the benefits of green tea

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The green tea diet

Hey!! I know I have been really bad with diet posts lately, and I’m sorry! I’ve been off track for so long and lost motivation due to school etc.

However! I’m not here to excuse myself. It’s time to talk about the green tea diet.

Because really, that’s some real stuff. Most of you I assume have already heard of all the great benefits green tea gives you, but if not, here’s a quick summary:

♦ It decreases your risk of getting several diseases, including cancer and HPV!

♦ It cleanses your body.

♦It can, in fact, make you smarter

♦ Slows down aging process! You’ll stay wrinkle free longer, haha

♦It boosts metabolism, therefore speeds up weight loss

Alright, sounds good eh? Green tea has pretty much unlimited health benefits but I’m going to tell you mainly about what it does as a weight loss helper.

First off: What is the green tea diet?
Simply, while on a diet you have to drink 2-5 cups a day of unsweetened green tea. Say, if you were to drink 5 cups a day, you drink one with or before breakfast, lunch, dinner, and 2 in-between meals.
This does not only speed up your metabolism, but it also makes you feel full for longer! And it will make you eat less during the current meal.

So, my personal experience:

I started drinking green tea a few weeks ago, one cup for breakfast and one right before bed. The cup i had with my breakfast actually made my appetite a lot lower. At lunch I didn’t crave anything other than say a small salad. I usually crave lots of fibre and sugar, lol.

The one before bed made me sleep a lot better. I felt so relaxed and refreshed, plus I was slimmer in the morning than usual! It’s true.

So to this day, I try to drink 2-3 cups a day, + I have something called a “detox day”. This works in the way that I have 5 cups of green tea in a day, and eat less than 500 cal that day. This is really great and I can actually feel what the green tea does to me. It sounds brutal, but it’s not bad. I choose to do it on a day where I’m not very active.

Green tea is great. But, there’s one thing you should be aware of; You’re stomach is going to growl, and you’ll go to the toilet a lot, and you’ll be filled with gas. Most likely. It doesn’t bother me too much but it’s not always that fun. It just shows that it really flushes out your toxins though, so it’s a good sign!

I personally definitely recommend green tea to play a huge role in your diet, because it’s crazily good, and it has so many benefits.

Questions? Don’t be afraid to give me an ask!

Weight Loss Tips

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We all want to lose a few pounds every now and then, so here are some weight loss tips that you can start!

  • Drink Water
    Every beauty guru’s and I can’t stress enough on how you should do this. Observational studies have shown that people who drink mostly water have up to a 9% (or 200 calories) lower calorie intake. Drinking water before a meal suppresses your appetite and it’s 100% calorie-free. If you find it too bland, try adding lemon or some mint to it

  • Lessen your intake of fast-foods and sweets!
    Honey, I’m not gonna say to completely stop eating them right away because that’s a hard thing to do and you will just break your streak of not eating because of how badly you’re craving for them, so I suggest you lessen your intake and you will just eventually just stop. Fast-foods contains about approximately 836 calories and they’ll make you feel so bloated afterwards. If that alone doesn’t encourage you to lessen your intake then girl, are you really trying? tsk.

  • Have multiple meals
    I believe having multiple small portion meals throughout the day is better than 3 big portions throughout because they will just make you hungrier, hence, eating more. yikes.

  • Eat breakfast
    Breakfast is very important, honey. Eating breakfast activates your thermogenesis (the production of heat in the body) and stimulates your metabolism. Missing breakfast has the tendency to make you overeat during lunch because of how hungry you are.

  • Exercise
    If you’re like me who’s very lazy when it comes to exercise, I suggest you not to force it. I don’t mean, just because you’re lazy you’re not gonna exercise anymore. What I mean is, start small. Don’t start doing those long-tiring exercises because they will just make you lazier and just lose the motivation (that happened to me! yikes) Start with stretching every morning, it will definitely wake you up! While waiting for the shower to heat up, you can do some squats. Slowly add exercises into your routine and everything will fall into place.

  • Walk/Run
    If exercising fails, walk. Nothing beats walking. Walking alone can help you lose about 450 calories. If you wanna spice it up, go for a run. Running will shed your fats and build muscles. 
  • Green Tea
    Green tea has lots of benefits! Green tea contains small amounts of caffeine, but it is also loaded with powerful antioxidants called catechins, which are also believed to work synergistically with the caffeine to enhance fat burning

  • Brush your teeth after dinner
    Many people recommend brushing your teeth and/or flossing right after dinner. Then you won’t be as tempted to have a late-night snack. Give it a try, maybe it works!
  • Honey with Lemon Water

It is believed that drinking the honey and lemon water mixture every morning on an empty stomach boosts metabolism which helps you lose weight. But this miracle drink does a lot more than speed up weight loss. It also helps you get a clear face and so much more! (this is recommended by me on a general basis because it works wonders!!)

