Skin Health

August Eats


Enjoy more of what the summer season has to offer us. At this point in the year we have an abundance of fresh, colorful, sweet and bitter fruits and vegetables.

Seasonal Fruits Harvested in August

Apples, Avocados, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Fig, Grapes, Honeydew, Lemons, Oranges, Nectarines, Peaches, Pluots, Plums (stone fruit), Pears, Raspberries, Strawberries, Watermelons

Seasonal Veggies Harvested in August

Artichokes, Asparagus, Beets, Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cardoons, Cauliflower, Celery, Chile Peppers, Corn, Cucumbers, Endive, Fava Beans, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Nopales, Onions, Potatoes, Snap Beans, Spinach, Squash, Tomatillos, Tomatoes, Zucchini

Seasonal Spices + Herbs Harvested in August

Basil, Burdock, Chives, Lambsquarters, Lemongrass, Mint, Purslane, Sage, Sorrel, Sprouts

Meal Ideas:

  1. Watermelon + mint salad with extra-virgin olive oil drizzle

  2. Crunchy vegetable crudite with Beet hummus

  3. Tomato gazpacho

  4. Cucumber green juice with celery and mint

  5. Nopale and tomato salad with creamy guacamole tacos

  6. Corn salad with grape tomatoes, eggplant and fresh basil

  7. Cabbage and apple slaw accompanied by a tempeh or grass-fed beef burger

  8. Baked pears with cinnamon and coconut butter

  9. Melon chunks with torn mint and broccoli seed sprouts

  10. Avocado boats filled with sprouts and lemon preserve

Preserve, ferment, and pickle these favorites!

Skin Health: Watermelon


For you sun worshippers … Did you know that excessive sun exposure to UV rays can accelerate aging skin and skin cancer? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

One of summer’s favorite fruits … watermelon can actually protect the skin from those harmful rays that lead to inflammation. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

How? Watermelon, along with tomatoes and other red fruits like grapefruit and apricots contain high antioxidant levels and lycopene that strengthen the skins immune system and prevents UV-induced sunburn.
Eat + Drink before, during, and after for efficiency. ⠀⠀

Skin Health: Blueberries


Berries are powerful vitality-boosting, longevity-lovin’ anti-aging agents that are your skin and hormones’ best friend. 

Blueberries have especially high amounts of antioxidants that inhibit free-radicals from causing DNA damage to your cells. (Free-radicals come from chemicals, food toxins, pollution, smoking, etc. that wreak havoc to your entire system. AKA: the bad guys)

Blueberries contain a class of antioxidants called anthocyanins, which gives berries, pomegranates, and grapes their beautiful colors of red, purple, and blue. As powerful skin lovers and collagen defenders, their anti-inflammatory capabilities reduce redness, dryness, and bumpy skin while reducing fine lines and wrinkles. This low-sugar, high-fiber fruit is also helpful in balancing blood sugar levels to keep hormones and PMS-type symptoms at ease.

To reap the benefits simply eat a handful of fresh, organic blueberries a day. Delicious ways I love to eat them:

  • Halved with torn mint, bee pollen, hemp seeds and tahini drizzle

  • The fruit in green smoothies

  • Freshly mashed and spread over homemade gluten-free vegan buckwheat cookies

If they’re not in season add frozen or fresh blueberries to a smoothie or baked goods. 

Blueberries aren’t the only anthocyanin-rich food. Pomegranates, red grapes, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, beets, cherries, and purple cabbage all contain these super strong antioxidants.

Consults in Los Angeles in JULY


I will be coming to LA July 12th & 13th and seeing clients for a combination treatment that I have developed and practice with Kristina Holey at my home base in Oakland.

Here are the details:

This advanced treatment includes holistic skin and body support from Kristina Holey and Lyssandra Guerra, licensed holistic nutritionalist, specialist in energy kinesiology, and chakra therapy.

Kristina and Lyssandra began treating clients in San Francisco together in effort to offer the most comprehensive approach for healthy skin. The focus lies heavily on the internal systems, to help clients better understand how the things we do every day affects the skin - diet, gut health, stress/mood, sleep, hydration, hormonal shifts, supplements/medications, etc. - in addition to external stressors, skin microbiome, and topical products. The goal is to help you identify your stressors (internal and external), and establish better habits to support healthy skin function (and ultimately feel better).

The consultation & treatment (~2 hours) consists of:

  1. An in-depth intake and health history form (to be filled out prior to appointment)

  2. 5 day food journal analysis (to be filled out prior to appointment)

  3. 30 minute initial consult with Lyssandra & Kristina to discuss/address all skin/health concerns, review any additional questions

  4. 30 minute session with Lyssandra for nutrition analysis using kinesiology and muscle testing techniques to reveal nutrient deficiencies, food sensitivities, and underlying gut dysfunction that cause distress to the eliminatory organ systems that affect the skin and restore them back to balance.

  5. 1 hour facial treatment with Kristina to analyze skin and focus on stimulation via massage, drainage (external and internal mouth work to target fascia network) and micronutrient delivery.

  6. Comprehensive protocol written by Kristina and Lyssandra - including specific dietary recommendations, possible supplementation (including brands), nutrition and skin theory, review of current skin care products, skin care recommendations, and personalized am/pm regimens complete with product recommendations (brand specific).

The treatment price is $450.
We hope this helps clarify our offering for this trip. If you would like to book please let us know your availability on Friday and Saturday (7/12 & 7/13) and we will respond with a few options.

If you have any more questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

TRAVEL: Supplements & Essentials

Travel Essentials

I'm off to seek warmer temperatures for the weekend! 🌞 Traveling can hijack your digestion (dining out, new foods, time zone difference), detoxification (wilin' out), and stress levels (what isn't stressful anymore?) so here are some essentials to ease your systems ...

MAGNESIUM CITRATE: eases constipation + nerves. Start with 400 mg taken at bedtime.
SUNSCREEN: delay aging, prevent skin cancer + promote long term skin health @marieveronique_

CHLOROPHYLL: Removes toxins, speeds up metabolism + protects skin
TULSI + GREEN TEA: Calm your nerves + feel focused? Yes, please. 
BETAINE HCL: Prevent gas, bloat, heartburn by taking these with your meals. 
LEMONS: Alkalinizing, cleansing, stomach acid producing + stress reducing (vitamin C) 🍋🍋🍋⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Orange Peels

Orange Peels

Orange PEELS ... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Improve DIGESTION and speed METABOLISM ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Improve ORAL health: chew orange peels as a natural breath freshener or rub the inside on your teeth to help with whitening and sensitivity
Improve SKIN appearance: Rub orange peel extract combined with milk to help lighten dark spots on your skin or use it as a skin toner
Support healthy WEIGHT loss: Orange peels are low in calories and high in fiber, making them a useful food if you're trying to lose weight.
Grate the peel over your food like you would a lemon... I suggest over PORRIDGES to add a bit of bitterness, SALADS, roasted CHICKPEAS...many IDEAS, so many FOODS... 🍊🍊🍊