Traveling Light: Healthy Eating while on the Road with MadeGood Foods

Monday, March 5th, 2018 | Foodies, Nutrition, Weight Loss, fitness, healthy living, well-being, wellness | No Comments

Organic, Vegan and Gluten Free Snacks from MadeGood Foods

Looking for a healthier snack option that checks off all of your boxes?
This may be one to consider.

MadeGood created healthy and delicious granola bars, clusters, and crispy squares.  All of these are made in a dedicated facility completely free from the eight common allergens: peanut, tree nuts, wheat, dairy, egg, soy, sesame, fish and shellfish, making them school-safe too.  The snacks are also organic, gluten free, vegan, Non-GMO project verified, and contain the nutrients of one full serving of vegetables in each serving.

Here’s a little more about each product:

The Granola Bars come in four flavors and are perfect for the afternoon pick-me-up whether at school, work, or on the go.  Choices include chocolate chip, mixed berry, chocolate banana, and apple cinnamon.

The Granola Minis are round clusters, which are portion packed for an on-the-go snack.  Small snacks that are also great for road trips, mid-afternoon breaks, and great for gluten free and vegan family and friends. There are five delicious flavors including strawberry, apple cinnamon, chocolate banana, chocolate chip, and mixed berry.

The Crispy Squares are reminiscent of everyone’s favorite childhood snack… rice crispy treats, except MadeGood squares are healthier than the traditional version, and have the nutrients of one serving of vegetables in each square.

Where can I buy these you ask?
Traveling? MadeGood products are carried on Delta and JetBlue.

At home? MadGood products are sold at Whole Foods, Amazon, Kroger and other outlets.

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Art & Travel: American Airlines Partners with Colette Miller to Support Female Trailblazers

Thursday, March 1st, 2018 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Pop-up Art Installation in Venice Beach

Created by Los Angeles-based artist Colette Miller

Will you be in the LA area over the next few days?

This event and story really called out to me as my first flight was via American Airlines when I was five years old and that’s what inspired my path in life and my love of travel.

This pop-up art installation was created by Los Angeles-based artist Colette Miller in partnership with American Airlines to demonstrate their commitment to supporting females who are trailblazers in their fields.  It was placed on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice Beach on Thursday (3/1) at 2pm and will be next to The Brig until Saturday (3/3) 6pm.

The piece is a nod to Miller’s signature wings and symbolizes the momentous women in aviation, film and across all industries. The timing also coincides with this year’s Bonnie Award, which was created by American Airlines and inspired by Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo, the first female pilot to fly for a major U.S. airline. American created the Bonnie Award in partnership with Film Independent to recognize the visionary work of female filmmakers and the first Bonnie Award winner, Chloe Zhao, will be recognized at the Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica this weekend.

In addition to the pop-up installation, posters of the artwork will be found in Santa Monica, Venice, West Hollywood, Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles over the next two weeks. American is also donating AAdvantage miles to charities that embrace female empowerment for every photo posted with the hashtag #BonnieAward, so take advantage of this Insta moment if you’re in the area.

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Wellness in Your Neighborhood: Angel Attic Holistic Haven (Michigan)

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 | Energy Work, Healing, Healing Music, Meditation, Relaxation, Spirituality, gratitude, healthy living, massage, mindfulness, stress relief, well-being, wellness | No Comments

Angel Attic Holistic Haven for Holistic and Wellness Therapy

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If you’ve been connected with me via Mindful Adventures or Spa Vacation Experts, you know that I wholeheartedly believe in the power of wellness getaways to create a healthier lifestyle, especially at the amazing places I choose to work with in the U.S., Mexico and some new ones coming.

What do you do to keep that wellness focus going when you’re home?
Perhaps you go to yoga, meditate, practice your own forest bathing with a walk in the woods, hiking, massage or a number of your own ways to stay mindful of your health.

I’m starting a new series called ‘Wellness in Your Neighborhood,’ one that’s been on my mind (and to do list!) for longer than I’d like to say.

We’ll start with Michigan and then move on to other locations that I’ve been blessed to visit in New Jersey, Arizona, New Mexico and beyond.  If you have a special place that you go to I’d be happy to hear about it as I continue to build momentum with this endeavor.

Let’s get started with Angel Attic Holistic Haven in Plymouth, Michigan

Angel Attic Holistic Haven, owned by Angela Walsh, offers a number of healing services including one called PEMF.  I was curious about this service and met with Angela to learn more and experience a demonstration.

