My Favorite Lip Balm: La Natura

For some reason the search for the perfect Chapstick has been a long journey.  It’s so hard to find a brand that smells good, doesn’t dry your lips with each use, has the perfect amount of shine, and uses natural ingredients. I realized while I was at the airport 4 years ago I had forgotten […]

I Love My Clarisonic

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I was introduced to this product after doing a photo shoot for a local doctor in miami that does skin care treatments.  That day we shot all “beauty” shots, in the industry its just a fancy term used for really close shots of your face (I will attach some shots from that day below).

About a month after the shoot, I had a trip planned to go to Puerto Rico and meet my boyfriend at the time, now husband’s entire family for the first time.  Two days before we left I got a huge pimple between my eyes, I used to get these often…  Under the skin pimple that looked like someone hit me with a baseball bat, people would literally ask me what happened and I would explain “it’s just a pimple… No exciting story…”

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So of course I reached out to the Dr I had just shot a campaign with to help me with this!  He did a special pumpkin treatment and used the clarisonic spin brush.  I was so impressed with how clean my face felt after the first use but wasn’t sure if it was the facial or spinbrush.  I bought one that day and have used it every day since!  Noting takes the makeup off, from a shoot like the clarisonic spin brush does.  Even on days when I’m not on set working I still use this product.  I have also found that my moisturizer absorbs better into my skin after each use.

I haven’t had a monster under the skin pimple since that day, thank God!  I often like to use natural products on my face as well, have you heard the benefits of acai?  Tell me your experiences with this product or other ones you have tried that you can’t live without!  When you get a chance, pop on over to my website www.cayisa.com, It’s a jewelry line that uses acai and other rare eco-gems from the amazon jungle.  The benefits of acai are endless!

Thanks for reading!!!


Simple Red Onion & Herb Salmon

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Let’s talk about fish. We are all are living in a time where we know how important it is to eat fish because of all the amazing things it does for our bodies. Most notably are the Omega- 3 fatty acids, which are simply fantastic for our bodies. Unfortunately, it is not always on the top of our list when we are thinking of quick easy meals to make on the weeknights. When I cook fish of any kind for dinner, my day becomes bombarded with looking up good recipes, and grocery shopping for all kinds of things that I absolutely don’t have in my pantry and probably will never use again (which is my pet peeve because I can’t stand wasting food).

Salmon always seems to be one of the most difficult fish to prepare, because of its unique flavor. About a month ago, I went to Costco and noticed that they sell a fresh farmed Atlantic salmon fillet that has the skin removed. This purchase was a bit of a commitment because it only comes in a large fillet that is about 2- 2 ½ lbs. That week we had salmon 3 out of the 7 nights and absolutely loved it. Everyone was very pleased, but I was still working hard on trying to find a way to eliminate buying a bunch of extra ingredients. So the other night, when I was just too tired to shop, I went through my fridge and used things I already had, and came up with this wonderful quick salmon dinner. I was pleasantly surprised with the results, and I just had to share my findings. I hope you enjoy it!

Simple Red Onion & Herb Salmon

Ingredients

2 Salmon fillets

2 Handfuls of your favorite herbs chopped (I used fresh organic dill and chives)

¼ Red onion sliced into long thin strips

½ Lemon

Salt

Pepper

Garlic Powder

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Put two salmon fillets on a foiled pan and add salt, pepper, and garlic powder to your liking.

3. Cover salmon in chopped herbs and then top with thinly sliced red onion.

4. Heat in the oven for 25 minutes or until it is cooked through.

5. Before serving squeeze lemon juice on top and serve with lentils or sautéed mushrooms.


Benefits of Chia Seeds – My Experiment- Week One

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I just wrapped up week one and I am feeling good!  I eased into my new chia routine on day one with a Suja brand organic juice. For those of you who haven’t checked out sujajuice.com, I strongly urge you to do so (when you are through here, of course). I could go on for days about this delicious juice company but that’s a topic for another day. I am not exactly sure how much chia was in the bottle, but I was very familiar with the brand, so naturally I was a bit more trusting of the quality. The second day I headed to the Whole Foods Market to search for the perfect Chia seeds. To my surprise, the chia products were located in the vitamin section near the hemp and cacao. For the second surprise of the day, I also soon discovered that chia seeds and all of its versions are incredibly diverse. After some personal debate, I decided to play it a bit more simple and selected the 365 (Whole Foods) brand. I chose this variety for three reasons. First, it was certified USDA Organic, check. Second, it was the most economical choice for the amount purchased, double check. Lastly, the store clerk that was assisting me strongly recommended the brand. Sold.

My findings for this week- Week One

 Pros-

I was able to incorporate these little seeds very easily into my diet because they have very little, to no taste. You do need to account for the fact that they do absorb a large amount of liquid. So be sure to add a bit more liquid to your shakes and smoothies if you wish to incorporate them that way. The recommended serving amount per day is 1 tablespoon. I would start off with half of that amount, until you know gauge your own sensitivity to them. I tend to think that I live a modestly healthy lifestyle and I have a very accurate self-barometer. So, as of now, I have not truly noticed any considerable changes (physically or mentally) but I have really enjoyed researching these little guys, and I am enjoying adding them to my diet. I am confident that these little guys will soon start to show me what I have been missing. They are just chalk full of so many healthy things, how couldn’t they?

