Posts Tagged ‘health’
Everyone knows that I am a fan of Celebrity stylist, Teddy Charles (check out my Face Book page
pictures for a photo of me & Teddy from a hair show that we judged!)
Teddy used the new Remington T-Studio Pearl Ceramic Styling Wand to create the nautical-inspired “Yacht Knot” hair look that accompanied the breezy, ethereal runway collection for Luca Luca S/S 2011. www.ulta.com
How to Change Your Diet Now for Better-Looking Skin
(from the October 2010 issue of ShopSmart.)
• Load up on antioxidant-rich produce: Think dark and leafy and colorful—kale, bell peppers, spinach, sweet potatoes, broccoli, berries, oranges, and pomegranates. They’re rich sources of vitamins A, C, and E and other health-promoting phytochemicals (plant-based compounds). Besides helping to reduce the harmful effects of free radicals, the unstable molecules that damage cells, antioxidants help keep the skin cells healthy and protect collagen and elastin from being degraded.
• Mind your minerals: Zinc, found in particularly high levels in oysters, crab, beef, poultry, kidney beans, and fortified cereals, has an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin, facilitates cell regeneration, and protects against collagen degradation. Selenium, plentiful in Brazil nuts, fish, poultry, couscous, and oat bran, has antioxidant properties that help protect the skin from wrinkles, sagging, and sun damage. Iron, found in clams, soybeans, lentils, spinach, beef liver, and fortified cereals, is important for skin repair.
• Get your omega-3s: Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fatty fish, walnuts, canola oil, flaxseeds, and omega-3-fortified eggs, can bolster the skin barrier and decrease inflammation in the skin. Chronic, low-grade inflammation, which is invisible to the eye, can destroy collagen and elastin. So have fish for dinner tonight: stick with low-mercury, high-omega-3 species such as sardines, wild salmon, herring, and pollack.
• Eat less sugar: Downing lots of highly processed or sugary foods can cause a spike in blood sugar and insulin, which can trigger chronic, low-grade inflammation at the cellular level. You don’t have to give up sweets, just eat them in moderation. And if you crave something sweet, eat a small piece of dark chocolate, which is loaded with protective antioxidants.
• Choose the right proteins: The protein found in lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs, legumes, nuts, seeds, and low-fat dairy products provides your body with essential amino acids, the building blocks for the maintenance and repair of skin tissue. Different amino acids help construct collagen, the scaffold that gives skin its structure, or create lubricating ceramides, which help the skin hold onto water.
• Think about your drinks: Staying optimally hydrated by drinking enough water so that your urine is light-colored is important. Since it’s not always easy to gulp down enough water every day, one strategy is to sip green tea. Research suggests that the epigallocatechin gallate green tea contains offers some protection against DNA damage caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays and triggers anti-tumor activity by the body’s immune system.
Hollywood fitness expert Kacy Duke (pictured) is partnering with Dove Visibly Smooth deodorant to get Tampa Bay-area women “sleeveless-ready” this summer. You can join Duke at an exclusive FREE cardio-dance class held at The Straz Center for the Performing Arts. Attendees will enjoy a free workout (typically Duke’s 1×1 workouts are valued at more than $300). Attendees will also receive a high-end workout top as well as deodorant sticks.
Thursday, July 22
Afternoon Event: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Evening Event: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
The Straz Center for the Performing Arts
1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place
Tampa, FL 33602
RSVP TO DVS@EDELMAN.COM
Admission is FREE but you must RSVP to hold your spot. Please specify if you would like to attend the afternoon or evening Underground Groove Event.
Guests will receive an exclusive goody bag containing a Lucy work out tank top and Dove Visibly Smooth deodorant, which minimizes the look and feel of underarm hair over time to help women feel stubble free for longer. It delivers 24-hour odor and wetness protection and alleviates white marks to keep you feeling smooth, dry and confident this summer.
Councilwoman Jan Perry is Leading Los Angeles to Healthy Living. Addressing childhood obesity, increasing access to healthy food in schools and communities, creating opportunities for regular physical activity and empowering families with information they need to make healthy choices – these issues are the pillars of Michele Obama’s ‘Let’s Move’ campaign – issues that It’s a Glam Thing friend Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry has been successfully tackling since 2001! Perry is way ahead of the curve and all big cities across the nation need to listen, watch and learn!
Now in her third term as the Councilwoman for the City’s Ninth District, Jan represents some of the most challenging communities in Los Angeles County – South Los Angeles, Bunker Hill, Little Tokyo and Central City East, commonly known as Skid Row. “I have always believed that a holistic approach is needed to improve the health and welfare of a community. With this goal in mind, I have worked on a multi-pronged approach through planning tools, policy changes and increasing access to fresh foods and recreation space,” says Council President Pro Tempore, Jan Perry.
