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Posted in Uncategorized on October 9, 2016 by Your SkinChick

The fall is here and although it doesn’t always feel like fall here in Southern California, I always seem to want to make foods and drinks that remind me of the season. What about you?

Today I’d like to share a smoothie recipe with you. I love & use the Arbonne protein mix because it’s Vegan, Gluten free, it blends well and its easy on my tummy.

Go ahead, try this recipe with your favorite protein mix.
Share your feedback on my FB page or via email @ joann@yourskinchick.com and I will send you a Vanilla protein mix sample..

 

What tastes yummy to you?

Nutty Apple Cinnamon Shake
Ingredients:

2 scoops Arbonne Essentials® Vanilla Protein Shake Powder
1 scoop Arbonne Essentials Daily Fibre Boost
230 ml Unsweetened vanilla almond milk*
1/2 Sour green apple, sliced
Dash Ground cinnamon, to taste
1 Tbsp. Raw pecans or sliced raw almonds
6–8 Ice cubes
Instructions:

Combine all ingredients and blend well.

Cheers!
*Substitute with unsweetened chocolate coconut milk, if preferred.

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The Truth About Calcium and Osteoporosis

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on April 18, 2010 by Your SkinChick
The Truth About Calcium and Osteoporosis
By John Robbins, author of ‘Diet for a New America’

This is great information.  I hope
25% of sixty-five year old women in the United States are diagnosed with osteoporosis. For a person technically to qualify for this label, it means she has lost 50- 75% of the original bone material from her skeleton. That is 1 out of every 4 women of sixty-five years old has lost over half her bone density! Today, more deaths are caused by osteoporosis than cancer of the breast and cervix combined. 

Unfortunately, the loss of calcium and other minerals from the bones is a gradual process which goes on steadily for a long time before it becomes evident. There is no flashing red light to warn us that our bodies are losing calcium. And it is usually not apparent until loose teeth, receding gums, or a fractured hip show how brittle and chalky the bones have become. The end result of the skeletal structure’s gradual erosion is calcium-deficient bones that may break with the slightest provocation. Even a mere sneeze may crack a rib. 

One of the reasons the decreasing bone density is hard to detect until it reaches such as unfortunate stage, is that even in extreme cases of osteoporosis, the calcium level of the blood is usually normal. In the body’s ranking of needs, the blood level of calcium takes definite priority over the bone level of calcium. The body needs calcium for vital operations, such as controlling muscular contractions, blood clotting, transmission of nerve impulses and other utterly essential tasks. When the body needs to supply calcium to the blood for any reason, it acts as if the bones were a ‘bank’ of stored calcium, and through a series of biochemical reactions a ‘check’ is drawn on the calcium bank. Your body draws calcium from your bones to supply calcium to your blood. 

I used to believe that bones lost calcium only if there was not enough calcium in our diets. The National Dairy Council is the foremost spokesman for this point of view, and the solution they propose, not all that surprisingly, is for us all to drink more milk and eat more dairy products. In fact, the dairy industry has of late spent a great deal of money promoting this point of view; and it does seem logical. But modern nutritional research clearly indicates a major flaw in this perspective. Osteoporosis is, in fact, a disease caused by a number of things, the most important of which is excess dietary animal protein! 

The correspondence between excess animal protein intake and bone resorption is direct and consistent. Even with very high calcium intakes, the more excess animal protein in the diet the greater the incidence of negative calcium balance, and the greater the loss of calcium from the bones. 

One long-term study found that with as little as 75 grams of daily protein (less than three-quarters of what the average meat-eating American consumes) more calcium is lost in the urine than is absorbed by the body from the diet – resulting in a negative calcium balance. This is true even if the dietary calcium intake is as high as 1400 milligrams per day, far higher than the standard American diet. 

Summarising the medical research on osteoporosis, one of the nation’s leading medical authorities on dietary associations with disease, Dr. John McDougall, says: 

“I would like to emphasize that the calcium-losing effect of protein on the human body is not an area of controversy in scientific circles. The many studies performed during the past 55 years consistently show that the most important dietary change that we can make if we want to create a positive calcium balance that will keep our bones solid is to decrease the amount of proteins we eat each day. The important change is not to increase the amount of calcium we take in.” 

Osteoporosis Around the World 

Throughout the world, the incidence of osteoporosis correlates directly with animal protein intake. The greater the intake of protein, the more common and more severe will be the osteoporosis. In fact, world health statistics show that osteoporosis is most common in exactly those countries where dairy products are consumed in the largest quantities – the United States, Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom. 

