Top 5 Skin Beautifying Foods

Acne isn’t just something teenagers have to deal with, or women! It is something that a lot of people struggle with and that can be resolved. In my prior post I shared 4 tips that would give you a good start to clear, beautiful skin. (You can read that one in detail here) In this post I will share with you the major foods and nutrients you need in order to reduce inflammation (which contributes to acne and other ailments) and give your skin a natural, healthy glow.

A little recap of part 1 of my Clear Skin series.

4 Requirements for Healthy, Clear Skin and they are:

  1. A diet rich in nutrient-dense foods, REAL foods

  2. Proper hydration - always drinks ½ your body weight in ounces daily

  3. A way to manage stress - exercise, meditation, music

  4. Proper, quality sleep - a good 7-9 hours every night

4 No-No's of Clear Skin

  1. Reduce/Limit Sugar

  2. No "Diet"/"Sugar-Free"/"Fat Free"/"Zero Calorie"/"Low Fat" etc..

  3. Reduce/Limit Dairy

  4. Avoid Processed/Refined Foods

Proper nutrition comprised of nutrient-dense foods are exactly what is needed to resolve acne and the further benefits will be protecting your skin from the free-radicals in the environment and slow down the aging process.

Top 5 Skin Beautifiers

Acai Berries

Acai Berries

  1. Drink Nettle Tea - nettles are loaded with antioxidants and are extremely detoxifying. Nettle tea reduces inflammation in the body and aids in calming your skin and improving skin conditions like eczema and acne.

  2. Snack on Organic Berries - your blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and even the lesser known acai and goji; these little guys are packed with antioxidants (noticing a theme? ;), fiber and vitamin C - they help regulate blood sugar levels and (bonus!) they help maintain a healthy weight.

  3. Add Nuts, Seeds and Avocados - almonds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, flaxseeds and avocados are rich in heart healthy fats that aid in reducing inflammation in the body, boosting immunity and providing a variety of vitamins and minerals needed for healthy skin.

  4. Eat your Greens - lots and lots of greens, like spinach, watercress, kale, broccoli, artichokes, asparagus, etc. They are full of antioxidants and vitamins and minerals. Greens serve to cleanse your body by flushing out toxins which is just what your skin needs!

  5. Eat Wild, Fatty Fish and Seafood - mackerel, wild salmon, tuna, sardines, oysters etc are unbelievably healing foods! They are rich in Omega 3s, protein and minerals like zinc and selenium and vitamins A and D.

It may seem like a small list but in these categories there are plenty of nutrient-dense, healing foods to choose from. Any other protein sources, like chicken or beef, are best eaten from organic, pasture-raised, antibiotic-free and hormone free animals. MY personal favorites for glowing, clear skin are blueberries, acai and goji; almonds, chia seeds and flaxseeds; organic baby spinach (sauteed in lots of garlic and coconut oil!) and swiss chards (prepared in the same way or in a frittata!); and wild salmon and sardines! Yum!! I’m getting hungry just writing this! A diet rich in greens, colorful fruits, healthy fats and wild cold-water fish protects your skin from inflammation, maintains a healthy body pH and protects your skin from free-radicals, slowing down the aging process. All very good things! Happy eating & enjoy the beautiful skin!    

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10 Best Foods for Longevity

We all want to live a long and, hopefully healthy, life. However, we all have experienced illness and aging at some point. Even in fairytales we see how the desire for youth can drive some to doing horrible things - remember the evil queen? - and even vampires have to feed on blood to maintain their lives and youthful looks. I personally love vampire lore - minus the blood-drinking! Thankfully we don’t have to resort to any of those things! More and more research studies are showing that a diet rich in nutrient dense foods, that are consequently low in calories, promote cellular repair. Which is why in this post I will be sharing with you 10 of the best foods to eat, everyday, to promote good health and longevity!

10 Best Foods for Longevity

  1. Green Leafy Vegetables - not surprising at all, huh?? Kale, swiss chard, spinach, romaine lettuce etc are very nutrient dense! Loaded with the vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals that aid in detoxification and boost immunity - and they are low in calories!

