be 100% behind yourself, supporting your own actions, choices, and decisions. If you don't think that accurately describes you, you've got some work to do! First and foremost, you must believe that your happiness is worthwhile.

Sad as it is to say, too many people are actually sabotaging their own happiness - and most of them are doing so unknowingly. In life, there are many things we cannot control. We cannot control other people. We cannot control the weather. We cannot control some of the circumstances we find ourselves in. But we can control ourselves and the way we choose to live life.

Be silly!

Have blind faith in yourself.
Everything happens for a reason
Never lose childish enthusiasm!

I wear no wings, see no auras. But to me, life works in magical and surprising ways when I truly trust my intuition and have infinite patience. Infinite patience means having an absolute knowing you're in vibrational harmony with the Source. You know that everything will happen at just the right time, just the right place with just the right people. All you have to do is relax and enjoy the ride!

When I'm in that state, I experience meaningful coincidences after meaningful coincidences. They add magic to my life, and tell me that the action I’m taking is safe and true and right. And they point the way to new opportunities....

For thousands of years, before  Da Vinci and Newton, and the beginnings of modern science, people believed that all of nature was a single organism and that everything was connected. Responsiveness to signs from the Universe was a normal part of daily life, for everything from passing clouds to passing events was perceived to speak in ways that mattered.

Struggling to define the essence of this underlying connectedness, people used words such as God, essential life force, universal mind, higher power. But these words fell far short of reality because, by their nature, words limit and contain—and the nature of this unified connectedness can’t be boxed in or tied down.

This interrelatedness is something for which we have an intuitive sense. Even if we have no formal beliefs about a higher power, the concept of being connected to a dynamic force beyond ourselves shows up in an ordinary, everyday phrase: "in the flow", "go with the flow", we might say, or "I’m really in the flow today".

Flow is the natural, effortless unfolding of our life in a way that moves us toward wholeness and harmony. When you are going with the flow you feel increasingly better, when you are going against the flow, you feel increasingly worse. It's that simple!

Going with the flow means pursuing only things that make you happy and having the courage to adapt when things don't go as planned.

Flow runs through everyone’s life, and proof of that interconnectedness is all around us. It's marked by two types of occurrences: synchronicity and fortuitous events. As the experience of flow increases in our lives, so do these occurrences. And the more we trust the flow the stronger our intuition gets.

Synchronicity was coined by Carl Jung, who, after watching its effect on his patients, defined it as "meaningful coincidence that cannot be explained by cause and effect".
He believed synchronicity to be the “acausal connecting principle” that demonstrates the dynamic interrelationship between our consciousness and the outer world. As he defined it, synchronicity often takes the form of the coming together of an inner and outer event in a way that has an emotional or psychological impact on us and that gives us a sense of being part of a larger whole. His definition includes not only coincidental happenings but also dreams that foretell an event and inexplicable knowledge we have of events occurring at the same time but elsewhere.

Going with the flow is the ultimate feedback machine. It responds directly to our beliefs, behaviours, and actions. We can either enhance this state of perfect timing and flawless serendipity, or we can diminish it and even cut it out. When we become open, willing, trusting, we experience flow as fulfilment and joy, and synchronicities pop up all over the place. When we become fearful, doubting, controlling, flow diminishes, our day is filled with blocks and frustrations, and synchronicities cease

By its very nature, we cannot directly cause synchronicity to happen - and yet it responds to our needs. It boggles the mind because it seems as though the Universe swings into place to give us what we need.

We experience the power of flow when:

*Things fall into place, obstacles melt away, and whatever is necessary - money, times, work, people, opportunities - appears as needed. Flow eases the way. It’s like the intricate workings of a fine Swiss clock - all the gears and parts mesh smoothly to move things forward. This doesn’t mean we sit back and take things easy when we’re in flow: we are doing all our necessary daily activities and routines, such as making phone calls and running errands. But things happen naturally and easily, and before long, we can’t remember living any other way.

*We find ourselves in the right place at the right time doing the right thing. Coming into flow involves knowing ourselves deeply, which gives us growing certainty about what we need for our happiness and where we fit in the world. As we move in the direction of balance and wholeness, our choices are constantly affirmed by synchronicities and fortuitous events. If we start doubting, something may happen to bring us renewed confidence that we’re where we should be - a phone call, a lucky break, a fresh opportunity, money out of nowhere.

*Perfect timing smooths the way in long - term and everyday logistics. With the power of flow, one thing leads into another without wasted time or effort. This can mean reaching a friend by phone minutes before she’s walking out the door for a week, or turning on the radio just in time to hear news that’s important at our job that day, or arriving at the corner just as the bus does. Or it may mean that when we’re delayed by traffic and arrive fifteen minutes late at a restaurant, the friend we’re meeting arrives just then too. It can mean that we apply to a company for work and learn that an opening has just occurred because someone with precisely our qualifications has just quit. Or that we meet our future spouse at the only time in years that we are simultaneously available and open to a new relationship.

