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There’s really nothing better than stepping outside and breathing in that fresh summer air. If you haven’t already, then please put that gym membership on hold and utilize the great outdoors. From the West Coast to the East Coast there’s plenty to do outside to keep healthy. From hiking and kayaking to even just jogging, we can all use a little exercise and have fun while doing it. Just remember to bring water, a healthy snack, and SPF (I always wear our 24/7 lip sheer with SPF 15 in champagne brunch, too.). So get off your butt tartelettes and let’s start moving; the sun is shining, the weather is beautiful and it’s time to get active!
How are you utilizing Mother Nature’s playground?
We’re midway through the summer and already the belly bloat is creeping back around our waistlines. After all the family parties, barbeques, and summer cocktails what can we really expect? Not to worry though, we’ve devised a plan to attack the bloat dead in its tracks and eliminate any destruction that’s already occurred. Follow these simple steps and you’re sure to burn fat, stay healthy and keep a flat tummy from here on out!
- Snack with protein between the hours of 3pm and 4pm. This seems to be the time we snack heavily just before dinner and usually we opt for unhealthy choices. Choose a protein bar like Kashi to help boost your metabolism and balance your sugar. This will also help prevent overeating throughout the rest of the day.
- Crunches and planks are simple workouts that’ll keep your tummy toned and flat. Three to four times a week give yourself 20 minutes to work off that extra weight around your mid section.
- Zap sugar out of your diet! The less sugar you consume the lower your insulin level and the lower your insulin level the higher your glucagon level. Your glucagon level helps burn off fat and kills off any extra bulge in your stomach area.
- 21 chews and counting… Remember that old fashion rule: chew 21 times before swallowing? Well, there seems to be some merit in this method; the more you chew the easier it will be for your body to break down and digest any food consumed. Food not properly broken down can cause severe bloat in your mid-section; so just remember 21 chews can lead to a flatter tummy.
- Kick salt to the curb! Salt makes the body retain water and many women tend to hold it in their abdominal region. Substitute salt with either Salsa or pepper for a hint of flavor and if you must have some salt make it pure sea salt; it has a lower sodium count than table salt.
- Try kickboxing. Kickboxing is the ultimate work out for your belly; by moving your arms and legs you’re pretty much performing standing crunches for an entire class.
- Add a little lemon to your water. Lemons are a natural flavor and help the body naturally beat belly bloat.
- For instant results that give the appearance of a flatter stomach, try walking in heels. This ultimately forces your mid section to stretch out while walking.
- Why eat white when whole grain will help? Whole grains are easier for your body to break down offering more fiber, which helps beat bloating.
- Some of my favorite flat tummy foods: almonds, avocado, whole grain bread, salmon, natural peanut butter, berries, olive oil, and veggies, veggies, veggies!
How do you plan to beat the belly bloat this summer?
- 1 bunch kale, de-stemmed (can be bought at an organic grocery or health food store)
- ¼ cup raw cashews, soaked for several hours to soften
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 tbsp curry powder
- ½ tsp cumin
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- ¼ sweet onion, chopped
- ½ tbsp nutritional yeast (optional, a vegan way to add a “cheesy” flavor)
- Preheat your oven to 300 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- To de-stem your kale, pull all of the wide, leafy green parts off of the thick stalks. Place all of these in a large mixing bowl and set aside.
- Blend all of your ingredients, beginning with the cashews, until a thick “paste” has formed. If you do not have a blender, you can use unsalted cashew butter and mix the remaining ingredients by hand.
- “Massage” the paste onto your kale. Take a small amount of the paste into your hands and coat each piece of kale. Continue until all pieces are lightly coated in the paste. This is not as time-consuming as it sounds, I promise!
- Here is the tricky part: figuring out how long to leave in your kale. Start by seeing how the kale looks after 10 minutes. If the paste looks slightly cooked through and the kale looks crunchy, flip and bake for another 10 minutes. If the paste has not cooked, allow them to bake on the first side for another 10 minutes, then flip and bake until done. Once you figure out this timing, you will know how long it takes for your latter batches.
- Allow the kale chips to cool, and then devour! Make your office-mates green (literally!) with envy.
How do you snack healthy?
For those of you who have not already met, let me introduce you to BabyCakes, NYC’s (& LA’s!) most-celebrated vegan bakery. This fantastic sweet shop offers all your favorite treats from cupcakes and brownies, to their signature (must-try) cookie sandwiches. Although all of their organic goodies are free of gluten, wheat, soy, casein, egg and refined sugar, they certainly don’t taste like it! Yesterday we had an office birthday (Happy Birthday Kate!) and celebrate we did with a cake plate piled high with BabyCake’s cupcakes in the dreamiest of pastel colors (a la ‘The Umbrellas of Cherbourg). What’s sweeter than red velvet frosting? The fact that BabyCakes is just a 10 minute subway ride from our office (score!) Located in the super-hip lower east side at 248 Broome Street (between Orchard and Ludlow), it’s our ultimate snacking destination. Be sure to stop by if you happily find yourself in New York. Say goodbye to your prior notions of “crunchy granola” health food and hello to beautiful, colorful cookies and cupcakes that are impossible to resist!
