Just when we thought we couldn’t get any more inspiration from CAP Beauty, their much-anticipated wellness book hit the stands a few months ago and has been our bible ever since. The CAP girls, Kerrilyn Pamer and Cindy Diprima Morisse, are all about high vibrational living, and we couldn’t be more ready to get on this bandwagon. The book opens up with a mission statement: “Embracing a life of conscious decisions, true self care and thoughtfulness connects you to beauty in a deep and meaningful way, one that transcends the physical. When we connect, we radiate.” Aren’t we all just trying to be the best versions of ourselves?
The book is divided into seasons offering us recipes, rituals for self-care, and beauty tips. Besides the abundance of fruits and vegetables in certain seasons (which we should be taking advantage of, especially from local farmers when we can), we are guided by the Earth’s spin and therefore the girls had divided the rituals in the book seasonally.
All I know is I in no way made any sort of attempt at a summer body. What does that even mean anyways? I finished my 30-day no alcohol challenge only to find myself diving right back into my old habits. There is just something about an ice-cold glass of rosè or Spritz that just shouts summer for me. So there will be no letting loose for me this summer, I need to make sure to keep in check my skin and what I put inside my body. Thanks to my copy of High Vibrational Beauty arriving right in time, I am getting a few pointers on how to live my best version of myself during summer.
Here are a few tips from the girls at CAP on how to enjoy this summer that we are now immersed in:
1. Eat the Rainbow
Summer is a time of bounty: longer days, fresh raw foods, and endless exploration. With all her glory, summertime gives us light, so only natural that the way we eat follows suit. Along with the glorious sun that shines on us throughout the day, may come inflammation – or the ever-dreaded nemesis of summer “the sunburn.” Eat the rainbow: the antioxidants found in the most color vibrant fruit can help fortify your skin and by eating anti-inflammatory foods we can create a stronger defense against sun damage.
2. Scrub it Out
With the extra exposure to sun during this season, summer’s environmental stressors can create a rough layer on our skin. That is why it is highly important to scrub it out to reveal smooth and energized skin. Want to make an at home scrub mix? Mix ½ cup of coconut or olive oil with ½ cup of salt, sugar and/or coffee grounds. Get in the bath or shower and just scrub; try to take your time (about 15 to 20 minutes).
3. Saltwater Heals
“There is a reason we’re drawn to the ocean. Beach culture engages all of our senses and makes summer magic, but it’s the salt and the power of the ocean that deliver the truly High Vibrations. Consider the water a playground for health and healing.” Saltwater is loaded with calcium, magnesium, potassium, and don’t forget the actual salt that penetrates our skin to help detoxify and purify our bodies.
4. Abundance Journal
I have made it a part of my daily life to give gratitude. With every new day that comes, I journal what I am grateful for; it can be the most banal thing to something more specific to that certain day. Since summer is the season of abundance, it can be healing to document all the experiences that come to us in these days. We are exposed to more social engagements, more time spent outside, and many memories, so why not jot down what went on and give thanks to these new experiences.
5. Keep it Light
With so many colorful dishes to choose from, the quintessential summer dish is still gazpacho. This dish is so simple but an all time favorite, and great to have around the house. The girls at CAP suggest even trying some savory gazpacho for breakfast, “one of our secrets for starting the day off right.” They recommend making it the night before, so that way it is ready to go, just add a little avocado.
Good Morning Gazpacho
3 pounds tomatoes, coarsely chopped
2 cucumbers, coarsely chopped
2 jalapeno or Serrano peppers, seeded and coarsely chopped
3 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or sherry vinegar
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon Spanish paprika
1 avocado, pitted, peeled, and chopped, divided
Add the tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and garlic to a high-speed blender or food processor. Blend until fairly liquid. Add the oil, vinegar, salt, paprika, and half the avocado, and blend again. Chill in the fridge. Pour into your favorite bowls, top with a drizzle of oil and the remaining avocado and enjoy. Adjust salt to taste.
Need a revamp for your pantry? Here is a list of must-have ingredients to stock up on to make sure your meals are vibrating higher according to CAP.
Algae Dates Mung Beans
Avocado Oil Fermented Vegetables Pepitas
Bee Pollen Genmaicha Red Lentils
Buckwheat Soba Ghee Reishi
Cacao Hemp Seeds Sunflower Seeds
Cannabidiol Oil He Shou Wu Tamari
Cayenne Himalayan Pink Salt Tocotrienols
Chaga Kelp Noodles Turmeric
Coconut Aminos Lion’s Mane Umeboshi Plums
Coconut Butter Manuka Honey