Gut Reactions: How to Heal the Self

The gut plays a major role in our health and happiness, however, due to the cultural habits of today’s world, many people experience imbalances in the gut that show up as allergies or disease. In this talk we will learn what the gut microbiome is, what it used to look like in the recent past versus today, and how we can move forward in order to heal ourselves by using food as medicine.

3 Tips to have Healthy, Glowing Skin from Within

We all want beautiful, glowing skin. It carries a lot of weight in a first impression and it also seems to be one of the first things we criticize about ourselves if it isn’t flawless. If you are one of those people who seem to have tried everything on the market to get rid of acne, age-spots, dark circles, and redness, but nothing seems to work, try some of these methods bellow. Your skin is the largest organ in your body and many of the external impurities or “imperfections” are related to internal imbalances.

TIP #1 Hydrate

IMG_4483.JPG  Hydration may seem like one of the most obvious things we can do for our skin and our entire body, but it is one of the most commonly over-looked steps when it comes to healthy, glowing skin. The key here is that when you keep your body well hydrated through out the day, your body can more efficiently flush out toxins through your kidney’s and liver. The best way to do this is to start your morning off with one of the following:

Can of Coconut Water

Fruit-Infused Water (Strawberries, lemon, and mint in the picture)

Warm water with lemon and/or ginger

Be sure to drink one of these thirst quenching options at least 15 minutes before you eat anything. Then, be sure to drink water through out the day. There is no real recommended amount of water, despite false-scientific studies; just drink when you feel thirsty and remember to hydrate often.

TIP #2 Superfood Vitamin C Smoothie Bowl

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Seriously, this is one of the most delicious ways to support your body. Vitamin C increases your body’s collagen production which will reduce darkness, age spots, increase elasticity, and heal your skin from within! Not to mention the long list of benefits of the superfoods, which load up the body with much-needed nutrients.

Here is the ingredient list:  Blend 1 mango, 1 orange, almond milk, 1 banana. Top with: goji berries, hemp hearts, strawberries, flax seeds, and chia seeds.

TIP #3 Eat Your Greens!

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The best thing you can do for your entire body, not just your skin, is to eat your greens. Eating 3-4 servings of greens daily is known to improve your immune system, increase your life span, reduce disease and inflammation, and make your body feel good! It’s best to eat your greens raw as much as possible, so that the heat sensitive nutrients stay in-tact. My personal favorite way to do this is to add greens to my smoothies, add a salad to my dinner, or add greens to my carrot juice (side note: carrot juice is packed with carotenoids which have anti-inflammatory properties that tighten skin, even skin tones, reduce scarring, prevent wrinkles, naturally moisturize, and improves digestion). Keeping a regular routine of eating your greens will serve you and your body for the rest of your life!

Thanks for taking the time to read this post! If you are curious about what your body might be telling you based on where your impurities is on your face, click here to learn more about what you can do to support your body.

As always, feel free to leave questions and comments bellow!

 

Taco-less Taco

Mexican food is my favorite type of food by far! I do my best to spice it up and make it extra delicious! ❤

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Ingredients

1/2 cup Basmati Rice

1 head of cilantro

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 lemon

1/2 cup lettuce

1 lb Elk Hamburger (or meat of choice)

1 package of Taco seasoning

1 15oz can black beans

Guacamole 

2 avocados

1/4 cup white onion

1/4 cup salsa

2 tbsp Honey

A pinch of Salt

A pinch of Pepper

Toppings

Salsa

Green Chile

Jalapeños

Cheese (optional)

Cook Time: 25-30 min

Serves: 2-3

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To begin, take out a small pot and fill with 1 cup of water and put in on high heat. Once the water begins to boil, add rice and olive oil. Turn down to medium heat and cover with a lid. Let boil for 10-15 min. Stir often. If the rice is still hard once the water has evaporated, continue to add gradual small amounts until it is fluffy and soft.

In a frying pan, add meat and turn on medium heat. Add a taco seasoning or season to your liking using garlic powder, paprika, cumin, turmeric, lemon and chili powder. Stir seasoning in well and mix until the meat is fully cooked through.

On the side prepare your chopped lettuce, guacamole (using the recipe above or buying store bought), strain black beans, and grate cheese. Once the rice if fully cooked, add in finely chopped cilantro and lemon juice. Build your “Taco” to your liking adding your choice of toppings and enjoy.