How To Make A Hotel Room Cozy

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Traveling is great and all, but unless you’ve got the big bucks chances are you’re not staying in a nice fancy hotel. When staying in less then ideal hotels you can deal with weird smells, stuffy rooms, annoying customer service, etc. But THANKFULLY you can do something to help make your stay more enjoyable.

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Hotel Tips

Bring A Diffuser and Citrus Essential Oils 

That air in the room has been recycled for only God knows how long. Diffusing citrus oils will not only clean the air but also clean the entire room! Citrus oils are naturally purifying and cleansing. These oils are also great for uplifting, energizing, and may even improve your mood!

Here are the citrus oils : Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Tangerine, Wild Orange and a simply divine blend called Citrus Bliss (forreal though, the scent is bliss.) You can always mix and match oils too! I recently smelled the combination of Spearmint and Lime and GOOD LAWWD it was magical.

Here are some diffuser ideas:

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this one is on my wish list- one day!

Bring Your Own Sheets

The older I get, the more aware of germs I become. Of course, I would like to think that the sheets are 100% totally and completely sterilized.. but how can I be sure? Just thinking of the many other naked bodies on the sheets makes me wanna hurl a little bit. And the blankets? You really honestly think hotels wash those every time? No. def not.

So if we’re driving to our hotel I always make sure to pack a big bag full of sheets, pillowcases, and a blanket. It is so worth it you guys. I feel so much more at ease, and even having my house scent instead of weird chemical smell on the sheets is amazing. And if you’re really awesome, you’ll also bring your own pillows. Just recently had an awful weekend because the pillows were like big sacks of flour and I could not sleep. lesson learned.

Continue Normal Routines

It can be hard keeping up with your routines when you’re thrown into a weird room in a weird place, but making sure you take the time to be as consistent as you can with what you do at home will make a big difference. For example, I always oil pull in the morning, so I try to do that, I bring my dry brush, tongue scraper, face masks, etc. I try to stick as closely to my normal routine as possible and it helps me feel more in control and at ease.

Himalayan Salt Plug Ins

If you read my previous blog post, you know how powerful and amazing himalayan salt lamps are. But I totally know they aren’t the most practical thing to bring while traveling. Thats why the plug in versions are SO DOPE!! You’ll just amplify the cleansing air process while making the room feel more like yours. Also great alternative if you like having night lights!

These ones look amazing.

Bring Hand Sanitizer

Not only for your hands, but also to clean some of the small things in the room- door knobs, tv remote, headboard, night stand, etc. I used to clean condos so I first hand know that people who clean fast do not always clean super well.

doterra-touch-on-guard-10mlI really like using the DoTerra Hand Sanitizer because it’s all natural, you don;t need a ton, and it smells so good because of the blend of warm essential oils!

Pack Food

If you’re like the majority, chances are you have a sensitive stomach/food sensitivities. I know it can be hard to find restaurants that you can trust won’t hurt your stomach, especially in smaller towns. I always like to pack a few meals depending on my length of stay. Plus some simple breakfasts that don’t require any heating up.

For example, I recently brought these; chia seed pudding, hard boiled eggs, fruit, big salad, baked sweet potatoes, baked chicken, olive oil and apple cider vinegar. So simple and only needed to be refrigerated. Try and find a hotel with a fridge in the room, but if not, just bring a large cooler and keep refilling the ice!

Bring Sleep Items

You never know if the hotel will be noisy, have lots of light, or really uncomfortable beds. So I recommend bringing an eye mask, ear plugs, and maybe even some melatonin if you’re having the worst time falling asleep! I’m definitely to the point in my life where I prioritize sleep over so many things- even looking like an overpacked crazy lady.

That’s pretty much it! I am always thankful for traveling, but that doesn’t mean I settle! There are always super simple and cheap ways to make your life better. Always remember that.

xxJoannaxx

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Why I’m No longer Afraid Of Food

My Unpopular View Of Diets

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(If you’d like to watch the video I made about this topic, check it out here!)

I’ll be honest, this has been quite a revelation for me and I know it will be for you too. Food has been an obsession since the first fast weight-loss diet. The idea that we could lose weight at rapid speed simply by radically changing the food (or “food”) we ingest and how often we eat. But with that comes unhealthy obsession, eating foods that don’t actually sustain us, relying solely on food instead of treating the lifestyle changes, yo-yoing between one weight and the next, etc. Diets only last for so long, they’re not sustainable, and it is such an unhealthy way to try an obtain an “ideal body.”

