Every year there seems to a new miracle food– acai berries, pomegranate juice and coffeeberry all promised to be the key to health and beauty, but just turned out to be expensive fads. When I started to hear about quinoa, I thought it was just another hard core health food. But quinoa is truely a great new addition to a beauty diet.
Quinoa is a pseudo cereal that looks like a grain but is actually closely related to beets and spinach. It has the mild taste and texture of couscous or rice but with more protein and HALF the carbs. Gluten-free quinoa is so nutritious that it is a candidate crop for NASA’a Controlled Ecological Life Support System for long term human space flights.
What do Kim Kardashian, Leann Rimes and my neighbor Erica have in common? Like almost 8 million Americans they all have psoriasis. This chronic skin condition is caused by a dramatically increased speed of skin cell growth leading to red splotches coverd with silvery scales. Itchy, dry and painful it usually pops up on the torso, hands, elbows, and legs. Unlike eczema, its found on the outside rather than on the underside of joints.
Like so many health problems, doctors don’t really have a good handle on the causes of psoriasis. It seems to be genetically driven and about 30% of people with psoriasis have at least one family member with the condition. Psoriasis flare-ups have been linked to wheat, stress, weight gain, strep infection cold weather, smoking and heavy drinking. Psoriasis can also cause joint pain and swelling and up to 30% … Continue Reading… →
This week the host of Fashion Flash is Kari of Fab Over 40. Whenever I am in the market for a new make-up or skin care treatment, I visit Fab Over 40 to check out her advice. She carefully road tests each product and when she reports that something works, it does. Recently she introduced me to two new multi-tasking products from Sisley– a moisturizing self-tanner and a tinted moisturizer wirh a SPF 20. Not only do duel purpose products save money, IMO I think a single product works better then piling one on top of another.
I had watched Dr Denese on PBS and was almost mesmerized by her Hungarian accent as she talked about anti-aging strategies. They were packed with pretty heavy science and her book allowed me to get a better grasp of her concepts. For the … Continue Reading… →
Question: Why doesn’t Botox work for me? After an injection I see a difference for a week or two, then I’m back to where I started.
Answer: Such an appropriate question since this year is the 10th anniversary of the FDA approval of Botox– the trade name for the neurotoxin that is arguably America’s favorite anti-aging tool. When properly injected, it relaxes the facial muscles including frown lines on the forehead and crow’s feet around the eyes. Botox can also make changes to the face that makes the eyes look wider and raise the eyebrows.
The key word here is “properly”. The face has 40 different muscles- some move up and some move downward. The injector has to know where to position the shots to get the desired impact.
According to Fifth Avenue cosmetic surgeon Dr Paula Moynahan, there are several possibilities … Continue Reading… →
This week the host of Fashion Flash is Shawna of Female Fat Loss Over 40. If I get discouraged or lazy about fitness, scrolling through this site gets me back on track. While watching a a twenty something hustle through Zumba routinue makes me feel that fitness is an impossible goal, Shawna’s step by step advice and videos empowers me to do more.
And when you are finished looking through all the great Fashion Flash sites, check out The Best of Clean Eating published by Robert Kenneday Publishing. I read my first issue of Clean Eating magazine while getting my bi-annual highlights. I was so excited by the temping, gorgeous yet healthy recipes that as soon as I was finished, I ran out to find my own copy. When I couldn’t find it in the neighborhood news stands, I … Continue Reading… →
Trying to put together menus that incorporated the maximum beauty foods, I realized that I had only explored three protein options- yogurt, shrimp and mussels– good start but more is definitely needed. I decided to start with breakfast and go up close and personal with eggs.
Available everywhere, affordable and quick to cook, eggs pack big nutrition into that little oval shell. One average size egg has six grams of protein and a respectable load of vitamin A, B2, folic acid, B6, choline, iron, calcium, potassium and vitamin D– and all there for less than 70 calories. Chicken fed a diet of polyunsaturated fats and kelp will also be a source of omega-3 fatty acids which is a great added value to the basic egg. Eggs are just about everrywhere … Continue Reading… →
What do Kate Middleton, Nicole Kidman and Brad Pitt have in common?
In addition to being gorgeous, they all have to deal with eczema. And they are hardly alone. It is estimated that 1 in 10 people have experienced eczema at some point in their lives.
The red, scaly, dry, itchy patches of eczema are due to an immune system gone wild. While the exact mechanism is not completely clear, eczema seems to run in families, especially where there is a history of allergies and/or asthma. Eczema usually appears on the scalp, neck, inside the elbows and behind the knees. Once there is a tendancy for eczema, lifestyle factors can trigger an outbreak or make it worse. These triggers include stress, excessive heat and cold, detergents, allergies and perhaps diet.
This week Jodell of Black Cat Plus is hosting Fashion Flash. She is such an amazing resource. Recently she posted about the plus size bikini dubbed the” Fatkini” by its designer and a new series from Stacy London on Plus Size Shopping. I was also impressed by her report on a recent study that showed women were 60% more likely to buy clothing when it was worn by a model whose body type was similar to their own.
And when you have finished clicking through all the great Fashion Flash sites, take a look at Crazy Busy Beauty by Carmindy Acosta. She is the make-up artist on What Not To Wear and I have to admit I’m a little to addicted to makeover shows so its very tempting to actually buy a book to follow along. Crazy Busy Beauty … Continue Reading… →