Keeping Abreast of It

Keeping Abreast of It

Keeping Abreast of It

By: LouLou Piscatore
Photos: Sari Goodfriend


Breast care - Boob balm
Are your breasts getting enough attention? I mean, apart from your yearly mammogram and the occasional exam, how are you caring for them? We massage lotions and potions into just about every body part, but our breasts are often left out of the wellness routine…and they deserve our attention.

For starters, the body’s lymphatic system is highly concentrated near the breast and underarm. The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. It also transports lymph — a fluid containing white blood cells — throughout the body, and is an important part of our immune system.1 Wearing a bra (especially underwire) can cause stagnation in the area and interfere with lymph circulation. Taking off your bra and massaging your breasts at the end of the day can help drain the stagnant lymph fluid and support detox and circulation to the tissue.

Breast massage can reduce hormonal tenderness and reduce swelling, Not to mention, the skin on our breasts and chest is thinner than the rest of our body and needs moisturizer (and natural sunscreen!) to prevent signs of aging. Perhaps most important of all, it is an effective preventative care measure. Regular breast massage will keep you familiar with your own body, so you’ll be the first one to notice any changes. Courtney Kinnare of Noniko Natural Skincare recommends using a breast specific product, and making it part of your self-care routine. “You are not only moisturizing your décolletage, but you are also familiarizing yourself with your ‘normal.’ Early detection is one of the keys to beating breast cancer and by getting to know your body, you are increasing your chances of noticing any differences.”

Some other tips for breast wellness? Rethink your underwire bra. Ideally you want a bra that offers support without cutting off circulation. And use natural deodorant. Your underarms are right next to your breasts and packed with lymph nodes. Standard deodorants contain aluminum and hormone-disrupting preservatives like parabens, both of which pose health concerns.

Need some inspiration? Try one of these multi-tasking, non-toxic, breast-positive products, and add some breast care to your self-care.

1 – When Beauty and the Breast Bio Cellulose Breast Mask

2 – Hatch — Nipple and Lip Rescue Balm

3 – Noniko — Boob Balm

4 -Mega Babe — Bust Dust

5 – Dirty Girl Farm — Boobie Butter

6 – Aroms Natur — Love Your Breasts daily firming massage oil

7 – Banyan Botanicals — Breast Care Balm

8 – Lansinoh — Organic Nipple Balm

9 – Simply Divine Botanicals — Keeping Abreast Of It

Breast care - Boob balm
Head to Toe

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Your skin is a living, breathing organ. It is your largest organ, and it needs the same level of care as other organs. It needs nourishment, hydration, sleep, oxygen and apparently lots of moisturizer. For thousands of years, Ayurveda has associated aging with “drying out.” Now western science is catching up. According to recent research, some of the systemic inflammation associated with chronic diseases of aging has been linked to — dry skin!

In a recent article, Mariana Lenharo documents the research going on at the University of California, San Francisco, and the links between dry skin and inflammation.The inflammation response is part of the body’s immune system and plays an important part in healing tissue damage and fighting viruses and bacteria. But chronic, low-level inflammation has been linked to common age-related degenerative conditions (like Alzheimer’s, arthritis, and cardiovascular disease). As you age, the skin barrier deteriorates, and is unable to keep the skin hydrated. So the skin sends out signals to the immune system to try and repair itself. Those signals, and the immune system’s response, creates systemic inflammation, which can lead to chronic disease.

This creates exciting possibilities. They found that if you improve skin function, you can reduce inflammation. Basically If you moisturize your skin, you can improve your health. And one of the most exciting findings is that treating even part of the skin has enough of an impact to make a difference.

