Losing Hair, Muscle Mass, and Skin Elasticity? Try Collagen Loading!

Losing Hair, Muscle Mass, and Skin Elasticity? Try Collagen Loading!

Are you losing hair, muscle mass and skin elasticity?? If so, collagen loading could help you!

What is Collagen?

Collagen is a protein that is a main building block of your skin, hair, muscles, cartilage, and ligaments. I have been mixing it into my coffee for years. Just one scoop and you get frothy coffee with extra benefits. 

Are You Losing Hair, Muscle Mass and Elasticity?? Collagen Loading Could Help You!

As we age, we naturally start losing skin elasticity, bone density, muscle mass and of course, hair loss becomes a problem. Collagen, being a naturally-produced nutrient in our body starts to decline after the age of 25. As collagen production declines, fine lines become apparent, our hair starts to fall, and our bones weaken. 

To look and feel more youthful we can take collagen supplements and practice what’s called ‘collagen loading.’

Are You Losing Hair, Muscle Mass and Elasticity?? Collagen Loading Could Help You!

What is Collagen Loading?

Collagen loading is when you increase your collagen levels over a short period of time. All you need to do is multiply your daily collagen intake through supplements. So, the goal is getting 2-3 times the serving of collagen supplements into your daily routine for 2 – 3 weeks. 

You can go the natural route and include more collagen-boosting foods into your diet such as chicken, fish, bone broth, citrus fruits, and leafy greens. However, you won’t be able to get the amount your body needs through food alone. 

Are You Losing Hair, Muscle Mass and Elasticity?? Collagen Loading Could Help You!

You can find all sorts of collagen supplements in your health food store but as with everything else,  quality is key. When I first started putting a scoop in my coffee, I used Dr. Axe. It was one of the first reels I posted on my Instagram account. Now, Dr. Axe has a line called Ancient Nutrition so for three weeks of collagen loading I am using his supplements. 

How can I get more Collagen into my Diet?

For joint support, gut support and beauty support, Ancient Nutrition offers a variety of high quality collagen supplements. You can pour 2-3 scoops of it in tea or coffee and even a sparkling drink. You can even make a superfood smoothie with the Multi Collagen Protein Ancient Nutrition offers. 

An easy way to practice collagen loading to retain muscle mass, grow healthy hair, and reduce wrinkles is by adding it to the drinks you consume throughout the day.

When you feel good everything else falls into balance. Try collagen loading out. It might be just what you need.

Travel Lifestyle Edit: Taos Edition

Travel Lifestyle Edit: Taos Edition

Your home is an extension of your energy field and profoundly impacts your body, mind, and spirit. It’s the place where you are most comfortable, surrounded by your favorite things and personal touches. It can be hard to leave that comfort behind when you travel, especially when you’re gone for an extended period of time. This month I’m enjoying some time in New Mexico, which means it’s the perfect time for me to share my Travel Lifestyle Edit: Taos Edition.

Travel Lifestyle Edit: Taos Edition

Renting any place for a month can be a daunting proposition. It is said that pictures speak louder than words, but sometimes good photography can be deceiving. The reality is, at times, something different. To ensure that our stay is a pleasant experience, I always bring along a few things that remind us of home and therefore make us more comfortable.

Our Own Bedding

Style Beyond Age sitting in a bed with white bedding from Sleep and Glow and Lily Silk.

I start with good bedding. It’s incredibly important to get a good night’s sleep, especially when you’re on vacation. Bringing our bedding is the perfect way to ensure that we’ll be clean and comfortable every night. Our amazing pillows are from Sleep and Glow and I also make sure to bring our silk pillowcases from Lily Silk.

Woman wrapped in a blanket from Ecuadane walking on a long dock on a lake.

I also love my lightweight blanket from Ecuadane. The vibrant, unique pattern is the perfect theme for the area and the fabric is soft but tough enough that I am comfortable bringing it on my camping trip. Plus it comes with a lifetime warranty!

Daily Must Haves

Nutribullet blender and two containers of Ancient Nutrition Collagen Protein sitting on a silver tray on a counter

My Nutribullet is a must for my travel lifestyle. I use it every morning to mix my Ancient Nutrition collagen that goes into my coffee. Plus, for me, my daily protein shakes are absolutely non-negotiable.


Various fruits and vegetables sitting on a metallic platter on a wooden table with flowers and a woven bag.

As for decorations, I make things homey with what’s around the house and never forget the flowers. Typically I’ll just pick the wild ones. I just found out that there is a lot of fragrant lavender growing around the local streets of Toas. While I’m here, I’m going to make some sachets for my closet to keep my stored sweaters smelling fresh.