  • Don’t “Diet”
    Diets are honestly good for short terms but not for long term. If anything, people who “diet” tend to gain more weight over time, and studies show that dieting is a consistent predictor of future weight gain. Instead of going on a diet, make it your goal to become a healthier, happier and fitter person. Focus on nourishing your body, instead of depriving it.
my affordable, cruelty-free skincare routine for sensitive, acne-prone skin

I have terrible skin. Maybe it’s the Celiac Disease, maybe it’s the PCOS, maybe I’m just unlucky… whatever the case, on bad days I look a lot like Deadpool without his mask. To top it off, my skin is extremely sensitive, especially on my face, and I’m allergic to benzoyl peroxide, which is the active ingredient in most acne treatments. (Luckily, I’ve gotten pretty good at covering my acne with makeup.) I’ve tried just about everything you can try for acne, from Neutrogena to Proactiv to a prescription cleanser my doctor gave me, and most of it just made my skin worse. Then, when I was just about ready to sell my soul or start bathing in virgin blood, I found these products. All of them are all-natural or mostly-natural, none of them are tested on animals, they’re all fairly cheap and available at most drugstores, and all of them WORK. My skin looks and feels amazing – for the first time in years, I don’t have any big spots or breakouts. 


First of all (and this is probably not what some of you want to hear, but it really is true), what you put into your body effects your health and appearance, especially your skin. Someone who eats a lot of greasy, artificially flavored, or highly processed food will almost always have worse skin than someone who eats a healthy, balanced diet. That’s just a fact of life. And there are always going to be a few people who just have ridiculously good genes, and can consume a family sized bag of Doritos and a two-liter of Dr. Pepper every day and still have perfect skin, as unfair as that might seem to the rest of us. 

My skin has gotten significantly better since I was diagnosed with PCOS (that’s Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and insulin resistance (which is often caused by PCOS and can lead to full-blown diabetes if not treated) last November. My doctor put me on a couple of medications to regulate my insulin and my hormones, and also suggested that I switch to a low-carb diet – both of those things have improved my skin a lot. If you have chronic or severe acne. especially if acne does not run in your family, talk to your doctor. Sometimes, skin conditions like acne can indicate a bigger, underlying health issue. If that’s the case (as it is with me), treating the underlying issue will often improve your skin.

Anyway, now that the PSA is out of the way, here are some things you can do to improve your skin from the inside out:

  • Take zinc supplements. (Just be sure to take them with food – taking zinc on an empty stomach can make you very nauseous.)
  • Take fish oil. (This one is a bit more expensive, but one bottle will last you almost a year, since you only have to take one a day.)
  • Drink green tea every day. I’ve talked about the benefits of different teas on this blog before, but green tea in particular has been proven to improve your skin over time if you drink at least one cup a day. My current favorites are Tazo’s Zen and Green Ginger blends, but Yogi’s Skin Detox blend is delicious and contains other herbs that are good for your skin. 
  • Avoid artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives in your food. 
  • Switch to a low-carb, or even paleo, diet. (This one is a pretty extreme solution, but if you decide to try it, just know that it’s actually normal for you to feel sore, tired, grumpy, and sick during the first two weeks eating low-carb. This is so common that it has a nickname – they call it “the carb flu.” Don’t let those first couple of weeks discourage you – you will feel much better once they’re over.) 


And if all of that sounds like way too much effort, don’t worry, because what you put on your skin makes a big difference, too. Here are the products that I use in my day-to-day skincare routine, in the order that I use them:

  1. Yes To Tomatoes Activated Charcoal Bar Soap - (Please note that, normally, using a bar soap on your face is a very, very bad idea. But this one is specially made to be gentle enough for it, even if you have extremely sensitive skin like mine.) I just rub it on my face, lather it up, (gently!) scrub a bit, and then rinse it off. It’s very convenient and easy. 
  2. Thayer’s Witch Hazel Toner, Original - (As you may have already learned the hard way, toners with alcohol in them can be damaging, so even if you don’t use this one, look for one that’s alcohol-free.) I pour it onto a cotton ball or cotton pad (or, in cases of emergency, a folded up paper towel) and swab my face with it. Again, pretty easy.
  3. Yes To Tomatoes Daily Balancing Moisturizer - (Part of the reason I love this product is because it smells really good – but it also works really well. My skin looked visibly clearer and less red after one use!) This is EVEN EASIER than the previous two steps. I just apply it immediately after toner, and use my fingertips to massage it into my face. 

Those are the three products that I use twice a day, every day, but if you want to really go all-out, here are a couple of others you can try:

  • Freeman Charcoal & Black Sugar Mask - (It looks like mud. It kinda feels like mud. But it also makes my skin feel smooth, soft, and buttery, and does a really good job of clearing up acne and redness.) You just smear it on your face, leave it on until it dries (I usually do 20-30 minutes), and then rinse it off. I like to use it immediately after washing my face with the bar soap, then after I wash it off I skip toner and go straight to moisturizer.
  • Lush Dark Angels Scrub/Cleanser - (Are you picking up on a theme yet? Turns out, charcoal is amazing for clearing up acne. I debated even putting this one on the list, because unlike all these other products, it is definitely not cheap, and you won’t find it at your local drugstore. Honestly, it does almost the exact same thing as the Freeman mask – which is $17 cheaper – but this one has a bit more of an exfoliation factor to it, and smells really nice.) I’m currently out of it (because it’s expensive and I’m a bit low on funds at the moment), but when I used it before I would pinch off a small amount, mix it with water to make a paste, and use it on my face instead of my normal cleanser. Then I’d skip toner and go ahead and moisturize. 
  • Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips - These are really handy if you have a lot of blackheads. You just wet your nose, smooth the strip down on it, wait for it to feel dry and stiff, and then rip it off. It is NOT painless, but it’s not as bad as waxing your legs or ripping off a band-aid. And it removes all of the gunk clogging your pores. My favorite part is looking at all of the nasty stuff left on the strip after you rip it off. It’s disgusting, but kinda fascinating. Glad all of that isn’t in my pores anymore. 


