Archives for August 2017

4 Practices to Achieve Clear & Vibrant Skin

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is how I’ve acquired a smooth, glowing complexion…

We all have the ability to care for our skin in a way that leaves it beaming, smooth and shining with vitality!

In addition to not wearing make-up, which in my experience allows my skin to breath and heal and cultivates an appreciation for each of our own unique natural beauty…

I attribute my healthy skin to these 4 easy practices…

1. Eat Your Greens

I eat a very alkaline diet, rich with water dense plant food. I have completely eliminated processed foods and animal products from my diet for many reasons, one of which being the acidity of these food choices. Acidic food does not contribute positively to the condition of your skin or your body’s overall health. I choose to eat plant food and more specifically, I choose to eat hydrating, alkaline foods, which means fresh fruit and vegetables, most of the time.

I would never want you to feel limited by a raw vegan diet… and you don’t have to be! You can achieve healthy by staying well hydrated on a vegan diet as well. If you choose not to consume a mostly raw diet just be sure you are staying properly hydrated. This will help your body flush out any present toxins, which in turn will help improve your skin.

2. Get Movin’

I exercise almost on a daily basis. Exercise helps sweat out additional toxins. Whenever I go for a run or have an awesome weight lifting session, where I’m sweating intensely, I always feel cleansed and refreshed with my post workout shower. My skin looks and feels so much better with a movement practice that gets my sweat flowing. When I neglect my exercise routine and don’t a good sweat in, the condition of my skin begins to decline.

3. Get Plenty of Sleep

My sleep routine is very, very important to me. I do my best to get at least 8 hours of sleep a night but it tends to be closer to 10 hours on average.

Despite the importance of rest, the majority of the world suffers from inadequate sleep. The impact of this deficit can often be told first by signs of your skin. It causes stress in your body and makes it difficult for any cleansing to take place, including cleansing of the skin.

Make sleep a priority and witness the positive effects it will have on your skin and overall health. Give your body time to rejuvenate and heal each night with a deep, uninterrupted rest.

4. De-stress

About a year ago, I found myself in an entanglement of emotional stress. Despite my alkaline diet, regular exercise routine and ample sleep, I found my skin breaking out. This time of my life continued to affirm the negative impact stress can have on the body and furthered my understanding of the importance of emotional care and management.

Choose 3 activities that help you de-stress, whether that be taking a walk, listening to your favorite album, meditating, etc. and make it a point to invest time into this practice regularly.

We have a tendency of overcomplicating things when we really just need to focus on taking care of ourselves from the inside out. Despite multi-billion dollar advertisements striving to tell you otherwise, you can ditch the expensive and chemical rich lotions and creams! Instead of layering all these things on our outsides in hopes of feeling and looking better.

The path to glowing, youthful skin is as simple and natural as the suggestions listed above. Stop covering up and allow your natural beauty shine through. You are beautiful. ♡

Sending lots of love and light your way! Muuah! 😘

Love + light,

Alyse

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3 Ways to Practice Daily Gratitude

For many people, the practice of giving thanks only comes around with the holiday season. But with more and more evidence from positive psychology studies showing the link between gratitude and health, people are embracing it as a daily practice.

Researchers are concluding that grateful people take better care of themselves, exercise more and eat healthier diets. And let’s not forget their positive outlook and perspective. ☺

Want to practice more gratitude in your day-to-day life but not sure how to get started?

Here are 3 practices to increase your gratitude for commonly taken for granted blessings…

Give Thanks For Your Food

Did you know that one in every eight people go to bed hungry each night?
In today’s hunger epidemic and food access crisis, being able to enjoy an abundance of easily achievable food is an absolute privilege. Each time I sit down for a meal is an opportunity to practice gratitude. Here’s a prayer a friend of mine says before each meal:

Thank you Earth for this nutritious bounty. Thank you for the hands who harvested your fields. Thank you for the hands who prepared this meal. May I use this sustenance to nourish me so I may better serve you and others.

You can thank all the causes that resulted in your meal, from the sun, water, soil and air, to the farmers, transport and even the cashier clerk who rang you up at the market. It can also be as simple as saying “Thank you.”

Praise Water

Water shortages affect two-third’s of the worlds population for a minimum of one month a year.
Just as food access is a common privilege we may take for granted, so is water. The reality of our water-scarce world hits me often with a simple turn of a faucet. Many of us are blessed with clean water at a twist of a knob when so many people are struggling just to obtain it.

If you are one of many people who have easy access to water, try mindfully practicing gratitude each time you use it. You can do this when you turn on the sink to wash dishes, while in the shower, doing laundry and of course drinking clean water. Water is life. Let’s celebrate this sacred gift and its presence in our life.

Bless this House

A United Nations global survey found that an estimated 100 million people are homeless worldwide.
While I know we come from different walks of lives and circumstances and our homes may vary greatly, from apartments in cities, quaint cabins in the country side, suburban homes or homes on wheels, to have a roof over your head is nothing to take for granted. Thus add your shelter to the list of easy blessings to count each day.

You can leave a sticky note where you can easily see it when entering and exiting your home, so that your first thoughts upon leaving or arriving are deep in thanks for a dwelling to call your sanctuary.

Our blessings are infinite and certainly aren’t limited to these few essentials. However, by giving thanks for these basic and immediate needs, we shift our perspective from what we lack to what we joyously have, leaving an abundance of spaciousness to give thanks for all the important things in life.

May you live in deep gratitude and thanks for all the circumstances that support your advancement. The universe is always conspiring your success.