  2. Cruciferous Vegetables - broccoli, cauliflower, arugula, watercress, cabbages, brussels sprouts, etc are excellent for a healthy heart, reducing inflammation in the body and have cancer-fighting properties.

  3. Berries - whether they are blueberries, strawberries, currants, etc - berries are rich in antioxidants, fiber and vitamins that keep your mind sharp, boost heart health, aid in maintaining a healthy weight and maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Eat organic berries 4-5 times per week, in your smoothies, on your oatmeal, in chia pudding or as a snack!  

  4. Beans - are high in fiber, antioxidants, B-vitamins, protein and iron, as well as other minerals. Eating kidneys, cannellinis, black beans, adzuki, cranberry, pinto etc can help stabilize blood sugar levels and can possibly lower the risk of getting type 2 diabetes, can help lower cholesterol, improve your mood and aid in weight loss. Just be sure to soak them in some seaweed, kelp, prior to cooking and avoid soybeans!

  5. Mushrooms - yes, these are not plants but fungi, but they are rich in a variety of B vitamins, vitamin D, minerals such as iron, selenium and potassium and fiber. They can improve immunity and help balance blood sugar levels & lower cholesterol levels and aid in weight loss - all things that contribute to good health and longevity.  These are easy to add into your diet - eat them raw, steamed or sauteed.  

  6. Onions, Leeks and Garlic - are some members of the allium family (other veggies in this category are scallions and shallots) and have powerful organosulfur compounds that have been shown to protect against cancer and heart disease. I love garlic and onions and cook with them often. When you chop garlic, let it breath for 15 minutes to allow all the enzymes to be fully activates and be careful not to burn it!    

  7. Seeds - are the embryonic plants themselves and as such as loaded with a variety of vitamins, minerals, protein, essential oils and dormant enzymes. Flaxseeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, pomegranate seeds (more on these below) are some great sources of vitamin E, zinc, some B vitamins and essential fatty acids. They reduce inflammation, boost mood and aid in maintaining a healthy weight. It is best to eat seeds raw - when seeds are heated they produce toxic substances and the vitamins and minerals become denatured.   

  8. Nuts - are excellent nutritious snacks, full of vitamins, minerals, protein and healthy fats. Regular consumption of these little guys have been linked to better heart health, lower cholesterol, weight loss and a decreased risk of cancer. Snack on a handful of walnuts, almonds, pecans, cashews, macadamia nuts, brazil nuts, pistachios or pine nuts.     

  9. Tomatoes - (organic, of course :) are loaded with nutrients and antioxidants like lycopene. Tomatoes can help reduce cholesterol levels, reduce inflammation in the body, aid in detoxification, prevent premature aging and can help prevent cancer. Just make sure you aren’t sensitive to tomatoes - if you have a sensitive digestive tract you might want to avoid these.

  10. Pomegranates - are one of the oldest known fruits, native to Persia. It is a very nutrient dense fruit, rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. The high levels of polyphenols and flavonoids protect against heart disease and cancer and help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Add the seeds to your smoothies or juice them, or you can add them to your salads like cranberries.

A balanced approach to your food, focused on nutrient-rich foods (like the ones listed above) and limiting your consumption of foods that increase inflammation and lead to a variety of chronic illnesses like the ones listed here will help on a wide variety of levels and help you live a long, healthy life. Vibrant health starts with what’s on your plate! The choice is yours - choose foods that increase your energy and rejuvenate your body from your innermost cells out? or choose foods that rob you of your vitality and good health? Here’s to your good health and longevity!

Rejuvenation Smoothie

2 cups organic almond milk

2 large handfuls organic baby spinach

1 cup organic blueberries, fresh or frozen

1 cup pomegranate seeds, fresh or frozen

2 tbsp chia seeds

2 tbsp ground flaxseeds

1 tbsp coconut oil

=> Blend until desired consistency is reached and enjoy! :)

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10 Worst Foods for Longevity

