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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3 Symptoms with a lot to say about your Body

The more I read, the more fascinated I am by the human body. I’ve been reading up on nutritional deficiencies. That’s one of the pluses about what I do as a health coach - I guide my clients to their healthiest, fittest, best selves - and because there is no “one size fits all” solution I am constantly growing and learning. Nutritional deficiencies are very common in this country. You may ask how that is possible when such a large portion of the population is either obese or on their way to obese. It is because we consume ‘food-like substances’ that are lacking in the nutrients our bodies need to function properly. Most people consume chemicals, fillers, preservatives, etc that interfere with nutrient absorption and wreak havoc with our hormones and bodies.

The key to us being able to do something to better ourselves, and our bodies, is to know what signs to look for. There are a number of signs but I’m going to focus on these

Bags and/or Dark Circles under the Eyes - I know these are common, for some of us it might even be hereditary, but the expression of your genes can be ‘turned off’ and if that can be done with food all the better! Bags and dark circles indicate allergies or food intolerances. Most of us go most our lives unaware of food intolerances and allergies but they are definitely something one should explore. The most common foods that cause allergies/intolerances are dairy, wheat/gluten, corn, soy, peanuts and oranges.

Ridges & White Spots on Nails - indicate mineral deficiency, usually zinc. Dark leafy green vegetables, fresh fruits, whole grains and high quality protein sources are essential to give your body the minerals it requires. Fresh shellfish, like oysters, satisfies your body’s zinc requirements. Pumpkin seeds, lentils and grass-fed beef are other quality sources of zinc.

Cold Hands - could indicate a deficiency in Magnesium, hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid) or chronic fatigue. Thyroid issues are tricky to adequately diagnose and a lot of people often are left undiagnosed but the good news is that proper nutrition your body can heal. Foods that are rich in magnesium are dark leafy greens like spinach (always organic), pumpkin and squash seeds, beans and lentils, avocados and raw cacao powder. If you suspect hypothyroidism steam your cruciferous vegetables and remove all processed foods. If it’s chronic fatigue remove, all processed foods from your diet and eat a diet full of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables like kale, whole grains like quinoa and brown rice, replace dairy with almond/hemp milk, seeds like chia and flax and add raw cacao powder too!

These 3 symptoms may feel like a normal part of your life, so ‘normal’ that you don’t even notice it anymore and that’s the dangerous part. As a society we are becoming more and more accustomed to falling ill, whether it is a cold/flu/etc, but we don’t have to! We don’t have to feel lethargic and tired. Our skin doesn’t have to look dull. And I could go on but I think you get it. :) Your body will tell you what it needs, you just have to speak its language. By learning your body’s language you will have more energy and be better able to handle the ‘stresses’ in your life; you will be your healthiest, fittest and best self. Free yourself from your ailments, experience joy and enjoy your life. Health and total wellbeing isn’t a destination, it’s a journey and it can be one of the most enjoyable ones of your life!   

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