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love + light,

Alyse

How I Ditched My Make-Up Routine & Went ‘All Natural’

Hello beautiful!
I want to share with you the beautiful journey of celebrating my own unique beauty that has unraveled from discontinuing the practice of wearing make-up. I have been so energized from how good it feels to be in my natural skin.

Before sharing this experience with you, it feels important to say that…

I don’t think wearing make-up is bad.

I acknowledge that for many it’s a great pleasure to apply make-up and can even be an artistic and creative expression for those who choose to wear it.

Regardless of your relationship with make-up, I encourage all to consider exploring a trial period without it to explore your feelings and attitudes around your self-image as well as your ingrained perception of beauty, either natural or enhanced.

Like most things I’ve come to live without…

It started with a 30-day challenge.

I’ve experimented and researched many 30 and 21-day challenges in the past, because I enjoy trying new things, challenging and questioning habits that have been taught to me as opposed to enthusiastically chosen and forming healthier and more sustainable lifestyle practices.

Challenges are a fantastic way to explore something new and see if it jives!
What drew my interest to a 30-day no make-up challenge was how I felt on the days I didn’t apply make-up.
If I wasn’t wearing make-up, I found myself feeling less beautiful when looking at my reflection. I felt more insecure and less put together. I felt less confident in my own natural skin. I didn’t like that I felt less worthy. I liked how make-up made me feel as if I was flawless with perfectly toned skin and long, dark eyelashes…

I believed I had flaws that needed to be covered.
When jumping into this 30-day challenge, I found the first couple of days VERY challenging. I felt a little less beautiful and confident on those days, because I was looking at the blemishes on my face. I focused heavily on the lines under my eyes, blemishes on my skin or veins under my nose. Anything I could witness that I would normally cover up with make up caused a lot of emotional discomfort to look at. But as the days and weeks went on…

I began to embrace my own skin.
Major gains achieved from this challenge:
  • Growing confidence in my natural skin
  • Healing and improving the overall quality of my skin

After eliminating make up from my life, my skin quickly became smoother, clearer and healthier. Suddenly, I noticed how glowing my skin was. By the end of the challenge, I found myself loving and appreciating my make-up free face.

I didn’t want to go back to wearing make up anymore…
I noticed my skin actually had the room to breathe and clear up any little blemishes I did have. I used to have small veins, blemishes and dry spots around my nose and eyes. I felt as if I always had to wear foundation and cover-up so that I would look less tired.

There were a lot of little things I didn’t like on my face so I felt pressured to cover them up. But with this make-up free month, all of these things cleared up with no additional support.

By removing heavy foundations and the ritual of caking thick cover-up on our skin, we give our skin permission to heal. When you’re putting make up on your face, it doesn’t give your skin the opportunity to breath and to clear up any blemishes that you have. To the contrary, your skin absorbs whatever you place on it and many chemical heavy make-ups fills our skin with toxins and ingredients that don’t support skin health and vitality.

In middle and high school I use to get these massive zits, one after another.
As soon as one would clear up, I would get another somewhere else on my face. It was like all of the toxins in my body chose one pore to crawl into and fill up. They were really painful and stubborn, as I wasn’t able to pop them and they would protrude from my face.

When I stopped wearing make up these pimples cleared up naturally. I haven’t had one of those in SO long, I can’t even remember. Maybe it was a combination of that and the fact that I was actually starting to love myself again and love my natural beauty like I did when I was a kid.

I didn’t find myself obsessing over the small “imperfections” on my face. We only relate to these things as imperfections because we are taught to view them as such. We are conditioned to nit pick and point out anything that can be covered or changed.

When we’re younger, we don’t think about those things. It felt really good to get back to that place of loving myself, loving my face and not having any problems with it.

I’ve talked about this a couple of times in past videos, and a lot of people comment…

“If I was naturally pretty and I had a naturally clear face I wouldn’t wear make up either.”

My love, if these are thoughts you’ve had I just want to say to you, YOU ARE naturally beautiful. You just haven’t chosen to embrace your beauty yet. And that’s the truth.
Another thing people have brought up is the reactions they get when they choose to not wear make-up for a day. Viewers have shared with me that others will comment that they look sick or tired.

This only happens because you’ve created and assigned a certain image of yourself that includes you wearing make up. The people in your life maybe use to that and are responding from what looks different to them. As soon as you change the image that you’re in control of and transition into a natural image, people will get use to your new norm.

It is my hope that my experience inspires you to give a trial period without make-up a try. Feeling intimidated by a whole month?… then start with a week, two, maybe even three.

Set goals and ambitions that feels right for YOU.
I encourage you to explore self-love and affirming practices during your challenge period. Each day, look at yourself in the mirror and say to yourself, “I am beautiful, no matter what’s on my face. I am beautiful in my natural skin.

Compliment the features you love and appreciate. “I have beautiful eyes.” “My smile can light up a room.” “My nose is perfect the way it is.” “I have divine lips that don’t need to be outlined by anything.” “I have glowing skin that will only get more beautiful as I continue to take care of myself and create a healthier lifestyle.”

“I love and accept myself as I am.”

“I am so beautiful, I am so beautiful, I am so beautiful… in my natural skin.”

By saying something like that to yourself in the mirror it will make this whole process that much easier, not to mention joyful!

Embrace your natural beauty. Give your skin permission to heal. Love and embrace yourself as you are. Do not let anyone else define your beauty.

You are so beautiful. You just need to choose to see it for yourself.

With love,

Alyse

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