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 gen­er­al idea....

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 any oth­er sup­ple­ments...

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 work...

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 skin,...

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 reclin­ing...