However, with that comes the complete opposite end of the spectrum- Obsession with HEALTHY FOOD. This is much healthier and far more beneficial for your body, but as with all things, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. I’m not referring to healthy, vibrant, whole foods because you can literally eat as much of those as your body needs and you will become the most lively, lovely, vibrant person. I am referring to the obsession with healthy food. You can go too overboard. There is even something people can be diagnosed with called Orthorexia, which is “a medical condition in which the sufferer systematically avoids specific foods in the belief that they are harmful.” source

This causes STRESS. The nasty six letter word that is the underlying cause for so many diseases and conditions.

You can literally look up any problem you have, might have in the future, your friend has, your dog has, and you will always find that there is some food group that you should remove from your diet to help heal your body and/or as prevention.  This isn’t a bad thing- it is quite miraculous! The fact that our body is literally made up of the food we eat is nothing short of incredible. We have the ability to change our weight, our skin, our ailments, even our genes just by choosing what foods we put into our mouths. Can I get an Amen because I think this definitely deserves an AMEN!

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But as I have learned through my time at the Institute Of Integrative Nutrition and from personal experience, you must must must have balance.. with everythingI do have a type A personality so I do have the tendency to go to the extreme with things. I am a research lover and really enjoy learning as much as I can and becoming the best I can be.

But I now know for sure that I went overboard.

There was a time, quite recently actually, where I felt like I literally couldn’t eat anything. If you read health articles or books, or listen to podcasts, or watch documentaries, you can always find someone bashing each and every food group. And not only sugar and gluten because those have been “evil” for awhile (and for good reason.) But there are some that say you shouldn’t eat meat. Or beans. or fruit. or fats. or anything with seeds. or grains. The list goes on and on and contains all types of food no matter how raw or pure it may be.

While I was searching for my one ticket to save me from my breakouts and heal my gut, I was listening to anyone and everyone. I was trying all of the recommendations, cutting out all of the food groups, taking all the vitamins, I was like a derailed train that just kept going and gaining more speed. But you know what? Nothing seemed to be that one perfect answer that solved all of my problems. Yes, there are definitely things I do that keep my skin more under control and my stomach more manageable, but there wasn’t anything that seemed like my holy grail.

And I had become afraid of food. 

I never felt like I could go out with friends, eat the same dinner as my husband, go to family functions because I knew either A. There would be nothing for me to eat and I would be really hungry. or B. If I did indulge and break my insanely strict diet I would break out horribly and my stomach would swell up to a 6 month old pregnant woman. And you know what this caused? STRESS. Big fat stress all day every day. Even when I wasn’t dealing with the crossroads of deciding if I should or shouldn’t go to an event, it would be there all day. I would have mini battles in my head of “Oh I really want this. But can I? I have already had so many fruits today. But will this red apple be too much sugar for my system? Will I have a reaction? Is it worth it? Am I seeing anyone soon? Will I look okay when I take my makeup off? Oh but I really want that juicy apple. But nah, I guess I shouldn’t. Let me just have a little more water.”

For real you guys. This was my life. And looking back at it now I realize how crazy it was, how much low level stress I was dealing with every day.

But then we decided to go to France for vacation. And I told myself that I will give myself complete leeway to eat whatever I wanted. Breakouts be damned, I wanted to treat myself! It’s not everyday you go to a beautiful country, and why go and not have the complete culinary experience?!? It’s near blasphemy.

So we went and for the first day I was subconsciously keeping track of how much bread I ate, how many veggies I had, and I had to break that habit. So I don’t know how many vegetables I ate during our trip, but I definitely know it wasn’t the allotted 3 cups a day. And those baguettes and pastries? Yeah. Your girl ate them. A lot of them. I also had delicious cheeses and alcohol.

Are you ready?

I FELT INCREDIBLE. not only that, but I also looked absolutely great.

My body was bangin’, my skin was glowy, but most importantly I felt so joyful and more at peace than I have in a very, very long time.