Guiding Our Children to Making Healthy Choices
When Perry took office in 2001, she developed the first Nutrition Guidelines and Education Program for City youth programs. Perry worked in partnership with the Department of Recreation and Parks and the Commission for Children, Youth & Their Family to develop guidelines which aim to improve the health and well-being of pre-school and school-age children in Los Angeles at City facilities and City programs – (1) increase access to nutrition programs; (2) provide healthy meals and snacks that encourage healthy choices and (3) provide nutrition education to City staff and children that participate in City programs. The result was the addition and increase of items like juice, milk, water and fresh fruits and vegetables in vending machines and on the menus at City-run youth programs and facilities throughout Los Angeles. “However, offering healthy food options alone cannot solve the problem,” says Perry. “Children need places where they can be active and learn to love exercise. That is why I have made park improvement and development a top priority.”
Since 2001, Perry has invested over $52 million dollars in recreation and park facilities throughout the Ninth District, adding over 10 acres of new park land to the landscape. This includes a new South Los Angeles Wetland Park at 54th and Avalon — the site of an old MTA bus yard! “I also worked in partnership with City entities to bring fitness zones to six parks in South Los Angeles. These fitness zones offer free access to outdoor fitness equipment for the community so now parents can work out at free outdoor gyms with their children or while their children play at neighboring playgrounds.
Healthy Choices For The Community
Healthy food also needs to be made available not just for children at school and at City youth programs, but at home. How do we do this? Perry has the answer. “We must support and offer opportunities within our community to access fresh fruits and vegetables and other healthy options.” To this end, Perry has helped create and support Farmers’ Markets throughout the Ninth District. “Right now, we have four markets!” beams Perry, “and the market at Central Avenue, which was started over six years ago, even holds good cooking classes on-site to help families learn how to cook with and incorporate seasonal market goods into their diet!” However, Perry acknowledges that access to fresh food needs to be about more than small markets.
Stop the Fat! Put Down Those Fries!
The Ninth District has been historically underserved and suffers from a lack of grocery stores and full service sit-down restaurants. “I looked around the community, spoke with residents and asked them what they wanted and the answer came in loud and clear,” says Perry. “The community wanted more family restaurants and grocery stores!” This is how the Fast Food Ordinance was established! This planning tool is designed as a stop-gap measure until the community is done updating the community plan. Previous decades of spot-zoning and neglect in planning these communities have resulted in an extreme lack of neighborhood retail and food options. “In South Los Angeles, there is limited space for development and the idea is to afford space for the development of neighborhood serving retail,” adds Perry. Distance separation requirements are being established in order to target the over proliferation of certain uses. A one-half mile radius will be required for stand-alone fast food restaurants, new motels, liquor stores, check cashing stores, auto-related uses, recycling centers and convenience stores without fresh produce. “In other words, these establishments will not be able to locate within a one-half mile radius of an existing use unless it sells fresh fruit and vegetables. This is one way to encourage a new business who wants to locate within the community to carry fresh produce!” says Perry.
Restaurant & Grocery Store Incentives
Perry also knows that to help create a healthier community and to attract new retailers like full-service grocers and restaurants it is important to offer business incentives. Perry worked with her colleagues to develop the Restaurant and Grocery Store Incentive Marketing Brochure which outlines incentives such as undergrounding of utilities, tax credits and help assembling land. “I am proud to say that, to date, two new grocery stores have been added to the South Los Angeles landscape – both are full and incredibly successful and I am working hard to bring more to our community!” In September, 2009, Superior Grocers had the distinction of being the first full-scale market to open in South Los Angeles in at last five years. And, in February 2010, Fresh & Easy opened its doors to a 10,000 square foot store offering organic, local produce, meat and poultry. The shelves are stocked with a combination of private label and national brand food and they sell no tobacco products or hard alcohol.
Youth Take Action!
Perry formed a strategic partnership with concerned high school students at the Accelerated School in South Los Angeles who took it upon themselves to fight obesity where it starts. They questioned what they eat, questioned the food choices around them, educated their peers and then took action. The students formed Healthy Eating Active Communities (HEAC) and spearheaded a local market makeover program. The program helps local mini-markets change store lay-outs so that convenience foods (chips, candy, cookies, etc.) are moved to the back of the store while fresh food items like fruits, vegetables, milk and meats are made more prominent. Perry also participates in and supports student documentaries and social networking sites as educational outreach tools designed to engage young people in a discussion of how they can help advocate for healthier communities. “This grassroots effort is essential for us to succeed in building healthy communities and stop childhood obesity before it starts. The HEAC students inspire me and they prove that we can make a difference!” says Perry.
