Dr. Hauschka vs. Beautiful On Raw

August 11th, 2012 by Tonya Zavasta

Dr. HauschkaDr. Hauschka’s is one company whose products and methods are very popular with health-seeking, beauty conscious people. A number of years ago, I used and recommended their cosmetics myself. Recently one of my readers pointed out some differences in our approaches to skin care. Her email prompted me to review carefully Dr. Hauschka’s famous “7 facts that will change your skin.”

Hauschka’s philosophy differs slightly from mine. (Or shall we say mine differs from his? After all, he’s the doctor!) I don’t disagree in every respect, but there are a few tenets that I feel compelled to challenge. Read the rest of this entry »

Do Not Eat at Night, But Do Feed Your Skin

July 4th, 2012 by Tonya Zavasta

Skin's repair timeIn my book Quantum Eating I present abundant scientific research on how not eating in the late afternoon or later will give you ideal weight, youthful energy and put a powerful break on the aging process. Not eating at night gives our digestive system a chance to rest, letting our whole body use the available energy for regeneration, damage repair, and cleanup in all its nooks and crannies. But there’s one organ I encourage you to feed at night—your skin. Read the rest of this entry »

Luscious Lashes

June 26th, 2012 by Tonya Zavasta

EyelashesHealthy eyelashes, seemingly insignificant parts of our features at first glance, are normally short durable hairs that grow on the edges of both upper and lower lids. Eyelashes are there to keep your eyeballs healthy by protecting them from dangerous, foreign substances and causing you to blink when necessary.

Not only that, but if you are also taking care of the skin around your eye area, long luxurious lashes can transform a pretty pair of eyes into stunning peepers. Read the rest of this entry »

Parasite Treatment

March 22nd, 2012 by Tonya Zavasta

Giardia parasiteThe very word parasite strikes horror in the heart of any determined health seeker, bringing a shudder at the thought of your body entertaining these beasties. And how, exactly, do you go about dealing with this issue?

What are parasites?

Parasites are organisms which live upon a host. But we’re not talking about what’s called a symbiotic relationship, in which a living thing lives off the host and provides a benefit in return. This is rarely the case with parasites.

It is estimated that currently in the West at least one out of every six people has parasites of some sort. Parasites are so prevalent that it’s surprising the subject is not more openly addressed in North American culture, as it is in other countries. Read the rest of this entry »

Is Nail Polish Toxic for Your Body?

March 15th, 2012 by Tonya Zavasta

Healthy NailsRecently I watched the movie My Sister’s Keeper. The story focuses on two teenage girls, one of which, Kate, has leukemia. She’s in a hospital, where we see her aunt at her bedside painting the girl’s nails with a bright nail polish to cheer her up. The scene proclaims defiantly a girl’s gotta be a girl, deathbed notwithstanding. I squirmed: The doctor’s standing right there not objecting to this procedure.

It’s not that I have no sympathy with the urge to wear nail polish. I’m a girl, too. I used to wear that stuff. No more. Read the rest of this entry »

Brushing Your Teeth: Yes there Is a Right Way!

December 24th, 2011 by Tonya Zavasta

Teeth BrushingHave you ever watched people brushing their teeth? What you’ll most likely see is this: Grab the toothbrush, apply a great fat wad of white or blue toothpaste, poke it in the mouth and keep poking in and out, brushing horizontally across the sides of the teeth, spit-rinse-spit, and done—the whole affair taking, for most adults, 30 to 45 seconds or even less. Not good enough.

Whether you’re still using ordinary commercial toothpaste or you’ve graduated to a higher quality dental balm, the principles of good brushing remain the same. Some tips to help make sure you’re doing it right… Read the rest of this entry »

Myths About Cosmetic Preservatives

November 15th, 2011 by Tonya Zavasta

Cosmetic MythsWe all get concerned when we see a chemical-sounding name among ingredients in our cosmetics. Since I have been eating raw foods without anything added to them for the last fourteen years, when creating my own cosmetics, I wanted them to be as pure as possible. Preservatives in particular became a focus of my most scrupulous investigation.

Reviewing hundreds of cosmetic products, I discovered that some cosmetic companies don’t disclose preservatives as well as other ingredients, such as emulsifiers or stabilizers, that sound chemically unfriendly to the untrained customer. I prefer the truth. Here are the top 4 cosmetics myths you must become aware of: Read the rest of this entry »

Homemade Cosmetics

November 2nd, 2011 by Tonya Zavasta

Fruit FacialIn recent years with my busy schedule, I rarely have the time to make homemade cosmetics. This was one of the reasons I developed my own facial cosmetics line. But for those of you who are interested in creating your own cosmetics, these are the best recipes that we could find.

Fruit Facial

This idea is as simple as it gets! Just like the lady in the picture, you can place pieces of fruit on your face for an easy and effective skin treatment. Regular applications will help moisturize and nourish the skin, improve circulation, provide antioxidant protection, and the fruit acids assist with exfoliation. Besides the pictured fruits, try applying papaya, strawberries and bananas.

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How to Grow Long Hair Fast

August 19th, 2011 by Tonya Zavasta

Tonya Zavasta at 53

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 »

Sunblock… Sunglasses… How Much Sun Protection Do You Really Need?

June 13th, 2011 by Tonya Zavasta
Tonya Zavasta is 53

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 »

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