The switch to “eating healthy” isn’t always easy. Sometimes your body just craves that bagel for breakfast or the burger and fries for dinner. But former Olympic track and field athlete, past professional Nike athlete, and Hall-of-Famer Julian Reynolds abides by a simple practice that makes wellness feel way more attainable. And we’re taking notes.

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For her, it’s all about the proportions. Have a pizza? Add a side salad. “I always make sure there is something green on my plate for every meal. Avocado (breakfast), salad (lunch), and broccoli (dinner) are just some examples, but the possibilities are endless,” said Reynolds.

Of course, we all have our faves (*raises hand for balsamic-glazed brussels sprouts*), and the pro athlete does too. In fact, there’s one thing she won’t go a day without — aloe. This food is packed with vitamins and minerals like calcium, potassium, and magnesium, and is notorious for boosting the immune system and aiding in digestion. Even better, it can be found in most grocery stores (who knew?)

While aloe juice is a popular way to consume the healthy plant, this athlete prefers to eat it straight. “I cut about a 1-1.5-inch-wide piece, remove the peel, and ingest,” she explains. But the uses don’t stop there. Reynolds also uses the leftovers in a makeshift face treatment to soothe her skin. “Take the peel, skin facing hand, and massage the interior aloe all over your face, avoiding your eyes. Let it dry and rinse with warm water. Ah-mazing!” Reynolds says.

Whether you’re looking to add more leafy greens to your recipes or introduce a totally new skincare routine, Reynolds’s regime will take you one step closer to your new years #goals without the added stress.

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(Photo via Julian Reynolds)