Video: How Your Mind Shapes The Skin You’re In

The Mind Beauty Connection with Dr Amy Wechsler | How Stress Affects Your Skin

It’s been a while since my last Wellness Wednesday, so to help wind-down green beauty month, I thought I’d rope in my amazing dermatologist Dr. Amy Wechsler to talk about how your mind can affect your skin. A former psychiatrist, Dr. Wechsler has an interesting perspective on how everyday emotions, habits at home and daily diet affect what you see in the mirror. This integrative point of view is one of the many reasons I’ve entrusted my skin to her over the years. Who wouldn’t want to have a dual therapy sesh /cancerous mole surgery?
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Eat Yourself Pretty: Easy Baked Salmon Packets with Ginger-Almond Crust

Healthy Easy Baked Salmon Recipe with Almonds, Lemon Zest, Soy, Ginger, and Coconut Oil  | Oven Roasted in Parchment Paper Packets for Simple Clean-Up! Earlier this fall, one of my clients asked me to make an easy baked salmon recipe with ground almonds, Dijon mustard, and nearly a pound of butter. Though it wasn’t one of her recipes, as I folded the ingredients together I couldn’t quiet the resounding chorus of Ina Garten in my ear. How bad could that be?

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The 8 Best Natural, Organic Skincare Brands and Products

The Best Organic Skincare Brands and Natural Products For the Face and Body | Green Beauty, All Natural Cosmetics Since kicking off Green Beauty month, I keep getting emails and messages asking about my favorite natural cosmetics brands.

Last year, I put together a list of the great organic makeup items I started integrating into my routine. But since skincare is really the first place to start, it seems silly that I haven’t given you that specific leg up into the world of naturals for your body and face. Continue reading

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Cold Sesame Soba Noodle Salad with Cabbage Slaw

Easy Cold Sesame Soba Noodle Salad with Cabbage Slaw, Peppers, Scallions and Gluten-Free Buckwheat Soba Noodles | Healthy, Dairy-free Asian Noodle Salad When I first became gluten-free, I thought soba noodle salad would be my savior. That was almost 4 years ago, believe it or not. And let me tell you, I had a rude awakening the first time I tried to cook with 100 percent buckwheat noodles.

First of all, they were very difficult to find. Eden Organic seemed to be the only name in town and since the packages all looked identical, it took more than one trip to the grocery store to buy the correct kind that didn’t contain any wheat flour.

Once I finally got to cooking them, I quickly discovered why 100 percent buckwheat noodles aren’t really a thing. All it took was a couple aggressive bubbles in my simmering pot of water to cause the strands to break apart into 1-inch pieces…which then also somehow managed to get completely stuck together. Continue reading

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MIND BODY GREEN: How To Switch To Natural Comestics In 6 Easy Steps

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Everyone always forgets that our skin is our largest organ and its pores provide a natural way for the body to shed toxins. Because of this, skin breakouts and rashes are a clear sign the body is trying to fight something. So why do we combat this by putting chemicals on our face that wouldn’t pass muster on the ingredient list of an organic counter spray?

As a gluten-free chef and health-conscious food writer, I put a lot of emphasis on avoiding pesticides and processed foods in my diet. But the endocrine disrupters in everyday beauty products are equally harmful to your body.

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A Simple Timeline For Switching to Natural Beauty Products

The Best Organic Natural Beauty Products - How to Make the Switch + My Tips on the Best Brands! to Buy! Last spring I went through the first few steps of transitioning to natural beauty products. I’ve made it through stage 2, to be exact.

As part of The Wellness Project’s green beauty month I’m going to try to make even more progress, including finding one go-to red lipstick that’s natural. I’ve put it further down on my timeline because for me it’s not an everyday item. But it’s estimated that the average woman will eat 4 pounds of lipstick in her lifetime. So there’s that… Continue reading

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Dark Chocolate Beauty Bark with Chia Seeds, Pepitas, and Goji Berries

Beauty Bark! A Quick and Easy Dark Chocolate Bark Recipe with Chia Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas) and Goji Berries | A Great Healthy Snack or Dessert! One of the things I missed most during my sugar detox was having a little nibble of dark chocolate at the end of meals. This is a habit I learned from my mother, who, up until earlier this year when she gave up sugar for good, used to have an entire pantry cabinet dedicated to fancy dark chocolate bars of various cacao densities and flavors.

I couldn’t always afford this type of pantry-loading. Cherry dark chocolate with sea salt doesn’t come cheap, especially when you eat 3 meals a day at home, and 1 square can easily turn into the whole bar by 3pm. So I started keeping dark chocolate chips in the fridge instead as my go-to meal end-cap. Continue reading

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February Wellness Challenge: Green Beauty

Phoebe-1399 Having spent my pre-food professional years working for L’Oreal, I have a warped sense of loyalty towards the generic products that have made me feel so much prettier over the years.

But as a wise woman and fellow former L’Oreal employee once said: pretty hurts.

Through making an effort to do right by my endocrine system and heal my thyroid, I’ve learned a lot about the chemicals in consumer products–information I wish I could take a little MOB red memory pen to. But unfortunately Tommy Lee Jones has turned down all my dinner invitations, so here we are.

For much of last year my face was a poppyfield of adult acne, perioral dermititis and rosacea. My friends don’t remember this–mainly because I wore a shit load of makeup. Despite my efforts to cover it all up, I worried at the time that my adolescent skin was starting to look a lot like what my pre-teen idol Cher Horowitz would call a “full on Monet.” Fine from far away, but up close, a big old mess. It was one of the biggest catalysts for me to start taking my wellness journey in this new direction. Vanity is a powerful motivator, my friends. Continue reading

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