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Meet your meat

12 May

Every once in a while I get a request for a blog post that asks me to showcase a recipe that is great for your skin. This isn’t one of them. However, this post is one I have been wanting to do for a while because this food is not only is it great for your overall health, but your skin, and hair as well.

featureGrass fed beef. Now, I realize there are a lot of plant based readers out there who will not agree with this post, and that’s okay. I’m not suggesting that anyone change their diet completely based on this post, rather I am suggesting that if you are going to eat meat, that you at least make better choices.

So, why is grass fed beef so much better than regular beef? Well, for starters, watch any of the documentaries out there that show how the traditional beef industry works and what the cattle are fed. The industry thrives on feeding beef corn, but so much of todays corn and feed is genetically modified. In addition to GMO’s  traditional beef can be packed full of antibiotics, chemicals and hormones.

There are so many articles, studies, documentaries, etc that make it complicated when it comes to dietary guidelines. Let me just break down the basics here for you and keep it simple:

  • Grass fed beef has 80% less fat than grain fed beef and 30% less cholesterol. Imagine being able to keep the protein intake up, but the fat content down.
  • It has balanced Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega acids aid in the prevention and treatment of inflammatory disease and autoimmune disorders.
  • It is a great source of conjugated linoleic acid. 3 times the amount in traditional beef. What is this? It’s an acid that reduces the risk of cancer, obesity, and a number of immune disorders.
  • It is full of beta carotene. This helps with vision, immune disorders, and osteoarthritis.
  • It contains 400% more Vitamins A and E which helps your vision, and stimulates white blood cells.
  • Grass fed beef also creates happier animals, supports sustainable farming practices and local farms.

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Due to the high demand of healthier foods, there has thankfully been a rise in the amount of grass fed beef now carried at local stores. What used to only be available a Farmers markets or local meat shops is now available at chain grocery stores. Sure, the cost of the meat is a little more expensive, but it’s a step toward being healthier. Spending a little more time and money on your health now as a preventative measure sure beats forking over a ton of money for health issues later. Some of those issues can definitely be chalked up to hereditary factors, but with the rise of so many unexplained diseases that aren’t passed down, it may  be better to just help the odds of being healthier, longer by eating as clean as you can.

 

 

Product Review on Zim’s Crack Cream and Max Freeze

10 Jun

I recently had the pleasure of reviewing two wonderful new products at the spa. The first one, MAX Freeze, is a topical spray that works very similarly to bio freeze. I love the way it smells, and the natural ingredients – plus it actually works. Maybe not long-term, but as it states it is only for the temporary relief of minor aches and pains, and joint pain. My left hip always seems to give me issues and so I had decided to spray some on there after I did a particularly hard workout. I wasn’t stiff or achy like I normally was. MAX Freeze is available at multiple drugstores nationwide like Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, and many more.

Ingredients:
Contains 4% menthol – Pain Reliever
Contains .2% camphor – Pain Reliever
Organic Ilex, Organic Aloe, Organic Arnica, Vitamin E, & Tea Tree Oil

MAX Freeze

MAX Freeze

The Second item I am particular exited to share my review about. I LOVE products with Arnica in them, and have seen huge results with these products whenever I have used them on myself. I especially love the smell, and texture of this particular product. I was a bit skeptical that the product would work any better than other products I have tried, but fortunately I had an issue pop up that was the perfect trial for this cream.

Zim's Advanced Crack Cream

Zim’s Advanced Crack Cream

I recently had a gnarly rash underneath my armpit. The rash was eczema like, and could have been a heat rash or a reaction to my new deodorant. (I know, tmi.) Either way, it was itchy, uncomfortable and left me unable to wear anything on the skin without mild burning. Enter Zim’s Crack Cream. I placed it on the area 2 times a day for two days.

This is what it looked like in the beginning:

Day 1 and having some issues

Day 1 and having some issues

As you can clearly see, I was having some issues. And under both arms, but more so on one side than the other.

After two days, this was the outcome.

After 2 days, and rash free

After 2 days, and rash free

Back to normal again! I also tried Zim’s Crack Cream on my feet since I like to wear sandals a lot in the summer time and they can get a little roughed up from this San Diego sand.

I would definitely give this product 5 stars and my recommendation.

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!

Moisturizing and hydrating Carrot facial mask for home!

9 Aug

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Carrots aren’t only good for your eyesight. The beta-carotene acts as an antioxidant that can help clear up acne or blemishes n the skin, in addition to smoothing the texture of the skin. Many salons, spas and Skincare lines offer rich carrot masks as professional treatments. Due to the high cost of these treatments, I felt inspired to create my own mask that was less expensive, and just as effective for my clients to try at home. In no way will this mask eliminate the need for a deeper facial treatment, but its a great way to maintain the results you see from a visit to your spa.

Ingredients :

2 carrots (chop, boil, then mash)
2 tablespns organic honey
1 tsp coconut oil or wheat germ oil
2 drops geranium essential oil

Mash the products together while the carrots are still warm, and as the mask begins to cool then spread onto clean, damp skin. Leave on for approximately 10 minutes, rinse and moisturizer as usual.

You may sub the essential oil out if you aren’t having active breakouts, or prefer a different scent. However, geranium is wonderful for clearing the skin.

With some wonderful household items, and produce you can have glowing, healthy skin sooner than you think.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this treatment if you try it…

Kimberley