Month: May 2017

Wellness Wednesday: The Shady Business of Sunblock

With summer just around the corner and days in the sun becoming the norm, I thought it was an ideal time to give the skinny on sun protection. We’ve heard it everywhere, stay in the shade, wear a hat, sport sunglasses (even on overcast days), WEAR SUNSCREEN. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States according to consumerreports.com. That is scary especially when you consider how it can be preventable. Sunscreen is one of our biggest defenses against skin cancer and premature aging. But what if all the lotion you were slathering on before you left the house was not doing the job it set out to claim? How are you certain you know what really is inside the bottle? That is what consumer report set out to find when testing some of the top brand sunscreens on the market. Results were scary…sunscreens were fond to be diluted, claiming to have percentages that were not even close to the actual amount and filled with nasty ingredients that were doing more harm than …

Motivation Monday: Memorial Day

Today in the US we observe Memorial Day. Unless you are in a military family or have some other tie to the armed forces it can be difficult to get a glimpse into just how much sacrifice is made for us everyday. Because of this sacrifice we are able to enjoy days like today where we have the freedom to choose what we would like to do and feel safe doing it. Not everywhere in the world is like this and it can be easy to forget sometimes just how great we have it. We live in a country where there is little asked of us for what we receive in return. The selfless commitment the men and women make while serving our country to keep us protected (not only our rights but our lives as a whole) can never truly be repaid. However, we can offer gratitude by supporting organizations that help our armed forces and benefit the families and soldiers that do so much for us on a daily basis. I am going to …

Fit Friday: Refreshingly Fit Watermelon-Rita

Helllooooo Friday, it’s so great to see you. Was there a full moon this week? Not sure if it’s just me or if you felt it too but there were some interesting vibes this week. Anyway, I’m happy to see the weekend on the horizon where I’ll be celebrating my little sis turning 25! And all the festiveness long weekends bring. As an ode to this summer-like weather we’ve been having, I wanted to include a light and refreshing cocktail to enjoy this weekend that is not only festive but also MSF approved. When I think of summer gatherings (especially outdoors in the sun in) my mind goes to margaritas. The only thing worse than a warm watered-down cocktail in the heat is one filled with nasty ingredients that you can’t pronounce and a week’s worth of sugar. This watermelon margarita will not only be too tasty to leave sitting for any length of time, it has ZERO added sugar and only natural ingredients (tequila is from nature, right?). As you may know by now, I’m a …

Wellness Wednesday: Your New Favorite Baking Ingredient

Happy hump day friends! I hope you are enjoying your week and continuing to get things accomplished so you are closer to a care-free holiday weekend. I am concentrating on work and continuing to tackle my Pilates teacher training hours while also giving some of my attention to MSF projects, all exciting stuff I can’t wait to share! In the meantime, I want to talk about the ingredient highlighted this week on Wellness Wednesday. I’m always searching for interesting trends in the health and wellness space and this is one that fascinated me. There has been a lot done in the past with the coffee plant. Green coffee beans were found to be helpful with metabolism so you started seeing them in weight-loss products. Coffee grounds applied to the skin helped with circulation and reducing the appearance of cellulite (see more here) so they were included in lotions and scrubs, and now there are studies out that show the benefits of using coffee flour instead of the common varieties we are used to (oat, white, wheat, …

Motivation Monday: Long Weekend Prep

This is a busy week, probably for you as well because of the holiday weekend coming up. I LIVE for long weekends and I think a lot of it has to do with the productivity that comes with preparing for one less workday. No one wants a mess when they come back from a long weekend and having the carefree attitude to enjoy time with friends and family gives you extra incentive to tie up loose ends and walk away feeling less stressed. That being said, I want to keep this post short and simple so you can get on your merry way to do whatever you need to do to get after it this week. Thinking of all the warm weather clothing (and perhaps even bathing suits) we will be rocking this weekend, I wanted to include some posts relevant to getting us fit and ready. Today I am including a quick arm workout that you can do anywhere. Whether you are traveling for Memorial Day or crunched for time at home, this routine …

Fit Friday: MSF Kale-Basil Pesto

We are rounding third base, headed for the weekend and I am ready for a weekend of celebrations beginning with tonight at the Padres stadium where a dear friend of mine will be honored on the field. I can’t wait to watch some baseball with some of my favorites! It’s been a little while since I’ve done a YouTube video and even longer (maybe ever?) that I’ve shared a simply fit savory recipe so I decided to start with one of my favorites. Pesto. Tis the season for grilling, summer veggies and of course pizza-all perfect avenues for pesto! I chose to do a dairy-free version which is a little different than traditional pesto as it doesn’t involve cheese and I don’t stick to just basil, I add kale for a nutritional punch and rich green hue. By eliminating cheese I had to incorporate something that gives the same creaminess so I subbed pine nuts with cashews and it did the trick. I promise you will not miss any of the usual suspects and appreciate …

Wellness Wednesday: Pearl-tastic Beauty

No longer reserved for classic necklaces and earrings, pearls are being utilized in a variety of interesting ways. While the notion of using this remarkable ingredient is nothing new (most things are cyclical if you think about it) it has been a popular ingredient used in health and wellness products lately. You can find pearls on the ingredient list of powders, supplements, beauty products and more. So what is it about pearls that would make us want to ingest them and spread all over our faces? Well let’s first delve into where they come from. Pearls are formed inside oysters as some sort of defense mechanism. In a very simple explanation, when the oyster detects a foreign particle inside it’s shell it secretes the same nacre substance used to form it’s shell to cover the particle and over time this creates a pearl. Pearls contain beneficial minerals including calcium, amino acids, protein and much more, all things that contribute to healthy, youthful looking skin. So it’s no wonder we think skin care and beauty when …