Facial Exercises Versus Botox® Injections

May 3rd, 2015 by Tonya Zavasta

BOTOX FOR FURROWBotox for Wrinkles

Injected directly into the muscles of the forehead and facial lines, Botox smoothes the face because it prevents the muscles from moving—by paralyzing them! Botox targets facial wrinkles caused by facial expressions, by the contraction of small, voluntary muscles used in laughing, smiling, frowning, or lifting the eyebrows. When these small muscles are relaxed, the wrinkles they cause around the forehead and the eyes diminish. Let see at what cost…

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How to Reverse and Prevent Gray Hair

April 17th, 2015 by Tonya Zavasta

Gray HairAt some point in our lives, just about every one of us will experience the onset of graying hair. What can be done to reverse or prevent gray?

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’Tis the Season for—Chestnuts

December 4th, 2014 by Tonya Zavasta

ChestnutsWe all know Mel Torme’s The Christmas Song. It’s the biggest-selling song of the season, and the most-performed Christmas song ever. And we all know the opening line: Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…I dig the seasonal produce—cranberries, persimmons, pomegranates. Those you’ll get in any decent supermarket. Less common, though: chestnuts. Read the rest of this entry »

Guide to an Ageless Face

August 23rd, 2014 by Tonya Zavasta

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In Celebration of Heirloom Tomatoes

July 20th, 2014 by Tonya Zavasta

Heirloom TomatoesMost of us know heirloom tomatoes as the tomato varieties with fancy names – Aunt Ginny, Black Plum, Cherokee Purple, Speckled Roman and what not. Little are we aware that these are not just some sort of fashionable upmarket tomatoes; they are tomatoes with stories of yesteryears to tell.

Heirloom tomatoes are special tomatoes. They are old-fashioned tomatoes grown from seeds handed down from generation to generation. Such seeds lead to distinct and consistent traits. These tomatoes are cultivated through open pollination, i.e. pollination by natural mechanisms such as wind, insects and birds. The term ‘heirloom tomato’ also refers to tomato varieties grown before World War II. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Make Your Eyes Whiter Naturally

July 5th, 2014 by Tonya Zavasta

Female eyesEvery woman knows it’s important to keep her eyes as beautiful, as youthful, and as “soulful” as they can be. Eyes don’t need a lot of diet control or heavy workouts. They’re actually pretty low-maintenance, generally. Simple upkeep every now and then ensures they’ll remain healthy year after year.


Eyes start undergoing major changes in mid-life. Most of these are changes in the way the eye functions—for example, color perception changes, shrinking field of vision, and the like. Some changes are outwardly visible—drooping lower eyelid, eyes ‘sinking’ into the head, and the sclera (the whites of the eyes) turning a more yellowish color. Read the rest of this entry »

Chemical Peels: Why Would You Want One?

May 28th, 2014 by Tonya Zavasta

Chemical PeelChemical peels are the choice of thousands of women (and a few men) every year, a choice that promises to resolve all superficial skin problems, from sun damage to wrinkles to scars. Advertisements make it sound like it’s no big deal. Minimal side-effects. Speedy recovery. Fabulous results. So why am I not getting one? Read the rest of this entry »

Exfoliation: The Best Kept Secret for Beautiful Skin

May 23rd, 2014 by Tonya Zavasta

Benefits of Exfoliation

As the serpent’s ability to shed its skin makes it a symbol of rejuvenation across the world, so exfoliation is your ticket to supple, radiant, blemish-free skin.

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Eating Raw Away From Home

May 11th, 2014 by Tonya Zavasta

The time for travel is just around the corner, but maintaining a healthy diet while traveling is always a challenge. The good news is that with some prior planning and research, it becomes much easier; and the more you travel, the easier it’ll be to maintain your raw food diet.

If traveling by air:

Regardless of your dietary needs — be it gluten-free, kosher, vegetarian/vegan, raw, or even fruitarian — these days most airlines can cater to your needs. The trick is to order your meals well in advance, otherwise you may have to rely on the standard fare offered by the airline. Reserve that special meal when purchasing your airline tickets – there is no extra cost! Read the rest of this entry »

The Weight Loss Magic Wands

May 9th, 2014 by Tonya Zavasta

ChopsticksAre there magic tools that can help you achieve an ideal weight? My recent trip to China for my son’s wedding showed me that indeed there are.

The sight of forks and spoons is such commonplace in our culture that it is only when we visit an Asian restaurant, or travel to the Far East, that it occurs to us that there are other utensils that predate our familiar flatware by hundreds of years. Originally intended for cooking and stirring fire and food, chopsticks slowly gained popularity as eating utensils, first among the nobility, and later among the common people, and today they are widely used by all classes in Asia. Chopsticks are commonly made from bamboo or wood, but they can also be formed from plastic, bone, metal and porcelain. Read the rest of this entry »

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