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Five “Beauty Food” Tips

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Five “Beauty Food” Tips

(that you don’t already know)

1. Lemon water in the morning is great… for some, but not great for others.

This “trick” of starting the day with lemon water is really popular and said to help detoxify your system (meaning it gets your digestion going). But, lemon first thing is way too acidic for some constitutions, according to a conversation I had with Dr. Taz when I did a 360 degree physical assessment in 2017.

So, as always, listen to your body: you can try to start your day with lemon water but check in with how you feel.

2. Stay hydrated (from the outside in).

This is kind of random, but it works very well to stay hydrated and prevent the sniffles: use a humidifier year-round.

A tip shared with me by my all-time favorite dermatologist, use a humidifier at night right by your face when you sleep. I use this one. The mist really hydrates your sinuses, and moist sinuses are a much better defense against common colds and irritants than dry ones. You inhale moisture all night long which hydrates your skin. Bonus: really helps me stay asleep at night.

3. “Batch.”

If you follow any foodie person on social media, especially people trying to help moms get kids to eat healthy food throughout the week, they suggest you “batch.”

“Batching” means baking off a boatload of food – usually big baking sheets full of sliced veggies – to roast all at once and then use in various dishes throughout the week.

Personally, I cannot commit to eating any one item that many meals in a row, so batching on Sunday in this way leaves me with leftovers that I throw out by Wednesday.

But, I can commit to batching either a juice or a milkshake. I make a big pitcher and freeze the rest. I pull one out of the freezer the night before and this is my first morning meal or to go snack. Specifically, I batch green juice (I have a cheat for making green juice easily) and I always batch smoothies and nut milks.

How to batch nut milks easily is a whole other post because nut milks can be tricky and if making something is too difficult, I won’t do it. I always have shortcuts. Remind me to talk about that someday?

4. Dust your coffee/tea.

To back up a second, because you’re smart, and the reason behind this tip’s frequent success could help you in a lot of aspects of your life…

This tip could also be titled: “Add just one thing that’s really good to your already-existing routine – rather than trying to change your routine.”

Adding something to what you’re already doing is a proven way to better your habits. There is SO much out there around changing habits, and I have read an obscene number of books on changing habits. Hands-down, the experts say that the most effective way to create better habits is TO NOT try and change habits. Instead, create better habits by add onto existing ones.

Specific suggestion: Add a teaspoon of chaga to your morning concoction of choice whether it’s a latte, coffee, tea, or morning shake. Chaga has tons of wellness benefits, it’s incredible for your skin’s cell turnover, so the experts tell us, plus it’s earthy flavor goes well with lattes and black teas and anything chocolatey.

5. It rhymes with “nest.”

Can you guess?? What rhymes with nest that is THE BEST thing for your digestion, your skin, your organs, and your mental health?

It is rest. Maybe not a beauty “food” but definitely a beauty practice, rest is a practice that I, personally, have been trying to learn how to do ever since I left my law firm in 2010. To suggest that you “rest more” may sound like a boring suggestion and kind of vague, but there’s so much more to rest than most of us suspect.

The reason rest is a panacea for so many issues is many-layered. Basically, your body needs a serious pause in your day to be able to switch from your parasympathetic nervous system (THINK: laser-focus, multi-tasking, juggling multiple mental to-do’s) to sympathetic nervous system (THINK: breathing slows, feel curious about stuff rather than hurried, shoulders drop/relax).

I’m going to be honest with you: my money is on the fact that none of us really are willing to explore how to rest daily, but even if we did try to rest, say, 10 minutes after lunch each day, we would do it incorrectly. And by “incorrectly,” I mean unsuccessfully. We just don’t know how to relax. We forget we even have bodies, most of the day, let alone check in with our bodies and see if we can help our bodies rest.

When we rest, we can detox, rejuvenate our cells, release held tension. All good stuff. So – why is it so freaking hard to do?

