Wellness

Meditation

By on November 26, 2017

Yes, we’ve all heard its good for us but who can really sit still and shut their mind off? It’s actually not as hard as you think it is.

As I’m reading Tim Ferris’s book Tools of Titans it seems to be a recurring theme – they all take time to prepare for their days in different ways but most of them spend some time either meditating or journaling or simply sitting in silence each day.

Tony Robbins calls his morning routine “priming” because he’s getting himself prepped to have a good day. More on Tony Robbins later.

How can you really expect to have a good day if you roll of out bed, you’re running late, everything seems to go wrong trying to get to work on time? Isn’t that setting yourself up to have a bad day?

Start with 5 minutes. I have tried sitting still and meditating for 5 min mannnny times and barely lasted 2 min without looking at my timer.

But as I was reading Tools of Titan, one of his interviewees suggested this guided meditation, which is 25 minutes long (at first I thought yikes).

So I told myself I would start with 5 min of it. The first time I did it, I completed the whole 25 minutes with ease. Tara Brach has the most soothing voice ever but not to the point of wanting to fall asleep (I worry about this every time).

While this works for me, there are a few different ways to try meditation:
An app like Headspace, Calm, Mindfulness or Smiling Mind
A guided meditation like the one I mentioned above or other Tara Brach meditations you can find here or Sam Harris meditations, which you can find on Youtube or SoundCloud
Transcendental Meditation – basically it costs over $1000 to take a course, but a lot of wealthy/famous people swear by it – it’s essentially a mantra based meditation mantras but I’ve found the mantras you’re given in the class here but I’m still unsure what any of it means so I guess that’s the point of the course.
Or you can create your own mantra based meditation – you can use any word you want and repeat it to yourself, you can also practice phrases – a lot of people write down things they want to manifest or cultivate in their lives and recite this over and over again to themselves

As far as what I’ve gotten out it – my main goal has been to lower my anxiety levels. I’ve a very anxious person. Everyone these days says they get anxiety but there are people out there that actually have Generalized Anxiety Disorder, which is basically being constantly worried about day to day situations.

Here are some of the other benefits which are explained more in depth here:
Reduces stress
Improves concentration – clears your head
Encourages a health lifestyle
Increases self-awareness
Increases happiness
Increases acceptance
Slows aging (who wouldn’t want this?!)
Benefits cardiovascular and immune health

Call me crazy but I can tell on days that I have meditated that I’m generally calmer. I’m not as quick to panic about things. Whether, you have anxiety or not, sitting in silence is such a great way to start your day before all of the day to day chaos starts. Try it.

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Wellness

BulletProof Coffee

By on November 22, 2017

Alright, so here’s my full break down on Bulletproof Coffee.

After 2+ weeks of drinking it, I completely understand the hype. I have felt clearer, I don’t need more than one cup of a coffee a day and the cravings for bad food have been almost entirely suppressed.

The first day I drank it, it was like liquid adderall. Literally. I was CAFFEINATED. But gradually through the week I got used to it and haven’t felt the urge to get that second or third cup of coffee through the day. But why put this oil in your coffee? And with ghee?

I’m going to give you the gist of what Dave Asprey says Bulletproof is/does first (this info can be found here):

Suppressed hunger. Brain Octane Oil balances ghrelin, your hunger hormone, and CCK, your “fullness” hormone, keeping you full until lunch. You can read more about the science behind BP Coffee and hunger suppression here.
Steady lasting energy. The saturated fat in grass-fed butter slows the absorption of caffeine, which gives you even energy for several hours instead of a caffeine spike and crash. No jitters, either.
Mental clarity. Brain Octane rapidly converts to ketones, a type of molecule that your brain uses more efficiently than carbs or sugar. Pair ketones with the slowly releasing caffeine and you can literally feel your brain turning on.
Ditch the carb-heavy breakfast. Start your day with fat for fuel. You’ll be sharp and alert straight through until lunch. 

Once they get into the Brain Octane Oil explanation here it’s a lot of science-y jargon that your average person wouldn’t understand so here’s my summary:

Brain Octane Oil is made up of MCT’s, which are medium chain triglycerides. They are are a special class of fat. MCT’s turn into ketones and Brain Octane Oil is four times as effective as coconut oil at raising ketones.

Okay who cares about those? I’m sure some of you have heard of the ketosis diet, which is popular because being in a state of ketosis means your body is burning fat instead of carbs for the majority your energy.

Brain Octane Oil also helps:
Suppress hunger
Lose weight – boots your metabolism
Think faster – Brain Octane turns into ketones, which in turn provides your brain with almost immediate access to energy – no more brain fog
Work out harder – provides excellent pre workout fuel

Now that’s all from the BulletProof website, which is a whole diet itself and I honestly haven’t don’t enough research to have any opinion on it.

