We should have known 2020 would go down in history as one of the worst years to date. We literally started the year with Australia on fire, earthquakes in Puerto Rico, and Kobe Bryant’s death. Let’s not forget those pesky murder hornets which showed up and the global pandemic which continues to take the lives of loved ones. While I am excited for the new year, we all must bear through the holidays first, and as a recent college graduate, this means returning home for the holidays.
While Hallmark typically portrays the holidays as a time full of love, joy, and sugar plum fairies, this isn’t always the case. The “most wonderful time of the year” can also be a time full of loneliness and even isolation, especially when this pandemic is limiting travel and holiday plans.
Since returning home, I’ve been overcome with this feeling of isolation. In all honesty, I don’t have a job making it hard to meet new people, many of my high school and childhood friends either live in different states or are staying at their graduate schools for this Winter season, and my friends from college live scattered throughout the state. It is common to feel this emotional distance from people who you typically see every week.
Over this holiday season, remember to be good to yourself and honor your time and space. If that means taking a nice relaxing bath, reading your favorite book, or even doing yoga, consider this form of self-care isn’t selfish. Remember you aren’t alone during this time. While people will post perfectly edited Christmas photos with their family or newly engaged fiancee, consider that photo may not be telling the whole story.
Regardless of how isolated you feel during this Holiday Season, remember to practice gratitude. I don’t mean endless hours of meditation, but even jotting down a few words every day can make a world of difference. While Christmas and New Years’ may look a little different this year, this of what you do have instead of what’s missing. I’m surrounded by my loving family, I have my health (which some people don’t have,) and I’m starting the next chapter of my life as a college graduate, open to whatever possibility and journey life takes me.
Happy Holidays everyone! We all may be scattered across the world now, but you’re never fully alone. If you do need help during the holiday season, make sure to seek the guidance and support you need.
Starbucks and other coffee shops are finally getting the memo, plastic straws are sea turtles’ number one enemy, and they are investing in safe lids. You can buy a reusable water bottle anywhere you go, and scooters and bikes are appearing in nearly every cosmopolitan city in hopes of making the area a little more environmentally friendly. It’s true, the green movement is in full swing, and the public is becoming more conscious about the negative role we play in hurting our planet. But here is a little secret; living a green lifestyle is not just about reducing the amount of waste we produce. Green and clean living also plays a role in our beauty and skin routine and clean beauty is finding its way into mainstream culture.
Cosmetic stores such as Ulta and Sephora are taking steps to line their shelves with little bunnies that indicate if a product is clean, green, vegan, or environmentally-friendly. Large-name brands such as Covergirl and Sally Hansen are launching vegan and plant-based products. But not all companies are as transparent; some may claim their products are “green” or “clean,” but the truth is, there isn’t a set industry standard when it comes to an understanding of what these labels mean, making clean beauty a bit of sticky situation.
When someone refers to their product or line as “clean beauty,” they are typically indicating that the product is non-toxic and is made without certain ingredients and chemicals that are often linked to health problems. Certain makeup, face washes and even deodorants are made with toxic ingredients like carcinogens and endocrine disruptors. However, if a company says their product is “clean”, it typically means they eliminated harmful chemicals like parabens, phthalates, sulfates, formaldehyde and fragrances. Research shows that some of these ingredients are linked to ADD, ADHD, and asthma within children.
Although in theory, it is great to see more products taking steps to become greener and adding that cute little bunny to their products, not all of those bunnies are entirely warranted. Here’s the problem; there is little regulation within the beauty industry when it comes to determining what clean or green really means. The last time the FDA updated the law concerning cosmetics was in 1938! That’s 82 years ago. Since beauty companies seem to lack that “Big Brother” presence, nothing is stopping them from “greenwashing” their products with words like natural, green or eco.
This means the responsibility falls on us, the consumers, to understand which ingredients we should be wary of.
Fragrances: although they may help a product smell better, fragrances often contain phthalates, which are a group of chemicals you’ll often find in plastic. They help fragrances last longer but can cause long-term health consequences. Some fragrances are even classified as hormone disruptors, allergens, and carcinogens. Of course, using essential oils is a great and safe substitute.
Endocrine Disruptors: an endocrine disruptor is typically a chemical that copies our body’s natural hormones. Certain packagings and plastics even contain parabens that conscious beauty consumers should avoid.
