Sunlighten Infrared Sauna is Here!

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - August, 6th, 2018 | Category: Blog Posts, Happenings at AME, Massage, promotion, services, Wellness

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We are excited to now offer Sunlighten Infrared Sauna to our clients. Sunlighten is recommended by countless experts including Dr. Mark Hyman, Kris Carr, and Jordan Rubin.

What is Infrared?

Infrared light (experienced as heat) is the invisible part of the sun’s spectrum with the ability to penetrate human tissue, giving a soothing, natural warmth. It is naturally occurring from the sun and is the basis for SunlightenTM sauna therapy.

Sunlighten’s Solocarbon infrared technology is therapeutic because it is 95-99% efficient at heating the body directly rather than simply heating the air. It works to raise the core body temperature to produce a deep, detoxifying sweat at the cellular level where the majority of toxins reside.

How Safe is Infrared?

Infrared heat is completely safe and healthy for all living things. You can be exposed to infrared light for hours without the risk of burning. Infrared is a naturally occurring output of the sun, but does not contain the harmful UV rays associated with unprotected sunlight. In fact, infrared heat is so safe, it is used in hospitals to warm newborn infants.

Infrared Saunas vs. Traditional

Sunlighten saunas use infrared heat instead of hot rocks or steam used in traditional saunas. Traditional saunas heat the air at extremely high temperatures which can make the experience unbearably hot and difficult to breathe. Because infrared heats the body directly instead of simply heating the air, infrared saunas are seven times more effective for detoxification. In a Sunlighten sauna, you will experience the deepest, most detoxifying sweat of your life.

Health Benefits

Detoxification: A Sunlighten sauna generates a sweat 7x more detoxifying than a traditional sauna. Researchers have long known that toxic substances, including heavy metals, are eliminated from the body through sweat. Therefore, the more you can safely sweat (while maintaining proper hydration), the greater quantity of toxins will be released from your body. Infrared sauna usage is one of the most effective methods of inducing a detoxifying sweat.

Relaxation: Experience the purest form of relaxation and stress-reduction

Weight Loss: Studies have shown a 30 minute infrared sauna session can burn up to 600 calories

Heart Health: Sunlighten Solocarbon® heaters have been clinically shown to reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressure

Pain Relief: One of the most compelling reasons to use an infrared sauna is the natural pain relief associated with its use. Sunlighten saunas work by penetrating joints, muscles and tissues, increasing circulation and speeding oxygen flow. By reducing soreness on nerve endings, infrared heat reduces muscle spasms and helps the body heal itself naturally. For years, doctors have recommended Sunlighten saunas because of proven relief from sports injury, constant fatigue, fibromyalgia, joint pain/stiffness and other chronic pain conditions such as arthritis and Lyme disease with continuous use of infrared heat therapy

Anti-Aging: The skin’s appearance improves as pores open from the deeper sweat induced by infrared therapy

Cell Health/Immunity: Stay healthy with the natural preventative properties of exclusive LED near infrared heating technology, which aids in cell health, muscle recovery, and overall immunity defense

Wound Healing: Aadvanced LED near infrared technology has the unique ability to heal wounds faster and minimalize scarring

Now through August 31, 2018 we are offering a 20 minute sauna session at no additional charge to all clients who receive a 75 minute or longer massage!*
*Must mention this offer when scheduling
*Only available w/75 and 90 minute Massages
*Please review our Sauna Waiver to make sure this treatment is safe for you
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Cupping Therapy Now at AME!

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - June, 18th, 2018 | Category: Blog Posts, Happenings at AME, Massage, promotion, services, Wellness

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Cupping Therapy Now at AME

We are excited to now offer cupping therapy to our clients. So far, our clients have been loving the results of cupping and many are coming back for regular sessions.

What is cupping? Cupping, also referred to as “reverse massage” involves placing plastic cups on the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. The underlying tissue is raised, or sucked, partway into the cup, bringing blood to the surface and improving circulation. You will usually feel a tight sensation in the area of the cup, often this sensation is relaxing and soothing but sometimes slightly painful. Depending on your comfort and your practitioner’s assessment of the problem, cups may be moved around or left in place. They may remain on your body briefly or for longer amounts of time. Each treatment is unique to you on that particular day. One very common area to be cupped is the back, although cups work well on other areas, too — particularly on fleshy sections of the body.

Cupping causes the skin to temporarily turn red, blue or purple, especially if there is an injury or energetic blockage under the area that was cupped. The skin discoloration can last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks, but is rarely painful. Once the marks have cleared, the procedure can be repeated until the condition or ailment is resolved.

Cupping benefits the lungs, treats coughs and asthma, and combats pain in multiple areas of the body. This service often provides significant relief for those suffering from back and muscle pain, poor circulation, anxiety, allergies, and migraines.

Expect some painless discoloration on the skin.

Read More about Cupping in this Article: I Tried Cupping Therapy and Here’s What Happened

View Cupping Release form and Contraindications

Now through July 31, 2018 we are offering a 20 minute cupping session at no additional charge to all clients during their 75 minute or longer Deep Tissue or Sports Massage!*
*Must mention this offer when scheduling
*Only available w/75 and 90 minute Deep Tissue & Sports Massage
*20 minute cupping session performed during massage time
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12 Day Detox is Back!

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - January, 6th, 2016 | Category: Blog Posts, Happenings at AME, Health Coaching, stylist spotlight

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Happy New Year!!!

Holiday food, festivities, and fun have you feeling a bit sluggish? Ready to detox from all of it? Our 12 Day Detox is starting January 18! If you are looking for a great way to kickoff your healthy habits, consider joining our online 12-Day Natural Detox! Here’s a tiny preview of what you will learn when you participate in the 12 Day:

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Alkaline and Acid in the Body

Do you understand the importance of alkaline and acid in the body? The most important thing to know is that illness is caused by acid. Acid and alkaline balance is extremely important to your health.

