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    Natural Beauty: 5 Great Uses For Coconut Oil!

    by Kelly Marra

    Have you ever woken up in the morning after trying a new beauty product and found acne all over your face?  Or worse, hives all over your body from a new lotion?  Once it looked like I had poison ivy all over my scalp and face from a new hair dye I tried.   Read more »

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    Beat Cellulite and Tone your Skin with Hot and Cold Shower Hydrotherapy

    Beat Cellulite and Tone your Skin with Hot and Cold Shower Hydrotherapy

    Beat Cellulite and Tone your Skin with Hot and Cold Shower Hydrotherapy

    – by Heather Gardner

    Its spring at last, but do you leap out of bed in the morning with a spring in you step? Or do you slither like a slug, reluctantly emerging from your cozy cocoon?

    If you have been making less than perfect dietary choices and skimping on exercise to cozy up to the TV, then it may be that you are in need of something to get your blood and body moving. Instead of forking out for the latest designer detox product, we can look to Mother Nature and ancient knowledge to show us how to ditch the dither and slither for ‘get up and go’, sparkle and glow!

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    Beauty at the Women’s International Summit for Health

    Mirror, Mirror on the wall…

    …YOU are the fairest of them all!

    First of all, what did you think of those fabulous fitness calls? Tell me! Tell me! I have been absolutely craving a session of Sheila Kelley’s S-factor since those calls went up last night.

    Tonight is your beauty boot camp. Check out our cellulite-busting beauties and wrinkle-free warriors who are out there trying to make a beautiful world and inspire the confidence of women everywhere!

    ginger burrGinger Burr (Interviewed by Tera Warner) Get rid of your tacky sweaters and v-neck t-shirts and get a style you LOVE. I can say that getting a personal image consultant made a HUGE impact on my confidence a few years ago. We’ve done our best to help you by-pass the $400 consultation and pack as many potent style tips and tricks as we could into this fabulous call with Ginger!

    tonya zavastaTonya Zavasta (Interviewed by Shannon Leone) Maybe it’s not what you do, it’s what you don’t do that makes all the difference in your beauty routine. I swear every time I see a new picture of Tonya, she looks younger than ever. This interview is loaded with powerful beauty tricks that all women should know, but unfortunately most don’t! You don’t need to invest scads of cash in fancy beauty products, when the simplest, most effective solutions are natural ones. And no one knows that better than…

    janice coxJanice Cox (Interviewed by Tera Warner) I got Janice to share as many secret home recipes as possible. In this call she actually did a complete head-to-toe beauty treatment by recommending what natural home ingredients to use for your hair, skin, face, legs, etc. Find new uses for your overripe avocados and save a small fortune at the pharmacy, too!

    mimi kirkMimi Kirk (Interviewed by Shannon Leone) You would never guess looking at her that she’s over 70, but she is and the world is taking notice. Having been voted the sexiest vegetarian over 50, Miki Kirk is an inspiration and in this call she shares a few of the things she does that will her keep drinking from the fountain of youth for a long time still to come.

    A Few More Things…

    Due to the technical difficulties we had in the beginning, we will be playing the sensuality calls for another 24 hour block to ensure everyone gets the chance to list! That will happen after the end of our summit.

    Upgrading to WISHClub or the WISH recordings:

    Some of you have been asking if you can sign up for WISH Club or upgrade to the recordings at any time in the future. We don’t want to just sell you another info product that sits on your electronic book shelf for a year. We want to make sure you get the most out of this experience and out of your investment. That’s why we’re doing two things:

    1. We’re investing an entire year by sending out weekly minders and little action steps to keep you focused  and on track and to make sure you get the most out of the calls.

    2. We’re closing access to these programs on March 31st. After that, you will no longer be able to purchase these programs.

    Speaking of beauty, I have TWO very special announcements to make and I’ll be doing it on the blog! Promise to update you as soon as I get it done! Until then, make the most of your adventure, and watch how amazing things start to happen when you decide to prioritize yourself.

    Yours for a cellulite-free world,

    Tera and Shannon

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    The Best Fats to Use for Healthy, Glowing Skin

    by Tracy Neely

    faceNot all oils and fats are created equal.
    Heavily processed, hydrogenated, “trans” fats and oils that are used in prepared, packaged foods can be extremely damaging to the body.

    However, fats and oils from whole foods and other high-quality sources can steady our metabolism, keep hormone levels even, nourish our skin, hair and nails and provide lubrication to keep the body functioning fluidly. Our bodies also need fat for insulation and to protect and hold our organs in place.

    One of the best ways to achieve healthy glowing skin is by using virgin coconut oil.  Virgin coconut oil is coconut oil that has not been refined or produced with high temperatures and chemical solvents.

    CoconutsUn-refined or virgin coconut oil applied topically is probably the best treat you can give to your body’s largest organ.  The fatty acids present in virgin coconut oil like medium chain fatty acids (mcfa), lauric, capric, and caprylic are normal components of the skin and serve as a replacement for lost lipids in the skin barrier. Medium chain fatty acids are easily digested, absorbed, and put to use nourishing the body.

    Unlike other fats, they put little strain on the digestive system and provide a quick source of energy necessary to promote healing. A healthy percentage of high-quality fat in a meal satisfies and leaves feelings of energy, fulfillment and warmth.

    When there are excess fats and oils in the diet, especially heavily processed fats, symptoms can include weight gain, skin breakouts, high blood pressure, liver strain and an overall feeling of mental, physical and emotional heaviness. Signs of insufficient high-quality fats are brittle hair and nails, dry skin, hunger after meals and feeling cold.

