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Saturday Morning Pre Workout Smoothie!

I make this blend in the morning, drink half before I workout and half after my workout.

Ingredients:

Plant Based Protein Powder (Whey/Dairy/Gluten/Soy free)

– I use Amazing Meal (Vanilla Chai and Chocolate Carmel are delicious!) but other options are Vega, Raw Protein, Plant Fusion

1 TBS Maca Powder

1 TBS Chia Seed

1TBS Coconut Oil

1 TBS Cocoa Powder

! TBS Flaxseed

Frozen Organic Raspberries

1 Banana

Handfull of Kale (Other option: Beet, Kale, Spinach, apple, lemon, ginger JUICE)

1 TSP Ginger

1 TSP Cinnamon

1 TSP Nutmeg

Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (Can use coconut milk, hazelnut milk cashew milk or water )

Blend or throw in your Vitamix and enjoy!

 

 

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It Was One Of Those Nights

…And I wanted a really good mask to put on my face, to sit in a really long bubble bath, maybe drink a little wine, light a few candles and chill out, you know, a beauty night.

I went to Ulta to find a nail polish; my toenails hadn’t had polish on them for two days.

2 words: Flintstone feet.  

If it weren’t for my caveman big toe, my feet would have a chance at looking cute.

Anyways.  After I spend a half hour looking at all the pretty color options between Essie, O.P.I., China glaze, and Zoya I finally found a spectacular mermaid color: Turned Up Turquoise by China Glaze.  I just wish they had more creative names sometimes.  What a great job to have.  “What do you do for a living?”  “Oh , I come up with nail polish names.”  FUN.

Now to find a mask and clearly I am on a budget.  As much as I want that Exuviance clay Masque I have raved about in the past I skip it because well I’m broke.  Of course, then I can’t figure out which one to get because I feel if I go too cheap it won’t be worth it at all and well I don’t want to spend more then $5 (sad, I know).

So, I check out.  I have my nail polish; at least my toes will finally be back to normal and not look so sick anymore. 

Fast forward to the evening, I am home alone and too lazy to spend so long in the bath tub (wtf?)  so I shower quickly try to give myself as best a foot scrub down as I can in the shower and hop out.  A rose petal and honey pedicure sounds good right about now. 

For some reason I start thinking of avocadoes.  Don’t judge me, I have 3 in the fridge and I’m leaving for vacation tomorrow, they are going to go bad 

I do need something to soften or brighten or whatever my feet because I hate feet in general and ugly feet make me dry heave. 

So I go into the kitchen and pull out those three avocadoes.  I take one, slice it in half and mash half of it in a bowl.  Hmm.  Well here’s my mask.  I go into the bathroom to test it out… on my face.  It doesn’t stick well, I mean its an awkward texture, there are chunks literally sliding off of my face.  I don’t get it. 

Back to the kitchen with Avocado “pulp” as they call it half way smeared on my face with bits attaching in awkward places I pull out the plain Greek yogurt that probably will never get eaten, why waste?

Add it to my mashed avocado. 

This creates a nice little paste that kind of looks promising.

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Yup, you know what happens next, I smear that shit all over my face.  It’s a little hard to control, getting in my hair, the sink, I mean I have to paint it on with my finger tips over the bowl I mixed it in so I don’t make a mess (just after the maid has come nonetheless). 

Okay, success.  It is on.   

Back to where this all started:  How am I going to get this on my feet and then get somewhere where I can wash it off.  Uhhh…

Bathtub it is.

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I am sitting on the edge of the bathtub with yogurt and avocado on my face and my feet texting my best friend Angela about what exactly is going on right now. 

The life of a DIY beauty adventurer.

Not only did this avocado and yogurt mixture save me a ton of cash it has so many benefits you wouldn’t even think of.

