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How to Fight Acne with French Green Clay

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Perfect skin is not something I would honestly say I have. But what I can say is that it has gotten better. I have suffered from adult acne and trust me I understand that it is not pretty nor is it fun. It’s definitely a struggle and what works for some may not work for all. Clear skin is a commitment to constantly work on your skin and ultimately find a routine and or products that will produce the best results.

In my last post on Infinity Jars I talked about getting back into DIY beauty products and treatments. In comes french green clay also known as sea clay. This clay contains healing properties such as bentonite, magnesium, calcium, potassium, silica, and selenium. French green clay is green in color like it’s name states; the pigment determines the quality. You want to make sure your clay is green in color and not too gray.

If you’ve never heard of this powerful clay here’s a couple facts:

  • Great clearing blemishes
  • “Drinks” oils, toxic substances, and impurities from your skin
  • Helps to remove dead skin cells and promote circulation for new healthy skin cells
  • Used in acient Egypt, Greece, and Rome to treat skin and digestive problems

There’s really no wrong way to go when making a clay mask. You can mix it with water, apple cider vinegar, aloe vera juice, or any other form of liquid. I used apple cider vinegar because of it’s astringent properties and the ability to tone, heal and treat blemishes. Plus ACV is great for removing dark spots and evening out the skin tone.

French Clay Mask for Acne Recipe

  1. Mix 1-2 tablespoons of french green clay
  2. add enough liquid to form a paste
  3. apply to face with finger or a brush
  4. allow to dry, rinse and cleanse face as normal

As an oily girl I try to use some form of a clay mask at least once or twice a week. You can purchase french green clay at Mountain Rose Herbs or From Nature with Love.

Healthy Habits Every Chica Should Have

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This platform is about living healthy in all aspects of our lives; mind, body, and soul. I like to discuss a variety of topics from healthy foods, natural beauty, and inspiration. Over the years I’ve heard from dozens of women about issues they face when trying to better themselves. I thought I’d share a collection of things that I think are useful for every woman, myself included.

 

1. Start fresh every single day. Leave yesterday where it is and let tomorrow worry about itself. Instead focus on the current day.

2. Try adding a Meatless day to your weekly routine. Eating plenty of leafy greens and fresh veggies is something everyone needs more of. No matter what your dietary habits are try skipping the meat and junk food just for 1 day out of the week.

3. Put away your phone when you’re out with friends or family. This digital age we live in has everyone with their phone practically glued to their hand. Let’s not get all wrapped up in social media and technology that we forget just how important real relationships are.

4. Exercise can be fun and not a time commitment. You don’t have to have a gym membership to get amble exercise. There are DVD’s, dancing, jogging with friends, any psychical activity that gets the heart rate going and keeps you moving.

5. Drink more water. I know this is talked about several times over but unfortunately most people still aren’t drinking enough water. This cannot be said enough! Try drinking a water with or between meals instead of juice or soda.

6. Don’t try to keep up with the Jones’, chances are you may lose. Stay in your own lane. The wonderful thing about life is that there are no 2 people alike. This also means no 2 lives a like. Life is a personal journey. Focus on making yours the best IT was meant to be.

7. Never grocery shop on an empty stomach. I talked about this on the blog and in my e-book. Shopping on an empty stomach you’re not thinking clearly and you’ll likely buy things you don’t need and spend more money than intended.

8. Keep healthy snacks at home and work. This will lessen the chances of you reaching for some artificial junk. Out of sight out of mind.

9. Stop beating yourself up. Hey, we all make mistakes; learn from it, grow, heal, and keep moving forward.

10. Consolidate and pay off debt. Less debt means less stress. Life is hard enough without adding a mountain of debt to the equation. Try to get rid of things you don’t need. Live within your means and watch your spending habits.

11. Don’t over do it with the alcohol. It’s ok to have a glass of wine or the occasional mixed drink to celebrate or even relax. But alcohol by no means should be your source to have fun or fix your problems.

12. Make your home a place you want to be. We function better in an inspiring place. Spruce up your living area. This doesn’t require a lot of money but it does require your imagination. Get creative, it gets the juices in your brain flowing and brings positive energy in your life.

13. Listen to your body. Being healthy is all about being in tune with your body’s needs. It will tell you what it needs and what it doesn’t like. The key is are you paying attention.

