Jojoba Oil

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Jojoba oil is the liquid produced in the seed of the Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) plant, a shrub, which is native to southern Arizona and California, and to Mexico.  We call this liquid an “oil”, but it’s actually a wax.  It’s very similar to the oil produced by our skin.  It’s an emollient, which means it softens and soothes the skin.  Use jojoba oil by applying directly to the hair, skin, or nails.  Or blend it with essentials oil make it even more useful.

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Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

Last week we talked about the best oils to have in your arsenal, both essential and carrier oils.  Coconut oil is one that should make an appearance both in your kitchen, and bathroom cabinets.  This “cure-all” oil makes an appearance in many kitchen recipes and personal care products.  It can be used for frying, moisturizer, oil pulling, pretty much anything.  If we were to write down its uses, the list would be endless.

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Must Have Essential and Carrier Oils

jojoba

Oils (essential or carrier) are a big thing now.  Actually, they’ve always been a big deal.  They hit the mainstream a few years ago.  Cave paintings suggest essentials oils were used as far back as 4500 B.C.  However, the use of the term aromatherapy dates back to the early 1900s.

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Excuses Don’t Burn Calories

Excuses Don't Burn Calories "Excuses don't Burn calories" is a phrase I've frequently heard.  I love it!  The phrase forces (or at least helps) us to face our sh!t...Own it!More

It’s OK (Necessary) to Sweat

sweat

The thought of sweat, perspiration (whatever you want to call it) may sound like a gross topic.  But it’s a necessary bodily function, ranks right up there with breathing.  It’s common knowledge that the body uses sweat to regulate body temperature.  However, there are many more benefits to engaging in a sweat session on a regular basis.  As usual, remember to hydrate!

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Green Tea

Green Tea Chalkboard

Green tea should be a superfood, if it’s not already.  (I’ll have to check the list for it.) I usually see this amazing tea on lists for weight loss “hacks”.  I frown when I see that because green tea isn’t just good for weight loss.  Green tea has a host of other benefits that go well beyond dropping a few pounds.  There are numerous reasons to drink green tea and I’m not talking about the kind you can grab from your grocer’s refrigerator.  I’m talking about brewing good ole’ fashioned tea leaves or bags.

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Scale vs Tape Measure

Tape Measure vs Scale

It’s the middle of Summer…YAY!!!  Picture this (à la Sophia Petrillo)…Back in January you made a decision to get back in shape.  You set some amazing goals.  You meticulously planned your meals.  You also plotted your workouts and rest days on iCal or your Google calendar.  And you’re even sticking to that schedule.  But…Are you using a scale or tape measure to track your progress?** That’s actually a trick question.  You should be using both.

Sure…Most of us have a goal weight in mind.  Maybe it’s that high school weight.  Or, it may be that wedding dress weight that we’re all trying to get back to.  The frustrating part is that the scale alone is not an accurate way of tracking your fitness progress.

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Clutter…How Much Does It Matter?

Clutter

Clutter doesn’t sound like a common topic in a health & wellness blog.  Workouts, water intake, and motivation are, perhaps, the first things to come to mind when talking about fitness.  Clutter is something we only think about when it comes “spring cleaning” or when it’s time to move.  Even when we’re forced, we look at decluttering as a daunting task that we want to get over with as quickly as possible.

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Get Outside!

Outside

It’s Summertime!  Well, ALMOST summertime.  It is, however, the perfect time to take your workouts outside.  Winter was brutal in most parts of the country.  Hopefully everyone is thawed by now and takes advantage of the warmer temperatures.  You can take virtually any exercise into the great outdoors.  A mere change in environment can invigorate a stale workout routine.  Getting outside doesn’t only breathe new life into your fitness routine.  Most importantly, being outdoors puts you in front of that much-needed sunlight.  Did you know that a lot of us do not get enough sunlight each day?  If that’s the case, an artificial sunlight will help tremendously.

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Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes always make an appearance in my shopping cart.  Not only are they good for you (superfood status, anyone?), they are also delicious!  Back in Missouri, I only purchased the yellow variety, as that’s all that was available.  However, in South Florida, I’ve been purchasing white sweet potatoes regularly.  These are the only kind that my local Publix carries in the organic variety.

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