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 »
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 16th, 2011 by Tonya Zavasta
It’s been many years since I took the first few tentative steps on my raw food journey. Since then, I’ve experienced one exciting transformation after another, both physically and mentally. My health, looks and state of mind have continuously improved over the years. Just when I thought things couldn’t possibly get better, they did! I firmly believe this is because I took special care early on to transition slowly to raw foods, and to incorporate all of the lifestyle practices so essential for creating genuine, lasting health.
Food is Just the Beginning
Our western culture is all about diets, all about pills—things you consume. The truth: Food is only the beginning! I get many emails from people confused and disillusioned because they’ve been eating raw foods exclusively for a time but still feel constipated, still have skin issues, haven’t lost enough weight—the list goes on. A common thread runs through many of their pleas. It’s simple: The “food thing” is all they’re doing! I can’t figure out what’s wrong…I haven’t experienced the ‘butterfly-cocoon effect’ like you…and I’ve been raw for months! Sometimes, the trouble might be medical. And I do not, cannot give any medical advice. I can, however, offer some common sense from one who has walked the path for many years. 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 »
March 24th, 2011 by Tonya Zavasta
A healthy smile does the heart good…literally! Did you know that the state of your dental health can greatly impact your physical health?
Link Between Periodontal and Heart Diseases
Numerous studies have shown a real relationship between periodontal disease and risks for cardiovascular and other diseases. One recent study conducted by researchers at London’s University College determined that people who brushed their teeth infrequently had a whopping 70% higher risk of developing heart disease. This is due, in part, to oral bacteria resulting from chronic gum infection leaching into the bloodstream and attaching to fatty plaque in the arteries. Read the rest of this entry »
January 19th, 2011 by Tonya Zavasta
Your mom said it first…”Eat Your Vegetables!” Health was often her motivation, though her reasoning wasn’t necessarily all that scientific: Carrots help your eyes see better, moms have been saying for decades, though the science on the subject is shaky. You need your roughage is another mom standard, this one much better founded. But did your mom ever say to you Eat up your vegetables—they’ll make you pretty…? Read the rest of this entry »
December 25th, 2010 by Tonya Zavasta
I used to consume a good quantity of sweet fruits. Half a watermelon and 5-7 pieces of seasonal fruit was a typical day. And I achieved great results. It works. On the other hand, I heard from other authors how great it is to live with no sweet fruits at all. For several years I’ve been wanting to try this approach myself. Read the rest of this entry »
November 29th, 2010 by Tonya Zavasta
You know her. She’s an “older” lady. (Why do we think older sounds younger than old?) The kind who breathes sweetness, gratitude, joy. Her presence is delightful. She is never without a genuine smile and she is pleasant to look at. She isn’t flawless. Certainly not wrinkle-free. Yet she stands out among other “old” people. She wears none of those furrowed brows and pursed lips formed from anger, disapproval, resentment. She may be sixty, seventy, eighty, ninety or more. But at any of these chronological ages, she’ll stand out from those sadder, more tragically carved faces in the background. Question: When you reach her chronological age, which face would you like to present? Read the rest of this entry »
November 9th, 2010 by Tonya Zavasta
I am delighted whenever a testimonial comes in, by e-mail or letter, from customers enjoying the results of my hair care products and recommended regimen. Occasionally, though, someone asks: “But shouldn’t I be switching shampoo and conditioner brands?” Read the rest of this entry »