Category Archives: Health and Beauty

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!

Pink Man Prevails! A Pink Superhero in a Unitard

Pink Man (real name Michael Maxfield) is a local celebrity from the San Francisco Bay Area. He can be seen riding his unicycle around the cities of Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco. He gets his name from the shocking pink unitard and cape he wears while he performs impromptu unicycle tricks in public places—spinning, engaging in sudden stops, riding down the street at high speeds, and carrying people on his back.

Need a Smile?  One of the many characters that adds more charm to San Francisco streets. He has amazed people with his fasts moving stunts.

Maxfield was born and grew up in Leominster, Massachusetts, where he discovered the unicycle at age 13. He moved to San Francisco at age 19, and then to Oregon. While in Oregon, he started performing on his unicycle under the name Jester Max. When he moved back to Leominster years later, he found himself spending hours dancing on his unicycle, and pedalling around town, garnering a front page story in the Worcester Telegram. He moved back to Oregon, where he sought out a new unicycle persona; on a whim, he purchased a pink Lycra unitard costume from a dancewear catalog. The new outfit proved extremely popular, and an onlooker at the University of Oregon campus dubbed him “pink man.”[1][2]

Pink Man has performed in Oregon, Los Angeles, Houston, the San Francisco Bay Area, New Jersey, New York, the Pacific Northwest, Jacksonville, Vancouver, Paris, Tokyo, and Germany.[1][2][3] His Tokyo and Paris trips were sponsored by computer-game designer Will Wright, who calls Pink Man “the only real superhero I know.”[1]

Stay Healthy

Most people believe that after about the age of 25, their bodies are destined to steadily decline. And after 50, they are certain to deteriorate.

But in her powerful new article, Food Revolution Summit speaker Christiane Northrup, MD,  tells us why this doesn’t have to be true! In fact, our bodies don’t betray us, and they don’t have to worsen every year.

What is your Fitness story?

Two young ladies from Northwestern interviewed me on my fitness choices. That conversation go me to thing about positive change and whether I “walk the walk”. <grin> I started thinking about the walking program I started in January 2017. I wanted to get out and walk more, I was at about 3 miles a day, wishing to amp it up to 5 miles/day.

I work on the board of Asian Connection and had heard from our members – MORE ACTIVE EVENTS. Ok, I can do that, so Healthy Walks 2017 was born.

What I learned

Do what you can do well. I wanted to make a walking event once a week at noon. ..and offer informal walking events after work.  A smart friend, said no, start with 2 x month and see how it goes.


Make it easy to get involved. Make sure your group can find you… so I held up a stuffed pony at our meeting point. We gathered a group that first day, and the weather couldn’t have been better on The Embarcadero in SF. Our walkers were happy and relaxed afterwards. We got thank you notes. It was so much fun.

Mike the pony, came to every walk after that. He became our mascot. He served so many purposes. He was in the photos, then he starred in the photos, then he became a point of conversation for the walk “newbies”. Mike was way more than a walk helper, he contributed laughter and inspiration for dozens of photos.


It could have been a “bust”, but our Healthy walks are a success. Plan for both. Make small adjustments until you get a formula that works. Pay attention to what your walking group wants.

 

SPRING EQUINOX FARM TOUR! March 18

FarmFresh DATE & TIME Saturday, March 18  11:00 am – 2:00 pm

WHERE: Capay Organic Farm 23808 State Highway 16, Capay CA

You can come see where it Happens! Head to the farm in Capay! Get to know your farmer, harvest your own fruits and veggies, ride the tractor-tram, picnic near the fields and participate in our fun farm activities!

  • Farm Talk with your Farmer–Get to know your farmer! Meet us at the lower event site at noon. Thaddeus and Brendan will share tidbits about Farm Fresh To You, organic produce and sustainable agriculture. Get your questions answered!
  • Kids’ Activities — We will have tractor-tram rides every 15 minutes touring you around the farm. The Esparto/Capay 4-H Club will have a mini petting zoo set up and we will also have a face painting booth!
  • Organic Market Stand — Our Farm Fresh To You Market Stand will be selling seasonal, organic produce as well as fun Farm Fresh To You swag! Pick up a canvas tote featuring one of our favorite fruits/vegetables and load it with seasonal produce.
  • Tasty Treats  — Tacos 911 will have authentic, Mexican tacos available for purchase. Luciano’s Scoop will be selling their artisan gelato, The Rustic Puff will be selling their homemade marshmallows, and Pachamama Coffee will be serving up hot coffee and cold brew. We will also have Township Valley Farms selling their homemade pesto, and Capay Valley Ranches offering premium olive oils.

