Saturday, February 27, 2016

Raw Fruits & Veggies

As I grow up and start to realize that my body is my most important tool, I have been looking for ways to better take care of myself. Both internally and externally.

I feel that beauty comes from the inside---literally. I believe that your beauty reflects what you feed yourself. If you're eating unhealthy, processed, fatty foods, you're going to look and feel groggy, tired, and malnourished. If you want to feel alive and radiant, eat live and radiant fruits and veggies!

One of the things I have been doing recently to incorporate more raw fruits and veggies into my diet is to make a smoothie in the morning. By making a smoothie in the morning, I am guaranteeing that my body digests all the nutrients from the fruit and gets sustainable energy from it.

My favorite recipe is as follows:

Morning Sunrise Smoothie

5-7 fresh strawberries (greens still on top)
5-7 frozen strawberries (depending on size)
1 banana
2 tbsp Hemp seeds
1tbsp Chia seeds
1/4cup coconut water
1/4cup orange juice

Blend & Enjoy! :)

If you don't like smoothies, try drinking a juice in the morning, or eating a salad with only fresh fruits and veggies for lunch. There are so many ways to incorporate more fresh produce into your diet, and if you want to feel alive and beautiful, start from the inside out!

xo Danielle

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Essential Oils for Stress Relief

Honestly, I stress out a lot. Like every day. About the littlest things. But, I am not a fan of anxiety medication because I believe "medication" should be natural, and I have a fear of dependency on drugs. So I discovered the next best thing: Essential Oils.

Now, I know I am late to hop on the bandwagon, but really essential oils are useful for everything!

I recently bought a Now brand diffuser from Whole Foods (~$20), and a few essential oils from Whole Foods and Target. I don't know the specifics of the diffuser, whether it is hot or cold diffusion, but with mine, even though it says warm water, I usually use cold to keep the nutrients that are naturally found in the oils.

This diffuser lasts 4-6 hours (sometimes more), and I usually put it on when I am studying or trying to sleep to help relieve my stress.

I created a few relaxation blends you can use if you need a little pick me up:

Stress Be Gone: 10 drops lavender essential oil, 10 drops peppermint essential oils, 5 drops Eucalyptus oil

Happy Thoughts: 15 drops lavender essential oil, 15 drops sweet orange essential oil

Clear Your Mind: 10 drops peppermint oil, 5 drops eucalyptus oil, and 5 drops tea tree oil

I hope these blends help you get through your week! I will be doing more posts on my natural remedies to help you guys live a happy and healthy lifestyle!

Xo Danielle