From the Inside and Out: WWB’s Beauty Food of the Week ‘Green Tea’ is an Ancient Beauty Secret

Mar 25, 2015 by

WWB’s Beauty Food: Green Tea
Ideal Find in a Bottle: Origins


Green Tea is considered a Super Food because of its powerful antioxidants and it’s these same antioxidants called Polyphenols that make Green Tea extremely beneficial for the skin. Just look around at any of the major skin-care brands and you will find at least one of their products promoting the potency of their green tea ingredient. Yet the beauty secrets and wisdom about Green Tea have been around for centuries. Green tea’s powerful antioxidants and ant-inflammatory properties has been revered by Chinese and Japanese cultures and they use it topically to address everything from acne, to saggy skin, irritated skin and preventing wrinkles. ¬†Modern science has researched and confirmed many of the skin-care benefits and I won’t blind you with scientific research here. Instead I will share the simple beauty secrets and remind you that green tea is over-all a very healthy elixir inside and out. So, don’t forget to have a cup of tea and relax. This is not a secret, it’s time-tested wisdom! ūüėČ

Truly Herself, Lauroly



                                          DIY SPA SECRETS & TREATMENTS CAN BE FOUND IN A TEA BAG!

~For Your Eyes Only

Don’t throw away the tea bags and instead, cool them and place them over your eyes for relief. Green tea contains tannin, an astringent that miraculously shrinks skin. The cool tea bags reduce the swelling around your eyes and tighten the skin, making you look and feel refreshed.

~Scrub & Glow

Green tea helps tighten the skin, and making a green tea facial scrub out of the used tea is very good for the face. Mix green tea with granulated sugar and water, and you have an exfoliating scrub. It is light on the skin and gives you an incredible glow. You can store the scrub in the fridge to keep it fresh and use again.

~ Steam & Gleam

Make a green tea steam facial.¬†Boil some water and then pour it into a large bowl. Take a green teabag, cut it open, and empty the contents into the hot water. Take a towel and place it over your head. Then bend over the bowl, making sure your face isn’t very close to the water, but close enough to feel the steam. Stay under for only five minutes.

~Illuminate & Rejuvenate

Mix equal amounts of baking soda and green tea and a bit of honey to make a facial mask. Honey helps in rejuvenating your skin and green tea, as mentioned, tightens the skin. Baking soda is a good exfoliator and helps detox the skin. Short of time? Heat water and run the tea bag over it till it starts to steam.  Squeeze out most of the water and rub the bag over your face for a few minutes for an instant glow.

~ Pamper Your Mane ( that would be your hair!) 

Green tea rinse is good for your hair and gives it a great shine. Put a few green tea bags in boiling water and let it simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Leave it overnight. The next morning, pour this water on damp hair and leave it for 10 minutes. You can massage your scalp if you like. Rinse it off and apply shampoo later as usual, but make sure to use a sulphate-free product.


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WWB WATCH: Ken Burns Documentary ‘The Emperor of All Maladies’ Airs on PBS, March 30th. Based on Publitzer Prize Winning Book About Cancer

Mar 23, 2015 by

Having personally read this book from cover to cover, I highly recommend catching this series if you can’t read the entire book. It changed my perspective about cancer, the medical field ( for better and for worse) and opened my eyes wide about our human limitations. It is hopeful but painfully sober as we realize that cancer is here to stay. We all know someone who has been touched by Cancer and we all have our stories. The most compelling statement the series starts out with is the idea that there are so many kinds of cancers and so many trajectories each cancer cell can take. The excerpt below from PBS captures the essence of the book best and the part you need to hone in on is ‘the misunderstanding and the misperception’ about cancer. Be wise, learn more and don’t miss this series.

Truly Herself, Lauroly

EXCERPT PBS: “The series matches the epic scale of the disease, reshaping the way the public sees cancer and stripping away some of the fear and misunderstanding that has long surrounded it. The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience and perseverance but also of hubris, paternalism and misperception.¬†Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies¬†examines cancer with a cellular biologist‚Äôs precision, a historian‚Äôs perspective and a biographer‚Äôs passion. The series artfully weaves three different films in one: a riveting history documentary; an engrossing and intimate v√©rit√© film; and a scientific and investigative report.”


