5 Healthy Documentaries on Netflix You Must Watch

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

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!

 

Apple Rose Beauty Skincare Review

Okay this post is embarrassingly overdue. I met the lovely owner of Apple Rose Beauty at the Indie Beauty Expo last year. We connected frequently since then and she was gracious enough to send me full size bottles of her skincare line to try. What I received was the facial cleanser, moisturizer, and vitamin C serum. Apple Rose Beauty provides natural and organic spa quality skincare. My skin is oily and sensitive and prone to breakouts. So you can imagine how hard it is to find quality skincare that works for me without causing side effects. As with any new skincare products I always say test it out for at least 3 weeks before making a determination. I’ve had these products for over a month and here’s my review:

 

Naturally Nourish Cleanser: This is a gentle and effective facial cleanser made with organic ingredients. A little goes a very long way. I noticed that I only needed a small dime size amount in order to get a good lather. It works well with your hands or any scrub brush you may have. What I love most is that it helps to fight acne but doesn’t dry my skin out. It’s got that perfect balance of acne fighting ingredients and moisturizing properties. Most cleansers marketed for acne prone skin tend to be very drying.

 

Ingredients: Organic Lavender Distillate, Organic Aloe Leaf, Coconut Oil, Organic Sunflower, Organic Castor Seed, Witch Hazel, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Guar Gum, Organic Salix Willow Bark, Vitamin E, Carageenan, Vitamin C, Clove Essential Oil, Organic Juniper, Organic Cayenne, Vitamin B5, Rosemary Seed Extract.

 

Nourish Naturally Moisturizing Treatment: This is a highly concentrated treatment for the skin. The consistency is kind of thick which did alarm me a bit because for my oily skin I usually shy away from heavy creams. Just like the cleanser a little goes a long way. I definitely didn’t need much. I should note that I don’t use it every night just every other. This didn’t leave my face looking like a grease ball in the morning. The best part is that it contains licorice extract and turmeric which is great for fading dark spots.

Ingredients: Water, Organic Jojoba Oil, Carbomer, Arginine (Natural Amino Acid), Organic Lavender, Wildcrafted Comfrey, Organic Echinacea, Organic Gotu Kola, Organic Sage, Organic Thyme, Organic Goldenseal, Wildcrafted Propolis, Organic Oat, Organic Turmeric, Organic Licorice, Sandalwood Essential Oil, Melissa Essential Oil, Geranium Essential Oil, Ethylhexyl Glycerin (natural preservative), Phenoxyethanol (nature identical preservative), Aloe Vera Extract, Organic Gotu Kola Extract, Organic Horsetail Plant Extract, Organic Geranium Extract, Organic Dandelion Extract.

 

Bloom Beautifully 20% Vitamin C serum: I must admit I’m a little late to the serum party. I know you’re supposed to start using them in your early 20’s before you actually need it. But hey it’s never too late. This vitamin C serum also contains hyaluronic acid and collagen boosting properties. It tackles and prevents many problems into one. It works to repair sun damage and brightens complexion. Vitamin C serums normally take time to notice their effects but after using this for a few months my skin feels smoother to the touch. I use it on my face, neck, and chest nightly.

 

Ingredients: Water, Organic Aloe Leaf, Organic Vitamin C, Organic Sulfur, Plant Based Hyaluronic Acid, Witch Hazel, Vitamin E, Carbomer, Arginine (Natural Amino Acid), Vitamin E Acid, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Jojoba Oil, Phenoxyethanol (nature identical preservative), Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin (natural preservative), Organic Gotu Kola Extract, Organic Horsetail Plant Extract, Organic Geranium Extract, Organic Dandelion Extract.

How to Detox Naturally

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.

 

Camille Rose Naturals Not so Natural?

In case you haven’t heard Camille Rose Naturals recently had a class action lawsuit filed against them. The premise of this suit  filed in November 2016, claims that the natural hair care brand has deceptively marketed their products as natural.  I have been a fan of this brand for a few years and in fact have used their products and talked about them on the blog.

 

The products of concern were Sweet Ginger Cleansing Rinse, Moroccan Pear Conditioning Custard, Algae Renew Deep Conditioner Mask, and Coconut Water Penetrating Hair Treatment.  The complainant states that Camille Rose Naturals rinses, conditioners, and hair treatments contain several synthetic ingredients. Of the ingredients in question is stearic acid which is classified as synthetic by federal regulations. According to the (EWG) Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database the overall hazard of this ingredient is low but derived of animal origin. Stearic acid is often used in cosmetics as a cleaning agent or mild surfactant. The other ingredients named in the lawsuit are sorbic acid, a synthetic preservative, tocopherol acetate, a synthetic substance used in pesticide formulations. It is important to mention that all of these ingredients were ranked low concern of toxicity by EWG.

 

I tried doing a specific search for the Camille Rose Naturals brand in the EWG Skin Deep database but nothing has been added yet. I recently discussed how the cosmetics industry should provide non-toxic products for women of color. Even though the natural hair care industry has grown tremendously this does not mean that all of the products that are labeled “natural” actually are in fact non-toxic and or organic. I discussed this on the blog as well.  As consumers you have to be diligent and do your own research. You cannot rely on the FDA or brands to educate you, as the beauty product industry is still unregulated. This means that anyone can use the word natural to market a product. This lawsuit is an example of how something can be labeled as natural and not actually contain all “natural” ingredients. Secondly the term “natural” has never actually been defined. Maybe this will urge the FDA to start actually regulating the use of these terms.

The sad thing about these lawsuits is that they are potentially damaging to small and growing businesses like Camille Rose Naturals. This is not the only beauty brand that uses the term natural in their labeling and marketing. For this lawsuit to gain merit than the majority of the natural hair care industry should be in serious trouble as well. Many natural hair care brands use the term “natural” to refer to women wearing their hair in it’s natural state not referring to the ingredients in the products itself.

Granted these ingredients mentioned in the lawsuit are not 100% plant-based but the potential of causing serious harm or concern to a persons health is low. This is why I continue to use these products and discuss them on my platform. Although none of the Camille Rose products mentioned in the lawsuit are what I personally use. If you have concerns with these ingredients I suggest you do conduct your own research and make the best decision for your health concerns.

 

Weigh in on your thoughts. Do you feel this lawsuit has any merit? Have you used Camille Rose Naturals products before? If so is this a concern for you?