The golden, sticky-sweet substance that is honey has had a long, rich (pun intended) medicinal history. We’re talking thousands of years worth of history; it’s well known that Egyptian royals were often buried with pots of honey which are often uncovered by modern archaeologists excavating tombs. The most amazing thing of all? Because of the substance’s antibacterial properties, the honey remains unspoiled century after century. Herein lies just one tantalizing reason to introduce honey into your health and wellness routine.
It's called the "10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse" and it was designed by JJ Smith. It wasn't easy to do, but now I don't want to stop. When you see that "detoxing" from sugar, gluten, dairy and alcohol can have such a drastic effect on the way you feel, it really makes you want to take a closer look at why. One of the most interesting things to me was that I actually ended up gaining weight. Probably because I needed to, but still. You have 2-3 green smoothies per day made with things like kale, spinach, banana, berries, peaches, mangoes, flax seed and raw plant protein powder. To make sure I was getting enough calories and fat, I added avocado and coconut oil. I also used decaffeinated green tea in place of water. You are allowed to have 2-3 green smoothies per day plus all the chicken and vegetables you want. The smoothies taste great and before you know it, you are craving them. There is a 3-4 day period in the beginning that you can have headaches and pains, but it's normal and the fourth day is better. I had the toughest time giving up the caffeine, so I have taken it back up, but I just don't have it with cream and sugar anymore. After having nothing for over a week, almond milk and raw stevia tastes surprisingly great.
I'm back in the kitchen with a summery, refreshing DIY tonic for your skin. All you need is a handful or two of kale, 1/2 cup of coconut water (not from concentrate), a banana and some honey. Let me tell you a little about kale and coconut water that you might not already know:
Kale is currently the trendiest green leafy vegetable around, and for good reason. It is packed with important vitamins, like A and K. Vitamin A reduces wrinkles and helps the skin repair itself, while vitamin K helps with dark circles (D.E. Eye Serum coming up, but in the meantime...) Kale is also full of lutein, a powerful carotenoid which helps improve skin elasticity and hydrate the skin. This of-the-moment veggie is also great for tightening skin, treating acne, and delivering a luminous complexion.
They say coconut water is identical to human blood plasma. Unreal right? It's also rumored to be more hydrating than water, and it's a wonderful skin tonic. Hawaiians call it “Noelani” – which means “Dew from the Heavens”. When the skin looks dry and dull, a splash of coconut water will instantly rehydrate the skin to and give it a glow. Using it regularly will help prevent breakouts because it removes greasiness. Coconut water has cytokinins which prevent the skin from pre-mature wrinkles and aging. It has all types of anti-viral, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal properties which can heal and soothe the skin.
add a little banana and honey....and you're on your way. Here's how to pull it all together:
I use the NutriBullet that you can get online or at a drugstore. I love it because it takes up so little space and is so easy to clean.
2 handfuls of kale
1/4-1/2 cup fresh coconut water (not from concentrate)
1/2 of a banana
2 tbsp honey
Place it all into your little blender or NutriBullet and add more liquid or banana as needed to make it the consistency you like. I like it with enough banana to make it stick.
Pour a little in to your hands and apply to face and neck. Do this over a sink, as it's very messy. Allow to dry completely and rinse off with lukewarm water. Apply some Virgin Marula and some Umbra if you're headed out. You'll want to protect your glowing skin. All of my DIYs work with the full Drunk Elephant product line. To shop it, go here.
You will definitely have some of this mask left over, so store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
7 Fruit Firmers (from one of my faves, NewBeauty.com)
Protect and improve your skin from within by making sure you're getting plenty of these 7 fruits, which actually firm skin and increase collagen production.
Papaya: High in anti-aging vitamin A and the enzyme papain, which is derived from papaya and contains very powerful exfoliating and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also high in antioxidants like carotene and is a great exfoliator.
Watermelon: Extracts from watermelons of all colors, including pink, white, orange and green varieties, protect skin cells against UV light and free radicals. The summery fruit also encourages new collagen production.
Strawberries, oranges and pineapple: Vitamin C also helps your body produce collagen so eating fruit that is high in vitamin C, like strawberries, oranges and pineapple will help your skin look youthful. Additionally, vitamin C defends your skin against damaging free radicals.
Blueberries: The anthocyanins in blueberries, which is what gives them their vibrant hue, protect against free radicals too, which prevents damage to collagen. Bluberries are also chock full of phytonutrients, a plant compound that may help ward off skin cancer. (As you know, we love blueberries and all that they do...you can find them in our gently cleansing Pekee Bar!)
Apples: An apple a day also keeps the wrinkles away. Apples are high in fiber and antioxidants, both of which help improve skin elasticity. Apples are also high in Malic Acid, which helps brighten skin (and teeth).
I bet you never thought you’d hear someone from Dr. Lipman’s office touting the benefits of coffee, but we are constantly learning and evolving here, and Bulletproof Coffee is our latest experiment!
While our cabinets are full of tea, we do have an espresso machine at the wellness center and it gathered dust for a long time. Until one day, when a patient who had reversed his rheumatoid arthritis by following a Paleo diet told us about his new morning beverage. He described a drink that sounded quite odd: coffee + MCT oil + grass-fed butter.
Makes 1 serving
- 1 shot of espresso (or one cup of organic coffee)
- 1 tbsp MCT oil
- 1 tbsp unsalted grass-fed butter (like KerryGold butter)
Combine all three ingredients in a high-speed blender for about 20 seconds, until the drink takes on a frothy consistency. Enjoy!
This is a good option if you don’t normally have breakfast, or if you practice intermittent fasting. It’s a good option if you are hooked on coffee and want to upgrade the health benefits of your morning cup. It’s good if you have very low energy or brain fog in the morning. (Even though I’m quite sensitive to caffeine, I don’t get jittery from Bulletproof Coffee. But if you’re not a fan of coffee, no pressure to try this!)
We recommend having this drink first thing in the morning. You may find that it gives you a boost of energy that will last for hours. By having this drink in the morning, it will signal to your body to burn fats for energy and will boost your cognitive function.
MCT’s (Medium-chain triglycerides) are a unique form of fat that require less energy and enzymes to be digested. As a result, they are a readily available source of energy, leading to an increase in metabolism and providing quick energy replenishment. Unlike other dietary fats, MCTs don’t get stored as fat in the body, they get burned for energy. MCT’s improve satiety, which means less hunger and less cravings, two important components in healthy weight management.
Butter from grass-fed cows supplies a ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids that’s much healthier than what comes from cows that are fed corn or soy. Grass-fed butter is a good source of carotene, vitamin A and vitamin K2. While we often encourage people to avoid most dairy, grass-fed butter is generally not a problem because it contains fats, with only minor traces of dairy proteins. You’ll also find the color is a more vibrant yellow and the flavor is much better than butter from grain-fed cows.
It’s a lot of fat! The caveat I would make is that you should not be having butter-coffee along with a big heavy meal — I think of this as a “mini meal” or meal replacement. More and more research is showing that refined carbs and sugar are making us fat and leading to heart disease — not fats. Dr. Lipman has been working to set the record straight on fats.
Let me know if you try this and how it worked for you!
Be well...as my favorite Dr. would say!
Hope you had a safe and happy St. Patrick's Day! Here is a recipe for a green drink that I love when I feel like I need a little detox. It's so easy and sweet...you'll find yourself craving it all the time.
D.E. Detox Green Apple-Kale Drink: