Submitted by admin on November 16, 2009 - 11:30 am
This past weekend I decided to invite my friend G and her daughter to dinner at my house. I am not much of a cook, but now that my son is eating what I eat I have decided that I’d better make more of an effort in the kitchen. I decided to prepare last week’s featured recipe, butternut squash casserole. Well, dinner was a great success! The casserole was yummy, the company was better and the icing on the cake was that my son, who is 14 months old now, decided that he wanted to start walking! It was so maravilloso (wonderful) to see his eyes and face light up with every step that he took. It may seem like something little, but to us it’s huge! (I realize that I now really have my work cut out for me. But, so what? I am ready!)
Here’s to all of your little successes. With every step you take you are moving towards bigger and better things.
Have a tremenda (tremendous) week!
Submitted by admin on November 13, 2009 - 11:30 am
Yesterday I featured highlights from my interview with Beauty Scoop Founder Dr. Michelle Yagoda, (pictured above). As I mentioned, Dr. Yagoda has 18 years experience in medicine, is a renowned plastic surgeon, otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) surgeon and co-creator of Beauty Scoop, the edible accessory. She, like me, is a lover of Pilates and also a mom of a 7 year old boy. When Dr. Yagoda is not busy operating on patients, developing and marketing Beauty Scoop (she is completely involved in product packaging, marketing, etc), or enjoying her family she volunteers her time and skill to an organization called Face to Face, whose spokesperson is Kathy Griffin.
Face to Face, and its parent organization, the AAFPRS, are leaders in the medical field. They help empower individuals who have been physically abused. Their website states “The AAFPRS Foundation is the first surgical group to take a firm stand and become involved in assisting individuals of domestic violence break the cycle of violence, enhance their self-esteem and rebuild their lives. Many victims of domestic violence receive facial injuries and are not financially able to have these injuries adequately repaired. We offer consultation and surgery, pro-bono, to eligible individuals through FACE TO FACE: The National Domestic Violence Project.” Dr. Yagoda is one of these surgeons. It takes more than surgeons, however to run Face to Face. The organization is staffed by medical personnel – facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons, nurses, speech pathologists and anesthesiologists – who donate their time and expertise, frequently for two weeks at a time. Face to Face also does this amazing work internationally, where their surgeons assist those who suffer from facial deformities caused by birth or trauma, most of which are children.
Special thanks to Dr. Yagoda for introducing me to Face to Face.
Submitted by admin on November 12, 2009 - 5:30 pm
A few weeks ago I was introduced to a revolutionary, drinkable, beauty product called Beauty Scoop®. This edible product may improve your skin, hair and nails, in as little as 3 weeks. In effort to bring you the entire scoop on the product I arranged for an interview with Beauty Scoop® Founding Partner, Dr. Michelle R. Yagoda.
Dr. Yagoda is a renowned facial and otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) surgeon, based in New York City. Yagoda has 18 years experience, a thriving medical practice and spa that cater to her clients, including many celebrities. She and I hit it off, immediately. (It turns out that she is a huge fan of Pilates and even studied, for many years, with one of my mentors, Bob Liekens. What a small world!) But what was most interesting for me was what inspired her to create Beauty Scoop®, the edible accessory, with co-Founder and world-renowned chemist, Eugene H. Gans. Yagoda told me that her clients often asked about maintaining healthy skin, and that eventually they would usually ask her about hair and nails. She didn’t have the answer, so she and Gans began doing extensive research about skin, hair and nails. They looked at people who ate healthy and found that most still had problems with dry skin and breaking & peeling nails. That’s when they theorized that people had a problem with nutrient absorption, even if they ate well. You see, in normal digestion it takes 4-6 hours to use the nutrients that you have ingested. You’ve gotten only a trickle of the benefits of the food. This revolutionary powder has the lipids and peptides needed by the body in an already absorbable format. So when you drink your Beauty Scoop® powder (which can be mixed with virtually anything, including alcohol*) the entire quantity of nutrients is available at once.
