What I’m Reading: THE PIPER PROTOCOL: The Insider’s Secret to Weight Loss & Internal Fitness

THE PIPER PROTOCOL: The Insider’s Secret to Weight Loss & Internal Fitness

I’m currently reading a paperback edition of THE PIPER PROTOCOL: The Insider’s Secret to Weight Loss & Internal Fitness.

As the master of internal fitness, A-list celebrity cleanse expert, Tracy Piper shows readers how to make your body, your mind, and your spirit feel better, look better, and behave better on every level. Not only does Tracy’s structured four-week eating plan promise that you will lose up to 25 pounds in the first month, it will change the way you feel and change the way you live.

“Tracy has been an integral part of my journey toward internal fitness, teaching me that external beauty truly comes from the inside. Her book will inspire others to use her knowledge to help themselves.” — Kate Upton, model and actress

“Tracy Piper is a force of nature. I call her my shaman. Her charisma and experience in the healing arts make her a fountain of information and people flock to her. I cannot wait to buy any book that she publishes and recommend it to my community.”— Dr. Alejandro Junger, New York Times best-selling author of Clean and Clean Gut

THE PIPER PROTOCOL incorporates step-by-step instructions, helpful drawings, 16 pages of beautiful photography, and delicious recipes for cleansing and rejuvenating foods as well as powerful home remedies including:

•  Recipes: Cocoa Almond Smoothie, Energy Smoothie, Asparagus Omelet, Caribbean Spicy Beef Stew,  Curry Shrimp Pot, Sweet Potato Lasagna, Spicy Butternut Acorn Squash Soup, Zucchini Chips, and Macaroon Chews

•  Home Remedies: Castor Oil Packs, Healing Clay’s various uses, oil pulling, and enemas.


3 Simple Ways to Prevent Holiday Weight Gain

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With holiday parties in full swing it makes you wonder is it possible to celebrate the season without packing on the pounds? I asked Amand Foti, Senior RD of Selvera Wellness, for 3 eating methods to incorporate for the rest of the month which will ensure a healthy and happy holiday season. Here are her tips:

  1. Cut down your portions. Most of us grab well over a recommended serving size. Consistently eating a bit more than you should can add up quickly. It only takes a couple hundred extra calories a day to gain weight.
  1. Drink water! Dehydration can cause unwanted food cravings, decrease metabolism, and even affect our energy levels. Drink at least 48-64 oz. a day! Try herbal tea on the colder days to mix it up a bit.
  1. Make sure you have a protein source, like eggs, greek yogurt, beans, chicken, fish, and nuts, and a fiber source, mostly fruits, vegetables and whole grains at every meal. This will help keep you full and keep your metabolism up. Remember to eat something every 3-4 hours whether it’s a meal or snack.

Amanda Foti, MS, RD, CDN

Amanda Foti

Amanda is a Registered Dietitian and a New York State Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist with a Masters in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. She has broad experience managing disease with nutrition and lifestyle in the clinical setting, and extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy in relation to emotional eating and weigh management counseling. Amanda currently works one-on-one with clients developing personalized weight management plans that address nutrition, activity and lifestyle.

Mirbeau Spa in New York Offers a Pumpkin Latte Body Treatment

Mirbeau Spa

Looking for a relaxing fall seasonal treatment? Head to Mirbeau Inn & Spa, located in the picturesque Finger Lakes town of Skaneateles, N.Y.

Now through Oct. 31, Mirbeau Spa’s seasonal, off-menu Farmhouse Fresh treatments will return in the form of a Pumpkin Latte Body Treatment ($130- $255).

The body treatment begins with an invigorating caffeine-infused Whipped Caramel Body Polish that increases circulation and buffs away dull skin. It is followed by an Organic Pumpkin Puree Mud Mask to deep clean, and a soothing massage using Sweet Cream Body Milk Lotion completes the indulgent treatment.

For additional details and reservations, please call 877-647-2328 or visit www.mirbeau.com

Going Veggie: The Simple 30-Day Guide to Becoming a Healthy Vegetarian Book Giveaway


The secret to being a happy vegetarian? Inspiring and satisfying meals!

Introducing Going Veggie: The Simple 30-Day Guide to Becoming a Healthy Vegetarian (Ulysses Press) — a new full-color book that will take you step-by-step through your transition while answering every question and concern about making the change.

Becoming a vegetarian is not simply about giving up meat, but rather finding a healthy lifestyle that will make you feel your best. Written by Trudy Slabosz, a popular blogger and longtime vegetarian, “Going Veggie” will give you the encouragement and support needed on your fun and adventurous path to vegetarianism.

Complete with a 30-day program to wean you off the meat-heavy Standard American Diet as well as 50 recipes for nutrient-packed meals, “Going Veggie” offers tricks for acquiring essential proteins using plant-based options, advice on navigating tough spots and cravings, and tips on how to deal with group dinners and ordering at restaurants.