14. Read labels on food, beauty products, and everything you purchase. I’m a sucker for reading labels. If it’s going anywhere near my body I want to know what’s in the stuff and if it will do more harm than good. Don’t just look at the claims on the box do your due diligence.

15. Floss after every brushing. This one is obvious but you’d be surprised how many people don’t even think about their oral health. Oral health is just as important as the rest of your body. Take care of that smile!

16. For every 20 minutes you stare at a computer screen (or any LCD screen for that matter) look away for 20 minutes. Too much stimulation from staring at a screen can actually kill brain cells and strain eyes. Step away for a second refocus then come back.

17. Count to 10 when your angry. The bible talks about being slow to anger and not to go to bed with anger. Don’t let things allow you to explode, you might say or do something you’ll regret later.

18. Don’t skimp on sleep. We all need our beauty rest. I know life gets crazy, deadlines, children, etc. but you’re no good to anyone including yourself if you don’t allow your brain and body to rest.

19. Have an attitude of gratitude. No matter what is going on in your life there is always something positive to be thankful for. Just the fact that you are alive to read this is enough to give thanks. Not everyone woke up today.

20. Meditate and pray. Personally I think this is just as important as healthy eating and exercise if not more. Your mental and spiritual health helps guide you through life. You’re not alone. I like to have my daily chat’s with God it keeps me focused and helps me maintain.

 

 

 

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Clean Eating Do’s and Don’ts

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I’m sure most of you know when you are eating something that isn’t necessarily looking out for nutritional needs. When I’m coaching people I find that most think that they have a good idea of what their eating habits should look like but often times fall short. The phrase I hear the most is “I know what I should be eating but I just don’t”. There are dozen of myths floating around about what a meal should look like and what is healthy and what is not. Hopefully these small tips will help bridge the gap and give you a boost when choosing what and how to eat.

 

DO’S

1. Eat 6 small meals each day. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and small snack in between meal times.

 

2. Eat breakfast everyday within an hour of rising.

 

3. Eat a combination of lean protein and complex carbs at each meal. Complex carbs can be veggies and proteins can be a choice between lean meat, beans, legumes, or nuts & seeds.

 

4. Eat healthy fats every day. Contrary to popular belief we actually needs fats in order to function. Chose healthy fats like avocado, coconut oil, olive oil, nuts and seeds. Try incorporating one of those into your daily meals.

 

5. Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Our body is made up of water so keep yourself hydrated. Try drinking a glass of water before during and after meals. I drink more water than I do any other liquid.

 

6. Carry healthy snacks with you. I’ve talked about this before. Carry nut snack packs, grapes, carrots, apples, or bananas with you. This will help curb your appetite for junk and prevent you from reaching for the sugar, sodas, and other artificial junk.

 

7. Depend on fresh fruits and veggies for fiber, vitamins, enzymes, and nutrients. The fresher the better. Always opt for fresh foods instead of boxes or prepackaged goods with a shelf life.

 

8. Adhere to proper portion sizes. A good rule of thumb is to use the palm of your hand to measure the appropriate serving for your body type.

 

DON’TS

 

1. Eat overly processed foods, particularly white flour and sugar.

 

2. Chemically and artificially charged foods

 

3. Foods containing preservatives. This includes anything with a shelf life like boxed or canned goods.

 

4. Artificial foods such as processed cheese slices.

 

5. Trans fats

 

6. Sugar loaded beverages including colas & juices

 

7. Excessive amounts of alcohol

 

8. All calorie dense  foods containing little to no nutritional value.

 

 

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My Healthy Grocery Staples

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My grocery list may change from time to time depending on what is in season, what is on sale or my taste buds! There are a few items that I always make sure I have in my kitchen stock. These are items that I like to call my “staples”; products that I use several times for multi-purposes. Today I’m sharing this with you. Hopefully it will inspire you to create your own must have list or borrow some from mine 🙂

 

Apple Cider Vinegar- This is a powerful natural astringent and cleanser. I use this to wash my produce when I come home from the grocery store. I just place the fruit or veggies in a bowl filled with water and add a few tablespoons of ACV. I let it soak for 15-20 minutes then rinse. I’ve also used this as a facial toner; it’s great at evening the skin tone and giving you a nice glow. During my detoxes I’ll add a few teaspoons or cap full to a glass of water and drink that first thing in the morning; this helps to clear out my digestive track

 

Coconut Oil- This staple is like one of those stuck on a deserted island type of things. The many benefits of coconut are incredible it’s such an amazing plant; that’s why I wrote about it here. I use raw unrefined/ extra virgin coconut oil on my hair, skin, teeth, everywhere! It can moisturize like no other oil because of it’s properties it can penetrate the hair shaft and skin layers to soothe and soften. I also use it in place of butter when cooking or baking. Coconut oil is also a wonderful source of healthy fats which we need in our diets. Such a great all purpose oil.

