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...

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...

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...

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...

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...