I hope you have been enjoying every bit of summer! The weather has been amazing here in NJ and this past Sunday my brother and I celebrated my mom’s birthday all day outside along the shore.
Here's my mom taking a selfie (she's working on her selfie skills ;) )!
Next week I’m taking my mom to Woodstock, NY for a few days to hike, sight-see, try new restaurants and explore. I’m also really excited because on my way back from our trip I will be stopping in NYC for a restorative yoga training!
Restorative yoga is a quieting, supportive practice using well-placed blankets, bolsters, yoga straps, sand bags, etc. to safely guide the body and breath into relaxation and ease. This practice turns on your rest and digest system (parasympathetic NS) and one hour of the practice is equivalent to 3 hours of sleep!
Rasa is a Sanskrit word that is defined as juice, flavor, or the essence of one’s heart in its pure state. This practice awakens the deepest layer, which is the body of bliss!
I have been adding this style of yoga to my private yoga client’s practice and it has a profound effect on healing the body and mind.
Stay tuned for upcoming blissful restorative workshops!
If you or someone you know who might be interested in this healing practice contact me for more information.
Speaking of healing the body...
Below are my top 10 foods that heal the body due to their anti-inflammatory properties, make you glow from the inside out, and keep your skin young and wrinkle - free.
But before we get into my list, it's important to know that anti-wrinkle face creams can only go so far. If you are eating inflammatory foods in EXCESS such as dairy, processed foods, sugar, caffeine, etc. It's going to show up in your skin.
Great news is - you can eat yourself to glowing and youthful skin at any age! Add more of these 10 foods and notice the difference in your skin! The more nutrient-dense foods you eat, the more you will crowd out the crap and your taste buds and body chemistry will change.
Cabbage - this nutrient-dense veggie will boost your antioxidant uptake, helps you to cleanse your body and protects against cell deterioration. Try my detox soup recipe to up your cabbage consumption. :)
Tomato - Eat them ripe to get more lycopene, an antioxidant that protects against cell deterioration and keeps you looking and feeling younger.
Avocado - (my fave!!) Eat them at least 4 x a week for glowing skin, hair and nails. It contains tons of antioxidants including 5 anti-inflammatories. I love adding them to smoothies, salads, pudding or making guacamole!
Sweet potato - They are very high in protective carotenes and an anti-inflammatory that will help regulate blood sugar and make your skin glow.
Quinoa - This Peruvian grain is a complete protein and gluten/wheat - free. It contains youth-giving properties plus a great dose of vitamins, minerals, and fiber
Cucumber - Cucumber will give you that dewy complexion! It's high in silica, which helps to keep connective tissue healthy ( the muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and bone that hold you together).
Carrot - Contain high levels of beta carotene and other antioxidants, with protective powers against cancer, heart disease, high cholesterol, and even sight problems.
Asparagus - Powerfully nutrient-dense, high not just in vitamins and minerals but in cancer-fighting compounds and amino acids that help detox at a cellular level. Asparagus is known as the Holy Grail of anti-aging. *If you drink alcohol, asparagus can alleviate the aftereffects and protect hard-working liver cells.
Black and red currants - Currants are super rich in GLA (gamma-linolenic acid), which is very good for the skin.
Radish - One of the best detoxifiers. When you need a cleanse add them raw in salads or steamed with other veggies. They are low in calories and high in fiber plus anti-inflammatory.
Use lots of HERBS.
Herbs have antioxidants and are anti-inflammatory. They pretty much do all the youth-giving you need: they strengthen cells, joints, muscles, veins, blood and organs (fennel and cumin are great for your stomach); make eyes, hair and nails shine, and heal skin.
Add handfuls of parsley, cilantro, dill and other leafy herbs into soups or casseroles minues before serving or eat them raw in salads.
Add fresh ginger to your soup, stir-fry, tea, or juice for it's anti-inflammatory properties and to help absorb and assimilate essential nutrients in the body.
Garlic and turmeric are 2 of my favorites because of their youth-giving properties and hormone balancing.