Face Fix Fast

Feel the need to freshen up your face and banish breakouts, ready for that social event coming up? Or simply need a face fix fast, here’s a few recipes for all skin types so you can whip them up in your own kitchen as they are inexpensive, packed with nutrients and will refresh and replenish the skin in no time!

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Banana Beautiful – for acne prone skin

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This mask will leave the skin feeling tightened, firm and smooth as it minimises blemishes with cinnamon and honey being notoriously great for their anti-inflammatory properties. Banana also soothes and locks in hydration, say hello younger looking skin!

Ingredients:
1/2 banana
1 Tbsp honey
1 tsp cinnamon

Method:
Place the honey and cinnamon together in a bowl, put in microwave for 10 seconds ( or until desired consistency). Mash up the banana with a fork and add to the paste. Place on skin and leave it for 10 – 15 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water and viola’.
Note: If you wish to not use the banana, the mask will still work using just honey and cinnamon!

Glowing Green – for dry to normal skin

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This mask will leave the skin glowing and looking healthy, feeling soft and silky as avocado is packed with oily fats that helps replenish and rejuvenate the skin. Not to mention honey and oats help combat those one or two pesky breakouts. It’s sure to be a winner and it tastes delicious too, bonus!

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Ingredients:
1/2 avocado
1 tsp honey
1 Tbsp oats

Method:
Mash the avocado in a bowl using a fork, add the honey and oats. Mix together then apply directly to face. Leave on for 10 – 15 minutes. Wash off and enjoy your beautiful skin!
Note: This may get a little messy so wear old clothes or a towel around you neck.

Chocolate Lover – for all skins types

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Feeling in the mood for a little indulgence? Why not put some chocolatey goodness onto your face to feel deliciously delicate to the touch and tickle your taste buds whilst achieving beautiful glowing skin!

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Ingredients:
2 Tbsp cocoa
2 Tbsp plain yoghurt
1 tsp honey

Method:

Place the honey and cocoa in a bowl. Then add the yoghurt. Place on skin and leave for 10 – 15 minutes. Wash off and enjoy!

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Beautify Your Complexion: Say Goodbye To Dry Skin

Do you suffer from dull, dry and flaky skin that never seems to hold foundation as it should, and breakouts come and go like some of the seasons latest annoying trends? If so you’re not alone, and there are ways to combat that lack lustrous skin. This ‘unfortunate skin type’ if you’d like to call it is the only one you’ve got so it’s time to start treating your beautiful skin as a blessing instead of a curse and take better care of it! After all the skin is one of the largest organs on the body, so here’s a few ways to boost your moisture, achieve a radiant glow and have a better and younger looking complexion by following my daily skincare routine. Make a promise to yourself to stick to it for at least a week to allow time to heal, rejuvenate and replenish the skin and you will see better results in no time.                        image

When you wake up
Wash your face with some cold water first (just to remove any dirt or oils) and apply an SPF based moisturiser, that way your skin is protected from the suns harmful UV rays and will last longer. Dryness makes skin rough, so the best way to smooth skin is to baby it with moisturiser. With such a variety of brands and products on the market, it does become overwhelming as to which ones really work just for you. The best option is to keep it simple and not over do it with a million different products, know your skin type and find a brand that will allow you to breathe and heal. Why not look for products with other face calming properties that will help minimise pores and imperfections such as aloe vera, oatmeal, honey or cinnamon!

Try Vaseline Total Moisture for dry skin. This works wonders on the skin in noticeably less than 48 hours as it’s a 24 hour nourishing lotion with multi layers of pure oat extract. It absorbs quickly leaving the skin feeling healthy, soft and smooth.

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Also try Benefit Moisturiser Triple Performing Face Emulsion. Not only does this skin saving beauty keep your face looking radiant and lustrous but it’s oil free and contains SPF 15+. Either one of these will do the trick so why not try alternating between the two each morning, that way you’ll know what works and your skin won’t build a tolerance to one product.