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I could not believe the results. All this time I thought that “unhealthy” food was the root of all evil, when that wasn’t it at all. The stress over being healthy and not allowing myself to ever let go, and then the guilt when I did indulge was doing damage to my mental state which was totally affecting my body and it’s symptoms.

And then it hit me- No food is inherently evil. It’s the manipulation and modification of foods that can make it unhealthy. Eating foods that are made in a lab or that are heavily with pesticides and chemicals, food that has been so processed and pumped with artificial sugars, THAT is what is unhealthy.

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But bread that was handmade by the baker early that morning, cheese that came straight from the farmer’s farm, meat that came from the hands of the butcher, these are not the things that put our body out of balance. They are the things that sustain us. Not only from a physical point of view, but also our mental and emotional state. If you constantly eat foods that you find gross or unappetizing, your body isn’t going to receive it as well as a beautiful balanced meal that satisfies every taste bud in your mouth.

However, we must remember that everyone’s body is different. You must always listen to your body to see how it reacts to foods, what works for your friend may not work for you. And you shouldn’t always eat super heavy, extravagant meals, your body will feel sluggish and probably run down over time. But hey, your girlfriends wanna go out to eat and chow down on some delicious food thats full of dairy and gluten and sugar and split a bottle of wine? GIRL, DO IT.

The medicine you will receive in the form of laughter and community is far more beneficial than staying home alone and eating the same food you’ve been eating all week. 

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Being back home, I now approach my diet with a much softer and relaxed hand. If I want that cheese on pasta? I’ll add it. If I’m way too exhausted to make dinner, I have no problem going out and picking up something to eat, even if it’s not the healthiest thing. Balance is key. You can be healthy eating tons of whole foods while also eating some gluten here and there, or dairy, or whatever. Try to get good quality foods because that is what counts. You should really try and avoid that processed junk that filled with preservatives and colored dyes, but again, if you’re at some barbecue that only happens a couple times a year and you see your favorite chips, girl- eat those chips.

Stop restricting yourself to the point of stress. Let loose and be wise.

I hope you now feel a little less suffocated and constricted. Your body is a wonderful, magical thing and it can handle a little indulgence every now and again.

Be kind to your body and your mind.

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I hope this helps you further along your journey of Becoming A WellSpring Of Life.

All my love.

Joanna

Organic vs Natural

Are you being fooled?

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Natural, Organic, Non-GMO, Free Range, Pasture Raised, Grass Fed, Grass Finished, Gluten Free, Whole Grain, Wild Caught, Farm Raised.. etc etc etc

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN!?

If you’re jumping onto the (massive) health bandwagon, you’ve got a lot of new vocabulary to learn. The most important is defining the difference between Organic and Natural.

Which is better? Are they different? Are they the same? Are they similar? Why is Organic so much more expensive? Natural is the best, right?

You see where I’m going here.

So grab your pencils, your notepads, and don’t forget to button that thinking cap! (currently writing this in the car after being in here for 8 hours, if that helps explain anything)

Defining Natural and Organic

Natural

Sounds good, right? We all want our food to be as natural as possible. No gross additives or chemicals. However… there are absolutely zero regulations for the term “natural.” So literally any company can slap that label onto their packaging to help sales. The most processed, chemical ridden, body killing companies can say their food is natural. The worst part is that so many people get fooled by it and eat food they think is good for them because it’s “natural.”

Please, don’t be fooled. Read the ingredients and decide for yourself whether it’s healthy or not. If it’s loaded with weird unpronounceable words, and mile long lists… chances are that food is full of junk and it sure ain’t natural.

Organic

100% regulated by the USDA (United States Division of Agriculture)

They must meet these requirements:

  1. Produced without excluded methods (e.g., genetic engineering, ionizing radiation, or sewage sludge.)
  2. Produced using only certain allowed substances
  3. Overseen by a USDA National Organic Program- authorized certifying agent, following all organic regulations.

The companies that wish to call themselves organic, and have the official organic seal on their labels must apply to become organic and pay a fee.

So it’s a pretty serious thing. Which is great because we know we’re getting the right stuff.

Yeah so as you can tell, Organic is TOP DAWG. It is more expensive, so to be smart with your finances and budget.. try to buy all of your meat organic, and there’s a Top 12 Dirty List for produce. You don’t have to break the bank to be smart!

Are you currently buying anything organic? can you tell a difference?