The way I work it in to my routine is not necessarily how you’re supposed to. While they say it’s great pre-workout fuel and it can replace breakfast, I’m too hungry to cut out breakfast when I’m working out religiously. Now I’m not saying I do it the right way, but I followed KGMTL, who has an amazing youtube channel that is so informative, and I drink it after my workout.

I get up, drink my warm lemon water and about a half a cup of regular coffee while I stretch. Then I go to the gym and have my bulletproof coffee when I come home. I know you’re supposed to have protein after the gym, or whatever that rule is, but this is what works for me. I have my coffee, I shower, get ready for work and then I have breakfast. I personally believe its best to not let yourself get to the point of starving or you’ll end up eating more so the coffee holds me over.

I don’t have any crash – yes at some point throughout the day I’m not as alert but thats at about 4-5 pm when I don’t really need to be. With regular coffee, I always felt some sort of crash through out the day.

Which brings me to the fact that my head is so much clearer. Brain fog is a real thing. Most people don’t realize they’re only functioning at like 20% most of the time. Plus, when I say I have ADHD, if you know me, I can’t say a sentence without getting distracted. On top of that, I deal with numbers all day long at work (Wolf of Wall Street “above the shoulders” crap if you will) and I have noticed that I’m able to glance at something and retain it longer and I don’t get as distracted throughout the day.

I know a lot of people are asking “why add the ghee, isn’t that butter?”  Ghee is clarified butter – basically the good form of butter. Fats don’t make you fat and grass fed ghee is not bad for you like butter. The fats are what will suppress those cravings you get midday for a snack. Good fats give you a boost in energy and cognitive function.

So if you want to try it for yourself, you can buy both products to make Bullet Proof Coffee here.

Personally, I think 4th & Heart has the best ghee for coffee, especially in their Vanilla Bean flavor. Also, I bought the smaller size of the Brain Octane Oil to try it out first, which you can find in the above link.

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Style

J.Crew Factory 48 Hour Sale

By on November 10, 2017

Hurry – it’s over tonight! I dug through it all so you don’t have to. A lot of are things I would buy for work but I also threw in some joggers because who doesn’t need those?

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Wellness

Bulletproof Brain Octane Oil

By on November 9, 2017

So this is going to be a really short post because I want to try Bulletproof coffee for a full week or two before I actually review it but because so many people texted me asking where I got it/how it worked I wanted to go ahead and share!

I got the Brain Octane Oil off Amazon of course. The way I’m drinking it with my coffee is here:

8-12 oz of coffee
1 tsp of Brain Octane Oil
1 tsp of Vanilla Bean Grass-Fed Ghee
Then I blend it all together – PS my Magic Bullet was only $40 here

The review I watched said that this coffee was liquid adderall. The first day it was absolutely comparable to it as far as focus and energy but with less side effects (I’m prescribed but don’t take it often). I typically drink 3 cups of coffee a day – 2 in the morning before work and 1 in the early afternoon. I drink one cup of this yesterday morning and didn’t feel the need to drink another cup all day. I’m going to go over all the benefits and why I’m adding ghee in my next post!

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Fitness

I Finally Tried ClassPass

By on October 31, 2017

So I’ve been thinking about doing ClassPass forever but the other day I saw an ad on Instagram that they had 4 classes for $4 so I couldn’t pass it up.

Last Saturday morning my sister and I went to the 9:30 am Power Flow class at Yoga One Dilworth. There is nothing that makes me sweat more than hot yoga and truly looses my muscles up. It seriously helps me relax too and God knows that’s hard for me to do.

This class was freaking amazing. The instructor and her assistant were so sweet. They give you a cold lavender towel at the end of the class and let me tell you, it smelled so freaking good. It was literally the icing on the cake for the class.

Then last Sunday morning I went to the 10:15 am Brunch class at Cycle Bar Midtown. The girls at the front greeted us right away and were super helpful getting us logged in and we even got a nice water bottle. The cycling room was dark, had the usual stadium seating and lighting. The girls were super helpful showing us how to adjust the bikes and get situated for the class. One of the main things I noticed is how cushioned the seat is and I know a lot of you feel me on this…

The class was difficult but I felt so good afterwards. And because it was “brunch,” you get a mimosa afterwards, I mean what could be better?

