Category Archives: Health and Beauty

The Food Party: Farm to your table

CUESA’s Sunday Supper: A Farm to City Feast

Sleep well, Learn Mattress Facts!

We have posted several articles about sleep and relaxation in this blog. But WHAT IS AN ORGANIC mattress? I didn’t know, really, I was thinking about using materials that were not sprayed, dipped or dried with toxic chemicals or pesticides. However there is more than that …. to learn more here is a great resource.

Here is the link to a guide- take a look: https://mattresshelp.org/best-organic-mattresses/

 

Healthy Food- how to find It!

Pinto! A new free food app. Ever wonder WHAT is healthy? Reading labels in tiny print doesn’t help much. It is hard to track what ingredients are in which categories like sugar, starch, vitamin.

 

Read on about Pinto:

WHY PINTO? The concept aims to deal a blow to food companies’ sleight of hand, which has to date brought Cheerios cereal dangerously close to being regulated as a cholesterol drug, led Vitaminwater’s lawyers to argue that “no consumer could reasonably be misled into thinking Vitaminwater was a healthy beverage,” and seen Kind Bars scolded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for calling themselves “healthy” (the company argued it was its corporate philosophy that was healthy, ( WHAT? Read that twice!)not the product).

Pinto means to offer a rare brutal honesty in nutrition that favors the honesty over the brutality—not a Yelp for food, but rather a Snopes, backed by roughly 120 dietitians and nutritionists who have been consulting and field-testing for Pinto.

It’s easy to set up your profile & goals. Pick the items you eat- to learn more and you can also get the results for the content/vitamins/ingredients you are tracking.

While the app is free to consumers, Pinto makes money, strangely enough, by telling food retailers exactly what they’re selling. “Obviously they know what they’re selling in terms of ingredients,” says Slover. “But they don’t know how customers are seeing that inventory. A restaurant can learn how much of its menu is Whole30-compliant and shift marketing around that. We offer that data automatically, programmatically, across the board. The share of Americans with specific dietary needs and wants isn’t going anywhere. It’s only going to grow. What we sell is a way to lock in a relationship with them.”

HerScan – a great Medical Breakthrough to Combat Breast Cancer!

THIS IS NOT A MAMOGRAM! it is an innovative ultrasound, with a much higher diagnosis rate than the traditional method. It doesn’t hurt. It takes 15 minutes. They will scan over lumps to get a more complete 3-D view. It can show cysts clearly. The technician also goes into your armpit area where you make have lumps, cysts and fatty lipomas.  You Do WANT TO KNOW! 

Faster better earlier detection can save your life! 

In the SF BAY AREA there are appointments available in Pleasanton, Berkeley, San Rafael, and Concord. On the website there is a list STATES, then select the CITY for a list of appointments near you. There are appointments  all over the USA. This is Mobile Medicine. So convenient.

The cost is $195 in most states, and $235 in California. The payment is due at the time of service.  HerScan accept smajor credit/debit cards and cash. Insurance doesn’t pay but don’t let that stop you.

HerScan is on a mission to make Breast Ultrasound more accessible and convenient for all women. We hope you will share this important information about your breast health with your family, friends, and co-workers! Spread the word about HerScan and help save a life!

For more information, please contact us at {register@herscan.com}

 

Doctors and Appointments the way you want them!

MEDICINE is changing. We have had video Doctors for remote locations for a long while, but now with more customer-focused medicine…. you can choose HOW to see your doctor.

There are so many innovations. There are also “One Minute Clinics” located in and around businesses, downtowns and in communities all over. I have had really good success with using these clinics.

Edible Education 101 – Free classes

FOOD! and FOOD Politics, Processes, Philosophies, it is all here in this series of classes. They are free. You can attend in person or join a streaming conference from your own computer. Sign up!

Public conversations about food have flourished since the 1960s. In the wake of these conversations, it is important to ask, is the “food movement” a social movement? This class will explore what details a social movement and what it will take to shift the power balance.

Building on her vast experience as co-founder and co-director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, Saru Jayaraman will discuss ways to take fights for bold social change goals and transform them into sustained action.

Edible Education 101 meets at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business in the Anderson Auditorium on Wednesday, January 31 from 6:15-8PM Pacific Time. You can watch the conversation live online or join us in class on campus. Participation to the community is free of charge. WATCH ONLINE or ATTEND IN PERSON


NEXT UP! Yes there are more classes available –

Week 4 | Wednesday, February 7: Regenerative Cooking: Food, Soil, and Seeds Presented by Chef Dan Barber

Chef Dan Barber will discuss the role of chef and seed breeder collaboration in reshaping our food system and share examples of new vegetable varieties inspired by and celebrated in the Blue Hill kitchen. Dan Barber is the chef and co-owner of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and the author of The Third Plate.  His opinions on food and agricultural policy have appeared in the New York Times and many other publications. Appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, Dan continues the work that he began as a member of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture board of directors, bringing the principles of good farming directly to the table. Barber has received multiple James Beard awards. In 2009 he was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.

