This is not your mama’s recipe! I’ve recreated these CBD brands reviews to be delicate, complex and fresh. It’s perfect for the spring months ahead and will give you that great dose of gut loving support you need for this weather transition.
Prep: 20 minutes
Serving: 3 BIG bowls
Total Time: 1 hr
– 1.5 litres of purified water
– 1 organic chicken (I love Blue Goose brand)
– 2 parsnips
– 2 carrots
– 12 leeks chopped up
– 1 garlic clove
– 1.5 tbsp Himalayan salt
– Cracked black pepper
– Parsley to garnish
– Optional: ginger
I prepared this salad after going to the Larchmont farmers market in LA. I was really inspired by all the fresh greens and I wanted to make something that featured the gorgeous basil I picked up. This salad is perfect to serve with chicken or fish as the main protein.
Prep: 10 minutes
Serving: dressing for 4 main course salads
Total Time: 15 minutes
– 1 head of butter lettuce
– Red Mizuna lettuce (optional)
– 2 egg (per salad plate)
– 2 Persian cucumbers
– 1/2 cup shaved fennel
– 2-3 French breakfast radishes
– 3 rashers of sugar-free bacon
– 2 tbsp toasted macadamia nuts
– 1 tbsp organic pumpkin seeds
– 10 Fresh sage leaves
– 1/2 cup of fresh basil
– 1/2 cup olive oil
– 1 tsp Himalayan salt
– 1 tsp organic Dijon mustard
– 1 egg yolk
Smooth, rich in antioxidants, creamy and full of vitamins. I love starting busy mornings with this shake because it tastes great and has the perfect balance of healthy fats, fiber, and protein to keep you full. If you’ve got dry skin this delicious shake will help replenish the body with and keep you glowing throughout the colder months.
Prep: 2 minutes
Serving: 1 shake
Total Time: 5 minutes
– 1-2 tbsp sprouted chia seeds
– 2 scoops of collagen powder
– 1 pkg/scoop of unsweetened acai
– 2 tbsp hazelnuts
– 1 tsp stevia (to taste)
– 2 tbsp blueberries
– 1/2 tbsp MCT oil
– 1/4 avocado
– 2/3 cup unsweetened nut milk
– 4 ice cubes
– Dang coconut chips
I developed this recipe for those of us that want a quick savory & sweet dessert. Trust me, it’s quick and painless to make. You’ll notice that they are quite crumbly when you bite into them, but they also have that buttery texture that reminds me of a scone and a shortbread – it’s very unique! I love mine crumbled on top of ice cream.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Serving: 12 cookies
Total Time: 35 minutes
– 1 cup almond flour
– 1 cup coconut flour
– 3/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
– 1-3 tbsp Stevia (to taste)
– 1/2 tsp aluminum free baking powder
– 2 eggs
– 1/4 cup grass-fed butter
– 1/2 cup coconut oil
– 3/4 cup Lilly’s chocolate chips
A year and a half ago, we found out that my husband had Crohn’s Disease. The disease presented aggressively. The news was devastating and rocked our lives for the better part of a year.
Just as things were settling down from the emotional storm, he faced a big decision about whether he would opt to take immunosuppressants medication. At 35 years old, I was hopeful that we could treat him with natural remedies that would take down inflammation and manage the disease without compromising his immune system.
I reached out to Doctors, Specialists, Naturopathic Doctors and other resources to learn about his options but nothing seemed right for Jay. After hours of research, I found a natural protocol that works for him — even his GI Doctor was on board with the plan.
To be totally transparent, I’m not a Doctor of any kind, and I’m not about preaching what’s right and wrong. I’m simply a resourceful, determined Health Coach and Writer who has always approached healing intuitively.
Fast forward three months, we visited his specialist for a routine GI scope and received amazing results. Even his specialist couldn’t believe that he didn’t need to opt for traditional medications. It turned out that the inflammation in his bowel registered at a minor level, these results were a huge jump from his original critical state. He was now able to manage the disease and get back to the things he enjoyed.
Everything was stable until my husband flared again after our spring trip — airplanes can be cruel to the delicate microbiome! At this point, I made some small changes and decided to look into different probiotics to include in his protocol. We tried the Bacillus Coagulans strain (a dried, capsule formula) previously, but when I found bioflor7, I knew it was different. I discovered that bioflor7 has16 Billion CFU of Bacillus Coagulans in their formula whereas most other companies only average 2 Billion CFU. I was also excited about the biphase technology. I have read that when you separate the liquid from the probiotics, you get a more efficient, stronger, faster-acting product. For anyone not familiar with Bacillus Coagulans, it has been getting a lot of buzz in the natural supplements industry as a helpful aid for Crohn’s and Colitis patients — the bacteria in this strain are encouraged to live longer in the gut (and duodenal environment) and multiply! Also, unlike most probiotics, bioflor7 is both a prebiotic and a probiotic that contains aloe vera and B Complex which assists in the delivery and efficacy of the product.
