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CAMP Skincare – All Natural and Organic Beauty Products

CAMP Skincare – All Natural and Organic Beauty Products

Oct 27, 2016

If I asked you what ingredients are in your face lotion, could you name them? Or better yet, could you pronounce them? Having great skin is an indicator of one’s health. The skin is the largest organ on the body. It only makes sense to treat it with the utmost care. Most, if not all, mainstream beauty products contain harsh chemicals and preservatives. Ever heard of Phthalates or how about Tricolson? Yikes!  They are meant to last on a shelf, not on your face.  After cycling through multiple beauty products, I finally found one to call my own: CAMP Skincare, a Toronto based line of beauty products that promote smart skincare using only Mother Nature’s ingredients.  I am a huge fan of the “Ying-Yang Balancing Facial Oil.”  As a repeat customer, I find that this oil leaves my skin feeling super soft and hydrated.  Did I mention that it smells amazing!? Ingredients: Cherry Kernel Oil: “Very high in linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid known to effectively reduce acne while restores skin’s barrier function for a more supple, clear complexion.” Watermelon Seed Oil: “Contains over 60% linoleic acid and has the ability to dissolve sebum. Also contains lycopene, a powerful free radical scavenger.” Argan Oil: “Known as “liquid gold,” this precious moisturizer is high in Vitamin E, polyphenols and potent phytosterols known to stimulate cell regeneration.” Pomegranate seed oil: “Studies have shown that the polyphenols found in this superfood oil may prevent wrinkle formation and reverse photo-aging caused by the UV destruction of collagen.” Camellia seed oil: “Cold-pressed from the seeds of the tea plant, this moisturizing oil is extremely high in oleic acid which delivers Vitamin-E-rich moisture for diminished fine lines and wrinkles.” Borage Seed Oil: “The greatest natural source of GLA – an omega 6 fatty acid that stimulates skin cell regeneration.” Ylang Ylang Essential Oil: “Balancing. Improves hydration in dry skin and regulates sebum in oily skin.” Pink Grapefruit Peel Essential Oil: “Detoxifying. Refreshes and tones skin with a healthy dose of vitamin C.” You can feel the love that founder, Lisa, puts in each and every product.  You are getting what you pay for at $30 for a 1 oz bottle.  However, my philosophy...

Current Nutritional Labelling is Difficult to Follow

Current Nutritional Labelling is Difficult to Follow

Apr 7, 2016

If you’re like most shoppers, then chances are, a trip to the grocery is usually unplanned, quick, and sometimes, not very fruitful when it comes to making healthy choices. Much of the blame can be attributed to current nutrition labelling which is ineffective, according to a study by McGill University. The study, published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, found that other labelling systems are more efficient. Researchers compared four different systems, finding that the one most frequently used in the US and Canada is the least useful for buyers.  This system lists percentages of the daily value of specific nutrients. Although the labels do provide exhaustive information, they can be confusing and can be difficult to compare in terms of nutritional value to similar products. Another system called NuVal, which indicates the overall nutritional value of products with a single score between 1-100, is used in some products in the US and Canada. Researchers found this system to be much easier to follow, since it does away with the need to ascertain the health values of foods by comparing so many different contents (including fat, sugar, salt, etc.). For instance, one product may be low in fat, yet high in sugar; another similar product may contain more fat but less salt and sugar. Therefore, working with one overall number is more practical for the average shopper. NuVal takes a wide array of nutritional factors into account to come up with a single score; these factors include vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, trans fats, saturated fats, Omega-3 fats, cholesterol, sugar and salt. NuVal also takes into account the quality of different foods and their caloric content, as well as their carbohydrate content and glycemic index. Foods made with high fructose corn syrup, for instance, which tend to be high up on the glycemic index, naturally have a lower NuVal score than foods sweetened with healthier alternatives like Stevia. Antioxidant content is also considered important – thus, scientists look into total bioflavanoid and carotenoid leves, as well as Vitamins A, C and E. Scores for different products can change over time, for instance if the product is made with different ingredients, or if new...

Mindfulness as Effective as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression and Anxiety

Mindfulness as Effective as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression and Anxiety

Mar 29, 2016

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is currently the gold standard therapy for treating depression and anxiety (two of the most common mental conditions in the United States). A new study carried out by scientists at Lund University in Sweden, however, suggest that group mindfulness treatment may be just as effective. Mindfulness, often used in meditation and yoga, is essentially a way of living that focuses on ‘being in the here and now’. Guilt about the past and worry about the future can provoke the ‘fight or flight’ response, leading to anxiety and sometimes, depression, yet remaining ‘in the present moment’ can bring about the opposite response in the body. Techniques such as mindfulness (and pranayamic/controlled breathing) have been shown to lower levels of stress hormone, cortisol, but this is the first randomized study to compares the effectiveness of mindfulness, to CBT. During the study, a total of 215 patients with reaction to severe stress, and others with depression or anxiety, were randomly place in a mindfulness treatment group (where they received structured group mindfulness treatment), or a regular treatment group (where they received CBT). Patients were also treated privately and were asked to jot down their exercises in a diary. The study period lasted eight weeks. After the treatment period, the patients were asked to fill in questionnaires rating the seriousness of their depression and anxiety. In both groups, symptoms of these mental disorders were significantly reduced. The findings showed there was no statistical difference between both therapies. Researchers are hopeful about the findings, because they indicate that group mindfulness therapy can be used in health care centers that cannot afford one-on-one CBT for their patients. The benefits of mindfulness when it comes to stress reduction are well documented. Thus, mindfulness either in its own right or as part of yoga, is often used in top rehabilitation centers for alcohol addiction and substance abuse in many countries in the world. Controlled breathing is one of the most important stress busting effects of mindfulness meditation in particular, which is of great aid in preventing the negative emotions and thought patterns that can trigger relapse. One recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine showed that mindfulness can also significantly improve the quality...

