Eat Pretty: My Second Baby Arrives Today!

Dear readers,

As I write this post, I'm propped against the island in my kitchen, with a 1-month old baby strapped to my chest. My multitasking skills have been put to the test over the past few weeks as I worked, with every free moment, to get the word out about the launch of another baby that I've been working on for over 2 years: Eat Pretty.

Back in the fall of 2011, when I first decided to pitch the idea for a book about the fundamentals of beauty nutrition (brimming with fresh, colorful, delicious recipes that would make any reader want to pack her diet with beautifying foods), I had no idea that it would enter the world at very the same time as my little boy, Jack. I've been through a range of emotions this month, from elation to exhaustion, from extreme stress to overwhelming peace. My little boy was born. And now, the book is here.

I want this book to empower and inspire, to transform the way you view simple daily activities like snacking, sleeping, exercising and caring for your skin, and to give you tools and information that hasn't been made available to you before. The Eat Pretty approach to beauty helped me out of a deep beauty rut, at a time when breakouts, eczema, allergies, digestive issues and weight gain were a daily frustration. I want you to have access to this information too, so you never have to feel stuck, or less than your best.

Even if I haven't been able to make this, the launch day for Eat Pretty, into a blockbuster celebration, there has already been so much amazing feedback and love for this book, and it's allowed me to share it in ways I never expected. I owe an enormous debt of gratitude to so many in the beauty and health community, and to so many members of the media who have picked up Eat Pretty, loved the info inside, and chose to share it with others. Your endorsement of the book means more than I can ever express!

I hope you, my readers, will pick up a copy as well, since this book was written for YOU! It's filled with over 200 pages of information that is absolutely essential in understanding your body and beauty— the info inside gives you the tools to look and feel your best by creating a lifestyle that supports you as an individual. Inside, you'll find a book broken down by seasons, with grocery shopping lists,  beauty intentions, and pampering rituals that help you embrace all that nature has to offer you during each season of the year. The book wouldn't be complete without an explanation of the nutritional info that will transform your skin, hair, nails, mood and weight, and chapters that help you connect your digestion, hormone balance, sleep patterns, emotional wellbeing and pH balance to your appearance. It's the information I sought years ago, and couldn't find.

Now it's in one place, in one pretty package.

Thank you for your support of Eat Pretty!

In beauty and health,

Jolene

eat-pretty-launch-day.jpg

Sleep-deprived, makeup free, hair in a messy mommy ponytail— and happy as ever holding my two babies!

Digestive Helper? Testing GoodBelly Probiotic Products

goodbelly2.png

Digestive health is one of the secrets to great skin, but I'll be honest— not all of my readers and clients are excited about eating probiotic-rich sauerkraut, kimchi and miso. So I'm always on the lookout for tastier ways to boost the healthy bacteria in our gut, and I jumped at the chance to sample a few of GoodBelly's probiotic-packed offerings.

Read More

Recipe for Fall Beauty: Chia Spice Smoothie

chia spice.png

In this season of pumpkin lattes, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin cheesecakes and pies, it’s easy to lose sight of the powerful skin nutrition that’s found in pumpkin.

One serving of pumpkin has about seven times the skin-smoothing, glow-inducing vitamin A you need in a day, so snacking on pumpkin is an instant jumpstart for lackluster skin.

Sometimes we forget that pumpkin is actually a vegetable (not simply a flavoring), and that we can cook and eat those pumpkins we pick at our local farm— not just carve them and put them in the window.

When you snack on a pumpkin muffin or sip a pumpkin coffee, you’re not getting much, if any, of pumpkin’s mega dose of vitamin A (excellent for boosting cell turnover and smoothing skin at a time of year when your skin needs it more than ever!). What you need is a smart way to use pumpkin this season, so you can make the most of this veggie and the fabulous pumpkin flavor that we love so much in the fall. Beauties, it’s time to take pumpkin out from beneath that mountain of sugar and make it into a delicious, festive, crave-worthy treat that also keeps your skin gorgeous!

For a creamy, spiced snack that’s more satisfying than a pumpkin donut and worlds more beautifying for your skin, try my Chia Spice Smoothie, below. The omega-3-rich chia seeds add just a bit of healthy fat, to ensure that you absorb all of the beauty vitamins packed inside pumpkin. You can use canned pumpkin, or cook your own in the oven (don’t forget to roast the seeds, which are high in skin-healing zinc!).

Read More

Gluten-Free Banana Buckwheat Carob Muffins

Gluten-free-banana-buckwheat-carob-muffins

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.

Read More

5 Everyday Dishes with Natural UV Defense

uv-defense-sun-protection-beauty-foods

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.

Read More

8 Ways to Make This Your Most Beautiful Summer Ever

summer-natural-beauty-wellness

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...

Read More

Spring Collagen-Booster: Strawberries

strawberry-collagen-beauty

You've been eating loads of spring greens lately, right? Good for you—and your skin! But sometimes even greens need to be set aside for sweeter bites, and strawberry season is our moment. This week I'm cooking with a juicy spring fruit that’s packed with benefits for your skin, eyes, teeth and body: the strawberry.

Read More

Traveling? 4 Key Ways to Look and Feel Your Best

jet-lag-remedy-natural-beauty-tips

It's a familiar snapshot: a sunglasses-clad celebrity strolling through LAX on her way home from a glamorous international trip. Is she wearing those dark glasses to evade paparazzi? Maybe. Are they also hiding the effects of jet lag from the cameras? Most definitely.

Short of remembering to pack a pair of dark glasses in your carry-on, what's the best way to arrive at your destination looking refreshed? As you might expect, looking at your beauty from the inside provides some particularly effective jet lag remedies.

I had a chance to test out these fabulous techniques on a recent trip to Ireland. I didn't sleep a wink on the overnight flight, but these tricks kept me from looking haggard and feeling exhausted during my travels. Next time you cross time zones, keep these beauty from within tips in mind:

Read More

Ojas: The Secret to Radiant Beauty?

sunny-flower-natural-radiance

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.

Read More

Get Adventurous with Beauty Foods

Eek! What's that scary looking spoonful, above?

It's bee pollen—a complete protein source, with 22 amino acids that are key for gorgeous skin, hair and nails.

If you haven't tried it, you're missing out on major beauty nutrition.

How many other beauty foods are you skipping because they're a little outside the norms?

Read More