February 23, 2014

Shower with FRANK


Looking to reduce the appearance of cellulite?  We found an amazing invigorating body scrub by Frank that's used to target and eliminate cellulite; while at the same time exfoliating and cleansing your skin. Plus it smells awesome as it's coffee flavoured. 

What is unique about this body scrub is the caffeine in it. Caffeine has famously been used by celebrities and fitness gurus to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Frank also helps reduce the appearance of stretch marks, psoriasis, varicose veins, eczema and acne by using it's roasted and ground Arabica coffee beans.

This all natural ingredient scrub is easy to use and makes your skin super hydrated and smooth. Apply it while in the shower and gently exfoliate over your entire body. Leave on a little longer in the shower for even better results. Rinse and voila!

Order it online 
HERE!




get naked. get dirty. 
get rough. get clean.



February 21, 2014

10 Tricks to Eliminate Hair Static



Just over a week ago I was enjoying the heat and humidity and how full and fresh my hair felt while I was vacationing in Florida. My hair felt thicker, easier to maintain and static free. I could actually backcomb my hair to create the perfect volume without looking like I had rubbed my head on a balloon.  Living in Toronto with the bone chilling cool temperatures we’ve been experiencing this winter has taken its toll on my hair. I find it almost impossible to style and keep volume when I’m combating severe static. So I did my research to bring all you ladies some helpful anti-static tips to keep your hair fresh, maintainable and static free.

  1. Spray your brush with Static Guard.
  2. Use dryer sheets on your hair. It will give you a static free look with a fresh scent.
  3. Run a little hand lotion through your fingers then apply to your hair when styling
  4. Spray your brush with hair spray before styling. Then re apply after styling to eliminate frizz and hold your hair. Over doing this can dry out your hair though so use sparingly.
  5. Sleep with a humidifier on in your bedroom. This will keep your hair and your skin happy and hydrated.
  6. Spray a very small amount of water on your hair or my favourite Moisture Spray by Cinema Secrets to eliminate the frizz and add a bit of moisture to the hair.
  7. Use a little cocoa butter on your hands to your hair for added shine and to eliminate frizz and static. Don’t over use as it may make your hair look greasy. Moroccan Oil is great too but doesn’t fully eliminate the static.
  8. Always use conditioner after shampooing and spray a little leave in conditioner after showering. This is a major static preventative.
  9. Use a gel, mousse or styling product before drying hair as it will add some weight to the hair and help to eliminate static. 
  10.  Spray your clothing with static guard. This will keep your hair static free all day long after using the above methods.

February 18, 2014

The Winter Vitamin Guide


The Winter Vitamin Guide
During the frigid winter temperatures and office colds/flu’s we tend to resort to over-dosing on Vitamin C, however, there are many other vitamins that we should pay close attention to as they are depleted from the body during the cold/dry season. Vitamin C is great for boosting your immune system, preventing cancers, and shortening and relaxing the common cold/flu symptoms but it’s neither a cure nor a preventative. Take a look at some of these daily vitamins we tend to ignore but are so crucial during the winter season. I’ve stocked up for the winter season with the following packaged vitamins.




Vitamin A
This amazing antioxidant boosts the immune system, improves vision, cuts risk of heart disease, and slows the skin aging process. The antioxidant properties add the proper level of moisture to the skin to combat the winter dryness and keep the skin from being damaged. Women use vitamin A for heavy menstrual periods, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), vaginal infections, yeast infections, “lumpy breasts” (fibrocystic breast disease), and to prevent breast cancer.
Foods to eat: Carrots, cantaloupe, egg yolks, tomatoes, red peppers, fruits, vegetables
Vitamin B
The eight B vitamins help maintain metabolism, maintains muscle tone, keeps a sharp mind and is a natural anti-stressor. It’s also known as the “beauty” vitamin which promotes healthy hair, nails, and skin. Vitamin B turns carbohydrates into glucose in the body, thus leading to energy production and a decrease in fatigue and lethargy in the body.
Foods to eat: Whole grains, asparagus, meats, eggs, grains.
Vitamin D (try mixing with a Vitamin K)
Doctors have said this vitamin can lower your risk of breast cancer by 50 percent, and it may offer protection from both ovarian cancer and diabetes. Vitamin D is known as the happy pill. Feeling the winter time blues or seasonal affective disorder? Symptoms of seasonal affective disorder typically include fatigue, weight gain and cravings for sweet and starchy foods. Daily intake of 1000 IU has been known to help those with this disorder as well as depression. It also helps with the development and maintenance of your bones and teeth.
Foods to Eat: Milk, Orange juice and salmon. Foods do not give you the suggested daily amount.
A daily Iron supplement may be useful to those tested low in iron to help with the formation of red blood cells which carries oxygen around the body. Proper dosages of iron are necessary for energy, performance, and vitality. Talk to your doctor for the proper dosage if you’re feeling tired, lethargic or light headed.


