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NEVER TRUST A FAD AND WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR

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If it looks like it’s too good to be true, then it probably is! “Lose 10 kg in 5 weeks”, “Juice cleanse to detox your body”, “Eat these magical pills and reduce your clothing size within a week…” We get bombarded with weight loss tips, teas, pills, powders and “new year, new me”–gibberish, all year around, but it escalates during the Christmas and New Year time. Many people and businesses are willing to go very far to get hold of your money, and well marketed health-claiming products would also have ended up in my cupboard if I didn’t know better.  However, instead of pouring out money on products with no function and of bad quality, let’s go back to basics. 

  • Be sceptical, be curious, ask questions – do not believe everything you hear, see and read
  • Check the sources of the products or article. Are they reliable? Do they have scientific back up? Has this been proven or disproven?
  • No juices, powders, tablets etc. can help you to detox the body. This is simply a marketing-concept! The liver, kidney and skin is responsible to “detoxify” your body, these organs do work even without the rainbow-pills  
  • If you lose 10 kg in 4-5 weeks, you have mostly just lost body water. If weight loss is the goal, then time is what you need. Generally, you should not lose more than 0,5-1 kg per week in order to be able to maintain the weight loss and avoid the yoyo-effect
  • For a controlled weight loss, it is important that you plan your meals and find a suitable meal rhythm e.g. Breakfast, Lunch, Snack & Dinner.
  • Make sure that you have a lot of vegetables/fruits on your plate for every meal
  • Carbohydrates are not dangerous, but necessary. Nevertheless, make sure to choose the complex carbohydrates – the ones with a high fibre content, such as whole wheat pasta, wild or brown rice, buckwheat, barley, whole wheat bulgur.
  • Have a good protein source at least twice per day, such as fish, meat, tofu, tempeh, dairy products, pulses and legumes.
  • Fat is also necessary in your diet, choose foods high in omega-3 and -6 fatty acids e.g. salmon, mackerel, olive oil, nuts and seeds.
  • Sugars are not dangerous for the body, but they should be kept to a minimum. WHO recommends not to eat more than 25 g/ 6 tsp. of sugar per day.
  • Alcohol can be enjoyed once in a while, but know that it does not provide the body with useful energy, and it is recommended to drink less than 14 units per week. (1 unit =25 ml of spirits, ½ pint, 87 ml wine etc.)
  • Make sure to try and always eat at the dining table, preferably spending 20 minutes for a meal, so it can be enjoyed!
  • Exercise is not only helpful for a potential weight loss, but also important for maintaining bone health, muscle mass and our cardiovascular system.
  • Rest and sleep! This is a must! It is very difficult to lose weight if you are already fatigued. Aim for a good quality sleep of 7-8 hours. 

This article is written by Henriette Saevil, Clinical Nutritionist

(IG: @nutritionbyhenny). 

If you have any questions or want to book a consultation please feel free to contact me via our website: https://nutrition-az.com/appointments or drop me an email: henriette.saevil@nutrition-az.com

MICRONEEDLING

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So, what exactly is microneedling?

Microneedling is a minimally invasive skincare treatment that stimulates “wound healing,” or the body’s natural reaction to produce collagen. Microneedling has been around for centuries, most commonly as acupuncture. This modern version didn’t really take off until the early 2000s and has since been taking the beauty world by storm.

The benefits make microneedling worth the splurge. This treatment boosts collagen, promotes healthy circulation, and helps to tighten and lift skin. Microneedling is also the ideal way to treat dreaded scarring from acne, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and even stretch marks. Count me in!

Before having my appointment, I made sure that my face was thoroughly clean without a trace of makeup, I hardly ever wear makeup so that was an easy one! Once I was comfortably lying down and wrapped up nice and warm under a blanket, Monique explained the whole treatment before getting started.

The tool that was used looks like a large pen, so you don’t actually see any needles. Monique started by applying a serum, she started on my forehead and then worked in sections on my face, the serum is packed with vitamins so that the skin absorbs the benefits throughout the process. I was expecting it to be quite painful so was pleasantly surprised to find that apart from the odd sensitive area like the upper lip and cheekbones, it wasn’t too bad at all. Honestly, no part of my face actually hurt until my upper lip, and even then, the pain was tolerable, she did that area really quickly so it was over almost before it began. This is generally a more sensitive area on your face anyways, so it makes sense!

After Monique had finished my entire face, she applied a cooling and calming mask for 10 minutes to help reduce inflammation and redness, this felt so good! The final step was to apply a calming cream and I was officially good to go.

She explained after the importance of wearing sunscreen and gave me a small sample of SPF50 in case I didn’t have any myself.

I have to say I was expecting to look quite alarming and have no chance of going outside for a good 24 hours but in fact I was quite shocked (in a good way!), when I looked in the mirror, I was a little red but it didn’t look too bad at all, I actually went out after and didn’t get any strange looks.

The first 2 hours after the appointment, my face was a little tender, it felt a bit like wind burn but after a couple of hours I didn’t notice it at all.

