What to Feed a Child with Allergies

by Rose Elder

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At this point, as a mom, I finally feel in control. I have a happy healthy baby. We do have a million restrictions that we have to deal with; Like traveling or eating out much at all. We really can only feed him at home or he will react to food cross contamination. It is super frustrating at times, but I am just thankful allergies are his only hurdle. I keep reminding myself it could be so much worse.
Happy Monday!

Advice from an Expert on Cosmetic Procedures

by Rose Elder

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Are you ready to go under the knife? I am most definitely not. I have seen several relatives and friends go under the knife and the excruciating pain they go through and the long recovery is something I will never go through by will. The scariest part is that sometimes the results have completely changed their appearance; Not in a positive way. Some have had great face lifts, but no one is exempt from the pain.

We are so lucky that in the XXI century hundreds of discoveries have been made on beauty treatments that can prevent us from ever seeing an operating room. My neighbor is a pharmaceutical representative for a company that sells some of these products and I sat down with her to learn more about what is out there. She is trained to know about every cosmetic procedure out there. Jennifer mentioned all the new technology that has been developed in the last few years and after learning more about it I now understand why celebrities look so wonderful!

The only thing stopping the rest of us from looking that beautiful is the money to do it. Some of these cosmetic procedures are very costly but apparently very worth it.

Here is a breakdown of the procedures Jennifer advices we can have done to prevent the knife:

  1. Injectables (Botox and fillers)
  2. Photo facial lasers
  3. Skin treatments like Micropen
  4. Chemical peels
  5. Ultherapy 

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Injectables:

OnabotulinumtoxinA (Botox) is probably the most well known and most used injectable today. It is non-invasive treatment that reduces or completely eliminates frown lines, forehead creases and crow’s feet around the eyes by temporarily relaxing the muscles that cause wrinkles.

There is something called a “Liquid Facelift” which consists of the specialist injecting Botox around your face to create skin tightening throughout. The results typically last 3-4 months.

Each unit of Botox costs an average of $10.

Fillers have many different names, but it is basically what its name says, a filler to make your face look full and youthful again. Fillers typically restore volume and fullness to the skin correcting facial wrinkles and folds such as the wrinkles above the upper and lower lip. Lately fillers are also being used to add cheekbones and make the chin more prominent to make a face more symmetric. They are also injected right under the lacrimal bone to reduce the appearance of under-eye bags.

You can change your appearance without surgery by using the different fillers available now. The downside of fillers is that they only last 6-18 months and they are costly. Another problem with fillers is that when they wear out the skin can be left looking saggy.

There is a new injectable that helps you deduce the double chin. Jennifer tells me it hasn’t been super popular, but it does sound like a great alternative to surgery.

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Lasers:

There are many different type of facials lasers and each one varies in intensity. A photo facial laser treats fine wrinkles, large pores and evens skin tone. You might need more than one treatment but it really improves the skin’s appearance. Some lasers are so mild you can continue your day as you would any other day. Others are a little stronger and you might have maybe one or two days of recovery from the redness.

There is also a procedure called Acculift which is basically a facial laser liposuction. This is done to liquify fat from the jawline, cheeks and neck to contour those areas.

I personally had the IPL a couple of years back and was very pleased with the results. I didn’t even feel like I had to use make-up for a couple of weeks after. The downside with lasers is that you have to do several a month apart to really see a real result. They range of cost varies from around $200 to $500.

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MicroPen:

A sterile tip containing 12 tiny micro needles creates many tiny vertical cuts through your face. The treatment reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, improving skin tone and texture. It also helps even your skin tone. The little cuts make your skin regenerate and look younger. It is recommended to be done once a year.

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Chemical Peels:

There are different kinds of chemical peels, but most target fine lines and enlarged pores as well as lessening superficial pigmentation from sun damage or hormonal changes. Some peels are also said to help tighten your skin and treat blemishes. I have never done a chemical peel mainly because of the name: It sounds too abrasive. You also have to have several done to see improved results.

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Ultherapy:

Its an amazing procedure that simulates a complete face, neck and chest lift! It is done with a special ultrasound machine heating your inner skin layer to the exact right temperature to increase collagen production. In the next few months after getting the procedure done your skin will start to tightening improving sagging and wrinkles. The main difference between a laser and ultherapy is that ultherapy reaches deeper layers of the skin resulting in much better skin tightening. Ultherapy does come with a price tag that ranges from $700 (just the brow area) to $5,500 for brow area, chin, neck and chest. Prices vary from expert to expert.