Longevity. Longevity is something we are all seeking. People are now living longer than they ever have in the entire history of humanity. But what does that longevity mean if the ‘golden’ years of life are spent battling dementia or Alzheimer’s? If you can’t enjoy your life mentally and physically, what is the point of living longer for the sake of living longer?? You can protect your cells and body to be able to have a happy and full life in your later years. The added bonus of healthy eating and living is beautifying for your skin and body too! And it all comes down to you getting to know your body and how to nourish it properly. It isn’t about calories or fat-free or sugar-free or any of those other restrictions that traditional diets or the media tells you is the latest and greatest thing. It is about you! You are a unique individual and the proper nutrition that your body needs is unique to you! Although...there is a basic starting point for us all:

Top 10 Worst Foods for Longevity

  • Sweetened Dairy Products - ice cream, frozen yogurt, low-fat ice cream etc, sugar acts on your brain like cocaine and excess amounts of sugar in your diet over time have been linked to various ailments.

  • Trans-fat Containing Foods - commercially baked goods, margarine, shortening, fast foods etc

  • Donuts - refined white sugar, refined white flour and fried - talk about a triple-threat...

  • Sausage, Hot Dogs and Luncheon Meats - filled with nitrites, nitrates and various other fillers and chemical preservatives - linked to heart disease and increased risk for cancer.

  • Smoked Meat, Barbecued Meat and Conventionally Raised Red Meat - cooking meats at high temperatures creates carcinogens (HCAs & PAHs) which can lead to cancer and conventionally raised meats are pumped full of antibiotics and hormones, which are best avoided completely.

  • Fried Foods - the process of frying starchy foods creates acrylamides, which are toxic and linked to advanced aging of the skin and cancer.

  • Highly Salted Foods - processed foods and ready-to-eat meals often have high amounts of refined salt which can increase your risk of heart disease and stomach cancer.

  • Soda - is unhealthy on so many levels...High Fructose Corn Syrup has been shown to disrupt the hormones that signal when to stop eating, leading to overeating and the health issues associated with that.  

  • Refined White Sugar - highly processed and adds no nutritional value. Cancer researchers have found that ‘sugar feeds cancer’.

  • Refined White Flour - highly processed and has no nutritional value. Refined white flour also turns into sugar quickly in your body; overconsumption of which has been linked to various chronic illnesses, from diabetes to heart disease to cancer.

No pressure right?? I’m sure many (or some) of the foods that are your guilty pleasures are on this list. They were on mine!! There are healthy alternatives to cold cuts - and I don’t mean anything containing soy. Go for organic, no antibiotics, no hormones, nitrate-free and nitrite-free - when it comes to choosing cold cuts. The less fillers and chemicals the better!! Swapping soda for water will help your body on many levels - hydration will improve your skin and aid with detoxification. I’m not a sugar/sweets-craving person but for those I recommend retraining your palate. It is best to go for fruits and use stevia or raw honey in your tea or coffee. As for the grilling - grill smaller cuts of organic, grass-fed meat and turn them often to limit production of carcinogens. You can enjoy your food and nourish your body properly! Just be aware and get informed. Start making good choices and see what it can do for your health and wellbeing!  

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5 Exotic SuperFoods

In my last post I was talking about superfoods and shared 5 superfoods that are common in our part of the world and excellent additions to our diets. In this post I will share 5 additional superfoods that are excellent for your health and wellbeing and tell you a little what they do that makes them so good for you!

What is a “SuperFood”??

A superfood is defined as a food that is exceptionally nutrient dense. It is loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals.

5 “Exotic” Superfoods

  1. Chia seeds - are a meso-american warrior food! The Aztec warriors would carry chia seeds with them when they went off into battle. Chia seeds are a complete protein rich in fiber, potassium, iron, manganese, calcium, phosphorus. They are also rich in Omega 3s, Omega 6s and antioxidants like vitamin C. They have the capacity to absorb approximately 10x their weight in water which serve to remove toxins and impurities, cleaning out your digestive system and boosting your immune system! All this from very tiny seeds! =>Add them to your organic greek yogurt, smoothies, oatmeal, salads etc.

  2. Raw, Organic Cacao - is the original chocolate and yes, it is a superfood. In its raw, pure, unadulterated form it is rich in antioxidants, iron, chromium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper, vitamin C, phosphorus and more! It is also rich in tryptophan, a powerful mood enhancer, that is essential in the production of serotonin. =>Raw organic cacao nibs or powder can be added to your smoothies, juices, chia pudding, oatmeal, etc and you can make delicious raw desserts with it too!