Tell us what’s your favorite local bakery?
The bikini countdown has begun and like Forrest, I’m taking to the roads to shave off a few unwelcomed lbs that made their way onto my waistline this winter. I’m headed into battle in my stylish, yet functional Nike Shox Trainers. I’ve got my iPod loaded with my favorite “move my tush” songs like Rihanna’s “S&M” and Black Eyed Pea’s “Just Can’t Get Enough”. If all else fails, then I can always turn to my trusty tarte glam gams to give me a sunkissed glow that’s sure to make my pale legs look firmer and taut. Hey, I’m definitely not above fakin’ it till I make it! Then, off I go!
I’d love to hear what you ladies are doing to get ready for summer!! Please share your tips & tricks below!
Jen, a fellow tartelette ambassador
It’s officially spring and that means summer is right around the corner. Translated: I need to get my butt in gear for skirt and short season here on the East Coast and up the ante on my healthy living plan. As I’ve blogged about in the past, I’m all about trying new fitness routines. Last year, I ran my first half-marathon and then in November I ran the NYC marathon in 4h5min! I also incorporated boot camp at 360Fit, intense spinning at Flywheel Sports and some Bikram Yoga moves into my workout schedule last year.
This year I’m taking a different approach and trying the infamous Physique 57 (Kelly Ripa is a fan). I had my first beginner’s class last Sunday and then on Wednesday I took an open class with my friend Jessica—it was tough! Basically, you start the class off with warm-up moves and then you incorporate weights to tone and strengthen your arms. Next up: pushups and lots of them. Then it’s on to the bar where you do every imaginable leg move to tone the thighs, hamstrings, calves, booty—you name it! It incorporates a lot of moves (squeeze/tone/pulse) that require a ball (think: dodgeball). You finish off the class with abs and mat work. What’s great about this interval program is that after you complete a series of exercises—literally, you can’t do anymore—you then stretch the muscle. It was such a difficult workout, but I really loved the intensity of it. I was sweating, but I will say my waterproof makeup was still on. Oh, and believe me, you feel it for the next 2 days, too. This cardiovascular program of isometric exercises and orthopedic stretches is sure to kick of my personal spring training!!
What are you doing to keep healthy this spring?! And what makeup do you wear while working out? For me, I can’t go anywhere without mascara!! Share your comments below. We’d love to hear!
As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m making 2011 the year of fitness! But in a fun way! The winter months have given me the perfect opportunity to embrace snowboarding, but my day job doesn’t allow for that to be my consistent form of exercise. I’ve been thinking long on what new activity to try…what to do? Personally, I prefer a motivating class atmosphere. When you see everyone else around you doing it you tell yourself ‘so can I’. Well ladies, I’ve found my new calorie burning, strength training Mecca: The Bar Method (another similar program is Physique 57).
Friends and colleagues have raved about this workout program in the past, however, with its hefty price tag I’ve always resorted to other options. Last week my favorite Gilt Groupe affiliate Gilt City had an amazing discounted 1-month package for new students; I seized the opportunity. With 5 classes under my belt, I’m feeling soreness in muscles I didn’t even realize could be worked!
Enough babbling, what is it already? I think they say it best, “The Bar Method integrates the fat burning format of interval training, the muscle shaping technique of isometrics, the elongating principles of dance conditioning, and the science of physical therapy to create a revolutionary new workout that quickly and safely reshapes your entire body.” Just think ballet, yoga, weights—they even have classes for moms-to-be! With studios in major cities nationwide, I encourage you to try it. I promise it’ll only take one class…and you’ll be shaking!
For the best results you need to switch up your fitness routine. Your muscles get bored just as fast as you do!
College = change: no parents/curfews, new living conditions, different friends and the list goes on.One not so exciting change I experienced was how my skin reacted to it all. I managed to obtain all of the dreaded symptoms: occasional dryness and oily, habitual breakouts–ugh. And I know a lot of my college friends can relate. Let’s face it bad skin is triggered by diet, lack of sleep, and increased stress (thank you, college). I decided to do some research in the hopes of finding something that would help assuage the effects of my new lifestyle.
My first go-to: my all-knowing Mother. She suggested I read The Beauty Bible, by Paula Begoun. Three rules I’ve learned from Paula: 1) Be gentle!! Irritated skin means blemishes.2) Exfoliate 3) Use products with antioxidants—they fight free radicals (i.e. pollution and oxygen that cause our skin to prematurely age-Ahh!) So, I picked out some new products and ditched the harsh astringents that were drying out my face. I opted for Cetaphil, a gentle cleanser that won’t strip my skin of the natural, healthy oil needed to moisturize it (added bonus: it’s cheap). Then I picked out a 2% beta hydroxyl acid gel, which is used to exfoliate the skin and prevent blackhead build up. It gets rid of dead and damaged skin and literally leaves my face glowing after I use it. Lastly, I bought a bottle of milk of magnesia (yes, I know it’s more commonly used as a laxative). It’s a mineral that gently dries up pimples; it’s actually kind of awesome, not gross!
