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St. Frimpong’s Grand Debut

Designer St. Frimpong’s Solo Label Debut Hits a Home Run
Article by: Stephani Bakus, Tiara Magazine contributor, fashion model

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Photo by: Marlon Cordero
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This past Sunday, Chicago’s elite fashionistas (and -istos, of course) gathered inside the cozy Bridgeport Art Center to get a glimpse of one of Chicago’s utmost rising stars, St. Frimpong, and his debut as a solo designer. His new debut line, St. Frimpong, made a definite imprint into the minds of spectators Sunday night; his fashions being displayed alongside incredible pieces by the wonderful Michelle Schaps of Mixxi G. Accessories.

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Photo by: Marlon Cordero
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Frimpong’s fashions, while quite elegant, had a signature edge of essential leather and chic-glam that made his clothes that much more enticing. On the females, a subtle nod to Bottega Veneta was noted in the bouncy, undone curls that donned the women’s heads, with colorful, pastel eyes and edgy, Lanvin-esque eyeliner on the girls’ lids. The makeup seemed to highlight the fall colored and mystical clothing wonderfully…bystander’s could’ve heard a pin drop in the place during the performance. All head were turned as Chicago’s brightest new talent sent his models down the catwalk. The garments, while undeniably sleek, could easily be transported from day to night, giving his collection the versatile, always essential element that today’s metropolitan women seek, and of course, need.

Photo by: Marlon Cordero Facebook page: MCordero Photography

Photo by: Marlon Cordero
Facebook page: MCordero Photography

The night was made memorable by a 2015 Men’s Special Preview, in which handsome lads stomped the oak runway in trousers consisting of memorable patterns, exquisitely on-trend suspenders, and a hint of 50’s glam that will be seen all year. Tucked in Oxford shirts and oversized bags and briefcases brought the looks to life while the men showed their best walks to the audience. At the end of the night, bystanders left fulfilled, fully inspired, and completely excited to set out and put together pieces inspired (and hopefully consisting of) by clothing shown on the St. Frimpong runway.

The event wouldn’t have been made possible if it were not for the following key individuals: Event Producer/Show Director: Rose Mandel, Mandel Productions • Backstage Manager & Hair Stylist: Adel Shaw, Spoil Me Salon & Spa • Artistic Director for Hair: Jennifer Simonis, Custom Hair Lounge • Artistic Director for Beauty/Makeup: Nicole Richardson, Flawless Beauty • Stylist: Dutch • Menswear Stylist: Malachi Artese • Jewelry by: Michelle Schaps, Mixxi G. Accessories

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Photo by: Marlon Cordero
facebook page: MCordero Photography

 

 

Project Runway A-Thon Designer Competition

The competition was fierce during the Project Runway A-Thon event held February 22nd, on a Saturday night in the City of Chicago. The final battle between two designers had the audience at the edges of their seat. Who would it be? Who would walk away a winner, become known in the Chicago Fashion world, seen and accepted by the top industry professionals……. There could only be one winner. It was a tough decision as the judges deliberated. The final two stood on stage while their hearts were beating fast. They had to endure the critiques of Chicago celebrity judges. Would the winner be Lindsey Keslar with her corporate meets fashion chic daytime outfit yet ready for a fun night out,  which was beautifully constructed with unique lines and a zipper in the back of her peplum skirt? Or would it be Robert Noia with his feminine array of evening gowns that offered forgiving fabrics, beautiful textures  and colors that fit every woman’s style and inner elegance?

Robert Noia

The final two left standing, Lindsey Keslar and Robert Noia, listening to the judges critiques and praises of their beautifully crafted artistry.