Formaldehyde: nope, it isn’t just a chemical used in the science lab; it is even present in some beauty products, specifically keratin and hair treatments. Formaldehyde is a carcinogen, which means it has been linked to cause or lead to cancer. Thankfully, many cosmetics have eliminated formaldehyde from their products, but it is still essential to be an educated consumer.
Aluminum: certain deodorants are often made with aluminum-based compounds that clog our sweat ducts to reduce sweat. Research from the National Cancer Institute found aluminum-based deodorants can be absorbed into the skin and mimic estrogen hormones. We recommend switching to a natural deodorant just for safe measure.
At Haute and Holistic, we want to educate our readers on what it means to live a clean and green life both for your health and the health of our planet. Education is the first step when it comes to switching to clean beauty.
Don’t let your health suffer because of your responsibilities!
I am finally on break from school, and frankly, it has been a really challenging semester. I took some of the hardest classes, tried to stay actively involved in my sorority, maintain my grades and work as a model all around different cities in Florida. My health took a back seat and to say I am exhausted would be an understatement.
Maintaining our health is so important, but it is something I neglected to do this past semester at school. I have not been working out as much as I should. I was staying up late working on assignments and even forgetting to eat some nights. My actions went against everything I try to promote.
I wasn’t consciously trying to be hypocritical. It just happened. I would get so wrapped into reading my textbooks or writing my paper half the day would go by until I realized I didn’t eat breakfast or forgot about breakfast. Instead of waking up early to work out, I would sleep in exhausted from studying the night before.
College is challenging without the added pressure of trying to live a healthy, clean and organic lifestyle; it’s especially tricky with food allergies. The one thing I did not let slide was my dietary needs. I would go to the grocery store during the weekends and stock up on all the healthy clean food I would need for the week.
I have compiled a list of easy and clean foods to enjoy when you are in a rush and challenged for time.
Cauliflower Rice with Veggies: this is a personal favorite. If you are pressed for time and do not have the luxury to cut heads of cauliflower, buy the pre-diced packages. You can also pick up the pepper and onion medley, shredded carrots and any other vegetable your heart desires. Throw everything into a pan and stir it around every 3-4 minutes. Add some sesame oil, tamari and olive oil, and you’re good to go.
Spaghetti squash: wrap it in tinfoil, pop it in the oven at 350 degrees, and cook for roughly 3 hours depending on the strength of your oven. Take it out and let it cool. You can add tomato sauce or plain olive oil depending on your taste buds. The great thing about spaghetti squash is the length of time it takes to cook. You can do your laundry, homework or clean all while the squash is cooking.
Baked chicken: if you haven’t picked up on it, I am a fan of anything that allows me to multitask. Roasting the chicken, whether it’s legs, thighs or breasts, in the oven allows me to complete other tasks while food is cooking. You can season the chicken with whatever you like, flip it from side to side, and take it out when cooked.
Hopefully, next semester, I will live a more balanced lifestyle. I need to get back to working out which I know helps me deal with stress. I know that all of us at one point in our lives will neglect tour own well-being to accomplish the tasks that we feel as though we need to complete. Just remember to also take care of yourself.
My mom, who’s practice was just featured in Allure, and I are so happy to offer medical grade supplements to our readers. If you feel as though you need a little boost this holiday season, click the link here to stock up. You won’t find these prices anywhere else.
Waking up can be a difficult feat. It is incredibly tempting to press the snooze button for those extra savory minutes of sleep. As a college student, I am fully aware of the challenge when it comes to waking up in the morning. However, pressing the snooze button might be hindering your ability to sleep later at night. Instead, get up and get some sunlight.
Did you know that getting 15 minutes of sunlight at dawn and at dusk can help your brain produce serotonin and melatonin a feel good and sleep hormone? Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps combat depression and often improves your mood, while melatonin helps you sleep.
With Summer officially over, I understand it is hard to wake up early in the morning. The decision to wake up 15 minutes earlier might be a bit difficult, but it can be completely beneficial for your health.
Today, I want to encourage everyone to go outside during the morning and night for 15 short minutes. Try to use this time to disconnect from technology and take a moment for yourself to be fully present.
