Natural Deodorant Rave

It is not easy to be healthy.  In fact, I find it very difficult to be healthy.  Every article I read tells me not to eat dairy, or meat, or soy, or too much fruit or coffee.  If I believed everything I read I would probably be eating nothing but kale and water, and I just can’t live like that.

There was one “healthy” aspect I really wanted to incorporate into my life though and that was a natural deodorant.

I’ve read a lot about traditional deodorants and antiperspirants, and none of it sounds good.  The aluminum in a lot of deodorants can enter the bloodstream and there have been a lot of studies that show a link between aluminum and breast cancer.  With so many other risks that we are exposed to every day, I thought this was an easy one to change.

However, it was not as easy as I thought.  I have tried quite a few natural deodorants with not so pleasant results.  I’m a bit of a sweaty gal and I had to first adjust to the use of using a deodorant and not an antiperspirant.

It is very natural for a body to sweat.  Yes, it can be embarrassing, but it is natural and essential for the body to sweat.  To clog the sweat glands with antiperspirant is preventing your body from cooling itself completely.

The next transition I had to make was to rid the pores in my armpits from years and years of antiperspirant build-up.  I did this by using a mask to complete an armpit detox.  I found the recipe and information for the armpit detox from  Organic Olivia.

Armpit Detox from Organic Olivia

I did this mask 3 nights in a row prior to trying out this new deodorant and I think it contributed to the success of it.  I also do it weekly to further assist in detoxing as I have been wearing chemical antiperspirant for over 20 years so there is plenty of detoxing to be done!

Finally, I tried this new natural deodorant and I am so happy to say:  it is AWESOME!

Kopari’s Coconut Deodorant has really met all of my needs in a natural deodorant.

Image from Koparibeauty.com
  • It is reasonably priced($14 is a lot for a deodorant, but is actually not bad in terms of natural deodorant.)
  • Can be bought in a store- Nordstrom’s or Sephora
  • It’s aluminum free
  • It’s not sticky
  • It is in stick form
  • It smells good
  • It keeps me not stinky!!

Now I’m going to be honest, after an hour-long kickboxing class I’m slightly smelly, but after burning 400 calories, I would be surprised if I wasn’t!  Other than that, I am more than pleased with this natural deodorant and will definitely be repurchasing!

 

Do you have any natural deodorant recommendations??

 

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Get Fit At Home!

I am not a gym person.  I have tried many, many times to be a gym person and it just doesn’t work.  I am truly one of those people who can be on a treadmill or eliptical and think that I’ve been on them for 20 minutes and it’s only been 6.   There have been several times I have attempted to create a circuit using some of the weight machines and/or free weights and that was also a disaster.

An aspect of the gym that I always did love and excel at was the classes.  I am someone who thrives in gym classes for several reasons: 1.  Someone was telling me what to do! I didn’t have to figure it out.  2.  Time flew! 3.  Due to it being a timed class I worked out for the entire duration of the class whether it was 45 or 60 minutes.  I would very rarely work out that long using traditional gym equipment out of pure boredom.

While I love me some classes at a gym, I don’t like paying for a gym.  I don’t even really like going to a gym because there’s just so many damn people there and the act of going to a gym is just too much effort for me (laziness I know).

It was this minor disdain for the gym that led me to discover dvds and Youtube workouts.  I am a huge fan of BeachBody programs and still use T25 and 21 Day Fix Workouts 2-3 days every week.  However, sometimes I want something new and different (and free) and that is where Youtube comes in!

If you have only used Youtube to watch funny animal videos or movie trailers, you have been missing out!  I am avid Youtube watcher and think that it is an amazing resource for information on really any topic.  However, for the area of workouts it truly is amazing!

I use Youtube workouts mainly on the weekend when I am not working out after school with one of my friends.  You can find a workout video for literally anything!  If you give your workout your all as if you were in a gym class, you can really burn some massive calories and see some great results!

Of course with any exercise, check with your doctor to ensure it’s something your body can can handle and then check out some of my favorite fitness Youtubers below!

 

Blogilates

Blogilates is definitely one of the first fitness Youtube channels I began following and I have doing her workouts for over 5 years now!  Cassie has an amazing array of videos covering cardio, healthy recipes, toning and TONS of amazing pilates videos which will work up a sweat!  Each month she also sends out a free workout calendar which includes effective ways to pair up the tons of videos she has for different areas of the body.  She is definitely one of my favorite and definitely one of the most inspiring and uplifting.

 

Superhero Fitness TV

If you want to absolutely smile and have a good time while working out, Keiara is your girl.  I love her workouts and have had quite a few of my friends join me while doing her workouts.  A lot of her videos are dance focused and they really help time to fly.  She somehow manages to sneak serious toning into every single dance video she makes and her personality is SO amazing that I just keep tuning in to see what she’s coming up with next.

 

Popsugar Fitness

 

Popsugar Fitness is a great channel for a variety of different workouts.  Popsugar hosts a lot of different fitness Youtubers or fitness instructors, so there is always a different face and a different workout.  This is great if you want to try something different in fitness each time you work out.

 

Love Sweat Fitness

 

Love Sweat Fitness is a great channel for toning videos and healthy recipes.  I like to make a mini playlist of some of her videos to do a circuit of them when I want to workout a specific body area.  Katie also creates weekly workout routines including her videos and exercises you can do at home or the gym.