We started a trial period with my husband last month, two solid weeks with bioflor7 and then off for a week and back on again for two weeks. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect; he was due to see his GI specialist for an assessment on his recent flare in July. Lucky for us, the inflammation came down again, and his referral symptoms have subsided. The new protocol was making a difference!
I honestly can’t say enough good things about bioflor7; we’ll definitely be including it as part of his monthly treatment ongoing. As a bonus we love that it’s portable, we’re back from our summer vacation with great results. I had him dose his regular protocol and include bioflor7 on take off and landing (doubled the dose on flight days). Upon our return, everything is stable and inflammation remains low — feeling relaxed and ready for life!
NOTE: Phytogenex Nutraceuticals provided me a sample of their product to review, but I had already used and loved their probiotic prior.]]>
I have officially fallen in love with these little bears. The entire envelope is only 152 calories, and it’s packed with an insane amount of fibre. Smart Sweets produces regular gummies and the sour sort. FYI, the flavors veer more toward the citrus side, but all of it tastes good, and it’s candy that will not spike your blood sugar! #currentaddiction.
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These are honestly so decadent and filling. The drizzle of icing on the top makes it feel like a legit cheat. You can also bake the bars if you’re looking for something more cookie-like and less chewy. These bars have seriously impressive macros packed with a lot of nutrition and nothing artificial – Excellent protein, fibre and healthy fats!
All Natural Chocolate Caramel Pecan
Caramel Salted Peanut
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This is a chocolate shake like no other! You’ll never know that it’s made with premium, 100% grass fed Swedish beef protein. Each scoop packs enough protein to roughly equal a serving of good quality steak. A side note for those that don’t like stevia, this sweetener is very smooth and doesn’t have that usual bite that you can taste in sugar-free products. ATP is an exceptional company that only works with top of the line ingredients.
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On a medical note, it’s important to be aware that lack of sleep can translate into:
– Weight gain/Insulin resistance
– Crappy mood
– Poor skin quality/elasticity
– Brain fog
– Lack of libido
– Compromised immune system
– Long-term health issues – for example, Alzheimer’s (fascinating TED talk below)
But sadly that’s not all, poor quality sleep can perpetuate a lack of overall energy and stamina. In fact, lack of sleep can keep us stuck in a life, career or relationship that doesn’t serve us anymore. This is where routine and self care comes in, if you don’t have a great ritual or a comfy space I suggest you try some of the items below to help break your current habits.
It’s not about being a fancy or creating a luxurious space. Soft bedding can help us relax and disconnect from our busy lives. Consider how long it’s been since you’ve replaced your mattress, pillows, and bedding. It’s worth the investment to upgrade. I’m personally in love with the All-Around Australian Wool Pillow from Bed Bath and Beyond and the PB sheets from Potter Barn. A simple change like soft sheets can make a big difference — the PB sheets helped to make my mattress feel even more comfy.
When you’re travelling or in anxious state, supplements can be helpful for a short period of time. Often magnesium can help soothe muscles and induce sleep. However, when I do need something that will ensure a deeper rest, I reach for Super Sleep from Webber Naturals. It’s got an impressive combination of relaxing herbs paired with 5 mg of melatonin. Personally, I can usually fall into a deep sleep within twenty to thirty minutes with one dose. One important note, make sure to cycle this supplement or any melatonin based supplement — we produce melatonin naturally, so you don’t want to become reliant long-term.
This is the most boring podcast you’ve ever heard! Drew Ackerman, the host, drones on and on about absolutely nothing! It’s genius 🙂 Try it out, it could work for you. If this isn’t your type of thing, you could try a TED talk or Freakonomics. Either way, I suggest you invest in some wireless headphones so you can place your phone in a drawer and let yourself tune out without the distraction of the light from the screen.
Nightlights, not just for children anymore! We now know that colors influence your mood, it’s a proven fact. You can choose a basic plugin that emits a variety of soft colors or upgrade to one that projects patterns and colors on your ceiling.
If a scent is more your thing, try a diffuser with essential oils. Make sure to invest in one that cleans up easily since they do collect dust and other allergens if they aren’t tended to regularly.
Taking a bath or shower before bed allows us to disconnect from the TV or other media. Making a routine with your favorite products (think masks and epsome salts) and candles can help to further the experience. It’s not about jumping in and out; it’s about taking your time and letting yourself wind down from the day. This ritual also helps to takes the pressure off getting up early enough to take a shower in the AM.
