Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to go on a crazy diet or change everything you eat. It is simply about making healthier decisions and substituting or adding one new healthy habit at a time. No food can make you look younger and feel healthier overnight. But over time, getting the right nutrients can make a world of difference in how you feel about yourself.
Here are some recipes to help you meal plan to a healthier you:
BREAKFAST- GLOWING GREEN SMOOTHIE
This glowing green smoothie recipe is from the top celeb nutritionist, Kimberly Snyder in Hollywood. In one drink, you not only get the fuel to lose weight, but rejuvenate your skin, fight aging, and increase energy.
1 ½ cups water
1 head organic romaine lettuce, chopped
3 to 4 stalks organic celery
½ of large bunch of spinach
1 organic apple, cored and chopped
1 organic pear, cored and chopped
1 organic banana
Juice of ½ fresh organic lemon
Add water and chopped head of romaine to blender. Blend at a low speed until smooth. Add spinach, celery, apple and pear, blend at high speed. Finish with banana and lemon.
LUNCH- QUINOA AVOCADO SPINACH POWER SALAD
This nutritional vegan/gluten-free lunch is filling and energizing! With this powerful punch combination, you will find it will be a new quinoa favorite! Recipe from The Garden Grazer.
1 cup dry quinoa
2 medium avocados
3 oz. baby spinach
8 oz. cherry tomatoes
3 green onions
1-2 garlic gloves
2 tbsp. Red wine vinegar
⅛ tsp. Salt
Cook the quinoa according to package directions. Meanwhile, chop the spinach. Place in a large bowl. Mince garlic, and add to spinach. Slice the green onions, halve the cherry tomatoes, and dice the avocado. When quinoa is done cooking , add it to the spinach and toss. Add the green onions, tomatoes, red wine vinegar, and salt. Stir to combine. Add avocados and lightly toss.
DINNER- HEALTHY TURKEY LETTUCE WRAPS
This is inspired by PF Changs’ famous recipe, these healthy turkey lettuce wraps are quick, easy to make and are full of so much flavor! Recipe from Eat Yourself Skinny.
1 ¼ lb. fat-free lean ground turkey
1 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
⅛ tsp. Ground ginger
4 green onions, thinly sliced
1 can sliced water chestnuts, drained and chopped
3 tbsp hoisin sauce
2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tsp. Roasted red chili paste
Pinch of salt
12 boston lettuce leaves
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add turkey, garlic and ginger to the pan and cook for about 6 minutes or until turkey browned. Combine turkey mixture, onions and chopped water chestnuts in a large bowl, stirring well, and set aside. Meanwhile in a small bowl, whisk together hoisin, soy sauce, rice vinegar and roasted red chili paste and drizzle over the turkey mixture. Toss to coat completely. Add ¼ cup turkey mixture to each lettuce leave and serve.
We look forward to working with you on your health and wellness journey. Call us anytime for a complimentary consultation!
Everywhere you turn these days, you often see everyone on their phones, rather than engaging in one another. Things are more self-service, automated and tech driven nowadays. The human touch is one of the first senses we knew and plays a vital role in our physical and psychological health, yet the physical touch has lessened in our technology culture. As we become more and more connected to society through the digital world, it can impact communications, relationships and our day-to-day.
So just how do we get back to feeling that human touch that we actually crave so much? After all, that’s what we used to know.
It all starts with getting back to basics.
At dinner time, have a rule that everyone puts away their phones to talk about each other’s day, and play a game afterwards. This is a family bonding time where everyone gets to unwind and feel connected.
Ask a friend out to lunch. Relationships with friends are extremely important. They are there for you when you need them. It’s always so nice to greet them with a huge hug and afterall, who doesn’t want a hug? They say 12 hugs a day is important to the human touch for growth and powerful energy in the body.
Engage with our kids more. Kids won’t always be kids. Soon they will grow up before our eyes, and we will be wishing they were still our little babies. Let’s play that game of catch with them, have them be your sous chef, and most importantly, hug them often, rub their back for no reason, and put your arm around them when reading a book.
#TREATYOSELF to a spa day! Sometimes before we can give it our all to our families, friends and/or our job, we need to make sure we are mentally and physically existent. We need to de-stress our mind and body to recharge to be the best version of ourself.
While the Christmas parties have passed, we still all want to look our best for the upcoming New Year. New Year’s Eve is the perfect excuse to look extra fabulous, and by that we mean flawless skin, perfecting your pout and smoothing out your fine lines to get glowing for 2018!
Many of our treatments offer instant results with little to no downtime. Here are a few of our favorites:
This is one of our favorite treatments for an immediate glow to help brighten up your complexion and reduce pore size.This is a must-do for any event to get that “red carpet skin.” Not only is it safe and for every skin type, it also feels fantastic!