The nerves were high, everyone in the room waited for the final decision. Cal, from Gsb menswear organized the event along with Jena Garcia of J-na Haute Couture, to give a platform to emerging artists in the city of Chicago. Cal had the honor of announcing the winner…….. and the winner is ROBERT NOIA! Robert was immediately surrounded by the celebrity judges wanting more of his designs! Photo ops followed directly after his win and social media along with twitter was buzzing with excitement, exclaiming to the world how truly gorgeous Robert Noia’s designs were! You will be seeing a lot of Robert Noia’s collection on the runways of Chicago in the near future. So you may be asking….. who were the celebrity judges that had to make such a hard decision?  The judges included: Sherrie Gearheart, editor of Tiara Magazine; Benjamin Cottrell of Benjamin Cottrell designs; Erin McDougald, singer/songwriter; Sandra Smith-Doghmi, President of Red Carpet Concierge; and not pictured:  Lisa Lockwood, career consultant; and Christy Estes Brown of Chicago Couture Fashion Week.

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The judges included: Sherrie Gearheart, editor of Tiara Magazine; Benjamin Cottrell of Benjamin Cottrell designs; Erin McDougald, singer/songwriter; Sandra Smith-Doghmi, President of Red Carpet Concierge; and not pictured: Lisa Lockwood, career consultant; and Christy Estes Brown of Chicago Couture Fashion Week.

 

The event would not have been made possible if it were not for the amazing hair and makeup team by Spoil Me Salon-Spa. The owner Adel and her team made the models stunning and runway ready for all the lights, camera, and action. Also, the owners of DiMargo Modeling Academy attended the event and brought two of their very own models. Red Carpet Concierge and Tiara Magazine’s photographer Derek Tokarzewski along with other special photographers covered the event. Gsb Menswear  and J-na Haute Couture were the major sponsors and orchestrators behind this incredible competition.

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Pictured here: (far left to right) Model Galina, the DJ, Jena Garcia of J-na Haute Couture, Benjamin Cottrell of Benjamin Cottrell Designs, Cal of Gsb Menswear, and Erin McDougald.

Are you ready for the designs of each of the two finalists?

Design by winner Robert Noai

Design by winner Robert Noia

Design by 1st runner up Lindsey Keller.

Design by 1st runner up Lindsey Keslar.

Photos by Tiara Magazine photographer: Derek Tokarzewski

Miss Indstruktibl 2013 – Denise Swanson – Indstruktibl Clothing

Prevent Breast Cancer

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Prevent Breast Cancer

Did you know eating red cabbage can stop the growth of cancerous tumors? Did you know eating flaxseed can prevent your chance of developing breast cancer? We have seen the t-shirts, bracelets, cups, you name it, saying GO PINK for breast cancer awareness. This form of cancer has been highly publicized by the media in recent years and we think it’s time we shine some light on interesting preventative and life-saving measures.  This article will focus on the prevention of breast cancer. As always check with your healthcare physician before making any changes to your dietary, health plans. But first lets take a look at some basic statistics that may shock you.

Statistics

According to cancer.org, Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About 1 in 8 (12%) women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. At this time there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. (This includes women still being treated and those who have completed treatment.)

The American Cancer Society’s estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2013 are:
About 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
About 64,640 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
About 39,620 women will die from breast cancer

Men and Women are both prone to breast cancer.

Decrease in Breast Cancer

A DECREASE IN BREAST CANCER IN 2000-2002
Cancer.org explains why there was a decrease in breast cancer in 2000. Understanding what caused the decrease could in turn help shape your opinion of hormone therapy for menopause. After breast cancer rates increased for more than 2 decades, female breast cancer incidence rates began decreasing in 2000, then dropped by about 7% from 2002 to 2003. This large decrease was thought to be due to the decline in use of hormone therapy after menopause that occurred after the results of the Women’s Health Initiative were published in 2002. This study linked the use of hormone therapy to an increased risk of breast cancer and heart diseases. Incidence rates have been stable in recent years.

Shocking Fact

Omega 3, 6, 9 imbalance can cause breast cancer.
According to Doctor Weil, “The body needs omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids but can’t make them, which is why they’re termed “essential” – we must get them from our diets. Omega-9 fats are described as “non-essential,” because our bodies can synthesize them from other things we eat, and we don’t have to depend on direct dietary sources to obtain them. The main omega-9 is oleic acid, found in olive oil, peanut oil and sunflower oil.”

