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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.

 

 

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Indulge in chocolate this New Year!

3 Jan

I came across an amazing recipe for a chocolate face mask that I might start incorporating into my routine at the spa. I have to say I tried it out on my skin, and not only did it work – it tasted great!

Technically, you are not supposed to eat it, but if a little bit did accidentally happen to get in your mouth, or your clients mouth – it is completely safe!

This mask is stimulating to the skin, hydrating and also opens up the pores. It is rejuvenating and safe to eat as I mentioned earlier.

For the recipe –

2 tablespoons cocoa powder (think raw, organic, pure)

2 tablespoons plain yogurt

1 teaspoon of honey

Make a paste of all of the ingredients and spread it on the face after a thorough cleansing. Avoid the eye area. After 10 minutes, remove with a warm, damp towel.

Then savor the amazing results – which are completely guilt free. A great way to indulge your sweet tooth and enhance your home skin care routine.

Credit for this recipe goes to Cortney Matz who is based in Los Angeles.

 

 

Some winter love for dry eyes and puffiness with a homemade eye treatment!

14 Nov

Winter always brings out seasonal allergies and overly dry skin in some of my clients. In addition, we all tend to overindulge in all that the holidays has to offer. Between the sweets, food, stress and alcohol consumption during holiday parties it’s no wonder we all look a little ragged. If you are looking for a quick, easy and inexpensive way to relax, ease those itchy allergy eyes and puffy circles look no further. Using some cucumber slices and lavender essential oil, this is probably the easiest and most effective of the treatments I have offered.

Cucumber and Lavender Eye Treatment
1/4 freshly cut cucumber, chilled
1 drop Doterra Lavender essential oil

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Slice the cucumber thinly, and place it in a small bowl of fresh spring water. Place in the refrigerator for at least ten minutes. You can add ice cubes to chill it faster if you desire. Add a drop of Lavender essential oil and let the bowl sit on the counter a few minutes until the scent is infused into the mixture. Place the slices on the closed eyelids to reduce puffiness or to relieve eyes that are red and itchy from seasonal allergies for approximately five to ten minutes or until the cucumbers are no longer cold.

To make this experience more “spa like” – put on some relaxing music. Maybe something along the lines of Carla Bruni’s “Le Ciel dans une chambre,” “Yellow” by Jem, or “Duet” from Rachel Yamagata. Timing wise, you could probably listen to all three and be transported into a state of beauty bliss.

I hope this amazing little tip helps you through this rough skin patch, also known as winter time.

Stay Beautiful!

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.

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!!

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!!