Eating Sexy on Valentine's Day

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Eat Pretty— or eat sexy?

My new book is all about discovering the foods and habits that help you look and feel your best. Knowing how to feed your body and beauty comes in handy every single day— including February 14th. No one wants to find themselves weighed down by a food coma when they're trying to have a romantic evening...and yet we've all been there.

This week, I talked to Elle.com about the best foods to indulge in on a Valentine's Day dinner date– so you'll still have the energy (and desire) to get sexy afterward. So, pass the ginger and dark chocolate, not the bean burritos.

Check out the whole article on Elle.com...

Happy Valentine's Day!

Image via Elle.com/New Line Cinema/Courtesy Everett Collection

Gluten-Free Banana Buckwheat Carob Muffins

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Afternoon tea. Sounds so much more relaxing than crack-of-dawn coffee, doesn’t it? But few of us ever take a quiet moment to give our body and beauty a tea break.

Today’s post gives you an excuse to savor the anti-aging benefits of tea, along with something sweet (that won’t sabotage your skin) to pair with it. Together, this duo offers a moment to breathe, de-stress, and, of course, eat for beauty!

When we talk about tea, we mean freshly brewed, since the bottled teas (sweetened or unsweetened) sitting on store shelves have lost almost all of their anti-aging benefits. If you really want the total body benefits of tea, you must brew it fresh.

And since I realize that sometimes tea just begs a sweet accompaniment, I created these Gluten-Free Banana Buckwheat Carob Muffins.

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For Gorgeous Skin, Cut Sugar, but DON'T Cut These Sugar-Packed Foods!

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Being sugar-conscious is one of the smartest things you can do for your skin, simple as that.

But while you're working on cutting refined sugar (you know, the added sugars you get in just about every processed food, from granola bars to yogurt to cereals and tomato sauce), there's one type of sugar-containing food that you SHOULD NOT eliminate...fruit!

'But doesn't fruit contain just as much sugar as some processed foods?' you ask. Good question.

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5 Everyday Dishes with Natural UV Defense

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It’s August, and by now you’ve likely worked your way through a few tubes of natural sunscreen.

But if you really want to get smart about protecting your beauty from sun damage this year, you’ll pack your diet with a few major nutrients that amp up your skin’s natural ability to defend against UV damage, promote healing and reduce the negative effects of the sun.

For natural sun protection from the inside, go for lycopene, beta carotene, vitamins C + E (they’re a power couple when eaten together), and omega 3s. If you think it takes work to get these nutrients in your diet, think again. The following 5 dishes—all common summer foods— deliver a major dose of sun-protective sustenance. They’ll give you extra sun defense (though don’t ditch your sunscreen) that will boost your anti-aging power all summer long.

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Beauty Is Wellness Cheat Sheet: Sensitive, Reactive Skin

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What's a Beauty Is Wellness Cheat Sheet? It's your in-depth guide to a common beauty concern— from weight gain to skin redness, acne and thinning hair— and your plan to remedy it from the inside out. Like everything at Beauty Is Wellness, beauty foods are the foundation, and healthy habits and products support you on your path to gorgeous.

The Beauty Issue:

Sensitive, reactive skin

What You See:

Persistent redness, itching, flushing, burning; skin reactions to products, foods, the environment, or emotions.

52 percent of us describe our skin as 'sensitive'— it's a fast-growing beauty concern!

Potential Causes:

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Help or Hype? Supplements and Snacks that Promise to Beautify

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Would you pop a pill for pretty?

In the latest issue of Organic Spa magazine, I take on the topic of nutricosmetics and nutriceuticals—foods or supplements that promise beauty benefits. If you've noticed of these products on shelves lately, you've pinpointed a major trend that doesn't show any sign of letting up. For my article I spoke experts including Jody Villecco, Nutritionist and Quality Standards Coordinator for Whole Foods Market, who confirmed that nutriceuticals and nutricosmetics are taking up an increasing amount of shelf space in stores.

So, are they help or hype?

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8 Ways to Make This Your Most Beautiful Summer Ever

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Want the secret to a summer of looking and feeling your best?

If I could give you just one piece of meaningful advice for a gorgeous summer, it would be to start thinking about your beauty in a different way—from the inside out!

Summer is your season to glow, to feel energized, inspired and alive, and to enjoy the very best of nature. There are so many ways to boost your beauty and health this season, and I don't want you to miss a single one. As you move through the summer months, take these eight tips with you, and use them to create your most beautiful summer ever...

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Survive the Summer with a Homemade After-Sun Face Mist

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You've gotta love green tea. Not only is it a major wrinkle-blocker, it helps you burn calories while it defends against sun damage and other forms of skin aging.

Drinking green tea (2 cups daily is the recommended dose), as well as applying it topically is a great boost for your summer sun defense. The antioxidant-rich polyphenols in green tea fight free radical damage that causes age spots, sagging skin, wrinkles and other forms of sun damage—what could be your biggest summer beauty headache. A new British Journal of  Nutrition study actually found that supplementing with green tea catechins (some of their most powerful plant chemicals) can make us more resistant to UV damage and the signs of aging that come with it. Green tea catechins also reduce redness and inflammation,  a product of too much sun exposure, so green tea can be your natural after sun savior as well.

For an easy, soothing, healing green tea recipe to use on your skin after a day, or an hour, in the sun, make this homemade facial mist and store it in the refrigerator (up to 3 weeks). It's a science-backed skin refresher. While you're at it, make yourself a cup of green tea to sip fresh!

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Ojas: The Secret to Radiant Beauty?

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You've heard me talk about the importance of good digestion for optimal beauty many times before, since your digestive system breaks down and assimilates all of the glow-boosting nutrients you take in when you eat beautifying foods. Of course you want to max out the benefits in every bite of beauty food, and healthy digestion allows you to do that. But a few months ago I stumbled on yet another convincing reason why good digestion is at the heart of your beauty—it's called ojas.

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Top 6 Beautifying Herbs to Grow this Year

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If you're like me, the sight of budding leaves and blooming flowers gets you thinking about planting something of your own. While it's still a bit early to plant some seedlings outdoors, there's no harm in planning ahead. Whether you have a rolling green lawn or a sunny windowsill, you can—and should—try your hand at a beautifying herb garden this year. I'm obsessed with herbs for beauty; they're easy to grow (mostly- check out #6 below), packed with beauty nutrients, and inexpensive. They multiply the flavor and beauty benefits of your meals without a load of calories, sugar, or sodium. I bet you already love one or more of my favorite beauty herbs, below.

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