5 Tips to Stave Off Colds This Season

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

Lately, it seems like everyone is getting the sick, and for some of you, that might mean a whole month of chronic sniffles as the weather cools.  We may just assume that this is a normal seasonal side effect, but I’m here to tell you that it’s not!

Seasonal sniffles do not need to happen, and if you find that you’re falling victim to them like clockwork, it may be a sign of some greater imbalances in your system.

Compromised immunity can come from a lot of unexpected places — food sensitivities, stress, not eating for your body type, not staying warm enough, and of course, nutritional deficiencies.

With a few key upgrades to your eating and lifestyle, you can stay totally healthy and cold-free this season, and save those sick days for playing hooky and going to the spa or taking an impromptu day trip.

Delicious Fresh Pumpkin Bread

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

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Ok yes. I may have gone a little bit gourd-crazy.  I had like 5 of those festive puppies sitting around in my kitchen, and decided that Sunday night was the perfect time to put them all to good use!  I roasted up a sugar pumpkin (used in this recipe), a delicata squash, an acorn squash, and another squash of unknown origin (thanks CSA!) for a whole week’s worth of yummy soup and healthy lunches.

But this bread takes the cake (so to speak!).  Made with fresh organic pumpkin (none of that canned crap!), it makes for a delicious breakfast and has the consistency of a perfect pumpkin pie.  Plus it’s gluten-free and has no white sugar!

To make the pumpkin puree:

Cut a sugar pumpkin in half, remove the seeds (wash and save them for roasting!), and roast at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.  Let cool, then puree in food processor until smooth (it should have the consistency of apple sauce).  If puree is a little dry, add water to reach desired consistency.

Gluten-Free Fresh Pumpkin Bread

Makes 2 loaves

Ingredients:

1.5 cups fresh pumpkin puree
2 cups coconut flour
1.5 cups gluten-free flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup coconut palm sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup almond milk (or more, to reach batter-like consistency)
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup virgin coconut oil, melted
1 cup chopped raw walnuts
1/2 cup organic raisins or dried cranberries (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large mixing bowl, stir together flours, palm sugar, baking soda, salt and spices.  Add eggs, water, almond milk, oil, and pumpkin.  Stir until smooth. Add walnuts and raisins (if using). Pour into two oiled loaf pans. (I actually had a little extra, which I poured into a muffin tin.)  Bake for 1 hour, or until a knife stuck in the middle comes out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes.  Enjoy!

Organic Skincare Goodness.. For Men!

Brickell Mens Skincare

In a marketplace now getting flooded with amazing natural and organic beauty products, men often get the short end of the stick.  The ingredient-conscious man is relegated either to using flowery, feminine products or spending tons of time seeking out one of the few high-quality natural men’s product lines out there.  Well, Brickell Men’s Products is here to change that.

They’ve created a curated line of all-natural and organic men’s skincare and grooming products that are just as potent and effective as our favorite lines geared more towards women.

Our resident Organic Beau has been loving the Face Moisturizer, loaded with anti-aging green tea, nourishing jojoba oil and shea butter, and soothing aloe vera, among a roster of other potent, all-natural ingredients.  The old-fashioned, brushless Shave Cream is thick and lush, softening whiskers, and providing a nick-free, clean shave and smooth skin.  It’s full of skin-clearing antioxidant fruit extracts and hydrating oils.  And the No-Shine Lip Balm is a total standout, giving guys protection from the elements, a subtle hint of natural flavor, and most importantly, a matte look that doesn’t scream “I’m wearing my girlfriend’s lip stuff!”

For some awesome tips on men’s grooming, from how to grow a beard, how to get the perfect shave, and how to look good even after a crazy night, check out their Grooming Manual!

5 Vata-Balancing Tips for Fall

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

 

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Ayurveda is the single most complete and comprehensive holistic approach to health and wellness, which allows us to live, eat, and move in harmony with our own unique bodies, the seasons, and our environment.  Though I am not a fan of diets or one-size-fits-all approaches, I have definitely found that Ayurveda gives us some amazing guiding principles for living the healthiest and happiest life possible, while still taking into account the vastly different experiences we have from one body to the next.

