Clean Makeup and Self-Care Products

Diving into the world of wellness is a process that all too easily can become overwhelming. When heading into that world it’s apt to be a researcher by nature. A hefty amount of reading and podcast listening is ahead because there are no endpoints to knowledge of caring for the body.

Immersing into the wellness world happened in stages for myself, and I’ve seen it happen that way for a host of others. Somehow the bits and pieces of doing research become a never-ending hobby. It’s like the Wikipedia game, where one search leads to another. And then one day a plethora of information you may or may not have wanted to know about your health and the environment is weighing on your mind.

FullSizeRender 9 (1)This weight can be a lot to handle. Here is where I suggest you breathe. Be reminded that this immersion is a process with no endpoints. Use what you have right then and there to make the most informed next move, giving yourself space along the way to feel out what’s right for you.

For my own immersion process, it started by switching to primarily organic food from conventional. Getting rid of the majority of pesticides was a major step. Then I started eating produce seasonally, and seasonal eating transformed me to eating locally whenever (and wherever) possible.

So I didn’t want toxins in my food, check. I then asked what else could be getting into my body that was toxic. Step two looked at the largest organ of my body, skin. Continue reading “Clean Makeup and Self-Care Products”

Seared Apricot, Carrot, and Sweet Potato Breakfast Plate

It’s my last day in New York City and thank goodness because I’m exhausted. The last 3 weeks have been powerful, physically explorative, and immensely educational at Stråla’s 300 hour Advanced Leadership Training. Doing the same grind every day has made it seem like the weeks simply melted together. I’m ready to leave the intense pulse of the city for clean air and time surrounded by nature, too.

Simplifying my cooking to deal with the demanding hours of training meant meal prep. In other words, lots of roasted vegetables to make meals of. As the week ended the breakfast pickings included roasted carrots, roasted sweet potato, and a fresh apricot. The color coordination was unintentional, I swear. Saved the green scheme for packing lunch. Continue reading “Seared Apricot, Carrot, and Sweet Potato Breakfast Plate”

Doctored Up Zucchini Pancakes

Life has been a bit of a whirlwind for this gal recently. Time on the dreamy West Coast has ended as I finished up my holistic health and nutrition internship in San Diego. In case you’re curious, it was one of the greatest experiences of my life yet. 

It was pretty neat to leave the internship feeling like I found my next calling. What a concept to have a “job” where I never wanted to clock off and was tirelessly exhilarated connecting to people. It was also eye-opening to live somewhere for a while that didn’t foster the intensely fast way of life I’m used to. There’s a lot to learn from slowing down.

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Wild Caught Fish Tacos

Don’t be fooled by the inclusion of fish, this taco recipe is plenty full of vegetables. If you’re not including fish in your diet, these tacos would also be great with some sprouted beans for a boost of protein.

A seal of sustainability, and certification of being wild caught is precisely what I look for if I’m going to make fish. It’s been a bit of a transition back into the world of eating certain animal proteins following a super strict anti-inflammatory diet to heal major gut inflammation. Continue reading “Wild Caught Fish Tacos”

Cauliflower Breakfast Porridge

Say hello to the updated version of cauliflower breakfast porridge. This recipe update for one of my breakfast staples comes from my newer knowledge about the science of cooking with ground flax seeds.

In my first shot at this recipe, I used the ground flax seeds as the binding agent that made the porridge nice and thick as a true porridge should be. This isn’t a call for panic about cooking with ground flax seeds. Research from WAPF (what I’ve been focused on studying this summer in California) suggests that polyunsaturated fats should not be oxidized, which happens when heated. Fragile omega-3 fatty acids (alpha linoleic acid, specifically) in flax seeds should preferably be consumed unadulterated by heat and light.

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Coconut Oil Crisis + Cholesterol

9 different people sent me the article that came out last week entitled “Coconut Oil ‘as unhealthy as beef fat and butter’ According to AHA. After trying not to groan and roll my eyes at fake news, I’m compelled to soothe everyone’s worries.

If you actually read the article, you should be able to see that it monumentally overgeneralizes the science.

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