Furthermore, when researchers did a study of healthy breast tissue, the tests confirmed that healthy breast tissue had significantly lower amounts of linoleic acid, Omega 6, and higher amounts of Omega 3 & 9.

According to healthyeating.sfgate.com, Omega 6, also known as Linoleic acid, is a type of fatty acid, found in vegetable oils, nuts, seeds and animal products.  The biggest sources of linoleic acid in the American diet tend to be processed foods. The top sources of dietary linoleic acid in America include chicken and chicken dishes, grain-based desserts, salad dressing, potato and corn chips, pizza, bread, french fries and pasta dishes, according to the National Cancer Institute. Mayonnaise, eggs, popcorn and processed meats are also significant sources. An essential omega-6 fatty acid, linoleic acid is required by the human body in small amounts. Too much, however, can be detrimental to your health. Consumers of a standard American diet are much more likely to get too much linoleic acid than too little. Potato chips and pasta dishes are significant sources of linoleic acid in American diets. The study of healthy breast tissue shows lower amounts of linoleic acid. The reason many of the above foods contain linoleic acid is because they’re made with vegetable oil. In America, “vegetable oil” tends to refer to soybean, corn and safflower oils, all of which contain a high percentage of linoleic acid. About 75 percent of the fatty acid content in safflower oil comes from linoleic acid; for corn and soybean oil, it’s between 55 and 60 percent.

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Flaxseeds are an essential part of an everyday diet to prevent breast cancer and halt the growth of tumors

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According to Natural News, “While the standard remedies of radiation, chemotherapy and surgery are well known, there are effective natural approaches for prevention and treatment which can have a significant impact on the disease. One of these is flax seeds which are the richest source of plant based omega-3 fatty acids and are high in lignans and fiber all of which help reduce breast cancer risk. According to breast cancer specialist Christine Horner, MD, in her book Waking the Warrior Goddess, “If you were given only one choice of a food to take as medicine, your best choice would be the tiny seed from the flax plant.” Flax seeds have been proven to reduce breast cancer risk by 32 percent in women. For women who already have breast cancer, Dr. Horner states that omega-3s will help shrink tumors and help keep them confined so that they don’t spread.

Lignans

Lignans, another big contributor to the prevention of and healing of breast cancer, are natural plant compounds found in fruits, vegetables and grains such as wheat, broccoli, garlic, carrots and dried apricots. However they are also abundant in flax seeds which have 100 times the lignans found in other known edible sources. In a recent German study researchers evaluated bloods samples from 1,140 postmenopausal women diagnosed with breast cancer. They measured levels of enterolactone, a known bio-marker for lignans and found that women with the highest amounts of this substance were associated with a 40 percent lower mortality risk from breast cancer. Previous research by the same scientists had already established the importance of lignans for prevention of breast cancer according to naturalnews.com

Cabbage

Did you know eating 1-4 servings of cabbage per week can actually prevent breast cancer and potentially stop the growth of breast cancer. According to Dr. Mercola, “Cabbage contains Glucosinolates which are phytochemicals that break down into indoles, sulforaphane and other cancer-preventive substances. Indole-3-carbinol, for example, halts the cell cycle in breast cancer cells without actually killing the cells. The cell cycle is a rigidly controlled series of steps a cell must go through before it can divide in two, involving the duplication of the cell’s contents and a final split. If you can alter specific components of the cell cycle, you can stop the growth of cancer cells without killing normal cells. Indole-3-carbinol interferes with the cell cycle in a way that turns off a gene for an enzyme important in the cell’s growth cycle. Interestingly, different types of cabbage (red, green and Savoy) contain different patterns of glucosinolates, which suggests you should try to eat a variety of cabbage for the best health effects. “The George Mateljan Foundation expanded:

According to WHfoods.com, Red cabbage is crucial for breast cancer prevention. In a study, from Poland, showing impressive reduction of breast cancer risk in women consuming large amounts of cabbage. (In this particular study, this reduction in risk was associated with consumption of at least 4 cabbage servings per week, in comparison with the once-per-week serving consumed by women with higher breast cancer risk.)

