Beautiful Skin Breakthrough

The best revenge is looking great!

We don’t like lines at the airport, the bank or at the grocery store. But the lines I like least are the ones that have suddenly appeared on my face! Well, it’s a fact of life.

And then I began using products from Vivier

I have never recommended a personal product before this, but I do so now. I have been using the serums and night cream now for two whole months. These are the results: the skin on my cheeks is baby smooth; the part of my face between my nose and lip seems more plump; there are no fine lines on my forehead; no dryness and fine lines on my neck at all; and there are no fine lines under my eyes. Am I getting more sleep than usual? I doubt it. But there are no bags and dark circles under my eyes.

I read the fact sheet more carefully to find out exactly what was in these vials. According to the Montreal manufacturer, Vivier Pharma, Vivier Skin is formulated with high quality pharmaceutical ingredients that are meant to be stronger than typical drugstore bands. So, the company distributes many of their items through select spas and dermatology offices, rather than department stores.

  • TMR Anti-Wrinkle Peptide Serum
  • Radiance Serum
  • Nightly Age Defying Moisturizer
  • Sheer. Broad spectrum SPF 45 Lotion with transparent zinc oxide.

And I have been drinking Sproos

Enhanced collagen beverage crystals called Sproos Up Your Skin & Hair in citrus green tea flavour, as well as Sproos MCT Collagen Creamer with hydrologized collagen peptides for my coffee. Sproos is a Canadian owned company, and their products are formulated with hydrolyzed collagen peptides sourced from North American grass fed bovine and wild-caught North Atlantic fish.

All of this has certainly benefited my complexion. I get compliments daily, and that hasn’t happened for a while.

Don’t take my word for it. As a travel writer, I pass through Customs and Immigration at airports often. I always have a laugh since I am usually eyed with suspicion and questioned about the age listed on my Passport.

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Good Carbs vs Bad Carbs – What Are You Eating?

About every six months, a new study comes out pitting high-carb vs high-protein (usually higher-fat) diets. Sometimes carbs win. Sometimes protein wins. But what’s most important in terms of shedding excess weight and living healthier isn’t really about carbs vs protein. It’s about good carbs vs bad carbs. Continue reading “Good Carbs vs Bad Carbs – What Are You Eating?”

Health Matters: Is Diet or Exercise More Important?

Diet or Exercise? What Works?

This interactive infographic from the Pritikin Longevity Centre has taken all the key scientific findings on successful weight management and distilled them into an engaging, easy-to-understand format. Continue reading “Health Matters: Is Diet or Exercise More Important?”

Living Well in La Belle Province

Lounging under the stars in the percolating effervescence of a huge, heated thermal pool, we are protected from the elements by walls of natural rocks and boulders at Spa Eastman. There is wind and frost in the air, and a few hardy snowflakes blow about in the rising steam. At the crest of the embankment, a massive bonfire warms us and sends woodsy fragrance our way. Magnificent. If only for this, it was worth the drive on the long and winding road that brought us here from Montreal.
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A Natural High at Rancho la Puerta

I may have made a terrible mistake. Walking briskly along the lantern lit path, I feel apprehension at the prospect of a four-mile mountain hike. It’s still dark and cold at 6:00 a.m. and a rooster crows in the distance. In the lounge, the scene looks like a TV commercial for The North Face, and I am intimidated. They’re drinking herbal tea, wearing water bottles, gloves and fanny packs and raring to go. But I am not what anyone would call the “outdoorsy type.” Can I keep up? Continue reading “A Natural High at Rancho la Puerta”

The Link Between Bread and Modern-Day Ailments

The global gluten-free movement has been gaining more traction just over the last several years, with over 30% of Americans already consciously getting rid of gluten from their diets, in an effort to feel better and lose weight.

The saying “It’s the best thing since sliced bread” has been so ingrained (pardon the pun) into our consciousness to express amazement or appreciation just goes to show how the humble loaf is such a part of our daily lives. The truth is, bread has been around for ages as one of our most basic sources of nourishment. For many, the aroma of freshly baked bread evokes pleasant memories of home or childhood.

Lately, however, research suggests that a lot of our modern-day ailments – migraines, ADHD, dementia, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic arthritis, diabetes, cancer, and a host of others – are linked to gluten, the complex protein found in wheat, rye, and barley.

For people who do have a gluten-related disorder, the cure is simple: a lifelong gluten-free diet. Through books like “Toxic Staple” by Anne Sarkisian or documentaries like “The Celiac Project” from filmmaker Michael Frolichstein, we now know that a gluten-free lifestyle has given so many people a second chance at life.

Groundbreaking research from Dr. Alessio Fasano (author of “Gluten Freedom” and founder of the Center for Celiac Research in Massachusetts), and integrative medical neurologist Dr. Perlmutter (author of “Grain Brain”) further supports the idea that a gluten-free diet should be encouraged, even if we don’t have a gluten-related condition.

We’ve also just begun to understand the mechanisms and physiology behind celiac disease, NCGS, and other gluten allergies. Also, 90% of people with some type of gluten sensitivity are walking around today, unaware that they have this condition, often misdiagnosed or undiagnosed completely – which is the reason why we hear of cases of people finding out they have gluten intolerance in their 30s and 40s.

For some, going gluten-free is the only way to go. For others, it’s still a lifestyle choice. If you think the gluten-free diet is something you should start considering, have a look at this highly informative infographic from our friends over at to give you an overview and help you better understand what a gluten-free life is all about.

What is Gluten, exactly?

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and triticale. Avoiding foods that contain certain grains won’t make your food choices 100% gluten-free. Also, this protein can be found in foods like sauces, salad dressings, milkshakes, beer, soups, and many more. If you’re extremely sensitive, there is even gluten in some beauty products.

The Hidden Foods

If you’re celiac, have a non-celiac sensitivity, or allergic to wheat, it is essential to know the hidden items that contain gluten. The reactions could include bloating, abdominal pain, headaches, exhaustion, IBS symptoms like constipation and diarrhea, joint and muscle pain and skin issues.

Common Questions About Being Gluten-Free

Even though many people can experience these symptoms, it may not be suitable for everyone. You may have many questions like: What are the risks vs. benefits of a gluten-free diet? Which foods should you avoid and eat if you have a gluten intolerance? Which food substitutes are available and where? Also, which brands offer the best gluten-free products?

If you’re curious about the answers to these questions and want to learn more, this infographic will help.

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