Why I love Salt Lamps

I was once searching for a new natural skin care products and I came a cross this website of Natural Salt Lamps

About SO Well

This company uses pure Himalayan Sea Salt as a base of all their products. On their website, beside the beauty products, they sell natural cleansing products for the house, shampoos, bar soaps, clay cookware, candles, organic bedding and many other amazing natural products. But what especially stood out for me were the salt lamps!

Lamps are made out of a pure Himalayan Salt, each lamp has a unique shape, cause its hand crafted to preserve natural energy. When a lamp is lit by a small, energy efficient bulb, crystal salt emits an electrical charge, enriching our environment with health promoting negative ions. Salt Lamps purifies the air in our homes! It is very beneficial for people with allergies and asthma.

And look how pretty it looks in the evening!

LOVE, VAL

First published in 2012 by Valentina Zelyeava, updated in 2019


Healthy cats

I want to talk about our furry friends and what we feed them every day.

Cats

I am a big cat lover. Since I was little, I always had a cat. My parents didn't have money for "fancy cat food" - prepackaged dry crackers or canned chicken. So, my mom had to feed our cats with raw meat or fish - which is a natural diet for cats in the wild.

New York City

I moved to New York in 2003 . After being here for a while, I got one cat and after a year another one. At first I didn't care what I feed my cats - I never read the labels, I never Googled the company... But once I became conscious of what I eat, I became aware of my cats' diet as well.

My healthy cats' diet

Now their diet consist of 50% organic raw chicken and 50% of high quality canned food. And never tap water! They drink same fresh filtered water as I do. My cats loved " Blue Buffalo" and "Wellness" - these two companies use only real meat and fresh fruits and vegetables in their products.

How to feed your cats the best food

When you shop for pet food, always read labels. Stay away from companies that use bad animal by-products - like " animal carcasses, parts of animal carcasses, products of animal origin which are not intended for human consumption, includes catering waste - all waste food from restaurants, catering facilities, central kitchens, slaughterhouses (!) and household kitchen ' - according to online information. If this information doesn't make you think twice about what you feed your cats, I don't know what will.

When I see my healthy cats, happy, full of energy and with shiny coat - it makes me smile!

Love, Valentina Zelyaeva

First published By Valentina on OrganiceYourLife.com on September 26th 2010, updated in 2019 


Valentina & her bike

How to get rid of the cellulite NATURALLY

I want to share some tips on How to get rid of the cellulite naturally and How to tone your body for this summer!

This is what I do every day. These tips are very easy because its all-at-home body care. There are many expensive treatments and massages to help minimize the cellulite, but eating a fresh whole food diet, drinking water and exercising will make your body looks amazing all year around!

1.  Pure water with a lemon

Start your day with a big glass of pure water with a freshly squeezed lemon juice. This will help to flush and cleanse your body from the inside. Giving you a fresh start of the day.

READ MORE : Water!

2.   Dry brushing

Before you step into the shower, give your self a good dry-brushing all over your body, concentrating on  your legs, thighs and butt.

You can purchase a natural brush for the body at any health food store.

How to dry-brush:

-      Standing completely naked and dry in your bathroom, start brushing you body using short strikes ALWAYS toward your heart. Start from your feet, then legs, behind the knees, thighs, butt, hands, arms, stomach.

Dry-brushing increases circulation of the skin. It stimulates the lymph canals and helps your body to get rid of the toxins. Dry brushing helps shed dead skin cells, which help improve skin texture and cell renewal.

Organice Your Life choice of brush:
Dry Body Brush - 100% Natural Bristles - Cellulite Treatment, Increase Circulation and Tighten Skin. (Pack of 1)

3.  Cold shower

After you dry brushed your body, jump into the shower, wash you body using natural chemical-free body soap like Dr. Bronner. When you are done, take a quick icy-cold shower. Cold water will tighten your skin, improve circulation and strengthens immunity.

READ MORE: dr. Bronner

4.  Grapefruit Essential oil

Add a few drops of a Grapefruit essential oil into your natural body cream. I love Coconut Oil, so I add essential oil into my coconut oil – the combination makes it especially gorgeous and it smells AMAZING! Concentrating on your legs, tights and butt, moisturize your whole body giving yourself a nice massage. The essential oil of grapefruit is extracted and compressed from its peel and has many beneficial properties as being a disinfectant, stimulant, antiseptic, aperitif, lymphatic and tonic.

