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CHECKING IN ON OUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

How’s your New Year’s resolutions coming along? Are you hitting your goals, or have you gotten off track? Usually, more than half of all resolutions fail, but it’s all about creating goals that are achievable and realistic. Start off by doing small, life-changing measures and work your way up. You don’t need to try and do them all at once.

Here’s how to stay focused on your New Year’s Goals:

MAKE A LIST

Write down your goals where you will see them.  When you see what you’re working towards you will start putting the focus in and that will help keep you on track.

START SMALL

Be realistic and start with goals that are easy to achieve. For example: Drink more water, meditate more, eat more plants, rather than eating out, cook more healthy foods, or go for a walk in the park. Small goals lead to big goals and that is what we want to work towards.

SET MANAGEABLE GOALS

Don’t create a list that is too difficult to achieve. Be realistic about your time and your lifestyle. If you have to get the kids to practice immediately after work, schedule time for yourself in the morning or take a walk while they are on the field. Be realistic and don’t be too hard on yourself if the unexpected comes up.

HOLD YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE

Get a family member or close friend to help you stay focused and accountable. Consider your needs and what keeps you motivated. If group settings work best for you take this into consideration before you plan your goals.

CELEBRATE YOUR SUCCESSES

By working on your list and crossing off the goals you have achieved, you gain confidence to tackle your next goal. Keep moving forward and know that there will be peaks and valleys along the way.

Never give up! As the months go on, it’s ok to revise it, tweak it and make it perfect for you!

Keep going!

 

LATEST CRAZE: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DRINKING CELERY JUICE

Are you drinking celery juice too? It seems like everywhere you turn, everyone is drinking celery juice thanks to “Medical Medium” Anthony Williams. He is the creator of this global celery juice movement and a four time New York Times best-selling author. Even celebs including Kim Kardashian, Naomi Campbell and Pharrell are jumping on the celery juice bandwagon. If you’re wondering what all the hype is about, or just want to know some fun facts; read on as we share the real, raw reasons we’re loving our celery juice and why you may just want to give it a try too.

Celery is an excellent source of vitamins A, C and K and has powerful antioxidants. With excellent sources of alkaline minerals like calcium, potassium and magnesium, this low calorie diet helps your body maintain its blood pH level.

Benefits of Celery Juice?

Anthony William insists that celery juice flushes out metal toxicity, pesticides and herbicides that are inside our liver. It helps to destroy bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms that can cause diseases.

It also helps with…

 

  • Inflammation
  • Cleanses the body of toxicity
  • Reduces bloating
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Helps with eczema, psoriasis and acne
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Ease digestion
  • Helps with constipation
  • Improves Kidney function

 

Juicing VS. Blending:

There are two ways you can drink this. If you have a juicer, run one bunch of celery through it. If you have a blender, blend it in a high-speed blender until smooth, then strain well and drink immediately.

He recommends drinking 16 ounces on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. Wait at least 15 minutes after drinking your celery juice before consuming anything else. If you’re sensitive, and drinking 16 ounces is too much, start with a smaller amount and work your way up. Use organic celery whenever possible and wash well before juicing.

Enjoy your morning!

 

EATING FOR HEALTH

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

Directions:

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

Directions:

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

Directions:

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!

 

THE HUMAN TOUCH. WHY SOCIAL CONNECTION MEANS SO MUCH IN A TECHNOLOGY DRIVEN WORLD.

THE HUMAN TOUCH. WHY SOCIAL CONNECTION MEANS SO MUCH IN A TECHNOLOGY DRIVEN WORLD.

Treat Yourself Spa Day

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. 

 

HOW TO GET RED CARPET READY FOR NEW YEAR’S

Hawaii hydrafacial

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:

GLOW WITH A HYDRAFACIAL

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!

PERFECT YOUR POUT

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.

GOODBYE TO FINE LINES

After the holidays, we can look a bit tired and overwhelmed. Botox can help soften those fine lines and wrinkles. You can see results within 4 days and it lasts up to 3 months.

YOUNGER LOOKING YOU WITH FILLERS

Dermal fillers are the best way to turn back the clock for a younger you! With no downtime and immediate results, you can find it helps to lift and rejuvenate the cheeks and soften deep smile lines.

LUSCIOUS LASHES WITH LATISSE

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

 

The Making Of An Esthetician

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