The Facts:

  • Illness is caused by Acidification
  • Alkaline -acid balance is one of the big keys to health. Once you master this in your diet, you will thrive. You will be surprised by all the diseases and ailments that are caused by acidity in the diet…and then in the body. Acidity causes disturbance in your enzymes, demineralization, and seriously harmful acid activity.If you are too acidic you may suffer from the following; No energy, Depression, Nervousness and agitation, Low stress threshold, Tooth and gum disease, Conjunctivitis, Cracking at the corners of your lips, Acidic diarrhea, Mineral and calcium depletion of bones, Osteoporosis, Inflamed intestines, Burning in the bladder, Runny nose and chills, dry skin, thin nails, dull, dry hair, leg cramping, Rheumatism, Arthritis, Sciatica, Tendinitis, Migrant joint pains

Understanding pH Balance:

The pH scale goes from 0 to 14
the numbers below 7 are acidic (low on oxygen) the numbers above 7 are alkaline

THIS IS IMPORTANT…

  • blood, lymph and cerebral spinal fluid in the human body are designed to be slightly alkaline at a pH of 7.4.
  • At a pH slightly above 7.4 cancer cells become dormant
  • at pH 8.5 cancer cells will die while healthy cells will live.

    WHAT TO DO TO BE OPTIMALLY HEALTHY…

  • 60-80% of the diet should be alkaline
  • 20-40% should be acidic for an optimum result.

Acidic Diets Eat Up Your Minerals – Alkalizing Diets Replenish Your Minerals

So, what is acidic? Fried foods, animal products ….you get it. Alkaline is the good green stuff. When you eat acidic food, your body works like crazy to bring it back to an alkaline state…that is how you get sick…it robs your mineral stores to overcompensate…this is where the trouble comes in.

The standard American diet (sad) is acidic, burgers, cheese, coffee….all the stuff that gets eaten every day is eating up all the good things in your body. You need your minerals. Your body does not replenish its minerals. Once you use them, they are gone. If you want more you need to eat them.

Minerals help your body to build essentials to its health; proteins, enzymes, hormones, etc. Foods that are high in minerals are alkaline.

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12 Day Detox starts January 18th!

If you are looking for a great way to kickoff your healthy habits, consider joining our online 12-Day Natural Detox! Don’t worry, no pills, potions, shakes, etc. just good, clean eating. As your health coach, I will provide you with delicious recipes, nutritional information, self-care tips, and more. You will have my full support over the 12 Days. Limited spaces available.
To learn more about the 12-Day Detox visit our website or REGISTER HERE. Feel free to be in touch with any questions: Alyssa@www.amesalonandspa.com

AME SPOTLIGHT

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January’s Spotlight is on AME Senior Designer, Meaghan Madormo Cianci!

About Meaghan:  I’ve been in the hair industry for about 20 years. I first started out at the ripe young age of 9, as a guinea pig for my older sister when she decided at an early age she would become a hairstylist and I would be her first victim. I continued being a guinea pig until I became my sisters “associate” by applying her roots every 5 weeks. I had a passion for art in highschool and was always the one doing everyone’s hair for dances! So I figured why not combine the two?! After high school I went to beauty school and then started at AME and have been here for a solid 10 years and going strong. Let’s just say I was basically born to do this.

Favorite Product:  I don’t care if your hair is limp and fine, coarse and curly, short or long. BLOWN AWAY is probably the best thing Redken ever came out with. It has a gritty texture to it, a lot like a dry shampoo minus the white, matte powdery finish we’ve all become accustomed too. This little can of heaven will keep your blow outs for DAYS. It gives your blow outs a sexy texture with a volume that lasts, kind of like that “I-woke-up-like-this” sexy hair. So don’t be alarmed when you see can after can lined up at my station or in my vanity!! (It’s that good!)

Hair Trend I am loving:  It’s all about the color!!!!!! It doesn’t matter what hair length you have anymore, it’s all about the balayage highlights for more of a “lived-in” look, the baby lights, the ombré’s, the sombré’s, the ecallie (aka tortoise shell), the Brondes! I’m loving the Brondes!!! You brunette beauty’s who think you can’t pull off being light, oh but you can. I’m loving it all! Freshen up your locks with any of these trends and you’re golden (no pun intended). There’s no better way to change up your hair than with a little bit of color that’s only going to make you shine and enhance your awesome skin tones.

Best Kept Styling Secret:  Woke up late and in a rush? Nothing classier and sexier than a girl with a top knot! And honestly? The messier the sexier! Flip your head upside down, and put your hair in a pony tail. Split your pony into two sections and tease each section. Then just wrap the two sections around each other and secure with bobby pins all the way around. Pull some pieces loose around your face, by your temple and your ears, pair with some killer studs or some fabulous hoops and you’re ready to take on the day!

To schedule an appointment with Meaghan, call AME: 610-995-2631

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Holiday Survival Guide

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - December, 2nd, 2015 | Category: Blog Posts, Health Coaching, holiday, Massage, Skin Care, Wellness, Yoga

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Holiday Survival Guide

The holidays can be crazy but they don’t have to be. Here are 8 tips to help you find your peace this holiday season:

1. HYDRATE! When the weather starts to cool down, we start to forget we are thirsty. It is so very important to remember to drink your water. I always recommend drinking about half your body weight in ounces per day. i.e. if you weigh 130 lbs, you would drink 65 oz. per day. WHY is it so important to stay hydrated? Our body’s organs will not function to the best of their ability if we are not hydrated. Water allows the body to function properly and work to the best of its ability. Remember, our body is made up of roughly 70% water. Water also helps to keep our skin hydrated and prevent drying out in the cold weather.

Tip: Carry a water bottle with you at all times. I don’t go anywhere without either my hydroflask or lifefactory bottle.

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2. MOVE it. The benefits of exercise are endless. Some of the top benefits include: increased energy, combat health conditions/disease, improved self-confidence and mood, and many, many more! If you are already working out regularly – keep it up! Do not let the holidays stop you. If you are not regularly working out, now is a great time to start. For newbies, consider adding in walks or some light cardio on the treadmill or elliptical. A yoga or Pilates class is another great option- I always recommend Bikram (suitable for beginners). You can gradually work your way up to more vigorous workouts.

Tip: I highly recommend scheduling your “workout appointments”.  Write your workouts in your daily planner and respect these appointments as you would any other. Your health is top priority. A workout buddy is another great way to help you stick to your workouts as long as they are dedicated and reliable, otherwise – they will help you make excuses!

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3. EMBRACE it all. I absolutely love the holidays and I believe it’s because I embrace (almost) everything about them. I love the commotion and excitement. Lights, decorations, hustle & bustle. It’s a warm and fuzzy time of year. I have a very hard time letting such a good thing stress me out. Take deep breaths, embrace the craziness, and remember the true meanings of the holidays.

