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5 Simple Ways to Treat Your Mind + Body

Posted in Health
on August 15, 2016

BB82216_5 Simple Ways to Treat Your Mind + BodyYou’re having a rough day/week/month or year (cue Friends theme song) and you’re looking for an easy way to treat yourself and reset your mind and body to make you feel better. This can be easier said than done because you want to default to watching Netflix and lounging around on the couch. While this is okay is some situations (see tip 1) there are many things you can do to help your mind and body when you’re stressed or overwhelmed.

Leave a comment below telling me how YOU treat/reset your mind and body when you’re stressed.

1| Self-Care Power Hour

I’ve been trying to incorporate self-care into my weekly routine. When I need a break and need to treat myself, I set a timer for an hour and spend time doing things I love that help me to unwind. Most of the time this includes putting on a face mask, reading, writing in my journal, or stretching. Treat yourself to whatever will help you relax, and treat your mind and body.

2| Get Outside

I think my readers are sick of me talking about the benefits of going outside. Hear me out. I’m not even recommending you have to workout when you’re outside! It can be as simple as sitting in the park, or in your backyard. As long as you’re getting a little fresh air, you’re doing wonders for treating your mind and body—especially if you’ve been stressed out.

3| Declutter

I’ve been decluttering my closet hardcore for the past few months. Every few weeks, I’ll go through my clothes/shoes/accessories and pull items that no longer fit my style, or clothes I won’t wear again. I’m hoping to collect three bags to sell before taking a trip up to my local shop. This has done wonders for my mental health. A clean, organized space helps keep your mind in check.

4| More Water, Fruits & Veggies

It has been life-changing to simplify my diet. I only drink one cup of coffee each morning, and the rest of the day is water only. I also keep a simple diet consisting of mostly fruits, vegetables and rice. I’ve been happier and I feel incredibly healthier than before. I’m hoping to continue with a simple, healthy diet because it’s treating my body to be the healthiest it can be.

5| Breathe

When it doubt, breathe. Whenever you truly want to give your mind and body a treat and reset, take several deep breaths. If you can, try to meditate for at least five or 10 minutes a day. I’m not disciplined with this yet, but I’m working on meditating at least once a day to reset my mind, body and soul and give it a treat when I’m feeling stressed out.

How do you treat your mind and body when it needs a rest during a stressful week? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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Healthy summer treats!

Posted in Health
on July 17, 2015

Summer is a time where I’m looking to make easy treats that aren’t unhealthy. It can be difficult if you want to keep things fresh and satisfying, which is why I’m sharing three healthy summer treats you can make at home.

The “Doughnut” Bagel:

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Yes. I want to eat doughnuts just as much as you do. But for a healthy (and pretty) option, you can make a bagel that looks like a doughnut. Trust me, it’s Instagram worthy.

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You’ll need: 1 bagel thin (110 calories); 2 tablespoons of cream cheese (60 calories); food coloring and sprinkles. Mix one drop of food coloring with the cream cheese, spread onto the bagel and add some sprinkles. Yes, it’s that easy to make a pretty, low-calorie treat.

Banana “Ice Cream” Sandwiches:

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Ice cream sandwiches can be high in calories. Why not try a mini, frozen treat that’s under 350 calories? You can serve these to friends on a hot day by the pool, or keep them in the freezer on hand when you’re craving a sweet treat.

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You’ll need: 1/2 of a banana (55 calories); 2 tablespoons of peanut butter (190 calories) and 2 Hershey chocolate pieces (100 calories). Cut the banana into thin slices and spread the peanut butter on one slice. Top the banana “sandwich” with another slice. Melt Hershey pieces in microwave in three 15-second intervals. Dunk sandwich into chocolate. Freeze for about 15-20 minutes.

Fruit Pops:

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If you’re sick of having the same fruit salad every morning, it’s time to switch it up with a cool treat that is also sweet. With minimal calories, fruit pops are a fun way to spice up how you eat fruit (occasionally). You’ll enjoy this on a hot summer day.

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You’ll need: strawberries (25 calories), pineapple (40 calories) and two Hershey chocolate pieces (100 calories). Cut a few strawberries and pineapple pieces and put them on a toothpick. After you microwave the chocolate (same directions as above) drizzle it over the fruit. Leave them in the fridge for a cold treat with a sweet taste.

What treat do you want to try? Do you have any simple, healthy summer recipes you want to share? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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How to recover [from a bad day of eating]

Posted in Health
on July 3, 2015

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We’ve all been there. You have a few days where you eat perfectly: a variety of fruits, vegetables and lean protein with some necessary carbohydrates. No desserts, sugary drinks, or unhealthy snacks.

