My Diet & Exercise Routine — June 2011

Hey every­one! This has been such a long time com­ing and I have received plen­ty of emails ask­ing for an update on what I eat and what I do for exer­cise, and all kinds of details. So here it is! IMPORTANT! This is what I do for my body, and what I do may not nec­es­sar­i­ly be what is right for your body. Exper­i­ment, be smart, be con­sis­tent, and see what works best for you. Check with your doc­tor before try­ing any new diet or exer­cise rou­ti­nes, espe­cial­ly if you have a pre­ex­ist­ing med­ical con­di­tion. {MY DIET} Some things have changed since the last time I post­ed about my diet, and I go into those details in the next sec­tion. I used to be vegetarian…then vegan…then raw veg­an, all for about 5 years. For the first 6 months being raw veg­an, I felt amaz­ing. How­ev­er, this dietary lifestyle did not work for me in the long-run and I became lethar­gic, gained weight, my hair got thin, my skin was act­ing up, my blood tests showed that my cho­les­terol was too low (which is not good, espe­cial­ly since we need cho­les­terol to reg­u­late our body sys­tems, includ­ing hor­mones), and I was defi­cient in iron and B vit­a­mins. My diet was total­ly “cor­rect” accord­ing to a few veg­an “gurus” and con­sist­ed of fruits, lots of veggies/leafy greens, nuts, seeds, and sea veg­gies. So I had to bite the bul­let and re-eval­u­ate my diet com­plete­ly. I learned the hard way that not all dietary lifestyles work for all peo­ple. Here’s an inter­est­ing fact: indige­nous cul­tures have zero inci­dents of acne and my goal...

How to Get a Model Body — Naturally and Healthily

Every­one has a dif­fer­ent idea of the “per­fect” physique – whether it is curvy, lean and toned, skin­ny and sinewy, mus­cu­lar, or super buff. I find many types of bod­ies attrac­tive, but for my own body, I like a long, lean, toned look — no added bulk, and def­i­nite­ly no bulky arms! “Bulky” also means dif­fer­ent things to dif­fer­ent peo­ple. When I hear fit­ness experts say it is impos­si­ble for wom­en to get bulky, I just raise an eye­brow. Have they ever seen a woman’s fit­ness com­pe­ti­tion or some of the female Olympic ath­letes? Grant­ed, it does take YEARS (and often some assis­tance from testos­terone or steroid injec­tions) and speci­fic bulk­ing rou­ti­nes to get like that. So what caus­es the bulky look ver­sus the lean and toned look? While genet­ics play a role, it also depends on train­ing and diet. There is no deny­ing that dif­fer­ent activ­i­ties build dif­fer­ent-look­ing bod­ies. You can always tell who is a swim­mer, a pow­er lifter, a bal­let dancer, or a yogini. There is a cor­re­la­tion between how you want to look and what form of exer­cise you need to do to achieve it. So if you want to be mod­e­lesque (long, lean, and toned all over), then you need to know how to get there. Enter Justin Gel­band, fit­ness train­er to Victoria’s Secret and Sports Illus­trat­ed super­mod­els Iri­na Shayk, Miran­da Kerr, Can­dice Swanepoel, Erin Heather­ton, Lily Aldridge, and more. We have all seen the long mus­cles and lean physiques of the­se wom­en. Each one has worked hard to achieve that mod­el body, and he is the design­er behind them. Justin’s super­mod­el clients do not look...

8 Steps to Flawless Skin

I love fash­ion and all the the­atrics that come with it dur­ing Fash­ion Week, and I was inspired to write this post after see­ing the flaw­less, air­brushed look of the mod­els on the run­way. I believe this is the first time I’m men­tion­ing make­up, but I get a lot of requests for nat­u­ral make­up and con­ceal­ing imper­fec­tions, so I fig­ured I should write a post about the 8 steps to flaw­less skin. Here are my 8 steps to get you look­ing gor­geous in the morn­ing (if you’re a guy, feel free to skip the make­up part, even though it’s not weird if you want to use con­ceal­er). 1. Streeeeetch. Stretch­ing, yoga, and short car­dio cir­cuit train­ing are an excel­lent way to keep your skin glow­ing. The rea­son why is because cir­cu­la­tion is super impor­tant to keep­ing our skin nour­ished, healthy, and vibrant. Do a few min­utes stretch­ing or yoga right after wak­ing up to get the blood mov­ing in your whole body. It feels great, it’s good for your skin, and it ener­gizes you for the day. 2. Eat well and hydrate. Diet plays a huge role in how healthy your body and skin will be. Choose organ­ic pro­duce over con­ven­tion­al pro­duce as much as pos­si­ble to avoid ingest­ing pes­ti­cides that will bur­den your liv­er and poten­tial­ly cause hor­mone imbal­ances. Choose organ­ic and/or grass-fed meats, and organ­ic dairy (or cut out cow dairy alto­geth­er). It’s a huge top­ic, and I sug­gest read­ing my oth­er arti­cles or my guide book for exact details on good food options and what foods to eat/avoid for flaw­less skin. In the morn­ing, drink a glass or two...

