Alright, cherubs, you know how I've been telling you I've got an upcoming post I'm really excited about?
It's here! And welcome to it!
To say, "I'm pretty excited about," would be SUCH a sinfully gigantic understatement that it's basically an under-, over-, did-a-back-handspring, stuck-the-landing, and-went-back-under-again-statement. Too much?
The reason I'm so excited about it is because it's something I'm really passionate about, AND it's something that can really help people out. It might not be earth-shattering, feed-the-hungry-and-clothe-the-naked helpful, but I firmly believe that we're all supposed to use our gifts to *cue hippie voice*: make the world a better place, and this information can make you healthier and happier in your own skin . . . because it's about saving your own skin.
Trying not to generalize too much here, but us girls are extremely hyper-critical of ourselves. Walking to the mirror, especially when we're with our friends it seems like, is like leading our egos to the slaughter with how brutal we are to ourselves—it's a suckerpunch to our self worth and pretty much an all-out self esteem blood bath.
. . . and that really bothers me for three reasons:
- First of all, bullying is my number-one pet peeve, and putting yourself down is a form of it . . . even if you're your own victim.
- Next, "Your body is your temple." God said that, not me. So that's just fact—our bodies are sacred. As best we know it, we get only ONE of these bad boys in this lifetime; it's our vehicle through which our souls are able to experience this world. The importance of its wellbeing can't be overstated.
- And lastly, it's borrowed. Our bodies are a temporary gift, and they're amazing works of art.
If your nephew gave you a picture he colored for you, you wouldn't sit there like, "Wow, I hate it. You couldn't have picked a better color for this triangle thing? Yeah, you totally drew out of the lines here," and then continue to badger him about it for years, right? So why do we do that to our bodies, a gift made for and loaned to us from the Big Man? How does subjecting ourselves to verbal lashings make ANYBODY happier?
Sorry if this sounds preachy and cliche. The last few paragraphs pretty much only exist because I wanted to give you some background as to the origins of this and the next post. At the end of the day, this segment is about respecting that hotshot vehicle you're living in.
If you're thinking, "Alright someone help her down off that soapbox, and how the heck does all of this relate to a beauty blog?" then you're an astute, albeit a little bit aggressive, listener.
I'm gonna keep plugging the "Respect your body" idea.
I read a very eye-opening article awhile ago and found out that, when it comes to ALL of the crazy cosmetic products we put onto our skin / faces / bodies, 70% of it is absorbed into our bloodstream and organs.
SEVENTY PERCENT! INTO OUR SYSTEMS! Not just sitting on top of our skin without penetrating the surface. It's getting UNDER OUR SKIN like somebody eating the last of the chips and cheese. #don'tmesswithmyquesounlessIsayso
And our cells are constantly turning over and rejuvenating and rebuilding themselves—in fact, every 90 days, our bodies have an almost entirely new cellular structure.
After reading that, I became EXTREMELY conscious of what I'm putting onto my skin. And considering that I have a beauty blog, my desire to share this information turned into something of an obligation in my mind. And not even so much an obligation, but moreso, an opportunity to help where I can. I don't want to influence you to become unhealthy and expose yourself to toxic carcinogens any more than a health coach would advocate smoking.
So on that note, I've asked a certain wonderful, beautiful, intelligent, magnetic friend of mine to make like Dre & Snoop and collaborate with me on this little two-part feature and help inform-izzle my peep-izzles.
This seems like a good time for an intro:
This is Misty. She's a kindred spirit with the heart of a hippie and the mind of a motivated martyr—so selfless and genuine. When I think of Misty as a health coach, I think of someone who is truly using her gift to affect positive change in people's lives. In fact, she's building her health coaching business called Holistically ME in an effort to create a generation of healthy, happy women who are going to live until they're 112 and look fabulous doing it, and we're all going to meet up in the 22nd century and talk about how we still get ID'd by bouncers.
When it comes to this issue of your skin as a sponge and a gateway to holistic health, Misty's as John Tesh-y as they come, harboring a pretty massive inventory of tips & advice.
So with that, I'm going to let her take the mic.
The second part of this series is all about healthy cosmetics and products to put ONTO your body, but right now, Misty's going to tell you all about what to put INTO your body
for a healthy complexion and a healthy body.
Let's talk about the connection between food and beauty. It's incredibly powerful. Just by changing the foods you eat, you can radically change the way you look and feel.
If you’re eating junk, naturally, that toxic, pore-clogging crud will build up and keep you from looking and feeling fabulous. By eating the right foods, your skin will become firm, tight, and glowing, your hair will be shinier than you ever imagined, and your eyes will transform into a dazzling shade of sparkly white! Great stuff, eh?
One of the most important things to consider when finding your inner glow is energy. Yes, energy! It is a key factor in your ability to shed weight easily, become the healthiest version of you, and bring your inner beauty to the surface.
