Every action and intention begins with a thought! Our thoughts are incredibly powerful but how does one prove that? It's so hard to be able to quantify the power of our thoughts butRead More
I think everyone needs a great sun hat. I could seriously find 101 reasons to rock this hat! Like strolling through the farmers market, reading a book outside, going casual in jeans and a tank, or even strolling incognito in the grocery store. Want to know the coolest part about this hat?! it's both fashionable and protects me from the sun.Read More
Where to even start?... well, let's talk about foods that support healthy hormone production and metabolism. I love this awesome diet created which focuses on foods based on hormone fluctuations throughout your cycle!Read More
Water is essential to every function in our body, we can only live days without it. One of the simplest activities to improve health is to DRINK MORE WATER but first you need to know what's in your water!Read More
A quick efficient way to your greens is in a shot! Who can say no to a boost in energy, glowing skin and tons of nutrients.Read More
Guess what time it is?! ... It's Osteoporosis awareness month which affects ALL of us healthy fashionistas .Read More
It's about that time to start digging in the soil and planting for the summer harvest. I could honestly spend the whole day gardening! We just moved into a new house in Ojai, Ca and the backyard needs quite a lot of work... which will be a fun project. Here's some stylish tools for any fashionistas working in the garden.Read More
No, I'm not referring to hallucinogenic mushrooms! I'm talking about the endless benefits of medicinal mushrooms used for healing and optimal living.
Mushrooms are simply marvelous. The sizes, shapes, and colors are beautiful and the health benefits are HUGE!!!Read More
Hey Guys! Sorry for my brief sabbatical. I was helping my fiancé move to Santa Barbara and picked up the cold which put me out for a couple of days.... but I learned some great tips to stay healthy while traveling.Read More
Looking for a quick way to get your morning greens? Try the green goddess smoothie!Read More
We all have hangups about our own appearance but how are you interpreting them? Are you nice to yourself? Do you focus on how amazing and beautiful you are....or hung up on that little imperfection that drives you crazy?Read More
The healing power of nature , also known as 'Vis Medicatrix Naturae' is core principle in naturopathic medicine.Read More
I'm going to tell you about my secret to many skin aliments from acne, burns, rashes, and even fungus. It's the perfect combination of plants that heal, soothe, and have antimicrobial properties. It's called CCC cream which stands for Calendula, Comfrey, and Cornflower.Read More
Need a little pick-me-up? Try this nutrient rich smoothie that's packed with protein and loaded with antioxidants & enzymes to support digestion!
I included some of my favorite ingredients...
1 cup raspberries
1/3 cup papaya (sliced)
1 slice ginger
1 sprig fennel
1/4 cup spinach & kale
2 tablespoons spirulina
1 lemon wedge
1 Cup of cucumber-infused water
Blend & drink!
Photography by Jared Duhon of J. Duhon Photography
Take a minute, sit back, and visualize your ideal visit to the doctor
- Do you wish they would have talked to you longer?
- Did they ask you about your stress level or your support network?
- Did you discuss your diet and lifestyle?
- Was the doctor's office a warm and inviting setting?
- Did you feel cared for?
- Were you looking for more treatment options than pharmaceuticals?
Well, I have news for you... It already exists!!!
Naturopathic doctors are a rare breed of physicians that have deeply thought about those questions and created a model of medicine that integrates nature, values connection, and combines it with the standard of care.
Most people have never heard of a naturopathic physician (ND) simply because there are only 5,000 ND's practicing around the U.S while there are well over 200,000 primary care MD's in the U.S (and over 700,000 total).
Watch this inspirational video to learn about creating more access for naturopathic medicine across the U.S. & be part of the change by donating $5 today
I love the endless options and fresh perspective that naturopathic medicine offers.
Check it out for yourself!
These yellow and black buzzers have a huge job to do in our eco system and they certainly don’t get the appreciation they deserve. Beans, tomatoes, onions, carrots, and hundreds of other fruits and vegetables depend upon these hard workers for pollination. Not to mention that I haven’t even begun to talk about how they help us too!
Bee Pollen: this is made from honeybees and is actually the food of a young bee. It is a very nourishing food for humans too and it contains protein, amino acids, B vitamins and folic acid. Let’s not forget that just one teaspoon of pollen takes one bee who works 8 hours a day an entire month to collect! The pollen has been shown to increase energy, boost the immune system, reduce histamine levels, and treats infertility.
Royal Jelly: this is made from a secretion of the honey bees that is used to deliver nutrition to larvae and adult queen bees. This jelly has been shown to increase collagen production, treat Graves disease, improve fertility, lower cholesterol, and even fight bacteria.
Honey: this sweet snack naturally contains 18 amino acids, plus small amounts of many vitamins and minerals. It is a great alternative to sugar since it has been shown to increase athletic performance, decrease allergies, moisturizes skin, and has antibacterial properties!
Papaya is loaded with wonderful antioxidants and enzymes that will exfoliate your skin and give you a healthy vibrant glow
Seriously, the most effective beauty treatments are located in the produce department of your local grocery store! A special enzyme in papaya called papain acts as an exfoliation agent which breaks down the surface of dead skin cells giving you super smooth skin. Honey has antibacterial properties which can help fight acne while reducing inflammation and providing moisture for the skin. The lemon is a great addition because it helps to brighten skin while adding collagen building vitamin C.
Give it a try... and you can eat any of the delish leftovers
Blend 1 papaya (make sure it's peeled with no seeds) with 1 tablespoon honey and a hint of lemon.
Apply to face and leave it on for 20 minutes
Rinse and Glow!
Ever wonder why all of the fruits and veggies are at the entrance while all the processed foods are in the middle of the grocery store? The layouts of grocery stores are carefully planned out to maximize spending and entice your desires!
Tips to stay on track:
Whether you realize it or not, stress plays a huge role in your health! The stresses in life have changed dramatically over the centuries but our response still remains the same. Cortisol is a stress hormone that is secreted by the adrenal cortex that helps our body cope with stress by mobilizing stored energy sources and increasing the availability of substances for tissue repairs. Cortisol can be very helpful in the short-term but chronic stress (overexposure to cortisol) can disrupt many of your body's processes and increase risk for anxiety, depression, weight gain, insomnia, and digestive problems.
Below is a graph showing the normal cycle of cortisol and melatonin. (red = cortisol and blue= melatonin. Someone who is experiencing chronic stress this graph could look very different with cortisol increasing in the evening causing insomnia or decreased in the morning causing fatigue.
So, how can we get back into balance?
A very powerful way to decrease stress and improve energy is through diaphragmatic breathing exercises
Eliminate caffeine and alcohol
Adrenal Supportive Herbs (like Panax ginseng or Eleutherococcus senticosus)
The truth is we have a little bit of every goddess within us! Each female archetype represents powerful cultural stereotypes and unconscious forces that can influence our lives.
The goddess archetypes can offer insights into what is motivating us
They help us to look deeper into how our life choices are affected by our culture
It explores our relationship with sexuality
without blame or judgement
Looking at roles, motivational forces, and modes of consciousness
The archetype theory comes from Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen who is a very passionate female activist, author and psychiatrist.