You will be surprised to see what the sunlight and sunset does for your day.
If you are interested in learning more about sleep hygiene, make sure to check out this article by our very own, Dr. Elizabeth Trattner.
My family and I just got back from being in Merida for a six days, and we are so excited to come back and tell you all the stories ranging from places we visited to how we stayed healthy while away.
Traveling with food allergies is no easy task. When my family and I travel, we either stay in eco-friendly hotels or rental homes. For this trip, we opted to stay at Casa Limonero, featured in Conde Nast. This gave us the ability to cook our own meals to ensure we did not get sick. A trick that my mom and I have learned is to pack both Hum and Vital Protein to make smoothies or add to water, and a lunch for the air plane. Since we were traveling into another country, we had to eat our food before entering, but this food helped satisfy our stomachs until we got settled at the house.
The first thing we did in Merida was go to Eco Sana located in the Plaza City Center to grab something to eat. Here they served healthy salads, smoothies, vegetarian and vegan options along with clean sources of protein. We also found the cutest kiosk selling organic coconut products called A-ku-a. There we bought organic coconut meat and water which we would use for our smoothies throughout the week. After that we headed to pick up groceries, essential for the meals we would make.
Most stores in Merida carry organic coconut and almond milk. All stores carry stevia which is a healthy alternative to sugar, a wise choice since it is actually grown in Mexico. There is always good produce there, but you have to learn how to wash your fruits and vegetables. Our house had special drops to clean the produce with, so you do not get sick. My family and I personally opted for more of the traditional grocery stories versus the local market located in the center of town which was a bit like sensory overload.
Stores we Visited
Although we did not go to Merida to shop, we definitely stumbled upon some great places. My mom found a few boutiques before our trip like the natural perfumery, Coqui Coqui. It was so beautiful we ended up going every day. It is a perfumery, tea salon, a beautiful artisanal shop with residence above it. We will be doing a separate green beauty review on Coqui Coqui and other eco beauty in the Yucatan.
Another place which we fell in love with was the concept house, Casa T’HO. This colonial house had around 7 stores which all contained hand made luxury products, all made from Mexican artists. By the time this post goes up, they will also have a restaurant. We fell in love with one designer in particular, Daniela Bustos Maya whose work is all made from crochet and uses vintage coins. While we were there, Casa T’HO had a wonderful Zona Rosa exhibit featuring all pink images.
On the occasion which we did eat out, we ended up finding great places.
I celebrated my 20th birthday in Mexico and during the day, stumbled upon Pola Gelato Shop which served sorbet. I ended up getting the banana hibiscus and pineapple with tamarind. It also happens to be right down the street from Coqui Coqui!
Later that night, my family and I went to Rosas y Xocolate, a local hotel, spa and restaurant in Merida. In fact, it won “The Best Urban Hotel” in all of Mexico by Food & Travel Magazine in both 2015 AND 2016! Then Caniras, a culinary organization awarded it with “The Best Hotel Restaurant in Mexico” in 2016. Eating out anywhere with allergies is challenging, but everyone as Rosas y Xocolate was incredibly accommodating and of course, made delicious food. We even got to meet the owner, Sr. Carol who was the nicest man and helped us with out order, which was perfect and delicious. We even got a bonus tour of the hotel afterwards by him.
After our wonderful meal, my family and I walked a couple doors down and found a Chocolate museum. You can walk right in and learn about how chocolate is made. They had artisinal chocolate that was for sale which went back to support the museum. There was even sampling so I highly suggest you go after dinner.
Places we Went
One of the places I have been dreaming of going, and one of the main reasons my family went to Mexico was to visit the Pink Lagoons in Las Coloradas. This is about a three hour drive from Merida. For about $15 per person, a special guide will take you through. The water is so pink, it looks magical. For those who want to get into the bright colored water, it needs to be pre-arranged by a guide in order to talk to the owners of the salt factory. There are micro-organisms that live in the water, which makes it pink so you are not allowed to swim in it, but the drive is still totally worth it. Many people opt to stay in Valladolid or Rio Largartos to break the trip in half.
Afterwards, we went to see flamingos and clay beds. This clay is used for facials and body scrubs, but more on that in a separate post.
