Anti-aging foods, Beauty

12 ways to slow the aging process with food, fewer calories and exercise


Young WomanBeauty isn’t just skin deep. Total body wellness is just as important as skin deep. I realize cosmetic surgery is a fast way of completing the exterior process, but you need to help the inner as well. If you want your muscles, cells, and organs to function properly, nourishing them is just as important. Foods rich in antioxidants prevent oxidative stress and get rid of aging free radicals.

New studies have shown that also eating less can slow the aging process by cutting calories which slows down the aging process in our cells. Cells make proteins which when slowed down ribosomes have time to repair themselves.

  1. Green Tea – Rich in antioxidants helps with free radicals that can cause wrinkles and other signs of aging.
  2. Lemon Juice – Removes marks from your skin and can aid in helping your nails look brighter and whiter.
  3. Fruit – Citrus fruits are full of antioxidants
  4. Apple Cider Vinegar – For acne and scars, it cleans your skin when rubbed on the face gently.
  5. Nuts– Cell membranes are rich in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats which are essential fatty acids.
  6. Bell Peppers – Full of Vitamin A, a huge contributor for healthy and glowing skin.
  7. Cinnamon – Helps in burning fat in the body.
  8. Cruciferous vegetables – Such as broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts are rich in sulfur and antioxidants.
  9. Grains – Oats, brown rice, and quinoa – are not stripped of their nutrient-rich germ and bran layers in the way refined grains have.
  10. Tomatoes – Tomatoes are one of the richest sources of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant (it’s also found in carrots, watermelon, and other red vegetables and fruits).
  11. Fish – Mackerel, sardines, and salmon (oily fish) contain omega-3 fatty acids, which can help combat inflammation in the body.
  12. Exercise regularly – Almost any amount and type of physical activity may slow aging deep within our cells, a new study finds.

I always say that eating healthy is the answer to not giving the Big Pharma our hard earned money and you can look beautiful as well. Couldn’t hurt, right?



Cotton is one of the most toxic crops on the planet

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Did you know conventional cotton is one of the most toxic crops on the planet? It contains pesticides, fertilizers, and other toxins. More toxins are used on cotton than any other crop in the world.

Cotton is found in numerous daily uses such as beds, clothing, sanitary products, home furnishings, towels, bathrobes, bedding and more.

Conventional cotton contains:

  • Synthetic fertilizers to add nutrients to soil
  • Sewage sludge as fertilizer
  • Most synthetic pesticides for pest control
  • Irradiation to preserve food or to eliminate disease or pests
  • Genetic engineering used to improve disease or pest resistance or to improve crop yields


Reasons to use organic cotton:

  • Made without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides
  • No bleach
  • No GMO
  • Free of allergens and nasty chemicals
  • Does not cause any allergy or irritation in people with sensitive skin
  • 100% plant-derived
  • Soothing
  • High absorbent properties

The methods used for organic crops are:

  • Crop rotation
  • Cover crops
  • Organic fertilizers
  • Beneficial insects
  • Human labor for weed control
  • Replenish and maintain soil fertility
  • Reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers
  • Build biologically diverse agriculture

By purchasing organic cotton you are lessening the impact on our environment. Organic farming enables us to:

  • Promote a self-sustaining cycle of resources on a farm
  • Enhance soil and water quality
  • Reduce pollution
Red Rice

Are you eating red rice or taking red rice supplements?

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Every day we look for things to help us with our health without being prescribed prescriptions from our physicians. And if you’re not, you should be!  I know I am concerned about my health, as I am getting older. Rather than going to doctors all the time, I changed my diet years ago.  I watch what I eat instead of just taking a pill that the big pharma has concocted.

I think in this day and age we are learning that when our grandparents or maybe even our parents were young, they were raised with whole foods. Whole foods are much more nutritious and healthier than processed. This is why you are seeing more and more people turn toward organic and watching out for pesticides and GMO’s.  I’m going to touch on red yeast rice and red yeast rice supplements to hopefully engage you and take some things into consideration. One being, that if you are taking red yeast rice supplements, be aware of what ingredients and how much are in them.  And two, if you are eating red yeast rice, beware of who you are purchasing it from.

Red yeast rice is a Chinese rice that is fermented, also called “Went Yeast” and is colored by the anthocyanin content. People in China have used it to improve blood circulation, improve digestion and as an anti-inflammatory in Eastern medicine.

