Women’s Health

National Women’s Health Week 2015

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Recently I was contacted by a woman who is a 9 year cancer survivor of a rare form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. You can read Heather’s incredible story here.

She shared with me that National Women’s Checkup Day is on May 12th, as a part of an annual event called National Women’s Health Week that kicks off every year on Mother’s Day, and asked if I would want to share with my readers?

My answer? HECK YES!!!

This week is a great reminder for all women that we need to be an advocate for our own health and make regular check-ups and visits to the doctor a priority.

How quickly do you run your child into the doctor at the sign of illness or an ongoing symptom? Would you skip your child’s annual physical? No way! We need to treat our check-ups and doctor visits with the same level of priority.

On the www.womenshealth.gov website there are some great resources by age on things you can do to be proactive in your help.

Listen To Your Body

Since we are talking about health, in addition to your regular check-ups, it’s important to listen to your body and see a doctor if you sense a change in your body or if you have a sense something is different or not right.

Our intuition is one of our greatest gifts as women – when it comes to our own bodies we need to use it. 

Summer is Coming – Don’t Forget Your Skin Cancer Check-Up!

Living in Southern California we are in the sun year-round.   Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer – and 1 in 5 adults will be affected by skin cancer in their lifetime. It’s also the easiest to treat and cure if detected early.

The Skin Cancer Foundation says every individual should be seen by a dermatologist for skin cancer check once a year, sometimes more depending on your risk.  Spring time is a great time to schedule your skin check before the summer months.  Here are four questions to ask your dermatologist.

I have a family history of melanoma so I see a dermatologist every six months for a skin check.  Every time I go they ask me if I have noticed an changes, at all.  Changes can be in size, shape, texture, or any new symptoms like scaling, itching or bleeding.  Please see your doctor if you have a mole, freckle or growth that is new or evolving or changing. Here’s a great resource I found on what to look for.

Now ladies, pick up the phone and make those doctor appointments!


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Far Infrared Sauna Body Wrap at Dantian Studio

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This post is a review of an OC infrared sauna body wrap I recently experienced at Dantian Studio in Costa Mesa, one of Tiny Oranges juicy sponsors.

Dantian Studio offers both a far infrared sauna as well as the far infrared body wrap for those in OC looking to sweat out some toxins. Before I tell you about my treatment, let me tell you a little story about why I needed this so badly.

The other morning we were running a little late for school (again) and in the flurry of  “Why aren’t you in the car? Where’s your school bag?  Why aren’t you getting buckled?”  I spilled my coffee all over, splashing my clothes on a day I had actually taken a shower before school and actually gotten dressed in real people clothes.

Next thing I know as we are pulling out of the driveway my daughter’s school bag somehow falls forward and into my green smoothie (breakfast). This bag is NOT clean. I had some wipes somewhere at the bottom of the abyss that is the passenger side floor of my car so I was able to salvage her bag, but it had touched my smoothie and contaminated its goodness. So, what did I do? I drank it.

Time for mommy detox.

I had been to a traditional infrared sauna place before but had never heard of a far infrared sauna body wrap, and I was very excited to try it out!  The Dantian Studio experience is centered around health and wellness and this treatment focuses on both of those things.

The far infrared sauna body wrap at Dantian Studio in OC is a serene spa experience.

I was given a plush towel wrap to put on in a cozy room and once situated on the bed, I was wrapped a layer of plastic and then the far infrared wrap over that. I was told if I started to feel a little warm I could remove my arms (which I did a few times).

On a bedside table just to my right was a yummy smelling cold wash cloth, a glass of chilled water and my cell phone.

Jaime (the owner of Dantian Studio) gave me the number to the front desk and said to call if it got to be too much for me.

She did a great job of explaining how it would go: the first 15 minutes I would think, this is relaxing, by 30, I would start to feel very warm, by 30-45 minutes I would be getting quite sweaty and hot and for the last 15 I would feel ready to get out. And she hit the nail on the head!  Knowing what to expect made it easier and more relaxing.

