Category Archives: NUTRITION + WELLNESS

Sweet Flower Opens In LA

April 23, 2019

A new cannabis retail boutique with deep roots in Southern California.

On a mission to set a new standard for modern cannabis retail that is inclusive, diverse and approachable by all.

Think easy, breezy so-call shopping – airy and bright – exuding with ‘wellness’ vibes. Sweet Flower is the new classy cannabis shop on the block. In the heart of We-Ho, enters this finely curated, ‘quality conscious and environmentally sound’ market for top of the line cannabis in all shapes and sized.

“Our limited series, ocean grown flower blossoms just up the coast in Carpinteria, cultivated with scrupulous care and environmental sensibility. The other brands we’ve finely curated for our stores are equally quality conscious and environmentally sound.”

Sweet Flower

True to their brand promise, the shop feels elevated and sophisticated. For the consumer who knows their way around product and savvy packaging but eager to learn more and engage with the “Sweet Florists” who will help curate a usage plan for you.

They Sweet Florists, as the sales people are referred to as, are lovely and well educated cannabis concierges, ready to guide you through our selection and answer any questions you may have along the way.

Customer experience is clearly a priority.

HIGH NOTES:

Unparalleled customer service

Highest quality, locally-sourced products, and retail environments distinguished by their design and inviting ambiance.

Committed to being an inclusive and diverse employer and to addressing the needs of the communities it serves. 

The store is so bright, sunny and lovely – the sales peeps were incredible and overall, an amazing welcome addition to the neighborhood. It’s perfect for someone like me who only identifies with cannabis for its wellness capacities.


  • Address:
    8163 Melrose Ave.
    Los Angeles, CA 90046Hours:
    Mon – Sun: 8am -10pmTel:
    (323) 591-2662Get Directions
  • A few FYIs:
    ATM available

    Credit cards accepted through
    the Linx payment system

    Complimentary valet with purchase 
    during select hours
Exterior photo of the Sweet Flower Studio City store in Los Angeles.
Interior photo of the Sweet Flower Studio City store in Los Angeles.

Prolon Discount Code for Groomed LA Readers!!

April 11, 2019

For $25 off a single Prolon box, use: GROOMEDLA at checkout.

For Prolon subscriptions, get 10% off/month ($22.50), with GROOMEDLASUB

Super EASY – click this Prolon link which is my personal page – As you know I am obsessed  with with Prolon and hunted them down (re: stalked) until I was able to get a code for my listeners, readers and followers. This shows them I am not kidding when I say I want to and WILL share the fasting love. WOOT!

I had a few friends joining me on 2nd round (for first timers, it’s recommended to do 3 months in a row) and now I am getting us all mentally prepared for round 3. You totally need to join us on May for Mother’s Day! Yup. What better a gift than the gift of longevity?!

My first tip (and I’ll give a bunch as we get closer to May) is fast with a friend. We all know how the buddy system works. We text, we talk, we get into our feelings about not shoving food in our pie holes JUST BECAUSE. We talk to our hunger! And each other.

Here’s a sneak peak of the sched:

Next, my biggest tip: shift your perception from glass half empty attitude to half full. It’s not about five days going ‘without’ but rather what you will gain. You will be so surprised to discover ALL THERE IS when food is not there (for the most part, or, food on your usual terms). A feeling of spaciousness, quiet, clarity, serenity. You’ll gain control over your hunger (yes, you’ll feel ‘hunger’ and then it passes and you’ll think wow, that’s it?? I am totally fine!) and your fear of hunger once you see what’s on the other side.

But this is just one of psychological and emotional boosts – the Prolon #fastingmimickingdiet is for longevity and health, first and foremost. However I do believe our psychological attachment to food is the hardest thing to get over and why some people will lose out on the health benefits – for some it seems too scary to get going. Not to mention the fear of failure.

Cool thing is there is a huge community on their Facebook page too – with Q and A’s with the doctors and lots of support.

Head to my podcast with Dr. James Kelly to learn about the science of fasting. I can’t believe we are not all fasting more. (yet!)

So many levels of self-awareness revealed themselves to me, in my first round. But that was just icing on the cake (no pun). The 5 day fasting with food is the only way to get the full effects of fasting only WITH food.

Think: Enhanced Performance: Feel greater focus, clarity and energy, through the benefits of a leaner body. Fat Focused Weight Loss: Fastest way to lose fat (especially belly fat) while protecting lean body mass.Enhance Cellular Function: Trigger stem cell-based regeneration and autophagy, (the clean up of aging & damaged cells) & promote stem cell-based renewal. Metabolic Health: Maintain healthy levels of blood glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as markers of inflammation for overall wellness.

I completely mastered my hunger (and total FEAR of it) to the point where I’m now on a 36 hour fast and it’s like NO BIG DEAL (Thank you @metabolicmike for your FB group!!).

