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Natural Beauty


I won’t go to the spa for chemical peels, glue fake nails on, dye my hair, inject botox, tattoo my skin, pierce my body,  or augment my breasts.  But, sometimes I like to accentuate my eyes and moisturize my lips with natural products.  It’s important to be careful what you put in and on your body, as we can transdermally absorb toxins. I look for 100% vegan. Cruelty-free. Formulated without FD & C color, parabens, talc and mineral oil. Pacifica Beauty Products help strengthen lashes with Vitamins and Minerals. They even have water resistant products for when you’re doing Hot Yoga.  I also love their pure tropical perfumes like Island Vanilla Coconut and Guava….Not overbearing for scent-sitive noses.  A little tip… Coconut Oil is a great makeup remover.


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Get Hot and Sweaty


There’s no better way to feel the heat on a cold winter day that sweating it out in a Far Infrared Sauna!

Saunas have long been used to relax, rejuvenate, cleanse, and socialize.  The benefits of flushing heavy metals, cleanse skin, and increase circulation have been known for thousands of years.  Now, Far Infrared heat saunas can penetrate the skin more deeply than traditional saunas, better aiding in a number of restorative body processes.  There are many benefits to sweating in a far infrared sauna.

Sweating helps flush out toxins such as mercury, lead, and environmental chemicals, from the body and in so doing reduces its toxic load, aiding in liver function. With infrared saunas, the sweating is deeper and more profuse, enabling your body to excrete a higher percentage of toxins than with a conventional sauna. Infrared saunas are also a great alternative for those who don’t like high temperatures or need to avoid them for medical reasons due to the temperature controls.  You can receive benefits with 15-20 minutes, while most people stay in for up to an hour.  Of course, it is always important to consult with your Physician if you have any medical conditions.

When you sweat, you’ll be stimulating better blood flow and circulation throughout your body, reducing blood pressure, and healing arterial walls.  Additionally, you can relax tight muscles and easing minor aches and pains.   Infrared saunas can provide drug-free pain relief for muscles and joints.  They can improve chronic conditions like arthritis, by reducing stiffness and inflammation, and also aid in muscle recovery.

Infrared spas help improve skin tone and reduce signs of aging by stimulating collagen production, and cleansing pores for a radiant glow.  Because of their ability to penetrate the skin more deeply, they increase metabolic rate and can help the body burn off anywhere from 200 – 600 calories in a half hour session.  Most initial weight loss is water, so hydration is essential.

Many gyms and even yoga studios employ Far Infrared Technology.  Nowadays, a home sauna can be very affordable.  This small investment can have large returns to your health.  You can find portable, easy to assemble models at Costco starting under $1000.

Happy Sweating!

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Stoke Your Metabolic Fire

When it’s cold outside, it is natural for metabolism to decrease, while body fat increases.  Here are some ways to beat excessive weight gain, and turn up your internal thermostat.

Foods to Consume:

  • Almonds contain fatty acids that raise your metabolism.  Properly prepare by soaking and limit to 1 serving.
  • Apples and Pears contain a lot of fiber to help you burn more calories. 1-2 fruits per day is sufficient.
  • Broccoli contains Calcium and Vitamin C, a metabolism-rising duo.  Eat liberally.
  • Cinnamon helps your body better metabolize sugar.  Add it to your beverages.
  • Curry and Cayenne Pepper are spicy, so your body will work hard to metabolize it.
  • Grapefruit lowers insulin and burns calories by breaking down the fiber.
  • Green Tea speeds up your brain and nervous system, burning more calories.
  • Hot Peppers and Jalapenos will speed up your heart rate and metabolism for hours.
  • Lean Turkey contains a lot of protein, building muscle and helps burn calories since your body is working harder to process it.
  • Spinach speeds up your metabolism, and is high in Vitamin C, antioxidants and iron.
  • Water increases your body’s metabolic rate by 30 percent (by drinking 17 ounces).

How to Eat:

  • Avoid refined foods of any type.  Whole, un-cooked fresh foods allow your body to do the work and break down the nutrients naturally.
  • Eat smaller portions. Each time your digestive system starts to work, you burn calories.
  • Add lean protein to every meal (3 oz) or snack (1 oz). The protein builds muscle, tells your brain to stop eating, and increases your metabolism since your body is working harder to digest it.
  • Work out. Try strength training a few times a week… it boosts your metabolism.  Walking briskly for 1 hour will kick your body into fat burning      mood for hours.

Start Every Day with A Cleansing, Immune-Strengthening Metabolic Booster:

“CyC’s Rise and Shine Elixir”

Mix ingredients together the night before, and have by bedside.  Stir and consume upon waking.

  • Tall glass of room temperature water
  • Green Tea Bag
  • 1 TBSP RAW Honey
  • 1 TBSP Cinnamon or Cinnamon Stick
  • ½ fresh squeezed Lemon
  • ¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper (increase to ½ tsp over time)
  • ¼ tsp ground Ginger (increase to desired taste

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Fall Fermentation Class! Saturday November 17th

We Are Not Alone – The Power of Probiotics

Do you suffer from yeast infections, ear infections, bloating, belching, flatulence, halitosis, cancer, poor immune system, acne, toe / nail fungus, mood swings, depression, or unexplained weight?  Do you have bread, sugar, or alcohol cravings?  Have you ever taken antibiotics?  If you answer YES to any of these questions, you can benefit from powerful probiotics.

Our bodies are comprised of approximately 100 trillion cells.  But, only 10% of these cells are human.  Microbes like bacteria, yeast, and pathogens and parasites account form 90% of our cellular matter.  Our digestive tracts are competitive environments, so it’s important for the good bacteria to keep the bad bacteria in check.  Probiotics are “pro-life”, and help support a healthy microbiota in our gut.  Unfortunately, the SAD (Standard American Diet) is devoid of life giving nutrition.  Most of us have received several courses of Antibiotics “against life”, which are indiscriminate against the good and bad bacteria.  Many of us are simply out of balance, and the bad microbes are ruling our bodies and lives.

