Great Looking Skin

 “Your skin looks great!” The compliment we all love to hear, right? The reason that compliment resonates so much is probably because our skin is literally a mirror image for how well we’re taking care of ourselves. What’s going on internally is reflected in our skin, so if our skin is glowing, it means we’re really nurturing and nourishing ourselves!

As a result of this hectic school year, I have to say that my skin (zitty, puffy and bag-laden) was a reflection of the wear and tear that the late hours took on me. The Shining Moment, however, was seeing the improvement of my students! Clearing up the skin starts within, and here are 5 things that I did and that you can (easily!) do to give your skin that healthy glow we all crave.

1) Sweat

Sweating is an awesome way to release toxins through your skin to keep it healthy and glowing. You’ll open up your pores and get rid of any impurities, which will leave your skin smoother and softer. Whether you’re doing some type of exercise that makes you sweat (my preference is hot yoga) or sweating it out in a sauna or steam room, your skin will truly love you for it.

2) Hydrate

When you’re doing a lot of sweating, you need to do extra hydrating, too! The skin loves moisture, so drinking water is important to avoid dryness. As far as how much to drink, basically you want your urine to be fairly clear most of the time. I suggest carrying a water bottle with you all day long and drinking water throughout the day. If you’re sweating a lot, drink more! My goal is always 3 liters a day.

3) Ditch the Sugar and Coffee

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the truth is that sugar and coffee can be very dehydrating for the skin, which can make you look tired and dull. Both sugar and coffee can also lead to baggy eyes and dark circles. One of my nutrition teachers would refer to the baggy eyed look as “sugarface” — the way you look the morning after consuming a lot of sugar! Cutting the sugar and swapping your coffee for green tea will make your skin happy.

4) Eat Fat

Yep, I said it! Eat more fat for beautiful skin! Healthy fats, not the altered fats that you’d find in fried foods or processed products. I’m talking about the nourishing, natural fats from foods like avocado, coconut and olives. These healthy fats will keep your skin supple, moist and glowing.

5) Take a Hair-Skin-Nails Supplement

There are certain nutrients that can support skin elasticity, provide UV protection and anti-inflammatory support. All of these are very important when it comes to having radiant skin! The Be Well Hair/Skin/Nails supplement contains powerful antioxidants and vitamins to help skin cell regeneration and combat free radicals that damage the skin.

Do you have any secrets?  Would love to hear them!


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Keep sunscreen off your touchscreen with the Modal Stylus Pen.  Use the stylus tip to tap away on tablet or phone.  And the rollerball side comes in handy when you want to power down. ($14.99 each;

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Thanks to Cure’s 9th Annual Cancer Guide, “reality checkers” are an absolute must. I know you are asking yourself, what’s a reality checker? Right? Well, if a statement or claim seem too good to be true, it probably is.  When conducting online research, be sure to check unsubstantiated claims through reliable resources, such as those listed below.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

“About Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products”

American Society of Clinical Oncology

“Cancer Myths”

National Cancer Institute-Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine

“CAM Therapies: A-Z”


“A Special Message for Cancer Patients Seeking ‘Alternative’ Treatments”


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In honor of the week that celebrates the independence and freedom of this great nation, I thought I’d post one of my favorite inspirational quotes that gives me perspective and gratitude for the freedom and liberty that we are so blessed to have.

Hope you have a beautiful, fun-filled and inspiring 4th of July (Shining Moment)!


Those who expect to reap the blessing of freedom, must like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.

~Thomas Paine

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Try these red, white, and blue cheesecake stuffed strawberries during your July 4th festivities. Make them as a sweet appetizer or serve them as a healthy dessert — either way, these fruity, inside-out cheesecake bites will be a hit! Added bonus: There’s no baking involved!  These cheesecake stuffed strawberries couldn’t be easier!  I’ve seen so many versions out there.  Some of which make you cut off the top and bottom of the strawberry and scoop out the centers.  Why would you give yourself more work to do and waste yummy fruit like that?!   Not me!  Nuh-uh!