The Yogurt

  1. It revives dull skin locking in moisture leaving you with that dewy skin you see in the magazines.  The lactic acid in the yogurt which is a natural alpha hydroxy acid brightens your skins tone and firms it’s texture.
  2. The zinc in the yogurt also helps relieve the wrath of the sunburn and with summer coming up (hopefully you slather on the sunscreen) you might find this comes in handy.
  3. It fights acne with it’s antibacterial and antifungal properties!
  4. Yogurt can aid in fixing any age spots or discolorations you’ve accumulated, if you’re like me it’s melasma!
  5. The lactic acid can also help fight aging.  It’s an exfoliater getting rid of the dead skin cells and tightens your pores.

The Avocado

  1. It contains vitamin A which gets rid of the dead skin cells (like the yogurt) and also glutamine which cleans and protects your skin from free radicals and the daily life of environmental factors.
  2. The oils of this fruit are able to penetrate DEEP into the skins layers leaving you moisturized literally from the inside out stimulating the growth of skin cells improving the blood circulation in the area it touches.
  3. It contains many antioxidants that fight toxins (as we mentioned at #1) especially from make-up and other topical treatments
  4. Like the yogurt, avocadoes also aid in relieving sunburn!

 Other beauty masks to try:

Yogurt and lemon juice (fresh)- for discoloration

Avocado and honey- moisture

Avocado and 1 full egg hair mask- for shiny hair

  

XX

JB

 

 

 

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Breaking Out Again?!

Breaking out

I’m on this “beach bod” kick.

Most people who are into beauty on the outside are interested in what is happening on the inside, too.  Me?  I’m a health freak.  I’ve tried every lifestyle you can think of from being a vegan raw-foodist to the paleo diet; told you, freak.

Anyways, I am always browsing health information and holistic remedies to improve the body and keep it strong and healthy, because as I have said before (in my mermaid hair diet post) beauty really does start within, in other words what you put in your body and how it functions.

I came across a really interesting article today about skin and it’s number one issue: Acne.

The reason we humans get acne is because the body is telling us that something is wrong and of course embarrassing you to get your attention just seems like the most appropriate way to handle the situation; but the method works right?

So let’s talk food.  Most food today is genetically altered; loaded with steroids, antibiotics and pesticides; mixed with corn products (which seem to be in everything now a days) and matched up with vegetable oils and refined sugar.  All of this is for mass production and meant to be cost effective.  Why is there corn in my protein bar?

This is why organic, whole foods are your best bet when shopping.  Although possibly more expensive, the benefit from these foods are greater then any price tag you could put on them.

Back to skin.

Some foods that can cause acne are: Gluten, Dairy, Sugar, Vegetable Oils., Artificial Food Additives.

Let’s look a little bit closer.

Food Additives

Have you had a diet soda today, or this week for that matter?  Aspartame (which is an artificial food additive) is known to cause inflammation in the body (not to mention brain cancer).  Our bodies need to be in an alkaline environment to be healthy, which means our PH levels are above 7.  When our bodies drop below this alkaline state into an acidic state we are in danger for inflammation along with numerous other problems but in regards to this article- acne.

refined sugar

Do you have a sweet tooth?  Did you grab a candy bar as a meal replacement on your lunch break?  Sugar causes the production of the wonderful hormone that causes acne.  Check what is in your protein bar you grabbed from the store, how many grams of sugar are you actually eating?  That Vanilla Latte you grabbed from The Coffee Bean, oh yea, loaded with sugar.  Keeping your blood sugar levels in control and not bouncing all over the scale can help keep your acne in check and your cravings to a minimum.  And sorry boozers- that goes for alcohol too.

dairy

Along with your favorite flavored coffee, it’ usually married with dairy.  Whatever kind it may be, organic, fat free, reduced fat, whole: it’s not good.  That goes for yogurt too!  Cow milk is loaded with growth hormone- I mean it, is meant to make a baby calf twice it’s size, right?  Along with that, growth hormone has shown that it does aid in the production of acne when consumed.  It’s simple.  Ditch it.  There are plenty of alternatives out there if you want your probiotics and “milk” (just don’t reach for soy—eeek).

gluten free

I know this next one is part of the huge fad that is out there right now.  We are constantly seeing everywhere ‘Gluten Free Options’ and new gluten free menus at our favorite restaurants.   We will make it simple. When you think of gluten associate it with sugar because it has the same effects on your skin.  It causes inflammation in your digestive track, which in turns puts all that goop on your face.

