The Detox Series: Clean Your Body

I'm no health expert, but I do know the basics of taking good care of my body. Last week's Detox Series post featured Simplified Skincare and this week we'll talk about cleaning your body.

Cleaning your body means drinking plenty of water and eating healthy foods in the first place. Here are five of my top tips on living a healthier, cleaner life.

1 // Drink plenty of water... and tea... and smoothies... and juices!
About 8 glasses of water is essential for staying hydrated and flushing out those toxins. In addition, tea, smoothies, and juices are great options as well when chosen carefully and properly. Tea should be organic in unbleached bags as pouring boiling water on a tea bag means you're probably releasing the unwanted chemicals. I like to buy loose leaf teas and toss them in unbleached bags. Green tea is great for getting necessary vitamins like vitamin C, oolongs are great for digestion, and black teas provide caffeine and vitamin A for healthy hair, skin, and nails. Smoothies and juices are great as well, but make sure you use good ingredients that aren't too sweet. My smoothies are simple, featuring berries, a banana, and Greek yogurt. My favourite juice is always a blend of carrots, apple, beet, and ginger. 

2 // Snack healthy
Vending machines are tempting, but bringing your own snacks is better. I like to eat granola with added dried fruits like dried strawberries, or a container of mixed nuts with dark chocolate pieces. As delicious as sugary snacks are, dried fruits are better like a moderate amount of dried mangos, apples, or apricots.

3 // Get your essential fats
Avocados and omega-3 infused eggs are my favourites for breakfast as featured in this recent post. Nuts are also a great way to obtain healthy fats, particularly with nuts like almonds and walnuts which are some of my favourites. They're great for the cardiovascular system and brain!

4 // Buy only healthy options
I eat on a budget so I'm not saying you must go out and buy all the organic options at Whole Foods, but choosing the organic option when it's not too much more expensive or shopping at local farms is a better way to go. I also try to avoid preservatives whenever I can and choose healthier snacks as mentioned in tip #2. If you kitchen is only stocked with good ingredients, you'll only be feeding yourself the good ingredients.

5 // Don't stress out about eating healthy
Stress isn't good for your body so stressing about eating healthy or counting calories isn't going to benefit your body. Of course you can cheat once in a while and order takeout, make a box of KD, or eat Lucky Charms. As long as it is all in moderation, it's fine! I cheat once or twice a week for one of my three meals but I don't stress myself out about it. Tip #4 has been a great way for keeping me on track. 

What do you do to make sure you eat healthy?


Empties #12: The Repurchased

This empties post is full of skincare as they are the products that I tend to use up the most. As mentioned in last week's post, The Detox Series: Simplified Skincare, I tend to stick to the same selection of skincare products and keep things simple.

The skincare products I have already repurchased include the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, LUSH Tea Tree Water, Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm, and Bioderma Sensibio H2O. One that I have repurchased in the past and absolutely love is the Origins Make A Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating Treatment. It's not that I have fallen out of love with it, but I just wanted to try something new. While I do like what I've replaced it with, I have a feeling this may sneak it's way back into my collection once that's done.

On the makeup front, I always reach for the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara. Some may argue it's silly to pay so much for a tiny mascara with a tiny brush, but for me it makes all the difference for getting those bottom lashes and even the corner lashes on top. One I keep as a backup is the MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation. It's a great one to use as a foundation for warmer days, or just as a powder for extra coverage when I need it.

What are some products you run out of and immediately repurchase?


Small Sephora Buys

At the very end of the Sephora VIB sale I snagged up three more items, two of which were products I had been meaning to try for some time now.

Drybar is a brand I have been trying more from lately as they have become more readily available in Canada recently at both Nordstrom and Sephora. I picked up the Drybar Hold Me Hair Clips for sectioning off my hair when styling or blowdrying. I like that it grips the hair tight without leaving any dents. They seem to be great quality as well so they'll be staying in my collection years from now.

The other product I had been meaning to try is the Lavanila The Healthy Deodorant in Vanilla Grapefruit. I've heard plenty of people talk about the Healthy Deodorants and while they are pricey, they seem to be great for everyday use. I have yet to give it a go but I am certainly excited to see how this performs in comparison to the drugstore brands.

I can never get enough of the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm. I go through one every six months or so it's a product I tend to restock every time there is a Sephora sale. It's a great product, especially at the price, for thoroughly removing makeup without drying out the skin.

In case you missed it, I also did a two part Sephora haul in these posts: Part 1, Part 2

What have you picked up from Sephora recently?
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