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Nutrition during Ramadan

Ramadan is a special month for muslims across the world. Health is one of the biggest blessings anyone can have. Make the most out of this special time by making correct food choices that fuel and nourish your body. These tips will go a long way in helping you ensure that your body has the required nutrients it needs for your daily tasks.

TIME FOR A GROCERY HAUL

When creating your weekly and monthly shopping lists, try to concentrate on whole foods with less ingredients and good quality, nutritious food sources. Try to avoid simple sugars, white breads, high carb veggies like white potatoes, cereals with high sugar content.

BE A MEAL-PLANNING MOMMA

Creating a weekly meal plan is a great idea to ensure that you remain on track. You could want to turn to hearty and delicious dishes after fasting all day, so try some options that you could make for the whole family from Glow Cleanses include the scrambled egg dishes, the egg cups, Muscle pancakes, chicken burgers, salads from the Glow Cleanses and sweet potato fries, roti and curry. You could also mini versions of the pizza recipes if you have the Momma Glow. Or make an egg dish or a smoothie from My Ramadan Glow. The recipe can feed the whole family if you tweak the quantities of the ingredients listed.

You can also eat foods that are slightly higher than usual during eating times as you are not consuming anything throughout the day. Try this free recipe from the Ramadan Glow diet and make a big batch of oats for the whole family in the morning: https://rushtush.com/almond-coconut-flex-bowl-recipe/ Once you’ve had this well-balanced, filling and nutritious brekkie, you will definitely want to get the whole ebook. 

For help with your meal plans, try the Ramadan Glow. It also contains a built-in shopping list for extra convenience. 

PROTEIN GIVES YOU POWER

Getting an adequate supply of protein is essential to maintain muscle and keep you satiated for the day ahead. Some great options include lean mince, lean cold meats chicken breasts, eggs, cottage cheese, fish, plain yogurt, chickpeas, lentils, beans.

KEEP THINGS COMPLEX

During this time, you want to avoid the simple carbs! Try to add carbs that will help fuel your body and give you energy. Low GI options also create a slow release of carbohydrates in the body making them a great option for the day ahead. They also maintain your blood sugar levels so they don’t spike- which tends to happen with simple carbs. Try to eat more whole wheat food options, sweet potatoes, and oats.

STEER CLEAR OF EMPTY CALORIES

Foods that don’t benefit the body should be avoided if you are focussing on your health during this time. Why not try to make healthier versions of your favorite meals? There is no point in consuming empty calories as it won’t help fuel you for the day’s task. So try to avoid simple carbs, empty calories, high sugar foods and foods that are too high in fat. Instead, opt for fats like olive oil, coconut oil and avocado.

STAY HYDRATED

Even though liquids are not allowed during fasting, try and ensure that you drink at least 2 litres of water a day. Water is essential for the body so sip slowly on 1 litre before sunrise and 1 litre after sunset. Follow the recommendations in the Ramadan Glow to ensure that your body is kept hydrated.

SOUP UP YOUR LIFE

Dig into bowls of nutritious, warm and hearty soup especially on cold nights. The soups will help you pack in more veggies into your diet during this month. My favourite soups are the Hulk Soup – filled with gorgeous greens- and the sweet potato soup in the Winter Glow. You can have your soup with brown bread with an egg for some extra protein. 

I hope these tips help you feel good and energised during the time you are fasting. The Ramadan Glow eating plan builds on the information given here for those needing more help. There are tips for building your own meals to ensure that your body has enough calories and nutrients. There’s also advice for those experiencing symptoms of constipation. As well as how to get enough water, and beneficial information on how to not overeat at eating times.

YOU CAN GET YOUR VERY OWN RAMADAN GLOW EATING PLAN HERE: https://rushtush.com/product/ramadan-diet/ 

The plan contains healthy cost-effective meals including smoothie recipes, protein pancake recipes and egg meal options. No food group is excluded and the ebook is all about showing you the right foods to consume during Ramadan. The ebook even lists what to throw out the fridge and pantry and what to eat instead. I hope you enjoy creating the delicious meals featured in the eating plan as well as the freedom that comes with preparing your own RushTush approved dinners using the guidelines inside the ebook. This is what makes the eating plan so easy to follow and is sustainable for the entire month as well as for years to come. You can also use this eating plan for the entire family for healthy weight loss during this amazing month. And if you are looking to maintain your lean muscles that have come with training (using the RushTush app I hope) then this plan is also for you. 

