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Cathy's Wellness Tips: Wrinkles

I often hear people frustrated with aging.  It does take a certain amount of grace and, well, courage.  A friend asked me an interesting question last week. “What can I do to get rid of my forehead wrinkles?” she asked, pressing and rubbing her forehead in circles, as if she could wipe them off.  Later that day a customer asked me the exact same question. Synchronicity.

My answer for both was this:  Sorry, your wrinkles are not going away.  The good news is, facial wrinkles can be softened and diminished by using the right nutrients and protection.  Start by hydrating the body inside and outside:

  • Use a good quality moisturizer

  • Use zinc based sunscreen

  • Apply vitamin C and/or hyaluronic acid serum topically

  • Take collagen peptides internally  

  • Add an Omega 7 fatty acid supplement, I highly recommend New Chapter

  • Do all of these daily, if possible.  

Collagen peptides, when taken in powder form, support our skin, hair, nails, joints and connective tissue, feeding and strengthening, as collagen production slows down as we age.  

Throughout the day, remember to relax your face, run your fingers through your hair and give it a pull.  This relaxes the scalp. Shrug and drop your shoulders a few times, releasing built up tension. All of these will soften the face, and with that reduce the appearance of wrinkles.


Interested in treating yourself to a facelift at home? Yes, please. Check out this video I found.


Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.

-Thich Nhat Hanh

Every day I feel is a blessing.  And I consider it a new beginning. Yeah, everything is beautiful.

- Prince



Wellness Tuesday Tips: Sinus Relief

Feeling stuffy in the head? That’s no fun.

I have a quick and simple solution. Let’s explore peppermint and douglas fir essential oils to get you breathing freely and deeply once again. It’s my go-to blend for shrinking sinus tissue and relieving headaches by getting mucus flowing. It will give you an energy boost, too!

First up is my good friend douglas fir. It is the hefty breather of the forest- a favorite conifer for pumping out oxygen. It is a cooling decongestant, purifying with its antimicrobial activity, and is also stimulating to the immune system.

Next, we have peppermint essential oil- tried and true as a remedy for headaches and its beneficial respiratory effects. Expansive and uplifting, it clears the mind and relieves minor pain. Peppermint is an important oil for any first aid kit; I don’t travel without it.

For sinus congestion, apply 2 drops of douglas fir and 2 drops of peppermint oil to the palm of a clean hand and cup your hands around the nose and mouth to make a seal. Take a deep breath in through the nose and a long breath out the mouth, doing this as many times as is comfortable for you. Massage the remaining oil into the back of your neck. Avoid the delicate eye area with this mix as it can be irritating, causing the eyes to water.

March Cheese of The Month

FULLY LOADED.
FROM BEEHIVE CHEESE.

Save 20% on This Cheese All Month Long


Fully Loaded is fortified with rye whiskey. Bold and spicy, with hints of cinnamon, anise, and honey. The rye whiskey imparts a complex kick to Beehive’s creamy, Irish-style cow’s milk cheese.

Pairings
Enjoy Fully Loaded with salami or on a chicken avocado sandwich. Pair with a dark ale or a medium-bodied red wine.

Perfect for entertaining, choose from a 4 oz or 12 oz cut of Fully loaded will make a loaded addition to your cheese board. HINT: 12 oz cut of cheese will accommodate between 12-16 guests.

Content thanks to Beehive Cheese


Wellness Tuesday Tips: Skincare in the Dry Season

Let’s talk about skin and how to get your glow on after the season of dryness. The Co-op has the best selection of skin care in the valley. High quality ingredients go into amazing formulas that will improve the appearance of your skin, whatever its current condition. I use an exquisite blend of products that supercharge my skin.


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Dr. Hauschka Night Serum

Light and hydrating, this serum is made from Rose Apple blossoms. Full of pro-vitamin A, vitamin C and B1, B2 and B6, minerals and antioxidants, it is designed to be used at night with no other moisturizer. This enables the skin to breathe and detoxify. Do this and wake up with soft, toned and beautiful skin.

