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Things You Should Know About Taking Vitamin C

israel-egio-51174Vitamin C is not only necessary to boost your immunity it’s also essential for beauty as it supports the production of collagen. Anyone else trying to avoid Botox? If so, Vitamin C is your friend. Below are a few additional things to know when choosing to supplement Vitamin C.

  • Generally there is no difference in the bioavailability of synthetic vs. non-synthetic vitamin C; but research has shown that the bioavailability from natural sources with flavonoids may have greater bioavailability than synthetic forms.
  • Vitamin C may increase the absorption of aluminum
  • Vitamin C enhances the bodies’ absorption of non-heme iron
  • Quercitin and rutin have been shown to inhibit the oxidation of vitamin C in vitro.
  • Vitamin C may decrease the availability of selenium for absorption. Selenium is a trace mineral that our body needs so if you were deficient, excess vitamin C supplementation could make the issue worse

Want to skip the pills?

Camu Camu are nutrient-dense berries that are considered a superfood and contain an awesome amount of vitamin C and flavonoids. I discovered them years ago when I started to consume superfoods regularly. Cam Camu berries are actually considered by many to be the most vitamin C rich fruits on the earth. One teaspoon of camu camu powder contains 1180 percent of RDA for vitamin C. I personally would chose camu camu powder in a morning smoothie if I wanted to consume something that would replace the supplement and meet my daily vitamin C requirements.

References

Aldrich, N. (n.d.). Module 11 Lecture: Vitamin C. Retrieved March 20, 2017, from https://learn.muih.edu/courses/4673/pages/vitamin-c?module_item_id=108363

Coles, T. (2014, January 23). 11 Things You Need To Know About Camu Camu. Retrieved March 19, 2017, from http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/07/25/camu-camu-benefits-_n_3644392.html

Camu camu: An incredible source of vitamin C and flavonoids. (n.d.). Retrieved March 19, 2017, from http://www.naturalnews.com/039810_camu_flavonoids_vitamin_C.html

Ross, A. C., Caballero, B. , Cousins, R. J., Tucker, K.L. & Ziegler, T. R. (2014). Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease. (11th ed.). Baltimore, MD: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

 

 

 

Sexy Food in Capetown: Benefits of Fermented Foods

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Healthy Action of the Week: Try An Exotic Fruit or Vegetable

kaboompics_Exotic fruits on a wooden tableThis week’s healthy action is about breaking out of those “food ruts.” What’s a food rut? You know how sometimes life gets us in those predictable routines? Well a food rut occurs when because we are busy, lazy, tired, or somewhere in between all of the above we find ourselves eating the same combinations of foods day in and day out. Not this week! I challenge you to take your gorgeous self over to the grocery store and pick one fruit or vegetable you have never tried before and make a meal of it. Google up on its nutritional benefits and possible recipes. Who knows? You may find a new veggie love in the process. -Xo Raw Girl 

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Have you checked out my new online classes yet? In my new course, Staying Ageless 30+  you will learn about Diet Basics, Lifestyle Factors, and elements of Longevity that promote an ageless way of life.  Over the course of three modules you learn what to eliminate from your diet to stay ageless, how to ensure your body is receiving adequate nutrition, powerful detox rituals you can incorporate to increase your longevity, beauty remedies that will leave you glowing, and how to exercise effectively and get results.  In addition you will learn health lessons directly from renowned longevity and health experts that will equip you to transform your lifestyle. You can still enroll! Check out the class HERE to preview the curriculum our save your seat! -Xo

Santosha: Practicing The Art of Contentment

yogaSantosha (skt. संतोष saṃtoṣa, santōṣḥ) literally means “contentment, satisfaction.” Other meanings include: acceptance of one’s circumstances, being comfortable with what is. Considering the popular tune “I can’t get no satisfaction,” most of us could use a little santosha in our lives. Shout out to my instructor Yoga Sihnuu for teaching me about this ethical concept in Indian philosophy, particularly Yoga, and is included as one of the Niyamas by Patanjali. To possess or achieve santosha means you are in a place where you do not crave or desire. Sounds cray cray right? We all know what it is like to crave or want something so badly, and what happens when we get it? We are temporarily blissed out, (some people for a matter of minutes), and then we go off again craving something else.

