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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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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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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.

Hazelnut Haute Chocolate

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Hazelnut Haute Chocolate

Decadent, nearly effortless to create, skin-beautifying with a body-buzz and (amazingly) deeply supports true health.

Think of nut milks like this one that contain only good stuff (no fillers, no processed sugars, no preservatives) as a drink to enjoy with (or as) your morning meal, as an afternoon energy stabilizer and/or treat, or as a way to support your body’s recovery post-exercise.

I make this on cold days as hot chocolate and freeze on warm days as popsicles. Delicious.

BASIC (still delicious):

  • 3 cups water
  • 1/3 cup hazelnuts soaked in very hot water for 15 minutes
  • 3 tbl cacao nibs
  • 3 dates
  • 1 tbl protein powder of choice (use a flavorless, chocolate or vanilla protein powder – no fruity flavors)
  • 1 tbl coconut butter (can substitute coconut oil if that’s what you have on hand)

:: OPTIONAL ADD ON :: FOR BEAUTY + RECOVERY BOOST

  • 1 tbl tocotrienals
  • 1/2 tsp cordyceps powder
  • 1/2 tsp mucuna puriens
  • 1/2 tsp pearl

Blend all together on high for 5 minutes if making this as a hot chocolate (the longer blending duration heats the milk).

 

Cordyceps powder and protein powder support physical stamina, cacao and mucuna puriens boost mood and offer stable energy. This blend also hits the spot for sweetness and chocolate cravings while giving your body fuel that supports its optimum vibe and balanced energy and performance. 

What our children need us to understand.

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I have a confession to make.

Have you ever deeply hated something, but still found it impossible to let yourself off of the hook? You kept going along or kept showing up even though you dreaded the thing?

Maybe it’s a networking group that you just cannot get yourself to say no to. Maybe it’s some annual family tradition or something as a parent that you continue to trudge along to, even though it’s the worst.

As for me, I really cannot stand those mommy-and-me classes that you take your baby or toddler to, but I keep going to them.

If you’re not a parent or if you’ve never been to these classes, let me explain why they’re an advanced form of torture.

Let’s take mommy-and-me music class, for example.

A room full of very tired adults paste on a smile and act the buffoon for one hour while avoiding eye contact with anyone else in the room. The adults sit in a circle and sing very bad music, a.k.a. “children’s songs,” which will play in their heads incessantly preventing restful sleep for days to follow. Meanwhile, the children do whatever the %$#@ they want to, screaming and running around or staring like a zombie at the bizarre spectacle of their nanny crawling on the floor and singling about zoo animals. The kids almost never participate in any way in the musical torture. Sometimes, adults run around in a circle while their child rides on their backs, pulling hair and holding on by the nostrils, while the adult sings a song vaguely about a horse or a firetruck but with no meaningful storyline.

I could go on, but you get the point. The classes are weird and not in a fun way. However, I still go. I feel like my daughter benefits, possibly? Makes me feel like I’m a good mom?

The point of sharing the story is that a miracle happened.

Really this is kind of a double-miracle.

Last month, Amelie and I spent a simply divine hour-and-a-half at a mommy-and-me art class. That’s a miracle for me.

Which brings us to what our children need us to understand.

The other miracle is precisely what our children (and the world) deeply needs from us.

The miracle looks like this:

When we walked through the door, Amelie beelines to one of the six art stations. There, she paints using the wheels of a small, toy truck as the “brush” dipping its wheels in white paint and running it over the paper. Then, she mixes pink and orange paint using the top of the truck and stamps the paper with this combination.

Then, for no clear reason, she stops truck-painting.

With confidence, she walks to another station to make babies and monsters out of cinnamon play-dough.

If you have children, this may sound normal, but in our society, witnessing this means watching a miracle. Why is this miracle?

The answer to that question is crucial for our own body alchemy practices.

Being three-years-old, Amelie has something that most of us no longer possess and that we relearn through body alchemy.

She is in flow with her body.

Amelie is fully present in her body. She reacts to her bodies’ communications so instantly that there’s no mental consideration involved. Because her body is also fully aligned with inner intuition, her body takes her where her intuition tells her to go.

We find this state of flow when we can begin to truly connect to our physical bodies.

Our bodies’ purpose is to be the conductor of our intuition’s direction.

When we are in that intuitive flow, our bodies are poetry in motion, like a lightning rod grounding divine messages shot from the universe.

If we want to find our purpose, we can always start by getting in sync with our bodies. 

You can start right now.

The Secret to Quick + Easy Packing For Your Whole Family

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As I’m writing this, I’m about to embark on a 400-mile road trip with my daughter. I spent most of last night and this morning packing clothes, diapers, shampoo, the favorite flowered shorts, the sound machine… a LOT of stuff for us two. When provisioning for a big trip, like this one, I typically feel anxious as I walk around the house with my packing list which I add to as I remember even more items to include (my very favorite pillow, her very favorite spoon with a handle shaped like a rabbit). My nervous momentum originates from a belief: I’m responsible for remembering every tiny item that we might possibly need.

But this time while packing, I felt peaceful. Why?  Read More

Who else wants a peaceful day?

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It’s been a while since I have posted due to a very busy spring and early summer, full of work commitments (more than I expected), travel (much more than I’d planned for), and lots of family time (more than typical, for me). These are all great things. All of the changes in my life these days bring me great joy and also bring with them the sadness of letting go of old routines in my home life and work life. It’s the end of a season, and the beginning of a new era.

And since last we spoke, I’ve been contemplating one concept, in particular, through all of these new epochs:
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