According to Livestrong.com the nutritional & vitamin facts of cabbage include:

Nutrition Facts

A cup of raw, shredded red cabbage has 22 calories and 1 g protein, no fat, 5 g carbohydrates, 1.5 g fiber and 2.5 g natural sugar. Red cabbage is more than 90 percent water. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, foods with high water content have especially low energy density levels, which makes them a good choice for weight loss and weight maintenance.

Vitamins

Red cabbage is also a rich source of essential vitamins and minerals. A cup of cooked red cabbage will satisfy 85 percent of your daily vitamin C requirements and about 20 percent of your daily vitamin A requirements. Those vitamins are antioxidants, powerful natural chemicals that can help reduce your risk of cancer, diabetes, bone loss, stroke, heart attack and kidney stones.

 

Early Detection

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer. The chance that breast cancer will be responsible for a woman’s death is about 1 in 36 (about 3%). Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since about 1989, with larger decreases in women younger than 50. These decreases are believed to be the result of earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, as well as improved treatment. Early detection is key in lifesaving efforts against breast cancer. Watch this short episode on the Today Show which explains how to do self breast examinations for early detection WATCH NOW

Read Tiara Magazine’s article TRUTH BEHIND FOOD CRAVINGS

 

Chicago Fashion Show

The most wanted, prestigious show is just around the corner. But first you must audition to be considered as a model. Five top fashion designers, featured in NYFW & editorial spreads, will hit the stage on February 23, 2014 and our beloved chosen models will be adorned in their gorgeous, one of kind, custom outfits. Our guests will enjoy delicious food by Vora Restaurant.

Fashion Show Information
Vora Restaurant
1028 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60610
Date: February 23, 2014
Doors open: 1:45pm
Show time: 2pm-5pm
Light food and one drink included in ticket price.
Guests may order additional food if they wish to purchase on their own.
Fundraiser: portion of funds will be donation to Live Out Loud Charity for suicide prevention, anti-bullying education, and core character development training.

Ticket cost: $30 includes small meal, one drink
Seating: first come, first serve
purchase tickets below


Chicago Fashion Show




How to audition- please note audition slots are limited. We recommend you attend the first time slot. You must register in order to audition. Send your name, date chosen (from the two choices below), phone number, size, height, and one photo to models@tiaramag.net Once you receive an email confirmation from our Model Coordinator you will be given the address to audition via email. This is a private audition with only models chosen for our Chicago Fashion Show.

Audition Dates

February 2nd, 2014
Location: Downtown Chicago
Full location will be given once registered.

February 9th, 2014
Location: Downtown Chicago
Full location will be given once registered.

Rehearsal
February 16th
Location: Downtown Chicago
Full location received once you are an official Tiara Model chosen for this fashion show.

Dress Code

Black shoes (women: heels 4 inch and taller and/or age appropriate and men dress shoes)
Black pants (dress pants, leggings, or jeans)
Blue top (any type of top)

Requirements
Casting is open to ages 13 and older
Looking for female and male models

Parking
Valet or street parking is available the day of the fashion show. We recommend arriving 15-30 minutes early to ensure a good parking space.

Holiday Fashion Show DVD & Photo CD

The Live Out Loud Charity Holiday Fashion Show was a big success. Both DVDs and Photo CDs are available for purchase. Cost for photo cds is $60. Order your photo cd from Dazzle Shot Images by emailing dazzleshotimages@gmail.

Cost for dvds is $25. Order your dvds right here! See the button below.


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Miss Nationwide 2013, Bhagya Mann

Miss Nationwide 2013, Bhagya Mann

Miss Nationwide 2013, Bhagya Mann

Tell us about your national title. When did you win your title and what were the areas of competition?
In December I won the title of Miss Nationwide 2013 and this is when my life completely changed. Each contestant was judged on different areas of competition: Photogenic Quality, Resume/Personal Achievements/Community Service/Academic Achievements, Interview Questions, Personal Platform Statement, and a Video Statement. These were put together in a portfolio that the judges were supposed to judge. There was also a percentage of your score that came from people who voted for you in the people’s choice.

