Posts Tagged ‘Natural Beauty’

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The Acne-Free Diet Talk (Excerpt)

October 9, 2013

Everlasting Talk Photo

Last weekend had a  blast speaking at Everlasting Life Cafe in Maryland about my book “The Acne-Free Diet.” For those of you who are not in the DMV and missed this wonderful event, here’s a short excerpt from the talk. Unfortunately you can’t see my slide show with it, but I’m sure you’ll get the gist. Please pass it on especially if you know anyone suffering with skin issues. More people need to get hip to the fact that beating acne is an inside out game. We are what we eat, and one of the beautiful aspects of living is that we have at our fingertips the power to transform our bodies’, our skin, and our health at any moment, just by eating to live. The new version of the book is now available and combines all of the previous information along with a 3 Day Detox, and some extra nuggets of wisdom so that you have simple practical ways to begin your journey.  -XoXo Raw Girl 

LISTEN TO EXCERPT OF ACNE-FREE DIET TALK HERE

To learn more about the book and purchase the new edition, visit here: http://rawgirltoxicworld.com/the-acne-free-diet/

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6 Reasons to Love Irish Moss

August 21, 2013

IRISH MOSSIrish moss is a seaweed packed with nutrients that can be soaked and used to create a powerful and nutritional gel. It is pretty much colorless and tasteless which makes it great to add to a wide range of dishes for nutritional value or just as a thickener. You can add irish moss gel or paste to smoothies, soups, desserts, and even as a partial replacer for some fattier foods like nuts or avocados in certain recipes to reduce the fat content.  I was recently  reminded of this moss’s superpowers when speaking to someone who may be having surgery soon. After a car accident a few years back that severely affected my lower back, I made smoothies with irish moss, and found that it helped to speed my recovery.

Like many other seaweeds, irish moss has an extensive nutritional profile which includes vitamins A, B, C, D, E K, B-vitamins, sulfur, protein, bromine, beta-carotene, calcium, iron, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, zinc, and pectin. As nature’s only plant based source of thyroid hormones, it can help to balance out thyroid related issues and speed up metabolism.  It has been reported to be effective against everything from cancer, radiation poisoning, obesity, and cholesterol build-up. Sometimes I.M. gets a bad rap because it is the seaweed that carrageenan is extracted from (which causes inflammation and is used as a stabilizer in things like nut milks); but truthfully they are not the same. In its whole form and taken with proper moderation irish moss can boost your overall nutrition.  Jamaicans have been known to consume irish moss or sea moss because of its reported abilities to boost male libido and increase sperm count. Below are some additional perks that come with incorporating irish moss into your diet. -XoXo Raw Girl 

Accelerates Recovery. Irish Moss is great for strengthening connective tissues which makes it excellent for recovery from strenuous exercise, or even more extreme injuries, surgeries, or invasive procedures.

Promotes Gorgeous Skin. On the beauty front, irish moss can deliver a serious beauty boost because of its high sulfur content. You can apply the gel directly to your skin for a mini face lift, or consume it as a food and allow the nutritional boost to up your pretty factor.  Irish moss can help to rehydrate dry skin, and leave it feeling smooth and supple. It is also effective on a number of severe skin disorders, including eczema, psoriasis, bad sunburns, and rashes.

Encourages Healthy Digestion & Elimination. The fiber content in Irish moss makes it a mild and effective laxative; simultaneously it soothes inflamed tissues of the intestinal tract which provides relief for intestinal disorders. In regard to promoting good digestion, Irish moss’s demulcent properties soothe the mucous membranes of the digestive tract and the gelatin-like content helps to ease gastritis, dyspepsia, nausea, heartburn, indigestion, and can be used to prevent vomiting.   

Helps to Drop Those Extra Pounds. Irish moss is thought to help reduce the appetite by virtue of its ability to absorb moisture, increasing its volume and filling the intestinal tract with a  bulking-type material, increasing the feeling of fullness and also aiding in the elimination process of waste through the gastrointestinal tract. Taking the moss improves thyroid function because of it’s iodine content, which in turn boosts metabolism, increases energy, and can help accelerate weight loss.

