Boost your Immune System for Winter!

Now it may be the end of February, with Spring just around the corner, but here today in London it’s snowing hard and thick!

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Winter is still well & truly here, so it’s important to know what we can do to keep a strong and balanced immune system to stay healthy and avoid infections for the prolonged cold & flu season.

  • Eat a balanced diet with whole foods.

You need many nutrients to support your immune system, especially as the weather becomes more aggressive. Vitamins A, C, D and E, minerals selenium and zinc, Omega 3s, the list goes on!

Focus on eating your whole foods; Quality animal protein, whole grains, nuts and seeds, and most importantly fresh fruits and vegetables! Superfoods are great too for giving you that extra boost, so stock up on the blueberries and avocados.

I take 8 capsules everyday that consists of 30 different dried and harvested fruit and veg, and 6 plant based Omegas for maximum nutrition. The perfect way to bridge the gap between what we do eat daily vs. what we actually should! (Because who actually eats the BBCs newly recommended 10 fruit & veg per day?)

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For more information on these click here

Did you know that eating the wrong things could suppress the immune system? Thats right, so avoid processed meats, fried foods, soft drinks, processed baked goods, or products with artificial sweeteners or refined sugars.

Get yourself plenty of vitamin C.

Oh look, fresh fruits and vegetables again…They are our best sources of Vitamin C, which help to strengthen our immune system and keep our body healthy. (Do you see a trend here?) Great food sources of vitamin C include berries, citrus, kiwi, bell peppers, and dark green vegetables.

Drink plenty of clean water.

There’s a chance you may have heard this before, but staying hydrated is one of the best things you can do for your health! Many people are less likely to drink as much water in the colder months, and opt for teas, coffees and warm drinks instead, but our body still needs as much of this fluid on a daily basis. Water helps in the production of lymph, which carries white blood cells and other immune system cells.

For an extra boost, and to make it taste more exciting, you can add a slice of lemon, which will provide extra vitamin C, or a number of other fruits too.

Use herbs and spices.

Get extra creative & flavoursome with cooking!

Cook with onions, garlic, ginger, black peppercorn, cayenne pepper, allspice, curry, and turmeric powder. They all contain components that help to boost our immune system and can be bought in your local supermarkets for less than £2!

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Maximise your sleep

The body rejuvenates and strengthens when it’s at rest. If you can, sleep 7 to 8 hours a day, and if needed, take an afternoon nap. .Chronic fatigue is known to increase risks of illness, so trust me, sleep well and your body will thank you

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Natural vs Medicine

As humans, protocol for us if we get ill is to stock up on a list of drugs that we cant pronounce the name of right?

The truth is, you should do your best to avoid drugs especially antibiotics. They’ve been shown to attack our friendly bacteria in the digestive system (where about 80% of our immune system is located) as well as the bad its trying to fight, which in fact suppresses immune functions. Unless you really have to take them, see if you can find a natural alternative first.

If you have a cold, sip on a cup of hot water with lemon, ginger, and organic honey. You can also get echinacea or zinc, which are great for flu and cold. Make sure you get plenty of vitamin C and drink a lot of water. If you’re taking antibiotics or any other medication, take quality probiotics (which can be found in whole and fermented food and lots of those cute little yoghurt drinks)

Get Sweaty

Ok ok, when it’s freezing outside, the last thing you want to do is go out and go for a run! But there are plenty of other ways to exercise and increase our immune function, our sleep quality, and make our body stronger!

Opt for some home workouts; YouTube has thousands of these to suit your level of fitness and ability, and for most of them you don’t even have to buy any equipment!

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Enjoy your life!

Have you ever heard the term ‘laughter is the best medicine’ ?

It isnt just a saying, there is actually method in the madness. Chronic stress and depression can weaken the immune system and makes us more vulnerable to illness, so its important to laugh lots, have fun and take the time to enjoy life!

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7 apps every Network Marketor should have! 

