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Sue Ellen is a mother, Spanish teacher, Young Living essential oil user, world traveler, and follows a strict wheat, dairy, and egg free diet loaded with veggies. So if you have food sensitivities and you are wondering what you can eat, here on this blog she will share not only recipes, but also her dish on health, essential oils, and life. Get ready to make some yummy foods and DIY essential oil products!

5 Benefits Of A Wholefoods, Plant-Based​ Lifestyle

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“Eat your veggies” my parents used to say, “it’ll help you grow up big and strong”. I choked down those veggies because my mom always overcooked them until they were MUSHY and she never salted or buttered anything! They were full of vitamins and minerals, I was told and while my infantile mind didn’t know how or why they were important, Mom and Dad told me that they were and this message was enforced after many nights staying at the table for hours because I refused to eat them and wasn’t allowed to leave until I complied. As an adult, I learned that if I don’t overcook my veggies and I actually season them – they really are delicious! I realize that my household was different than the majority of homes where most were told, “Eat your meat.” Regardless of what our parents told us, most of us were brought up to believe in a balanced diet. And better advice, our parents could not have imparted. A healthy mix of carbohydrates, proteins and healthy fats, along with a sprinkling of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients allow us to be the best that we can be…

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And then came the fad diets

For generations, a balanced diet was enough for us. But then came the fads. The latter half of the twentieth century and the twenty-first century gave rise to a whole host of fad diets. The Atkins Diet, the Dukan Diet, the Pritikin Diet, the zone diet and various soup diets, juice cleanses and formalized methods of formalized starvation found fame when they gained celebrity advocates and were used by Hollywood stars who needed to lose weight quickly to slim down for a role. These fad diets aimed to convince us that we’d been getting eating wrong our whole lives. They tried to make us believe that we’d dedicated our lives to an inefficient form of eating and that they alone held the keys to a healthier, happier, sexier version of us. They often demonized entire food groups (usually either fats or carbs), and bade us to eliminate them altogether from our diets. They promised quick and easy results and often they delivered. Cutting your caloric intake significantly and dropping an entire food group will often result in initial weight loss. But this inevitably leads to cravings and lapses and whatever gains are made are often lost just as quickly.

That may be because these fad diets fundamentally damaged the way we see food in a number of ways. They’ve made us demonize fats or carbs and value a slim body over a healthy body. Moreover, they’ve made us jaded and cynical. Thus, as more and more people turn to a plant-based diet (with this year’s veganuary seeing record numbers of people eschewing meat and animal products) it’s easy for us to dismiss it as just another fad. But a plant-based diet that eschews processed foods rich in animal products for whole foods, is much more than a fad diet. Here we’ll look at why a vegan or plant-based lifestyle differs from the fad diets of yesteryear before going into some of the health benefits…

A plant-based diet is still a balanced diet

First, I do want to say that the definition of plant-based has changed over time. It used to mean entirely vegan, but then moved to also incorporate vegetarian diets, and now includes few or no animal products. Regardless, the MAJORITY of your diet consists of vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, and fruits. A plant-based diet can still be perfectly balanced while fad diets advocate the omission of entire groups of macronutrients. There’s very little in an omnivorous diet that can’t be found in the plant world. “But what about protein?” you may be asking. Here’s the thing. All proteins come from plants. Only plants can take nitrogen from the atmosphere and convert it into the amino acids which are the building blocks of protein. When we eat a T-bone steak or a chicken breast, we’re simply recycling the plant-based proteins stored in their muscle tissue. A plant-based diet has all the complex carbohydrates, fiber, healthy fats and protein we need to live long and healthy lives. The only possible exception is vitamin B12. This is important in maintaining metabolic function and is found abundantly in eggs, meat, fish and dairy products but it’s harder to come by in the plant world. Mushrooms have some, but not enough to sustain us which is why a B12 supplement is advisable (I personally take SuperB from Young Living – you can buy it here and B12 spray from Dr. Mercola). But then most omnivores probably aren’t getting enough vitamin B12 either. Let’s look at some more benefits of embracing a whole food, plant-based diet…

Your risk of cancer is drastically reduced

History will remember our time as an era in which most of the population courted the risk of this dreadful disease. Modern cancer research has come an incredibly long way, with breakthroughs in gene editing meaning that a cure for this awful sickness could come within our lifetime… But until then, prevention remains the best cure. Those on a plant-based diet reduce their cancer risk in a number of ways. Plant-based diets are high in fiber and this has been directly linked to reduced risk of colon cancer. Unlike meat, eggs or dairy products, plants are rich in essential vitamins and minerals and contain phytonutrients which are essential for a healthy immune system and keeping serious illness at bay. It also means that they eschew processed red meats like bacon, salami, pastrami and pepperoni which have been labeled by the World Health organization as Type 1 carcinogens.

