Clinique Day 7 Moisturizer Review ……

Day 7 review: 
We are only on day 7 and by day 4 I could totally feel a huge difference. You only need very little, like maybe a dime size amount in your hand. Does not leave a greasy feeling, has no scent, and very silly. My cheek bones and T area are so soft and hydrated I love it! I noticed this is part of a 3 step facial system and I’m going to invest in the 2 other steps. Next review will be day 14 …. 

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Operation Dry Facial Skin 

It came in 🤗🙊 hope this works! #clinique #hydrate #facecream #blogger 

I can’t wait to try this out!! Has anyone ever tried this? Reviews? If not you will Definitely get one out of this blog. Reviews on this every 5 days on progression.

Midwest Wind … Dry Winter Skin … 

I ended up ordering this … let’s see if this helps with this nasty Chicago wind my cheeks today dried so bad 🙁 I’m also gonna retry the coconut oil since it’s not summer my derm thinks the pounding sun may have played a role with extra oil and creating the breakout … I’m gonna blog about this skin journey .. #excited

Ways Meditation Can Actually Change The Brain

img_6280The meditation-and-the-brain research has been rolling in steadily for a number of years now, with new studies coming out just about every week to illustrate some new benefit of meditation. Or, rather, some ancient benefit that is just now being confirmed with fMRI or EEG. The practice appears to have an amazing variety of neurological benefits – from changes in grey matter volume to reduced activity in the “me” centers of the brain to enhanced connectivity between brain regions. Below are some of the most exciting studies to come out in the last few years and show that meditation really does produce measurable changes in our most important organ. Skeptics, of course, may ask what good are a few brain changes if the psychological effects aren’t simultaneously being illustrated? Luckily, there’s good evidence for those as well, with studies reporting that meditation helps relieve our subjective levels of anxiety and depression, and improve attention, concentration, and overall psychological well-being.

Last week, a study from UCLA found that long-term meditators had better-preserved brains than non-meditators as they aged. Participants who’d been meditating for an average of 20 years had more grey matter volume throughout the brain — although older meditators still had some volume loss compared to younger meditators, it wasn’t as pronounced as the non-meditators. “We expected rather small and distinct effects located in some of the regions that had previously been associated with meditating,” said study author Florian Kurth. “Instead, what we actually observed was a widespread effect of meditation that encompassed regions throughout the entire brain.”

A review study last year at Johns Hopkins looked at the relationship between mindfulness meditation and its ability to reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, and pain. Researcher Madhav Goyal and his team found that the effect size of meditation was moderate, at 0.3. If this sounds low, keep in mind that the effect size for antidepressants is also 0.3, which makes the effect of meditation sound pretty good. Meditation is, after all an active form of brain training. “A lot of people have this idea that meditation means sitting down and doing nothing,” says Goyal. “But that’s not true. Meditation is an active training of the mind to increase awareness, and different meditation programs approach this in different ways.” Meditation isn’t a magic bullet for depression, as no treatment is, but it’s one of the tools that may help manage symptoms.

Meditation Reduces Anxiety — and Social Anxiety

A lot of people start meditating for its benefits in stress reduction, and there’s lots of good evidence to support this rationale. There’s a whole newer sub-genre of meditation, mentioned earlier, called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts’ Center for Mindfulness (now available all over the country), that aims to reduce a person’s stress level, physically and mentally. Studies have shown its benefits in reducing anxiety, even years after the initial 8-week course. Research has also shown that mindfulness meditation, in contrast to attending to the breath only, can reduce anxiety – and that these changes seem to be mediated through the brain regions associated with those self-referential (“me-centered”) thoughts. Mindfulness meditation has also been shown to help people with social anxiety disorder: a Stanford University team found that MBSR brought about changes in brain regions involved in attention, as well as relief from symptoms of social anxiety.

Meditation Can Help with Addiction

A growing number of studies has shown that, given its effects on the self-control regions of the brain, meditation can be very effective in helping people recover from various types of addiction. One study, for example, pitted mindfulness training against the American Lung Association’s freedom from smoking (FFS) program, and found that people who learned mindfulness were many times more likely to have quit smoking by the end of the training, and at 17 weeks follow-up, than those in the conventional treatment. This may be because meditation helps people “decouple” the state of craving from the act of smoking, so the one doesn’t always have to lead to the other, but rather you fully experience and ride out the “wave” of craving, until it passes. Other research has found that mindfulness training, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), and mindfulness-based relapse prevention (MBRP) can be helpful in treating other forms of addiction.