What types of appearances have you made as Miss Nationwide?
As Miss Nationwide I’ve made several different appearances. I made an appearance in Los Angeles, California with Supermodels Unlimited at their fashion show, that I myself was a part of. With that, I had the opportunity to also have a full page in the Supermodels Unlimited Family Edition Magazine, where I had the opportunity to represent the Miss Nationwide system. I also made an appearance at Universal Studio, and promoted my title there. I was given the opportunity to make an appearance at the Cops Fore Kids Event that was held by the 17th Circuit Court Family Division. This is where Police Officers and Juveniles get the chance to play 9 holes of golf together and build a better relationship amongst each other. I’ve volunteered and made appearances at events through the Salvation Army as well and the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum. All of these appearances were an unforgettable experience.

What do you hope to leave behind as your legacy as the Miss Nationwide 2013? When leaving behind my legacy as Miss Nationwide 2013 my biggest goal is to make my family, friends, director and the contestants proud of all the hard work and effort I put into my title. As Miss Nationwide 2013, I’ve promoted my title not only in my state Michigan, but also nationally around the country. Also, I want to be remembered as a role model for young women and someone who they can look up to as well.

What is your pageant style? My pageant style is Classy, Elegant and Exotic. My biggest thing is to find the dress that you feel confident in because it’s important to feel comfortable under your own skin. I also feel that aside from looking glamorous on stage it’s important to also look professional and having to carry yourself out in a way where the judges have no choice but to crown you!

What do you say to all of the “pageant haters” out there? Do you let them rain on your parade?
When being a pageant queen, with anything you do there are always going to be “pageant haters”. I am a very confident young women, I don’t let the “pageant haters rain on my parade”, but I can definitely say it motivates me because they give out the rush to go further and pursue your goals and dreams.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? This has been a wonderful year for me. I will be graduating in December with my Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Ferris State University, and it was a blessing being able to hold the title as Miss Nationwide 2013. In five years I do plan on finishing up Law School and specialize in Family Law. Also, hoping to settle down and being married. Fingers crossed!

What are your future pageant goals?
I can definitely say I can see myself performing in many more pageants. My reign as Miss Nationwide 2013 has been an unforgettable journey. I’ve met some amazing people during my reign and I actually plan on being a part of different pageant systems as well. I am currently looking into the Miss India USA pageant system. I think this will be an awesome way for me to tie both of my Indian and American cultures together.

Where can we learn more about you?

To learn about me you can follow me on twitter at poondymann; you can also get updates about my reign on my facebook page Miss Nationwide 2013-Bhagya Mann.

How can girls learn more about the Miss Nationwide Pageant system?
To learn more about the Miss Nationwide Pageant system you can always go on the website, www.missnationwide.com. Also, the pageant system has a facebook page where you can follow up on information regarding the pageant, contestants, the reigning queen, and much more, which is, Miss Nationwide Pageant.

Is there anything you would like readers to know?
I would tell my readers to never stop dreaming and doing what you love. There will be people who will put you down for everything you do, but never pay any attention to the negativity. Strive for success and you will reach your dreams. The beginning is always the hardest.

Dec/Jan Cover Model Kim Poulin

Lets Stop Bullying Cover Model: Kim Poulin Today's American Woman Queen of Queens Featured story: Models on the Rise from Model Boot Camp

Lets Stop Bullying
Cover Model: Kim Poulin
Today’s American Woman Queen of Queens
Featured story: Models on the Rise
from Model Boot Camp

 


Dec/Jan Cover Kim Poulin




Holiday Fashion Show Details

Holiday Fashion Show
Benefit for Live Out Loud Charity
Dec 21st
Times: 12 noon, 3pm, 6pm.
Location: The Ladies Room
Address: 410 S Main St
Lombard, IL 60148
Purchase Tickets CLICK HERE

Enjoy three beautiful fashion shows.
Our 12 noon show is the children’s showcase
Our 3pm show is the Teen Showcase from TLR AND a showcase of Devoid Models
Our 6pm showcase  includes our 18 over models along with Devoid’s Models
Further information below. You must purchases tickets separately per show.
Every show will be held at The Ladies Room
Address: 410 S Main St
Lombard, IL 60148
Phone:(630) 613-9593