Researchers are not sure if red yeast rice lowers cholesterol because of the statin-like chemical or, because of other things in red yeast rice like Monacolin K, unsaturated fatty acids, isoflavones, and phytosterols.

The French have issued the following warning regarding red yeast rice.

Brown rice and red rice are very similar as they both have fiber, B vitamins, calcium, zinc and iron, manganese, selenium, magnesium and other nutrients. You may find that you like the taste of brown rice better than red rice as it is very bitter tasting.  Red rice is different, though, because it being enriched with antioxidants, which helps fight damaging free radicals in our bodies.

Now according to WebMD, it was withdrawn from the market because it contains monacolin K, which is found in lovastatin.  Lovastatin is considered a “Statin drug” for lowering cholesterol and many people are finding it hard to purchase.  Lovastatin is normally very well tolerated however, it can give you abdominal pain, constipation, muscle aches or pains, nausea, diarrhea, indigestion, weakness, blurred vision, rash, dizziness and muscle cramps.

People are still able to purchase it on the internet though or from other countries, despite the FDA’s attempts.

According to the National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), not all red rice has monacolin K in it.

You need to keep in mind from whom you are getting the red rice from. You need to know that the product uniformity, purity, labeling, and safety cannot be guaranteed.

The research on RYRE (Red Yeast Rice Extract) (dietary supplement) is in its early stages of research. And the NNCIH’s clinical trials, (studies on people) “the products lowered blood levels of total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the so-called bad cholesterol that is linked to increased heart disease risk). It is important to emphasize that all of these clinical trials used products that contained substantial amounts of monacolin K. A 2011 analysis showed that some of the red yeast rice products on the market contain very little monacolin K. These products may have little or no effect on blood cholesterol levels. Therefore, even though the participants in the clinical trials were able to lower their cholesterol levels by taking red yeast rice, you might not be able to achieve the same results”. NNCIH also found that “In one of the clinical trials, the tested product produced a cholesterol-lowering effect greater than would be expected based on its monacolin K content. Further investigations, supported by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), suggested that other monacolins or other substances present in the product may have contributed to its cholesterol-lowering effect.”

The University of Maryland Medical Center gives an overview of their findings and thoughts.

Is this “red rice” even worth it?  I know of many other things that can lower your cholesterol without having to worry all the problems associated with red rice. Try eating some of these examples:

  1. oat bran
  2. fiber
  3. nuts
  4. tea
  5. beans

Safety –  Many people in Asian countries have been eating red rice for centuries and aren’t scared of it and are very healthy. Since there are so many varieties of red rice and red rice supplements on the market, my concerns would be what amounts are safe for one to take, and where I am getting it? I suggest speaking with your physician.


Glass Containers

Now, what do I cook? A suggestion for cooks with no imagination and it’s not a recipe


Tired of trying to come up with new exciting things to eat for the family? It’s difficult, trust me, I know! And then the concerns of organic, GMO’s, dairy, pesticides, gluten free, calories, fat, saturated fat, sugars, blah, blah, blah! Then, which family member can tolerate or not tolerate things do to food intolerance or allergies?  You’re about ready to pull your hair out, right?

I don’t have a recipe or an answer, but I do have a suggestion. Instead of spending hours online, trying to get every ingredient for a recipe down and searching for the new healthiest fad, why not take a couple hours a week and be pro-active. What do I mean by pro-active?  Get those meals ready ahead of time! By being pro-active it will cut done on stress and time for the week. Purchase items that you know you and your family like. Pre-washing, cutting or cooking some things and by putting them in storage containers can save time, as well, as being creative.

I know that I am not the first person to think of this and it’s not my first time thinking of this, but putting it into action is the next step. Not an easy step with being able to just go out to eat (taking an hour or so a week will enable you to cook foods healthier than eating out). Preparing storage containers full of different ingredients such as, carrots, spinach, parsley, cilantro, etc., whatever you cook with. Have some rice, quinoa, potatoes, etc. already cooked and put them in storage containers. This way with, who can eat what, when and how you are making your life easier by having the ingredients ready to rock and roll.  This also makes it easier to be more imaginative by mixing things together that you would have not thought of before.  It’s more fun as well, versus seeing your veggies, meats and just sitting in the drawers or on the shelves and staring at them, trying to think to yourself of what you should put together.


Some people are great as cooks and some need a little shove.  For those who need a little shove, such as myself, I like having things ready to go.  I become more imaginative when I see the things already cut up or cooked in front of me. Plus, it’s aesthetic to the eye and allows me to be more creative. Example: Walking into a regular grocery store versus Whole Foods or Sprouts. Whole Foods or Sprouts, displays everything so nicely and it makes shopping easier. At least for me because it is more pleasing to the eyes to see things easily versus under things in those refrigerator drawers.

