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

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

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Gwyneth's Detox Juices: Her Secrets To Great Skin?

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I've heard plenty of buzz about Gwyneth Paltrow's affinity for detoxing. This girl seems to love a good cleanse and the healthy juices that come with it! As I imagine it, Gwyneth downs healthy green juices (kale, celery, spinach, etc.) in between photo shoots, workouts, shopping excursions- whatever glamorous activities make up her day. And her skin- in addition to her internal health and immunity- is reaping the benefits, most notably from the pH-balancing alkalinity of these green foods. A body in balance is directly linked to clear, radiant skin!

In her recent Goop newsletter, Gwyneth writes about cleansing with juices from Organic Avenue in NYC. She says of the Organic Avenue 5 Day Fast, "The result was pretty amazing and the juices and smoothies (esp. the coconut mylk and the cacao smoothie) were so delicious that I imbibe them whenever I’m in NYC."

Lucky for us, Gwyneth's newsletter offers recipes for a few of her favorite Organic Avenue juices from as well. Here's one of the best:

MellowLOVE Green Juice (see below for specific skin benefits):

1/2 bunch spinach

1/2 bunch celery

1/2 large cucumber

1 head romaine lettuce

1/3 bunch fresh parsley

Pinch of Himalayan salt

Juice all ingredients and add salt to make 2 servings.

What do these ingredients do for the skin? Here's the quick explanation:

SPINACH: protects skin with alpha-lipoic acid, an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant compound, plus skin nutrients like vitamin C and beta carotene.

CELERY: calms inflammation, regulates body fluids and balances acidity in the body.

CUCUMBER: a diuretic (for this reason, cucumbers are a staple of models) with ample minerals for healthy skin & nails, as well as skin-soothing properties.

ROMAINE LETTUCE: a great source of skin-strengthening minerals like manganese, chromium, potassium, as well as vitamins A, C and K.

PARSLEY: a free radical-fighting food with three times as much vitamin C as an orange and twice as much iron as spinach!

HIMALAYAN SALT: yes, this one has benefits too! Himalayan salt is  packed with minerals, including 84 essential body elements. Table salt, sadly, is stripped of this nutrition and can actually contribute to cellulite and health problems.