Columbian Siddhartha Mukherjee’s Book Debuts on PBS March 30

Ken Burns Documentary is Based on Pulitzer Prize-Winning Book,

‚ÄúCancer: The Emperor of All Maladies‚ÄĚ

Posted in: Cancer

A three-part, six-hour documentary series based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning cancer biography written by Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, DPhil, assistant professor of medicine at P&S, debuts on PBS stations March 30 and continues on March 31 and April 1.

The documentary, based on the book ‚ÄúThe Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer‚ÄĚ (Simon & Schuster, 2010), is directed by Barak Goodman and executive produced by Ken Burns. It is part of a project that also includes nearly two dozen webcast short films by Redglass Pictures ( and a comprehensive national campaign with Stand Up To Cancer and other project supporters.

The documentary series was included in a Jan. 1, 2015, New York Times list of¬†‚Äú20 Shows to Watch, A Winter Bounty for Serious TV Fans.‚ÄĚ

The book and documentary tell the comprehensive story of cancer from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. The film interweaves a sweeping historical narrative with intimate stories about contemporary patients and an investigation into the latest scientific breakthroughs.

WNYC, the national radio partner on the project, will present ‚ÄúLiving Cancer,‚ÄĚ a two-week series that begins Feb. 9 and will illustrate cancer research and treatment through personal stories of patients, doctors, and scientists. The series will air on NPR magazine shows, which are broadcast on public radio stations around the country. Some compelling voices in the series are availableonline. In March, ‚ÄúOn the Media,‚ÄĚ WNYC‚Äôs nationally distributed media analysis program, will air a special episode on cancer and the media, an important theme in Dr. Mukherjee‚Äôs book.

The website associated with the documentary,, includes produced and user-generated content that explores the three intermingled strands of the series: a historical documentary, a vérité film that focuses on current patients, and a scientific report. The website is intended for the vast cancer community of patients, survivors, family members, caregivers, scientists, clinicians, other health care providers, and the public at large.

The PBS documentary is narrated by the late actor Edward Herrmann, who died of brain cancer on Dec. 31, 2014.

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WWB’s Beauty Food of the Week: Edible & Spreadable the ‘Coconut’ Loves Your Body All Over…

Mar 18, 2015 by

             WORLD WISE BEAUTY FOOD: COCONUT                   Ideal Find in a Bottle: Philosophy 3 in one  Coconut Frosting

World Wise Beauty’s ‘Beauty Food’ of the week is world-famous not only as an edible oil and hair tonic but as a massage oil and skin smoothener. In Tropical parts of the world, the Coconut was used in numerous ways but prized for its impressive skin benefits.

Coconuts are¬†full of Vitamin E which is the most nourishing thing you can give to your skin.¬†Vitamin E combats skin-aging free radicals, protects the skin from sun damage due to UV-sunlight-generated free radicals, and holds in moisture to make your skin appear younger and more supple. Coconut oil is also rich in many proteins. These proteins keep skin healthy and rejuvenated, both internally and externally. Proteins also contribute to cellular health and tissue repair, along with a wide range of other essential activities within the body. For any damaged cells on or near the skin, a healthy of flow of proteins guarantees their replacement. Let’s not forget the high amount of ¬†saturated fats ( that would mean the good fatty acids). When applied on the skin, they keep it smooth to the touch. Due to the presence of these fats, coconut oil also¬†retains the moisture content of the skin, as the fats eliminate moisture loss through the pores on skin. When ingested through the regular consumption of coconut oil, these fats deposit under the skin keeping it healthy and smooth, giving it an even tone, and reducing the appearance of the pores.

Beneficial Uses: Coconut Oil

  • Skin Softener ( retains moisture of the skin)
  • Anti-aging Skin Cream ( protects the skin from microbial infections and delays the aging process)
  • Sun Protection ( repairs skin and it gives it a healthy glow)
  • Lip Gel ( repairs chapped lips)
  • Makeup Remover ( safer than most makeup removers especially for delicate areas of the eye)

Here are DIY methods of using coconut oil all over your body!


