Saturday, August 2, 2014

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Coconut's Green Market: Top 5 Sun Care Safety Tips

Coconut's Green Market: Top 5 Sun Care Safety Tips:

While being in the sun has its share of benefits for health and well-being, it also carries quite a few risks if the skin is not taken care of properly. Here are 5 sun care safety tips to keep in mind before heading out to catch some rays.

The sun, a 6 billion old star remains a seasonal topic of confusion almost every summer yet it can have a year round effect. How do we understand the damage the sun can cause to our skin and how can we protect ourselves?
Here are the top 5 sun care safety tips to make sure you do before heading out for a day in the sun:
1.     Avoid direct sun contact between 10 AM and 2 PM when UV rays are strongest.

2. Apply sun care products 30 minutes before going outside.
3. Use a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.
4. Wear sun blocking clothing such as wide-brimmed hats, loose fitting light colored clothing and UV blocking sunglasses.
5. Be mindful and don’t allow your skin to burn.

There is no safe way to tan. Every time you tan, you damage your skin. As this damage builds, you speed up the aging of your skin and increase your risk for all types of skin cancer.”1
Personal preference and purpose are often deciding factors when purchasing sunscreens. Some prefer to use sunscreen on their face but often forget about our other body parts that are exposed to the sun especially during the summer months.

Often we think to use sun protection for the body when at the beach or when we know we will have maximum sun exposure throughout the day. If outdoor activity during the summer is your thing, then sunscreens labeled "Sport" are best which offer a “water resistant” protection, not “waterproof”. For this reason sunscreens need to be re-applied periodically throughout the day to avoid burns, sun damage and photo aging. Some people prefer lotions or creams but spray lotions are easiest to apply for the body and offer better coverage.

It is not possible to know how anyone's skin reacts to topical lotions, creams. Some sunscreens have added skin soothers and conditioners like Aloe Vera, Green Tea and Lavender, all which are very soothing and calming to the skin. Lavender is often recommended for psoriasis and Aloe Vera heals skin wounds. 

What to consider when purchasing sunscreen:   
   Sun Protection Factor (SPF)
   Eco-Safe/Reef Friendly
   UVB/UVA Protection
   No Parabens
   Botanical/Mineral Blend
   Water Resistant

Coconut’s Green Market sells over 50 different sun care products and 15 brands to choose from. To easily find products go to the category "Personal Care" then go to "Sun Care" or you can use this link: “Sun Care”. As you scroll thru pages consider your outdoor activity level and personal preferences. 

Have any other ideas for sun protection you like to do? Comment below to share your input!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Friday, April 26, 2013

Recipe of the Month

Shiitake and Kale
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

1/2 pound shiitake mushrooms
1 tablespoon olive oil
1-2 cloves crushed garlic
1 bunch kale, chopped
Pinch of salt

      1. Warm oil in pan on medium heat with minced garlic until aromas of garlic are released, about 2-3 minutes.
      2. Add chopped shiitake mushrooms, stir-fry for 5 minutes.
      3. Add chopped kale, stir-fry for a couple of minutes.
      4. Add a splash of water and pinch of salt to pan, cover and let steam for 4 minutes.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

7 Steps to tap into your Spiritual Wellness

Kaizen Holistic Health provides these 7 steps to tap into and take advantage of things to do to enhance your spiritual wellness.

Spiritual wellness is an underlying dimension contributing to total health and wellbeing. As multi-dimensional human beings, overall health cannot be determined by eating habits alone. Kaizen Holistic Health has provided these top tips to help tap into spiritual wellness this month.

Defined: spiritual wellness is the ability to establish peace and harmony in life.
For some, spiritual wellness may involve meditation, prayer, affirmations, or specific practices that support a connection to a higher power or belief system.

These following 7 steps from Kaizen Holistic Health encourage spiritual wellness:
1. Quiet time
Take some time to yourself to be alone and meditate regularly.

2. Practice Acceptance and Detachment

Learn to see life as it is now and accept that everything happens for a reason. In doing so, detach yourself from the outcome.

     3. Cultivate healthy, supportive relationships
Whether it’s with family or friends, learn to build strong, healthy relationships that can be used as a support system.

     4. Be fully engaged in the “doing” of the present moment
Appreciate the now! Learn to appreciate the little things in the everyday things you do.

     5. Be open and inquisitive of learning
Always have an open mind to everything and everyone.

     6. Live a playful life
Make time for laughter, art, music, and dance.

     7. Take a deep breath
Period deep breathing will help to balance the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system.

To accurately determine one’s total health it is next to impossible not to include spiritual wellness, as it is a foundational factor contributing to overall health.
What are some of the things you do to engage your spiritual well-being? Leave your feedback below.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Recipe of the Month: Quinoa Pilaf
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cooking Time: 30-40 minutes
Yield: 4 serving


1 cup quinoa
2 1/4 cups water or stock
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup walnut pieces
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
pinch of salt

1.   Rinse quinoa in fine mesh strainer until water runs clear.
2.   Boil the water and add quinoa and salt, cover and reduce heat.
3.   After 15 minutes add cranberries and walnuts to top; do not stir.
4.   Cook 5 minutes more, until all the liquid is absorbed.
5.   Remove from heat, add parsley and fluff with fork, cover and let sit for 3-5 minutes and serve.

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Stacy Scibetta, CPCC, CHC, AADP, RYT