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Hair Growth Secret… Revealed!

Since I posted this photo online:

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Everyone has been asking, “OMG, your hair is so long, what is your secret?! I wish my hair grew like that!”

The truth is, for the LONGEST time, my hair was falling out and wouldn’t grow at all. After you give birth, that “luscious hair” you’re suppose to get during pregnancy (I got none of it) actually falls out. I read some where that it’s really dead hair that your follicles hold on to while pregnant, thus giving you the illusion that your hair is thick and shiny (this could be totally off base though).

So, what really helped my hair grow and made my body give up the need to shed like a german shepherd in the summer??

KETO DIET AND COLLAGEN.

When you become fat adapted, your hair grows. Because you are taking in more essential healthy fats, your hair follicles become healthier, your body is more energized and your hair grows.

Have you ever done a really low fat diet and your hair became brittle and dry? It’s because your body was lacking the nutrients it needs.

Aside from eating more fat, I noticed a HUGE difference in my hair once I started supplementing with Neocell Marine Collagen. Within a few days, I noticed my hair was softer, shinier and eventually, I noticed it really starting to grow!

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I use marine collagen because it has a higher amount of glycine in it. This promotes not only a youthful appearance, but also cognitive and digestive health. The extra shine to my hair was just the sprinkles on the cupcake! Collagen also promotes healthy joints and muscles.

I recommend it to all of my family, friends and clients!

Lately, I have been using 1 scoop of Vital Proteins Marine Collagen Peptides in my lemon water every day. It’s a great option if you would rather mix it in instead of swallow pills. It also has a higher amount of protein in it than the Neocell version. Vital Proteins also has to-go packs which are awesome for traveling!

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So there you have it, my secrets to healthier hair: higher intake of healthy fats and collagen! 

 

 

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Baby Skin Care – My Go To Products!

As a mom, it’s pretty heart wrenching to deal with anything that causes distress to your child. Allergies, reflux, skin rashes – it all just plain out sucks.

Rian has had his fair share of problems between the GERD, allergies and his random skin rashes. We’ve had hives, random dryness, cracked and bloody spots/creases and a slew of other horrible skin irritations. In fact, as I write this, Rian has little red dots all behind his ears, onto his neck and on the side of his cheek. (I am thinking it’s from a strawberry sensitivity, but honestly, I have no idea!)

I tried all of the home remedies from breast milk to coconut oil, as well as Earth Mama, Honest Co., Babyganics, Aveeno, Eucerine (and more) for his baths, but nothing worked. Rian’s skin always broke out and stayed consistently dry. Lotions were another long arduous task. I treed everything from the aforementioned brands and more. Once again, nothing worked. Everything in the drug store kept Rian’s skin the same or made it worse.

I think you get the drift in how exhausted I was trying to make Rian feel better. 

Lost without a clue what to do, in came my mom. (Moms know best right?!) She mentioned that one of the girls she followed posted about a brand I had never heard of, Baby Mantra. I figured, what the hell? And ordered some the next day off of Amazon. I got the newborn basic bundle to try. It was the best bang for my buck and allowed me to try 3 of their products. I was really interested in the avocado oil. Avocados are chop full of healthy fats and vitamins… if anything would work, that had to!

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So here is my honest, four word testimony from a mom who just wants to share her story: This Stuff Saved Us. 

Rian’s skin has been smooth, relatively bump and dryness free (darn food allergies and trying new things!) since we began using the Newborn set 6 months ago. We did try the 3-in-1 bubble bath a few months back and he had a small reaction to it. I still have it to try again later though.

I cannot stress how much I recommend this company (hello made in the USA!), their products and the quality you receive. Plus, their products are EWG verified, Non GMO, NPA certified and PETA certified too!

Give them a try if you are lost like I once was or share this with someone who might be struggling. Let’s get the word out and help some mom’s who don’t know what else to do!

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Interested in trying some of these products but not quite sure you’re ready to commit? Enter the Baby Mantra Giveaway, where you could win a Baby Shower Gift Pack (a $54.99 value), on Instagram!