Ramadan Glow is created with love by RushTush and MyDieticianZA. It costs R450 and can be used along with the RushTush pharma range, so don’t forget to stock up on your protein powder!

If you are training during Ramadan, be sure to check this link for my tips: https://rushtush.com/ramadan-training-fitness/ 

May you be richly rewarded for your sacrifices.
Ramadan Mubarak to you and your family.Love RushTush

XOXO

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Roast Tomato and Red Pepper Soup – Winter Glow

This roast tomato and red pepper soup from my Winter Glow Guide is the perfect recipe to pull out when the weather starts getting a little cooler. Red peppers are a great source of Vitamins A and C as well as folic acid while tomatoes are packed with Vitamins C and K and potassium. 

Make a large pot, portion it out, and freeze for those midweek mealtimes when you want something wholesome but don’t want to cook. Serve it as you wish, depending on your health goals. Some ideas include a swirl of yogurt or coconut milk, crusty bread, or fresh dill or basil leaves.

INGREDIENTS:

6 large red tomatoes, quartered (I use about 600g Rosa tomatoes – more flavour)
1 large onion, chopped
1 large red pepper, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, whole and unpeeled
1 red chilli, chopped
Salt and pepper for seasoning
Extra virgin olive oil
1 cup veg stock
Handful fresh basil (I add 1 tin of whole Rosa tomatoes for more flavour)

METHOD:

Heat the oven to 180°C. Place all the ingredients, besides the stock and basil, in a roasting pan and roast for 40 minutes until cooked through and slightly charred (I leave it up to an hour sometimes). Squeeze the soft garlic flesh out of the cloves and place with rest of the ingredients in a large saucepan. Add the stock and basil. Blend with a hand-held blender.

For more recipes like this purchase my Winter Glow Guide and other eBooks here.

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Glow Getter Report – Neve Isaacs

“I can’t believe it’s week 5 of my Glow Getter Journey. I’ve been struggling for many years to workout (mostly because I didn’t always know what to do) and also what to eat. This year has been very stressful, I didn’t really care about what I was eating anymore because my studies was just so hectic. I picked up a lot of weight in my 1st year, I would literally order fast foods three times a week. I felt so unhealthy and extremely tired.

This is why I am so grateful to be part of the glow getter team for 2020. I lost about 3kgs in 4 weeks time. It might not sound or look a lot but, for me it’s a big difference. I found out recently that I have really bad anxiety and that’s also one of the reasons why I decided to be part of this challenge. I told myself that I want to feel better mentally and physically. It’s still tough sometimes and there’s many days I want to give up but I’m still going strong!

I’m using all the RushTush Pharmaceuticals as well as the RushTushFit App. I’m going, to be honest, I am struggling a bit with the workouts because of the pains in my body due to my anxiety but I do believe it will get better. I try to do some of the exercises and then I would go for a lovely jog during the day depending on how my body feels. I went to so many doctors and I had to do a lot of scans the last few months, after getting back all the results they said there’s nothing wrong it’s probs all the stress of the year and that I should just continue working out and just eat healthily. I do feel so much better mentally and physically and I would definitely recommend all the Rushtush pharmaceuticals and the RushtushFitApp, there are so many options to choose from. I started with the Beginner workout plan. I am not so tired anymore and the best part is that I don’t crave sugar so much anymore. I use to snack every night because of stress but because I have the Glow Cleanse eating plan, it has taught me to make better food choices and also to listen to my body. My goal is to lose some tummy fat and just be healthy. For the first time ever I don’t feel sluggish or bloated!

I am on the Glow Cleanse by Rushtush, it’s a detox guide designed for women. My favourite recipe is the hulk juice, it’s so tasty and refreshing!

“I am a massive advocate of raw foods rich in nutrients as opposed to empty caloric foods. I approve of food from the ground – the way God intended it, how it should be enjoyed” – Rushtush

Rushda always inspires me with her posts and she has changed so many women’s lives with her amazing e-books, pharmaceuticals, and her fit app.