Try to keep things like cereal, bread, pasta and flour out of your diet.  Eliminating this ingredient could eliminate your bumpy skin!

Go to the cupboard and pick out one of your favorite snacks. Look at the ingredients and tell me if you see canola oil or some other kind of vegetable oil in it.  Waiting…

vegetable oils

Ok, most likely it’s a yes.  These vegetable oils are closely related to trans fat and both cause inflammation.  Try sticking to olive oil or coconut oil.

Healthy Fats 2

On the positive side there are so many healthy, delicious foods that help create beautiful clear skin such as: avocados, walnuts, almonds, wild salmon, blueberries, raspberries and leafy greens like kale.  Creating a digestive track that is free from inflammation and healthy is a great start so stick to whole foods and eliminate the 5 ingredients you should stay away from!

Xx

JB

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I Caved.

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Every time I open up facebook or some other social networking site I see this “Cinnamon and Honey Cure’ bullshit.  Trying not to be tempted in reading about this new “fad”, I failed. 

I read. I researched. I caved.

SO I’M TRYING IT.

I started this morning and will hopefully continue to do it and see how it effects my bod and helps me on my journey towards my famous hashtag BeachBod (it’s everywhere #BeachBod on Instagram @akaJorjaBryn).  

The Concoction:

1:2 ratio (1 part cinnamon to 2 parts honey)

Start by boiling water and then adding it to a cup that already has your 1 part cinnamon in it.

Let steep for 30 minutes, allowing the water to cool.

Add your 2 parts honey to the cooled mixture.

Part 1:

ON AN EMPTY STOMACH right when you wake up (and 30 minutes before breakfast) drink have of the mixture you made.

Cover and put the remainder in the refrigerator.

Part 2:

Drink the second have of the mixture you made on an empty stomach right before you go to bed (hours after you have eaten dinner).

Supposedly this little mixture is suppose to detoxify your digestive tract, block the build up of fat, make you lose inches all while helping defend your body from disease. 

At least it tastes good.

xx

JB

 

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I Really Am A Mermaid

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A while back my best friend, Angela, sent me a text message that read:

“My hair is so thin and it makes me sad.”

For this reason, the inspiration of hair has forced me to write this post because, really, we all want perfect “mermaid hair”.

We all know the obvious of why hair gets damaged:  Sun, Over washing, coloring it, hot tools, even stepping outside in the city air.

But have you thought about your diet? No?  Well start.

If you’re living off of sugar, not getting your essential fatty and amino acids along with your antioxidants and vitamins, yeah, your mane is going to be fragile, brittle, thin and dull.  Nobody wants boring hair (and if you don’t care then stop reading… now).

Another case in point: You’re really busy, career oriented, have a family to take care of, only get 5 hours of sleep; STOP IT.

Not only does your tresses take a hit but so does your body.  Your hair is a reflection of your health and with the piles of stress being added, you could be losing piles of your hair; you need sleep and relaxation, period.

Stress can also create an imbalance in us females.

Male hormone=bad, female hormone=good.  Got it?

Stress can create an over production of testosterone, which is our hair enemy.  Progesterone and estrogen, they love helping your hair out.  Stress, illness, medication (including birth control) can all hinder how your mane decides to grow.

Okay so now that, that is out of the way, let’s get to the kick-ass healthy hair diet fix.

Try skipping getting your nutrition from little pills which can contain fillers and other things that don’t allow you to absorb all those good nutrients.  Fill your plate with wholesome delicious food (of course the occasional cheat day is necessary so don’t freak out).

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Mermaid Hair Diet ( #IReallyAmAMermaid//AKA The Brazilian Body Diet)

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3’s reduce inflammation and actually moisturize your skin.

