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Hollywood celebrities swear by fresh green juices to keep their skin clear and the stomachs flat. Nutritionist to the stars Kimberly Snyder has taught me to get my vitamins and minerals in right at the beginning of the day– for breakfast.

16 ounces, or 2 glasses, of the Glowing Green Smoothie (GGS) make up my (and my mom’s!) breakfast every morning. That’s it– and it’s as filling as a full meal! The reasoning behind drinking fruit and vegetable juice for breakfast is this: you must eat light to heavy during the day. The GGS is very light and easy on your body and is digested with minimal effort, leaving your body with more “beauty energy” to repair cells, clean out your blood, and carry out general body and beauty maintenance. Ever notice how you get sleepy after a heavy meal? Digesting heavy foods zaps your body of energy because it’s devoting most of its resources to breaking your food down, at the expense of the rest of your body– including your skin!

Eating light early in the day allows your body to continue the detoxification process that has been going on through the night as you slept, leaving you with more energy to expend in the morning and afternoon! Keep lunch simple– quinoa and vegetables– for example, and dinner can be your heaviest meal. This sounds contrary to popular thought today (eat a heavy breakfast, light dinner), but Kimberly’s logic makes sense: by evening, you’ve completed your day’s tasks, and you have the time to kick back, relax, get sleepy, and let your body expend some extra effort digesting dinner into the night. So try the GGS for a refreshing start to your day!

Not to mention, it’s so nice to get eating all those leafy greens out of the way early in the day :). For more on the GGS from Kimberly herself, click here.

P.S. Feel free to switch out your favorite fruits and fibrous dark green vegetables! Mom and I have tried kale, broccoli and mango as alternatives so far. Add parsley or cilantro for extra detox power, if you like. If you’re short on time, you can make the GGS the night before (it keeps up to two days in the fridge, longer if you freeze it).

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Hi all! Hope you managed to weather through winter without too much struggle. I went into a bit of a blogging hibernation, but the sun is shining, and Jolie Asie is back in action.

I recently read a book that I HIGHLY recommend: The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder. Kimberly is a celebrity nutritionist whose clients include Drew Barrymore, Hillary Duff, Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, and Fergie. The Beauty Detox Solution is an amazing read and has really changed the way I understand how the food I eat is impacting my body– and it’s lead to a total overhaul of my diet. This one’s a life-changer that I will be writing a number of posts on. Request it from your local library today.

This first post on Kimberly’s beauty wisdom is her fascinating look at how our body is designed and why it makes sense for us to pursue a vegetarian diet, or at least, minimize the amount of animal protein we consume.

“The gorilla,” she says, “is a natural vegetarian [that] gets all its protein, vitamin and mineral needs from its plant-based diet and is in fact the strongest animal on earth, pound for pound.” The same goes for elephants, the hippo, the rhinoceros, and the buffalo– all plant eaters, who derive all their protein needs from the amino acids (building blocks of protein), in plants. Here’s an excerpt from Kim’s book on the topic:

One of the best ways to figure out where we belong is to look at the animal kingdom. The human body is most closely related to that of primates: monkeys, chimps, and gorillas. Our genetic makeup is more similar to that of chimpanzees than to that of any other species on the planet, with an estimated 99.4 percent of our DNA sequence shared.

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Look down at your hands. Don’t they look similar to monkeys’ hands? Look at your nails, flexible fingers and opposable thumbs. Now grind your teeth back and forth. You’ll find that our teeth, like monkeys’, are flattened (except the front canines, which can be used to help open up the harder shells of some fruits). Our back molars are appropriate for grinding plants for easy digestion.

Carnivorous animals, like the tiger, for example, have short inflexible “fingers,” which are really protrusions to push out and retract claws. These claws are needed to rip into the flesh of their prey. The tiger and other carnivores have sharp fangs: even their back molars are sharp and pointed, perfect for hunting and eating raw meat. Without these claws and sharp teeth, it would be impossible for the tiger to feast on its prey. Our hands, teeth and bodies simply aren’t designed for hunting and devouring animals in the same way; we have to use tools, weapons and utensils instead.

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Okay, so we look different. But it turns out that our digestive tract is built differently, as well. The human liver, for instance, has a low tolerance for uric acid, a by-product of digesting animal protein. In contrast, the liver of the carnivorous tiger contains uricase, which is an enzyme used to break down uric acid. This enzyme gives the carnivorous tiger’s liver about fifteen times the capacity to break down uric acid from animal protein than a human liver has.

