Old-Fashioned Honey Baked Apples

From https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/old-fashioned-honey-baked-apples/

Ingredients

  • 2 medium tart apples
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Vanilla ice cream or sweetened whipped cream, optional

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Core apples, leaving bottoms intact; peel top third of each. Place in a greased 8×4-in. glass loaf pan; fill with cranberries.
  • In a small saucepan, combine water, brown sugar and honey; cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Pour over apples.
  • Bake, uncovered, until apples are tender, 35-40 minutes, basting occasionally with juices. If desired, serve with ice cream.

New At Make Me Feel: ME & ME

We are very happy to welcome a new rage of pregnancy dermocosmetics with Me and Me.

Me and Me, a Spanish brand, was born from the deep knowledge of its founders of the transformations and body needs of pregnant women and recent mothers and years of specialization in cosmetics dedicated to their treatment and care.

For this reason, Me and Me is based on the conviction of Sonia Almela – pharmacist and cosmetologist expert in the world of high-end cosmetics – and Belén Aracil -specialist in aesthetics and responsible for the training of different cosmetic brands- of which It is possible to create high-efficiency cosmetic products that offer better solutions to concrete situations in real life, such as pregnancy.

Solutions that, thanks to biotechnology and cosmetic technology make it possible to act, not only physically but also emotionally.

Therefore, Me and Me is presented with a line of cosmetics for moms, with highly effective formulas unique in the market that respect the safety and well-being of the baby before and after delivery.

Why Me and Me?

Me and Me provides high-efficiency cosmetic solutions for pregnant women and recent mothers who ask for more of their personal care.
Respectful solutions with your baby that help them enjoy their pregnancy.

Thinking about them and the welfare of their babies, the innovative formulations of Me and Me products not only effectively promote skin health, but they also contain ingredients that reduce cortisol – the hormone responsible for stress – taking care of your emotional state.

In this way, Me and Me becomes the only specific brand for pregnant women with a holistic vision that raises their treatments based on biotechnological research and the principles of neurocosmetics, to achieve totally safe results for the baby and effective both in the skin treatment as in reducing the stress of pregnancy.

Green Apple Smoothie

A simple green apple smoothie with kale and coconut milk. It is a healthy vegan way to start your day or snack.

From: https://www.healthyseasonalrecipes.com/green-apple-smoothie/

Description

To make this vegan use maple syrup or agave. Paleo and gluten-free green apple smoothie with coconut and ginger. If you are new to green smoothies, try adding a frozen banana for a creamier texture.


Ingredients:

  • 1 green apple, cored and chopped
  • 2 handfuls of kale leaves, washed
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons grated ginger root, preferably using a rasp-style grater
  • 1 tablespoon honey, pure maple syrup, dark or amber or agave, or to taste
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup almond milk

Instructions:

  1. Combine apple, kale, ginger, honey or sweetener, coconut milk and almond milk in a blender and puree until smooth.

Bud Fertility Nutritional Supplement

One in Seven couples, (3.5 million people in the UK) have difficulty conceiving*, and male sperm count in the west has dropped by 50% in the last 40 years.** 

Find out more

Bud was inspired by our personal experience of unexplained secondary infertility. A journey that lasted four long years, but very happily – and with the help of IVF (and some very clever people at
Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital), culminated in the arrival of twins!
However, this experience gave us an insight into the reality of fertility problems that many of us unexpectedly have to face.
Many factors including changes in diet, lifestyle, stress and the tendency to start a family later in life, are considered the main contributing factors to our weakening natural fertility.
It is Bud’s mission to support all couples when they first decide to try for a baby, helping them to become Baby Body Ready – and to continue supporting them during the 18 months to two-year average period it takes
to achieve natural conception.
So, whether you’re just starting out or have been trying to conceive for a while, Bud’s innovative formulas contain adaptogens, minerals and vitamins, proven to support vital aspects of reproductive health and function.
Developed by clinical nutritionists, Bud’s approach in developing these formulas has been holistic – we have included all the nutritional essentials, and have added powerful adaptogens to uniquely target male and female hormone balance, reduce stress and increase well-being – all vital, but often overlooked factors that affect our natural fertility.
Male Formula
Our preconception supplement includes zinc, which contributes to normal fertility and reproduction and the maintenance of normal testosterone levels in the blood, and Selenium that contributes to normal spermatogenesis. Along with additional vitamins C, E, D and B12 the formula also includes macacarnitinecordyceps sinensisashwaganda and pine bark extract.
Female Formula
Our supplement for women concentrates on key nutrients to support healthy conception and preparation for pregnancy. An essential mix of vitamins & minerals, including zinc, selenium and vitamins C, E, D, B6, B12 is combined with adaptogens macamuira puama and cordyceps sinensis. The formula includes 400µg of Folic Acid (in naturally occurring folate) as recommended by the UK Department of Health for women planning to conceive.
Fertility Week UK is 29 October – 4 November 2018 to raise awareness of the impact of fertility problems.
(NHS Choices) 
** (University of Jerusalem)

New Service : Dermatology consultation with Dr Campalani

Dr Emanuela Campalani

We are very happy to welcome Dr Campalani from October at Make Me Feel.