Those are all of the products I like to use on my face. All of them are cruelty-free, none of them give me an allergic reaction, and all of them help my skin a lot. 


Here are some extra tips for keeping your skin as soft, clear, and glowing as possible:

  • If you wear makeup, you might wanna invest in a primer to create a protective barrier between your foundation and your skin. I’m currently using e.l.f.’s Poreless Face Primer (which, btw is sold at Walmart for half of the price Amazon is asking).
  • Also, you should never, ever sleep with makeup on, or leave your makeup on overnight. It will damage your skin and make you break out, no matter how prone to acne your skin normally is. Even if you’re too tired to do your full skincare routine, at least swab your face down with a makeup remover wipe before you go to bed.
  • Look for makeup products that are labelled “non-comedogenic” and “hypoallergenic.” Usually, these products are the safest bet for people with sensitive skin.
  • Exercise has been linked to clearer skin. Even little things like walking your dog or ten minutes of yoga can make a difference.
  • Lack of sleep can and often does cause breakouts. I literally cannot stress how important getting enough sleep is, not just to your skin, but to your overall physical and mental health.
  • Don’t wash your face more than twice a day. Washing too often can cause your face to produce excess oil, which clogs your pores, which causes breakouts.
  • Do not exfoliate more than three times a week, and never exfoliate two days in a row. 
  • Using pore strips too often can be really bad for you. After using one on your face, wait at least 2-3 days before you use another.

And finally, remember that other people do not look at your skin as closely as you do. Most of the time, other people don’t think your acne is as bad as you do. Your friends don’t care if you have a huge pimple on your chin, or if your nose is covered in blackheads. And even if you follow all of the advice in this post, never miss a dose of vitamins, wash your face twice a day, every day, and use masks and special treatments several times a week, you might still have occasional small breakouts or redness. And that’s okay, because no one’s skin is always perfect. Having acne or bad skin doesn’t make you ugly, and investing time, effort, and money in treating your skin doesn’t make you vain. Do what makes you feel happy, comfortable, and confident. 

A Beginner's Guide to Detoxing

For tmphenomenon:

I was looking forward to writing this for you because I love seeing young, black people do things to better their overall health (so we can be fine and sexy forever and slay into eternity, Amen). ALSO, ‘CAUSE, YOU’RE FAM FOR LIFE!!!

Why people detox:

When we enjoy delicious ass shit from our affordable fast food restaurants, we are destroying our body. Most of the time, the food we eat has been fried, dyed, processed, “enriched,” packaged, repackaged, and distributed, so by the time it gets to us it’s not really even food, though it tastes fucking amazing. It really messes with our internal health and perspective, clouding our judgment and fucking up our life. The healthier you eat and drink in general, the more clarity you have.

To combat the nasties, your body needs mini-cleanses every now and then so your digestive system can properly eliminate the bad, allowing for the absorption of good vitamins and nutrients we actually need. This strengthens your immune system and cleanses the blood. It also helps to block certain negative creepy crawlies that try to infect our cells.

The body eliminates toxins via the kidneys, intestines, lungs, skin, and lymph nodes, but most of the time it’s using all of its energy to break down everything we eat. Therefore, the toxins just float around and wreck havoc because the body ain’t got time to kick them out.

Buckle, up! Here we go! 

BODY

Food + drinks:

1. Lots of liquids- this flushes out all the bad stuff. It’s good that you already drink lots of water, but we need to kick that up a notch with herbs that will help cleanse your liver and colon, bettering your overall digestive health. I, of course, being a ratchet hippie, recommend tea. 

 a) infuse water overnight (slices of cucumber or lemon in a bottle). See tumblr for the chart of when is best to drink water for the most benefits + recipes at bottom.

b) green tea or herbal tea, start off with green +honey then work your way up 

c) juice! -fresh, not-from-concentrate, not- bullshit into thinking it’s healthy

You don’t even need a juicer, honestly. pour some water in a blender and spinach in there. BOOM. juice.

2. Fresh fruits and veggies (it’s cheaper to do this in smoothie-form). Big bags of spinach, bananas, and whatever fruit you blended up in a cheap blender (I got my from Wal-Mart for $15 and found another one at Goodwill for 3).

3. Fiber: This will help your body get rid of the toxins easier. I recommend eating at least one of the following ever day: brown rice, sprouted bread (NOTHING “enriched,” that just means bleached to look pretty -__-), cabbage, broccoli, spirulina, chlorella, etc. Fruits and veggies have an ass of fiber, so if you’re already eating those, you’re good.*

*If you don’t want to do the actual work, I recommend Bolthouse farms green juices. They taste good, have no preservatives, and are like 2.35 for 8 servings at Aldi. If y'all don’t have Aldi, I’ll get you some. Also, a lot of people mix these with water to stretch them, but also to make sure your body isn’t overwhelmed.

4. Take some type of vitamin. When I was drunk I ranted about “eating the rainbow,” because different colors correspond to different essential nutrients we need to survive the human experience. These colors also correspond to the 7 chakras. If you’re eating right, it balances other aspects of your life as well. Most of the time ain’t nobody got money or time for that, so buy a cheap one-a-day multivitamin so you won’t shock your body during detox.