 

Leafy greens- One can never have enough leafy greens in their diet. I always have some sort of leafy green in my fridge from spinach, kale, dandelions, collards, cabbage, etc. I add them to my smoothies in the morning, use them in salads, steamed veggies. I recommend ingesting leafy greens in at least one meal per day if not more. The chlorophyll in dark leafy greens has so many vitamins and minerals; it’s like a powerhouse of nutrients for your body.

 

Flax seeds- Good source of micro-nutrients and omega 3’s, and ALA. I love adding these to smoothies, salads, soups, snacks. Sometimes I grind them up and use them like you would flour. I’ve made baked crusted tilapia with toasted flax seeds, so delicious. Plus I love that nutty flavor.

 

Coconut Water- A natural source for electrolytes. I like to use this in place of water for drinking in smoothies or by itself. If you work out a lot of even if you drink Gatorade this is a great natural alternative minus the artificial colors and added sugars.

 

Lentils- A part of the beans and legume family another source of protein. If you are a vegan or vegetarian this is perfect. I still eat chicken and fish but not every day and lentils are my go to for my meatless days. I like to make stews and lentils burgers, which are my absolute favorite. You can pretty much season and flavor it anyway you like and it’s always delicious and super easy to make. Plus lentils cook pretty fast so you can have a hot meal in 30 minutes. Hows that for healthy fast food!

 

Quinoa- Another one of my favorites and protein source. Quinoa is a super food because the health benefits are endless. I like to make a large pot and use it for a variety of meals through out the week. In morning with a bit of almond milk and frozen fruit, makes a yummy breakfast. For lunch is pairs well with salads. It can also be used as a rice substitute. I like the taste of quinoa so much that I’ve eaten a large bowl of plain quinoa with seasoning.

 

Oatmeal- I eat this for breakfast with a little fresh fruit. I also like to grind this up and make pancakes with some mashed bananas or almond milk. Ground oatmeal can be used in place of flour; a healthier option than using traditional white flour. For extra fiber you can add some oatmeal to your smoothies.

 

What are some of your healthy grocery staples? Let me know in the comments down below.

 

 

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Blood Orange Smoothie

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Blood oranges have the highest amount of Vitamin C than any other citrus fruit. There are many benefits of eating blood oranges such as cancer and diabetes prevention, hair loss, and so much more.

 

Ingredients

2 small blood oranges, peeled and sliced

1 cup of frozen strawberries

1 small frozen banana

1 handful of spinach

2 cups of water

 

Enjoy!

I love making smoothies so if you have any smoothie recipes you’d like to share or see in this blog let me know in the comments 🙂

 

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12 Tips to Staying Happy

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1. Drink a glass of water first thing when you wake up in the morning. This will help flush out toxins from your body and get your day of to a fresh start.

 

2. Get up and move! Daily exercise boosts your energy levels, improves your mood, and relieves stress.

 

3. Get some sleep. A proper nights rest will give you more energy for the next day to do the things that make you happy.

 

4. Every morning make a list of 3 tasks you want to accomplish that day. Check them off the list once you’re done. This will leave you feeling good about yourself.

 

5. Work on important tasks for 50 minutes and then take small breaks in between to refocus.

 

6. Reflect and pray. End your day with prayer and meditation. Self evaluation can be positive.

 

7. Read more. Reading increases knowledge which helps you stay motivated and inspired.

 

8. Learn more. Watching tutorials and learning new skills increases your capabilities.

 

9. Brainstorming helps the blood flowing in your brain. Write down any new or inspiring ideas you may have in a journal.

 

10. Be grateful. Express gratitude for all that God has already done in your life.

 

11. Clean the area around you. Too much clutter can bread negativity in your life. Let go of things you don’t need.

 

12. Indulge in your favorite things. Surround yourself with things that motivate you and bring more happiness in your life.