The Clapham Dermatology Clinic in Abbeville Road SW4 offers specialist diagnosis
and treatment of skin diseases and skin cancer in both adults and children.
The clinic is run by Dr Emanuela Campalani MB BCh MRCP (London) MD, a UK-
trained Consultant Dermatologist. She qualified from the Queen’s University of Belfast in
1999 and completed general medical training at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast
and King’s College Hospital in London.

Dr Campalani has been working exclusively in Dermatology since 2001. She
completed her specialist training in London at the Royal London Hospital, Royal Free
Hospital and St Helier Hospital. Her NHS post is at Epsom and St Helier University
Hospitals NHS Trust. Dr Campalani undertook research in the field of psoriasis at St
John’s Institute of Dermatology, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, and was awarded
an MD by the University of London in 2009.

Dr Campalani diagnoses and treats all skin conditions both in adults and children,
including psoriasis, eczema, other skin rashes, acne, pigmented lesions and skin
cancer, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and skin allergies. In addition, she can
offer professional advice on the use of Botox, and she carries out Botox injections for
both medical and cosmetic purposes.

Dr Campalani will be available at Make Me Feel on Fridays morning, 9.30am till 1 pm.

 

Princess Raspberry Smoothie

PRINCESS RASPBERRY SMOOTHIE

Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen raspberries
  • 3/4 cup vanilla Greek yoghurt
  • 2 tablespoon honey

Instructions

  1. Place the almond milk, banana, raspberries, yoghurt and honey into a blender.

  2. Blend until smooth.

  3. Pour into 2 glasses and serve, topped with raspberries and mint sprigs if desired.

The Mind-Body Connection

The Mind-Body Connection

At Make Me Feel, we firmly believe in the importance of taking a holistic and long-term approach to good health and treating the whole person, paying attention to the mind and body. While it used to sound pretty new-age, the mind and body connection are now well researched and get more and more scientific evidence. A 2016 study has shown that meditation and mindfulness can change the shape, volume and connectivity of our brains and reducing inflammatory factors (1) when another one from 2017 shown that emotions and physical health can have an action on your genes. (2)

This month, our consultants share some of their views on the importance of the mind and body connection in their work.

Homeopathy has long been valued for its treatment of the person as a whole, rather than reacting to a series of symptoms or illnesses. Caroline Harper, our resident homeopath, explains that often her patients do not realise that the physical issues that they have been suffering from are connected with their emotions and state of mind. For example, there may be links between constipation and anxiety, eczema and grief, or stress and migraines. During a consultation, patients are often amazed when these important mind/body connections are clarified for them, and homeopathic treatment will often result in both mind and body symptoms being alleviated.

Claudia Torres recognises the body’s enormous resilience and power to heal in her work as a massage therapist, and she draws on a range of different massage therapies to help her clients find balance and set their own healing processes into motion. Although Claudia focuses on treating muscles, skin, tissues and joints, her experience with clients shows that the physical issues that her clients are suffering from are often connected to mental states, including stress, anxiety, fear and exhaustion. She believes that some of the most important benefits, especially for some of her clients with busy and stressful jobs, come from soothing the nervous system and encouraging clients to feel calm and secure. Ultimately, she feels that deep relaxation from massage therapy is beneficial in itself as the body itself knows what is needed.

For Jenny Colin, an important part of her work with clients is in untangling the connections between unhealthy or unhelpful thoughts and emotions and subsequent feelings of discomfort in the body. As a Clinical Hypnotherapist, she helps clients to reframe negative thought patterns and find new, more positive ways of thinking and behaving that often lead to real physical changes as well. Hypnotherapy also helps to gradually teach clients how to find deeper levels of relaxation, and to use this state to release accumulated tension in the mind and body. In some cases, she also uses other techniques such as Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) or mindfulness exercises to help clients work through particularly difficult or ‘frozen’ emotions, for example as a result of trauma. This allows the client’s own natural healing processes to do their work.

All of our consultants at Make Me Feel believe that clients should respond to their own instincts about what works for them, and to feel free to work with consultants from different disciplines. They also often refer clients to each other if they feel that there could be a benefit from more intensive body treatment with a massage therapist or osteopath, or more in-depth focus on calming the mind with mindfulness or hypnotherapy.

 

(1) Alterations in Resting-State Functional Connectivity Link Mindfulness Meditation With Reduced Interleukin-6: A Randomized Controlled Trial
(2) What Is the Molecular Signature of Mind–Body Interventions? A Systematic Review of Gene Expression Changes Induced by Meditation and Related Practices

Family Recipe: Spaghetti Primavera

Spaghetti Primavera

Preparation Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 10minutes plus pasta cooking time

Serve: 3

Great for: Kids 2-4 years and 4+ years

You can make this with spaghetti or tagliatelle. The sauce is very simple and quick to prepare. You can use other vegetables like carrot sticks or cauliflower florets depending on what your child likes. To preserve the vitamin C content of the vegetables, cook them in the minimum amount of water until they are just tender.

