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Love is all you need…

“All You Need Is Love. But a Little CHOCOLATE Now and Then Doesn’t Hurt” – Charles M. Schulz
Health Tip: “Dark Chocolate” is good for your memory, blood pressure, and mood. It helps alleviate depression and also acts as an anti-inflammatory, which means that it is good for your brain. 🍫

Whooo hooo –  frozen choc truffles at my house!

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Thank Goodness for Coffee: The super antioxidant

Can you believe it? Coffee is good for you and a potent source of healthful antioxidants! 

Surprising, (at least, to me),  coffee shows more antioxidant activity than green tea and cocoa, known  antioxidant superstars. 

Scientists have identified approximately 1,000 antioxidants in unprocessed coffee beans, and hundreds more develop during the roasting process.

One Medical’s blog,  Reasons to Drink Coffee, describes Coffee’s method of action: Coffee’s antioxidants fight inflammation, an underlying cause feeding many chronic conditions, including arthritis, atherosclerosis and many types of cancer. 

Antioxidants also neutralize free radicals, which occur naturallys as a part of everyday life. Antioxidants inhibit metabolic functions which can cause oxidative stress and lead to chronic disease. In other words,  antioxidants keep us healthy at the micro-level by protecting our cells from damage. CoF, chlorogenic acid, an important antioxidant found almost exclusively in coffee, is also thought to help prevent cardiovascular disease.

 In addition, Antioxidants can also protect us from the formation of dementia, liver disease and some forms of mental illness. 

Coffee drinkers unite, enjoy and Drink Up!

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Champagne Life : Get that Summer Body – 3 Tips & Hacks

 Although exercise is essential in losing belly fat, these three things are important:

* 80 of your weight loss comes from the types of food you eat – think first before you eat

* Forget doing hundreds of crunches and sit-ups – you can’t spot reduce your belly (try a stability ball instead)

* For FAST results you can’t beat the pool! (But, do you know the quickest exercises?)

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   The ChampagneLife.style                   Confidence Hacks and Facts

 
Don’t sweat the small stuff… there are far too many intriguing complexities in life to explore… the small stuff will still be there.

Be creative. 

You and the world are richer through the act of creating something of value.

Just because … 

 Integrate experience with life lessons.  don’t compartmentalize – see the bigger picture.

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The Secret to Beautiful Skin: Skincare and Eating Right 

Eating the right foods play an important role when it comes to the quality of your skin.

While taking good care of your skin using products with the right ingredients (Vitamin C, retinol, antioxidants, peptides, etc.) and formulations are the first half of the value proposition, proper nutrition is the second half of the secret.

Good nutrition is a fundamental building block of healthy skin. The ingredients in certain foods help exfoliate and protect the skin from UV damage that creates brown spots and wrinkles. This process is complimented by a well-rounded diet of healthy fats, sufficient protein and lots of fruits and veggies. 

For healthier, younger-looking, glowing skin, take care of it . Practice a regular skincare routine using premium products and include these 9 major foods:

Fish and Seafood

Fish and seafood contain omega-3 fatty acids. That slow the wrinkling process and reduce the production of inflammatory chemicals in the body. Omega-3s help reduce acne, psoriasis and Rosacea.

 Seafood such as salmon, oysters, rainbow trout, mackerel, tuna, halibut, sardines and anchovies contain high dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE). DMAE protects skin by strengthening cell membranes and guarding against the deterioration that causes premature aging. Llllincreases levels of acetylcholine, a neutrotransmitter that makes your muscles contract and tighten under the skin, keeping your face looking toned and firm. DMAE can also decrease production of arachidonic acid, which leads concentrated sources of nutrition, rich in minerals (iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium) and vitamins (K, C, E and some B vitamins) and they provide a variety of phytonutrients including beta-carotene and lutein. They also contain high levels of vitamin A, which fights acne and repairs damaged skin. Try to consume about 3-5 cups of green leafy vegetables per week.

