Recently I bought a range of magazines – fashion, lifestyle, natural health and beauty. When flicking through them, I found myself constantly attracted to women and men who looked vital, fresh, active and vibrant.
I realised I wanted to look that way, not perfect without a blemish on my skin. Impossible in my 50’s without some assistance from filler, collagen, Botox or possibly even a face lift! Has there been any research on the potential long-term effects of these treatments?
Be Natural. I’ve decided to and advocate growing old gracefully and naturally, whilst preserving what I have with natural products.
We wanted to provide guests at The Vital You Weekend with a special treat. Emma and I threw a few ideas around and she suggested we invite Cindy Luken, an accomplished entrepreneur who is passionate about what is natural, to join us.
We’d like to introduce her and her session to you.
At The Vital You Weekend Cindy will invite us to sit around the table with beautiful fresh foods to create a facemask.
Whilst we enjoy a ‘detox’ green tea, she’ll talk about beauty wellness and the importance of feeding your body inside and out.
She’ll lead us into a skin-delicious conversation on what toxins are in skincare and makeup and the effect they can have on how you look and feel. She’ll cover skin sensitivities, endocrine disrupters and potential carcinogens.
Understanding the powerful connection between what you eat and the healthy glow of your skin, hair and nails is the beginning of being empowered to feel and look naturally beautiful. Her philosophy at luk beautifood is simply to show you the recipe to be a natural beauty. Her makeup look is to highlight your natural beauty, to help women create that healthy naked glow. Just what I like and look for.
I asked Cindy a few questions about her approach.
My philosophy is....
There is beauty in food. Consumers now understand the link between their health and what they eat. I have taken that one step further. I have applied that knowledge to making makeup from skin-healthy food to help women nourish their skin from the outside in.
My best beauty secret is...
Having my signature Go + Glow Green Smoothie each morning! It’s alkalising and anti-inflammatory effect reduces dryness and puffiness. It’s antioxidants help to keep my skin glowing, the essential fatty acids to reduce inflammation and silica gives strong, healthy hair and nails.
My Beauty tip: “Wear confidence like make up”
There is nothing as beautiful as a women who follows her dreams, who wears what she desires, who nourishes her beauty inside and out…. She glows as she knows the true meaning of natural beauty.
I had the pleasure of meeting Emma Ellice-Flint through the Pilates Studio I have been going to for the past 7 years. They're passionate about the whole body, not just keeping you fit and strong.
I was so inspired by Emma's knowledge of food and what makes you well, I decided I wanted to work with her and bring her knowledge and expertise into a more public arena. Hence the birth of The Vital You. I have interviewed Emma for this blog so that you can meet her in advance of our Vital You Weekend on 13-15 March.
What inspired you to become a nutritionist after being a chef?
When I was a chef I was always trying to experiment with healthy practices in the kitchen, specifically by creating new solutions to traditional recipes. I enjoyed it a lot. Also, at the time I was running a catering company, and loved seeing how much of a difference delivering a healthier service made to my clients’ working day. So it just seemed like a natural progression to explore my passion for nutrition further.
What can participants expect to get out of the weekend?
The opportunity to really get hands-on with healthy food in a professional, welcoming environment is unique. My focus is all about creativity, confidence and knowledge in eating. We’re going to be experimenting with a range of wholesome, locally sourced and fresh foods in order to gain greater confidence in the kitchen. There will also be a key focus on living an all-rounded, healthy lifestyle during the weekend - with lots of exciting activities planned!
What excites you about The Vital You Weekend and why did you agree to become involved?
Sharing my knowledge and experience of good, healthy food is a passion of mine. The chance to not only talk to people about health, but also to show them and guide them, is an opportunity I look forward to. It’s one thing to read about health; it’s a whole different experience immersing yourself in practical demonstrations and a community of similarly minded people. The weekend will be a really unique experience, and I’m not sure that it’s even being offered anywhere else in Australia.
Jill Keyte is passionate about health, vitality and making a difference to people who want a natural, quality life where they are well, fit, energised and feel vital. My knowledge comes from my wellness training and and life experience.