How to be a raw-some beach babe: My Top 8 Tricks to Eat Raw and Shine Bright!

7a8d877e126e2c0968d1c3ac2500ea37Hey, sexy people. First of all: your body and mind are beautiful just the way they are. But if you feel like you wanna get cleaner, fitter, happier and healthier – then I’ve got some tips to help you become the best you can be. It all starts with what ya eat.

Drink water. Question: would you prefer to drink from a stagnant, slimy pond or a fresh, clear, flowing stream? Hands up for the stream! We want fresh water! The same logic applies to your body. Keep flushing out toxins and other gunk by drinking water regularly, otherwise your body has to keep re-using liquid and things quickly become un-fresh. Drinking water regularly keeps your organs hydrated and your bowels moving.  I drink about 1400 ml every day, most of this I add to my smoothies.

Soak up that sweet Vitamin D. When the sun shines, I run outside – if I’m not already there – to soak up the vitamin D that is naturally sourced from the sun. Yes, you can get vitamin D in fortified foods and supplement form but it is by far the best quality straight from the sky. Besides, tan skin makes everybody look yummy. Note: I live Vancouver, where we only get good sunshine for a few months of the year, so when it’s not summer, I do have to take a vitamin D supplement and I recommend you do the same if you’re in my cloudy boat.

Y56jLir5VK-wtm_lzC_EPYx0RxHg89GQN5XgbRoO4IoFRUIT IT UP. I eat about 2,000 calories of raw, organic fruit every day and it is the ultimate beauty product. Fruit is one of the most ultra-hydrating, cancer-fighting, longevity-enhancing, life-giving foods on the planet. We have evolved to thrive on fruit. The sugar in fruit feeds our brain, the water replenishes our cells, the fiber helps digestion, and the plethora of minerals, nutrients and vitamins basically allow us to live life to the fullest and feel amazing. Most people only have a couple of pieces of fruit a day, as a snack between meals… most people are doing it wrong. My breakfast is always a smoothie of around 10 bananas, 1 cup of frozen berries, a handful of dates, and a ton of filtered water. My lunch is similar. I go hard, and it works. Eating a diet high in fruits will help your body find its natural healthy weight. If you don’t take to sugar very well, try non-sweet fruits and more veggies!

Get sweaty. Whether it’s wild sex, dancing naked, running, bicycling, yoga, weight-lifting or chasing the dude that just grabbed your smoothie (you can’t blame him, that drink looked irresistible), sweating and panting/breathing hard for at least 20 minutes every day is a must if you wanna get lean and toned. Besides, the post-workout high is always worth it in itself. Hello, endorphins! My exercise regime? It varies every day, but the list I gave pretty much covers my faves. I love using FitnessBlender.com for workout videos.

Eat some nuts. No more than a handful a day is all you need. Nuts and seeds have a lot of important minerals that play a role in brain function as well as beautifying your hair, skin and nails. Check out my blog, ThisRawsomeVeganLife.com, for loads of dessert recipes that provide your day’s intake of nuts.

Become BFF’s with coconut oil. I use virgin, cold-pressed, organic coconut oil (whatta mouthful, I know) in all aspects of my life. The bedroom, the kitchen, the bathroom… you name it. It smells freaking phenomenal, it’s full of healthy fats that give you long-lasting energy, and it is super moisturizing for your skin. Mix in some essential oils and you’ve got perfume too. I put it all over my body every day. Use it as deodorant. Use it as lube (speaking of wild sex…) Use it to heal cuts. Use it as sunscreen. Use it in stir frys. Use it in brownies. Special brownies? Why not. (Yes, I have a raw vegan special brownie recipe).

Hit up the farmers market. You will get the best quality produce in your area, and it’s grown by awesome people too. Ask the merchants what you can us their produce for, and watch yourself learn how to get creative and confident in the kitchen! The farmers market is also a great place to find like-minded cool people to share fruit bowls with who care about health, the environment, and animal rights.

