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Why I’ve tossed out the Jergens Moisutrizer in favour of Coconut Oil

Your integumentary system.

It keeps the outside world OUT; and the inside world IN

This organ system has many functions (regulates body temperature, provides cushioning to the body, excretes waste, etc.) —     you want this system to be functioning optimally!

Your skin should be treated like a piece of expensive artwork – not a test canvas, do you get where I’m coming from?

Your bathroom is likely FULL of harmful skincare products, all of which claim to make you “age less” and “look younger” – but I have a feeling that they’re all lying. Last time I checked, our skin wasn’t meant to take on all of these foreign chemical-like substances that provide a ‘temporary’ fix.

Your next detox doesn’t have to start in the kitchen, it can start in the bathroom – and yes, you’ll still notice big benefits!

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Since I began my program studying holistic nutrition, my eyes have opened up to how complicated we have made our world. Food doesn’t have to be difficult, you can eat things grown in your backyard or a chicken raised in the town next to you. Beauty shouldn’t be so difficult either – if you won’t eat your products, why put them on your skin? It all ends up inside of you, leaving your body to detox the bad and eliminate it before it causes harm!

This also goes for those of you with children— their little bodies are sensitive, so choose products that are as pure + natural as possible!

Worried about aging and wondering how to get rid of those black lines under your eyes? Why not start with prevention through a whole foods diet… You eat food all day every day, and what you put down the hatch is going to have an effect on your outside appearance, not just the internal stuff! Just think of how rotten a smokers lungs would be after 50 years of 2 packs per day – and they usually don’t look so hot on the outside (even with a few botox injections)! Same goes for food + internal/external appearance…

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Take yourself back to basics.

1. Read the book Ecoholic Bodyby Adria Vasil. [I’m part way through; it’s great as a reference to flip through whenever you have questions. No need to read start to finish]

2. Check out this chart from MindBodyGreen.com

3. Slowly clear out your bathroom cabinets, and replace with natural shampoo/cleanser/soaps/mascara/moisturizer/etc. I am in the process of doing this right now– it’s unrealistic to think that it will happen overnight, so take it slow. One. thing. at. a. time… The financial burden will be lessened and you can slowly adapt to your new products.

Dump this…

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4. Use what’s in your fridge to make cleaning products, face masks, and moisturizers! An example of something I’ve done for a while now is to make a hair mask out of a mashed avocado + olive oil.

Put it on before bed// tie your hair into a bun// sleep on an old towel (it stains!) // wash it out in the a.m. – MAKE SURE YOU SET YOUR ALARM WITH TIME FOR THIS, or you’ll look extra greasy all day 😉

Now this makes for healthy hair!

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5. Do some of your own research! I’m not the expert on all of this (not yet anyway) so be an informed consumer! Check out the Environmental Working Group [EWG] website, especially their consumer guides!

Never look back.

Start reversing your aging process.

Make smarter choices =)

Feel and look fabulous!

Have a happy weekend, friends.

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Health-Tip Thursday

Healthy Tip Thursdays.

This healthy tip involves two words… COCONUT OIL

It must be one of my favourite foods/beauty products in the entireeeee world! I love it, love it, and love it some more.

You can buy various brands…

I often see this brand at the Grocery Store (above).

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The brand that I use is Nutiva… also available at most grocery stores.

It rolls in at abot 20$ per jar, but I guarantee that it’s going to last you for quite some time! (Make sure you’re getting the EXTRA VIRGIN kind – organic when possible)

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Ways that I’m currently using it…

  • When I’m cooking at high temperatures.

    Since Coconut Oil is a saturated fat, it is less vulnerable to oxidation in the body (which in turn, creates free radicals). Contrary to what you might already think, it is much preferable to Olive Oil for heating to high temperatures. It also adds an amazing flavour to whatever you are cooking, especially eggs!

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    [Pictured above: a one-pan breakfast that I cooked in coconut oil. Just heat one teaspoon of it on med-high heat, saute your kale for about 2 minutes – and then crack in 2 eggs and cook to your liking! Season it with cumin, sea salt and pepper if you like]

  • As a Daily Moisturizer…Nope, it will NOT make you break out and it will NOT clog your pores. In fact, Coconut Oil will do the opposite.  It is a natural anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal – so if you have acne prone skin – you’re going to want to try this. At first, I thought it would make my skin ‘greasy’ and ‘shiny’, but truth be told it does not. Perhaps for the first few times you use it, but my skin now CRAVES it and soaks it up. A half of a teaspoon is all you need. I use it before bed, rubbing it between my hands first (until it melts) and then applying it to my face and body.
  • As a way to de-frizz my hair!I used to use a store bought serum to do this, but why bother when I already have Coconut Oil on hand. You only need a TINY bit, don’t overdo it – I’m telling you from experience! If you use too much, you will look like a grease-ball will need a shower to wash it out, so use sparingly! A little bit goes a long way! Just rub it between your hands until it melts, and smooth down those fly away hairs!

There are other uses for this good stuff as well.

They include;

  • Rubbing it on your scalp to prevent dandruff
  • Prevent bone loss in osteoperosis
  • Use it as a natural Massage Oil
  • As a substitute for butter in baking!

I’m looking for even more excuses to incorporate it into my daily routines, so please feel free to share you’re favourite ways to use Coconut Oil.

In the mean time, don’t hesitate to buy it next time you walk by it at the grocery store.

In my mind, it’s a real superfood.