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Vegan in Tokyo

Lifestyle, Travel

 

Traveling while vegan may seem like a challenge but it’s not as hard as one might think. Before traveling anywhere I always search the city for vegan or vegan friendly restaurants. More people are changing their lifestyle and eating habits to suit a plant based lifestyle. 

When I traveled to Tokyo fortunately there were a variety of plant based and or vegan friendly restaurants. Many specialized in fresh, local, and organic ingredients which is a huge plus for me. Tokyo offered more than just traditional Japanese dishes. Of course I had sushi and most places we visited had veggie sushi such as avocado rolls!

 

Here’s a list of vegan friendly restaurants in Tokyo that I personally recommend: 

The first on my list was one of my faves. Mr. Farmers while not an exclusively vegan restaurant prides themselves on offering healthy environmentally friendly foods. All ingredients used to make their dishes are grown from local farms throughout Japan. This is a great spot if you are traveling with a variety of eaters. They have a vegan and gluten free menu plus many of the non-vegan options can be customized. I had the Mexican style salad with pumpkin soup on the side. Another bonus was the array of infused waters. If you’ve followed my blog for a while you know how much I love drinking infused water.  I would definitely visit this place again. 

 

 

Hemp Cafe is a creativity spin on healthy plant based foods. Unfortunately I didn’t get to experience much of this restaurant as I found it on my last night in Tokyo but it’s still worth the mention. Like the name says, the food in Hemp Cafe is all based on the hemp seed. They serve Mexican style dishes all infused with hemp seed. Even the cheeses are hemp seed based. Hemp Cafe is 100% plant based meaning none of their offerings contain any meet products. My friend isn’t even a vegan but she was open to visiting this restaurant. 

 

Green Brothers is actually an American born restaurant that made it’s way to Japan. It’s menu is primarily salads all based on using fresh produce. Like the name suggests Green Brothers wants to make sure you’re getting in enough greens. They also offer cold pressed juices and smoothies for an extra healthy boost. This is a great lunch option or snack of you just want a healthy smoothie mid-day. 

We are the Farm is another vegan/vegetarian friendly restaurant based on the premise of proving fresh locally grown produce in their menu. While not 100% plant based many of their meal choices could be made vegan or vegetarian. I thought this was a great place for meat and plant eaters a like. I got a late night green juice “cocktail” served in a beautiful glass. This green juice was like a detox with fresh greens and ginger. I also has grilled fresh veggies like squash. All very delicious. 

I thought I’d end this mini vegan in Tokyo guide with a nice dessert option. Kippy’s Coco-Cream is a California created ice cream shop that makes home-made ice cream from coconut milk. They aren’t 100% vegan because they use honey to sweeten their desserts. I’m a “vegan” who eats honey so this wasn’t an issue for me. If you don’t eat honey this may not be the dessert spot for you. I was in the mood for something sweet so I was happy to have found this place. It was a cute little shop that offered coconut cream ice cream in various flavors on one side of the restaurant. The other side offered cold press juices. So ideally there was potentially something for mostly everyone. I had the cookie dough ice cream drizzled with hot vegan fudge and crushed walnuts sprinkled on top. It was so delicious. 

 

Have you ever been to Tokyo and know of any vegan friendly restaurants. Leave them in the comments below. I hope this guide is helpful for any plant based eaters traveling to Tokyo. 

How to Love Yourself More

Faith, Lifestyle

On Valentine’s Day there’s always talk about love and romantic relationships but what about the relationship with yourself. Self-love is a major part of self-care. The language we use towards ourselves is very important. Negative self-talk can be very damaging to your self-esteem. Many times we don’t even realize that we’re doing it. We’ve become so accustomed to criticizing ourselves that it’s become second nature. We truly can be our own worst critics. You wouldn’t like being criticized or ridiculed by someone else so why do that to yourself?

How many times have you looked in the mirror and instead of saying how great you look, you notice all the flaws? Sure we all have things about ourselves that we’d like to change but you have to love yourself right where you are. As a blogger I’ve created content and then looked back only pointing out all the things wrong with it and what I’d like to do differently. Not realizing that that is negative self-talk. So instead I started complimenting myself on all the things I like. For example “Good job and finishing that article” or “I’m grateful that I was able to have an amazing photo shoot”.

Having an attitude of gratitude changes your perspective from a negative to a positive. Even if there are things you’d like to change about yourself try being grateful for what you already have. Sometimes it might just being grateful for a willingness to want to improve. Congratulate yourself for desiring to make positive changes in your life.

If you want to lose weight love your body now, don’t wait until you lose the weight to start loving yourself. For years I struggled with adult acne but I had to learn to love the skin I have no matter how it looks. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to make improvements but love you through each stage of the process.

