HAIR GOALS

August 4, 2017

One thing you probably don’t know about me >> I’ve always been obsessed with hair. I seriously contemplated dropping out of undergrad to go to cosmetology school my junior year. I literally skipped class and went to a Paul Mitchell orientation in Rhode Island. Long story short, my hair dreams were put on hold once Daddy told me he’d cut me off if I didn’t finish my biology degree. Haha. True story.

Even though I’m on a (much) different career path now, I still love love love hair and look forward to the experience of visiting my hair guru friend a couple times a year. A cut and color is always so refreshing and oddly detoxifying to my soul. I feel like a new woman leaving the salon each time with my freshly trimmed locks.

Hair and photo by @melissastyleshair

If you know me from a while back you are probably reminiscing on some of my (god awful) school pictures. There was the strawberry blonde phase, also known as the blonde box dye phase your girl did herself. The Ashlae Simpson phase, starting with those heavy blunt bangs with black color underneath that transitioned shortly after to all over blue-black. Then there was what I like to call the unicorn phase, when my bestie and I experimented with pink, purple, blue, you-name-it-one-of-us-probably-had-it color.

Needless to say my hair and I have had some trials and tribulations. It’s been a long road to recovery but girl, we made it! I wanted to share some of the *natural* tips and tricks I’ve used over the years to nurse my hair back to health, grow long healthy locks and reach my #hairgoals!

First and foremost, healthy hair starts on the inside. Translation: if you want long healthy hair you need to follow a healthy diet. Think lean proteins, healthy fats, and lots and lots of greens. Once you have that on lock, take a look at my running list below and let me know what you think! I’m always trying new products and supplements but these are my tried and true!

  1. Less is best — wash as little as possible. Invest in a good dry shampoo or a safe baby powder (my go to is this powder) and master the top knot.
  2. Ditch the heat — embrace the undone look. I dry my hair no more than once a week. Use a sea salt spray for added volume + texture.
  3. Collagen — the supplement I refuse to live without. It has completely changed my hair, skin and nail game. I take it in the morning with my coffee and my hair and nails grow like crazy. I legit can’t keep up with my nails because they grow so fast and strong, not to mention the major growth along my hair-line. Ever notice those baby hairs after wearing your hair back in a slick pony or bun? You need this.
  4. Fat is phat — essential to hair growth. Think you eat enough? Probably not — you need more butter in your life. You’re welcome.
  5. ACV rinse — kind of a game changer — dilute 1:1 with water and rinse over hair in the shower. This mixture also works great in a spray bottle to detangle tresses after you get out. B says I smell like a chip but strong shiny hair is totally worth it — and once it dries the smell is undetectable. Read more about AVC rinses here and here.
  6. Coconut oil mask — *covers whole body in coconut oil.* No, really — coconut oil is so great for your hair. Apply from root to ends and soak for a few hours or overnight if you dare.
  7. Last tip — find yourself a bad AF hair stylist. My friend @melissastyleshair has been doing my hair since I was in 8th grade and I honestly don’t trust anyone else. She is all about my less is more mentality and doesn’t use any harsh chemicals to achieve my natural-looking grown out color. Her products are vegan, gf, and without bleach. << all about that natural life. Check out her salon here.

Something a bit different for you today *not food* but I plan to share more on natural health and wellness here in the near future! If you haven’t already, follow my new IG for my blog @megbeansrn!

RED SHRIMP CURRY + BLOG HAPPENINGS

July 13, 2017

I feel like this post is kind of major! I posted the link on FB for the first time and feel sort of weird and vulnerable, but also very excited at the same time! Welcome to my happy place, FB peeps. For those of you who are new here, and even those of you who have been following all along, I have some exciting thoughts to share! Well, they are exciting to me at least.

Lets recap — I stared this blog as a creative outlet with no true direction — simply a place for me to share recipes and express myself in pictures and in writing. A year(!) has passed, a bunch of delicious recipes were made, photographed, and shared, but above all, I got to know my true self. I was acquainted with my deepest passions and desires and through this blog, sharing my thoughts and most authentic self, I developed the courage to share more of my journey and experiences.