Missed Week Two? Check out our livestream recordings! Thanks to special guests Clair Brown, author of Buddhist Economics, and Margiana Peterson-Rockney for a lively discussion. Watch now >

 

going Meatless…. Doesn’t have to be Hard

There are so many choices! We have eaten Vegan for nearly 3 months. Yes there have been a few slips, but it is easy really.  Why?

  • You’ll try new restaurants
  • Cookbooks will be come a new point of inspiration
  • Don’t you want to KNOW what the IMPOSSIBLE Burger is? Get yours in Palo Alto, CA, yes it is Vegan, you won’t believe it! Picture below!
  • Also Ike’s Sandwiches and Love is incredible fun, they have a huge selection of vegetarian entrees and all of those can be made VEGAN! My husband’s favorite is The Meatless Ike’s Sub. So good!  (The IKE’S are in several locations in the Bay Area – we have tried Daly City Serramonte, Redwood City – El Camino)

How do you Pick your Beauty?

  • Honest Beauty lipstick –  antioxidant blend of coconut oil, murumuru butter, and shea butter, $18
  •  Hemp Organics lipstick –  made from 95% certified organic ingredients $15.80.

and Revlon is $5-10 and it lasts for 3 years. Can you imagine why it lasts that long?

Some Stores that Put Healthy First!

100% Pure – a whole line up of beauty. Take a look.

Drunk Elephant – this company describes ingredients and source, uses natural and “low-hazard” synthetic ingredients; that’s the way founder Tiffany Masterson, wants it.

Tata Harper –  has a natural beauty market, whose value is expected to reach $13.2 billion by 2018. Uses high-performance ingredients including Spanish lavender extract to help reduce wrinkle formation and retinoic acid from rosehip seed oil (instead of Retinol).

The Detox Market, the green beauty e-commerce shop; founder Romain Gaillard.

Ulta – beauty retailer in the U.S. – 950 stores, has natural products that includes a top-selling lip oil infused with green tea and avocado extracts.

Sephora – has natural products cleansers, anti-aging, shampoos, but also – biotechnology-backed Biossance, a 100% plant-based skin care line. Also has a “Naturals” landing page showcasing hundreds of items.

Beautycounter –  has their own line of products range from makeup basics like lipstick and blush to sunscreen and body scrubs.

Birchbox  – a NY startup debuted an “Ingredient Conscious” shop category.

WHY pay more?  Parabens and phthalates, , have been found to be endocrine disruptors linked to increased risk of breast cancer. A recent study  from UCB showed that stopping use of the chemical crap, can lower levels of people’s hormone-disrupting chemicals.

Remember, naturals have a shorter shelf life (2-3 months)!  You can also MAKE YOUR OWN cosmetics, then you know what you are getting. This is big-business and big money, you must read the label. We will know that we have made a change when the label is no written in “mouse print” and you can eat any of the cosmetics, creams, and lotions while actually being able to say the ingredients out loud!  Look at coconut oil, try out plant based products, recycle the jars of questionable stuff.

A lot of HOW you look, depends on WHAT you eat. Put down the cookie. Eat an Avocado.

Look for more interest in this area from businesses, start-ups and lawyers. Even Dianne Feinstein, a CA senator thought about legislation and  introduced the Personal Care Products Safety Act. Please understand, YOU must know what you are putting on your face, I have almost no faith in legislation. It seens to add more watchers and less do-ers.

Great Hand Massage Technique

Since Mother’s Day is this Sunday, I have prepared an early Mother’s Day gift for you …it’s a gift that helps you give the gift of love and health to your Mom or a loved one with your own hands (yes, even if the model in the video is not my mom! ) CLICK HERE TO OPEN THIS GIFT

This YouTube from our friend Lisa, gives you a technique that is simple yet powerful. I’ve tried it- relaxing, easy to share, wonderful to ‘give’ to a friend! Yes, the gift of massage can change someone’s life! It can erase pain, increase a sense of well-belng and even calm a person that feels bereft or hopeless. I suppose there is not a clinical studs on this  – but maybe you’ll accept it, because that is my experience.  It’s a few minutes long and this video is helpful. — the editor

If you like it, you can learn 7 other simple massages in our Bonding Touch video series, which is our THANK YOU gift to you when you make a tax deductible donation of $30 or more to support our work. This offer is good through Mother’s Day.

Our mission is to help people get in touch with their inner doctor and foster harmonious relationships with each other. Our Bonding Touch videos series is one of the tools we use to achieve this mission.

To help us improve our products so that we can better serve you, please post your comments and suggestions on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CenterForHealingByDesign

We wish your Mother’s Day weekend is filled with love and fun bonding time with all the mothers in your life!

Lisa K.Y. Wong, L.Ac.
Executive Director and Founder
On behalf of the Center for Healing By Design Team

Mariposa Donates During May

MANY MAY EVENTS  are happening at the Ferry Building: During the month of May, Mariposa bakeshop donates a portion of sales to the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center.

Any purchase made contributes to Celiac disease research. Mariposa believes in the transformation of health through food. And, they are committed to promote the health and well-being of anyone affected by Celiac Disease. Wishing you the best of health and of course, butterflies in your belly!