  3. Maca - one of my favorite superfoods. Maca is a Peruvian superfood that is rich in vitamins B1, B2, C & E and minerals such as magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium and iron. It also contains traces of zinc and selenium. Maca is an adaptogen and is excellent at balancing hormones. It is great for women with menstrual issues, PMS symptoms, fertility (in men and women), menopausal symptoms and lack of libido. Maca is also excellent for helping one manage stress and conditions such as anemia, fatigue, poor memory, tuberculosis, depression and malnutrition. =>Raw, organic maca powder can be added to your smoothie, yogurt, anything with raw cacao powder (they work well together), desserts and juices.

  4. Hemp seeds - are a complete protein source and are rich in Omega 3s, 6s and 9s which are all essential for brain function and beautifying for the skin. Hemp seeds are rich in minerals such as magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, manganese, zinc, potassium, sodium, silicon, copper and others. They contain all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids needed to maintain a healthy human life. =>Hemp seeds can be eaten as a snack or added to your salads, salad dressings or smoothies and raw hemp protein powder is an excellent protein source for athletes and can be used in smoothies, shakes or juices. Hemp milk is an excellent, and healthier, milk substitute.

  5. Coconut - whether you eat the meat, oil or drink the water the health benefits are numerous. Coconut improves digestion and aids in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. It is a powerful anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-fungal which helps support a healthy immune system. It improves the utilization of blood sugar and can lessen the symptoms of hypoglycemia. Coconut supports healthy hormone production and help increase metabolism. Coconut water is excellent for hydration. =>Always cook with coconut oil, organic preferably. It is one of the few oils that doesn’t turn rancid at high heats. Eating 1 tablespoon (1 tsp if solid) of coconut oil first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach, helps boost your metabolism encouraging your body to burn fat. Add coconut oil to your fruit and veggie smoothies. Coconut meat can be used in desserts, smoothies or as a snack.           

There you have it! These are the 5 superfoods that I recommend adding to one’s diet despite their exotic origins. The health benefits from these are powerful and they work well together. A smoothie with coconut oil, raw cacao powder, and raw maca powder gives your body energy, boosts your immune system, protects your body from free-radical damage, balances your mood and hormones. You can even add chia seeds and hemp protein powder to boost that same smoothie to up your protein (and the health benefits). How does it get better than that??

My Favorite Superfood Smoothie concoction??

Green Berry Super Smoothie

3 organic kale leaves, destalked

1 cup organic blueberries, fresh or frozen

1 cup organic strawberries, fresh or frozen

1 tbsp organic coconut oil

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp raw maca powder

1 tbsp raw cacao powder

2-3 tbsp organic hemp powder or hemp seeds

Purified water/unsweetened almond milk/coconut water - as much as needed for your preferred consistency

=>Blend well and drink up!!

This is one of my favorite ways to start my day. It is tasty and loaded with nutrients! If it’s too ‘green’ tasting, add some more berries. Your body will thank you!  

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What do your nails say about your health??

What do your nails say about your health?? Think there’s no connection between the two? Think again. Every cell in your body, including those of your nails, are made up of what you are feeding your body. Every cell in your body is constantly being regenerated - the old cells die, the new cells emerge - that’s why what you put in your body is so important. The better the quality of nutrients you put in your body the more resilient and youthful your hair, skin and nails will be. But it’s not just about what the eye can see! Your heart, brain, joints etc will also be resilient and healthy and that helps with preventing heart disease, diabetes, neurological illnesses and even cancer.

Problems in the liver, heart and lungs can show up in your fingernails. Your nails should be pink and smooth. This changes as one gets older due to diet and lifestyle choices that impact your health and wellbeing. The good thing is that when it comes to your body and health you can reverse course and achieve optimal health.  

Here are a few things to be on the lookout for, in between manicures.

Yellowish tinged nails (that don’t come from nail polish staining), that can crack and split, can indicate a fungal infection.

Very pale nails can be a sign of anemia, malnutrition, congestive heart failure or liver disease.

Rippled or Pitted nails can be an early sign of psoriasis or inflammatory arthritis.