“Is this really true?”, I ask. Well, according to Yagoda, Gans and 10 years of research the answer is “yes”. They found that these readily absorbable peptides are, in fact, absorbed within only 30 minutes, jumpstart the body’s own natural biochemical processes and boost its own regenerative power.
“But isn’t there anything else out there like this?”, I ask. Yagoda responds that there are other nutrient drinks, such as Glowelle and Borba. But that, in essence, they are just vitamin waters. They are not building blocks. Peptides and lipids are. They are the building blocks that your body needs. On her website, www.BeautyScoop.com she even provides you with a comparison of her “competitor’s” products.
“How do I take Beauty Scoop®”, I want to know. Yagoda tells me that the product comes in individual packets and that the recommended dosage is 1 packet a day. She went on to say that 86% of users notice improvement within 21 days. Once you get the desired level you would like to achieve the maintenace schedule is 1 packet every 1-2 days. There are no side effects. Beauty Scoop®is all natural, contains no herbs, no artificial sweetners or flavors. (Beauty Scoop®has a mild vanilla flavor, from vanilla orchid).
Yagoda and Gans launched Beauty Scoop® in January of 2008. They didn’t go mainstream right away because they believed that people weren’t ready for that yet. “It wasn’t the right way to go into a big department store” says Yagoda. Therefore they started with their website, doctors offices, wellness and anti-aging centers. If you go to the U.K., however, don’t be surprised to see Beauty Scoop® in Harvey Nichols, where you can even enjoy a signature Beauty Scoop® cocktail. Wanting to get you all the inside scoop, I ask if Beauty Scoop® is only for women. Yagoda replies, “men from 55-75 really like it. It helps with splitting nails and nail ridges”. So although the male population is not their target demographic, Beauty Scoop® does have a male following.
Here’s to To Looking Good. Salud!
*Although Beauty Scoop® does not advocate drinking the product with alcohol on a daily basis. Dr Yagoda and Dr. Gans have found that alchohol actually enhances the absorption of the product.
Submitted by admin on November 11, 2009 - 11:30 am
I just love this time of year. The weather is chillier (only a bit, here in L.A., actually) & we get ready to have both sets of parents together for Thanksgiving. (That’s a real treat for our son, who only sees my parents a few times a year). As most of you know, I grew up in the country, in a small college town called Amherst, Massachusetts. Basically, we were surrounded by farms. (In fact, I think the neighborhood that I grew up in, where my folks still live, was built on a farm). Therefore, one of my favorite things about fall is the produce: pumpkins, corn, zucchini and, of course, butternut squash. I remember going with my folks to the local vegetable stand (yes, it was an actual stand: tables, crates, and all) to buy butter & sugar corn, the yellow and white kind. It was so delicious! In honor of my country roots I tracked down a delicious butternut squash casserole recipe just for you, from iChef.com. The ingredients are:
2 1/2 lb Butternut squash – (up to 5 lb)
1 Carrot (2 if you use more squash)
1 c Rolled oats (uncooked oatmeal)
12 oz Green peas
1 T Butter
2 Eggs, beaten frothy
1 pn Salt
5 T Cinnamon sugar (or less)
1/2 t Vanilla
Click Here for cooking instructions. Enjoy!
Submitted by admin on November 10, 2009 - 11:30 am
As many of you know a few months back I interviewed My Run Writer, Producer & Director, Tim Vandesteeg. Shortly thereafter I attending the Los Angeles screening of My Run. My Run, narrated by Billy Bob Thornton, is the story of Terry Hitchcock, a man who lost his wife to breast cancer, struggled to raise three children on his own, and then finished 75 consecutive marathons in 75 consecutive days to bring attention to the hardships faced by all single parent families. It’s such a moving story. I was fortunate enough to meet Terry Hitchcock at the screening. What an honor.
Yesterday I received an email from My Run Associate Producer, Christine Redlin. This is what she wrote:
“Thank you so much for your good thoughts and support from afar for MY RUN it paid off…I am proud to share that our film project MY RUN – won the Audience Award at the International Austin Film Festival last month when it had the world premiere! This is a feather in our cap…because the audience award is a about “the people” and they vote to say that the film has a enough universal themes, and that it resonates with all…
Terry Hitchcock attended the premiere with his son Chris 10-23-09 and the film and Terry got a standing ovation – very cool!! The buzz continued at the fest so on Monday night (10-29), we had a sold out crowd (and they actually had to add 40 seats of chairs to accommodate the over 200 people that packed the theater!