One of my favorite scriptures that I frequently speak over myself is Psalm 139:14 “I am fearfully and wonderfully made”. God created you in His image, which means you are lacking nothing. Love the beautiful human being that you are right now! So as we celebrate love today, celebrate by also loving yourself more.

Why I Became a Flight Attendant

Faith, Travel

When I announced that I had become a flight attendant, many people friends and family included were surprised to say the least. Honestly so was I because this was the last thing I thought I’d do. From the moment I tell people that I’m a flight attendant the first thing they say is “I’ve always wanted to do that”. Unlike most people I’ve spoken to, being a flight attendant wasn’t my dream job.

Many years ago a now ex-boyfriend thought I’d make a great flight attendant. Although his reasoning was more superficial and aesthetic than anything else.  In his eyes I looked the part. But I digress. At that time I wasn’t the slightest bit interested and until a year ago I still wasn’t.

2017 was a difficult year as I had several family members pass away tragically and suddenly. To make matters worse I wasn’t in the greatest financial position so when they passed I couldn’t even afford to attend their out of town funerals. I felt awful. However the one good thing to come out of it was I finally stopped procrastinating and enrolled back in school to complete my degree. God had been pressing that on my heart for a year prior. Losing loved ones makes you realize just how short life truly is. As cliché as it sounds we have to live each moment like our last because tomorrow is not promised.

Last year I felt this urge in my spirit to travel so I started looking on Indeed for jobs that involved traveling. Of course Flight Attendant positions popped up but I overlooked them and applied for traveling Event Coordinator and Event Management positions because again being a flight attendant wasn’t my ideal career move. When those didn’t work out I went back online again and saw the same position with the company I now work for. This time I really sat down and thought about it. Is this really for me Lord? Could I really do this? Do I even want to? I waited another 3 months before finally deciding to fix my resume and submit my application.

My application process was seamless and quick glory be to God. Training was one of the hardest things I have ever done. However God had shown me so many signs and opened many doors along the way so much that I knew He was behind me. I can share my hiring process in another blog post for those interested. After applying I quickly learned how competitive this industry is and how people have been applying for years with no success. The Lord really blessed me with this opportunity because it wasn’t something I had ever thought about but it happened and He gave me such peace throughout the entire process.

Even though I never saw myself as a flight attendant I always loved to travel. From the first time I got on a plane by myself as a teenager the idea of going to the airport heading off to a new adventure was just exciting to me. Unfortunately due to various reasons I hadn’t always been able to go on many travel adventures. Still, I’ve always loved exploring new cities, places, and things. I tend to get bored very easily and I like to try new things. I feel that this world is too big for us not to experience all it has to offer. I think sometimes we as people get so caught up in our own little world that we forget that there’s an even bigger world out there that God created.

Now I get to see the world from a different point of view. I can fly anywhere in the world for FREE! My family can also fly for FREE. I can be there for my family without having to worry about the cost to get there. I’m still in awe that I have that privilege.

Some of my favorite experiences of being a flight attendant are sitting in the flight deck during a night flight watching the stars shine brightly in the sky and look so close as if you can touch them. Or an early morning flight and watching the sun rise as it leaves a beautiful pink strip across the sky. Beautiful moments that make small everyday problems seem so minute. I’m constantly meeting new people. Everyone travels for different reasons. I’ve comforted a grieving widow and given encouragement for a young med student on his way to school. I feel so blessed to be able to experience these moments.  

My life is definitely not the same and it was an adjustment in many ways (which I’ll share in future blog posts). Working in the airline industry is not the 9-5 corporate job it’s a lifestyle where everyday is different and there is no boss watching you. Now I wish I’d become a flight attendant sooner. This was an unexpected blessing and I can surely say this is where God wants me to be.

Stay on the path

Lifestyle

When I made the decision to go back to school after over a year of praying and thinking, I knew the road would not be easy but it’s something I had to do. For those that don’t know I’m in school to obtain my Master’s degree in Health Education & Nutrition. Being a 30 something year old college student is not easy. To say that it’s challenging is an understatement. That’s when doubt starts creeping in. I admit I have my moments where I question why I’m doing this. Shouldn’t I have done this already?

But when you have a goal and you know that God is with you, nothing can stop you. So here are 5 tips I have for staying on the path and not giving up.

 

Just start. Procrastination can kill dreams and goals quickly. I’ve found that once I stopped making excuses for why I can’t do something and simply started the work, amazing things can happen you get so much done. Plus you’ll feel so accomplished.

Done is better than perfect. I’m a perfectionist at heart, which means I have a tendency to not do complete things because I feel like it’s not good enough. But the mistakes is all a part of the journey, it helps you grow. So what if it’s not perfect. You’ll get it right the next time and do even better!