That New Year’s kiss is the perfect time to have those “kiss me” lips that look natural and full. You will see results immediately, but allow 2 weeks prior for full results to show. This will last up to 9-12 months.
We’re always wanting gorgeous lashes! Using this topical treatment that is FDA approved, patients experience longer, thicker and darker lashes in about 8 weeks with a daily application. The results will give you the most healthy, rockstar lashes that don’t require a weekly appointment.
We look forward to assisting you at anytime you feel ready! Call to schedule your complimentary consultation 808-528-0888
I recently caught up with Malia Sanchez, the owner of the leading Esthetician School in Honolulu, Makana Academy Esthetics and Wellness. After growing up in the industry, as her mom was a cosmetologist and her aunt owning a salon, it was only natural for Malia to follow in their footsteps. With years of being an Esthetician, and then trainer for various skin care companies, Malia found her passion in teaching and training. In 2007, she opened Makana Academy Esthetics and Wellness, which is the only nationally accredited Esthetician school in Hawaii.
After celebrating 10 years of business, she continues to develop the most reputable esthetics school here on the island. Read on to find out more on the making of an Esthetician.
How long have you been in the industry?
Malia: I’ve been in the industry for over 24 years.
What is your role at the academy?
Malia: I’m the Director of Education. I develop the curriculum, hire staff, oversee facility, training and of course, students.
What type of credentials does an esthetic applicant need to have before considering applying to Makana?
Malia: You need to have a HS diploma or GED, 16 years old and be a U.S. Citizen.
What type of curriculum should be expected in an esthetic course?
Malia: We have 3 levels. Level 1 is where you learn about the skin, key active ingredients, chemistry and your hands-on in the classroom actually mixing ingredients. Level 2 is the introduction of facials. You get to learn basic facial techniques and partner up with your classmate to practice and learn all the different techniques. Level 3 is independent. You will be given actual clients to work on. We evaluate from start to finish, along with checkpoints. At the end, the client is given a survey on their treatment.
What is a typical class size?
Malia:We have no more than 10 students per class.
Have you noticed more demand for estheticians in recent years?
Malia: Absolutely. Before getting a facial was more of a luxury where you would get one for your birthday or anniversary. Now, people are wanting to improve their skin! It’s a necessity!
Have you noticed your graduates stay here in Hawaii or move off island to work in the field?
Malia: I see both! We have locals and then some military wives.
How many hours does a student need to complete before graduation?
Malia: 19 weeks and 600 hours.
After graduation, what’s next? Do they start applying for jobs?
Malia: Yes, they apply immediately. The first thing I tell them to do is to go to DCCA and apply for a work permit. I don’t guarantee work, but it’s a tight-knit industry, so I know many of the Dr.’s and MedSpa’s that I can put in a good word in if they are extremely hard workers.
Besides the hours and necessary licensing, what else does a hopeful Esthetician need to make it in this industry?
Malia: Emotional connections. You must be emotionally connected to your clients if you want to be successful. Your clients will keep coming back to you and refer their friends to you. This will keep you continuously booked. You must nurture your clients.
Can you imagine working in any other industry?
Malia: It’s so natural for me to be a coach! My relationships with my students continue beyond school. I could definitely see myself being a life coach!
If you’re interested in becoming an esthetician, please visit their website at makanaacademy.com
Cellulite has been one beauty-related issue that millions of women suffer from that bothers us the most. Just because you have cellulite, it doesn’t mean that you are overweight. It’s the result of irregular pockets sitting in the subcutaneous fats that connect your muscle and bone rather than fat itself. Cellulite can be found not only on the thighs, but your butt, stomach and arms.
There’s no quick fix for cellulite, but here are some top tips that can lessen the appearance before you hit the beach and that is the Venus Freeze Cellulite Reduction
This non-invasive treatment helps to contour and reduce cellulite in as little as three treatments. Venus Freeze uses multipolar radio frequency and magnetic pulsed energy to produce a dense and uniformed heat matrix to the skin. With no downtime and no pain, this can be used on many body areas to reduce cellulite, contour the silhouette, and increase circulation. Call Honolulu MedSpa for a free consultation today or fill out our appointment request form below.
USE A BODY TIGHTENING CONCENTRATE
Skinceuticals Body Tightening Concentrate helps to tighten, firm and lift the appearance of sagging skin. With 2% of hydrolyzed rice protein, it helps to firm the skin on the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, knees and upper arms. You simply apply this concentrate to dry skin twice a day and will notice the skin appears more firm and smooth after only a few days. You can find this concentrate serum at Honolulu MedSpa.
