Homemade Face Scrubs

I have always loved homemade scrubs; body, face, hands, feet, you name it! Though I will admit that I have not been as on top of making my own scrubs as I’d like to be. Well it’s time for that to change!

As I prepare for my wedding (10 month countdown! 😬😁😳), I have done a lot of research and made lists and goals to help me get more serious about my beauty regime. You see beauty it’s not just about the eye liner or coverup you use. It’s about health. It’s about having healthy skin, healthy hair, healthy nails, healthy body, healthy mind. It’s about feeling so good that you are not even concerned about that coverup! Beauty is confidence and to me confidence comes with health. 

So I have made a decision to use only the best and most pure products on my skin from here on out. If you don’t know this already, the things we put ON our bodies is just as important and the things we put IN our bodies… I have touched on this before when I did a review on an amazing Au Naturale makeup company (you should check it out 😉)… So I know that leading up to my big day, and just for my life in general, the benefits of making homemade scrubs outweighs the ease of purchasing chemical ridden cleansers in store. 

With that sad I wanted to share with you the facial scrub I made today and smells and feels like the best thing I’ve ever put on my face! 

With a nice blend of coconut sugar, honey, and oils this scrub is well balanced and exfoliates and soothes without leaving your skin with that greasy oil feeling afterwards. So without further ado…


1/2 cup coconut sugar

1/2 cup honey

2 tbsp coconut oil

50 drops essential oil blend of lavender and rose hip 

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This scrub is good for both body and face. If you are looking to make a large quantity and use it for your body, try out adding some citrus essential oils in place of the lavender! I don’t recommend citrus for facial scrubs due to the intensity and risk of burning if it gets in your eyes. But the health benefits of orange and lemon on skin is wonderful if using for a body scrub! 

Always keep your scrubs in a sealed glass container. And remember that a small amount goes a long way! 

Enjoy 😊❤️

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Humpday Giveaway! … Go Nuttzo

HAAAPPPY HUMPDAY 😀

Over the past month, if you follow my IG account, you have seen posts of this awesome new nut butter I am head over heels for. I serendipitously (that’s my favorite word by the way heehee) discovered my new favorite nut butter at the Tri Rock Expo before my race on Labor Day. I was standing in line waiting to pick up my race packet when my nut-allergic boyfriend pointed out the table giving away nut butter samples and said I should go try… I get to eat ALLLL THE NUT BUTTERS since he can’t. No complaints there 😉 … I had never heard of Nuttzo before but the name made me smile and I figured; its nut butter. I can’t taste bad right?

I was blown away at first bite! I will tell you I do not like bananas… like at all… like I tolerate them on rare occasion but they are not on my list of desired fruit… Can you guess how the samples were set up that they were giving out? Yup. Nut butter on a slice of banana. When I tell you how AMAZING this tasted… I didn’t even give thought to the fact that it was on a banana.

Now of course they were giving away samples and OF COURSE I took some. I was curious how all these other flavors would taste and truly what the difference would be between that and other traditional nut butters I have had. At the table, I tried their original peanut. Again, it was AMAZE. The samples I took back were their chocolate peanut flavor and their “power fuel”… Holy Nuts.

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I tried both on my morning toast and I grew deeper in love with every bite. The texture of it wasn’t dry or rough like many natural nut butters can be. It wasn’t overly powerful. Yet, it had the distinct nut butter taste; creamy, smooth, and perfectly nutty.

But even beyond the taste, I grew more intrigued by the actual substance and nutrition of Nuttzo. It goes so far beyond nut butter. It takes nut butter to a whole new world. Offering even more health benefits than that of a traditional almond or peanut butter.

Nuttzo uses 10 different organic nuts and seeds and combines them in these complex panels in order to offer us even more out of our nut butters. They are USDA certified organic, certified gluten-free, non-gmo, and vegan. With their “power fuel” option (crunchy, smooth, and chocolate flavor) also being paleo approved. Their “seven nut and seed” butters are all natural and contain no added sugar or oil; with their chocolate flavors clocking in with only ONE gram more sugar than their original flavors. Talk about a win there!