Tip: Think of a holiday tradition you can do every year to get you in the holiday spirit!

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4. FUEL with Intention. Eating habits can become a vicious cycle around the holidays. Don’t let this happen. If you get derailed, remember that everyday is a fresh start. Unfortunately, flu season coincides with the holiday season so it is extra important to execute healthy eating habits. Doing this will keep your immune system strong and ready to fight off illness. Healthy eating will help you have more energy so you are able to more productive and you will feel better. Proceed with caution at all social gatherings. One of the worst ideas, in my opinion (and I have been guilty of this) is not eating much during the day in an attempt to “save yourself” for a gathering. More than likely, you will be starving by the time you get there and make not so great choices once there and/or end up overeating.

Tip: I LOVE my crock pot this time of year. I usually make something healthy on my day off that I can have throughout the week in order to prevent any last-minute, not-so-healthy-choices due to lack of time. Meal planning is HUGE. I try to eat extra veggies and greens the day of a party. By making better food choices the day of a gathering, you can crowd out the not so great choices. 

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5. ALCOHOL with caution. Alcohol is very capable of being your biggest saboteur. We all know this. Commit to setting limits for your consumption. If I want to have a glass or two when I am out, I will skip having a glass at home during the week. I also find it helpful to decide before I go to a party whether I want to have a glass or two of wine OR dessert, then stick to it. The key is not having more than a glass or two otherwise, it is likely that my inhibitions will be lowered and I will end up having alcohol AND dessert. If that happens at every gathering -> NOT GOOD! To help me stick to my plan, I think about the hard work that went into my workouts leading up to now, the progress I have made, and the workout I want to get in the next day. If I feel like crap the next day, I will likely not feel like working out. It is not worth it to let the alcohol negate all of my hard work.

Tip: I often like to commit to being the DD when we go to parties (My fiancé lovingly supports this decision) because then drinking is not even an option, allowing me to feast mindfully and avoid the empty, liquid calories.

6. Keep it simple and BUDGET. Make a list and check it twice. It can be tempting to go overboard with gifts but it’s unnecessary. I like to make a list of every person I want to buy for and then write down about 3-5 ideas for each person of things they can really use. I also set a total holiday budget and then a budget for each individual on my list. The list helps prevent impulse buys and having three to five ideas allows for flexibility while I am out shopping.

Tip: Really consider what the person you are buying for needs, not what you want them to want. I always appreciate getting gifts that I can use rather than something I could take or leave that ends up creating clutter or I have to return. 

I love The Center for a New American Dream, Simplify the Holidays resources. This site has so many resources to help you really appreciate the true meaning of the season and enjoy the holidays. I love their holiday calendar and  alternative gift tracker. They also have a free, downloadable booklet filled with practical tips for more joy, less stress.

7. DONATE. It is not the holiday season if you haven’t helped someone in need. Clothes, food, toys, shoes, books, your time, *SOCKS. The possibilities are endless. Choose a child/family to “adopt” for the holiday. It’s so much fun. You get the child’s/children’s ages, wish list, etc. It feels really good to be able to help people in need have a merrier holiday. Every year I am thankful I am in a place to be able to help those in need. Wegman’s sets up a donation box for new toys. Many books stores, gyms, hospitals, churches, and others do the same. Veterinary offices and animal shelters usually collect food/toys for shelter animals. Also, consider donating after the holidays. If you have kids who tend to get tons from relatives, encourage them to donate some of their “excess” to kids in need.

Tip: Make this your holiday tradition.

*Socks are one of the most needed items that are rarely donated. Read more here.

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8. ME TIME. Give this to yourself. This will keep you going merrily. You deserve it and don’t convince yourself otherwise. Enjoy a massage, facial, pedicure, etc. Take a nice bubble bath and just relax or read in there. Curl up with a blanket and a book. Watch your favorite Christmas movie while drinking hot chocolate. Make cookies (if you find that therapeutic). Meditate.

Tip: LOSE THE PHONE (and other electronics) for your me time. I’m serious. Give this time to yourself. Put your phone on silent and leave it in another room or stash it in a drawer. If you are having a spa service, leave it in the car.

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AME SPOTLIGHT

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December’s Spotlight is on AME Nail Technician, Brittani DiPietro!

About Brittani: I am a licensed cosmetologist and I have been in the industry for 10 years. Nail care is my specialty and my passion.

When I am not working at the spa, my hands are usually covered in stain or paint! My hobby is repurposing furniture – nothing like bringing an old antique piece back to life.

I also enjoy spending time with my husband and 4-legged son Vice!

Favorite Product: I am obsessed with CND VINYLUX! Who doesn’t love a 7-day wear nail polish? With 100 colors to choose from, you are sure to find your next favorite shade.

Best Kept Tip: The Wet Brush! With having long hair I get so many tangles after I wash my hair. The Wet Brush allows me to brush through my hair pain and damage free.

To schedule an appointment with Brittani, call AME: 610-995-2631

12 Days of Christmas facebook Contest

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Our 12 Days of Christmas facebook Contest is back! Starting December 13th, we will be giving away one gift each day until Christmas. The day after Christmas, all those who entered throughout the 12 days, will be entered to win a
$50 AME Gift Card! Contest will take place on our facebook page so be sure to like us and follow to play!
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How Healthy is Your Hair?

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - October, 7th, 2015 | Category: Blog Posts, hair health, Happenings at AME, Health Coaching, holiday, stylist spotlight

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As AME’s Health Coach, I think it’s pretty obvious health is a top concern for me. When Designer Director, Beth Forte came to me to talk about how our overall health affects the health of our hair, I couldn’t have been more excited. I’m a ponytail wearing kind of girl so I sometimes forget to check in on the health of my hair. This was a great reminder. Here’s what Beth had to say:

Fall has officially arrived at AME Salon! We have been in full swing using the latest methods in cutting and coloring on our fabulous guests. However, babylights, ombré, and the Lob will only look as good as the health of your hair. Healthy hair is shiny, manageable, and nourished. Brunette’s and Red’s will appear richer, Blondes will be brighter, and haircuts will flow better if hair is in good health.

