Belotero for your Under-Eye Circles??

I'm disturbed. I was perusing Instagram, as I often do, looking for things to make me smile or laugh or inspire me, when I saw an image that deeply disturbed me and made me question what I, as a woman, will do in the name of "beauty". The medi-spa in question was advertising fillers to treat under eye circles & even said they were caused by lack of sleep, allergies, poor diet & lifestyle related issues. The only bit of truth in their post! I will admit that I have looked into fillers for my under eye circles but I have never jumped on board the injectibles-train because I LOVE my face too much!!! Yes, I love MY face. It's mine. I was born with it (well, minus my minor nose-’correction’ by a fabulous surgeon;)) but other than that, no needles have been used to "enhance" my face. I mean, what if the sucker f*cks up??! Then what??

I will admit to what I use to 'enhance' my skin here though.

It's called NUTRITION.

I have under eye circles - that I've contemplated getting "fixed" BUT I know the only real fix is for me to reflect on what I'm doing to my body and CHANGE my habits. Sure, some of us are blessed with better genetics from the get go (Thank you Mami! :)) but regardless of whether you were "born with it" there are things you can do to help your skin out & specifically to address under eye circles. We are all aging - but don't you want to age slower?? More gracefully??

4 Skin faux-pas

1. Sugar

2. Refined/Processed Foods

3. Dairy

4. Chemicals - anything labeled "diet/low-fat/non-fat/fat-free/zero calorie/etc

You can read more on these here.

What causes Under Eye Circles??

  • Iron or B12 deficiency - anemia

  • Poor vitamin and mineral absorption (underlying gut condition)

  • Allergies

  • Dehydration

  • Nasal Congestion/Sinus Infection

  • Lifestyle Factors - excess alcohol consumption, poor nutrition, too many caffeinated drinks, cigarette smoking, lack of exercise and stress

So, what do I use for my skin (and under eye circles)??

1. Lots and lots of greens & colorful veggies! I aim for 1/2 plate full of veggies for lunch and dinner.

2. Lots of organic berries and fresh fruits. I aim for 3-4 portions every day. I also make it a point to load up on superfoods like açai, blueberries & goji berries.

3. Maca and Cacao are staples in my daily routine. Maca helps the body manage stress better and helps maintain a healthy hormonal balance. Cacao a.k.a REAL chocolate is loaded with nutrients and antioxidants. I have found 1 tbsp of each in my smoothies to make a difference.

4. Chlorella tablets are my besties. I'm slightly anemic. Most ladies are borderline due to our monthly visitor. Chlorella helps build healthy red blood cells, supports the liver and a healthy gut to name a few of its benefits. I take 5-6 tablets daily.

5. Sleeeeeep!! I have a hard time falling asleep & it's due to my crazy schedule. I run 2 businesses. My mind is constantly going!! So I know I have to support my body in this area. I have added a quality Ashwaganda supplement & 1 tbsp of tart cherry concentrate in a little water at bedtime.

And just so there is no misunderstanding here. I am not saying that peels, IPL treatments, facials and the like are unnecessary. I use these tools too! I AM saying that a healthy diet and lifestyle are the foundation for good skin. Everything else is gravy and their effectiveness will increase with proper nutrition and hydration.

Oh & be wary of the "side effects" to my plan. They are as follows: increased energy, improved mood, releasing excess weight and inches, improved stress levels, increased ability to focus and concentrate and a natural love and appreciation for every bit of your body. Enjoy!! ;) xxA

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SuperBowl Deliciousness - Healthified

It’s SuperBowl weekend!! UFC183 is also this weekend!! I won’t tell you who I’m rooting for to win the SuperBowl...but I will tell you that my very first SuperBowl, I won a bet on this team!! Let’s see if they can do it again! I’m also excited about UFC183 tonight. I’m looking forward to watching Silva’s return to the Octagon! So, I’m something of a sports fan, as you can tell by the theme of this post!