Tuning into Insight Timer (this one is totally FREE) or any other meditation app can help a lot. It’s about exploring and finding a guided meditation that works for you. If you feel this is way beyond what you can do, I suggest seeking help from a pro that can direct you professionally.
If all else fails, remember that when you get less than seven hours of sleep, you are operating as if you are legally dunk! Don’t fool yourself, more is more in this case.
Chances are you’re washing your face wrong, but don’t worry so was I. A recent refresher of the dos and don’ts reminded me of the essential steps I should be following. I was particularly guilty of number one and five.
I know this seems like a pretty basic skill, but things have changed, and we know so much more now about how the skin ages. Staying youthful is all about education and exposure to the proper methodology.
You should know, over time a poor washing routine can encourage fine lines and other signs of aging, as well as nasty bacterial infections. I’ve outlined five points to keep top of mind so you can look your best. Here’s my ride or die rules.
Seriously, you only get one face for your lifetime — not counting any cosmetic surgery you opt-in for. If you had to wear one item for your entire life, I’m willing to bet you would treat it with love and care. This is why pulling at your face with your hands, washcloths, brushes and rough cotton long term is detrimental to your anti-ageing goals. I recommend you get some soft cotton, or better yet, I love these biodegradable cotton sponges.
Hey, it’s me!
It’s called bacteria transfer people! You wouldn’t takes a shower and then put on old pants (as the British say), so why do people wipe their clean face with a dirty towel they’ve used on their body? Personally, I enjoy taking a fresh tissue and pressing it gently onto my face to absorb the excess water. Try this; fold the tissue into a triangle, and press it one side of your face. Flip the tissue and blot the other side. If you prefer, you can use a soft, fresh towel — be extra gentle and pat dry.
If you’re using a physical exfoliator, I would seriously rethink this. Put down the abrasive products and pick up a PH balanced acid — alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic, lactic, and citric among them) and beta hydroxy acids (namely salicylic) should be your go-to exfoliants. Acids renew the skin and encourage cell turnover. I’m personally addicted to P50. Pulling the skin isn’t an effective method of getting things done, especially if you’re over 25. Save the scrubs for your feet.
Get half naked when you wash, take off your top and bra. Theoretically, you should be wearing SPF on your chest, and there’s no through way to access that area if you don’t take it off. Often there’s a build up of sweat and other dirt that needs to be cleaned every night. As I’ve mentioned before, nobody wants to look at grandma’s saggy chest. If you’re post 35, I would consider adding a collagen and elastin cream or serum to your regime — also don’t be afraid to take it down the chest and onto the breasts. Ideally, you should start your cleansing routine before you’re tired.
The direction of how to massage your face is a much-debated topic. I can only tell you what I subscribe to, and I’m a strong proponent of gently moving up the chest and neck, next work from the center of the face out, I finish by making a pinching motion along the jawline, moving upwards toward the hairline. For me, I’m a big believer in the Biologique Recherche’s method of facial massage. They move up and not down. There’s something to their proprietary method, I always look slim and sculpted by the time I’m out from a facial. I think there’s something to be said for working against gravity since it’s eventually going to win at some point.
Curious about your current regime? Ask your questions in the comments section and I’ll let you know if it’s right-on or total bullsh*t.
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Let’s start off by stating the obvious; I’m bonkers for buying seventy dollar shampoo. I did it, and I highly doubt I will do it again. But hey, give me a break you weren’t there to smell this goodness. Botanical fragrances aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it was in part what lured me in. I also bought this little gift for myself because I was having a rough day — let’s just say, I was feeling 41. I needed a bounce in my hair to make up for the lack of bounce in my step. Anyhow, let me tell you the full story.
A few months ago I went to a trendy, upscale salon and they asked me what I wanted to try from the back bar — Yay, who doesn’t love to try new products! I carefully weighed my options and decided on Oribe (you know the one that Jennifer Lopez’s stylist developed). After the blowout, I realized that I wasn’t totally satisfied with the results. I determined that Oribe is better suited for dry and over-processed hair. I have virgin hair, I haven’t dyed it in over a decade, so it was a little heavy for me.
On the next visit, I tried Christophe Robin’s Rose shampoo. I liked this one; I didn’t love it though — I’ve since learned that I’m a volume girl, go big or go home. Anyhow, it seemed like a reasonable choice at the time for someone with fine hair. The rose formula had a pleasant fragrance, and it didn’t leave any residue. I decided to make it mine. As I checked out, the stylist slipped two other shampoo samples in my bag to try, Rita Hazan and Leonor Greyl.
I tried Rita Hazan first. This shampoo was lovely, but the smell reminded me of something that I couldn’t put my finger on until I realized, it smelled EXACTLY like Revlon’s Outrageous shampoo from the 90’s. Regardless of the impressive results, I couldn’t buy it. It would be like wearing Exclamation perfume again — I just couldn’t go back to my teenage years. Also, this formula was best suited for color treated hair so that’s another strike against it for me.