Here are four tips to get your hair in the best condition:

  1. Be healthy and it’ll show in your hair. When your body is not being cared for by poor nutrition and dehydration, your hair suffers too. Your body will give your major organs what it needs first.  Dr. Mark Hyman states, “Your entire body and all the core systems in it interact as a single sophisticated symphony.” To strengthen and moisturize your hair follicle you need to eat foods rich in biotin, vitamin B, healthy fats, and beta carotene. Almonds, eggs, avocados, salmon, chicken, dark leafy greens, chia seeds, sweet potatoes, carrots, and mangoes are full of those vitamins and minerals. To dig further into this topic, I would suggest meeting with our health coach, Alyssa.
  2. Get trims regularly. Every 6-8 weeks or however long your stylist recommends. It’ll prevent split ends from splitting further up your hair shaft and prevent breakage.
  3. Limit heat styling tools. Too much heat can damage the cuticle. Kevin Murphy’s ‘Damage Manager’ is an instant heat shielding spray used before heated appliances. KM’s ‘Fresh Hair’ spray can be used to stretch out blow-drys. It removes odors and oil and gives body and texture.
  4. Olaplex in salon and take home Treatment. Olaplex links broken bonds in the hair during and after chemical services making them stronger than they were before. The results are amazing!

Focusing on your overall wellness and nutrition, seeing your stylist for trims, blow-drying less, and using good quality products will guarantee beautiful, shiny, healthy hair!

AME SPOTLIGHT

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October’s Spotlight is on Kimberly Stark! Kimberly is a massage therapist and has been with AME since February.

About Kimberly: I’m a history nerd, animal lover, and massage therapist with a passion for holistic healing and wellness.

Favorite Product: I LOVE Sombra pain relieving gel! Everyone has aches and pains and it eases my mind knowing there’s a product with all natural ingredients I can use on and recommend to my clients to help with those pains.

Best Kept Self-Care Secret: I’m a coconut oil enthusiast. That’s why I love that our massage oil for our clients is coconut oil. I use it as an overnight conditioner, makeup remover, mouthwash, and as a moisturizer.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Kimberly or Beth, call AME: 610-995-2631

 

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Spotlight on Sarah & Trends You’ll Fall For

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - September, 16th, 2015 | Category: Blog Posts, Hair Styling, Happenings at AME, Health Coaching, promotion, redken, services, stylist spotlight

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September’s Spotlight is on Sarah Bowden! Sarah was recently promoted to Senior Designer and we couldn’t be happier for her!

About Sarah: I have worked at AME for 6 years! My passion for hair really stems from my background in art. I tend to treat every client like a blank canvas waiting for me to paint my next masterpiece.

I was given the opportunity to complete my training right here at AME where I learned from some of the most talented hair stylists.

The hair industry is constantly changing, thus I am always learning and attending continuing education classes in order to stay on the cutting edge. Helping my clients achieve the look they want is what makes me excited to come to work everyday!

Favorite Hair Product: I have always loved the Keratin Treatments. Keratin makes getting ready in the morning a breeze. Thanks to keratin, the humidity is no longer a struggle. Glotion Potion is one of my favorite products in the keratin line. It smells great and leaves my hair feeling silky smooth.

Hair Trend You are Loving: I am loving middle parts and “curtain bangs” that frame the face so nicely.

DIY Styling Secret: I can’t live without my dry shampoo. It helps my blow out last for days – even after hitting the gym! Kevin Murphy’s Fresh Hair is my favorite and it smells great! *I am right with Sarah on this one. I’m not even going to admit to how often I swap out suds for dry shampoo. P.S. I feel like the bottle of Fresh Hair lasts FOR-EVER, it never ends!

To schedule an appointment with Sarah, call AME: 610-995-2631

Fall Trends

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Beautiful “Bronde” By Senior Designer, Loreta

Contributing authors and AME Designers Liz Corl, Meaghan Cianci, and Beth Forte are so excited about Fall Trends….and so am I! These ladies got together to discuss the newest fall trends and when I asked them what their favorites were, here’s what they came up with:

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FALL COLOR

This fall season is all about the color; keeping it soft, tone-on-tone, and natural. Summer hair gets faded out so the inclination for our guests is to refresh their color; get it rich and looking healthy again. There is a big mix in color choices in the fall. The color varies between a preference of blonde or brunette. Around the end of September when people’s tans start to fade and they begin to transition to fall clothes, many tend to go darker with their color. Richer pigments are always requested more in the fall. The hot color trend for this fall is Bronde. A blonde can transition to shades of brown or a brunette will transition to shades of blonde. Blake Lively’s current color is a perfect example of Bronde. Other big fall colors are rich, deep browns and dimensional reds. Hair painting, baby lights, balayage, and sombre color techniques are here to stay for a while.

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Slate Hair Color and “Lob” By Future Designer, Emily

FALL STYLES

Like the hippie movement in the early 70’s, we feel a change happening in our culture and within ourselves. Styles are shifting from the conformity of the last few seasons. There’s a strong influence of 1970’s, anything goes, free love feel.  We are craving this freedom and embracing our own individuality. The styles for the fall are undone. The grunge style is making a comeback. Hairstyles are on the messier side and high textured is in.  Medium length lobs are still in. Women are growing out their short layers, angles and bangs and wearing the lob. The lob is moving from wavy to more straight or textured with an easy breezy feel to it. Women who need more edge are cutting shags and the timeless layered bobs are sticking around.

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Clean “Lob” Haircut
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Cuts are mid-length. Lots of our clients are cutting their waist length hair for shorter lengths. For men, Beatlemania is back-at least for the hair style. Men are opting for the medium length Mop Top hair style as well as growing their hair long, putting it in a bun, and sporting beards.

 Looking to update your look for the Fall without a drastic change? Try out some of these tips:

*If you’re anything like me, you are useless when it comes to styling your hair and even “easy” styles are hard to make happen. I rely on the help of AME Designers to show me how to do these. Next time you are in, feel free to ask your Designer to teach you how to make these tips happen for you.

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Our Premium Hair Package will help repair and refresh your locks. Save $10 on this service in September and October.

AME offers a quick and easy customized chemistry system. It’s only 5 min at the bowl and customized to your hair needs. Try an ends refresher for shine and to add some tone properties to get rid of those faded, thirsty locks. Learn more about our treatments and other promotions here and call us to schedule your treatment!

NEW PRODUCT ALERT! Killer.Curls is a leave-in, anti-frizz curl defining crème. It’s paraben free, hydrating, strengthening, weightless, and has lasting results. Get it now through October 31, 2015 for 20%OFF!

