Dry brushing is magic, in my experience it's restored my skin to what I remember it looking and feeling like in my early 20s. No bumps or flaky skin and a surprising reduction in celulite. This magic obviously happened in conjunction with a high raw vegetarian diet and removal of processed, fake food. We know the advantages to brushing our teeth, tongue and hair so why not our skin too? Our skin is the largest organ in the body, many people don't realize this. While the skin is designed to act as a protective barrier it also eliminates toxins and wastes from our system and absorbs vitamins like A, E and D. When the skin is clogged with poor quality lotions, dry skin and environmental build up it is not able to do the job. Those toxins get stored under the skin, and add elimination stress on the liver and kidneys. Skin brushing feels amazing, it gets those nasty toxins moving through to your lymphatic system, it revives and refreshes the outer appearance, and opens and unclogs pores so your body can BREATH! There are lots of ways to brush, I start at my feet and work the strokes towards my heart. Brushing every morning before you shower is a good routine. As time passes you'll be able to upgrade to a firmer brush and your strokes will become more vigorous. With your beautiful skin able to breath freely, it's important to think about the lotions you're using. I only put products on my skin that I can eat, so to moisturize I use coconut oil or olive oil. Remember everything that's on your body, ends up in your body. Check out this video for a great skin brushing demonstration.

http://quiktrain.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Intermittent-Fasting1.jpg So I'm not for fasting. It kinda frightens me. Oh sure I see and understand the mechanics and appreciate the good it can do for your body (if done properly) but I'm not ready for it. Or am I? So was chatting to a friend the other day who is back to fighting weight again after a long struggle and when asked about said success, fasting was a huge component. But we're not talking fasting during daylight hours, we're talking about the sleep fast. Huh? Oh yes, the not snacking after dinner bit. Wait a minute, I can do that. There are a lot of benefits from giving your body a break, not to mention cutting back on unnecessary extra calories right? Hey listen, you'll always find an argument for and against anything you try. So listen to your body - it usually knows best.

I'm a fan of vegan pasta options so I make zucchini and squash noodles often which are a delicious way to get extra veg into your diet. See my post on how to make veggie noodles here. For those of you that want an even easier option, and I'm talking stupid easy, look no further than kelp. Kelp noodles are amazing, yes they're seaweed but don't even think about that cause you can't tell. Kelp noodles look like glass and are a great diet food since they have little to no calories, fat, carbs or sugar plus they're gluten-free. Wonderfully they do contain calcium, some trace minerals and iodine. You can rinse and use them straight out of the bag, though I prefer the soaking trick below to make them soft and plump like cooked noodles. 1 bag of Sea Tangle Kelp Noodles 1/2 lemon, juiced Rinse kelp, place in large bowl filled with filtered water, squeeze juice from half a lemon and distribute well. Allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes or longer before rinsing and serving. Enjoy with your favourite sauce or see our pesto and marinara posts.

photo cred Cat Forget Pepsi - this lemonade is the choice of the new generation (oh yes, I'm well aware that I just dated myself). Regardless, here's what you need: 1 glass of water (preferably room temp so it's not such a shock to your body first thing) 1/2 lemon, juiced 10 drops, liquid stevia (optional & fyi, bought it at Bulkbarn) Stir it all up and drink it down.  Have this first thing in the morning, ideally at least 15 minutes before you have your breakfast. My little one joins me every morning with this lovely A.M. ritual. Now are you ready for this?  Check out all the awesome benefits of lemon water... It helps fight colds, stimulates brain function, balances overall body pH, reduces hunger pains, flushes out all the crap in your body, french-kisses your liver which helps digestion, helps with no. 1 & no. 2 so you rid your body of toxins faster, freshens your breath and even gives you a boost of Vit C which helps your skin and helps you find your happy place. I mean c'mon. p.s. Remember to wash your lemons before you cut them. In fact, make it a rule to wash all fruit and veg before you eat/slice 'em regardless of if you eat the skin or not.

Photo Cred Lisa Posting this one for my girl Basi who's looking for extra protein and energy to get through her intense boot camp! This recipe has about 7g of protein, and chia is a fantastic energy and diet food... yeesss chia like chia pet. Peachy Popeye 2 handfuls of organic spinach 2 local peaches, pit removed 1 med carrot, washed but not peeled 2 tbsp chia seeds, heaping 2 cups water Blend well, add extra water as needed. Enjoy! And Basi, you tell that handsome husband of yours I'm going to be checking in on him, he best keep up his greens.