My Diet

I’ve been getting a lot of requests for my personal diet, so I’m going to share all that with you in today’s post. My diet changes with the season and in between based on what my body wants. About two months ago, I was eating a lot of brown rice and rice milk, but that came to an end when I started wanting more juicy, lightweight foods like fruit. I don’t stick with one dietary ideal, and I no longer give myself a dietary label either. I only cement myself to some basic guidelines, which is to eat organic, whole foods and in the case of animal products, humanely raised and grass-fed. I also love to cook, so I make about 95% or more of my meals at home, and when I go out to eat, I love sushi, Japanese and Thai food, and Mediterranean food. Maybe my diet will give you some ideas, but don’t follow it exactly — listen to your own body, make sure you see what it’s trying to tell you and give it what it needs. So I generally eat when I am hungry, which is about every 2 or 2 1/2 hours because I eat small portions (about 1 or 2 handfuls of food) at one sitting. I don’t like to feel full or stuffed, so that’s why I eat smaller meals and space them out during the day, which means I don’t have a “breakfast, lunch, dinner” routine. Grazing throughout the day is what I’ve done since childhood, and I feel best doing that. Please keep in mind this is just a...

12 Quick Anti-Aging Tips

How to have young skin for a lifetime with my 12 solid anti-aging tips that you can start implementing right now. 1. Sunblock. Wear an SPF 15 or 30 every day to prevent UVA and UVB rays from aging your skin. Compare a woman who has been out in the sun all her life with a woman who has avoided it — there is a huge difference in the skin tone, texture, and amount of wrinkling/sagging. Wear a hat, too. 😉 2. Addictions. Do your best to break any addiction you have to cigarettes, coffee, and alcohol. It’s not sexy, and it makes you age prematurely. There are many books and programs that are inexpensive that can help you break your habits if you need it. The reward is a lifetime of smooth, youthful skin and a healthy body. If you want to look wrinkled with dull, dry skin, then keep smoking and drinking. 3. Diet. Eat a healthy, skin-loving diet of organic fruit, vegetables, leafy greens, healthy fats (e.g. olive oil, almonds, yogurt, kefir), brown rice, and (if you’re not vegetarian or vegan) fish and organic, grass-fed meat. Avoid grains (except rice), wheat, refined sugar, flours, processed food, fast food, coffee, and cow dairy. This way of eating will provide you with a good foundation of antioxidants and nutrients that keep you healthy and your skin glowing. 4. Supplements. Take a quality food-based multivitamin. I now take a food-based (non-synthetic) supplement, Garden of Life Raw One for Women, and they have a whole selection of multivitamins. Include extra vitamin C, cod liver oil or fish oil capsules, and...

Get Flawless Skin With No Makeup – Part I

Natural beauty is just that — natural. It means you don’t have to slather on seven layers of makeup in order to appear to have beautiful skin. So how would you like to wake up in the morning and be comfortable walking out the door with minimal or no makeup? Here’s how. {STEP #1} Your Skin Reflects Your Food Choices Unfortunate, but true. If you’re really motivated about wanting beautiful, flawless, dewy skin, then you are going to have to re-evaluate what you eat. This is not about going on a crazy diet, this is you simply taking better care of your body, which reflects onto your skin. Granted, some people may have good skin even while eating McDonald’s and going out drinking, but this will catch up to them eventually (plus, even if it’s not showing up on their face, their insides are still unhealthy, which leads to more severe problems than just pimples and wrinkles). Don’t think for a second that our bodies are perfectly equipped to handle everything on their own and we don’t need to do anything further to help out. Our bodies are bombarded with more crap in our air, food, and water than ever before in human history, and it can never hurt to simply help our bodies deal with these waste products more efficiently. Why make your body work harder than it already has to by drinking, smoking, and eating improperly? Here is your main focus when it comes to getting flawless skin: Eat an unprocessed, nutrient-dense diet in order to allow your liver, kidneys, adrenal and thyroid glands, and intestines to...

Glowing Skin with New Year’s Champagne

Happy New Year’s Day! I thought this was the perfect time to share a quick tip with you, using your leftover New Year’s champagne: CHAMPAGNE FOR GLOWING SKIN Grapes have long been used to fight wrinkles, both topically and internally, due to the high antioxidant levels (meaning: they contain components that fight free radicals — which cause inflammation, wrinkles, you name it). Women in Italy use a simple wine and milk mask for smooth, ageless skin; and champagne is often used for clarifying the skin while providing a healthy dose of anti-aging and lightening properties. These lightening properties come from tartaric acid, which is present in champagne and wine due to the juice of grapes (the acid is also found in baking powder and cream of tartar) — so if you have unwanted pigmentation or want to even out your skin tone, champagne is a wonderful solution. Plus, the tartaric acid may help clear up blemishes (it has anti-bacterial properties). Annnnd, the lovely bubbling action of champagne brings micro-circulation to the skin, giving you a pretty glow and and a dewy complexion. READY TO TRY IT? The only thing you have to be wary of is the alcohol content. If your skin is extremely sensitive or overly dry, you may want to try it on a small patch of skin first. If your skin does well, then do the champagne treatment (see below for instructions) and follow-up with a nice natural moisturizer. My skin is very dry in the winter, and I found champagne to be a wonderful treatment. LET’S BEGIN! 1. This is best used after freshly washed...

Banish Dark Circles For Good! Part I

I started seeking an under-eye circle solution as soon as I was old enough to realize I had these hereditary little nuggets. At age 15, I started wearing concealer and if I didn’t, I would invariably get a question like, “Oh my goodness, are you sick?” No, but thanks for the concern, that’s just the veins showing through my incredibly pale, thin under-eye skin thankyouverymuch! Then at 19, I discovered that dermatologists and plastic surgeons were able to correct certain types of under-eye circles with lasers. I went for a few consultations, and one doctor wanted to inject ass fat under my eyes to thicken the skin a bit. No thanks. Another doctor suggested Restylane to fill in the area just above the veins so they wouldn’t show through. Uh, no again. Especially since the injection methods would have been risky to my eyesight (the needles are fine and can accidentally be injected into a vein, which could lead into your eye, which could cause temporary or permanent vision problems). So I finally settled on my dermatologist, who was regularly using laser to close off little veins. I was her very first under-eye circle patient. Now, there are many veins surrounding the eye, and I wanted to get rid of the more obvious ones so that I didn’t appear sick or beat-up. What the laser would accomplish is closing off the more obvious veins, whereupon they would re-route themselves deeper under the skin. The laser procedure was pretty simple. In the room were two assistants, my dermatologist, my mom, and, of course, me — laying quite still on the...