In my world, holistic wellness is not just a trend; it's a way of life. I've spent a lifetime exploring the connection between health, beauty, and well-being. This journey began in my childhood, growing up as one of six children in Buffalo, New York.
The Early Realization
Our busy household demanded quick, easy meal solutions. These often came in the form of fast food, loaded with chemicals, preservatives, and, of course, sugar. This less-than-ideal diet had a profound impact on my family's health, and I was no exception. I experienced firsthand the negative effects: abdominal pain, headaches, constipation, and even skin issues like rashes and eczema.
Discovering Food as Medicine
My personal struggle became my inspiration. I embarked on a quest to find health and wellness through whole foods and natural ingredients. I uncovered the healing power of food as medicine and integrated this insight into my approach to skincare.
The Importance of Natural Foods
For me, it's not just about what you put on your skin, but also what you put in your body. My philosophy emphasizes choosing foods in their natural state. For example, instead of buying a jar of applesauce, I recommend making it yourself. It's a simple, cost-effective, and healthier option. Many people don't realize that we unknowingly consume excessive amounts of sugar each year, contributing to various health issues.
Embracing the Organic and Proper Cleaning
If your budget allows, consider investing in organic fruits and vegetables. The benefits of organic produce far outweigh the extra cost. For those who may not have access to organic options, proper cleaning is crucial. My advice: soak your produce in a solution of ice-cold water, white vinegar, and a dash of baking soda for about 20 minutes. This simple practice reduces your exposure to harmful chemicals and preservatives.
Dealing with Stress: Your Gateway to Wellness and Beauty
Stress is often underestimated in its impact on our health and beauty. Even with a perfect diet, eating under stress hampers your body's ability to process nutrients efficiently. It disrupts the connection between your nervous system and digestive system, leading to various issues, from bloating to dull skin. For me, maintaining a relaxed state of mind during meals is as vital as the food you consume.
My holistic approach to wellness is more than skin deep. It's about nurturing your body from the inside out. I've dedicated my life to sharing this holistic lifestyle approach with thousands, helping them find health, wellness, and beauty.
The path to radiant well-being starts with conscious choices about what you put into your body. It's about embracing a relaxed state of mind, managing stress, and prioritizing natural, wholesome ingredients. Join me on this journey to holistic wellness, where we uncover the profound connection between your gut, your skin, and your timeless beauty. This pumpkin soup is a treasure trove of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber—perfect for your skin and overall well-being.
Creamy Pumpkin Soup
Prep Time: 90 minutes
4 cups peeled pumpkin, diced
½ cup chopped yellow onion
½ cup diced carrot
1 tsp chopped garlic
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp fresh grated nutmeg
¼ tsp paprika (sweet or hot)
2 tsp kosher salt
4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 Bay leaf
2 tbsp avocado oil or ghee
Sauté dry ingredients for 10 mins. Add stock and simmer until tender (approx. 45 mins). Adjust seasoning, remove the Bay leaf, and puree until creamy.