*Life unfolds as a dynamic process. We begin to experience, in a practical way, the fluctuating, constantly changing nature of existence. We understand that everything has a timing and a pacing of its own. Instead of struggling to get what we need, we relax into a situation. We follow our intuition and watch for feedback from life. We learn when to push and when to pull; when to speak and when to be silent; when to advance and when to retreat. We do our best in whatever we do, and we trust that what happens is supposed to happen.

*Events and actions mesh together in a coherent pattern of deep harmony and underlying order. Life seems purposeful and integrated rather than chaotic and meaningless. Our actions and decisions arise from and merge into a larger pattern that affects others we come into contact with, and we in turn are affected by them. We realise that everything we do matters.

Flow, in short, fills our days with meaning, purpose, and ease. And best of all, it has a very accessible entry point - synchronicity, which we can clearly see operating in our lives once we understand how it presents itself.

My synchronicities have taken me to wonderful places, brought me success and great friendships but more importantly fun and laughter. I'm one lucky lady!




Spirituality for dummies - recommended books(click on title to buy from Amazon.co.uk)

The power of now by Eckhart Tolle

A course in miracles

SynchroDestiny by Deepak Chopra

The Alchemist
by Paulo Coelho

The art of happiness by Dalai Lama

The ultimate happiness prescription by Deepak Chopra

A return to Love by Marianne Williamson

London Spa Girl x

29 April 2012

Most effective hangover cure


Milk Thistle and Vitamin B Complex

Yesterday 4 of us went to one of those fabulous  day brunch parties that are so popular in London nowadays. We are particularly fond of the Love brunch that the Roof gardens's hosting in the spring and summer months.

As always we had lots of fun but my head still feels a bit fuzzy, and I reckon it's because I forgot to take my milk thistle.
You don't know this herbal miracle?
If I tell you that a month ago I took a couple of capsules of milk thistle on the way to a tasting of 20 vintage wines and felt fine afterwards, would you be interested?..... I thought so.....
Usually I start to feel a bit headachy just smelling this stuff - after all, it's been locked up in a bottle with all its youthful impurities. But, thanks to milk thistle, I tasted more than 20 vintage wines and felt absolutely fine afterwards - walked round the town in the rain, went out to dinner that night with a keen appetite and a decent thirst, all that sort of thing. Well, I had a little sleep in between, but I felt really clear-headed by the evening.

You can buy Milk Thistle from Holland and Barrett for £22 for 200 capsules.
 Available also at Boots, Wholefoods and other health stores online.

Now, this milk thistle stuff. It's a herbal dietary supplement that is supposed to make the liver process toxins more efficiently, and has certainly worked for me over the last few years. Based on the milk thistle plant, Silybum marianum, its particular mix of flavonoids is known as Silymarin and most capsules or pills, usually made in Germany but sold around the world in chemists and health food stores, contain about 60mg of what is thought to be the most active ingredient, silybin.
The small print on most packages urges you to take a dose up to three times a day every day. I don't like taking anything regularly, however 'natural', and I also have a possibly superstitious belief that medicaments are likely to work better if your body isn't used to them. So I reserve this magic compound for when I suspect I'll really need it, ie, just before a heavy dinner , or a serious drinking marathon.
I also make sure I take a pill just before going to bed.

I buy my B Complex from Wholefoods or directly online form Bio Care's website here
£12.45 for 60 capsules makes it a great bargain.
Additional to Milk Thistle I highly recommend you to take a good Vitamin B Complex supplement.
Because alcohol is a diuretic, you lose a lot of vitamins and nutrients during a night on the town. The most important of which are B vitamin. I use vitamin B complex — a pill that includes B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), folic acid, B6 and B12, among others — to combat hangovers and I swear by their effectiveness. The most important is B12 which performs a key role in the functioning of the brain and nervous system.  I suggest taking one vitamin complex before drinking and one the next morning with some food. Make sure you never take it on an empty stomach.

PS. Remember that you shouldn't take analgesics (that is, headache medicine) of any kind when hungover. Some people pop pills as a preventative, even though the inevitable headache hasn't yet arrived. This isn't a good idea. Aspirin upsets the stomach and aggravates the symptoms of a hangover. Acetaminophen (Tylenol), when mixed with the alcohol still in your bloodstream, might cause your liver to explode (best to avoid).

