It just so happens that my first blog attempt comes during a week where I have also been making my first juicing attempts. So why not create a healthy cocktail that is ideal for skin health? I spend so much time educating clients on ways to improve their skin texture, clarity and elasticity with products that we apply on the surface of the skin (I use the Epicuren skin care line, the best in the business, at staceyO studiO) – so why not give them some options to increase their skin health from the inside out?
We’ve all heard “you are what you eat.” Eating fresh fruits and veggies can make a huge difference in your skin. So what about drinking them? I decided to take the plunge into juicing after reading the book “The Raw Food Detox Diet” by Natalia Rose. I’ll admit, lifestyle changes are hard (I love a nice, cold beer and a hot pizza as much as the next guy and have no plans to start hating them any time soon) and I don’t intend to go totally raw at this point, but the book really opened my eyes about nutrition and how far I needed to go to change my eating habits. I want to feel better, look better, and most importantly, set a good example for my daughter Tess. I’ll admit, I ordered this book for a Christmas present for myself. Do the math and you’ll see it took me quite a while to make the first step and get a juicer. But I’ve dived in this week and am loving it. I felt a little nauseous after chugging the neon green concoction I made on the first morning. I really think my system was just shocked by the influx of so many healthy enzymes at once. But it is getting better every day and the energy I have after drinking my juice drink every morning is making the whole process worth it.
Back to skin – are you tired of having dull, tired-looking skin? When we extract the juice out of fruits and vegetables and drink it, our body is instantly filled with healthy enzymes. Because our tummies don’t have to put any energy into digesting the nutrients (because of the juice form), the vitamins and minerals can go straight to work making us feel better, giving us fuel and increasing our vitality. There is a lot of science behind this and I won’t go into all of it now (this is my first blog attempt after all), but trust me, it all makes sense. It is now 11:27. I’m going to walk away from the computer and make a juice drink that will increase my health, the health of my skin and increase my energy for the day. Let’s see how long the process takes…
OK – it is 11:37 and I’m back. Sipping, chugging and it’s gone! Tasting better every day. Today (as you can see in my picture above) my juice was a combination of kale, celery, romaine lettuce, collards, spinach, a lemon and an apple. Really, I just throw whatever I have in my produce drawer of my fridge into the machine and start juicing. My daughter Tess is even getting in on the action. The low hum of the machine scared her the first day (she is four), as did the crazy looking green juice spewing out of the machine. However, she is warming up to it and even told me it tasted good yesterday! Three days in and we’re already making progress.
Juicing gives the body antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. It also helps to clean out the internal organs. Remember, our skin is the body’s largest organ and since many toxins escape the body through the skin,doesn’t it make sense that “better” insides would lead to “better” outsides?
Today, I just wanted to go with the ‘throw everything in the fridge’ approach. But in future blogs, I’ll get more specific with my recipes, using specific fruits and vegetables for specific skin conditions.
Time to head in to staceyO studiO. Please check my blog every few days for new posts on specials, new products and treatments at staceyO studiO, along with more skin juices and smoothies. Remember to drink your water and wear your sunscreen!!!