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xxjoannaxx

8 Reasons to Avoid Gluten

Death by Wheat

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“Gluten Free” is splattered everywhere. With the recent discoveries of the lifelong affects a gluten ridden diet can cause, it has become a huge industry that is rapidly growing. A lot of people are going “gluten free” because it’s the new, cool health fad, but they don’t really know why.

Then are there others who aren’t aware of the effect certain foods have on them, and should really consider getting off gluten in an elimination diet.

Whichever boat you’re in, I wanted to give you a rundown on some of the symptoms gluten can cause. Maybe try eliminating all gluten from your diet and see how you feel!

Symptoms of Gluten Sensitivity

  • Gut Inflammation– When your gut is inflamed it can cause you to develop other food sensitivities, as well as general pain.   
  • Decreased Intestinal Permeability– Gluten actually weakens the lining of your gut, causing microscopic tears. So whenever you eat, you become more likely for small food particles to leave the stomach before they’re fully broken down, which can cause lots of damage, pain, and inflammation.
  • Damage To the Gut Biome– if you’re not digesting food properly, and your body always thinks it’s under attack, your natural microboime in your gut can easily become disrupted. If you don’t have enough good bacteria, or too much bad bacteria, your whole body feels the effects.
  • Gastrointestinal Symptoms– Bloating, naseau , sharp pain, problem eliminating, weight gain, etc.
  • Brain Symptoms– Brain fog is a common side effect of gluten; the feeling of you’re in a cloud, can’t really focus or concentrate, in a daze. If your body is highly inflamed it will directly affect your brain.
  • Skin Symptoms– Acne, psorasis, perioral dermatitis, eczema, rosacea, rashes, etc.
  • Nutrient Deficiencies– If your gut isn’t performing well, your body won’t absorb nutrients well.
  • Muscle and Joint Pains– Again, inflammation is the main symptom of gluten, and this can cause all over pain because everything is inflamed.
  • Consistent Low Energy/Chronic Fatigue– When you’re not getting enough nutrients and your body is constantly trying to fight unwelcome food particles, you will inevitably have less and less energy for regular everyday tasks.

Most people are afflicted by at least one of these problems. If you’re serious about trying to become healthier and live a happier, fuller life, then I highly recommend going off gluten for two weeks and then slowly introduce it into your diet and record how you feel.

Some Popular Gluten-Free Replacements:

  • Rice
  • Quinoa
  • Oats

**I don’t really recommend corn because it is so commonly doused in chemicals, and can be a inflammation trigger for a lot of people**

Really try to listen to your body so you can notice even the subtle changes. Waking up less congested? Not crashing after lunch? Less mucus? etc.

What’s your experience with gluten been? Is it best avoided at all costs? Or are you one of the lucky few that can tolerate it? Leave a comment below, I’d love to know!

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xxjoannaxx

Get Skinny, Eat Fat

Fat and Happy

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If you saw my recent instagram post, you would know that I am a big fan of fat. yes, fat. F-A-T. 

About 70 years ago, the government started telling us that fat was bad for us. And yes, some fat is. Like greasy fried donuts, fast food, packaged foods, etc. BUT not all fats are created equally and your diet NEEDS FAT. This is not some luxury for health conscious freaks. It’s not equivalent to me saying you need to eat a certain mushroom grown at the top of a specific mountain.

No, this actually is applicable to everyone with all body types and food diets.

Why You Need Fat In Your Diet

  • Fat is a MAJOR source of energy. Your cells thrive when there’s fat in your meal.
  • Fat helps you absorb certain nutrients that are fat soluble. KEY TIP: A lot of great nutrients found in vegetables are fat soluble, so adding in some sort of fat (olive/coconut oil, avocado, etc) will help your body assimilate and absorb those nutrients! Really, why do all that work and eat tons of greens if you’re not reaping all of the benefits?
  • Our Brain is primarily made up of fat. (!!!!) So you really need to feed it with fat to maintain optimum function. It’s especially important in brain development for young kids, so make sure to not be afraid of fatty foods with your children!
  • Our body does miraculous things, but there are certain things our body needs to outsource; like essential fatty acids. Only certain types of fat can provide these nutrients, and as the name suggests– they are ESSENTIAL.
  • Fat keeps our bodies fuller for longer, without the constant yo-yoing of starving then stuffing, it keeps our blood sugar balanced. If you are consistently being satisfied at every meal, you will snack much less, which is better for your insulin production and weight loss!
  • With better managed insulin production and steady blood sugar, your other hormones will also eventually balance out. If you keep finding yourself starving and then stuffing your face with bad food, your body is constantly going in and out of survival mode. Spikes and drops with any hormone is going to throw your body out of whack. So by eating fat you’re not only keeping weight down, but also balancing hormones.