Coffee being poured from a pot into a white mug and saucer

Confession… my husband is a coffee connoisseur. When it’s your favorite way to start every morning, it’s important to drink the good stuff. The beans come from Specialty Java and barring a Miele coffee machine, he chose a Technivorm Moccamaster from Sur La Table. Of course, great water is a must. I brought a ZeroWater filter which I will leave for the next lucky tenants.


Travel Lifestyle Edit: Taos Edition Nest candles

I’m addicted to Nest, nowadays I use plug-in units around the house. I brought some along with me. My favorite fragrances are Ocean Mist & Sea Salt, Bamboo, Grapefruit for the kitchen and Rose Noir for the bedroom.

Note: Make a list of everything you brought with you, otherwise you’ll be sure to leave something behind.

Packing for any trip can be a bit daunting, but if you can bring some familiar favorites with you then I would certainly recommend it. These must-haves of mine are sure to bring me some comfort as I spend the next month away from home. If you’re looking for some more tips on packing for a vacation, check out my post here. I hope you enjoyed this Travel Lifestyle Edit: Taos Edition, and wish you all happy travels!

Tips to Control Sugar Cravings

Tips to Control Sugar Cravings

Do you ever get cravings for something sweet and sugary? No matter how hard you try, you can’t seem to shake them? If so, don’t worry! You’re not alone.

What you may not know is that there are some things you can do to help avoid sugar cravings altogether. So if you’re looking for a way to finally break your sugar habit, keep reading. We’ve got some tips for you!

These Tips will Help Control Sugar Cravings

drinking from a glass in a black and white dress

Drink 8 Ounces of Water Every Morning

The first and easiest tip is to drink water. When I wake up I drink 8 ounces of water before I do anything else, even before drinking my coffee. Drinking water first thing in the morning not only helps to give my body a feeling of fullness, it also helps flush out my stomach and balances the lymphatic system so I can stay healthier.

Eat protein

When I was much younger, I tried an experiment every time I wanted sugar. When the cravings started, I scrambled an egg or ate some protein. Guess what? It worked!

I guarantee you, the cravings subsided every time. That doesn’t mean you have to eat protein all day, but it could mean that a bite or two of protein is really what your body is needing when you think it wants sugar.

Avoid Artificial Sweeteners

It seems counterintuitive, but artificial sweeteners keep your mind tricked into wanting sugar. To avoid the sweeteners, I always order water with no ice. Occasionally I will ask for a lemon wedge, which adds a bit of flavor to the water.

I drink water constantly all day long. Water flushes out my system and keeps my belly full.

Eat Fruit

This advice has to be taken very carefully. If your sugar cravings have made you put on weight and your goal is to avoid that, my advice is eat berries. Blueberries are on the top of the list followed by raspberries, blackberries and strawberries. I avoid all high in sugar fruits – like bananas, apples and oranges.

Avoid Triggering Places

If you’re not comfortable at controlling your sugar cravings, I would avoid certain places, especially ones that have a beautiful bakery counter like this. A few days ago I was going to breakfast and had to walk through a bakery. Not fair, right?

Well fair doesn’t mean that you and your family can’t go out to places like this. What it does mean, is don’t go to your destination feeling hungry. Having a full belly or a glass of water before you go out, will help you avoid unnecessary calories from beautiful sugary items.

Don’t Starve Yourself

The biggest mistake most people make is starving themselves. Don’t do it.

Your body will need to recover the lost calories by eating more than you originally did – to maintain it’s energy! My solution is to make smoothies, but probably not the kind you are used to having – with all the sugar.

My smoothies start with a bit of ice in my Nutra bullet. Add a tablespoon or so of coconut creamer (no artificial sugars), some collagen powder and powdered fruits and veggies. Whip it all up for a delicious and nutritious drink.

Eat in Small Portions

I also eat when I’m hungry in small portions throughout the day. Even if we’re going out for dinner at six and I’m hungry at four o’clock, I will get a healthy snack before I go like a piece of protein or some almonds that I always keep handy in my car.

Take a multivitamin daily

There are many great multivitamins on the market. I also add vitamin D and Zinc to my daily regimen. Remember to always read the label on the bottle and consult with your physician with any questions about what vitamins would be the best for you and your body.

Get some exercise

Exercising whether indoors or outdoors and getting out in nature are imperative to sleeping well. Being well rested also relieves stress. Start off slowly each day and build up to an exercise routine that works for you. It may be hard to get started, but once you do you’ll be glad you did.

Limit alcohol consumption

Excessive alcohol consumption can prompt your cravings for fat and sugar. Try drinking fewer cocktails throughout the week so that it does not interfere with your health goals. Everyone deserves a treat and if you love to indulge in a cocktail, plan it out in advance and add it to your food plans. Remember food plans do not have to be perfect every day. We all deserve a yummy treat or cocktail every now and then.