You can’t do it all. I used to try and be Wonder Woman and think I can do it all. However I found myself stressed out and tired or not getting things done at all simply because I was too overwhelmed. Set realistic expectations. I’ve turned into a list girl. So I make short To Do lists for myself. Breaking big tasks into small chunks allows me to get more done. Plus I feel so accomplishes versus overwhelmed and disappointed.

Don’t trust in your own strength. Yes I’m going to be the corny Christian girl who quotes Philippians 4:13. But it’s the truth, we can do all things through Christ. When times get really hard and I feel like completely giving up that’s when I lean to God for my strength. Not only does he continue to strengthen me through the journey but also provides encouragement and reminders for why I started. We all have a purpose and that should be our focus and reason for not giving up.

Remember your why. When the task gets frustrating it’s easy to forget why you started in the first place. There’s a reason you chose this path. Write down your why as remembrance to keep you focused. Knowing your reason is knowing your purpose.

Got any tips that you want to share? Drop a note below on any advise you have for staying on the path, getting things done, and not giving up.

Nutrition Classes for Kids!

Health, Lifestyle

A little known fact about me is that I teach nutrition and healthy eating classes to elementary school children in underserved communities of New York City. Many of them don’t have access or prior knowledge of eating a plant based diet. In most cities farmer’s markets and health food stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s are only in upper to middle class white neighborhoods. Children and families living in what is deemed as “urban” communities do not have easy access to affordable healthy food choices. So doing cooking demonstrations and teaching healthy lifestyle classes is a passion of mine.

When I made the switch to eating a more plant based diet and taking a closer look at the ingredients in all my personal care products, I thought that the knowledge was so game changing that I desired to share this information with everyone I know. I think it’s important to give back to those who look like you. As a woman of color especially in the African diaspora it’s essential for me to give back and serve my own community.

I see this as a way of doing my part. And to be honest I love working with these children! The looks on pure joy and excitement on their faces when I teach them how to make a smoothie or share how beneficial fruits and veggies are to their growing bodies, is gratifying to my spirit. I encourage everyone to look for ways they can give back and serve their community with your unique gifts and talents.

If you’re interested in partnering with me in healthy lifestyle classes for your school, church, or organization feel free to send me an email to discuss: hello@carroncoleman.com

 

My First ShiftCon Experience

Info & Tips, Lifestyle

Last month I had the pleasure of not only attending ShiftCon for the first time but I was also speaking on a panel. This was my first experience at ShiftCon and it was nothing short of amazing! I got to connect with some of the most amazing women in wellness. The vibe and spirit throughout the conference was so uplifting.

ShiftCon Eco-Wellness Conference is an eco-wellness conference focusing on food, wellness, health, sustainability, and growth. Being a “Shifter” means to be a part of an online influencer community that seek healthier and more sustainable lives, promote brands that mirror their values, and help causes that speak to their soul. Their tag line is “Shift happens. Be a part of it”. Love that!

I spoke on my experience as a wellness blogger and provided tips to those who are new in the space. I was the only black woman on the panel and happy to be a voice for women of color on the panel and share some of my unique experience to inspire others on their path.

I was also nominated for ShiftCon Shifters Best Plant Based Beauty award!!!! Never could I have imagined that my blog would be honored in such a great way. The beautiful people at Replenology gifted all the award honorees with this beautiful plaque that I will cherish always. Even though this sounds so cliché, it truly was an honor just to be nominated.

I was also nominated for ShiftCon Shifters Best Plant Based Beauty award!!!! Never could I have imagined that my blog would be honored in such a great way. The beautiful people at Replenology gifted all the award honorees with this beautiful plaque that I will cherish always. Even though this sounds so cliché, it truly was an honor just to be nominated.

 

 

One of the most significant moments for me was the essence of female empowerment and diversity. ShiftCon founder Leah Segedie (pictured above in green dress) prides herself on uplifting and encouraging women to walk in the fullness of who we are. All of the speakers and presenters were incredible women who are all making strides in the wellness community in their own right. I felt really blessed to be honored among some of these amazing women in wellness. Leah shared with me how it was very important that the panels and presentations be from women of diverse backgrounds. This really meant a lot to me personally as a black woman in the wellness and clean beauty space because we are often ignored in this community. The main reason why I started this blog was because I saw a lack of representation in this green beauty & wellness industry. Health and eco-consciousness are something that everyone should embrace not just one segmented group. Like me, ShiftCon believes and fights for inclusivity in the wellness industry.

 

Last but not least The Swag Bags!!!