MY RUN was the highest rated and most reviewed film at the Austin film festival.”
In addition to winning The Audience Award at the Austin International Film Festival My Run was also recently awarded The Dove “Family-Approved Seal” and 5 Doves from The Dove Foundation (their highest quality rating), “Here is an astonishing documentary about one man’s journey to bring attention to the world about being a single parent. It’s truly a story of endurance and faith” said The Dove Foundation.
The message of My Run speaks to
Submitted by admin on November 9, 2009 - 11:30 am
“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.”
I spent yesterday at the American Diabetes Association’s Feria de Salud (Health Fair) on Olvera street, in the heart of downtown L.A. Hundreds of people gathered to learn about bettering their health, whether they have diabetes, or not. It was a great event. I had the opportunity to demonstrate Pilates exercises and talk about the benefits of PIlates for the diabetic. (My brother has been an insulin (Type 1) diabetic since he was 13 year old. So this cause holds a very special place in my heart). Although these individuals know what they need to do to be healthy, and control (or even prevent) their diabetes theylike the rest of us, needed a little reminder. I was surprised to hear how many people at the event suffer from back and neck aches, on a daily basis. As Joseph Pilates said’ “movement heals”. The theme that I saw throughout the day was that people are not moving their bodies enough.
So get up, move that body, eat what’s good for you, (even if it’s not your favorite thing)! You are sure to feel better.
Fabuloso Friday- Great Chefs Go Green Organic Event benefiting the National Kidney Foundation-THIS SUNDAY!
Submitted by admin on November 6, 2009 - 12:00 pm
Earlier this week I had the pleasure of interviewing Stephanie Twerdahl, Development Director for the National Kidney Foundation, about their Great Chefs Go Green Organic Event, in Los Angeles, this Sunday. Twerdahl, who has been with the National Kidney Foundation for 5 years, told me that over the years she has been to many food-based fundraising events. Although each of these events had a great purpose she continually found it unsettling to see how much waste was produced. So in planning the National Kidney Foundation’s 23rd Annual Great Chefs of Los Angeles event Twerdahl and her team decided to make it an eco/organic event. To the greatest extent possible, the chefs will use organic, locally grown, sustainable ingredients. Their recipes will be as kidney-healthy as possible.
All flatware, plates and cups will be made of corn and bio-degradable. All signage will be made of recycled materials and there will be recycling bins located throughout the event. Even the furniture (provided by Girari) will be crafted of 98+% post consumer/industrial cast aluminum and faux leather. But, that’s not all! There will be a silent auction featuring products of companies using organic products. The event Get Hip Get Green event gift bags are not only stylish but reusable. As you can see, the National Kidney Foundation is making a big effort to make this event extra special. Twerdahl hopes that the Great Chefs Go Green Organic Event will start a trend towards more eco-conscious fundraisers.
“Usually I don’t eat, but when I eat, I eat GREEN!” quips George Lopez, who will host the event.
To purchase tickets to the Great Chefs Go Green Organic Event and join supporters and celebrity friends such as Andy Garcia, Jennie Garth, Peter Facinelli, Amy Garcia, Paul Stanley and Deana Carter Click Here.
Submitted by admin on November 5, 2009 - 12:00 pm
This week is all about taking care of yourself, therefore I am featuring the Pamper Yourself Moisturizing Glove 5 in 1 Intensive Hand Creme. I have always suffered from dry skin and I have found that the Moisturizing Glove really does condition my hands like no other hand cream, without leaving them greasy. All kinds of things can cause dry skin like indoor heating, dry cold weather, direct sunlight, soaps, latex gloves and more. What’s great about the Moisturizing Glove is that it has 5 treatments in 1. It’s a moisturizer, a nail strengthener, a wrinkle cream, a deep conditioner to heal and soften skin and a waterproofer. All in one!