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In the shower and out
Ever heard of dry body brushing? Well now you have, using a large exfoliating brush with one of your favourite lotions (personally, strawberry is a winner) simply scrub to your hearts content gently in the shower. It’s a great way to penetrate the skin by removing dead skin cells, allowing new skin cells to surface. Bonus it also reduces the appearance of cellulite and gets blood flow pumping, thus improves circulation in the body and will help oxygen flow better to the face. If you don’t have a body brush, a loofah does alternatively the same thing. Don’t forget to exfoliate the face too! When you get out of the shower, again it’s time to moisture but this time the whole body. That way you’ll be as smooth as a baby’s bottom from head to toe.

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Try Vaseline Total Moisture in Cocoa Glow.
It’s a 24 hour nourishing lotion with multi layers of pure cocoa butter that infuses moisture at the top, core and deeper layers of the skins surface to ignite a natural glow and keep skin amazing. The chocolatey goodness is worth the indulgence when it leaves the skin oh so irresistible.

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Also try Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream.
This hot little baby on the market is specially designed to enhance all light skin tones, with 5 beautifying benefits in one moisturiser that provides a flawless appearance. It instantly visibly improves skin and gradually perfects over 5 days. Used daily its self adjusting tone technology tone technology delivers a customised solution for your skin tone. It hydrates and smoothes, brightens and illuminates, evens skin tone, firms and corrects blemishes and imperfections. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to perfect their skin!

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Not so sun smart
Lost track of time and been lying in the sun for a few too many hours, only to end up with a dry, lobster looking burnt face? Not to worry, apply some aloe vera gel. Try Banana Boat pure aloe vera gel as it moisturisers, refreshes, soothes and provides relief from sunburn. This is a must have!

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Banish Breakouts
Feeling a bit stressed due to our endless summer fun of partying and social events and as a result the dreaded breakouts have started to surface on our skin like they can be spotted from a mile away? Try Aveeno Stress Relief Moisturising Lotion. It’s dermatologist recommended as it calms and relaxes the skin with lavender, chamomile and ylang – ylang essences and includes natural oatmeal whilst keeping the skin hydrated for 24 hours. This non greasy formula absorbs quickly and has long lasting soothing properties. Say goodbye to breakouts in no time!

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Before bed
After a long day of sun exposure, changes in weather, ingesting different foods and bevies, dealing with stress, applying toxins and harsh chemicals ( such as makeup ) our skin would have collected an array of dirt and bacteria. To ensure our skin isn’t left with these whilst we sleep ( which is prime time healing time for our skin) apply a cleanser, followed by a night cream or moisturiser.

For cleansing:
Try St Ives Apricot Scrub as it helps prevent blemishes and minimise pores. This salicylic acid acne cleanser is non comodogenic, dermatologically tested, sulfate and paraben free and contains 100% natural exfoliants. This formula will deeply cleanse pores and stop breakouts before they occur.

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For Moisturiser:
Try Rosehip moisture restorative night creme essano. This creme is clinically proven to feed, renew and repair skin while promoting firmness. It deeply moisturises and nourishes while you sleep to promote skin elasticity and a healthy complexion. Rich in skin renewing organic Rosehip oil and organic Aloe Vera, Jojoba Oil and Shea Butter. It’s perfect for all skin types so you can’t miss out!

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This Summers Hottest Runway Fashion Trends

I haven’t posted many fashion pieces as of lately (sorry guys I’ve been a bit pressed for time with my busy schedule of things and what not) so here’s a post that will hopefully make up for the lack of. As the weekend is nearing and summer is still in full swing, it’s time to take a look in your closet and maybe consider adding a few pieces or revamp it the runway style. As we all know the runway looks change every season, but the extravagant designs undoubtably cannot be ignored. If you’re not up to date or just simply need some inspiration, here’s a look at what you should be wearing this summer.

Earn Your Stripes

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Covered in head to toe, whether you prefer horizontal, vertical or diagonal these are the latest in style look.

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Johnny Spring/Summer 2014 – 2015

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Suboo Spring/Summer 2014 – 2015

Pastel palette

Pastel shades are a sure way to sweeten up your wardrobe with light lemon yellow, soft greys, dusty denim blues and pale pinks and mint green.

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Aquintic Spring Summer 2014/15

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Ixiah Spring Summer 2014/15

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Bec & Bridge Spring Summer 2014/15

Front Folds
The focus at Fashion Week was mainly on decorated torsos including ruffles, folds and sculptural frills. Alexa Chung eat your heart out!