12 Noon Show Details
Children’s Showcase of ages 5-12 years.
Accessories provided by Catrina of The Ladies Room.
Call Catrina of The Ladies Room at (630) 613-9593
The Ladies Room 410 S Main St, Lombard, IL 60148
Fitting information: Book before Dec 19th
Bring in favorite three outfits and Catrina will choose the best one and accessorize the outfit. Remember to bring your shoes too!
Rehearsal: Dec 21st at 9:30am (the morning of the show). Please arrive on time. Location is at The Ladies Room.
Fashion Show details: Remember the day of the show to arrive HAIR AND MAKEUP READY. Your call time is 9:30am so be ready to walk in the door hair/makeup ready. Do not walk in with tons of bags. You are allowed a small makeup bag for touchups, your 1 pair of shoes, and a small bag for food to eat. Remember your proper under garments, shoes, etc.

3pm  Show Details
Teen Showcase of ages 13-17 years AND the Devoid n Deveil showcase.
Clothing provided by Catrina of The Ladies Room and Devoid and Deveil. Models were emailed which group they were in last week. If unsure please email editor@tiaramag.net or call Sherrie (815) 914-8602.
Fitting information for The Ladies Room: 
Book before Dec 19th
Call Catrina of The Ladies Room at (630) 613-9593
The Ladies Room 410 S Main St, Lombard, IL 60148
Remember your shoes.
Rehearsal: Dec 20th at 6pm (the night before the show). Please arrive on time. Location is at The Ladies Room.
Fitting information for Devoid n Deveil Models:
Arrive 9:30am on Dec 21st (the day of the show) to receive your fitting the morning of the event.
Fitting: Dec 21st at 9:30am (the morning of the show). Please arrive on time. Location is at The Ladies Room.
Rehearsal: Dec 20th at 6pm (the night before). Please arrive on time. Location is at The Ladies Room.
Fashion Show details: Remember the day of the show to arrive HAIR AND MAKEUP READY. Your call time is 9:30am if you are scheduled with Devoid OR your call time is 2pm on the dot if you are schedule with The Ladies Room.  So be ready to walk in the door hair/makeup ready at your call time. Do not walk in with tons of bags. You are allowed a small makeup bag for touchups, your 1 pair of shoes, and a small bag for food to eat. Remember your proper under garments, shoes, etc.

6pm  Show Details
Women Showcase of ages 18 and up includes TLR models and  Devoid n Deveil’s models.
Clothing provided by Catrina of The Ladies Room and Devoid and Deveil. Models were emailed which group they were in last week. If unsure please email editor@tiaramag.net or call Sherrie (815) 914-8602.
Fitting information for The Ladies Room: 
Book before Dec 19th
Call Catrina of The Ladies Room at (630) 613-9593
The Ladies Room 410 S Main St, Lombard, IL 60148
Remember your shoes.
Rehearsal: Dec 20th at 7:30pm (the night before the show). Please arrive on time. Location is at The Ladies Room.
Fitting information for Devoid n Deveil Models:
Arrive 9:30am on Dec 21st (the day of the show) to receive your fitting the morning of the event.
Rehearsal: Dec 20th at 6pm (the night before the show) Please arrive on time. Location is at The Ladies Room.
Fashion Show details: Remember the day of the show to arrive HAIR AND MAKEUP READY. Your call time is 9:30am if you are scheduled with Devoid OR your call time is 5pm on the dot if you are scheduled with The Ladies Room.  So be ready to walk in the door hair/makeup ready at your call time. Do not walk in with tons of bags. You are allowed a small makeup bag for touchups, your 1 pair of shoes, and a small bag for food to eat. Remember your proper under garments, shoes, etc.

The Truth Behind Food Cravings

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Identify Your Food Cravings and Learn what they really mean.

Do you crave sugar, pop, breads, pasta, and potatoes?