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Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening Review

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Teeth, they’re always somewhat stained no matter what you do, am I right?!

I was stoked when Jessica from Smile Brilliant emailed me and asked if I would like to try their product. As a mom to a high needs baby who lives off coffee, I quickly replied HECK YEAH! 

The package comes with everything you need to start out: stuff to make your custom trays, whitening gel and desensitizing gel (which is really handy during the whitening process!).

The first thing you have to do is make your custom molds.

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In layman’s words, basically, you just take the base and catalyst pastes, mix them together until you’re streak free, plop them evenly in the mold and press up into your gums. Easy as pie. 

Well, probably easier when you’re not trying to take a “I’m not looking at you awkwardly while pressing this paste into my mouth evenly” selfie anyway.

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Pro tip – don’t pull out the mold too eagerly… otherwise…. you’ll spit all over yourself. Case in point below.

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After you get your perfect molds, you send them back to Smile Brilliant in a pre-labeled package.

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A few days later, you get your custom trays straight from their labs! I was surprised how quickly I received my trays. I definitely couldn’t wait to start whitening!

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Unfortunately, I suffered quite a bit of sensitivity and even a little soreness in my gums after my second attempt at using the whitening gel and desensitizing gel per the instructions given with my box.

I tried a few variations on the process with the help & suggestions of Jessica at Smile Brilliant. (She was amazing – as well as all of their customer service agents!). I tried whitening every other day, using more of the desensitizing gel, as well as coconut oil on my gums to protect them. Nothing seemed to help much. I had to draw the line at giving up coffee or drinking it through a straw – a personal choice to stay sane in the mornings rather than have pearly whites. 

Luckily, Smile Brilliant has an amazing guarantee on your trays ($30 to replace if needed within 2 years) and a full money back guarantee if you aren’t satisfied within 45 days!

I would say, I was highly satisfied with Smile Brilliant as a company, but due to my sensitivity, I could not fully get the benefits of the product. I can say, I have seen many great transformation pictures on social media as well as their website and other blogs!

So, if you’re looking for a cool whitening system that is less abrasive to your teeth while still promising results, check them out!

 

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Full Body Workout

Warm Up – 5 minutes on the stepmill at level 10

Round 1 – 4 sets
250m row
15 reps – 30lb dumbbell swings
10 reps – 40lb back squat with a slow negative

Round 2 – 3 sets (video below)
20 reps – 50lb Barbell alternating toe taps
10 reps – 50lb chest press


Round 3 – 3 sets 
(video below)

10 reps – 50lb barbell deadlifts
10 reps – 50lb barbell upright rows
10 reps – 40lb overhead barbell press


Round 4 – 4 sets

15 reps – 70lb deadlifts
 
This workout should take you about an hour from start to finish. Enjoy! 🙂
 
 

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Spartan Race Review

I am a Spartan… and you can be too!

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Honestly, I always thought Spartan Races were for the Crossfitters who just wanted to prove they are actually crazy and can perform awesomely hard feats while being wet and muddy. Well, I was totally wrong and I’d like seconds of the Spartan Cray Cool-aid. Like now.

I didn’t train much differently prior to the race. I kept my functional approach with lots of body weight work, lifting and a few cardio sprint sessions. If you have a relatively solid upper body regime, you’ll be just fine. I found the upper body work to be the most prominent throughout the race. Between the walls, heavy objects to carry and monkey bar variations, there was quite a bit of upper body work to be done.

Getting in a few trail runs also helps with training for the race. In Lake Elsinore, the paths were pretty flat with some trecks down rocks and hills. You know what also helps? Having a buddy.

While most people are SUPER (and I highly emphasis this!) helpful, it’s always better to have someone to encourage you and…. also let you sit on their back while you make your way across the horizontal wall traverse! 🙂 (Luckily there were two angels from heaven who showed my friend and I how to get across with no feet assistance).

