Peppermint & Sea Salt Invigorating Body Scrub

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Peppermint & Sea Salt Invigorating Body Scrub from Neal's Yard Remedies Natural Beauty Book

With swimsuit season just around the corner it’s time to get your skin ready for summer! And this Peppermint & Sea Salt Invigorating Body Scrub is here to help. Most of the creams and potions claiming to help you tone your legs and butt, and get rid of cellulite are bogus. But there are a few natural things you can do to help tone your body, diminish cellulite, and see actual results.

To combat that annoying dimpled skin on your butt and thighs, we first have to understand what causes it. Cellulite occurs when fat deposits under the skin push through layers of collagen fibers, or connective tissue, under the skin. This often occurs in the butt and thighs, but can also occur also on arms, stomachs, and other places where you have excess body fat.

Genetics plays a big part, as does getting regular physical exercise. Good circulation is key, and exercise helps keep your circulation working well. Estrogen plays a part as well, which is why it tends to get worse post menopause. But the ingredients in this Peppermint & Sea Salt Invigorating Body Scrub can help.

Dry brushing is also one of the best ways you can combat cellulite and help tone your body at the same time. If you already dry brush your body daily, you’re ahead of the game! If not, you might start now…

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Aging Well Tips ~ Part 2: Detox Your Fridge & Pantry

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Are you aging well? Feeling healthier and more energetic as you age? Or are you feeling your age, more aches and pains, more weight gain or less energy than you’d like? If the latter rings true for you, it might be time to take a look at what you’re eating, and how your diet affects aging well. These tips to Detox Your Fridge & Pantry will help.

Have you had a chance to read Part 1: Love Your Body and implement some of the tips for aging well? Hopefully you are well on your way to lovin’ your body, so it can love you back! In Part 2: Detox Your Fridge & Pantry, we’ll take a look at how your diet contributes to aging well and how to read labels. Use these tips to clean out and toss unhealthy items from your fridge and pantry. They’ll also come in handy for shopping at the grocery store. Whether you’re eating at home or on the go these tips will help to you to eat healthier and will support you in aging well. You might be surprised by what you learn!

Of course there are many factors that go into aging well, including genetics, and the tips we talked about in Part 1: Love Your Body. While healthy eating is a very important aspect of aging well, it’s by no means the only factor. So let’s take a look at how to Detox Your Fridge & Pantry, and how a healthy diet (NOT dieting, that’s a big no-no in my book!) supports you in aging well.

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Raspberry Smoothie

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raspberry smoothie

Who loves a good raspberry smoothie? Anyone besides me!?! Raspberries have always been one of my most favorite foods. They are beautiful to look at, smell and taste delicious, and fun to pick too. Did you ever pick raspberries as a kid? One for the basket, one for me, one for the basket, one for me… as it turns out, raspberries are super healthy for you too!

Ok I know it’s not exactly raspberry season right now. And in general I recommend eating seasonally as much as possible. But it’s Valentine’s Day and raspberries are my favorite food. So to show my love and gratitude for you following my blog, I wanted to share a raspberry treat with you! And this Raspberry Smoothie is delish, with a secret rosy ingredient…

So what are some of the awesome health benefits of raspberries that rank them near the top of the superfood list?

Health Benefits of Raspberries

  • Calorie for calorie they contain more fiber than almost any food on the planet.
  • Raspberries are also a good source of vitamins C and K, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium.
  • Recent studies confirm that raspberries contain a wide array of antioxidants with a host of potential benefits for regulating metabolism and fighting diseases.
  • Raspberries contain anti-inflammatory compounds like ellagic acid, which has been shown to fight cancer cells without damaging healthy cells.
  • And raspberries contain anthocyanins which are natural Cox inhibitors, helping fight pain and inflammation naturally.

Sounds good to me. I think I’ll eat a few more! This nutritious, healthy Raspberry Smoothie from Healing Foods is a perfect way to LOVE your body every day, not just on Valentine’s Day.

