Tuesday, February 20, 2018

EMBELLIR AGING | Holding Back the Hands of Time

I believe it is safe to say that adding on the years is not what bothers most women; but it is the change in our bodies that can be terrifying!  What goes so drastically wrong that we wake up one day and do not recognize ourselves?!

Of course, we would not want to stop time if we could, so women must understand the "secrets" to aging "gracefully".  You definitely do not want to look older than years and preferably want to look younger than your years.  If you work at it, it is possible to keep at least 10 years at bay for the lifespan!

One of the reason that I love France is that the French allow women to grow older and will still see them a beautiful and sexy.  Check out the following article from Elle magazine.  However, in America, aging poorly is frowned upon and youth is lauded.

First, the TOP 15 of what I have noticed about women that age "badly" are these:

1.        A bad attitude/worry/negativity

2.       Overdone hair and hair color

3.       Double chin/neck

4.       Yellow or poorly kept teeth

5.       Weight gain

6.       Too much makeup or overdone makeup

7.       Too thin/not eating

8.       Succumbing to society’s attributes for a certain age group

9.       Consistently eating fast and processed foods

10.   Not having sex

11.   Not exercising

12.   Not removing makeup before sleep

13.  Smoking

14.  Too much alcohol

15.  Not hanging around children or a loss of sense of humor

These are my TOP 15, perhaps you can add some of your own.
Now that the list is done, in the next 3 blogs, I will address 5 of each of the concerns and ways to counteract them.
 is almost upon us....come on ladies let's do this...take off about 5 years.  Are you with me!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

EMBELLIR EXOTIC | The Korean Melon

On my journey to increase my knowledge of fruits and vegetable beyond the apple and kale, I decided to try the Korean  melon (Cucumis melo L. var. makuwa) or chamoe (참외), following its Korean name, is a type of melon primarily grown in Korea. The fruit is typically about half-foot (15 cm) long and weighs slightly over 1 pound (0.45 kg).

My first thought was melon, a word that I recognize--watermelon, honey dew melon.  Of course, I did my research after purchasing and found that the fruit is rich in Vitamin C!

According the information on Wikipedia, in Korean folk medicine, the fruit has been used to assist with fever, mental disorders, jaundice, alcoholism, hepatitis, constipation, syphilis, edema, indigestion, cough, blisters, and alopecia.  Whew!  In addition to that, when hexane was used to extract the fatty acids from the seeds, they were found to contain linoleic acid, oleic acid, and palmitic acid.  The seeds of this melon are very edible.

Essential fatty acids have a ton of benefits on your body and its cells. They help with cellular development and the formation of healthy cell membranes, and they have actually been shown to block tumor formation in animals, as well as block the growth of human breast cancer cells.

I sliced the melon lengthwise in half and removed the seeds.  Then I peeled away the skin and sliced into sections.  The taste is refreshing and light.  The fruit is not overly sweet, but has enough sweetness to not need any sweetener.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018



The Center for Disease Control and Food and Drug Administration are investigating a string of E. coli infections across the United States.  The strain is thought to be closely related to that of a Canadian strain that has been reported 41 times in 5 Canadian provinces.
(source: http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2017/12/canadians-warned-to-avoid-romaine-lettuce-until-further-notice/#.WlTTJ7pFzt4)


1.  The bacteria is resistant and can survive for weeks on food and surfaces
2.  Thoroughly clean all fruit and vegetables
3.  Cook meats to their respective temperatures for safety
4.  To avoid cross contamination, use different cutting boards and utensils when handling meats and vegetables.
5.  After handling raw meat, wash your hands with soap before continuing to cook
6.  Wash your hands after changing baby's diaper, use soap and water; wipes may not do the job
7.  Be sure to wash children hands with soap and water that play with pets before they sit down to eat
8.  Be care of "raw" drinking water
9.  Do eat foods that are beyond their expiration dates, especially dairy; and be careful where you eat out


1.  E. Coli is a viral infection and does not respond to antibiotics.  The infection basically has to run its courses as the body defends itself
2.  Drink plenty of water
3.  Rest
4.  See a doctor is your symptoms are ongoing and/or particular severe

EMBELLIR AGING | Holding Back the Hands of Time

I believe it is safe to say that adding on the years is not what bothers most women; but it is the change in our bodies that can be ter...