And since it is a big sports weekend, I will be sharing some healthy twists on some pretty common recipes. Who says you can’t enjoy yourself AND be healthy at the same time??! ;)

‘Baga Cajun Fries

1 large organic rutubaga

2 tbsp cajun seasoning

1 tsp himalayan sea salt

Coconut oil in spray/mister bottle

=>Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. Cut the rutubaga into fries. Rinse well and dry the fries with a paper towel. Sprinkle the cajun seasoning and H. sea salt on fries, covering throughly. Place the fries ½ apart on a non-stick baking sheet. Spray the coconut oil over the fries. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for approximately 25 minutes.

Avocado Hummus

1 can organic chick peas, drain well

2 medium avocados, ripe, cored & peeled

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 ½ tsp tahini

1 organic lime, juiced (should be 3 tbsp of juice)

1 tsp Himalayan sea salt

½ tsp cumin

1 organic garlic clove, peeled

dash ground black pepper

5 sprigs organic cilantro, finely chopped

red pepper flakes, for topping

=>Add the chick peas, olive oil, tahini, lime juice and garlic to a blender/food processor and blend until smooth - 1-2 mins. Add the H. sea salt, black pepper, cumin and avocados and blend until smooth, another 2 mins.Top with chopped cilantro and red pepper flakes and a little more olive oil, if desired. Serve with organic veggies, tortilla or pita chips.

* It would be best to choose organic rice chips or organic tortilla chips - the goal is to have the food we eat be as close to free of preservatives, additives and genetically-modified nonsense!

(Spicy) Gluten-free Fried Chicken Tenders        

1 cup organic oat flour (organic gluten-free rolled oats blended)

1 cup organic ground flaxseed

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp Himalayan sea salt

1 tsp cayenne pepper (*optional)

1 tsp garlic

½ tsp ground black pepper

1 organic cage free egg

2 tbsp coconut oil

~1 lb organic chicken breast strips

=>In a medium sized bowl, blend the oat flour with the ground flaxseed, cumin, garlic, cayenne pepper, black pepper and H. sea salt. In another bowl whisk the cage-free egg. In a medium size frying pan, start heating the coconut oil over medium-high heat. First dip the chicken strips in the egg mixture, then coat with the ‘flour’ and then add to the pan. Cook the strips until golden brown and cooked thoroughly. Serve & enjoy.

Kale and Artichoke Dip

1 14 oz can organic artichokes, drained and chopped

6 oz greek yogurt

4 oz organic cream cheese, softened

½ c shredded organic Parmesan cheese

½ c shredded organic Mozzarella cheese

1 tsp Himalayan sea salt

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp cumin

1 large bunch organic kale, destemmed and finely chopped (~8-10 cups)

=>Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the artichokes with the cream cheese, parmesan cheese, ¼ c mozzarella cheese, H. sea salt, garlic powder, cumin and kale and mix together thoroughly. Pour the mixture in to a 1 ½ quart pyrex dish or pie plate. Cover and bake for ~20 mins. (The kale will reduce down, so don’t worry) Stir and bake for another ~10 mins. Add the remaining ¼ c mozzarella cheese on the top and bake uncovered for ~5 mins. Serve with organic tortilla chips or veggies.

Give these recipes a try and enjoy!! There are definitely ways to enjoy your life and food(!!) AND maintain good health and energy at the same time! Have a wonderful SuperBowl weekend!! May the best team win! :) xxA

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Warm your Body, Trim your Waist

It’s the middle of winter and many of us have put on some of that ‘winter insulation’... And if you’re like any of my people, you’re already stressing about how to get rid of it!! :) That seems to be the rhythm of the seasons. Ever wonder why this is pretty much *universal*?? It’s because of our physiology. Our bodies are truly amazing instruments and they KNOW what you need to function well. However, this doesn’t mean that every craving is accurate or that we have to put on weight every winter. All that we need to do is understand what foods will keep our bodies healthy and fit!

Winter doesn’t have to wreak havoc on your waistline!

Ever wonder why you don’t want anything to do with a salad in the dead of winter?? It’s because raw foods have a cooling effect on your body, which the opposite of what your body needs at this time of year!