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Trilogy Rosehip Antioxidant + Oil

Gentle as it is effective in brightening, and deeply moisturizing, Rosehip oil lessens the appearance of scars, including fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamins such as beta carotene, E, C and essential fatty acids that support tissue regeneration. Apply in a circular motion to the entire face; I focus on my lips, under my chin and neck.

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Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronzing Tint

Glow in a bottle, this is it! Simple ingredients make it exceptional, such as olive oil, beeswax and mineral pigments.


Putting it all together:

In the morning, mix together in the palm of your hand and smooth onto clean skin.

  • ½ inch Dr. Hauschka Night Serum

  • ½ dropper of Trilogy Rosehip Antioxidant Oil

  • 1 pump Dr. Hauschka Translucent Bronzing Tint

*Stay tuned for our Keto book club coming in March….





Wellness Tuesday Tips: Keto

Ratio of food intake to get into and maintain ketosis is 70-80% fat, 10-15% protein, 5-10% carbs

Ratio of food intake to get into and maintain ketosis is 70-80% fat, 10-15% protein, 5-10% carbs

In lieu of making a New Year’s resolution, I decided to choose an intention for 2019. It just feels better, cultivating what I wish to manifest in my life, rather than imposing restrictions. Who needs more of those? Create is my word to explore, tend and grow, with a sense of wonder. 

“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.”

-Ruth Reichl

Curious about the Ketogenic lifestyle, yet resistant to conforming to a particular protocol, it was set on the back burner. After connecting with someone who simplified the science behind Keto, I dove in. It’s incredibly helpful to have a guide along the way.

What you are asking your body to do is burn fat as fuel instead of glucose, providing a stable source of energy. Our brains are made of fat, as well as the myelin sheath that is a fatty insulating layer protecting our nerves. I’ve already noticed improved sleep, weight loss, increased mental focus and zero sugar crashes. That is after getting through the Keto flu.

  • Include healthy fats, coconut oil, avocado, nuts and seeds

  • Limit carb consumption bread, pasta, crackers, and beans, fruit

  • Get regular exercise

  • Utilize electrolytes ~ pink salt

  • Stay hydrated

In March I will be hosting a keto book club at Uncorked, your personal  guide along the keto trek. Demystifying the hype, sharing the science and navigating the pitfalls. Together we will explore all the ways to make it simple, satisfying and yes, fun.

Wellness Tuesday Tips: Flower Power

Come January I am even more dedicated to self-pampering and treating myself with flowers. Buying a bouquet every week, I delight in filling vases of all sizes and placing them here and there, in anticipation of spring. My latest obsession is succulents, a feast for the eyes!

 What does that have to do with Wellness you ask? Bringing nature indoors reduces mental fatigue, being greeted with beauty reduces stress and is a creative outlet.

 Also, flower oils are exceptionally effective for dry winter skin. I have discovered that simple ingredients like rosehip seed oil, calendula, lavender and neroli leave my skin and senses feeling super luxurious.

 Rosehip seed oil is unmatched for fading scars and brightening skin, due to high concentrations of vitamins A, C and E. It reduces the impact of environmental stressors, along with supporting firmness and improving skin texture.

 Calendula oil is made from marigold flowers soaked in olive oil; useful for healing red, cracked and itchy skin. Gentle enough to apply to delicate skin, perfectly safe for babies.

 Neroli is the waxy flower of the orange tree, is both uplifting and calming to the nervous system. I think it smells divine, mixing it with vetiver will add a grounding component.

 Lavender, of course, is the classic cell regenerator. Lovely mixed with rosehip seed oil as a night time moisturizer.

 If you have not explored our essential oil area, please do! There is an endless array of products to explore in our compact area— it is one of my happy places.

 

Earth laughs in flowers.

           Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wellness Tuesday Tips: Golden Milk

Feeling a little low down with the grey days? When the sunshine is stuck behind the clouds we start looking for bring it in other ways.

Boy, do I have a treat for you!

Daily I make a frothy cup of Golden Milk; I adore hot drinks in the winter. Turmeric, the main ingredient, will help your body reduce inflammation, while new studies suggest it greatly benefits brain health.

A nourishing way to prep for sleep, it helps to melt away muscle tension from being out in the cold.