Most of this is common sense, but sometimes we can easily forget things and say “oh yeah, I forgot about that”.


ADHD: Why French Children don’t have “ADHD”


In the U.S., attention deficit hyperactivity disorder “ADHD” is at a rate of children in the US is at 19%. The French have a mere .5%.  French Children are not fed sugar like the children in the U.S., and the French also don’t eat chemically processed foods like the U.S. does. Actually, the French children are taught by chefs in training with fresh produce and local livestock on how to prepare lunches.

The French are actually very food conscious.  They don’t allow chemically bleaching white bread or wheat flour. They don’t sit down and eat HUGE meals either. They eat in small increments more times daily.

Psychiatrists in France and Psychiatrists in the U.S., handle ADHD completely different in children than the French do.  The French do not treat behavioral issues with prescribed medications. They actually take the time and look into what the cause is of the issue. American doctors tend to just prescribe Ritalin (methylphenidate) and Adderall (amphetamine, dextroamphetamine mixed salts).

What’s even worse is this disease is brought on by man. Whether it’s the processed food, not going out and playing in the yard, hanging out at the mall, bicycle riding or even playing a sport. Our children today because of crime, drugs and electronic devices are staying inside with the permission of their parents because the parents are scared that they will get hurt or get into trouble. Parents know it is a much more dangerous in this day and age, then it was when we “the parents” were children.

Dr. Lidy Pelsser of the ADHD Research Centre in the Netherlands, said in an interview with NPR, “The teachers thought it was so strange that the diet would change the behavior of the child as thoroughly as they saw it”. After the children had, a restricted diet (whole foods) alone, many children experienced a significant reduction in symptoms and the teachers at the school noticed and stated: “it’s a miracle”.

It just goes to show you that what we eat is so important. I’ve made a list of a few whole foods in the fruit, grains and vegetable department to get you started.


  • grapes
  • raisins
  • peaches
  • oranges
  • grapefruit
  • strawberries
  • plums
  • prunes
  • bananas
  • cantaloupe
  • apples
  • pears
  • strawberries


  • quinoa
  • Oats
  • Barley
  • Brown rice
  • Buckwheat


  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Bell Peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots




7 things about personal lubricant you need to know before buying


With all the choices out there for personal lubricants, not being educated about the toxic ingredients inside can be VERY harmful to your health.

Your lower private parts are no place for harsh and synthetic chemicals, and I suggest only organic.

Did you know your vagina is the most absorbent part of your body, that’s why I suggest lubes free of petroleum, silicone, parabens, and glycerin.

Personal lubricants tend to cause us to have an array of problems, versus using none at all.  However, conventional/ non-organic lubricants have been known to cause problems with fetal development for pregnant women and cause serious hormone disruption. Many conventional lubricants can cause allergies such as rosacea and dermatitis, cancer breast cancer, skin cancer.

Personal lubricants are used for many things personal. They are used to reduce friction, dryness, and chafing of your body parts during sex. It can also be used to help relieve vaginal dryness due to menopause, medication side-effects, breastfeeding, stress or any number of things.

Now, which ones’ are the safest? A water-based lubricant is the safest. I suggest a glycerin, Paraben-free, water-based lubricant, not a synthetic lubricant. There are some with healing qualities as well, such as such as aloe, vitamin E and sea kelp. Watch out for oil-based lubricants, as they can contribute to yeast infections in women who easily get them and can cause bacterial vaginosis. Stick with natural, organic lubricants, like Aloe Cadabra.

  1. Petroleum or petroleum-based ingredients – These can cause the skin to not function normally. They may also contain ingredients that have been linked to various health conditions, including cancer.
  2. Parabens – These are synthetic preservatives, which can mimic the effects of estrogen in your tissues, and have been linked to having higher risks of breast cancer.
  1. Phenoxyethanol – This chemical is moderately hazardous, with possible links to skin irritation and toxicity. High concentrations have been associated with reproductive damage, depressed immunity, and reduced nervous system function in newborns.
  1. Silicone-based ingredients – These may have toxic effects. Watch out for labels that have cyclopentasiloxane, cyclohexasiloxane, dimethicone and phenyl trimethicone in them. Silicone is often used in Tupperware, baby nipples, utensils and toys.
  1. Chlorhexidine – Is used as a disinfectant and antiseptic before surgery and to sterilize surgical instruments.
  2. Propylene glycol – is a synthetic organic compound. It is a viscous colorless liquid which is nearly odorless but possesses a faintly sweet taste. It does contain a broad range of solvents, including water, acetone, and chloroform.
  3. Glycerin – is a simple polyol compound. It is commonly used in foods as a sweetener.