When I finally got around to trying Leonor Greyl, I knew right away that there was something different about this formula. My hair behaved like it was freshly washed even two days after shampooing. I was in heaven. My hair was thick and voluminous and that smell… did I mention the smell (lol!). I called the salon immediately to ask about the price of the product and to have them put one aside for me. I was in absolute shock when the receptionist told me that the shampoo alone was seventy dollars. I did a little research (desperately trying to justify the price), and found out that they use some pretty selective surfactants (detergents). I thought maybe the quality of the product was reason enough to buy it.
So fast forward a few of months — yep, it’s lasted me this long — and I still love it. It’s probably important to say; I never did buy the conditioner. I just couldn’t shell out that much dough. Either way, I now had to ask myself the inevitable question, was I going to repurchase? Before making my final decision, I went to Sephora to take a quick look at my options.
I ended up buying a sample set of Living Proof, I remembered it as the brand Jennifer Aniston invested in before Unilever acquired it. I thought hey if Jen loved it so much, shouldn’t I give it a go? Guys, I’m so glad I did. Not only is it more affordable, but the Full hair care formula gives you big, big volume. The thickening cream and their full dry volume blast (it’s like a dry shampoo) are amazing. I’ve actually set aside my Oribe texturizing spray for the time being because I like this one so much.
So in the end, it looks like I didn’t have to pay seventy big ones to get that big, Victoria’s Secret, modelesque hair I have always wanted. Maybe next time, I’ll just smell the shampoo, appreciate it, and go for an expensive latte.
For all those sunscreen virgins out there, you should know; finding a good, non-comedogenic (non-pore-clogging), lightweight, and absorbable sunscreen is a task. I’ve definitely used a lot of shitt*y ones that don’t spread evenly, don’t stay put, and some leave a terrible white cast — definitely not approved for those random selfies! I’ve been through a lot of trial and error to find a few products that I love. In the interest of saving you time, money, and a lot of frustration I’m going to share my top 3 products.
Before I get to the star performers, I wanted to mention that there’s been a long-running argument in the derm community about what factor to use. Some professionals say higher (like 50+) is better, and some say lower (like 30) is sufficient. Here’s a little background video from Lisa Eldrige talking about it.
Strength is a key consideration, but I think it’s equally important to keep these 3 things in mind:
Quality – Look for a good brand to invest in — get something that is well formulated. Strength matters, but quality impacts how easy it is to remove the product at the end of the day and how your skin will ultimately respond. You’ll find that derm offices, facialists, and Sephora will stock the best selection.
Removal – Make sure you wash it off well at the end of the day — comedogenic or not, this is essential to any good anti-ageing routine.
The Sun’s Impact – Think about how the sun impacts you. I personally have a lot of pigmentation — lots and lots of freckles! — if I don’t use a high factor, I’m bound to end up with splotchy dots that will eventually join into a horrendous mess. I’ve experimented with different formulas and applications; however, it comes down to a more is more for me. I opt for no less than a factor 40, but ideally, factor 50 is best.
As far as the face goes, I like both tinted and untinted formulas as along as they are mineral based and intended for use on the face — make sure it actually says face on the product. If you’re curious about the differences between chemical and mineral (sometimes called physical) sunscreens, see Lisa’s post. Equally as important as safeguarding your face, you need to protect your décolleté. Nobody wants to look at grandma’s sagging, crepey chest!
So let’s jump into my favs. My first pick is Elta MD. They have a fantastic SPF 40 (what I was able to get in Canada) broad-spectrum, tinted sunscreen or you can opt for the SPF 50 untinted sport waterproof broad spectrum formula. The base is a lightweight, Zinc Oxide formula that works really well under makeup. It doesn’t settle into fine lines or creases, and it’s got hyaluronic acid to help you keep moisturized throughout the day. In my opinion, it’s a clear winner.
Face and décolleté
For thicker, more resilient skin on the body, I’ve found that SunBum factor 70 does an excellent job of protecting when you’re in direct sun. On a recent trip to Palm Springs, the sun hardly left a mark where I would usually be fighting immense pigmentation upon arriving home. It’s a chemical sunscreen, but I often like to wear tank tops in hot weather, and I find that this does the best job of protecting my skin. As a side note, I will sometimes wear mineral sunscreen on my body if I know I’m going to be in the shade at some point. Otherwise, I stick to the chemical stuff because I feel it performs better for me. Plus, I often wear hats to give that extra protective layer on my face.