Occasionally, it is my morning drink with cacao, maca and matcha tea powder. An alternative to coffee, it’s a powerful jumpstart to your day with a fraction of the caffine.

You can find Golden Milk in the Wellness dept. on aisle 6. I use either Garden of Life or Gaia brands or if you prefer the bulk turmeric in aisle 2 is also an option.

Recipe #1

I tsp Golden Milk

8-10 oz milk, cow or alternative, make sure it’s creamy

1 dash of cinnamon

1 dash of nutmeg – sleep inducer

1 dash clove or ginger

1 dash stevia, honey or coconut sugar

Heat of the stovetop, using a whisk to get it foamy

Pour into your favorite mug adding another dash of spice or whipped cream and relax in front of the twinkling lights.

Enjoy the cozy!


January Cheese of the Month

Truffle Tremor

Save 20% on this cheese all month long!


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A flavor powerhouse of ripened goat cheese.

You’ll enjoy the heavy floral, herbaceous, and mushroom notes in this earth-shaking masterpiece. If you love Humboldt Fog and can’t get enough of truffles, this is the cheese for you. Like other soft-ripened cheeses, Truffle Tremor® has a bloomy rind that allows the cheese to ripen from the outside in. As Truffle Tremor® continues to ripen and mature, the creamline develops and the flavor intensifies — an ooey-gooey, ripe Truffle Tremor is not for the faint of heart.


Content thanks to Cypress Grove

December Cheese of the Month

Deer Creek: The Doe

Save 20% on this cheese all month long!

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The Doe is a gracefully creamy handcrafted bandaged-wrapped Cheddar marbled with intoxicatingly aromatic pure Madagascar Bourbon vanilla bean. This special cheese begins with wholesome rBST-free milk from Wisconsin. During the cheese-making process, we add freshly ground whole vanilla bean and then age the cheese to allow the flavors to mellow and penetrate throughout. The result is a uniquely perfumed velvety Cheddar that is savory with a sweetly woody finish.

Our Favorite Pairings:

  • Beverages: Coffee, Bourbon, Cognac, Hard Cider

  • Wines: Champagne, Chardonnay

  • Nibblies: Cashews, Chocolate, Shortbread, Dried Fruit, Apple Pie, Cherries, Baked Ham

Content thanks to Deer Creek

Wellness Tuesday Tips

Four tips to stay happy, healthy and relaxed as you juggle travel or hosting guests with the unexpected moments of chaos that often accompany holiday festivities.  

  1. Get some sunshine! Carve out time for a walk in nature. Our bodies utilize vitamin D3 to strengthen bones, improve mood and support the immune system. No time? Add a vitamin D3 supplement to your daily vitamin.

  2. Don’t skip meals. We naturally want to eat more this time of year for extra insulation from chilly winds and pesky bugs. Stabilize blood sugar by keeping regular meal times.

  3. Sweat it out. Release toxins and tension at the gym or with yoga.  Or simply run around the block three times. Exercise reduces the stress hormone cortisol and revs up metabolism, leaving room for a second slice of pie.

  4. Massage.  A warming, full body self-massage with sesame oil protects skin, calms the nerves, and makes you feel good all over. Aim for 5-10 minutes three times a week after showering or before bed. Turn down the brain volume with this essential oils blend:

Peace Out Blend

  • 2 oz bottle of sesame oil or Argan oil                   

  • 6 drops ylang ylang                              

  • 3 drops cedarwood                              

  • 2 drops cardamom     

What are your favorite ways to  stay balanced through the holiday busyness?


Give Thanks & Pay It Forward with Fair Trade

Fair trade cinnamon producers in Yen Bai Province, Vietnam. Photo courtesy of Frontier Co‑op.

Fair trade cinnamon producers in Yen Bai Province, Vietnam. Photo courtesy of Frontier Co‑op.

This Thanksgiving, consider paying your gratitude forward. The holiday meal is the perfect time to consider swapping out a few items on your shopping list for fair trade certified products. You get to enjoy delicious food while supporting life changing projects for the farmers who produced it.

