Don’t Stress Yourself

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The new thing now-a-days are ways to de-stress, and yes, ¬†I’m all about that life ūüôā¬† No one wants to be stressed out or having feelings of anxiety or nervousness¬†when a person can have calm and peace in their life.

SOooo… I found a drink I think helps to bring a little piece of heaven into your busy¬†day that I feel just soothes the mind and body and it’s Simply¬†Balanced Cucumber Mint¬†Sparkling Water.¬†¬†I just love, love, love, this sparkling water.¬† It just puts me in a good¬†place when I drink it and I feel like all my cares¬†just float away.¬†¬†¬†I¬†usually have one after work but today, I decided to bring a can with me to work just because we know how some mornings can be and I wanted to stay in my “happy” place. ūüôā

 

With Love,

Nakesha   

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Let’s WEIGH in on the TRUTH.

It’s here.¬† Summer! And, you know what that means?¬†Plans for going to the gym, sad faces as we look through the magazines and see infomercials of beach ready bodies and women with tight form fitting dresses and halter tops.¬†Oh, ¬†I wish that was me. ¬†**sigh** ¬†However, I’m claiming this year to be my year to wear those tight form fitting dresses, swimsuits that are sexy¬†and halter tops that show off my belly button. ūüôā

But am I going to get it by eating what I want, when I want?¬† No! And even though I know that fact, I¬†took that realization in¬†this morning as I sat there on my couch, wishing¬†I was¬†a smaller¬†size, regretting what I ate the night before.¬† “I’m not¬†going to let myself go down hill.”¬†I said to myself. ¬†I sat there thinking, “How can I get a hold of myself and take control?”¬† I can’t keep doing this to myself and I finally came up with a solution. To take responsibility for myself and believe¬†in the truth(s).¬† The truth that says:

¬† You’re not going to lose weight if you keep making up excuses as to why you don’t
     exercise.
¬†¬†¬†¬† You’re not going to lose weight if you eat a heavy meal late at night and then go to
     bed.  
¬†¬†¬†¬† You’re also not going to lose weight if you don’t have a plan to do so.

Wow! They say “sometimes the truth hurts” and in some instances it’s true. Boy! I’m not going to get the body I want unless I do something about it and now is the time. No more losing then gaining it back. No more binge eating. No more irresponsible eating!

I sat there on my sofa and wrote down these truths and processed them. I CAN DO THIS and not only am I able to accomplish this goal at hand but I WILL!  I will plan! I will eat sensibly and healthy and I WILL exercise and lose this weight!

Why do some people let things linger?  Especially, when we have the power to change ourselves and our life.  We want to be better and have better but the truth of the matter is, you have to put in the work.

So as I go about my weight loss journey, I hope this story encourages someone to know that if you feel stuck… you have the power to get out of the rut you’re in with hard work, determination and perseverance.

 

The Best and Worst in Bottled Juices

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Many of us have purchased these juices at one time or another thinking that we’re doing a healthy thing for our body.¬† With the popularity of so many “detox” diets we quickly pick up a bottled smoothie or¬†thick¬†juice to replace a meal or to get the recommended dosage of our vitamins and minerals that we otherwise¬†don’t get from food at times.¬†But are there dangers hiding in these popular beverages?

As a fan of detoxing and healthy beverages, ¬†I wanted to know if what I was putting in my body from these so called “healthy drinks” were really doing me any good or is it just bunch of hype loaded with sugar that’ll have me bouncing off the walls with no vitamin nutrient benefit whatsoever.

Normally, I like to start my day with a bowl of fruit¬†for breakfast followed by a cup of green tea or a homemade nutritious smoothie¬†or nutrient packed juice. ¬†I¬†know¬†it may not seem like much but I usually don’t crave breakfast. However,¬† if I don’t¬†have time to make my own healthy smoothie loaded with fresh and organic goodness and¬†if¬†I’m¬†desperate¬†for time, I usually tend to grab¬†a store bought smoothie o¬†juice out of the of the fridge and bolt out the door.

