The Errand Remix: How to make life easier

As my husband says, “you love convenience.” Well Yes I do! I work 4 jobs, clean, cook and attempt to have a social life. Convenience is a key to my life. I have composed a list of my errand remixes in hopes that it helps one of you!

  1. Instacart. If you haven’t heard about Instacart this is how it works: You register on their website to see what stores deliver to your area. Pick 1 store, pick your items, pick your delivery time, food appears, Voila! My favorite feature in Instacart is that they save the list of foods you ordered previously which makes re-ordering incredibly easy. It tells you what’s on sale, there are catering options and if you buy a certain amount of one item you can get free delivery. However, delivery is usually $4-7 so it’s really not that big of a deal to pay for it. If you click this link you will get $10 towards your first order. YEY!

2. Amazon Prime. My husband eats what I’m estimating is about 15lbs of food per day. That means I have to keep A LOT of quick side dishes and healthy snacks in the house or I have a hangry husband on my hands. Amazon prime will deliver your pantry staples in 48 hours. Here are links to some of my favorite clean eating essentials. (click on the photo)

Seeds of Change Rice & Quinoa: Protein packed, ready in 90 seconds, low sodium. Can it get easier than that?

Edamame Pasta: Another protein packed favorite and alternative to regular pasta. It does have a similar carb count as regular pasta but a healthier glycemic index, higher fiber and protein.

Lorissa’s Kitchen Jerky. I love this jerky! It comes in a variety of flavors and I keep it in my desk at work. Yes jerky has a higher sodium content but it’s just a snack not meant to be eaten daily. Treat yourself!

Hemp Hearts. Hemp seeds are full of protein and fiber. They are a great additive for yogurts, smoothies and cereals. I like to add them to yogurt with fresh fruit.

Planters nuts snack bags. Pre-portioned and full of healthy fats and protein, nuts make a great snack. You can throw them in your purse or keep them in your desk. Eat them after a workout or while shopping!

Goji berries. This is considered a super food due to it’s high antioxidant content. They are a little high in sugar so use them sparingly as a yogurt topping or mixed into a smoothie.

Chia Seeds. Chia seeds contain protein and fiber which keeps you feeling fuller longer. I like to mix these with unsweetened coconut milk and create a pudding. It sits over night and then you have pudding for a week! AKA Healthy dessert.

Roasted Edamame. Protein is a key factor when it comes to snacks. You want to feel full until you’re next meal. Edamame has a high protein content without much sugar or salt.

3. The gym. With my crazy schedule I don’t always have time to go to the gym so I had to create a small home gym area. With a mat, bands, a few weights and a stability ball I have managed to stay in shape. Here is a list of equipment that is fairly priced and I use on a regular basis.

Stability ball: Great for Abs, lunges, squats, core and it comes with a book of exercises and instructions on how to use.

Ankle Weights. I recommend these weights to all my patients with knee pain. They come in a variety of weight levels and sizes. You can maintain your quad and hamstring muscles by performing hamstring curls and leg extensions at home. These are the main stabilizing muscles of the leg, they protect your leg from injury and maintain the alignment of your knee cap. You can also wear them around the house while you clean-like I d, LOL.

Yoga Mats. It’s important to protect your back when laying on the floor. Using a cushioned yoga mat can give you just enough bounce. You can use this for stretching, abs, plank exercises etc

Booty Band. This is essential if you want to build your booty! I had no idea how important and effective bands were until a former trainer introduced me to them. They supply resistance to exercises and help you activate your glute muscle. Most of us are quad dominant which means while doing leg exercises your legs/quads take on most of the exercise. However, if you activate your glute before exercising you’ll have a greater increase in your glute muscle and toning. Booty band = better booty

Resistance Bands. You can use these to tone your arms, back and legs. This set comes with a list of exercises and instructions. These are so light weight you can bring them with you when you travel.

Booty Bands. Yes I mentioned these already but this is a different version. These are a lighter weight, rubbery version. They’re great for traveling and easier to use when you’re wearing shorts. They stick to your legs and won’t ride up or roll up. So if you’re a workout shorts girl you might prefer these.

