Embrace Every Inch of You!

Women who are shedding too much body fat as they reach their forties, fifties and up, tend to look gaunt and older than their age. So the good news is, if you are carrying a little more weight than usual, you’ll  look younger.  

Even as a beauty expert and celebrity body parts model myself,  women who meet me  in person are very complimentary and  ask my how I stay in shape. I  am most grateful for their kind words.  But what many women don’t know is  that I am not the typical model weight or height. I am NOT 6 ft. tall, a size 2, or rake thin. I’m actually a curvy size 6, and  UNDER  5’7″, and my weight fluctuates between 123 and 130 lbs. Though I am busy as beauty expert in the media, I STILL get calls from producers and directors to  “double” my body parts for famous  models  and A-list celebrity beauties in close ups for commericals, movies and TV shows!!  It’s better for me to be an EXTRA five to seven pounds over my orignal “model” weight, so my hands  don’t look too bony.  Also my hubby of 12 years loves my curves!  🙂  And that makes me feel even more beautiful!

For those of you who want to know how I  keep my ” toned shape” I’ve noted a few of my top tips below:

– I walk 4 to 5 days a week (45 – 60 minutes), and on two of those days I carry a 5 lb. weight  and do arms curls. When I return from my walk, I do 50 sit ups, and 25 push ups, then stretch. 

On the  two or three days that I don’t walk,  I’ll do my “Under 30- Minute Model-Scultping Workout on DVD. It’s my personal workout, used throughout my career as a model. It incorporates weight resistance exercises and it’s not for wimps.  After just one month, you’ll see amazing results doing my workout just three to four times a week  

For Breakfast: I usually eat 1/2 cup of cooked steel cuts oats (they take about 25 minutes to cook, but are better for you can regular rolled oats), topped with a 1/4 cup of Westsoy UNSWEETENED Vanilla Soy Milk, along with two fried egg whites. Or I’ll have a protein shake, filling a glass 3/4 full with  frozen low-glycemic berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries), 1/4 of a banana, cold ionized water, and one scoop of Vanilla Designer Whey Protein. I alternate using soy protein too.   I take mysupplements at breakfast:  Omega-3 fish oil, and a packet of Vita-One Vitamins, loaded with vitmains, minerals, green foods, digestive enzymes and much more. You can find the Omega-3 and Vita-One information on the Vitamins/Supplements page on my web site.

If I want to lose a few extra pounds, I take my apple cider vinegar and garlic slimming tonic before my three meals of the day. See the slimming and health benefits of my tonic on my blog posted early  in January. Just click onto Older Posts and you’ll find it. If I’m travelling, and can’t take my slimming tonic, I substitute by taking Thermo Green Tea Capsules before breakfast and lunch only.

For Lunch: I’ll have tuna or salmon salad, or sliced chicken breast on one slice of toasted Ezekiel bread, topped with vine tomatoes, two thin slices of avocado, and romaine lettuce or some radicchio,  with a side of  pinto bean salad. I add Dijon mustard on the tuna or chicken breast open-faced sandwich.To make my easy and delicious pinto bean salad, open a can of organic pinto beans and drain. Pour the beans into a bowl, add one tbsp. of olive oil, and two tbsps. of apple cider vinegar and add salt and pepper to taste.  That’s it – delicious. Makes 3 servings. I also take another Omega 3 fish oil capsule and if I’m having a busy day,  I also take 200 mg.s of 5-HTP to help keep me calm and my mood uplifted. 5-HTP also reduces food cravings – it’s not a drug and is not habit-forming.

For Snacks: I’ll have 5 almonds and an apple. Or I’ll mix a tsp. of  each: raw sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and flax seeds, to a single serving size of soy yogurt. Greek yogurt is also a good choice as it has more protein than regular yogurt. You can also chop up 1/2 an apple, and add flax seeds to Greek or soy yogurt.

For Dinner: One of my favorite meals is when my hubby makes lean meatballs with organic, lean ground beef and organic chicken or turkey sausage, chopped onion, Italian parsley, and some parmesan cheese. He bakes the balls and some baked spaghetti squash. We top the squash and balls with our  home-made Italian vegetable spaghetti sauce. Delicious! And we have either a salad or some steamed broccoli, beans or artichokes – something GREEN with every dinner.

