August 19th, 2011 by Tonya Zavasta
Got coarse-textured hair that grows fast? Good for you! My own hair is fine (meaning each individual hair strand has a small diameter) and growing it has always been a challenge. Now, this would be just great if I were sporting a cute little pixie cut—it would be simple and practical.
But no—not me. I’ve always wanted long hair. Always preferred it. This was challenging enough in my youth. But after 40, it just hasn’t grown as readily. And once my hair reaches a certain length, it seems just to stop growing altogether. If your age is forties or better, you know exactly what I mean. For some of us, growing hair can be as challenging as growing palm trees in the arctic. Read the rest of this entry »
August 16th, 2011 by Tonya Zavasta
More Water=Less Efficient Filtering?
I got an interesting e-mail a while back: I thought you might find this interesting, Tonya. In the Ladies Home Journal (Christie Brinkley on the cover, July 2009, page 141), a study is quoted…’in fact, there’s evidence your body is less efficient at filtering out toxins when your water intake is higher.’ That, Tonya, is what you say in your books!!! Read the rest of this entry »
July 12th, 2011 by Tonya Zavasta
During the last eight years I have learned a great deal about cosmetics, how they’re made, and what’s possible and impossible, quite apart from the marketing claims. The catalogue of misleading messages employed by manufacturers, advertisers and labelers is a vast and fascinating one. Let’s look at a few… Read the rest of this entry »
June 30th, 2011 by Tonya Zavasta
You know that old saying. A Watched Pot Never Boils… Facial exercises do work, but I need to warn you not to watch too closely. Many women have, with a zealous and discerning eye, looked so closely at their faces once they began my Rawsome Flex program, that they start to see things that they had never noticed before.
Don’t Look Too Carefully
You started doing facial exercises. Chances are, you’ll want to see exactly what’s happening, day to day. But things won’t happen fast enough, if you’re impatient. When you start to scan every aspect of your features under a magnifying glass they become… well…magnified!
Even worse, over-scrutinizing might actually convince you you’re moving backwards. Why? Because you’ll get too familiar with the terrain. You’ll start to notice a flaw here, a discoloration there, maybe a line you hadn’t seen the day before. Meanwhile, since you’re just a few sessions in, you’re understandably not seeing drastic progress yet. Read the rest of this entry »
June 13th, 2011 by Tonya Zavasta
Tonya Zavasta is 53 years young
The sun has quite a rap-sheet. Just about every degree of assault and battery you can name, from the mere annoyance of a little sunburn around the backyard pool to full-on skin cancer. Freckles, liver spots, red blotches, wrinkles, and dry skin—the sun “takes the heat” for them all. And the older we get, the more we blame old Sol.
Is it the Sun’s Fault?
Actually, I abhor the phrase “sun damage.” The sun per se does not create these problems. Toxins in the body are what do the damage, directly. Unless you’re on a sound raw foods diet, sunlight will have an ill effect on the skin. Sunbathing is downright dangerous for those on a standard high-fat American diet or who don’t get an abundance of raw fruits and vegetables. An average person must take steps to protect herself from the sun. The trouble is…you are then missing out on all the benefits that sunlight brings. Read the rest of this entry »
May 31st, 2011 by Tonya Zavasta
Some argue against facial massage, facial exercise and especially against dry-brushing, on the grounds that facial skin is extra-sensitive. A better way to state the truth: Facial skin is different. If you look under a microscope, you’ll see that the cells making up the top layer of the face are generally smaller than skin cells on the rest of the body. Read the rest of this entry »
May 1st, 2011 by Tonya Zavasta
Metabolism is the set of chemical and biological reactions that occur in living organisms in order to maintain life. Through eating, drinking, breathing, and assimilating, we degenerate due to metabolism’s reactive by-products. Metabolism causes damage, and this damage eventually causes pathology. Every organism that metabolizes also dies because of this metabolic process. Metabolism keeps us alive and metabolism eventually will kill us. The fitness industry is all about “boosting your metabolism.” On the other hand, leading anti-aging research is all about slowing down metabolism through caloric restriction. Seems like a paradox? Read the rest of this entry »
April 24th, 2011 by Tonya Zavasta
Skin blemishes appear in myriad ways, some sudden and acute, others developing over time. But all bear the unsavory characteristic of being highly visible, more often than not on the face. They make us feel self-conscious, looking less than our best. Read the rest of this entry »
April 3rd, 2011 by Tonya Zavasta
Having a new baby. Often it’s the happiest time of your life. You’ve counted the fingers and toes, verified he or she is healthy, and probably pronounced your child as the most perfect in creation. At first, you don’t even care about that lingering “baby bulge,” you’re so happy. But time has gone by, the worries of childhood are behind you and now you want to move heaven and earth to get rid of that baby bulge. Read the rest of this entry »
March 16th, 2011 by Tonya Zavasta
What is Raw?
First, we need to agree on what “raw” means. What are the main characteristics of fruits, vegetables and greens that come directly from a garden or orchard with absolutely no processing? They are whole raw foods and the only ones I eat. We know what “raw” means, but what about “whole”? It means the water is intact. By this definition, oils are not whole raw foods even if they are cold pressed. Read the rest of this entry »