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You spend less money on food

It’s a common fallacy that eating right is more expensive than subsisting on processed convenience foods than ready meals. In fact, in many cases the opposite is true. Fresh veggies, fruits, grains, and pulses tend to be far cheaper than meat, eggs, fish and dairy products and in most cases are less expensive than high calorie, low nutrient processed foods as well. This Time magazine article shows that vegetarians save around $750 a year more on food than meat eaters.

You vote for your wallet against animal suffering…

The primary motivator for many to cut animal products out of their diet (as well as their clothes, shoes and beauty products) is because they’re voting against normalized animal cruelty in the only way that matters in a capitalist society… With their wallets.

… And for sustainability

As our population grows, our animal agriculture industry is going to more and more environmentally damaging lengths to feed it. Raising animals for their meat, milk, and eggs utilizes far more land, water, and natural resources than growing plants. Animal agriculture is the world’s leading cause of species extinction, habitat loss, water pollution and ocean dead zones. In fact, 70% of soy grown on the planet is grown to feed livestock rather than humans. That should tell you everything you need to know about world hunger right there.

What can you do? This spring, I persuaded my husband to stop eating his daily turkey sandwich for lunch to a big delicious salad (it took his stomach a couple of weeks to adjust so please keep this in mind as you increase your veggies and decrease your meat). If I’m not home to make him a salad, he will prepare a bag salad kit, and I’m really proud of him! This switch must be attainable and easy friends! Try going plant-based, or simply reducing the plants : everything else ratio in your diet. You may be surprised at how much you benefit. If you would like a daily smoothie, salad or other plant-based recipe inspiration, follow me on Facebook or Instagram!

 

Peanut Butter Banana Mocha Smoothie

Lately, I’ve been scrambling to get out the door in the morning to get the kids to an early swim and dive practice. However, it’s not my normal stressed out I’m going to be late for work scramble that I do during the school year, so I’ll take it! Anyway, this scramble forced me to create this new breakfast – it’s an all-in-one smoothie. Get your caffeine and breakfast in one jar!

Everyone has been raving about these almond milk cold brews from Califia Farms, and I finally picked up this mocha flavor at the grocery store last week, and it is phenomenal. IMG_4922So after I was drinking a cold brew and a smoothie at the pool the other day, I decided to just put my coffee in my smoothie. It’s like a chunky monkey smoothie, but with mocha delicious coffee and some extra cacao, because there can never be enough chocolate. Makes me feel like I’m drinking a healthier version of a frappucino.
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Peanut Butter-Banana Mocha Smoothie (Vegan & Gluten-free)

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  • Difficulty: easy
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It's a traditional peanut butter, banana, and chocolate smoothie, but with a kick of coffee to create an easy frozen breakfast to help you wake up!

Tips: (1) Use Wowbutter to make this a peanut-free breakfast (2) Skip the coffee and add a non-dairy milk to make a caffeine-free smoothie.
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Ingredients


Directions

  1. Place the bananas and the cold brew at the bottom of the Vitamix or high-powered blender, and then top with remaining ingredients.
  2. Pureé until smooth.
  3. Drink and enjoy!

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Double Chocolate Gooey Butter Brownies (Vegan & Gluten-free)

On Saturday mornings growing up in St. Louis, my Dad would take me to Lubeley’s Bakery & Deli near our home to get a German coffee cake or pastry. My favorite was always the Gooey Butter Cake. There are so many stories about who actually created the Gooey Butter Cake, but it is a St. Louis treat that we usually eat for breakfast, like a coffee cake. It’s a cake that is layered with a thick creamy sticky topping, which creates a gooey-goodness!