Generally, people who crave sugar have poor fuel-burning capacity in their bodies. You really need minerals. You can have huge fluctuations in your days, real highs and then very low lows. You are often moody and irritable, and feel fatigued with low stamina, often blaming “getting older” as the reason for your reduced energy. You have a nutritional deficiency and a hormonal imbalance than could lead to hypoglycemia or pre-diabetes.

Do you love to eat Pizza and bread?

You most likely have a yeast problem. Emotionally, you can have mood swings up and down, with chronic allergies and digestive distress. You have a sugar/hormonal imbalance, and nutritional deficiencies. You also have digestive issues with poor metabolism, weight gain, and increasing fatigue.

Do you have a pickle and olive with your sandwiches?

People who crave salt generally have weak adrenal gland function. You can get irritable if you miss a meal. Bright light bothers your eyes. You are often tired and your back can hurt. You avoid salt even though you crave it. You have a hormonal imbalance and a mineral deficiency.

Do you crave milk?

People who crave dairy generally are really trying to fill their calcium, protein and fat need. Alternative sources are sesame seeds for calcium; organic chicken or turkey for protein, and/or almonds, walnuts or sunflower seeds. You have a protein and mineral deficiency.

Do you crave chocolate?

You have a calcium/magnesium imbalance. Women crave chocolate before their menses due to hormone changes. The magnesium in chocolate helps create a sense of relaxation by making long-chain fatty acids. However, chocolate has chemicals in it that are psychoneurotic chemicals. These chemicals can create highs and lows. An alternative is to have mixed greens everyday. Mixed greens are a great source of magnesium and help with the craving for chocolate. You have a nutritional deficiency, and a hormonal imbalance.

Do you crave ice?

This is a sign of poor iron utilization. You are usually tired. Your body needs iron for oxygen carrying capacity. Iron is found in meat. (see vitamin list) You can become anemic.

Do you crave any type of sweets?

You have a poor sugar metabolism when you crave sweets. You can also be low in zinc and chromium. These minerals are needed for carbohydrate metabolism. High stress can also cause high cortisol levels and sugar cravings. You have a sugar/hormonal imbalance and a nutritional deficiency of specific vitamins needed by the body for sugar metabolism.

Do you crave fatty foods?

This can be a sign for a need for fat in the body. You need fat, but avoid it because of calories and use low fat foods instead. Fat is needed to make hormones in the body and is vital for proper brain function. Without fat you can have depression, pain syndromes and emotional issues. You have a hormone issue and a deficiency of essential fatty acids.

Do you desire coffee in the mid afternoon?

You are stressed out with poor adrenal gland function. The coffee stimulates the adrenals for you to keep going. You can also crave salty and or sugary foods. You may have problems with bright light bothering your eyes, chronic pain syndromes and even sneeze when sunshine hits your eyes on a bright day. You wear sunglasses. You have a hormonal imbalance when you need to have a caffeine boost to keep your energy levels up.

Do you chew your nails?

You have a mineral deficiency and may be lacking specific vital nutrients. You might have a hard time falling asleep at night. You can lay in bed at night physically exhausted with your brain going one hundred miles an hour. If you have red hair, you may have a deficiency in zinc with too much copper. Avoid bread and soy – these deplete the body of zinc. Eat pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Celtic Sea Salt is also an excellent source of minerals, containing 84 different essential minerals. You have a mineral deficiency and a hormonal imbalance.

Do you crave onions, garlic, cabbage or broccoli?

You may have a sluggish or overloaded liver. These foods contain high levels of sulfur, which help improve liver function. A sluggish liver cannot work properly to help break down toxins or keep hormones in balance. Toxins can accumulate from either external sources or from poor digestion that results in internal toxicity. You have nutritional deficiencies and too much toxic exposure.

If you have any of the above food cravings, there is help. A review of your diet and lifestyle can easily locate simple changes that could improve your health and reduce your cravings.

Dr. Carol Ann Fischer, D.C., N.D.
This information was taken from the Body Mind Spirit Guide Learn more at http://www.bodymindspiritguide.com

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