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By Johnny Spring Summer 2014/2015

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Maticevski Spring Summer 2014/2015

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By Johnny Spring Summer 2014/15

Cobalt Blue
Feeling blue? Make a bold statement with a colour that exudes luxury and an abundance of style.

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Daniel K Spring Summer 2014/15

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Dion Lee Spring Summer 2014/2015

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Carla Zampatti Spring Summer 2014/2015

Sheath Silhouettes
A classic and elegant pencil skirt just got even more fabulous with an added hint of sexy and sass.

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By Johnny Spring Summer 2014/2015

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Ginger & Smart Spring Summer 2014/2015

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Bianca Spender Spring Summer 2014/15

Crisp White Shirt
The classic everyday essential white shirt has been taken to a new level of inventive by designers, from unbuttoned at the bottom to open at the back or cut with new boxy shapes and cropped sleeves.

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Ginger & Smart Spring Summer 2014/2015

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Ellery Spring Summer 2014/2015

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Ginger & Smart Spring Summer 2014/2015

Off The Shoulder
Debuting tops on bare shoulders is this seasons chic and absolute ultra modern look.

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Maticevski Spring Summer 2014/2015

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Ellery Spring Summer 2014/2015

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By Johnny Spring Summer 2014/2015

Classy Culottes
Flowy, wide and cropped these pants are a fashion must have that you can simply pair with a matching coloured crop. This fashion statement seems so timeless.

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Ginger & Smart Spring Summer 2014/2015

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Ginger & Smart Spring Summer 2014/2015

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Ginger & Smart Spring Summer 2014/2015

Sassy Suit
With plunging jackets, bare midriff and short shorts the business look just got a whole lot sexier.

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Michael Lo Sordo Spring Summer 2014/2015

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Carla Zampatti Spring Summer 2014/2015

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Christopher Esber Spring Summer 2014/15

Hummus Made Healthy

Feeling a little peckish and need a quick pick-me-up? Here’s just the thing, my healthy version of homemade hummus (and let’s be honest, hummus itself can’t get much healthier than it already is). Chickpeas are an absolute staple in the pantry as they are known to boost metabolism and help cleanse the body because of their high alkalinity. These little beauty’s are packed with protein, fibre (both of the good kinds), high in iron and manganese, have a low Glycemic Index, thus will stabilise blood sugar levels, aiding in weight loss, lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol, are rich in magnesium and folate and contains phytochemicals that act as antioxidants. These beans have been declared one of the world’s healthiest food, and with all the benefits it’s definitely not hard to see why! So what better way to boost your intake of these protein powerhouse machines than to make your very own hummus. It’s no mess, no fuss, super easy, quick and yummy to make. You’ll wonder why you simply didn’t try this sooner!

Ingredients:
1 can 500g rinsed and drained Chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
1 clove garlic
1tsp salt
1 tsp tahini
3 Tbsp olive oil

Method:
Place all ingredients into a blender and gradually pulse until beans are blended. It should reach a thick and creamy paste like consistency, however feel free to add more or less olive oil to create a desired level of thickness.

Additional:
If you want to add other flavours, try roasting pumpkin, tomato or beetroot (some examples I would highly recommend) in the oven in olive oil and then add to the blended beans, or simply add other spices and herbs. Place into a small dish or bowl, chop up some carrot and celery or if you prefer crackers, serve and enjoy!

Berry Beautiful Acai Smoothie Bowl

Monday has rolled around again after a weekend full of jam packed events, drinking one too many glasses of wine and scoffing down a few of those delicious Krispy Kremes (ugghhh, sigh*). What’s left to show for it is a banging headache, feeling lethargic and unmotivated, my skin has gone into a breakout frenzy and what’s worse is the scales have gone up again (uh oh). So to get back on track it’s time to start the new week a fresh with a DIY Acai smoothie bowl, as it’s packed with antioxidants and essential nutrients that will help us getting back to our usual selves in no time! Yes the fruits are high in natural sugars and will give us an energy boost, but they’re healthy sugars the body needs so enjoy this for breakfast or even freeze it and have it for dessert as a ‘healthy frozen nana ice cream’. I love smoothie bowls as they are super easy to whip up, are so versatile when it comes to flavours so mixing and matching is a must and the toppings are my favourite part as they give it that something little extra!

