Get This Must-Have Beauty Bag Now!

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It’s Beauty Week at Whole Foods and now is the time to stock up on body care essentials. From March 20 – 22, you’ll save 25% off facial care products – wow! I love that Whole Foods cares about our health, and as such, they do not sell any items that contain these dangerous toxins. I talk about eating a whole foods, plant-based diet with as many organic foods as possible, and I am also passionate about using high quality, organic, cruelty-free, non-toxic products on my skin. Our skin absorbs everything that we put on it, so it’s important that we read labels and look for items that are free of toxins. I also prefer to buy products that are cruelty-free and have not been tested on animals. It’s not fair for animals to suffer just so we can learn what we already know: toxic chemicals are dangerous and should be avoided. Why do bunnies need to go blind for this? They don’t! Pick up cruelty-free, non-toxic items like the ones in this Beauty Bag and be kind to yourself, animals, and the environment :).

PacificaNaturalsLipTint

I went to Whole Foods this morning and picked up the Beauty Bag featured at the top of this post and I love it! The retail value of the bag is $60 but they’re selling it for just $18. I have already tried the Pacifica Naturals Lip Tint and it’s heavenly! It tastes and smells like vanilla and it has a very light pink tint. I will definitely buy this when I run out. Since the entire Beauty Bag is on sale right now for $18 and this Lip Tint alone is $7, I definitely feel like this is an amazing deal. This Lip Tint is 100% vegan, cruelty and paraben-free. A portion of proceeds support clean water, which is wonderful.

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I washed my face and applied this derma e microdermabrasion scrub ($29.25 – on sale) and it’s amazing! As you all know, I have my go-to exfoliator, but I truly enjoyed this scrub. It’s a gentle way to exfoliate your skin and I truly felt like it left my skin feeling clean and soft. I can’t wait to use it again! The microdermabrasion scrub that came in the Beauty Bag is 1/2 oz, while the one sold in stores and online is 2 oz. This microdermabrasion scrub is 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and paraben-free :).

TrilogyMoisturisingCream

After I exfoliated with the derma e scrub, I put on this Trilogy Moisturising Cream  ($44.00). The cream that came in the Beauty Bag is 35 ml, as opposed to the 50 ml tube that’s typically sold in stores and on their site. I usually use Organic Coconut Oil as a moisturizer, so it’ll be great to try something new for a while. This moisturizer works well and has marula and orange flower. I love that it feels light and I did notice that it hydrated my skin well. Like all of the products in the Beauty Bag, this moisturizer is cruelty-free. It’s also made with delicious, organic ingredients. You can read about Trilogy’s inspiring philosophy here.

GabrielMascara

I have been a fan of Gabriel Cosmetics for a while, so I was thrilled to learn that there would be a Gabriel mascara ($15.20) in the Beauty Bag! I love that their products are vegan, cruelty-free, and non-toxic. I recently purchased two amazing nail colors from them, so I will have to share pictures with you all!

AcureFacialMask

I haven’t tried this Acure Facial Mask ($15.99), but I can’t wait until I do! This is a cell stimulating facial mask that contains argan stem cell and chlorella growth factor. The instructions on the back of the tube say, “apply evenly over the face until you look like a green sea-monster” – ha! I’ll admit that the only face masks that I have tried have been made at home with avocado – and they were great! I’ll have to update you all after I try this, but I am loving that it is vegan, sulfate-free, cruelty-free, paraben free, silicone-free, gluten-free, and synthetic fragrance free!

PacificaEyeShadow

The Beauty Bag either comes with Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint or a sample of their eyeshadow. Since I went with my mom, we were able to try both. The eyeshadow that came in my mom’s bag is Unicorn/Moonbeam. It’s 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and formulated without FD&C color, parabens, and petroleum. A portion of the proceeds that they make from their sales support clean water. Wow! I love companies that are good for me, animals, and the environment.

Giovanni2chicShampoo

The last product in the Beauty Bag is a sample of Giovanni’s 2chic Ultra-Repair Shampoo ($8.99). It’s 100% vegan and cruelty-free. It also contains blackberry and coconut. There are no parabens or lauryl/laureth sulfate, which is awesome. I haven’t used it yet, but I just smelled it and it smells incredible! I’ve been using Aubrey Organics Shampoo and Conditioner, but maybe I’ll love this and make a switch. I’ll probably stick to my Aubrey Organics Conditioner, because it’s amazing. I love putting it on the tips of my hair so that my hair will stay long and healthy.

There you have it! Hurry to your nearest Whole Foods and get your Beauty Bag now!

What Are You Waiting For? Reach Your Health Goals Now!

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In my time working as a Nutritional Consultant, I have helped people lose weight, lower their cholesterol levels, lower their blood pressure, reduce their blood glucose levels, manage their stress, get clear skin, sleep soundly at night, and much more. I am currently working with a vegan endurance athlete who wants to make sure that she is nourishing her body with healthy food. I have helped, and am continuing to help people transition to a healthy plant-based diet. And I love what I do! If you need help reaching your health and wellness goals, I am here for you.

I truly enjoy working with people and watching them know that health and happiness are within their reach. I have listened to my clients thank me for supporting them and teaching them what I know about leading a healthy, balanced lifestyle. I would love to do the same for you. Stop putting off your health goals. You can lose weight and get healthy now. There’s no time like the present to take charge of your life. Contact me for a FREE initial consultation and let’s get you started!

Still not convinced? Read what others have to say about working with me. I am looking forward to being a part of your health and wellness journey!

