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5 Ways to Look and Feel Better Than You Did in High School!

Spa Treatment at Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort - MauritiusIt’s been said that youth is wasted on the young. When we’re in our teens we can get away with bad habits because we have that natural, youthful energy anyway. As we get older, we find that energy is a commodity that we prize and need to be more diligent in our self-care so that we have plenty of it!

Luckily for us, Ayurveda, India’s 5,000 year old “Science of Life,” has some easy guidelines we can follow to look and feel healthier, sexier, and more energetic than we did in high school!

Here are 5 tips from Ayurveda on how to look and feel better:

1. Know your body type.

THEN: In high school you probably coveted the body types of the women in Charlie’s Angels, or wanted to look like Cheryl Tiegs. Now we know better! YOU are the best you, don’t try to be someone else.

NOW: Know your body type – Are you Vata, Pitta, or Kapha. This way you know what “normal” is for you. That way you don’t have unrealistic expectations of yourself. Every dosha is beautiful! Be your best self.

2. Eat for energy.

THEN: In high school you probably lived on pizza and leftovers, and ran through the drive-through after school.

NOW: Eat energizing foods. Fresh vegetables should constitute 40% of the meal. Green, leafy vegetables are especially high in minerals and fiber, so should be eaten often. Raisins are among the best of fruits because they enhance purity, pacify the mind and heart and increase the coordination between them. They are also a rich source of iron and vitamin B6, and provide magnesium, calcium, zinc, and potassium. Raisins aid digestion and elimination when they are soaked in water overnight. One handful per person is a good amount.

A date-milk energy shake is a nourishing way to end the day because it promotes sleep and calms both Pitta and Vata sleep imbalances.

Date-Milk Energy Shake

  • 4-5 whole dates
  • 1 cup whole organic milk (may substitute soy or rice or almond milk)
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon
  • Boil the milk until it creates a foam. Turn off the heat and cool until the temperature is comfortable for drinking. Combine the milk with the other ingredients and blend until the dates are ground up. Drink it warm in winter and at room temperature in summer.

By the way, the warm frothy milk can also be used as a face mask – wonderfully hydrating and leaves the skin super soft!

Herbs and spices are your friends! Cumin helps digestion, freshly crushed black pepper helps you assimilate food better, cilantro cools and nutmeg soothes. There are spice blends, or CHURNAS, specifically to pacify each dosha – you can buy them ready made or make them at home.

Also, avoid energy-draining foods. Any fast foods, canned, frozen, packaged, leftover, or old foods, or foods with preservatives, chemicals and additives, are difficult to digest and contain little nutritional content. They actually drain the body of energy. If you do have some of these foods and feel heavy afterwards, drink half a glass of warm water with ¼ of a lime squeezed into it.

3. Keep skincare simple.

THEN: In high school, you probably spent a ton of money on grooming products, soaps, perfumes, lotions, hairspray.

NOW: Keep it simple. Nourish the body with natural oils. Abhyanga is a daily self massage which is good for keeping all the doshas in balance. It helps moisturize the skin, helps to release toxins, helps to tone the muscles, and it soothes the nerves. Sesame oil is usually recommended in general and is very good for Vatas specifically. Almond oil is also good for Vata. Coconut and sunflower both work well for Pitta. Corn and olive oils are beneficial for balancing Kapha.

The massage can be done in the morning before your shower, or in the evening before bed. Start by warming the oil to skin temperature, and drizzle a small amount of oil into the palms of your hands. Massage the top of your scalp (on days when you wash your hair), pay particular attention to the circumference of your ears, and the soles of your feet. Massage with long strokes on your limbs, and round strokes on your joints. It’s best to leave the oil on the body for 20 minutes before washing it off in a warm shower or bath. This 20 minutes is a good time to do your morning meditation!

4. Maintain a regular routine.

THEN: In high school, you probably kept late nights studying and partying with friends, up early for school, activities – on the go all the time.