Dry, brittle nails that frequently crack and split have been linked to thyroid disease.  

Puffy nail fold - reddish puffiness around the nail is a sign of inflammation and possible infection.

Verticle beaded ridges can indicate hormonal changes, thyroid issues, stress and/or diabetes.

Action Plan for Healthy Nails

Drinks lots of water - keeping your body hydrated keeps your nails and cuticles hydrated. Aim to drink half (½) your body weight in ounces.

Do NOT cut your cuticles - your skin is your largest organ and protects your body from bacteria and viruses, when you cut your cuticles you risk infection. Exfoliate and push back your cuticles.

Eat plenty of nutrient-dense foods - choose foods rich in quality, grass-fed protein, zinc, biotin and selenium & omega 3s! Your greens: spinach, broccoli, swiss chards etc; your cold water fatty fish and seafood: salmon, sardines, oysters etc; your nuts and seeds: almonds, chia seeds, flaxseeds, walnuts etc; your lean proteins: grass fed beef, chicken etc; your beans and legumes: black beans, garbanzos, pinto beans etc; your fruits: watermelon, blueberries, avocados, pineapples etc; and last but not least, your gluten-free whole grains: quinoa, brown rice, oatmeal and other gluten-free grains.

Keep your hands and nails moisturized - each time you wash your hands you strip away the natural oils in your skin, replenish them with a good moisturizer and some cuticle oil. Tip - you can use coconut oil for both purposes!

If you notice any of the above-mentioned signs on your fingernails, see your dermatologist or primary care doctor to make sure you catch any issues and make sure you eat healthy, nutrient rich foods and avoid processed foods.

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Foods to Relieve Migraines

Several of my good friends have suffered from migraines at one point in time or another. The pain, from what I’ve heard, is excruciating, they are unable to focus or go about their regular day to day routine. In an effort to help out those who may suffer from migraines I am writing this post. The best medicine for your body really does come in the form of a good, solid, clean nutrient-rich diet.

The pulsing and pounding pain that comes with migraine headaches is thought to be caused by the swelling and inflammation of the blood vessels in the head. There are many medications that are designed to treat the symptoms but there is no cure and some medications may work for some but not for others. Numerous studies have shown that changes in diet and lifestyle may be highly effective at preventing and treating migraines (and easier on your liver!).

Here are some key nutrients your body needs and that will help keep migraines at bay.

  1. Magnesium - is a mineral that plays a key role in stabilizing the walls of the blood vessels. Several studies have shown a connection between low levels of magnesium and migraine headaches; with magnesium supplements being shown to reduce headaches. Magnesium can also improve the quality of your sleep, which can help with migraines too. Eat dark leafy greens like Spinach and Swiss Chard, nuts and seeds like Pumpkin and Squash seeds, Avocados, fish like Mackerel and add some raw cacao powder (real chocolate) to your greek yogurt or smoothies.

  2. Salt (Sodium) - when over-consumed causes water retention which in turn increases blood pressure; which can trigger migraines. The salt you should avoid is regular, white table salt and processed and pre-packaged foods which may contain hidden salts. Swap your regular salt for Himalayan sea salt or celtic sea salt and use it sparingly. Avoid processed and pre-packaged foods.     

  3. Know your food triggers - 90% of all migraines have been linked to food allergies and sensitivities. If you are unsure of your food triggers, keep a food diary in order to identify your trigger. Avoid foods that you’re sensitive/allergic to in order to prevent/relieve migraines.

  4. Low GI Foods - migraines can be triggered by sudden drops in blood sugar levels which is why you want to eat regular meals, avoiding foods that are high on the Glycemic Index. Choose foods low on the Glycemic Index - these foods take longer to digest, keeping you satisfied longer and keep your blood sugar levels stable.

  5. Eat a diet rich in Omega 3s - they have been shown to decrease the frequency of migraines in certain people. Omega 3s have a strong anti-inflammatory effect on your body which is good to keep your blood vessels healthy and protect your cell membranes. Eat nuts like almonds and walnuts, fatty cold water fish like salmon and halibut and seeds like chia and flaxseeds.  