PEMF stands for Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field.  The intention of Pulsed Magnetic Field Therapy is re-energize damaged cells by inducing electrical changes within the cell to restore it to a normal, healthy state.  This may also improve blood flow, increase oxygen capacity, circulation and boost cellular metabolism.   One of the other benefits had to do with our bones and joints and a relaxed nervous system.  Angela shared more about the benefits to the vital organs i.e. liver kidney, colon and that they’re able to rid themselves of impurities (detoxifying the body).   PEMF Therapy is approved by the FDA. And, PEMF has been used in Europe for over 20 years for migraines, sports injuries, back and joint pain and other problems.

Personally, I was intrigued by PEMF due to an old track injury in my ankle and foot so I thought this would be helpful as I knew I needed better range of motion, strength and flexibility.  The pain and stiffness, although not chronic, had been annoying and at times a feeling of being stuck…like my ligaments were entangled.

First, let me also share that Angela is compassionate, intuitive and extremely approachable.  There’s a peacefulness that’s evident when in her presence.

Angela set up the machine for my demonstration, as you’ll see in the photo, and that only took a few minutes.    I could hear the machine pulsing and yet it was a very light pulse on the designated area and this could be adjusted. This session lasted about 15 minutes.

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What did I notice:
> I felt relaxed during the session
> There wasn’t much pain going into the session, so the test would be how it felt walking back to me Jeep.
> As I left I did notice that my foot felt slightly more flexible.   This challenge isn’t chronic, however, this particular day it was a problem so that’s the reason for giving PEMF a chance.

Follow-up:
I did go for a 2nd session at a time when this acted up and I noticed that it did feel better and my foot felt stronger.
It’s said that you may notice relief from only one session and the suggestion is to go for 5 – 10 sessions for more chronic conditions.
My intention is to go for a 3rd session and add Reiki and then reevaluate.

My Take Away:
I’d much rather practice holistic wellness and while I know that strength training could also help this particular problem, I also know that these PEMF sessions helped set more in motion.  It’s a catch 22 at times.  If you’re not feeling well, you don’t do those things you know could help like taking a walk, going to the gym, exercising at home, whatever action could help doesn’t happen because of pain, stiffness and weakness. So something like this, PEMF in this case, could be a bridge between where you are and where you want to be.

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About Angela:
Angela is a Holistic Occupational Therapist (OT), Pulsed Magnet Practitioner, Qualified Mental Health Professional, and a Holy Fire Reiki Master & Teacher.  Angela has over 10 years of experience working in various settings including community mental health clinics,, private homes, hospitals and school districts.

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Valentine’s Day meets Wellness at Carillon Miami Wellness Resort

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 | Beauty, Energy Work, Foodies, Healing, Healing Music, Relaxation, Wellness Spas, fitness, healthy living, massage, mindfulness, spa | No Comments

Love is in the air at Carillon Miami Wellness Resort!

If you’re thinking about something other than candy, flowers and jewelry for this Valentine’s Day then you may want to consider one of these experiences at Carillon’s Spa.   (Oh, and I was joking about the jewelry!)

Photo credit: Carillon Miami Wellness Resort


Couple’s Salsa with Instructors Alicia Ibarguren and Rafael Cintro (pictured above)
– Salsa dancing is particularly alluring to lovers due to the sultry Latin movements. You and your loved one can learn the moves with 10 individual, private lessons with two instructors. Just imagine how great the two of you will be at your next party.  Fee: $1010 for 10 pack of 5 lessons per person.

The Couple That Works-out Together Stays Together – Find out the ideal exercise routine for you and your partner, and keep each other’s fitness and body composition in check! You will both receive a Dexa 25-minute scan, Wellness Compass and RX for exercise.  Fee: 130 minutes for $785 per couple

Dr. Ahuva’s Couple’s Acupuncture -  This Valentine’s Day, tell your partner, “I am happy to be stuck with you!”  Lay side by side as you both relax and heal through the power of Acupuncture with the comfort of having your loved one next to you.  Fee:  50 Minutes for $330

Bed Thwacking – We spend a third of our lives in bed. Our emotions get absorbed into our mattresses. If there have been periods of sadness and depression that energy lingers, then our Feng Shui Designer will employ a proven energy clearing technique to remove stagnant and negative chi so your personal energy can flow again.
Fee: 30 Minutes $89

Dr. Adonis’ “Ignite Your Flame” Couple’s IV Drip and Session – An IV (intravenous vitamin drip) for each partner ran at the same time (30 min). Included is a free 30-minute Couple Consultation with Dr. Adonis about the topic “Hormones and Intimacy”.  Fee: $300 per Couple (free Consultation valued at $200)

Couple’s Resplendent Spa Day -  The most decadent spa treatment of all time. Relax together with an 80-Minute Massage, 50-Minute Facial and a skin-softening Body Polish, Classic Manicure and Pedicure. You will find in your room two dozen roses, a bottle of Champagne, monogrammed robes, and chocolate covered strawberries.
Fee:  $1,800 per Couple