The following day, we had the most incredible guide, Rodolfo. He is Mayan and speaks perfect English, Spanish and french. He took us to the magical ruin of Uxmal which on March 25th (their equinox) the sun shines through the main window of the ruin.
Afterwards we went to see a Mayan shaman and his botanical garden. Our last stop for the day was Mayapan. We happen to visit this lesser known ruin on the Winter Solstice. On this day and during the Summer Solstice, a symbolic snake will appear alone the side of the ruin. The ruins in the Yucatan are full of symbolism and sacred geometry, but there will be a separate post about coming up.
Our hosts for this award winning home were two of the most resourceful, kind and warm individuals. Throughout our time there, they were able to provide us will guides, restaurant suggestions, food and just about everything you can image.
This was truly a trip of a lifetime. Make sure to check back soon for a full review of the Green Beauty and Eco we experienced while in the Yucatan.
I am so excited to share a review of the recently released Chameleon Color Adapting pH Lip Balm by Ryor Cosmetics. When I first tried this product, I was driving from Orlando to Naples (about a 4 hour drive) and my lips were feeling incredibly chapped. Knowing I wanted to try this product, I grabbed for it versus my everyday Chap-stick. Not only did I experience a relief from the pain I was experiencing, my lips were moist, protected and the color ended up lasting until I went to bed that evening. When I woke up the next morning, my lips were almost completely healed, but I continued to use it throughout the day because I loved how supple my lips felt.
The lip balm is made from all-natural ingredients, so if you are like me, that is a key feature making this product even more desirable. The ingredients include:
I do not recommend applying this balm on the highways since you really do have to squeeze the tube hard. However, within minutes, I noticed the balm nourishing my lips and taking on a natural color, a deep shade of pink. This is the perfect product to use, especially these upcoming winter months.
This product is truly lovely, and a great alternative to everyday lip balms which may not have the cleanest ingredients. Thank you so much to @ourhappybox for allowing me to try this product. I highly recommend it and encourage all readers to check it out for yourself here.
It is that time of year again, The Holidays. Time to bundle up and sit by a fire, take a break from work or school and see your family. We know shopping can be a bit hectic, so we create a Holiday Gift Guide full of some of our favorite green holiday goodies to share with you.This is our first holiday list so thanks for joining us and wishing you and your loved ones a happy, healthy and holistic holiday.
Never was a truer sentiment spoken than this, which perfectly describes the relationship between my mother and me, the creators of Haute and Holistic, a women’s website determined to bridging the generational gap between women today. My mom, Elizabeth Trattner, has always been my role model. My admiration for her is endless. Not only does she have this charismatic and luminescent personality, but she was an international model and women’s rights advocate. Facing a life-threatening auto-immune condition thirty years ago, she was determined to regain and take control of her health. Not only did she accomplish this, she went on to become a doctor of Integrative and Chinese Medicine, forging a unique career path more than twenty years ago. She even appeared on Oprah with her mentor and our dear friend, Dr. Andrew Weil, to share her story. When I was born, she committed to raising me in a mindful way, in a holistic household. Like I said before, she is pretty great.
From a young age, I knew my mom was way cool and unlike other moms. As I got older, I realized just how versatile my mom truly was. So, when other adults would say “Wow, she is so much like you,” I wasn’t offended or put off like other teenagers might be. In fact, I prided myself on being similar to her. Imagine, a 13 year-old being compared to someone she viewed as Wonder Woman, it doesn’t get much better.
Fast forward to my senior year of high school, I started writing for an anti-bullying and women’s motivational blog, The Lady Code Blog. It was this experience where I developed a love for Journalism. Although I previously considered a career in medicine, I did not necessarily want to follow in my mother’s exact footsteps. Despite this decision, my mom continues to support me in all my endeavors, ranging from my state and national pageant titles, reporting for pageant blogs and every one of my speech and theater performances. Her never-ending support really shone when I applied for colleges all over the country, yet decided to accept a full scholarship to the University of Central Florida, where I am currently studying Broadcast Journalism and able to continue working as a model (sound familiar?).