The 10 all organic ingredients they pull from to create these butters include: peanut, almond, cashew, hazelnut, brazil nut, flax seed, sunflower seed, chia seed, pumpkin seed, and 70% dark Peruvian chocolate. The various mixes of which pack a killer superfood punch and difference you can taste and feel.

From putting these nut butters on my toast to in my protein smoothies and shakes to just eating them straight out of the jar *shame face*, I have tried these all the usual ways I would consumer my almond butter and Nuttzo comes out on top each time. Because I love you all so much and because the wonderful people over at Nuttzo are just so super kind to supply me with a great amount of product, I am going to be spreading the nutty love!

I mean what better way to help get through the week than by brightening your Wednesday with a little nut butter giveaway. Am I right?! 😉

From now until Halloween (because for me nut butters are my candy) you can

enter to win a jar of Nuttzo Original Peanut! 😀

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ENTER HERE

Also, for your nutritional interest and pleasure I have also include the nutrition facts for the 3 different options and samples that I myself have tried… Currently the chocolate power fuel is my everything haha 🙂

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Workout Wednesday: Saving “Grace”

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If you are familiar with the Crossfit world or some of the common benchmark workouts done in Crossfit, you have probably heard of “Grace” … If you haven’t I will explain the workout.

30 clean & jerks. Done for time.

Yupp. That’s it. Sounds pretty manageable right? Well the goal of it being to work up to using the Rx weights if you are not there yet and being able to do it in the fastest time possible. So, yes. It is definitely manageable. BUT if you are really pushing yourself if can also make a fun challenge.

Now, you might be wondering why I am writing about such a basic workout. Well, on a typical day that is really all it is, a basic workout of 30 clean and jerks. However, for one day each year, it becomes SO MUCH MORE than just a workout.

One of the things that I am beyond proud to say I have been a part of since the beginning of my Crossfit time is participating in Barbells For Boobs each October.

We all know that October is breast cancer awareness month. Each year at this time we begin to see a sea of pink flood EVERRRYYTTHIIINNGGG. That also includes the Crossfit community. All over the country, crossfitters come together at events both big and small to complete this simple yet powerful workout of 30 clean and jerks and together raise money for an amazing organization that works to promote and service men and women with early detection tests.

This year will make it my 3rd year in a row fundraising for Barbells For Boobs and completing “Grace”. My goal each year has been to reach a PR both in the workout and in my fundraising. My first year I completed the workout with just 75# and raised $165. Last year, I was able to complete the workout with the RX weight of 95# and I was able to increase the amount raised to $246.

For this third year, my goal in the workout is to again use the RX weight and to beat my time of 6:40. My goal for fundraising is to double that number from last year and hit $500! 😀

Also, this year, I am insanely excited to say that I will be having my boyfriend join me in his very first year participating in Barbells For Boobs. We will also be lucky enough to be participating in the Central Texas stop of the Pink Bra Tour. I feel so blessed to be part of such an uplifting and inspiring community and be able to advocate for everyone’s RIGHT TO KNOW.

PLEASE help me in reaching my fundraising goal this year and help to save the lives of men and women by providing them with the opportunity for early detection.

VISIT MY PAGE HERE 

Stop Fighting Food!

I have something that is really exciting to share with you today. It is near and dear to my heart because it speaks directly to the person I used to be…

Have you ever experienced any of the following?

“Feeling crazy around food” (i.e. obsessive thinking about food, dieting, “health,” etc. on a regular basis)

Emotional Eating (i.e. compulsive feelings around food, feeling out of control around food, using food as a coping mechanism, etc.). Most women I work with relate to the feeling that “every emotional whim might send them straight into a jar of Nutella for comfort.”

Binge-eating (i.e. periods of eating large quantities of food, generally after a period of “being good”with food, or restricting food in some capacity.

Poor body image or low self-esteem related to body size and/or food behaviors.

Well then, today I want to talk to you about this very sensitive and super challenging issue. I see too many women in my life and work constantly struggling with food and their weight, and today, if you fall into this category, I want to talk to you…

300x500-1I want to talk to those of you who are constantly searching for the perfect diet, and constantly falling off the perfect diet;

Constantly swinging between “this time I’ve got it,” and “what the hell is wrong with me that I can’t stop eating peanut butter out of the jar?”