Next, I wanted to mention a must have for your purse — take it everywhere you go! Please, please, please do yourself a HUGE favor and get a good mineral powder stick. This stick should be kept in your purse for touch-ups during the day. It doesn’t matter if you’re going out to grab lunch or taking a little walk, You can reapply for safety — and bonus, absorb some of that nasty oil — before jetting out.
If you’re part of the office crowd and need a little more convincing on wearing sunscreen, watch Dr. Sam Bunting — she’s honestly the sh*t. In this handy little video, she speaks about how to reapply and why. Listen and let all that great anti-ageing info sink-in.
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While exploring different blogs, vlogs and editorial sites I stumbled on Overheard: 5 Beauty Editors Get Real About Fillers and Botox. This article profiles 4 editors and their journey with Botox and fillers. I was pretty excited to get started reading until I stumbled on their ages:
After reviewing their stats, I took a moment to scroll through the page — I was desperately looking for a 30-something point of view. Don’t get me wrong I think it’s important to talk about preventative measures, but in my opinion, to write an anti aging article without covering a 30+ bracket is seriously lacking. I can guarantee that there isn’t a person out there who has spent $600/vile on filler who hasn’t thought about next steps. How about covering questions like, how often do you need appointments? Are there any adverse effects over time? What’s the data on how this procedure can help with slowing down the effects of aging? Only an older demographic can cover these essential questions in a POV article.
Moving on, I’ve done a fair amount of research, and I’ve listed some key concerns about treatment, four things to check when sourcing the right clinic and few scary things to look out for on your quest to finding the right medical clinic
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– How many vials of filler need to be injected to achieve the look I want?
– If you fill the upper lip to plump fine lines, do you have to fill the bottom lip too, so it looks balanced?
– Is this treatment preventative? Does the skin get stimulated enough to potentially generate collagen?
– How long do the results last? Can you provide me with the shortest to the longest timeframe?
– Is Botox a riskier procedure than Juvederm and other fillers?
Here’s an interesting resource to research the good, the bad and the ugly.
1. Do the doctors administer injectables or do they have nurses. Personally, I won’t let anyone but a qualified doctor close to my face.
2. Does the clinic have good ratings? For a second opinion, you can check RealSelf: Reviews of Cosmetic Treatments, Surgery, Doctors. Brace yourself; there’s some scary sh*t on this site 😉
3. Does the clinic sell reputable products? If they sell their own line of products they could be in it for the wrong reasons. It’s impossible to spend time and energy on making clients happy as well as being the leading innovators in this market. This is especially true when there are so many effective products already available. Hell, Allergan, the makers of Juvederm, Botox and all the other big names on the cosmetic skin care spectrum make one of the most popular lines called Skin Medica. Does any small clinic really want to compete with that?
4. Finally, ask the doctor about their style. Make notes about what you don’t like for example, duck lips, stretched skin, ability to emote (if you know for an eyebrow raise you might not want to get rid of that). Make sure you connect with them since there aren’t always a lot of pictures to reference. Obviously patients need to A-OK them for release.
– Don’t listen to anyone that tells you that you need fillers or Botox
– Don’t let anyone dictate to you where your face needs help; you tell them what you want to see
– Don’t think for a moment that this a preventative treatment
– Don’t start this journey if you do not have budget set aside to maintain results
– Don’t get lip injections if you’re prone to cold sores without discussing with your doctor first
Good luck and be confident with whatever you choose to do. Personally, I’m going to continue my search for something that works for me. I’m just not comfortable at this time with the risks, the gains and research in favor of these treatments.
More to come on this topic!]]>
Insulin resistance is something I have been struggling with for more than five years. It is hard to understand at first, but it’s an easy concept once you get the hang of it. Here’s what you need to know, Insulin is the master hormone that decides if the body will ultimately store food or use the stored fat/glucose in the body as fuel. Signs of insulin resistance include struggling to stay full, crashing hard after high carb or big meals, brain fog (it’s like being in an episode of Pigs in Space), struggle to lose weight, experiencing nausea and awful mood swings. All this is a result of not teaching our bodies how to use stored nutrients.
How can this be? I exercise and eat healthily — says the annoying voice in my head. I learned, eating healthy food and getting some exercise is the bare minimum. These concepts are only the tip of the iceberg when understanding how the body works. Check out my article on Why blood sugar is the key to weight loss for more details.
So forget about all this yammer, I want to move on and share some solid tips from my journey to understanding insulin. These basics helped me to quickly adapt my lifestyle to reach the incremental goals I set out for myself. I’ve detailed my base plan including supplements and food choices (legal disclaimer, I’m not a Dr. so consult with your healthcare professional to see if this is recommended for you).
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Let’s start off by talk about macros for weight loss. Not the IIFYM kind. More of the bird’s-eye view of how you want to intake food on the whole. My suggestion is to split your diet like this:
Remember, food is fuel. Don’t pick a crappy source over something more valuable.
