Natural Health & Wellness

I am a vegan, yet part-time carnivore (lol!), gluten-free, dairy-free, Kosher style eater - and that's just my diet!  Beyond organic food, natural health and wellness is more than just a passion, it's the core of my lifestyle, beliefs, and values.  Grateful to be able to share more about this important foundation of my life with you...


Produce Pointers

Here is a bowl full of love we gathered at an organic farm in the Hamptons… Truly, good fresh vegetables always make me smile and most likely because my intuition is guiding me to care for myself. -Or maybe it's my mom whispering in my ear, 'eat this, it’s good for you...' 💭😊

These are a few of the produce pointers I’ve chosen to live by over the years:

  1. Eat the Rainbow - You’ll get the best variety of nutrients by choosing fresh produce of all colors of the rainbow.
  2. Buy Organic - I make the decision to buy and eat all organic, non-GMO foods anytime and every time possible, so that I know I’m doing my part in limiting my chemical and GMO exposure to the best of my abilities.  (Because who really knows right?!)
  3. Buy Organic EXCEPT - I do have one exception to #2.  I like to save some money skipping the organic section when it comes to items like avocados, pineapples, bananas, etc. -Basically anything with a thick outer shell/coating, is generally a good rule of thumb as okay, since those natural barriers protect from the pesticides they might have come into contact with.
  4. Use a Veggie Wash - My favorite is actually called “Veggie Wash” and it’s perfect for getting the extra earth off your root veggies, and also works wonders on fruit to remove the waxy/sticky residue from those darned grocery stickers.  It’s a natural organic citrus-based spray that has become my staple rinse aid.  Give it a shot and see what you think 

Purple Sage

Sage 🌿

Sage is one of those natural miracle plants that is said to have a wide variety of powers.  It's great for hair, skin and teeth, has anti-inflammatory properties, helps with indigestion and asthma, can improve concentration, and even is said to be a preventive for diabetes. 

Can you blame me for loving on this purple plant so much?! 


Gluten-Free Coconut Sugar Pecan Pie 

✨ A true southern Thanksgiving tradition that I made more healthy along the way as I learned... 

  • 1 Gluten-free pie crust, unbaked
  • 2 Cups halved pecans
  • 3 Room temperature eggs
  • 1 Cup Organic coconut sugar
  • 3/4 Cup organic maple syrup
  • 3 TBS melted/room temp butter
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

 

Mix the organic coconut sugar, butter, eggs, maple syrup, salt & vanilla well with a whisk.  Stir in 1 Cup of halved pecans.  Lay the remaining 1 Cup of pecans on the bottom of the unbaked pie crust, then pour in the batter.  Bake at 400°F for 20 mins, then lower the temperature to 350°F & bake for another 30 mins.  Let cool before serving & enjoy with family & friends!


Lemon Water & Baking Soda 🍋💛

Lemon and Baking Soda

One of my favorite and regular health regiments is drinking hot water mixed with lemon and baking soda to alkalize my body.  I squeeze 1/2 a lemon (about 2 tbsp) into 8oz of hot water, add 1/3 tsp of baking soda, mix, and drink it first thing in the morning and at night before bed.  It helps promote digestion, regulates the body, and works to combat acidosis and acid reflux.  So so important!


Cryotherapy

Maples explains that cryotherapy – a three-minute treatment said to burn up to 800 calories – allows you to step inside a chamber that holds subzero air which can drop to -256 degrees Fahrenheit during two- to three-minute sessions. “It’s one of the coolest trends in body treatments,” says Maples, 52.


Food and Our Bodies - by Marla Maples, for Westlake Magazine