Nathan Pritikin studied the medical research on osteoporosis, and found no basis at all for the Dairy Council viewpoint: 

African Bantu women take in only 350 mg. of calcium per day. They bear nine children during their lifetime and breast feed them for two years. They never have calcium deficiency, seldom break a bone, rarely lose a tooth… How can they do that on 350 mg. of calcium a day when the (National Dairy Council) recommendation is 1200 mg.? It’s very simple. They’re on a low-protein diet that does not kick the calcium out of the body’. 

At the other end of the scale from the Bantus are the native Eskimos. 

If osteoporosis were a calcium deficiency disease it would be unheard of among these people. They have the highest dietary calcium intake of any people in the world – more than 2000 mg. a day from fish bones. Their diet is also the very highest in the world in protein – 250 to 400 grams a day. The native Eskimo people have one of the very highest rates of osteoporosis in the world. 

In March, 1983, the Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported the results of the largest study of this kind ever undertaken. Researchers in Michigan State and other major universities found that, by the age of 65 in the United States: 

• Male vegetarians had an average measurable bone loss of 3% 

• Male meat-eaters had an average measurable bone loss of 7% 

• Female vegetarians had an average measurable bone loss of 18% 

• Female meat-eaters had an average measurable bone loss of 35% 

Keeping our PH- levels in check 

Keeping our blood at an essentially neutral pH is top priority for our body. If our blood were to become too acidic we would die. Accordingly, if the diet contains a lot of acid forming foods (meat, dairy, sugar and processed carbohydrates), then the body, in its wisdom, withdraws calcium from the bones and uses this alkaline mineral to balance the pH of the blood. Meat, eggs and fish are the most acid-forming of the foods, and hence the ones that cause calcium to be drawn from the bones to restore the pH balance. Most fruits and vegetables, on the other hand, generally yield an alkaline ash, and so require no depletion of calcium stores from the bones to maintain the neutrality of the blood. 

In spite of its high calcium content, milk, due to its high protein content, and high acidity, appears actually to contribute to the accelerating development of osteoporosis. The occurrence of this disease in the United States has reached truly epidemic proportions, and the promotion of dairy products as an ‘answer’ to the suffering of millions seems, not only self-serving, but absolutely immoral and downright dishonest. 

Source: Excerpt taken from Robbins, J 1987, Diet for a new America. HJ Kramer & New World Library, California. 

Maybe ‘Got Milk?’ should be updated to ‘Got Veggies?’
Source: http://www.foodmatters.tv/ 

We all live a very busy life style and thank goodness we have Juice Plus because most of us don’t get the recommended fruits and veggies.  Send questions about Juice Plus to Jan Naylor-Smith at janjuiceplus@gmail.com .  She is very knowledgeable and super friendly. 

Cheers to good health

Great Make-up time saving tricks

Posted in Uncategorized on March 30, 2010 by Your SkinChick
Got a need for speed?  Here are Interesting Tricks for you!

Conceal Flaws in a Flash

Covering up blemishes and dark under-eye circles is the fastest way to look perfectly polished. I recommend Arbonnes velvety formula that dries to a powdery soft finish, $22.50, on pimples because it won’t slide around on oily areas. Dab on a small amount — it’s easier to add more than take excess away — onto the spot and blend with your ring finger. “For under-eye circles, I like to let the concealer dry down for about three minutes on the darkest parts before blending,” “It lets the pigment cling onto that specific area instead of dispersing evenly.”

Brighten Your Eyes

It takes just a few steps to make eyes look more vibrant after a long day at work before going out — or after a long night out before heading to work. First, applying shadow and liner to only the upper lids, in colors that complement your eyes. This means copper or bronze for blue eyes, shades of plum for green eyes, and deep blue-violet for brown eyes. Follow up with a skin-toned liner on the inner rims of the lower lids (try Eye liner Pencil in Toffee, $18), and you’ll look deceptively well-rested.

A Multitasking Mama!

Using just one product will save you time on makeup application because there’s no need to blend or deal with smudges. Use your fingers to swipe a creamy, slightly shimmery color (try Sheer Glow Highlighter, $40) onto eyelids, then blend along the cheekbones for added definition. Dab a little onto the lips and follow with clear gloss. That’s it — you’ve got a glowing face in no time at all, and with minimal effort.