 Cons-

Make sure and read the label. I didn’t realize I needed to refrigerate them after opening, and they sat for a day or so before I noticed. Unfortunately, I had to make a second trip to Whole Foods, but I always err on the side of caution. Some brands come in individual serving packets that are sealed so they can be left out, but I would read the label carefully to be sure. On day 3, I decided to add chia seeds to my morning oatmeal, since I am constantly running into recipes that feature oatmeal and chia. Adding the chia seeds into my quinoa oatmeal was a bit too much fiber for my system to handle. Let’s just say I won’t be trying that exact combination again. Perhaps I will reduce the amounts of chia and quinoa, stayed tuned on that one.

 Side note-

I noticed in my research that many people recommended to NOT buy chia seeds that are made in China. I am not exactly sure as to why, but in my research it seemed to point towards poor food quality standards and a strong presence of GMO based plants in much of their foods.

I have only scratched the surface with this experiment. At Cayisa, we are not claiming to be health experts, but rather, we are committed to exploring new and healthy ways of living and we promote the importance of educating each other.  I would love your feedback and thoughts on chia seeds and how you use them.

Recipes

Chia Green Smoothie_version 1 Chia Green Smoothie

1 cup vanilla almond milk unsweetened

1 handful of organic greens (I like Spinach and Kale)

½ cup of organic frozen mango chucks

1 tablespoon of chia seeds

1 teaspoon of organic raw agave sweetener (optional)

Blend and drink immediately before the chia seeds absorb and make it too thick.

 

Chia JamCHIA JAM version 1

Juice from ½ a lemon

2 cups of blueberries

1 tablespoon organic raw agave sweetener

1 tablespoon of water

1 tablespoon of chia seeds

Add to Blender so all ingredients can mix together and then pour in a glass container with a lid and refrigerate for 1 hour. Serve on toast or add as a sweetener to yogurt.

 


Benefits of Chia Seeds – My experiment

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If you go online you will see an abundance of articles on Chia seeds, the new “Superfood”. My Pinterest account is filled with recipes, blog posts and pictures of these little black and white seeds. As the world of nutrition always seems to be changing, it’s hard to know what is and isn’t good for us. When I first heard about Chia seeds, I was told that if you add them to your meals daily that they will fill you up faster so you wouldn’t consume as much food. Now it seems that Chia seeds do everything from fighting diabetes to improving heart health.

As I asked around I found that many of my health conscious friends do not use chia seeds and do not know much about them. So here is the current research I have gathered on Chia seeds.

Yes! They are the same as seeds used for Chia Pets

Chia seeds where made famous in a much different way in the 1980’s. We will never forget that wonderful commercial for Chia Pets. These adorable animal shaped vases would grow a beautiful green coat in only 2-3 weeks.

They come from Mexico

Salvia hispanica, comes from the mint family and is located in parts of Mexico and South America. Historians claim that Chia seeds were used by the Aztecs, for their many health benefits. In fact, they were so valuable to the Mayans that it was used as a form of currency.

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Chia seeds are high in fiber, protein, antioxidants, minerals, and omega 3’s. They help hydrate the body, regulate appetite, support strong bones and teeth, stabilize blood sugar, and lower cholesterol. They are naturally gluten free as well.

How to use them?

Chia seeds can be purchased in a powder or a seed form. They absorb liquids and can be used to thicken foods like smoothies, breads, sauces, or oatmeal. They can also be used as an egg replacement. The powder form acts as a flour substitute for baking. If you have whole Chia seeds and want to make them into a flour base, you can use a coffee grinder to grind the seeds into a powder form.

My experiment

When adding something new to my diet, I always try to do the research to make sure it’s not “too good to be true”. I was a bit skeptical as I started researching chia seeds because a good amount of the findings I read made me ponder the following question: if these seeds are so incredibly healthy, why are we now just finding out about them? So with this thought, I have decided to start my own quest over the next four weeks to learn the truth about these little seeds. I will experiment and explore fun tricks, recipes, and personal ideas about how they have worked for me. I am looking forward to sharing all the different ways that you might want to start incorporating them into your diet and every day life.

I would love to hear any ideas or thoughts that you have to share.

 

Additional reading and Sources:

http://navitasnaturals.com/product/445/Chia-Seed-Powder.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/06/03/chia-seed-benefits-_n_3379831.html?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee5igTsZp0E


January 27, 2011

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At my agency for a “casting” I never leave home with out my “cayisa” jewelry!


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Friday!!

I can’t believe its Friday already! I love the fact that Monday is a holiday, its like a “weekend bonus.” I will probably enjoy some nice pool time here in Miami over the extended weekend, as well as workout. I honestly find working out to be a lot of fun, or at least that’s what I have brainwashed myself in to thinking, either way it will be a weekend full of activities I enjoy!

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