Eight Warm Weather Mocktails (AIP/Paleo)

eight warm weather cocktails » itsmecharlotte.comSomething I really, really want to chat about is that if you are in the process of healing from any kind of ailment, physical or emotional, you have the choice to be strong and vibrant. You are not your illness and you do not have to take on that identity. If you are currently sick and working on healing, that is a situation that you are in—but it is not who you are. I notice that a lot of people struggling with their health put their lives on hold while they heal, but the reality is that life is still happening. That is why lifestyle management is such a crucial topic to me. I believe healing requires a variety of components to come together in order for a shift to take place. If you are on a healing protocol working towards better health, it simply cannot be all about food—you need to focus on lifestyle, a combination of traditional + western medicine, self-love, and enjoying your life. The act of enjoying your life and actively participating in it is one of the most crucial aspects of healing and is something I have personally exprienced through my healing journey.

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How to Practice Intuitive Eating

how to practice intuitive eating » itsmecharlotte.comWith Spring in full swing, I have witnessed an intense shift in the foods that my body wants to be nourished with. I’m not surprised as different seasons lend themselves to different seasonal foods. But this year is different. After following the Autoimmune Protocol for one year this May, I have become deeply in touch with the needs of my own body. I’ve been tuning in and receiving its messages intuitively. For me, developing a deeper connection with my body through a healing diet has been a true gift.

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How Makeup Allows Me To Honor My Femininity + My Favorite Products

clean makeup essentials » itsmecharlotte.comSince posting about my skin care and oral health essentials I’ve received tons of requests for a break down of what makeup products I use. I should begin by telling you all that I like to keep things pretty simple with my makeup routine as I love the au natural, glowy skin look. Just as I have incorporated minimalistic practices into my wardrobe, I have done the same with makeup. I prefer to have a small amount of high-quality products that can ideally serve more than one purpose. For a while, in my most “hardcore” days of avoiding every toxic product possible, I avoided makeup all together. Over the last couple of years, I have found that a healthy lifestyle is truly about balance. Being an extremist, in any form, can have negative outcomes. I found that when I avoided makeup all together, it was a way for me to hide from my natural beauty. I felt like a saint for not wearing makeup but the truth was that not wearing makeup was a way to avoid celebrating my own beauty. I wasn’t honoring myself because I didn’t believe that I was beautiful. I have done a lot of work on self-love and care over the years and have found that wearing some makeup is one way to honor my own femininity.

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Full Moon—April 4, 2015

full moon—april 4, 2015 » itsmecharlotte.comOver the last few days, in anticipation of the full moon, I have found myself getting a little more uneasy. A lot of big changes are about to happen in my life—all of which are colliding over the next few weeks. I am feeling all of the emotions of those changes on a very deep level. You all know that I am a huge advocate of self-care and this is a time when I am turning to acts of love to help surrender to those feelings and let them manifest however they may. For me, taking a bath is the most magical way to decompress after a long day. I take a bath most nights before bed. I light a candle and some incense, run a hot tub with magnesium flakes and clay, and let the bathroom steam up. I dry brush my body. I rub cedar wood essential oil on my neck and let it ground me. Sometimes I enjoy a cup of tea or a book during my bath. Other times, I let my mind wander as I observe my thoughts. It is my favorite part of the day and is how I will be celebrating the full moon tonight. I wish you all ease and joy on this special day.

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