So now that you’re convinced that you need to reevaluate your diet, I will now raise you a point by suggesting some of the BEST foods with fat! I will also add the links to some of my favorite products that you can purchase online! 

Best Fatty Foods

  • Avocados
  • Eggs
  • Full Fat Dairy (if dairy sensitive, use coconut/goat alternatives! Very few people can tolerate cow dairy)
  • Nuts/nut butters (this particular brand of almond butter is just made out of almonds! which is SO SO rare! they’re usually mixed with a nasty inflammatory oil)
  • Olive Oil (extra virgin)
  • Coconut Oil
  • Ghee
  • Butter
  • Salmon
  • Organic Grass Fed Beef (if it’s not organic, you’ll be unintentionally pumping tons of synthetic hormones into your system- which are best avoided at all costs)
  • Coconut Manna (this is my newly discovered food love. IT IS SO TASTY. especially on toast with almond butter. or mixed in with a matcha latte. or just by the spoonful.)

I am such an advocate for adding more fat into your diet, it’s an important key many people are missing in their journey to health. What’s your favorite fatty food? 

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xxjoannaxx

Wellness Gift Guide/Wish List

Dear Santa.. 

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Hey wellness babes! So since Christmas is comin’ round the corner, I thought I would compile a list of things that are great for those who are wellness obsessed, or even just trying to get healthier. The list ranges in price so it’s great for all budgets! It may also give you some ideas of what to ask for from Santa. (And yeah, the majority of stuff on this list is on my current Christmas list ha.)

Foam Roller – great for sore muscles and stretching! 

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Trampoline- Great for resistance training, lymph detox, and an easy/quick way to workout! 

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Salt Lamp so good for EVERYTHING! Click here to read my blog on why you need them! 

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Essential Oil Diffuser– Great alternative to candles! And with no nasties involved! I love the look of this one, but there are SO many to choose from!

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Yoga Mat– Yoga is so popular (and for good reason.) Have a friend who’s getting serious with their relationship with yoga? Try Manduka, their mats are top of the line! 

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Fascia Blaster– GREAT for muscle problems and cellulite!

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Hydroflask Water Bottle– Arguably the best water bottle on the market! 

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Blue Blocker Sunglasses– Can’t quite kick screens before bed? Try these- they’ll help with that blue light to not be as stimulating!

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Dry Brush– Detoxing, Exfoliating, Cellulite- you seriously need one of these. And so does everyone you know. (This one also comes with a exfoliating gloves AND a konjac sponge!!)

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Vitamix– yeah, pricy. But if you can swing it, you will definitely not ever ever ever regret it. Best Blender ever! 

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Jade Roller– If you’re lookin’ for ways to decrease wrinkles and increase collagen, look no further. This little tool contains so much magic! 

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Hope you found this list useful! Is there anything else health/wellness related that you’re asking for for Christmas? Let a girl know! (My list could always use some revision 😉

xxJoannaxx

*there are affiliate links used in this blog post. It comes at no extra charge to you, it just helps me out a bit when you use the links provided!*

7 Reasons Why You Need a Health Journal

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No, this isn’t a “diary” full of secrets and first kisses and boys and drama.. that’s another thing entirely. This is a journal that is solely dedicated to your health and symptoms that you experience day to day. I know it sounds kind of unnecessary and a waste of time, but in order for you to really maximize your health, you need to prioritize it. Once you fall into the habit, it’s no big deal, and you’ll be so happy you started!

