Drinking Alcohol The Healthy Way: Through Ayurveda

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New Year’s Eve is upon us and what’s a countdown without a glass of bubbly? Hell, this whole holiday season is met with a mug of festive mulled wine and spiked apple cider? But in my profession, I see so many adverse effects of drinking. Not only is it inflaming and vasodilating, aggravating rosacea, eczema and acne but it also has an effect on hormones too (even one alcoholic beverage intake steeply spikes our estrogen) leading to hormonal breakouts. And lets not forget its impact …

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5 Tasty Ways to Temper Sugar Cravings

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For almost a month now, I have eliminated sugar from my diet. There are a number of reasons to do this. High refined sugar intake not only can lead to weight gain and type two diabetes but it also has many effects on our skin. It can increase inflammation through unstable blood glucose levels as well as premature wrinkles because of the process of glycation (!) Going sugar-free has been surprisingly easy. One reason is that I am NOT doing a candida diet so I …

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No Sugar, No Salt: A 30 Day Challenge

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I’m in need of a good old fashioned diet haul. Yes, even us health practitioners need to rethink our habit habits. It might surprise you to find out that I love salt, the real problem is that as your taste buds get de-sensitized, you use more and more of it.  This does not help my puffiness, winter water weight and skin dehydration. I also love sugar – but everyone loves sugar.  Of course, I try not to eat too much of either but at times …

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Thailand: The Easiest Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Vacation

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A vacation ain’t a vacation unless I’m eating…well. I love food and if it’s bad on my holiday, its not a good time. My being, ahem, particular is not coupled well with the fact I also have dietary restrictions. As you may or may not know from this blog that I’m a dairy-free gal who errs on the side of gluten-free. I also like everything from scratch and am a stickler for high quality produce. This is why I’ve been to Thailand three times – …

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Black Sesame Cookies Without Flour, Dairy, Gluten or Sugar

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Recently, I’ve blogged about the importance of protein for our skin and bodies. Most of us don’t get enough protein in our diet, which can lead to the depletion of our tissues (and in my world this results in premature signs of aging). In my experience, a common challenge for women in particular is that a lot of us don’t like eating high amounts of (or any) animal protein. Then comes the whole “to meat or not to meat” conundrum – which is a long …

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High Protein Sweet Treats Pt 2: Coconut Sugar Spiced Pecans

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We are continuing our high protein treat recipe series! In my last post, we spoke about the importance of protein for skin health. Unfortunately a lot of us do not get enough daily protein so getting it in our snacks and treats a great way to sneak in a healthy dose. So, I’m pulling out this simple recipe that spikes hearty pecans with delicious, warming spices. It’s so unassuming but one bite in and you realize that they burst with flavor! This is actually Ben’s …

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High Protein Sweet Treats: Lemon Walnut Meringue Cake

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We are protein! Protein is important for health and beauty as it makes up so much of our bodies. It gives our tissues substance (hello healthy skin and muscle underneath giving it firmness!) as well as aids our physiological reactions, making up all of our enzymes. Protein intake also helps us to normalize our blood sugar, which is very important to stave off inflammation. This is essential to anyone I see for rosacea, eczema and hypersensitive skin. Unfortunately, unbeknownst to many of us, we do …

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