Many lubricants as you can see are not healthy at all to use. They trigger irritation and have toxic effects for some women.

I have put together a few personal lubricants that you can use with safe ingredients that are not harmful

  1. Aloe Cadabra
  2. Sliquid
  3. Swiss Navy All-natural
  4. Intimate Organics Hydra Personal Lubricant
  5. Good Clean Love
  6. Wet Natural



Do you know 11 things cabbage is good for?

I’ve been eating a lot of raw organic cabbage for many years.  There are so many blogs on what to eat and which is the best. The important thing to know is that cabbage should be eaten raw to get the most benefits from it. When you cook cabbage, it loses nutrients such as Vitamin C and makes it more difficult for the body to absorb the other nutrients.


Cabbage can be purple, green or white and is related to the broccoli and cauliflower family (cruciferous vegetable family). The purple cabbage an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C, and vitamin B6 and cabbage is a good source of choline, calcium, selenium, such as riboflavin, thiamin, iron, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, vitamin B2, magnesium protein, and niacin. It’s also a wonderful source of dietary fiber, vitamin B1, folate, copper manganese, and potassium.

  • Eye health – It contains beta-carotene which helps in prevention of macular degeneration of the eyes and helps to keep cataract at bay.
  • Weight loss – low in calories at a half a cup, you are only eating 17 calories.
  • Brain health – The Vitamin K and anthocyanins in cabbage help with mental function and concentration. It prevents nerve damage, helps to improve your defense against Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia.
  • Premature aging – The Vitamin – C helps with the aging process and keep the skin looking youthful.
  • Muscle pain – Steaming these leaves and putting them on your arthritis, gout or overexertion. Leave them on for 10 minutes until they are limp.
  • Skin Care – The Vitamin E in cabbage is effective in helping people who suffer from eczema, psoriasis, acne, rashes, insect bites, leg ulcers, and wounds.
  • Constipation – Cabbage is extremely high in fiber.
  • Hair Care – If you apply its juice starting at the roots for an hour. Shampoo after and you’ll notice how soft it is. The Vitamin A in it helps with hair growth.
  • Anti-inflammatory – It helps with inflammation because it is high in amino acids.
  • Immunity Booster – Cabbage is high in Vitamin C.
  • Cabbage also helps with inflammation in cancer, obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

About a year and a half ago, I found the recipe below and thought I would share it with you and is eaten raw.

  • 2 cups shredded red cabbage.
  • 2 cups shredded green cabbage.
  • 1 tablespoon raw organic apple cider vinegar (sometimes, I add more to my liking)
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt.
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper.
  • 2 Gala apples, cored and very thinly sliced.
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped.

Mix it all together and viola.




Organic Coconut Oil Benefits

CoconutsCoconut oil is beneficial in so many ways, and more and more people are realizing it. Don’t let the fact that is high in fats discourage you though because they are MCFA’s and are very easily digestible.

There are many health benefits of coconut oil:

  • Weight loss – it is helpful by making you feel full and eat less
  • Immune System – A wonderful antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral for diseases today in the body. Example – Candida
  • Heart diseases – lowers blood pressure by regulating blood cholesterol levels, as well as triglycerides.
  • Hair Care – makes your hair grow longer, thicker, and faster.
  • Skin Care – Coconut oil works great as a face cleanser, sunscreen, and moisturizer. And it helps with skin disorders Eczema, dandruff, psoriasis, and dermatitis.  The fatty acids (Caprylic and Lauric) in coconut oil reduce inflammation internally and externally and moisturize making them a great solution for all types of skin conditions.
  • Tooth decay – swooshing this in your mouth 10 to 20 minutes a day, helps with plaque and prevents cavities or even cures cavities
  • Osteoporosis – prevents bone loss.
  • Cancer – kills over 90% of colon cancer cells just after 2 days according to a University of Adelaide study. It also helps with decreasing the toxic and often devastating side effects of chemotherapy.
  • Energy and Endurance – Coconut oil is easy to digest and allows you to sustain more energy and increase metabolism. When taking a quality non-processed coconut oil, you can get the most benefit as MCFA’s are sent directly to the liver to be converted into energy.