You guys know I am a wildly health conscious nurse, and now in graduate school to become a holistic family nurse practitioner. I am constantly reading studies, listening to podcasts, consulting colleagues, and soaking up any information I can about health and wellness. I want to let you in on this journey I have been traveling for quite some time.

I’m on a mission to live my best, healthiest, most fulfilling life and my hope for you is to join me. My intent is to first share food (it’s always been about the food) that makes you feel good on the inside and out. Think lots of greens, healthy fats, lean proteins and a side of cake because #balance. Second, I hope to share more of what is buzzing in health and wellness and what is current in literature. << Find more of this on my Facebook page. Lastly, this is still a safe place for me to be myself and WRITE. Writing has been such a therapeutic practice for me and I urge you to do the same! Get to know yourself. You might be surprised with what you discover.

I certainly don’t have it all figured out — I partner with naturopaths and functional medicine doctors myself on my own health journey — but I have dedicated my career as a nurse and future nurse practitioner to uncover everything that’s true in medicine and the health and wellness industry. Lucky for you, I’m going to share it with you all here.

Phew, that feels good to get out!! As a huge thank you for following along/supporting my blog, I’ll leave you with this killer dinner inspo >> shrimp curry with summer squash. B and I made this a few nights ago and it was surprisingly easy to make and of course healthy AF. B hates when I say AF but it makes me feel cute and sassy lololol. And if you’re feeling extra inspired, I’d love if you could take a minute to nominate megbeans for the Saveur Food Blog Awards. Read more about how to nominate me or other bloggers here. Nominations close July 19th!

RED SHRIMP CURRY WITH SUMMER SQUASH

1-2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 onion, sliced thinly
1 summer squash, 1/8th inch slices
1 garlic glove, minced
1 carrot, sliced thinly using a mandolin
1 can full fat coconut milk
Juice of 1 lemon
2 Tbsp red curry paste
1 tsp ginger, grated
1/2 tsp turmeric, grated
1 tsp salt
20 shrimp 🍤 — I buy mine already peeled + cooked for convenience (!)
Fresh basil, julienned

Heat coconut oil in cast iron skillet over medium heat. Sauté onion and garlic for a minute or until fragrant. Add carrot and zucchini and cook for 6-8 minutes more, until they begin to brown and soften.

While the vegetables cook, start on the curry sauce. Whisk coconut milk with curry paste, ginger, turmeric and salt until combined. Add sauce to vegetables and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and add shrimp. Cook until sauce thickens and shrimp are heated through. Top with basil and serve over cauliflower or white rice.

Serves 2

GO-TO GREEN SMOOTHIE

July 2, 2017

Go-to green smoothie brought to you by the quickest study break eva! Trying to get this final done so I can enjoy what’s left of the long weekend. I haven’t had a stretch off in a minute and this girl needs some vitamin D!! Continue Reading

SMOKED SALMON SNACK TACOS

June 1, 2017

This isn’t really a recipe per se — more like a bunch of things I put in a tortilla but thought you would like it too so I took some nice pics and I’m posting it here!

I’ve been following a high fat, moderate protein, low-ish carb (I love you, pizza) diet and feel soooooooooooooooooo good. My brain is legit on fire. Upping your fats = improved mood, more energy, flat belly, balanced hormones, etc. etc. AKA just do it. Do it with these smoked salmon tacos bc they are so easy and delicious. Also do it with bulletproof coffee bc it will change your life. << I think I say “it changed my life” in every post but FOR REAL it changed my life. Also, side note — I found these new tortillas that are grain free(!) made with coconut and cassava flour and they are so freakin’ good. They are all the rage on IG so you know your girl had to try them. Continue Reading

COSMIC SMOOTHIE BOWL

May 27, 2017

Happy weekend friends! I’m so excited to share this one. I’m back on my smoothie kick and loving this bowl inspired by some of my fav food/wellness bloggers. Totally jumping on the fun cosmic trend here too with this grey-ish blueberry-cauliflower smoothie. Don’t judge!! — it’s so yummy and healthy. Continue Reading