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Reasons Why You Should Start Sprinkling Turmeric On Your Food

10 Sep
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I love the idea that Mother Nature has provided us the cure to most ailments, we’ve just got to discover them.   According to the Alzheimer’s Association, an American develops the disease every 68 seconds.  In 2050, an American will be affected every 33 seconds.  If you’re born in 1985 like me, this means our generation will be 65 by 2050, the age where a lot of Americans are affected by this degenerative disease. My grandmother was affected by Alzheimer’s at the end of her life and as there is yet a cure to be discovered, I figured why not eat the foods that are believed to help ward it off the disease JUST IN CASE.  I like to think in preventative measures when it comes to aging (wrinkles included).

Turmeric or curcumin, has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine.  You can google “the health benefits of turmeric” and a plethora of articles will be available to you.  I highly recommend that you take some time to read these articles because it’s really eye-opening what this spice can do.  What I found on WebMD is that turmeric works an anti-inflammatory within the body.  Therefore, it is believed that it can help with ailments such as arthritis, heartburn, gallbladder problems, bloating, headaches, colds, depression, water retention, menstrual problems, cancer and many more.  What we don’t realize is that a lot of cancers and diseases are caused by chronic inflammation in our bodies which is why we need to eat foods that reduce internal inflammation.  Without getting side tracked, this is a good article on what foods to avoid if you are wondering what causes inflammation within the body.

What I ALSO love about turmeric is it’s beautification properties!!  Hello!? How amazing is this spice???

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It can literally help you get gorgeous glowing skin while fighting wrinkles.  Turmeric is chock-full of anti-bacterial, anti-inflammation properties which will treat your skin/acne from the inside out.  You can also easily make some at home masks applying turmeric directly on the skin.  A warning about this: if you decide to try it, use an old wash cloth as the turmeric will stain whatever it comes into contact with.  Liz Marie, from the LizMarieblog has an excellent blog post on making your own turmeric mask step-by-step at home, check it out!

What can you do to start incorporating turmeric into your diet?  What I’ve been doing is sprinkling it on my lunches and dinners so I’m eating it without even realizing it.  I like to add it to quinoa, kale, salads, scrambled eggs, chicken, veggie dishes basically anything! Without making a curry, you can just add a teaspoon to most dishes and you won’t even notice a taste.

If you want some recipes to start incorporate turmeric into your diet, here are some good recipes:

Bobby Flay’s Oven Roasted Cauliflower With Turmeric And Ginger

Golden Turmeric Latkes With Applesauce

Honey Wings With Turmeric

Carrot Orange Turmeric Juice-a great detox juice!

So go forth and start using this gorgeous spice to beautify your skin and keep your mind sharp for years to come! That, we can all agree on fabulous.

xo, Miss S

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Visit Ambers Apothecary Talk for her turmeric mask recipe! (Click on this image)

 

 

Juice your way to fabulousness

16 Mar

Wow, time has really flown and ONCE AGAIN it’s been like a million years since my last post….this new years res is totally not happening.

I am really into health and fitness, why I haven’t posted anything in that vein on this blog is beyond me.  So, I decided the first “fitness” geared post should be about juicing.  I’m a HUGE fan of juicing.  I know a lot of people get their juices from their local juice shop aka Health King or Juice Generation, but as we all know those can get ‘spensive.  If you’re on a budget, but want to start juicing at home,  the juicer I totally recommend is the Breville Compact juicer.  It’s pretty maj and will look cute on your counter top, another plus.  If you’ve been looking to invest in your body, this one is on sale at the moment from Crate and Barrel for $99!  Which is an uh-mazing deal considering juicers can cost into the hundreds.  I’ve done a TON of research and the Breville Juicers take the cake, they have easy clean up and powerful motors.

Breville CompactSo if you haven’t gotten into juicing you’re probably asking why juice?  Can’t I just go to the store and BUY the apple juice or the orange juice from the grocery store?  Answer: no.  Why?  So many additional chemicals, preservatives and sugars are added to the juice that you are damaging your body rather than replenishing.  Fresh juices provide you with all the vitamins and minerals that your body CRAVES, plus the fact you are in control of what veggies you are juicing and you know exactly what has gone into that glass of juice.

You’ll find that with a glass of fresh juice daily, increased energy, glowing skin, a stronger immune system and feel what my friend Alex and I like to call “A-Bloom” (translation: gorgeous from so many major vitamins flowing through your system).

My favorite juice?  Carrot, Apple, Ginger, lemon, celery…yum!

My favorite a-bloom drink

If you still can’t afford the $99 juicer, I suggest you beg, borrow or ask for this on your next gift receiving day ie. birthday, wedding, christmas whatever.  Your body will thank you.

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