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Bedtime Rituals: Rules to Live By

Posted on: September 26th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

sleepLiving in our fast-paced, high-stress, and 24-hour world, getting a good night’s rest can be a challenge. While some of the demands of daily life may be out of our control, there are ways that we can build peace and calm into our schedules. One such way is by instituting beneficial bedtime rituals – measures that help us relax, sleep well, and consequently have smoother days. If better rest sounds like a goal you’d like to achieve, read on and consider these proven bedtime rituals:

Dim the lights. Before the days of electricity, life had a natural rhythm as the sun rose and set, forcing people to turn in earlier.Today, as we create our own daylight round the clock, our bodies (more…)

Hassle-Free Host: Wine Night

Posted on: September 19th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

hostingYou want to invite friends to your home for a gathering – but the idea of planning the perfect soiree is overwhelming. Our suggestion? Keep it relaxed with a low-key night in. A wine night offers an ideal structure, with minimal planning and maximum enjoyment for all. Just follow these steps to make your event one guests will love:

Keep the invite casual: No engraved invitations here! Send a group email or text a week or two before your date, specifying the date, time, and location, along with any other particulars (see next point). Ask for an RSVP so you’ll have a head count.

Make it a group effort. Suggest that your guests bring a bottle of their favorite wine, along with a complementary nibble to share. (more…)

Fall Harvest: Pears

Posted on: September 12th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

PearsAlong with pumpkins, apples, and cranberries, pears capture the essence of autumn.   Whether you whip up a dessert like these gorgeous sweet poached pears or go savory with a pear-studded roast pork dinner, pears are not only delicious, but also packed with nutrition. In case you need more reason to pick up some of these seasonal beauties at your local farmer’s market, consider just a few of the many health benefits of pears:

Pears are packed with antioxidants. Rich in Vitamins A, C, and K as well as copper, the antioxidant benefits of pears may help prevent cell damage from free radicals. In fact, nutrition experts describe pears as having morenutrients per calorie than calories per nutrient, making them a highly nutrient-dense food. Take that, wrinkles and age spots! (more…)

Healthy Office Eating

Posted on: September 5th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

090518b-01From weekly birthday celebrations to deadline-driven takeout, workplace dining can be anything but healthy. Like eating at home or anywhere else, however, some advance planning and organization will reap huge nutritional rewards. Here are our top tips for beating the office bulge and staying healthy on the job:

Prep Produce. Think of veggies and fruits as your secret weapons when it comes to eating well at work. If toiling over a cutting board sounds torturous after a long day at the office, start the week with a fridge full of pre-chopped and packaged produce for lunches and snacking. It will leave you with nutrition-packed filler for your lunch box, not to mention healthy fare for the mid-afternoon munchies. (more…)

Squeeze in More Veggies: 5 Ways

Posted on: August 29th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

More VeggiesAre you getting your five a day? That’s the recommended number of vegetable servings you should be eating daily, and yet more than 70% of Americans are failing to meet that goal. Loaded with vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber, ample veggies are critical to your optimal long-term health. Take a look at these easy and delicious ways to up your vegetable intake:

Eat more soup. Soups comprise some of the most vegetable dense meals out there. Make a vegetable-rich beef soup or chili with a tomato base, add kale to yourfavorite bean soup, or make a cream soup with cauliflower blended in. Get creative: Soup is a great way to use up those bits and pieces in the vegetable drawer that would otherwise go to waste, while packing a nutritional punch! (more…)

Preventing Burnout

Posted on: August 22nd, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

082218b-01Work, family, errands, chores, and countless commitments – balancing our everyday lives can be a lofty challenge. This time of year, as children return to school and the world leaves the lazy days of summer behind, it can be particularly hard not to crash and burn. Burnout is officially defined as bodily or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress. With so many responsibilities pulling us in different directions, how can we meet our personal responsibilities, climb the career ladder, and assure our emotional and physical wellbeing? Here are some tips for combating burnout before it spirals out of control:

Eat breakfast. You need more than coffee to optimally fuel your morning. (more…)

Eating for Clear Skin

Posted on: August 15th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

Clear SkinYou’ve heard an apple a day keeps the doctor away and you are what you eat. There’s truth to these adages, as diet plays a strong role in overall health. As the body’s largest organ, skin can reap positive effects from dietary influences – and that rings true when it comes to enjoying a clear complexion. While acne may be thought of as a teenager’s affliction, the hormonal changes associated with aging can also cause breakouts in mature adults. To manage adult acne through diet, try these proven dietary tips to help clear skin:


Go low glycemic. What does that mean, exactly? High glycemic index foods cause blood sugar to rise rapidly, (more…)

What to Ask Your Dermatologist

Posted on: August 8th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

dermatologistJust as you should have a general medical checkup every year, experts recommend seeing a dermatologist annually to assess skin health. To make the most of your session, it’s important to have a working knowledge of the ins and outs of your skin as well as any changes it has sustained. In addition, arriving at your appointment with some solid questions for your physician will help assure that your time is productive. Here are some questions you may want to ask at your next dermatologist office visit:

Do any of my moles, growths, or bumps look problematic? Arrive with a mental map of your skin, point out areas of interest, and ask if there are areas that concern the doctor. (more…)

Ouch! 5 Painful Beauty Treatments

Posted on: August 1st, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

OuchHere at Actifirm, we love the idea of gentle skincare that really works – hence our line of naturally effective products that cleanse, hydrate, and exfoliate without harming the skin or causing discomfort. Not everyone is of the same mind, however, and the marketplace abounds with excruciating or fear-inducing beauty treatments that may improve your appearance, but at a cost. Take a look at these five procedures that are guaranteed to bring tears to your eyes, and hopefully enhance your looks in the process. Don’t try any of these at home!


  1. Vampire Facelift. How about a facial that involves your own blood? Around for decades but popularized (more…)

Self-Care: 5 Global Lessons

Posted on: July 25th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

Self Care LessonsSelf-care is something we should all make time for, and while it’s a current buzz phrase, the concept is anything but new. People have been practicing self-care for centuries – that is, taking time to maintain and enhance their emotional and physical wellbeing. Cultures around the world have put their own unique stamp on the practice of self-care. Here, we’ve picked five of our favorite practices that can be easily incorporated into your busy life:

Coffee. Not to be confused with a speedy Starbucks takeout, the Swedish tradition of fika is a bit more sacred. Occurring midmorning and/or midafternoon, fika involves leaving your officewith a friend for a brief but focused session of coffee sipping, pastry nibbling, and chat. Research shows that this sort of break actually increases productivity, (more…)