You can follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, I will be posting a lot about my glow getter journey. I am super excited for the FUTURE!”

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Food is medicine, boost yourself

Aesthetics aren’t everything! Sometimes women start diets and exercise programmes in the bid to look a certain way or weigh a certain amount… and that’s okay…but the truth is that beginning a solid foundation of training and focussing on nutrition goes far beyond your reflection in the mirror, how you look in your mom jeans or even your latest progress picture. The weight on the scale means nothing, if you do not have your health. 

Celebrating your strength and being more confident in a bikini is only one aspect of nutrition, the other aspect of nutrition, that is often overlooked, is eating to boost your health and immunity.  In life, we are faced with many diseases and possible illnesses – like TB, HIV and AIDS, cancers, heart disease, diabetes, bronchitis, Coronavirus, sinus and other infections- not to mention the humble cold and flu. We must ensure that our bodies are adequately equipped to fight off and recover from these illnesses and germs as they will always live with us in the world. It is therefore important that as I remind you that FOOD is medicine. What we eat can and will boost our bodies’ ability to fight off various illnesses.

The best thing to know is that the immune system that you have when you are a baby, is not the one you will have for life. Most of the immune system is built in the childhood years, but you can create and develop your immune system throughout your life, by giving it the right inputs (ie. nutrition for example). The studies are clear- your immune system at the time of getting a virus or infection can actually have an impact on whether you become sick or whether you can fight it off. If 20 people are in a room with a sick person, have you noticed that only some get infected and of those infected, some of them recover faster or some develop more serious symptoms than others? That is largely because of their immune system. 

So if you want to build your body’s natural defence forces, fill your diet with enough vitamins. These are essential for the immune system. Most people opt for a supplement to help their bodies obtain enough micronutrients. But, if you can not afford to supplement, then you need to get these nutrients from the food you eat. 

I believe in the FOOD FIRST, SUPPLEMENTS LATER approach, so make sure to focus on what you eat before popping a pill. The list below will help you create a diet that will improve your immune system. 

ESSENTIAL FOODS FOR BOOSTING YOUR IMMUNITY

Think of these as bricks that you will put together to build immunity- a wall of defence. 

First up is Vitamin C 

A diet rich in Vitamin C is essential to fight off infections- like colds and flu. When you feel the sniffles coming on, that is the best time to up the intake of vitamin C. You can do this by taking a Vitamin C supplement at the start of an illness. This can decrease the length of time that you are sick. 

EAT IT: Vitamin C can be found in broccoli, tomatoes, red peppers, and oranges. 

Other important vitamins for immunity include Vitamin D, B, E and K which is present in veggies, green leafy veggies, bananas, poultry, spinach, and broccoli. 

Zinc supplements are normally recommended for the immune system, but due to budget constraints, it may not be possible, so eat it by consuming canned tuna in water, Shellfish, Chickpeas, legumes, lentils, beans, dairy, whole grains, seeds, cashews and peanuts. 

Fill up on fibre 

Fibre is good for your gut which is in-turn essential for your immune system. Fibre can be found in carbs, but remember the quality and the quantities are important. Fibre is not just found in a cereal box advertised as “High in Fibre”. The best places to get your fibre is from  are plant-based food, whole grains, sweet potato, veggies, bananas, lentils, and nuts.  

Omega 3 

Omega 3 is another essential for the immune system. If you do not eat oily fish (like salmon, not meaning fish fried in oil) regularly, then consider an Omega 3 supplement. Olive oil is also good for the immune system as it acts as an anti-inflammatory agent in the body. It also guards the body from infection.

Eat enough protein

Protein normally makes it to the top of muscle- building lists, but did you know that it is also essential for immunity? Eating too little protein has a negative impact on your immune system as protein breaks down into amino acids and ANTIBODIES (used to protect us from and fight infections) are made from amino acids.  

Protein is found in eggs, milk, full fat yoghurt, chicken and other meat as well as rice, beans, quinoa, and lentils. Animal proteins are more complete, whereas vegan options only contain some amino acids, I therefore suggest combining different sources of vegan protein on your plate, so that it becomes complete.