VestPac: The Ultimate Hydration Pack

VestPac: The Ultimate Hydration Pack

Mar 21, 2016

Just in time for season, we’ve found a lightweight hydration system from VestPac. Designed in Jackson Hole, this pack features a climate control 3D airmesh in the hydration panel for unbelievable airflow and rugged elastic straps to ensure a snug fit. The shoulder straps are free to move side to side for a custom fit while the waist strap is designed to be worn directly below the chest line for maximum support and comfort. These packs move with your body, eliminating any chance for bouncing or rubbing.  Each model holds different amounts in the BPA free reservoir. The high flow hose and 360 degree bite valve with positional clip make it easy to take a drink. These VestPacs wick moisture away from your back and chest providing a cooling effect which makes it perfect for paddle-boarding, fishing, festivals, marathons or kayaking. The slim design is soft enough to wear over bare skin or a bikini top, yet strong enough to last a lifetime in the sun, snow and surf. The difference in comfort is like night and day. Some of the styles also have pockets with security flaps, a key ring holder, and a large zippered pocket.  This allows for a place to put the gadgets we just couldn’t live without like our phones and iPods.  They even offer waterproof phone/MP3 player cases and earbuds/wraps that are completely water and sweat proof. VestPacs are designed to provide the best possible performance for every situation. You can wear these innovative products all day without feeling tired or sore.  It offers a solution to having one custom made pack for many different uses. VestPac is currently offering free shipping on all orders of $50 or more. For more information and to purchase, visit...

Foundational Aspects of Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga Workshop Series in Atlanta

Foundational Aspects of Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga Workshop Series in Atlanta

Jan 30, 2015

Join Jennifer Smith Yoga for a breakthrough, 4-part yoga workshop experience at Atlanta Hot Yoga… -Use the strength of your legs effectively -Harness the power of Bandhas -Learn and Perfect Transitions from Asana to Asana in Practice -Protect Your Shoulders and Back during Practice In this 4-part series of workshops you will master the basics of practice through the exploration of various key foundational aspects of alignment, from transitions (namaskar, vinyasa), standing asana, strength builders, forward folds and backbends. Each segment builds on its predecessor, and within Jennifer encourages and guides students to delve deeply through foundational aspects of practice which inevitably lead to meaningful and lasting transformation, on and off the mat. -Workshops 1 & 2 emphasize breath, band has, surya namaskar, and standing asanas. -Workshop 3: Features teachings on seated asanas, including forward folds, twists and strength builders. -Workshop 4: You will be led toward the bliss and artful grasp of inversions and backbends. For best results, we recommend students take part in all workshops, however, this is not a requirement. Homework is assigned. Each session is suitable for ALL levels of practitioner, and whether you are a novice or experienced yogi, there’s plenty to learn and explore. The novice will be provided a template for safe, strong, flexible practice and the experienced yogi will learn to master the fundamentals which directly translate to an “advanced”, sustainable, inspired, deep asana practice. $40 per session DATES: WORKSHOP 2: Saturday, February 7th * 3:00 – 5:15PM WORKSHOP 3: Saturday, February 21 * 3:00 – 5:15PM WORKSHOP 4: Saturday, March 21st * 3:00 0 5:15PM...

Fat-2-Fit Ten Fitness DO’s!

Fat-2-Fit Ten Fitness DO’s!

Nov 20, 2014

I have to say the last year has gone by so quickly.  The incredible daily positive encouragement I have received from all of our healthy lifestyle experts was more than critical along this journey. The positive energy in the healthy lifestyle world is one of the most attractive reasons to starve and sweat.  To keep things positive in the last 10 days of 365, I have asked for 3-10 positive “DO’s” to help all of us keep of the fight. Heather Frey Top Ten or Ten Commandments For Fitness “DO’S” 1. NEVER let yourself get starved. Starved takes away all fitness- sense. 2. Set your workout days at the beginning of the week and schedule around them, not the other way around. 3. Prepare your food in advance. Don’t wait until you’re hungry or there’s a good chance you’ll grab what you shouldn’t grab. 4. Know what you’ll snack on and keep food with you always. Keep it in your purse, at your desk, and in your car. See commandment #1. 5. Stay off the scale (as much as possible). It can be a motivation buster. As you gain muscle and lose layer, your weight may stay the same or even go up. Don’t let numbers throw you off your game. 6. Eat breakfast. It’s true what they say – breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It gets the metabolism moving, and gets the brain and body rolling for the day. When you skip breakfast, you usually make up the calories later in the day anyway. 7. Have a treat meal. The key word is “meal”. Don’t have a treat day or worse a treat weekend. One over-done meal can set you back days which means you never move forward. 8. Find supportive friends. That means one or two. Don’t tell Aunt Mary who loves to cook and makes you eat. You need close friends to cheer you on, not the friends who are jealous they because they can’t do it themself (yet). 9. Drive past the drive-through. No more fast food. Not only is it just bad for you, it’s high in fat, salt, calories and chemicals, and can actually...