We’re so bewildered on how to rest because we physically get stuck in fight-or-flight mode as a result of everything flying at us. Whether it’s flashing screens, driving among other cars, hyper-focusing on work or our kids, our freaking kidneys stay terrified and tucked way up behind our lower ribs, rather than dropping and operating on full cylinders. (Maybe this is TMI to bring up but if your bathroom schedule is not regular, this is a sign that you’re stuck in fight-or-flight too much of the time.)

I’m not a doctor, I’m not a nutritionist, I’m not a holistic-healer – I’m honestly just speaking from my own experience.

You’re of above-average intelligence, I have no doubt. And I believe you can reach back into your memories, as I can, to those moments when we experienced terrible health during stressful times. And maybe we can remember other times when we hardly needed sleep to have energy and great health. Rest has that giant of an impact on our wellbeing physically, emotionally and mentally.

I’m gong on and on, I know. Sorry! But I this is something I’ve come to believe strongly in. I personally believe that resting, really, learning how to rest, is the single best skill we can learn for our physical wellbeing, and teach our children, spouses and eventually maybe even our culture, to heal in every sense of that word.

Like I said: Rest, while not a “beauty food,” is definitely a beauty practice for inner and outer beauty, wellbeing of our families… world peace, even?? I mean, possibly.

Here’s the easiest way I know to start resting:

  • Copy your pet. Whether it’s your cat, your dog, your horse or your goldfish (or, a memory of a pet or even someone else’s pet), literally do what they are doing. It may be napping, staring at the fire, or playing, but the majority of a healthy animal’s lifetime is spent in rest mode. Rest doesn’t always mean sitting still. Our pets eat, roam, and explore. Just watch and learn.

One of my favorite workshops I ever offered was on Deep Rest for Busy Moms.

We should do that one again sometime! Maybe online so all of us can show up for some deep rest…


Take one of these tips that resonates for you, try it out, and see what you think.

Don’t like how it feels?? Toss it back.

You are the authority on you. And anyone who tells you otherwise is not the right teacher for you.

 

Announcing GLOW PORTER :: beauty snacks for glowing skin

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It’s pretty surprising. But, here we are!

Amelie and I have spent most of her 4 (um… how is she that old?!?) years on earth experimenting with superfood concoctions in the kitchen.

We love LOVE sharing the experiments and the health with our friends and family, which brings me to today’s announcement:

We are offering a very soft, mini-launch of beauty snacks – that are legitimately yummy and incredible for your skin called.

Glow Porter

beauty snacks for glowing skin.

Our little store is here.

A fresh menu of snacks is available to order each Monday, sales close Tuesday nights.

And in case you are curious, keep reading to find out what else we’ve been up to for the past (*cough*) year?? more?? since my last big announcement.

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Dope Playlist #3 // The Love List <3

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The Love List // by The New South

Today is Valentine’s Day, and I am a straight-up sucker for it. I love Valentine’s Day! A positive non-religious holiday with no emotional baggage (for me, personally)? I’m in. Let’s tell each other we love each other all day long.

So – to bring some love into your day, here’s the non-traditional love songs playlist I’ve been accumulating lately.

 

Sending you <3 and xo’s –

LGB

 

Mood Balance Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Mood Balance Chocolate Chip Cookies

the incredibly decadent, super high integrity cookie (that loves you back)

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 maple syrup
  • 1 tbl honey
  • 1 tsp cacao
  • 1 tsp maca
  • 1 tsp reishi
  • 1 cup chocolate chunkes

Combine all ingredients and form dough into into walnut-sized cookies. Sprinkle with additional pink salt or Maldon salt flakes. Cook for 10 minutes on 350 degrees.

Eat them all yourself. Or share them and be a hero. xo!!

New South Beauty Cooklet!

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Dope Playlist #2 // The New South

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My happiest memories from my childhood all have something to do with my family’s farm.