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The Importance of Proper Hydration

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - May, 13th, 2015 | Category: Blog Posts, Health Coaching, Wellness

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It is HOT out! Are you drinking enough water?

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Our body is roughly 70% water and our brain is roughly 85% water! Pretty fascinating, right?!?

WHY is it so important to stay hydrated? Being that our body is roughly 70% water, our body’s organs will not function to the best of their ability if we are not hydrated. Water allows the body to function properly and work to the best of its ability.

Water helps:

There are a lot of differing opinions on how much water to consume. Everyone is different and has different needs. Listen to your body. Most people don’t drink enough, few drink too much – it is possible to drink too much water and doing so can lead to our sodium levels dropping too low (endurance athletes tend to be at higher risk of this). Generally, I follow the rule of drinking half of my body weight in ounces per day. i.e. if you weigh 130 lbs, you would drink 65 oz. per day.

If you are on a raw food diet, you will likely need less water than someone who does not eat hydrating foods. If you work outside in the sun all day long, you will certainly need more water than someone who works in an office. Common sense should reign.

Your urine is a great indicator of whether you are needing more water, clear is good, cloudy or dark means you need more water.

Soda, coffee, tea, Kool-Aid and other powdered drink mixes are NOT water.  By adding something to the water we are taking away the hydrating quality, so don’t count that can of soda or tea as one part of your water intake, it may actually increase your need for water.

Tap water
Comes out of the faucets and has been treated, processed and disinfected. It is purified with chlorine and often has added fluoride.

Distilled water
Vaporized and collected, all of the minerals are taken out of distilled water.

Bottled water*
Not as clean as they advertise and most lack minerals. These companies are not regulated like our municipal water. They don’t have to disclose their water source nor are they required to provide water quality reports stating treatment methods and purity testing. In addition, plastic bottles can be toxic, especially when hot or frozen.

Reverse osmosis
Forced through filters that remove larger particles, pollutants and minerals. Most water is alkaline, reverse osmosis is not.

Deionized water
Ionized impurities and minerals removed, bacteria or pathogens remain.

Spring water
Clean, natural and pure, it has minerals, magnesium, potassium and sodium.

“Almost all-municipal water is of high quality and very drinkable. The best source of specific information about the water quality in your area is your local water supplier. Water suppliers are required to send their customer an annual water quality report. Contact your water supplier to get a copy or see if your report is posted on-line. “ Dr. Batmanghelidj of The Water Cure

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It would be very difficult to obtain all of our minerals from water. We just can’t drink that much in a day so while we should definitely be drinking water with these nutrients in it, our primary source should be our food. It is also important to keep in mind that during warmer weather and/or long workout sessions, your body needs more than just plain water. Your body will be sweating out sodium and electrolytes and it is important to replenish those. Coconut water is a fabulous option as well as adding a little sprinkle of sugar and salt to your water. During marathon training, I really up my coconut water intake and in the week or two prior to race day, I drink at least one coconut water per day. Just make sure the coconut water you are drinking does not have added sugars. I look for raw, organic. Harmless Harvest and Harvest Bay (organic, unflavored variety) are my go-to brands. I try to avoid Zico, Vita-Coco, O.N.E., and Naked coconut water. I love drinking coconut water on its own or adding it to my smoothies.

Although bottled water is very handy, there is a lot of concern about BPA’s and other chemicals in the bottles, especially in bottles that have been in the heat or have been frozen. Never drink from your plastic water bottle after it’s heated up (in your car, etc) or been frozen. It is also important not to reuse plastic water bottles. I think it’s perfectly OK to drink out of a plastic bottle once in a long while (at times, this might be your only option) but plastic water bottles should not be our primary way of consuming water and certainly shouldn’t be an everyday habit. Your body and Mother Earth will thank you for limiting your plastic water bottle use.

*Check out this video: The Story of Bottled Water

While there is debate on what is and isn’t the best water to drink, it is undeniable that water is a necessity of life and we should be drinking plenty of it. Tip: Carry a water bottle with you at all times. I don’t go anywhere without either my hydroflask or lifefactory bottle. If you find yourself getting bored with water, try switching it up. One of my favorite ways to drink water is with lots of lemon and some cucumber slices. I also enjoy throwing sprigs of fresh mint in my water bottle. Some people like to put cut strawberries in, slices of orange, cinnamon sticks. Play around to find what you enjoy. Be sure to check out this awesome Popsugar post for some delicious concoctions: 10 Ways to DIY the Best Fruit Water Ever

To learn more about Health Coaching with me, visit our website or email me: Alyssa@www.amesalonandspa.com

Best in health,

Alyssa

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Digestive Health

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - April, 1st, 2015 | Category: Blog Posts, Happenings at AME, Health Coaching, Skin Care, Wellness

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Do you experience constipation, gas, bloating, diarrhea or heartburn? Not only are digestive concerns burdensome and embarrassing but they can often interfere with your everyday life.

If you answered yes to any of the above mentioned troubles there are some simple ways to start changing how you are feeling. Digestive health can often be changed with simple lifestyle adjustments.

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Simple Changes 

  1. More fruit and vegetables, less red meat.
  2. More whole foods, less processed foods.
  3. Drink freshly squeezed lemons in your water. This is alkalizing and helps to clean the stomach of any residual debris.
  4. Do not ignore the urge to have a bowel movement. Listen to your body.
  5. Eat more fiber (#1). Be sure to eat the skins (when applicable) especially when eating high glycemic foods such as potatoes since the skin contains fiber. Fiber helps to slow the sugar absorption in your body (this is good!).
  6. Skip the NSAID’s (non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs).  Regular use of these drugs can cause peptic ulcers in the digestive tract.
  7. Be careful of use and overuse of other drugs that create digestive problems. Too many antibiotics can strip your gut of good bacteria and this can lead to further health concerns.
  8. Don’t overeat. This one can be difficult especially around the holidays and at social gatherings. Aim to be satisfied not painfully full.
  9. Use herbs for digestion. Some of the most common herbs used for digestion include: ginger, senna leaf, peppermint, dandelion root, burdock root, Turmeric, and milk thistle.
  10. Drink your liquids before and after meals, not during.
  11. Take your time and really chew-chew-chew.  Your body can use energy for other things if you chew your food instead of relying on acid and enzymes to do the job.
  12. Eat slower so you do not swallow a lot of air while you eat.
  13. Do all of the above and skip the laxatives, as your body becomes reliant on them and they are habit-forming.
  14. Smoking and drinking can cause ulcers and heartburn.
  15. Exercise! Just getting up and moving can really help your digestive system. If exercising in public a concern, start off by using workout DVD’s or online workouts. You could also try jumping rope, jumping jacks, and running up and down your stairs if you don’t have a treadmill.  Check out this video from Popsugar Fitness.
  16. Evaluate your relationship with dairy. Dairy is often a culprit when it comes to digestive concerns. Pay attention to how your body responds when you consume dairy products. A food journal is a great tool for doing this.
  17. Probiotics are made up of helpful bacterial and are often very useful when addressing digestive issues. For this reason, consider incorporating a high quality probiotic into your diet.
  18. Don’t be afraid to enlist the help of a specialist (gastroenterologist and health coach). Depending on the severity and how long you have been experiencing these concerns seeking the help of a professional might be your next step. You may want to get a referral from a friend or relative. Remember that they are there to diagnose and treat, prevention lies in your hands.