WWB Wise FYI : Many people make the mistake of using too much coconut oil, and since the skin can only absorb a certain amount, the protective layer that the absorbed oil creates doesn‚Äôt let any more oil in! This means that if you use too much, too often, your skin will end up as an oily mess, and will look shiny or greasy, not to mention what it might do to your clothes. Everything in moderation! ūüėČ








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WWB’s Beauty Food of the Week: Springify Your Skin and Glow with ‘Papaya’s’ Tropical Enzymes

Mar 11, 2015 by

Ideal Find in a Bottle: Alba Hawaiian Facial Mask


World Wise Beauty‚Äôs Beauty Food of the week¬† has magical enzyme properties that will make your skin glow just in time for Spring…

Papaya is loaded with anti-oxidants like Vitamin C, E and A. It’s also filled with the minerals potassium and magnesium which help your cells, organs and tissue to function properly. What wouldn’t your skin love about this fruit! Visit ¬†any spa or resort in exotic locales in Asia and you will experience a beautiful facial mask infused with fruit enzymes. But you don’t have to travel that far to enjoy a quick Spring pick me up. Papaya is easily found in most grocery stores and with a little DIY initiative you can create a delightful mask sure to transport you to a 5 star resort on Bali! Try the recipe and find out why we call it Beauty Food. Of course eating papaya and other nutrition packed fruits like it, is extremely beneficial to your skin too! Be a Healthy Epicurean and enjoy nature’s bounty! ūüėČ

1/2 cup of mashed papaya

1 egg

1 tablespoon of honey

Add some yogurt if you have sensitive skin!

Skin Benefits: Anti-Aging–Exfoliates, Whitens and ¬†Heals (Anti-bacterial),


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WWB WATCH: Butter is Better? ‘What Really Matters’ in the New 2015 Dietary Guidelines Report…

Mar 9, 2015 by


THE WATCH: ¬†The 2015 Updated The¬†Dietary Guidelines for Americans¬†are jointly issued and updated every 5 years by the¬†Department of Agriculture (USDA)¬†and the¬†Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The guidelines provide authoritative advice about consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices, and being physically active to attain and maintain a healthy weight, reduce risk of chronic disease, and promote overall health. ¬†You can download the PDF right here, but the media at large has honed in on the updates about saturated fats hence my catchy but facetious¬†¬†title ‘Butter is Better’. Some of the interesting articles on this subject ( and more comprehensive than most media reports) can be found in ¬†respected media outlets such as New York Times¬†¬†, The Atlantic¬†, and¬†NPR’s ‘The Salt’¬†. ¬†But I am here to highlight ¬†the ‘gray areas’ and have you focus on ‘What Matters’.


WHAT MATTERS: You might not know that this same eating wisdom encouraged by the dietary committee has been around for centuries and has been practiced by numerous ancient cultures around the world. ¬†Currently respected by most nutritionist is the ‘Mediterranean Diet.’ We have explored this popular diet quite a bit in my Healthy Epicurean department of this same blog. ¬†What I am sharing today at ‘The Watch’ is what was notable in the new 2015 report just released, how the media has shared it across the information highway, and how it will be interpreted by many people. Before I drop the ‘bombshell information’ extracted from this report I want to share the opening of the dietary report with you that you may have not seen in the media headlines.

‘Humans require a wide range of essential micronutrients and macronutrients for normal growth and development and to support healthy aging throughout the life cycle. Essential nutrients, including most vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fatty acids, water and fiber, must be obtained through foods and beverages because they cannot for the most part be endogenously synthesized, or are not endogenously synthesized in adequate amounts to need recommended intakes. Understanding the extent to which the U.S. population and various age, sex, and racial/ethnic groups within the population achieve nutrient intake requirements through available food and beverage intake, including foods and beverages that are enriched or fortified, is an important task of the DGAC. ‘


The first and last sentence of this excerpt is key and WHAT MATTERS to your health. ¬†The first because it emphasizes micro-nutrients and macro-nutrients are both important to an ideal diet ( and we can only get both when they are synthesized from eating real food) and the last sentence because it acknowledges bio-individuality. Bio-Individuality means we are all different and carry our own unique biology, chemistry and genetic predisposition. To be fair, the dietary committee does clearly state “Strategies should be based on the individual‚Äôs preferences and health status and consider the sociocultural influences on lifestyle behaviors that relate to long-term behavior maintenance.” ¬†In other words or in my words…BE YOUR OWN GURU! This is why they call it a ‘Guideline’.