I even loved the drive out I-20 East from Atlanta that we took every Friday when my dad was done with work. All four of us (plus our dogs and the cats that braved the highway in crates that my dad bungeed down back in the open bed of his pickup truck) shared space in the truck’s cab in a fragile togetherness rarely enjoyed as a young family of four. In the hour long ride, no one spoke besides the inevitable squabble between my older sister and I about who had more space in the back seat. Once our weekly fight began, my mom or dad dealt with the irritation of sibling rivalry by inserting a cassette tape of either bluegrass or country or gospel music and pressing play. And turning the volume up.

I made a playlist that captures the music and feeling of these weekly family pilgrimages to a place that, for me, held the very best of us.

I call it:

The New South.

 

Three Crowd-Pleasing Smoothies for Beautiful Skin

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My Three Favorite Smoothies

These days, I don’t make anything that isn’t potentially kid-friendly (by “potentially” kid-friendly I mean that my daughter’s tastes are currently as predictable as weather in the age of global warming) and makes me feel good on the inside and glow on the outside.

These three smoothies check both boxes.

They don’t taste “too healthy,” which, honestly, is a taste that no one really enjoys, and I can tell a difference in my skin (like, glow0er) and my mood (more stable) after just a few days.

This is kind of an aside – but, the reason I’m writing this post is because my friend tells me again and again that when she makes a smoothie, it typically comes out gross. And all of those fancy ingredients go down the drain, wasted. It’s frustration. And I completely relate. That’s why I actually much prefer to start with a smoothie recipe before experimenting.

Here are my current three favorite smoothies, in recipe form, for you to try and make your own as you wish.

Enjoy!


#1. Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

I make this more than any other smoothie for breakfast because I am one of those people who loves chocolate a whole lot.

You know what I just remembered?

I actually started eating chocolate for breakfast in college. I bought big blocks of something called “bakers milk chocolate” – and I mean “big” like the size of two Coke cans – that I kept on my bedside table wrapped in plastic. When I woke up for class, I’d roll over, unwrap the block of chocolate, naw off a few bites, and only then get out of bed.

Obsessive chocolate lovers – we know who we are.

Makes about two 16-ounce smoothies.

  • 2 cups frozen cherries
  • 2 cups spinach, very loosely packed
  • 1/2 banana (use a whole banana for a sweeter smoothie; if using 1/2, chop and freeze the rest for tomorrow’s smoothie)
  • 2 tablespoons cacao nibs
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons of protein powder of your choice (I use the vanilla protein powder from Moon Juice)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 cups coconut water (or filtered water, if that’s what you have on hand) and handful of ice.

{OPTIONAL SUPERFOOD BOOST}
Add:

  • 1 tablespoon maca powder
  • 1 tsp chaga
  • 1 tsp reishi

Blend together for at least one minute and enjoy!

NOTE: This smoothie is inspired by a smoothie from Rich Roll and Julie Piatt’s Plantpower Cookbook. Rich and Julie are a super cool couple – if you are into inspiring stories, extreme athletes, California living and/or the environment, and plant based living, check them out.)


#2. Margarita Smoothie

This is the smoothie I make for people who say they don’t like smoothies. It’s just yummy. Makes about two 16-ounce smoothies.

  • 3 to 5 cups chopped and loosely packed kale or other dark leafy green (dandelion, collard, chard etc.).
    NOTE: Use less greens if you’re newer to – or less enamored with – that bitter-ish dark green flavor.
  • 1/2 cucumber, chopped
  • 2 cups frozen pineapple
  • 1/4 to 1/2 of a fresh jalepeno
  • 1/4 sunflower seeds (soak in hot water for 15 minutes to maximize health boost, but don’t stress over this)
  • 2 cups water

Blend for 1 minute and add a little umbrella for that margarita poolside vibe. (If adding umbrella, please note this will make you the only person I know with little umbrellas on hand – I absolutely love this about you.)