As a speaker I received two huge bags of wellness and clean beauty goodies. It took me literally an entire day just to go through everything. What I really love is that it wasn’t centered solely on beauty but on total wellness. I want to start featuring more health focused brands on the blog and thankfully I was able to connect with a lot of them at ShiftCon. Here are just a few of the brands:

  • Nutrigold
  • Mountain Rose Herbs
  • Oral Essentials
  • Health Ade Kombucha
  • Earth Mama
  • Ann Marie Skincare
  • Steamychick
  • Clearly Filtered H20
  • Goddess Garden Organics
  • Seasnax
  • Genexa
  • Boron
  • Flora Vitamins

Be on the look out for reviews and features with some of the above mentioned brands!

 

 

Podcasts for a Healthy Mind, Body, and Spirit

Lifestyle

Listening to a good podcast episode is my thing. Especially living in New York City and having to ride the train. Nothing perks up a long train ride for me than listening to one of my favorite podcasts and zoning out while getting motivated to get my life in gear.

It’s the top of the year when everyone is striving for better and wanting more for their lives. Out of all the podcasts I listen to here are my top 6 podcasts for a healthy mind, body, and spirit. Plus these are podcasts that will help you level up and get your life in order. Everyone needs to feel inspired in order to keep going on the journey. So give these a listen and tell me they haven’t changed your life in some way.

 

Myleik Teele is known as the Oprah for millennials. Now nobody can replace Auntie O but Myleik sure is close with the My Taught you podcast. If you haven’t listened to an episode I highly suggest you go to iTunes and catch up. Myleik gives such insightful wisdom on everything from life, business, love, career advice, living your best life now. She inspires women to on our big girl panties and take control over our lives no matter where you are in your life. Check out the My Taught You podcast 

 

Patrice Washington is new to podcasting but she’s been sharing her good money and life advice for a while. She’s a finance expert on the Steve Harvey morning show and I fell in love with her wisdom on Periscope. Patrice’s personal story toward greater wealth and health is very inspiring. On her podcast she not only shares her wisdom but she interview other people of influence. Motivating you to chase your purpose not money. Check out Redefining Wealth podcast 

 

The Biblically Sound Woman hosted by Christian blogger Ayanna Thomas. Now this young woman of God is the truth! Ayanna holds on to biblical truth and doesn’t write and say anything on social media or her blog that doesn’t line up with God’s word. She is gospel driven and scripture focused. Her podcast is nothing short of that and will inspire you to build a closer relationship with Christ for yourself.

 

I don’t think the Dave Ramsey show needs an intro. I’ve heard of Dave for years but never really bothered to listen to his show or read his books……until now. OMG this man motivated the heck out of me to get my finances in order, stop frivolous spending, and start saving for the future. His famous slogan debt is dumb and cash is king. I could not agree more! If you’re looking for help paying off debt and increasing wealth then check out The Dave Ramsey Show podcast

Nina Warner of Phemomenally Blog and her podcast Share The Health provide great health and wellness inspiration. She interviews other women in the wellness field to help spread the message that health is wealth. Nina and I have been following each other on social media for a while and everything she posts is filled with joy and a passion for health. Even though she’s fairly new at podcasting she has some pretty dope interviews so be sure to check her out!

 

Are you listening to any amazing podcasts that you’d like to share? Leave them in the comments below!

How to Balance Life as an Introvert

Lifestyle

 

It took me a long time to come to terms with being an introvert. Obviously, I was born an introvert as many are. As a child, I knew I was different because I enjoyed spending time alone, hated small talk, and generally felt drained of energy after spending too much time with people. Like most introverts, I was told that I was shy or needed to come out of my shell. People often confuse being shy with being an introvert. Let me correct this myth by saying the definition of shy is a fear of people. I don’t have a fear of people. Quite the opposite actually. I enjoy long stimulating conversations on subjects I find interesting. But the thought of having small talk with a bunch of people about the weather then I start to cringe. As I got older and started to do research, I realized that this actually wasn’t a problem just a different way of focusing my energy. It was such a freeing experience to know that there was a name for people like me and that I wasn’t weird. I’m a thinker, a creative, an introvert. This is essentially what makes introverts different from extroverts. Extroverts gain their energy from being around people, a lot. Whereas introverts lose energy from being around people too much and gain their strength from spending time alone with their thoughts.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like to be in complete isolation or feel like I don’t need anyone. I do however know that too much stimulation and interaction will drain my energy leaving me mentally exhausted. Introverts need time to think and process things happening in the world around them. In learning how to balance life as an introvert, I’ve learned how to stop and take time for myself. It’s important to schedule self-care time to ensure your mental, spiritual, and emotional needs are met.