February 14, 2014

Homemade Gluten Free Pizza

Do you find it hard to purchase or make a pizza with your food allergies and sensitives or due to a healthy eating/vegan lifestyle?  I have found it near impossible to purchase pre-made frozen pizzas from the grocery store as there is always 1-2 ingredients or products in them or on them I can't have due to allergies. I have discovered the best combinations with gluten free and dairy free brands to create a delicious pizza that is safe for your digestive tract and only takes about 12-15 minutes in the oven. This is truly a tasty guilt free meal.

I have tried many gluten free pizza doughs and found my favourite crust. It's the Udi's Gluten Free pizza crust. It's a beautiful brown rice based thin crust pizza packed with flavour. It doesn't have the awkward taste that some GF crusts have or the strange texture. I served this pizza to friends that don't eat Gluten Free at a dinner party and they couldn't believe when I told them it was all GF and dairy free. They thought it was absolutely delicious. The Udi's package comes with 2 personal sized pizza crusts to customize to your liking. Udi's has several other of my favourite products such as their breads, bagels, and desserts.

I use the following recipe to create the perfect gluten-free dairy-free pizza sauce or if I'm feeling a little lazy and want a quick fix I will use a plain tomato pasta sauce.

Ingredients
1 6-Ounce Can Tomato Paste
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
½ Cup Water
3 Tablespoons Garlic Powder
2 Tablespoons Dried Oregano
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 Teaspoon Salt
¼ Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
½ Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
 
You can really go crazy with any of your favourite toppings but be sure all your meats are all 
gluten free and GMO free. You can find gluten free pepperoni at your local grocery stores in
beef and turkey flavours. Ask an employee to help you find it. Metro and Sobeys has them 
at the deli counter beside in store pre-made pizza shelf. 

Now the cheese is the most important part and the hardest taste
to get right when going diary free and gluten free. The best
brand I found is Daiya. It has a couple different cheeses such as 
mozzarella and cheddar from shredded to block cheese and 
also new grilled cheese melt-able slices. This is found at
specialty health food stores such as Whole Foods, Organic
Garage etc. The shredded Daiya cheese is now available by the
 tofu section in produce at your local grocery store.

Here's a few of it's benefits:
  • Cholesterol free
  • Trans Fat free
  • Dairy free
  • Free of all animal products (Vegan)
  • Free of common allergens including: Dairy (casein and lactose), soy, gluten, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts
  • Free of Artificial Ingredients
  • Free of Preservatives
  • Free of Hormones & Antibiotics
  • Kosher
 Look at the back of the Udi's crust package for baking instructions. 

February 6, 2014

Your Tea

  

It’s the start to a new year and a time for new and fresh beginnings. I decided to do a cleanse with one of my friends. YourTea is an international company that has many tea cleanse options for different needs/goals of your body. I had never done a cleanse before, so I didn’t really know what to expect.

I chose the Tiny Teatox (offered in either a 14 or 28 day cleanse), which is an ancient Chinese herbal tea that will nourish and cleanse your digestive system. This is a great cleanse for weight loss. “This cleanse will assist with reducing weight, easing bloating, increasing digestion functionality, improving skin clarity, increasing energy levels and alleviate issues associated with food intolerances.”

I completed the 14-day cleanse and found amazing results. The plan consists of 3 cups of tea per day before each meal. “Right away I felt energized and felt less bloated and it doesn’t act as a laxative as most tea cleanses do.” Add a little bit of lemon or honey and it’s a great treat. The tea contains all natural ingredients such as 
Camellia Sinensis, Catsia, Lotus Leaf, barley, white Tea, Prunella Spike, Adzuki Bean. There are also other tea cleanses specific to everyday teas for men & women, fertility teas, anti-c Teas (for cellulite).


Go to YourTea.com and check out which cleanse is best for you!




February 4, 2014

Chickpea Detox Salad


While babysitting a friends baby I of course raided their fridge to discover an amazing salad that had my mouth salivating. My friend later explained to me that the heaven in my mouth was actually part of her new detox and healthy living plan she started from reading and following the book JOYOUS HEALTH; Eat and Live Well Without Dieting.