Here’s an important rule, EAT CARBS, the quality kind. When you cut out carbs, you risk screwing up your thyroid. If you deprive your body long enough, you’ll have bigger headaches than losing extra pounds. I speak from experience. I battled a nasty case of brain fog for many years while sticking to a no-carb diet so trust me the outcome isn’t good.
About carb sources, I like the following:
Fruit – mostly thin-skinned (bananas, oranges and the like are a little too sugary for me)
FYI – while in weight loss mode, I rarely include any other carb sources. Remember to reference serving size.
Take note, before you down the fruit bowl consider this; you don’t want to be powering up with fruit sugars in the AM (bye, bye acai berry bowls). Make fruit the compliment to your meal — think 1/4 cup of berries in shakes and meal toppers. You don’t want to spike your blood sugar first thing. I save the majority of my fruit servings for the afternoon/early evening.
I’ve found that eating the bulk of carb calories while you’re active makes sense. If you’re a superstar, you can save carbs for after workouts since less spiking occurs post-high-intensity exercise.
Essentially, what I’m aiming to do is stabilize my blood sugar from sun-up to sundown. One way of helping to balance your system while eating carbs is to take a chromium supplement. I like the one from DFH. If you can’t find this one, ask for a high-quality blend of ingredients that closely resemble this formula. I’m not a huge fan of taking straight up chromium only but do what you gotta do with respect to availability.
You’ve probably heard this a lot lately, take your (high quality) fish oils. In this case, taking omega-3 is correlated with higher insulin sensitivity. It’s a good thing.
If you have a sluggish or compromised digestion, consider taking an HCL enzyme mid-meal. In the quest to balance your blood sugar, it’s key to break down and assimilate food. I like this one by ATP.
You’ve never seen someone argue with themselves the way I do when it’s time to go for a run or lift weights. I always tell myself the same things to keep my motivation high:
Recently, I’ve had a lot of trouble losing the last 5-7lbs that I’ve put on in the last couple of years. I know this doesn’t sound like a lot of weight to lose, but it has become the thorn in my side. I have tried to exercise — albeit inconsistently — but I’ve never seen fantastic results from hitting the treadmill. During a rough patch, I tried CrossFit for about eight months, but that left me bloody exhausted. I was lost and starting to give up — this is not in my nature, I’m a fighter!
So I was faced with a choice, figure this out or expect to keep slowly putting on the pounds. After playing internet doctor and reading up on a nauseating amount of women’s health (much of it is confusing and not helpful), I decided to turn to my family history and take a look back at my childhood. I saw a pattern of hypoglycaemia, diabetes and poor weight management. The answer was clear. Like everyone, I needed consistent exercise.
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UGH, how the heck was I going to integrate daily exercise into my life? I don’t know anything about creating a program. It was at this moment that I realized, I needed to put my money where my mouth is and pay for help. I immediately started training at a local gym.
I think this topic is so incredibly important to cover because, for many of years, I experienced the following random symptoms and it had me lost and going crazy trying to find a solution.
– Brain fog/memory
– Nausea after eating
– Neuropathy type symptoms/ Pins and needles
– Lack of energy
– Intermittent blurred vision
– Mood swings, think crying over lame TV commercials
– Bloating and weight gain
– Sugar cravings
– Does this sound like you?
The issue is if you want to lose weight, you’ll need to get honest about how often you snack (you have to let that blood sugar come down, and that can’t happen when you’re always eating). Also, think about the overall quality of food you intake. With all this info make yourself a strategic plan of attack to balance your blood sugar.
Remember there’s no instant success with any weight loss approach, but this strategy will balance your mood and make your hormones happy while you’re saying goodbye to that dessert and saying hello to that dessert tea (your new BFF).]]>
Even though I’d never be considered a prude, I couldn’t get away with successfully adopting her mojo. Regardless, I really respect her life, career path and savvy. For those of you who aren’t familiar with her, she’s best known for the cult following she’s built up from her popular sex and relationship column, Breathless, for Vogue and from her website, Slutever. This busy gal is also a contributor to Purple and Richarson Magazine.
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Recently Karley worked with Vice to produce the Slutever documentary series. As predicted, Vice expertly throws Karley into erotic, sexual situations where she plays participant/interviewer. Karley’s honest approach exposes topics that we should know about. She’s a legit hero in this space.
EP 2: Sex and Disability
EP 1: Male Sex Dolls
EP 3: Abduction Fantasies
EP 4: Men for Rent]]>
I bumped into this unique restaurant wandering through the Jewish Quarter. Konyha has an effortless funky vibe — dare I say, hipster. The smell of the fantastic traditional fare sucked me in, but I was pleasantly surprised at the way they incorporated subtle modern twists to their hearty meals — think beef cheek goulash. Go hungry!