 

Here are a few tips on how to balance life as an introvert:

  1. Trust your gut. You know when you are feeling overwhelmed or mentally exhausted. Instead of trying to push past it, acknowledge those feelings and do something about it right away
  2. Take time for yourself. As an introvert we need quality self-care and alone time. Take a mini-vacation, spa trip, or a peaceful evening at home. Whatever helps you to relax the most and restores your inner peace, do that.
  3. Learn how to balance your time effectively. I always say that too much time spent on anything is just too much. Don’t overwhelm yourself by putting too many tasks on your plate. Break things down into doable pieces so that you accomplish more and not feel disappointed because you weren’t able to get to everything.

 

I’m so glad I found the Wallflower Box which is all about embracing, nurturing, and refreshing yourself and your quiet qualities. This is a monthly subscription box created with the introvert in mind. Plus all of the products are natural, organic, and or vegan/ cruelty-free. It’s so in line with what this blog is all about!

 

 

Each item is carefully crafted to help you unwind and regain your strength as us introverts need to do on a regular basis. I know when I need some quiet time because my mind will just shut off and it’s almost as if I cannot function anymore. This is how I know that I’ve become overwhelmed and drained mentally. In order to regain my strength, I need some quality alone time to relax and recuperate.  This is how introverts can practice self-care. Watch the video below to see how I relax and unwind with The Wallflower Box.

 

 

Here’s what came with this months box:

  • The Introvert Advantage by Marti Olsen Laney- insightful book written by an introvert for introverts
  • Puur Body Vegan Soy Candle- vegan peach pie soy candle
  • Life Force Essentials Organic Essential Oils- organic and wild harvested essential oil blend of lavender, orange, and spearmint
  • A Rustic Feeling Handmade Coasters- natural handmade stone coasters
  • Amitea Organics Tea- hand-crafted organic black tea peach flavor
  • Skin Candy Company Cupcake Bath Bomb- luxurious skin loving bath bomb
  • Parlo Cosmetics Whipped Body Butter- blackberry and vanilla bean whipped body butter
  • GreenHouse17 Natural Lip Balm- lavender and peppermint lip balm

www.thewallflowerbox.com

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5 Healthy Documentaries on Netflix You Must Watch

Health, Healthy Home, Info & Tips, Lifestyle

When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle I’m a total documentary nerd. Like any other nerd I enjoy a good Netflix and chill night. Netflix is great for binge watching your favorite classic sitcoms and learning something new by watching documentaries. If you’re new to the non toxic lifestyle or even if you’re a pro you must watch these 5 healthy documentaries on Netflix. These will open your eyes about the food you eat and even the personal care products you use.

 

  1. Hungry for Change– This documentary exposes hidden secrets about diet, weight loss, and the food industry as a whole. It creates a conversation about why you crave bad foods that ultimately provide no nutritional value.
  2. The Human Experiment– This talks about the many hidden dangers in our personal care and household cleaning tools. You hear from real people whose lives have been negatively effected from the poisonous chemicals and what current legislation looks like to protect us from them.
  3. Food Choices– I loved this one because it takes an in depth look at what it means to eat a plant based diet. Redefining what a vegan or vegetarian is and whether or not it’s truly healthier. This documentary also shed like on fad diets like the paleo diet and others that have gained notoriety.
  4. Forks over Knives– This is a classic documentary that discusses processed foods and gives you a behind the scenes look at just how produce is grown and the inhumane way animals are treated prior to landing on your plate.
  5. Minimalism– Great documentary that makes you wonder exactly how much stuff do you really need in order to live a happy life. In a time where people collect the latest gadgets, clothes, and other items it looks at the lives of 2 men who have decided to cut out all the excess.

 

Have you watched any of these documentaries? If so what are your thoughts? Please share any other documentaries on healthy living in the comments.

 

 

Roasted Red Pepper, Kale, and Chickpea Curry

Health, Lifestyle, Recipes

In my efforts to eat a more plant-based diet I’ve learned how to be more creative with the foods I prepare. I think it’s healthy to experiment and try new things. I’ve never been a huge Indian food lover however I do enjoy curried dishes. So when I saw a recipe for chickpea curry I thought about how I can switch it up a bit and make it my own. So here my delish rendition of Roasted Red Pepper, Kale, and Chickpea Curry. Enjoy!