I never realized that some of the foods I loved were only available in my hometown until I moved away for college and couldn’t find them anywhere. Most of them I can’t eat anymore because of my wheat and dairy intolerances, such as toasted ravioli, Provel cheese, or Ted Drewes Frozen Custard. Since discovering my food intolerances, I thought that I would try to recreate this St. Louis tradition with a vegan, gluten-free, and chocolate twist.

If you regularly follow me on Instagram or read my blog, then you know that I’m a chocoholic. I thought why not make Gooey Butter Brownies with a chocolate gooey topping? The key ingredient to making these Double Chocolate Gooey Butter Brownies extra chocolaty is Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder for the topping. Of course, you could use unsweetened cocoa powder, but the Hershey’s Special Dark Cocoa Powder takes this chocolate dessert to a new level of chocolate decadence.

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Double Chocolate Gooey Butter Brownies (Vegan & Gluten-free)

  • Servings: ~12
  • Difficulty: easy
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St. Louis sticky-sweet gooey butter cake takes a gluten-free vegan healthier twist with this easy, but decadent, chocolate recipe. Refined sugar-free option available.

Tips: use Xylitol Powdered Sugar for low-carb, refined sugar-free option.
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Ingredients

Cake Base

Perfect Paleo Brownies (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

Gooey Topping

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Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Lightly grease a 13- x 9-inch baking dish.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, prepare Perfect Paleo Brownies (Vegan & Gluten-Free). Press mixture onto bottom of prepared baking dish; set aside.
  4. Boil hot water for egg replacer.
  5. In a medium bowl, beat vegan butter and applesauce until creamy.
  6. Prepare your egg replacer (take with 3 teaspoons egg replacer, 4 tablespoons warm water, and mix until it thickens)
  7. Add the egg replacer and blend in powdered sugar (or Xylitol Powdered Sugar) until well combined.
  8. Pour gooey topping batter on top of the brownie-lined baking pan.
  9. Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until the brownies are nearly firm when you shake if (you want the topping to be a little gooey, so do not overcook the cake).
  10. Remove the brownies from oven and let them cool.
  11. Once they’ve cooled, sprinkle with powdered sugar (or Xylitol Powdered Sugar)if desired.
  12. Refrigerate any leftovers.

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Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Pie

Everyone knows that I’m obsessed with avocados. I eat one at least once a day. Although I’ve made desserts with avocados before, this pie might be the best one yet. It is green, but you don’t taste the avocado. My children and their neighbor friend didn’t question me for a second when I told them it was Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Pie. I call that a Mom win!

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Avocado Mint Chocolate Chip Pie (Vegan and Gluten-free)

  • Servings: 6 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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Tips: Crust can be made homemade with this recipe or if you don’t have time for homemade, check out Mi-Del Cookie Crust. It is available at Wal-mart for $5 and most grocery stores, and it’s allergy-friendly (dairy, gluten, egg, soy, and nut-free) but not sugar-free.

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Ingredients

Paleo Pie Filling

  • 4 large avocados
  • 1 cup coconut milk refrigerated overnight (hard cream only)
  • ⅛ cup lime juice (juice from ~1 lime)
  • ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 15 drops Young Living Peppermint Vitality Oil (you can buy it here)
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (I used mini chips)

Chocolate Sauce

The Best Vegan Chocolate Sauce (Optional, not sugar-free)

Crust

Easy Chocolate Crumb Crust (see tips for more details) 


Directions

  1. Prepare the chocolate pie crust first (or see tips for store-bought allergy-friendly crust).
  2. Put all of the ingredients, except the chocolate chips, in a Vitamix or high-powered blender, and purée until smooth.
  3. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Put into pie crust, and freeze for 1 hour.
  5. The result is a minty “nice cream” cake.

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Munching For The Mind, Foods That Boost Brain Power

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With the risk of memory loss and disorders like dementia on the scientific community’s consciousness, a lot of research has been done in what really gets the brain ticking. In particular, many are looking at the foods that can help improve memory and reduce the risk of developing dementia in later life. Some even suggest that these foods can help dementia patients manage their symptoms and maintain their independence for longer. So, what are the foods that are supposed to help you build a healthier brain?