Other dinners include, tuna or salmon or sliced roasted or barbaqued chicken breast, or turkey breast on a green salad.

All of our  dinners usually  include a dinner salad made of organic romaine lettuce, black olives, a little  vine-ripened tomato, green onions and sometimes we add some feta cheese or shaved parmesan.  For the most part, we dress our salads with 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil and 2-3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar dressing, sea salt and pepper.

My hubby also makes garlic olive oil. He squeezes a couple of garlic cloves into some extra virgin olive oil and keep it in a small jar in the fridge. We drizzle a little of the garlic/olive oil onto our salads, pr veggies such as broccoli or green beans.  When I’m in the mood for Caesar or Ranch Dressing, I choose “REAL” dressing, and place 1/2 tsp. on the side of my plate. Before each bite of salad, I dip my fork into the “creamy” dressing and then into my salad. That way I eat less fat, and every bite of salad has the dressing on it.

Every Friday we go out to dinner or lunch and we split two entres and one dessert. I also have a soy capuccino with my dessert.

I have many more nutrition and delicious, but sensibel eating tips in my soon to come, Slimming Secrets book. I’ll keep you posted when it’s ready for publishing. I’m currently looking for a major publisher for this book and others, so if you know one, please let me know. Thanks!

In the meantime,embrace your uniqueness, no matter what weight you are — know that when you  walk with confidence, love  every inch of who you are, treat your body as your temple, do your best to nourish your body with colorful veggies and fruits,  be kind to others, and do your best to help those in need by ‘giving back”, that you will always be a beautiful, vital woman- worthy of all greatness in your life.  Louisa

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Encouraging Words from a Friend

“May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.”
This was passed to me by on eof my blog subscribers to share with you. Please subscribe to my blog and kindly post encouraging words that you feel can help uplift and empower each and every one of us. Glod Bless You!

Inner Peace

“Profound inner peace is my heartfelt desire. I begin my day in the silence of prayer or meditation. My quiet thoughts become quieter still, as I go to my inner sanctuary. I open my mind to the gentle presence of Spirit and experience a deep sense of calm. As I listen with my heart, answers float to the surface and I have faith in the answers I receive.  I continue with my day in deep serenity and peace.”

Daily Word

The Royal “Beauty Water” Recipe

NOTE: Use the recipe and information at this site at your own risk.
 
I’m a recent fan of “Royal Beauty Water”, a recipe of the Royal family.  It may well be the secret to the Queen’s flawless and youthful complexion. A former cook of the royal family shared the recipe back in the 60’s, after she left the royal castle.
 
Loaded with the mineral silicon and Vitamin C, this recipe is known to help firm sagging skin, strengthen nails, help speed hair growth, and add sheen to hair. I modified the recipe a little so those with blood sugar or weight loss concerns may also enjoy the beauty benefits. Here’s my version of the Royal Beauty Water:
 
Beauty Water Recipe:
2 quarts of water  (I use *Ionized alkaline pH water but you can also use your preference)

1/2 cup of organic pearl barley (at health food stores)
6 oranges
2  lemons
Honey or Natural **Xylitol to taste
 
Combine the barley with water and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for one hour. While simmering, wash the oranges and lemons well, juice them and slice the rinds. Then set aside. After one hour, strain the barley and keep the water. Add honey or Xylitol to taste to the hot water, then stir in the juices and rinds. Place in the fridge to cool. Remove the rinds before drinking. Drink with or between meals.