What to do??

These are my top 5 ways to keep you warm and slim! (½ plate-full of veggies, quality protein and grains are a must!) Oh and limiting the food-like substances!! **Food-like Substances - white bread, ‘whole wheat’ bread, white rice, processed foods, sodas, refined salt and refined sugars. #CountChemicalsNOTCalories

1. Drink Ginger Tea with Raw Honey, at every meal - Ginger root has a warming effect on the body and has some wonderful therapeutic benefits. Ginger boosts the immune system and aids in digestion, to name a couple benefits. Raw honey (flecks and all!!), added once the tea is at a drinkable temperature, will keep its enzymes active.

2. Make Quinoa and Wild Rice your Besties - Wild rice is rich in protein and antioxidants, working to boost energy and immunity. Quinoa has a bunch of nutrients; supports a healthy heart, aids in digestion and can reduce cholesterol and high blood pressure. Both work to give your body the heartiness it craves this time of year!

3. Garlic, Onions and Butter (that's right I said BUTTER, Grass-fed, of course :) - these are a delicious starting to any of your meals. Garlic and onions, members of the allium family, support healthy cholesterol levels, boosting immunity and lower inflammation in the body. Grass-fed butter is delicious!! AND it is loaded with fat-soluble vitamins your body NEEDS! It supports a healthy thyroid and immune system.

4. Choose Fennel, Mustard Greens and Water for your Salad - These are some of the few greens that have a warming effect on the body. You can mix them with some carrots, radishes and onions; use a dressing with olive oil and turmeric and add a sprig of basil.

5. Snack on Organic Almonds and Unsulphured Organic Dried Papaya - Almonds are loaded with vitamins and healthy fats and surprisingly organic papaya is a warming food. Dried cherries and dates, organic and unsulphured, are other options for a healthy snack you can take with you on the go!  

Roast, stir-fry or sautee kale and chinese cabbage, broccoli as your baseline greens for lunch & dinner, pick your favorite organic, grass-fed animal protein or lentils/your choice of beans as your protein and you’re set to go on a nutritious meal that will keep your body warm and keep your waistline intact!

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The Truth About Cleanses

It’s January and there are many of you, out there in the world, rethinking your health habits and wanting to make some serious changes either for your health or because your favorite jeans don’t fit anymore! Both reasons are valid AND still, one is a more powerful motivator. Regardless of which camp you’re in I will share with you some tips to make your weight/inches lost sustainable. Why is it important for your weight-loss to be sustainable?? Because yo-yo dieting is terrible psychologically and physically. Both your body and mind can only take so much...and you want to maintain both happy and healthy! Don’t you??

Alright!! Let’s get to it!

Juice cleanses, Tea Cleanses, Master cleanses and Whatnot!!

In NYC, it’s cold as f*ck today!! I have a friend who’s doing a raw food cleanse for THE ENTIRE MONTH of January. Sounds great right?? It is AND it is NOT! A raw food cleanse can be a good break for your digestive tract but if you’re used to eating bagels, processed foods, soda and McDonald’s...it will be a BIG shock to your body (i.e. Not good) . Add to that your climate - if you’re in the dead of a cold winter, raw foods will make you feel EVEN colder. Raw foods have a cooling effect on the body. So it is best to start with something lighter (if you’re used to unhealthy “convenience” foods) or do this cleanse in the summertime..when the weather is nice and warm.

I encouraged my friend to add green teas and ginger teas liberally during her cleanse. Ginger has a warming effect on the body and is soothing to the digestive system!

The same thing applies to raw juice cleanses. But more importantly, you have to make sure you get a solid source of protein in!! These cleanses are lacking in protein, which is a basic building block for every cell in your body. People will often feel light headed, headaches, moody, irritable, unable to focus mentally or have weird cravings. I craved protein during this cleanse like a madwoman! It was insane!! What I should’ve known (and subsequently learned during my health coach training and certification, was that your body NEEDS protein.) Protein is a major building block and ESSENTIAL to your body. If your body doesn’t get protein from the food you eat, it will start taking it from your muscles..which is not a good thing.