I feel INCREDIBLE – as in two months later – LASTING effects, weight loss, hunger and mind control – insane energy. It’s so damn good.

My third month is in May – WHO IS JOINING ME??

For $25 off a single Prolon box, use: GROOMEDLA at checkout.

For Prolon subscriptions, get 10% off/month ($22.50), with GROOMEDLASUB

 

Veda Spa – Your WeHo Home For Holistic Ayurveda Everything

April 9, 2019

How is it possible such a precious healing center is so close to me and it’s taken me months to get here? NO IDEA!
Anyway – let’s get right into this beauty. The ONLY true integrative wellness and treatment center in town.  

VEDA is the perfect combination of holistic ancient modalities with a totally savvy modern flair.

The perfect balance of our physical and spiritual selves. 

The treatments are a combo of Ayurveda, Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Astro Psychology, Physical Therapy, Cupping, Hypnotherapy, Energy Healing, Physical Release Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, and Diet Management for preventative measures and in healing the mind, body, soul.

Seriously, what else IS THERE?

Panchakarma - 5 Day

“We are not your standard wellness center, our approach encourages the maintenance of health, strengthening the immune system, removing toxins and renewing energy by paying close attention to balance. Starting with a Consultation, our Therapists work with you to determine what internal imbalances may be causing discomfort, food sensitivities or intolerances, a sluggish metabolism, digestive issues, infertility or skin problems (just to name a few). Our Therapists use your test results to customize a dietary, physical and supplement protocol that fits your lifestyle to repair and balance your biochemistry to promote optimal health and happiness.”

Panchakarma - 7 Day

I walked into this gem of a retreat nestled right across from Urth Cafe. It is so pretty, you’ll want to sit and chill and well, never leave. Especially after being greeted by the loveliest of women, warm and open-armed – clearly in the mode to give and share their expertise.

The Ayurvedic principles seek to balance the natural elements: Water, Air, Earth and Fire. I need this is spades. 

Panchakarma is something I have been dying to do. It’s a daily commitment ( 5 to 7 days) and this is the only place in town that offers it.

“This traditional healing system promotes deep relaxation in the mind while balancing the entire nervous system. All treatments integrate herbal oils from traditional recipes and are prescribed according to your specific body and mind type. Panchakarma also includes a unique diet program and counseling, basic yoga therapy, herbal teas and recommendations on herbal supplements. Panchakarma can be effective for addressing acute ailments and is highly recommended on a yearly basis as a comprehensive part of health maintenance to promote longevity, beauty along with overall mental health and wellness. Private consultations with our professional certified practitioners, will determine your mind / body type to create a unique Panchakarma health program for you. Pancha Karma programs are designed to various health care needs from preventative health, for weight reduction, sleep issues, stress and even toxicity.”

Shirodhara Balancing Oil Treatment

Two Hand Abhyanga & Swedan

Abhyanga and Swedana therapy begins with Abhyanga, a rhythmic gentle body massage that uses warm medicated herbal oils to stimulate the circulation of blood, lymph, and prana (energy). After this relieving massage, you will enjoy Swedana, a herbal steam tent that removes toxins from the cells, stimulate lymph movement, improves circulation, detoxifies, relieves stiffness, loosens muscles and helps skin tone. This treatment combination improves blood circulation and reduces stress while nourishing the skin and opens up blockages.

Duration – 70 Minute

Ayurvedic Face Lift Massage

This Natural Face Lift Massage & Facial Rejuvenation is an anti-aging technique based in Ayurveda and is a gentle face massage that relaxes the facial muscles and stimulates the marma points (Energy Points) which helps remove physical and emotional energy blockages. It increases facial micro-circulation, lymph flow and, the natural metabolism of the skin tissue, thereby promoting regeneration of healthy, younger looking skin, as well as; improving the skin’s natural capacity to retain moisture. Through the use of warm fragrant oils and strokes, this treatment not only leaves the skin feeling smooth, glowing and revitalized, but also, relaxes the mind. Combining outer beauty and inner balance.

Duration – 60 Minutes

Visceral Manipulation / Craniosacral Therapy with Accupressure

Visceral Manipulation / Craniosacral Therapy with Accupressure

The first part of the treatment will include a visceral massage that focuses on your abdominal organs such as liver, kidneys and intestines. This gentle manual therapy aids your body’s ability to release restrictions that cause pain and dysfunction. The second half of the treatment will include a gentle touch craniosacral therapy. During this part of the treatment you’ll experience a wave-like rhythmic pulse that goes through the entire body which helps to heal musculoskeletal diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Autism, Neck & Back pain, colic, migraine headaches and central nervous system disorders.
Duration – 90 Minutes

Shirodhara Balancing Oil Treatment

A deeply relaxing Third-eye Therapy where a stream of Ayurvedic herbal medicated warm oil is poured continuously over the forehead to promote physical and emotional balance. It calms the central nervous system as it opens up blocked energy channels. Benefits of this treatment include imbalances, stress, anxiety, depression, and  insomnia. Promotes circulation and detoxification giving you a peaceful state of mind.