The key ingredients of the Pamper Yourself Moisturizing Glove are:
Vitamin A-to increase elasticity and help normalize skin
Vitamin E-to provide long lasting moisture and aid in the healing of severely dry and chapped skin
Retinol– an anti-wrinkling agent to help reduce wrinkle and fine lines
Glycolic Acid-to stimulate the formation of new skin cells. It exfoliates, softens and refines skin and help strengthen brittle nails
This all in one cream forms an antioxidant-defense shield which moisturizes the skin, conditions nails and even softens cuticles. It can even be used on extra rough areas of the body like elbows, knees and feet.
To find a Pamper Yourself Moisturizing Glove retailer near you please Click Here. I have negotiated a La Buena Life Member discount of $5 off, if you order online and within the next two weeks. Please enter the promotional code LBLTT1105 when you Click Here, to order.
As always, one lucky La Buena Life Member will win their own Pamper Yourself Moisturizing Glove 5 in 1 Intensive Hand Creme. For your chance to win leave a comment, below.
*To qualify for this prize, make sure to enter your comment by next Thursday, 7:00am PST*
Submitted by admin on November 4, 2009 - 3:00 pm
Here’s the ultimate healthy comfort food! A Dutch Chocolate, coffee and cream French Silk Pie that you can make with brown sugar. Click here for the recipe.
Submitted by admin on November 3, 2009 - 3:00 pm
Make sure you’re taking time out of your busy schedule to do something for yourself. When I was in Mexico, I went to the Renova Spa, at the Viva Wyndham Maya Resort, where I had a Xocolat (Chocolate) Pedicure. It was delicious and detoxifying! My legs never felt so soft and the spa treatment smelled great, too. Here’s the video of my Xocolat pedicure!
Submitted by admin on November 2, 2009 - 5:49 pm
If you haven’t got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?
~ Jeffery J. Mayer
The holidays are coming up so make sure to put a little time aside for yourself. Whether it’s to read a book, take a long bath, or go jogging, make sure you’re doing something relaxing for yourself.
Submitted by admin on October 30, 2009 - 2:00 pm
I recently heard about The Rachel Elizabeth Barton (REB) Foundation and thought I’d share this beautiful organization with you all.
The REB Foundation, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was founded in 2001 to expand awareness of and appreciation for classical music. It provides services and funding for classical music education, research, performances, and artists, to benefit listeners and learners alike. Current projects include an instrument loan program, grants for education and career, and creation of a supplemental curriculum of music for strings by composers of African descent.
I’ve always heard about classical music having phenomenal affects on the brain. According to Music and the Brain’s Laurence O’Donnell, music has a positive affect on our memory. “Mozart’s music and baroque music, with a 60 beats per minute beat pattern, activate the left and right brain. The simultaneous left and right brain action maximizes learning and retention of information.”
To find out more about The REB Foundation and how you can help, click here.
Submitted by admin on October 29, 2009 - 2:00 pm
The Jane Carter Solution believes that “hair is hair,” and that segmenting hair care by ethnicity can affect how diversity and a multicultural coexistence can be viewed. The company also believes that what you put on and in your body should promote wellness, and also be kind to the earth.
This week I am giving away one of these great Travel Kits, offers convenience for taking care of your tresses when you hit the road. Since I am often traveling for video shoots, Fitness Industry presentations and PR events I always need travel size products. And since the productsin the Jane Carter Solution line were developed for dry hair and/or color treated hair (like mine) I am all too happy to have this hair arsenal in my bag. The travel kit includes: 5 of the line’s best selling hair care products in 2 ounce sizes, including: Moisture Nourishing Shampoo, Nutrient Replenishing Conditioner, Revitalizing Leave In Conditioner, Condition & Sculpt, Wrap & Roll, and Nourish & Shine.
I’m giving away the Travel Kit today so be sure to enter your comments below for your chance to win!
*To qualify for this prize, make sure to enter your comment by next Thursday, 7:00am PST*
Best of Luck!
