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Mix up a smoothie for great skin!

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By Carleen Pruess Coulter from All Nutribullet Recipes. Visit the site for great smoothie recipes in various healthy living categories!

Fresh Organic Blueberry Smoothie

They say that you are what you eat, and it certainly can be reflected in your skin! Certain nutrients, many found in fruits, can have a positive effect on your skin. A great way to take steps toward great skin is to mix up a smoothie with some skin-friendly ingredients.

The following fruit smoothie recipe has four fruits that are particularly good for your skin:

Blueberries: Blueberries have a high carotenoid (Beta-Caraotene) content. Carotenoids are super skin boosters because they convert to active Vitamin A, which stimulates the renewal of skin cells. That in turn leads to softer and smoother skin.

Papaya: Papaya has a particularly high amount of antioxidant Vitamin C along with beta-carotene, flavonoids, folate, potassium and magnesium. Vitamin C is necessary to produce collagen, which is what keeps your skin firm.

Strawberries: Strawberries are also high in vitamin C, and they have other antioxidants which help break down free radicals that can damage your skin and lead to wrinkles.

Pear: Pears contain a large amount of fiber, more than most fruits. Fiber helps the body get rid of toxins that can damage your skin and lead to breakouts.

To make a healthy and skin-friendly smoothie with these fruits, add equal parts of each to your blender, Ninja, or Nutribullet (about 1/3 cup each for a single serving). Using frozen fruit is fine and will allow for a thicker texture. I usually use frozen blueberries and strawberries. Add about 1/2 cup of the liquid of your choice and blend. You may need to add a bit more liquid if using frozen fruits. I like to use vanilla soy milk, but regular milk, almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk, or even just plain water if fine. If you want a bit of protien in your smoothie too, add about 1/4 cup of greek yogurt.

This smoothie is tasty, healthy, low calorie, high fiber, and great for your skin. All that makes it pretty darn awesome!

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Food for Thought: Four Things You Should be Eating for Gorgeous Skin!

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by Sian Bitner Kearney:

As women, we are often taught to fear food; it will make us fat, it will break us out, etc. but what if you could enjoy food and reap some major beauty benefits as well? If you’re starving for some good menu items as well as an amazing glow, stock up on these four items ASAP!

Pepper Me Please
Whether you prefer red, green, or yellow, bell peppers are a wonder food! They are jam packed with vitamin C and contain antioxidants that can actually increase collagen production, decreasing lines and wrinkles and increasing skin’s firmness. You can sneak your bell peppers in as snacks throughout the day, or stuff with some brown rice, chicken and low fat cheese, bake, and enjoy them as a meal.

Berry Nice!
Blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries aren’t just a great option for a sweet treat; they are also packed with vitamins and antioxidants that help to slow the aging process. Add them to smoothies for breakfast, to a salad for lunch or dinner, or freeze and enjoy as a low cal dessert. Either way, both your face and your taste buds will thank you!

Enjoy Your Seafood
Oily seafood like salmon, lobster, and mackerel are high in both zinc and essential fatty acids. Combined, these main dishes not only reduce wrinkles, they also work as an anti-inflammatory to ease puffiness and redness in the skin. Add in some greens and a hint of olive oil, and you've got yourself one beautiful meal.

Go Nuts for Almonds!
Rich in flavonoids, these tasty nuts not only build a healthier heart, they also contain vitamin E and antioxidants for the skin. Eating almonds regularly not only leads to softer more supple skin; it can also fight off damaging free radicals caused by pollution and even smoking. Grab a handful as a snack or add a few to your salad for extra flavor and beauty points.

So grab your fork and get to it ladies! With foods that dish out these kinds of beauty results, you may find yourself wanting a second helping.

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Make Time for Romance!

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By Cynthia Hanson for Life & Beauty Weekly

So he doesn’t bring you flowers, and you don’t surprise him with funny cards. It’s been months since you went out on a date, and you can’t remember the last time you talked about anything except the kids, house or work schedules.

“One of the dilemmas of a long-term relationship is that, over time, the newness wears off, routine sets in and romance goes out the door,” explains Marc D. Rabinowitz, a psychotherapist in Norfolk, Va. “Add in familiarity, resentments and unmet expectations, and couples end up getting emotionally distant. The more emotionally distant you become, the less likely you are to do romantic things or spend time together.”

But with effort and commitment, you can keep romance alive. The payoff: “Having a romantic relationship will help you feel better about yourself and your partner,” says Jennifer Jones, a couples therapist with the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. “It also will increase your emotional and physical connection, which can help you weather difficult times.”

Try these five tips to find time for romance:

1. Unplug! Technology can ooze into your relationship if you’re not careful. “Agree to turn off your cell phone, TV and computer during the first hour you’re home together after work and spend that time catching up with each other,” advises Jones. “Setting boundaries will help you create a space for conversation.”

2. Speak up. What passed for romance when you were first dating may not cut it after years of married life. “It’s a misconception that it’s not romantic if you ask him to bring you flowers or he asks you to send him a cute card,” explains Jones. “Don’t be afraid to ask for what would make you happy -- and ask your partner to tell you what would please him.”

