Heal In: Look Good Feel Good tips

With new year on the horizon, most of us are probably thinking about new resolutions. May be you are planning to weed out the tips that didn’t work out for you this year and keep the the ones that have worked out or probably make new ones. One of the most common resolutions that I come across usually is the one that relates to improving one’s health. May be lose weight or look better without makeup. Since I don’t like covering up my problems with makeup, I am always looking for tips to look better without it or with minimal use of it. This year I came across a lot of amazing new tips that did work and I want to share them with you today. Some of these tips are also followed by Victoria Secret models like Alessandra and Miranda Kerr so more reasons to adopt them.

Heal In: Look Good Feel Good tips

Heal In: Look Good Feel Good tips


Apart from following a diet filled with nutrient rich whole foods, 8 hours of sleep, religious application of sunscreen, drinking 8 glasses of water, limiting alcohol, avoiding smoking, regular workouts (which you pretty much read everywhere), what else can you do to look your best for the coming holidays and year after that? Here are some tips you can try. Some might sound unusual and some you might be familiar with. 
Eat Your Water:
This sounds weird at first but it’s very effective. A few months ago, I came across an article that highlighted the benefits of eating water rich fruits and veggies. I wanted to put this to test and I have to say it does work!  According to the research, water rich fruits and veggies can be more effective when it comes to hydrating our bodies than say drinking water alone or store-bought hydrating sports drinks. Some of the fruits and veggies that you might want to try include watermelons, papayas, cucumbers, celery sticks and coconut water. These water abundant fruits and veggies are not only high in water content but also high in beneficial minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium. Not to mention all the antioxidants such as Vitamin C, lycopene and betacarotene in these fruits and veggies which will help to protect you from all the environmental hazards and damaging UV rays. Alessandra Ambrosia swears by coconut water and I do too. Unfortunately, they are not that affordable here in Chicago. Consider yourself lucky if you are in a place where these are available easily. Click here to read more details if you are interested. 



Mad About Greens: 
Adding green leafy veggies to your diet is one of the tips shared by the experts who worked on the gorgeous victoria secret angels to make them look their best. You can also mix and blend these greens with water filled fruits and veggies for a powerful hydrating juice or a smoothie. You can also try green powders from the natural food stores such as Amazing Greens. My tip would be to fill half your plate up with green leafy veggies such as spinach or kale and rest with your favorite carb or protein portion. 


Coconut Bliss:

Miranda kerr shared her love for adding coconut oil to her diet and mentioned this as one of her top beauty secrets. I personally believe in this too. Try adding a teaspoon of unrefined cold pressed coconut oil to your diet and you might be impressed with the results. There is always an on-going debate about the health benefits of coconut oil or lack of it in the news so using very little and not going overboard on this one is important.


Miso Love: 

Alessandra Ambrosia believes in eating pretty much anything healthy and focuses more on portion control which I think is less fussier than what other celebrities follow. She has her favorites which includes food from Japanese and Thai cuisine (see reference list for more reading). I personally love these two cuisines and I try to include miso soup in my meals pretty much everyday. Miso soup is high in beneficial bacteria, essential amino acids, antioxidants, B vitamins, trace minerals and more. It’s not only super healthy but very easy to make too (hardly takes 3-4 minutes). For ideas on how to cook, click here.


Mint On Tea:
Claudia Schiffer attributed her glow to drinking peppermint tea on Instyle magazine. I love it because I find it very refreshing and with addition of green tea, you can get some antioxidant benefits too. Try Moroccan Mint by The republic of tea


Ice Aid:

Icing is another tip recommended by the experts who work behind the scene on Victoria Secret models. You can use cloth covered ice cubes, chilled ice packs or those chilled gel filled eye masks you get at the store (look for these in stores like Ulta). You can also place two stainless steel spoons in the fridge and use it as a cold compress on your eyes to depuff. Chilled aloe vera gel or eye gels such as pack your bags they are leaving by Simply Divine Botanicals kept in the refrigerator for a few minutes will work too. 



Face The Oil:

You can use hydrating serums or creams to moisturize but you might be surprised what using oil can do to balance out and nourish your skin. I have seen many makeup artists and models mention Olio Lusso brand. Adriana Lima mentioned this brand as her favorite (Click here for details) If you can afford it then go ahead and try it. You can also try other brands or make your own at home. Some of the brands I would recommend include One Love Organics Love Springs Eternal youth preservation serum, Pangea Balancing oil, Tata Harper replenishing nutrient complex. 

Magic of Massage:
Try giving yourself a head and body massage with nourishing hair and body oils. There are so many amazing brands out there. Click here to read more about the benefits of massage. If you hang around here, I will be sharing my recipe for a DIY hair oil some day. Don’t just apply the oils, massaging is the key. You can try ones by Banyan Botanicals or Aura Cacia.


Think Zen:

Meditate, listen to soothing music, burn incense or aromatherapy candles, use lavender oil infused paper sheets etc. to relax and feel better. My sister burns incense in her room and I find that very relaxing and calming.



