BEAUTY – If you want to reduce skin redness, be aware of what you’re consuming. Our bodies naturally produce a chemical called Histamine, but we also get this chemical in many of the foods we eat. Research suggests that certain food & drink containing histamine contribute to sensitive skin redness. Here are just a few: 1) certain spices (think hot paprika, curry powder, anise and cinnamon), 2) alcohol (beer, wine, vodka & tequila) and 3) hot drinks (like regular coffee and tea). If you click on the photo above it takes you to an informative article on how to start a low histamine diet. If you already have areas that you want to tone down, try a natural calming cream from your local health store too. My current favorite day cream is from the YASOU skin care. It’s vegan, rich, and extremely calming on my skin. I’ve been using it in conjunction with their night cream for the past two weeks and I am already starting to notice that my all over skin tone is evening out!
MENTAL HEALTH – Fight fatigue with an aromatherapy diffuser. In the past I have written about peppermint oil for alertness / focus, now I’m using a special blend to help me fight fatigue while I’m working all day. Be balanced with this blend: Basil, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Ginger, Grapefruit, Rosemary, and Sandalwood. I mix two drops of each essential oil in my new Pure Guardian Ultrasonic Aromatherapy Diffuser. I used to light candles almost nightly before I was aware of the potential health risks (not to mention I smoked up the place when I blew them all out). Now I can enjoy my aromatherapy blends without the toxic smoke! I also love blending just clary sage and sandalwood for a nice warming scent – it really boosts my creativity and centers me being while I’m working.
MONEY – Get smart when it comes to your smartphone. If you’re getting stressed out every time you open your monthly smartphone bill, then today’s the day to take charge of those extra fees and overage charges! First, if you’re generally happy with your service, call your carrier and ask them to:
1) Review the minutes, texts and data you use and see if they have a better and cheaper plan for you.
2) Ask about any friends/family plans or current specials you can take advantage of. And,
3) Ask what tools they provide so that you can manage and monitor your usage to help keep from going over your limit and getting stuck with extra fees.
If you decide you might want to change carriers, then it’s time to compare plans and pricing. One quick way is to check out myrateplan.com. And if you do end up switching, there are carriers now that will reimburse you for the “switching fee”.
LIFESTYLE: Build your tribe by finding local networking groups and wellness communities. A woman needs a tribe that inspires her and motivates her to be the best version of herself. Women’s empowerment conferences are on the rise, and more of us are starting to realize the importance of supporting each other and lifting each other up. Our BeHealthful community is one of those ways to connect with like-minded individuals in the holistic health world, or you can find other groups in directories like meetup.com.
FOOD: Make a quick healthy dip for Easter this Sunday: Whenever our family gets together for Easter, we always come together with dips and appetizers from each of our homes. I’m always the dip girl (because I love making dips), and it complements our array of appetizers flawlessly. A quick dip I’m concocting this year is a spicy Greek Yogurt, roasted eggplant, and Madras cooking sauce from Spicemode. I cut a whole eggplant in half, roast it in the oven at 420 degrees for 20 minutes until it gets extremely tender, and mix it together with one cup of Greek Yogurt with 1/2 a jar of Madras. It’s that simple!