Thank you, Jennifer!

 

 

 

 

Power Breakfast

by Rose Elder

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During the weekend most of us eat out abusing fat and carbs. This is not only a delicious recipe, it’s also a power breakfast you can have at home to start your day with the right foot. You might even feel a little less guilty about missing healthy vegetables, proteins and healthy fats later in the day.

Here is the breakdown of the health benefits:

Red/Purple onions:

They are common and inexpensive. Red and yellow onions are one of the well known sources of quercetin. Quercetin is in both red and yellow onions, a kind of vitamin that searches and collects free radicals. Onions are full of antioxidant properties that help fight cancer cells. They are also anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory.

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Cremini Mushrooms:

Creminis have been discovered to be at the top of the list, above other exotic mushrooms (like shiitakes) , for their beneficial properties. They are excellent at regulating inflammation in the body, helping especially people that suffer from arthritis. They are great at assisting the cardiovascular system, lowering the risk of possible damage to the aorta. They are also great also at fighting breast cancer. Give some more Creminis, please!

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Red Tomatoes:

Excellent source of antioxidants and lycopene. Lycopene is closely related to bone health. They are also good at lowering cholesterol minimizing the risk for heart related problems.

Cilantro: Is a good source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Also a great source of antioxidants, vitamins and dietary fibers.

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Eggs:

Excellent source of protein. Full of vitamin B2, B6 and B12. Also a great source of zinc, iron and copper.

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I added half an apple and vegan gluten free bread. Happy Friday everyone!

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Tip: Use oils that have a high resistance to heat. I use avocado oil from Costco.

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Green Juice and the Secret Behind Doing it Right.

by Rose Elder

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I have been working with Monica Prieto, certified Health Coach in the San Diego area, for the last three years. After weaning my first son I started gaining weight exponentially and nothing I was doing was working to stop it.

I exercised and lowered my carb and sugar intake like I had done in the past when I wanted to lose a few pounds, but the weight wasn’t coming off. Monica and I studied Fashion Marketing together a few years back and I had seen online that she had become Health Coach, so I gave her a ring. She has completely changed my life for the better. She is so well informed and well studied that every time I see her she teaches me the latest and greatest discoveries in nutrition.

One of the best habits she got me into since the beginning was making my own green juice (NOT smoothie). Doing this has improved my energy levels, my digestion, keeps me healthy all year long, and keeps my mind sharp. But there are rules in juicing right, very important ones or it is all for nothing.

She insists on two main things:

  1. Make it yourself fresh every morning so the nutrients are intact and drink it right away. (freshly cold-pressed juice purchased a day or two before it’s ok too, if you are willing to pay the price which ranges around $10.00)
  2. Drink it first thing in the morning and wait 25 minutes before you consume any solid foods.

The second “rule” is because she wants you to digest the green juice so it reaches your body cells. If you eat something right after drinking it, the green juice will stay in your stomach for hours digesting with the solid food and by the time the nutrients are absorbed most of them will be gone and you will mostly get the sugar from the vegetables instead of all their amazing properties.

Here are some recipes she has given me over the years for green juice:

This Detox juice she recommends to drink it after a weekend of eating out of the house or after a trip, or just because you need a cleanse:

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This one is targeted for your skin. The properties of the carrot are greatly beneficial to your skin.

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Need to burn some fat? I know I do, so this is a great start to our day.

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I will be bothering Monica constantly to get the latest tips in nutrition so I can pass them along to you.

You can follow her on Instagram, Facebook and if you live in the area feel free to email her to moni.healthcoach@gmail.com

My Biggest Beauty Secret

by Rose Elder

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I  have always taken care of my skin. My mother has always been a person that likes to prevent, so sure enough, when I was 13 she took me to the department store to get my first skincare set. She has always been a fan of Shiseido, so thats where my long trip to face skincare discovery started. I have used many different well known brands for my face throughout the years. I began with Shiseido but I have also tried many others since. Estée Lauder, Helena Rubinstein, L’Occitane, Skin Medica, Khiels, Apo Cream and La Mer are some of the brands I have used. They all worked in the sense of keeping me hydrated, but none of them really did anything else noticeable to my skin. That is until 3 years ago I started my close relationship with therapeutic essential oils and I have never looked back.