The inside is cozy and casual. They also offer a sizable decorated patio.
a wee little garden oasis.
Don’t miss out on visiting this legendary cafe (established in 1894). New York Cafe is perfect for those that love solid people-watching experiences.
A quick word on their much talked about brunch, I personally didn’t feel that it was special. However, the outstanding ambiance is well worth the visit. My recommendation, stop by for a fancy coffee and dessert.
Szimpla, as it’s referred to by the locals, is one of the best-known ruin bars. If you plan on getting a seat or finding a place to perch, go before 10 pm.
I went for the Cherry (Meggy) ice cream — a Hungarian favorite.
Kiosk is THE place to get a beer or cocktail and lounge for the afternoon. Go and join the locals.
Budapest is vibrant with artistic touches and murals scattered all over the downtown core.
Once a broken down garage — “kuplung” means clutch btw — this space is now a top ruin bar. It’s got a chill vibe and a fully stocked bar.
Don’t have anything on the agenda? Take a stroll through Heroes’ Square. Surrounded by the Museum of Fine Arts, the Palace of Art and the entrance to the City Park — Budapest’s Heroes’ Square is a central meeting place for all things nature and festival related in Budapest.
Sweet little shop with a chill courtyard. Order a hand-crafted coffee with your healthy breakfast.
Try to resist walking in and exploring this special little gem — it’s like Alice in Wonderland meets Pipi Longstocking.
Even the washroom is an experience!
Noted as one of the most beautiful spas in Budapest — the Gellért is famous for its thermal waters.
Probably one of the most special dining experiences I’ve ever had. Nothing can compete with an amazing lush garden, traditional Austrian dishes made modern and excellent service.
I rarely take these but I needed to document this visit.
Visiting the opulent lobby.
Don’t miss out! Eating a Sacher torte is like biting into a little chunk of history. A word of advice, these cafes are not Starbucks — ordering takeaway is seriously frowned upon. Wait for a table, put away your cell and enjoy.
It’s a crazy, beautiful experience at this studio. The language barrier is a challenge but it’s such a gorgeous space and vibe that you’ll be happy you went.
I’m not a huge fan of apple desserts but this dish was a stand out — it was one of the best desserts I’ve had in my life. Go here and eat this!
Freud & Trotsky came here and you should too.
That reading rack!
Crouch down low on these cushions and eat tapas until you can’t eat no more 😉
It’s adorable and kitschy. Barista’s serve-up a mean cup o’ coffee and fresh finger sandwiches. By the way, there’s no relation to the cafe in NYC — it’s spelled differently (Balthazar).
I spent many late nights here ordering cocktails and apps. Watch out for the close of patio season around September.
Impressive fresh market with everything you could want.
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Make sure to get off the beaten path to eat. Options around the beach are predicatively overpriced and pedestrian. I wouldn’t bother unless you’re in deep need of a snack or drink.
A cozy cave with amazing cheese and bread. I never eat these kinds of rich foods… so let’s say that it was yummy but not romantic 😉
A great spa with really good service. I had them store my suitcase as I checked in for a signature body wrap treatment and a facial. I’m pretty judgemental with these types of services but I was impressed with the excellent in-spa techniques coupled with their back bar top notch brands (like Thalgo).
A cute little cafe with a Brazilian touch — the owner is pictured here. Creative, nourishing snacks and some strong AF coffee. It scored pretty high for me.
Look at this sweet bottle! Too bad I didn’t have enough room to bring it home 🙁
Such a good find! Little Asian fusion bistro — perfect for a quick meal. We didn’t get to take a cooking workshop but would have loved to.
I spent most of my time in Nice wandering through the quaint little alleyways throughout old town. When I needed a break there was always a little place to grab a bite or sit at a pub.
This church was built in 1699, impressively maintatined and pretty gorgous regardless of your faith.
Authentic and so many to choose from. Be warned, the slices are small and it’s a pretty steep price, but it is seriously delicious. This stuff could compete with Bonci Pizzarium in Rome and that’s saying a lot.
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I realize the products I’ve chosen seem a little random. Let me explain, the inspiration for this article came out of a need to find some moisture-loving products and some basics to prep the skin. I was in desperate need of some star performers since my usual cleanser, exfoliator, serums and other moisturizing agents didn’t cut it anymore. But before I jump into the details I want to add another criteria into the mix, all products I chose had to be non-comedogenic (non-pore clogging) since I wanted to complement my Retin-A bedtime routine.