London Spa Girl x

27 April 2012

Simple weight loss tips

Do you want to naturally drop a size without any dieting?


The answer is: Apple cider vinegar, Psyllium husk and Coconut oil

I weigh 57 kg which is equivalent to 8 stone 13 pounds. For 5.7  height I'm considered to have a healthy weight. My weight hasn't fluctuated at all in the past 15 years. I eat 2 good meals a day and almost never go to the gym. The main reason for that is that I am devoted follower two weight loss  principles - alkaline/acid food balance regime  and  detoxification by taking a daily dietary fiber remedy.

Apple cider facts:
- Helps metabolise fat naturally
- Helps get rid of excess fluid
- Gives skin a healthier, smoother look
- Invigorates and detoxifies

Apple cider vinegar is one of the fastest working natural alkalising aids there are.
I usually start my day with a tbsp of vinegar diluted in a glass of water. It's the perfect way to jump start your metabolism. Alkalising your body has many positive health benefits - detoxification and nutrient absorption are some of the them.

You can buy Raw organic apple cider vinegar from most stores in the UK.
Click here to buy from Sainsbury's and here if you prefer the Wholefoods version
Pectin contained in this vinegar is believed to perfectly combine with cholesterol and helps flush it out of our system. Even when eating patterns aren't altered, taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before lunch and dinner has proven to help some individuals lose on average ½ pound a week. This very simple and easy change to one's diet allows even the most faint heartened and weak willed to lose weight without interrupting one's life.
Though many people would be quick to dismiss apple cider vinegar as just another fad diet, a report in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that not only does vinegar help to control blood sugar and insulin levels following a carbohydrate-rich meal, but it helps to create a feeling of fullness. It's indeed a very healthy weight loss remedy!

Psyllium Husk dietary fibre facts:
- Each tbsp of psyllium contains 9g of fiber which increases sensation of fullness
- Powerfull natural laxative or cleansing agent (best relief for constipation)
- Absorbs heavy metals and other toxic substances found in the colon
- Reduces cravings

I really like Solgar's psyllium. To buy online click here. You can also find this product at most health stores.
To buy some pills from Holland and Barrett click here

Detoxification of the Colon:
The bulking effect of psyllium also works to rid the colon of toxic substances, including heavy metals, as it acts almost as a sponge to soak them off the walls of the intestine. This spongy action has a dual advantage as it can decrease hunger when taken with meals.

* 2 tbsp of Psyllium should always be taken with (at least) a full 8 oz glass of water. It is also important to drink at least 6 to 8 full glasses of water throughout the day or constipation may develop. Taking psyllium supplements without adequate liquids may cause it to swell, and, in extreme causes, cause choking.

Coconut oil
Coconut oil's saturated fat is of the medium-chain fatty acid variety, which are digested more easily and utilised differently by the body than other saturated fats (such as butter, meat and eggs). Whereas other saturated fats are stored in the body's cells, the medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil are sent directly to the liver where they are immediately converted into energy. Coconut oil will actually speed up metabolism so your body will burn more calories in a day which will contribute to weight loss. Coconut oil supports healthy metabolic function and is a revered anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal agent. Pacific islanders deem coconut oil to be the cure-all gift from nature for all illness.

Good luck

London Spa Girl x

26 April 2012

My obsession with Coconut oil

You can buy Biona Coconut oil from most health stores such as Wholefoods,
Holland and Barrett and Planet organic
There is a great deal online for 200ml jar for  £4.39 here

Hi everyone,

I'm always talking about Coconut oil to my friends so I decided to dedicate an entire post to this.
My name is Tina and I’m a coconut oil-aholic and I honestly can't picture my life without it! Its my absolute favorite product.

Whoever decided it was a good idea to squelch a coconut into oblivion was a GENIUS. Coconut could be the beauty answer to any skin problem...

Got dry skin? Coconut oil.
Uneven skin tone? Coconut oil.
Dull, dry hair? Coconut oil.
Bad nails, rough skin, dark under-eye circles, chapped lips? Coconut oil.
Not even joking. It's my healing miracle product.

Coconut oil at room temperature is a white, waxy looking solid that usually comes in a jar. When heated in your palms, it becomes this amazingly silky oil that you can pretty much do anything with.
I recommend the virgin raw coconut oil by Biona organic which you can find at the Wholefoods for about £5 a jar. A jar like the one above will last you for about a month.
Another great Coconut oil brand is the one below.