Life in Network Marketing is so much easier when you have a few apps to help you along the way..here’s my top ones. Feel free to add more in the comments! 
Z O O M – This is a connection app a bit like FaceTime but for a group – all training calls can be done on here 💛 (free)


B U F F E R – This is a scheduling app – Schedule posts the night before for the following day, a God send if you work full time like myself – you can choose a time to schedule so that it posts even when you’re not on your phone. Genius! (Hootsuite is also very similar if you want to download that too) – (Free) 

L I V E C O L L A G E – A great app for creating collages and getting creative on your page – make your Social media sleek and professional with this – it is your business after all! 💛 (Free)


P H O T O E D I T O R – A good way to edit pics with effects/colour/blur out your spots or eye bags lol. You can also add basic text to pictures 💛 (Free)


B L E N D E D I T O R – You can use this app to add our brand logo to photos 💛 (free)

P I N T E R E S T – Full of Inspo and amazing pictures of women/boss babes/food recipes/workouts the lot to snap up your page and keep it varied 💛(Free)

 W O R D S W A G – Literally my fave app ever! You have to pay £2.99 for it but it’s so worth it. You can make creative, colourful photos and super professional pics 💛

Brand Launch is coming!

3 weeks to go until I launch my female entrepeneur network and I’m too excited!

It’s going to be a network that provides ideas, tips, advice and techniques for female boss babes to excel in business! 

I’m in the midst of discussing  Some promotional freebies to give away on the launch date. 

I have my Logo design slot booked in to create something mega!

Big things are coming!! 

If you have any creative branding ideas or tips that you would like to share to help make my launch the best ever, please feel free to comment below or even add me on Facebook to get more news about the launch event.

Search Lauren K O’Donoghue
LwL X 

Kuta to Gili T 

We used Bintang Tours to book our tickets for the Gili Islands. It’s the agency next to Pesona Beach Resort where we stayed in Kuta.

The guy told us the journey to the Gilis by boat takes an hour and it leaves at 12.30pm. All this information is completely wrong. It doesn’t. They should really sort out their communication and information before selling tickets for this, as the only thing he told me that was right was the price..
The boat company called ‘Semaya’, had a boat at 1pm from Padangbang. We were taken to Gili Air first (past Gili T), so our actual journey was 2.5 hours, meaning we missed most of the day on the island. 

The ride was smooth and we were given free water. Although the route doesn’t make any sense I think it was the tour company that got all the information wrong not Semaya, so I can’t complain about them. 

My Skin Mission 

Throughout travelling South East Asia, my skin care regime was obviously neglected. My daily routine consisted of washing my face with soap, wearing factor 30 and applying the odd bit of coconut oil for my dark circles. That was it. 

Surprisingly, my skin stayed clear for 3 months!

   
Though this may have had something to do with the sun and the fact that I never wore makeup?

Anyway, about a week before I returned, I started to get a lot of spots around my chin area, and it wasn’t until I returned this weekend that I realised how bad my open pores were! 

   

 

I am now going on a mission to perfect my skin, my beauty regime and to find what make up actually works for me. (Contouring doesn’t look good on open pores!) 

I have tried untold brands over the years spending hundreds of pounds and none seem to have been good enough to stick. 

I am therefore going to experiment and document progress on my blog, the same way I did for my under eye bags. This way I’ll have measurable results to see if there is actually a change, and most importantly I can help my fellow readers with what’s hot and what’s not.

I should probably start by booking in a skin consultation to find out what my skin type is!

Stay tuned for lots of testing, experimenting and honest opinions.

Please also let me know if there is anything else you’d like to see in the beauty category! 

Border crossing: Vietnam to Cambodia

..on the Danh Danh Express. 

I heard a lot of horror stories about border crossing. More specifically of the one from Laos to Vietnam but luckily due to flying we skipped that one. 
I am happy to say we had an easy and pleasant experience on the Danh Danh Express Luxury bus, crossing from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh. 

  These buses are specifically laid out to be more spacious and comfortable for their passengers.  

This means that the bus has less seats to accommodate less people, but only charge $2 more for the luxury! Normal buses are $11, this was $13.

 It was a 6.5 hour trip all in all.

The seats were comfortable and wide. (Liam could fit his knees in front of him without squashing them against the front seat!)

Each seat came equipped with a front pocket and a reclining back rest and footrest.

   

   

For the first time in my whole Asia experience, the wifi was good enough to use the Internet properly. I spent this time very productively applying for lots of jobs for my return! 
The driver was so lovely, helpful and friendly. Yes they do exist in Vietnam contrary to our ‘Camel Tour’ experience.

The visa process was so easy! $30 for your visa but you pay $35 and the driver fills everything out for you. The only thing you have to do is get off the bus twice; once to exit Vietnam and once to enter Cambodia. Both easy, quick and stress free.