After a few days or weeks of eating healthy, you cave to temptation. You have a full-on eating binge. You ate three bowls of pasta, a dessert or two, multiple cups of coffee, some chips, and anything else your doctor wouldn’t recommend to eat.

First, it’s okay. Bad days happen. You’re not perfect and you shouldn’t expect perfection all the time. Mistakes are part of life and you can recover from this. Disclaimer: I want you to know it’s okay to give into cravings. Treating yourself with a chocolate bar is not the same as eating dessert for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Bad days and treats are two different things.

Although it’s okay to allow yourself cheat days or cheat meals, you don’t want it to ruin your healthy eating or healthy lifestyle altogether. You’ll add some bliss in your life knowing you’ve taken the steps you correct your bad day, and make sure you focus on tomorrow.

Don’t dwell on your mistakes:

As I’ve said before, we all make mistakes and that’s okay. Don’t let your one day of bad eating affect your upcoming days. Think of it as a lesson learned. Move on, and make sure you don’t dwell on it. It will only make you feel guilty and make you feel worse.

Find your bad periods & correct them:

Do you tend to crave carbs in the morning, or do you eat ice cream late at night? We have times of the day where we feel the urge to eat poorly or make bad eating decisions. Find when you’re most likely to give in and fix it. Schedule time to workout in the evening to stop late-night snacking, etc.

Plan for the next three days:

I say three days instead of one day because it’ll take 72 hours for your body to adjust from the bad eating and focus itself on eating healthy again. Once you make it over three days, the desire to eat dessert and salty foods will decrease. Eating healthy will come more natural.

Focus on hydration:

Sometimes, we think we are hungry when we are actually thirsty. That’s because we jump to eating when we are bored, tired, etc. If you struggle to hydrate throughout the day, set a timer or reminder on a post-it note on drinking a certain amount of water. It’ll help reach your suggested intake.

Set a goal and stick to it:

Do you want to eat more vegetables throughout the day, or focus on your workout routine more regularly? Whatever your goal is: set it, stick to it and make it happen. You are capable of anything and you will achieve your goals with determination and discipline.

How do you recover from bad eating days? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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My Morning Skin Care Routine

Posted in Beauty
on June 11, 2013

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Morning Everyone! Today I wanted to show you guys my morning skin care routine and give you guys a few tips on how to keep your skin clear throughout the summertime.

I believe simplicity is the number one rule when it comes to healthy skin. I never enjoyed using seven different serums on my face to keep it clear, or use multiple acne treatments at one time. This defeats the purpose of clear skin; adding several pounds of gunk to your face to make it glow will NOT keep your skin healthy.

That’s why I wanted to share my morning skin care routine; to show that clear, healthy skin can be achieved by using only necessary products. And, it’s nice if you’re on a budget because you will save money if you only have a few select items to buy. Another win-win situation.

When I wake up, I wash my face immediately because I hate the feeling of dirt and oil trapped in my skin. I have been using Cetaphil gentle skin Cleanser for over two years, and I can honestly say that it has kept my skin clear of acne. I use two pumps of the cleanser and wash my face thoroughly with cool water, not necessarily cold, but enough to wake you up in the morning. Next it’s important to pat your face dry with a towel. Never rub your face against a towel. This can irritate your skin and leave you with red blotches on on face.

Everyone has those select few items that they splurge on. I prefer to use drugstore makeup, but when it comes to my face, I am willing to spend the money if it is a quality product.

For example, my two luxury products are from Estee Lauder. First, I apply two pumps of the, Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher. This is a great product for minimizing pores. I always apply this before I apply my moisturizer because it’s a great base for my skin. My second Estee Lauder product is the, Day Wear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-Oxidant Cream. This daily moisturizer is great for my skin because it’s SPF 25 and also oil-free.

I have been using the same three products for my morning skin care routine for over two years, and I think that using two or three quality products on your skin is enough to maintain it.

If anyone is interested in seeing more “routine” posts (i.e makeup routine, getting ready routine, work routine, etc.) please let me know in the comments below!

Other Tips To Keep Your Skin Healthy:

  1. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially during the summer months.
  2. Get some vitamin D (a.k.a SUNLIGHT!)
  3. Stick to a simple, everyday skin care routine.
  4. Always remove makeup at night. This is my most important tip!
  5. Eat a clean, healthy diet filled with fresh foods.

I hope you all enjoyed this post. If you have other suggestions of future posts, don’t hesitate to let me know. Have an awesome Tuesday, everyone!