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Style

Rebecca Minkoff Sample Sale

By on October 27, 2017

Because its up to 75% off and you know you want another RM bag…

Here are my some of my favorites:

MAB Backpack // Panama Clutch in Putty // Avery Crossbody// Chevron Love Quilted Crossbody in Beet //
Swing Shoulder in Black // Chevron Quilted Jumbo Love Crossbody //
Moto Hobo in Grey // Midnight Large Satchel in Putty // Small Isobel Satchel in Soft Blush // Blair Tote in Mushroom // MAC Crossbody in Black // Unlined Hobo with Dome Studs in Graphite // Blecker Too Velvet Sneaker in Berry Smoothie // Side Zip Medium MAB Tote in Graphite 

Mini Avery in Poppy Red // Geo Quilted Love in Orchid // Mini Sofia Crossbody //
Avery in Opal // Unlined Convertible Hobo Whipstitch // Biker Crossbody in Neon Yellow //
Leo Clutch in Blk Emb // Love Crossbody with Whipstitch // Moto Hobo in Vintage Pink //
Geo Quilted Love Crossbody in Watermelon // Small Love Crossbody in Black // Jennifer Sandal in Acai 

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Beauty

How I Finally Got Control Of My Acne

By on October 25, 2017

Acne – the thing you’re not supposed to have at age 24. The thing no one likes to talk about but a lot of people have and you don’t even realize.

But I’ve had it since I was in high school and I’ve tried it all – spending thousands on dermatologists, creams, serums, face washes, and I’ve done a round of Accutane. And still have acne.

It has taken me a pathetically long time to realize that every single thing that touches your face makes a difference – externally and internally. I used to think it was all genes and just frankly having bad skin. Plus, it doesn’t help that I constantly touch my face. I love a good magnifying mirror (yuck).

I’ve used just about everything at the drug store – Neutrogena, Proactiv, Biore, Yes to Tomatoes, Burts Bees, Dermalogica, the list goes on. I’ve also used all the creams that dermatologists gave me – Adapalene, Retin-A (retinol), etc.

But it had really started getting bad in the past year and I decided to just take a step back and think about the basics and what even causes me to break out.

It has taken a good amount of time experimenting with things like my diet, which I will do a separate post on, and plenty of products.

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Beauty

The Best Dry Shampoo Out There

By on October 18, 2017

I have tried every brand of dry shampoo out there – all the drugstore brands, all the high-end brands and nothing beats Batiste.

It’s no wonder it was voted #1 best in the UK.

But I recently just tried a different flavor (yes I call them flavors instead of scents, types, etc.) called Fresh and I love it even more.

You know that smell when you leave the salon after having your hair done and it doesn’t even matter what product they used, it just smells amazing?

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Realness

Don’t Waste Your Twenties Thinking You Should Have it All Together

By on October 16, 2017

There’s so much pressure in your twenties to know exactly what you want to do and to figure out your life purpose and your passion and yada yada yada.

Every day I see more and more books and articles and PDF’s to download to help you figure out your life. I’m a sucker for it too.

But I think I’ve finally realized that it’s okay to not have it all figured out and to now know what exactly what I want to do. Don’t waste your twenties thinking you’re supposed to have it all together. 

At one point, I worked a job that was 100% commission and as much as it pushed me to be my best some days, it was also very difficult when things weren’t so busy. I, like a lot of people, view success in my career as a very high priority in my life.

But I’m slowly realizing as I spend more long days at the office that life isn’t about money or success. Who really cares what your job title is or the highest position you achieve in your career if you’re a slave to your unrelenting job? The definition of success is different for every single person.

Yes, we all need to make a living to pay our bills. But happiness can’t solely be placed on how much money you make or your title at your job. Your happiness should depend on the little things in life. It should be about enjoying time spent with your family and friends.

The bottom line is – it’s okay to feel lost. It’s okay to say “I’m unhappy” or “this isn’t what I want to do.” It’s okay to let it sit, take a step back and reevaluate and remember that it’s just a job.

It’s okay to realize that maybe you don’t want a 9 to 5 and that maybe you want to work a few part time jobs while you figure out what you do want to do. At any point in your twenties, or your life, you can decide that you want to do something else with your life and to change directions. That is okay.

I’ve done a lot of stuff in my life because I thought it was what I was supposed to do or it was the next logical step in life, and I’m sure a lot of other people have too, but it turns out it wasn’t necessarily what I wanted.

I don’t want to sound like I’m giving people a reason to be lazy in their twenties and then think that in their thirties or at some point down the toad, they’re going to magically have it together. A lot of people seem to take away from social media that overnight success is common. My point is that it takes most people some time to figure their lives out.

Your twenties are a time to learn and soak everything up to figure out what you are interested in. Read, explore, go out of your way to meet people who do things you’re interested in.

Just remember that you are living for you. No one else has to live with your life and your job and your decisions. So do what makes you happy, keep exploring and learning and remember to enjoy your life.

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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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