Quick pucker upper!

Want fuller looking lips, try this trick: Rub the side, not the pointy tip, of your liner along the borders of your lips. “This looks more natural than drawing around the edges to make them look larger,” she says. “Plus it takes less time than trying to get the line perfect.” Follow with a color that’s a touch brighter than natural. But forget matte and cream — it’s all about the gloss. A supershiny one with reflective, shimmery particles (like Arbonne clear Lip Polish, $22) helps make lips appear plumper.

Makeup Bag Must-Haves

Whether she’s painted a face full of makeup or dabbed on the bare minimum, these are a must have. Mattifying powder and Sheer Glow highlighter. A quick dust  of the mattifying pwer takes away shine on the nose and forehead (try Arbonne Mattifying Power, $25) anytime you need it without messing up your makeup. Finally, highlighter like sheer glow, $40, blended in a sideways U-shape from the temples onto the cheekbones, will catch the light and make your face look chiseled and polished.

It’s amazing, but the smallest and quickest makeup tricks can have the biggest impact on your look!

Eco-Certification:

Posted in Uncategorized on March 26, 2010 by Your SkinChick

At Arbonne we are celebrating 30 years of pure, safe, and beneficial. I’m so proud to represent this company. Dd you know that Arbonne has a botanical farming community in Switzerland that is Eco certified – Organic in 80 countries around the world. It’s bigger than USDA Certified Organic. I am so impressed.

Eco-Certification: A Foundation for Effective Green Marketing Futurelab – An international marketing strategy consultancy

Dark Circles

Posted in Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 by Your SkinChick
The best bet for dark circles under the eyes could be an anti-congestion nasal spray. Seriously. This isn’t one of those hemorrhoid cream-type cures, there is a real medical evidence here. The primary cause of dark circles is a blocked nose. According to the Mayo Clinic, when your nose is congested, veins that usually drain from your eyes into your nose become widened (dilated) and darker. Doctors often regard dark circles as an indication of allergies.

Anyway while you try to figure out the best way to free flow nasal passages, there are some creams that may help diminish the appearance (but not the underlying cause). There are also some ingredients to avoid. Actually hemorrhoid cream will help a bit because its purpose in life is to constrict swollen blood vessels. But it smells disgusting, usually contains petrolatum and is way too harsh for under-eye skin. Retinol users beware. Over use can cause the skin tissue to become ‘vascular’ and over stimulate the capillaries.

Vitamin C and or K will help. However, both of these can be drying and should be combined with good moisturizing ingredients. A good eye cream that helps to build up collagen – under-eye skin is particularly thin – is a good idea.  check out www.arbonne.com/re9advanced
look for the RE9 corrective eye creme

Did you know

Posted in Uncategorized on December 7, 2009 by Your SkinChick

“Did you know…During winter, the environment is constantly challenging the skin’s ability to maintain its moisture and stay soft? Low humidity in the air increases skin’s dryness, and wearing heavy clothes leaves less room for the skin to breathe. Even long, warm showers can dry out the skin and deplete its natural oils. All of these factors make it important to rid the skin of dead, dry cells through regular exfoliation, revealing new, supple skin. Once the skin is clear of the dead, dry cells, moisturizing will maintain that smooth, silky feel.”

ENDING PROCRASTINATION By Jim Rohn

Posted in Uncategorized on November 13, 2009 by Your SkinChick

Perseverance is about as important to achievement as gasoline is to driving a car. Sure, there will be times when you feel like you’re spinning your wheels, but you’ll always get out of the rut with genuine perseverance. Without it, you won’t even be able to start your engine.
The opposite of perseverance is procrastination. Perseverance means you never quit. Procrastination usually means you never get started, although the inability to finish something is also a form of procrastination.

Ask people why they procrastinate and you’ll often hear something like this: “I’m a perfectionist. Everything has to be just right before I can get down to work. No distractions, not too much noise, no telephone calls interrupting me, and of course I have to be feeling well physically, too. I can’t work when I have a headache.” The other end of procrastination – being unable to finish – also has a perfectionist explanation: “I’m just never satisfied. I’m my own harshest critic. If all the it’s aren’t dotted and all the t’s aren’t crossed, I just can’t consider that I’m done. That’s just the way I am, and I’ll probably never change.”

