This week, Cindy is digging into your comments to answer your questions about plastic surgery, her fiance, her children, her spiritual beliefs, her exercise routine, her diet, her fasting, her shampoo, and more.
Welcome back to Saturday with Cindy. I hope you liked my exercise video last week. I’m so glad we sped it up so you didn’t see the details. It was a lot of fun. This week, I am now presenting the second half of the super long one I did where I showed a video of my makeup demonstration and answered a bunch of your questions. I’m going to continue here as promised.
Today I’ve got a big piece of typing paper. I’m going to show you a side lighting now, my vanity’s over there, I have turned now and there’s less light. So this side of my face is in shadow.
I can take this piece of paper and fill the shadow with reflected light from the paper. When there’s no shadows, there’s no texture. When there’s shadow, there’s texture. That’s why they call it beauty light. When it’s above you and in front of you it fills all the shadow and you don’t see the texture, but as soon as the light is raking across your face, then you see the texture. We’re never in this perfect beauty light all the time.
Look at that, what happens. Isn’t that cool?
I was showing you how a piece of white paper or white tablecloth… always the best lighting in a restaurant is make sure you have a big white tablecloth, or put your white napkin on the plate. It fills in the shadow. When they’re lighting me and they bring out the fill card I always say, ‘Oh, Fill. I love Fill. He’s my best friend.’ Anyway, just a good thing to know.
So into these video sessions. I get so enthusiastic to start them and I think I’m just going to do a test. But I realized I have not even combed my hair since I woke up this morning, but I wanted to start with the questions that you sent in.
From Stacy, “Are USA women harder on themselves than from other countries?” Well, to tell you the truth, most of the women, models, girls that I’ve met from other countries have a little more realistic point of view about their cosmetics and their beauty care, but I don’t know if any women anywhere in the world get to experience what men do. Do men run around with makeup on? Do they have to run and get their hair done before they go out? No.
Women are seen differently than men, and the pressure of society is a totally different thing than it is with men. So I would say all women, from all over the world, experience what women in America do. Maybe on a different level, different intensity, but I think it’s similar. ‘Can you cover dark under eye circles with makeup?’ Final word, yes. You can cover them up, but you will add lots of texture.
Norma, "Did you ever have fillers or plastic surgery? How old is your honey, and what does he do?” I have never had fillers, plastic surgery. I would never, ever, ever do it. I do not judge women that do. I totally get it. I totally understand. I am very compassionate for that position. If it makes you feel better, you will look better, not because of the fillers but because you feel better. Just make sure you’re careful, you do your research. Check your motivations, etc.
My honey was a contractor. He’s a builder. Puts on his tool belt and he works on my house. I love it. He’s now semi-retired, but he produces so much. He’s a woodworker, so he works on a lathe, so he’s always down in the basement making beautiful bowls, and he’s a gardener.
He has created the most beautiful garden at my house I can ever imagine, and we are not getting married July 7th. That was the plan, and we’ve decided to push it because that big fat baby of ours, that two-year-old called BOOM! is demanding way too much attention.
“What month is your birthday?” My birthday is January 26th, 1951. I’m an Aquarius with an Aries rising, a Virgo moon. My Venus is in Aquarius, and my Jupiter is in Pisces.
"Have you ever been married before?” Yes. I was married when I was 18-years-old and a California flower child, barefoot and pregnant. We were going to go homestead in Canada and live off the land. You know the deal.
“What size do you wear?” Well it depends on how much I weigh. I almost got up to a size eight. I’m barely 5’7″. Right now I’m a six. I just went to Two North Health Education Center in Santa Rosa and was there for three weeks and did a four day water fast and an eight day juice fast, so I lost some extra weight, and I yo-yo. I think I’m typical. I yo-yo about 15 pounds up and down so I go from 128 to 140, but I’d say my average weight is about 132.
Let’s see. “What kinds of exercise do you do?” My exercise routine has changed my entire life. I’ve been to gyms, done the gym thing. I did Tai Chi for a long time. I did yoga for a long time. I used to think there was something wrong with me because I couldn’t stick to one discipline and stick with it forever. Then I realized as long as I’m moving, it’s okay. I took belly dancing for awhile. I love African drums. I had a jump rope for the last two years, and I would just get up and do 100 jumps in the middle of a work day because I’ve never sat in front of a computer before, but now that I’ve created this business, I’ve been doing that for the last two years.