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Leafy greens and other veggies

Leafy greens, like spinach, collard greens, and kale have become a popular food group as of late. A big part of this is the B9 and folate within them that have been shown to improve cognition and have a role in battling depression. Broccoli, cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables have a similar folate content, as well as ingredients that lower the amino acids related to memory loss. Kimchi is a recipe that takes quite a bit of time to prepare, but it contains lots of antioxidants that can stop the free radical damage so closely associated with cognitive impairment.

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Whole grains and legumes

High fiber foods are highly important for anyone who is, in fact, suffering from memory loss or related illnesses like dementia. For one, they tend to regulate digestion and make that process smoother which can help them more independently use the toilet. Quinoa is easy to make, easy to eat, and also contains a whole host of ingredients good for the brain. Zinc, phosphorus, and selenium, in particular, are hard to find in the average diet. Beans and other legumes also contain magnesium, potassium and more of that folate that can improve emotional health as well as mental health. Both grains and legumes can contain B vitamins that boost neurotransmitters which help maintain sharp brain function.

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Nuts and berries

Acai berries are something of a “superfood.” This doesn’t mean they are the cure-all for the world’s diseases nor that they are the only food you should eat. They are, however, jam-packed with anti-inflammatory ingredients, vitamin C, vitamin E, and those antioxidants that prevent free radical damage to the brain. Plus, acai berry smoothies are easy to make, simple to drink, and taste delicious. But most berries are good, it doesn’t necessarily have to be acai. Nuts like almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, and cashews contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Contrary to what the word “fat” means to a lot of people, this doesn’t mean they are unhealthy. Rather, healthy fats are making a big comeback, and let’s look at why that is.

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Omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3 aren’t just a “good” type of fat, they are essential to the human body. When we lack them, we are at a much greater risk of heart disease, depression, arthritis, and much more. What’s more, they play a crucial role in preventing the lesions on the brain that can cause dementia in the first place. There are multiple kinds of omega-3s, too. The most important kinds are DHA and EPA, which tend to be found in fish, with salmon having some of the highest content on the market. ALA is another type of Omega-3 that is less important, and less efficiently used by the body, but just a small amount of vegetable oil or leafy vegetables can help you get your recommended amount. 

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Spice it up

Whether you’re eating to preserve your mental health or you’re trying to help improve a loved one’s diet if they have dementia, the flavor is very important. Vegetable purees might be easy to digest and very good for you, but they have what we will kindly call an acquired taste. A little cinnamon can do wonders for the taste, but it can also do wonders for your brain. Cinnamon, cumin, and recent superfood darling, turmeric, all help reduce inflammation in the brain and can break up the plaque (literally deposits that cling between and outside cells) that can contribute to memory loss. Turmeric, popular as it is, is another antioxidant, preventing that free radical damage we’ve already covered.

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Making eating accessible

The foods mentioned here have been suggested not only to reduce your risk of dementia but also to help slow the progress of such conditions. Whether or not that is true is not fully defined, but any changes to the diet of someone with dementia should be made carefully. If a loved one will need skilled nursing, make sure that all dietary changes are cleared with them. Ensure you include lots of fiber in their diet to help digestion and incorporate smaller meals that can reduce the need for concentration, which people with memory loss can struggle with. If your loved developed dysphagia, where they have trouble swallowing, avoid hard-to-chew foods and consider those options designed specifically to address that problem like vegetable purees.

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What you shouldn’t eat

There are some foods to avoid if you’re seriously concerned about your mental health which can even speed up memory loss. It should be no surprise that processed foods are on the list of things to cut from your diet, high in specific proteins and nitrosamines, a component that causes the liver to produce fats that are bad for the brain. Breads, in general, should be cut down as much as possible. White bread is particularly dangerous, but even whole grain bread can spike your blood sugar, which leads to the inflammation that other foods we have looked at are trying to prevent. Diacetyl and nitrates are two more unhealthy brain foods that should be avoided at all costs and most commonly found in beers, margarine, processed meats, and microwave popcorn.

There is still much we don’t understand about memory loss and dementia, and it’s safe to expect that other foods and lifestyle habits will be found to contribute as great a role as the dietary recommendations listed above. Dementia is far from simple and it will take more than a diet to fight it, but it can play a bigger role than you might suspect.

