Thursday, June 21, 2018

Argan Oil ... Yes, Virginia, It's True

If you know me, you know that I’m always researching things that can make lives and the planet better off. Since I’ve been teaching Facelift Massage, I’ve not only studied the ingredients of products marketed as wrinkle removers, moisturizers, and sunscreens, but I’ve discussed the variety of products that people use, and the ingredients in these products. The one ingredient that was in most of the expensive formulas was argan oil.

The use of argan oil dates back for generations in the argan woodlands of Morocco where the locals press the nut of the argan tree to express the oil contained in the nut. Used in wound treatment and a dietary supplement, it’s popular use is to nourish the hair and skin. In 1998 the argan forest was declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO.

This oil is high in Omega’s 6 & 9, both of which support acne prone skin. It also contains linoleic and oleic acids which aid in reducing inflammation and aid in moisturization and improve the skins permeability.

Many oils are considered the black sheep of face treatments because they clog pores, but argon oil does not clog pores and is absorbed easily by the skin rather than sitting on the surface. Because of this, it has become popular among acne sufferers. It is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and fatty acids making it a very nourishing supplement to both the skin and hair. The vitamin E boosts cell production which tones and nourishes tired looking skin.

There are many rumors and jokes on the internet about argan oil and goat poop, and yes, let me answer your question. In some cases, the nuts of the argan tree are in abundance at the top of the tree. There are goats in Morocco that climb the tree and eat these ever precious nuts. Yes, SOME of the valuable nuts pass through the system whole, and are then harvested for the oil. The oil is still inside of a whole nut before it is harvested this way. So, read more about it and decide for yourself.

I bought a 2 oz. bottle of argan oil at Natural Grocers for $9.99 and have been using it in nightly facial massage for about a week now. So far, my skin seems to like it, and it looks not-so-tired.

I’m working on a nice formula that we will be using in practice at the Therapeutic Facelift Massage class on Saturday. Will take a survey about it from the students, but so far, I give argan oil a thumbs up!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Trees Are The Lungs Of The Planet

Another Beautiful Day

There's no time in Colorado like the summer time. Lots of winter sport participants might disagree, but I like green, alive, nature! In the winter time, sometimes everything, including the ground is frozen solid! If you've never lived in the snow, think about it. When it snows all night, the garage door is a foot under. You've got to dig it out before backing your car out. There's no such thing as waking up and heading straight to work. No ... You've generally got to dig out first.  😓 It's no use whining about that today ... Flowers are growing fast! Check them out!

I can't wait to meet everybody at the TFM class next Saturday! Be prepared to chill to the max while having your Therapeutic Facelift Massage from a fellow student. This is some intense relaxation for everybody involved, including me! Checkout the website for fall classes being scheduled for Las Vegas.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Good Things Are Happening

I know, I know. It is so difficult not to spend the day being stressed and angry about some things that are happening in the world. 

As a relaxation expert, my suggestion is to spend a little time in nature. Each day when I look outside, I see that my flowers grow a little each time I look. This gives me a tiny thrill of positivity each day and I believe that it's helpful in keeping me joyous no matter what's happening in the world.

Not to worry. All things must pass. Just like the flowers that will pass with another season, troubled times, political seasons, issues, people, and problems grow and move forward with new and positive efforts. Soon, my empty little pot of dirt will be full of summer flowers!


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Plant Something Today And Improve Your Environment

I love this time of year! Although I used to have giant vegetable gardens, I still find the same satisfaction watching a few flower seeds sprout each year.

This morning I noticed my flowers popping up and felt that excitement that they bring each spring. Everyone should plant at least one pot of flowers to make a difference.

The sunlight, water, and minerals from the soil feeds the plants with nutrients that release oxygen into the air improving the environment for all living things. The more plants that grow, the more carbon dioxide is made available to the environment and other oxygen radiating plants.

Plant something today, and feel good about it!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Know THIS About Sunscreen

The ocean is my favorite place in the entire world. Being a crab, water in general is my go to place. There are so many threats to the worlds water and it’s creatures, it’s difficult to support them all, but I will continue to try.

