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Beauty

Aloe for the Glow

Want to know the secret to beautiful, radiant, and glowy skin??? Okay! Here it is:

There isn’t one. BUT there are things you can do to help with that. One example being good ole aloe vera.img_6277
It grows in tropical climates around the world and is used for many purposes. It’s a natural gelly-subastance like fluid. When mixed into your daily moisturizer it can do wonders. Your skin will have a glow undertone that makes you look youthful and vibrant. Also, be sure to drink lots of water daily because that is a HUGE factor that plays a role in the way your skin looks. You’ll be glowin’ in no time!! 😉

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Love always, Breezy

Food, Snacks

Must-try: Acai bowl recipe

Hawaii 5-0 Rainbow Bowl

Serves: 1
Hands-on time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Using frozen fruit in the acai purée helps to achieve a thick consistency, but avoid adding ice as it can water down the flavors. For the topping, fresh fruit works best, but frozen and thawed can also work in a pinch.

INGREDIENTS:

ACAI PURÉE

  • 1/2 small banana
  • 1 100-g (3.5-oz) pack frozen unsweetened acai berry pulp (TRY: Sambazon Unsweetened Acai Smoothie Pack; before opening your acai pack, run pack under water for 5 seconds to thaw and break the frozen pulp into smaller pieces.)
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

TOPPINGS

  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 kiwi, peeled and sliced or chopped
  • 1/2 small banana, sliced
  • 1/4 cup peeled and chopped pineapple or mango
  • 1/4 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 1/4 cup granola, optional
  • Drizzle of raw honey, optional

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Prepare acai purée: In a blender, add banana, acai pulp, strawberries, blueberries and a splash of milk. (TIP: Add to blender in that order as adding softer ingredients first makes it easier on your blender blades.) Blend on low until larger chunks are broken down, then gradually increase speed, adding a splash of milk at a time, and stopping to scrape down sides of blender if needed. When ingredients have mostly come together and all of milk has been added, blend on high for 15 to 20 seconds more.
  2. Add toppings: Pour acai purée into a bowl and arrange toppings in stripes of their respective color to form a rainbow: from left to right, arrange blueberries, kiwi, banana, pineapple and strawberries. Sprinkle with granola and drizzle with honey (if using).

Nutrients per serving (1 bowl): Calories: 327, Total Fat: 9 g, Sat. Fat: 2 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4 g, Carbs: 63 g, Fiber: 11 g, Sugars: 37 g, Protein: 4 g, Sodium: 106 mg, Cholesterol: 0 mg

Love always, Breezy

Food, Health, Lifestyle

Eat to Live

Fad diets, whacky cleanses, and unbearable waist trainers?? A few of the many things that people make themselves endure for the sake of looking a certain way, rather than feeling a certain way. All of these things might work, but only offer short term results until you’re left scrounging looking for another outlet to to solve your problems. What people need to do is: STOP BEING AFRAID OF FOOD.

Our bodies THRIVE off of it. Of course, the good kind. Proper nutrition is what keeps us healthy and even prevents certain diseases from developing (like, diabetes or cancer). One of my favorite documentaries is called Food Matters. The film about nutrition was made in 2008. It entails a thesis that a selective diet plays a huge role in treating a wide range of health issues like: diabetes, cancer, heart disease and depression, ultimately substituting for medical treatment. Also, in the documentary it labels the medical industry as the “sickness industry”, which profits more from treating symptoms of illness than curing the illness.

Food is good for us, even though many people shy away from the thought, and calorie count for ages. It’s important to recognize that we need it to survive. But, essentially we should never overdue it with the things that are bad for us.

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Eat to Live, but don’t Live to Eat.

Love always, Breezy

Lifestyle

DROP IT LIKE A SQUAT.

Why do squats you’re wondering?

Even though squats are considered a “leg” exercise, it’s actually a full body movement that works just about every muscle group in the body. In fact, the most useful exercise we can do when it comes to strength training is SQUATS. Plus, they add nice toning effects to your backside.

So I thought it’d be interesting to share with you all the 30-day challenge I am starting, but you’re probably wondering… why start in the middle of the month??

This is because most people are used to starting things in the very beginning. For example: Mondays. That’s typically a day people set aside to start their “new” lifestyles in which some might say is just a means of procrastinating. You shouldn’t have to wait or put holds on things you really want (if you have to force it, you don’t want it bad enough). So I am challenging myself to start this challenge now in an effort to train myself to get away from the way of thinking I have to start things at certain points in time.

It’s just your simple, average everyday challenge that lasts for 30 days. Of course, I will also keep doing my regular workout routine as this is just in correspondence with that.