NOW: Regular routine can help prevent stress. Ayurveda says there are 3 types of fatigue. Mental fatigue is a Vata imbalance, emotional fatigue is a Pitta imbalance, and physical fatigue is a Kapha imbalance. For all three:

  • Meditation – Twice daily
  • Good sleep habits.
  • Regular meal times.
  • Regular exercise, morning walk in the sun, yoga.
  • Dosha balancing routines – and teas.

5. Support fertility naturally.

THEN: In high school, energy probably came easily. You were always ready for a date!

NOW: Some grains, such as quinoa, enhance estrogenic activity and support the hormonal activity of both men and women. Cook it with a little ghee, salt, and spices such as cumin. Fruits such as papaya and pineapple are also helpful in strengthening the ovum. Turmeric helps enhance the binding of estrogen and progesterone.

Take the Dosha Quiz to determine your Dosha and learn more about Ayurveda with my free 6 week e-course here.


Originally published April 2012

Fun in the Sun: 4 Natural Oils to Add to Your Skin Care Regimen

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Summer just wouldn’t be summer without plenty of fun in the sun. This is the season of picnics, parades, barbeques, and beach days, when most people are wearing the least amount of clothing they’ve been in all year. Everyone knows that too much sun exposure can lead to not only sun burns, but skin damage, wrinkles, sun spots, and even cancer – but does that stop us?

There is only one way you’re going to make it through this sunny season – as well as the many summers to come – and that’s by adequately protecting and caring for your fragile skin. The most exposed areas of your body (the face, ear, neck, lips, etc) are also at the highest risk of developing skin cancer from over-exposure to ultraviolet rays. So it is particularly important to take precautionary measures to protect these areas.

These 4 naturally occurring oils, though not enough sun protection on their own, provide amazing skin benefits to bolster your skin care regimen this summer season:

1. Dilo oil: The nut of the Dilo tree, native to the island of Fiji, produces an oil known for its healing properties. Dilo oil contains calophyllic acid, which is scientifically proven to stimulate healing, reduce inflammation and promote the growth of healthy new skin cells. Wakaya Perfection (the same people who produce that amazing, natural ginger powder we’re always raving about) sell a Dilo Cream that restores and regenerates skin, contains antioxidant vitamins and is a natural sun protector.

2. Argan oil: Naturally harvested in Morocco since ancient times, Argan oil contains high levels of fatty acids, anti-oxidants, and vitamin E, all known to help protect and repair skin cells. Nowadays the oil is harvested largely by all-female collectives, providing a major source of income to many Moroccan women. Healthy and socially responsible!

3. Coconut oil: Similar to Argan oil, coconut oil is rich in antioxidants and vitamin E. And even better, you can put it on your skin and eat it! Just be sure to get virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil, as opposed to the hydrogenated variety, which is much higher in saturated oil.

4. Acai oil: You’ve probably seen this berry all over the place recently – it’s the health fad of the last few years. What you might not know is that the oil extracted from these super-berries provides for a natural, nutrient-rich skin care product high in antioxidants, vitamin C, and essential fatty acids.

What sunshine activities are you enjoying most this summer? Are you making sure to protect your skin against sun damage?


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Summer is finally here, and now is the perfect time to stock up on Wakaya Perfection’s 100% organic dilo cream to use in your skin care regime! Visit WakayaPerfection.com to find more healthy recipes (like the Ginger Lime Creme Brulee or Mushroom-Stuffed Pork Chops) and stock up on Wakaya Perfection Organic Ginger to use in your kitchen. 

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Anti-aging is Big Business

The huge profit potential of Anti-Aging is atracting more and more doctors.  In today’s world the market for anti-aging products exceeds $20 billion per year and is growing rapidly. The potential may be $50 billion. This is not just a market for hucksters and charlatans. Respected, licensed medical professionals are getting in on the act to reap their share.


Shake up your workout!