For me the biggest thing I noticed was my pores look smaller which is exactly what I wanted. I didn’t have any side effects although I’ve heard that some people do break out a few days after.

HOW FREQUENTLY SHOULD YOU BE MICRONEEDLING?

According to Monique, for best results you should have 3 treatments, a month or so apart, after that, once a year is enough.

AN INTERVIEW WITH OUR FOUNDER

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Hi Rosamund, we have 5 questions for you. First off, what gave you the idea for Glow Concierge?

After I had my first child I was desperate for a manicure but didn’t want to take him with me to the salon and didn’t want to have to pay for a babysitter. I was complaining to a friend that I couldn’t find someone to come to me and she said why don’t you do it then! That was that, Glow was born!

Question 2 for you: what are your favourite treatments?

Where do I start! I guess there’s 2 sides to this. The one’s have most frequently and the ones that are a real treat. I have a manicure every 3 weeks or so with Aleksandra. She is brilliant, it’s always flawless, lasts an age and doesn’t take too long. For pedicures, I book Laura usually, she has this amazing treatment called Lovaspa which has to be seen to be believed, leaves your feet like babies bottoms!
When I’m treating myself I book the Wake Up Renewing Facial with Andrei, it’s sublime. Reflexology with Nadia is also a real treat, she doesn’t actually serve my area but when I’m at my parents in Schindellegi, I always make sure to book.

Questions 3: what’s your favourite part of working on Glow Concierge

One of my favourite things has to be getting to test all the new providers, lucky me! Although once I had to test 3 personal trainers in less than a week which was brutal! I also love the customer side of it, I’ve never really had to interact with customers in that way before, it was very new to me but I love it. To be honest, every day is different and it’s all new which is exciting so I pretty much love all of it!

Question 4: what are your plans for Glow Concierge in the near future?

At the moment the focus is on the German part of Switzerland, obviously we started in Zurich first and we’re slowly spreading out, I’m always on the look out for more providers to join, it’s a slow process but we’re getting there! We’ll be adding Basel Stadt Canton soon which is exciting!

Question 5: what’s the hardest part of running the business?

Trying to balance the number of providers with the number of clients, it’s a bit of a catch 22 situation, without the providers, we won’t get the clients, but without enough clients, the providers won’t get the bookings. Especially in new areas, this is something that takes time. In Zurich now we have a great balance but in the newer areas, its slower.

PILATES VS YOGA

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Viele Menschen fragen sich: was ist eigentlich der Unterschied zwischen Pilates und Yoga? Beginnen wir mit Yoga. Durch regelmässiges Yoga-Training wird der Körper beweglicher und auch die Beweglichkeit der Gelenke verbessert sich. Durch das Atmen, die Bewegungen und die Meditation, lassen sich Körper, Geist und Seele leicht miteinander vereinen. 

Pilates hingegen stärkt die Tiefenmuskulatur und lockert verspannte Muskeln. Es verbessert die Körperhaltung und stärkt die Körpermitte, wodurch zum Beispiel Rückenschmerzen gelindert oder gar geheilt werden können. Pilates dient oft nach Verletzungen als geeignete Therapieform für den Wiederaufbau der Muskulatur. Praktiziere Yoga und / oder Pilates regelmässig und Du wirst schon nach kurzer Zeit körperliche und mentale Veränderungen wahrnehmen.

Pilates 
Es ist bewiesen, dass Pilates bei folgenden Erkrankungen von Vorteil sein kann: 

Arthritis & Gelenkverletzungen 
Harninkontinenz 
Atemwegserkrankungen 
Rückenschmerzen

Yoga
Die Erfolge, welche durch das Praktizieren von Yoga hervorgehen, sind wissenschaftlich bewiesen. Abgesehen von den körperlichen und geistigen Veränderungen wird angenommen, dass Yoga auch einen positiven Einfluss auf die folgenden medizinischen Aspekte hat:
Chronische Schmerzen 
Angstzustände & Depressionen 
Multiple Sklerose 
Arthritis 
Atemwegserkrankungen 
Hoher Blutdruck 
Typ-2-Diabetes
Was für ein atemberaubendes Bild von Rita in den Schweizer Alpen in einer klassischen Yoga-Position. 

BRAUTFRISUREN INSPIRATION

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Das Jahr 2020 hat für uns alle wohl eine etwas andere Wendung genommen, als erwartet. So mussten beispielsweise viele Hochzeiten auf 2021 verschoben werden, was für das Brautpaar und alle Beteiligten natürlich alles andere als einfach ist. Und trotzdem gibt es einige wenige glückliche Brautpaare, die trotz aller Widrigkeiten in den kommenden Wochen und Monaten den Bund fürs Leben eingehen.

Wir haben beobachtet, dass die Brautfrisuren aktuell deutlich schlichter werden und viele Bräute sich bewusst für Natürlichkeit und Schnörkellosigkeit entscheiden.

Der lockere Dutt oder leichte Locken sind gerade total im Trend, da viele Bräute die traditionellen oder übertrieben “frisierten” Frisuren eher meiden.