Get spicy! 

Yes, spice your chicken and eat your curries and soups. Using spices and herbs such as rosemary and fennel can boost your immune system. You can also add turmeric to your soups and curries. 

Turn up the turmeric

Turmeric contains a powerful anti-inflammatory compound called curcumin. Curcumin activates the production of T-cells. T-cells are the main cells that fight for your health in your immune system.

Ginger 

Ginger has potent anti-inflammatory properties. Inflammation can affect the immune system ,  so ginger plays a key role in boosting your immunity.

Garlic 

Garlic is a natural antibiotic, so add it to your diet for flavouring your dishes. 

Sip on immune-boosting drinks 

Try to incorporate these drinks to your lifestyle. 

Some elixirs and juices include: 

  • Hot water mixed with ginger, lemon and cinnamon and honey. Honey acts as an antibacterial, killing any germs in the body that can cause you to get sick.This drink is awesome when you have a cold, flu or any viral, throat, or nasal infection. 
  • Golden milk:Which is made of turmeric and warm milk. 
  • Hulk Juice:This RushTush Glow Girl fave is loaded with immune-boosting ingredients. 
  • Soup:Chicken soup has an anti-inflammatory effect and calms down inflammation in the upper respiratory tract. 
  • Green powders:These are filled with superfoods and green leafy veggies. If you have access to it, it is a great addition to your diet. 

Eat antioxidant rich food 

Think blueberries, bananas and dark chocolate. Apples are a low-cost option and have phytochemical antioxidants which contain antioxidants that help boost immunity and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

Fill up on cruciferous veggies

Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables have been proven to help boost immunity. These veggies turn on antioxidant genes in immune cells, which combat free radicals and prevent sickness.

Probiotics is your gut protector 

Probiotics are essential for gut health and immunity. Probiotics can be found in yoghurt and even in Amasi, the widely used cultured sour milk. Studies show that people who ate probiotics daily had a lower risk of catching a cold than those who did not consume probiotics. 

Eat phytonutrients (Plant vitamins) 

Basically plants can’t just up and “leave” when bugs and bad stuff come along, so they develop their own mechanisms to combat it. So, when we eat plants, those mechanisms then assist us. Plant rich diets are essential for your immunity due to these phytonutrients and are found in pigments of the different plants. Eat the rainbow by consuming different coloured veggies according to your budget. Bananas also contain phytonutrients. 

*FREE WAYS TO INCREASE YOUR IMMUNITY*

There are a few things you can do to boost your body’s illness fighters- and these won’t cost you a cent. 

Boost your metabolism

Metabolism and immunity works side-by- side. The metabolism is about the body’s usage of energy. You need energy to fight off illness. This is why we feel tired when we are unwell. Energy is needed to build yourself up again after illness, so boost your metabolic rate by working out. Even a brisk 30 minute walk does the body good!  I have loads of free workouts on my instagram and YouTube. Check it out! 

Limit stress and watch your self-talk

Your emotional and mental state impacts your illness- including the common cold- positively or negatively. Try your best to remain positive and manage your stress levels. 

Get enough shut-eye

Sleep is so important for your immune system. They say it’s important to get your beauty sleep, but get in those eight hours because during sleep your body’s natural illness fighters are out in full swing. If you are already eating a balanced and healthy diet, you will be surprised at the major effect adding just 30 minutes of extra sleep can have on your body. 

Eat less

Technically this one isn’t free, but does end up costing less. 

Eating too much and too often causes inflammation in the body, negatively affecting your gut health and thus negatively affecting your immune system. 

I hope that I have empowered you to see that food can be medicine! 

I would be remiss if I helped you create your hot bod through my e-books https://rushtush.com/e-books/or your indestructible body through my fitness app  https://rushtush.com/fit-app/and sent you on your way without asking you to take care of your health. Health comes first.

It is important to build a healthy constitution within your body, family and household. 

Eating unprocessed food from the ground that the earth that you can afford at the time of purchase is going to help the immune system. Lemon, ginger or a banana are not going to cure any disease, that is not the claim that we as health professionals are making, but if you do eat a balanced diet, fill your body with antioxidants, superfoods and keep your body in an alkaline state while WITHIN YOUR BUDGET you are going to stand a better chance of recovery. 