What do the colors of fruits and veggies mean? (pic via @catasana)

Blue/purple= high antioxidant + balance bood pressure

Green= remove toxins and carcinogens, also sources of vitamin K, folic acid, omega 3 fatty acids

Yellow= Lutein (good for eyes), healthy fats, pretty skin

Red= powerful antioxidants 

Orange= vitamins A +C

Tans/weird beiges–usually high fiber content

5. Healthy fats- Depending on how long you want to detox, you’ll need to reintroduce heavier foods into your diet, after mostly eating fruits, vegetables, seeds, etc., so you won’t shock your body when you eat a piece of pizza

Try: Salmon, avocados, walnuts, etc.

6. Simply substitute slowly (alliteration for that ass!) Going cold turkey will make you miserable. Instead of french fries, get sweet potato fries. Instead of ranch dressing, get Italian or something oil/vinegar based. Instead of iceberg lettuce (which is honestly trash, and I would slap the fuck out of anyone who tried to serve it to me), get romaine. 

1 month detox:

First week: just drink one green smoothie/drink/tea (or eat your fill of fruit) every morning and don’t change anything else. Soon your body will start to crave whatever is in your smoothie.

You can also alternate between a green smoothie, a scrambled egg on toast w/ avocado, or BOTH. Whatever else you want that’s not like… frosted flakes you can pretty much have. You just want you body to get into a routine. Avoid heavy, delicious foods like pancakes, pasta (anything wheat-based. we’re prepping your digestive system) and no candy +sugar.

Second week: Make your breakfast AND lunch “green.” Have a big ass salad or lots of vegetables with a side of sweet potatoes or something. NO CHEESE (feta/goat cheese is okay though–easier for body to digest and less allergenic). We’re not even supposed to have dairy products, because it doesn’t agree with our systems at all, plus it’s gross (but so delicious).

I tell non-vegetarians that it’s okay to have chicken and lighter choices, but stay away from beef and dairy products. Listen to your body. Once it’s detoxing, you’ll start to crave everything you DON’T need to have. Especially sugar. Pretty much any fast food we eat is jacked up on sucrose. 

The first 2-3 days you might feel super crappy because your body is ridding yourself of toxins, but  once you get past that you’ll have an unusual amount of energy.

Third week: If you made it past the cravings hurdle, up the ante. Have a green juice before bed as well as in the morning. Stick with your one green meal for lunch or dinner. It is important that you eat enough, otherwise you will feel weak. Plants and herbs give you a lot of energy but you need to EAT them and drink them. We feel full after eating a burger but lethargic the next day because we just poisoned our body. We feel awesome after having a big ole salad because we basically just ate direct sun energy.

Last week: Listen to your body. The first time I did any kind of detox, I was so eager to stick to a plan, but every plan doesn’t work for everybody. Your body will tell you what it needs and by this time you’ll know what it is you’re supposed to be eating and drinking. It takes 21 days to break a habit (I don’t know if this is true, but let’s go with that).

Also, your body might not need a full month, and it might need longer than a month. You can tell how you’re doing by your energy level, whether or not you had a detox reaction (the feeling crappy, almost flu-like), and if you’re shitting regularly. 

Common types of detoxes:

Some people detox for weight loss, health issues, or just want to give their bodies a break. From what I’ve experienced, here are the most popular types:

1) Strictly juicing/liquids: unfeasible for you because you’re on your feet all day or using your energy on snapchat. The longest I’ve seen someone do a juice cleanse is for 41 days, but usually they’re 3-5, just to give your body a break)

2) All green- basically, no animal products and not a lot of processed food. Plant-based/(80/20 raw/cooked) are common forms. If you eat pasta/fries/pizza, you make it yourself and know all the ingredients going into it. Be cheap and buy frozen fruits and vegetables and make stir fry. Whatever you want to learn how to make, check out organigasm’s instagram and I’ll send you the recipe. It doesn’t have to be flavorless and fucking boring to be healthy.

3) Paleo- Yes: Fruits, Vegetables, Seafood, Nuts & Seeds, Healthy Fats, Lean Meat. No: Dairy, Grains, Processed Food, Processed Sugar, Legumes, Starches, Alcohol. Honestly, I think this diet is a fad that comes up with different names every few decades. Seriously, a bunch of rich people use this to diet or have “healthy lifestyles,” but thousands upon thousands of families don’t have access to these types of foods. I digress.

MIND:

1. Set your intentions when you wake up in the morning. Example: “Today, will be fan-fucking-tastic,” or you can thank the creator or thank your body for helping you out with your shenanigans. Keep it to yourself, write it down, shout it out, whatever. You need to start your day with positive thoughts to ensure you have the willpower to make it. You will crave everything you DO NOT need.

2. Work-out at least 30 minutes a day, and if you can’t do that, try 3/7 times a week. Start somewhere. Dance it out when you get out of the shower, walk down the street at a fast pace–whatever, again, just get moving.

3. For strength of body and mind, I recommend yoga, and I hope your stubborn ass considers it (it also makes for fun sex, I’m just saying).

Here’s a link to good poses for detoxing: http://bodyunburdened.com/yoga-for-detox-10-poses-that-promote-cleansing/ + youtube and netflix have free videos FOR NOOBZ!#@

4. Before you go to bed, clear all the negative energy you can. I’m not gonna get into all the stuff, but like when you woke up, write it down, draw it out, etc.

Doing this throughout the detox will allow you to clear your mind and determine what works for you during this new journey!

5. Get enough sleep–This is a tough one, but while you’re sleeping your body does the most incredible things. Seriously, you will thank yourself. Even if you only get 4 hours of sleep, getting 15 extra minutes, then gradually increasing REALLY helps.

