Diet & Skin Care

When your skin is acting naughty, it’s trying to tell you something.  It’s trying to say you are putting something into your body that isn’t good for you.  I’m sure we have all heard “you are what you eat”, and it’s true.

I recently was reading ‘The Body Book’ by Cameron Diaz and she was talking about how her diet extremely affects her skin.  She ate fast food every day of her teen years and early 20’s.  And guess what?  She had terrible skin!  I’m talking about horrible break outs and bad complexion.  She never thought her diet was bad because she was always naturally thin.  Then in her late 20’s she started researching healthy food.  She changed her diet and within a few months her skin was clear and beautiful.  (I am paraphrasing all of this from her book)

I don’t like being the one to bring the hard truths.  Please think of me as your older sister or bff who is just looking out for you!  I’m telling you this because I really care for you!  Ok, here it goes.  If you are having consistent break outs, start examining your diet.  If your break outs and complexion are because of a poor diet, there is not a skin care product that will fix your skin issues. There may be products that will help a little, but a good diet is how to fix it. I know things would be much easier if you can put a cream on your face to clear everything up, but unfortunately it doesn’t work like that.

Most Dermatologist (not all) will never talk to you about your diet.  They are doctors, they know how to diagnose and give medicine.  A lot of skin related issues can be managed by a good diet.  When changing your diet give it 2-3 months to really start seeing a difference.

What to avoid?  Dairy (loaded with hormones), Simple Carbs (bread, pasta), Sugar, Caffeine, Alcohol, anything processed.

I know it’s difficult to avoid all of these.  When I was 19 and heard this list I thought to myself “that’s my entire diet!  what will I eat?”  Take it 1 food at a time, 1 meal at a time.  Try switching out your ego waffle with syrup for a gluten free waffle with natural almond butter.  Similar taste and so much healthier!

What to eat?  Berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries), Nuts (in raw form, not roasted), Vegetables, Lean Protein (chicken, fish, eggs), Salmon, Avocado, Tomatoes, Garlic, Sweet Potatoes (without all the sugar), Almond Milk or Coconut Milk, Water.

No one can eat a perfect diet all the time.  The important thing is to eat healthy most of the time.    I still eat all my indulgent foods that I love so much, but in moderation.  And never think of it as a diet, it’s a lifestyle.  When you go to the grocery store, shop the outside of the store.  Avoid going up and down any of the aisles.  Just doing this will keep you away from most of the bad stuff.

Whatever your motivation is to eat a healthy diet, it’s worth it.  Put yourself first and take care of you.  Take the time out of the day to make yourself a healthy meal.  When you are healthy and feel great, it is a gift to yourself and everyone around you who loves you.  With a healthy diet you will feel better, look better and live a longer happier life!

guacamole pasta

Last night I tried this new recipe for Guacamole Pasta that I found on the Body Book blog.  It was delicious!  The flavor is very rich, so I would recommend eating it as a side.  It would be perfect on the side of a grilled chicken breast.  Here is the recipe (I doubled it to make enough for my family):

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked pasta
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1.5 cup baby spinach or kale
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2-3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 ripe Avocados, pitted
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2-1 jalapeño, seeded to taste

Directions

  • Cook pasta according to directions
  • While pasta cooks, combine garlic, spinach and jalapeño in food processor or blender.  Pulse to mince.
  • Add lime juice, olive oil, avocados and salt and blend until smooth.
  • Combine with cooked pasta, add tomatoes, stir and serve.

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July Favorites

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1. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector, in shade ‘Moonstone’ and ‘Opal’.  For me personally, since my skin is so light, I wear Moonstone more often.  It’s the exact color of my skin, maybe a tiny bit lighter, and looks like I’m glowing from within.  Opal is also gorgeous.  It gives more of a golden glow, almost sun kissed.  If you are any darker than I am I would suggest Opal for you.

2. Fresh Lotus Moisturizer.  This is the perfect summer time moisturizer if you have normal, dry or combination skin.  It’s light weight while still being moisturizing.  I haven’t had any trouble with clogged pores or break outs and I’ve been wearing it all summer.

3. Too Faced Better Than Sex Masacra.  Is it better than sex?  I don’t think any beauty product is, but this mascara is amazing!  It lengthens, volumizing and never flakes.  This has become my favorite mascara.

4. GlamGlow PowerMud Dualcleanse Treatment.  This treatment mask is ah-mazing!!  GlamGlow has out done themselves.  It reaches deep down into the pores, and pulls out all the garbage build up.  Then leaves the skin silky smooth and glowing.

5. Nars Lip Gloss, Turkish Delight.  Nars reformulated their lip glosses and they are so much better!  The horrid smell of the old ones are gone.  And there is a lot more color in the glosses now.  This one gives a great gloss to the lip.  Wear it alone or over a lipstick.

6. Mac Mineralized Blush, New Romance.  I have always loved Mac mineralized blush.  The formula is amazing.  The color ‘new romance’ is awesome!  It’s not to pink, not to peach, not to dark, not too much shimmer.  This is the perfect go to shade for everyone.

7. Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  I am obsessed every year about this sale!  Even though it’s been going on for a while now I still go online every day to re-shop to see if there is anything I missed.  This Sunday, August 3rd is the last day to shop the sale.  Don’t miss it!  Click here to see all my favorites of the sale.

8. Whitening Lightning Lip Gloss, Butter Cream.  I only have 1 word for this- Obsessed!!  This is my go to lip for everything lately.  Must Have for every single woman!!  Use code ‘rachel’ for 25% off purchase.

9. Cane & Austin Retexurizing Pads.   These do exactly what the title says, retexurize.  These get rid of texture, dark spots, hyperpigmentation, acne scars, etc.  I had some nasty break outs a couple months ago and they left brown spots on my face.  I had to cover them every single day.  After just 1 week of using these pads they were gone.

10. Dr Brant Revitalizing Retinol Eye Cream.  The last couple of years I have struggled with dark circles under my eyes.  I thought maybe it was because I’m sleep deprived from having 2 children, or possibly age?  Whatever it’s from, it really doesn’t matter.  What does matter is I don’t like it!  I tried this eye cream and within 1 month my under eye area is noticeable brighter.  Definitely give this a try if you struggle with dark under eye circles.

11. Pureology Shampoo & Conditioner, I use ‘perfect 4 platinum’.  This brand has no sulfates, and has a no fade complex to keep your color longer.  Not to mention my hair feels clean, but not stripped; moisturized, but not heavy.  Awesome!

12. The Body Book.  I just started reading this book last week and I’m already obsessed.  I love how Cameron Diaz writes everything in a way that’s so easy to understand.  I feel so empowered and motivated to live a healthier lifestyle.  If Cameron is giving tips out on how to get her body, I’m listening!

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Strawberry Lemon Mint Water

Strawberry Lemon Mint Water

Strawberry Lemon Mint Water

Strawberry Lemon Mint Water

Strawberry Lemon Mint Water

Strawberry Lemon Mint Water

Strawberry Lemon Mint Water

Strawberry Lemon Mint Water

Drinking enough water is so important!  Why not make it fun and luxurious!  Drinking this water makes me feel like I’m on a tropical vacation.  This Strawberry Lemon Mint Water is so delicious! Plus there are so many health benefits to all the ingredients.
Here are just a few of the health benefits:

Strawberry: detoxifying, boost immune system, vitamin C, helps production of collagen and prevention of wrinkles, reduces inflammation, fights bad cholesterol, boost fiber.

Lemon: maintains pH levels of body, detoxifies, Vitamin C, boosts immune system, prevents acne and wrinkles, weight loss, reduces inflammation and helps with joint pain.

Mint: reduces digestion, nausea, headaches, depression, fatigue, stomach cramps, helps with weight loss, calming to the skin, full of antioxidants.

Recipe
2-3 Cups Strawberries, sliced
2-3 Lemons, sliced
1/2 Cup Mint, chopped
Place all ingredients in a pitcher and fill with water. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes before serving. Lasts up to 3 days or until the fruit looks mushy or the water is cloudy.  Pour through a strainer if you want to avoid getting any of the “goods” in your glass.
Tip- When the water is all gone, you can refill the pitcher back up several times. The flavor won’t be as strong as the first time, but it’s still delicious!

Enjoy!!!

Pitcher & Shun Classic Utility Knife from Sur La Table.

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Tips & Tricks #7

1. When packing, avoid wrinkled clothing by rolling them or wrapping a plastic dry cleaner bag around them.
2. Adding lemon to your water restores the ph of your body.
3. Flying is very dehydrating, drink plenty of water.
4. Put eyeshadow on top of your eyeliner, it helps keep it in place all day.  I use Sigma brush E30 or E65 to apply the eyeshadow on my eyeliner.  Pictures below, I use E30 (left) for a more blown out, smoky look.  I use E65 (right) for a more defined look.

Sigma Brush E30Sigma Brush E65

5. Last but NOT least, the Jaclyn Hill Sigma Expert Beauty Box is back!!!!!  YEAH!!!!!  You asked, they delivered!  They are back in limited supply.  Once they are gone they are gone!!  So don’t wait, get it NOW!  Click here to purchase and enter SPRING2014 for 10% OFF your entire purchase!

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Exercise Your Way to Overall Better Health

In the last four weeks I have only been home 3 days.  My husband, I and our kids drove to Florida to spend time with my family and vacation.  We drove home, 2 days later I was on a plane to New York.  I just got home Tuesday night.  Between all the traveling (and getting sick), I haven’t worked out at all.  I mean, who wants to work out while on vacation in Florida?  And in New York, there was no time.  I am used to working out a 3-4 times a week.  With taking a 4 week break from exercise I have noticed major changes in my body, and I’m not just talking about loss of muscle or weight gain.

Here are all the changes I have noticed in my body.  And as always, I’m going to be open and honest no matter what!

  • Headaches all day every day.
  • Exhausted, no matter how much sleep I get.
  • My skin and overall complexion is blotchy, with more break outs and clogged pores.
  • Stronger BO in less time after a shower.
  • More sugar and junk food cravings.
  • Unable to concentrate as much.
  • Irregular and uncomfortable BM’s.
  • Strong cramps during my period (they are usually mild).
  • Uncomfortable pains in stomach for no reason.

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