The only proper cleanse I've found without chemicals, preservatives, additives; that is vegan/vegetarian friendly, and gives you a proper - pre-digested - vegan protein that allows you to eat certain foods to keep your energy up so you can go about your day without being an irate zombie is Purium’s 10 Day Transformation Cleanse. Check out this video for more information. If you’re inspired, you can get your 10 Day Transformation Cleanse here www.mypuriumgift.com Use the Gift Card Code BERADIANT to get $50 Off your cleanse.

If you want/need to start slow, which I completely recommend if you’re used to convenience foods. You want to do this!

Every morning drink a glass/mug of warm/very warm purified water with ½ organic lemon squeezed in.

Follow that up with this *every* morning after your warm lemon water:

During Week 1 - 1 tbsp organic ground flaxseeds in ½ cup organic kefir

During Week 2 - 2 tbsp organic ground flaxseeds in ½ cup organic kefir

During Week 3 - 3 tbsp organic ground flaxseeds in ½ cup organic kefir

The combination will hydrate your body and start cleansing your gut and replenishing to good/healthy bacteria that supports the proper digestion of foods and assimilation of vitamins and minerals.

Cleanses can be a great tool to help get you start being more aware of your body and how certain foods react with your unique body. However, it is NOT normal to feel irate, moody, lightheaded, etc!! So please be careful with your cleanses people! You’re supposed to feel energetic and uplifted because you're letting go of excess pounds and inches as a by-product of getting healthier! That’s right I said it!!!! Losing weight/inches should be a by-product of making healthier choices in your food and lifestyle. Join my revolution and live happily and joyfully!! (AND lose weight/inches) xxA

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5 Ways to Make your Resolutions Stick!

It’s that time of year!! The time for new beginnings. Resolutions. How many of you have made your list of New Year’s Resolutions?? How many of you will be on your game come February?? July?? That’s the thing about resolutions...we start out with the best intentions and then...Life happens! And we forget. Or lose motivation. Or just stop caring. But!!! (There’s always a “but” :) But, what if you could maintain your inspiration?? What if you could carry through with your resolutions?? I think that would be awesome!! Don’t you?

Well, I’ve got a few ideas for you. I personally don’t make New Year’s Resolutions - I have EVERY DAY Resolutions! Every day is the ‘new year’ for me but that approach is not for everyone and not for the faint of heart! There are easier ways to start.

1. Be PASSIONATE - find something or some things you are passionate about and make those your resolutions. If you're one of the "gotta get 'healthy' for 2015" you'll have an easier time following thru on this goal if you think about AND write down ALL the reasons you have to be PASSIONATE about this goal.

2. EASY DOES IT - no matter what you put on your list, do a little at a time. Start with 1 item on your resolutions list and work on it for a week and then switch to another item on your list. Carry on in this fashion and you'll be able to make progress and avoid getting bored or feeling overwhelmed by your list.

3. SCHEDULE yourself for SUCCESS - whether it is going to the gym or making sure you eat breakfast or planning a healthy meal/grocery list, it all begins with creating the time. Setting aside 30 minutes or 1 hour, weekly or daily, according to your goals, will help you stay on top of things!

4. START the week STRONG - the sooner in the week you tackle the things you must you must do, the better your chances of getting them done! We're human beings and as such, we have a tendency to take it easier the closer we get to the weekends! Understand your tendencies and work them into (or work around) your life.

5. GET a COACH - seek out a professional you VIBE with to hold you accountable. Health Coaches. Life Coaches. Business Coaches. Acting Coaches. ALL of these professionals can be invaluable to you in helping you achieve success in your life. Seek out people that INSPIRE you and that you CONNECT with to help you get to your next level!