I have to admit I was sceptical at first. I started working for a holistic day spa on the Miracle Mile in Los Angeles on November 1, 2008. It’s right across from the La Brea Tarpits Park on Wilshire Boulevard and if you blinked, you’d miss the park, let alone the Spa.

After finishing the Florence, Italy Marathon last November 2007, I really didn’t do any kind of physical exercise, and between bouts of unemployment and living in financial fear for most of last year, slowly slumped into a subconscious state of low-grade depression. Along with that state of mind came about 20 pounds of unwanted lard on my 45 year old frame.

After answering an ad, interviewing, and starting my new position working the front desk, the owner suggested I start his 30 day weightloss/detox supplement program, along with using the whole body vibration exerciser (much like the power plate that Madonna uses).

What turned out as a desparate attempt to get back on my feet financially, has turned into climbing out from under a psychological rock and turning into a phoenix that is rising from the ashes of the past two years! ! !

I have lost 4 inches off my waist and turned 20 pounds of fat into lean, sinewy muscle in my legs, arms and torso. Ten minutes on this machine is the equivalent to 60 minutes on a treadmill.

I am so happy with the results and have turned into the "poster child" at work. FOX 11 News is doing a feature story on us as well as EXTRA!

I am so happy to share this with new members when they join and see their personalities change with excitement as their whole vibration changes while using this machine. I also have used the infrared jade stone sauna and acupuncture.

While starting my new job, I attended Debbie Ford’s "SHADOW" workshop in San Diego and let go of all my repressed anger and worked on forgiving others and myself, which opened me up on an entirely supportive level to all the great things I am doing for myself. Now I just need to do a workshop or read a book by Debbie’s sister, Arielle, and learn how to attract the romantic relationship that I deserve and then things can really get interesting. (but I guess that will have to be in another blog). www.fbespa.com

Does Your Diet Support Your Life Force Energy?

Food is not just something with which to stuff our faces, satisfy our hunger, or eat for taste alone. Food was meant to satisfy our body’s need for strong and healthy cells, which make up strong and healthy organs, which further organize to make up strong and healthy human beings.

The body is absolutely miraculous: It coordinates billions of functions every second. It has the incredible ability to heal wounds, fight infection, and repair broken bones. At the smallest level, it is composed of billions of cells, millions of which are eliminated, replaced, or repaired daily. The skin is totally renewed every 28 days. The heart has replaced all its cells in only 30 days, while our lungs are completely regenerated after only 70 days! This is astounding! What’s more, almost all of these functions continue to hum along quietly in the background with very little awareness from us: Our bodies have their own innate healing capacity.

Enzymes ensure virtually every function in the human body occurs with­out any glitches. If even a single enzyme is deficient or missing, any number of serious health complications can result, depending on the specific enzyme in question. Conversely, with plentiful amounts of enzymes, the body can repair damage, slow the rate of aging, and even overcome illness.

As I discuss in my new book The Life Force Diet, your diet holds the potential to provide the greatest source of enzymes to replenish your body’s stores. I say “potential” because it requires eating a diet that contains them in the first place—something that the average person does in only minor amounts, if at all. And the result is that at least 80% of the population is deficient in enzymes.  But don’t fret:  increasing enzyme-rich foods is easy to do and well worth the effort.  A diet high in life force enzymes will help restore you to your ideal body weight, turn back the clock on aging from the inside, and even prevent or reverse many illnesses.  But, there are a few side-effects of eating a diet high in life force enzymes:  mental clarity, boundless energy, radiant good looks, balanced weight, clearer skin.

Start increasing your life force enzymes today by eating a large, raw salad with your lunch or dinner meal.  Over the coming weeks, I’ll share many more ways that you can replenish your stores of life force enzymes along with some enzyme-rich and delicious recipes.


Michelle Schoffro Cook, DNM, DAc, CNC, is a six-time and best-selling author whose search to increase her energy, vitality, and overall health resulted in her newest book, The Life Force Diet.  She is also the author of The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan and The Ultimate pH Solution.  For more information, visit:  www.TheLifeForceDiet.com.

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