Juice Cleanse

As I walked through the multiple tasting booths in William Sonoma, I approached a salted caramel station. The owner handed me samples, describing the “6 month aged balsamic vinaigrette and Himalayan sea salt” he used in the candies. Very impressive. I expressed how lucky he must be to make and eat such delicious caramels. He replied, “Yes but the worst part is that I can’t eat any of it. I’m on a juice cleanse.” A juice cleanse? Wow. Now THAT was impressive. I’ve always wanted to do one but had no idea where to start, what to juice, how to stay alive, ect. My brother recently got me a juicer for Christmas so might as well start there. The more I talked to the man at the carmel booth, the more motivated I became to try this cleanse.

Not going to lie, it was hard.

The first day I drank a glass of juice and a glass of lemon water in the morning, a light meal of quinoa and veggies in the afternoon, and a savory dinner juice in the evening. Being an academic student and active athlete, I realized the combo of not receiving enough calories and the stress of school did not mix well and I had to stop the cleanse. I tried again the following weekend, and felt much more relaxed. I definitely recommend trying it for two days. I felt so awake and light; my skin cleared up and I was a much more relaxed during the day.

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•{Cantaloupe Mint Pear Juice }•
– 1/2 Cantaloupe, quartered and peel removed
– 2 medium pears, quartered
– (roughly) 1/2 cup mint, stems removed

Throw into a juicer and enjoy!

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Smoothies

I have fallen head-over-heels for smoothies. The majority of my breakfast and snacks consist of fruit and veggie filled smoothies with added vitamin or protein boosts. It is such an easy way to incorporate your necessary servings of produce  and any other juices or health powders that are just inedible by themselves. I have decided to start sharing my recipes with you and hope you will try them out.

“Tropical Madness”

– 2 large bananas

– 1 1/2 cups kale, stems removed

– 1 cup coconut juice

– 1 cup frozen pineapple

– 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

– 6 ice cubes

Blend until all of the kale leaves are completely smooth, add additional water if needed to blend. And yes, it may look a little…well…green, but that’s natural! You can’t even taste the kale.

ENJOY 🙂

My Daily and Nightly Skin Routine

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I have a very specific routine for my face in the morning and at night. Like I said in previous posts, I use all natural or organic products. I hope these lists will help you to make healthy choices while walking down the cosmetics aisle.

MORNING:

-I start off by washing my face with A-D-E Natural Fruit Oil Cleanser for Dry/Sensitive Skin. This cleanser is fabulous for keeping your face hydrated and fresh. It also acts as a great face makeup remover, eliminating all greasy build up on your skin.

– I then moisturize my face with Yes! To Tomatoes: Repairing Acne Lotion. This is also 97% natural and not tested on animals. It is great for controlling the oil on your face, while creating a smooth base for any cover up, foundation, ect.

NIGHT:

– I use the A-D-E Natural Fruit Oil Cleanser again to wash off all make up, dirt, and oil on my skin.

– I then wash my face with Skin Organics Spearmint Exfoliating Cleanser. I believe I have talked about this product before but let me reenforce its significance. It clears acne slowly yet efficiently and does not over-dry the skin. I am almost out of this cleanser though, so I plan to buy another product by Skin Organics called Peppermint Milk. I am in LOVE with this cleanser as well; It is more hydrating and makes your face smell like Christmas 🙂

-I then moisturize my face with Rose Hip moisturizing cream by Rosa Mosqueta. Rose hip has a high potency of Vitamin C, which helps slow down the aging process by preventing free radical damage. It is also fabulous for keeping the skin hydrated.

– Last I use my prescribed acne medicine for any problem spots. This is a drying agent so I try to use a very small amount.

I hope this inspired you to hit up Whole Foods or Pharmaca for any facial products! If you have any suggestions, do tell me; I would love to hear them. :

My Monthly Favorites

I have decided to do a segment on my blog called “My Monthly Favorites.” I will post these at the end of each month, talking about the various obsessions I had during that time. All these obsessions also have to do with the overall theme of my blog: healthy lifestyle, so i will be talking about anything ranging from food and recipes to face washes to my exercise classes. Below I have listed a couple of health-related habits I had during the month of May. Enjoy!

1. Frozen Fruit

You may be thinking “Oh, frozen fruit as in making smoothies with frozen fruit!” Wrong. Although I did make many smoothies after school, I mostly ate frozen fruit straight from the bag. Call me crazy but i thought it was delicious! It was very similar to eating ice cream, yet in a much healthier way. I really enjoyed the frozen raspberries and bananas; they were sweet and just melted in your mouth. It was also a great way to incorporate your necessary servings of fruit in to your diet. 

2. Spearmint Tea Exfoliating Cleanser

I found this product in the cosmetics area of Whole Foods and I have absolutely fallen in love with this product. It is by Skin Organics and it helps fight breakouts, purifying, and exfoliate the skin. You may think that this product is a harsh, bead-filled cleanser since it is an “exfoliator” but it isn’t! It does not contain any gritty bits; it is gentle enough to use every night but strong enough to clear your skin! Check out their website; I highly recommend their products: http://skinorganics.com/

3. Yoga

I like going to the gym yet sometimes the monotonous running on a treadmill can bore me. This led me to find another source of exercise: yoga. Yoga is so good for the body and also for the mind. You become mentally stable in a yoga class, relaxed and ready to take on whatever lies a head of you. I really enjoy those classes and plan to continue with them throughout the month of June. 

Face

We all have our bad habits. Cracking knuckles, biting nails; I have experienced it all. But when it comes to my face, bad habits can reek havoc on my skin. If you are subject to poking, popping, pinching, touching, irritating, or picking at your face, you may find these tips very helpful. And do not worry, I am also trying to break a couple of these.

1. DON’T POP THAT PIMPLE

Everyone has popped a pimple intheir life. You think it immediately disappears, but in reality, you are only creating a bigger infection. Forcing the puss out of that red bump only pushes more back in, causing a bigger lump on your chin. And when it does heal, a dark red scar can appear from multiple irritations. PLUS popping a pimple doesn’t usually feel good. It hurts! Now doesn’t that make you think twice about picking at your skin?

2. Hands Off

I am guilty of unconsciously touching my face. You may have an itch, or have to wipe a hair out of your face; whatever it is, you are harboring all the oils and bacteria from your fingers to your face. And this can cause major breakouts for acne prone skin.

3. Eat Your Fruits and Veggies!

I cannot stress this tip enough. Fruits and vegetables are wonderful, natural sources of antioxidants, that help your face look fresh and healthy.

4. Change those Sheets

Changing your sheets, especially your pillowcase is crucial to keeping your face free of oil build up. After having the same pillow case for more than a month, it becomes a cozy spot for bacteria to settle.

5. Wash after Workouts

Sweat is great for flushing out the toxins and impurities in your skin. But if you keep it there for too long, you are prone to creating an oily, bacteria-filled film on your body; acne likes to show up in these conditions.

These only a couple of my many “skin rules” but I believe that they are the most important on my list. If you would like to see more posts like these, comment!