These are my top 5 tips for sticking to your resolutions and having a phenomenal 2015 filled with joy, abundance, health, wealth and success!! Like I mentioned before, I have EVERY DAY resolutions and I have coaches to keep me on track. Yes, COACHES. Plural. I am a human being and sometimes I find it hard to stay motivated but these people are on MY team and they are wonderful resources to keep me honest. I schedule myself. I start my weeks off STRONG. & more importantly. I AM PASSIONATE. :) I don’t take on anything (or any one person as a client in my practice) if I’m not passionate and inspired. I invite you to utilize these tips in your life and see how they can benefit you! Happy New Year!! xxA

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3 Ways to Keep Your Cool this Holiday Season

Merry Christmas Eve folks!! It’s been a minute since I’ve been able to sit down...unwind and relax! I could say it’s the holiday crazy-business or the fact that I moved or the bout of food poisoning or work being busy or the holiday parties… But whatever the reason the end of the year is always a busy and stressful time! In the midst of the craziness I managed to keep myself (somewhat) sane by following a few simple tips. These I will share with you here! So that no matter what family member is bugging you or whatever madness is going on in your life, you can smile and brush it off your shoulders! :)

So what did I do?? Well for starters I reminded myself that this too shall pass.. and then I did the following:

1. I relied on organic berries and dark, leafy greens more than ever!! Nutrition. That's what matters. Eating well, balanced, truly healthy (no chemicals, additives, processed crap), whenever and wherever you can will help keep your hormones in check!

2. Maca - my lifesaver!! Maca is a root that is a powerful adaptogen. It grows high in the Andes under bitterly, harsh conditions. It has numerous beneficial qualities but the one that has kept me hooked is that it helps one adapt to 'stressful conditions'. That makes it a HUGE winner in my books!! I add 1 tbsp of Maca root powder to my smoothies or my morning kefir with berries. But my favorite way of drinking it is mixed with raw cacao powder and some raw honey. You can try Organic Traditions Macaccino - I love it!! 

3. Deep Breathing - this really helps!! I would take 5 minutes and just breathe deeply...in for a S-L-O-W count of 4 (think 1 Hippopotamus...2 Hippopotamus...etc) and out through your mouth, S-L-O-W-L-Y, for a count of 4. The first couple times I did this I would be thinking "It's not working..It's not working.." but once you ease into it,  you will see that it does work! I would actively choose to let go of my thoughts and imagine a huge, brilliant white light enveloping and getting brighter with each breath.  

For a bonus I would soak in a hot bath with 1 cup of Epsom Salts and 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil - dim the lights or take a soak by candlelight - and leave your troubles in the water! That’s how I “survived” the last couple weeks! Just a little time (5 minutes here and there - and you DO have 5 minutes for you! Find them :) will make you happier and keep you healthy. Stress decreases your immunity so take the time to take care of YOU! YOU are super...important! Remember that! :) Happy Holidays my loves!! xxA

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5 Super Winter Foods

Most of us don’t think of fruits and vegetables during the winter months. The trees lose their leaves, the weather gets colder and our bodies go into ‘hibernation’ mode so it makes sense that we don’t think that there are fresh fruits and veggies readily available to us during this time of the year. But there are! And since I am always working on outdoing myself...it only makes sense that I will experiment with some of these delicious winter fruits and veggies and encourage you to do the same!

5 Super Winter Foods

Cabbage - loaded with vitamins C & K and minerals like folate, as well as fiber and antioxidants this is one of the healthiest cold-weather veggies. Most cabbage varieties are readily available in fall and winter (some as early as July). Eat them raw in salads or lightly cooked in a stir-fry!

Root Vegetables you might be asking what am I talking about??! But root vegetables are Carrots, Beets, Parsnips, Turnips & Rutubagas. One thing they have in common?? is that despite their being highly nutritious, they are often overlooked at the supermarkets (well, definitely the last 3). They have a slightly sweet flavor, as well being rich in vitamins C, K and minerals like folate, calcium, potassium and fiber.

