La peau sauvage: the idea behind the project

Women are always under a lot of pressure. We’re expected to be great wives, amazing mothers, great cooks. We are supposed to know how to iron clothes, to smile and be polite to strangers (especially if these strangers are your husband’s friends) and to dress accordingly. And, obviously, this is a huge bullshit. But what I hate the most is how we feel like we need to lose weight (or keep our weight) all the time. That’s what got me sick years ago with my eating disorder — and that’s what keeps making women feel less attractive day after day. I mean, have you ever stopped to pay attention to the most famous models around the world? They probably weight as much as one of my legs — if not less.

So I’ve decided to start the “la peau sauvage” project; which is an ongoing photography project where I’ll photograph women of all ages and body types — regardless of their weight and height. My goal is to make every woman feel beautiful; is to give every woman a chance to have a nice photoshoot, to feel sexy and attractive. That’s exactly what “la peau sauvage” is: beauty in its essence.

Here’s the link to Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/peau_sauvage

And to Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/peausauvage

Everybody wants to eat better

Not so long ago, Gymbirds posted an article I wrote for them about small changes to optimize your weight loss. Surprisingly, a lot of people liked not only my article but also my post on Facebook; which made me think about how many people actually want to lose weight and eat better, but are too overwhelmed by over information. The problem is, there are too many rules and people get lost. Then, what happens? Not everyone has the will to keep on track; most people let go of eating healthy because it’s either too complicated or too hard to know what to eat and when to eat it.

I’ve always had this need to help people eat better; and I don’t even have to think too hard to know why. You’ll need three things: 1) Learn to say “no” to foods that will bring you no good; 2) Learn how to pick the right foods; 3) Seek motivation to eat better — I know it’s easier said than done, like most things in life; but if you find the will to start being healthy, your body and your brain won’t even want to eat unhealthy foods anymore. (That part doesn’t apply to PMS — you will want it, but won’t eat it.) 

I’ve always read books and articles about eating healthy, super diets, all kinds of diets, etc. But no author has ever made a huge difference in my life like Jolene Hart did with her book “Eat Pretty.” I highly recommend all of you to buy it; and she’s not even aware of my existence, therefore, there is no one getting payed to say that. I recommend it because it has taught me things in a simple way; a way someone who is not a nutritionist will easily understand. And that’s what I want for all of you; I want you to challenge yourselves to eat better!

One of my favourite parts of Jolene Hart‘s “Eat Pretty” book is when she gives us a list of “Beauty Betrayers” foods, which are the ones we have to start avoiding in order to eat better. Here’s the list of foods you should start leaving behind from now on, according to Jolene Hart.

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine (Green tea is still ok, though.)
  • Canned foods with BPA
  • Dairy (Foods made from cow’s milk.)
  • Fried foods
  • Gluten
  • Grilled and overcooked foods
  • Meats (Fish not included!)
  • Pesticide-sprayed produce (Buy only Organic foods!)
  • Processed foods
  • Soda
  • Sugar (Artificial sweeteners included!)

I’m not saying it will be easy; but I’m also telling you it’s not as hard as you think. The list of foods you can eat is waaaaaaay longer than this one, trust me. That’s why I recommend her book to everyone I know. You can buy it online: http://www.jolenehart.com/eatpretty 🙂 — Yes, I’m a super fan of hers!

Alongside eating better, you have to care about your digestion. Here’s two simple rules for you: 1) Chew at least 30 times; 2) Don’t eat fruits at least for two hours after your meal. I hope this can help you at least get started!