Cure for Coughs, Respiratory Issues, & the Common Cold. Because Irish moss is an expectorant it can break up mucus and help clear out the lungs of any phlegm that builds up with a common cold, alleviate inflammation of the nasal passages, ease sore throat or dry coughing,  and also can treat other respiratory problems such as bronchitis and even pneumonia. It is especially effective for pulmonary (lung) complaints with its ability to absorb liquid and eliminate it from the body.

Assist with Healing of Radiation Poisoning & Cancer. Irish moss has been found to be very helpful with the recovery of radiation poisoning and cancer.  Apparently it can actually absorb toxins from the bowel and this gangsta  seaweed literally draws radiation poisoning out of the body.

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Juicing Parsley for Flawless Skin

July 31, 2013
Parsley Power Tonic from my 7 Day Detox for Beauty, Weightloss, & Rejuvenation

Parsley Power Tonic from my 7 Day Detox for Beauty, Weightloss, & Rejuvenation

Perhaps parsley doesn’t get much attention because it is used frequently as a garnish. Despite the fact that a lot of people think if it as side fare, this power herb can do more wonders for improving your health and giving you a radiant glow than your main course. Parsley is rich in vitamin A which is a power beauty vitamin, and helps to clear blemishes and maintain an even skin tone while also cleansing the urinary tract, liver, and kidneys. It has a high vitamin C content which helps to stimulate the production of collagen and reduces fine lines, scars, blemishes, and pore size, all at a severely discounted price compared to Botox. Parsley also has high levels of vitamin K which can improve skin elasticity and speed up the wound healing process and is extremely chlorophyll-rich which increases blood flow and metabolizes oxygen in the body. Like many raw vegetables and fruits parsley is  rich in antioxidants which rid the body of free radicals and slow the aging process. Not bad for a garnish, huh? One of the best ways to harness the power of parsley is to juice it in combination with other veggies. Several of the recipes in my detox plans contain parsley because of its super power ability to cleanse and boost beauty.  If you have not yet tried juicing parsley I highly recommend you experiment with different combinations and find variations you love. -XoXo Raw Girl 

For 21 awesome original juice recipes, a detox calendar, a detox guide, and shopping list, check out my 7 Day Detox for Beauty, Weightloss, & Rejuvenation.

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Juicing Beets to Cleanse the Blood & Promote Healthy Skin

June 17, 2013
Crimson Cleanser

Crimson Cleanser from my 7 Day Detox for Beauty, Weightloss, & Rejuvenation

Beets are packed full with nutrients that are essential for healthy glowing skin! They are blood and liver cleansers, and if you have read my e-book The Acne-Free Diet, you know that when curing skin conditions cleansing your  blood is key. Beets are very powerful and potent so its best to never use an entire beet in one juice. Their potency comes from the oxalic acid in them which helps to dissolve inorganic (bad) calcium deposits in the body. Because of this, consuming raw beet juice can help with the reversal of diseases like arthritis, heart disease, cancer, eye problems, varicose veins etc. which are all related to calcification–the accumulation of calcium salts in a body tissue. To sum it up: beets are very powerful. When calcium deposits are dissolved in the body, heavy metals, toxic chemicals, and even viruses are released, so it’s important to use the power of beets in moderation.

If you have oxalate-containing kidney stones or have had them, do not drink juices with beets. Beets are anti-inflammatory veggies that are rich in iron, potassium, niacin, copper and Vitamin C, in addition to manganese, magnesium, calcium, zinc, folic acid. Each of these nutrients are essential for beauty. Beets are very rich in iron, containing around 14% of the RDA and can help with the reversal of anemia, detoxifying the liver, combating high blood pressure, and lowering bad cholesterol. Not bad for a root veggie, huh? The best way to harness the power of beets is to consume them raw or juice them in combination with other veggies. You should never drink beet juice alone. I recommend sticking with a half of a large beet or juicing one small beet so you do not O.D. and overwhelm your body. If you prefer not to juice beets they are also great sliced or grated into salads. Whatever method you choose, keep beets in mind when you are detoxing, they are one of the veggies I pull out of my vegan superhero arsenal when things get serious. -XoXo Raw Girl 

For more powerful beauty boosting juice recipes, check out my 7 Day Detox for Beauty, Weightloss, and Rejuvenation.