My biggest skin problems were uneven skin tone and large pores. Even the dermatologist told me there is nothing to do about large pores. I started doing research on what essential oils will help improve my skin issues and this is what I have been using since then. My pores have reduced 80% and my uneven skin tone is much improved.

I make my own essential oil skincare in a glass dropper (you can find them on Amazon, Whole Foods, Sprouts). It is very important to choose glass when dealing with essential oils, preferably dark to avoid the oils losing their properties due to light.

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I use a “base oil” as the main oil and then I add the therapeutic grade essential oils. A popular oil many people use is fractionated coconut oil, but I needed a little more hydration. Coconut oil seemed to be lacking for me so started looking into something else. After some research I began using rose hip oil. Rose hip oil is full of vitamins, antioxidants and fatty acids. It is known to hydrate skin and correct dark spots and it is also known for reducing fine lines. I use organic Radha Rosehip Oil that I find on Amazon.

I fill the dropper with rose hip oil all the way to where my finger is pointing on the image above.

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Then I add 25 drops of Frankincense EO. This oil is anti-inflammatory, astringent, antiseptic and disinfectant. It helps fade wrinkles, dark spots and helps with skin elasticity. Frankincense oil also regenerates healthy cells.

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I also add 25 drops of Geranium essential oil. This oil is well known to help as muscle toner. It helps with my skin’s elasticity preventing it from sagging. This oil also promotes cell growth and helps as an anti-inflammatory. It is also said to help treat acne and dermatitis.

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I add 20 drops of lavender EO.  Lavender EO is known for its antiseptic and anti fungal properties. It helps with acne and to reduce wrinkles.

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15 Myrrh EO drops. It is said to have rejuvenating and hydrating properties.

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15 drops of Tea Tree EO. I use it to keep my face free of blemishes.

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The only negative aspect of rose hip as a base oil is that it is orange. For the first 10-15 minutes after applying you will look a bit orange. I also stains clothes but if comes off in the wash with hot water. But in my personal experience the benefits far outnumber the negatives.

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Shake the dropper after adding you therapeutic essential oil and if you have the time let it blend well for a few hours before using it. I use the essential oil mixture morning and night. My skin in hydrated, radiant and improving every day.

What is your skincare secret?

6 hair product “must-haves”

by Rose Elder

I am not someone who splurges in many things. I actually don’t like to spend too much money really. I always think a purchase through. Do I really need it? Will I still need this a month from now? Is it worth the money?

But one thing I won’t hesitate too much spending money on is my hair. I have gone to my amazing hair stylist Enjolie Levy at Revive Salon and Spa for 7 years now. You know how hard it is to find the right hair stylist, so you know what I mean. I trust her completely with my hair color and cut. She will never try to up-sell me on anything, but when I ask for a hair product recommendation, she is always on point.

Here are her favorite must-haves:

 

Deva No-Poo Decadence and Deva One Condition. I have used this as my shampoo and conditioner for about three years now. My hair is curly, so it tends to dry easier than straight hair. Deva is the only hair cleanser that works for me. It is made with chufa milk and quinoa protein. Definitely a must-have!

If you are on the go or simply you don’t like to wash your hair every day she recommends using L’Oreal fresh dust dry shampoo.

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Unite 7 seconds Glossing Spray is also a must-have if you use heat on your hair daily. This product protects your hair before using a curling iron or a flat iron. It also helps with frizz and smooths your hair.

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Enjolie recommends L’Oreal Lumi Controle to keep your hair looking shiny and healthy.  It works great for bangs as well.

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Finally Unite U Oil. She recommended this product to me and I have used it the last couple of years. You can use it before you blow dry your hair and after. It is not an oily and sticky product, on the contrary, it is silky and light. Keeps my curls shiny and bouncy.

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What are your hair product must-haves?

A “Chemical Free” Life

by Rose Elder

Chemical free life? That would be ideal, but there is a way we can help ourselves and ourIMG_4840 families reduce synthetic chemicals in our daily life. There are thousands of synthetic chemicals in the products we use and consume everyday and we don’t really know if or how some of them harm our heath. Some synthetic chemicals have been known to cause breast cancer, reproductive problems, birth defects as well as respiratory problems like asthma.