Total angesagt ist beispielsweise der Flecht-Look. Es gibt so viele Möglichkeiten, einen Zopf ins Haar zu integrieren. “Crown Braids” sind beispielsweise einer unserer Favoriten, denn es ist eine schöne Frisur, die leger oder total chic getragen werden kann, also perfekt für jede Braut!

Mit Accessoires verziertes Haar ist auch immer noch sehr beliebt. Von Blumenkränzen bis hin zu klassischen Diademen, wir lieben sie alle. Braut-Haarschmuck gibt es in alles Formen und Varianten. 

Der Bohemian Look ist da wesentlich entspannter und sieht fast so aus, als könnte man es selbst machen. Aber glaubt uns liebe Bräute: Ihr wollt einen Profi an eurem perfekten Tag. Manchmal sind es die scheinbar schlichten Looks, die am meisten Aufwand erfordern! Der Bohemian Look ist perfekt für eine Hochzeit am Strand oder eine rustikalere Hochzeit in den Bergen.

Egal nach was euch ist, unsere Profis zaubern euch immer den perfekten Look. Geht auf unsere Website und App und bucht euch einen Probe-Termin. 

PERSONAL TRAINING WE HAVE GOT YOU COVERED

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Do you ever feel stuck in your workout routine? Are you missing that last bit of motivation to push yourself to the limit? Did you know that most of us work harder in the presence of others? Having a personal trainer by your side provides the encouragement, motivation and energy that you need! A trainer can also help you set achievable goals and create a plan that you can realistically accomplish.

Here are some benefits working out with a personal trainer:

  1. See better results, sooner
  2. Avoid injury
  3. Lose fat and gain muscle
  4. Set realistic goals
  5. Be kept accountable
  6. Establish lifelong habits

People often ask themselves, “Can I afford a personal trainer and how do I find the right one? ” It is an investment, but if fitness, strength and endurance is your goal then it will likely be money well spent. Even if the goal is to create your own workouts and exercise by yourself, hiring a trainer for a few sessions at least can be a great way to benefit for learning the right way to exercise, teach you about the muscles in our body and how they work, this is essential if you’re going to be working out at home or at the gym on your own. Glow Concierge gives you the opportunity to try it out for yourself. Why not try with a friend to get the most out of your workout. You really push yourself that extra mile when you work out with a friend!

We have two new personal trainers starting this week: Dan and James. They are ready to put you through your paces! Between them, they cover the Cantons of Zurich, St Gallen, Thurgau, Schaffhausen, Appenzell and Aargau!

Challenge yourself with one of their workouts. Check their availability on our website or app. Send us your post workout picture with them to get a surprise!

GENTLEMEN, WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN YOU!

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Do you already know about our most popular services for men?


1. MANicure – Don’t neglect those cuticles gentlemen. Well-groomed hands are an absolute must, whether at a business meeting or a date.

2. Back Wax – Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there, get that rid of that fluff before you head to the badi, lake or beach.!

3. Facial – Once our clients have had one of Andrei’s facials, they always book more! You have to experience it for yourself.

4. Personal Training – Summer is already upon us and we’ve been overindulging during lockdown. Book a personal training session to get back on track and work on that six pack you have always wanted. No excuses!

5. Pedicure – No one likes looking at neglected feet. NO ONE. So please book one of our pedicures before you take out your flip-flops.

Enjoy those beautiful summer days!

Kennt ihr schon unsere beliebtesten Services für Männer?

1. MANiküre – Vernachlässigt eure Nagelhaut nicht, meine Herren. Gepflegte Hände sind ein absolutes Muss, ob bei einem Geschäftstermin oder einem Date.

2. Rückenwaxing – Nur weil ihr sie nicht sehen könnt, heisst es nicht, dass die Haare nicht da sind. Entfernt den Pelz bevor ihr in die Badi, an den See oder an den Strand geht.

3. Gesichtsbehandlung – Wenn unsere männlichen Kunden einmal eine von Andrejs Gesichtsbehandlungen gehabt haben, buchen sie immer wieder! Das müsst ihr mal selbst erlebt haben.

4. Personal Training – Der Sommer ist bereits in vollem Gange und wir haben uns während des Lockdowns eher wenig bewegt. Bucht also ein Personal Training, um wieder Fahrt aufzunehmen und an dem Sixpack zu arbeiten, das ihr schon immer wolltet. Es gibt keine Ausreden mehr

5. Pediküre – Niemand schaut gerne auf vernachlässigte Füsse. Absolut KEINER! Bucht euch also bitte eine unserer Pediküren, bevor ihr eure Flip-Flops auspackt.

Geniesst diese schönen Sommertage!


Glow Supports the Fight Against Human Trafficking

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Glow will be supporting You Can Free Us in the fight against modern day slavery. They are a human rights organisation that is fighting modern slavery around the world through advocacy, rescue and rehabilitation. They rescue women and children out of slavery and commercial sexual exploitation, provide psychosocial care and holistic healing, and help them to re-enter society.

You can donate here https://www.youcanfree.us

We will be donating profits from the sale of our Glow Shopper to You