2021 Wellness Program “The Beauty Chef”!
A Holistic Approach
Creating ‘me time’ is a wonderful way to recharge your batteries and it’s also really beneficial for your skin too. The relatively new field of psychodermatology looks at the impact of emotions on our skin and, considering that the skin is our largest organ, it’s little wonder that psychological distress can negatively affect it. In fact, it has been suggested that up to 30 percent of skin conditions can be traced back to an underlying cause of stressful emotions.
So, treating yourself to a pampering spa session or a massage is really good for your health, your soul and your skin! But you don’t have to spend a fortune on fancy treatments to see the benefits – deep breathing and other relaxation techniques can often have visibly radiant results on our skin, as can meditation, yoga and walking. It is not only chemicals released in our body when we exercise, but there are health-boosting chemicals in the air when we connect with nature. I love my daily walk along Bondi Beach; studies show that sea air is charged with negative ions that accelerate our ability to absorb oxygen and help boost our levels of the feel good hormone serotonin.
Getting a good night sleep is also one of the best and least expensive treatments. Lack of sleep can affect moisture levels in your skin due to decreased pH levels, plus not getting enough slumber impairs your body’s ability to regulate glucose, while also increasing the levels of stress hormone cortisol. In fact, not only does cortosol break down collagen, but some dermatologists believe it may also contribute to skin pigmentation and trigger acne, eczema and psoriasis. A long-term lack of sleep can increase the rate at which your skin (and body) ages. It’s less able to recover from free radical damage caused by toxins, both internal and external, and the sun, because your body isn’t producing enough of the nightly growth hormones that stimulate cellular repair, collagen and new skin cells.
“The Beauty Chef” pg.15
- Grocery List
Once you have determined your weekly menu items, it is important to have good quality organic products to work with. Remember, we are dealing with total body wellness – and we absorb everything that is in our foods, good and bad. Be sure to wash your fruits and vegetables – and choose organic grass-fed meats. You are worth the extra couple of dollars…and you might be shocked by how much better everything tastes!
- Gather Fermentation Equipment
There are several affordable fermentation jars and kits out there. These sets help to make things a little easier – but to be honest you can ferment with nothing more than a mason jar.
- Attend Workshop
This Thursday at 5:45pm we will meet at Sunshine Grindz. Chef Jonathan will demonstrate the fermentation process and will be making two new items form the cookbook!~Space is limited-Mark Your Calendar!
Suggested Basics to Prepare or Purchase:
- Vegetable Broth (pg302)
- Bone Broth (pg 301)
- Sauerkraut w/ apple, fennel and kale (pg 314)
- Kimchi w/ daikon, cabbage, and carrot (pg 315
- Salsa Verde (pg 325)
- Spiced Preserved Lemons (pg 319)
These are suggested items, please feel free to choose different staples from the book
Order Your Staples! Pick up Tuesday at Sunshine Grindz between 11:30 – 2:30. e.
- Chicken Bone Broth (4 cups) $14
- Vegetable Broth (4 cups) $10
- Sauerkraut $10
- Salsa $9
Chef Jonathan has asked that we pre-order these items/ He would prefer if I send him all of the pre-orders as one unit.
If you plan on making any of the soups in the recipe book, you may want to order 2 jars of the broths. I highly recommend you either make or purchase that sauerkraut and salsa, as they make a great condiments and really improve your gut health!
Please email me directly with your order: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are not planning of purchasing staples – you will need to prepare some of the “Basics” from the book on your own. Please look over that section of the book.
Get Ready – YOU will be designing you your weekly menu under the guidelines of the cookbook.
Begin jotting down recipes AND grocery items necessary to prepare these items.
REMEMBER!!! Organics – Grass Fed and Farm Raised are essential for this transformation.