Do you see what’s going on here? A fault is being turned into a virtue. The perfectionist is saying that his standards are just too high for this world. This fault-into- virtue syndrome is a common defense when people are called upon to discuss their weaknesses, but in the end it’s just a very pious kind of excuse making. It certainly doesn’t have anything to do with what’s really behind procrastination.

Remember, the basis of procrastination could be fear of failure. That’s what perfectionism really is, once you take a hard look at it. What’s the difference whether you’re afraid of being less than perfect or afraid of anything else? You’re still paralyzed by fear. What’s the difference whether you never start or never finish? You’re still stuck. You’re still going nowhere. You’re still overwhelmed by whatever task is before you. You’re still allowing yourself to be dominated by a negative vision of the future in which you see yourself being criticized, laughed at, punished, or ridden out of town on a rail. Of course, this negative vision of the future is really a mechanism that allows you to do nothing. It’s a very convenient mental tool.

I’m going to tell you how to overcome procrastination. I’m going to show you how to turn procrastination into perseverance, and if you do what I suggest, the process will be virtually painless. It involves using two very powerful principles that foster productivity and perseverance instead of passivity and procrastination.

The first principle is: break it down.

No matter what you’re trying to accomplish, whether it’s writing a book, climbing a mountain, or painting a house the key to achievement is your ability to break down the task into manageable pieces and knock them off one at one time.

Focus on accomplishing what’s right in front of you at this moment. Ignore what’s off in the distance someplace.

Substitute real-time positive thinking for negative future visualization. That’s the first all- important technique for bringing an end to procrastination.

Suppose I were to ask you if you could write a four hundred- page novel. If you’re like most people, that would sound like an impossible task. But suppose I ask you a different question. Suppose I ask if you can write a page and a quarter a day for one year. Do you think you could do it?

Now the task is starting to seem more manageable. We’re breaking down the four-hundred-page book into bite-size pieces. Even so, I suspect many people would still find the prospect intimidating. Do you know why? Writing a page and a quarter may not seem so bad, but you’re being asked to look ahead one whole year. When people start to do look that far ahead, many of them automatically go into a negative mode.

So, let me formulate the idea of writing a book in yet another way. Let me break it down even more.

Suppose I was to ask you: can you fill up a page and a quarter with words-not for a year, not for a month, not even for a week, but just today? Don’t look any further ahead than that.

I believe most people would confidently declare that they could accomplish that. Of course, these would be the same people who feel totally incapable of writing a whole book.

If I said the same thing to those people tomorrow – if I told them, I don’t want you to look back, and I don’t want you to look ahead, I just want you to fill up a page and a quarter this very day – do you think they could do it?

One day at a time. We’ve all heard that phrase. That’s what we’re doing here. We’re breaking down the time required for a major task into one-day segments, and we’re breaking down the work involved in writing a four hundred-page book into page-and-a-quarter increments.

Keep this up for one year, and you’ll write the book. Discipline yourself to look neither forward nor backward, and you can accomplish things you never thought you could possibly do. And it all begins with those three words: break it down.

My second technique for defeating procrastination is also only three words long. The three words are: write it down.

We know how important writing is to goal setting. The writing you’ll do for beating procrastination is very similar. Instead of focusing on the future, however, you’re now going to be writing about the present just as you experience it every day. Instead of describing the things you want to do or the places you want to go, you’re going to describe what you actually do with your time, and you’re going to keep a written record of the places you actually go.

In other words, you’re going to keep a diary of your activities. And you’re going to be amazed by the distractions, detours, and downright wastes of time you engage in during the course of a day. All of these get in the way of achieving your goals. For many people, it’s almost like they planned it that way, and maybe at some unconscious level they did. The great thing about keeping a time diary is that it brings all this out in the open. It forces you to see what you’re actually doing . . . and what you’re not doing.

The time diary doesn’t have to be anything elaborate. Just buy a little spiral notebook that you can easily carry in your pocket. When you go to lunch, when you drive across town, when you go to the dry cleaners, when you spend some time shooting the breeze at the copying machine, make a quick note of the time you began the activity and the time it ends. Try to make this notation as soon as possible; if it’s inconvenient to do it immediately, you can do it later. But you should make an entry in your time diary at least once every thirty minutes, and you should keep this up for at least a week.

Break it down. Write it down. These two techniques are very straightforward. But don’t let that fool you: these are powerful and effective productivity techniques. This is how you put an end to procrastination. This is how you get yourself started.

To Your Success,
By: Jim Rohn