Get This Must-Have Beauty Bag Now!


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 :).


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.


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 :).


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.


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!


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!


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.


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!

Spring Super Smoothies Workshop at Whole Foods Market


Last  night I gave a health workshop at Whole Foods Market in Pasadena. The focus of the workshop was how to incorporate healthy, whole foods in our diet and I  made three different smoothies for people to sample. I am so happy to say that the workshop went well; everyone working at Whole Foods was kind and supportive. The audience was a pleasure to speak with, and I was so excited when Jay, the marketing manager said that he had never seen a group of people so engaged during a workshop at Whole Foods! I love to have interactive workshops, so I was thrilled to have so many people asking questions and being fully present during the presentation.

It’s always fun for me to meet new people who are interested in making healthier diet and lifestyle choices. During the workshop, people learned how different foods affect our health; many people were surprised by all the benefits we get from making simple additions to our diet, including eating more greens, berries, pineapple, coconuts, ground flaxseeds, raw cacao, and more. I had such a wonderful time and am grateful for this amazing opportunity. Below is a picture of all the yummy ingredients I used to make the smoothies:


During the workshop, I made my Super Green Smoothie, Superfoods Smoothie, and Dessert Smoothie (which I also call my, “Tropical Island Smoothie” because it reminds me of being on vacation on a beautiful island :)).

If you missed last night’s workshop, but would like to attend another one soon, I’ll be giving a health workshop at Whole Foods Market in Porter Ranch on March 25th at 6:00PM. I would love to see you all there!


The 90/10 Rule


People have been asking me if I ever splurge on tasty treats and the answer is, yes – of course I do! I believe that the 90/10 rule is perfect for adults and children alike. And it’s simple to follow: 90% of the time (maybe a little more) I eat fresh, healthy, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and 10% of the time I allow myself to indulge in some of my favorite treats, including donuts from Babycakes NYC, a handful of Kettle Brand chips, or some of my mom’s delicious cooking. When special occasions start to roll around (and I feel like they are always around!), I enjoy foods I love, but I don’t overindulge.

An easy way to follow the 90/10 rule is to let yourself have one treat a day (this sounds like a lot, but when your treat is not the worst thing in the world, it’s ok). Let’s say you have two parties to attend on a Saturday; if you indulge in a brownie at the first party, skip the cake at the second party. Make sure your plate is full of vegetables and fruit, and go for the healthiest food possible at both events of the day. The same is true for children: if kids have two parties to attend in one day and their favorite cupcakes will be at one event, but they know there will be cookies and ice cream at the second, they should pick one event to enjoy a special treat. If you are doing this occasionally (enjoying a decadent treat every once in a while, and not every day) that’s fantastic. I have gotten in the habit of making fresh smoothies at night and I’ve also gotten my friends and family to treat this fruit smoothie like a mini splurge – even though it only has fruits, some vegetables (spinach and/or kale), and I don’t add dairy – amazing! I like to think of my smoothie as my dessert at the end of the day – it’s a fabulous, tasty, treat.

Note: I am vegan 100% of the time. In case you haven’t tried goodies from Babycakes NYC, they are vegan, gluten-free, and made with all-natural, organic, ingredients and are sweetened with agave (see what I mean about having a treat that’s not so bad?!). As for the Kettle Brand chips that I love, I try to grab ones that don’t have too many ingredients, but again, I still splurge every once in a while. For Easter this year I made a vegan quiche, and even though I used yummy ingredients, I still considered it a splurge.

I also love chips and salsa. Whole Foods sells delicious, fresh salsa and I’ll have that with vegetables such as carrots and celery when I am on track with 90% of my diet, but when I am splurging, I enjoy this salsa with veggie scoops. Instead of a cheat treat once in a while, you could have a cheat meal once a week. Let’s say you absolutely love burgers from the Veggie Grill; you can decide on a day that you’d like to eat there, and that can be your cheat meal for the week. Try not to overindulge in foods you love all in one day. It’s difficult to have a cheat day; instead, make it a special meal, or special treats that aren’t too bad for you. If you love ice cream, for example, I would encourage you to look for better alternatives, such as ice cream made with coconut milk instead of cow’s milk. It’s best to skip things like Snickers, Twix, and Doritos – these foods are packed with artificial colors and flavors and should not be a regular part of your diet. If you love chocolate, try switching to a delicious, dark chocolate (a cocoa content of 70% or more is ideal).

Additionally, I follow Dr. John Douillard’s advice and I have a big breakfast, a big lunch, and a small dinner (I’ll write more about this in another post, I promise!). On days that I want to splurge on something special, I usually enjoy it with breakfast or lunch. The idea is to be able to eat 3 meals a day without snacking; this works well for me and I feel that I have stabilized my blood sugar levels and that’s why I’m able to just have three meals, with dinner being the smallest of them all. I usually work out after lunch, so getting most of my calories before my workout is perfect for me.

I hope this helps to answer some questions about what I eat and whether or not I enjoy an occasional treat – I do – and you should, too!

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