Category: Beauty

All About That Bass

Loving this song lately — really funny lyrics with some pretty awesome messaging. Now I’m all about being a healthy size and weight, but positive body image is most important. You can’t have a healthy body if your mind is in a bad place. And in a society where so much value is placed on appearance, we could all use a little reminder once in while.

“Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top.”

Enjoy!

Oil Pulling – Are you for real?

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Oil pulling is every health/wellness bloggers dream right now. The new fad. Just like everyone else, I was super skeptical, so I gave it a shot.

Wait. Back up.

WTF is oil pulling anyway?

Oil pulling is an ancient Indian remedy used to detox. It’s supposed to draw out oral bacteria in your mouth that leads to plaque buildup, gingivitis and bad breath. It’s also shown to strengthen and whiten your teeth, and prevent cavities. And, although it’s not yet scientifically proven, it has been known to help alleviate hangovers, reduce headaches, and support general detoxification of the entire body.

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How do you do it? 

First thing in the morning, before eating, drink a full glass of water. Then swish 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes. Avoid swallowing any oil while swishing because then the toxins will just go right back into your system.

Hah! Sounds ridiculous, right?

Well I tried it. Yup. For several weeks, I’ve been swishing coconut oil in my mouth for 20 minutes on my way to work.

So is it total bogus?

Well, I wouldn’t go that far. I’d call it an all-natural mouthwash. It did seem to whiten my teeth and freshen my breath. But that’s about it.

I tried it after a night out and I’m sad to report it did NOT cure my hangover. Womp Womp.

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Overall, I’d recommend oil pulling only as a natural mouthwash, if your into that. Since the detoxifying effects aren’t scientifically proven yet, I’m gonna stick with my regular Crest mouthwash. I just HAD to give it a shot.

Go ahead and try it for yourself – you may discover a new favorite morning ritual!

Question: Have/would you try oil pulling? Do you have any crazy morning rituals? 

What’s Up with Dry Brushing?

Do you ever find that when you first learn about something intriguing, you tend to hear about it over and over and over again?

This is what happened with me and the dry brush.

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About a year ago, some of my spin friends and I walked into our favorite juice bar after class. The owner introduced us to the dry brush – claiming it helped rid your body of toxins.

I figured he was just trying to sell us on the product, but for some reason the concept resonated with me.

Now this thing is everywhere. All my favorite health bloggers are raving about it. So, naturally I had to give it a try.

I’ve been dry brushing about a month now and I am obsessed. It’s now part of my daily morning routine. Ummm… anything that will improve my skin/health/pores/cellulite??? I’m down x 1000.

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+ stimulates the lymphatic system & removes toxins

+ improves circulation, also aiding in detoxification

+ improves the immune system

+ reduces and prevents cellulite by stimulating fat deposits

+ stimulates nerve endings, improving the nervous system

+ removes dead skin & eliminates clogged pores

How to Dry Brush:

**It’s best to dry brush first thing in the morning, before getting into the shower. That way you can wash away all the dead skin cells. 

+ Start at your feet and gently brush your skin in a circular motion, working your way upward toward your heart

+ Focus on areas where you have concentrated lymph nodes (back of knees, bikini line, inner arm, arm pit)

+ When you get to your chest, move away from your heart towards your underarms to flush the toxins outward

+ Do not dry brush your face or neck

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I bought my dry brush on amazon here for about 10 bucks.

Question: Have you ever dry brushed? 

Spreading the Love for Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day my loves!!

I don’t know about you, but I am an absolute sucker for Valentine’s Day. A full 24 hours dedicated to love, pink, hearts, flowers, sappy cards AND chocolate?

Are you kidding me? This is real life?

I know… my poor, poor husband. Hey, he’s fully aware of what he’s in for!

Anyway, just taking some time to spread the love today!!

Here’s a little eye candy for you….

Have a LOVELY day beauties! <3

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Weight Loss Wednesday: Drink Water

Ditch the diet soda and energy drinks and sip on good old H2O instead. I sip on water around the clock – at home, in the car, at the gym, at the office – and I bring my giant water bottle with me just about everywhere. When you start feeling thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Avoid this by drinking water throughout the day – not only at meal times. Start and end your day with a large glass of water.Water splashing into glass

You may have heard that you should drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. But really it depends on your weight, activity level, climate, and diet. You’ll know you’re drinking the right amount when your pee is pale yellow or even practically clear. For me that’s about 3 liters per day. (sorry if that’s TMI!!)

Drink up, here’s why:

  • You’ll lose water weight fairly easily when dieting, so you need to replensish to avoid dehydration
  • Dehydration slows down the fat-burning process
  • Burning calories creates toxins and water flushes them out
  • Dehydration makes you feel tired because of reduced oxygen supply
  • Proper hydration helps reduce muscle and joint soreness when exercising
  • Water helps with a healthy digestive system
  • Drinking water with a meal helps make you feel full sooner and more satisfied consuming fewer calories
  • Lower water intake is directly correlated with obesity

And don’t worry, your body will not retain water by drinking water. Water retention is due to a variety of things such as increased salt intake, but drinking water is not one of them. Drinking diuretics (coffee, tea, soda, alcohol) causes your body to expel water so if you are going to drink them, be sure to increase water intake to compensate!

Beauty Sleep

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There is little I appreciate more than a good night’s sleep. If I don’t get at least 6-8 hours I’m known to become an irritable, cranky bitch mess. I mean, no wonder dogs are so happy – they sleep 20 hours a day.

But seriously, there are actual negative side effects of sleep deprivation, including:

  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Memory Loss
  • Hallucinations
  • Increased Risk of Heart Disease
  • Increased Rick of Type II Diabetes
  • Decreased Reaction Time
  • Risk of Obesity

A few techniques to avoid all that nonsense:

  1. Find a routine. Try to go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time each morning.  On the weekends, I love squeezing in an early morning workout before most people (aka my husband) even knows it’s morning.
  2. Eliminate sugar before bed. Or all together if you’re trying to lose a few pounds. The spike in your blood-sugar levels causes major energy swings, disrupting sleep in the process. More on the sugar devil here.
  3. Use a blind fold. I’m aware I sound like a total diva, but I swear by this. Sleeping in complete darkness will help you fall into a deeper sleep. If you can’t stand sleeping with a blind fold, use black out curtains and cover anything with an LED light like alarm clocks, cable boxes and phone chargers.
  4. Wear a sleep tracker. Get data on your own sleep patterns such as hours slept, light vs. deep sleep, and waking moments. Fitbit and Jawbone are two popular devices for monitoring sleep.
  5. Become tired. Move so much throughout the day that you are physically tired by bedtime. Spend energy by incorporating extra walks into your day and just move more in general.
  6. De-stress: Constant worrying keeps you up at night, so take time to clear your mind before bed with yoga or meditation.
  7. Eliminate Coffee: Try avoiding caffeine, especially after noon. I recently quit coffee altogether and have noticed significantly more restful nights.

If a night of restful, quality sleep is hard to come by, modify your health habits and you’ll be feeling amazing in no time!

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