 

Ingredients

2 cups dried garbanzo beans or chickpeas

1 large orange bell pepper

2 medium tomatoes

6 grape tomatoes, cut in quarters

3 1/2 cups water

1/2 cup almond milk

1/2 medium red onion, chopped

1 large bunch of purple kale

1 garlic clove, minced

1 tbsp paprika

2 tbsp curry powder

2 tbsp grapeseed oil

sea salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions

  1. Clean and rinse dried chickpea beans. Cover with water in a medium pot and cook until tender about 2 hours.
  2. Drain chickpea water in a separate bowl and set both water and chickpeas aside
  3. Heat oven to 400 degrees and roast orange pepper and medium tomatoes for about 20 minutes or until slightly charred
  4. In a medium pan sauté red onions and kale until tender and onions are translucent. Add garlic and continue to cook until fragrant.
  5. Once veggies are done roasting in the oven transfer them into a blender with the water from cooked chickpeas and almond milk.  Blend until smooth
  6. In a medium pot place cooked chickpeas, sautéed kale, chopped grape tomatoes, and red pepper blend, and remaining spices into the pot. Cook on medium low setting stirring occasionally.
  7. Combine well and cook for 15 minutes.
  8. Add salt and pepper to taste

You can serve this with rice or quinoa. I served this with thai purple sticky rice. It was so yummy!

 

How to Detox Naturally

Fitness, Health, Info & Tips, Lifestyle

I hope your new year is off to a great start!

Now that the holidays are over it’s time to transition back into regular life. I don’t know about you but I do indulge a bit during the holidays. You know how it goes; baked mac n cheese, spiked egg nog, sweet potato pie, or whatever your family likes to throw down.

Just to help me reset on focus I like to start the new year on a detox. Going on a detox helps you to recover from the holidays, remove toxins from the body, and get focused for the new year.

So here are a few tips on how to detox naturally.

 

My first tip is to stay away from processed foods. During the holidays we eat a lot of sweet treats and deserts. So cutting out all sugars and processed foods and sticking to a plant based diet is ideal during a detox. Make sure you eat plenty of fresh organic fruits and veggies.

It is important that you stay hydrated during your detox. This helps flush out toxins from the body. During the holidays you’re running around buying gifts, traveling, spending time with the fam so it’s harder to make sure you drink enough water. While I’m detoxing I make sure I increase my water intake. Drinking infused water is a great way stay hydrated and also add flavor to your water. You can add your favorite herbs and fruits to really make the water taste delicious. You can get a water infuser like this here.

For me a detox is not only about my physical health but also my mental and spiritual well-being. At the beginning of the year I like to pray and get closer to God. It really helps me to set the tone for the new year. I love collecting journals so I’ll write down any goals I want to accomplish in the new year. I also like to read inspirational books or devotionals.

Overall during your detox you want relax as much as possible. Work on being a better you from the inside out. I hope you found this information helpful. If you have any detoxing tips you want to share leave them in the comments below.

 

Lack of Healthy Beauty options for Black Women

Featured, Info & Tips, Lifestyle, Make-Up, Natural Hair, Skincare

Recently the Environmental Working Group did a study on the market for black cosmetics. According to the studies less than 25% of products marketed to black women score low in potentially dangerous hazardous ingredients. This means that the majority of products currently on the market targeted at black women contain ingredients that can potentially cause serious harm to our health. They also updated their Skin Deep database to include over 1,000 products marketed to black women. This is awesome news because now you can check the hazardous levels of the products you probably use regularly.

I’ve been pushing the green lifestyle for a while now and it amazes me just how much women of color are still not aware. Even in my everyday life I meet women who have no idea that their personal care products are not safe. The looks on faces is one of shock and astonishment when I proceed to tell them that they cannot trust crafty marketing or even the government for that matter when it comes to beauty product shopping. Just a few days ago I was having a conversation with a black woman from my church about Secret deodorant. I stopped using traditional deodorant and actually go without most days. I wrote an article on the blog discussing the dangers of using traditional deodorant and natural alternatives. To sum it up I explained to this woman that she should stop using Secret deodorant because of the aluminum and other carcinogens that are linked to breast cancer and other diseases. Thankfully her response was one of gratitude as if I saved her life. In actuality I pretty much did in the long run.

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Even though I’m still able to educate people I come in contact with in person and online via this blog; what that conversation and EWG’s report tells me is that there is still more work to be done. Research has mostly focused on chemical hair straighteners for black women and girls. As a woman sporting her natural hair, I think it’s awesome how the natural hair movement has exploded. However it’s bigger than just our hair. While it’s great that we are embracing our curls and staying away from parabens and sulfates in our hair products, what about our lipsticks, lotions, etc.?? And truth be told not even all the natural hair products are actually “natural”. You still have to read your labels and be cautious when purchasing those items as well. It’s sad that it feels like you need a degree in chemistry in order to buy beauty products but unfortunately until better regulation is in place this is what we have to do. We have to continue to educate ourselves about the ingredients in everything that we use.

