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Wellness Wednesday – Reblog from Simple Ula – Tips On Sticking To Your Health Goals — simple Ula

10 Oct

Most people set themselves different goals relating to their health at some point in their life. For some people, these goals can be very generic, for example, to simply live a more balanced and healthy lifestyle. For others, the goals can be very specific, such as giving up smoking or losing a certain amount of […]

via Tips On Sticking To Your Health Goals — simple Ula

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Health and Relaxation – Meditation

3 Nov

Yesterday was National Stress Awareness Day.  Stress sucks.  It makes you look like this:

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And it makes you feel ever worse.

I wanted to share how I de-stress and specifically talk about meditation.

Guided meditation is my absolute favorite.  There are tons of videos available for free on YouTube with all sorts of meditations.  There are ones for relaxation, sleep, healing, raising vibrations, etc.

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I prefer meditations with background music, and low pitched voices.  I know that’s pretty specific, but I’ve been at this for a few years now, and I have learned that high pitched female voices actually raise my anxiety, thus having the opposite effect instead of relaxation.

I have two favorite sources for guided meditations, which I am excited to share with you lovelies.

First is Kelly Howell.  She has her own website and her meditations are usually paid.  They do appear on YouTube regularly, and they do get pulled down regularly.  I ended up buying two because I got tired of my favorites being pulled.  The good news is that you can also try it for free through her website.

Second are The Honest Guys.  My top five favorite guided meditations is their Blissful Deep Relaxation session. I love the voice and I love the sounds of the sea in the background.  The sea is my go to happy place thought, so if you hate the beach this may not be your thing.  Their videos are available on YouTube and I’ve  never experienced one being pulled down.  I think I marked the Blissful meditation as a favorite in 2011 and it’s still online.  I still use it too!

So, now that I shared with you my faves you are probably wondering why should I meditate?

It can change your brain.  Check out this article from Forbes.com

Here is what the Mayo Clinic says about the benefits of meditation:

Benefits of meditation

 

Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that benefits both your emotional well-being and your overall health.

And these benefits don’t end when your meditation session ends. Meditation can help carry you more calmly through your day and may improve certain medical conditions.

 

Meditation and emotional well-being

When you meditate, you clear away the information overload that builds up every day and contributes to your stress.

The emotional benefits of meditation can include:

  • Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
  • Building skills to manage your stress
  • Increasing self-awareness
  • Focusing on the present
  • Reducing negative emotions

Meditation and illness

Meditation might also be useful if you have a medical condition, especially one that may be worsened by stress.

While a growing body of scientific research supports the health benefits of meditation, some researchers believe it’s not yet possible to draw conclusions about the possible benefits of meditation.

With that in mind, some research suggests that meditation may help people manage symptoms of conditions such as:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Depression
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Pain
  • Sleep problems

Meditation got me though one of my most difficult times in my life, my dad’s brain injury in 2011.  It was horrible and stressful and I couldn’t cope.  Then I found Kelly Howell, and my world started to change.

I meditate outside on my lunch breaks (weather permitting).   I love doing this, actually.  I have a park near my work and it’s perfect for a quick session.

There is also no shame in doing it in your car when the weather sucks!

At home before bed or at wake-up.  Both are great.  One winds me down, and the other starts my day in a pleasant and relaxed way.

Of course, I do not go around meditating 3 times a day.  I have, when I needed it.  But, normally it’s a one a day thing.

If you are new to this, it may feel super weird in the beginning.  You may be anxious about not being able to relax enough or be in the moment enough, that your thoughts will race.  They will, and it’s okay.  With time, you are learn to let those thoughts go and get in the meditation zone.  It can take months of regular practice to get there, so don’t get discouraged.

Thanks for reading!

How do you relax?

~Anna

Treat your hair right, get The Wet Brush

8 Aug

If you “Like” us on Facebook, you probably saw Kassi post about The Wet Brush last week.  Our hair stylist friend saw and immediately recommended the miracle brush to us!

Then she got me one.

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This little gem is super inexpensive at $8.99!

The Wet Brush has really flexible metal bristles that glide through your hair effortlessly.  You can use wet or dry, and it gets the tangles out easily.  It has replaced my two pick and my brush.

The bristles are longer than any other brushes I’ve had, and they sort of massage your scalp as you brush your hair.

Massaging your scalp helps to circulate the blood in your scalp and makes your hair grow faster :-)  Who doesn’t want that?

It comes in so many fun colors!!!!

Have you tried The Wet Brush?

~Anna

Winter Hair Remedy – K-PAK REVITALUXE

23 Jan

I may need this goodie!

Hello K-Pak Revitaluxe!

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*photo from Joico.com

I used Joico back when I was blonde so my hair wouldn’t fall out.  It worked and I loved it!

This sounds like a perfect solution for dry winter hair problems!