The food we eat, the lotion we use, the fragrance in the air we breathe and even our clothes and our furniture. They all have thousands of synthetic chemicals and some of them are very bad for our health and our children’s wellbeing.

Harmful chemicals are in basic everyday items like air fresheners. Yes, they smell great, most of them anyways, but what are we actually inhaling? Well probably phthalates, linked to reproduction and developmental problems. Also some synthetic smells increase our risk for breast cancer.

We can find formaldehyde in our furniture, either in the wood (natural wood has it too), or in the lacquers, even in the glues. Compressed wood contains formaldehyde in most cases as well. If we don’t seal the exposed compressed wood, formaldehyde can travel in the air we breathe inside our own homes.

The clothes we buy, so soft and colorful at the store, look like that in some cases thanks to about 8,000 synthetic chemicals used in apparel today.  We should always wash new clothes before wIMG_4964earing them, and stick to natural fibers as much as possible. Some synthetic fibers have hazardous chemicals we can’t wash out. Our skin absorbs all these chemicals that eventually end up being filtered by our livers.
Our shampoos, lotion, face cream, deodorant and even our sunscreen is full of synthetic chemicals. We try to avoid most of them at home with excellent substitutes that I will share with you next. And so sorry ladies, but the amazing Brazilian blowout, or most any other hair straightening treatment, has formaldehyde amongst other nasty things in it.

So here are a list of the products I use. I hope this list helps you. You can help yourself and your family to stay healthier while also being greener.

  1. Use aluminum free deodorant. I use the brand Forever. I have tried most of them and this one works better than any other brand I have tried and is less than $7.00
  2. Organic almond (coconut, grape seed, etc) oil to moisturize your skin instead of lotion. You can find these at Whole Foods, Sprouts and Amazon. Maybe even at a regular supermarket.
  3. Essential oils with organic base oil (I use organic rosehip oil) to moisturize your face and neck. I use Young Living essential oils, I have use them for the last 3 years and my face has never looked better. I use this organic rosehip oil as the base and then add in a 1oz dropper 20 drops of geranium EO (essential oil), 20 drops of frankincense EO, 20 drops of lavender EO and 10 drops of myrrh EO.
  4. For sunscreen we use the brand COOLA. It was recommended to me by a Sephora sales person when I asked for a sunscreen as chemical free as possible and when I used my application Think Dirty, it appeared not to have any harmful chemicals.
  5. Buy organic non GMO foods as much as possible, trying to avoid the fertilizers that are most likely very damaging to the human body. Also avoid nitrates in your cold cut meats, or avoid them altogether. Buy wild fish, never farmed.
  6. Avoid dairy products as much as possible because most of them contain casein, a know carcinogen. There are great substitutes for dairy products. Coconut milk or almond milk and yogurt. I buy “So Delicious” organic milk and yogurt. Cashew cheese is a good substitute for cheese spreads. It is hard to give up dairy, specially at first, but I never think about it anymore. I have been dairy free for the last two years. Beware, a lot of dairy free products contain casein.
  7. Use a pitcher filter on your tap water. I use Brita filters
  8. Wash your new clothes before using them and if possible stick to natural organic fabrics. You don’t need to spend the big bucks in organic fabrics. Even H&M has a conscious line consisting of organic fabrics. They are also supposed to be more sustainable for the environment. You can go as basic as making your own cleaning products with water, baking soda and white vinegar.
  9. I use non-toxic cleaning products from Young Living. They are amazing products but if you can’t spend the money right now you maybe try less hazardous products from the supermarket like Seventh Generation, BoulderCleanc as well as a Free&Clear laundry detergent.
  10. I use dishwasher soap without phosphates, chlorine free and biodegradable. I use the brand BoulderClean. I find their large presentation at Costco. As a rinse agent, and best tip I can ever give you, 1/4 cup of white vinegar. I add it to the dishwasher load and my dishes come out shinny. You can get a two gallon presentation for less than $4.00 at Costco.
  11. Toms products are also better than other supermarket brands for toothpaste and deodorant. The deodorant didn’t work great for me but maybe it will for you.
  12. Avoid air fresheners. You can defuse essential oils as a great and therapeutic substitute.
  13. If you HAVE to color your nails use a nail polish that is non-toxic. I found this list: 13 Best Non Toxic Nail Polish Brands in 2017

Please share with us below any other tricks you do at home to decrease your family’s exposure to synthetic chemicals.