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 day, with...

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 just remem­ber that you’ll...