Speaking of obstacles, I thought we had some pretty great ones! While some seemed a bit redundant (numerous walls and two rounds of slightly different heavy carries for example), I enjoyed the variety. The inverted wall was my favorite. Some of the other obstacles we encountered were the barbed wire “crawl” (we all got high off rolling), tire flip, net climb, atlas carry, monkey bars, rings, sand bag carry, bucket carry, plate drag, rolling mud and slippery wall.

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I approached each obstacle with slight apprehension as I had NO idea whether I’d actually be able to do it. I put my best face on and made sure I at least gave it my best go before succumbing to burpees. To my surprise, I completed all of them except for the rope climb.

What did I love most of all about the Spartan Race? The strong sense of community. It was as if everyone came together (no matter the shape, age or color) to overcome obstacles some never thought possible.

The emcee was amazing at starting the race off with a warm up. He pumped us up before we even left the corral by getting us chanting and encouraging each other. Making sure to set the environment with hearty AROOOO’s, camaraderie genuinely filled the air. This is the cool-aid I’m talking about.

I have never raced with such excitement & fear and I was so proud and inspired by the time I jumped over that fire with my friend. We had completed a race we never thought we could. We joined arms with individuals of all backgrounds and we came together to accomplish everything. Together, we all became Spartans. Together, we worked hard and set forth to do the best we could while helping others along the way. We started as strangers, but we ended as family.

This might seem like some crazy blog post, but honestly…. if you are thinking of doing a race. Do it! I promise, you’ll be changed forever.

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A Keto Day For Me

It’s been requested (quite a few times) that I share a typical day in my keto life. While I strongly encourage you to find what works for you, this is what works for me. 

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Calories – usually about 2,000 but I always eat back my exercise calories (because I am in maintenance mode). So this could go up to 2,400 or more.

Macros – I try to hit about 20% protein, 7% carbs and 73% fat. Again, this could change depending on the day. On training days, I typically (but not alwayseat a few more grams of carbs and protein to help with recovery.

Liquids  I always drink a gallon of water. I also will drink a cup of tea, kombucha or sparkling water when the mood strikes me.

Food – A typical eating schedule for me starts from 5am – 8pm.

5am – Bullet Proof Coffee made with 16oz coffee + 1 tbspn MCT Oil + 1 tbspn Heavy Whipping Cream
Between 10:30-1pm – Meal One …. usually I eat eggs, bacon, greens and cheese for this meal
3pm – Afternoon tea or hot cocoa …. I’ll add some sort of fat source (MCT Oil, butter or coconut oil) if I need it
6:30pm – Meal Two …. this usually includes meat, greens and fat
7:30-8pm – Dessert …. typically a fat bomb

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Here are two days from my food logs:

Training Day: Calories – 2,358 | Macros – 51g Total Carbs (33g NET), 180g Fat, 118g Protein

Bullet Proof Coffee (coffee + 1 tbspn heavy whipping cream + 1 tbspn MCT Oil)

Meal One – 3 eggs, 2 slices of bacon, sauteed kale and cabbage & 2oz of Kerrygold Ballyshannon cheese

Snack – keto hot cocoa (16oz hot water + 1.5 tbspn unsweetened cocoa powder + 1 tbspn heavy whipping cream + 1 tbspn MCT Oil)

Meal Two – Spaghetti Squash pasta with meatballs + keto biscuit with butter & 4oz dry red wine

Dessert – 2 peanut butter and chocolate fat bombs + macadamia nuts

Non Training Day: Calories 2,026 | Macros – 36 Total Carbs (25g NET), 162g Fat, 101g Protein

Bullet Proof Coffee (coffee + 1 tbspn heavy whipping cream + 1 tbspn MCT Oil)

Meal One – Spaghettin squash, 2 slices of bacon, 3 eggs, 1 oz goat cheese

Meal Two – pork carnitas salad with salsa, cheddar cheese and sour cream

Dessert – Keto protein bar (40g melted coconut oil + 14g cacao butter + 1 scoop protein – mix and freeze) topped with peanut butter and marscapone cheese

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I really want to stress again that you should eat for your goals and body. I listen to my body and eat when I am hungry. If I don’t hit my macros perfectly, I’m okay with it!

Go forth and keto on.

 

 

 

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