Monthly Archives: May 2017

Human Nature – Product Review

Helloooooooo!

Ok, I’m just going to jump straight in.

In this post, we’re going to deviate from the usual nutrition and fitness stuff. But trust me, this is just as important (if not more, lol) – PERSONAL HYGIENE! *Something that I am SO passionate about (or maybe borderline obsessed)*

As much as I love being drenched in sweat, I like to keep my skin/hair super clean and healthy. I am THE BIGGEST CLEAN FREAK you will EVER MEET… EVER! Pretty sure I’m the all time champ for this (HAHHAHAHAHA!).

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ANYWAY, the kind people at Human Nature gave me a chance to pick ANY 5 items from their wide range of products. It took me a GOOD week to DECIDE what I want. #toughlife #spoiltforchoice


Here are the 5 items I chose and my personal (honest) review:

1. 100% Natural Clarifying Shampoo
100% Natural Clarifying Shampoo

 

As mentioned, I SWEAT …… A LOT (all day every day. From working out that is). PLUS, I have A LOT of hair!

The first thing I thought of was SHAMPOO!

The second I applied this shampoo, I KNEW that it was “100% Natural”. Why? Because it didn’t lather as well as the ones I usually use. And when I read the label, I saw that it did not contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or sodium laureth sulfate (SLES). The typical product on the shelves would usually have these 2 chemicals to give it that nice foamy soapy feel! I actually learned this from my bestie ex-colleague, Sylvia, while working at the plastic surgery clinic (I usually don’t care about these things! But hey, I remembered!).
I actually LOVE that soapy feel but it is actually very bad for your skin and the environment.
In terms of how this product actually feels on your hair, it is somewhere between the very foamy shampoos and the squeaky kind you get at hotels.  Not the best feeling but at least I know that my hair is washed with the good stuff. 😉
I recommend pairing this product with a conditioner.
2. 100% Natural COFFEE Body Scrub
[SALE] Coffee Body Scrub

 

I think we ALL KNOW WHY I CHOSE THIS.

Yep – COFFEE! I didn’t really care what it was, I chose it when I saw COFFEE (Hello coffee addict. HELP!). No regrets though!

My skin tends to be VERY dry and rough, especially in Australia. I LOVE using this with my loofah to scrub away the dead skin, leaving it OH-SO-SMOOTH! And, THAT smell. #nuffsaid

3. Balancing Facial Wash

Balancing Facial Wash
You know how people can get very personal with the brand/type of facial wash that they use?
Yeah, I’m not one of them (lol). I really couldn’t care what I wash my face with (I know I should!). I’m blessed with facial skin that behaves (it doesn’t go into crazy break outs).
And that’s why I chose this facial wash (cos I’m open to explore and it is something that I use every day).
It smells good and it feels nice. I just wished it came in a GIANT bottle!
4. Deodorising Foot Spray
Deodorizing Footspray

 

This was next on my list. Simply because I DO NOT WEAR SOCKS with my lifestyle/going out shoes #dontjudge. I only wear socks with my running shoes.

This stuff definitely works for me! It has sugarcane alcohol to remove the odor.

The best part is that it doesn’t leave that “after spray feel”. It dries really well.

5. Perfect Glow Mineral Blush – Sun kissed

Perfect Glow Mineral Blush

Ok finally, we’re at the 5th product! PHEW!

This is another one of my daily essentials (surprise surprise… NOT!). This lil gem is easy to carry in your bag, apply and gives that perfect after glow! WHOOOP!

I definitely chose the right colour for my skin. 😉


I know that skin/body care is a very personal thing. But if you are keen and open to explore other products, then check them out here!

Much love

xoxo

6 Ways to BOOST Your METABOLISM!

Following from the previous post on plateaus, we know that our unique METABOLISM plays a big role.

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Check out what you need to do (or not do):

1. Lean Up

A lean and mean MUSCLE machine that is. Yep, muscles NEED A LOT OF FOOD! Having more muscle mass means that your body is burning more calories… EVEN AT REST! How good is that?!IMG_3066

1 Kg of muscle burns about 10 kcal/day (1). So, if you gain 1 Kg of muscle, you burn an additional 3650 kcal/year.

2. Eat WHOLE foods

When it comes to eating, QUALITY matters! Besides eating a “well balanced” meal of protein, fat and carbs, pay attention to the QUALITY!Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

Highly processed/packaged foods can really wreck your metabolism! Foods that have added refined sugar can mess with blood sugar levels.

The safest option? STICK TO WHOLE FOODS! Fresh is BEST!

3. Get MOVING

Any form of physical activity increases your daily energy expenditure. The more active you are, the more energy you burn!Photo 15-04-2017, 11 25 20 am

4. HIIT

It is good to have 1-2 days of high intensity activity – the kind that leaves you huffing and puffing! This can also increase energy expenditure even after you’re done (3).Processed with VSCO with f2 preset

Ticking all the right boxes with my Garmin FR 235!

5. Sleep

We all LOVE SLEEPING BUT most of the time we fail to prioritise it. We get caught up with social media/work/life and end up skimping on sleep.

 

sleep and weight

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Your body NEEDS to rest. Your hormones go haywire when you don’t get enough sleep! You may find that you are hungrier, which could indirectly lead to weight gain.

 

sleep and weight gain

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Also, you’re less likely to be physically active the next day when you’re tired! This means less daily energy expenditure!

6. STRESS

We are ALL stressed out at some point in our lives. Work, school, sports, food, security, money, love, friendship… LIFE!Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

When you’re stress, the body thinks you’re in “danger“. The hormone cortisol comes out to play. When you’re constantly stressed, cortisol hangs around. Overtime, it can lead to insulin resistance and fat being stored around your waist (4). Again, it will mess with your metabolism!


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EAT right. Sleep well. MOVE. Chill

Make these simple steps a HABIT. That way, you wouldn’t even have to THINK about it. It becomes second nature.

If you feel stuck, GET HELP! A personal trainer, a dietitian, a friend, Google etc.

GET UP and MOVE!

Time to BOOST your metabolism!

Contact me if you need any help.