Bon Jovi, Hot Yoga And Chia Seeds

When my husband told me we were going to the Bon Jovi concert with friends, all I could think about is how OLD that makes us.  My mind quickly shifted gears to, “What should I wear!”  After much ado about torn jeans, over-sized sweatshirts and teased hair, I left the house in a respectable rocker sweatshirt dress & knee-high boots complete with glittery earrings.

Getting ready to leave the house these days has a very different focus from the first time I Pretty womanheard Living on a Prayer. Back then, it was all about the outfit and the hair.  These days only 50% of the focus is on the outfit and 50% on hiding the growing signs of aging on my face.  Don’t get me wrong, I actually think wrinkles can be a very attractive and distinctive part of a person’s maturation process.   They can be signs of wisdom and experience when they are age appropriate.  But what if your look is starting to sag a bit more than you think it should?  What is a girl to do?

Nourish your skin from the inside out!  Just as we should nourish our liver and heart, we should nourish our largest organ.  I’ve posted before about how the skin is a reflection of our inner health.  Our skin can often times be the first indicator that something is not right.

Taking care of our skin can be as easy as adding a few key ingredients to our juices and smoothies.  (Gotta love how easy being healthy really is!)

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids – help with skin repair, moisture control and pliability.  These essential fatty acids (which means you can only get them via food, the body does not make them) can help eliminate whiteheads and blackheads from even the most troubled skin.  Chia seeds have the highest plant source of Omega-3s.
  • Vitamin C – is it any wonder that this vitamin is associated with some of the brightest produce out there?  I mean, who didn’t think about the sun or a bright citrus when they read this bullet?  Don’t forget that many other foods like kiwi and bell peppers contain high amounts of vitamin C.
  • Vitamin E – Sunflower seeds, almonds, dried apricots and flaxseed oil are all great options to up your intake of this inflammation fighting antioxidant.  In fact, vitamin E may work so well, it just may protect you from UV rays and reduce the number of sunburns, i.e. protecting the skin!
  • Vitamin A – All of the nutrients listed help your skin at a cellular level, but vitamin A helps your skin rebuild.  It helps reduce scarring, increase cellular regeneration and is often times prescribed to acne patients.  You can add some vitamin A to your juice with carrots, dark leafy greens, or cantaloupe.

If you’re wondering how hot yoga got into this mess of a post, I basically drafted it during shavasana (corpse pose) this morning.

Which is kind of fitting since a few years ago Jon Bon Jovi, who looks terrific at 51 by the way, was quoted as saying “For an old man who has no plastic surgery, still has all his own hair and wears a 30-inch waist, I’m doing okay.”  What does he do?  According to the article, he has attributed his lean appearance to playing sports and practicing yoga.  Yep, yoga.  And we are back full circle 🙂

Bottom line, or wrinkle if you prefer, is that our bodies are a total package.  No one thing is going to fix everything.  It’s only in the combination of healthy eating, physical activity and mindfulness along with a multitude of other healthy habits, that we can achieve our greater selves.



Spinach, Kiwi & Chia Seed Smoothie

For the Smoothie:
1 1/2 cups almond milk, cold
1 1/2 cups packed baby spinach leaves
1 banana, cut into chunks and frozen
1 ripe kiwi, peeled, cut into chunks

Awesome Extras:
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2 tablespoons wheat grass powder
1/2 to 1 teaspoon maca powder

In a blender, combine almond milk, spinach leaves, frozen banana chunks, and kiwi chunks. Add some of the awesome extras if you’re so inclined.  Blend until smooth.  Enjoy immediately.

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