The next couple posts I want to share are neither rocket science nor life-changing. But they are two things that have come in handy for me and I figured someone out there might appreciate them. (All the links lead you to outside information about those particular things.)
I, like a lot of women in their thirties, spend a bit of money on serums and SPF moisturizers and night creams (oh my!). But I noticed that the best my skin has looked was during a light detox I did, when I cut out most meats, breads, and sugars and added huge servings of fresh vegetables, green leafys, and unsalted nuts. It did as much for my skin from the inside-out as I was doing from the outside-in.
I think it was a combination of what I cut (sugar), and what I added, namely carrot juice and green leafy vegetables, that made a difference. They say everything in moderation- including moderation. So I’ve long since added back all my favorite red meats. And if the waiter presents warm bread with butter, I’m not going to chastise myself for digging in. I’m just not an overly restrictive kind of person.
But I did keep the sugar out of my diet (except what occurs naturally in fruits and milks). I prefer the taste of unsweetened coffee, so that made it easy. And I have made sure to eat huge servings of green leafy veggies and carrots every day, as well as take a vitamin C supplement. I’m not a fan of cold fruit (blame my dosha), so I don’t get a lot of citrus naturally.
The main issue came with how to get all those extra veggies into my body without spending my life eating kale for breakfast lunch and dinner. My solution is surprisingly easy- snacking! I have kale or the like at least twice a day as a snack. And since it cooks down so much, I can get a huge amount of leafy goodness without feeling over stuffed. Here is what I’ve been snacking on this week: Yup, that whole bowlful, twice a day (in addition to regular meals). Seems like a lot, until you drizzle it lightly with the vinaigrette, fit a small plate over the bowl, and microwave it for a minute and forty-five seconds:
In just over a minute, that overflowing bowl of greens turns into this: Five or six bites of tasty greens. Please don’t judge by the photo. I don’t know if it’s humanly possible to make cooked kale look appetizing, but I swear, it’s delicious (thanks to that vinaigrette drizzle).
Next (read: when the sun is shining again and I can actually take the necessary photos) I’ll show you my carrot juice hack. It’s so good I have to watch how much I drink lest I turn orange. Yes, it can happen.