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Carrot Juice For Glowing Skin & Juice! Spicy Carrot

July 13, 2012

Just in case you missed the memo, carrot juice is good for you. In the raw vegan world we spend a lot of time talking about green juices and keeping our bodies alkaline, but it’s good to have balance, and not neglect the benefits of juices like carrot and beet, although they are sweeter. This post was sparked by the fact that right now I have something like a 10 lb bag of organic carrots in my refrigerator that I am determined not to waste. Needless to say I’ll be getting my carrot juice fix in for the next week! After doing some more research to remind myself exactly why carrot juice is so good for me, I was not disappointed. Carrot juice is definitely packed with a lovely amount of vitamins and minerals. Beyond that, as I consider myself a life long acne-zapping samurai, I was pleased to learn that carrot juice can help one get that vegan glow and stay acne-free. Rather than give you a long rundown, I’ve picked my top five reasons why carrot juice rocks my world and will boost the beauty of your skin. If you have diabetes, you should stay away from carrots because of their high natural sugar content. Everyone else, if you’ve been ignoring carrot juice, I urge you to get some and get juicing. Remember healthy skin is the result of everything you eat, so make sure to get a wide variety of fruits and veg and not just rely on one magic smoothie, formula, or vegetable. Recipe for my spicy carrot juice below. -XoXo Raw Girl

  1. Vitamin A. Carrot juice has an insane amount of vitamin A which is in the form of beta carotene. If you wanted to O.D. on Vitamin A, this would be the vegetable of choice to get your fix. Vitamin A helps the body to maintain tissue growth, healthy vision, and healthy bones and teeth. All this said,  too much Vitamin A is also not a good thing and can cause problems for you liver and other health issues.
  2. Vitamin C.  Carrots contain a nice amount of this lovely vitamin in highly absorbable form which helps to boost your immunity. Even more importantly for those of us who are vain—(raising my hand)—vitamin C helps the body to produce collagen which is essential for skin elasticity, preventing wrinkles, and slowing signs of aging. Doesn’t drinking carrot juice sound so much better than a collagen injection? Sounds great to me!
  3. Potassium. The potassium in carrots will play a role in the growth of new skin cells, and helping the body maintain the proper electrolyte balance. Getting a regular dose of potassium will reduce acne/blemishes, prevent and cure scars or dark spots on the skin. FYI, If your body is in need of potassium and become deficient this can result in dry skin, acne, or muscle spasms.
  4. Carotenoids. I know it sounds like the name of some sort of carrot wielding alien, but it’s not. I promise. These friendly but powerful antioxidants available in carrot juice/carrots protect your body from free radical damage and boost your immune system. They can also increase your skins immunity to the sun by preventing sun-induced collagen breakdown. Essentially they help to protect the skin against sun damage and sunburn, like an internal sunblock. Beta carotene is one of these carotenoids that prevents cells from degenerating, helps to slow aging, and maintain a youthful appearance.
  5. Cleans Your Liver. When your liver is overworked or overloaded it has to find a way to get rid of toxins. One of the ways it does is through your skin, causing acne. Carrot juice is a great liver cleanser that will help keep things in balance and your skin blemish-free.

Juice! : Spicy Carrot

8-10 carrots, 1 apple, 1 cucumber, 1 big piece of ginger root, (add 1/2 lemon optional)

Juice all ingredients. Strain, serve, enjoy! 🙂

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All-Natural Flaxseed Hair Gel!

October 4, 2011

Veggie Lovers: I’ve missed you. Been M.I.A. for photo shoots, film shoots, auditions, etc. which took over my blogging mode, but best believe through it all I am still on my Vegan A-Game (with a few minor slip-ups here and there). By slip-ups I mean, too much cooked food! Thank God for juice bars on the go, and also for introductions to new vegan restaurants to add to my emergency arsenal of places I can stop for acceptable food. This past week I had a photo shoot for a fashion week campaign. I am going to be one of the “faces” of a new fashion week coming in February. Check out and like my facebook update page for what I’ve been up to and to see the new pics of me in Kamoy Magazine released last week: www.facebook.com/EsosaUpdates.