Always judging yourself based on what you ate that day or whether or not your skinny jeans fit;

And generally letting food and weight concerns rule your world — the ups and downs of the diet-binge cycle dictating your “good” or “bad” days.

If you have followed this blog for some time, you have seen more than one post focusing on or referencing my past struggles with disordered eating and body image issues. Until recently, I had been weight obsessed for as long as I can remember. I used HATE myself for the way I looked in certain things… And I would comfort myself with food… Then workout incessantly to burn off the calories I just shamefully ate… And I would hate myself a little bit more for it. It was a whirl wind. I also tried every single ABSURD diet in the book just to get to weight where “people would like me”.

Because I have dealt with emotional eating before and I have seen, and still see, SO many women.. TOO many women.. in my life deal with this, I want to offer everyone an “answer”, a light at the end of the tunnel if you will. You do not have to deal with fighting yourself and fighting food. You do not have to have a negative relationship with food. Food is AMAZING. And you are AMAZING. You two should be AMAZING together!

Isabel Foxen Duke, my friend and founder of Stop Fighting Food calls this phenomenon “feeling crazy around food.” 

Isabel is one of the most well-respected pros in the emotional eating world, contributing some very new ideas about how we can change our thought-patterns around food and weight, and finally break out of the exhausting diet-binge cycling behaviors that too many women find themselves trapped in — behaviors like, sneak-eating ice cream in the middle of the night; yo-yo dieting; emotional eating, and emotional eating’s painful cousin: binge-eating.

Isabel is offering all my readers (all you awesome women) a free video training series this month  covering some of her most important concepts in changing women’s relationship with food on an emotional and psychological level.  If this is a topic that speaks to you, I highly recommend you sign up to get her free vids.

You don’t have to live your life clinging desperately to diets, only to end up with your fingers in a jar of Nutella at the end of the day. You don’t have to live the rest of your life feeling bat-shit crazy around food.

Trust me, this is a chance you DO NOT want to miss. Too many women go through so much of their life trying to just live up to the standards we “think” we should. We treat ourselves terribly and shame ourselves with weight and food. Changing my way of thinking about food has given me freedom. Freedom to enjoy my life and live it to the fullest. To love myself. To love everything I put in my body and not hide in the closet eating a cookie at night just to regret it in the morning.

Free yourself ladies and STOP FIGHTING FOOD!

So one last time, here is the link for you to sign up for this free training and get on the road to a healthy, happy lifestyle…

http://ifd.ontraport.com/t?orid=18647&opid=1

 

Green Dranks: Super charge your mornings 

We have all heard the saying you are what you eat.

How about you are what you drink?    

 How many of us have rushed days? How many times have you maybe finished a day and realized you should’ve had more greens than you did? How many of you struggle to make sure you are incorporating a more whole diet? Or really how many of us just want a better breakfast option?

If you can relate on any level to any of these questions than you are right in the same boat as me. I like relaxed mornings. But sometimes those relaxed mornings turn into too much time in the shower listening to Hunter Hayes and zero time for breakfast… And if you know me, you know that NO ONE should speak to me if I don’t eat breakfast. 😭🙈 I also love salads and my boyfriend and I eat one every night at dinner along with other green veggies. But a lot of times with my job I am rushing around and end up just picking on some nuts and fruit and cold cuts, struggling to fit in greens during the day. Of course there are also times where maybe I have some indulgent days and don’t get all the things my body needs to function well.

How do I solve this? 

I’ve found one of the best tasting, nutritious, green food and superfood mixes on the planet! I will preface this with saying that I am a big proponent of getting your nutrients with real food and not supplements. But considering this isn’t a chemical filled load of crap you don’t need for no reason kind of shake, I have embraced it with open arms and my body ADORES IT!

The days I start my morning with a full, complete, well rounded combo of greens, superfood, protein, and carbs … Oh my those are my best days! I am a huge eggs person and trust me I love those mornings just as much, but there is something about kicking off the day with superfood AND protein from greens that really energizes me and keeps me feeling well all day.

  
Why does your body want greens and protein in the morning? 