Organice Your Life choice of grapefruit oil:
Organic Grapefruit Essential Oil (4 oz), USDA Certified by Mary Tylor Naturals, Therapeutic Grade for Stress Relief, Relaxation, Aromatherapy, Diffuser, Home

5.  Exercise

Pick your favorite exercise and just move your body; walking running, jumping, dancing!

Valentina & her bike

LOVE, VAL

First published by Valentina Zelyaeva on Organice Your Life on April 19th 2012, updated in 2019

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Ginger Lemon Tea

I make this tea every other day because I love it so much and I never get bored with ginger flavor. Its so spicy and warming and reach and …. healing!

The power of ginger lemon tea

When you feel your stomach is upset or when you over-eat (think Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas celebration!), or when you just need immunity boost, make this tea for yourself or your love one, sit in a cozy chair with a blanket, and enjoy the herbal aroma that is oh so good for you! Sipping ginger lemon tea will calm you down, fire up your digestion and warm up your soul.

 

 

 

Chocolate to go with tea

I always keep raw chocolate bar in my fridge (yes, i do keep my chocolate in a fridge! it stays crisp and fresh) . Chocolate and this tea is a delicious treat at any time of  a day!

 

 

 

Ginger-Lemon Tea Recipe

Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4

Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 

Ingredients
  • Ginger
  • Zest of ½ lemon
  • 4 cups boiling hot water
  • raw honey (optional)

Instructions
  1. Make a lemon zest with smaller peeler, and shred a ginger with a large peeler.
  2. Put inside of teapot, add hot water and let it seat for 10 min.
  3. Serve in your favorite cup.
  4. Add honey at the end (optional).
  5. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 4

Cheers to health!

LOVE, VAL

First published by Valentina Zelyaeva on November 24th 2011, updated in 2019

 


PureMints

I just discovered a new exciting product! If you are looking for a better and more natural MINTS, then these “puremints” are something for you.

Real ingredients

Made with only real ingredients: essential organic peppermint  and ginger oils, no preservatives or colors, contain parsley, chamomile and chlorella.

Also, “puremints” helps with my digestion!

I only tried the mint flavor and it is really good. I cant wait to try the Ginger one!

Go for more information to puremints.com

LOVE, VAL

First published by Valentina Zelyaeva on OrganiceYourLife.com on July 9th 2012, Updated in 2019


Raw Carrot Soup

Today I have something very special to share with you: a delicious raw soup!

Raw carrot soup

If you still not sure about raw blended soups, try this one! Its a creamy carrot soup with avocado! So delicious and healthy! And let me tell you, it took 5 minutes or less to make it. All you need is freshly squeezed carrot juice, 1 avocado and spices. No cooking involved, no messy dishes and pots to clean up after. Its perfect lunch recipe for busy people.

Carrot Soup Recipe
a delicious colorful raw soup filled with many nutrients

Author:
Cuisine: raw food
Recipe type: soup
Serves: 2

Prep time: 
Total time: 

Ingredients
  • 2 cups fresh squeezed carrot juice
  • 1 avocado
  • sea salt
  • curry powder
  • turmeric powder

Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender.
  2. Blend.
  3. Ready!

 

 

Carrots are exceptional sourse of Vitamin A,C, K  and potassium. Contains high level of beta-carotene  and dietiery fiber.

 

Turmeric is a root vegetable, which is famous for its anti-infalmmatory properties and high content of antioxidants. * If you are pregnant or breast feeding DON'T include turmeric in this recipe.

Avocado is a great sours of a healthy fat and the best food sours of Vitamin E.

Love, Val

First published by Valentina Zelyaeva on January 15th 2019, updated in 2019


Valentina by Alique

Model skincare

The more I learn about nutrition and beauty, The more I come to understand that the secret to looking radiant is to do more internally than externally!

For me that means: eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, making your daily meals at least 80% or more raw - less cooking, boiling, heating, microwaving, frying your food, -drinking more water, take high quality oils as a supplement ( choose one of the following: raw coconut oil, organic olive oil, hemp seed oil, flaxseed oil, avocado).

