Sunday, August 30, 2009

Plant2Body Organics - Nourishing Serum

As many of you know I love my camillia oil (green tea oil) as a nightly moisturizer. Not only has it been the main moisturizer I've been using for the last 5 years (with some expensive brands in between), but it's the one I have recommended to countless patients wanting a simple moisturizer without chemicals, parabens, and fragrances, whether they have perfectly clear skin, cystic acne, rosacea, or acne scarring from years before.

My friend and colleague, Anna Falkowski, had also always felt the same way about the camillia oil, yet we knew we could improve it with the knowledge we had learned and accumulated over the years about skin and how it responds and what it needs. So we are so excited to finally have our new oil, Nourishing Serum, inspired by the benefits of green tea and perilla seed oil, to share with our patients and friends. An oil that will nourish the skin (and hair) without preservatives, fragrances, or chemicals; an oil that is organic that will help skin preserve elasticity and retain moisture.

Thank you to all our friends and family that have helped Plant2Body Organics develop Nourishing Serum. We hope everyone loves it as much as we do!!!

Fresh Greens from the Garden

On Friday, after Anna and I spent the day bottling and labelling our new product - Nourishing Serum (debuts tomorrow at Zawada Health!), we went through her garden and she gave me a bagful of dark green leafies to take home - kale, swiss chard, and beet greens!

So Friday night for dinner I picked up some salmon steaks, and a fresh head of cauliflower (since it's on my healthy and active list!) on my way home. I ended up sauteeing the swiss chard with some olive oil, red chili flakes, fresh lemon juice, and a tonne of garlic. The swiss chard was so tender and flavourful, so much less bitter and tough then from the grocery store. It was enough to inspire me to buy another planter for next year and dedicate it to growing dark green leafies!!!!

The cauliflower was nice for a change as well since I usually roast it. I did the cauliflower similarly to the swiss chard but added 1/4 cup water to the saute pan at the beginning to let it steam to cook the cauliflower and then added lemon zest and parsley at the end of cooking.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

New and Exciting Projects

Several patients have asked me what happened to my blog as I've only had one post in the last month. Don't worry, I haven't abandoned my blogging!

Chris and I went on a little 12 road trip out East at the beginning of August - we did New Brunswick, PEI, and Nova Scotia. It was fantastic except for the rotting blackberries we found under the seat of the car half-way through our trip! I have a list of 10 stories or blogs that I will slowly start to publish from our adventures.

My colleague and friend, Anna, and I have also been working on a serum for nourishing the face, and for wrinkles, scars, and stretch marks for the better part of this year that is organic and uses simple, powerful ingredients. Plant2Body organics and its nourishing serum will make its debut at Zawada Health and Vitality for Life this Monday!!!

And last but not least my detox cookbook is slowly falling into place. As some of you know this has been close to a 3 year project. And now that Chris is going back to school this September I will have some 'extra' time to finally finish the book!

Sunday, August 16, 2009


Check this product out.

I was walking along Bloor in Bloor West Village this morning and passed by a children's store (Diaper-eez) that I've walked by a hundred times but never stopped to check things out. This time the window caught my eye so I walked in surrounded by BPA-free bottles, soothers, baby clothes, and toys!

I have been slowly throwing out all my plastic tupperware with the intention of buying new glass ones. I always hesitate because of the weight. Lately I've been using glass jars, much to my husband's dismay. Our one corner kitchen cupboard is a disaster with empty salsa or almond butter jars, spilling over everywhere.

Anyway so these greentainers are stainless steel, a safe alternative to plastic containers, and can be bought with lock mechanisms. They come in a few sizes. I took down the information, ready to check out their website and noted I could go back and purchase! The lady at the store said the containers are easily opened by kids 7 years old and up.