What is a Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet?

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” -Hippocrates

What is a whole foods plant based diet? If you aren’t familiar with the term, it is a way of eating that focuses on a variety of whole, unrefined plant foods including vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes. It eliminates all animal products, processed foods, sugar, animal fats, and oils.

Why would you want to consider eating this way? It has the potential to prevent or reverse chronic diseases, lead to weight loss, improve mental clarity, lower cholesterol, and reduce or eliminate inflammation. An added bonus is reducing your carbon footprint.


Read more...

Healthy Snack Suggestions and Recipes

When you’re looking for a snack do you grab the first thing in sight? Or crave the most unhealthy food you have in the house? Instead of doing that, take the time to plan ahead and shop for healthy snacks.

Here are a bunch of ideas for you. In addition to being good for you, they’re pretty tasty too!

Read more...

Good Intentions Won't Change Your Life

You’ve heard about it every year since you’ve been an adult, leaving the old year behind and planning a fresh start in the new year. It sounds good in theory but so often that’s not how it works. Call them New Year’s resolutions or simply the desire to create change in your life.

Here’s the thing. It IS possible to implement long-lasting behavioral changes and the beginning of a new year is the perfect time to do it! Really any time is a good time so if your reading this at a later date don’t wait to begin. The only thing that’s necessary to create change is that you take action and follow through on your plans.
Read more...

A Quick, Healthy Dinner Idea

One of my go-to meals when in a hurry is a Grain Bowl. They’re super easy to make, allow for creativity and are very nutritious.

To create a Grain Bowl you’ll need:
  • A grain (pretty obvious I know)
  • Fresh greens
  • Vegetables
  • Sauce
Read more...

How “Clean” Are Your Beauty Products?


Have you ever stopped to think about what’s in your makeup? For generations wearing makeup has meant covering your skin in harsh, even toxic, chemicals. The average woman applies hundreds of chemicals to her face and skin every day.

Do you shop for products, including cosmetics, that are safe? Are your eyes drawn to packaging with words like “natural” or “pure” across the front? You assume since the label is marked “natural” you’re good to go. That may not be the case.

Unfortunately products with those labels may still contain a laundry list of ingredients that could be hazardous to your health. This is called greenwashing. The label makes you feel like you’re getting a trustworthy product but once you start researching the ingredients you discover otherwise.

Take a look at the list of ingredients on your cosmetics. Do they contain any of the items listed below? It’s important to know regardless of whether you are an every day makeup wearer, occasional makeup wearer, or only wear makeup on special occasions.

A list of toxins that can be found in cosmetics:
  • Bismuth
  • Carmine
  • Coal tar
  • Dimethicone
  • Formaldehyde
  • Hydroquinone
  • Lake dye
  • Mineral oil
  • Nano particles
  • Oxybenzone
  • Parabens
  • Petroleum based ingredients
  • Phthalates
  • Polypropylene
  • Silicone
  • Sulfates
  • Synthetic colorants
  • Synthetic fragrances
  • Talc
  • Triclocarban
  • Triclosan 

What happens when you use products with these ingredients on a consistent, continual basis? The toxins build up in your body and it has a hard time breaking them down. Over time, the buildup happens faster than the breakdown and could lead to serious health issues. You may not notice it today, but over time you could and you might never make the connection between the two.

What can you do? Start looking for makeup that is:
  • toxin free
  • plant based
  • cruelty-free
  • responsibly sourced
As with so many things these days, since my journey with cancer I am very aware of the products I apply to my skin. I don’t wear a lot of makeup but what I do use is chemical free and plant based. 

To learn about the brand I use, click the button below to check out my Discover Clean Beauty class or contact me. 


Love what you read here? Subscribe for updates.


Follow me on Social:


Note: There may be affiliate links in this post. • I am not a doctor. All information is for educational use only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional.
 
Read Older Updates