adapted from 2013 ©The Health Coach Group. All Rights Reserved.

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AME is super excited to offer our Micro-Surge treatment. Dillon, an AME esthetician and educator describes micro-surge:

This is your ultimate “quickie” that will leave you with refreshed, smooth and deeply hydrated skin. In a cool 20 minutes we will cleanse, exfoliate with microderm, apply a gentle peel appropriate for all skin types and neutralize and hydrate with an anti-aging peptide milk. Your skin will be bright, supple and glowing and surging moisture for days! Perfect for a night out, to cure your winter blues or maybe just take your first step towards a higher performance skincare routine. Consultation required for clients who have not previously had microdermabrasion. Our micro-surge peel is also available in both our Physician’s RX and Mega Peel Facials.

For more information or to book your Micro-Surge appointment, please contact us!
13175_10153185272142232_726498959947918178_n Our Healthy Spring Living Facebook wellness group started today. Email me to join: Alyssa@www.amesalonandspa.com

SOURCES:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/peptic-ulcer/ds00242/dsection=causes

http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Mens_Health_Watch/2010/June/clostridium-difficile-an-intestinal-infection-on-the-rise

http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/constipation/#what

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What’s the Deal with Coconut Oil?

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - March, 25th, 2015 | Category: Blog Posts, Health Coaching, Wellness

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Ahhh, Coconut oil. Coconut oil can be used for a whole lot of things and the benefits are astounding!

Coconut oil is great in raw food recipes:

I also enjoy cooking with coconut oil. I love to add some to my veggies before roasting them. It gives them such a great flavor.

Coconut oil is also great in showers since it can be used as a cleanser as well as a moisturizer for your whole body, some people use it on their faces.
It’s not a bad idea to keep it on your nightstand to remind yourself to moisturize with it – especially this time of year when our skin has been
left dry from the cold weather.  Coconut oil is great to massage into your scalp.  It is so beneficial for your hair and skin. There is a lot
to be said for anything that is chemical free that we can use on our bodies.  When it comes to using products on my body, I always figure
if you can eat it, that’s a great thing.

There are a lot of ways to use coconut oil and there are even more reasons why you should.

Coconut oil has lauric acid, caprylic acid, capric acid.  These acids give it antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial and antioxidant
abilities.  It is mostly saturated fat, 92% with a small percentage being mono unsaturated and poly unsaturated.  Coconut oil is
one of those healthy fats!

Some of the benefits that are attributed to coconut oil include (but not limited to) help with:

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“Coconut oil has fewer calories than any other fat source. Unlike the high-calorie, cholesterol-soaked, long-chain,
saturated animal fats found in meat and dairy products, coconut cream and coconut oil are made of raw saturated fats
containing mostly medium-chain fatty acids that the body can metabolize efficiently and convert to energy quickly.” (Wolfe, 2009)

In the 1940’s, coconut oil was used by some farmers to help fatten up their cows however; the opposite happened-the
cows actually became leaner.

Coconut oil is useful for bone and dental health because it improves calcium and magnesium absorption. This is good for
dental health.  It is especially beneficial to women who are at the age to develop osteoporosis.

When you go to order or purchase your coconut oil this is what you should look for: organic-raw-extra virgin-cold pressed. I love Blue Mountain Organics.

There is also coconut water (yum!), shredded coconut, and coconut butter! Just make sure the products you are
buying do not have added sugars. I love drinking coconut water on its own or adding it to my
smoothies. Coconut water is loaded with potassium and it helps replace fluids and salts lost during exercise.
When I am training for a marathon, I try to drink coconut water every day. I look for raw, organic. I love
Harmless Harvest and Harvest Bay (organic, unflavored variety) brands. I try to avoid Zico, Vita-Coco, O.N.E., and Naked coconut water.

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If you don’t already, start adding coconut oil into life, you will not be sorry!

adapted from 2013 ©The Health Coach Group. All Rights Reserved.

*Be sure to join our next AME Wellness group hosted by me on Facebook to
learn more great health tips and info. such as this. Our next group starts April 1st. For more information and to sign-up,
email me: Alyssa@www.amesalonandspa.com. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Keepin the Beat Healthy

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - February, 18th, 2015 | Category: Blog Posts, Happenings at AME, Health Coaching, Wellness

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February is Heart Health Month!

You may have heard, heart disease is the number one cause of death for men and women in the United States and has been for quite some time. This is truly heartbreaking (no pun intended) because there are so many actions we can take in order to help prevent heart disease.

High blood pressure and smoking are two of the top risk factors for heart disease. In addition; lack of physical exercise, poor diet, being overweight, diabetes, and excessive alcohol consumption all increase your risk for heart disease.

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What can we do to help prevent heart disease?

*The above mentioned are all topics I would love to help you achieve as your health coach. The added accountability, recommendations, and outside perspective truly help people achieve and maintain their health goals. Having a health coach is often the final step people need to achieve balance and optimum health. Please contact me for more information about Health Coaching or contact AME today to set up a consultation! Alyssa@www.amesalonandspa.com

Check out some of these fabulous tips from PopSugar Fitness on How To Be Healthier. The only tip I do not recommend trying is #18: The 80/20 rule. I really don’t like this eating principle and I find this typically does not work well for people. It is hard to keep understand what 20% of our food intake is and if you take indulging too far, you are likely to negate all of your hard work and dedication. I prefer to just focus on practicing healthy eating most of the time.

