A great way to energize yourself before a work out is coffee.Â Coffee is a much better alternative then diet pills, energy pills or even energy drinks.Â The key to making this work is drinking the right amount of coffee with enough time toÂ work out before you start coming off your buzz.Â This could mean that Starbuck's is your new favorite work out buddy.
Want better, more hydrated skin? Well you may have to kick a few habits. Reducing the amount of caffeine you drink can help your skin dramatically. Jolt-causing beverages like soda, energy drinks, and coffee constrict your blood vessels, so less fluid flows through your skin â hence, dehydration. Iâm not saying you have to turn to a caffeine free diet, but limiting your intake will make a dramatic difference. You will have clearer, glowing skinâ¦ and less jitters.
This summer, just like every Sacramento summer, is going to be insanely hot!
And there is nothing worse than wearing a skirt and youâre sweating to the point that your thighs rub together and it starts to hurt.
Come onâ¦ just admit it, it happens.
So try Lanacane Anti-Chafing Gel. I canât believe it took so long for this product to come out. It starts out as a gel then feels like a powder on your skin.
You can get it at almost any drug store. Get it and youâll feel breezy all summer long.
If you are into Yoga but not into being shoeless at the gym, because it gives you the heebie jeebies, I found a pair of sandals designed just for Yoga that are eco friendly, and pretty inexpensive.
They are adjustable flip flops that have flexible toe separators that give you a comfortable fit and donât come off when you are in downward dog or any other Yoga pose I could never do.
You can find them at Gaiam.com and they are only like $30 bucks!
Itâs time to let your inner Zen diva shine and this is just one item that will help you get there.
I've got another little tip that will make a big difference in the weight loss department.Â We all know cardio is crucial in shedding pouns, but if you aren't doing weight training you are doing yourself a disservice.Â Light weight training, even once a week, will increase your metabolism in a big way.Â You don't have to do an insane amount of weight or worry that you are going to get huge.Â In fact, you don't even have to belong to a gym.Â Walk around the block with 3 pound weights.Â Or you could try using exercise bands for resistance.Â For some motivation and ideas you can go to Sparkpeople.com.Â It's a great first step to reaching you weight loss goals.
In my quest to be thinner I have found a great way to increase my metabolism, and it will work for you too. When you hit the treadmill, instead of just walking or running do both! Run three minutes, and walk three minutes. Do that on and off for about 30 minutes. You will be shocked at how quickly you will start shedding inches in your middle and around your hips. This hip tip will get you that much closer to your perfect bathing suit bod.
We are all in pursuit of a better butt, right? Well if you have been wondering if those new Reebok Easytones actually help your booty and legs, they totally do! They are a little pricey. For most styles, you should expect to pay around $100 but you canât put a price on a better butt, can you? So wear those short shorts this summer and before you know it, you will be known for your super cute, super toned derriere.
Trying to beat the hunger pains that arrive at 10 in the morning and two in the afternoon? Try cinnamon! Yep this sweet spice actually helps to regulate your blood sugar levels. Sprinkle some into your hot chocolate or tea, or mix it into plain yogurt or applesauce. The results are you wonât feel in a slump because you're hungry and you wonât be adding tons of extra calories to your meals either!
People who regularly pile their plates with fruits, veggies, nuts, whole grains, and fish are 30 percent less likely to become depressed than those who donât eat this kind of diet. The omegas in these foods improve blood vessel function and heighten mood. Not to mention they arenât high in trans fat so with a diet like this you will not only feel better but look better too!
When it comes to working out there is some etiquette involved, like the 30 minute rule. BUT what if you are training for something and need more than 30 minutes?
Avoid going at off peak times like early morning or after work. If you are training for a race try 30 minutes on a tread mill and spend your time other places like the elliptical or bike. And if you are the one that needs the equipment then you could try to tell the person you are waiting but the safer bet is to tell the person at the front desk and let them enforce the rules.
Because I am not a huge drinking fan here are some other green beverages you can consume that are super good and some are actually good for you. Kombucha multi-green, this actually will give you a slight buzz and itâs so good for you! Green tea, self-explanatory, and of course McDonaldâs shamrock shake! Yum! You can stick your diet, sobriety, or morals even on major drinking holidays!
When it comes to breakfast on the go, check out South Beach Bars.Â My favorite flavor is cinnamon raisen and they are seriously amazing.Â They count for one carb and one protein, that means 10 grams of protein in one of these little babies.Â I eat one in teh car on the way into work and I don't get hungry for 5 hours.Â Eat it with your coffee and it is delish.Â This is a delightful and smart way to start the day.
Ya know I just started using natural toothpasteâ¦at first I thought it was silly but then I started looking at the ingredients in regular toothpaste and there is some crazy chemicals in there.
So I picked up some natural toothpaste and it's actually really good! I mean if you eat organic or clean diet anyway then why not take that to something else you ingest every single dayâ¦your toothpaste.
Check out Burts Bees Natural Toothpaste no artificial dyes, flavors, or harsh ingredients!
Iâve talked about coconut water before but for the last month I have been drinking it everyday. A lot of celebs say it helps them after they work out and makes them feel rejuvenated; well I have to agree coconut water, not coconut milk, is amazing! Drinking it everyday instead of a soda has made my skin smoother and softer and keeps me energized and just feeling great! I canât say enough good things about coconut water; however, the taste does take a little getting used to, but just drink it ice cold and enjoy the benefits! I get mine wherever you buy your juice.
So itâs a couple days after Valentines day and what better to kick off any springs diets then to give yourself a little treat, right now V-day candy is super marked down like a dollar for a whole bag of dark chocolate kisses, (thatâs the kind thatâs good for you) Now before you get mad that I suggest you eat Hershey kisses-I am not telling you to eat the whole bag I am saying pop them in your freezer and eat three while you sip some wine tonightâ¦it will keep your diet on track and help curb that sweet tooth, annnnnnnnd you can do it for like a buck fifty!
How about a breakfast for 20 cents? Oh and it is delicious.
A new report came out that says oats are the best thing in the morning to get the most furl for the day. And I have to admit that I am not an oatmeal fan (something about the texture that just isnât tasty). But because it is good for me, I picked up a box of Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal from Trader Joeâs and itâs GREAT!!! It seriously tastes like an apple fritter. Itâs all natural flavored so you arenât chowing down on chemicals. Plus itâs filling and only $2 for a box of 10!
Yep 20 cents a day for breakfast. Aaaannnnnddd itâs good for you!
I have found a fantastic weight loss tool; itâs called Sensa!!!
Sensa are crystals that you sprinkle on your food. Hereâs how it works. When you eat, your smell and taste receptors tell your brain you are full and that itâs time to stop eating. Thatâs it. You donât feel jittery. It doesnât have a taste. It just makes you feel full. Go to trysensa.com to try it for free for a whole month. Itâs a great way to curb your cravings and get yourself back to your fighting weight.
If you are like me and are soooo bored with the elliptical, then I have an excellent way for you to shed some pounds...ZUMBA!
Zumba fuses rhythmic Latin music with easy to follow dance moves, you are constantly moving so you burn tons of calories and it's super-easy to find a class just go to ZUMBA.com. You will get toned and fit, while having tons of fun doing it!
You've seen everybody carrying around their tin water bottles, well here is what you might not know: they can actually rust without you knowing and then you end up drinking rust!
That's why a really great water bottle is Klean Kanteen, you can get them at REI or Whole Foods. They are always cute and are a great accessory for your new year weight loss plan!