Tiana's coconut oil is a premium quality oil. For more info on this product click here
There is a great deal at Holland and Barrett's website for £16.49 for 500ml jar here
For another amazing online offer 200ml jar for £9.24 click here

Here are all the wonderful ways I use it:
*Body & Face Moisturizer: This is amazing when it comes to moisturizing the skin! I use it all over my body. Wait a couple minutes to let your skin absorb it.  It's detoxifying, anti-aging, hydrating, anti-bacterial, clarifying and prevents free radicals formation. It's rich in essential fatty acids (think omegas), vitamin E and antioxidants. Also it gives you a subtle coconutty scent that is just yummy! It's just such an amazing natural product that cannot be rivalled by any synthetically made lotion.

*On my Hair: Not only is coconut oil a great cure for dandruff and itchy scalp, it also repairs damaged hair. A study done in India found that coconut oil actually prevents protein loss in hair and effectively penetrates the hair shaft for maximum moisture-power making hair extremely glossy and healthy. That’s pretty amazing for such a simple, affordable product isn't it?
I usually  massage the oil onto my scalp and leave it for at least 30 minutes before showering, but I usually leave it overnight to really allow it to do its miracle. Then wash it really well and condition as usual. Done twice a week your hair stylist will start telling you that you have the softest hair they’ve ever seen. This happens to me every time I go get my hair cut, it’s fabulous!
Check out how shiny my hair was this morning:

I left the oil on overnight. Honestly my hair smells

*Makeup remover: Have never been able to find a good make-up remover that can calm down my irritation until I started using coconut oil.  It removes very well all types of make-up, even waterproof one! Its the most affordable & safe way to remove makeup.

*Weight loss aid: The coconut oil (not water) is amazing for loosing belly fat & supports and aids immune system function. It promotes loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate. I recommend a tablespoon every morning. Make sure you wait an hour before you eat.
According to a recent article in Wellbeing magazine, in the 1940s farmers experimented feeding their animals with inexpensive coconut oil. They expected that it would support rapid weight gain. The opposite happened. Rather than gaining weight, the animals became lean and strong.

Coconut oil's saturated fat is of the medium-chain fatty acid variety, which are digested more easily and utilised differently by the body than other saturated fats (such as butter, meat and eggs). Whereas other saturated fats are stored in the body's cells, the medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil are sent directly to the liver where they are immediately converted into energy. Coconut oil will actually speed up metabolism so your body will burn more calories in a day which will contribute to weight loss. Coconut oil supports healthy metabolic function and is a revered anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal agent.

*Cook with Coconut Oil: I also use coconut oil to cook with. It is much healthier and tastes the same as other oils!
It’s nice to have the science to back up what my body wisdom already knows. Coconut oil is a keeper. I keep finding new ways to add this beneficial oil into my daily life to support health and vitality.
For more information on coconut oil, including links to research and facts cited in this article, visit www.coconutoil.com and  www.coconutresearchcenter.org

I also recommend Dr. Bruce Fife's book  The Coconut oil miracle. You can find it online at Amazon.co.uk here.

London Spa Girl x

25 April 2012

10 Lessons fron Einstein

1. Follow Your Curiosity “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”
2. Perseverance is Priceless “It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
3. Focus on the Present “Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.”
4. The Imagination is Powerful “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions. Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
5. Make Mistakes “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”
6. Live in the Moment “I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.”
7. Create Value “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”
8. Don’t be repetitive “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
9. Knowledge “Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience.”
10. Play Better “You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”

aaaahhhh....my obsession with smart men.....

London Spa Girl x

DIY - My kinda fast food

Chipolatas with grilled asparagus, vine ripe tomato and avocado salad

Today the Vitamin D3 is not quite cutting it for me to be honest. When it's been  raining 24/7 as it have in the past few days I start craving food....lots of it....and fast...

I'll show you that it's absolutely possible to make a great healthy fast food dinner for 2 that costs under £10.
All products are from my local M&S. Preparation and cooking time 15 minutes. I promise you...

Oh yes, I do cook!

All raw ingredients for the salad - vine ripe tomatoes, avocado,
romano pepper and asparagus

I rarely eat meat but if I do I choose organic when possible.
These French sausages are really delicious. 88% of it is made of meat and almost no additives apart from pimentos and some natural herbs. Yum!

Virgin olive oil and chopped fresh garlic for a salad dressing.
Add a pinch of sea salt.

Dry (no oil) pan fry the asparagus for about 5 mins.
I like my asparagus crunchy!

Chipolatas could be roasted or pan fried. I prefer the latter as it's faster. Cooking time is about 4 mins.

Chop the tomatoes, avocado and pepper and mix them with the dressing. Wait for the grilled asparagus to cool down, cut them in halves and add to the salad.
E Voila! Perfect 40/60 ratio acid/alkaline meal. It's hard to believe all this was just simple ingredients 15 mins ago, isn't it?
Fast food dinner for 2 for £10!


London Spa Girl x


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