I was scheduled to leave for a wedding in Cabo a couple of days later- so I was thrilled to learn that just a half hour treatment can burn up to 600 calories!  And let me tell you I believe it because I was sweating in there, like, a lot, from everywhere, and it felt good!

After it was over I felt amazing. I took a refreshing cool shower in their tranquil private bathroom with all of their divine products to sample and my skin felt so soft and smooth.

Here’s how Dr. Oz explained the technology in his show on High-Tech Ways to Extend Your Life:

“It makes the same rays that come from the sun and filters out the UV radiation, so it only gives you the infrared radiation.  That radiation that’s infrared goes a little bit into your skin so, without heating you up and the external environment too much, it heats the body up.”

“It gets your heart to beat faster, and it burns calories,” Dr. Oz says.  “It raises your metabolism a little bit, and also when you sweat, you sweat out the toxins through the skin.”

On the wellness side it can aid with aches, pain, increase circulation, and encourage healing of damaged tissue.

Talk about a detox, I’m sure after that treatment all the yuckiness from my daughter’s school bag was literally left on the spa room bed.

Dantian Studio offers individual sessions, packages of 10 and monthly memberships. Click here for pricing.

[Disclosure: Dantian Studio is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor and I received this treatment complimentary to facilitate this hot review.]

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From Knocked-Up to Knock Out: After Baby Workout DVD’s

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I am sure all of us can relate to just how difficult it is to find time to exercise after a new baby arrives. Ugh.

Erica Ziel of Knocked-Up Fitness, a personal trainer specializing in fitness-infused Pilates and pre/postnatal fitness, gets it ~ she’s a mom of three herself.

Driven to help new moms everywhere go from knocked-up to knock out, she recently released a DVD set of After Baby Workouts you can do at home, on your own schedule, to help get you back into shape and feeling better in no time.

But I am going to let you in on a little secret…these After Baby DVD’s are for any mom.Erica recently sent me the set for review and I have been loving the workouts even though my “babies” are now almost 4 and 7!

They are quick, effective (I personally love the 20 minute Plyo butt sculpting segment for bikini season prep) and get the exercises in and get you done before you have a chance to complain. Promise.

With a combination of 10, yes TEN, different workouts ranging from 10-27 minutes, you can mix and match the segments you have time for based on your busy schedule and the areas you want to focus on.

And hey, like Erica says, a short workout is always better than no workout at all!

DVD 1 eases you into the beginner workout with core exercises focusing on Kegels more than crunches. Workouts include arm sculpting, squats and other conditioning moves.

When you are ready, DVD 2 will motivate you to the next level with more intermediate to advanced workouts, challenging your core with a focus on rebuilding abdominal strength.

As a bonus, the After Baby Workout DVD set includes a fabulous workout booklet which answers questions, provides tips and my favorite, includes a variety of weekly workout combinations so you have a guide to follow as far as a sample of which segments to do on which days.  It makes it really easy and also gives you a schedule to hold you accountable!

Local OC Pilates Workouts with Erica Ziel

Erica trains out of Body Design studio in Newport Beach and has the following group reformer Pilates sessions open if you are interested in exploring training with her in person:

Prenatal Reformer Pilates
10am – 11am

Intermediate to Advanced functional Pilates Reformer Class:
Mondays and Fridays
6am – 7am


You can also follow Erica for daily fitness inspiration on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.

{Disclosure: Knocked-Up Fitness is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor and I am thrilled to tell my OC moms about these amazing workout DVD’s!}

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Get Fit Festival

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Kaiser Permanente encourages you and your family to “Find Your Thing” and discover healthy activities you love at the 2012 Get Fit Festival taking place this Sunday, September 16th from 7am – 5pm at Angel Stadium. Admission is free.