Not only are our livers designed to digest plant foods, but our stomachs are, too. The stomach juices of the tiger and other carnivores have a very high concentration of acid. This high concentration of acid helps to quickly and efficiently break down the high concentration of proteins that make up the carnivore’s diet. Humans’ stomach acid, on the other hand, is much less concentrated. Carnivores’ stomach acid is at least ten times more concentrated, and some researchers believe it could be many times more concentrated than that.

And what is true in the liver and stomach is true in the rest of the digestive tract. The human intestine is extremely complex, and at around thirty feet, it is about twelve times as long as our torso. (The gorilla also has a long intestine–about eight to twelve times its torso length.) It is designed to be long so there is adequate time to absorb the minerals and nutrients of fruits and plant matter, which quickly break down and move through our bodies much faster than animal protein does. The carnivorous tiger, on the other hand, has a short intestine– only about three times the length of its torso. Its intestinal tract is designed for quickly getting rid of the acidic waste matter that is the by-product of animal protein….

Your long intestinal tract is simply not designed to process large amounts of meat. When you put large amounts of heavy animal protein in your long intestine, the protein just hobbles along as best it can, which isn’t very fast, since it has to pass through the winding corridors of so many feet of intestine. Because it takes so long in that hot environment, it can start to putrefy, or in other words, rot, causing unhealthy bacterial growth and toxicity. There is no other way to put it: waste from digested animal products is meant to exit the body quickly, as it does in a carnivore’s body, not linger in your long digestive tract.

Digesting protein creates all sorts of by-products in the body, like purines, uric acid and ammonia, all of which create acidity in the body. These toxins are absorbed into our bloodstream through the colon and circulate all around our bodies. When our blood is clogged with toxins, it can’t transport as many beautifying minerals, and these toxins can age and clog the skin cells of our faces.

This chapter goes on to discuss more health issues caused by body acidity and toxins. It’s an engrossing and thought-provoking read, and the book provides persuasive dietary and lifestyle recommendations for increasing energy and vitality, eating for beauty and detoxing. I’ll write more on these subjects soon.

‘Til then!

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By now most of you have seen Deepika Padukone‘s gorgy retro look on this January’s cover of Filmfare Magazine. To imitate, pair a flirty olive-brown winged eye with a peach-pink cheek and matching lipstick– try MAC Lipstick in Fanfare.

In contrast, someone at Hi! Blitz deserves a slap on the wrist for allowing Imran Khan to appear in front of the camera in this state. Someone get him a glass of water and a Blistex!

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How to Lose Weight for Men

image courtesy twitterNew Year’s has come and gone, and weight loss is on the brain for many. In the past few months I’ve had conversations with many male friends about their desire to shed a few pounds and get back in shape. So here’s an article just for you, guys! I’m going to provide some recommendations that’ll help you on your journey to a better body.

1. Read the How to Look Like Hrithik Roshan guide

The most popular post on Jolie Asie, the How to Look Like Hrithik Roshan guide gives you everything you need to know about this super fit Bollywood hero’s diet and exercise routine, including some tips from Hrithik himself. Read it, get inspired, and try applying some of his advice to your own daily routine.

2. EAT LESS!

Weight loss is 90% diet, 10% exercise. The key here is PORTION CONTROL. You can have any and all of the delicious, sinful foods you love– but in moderation. Your portion sizes simply must shrink if you want to lose extra poundage. Learn to serve yourself less at meals (but don’t starve yourself or diet! You’ll just rebound!).

image couirtesy google imagesMeat portions should be no larger than the size of your fist (and lean meats or fish are best). Have dessert, but in very, very small quantities, and not necessarily every day. Same goes for drinks. Eat until you are satisfied (80% fullness), not until you are stuffed.

Consume more fruits and vegetables to promote satiety (feeling full). Drink plenty of water throughout the day for this purpose as well. Dehydration from lack of water can lead you to feeling drained, and you may try and make up for this by eating more than you would otherwise. You don’t need to live off of salads; you just need to eat what you normally eat in less quantity. Try to avoid eating out too much, as restaurant foods are typically highly caloric and most folks tend to overeat when they’re out. Ask for your food to be wrapped to-go so you can split one large meal into two or three.

image courtesy google imagesYou must avoid late night snacking. Don’t eat any additional meals after dinner, no matter how late you’re up (this goes for Saturday night after-party munchies and pizzas as well). If you are up late working and must snack, choose healthy options like fruit (apples will work wonders for keeping you awake!), nuts (excellent for keeping blood sugars stable), or lean protein (e.g. sliced deli turkey).

