Archive | May, 2014

New Infused water flavor – Watermelon Cilantro

21 May

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This week at the spa I introduced watermelon and cilantro infused water. I have to say that I think it scared a few of my clients off, but the ones who did try it loved it. The sweetness of the watermelon mixes well with the herbal flavor of the cilantro. Plus, there are so many amazing health benefits to this drink.

Cilantro is known for its ability to detox the body from harmful metals. In addition, it can help to alleviate symptoms of diabetes, anxiety, lower blood sugar and prevent cardiovascular damage. Watermelon is a natural source of antioxidants, increases the amount of blood flow throughout the body, which helps with circulation. The inside of a watermelon is approximately 92% water and has the highest amount of lycopene. It is especially good for men and helps with prostate help, lowers blood pressure and aids erectile dysfunction which helps the ladies out as well (haha).

To make this yummy mixture you will need

1 gallon of water

approx 4 cups cubed watermelon

5 sprigs of cilantro

Put it in the pitcher, place in the fridge at night and enjoy some amazingly refreshing, tasty healthy water the next day!

Stay hydrated!

Spice it up with Cucumber, mint and jalapeño infused water!

15 May

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Hot weather always makes me think about margaritas, and sitting on a beach somewhere melting my troubles away. But, let’s face it. Most of us don’t have the extra time or money to travel every time the temperatures rise. Thankfully, I live in San Diego so I can retreat to the water when I’m not working. I wanted to create an infused water that gave me that tropical, exotic retreat feel without even having to leave my work.

Mint is always a great herb to give a different flavor to your water. Paired with cucumber, you can’t go wrong. But what could make it a bit more interesting? Jalapeño. Yep, you heard it right. This exotic mix is reminiscent of a mojito I had in Hawaii last night. It’s got just a little kick to it without really even tasting the pepper.

For the recipe:

1 gallon water
1/2 of a jalapeño (de-seeded, and completely cleaned out)
1 whole cucumber (or a little less if you want more of a spicy taste to it)
2-3 springs of mint

The flavor on this one kicks up quickly so you could safely make it in the morning to drink all day.
Hope you love it!!

Homemade dry shampoo

15 May

Do you ever feel like you have those days where you don’t want to wash your hair, but you have a little too much oil at the scalp? Or maybe, you have really fine hair and just need a little more volume?

Enter dry shampoo.

A dry shampoo is typically a powder, or sometimes a spray, that will basically absorb some of the oil and act like a temporary “shampoo” for your hair. The problem is that some leaves residue in your hair, all of them have chemicals, and for a good one they aren’t exactly cheap.

Enter your kitchen products.

By using just one, or maybe two products you probably have in your kitchen, you can make your very own dry shampoo that’s healthy, works, smells great and is a fraction of the cost.

Cornstarch (not cornmeal) can be used on lighter hair colors by placing a small amount in your palm and applying into the roots. I used to have an issue with cornstarch because I have dark hair, and then I would be able to see it. Image

If you have dark hair, use an equal combination of cornstarch and cocoa powder. The cocoa powder makes it smell amazing, and the white, ashy look of the cornstarch is not visible at all.

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Try it out, please let me know your thoughts!

 

 

Collagen and Vitamin Supplements for the skin

7 May

I am typically asked about collagen supplements, or which vitamins are essential for the skin. This is a tough one for me because I strongly believe that you can’t really “fix” something with just a pill. I think that in addition to taking a supplement, your overall diet needs to be just as beneficial and you should be drinking enough water. Otherwise, it doesn’t matter how expensive your creams, or supplements are – you won’t see that much of a change. So, what are some of the more common supplements that I have head clients asking about?

Primarily collagen, vitamin C, and Hyaluronic acid supplements.

But, what is collagen?

Collagen is an essential protein that is derived from animals (usually bovine skin) or can also be from shellfish. It is essential for the formation of pretty and supple skin and other tissues in your body. As we age, we see a decline in the collagen production of our skin which leads to loss of fullness, and loss of elasticity. To help boost collagen, you can supplement your already nutritious diet with pills, liquid, or chew forms of the nutrient. It is also great for your hair, nails and bones.

Some of the collagens pair up with other nutrients known to be beneficial for the skin. Some of the items they are paired with are usually vitamin C, or hyaluronic acid. vitamin C is essential to boosting collagen in the skin and can often lead to that “glow” of the skin that most women feel they lose. Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in the body and is a moisturizing agent.