In my recent study of mindful eating, we discussed “Craving at the end of Craving,” an audio made by the Center for Mindful Eating. In the audio, the practitioner describes this cycle of craving, and then craving more. The only way to break the cycle, which is natural to us as humans, is to develop the ability to sit with your cravings and not act on them. To realize that if we do not get what we are craving we can still be happy, or content. Why is santosha important for our lives right now? These days we have waytoo much in popular culture that promotes the opposite of santosha; we want what the Kardashians have, and with one scroll through our Facebook or Instagram feed we may be left feeling our life as it is, isn’t as fabulous as we thought it was. In my interviews with amazing people who have achieved extraordinary longevity, I have noticed that all of them seemed to have achieved santosha in some way or another. They practice gratitude, mindfulness, and stress the importance of a positive outlook. Contentment can keep us from depression, stress, and foster a deeper sense of peace.

Assess your life today. How can you practice santosha or contentment? What can you be grateful for today? -Xo Raw Girl

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Healthy Action of the Week: Embrace the Wisdom of the Seasons

anton-dee-298521We need nothing more than a simple shift in season to confirm that change is a constant in our world. As we cycle through the four seasons, it isn’t just the weather that changes, our diets evolve with seasonal availability of some foods, and we may choose to hibernate more indoors during fall and winter, or frolic out into the open air more often in spring and summer. In the context of healing, the seasons can remind us to accept change as a constant and see our healing process as a process of unfolding, happening in stages. In fact everything in our lives can be linked to this sort of seasonal change. You can be in one phase in one area & different phase in another. For instance, we may be in a winter season in our relationships, but in our career or professional life be going through spring and reaping the benefits of hard work we’ve put in over time.

Did you know the seasons also correspond to personality traits? Yep, just like horoscopes tell us a great deal about possible personality quirks, humans have character traits, emotions, and virtues linked with seasons and the elements. Below is a little more insight into what qualities correspond with each season. The five seasons include: winter, spring, summer, late summer, & autumn. Why is it useful to understand this and ruminate on how we align personally with the seasons? Just by understanding this concept it can help us to better relate with people and environments wherever they are on the spectrum. Fall is upon us soon, so it’s a wonderful time to take stock of what you can prune or release from your life to prepare for what’s next. Take a moment to reflect on what season you are in personally, professionally, and spiritually. Journal about any insights you receive from looking at your life from this lens. –Xo Raw Girl

(FYI: Interpretation I used breaks into 5 seasons adding “late summer”).

  • Winter: Water
  • Spring: Wood
  • Summer: Fire
  • Late summer: Earth
  • Fall: Metal

WINTER – human traits include: charming, sensitive, compassionate, flexible, intuitive, persuasive, fluid, intelligent. Emotions: fear, virtue, will.

SPRING – quickened pace of life; rapid growth; new life from past seeds. Personality traits – generous, confident, explorative, persuasive, busy, loyal. Emotions: anger, virtue, benevolence.

SUMMER – growth of spring matures, spontaneous bursts of energy. Personality traits: love, adventure, excitement, competitive, hypersensitive, extroverted. Emotions: joy, virtue, propriety, decency.

LATE SUMMER – transition between summer & fall; a moment to take pause or reflect. Personality traits: steady, patient, reliability, logical, methodical, good planners, disciplined. Emotions: sympathy, virtue, faithfulness.
AUTUMN – nature moves inward; pruning necessary for new life to come; it’s a season of letting go. Personality traits: tenacious, self reliant, reserved, orderly, clean, balanced, solitude. Emotions: grief, virtue, righteousness.

 

Simply Flavorful Fruit Salad – Recipe

unnamedWho knew fruit could taste so good? (Raises hand). I whipped this up so quick with fruit I had left over, and the flavor was so unexpectedly amazing I had to share. The spices really take this combo which could be a normal fruit salad and make it into a meal that gives your taste buds and brain some feel good action.  If you need more fruit, free to add other types of fruit you like to make it more hearty if you choose. I made one small serving for one person, add more fruit and spices to make in bulk. -Xo Raw Girl 

 

Ingredients

1-2 bananas

2-3 kiwis

7 strawberries

dash of cardamom

several dashes cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon coconut palm sugar

hemp seeds to top

Lightly mix in spices. Serve & Enjoy!