From Joico:

A luxurious restorative treatment that corrects years of damage while protecting against future damage.

Keratin Peptide Complex delivers over 2x more resistance to breakage while protecting against color fade by 94%.

Your hair will become dramatically stronger, softer, shinier and more moisturized with each application.

Have you used this?

~Anna

Beauty Box Subscription – Update to what we get

16 Jan

Once upon a time I wanted to cancel my Julep monthly subscription and get another beauty box.

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This week my wish came true, and now are are both subscribers to Birchbox!  To update, I will now be receiving Ipsy and Birchbox.  These are both $10.00 per month, which means I am still saving money from what I paid for Julep. Julep was $20.00 month.

I may add yet another subscription to my month since I’m used to spending $30.00 and now I’m *only* spending $20.00 HAHA.

~A

Healthcare dot Gov Update

5 Dec

I am still working on getting me insurance figured out – I have to select my plan for 2014 before the year is up.  Adventures in Adulthood, good times.

At any rate the site has been easy for me to use although sometimes it takes forever for random pages to load.

I also didn’t get any magical tax break for my insurance rates, which I had been kind of hoping for so that I could save money.

I am meeting with my rep from Blue Cross Blue Shield in the next couple of days to see what kind of rates I can get directly from them, so I will let you know what I decide on doing.

But until then here are some comparisons between 3 – Silver, Gold and Platinum plans.  (These do not include vision or Dental.)

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$3000 deductible is pretty damn high.  That means you have to spend $3000 in health care before any of your insurance kicks in.

$30 copays seem to be the typical across most plans.  I’m curious to see if my prescription drugs would be covered completely if I could switch to any generics.  Again, I feel like I never really know until I switch how much I’m going to be paying for scripts.

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Has anyone else been exploring the HealthCare.gov site?  Anyone been successful?

I have heard some rumors about how the site is very easy to be hacked.  Not sure if this is just the far right trying to scare people from using the website or if it’s a legit theft.

Here is some media coverage of that:

The Daily Dot

Happy Halloween – Get scary fit!

31 Oct

I know I just posted another workout video but couldn’t resist sharing this one.  Plus- it’s only 4 minutes long.   You have no excuses not to try it.

Zombie Workout!  I recommend listening to Thriller while you do this workout.  😛

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Have a happy, fun and safe halloween!  -k

Victoria’s Secret Model workout

30 Oct

In only 10 minutes you can feel great and get your heart pumping!  No – you don’t not have to be model thin to be beautiful but working out helps you feel less stressed, sleep better and helps you feel like a badass.

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read more HERE and HERE

Affordable Healthcare Act – United States

29 Oct

Now that the website has died down I am currently investigating how this Obamacare business really works.

I am self-employed and pay about $400/month for Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO. I am going to see if I can get a better rate via the Affordable Health Care act.

I know this isn’t beauty related – but health has a huge impact on your life and wellbeing AND your wallet.

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So far all I have done is submitted my information to Healthcare.gov for my application.  Your income can alter how much you have to pay for insurance if you are self-employed or if your place of work doesn’t cover you.

Here is the generic breakdown of who gets a discount based on income.  I took this graphic from the website itself.

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At any rate, I have no complaints about the site as of right now- aside from a couple pages that took a bit longer to load, but it wasn’t annoying to me.  It was easy to use and has a very intuitive interface.  I will let you know if I end up saving a bunch of money – because that is kind of what I care about but also getting the same health care coverage I have now.

-k

Natural cold remedies and tips!

11 Oct

I am sick right now, and this goodie popped into my email today.  I haven’t heard of any of these products before,  but I am really intrigued!

All this info came from http://www.thedetoxmarket.com/

KUSMI Ginger Lemon Tea
Our LA store manager Katherine relies on ginger for all her healing needs. And lemon is uber-cleansing!

Florame Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus oil is known for its powerful pulmonary decongestant properties. To help fight chest infections and colds, blend 3 drops with 5ml of an organic jojoba oil and massage into your chest twice daily.

Urban Moonshine Immune Tonic
Strengthen your immune system with these herbal magicians: astragalus, eleuthero, maitake, red reishi & ginger!

CleanWell All-Natural Hand Sanitizer
You can cough into your elbow and avoid public door knobs at all costs, but why not go the extra mile by eliminating germs on the go?

Virus Zero Portable Air Sterilizer
Sterilize the air in your bedroom, office or car (it comes with an adapter)! Bacteria, viruses, allergens, mold, smoke and volatile organic compounds don’t stand a chance against this sterilizer.

HEALTH TIP 
Now is the time to consume even more antioxidants and nutrients — so your body stays well nourished and happy.
Try incorporating a smoothie every day packed with 1 cup spinach, 1 cup kale,  1 cup blueberries, 1 banana, 1 cup almond/coconut milk and 2 tbsp ground flax seeds.

~Anna