I’m hanging onto sandal season despite Thanksgiving being three weeks away! Here in California, we’ve had a few really nice warm days and so I’ve been taking advantage and showing off my fabulous green toenail polish as much as possible!
Last time I went for a pedi, I couldn’t help but notice how many people came in with super dry cracked heels. While slathering on lotion can be a temporary solution, not many people realize the important role that nutrition plays in skin health. In fact, there are many visible bodily signs of malnutrition. Dry skin is certainly one of them.
When clients come to see me, I do a medical history form and a three day diet recall so that I can get important background information. I also generally scan their face, skin, hair, and nails and this can give me some very strong signals of what they might need support with. I also prefer to start with a metabolic typing assessment . Some of us need way more dietary fat than others, and following the typical low fat diet that’s recommended by most mainstream establishments may not be working for certain Metabolic Types. That’s right! More dietary fat can be a good thing, if you’re choosing the right kinds of oils. The right kind of fat will keep your skin soft and supple and will actually help you to lose weight!
Vitamins A, C, E, and minerals selenium and zinc are crucial for healthy skin. So are essential fatty acids. Most of the time, boosting the diet with plenty of deep sea fish, flax seeds and purslane (excellent plant sources for the omegas), pumpkin seeds for zinc (tis the season!), and brazil nuts for selenium provides the body with nutrients to repair those dry cracked heels.
Dry, dull, or thinning hair can be an indication of hormonal imbalances and/or protein deficiency. Dandruff is often due to fatty acid imbalances or can be caused by yeast overgrowth that comes from the overconsumption of sugar.
Peeling and ridges in the nails may indicate poor digestion and lack of stomach acid. White spots in the nail bed are an indication of low zinc which is crucial for immune function.
Rather than spend tons of money to cover up these problems with lotions and potions that are potentially harmful and cancer causing, why not make an investment in yourself and heal your body (and your heels!) from the inside out? Come and see me for a health and beauty consultation before the holidaze. Mention this article and I’ll email you a comprehensive list of chemicals you must avoid in “beauty” products.
Yours in Health,
Sylvie Nalezny, MA, CNE
I was inspired this Halloween to make a yummy healthy treat for myself and for my friends. Halloween is often the beginning of the downward spiral of overeating and sugar binges that last until January 1st. Don’t sabotage yourself! You can enjoy something tasty without caving in to the sugar monster. You can whip these up in about fifteen minutes. Enjoy!
Trick or Treat!
Sylvie Nalezny, MA, CNE
½ cup pitted prunes
¼ cup pitted dates
3 Tbsp almond butter
1 Tbsp maple syrup
3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa
½ cup finely grated, unsweetened coconut
In a food processor, drop the prunes and dates one by one.
Scrape the food processor bowl and run until prunes and dates are smooth
Add remaining ingredients except for coconut.
Run until smooth and scrape the bowl as needed.
Roll the mixture into 12 one inch balls and roll in coconut to coat.
Refrigerate for at least ½ hour.
You can also chop the ingredients by hand, for a chunkier truffle.
Cut dates and prunes in quarters.
Toss with 1 Tbs of the cocoa to prevent pieces from sticking together.
Place the chopped mixture in bowl and combine with remaining ingredients.
Oh yeah! This delicious, rich, decadent torte is gluten free, dairy free, and sugar free! I made it last night for a group of girlfriends and it was a hit. Plus, it’s really easy to make. Enjoy!
At my last check up appointment, my doctor told me I was due for a tetanus shot and that I should probably get vaccinated against the whooping cough too. Now I’m a little on the fence about vaccinations I must admit. I refuse to get the flu shot because I just think it’s unnecessary.
P.S. I have nothing against nurses; they are some of the most giving, loving people around. It is not my intention to offend
This last Sunday, I participated group hike and fundraiser to benefit the Breast Cancer Fund . What an uplifting experience! It was a gorgeous day. The coastal fog burned off by mid morning and the views all up and down Mount Tamalpais were inspirational.
My big take-away was that plastics are evil. For food storage I use pyrex and stainless steel. However, the bottles that I have been filling with reverse osmosis water contain hormone disrupting phthalates (BPA). Check the codes on your plastic items to see if the plastic you’re using is safe or not. Here are the top 10 tips I learned while trekking on Sunday:
1). Know Your Plastics. Avoid clear, shatter proof plastic that contains BPA (usually code 7). This was the code on the bottom of my water jug. Safer plastics are coded 1, 2, 4, and 5.
2). Minimize canned foods. The lining inside of cans is coated with BPA (bisphenol A) which leaches into the food. Be especially careful with acidic foods such as tomatoes and pineapple which leach even more! Yes, this means coconut milk too. Thankfully, there is now coconut milk in cartons available for purchase.
3). Never microwave in plastic! (Try to minimize microwaving in general; plants watered with microwaved water will always die)
4). Use non-toxic cleaning products. You can use baking soda and vinegar for most cleaning jobs.
5). Eat hormone free meat and dairy. If the animal is given hormones and you eat it, you get hormones too!
6). Avoid “fragrance.” Those Glade type plug ins are bad news. Use essential oils instead which are non toxic.
7). Avoid the following hormone disrupting ingredients: DMDM hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, parabens, PEG, anything that ends with -eth, triclosan, triclocarban, triethanolamine (TEA), hydroquinone, and oxybenzone.
8). Avoid anti-aging creams that contain lactic, glycolic, AHA, or BHA acids.
9). Avoid slathering on sunscreen. Yep, that’s right. Most sunscreens contain cancer causing ingredients. Pretty ironic. Plus, making Vitamin D from the sun is one of the easiest and best cancer prevention strategies there is and sunscreen prevents you from Vitamin D synthesis. Do limit exposure and cover up during peak sun hours. Find a safer sunblock at: www.safecosmetics.org/skindeep.
10). Use a headset when talking on your cell phone. Or text instead of calling. The EMF’s that radiate from cell phones are creating health risks that are not yet well understood and may be causing hormonal disruptions.
One of my favorite things to do is to visit Farmer’s Markets and meet and try new delectable, organic, hand-made products! Time to give some props where they are due! Here are some of my recent favorites. Enjoy!