 

Strengthen Your Body Today With These Excellent Hacks

You need to do as much as possible to make sure your body is protected and looked after. As you get older, your body starts to deteriorate naturally. But, the more you can do to take care of it right now, the better it will function as you get older. The more your body is taken care of the better it will be moving forward. You want to strengthen the body and make sure all areas of it are working as well as possible.

You need to give some thought to what is involved in making your body stronger. This means tending to the internal and external aspects of your body and your physical conditioning. There is plenty you can do to make your body stronger, and these are a few of the things you need to consider if you want to achieve that.

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Eat the Right Foods

Eating the right foods is a big part of how you can help look after your body and make it stronger. There are lots of different things you can do that will help you to get the right diet for your body. Joint care is a big concern as you get older, and if you are interested in looking after your joints, it is possible even if you are adopting a vegan diet. Making sure your joints are strengthened is all about anti-inflammatories, and there are plenty of these found in the vegan diet.

Get a Physical

You also need to be certain you are keeping tabs on your body and your physical condition. There are many things that can combine in order to affect your body, and this is why you need to get a physical. Doing this on a regular basis is really important for helping you stay in top shape and take steps to make your body better. It is so important to make sure you are taking regular trips to the doctor in order to keep yourself in check. You have to make sure you get a physical regularly so you can work on strengthening your body.

Be Careful

It’s also really important that you are careful in day-to-day life. This means being careful about what you are eating, being careful that you don’t slip and fall, and being careful with your body. The more careful you can be the easier it is to look after yourself and ensure you keep the body healthy and strong. Avoiding accidents and being careful at all times will make you a much healthier and stronger person.

Exercise

It is so important to ensure that you keep active and do what you can to exercise as much as possible. You need to make sure you keep yourself in good shape because this will keep the body strong. This is why you have to take as many opportunities as you can to work out and spend time exercising. There are numerous opportunities that you will have to ensure you can do this on a daily basis.

These are just a few of the great ideas that will help you to strengthen your body as the years go by. If you can take the time to assess what you are putting into your body, and ensure you are sensible and careful, you will help your body get stronger.

Pull Off the Natural Look with Confidence

Even though your overall self-esteem depends on various different factors, the truth is that a lot of women link it to their physical appearance only. That’s why many of them feel frustrated and devastated since they don’t perfectly fit into the standards of beauty promoted by celebrities and the beauty industry in general. Needless to say, a large number of those women rely on various makeup tricks on a daily basis, which often includes tons of makeup that can actually do more harm than good to both their skin and their confidence. In case you didn’t know, you can also look and feel confident while rocking a natural look, so keep on reading because we have some useful tips and trick on how to make that happen. Check them out and enjoy!

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Take proper care of your skin in the first place

No matter what people may say, the fact is that no makeup product can help you if you don’t take proper care of your skin. So, if you still haven’t established your skincare routine, it’s about time you did it! The first product you should get is a cleanser which will remove all the dirt, oil, and makeup residue from your face and unclog your pores that way. Ladies with oily skin should pick an oil-free cleanser, whereas those with skin prone to acne should look for a product with salicylic acid. On the other hand, cream cleansers are a great choice for women with dry skin. Apart from a cleanser, you should also use a scrub two to three times a week, as it will remove the dead skin cells and help your skin appear rejuvenated and refreshed. Moisturizer is another must since it will replenish the lost moisture and hydrate your skin, which is crucial for a healthy and luminous skin that always looks and feels smooth.

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A Foundation shade that flawlessly matches your skin tone matters a lot

Speaking of natural makeup, it can be described as a no-makeup makeup look which enhances your facial features by covering some minor flaws and emphasizing the good parts. A spotless complexion is exactly what characterizes this look, and this means that you should pay extra attention to the foundation shade you’re about to pick. Finding your match can be a bit tricky, and you should remember that swiping shades along your jawline is what counts – and not along the back of your hand, which is what the majority of ladies do. This should be done because it’s likely that your neck is a bit paler than your face, and the right hue will flawlessly melt into the skin and disappear into it. You can also get color-matched by a makeup artist if there’s such an option, which is always a great idea as you can get some free samples, too. So, once you find the perfect foundation shade, you can proceed with your natural makeup look and feel confident about it.

