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Tentación Thursday – La Buena Life reusable canvas tote bag

Submitted by on November 26, 2009 - 11:30 am

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Terrifico Tuesday – Tips for beating the Turkey Day Bloat

Submitted by on November 24, 2009 - 11:30 am

Yesterday I was a guest on Los Angeles’ Univision 34 Primera Edición. I shared some holiday anti-bloating tips. Here are the tips that I shared:

1. Drink lots of water during the holidays (and everyday).
Not drinking enough water throughout the day can cause unnecessary bloating. Water is your friend. It has so many health benefits. Not only does it retard bloating, but it also helps with digestion. When the body is dehydrated, or has too much sodium, it grabs on to and stores any water you give it because it thinks it may not get any for a long time. Once your body receives enough water to restore its water level it will let it go of what it has held on to. Also, people often confuse being thirsty with being hungry. So next time you think that you’re hungry grab a glass of water first. If you drink it and still feel hunger pangs have a light snack. And lastly, drinking a glass of water before your meal can lead to you feeling fuller faster. So keeping up your water intake is a great way to beat the bloat and stay trim.

2. Avoid fatty foods
A common cause of bloating & indigestion is from eating the wrong foods. Not only do fatty foods encourage the formation of fat cells within the body, but they delay the process of emptying your stomach, which contributes to bloating. If you can’t avoid fatty foods entirely, opt for small servings. Fruits and vegetables are also a great way to beat the bloat as they are 80 – 90% water.

3. Schedule your workouts
Exercise helps gas pass through the digestive tract more quickly, so you feel better faster. Even a quick ten-minute walk can relieve bloating. Abdominal workouts can tone your abs & make you feel less self-conscious about your belly when you’re bloated. Pilates is a great way to keep your abs strong, toned and taut, therefore disguising any unsightly bloating. Make sure to schedule your workouts into your holiday weekend. For a great abdominal routine check out my Pilates for Abs DVD!

Maravilloso Monday- Spooky Thomas

Submitted by on November 23, 2009 - 11:00 am

I spent the weekend entertaining my son. One thing that I have learned is that little boys love Thomas the Tank Engine. In an effort to find a new Thomas video to watch I stumbled upon this one. It’s so awesome how the engines do the moonwalk. My friends and I spent lots of time trying to master those Thriller moves for our living room dance recitals. I hope that this video makes you smile as much as it does V and me.



Fabuloso Friday – What was I thinking?

Submitted by on November 20, 2009 - 11:30 am

So here I am, circa 1990. This was an era when I believed that my naturally wavy hair was just not big enough and that a perm would make me look more like Julia Roberts, in Pretty Woman, (the hot movie at that time). It was important that my hair fill the entire frame of the photo.

Mino Flip
Do YOU have a bad hair photo?
If so, (and if you dare), enter your photo into the Big Hair Contest. I mean, don’t we all deserve a good laugh, (even if it’s at our own expense)? And just to make it worth your while we are doing a contest for the Best Worst Hair Photo. The winner of the Best Worst Hair Photo will receive the amazing, (and my personal favorite), Flip Mino Camcorder. Please enter all photos by Monday, December 28th.

Directions on inserting your photo:
Leave your comment below with your big hair photo by clicking on the camera icon on the right of the comment box.

Tentación Thursday – Being True

Submitted by on November 19, 2009 - 11:30 am

The Being True Energy Work Active Body Peel is a facial-worthy peel, for neck to toe glow. This product will stimulate, exfoliate and calm your skin, all at once. It’s a multi-active resurfacer that is great for dull or discolored skin. Its salicylic microcapsules release quickly to reveal a smoother and younger looking skin, as you massage it in. Now, who wouldn’t want that? The Energy Work active Body Peel is loaded with therapeutic essential oils that recharge your skin and leave it looking alive as you now feel..

For more information on Being True Products Click Here. One lucky La Buena Life Member will win a sample of Being True Energy Work Active Body Peel. For your chance to win leave your comment, below.

Buen Sabor Wednesday- Healthy Chicken Soup

Submitted by on November 18, 2009 - 11:30 am

Well, it’s that time of year, when everyone seems to be catching a cold. I don’t know what it is about chicken soup, but it really does make me feel better. So this week I found a healthy chicken soup at I like that this recipe packs in a bunch of yummy vegetables. (These mom’s are thinkin’).

The ingredients are:
Vegetable oil
Onion, minced
Carrots, diced
Celery, sliced
Garlic powder
Dried oregano flakes
Chicken broth, reduced sodium
Potatoes, peeled,
Chicken, cooked, chopped
Whole milk
Noodles, yolk-free, enriched, uncooked

Click Here to learn how to prepare this yummy sopa de pollo.

Buen provecho!

Terrifico Tuesday – Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Submitted by on November 17, 2009 - 11:30 pm

This just made me smile.


Maravilloso Monday- It’s the little things

Submitted by 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!

Ana Cabán

Fabuloso Friday – Face to Face

Submitted by 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.

To learn more about Face to Face Click Here. To make a donation to Face to Face Click Here.

Tentación Thursday – What’s the Scoop?

Submitted by 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, 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.

To learn more about Beauty Scoop® Click Here. One lucky LBL member will receive a sample of Beauty Scoop®. For your chance to win a sample of this remarkable product leave your comment below.

Buen Sabor Wednesday – Butternut Squash Casserole

Submitted by 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 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!

Terrifico Tuesday – MY RUN Movie Wins The Audience Award at the Austin International Film Festival!

Submitted by 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

To show your support of the movie My Run please follow them on FaceBook and/or Twitter. For further information on the My Run movie please Click Here.

Maravilloso Monday- Move that body!

Submitted by 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.”

Mark Twain

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 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.

Tentación Thursday – Pamper Yourself Moisturizing Glove

Submitted by 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*

Buena Suerte!

Buen Sabor Wednesday – A healthy comfort food?

Submitted by 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.

Terrífico Tuesday – Xocolat (Chocolate) Pedicure @ Renova Spa

Submitted by 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!

Maravilloso Monday – Take Time For Yourself

Submitted by 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.

Fabuloso Friday – The Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation

Submitted by 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.

Tentación Thursday – The Jane Carter Solution Travel Kit

Submitted by 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!

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