Final tips:

1. eat your biggest meal at lunchtime (your metabolism is peaking from about 12pm-8pm)

2. SLEEP. Seriously. Your body is healing you. Let it help.

3. I will help you meal prep, but frozen vegetables + canned beans, packaged nuts keep the costs of detoxing low. Also, farmer’s have good ass prices. Take a fine honey on a date to the farmer’s market and cook a sexy meal afterwards.

4. Try new things. Seriously. You can’t eat a cucumber and an apple every day and expect magic to happen. 

5. Don’t overcook anything. Leave that broccoli a little crunchy. Don’t kill the nutrients, bro.

6. cheat! allow yourself one day during the first two weeks to cheat on your detox, or whenever you fucking feel like. you deserve rounds… of krispy kreme donuts. TREAT. YO. SELF. 

7. Don’t count calories, or carbs, or whatever the fuck the newest pyramid says to do. 

Good Water Infusion Combos:

1. lemon/lime +mint + honey

2. strawberries, blueberries

3. pineapple + basil

4. grapefruit/orange

5. mango + peaches

6. apple+ cinnamon + honey 

Final thoughts: Really, once you get used to it, you’re always detoxing. Even drinking a cup of tea a day and still eating like shit is better than nothing.  Just be kind to yourself. It’s a process, and I’m still learning, but I get better every day. Good luck! I’m always here to help. 

Now, let’s go detox, y'all.

✌️

Random Self Care Tips

I was looking around on Tumblr for this stuff and didn’t find everything that I wanted, so I looked around on the internet and found some things.

1) Epsom Salt is actually really cool and useful for a lot of things. Two cups of Epsom Salt added to a bath eases stress and relaxes the body. Stress drains the body of magnesium and increases levels of adrenaline, so when Epsom Salt is dissolved in warm water, it’s absorbed by your skin and replenishes the amount of magnesium in your body.  The magnesium helps to produce serotonin, which elevates your mood and creates a feeling of calm and relaxation. You can also use Epsom Salt to:

Exfoliate dead skin: In the shower or bath, mix a handful of Epsom Salt with a tablespoon of bath/olive oil and rub all over your wet skin to exfoliate and soften, and then rinse thoroughly.  

Exfoliate your face: Mix a half-teaspoon of Epsom Salt with whatever you usually wash your face with. Gently massage into your skin and rinse with cold water.

Relieve pain and cramping: Warm Epsom Salt baths not only benefit your mood, but also alleviate tension headaches or soothe abdominal cramps.

Foot soak: Put a cup of Epsom Salt into 2-3 gallons of water. This is supposed to relax your feet and soothe soreness.

Itchy/sunburned skin : Dissolve a tablespoon of Epsom Salt in to ½ cup of water and cool it down. Then spray it on itchy/burned skin or apply it as a wet compress to help relieve itching.

2) As time consuming and annoying as shaving can be, sometimes it can feel really good to just have really soft legs. I’m awful about remembering to shave, so I made this list of tips so when I actually do shave, I can make it count. 

Use conditioner for shaving cream/gel: I’ve been doing this for over a year now and I love it because it softens and smooths your skin. I use hypoallergenic shampoo because I’m allergic to non-hypoallergenic stuff, so it doesn’t irritate my skin when I’m rubbing it on my legs. I personally really like the coconut conditioner by Organix (which is evidently popular) because it’s generally really cheap, it comes in a big bottle, and it’s really good quality stuff. 

Shave downwards, then upwards: Okay, yeah, I get that this kind of sucks because it takes a long time and I honestly don’t feel like shaving with the grain doesn’t do much, but it’s a really good way to make sure you don’t get razor burn and it’s super good for sensitive skin. So, take the ten extra minutes and just shave your legs both ways, it might be worth it. 

Don’t be afraid to try men’s shaving stuff: I started using a razor made for men on my legs like, last week, and I think it’s better than the razor I bought to actually shave my legs. Also, these razors are cheaper than the ones I was buying. They don’t come in pink like my old razors, but it’s still worth it because the shave is better, and I’m saving a few extra bucks. Who knows what other men’s products work better than women’s?

Rub down with Baby Oil first: This makes the hair AND your legs softer, making the shave easier and leaving your skin softer. I would suggest rinsing it off your legs before shaving, and then applying shaving cream/gel/conditioner/what have you. I’ve heard of shaving your legs with baby oil, but personally I did not like it because the shave didn’t feel as close as it does with conditioner and I had to rinse my razor a lot while doing it because it made the blades super oily. 

Rubbing Alcohol or Witch Hazel: You can dab this on after shaving to kill bacteria and help pores close. It may burn a little bit if you have some little cuts but it goes away pretty quickly.

Use Unscented Deodorant: This is evidently good for after shaving your vag. I don’t know, man, but it might be worth a shot, so liberally apply to prevent razor burn or chafing. Make sure this is not scented deodorant. Please be careful, and make sure you aren’t like, putting this IN your vagina because that’s probably painful and not beneficial at all. 

Apply Aloe Vera: So this firstly makes your legs smoother, and then it also helps cool down redness or razor burn.

Also, fun fact: Egyptians shaved their eyebrows to mourn their cats. For real.

Please note: You do not have to shave. Don’t let the media and other people influence what your ideal hair situation should be. Your body hair is nothing to be ashamed of. Figure out what is right for you.