Like most people; I’m sure. ¬†I prefer to have a nice¬†smoothie in the morning along with my supplements to help¬†jump start my day to make sure I’m getting the vital nutrients I need and with our¬†schedules sometimes being ¬†pretty hectic, it can be easy for us to neglect our bodies and not feed¬†ourselves what is strongly needed for us to be healthy, vibrant and energized. ¬†So there we go to grab a green juice or another type of healthy smoothie or beverage but are these store bought juices really helping us or hurting us?¬†¬†Some¬†juices¬†and smoothies are loaded with sugar, synthetic ingredients and GMOs that according to researchers and scientist can be harmful to our body.¬† I was shocked when I heard this and even more shocked that some of¬†the brands I drink, that “I” thought were good for me, made the list of ones to avoid.¬† Enclosed is a chart from Food Babe’s blog that list the good and the bad juices and smoothies.

So if you don’t think you have the time to make your nutritious juice or smoothie in the morning in order for you to get your vital nutrients, please, please, please make sure you read the juice label on the back to avoid high sugar content, GMOs and synthetic ingredients that can cause harm to your body.¬† There are some good, healthy and nutritious juices out there so don’t be fooled by fakes.

Be well friends <3,

Nakesha

Juice Chart

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For more information on this topic, please visit Food Babe’s blog at: http://foodbabe.com/2013/11/10/juice-labels/¬†

The Specifics on Pacifica

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I think I’m probably the biggest fan of organic skincare and makeup.¬†I was so thrilled¬†that a product line came out¬†that¬†would be good for my skin and not harm it in the long run.

I¬†¬†remember the days¬†when Pacifica first came out, I couldn’t wait to try their make-up and skin care items.¬† The eagerness was getting to me.¬†¬†I¬†was so eager¬†to see¬†if their¬†products¬†were going to¬†deliver¬†the¬†magic¬†I was¬†looking for. With¬†vegan friendly and “good for you”¬†skin-loving ingredients I¬†was happy a company was formed that understood my skin care desires.

After all, Pacifica has a range of products that will keep me looking good and smelling good from head to toe with skincare,  makeup, lotions, perfumes and even nail polish. All nontoxic cosmetics with innovative formulations.  The wait was over.  I finally, purchased my first product.  Wow! Nice! I thought to myself as I put on my mineralized eyeshadow.  It stayed on all day and I truly loved it.

Yes, my first Pacifica product was an eye shadow palette.¬†¬†¬†I fell in love with it after the first use when I saw¬†how pigmented it was and that it stayed on my eyes all day and that was without a setting mist.¬†ūüôā ¬†¬†However, after a few tries¬†of¬†some of their other products: the “Cactus & Kale Recovery¬†Lotion”,¬†the “Dreamy Youth¬†Face Day & Night Cream”¬†& the¬†“Quinoa Sensitive Face Wash”, I wasn’t impressed.¬† I was down right disappointed in the performance of¬†these products.¬† The face creams weren’t moisturizing¬†as they claimed they¬†would be and the Quinoa face wash didn’t¬†do anything miraculous for my skin.

In no way am I bashing Pacifica because they have some products that are fairly good such as the “Sea Foam Face Wash” and the “Rice Bright” face scrub but I feel when it comes to organic skin care, make sure you truly shop around and try out the products instead of falling into the hype.¬† There are some good organic skin care lines that really deliver what they claim. So if a line¬†or product doesn’t work for you it¬†doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s not a good¬†product, it just means it’s not good for you regardless of how it was hyped¬†up to be.

So, remember, in the world of organic skin care and make-up stick to what works for you and not what other people say is a good product.

As Always,

Love,

Nakesha

The Wonders of Blueberries

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We all know that fruits and vegetables are healthy but do you really know why?  What is SO healthy about those fruits and vegetables that you munch on daily in order to stay healthy and slim?

Well, I must say, I was surprised to find out about some of the health benefits of one of my favorite fruits, blueberries. This little fruit will change your world.

I enjoy eating them solo, mixing them in my salads or putting them in my morning smoothies. However, I didn’t know all the wonderful benefits this little fruit contains. Besides, having antioxidants benefits, which we all know about. Blueberries also:

1. Boost immunity with power-packed vitamins and minerals: A, B, C, E, iron, zinc, copper selenium and anthocyanin.
2. Helps to improve memory (Who knew that?!?)
3. Improves your eyesight. Not just a carrots job anymore.
4. Reduces high cholesterol. This was surprising. Blueberries???
5. Relieves constipation. WOW!  Now this was a shocker. Having loads of fiber blueberries actually help with regularity.
Hmm…blueberries anyone? ūüôā

Well, there you have it -the benefits of blueberries. Be on the look out for more of my diet, health and fitness articles that will surely change your life for the better.

From Me To You With Love,

Nakesha