NOTE: I think some version of this recipe originally came from my friend, Kelly Henry, founder and CEO of Bamboo Juice – which is a phenomenal juice company that I wholeheartedly recommend. She’s Georgia-grown, like me, but lives in Venice Beach, CA – a great combination of locations to create a wonderful Southern girl making a positive impact on health through organic, delicious cold-pressed juices.


#3. Crowd-Pleasing Green Smoothie

This is a fabulous staple for anyone’s smoothie or beauty-regime rotation, and delivers does what it promises – pleases crowds and packs a green punch.

Makes about 3 16-ounce smoothies.

  • Baby spinach about 5 cups which is one of those pre-washed bags
  • Small head of romaine (or 1/2 of a big head) chopped
  • 1/2 chopped cucumber
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped (or parsley if that is what you have on hand)
  • 1 chopped apple
  • 1 chopped pear
  • 1/2 banana, chopped
  • 1/2 orange, chopped
  • juice of one lemon
  • 2 tbl. hemp seed
  • 1 to 2 cups filtered water + handful of ice (amount of water depends on the blender – mine is a Vitamix and use 1 1/2 cups)

Place only the spinach, romaine, cilantro and cucumber into your blender, then add 1 cup of water, and blend for 30 seconds.

Add the remaining ingredients into the blender, including ice. Blend for another minute. Drink it down!

NOTE: This recipe is more labor intensive than my other current favorite smoothies, but it also makes a bigger batch. Personally, when not sharing with my family/friends, I drink one, save one for mid-afternoon, and freeze the third for another day. (Remember to leave room in glass bottles if you’re freezing to avoid a broken glass bottle when the smoothie expands.)

ANOTHER NOTE: If you want to cut back on the natural sugars in this smoothie – I do cut back when I have been waking up groggy or eating more treats throughout the day – omit the orange and use either an apple, or a pear.

Anxiety-Free in 5 Easy Steps

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A Practice to Ease Anxiety

Relax before bed, running late for an appointment, or whenever you’re freaking out.

QUIZ: You (possibly unknowingly) endure chronic anxiety if you:

(1) have trouble sleeping at night,

(2) tend to get “run down” or fall sick on a semi-regular basis,

(3) have lists upon lists upon lists upon lists,

(4) startle easily, or

(5) experience the occasional (up to frequent) panic attack.

When we constantly experience anxiety, our happiness takes a huge hit. High quality of life isn’t possible when we’re in an anxious state because of the effect of anxiety on our bodies. When feeling anxious or worried, our nervous system is on high alert as if danger is looming around the corner. This is what you’ve heard referred to as “fight-flight-freeze.”

Most of us don’t even realize we’re experiencing low-grade anxiety most waking hours because we’re so use to it.

The constant stimulation of modern life draws us into a hyper-aware mode that tips our nervous system into high-alert or anxiety mode really easy, which means we have to bring habits into our lives to pull ourselves out of this state so that we can:

  • experience calm
  • be present in your life
  • feel happiness
  • find enjoyment (rather than irritation) out of work, spouses/partners, friendships and kids
  • connect to your life’s purpose and your highest self
  • age beautifully (rather than prematurely)

I heard it said that anxiety robs us of our lives, and I completely agree. It’s our life’s purpose on the line and worth developing an orientation toward finding inner stillness, peacefulness and calm rather than allowing ourselves to be pulled into the mainstream culture of anxiety.

Five Simple Steps to Calm

Once you go through these steps once all of the way through, you’ll find it’s super quick and easy to do this practice anytime, anywhere, on your own.