3) Baths are amazing. They improve blood circulation, help release toxins, lower blood pressure, clean skin, reduce headaches, help cure colds, lower anxiety, and a bunch of other really cool awesome stuff that explain why we should be taking baths, like, at least every two weeks, even just for twenty minutes. As amazing as a plain bath is, here are some things you can add to a bath to help relax your muscles and relax your mind. 

Green Tea Bath Recipe: Drop 5-10 green tea bags in the bath while it’s filling. 

Benefits of a Green Tea Bath: The minerals in green tea are well known for their powerful anti-aging benefits, which will replenish & restore balance to your skin. Green tea also has natural antioxidants, which aid in detoxing your body from natural pollutants.

Honey Bath Recipe: Pour one cup of honey into your bath while it’s filling. 

Benefits of a Honey Bath: Adding honey to your bath will moisturize, soften and sooth dry skin. The natural antioxidant properties in honey will help detox your body while you soak.

Olive Oil Bath Recipe: Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil to your bath while it fills.

Benefits of an Olive Oil Bath: When mixed with water, olive oil has the ability to soak deep into your tissues and rejuvenate them. Olive oil baths aid in building a stronger immunity to viral and bacterial infections. Olive oil will help maintain the collagen in your skin, keeping skin looking supple for longer. This reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Lemon Bath Recipe: Squeeze and drop 5-6 lemons into your running bath. If you don’t have lemons, ¾ cup of bottled lemon juice will work just as well. 

Benefits of a Lemon Bath: Lemon baths are especially refreshing in hot weather. The healing agents in lemons will refresh and revive tired skin. Lemons will also cool the skin, and help tighten pores.

Ginger Bath Recipe: Add one tablespoon of fresh, chopped ginger to your running bath. 

Benefits of a Ginger Bath: Bathing in a bath of ginger will ease sore muscles, eliminate toxins from the body. The natural anti bacterial properties in ginger will help sweat out colds, flues, and congestion.  Adding ginger to your bath on a cool day will raise the temperature of your skin and make you feel warm and toasty.

Baking Soda Bath Recipe: Add 4-5 tablespoons of baking soda to your  bath. 

Benefits of a Baking Soda Bath: Baking soda acts as a gentle, soothing agent which will sooth & calm irritated skin. 

4) Baking Soda is really awesome and doesn’t get used half as much as it should be. It’s generally always kept in the kitchen, which is pretty dumb, because it’s really beneficial for skin and hair, too. So, here you go, some uses for Baking Soda that aren’t for the kitchen:

Washing Hair: You can add volume to your hair just by mixing a quarter size of baking soda to your daily dollop of shampoo. The baking soda will help remove impurities, leaving your hair lighter and full of volume.

Teeth Whitener: It tastes pretty bad, but once a week/month/whatever works for you, try wetting your toothbrush, sticking it in baking soda, and brushing your teeth. Again, this tastes gross, but it cleans and whitens your teeth really well. 

Face Scrub: Add a tablespoon of baking soda to your usual facial cleanser and form a paste. Massage into your skin in circular motions to help exfoliate and leave skin feeling soft.

Foot Wash: Mix two to three tablespoons of baking soda with water for a soothing foot soak. Soak for 20 minutes. Then, scrub your feet with a paste of baking soda and water to help exfoliate rough spots.

So, there you go! Some interesting information and some cool new things to try out. Do whatever works for you, and just make sure you’re taking care of yourself to stay healthy and happy. Xoxo

60 Day Weight Loss Challenge

Going to be doing this because why not?

Day one: How tall are you, what do you currently weigh, and what do you hope to weigh after the 60 days? (Be realistic).
Day two: What is your MAIN reason for wanting to lose weight? (Be honest.)
Day three: Do you count calories? What is your daily calorie goal/allowance?
Day four: Do you work out? How many times a week?
Day five: Is there any specific event you want to lose the weight for?
Day six: Have you ever been overweight or underweight?
Day seven: Do your friends and family know you are trying to lose weight?

Week Two!
Weekly challenge: Get organised! Try to plan tomorrow’s meal the night before.

Day eight: Name 5 things you like about your body (you can do it) and the one body part you’d like to change the most.
Day nine: What is your favourite food, healthy or unhealthy.
Day ten: Do you eat breakfast? What do you usually have?
Day eleven: What are your family’s eating habits like?
Day twelve: What are your friend’s eating habits like?
Day thirteen: Is your diet ever negatively influenced by your friends? Do they pressure/tempt you to eat unhealthy food?
Day fourteen: Do you ever allow yourself a “rest day” from exercise or a “cheat day” from your diet?

Week three!
Weekly challenge: Add an extra 30 minutes to each work out this week, or if you weren’t going to work out at all one day, work out for 30 minutes!

Day fifteen: What is your favourite kind of exercise?
Day sixteen: Have you ever missed a work out just because you couldn’t be bothered?
Day seventeen: Have you ever been called fat? Or skinny?
Day eighteen: Do you have to eat any meals with your family? Are they for or against your diet?
Day nineteen: Have you ever lied to avoid eating something?
Day twenty: Do you binge? How often and what triggers it?
Day twenty-one: Do you listen to music when you work out?

Week four!
Weekly challenge: Switch up your diet. Try one fruit and one vegetable you’ve never tried before, and learn how to cook a new healthy meal.

