I'm often asked what sort of sweetener I like to use. Brown sugar? Agave? Honey? Stevia? I'm very sensitive to any sugar so I try to avoid those first three as often as possible. If you happen to be one of those people who likes the taste of Stevia, I'm jealous. It's a great alternative to sugar without any of the chemicals and accessible practically everywhere, at least in Los Angeles, but I can't get past the after taste. My sweetener of choice is Monk Fruit. No, it has nothing to do with "monkfish". It's an all-natural, virtually no-calorie sugar substitute, derived from an Asian melon native to China. I love the flavor, it's free of any chemicals and no calories! You can find it at Whole Foods or Target.
If you're not as obsessed with Shopbop.com as I am and haven't seen this sale, take note. Starting today and for the next 5 days you can get up to 25% off of your entire order! I've already placed 3 orders for clients and one for myself, of course. I've been a loyal Shopbop customer for years and this sale normally only happens on Black Friday...it is the first time I've ever seen it happen pre-Spring! Get it girl....
I love grabbing Chipotle when I'm running around with not much time to spare. Just like most places, you can make your meal a healthy lunch or load up on a full day's worth of calories. Here's a way to help you navigate through the sour cream and corn and choose something guilt-free.
This is what I order: Salad Bowl, no dressing, just a bit of black beans, lots of veggies, chicken (or keep it meatless), salsa (mild or spicy...either works), a small scoop of guacamole. It'll fill you up and tastes delicious. That's it! Choose water as your beverage so you skip the sodas and sugar.
Now that I just found out that the flu season only really hit in February, I hear it's expected to last later than normal. An easy (and tasty!) way to get some extra immune support is with Elderberry. The antioxidant plant lowers cholesterol, improves vision and boosts the immune system. I love having Buddha Tea's Elderberry Tea with a bit of coconut milk once a day. For extra defense I take a teaspoon of the more concentrated black elderberry syrup from Gaia. I also make sure to give half a teaspoon to my 5-year-old daily and she loves it.
No, really. I've tried at least 4 or 5 other natural, chemical-free deodorant products that promised no sweat and odor, but not one successfully tackled both. Truth be told I was drawn to this one for the pretty packaging and ingredients such as coconut oil, avocado butter and eucalyptus oil. So I purchased it. It's been 3 weeks of use and so far so good. I even tested it out through a very intense spin class and it passed!
Oh- purchase this at levertbeauty.com where they included a lovely little personalized note and some great samples in the package.