Ingredients

150 g spaghetti

100 g broccoli, cut into small florets

75 g courgette, cut into strips

15 g butter

4 spring onions, finely sliced

100 g frozen peas

1 tomato, skinned, de-seeded and chopped

150 ml crème fraîche

75 ml vegetable stock

A squeeze of lemon juice

4 tbsp. freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions:

Cook the spaghetti according to the instructions on the packet. Blanch the broccoli and courgette in lightly salted water for 4 minutes.

Melt the butter in a saucepan and gently fry the spring onions for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the peas and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the chopped tomato and the blanched broccoli and courgette and cook for 1 minute more. Stir in the crème fraîche, vegetable stock, squeeze of lemon juice and Parmesan cheese. Cook over a gentle heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Season to taste then stir in the cooked spaghetti.

Amandine Auteserres, our Nutritionist recommends this Children Diner’s Recipe from Annabelle Karmel.

This recipe is perfect for a child’s dinner as it combines a mix of carbohydrates, vegetables and a dairy product. It’s very simple to make and delicious.

Marine’s Tips: How to keep your sun-kissed tan?

Marine’s tips  

“How to keep your sun-kissed tan “

No stress: I will not bombard you with scientific info or neither go through the importance of wearing sun protection to avoid premature skin ageing with this article. (I hope you do anyway !)

I wanted to explain how we can maintain the lovely tan we’ve got from holidays a little bit longer and make our colleagues a little bit jealous of our incredible sun-kissed skin with a simple recap.

 

  • What is “tan”?

Skin tan is the visible result of the production of melanin into the skin while exposes to UV (UV A & B).

  • Biology Background for learning lovers:

Melanin is actually a pigment, produces by a type of skin cells called melanocytes.

When you expose to the sun, the skin will react by “asking” the melanocytes to start producing and releasing melanin with the aim to protect the DNA of the skin cells from damage. Melanin is simply like a “first defence system” working by absorbing the UV radiation.

Genetics will explain why certain people are tanning better and darker than others.

The UVB will be the ones which will trigger the production of melanin, by a slow process, while the UVA will simply oxides the melanin already present, creating a fast “brown” colour but not a long lasting one.

The tan will start to varnish along will the natural skin renewal process which takes 28 days.

  • My recommendation:

Now we know about the process, it is easy to understand why hydration and exfoliation are keys to keep our beautiful tan as long as possible.

I have also other little tricks (of course from French Pharmacy) which could help to hold on to our favourite “back to work”colour.

Oenobiol Intensive Sun

I have never understood why this type of supplement isn’t known in the UK, to be honest.

It is very popular in France and used in pre-exposure especially by people prone to sun allergy.

Having a very light skin (I burn before bronzing, thanks to my blond hair Mum ;), I am always taking a course during summer, starting two weeks before going away and then carrying a month after.

Thanks to the antioxidants and ingredients such as Lycopene it really gives a good boost for tanning quicker and helps to maintain a lovely sun-kissed skin colour.

Of course, you can always eat a lot of carrots and tomatoes where the lycopene and carotene are from!

Caution: This product contains no screens or filters and should be used with your regular sunscreen in case of prolonged exposure or strong sunlight.

Esthederm, Bronz Impulse

 

I actually discovered this product this year. It is another pre-exposure product, also used for prolonging the tan.

I have (of course) tried it this summer and I was impressed by the effectiveness!

Esthederm claims that it activates the pigmentation process and protect the cells. Which, when I looked at the ingredients and researches behind made sense to me.

The product is also lovely to use (a simple mist) and smell like heaven …

Caution: This product contains no screens or filters and should be used with your regular sunscreen in case of prolonged exposure or strong sunlight.

 

Ren Guérande salt exfoliating body scrub

Ideally, we should exfoliate our body every week to get rid of the dead cells and help the renewal of new ones. During sun exposure it is even more essential as the skin tends to get thicker.

I choose the REN exfoliating with Guérande salt as I really think it is the most appropriate one 😉

 

 

Gallinée – Body moisturizer

 

If you want to do the only one thing to help keep your tan, that will be to moisturize, ideally twice a day.

Have you ever smell or try Gallinée body lotion? No? Well just give it a go and then you will know why it is on my list!

 

For the face:

Obviously, the routine will be the same as for the body: Exfoliate once to twice a week and moisturize twice a day.

I didn’t present any face exfoliator or moisturizing cream as it would depend on your skin type so, that gives me food for another article…

Therefore, a good tip will be to use the Caudalie hydrating mask as a night cream twice a week in September: rehydrating, radiant skin guaranteed!