Bridging the Gap
For years, my mom and I have bounced around the idea of working together to merge our love of our fellow sisterhood. We were encouraged by others who told us how great we are together as a team and that we possess a certain “marketing appeal.” This past Spring while attending the Indie Beauty Expo in Dallas, we realized the impact that working together could have. People expressed respect for my mom’s medical knowledge and loved that I am a millennial with extensive knowledge of health and wellness, the consequence of growing up in an holistic household immersed in Chinese and integrative medicine. We have always eaten organic food, we shun products with toxic chemicals and strive to minimize our carbon footprint because these things are all vital to the health of our bodies and the earth. It all came together earlier this year when we officially launched Haute and Holistic.
Haute and Holistic
Today, whether you are a woman in your fifties or a twenty-something young woman, you most likely are reading magazines, blogs and books about how to eat healthy, lose weight, take care of your skin or pick the right makeup for yourself. However, it is a challenge for experienced “mid-lifers” to appeal to someone from a younger demographic and vice versa. This is where the idea of Haute and Holistic came from, drawing from the perspectives of two generations – millennials and mid-lifers, who focus on green products. Uniting medical facts with the lifestyle experience of a millennial, we present balanced information for women of all ages to create broad appeal and education for everyone.
Having been in the Health and Wellness field for almost thirty years has given me great perspective regarding women’s bodies, their wellbeing and healthy aging. When I began, actively seeking a healthy lifestyle was deemed crunchy, bohemian and counter-culture. Now people will grab onto almost anything if they think it will make them young, healthy and strong. It is important to educate women of all ages regarding regimens that work and which is supported by medical evidence, whether it be a modality of health, nutrition or a beauty product. There is a tremendous amount of noise in the media right now because the beauty and wellness industry is growing exponentially. The truth offers the best medicine of all and my goal is to help educate women in leading healthy, happy and spiritual lives. I am considered an expert source in health, wellness and green beauty. I have been fortunate to be cited as a medical source in national magazines and publications. My advice has been featured in hundreds of magazines and online publications. I serve on the Beauty Meets Wellness Initiative within the Global Wellness Institute. This group connects beauty, wellness and medical leaders redefine standards in the beauty industry and create aesthetic responsibility worldwide. It is my honor to educate women of all ages truly bridging the gap. Women have the power to change the world and when our body, mind and spirit are aligned we can do anything!!!
Charlotte’s Life Experience
As mentioned earlier in this post, my mom almost died 30 years ago. She has an autoimmune disorder which put her in a medically induced come and on a ventilator. She spent over 180 days in the hospital right out of college. I, unfortunately, inhered similar health issues and must be very careful of the foods I eat and medications I take. I have had the good fortune of growing up in a household which values self-care and care for the environment. One of my mom’s many goals in life is to ensure I avoid the consequences of our toxic environment. As a devoted mother and doctor, she offers practical, methodical and medically-backed guidance for maintaining good health. Furthermore, I was diagnosed with a learning disability, apraxia at a young age which led me to create my service program, Just Like Me 2, sharing my story of perseverance with the public.
We now share our collective message with you. I would not change my situation for the world. My experience allows me to inspire other young women to live a healthy lifestyle in a manner that is more relatable than conventional women’s magazines, while my mom appeals to other mothers and an older generation of women seeking a deeper perspective. We truly are bridging that gap between mothers and daughters.
Together we want to work on bridging the generational gap in a life well-lived for everyone and provide good evidence-based straight-forward advice and encouragement for women of all ages to be the best they possibly can be, a concept that defies age stereotyping. We are honored to be part of this wonderful campaign of Bridging the Gap.
To learn more about this campaign, please click here.
Once in a while, you stumble across a product which is everything you could ask for and more. That is the case with Bloom Mineral Beauty, a skincare and beauty line utilizing minerals from the Dead Sea, an area that has been providing skin and health benefits for thousands of years.
Not only do their products use the highest quality ingredients available, but they have been clinically testing to work for all types of skin, whether that be sensitive skin, oily, combination or dry skin. Something special about Bloom is that their products to do not disrupt you skin’s PH, but balances it instead.