Couple’s Turkish Rhassoul - 45 minutes in the Private Rhassoul Room – This exotic and totally private treatment will be performed by just you and your partner in our private Rhassoul Chamber. This steamy, time-choreographed, thermal experience begins with a couple’s shower, and is followed by an delicious, aromatic, salt scrub exfoliation. Then you will apply a sultry, skin softening and detoxifying mud treatment to one another while acting as skilled therapists. Next you will luxuriate in a gentle steam, which is followed by a warm shower finale.   Fee: $99 per Couple Special

Carillon Miami Wellness Resort – Contact the spa directly at 866-276-2226 for any of the above services.
The resort is located at 6801 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL

Please Note: These are the current rates for services in February.  A few of these experiences are for February only, including  The Couple that Works Out Together Stays Together, Ignite your Flame and Resplendent Day.

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Carillon Miami Wellness Resort: Sankalpa Workshop on January 20

Saturday, January 13th, 2018 | Energy Work, Meditation, Relaxation, Wellness Spas, Yoga, fitness, healthy living, spa, well-being, wellness | No Comments

What are your Intentions and Goals for 2018?

The Sankalpa Workshop is coming up on  Saturday, January 20 at Carillon Miami Wellness Resort.
Sankalpa means intention set by the heart and the mind.

Are you in Florida or heading down?

Start off the day with a dynamic yoga class to release the old and invite the new. The class finishes with a guided meditation to inquire what it is that you want to create in your life. You’ll continue the day with a goal setting workshop where you’ll have an opportunity to create your own vision board and finish with a renew and release ritual to help cleanse and create focus in 2018.

Following you’ll have some time for card readings and one-on-one mini-sessions with a life coach to help you live your best life in 2018.

Once your intentions and goals are set, you’ll be invited to enjoy a day at your leisure in the Thermal Experience; a European tradition with nine hot and cold suites to soothe and relax. Take a dip at the adult-only rooftop pool or enjoy a bit of fitness for the body.

Workshop Schedule:

9:30 am Yoga & Meditation
11 am Break for a Refreshing Smoothie
11:30 am Goal Setting & Vision Board Workshop
1 pm Renew & Release Ritual
1:15 pm Private Mini-Sessions with Card Reader & Life Coach
3 pm Spa Access to the Thermal Experience and Adults-Only Rooftop Pool
(*Day Pass valued at $75)

For more details, workshop fee and the Facebook invitation, visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/513665899026874/

Carillon Miami Wellness Resort: 6801 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, Florida 33141

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Mindful Holiday Gift Guide: Travel, Spa, and Wellness

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 | Adventure, Ayurveda, Beauty, Destination Spas, Food and Wine, Healing, Meditation, Nutrition, Peace, Relaxation, Spirituality, Weight Loss, Wellness Spas, Yoga, facials, fitness, gratitude, healthy living, hiking, joy, massage, mindfulness, spa, stress relief, well-being, wellness | No Comments

It’s the season of giving and here at Mindful Adventures we’re also embracing ‘last minute’ shopping.  So if you’re also being mindful of the gifts you choose for your friends and family then my hope is that you’ll be inspired by our thoughtful list of products, services and experiences.  Perhaps they’ll make a difference in the lives you touch and maybe you’ll choose one for yourself to help create lasting peace, joy and a healthier lifestyle!

Sit back, relax, and enjoy our Mindful Holiday Gift Guide.

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Photo credit: desertlotusaltars.comDesert Lotus Altars®
I’m drawn to anything having to do with the Lotus so it’s no surprise that Desert Lotus Altars® would make this year’s list of Mindful Gifts.  Artist Pamela Becker is one of the most talented artists I know and her work inspires and uplifts me and this work was chosen in hopes it would do the same for you.  These also make a great gift for the yogi in your life.

Inspired by the red rocks of Sedona and the calming waters of Oak Creek, artist Pamela Becker of Big Vision Art + Design gives life to these ever-popular creations which bloom in endless color combinations and sizes.  Copper, silver and gold sculpted glyphs frame the sublime lotus, reflecting our journey on the path of life.  These come in different colors and sizes.
To order, visit: www.desertlotusaltars.com/
More to see at Big Vision Art + Design

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The Path Planner:
New Year’s Resolutions Planner to Achieve Any Goal, Master Productivity & Focus
Each year I thoughtfully seek out a planner for the new year.  This time I wanted something with more options to help me focus and stay on track to make 2018 a more productive year for my work-life goals.  After considering a few options I came upon The Path Planner.   There’s a calendar planner with layouts to help with yearly, monthly and weekly goals and an undated daily planner.  It also comes with five bonuses including a mini notebook for daily to-do lists, 14 coloring mandalas, a printable vision board, and a life-mission set up guide.   And it’s one of the more affordable options, too.
Available for $17.67 on Amazon

