5 Surprising Beauty Foods

5 Surprising Beauty Foods

All fresh fruits and vegetables contain magical powers when it comes to shiny hair, clear skin, and strong nails. However, the ones I’ve chosen below are perhaps not as well known for their powerful beauty benefits. Try and include these foods into your diet if you want to look your best without the need for botox or other unnatural remedies.

  1. Red Peppers. All red and orange colored foods contain beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant. Red peppers are particularly beautifying due to the minerals A, C, and K. Vitamins A and C can help prevent cell damage that leads to premature ageing, and they can also reduce inflammation, which can cause a puffy-looking face. Pepper also has Vitamin K, which is an excellent property for protecting our cells from damage.
  2. Spinach. All leafy greens are actually very powerful in terms of being a beauty food because of the chlorophyll they contain. There are also loads of other phytochemicals and fiber in spinach that help build blood that is super clean and which will show through in your skin.
  3. Turmeric. This yellow-colored, Indian spice has a load of powerful antioxidant qualities. Turmeric assists in protecting our cells from free radical damage and also contributes towards cleaning up metabolic waste in our systems. It is also great as a liver flusher to get rid of any poisons and chemicals which are stored there.
  4. Pumpkin Seeds. Wow, these really are powerful. What don’t pumpkin seeds have in them?! The humble pumpkin seed contains high levels of zinc, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and vitamins B, C, and E. Pumpkin seeds are also a great source of amino acids and omega-3 fatty acids, all essential for healthy cell maintenance. Make a handful of pumpkin seeds a regular part of your diet, and you will definitely notice a change in your appearance.
  5. Parsley. Next time your plate is garnished with parsley, don’t push it aside. This is a pretty powerful herb when it comes to anti-aging, as well as purifying and cleansing the body. It contains vitamins A and C as well as anti-oxidizing flavonoids that protect our cells from free radical damage. Parsley also helps to purify the blood, kill bacteria, aid digestion, and cleanse toxins from the liver.

The best thing is that all these foods are easy to incorporate into your diet. Add turmeric to juice and combine the other foods with some other fixings to make a great, beautifying salad. Who said that beauty was hard to keep?

 

Detox is not as scary as you think!

Detox is not as scary as you think!

You know how nice it feels to drive your car home after getting a tune up? The oil is squeaky clean, the fluids have been topped off, windshield wipers have been changed, tire pressure is at that perfect level, and it’s been washed inside and out? Well, just like our cars need a tune up, a seasonal detox allows our bodies to become shiny and new again too.  It allows our body to reboot our metabolism, boost our immunity, clears the cobwebs from our minds, gives our skin a chance to glow, and allows us to lose weight effortlessly.

Are you afraid that it will be too hard or that maybe you aren’t worth it? I know for a fact that you ARE worth it, because I know deep down you are just like me. You want to be happy. You want to feel energetic, vibrant, and full of joy. Do you remember what that feels like? You can be confident in the fact that you are worth it. You are enough! AND, I will be with you every step of the way supporting you, answering your questions, and cheering you on, because I know you can do this.

Maybe a little fear comes up for you at the thought of not being able to eat your favorite foods.

Are you concerned about giving up your daily coffee, chocolate, or evening cocktails perhaps?

Are you afraid I’m going to make you drink juice and smoothies all day?

Maybe you think that you will feel hungry or deprived. No worries, my friend, because I’ve created this detox so you can pick which level of detox adventure you want to go on. Having all these feelings are natural, but you know what is not natural?  Feeling like we have to constantly count calories, not eat any fat, and go around in circles from one diet to the next. The thought of doing that for the rest of my life sounds just plain exhausting!

There is no reason to be scared because you will NOT feel deprived. We are going to keep it simple and eat wholesome, nourishing foods. The only thing you have to lose is some unwanted poundage, dark circles and puffiness under your eyes, and that feeling of lethargy that has been dragging you down. You will discover your blueprint for the foods that work for your unique body.

I have everything you will need: a step-by-step guide, the recipes, a shopping list and meal planner, as well as a transition recipe packet & food diary. I will be with you every step of the way with daily e-mail support and to cheer you on. 

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The Healthy Digestion Smoothie

The Healthy Digestion Smoothie

This smoothie helped my belly bloat

Feeling like your digestion is making too much noise? Gurgle. Gurgle.

The last few months I have been working a lot and often that leads to a stressed me. This means my digestion can get wonky. I know what you might be thinking – that I’m a health coach, and I have this all figured out – but I am human too. In my practice, I teach people how to listen to their body and what to do when they feel wonky too.

Stress inflames the intestinal lining and disrupts the good balance of bacteria in the gut.

This is what happened to me. It was time to restore and rebuild on the quick.

Feel like you are passing gas too much?

Feel exhausted for no reason?

Time to rebuild and restore your gut health with this smoothie.

Every time I am feeling off, I keep it simple: smoothies, juices, and easy-to-digest soups.

The Healthy Digestion Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup pineapple
  • 1/4 green apple
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1/2 fresh kiwi
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger
  • 1 probiotic, (I use a 50 billion CFU since I had ulcerative colitis)
  • 2 ounces of Aloe Vera Juice
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Juice of one lemon

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender (I use a Vitamix).

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Spring Cleaning and Renewal

SPRING CLEANING and RENEWAL

Warmer weather is finally here. The long winter days are over.  What are you doing to embrace the change in nature?  Are you paying attention to your body’s needs, or is cleaning your yard the only thing you’re focusing on?