AME is currently hosting an online wellness group focusing on heart health and self-care. This group will continue to run until February 28th. We would love to have you! Please let me know if you would like to join us. Alyssa@www.amesalonandspa.com

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Valentine’s Day at AME!

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - February, 10th, 2015 | Category: Blog Posts, Happenings at AME, Health Coaching, holiday, Massage, promotion, Valentine's Day, Wellness

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We LOVE Valentine’s Day here at AME and for that reason, we have a lot of exciting happenings taking place!

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I absolutely love the Farmhouse Fresh products we are using for our Valentine’s promotions. Your skin will thank you over and over again after these treatments and if you’re like me – you’ll be hooked on Farmhouse Fresh! Our V-Day promotions are available from February 12 – February 15, 2015 so be sure to visit our website ASAP for more information and call to reserve your appointment TODAY!

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Our Valentine’s gift to YOU! In recognition of Heart Month and Valentine’s Day, AME will be hosting a complimentary, online wellness group focusing on Vitamin L (yup, you guessed it – LOVE). This group will run from February 15 – February 28, 2015. This wellness group will be different from our previous wellness groups in that we will focus more on primary food and self-care. Contact me if you would like to join, I look forward to hearing from you! Alyssa@www.amesalonandspa.com

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I recently attended Kris Carr and Gabrielle Bernstein‘s Crazy, Sexy, Miracles lecture in NYC with Lori, AME’s founder. If you are not familiar with them, definitely check them out. Kris Carr is the author of Crazy, Sexy, Diet and Gabrielle Bernstein wrote May Cause Miracles. These ladies are full of valuable information and advice. A few key insights from their lecture that I wanted to share with you:

The last one is my favorite and one that I most needed to hear. It made me think about one of my favorite quotes: “Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.” Arthur Ashe

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Your Best Face Forward

Author: Alyssa, Certified Health Coach - December, 10th, 2014 | Category: Blog Posts, Happenings at AME, Health Coaching, holiday, recipes, Skin Care, Wellness

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One of our fabulous estheticians, Debbie has some great holiday skin care advice for you:

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“It’s all About that Face, no Trouble!

In light of the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, shipping and schlepping, the holidays truly are the most wonderful time of year. Generosity abounds, goodwill towards mankind seems effortless. However as important as finding the perfect gift, so is allowing yourself the much needed time to refresh your skin and to give your face the attention it deserves!

Dehydration, dark circles, and tired stress lines are in part due to the hectic pace we keep. Constant indoor/outdoor temperature fluctuation wreaks havoc on your complexion. For your skin to look its best be sure to schedule the time for a professional facial. As your esthetician, we will assess your immediate needs and provide your FACIAL fix as well as help you with your long-term aging remedies. Be sure to drink more water during the winter months because the body works harder to stay warm and uses up its moisture reservoir. Also, consider a humidifier* in your bedroom as this will make a huge improvement on your skin’s moisture retention. Above all, be sure to use a high quality night cream… it’s the most important time for your skin to replenish and restore lost nutrients preparing for yet another day of holiday havoc! 🙂 “

*I use this humidifier and I love it. I definitely notice a difference since using it. Just make sure to clean your humidifier on a regular basis.

Debbie’s top choices for night time care:

Click HERE to view our many facials and then call us to schedule your facial with Debbie or any of our other talented estheticians. I can tell you from experience, you will not be disappointed! My personal favorite is the Mega Peel Facial but your esthetician will help you decide which facial best fits your needs.

I would also recommend the Clarisonic (we carry a variety of colors). I LOVE it! My mom gave me the Clarisonic for Christmas one year and it is by far one of my most favorite gifts. I use it everyday and I love how much it has improved my skin. Feel free to ask Debbie or any of our other estheticians if you would like to learn more about the clarisonic or any of our other skin care products.

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I made these really yummy cookies for Thanksgiving and more since then just to enjoy at home. I can’t say they were a huge hit with my T-Day crowd (I think the pies and other sweets upstaged them) but I love them. They’re not terribly sweet which I like. You can make them plain or dipped in chocolate. The chocolate adds the perfect amount of sweetness. The ingredients are so great, I’ll enjoy a plain one (or chocolate dipped depending on my mood) with breakfast.

Recipe: Easy Dark Chocolate-Dipped Pumpkin Cookies by Elizabeth Rider

Notes:

Who’s making cookies? What kinds? Please let me know if you have a recipe I should try.

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Speaking of sweets, if you missed the post on our FB page about sneaky sugar, check it out here. Yet another reason showing you how important it is to read your food labels carefully. Helping you navigate these sneaky encounters is one of the many benefits of having a Health Coach. As always, feel free to contact me with any sugar, label reading, or other health and wellness questions you might have. I enjoy hearing from you! Alyssa@www.amesalonandspa.com

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Holiday Survival 101

Author: admin - December, 8th, 2014 | Category: Blog Posts, Health Coaching, holiday, Massage, Skin Care, Wellness, Yoga

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Holiday Survival 101

The holidays can be crazy but they don’t have to be-seriously. Here are 8 tips to help you find your peace this holiday season. Please feel free to share some of your tips!

1. HYDRATE! When the weather starts to cool down, we start to forget we are thirsty. It is so very important to remember to drink your water. It is recommended we drink half of our body weight in ounces per day. i.e. if you weigh 130 lbs, you would drink 65 oz. per day. WHY is it so important to stay hydrated? Our body’s organs will not function to the best of their ability if we are not hydrated. Water allows the body to function properly and work to the best of its ability. Remember, our body is made up of roughly 70% water. Water also helps to keep our skin hydrated and prevent drying out in the cold weather. Tip: Carry a water bottle with you at all times. I don’t go anywhere without either my hydroflask or lifefactory bottle.

2. I like to MOVE it. The benefits of exercise are endless. Some of the top benefits include: increased energy, combats health conditions/disease, improved self-confidence and mood, and many, many more! If you are already working out regularly – keep it up! Do not let the holidays stop you. If you are not regularly working out, now is a great time to start. For newbies, consider adding in walks or some light cardio on the treadmill or elliptical. A yoga or Pilates class is another great option- I always recommend Bikram (suitable for beginners-no lie). You can gradually work your way up to more vigorous workouts. Tip: I highly recommend scheduling your “workout appointments”.  Write your workouts in your daily planner and respect these appointments as you would any other. Your health should be your top priority. A workout buddy is another great way to help you stick to your workouts as long as they are dedicated and reliable, otherwise – they will help you make excuses!