Ingredients:
1/2 Banana
1/2 – 1cup Blueberries
1 tsp Natures Way Acai powder
4 Tbsp water (add more or less to make desired consistency)

Method:
Place all ingredients in the blender, mix and place in a bowl. Garnish the top with anything additional of choice, including; Chia seeds, blueberries, raspberries, banana, strawberries nuts, seeds, dried fruit or coconut. Serve and enjoy!

De bloat in 24 hours

It’s Friday and you know what that means, the weekend is here so it’s time to let our hair down, get loose and party! That means spending a few hours or two trying on outfits, doing our makeup and hair and finding accessories to complete the look. Only just one problem, to find out those skinny jeans won’t do up or that tight tank top makes you look like you have a belly bulge as if something’s cooking in the oven. Today’s main focus is to lose the annoying belly pooch in 24 hours. Have a serious event coming up and want to look great in that LBD? Or just sick of feeling sluggish like you’re carrying around a five foot baby whale all the time, no need to worry simply stick to these tips throughout the day and watch the bloat disappear!

1. Start your day fresh with some hot water and lemon
Think of this as a magic elixir as lemon cleanses your body and banishes toxins, whilst jump starting your metabolism. Not only does it support your immune system as it’s high in vitamin C, but it also aids digestion, repairs skin cells, reduces appetite, freshens breath, balances your pH, detoxifies the liver and promotes overall health. Bonus it has a calming effect (definitely need more of this).

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2. Yoga it out

Stretches help to alleviate pain and tighten, tone and lengthen the body which in turn give the core a flatter, more svelte and sleek appearance. (See older posts for some stretches to try). Why not try incorporating Pilates if you’re game! Its just the same only more intense poses, definitely worth it and besides what have you got to lose!

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3. Sip on a flat belly smoothie

Liquids are easier to digest than solid foods, and smoothies are quick and nutritious to make so why not take advantage of this and make your own special concoction of proven belly flattening foods. Some smoothie options may include or mix and match yourself:

Mean green 

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Spinach

Banana

Avocado

Green grapes

Coconut oil

Coconut water

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Super skinny

Blueberries
Pineapple
Kale
Almond milk

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Tropical Fiesta
Papaya
Pineapple
Mango
Greek yoghurt

4. Make your mid morning snack smarter
Teach yourself to snack better with foods that have a high water content, such as melons, cucumber and celery. Not only are these beauty’s low in calories, full of water which is key for hydration but also celery contains potassium, in which potassium reduces fluid retention that creates the extension in the stomach. Aim for potassium rich foods too including bananas, leafy greens (think salads) dried apricots ( these absolutely help when on you’re period FYI), Greek yoghurt, mushrooms, avocados and salmon. It’s all about the snacking so don’t just eat whenever you feel like it, teach yourself discipline but allow yourself to eat 6-8 small meals/snacks a day and your less likely to feel that awful swollen sickness and more likely to feel satisfied.

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5.Cut the C.R.A.P
Coffee
Refined Sugars
Artificial Sweeteners/ sugars
Processed Foods

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Not only are these types of foods bad for your overall health ( yes we already know that ) but they are also the main culprits of stomach distension. Seeing as the digestive system can’t properly process and break down these ‘fake foods’ it’s simply your body’s way of rejecting the toxins and as a result, shows on your body. Whilst chocolate, ice cream, chips and waffles are all at the top of our to – eat list, If you want flat abs the secret is a no brainer although sticking to the 80/20 rule is recommended, to help you De bloat it’s best to throw these foods out to stop you from temptation or keep them hidden out of sight. Think out of sight out of mind. Remember your body is your temple and you must respect, love and feed it through wholesome, clean and nourishing food. Refined sugars can be found in absolutely anything these days you’d be surprised so make sure to always check the label for things like fructose, glucose, food additives, lactose and sorbitol.

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6. Avoid the alcohol, smoking, fatty foods and limit dairy and chewing gum
Again these are all main contributors to bloating, some more than others but it goes without saying that these are all toxins that do more harm to the body than good. Try to skip happy hour or limit to one night per week as the body can’t metabolise alcohol fast enough in which the rate people consume it in. This creates spikes in blood sugar levels that wreaks havoc on your body. Smoking is similar to chewing gum as air particles get trapped in the small intestine, as sorbitol from gum can’t be broken down properly, thus creating a stomach full of air which will eventually lead to gas.

