Jan 22

Pass It On: Put the Glass Down

Posted In Pass It On

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A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or hall full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired, “How heavy is this glass of water?”

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz to 20 oz.

She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”

She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.”

Remember to put the glass down.


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Jan 18

Is Vitamin Water Zero Good for You?

Posted In Healthy Living

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The other day, I was at Subway and decided to upgrade to a combo. Usually, I don’t do this because I don’t drink fountain drinks or juice and hate paying almost 2 dollars for bottled water I can get for 10 cents in a bin at the grocery store.

I eyed the bottled drinks and ended up reaching for a vitamin water, which I had always wanted to try. I had always assumed that vitamin water was similar to Gatorade and was sweetened with sugar, aspartame, or sucralose as well as artificial flavours. What I chose was Vitamin Zero in XOXOX (Pomegranate-Berry). This vitamin water was naturally sweetened with fruit juice and a little stevia was added to it for extra sweetness. It  -smelled and tasted pretty good. The only thing I can compare it to is heavily watered down juice… as in what it would taste like if you added 1 to 2 tablespoons of juice to a bottle of water. Just being honest. No complaints though.

Upon researching whether vitamin water was bad for your health, I found that some of the other flavours are sweetened with artificial sweeteners, which would definitely make them something you wouldn’t want to use a substitute for water or consume in large quantities.

With the low amount of stevia, a natural sweetener, even I consider Vitamin Water Zero to be a treat and wouldn’t make it a part of my regular routine. Herbal tea or water — with nothing added to sweeten it — is usually best.

The vitamins that Vitamin Water touts is 100% of your daily requirement of vitamin C and about 40% of your daily requirement of B vitamins, which you can get almost anywhere, not making it a good vitamin supplement.

If you’re ever in a pinch though or feel like trying something different, it won’t give you a sugar rush or expand your waist line. I say, give it a go!


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Jan 18

Tribute to Beauty: VoudouFairy

Posted In Beauty, Locs

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This lovely model and clothing designer is London born but now lives in Sydney, Australia. Her gorgeous locs, unique tribal tattoos, and cute figure are one of the things that caught my attention. Not to mention her face is doll-like gorgeous!  Everything about her is whimsical, eccentric, and absolutely captivating!

 

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To check out her awesome clothing and accessories, check out Manaka Handmade.  I’m partial to the thread earrings she makes for gauges/stretched ear lobes.

You can also check out her instagram here.


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Jan 18

My First Hot Yoga Class

Posted In Fitness

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Bikram yoga is a 90-minute yoga class consisting of 26 poses performed in a room ideally heated to at least 104 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s said to increase mental clarity, tone muscles, improve flexibility and posture… basically all the things traditional yoga is touted for doing, except more challenging. The heat is also believed by some to release toxins/impurities.

I arrived at my first class dressed appropriately in my cropped yoga pants and tank top and with my yoga mat, bath towel, and water bottle. You need a bath towel (as I learned later) to prevent you from slipping on your yoga mat when sweat drips on it.  I tied my locs back with a scarf. I give myself props for preparing well and blending in quite nicely.

Getting on to the class itself… the poses weren’t too hard per se. I remember many of the traditional poses (half moon, cobra, eagle, bow, etc.)  from the yoga classes at one of my old gyms.  But the heat — extended heat — made it almost unbearable at times! Half way through class, I heard buzzing in my ears and experienced the familiar dimness that comes on with a fainting spell. I laid down for about 5 minutes while class continued. After which, I was pretty much all right to continue on. At another point, I felt a really deep piercing headache. I don’t know if it came from the heat, dehydration, or a combination of both.

When I finally finished class, I was happy that after YEARS of wanting to try hot yoga at an actual studio, I had finally done it! Check one off my bucket list! I rested laying down for a bit to kinda relax my body and take it all in.

When I finally got to the change room, I noticed that only one woman was there showering, in an open shower. The other two women had left. It felt kinda gross to follow their lead and head home without showering, but I didn’t really feel comfortable showering there. I at least washed my face and put on a fresh pair of clothes and undies. Even though I live 3 minutes from the studio and shower beforehand, I have to rinse off the traces of sweat/toxins in order to feel okay/fresh next time.

All in all, I left the class feeling refreshed and not lacking in energy at all. Throughout the rest of the day and night, however, I experienced a little bit of queasiness on and off, which  I guess comes from overexertion, dehydration, or maybe even detoxing.

I can definitely see myself going to as many classes as possible, as it was a great experience! Next time, I’ll drink more water before I go and take my own coconut water to help rehydrate afterwards.