Anywhoo, as usual at this photo shoot, I got into some natural health conversations. I had my snacks with me, and all of the models were comparing natural health tips. It would amaze you the crazy diets some models have, and still continue to work. It doesn’t sustain their beauty longterm, and  I know for a fact that my lifestyle gives me a great advantage, especially the “vegan glow.” One girl who had an amazing curly Afro, mentioned that she makes her own hair gel from flaxseed. This incredible gel  apparently leaves no build up, residue, or flakiness in your hair but holds any style firm. Even better, it saves you a nice wad of cash. She mentioned that the flaxseeds can be strained and saved in the fridge to make another batch of gel! So you have many months supply of awesome hair product for the price of a bag of flaxseeds! Better believe I’m going to try this soon. It is safe to use everyday. Below is the recipe, feel free to hit me up on Facebook on the Raw Girl page if you test this out and love it. Until next time, stay raw, stay beautiful. -XoXo Raw Girl

The Stuff You Need:

2 Tbsp Whole Flax Seeds
1 cup water
Few drops of essential oil for scent; To encourage hair growth add a little jojoba oil

How To Make It:

Boil the water and stir the seeds into the water and reduce heat. Simmer for about 10 minutes, and continue stirring until a gel-like lotion is formed. Strain through a fine strainer or cheesecloth into a small bottle. Add essential oils and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. I found a recipe online that also said that you can add some pure aloe vera gel into your mix; which has awesome moisturizing properties great for keeping your hair healthy and strong.

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The Ultimate Beauty Salad

June 27, 2011

Last week I had a great time hanging out with a good friend, and she was game to try one of my salads. I warned her it would be one of the best salads she’d ever had. We got together a bunch of stellar ingredients, and while making it I realized that the salad was packed full of veggies that offer the amazing beauty minerals that I have been writing about recently. Below is a list of the ingredients in the salad and the nutrients they offer to optimize your beauty. Besides being good for you this salad was lip-smacking good! Have fun experimenting and make your own version using some of the foods rich in beauty minerals listed in previous posts. – XoXo Raw Girl

The Ultimate Beauty Salad

To prepare, wash all veggies thoroughly. Wash mixed greens and arugula and toss together in a large salad bowl. Chop up green and yellow squash, red bell peppers, and olives.  Add toppings to greens, pour on olive oil, add in sea salt and curry, and squeeze the wedge of lemon. Massage the veggies with your hands for a few minutes. Add in a couple teaspoons of nutritional yeast and toss together. Use a veggie grater to finely grate beets on top, sprinkle in some pumpkin seeds, and add in fennel leaves for decoration. Enjoy!

 Ingredients:

  • Mixed Greens – Vitamin A
  • Arugula – Sulfur
  • Red Bell Peppers – Silicon
  • Avocado – Sulfur
  • Fennel – Vitamin A, C, sulfur
  • Pumpkin Seeds – Sulfur
  • Beets – Vitamin A, Calcium, Phosphorous
  • Green & Yellow Zucchini – Vitamin A
  • Olives (black and green) – Sulfur
  • Wedge of Lemon (squeeze juice)
  • Olive Oil (extra virgin, 2-3 capfuls) – antioxidants
  • Yellow Curry (1 teaspoon) – antioxidants
  • Celtic Sea Salt ( a couple pinches)
  • Nutritional Yeast (3-4 teaspoons) B-complex Vitamins, Calcium, Potassium, Phosphorous etc.
The copyright of this recipe is owned by Esosa Edosomwan AKA  Raw Girl AKA Chef Eazy E. Permission to republish this recipe in  any format must be granted by the author in writing.

For more on beauty minerals, check out these past posts:
https://rawgirltoxicworld.wordpress.com/2011/06/14/minerals-4-beauty-zinc/
https://rawgirltoxicworld.wordpress.com/2011/05/08/minerals-4-beauty-sulfur/
https://rawgirltoxicworld.wordpress.com/2011/06/24/minerals-4-beauty-silicon/
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