Dairy (or lactose which is another name for sugar) can worsen or exacerbate symptoms and distend the stomach rapidly too. However not all dairy products do this, it’s differs to each individual but the main culprits are anything milk or cheese related ( including chocolate and ice cream) so it’s best to steer clear of these and try Greek yoghurt, anything made from goats milk or alternatives such almond milk, rice milk or soy milk. The tolerance in which one can consume dairy (the amount) again differs from person to person so find your balance or limit( just maybe not today if you’re trying to de bloat). Don’t forget the obvious ones, fatty foods that include anything greasy, fried, most fast food services or take out, desserts or anything that generally comes in a packet. It’s ok to enjoy these treats in moderation and live by the 80 percent clean, 20 percent treat rule which is the equivalent to one cheat day per week (or 3 meals). If you are trying to maintain a slim figure including a flatter belly, avoid these altogether.

7.Excersize
It’s super important you aim for at least 30 minutes or more a day to improve general health. It doesn’t have to be anything vigorous, simply take a long walk as this will help with keeping that belly down but will also improve your mood by producing endorphins (feel good neurotransmitters) and keep up serotonin levels known as the happy hormone. Excersize relieves stress and can help shed off those extra kilos (who doesn’t want that). Want to burn a bit of ab flab while you’re at it? Include some full body toning excersizes, including the plank, squats, kettle bell swings, dumbbell flys, mountain climbers, burpees and lunges. Also try HIIIT which is proven to torch belly fat in half the time of a usual workout. It simply involves doing short bursts or intervals of cardio at your maximum output, followed by brief periods of rest. This is one of the best ways to lose belly fat whilst working out and toning up. Try searching on YouTube for some home workouts to start or simply go for a run and try a couple sprints to mix it up and see better results.

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8.Stress less

When our cortisol levels go up (known as the stress hormone) it prevents our bodies from burning kilo joules into energy and instead goes into fight or flight mode, causing our bodies to hold onto and store fat from the food we ingest. The best way to combat this is by focusing on your breathing, try mindfulness and being aware of what you eat, how you feel and the environment you’re in. Excersize and yoga can also help reduce stress but it might not work for everyone so find something that works for you such as taking a hot bubble bath or reading a good book. Balancing your emotions is one of the key components in bringing down your stress levels so find something that makes you happy and do it!

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9. Omega 3s are your new BFF

Healthy fats usually scare people off as they are a type of fat, however they are known as the good fats with a wide variety of benefits, including lowering belly fat. The main sources include oily fish, avocados, nuts and seeds. Oily fish for example is packed with polyunsaturated fat that provides essential fatty acids for brain development and reduces inflammation. It’s a good source of vitamin D, protein, vitamin B and selenium. Try to opt for salmon or tuna. Avocados are the belly buster kings and a must have throughout your day as they’re packed with essential vitamins and nutrients, it has more potassium than a banana, it’s loaded with mono-unsaturated fats or heart healthy fats, lowers bad cholesterol and is packed with fibre and antioxidants. Try making your own homemade guacamole for an afternoon snack. Nuts and seeds are another great way to lower belly fat as they can be a great snack, keeping you fuller for longer. Try almonds and walnuts or make your own trail mix.

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10. Get some Z’s
Sleep is super important in keeping the body regulated and the mind at peace. Aim for 7-8 hours a night and you will have stronger willpower to make smarter decisions, be able to get things done more efficiently and ultimately allow your body time to relax and unwind. Having enough sleep helps to lower cortisol and boost serotonin, thus stops you from reaching for C.R.A.P, feeling tired and irritable and makes it easier for you to think clearly and get through the day. Allow your body time to unwind, and restore as glycogen levels are being replenished during sleep which is necessary for developing and maintaining muscle. Muscle is key to keeping our metabolisms working all hours of the day, which helps to burn off those extra calories around the clock, even long after you finish your workout. Make sure you turn off all distractions and devices at night and sleep in a dark, cool temperated room and get some Z’s!

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