Food for your Face!

For nearly a decade I have been in private practice for Acupuncture.  Through those years I have been slowly adding to my repertoire of offerings within Oriental Medicine and Nutrition Counseling.  I have focused on 4 main areas; Fertility, Facial Acupuncture, Chinese Nutrition and Nutrition Counseling.  I realized that I have not really done much to promote these things that I have been passionate about for so long.  I thought perhaps it was time do a few blog posts focusing on these areas.

Healthy Vanity is what we like to call the desire to feel and look our very best for where we are in our lives.  Through nutrition, acupuncture and exercise we can make the most of, and learn to love, what we have been given genetically. 

Do you ever look back on photos of yourself even just a couple of years and think, wow I looked so good why did I think otherwise?

For hundreds and thousands of years people have been using acupuncture, nutrition and exercise to preserve that youthfulness.  The process of facial acupuncture involves needles placed in the face (of course) but also in other areas of the body.  Since every part of our body influences each other we need to take into account everything, from bowel movements to headaches.  The beauty of this process is that there are so many good side effects of going through a Facial Rejuvenation series!  Better sleep, less stress, clearer mind, stable emotions – just to name a few side effects!

Aside from the acupuncture part of healthy vanity comes the diet side.  You can eat for more youthful skin too!  Keep in mind that each person has a very individual constitution and may need different foods but here is one recipe that will generally help to detox the body and skin! (avoid if you tend to be overheated or red in the face).  I will give you a cooling recipe soon.

I like to use whole apples but if your blender can’t handle it just use some apple juice. Enjoy 🙂
Try this once a day for a week.  Let’s see what happens!   Start small with the cayenne you can always add more to your taste.

Detox Lemonade! With some serious kick!
2 tsp maple syrup
a pinch – 1/16 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tbls lemon juice
1 cup spinach (or other greens I like green cabbage in mine)
1 apple (or 1/4 – 1/2 cup apple juice)
1 -1 1/2 cup cold water (and or ice)
blendy blendy
I used cabbage this time.
I sometimes feel like a mad scientist with my crazy blender!
Looks pretty unassuming doesn’t it!  This will warm your belly all day long!


  • Medifast Coupons

    I am a little unsure of the cabbage addition over the spinach?

  • Jodie Cope, Licensed Acupuncturist and Health Coach

    Spinach is great too! For some reason I always have cabbage around so I started using it in smoothie. I have found that it has a surprisingly fresh taste even a tad peppery. Give it a go in your smoothies some time. Let me know what you think! Start with a small amount.

  • Robyn P. Thayer

    Try it with arugula! Big yum.

  • Jodie Cope, Licensed Acupuncturist and Health Coach

    Oooh Sounds good Robyn. That would give it even more kick!

  • hhislandgirl

    This sounds really good and really healthy. I'm all about healthy smoothies. I'm a bit hesitant about the cayenne pepper, though.

  • Jodie Cope, Licensed Acupuncturist and Health Coach

    The Cayenne in small doses is really nice in here. It will get your blood moving!

  • Alisa

    It looks good.I will add this recipe in my morning smoothie recipes.You have a really wonderful blog.I followed you from the foodie blog roll and I'd love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this cabbage widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about recipes with cabbage,Thanks!

  • Molly

    Jodie – I want to try this! Do you think it would be a bad idea for someone with a (quite) sensitive stomach?

  • jodie

    Hey Molly – try just a tiny pinch of the cayenne. Otherwise it is still lovely and cleansing without. If regular salsa is okay for you this should be just fine.