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Radiant Again and Forever by Prudence Hall, M.D.
This is ‘the’ one book that I wish was available several years ago as it would have helped with my personal journey through menopause so I’m grateful for the recent release of Radiant Again and Forever by Prudence Hall, M.D. This guide is for every women and every doctor!  Dr. Hall presents case studies and I believe you’ll also feel comforted, inspired and empowered as you go through the ones you’re drawn to read.  There were so many references that hit home for me that it put much more in perspective.  Dr. Hall says, “true health is supported by three pillars: your physical body, the power of your mind with its thoughts and emotions, and your connection to your authentic self and your true life’s purpose.”  She further explains that when each of these is addressed, we become full of life, leaving any deadness behind.

There are many topics in ‘Radiant Again and Forever‘ that you’ll connect with including Weight Loss, Perimenopause and PMS Blues, The Path of Fulfillment, The Journey Out of Menopause and more. My copy is full of sticky notes reminding me of the wisdom, suggestions and action items presented by Dr. Hall.  This truly is a blueprint for living our best life.  You’ll identify with the case studies and find peace in reading them.  My favorite part of Dr. Hall’s book is the Takeaway and her Prescription at the end of each chapter.
Available for $14.28 on Amazon.

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Kniepp Bath Bars in Lavender and Almond Blossom
“Nature is the best pharmacy.” – Sebastian Kneipp
We chose Kneipp for our wellness product because their philosophy is based on the five basic principles of water, plants, exercise, nutrition and balance.  And……they smell great!

Each of our annual Mindful Holiday Gift Guides must include a body product and this year we’ve included these products from Kneipp.  Do you love lavender as much as I do?  You’ll enjoy this body bar and a number of other lavender products.  I love the relaxing scent of this bar and that it’s also vegan and free from paraffin, preservatives and silicone oils.   The Almond Blossom is also a sweet scented bar and great for sensitive skin, too.  These make a great stocking stuffer at an affordable price and there are a number of other products available for wellness-focused gifts (and as of publication they’re offering 40% off!).
Visit Kneipp for more products and these lovely bath bars!

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Nateeva®

I was approached by Nateeva® a few months ago and knew it could be a great fit for our Annual Holiday Guide, and I was right. What I didn’t know was how much I would like this product and company.

According to Hope Freeman, co-founder of Nateeva® and creative director, “Nateeva® is about letting your senses take you on an exotic journey to places you’ve visited – or wished to travel to.”

Hope created Nateeva® to recapture the wonderful essence of her travels, to let women – and soon men – around the world imagine as if every day were a moment in Paradise.

What I loved:  Each scent was unique, changed over time and lasted into the night – all notes were delightful and this was the first time I noticed the subtle changes and lingering scent, without being an overpowering Eau de Parfum.  Subtle, sweet & sensuous.  The essence of Elder Flower brings us to the Eau de Parfum for Bahamas, which also features Neroli Absolute, Essence of Orange Flower, Linden Blossoms, White Woods and Skin Musk.  Jamaica was uplifting with luscious Lignum Vitae Flower, which also features Mandarin, Plumeria Blossoms, Vanilla Crystals, Sheer Vetiver and White Musk.   St. Thomas was another personal favorite with Frangipani flower and accented with notes of Rose Absolute and Orange Flower Absolute and balanced by a base of creamy Vanilla and sultry Musk.   Aruba, Dominican Republic and St. Martin round out the current island Eau de Parfum selections and body lotions for each of these three will be available in Spring 2018.

Nateeva Fund: Their fund combines two causes – the caring for animals and loyalty to the exotic destinations.  More about the Nateeva Fund.

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Ayurveda Inspired Artisanal Chocolate by Elements Truffles
Rose Bar with Cardamom Infusion

I was first introduced to the Rose Bar with Cardamom Infusion at a wellness event and thought it would make a great addition to our Mindful Holiday Gift Guide and it’s also a mindful treat to savor in the middle of the afternoon.  The Rose Bar is infused with cardamom and garnished with lovely rose petals.  No refined sugar, preservatives, emulsifiers, and non-GMO. It’s also packed with minerals like potassium, calcium, and magnesium.  Cardamom also has essential electrolytes and helps balance all three Ayurvedic Doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

Ingredients: Organic Raw Cacao Butter (Peruvian Criollo), Raw Honey, Organic Raw Cacao Powder, Rose Geranium Essential Oil, Cardamom Essential Oil, Organic Rose Petals, Himalayan Sea Salt.