Be sure to use “I” statements when you make requests (e.g., “I’d love it if you’d surprise me with a new book”) instead of “you” statements that sound defensive (e.g., “You never surprise me anymore”.)

3. Have fun. “Fun” means different things for different people. For you, it might be going to the movies, visiting a museum or playing tennis. Take turns date-planning, and pick activities you want to try, even if they’re not tops on your sweetie’s radar. (Rock climbing, anyone?)

“This way, you add variety to your time together -- and you won’t settle for the least common denominator, which usually means going out to dinner,” says Rabinowitz. “Doing the same activities week-in and week-out gets boring.”

4. Stick to a schedule. It doesn’t matter how often you have a “date night,” as long as you’ve always got one on the calendar. “Scheduling dates gives you something to look forward to,” says Rabinowitz. “This is crucial when you’re stressed and busy. It’s much easier to tolerate a lack of connection if you know that three weeks from Saturday, you and your spouse have a date.”

Agree that date night is just for the two of you. As Jones notes, “Don’t talk about anything you didn’t talk about before you were married or living together.” (The discussion about report cards and cable bills can wait.)

5. Show affection. Couples should connect before they leave for work in the morning (with a kiss, a hug, a kind word); connect again when they come home; and then one last time before they drift off to sleep, according to Rabinowitz. After all, isn’t it romantic to reflect on your “Good morning” hug and kiss throughout the day -- and to look forward to another at night?

Cynthia Hanson is a journalist who writes for many national publications, including Ladies’ Home Journal, Parents and American Baby. She is a frequent contributor to Life & Beauty Weekly.

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Diet To Go 1,000 Meal Giveaway!

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BeWell Expo

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For the past few weeks I have been giving myself a much needed break from technology, and tried to reconnect with my health. Sometimes it is so very important to take the time to recharge.If you are in need of a break, than I suggest checking out the BeWell Expo in Pasadena next weekend on October 12-13th 2013! 

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Detox Light

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By Melanie Haiken for The Style Glossy

Starlets dish about grapefruit juice fasts, but experts say such practices are unnecessary -- and even damaging. “If you get no calories, no protein and nearly no vitamins, you put your body in a stressful situation, and your metabolism is altered,” says Dr. Nicole Kafka, a New York-based colon and rectal surgeon. “Instead of weight loss and detox, you get a reversal -- your body slows down and holds onto fat and everything else.”

What you really want, experts say, is to give your body a vacation from stress pileup. “Most of us don’t treat our bodies very well. We’re just go-go-go,” says Dr. Erika Schwartz, a New York-based specialist in menopause and hormones. The new detox “light” is about giving our body a deep dose of the nutritional and physical relief it craves. Discovering what it feels like to follow a healthier regime just might inspire you to make some long-term changes.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to a better detox.

Drink Water
Eight to 10 glasses of water or other fluids a day during your detox is key to the “flushing” effects of this process, says Sloop. Focus on drinking water at the beginning of the day and between meals rather than with them. “When it comes to flushing out toxins, the least effective time to drink water is when the stomach is already full,” says Sloop. If too much water bores you to tears, you can try a new favorite, Stur liquid water enhancers. With 7 essential vitamins, it naturally enhances the taste of water!  

Take Breaks 
“If following a detoxification regimen stops you from eating junk and cleanses your system, it's good even if you only do it for 24 hours,” says Schwartz. The optimal period for a detox, experts say, is three to seven days.

Stay Stress-free
“When our minds and bodies are stressed, there’s a direct physiological impact on our bodies that causes us to experience symptoms like fatigue, anxiety, pain, insomnia and bloating,” says Dr. Julie Taw, an internist and the director of The Center for Integrative Healing at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in New Jersey. Taw suggests complementing physical detoxification with relaxation exercises like deep breathing, yoga and meditation so your mind feels as clear and clean as your body.

Feed Your Body “Alkaline” Foods
Waste products from exposure to toxins “acidifiy” our bodies, according to nutritional experts like Dr. Cheryle Hart, an obstetrician and gynecologist, and a co-author of The Feel Good Diet. “This acidity ultimately causes disease and premature aging,” she says. For the most effective detox, Hart recommends following the 80/20 rule -- making your diet 80 percent alkalinizing foods and beverages, such as fruits, veggies and nuts, and 20 percent acid-forming foods, such as meat and white sugar. An easy start is to substitute acid-forming black tea and soft drinks with alkalinizing ginseng, mint and raspberry teas.

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Getting Healthy- The Paleo Diet

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 Go Caveman And Feel Great With The Paleo Diet

How often have you tried some fad diet and ended up regretting it? I have tried them all. Seriously. Some diets deprive your body of the nutrients it needs to maintain healthy skin, hair and nails. You lose weight, but you end up looking unhealthy. It wasn't until I was introduced to the Paleo Diet at Dantian Studios that I finally found a diet I think I could live with. You eat great food, get all the nutrients you need naturally, lose weight and your hair and skin look amazing.

What Does This Have To Do With Cavemen?

It got your attention didn't it? Okay, so the Paleo Diet is based around the foods hunters and gatherers would have eaten. The name comes from what is known as the true beginning of agriculture in the Paleolithic era. Believe it or not, it's apparently taken us around 2.6 million years to discover how to eat right again. Go figure.

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