 

Do you have a favorite way to workout at home or outside of the gym? I’m always looking for new ways!!

 

8 for 2018- 4 to drop, 4 to pick up

        I hope you enjoyed my last post on my top 17 obsessions of 2017.  Now that 2017 is officially going to be in our rear view mirror, it’s time to put all of our focus in 2018.  I’m usually one of those people who rolls their eyes ((HARD)) at people who use the term “New Year, New Me”, but now I think every day, every moment is a chance to turn oneself into their newest and best version.  You don’t have to wait until January 1st and if you do make January 1st your redo day and you “mess up” on January 3rd, than you have another moment to try to make it right.
          2018 is a very important year for me and a year that I am really focused on making a great one.  I want to get my crap eating under control, get my migraines at bay, get rid of my rosacea, tame my anxiety, improve my relationship with money and get in amazing shape for my wedding.
   In order to help me with all of these lofty goals for the next year, there are 4 “habits” I plan on dropping, and 4 “habits” I plan on picking up.  Think of these as my New Year’s Resolutions.

4 to drop

* My reliance on packaged snacks*

I was raised on junk food and continue to be a huge junk food eater.  It’s not good!  I have never met a Twinkie, a Reeses or a Keebler Elf product I didn’t like.  Even to this day when I get hungry at school I’m knocking on the snack closet  looking for Twinkies.  Even when I choose what I deem a healthy snack, it’s packaged.  Now granted, a Larabar is WAY healthier than a Twinkie,  but there’s no reason I can’t pack a baggie of berries with some cream to dip it in or some veggies and hummus.  I always lean towards convenience and ease, even though I have the time to do more and treat myself better.  This year I will not be relying on packaged snacks and instead only use it as a treat.

* Starting something and not seeing it through*

I can’t tell you how many exercise programs I’ve began or how many times I’ve started a posting schedule for my Younique business page and I do good for about a week and then totally slack off.  Since consistency is my word of 2018, there’s no more of this!  If I don’t think I can fully see something through, I’m not going to dive into it.  And if I do begin something,  I will do everything in my power to complete it to the best of my ability. 

* My Diet Coke habit once and for all!*

This is a hard one, a super tough one!  I love Diet Coke.  It is a total vice of mine.  I’ve definitely cut back in recent years.  I only have it at home if someone purchases it for me (which is rarely) and I usually only have it at work for lunch.  Being at one can a day for 4-5 days out of the week is a HUGE decrease.  Since I have been on Christmas vacation I have only had it once while I was out to lunch with a friend.  People have told me to have seltzer water as a replacement, but I don’t like seltzer, it just has to be a willpower thing to finally kick this bad habit.  

* Getting anxious over what I think people mean*

I never really thought of myself as an anxious person until the last 10 years or so.  Unfortunately, my anxiety has only gotten worse.  Usually it is only limited to typical high stress situations, air travel or large crowds, but sometimes I give myself anxiety by overanalyzing and overthinking situations about what people say to me.  No more of that.  If someone is going to say something, they will say it to me and I can deal with it then.  If not, I will not work myself into thinking something terrible.  

4 to pick up

*Green smoothies with healthy add ins*

I think green smoothies are a great way for me to get in a serving or two of fruits and vegetables.  Considering I am not a huge fruit and veggie eater, but am a big snacker I think this will help kill 2 birds, with 1 stone.  Also, thanks to my girl The Skinny Confidential, I now have a list of healthy add-ins to try in my smoothies including collagen, pearl powder, matcha, etc.

* Fresh and clean snacking*

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As mentioned above, my reliance on packaged snacks is going to be SO 2017.  2018 will be all about clean, unprocessed snacks.  It might mean a Larabar or 2 every now and then, but I am going to try to keep my snacking very Whole 30-like.  

* Time blocking post work hours*

There have been so many evenings where Nick and I are like , “where did the time go?”,  on a work night.  I find myself being so mentally exhausted after work that I give myself permission to just crash on the couch and surf Youtube for hours.  I want to use my time when I get home a lot more efficiently.  This will include making a lot more dinners ahead of time, blocking out time for blogging, school work and things I enjoy. 

* Reading more for pleasure*

Some of the books on my reading list


I love reading.  There is nothing better than diving into a good book.  However, I find myself wasting so much time after work that I don’t give myself the proper reading time I should and truly want to.  Just today I cancelled a few magazines that I just let pile up and no longer enjoy reading so I could dedicate more time to checking books off of my very long reading list.
So these are pretty much my 2018 resolutions.  
Do you have any resolutions this year??

Quick Tip Tuesday: Don’t Forget Your Vitamins!

      My friend Tanya is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to vitamins and supplements.  I got her advice a few months back on which vitamins to add to my non-existent regimen and purchased a cute pill organizer to organize them all for daily consumption.  And then I pretty much forgot about them.
    I found myself taking them maybe once or twice a week, because I needed to take them with food and I would always forget they were in my work bag!  If I was at home, I would completely forget about them until it was too late (am I the only one who can’t take vitamins close to bedtime as I get CRAZY dreams??).  I spent all this money on vitamins and I they were just hanging out in my cabinet!

   Finally, I found the perfect solution for me.  I packed my vitamins in my lunch bag!  Now, every time I take out my lunch at work my vitamins are right there and I take them ASAP.  Finally, my vitamin routine is on point!

Do you have a vitamin regimen?