Beauty Junkie | Sibu Sea Berry Seed Oil

Welcome back my beauty lovers!

This edition of Beauty Junkie is about Sibu Sea Berry Seed Oil!

I’ve turned into an oil fan the last few years. Probably in part because my skin is drying out somewhat as I get older, but also because I enjoy that it’s ultra hydrating. I generally workout twice a day, which means two showers daily washing off my body’s natural oils.

Replacing what’s lost with high quality facial and body oils seemed like a natural solution so I initially dipped a toe into the oil pool with Josie Maran’s Organic Argan Oil. I used their pure argan oil for a few months in the Winter and then in the Summer tried out the Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 which I loved. That’s still my go-to product when I’m traveling to warm-weather spots during the Summer.

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Since then, I’ve graduated to argan body butter and even hair oils – And I haven’t had a bad experience yet. I have fairly sensitive skin, but have focused on organic, natural oils and luckily haven’t had any major break outs.

When Musely sent over the Sibu Sea Berry Oil to try out I was excited because this particular product is for damaged or problematic skin. High stress periods at the office means my skin is extra dry and in serious need of some TLC. I like to make a little ritual of the application as well – I put the product on all eight fingertips and slowly, gently massage it into my skin. Between the lovely oil and the little face massage, it’s both relaxing and rejuvenating.

Are YOU a fan of oils? What’s your favorite?

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Race Training: What I Eat on Training Days

Training for a race is a lot of work – Running, cross training, recovering, keeping yourself healthy, and – My favorite part – Fueling your body.

As I talked about in my Race Training for the Injured post – I love running, but due to my chronic injuries, I’m not able to follow a standard training program.

Even with only one run a week in my program, I’m still working very hard in preparation for my next race, and fueling my body with whole foods. And plenty of them.

My diet right now is decently high in carbs and fat, and really high in protein. A challenge with a vegetarian diet, but not impossible.

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Here’s a peek into what I’ll eat on a standard running day.

  • 7am – Coffee or tea & half of a No Cow Bar
  • 8am – Head out for a run w/ the other half of the No Cow Bar in the pocket of my running tights
  • 10am – As soon as I’m home from my run I’ll make a quick smoothie
  • 11am – After the quick hit of carbs and protein from the smoothie, I’ll make something more substantial like a veggie scramble. High in protein, fiber, vitamins & minerals
  • 2pm – Pasta made with zucchini noodles and chopped veggies & tomatoes
  • 5:30pm – A large salad or roasted vegetables with a veggie burger on the side
  • 7pm – Bedtime snack of apples or rice cakes with Fluffbutter

What do YOU eat on training days? How do you fuel your runs?

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MCLV Mange: Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl

I have a soft spot for smoothies and while I can happily drink the same one day after day – Lately this peanut butter smoothie – Sometimes I like to mix things up. These giant smoothie bowls with a mix of toppings are a delicious, nutrient-packed, and satiating option any time of the day.

What’s especially great is that there are an endless combination of fruits and toppings that you can use. Which means you don’t have to follow a strict recipe or run to the grocery store for specific ingredients if you want a smoothie – Just use whatever goodies you have in your fridge or cupboards.

After peeking into my freezer to find frozen bananas and strawberries, I decided to play around with a classic strawberry banana flavor today. See my creation, and how to make one of your very own, below!

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Strawberry Banana Smoothie Bowl {Serves 1}

Smoothie Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Frozen or Fresh Strawberries
  • 1/3 Frozen Banana {I keep a baggie of chopped frozen bananas in the fridge}
  • Protein Powder of Choice
  • 1/2 Cup of Water, Almond Milk, or Coconut Water
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Lemon Juice {This helps keep it tart, but isn’t mandatory}

Toppings:

  • Granola or Oats – I used PaleoKrunch’s Grainless Granola
  • Bare Coconut Chips
  • Bare Banana Chips
  • Chia Shots Chia Seeds

Directions:

  • Blend frozen or fresh fruit with protein powder and liquid until your desired consistency is achieved
  • Add whatever toppings your heart desires
  • Enjoy the goodness!