It’s worth mentioning; retinol has the not so great side effect of drying out your face out like a mo fo’. For those Retin-A virgins out there, You Really Should Be Using a Retinoid; a Manrepeller article explains Retin-A or Vitamin A:
“Retinoids promote cell turnover. Essentially, they exfoliate and build collagen (the stuff that keeps your skin firm). By exfoliating, they clear clogged pores and reduce the appearance of fine lines, according to the AAD. They also prevent wrinkles from forming; some studies have shown retinoids can even prevent skin cancer. Pretty amazing, right?”
Like a woman on a mission, I took off to find the perfect skin toppers. First up, I was referred to the Dr. Jart+ brand (a reco from a rep at Sephora – read more about that here). I decided to pick up the Dermaclear Micro Milk Peel. With AHA, BHA, PHA, and Squalene. I had thought this would be fantastic and gentle. Next, I decided to pick up the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream. It’s a rich cream with a soothing scent and a nice slip. What’s not to love? Finally, I stopped by the Miracle 10 spa, a local medi-spa, to test out their cleanser and toner. With a tagline like extraordinary skincare, I had to put it to the test to see what kind of results I could get.
Let’s start off with Miracle 10, a local brand (to me) from Canada. I have to say I was really surprised how much I like their Cleanser 1 (they have 2 formulas). It’s light and foams up like a dream. Aloe, vitamin e and citric acid are the main ingredients listed. I would use this either before a Retin-A treatment or if you have any oils you want to clear from the skin. I would not use it in the AM and PM because it could be potentially overly drying if you have anything other than oily skin. PH-correct, hydrating with vitamin c and e make it a solid choice.
The Miracle 10 toner was another story, in a nutshell I would not repurchase. Simply put, I didn’t find it life changing. I’m on the fence about witch hazel being one of the top ingredients in this products. I like that this is a alcohol-free, but witch hazel is equally drying and often irritating if used too much. There are other skin soothing properties included in this formula but I just didn’t feel there was enough bang for my buck. It’s a pass.
On to Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Milk Peel. This products has so many fans so I realize this revue probably won’t gain me any popularity points. In truth, I loved the results at first. As a test, I washed off the product after it dried to reveal the same dull looking skin and packed pores. To be fair, I think this product needs to be tested over a longer period than 2 weeks (used it x3 week) or you could chalk it up to a nice leave on treatment mask/primer. Either way, there are too many other powerful products for me to consider this one. Will I repurchase, that’s a no but I do have a sheet mask to report back on from this line.
Finally good o’l Charlotte Tilbury. Man do I love this cream. I fought with myself forever on this one. It’s really nice as a primer, it’s a feel good cream (good glowy pick me up on those shi*tty days). Unfortunately, I cannot ignore the good advice from the folks at beautypedia.com. The product is housed in a jar when it should be delivered in a pump/air tight mechanism. The jar allows the minimal antioxidants and yummy sh*t in this formula to escape and can introduce bacteria from your hands into your stache. For the price it’s a no-go but I would happily use it if I were to get it as a gift.
Let’s spend wisely ladies. After all, wouldn’t you rather treat your BFF to a liquid lunch or at least invest in something that gives us some good face?
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Sometimes I watch vlogs to get pointers on hot products, but this doesn’t usually lead me to star-performers for my age group.
I have different needs than those in their 20’s and 30’s. To add to the confusion, I find some A-list bloggers are hired to sell crap that needs a boost in shelf-lift. That being said, there are some reliable resources out there, but there’s also a lot of sugar coating going on. For example, I often see bloggers talk about mixing product A with product B, and it will work better. I don’t think that’s fair. It sets out the expectation that you’ll buy many products and in most cases, these items just clutter your makeup drawer.
Another word of caution, be on guard of cosmetics/skin care reps – especially in Sephora. These ladies are paid to sell hard. They use compliments, suggestions of product combining to save money (buy theses 3, and it will stretch the other more costly products) and stories of incredible results to help to achieve their overall sales targets. I found myself caught up in this situation recently. It was uncomfortable until I decided to go to the cash and offload the rejects without judging eyes.
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Sometimes I’ll visit Beautypedia.com, often their reviews can sway me in one direction or another but what it often comes down to is going by my gut. Let’s face it; you know what works for you, you know your budget, and you likely have some sources online that you can trust already – so use them!
Here’s a quick list of gut check items that will hopefully help you avoid buying one more sh*tty product to throw into the bucket of shame.
What’s the consistency like? Is it greasy, dry, thick, gummy? Ditch it if you hate it right away.
Is it highly fragranced? Ditch it because it will irritate your skin in the long run.
Is it a pain in the ass? Ditch it because nobody has time for that sh*t
Does it sort of meet what you were hoping for? Ditch it; there are too many other options
Does it rinse clean, feel good? Ditch it because you’ll never love it.
Give yourself a time frame to see results, check receipts on the return policy, so you’re not stuck with the clunker.
Let me know if I helped you make a solid decision in the comments.