This family fun day will include…

~ Prizes! Pick up your Passport to Health at the entrance and learn about healthy lifestyles. When you visit a booth with a Passport flag you’ll receive 1 punch for each booth, and 2 for participating in a fitness class. Receive a raffle ticket per punch (up to 20) and be eligible to win dozens of awesome prizes!

~ Meet Sports & Personal Training Celebrities

~ Experience Kaiser Permanente and learn more about their programs.

~ Rev Up and jump into Zumba or other creative dancing workouts

~ Ease In and explore relaxing yoga and mini-exercises to try at home

~ Sign Up for the 5K Family Fun Run/Walk/Bike Tour.  Start time is 7:30am for the run/walk and 7am for the bike tour. All fitness levels welcome. All participants will receive a t-shirt and Angels ticket. Entry fees are $20/adult and $10/kids 12 and under. Click here for more info.

~ Team Up and register for the Get Fit Relay Team Challenge. A 50-mile relay-style run/walk for teams of 6 through the beautiful neighborhoods of Orange County. Click here for more info.

~ Bring the Kids! Kids can enjoy rock climbing, a bounce house, obstacle courses, coloring area and a 1K for 10 year olds and under.

~ Eat! Visit the farmer’s market produce tents then follow your nose to the healthy food truck roundup.

~ Shop! Come shop the latest health and fitness gear, eyewear and skin care.

~ Watch! Check out the main stage showcases including dance routines, performances and celebrities.

For more information on this event, you can visit www.getfitsocal.org/festival. Gotta love an event focused on health and wellness. What a great experience for our kiddos to see just how FUN healthy can be!

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YAS East Costa Mesa

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My friend Leigh is an instructor at YAS in East Costa Mesa. Have you heard of YAS? Standing for “Yoga and Spin” it’s the first studio dedicated to the combination of yoga and spinning.

People have raved about their classes and I have always wanted to try it, so I got my booty out of bed at 5:20am to make it to her 6:00am YAS class which she teaches every M/W/F morning from 6 – 7am.

Not gonna lie, it was early. I usually get up around 6:15am, so it was not THAT much earlier, but it felt like it when the alarm went off.  But here’s the thing – once you are UP – it isn’t that bad! Plus, to walk out at 7am with a kick (you know what) workout behind me felt pretty awesome.

They are giving Tiny Oranges readers a special of 5 classes for $50 (first time clients) so you can try it out too. And don’t worry, you don’t have to go at 6am, they have lots of classes to chose from. But let me tell you, Leigh is so awesome she is worth the early morning wake up!

The YAS class is a combo class that includes a 30-minute spin workout, followed by a 30-minute yoga class.

The studio offers three different types of classes: Yoga for Athletes (yoga alone, all levels, from beginning to Yoga for Athletes – Ripped!), YAS Indoor Cycling (spinning alone) and then the YAS Class which is the combo.

I LOVED the YAS Class! I have been a spinner off and on for years, to me, it is one of the best cardio workouts ever. Leigh is totally inspiring, not intimidating and kept motivating us to see just how much more we could challenge ourselves.

And to those of you who are scared of spinning, I hear you, I was scared before I tried it too. But here’s the thing, you can ease into it and adjust the intensity! You are not going to keel over and fall off the bike. I promise. Start off easy, and then work up to a great challenge. Take it from me –  you might even love it.

So after 30 minutes of pretty intense, heart pumping spinning, just when you want to look at your watch thinking, “How much MORE can I do at this level?” – it’s over! I haven’t sweat like that in a class in awhile.

Then we headed over to the yoga studio.

I never stretch like I should after a workout. I often tell myself I will stretch at home when I end a class, but once I am sucked into home demands, I rarely ever get to it.

To be able to spend 30 minutes doing yoga AFTER spinning was amazing. Lots of breathing, toning poses, some great ab work, and deep stretching. It felt amazing.

I walked out feeling like a million bucks.

Again, if you would like to try it out for yourself, mention “Tiny Oranges” to take advantage of their special offer of “5 Classes for $50” good for first time clients!


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