Here it is!

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Love always, Breezy

Health, Lifestyle

December DO’s & DONT’s

It’s December!!! Probably one of the busiest months of the year. The hustle and bustle, the noise, the stress of holiday shopping, the crowds, the family get-togethers… amazing isn’t it?! Haha. I mostly look forward to the lights, the Christmas music, and the cheery atmosphere. Of course, there are ups and downs to every season but this one is my favorite!

 

So that you can enjoy the rest of the month and be ready for the New Year, I put together a small list of Do’s and Don’ts to help you get through the season with a happy heart, a happy waistline, and a clear head!

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Here are the Don’ts.

Don’t use the holidays as an excuse to eat yourself into a coma. Pretty much everyone seems to get a little carried away during this time of year, which is fine! I say treat yourself, it’s just important to set boundaries on your binging so you don’t say hi to the New year with 10 extra pounds on you.

Don’t save your shopping until the last minute. We all know that one person that races into the mall on Christmas Eve to begin a 7-hour shopping trip in which they knock out all their gifts in one go (me). I think it is safe to say the no one wants to be that person. They are probably stressed and procrastinate so much that they can’t enjoy the season.

Don’t forget to keep up with your daily routines, whatever they are. If you normally exercise for 30 mins a day, keep doing that throughout the season and into the new year. If you normally get 8 hours of sleep each night, don’t deprive yourself for the sake of the season. Ending your routine can give you unnecessary stress, anxiety, crankiness, and more. Staying on top of things will keep you happy and healthy.

 

Now, the Do’s.

Do challenge yourself when coming up with resolutions for the upcoming year. Try things that will help you become a happier and healthier individual. Instead of  just putting “losing weight”, maybe do something like “eat a balanced diet including several servings of fruits and veggies each day to help lower my risk of health issues and improve my weight”.

Do remember to be thankful for all that you already have: your health, your family, your friends, your job, your pet…whatever it is, take some time to appreciate it!

Do HAVE FUN!!

Love always, Breezy

 

Health, lifestyle, Success

Stress going UP on a Tuesday

Are you stressed at all or can you remember a time in your life where you were??!!

Let me tell ya I definitely am. I mean, who could blame me? It’s my senior year of high school. There are deadlines of all kinds being thrown at me like crazy!! College apps to fill out, studying to do, a job to maintain… it’s definitely a handful!

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Sometimes I fall off track… which has consistently been me pretty much all the time lately. I stop working out when I don’t have the time to (in reality: I don’t MAKE time). I take off one day, and that one day goes to two days…. then weeks, or even months. Something that not only others need to learn, but me as well is how to have BALANCE in your life. You see for me, when I know I have a lot to do I not only stop working out as much, but I start eating foods that are bad for me. Cookies, cakes, sodas, you name it!! And it really sucks to be honest. Especially when you make yourself accustom to it. You just keep feeding off of being lazier and going back to your old ways. Sooooo in an effort to “put myself back on track” I am making a list of goals I have for this week, next week, and so on… I want to gradually start getting back into the swing of things BUT also make sure I leave time for my daily work schedule. I’ll post more about it on Instagram @healthyandhype, but also stay tuned for any other info I have on things that are helping me personally get it right this November!
Love always, Breezy
Health, lifestyle

No Gym? No Problem.

Oh so you think that because you don’t have access to a gym, you can’t do anything worth your time to better your fitness levels??? WRONG! There are so many ways that you can “get fit” without ever hitting a gym a day in your life. An actual facility to get your business done in is just a bonus!

Today, I am going to tell you ways that I utilize my time set aside for exercise. Without a gym, I engage in things such as…

  1. Stadium workouts
  2. Track workouts
  3. Good Old-Fashioned Runs
  4. Small weight-lifting exercises
  5. Jumping rope
  6. Toning exercises

I actually use my schools’ track and field grounds when I want to do some of the bigger workouts. I’m sure any public school in your area that has a track will let you use it, especially on the weekends. My schools’ has not only a track but a small stadium that I can use as well.

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And then, occasionally (when I’m feeling a little lazier, ha!) I just go on runs around my neighborhood. I have never tracked how many miles I do, but I consider it a pretty hefty routine considering I always finish drenched in sweat.

Lastly, anything that tones you up such as small house weights, jumping rope, calf raises, and sit-ups are great to do. I try to tie in some of these things with my stadium workouts because it is like killing two birds with one stone.

I will have a link later on to an example of a stadium/track workout that I typically do. And maybe a short video as well on my instagram: @healthyandhype!!

Love always, Breezy