Day twenty-two: Are you generally smaller or larger than your friends?
Day twenty-three: Do you feel that your weight holds you back socially?
Day twenty-four: Is losing weight one of your top priorities in life?
Day twenty-five: Do you ever eat fast food?
Day twenty-six: Do you drink alcohol? What do you generally drink?
Day twenty-seven: Does shark week make you hungrier than usual, and do you allow yourself to eat more at this time of the month?
Day twenty-eight: Are there any foods or drinks that you have completely banned yourself from consuming, or do you believe in everything in moderation?

Week five!
Weekly challenge: Go and buy yourself a nice item of clothing one size too small, hang it somewhere visible. Think about how good it will feel when you can fit it!

Day twenty-nine: What is your current weight? Have you lost, gained, or maintained your weight since day one?
Day thirty: Do you have rewards for reaching goal weight? What are they?
Day thirty-one: What are your favourite healthy snacks?
Day thirty-two: What is your weakness/one food you just can’t say no to?
Day thirty-three: Will you continue to count calories once you reach your ultimate goal weight?
Day thirty-four: Will you continue with the same exercise routine once you reach your ultimate goal weight?
Day thirty-five: Do you mainly do cardio, strength training, or both?

Week six!
Weekly challenge: Focus on one area of your body (eg. Arms/abs) and work hard on it every day of the week, I bet you’ll see a difference after 7 days!

Day thirty-six: What’s one item of clothing you’d like to wear after losing weight?
Day thirty-seven: What do you wear when you go swimming/to the beach?
Day thirty-eight: What do you generally order if you have to eat out at a restaurant?
Day thirty-nine: What has been the hardest thing you’ve had to give up?
Day forty: Have you gained weight at any point of your journey? How did this effect you?
Day forty-one: Do you drink tea or coffee?
Day forty-two: What is the meaning of life? Just kidding. If you feel happy with the way your body looks before you reach your ultimate goal weight, will you continue to try and lose weight, or will you aim to maintain?

Week 7!
Weekly challenge: Aim to have a completely “clean food” week, avoid all processed food!

Day forty-three: Apart from weight loss, have you noticed any other benefits from your healthy diet?
Day forty-four: Do you drink green tea? (If you don’t you should. Seriously.)
Day forty-five: Who is your main inspiration to lose weight? Not a celebrity, someone from real life.
Day forty-six: Do you have a favourite motivational quote?
Day forty-seven: Have you ever come close to giving up? What made you change your mind?
Day forty-eight: Did you start losing weight before making your blog?
Day forty-nine: What’s the stupidest thing you’ve done in an attempt to lose weight?

Week 8!
Weekly challenge: Treat yourself. You’ve come so far already! Even if you haven’t lost any weight, you deserve to treat yourself for not giving up. Paint your nails, go shopping, go to a movie, get your hair done, anything that makes you feel good about yourself!

Day fifty: What’s the most calories you’ve consumed in one day? Why?
Day fifty-one: What’s the least calories you’ve consumed in one day? Why?
Day fifty-three: What’s something you’ve done to make yourself proud?
Day fifty-four: Can you see any noticeable changes in your body?
Day fifty-five: Do you believe this is a lifestyle change, and you will be able to continue with a healthy, active lifestyle for the rest of your life?
Day fifty-six: What have you enjoyed most about your weight loss journey?
Day fifty-seven: What is your current weight? Have you lost any weight since day one?

Redbush (Rooibos) Tea, a quick overview and 6 of it’s health benefits!

This tea is a great alternative to Green tea if it is not to your taste, and in many ways can be even better for you!

It is a herbal tea which has been enjoyed in Southern Africa for generations, most commonly grown in a small mountain range in the Western Cape province of South Africa. 

It can be enjoyed on it’s own or you can add different milks or sweeteners to it to taste. My favorite is a splash of Soya milk and half a teaspoon of honey if I want a healthier tea that tastes almost identical to English Breakfast Tea or if I have a cold/sore throat I love to add a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

Also it has no caffeine and less tannins than Black & Green tea so it is great for people who struggle with that.

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Okay here goes the health benefits:

  • 1. Antioxidants. This tea is absolutely loaded with antioxidants, having an incredible 50 more than Green tea. This makes it extremely powerful at maintaining overall health and reducing cell damage. This in turn makes it very effective at reducing the risk of developing cancerous cells in the body. This tea is a reliable defense against notorious free radicals
  • 2. Vitamin C and Minerals.  It contains Vitamin C, calcium, iron, potassium, copper, fluoride, manganese, magnesium, zinc and alpha hydroxy acid. This makes it a very effective way to help take in all the nutrients your body needs to perform optimally, this boosts over all health and will help keep various issues at bay such as joint pain, premature aging, muscular issues, common infections such as the cold and many other general complaints.
  • 3. Digestive Tract. It helps digestion run smoothly so it is great for people with IBS or regular Bowell complaints, it also reduces stomach cramps. Drinking the tea 45-30 minutes before a meal will ensure the Antispasmodic effects are working on the gut during the meals digestion period to help keep it from triggering cramps.
  • 4. Great for Asthma sufferers. The tea helps to open the airways in the lungs to increase airflow and thus oxygen intake. Regular drinking of the tea can help keep many asthmatic symptoms and potential reactions at bay.                                                                                                            - I personally have had asthma since birth and I had been stuck on a steroid for 10 years due to near constant asthma attacks. A combination of diet change and this tea has allowed me to come off of it and my asthma nurse agreed that it has helped many people. I now very rarely get asthma complaints.
  • 5. Anti-inflammatory. The polyphenols in the tea help to reduce overall inflammation which can reduce pains and discomfort. It also helps to ease Hypertension and Arthritis symptoms. The Polyphenols also give it strong anti-viral properties helping to aid the immune system in fighting off diseases like the Flu. 
  • 6. Blood sugar balancing.  Aspalathin is an antioxidant found in the tea that helps to balance blood sugar levels in the body, making it helpful for people with Diabetes or frequent blood sugar spikes.

