Sleep and pleasure your way to success

Sleep and pleasure your way to success A few weeks ago on Instagram I wrote about how slowing down was exactly what I needed. I think it's a common problem in our busy lives. We just go and go and go, until we break. We miss the warning signals, and in my case, they were pretty obvious. It got so silly that at one point I was using my good left arm to move my bad right arm around on the mouse mat, so I could send emails out and finish some work projects. It sounds so obvious now as I'm [...]

Hello sexy! Embrace vanity to get healthier

Hello sexy! Embrace vanity to get healthier I want to dispense with the myth that willpower and self-control are the main drivers behind good health. We know that willpower is finite and easily used up on any given day. While there are some people for whom the "just suck it up" type mentality is motivating, for the rest of us mere mortals that type of thinking is bullying and has a predictable tendency to mire us in self-loathing and inaction. The stick doesn't work for most people. Ah, but what about the carrot? How about vanity? Now there's something I think we can work with. Who [...]

Find me on Pinterest! The Confidence Kitchen

Find me on Pinterest! The Confidence Kitchen If you’re a fellow lover of delicious whole foods and natural beauty, you may want to check out my blog's Pinterest boards on healthy recipes, healthy swaps, things to eat daily, gluten free baking and many more. You’ll find hundreds of awesome pins leading you to some wonderfully delicious recipes and natural beauty ideas along with the powerful visual inspiration for health, happiness, creativity and overall wellness that I have found from all around the web. Find me on Pinterest with the name: Laura @ The Confidence Kitchen Here are some of my other Pinterest boards that [...]

How to feed your skin to combat 8 common problems

How to feed your skin to combat 8 common problems I think it's fascinating to discover how ideas about health and beauty have changed over time. They've flip-flopped back and forth pretty consistently over the last 100 years, and it turns out that even the Romans had some pretty sophisticated beauty products that would compete well against today's concoctions! By the early 20th century, scientists were fully poo-pooing the idea that natural concoctions could do anything more than provide a temporary moisture boost and other superficial benefits.  I have to admit that was one of my first questions when I [...]

Most beauty products are not safe and don’t work

Most beauty products are not safe and don't work Most beauty products are dangerous and beauty sapping. You've got to pick products with ingredients you would feel comfortable eating. This week we've looked at a 4 step routine for amazing skin after finding out that creams don't work as a delivery mechanism for getting active beauty ingredients to do their thing inside your skin. Now that we know the 4 steps we need to take, it's time to choose the right products to use for each of the them. I've always found choosing beauty products very difficult. There's a lot [...]

The amazing 4 step beautiful skin routine

The amazing 4 step beautiful skin routine Yesterday we learned that beauty creams don't work. Turns out that the great sounding jar of cream that says it is packed full of Vitamin C, CoQ10, and other goodies, never had a hope of working in the first place because the moisturiser in the cream creates a roadblock that won't let the active ingredients through to do their jobs. So now what? These 4 steps will give you skin the best chance of getting the nutrients it needs to be beautiful. Four steps for a great skin care routine Besides [...]

Do creams and beauty products really work?

Do creams and beauty products really work? Beauty is created in two ways: the foods that you eat, and what you put on your skin. Last week we looked at the basics of beauty creating foods. To get the cheat sheet for essential beauty foods, download this 7-day beauty action plan. This week we'll look at the common problems with beauty routines, and what to do about them. This week as part of natural beauty solutions month we're switching gears from what you put IN your body to what you put ON your body. For years I used the 2 most common things [...]

7 day natural beauty action plan

7 day natural beauty action plan Wow. What a great first week of natural beauty solutions month! So far, we learned how to: leverage our desire for more beauty in our overall quest for health eat omega 3 rich fish a minimum of 2 times a week for better facial contours and fullness get gorgeous skin fast with this green smoothie  eat 2 brazil nuts a day for firm clear skin eat red peppers every day because they act like botox in their wrinkle fighting abilities! dry brush 1 minute a day for glowing, younger looking skin! Wait! How do I fit [...]

Get gorgeous skin fast with easy green smoothie

Get gorgeous skin fast with easy green smoothie Let's continue natural beauty month with an easy daily habit that gives quick results. Something that completely surprised me about drinking green smoothies everyday was how quickly my skin responded to the influx of nutrients. Here I was trying to increase my overall heart health and out of the blue people started complimenting me on my skin! Nice! Skin can be dramatically improved by diet and lifestyle and this month I will share with you several green smoothie recipes that are skin boosters extraordinaire. Skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, acne,  rosacea, keratosis [...]