Fruit and Berries

Fruit is second only to green vegetables as the most  nutrient-rich beauty superfood. Fruit contains fructose but the difference between the sugar in fruit and regular granulated sugar is fiber. Fiber lessens the negative impact of sugar . It fills you up, keeps your energy level stable and aids in digestion.  

Deep colored berries, e.g., blueberries and cherries are loaded with antioxidants which are great for your skin. Antioxidants keep your skin looking young and smooth as well as protect against memory loss, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Strawberries also contain omega-3 fatty acids and raspberries are nutritious too. ‘Studies show the more severe your acne, the lower your levels of blood antioxidants. The US Department of Agriculture identifies blueberries as containing the most antioxidants per serving of any fruit. Try eating 3 or more servings of a half a cup of berries each week

Walnuts 

Just like fish and seafood, walnuts are full of omega-3 fatty acids. They also contain antioxidants and phytosterols. Omega-3s work to protect your skin cell membranes. strong cell membranes retain more water, leading to more hydrated, smoother skin. It’s healthy to eat an ounce or 28 grams of walnuts per day. That’s about as much as what fits in the palm of your hand. Other great nuts to eat as well are almonds, pistachios, pecans and hazelnuts.

Tomatoes 

Tomato-based foods may help clear up acne. The Lycopene in tomatoes has been found to help lower acne-promoting hormones and may also help defend your skin from harmful UV rays. It is recommended that you eat tomatoes and tomato-based foods 3-5 times a week. The body can process lycopene best after tomatoes are cooked or processed, so concentrate on tomato-based sauces and soups in your diet. 

Eggs 

Eggs contain two key nutrients that are vital to skin health: choline and lutein.  

Choline builds up fatty portions of cell membranes that are responsible for healthy, smooth skin. Choline regulates B vitamin levels which are needed to produce collagen and elastin in our skin. Lutein is an antioxidant that protects the elasticity of the skin and prevents skin damage. Eating an egg (or two) per day is acceptable in a healthy and well-balanced diet.

Probiotics and Fermented Foods 

Fermented foods such as sourdough bread, sauerkraut, miso, chutney, kefir and yogurt are also good for your skin. Healthy bacteria lives on our skin and in our intestines and keep us healthy.  Our Gut flora supports the healthy functioning of the digestive tract, immune system, heart, brain and skin. Studies show people with clear skin have 20 percent more bacteria production than those with acne. We can nourish our guts by regularly adding probiotics and fermented foods to our diets for clearer, healthier-looking skin. 

Spices 

Spices,too, are good for the skin. Cinnamon, turmeric, garlic powder, paprika, cumin…just to name a few. They are packed with vitamins and minerals and help increase blood flow, circulation and fight inflammation. Spices help improve your body’s ability to fight free radicals, create a stronger UV shield in your skin, promote the production of collagen and make your skin less sensitive from the inside out. Just like spices make foods taste better, they also stimulate your cells to function better, helping to make your skin more youthful-looking. 

Dark Chocolate 

Eating chocolate can be healthy for you and dark chocolate is good for the skin. Dark chocolate helps skin stay hydrated and provides sun damage protection. Dark chocolate does not cause acne. The best chocolate has a high flavanol content and should be at least 60% cacao.  Most studies of dark chocolate have used serving sizes of approximately 1.5 to 3 ounces per serving. The best way to add dark chocolate to your diet is as a replacement for other sweets you may be consuming. You’ll eat fewer calories and consume substantially fewer grams of sugar and sodium that are in more traditional desserts.

Incorporate these 9 foods in your diet, take good care of your skin and you will notice positive results in your skin’s appearance. Exercise, eating right and taking care of your skin go hand-in-hand. . Get ready to eat right, take care of your skin, exercise and improve your skin!

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Spa Seeker : Youthful Essence, Where did you go?  

Sometimes things in life don’t go as planned.

 A youthful complexion, a fit, trim and toned body and oozing self confidence was yours.  Food was nothing more than nourishment to fuel activities and your brain; your energy was expended on dance, sports, physical activity. You looked good, you felt grrrreat. Your self confidence was at its apex!