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Nail the rest of your natural look like a true pro…

When your foundation is all set, the next step is doing your brows, as these are one of the most important facial features that actually give your face a beautiful frame – if groomed properly, of course. The first thing you should do is give them a trim, but if you’re afraid to give them a too-close crop, just brush the hairs up with a spoolie and trim one long hair at a time. Since plucking can irritate your skin a little bit, you should massage your favorite facial oil onto the brow bone, which will prevent your skin from getting too sensitive. If you still have some sparse spots after trimming and plucking, just take a brow pencil that matches their natural color and fill them in. Then comb through with a clear brow gel and voila – your brows are all done! Adding a touch of highlighter to your cheekbones, brow bone, and bridge of the nose is another must, as it will give your face a subtle glow that significantly contributes to a natural look. Once that’s done, just add a touch of matte bronzer to warm up your complexion, one coat of black mascara, and your favorite lip gloss for fabulous sparkling lips, and you’re good to go!

As you can see, being confident isn’t about applying tons of makeup to your face on a daily basis, as you can get it done in just a few simple steps that guarantee you a flawless natural look you can be proud of. All you should do is to stick to our beauty tips and tricks, and you’ll instantly see a fantastic improvement everyone else will notice, too!

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Mia Taylor is a fashion and beauty enthusiast from Sydney and writer for www.highstylife.com. She loves writing about her life experiences. Traveling and enjoying other cultures and their food with her husband is a big part of her life. She is always on the lookout for new trends in fashion and beauty, and considers herself an expert when it comes to lifestyle tips.
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Beauty Boosting Foods to Add to Your Diet

We all want to look our best, so when things start going wrong with our appearance it’s easy to start splashing out on expensive lotions, potions, and treatments. While some of these, of course, can be effective, often it’s changing your diet and lifestyle that will make the most impact. When your body is healthy and nourished on the inside, it will reflect on the outside leaving you looking your very best. Foods, herbs, and spices have been used for centuries to treat all kinds of issues, so if you’re suffering from any of the following- here are some tips on foods that you can add to your diet.

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For Brittle Hair and Weak Nails

Beautiful hair will never go out of style, and shiny lush locks are a sign of youth and vitality. As a woman, your hair is sure to be a large part of your identity too, which is why ‘bad hair days’ really are unpleasant. Tips like brushing carefully, avoiding too much heat, chemicals and using the right products can physically help your hair. I personally add 1 drop Young Living Lavender Essential Oil and Young Living Cedarwood Essential Oil to my shampoo and massage it into my scalp in order to improve the overall appearance of healthy-looking hair. However, as well as taking care of your hair externally, one of the most important things that you can do is to take care of your hair from the inside out. Protein is the building blocks of cells, and so it’s important to make sure you have enough in your diet. Adequate protein (from lean sources to avoid excess fat) such as soy, beans, and even vegetables! Peas, spinach, kale, and broccoli are also high in protein, and of course, any kind of vegetable is going to be packed with the good stuff that will benefit your entire body.

For Varicose Veins

What are varicose veins, you might wonder. Well, these are veins that have become enlarged and twisted, and can also be painful. They’re commonly seen on the legs and tend to occur more in older people although you can get them when you’re younger and even children can develop them in rare cases. There are excellent surgical treatments that can remove unsightly varicose veins, but before you go under the knife there are other things you can try first- or even prevent them from forming in the first place. Maintaining a healthy weight and exercising but without standing for too long each day can be helpful. Eat foods that are anti-inflammatory, these include high-fiber foods, high-antioxidant foods, and natural diuretics. Add leafy greens, tomatoes, olive oil, nuts, and fruits to your diet. You can read more about anti-inflammatory foods here.

For Acne

In many cases, acne is hormonal. While your doctor will be able to advise you on the best course of treatment for you, to help reduce it naturally (or maintain healthy skin if you don’t have acne) there are a number of foods you should aim to eat and healthy skin care tips to consider. Probiotics can help to reduce inflammation and therefore reduce acne breakouts; my favorite Vegan and Gluten-Free probiotic is Life9 (you can buy it here). Foods like walnuts, avocados (my personal favorite), carrots and dark leafy greens are also great. Unprocessed fruits and vegetables will help your skin look its best, which is no surprise! Avoid certain kinds of dairy, sugar and fatty foods which can contribute to clogged skin and breakouts. Use herbs and spices to make food taste good, instead of things like oil, fats, and sugar.

