West Coast Wellness

Ca-li-fornia week continues!  One of the perks of traveling to Cali is getting my fix of what’s happening in the wellness world, as it all seems to start on the west coast. On our recent trip, I didn’t even have to leave the cocoon of the Biltmore Four Seasons to get up to speed.   Reason 5,346 Beautycounter is truly the #bestjobever for me is we get to learn about how to live cleaner and greener beyond our realm of personal care products and cosmetics.  This time we had the pleasure of meeting Calgary Avansino as part of our training session.

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Calgary basically had me at hello when our Founder/CEO introduced her.  She is a former fashion editor at British Vogue who left her gig to focus on her commitment to wellness and her family.  She’s kind of like moi, but on a whole ‘nother level.

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I felt like Calgary was calling me back to basics and what I knew we should be doing.  To be honest, after a super-fun summer, we had gone off the rails with nutrition (does ice cream count as dairy?)  Here’s the scoop:

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It’s all things I pretty much knew, BUT my big “aha” moment was on the topic of hidden sugar.  You can think you are eating clean and healthy, and there is SO much hidden sugar in the American diet.  You can check out her TED talk on this topic here.

Sooooo, just as we urge you to take a closer look at the ingredients in your personal care products and cosmetics,  please take a look at hidden sugar in the foods you eat. We eat, what I thought, was pretty clean in our house.  When I came home and started looking at labels, there was tons of hidden sugar.

If you are interested in learning more, please, please watch Katie Couric’s film Fed Up.
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I found it on Netflix and you can check out the trailer here.

This movie literally blew my mind and broke my heart. I grabbed a few of my kids to watch with me, and I’m so glad they did.  When we now try to make healthier, lower sugar choices, they understand where I am coming from. I live a life of “progress not perfection” and we have a way to go.

So, cheers to that…with my new Calgary-approved cocktail of tequila, fresh lime and soda, of course!



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