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image from ewg.org

As I look around at the various blogs, events, and social media platforms I don’t really see a wealth of information about being conscious when it comes to every other beauty product that is used in the black community aside from our hair. This gives off the message that all we are focused on is our hair. So as long as our hair is slayed then we’re good. Sorry (not sorry) ladies but this is not enough! With black women being the highest on the list of fibroids, infertility, and other health concerns we should be much more prevalent about the practices of our whole body not just hair.

source: ewg.org

source: ewg.org

“This report makes clear the lack of safer alternatives for black women. Demand for these products is increasing and the cosmetics industry needs to provide healthy beauty options for black women” –Women’s Voices for the Earth. This is one of the many reasons why I created my holiday gift guide featuring black owned green beauty brands. While there aren’t as many as others there are still options.

You may be reading this article and thinking; well what can I do about it. Continue to support green beauty bloggers like myself and other organizations such as Women’s Voices for the Earth and Black Women for Wellness. Stay up to date on what hazardous ingredients are by checking websites and databases like Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep and the ThinkDirty app. Think twice before just picking up an item at your local retailer and placing it in your shopping cart. Take the time to read the label, read the ingredients in the product. If you’re not sure what an ingredient is look it up through one of the databases I mentioned. If you see that a product has harmful ingredients start looking for safer alternatives. Start supporting organic natural beauty brands like the ones I mentioned in my holiday gift guide.

Major companies only see and understand money. People always tell me that buying organic or going green is expensive. I admit that yes at times it can be a bit pricier than traditional items. However I believe in the buying power we have. The beauty industry is a trillion dollar business with black women accounting for the majority of that. If more people made conscious decisions when it comes to buying beauty products a lot can change. If you can get companies to stop using sulfates I believe we can push them to create all beauty products without toxic ingredients. Trust me they will take notice of people opting not to buy toxic beauty products when they start losing money.

 

Have you read EWG report? What are your thoughts?

Resource: ewg.org Big Market for Black Cosmetics but less Hazardous Choices Limited 

Khamila is Green and Glam!

Lifestyle

 

How long have you been going green with your health and or beauty routine?

I have been going green for about 1-2 years officially or so with my beauty routine. 

 

Why did you decide to go non-toxic & organic and how has it changed your life?

 I actually accidentally slipped into non toxic and organic skincare due to my skin reacting to products from my dermatologist as well as over the counter products. My eczema was flaring up and it was hard to use anything without my skin stinging. I found that coconut oil was soothing for my skin and actually healed my skin faster. I began to ponder if conventional products were irritating my skin and essentially doing nothing for me in terms of healing. I was pretty sold from then on and it’s allowed me to not deal with eczema, skin sensitivity or allergies being triggered . Using non toxic skincare and makeup allows my skin to glow more and seems to help it to heal faster and as a result I can use less makeup. It has also helped me to be more thoughtful about what I purchase as well. 

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What is your go to green beauty product?

Go to Hair: Olive Oil and Whipped Shea Butter 

Go to Body Care: Coconut Oil , Body Scrubs from 100% Pure 

Go to Skin Care: Juice Beauty Green Apple Brightening Cleanser, 100% Coffee Bean Eye Cream , Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil & makeup Remover, Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub

Go to Makeup: 100% pure Fruit Pigmented Healthy Skin Foundation and Powder, W3ll People Bio Brightener Stick in Moonstone, W3ll People Expressionist Mascara, Jane Iredale Brown eyeliner, I also love the Teri Miyahira Beauty Box Subscription

 

What does going green mean for you?

Going green represents self care to me because I get to choose ingredients that do not harm me. I get to use nontoxic products that heal my skin and doesn’t wreck my skin. I also get to be more mindful about what I use, and am able to choose products that leave a positive imprint on the world.

 

What advice do you have for someone who is new to the idea of going green?

  • Slowly transition into green beauty. Unless you have the budget for it, it will be costly going out and purchasing all new personal products. Instead as your products run out, take note and consider new nontoxic products that you can transition into. 
  • Start following green beauty lovers on social media to be aware of brands, products & their performance. If a product interests you then try reading reviews so that you can make a thoughtful and informed decision on whether to purchase.
  • Always try samples so you can get a feel for the products and shades prior to purchasing. I always advise to shop at businesses with great customer service and return policy because  no matter how well you may research a product it just may not work well for you! 
  • Always try to reach out to a company if you need with finding your shade of foundation and there are no samples. You can usually send them a photo of yourself (bare faced, in the light) which will help them to assess your skin tone and make suggestions.

 

How can we keep up with you?

I can be found on Instagram @greenmilamonster  

Pinterest at @greenmilamonstr 

I am also in the process of building my website which will be announced on my Instagram when complete! 
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Monique is Green and Glam!

Lifestyle

Based on the title you may be wondering what is Green & Glam? This is a new series I am launching where you will hear from different women of color sharing their stories on how they started living a more green healthy lifestyle and changed their health and beauty routine.

