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DIRTYLEMON. Part Two. skin + hair

Alright, alright, alright. I’m a believer!  I loved the detox week with my dirty lemon drinks but I think the skin+hair drink is where it’s at!

Unlike the detox drink, you don’t have to worry about drinking it after a meal so it gives you plenty of flexibility. Drink it whenever you want!  The ingredients are very different. This drink starts with filtered water, cold pressed lemon juice, horsetail, red clover, cayenne and hydrolyzed marine collagen peptides. 

I know, that was my question too.

Basically, to quote the website, this crazy blend “was carefully selected to improve skin elasticity, hydration, and skin density, increase internal collagen production and offer nutrients for optimal hair health.” Read more about the benefits and the details here.

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UPDATE: I am on my second case in a four week period and I am obsessed.  Ordering is so easy. YOU JUST TEXT THEM AND SAY SHIP ME A CASE.  Genius.  I will keep you posted with my progress but I am feeling great and my skin is clearing up nicely! 

xo,

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DIRTYLEMON. Part One. detox.

I recently came across Dirty Lemon on Facebook of all places.  I did some research and just had to get my hands on their drinks ASAP.

Why?

I’ve heard a lot of rumblings about this company lately.  From blogs like this one and this one.  Oh, and this one.  And namely I was just curious.  Curiosity can be costly, however.  At $65 a case (six bottles) this stuff isn’t cheap. But I am all about trying the latest and greatest if it’s going to encourage my already pretty healthy lifestyle.

What?

There are several options of drinks depending on your needs.  I liked the idea of detox first as I was coming off of a Vegas trip and thought, you need this.

Photo: Dirty Lemon

 

The ingredients are listed as filtered water, cold pressed lemon juice, dandelion root, ginger root, and activated charcoal (from coconuts).  All great things right?  Can’t hurt.  And the nutrition info looked pretty good too.

 

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Plus you’re instructed to drink it after a big meal (no problem there) so I chose to drink it each night before bed.  One night I even had wine with dinner (gasp!) and then had my detox.

The taste to me is fantastic, sort of earthy and lemony.  BUT be aware that I will drink anything if it has some health benefits. I have been known to chug algae if I am in the mood and algae tastes like…well, algae and most people steer very, very far away. “But think of the benefits, babe…”, I say to my husband as he looks at me like I have just licked a dirty diaper.

Anyway. That’s neither here nor there.

I did this for five nights and honestly can say I felt very “flushed” out in a good way.  I felt more energized, more focused, more able to take on the day (and an 8 month old!).  I did not wake up looking like J Law unfortunately but I still have Skin + Hair to try next week, so, there’s hope (keep your fingers crossed for me). Oddly, I also felt like my teeth looked whiter (could be the result of the charcoal).

The only negative I could see is I take a prescribed medication at night and charcoal can bind to meds rendering them ineffective so be weary of that before you guzzle your juice…you may have to adjust your med sched.  NBD in my case.

I will plan to order this again, probably quarterly (hey, at least the shipping is free!).  Some of the benefits of detox mentioned on the website: it calms the stomach, supports liver/kidney function, and traps impurities before they can be distributed through the body.  I’ll take it!  Stay tuned for my remarks on Skin + Hair next week.

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How to Make Iced Tea…

in your coffee maker

 

 

I know I know, we are performing brain surgery over here in the BEC kitchen, right?  Iced Tea?  Really?

Stay with me.

I haven’t had coffee since May and I’m so happy about it.  Not that there is ANYTHING wrong with coffee but I am the type that preferred a splash of coffee in my coconut milk and coconut sugar.  I knew I could do without it and I have!  I feel less jittery and can enjoy sugar in other parts of my day now.

But… I didn’t throw out my coffee maker right away and thank goodness for that.  I have been using it lately to make the best iced tea! Dare I call it a recipe but below is the dealio.

Iced Tea in the Coffee Pot
 
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Ingredients
  • 12 cup coffee pot
  • 8 bags of various organic teas
  • 12 cups of water
  • 6 quart pitcher
  • (none of these numbers are set in stone, just a way to guide you)
Instructions
  1. Place the 8 teabags where you would normally place your coffee. Run water through and start like normal. When the tea has completed it's cycle in the coffee maker, take the bags out and place in the hot water in the pot with the tags hanging out over the edge. Let steep for about an hour or until it cools.
  2. Once cooled, squeeze bags into new pitcher to get out all remaining tea goodness. Pour tea from pot to pitcher then fill the rest of the way with water. If you like it stronger use more bags and less water and vice versa.

 

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This isn’t a great picture but I wanted you to see how I dangle the tags outside the maker then when it’s done, I put the bags in the pot to steep for an hour, letting the tags hang out of the pot at that point.

What I like best about drinking this tea is I get the chance to give myself some awesome antioxidants, aid my digestion, detox my body, and stimulate my liver! Say what?  These are the bags I choose from on a regular basis.

1. Traditional Medicinals Organic Smooth Move

2. Traditional Medicinals Organic Roasted Dandelion Root

3. Yogi Detox

4. Yogi Green Tea Super Antioxidant

5. Traditional Medicinals Raspberry Leaf

I make a batch a week.  Simply pour over ice, add a squeeze of lemon and a mint sprig if you’re feeling frisky and boom…free radicals be gone!

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DETOX {handgun emoji} Super Soup

I say handgun emoji because I hate the word ‘detox’.  Our body is the most amazing natural detoxifier, like, ever yet we are all (myself included) constantly trying to juice, cleanse, reset, and detox with the latest and greatest whatever!  I too am guilty of this but wish we would all just try and balance out life 24|7 instead of going to {sometimes} extreme measures to get back on track.  Okay, stepping down off my detox soapbox.

One afternoon while doing a google search for “detox” (UGH!), I stumbled across this adorable website and this soup.  I am not going to judge the fact that it is called Healthy Detox Soup.  In fact, I will embrace it.  I made a batch for me and my husband to eat all week. Not to detox but to enjoy!  It looked so good!  And it is!

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Prepping my veggies.

Of course I changed it up a little bit in the following ways:

  1. Instead of leeks (which I could not find at my local store), I used spring onions and a lot of them.
  2. Left out the rutabaga and the pinto beans, just because.
  3. I added a one inch piece of lemongrass and a one inch piece of ginger.  I didn’t chop them up because I don’t want those strong flavors to overpower the entire soup, but i want a hint of them in there.
  4. Threw in a splash of Apple Cider Vinegar for good measure and sprinkling of lemon zest.

Find the full recipe here.

That’s it.  I followed the rest of the directions and let it simmer all afternoon.  It was satisfying and savory.  Douglas asked that it make it every Monday…win!

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