Cucumbers – A Fat Magical Wand – Wave It Inside and Out for Health and Beauty

As the summer heat wilts your skin, your smile, and your appetite, focus on cool fruit and vegetable snacks.  My favorite summer skin refresher is the cucumber.   The more I learn about cucumbers there more astounded I am by all of its magical properties. Who knew?!

Cucumbers, scientifically known as Cucumis sativus, belong to the same botanical family as melons (including watermelon and cantaloupe) and squashes (including summer squash, winter squash, zucchini and pumpkin).  I became addicted to them thanks to the innovative cooking of the Serbian grandmother of my child.  At every meal grandma serves a cucumber salad. Sometimes the cucumbers are chopped and mixed with plain yogurt, dill, lemon juice and olive oil and sometimes with mint and feta.

Cucumbers are an excellent palate cleanser and refresh the mouth and breath.  (They are also a fantastic flirtation-starter for those of you who like to send a suggestive message to the opposite sex in the vegetable aisle of the store… Though some men may wilt when faced with the more intimidating specimens of Cucumis sativus, a little fondling of the impressive cucumber may rev your engines…And who knows what could happen then?)

But why are they so magical?? Here are 30 reasons:

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The Skin-Firming Anti-Aging Smoothie that is Like Drinking Sex (I’m not kidding)

Grey skies and cold weather getting you down?  Has your love life dwindled to romantic comedies with slappable characters?  Are your kids making your hair grey? Feel like you need a little boost but you’re off the rock star diet?  Well grab your shopping bag ladies because this simple smoothie made every root on my head rear forward like a lion opening its mouth to roar.  I was full, electric, horny and energized all at once.  When I left my apartment I positively BOUNCED along the street and found myself winking at everyone – men and women of all ages.   This smoothie is a drug you can safely get addicted to that doesn’t require a huge budget or a dealer. Drink it and you will feel infected with joy and a desire to spread it!

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Sprouting: Lola’s Revelation – 10 Reasons to Sprout

My crunchy vegan friends have been harping for years about sprouting.  Sprouting beans, nuts, seeds – if there was a solid crumb on the floor they’d probably snatch it up and cover it in water.  I had only half an ear cocked until I met Lola.

I met her at an art opening in Paris.  She was your basic nightmare – clear-skinned, gorgeous waist-length chestnut hair, mysterious long hooded green eyes, tapering fingers and lips so naturally plump they actually had that little line of cleavage that looks like a cleft in the chin… I was drawn to her and followed her surreptitiously while mulling my opening gambit and wondering if I had finally become a lesbian. (It would make sense given my recent history – but that will be a book so stay tuned…)

Finally, we both lingered in front of a particularly abstract rendition of black and red chaos.  I ventured a tentative comment coupled with a flirty laugh.  She responded.  But I didn’t want to talk about the art.  I wanted to know about her canvas – her perfect skin.  What were her secrets?  It’s not as if she was 30.  She was older.  I could tell by her walk, her attitude.  This was someone that had lived.  Had I finally met another vampire? Maybe we could go somewhere and share a bite…

Like everyone Lola enjoyed a compliment.  A few more and she was ready to share.  Her secret: sprouted beans.  Lola is a vegetarian and she swore up and down about the MAGICAL results of sprouting.  She sprouts beans, nuts and seeds around the clock.  They are her protein, her vitamins, her enzymes – her glorious skin.

But why? But how?

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5 Fabulous Anti-Aging Vitamins

I am the world’s biggest vitamin junkie – but also – increasingly – the laziest.  Sometimes, I get obsessed by a particular vitamin and incorporate it into my daily dozen.   But, there is a core group I take daily.  Here are 5 of them: Continue reading

10 Foods that Fight Sickness

OK, OK – after a week of writing food lists I am almost done!  But repetition, as I have learned with my baby, is the key to drilling a point home.  If you are reading this site on a regular basis, hopefully, you will be so familiar with my favorite anti-aging foods that you will pop them in your shopping cart without even having to refer to a list!

You may be sabotaging your immune system without even knowing it. Proper dieting, and consuming a blend of foods, and choosing the right nutrient rich foods, are all important to ensure the immune system is very healthy.  The effect of a highly functional immune system is a younger you. Continue reading

10 Foods That Will Keep You YOUNG by Boosting Your Immunity

If your immune system is strong then your body is functioning well. The more efficient your body is the less you will age since your hormones and metabolic processes are operating at the most beneficial capacity. Therefore, it pays to boost your immunity in as many ways as possible. The below are ten different foods that will boost your immunity and thereby, keep you young. Continue reading

What 10 Foods Will Give Your Skin the GLOW of Youth?

Envy that dewy complexion of the sixteen year old girl standing next to you in line at the grocery store? Looking for that special plumpness associated with the magic of youth that no filler can ever replicate? (Unless you want to look like a human chipmunk that is…) Find a way to incorporate the below 10 foods into your diet on a regular basis. Continue reading