If you have not yet found your Ayurvedic type, or dosha, click here to take the assessment. It can change everything for you!

Each season has a characteristic predominant dosha, which means that if you share that dosha, you can experience a destabilizing effect if you’re not taking steps to actively balance your body.  This can cause compromised immunity (leading to colds and flus), feeling scattered or ungrounded, feeling more emotional or stressed, and even experiencing digestive issues, inflammation, breakouts and other skin issues.

6 Steps to Nailing Healthy Travel

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

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The last few months have been a non-stop whirlwind of travel.  When you’re on the road more than you’re not, it can be really destabilizing to your healthy routine.  But with a bit of planning ahead, you can make your trips super healthy, while not sacrificing the fun!

Here are my 6 steps to turning your travel into your healthiest experiences!

Yummy Fall Apple Cinnamon Oat Smoothie

Organic-Beauty-Fall-Apple-Cinnamon-SmoothieI’m feeling the fall vibes today, with an overcast sky and crisp 60 degree air here in Brooklyn… and nothing says fall like apples and cinnamon.  This yummy smoothie tastes like apple pie in a glass, with the healthy addition of greens to make it a total nutritional super-breakfast.

Enjoy!

Apple Cinnamon Oat Green Smoothie

1 organic apple, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 tsp raw honey (or Active Bee Power Royal Jelly/Raw Honey/Bee Propolis)
1 cup organic greens of choice (or use 1 full scoop of green powder)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup organic rolled oats, uncooked
1 tbsp raw virgin coconut oil
1 cup almond milk (here’s my easy homemade recipe!)
(Optional) Hemp Protein Powder

Blend until totally smooth. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Skincare Good Enough to Eat!

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

Botanic Organic Skincare

My mantra when it comes to skincare is: If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your face.

Now, obviously I can’t stay true to this all of the time (sometimes a pimple requires a bit stronger action), and I’m certainly not advocating eating your face wash.  But making sure that everything you put on your skin is natural, and preferably organic, leads to not just radiant, glowing skin, but a healthy and balanced body.

I’m happy to say that at this point, about 90% of my skincare routine is pretty much good enough to eat!  And a lot of that is thanks to the amazing natural beauty line, Botanic Organic.  I’ve been using their line of all natural, unrefined products for a few months now, and I have to say, I’m obsessed.  Best of all, the whole line is totally affordable, so you don’t have to pay and arm and a leg for high quality, natural products!

The Best of Natural Makeup 2014

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

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As the weather cools and our summer tans inevitably fade, it’s time to step things up a bit when it comes to makeup.  But wearing a bit more does NOT mean slathering our skin with toxic and pore-clogging chemicals.

I’ve made it my mission to find the most effective natural makeup out there, and I’m super excited to share my favorites with you guys!  These natural beauties boast some awesome ingredients, without the dangerous chemicals you’ll find in most drugstore brands…and without ever sacrificing results!

All of the selections below are formulated without:

  • parabens

  • mineral oils

  • phthalates

  • sodium lauryl sulfates

  • BHT

2 Multipurpose Products for Gorgeous Skin and Hair

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

Argana Vita

Being a bit of a lazy girl, I am all about easy, multipurpose products.  And I get even more excited when these amazing do-it-all products work even better than the 20 individual things they can completely replace.

Argana Vita makes just two amazing products, but these puppies are so powerful, effective, and versatile that you can literally toss out half the content of your bathroom!

Organic Beauty Healthy Camping Essentials

By: Natasha Uspensky, CHHC

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ontrary to the expectations of pretty much everyone who knows me well, I have become quite the little camper.  But being out in nature certainly does not mean giving up any of my ethos as an Organic Beauty.  I love finding great natural products that make staying beautiful and protected from the elements out in nature easy and effective.  I’m obsessed with finding healthier alternatives to typical camping foods.  And there is nothing better than creating an atmosphere of luxury and ease out among the trees.  I may rough it a bit, but that doesn’t mean making sacrifices.

Below are my healthy camping essentials that keep me living the Organic Beauty lifestyle, even while out in the middle of nowhere, with no running water.