  6. Vitamin B2 - may help in reducing the frequency and duration of migraine headaches. It works to boost energy production in the body with research showing that it can improve energy production in brain cells which can be impaired in people who suffer from migraines. Eat nuts and seeds like almonds and sesame seeds, lean meats, hard boiled eggs, fatty fish like mackerel and salmon and seafood like squid, oysters, mussels and clams.

  7. CoEnzyme Q10 - adding more foods that contain this nutrient has been shown to ward off migraine headaches in some people and it’s a powerful antioxidant which helps with repairing and maintaining your cells. Foods that are rich in CoQ10 are walnuts, pistachios and sesame seeds, wild salmon, sardines, spinach, and organ meats like heart or liver.

I don’t know if you’re noticing a pattern but I certainly did. An anti-inflammatory diet is very helpful when it comes to migraines (and other things!). Move your diet in that direction and start enjoying your life!

Beat your Migraine Smoothie

2 cups coconut water

½ cup pineapple

½ cup organic cucumber

1 organic celery rib

2 organic kale leaves, de-stemmed

1 organic lemon, juiced

Blend all the ingredients until you reach a smooth consistency (add more/less coconut water to taste). Enjoy!

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Why Chlorella??

I am always super pleased when I find a food that heals and rejuvenates my body. I’m naturally curious and when I started reading about the health and healing benefits of this algae I became hooked!! Chlorella. When I first began my journey to heal my body I wondered how I would go about cleansing and detoxifying my body of all the chemicals, pesticides, hormones, toxins I had ingested for over a quarter of a century. I figured it would take the next 20+ years to really get on the right track and avoid the cancers, heart disease, obesity, diabetes etc that are now rampant. But thankfully, that is not the case! The body is truly an amazing organism.

Every single one of us, no matter how careful we are, ingest toxins. It may not be via your food, you eat organic and hormone, antibiotic-free and humanely raised, but it can be via the water your drink or the air you breathe. Like it or not environmental pollutants are part and parcel of modern life. Doing something about it on a larger scale will take time and the efforts of conscientious individuals but you can do something about it on the smaller scale - your body and your family’s bodies.

Why you should get some chlorella in your life?

  1. An awesome detoxifier! It is capable of removing alcohol, heavy metals and certain pesticides, herbicides & PCBs from your body.

  2. Supports your immune system by rejuvenating your blood and restoring your white blood cells.

  3. Enzymes aid in digestion and create healthy gut bacteria.

  4. Excellent source of pure, digestible protein! 60% vs the 18-30% in animal products like beef, chicken and fish.

  5. Extremely rich in vitamins and minerals! Vitamin C and E and all of the B vitamins, amino acids, folic acid, beta-carotene, lysine, iodine, iron and calcium.

  6. Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF) dramatically increases the rate of rebuilding and healing of the body’s tissues (even rebuilding nerve damage) and fights free-radical damage.

Wonderful benefits huh?? There are loads of studies from ones from Japan that cited positive results when used after the nuclear catastrophes to studies that have shown improved immune function in people undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy to being used to help treat patients with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. When starting to incorporate chlorella to your diet it is best to start slow - aim for 3 grams a day (~½ teaspoon). Once your body gets used to it, you can increase to 1 teaspoon a day. You can look for cracked-cell wall chlorella supplements or powdered chlorella. Make sure it comes from a clean water source. I usually take 5 tablets every day and occasionally add powdered chlorella to my smoothies and even my guacamole.

Some recipes to try…

Aurea’s Super Guacamole

4 ripe, organic avocados

1 organic tomato, diced

1 organic red onion, finely diced

1 handful organic cilantro, finely chopped

1 tsp cumin, organic

1 tsp garlic powder, organic

1 tsp himalayan sea salt

2 organic limes, juiced

1 tbsp chlorella, powder

1 tsp cayenne pepper, organic

*Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mash the avocados and stir everything together. Enjoy!

Detox Summer Smoothie

1 large handful baby spinach, organic

1 banana, organic

12 cherries, organic

1 cup almond milk, organic

1 cup purified water (optional)

1 tsp chlorella powder

*Place all ingredients in a blender (make sure the cherry pits are removed) and blend. Feel free to add the purified water if you want a smoother consistency. Happy Blending!  