 

 

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The Many Uses of Coconut Oil

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Those who know me personally know that I LOVE coconut oil. The coconut has become one of my favorite food because the meat and the oil extracted from it has so many health benefits that it can be labeled a super food. If i was stranded on a deserted island I would be okay with plenty of coconut. 🙂 Seriously, I use it on my hair, skin, and to cook with. Let me share with you some of my favorite coconut oil uses and benefits.

FYI: I always use Organic Raw Unrefined Coconut Oil to get the most beneficial nutrients.

 

HAIR

This is probably the most common way I use coconut oil as it is a great conditioner for the hair. I love adding coconut oil to my deep conditioners or use it for a hot oil treatment as it is the only oil that can penetrate into the hair shaft. That means super moisturized strong bouncy hair.

 

SKIN

Being that coconut oil is a great overall moisturizer you can also apply it directly to your skin in place of your regular lotion. Coconut oil gets deep into the skin tissues providing excellent hydration to the skin. This is an added benefit during the cold winter months when skin typically gets dry. I also like to add a few tablespoons of coconut oil to my DIY body scrubs.

 

MOUTH WASH

Yes you read right my friends! Coconut oil can be used as a mouth wash also known as oil pulling. Take about 1-2 tablespoons  of melted coconut oil and swish around your mouth. This helps pull the toxins from out of your mouth. Just be sure to spit it out and not to swallow after swishing! After repeated use of this method you will notice your teeth getting whiter and your breath fresher.

 

COOKING OIL

I stopped using butter several years ago for health reasons. I found that coconut oil makes a great substitute for butter. You can use it anywhere you would normally use butter even for baking. In fact it adds a little extra flavor to your dishes. As a cooking oil you can use it in any recipe that calls for some sort of vegetable oil. If you don’t want the coconut flavor in your food just use the refined version.

 

Do you use coconut oil? If so leave me a comment and let me know how you’ve incorporated coconut oil into your healthy lifestyle.

 

 

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The Holistic Honey featured on The Dr. Oz Show

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Hey everybody!!!!!!!

I am so excited to finally be able to talk about my experience on The Dr. Oz Show. I still can’t believe it even as I’m typing this. I am so honored and humbled by this opportunity. Of course ALL praises go to God because he is the one who blessed me with this.

We filmed the show a month ago and it was so hard to keep it a secret. I could not wait to share this amazing news. When the producers from the show reached out to me I honestly thought it was spam lol. The subject of the email said Dr. Oz Show and I’m like yea right. But something told me to just go ahead and open it. Thankfully I did because it was legit and the producers left me all their contact info and said they saw my recipes online and were interested in speaking with me. When the producer called me she was more excited than me!! She loved my recipes and videos and asked me if I would be interested in participating on the show and sharing some of my recipes. I was like ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? Heck yea I will be on The Dr. Oz Show.

The Holistic Honey is my baby and it’s so new to the world 🙂 but sharing my passion for healthy living has been a dream of mine for last few years. So this was a dream come true. I wanted to share some behind the scenes photos from my episode of the show with you.

 

When the car service arrived at the studios they escorted me to my dressing room. I LOVED how he had healthy snacks in the dressing room. How cool was that? He had a fruit tray and oat bran muffins, which were so delish. I was so caught up in all the excitement of being there I forgot to ask for the recipe. I may try and come up with my own little concoction. Stay tuned for that wink wink.

 

They rehearse the show before they actually start taping. Once I got on the set Dr. Oz came up to me and says “Hi Carron, Welcome” and shook my hand. I’m thinking to myself Dr. Oz knows my name!

 

I was so honored that they used my infused water recipes and asked me to assist with writing the segment. I work extremely hard in everything I put out so it was a huge compliment. My part of the show was towards the end so I was waiting backstage for my turn to go out on the live set.

 

 

 

Huge thank you!! To Andrea Archer of GlamDiva Make Artistry for making sure I looked fabulous for The Dr. Oz Show

 

 

If you missed my segment click here to watch it directly on doctoroz.com

Again I am so thankful to have this experience. I don’t know what else is in store for The Holistic Honey only God knows that. But I am happy and looking forward to whatever the future may hold.

Stay tuned for more healthy recipes, wellness tips, and other goodies

 

God bless you all!

-Carron Coleman

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Mason Jar Salads!!!!

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So the trendy thing in clean eating is Mason Jar salads. And I have to say that I am in love with this idea and I’ve jumped on the bandwagon. I played around a little bit with some of my favorite veggie combos and will be posting more mason jar salad recipes on the blog soon. In the meantime here is my simple go to recipe and a quick breakdown on how to make one for yourself.