So, how much collagen should I be taking?

First, and foremost you should NEVER start taking a collagen supplement without speaking with your primary doctor if you are currently on any medications to make sure there will be no reactions. In addition, if you are pregnant or nursing you may also need to speak with your doctor. As a general rule, 2000 -6000 mg of collagen per day is ideal.

Do you have any brands that you recommend?

I have been taking supplements from a company called Neocell for about two months now. I started off on a product of theirs called “Beauty Chews” that combine collagen, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid into a small, fruit punch flavored chew. I noticed a good change in my skin about three weeks in, and they were very easy to take. I also did my research on several collagen supplements online before purchasing, and found these had decent reviews. What sold me on this particular brand was that I got to speak with the rep from the company at an event at Sprouts and ask a zillion questions. They were very up front, honest and recommend what they thought would be best for me. They were right.

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In doing more research on the company I found they also have a liquid form (not so great) and a pill form that has collagen types 1 and 3 in them. These pills were very highly rated online, and I was able to purchase them as well. Since I have started on the pills (3 in the am on an empty stomach, 3 in pm same thing) I have noticed a larger change in my skin. My cheek area is fuller then it used to be, my skin feels more supple and looks smooth, and my dark circles that I ALWAYS have even on 8+ hours of sleep are disappearing. I am definitely happy with the results, and I am typically a very picky consumer.

To find Neocell, you can visit them directly on their website.

Please let me know what you think of the products. I am always interested to hear other results (good and bad) – but just make sure that you give yourself a solid month of using them before you decide if you love it or want to leave it.

Stay beautiful!

More infused water flavors!!

3 May

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Rosemary and Pear water

Just when I was getting ready to branch into the more exotic pairings, I ventured back into the rosemary chapter. I absolutely loved the watermelon and rosemary combo and decided to make it a bit more refreshing and add pear. The flavor was good, and quite surprising.

Here’s what you need for this:

2 ripe pears
3 small sprigs of fresh rosemary
1 gallon of water

Another fun flavor – Apple Cucumber

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I know, this combination at first didn’t really sound great, but it was very refreshing. I used gala apples, but your own choice of organic apple will work.

2 gala apples (or organic of your choice)
1 whole cucumber (peeled if not organic)
1 gallon of water

Just like with the other recipes, make the night prior for optimal flavor and keep for only 24 hours.

Hope you enjoy these!!

A miracle drink? Maybe not, but definitely turns back the clock and aids digestion!

1 May

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I started juicing a few years back, and I still juice on a regular basis. I began that journey by incorporating a green smoothie into my routine each day. Not only is this drink packed full of your daily intake of greens, but potassium, multiple vitamins and gives your. Natural boost of energy. When I wanted to wean myself off of soda and coffee this drink, plus green tea was a life saver.

I started off in the morning by waking up and drinking a cup of warm water, with 1/2 a lemon in it. Then I would take a probiotic. About a half hour later I would drink my green smoothie. It was hard to give up breakfast completely at first and substitute with this, so I would also have one or two pieces of gluten free toast with an avocado spread on it, or some oatmeal with flax or hemp sedans sprinkled on it. After a few days this because my breakfast and then I was able to give up caffeine and stick to my healthy snack about an hour or so later.

So what’s in this drink that will give you more energy, help clear your skin, and give you nutrients you are lacking?

For a single serving you will need:

2 cups raw spinach
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1 cup chopped romaine lettuce
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1 half of a banana, one whole pear, three small celery stalks and half of a lemon squeezed into it.
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Place the greens and one cup filtered water in the blender first and lightly blend for 30 seconds until loosely chopped. Then add the pear, banana, and lemon as those don’t need to blend as long.
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Once blended, it may still be a little thick and chunky. I use my Ninja and it does leave it lumpy, and not like a juice at all. But this also makes it more filling. Always start here so that you gain your full nutrients before switching to juicing.

You can double the amount to make two batches and then store in mason jars in the fridge. This will keep for two days if cold. Avoid storing in anything but glass, and keep the lid tightly closed. You can also make large amount and freeze it. I am up to two drinks per day, one in the am and one for my afternoon snack. Always drink it before you are going to have carbs and/or meat.

You can also adjust the recipe as needed to make it a little sweeter by tossing an apple in 🙂

Hope you enjoy it !! Please let me know your thoughts!!

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