I completely understand that we have to eat within our budgets and consume what is economical to feed our families. Sometimes it is easier and more affordable to shop processed and to eat fried fast food. These days it is all about what is quick, convenient and cheap. 

Choosing healthy food is a privilege that many do not have. With that said, it is still imperative to incorporate (where we can and within our budgets) those foods that are going to offer us nutrients. So, if you can not afford supplementation then you are going to need to focus on getting those micronutrients from food sources while also focusing on HOW you prepare your foods is also important, so cut back on frying potatoes in oil. 

However, if you have the money, don’t think about how you “are spending money on something that is eaten in a few seconds”. REMEMBER your health is an investment and healthy food benefits your body for longer than you realise.

I am not asking you to do a 180 degree makeover of no sugar, no carbs and green veggies only all day-  all I am asking is that you think about consuming more nutritional food where you can and according to what your pocket allows. Doing this will improve your immune system and reinforce your health constitution- so that whatever you may be faced with is tackled better and faster by the body. 

These tips may not bulletproof you from ALL disease and illness. But, it will assist you to attain your best health to ward off, fight and recover from illness. Eat within your means, but try to eat food that is going to help you be as healthy and as strong as you can be in order to TACKLE, FACE AND RECOVER, OR EVEN MANAGE A CHRONIC LIFE-LONG ILLNESS. 

Remember to follow these tips not only when illness is rife, but always. As your immune system is in full swing at all times- even when you are not aware of it. Do what you can, with what you can. Please make use of my free workouts, education and recipe resources, they are there to assist you! 

Here’s to good health and immunity!
Love RushTush 

XOXO

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Be A Fit Fam

As a busy mom it is often difficult to catch a moment to get a workout in, even when I have help. This leaves us with the constant need to develop a workout that we can do at home while the kids are sleeping, at school or occupied. That is great, where possible, but why not incorporate the little ones into your fitness regime so that you can show them the importance of physical exercise, tire them out and bond?

If you check out my Instagram page you will see that I have brought my kids with me to the gym and my eldest son loves to do exercises on my balcony at home while his mommy and daddy trains. Fitness is a huge part of my life (and my job), so it’s natural that my kids are a part of it. Hopefully, I can instil the love of movement into them as it is beneficial to their health. 

These are my top three exercises and activities I love to do with my boys. Try it if you are looking to make fitness a family activity. 

Catch Me If You Can, Mum! 

For this ‘game’, I head down to an open field and run after my boys while I carry the other one. This is great cardio due to the running, but also is strength training at the same time because of the weight of my other son. It’s like wearing a weighted vest, only this one is for free. 

If your children are already teenagers then going for a run around your area or on the promenade together could be great to get the endorphins flowing! Perhaps play tag. Or do partner carries.

Lift me baby

The next thing I love to do is weight training with my boys. All you need to do is keep your child as a weight as you do the movements. If you have more than one toddler is it also great as they vary in weight. Lifting can also translate into walking, hiking and running pushing your kids in a jogger pram was one of my favorite new mom things to do. Hiking you could just strap your baby in a carrier and go!

These can include: Squats and lunges 

Squat and press 
Planks and push ups with your child on your back
Also take a look at my Bodyweight Series here.

These guides are priced at an affordable R110 and are designed for those looking to train using body weight, but you can also complete some of the exercises with your child as a weight. It will give you a great selection of exercises to do for any body part you want to train. They are also great guides for moms with teenage children who want to include their teens in outdoor training sessions! I created these for vacation, travelling and to get your workout in out on the grass or barefoot in the sand.

Family refresh

Kids can get restless when they are all cooped up at home. I have always loved hikes, stairs and beach training and have always recommended it when I trained Glow Girls at my Women’s Gym. 

I still love to do my training on the slopes of a mountain, because you come back refreshed and the terrain helps to build the glutes. Make it a family thing by taking the kids with you on jogs, hikes or walks on the promenade.  