For one thing, studies have shown that those who start their day with greens may experience high energy levels, improved mental clarity, and reduced cravings throughout the day! Yippee! In addition, it’s been shown that high protein breakfasts can optimize your brains ability to help wake you up. See ya over consumption of coffee! ✌️ If you also combine this with carbs, your body will more gradually digest your breakfast and keep you satiated longer. Aka no unnecessary pre-lunch snacking! 😄

In addition, since for many people a high protein diet sometimes means a diet high in fat and cholesterol, replacing your source of protein with a pea protein helps reduce the amount of fat intake. 

There are many ways to get your fill of greens, superfood, protein, and carbs in the morning – or any time of the day. Having my Nature’s Sunshine shake or making protein pancakes/waffles with these powders is just one of the many easy ways I like to fit mine in! ☺️💚

AND lucky for all you lovely people, you can try your own powders with a 33% off discount… Because I love you so much! 

  

When you place a $40 order from Nature’s Sunshine, you will qualify for a free membership – aka 33% discounted member prices – if you have a required Sponsor Code. 

Enter Fitness For Real People’s sponsor code “3178209” at checkout and you can reap all the benefits! 😊☀️

So head on over to naturessunshine.com and check it out. Comment below or contact me with any questions! 

Get your green dranks on! 

Restoration and Fitness

Everything we see and everything we hear on television, social media, the wonderful world wide web or from our trainers and coaches and training partners or fitness idols… Everything revolves around pushing ourselves to our absolute limits. Pain is progress. Right? I mean at the very core of it the muscle burning and day after soreness is in fact the muscle rebuilding and growing stronger. And rebuilding well that’s basically the definition of restoration isn’t it? So even down to a simple formula, it would appear that restoration is an every day part of fitness because our body is constantly restoring itself and in turn becoming more fit.

But what happens when there is too much burn? Too much pushing? Too much tear and not enough restore? What happens when we just go too far and our body never gets that time it needs for proper restoration…

I feel like this is a subject that gets skipped over during typical fitness talk. Most likely because as we are promoting fitness we are trying to get the general public to move more and focus on doing physical things with our bodies rather than talking to them about resting…. and for good reason.

However, part of fitness and part of getting faster, stronger, better is embracing a restorative process. To live a fully healthy – mind, body, and soul – and happy life, we need to give ourselves an adequate amount of self-love. We need to give our bodies love. We need to allow them some time to not have the crap beat out of them. I don’t mean sitting our butts on the couch and doing nothing… (though sometimes a glass of wine, a movie, and a loved one is what me may need emotionally or mentally)… I am talking about some good old active rest time.

Being a crossfitter, I spend most of my gym time stressing my body to its absIMG_0936olute limits… and then past them. The barbell is a good friend of mine. I get inverted a lot. Or do some crazy monkey strength things on the rig. And I love every single second of it. I love the burn. I love feeling sore. I love knowing that my body is the strongest it has ever been. And my body loves it. My body embraces it. My body is growing and changing and getting better… But even though my body feeds off heavy lifting and aggressive tests of endurance or speed and then both of those combined haha, my body still has firm limits. It has the “I used to not be able to do this” strength limits and then it has the “If I don’t get a break I am going to burn out and I will get injured and I will feel like shit” limits. That second set of limits; those are the ones you want to recognize and make sure you are giving some attention to.

Rest is different for every athlete and every BODY. It can range from a beginner who may need 2 of these days a week to a professional who takes maybe 2 of these a month, if that. Rest can also range from the days were we only do a little stretching to maybe some light running and cardio work and some mobility on the side. Regardless, ACTIVE rest should be a planned part of every person’s fitness.

I am guilty of not giving myself the space, time, or treatment needed to heal and have paid the consequences. Healing isn’t complete rest and inactivity. Rather, healing is doing something active for your body to assist in its restoration. If you constantly heavy lift, perhaps active rest is some light cardio. If you are a runner, maybe your active rest is some yoga. Whatever it may be, switching up your routine to add in some less aggressive days every so often is beneficial to the growth and continued health of your body.

With my life being all ovFullSizeRenderer the damn place these days, I am insanely excited about forcing myself to get into better habits of adding stretching and mobility as a regular part of my every day, even outside the gym. I am also excited to focus on some restorative fitness for both the sake of my body and mind. I am starting by going in on a 14 Day Yoga Challenge which started today.