Energy is so fascinating. The energy in your body:
· Builds your liver and other tissue cells
· Flushes toxic waste from the body
· Aids in weight management
· Keeps your skin smooth and supple
· Keeps your hair healthy
· Stops your blood from pooling under your eyes, causing those dreadful under eye circles
Safe to say energy falls into our “oh so important” category, yes?
One of our biggest energy suckers is (insert drum roll)…DIGESTION! If you are eating the wrong foods (dairy, refined sugar, processed foods), your body has to work harder than it should to digest your food, and you are losing massive amounts of precious energy. This is why detoxing is a crucial step to great skin.
By getting rid of old waste through the body’s detoxification process, you are helping your digestive system function at optimal speed and efficiency. When you loosen toxic sludge from your system, your energy will automatically increase because your body will be able to perform digestive duties (and all of its other mind-blowing functions) more efficiently. This process will not only help you look younger, but you will see pounds melt off more effortlessly than ever before. True story.
Well, lets start here. Below are three steps to get you on the magical path to a brag-worthy complexion. It’s simple. Really, I promise!
Eat more veggies and fewer animal products and processed foods.
Keeping your body more alkaline than acidic is key when it comes to achieving the “J-Lo Glow.” Eating more vegetables is a wonderful way to achieve this. Use this link to help you decipher between alkaline and acidic foods: http://greenopedia.com/article/alkaline-food-chart-degree .
If you find that you eat many of the foods on the “acidic” side, this could be wreaking havoc on your body and the very reason your skin isn’t smooth and supple. Green vegetables are among the most nutrient-dense of all foods and are full of alkaline minerals, including calcium, chlorophyll, and amino acids, which are responsible for regenerating and purifying your cells.
Veggies: Artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cilantro, green beans, kale, leeks, mushrooms, onions, parsley, peppers, radishes, romaine lettuce, sea vegetables, spinach, sprouts, sweet potatoes, and wheat grass.
Fruits (eaten ONLY on an empty stomach or with leafy greens): Apples, acai berries, apricots, avocadoes, bananas, blackberries, cantaloupe, cherries, coconut, cranberries, cucumbers, figs, goji berries, gooseberries, grapefruit, grapes, honeydew melon, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papaya, peaches, pears, pineapple, plums, pomegranates, raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes, and watermelon.
Eat Organic Whenever Possible
I know what you are thinking, a vegetable is a vegetable…but not all are created equal, my pretty. A Rutgers University study revealed an astonishing difference in mineral content between organic and conventional produce, especially in terms of iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and potassium. The research found 87% more trace elements and minerals in organic produce versus produce that was conventionally grown.
How does this relate to your skin? Well, clean eating creates a clean body. The less toxic matter your body has to process, the more energy you will have and the better your body will look and feel. If you are worried about the price of organic food and aren’t ready to make the leap to the dark side yet, I suggest at least trying to buy the veggies that are listed on the “dirty dozen” organic. The “dirty dozen” and “clean 15” are listed here: http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/ .
Other options are to grow your own produce, look into a high-quality vegetable cleanser or soak your produce for an hour in a mixture of purified water and ¾ cup of apple cider vinegar. This will not increase the mineral content, but it will reduce pesticide exposure.
Water, Water, Water . . . Between Meals, That Is
Once you make the commitment to nix the junk food and up your veggie intake, you will already be consuming much more water than you did before. However, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to keep sipping the H2O. I recommend drinking half your weight in ounces (150lbs=75oz).
The trick is to drink significant quantities of water at least half hour before your meals or an hour following meals. It is okay to sip water during meals, but don’t get carried away. Too much liquid with meals dilutes your digestive juices and can slow your digestion and block nutrient absorption.
Another habit that I highly suggest you try, is drinking 30oz of warm water with the juice of half a lemon squeezed in it every morning as soon as you wake up. You will want to do this before you eat or drink anything else.
This practice will warm up your digestive system before breakfast and help eliminate the waste your body detoxes while you were sleep. Remember: detoxing is a key process in achieving gorgeous skin. Lemon water is also an excellent metabolism booster and a fabulous way to start your body off in an alkaline state. Go ahead, jump on the bandwagon...the benefits will have you addicted in no time!
- Limit animal protein
- Give refined sugar the boot
- Drink green smoothies and/or juices
- Limit or omit dairy (a major offender due to the protein in milk called casein)
- Take a high-quality probiotic and digestive enzyme
- Control stress levels
- Do yoga
Since Misty just knocked it out of the park on what to put INTO your body for healthy skin, Glowing Complexions Part 2 is going to cover what to put ONTO your skin, and I'll to go into some of the things I've learned recently about the benefits of certified organic makeup with some helpful hints on how to get started, where to find them, and how to look for them.
Thanks for sticking around, feisty pants! I hope you found this helpful and are ready and motivated to strut your foxy face over to the mirror and appreciate how gosh darn magnificent you are.
And if you're ever caught in the middle of an ungrateful, self-deprecating siege on self esteem, I hope this is the only insult you hurl at yourself.