Weekly Newsletter: Best Hair Conditioner, Winter Produce, and New Blog Link!

I’m excited to announce the new link to my blog, The Kitchen Heals, at thekitchenheals.com! I’d love it if you popped on over – I’ll no longer be updating studiovhealth.wordpress.com so be sure to follow thekitchenheals.com. I’m working hard to bring you more pictures (I hope they look good because, as many of you know, I can’t really tell due to my eyesight!) and engaging content; so if you have any questions, comments, or feedback for me, simply comment on my posts and I will do my best to answer your questions, blog about what you want to hear, and incorporate your feedback!

In other usual Friday news, the new menus are up in Cooking Coach! I know the holidays can get expensive, so let’s save money where we can like using Cooking Coach to reduce that grocery bill, food waste, and expensive dinners out.

Ask Vicky

Q. Do you use butter, mayonnaise, cream, etc. when you cook? What substitutes do you use?

A. There are times that I do have to use those ingredients, and especially with anything containing dairy I always use organic, good quality products. A bit of butter or mayo isn’t going to kill anyone – better that than reaching for the fake stuff (e.g. margarine, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter). Here are some substitution ideas:
* Non-fat Greek yogurt – use it as a cream substitute, cut mayonnaise with it, etc.
* A lot of centenarians around the world eat goat’s milk cheese, so a good dairy go-to may be goat’s milk if you can get it organic and 100% natural.
* Cannellini beans – great for soups and if you cook them long enough they become creamy and you can’t even taste that there are beans.
* Chia seed gel – just mix chia seeds with water and let sit to form a gel that acts as a great thickener and binder. I’ve used it in place of mayonnaise to make chicken salad!
* Nutritional yeast – it can give sauces a cheesy taste. I don’t use it that much but it’s a go-to for many people.

Weekly Read

Even though it’s winter and a lot of produce is out of season, there areFarmer's Market plenty of delicious fresh fruits and veggies that are abundantly available throughout the winter at your local grocer or farmer’s market.

Additionally, check out my recipe for Immunity Boost Soup that incorporates some winter produce and will help keep any winter colds at bay! I used to feed my children this soup all the time in the cold months and they hardly ever caught a cold. Plus, if you missed it last week, my turkey soup recipe is great for using winter veggies and any leftovers you have around!

Weekly Inspiration

character“Watch your thoughts, they become words; watch your words, they become actions; watch your actions, they become habits; watch your habits, they become character; watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”_
-Frank Outlaw

Or as I like to put it – “Your mind has legs.” I use these quotes often when doing talks because I think it’s so true – your thoughts influence your character and success, and so it’s important to take on a positive, can-do attitude!

What’s New With Vicky

OK, the rule of thumb about hair is that the color you Vicky ribbonswere born with will look best on you. I was born with really blond hair although it darkened during my school age years. Well, a couple weeks ago I went a bit too dark in an attempt to reach my natural color and minimize the chemicals in my life. But one more trip to the salon and I found a happy medium that I’m glad to stick with. Initially my hairdresser was nervous about the possible damage to my hair, so of course I reached in my kitchen for a solution – read the weekly health and beauty tip to find out what it was! Here’s a recent picture of me with warm blond hair.

Health and Beauty Tips of the Week

coconut oil(1) Coconut oil. I love it. I use it in my food, on my skin, on my face, and now, I use it on my hair! My hair wasn’t feeling so soft and shiny when I began experimenting with the color a couple weeks ago, so I got serious with conditioning. I heated up coconut oil to a warm liquid and massaged it into my scalp and hair. I kept it in overnight and slept on a towel, although you could wrap your hair in plastic as well. After six days of daily conditioning with coconut oil, I visited my hair stylist and he was pleasantly surprised at the healthy condition of my hair!

(2) Eyebrows are one of the most important features of your face. eyebrowsThe right eyebrow color, shape, and thickness can frame your face in a totally different, awesome way. The easiest way to determine a good eyebrow length for you is to first hold a pencil from your nostril straight up to your forehead, and the pencil will run along a point where your eyebrows should start; then hold the pencil from your nostril to the outer corner of your eye, and the pencil will run along a point where your eyebrows should end. Have sparse eyebrows? Don’t worry! You can fill in your eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil that’s a darker shade than your hair color (unless you have jet black hair). A general good look for everyone is fuller eyebrows with at least a slight arch – although don’t go Spock on me!

This Week’s Featured Workout

Total Body HIIT workout video!

While some people alternate cardio and strength every other day, some do workouts that are designed to cover both in one efficient sweat session. This week’s featured workout is our 30 Minute Total Body HIIT workout video which will certainly get that heart rate up while also working your muscles. HIIT stands for high-intensity interval training and involves cardio and strength exercises one after another to maximize the quality of the workout within an amount of time. So let’s “jumpstart your metabolism and tone muscle throughout your entire body” with V Well Health Fitness Trainer’s 30 Minute Total Body HIIT workout video!

I’d like to add that strength training is very beneficial to our bodies, especially as they age. Appropriate strength training helps to improve bone density and fight osteoporosis! Want to know one of the simplest ways to incorporate strength training into your day to day without budgeting any time for working out? Check out my blog post on embellishing your wardrobe with weights!

Peace and Blessings,

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