Q: What is your scalp?

A: Part of your skin.

One of the signs that you are lacking this healthy fat is a dry scalp, thinning hair and brittle fingernails.  Yuck.

Good old Wild Caught Salmon and Organic: Avocado, Almonds, Flaxseed and Walnuts can help you with that problem.

Vitamins A & C

These little super powers help you produce the oil necessary to lubricate your hair.  Hello shiny locks!

Munch on Organic: Spinach, Swiss Chard, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Butternut Squash, Bell Peppers, Kale, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts and Strawberries.

Zinc

Zinc is a superhero, for your hair.  It stops your hair from falling out before it’s suppose to (awesome)!  Less cleaning of that brush and the bathroom floor? Yes, please!

Try Organic: Cashews, pecans and almonds.

Protein

Q: What is your hair made of?

Trick question, I know.

A: PROTEIN.

Yes, this bad boy makes up the building blocks of your hair, SO EAT IT.

High quality protein includes: Organic Free Range Chicken/Turkey, Organic Cage-Free Eggs, Organic Grass-Fed Beef can help you out.

Biotin and Vitamin B-12

Biotin is great for your mood, hair, skin AND nails.  This triple beauty threat (and single threat for your mind) helps prevent breakage while B-12 helps carry a little oxygen to your cells (including those in your hair follicles) allowing them to function properly.

Add Organic Free Range Eggs (the yolks more specifically) Organic Wild Fish, Organic: Nuts, Gluten-Free Oatmeal and Organic Free Range Poultry to your shopping list.

In a nutshell, if you experience hair loss, brittle hair, or other symptoms regarding your hair talk to your doctor about your medications, lighten up on the stress load, get some sleep and work with this Brazilian body diet!

Your printable shopping list (edit as you please!)

–       Organic Free Range Chicken

–       Organic Ground Grass-Fed Beef

–       Wild Salmon (with no added hormones or antibiotics)

–       Organic Cage-Free Eggs

–       Organic Raw Almonds

–       Organic Raw Cashews

–       Organic Spinach

–       Organic Kale

–       Organic Bell Peppers (The more colorful the better!)

–       Organic Avocado

–       Organic Tomatoes

–       Organic Broccolini

–       Organic Butternut Squash (It’s Fall!)

–       Organic Gluten-Free Oatmeal

–       Organic Almond Yogurt (Plain)

–       Organic Strawberries

Meal Ideas:

Breakfast

Organic gluten-free oatmeal mixed with your plain organic almond yogurt and flaxseed and add your strawberries on top.

*The plain almond yogurt has a lot of sweetness to it already, if you are feeling it’s a little dull add some organic raw honey in the mix.

Or

A vegetable hash with Organic Kale, Broccolini and Bell Peppers topped with an egg (or two) sunnyside up!  Jell-o yolks freak you out?  Take two egg whites1 and one full egg, whisk, and make a scramble! Top with a little avocado and your set.

Lunch

Grilled or Baked Organic Free Range Chicken (I like to marinate in Dijon mustard with Thyme, Rosemary, a little sea salt and pepper before grilling or baking!)

Over Spinach with sliced Organic Raw Almonds, Tomatoes and chopped carrots.

Grilled salmon (with lemon, onion, capers, and thyme) with Grilled Broccolini  on the side.  YUM.

Dinner

Organic Grass-Fed beef meatballs!  Add some chopped carrot, bell peppers and onion, salt and pepper, a little homemade tomato sauce if you like, thyme, basil and one full egg.  BOOM roll those babies into little balls and you have your meatballs!

Snacks:  Almond butter and a half of a banana, Kale chips (can also be used as a side for dinner) almond yogurt and berries (great as a desert!)

Okay there you go the Mermaid Hair Diet and your Brazilian Body Diet, and your look gorgeous whatever diet.  Ideas, Thoughts, even a damn shopping list.  NO MORE EXCUSES.

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JB

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