Bee Pollen, One Of My New Favorite Superfoods

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Bee pollen has quickly become one of my new favorite superfoods.  I love all things wellness, and while the newest issue of Marie Claire points out that wellness tips and tricks can be trendy, I believe that when something is good for you or makes you feel better, then it is here to stay.  And, as a side note, I love this new editorial with Chrissy Teigen!  She is real, makes food that actually tastes good, and most recently, I love how honest she has been about mental health and her struggle with depression.

Here are just a few of my favorite benefits to eating bee pollen (as strange as it may sound at first!):

❤ it contains almost all of the nutrients we need

❤ it is rich in protein (40% in fact!), free amino acids, and vitamins like B-complex and folic acid

❤ helps with weight control (especially weight loss, because it can speed up our metabolism)

❤ eliminates cravings (when we eat foods such as bee pollen that are so full of nutrients, our bodies naturally want to eat less)

❤ can help with common skin issues such as dullness, aging of the skin, and acne

Of course, I am not an expert so please do research for yourself to see if bee pollen is right for you!  We have so much information available us through books and the internet, but please be sure that your sources are reliable if you are using the internet.  Also, even if you are not allergic to honey, you could be allergic to bee pollen, so it is important to test out one granule first or talk to your doctor.  I love including bee pollen in my smoothies, cereal, or on top of toast with coconut oil, nut butter, berries, and honey (I actually made that this morning!  I love coming up with crazy toast concoctions.).

Thank you so much for reading, and please let me know in the comment section what you think or if you have any questions!

Carly xx

A Little La Mer, A Lot of Kora

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Two posts in one day?  Like Regina George said, “What is happening to the world?”

While I had planned to watch Netflix for the rest of the afternoon after coming home from work, I decided to do a face mask instead and then felt inspired to create content for GGS.  There is something about beauty products that really inspires me, whether it be the packaging or the scent of all of the good-for-you organic ingredients, I absolutely love them.  Especially with Kora Organics, where there is a positive word on the back of each product and all of the products are filtered through rose quartz crystal.  According to the Kora Organics website, “Rose quartz is pink-coloured crystal gemstone that is believed to carry a very gentle, soothing energy to encourage self-love, self-esteem and forgiveness. It is also said to have vibrations that can help heal and protect the heart. By incorporating rose quartz as an ingredient, we hope to infuse a vibration of self-love into all our products.”

This Summer, I am planning on shopping around to find healing and meditative crystals that I can keep on my bathroom counter, bedside table, and in my purse.  I really believe in their healing properties and their ability to shift energy.  Do any of you use crystals?

I am also sharing a peak onto my bathroom counter today, with a few mini samples of La Mer and a lot of Kora Organics products.  Last night, I finally finished unpacking all of my beauty products (since moving out of my dorm last week, I had been living out of travel cosmetic bags).  In the picture, I have applied their Hydrating Mask, which you can read my full review of here.

Thank you for stopping by!

Carly xx

 

My Three Day Juice Cleanse

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Happy Fri-yay beauties!  My three day juice cleanse is ending today, so tomorrow I get to eat solid food again.  There are a lot of misconceptions out there about juice cleansing, and while I am not a certified nutritionist and everything on my blog is solely my opinion, I believe that juicing is a great way to flush toxins out of our bodies, clear up skin, and improve mental clarity (I’ve experienced all of this over these past three days).

Nevertheless, I decided to do a juice cleanse because I have been experiencing stomach discomfort every single day over these past few months, and I haven’t been able pin point what has been causing it.  While I first thought that it could be stress, I now know that it is definitely something I am eating, because I have felt amazing just drinking juice these past three days.  Hopefully, as I reintroduce food into my diet, I will be able to figure out what it is that my body isn’t liking.

My cleanse included five veggie/fruit juices, one nut milk, and one wellness shot per day. Interestingly enough, yesterday and today have been a breeze, and the first day was the most challenging.

On the outside, my skin is much more smooth and glow-ey (always a bonus to doing a juice cleanse).  My skin also has the tendency to be a bit on the rosier side, and today I went without makeup because I noticed that my skin tone was more even.  This will definitely make me more aware of what I am putting into my body, since it effects me in more ways than one.

Many of my friends have asked me, “How are you doing this?  Are you hungry?”  My answer is no.  Yes, I would love to sit down and eat a meal, but I am not tummy-growling hungry because my body knows that it is detoxing.  Our bodies are smart, as they can adapt to anything; and our digestive system needs a break every once in a while.  The biggest thing for me is the challenge a juice cleanse is mentally.  I noticed, especially on day one, that I want food the most when I am stressed or upset about something.  Maybe even more so than focusing on eating clean (I like to eat 80% super healthy, 20% indulgent), I am going to make sure that I am eating when I am calm.  Food can make us feel better, but especially with the stomach issues I have been having, it is important for me to be extra conscious about not just what I’m eating, but why I’m eating so that I can make the best choices possible.

I have two juices left to drink today, and I’m excited to drink them because they are delicious!  If you live in Savannah or close to the Savannah area, I would most definitely recommend doing a juice cleanse through Beetnix.  Everyone who works there is so kind, and makes an effort to know your name.  I love going in there and sitting down at one of their funky tables to eat a smoothie bowl, superfood toppings and all.

Have you ever done a juice cleanse?  I would love to hear what your experience was like in the comment section, and feel free to leave any questions for me!  As always, thank you so much for reading.

Much love,

Carly xx

Nature Does Not Hurry….

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I saw a quote last week by Lao Tzu that read, “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”  It really resonated with me because I am a college student, and even if you are not a college student, I am sure that you are also busy juggling a million balls at once.  While I am only eighteen, I am sure that as time passes this isn’t something that is going to change; which leaves me with the question of, “How on earth do I go about balancing everything?”  More often than not, I find myself rushing from one task to the next, and one place to the next.  What is so interesting to me is that when I go about my day like this, even if I check off everything on my to do list, I feel as if I wasted my day because I was not present.  Taking time to communicate with ourselves and appreciate all that is around us isn’t worth sacrificing to check something off our never ending list of tasks.  I always feel a bit silly when I stress myself out over the littlest things, because somehow, everything always gets done and turns out okay.  This is why I love the quote above so much!  I’m really trying to keep it in mind right now, especially with finals coming up.  It is also something I am going to hang up in my room as a reminder to slow down and enjoy life.

Thank you so much for reading, and please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section!

Much love,

Carly xx