RELATED: Why you need to drink enough water

My beauty model skincare regimen

Externally your beauty regimen shouldn’t be complicated at all! I got rid of bunch of expensive creams. I used to spend crazy amount of money on commercial beauty products. Today,  I replaced them all with just a few products that I found work best for me.

click on pictures for more information

Raw coconut oil

Coconut oil is the best body moisturizer, occasionally I use it on my face (1 drop of coco oil is all you need for an entire face).

OYL choice: Garden of Life Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil - Unrefined Cold Pressed Coconut Oil for Hair, Skin and Cooking, 14 Ounce

Raw honey

I use organic raw honey as my daily healing  mask.

OYL choice: Ys Eco Bee Organic Honey 1 Pound Jar

Cleanser

I just discovered black Japanese soap “Deitanseki Clay Soap”. I found it while visiting  Morikami Japanese Garden in Miami. It deeply hydrates skin. Does not clog pores , gently cleanse face, especially the pores, with micro-porous active ingredients. Enriched with Kaolin Clay and selected Carbon Powder The Bentonite helps your skin retain its natural moisture. (click on picture for more information or to purchase it)

Face moisturizer

I have a couple of different face creams.  I switch between them all the time:  “EMINENCE” Rose Moisturizer:


and “Dr. Perricone” Hypoallergenic Nourishing Moisturizer:

Thermal water

I wash my face with Thermal Water, also use it as a toner before applying moisturizer.

OYL choice :Eau Thermale Avene Thermal Spring Water, Soothing Calming Facial Mist Spray for Sensitive Skin, 10.1 oz.

 

Face scrub

I love  “REN” face scrub.

Clay mask

Again, “REN” clay mask is amazing. Or you can purchase any clay mask at your healthy food store.

Pineapple mask

I always have a fresh pineapple at home.  I use it as a peeling mask, fruit acid “eat away” dead skin cells leaving your skin looking fresh.  How to use pineapple as a peeling mask: Take a piece of pineapple, rub it all over the face. Leave it for 5 minutes. Rinse. Spray Thermal water following by moisturizer or coconut oil.  (you can substitute it to strawberry or papaya)

My tip - If you are going to spend money on beauty product, invest it in a really good face moisturizer, like I did :)

LOVE, Valentina Zelyaeva 

First published by Valentina on OrganiceYourLife.com on January 3rd 2012, updated in 2019.

photo by Alique for Organice Your Life


plastic vs. glass straw

glass strawI went to one of my favorite raw restaurants to grab some lunch, and I noticed that they are selling Glass Straws. And I thought 'WOW! A glass straw is an amazing solution for our plastic waste problem!' it is very small but still a big help!

Plastic waste everywhere

Think about how much garbage already exists on our planet and plus every time you purchase your smoothie or juice, you use one of those plastic straws. 5 minutes later - its all in the trash. And like this everyday!

READ MORE: Plastify

Use a glass straw instead of a plastic straw

Well, now you can buy only one glass straw and carry it around with you. It's made of high quality glass and will last forever.

  • a glass straw doesn't leak toxins into your food as you drink
  • each time you use your glass straw equals one less plastic straw ending up in your landfill
  • one glass straw replaces thousands of plastic straw

There is a great one by Glass Dharma for sale on Amazon in a set of 5 with a cleaning brush:


Love, Valentina

First published on January 16th 2013, updated in 2019


Beet Pineapple Cucumber Juice

If you have been reading my posts, you know that I’m all about smoothies, juices and raw food recipes. I love to be creative in the kitchen and raw vegetables and fruits are huge inspiration to me.

 

Sometimes I go to supermarket without knowing what I want for dinner, I just buy what’s in-season and look for fresh ingredients. I don’t remember last time I bought something that is canned, bottled or frozen… Anyways, back to my veggies :)

When I get home, I simply put my produce on the table and start creating my meal: it can be blended soup, big salad, a smoothie, raw pasta made with zucchini, or just simple juice.

One morning I made a beet-pineapple-cucumber juice. WOW! It came out so incredibly delicious! It’s a real treat!

Before you run to your juicer (I hope I inspire you so much, that you have to “run” to make my recipes) I must warn you, that after juicing all the ingredients, my kitchen turned out to be  a crime scene - deep red color with drops of blood aka beet juice everywhere! Even on a ceiling.

