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Gluten Free Raisin Pumpkin Bread

Fall is here and pumpkin season has arrived! April from The Country Cupboard in Long Lake http://countrycakecupboard has created another delicious healthy gluten free recipe for us and our clients to enjoy. We tried it over the weekend ~ Oh Yummy!

Also, note as the fall weather becomes brisker….remember your moisturizer as you may need a bit more or something a little heaver for protection.  And, don’t forget that sunscreen, the leaves may be turning colors and floating to the ground however the sun is still present!

Happy Halloween!!!    

pumpkin picture Gluten Free Raisin Pumpkin Bread

Another fabulous recipe from The Country Cupboard in Long Lake.  Check out their website at


¾ cup packed brown sugar

¼ cup softened butter

Beat in mixing bowl


1 cup pumpkin **

2 eggs

½ cup low fat buttermilk

¼ cup maple syrup

Beat into sugar mixture

In a separate bowl, stir together: 

2 cups gluten free all-purpose flour

2 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. nutmeg

¼ tsp. baking soda

¼ tsp. ground cloves

Slowly blend this dry mixture into pumpkin mixture. 

Fold in ½ cup raisins

Pour into a greased 9x5x3 inch loaf pan.  Bake for 50-60 minutes in at 350 degrees or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool pan for 10 minutes before removing from pan.

 **This recipe is also great with pureed dates or prunes.

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Protecting the Skin of Aging Hands

imagesWe don’t always notice our aging hands as much as our faces. Our hands do reveal our age and we should care for them by protecting and nourishing the skin. The hands much like the face and neck will lose collagen in time, elasticity weakens causing wrinkles and crepiness, discoloration and sun spots appear due to sun damage. The hands are exposed constantly to numerous conditions such as: chemical, cleaning agents, hot and cold weather conditions, sun damage, constant wear and tear of muscle tissue, scratching, scrapping and the list goes on.

To manage the health of one’s hands 

  • We recommend proper washing before meals or food preparations
  • Wash hands after using the facilities to avoid spreading germs.
  • Wash hands after touching door knobs or whenever they feel dirty.
  • After washing, moisturize as needed when hands feel dry.
  • Use sun protection especially gardeners, golfers and bikers too!
  • Wear gloves as needed in cold conditions.
  • Exfoliate dead skin cells as you would on the face.
  • Consider having a chemical peel on your hands.
  • Photo rejuvenation will help eliminate sun spots and cause skin tightening.
  • I recommend carrying a moisturizer with you at all times to prevent dryness and cracks.

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How to Prevent Acne before Homecoming

Homecoming………..Shake it Baby!!!!

Be sure not to neglect your skin care especially knowing that Prom is coming up soon!

Maintaining hygiene and practicing a healthy skin care routine daily is best. The routine would include regular cleansing or twice a day, in the morning and before going to bed to remove any makeup or debris collected through out the day.   A third cleansing may be needed after gym or any sport activity.

A gentle exfoliation is often helpful, generally twice a week is sufficient for most depending on the individual and exfoliation product used. Some exfoliation products are more aggressive than others. Be sure not to over due, one could dry out their skin causing break out or irritation.

The appropriate moisturizer generally an oil-free product should be applied after cleansing and exfoliation. Use something light and recommended for acne or oily skin types.

Always finish in the morning with an appropriate sun protection.

Diet plays an important role in acne or break outs, avoid dairy and fried food. Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Drink lots of water to keep the body hydrated which will help to eliminate any toxins.

Fresh air and excise will help to manage any stress or anxiety that may trigger a break out. Don’t forget your sun protection if outdoors! Beware of any sweat which could cause irritation, a cleansing may be appropriate.

Go see a skin care specialist one or two weeks prior to homecoming and be sure to let the clinician know of your event.  They can recommend a good routine and products.

Most of all…..HAVE FUN!  

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Did you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness?

There are more than 120 types of cancer and heredity syndromes. Each cancer type has its own symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis, stages and treatments options or plans.

The stage of cancer refers to when it was first diagnosed. There are four different stages and knowing the stage will be a critical factor in deciding the most appropriate treatment plan.

The four stages:

  • Stage I: Cancer at stage one is considered localized and remains in a single lump. It’s generally slow growing and can be seen on imagery.
  • Stage II: Cancer cells can be more abnormal and grow faster. The cancer cell has now invaded the lymph and blood vessel area.
  • Stage III: Cancer is referred to as the regional spread, whereby the cancer has spread within the general region in which it first began.
  • Stage IV: Cancer is considered the distant spread and reached the lymph nodes or can spread everywhere in the body.

Should you have any concerns about having cancer see your physician. I always recommended a second or even third opinion. Make sure your immune system is in good order by incorporating a healthy diet and lifestyle.  



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The Effects of Dairy on Skin

Dairy and specifically milk in the last decade have been found to have a direct link to acne. Studies have shown the more milk you drink, the worse your acne will be. Milk has growth hormones that have been shown to cause inflammation in humans. Dairy also makes you produce excess sebum oil, which can lead to more acne and clogged pores.

So the simplest way to prevent acne is to stop consuming dairy.  It may be easier said then done though, so it’s important to take it slow and create a new lifestyle and habitat.

  • Start by substituting milk for unsweetened organic almond or coconut milk.
  • If you are still craving milk and dairy, try using goat and sheep milk, because it is easier to digest and may not cause as much acne.
  • Soy and lactose free milk  will still give you acne. Soy milk is made from processed soybeans, which can disturb your hormones and lead you away from clear skin. Lactose free milk is still milk, but with a pre-digestant in it to help those with a lactose intolerance.
  • Be aware of hidden milk ingredients. Milk is in almost everything. As you go further into your dairy free life, make sure to check food labels and ask restaurants if a dish contains any dairy – your face will thank you later.

For now, start small and slowly eliminate dairy from your diet with these great dairy free recipes.


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