Are you making a list of your new year resolutions already? What tips have worked for you this year? Would love to hear from you 🙂

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Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical ~  Sophia Lorean

Heel in Mint

  40 comments for “Heal In: Look Good Feel Good tips

  1. December 9, 2011 at 1:14 am

    great post, i love eating healthy.

  2. December 9, 2011 at 2:28 am

    just wanting everything!
    I´ll be waiting u on my blog!

  3. December 9, 2011 at 5:25 am

    Very helpful tips, thanks dear!!

    btw, I’m already following u on FB and Boglovin but I am now following you Via GFC and NetworkedBlog 🙂


  4. December 9, 2011 at 5:32 am

    I love this post…It’s refreshing…




  5. December 9, 2011 at 7:22 am

    thanks for tips 🙂

  6. December 9, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Great post! Thanks for the tips!

  7. December 9, 2011 at 10:44 am

    I enjoyed your post – always good to pick up a few new tips – I must remember to eat more water rich fruit and veg!!

  8. December 9, 2011 at 10:47 am

    It’s really a great post. All is so interesting.

  9. December 9, 2011 at 10:59 am

    very interesting post. I didn’t know the fact about water. Thanks.


  10. December 9, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Definitely going to take these tips on board, especially the one about eating leafy greens, I don’t eat enough of those.



  11. December 9, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Great tips!! And yes on the face oils or even moisturizers and eye creams. I tell anyone I know that doesn’t wear makeup to at least take part in a skin care regime (and sunscreen). My mom preached that to me growing up. Now I need to focus on eating better right now. I’m not doing to well with that at the moment. 🙂

    Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

  12. December 9, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Since I start doing a diet of fruits and vegetables, I feel much better and beautiful. Great tips. 🙂

  13. December 9, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Hi lovely, very interesting post!!!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Besos, desde España, Marcela

  14. December 10, 2011 at 2:54 am

    Fantastic information!!!
    I always feel better eating healthy & portion control is key!!!!

  15. December 10, 2011 at 3:00 am

    Beautiful and interesting post!I want to eat water!
    hugs from New York,
    Ask Erena

  16. December 10, 2011 at 3:02 am

    Great list! I definitely need to step it up in the eating better department
    Shasie of Live Life in Style

  17. December 10, 2011 at 7:40 am

    This list is SO AWESOME!!! It’s not like the usual list of things. I’m totally printing this out. EXCELLENT advice! Thank you so much. I’ll be making some changes. 😀

  18. December 10, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Wow, great tips 🙂

  19. December 10, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    hehe, I knew most of those things and I’m trying to follow them too 😛 but of course I did get some new ideas from here 😉

    Maikeni blogi – part of me

  20. December 11, 2011 at 5:51 am

    Great post! Personally, one of my resolutions is to get back to yoga. I started doing yoga in the mornings a while back and felt stronger, more awake, less hungry, and just better overall. I’ve fallen out of practice and I’d love to get the motivation back again!

  21. December 11, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    great inspiration! love the first pic!
    thanks for sharing!

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    let me know!

  22. December 11, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Great tips girly and I must step up on my eating healthier department for sure!!!

    <3 Marina

  23. December 12, 2011 at 8:06 am

    i like that lipbalm

  24. December 12, 2011 at 10:28 am

    thanks for tips! very useful, nice to see it all combined!

    Inside and Outside Blog

  25. December 12, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    love it!

  26. December 13, 2011 at 7:20 am

    This post has really inspired me to eat healthier, you’re so right that’s one of the main goals people try to focus on in the new year. That watermelon looks so delicious and I love how you used the VS model pic. I watched the fashion show on TV and it instantly motivated me to get to the gym. LOL The ice aid is such a good trick too, love those masks.


  27. December 13, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Hi like your post so much! I adore Victoria’s secret!

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  28. December 13, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    I have become completely obsesses with coconut water this summer – it’s so hot here in Australia and we loose so much hydration that just drinking doesn’t always feel like you’re putting enough back. If you can find Cocobella pure coconut water at the supermarkets in Chicago, give it a try! It’s delicious and natural and really feel-good!

    Catherine @ The Spring (in Brisbane)


    p.s. so cool to *meet* your blog!

  29. December 14, 2011 at 3:48 am

    awesome post! i really like it 🙂

  30. December 14, 2011 at 4:04 am
  31. December 14, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Good information, all. Thank you for taking the time to put together this valuable resource reference. Love danielle

  32. December 14, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    great tips but so hard to follow !!! hahah


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  34. December 14, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Love this post! Great ideas! You are right time to rethink some strategies for the new year ahead! Love your site…just joined!

  35. December 15, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    great tips! i love aromatherapy! i also make homemade facial masks with either oatmeal an honey, or avocado and sesamea oil…
    makes your skin feel so fresh and clean!

  36. Sam
    December 15, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    These are some wonderful tips, I really should consider using them.


  37. December 15, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Very appropriate post this time of year 😉 I started working out in the moorings now. It’s hard at first but once your body’s used to it – your addicted. Also, I LOVE carbs! So I allow myself to eat it for breakfast and/or lunch but then not for dinner and I’ve lost almost 10 lbs in 3 weeks…


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