I noticed I still have a month to try kickboxing classes that I prepaid for via Groupon so I may try one class in the near future to at least get my money’s worth. Stay tuned!

 


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Dec 18

How to Use Essential Oils

Posted In Healthy Living

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Essentials oils can be added to your beauty products, used for aromatherapy or consumed. Different oils have different effects on the mood and body. I sometimes add mint or lavender to my hair spritzes (made of mostly water and a touch of conditioner) for a fresh clean scent.

The downtown salon I work for burns lemongrass to create a calming atmosphere.

I add several drops of lemon essential oil to my hot water to drink. Like fresh lemon, it helps cleanse/alkalize the body.

Finally, I was recommended nutmeg oil when I was transitioning to a vegan diet to help minimize my headaches. As an old wive’s tale goes, you simply place a few drops behind your ears or on your temple area. Unfortunately, this did not work for me.

There are, however, dozens of essential oils on the market than can be easily found at your local health store. Here are some others and what they’re used for:

Bergamot – treats nervousness, insomnia, acne, eczema, psoriasis

Camphor – treats congestion, muscular pain

Cinnamon – treats chills, fatigue, flatulence, infections

Clary Sage – treats hot flushes and PMS

Eucalyptus – treats congestion, bronchitis and other respiratory afflictions

Frankincense – reduces tension and promotes skin regeneration

Lavender – treats inflammation, congestion, cough, muscular pain, headache, nervousness, and insomnia

Lemon – antiseptic/antibacterials, reduces oiliness of skin

Lemon grass – tonic, analgesic, treats anxiety

Patchouli – reduces oiliness of skin, acts as a perfume

Peppermint – treats headaches, muscular pain, and indigestion

Rosemary – treats muscular pain, congestion, and poor blood circulation

Tea tree oil – treats acne, lice, gingivitis, and other minor infections

Thyme – treats infections and sore throat, expectorant (brings up phlegm)

Ylang Ylang – skin tonic, relaxant, aphrodisiac

 

Essential oils do not dissolve in water. They stay on the surface of the water.

Due to being highly concentrated (which can irritate the skin with direct contact), it is recommended you mix them with a base oil (eg. avocado oil, grape seed oil, sweet almond oil, or wheat germ oil). It is also recommended that you speak to a doctor before using essential oils to treat a condition, as it may interact with prescription medication or a previous condition.

If you’d like to incorporate essential oils into your beauty regimen, start by adding your favourite to your current body lotion or conditioner. Happy mixing!

 


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Dec 02

Super Easy Dread Wrap

Posted In Hair, Locs

I demonstrate how you can wrap your locs in less than one minute. I took this idea from loc’d model Nerissa Irving, who mentioned it in one of her recent beauty regimen videos.


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Sep 26

Healthy Breakfast and Lunch Ideas for School and Work

Posted In Clean Meals


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Aug 18

Most Basic Green Smoothie Recipe Ever

Posted In Clean Meals, Juicing and Smoothies

 

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I sometimes get asked how I make my green smoothies. There really is no cut-and-dry answer. It’s all a matter of preference.

Start with your base (eg. water, green tea, almond milk, rice milk, coconut milk, or even cow’s milk), add an ample amount of fruit for sweetness, and toss in a handful of greens (eg. kale, spinach, collard greens, swiss chard).

Pictured above is…

Vanilla almond milk, kale, and ripe banana.  Boom!  You’re welcome ;)


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Jul 25

Honey Fig Christmas in July Sale

Posted In Beauty, Hair

Honey Fig is a natural hair (and beauty) store located in Toronto (4967 Yonge St). It’s where I recently purchased the Cocoveda Ayurvedic shampoo bar and lavender essential oil I mention in my loc maintenance video. It’s also where I purchase one of my ALL-TIME favourite staples, Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel for Sensitive Skin.

They are having a Christmas in July Sale. Check it out…

 

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“Starting July 25th through to July 31st, HoneyFig is celebrating Christmas in July. Along with our promoted online sales and in-store flash sales, we are kicking it up a notch and offering to pay the sales tax on all of your HoneyFig purchases, July 25th – July 31st. That’s right – No Tax!

Best of all, no promo code to remember; the only thing to need to keep in mind, is that this sale ends 8pm EST (in store) and 12pm midnight EST (on line) on July 31st.

Oh yeah… one more thing, we will be closing an hour earlier – at 7pm, on Thursday, July 24th; as the elves will be busy preparing for our Christmas.

Merry J-Xmas
The HoneyFig Team”


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Jul 13

Dreads vs Locs

Posted In Hair, Locs

Are the two terms interchangeable?


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