This weekend I picked up a copy of  Natural Grocers Good 4u Magazine and learned something new. Because I am always leery of people trying to sell their own products, I asked and researched around, and confirmed the information.

We all know that the sun is a dangerous place to hang out in. Before you leave town with your family, you’d better invest in enough sunscreen to slather the entire family for weeks! These products contain some chemicals that are known to be a threat to the coral reefs that are teeming with marine animals like sea sponges, turtles, sharks, crabs, lobsters, seahorses, and fish. Corals are in fact animals. They protect our coastlines from the force of tropical storms. In addition, corals are vibrant in color.  Coral reefs make up a tiny fraction of the ocean, but support ¼ of all marine life.

The coral reefs are threatened by global warming, harmful fishing practices and pollution, but everyone can contribute starting now.

When shopping for sunscreen, look for ingrediants like oxybenzone (also known as  benzophenone-3) that has been shown to cause deformities in coral larvae, trigger viral infections in coral, and lead to DNA damage. This chemical can be damaging even in small amounts. Sea water samples taken in a study showed exceptionally large amounts of oxybenzone in Hawaii and the Carribean in areas with large numbers of tourists, and researchers observed more severe damage to reefs in these areas compared to more isolated reefs.

In addition to the damage to the reefs, oxybenzone is absorbed to the skin and acts as an endocrine disruptor, altering reproductive and hormone function. This is not stuff to be putting on your children. A study conducted by the Centers For Disease Control tested 2,500 Americans age 6 and up, and found that 97% had oxybenzone in their urine.

There are many mineral based sunscreens that serve to completely block the sun from your skin like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.

Click on the link to read an extensive article regarding research done by the Environmental Working Group for details about research and products.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Sugar Is Not Our Friend

In my lifestyle changes over the past few years I’ve been able to lose 40 pounds in additional to keeping it off … until now. I’m up 3 pounds, and know exactly why. I think that constant monitoring of what I eat every day, and how many calories that I burn has made me acutely aware of what it takes for me to be healthy.

First of all, I use the app called “Lose It.” This app keeps track of how many calories that I eat, 
and how many that I actually need. When I saw my doctor recently he gave me a calorie count 
for someone my age and weight and it wasn't close to what I have experienced and calculated for myself.

Here is what I have discovered; I went for an entire year without eating sugar products. This is just treats, not products that contain hidden sugar (checkout Dr. Mark Hymans article about High Fructose Corn Syrup). During that year, I ate no treats or sugar products, but I did eat things like scalloped potatoes with cheese, corn on the cob, and whole grain toast with my own fruit preserves.

I weighed myself each day during this year and found that 1,500 calories a day is exactly what it takes to maintain a lean, healthy lifestyle. If I ate less, I lost. If I ate more, I gained. I ate no processed food, and specifically no processed sugars.

Recently, Al and I have started eating a little carrot cake. It started with a Birthday, and then we started having dessert a few days a week. My weekly calorie intake still stayed within my 1,500 calorie a day range, but my pants started feeling a 
little tighter … 3 pounds gained. There is no explanation for this besides SUGAR, SUGAR, 
SUGAR and how my body metabolizes it.

I saw an obese woman on TV the other day (I mean, 500 pounds of obesity). She and her 
husband both claimed that she ate less than 2,000 calories of food each day and her continuous weight gain was a mystery. Then came the truth.  She drinks more than 3 liters of soda drinks a 
day. SUGAR!

I know that many experts claim that calories-in, calories-out are the bottom line but an expert 
in my own daily monitor, I’ll tell you that processed sugar is more offensive to your body than 
pure plant food. I believe that by replacing healthy food calories with sugar calories, your body 
will respond differently.

We are off of the carrot cake binge now and psyched to be at the onset of fruit season here in Colorado. It is a constant balancing act.!  Being a foodie, I crave, I fall off the wagon, and thank 
God that I find my way back. I encourage my clients to find a delicious snack to satisfy that 
munchie urge. 

Try making your own gorp with whatever you want. I like sunflower seeds and raisins. It's sweet 
and crunchy, and because it requires so much chewing, I put it down before I've eaten too much! 

Best wishes to everybody out there that working on your own personal wellness lifestyle. 
I support you!

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