The naturally sweet fruit paired with the cool, creamy, and lightly sweet cheesecake filling is the bomb!  I dare you to only eat one of these, it’s impossible, quite frankly!  You will need at least 2, or 3 …


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  • 24+ large, fresh strawberries (1½ to 2 lbs, depends on how much you fill them)
  • 1 (8oz) package cream cheese, room temperature or softened slightly
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup fresh blueberries


  1. Cut the stems from the strawberries, so the strawberries can sit cut-side down.
  2. Cut a deep “X” from the tip down, being careful not to cut all the way through.
  3. Beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a bowl with a hand mixer until nice and fluffy.
  4. Gently open up each strawberry and pipe the filling inside using a pastry bag or zip-top bag with a star piping tip. Don’t have a pastry bag or piping tip? Just cut off the corner of a zip-top bag and squeeze the cheesecake filling inside the strawberries that way.
  5. Top each filled strawberry with a blueberry. These are best served after the strawberries have been chilled for at least an hour. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days depending on how firm/soft the strawberries are.

To make these patriotic, instead of sprinkling the tops with crushed graham crackers, I’m topping these with a fresh, plump blueberry.  Voila!  Red, white, and blue cheesecake stuffed strawberries!

These are a great healthier alternative for your 4th of July dessert and are guaranteed to get gobbled up!


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Brewla Bars are high-end popsicles that ship nationwide on dry ice. They are made with great ingredients, like peach puree and white tea; and come in adultish flavors: Cold Brewed Coffee, Cherry Pomegranate & Red Tea and Craft Brewed Root Beer Float. To buy: $48 for 30,


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Cancer can start almost anywhere in the body and often forms a solid tumor.  Certain cancers, such as leukemia and myeloma, involve the blood and blood-forming organs (such as the bone marrow) and circulate through other tissues, where they multiply.

The different types of cancers include:

Carcinomas: The most common typed of cancer, these tumors arise from the cells that cover external and internal body surfaces. In the U.S., the most frequent cancers of this type are the breast, colon, lung, prostate and skin.

Sarcomas: Cancers that originate in cells found in the supporting tissues of the body, such as bone cartilage, fat, connective tissue and muscle.

Lymphomas: Cancers that occur in the lymph nodes, certain white blood cells and other tissues of the body’s immune system.

Leukemias: Cancer of the immature blood cells that grow in the bone marrow and tend to accumulate in large numbers in the bloodstream.

Although there are many types of cancer, they all start because of the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells.  Normal cells grow, divide and die in an orderly progression.  Because cancer cells continue to grow and divide, they outlive normal cells and form new abnormal cells. Ugh.

Cancer cells develop because of damage to DNA, which directs all activities in each cell.  When DNA becomes damaged, the cell usually repairs it.  In cancer cells, however, the damaged DNA is not repaired.  People can inherit damaged DNA, resulting in approximately 10 percent of all cancers.  More often, though, a person’s DNA becomes damaged over time by exposure to something in the environment or random cellular events.

The place where a cancer starts is called the primary site.  From there, it can spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body. Regardless of where a cancer spreads, it is named for the place it began.  For instance, breast cancer that spreads to the liver is called metastatic breast cancer, not liver cancer.

Different types of cancer can behave very differently.  For example, lung cancer and breast cancer are different diseases that grow at different rates and respond to different treatments. That is why people with cancer need treatments aimed at their particular type of cancer.

Not all tumors are malignant (cancerous).  Benign, or noncancerous, tumors do not spread to other parts of the body and, with very exceptions, are not life-threatening. (Shining Moment).

During the second half of the 20th century, scientists uncovered many of the intricacies of cancer and developed the technology to pinpoint the exact site of the damage to a specific gene, which has had a tremendous impact on the types of therapies now available.

Source: American Cancer Society


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Translating a pathology report can be quite daunting, yet it is essential for all patients to do. Did you know by law, patients are entitled to a copy of their pathology report, and that most hospitals will provide a copy FREE of charge? F.R.E.E. Yuppers. It’s very important to keep a record of the pathology report to have documentation of the diagnosis because this information will be helpful in researching the disease.

Here is an explanation of information found in a pathology report.

  1. Demographics: information about the patient, such as the patient’s name, age, sex and date of procedure.
  2. Specimen: The origin of the tissue sample.
  3. Clinical history: The patient’s medical history, including how the cancer was found.
  4. Clinical diagnosis: The diagnosis doctors were expecting before the patient’s tissue was tested.
  5. Procedure: How the tissue sample was removed.
  6. Gross description: Details of the tissue sample, including its size, weight, and color.
  7. Microscopic description: How the cancer cells look under a microscope, including tumor characteristics, such as grade, tumor margins and pathologic stage.
  8. Special tests or markers: Results of tests that look for proteins, genes and how quickly the cells are growing. These findings are often contained in a separate report.

Summary: A pathologic diagnosis based on the information from the entire pathology report

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“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ~ Lao Tzu

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