Grow Your Hair Longer & Thicker

online pay­day loans direct lenders no cred­it checkwww.lulufashioncoach.com/scripts/ This is a favorite top­ic of mine because I have fine hair that is nat­u­ral­ly curly, and I’ve always been inter­est­ed in mak­ing my hair longer and thick­er. This is all the infor­ma­tion I have gath­ered for the last sev­er­al years. I also just dis­cov­ered an awe­some YouTube chan­nel yes­ter­day called YouTip­s4U, with some great infor­ma­tion on grow­ing and car­ing for long hair, so def­i­nite­ly check her out when you get a chance. Here’s the YouTube video if you want to watch: {A LITTLE FACT} Everyone’s hair is dif­fer­ent, and the fol­low­ing tips will sim­ply help you to max­i­mize your hair growth poten­tial. The aver­age hair growth per mon­th is 1/2″ though some peo­ple may grow 3/4″ or 1″ per mon­th. Don’t stress if your hair grows the aver­age of 1/2″ — this is genet­i­cal­ly pre­de­ter­mined, but you can do a lot to pre­vent break­age and stim­u­late healthy, thick­er hair growth. {TIP #1} Get your pro­tein. Your hair ker­at­in grows from the inside out, so your pro­tein and over­all nutri­tion intake is of utmost impor­tance. After much tri­al and error with my diet, I dis­cov­ered that with­out a doubt, includ­ing some grass-fed ani­mal prod­ucts gives me thick­er, health­ier, shinier hair. On the oth­er hand, I have one friend in par­tic­u­lar that was com­plete­ly veg­an for sev­er­al years and still grew a thick mop of hair. Pay atten­tion to your indi­vid­u­al needs — one size does not fit all! I com­piled the fol­low­ing list of pro­tein-rich foods for you (I pur­pose­ly exclud­ed pro­tein-rich foods that are unfriend­ly to our hor­mones, weight, and skin), which...

Get Flawless Skin With No Makeup — Part II

If you haven’t read Get Flaw­less Skin With­out Make­up — Part I, I def­i­nite­ly rec­om­mend you read that first. 🙂 So now that you’ve read STEP #1 and are ready to incor­po­rate some Flaw­less Skin Foods into your dai­ly rou­tine, I have 5 more help­ful tips to get you on your way to soft, smooth, dewy skin. {STEP #2} Move Your Body. “Exer­cise” is a dirty word to many peo­ple, but mov­ing your body is going to keep you young, healthy, and ensure you have love­ly skin. The key is mov­ing dai­ly. Every­one has time to exer­cise 15 min­utes per day, and your body will begin to crave the move­ment. Your cir­cu­la­tion will improve, your skin will receive nutri­ents much faster, and you will have that healthy glow. Just get start­ed! Exer­cise Can Mean Many Things Walk for 30 min­utes out­side Do a 15–20 min­ute car­dio work­out (I love doing Zuzana’s work­outs at BodyRock.tv) Take a yoga class Take pilates class, or check out Kristin McGee’s DVDs Swim Bike ride Horse­back ride {STEP #3} Get Some R&R. Rest­ing and relax­ing is some­thing we don’t do much of any­more, but it’s extreme­ly impor­tant for the health of our skin. It seems every­one is stress­ing out about some­thing — and then their skin breaks out. I used to be pret­ty wound up about every­thing, eas­i­ly stressed, lit­tle things would wor­ry me, blah blah blah. So below I wrote what real­ly helped me to become some­one who is relaxed, rel­a­tive­ly wor­ry-free, and enjoy­ing the health and skin ben­e­fits that go along with it. Stress Less Check­list Know that it’s okay to do noth­ing — the world is not going...