Once the training is done, fill up their tummies 

When we’re back home, I love to prepare some healthy snacks, smoothies or juices. If your kids are old enough, they can even assist you in the kitchen. Alternatively, you could try a combination of all the above exercises (start with a warm up of running after the kids, then a few sets of strength moves, followed by a leisurely walk), then pack some snacks for a picnic. 

There are great healthy snacks in my e-books that you can try. You can prepare any of them. My favourites for healthy snack options for the whole family includes; Hulk Juice, Muscle Pancakes, Glow balls, pizza, The Hero Juice, brownies, hummus and veggie sticks, popcorn, healthy sarmies and boiled eggs. 

These recipes mentioned above are available in my Winter Glow Cleanse, Glow Cleanse, Mamma Glow and the teen nutrional guides. The e-books range from R450 upwards and are available for purchase here. I also have a wonderful FREE RECIPE selection under FIT FOOD here.

I hope you try these recipes and outdoor activities with your kids. Healthy living and exercise should be part of your daily life as a family. Try to find exciting ways of sneaking in workouts with your kids. A soccer, basketball or cricket game, wrestling match, Saturday morning hike, taking the kids to a community Zumba class or walking the whole mall flat with your daughter to find that perfect dress, can all be great ways to stay fit. If you nurture the ideologies of healthy living and the benefits of exercise and good nutrition, they will grow up to be mindful of this in the future. 

Love always, 
RushTush
xoxo

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Pancakes from Veggie Glow

Pancakes always feel like a weekend treat, but this recipe from my Veggie Glow Guide is so simple to whip up you could quite easily enjoy them for a weekday breakfast too. They’re light and fluffy but also pack a protein punch thanks to the serving of protein powder added to the mixture. Serve with a handful of mixed berries for an antioxidant boost, great for protecting your cells against free radicals! They’re also a good source of fiber and vitamin C too.

SERVES 1, MAKES 3 PANCAKES

INGREDIENTS:

2 whole large eggs
1/2 tsp. baking powder
30g of protein powder (pea protein base)
1/2 banana mashed
1 tbsp. rolled oats
4 tbsp. unsweetened almond milk
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
A handful of fresh berries (raspberries and blueberries)

METHOD:

1. In a mixing bowl, whisk 2 whole large eggs.
2. In another bowl combine and stir all the ingredients plus cinnamon powder with the whisked eggs and baking powder
3. Add olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Ladle in one-third of the mixture and cook each side for 2-3minutes, or until lightly golden. Repeat with the rest of the mixture
4. Serve with a handful of fresh berries such as raspberries and blueberries.

Purchase my Veggie Glow here and find more recipes in any of my eBooks, available for immediate download.

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Cleoptra Smoothie from Vegan Glow

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Egyptian Queen Cleopatra was absolutely obsessed with almonds and included them in both her diet and beauty routine so it only seems fitting that this smoothie be named after her. The base of this dreamy creamy drink is almond milk, which is high in Vitamin E and low in sugar. The oat bran provides fibre and the chia seeds contain omega fatty acids, essential for brain health. The recipe calls for a cup of mixed berries but feel free to play around with different combinations of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries etc until you get the flavour balance just how you like it.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup of unsweetened Almond Milk
1 OR 2 Tablespoons of Pea Protein Powder
2 Tablespoons of Oat Bran.
3/4 Cup of Mixed Berries
1 Tablespoon of Chia Seeds (soaked the night before)

METHOD:

Blend ingredients in a juicer OR a high watt blender to retain all the fibre for a slower release of nutrients

Purchase my Vegan Glow here and find more recipes in any of my eBooks, available for immediate download.

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Marine Collagen vs Bovine Collagen

There’s no doubt that the RushTush collagen is fast becoming a best seller as more Glow Girls are waking up to the amazing benefits of this powerful powder. It is a secret Hollywood celebrities and beauty insiders have used and tried to keep hush-hush for years. I am so proud to be able to make it accessible to all women without any worry about any unclean or nasty harmful additions like sugars and bulking agents!  

I have two different types of carefully created and tested collagens in the RushTush pharmaceutical range. They are Premium Hydrolyzed Collagen (bovine) and Marine Collagen. I use both of them and although they both work amazingly well, you might be wondering which one to choose, so I’m here to explain the differences and help you to reach a decision. 