With this book, you’ll be a happy and healthy vegetarian in as little as four weeks!

Want to win a copy of Going Veggie? Keep reading to find out how!


3 lucky winners will receive a copy of Going Veggie by Trudy Slabosz.

Open to US/Canada residents only.


1. Leave a comment on this post and tell us your New Year’s health resolution.

BONUS ENTRY: Share this post on Twitter and tag @UlyssesPress and @MyBeautySource

CONTEST ENDS December 30, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST.

Winners will be picked at random and will be notified by email. Prize will be fulfilled by the sponsor.

11 Surprising Ways to Use Coconut Oil

coconutoilHave you jumped on the coconut oil beauty trend? If not, pick up a jar at your local grocery store and follow Josie Feria’s tips on how to utilize the oil from head to toe.

  1. Intensive treatment for dry hair: work into wet hair, cover with a shower cap and leave on for up to 30 minutes; rinse and shampoo as usual
  2. Stimulate hair growth: massage into scalp
  3. Fight frizz: use a small amount in your hair for instant control
  4. Face: use as makeup remover, including eyes
  5. Lips: use in place of lip balm
  6. Cuticles: massage into cuticles to eliminate dryness and stimulate nail growth
  7. Body moisturizer: use as you would a normal body lotion for overall treatment, focusing especially on dry elbows
  8. Body scrub: mix with sea or rock salt and exfoliate (mix with sugar for sensitive skin)
  9. Prevent stretch marks: apply to skin daily to avoid scarring during pregnancy
  10. Soothing balm: apply to skin irritated by poison ivy, oak or sumac
  11. Feet: rub on feet to hydrate and condition skin; fights athlete’s foot and low level fungus

Josie Feria is the Director of Operations at Lapis Spa at Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Oil Pulling: A Natural Way to Whiten Teeth

What is oil pulling? Cosmetic dentist Dr. Jessica Emery, DMD, owner of Sugar Fix Dental Loft Chicago, explains how to use this ancient technique to improve your smile.

There is nothing more splendid and virtuous then unrefined coconut oil. It is a hot topic now coming back from the ancient days of tradition. ‘Oil pulling’ is a technique used to clean your teeth and mouth. You place a spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth and swish with it for up to 20 minutes. When finished make sure you spit into a trash can and not the sink as it can clog the pipes.

People swear by it, that it can fill cavities, relieve toothaches, whiten teeth, freshen breath, absorb harmful bacteria and even say it cures the common cold. From a dentist’s perspective, tooth decay is caused by bacteria and studies suggest that coconut oil treated with enzymes (which is like the process that occurs when you have oil in your mouth), the enzymes in your saliva break down. It seems to inhibit the growth of certain bacteria. So a good thing. Patients that have oil pulled have said that they ‘love how their mouth feels after swishing and that it lasts all day”. They also say that tooth pain is not gone but better. Makes sense to me as we use Vitamin E oil to sooth the gums and clove oil to sooth tooth aches. They work. I have not tried oil pulling personally but think I may jump on the bandwagon to see for myself. No solid proof that it works but it certainly makes people feel better. Your cheeks may get tired but I say ‘swish away’.

Red Carpet Workout: 5 Easy Ways to Get Fit While Watching the #Oscars

Shana Schneider, fitness expert and Founder of FITWEEK. Image credit: http://fitweek.com/about-fitweek/

Shana Schneider, fitness expert and Founder of FITWEEK. Image credit: http://fitweek.com/about-fitweek/

Don’t be a couch potato while watching the 2014 Oscars. Shana Schneider, fitness expert and Founder of FITWEEK, created a great workout you can do from the comfort of your living room while watching the red carpet arrivals.

All you’ll need are hand weights and a pair of heels!

  1. If you like the dress the actress is wearing, do 10 straight leg kicks alternating between the right and left legs.
  2. If you don’t like the dress, stand up and do 10 cross body jabs alternating between the right and left arms.
  3. On commercial breaks, put on your heels. Sit on the floor and do a V-sit. See if you can hold it for the full break with your legs fully extended. You can also bend your legs so they’re in a 90-degree angle to make it a little easier.  (The shoes are really just there so you have something cute to look at.)
  4. When the actor or actress appears whom you think is going to win, do 10 cross body standing crunches. Reach up with your left hand; bend your left arm and raise your right knee so they meet; put them down, then do this on the opposite.
  5. Whenever they ask “Who are you wearing?” do 10 squats. Stand 6-8 inches away from your couch or chair and as you squat, just barely touch your butt to the seat and then stand back up and squeeze those glutes. On the 10th one, sit back down and enjoy the show or at least until the next exercise starts!

Bonus – for those who are watching the red carpet on E!

  • When they use the Mani cam, grab water bottles or hand weights and do 12 reps of biceps curls.
  • When they use the 360 cam, stand up and do 10 leg circles on each side. Just trace a circle on the floor with your toe pointed. Feel free to do this one with those heels on, too!

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