Body, Food, Health

Cleanse you CAN.

It’s been a while, girls and boys. And now that the fall issue of Bisous has launched and I am *wed we can be friends again.

Before hopping back into everything that is beautiful, I want to start from the inside out!

Now, I’ve done all kinds of cleanses in the past. Everything from fasting, which I’ll never do again unless I medically need to, to powder form, to you name it. All of them were tolerable. All of them did something towards the end that was positive in some way. All of them appreciated.

And life was good. Until life became superb…

Behold, the CAN CAN CLEANSE!

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Never ever EVER have I dreamed of a cleanse being delicious. Nutritious? Yes. Delicious? Never.

Here is how the story went:

On Wednesday I happen to see a Tweet from the beautiful Kat Odell [Editor at Eater LA and star of Eat, Drink, Love on Bravo].

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On Thursday I arrange a drop off for the following day.

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At 8:30AM on a Friday an adorable Teresa, the creator, came to my door with a smile on her face and a bag full of gorgeous glass jars filled with magic. The very next day I gave these fancy jars a whirl.

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1-day Power Cleanse Schedule

I did a one day Power cleanse, though the options range from 1 to 3 to 5 days. As you can see each jar contains juices, milks, a soup and a tea (you can divide into two cups). Even more amazing – they’re seasonal! Each one was better than the other, I never felt hungry once and looked forward to discovering new flavors as the day went on. Did I mention I had tons of energy?

Woke up and did the crunchy chia juice, had the nut milk [o my god the flavours] in the car on my way to a shoot, a yummy green juice at the shoot, left the to-die-for soup in the car to warm up by the time I was done with the shoot, came home to a refreshing watermelon juice, walked around the neighborhood with all of my excess energy then came home and pounded another green juice, caught up on some friend time with the vanilla nut milk in hand and rested with two delicious cups of warm tea whilst reading the upcoming Palahniuk novel. For. The. Win.

Shame I only did the one day.

Whether you’re a cleanse aficionado or virgin, you should want nothing more than to experience this life changing cleanse. I can honestly say I’ll never touch another chalky detox again.

You can find out all you need to know here: http://cancancleanse.com/

P.S. I chose to reuse the beautiful jars…

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Pickled serrano chiles.

*Tune in tomorrow for the juicy details of my wedding/s!
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Food, Remedy, Skin

Stomach to Skin | Estomac à la Peau

Just popping in to list a few foods your skin and belly appreciate…

For all skins:

  • cherries
  • citrus fruits
  • walnuts
  • dates
  • black soybeans

For dry skins:

  • avocados
  • coconut oil
  • sesame oil
  • flaxseed
  • pine nuts
  • hazelnuts
  • sunflower seeds

For oily skins/acne prone:

  • papaya
  • pineapple
  • carrots
  • broccoli
  • brown rice
  • oats

Dark circles:

  • Asian pear
  • spinach

Hair and nails:

  • onions
  • sea veggies
  • eggs
  • salmon
  • garlic

 

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Food, Health, Remedy

Health | Santé

Despite all things that may go left, life is important. Health is important.

“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” – Buddha

What you put in your body is the way it portrays itself on the outside. There are no amount of creams and serums that will transform your skin, nails and hair into a picturesque beauty unless you also protect yourself from within.

Stuffing fried chicken and burgers into your face every day will, no matter how blessed you are genetically, show in sprouts of blockage on your dermis. Same with soda, artificially flavoured eats, preservatives, etc. These are all things I’m sure you already know from your mother, but you don’t listen because they “taste so good” and you crave them.

This said, I am not opposing to an occasional indulgence. Life is about celebration and comfort. These two are important. Eat your cake, your papas fritas, your bloody filet mignon…in moderation. In moments like this – savour each nibble. Allow yourself to appreciate how hard you work on keeping yourself in tip-top health in order to enjoy the luxury of an occasional “slip”.

“There’s lots of people in this world who spend so much time watching their health that they haven’t the time to enjoy it.” ¬†-Josh Billings

Not to sound like a nagging nutritionist, but…

  • Fruit and veggies can be consumed abundantly and always. Raw, they are an excellent source of vitamins, antioxidants and sugars. Best: leafy greens like kale and mangos.
  • A handful of nuts goes a long way (that’s what she said) as a quick snack. Best: walnuts. ¬†And if nuts aren’t your bag – try dried fruit. Best: apricots.
  • Eggs in the morning are a lot better for your cholesterol than steaks…any time of the day.
  • A lot of acne problems surface from the intake of white carbs and sugars. Stick to whole grains and raw sugar, but please stay away from sugar substitutes if you care about your nervous system.
  • Carnivores should stick to lean meats like grilled chicken/turkey and treat themselves rarely to bloody brawn.
  • Fish is great for healthy oils, fats, minerals and vitamins – especially if you are preggers, though keep away from sushi until your pop. Best: salmon.
  • Coffee, in moderation, actually provides¬†minerals such as magnesium and chromium and prevents your chances of diabetes and some cancers.
  • Alcohol, also in moderation, is a safeguard against heart diseases as it thins the blood. Red wine, in particular, is a great source of antioxidants.
  • Water…no more needs to be said. You already know.

To life!

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