This Spring.. decide to bloom!

This Spring.. decide to bloom!

Have you taken a moment to sit and ponder how you will roll out your beauty plan for this Spring? You may want that Rolls Royce, but that will come in due time. For today, let’s focus on your skin care regimen; specifically your face and body! The Number One Rule of Thumb—drink more water!

Have you taken a moment to sit and ponder how you will roll out your beauty plan for this Spring? You may want that Rolls Royce, but that will come in due time. For today, let’s focus on your skin care regimen; specifically your face and body!

The Number One Rule of Thumb—drink more water! We see numerous commercials, advertisements, and billboards, claiming how water is the most essential part of our diet. Too many Americans are consumed by soda and artificial soft drinks that they forget about our most pristine natural resource—water. If you think about it, our bodies are made up of over fifty percent water. Just as nature needs water for plants to grow, farmers to farm, and fish to swim, our bodies need water to provide us with oxygen. Water cleanses our bodies and our skin, in turn, giving us a natural glow from within.

Each day, we are exposed to toxins in the environment, which disrupt the delicate balance of our bodies, causing premature aging and wrinkles. Water will indeed promote healthy living and helps combat wrinkles and fine lines. Bottled, filtered or tap, do not forget the most crucial part of our everyday diet. Drink more water.

Drinking alcohol is a wonderful treat from time to time, but remember, most alcoholic beverages are also high in calories. Be “body-conscious,” and go Green AND Gluten-Free. Greens make us beautiful inside and out. Broccoli, Spinach, Peas, Kale; take your pick! Many of us choose to have our veggies in a soup or salad of some sort. Some of the best soups/salads are the most simple. Try some coleslaw hand mixed with Vegannaise (instead of Mayonnaise) or veggie soup with potatoes, brown rice or lentils. “Go Green to Get Lean” is the way to think about it. Greens are simply full of fiber and chlorophyll. The greens help us digest food easier and allow the body to flow with more ease and ammo.

Fruits can help to jumpstart your mornings! You can blend them up or squeeze your fruits into a nutritious juice. My recipe for a perfect daily boost is simple. You will need just a few ingredients: Almond milk, ripe bananas, strawberries, frozen blueberries, coconut flakes, and almond butter. Blend it all up for two minutes, and taste the magic.

Bundle up and get ready… because your New Year’s Beauty Resolution is hidden among the aisles of the supermarket (preferably Whole Foods or Central Market).  These more “organic” supermarkets tend to carry fresh produce and more variety of healthy options. Wandering around town munching on fast food junk is not going to benefit you in the long run! Fast food is full of heavy salts, cholesterol, and is usually very fattening. As always, limit the heavy starches and carbohydrates to the early part of the day and afternoon.

The majority of breads and pastas are full of gluten, which can lead to an inflammatory response within your body. Rich, buttery croissants, carrot muffins—they all promote the bulge below the belt. Instead, consider shopping for lunch or dinner and preparing some meals at home; assuming you want to be more beautiful in the New Year. Your body will thank you for making these minor changes. Just remember, when you crave some spaghetti or ravioli, reach for the brown rice pasta instead…it is gluten-free and tastes great, without any of the guilt. And the best part? Brown rice is very filling and full of protein.

Now, for the last piece of advice in my New Year’s Beauty Tips; when you are lost in the vitamin aisle and wondering which brand to buy…my Top Three picks are here.

  1. Garden of Life
  2. Mega Foods
  3. Gaia Herbs

As we embark on our “bloom this spring” journey, healthy living just got much easier!

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