5 Ways to Banish Cellulite Naturally

Now that it’s summer and we’re exposing more skin, you might be a little (or more than a little!) concerned about the appearance of cellulite on your butt and legs. Well, take heart, because there are 5 natural and effective ways to banish cellulite forevahhh. Results may start appearing within 1 week, but expect some serious change within 3-4 weeks. {1. Strengthen your muscle.} When the muscle in your backside is strong and lean, the fat has a very hard time popping through and making you look lumpy. The key is doing hamstring curls and squats at low weight and high repetitions. Try 3 sets of 15-25 reps on a low weight. And try participating in exercise classes like spinning (or go bicycling outside) and kickboxing, which seriously tone your legs and butt. If you are a beginning exerciser, start with 2-3 times per week. If you are intermediate/advanced, train your legs 4-5 days per week, which will not only tone and strengthen the muscle, but slim your thighs and lift your butt much more quickly. For other exercise ideas, check out BodyRock.tv — I do one of her workouts 5-7 days per week and LOVE it. {2. Strengthen your connective tissue.} Plump, healthy collagen fibers are important for keeping your skin youthful, firm, and cellulite-free. In order for your body to convert amino acids (protein) into collagen, vitamin C must be present. Find a good food-based vitamin C powder or capsule, such as acerola cherry or camu camu powder, or Vitamin Code Raw Vitamin C. It’s water soluble and you can’t overdose. Take at least 1,000 mg. per...

Sticking to Your New Year’s Resolution

I’m sure you’ve already guessed by now that this blog is about beauty. There is the inner and the outer, but both are equally important forms of beauty. Many of us make New Year’s resolutions having to do with this important facet of our human nature. Whether you’ve decided on a goal to lose 10 lbs. or 100 lbs., start taking better care of your skin, develop good eating habits that will benefit your appearance, or any manner of well-intentioned desires, you know it’s important to stick to the plan. So to help us all stick with our New Year’s resolutions, here is an inspiring and brief passage that I hope you find helpful: Then indecision brings its own delays, And days are lost lamenting over lost days. Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute; What you can do, or dream you can do, begin it; Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. —Goethe Keep in mind that all you have to do to reach your goal is to simply begin. Taking that one step forward is perhaps the hardest part, but once you take the step and are committed to walking up the rest of the stairs, then you will be able to reap all the amazing benefits of sticking to your New Year’s resolution. Just keep that in mind. Here’s to your Health and Beauty! (Oh, and you always have me here to help — I love getting your comments and...

Get Naturally Beautiful in One Night (Plus 10% Off Silk Pillowcases Until December 31st)

I think it’s pretty safe to say that most of us prefer to have good things arrive quickly and stay forever. Natural beauty is no different — we desire it to be there our entire lives. It can be with us since birth, but leave quickly in our young adult years due to internal and external neglect. Or it can come to us later in life, when we first learn how to really take care of ourselves and unleash the beauty that’s been hiding. Either way, one thing is eternally important to natural beauty: Sleep. Yes yes, you sleep by default, but sleeping properly will bring you infinitely more energy, health, and therefore, beauty. We have all been taught to “get your 8 hours of sleep!” but without any decent explanation. Sleep is restorative to our brain and every cell in our bodies. Whether you are a monophasic or polyphasic sleeper, the amount of time you spend sleeping is a chance for your body to work on repairs and generate an even chemical playing field for your brain. University of California, Berkeley and Harvard Medical School have completed studies indicating that a good night’s sleep regulates your mood and helps you cope with the challenges of your waking hours. Well-rested people are happier, less-stressed, and more consistent with their moods. They also tend to smile more, be friendlier, and because their brains are better equipped to deal with stress, there is less silent impact on their cells (i.e. inflammation, oxidation/free radical damage), and therefore their outward appearance is more naturally beautiful. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention: less...

5 Easy Ways to Stay Lean & Stress-Free During the Holidays

Hello! I’m really excited to be launching Epic Beauty Guide today, and with that, I’m posting my 5 favorite, easy tips on staying lean and stress-free…especially during the holiday season. It is a fact that stress and weight gain are closely related, so it is important to pay attention to your stress levels as well as what you put in your stomach. So enjoy the list and enjoy the holidays! See you back here soon. 🙂 1. To lower stress and cortisol (the hormone that forces us to gain weight) look to these natural aids: • Shankhpushpi (pronounced shank-a-push-pee). An Ayurvedic herb that comes from a flower. It lowers cortisol levels, improves energy, and improves concentration. The recommended dose is 200-275 mg., twice per day. • Turmeric. A common yellow-orange root used often as a powdered spice. Best absorbed with black pepper. Lowers inflammation, promotes weight loss. Gaia Herbs makes an excellent one, and you can also add a pinch of the powdered spice to your meals. • Ashwagandha. My favorite herb for all-around stress reduction and brain improvement. Rebuilds dendrites in the brain (the connections between neurons). Cedar Bear Naturales makes a great glycerin tincture. You can also try an alcohol-based tincture, as it may work better than glycerin for some people. 2. If you want to stay lean, get moving. All it takes is walking 30 minutes around the neighborhood. Of course, it’s even better if you can run for 15 minutes, go bike riding, do some at-home yoga or pilates, or do 15-20 minutes of circuit training. The hardest part of doing this? Getting motivated. So...