Wellness Wednesday (V.10): I’m Starting Whole30

I’ve always wanted to vlog and document bits and pieces of my life, yet I’ve never done it. This time around i’m going to be documenting my healthy eating lifestyle which of course I will share on here with a video to further explain. So, let’s be real. Out of my entire body, the part that I dislike the most is my stomach. It has gotten bigger and bigger over the years and a lot of that has to do with emotional eating. In high school I lost my grandfather and my mother in the span of two years and I turned to food for comfort. At one point I had got my stomach down, but as my mothers health declined I started to eat more. I’ve tried to join the gym, which I did, but then I quit. I tried changing my eating habit, which I did, but then I quit. I haven’t had any consistency.

So why now? Here I am about to be 24 years old and I don’t want to be out of breath walking up the stairs from doing laundry. I want to be able to run around outside with my nephews without getting tired. I want to be able to wear the short dresses and crop tops without feeling self conscious. I want to be able to turn to the side in an outfit I feel great in and not see a gut.

As for working out, that’s another thing I really need to incorporate. Here we are on Day 3 of the program and I’m feeling great. I don’t mind working out, it’s just keeping up with it. I’ve been to the park 3 day in a row and I’ve been running. I do need to add strength training and sit-ups, but three days of cardio is a roll for me. The real challenge will be next week when I go on vacation. I’ll be sure to update.

I’ve decided to do Whole30 as a guideline.  It’s simple enough to follow and there’s no specific items I need to buy. It doesn’t take away the food I love, it cuts out what I don’t need and forces me to watch what I intake. I didn’t get a chance to do meal prep on Sunday (7/12), but I did prepare my meals for the remainder of the week Monday (7/13). It consists of a lot of greens, chicken, fish, and fruit. Fruit is what’s keeping me balanced because being such a snacker I crave junk food.

WATER, WATER, WATER is KEY! I’ve been drinking a gallon throughout the day and although I run back and forth to the bathroom, I feel great! I’ve been working out, actually going to the park and running, and I see instant change. In changing my diet and drinking more water I am able to run a longer distance without getting tired. For those that put the water into a marked gallon, kudos to you, that’s just not my thing. I like to mark off the water that I drink by the bottle or how much I refill my water bottle.

I’m excited for what’s to come and how creative I can get with my meals which I will share. It’s great that I’m running, but I need to throw in a daily tummy workout as well. For more on the Whole30 program, click here.

Next week I’ll be posting a vlog video with a look at what I’m eating and my groceries.

Wellness Wednesday (V.6): Dr. Oz, The Good Life [Premiere Issue]

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I have been obsessed with Dr. Oz via radio interviews as of late promoting his new magazine, The Good Life. I wasn’t able to get my hands on the hard copy, but I bought the digital version on my iPad ($3.99) and I am in love. I decided I’d highlight some of my favorite excerpts from the premiere issue.

The magazine, like any other magazine, is broken down into categories: ‘Well Informed,’ ‘Health & Happiness,’ ‘The Good Life Report,’ ‘Mind & Mood,’ ‘Food & Recipes,’ Love/Family/Friends,’ ‘Home/Work/Money.’ ‘Your Best Body,’ and ‘Dr. Oz’s RX For…’

I personally have been on the hunt for recipes for my overflowing yet never used recipe book along with basic tips that I know I can apply now without thinking will they really work. For me it’s all about being consistent and that’s the hardest thing for me aside from actually starting some type of plan/routine.

My skin has been a little crazy and I’m currently using a generic blackhead facial scrub with a generic moisturizer which work fine I just feel that I know nothing about my skin. In the magazine it gave points on what to look for in a moisturizer as well as top picks for day and night depending on what type of skin you have.

A good one will include ingredients from three categories: humectants, emollients, and occlusives.

Karyn Grossman, M.D. (dermatologist)

I am one to walk in the store and if it says moisturizer I check the price, see if there’s a cheaper alternative, typically buy the cheaper alternative as a ‘trial and error,’ yet I never read the back to see exactly what I’m applying to food. This goes for a lot of things I (and others) purchase. It’s easy to get blindsided by the price instead of looking at the contents of the product.

To understand what to look for I first have to figure out what the hell humectants, emollients, and occlusives are. Thank goodness the article broke it down. In a nutshell humectants absorb (hyaluronic acid, glycerin, urea, panthenol, & honey), emollients fill in the dry spots (lauric acid, linoleic acid, glyceryl stereate, jojoba oil, coconut oil, collagen, & cetearyl & stearyl alcohol, and occlusives form a protective barrier for the skin (lanolin, paraffin, beeswax, shea butter, nut oils, squalene & silicones).

I personally stay away from shea butter products because they don’t react well with my skin as well as nut oils. The moisturizer I’m currently using is Target Up & Up, Moisturizing Cream (Sensitive Skin) which is to be compared to Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream. It contains the 3 categories and I can kick myself for picking something that has nut oils’ but in the time that I’ve used it my face hasn’t reacted to it so I guess it’s ok.

I have a mixture of dry, oily (especially during summer), and sensitive year round putting me in a combination category.

Go with formulas designed for combination or all skin types like Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 and Elizabeth Arden Visible inference Skin Balancing Night Cream.

Both of those products are over $20 and of course I will be on the hunt for a cheaper alternative the next time I buy a moisturizer.

Aside from the skincare article I really can’t wait to try out recipes, Orecchiette with Spicy Sausage & Broccolini and Turkey & Vegetable Bolognese.

Dr. Oz, The Good Life, is available on newsstands & digitally and for $15 you can sign up for a year subscription here. Stay tuned for upcoming Wellness Wednesdays where I’ll share more of Dr. Oz’s tips.

Grocery Shopping Woes

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I went to get ‘lunch’ for the rest of the week last night and I was on a mission to get something healthy, but along the way I got sidetracked. Target is really not the best place for me to do my entire grocery shopping. Although it’s one of my favorite stores, I do need to visit my local grocery store / markets more. I ended up buying two Naked juices which were on sale for 2/$5. I got a 12 pack of Del Monte fruit cups to eat for breakfast and a snack. They were on sale as well for a little over $5. I also picked up a dozen of ‘Simply Balance’ eggs. I’ve never tried organic eggs before so I wanted to give them a try. For another snack I picked up Annie’s, Snack Mix, and for lunch I snagged some of the ‘processed’ dinners (the $2/each sale got me). I know that this isn’t the best grocery trip and future ones will get better. I just needed something other than lunch meat for the next 3 days. Don’t mind the candy on top of the strawberries. Darn the goodies at the register. Hope to have better luck next time.