  • Step One. Take a comfortable seat in a chair with both feet flat on the ground.
    Sit up straight. Slightly drop your chin so the back of your neck is long. Lift your shoulders up toward your ears, then let them fall and completely relax. Put your hands, palm down, on your knees.
  • Step Two. Take three deep breaths.
    Breath in through your nose for a slow count of five, and exhale through your nose for a slow count of five. Pause for one count at the end of each exhale.
  • Step Three. Tap the spot above your nose/above your mouth.
    Using two fingers – pointer and middle – gently tap on the spot right beneath your nose and above your mouth. Continue to slowly breath in through your nose and out through  your nose as you tap this spot for five rounds of slow breath.
  • Step Four. Next, tap your chin.
    Use the same two fingers to tap your chin for another five rounds of slow breath in through your nose and out through your nose.
  • Step Five: Bring breath and mind into your belly button.
    Once you’ve completed steps three and four two times, each, bring your awareness to your navel, as if your mind/brain physically existed right behind your belly button rather than in your head. With your mind/focus behind your belly button, fill the space behind your navel with breath as you slowly inhale. Feel the space behind your navel relax as you exhale. Do this ten times.

Repeat steps three through five until you experience a physical shift in your body and mood state. You may:

  • Feel your back muscles release.
  • Experience your jaw unclench.
  • Notice your eyebrows soften away from each other.
  • Experience sensations in your hands – relaxation, tingling, softening.
  • Notice the chair supporting your weight and the strength of the floor support your feet.

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Set up a daily appointment in the calendar on your phone early in the morning to establish your daily calming ritual.

Breaking My Heart Forward

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•MLK Jr. Day, 2019 •

Here’s a question that I don’t know the answer to:

• How do you explain the Civil Rights movement to a four year old? …Especially when she differentiates between kids – and grown ups – solely based on who’s “bigger.” (Bigger, to my four year old daughter, means taller.) She never mentions skin color.

Segregation, racism, Civil Rights… it’s a lot to cover when all she asked is:

  1. Who is MLK? and
  2. Can I dance ballet after my snack?

What I ended up saying…

“MLK worked hard his whole life to be sure every person was kind to every other person no matter what.”

Lame, right? Sanitized, inadequate explanation for my bright girl. It’s best I had on the spot. I thought to myself, “Kindness is an important value for our family, maybe I can tie MLK into that…” Still, I felt how I’d stripped the life and fire out of the American martyr, Martin Luther King.

•••

Later, I googled,

“How to explain civil rights to small children?”

And, this picture came up.

Instantly I started crying because I look at her and see my daughter.

All of our daughters.

Can you imagine being her parent? Being her mother, whose body offered itself like clay so that the invisible hand of life could form tiny cells into a person, a human baby, her baby? The mother who, for the past six years, washes her soup bowls, can always find her favorite sweater, and knows everything she’s thinking just by the look in her eyes?

This first black girl to go to a white elementary school in segregated 1960, requires police escort so that she isn’t physically attacked has a mom like I’m a mom. And I think, the escort can’t stop the words, the verbal violence that penetrates her small ears. She still moves through a sea of fury that won’t part for her, not even an inch, not even for a child.

Her mom, with the faith of Abraham, sent her baby girl to school.

How terrifying does the whole world look to you, when you’re so little in the face of so much hate?

How terrified do you have to be to hate this little girl?

For many of us the world looks way better today. That’s real. And what’s also real is that my world as a white American cannot compare to the world of every minority in America, the disenfranchised and hungry and oppressed, all around the world. Those of us who are privileged are very few, and we are born into responsibility. What are we going to do about all of it? All of the suffering? It’s been 60 years since this picture was taken, and I wonder if we are remotely on the path toward love. Toward healing. Toward kindness. It’s almost too much to contemplate. (And we don’t get a choice; we have to do more than just contemplate.)

But you know what else this picture showed me?

That I can also share with my four year old?

• One person *really and truly* can change the world from {how it is} to —> how it should be.

Even when – especially when – you’re just one person, even just a little girl. •

Dope Playlist # 1 // Soothing

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I love when people share their playlists.

And I, for one, am constantly making playlists. So just for fun I’m going to share a bunch with you to support your good moods, your motivation, your heartaches – all of the things.

Here’s the first playlist, which I call: #1 // Soothing

Think: Lovely, mellow music to calm your heart, chill the mood at home, or steady your rhythm in any other way you need.

Click here.

Enjoy! xo

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