Stay tuned for the next MCLV Mange installment and check out the previous posts from this series here to see what you’ve missed so far.

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April Favorites: Workout Gear

After sharing my favorite healthy(ish) junk food last month – Today I’m going to focus on some of my favorite workout gear brands and products lately.

I like to mix up my workouts and in March and April I made some switches. I tried out the new-t0-me barre studio Avant-Barre, starting swimming, and signed up for the San Francisco Half Marathon this is Summer.

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{Lululemon’s Tight Stuff, Adidas Neo & Victoria’s Secret Sports Caged Racerback Sports Bra}

Favorite Running Tights: I require two primary things from a pair of running tights – Pockets and a really fitted feel. Since discovering that my life is significantly better {shut up!} with side pockets on my running pants, I’ve tried a few brands. The best, by far, are Lululemon’s Tight Stuff. They’re so good that I have two pairs of the exact same tights.

Favorite Running Tank: I like longer, almost tunic length tank tops for running. They cover my long torso as well as my spandex-covered booty – So they’re a win-win. I adore Lucy’s Revolution Run Racerback Tank. Great quality and super comfortable.

Favorite Running Shoes: I switched over from Brooks to Saucony last year and I’m addicted. I love my Saucony Guide 9’s – They have a good amount of support and work well for street running.

Favorite Pants for Classes: Victoria’s Secret Sport has had a few recent home runs in the workout gear arena. And their Anytime High Rise Leggings is one of those wins. Thick, flattering, and comfortable. What more could a girl want?

Favorite Sports Bra for Classes: Another winner from VS Sport is their Caged Racerback Sports Bra. It’s seriously cute and the perfect low-intensity sports bra for a class with little to no bouncing. I love this style for barre classes!

Favorite Walking Shoes: I switch between my Adidas Neo’s in black and white and my Nike Flyknits for walking to and from work each day. I don’t wear either of these pairs to workout in though, they don’t offer my sad little feet enough cushioning.

What’s YOUR favorite activewear brand? Have a new favorite piece you can’t stop wearing?

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Three Simple Clean Eating Tips

Clean eating means different things to different people. But regardless of your diet, it’s always a good idea to try to clean things up and keep your body well-fueled with a healthy diet.

I’m not hear to convert you to veganism or to try to change your mind about what you’re putting in your body. My goal with these clean eating tips are to show you how small changes can help you make strides in your health journey.

Cut Processed Foods:

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you’re probably not going to meet your weight or healthy living goals by eating takeout, microwave meals, or processed “food” filled with sugar, salt, dyes, and chemicals.

Start small, definitely, but you should start!

Step one – Try switching out those highly processed products for fresh, whole foods. Check out my new Eat This Not That series for some tips on how to make some healthy swaps.

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{Crackling Cauliflower – Vegan & Gluten-Free}

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There are some packaged foods that a clean eater can still rely on – Certain protein powders, protein bars, grains, veggie burgers, and other minimally processed health-oriented products.

So how do you know whether it’s a good idea to eat a particular packaged item?

Read the label!

Are there a million ingredients? Are you unable to pronounce any of the chemical additives? Is the first ingredient cane sugar? Those are all ways to clue yourself in that an item isn’t going to be the best choice. A small number of whole food ingredients is what you should look for on the label of an acceptable packaged food item.

Cook:

Making your own food at home {or in your office, or dorm, wherever} is important to meet your goals. You want to start with fresh produce and whole foods – But it doesn’t have to be complicated. Simple salads, stir fries, or tray bakes can be quick, easy, and satisfying.

Try to formulate a meal around hitting the following items: (1) Produce – Fresh is better, but frozen is better than nothing! (2) Protein – Meats, eggs, beans, seeds, lentils, tofu, or veggie burgers. (3) Whole Grains – Brown rice, quinoa, Ezekiel bread, amaranth etc.

There are a million options and combinations – Just try to hit those three groups, add some seasoning {spices are better than pre-made sauces, but if you try a bottled sauce be sure to check the ingredients}, and eat raw or cook to your liking.

And I promise you, by following these three tips you can dramatically change your lifestyle and start meeting your goals.

What do YOU think of these tips? Are these changes you can implement?

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