Eat Pretty & the Beauty Benefits of Eating Seasonally


Remember when I said I was going to bring more book love back to the blog?  Well, here it is!  Before I get started, let me just say that this isn’t a leisurely, zone-out, type of book.  It might actually wake you up in more ways than one, in fact!  And truth be told, most of what I read is like this, AKA educational, non-fiction, etc.  I guess I am just not a good “zoner-outer”…I am working on it though!

BUT, I do think this little number is a great read for anyone interested in beauty, diet, health, the benefits of eating seasonally, or who just wants to learn some fun facts about the fruits and vegetables that we consume.  I have been sifting through it for several weeks now, considering it a new, important resource in my kitchen.  This also seemed like the perfect opportunity to write about it as {in my opinion} this is the best time of the year to “Eat Pretty“.  When I went grocery shopping yesterday, the store was loaded with apples, late-summer nectarines and plums, figs, grapes, greens, peppers, tomatoes, and every kind of squash imaginable {Personal fave ♥}.  It was a virtual rainbow!

So I bet you’re wondering about the book…From the inside cover: “Eat Pretty {by former Beauty Editor Jolene Hart} reveals how nutrition can be our most powerful tool in the quest for radiance at any age”.

The pages are chock full of information on the science behind what we eat, with a focus on how those things impact our overall lifestyle too – from stress to hormones to sleep.  There are tidbits about herbs & spices, teas, and recipes to coincide with the seasons {Blueberry Lentil Salad, Oatmeal-Raisin Cookie Truffles, and Lemony Beauty Smoothie – to name a few!}.  I personally love the seasonal breakdowns because they include “Beauty Baskets” with detailed descriptions of the ingredients and why they are good for us.  Did you know that arugula can help to remove dark circles, apples are good for our skin, chard makes our nails grow, and butternut squash is a healthy hair secret?

A little tidbit about that…The top things that you guys ask me about are 1. How I style and shoot my food posts {<— I am working on a series about this!}, and 2. My hair (!), which makes me super grateful and kind of makes me laugh because for a while, said hair was pretty bad!  I have natural waves that are hard to tame and I spent a long time frying them with straightening treatments and irons, and covering them in harsh chemical dyes.  Yuck.  Over the last few years I’ve gotten my hair back to a healthful state by washing it a lot less {2-3 times per week max}, switching to a “green” salon, and changing my diet to be much cleaner than it was.  I learned from this book that my love for squash in particular had something to do with getting it back in to shape, as well.  Cool, right?

Obviously I am not a 100% clean eater all of the time, but I really love delving into this stuff, and essentially playing “science experiments” on myself every once in a while : )  I highly recommend this book if you are into that kind of thing too!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


5 Responses to Eat Pretty & the Beauty Benefits of Eating Seasonally

  1. katelon says:

    Looks like a great book.

    I’m curious why you feel the need to tame your waves? When did the rejection of waves and curls happen?

    Personally, when I started focusing on better health and diet, my curls started underneath in the back of my hair and slowly took over all my head and I love them. I don’t straighten them but celebrate them. I even wrote a blog post about it, this revolution that took part in my hair as I was getting more politicized and educated. But I’ve noticed that most women with waves and curls now spend hours straightening their hair. Why is that?

    You are so much into fashion I thought you might know the answer to my question 🙂

    • jjbegonia says:

      Hmmm, I am not sure I can speak for a whole, but I know for me personally, it was a choice that made me feel better. My hair is crazy thick, and at the time I was straightening it with treatments, it was short too, so it took on a Richard-Simmons-esque look when left to its own devices : ) I like that when it’s straighter it feels silkier, and I can go longer in-between washes. I am all for embracing what you were born with, but think it’s pretty powerful to do what makes you feel the best too!

      • katelon says:

        Thanks for your authentic response and not taking offense at my question. I appreciated reading about your choices. I love using coconut oil on my hair as it keeps it from being frizzy. I get my hair wet every day, only wash it once a week, but my hair drys quickly. I’m sure with thicker hair it takes much more attention. I realize that different hair textures respond differently. My Mom loved my hair short but once it got curly, it just never looked right to me and took way too much attention. So I’m comfortable with my casual wavy/curly hair. Glad you’ve found a way that works for you. Your hair is beautiful.

  2. Anonymous says:

    There is a saying. – “you are what you eat” and I am totally in agreement with this concept! Healthy consumption makes for an overall heathy person on every level, As for your hair. – – it is absolutely gorgeous! Whether you choose to wear it natural and curly or straighten it – it is your preference and isn’t it marvelous that we can make a choice to do what pleases US!! You are a beauty and your photos and blog content reflect that – keep on with your amazing work!!

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