Benefits Of A Health Journal

  1. When you write down your symptoms you begin to notice patterns which will give you a deeper insight into what your body is doing and how to address it.
  2. Journaling will help you realize how much of an affect your food/exercise has on your mood/energy/motivation/sleep, etc.
  3. It may uncover hormonal issues of which you were previously unaware.
  4. Helps you notice if you have certain food allergies/sensitivities. (always bloated after a certain snack? Something isn’t agreeing with you.)
  5. Allows to you build a better health routine; if you don’t record what you’re currently doing, how can you make it better?
  6. When you’re keeping yourself accountable for your health decisions, it will help keep you from falling into a rut or backsliding.
  7. You will be able to clearly notice how much progress you have made since you implemented certain changes, which is extremely motivating and exciting.

I really love having a health journal. I also write down questions or theories I have, which I can later research on my own or bring to my doctor when I visit her. Plus this gives you a great excuse for picking out a new pretty journal. (And I’ll be honest with you, I’m always looking for pretty journals.) Do you think a health journal is something you’re willing to try? Do you have any experience from using a health journal? Let me know!

Help yourself become a WellSpring of Life

xxJoannaxx

Super Food = Super Skin

The Glow That Never Goes

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Yes we all love our beauty products- those precious creams and lotions and toners and masks and serums and treatments and massages and and and.

As beneficial as these products are, without a properly balanced diet there’s only so much a topical product and do.

There are certain foods called ‘superfoods.’ These specific foods are so full of healing properties and health benefits that it’s really almost a sin to deprive your body of them. There are an insane amount of superfoods, but for the sake of time and life, I’m going to highlight some specific ones that are especially beneficial for the skin-

Avocados-They may not look the prettiest, but boy oh boy do you need to hop on that avocado toast train ASAP. Avocados (or Avo’s like the cool people say) (jk I have no idea if thats true) are FULL of healthy fats, specifically Omega 9. These help keep the skin firm and dewy, regenerates damaged skin cells, and reduces inflammation.

Blueberries– These pretty babies look and taste delicious, so it’s like a win win win win win win all day long. Blueberries are chock-full of antioxidants and vitamin A. They fight and neutralize free radicals which are known to damage skin cells and reduce collagen, they also normalize the skin’s production of oil, and help those with acne-prone skin.

Turmeric– Looks like something the dog would dig up, but it tastes like those delicious indian cuisine meals. Turmeric has insane anti-inflammatory properties. Most diseases are caused from an excess of inflammation. So by reducing inflammation, you also reduce wrinkles, increased aging, sagging skin, tired eyes, eczema, etc.

Bone broth– Just your average collagen and nutrition packed powerhouse beverage that tastes like chicken soup. Bone broth soothes the digestive system and fights inflammation; both keep that skin looking pretty, oh so pretty.

Lemon– Tasty and tarte, yellow and friend of a fellow. Lemons are filled with Vitamin C, which neutralize free radicals, help create collagen and elastin, alkalize body, and detox toxins from the body.

Salmon– Oh silly, you didn’t really think you would be able to read a blog post about food for skin and not hear about salmon, did you? Salmon are full of the Omega 3 healthy fat; which protect the skin from sun exposure, repair damaged skin, keep cells hydrated, and reduces toxins.

Not mentioned SuperFoods- 

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A big glass of red wine with a bath and a great book

 

So there ya have it, lovies. Some great food to add into your diet. Best part is that they all taste delicous! So no gagging for beautiful skin, taste great- look great.

 

xxJoannaxx

Italian Fashion Inspiration

H E L L O.

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So..I was just in Italy for 2 weeks!! 1 week in Rome, 1 week in Bologna (a super small, countryside town.) While enjoying the multitude of delicious food, beautiful people watching, ancient ruins.. I couldn’t help but notice the many, many CUTE outfits. Naturally, I jotted down a few I hoped to recreate in the good ol’ US of A.

Italian Outfit Inspiration

Culottes– okay, not popular in Florida but DANG are they popular in Italy! Such a fun, yet chic look and way cuter than typical jeans. They come in a variety of colors and patterns, but those blue and white stripes were my absolute fave. (thanks to the girl at the cafe wearing those with a grey top, white shoes, messy bun, and effortless beauty)

 

Oxfords– Saw these EVERYWHERE. Reminded me of Elaine Benes. They may look a little funky in photos, but seeing them on… total game changer. My favorite is the perforated wing tip. I love how classy they look, but can still be paired with a casual outfit.