It is a popular thing to do, that is to blame our government for misleading us with their published reports every five years, but the fact is we rarely follow it or read it thoroughly ourselves. The big bombshell I mentioned earlier is we NOW can safely but moderately eat more saturated fats (found in butter, eggs, meat) just like the ancient cultures I highlighted above. BUT this recommendation was part of a much larger contextual report covering all kinds of data related to ideal health and the ramifications of replacing healthy nutrients with larger and unhealthy portions of carbs. This report was produced to help create a guideline not a manifesto for a high-fat diet plan!

If you are health conscious you may know this, but for many people the ‘major headlines’ on the local TV news is what they hear, or perhaps they read a short paragraph in a mainstream magazine. What they are hearing based on sound-bite information is BUTTER IS OKAY–HAVE AT IT! When actually the report is really saying ‘saturated fats’ eaten in healthy moderation is okay but it’s still recommended to try to eat unsaturated healthy fats more often. ‘Butter is Better’ is back in vogue because there has been a lot of research on margarine highlighting its unhealthy trans-fats and artificial ingredients. Yet we wouldn’t have margarine if we didn’t have medical and scientific research back in the late 70’s concluding that eating saturated fats ( that would be butter) is the leading cause of heart disease.

There’s more to it than this–just Google ‘margarine’ and you will discover how it has barreled through our diets over the years for all kinds of socio-economic reasons. I always recommend following Marion Nestle’s blog ‘Food Politics’ because she keeps you aware of all the food trends and YES the politics behind them. Because unfortunately¬†‘we are not in Kansas anymore’!


WWB TAKEAWAY:¬†What you will find in this 571 page dietary report essentially comes down to Michael Pollan’s ¬†quote from his book¬†In Defense of Food; An Eaters Manifesto.” Eat Food, Not Too Much. Mostly Plants.” There it is, a very simple diet plan without restrictions. But the gray area we almost always overlook is good health is the¬†maintenance¬†and¬†fine tuning¬†of our body, mind and spirits. Our well-being can be affected by environmental factors such as pollution, bad chemicals and antibiotics in our food, lack of exercise, and stress factors too numerous to list in this post. The new 2015 guideline does try to address overall wellness but has received criticism for over-reaching. Look closely at the critics, because when the President of the Pork Council comes out and says “It appears that the advisory committee is more interested in addressing what’s trendy among foodies than providing science based advice for the average American diet.”, you have to consider the source. The pork Prez has his own ‘special interests’ to protect and he’s focused on his bottom line. But¬†please, please remember you’re not ‘average’!



It turns out what is sustainable for the earth and it’s animals is also very healthy for us because if you haven’t noticed we are all interdependent. ¬†Mostly plants, a little bit of protein ( fish, eggs or meat) is basically the foundation of the Mediterranean diet and is one of the most ‘highly researched diets’ on earth. ¬†Yes you can have an egg, and yes you can have butter, but you still have to take into account how much saturated fat is in your overall diet and decide¬†wisely¬†how much butter you want to be eating on any given day.

Yep, health is maintenance and we have to be conscious about what we eat and where it comes from. And don’t get me started about exercise! Most of the cultures who boast the highest number of centenarians all walk and move around quite a bit. Read the book¬†‘Blue Zones’¬†and you will learn that there are many ‘social factors’ contributing to centenarians longevity and their diets are indeed¬†limited¬†in meat consumption. My big takeaway here is there are always ‘general guidelines’ to any diet, but deciding what’s ‘ideal’ for you is your INDIVIDUAL choice and responsibility.

So be your own guru, enjoy life and take good care of yourself! This is what it means to be a “Healthy Epicurean’ (my blog department and lifestyle term) and always remember there are¬†many¬†roads to achieving this status. And some just might include pork! Explore them all here with me and follow this blog to meet the most interesting authors, chefs, nutritional experts, and wise visionaries presenting their knowledge, expertise, and wisdom. If you do, I promise you will ultimately be ‘comfortable in your own skin’ because you will be making ideal healthy choices for your unique beautiful self. ¬†And I repeat you’re definitely NOT average! ūüėČ

Truly Herself,
Lauroly, Founder of World Wise Beauty



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