“To find success and make a change, we have to work incrementally. Change does not happen overnight! These accomplishments have been the result of a deliberate and methodical effort that has spanned over the last nine years. We need to continue to build upon our accomplishments! says Perry.
It’s a Glam Thing sincerely thanks Councilwoman Perry for all of her hard work & dedication to this cause.
(Pictured: Councilwoman Jan Perry, photo courtesy of Bergman PR)
“I can’t think of a more rewarding life than being able to help people look younger, feel healthier and live happier,” says Dr. Howard Murad. And, he certainly does. We are huge Murad fans here at IAGT. Right now, I am especially loving the Murad HYBRIDS Skin Perfecting Primer. I am wearing it today with just mascara and lip stick. My pores look smaller. My skin has a nice matte finish and the universal shade matches my skin tone perfectly. Best of all, I know it’s right for me. It’s Murad!
For hair threading at home you have got to try the Twist-n-Roll Tweezers by Lindo®. You just bend it into an n shape, place the coil against your skin and twist the handles outwards. The coils will roll slowly upward against your skin and the hair will gently be removed. Really … its that simple! You can use it on your upper lip, chin, cheeks, neck, forehead and other places that need it. This was a highlight of the Premiere Orlando show this week! Grace Zhoul had fun demonstrating it and the attendees were buying them up like crazy! You will be seeing and hearing more about this and other fab products from Lindo. I am checking out their SwirliDo Hair Ties that I picked up at the show also so stay tuned for a report on these fun hair ties.
NAILPRO, June 2010 “NAILING THE NEWS” pg. 30 – Dazzle Dry eco-friendly nail polish. www.dazzledry.com
Emmy Award-winning actress Peggy McCay plays the unstoppable matriarch Caroline Brady on NBC’s Days of our Lives but she has enjoyed a lauded career on primetime (most recently a guest starring role on CBS’ Cold Case) as well as in feature films. McCay is the only performer in history to be nominated for both a primetime and daytime Emmy Award in the same year (she won the primetime trophy). Through it all, she has maintained a reputation for enduring talent, utmost professionalism, and timeless beauty.
What keeps this golden girl so golden? Among other revelations, McCay tells us what beauty products keep her looking so amazing and what animals can teach us about staying well balanced and healthy.
What is your definition of beauty?
I think beauty is God-given. That being said, it’s up to each of us to maintain and highlight it. The key is to have an accurate perspective on oneself and choose the right hairstyle and clothing that suits one’s particular figure and unique beauty.
Do you believe women can be beautiful at any age?
Yes, I do. I think one of the most beautiful women was [artist] Georgia O’Keefe. She was stunningly beautiful in her own way. I think women can be beautiful at any age if they care for themselves. Mature women possess an inner beauty learned through life.
Can you share some of your beauty secrets?
Vitamins are important and eating the right food, but exercise is the best way to change your attitude and your body. You can even exercise your eyes. I don’t wear glasses. I think exercise is the greatest tool for looking and feeling one’s best.
Can you recommend any special beauty products you swear by?
I use various products but favor Neutrogena because it is hypoallergenic. I also love Paul Mitchell products. They are not only pure, but as their slogan says, Paul Mitchell products are tested by hairdressers, never on animals.
It is no secret you love animals and love helping them. How do you think this has helped you maintain balance in your own life?
They are so essential to me. I have people who gave up having animals and they are miserable. I think I figured out why I think they are so essential to staying balanced. Animals are totally in tune with nature and we [humans] are the inventive ones. Animals have such purity, and innocence and love. They are wonderful. Most animals will become your friend, if they get to know you. And they bring that purity to a human being, which can lead to a healthier life. For example, studies have shown that stroking a dog will reduce high blood pressure.
You are in a profession that usually demands beauty of its leading women – were you always considered a great beauty or is this something you cultivated for your career?
(Laughs) Thank you. I’ve never thought of myself that way, but I think I’ve cultivated whatever I’ve achieved in that area. In New York where I started my career, physical beauty was not the main thing in actors – it was your performance. When I first got to Hollywood, my agents told me I would never do a movie unless I had a bathing suit picture – meaning how I looked in a bathing suit counted more than my training. I couldn’t believe it.
Knowing what you know now about health and wellness, would you have done things differently in your twenties? Why or why not?
I wouldn’t have sat in the sun so long!
What do you consider beautiful in other people?
I consider their expressiveness, sensibilities and heart most beautiful.