After a long, cold winter many of us need to lose a few pounds to get ready for the fast approaching bikini season. We know that dairy, carbs and sugar make us gain weight. But we need something naughty to look forward to and fantasize on… Personally, I am unable to crack my sweet tooth. I wanted something to replace my winter German Chocolate Cake obsession with that would give me multiple benefits. I finally hit upon it.
The other day I had lunch with an older friend of mine. She is mid-fifties – vivacious and animated – but I’ll be damned if she didn’t suddenly look much younger to me. I’d never seen her looking that good. A life-time of sun, cigarettes and cocktails had taken their toll. I mused it must be her energy and lithe, athletic figure which made her seem so – effervescent. But she had always been slim and vivacious. Then, it struck me. It was her teeth! They were a sparkling white. Cautiously, I inquired. Readily, she confirmed my suspicions. But what really surprised me was how she’d polished ‘em up. She claimed it cost her only 5 CHF ($5.59).
Getting your teeth whitened in NYC is expensive. Even if you had the customized tooth tray made by your dentist (like me) the whitener is pricey. And tooth whitening boutiques are usually around $500 a pop. Now, put yourself in Geneva, Switzerland and multiply any service you get in NYC by three and you have the Swiss price – I’m not kidding. Continue reading
Most women think that cranberries are useful only for helping eradicate or prevent UTI infections. But the health benefits of cranberries are far more wide-ranging and even a tad surprising.
Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) is a small round red colored fruit which is native to America. It typically grows in bogs. If you’ve ever been in Nantucket you may have seen its extensive bogs. Nantucket is home to some of the largest contiguous cranberry bogs in the world where cranberries have been grown since 1857. American cranberry is one of the only three species of fruit native to North America. The other species are blueberry and bilberry. Cranberry gets its name from “crane-berry” because its stem and flower resemble the head, neck, and beak of a crane.
Cranberries are high in vitamin C and fiber and only 45 calories per cup. In disease-fighting antioxidants, cranberries outrank nearly every fruit and vegetable–including strawberries, spinach, broccoli, red grapes, apples, raspberries, and cherries. They have strong antibacterial effects in the body and eating cranberries prevents viruses and bacteria from attaching itself to the body. Something else to think about before sleeping with someone you don’t know well! (While women often drink unsweetened cranberry juice to treat an infection, there’s no hard evidence that works.) The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is funding research on the cranberry’s effects on heart disease, yeast infections and other conditions, and other researchers are investigating its potential against cancer, stroke and viral infections.
One cup of whole cranberries has 8,983 total antioxidant capacity. Only blueberries can top that: Wild varieties have 13,427; cultivated blueberries have 9,019. Continue reading
Ever wonder what magical anti-aging potion over-educated, vain women are panting to get their hands on? Human Growth Hormone serum. The kind you can only get at a doctor’s office which is delivered by syringe and usually only available to children with growth issues. Of course, I have looked into buying HGH online and am amazed by the rich assortment of choice. However, a chemical engineer friend of mine told me that all of those products were completely bogus and potentially dangerous and unless I had access to a prescription and a syringe of the real stuff I might as well search for natural methods to increase my production of HGH – or try to summon Gandalf to help. Continue reading
Throughout my research on anti-aging, I discovered the unusual (and rather underused) power of herbs and spices. The average person simply reaches for salt, pepper and tobasco sauce at the table – and indeed these condiments are the few on offer at restaurants or in people’s homes. Imagine a restaurant that brought you an array of diversified compatible condiments for each dish?
This rainbow of offerings should be on hand at home where you can take a little pride in shocking your dinner guests and family by adding new flavors on a regular basis. Shake up the spices in your habitual routine by incorporating curcumin. It’s earthy, warm taste is usually used to enhance curries but I add it to everything – because I know all of its miraculous benefits!
And even before I was a ‘happy homemaker’ I was taking curcumin to counter the effects of my wild hedonism. It worked! The vampire lives on as Botox free as ever… Continue reading