I started working out with my fitness trainer. I was paying him. It made sense. I could write it off because I was modeling. Now I’m not modeling as much, but he and I made a deal, so now he works me out in trade for me being in his exercise videos. Have I taken advantage of it?
Hardly because I’ve been so busy morning until night, and I’m loving it, but I’m finally getting back, and I’m going today at 1:00. He does kettlebells. He switches it up all the time. I pull straps. I do push-ups. I do all kinds of things on the balls. I think that it’s just a matter of moving. Keep moving. Do aerobic strength and flexibility.
You’re only as healthy as one aspect of, I’m not describing this well. You have to eat well. You have to be emotionally and psychologically healthy, spiritually healthy. Stimulate your intellect. Do weight bearing exercises, that is what keeps osteoporosis at bay. Flexibility. You can be strong, but not very flexible. You can be super flexible and not doing a lot of aerobics. You’ve got to do it all. Do it all.
“What is your faith?” I was raised nothing, so I played around. I’ve been to Jewish temples, Catholic churches, Buddhist temples. I did a lot of experimenting in high school and after that, and I made up my own spiritual beliefs, and I know that I will never be privy to what the real answers are, so I have faith that it’s all being taken care of. I didn’t plan on coming here and whatever brought me here’s going to take me away, so I trust that. That was all from Norma.
“You have to be emotionally and psychologically healthy, spiritually healthy.” —Cindy Joseph
Now Elizabeth. “Have you had any children?” Yes. I have an absolutely amazing son, Bo Joseph, who is an abstract painter. He is 42-years-old. He was born in Berkeley, California and his sister who is four and a half years younger than him, Julia Joseph, who is a remarkable singer and songwriter, is 38-years-old. They both live in New York City, and they’re really incredible people, and I had very little to do with it. I will tell you that. “Stay at home moms seem to be thought less of.” That’s true, but we just have to think well of ourselves and society will follow that.
Susan, “Struggling at 56 with kids, marriage, house. I feel I missed the boat. It’s too late. Don’t know how to stop feeling I did not get what I wanted out of life.” Well that is very entertaining. We can drive ourselves nuts with that stuff, but if you look at how you lived your life and you realized you had a lot of choices and the choices you made were right, hindsight is interesting. There’s no such thing as guilt unless you judge a past time experience with a present time point of view. So your point of view at every point in your life was right, and you made the right choice, and you still have lots and lots of time to do all kinds of great things. If you’re not healthy, get healthy. If you’re not happy, get happy.
It’s up to us. We are in the driver’s seat of our lives. We climb in the car, we pick out the car we want, we get in the driver’s seat and we start driving, and then we jump in the back seat and go, “Help. Help. Oh my god. Life’s terrible. What’s happening to me? We play victim, and we’re not victims. We are not victims unless we choose to be.
Cowgirl. “Sunscreen before or after Boomsilk? Always confused.” Sunscreen is to keep a coating on your skin that will filter the UVA, UVB, UV rays. If you put on your moisturizer and coat your skin with it, then you’re protecting your skin from the chemicals in your sunscreen. Moisturizer first. Sunscreen second.
On to BJ. “How often do you water fast and for how long?” I would like to water fast once a year. I practiced that for about four or five years. The last two years I didn’t do it at all, the last three years, so that’s why I did one this year. The longest one I ever did was 26 days. I will never do that again. I think growing up in the 50s, growing up with processed food, I wanted to clean out all my organs and everything, and that’s why I did that. It was very intense. Very confronting. Very difficult. True North Health Center in Santa Rosa, California is amazing and that’s that.
“What color was your hair before you went gray?” My hair was medium brown, a little ashy and if it was in the sun a lot, it would go a little warmer and get slightly blonde highlights.