The #LoveYourHips Challenge ran by Brittany Suell and Lora Hogan is 14 days of hip opening yoga poses. Yoga is a fantastic supplement to all workout routines. For someone like myself with heavy lifting, it allows me to develop a better range of motion, better flexibility, and focus on gaining lean functional muscle rather than tight bulky muscle.

So whatever your poison, just make sure you are having a healthy mix of aggressive pushing the limit workouts and restorative active rest for your body. Stay healthy while you get fit.

Au Naturale

To be in a natural state.

That is how I usually am. If you know me, you know that you can probably count on one hand the number of times you’ve seen me really decked out in makeup. Like REAL done up.

Yeah. That usually happens only on holidays or special occasions. My poor boyfriend rarely even gets deemed special enough to get the gorge-ed up me to bask at on the reg haha … Sorry love.

A usual day at the office or outing into public only consists of just my BB cream and some mascara… Because like who doesn’t love mascara ladies… Aaaaand because most men have better eyelashes than me and that’s just like come on now haha… Which makes getting ready in the morning soooo much faster and easier and more relaxing. However, it makes times I do try to wear makeup so much more tedious and trying. (And embarrassing lol)

So why such the aversion to makeup?

Well on the positive side, every since my “No Makeup” challenge – as in no coverup, BB cream, or mascara – I have gained confidence in myself and my no qualms natural appearance.

However, on the not so positive and reason it even started side, it’s because of my less than great skin. Ever since high school I have not had the best skin. My acne and blemishes mostly destroy my shoulders and back 😦 However, my face is not prone to it and I have found over the years that basically all makeup simply just makes it worse. So why would I want to cover up my breakouts with heavy cosmetics that are in turn just going to make me break out more?

Exacatically. As the caterpillar would say…. Enough. You’ve seen Alice in Wonderland so stop judging me. Thanks.

On to the more important information…

Why am I even writing about my awful skin and makeup habits? Well, it’s because I am here to tell you that I have found a solution! I was lucky enough to come across an AMAZING company with some of the purest products I am ever had grace my face. Like seriously.

Au Naturale Cosmetics is a company of organic, vegan, paraben free, gluten free, cruelty free, crap free cosmetics that will rock your world. Being of such pure ingredients make them super sensitive skin friendly. 

When I first got the products, I won’t lie, I was a bit skeptical. I don’t have a good history with cosmetics and my skin. I also was a little weary on the fact that the bronzer and the blush came in a stick form. I have never in my life used something like that before. I thought there was no way this would work with my skin. It had to be too heavy right? Rolling a stick on your face?

Boy was I wrong!

I have never used a makeup that felt lighter and more airy on my face. I was impressed with the feeling it left on my skin, the way it did not affect my skin in any way shape or form after wearing it every day for an entire long weekend, and the way it looked FLAWLESS.

As you can imagine, for someone who does not wear a lot of makeup, wearing makeup for an entire long weekend was nerve-racking. But thanks to Au Naturale Cosmetics, it was much easier than I anticipated. I was fear free within a day and actually excited to test everything out! 😀

The products I received (and am now obsessed with) were:

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Bronzer stick, blush stick, powder foundation, and two shades of a cream eye shadow

Each of which went on easily, looked amazing, and stayed impressively well.

Now, from a health point of view, we talk all day about what we should eat, drink, and do for our bodies. How the things we put into our bodies affect us and why organic, chemical free products are so much better for us. But what about what we put ON our bodies?

Everything we put on our skin goes into our body. Our skin has pores which absorb. Hence why certain makeups and scrubs and soaps make people with sensitive skin breakout. Your body takes in a certain amount of any chemical you treat it with. So just as I make natural scrubs and soaps for myself, it is more ideal to have equally as organic and natural makeup.

Part of what I also loved about Au Naturale is that they made you aware of what is in their product on a label on the packaging of their product. And all of their ingredients are those which you could actually read and pronounce.

In parting, if you want to buy truly natural, organic, good for you products from a genuine cosmetic company, look no further than Au Naturale ladies.

They are such a good, down to earth, consumer friendly company that they even hand wrapped and sent a written note in my package…

Check out my instagram (@fitnessforrealpeople) for pictures of my makeup transformation 😉