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💥Your SKIN and GUT Connection

  We all know the skin is our biggest organ. It gives is a direct and clear view  of  what’s going on inside our body. When we experience skin issues like acne, eczema, rosacea, etc., our body is talking to us, it is telling us  that there’s something going on inside our gut. Are WE listening? At Full Lotus we like to KISS {keep it simple silly} SO  by fixing our gut, we can clear up our skin! It can, in fact be that simple. So how do we start to fix our gut? Here are some simple but effective actions you can take: EAT PLENTY OF:  Fermented foods, which contain probiotics and therefore promote gut health, such as: sauerkraut, kimchi, and kombucha. Healthy fats, which reinforce cell membranes and therefore help nourish the skin, such as those from avocados, walnuts, wild salmon, chia and flax seeds. Foods containing collagen, which strengthen connective tissues and therefore help keep skin elastic […]

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Spicy Asparagus & Grilled Portobello Tacos

Ingredients 2 non- gmo organic corn tortillas (I toast them on my gas stove) 4-5 stalks of asparagus, rough chopped 2 portobello mushrooms, de-stemmed, simply take a spoon and scrape them out  1 zucchini, rough chopped  1 Tbs coconut oil + plus I put a touch in pan and swirl around to coat it ¼ of a jalapeño, thinly sliced Juice of 1 lime Sea salt, to taste Freshly ground black pepper to taste ½ bunch of cilantro, rough chopped 1 avocado, sliced Salsa, I use an organic pre made pico de gallo salsa that I buy from Blue Corn Cafe on Ninth Street in Durham. Simple Spice Mix 1 Tbs. paprika 1 tsp. cumin powder ½ tsp. fine sea salt ½ tsp. powdered ginger ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper Instructions Gather, wash  and chop all the ingredients. Measure out all the  ingredients for the spice mix in a small bowl or jar and mix thoroughly. Chop the Portobello mushrooms, zucchini and […]

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Clarissa’s 4 Kitchen Staples

Keeping a well-stocked kitchen is crucial in staying on track with healthy eating. Our schedules don’t always allow for fresh, organic meals on a daily basis. But it is absolutely still possible to eat healthy in a time crunch – and keeping foods conveniently on hand at all times will help you tremendously.   To name a few – stock your kitchen with frozen veggies, canned beans, nuts and seeds, healthy condiments and seasonings to grab at a moments notice. Organic is always best, when possible.   Here are 4 of my favorite staples to keep on hand at all times…   Coconut Oil — with its anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-fungal properties and the healthy fats it provides – this is definitely one of my favorite staples to keep on hand. Not only can it be used in the kitchen, but you can also use it on your skin as a natural moisturizer, and in your smoothies for a kick of […]

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Clarissa’s Batch Cooking Tips!

Clarissa's Batch Cooking Tips!

  We’ve all had those nights where you look at the clock, wonder how it’s 7 pm already, and go into panic mode about what you can scrounge up for dinner to feed your family. If we’re honest here, it probably happens far too often! Life is busy; it’s bound to happen. This is generally when we resort to a quick solution such as takeout or the drive-thru – and we can both agree on the fact that those aren’t the healthiest options. One of the biggest obstacles of healthy eating vs. the drive-thru is preparation. Preparing for this ahead of time will help you stay on track with your healthy eating, and will give you peace of mind. With a few small steps each week, you’ll be on your way to a healthy meal every evening — no panic involved. Here are three steps to get you there… 1. Prepare your space. First and foremost, prepare your kitchen area. […]

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