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Day Tripping In The Desert Oldchella Style

“Day tripping In the desert Oldchella style or How did it feel to be the #LoneBlackGirl at Desert trip, the 3 day rock & roll all star concert line up? “
In the desert you can remember your name… This is what a lot of what Joshua Tree national Park looks like, gorgeous & desolate… and teeming with life. If you want to see the giant rocks go to the Northern entrance first.
Windy City, my hair feels like a tumble weed… a young coyote ran out in front of us with lunch in his mouth…
Desert Trip or Oldchella… I was lucky enough to have an artist pass, seeing legendary bands close up is indescribable, the energy from the crowd, electric. Neil Young was incredible and not just because he threw bags of marijuana seeds into the pit. Alas I was too short to grab one…
I love a mirrorless camera… I wish all cameras were mirrorless…¬† we’re in a digital age, this a is Fuji, I also have a non mirrorless canon that I still adore…. I lust for a Leica
The sign said ‘Keep Out’
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America
Always match your necklace to the abandoned house by the side of the road

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Thanks for the love BET.com

BET.com reposted a random Instagram post of mine…

Thank you for all the amazing generous comments on IG & Twitter. Since then people have asked if there’s a secret trick to looking younger than our actual years,¬† but… Feeling good in your body at any age is more my aesthetic.

I’ve said in earlier posts after dealing with fibroids and the underlying conditions, including a hormone imbalance that had plagued me pretty much my entire life, I pulled my health together, and it was a long uphill slog and a half, at my age, but so worth it.

One of the side effects of nourishing the body on a cellular level with whole foods,¬† pumping¬† oxygen in muscles from exercise, and not smoking¬† is ‘younger’ looking muscles and skin. In other words, looking younger can be a¬† side effect of healthy living.

People could save a ton on Botox etc if they’d lay off smoking and pills, if only for vanities sake.

My body has less aches and pains if I eat right. My mind is less moody if I eat right…. So for me, worth it.

Stop back for my next post, on¬† why i think ‘all foods in moderation’ doesn’t work for some of us emotional over eaters.

Some nutrient void processed foods have addicting qualities.¬† we¬† gorge not because we’re gluttonous or weak but because¬† they’re salt sugar and fat bombs… that’s the holy trinity, a combo that’s almost impossible to resist.

I really like the book Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. It breaks this topic down in a fascinating way, reads like a thriller. Super helpful to see how manipulated we are by adverts and seduced by ‘food products’ masquerading as food.

xx  Rachel

 

 

Can’t believe it’s mid May!

Can’t believe it’s May… I think I’ll go for a walk outside now, the summer sun’s calling my name…¬† (but first…)

 Lunch Smoothie ~ Carrot, celery, cucumber juice with  beet powder, kale powder tiger nut flour, pea protein powder

Why the powders? They’re handy & prepared in a way that protects the nutritional value,¬† great for¬† on the run or traveling.

 

Lunch ~YUM!

 

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For reals, though.

 

“They call me Little Wing…”

 

If the 90’s were a wall¬† this would be that wall.

 

It’s not just genes that affect aging!

I put up a video a while back addressing how processed foods age us by way of inflammation and a few people commented¬† about my genes… Thanks a ton for saying nice things re my skin, but please know genes are only part of the equation.

First off,¬† I’ve never done hardcore drugs, or given birth… two things that age a body for very different reasons, I use sunblock and more importantly,¬† when I quit cig’s and started eating natural foods I noticed a huge difference in quality of facial skin.

Personally, I think folks say I look younger than my years because everyone else in Hollywood is lying about their age. That said, quality of food, hydration,  exercise, healthy gut bacteria, mood etc all factor into feeling good in your body.

In terms of skin care, most of my life I’ve washed my face with whatever was handy,¬† no moisturizer, no fancy serums or fussy regimes.¬† My formerly oily skin,¬† now more combo to dry,¬† is still prone to zits and def has fine and not so fine lines, so putting a little more thought in is required.

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These days I use a natural Mario Badescu face wash followed with Tretinoin, one of the few pharmaceutical products in my repertoire . Save $ and nix crazy expensive brands or the use of fillers & botox etc (which I’ve never tried cause.. weird.) and check it out.

It’s the¬† generic form of products like Retin-A and a vitamin A derivative¬† developed to combat acne with the handy side effect of softening fine lines and stimulating collagen growth.

Basically it sloughs¬† off dead cells and helps plump skin. I’ve tried natural vitamin A creams and they don’t work as well on zits or fine lines, so while it’s a bummer this is not an organic natural product,¬† it gets two thumbs up from me as it works well, though direct sun can cause skin irritation and some people get all peely from it in the beginning, my skin tolerates it well.

A dermo or family doc can fill a prescription for you and if you tell ’em it’s for acne insurance is more likely to cover.¬† I get the generic and use the lowest strength.¬† I’ve paid anywhere from $6-$35 a tube, which lasts about 4-6 months. I think that’s reasonable in a world of $300 eye creams,¬† don’t sleep on the affordable stuff.

Lastly, as far as feeling & looking good at any age, and this is maybe because my skeletal frame is small,¬† I personally find keeping my weight down helpful to feeling good in my body and keeping my skin looking its best.¬† Since I’ve gained 10lbs + after finding my boyfriend, the next post’s gonna be on how I’m going to get the weight off and I hope you’ll consider joining me in losing ten if you’re not fitting in your fav pants either. Tweet me if you wanna lose 10 too! Rachel

 

 

Compliments with qualifiers…

“The thing about compliments with qualifiers, is it detracts from the compliment you’re genuinely trying to¬† give… duh.”

If I say… “You look great!” Or “that top look amazing on you!”¬† That might make you smile.

No let’s try this again, I say ~ “You look great, for 36!”… Or “that top looks great, if you lost 10lbs you’d look amazing!”…. or “you’re handsome for a white guy”~

You’re probably going to think I’m socially awkward at best, (which I am) even though my intentions are good.

If you can’t not mention numbers, for the record I’m 211 & rarely seen in daylight, so¬† get it right.¬† Or weight ~ none of your business…. Or height ~ I’m whatever height the part calls for. Rest assured I’m comfortable in my skin… though I am as always, a work in progress.

A few short years ago, like so many Gen-xers, I was as the saying goes… fat sick & nearly dead after a garden variety illness & major surgery… Since then I committed to living a healthy lifestyle (for me that means no dairy, no meat, tons of veg and water, exercise… not fillers, botox, or short cuts, I’ve never even had a facial)…¬† It’s been great & I’m delighted some of y’all are kind enough to compliment the results.

If you’ve been feeling sluggish or not your best energetically, try adding more water, fruit & veg into your normal diet, these foods deliver nutrition & help repair your cells the way nature intended! ¬† ¬† ; ) True

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