Transitional outfits!

The question: What do you wear when it’s still cold but you’re transitioning into spring styles?

The answer: Neutral and Pastel colors!

Recently I hosted a try-on haul for

I had such a great time trying on all the transitional sweaters, jeans and tops that I decide to share some of them with you!

This is their taupe, Melissa Cropped Sweater, Celeste Earrings and Brooke Jeans. This sweater is really cute and would look great with shorts too! I’m wearing booties from Nordstrom- They’re sold out :/ But I will find alternatives for you and link them!

This is another great transitional outfit. I’m wearing their off the shoulder James top with their Pink Peony Mid-length Sweater and Juliette ankle jeans. My favorite feature of these jeans is that they’re ankle length which is perfect for someone that is petite like myself! I don’t have to roll the hem or have them altered.

*This is a close up of the James Top

Layering is key when transitioning. It allows you to stay warm while featuring more than one new item. Also, the layered pieces can be later worn in spring individually.

This is their I Lilac You Sweater. The color is gorgeous and perfect for rolling into spring. It had a cute knot back and I wore one of their bralettes with the outfit. I am also wearing their Brook Jeans!

This is my last outfit! This isn’t necessarily a transitional outfit but it is a great date outfit! This beautiful silky top is so flattering. It’s cut to taper into the waist and the back is open. It’s called the Backless Betty Top! The beautiful burnt orange color even makes me look tan!

My favorite books!

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For Overall Health: The anti-inflammatory diet & action plans to heal the immune system and overall health by Dorothy Calimeris and Sodni Bruner

This is an easy read book that explains the medical side of inflammation and how it affects your body. It follows the healing from the inside out theory.

Cookbook: True Food by Andrew Weil

I love Dr. Weil almost as much as I love True Food Kitchen. (They just opened one in Boca Raton- It’s amazing). While I don’t agree with some of his methods, such as high high doses of vitamin C daily, I do agree with clean eating, super foods and minerals. This book incorporates all these principles and with modern, easy, recipes.

I’ll call this “should’ve been a movie” book: Gene by Richard Bobe MD

I love love love this book! I have read it half a dozen times and I hope that one day a producer finds this gem and makes it a movie! It’s an intriguing page turner that will keep you up reading well past your bedtime.

Medical: The Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks

I read this book in college for my physiological psychology class- that I eventually became a TA for and taught this book for 7 semesters- so I know it inside and out. This is my number one recommendation for all the pre-medical professionals out there and students. This book will open your eyes to some rare disorders that are incredibly interesting and unique.

My favorite skin care tools and products

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  1. New Spa at Home Microdermabrasion Kit: A once a week microdermabrasion can really help those with acne prone skin or dull skin. I like this kit because it’s easy to clean and easy to use. (Click on the photo of the product to purchase)

2. Can’t afford the kit above but still want to remove the dead skin cells contributing to your dull complexion? Purchase Dr. Brandt’s Microdermabrsion Skin Exfoliant. It smells amazing and will remove residue from makeup in addition to flaky skin. (Click on the photo of the product to purchase)

3. Dry, cracked lips? Fabulips is a godsend! Not only will it remove the dead skin and polish your lips but it will moisturize them as well. This is best to you at night or right before apply a matte lipstick for a smoother appearance.

4. Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Mask: THIS IS THE BEST FOR ACNE!! This will dry the blemishes, decrease the inflammation and remove oil from your skin. It even works on cystic acne. You can also use it to spot treat as needed. If you forget to take your makeup off at night this is a great detoxifier to use the next morning.

a 5. The best overall night cream. Neutrogena Deep Moisture. If you’re my client you have definitely heard me recommend this before. Out of all the night creams on the market, including $300 department store sea kelp, ground diamond, water sphere (eyes rolling), this is the best. Your body is capable of absorbing this product which allows it to plump the skin and not just create the illusion of hydration. I especially like this for women developing fine lines under their eyes. The skin underneath your eyes is very fragile. You want to keep it moisturized so it doesn’t have a crepe appearance.