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To summarize, this tea is a great alternative to others and has many health tonic effects if drunken regularly, if you want to add something to your diet that puts in lots of good stuff and little to no bad stuff then it is a great option.

Due to it’s lack of caffeine it can be drunken very regularly with no problems such as insomnia, nervous tension, addiction or other potential side effects of caffeine.

There are many other potential health benefits locked in this tea and many are being investigated, It has been shown to help in the treatment of HIV and can help protect the brain from age related deterioration.

To get all the benefits I recommend drinking it with each meal and before bed. For those of you who suffer with morning inflammation it might be particularly helpful in the morning.


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Green tea is made from the Camellia sinensis plant & prepared by steaming & pan-frying the leaves, then drying them. Other teas such as black and oolong tea involve processes in which the leaves are fermented (black tea) or partially fermented (oolong tea).

Green tea is taken to improve mental alertness and thinking. It’s taken for depression, non-alcoholic fatty liver, inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis/Crohn’s), weight los, and to treat stomach disorders, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches & bone loss (osteoporosis). Some people drink it to prevent cancers, incl. breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, gastric cancer, lung cancer, liver cancer, leukemia, and skin cancer related to sun exposure. Some women use it to fight human papilloma virus (HPV), which can cause genital warts, the growth of abnormal cells in the cervix (cervical dysplasia) & cervical cancer.

Green tea is also taken for for Parkinson’s disease, diseases of the heart & blood vessels, diabetes, low blood pressure, chronic fatigue syndrome, dental cavities, kidney stones & skin damage.

Instead of drinking it, people apply green tea bags to their skin to soothe sunburn or to decrease puffiness under the eyes, as a compress for tired eyes or headache, and to stop gums from bleeding after a tooth is pulled. A green tea footbath is used for athlete’s foot. Some people gargle with it against colds and flu. Green tea extract is also used in mouthwash to reduce pain after tooth removal, and for gum disease.

How does it work?
The useful parts of green tea are the leaf bud, leaf, and stem. Green tea is not fermented and is produced by steaming fresh leaves at high temperatures. During this process, it is able to maintain molecules called polyphenols, which seem to be responsible for many of its benefits. Polyphenols might be able to prevent inflammation and swelling, protect cartilage between the bones, and lessen joint degeneration. They also seem to be able to fight human papilloma virus and reduce the growth of abnormal cells in the cervix. Research cannot yet explain how this works. Green tea contains 2-4% caffeine, which affects thinking and alertness, increases urine output, and may improve the function of brain messengers important in Parkinson’s disease. Caffeine is thought to stimulate the nervous system, heart, and muscles by increasing the release of certain chemicals in the brain called “neurotransmitters.” Antioxidants and other substances in green tea might help protect the heart and blood vessels.
Stay Hydrated 💦

It is extremely important to stay hydrated, whether it’s by drinking water, tea, coffee or juice.

Here are some healthy drinks with their benefits:

•green tea - weight loss/metabolism boost, good for skin, prevent tooth decay

•black tea - caffeine boost, anti-inflammatory

•oolong tea - weight loss, helps skin conditions

•white tea - highest antioxidants, calming, antibacterial

•rooibos tea - benefits skin, cancer fighting properties

•peppermint tea - supress appetite, decongestant

•lemon balm tea - calming, fights colds, helps with digestion, helps with headaches

•chamomile tea - helps sleeping problems

•hibiscus tea - refreshing, full of vitamins

•cinnamon tea - antioxidants, fights viruses, metabolism boost

•carrot juice - full of vitamins, detoxes, healing properties

•apple juice - full of vitamins, weight loss, strengthens bones

•pineapple juice - clears skin, helps with acne, full of vitamins, fights aging

Tips for raising low metabolism

Hi everyone, here’s 5 simple ways to raise your metabolism which can aid in weight loss and reduce fatigue amongst other things (:

1. Green Tea, one cup with each meal will help you lose weight and help with digestive function. Catechin is the ingredient in Green tea responsible for this benefit.

2. While excersising push yourself to your limit of intensity for 30 second bursts every 5 minutes or so, this will make you consume more oxygen allowing your cells to work harder and burn more energy (including stored)
This also allows you to get a more efficient weight loss workout for overall a lesser length.

3. Omega 3 Fatty Acids. These help to regulate blood sugar and metabolism while also reducing your resistance to Leptin, a hormone that has been shown to increase the rate at which fat is burned. You can obtain this through oily fish, or for vegans/vegetarians etc then flaxseed oil or walnuts are a great source. The easiest way to meet your daily dose would be fish oil tablets.

4. Do not cut calories below your resting calory burn rate. If you cut calories too low your body slows the rate at which fat is burnt as it thinks you are lacking food in the long run so it attempts to conserve stored energy (fats).

5. Always eat organic pesticide free fruit and vegetables. The lack of toxins in organic foods means that your Thyroid is kept running at a stable and efficient rate.