Celebrity Health & Wellness Expert and Eco-Stylist

Makeup vs. Natural?

Makeup can do wonders for a girl’s self esteem…but, at what cost to our health? Makeup is often full of toxic colors and chemical preservatives. We Raw Fooders believe skin cancer is caused when toxins we place on our skin (like sunscreen, makeup, moisturizers, etc) react with the sun. Now that’s a food for thought!

But, wearing makeup can be fun. We just need to make sure to choose natural mineral colors while avoiding common poisons like BHA, BHT, dibutyl phthalate, diazolidinyl urea, and parabens.

I have to wear makeup for photo shoots, like this one for a local magazine here in LA. And, I always bring jojoba oil and use it to cleanse my face immediately afterwards. Coconut oil works great as a makeup remover and skin/hair moisturizer too.

I try to avoid putting things on my skin that I won’t eat. It absorbs through just the same!

 

Summertime on the Slopes

 

Big Bear Lake is a popular Southern California winter destination for playing in the snow. I didn’t realize how many people go in the summertime to splash around on the lake and hike in the forest.

We rode up the chair lift to the mountain top, found a ton of trails, and hiked for hours in the woods at 8,600 feet elevation! The air was super fresh, the pines smelled delicious, and the views were spectacular.

Hiking in nature is the perfect way to recharge and to detox from urban life. It helps me relax and reconnect with what is really important to me….my health and happiness!

I noticed a ton of people brought their mountain bicycles to ride along the many trails, and down the mountainside on the ski runs. That looked super fun, and I will be bringing my mountain bike next visit.

Have you visited a winter ski resort in the summertime?

I actually preferred it better in summer, since I am completely over snow now. Having grown up in freezing Buffalo, NY, if I never see snow again, I don’t think I would miss it.

 

 

 

 

 

The Power of Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass is liquid sunshine! A raw, vegan, mega-superfood!

Just 2 ounces contains the same amount of nutrition as 5 pounds of organic vegetables. And, about 20% of its calories come from complete branch chain amino acids and protein.

It’s a powerful detoxifier for the liver and blood, neutralizes toxins and pollutants in our body, and lessens the effects of radiation. Wheatgrass cleanses the body of heavy metals too.

I love GREEN! The color comes from chlorophyll, a very important phytonutrient our cells need to heal and fight disease. Chlorophyll also helps carry tons of oxygen to our blood. Lots of oxygen is always a good thing!

Best taken on its own, fresh, and on an empty stomach so that its nutrients can be best absorbed.

Most fun shared and enjoyed with friends and loved ones!

xoxo

 

Eat Your Sunblock

I do love the sun! Just 20 mins a day is enough to give us our recommended daily levels for Vitamin D. But, when I’m in the sun, I do make sure to cover up my face with a huge hat and sun glasses (to avoid those dark spots us Asians get…they are our ‘wrinkles’)….vanity! LOL.

Beware of chemicals in most sunblock lotions. Instead, we can EAT our sunblock. Here are some raw, vegan, gluten-free super foods that are high in antioxidants to help destroy free radical damage from the sun:

 Spinach, kale, broccoli, carrots (lutein) – Dr Salvador Gonsalez of Harvard University says “our data is the first of its kind to suggest that lutein may have the potential to act as a preventative agent against UVB-induced skin cancer. In addition, these data suggest that lutein protects the skin against damage caused by exposure to UVB light, further validating our position that lutein is a critical component to overall skin health.” A study in the International Journal of Cancer found that a serving a day of leafy greens reduces the recurrence of skin cancer tumors in patients by more than 50%!
Green tea, black tea, cacao (polyphenols)
Brazil nuts (selenium)
Tomatoes (lycopene)
Chia, flax, walnuts, algaes like chlorella and spiraling (omega 3s)

So eat up, and get outside! Summers here, and there are many fun trails to hike…like this one in Joshua Tree National Park…my favorite place on Earth!

 

Bethenny Show with Ani Phyo

Ani Phyo, wellness expert and author of “Ani’s Raw Food Detox,” and Dr. Joy Dubost, registered dietician and nutritionist, hash it out in a raw food detox diet debate!

We celebrated my national TV appearance at a viewing party yesterday in downtown LA at the Bunker Hill Bar and Grill, where all their monitors were tuned to The Bethenny Show for my segment. We watched the show live as Dr. Joy and myself debated the pros of the Raw Food Diet.

 

Raw Food Level 1: May 3+4

 

May 3+4, 2014
Ani’s Raw Food Certification, Level 1, in Los Angeles, CA

Spend a hands-on weekend with Ani making the best Raw Food on the Planet, while effortlessly detoxing too! Register today, only a few seats remaining:

http://www.aniphyo.com/certification-course/

Jump for Joy! Raw Detox Weekend

 

Jump for the Joy of RAW FOOD!

Join me at an upcoming Raw Food Certification weekend in Los Angeles:
– Level 2: April 12+13
– Level 1: May 3+4.
Register for BOTH today….we only have one level 2 seat remaining….and you’ll be able to take L2 first when registering for both L1 an L2 this round.

Hope you’ll join Ani for a weekend of the BEST RAW FOOD on the Planet. Effortlessly detox and cleanse while feasting and learning everything you want to know about Raw Food nutrition, health, wellness, fitness, natural beauty, entrepreneurship, and more!

Register today:

http://www.aniphyo.com/certification-course/

Ani’s Feb 22+23 Course

Join me and enjoy the BEST RAW FOOD on the planet for a full weekend, and detox and cleanse effortlessly!
Come and kickstart your Raw Food diet, or jump back on the train. You will leave the weekend feeling inspired with a slew of new recipes and menu ideas. In addition to food, we will learn about the Raw Food lifestyle, including beauty, fitness, and living a toxic-free lifestyle while focusing on social entrepreneurship and even launching your raw food business.

Join me in my kitchen at my next “Ani’s Raw Food Certification Level 1″ on Feb 22+23 in Santa Monica CA. Space is limited, and filling up quickly. This is a hands-on Home Chef course.

 

I’m Super Happy!

The superfood beverages in  my fridge are making me SUPER HAPPY! Yummy!

I’ve got my famous vegan, raw food, organic, hand crafted, fresh chocolate mylk, strawberry mylk, beet juice, ginger juice, and even chlorophyll water! Powering up on Super Happy.

What’s in your fridge right now?

 

Join Me: Feb 22+23

I’ve booked dates for the first 2014 Ani’s Raw Food Certification Level 1. Class will be held in Santa Monica, CA.
February 22nd and 23rd
Saturday 8am to Sunday 4pm
This is a hands-on home chef food prep course with a focus on healthy living, natural beauty, fitness, and social entrepreneurship.
Space is limited, and class will fill up quickly. So register today!

For those interested in pursuing a career in Raw Foods, I also offer a Level 3 Teacher Certification Course.
For more information, please visit my course page.

I hope you’ll join me in 2014!
It’s going to be the BEST year yet! xo

(Photo by the awesome Mark Tassi)