Sidebar: If you like this Raspberry Smoothie recipe, check out the Healing Foods book by Neal’s Yard Remedies, it’s packed full of healthy recipes organized by which body organs and conditions they help support: like heart health, gut health, stress relief, energy boosting, etc. It’s one of my favorite books, and the front section of the book is my favorite part. It includes the health benefits of most whole foods from fruits, veggies, and herbs, to nuts, seeds, grains, even meats and dairy. This helps you understand how what you put into your body can affect different systems in your body, boosting your energy, helping you sleep, easing your gut ache, and more. Plus it’s beautifully designed with gorgeous photos too.

Valentines Raspberry Smoothie

From Healing Foods book by Neal’s Yard Remedies

Depending on the time of year, you might have to use frozen raspberries for this recipe. That’s OK since it’s a smoothie, and you need a frozen component to make it a smoothie, frozen raspberries will do the trick instead of ice.

The antioxidant rich raspberries, blueberries, and coconut water help to rehydrate the body and reduce feelings of fatigue. Plus the pistachio nuts, cardamom seeds, and concentrated rose in the rose syrup are said to keep love on your mind.

1 cup organic raspberries, fresh or frozen
1 cup organic blueberries, fresh or frozen
1/4 teaspoon cardamom seeds, crushed
2 tablespoons pistachio nuts, shelled
1 cup coconut water
Dash of Rose Syrup, optional (see recipe below)

Put all ingredients into a Vitamix or strong blender and blend to a smooth consistency. If serving immediately pour into tall glasses and serve garnished with mint or basil. Otherwise, the drink will last for up to two days if stored in a tightly sealed bottle and refrigerated.

Serves 2

Rose Syrup 🌹

Rose syrup is mildly sedative and immune-enhancing it can be used to sweeten herbal infusions, poured over pancakes and ice cream, drizzled over fruit salads, used in a sorbet, or diluted with water and drunk as a cordial. Highly perfumed Damask Rose or French rose are best for this recipe. Keep the temperature low to preserve their benefits.

1 cup organic raw sugar
Juice of one lemon
Juice of one orange
3 1/2 ounces organic dried rose petals or the petals of 10 fresh red rose heads

Dissolve the sugar and 1/4 cup water in a small sauce pan over low heat without letting it boil boiling will make the mixture cloudy.

Add the citrus juices, then turn the heat down and simmer for five minutes. Over the next 15 minutes, gradually add the rose petals and stir thoroughly before adding more. Remove from the heat, let cool, and strain.

Pour the hot syrup into the clean glass bottle, seal and keep refrigerated. Use within six weeks.

Happy Valentines Day every day! Please leave a comment to let us know your favorite recipe using raspberries.

Aging Well Tips ~ Part 1: Love Your Body

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Birthdays are a great time to reflect on our lives and assess whether we’re aging well. With 55 trips around the sun under my belt, I’m happy to look back and realize that I feel healthier and more energetic today than I have since my late teens or early 20’s. And it feels great to have as much or more energy and motivation to do things in my mid-50’s as I did in my younger years.

It’s flattering when people comment and say I look young for my age. But for me it’s more about “aging well” than “looking younger.” A lot of it is likely genetics—and I’m grateful for my good genes—however, much of my good health, energy, and younger look definitely stem from living the Happy Well Lifestyle that I share with you on my blog.

In fact modern scientific research has shown just how much our diet and lifestyle greatly impact our genes for better or worse. It’s now known that only about 10% of ALL chronic diseases are genetic in nature, the rest we have control over. To varying degrees we can actually turn our genes ON or OFF.

Are you feeling healthier and more energetic as you age too? Or are you feeling your age, maybe less motivated, more weight gain, difficulty sleeping, or more aches and pains? If any of that sounds like you then my tips for aging well can help. In Part One we look at the importance of quality sleep, hydration, and moving your body for your overall health and wellness, with tips to help you overcome obstacles in these areas. Then in Part Two we’ll cover more ways to continue aging well.
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