We live in a toxic environment, so our bodies are frequently in toxic overload.  Detoxing in the spring is a great time to cleanse our livers and gallbladders.  If you are lifting your eyebrows to the word DETOX, don’t fret.  I will show you that detoxing is not really so hard.  You just eliminate the trigger foods (wheat, soy, diary and sugar) and eat clean (organic, grass fed), delicious food. Drink plenty of water and alkalinizing drinks.  You will also need a good dose of healthy, seven- to eight-hour sleep.  Just imagine for a moment the benefits: melting fat, calming inflammation, healing the gut, clearing the mind, and more.

Besides cleansing your body, you need to cleanse your emotions.  Are you harboring some toxic emotions, such as: anger, resentment, shame, guilt, regret, and bitterness?  They can easily become the “enemy within” if you don’t release them and will damage your health and relationships.

 

What about the environment? Minimizing toxic cleaning products will have long-term benefits. These cleaners contain way too many ingredients that you don’t want to expose yourself, or your family, to.

You can make your own cleaning products using an apple cider vinegar and baking soda mixture. It can be used in the kitchen, bathroom—you name it.

Here’s another simple bathroom cleaner: make a paste with ½ cup of baking soda and enough water to form a paste then add 8 drops of bergamot oil and use to clean your bathroom.

 

The warm weather is calling us to spend some time outdoors.  The clean air, the sun, the colors and sounds are healing and calming for the mind and body.  This is an ideal time to connect with your loved ones and enjoy each other’s presence without interruption. No texting, reading emails or Facebooking while outdoors, please! Do a “gadget” detox as well.

May is Mental Health Awareness month.  Did you know that walking outside for 30 minutes has almost the same effect as antidepressants (such as Prozac)?  That is a simple way you can improve your mood.

Heal your gut to heal your mood. Research has shown a direct correlation between gut health and mental health. After all, our gut is our second brain. Improve your mental health by:

  1. Eliminating processed food and food toxins
  2. Adding whole foods, healthy fats and healing foods to your diet
  3. Adding fermented food to support your gut microbiome

 

Be aware of toxic beauty products.  The skin is our largest organ; it has a large surface to absorb toxins. Read the ingredients on your skin care and beauty products.  As an alternative to store-bought moisturizers, a very simple and super healthy moisturizer is coconut oil. You can mix in a few drops of essential oils and some carrier oils like: jojoba oil, glycerin etc.

Empower yourself with knowledge.

 

One of my favorite cleansing elixirs is LEMON WATER. I like to start my day with this drink. It’s super easy to make it and so good for you. It cleanses the liver and alkalinizes the body.

Recipe: a glass of warm water, the juice of one lemon, one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (Braggs is the best), and a dash of Cayenne pepper and/or ginger.

 

As we spend more time outdoors, don’t forget to protect yourself from insects, ticks, spiders and bugs.

You don’t have to use any toxic spray or lotion. Essential oils like lavender, bergamot, basil, and peppermint will do the job equally well.

 

EMBRACE THE BEAUTY AND HEALING POWERS OF NATURE. GIVE PERMISSION TO BE GENTLE WITH YOURSELF AND CLEANSE YOUR BODY AND EMOTIONS.

To your radiant health.

Ilona

RELATIONSHIPS

RELATIONSHIPS

Valentine’s Day is around the corner; just walk into any store and you will be reminded with, candies, pillows and about just anything heart shaped.  We get caught in the frenzy about buying a perfect gift.  Stressing out if our loved one will like the gift we thought it is perfect; it will express our love.  What if, besides buying a gift the most important thing to do is to step back and ask this question: WHAT CAN I DO TODAY TO MAKE MY SPOUSE/PARTNER FEEL LOVED AND APPRECIATED?  Often time we take each other for granted.  Forget the little things that made us so happy and excited when we were dating.  With time we lose our temper, our spouse/partner is annoying, boring etc. and we ask ourselves “what happened”?  The answer is: we became complacent, taking each other for granted.  Relationships are constantly evolving and we have to work on them to keep them fully alive, exciting and fulfilling.

Relationships are important part of who we are and relate to the world.  We strive to feel loved (one of the basic human needs) and connected to other people.

IMPORTANCE OF HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

Strong and healthy relationships are foundation of good health and well being.  There are countless studies proving that strong relationships are directly connected to good health, , positive attitude, better work performance, longer life and overall well being.  Being isolated or in a dysfunctional relationship is related to higher number of health risks, like: high blood pressure, obesity, depression, early death, shorter life span, lower productivity and self esteem.

One of the biggest challenges of modern families is to stay connected and find quality time for each other.  Research states that the healthiest, longest-living people in the world all have something in common: they put their families first.  I cannot stress enough the importance of spending time together, and expressing love and compassion to one another.

How many times you see families walking together, but completely “absent and distant” from each other by staring at their cell phone?  Often times I wonder do they behave the same way at home?

Of course, the same practices apply to close friends as well. This is especially important if you don’t have living family, or have experienced difficult circumstances, such as abuse, that would make it difficult for you to connect with your relatives.

Few tips on how to restore damaged relationships:

  1. Learn to forgive and let go
  2. Practice gratitude
  3. Be vulnerable
  4. Communicate your feelings openly
  5. Appreciate the smallest things
  6. Accept other’s weaknesses and don’t try to “fix” them
  7. Create rituals together.
  8.  Spend quality time together.
  9.  Be a good listener
  10.  Manage conflict; never go angry to bed
  11.  Take responsibility for your own actions

 

RELATIONSHIPS ARE KEY TO THRIVING

On Valentine’s Day try to do this simple, short and free exercise.  It is very powerful and you will be glad you did it.

On a piece of paper write down 10 things you like about your spouse/partner.  In the morning find a quiet place for only two of you.  Tell him/her how much you love and appreciate him/her and read the list.

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!!

 

With love,

Ilona

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