“I am blonde. Silver gray makes it looks dirty. What should I do?” Well, makes it look dirty. That’s interesting. There’s no such thing as silver or gray hair. There’s only all the colors hair comes in and white. When white is mixed in, it has a silver look to it, but this is white mixed with, and then I still have a little of the blonde from bleaching it for that Nivea campaign.
Nenza. Nenas. Not quite sure how to pronounce your name. “A male friend said, ‘Don’t go gray because men will think I am grandma material.’ What are your thoughts on that?” I want to be a grandmother so bad. I want my kids to have kids. Grandma. Grandma material. Grandmother has nothing to do with what we’re talking about. We’re talking about image of a little old lady with a bun and her glasses like this past a certain age that represents sexuality and sensuality. I say screw him. Any man that is thinking in terms of grandma material and thinking that’s negative, I don’t know. I wouldn’t want to date him. I think maybe your male friend that said that, he’s being honest. That’s a big subject. Maybe we’ll deal with that one later.
“Love to know about your health routine, diet and how you do water fasting.” Always water fast with doctors and professionals. Fasting is amazing. I’m going to do a whole Saturday with Cindy on that. I eat a plant based diet. I am vegan, but I don’t eat Coca-Cola and potato chips. I eat whole ripe fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds. Have I eaten meat? Yes. Have I done chicken and fish and fowl and all that? Yes. I’ve experimented from birth on with diet, and if you really do your research and you experiment, the healthiest diet for all human beings is plant based.
If you’re going to eat anything with a hoof, a fin or a wing, make sure it was slaughtered correctly and it was raised with proper food, fresh air. If you’re going to eat the flesh of an animal that was not given a healthy diet, you’re eating all those antibiotics and growth hormones and everything, and the way they treat animals in these factory farms is absolutely horrific. I just don’t want to be any part of that. If all of a sudden I get some craving for a juicy steak, I will go get grass fed, small farm, etc., but the more you stay away from it, the less you crave it, like anything. Now my big thing is staying away from salt, oil and any type of sugars. I’m talking honey, Himalayan salt and the best olive oil from Italy. It’s just pure fat, so away with it all. It’s really difficult.
“Vaginal dryness. Jane offers information.” Vaginal dryness is something that you can get because you’re sick, you could be young or old. A lot of women relate it to menopause, so if you consider that you have vaginal dryness from menopause, you just slap on whatever makes you feel good and gets you nice and juicy, and guess what? Boomsilk will do the trick. It’s amazing. It is amazing, personal lubricant. Try it. Boomsilk has honey in it. Honey is perfectly good for you. It has olive oil in it. Well, if you’re going to put olive oil in your mouth you can certainly put it in other openings of your body. I am going to make a personal lubricant for you, and I’m going to make it without the honey because if you have a tendency to get vaginal yeast infections, probably not a good idea to put sugar in there. So hold tight, but you can certainly use this now. I do. It’s great. It’s fabulous, and it will take care of the situation.
Laura, nutrition detox, juicing, diets. We’ve covered that. Theresa, “How do you get your hair so shiny? Keratin treatments. Shampoo and conditioner.” I don’t do any of that. I use a shampoo and conditioner by Usana. It’s a line of products called Sensei. You can go to their website or you can get it through a distributor. It’s sold like Shaklee and Amway and that type of thing. I discovered it 13 years ago and I have continued to use it. I love it. My hair is really fine and really soft, so I think that that creates a certain amount of shine as well, but it’s very light so it doesn’t weigh my hair down.
I’m going to get through more of these questions but I think this is getting a little long, and I don’t want to bore anybody. So there you go. Let me know what you think and stay tuned because I’m coming back next Saturday.
1:10 Beauty lighting and dealing with shadows
2:25 The pressure that society places on women to look beautiful is global
4:05 Cindy on fillers and plastic surgery
4:20 Cindy’s fiance
6:20 Cindy’s variable exercise routines
8:15 Cindy’s spiritual beliefs
10:05 Learning to find the choices you made in your past right
11:15 Using moisturizer with sunscreen to protect yourself from harmful chemicals
14:00 Cindy’s plant based diet and tips on fasting
15:50 Vaginal dryness and Boomsilk as a personal lubricant