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12 Things I Would Say To My 20-Something Self

Posted on February 17, 2014

This article appeared originally on MindBodyGreen

By Amber Valletta


Next month I’ll turn 40, which is exciting and intimidating. I'm excited because I feel power from building my inner self. I'm intimidated because part of getting older means letting go. Letting go of youth, letting go of loved ones who pass on because that's what happens as we age, and letting go of old habits that no longer serve me (but are comforting in some distorted way).

Nearing this milestone has made me think about what I want the next 40 years of my life to look like, and what I’ve learned in getting to this place. Knowing what I do now, here's what I'd say to my 20 something self.

1. There are no regrets, just lessons.

Everything and everyone you’ll experience—good or bad, fair or unfair, trivial or meaningful—will be a teacher. Someday you'll realize that your unique challenges are common threads in the fabric of life. Every human being experiences situations or traumas that may be played out by different people, but the feelings will be universal.

Summer Detox

Posted on July 17, 2013

Refresh and Renew with a Summer Detox:

- get brighter, cleaner skin, teeth, eyes, smiles, and let your inner beauty shine through

- feel relaxed, grounded, more aware and joyful

- increase your energy, immunity and metabolism

- slow down the aging process

Toxins from our diet, cosmetics, cleaning products, air pollution, lifestyle, enviromtnet, and stress put extra work on our bodies. They slow down our metabolism and vitality by taking extra energy to be neutralized and stored away. Every biological process from sleep, immunity, to relaxation becomes innefficient with their presence. The best way to revitilize your body and mind, increase energy, improve sleep, ehnance metabolism, and boost immunity is through a cleanse. With cleansing having been a part of human history for centuries, from Ayurvedic oil and clay cleanses, to Christian fasting, we posses the experience and knowledge of how to do it safely and efiiciently in order to improve our health.

Peter Sarsgaard Chia Horchata

Posted on August 20, 2012

Peter Sarsgaard | MindfullyNutritious.com

Peter Sarsgaard, shares how he used Dr. Frank Lipman's elimination diet to cut out gluten, sugar, alcohol, caffeine and cigarettes from his life. Among his tricks? A quick pick-me-up drink called horchata, which he makes for us here.

Why Chia?


“Chia” is the Mayan word for “strength”. Used by the Aztecs as a staple food along with corn and beans, Chia seeds have an impressive nutritional profile. Full of dietary fiber, protein, healthy omega fats, vitamins, and minerals (especially calcium and iron), chia has much in common with flaxseed, with the distinct advantage that its natural antioxidants make its delicate healthy fats more nutritionally stable. Chia is so high in essential fatty acids that it contains eight times more omega-3s than salmon, gram for gram.

Peter Sarsgaard's Super Smoothie

Posted on August 16, 2012

Peter Sarsgaard's Super Smoothie | Mindful Nutrition

Peter Sarsgaard shares his inspirational health success story of how he ditched gluten, sugar and dairy to loose weight and regain energy. Check out this video for his mouth-watering, anti-inflammatory, superfood smoothie recipe. 

Lavender Fields Forever

Posted on July 6, 2012

Lavender Dreams Forever 


Lavender’s sweet scent transcends me to a land of peace. From body care to home care, it is an incredibly versatile staple in my house.

Lavender Fields Forever | MindfullyNutritious.com

A highly therapeutic oil from brands like Simplers and Oshadhi is an excellent skin healer and soother for cuts, burns, bug bites, and irritations. I love adding a few drops directly into my evening bath, or diluting it into bath salts, body scrubs, body mists and body oils. For home care I use fragrant lavender diluted in water to mist bed sheets, towels, clean and refresh the air. Dried lavender flowers make a soothing addition to bath salts and body scrubs, and lend a delicious aroma to desserts like white chocolate drinks. With lavender by my side, a mini-vacation is just a smell away. What are your favorite lavender uses? 

Living Art

Posted on June 30, 2012

Enliven any space and soothe your view with these beautiful, succulent, living art frames. They are very easy to create and maintain, requiring very little water to thrive. 

Living Art | MindfullyNutritious.com

What you'll need:

Any frame with glass and back panel removed.

Shadow box made of redwood or cedar, cut to fit the back of the frame



1/2-inch hardware cloth, cut to fit the inside dimensions of the frame

Staple gun


1/4-inch plywood backing, cut to fit the back of the shadow box