 

Things You Can Eliminate to #StayAgeless!

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How to Create a Self-Care Plan

pexels-photo-275765Self-care is completely essential to thriving and feeling at your best. Some people think of self-care as selfish, but it really is not. In order for you to be out in the world at your best, and also give to others, you must do that from a full place. Self-care helps us to fill “our well” so that we are not showing up for others from a depleted place, which can lead to resentment and anger. Before we take care of our kids, jobs, work, we must take care of ourselves.

Self-care involves areas such as the need to connect with our tribe or closest friends and family; taking care of our physical and psychological health; managing and reducing stress; intuitively listening for and honoring our emotional and spiritual needs; sustaining healthy relationships; and achieving balance across personal, school, and work commitments.

Each and every one of us is different, so it’s important that our self-care be tailored to our unique needs, wants, and preferences! Below is a template with some sample answers that you can use to create your own self-care plan with a few minutes of reflection. Once you go through this process, schedule into your calendar a few of the tasks you would like to try that will feed your mind, body, or spirit. If you don’t already have a plan I encourage you to sit down and create one today. So much ends up on our to-do list from day-to-day so if you fail to plan, you will fail at taking care of the most important person in your life, YOU. –Xo Raw Girl

SECTION ONE: 

Self-Care Dimension

 

Current Practices

(List all that you currently do)

Frequency
Physical ·       Gym/ Exercise with Trainer

 

·       At least three times per week
Intellectual ·       Reading a new book

·       Social media fast

 

·       Weekly

·       Once a week I shut down all social media

Emotional  

·       Meditation

·       Daily meditation
Spiritual  

·       Meditation

·       Prayer

·       Church

 

·       Daily meditation & prayer, Church once sometimes twice per week

 

Social ·       Church Group

 

·       Once every two weeks and ongoing

 

SECTION TWO:

Self-Care Dimension

 

New Practices

(List all practice you are COMMITTING to doing on a regular basis)

Frequency

(How often do you commit to doing these)

Physical ·       Try Capoeira as a new form of movement

 

·       Once a week
Intellectual ·       Write in my journal

·       Listen to my favorite music

·       Schedule regular thinking time

 

·       2-3 times per week

·       at least twice a week

·       at least once per week

Emotional ·       go for reflective walk

·       Connect with a good friend

·       once a week

·       at least once a week

Spiritual ·       go for reflective walk

 

·       once a week
Social ·       Call one friend and schedule something fun

 

·       Once per week

 

SECTION THREE:
What can you let go of? What is no longer serving you?

 

What do you do now for self-care or to manage your stress that no longer serves you? Answer in the space to the right.

 

 

 

SECTION FOUR:

How will you eliminate obstacles to your self-care plan? Answer in the space below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Have you checked out my new online classes yet? In my new course, Staying Ageless 30+  you will learn about Diet Basics, Lifestyle Factors, and elements of Longevity that promote an ageless way of life.  Over the course of three modules you learn what to eliminate from your diet to stay ageless, how to ensure your body is receiving adequate nutrition, powerful detox rituals you can incorporate to increase your longevity, beauty remedies that will leave you glowing, and how to exercise effectively and get results.  In addition you will learn health lessons directly from renowned longevity and health experts that will equip you to transform your lifestyle. You can still enroll! Check out the class HERE to preview the curriculum our save your seat! -Xo

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FREE Webinar: 7 Tips That Will Boost Your Beauty in 30 Days or Less!

 

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Don’t you have it when you try beauty remedies that give you ZERO results, or take forever to see progress? I do too! THIS WEEK! On June 29th at 11 AM PST or 1 PM EST I will be hosting a free webinar with my Ageless partner in crime Khaleeqa of Paparoxi called : 7 Tips to Boost Your Beauty in 30 Days or Less; where you can get some tips about staying ageless and learn what the E-Course is all about. We are excited about giving you some of the best tips in our beauty arsenals that will give you tangible results! Sign up HERE to reserve your seat! XO Raw Girl

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