Dark, Leafy Greens like Kale, Collards and Chards get a lot of attention most of the year but they are at their peak during the winter months. They aid digestion, help lower cholesterol and can protect the body from cancer. All this with very little calories and lots and lots of nutrition (vitamins A, C, E, K and minerals iron, potassium, calcium, manganese, phytochemicals, antioxidants and fiber)!! Swap your lettuce for some finely chopped kale or chard or try these sauteed or stir-fried (in coconut oil) with coarsely chopped garlic.

Pomegranatesare not only the mythological reason for the seasonal changes but they are the oldest and one of the most nutritious fruits. Their ruby-red seeds are rich in antioxidants and have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds in your salads or make it a winter staple for your smoothies.

Celeriac - is an odd-looking (misshapen) greenish-white root vegetable that is has a tasty flavor and a hearty texture - like a cross between celery and parsley. It is rich in vitamin C, K and phosphorus and fiber. Use this root as a substitute in your favorite hash brown recipe.

These are my picks for my 5 super winter foods but there are plenty of other nutritious fruits like bananas, blood oranges and other citruses and vegetables like bok choy, artichokes, rhubarb, radishes, watercress and brussels sprouts. Eating within season is a not the easiest thing to do (with our food coming from all parts of the country and world) but it is a good thing to attempt. Especially if the foods are nutritious and yummy! I've been experimenting with Turnips and this is a terrific recipe to share with friends and family this season! Enjoy! 

Turnip Gratin 

1 large turnip, organic

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons organic butter

½ Gruyere cheese, grated

⅓ cup organic milk

=>Preheat oven at 375 degrees F. Peel the turnip and rinse thoroughly - slice thinly into ¼” strips. In a shallow casserole dish, add the 1 tbsp organic butter and half the garlic and spread evenly around the dish. Place an even layer of the turnips making sure there are no holes followed by ¼ cup of Gruyere cheese. Add the remaining layer of turnips followed by the cheese, butter and garlic. Pour the milk over the casserole, making sure it sinks to the bottom. Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese has melted and browned on top.  

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White Fruits & Veg for Immunity

White foods are important to a healthy diet. They work to support a healthy immune system and given that we are in the midst of the holiday season and cold and flu season it is important to keep our immune system healthy! When I first starting thinking about what white foods to mention all I came up with was bread and potatoes - they are just that common!! - but, no, these are not what I mean. Bread and potatoes are foods that turn very quickly into sugar (high on the glycemic index), leading to a sharp sugar spike and then a drop and there are other issues with these foods too.

So what do I mean when I say choose white veggies??

Onions, Garlics and Shallots

Mushrooms and Cauliflower

Daikon and other radishes

Ginger

Jerusalem Artichoke, Parsnips, Jicama and Turnips

White Beans

Rice and Barley

Pears and Bananas

White Nectarines, White Peaches

I didn’t even think of onions, garlic and shallots!! Even though I do cook with them often. But these are rich in sulfur and have potent anti-inflammatory effects. They also may help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. White foods have important phytochemicals like quercetin, vitamins and minerals that work to support a healthy immune system, lymphatic system and aid in cellular recovery.

Ok, so now you know what white foods can do for you and have a list of some foods you might not have heard of (I didn’t know what a Jicama was before now! :)...what now??  Now comes the fun part! Try this delicious recipe I adapted from a very good friend of mine, who happens to be one of my clients.

White Beans & Greens

2 cans of Eden Organic White Beans (if you choose another brand make sure the cans are BPA-free)

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 tsp Himalayan sea salt (*to taste)

1 tsp cumin

½ tsp ground black pepper

½ tsp oregano

6 cloves garlic, crushed

½ large white onion, diced

1 package organic cremini mushrooms, rinsed and sliced

1 bunch organic radishes, diced

2 organic zucchinis, diced

1 large bunch organic spinach, rinsed and roughly chopped

=> Start by crushing the garlic and chopping the onions - then let them stand for 15 minutes to allow the enzymes to be fully activated. Rinse and chopped the radishes, mushrooms and spinach. In a pot start warming the coconut oil over medium heat, add the garlic and onions along with the salt and spices and stir well. Be careful not to burn the garlic. Once the onions start becoming a little translucent, add the remaining veggies and allow to cook down for 2-3 minutes. Strain the beans and then add them to the pot, stirring well so that it all becomes well incorporated. Cook for another 5-7 minutes. Serve with brown rice or alone and enjoy!  

