There's something so refreshing about the start of a new year. For me, the new year always inspires and renews my energy, which gives me excitement for what is to come. As we move into this next season, I am choosing to channel my energy towards peace. No matter how you may have entered this year, know that today doesn't have to be just another day. Nothing but blank pages are ahead for you - how will you choose to fill them?
In my experience, the bath is always the best place for me to decompress and become one with my thoughts, which creates a sense of peace and balance. Taking a bath will help you relax both physically and mentally. When a tense body enters a warm bath, the hot water increases body temperature, which relaxes muscles. While you're in the bathtub, why not start journaling. Write down your feelings, both good and bad. This process helps you manage your emotions and gain perspective. We are certainly being tested as a society right now. The more we can get a handle on issues, the better. When journaling, be sure to state ALL for which you are grateful. This will help you develop a more positive attitude, and you will attract more positive outcomes.
Before you relax in the bathtub, dry brush your body for 10 minutes. Dry brushing exfoliates the skin, breaks down cellulite, increases circulation, and rids the body of toxins. I use a vegetable brush to dry brush my body. I begin on my legs and work my way up my body, always towards my heart. When doing your legs, dry brush longer on areas that have cellulite. The fresh blood flow oxygenates your tissue, and oxygen burns fat. When dry brushing your abdomen, always go in a clockwise direction. Do your best to reach your back as well. Or, get your partner to help you with this fun task. Always clean your brush thoroughly after each use to rid the brush of the dead skin cells. In addition to the physical benefits, dry brushing your body releases serotonin from your brain, helping to increase your mood and bring you happiness. In these trying times, we need as much self-care and home therapy as possible.
Sadly, COVID-19 is with us in the new year. This virus has been with us for more than a year, and has taught us that our health is the most important asset we have. Studies have shown for thousands of years that our diets are linked to premature aging, disease, weight gain, quality of life, and even the quality of our skin. Everyone knows I believe beautiful skin can only truly be achieved with quality nutrition, health, and wellness, and by using the best skin care system available. I have devoted my life's purpose to health and wellness - both physical and emotional - and excellent skincare products that treat and nourish the skin.
Improving your diet doesn't have to be complicated. If you reduce your calorie intake to 1/3 of what you typically eat, you can prevent many diseases, and help your immune system operate at peak levels. Eating smaller meals and eating only when you're hungry, is the best way for your body to burn fat cells.
Our food choices are so important to our health and well being. One way to start the new year off right is to clean out your pantry, refrigerator, and your freezer. Remove all processed foods and replace with them fresh food. For optimal health, people need fresh fruits, vegetables - both grown above ground and below ground, whole grains (in small quantity), nuts, seeds, lean protein, and certain fish. Fish is an excellent source of lean protein, however, limit your intake of swordfish, tilapia, and tuna. The larger the fish the more mercury it contains, and studies show that mercury consumption can lead to cancer. Limit your dairy intake as well.
Now more than ever, living a healthy lifestyle is really important. You will have a greater quality of life and, of course, your skin will look amazing too!
As always, I love to share my recipes with you all. Here is the perfect cold winter day pick me up!
Recipe for Chicken Stew:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
1 fresh organic chicken cut up into 8 pieces.
Remove the skin. Salt and pepper to taste.
3 tablespoons of chopped garlic
1 cup of chopped yellow or red onion
1 large carrot peeled and chopped
2 Bay leaves
Kosher salt to taste
Fresh ground pepper
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoons fresh ground coriander seeds
1 tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Juice and rind of 1 organic lemon
4 cups of chicken stock
Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to heated cast iron pan or heavy bottom pan. Sauté for 5 minutes on each side. Remove from pan and set aside. Add chopped vegetables, herbs and spices to pan. Add remaining olive oil, salt and pepper. Sauté for 5 minutes stirring often. Remove from pan. Deglaze the pan with lemon juice. Scrape the bits of residue from the bottom of the pan. Add chicken and vegetables back into the pan. Add stock and Bay leaves. Stir well. Cover pan and place in preheated oven for 1 hour. Remove pan from oven, add lemon rind and stir well. Let it rest for 15 minutes.
Serves 4 to 5, and can be eaten with a fresh green salad.
- Drink 1/2 ounce of water per pound that you weigh every day. Add fresh organic lemon juice to at least 2 glasses.
- Floss your teeth and scrape your tongue every morning and night. When doing this in the morning make sure its before you eat or drink anything.
- Your stomach is as big as your closed fist. Remember this when eating. if you over eat, your food will turn to toxic waste. This toxic waste lowers your immune system, makes you lethargic, and will make you break out and give you rosacea.
- Never eat after 8 pm. Your digestive organs stop working after 8.
- Never use hot water when washing your face. Doing this will break your capillaries.
More tips to come next month!