Submitted by admin on October 28, 2009 - 2:55 pm
Pumpkin Pie Shake Recipe
by Kathy @ The Lunchbox
vegan, serves 2-3
15 ounces organic canned pumpkin – 1 can (not pie mix)
*Farmer’s Market brand of organic pumpkin really is my fave.
1/4 cup raw cashews
1/4 cup non-dairy milk, vanilla (soy or hemp preferred)
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1/4 cup vegan chai tea concentrate
2 Tbsp soy milk creamer
2 dashes cinnamon
1 dash cayenne
2 dashes nutmeg
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups ice (coconut water ice cubes approved for this pie shake)
optional: 1/2 frozen banana, pinch of flax seed oil/meal for added nutrition
1. Add all your ingredients, except the ice, to the blender.
2. Blend on high until smooth. Yes the pumpkin will make this smoothie thick, so be patient while blending. If you need to add more ‘milk’ go ahead.
3. Keep blending and slowly add in the ice. Make sure it blends icy-smooth! Again, if you need to add a bit more liquid, do it gradually. You can always do a taste test before pouring and modify as needed to suit your own tastes. I added in a few extra cashews because I liked the body and flavor that they added.
4. Pour, sprinkle with cinnamon on top. Whipped rice cream-optional, but yummy.
Serve! Delicious any time of day. Dessert-friendly.
And yes, it will taste like pumpkin pie! Bold beautiful pumpkin flavor.
Notes and Alterations:
Table for One? Just making this smoothie for yourself? You can easily halve the ingredients for a nice sized smoothie for 1.
Creamier? If you want to turn up the ‘creaminess’ a notch, add in a bit more soy cream, non-dairy milk and even a spray of whipped cream blended right into the blender.
Dessert Please! You can easily make this into a delicious pumpkin-ice-cream style shake by removing 1 cup of ice from the recipe and replacing it with a big scoop of vegan soy/hemp/coconut/rice cream. Vanilla flavor of course.
Perfectly Pumpkin: Feeling super adventurous and cringe at ‘canned veggies’. Well OK, grab a ‘pie pumpkin’ roast it, puree it and chill the pumpkin puree in the fridge. Use it in place of canned! I haven’t tried this, but I’m sure it’s super-yum.
Submitted by admin on October 27, 2009 - 4:00 pm
Check out this video of Gloria Gaynor performing on the View. My brother, John Caban, is playing the guitar right behind her on the left.
Submitted by admin on October 26, 2009 - 2:00 pm
by Fion Lim
come out and play,
reveal your inner treasures.
The sparkle in your eyes,
the natural swing in your walk,
you radiate excitement and enthusiasm.
You need no latest fashion,
No expensive hair cuts,
No blinding big accessories.
You glow in your passions,
passionate in your pursuits,
you know what you are made of.
You are not easily bothered,
by the mindless opinions of others,
you know very well where you want to go.
you are a joy to watch,
an inspiration to others,
your pure soul an endless marvel.
let your brilliance shine through,
your eyes speak of true inner beauty.
Submitted by admin on October 23, 2009 - 4:16 pm
I just learned about Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN). KEEN is a national sports programs that offers free non-competitive sports and activities for children with disabilities, that fosters self esteem, builds confidence and increases their skills and talents. KEEN is need of volunteers. If you are interested in helping KEEN in any way please Click Here. Also, on November 1, KEEN is having a fundraiser, here in the Los Angeles area. To purchase tickets for learn more about the fundraiser, or to purchase tickets, please Click Here.
Submitted by admin on October 22, 2009 - 10:30 am
I was just turned on to these great lip products, Marina Cosmetics, inspired by the sea. You know that I love the sea. What’s not to love about it? The sea evokes life, renewal, rejuvenation. And marine plant life has been found to be an amazing source of minerals, antioxidants and natural oils, particularly beneficial to reverse the signs of aging in the skin. Marina Cosmetics founder, Kristen Null-Croner, sought to bring the restorative powers of the sea to enhancing women’s beauty. Dedicated to developing a pure, natural cosmetic that delivers both treatment and color, she set her sights on one of the most moisture-deprived areas of the face – the lips. “Ingredients that come from the sea deliver superior benefits,” says Kristen Null-Croner, “but I was also very particular about every other ingredient, incorporating only those that could provide healthy, restorative care.” Marina Cosmetics believe in keeping it natural. Marina Cosmetics contain Ecocert and organic ingredients to bring the most advanced care and health-benefits to the lips. What I love most about Marina Cosmetics lip products is that each one glides on smoothly and evenly, nourishing lips with a creamy, comfortable feel that is never sticky or tacky.
