MY NEW BFF: Coconut Oil

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I just have a quick, but very important beauty + health tip today….

I recently mentioned coconut oil (my new BFF) on the Facebook Community and several ladies commented and shared their favorite way to use it.  Ok, so I guess coconut oil has lots of BFF’s.  I’m glad to hear it because this stuff is amazing internally and externally.  Many of you here on the blog are not “facebookers” so I wanted to make sure you got this great info as well.

I have been using coconut oil for the past few years, but only on occasion.  I would use it in the winter as a deep conditioning treatment on my hair or as a moisturizer on my skin when it was super dry, but that was about it. Recently, I have been cooking with it more and it’s delish!  Substitute it for the cooking oil you are currently using.  I switch off between the coconut oil and EVOO.  The list of health benefits from coconut oil is a mile long:

  • hair care
  • skin care
  • stress relief
  • maintaining cholesterol levels
  • weight loss
  • increased immunity
  • proper digestion and metabolism
  • relief from kidney problems
  • heart diseases
  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • HIV and cancer
  • dental care
  • bone strength

The benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial and soothing properties. (http://www.organicfacts.net)  It even worked on my chihuahua’s hotspots.  I tried several different natural home remedies as well as over-the-counter lotions on her skin and nothing worked as fast as coconut oil.   Make sure to get organic virgin coconut oil that has not been bleached, refined or hydrogenated.

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Be beautiful inside + out!

Love, Tiff

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A HEART STORY by Guest Writer Erica Annise, Heart & Wellness Advocate

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Erica Annise

Heart & Wellness Advocate

www.ericaannise.com

www.heart.org

 

Have you ever felt numbness in your left arm? Have you ever had a pain in your chest that was so impactful that you knew something was wrong, but was so afraid that you did nothing?  Heart Disease is the #1 Killer of all women in America. Why? Because as women, we are under so much stress in our lives to be the Perfect wife, Perfect mother, Perfect girlfriend…co-worker, boss, church lady, EVERYTHING for everyone that the person we neglect most is ourselves. As a woman we have been taught to overlook the feelings of being tired and to push forward as if we are invincible but we are not. Stress kills and we, as women, need to stop, listen to our bodies and take a stand in the fight against heart disease.

I ignored the signs and I will forever pay a heavy price. As a model/actress my life can be very hectic so feeling tired and stressed sometimes can be a part of my life so I overlooked a lot despite having heart disease present in my family history. My paternal grandmother passed at age 59 from a single heart attack. My paternal grandfather had two heart attacks and died at age 69 after having the third 69. The love of my first 32 years of life and still today, my father, passed at age 60 after having his own journey with heart disease.  The point is I should have known that I would be affected by something so silent but ever working on its victims. I think somewhere in my mind I made myself believe it couldn’t be me because I had been a modern dancer, worked out, and ate right.  I didn’t even have anything to worry about.  I was wrong.

My biggest regret is that I could have prevented the last nine years of hospital stays, testing, medication, needles and x-rays. After my father passed, I went to the doctor because I was so heart-broken I thought I needed some special medication to help me move forward in life. The doctor said your blood pressure is 210/120.  It took 3 years before I fully understood the danger. It was March 31, 2006 and all the warning signs were there. I felt weary and exhausted for several days.  I was so tired and that I couldn’t summon the strength to get on a flight even though I was at the gate. My husband didn’t know what was wrong, but could see the exhaustion in my eyes and was so concerned that he asked me to delay my trip so I stayed.  After three days, I felt okay and figured the extra rest had cured me enough that I could have a night out with my husband and friends.  It turned out to be quite a night.  We hadn’t been at the bar very long before I felt nauseous, heard ringing in my ear, started sweating, and my vision becoming blurry.  All I remember saying was, “I don’t feel so good.” When I woke up, I was in Cardiac Intensive Care at Northwestern Hospital and the day was April 1st. It was April Fool’s Day, but this was no joke. I have a complicated issue with my blood pressure which in turns puts stress on my heart, which in turn puts me at a highrisk for heart attacks and strokes.

So that’s my story, but what’s yours? Know your history. I knew mine but didn’t think it really had an impact on my life. Check your numbers. I do now. Don’t ignore the signs. Above all, know your body and listen.  Make a difference in your own life not excuses. February 1st is National GoRed Day across the world and February is also the month to show solidarity in supporting a friend, a mother, a sister, a daughter who has and who hasn’t had a fight with heart disease. We can fight together and win!

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Erica and I worked together in Dallas and became friends 15+ years ago.  What a gorgeous woman inside and out!  I would like to thank her for sharing her story and dedicating her life to raising awareness to save women’s lives.   Let’s join Erica in spreading the word and by doing our part to “make a difference in our own life” and listening to our bodies.

Make sure to rock your most fabulous + fierce red dress or top on Friday, Feb 1st and upload a photo to the SOS Facebook page!

Tweet about it @GoRedforWomen + @EricaAnnise with hashtag #gored and make sure to share this post with your friends.

Get involved. Save lives.

Love, Tiff

Be Healthy. Be Beautiful. Be Sane.

 

Hi Beautiful Girl,

Happy Friday! What do you have planned for the weekend?  I know I sound like a broken record, but I hope you find some time to decompress, recharge and calm your Spirit.  I won’t keep you from getting on with it so here’s just a few tips to help you feel healthier, more beautiful and hold on to your sanity!  I believe our inner beauty, health and wellness is much more important than the latest style and makeup tips.  If we don’t feel good on the inside, ultimately- we will not look good on the outside. 

The popularity of Green Tea has increased tremendously over the last 10 years. Have you incorporated it into your lifestyle yet? I encourage you to do so. There is a long list of health benefits including:

  • Increases metabolism (woohoo),
  • Lowers blood pressure,
  • Regulates glucose + insulin levels so it helps prevent diabetes,
  • Anti-viral,
  • Lowers cholesterol,
  • Reduces risks of cancer + alzheimers,
  • +PLUS+ the antioxidants help preserve the elasticity in the skin meaning LESS WRINKLES!

LATEST Q + A WEBISODE: No you aren’t crazy!

An important supplement I forgot to mention in the webisode (Brain Fart) is a great Vitamin B-Complex. I love it in sublingual form!  Helps with anxiety, depression, all symptons of PMS, fatigue, heart disease and more. 

FINAL TIP:  Enjoy nature. Take a walk. Stop + smell….

SOS TO THE RESCUE!

Giving you the tools…
to be free,
confident,
secure with yourself,
to embrace your quirks,
to own your unique beauty & style,
to walk tall in your fabulous-ness,
to be unapologetic,
to live life without restraints,
to realize your self-worth,
to truly take care of yourself, nurture your spirit and
to watch every single one of your dreams come to pass!

Love You Sister,

Tiff

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