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Amy Hope

I created Amy Hope out of a desire to feel confident and cool every single day. To go from mat to meeting. Fluff my hair, add some paint and an earring and go from cocktail to fundraiser and dinner feeling sexy and as comfortable as I was in my choice at 7am when I threw it on in the first place. 
Amy Hope is an idea, a state of mind reflected in a lifestyle. A core system of contemporary and timeless pieces, they are easy to wear, pack and care for. I mean who doesn’t need a Magic Upside Down Dress?

The pieces are limited editions and one of a kind, made from fabrics that called to me, fabrics I choose for you.
Amy Hope is my antidote to fast fashion and my feeling entitled to express our individuality in what we wear and the empowerment that comes from feeling connected to self.

The stories of The Ring, The Cape & The Corset grew from my love of reimagining and repurposing heirlooms passed on and purchased. There is joy in the evocative power of things. I love helping people connect to that joy by seeing themselves and their loved ones wearing, and living with things that have meaning.
Every minute of this work is inspiring. I am enthralled with the process of reimagining and recreating purpose to the things we have stashed in our closets. Watching women walk with confidence. Im graced to share it with you. Amy Hope

Cruciferous Vegetables

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Cruciferous vegetables are unique because they are rich in sulfur containing compounds called glucosinolates which support detoxification and indole-3-carbinol which greatly reduces the risk of breast, colon and lung cancer.

According to the National Cancer Institute, glucosinolates are powerhouse chemicals that break down during chewing and digestion into bioactive compounds that prevent cancer cells growth.

Glucosinolates stimulate the body’s natural antioxidant system, triggering the liver to produce detoxifying enzymes that block free-radical attacks on your DNA.

Glucosinolates are:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Contain antibacterial and antiviral properties
  • Inactivate carcinogens
  • Reprogram cancer cells to die-off
  • Prevent tumor formation and metastasis

Your top twelve cruciferous vegetables are:

  • Arugula
  • Bok Choy
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Collard Greens
  • Kale
  • Mustard greens
  • Radish
  • Turnip
  • Watercress

 A common concern is can eating cruciferous vegetables cause thyroid problems?

Research shows it would take a lot of cruciferous veg to cause hypothyroidism and only if someone also has an iodine deficiency.

Studies show the consumption of 5oz a day of cooked Brussels sprouts for four weeks had no adverse effects on thyroid function.

So if you have a thyroid issue, eat cooked cruciferous vegetables and keep it to about 1-2 servings daily.

Ultradian Rhythm

Ultradian Rhythm

Do you wake up, chug some coffee, and fling yourself into a nonstop day of meetings, classes, pick ups and drop offs and before you know it you’re too tired for yoga class, order a pizza on the way home, eat dinner in a haze and at bedtime you’re too wired and tired to sleep, much less have sex? Did you use the bathroom today? Do you remember?

The human body is designed with a 90 to 120 minute attention span, called our Ultradian Rhythm cycle and when we ignore it and override our circuits, we get tired, thirsty, foggy, hungry and cranky.

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Often we reach for Coffee, sugar or carbs for a lift, when what we really need is to STOP. Ideally we should be taking a 15 to 20 minute break in the morning and afternoon. The best case scenario is to lie down in a dark room. At the office? Try tilting the chair back and wear a pair of blue glasses to stop the overstimulation of the lights. Ok maybe I’m stretching, but did you pee this morning? How about a trip to the bathroom and a glass of water. Grab a healthy snack like nuts or nut butter and an apple. Or call, or Skype a friend, call not text, I’m talking about heart connection here, stepping away resets your brain. Leave your to do list alone. Go sit in your car and close your eyes. Your brain will thank you and you will perform better for it. Some employers are creating dark break rooms, because the rewards are that great. The funny thing is children do this naturally, watch your kids, sometimes that’s when you get the best hugs.