When you visit their site, read more about Alak Vasa, Founder of Elements Truffles.

Visit: Elements Truffles for this option and more.

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Photo credit: Dina's Organic FoodsDina’s Organic Foods
Holiday snacking and gifting is guilt-free this season with the launch of Dina’s Organic Foods from Chef and Entrepreneur Dina Lauro.  Known as the Founder of Chunkie Dunkies, Lauro adds Dina’s Organic Foods to her line of healthy desserts and snacks. Available in three flavors – Carrot Cake Bar, Mint Chocolate Bar and Pumpkin Walnut Bar - the bars are not only new, they are 100-percent-certified organic.  And, they’re out just in time to make our Mindful Holiday Gift Guide!

For holiday gifting or keeping for yourself, Dina’s Organic Foods are available on www.chunkiedunkies.com and at several resorts including The Breakers, Hilton West Palm, Marriott Boca Raton and Hippocrates Health Institute. They’re also available in stores around the country.


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Become Your Own Life Coach For Emotional Freedom: 30-Days of Inspiration by Norma Nicholson
Take a look around where you live and reach out to small businesses focused on wellness and inspired living.  You may just find a few gems in your area like Norma, the author of this little book. I met Norma a number of years ago and we found we had a lot in common so when I found out she had written this book I thought it would be another good item for the Mindful Holiday Gift Guide. I found it to be helpful in empowering myself and letting go of the thoughts that don’t serve me. Perhaps it will resonate with you or someone you know this holiday season.  Norma’s introduction says: It’s not the load that breaks you down. It’s the way you carry it.   Something to think about.

Norma’s 30-day book is filled with insight, inspiration and empowering words. She suggests reading this book each month for one year to help create a different self-image of yourself.
Available for $10 and directly from the author.  Contact Norma at 248-684-7987 or via email: norma@nicholsonappraisalservice.com

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Experiential Giving:
Do you know someone looking to make some changes in their life?  Then perhaps a spa getaway in a sunny climate would be helpful in the New Year. Carillon Miami Wellness Resort is offering several New Year inspired services including The New Year’s Resolutions Prequel Plan – Kick start your New Year’s resolutions by already achieving goals by the holidays, and a new year and new you by 2018.  Carillon’s expert personal trainers hold the highest degrees, accolades and certifications in the industry, and their mission is to ensure that you achieve your personal goals.  Not only will you learn technique and find your optimal strength, but you will also be emotionally and spiritually supported during your transition to a fitter and more vibrant life. (Ten 50-Minute Sessions for $800)
Click here for more New Year’s inspired services from Carillon Miami Wellness Resort

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Wellness Travel Retreats: Perhaps you’re thinking about a retreat to explore and rediscover yourself in the New Year.  Whether it’s a Winter Retreat or one that you’d like later in the year, these offer programming for healthy living and are designed to help you get on track with the tools you need to continue the path to wellness.  This is a gift that will inspire wellness for years to come.

Canyon Ranch in Tucson, AZ or Lenox, MA:
The healing power and energy of the Sonoran Desert and the beauty of the Berkshires offer a respite to those seeking programs to nourish, challenge and pamper themselves.  Consider hiking, biking, nutritious dining, workshops and consultations by wellness and medical experts and a full-service spa for relaxation and renewal.
Special rates with Mindful Adventures for select dates through 2017 & 2018 (800-532-5590)

Rancho la Puerta, Tecate, Mexico
An abundance of fitness classes, hiking opportunities, cooking classes, lectures and plenty of options for pampering in their health centers. Meals are nourishing and vegetarian and simply delicious.  The ‘rooms’ are really casitas and they’re spacious and decorated with folkloric Mexican art and they’re very comfortable. Take the time to ‘meander the paths’ at the Ranch and you might just find your life will open up to unlimited possibilities.
Special gift w/a 7-night stay when you reserve your stay with MindfulAdventures.com (800-532-5590)

Vera Via, Carlsbad, CA
Vera Via offers one of the most unique wellness retreats.  Their program helps guests accomplish specific goals including weight reduction, overcoming stressors, personal fitness and programs for long lasting health and well-being.  I love that you meet with their experts and create an individualized plan that helps you realize success during your stay with continued progress when you’re back home. Treating the ‘whole’ person leads to long lasting results.
Holiday Promo: Special offer if you reserve your stay by 12/31/2017 and stay by February 2018.
Reserve your stay with MindfulAdventures.com (800-532-5590)

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Looking for more ideas? Our Transforming Wellness Resort list also includes Red Mountain Resort, Mii amo, Lake Austin Spa Resort and more.

