Archive for February 2011

LifeStinks Natural Deodorants

I finally found a natural deodorant that actually works. I don’t know about you put that crystal thingie you rub underneath your arms didn’t work for me. I have heard about LifeStinks, created by the Duggan Sisters, but didn’t want to waste more money on another natural deodorant that didn’t deliver. I tried a sample... Read more »

Allergy-Free Meals Delivered to Your Door

When you have food allergies, preparing meals at home can be a challenge. In response to her own health conscious patient demand, Dr. Cynthia Jaffe, of Chicago Loop Chiropractic, has created Gluten-Free/Low-Calorie menus as well as meals free of gluten, dairy, nuts and yeast to Chicago and it’s surrounding areas. The menus are designed to rotate... Read more »

Movie Makeovers That Messed Me Up

In this John Hughes classic, Ally Sheedy portrays "the basketcase". When she combs her hair and dones a headband suddenly "the jock" finds her beautiful. It's not easy being an artsy girl.
The Oscars got me thinking about movie makeovers that messed with my self-esteem (well sort of). I admit I love the idea of transformation. At many times in my life I have suffered from “magical thinking”. For example thinking if I dyed my hair another color I would get that great guy. In movies “magical... Read more »

Allergy Free for the Oscars

The Oscars are coming up this weekend. I was thinking about movies I have seen over the years that have dealt with the topic of food allergies:  There’s the scene from French Kiss where Meg Ryan suffers with a very very bad case of lactose intolerance. I felt her pain.  In the movie Mother-in-Law Jennifer... Read more »

Pleasure: This Month's Self-Discovery Word

I love the smell of ylang ylang, it gets my attention. The scent reminds me of the star-gazer lilies, it has a lot of punch! I like to dab ylang ylang essential oil dabbed on my ears before bed. Medicinally ylang ylang is great for impotence, insomnia, hyperactivity in children, hair growth, PMS and improving mood.
Coach Joy Tanksley of Being Joy invited me to contribute to the Self Discovery Word by Word Blogger Series which has motivated bloggers to engage in meaningful self-reflection by focusing on just one word. A few months ago I shared my very personal contribution for the word vulnerable. This month’s word is pleasure, a word I think... Read more »

Check Out Vital Juice for Some Sweet Relief

Former ChicagoNow blogger Maya Henderson, who wrote Body Breath Balance, is now a vital force behind Vital Juice. If you are not familiar with Vital Juice, it is thee authority on all things healthy in Chicago. In my recent interview with Maya I offered advice on coping with sugar addiction. Click here for some sweet relief.... Read more »

The Big Valentine's Day Blog

In case you didn’t get enough allergy-free love check out these Valentine’s Day themed posts: Allergy-Free Valentine’s Day Treats Valentine’s Day: A Survival Guide Play with Food: Love and Kisses Sexy Valentine’s Day Food  My Favorite Cheap Trader Joe’s Wine  Raw Chocolate for Valentine’s Day from Sunfood GF Goodness at Feast in Wicker Park  2010’s... Read more »

Sexy Valentine's Day Food

Not only is the color red sexy but strawberries are also an excellent source of folic acid known to prevent birth defects.
First of all, I have to mention this fascinating book called The Orgasmic Diet: A Revolutionary Plan to Lift Your Libido and Bring You to Orgasm by Marrena Lindberg. The Orgasmic Diet is basically a diet low in carbohydrates that avoids “orgasm killers” like refined sugar and caffeine. It also includes high doses of fish... Read more »

Valentine's Day: A Survival Guide

Not every one loves Valentine’s Day. It can be a painful reminder of what is not going right in your life especially if you are single. Unhappiness in relationships can also be detrimental to one’s health. Here’s a few tips on getting through V-Day: In a real emergency, break apart and eat. Cacao produces endorphins... Read more »

Salves for Wintertime Skin

A soothing and gentle balm for dry and sensitive skin, and oh-so helpful during the onset of diaper rashes and chapped skin. An all around soothing salve for moments of discomfort and skin irritation, great for adults too! Contains: Organic Calendula flowers, organic Plantain leaf, Chickweed, St. John's Wort flowers, Myrrh gum, and organic Goldenseal root in a base of organic Olive oil and Beeswax.
Winter is the perfect time to use salves. A salve is a medical ointment, lotion or cream that soothes or heals an area of the body that is excessively dry, irritated, burned, or even wounded. Patricia Biesen Nutrition Counseling Health & Wellness I offer Nutrition Counseling Free Initial Consultation $50 for 60 minute session $95/mo.... Read more »