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Bee....Stress-Free

One down and two (or more) to go!! It’s holiday time and there are lots of family dinners and business events on the horizon. I forgot about the holiday shopping!! I don’t know how I could’ve done that!! :) As you already, this is the time of year where there will be lots on your plate and little time to take care of things AND take care of yourself. In the past I used to just forget about myself until the new year, but that is no longer the case. Now I make sure I up my consumption of foods containing a certain vitamin (or vitamins). B vitamins!

Why are B vitamins so important?? They play several roles in our bodies:

  • Maintain healthy skin and muscle tone
  • Promote cell growth and division
  • Enhance immune and nervous system function
  • Ease stress
  • Improve Mood
  • Support and increase metabolism rate
  • Improve memory
  • Reduce PMS symptoms

Quite a lot right?? B vitamins are essential for us to feel good and be healthy and fit, physically and mentally. I can feel when my B vitamins are getting low - I feel tired, moody, stressed and anxious, my skin begins to look dull - and then when I go over what I’ve been (or not been) eating, I see where I’ve gone wrong.

In addition to my upping my consumption of dark leafy greens, organic grains like quinoa and amaranth and organic protein sources, here are my 2 favorite ways to get my B-in:

  1. Maca - a root native to the Andes in South America; it is a powerful adaptogen and hormone regulator, rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins. The benefits of consuming Maca cover a lot of ground - it improves anemia, chronic fatigue, depression, thyroid conditions, menstrual discomfort and disorders, memory and can even help with fertility and stress! Start with 1 tsp in your smoothie, oatmeal, chia pudding or organic greek yogurt and build up to 1 tbsp over the course of a month. Then go for 2 tbsp a day over the next month.
  2. Raw Honey/Bee Pollen/Propolis/Royal Jelly - known collectively as 'bee products' are one of nature's most complete foods. Honey, in its raw, wild, unfiltered state, is rich in minerals, probiotics, enzymes and antioxidants. Use raw honey in your smoothies, oatmeal and puddings and add to your hot beverages once they are cool enough to drink to enjoy its full benefits. Bee Pollen is rich in vitamin B9, has all 22 essential amino acids and is an energy rich source of protein. If you work out and need a good, clean source of protein - bee pollen is approximately 25% protein and is easy to assimilate. Look for fresh bee pollen or bee pollen that has been dried at less than 96 degrees (the hive's natural temperature). Add 1 tbsp to your smoothies or chia pudding. Propolis has antibacterial properties and support a healthy immune system. Propolis can be used in extract form and added to your tea or water. Royal Jelly is a known rejuvenator and is rich in amino acids, vitamin B5, other B vitamins and a variety of minerals. It has a stimulating effect without the negative effects that caffeine has on the body and has been known to enhance our ability to think clearly. It isn't the tastiest bee product (well, at least it isn't for me) but I choose to eat a 1/2 tsp raw and straight out of the jar! You can add 1/2 tsp to your smoothie or overnight oatmeal. Adding raw honey or any of these bee foods benefit your body by giving it plenty of B vitamins (and other vitamins and minerals) and antioxidants to build up our stress-defenses and reducing the production of histamines thereby neutralizing many allergies.     

These are my 2 ‘secrets’ to feeling great and maintaining my ‘youthful’ skin!! I have noticed that the more consistent I am with my nutrition the healthier my body feels! So I drink 2-3 Purium Power Shakes (with plenty of organic greens and spirulina) a day, take my Virgin Raw Bee Panacea and make sure I eat a good amount of organic fruits and veggies and choose quality sources of protein. Start adding one or both of these to your routine and enjoy their many benefits! Enjoy in good health! xxA

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