VEDA

606 Westmount Drive
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Hours
Monday – Saturday
9am – 6pm

Phone
424.284.3800

WELLNESS WEEKEND WITH LOCAL MERCATO AND THE GRIFFIN CLUB

March 11, 2019

GRIFFIN CLUB: Address3084 Motor Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Check out the link here!

Join Local Mercato & the Griffin Club for a weekend of self care. Each day will focus on cutting edge restorative wellness, health & fitness.  Learn from experts (doctors & scientists), listen to community thought leaders, engage in workshops, and experience the latest in beauty and fitness.

Daily Programming from 9-4pm

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What you get:

  • Workouts
  • Speakers
  • Self Care (Mini Restorative Treatments & Workshops)
  • Shop a curated wellness marketplace of brands: HPE Athleasure, Roam Shoes, Cannabis Pop-Up + ULIV Skincare
  • All day access to one of LA’s most distinguished sports and lifestyle members only clubs . Enjoy the pool, locker room (sauna, steam, shower), and more
  • Delicious & Healthy Snacks throughout the day + Lunch
  • Restorative swag bag
  • Full day programming (see below)
  • Tickets: $60 (1 day pass) or $90 (2 day pass)
Phone(310) 836-4400

CBD Oil – Is the Hype Real?

February 26, 2019

Since medical marijuana has started to become legalized in some states of the U.S., cannabidiol (CBD) oil is the new craze sweeping the nation. The thought is that this non-intoxicating extract is able to help treat a wide range of medical issues such as seizures, mental health problems, inflammation and insomnia. However, experts have been saying that the evidence found is insufficient to prove most of the benefits it is supposed to possess. So, is the hype real?

About CBD and Legalization

Marijuana or hemp plants can have cannabidiol extracted from their flowers and buds. It doesn’t contain the chemical, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which causes intoxication in people who smoke the plant.

Thirty states have now legalized CBD oil. These states have also legalized recreational and/or medical marijuana. An additional seventeen states have laws that are CBD-specific on the record.

As its legality increases, so does its availability. It can be found in pharmaceutical stores as well as online. US Hemp Wholesale is one of the popular companies that provide CBD products. If these products really work for you, then this site sells it wholesale which will help save you money in the long-run.

Strong Evidence Supporting Epilepsy Treatment

There is a significant amount of scientific evidence that supports the use of CBD oil to effectively treat epilepsy. In May 2018, a study was completed by the NYU School of Medicine which found that CBD could significantly reduce the number of seizures in patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome; one of the most serious forms of epilepsy. An earlier study published in 2017 by the National Neurological Institute in Pavia, Italy, had similar findings in regards to controlling seizures.

Recently, a unanimous decision was made by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel to approve recommending CBD medication ‘Epidiolex’ as a remedy to help with the treatment of two rare forms of epilepsy in children. This is the main area where there has been enough evidence for the FDA to accept the new drug as a prescribed treatment.

Positive Results as an Anti Inflammatory Medication

Further studies have found that cannabidiol oil is proving useful as an anti-inflammatory treatment. Although most of the positive results so far have come from studies on animals, there is strong evidence to suggest that CBD is 20 times more effective than aspirin when used as an anti-inflammatory, and twice as effective as prescription hydrocortisone. It is because of this that it is currently being used by patients suffering from swelling, cardiovascular inflammation, arthritis, chronic pain, and neurodegenerative diseases.

Other patients that CBD may aid include those with alcoholic liver diseases, which are associated with inflammation and oxidative stress, and those who have suffered from strokes. More research is of course still necessary, but many believe the studies on humans will have similar results to those performed on rats.

CBD Proving Useful for Those with Anxiety and Panic Disorders

Anxiety and panic disorders are believed to affect as much as 5% of the world’s population, with many sufferers managing their conditions through a mixture of cognitive behavioral therapy and medication. However, studies completed in 2017 found that CBD may be a promising alternative treatment. Better yet, researchers have found that CBD is a non-addictive form of treatment, and a patient’s tolerance level for it doesn’t increase when used overtime. Because of this, it may be a better treatment option than the current medication options (antidepressant drugs and benzodiazepines) for the 350 million + who suffer from anxiety. It is believed that further studies may have similar outcomes for those suffering from other psychiatric disorders.

To summarize, there is some supporting evidence that this revolutionary new drug works for the consumer/patient and due to this research, it has become a prescribed medication for epilepsy. There is also a strong possibility that it is able to effectively work as an anti-inflammatory and as an anti-anxiety drug and we could start seeing CBD prescribed for these conditions in the future as well. As more studies are completed, we will likely see even more benefits of CBD come to light; one day there will be proof that this new hype is worth being excited about.