I love making these because I think they are perfect for people who are on the go and don’t have a lot of time. You can make these ahead of time as they can last in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. For my salads I use a large mason jar with a wide opening as it makes for easier eating. Feel free to customize them and use what ever combination of veggies, beans, nuts or seeds.

 

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The first step is to add you salad dressing to the mason jar. This way your salad doesn’t get soggy before you are ready to eat it. MasonJarSaladStep1

Simple Salad Dressing Mix:

3 tablespoons Olive Oil

1/2 teaspoon Dijon Mustard

1 teaspoon Balsamic Vinegar

 

Next add in your veggies. For this salad I added bell peppers, cucumbers, mushrooms, and tomatoes.  MasonJarSaladStep2

 

The next step is to add your grains, protein, and healthy fats. I used chick peas for my protein and avocado as my healthy fat. MasonJarSaladStep3

 

Last but certainly not least are your leafy greens. I used a spring mix with spinach. It’s important to place the leafy greens last because this prevents them from getting wilted. If you plan on making these salads ahead of time the last thing you want is a soggy wilted salad. Yuck!  MasonJarSaladStep4

I also like to add nuts or seeds like flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, or almond. Nuts also add an extra boost of protein to your salad.

 

Close the lid on the mason jar salad tightly to avoid oxidation and help maintain freshness longer. IMG_1884

 

When you are ready to enjoy your salad all you have to do is turn the mason jar upside down to distribute the dressing. IMG_1883

 

See how easy that was!

 

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Get to Know The Holistic Honey

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So I was tagged by a fellow Health & Wellness Blogger FitbananaChick in a Get to Know You post inspired by EvelynParham.com

The purpose is to get to know fellow bloggers who write on the topics of health, wellness, fitness, and the like. I always love it when people give me a shout out and let me know how much they like reading my blog. We have to support each other because we are all for the same cause- Helping people get healthy!

So as a part of the fun I will answer the questions she posted on her blog and also add some random facts about me. Hope you guys enjoy! I tag anyone who wants to join in on the fun 🙂

 

 

11 Random Facts About Me:

1. I am a goof ball at heart- always cracking jokes at the silliest things

2. My favorite color is turquoise

3. Can and will talk to anyone about Jesus and Healthy Living all day

4. I can sing- was in a singing group when I was a teenager

5. I love to eat. True foodie at heart!

6. Proud Introvert

7. I love watching YouTube videos for hours at a time 🙂

8. I’m a sucker for Romantic Comedy movies- I was obsessed with Meg Ryan for most of the 90’s( even though I was a kid)

8. Not a fan of animals- sorry animal lovers but it’s true

9. My favorite fruit are blackberries and strawberries

10. The word chuckle annoys me- Don’t ask me why it just does

11. Me and my best friend have a private book club together

 

Answers to FitBananaChick’s Tag Questions For Me:

1. My favorite way to stay in shape is my eating healthy. Nutrition is 90%

2. The Color Purple is my favorite movie

3. I prefer cocoa powder over carob powder because I can taste the chocolate flavor more

4. Besides my own Book which will be out soon…wink wink, my favorite cookbook is Vegan Soul Kitchen by Bryant Terry

5. If I could have a super power it would be to be able to appear anywhere whenever I want. It would be cool to appear in another country or tropical island instantly.

6. What motivates me to stay healthy is my desire to take care of my body. I’ve noticed such a difference in my overall health so my results definitely motivate me.

7. My favorite nut butter is cashew butter. I love cashews including cashew butter and cashew milk is becoming my new fav

8. As a child I always wanted to have my own business. Even as a kid I had a little popsicle stand in the summer and various kid friendly type companies that gave me extra spending cash.

9. My favorite season of the year is spring and fall. The weather is perfect because it’s not too hot or cold but just right. You can walk around outside and feel comfortable. Nature is also really beautiful during those times because the colors begin to change.

10. My favorite snack is seaweed chips. They come in a variety of flavors and have that great crunch like chips only healthy.

11. If I could give advice to my 18 year old self it would be to just enjoy life and treasure each moment. As a young person sometimes you can be in a rush to get older but I say just live for today.

 

I hope you enjoyed my answers and getting to know a little more about me 🙂

 

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