After I switched up my skincare routine, I was left with softer and almost breakout-free skin. SO EXCITING! ! What’s even more exciting is that I landed an internship with tarte and learned (and still learning) all about their skinvigorating™ ingredients. I realized all of tarte’s products are all full of antioxidants, the magical ingredients that The Beauty Bible says will fight aging and promote healthy skin! Now, my skincare and makeup régime is complete! Not only that but all of tarte’s products are gentle to the touch; I mean they literally feel GOOD when I apply them to my face. My favorite is smooth operator oil-free tinted moisturizer with SPF 15.
Well, that’s the extent of my skin care knowledge–let me know what you think?! I’d love to hear about your routines!
Two weeks ago I ran my first half-marathon in 2 hours 1min 53sec (see earlier post to get more background)! We started in Prospect Park in Brooklyn and ended in Coney Island. It felt great mentally and physically to accomplish such a long run. As a beginner runner, I tried to read up on all the tips & tricks. Now, after finishing my first race I’d love to share some of my thoughts:
- Dress appropriately: I was sure to check the weather the night before. I went with some Nike dri-fit capris & tank. It was a bit chilly in the morning, but by mile 2 I was perfect.
- Start slow: This was a harder rule for me to follow, but I had my good friend Erika to keep me in check. You automatically want to run fast, but it’s best to start slow and build your speed. You can always sprint at the end.
- Hydrate: I’m constantly forcing myself to hydrate. I’m not one of those people that drink lots of water, but I’ve been getting much better at it! Throughout the race, you’ll find stations of water and Gatorade. Be sure to take advantage of them! Some people think that it will take time off their numbers, but in the end it really helps! Your body will thank you for it. I had my first Gatorade at mile 4 and then pretty much continued to do so every other mile.
- Music: My running mix really got me through the run—from Jay Z’s Empire State of Mind to Passion Pit’s Sleepyhead and MGMT’s Kids, I was able to motivate with music!
- Accessories: What did I really need? To be honest aside from my iPod, the only other items I carried in my pants were tarte’s 24/7 lip sheer and Powerbar gel to take at mile 6. Other than that I checked everything else I had with me.
- Support system: For this race, I was lucky to run with Erika and my husband Greg was there to cheer us on. I’m also constantly asking my dear friend Jay for advice, too.
As for challenges I personally faced during my run—waking up at 5am for a 7am race! Other than that I had some soreness, but ice and some advil did the trick. Next up: NYC marathon in October!!
As many of you know, tarte is a natural brand that formulates with high-performance natural ™ ingredients. That being said I wanted to provide some more insight on what we mean when we talk about these HPN ingredients. Maureen Kelly (the Creator & CEO) scours the earth for nature’s secrets that will clinically correct your skin (whether it’s wrinkles, fine lines or moisture issues) while helping you look your best! Our newest products contain clay, but not just any clay: Amazonian White Clay! You’re probably wondering: what the heck is that and why should I care?
Amazonian white clay is nature’s most perfect ingredient. It works for ALL skin types. Yes, I said ALL—I know, we didn’t think it existed either! So, today I wanted to share all the deets on what exactly it is/does and why it must be the newest edition to your makeup bag.
While recently vacationing in Brazil (the tarte team is going back June 20!!), Maureen noticed that women of all ages had such flawless skin and healthy complexions. She was on a mission to determine their beauty secret. Enter nature’s most perfect ingredient: Amazonian clay.
A quick eco-history lesson: The Amazon River spans 4,000 miles in length, and as it flows it collects nutrient dense fruit and plant matter. At the most downstream region nutrients are at its highest concentration. At this location tarte extracts the purest clay sediments; and along the River’s edge, we refine the raw clay on-site while in its most active state. By using the sun’s natural heat we solidify the clay into blocks to sustain and protect the nutrient concentration. The clay is then shaved down into a finely-milled powder that can be carefully added to our high-performance natural™ formulas to gently balance and correct any skin concerns while simultaneously stimulating circulation.
So how does this multitasking and total skin balancing clay work for everyone?
- Oily skin: removes surface oil to mattify skin
- Dry skin: hydrates skin reducing the appearance of dryness and flakiness
- For problem/redness/acne skin: helps correct and balance
- Dull skin: improves the appearance of skin clarity and texture
- All skin: Gives skin an overall smooth and even appearance
Well, this was a mouthful but it’s so important to know what your makeup is doing for you. Check out our new for summer 2010 emphasEYES™ clay shadow/liners & get your daily dose of white clay. A bunch of additional clay-packed tarte goodies can be found on our QVC.com page.