Check our  Top 10 Spa & Wellness Retreats

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Thank you for going through our 2017 Mindful Holiday Gift Guide: Travel, Spa & Wellness
Merry Christmas and Season’s Greetings!
Best wishes for a New Year filled with Joy, Prosperity & many Mindful Adventures!
- Donna xx

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Health News: Chef and Entrepreneur Dina Lauro Launches Dina’s Organic Foods

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 | Cooking Schools, Foodies, Nutrition, Wellness Spas, healthy living, wellness | 2 Comments

Photo credit: Dina's Organic Foods

Holiday snacking and gifting is guilt-free this season with the launch of Dina’s Organic Foods from Chef and Entrepreneur Dina Lauro. Known as the Founder of Chunkie Dunkies, Lauro adds Dina’s Organic Foods to her line of healthy desserts and snacks. Available in three flavors – Carrot Cake Bar, Mint Chocolate Bar and Pumpkin Walnut Bar – the bars are not only new, they are 100-percent-certified organic.

“When you taste one of the bars from Dina’s Organic Foods, be prepared for a whole new experience. Because of the combination of pure ingredients in just the right amounts, you will want to savor every bite,” says Dina’s Organic Foods and Chunkie Dunkies Owner Dina Lauro. “The one-of-a-kind nutrition bars have crunchy texture on the outside, just enough moisture on the inside, satisfy a sweet tooth, and are made with 100-percent-certified organic ingredients.”

Lauro, who makes the bars personally in her commercial kitchen in West Palm Beach, FL., explains they are made with “live food” ingredients that are balanced well. She suggests eating them any time of day – breakfast, mid-morning snack, after a meal, to boost energy, or to curb cravings between meals. Lauro describes the unique characteristics of each bar:

Carrot Cake Bar - “The taste of crisp walnuts, juicy carrots, autumn spices and the perfect amount of pure maple syrup will immediately relax your mind and have your taste buds dancing.”

Mint Chocolate Bar (pictured above) – “If you are a chocolate and mint lover like myself, you have a new BFF. This guilt-free bar is crunchy, chocolatey and minty inside and out. With a nutrient-dense base of sprouted buckwheat groats, raw almonds and coconut, you’ll be amazed how it satisfies your cravings.”

Pumpkin Walnut Bar – “Moist all around and full of fresh pumpkin. Including raw walnuts, maple syrup and heavenly spices, this will become your breakfast bar. Get your fiber needs for the day with this bar.”

They had me at chocolate mint!

Customers are already sharing the love for the just-launched bars from Dina’s Organic Foods:

“Amazing flavor and texture! I have tried many healthy bars, and this is by far the most delicious! I love the fact that is vegan, gluten-free and sugar free, too. Yum!” – Pamela S.

“Dina is the bomb! You have nailed it with everything you make. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it over and over; simply amazing treats. So satisfying and beyond delicious.” – Chris J.

For holiday gifting or keeping for yourself, Dina’s Organic Foods are available on www.chunkiedunkies.com and at several resorts including The Breakers, Hilton West Palm, Marriott Boca Raton and Hippocrates Health Institute. They’re also available in stores around the country. Lauro advises, “If you don’t see Dina’s Organic Foods and Chunkie Dunkies in your favorite stores, request them!”

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About Dina Lauro, Chunkie Dunkies, and Dina’s Organic Foods - Dina Lauro founded Chunkie Dunkies in 2011 and Dina’s Organic Foods in 2017.  After graduating Chef School at The Natural Gourmet Institute in Manhattan, Lauro desired a deeper education in nutrition. She enrolled in the Hippocrates Health Educator Program in West Palm Beach, FL. and received the knowledge she sought, which led to the development of Lauro’s first line of healthy desserts and snacks, Chunkie Dunkies. Lauro’s foods are raw, vegan, gluten free, soy free, Paleo, Kosher certified and 100-percent-certified organic. More details may be found on www.chunkiedunkies.com.

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Carillon Miami Wellness Resort Offers Holiday & New Year Spa Services

Monday, December 11th, 2017 | Adventure, Beauty, Healing, Meditation, Nutrition, Relaxation, Skincare, Spirituality, Weight Loss, Wellness Spas, Yoga, facials, fitness, healthy living, massage, mindfulness, spa, stress relief, well-being, wellness | 1 Comment

Transform your Body, Mind and Spirit with one of the New Year inspired spa services at Carillon Miami Wellness Resort and since it’s the season of giving, you might want to consider gifting one, too.    Carillon Miami Wellness Resort is an all-suite hotel located on a private stretch of beach offering a wellness getaway and so much more.  It’s also home to Dr. Adonis Maiquez, board-certified in functional medicine and an expert on healthy aging.   Let’s take a look at their New Year services, which will be offered though January.