I’m so excited to share this with you all because I think it’s a great way to build a sense of community and learn tips & tricks from others along the way. My first interview for this series is my beautiful friend Monique also known online as Brown Skin Green Beauty! Monique and I attended the Indie Beauty Expo together and had such an amazing time. I know you’ll enjoy reading this just as much as I did!

 

How long have you been going green with your health and or beauty routine?

I have a 2 part answer for this. My mindset for going green has been 9 years. My true practice in green beauty has been 7 years. The early two years were all about education and transitioning.

 

Why did you decide to go non-toxic & organic and how has it changed your life?

It all started with my hair. Conventional hair care products were doing more damage to my hair than good. At my wits end, I turned to plant based food to see if it would save my hair and it did! I figured, if this can do wonders for my hair, I want to see how well it would work for my body inside out. So far, nature has served me well.  It’s amazing to see my body transform into better health with the use of organic and non toxic ingredients.

When I witnessed nature nourishing and healing my body, it was my rebirth to health and a big wake up call to all the misinformation we’ve been given for so long. I no longer had to summit to conventional products to survive. Non toxic, natural and organic products allowed me the freedom to live life. I’m more sensitive to what my body is whispering to me, more connected to nature and more aware of my environment.

 

What is your go to green beauty product?

I have so many, but the one that is on repeat with me is the Plain Jane Beauty Liquid Creme Mineral Foundation #14. It took me forever to find a natural foundation that actually works with my complexion. PJB gave hope for us dark skin green beauties! And let me not forget the amazing ingredients it offers to nourish and heal the skin while looking fabulous.

 

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What does going green mean for you?

Going green means self awareness and knowing the truth behind the lies.

 

What advice do you have for someone who is new to the idea of going green?

It can be so overwhelming when entering the green living arena. Ease into it. Take it one product/ one ingredient at a time when transitioning. Find a green beauty/ living advocate to help you along your journey. Trust me, before you know it, it will be second nature to you.

 

How can we keep up with you? 

Yes… Let’s stay connected! You can find me on Youtube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest @brownskingreenbeauty. I’m working on a blog next. Would love to hear from you all!

 

Four Ways to Cope with Anxiety

Health, Info & Tips, Lifestyle

For some the holidays can be filled with great joy and gladness. The music, the Christmas decorations, spending time with family and loved ones can bring a smile to one’s face. For others this can be a time of sadness or anxiety for various reasons.

Much can be said about anxiety which is defined one way as “painful uneasiness of mind usually over an anticipated ill.” A second definition is “an abnormal apprehension and fear often accompanied by physiological signs, such as sweating and increased pulse, etc.” For many people, anxiety is occasionally experienced when attempting to do something like public speaking or when they find themselves in an unfamiliar situation. For others, anxiety is a disorder that manifests itself in a variety of symptoms, including difficulty breathing and even insomnia. If you suffer from anxiety in any of its forms, you know how painful and limiting it can be.

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Unmask Your Natural Beauty Event

Lifestyle

I love connecting with like-minded people especially when it comes to natural beauty and wellness. I also try to support eco-friendly female owned businesses. So when I was invited to attend the Unmask Your Natural Beauty Event, I said heck yeah! Plus me my green beauty bestie Brown Skin Green Beauty attended together and had such a blast as always!

 

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Leslie Carrington pictured-far right

The Unmask Your Natural Beauty Event was hosted by Leslie Carrington of Holisticitilyfe (HCL), an innovator for wellness travel trips all about supporting the mind, body, and spirit balance. Leslie is such a gorgeous natural beauty, Licensed Social Worker and Holistic Life Coach. Her organization HCL is committed to natural beauty, wellness, and healthy lifestyle practices. Since that is what my platform is all about I had to share this on the blog.

 

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The event was held last weekend at the House of Juice Brooklyn– the organic juicer and brewery. This was my first time at this local juice bar. They have a variety of organic cold pressed juices, smoothies, and kombucha. If you follow me on Instagram then you know that I have been obsessed with kombucha lately. So if you’re if in the Brooklyn area stop by and order the Golden Buch Pineapple Kombucha, tell The Holistic Honey sent you!

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It was a fun afternoon filled with healthy tasty drinks, laughter, natural beauty and holistic conversation. What I loved most about the event was how it brought together women color and wellness, all together to support beauty health and beauty from the inside out.

 

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I got to meet so many black-female owned businesses and entrepreneurs in the beauty space. These are a few of the featured vendors:

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These are few of the green beauty goodies from my swag bag. I’ll be sharing my review on some of my favorite items so be on the look out for that soon!

More green beauty and wellness events to come!

Get more information about HolisticitiLyfe events here