So, why now, in the (supposed) most stable  part of your career/life, does someone hand you a damn virtual mirror for a cruel wake up call? Why??

Is your skin not taut; is your complexion not perfect? Has your waistline spread, your booty drooped? Why have fast foods been your fuel, inactivity, (except behind a desk) your energy?  Why and… now… what do you do?! Where do you go to find you? 

You need, desire and want a  transformation! 

So, what is it? How do you do it? How do you get it? Where can you find it? Let me look.

A new discipline, Transformational Coaching, has come on the scene. While relatively new as a profession, you may not know a lot about it or you may have think it’s similar to psychotherapy. While there may be some similarities, coaching and therapy are very different.  

Coaching focuses on helping people move forward in their lives.  Therapy tends to deal with the past. Coaching emphasizes personal growth and development to move forward in a positive manner. Therapy deals with correcting problems or issues in the past.  Coaching is interactive, a process based on clarifying and achieving outcomes.

Coaching and mentoring is an initiative and my life gift. Helping women (and men, to a lessor extent), find their mojo during or just following the mid- to -latter portion of their careers when time (and weight gain, inactivity, poor eating habits, stress) has crept up on them . The person is unhappy,  has lost their self confidence and are uneasy in their bodies since they feel frumpy and depressed due to a lack of exercise, not eating right or not taking the time for their own self care. 

Has your focus been caring for others (family, children, work). Do you agree It can’t be soon enough to rebuild (or build) a better version of yourself? Is your best version yet to come? Then, empower yourself to achieve your personal and professional goals and your life by taking action.

Take a moment to check out ChampagneLife2017 at wordpress.com or SpaSeeker Destination Retreats at wordpress.com and schedule an introductory webinar or discovery call! If you’re looking for your mojo and want to live a ChampagneLife2017, forward an email!

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The Hotel Jerome, Spa Auberge; Snowmass, CO

In the midst of downtown Aspen, Colorado, sits the stately and impressive 1888 stone building, The Hotel Jerome. In the Gold Rush era, it was quite an elegant and upscale hotel. But, if the Jerome could talk, would it have wild tales to tell!

In the late 1880s, the Jerome was home to Wild West outlaws, Gold Rush miners, traders and early settlers. The Jerome was also host to more than a few unsavory characters and some of  questionable repute. The Jerome’s colorful and romantic history lends the Jerome an air of mystery, rumor and undeniable charm.

The Jerome has a classy, old elegance , so it is not surprising that the exclusive Auberge line of spas has taken residence there.  The Auberge Spa is well known it local such as Napa/Sonoma, .

The Auberge Spa suits the Jerome to a T. Weary and often overtaxed skiers, exhausted by their sport and acclimating to the altitude, or just looking to visit the trendy upscale spa, are rewarded with  sublime Auberge treatments. Signature treatents are delivered in classic Auberge style . Pampering and exquisite techniques prompt full relaxation and expert therapy. My appreciation of Auberge Spas is gauged by my unique methodology to measure all spas; the length of time it takes to fall asleep on the table. The Auberge Spa delivers! You must check it out when you visit Aspen!

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Spa … ahhhhh

Would you like a massage in a room accessorized with marble floors, rich polished wood and a to-die-for fabulous view of the ocean?

A dream, you say?  I promise I will find that  perfect accessorized with you!

Do you want to go on a grand adventure with me and make your dream come true?

Who knows, we might find a good anti-aging program along the way! (You know, you can’t start too soon!)

I’ll wait for you.

 

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The healing power of touch

Need a healing touch? Someone to chisel out those boulders? I don’t know about you, but a deep tissue massage is the quickest way to heaven, rest and relaxation, and the promise of a good night sleep.

Do you find that once you emerge from that delightful state of limbo, you feel energized and ready to take on the world? The shoulders are straighter, the posture better, then a quick sigh and you’re on your way to a productive day!

The amazing benefits of the healing touch. What is your favorite type of massage? What benefits does massage have for you? Let me know, ok?