Throw food on your face. Pimples got ya down? Mash a banana onto your gorgeous visage, rub it around and wash it off. Honestly, most fruits are great as face masks, and if you want an exfoliating scrub – use ground coffee beans, ground nuts, or rolled oats. My fave face mask is 1 tablespoon cacao powder, 1 tablespoon of ground coffee beans, and enough water to make a paste out of them. Spread it onto a freshly washed face and let it sit for 10 minutes, then rinse it off and feel your skin be as soft as a baby’s bum.

Emily is the founder of The Rawsome Vegan Life. She is a blogger, vegan and lover of holistic living! Find more of her below:

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Wellness Wednesdays with Hol:Fit- Top 5 Supplements for Optimal Health

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Now that you’ve added in the 5 Most {Inside/Out} Beautifying Foods, today I want to review 5 Supplements you may want to consider.

It’s important to know that there is no supplement that will trump a consistently healthy, organic whole foods diet. With that in place though – there are still times you may not be getting everything you need. Our soil quality, toxic environment and lifestyle can leave us depleted, and that is where the beauty of supplements comes in. Always seek out foods rich in the components of these 5 supplements first and remember that you generally get what you pay for when you are looking at brands. And before you dive you in – it’s always best to chat with your medical professional to understand what your specific gaps + requirements are.

 

Here are the Top 5 Supplements to consider:

1. Omega 3:

While the obsession with low-fat foods has come + gone, most people still do not get enough healthy fats in their diet. Fats contribute to mental health, hormonal balance, reduce inflammation and most importantly – ensure that vitamins A,D,E + K are absorbed properly! After researching all the fish oil supplements on the market, I feel that Fermented Cod Liver Oil by Green Pastures is the way to go. It’s contains the most deficient forms of Omega 3’s, DHA + EPA and is naturally high in Vitamins A  + D.

2. Vit D:

If you live in a seasonal climate, are dark skinned or don’t get at least 10 min of sunlight on your sunscreen-free skin, there is a good chance you are deficient in Vit D. This is something your doctor can do a simply blood test to determine which is great so that you have a baseline to compare to after you start supplementing. Vit D is a hormonal precursor and deficiency is linked to many diseases. Optimal levels in the body range between 50-70ng and again you can work with your doctor to determine where you are currently at. The best approach would be to get outdoors every every and let the sun kiss your cheeks for about 10 min. Otherwise – this is my fave D3 supplement:

3. Magnesium:
This is a necessary supplement due to our soils being so depleted and it is difficult to get enough from food sources. An anti-inflammatory and lacking in many

people’s diets. The are several ways you can top up your levels – being mindful that you don’t exceed 500 mg total per day. Topically – you can apply Magnesium Oil to your skin – I would focus on areas of typical inflammation for you. Internally you can take magnesium supplements – my fave way is to make a tea at night using Natural Calm brand. Lastly – you could just take a bath! Run the water and add 1cup of epsom salts, dazzle it up with a few drops of pure lavender essential oil and soak for about 20 min 3x a week. Boom! Relaxation, magnesium supplementation + bliss.

4.Gelatin:

Want healthier hair, skin, nails + joints along with improved digestion? You may have heard of the healing powers of Bone Broth and it’s due to the gelatin. Most people see noticeable changes in their skin, hair + nails within weeks of taking. My fave brand is Great Lakes Grass-Fed Gelatin. As a supplement 1tbsp has 6g of protein – so it’s a nice add into a smoothie, or you can use it to make homemade jello.

5. Probiotics: 

Happy gut = happy life and the best way to ensure a happy gut is to make sure you have more good bacteria than you do the bad guys. Gut health has a huge impact on your overall health and by supplementing with probiotics you will boost your immunity and improve digestion, absorption + elimination. Fermenting foods to preserve + produce probiotics is still a practice in many cultures and has become popular in recent years once again. So raise that glass of kombucha boho babe! Here’s my fave probiotic brand for supplementing when your diet is lacking in kraut, kefir, kombucha, kimchi + tempeh. {If you want to learn how to make your own Kombucha, Kefir + Sprouts at home – check out my webinar/eBook bundle}

Ange Peters, the founder of Hol:Fit  is a holistic personal trainer & nutritionist, online holistic health teacher, podcaster of The Holistic Health Diary and an Ambassador for Tiny Devotions.

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