Whether you go “land” or “sea”, rest assured you won’t regret adding this to your daily regimen. The question is which kinda Collagen Glow Girl are you? 

Bovine – the collagen for the Active Glow Girl

This powerful powder is perfect for gym babes who want a natural boost. Bovine collagen is naturally sourced from cows and is the most common source of collagen in most supplements on the market today. It is a type 1 and type 3 collagen and thus has both beauty and internal health benefits. 

Bovine assists with muscle recovery and allows you to build bigger and stronger muscles as it stimulates growth hormones. Some studies even indicate that when two groups (one is given collagen and the other not) worked out together on the same exercise plan, those using collagen picked up more muscle. Ladies, please remember that you are not genetically predisposed to gaining massive muscle. So, don’t let the idea of muscle scare you off. You might have seen female bodybuilders rocking muscles, but remember that they usually train using very heavy weights and use anabolics and steroids to attain the aesthetic they desire. To increase muscle to that extent cannot happen naturally and with bovine collagen, you are using a powerful powder developed by nature and through correct training, you will achieve the sexy muscle you are looking for, which is what many women actually call “ muscle tone”. Studies also suggest that arginine taken during training increases strength and body mass, and lowers collagen breakdown. 

Adding this supplement to your program also burns more body fat and allows you to feel full, thus reducing your appetite. So, if you are on any of the RushTush Glow Guides or use my RushTushFit app or exercise guides, then adding a collagen supplement will help with your weight loss and muscle building efforts. In addition to this, bovine is a type 1 collagen as well, and thus also has a host of beauty benefits which includes; faster-growing nails and hair, glowing more even skin, fewer wrinkles, and less cellulite. 
It also is essential as it repairs bones, tendons, and ligaments, regenerates healthy connective tissue. This makes it great for elderly women, active runners, and anyone who has suffered an injury on the gym floor or otherwise. Collagen provides the body with all the amino acids it requires, so be sure to supplement with it daily for best results. 

Marine – the collagen for the Beauty-Focused Glow Getter

Okay. Think of mermaid-long shiny hair and soft youthful glowing skin. If that is something you desire, then the solution lies under the sea, in the form of marine collagen. 
The magic powder has endless beauty-enhancing benefits, some of which includes: It helps to grow hair, nails and softens the skin

Reduces wrinkles
Reduces cellulite 
Reduces signs of aging
Builds bone strength
Improves skin, hair and nails

This is the perfect option for you to add to any beauty purchases on the RushTush app and will maximize the effects of any beauty products. All beauties should add collagen to their skincare routine for its anti-aging benefits and achieve glowing skin. 

Marine collagen is made from fish and is a type 1 collagen and that is why it mostly has beauty-related benefits. So, it is a great option for the Glow Girls who do not lead an active lifestyle. That said if you ever want to embark on a training program, but don’t know where to start then I have an app as well as exercise guides for newbies that will be just perfect for you. Workouts are mostly around 30 minutes, so you will be done in a flash! 

I would love to break a sweat with you. Find me at https://rushtush.com/product/newbie-body and https://rushtush.com/fit-app/

Marine Collagen – for the Glow Girl seeking health and vitality 

Being a type 1 collagen mostly, marine collagen also has a host of health benefits. 
These include:

It stabilises blood sugar
Boosts metabolism
Improves wound healing and reduces scars
Reduces inflammation and helps with joint pain
Increase brain health
Gives the thyroid a boost

It also has antibacterial effects in the body and is a superior protein source for weight management as it can help to suppress appetite by keeping you feeling full longer and thus can help promote weight loss

Marine – the collagen for the Pescatarian or Veggie Glow Girl 

The last consideration when it comes to choosing collagen types is your dietary preferences. If you are following the Veggie Glow then this collagen is a perfect addition to your eating plan if you are a FISH-EATING vegetarian or pescatarian. It is also safe for breastfeeding moms and pregnant women. To shop the Veggie Glow and my other Glow Guides, or to find out more about them visit: https://rushtush.com/product/veggie-glow/ or https://rushtush.com/e-books/

Marine – the perfect collagen choice for an Earth-Conscious Glow Girl 

Marine collagen is sourced from fish scales and fish skin, which means that no part of the fish goes to waste. Consuming marine collagen reduces your carbon footprint and is sourced in a biodegradable manner. 