This is one of the most effective ways to get blood circulating, encourage lymph drainage and smooth the surface of your skin all in one. Dry brushing is a combination of exfoliation and massage that involves taking a dry brush and moving over your body in slow, circular motions.
TONE LEGS WITH SQUATS AND LUNGES
Workouts with high repetitions and lower weight paired with aerobics will help give you leaner, more toned look. Toning builds muscle and strength. Adding Venus Freeze Cellulite Reduction Treatment plus good diet and exercise will make your efforts much more visible.
Tanned skin always makes the skin appear tighter and more toned, so if you need an immediate solution for hiding cellulite quickly, use a self-tanner. Make sure to always exfoliate a few days prior to tanning so that your tan will not only last longer, but will fade evenly.
For questions, please call Honolulu MedSpa at 808-528-0888
You just got engaged and are feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the planning, on top of getting your bridal beauty routine down to a T. Mark your calendar with our prep list and find out which initial beauty steps you should do month-to-month before saying “I do.” We promise to leave you gorgeous and glowing for your big day!
9 to 12 MONTHS TO GO
Schedule a visit with Honolulu MedSpa for a complimentary consultation. It’s best to get your skin and body concerns under control well in advance. Our team of professionals can customize a treatment plan with your specific goals in mind. Skin issues such as brown spots, large pores, fine lines and redness, are best treated with the use of lasers, light based treatments and chemical peels. Although they will deliver the best results, you will typically need multiple treatments spaced out over the span of several months. Body treatments can take up to 2 months to see full results and repeat treatments may be needed.
Get on a good skincare regimen. If you’re not great at doing a daily skin care regimen, now is the time to get on board. Keeping your skin cleansed, hydrated and protected is key for having a flawless complexion for the big day. Whether you’re looking to add to your regimen or need a complete product overhaul, we are here to help every step of the way.
Laser hair removal. Since these take a series of months to get rid of any un-wanted hair, be sure to start your laser hair removal treatment right away. This is the perfect way to be stubble-free for your wedding and honeymoon! (facial hair, under arms, legs, bikini, etc.)
Injectables. If you’re interested in Botox or fillers, do it well in advance to make sure you like the look that it achieves, so you’ve got time to decide if you want it done prior to your big day as it takes a few weeks to start seeing results. (Botox lasts about 3-4 months, HA fillers about 9-12 months)
6 to 9 MONTHS TO GO
Lashes for days. Forget fake lashes, why not have real lashes by using Latisse for thicker, longer lashes that are yours. Everyone will be wondering if you’re wearing extensions or falsies!
Healthy locks. Be sure to start getting a deep conditioning treatment so that your hair is shiny, luscious and moisturized. If you’re wanting to grow your hair for the big day, be sure to just cut no more than an eighth of an inch each time. (ask us about a referral)
3 to 6 MONTHS TO GO
Shape your brows. Be sure to see a brow specialist so that they can determine the most flattering brow shape for your and give you time to grow them out for a fuller look. (ask us about a referral)
Sculpt your body.If the gym isn’t helping to get rid of some stubborn areas like your mid-section, love handles, arms or legs, you might want to try a non-invasive treatment like CoolSculpting. This procedure will take about 4-6 weeks to see results. Say bye-bye to unwanted fat bulges!
Fine-tune your color.Perfecting your hair color is key for the big day whether it’s highlights, root touch-ups or a whole head color. Give yourself 3 months to perfect the right color for you and you want to feel like yourself on your wedding day. (ask us about a referral)
1 to 3 MONTHS TO GO
Try on a spray tan. Don’t try this the day before your wedding day. Make sure to do this a few months prior to make sure you like the depth of the color and you can tweak it by going less or more with your professional spray tanner. If you plan on using an at-home, make sure to try one a month prior to make sure it’s golden and not orange-y looking. (ask us about a referral)
Make-up consultation.Always do a make-up trial a month prior so that you can work with your make-up artist for the ultimate bridal look. This way you’re not getting an anxiety attack the day of. Always wear a white shirt for this and go outside to take a photo. If you like the way it looks, you’re good to go. If not, this is a great way to tweak any changes. (Always wear a brighter shade of lipstick so that you won’t look washed out in photos, trust us!) (ask us about a referral)
Whiten your pearly whites.Since you will be full of smiles on your big day and pictures to last a lifetime, you want to be sure your teeth dazzle by avoiding red wine, coffee and tea stains. (ask us about a referral)
Book a series of facials. Give your skin some love with any of our Advanced Medical Grade Facials. From Dermaplaning to Hydrafacials we have the tools to get you skin fit for your wedding day. We highly recommend an Intraceuticals Oxygen Facial two days before your big day. A combination of Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamins A, C, E and Green Tea result in instantly smoother and plumped skin. Your skin will emerge deeply hydrated, balanced and glowing with vitality.