Embracing nature

To organic or to not organic? That is the question. What do you do? Do you go out of your way to buy organic, or do you just grab whichever is more convenient? This can go multiple ways, but today we’re going to try to focus on two product types: deodorant and sunscreen. Two essentials…

Embracing nature was originally published on Self Evolve

To organic or to not organic? That is the question. What do you do? Do you go out of your way to buy organic, or do you just grab whichever is more convenient? This can go multiple ways, but today we’re going to try to focus on two product types: deodorant and sunscreen. Two essentials while working out, especially while working out outside (i.e. running or attending my weekly strength and conditioning class).

For natural deodorant, what does that look like? Ideally, at the very least, deodorant without aluminum. Why not aluminum? While aluminum is used for things like cans of soda, it is not ideal on our skin. First of all, you may have an allergy to aluminum. A good amount of people break out in a rash when using antiperspirants. Also, aluminum may cause other issues outside of just a rash, i.e. it can interfere with your hormones. Aluminum isn’t the only thing to avoid, triclosan could be a stronger endocrine disruptor than propylene glycol, so try to avoid it as well.

The tricky part about going natural is finding a deodorant that stands up to sweat sessions, i.e. that super humid run or when you’re doing planks at the gym. The deodorant that I use and find effective is Arrow Protect Natural Deodorant by Birchbox. It smells good and stands up to my tough workouts. Which one do you use?

As for sunscreen, it’s important to read the ingredients on the bottle as well. Many sunscreens claim to be natural, but are they? Ingredients to avoid for SPF include chemicals such as oxybenzone, octinoxate  and homosalate. There are other chemicals to watch out for. Ideally, you want to reach for the organic option that uses mineral filters rather than chemical filters.

Mineral sunscreens are made with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, usually in the form of nanoparticles. There is good evidence that little if any zinc or titanium particles penetrate the skin to reach living tissues. Thus, mineral sunscreens tend to rate better than chemical sunscreens. What sunscreen do you use? Do you read the ingredients before buying sunscreen or just grab the most convenient sunscreen at the store? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. Thanks!

Embracing nature was originally published on Self Evolve

Track Your Fitness

If you’re like me, you like to track how many steps you take in a day. If you run like me, you also like to know how far and what your pace is while running. Cherry on the top? I also want to know what my heart-rate is in order to make sure I’m not…

Track Your Fitness was originally published on Self Evolve

If you’re like me, you like to track how many steps you take in a day. If you run like me, you also like to know how far and what your pace is while running. Cherry on the top? I also want to know what my heart-rate is in order to make sure I’m not…

Track Your Fitness was originally published on Self Evolve

Importance of Electrolytes

Most people know that hydration is important, but many people are still dehydrated. Did you know that about 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated? America, where water is not only free but also clean (other than Flint). How is it that with free, clean water people are still dehydrated? It takes more than just water to…

Importance of Electrolytes was originally published on Self Evolve

There could never be a more beautiful you

**Warning, this post isn’t meant for under-aged viewers** What do you desire? Everyone has different desires. Some desire to lose weight, others desire to gain muscle. Some desire to be skinny, while others desire to have curves. What do you think your ideal partner desires in their partner? What do you find appealing? There are…

There could never be a more beautiful you was originally published on Self Evolve

**Warning, this post isn’t meant for under-aged viewers**

What do you desire? Everyone has different desires. Some desire to lose weight, others desire to gain muscle. Some desire to be skinny, while others desire to have curves. What do you think your ideal partner desires in their partner?

What do you find appealing? There are many people with many different shapes and sizes. And at the end of the day, everyone has their own type of beauty. They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What do you find beautiful?

The song Beautiful by Christina Aguilera comes to mind:

You are beautiful no matter what they say
Words can’t bring you down….oh no
You are beautiful in every single way
Yes, words can’t bring you down, oh, no
So don’t you bring me down today…

The problem with society is that people look to others to tell them if they’re beautiful or not. Please just know, you are beautiful! Truly! 🙂 As Jonny Diaz says:

There could never be a more beautiful you
Don’t buy the lies, disguises and hoops, they make you jump through
You were made to fill a purpose that only you could do
So there could never be a more beautiful you

What makes you feel beautiful?

For me, it’s this gorgeous photo my awesome photographer friend took of me:

Contact me today for butt exercise ideas! 😉

 

There could never be a more beautiful you was originally published on Self Evolve

Strength breeds strength

I’ll be honest, I haven’t always been surrounded by the right people. I’ve had people in my life try to drag me down with them. Slurring their words, trying to get me to believe that I wasn’t worth the time or energy. It’s hard to think of those dark thoughts that entered my mind at that…

Strength breeds strength was originally published on Self Evolve

I’ll be honest, I haven’t always been surrounded by the right people. I’ve had people in my life try to drag me down with them. Slurring their words, trying to get me to believe that I wasn’t worth the time or energy. It’s hard to think of those dark thoughts that entered my mind at that time in my life. Over the 30 years that I’ve been on this planet, I’ve learned that I am worth the time and energy, and so much more. I’ve learned to surround myself with people who are strong like me. I provide strength to others, and expect the same from the people around me. Anyone who doesn’t believe in me doesn’t deserve my time and energy.

How do you provide strength to others? And do the people in your life lift you up as well?

Strength breeds strength was originally published on Self Evolve