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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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Dear Green – you’re a wonderful colour.

There seems to be a common theme already on this lovely Thursday…

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No, not a luscious forest with overgrown trees (I wish that was part of my day…)

The common theme to my day so far has been the colour green. It keeps popping up and it’s only 9:30am in the morning! I don’t think it’s any coincidence though….

The colour green is so much more than just my morning smoothie =)

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Aside from my post-workout breakky (which contained rapini, kale, banana, chia seeds, almond milk, coconut water, multivitamins: shown above) – I gave a little bit of tender love and care to my plants today (green). Sunlight, water, and a new location in my room.

It made me think of something that my teacher mentioned in class, comparing plants and humans…

When you think of your plantswhat do they need in order to stay alive and look healthy

Here’s a few things off the top of my head.

  • Provide them with consistent water (keep them hydrated)
  • Provide them with the right light (some need more than others)
  • Feed them (with some sort of fertilizer)
  • Love ! If you don’t give the plants some love, who will? Break your plants heart, and they will probably wilt away as revenge!

These can apply directly to humans as well. If you don’t nourish YOURSELF with all 4 of these steps – you too will wilt away, or become ill.

  1. Keep hydrated EVERY DAY.blog 009(On the “Green” Theme – Green is the colour of my lemon water glass today)

This does NOT include consuming coffee, beer, processed fruit juice, diet coke, etc. Drink clean, fresh water – and drink it liberally!

2.  Provide yourself with LIGHT. From the sun, not indoor lights or tanning beds.

If you spend time in nature, you’ll spend time in the light – it can make the world of difference in your mood.

3. Feed yourself with something HEALTHY.

If you pureed a  Big Mac and fertilized your plant with it, what do you think would happen? I have no idea, but I imagine that it’s better to puree some fresh carrot if you’re going to try anything…

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4. Love and have healthy relationships!

Plants need them and so do humans. Unhealthy relationships = unhealthy life. Soak in the good and leave out the bad…

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Finally – the colour of the 4th chakra (heart chakra) that is our central powerhouse and gives us the ability to love, is GREEN!

Go figure. You can read more about the heart chakra and whether yours is balanced or imbalanced right here on Mind, Body, Green.

All this being said, try and notice where the sources of green in your life come from (besides 20$ bills)

Veggies, Trees, Indoor Plants, A room in your house, using ‘greener’ appliances, having a garden, wearing green scarves, etc.

I think I like this colour a whole lot more than I used to!

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Eat Your Way Through Valentines– Without the GUILT!

If you’re like me – you look for any reason under the sun to do some baking.

Cooking, I’m not so fond of. But baking is different…  I’ve always felt a sense of comfort in baking, maybe because it reminds me of home and happiness.

With Valentines Day coming up tomorrow, are you planning to bake anything for your “Valentine”/Friend/Family/Roommate/Etc… ?

It will likely make their day a bit brighter – so pick one of these “healthier” cookie recipes to whip up before tomorrow.

Happy Valentines!

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(This photo is from the “Love Your Body Campaign” that I put on during my undergrad)

Recipe # 1

From the blog, “The Healing Kitchen”

RAW VEGAN VALENTINES COOKIES

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They are dairy free, gluten free, mostly raw, sugar free, vegan, vegetarian – you name it!

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Recipe # 2

This recipe comes from the blog Squirrelly Minds…

These are Peanut Butter and Oat bites: Vegan Approved!

I have made a very similar recipe to these before, and I love them because they are SIMPLE. Quick, not too time consuming, and tons of taste!

PB & Oat Bites Recipe from Squirrelly Minds

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Recipe # 3

For the raw-foodie – this recipe from Ravishing Raw looks SO good.

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I love that they’ve used avocado and carob as opposed to traditional ingredients found in mousse. Much healthier!

The options are really endless!

Happy Healthy Baking !