But trust me, the mess is so worth the result!

 

Beet Pineapple Cucumber Juice
a light juice to enjoy at any time of the day

Author:
Cuisine: rawfood
Recipe type: juice
Serves: 2

Prep time: 
Total time: 

Ingredients
  • 1 beet root
  • ½ pineapple
  • 1 larg cucumber

Instructions
  1. Run all ingredients through a juicer. Serve in a tall glass cup to enjoy the gorgeous purple color!

LOVE, VAL

photo credit Valentina Zelyaeva

First published July 24th 2011, updated in 2019


Organic vs non-organic

When you buy your fruits and veggies at supermarket in the USA, they always have this little sticker with numbers on it. Do you know what it means?

Produce from organic farms

Produce that comes from organic farms, have a sticker with five numbers, and always starts with number 9.

Organic vs non-organicOrganic vs non-organic

Produce from non-organic farms

Produce that been treated with pesticides, have stickers with four number, and always starts with number 4.

(Sorry, I don’t have non-organic fruits at home to snap a picture of it)

More information on organic vs. non-organic

  • Organic foods are foods produced using methods which do not involve synthetic inputs such as synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Organic products are not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives. Click here to read more.
  • In the United States, the National Organic Program (NOP) is the federal regulatory framework governing organic food. You should visit their website to learn more http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/nop.
  • Wikipedia offers also a list of countries with regulations on organic agriculture. It contains links to documents with the status of formal government-standards, regulations, and certification of organic farming and organic food.

Next time you go to supermarket, pay attention to it and you will see.

Have a great fruit and veggie shopping!

Love, Val

 

First published on October 31st  2012, updated in 2019


Breakfast smoothie

Hello, lovely OYL readers! Today I want to share a breakfast smoothie. It contains fruits - for vitamins, leafy greens - for minerals and avocado - for fat (natural, high quality plant-based fat), which is a key ingredient for beautiful, glowing skin.

Breakfast Smoothie
Delicious smoothie for breakfast

Author:
Cuisine: raw food
Recipe type: smoothie
Serves: 2

Prep time: 
Total time: 

Ingredients
  • 1 peeled orange
  • ½ pineapple
  • ½ cucumber (do not peel organic cucumber! skin contains essential minerals)
  • handful peppermint
  • handful kale
  • ½ avocado
  • 1 cup water

Instructions
  1. Place orange, cucumber, pineapple and water in high speed blender.
  2. Blend till smooth consistency.
  3. Add kale, peppermint and avocado.
  4. Blend again.
  5. READY!

 

LOVE, VALENTINA

Pictures by Valentina Zelyaeva

First published on April 10 2012, updated in 2019


Raw chia seed pudding

I love chia seeds! If you have never try chia seeds, you are missing out on something nutritiously important!

Chia seeds are full of fiber, antioxidants, rich in essential omega-3 fatty acids, phosphorus, manganese, potassium and calcium. I'll give you an easy recipe, so you can start to incorporate chia seeds into your diet.

Chia seeds facts and precautions:

  • A research done by the St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, Canada has indicated that chia seeds are potentially capable of lowering diastolic blood pressure to alarming levels. So, low blood pressure patients should steer clear of it.
  • Chia should be consumed in short phases followed by break periods as some cases have shown people getting addicted to it.
  • Pregnant and lactating mothers should keep away from chia seeds as not enough researches have been conducted to check for its effects on them.

I prefer to eat chia seed pudding for breakfast!

Raw chia seed pudding
a delicious raw pudding made from chia seeds

Author:
Cuisine: raw food
Recipe type: breakfast

Prep time: 
Total time: 

Ingredients
  • 3 T spoons chia seeds
  • ½ cup of almond milk (or your choice of milk)
  • ½ cup of blueberries
  • 1 banana cut in pieces
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla

Instructions
  1. Put chia seeds into a bowl. Add cinnamon and vanilla.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Pour almond milk on top.
  4. Mixing it from time to time, in about 10 minutes you will see chia seeds absorbing almond milk: it’s no longer a liquid, but looks like a pudding.
  5. Add blueberries and banana. Enjoy!

 

Love Val

first published on July 12th 2012 by Valentina Zelyaeva, updated in 2019