Posts Categorized: healthy living

Get the Glow

Nicole is back for another amazing wellness Wednesday! I asked her to do a post chatting about how to get the glow of healthy skin because my face has been an absolute disaster the last 6 months or so- the downside of spending half your life in airplanes and airports I guess!

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So what is the fastest way to get the glow?

Unless you can make it to your local mineral hot springs or spa weekly, your surest way to get glowing skin is to get in the habit of including foods that are rich in sulfur in your daily diet.

You may be surprised to hear that sulfur-rich foods are often the ones you avoid because they tend to give gas and smell like rotten eggs when you cook them.

But try your best to embrace these amazingly nutritious cruciferous veggies like cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, Bok Choy, kohlrabi and Brussels sprouts!

Here is a healthy and delicious recipe to help you include sulfur in your diet to get the glow:

Get The Glow Salad:

1 bunch arugula, chopped

1 bunch watercress, chopped

3 leaves kale, shredded

4 radishes, sliced in half moons

1 red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips

1/2 cup purple cabbage

1 avocado, diced

Hemp seeds or pumpkin seeds to taste

Get The Glow Salad Dressing:

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tsp stone ground mustard

Juice of 1 lemon

1/4 bunch fresh Italian parsley, chopped fine

4 basil leaves, chopped fine

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

How will I know if it’s time for me to eat more sulfur-residue foods?

Glad you asked! It’s time for you to include sulfur-residue foods in your diet if you answer “YES” to any of these questions:

Your skin is prone to acne

You have brittle hair and nails

You have a pale, pasty complexion

And even if you don’t have any of these symptoms, sulfur is still your go-to for glowing skin!

What do I do now?

In my health coaching practice, I help my clients to shortlist sulfur-residue foods that will best suit their diets so they can get glowing skin daily.

If you answered “YES” to any of the symptoms above, then click here now to schedule a time to talk with me about including more sulfur-rich recipes in your diet to get that healthy skin glow.

Top 5 Sexy Foods

Who else is so happy that Punxsatawney Phil didn’t see his shadow yesterday? Bring on spring please, I’m sure everyone on the East Coast is especially excited after that little visit from Jonas!

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Nicole is back with a really fun Wellness Wednesday this week! She’s sharing the top 5 sexy foods that are also healthy! Some of these like oysters and chocolate are well known aphrodisiac foods but I had no idea about some of the others like avocados!

Top 5 Sexy Foods

Hot Chilies

Fiery peppers pack more than just heat, they also contain a chemical called capsaicin, which really gets your blood pumping through increased circulation. AND, as a bonus, it helps to stimulate your nerve endings so you feel more turned on.

What was it that Chef Emeril used to say – “BAM!” Turn up the heat this Valentine’s Day by adding some nice hot peppers to your meal.

Oysters

Kick off your evening with some fresh raw oysters. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. These little creatures of the sea really spark things up. They are loaded with zinc, which hikes up testosterone production, thereby increasing sex drive.

Salmon

It probably won’t come as a surprise to many of you that Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, however, what you may not know is that omega-3 plays a key role in maintaining sex-hormone production at it’s peak. So, you may want to suggest a seafood dinner to your lover and steer them towards the Salmon or better yet share an entrée after you indulge in those oysters I mentioned previously. I am a big fan of sharing plates when eating out – why not try as many things on the menu as you can without overindulging or stuffing yourself.

Avocados

Yep, probably my favorite thing on the planet – next to olives of course. These magical delights go way beyond culinary satisfaction. Packed with Vitamin E they support your body in pumping out the hormones testosterone, estrogen and progesterone. These hormones then enter your bloodstream and stimulate sexual responses such as vaginal lubrication and clitoral swelling. So, bring on the avocado salad please!

Chocolate

Finally, what Valentine’s Day would be complete without a little naughtiness? This is one meal you don’t want to skip dessert! When chocolate is eaten in its most raw form it contains essential minerals (magnesium, zinc, potassium and iron), B Vitamins and antioxidants like Vitamin E. It also contains a stimulant called phenylethylamine, which stirs up a positive mood and excitement. To maximize the benefits of chocolate, you want to choose 70% cacao or higher. Stick to the good stuff, it makes a difference, plus your Valentine will be impressed with the quality and flavor from a beautiful piece of chocolate.

In conclusion, I just want to add that Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be exclusive to couples. I consider it a day to celebrate and express LOVE and acknowledge all of the special people in my life. My philosophy – “There is no such thing as too many hugs.” My Grandmother (who I was blessed to have in my life for so many years) used to give the MOST AMAZING hugs. It is a tradition I have carried on in her honor. So, go out and hug your loved ones this February 14th and this time really squeeze and hold just a little longer than you normally do 😉 It will make you feel feel good good!

-XXOO-

BE WELL & NAMASTE.

Nicole Sharp  |  Holistic Health Coach

Coconut Oil

This year has already been crazy, with two trips already under my belt and several more planned it’s been extremely hard for me to focus on pretty much anything the last few weeks. I’m finally feeling like I’m getting into the swing of things, I’m still digging out of my emails (sorry if I haven’t gotten back to you!) but other than that I’m settling back into some sort of a routine, no matter how crazy it may be with all the travel!

With so much bouncing around I’m trying really hard to focus on wellness this year. Failing pretty epically the past week but, hey, we all stumble, right? Hitting reset this week in Miami (which probably means hitting reset on Monday when I get back to San Diego)! I’m loving all the great tips I’ve been getting from Nicole, she’s launching a New Year New You Cleanse today, hop over and check it out! In the meantime, today’s wellness Wednesday is all about the amazing benefits of coconut oil!

Fun fact about me: I was a vegan for about a year in college and I started using coconut oil for everything. I’ve since moved away from pretty much all of my vegan habits, I’m sorry, but I just love cheese far too much, but coconut oil is still a huge part of my day to day.

Coconut Oil

I’m always looking for new ways to use coconut oil, so tell me, what are your favorite uses for coconut oil?