Bloom Mineral Beauty was created by scientist, Ms. Elham Ziadat, a Jordanian women. Despite the social and political obstacles she faced as a women in a Muslim run country, Zaidat founded Bloom in 1993. Her mission was to create a skincare line that would help minimize skin inflammation, wrinkles and roughness that was paraben free, non-GMO and without petroleum-based ingredients. Furthermore, 90% of the indivduals working for Zeadat are women as her goal is to empower women in the Jordanian country. She is a board member of the Jordanian Business and Professional Women’s Forum and a member of the Business Professional Women and the Arab International Women’s Forum while being an avid supporter of charitable organizations which support women. (Click here for more Women’s Empowerment)
Bloom was kind enough to send some products to Haute and Holistic and we have to say the we love them. They sent the Shielding Body Lotion, Deep Moisture Shield, Shielding Eye Cream and our favorite, what we are calling the hero product, the Purifying Mud Mask. Click here to shop
The Medical Side: written by Dr. Trattner
A 2005 study (Int J Dermatol.) showed that bathing in magnesium rich dead sea salt improves skin barrier function, hydration and helps reduces inflammation in dry sky. Dead sea salt also reduced roughness and red skin. Magnesium salts are known to bind water and help keep the epidermis barrier stronger. Magnesium rich lotion and oil are an excellent way to relax the body.Topical preparations of magnesium lotion and oil help with sore and aching muscles. Using dead sea salt has also helped with psoriasis and atopic dermatitis when in some cases traditional western medication has failed a patient. (Dermatol Ther.) Dead seas salt is also very high in trace minerals. Magnesium and Lithium specifically have been shown to help patients with psoriasis as well.( Isr Med Assoc J.)
In cosmetic formulations honey used as a moisturizer, it is soothing, it keeps skin youthful and helps in the prevention and reduction of wrinkles. It like dead sea salt too helps regulate pH. Honey also helps to reduce pathogenic infections. (J Cosmet Dermatol.) Honey has hundreds of studies showing positive effects with wound healing and antimicrobial effects.
Aloe Vera has been used for thousands of years in skin care. Recent studies just this year have shown some promising data with helping improve burns from radiation and wound regeneration. (Medicines (Basel).( J Biomater Appl.)
All in all
Bloom Mineral Beauty uses some of Mother Nature’s favorites as a base for all of their skincare products that we tried. Both of us at H and H tried these products and neither one of us had any negative reaction (e.g. itching, redness) and that is close to a miracle. Keep your eyes posted for a Giveaway to come in the future. We hope some of your take the opportunity to try their products. We recommend the Mud Mask!
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Did you know that 1 in 8 women are affected this type of cancer and environmental exposure is responsible for almost 90 percent of cases! Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in women.
Today, H and H wanted to share some quick ways to help decrease your risk from getting cancer.
Eat organic animal products. I cannot stress how important this is. If cancers run in your family, limit the amount of grilled meat since it has heterocyclic amines which are linked to many types of cancer. Additionally, if you have breast cancer in your family try to lower or avoid red meat.
Drink clean water. Invest in a filter like Britta which reduces the amount of chemicals in your water. Make sure you are not only drinking filtered, clean water but that you are drinking enough water. Remember that water in glass bottles is the safest, do not leave plastic water bottles in hot cars where the chemicals in the plastic can leach into the water from the heat. Consume at least 64 ounces of clean water a day.
Eat organic fruits and vegetables. This can be pricey but if you are on a budget, please refer to The Environmental Working Group’s clean fifteen and dirty dozen. The phytochemicals in vegetables and fruit are some of the best way to protect yourself from cancer.
Eat 25-40 grams of fiber a day. Fiber can be found in vegetables, fruits, grains, roots and beans. Fiber has been proven to decrease cancers and cardiovascular disease, another increasing health issue with women.
Do not smoke. Smoking increases the risks of cancer.
Avoid chemical exposure. The dirty dozen is a list released by the Environmental Working Group which contains food you should by organic. They contain endocrine disruptors. These are paramount to avoid because there is a direct link with these and increased risks of cancer.
Use organic or healthy cleaning products for your home. Just like eating organic food, you want to use organic cleaning products and cosmetics. Just like food, what we breathe and what touches our skin goes directly into our bodies and bloodstream.
Exercise! Sitting is the new smoking, it has been proven that exercising can decrease the risk of getting cancer.
Keep your cell phone away from your bra! Today, many women tend to keep their phones in their bras, a dangerous move since the radiation from cellphones have been linked to many types of cancers. Instead, opt for a Bluetooth device or headphones. Try and keep your cell phone away from your body at all possible times.