Friday, November 4, 2011

Eating for Beauty & Wellness- My Journey

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The thought of putting out there my daily "routine" and having someone edit (no judging right?) and coach me with regards to my daily intake was challenging at first, then down right frightening mostly because the day I was set to start logging my daily regimen was a blow out and not the norm!

You see I will be meeting with Matt Lennert, Co Owner of Moveable Feast of Geneva as we explore the connection of food to beauty and health.

Mostly, I think we as consumers know what are good choices to make on a daily basis (think farm to table no processed foods, sounds easy right?). We are all well educated when it comes what we should be doing. However, how many of us actually do make the right choices daily? And for me I always say my morning cup of Joe is my only VICE in life, cant a girl have a great cup of coffee? In the back of my mind I am always contemplating jumping ship..why you ask?

Its Dr Perricone (I am huge fan and love his supplements!) who recommends green tea over the beans! Speeds up metabolism due to the EGCG (to see amazing benefits of green tea check out this link of course but with so many other health benefits its easy to make the leap...if it wasn't for the ritual and the aroma of my morning coffee!

Well here is the challenge that will coming:

Matt will deconstruct what I am doing and make some edits to substitute and tweak my diet, we will show portion sizes as well as nutrient dense tasty food that will actually bring out the best in my skin, detox my body and reduce the extra water weight, all the while addressing the concerns I have for my health.

Between being a cancer survivor + someone that survived a head on collision (where a person ran a red light at a very high rate of speed), I have decided that I am not a cat & I really don't have 9 lives. These two factors have forced me to look beyond conventional medicine for relief & if I can improve the way I feel daily by supporting my system with foods/supplements that will provide a reduction in pain and aches then I must adapt my lifestyle and fully make it over.

So its truly not in vane I make this transition. (I have for years taken good quality vitamins, enjoyed great meals)but perhaps not enough so here we go.....

The changes will be documented daily along with my noticeable physical, emotional and psychological affects of eating for beauty and wellness.

I will update right here weekly... and just to give you a sample of what Matt will get from me on my daily diary {& like I said Monday was a special outing and this is truly not the norm!}

But it is what really was consumed:

6am coffee with Creme and Sugar
8:30 am small bowl cereal with lactaid
12:30 Lunch consisted of beet salad with goat cheese, frisee & balsamic dressing, lobster club sandwich, french fries & ravioli with spinach and mushroom in a truffle broth ......keep in mind this was all split 3 ways so it was a just taste of many items :)
3:30 Sprinkles CHOCOLATE Marshmallow Cupcake So so tasty you just dont know!
6:30 1 cup of home made beef stew
9:30 another Sprinkles Chocolate Cupcake

Total gluttony! C'mon. It dawned on me that the cupcakes just might be over 300 calories ( my first estimate) and maybe I should look it up! WELL that was a mistake, they are 497 calories each so basically ate 1000 calories I didnt need to that day.

So not typical! That said  & between medications that retain water the last thing I need is the flour based foods in my diet. Extra water retention not to mention sugar showing up in our skin with excess puffiness, swollen look to the face and body.

So since Monday...guess flour! I will give an update next week on how the progress goes.

Until then ...consider reducing sugar and flour, adding the most vibrant colors to your dinner table.

I love to cut up squash, brussel spouts and colorful beets this time of year put them into a bowl dress them in olive oil, sea salt and pepper then put on a cookie sheet on parchment paper & roast for 30 minutes at 400 degrees. What a yummy treat. Home made Terra chips.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Bathing Rituals

The art of bathing and rituals have been a part of my life for so many years it should come as no surprise that is how I got into the spa business (.....flash back it all start because of Sundays at Caesar's Palace but that was Vegas baby in the 80's).

The word SPA itself comes from Solace Per Aqua.

Restoring health thru water, as a veteran in the spa business I can share some special treats for you to enjoy at home (to make your visits to the spa a part of your lifestyle. Its what we do each day, the routines we establish that creates better health..)

Now that it's cooler in Chicago I find myself practicing the ritual of evening soaks with therapeutic products to destress my joints, my aches and pains and revive my spirit. (by the way these leave bathroom permeated with the most terrific aroma) Aroma plays a big part in my life and selecting products based on aroma's you are drawn to can be so uplifting.

My favorite bath soak is the Ruby Room Immunity Detox Bath Salts, a blend of European, Pacific and Dead Sea salt crystals with Acai Berry and Citrus Boost promotes deep stress release and soothes muscle aches and pains, while cleansing physical and energetic toxins! For me personally, it also promotes a deep regeneration if my spirit, relaxing me & deep sleep. So if I'm feeling particularly anxious; I can always count on this bathing ritual to support a restful night of sleep. (The topic of sleep certainly could be another post about the benefits of "beauty sleep" as well as the health benefits alone would make you look Beautiful!)
You can find these salts at two of my favorite places.... or

at the jewelbox at Odalisque in Geneva, Il!


I found another love from Tara Spa Therapy, with so many soaks to chose from one could have a customize system based on health needs from Transitional periods of a woman's life (aka menopause! Its the wisdom phase right?), Muscle Fatigue and PMS!
There are many support mechanisms to keep us going and offer balance to the productivity of our days with some "me" time restoring and recharging our batteries. Tara Muscle Soother is enhanced with Juniper, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass...its also great to detox toxins and cellulite! (Gift idea: For the sport enthusiast this is a great gift too, I think about all the runners doing their marathons this time of the year and know they need this!..Sue am I giving away your Christmas gift or just checking to see if you read this blog?)

My recipe for spa bathing at home...
  1. Grab your fluffy towel and robe to put near your tub
  2. Draw a warm bath- add your favorite bath salts or essential oils- Soak and decompress for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Soothing Music
  4. Grab a cup of tea-Tazo Rest is great to induce sleep at the end of a long day
  5. Light a candle -
Check out LAFCO Feu De Bois, especially gorgeous in smells like a log cabin on the side of mountain with cedar logs in the fireplace, its woodsy, smoky & earthy. And its burning right now on my desk~

Lastly, deep breathing and slow the mind down, afterwards wrap yourself in your robe and chill for another 15 minutes.

The health benefits are amazing think about what you accomplish with this ritual.... you increase your circulation with the warm aromatic water, you soften sore and tense muscles and then you relax your mind...priceless!

A special shout out to the Birthday Boy- Wishing you the best that life has to offer today and always. I adore you and love you. MWAH

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Beauty Junkies Wanted

Greetings! So excited to share with you our love of all things beautiful be it products, style, food, travel excursions ...our interests in beauty & fashion stems from very early memories...I remember my first pair of heels, I was 5 and they were completely clear, Lucite heels & crystals on the vamp well I never looked back after, lipstick, fragrance ..........what was your first memory of fabulousness?

We look forward to hearing from you on what you do or use in your personal daily routine that makes you look & feel beautiful.

Something to share......Recently while in Soho, I stumbled upon an adorable fragrance shoppe with a fine education about the brand Atelier Cologne I couldnt resist the purchase of this amazing fragrance, Trefle Pur...with neroli, moss patchouli and smells fresh and green, so uplifitng.

(I also bought the amazing Neroli Grand soap, it smells like sunshine... so lush)..Aetiler Cologne features the very cool & educational  Ross Barry, General Manager, shown here providing me with quite an education in Aetiler Cologne's aroma! Everything down to the vessel the fragrance is in is truly an amazing work of art. Love it!

Friday, September 23, 2011

flawless face.....

Classic Beauty the red lips, great skin and simple lined eyes