 
*Ionized Alkaline Water: You may have seen water ionizing systems for $4000 to $5000 but a friend of mine, Mary Jo, turned me onto to a  high quality Water Ionizer for JUST $699 to $1000.  I used to spend over $120 a month on bottled water. Now I use the ionizer Mary Jo recommended. Ionized  water not only enhances my family’s health, it helps my pocketbook and keeps me looking and feeling more youthful and energetic. The  ionizer  hooks up to your tap in minutes.
Below are many of the health benefits of  the drinking ionized water:
–  Removes lead, chlorine and other chemicals from tap water but leaves the minerals.
 – Cancer tumors grow in an acidic environment. Some studies indicate that drinking pH balanced alkaline water may help prevent some cancers.
– Hydrates the body up to 6 times more than regular water and much more.
–  Drinking Alkaline water  provides oxygen to the body for more energy,
–  Helps relieve seasonal allergies,
–  This unit also makes acid water which can be using to help clear acne or blemish-prone skin, helps clean fruits and veggies as it has antibacterial properties, and also a makes a great hair rinse.
 
 For more information on the savings and benefits of Alkaline pH water and acid water, just email Mary Jo at www.Hydrahappy.com  and please tell her Louisa says hi.    🙂
 
**Xylitol is a low glycemic sugar alternative for those watching their weight, diabetics or those prone to yeast infections. Xylitol even helps prevent cavities. (Find it at a health food store) I also use Xylitol for making guilt-free desserts, on oatmeal or in herbal teas.
 

True Love

“True love is an acceptance of all that is, has been, will be, and will not be.”

Below, I posted an inspiring short story about true love that was sent to me from a friend……

It was a busy morning, when an elderly gentleman arrived to the hospital where I worked, to have stitches removed from his thumb. As I treated his wound, I noticed he kept looking at his watch and I asked if he was in a hurry. He told me that he needed to be at the nursing home by 9:00 a.m. to have breakfast with his wife. He also shared that his wife had been there for five years, she had Alzheimer’s disease, and that she no longer recognized him.

I was surprised and ask him, “And you still meet her every morning for breakfast, even though she doesn’t know who you are?” He smiled as he patted my hand and said. “She doesn’t know me, but I still know who she is.”

The woman who sent me this story added a lovely empowering quote, I’d also like to share with you today…..

 “Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.”

EGF for Skin Rejuvenation, Repair, Acne Scars & UV Protection

Since 2002, it’s been my mission to stay “ahead of the curve”, researching and revealing THE  most potent beauty, health and  skin care ingredients on the market.

Over six months ago, I introduced many of you to  the age-reversal ingredient EGF (Epidermal Growth Factor) in two creams:  Ultimate Age-Proofing Complex and De-Aging Solution (for Sensitive skin).

EGF is creating a buzz and I’ve noted the skin rejuvenating benefits below:

 – EGF promotes the reduction of wrinkles, stimulates cellular renewal, and thickens thinning or mature skin.

 – The proteins in EGF “attach” themselves to the dermis and epidermis, which thicken and add more volume to the face. Women over 50 begin to experience lost volume in the face, neck and tops of hands, so EGF is “here to the rescue”!
 
 – EGF is also an excellent post-chemical peel treatment. When trauma has taken place, EGF works by attracting cells to a wound site, speeding the repair process. The injured cells process EGF, speeding up wound-healing, allowing the skin to repair itself evenly and quickly.
 
-EGF cream is excellent for those with wound-healing issues and diabetic skin.
 
– Applying topical EGF can help reverse the harmful effects of UV rays.
 
– For those with acne lesions, EGF helps rebuild and heal the skin.
  
Both EGF creams I offer at www.hollywoodbeautysecrets.com  are guaranteed to have THE maximum percentage of EGF and are priced at the LOWEST price on the planet. That’s another part of my mission – offering age-proofing products I uncover at
 the lowest prices. Ultimate Age-Proofing Cream is only $49.95 HERE and De-Aging Solution is only $46.95 HERE
The prices for my EGF creams are 1/3rd the price that many doctors charge! So please take advantage of these amazing, potent, skin rejuvenating EGF creams.

My Body & Thoughts are Healthy

“Divine life is in motion within me.  I stretch my muscles, and walk daily. As I walk silently, I breathe deep, calm breaths, enjoying all life around me. I notice the trees and flowers I pass. I keep my thoughts positive and  feel energized and renewed. I also make conscious food choices  that nourish and protect my body. When I lie down to sleep, I bless my body from head to toe and thank God for my life and healthy body.”