I couldn’t recommend this bus highly enough! I’ve heard that other buses make you cart all your luggage on and off through checkpoints etc. which doesn’t sound at all appealing to me. We did none of this so that alone is well worth the extra 2 dollars!

Overall our experience of this was easy and hassle free. A great way to end our Vietnam experience!

Have you done this border crossing? How was your experience?

LwL x

Basic Vietnamese Lingo

Hi Guys Just thought I’d share a few Vietnamese words/phrases to help you get around. Most of Vietnam can speak basic English but it’s nice and respectful to learn some of the lingo.

   
If you’re heading to Phong Nha you’ll definitely need to know some of this. It’s a new tourist area so no one speaks English there. Well, apart from Western ran hostels (I think there is 2) and some tour guides. 

We learnt this when heading to a pharmacy to try and explain that we needed painkillers for Liam’s ribs. An entertaining challenge in itself, especially when trying to ask how and when his tablets should be taken. This for me involved multiple trips to and from the pharmacy and a cafe to use their wifi and get on Google Translate.

I’ve added a dummie pronunciation guide next to each translation in case, like myself, you have a Michael Caine, incapable of putting on any sort of accent sort of voice; or if you are just incapable of interpreting dialect correctly. 

Hope it helps! 

Hello – chào bạn (chow ban)

Please – làm ơn (la moon) 

Thank you -cảm ơn bạn (Camoon ban)

How much? – bao nhiêu (bal nyo)

Do you have? làm bạn có (lam ban cor) 

where is? Say the place, then o dau? (O dow) – thank you for this Thuy Luna! 

Tomato sauce – nước sốt cà chua (nyok sot cah dua) 

Pharmacy -tiệm thuốc tây (tyook Tay) 

Sore stomach -đau dạ dày (Jowl ja jay) 

Painkillers – thuốc giảm đau (tyook jam dal) 

I figured there’s no point adding numbers and yes or no as we all have fingers and a head to shake or nod.

I’ve left this just the right size so that you can print screen to use offline. 

Please let me know if you think I should add any other useful words and phrases. 

LwL x 

Dong vs. Dollar: don’t get conned! 

In Vietnam, the used currency is Dong, but also American dollars. As if it weren’t hard enough trying to work out how much to the pound it is, we are also faced with another currency here. 

Tours, hostels and hotels around town are displayed in dollars. Shops and restaurants are generally advertised in Dong, with the exception of some places having both currencies displayed. 

This means that if you are not American or Vietnamese like myself, it gets really difficult to try and work out not only 2 but 3 different conversions, especially if you have bought both currencies. 

As a result of this, you could potentially get conned out of money or highly confused at the very least. Unfortunately this happened to us as soon as we arrived in Vietnam. 

On our way from the airport to Hanoi city centre, we somehow managed to be conned out of 1,980,000 Dong (£60) before we even arrived at the hotel! This was because the driver took my money off me as I was counting it (quite rudely as I was slow and he was getting bibbed) and decided to use both our dollars and dong together to make up a fee. Thanks to this we ended up paying £73 for a cab instead of £13!

Some words of wisdom and top tips from me to avoid any confusion: 

1. Be aware of your money and how much it converts to (the iPhone app converter+ is really useful and can be used offline). Do this before you need to give any out. e. g sort on the plane, in the airport etc. 

2. Be prepared with money you are to pay (get it out ready when you are going to buy)

3. My recommendation if you have both currencies is to take out one or the other for day/night trips and never combine the two. 

4. Work out which currency works best for what you are buying.

5. Be aware of the exchange rate (it can change everyday! 

You also want to take into account that change is given back in Dong so unless you have the right amount of dollars to pay for something, it may not be worth it. 

Hope this helps. Has anyone been victim to this before with currency conversions and being conned?

LwL X 

Blog Revamp: Please help?!

Ok so I plan to revamp my blog just before I set off to travel for 4 months across South East Asia. (In 2 Mondays time – eeeek!)

I have been looking at lots of themes on WordPress but I cant decide! The biggest issue for me is that they all look great as general previews, however, when you ‘preview’ on your own blog they look kind of terrible. Am I missing something here? Bearing in mind I am not at all tech savvy: how do all of your blogs look so amazing???

Here is my shortlist so far, please help! All choices and extra advice welcome. Continue reading “Blog Revamp: Please help?!”