News and Tips from Eva Claiborne
December is the last month of the year and the month when I sit back for a moment and reflect on the past year. 2017 was a year of great change for me personally. This was the first year in many years that my daughter moved back to the Bay Area and also the year that I lost my father and some very close friends. It was a year of joy and also a year of great pain. We had the devastating fires in the North Bay, however, it also brought out the strength, resilience and the love within our community. One major theme I really noticed this year was that there’s always positive even during difficult times, which is a something to be grateful for.
A new year is a new start for many. For me, I hope 2018 continues to build upon the hard work I have put in. I will start the year by traveling back to Hungary and spending time with my friends and family and setting my intentions for the year. I look forward to several events in 2018; expanding my Evike line and skin-care treatments, celebrating a big birthday and bringing a group of you to my homeland in the spring and allowing you to experience my culture first hand.
I wish all of you and your family a happy and safe holiday season. And I look forward to a wonderful 2018 and sharing and making new memories with you!
Collagen is a protein found throughout your entire body. It is found in the tough inner layer of skin, hair, nails intestinal tissue and joints. Besides it holding a lot of the body together, it is also the thing that maintains firm skin and keeps us looking young. Our bodies naturally produce collagen, but as we age the production starts slowing down and the appearance of aging begins.
There are many people who take collagen via pills and injections, but what we put in our body can also aid in collagen production and help keep us looking more youthful. Here are the top 7 foods that are high in collagen and also good for you:
- Bone Broth – contains bioavailable collagen that your body can absorb and use right away. All bone broths are great, beef aids skin health, while turkey and chicken support joint health.
- Salmon (Wild Caught) – contains omega 3 essential fatty acids reduces inflammation and promotes skin moisture from the inside out
- Greens – the chlorophyll in leafy greens increases procollagen, which is the precursor to collagen
- Berries – rich in Vitamin C and ellagic acid, berries protect the body against toxins and prevent collagen breakdown from UV damage
- Avocados – vitamin E and healthy fats helps prevent collagen breakdown and improves the health of skin cells
- Garlic – contains sulfur, a trace mineral, that aids in collagen synthesis
- Citrus – vitamin C in citrus protects against toxins, which breaks down collagen
I absolutely love peppers and luckily for me, I was born in a country known for its peppers and paprika. The Szegedi paprika is a paprika that is known all over the world. It is a staple in Hungarian cooking, and my kitchen, and can be both sweet and spicy. I grew up smelling the aroma of the paprika in both my mother and grandmother’s kitchen in the city and the country home. The smell of paprika transforms me back to my childhood and reminds me of all the good times I had with my family.
During the end of the summers and the beginning of fall, the paprika harvest would take place and I would get to participate in picking the paprika from the garden at the country house. We would eat the paprika raw on sandwiches and/or cook them in stews. My grandmother would also dry the paprika out and grind it down to a powder that we could cook with all year round. She would tell me that the secret to a man’s heart is through good cooking, but only with some great paprika. Whether that is true or not, not only does the paprika add a depth to any cuisine but the paprika is filled with essential vitamins and minerals.
My mood, and the cuisine I am cooking, will determine whether I cook with a spicy or sweet pepper. Both are great and both offer health benefits. Some of these benefits include:
- Vitamin C – an antioxidant, which is important for healing and boosting the immune system.
- Vitamin B6 – aids in metabolism.
- Vitamin K1 – promotes healthy kidney function, bones and is essential for blood clotting.
- Vitamin A – found in red peppers, helps bone growth and good vision
- Capsaicin – increase metabolism, fights inflammation, and reduces cholesterol.
The next time you want to add a little extra flavor and a dash of health, add some paprika to your favorite meal.
Summer is one of my favorite seasons of the year. I have many fond memories of family vacations in Hungary; spending time on Lake Balaton, camping by the Tisza River, or soaking in one of the Thermal Baths. Late nights were always filled with eating good food, drinking local wine, playing cards and laughing. By the end of the summer it was guaranteed that all the outdoor activities left me with a golden tan. As much as I loved getting a tan, it isn’t always the best for the skin.
A tan is simply the skin reacting to the ultraviolet radiation from the sun and is your skin producing melanin, which is the way it protects itself from the UV rays. Too much exposure to UV rays can have negative effects on the skin and cause wrinkles, discoloration and/or skin cancer. It is imperative to always use a high-grade sunblock, re-apply and limit the exposure to the sun. Remember to avoid the direct summer sun between 10 am to 4 pm. If you can’t, cover up.
There were times when I accidentally did get sunburned, and I would treat my sunburn the old fashioned way like my grandmother used to and apply sour cream to my skin. The coldness of the sour cream has an instant soothing relief and the fat, enzymes, calcium, lactic acid and PH in dairy help soothe irritated skin. The colder the dairy is, the more it restricts the blood vessels and helps reduce the swelling caused by the burn.
Besides enjoying my time outside with friends and family, summer was also the time when watermelons were in season. Watermelons are one of my absolute favorite fruits. They are juicy and sweet and are the perfect dessert or snack. Besides the delicious taste of them, they can also help drop a few pounds of water weight. I was introduced to the watermelon diet from a young age by my mother. Before every vacation, she would have a ritual of eating as much watermelon as possible for 1-3 days She claimed, that it helped her lose the necessary inch or two for her bathing suit body. I myself, would partake in this diet right before my vacations.
- Eat as much watermelon as possible for 1-3 days, no other foods allowed. .
- Drink only water
I wish all a wonderful rest of your summer and look forward to seeing you in my spa.