Wow! Watch This 77-Year-Old Grandmother Lift Weights

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Willie Murphy is a 77-year-old grandmother who is impressing everyone at the Maplewood YMCA in Rochester, NY – and beyond! Her strength, determination, and workout ethic are to be admired. She’s certainly giving us all hope that we’ll be as fit as she is when we’re her age! She’s five feet tall, 105 pounds, and can deadlift more than twice her weight, bench press 125 pounds, and do diamond push-ups, one-handed push-ups, and more.

She says, “I’m old — If I can do it, get with it… It’s not that hard. I’m that new senior and I got it going on.” You’ll have to watch the video to see what everyone is talking about!

Renew, Refresh, and Revitalize Your Life with a Spring Cleanse!


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{Photo taken at the Larchmont Farmers’ Market – these berries are always delicious!}

Since spring is just around the corner (March 20th to be exact!), now is a great time to do some spring cleaning. Here are some areas of my life that I enjoy organizing, lightening, and cleansing during the spring season.

My Home

I enjoy going through my belongings and my living space and deciding what I can throw away, donate, or recycle. I actually like to do this fairly frequently, but if you don’t, spring is the perfect time to get rid of anything that is unnecessary. Trust me, it will feel amazing to have a cleaner, lighter space to live. I love the energy of a clean room! And speaking of a clean room, I think it’s a great idea to have at least one plant in your home. Lots of plants can detoxify your home, so I recommend doing a little bit of searching and deciding what plant you can pick up for your home. Be sure to share what you settle on!

My Plate

I love to eat foods that are in season. A great way to figure out what foods are local and in season is to visit a farmers’ market. Since I am in Los Angeles, I love picking up fresh berries, greens, and other fruits and vegetables from the farmers’ market. Spring is a wonderful time to enjoy lighter foods and shift away from the heavier foods that we were enjoying during the winter. If the weather is still cold where you are, consider making a vegetable broth with the remains of the vegetables that you use throughout the week. My friend Tina makes a delicious vegetable broth and it’s so simple! Here’s what to do: when you’re cooking, you can keep the parts of vegetables that you’d otherwise throw away, and store them in a container in the refrigerator until you have enough to make a broth. Some vegetables/herbs to consider using are: celery, carrots, onions, cabbage, mushrooms, green beans, broccoli, scallions, cilantro, thyme, and oregano. When you have enough to make a broth, fill a large pot with your vegetables, herbs, and water, bring to a boil, and let simmer for about 30 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Strain, keep this broth in your refrigerator, and add fresh vegetables, organic tofu, and a healthy whole grain such as quinoa to enjoy when it’s cold.

If the weather is warm, start making smoothies! If you know me, you know how much I love to start my day with a smoothie, especially during the spring and summer. Take a look at my recipes and choose from your favorites :).

My Body

For the past few years, I have always enjoyed doing a spring cleanse. I love it! The feeling of being on a cleanse and nourishing my body is amazing. Of course I try to eat as healthily as possible year-round, but spring is an especially wonderful time to detox. Did you know that sprouts are detoxifying and they are widely available during the spring? Nature is telling us to do some cleansing :) If you are wanting to slim down, recharge, and give your metabolism a boost, you have to sign up for this amazing detox! You’ll enjoy lots of delicious recipes as you lose weight, get clear skin, reduce your toxic load, gain energy, and much more. Many people have tried this detox and loved it. It’s your turn to be one of those people! What are you waiting for? Sign up now!

I recommend getting massages. I love massages and have promised myself to do a better job of getting them more regularly. I also enjoy taking baths. If you have access to a tub, fill it with some Epsom salt, which has lots of magnesium and is easily absorbed by your body while you’re taking a bath. Magnesium is an essential mineral and will help you heal, feel relaxed, and help with sore joints, aches, pains, and more. Try it!

Show your body you care by moving! Find an activity you love and enjoy it often. As you increase your physical activity levels, be sure to stay hydrated. I have lots of clients who tell me that they hate drinking water! Since there’s no way around drinking water, you may want to add these fruits, vegetables, and herbs to your water to give it some flavor. There aren’t any added sugars in these suggestions, just yummy goodness! Try any one or more of these combinations and let me know what you think:

Watermelon/Basil

Strawberry/Mint

Lemon/Mint

Cucumber/Lemon

Raspberry/Mint

Blueberry/Basil

My Kitchen

Another great place to do some spring cleaning is your kitchen. Do you know what’s been sitting in your pantry? Do you have anything that you can donate to a local homeless shelter? Go through your processed items and make a conscious effort to eat healthier foods. Things that I have in my pantry are: canned beans, whole grains, tomato sauce, and pasta. Make room for these healthy options, but try to eliminate processed junk, such as chips, cookies, soda, etc. 

My Life

As the seasons change, I contemplate what’s going well in my life and what’s not. Where can I improve? Am I happy with my relationships? Can my finances use some help? Am I involved in my community? Am I doing a good job of helping others? I encourage you to take some time out for yourself and consider what your goals, hopes, and dreams are – and make a plan for how you’d like to accomplish these wonderful things in your life. My friend Rachel once reminded me that the journey of a 1,000 miles starts with a single step. I encourage you to remember these words as you make plans for yourself so you can know that your goals are within reach, even if it seems like it will take lots of time, effort, and patience to reach them. Trust yourself.

I also think that I’ll make another vision board this spring. I have tons of magazines and extra boards that I can use. I may even get a prettier board if I’m up for it :). If you’ve never made a vision board before, you should try it! It’s lots of fun and it’s just another way to put your dreams/goals in front of you.

How are you celebrating spring? Do you have any recipes that you’d like to share? Let us know! As always, if you want to work with a Nutritional Consultant, I am here for you. Contact me for your FREE initial consultation!