This week not 1 but 2 lucky winners will receive the CARIBBEAN SEA PINKS Collection which includes lively, upbeat, flattering shades ranging from soft seashell pinks to dazzling brights.
Leave a comment, below, for your chance to win a Marina Cosmetics Caribbean Sea Pinks Lip Collection. For more information on Marina Cosmetics please Click Here.
*To qualify for this prize, make sure to enter your comment by next Thursday, 7:00am PST*
Submitted by admin on October 21, 2009 - 2:00 pm
Self.com reported 30 healthy snacks that are less than 200 calories.
Here’s the list for you!
Craving salty?•5 olives (any kind) (45 calories)
•1 small Martin’s pretzel (50 calories)
•2 oz Applegate Honey and Maple Turkey Breast wrapped around 2 bread-and-butter pickles (80 calories)
•1/4 cup hummus, 3 carrot sticks (80 calories)
•1 Laughing Cow Light Swiss Original wedge, 3 pieces Kavli Crispy Thin (85 calories)
•One 1-oz package tuna jerky (90 calories)
•1 oz buffalo mozzarella, 1/2 cup cherry or grape tomatoes (94 calories)
•1 bag Baked! Cheetos 100 Calorie Mini Bites (100 calories)
•15 Eden’s Nori Maki Crackers rice crackers (110 calories)
•1 cup unshelled edamame (120 calories)
•50 Eden’s Vegetable Chips (130 calories)
•One 1-oz package of Planters NUT-trition almonds (130 calories)
•1/4 cup Trader Joe’s Chili con Queso, 18 baked tortilla chips (140 calories)
•1/2 cup pumpkin seeds in shell (143 calories)
•2 pieces (30 grams) prosciutto, 4 dried figs (154 calories)
•1 Subway Turkey Breast Wrap (190 calories)
Craving sweet? •1 package Original Apple Nature Valley Fruit Crisps (50 calories)
•1 packet O’Coco’s Mocha cookies (90 calories)
•1 Jelly Belly 100-calorie pack (100 calories)
•One 100-calorie pack Trader Joe’s Chocolate Graham Toucan Cookies (100 calories)
•One 100-calorie Balance Bar (100 calories)
•1 Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino bar (120 calories)
•1 package Back to Nature Honey Graham Sticks (120 calories)
•1/2 banana rolled in 1 tbsp frozen semisweet chocolate chips (123 calories)
•2 tbsp Better ‘n Peanut Butter, 4 stalks celery (124 calories)
•1 bag Orville Redenbacher’s Smart Pop Butter Mini Bags topped with a spritz of butter spray and 1 tsp sugar (126 calories)
•24 Annie’s Chocolate Chip Bunny Graham cookies (140 calories)
•Half of a 1.08-oz container of M&M’s Minis mixed with 1/3 cup lowfat granola (145 calories)
•1 McDonald’s Fruit ‘n Yogurt Parfait (160 calories)
•1 container Fage Greek Total 2% fat yogurt, 2 tsp honey (173 calories)
Submitted by admin on October 19, 2009 - 4:43 pm
Researchers from the National Weight Control Registry, a database of more than 3,000 people who have lost at least 60 pounds and kept it off for an average of 6 years, found that eating breakfast every day was a weight control strategy for 78% of the people in the registry. People who kept off weight long-term also reported eating a low-fat diet and exercising for an hour or more each day.
Make sure you’re eating a good breakfast. Donuts and coffee don’t count! Include proteins and grains in your breakfast and you’ll see results quickly.« Newer Posts — Older Posts »