The New Year’s Resolutions Prequel Plan
Kick start your New Year’s resolutions by already achieving goals by the holidays, and a new year and new you by 2018.  Carillon’s expert personal trainers hold the highest degrees, accolades and certifications in the industry, and their mission is to ensure that you achieve your personal goals.  Not only will you learn technique and find your optimal strength, but you will also be emotionally and spiritually supported during your transition to a fitter and more vibrant life.
Ten 50-Minute Sessions for $800

La Côte d’Or Facial
Since the reign of Cleopatra, pure gold masks have been used to detoxify and brighten skin.  Modern pioneers of skincare are utilizing French marine biotechnology to enhance the radiance of the skin and to prolong its hydration.  This treatment combines the rich tradition of skincare with the latest scientific developments to offer a results oriented, all natural treatment crafted to leave skin instantly luminous and supple.
50 Min $240

The Golden Mother Prenatal Journey
Taoists deity, The Golden Mother, reigns as the goddess of life and immortality, and the muse for this decadent and all natural prenatal  body treatment.  Safe and soothing rose essential oils are utilized to exfoliate, massage and soothe the body. Emerge refreshed, fragrant and glowing.
80 Min $240

Carillon Grocery Guru
Make every trip to the market stress free with the companionship, wisdom and guidance of Carillon’s grocery guru. Learn which products to purchase, how to avoid unhealthy choices and simple ways to prepare healthy meals through the holidays.
$200 per Hour

The Carillon Cleanse Medical Weight Loss Program
The ability to lose weight is often affected by food sensitivities, vitamin deficiencies, toxin levels and stress. Carillon’s program combines the services of their Medical Director, Dr. Adonis, Nutritionist, Exercise Physiologist and staff of nurses, dieticians, acupuncturists, Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine doctors, energy healers and more to create a bespoke weight loss program specifically suited to your individual wellness needs and preferences.
Cleanse Consultation Starts at $200

Carillon Miami - A Wellness Resort is located at 6801 Collins Avenue in Miami. The spa can be reached at: 866-276-2226

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Wellness Travel Tips from Metro Integrative Pharmacy in New York City

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 | Beauty, Healing, Nutrition, Skincare, Weight Loss, facials, healthy living, skincare coach, stress relief, well-being, wellness | No Comments

You’ve planned your wellness retreat and now it’s time to pack those toiletries.  What will you bring with you to keep your home routine on track while traveling?  Look no further.  This New York City Integrative Pharmacy has some tips that will keep you fresh, protected and relaxed.

Wellness Travel Tips from New York’s Metro Integrative Pharmacy

The staff at Metro Integrative Pharmacy includes nutritionists, naturopaths, herbalists and estheticians.   There are a number of wellness products to consider for home and travel and we have a round-up of some go-to products to take along with you. Thanks to both Karen Wright, CNS (Certified Nutrition Specialist), functional nutritionist and transformational health coach and Caroline Nuytten, licensed esthetician, for their contribution.

Let’s Get Started!

Karen’s Tips:

Essential oil for relaxation and calming in the evening, other than lavender, include: Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot or Jasmine. All can help reduce travel stress.

“Open a bottle of your favorite and breathe it in,” says Karen Wright. “If putting essential oils on your  body, first dilute by mixing with a “carrier” oil like almond or coconut, or with water in a spray bottle, because they’re very concentrated. The essential oil can also be dabbed on bed sheets before turning in.”  Karen also recommends a cup of chamomile tea in the evening.

Anti-bacterial gel:
Tea tree oil has natural anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. One of  the only essential oils that doesn’t need to be added to a “carrier” oil, so you can carry it in your purse and apply to hands directly. “As with any anti-bacterial product, be careful not to over-use it. Our hands are meant to carry some good bacteria,” according to Karen Wright.


Caroline’s Tips:

We know the importance of sunscreen and there are a number of natural options available. According to Caroline, “the best type of sunscreen for your trip will depend on the destination, length and planned activities.”

These two brands are among Caroline’s favorites carried in the store and both offer a range of sunscreen products.

Replenishing Solar Defense SPF 30 from MyChelle Dermaceuticals, is a non-whitening (clear), mineral-based sunscreen for face and body. Made with Zinc Oxide, provides UVA/UVB protection. Contains Red Algae Extract and Kukui and Macadamia Nut oils for moisture. It’s important to note that it’s made without titanium dioxide, GMO, Gluten, Parabens, Petroleum, Phthalates (typically added to plastics), Sulfates, Ureas, Artificial Fragrances or Artificial Colors. And, it’s Vegan and Cruelty-free.

