On The Topic of Thin Elegace

[Warning: allusions to disordered eating]

There’s one thing I want to make clear for all my vintage darlings, modern classics, and fashionellas who have struggled with self image or disordered eating, as I know I have.

Food is inherently tied to glamour, in a positive way.  

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Despite the image of thin elegance that is often presented to us, there is nothing dainty or lavish or high-class about not eating, or avoiding food.

Taking the time you make yourself a beautiful breakfast and coffee, having lunch at a small cafe and getting yourself salads and sandwiches and soups and pastries, cooking yourself new and interesting dinners and eating them by candlelight?  That’s glamour.

Ordering a desert you love, finishing every last bite on your plate and smiling; indulgence, self-satisfaction?  It’s gorgeous.  Nobody can deny it’s gorgeous.

Please don’t feel like you need to remove a love of food from your life just because you’re trying to present yourself in a beautiful way, because I promise, the food you choose to eat adds to your beauty infinitely.  Every ounce of you is angelic.  Every squish, sway, and bounce: a gift.

Learn to own this, and in turn, own the world.

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Above art by Delphin Enjolras
Laduree img credit: langhamhotels.com
Featured Image: Alexandre Cabanel, The Birth of Venus, 1875

 

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A Delightfully Natural Way to Get Your Beauty Rest

About a week ago I came across an article on DavidWolfe.com describing a new sleep remedy that was claimed to be”better than a sleeping pill”.  The recipe simply involved boiling an unpeeled banana in water, and adding a pinch of cinnamon.  Immediately I was thinking, no way.  I’ve had sleep disturbances for 5+ years now, and the solution was a banana the entire time?

I’m certain I’m not the only one out there who has a certain sense of hesitation when thinking about beginning the nighttime routine.  My sleep disturbances manifest in different ways – falling asleep takes time, being asleep generally involves vivid and stressful dreams, and waking up often feels as though I hadn’t gotten a wink of rest all night.

I’ve taken sleeping pills, melatonin, and different natural supplements on-and-off for years.  And yes, I have coupled this with healthy diet and exercise.  Sleeping pills work fine, but I hate the idea of having to medicate myself to sleep regularly.  Melatonin can easily become addictive, and I stopped buying it years ago.  And all the natural remedies I’ve tried seemed to make me subtly relaxed, rather than ready for a deep rest.

Banana Tea – or whatever you want to call it – was nothing like that.

The recipe goes:

  • 1 Banana with the top and end cut off, unpeeled.
  • Pinch of Cinnamon
  • David Wolfe recommends Stevia to avoid blood sugar spike before bed (but I use a tiny bit of honey)
  • I also choose to add some chamomile flowers.

Organic ingredients and filtered water is encouraged.

Boil all of this in a pot, and voila!  Drink up!

The first night I ingested this tea, I slept like an absolute baby.  I was asleep within minutes of hitting the pillow, and didn’t wake until the morning.  No stressful dreams or periodic waking up.  It was my ideal type of rest.

Since the first time I tried the recipe, it hasn’t been a “work every time” fix.  It always helps me get to sleep, but some nights are easier than others.  There are still occasions when I wake in the night, or recall intense and vivid dreams.  But overall?  This tea works more consistently and solidly than any sleeping medication I’ve ever taken.  I’ve shared this with my husband, mother, and a few friends, and have heard similar positive feedback.

So if you have problems going to sleep, or just plain-old want to give it a try, I strongly encourage it!  It’s all-natural, no-risk, and – of course – quite tasty 💖

Cheers,

Josephine