• Beauty,  Health and Wellness

    Who Likes New Product Releases?

    I mentioned a couple of weeks ago about Rodan + Fields releasing a brand new product on October 1st. Here we are, just a few short days away from getting our hands on this amazing product! 

    I wanted to share with you a photo of Carla, who uses Reverse Lighting to help with pigmentation and in the above photo she is also using the newest product, Radiant Defense. I can’t get over how flawless her face looks. The pigmentation looks amazing, she has a dewy glow that isn’t oily looking, and I have to admit, she looks younger! She is absolutely beautiful in both pictures but the After photo really shows how well Radiant Defense gives you the perfect glow!

    There are six beautiful shades available. Shell, Beige, Sand, Golden, Almond and Espresso. Curious what your shade is? You can find out right from your computer screen here.

    Radiance Defense is not a BB Cream, or a CC Cream, or a foundation. It’s a Dermacosmetic. A tint that can be worn as the last step of your skincare routine and provides amazing benefits such as protection against the environment, as well as helping the skin with its own natural moisture barrier to protect against dry and stressed skin. It also has a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. 

    This product is perfect on those make-up free days when you still look “put together” and flawless yet without the weight of foundation.

    If you are ready to be part of the Glow Nation and want to be among the first to try Radiant Defense, comment below or send me a message!

  • Health and Wellness

    Is Intermittent Fasting Right For You?

    **I am not a medical professional. The following post is based on my personal experience and insight gained from wellness professionals.**

    Okay, now that we have the legal stuff out of the way, let’s get into what has become a controversial topic, Intermittent Fasting, or IF.

    I first heard of IF last year when I started my most favorite online bootcamp, FASTer Way To Fat Loss. I wasn’t quite sure what it was but quickly learned it was a method of “fasting” that I could absolutely do without any issues.

    There are many different ways someone can incorporate IF. For the purpose of this post, I’m going to share with you the FWTFL way. 

    You choose a window of 8 hours to eat and for 16 hours , you don’t eat.  I happened to choose to eat from Noon – 8:00 pm each day. I would stop eating at 8:00 pm and then eat again the next day beginning at Noon. This way worked well for me because I don’t enjoy eating too soon after waking up. I normally didn’t start to eat until 10:30 or 11:00 am anyway so by waiting 60-90 minutes, it wasn’t a big deal at all. I could see how it may be a problem for someone who is used to eating every morning at 7:00 or 8:00 and your body would need to adjust to the new eating times. 

    I’ve been IF’ing for well over a year and didn’t seem to have any issues at all. However, I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism and was advised to stop doing IF, at least for the time being. While I’m disappointed that I need to do that, I understand it’s for my long-term health, which I haven’t always been too concerned with.

    Let me stop to say something right now. Intermittent Fasting DID NOT cause me to have hypothyroidism. Poor dieting decisions and eating habits caused it. Lose weight fast tactics that were extremely unhealthy caused it. To be honest, IF may have kept my thyroid issues from being worse than they actually are. 

    Most healthy people should be fine with incorporating IF into their daily lifestyle or however they choose to do IF. There are many benefits to incorporate IF into you life. These include:

    Once my thyroid gets back into a normal state, which my healthcare professional believes will happen, I will go back to eating an IF lifestyle. I love it! 

    What about you? Have you tried Intermittent Fasting? Comment below and share your story.

  • Health and Wellness

    Why I enjoy Carb Cycling!

    I tried Keto. Okay. Full transparency. I’ve tried all the diets. ALL.THE.DIETS. And I tried Keto. I actually enjoyed eating 5 grams of carbs a day for the full two weeks I was on this plan of eating. But blood work that I had taken for a completely different reason that had nothing to do with my eating habits showed I had borderline hypothyroidism and was told to stop Keto. By a few health professionals. Because I didn’t want to take the word of one doctor. So….I stopped Keto. And joined my FASTer Way To Fat Loss group again. (I’ll write a completely different blog on why I left in the first place and why I returned).

    In my #FWTFL group, we do carb cycling on Monday and Tuesday’s. For those of you wondering what on earth carb cycling is, like I thought when I first heard of this, I’ll explain or rather I’ll let Healthline.com explain. 

    “Carb cycling is a dietary approach in which you alternate carb intake on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. It is commonly used to lose fat, maintain physical performance while dieting, or overcome a weight loss plateau.” In #FWTFL, we carb cycle two consecutive days a week to give our bodies a break from carb overload. We consume 50 grams of NET carbs or less per day. NET carbs are really easy to figure out. Take the total number of carbs and subtract the total number of fiber. For example: if something has 10 carbs and 2 grams of fiber, 10-2=8 net carbs.

    I actually love carb cycling because it helps keep those carbs in check. Remember when I said earlier that I loved Keto? Well I did. But it was for only two weeks. I don’t think I could personally have gone a lifetime eating that way. Don’t get me wrong. I know many people do. But there are just some days when I want all the carbs. I eat a healthy amount of carbs Wednesday-Sunday and take a break on Monday and Tuesday. My body feels great.

    Have you tried carb cycling? What do you think? Comment below and share your tips on how you make it work for you.