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Slow Aging with Glutathione

There is a lot of talk about antioxidants and their importance to our health and the rejuvenation of our cells. We’re a (very) youth-oriented culture, what can I say? I don’t think any human being can actually say they look forward to aging or falling ill or death… But alas, they are all part of our humanity. That being said, it doesn’t give one carte blanche to binge on Haagen-Dazs and cheesy-crust pizza. Aren’t we alive to actually feel alive?? So why would we do things, to our bodies and minds, that undermine the quality of our years on this planet?? For some it is ignorance. For others, it is being led astray by shiny packaging that promise ‘nutrients’ and ‘low-insert the latest whatever here’ but instead give your body chemicals and disease. For others it is apathy. I can’t help the latter. No hay peor ciego, que el que no quiere ver. (None are more blind than those who refuse to see.) But I can offer my knowledge and expertise to those who are seeking and desire to make changes. Woohoo!! :)

Let’s talk about Glutathione - the body’s master antioxidant and detoxifier. Your body produces glutathione for protection and survival but sometimes it doesn’t produce enough of it. Stress. Poor dietary and eating habits. Illness. Aging. Low levels of Glutathione have been linked to many illnesses and premature aging.

Some benefits of this master antioxidant are:

  • improved sleep

  • improved mental focus

  • living longer

  • improves condition of hair, skin and nails

  • increased energy

  • improved sports performance

  • slows the aging process

Foods that Boost Glutathione Production

  1. Sulfur-rich veggies like onions, garlic, parsley, leeks, shallots

  2. Cruciferous veggies like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, bok choy, brussel sprouts, kale, watercress

  3. Grass-fed red meat and grass-fed organ meat

  4. Organic Turmeric

  5. Fruits like apples, grapefruit, oranges, peaches, bananas

  6. Avocados

  7. Squash

  8. Tomatoes

  9. Raw milk and eggs

Getting regular exercise and actively reducing stress levels also work to boost your body’s production of Glutathione. Always go with organic fruits and vegetables! If you desire to reap the detoxifying and rejuvenating effects of boosting Glutathione don’t add chemicals, pesticides and toxins. When it comes meat, dairy & eggs, the same is valid. Go organic, grass-fed, antibiotic and hormone free!

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Power Orange Foods

Did you know that orange foods are loaded with beta-carotene and that it boosts your immune system, aids in the prevention of cancer, heart disease and infections and protects your eyes?? I think it’s fascinating what food does in our bodies! If I can keep my immune system healthy then I can have more energy and enjoy my life even more! And that gets me excited! So let’s talk orange foods! And by orange I do not mean skittles or foods that have been magically colored by the “food” products fairy. I mean real, natural, whole, nutritious fruits and vegetables. I keep going back to this because our society has gotten so far away from eating foods our great-grandparents would recognize as food. As a result we are now a sicklier population than we ever were. Our bodies were not designed to get sick whenever the seasons change. Can you imagine living back when we were hunter-gatherers? How efficient would our species have been if we were so prone to illness? We never would’ve made it this far, evolutionarily, if our bodies were predisposed to illness. But, we can change this trend! We can be healthy and lead vibrant lives. All it takes is being more aware today than we were yesterday.

So let’s get our immune systems going! These are some orange foods to add to your diet:

  • Carrots - I’m sure we all remember Bugs Bunny and his carrots. If Bugs were a human being he’d have great skin as the vitamin A in carrots help slow down the aging process and keep skin clear.

  • Butternut Squash - loaded with fiber and potassium, this vegetable is low in fat and helps build stronger bones.

  • Sweet Potatoes - help with acne due to the anti-inflammatory nature of its vitamin A.

  • Papayas - make sure you buy these organic to avoid any genetic tampering with this fabulous fruit! It promotes a healthy digestive system.

  • Pumpkin - the ubiquitous fall vegetable, it keeps our eyesight sharp (like all orange veggies) and aids in weight loss. Pumpkin seeds can protect your body against heart disease.

  • Orange Tomatoes - these little guys have been shown to contain a form of lycopene that our bodies can absorb more easily. So if you see them, give them a try to protect your body from cancer and heart disease.