Fair trade standards ensure that farmers and workers are paid a fair and consistent price for their crops and labor in markets that can be unstable or are poorly regulated. The standards also guarantee appropriate working conditions, prohibit child labor and protect worker safety on the job. In addition, a percentage of a fair trade product’s sales go into a community account. Workers vote on how to spend the money, usually opting to fund community development projects like building schools or clinics in their communities.

It might seem like a small thing to buy fair trade certified sugar instead of sugar that isn’t certified, but every purchase adds up. If everyone swapped out just one item at Thanksgiving, the single largest food holiday of the year, imagine the impact we could have! Just like gratitude is a small thing that yields big rewards in our lives, fair trade is a simple idea with profound results. Food co-ops are all about empowering people to make a difference in the world with their food choices, that’s why you’ll find a great selection of fair trade items at your co-op.

Many fair trade certified products naturally lend themselves to a Thanksgiving menu. Look for fair trade certified staples like olive oil, sugar, molasses, honey, cinnamon and vegetable shortening as well as fair trade coffee, tea and wine, where available. Choose fair trade pecans to make this tasty cranberry pecan skillet stuffing and look for fair trade almonds for this traditional green beans amandine.

For those who like to bring whole grains to the holiday table, make fair trade quinoa the star of this delicious quinoa, squash and cheddar casserole or use fair trade rice to boost this savory pilaf. If you plan for leftover turkey, buy a little fair trade wild rice to make this classic wild rice turkey soup extra nice.

Depending on your crowd, fair trade products can make for good dinner conversation, as well. Most fair trade products have an engaging story attached that your dinner guests may also appreciate. Fair trade certification makes it easy for us to make a difference in the world, now that’s something to celebrate!

Posted by permission from StrongerTogether.coop. Find more recipes and information about your food and where it comes from at www.strongertogether.coop.

Annual Meeting and Community Partner Awards

Thanks to everyone who made it to the Annual Meeting this year! We held it at the Boise Depot and had over 120 people in attendance. Delicious food, great local wine and beer, and awesome conversations made this our best Annual Meeting yet!

This year, we honored some of our local vendors and community partners with awards to recognize some special achievements. In case you missed it, here is the recap:

  • Vendor of the Year: Dawson Taylor Coffee Roasters

    • Dawson Taylor has been an awesome partner for us since the business got rolling 14 years ago. They are always willing to donate coffee for our events, hang out with us while we serve breakfast to bike-powered commuters, and even lend us their awesome bike trailer so we can get our burritos to Hyde Park in a greener way.

  • Outstanding Co-op Partner: Idaho Foodbank

    • We partner with Idaho Foodbank throughout the year to help combat Idaho’s serious food insecurity problem. Their operations are so efficient that turn every dollar donated into 5 meals for hungry Idahoans.

  • Innovation Award: Downtown Teaching Farm

    • This Boise High School urban farm takes close to 600 lbs of our food scraps every week and turns it into rich compost for their garden and orchard. They’ve helped us keep 15 tons of organic matter out of the landfill in the last year.

  • Star Vendor: Wildflour Bakery

    • Wildflour not only makes dangerously delicious cookies, they also have the highest sales of any of our local vendors. Not bad for starting out baking in a garage 25 years ago.

    We also wanted to recognize our local vendors who are scaling up their businesses as our sales continue to grow. We love when our customers choose local, because it truly has an impact on these awesome businesses!

  • Outstanding Small Vendor Growth: Better Man Beard

    • Largest year over year sales increase in our small vendor category. If you’ve noticed an uptick in shiny, good-looking beards around the valley, this is why.

  • Outstanding Medium Vendor Growth: Bucksnort Soda Company

    • Largest year over year sales increase in our medium vendor category. Have you tried making a root beer float with their root beer? No wonder these tasty sodas are growing in popularity!

  • Outstanding Large Vendor Growth: Acme Bakeshop

    • Largest year over year sales increase in our large vendor category. These bakers wake up at 2 am to bake us some of the tastiest bread in the state, made from wheat grown on the Idaho Palouse.

For more info on our local sales, community impact, and year-in-review, check out our Annual Report below!