Learn how to take back control.  Come sample and learn how to make Probiotic Powerhouses like Sauerkraut, Kombucha, and Yogurt.  Discover how supplemental probiotics are manufactured, and how to choose the right one for YOU.

This class is on a contribution basis.  Sign up now by to confirm your spot on November 17, 2012 from 10am – noon.  I look forward to seeing you here!

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Kombucha, the Wonder Drink

Kombucha has been a choice medicinal drink for thousand of years.  It is a fizzy fermented tea that is teaming with beneficial yeasts and bacteria.  It aids in digestion, reducing acid reflux, heartburn, and creates a sense of calm in those who drink it.  It is produced from a large discus culture called a SCOBY, meaning “symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast.”  The brew is essentially comprised of Green Tea, Vinegar and Sugar.  The culture ferments the mixture, and in the process creates another Kombucha and a refreshing, fizzy drink.

Companies, such as Synergy, make the taste more palatable by adding all sorts of flavors to the brew including Ginger, Grape, Strawberry, Lemon, and Cranberry.  The drink is meant to be sipped throughout the day, not consumed at one sitting.  Commercially, it is priced at approximately $4 per bottle.  You can create this wonderous miracle drink at home for the price of tea, sugar, (and if you don’t have a friend who can pass one on, a SCOBY)  See the recipe here:

But, Kombucha has other uses.  The old, original SCOBYs are full of nutrition, and can be chopped up and put in salads.  People will pay large sums of money to get “Kombucha Facial Peels”, a natural microderm abrasion.  It also cleans and conditions your hair.  Plant a SCOBY or compost it for acidic fertilizer.  It’s always good to pass on a SCOBY to a friend, just in case your culture goes bad.


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Balancing the Omegas – To Inflame or Not To Inflame? That is the Question.

In my earlier post “Fat Facts”, I briefly discussed the importance of healthy fats and some sources of the different Omega 3, 6, and 9 Fatty Acids.

But how much should we consume? Approximately 30% of our diets should come from healthy fats. But, we also need to balance the Omega 3 and 6 ratio. The Omega 6/Omega 3 ratio should be no greater than 5:1.

Fatty Acids contribute to Prostaglandin (PG) production, which is necessary for managing inflammation. And while inflammation is necessary in the beginning the healing process, anti-inflammation is required to complete the process. PG2s are responsible for inflammation. But, it takes both PG1s and PG3s to anti-inflame. PG1s and PG2s are derived from Omega 6, while PG3s come only from Omega 3. Americans get up to 25 times more the Omega 6s than 3s (25:1 ratio!). The lack of Omega 3s and PG3s in the typical American diet leads to epidemic numbers of inflammatory diseases. These include psoriasis, eczema, arthritis, diabetes, and cancer.

This epidemic is largely due to the rise of the vegetable oil industry. Cheaply made, genetically modified, rancid, carcinogenic corn, soybean, cottonseed, and canola oils line the grocery market aisles in clear plastic bottles. But these cheap vegetable oils are also in nearly every packaged product consumed. The meat industry is also feeding the livestock corn and soy. Do you think our ancestors ate rapeseed (canola oil) and cotton seeds while feeding their cows and chickens corn and soybeans?

So, even though we are getting alot of the pro-inflammatory PG2s from low quality Omega 6’s, we are lacking in the anti-inflammatory PG3s from Omega 3s.  Our population is burning up!  In order to put out the fire, we need to cut out the highly refined, package products and start eating real food. Great examples are wild caught fish, dark leafy greens, extra virgin olive oil, grass-fed livestock, Chia, Hemp Seeds, and Walnuts.

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Brush Your Skin

We are exposed to toxins every day.  Our air contains microscopic carcinogens.  Processed foods are filled with chemicals, and commercial produce is bathed in pesticides.  Our children drink from fluorinated, chlorinated water fountains at their schools.  The electronic devices we depend on emit electro-magnetic radiation.  These stresses create toxic burdens on our bodies.  Fortunately, our bodies have the ability to detoxify.

The skin in the body’s largest organ, and it protects us from foreign pathogens.  Also known as the third kidney, the skin secretes a majority of waste through sweat.  People have known this for a long time, and have used Dry Skin Brushing as a regular method of detoxification.   The benefits of this practice are many:

  • It helps clear toxins from the lymphatic system, helping the body purify itself naturally.
  • It improves liver and kidney health because the body is no longer concentrating the entire detoxification process on those organs.
  • It also stimulates the nervous system and improves its function.
  • It exfoliates the skin and removes the outer layer of dull, dry skin, making it noticeably softer and brighter.
  • It keeps toxins from polluting the skin, which promotes a clear, supple complexion.
  • People who use this technique regularly notice reduced cellulite and better muscle tone.

It is best to select a brush made with soft, natural hair or fibers.  Synthetic fibers can damage and irritate skin.  A long handle will help reach the back side.  

To help accelerate the cleansing process, brush daily right before your shower.  Always use brush strokes toward the heart to facilitate detoxification.  Brushing away from the heart can adversely affect circulation in the blood vessels and lymph system.  

Start from the tips of your fingers, stroking all the way up your arms several times covering all areas of skin.  Next, stroke from the tips of your toes to the top of your legs. Use several clockwise strokes on the stomach, both sides of the chest, and your arm pits. Then repeat these areas with counterclockwise motion. You can also brush in a circular motion on the palms of your hands and soles of your feet. Concentrate on areas which suffer from dryness or cellulite, but avoid areas of broken skin or rashes.

Happy brushing!