Beauty | Wellness

Why I’ll Never Wear Normal Deodorant Again

By on October 8, 2017

So I’ve been reading for a while about how horrible mainstream deodorant is for you. I’ve always heard that the aluminum in it is bad for you but I never really knew why so here’s what my research said:

“Aluminum salts—in the form of aluminum chloride, aluminum zirconium, aluminum chlorohydrate and aluminum hydroxybromide—prevent us from sweating when aluminum ions are drawn into the cells that line the sweat ducts, causing the cells to swell and squeezing the ducts closed so sweat cannot get out.” – Mother Earth Living

Aluminum is considered a neurotoxin linked to breast cancer and neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s. The link above explains how exactly. Now I’m not saying that aluminum is going to give you breast cancer or Alzheimer’s, but if we can avoid any risks associated to breast cancer, why not do so?

A lot of people seemed to go through a ton of trial and error finding a natural deodorant – there’s sticks, creams, and other weird methods like not wearing any at all at first (no thanks), but luckily the first one I tried worked perfectly.

So here’s the gist on Schmidt’s:

Helps neutralize odors naturally
Plant-based powders absorb wetness without use of aluminum
Scented with essential oils; no artificial fragrance
Free of aluminum, propylene glycol, paragons and phthalates – well Katie, wtf are those?

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Eats | Wellness

Cleanse Pt. 2

By on October 7, 2017
My lunch smoothie, snack juice, kombucha and morning smoothie

So here’s what I got out of this cleanse:

When I woke up the third day of the cleanse, I finally saw the flat stomach I was looking for – no more bloat. The first and second days I was feeling a little blah probably from my stomach getting used to all the liquid. But on the third day, I felt good.

My main goal in doing a cleanse is to just feel better, a little lighter and to reset. I don’t want to see that I’ve lost a magical 5 lbs or anything because Lord knows I’m going to gain that right back the day after.

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Eats | Wellness

Cleanse, Pt. 1

By on October 3, 2017

So I decided to do a cleanse this week. It just felt right.

I know, I know – diets don’t work, cleanses don’t work. But I don’t do cleanses to magically lose weight. Yes, I do feel lighter and maybe a little skinner after doing a cleanse but I’m well aware it isn’t permanent.

I do cleanses to reset. I also try to cut down on caffeine while I do these because I’m always somehow drinking more and more coffee.

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Fitness | Wellness

Back to Kayla’s BBG and some unfortunate news about working out

By on May 23, 2017

So I’ve been struggling to lose the lbs.

As much as I love a good booty workout, I’ve been noticing I am adding muscle but I’m not toning or getting lean like I want to. I’m just not yet at a point of wanting to maintain my weight – I need to shred.

But what I fail to realize is that EVERYTHING you do makes a difference and either helps or hurts your body. Every single thing.

In this video I came across the other day, they explain that while 100% of the “calories in” are up to you, only 30% of the “calories out” are in your control.

And we all know that with exercise, our appetites go up. I’m guilty of it all the time. After being at work for 30 minutes: “Damn, I’m super hungry this morning, I’m going to eat that bagel,” after I already ate breakfast at home.

And I think a lot of people share the same issue with me –  I really don’t eat all that bad, I just eat too much. Portion control has been my biggest weakness lately.

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Apple cider vinegar and all it’s magic

By on April 27, 2017

Every morning after the gym and before I eat breakfast, I work a shot/spoonful of apple cider vinegar (acv) into my routine.

I also read all the time about how a glass of warm lemon water in the morning is v good for you. And I know the benefits are real because it’s on the internet (I’m joking yall). But really there are many benefits to drinking warm lemon water in the AM, some of which are here. The main reasons I drink it are:

1. Increases detoxification by helping re-start digestive system after sleeping
2. Lemon has vitamin C which is good for the immune system and can potentially reduce stress (which this girl neeeds)
3. Your body breathes out one liter of water every night so you need to replenish

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