Indulge Discriminately

It’s inevitable. Sugar is not going away any time soon. And it’s delicious! If you are going to go for something sweet, make sure it’s for a special occasion or that you balance your sugar intake with other healthy food options throughout the day.

Always remember that sugar is not nourishing to our bodies, it’s just a delicious treat that we all deserve every once in a while.

Awareness and moderation go a long way on our journey for a healthier lifestyle and diet.

Monthly Lifestyle Edit

Monthly Lifestyle Edit

High Tea at the Adolphous 

I had such a lovely time at The Adolphus Hotel in Dallas. There were tables of ladies chatting, children learning this lovely ritual and gentlemen enjoying their tea. 

Consider tea for the holidays with your whole family. It makes a great tradition.

Exquisitely executed, Tea at The Adolphus is served in the beautiful French Room dining room. A storied tradition, the tea service is filled with delight and surprise, from the menu curated by our culinary team to the custom china.

During each sitting, guests can enjoy a three-course menu of tea sandwiches, scones and pastries paired with loose leaf teas from local purveyor, Zatki, who creates a special tea blend just for The Adolphus. 

Both the green tea and the black tea were so expertly chosen and brewed. They were delicious and smooth as silk. 

Our champagne wishes and caviar dreams came true during our tea service. We enjoyed Regis Ova Siberian Reserve Caviar. Its clean and lightly creamy taste is perfect to enjoy on its own which we did or add  buckwheat blinis  with crème fraîche and shaved yolk and all the other toppings which we also did. 

Often the phrases “afternoon tea” and “high tea” are used interchangeably as many mistakenly believe that there is no difference. Both tea traditions are steeped in British history and the differences, subtle as they may be, are a direct result of their origins.

The origins of afternoon tea show clearly it was the preserve of the rich in the 19th century. For workers in the newly industrialized Britain, tea time had to wait until after work. By that hour, tea was generally served with heartier dishes which were substantially more than just tea and cakes.

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Charles de Cazanove, Brut Rosé, Champagne


Duché de Longueville, Sparkling Non-Alcoholic Cider, Normandy

Caviar Service

regiis ova siberian reserve | UR | 95

buckwheat blini, creme fraiche, shaved yolk

Finger Sandwiches

cucumber cress with herbed cream cheese

egg salad façon japonais

roasted celery root and apple salad with Texas pecan salmon rillettes with roe and cornichons on pumpernickel southern chicken salad vol au vent

– Huang Shan Mao Feng, Anhui, China, Green Tea –

Sweet Scones raspberry pistachio lavender

seasonal preserves & english double cream

Tea Cakes & Pastries

caramelized green apple upside-down cake, dulce cremeaux white chocolate key lime tart

dark chocolate brownie, chocolate caramel ganache pear and almond financier

passion-coconut chocolate cream tart

– Risheehat Super Premium Darjeeling, India, Black Tea –


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I have had problems with the veins in my legs for as long as I can remember.  I have had them striped and injected to really no avail.  It is not just a matter of how they look it’s the pain and heaviness the lack of good circulation. I was lucky to find the Dallas vein institute and have been through procedures on both of my legs over a period of one month. I thought I would give you a little information on my experience and the new technologies available.  

Vein disorders affect millions of people, and if these disorders aren’t properly managed and treated, serious consequences can arise. I was fortunate enough to jeetmVaricose vein specialist Dr. Dev Batra who focuses on offering comprehensive treatments, fully educating his patients, keeping them comfortable during procedures, and providing specific solutions for individuals seeking relief from cosmetic and medically complex vein problems.

Dr. Basra and the team use cutting-edge technology for vein therapy. This includes minimally invasive procedures that allow the team to address most vein problems with little, if any, pain during treatment, leading to more rapid recovery times.
Dallas Vein Institute is adept at the treatment of a large number of vein conditions. For example, Dr. Batra uses ClosureFast™ thermal vein closure radiofrequency techniques, and the VenaSeal™ closure system for the ablation of diseased veins, thereby rerouting blood flow to adjacent, healthy veins. Dr. Batra offers sclerotherapy procedures to treat spider veins and varicose veins.

Advanced technologies also address chronic venous insufficiency, deep vein thrombosis, leg itching and burningleg pain and swellingrestless leg syndromeskin pigmentation, and venous ulcers.
The team at Dallas Vein Institute is dedicated to long-term follow-up care, even after successful treatment, to ensure that your legs stay healthy and happy, perhaps best exemplified by the practice’s motto: “Get your legs back.”
  I know you can too!  If you are suffering like I was do some research  in you area. You will be glad you did.

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