Short Meditation Breaks Can Help Kids in School

For developing brains, meditation has as much as or perhaps even more promise than it has for adults. There’s been increasing interest from educators and researchers in bringing meditation and yoga to school kids, who are dealing with the usual stressors inside school, and oftentimes additional stress and trauma outside school. Some schools have starting implementing meditation into their daily schedules, and with good effect: One district in San Francisco started a twice daily meditation program in some of its high-risk schools – and saw suspensions decrease, and GPAs and attendance increase. Studies have confirmed the cognitive and emotional benefits of meditation for schoolchildren, but more work will probably need to be done before it gains more widespread acceptance.

 

 

24 day Challenge #BOOM 

Today is day one of the 24 day challenge?!? Last challenge I lost 15 lbs in 24 days !! Ready for round 2!! *ding*ding* 

So what is the 24 day challenge ?!? 
It’s a comprehensive supplementation and nutrition program designed to help kickstart that goal into gear!! 

First 10 days if the cleanse phase !! Join me on my journey for the next 24 days so you can see first hand how advocare changes lives!!!  

 

Stock vs Broth 

STOCK VS BROTH …. Which is healthier ? 
  
Every great soup starts with a stock, or a broth. While colloquially we might use the terms stock and broth interchangeability, there’s a technical difference between the two. Stock is made using bones. Broth is usually not. Therefore, the term “bone broth” is not correct.
Regardless of the terminology, when bones are used in preparation of stock, they add a rich and strong layer of flavors. To get the best out of the bones, stock is usually simmered for much longer than broth, sometimes over 24 hours when beef bones are used!
If you’re buying a prepared broth or stock, read the labels carefully. The distinction in many cases does not exist.  Since broth is less flavorful, it may contain additives such as MSG and flavor concentrates.
You should seek a low sodium option, as you can always add more salt at home.
Bonus: Chicken Broth Recipe 
DIY chicken stock is easier than you think. Here’s a simple recipe that will yield about 12 cups of stock.

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 • 1 whole chicken (rinsed, patted dry, and then separated)

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 • 2 cups roughly chopped onion (no need to peel)

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 • 1 cup chopped carrot

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 • 1/2 cup chopped celery

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 • 1 pinch dried thyme

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 • 1 bay leaf (optional)

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 • 10 peppercorns (optional)

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 • 1 teaspoon salt

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 • 14 cups of water (3 1/2 quarts)

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Directions:

 Combine all ingredients in stock pot and add water.

 Bring to a boil on high heat.

 Remove scum floating on top.

 Simmer on low heat until the chicken is done (about 40 minutes) or up to 6 hours (for more flavor).

      Strain into a large bowl and press on vegetables to squeeze as much liquid out as you can.

 Refrigerate overnight so that you can remove the fat which will harden at the surface of the liquid.


Notes:
1. If you’re making stock for future use, there’s still stuff to do with the leftover chicken meat. You can make chicken salad, stir fry or sandwiches.

2. Freeze excess stock in ice cube trays, small plastic containers or glass jars and add to rice dishes, stir fry or pasta sauce.
Enjoy!

3 ways to kickstart your Halloween sugar detox …..

3 ways to kickstart your Halloween sugar detox …..

  
It’s a few days after Halloween, a holiday beloved by young children and candy manufacturers alike. For the past few weeks, you’ve been exposed to sugar and fat in various formats, with the climax occurring during last night’s Trick or Treat ritual.
It’s a new day, a new month, and time to say goodbye to your sugar hangover.
1. Throw out all the left-over candy. Do this first thing in the morning. Someone smart once said – “out of sight, out of mind”. You can’t eat unhealthy food if it isn’t in your house.
2. Eat home made food today. Make vegetables the star of every meal, whether a tart raita (savory yogurt salad) for breakfast, green-leaf salad topped with lean chicken breast for lunch, or roasted root vegetables with a side of broiled fish for dinner.
3. Drink lots of water. Contrary to popular belief, the kidneys don’t flush out excess glucose. However, every cup of water is one less cup of sugary beverages or juice.
How are you dealing with all that sugar?