    Oils like flaxseed, sesame,walnut and pumpkin seed are best used unheated in sauces or dressings on top of salads and veggies. Other healthy fats are found in whole nuts and seeds and in their butters like almond butter or tahini.

    Whole foods such as avocados, olives and coconuts are great sources of healthy fat. Experiment with these healthy fat sources and see which work best for you and leave you satisfied.

    *** Tracy Neely is the founder and owner of  Nourish & Flourish Healthy Living, a holistic nutrition and wellness consulting business located in Orlando Florida. Tracy’s love for raw foods led her to implement raw food cooking demonstrations within her consulting business.Tracy is a mother of a wonderful little boy and a wife to an amazing man and enjoys doing yoga, juicing and creating green smoothie recipes, reading books and going for walks with her family.

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    Bartering Raw Food Education for Personal Training

    My upper legs are sore, really sore, but a good kind of sore, thanks to a personal training program I’ve recently begun under the instruction of a personal-trainer friend of mine, Cynthia. She’s bartering personal physical training with me for raw food education and a green smoothie or green juice each time we meet, three times per week.

    Last Monday, I served my trainer a kale, banana, apple smoothie while her next mason jar was full of green juice — kale, apple, lemon. “This is amazing. I’ve NEVER tasted anything like this before,” she exclaimed as she drank her juice while I got a few moments to sit and absorb the benefits of walking about three miles from my home to hers while doing a variety of specific arm exercises during the process. The brief relaxation segment after the walk felt equivalent to Shavasana in a yoga session. I was happy to see that Cynthia was plugged in to the process of allowing the body to pause and naturally soak up the benefits of working out.

    Toward the end of my walk, I was instructed to sprint to our destination — the “gym,” her house. A typical workout there that Cynthia guides me through consists of three sets (10 or 20 reps) of various stretching exercises (outdoors and indoors), some light weight-lifting, boxing, jumping rope (60 jumps in one set — but 20 at a time), and sit-ups. Today, by the time all of my sets were done, I had done 200 sit-ups. It’s funny that the sit-ups Cynthia says are toughest to do are the ones I do with the most ease, but the type that are supposed to be most simple are not as simple for me. We’ll see how those progress. Initially, my boxing form wasn’t quite right but I’ve quickly improved that. (Above, I’m just playing around for the camera; my exercise program is one that includes exercises that will build long, lean muscles — like those of a dancer!)

    Today’s workout concluded with a bike ride home. I had dropped my bike off at the “gym” in the morning so that it would be available for me to ride home later. As the sun beamed down on my body as I rode home, it felt like nature was rewarding me for all of that exercise I had done before the ride.

    The Simple Eating that’s Complementing the Workout

    I have been eating far more simply since this training began. In fact, I did intense training today on only water and an 8-ounce glass of apple/lemon juice. To Cynthia, I said: “I think the intense working out has been curbing my appetite, so it seems I’ve eaten very little these past few days….but I guess this is also in part to the mental “fasting” mode I’m in. Hmmh, perhaps because I’m sending more love to my cells through all the extra working out, they don’t need a whole lot of other food right now. Maybe! :-) And, because I’m eating less, everything is tasting incredible — even a simple, crunchy apple.”

    Apples and avocados have been what I have been desiring most (although that has now shifted to sprouted foods). For lunch yesterday, I ate four small apples. It felt like a grand feast. I thanked God for “cooking” that meal so perfectly for me so I didn’t have to! It’s a beautiful feeling to know that I don’t ever have to turn a stove on if I don’t want to, because God has already done it for me via the magnificent sun! How convenient to just be able to marvel at that simple food in my hands, extend gratitude, eat, and enjoy! Again, thank You, God! What a Master Chef you are!

    In addition to feeling my gratitude level rise when I’m closely aligned with how I want to eat, another reminder that I’m following my truth seems to come from the “I’m proud of you, Mom” comments my son makes. Although he’s not all raw, there’s a certain pride he exudes when he witnesses me sticking to my journey. The other day, when I did get tempted (only tempted) to sample a cooked food, he called out, “No, Mom. That could cut two years off of your life. Don’t do it!”

    “So, why are you going to eat it if that’s the case?” I asked.

    “I’m younger than you (as if to say, I’ve got more room to play than you) and I’m turning raw-vegan when I’m 21,” he stated.

    Geez, that’s another nine years. I hope he’ll change his mind before then. In the meantime, I’ll keep serving him his favorites, such as banana/strawberry smoothies, grapes, and salads, and attempting to be a healthy example for him.

    Talking about turning to raw foods, it was from sharing raw food information with Trainer Cynthia that opened up this personal training opportunity for me in the first place. Our sons play on the same football team, and in order for her son to not have to move up to another team where the players can weigh more, he (and a few others) would have to remain precisely at their current weight or shed a few pounds. I suggested Cynthia replace some of her son’s heavier meals with fruits and veggies during the weekend before the official Pop Warner certification (weigh-in). She ate up my food suggestion as well as applied her personal training expertise to her son, and come Sunday — the day the boys had to be weighed to see what team they would be on — her son passed the weight test with flying colors (as far as being able to stay on a lighter-weight team). Our boys are now still on the same team!

    Cynthia’s raw-food interest didn’t stop there, though. She has thirsted for more information, and so our bartering-raw-food-education-for-personal-training connection was born. In fact, Cynthia has started a personal training and day-spa business (my next post) and has invited me to assist her clients with incorporating more raw and living foods into their diets.

    Doesn’t the world just revolve so beautifully when we mix and match our areas of interest? What can you offer a friend in exchange for something that can benefit both of you? Think about it, give it a shot, and see if life becomes even more brighter for you. I’d love to hear your story!

    With Love,


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