More, More, More Mustard Seed Oil – For cellulite and water-retention

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Mustard seed oil is a delicious oil that brings fragrance to dishes, spiking them with flavor.  Used extensively in Asian cuisine, its warming and stimulating, which is really lovely during this cold wintertime.  Because of these properties, its also good for detoxification and research has found it to be good for lowering fat in the bloodstream.  Unfortunately, in Canada and the US its prohibited to be sold for dietary use due to the fact it contains erucic acid, which has been linked to cardiac damage …

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The Cellulite Fight

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I have cellulite.  There I said it.  They say the first step to acceptance is admittance, but unfortunately I don’t even want to reach acceptance.  I want it gone. Cellulite, the bumpy, dimpled fat, that woman everywhere find on their thighs, hips and abdomens, is a very common beauty ailment.  Not only does it usually affect women due to the structure of our fat cells, but it also occurs in many of us who aren’t particularly overweight. Why?  You may ask?  What causes this and …

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Wiggle it, just a little bit: Shake it up for more a youthful complexion + body

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I recently received a wiggle machine.  That’s not it technical name, but its an “exercise” machine that looks like a giant step in which you stand on as it vibrates your entire body.  My mother bought it for me after loving her own – and despite Ben’s hysterical laughter when I unveiled it (he calls it “exercise for lazy people”), I am excited about its benefits. Sure, its no 10K run – and I certainly wouldn’t call it a workout, but the fact of the …

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Spa Cells Sponges: The Exfoliating Glove from Outer Space?

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As an esthetician who has worked at home and abroad, I have noted that North Americans are obsessed with exfoliating.  I think its related to our preoccupation with cleanliness and hygiene (we do come from the land of travel-sized hand sanitizer).  So I’m about to blame my cultural tendencies for the fact I have an ever-expanding collection of exfoliating products.  From pastes and powders to hand-held gadgets and abrasive mitts, I have taken this love of shedding my skin to an embarrassing level.  I think the fact …

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Ringing in the New Year with my Jolly Jumper

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Despite being cliche, at the beginning of every year I always make resolutions.  And to help me stay true to my own promises, I write down this list of annual goals in my new personal agenda for the year (yes, I use paper. I’m that old school).  I’m a big fan of reflection, and as I make my new list, I also look back on 2009’s objectives to see how it panned out.  Some goals were a flat out failure (like learning to play the djembe), while others can be crossed of …

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Estrogenic Beauty – Part One of the Hormone Series

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Estrogen: I’m high hormone girl in a high hormone world I don’t know if there is something in the water, but so many of my clients, colleagues and team having been asking a lot of about hormones lately – Actually, there may be hormones in our water. But I will save you the tirade on the marine species in the St. Lawrence River having both egg and testes like I did at the FGI panel. That was embarrassing. What was I thinking going on a …

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Cupping battle: Me vs. Gwyneth Paltrow

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Gwyneth Paltrow and I are in competition to see who is more alternative.A few years ago when I decided to become an Ayurvedic-inspired vegan, she went Macrobiotic. My neighbour Kat and I got really into the Hot Yoga studio up the street, she and her best friend Madonna became spokespeople to the yoga trend and were shot by the paparazzi on their way to downward dog together. I started stewing apples as a healthy breakfast option, she named her first born after one (she wins …

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