Upcoming Event: Reveal Your Skin Event with Mychelle Dermaceuticals
Tuesday, Nov. 7 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Avene Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion 50 SPF for face and body is another option Caroline shared with us. It provides mineral-based broad spectrum UVA/UVB filters and anti-oxidant protection in the form of vitamins C and E and long lasting hydration with Avène Thermal Spring Water.  It is Hypoallergenic, Non-Comedogenic, Fragrance-Free, Soap-Free, Paraben-Free, Oil-Free, Soy-Free, Gluten-Free

Natural Lip Balms are a must-have for this list and Caroline suggested Badger Cocoa Butter Organic Lip Balms for dry lips as they’re made with Certified Organic and Fair Trade CertifiedTM Cocoa Butter and flavored with natural oils like vanilla, cool mint and pomegranate. Balms are gluten-fee and include SPF 15 sun protection. Certified Cruelty-Free.

There are a number of natural deodorant products and I think I’ve tried most of them so this was certainly of great interest to me (and our readers) as hiking in the Arizona desert during the heat of the summer came to mind – you get the picture!   (Thank you, Caroline!)

Effective Natural Deodorant – Schmidt’s deodorants are 100% natural. Formulated from plants and minerals to help neutralize odor and absorb wetness without aluminum. Scented with essential oils and they come in lavender/sage, coconut pineapple and geranium flower, to name a few. Caroline says many of her customers are pleased with effectiveness and “a lot of people come back for it.”  No artificial fragrances, propylene glycol, parabens & phthalates. Certified Vegan and Cruelty-free.

Face mist – another must have for travel.  Caroline suggested Jane Iredale’s POMMIST Hydration Spray, a facial spritz that hydrates and conditions and includes Pomegranate Extract with antioxidants.  Caroline also said that a spritz after applying makeup can last for hours and smells great, too.  The Jane Iredale line of Hydration Sprays have Natural and Organic certification from ECOCERT.

Upcoming event: Jane Iredale Mini-Makeover
Thursday, November 16, 2017, 4:00 – 7:00 pm

This is just a sample of the number of natural products available for your travel needs.   If you’re in New York, stop by Metro Integrative Pharmacy and meet Karen and Caroline, for an opportunity to receive personal advice.  Private consultations, up to 15-minutes, are offered every day and can be booked in advance.  Happy Travels!
More info?

Visit: metrointegrative.com

Metro Integrative Pharmacy is the first, and only pharmacy and natural product retailer of its kind in New York City.  You’ll find naturopathic doctors, nutritionists, herbalists, estheticians and other health care practitioners whose sole jobs are to help you better understand your own whole body wellness.

Location: 931 Lexington Avenue – between 68th/69th streets in New York, NY

Phone:  212.794.7200
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Velas Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta Reopens Foodies Cantina in November

Thursday, October 19th, 2017 | Adventure, Food and Wine, Foodies, Mexico, Puerto Vallarta, Yoga, massage, spa, stress relief | No Comments

Foodies Cantina reopens in November as an additional option for Velas Vallarta guests

Photo credit: Velas Vallarta

Foodies Cantina is a place for Velas Vallarta guests to enjoy a typical Mexican cantina’s food and drinks. A sampling of menu options include Marlin “La Tía,” Smoked marlin cooked Mexican-style and accompanied with an avocado sauce, bean sprouts, cucumber, serrano chili and soy sauce, and Cheese and Banana Empanadas, with purple onion, avocado salsa, micro greens, and pasilla chili and green tomatillo sauce. How about dessert? Well, one of the options is Puebla de los Ángeles, a sponge cake with bitter chocolate mole poblano, mixed nuts, orange reduction and peanut butter with Oaxacan mescal. Every night, a singer softens the mood for diners with typical melodies of the region. Later in the night, a mariachi band performs for diners to enhance the Mexican atmosphere.

This foodie experience opens for dinner guests at 7 p.m. and is only open from November until Easter. Dress code for Foodies Cantina is casually elegant and reservations are required.

Velas Vallarta is an all-inclusive family resort located on 10-acres of oceanfront and lush gardens.  At Velas Vallarta, the all-inclusive rates include suite accommodations, a la carte gourmet meals at a variety of specialty restaurants, premium branded beverages, 24-hour in-suite service, fitness center, taxes, gratuity and more.

Guests can choose from a number of activities including yoga on the jetty, Mexican fiestas, casino nights, and making piñatas and jewelery.  The Kids’ Club was recently renovated and welcomes children under 13 with supervised activities.

And, yes, there’s a Spa!
A beachfront location offering healing therapies to rejuvenate body, mind and spirit.  The SPA uses local, natural and organic products and oils for a sensual, spiritual experience on the Puerto Vallarta coast.

For More Information:   Velas Vallarta

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