6. Obagi Professional-C Serum: For brighter, more youthful looking skin. Apply at night and wear sunscreen during the day. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals (toxins in the environment), it also helps boost collagen and is great for overall maintenance of the skin.

7. Sunscreen. There are two sunscreens that I love for every day use. Neutrogena Healthy Defense with Helioplex SPF 30 and Colorscience Mineral Powder Sunscreen Brush. They both great to put on daily. If you’re not wearing makeup go for the Neutrogena. If you wear makeup you can use the Colorsciene as a setting powder. It comes in a variety of colors to match your skin tone. Neither one will clog your pores.

8. Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels and Icelandic Relief Eye Cream Pen Set. These patched really de-puff the eyes. You can keep them in the refrigerator for an extra boost. The best way to use them is to put them on first thing in the morning. Eat breakfast, put your eye make up, get dressed and by the time your done the patches will be ready to be removed. Clean off the area with a damp towel and proceed with the rest of your makeup application. They also make a great skin hangover kit for a full face refreshing and it makes a great gift!

9. Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Mask. A quick fix for dull, tired, sallow looking skin. I like this for when you need a quick skin reset before a date or going to a wedding. Leaves you with a squeaky clean look.

The Truth About Cellulite

Cellulite 101

Eighty-five percent of women have cellulite! Fortunately there are new and effective solutions to help reduce the appearance of dimpled, lumpy skin. Cellulite occurs when fat beneath the skin is pushed against the surrounding connective tissue, this bulging causes a lumpy, indented texture.

The main causes of cellulite include: poor circulation, buildup of toxins in your fatty tissues, loose skin, lack of exercise and genetics. For most women their cellulite has a multifactorial origin and requires a combination of treatments to address them all.

Let’s break down the causes and corresponding treatments:

  1. Poor Circulation: Stimulating blood and lymph flow helps reduce the dimples associated with cellulite. The best way to do this is with a method referred to as “dry brushing.” You can find natural bristle brushed at your local target or pharmacy. The area must be brushed daily for full effect. Brush the area with light pressure until the skin turns a mild pink color.
  2. Buildup of Toxins: Toxins from diet or chemicals you absorb from lotions can build up in fat cells and cause them to expand. Bladderwrack Seaweed aids the body’s natural detoxification process and removes toxins from the cells, for smoother skin.
  3. Loose skin: With age and fluctuations in weight the collagen fibers in our tissues weaken, causing dimpling. Skin tightening cream and procedures can help reverse the process and improve skin texture. Specifically, micro-needling with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) can help re-build collagen, tighten skin and improve the texture. The procedure is simple and painless. First, PRP is derived from the clients own blood, same procedure as drawing blood for annual lab work. Micro-needling creates microchannels in the skin and the PRP is massaged into the skin for absorption.
  4. Lack of exercise: If you increase your daily activities and exercise you can firm your body and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Weight training and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) have been recognized as the best fat burners. Below we have included an example of an at home HIIT workout that you can use to get started!
  5. Genetics: While all of the above treatments will help reduce cellulite, women falling into this category might be seeking further treatment. If you’ve failed conservative treatment and PRP with micro-needling the next best option is to see a plastic surgeon and be evaluated for Cellfina. Cellfina is a minimally invasive one time treatment that uses a microblade to cut through fibrous bands that cause cellulite. Results vary by client and can last up to 3 years. Diet and exercise must be maintained for results to last.

In my practice we carry a full line of dry brushes to increase circulation, Bladderwrack Seaweed products to detoxify the skin and perform PRP treatments. Visit My fitness section for an example HIIT at home training program to burn fat effectively.

HIIT at home training program:

  • 30 jumping jacks
  • 5 pushups
  • 25 high knees
  • 7 burpees
  • 10 crunches
  • 7 squats
  • 5 pushups
  • 10 crunches
  • 7 squats
  • 30 jumping jacks
  • 1 minute wall squat
  • 5 pushups
  • 25 high knees

*repeat 3-5 times for best results

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