FARM TOUR ADMISSION:

$5 per adult | Children 12 and under FREE!

No RSVP necessary for Farm Tours. Just come out and have fun!


For more information please visit us at
WWW.FARMFRESHTOYOU.COM

 

As the World Turns: Vida

health veggieshealth care is changing. (repeat that 1000 times).

And we have waited for this change. Begged for it. Wanted it. Many brilliant people and new companies will help us. VIDA is one.  (refer to Fast Company’s article on Tech Execs heading towards health care) I have watched numerous innovators, start ups, MLMs (BeachBody, Xocai, Juuva… so many in this space)  and medical folks try to address this need …. each one gets a bit closer.  Fit Bit, MUSE meditation, smart phone apps, delivered healthy foods, “brick and mortar” good foods (Proper Food and more) are all available.

Why are we fatter and sicker? Maybe the tide is turning. Put on a smile, change into trainers and talk a walk while you think about it!   Could a health coach that was part of your total health solution help? Along with all the apps, diagnosis, proactive information, cutting edge medical advice???

VIDA is passionate about helping people… Part-time Health Coach!  Does Vida have the right integrated idea? 1-1 approaches work so well, I really like this idea. In part, because not every positive healthy change requires a doctor.

WHY is this significant? Most of our chronic illness come from our LIFESTYLE CHOICES. Not hereditary, not accident, but our intention /laziness/lack of motivation. We can exemplify superb project management, detail-oriented behavior, comprehensive data analysis at work…………….

but what about ?

doing this for our own bodies?

 

VIDA “Contact Us” Info:

The Beeswax Workshop – a great Book!

Image resultThis new book has EVERYTHING!

You will learn how to make over 100 items: household cleaners, beauty balms, natural gifts for your friends and family and even hot glue.
The instructions are step by step so the projects are fun and easy to complete.

If you have tried to clean the toxics out of your home….. this is definitely the NEXT STEP. And it is way more fun than reading the labels (with impossibly small print) on all that horrid stuff in the supermarket and drug stores.

There are historical facts about the use of some of these awesome make-it-yourself items…. and facts to help motivate you to try something new.

For example, did you know:

Perfume and cologne are two of the more toxic personal care products on the market. Synthetic fragrance has been linked to dermatitis, asthma, insulin resistance and even cancer. Perfumes and fragrances represent more than 3,000 undisclosed chemical compounds. Manufacturers are not required to list the actual chemicals on the label. Using these recipes, those with sensitivities to fragrance can create their own unique solid perfume blends based on scents that they tolerate well.  from page 85

Some of the recipes are so wonderful, Calendula Hand Balm sounds like what my poor dry hands have been begging for …. (on page 79). There are so many things to try: bronzers, vinegar rinses for hair (my Mom did this), sunscreen and candles.  This book is packed with great information and recipes and …. you’ll get new ideas on hobbies and personal care and more!

It’s available on Amazon  and other stores / bookstores where fine products and great books are sold!

Staying Well, Working Happy and Farm Fresh to You

freeman-farmers-marketWe talk about wellness often at work. We are heading into flu season and many people in our group are feeling crummy. I often share the “news of the day” and no surprise, it is about eating well, living well and enjoying each day.

I have many types of suggestions: exercise, yoga, drinking water, getting more sleep, taking a walk…. but by far the best, most fun, and easiest healthy change is TO PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT YOU EAT!

Companies can brace themselves for many sick days, lost productivity and teams that are worn out and low energy… OR they can get involved in encouraging healthy choices.

Look what FARM FRESH TO YOU does:

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We deliver organic produce and hand-crafted farm products fresh from our own family farm and other local partners directly to homes and offices in many areas of northern and southern California. Wellness program available in those areas. Let us help you hit your workplace wellness goals; contact us »

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