Watch how much alcohol you’re drinking. Alcohol weight usually goes straight to the jawline and face, and it’s almost instantly distinguishable. Limit your alcohol intake if you want to lose weight and regain a chiseled look. Avoid calorie-rich beer, sugary drinks, and sodas as a general rule.

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3. Work out

Exercise is important not only for a healthy life but also for a toned figure. You will lose the excess weight through portion control, but you’ll build a better body through exercise. Do what you enjoy– sports, running, lifting, swimming. However, while it’s important to consume enough protein in your diet (via eggs, meat, protein shakes, etc.), do NOT overcompensate. Working out does not give you a free pass to overeat (or eat junk), no matter how much you burned. Also– you don’t need steroids or pills to develop a great figure, only time and dedication.

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4. Sleep

Make sure you’re getting enough sleep! That is: 7-8 hours a night. The body needs time to repair from daily wears and tears at night, and a well-rest body is a healthy body. A cup of tea or coffee every day will keep your energy levels up, which can motivate you to hit the gym or spend a few minutes in the kitchen whipping up a nutritious dinner.

That’s really all it takes! Just do it! Good luck!

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image courtesy wordpressReaders– Jolie Asie has reached a new milestone today: half a million views! A big, big thank you for your viewership, your love and support, and your insightful comments and feedback. I’ve not done any publicity for this blog– it’s grown because of YOU! Please remember to tell your friends and family about JA and we’ll continue to expand our community.

And as always, I want to know what you think and what you want to learn more about! More everyday beauty tips? Skincare advice? More on fashion? Beauty interviews? Celebrity interviews? More/fewer makeup breakdowns? More on Ayurveda and ancient beauty secrets? Let me know what you would like to see!

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I’m a huge fan of ABC’s fantasy drama “Once Upon a Time”, now in its second season, starring Hollywood film and television actress Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret Blanchard. I couldn’t help but notice that she shares a resemblance to young Bollywood star and magazine cover darling Anushka Sharma.

Although their eyes are not quite alike (Ginny’s are more close-set and almond-shaped, whereas Anushka’s eyes are rounder) and Anushka has a slightly larger nose than Ginnifer, their face shape and jawline are extremely similar, as are many of their expressions, particularly when posing for the camera on the red carpet. Their strongest similarities appear to be the way in which they hold their mouth and in their smiles.

Let’s take it to a vote!

(While you’re at it, be sure to cast your ballot in the “Is Sonam Kapoor the Indian Emma Watson?” poll! The votes are very close!)

Netflix has just added the 2012 film “Heroine”, starring Kareena Kapoor, to its collection of Bollywood movies, and I just had to capture some screen shots and break down this particular look from the film (in which Mahi Arora meets her PR agent). Not only had I absolutely loved it within the context of the movie, but I also had a makeup request from one of my readers specifically for this very scene!

To begin, make sure you have a flawless base. Apply a primer (a sunscreen would be appropriate, considering Bebo is sitting by the poolside), follow with your favorite foundation or tinted moisturizer. Concealer isn’t necessary for this; you’ll want to appear even-toned, but don’t need to go all-out to conceal darkness, since you’re going for a natural, no-makeup feel.

This look is marked by Kareena’s ethereal “perfection complexion”, raspberry-tinted cheeks, and a pretty and unassuming lipstick. Sweep a cool pink blush (MAC Powder Blush in Coygirl) over the apples of your cheeks and blend. Apply a sweet pink lipstick (MAC Lipstick in Sweetie). Make the look authentic with medium brown, wind-swept locks. Curl a few tendrils of your hair here and there and loosely tie the rest back.

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Kareena’s understated eye makeup is actually similar to a look sported by Priyanka Chopra in Fashion. Her lids and crease are swept with a neutral light brown shadow (pick a color that is only one or two shades darker than your skintone). A faint dusting of highlighter powder (e.g. MAC Eye Shadow in Shroom, Ricepaper) is applied over the upper lashes in a line of medium thickness. This is followed by a line of black gel eyeliner (MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack). Curl lashes, apply mascara, and you’re all set!

What was your favorite look from the movie?