Get your hands on these awesome powders and feel the benefits today. 
You can find it on the RushTushLife app: https://rushtush.com/pharmaceuticals/

The Marine Collagen retails at R450 for a 200g bag, while the bovine collagen, named Premium Hydrolyzed Collagen, goes for R330 for a 200g bag and R645 for a 450g bag. It is hydrolyzed for quick absorption to assist with those booty gains faster! The body does make collagen naturally and you can find it in certain foods, but hydrolyzed collagen is said to have a 90% absorption rate whereas collagen gained from food only has an absorption rate of 27%. 

How to use both power powders:

Take two heaped teaspoons in the morning and evening. It can be added to water, glow shakes, Hulk Juice, or any other juices from the Glow Guides. It can also be a frothy creamy addition to your morning coffee, I like to add 1 teaspoon to my coffee. Yummy! 

Remember to use your collagen every day over a period of three months to achieve the best results. That said, women who use my collagen report great results in less than 10 days! In fact, they’ve even suggested that I add a pair of nail clippers into each package…for their now, faster-growing fingernails of course! 

I hope you decide to start your RushTush collagen journey today! Remember, the body loses collagen as you age, and since it is found in nearly every part of the body, supplementing becomes essential for us all! Both marine and bovine collagens will help you feel better and maintain your natural beauty. Which one you choose just depends on your preference, health concerns, dietary restrictions, and what you want to use if for. So ladies, which type of Collagen Glow Girl are you?
 
Let me know on Instagram @rushtush and @rushtushlife. I’d love to see your fabulous results! 
For more information on the benefits of collagen, how collagen assists with hair growth, minimize postpartum hair loss, and how it combats cellulite, please continue to browse my website. It is full of content to equip you with the knowledge I wish someone had told me YEARS ago! Enjoy! 

Love always, 
RushTush
xoxo

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Creamy cashew, zucchini, and basil soup

Simple one-pot-meals that use fresh ingredients and pack a flavour punch are ideal for busy weeknights when we don’t want to spend hours standing over the stove. This cashew, zucchini, and basil soup from my Vegan Glow Guide is packed with vitamins and minerals and will keep you satisfied for hours. I love that the cashews make it super creamy and give it a decadent taste!

INGREDIENTS:

2 tsp olive oil
1 medium onion
2 garlic cloves
3 – 4 large zucchini
1 1/2 cups vegetable stock
45g raw cashew nuts
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
Salt and pepper to taste

METHOD:

1. Place olive oil, diced onion, and garlic in a deep based pan. Gently brown until succulent and glossy. Add diced zucchini and leave to soften for 10 – 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Add stock thereafter, cover and leave to simmer for 10 minutes
3. Add cashews and fresh basil leaves and blend with a handheld soup blender or transfer to a fixed blender. Blend until smooth.
4. Return to the heat, season to taste, and allow to gently simmer for another 5 minutes. Serve with fresh basil for garnish.

More recipes like this can be found in any of my eBooks, available for immediate download.

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Whey Protein Waffles

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Waffles are such a treat, but they’re also a great way of getting some extra protein into your diet – simply add a scoop of your RushTush Whey Protein powder to the batter!  I love them for breakfast but you can pretty much eat them any time of day (or night!).

Registered dietician @raeesa_eats shared her protein waffle recipe with us. It’s easy to make and includes a serving of RushTush Original Whey to give you that muscle-building boost.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup flour
1 serving RushTush Original Whey Protein Powder
1/2tbl baking powder
Pinch of salt
Dash of cinnamon
1 cup milk
1 egg
1/4 tsp vanilla

METHOD:
Blend everything together and pour the batter into a heated waffle pan until golden. Top with healthy toppings of your choice. We love ours with berries, almonds, and honey.

Recipe makes 4 waffles.

More recipes like this can be found in any of my eBooks, available for immediate download on my website. You can shop RushTush Whey in Original/Chocolate for R320 (350g) on the @rushtushlife app! We deliver nationwide.