Lemon Meringue Pie (Vegan and Gluten-free)

My father loves lemon meringue, so when I went to his house for Easter, I made one. The result is this creamy pie, with a hint of tartness, and a lemon poppyseed crust made from Bobo Bars.

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I wanted a little more lemon flavor but was concerned with the texture of the pie if I added more lemon juice. So instead I added 5 drops of Young Living Lemon Vitality.

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Lemon Meringue Pie (Vegan and Gluten-free)

  • Servings: 6 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
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A vegan, gluten-free, paleo creamy but slightly tart lemon meringue pie filling with a lemon poppyseed crust made from Bobo Bars.

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Ingredients

Pie Filling

  • 1 ½ cup cashews (soaked overnight or for at least 4 hours)
  • 1 can of coconut milk or cream refrigerated overnight (the hard part + 2 tablespoons remaining liquid from the bottom of the can)
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 3 ounces lemon juice
  • 5 drops Young Living Lemon Essential Oil (you can buy it here)
  • ½ cup coconut oil softened or melted
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Crust

Topping

Vegan Meringue


Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare the crust. Put Lemon Poppyseed Bobo Bars, maple syrup, and coconut oil in food processor and purée until well combined.
  3. Put the crust mixture in 9-inch pie pan.
  4. Cook crust for 10 minutes, set aside to cool.
  5. Put all of the ingredients for the pie filling in your Vitamix or high-powered blender, and purée until smooth. Place on top of the crust.
  6. Refrigerate for 1 hours.
  7. Before serving, prepare the vegan meringue, and spread and decorate the top of the pie.

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DIY Beauty Serums

The lovely Mia Taylor started off my recent series on Prepare Your Skin for Spring in Time. I’ve been creating DIY recipes to help you get your skin ready for Spring!  I recently made an energizing Peppermint Lemon Sugar Scrub, which was lovely on my awful feet, and now we are moving onto Mia’s tip on face serums!

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Since not all skin types are alike, face serums are not a one-size-fits-all option. Once a friend recommended to a recipe of 10 drops lavender, purification, tea tree, and frankincense in a 10 ml roll-on, but it was way too strong for my sensitive, dry and acne-free skin. So I asked some of my friends from our essential oil chat group to describe their skin type and share the essential oil serum recipe that they use – and I’m sharing mine too!

One thing to consider is the carrier oil that you will have to include in your beauty serum. The most common are jojoba or rosehip oil. Rosehip oil has a comedogenic factor of 0, which means it is widely believed to be non-comedogenic and will not clog your pores. The following image can help you decide the carrier oil to include in your serum.

comedogenic ratings

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First, I’ll present the very first face serum that is ideal for normal skin. Many start with this recipe because all of these oils are in the Young Living Premium Starter Kit. It’s simple, and if you’re looking for a good place to start – you can always add other essential oils that you’d like to try after you have played around with this combination. basic starter kit Sheet Skin Care

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For those of you not familiar with Manuka, it is a skin oil from the myrtle family that is said to be similar to tea tree, but some consider it to be stronger that tea tree.

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IMG_9332 Rocky's serum.jpgIn this recipe you may also use regular Cypress if your skin is oily or blue cypress if you would like additional moisturization.

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If you haven’t heard of Elemi, it is in the Frankincense family; we like to refer to it as the poor man’s Frank, because it’s cheaper but does a great job in a face serum blend!

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I created this serum because, in the summer, Lemon and citrus oils can cause photosensitivity, and are not recommended prior to spending time outside. I have never had a problem applying a blend in the evening before bed though with citrus oil, the night before. But, I wanted to make a citrus-free blend for the morning since my skin is dry and needs moisturizing. ____________________________________________________________________________________________

If you’re interested in learning more about essential oils and haven’t got your Premium Starter Kit, you’ll never regret the decision! The oils are very versatile and can be used for so many things! For example, the Lavender in your facial serum can also be diffused to create a calming, relaxing aroma before bedtime or for respiratory support. I’d love to add you to our chat group where we have a ton of great recipes to share! Please email me if you’d like to learn more about these amazing oils!

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