So skin care is health care, and Ayurveda was right all along. Stay moisturized. Pick a body part and start with any of these great products:


Belly Mask, Belly Oil

Lip Serum, Lip Mask, Citrus Hand Cream

Smooth Operator Intimate Serum

Line-filling Eye Balm

Ad Astra Nighttime Eye Cream Emulsion

Precious Sea Hand Saviour

Thigh Rescue

Happy Pits

Stretch Mark Cream, Stretch Mark Serum,

Founders Blend Scalp and Hair Treatment

Foot Treatment

Lip Patch, Eye Patch, Foot Mask

Butt Masks

Himalayan Body Buff

Barrier+Triple Lipid-Peptide Cream

Body Cream

Body Butter

Stone Crop Body Oil



Body Salve



Creme No. 3



Ceramide Refuel Soap Jel

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Letter to my Younger Self

Letter to my Younger Self

Letter to my Younger Self

By Steven G. Medeiros
Photo: Robert Sturman


Steven Young yoga on the beach at sundown

Dear Steven,
While this letter is not intended to shield you from life’s adversities, it will hopefully provide you with some level of comfort, despite how bleak things may seem at the moment.

Your mother’s death will have a profound effect on you for years to come, forcing you to grapple with the questions of life early on and the legacy your parents have left you. Don’t fret, your path has not been written. At this young age, you have yet to fully conceptualize this idea of choice and the role it will play in your life.

You will learn many of life’s lessons the hard way. However, it will be to your amazement that your tribulations will inspire potential in others. Lean into those opportunities to connect with others for your gifts were not meant for you alone.

Forgiveness will play a critical role in your ability to heal and move forward in life. It will be nothing short of transformative. It will allow you to be free from the burdens of your past—enabling you to live freely in the present. What will soon follow is this unwavering awareness of self and others. This awareness will become your motivation to want and strive for better; to want and create a legacy far different than the one your parents have left you.

Listen carefully: do not let fear preclude you from sharing your light and love with the world. Learn to embrace vulnerability and to use the time you have been gifted with intentionality. Your intuition is strong, pay attention to it, it will serve you well. Find people and activities that help to ground and nurture your spirit.

Steven, know that you are more than the sum of your past mistakes, but remember to always stay rooted to where you come from.

The totality of your earlier lived experiences is the bedrock of who you are today and will continually inform your interests, the person you aspire to be, and how and where you invest your time and energy.

The adversity you endure will reveal to you your capabilities, your strengths, and your fullest potential. You will defy the odds and challenge the status quo, a testament that one’s plight can be altered—with the motivation and desire to seek change—and the humility to never forget what it took to get there.

Me Ke Aloha (With Love),

Your Older Self

Steven Young youth photo





Fundamentally focused on individual practice, the philosophy of the teachings at The Breathing Room Yoga Studio is that your yoga practice is an extremely personal endeavor. We have gathered together some outstanding, engaging and inspiring yoga teachers to offer ongoing classes that will improve your life by reducing stress and making you healthier and more centered. The style of our classes is primarily Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga based, which indicates a blend of alignment-based yoga combined with creative sequencing and an emphasis on moving in synch with the breath. Breath-work with the combination of various and unique props and assists will engage you to find your way to your optimal yoga practice.


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Cauliflower Tacos

Cauliflower Tacos

Cauliflower Tacos

with Mushroom and Creamy Street Corn Salsa Avocado, Feta, Hot Sauce

By Diana Bezanski


cauliflower tacos

Roasted cauliflower

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Smoked paprika
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Wash and cut cauliflower into florets, add to a bowl and toss with extra virgin olive oil.
  • Sprinkle the smoked paprika, season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Roast for 25 minutes until fork-tender and edges golden
  • Set aside when done

Cremini Mushroom

Slice and sauté in wide pan with extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and black pepper
Set aside when done.

Creamy Street Corn Salsa

  • Two cups fresh corn or frozen thawed
  • Vegan mayo
  • Minced red onion
  • Minced sliced pickled jalapeno  (start small)
  • 1 Tablespoon jalapeno juice
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 Teaspoon smoked paprikaSmoked sea salt or plain sea salt to taste
  • 1 Teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 ½  Teaspoon chili powder
  • Handful chopped cilantro

Creamy Corn

Add enough mayo to make for a creamy consistency followed by remainder ingredients. Toss well and taste for seasoning.

Assemble Tacos

Heat flour tortillas over open flame or in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 seconds

Add a smear of smashed avocado, followed by the mushrooms, cauliflower, corn salsa, feta and hot sauce. Enjoy!