3. EMBRACE it all. I absolutely love the holidays and I believe it’s because I embrace (almost) everything about them. I love the commotion and excitement. Lights, decorations, hustle & bustle. It’s a warm and fuzzy time of year. I have a very hard time letting such a good thing stress me out. Take deep breaths, embrace the craziness, and remember the true meanings of the holidays. Tip: Think of a holiday tradition you can do every year to get you in the holiday spirit!

4. FUEL with Intention. Eating habits can become a vicious cycle around the holidays. Don’t let this happen. If you get derailed, remember that everyday is a fresh start. Unfortunately, flu season coincides with the holiday season so it is extra important to execute healthy eating habits. Doing this will keep your immune system strong and ready to fight off illness. Healthy eating will help you have more energy so you are able to more productive and you will feel better. Proceed with caution at all social gatherings. One of the worst ideas, in my opinion (and I have been guilty of this) is not eating much during the day in an attempt to “save yourself” for a gathering. More than likely, you will be starving by the time you get there and make not so great choices once there and/or end up overeating. Tip: I LOVE my crock pot this time of year. I usually make something healthy on my day off that I can have throughout the week in order to prevent any last-minute, not-so-healthy-choices due to lack of time. Meal planning is HUGE. I try to eat extra veggies and greens the day of a party. By making better food choices the day of a gathering, you can crowd out the not so great choices. 

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5. ALCOHOL with caution. Do not hate me but this has to be said. Alcohol is very capable of being your biggest saboteur. We all know this. Commit to setting limits for your consumption. If I want to have a glass or two when I am out, I will skip having a glass at home during the week. I also find it helpful to decide before I go to a party whether I want to have a glass or two of wine OR dessert, then stick to it. The key is not having more than a glass or two otherwise, it is likely that my inhibitions will be lowered and I will end up having alcohol AND many desserts. If that happens at every gathering -> NOT GOOD! To help me stick to my plan, I think about the hard work that went into my workouts leading up to now, the progress I have made, and the workout I want to get in the next day. If I feel like crap the next day, I will likely not feel like working out. It is not worth it to let the alcohol negate all of my hard work. Tip: I often like to commit to being the DD when we go to parties (Danny always lovingly supports this decision 😉 ) because then drinking is not even an option allowing me to feast mindfully and avoid the empty, liquid calories.

6. Keep it simple and BUDGET. Make a list and check it twice. In my opinion, people go way overboard and it’s unnecessary. I like to make a list of every person I want to buy for and then write down about 3-5 ideas for each person of things they can really use. I also set a total holiday budget and then a budget for each individual on my list. The list helps prevent impulse buys and having three to five ideas allows for flexibility while I am out shopping. Tip: Really consider what the person you are buying for needs, not what you want them to want. I always appreciate getting gifts that I can use rather than something I could take or leave that ends up creating clutter or I have to return. 

With our Simplify the Holidays campaign, New Dream is here to help you get started. We hope our tips and resources will help you reduce stress and increase personal fulfillment during this holiday season. Simplify the holidays calendar.

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7. DONATE. Period. It is not the holiday season if you have not helped someone in need. Clothes, food, toys, shoes, books, your time, *SOCKS. The possibilities are endless. You can choose a child/family to “adopt” for the holiday. This is what I do every year and it is so much fun. You get the child’s/children’s ages, wish list, etc. It feels really good to be able to help people in need have a merrier holiday. The first year I “adopted” a family, I learned they had never had a Christmas tree – they had an 8-year-old and a newborn. This was also the first year I broke my rule against artificial trees-this way they would have a tree every year. Every year I am happy I am in a place to be able to help and so appreciative for all I have. Every year, the kids I get ask for socks, coats, gloves something warm. Some people have asked me “What kind of kid wants socks for Christmas?” I always respond with, “The kind of kid who doesn’t have any.” Wegman’s sets up a donation box for new toys. Many books stores, gyms, hospitals, churches, and others do the same. Veterinary offices and animal shelters usually collect food/toys for shelter animals. Check out my favorites page for some of the charities I love. Also, consider donating after the holidays. If you have kids who tend to get spoiled by relatives, encourage them to donate some of their “excess” to kids in need. Tip: Make this your holiday tradition.

*Socks are one of the most needed items that are rarely donated. Read more here.

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8. ME TIME. Give this to yourself. This will keep you going and merrily. You deserve it and don’t convince yourself otherwise. Enjoy a massage, facial, pedicure, etc. Take a nice bubble bath and just relax or (carefully) read in there. Curl up with a blanket and a book. Watch your favorite Christmas movie while drinking hot chocolate. Make cookies (if you find that therapeutic). MeditateTip: LOSE THE PHONE (and other electronics) for your me time. I’m serious. Give this time to yourself. Put your phone on silent and plug it in to charge in another room or stash it in a drawer. If you are having a spa service, leave it in the car.

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Ayurveda Tip #2 Meditation

Author: admin - February, 24th, 2014 | Category: Blog Posts, Wellness

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Tip # 2 ~ Meditation

The practice of meditation is a wonderful tool for cultivating inner peace, balance, harmony and health in all areas of your life. 

If you are new to the practice, begin with 5 minutes (you have 5 minutes) in the morning just after you get up.  Just begin to breathe deeply, expanding the belly and the chest, and allow your attention and awareness to be on the breath.  As thoughts come (and they most definitely will), simply and gently, with effortless ease, guide your attention back to your breath.  Beginning a meditation practice, is not going to automatically clear your mind. It takes practice and discipline which is the most important part. Within very little time, you will begin to see the effects in your life, which will be your incentive to continue.

Meditate to cultivate inner peace, balance, harmony and health

Meditate to cultivate inner peace, balance, harmony and health

If you are an experienced meditator, take your practice up a notch to 20-30 minutes twice a day; ideally, first thing in the morning and between the end of work and dinner. Meditation is a beautiful way to transition into the evening hours of Kapha time when we should be winding down in preparation for sleep.

Most importantly, relax and enjoy your practice. The time you meditate will expand automatically as long as you are gentle and patient with yourself.

Now… take a deep breath and Enjoy…. !

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