If you aren’t sure which coconut oil to purchase, I suggest Spectrum Naturals, Organic Coconut Oil. It is USDA Organic Certified and GMO-free. You’ll find that it is extremely inexpensive. It is also good to use it sparingly when eating it, as Harvard University Explains






Plastic in our Ocean means plastic in our fish

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As many of you know we have a big issue with plastics entering our oceans and rivers. We can help by watching out items that carry Microplastics and microbeads. Microplastics are small plastic particles in the environment that are generally smaller than 1 mm and are manufactured for products clothing, cosmetics and industrial processes. Microbeads are manufactured solid plastic particles of less than five millimeters and are found in exfoliates, cosmetics and soaps. Until they are phased out, consumers can take action by avoiding personal care products that contain polyethylene, polypropylene or nylon – the most common materials used in microbeads.

The aquatic wildlife feed on tiny bits of plastic which then become lodged in their stomachs or intestines and are entering through their tissues, as well. Some are so small you cannot see them with the naked eye. These plastic eating fish are showing up in our supermarkets.

“While there is a need for further assessment of the problem, the report is the first attempt, on a global scale, to identify the main sources, fate, and effects of microplastics in the ocean and offers improved understanding of the scale of the problem. The assessment suggests that there needs to be a wider awareness of the potential harm that microplastics in the oceans could cause,” said Dr. Stefan Micallef, Director Marine Environment Division, at the  International Maritime Organization the Administrative Secretary of GESAMP.

The good news is that the federal government in the UK will ban microbeads by the end of 2017, the Federal Government will be banning toiletries that have microbeads in them by 2018. The federal government states that Microbeads found in natural health products, non-prescription drugs will be prohibited in 2019.

The U.S. Congress law approved the banning of microbeads in toiletries last December, effective July 1, 2017 and the European Union Commission is currently examining on the basis of a recently published study made available (1) early in 2016 — if and what actions are necessary to reduce microplastics from various sources in the aquatic (freshwater and marine) environment and that the materials could not be labelled as environmentally friendly. Australia has a voluntary ban in effect for mid – 2018.

There are many companies such as Johnson and Johnson, Unilever, which owns Dove and more have already phased them out.  Procter and Gamble, which owns Crest toothpaste, Gillette, Olay and Tesco in the UK, will have ended them by 2017.

Now, what can we do to help in the interim? Bringing awareness to people and try using products that are natural alternatives, that biodegrade and pose no harm to marine life including jojoba beads, apricot kernels, ground nutshells, and salt. Consumers looking to avoid microbeads should avoid products containing polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and nylon.


Remember Celery?


Celery is a plant from the Apiaceae or Umbelliferae family. These are aromatic plants that grow celery, parsley, and carrots.

Without all the latest food fads, people tend to forget about good old celery and its key facts of benefitting your health. Did you know celery helps with many things such as being an anti-inflammatory as well as, an antioxidant for your kidneys?  It contains, vitamin A  (in the form of carotenoids) vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C, copper, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium with rich supplies of potassium, folate, iron, thiamin, riboflavin, fiber, sodium and plenty essential amino acids and folic acid.

  • Celery also has anti-cancer compounds, such as Acetylenic that have been shown to stop the growth of tumor cells.
  • Celery has Phenolic acids which block the action of prostaglandins that encourage the growth of tumor cells.
  • Celery has Coumarins, which help prevent free radicals from damaging cells.
  • Celery is also beneficial for effectively and significantly lower total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol.
  • Celery is wonderful for constipation, as it works as a laxative and relaxes the nerves because of the fiber benefits.
  • Celery is great as a diuretic, as well as, regulating your body fluid, stimulating urine flow and is helpful to prevent Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s).
  • Celery helps curb your appetite for weight loss because it curbs those “sweet tooth” cravings.

When purchasing celery these are things I keep in mind. Organic bunches offer more nutrients and fewer pesticides, unlike conventional alternatives, which may also have a high level of pesticides in comparison to other produce. In most cases, the organic version costs a bit more, but is better quality and tastes better.

Helpful Tip: I realize that some of you who read this article will say juicing is a fad, as well as the latest vegetable. Don’t get me wrong, most people do not “juice” their celery or juice at all. By juicing the celery, the juice forms and acts as the perfect post-workout tonic as it replaces lost electrolytes and rehydrates the body with its rich minerals.

If you eat celery raw try it with some hummus, salad dressing and or peanut butter for some protein.