 

Tweed Jacket– So I flew out of Milan the day after Fashion Week ended, so I’m pretty sure I saw a ton of models. One in particular was wearing all black, with doc martins and a grey tweed jacket. she looked so so cute. The more I looked into blazers the more I realized how popular they are in Europe. They instantly pull an outfit together, achieving the chic effortless cool girl look.

 

Tulle Skirt with Leather Jacket and Boots– Thank you older woman on the Subway- you are a lifetime fashion inspiration. She was wearing a long, dark tulle skirt, button down, leather jacket, and leather boots. She was also like 50. I couldn’t find an exact replica online, but they’re kind of similar! I love this idea for the colder months (or days for FL.)

 

All Black with Long Kimono– Only saw this once, but daaaaang Imma fan. It really doesn’t fall under the “Italian style”, but I love a bohemian flare. The all black outfit really accentuates the beautiful colors and patterns of the kimono. Plus, a stylish cape you can wear in public? Oh heck yeah.

 

Things Not Fashion Related, but Still Inspired By Those Italians:

  • HAVE TO wear perfume. and it better smell good. and there better be enough applied so that when you walk past someone they are temporarily put into a trance.
  • Enjoy all types of food. Gelato is not just enjoyed by tourists.
  • Dear Lord Have Mercy, I love that Limoncello.

 

xxJoannaxx

 

My Experience with Acupuncture-pt 1 

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Acupuncture: Being stuck with a ton of needles.. willingly. 

This is part of a series. I will continue to write new posts when there are updates that are worthy of announcement.

Health Background: (aka why I ever started acupuncture)

I am plagued with SIBO (small intestine bacteria growth.)Which pretty much means:  I’m frequently bloated, I randomly get these sharp, debilitating pains in my gut that render me unable to walk or even stand, I have a super limited amount of foods I can eat without feeling nauseous or bloated. It’s an awful problem that unfortunately a lot of people struggle with but aren’t aware of it. (If you think you’re a candidate, ask your doctor for a breath test.)

I’ve had this for a couple years, now. First thinking it was just certain foods causing it, but it progressively got worse and worse despite eliminating more foods from my diet. I eventually went to a holistic doctor who prescribed a bunch of tests, and eventually referred me to an Acupuncturist. Who is thankfully a doctor who also practices in the same building.

I had  been reading about acupuncture for a couple years, always super curious but never dived in because I didn’t want to spend the money. Well I now had a really good reason, so I was not only excited about healing my body, but also learning about one of the coolest, most ancient practices out there!

We had an initial consultation and because of my serious condition she recommended I see her once a week for a couple months to start, and then reassess to see how my body was healing. I already liked her, she was super knowledgable with no nonsense, and I could tell she actually cared for me and my wellbeing- which is hard to find in conventional doctors.

First Treatment:

Laying on a paper covered table, head on a pillow, legs propped up on a pillow, in a dark, warm room, ears filled with soothing music. Before the needles, she took my pulses on each wrist, and felt around my stomach to see where the pain was. I couldn’t look as she poked my legs, feet, hands, arms, stomach, ears and head. I have a weird thing with needles. Not gonna lie, a few of them hurt which I wasn’t expecting. But then she left the room and let me lay for twenty l o n g minutes. With it being my first time I had a really hard time relaxing. I definitely didn’t fall asleep like a lot of people do. My mind kept whirring around with all the lists I needed to check off, then also these crazy waves of extreme grief came over me, like a full on mind and body detox. Afterwards though, I felt so good and relaxed and had this beautiful pink glow.

Now:

I just finished my fifth treatment and each time it is more and more enjoyable. I’m pretty sure I fell asleep last time! I can tell a huge difference in my body already, and it’s only been a little over a month. For one, my eyes don’t have crazy burning sensations anymore, I don’t feel exhausted at 3, and I am becoming less frequently bloated! I also feel more relaxed and “even.” Before I began my treatment, I really did feel like butter spread over too much bread. Thin, fragile, always on the verge of crying.. totally not healthy. I am so thankful for the opportunity and ability to heal my body in this natural way, and my doctor is amazing. She never misses a moment to teach me, and is so willing to answer all of my questions.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them in the comments! I would be more than happy to help.

*You are your own health representative. You have the power to be in control of how you are treated. If you do not agree with a doctor’s assessment, or feel uncomfortable, feel free to say no and do your own research. Doctors don’t know everything. And every body is different.*

xxJoannaxx