  • Cantaloupe - full of vitamin A and C, both powerful antioxidants, and they are sweet! Just be careful with these if you are allergic to mold.

  • Apricots - these little fruits are packed with iron, fiber and potassium. I love adding these to my Chicken Tagine. Be careful with them in dried form! The added sugar will cancel out the health benefits.

  • Golden Beets - like their red cousins, these are low in calories but full of fiber and potassium. They help with the elimination of toxins.

  • Guava - this tropical fruits is packed with lycopene, which for dudes, helps protect against prostate cancer. It also has 60% more potassium than a banana.

Make sure you add a little bit of a healthy fat when eating these foods! Vitamin A/Beta-Carotene is a fat-soluble vitamin. A little coconut oil, some extra virgin olive oil (if you’re eating it raw), a nut butter like almond butter, an avocado or some nuts and seeds will help your body absorb it. Who knew that the nutrients that make vegetables and fruits orange had powerful effects on your body?!

Power Orange Smoothie

2 large handfuls organic baby spinach

2-3 cups purified water (or ½ organic nut milk & ½ purified water)

1 cup organic mangoes, frozen

1 cup organic papaya, fresh or frozen

½ cup organic apricots

2 tbsp organic coconut oil

2 tbsp chia seeds

Add the purified water (or liquids of your choice) and ingredients in blender. Blend and serve.

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Get Glowing Skin!

There are days when I look at my skin and I can notice every little line and when the unevenness makes me think about what I’ve been up to over the last day or so. I know when I reflect I often realize that I didn’t eat as clean and well as I usually do and/or I didn’t get adequate sleep. So I have to get back on the proverbial horse. It’s not easy to be on top of your eating and sleeping habits but if you stay on it, you’ll have more and more days when you wake and admire the glow and smoothness of your skin. In terms of the foods we eat, not all of them are created equal in their ability to rejuvenate and beautify our skin. I won’t go into my anti-sugar tirade.. suffice to say it causes wrinkles and a host of other chronic illnesses. But I will share with you the foods that increase collagen production, fight off sun damage, reverse dryness and reduce redness/inflammation.

  1. For skin redness/blotchiness, add Flaxseeds, either whole or ground, to your diet. Flax is loaded with Omega-3s, B vitamins, zinc and folic acid. These nutrients are essential for healthy skin.

  2. Suffer from dry skin? Eat wild salmon, mackerel, artic char and herring 3-4 times a week; cold water fish are rich in Omega-3s.

  3. Signs of sun-damage? Add tomatoes, sunflower seeds and almonds to your diet; tomatoes are rich in lycopene which helps you skin resist the effects of the sun’s UV rays and the vitamin E in sunflower seeds and almonds also protect the skin from free radicals caused by UV rays.

  4. For fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin, help your body increase collagen production by eating foods rich in vitamin-C like guavas, yellow and red peppers, broccoli, kiwis, kale, strawberries, mangoes, pineapples and oranges.

   Between the nuts and seeds, the cold-water fish and the abundance of organic fruit and veggies there should also be plenty of water! Hydration is essential in order to help our bodies get rid of impurities. You don’t want them to make themselves known ON your skin. At the end of the day, you can spend hundreds of dollars on quality, expensive creams (which I admit I do) but if you don’t nourish your skin with the right foods it will be a huge waste of money. Bottom line?? Invest in yourself!! In your body! You only get ONE!!

A few other tips to take your skin and body to the next level of beauty and health:

  • Eliminate processed foods

  • Cut dairy out of your diet

  • Eliminate wheat/gluten

  • Stop eating sugar

I know these few things are probably the toughest things anyone can do. I’ve done them. I know how hard it is. You will feel so much better once you kick the habit though! Start with baby steps like making half your plate veggies at lunch and dinner. Raw is good. Steamed or Sauteed. Just get your half a plate of veggies in! Then you can move on to reducing your intake of one of the categories listed. Remember that easy does it. Start by noticing how much of it you eat and then start reducing it incrementally. Be patient and stick to it. Treat your body with kindness during the process and you’ll see how your skin glows and is more supple. AND you will lose inches and pounds too! Health & wellbeing will be a part of your day to day too! It’s a win-win, on so many levels…

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