Everything You Need to Know about #ArmpitDetoxing

Armpit detoxing is exactly what it sounds like, detoxing your armpits! Basically, you make a special “mask” just for your pits which has a great impact on your lymphatic system. As you know, we use deodorants daily to prevent odor and, mostly, sweating. Most deodorants contain specific chemicals that are going directly into our blood stream, as well as our lymphatic system which can eventually increase the level of toxins in the body and cause some disruptions (yuck!). Specifically, most deodorants contain aluminum, an anti-perspirant to prevent sweating that has been linked to damaged DNA and other health issues. So, first things first, I think it’s definitely time to opt-in for aluminum-free deodorant and take safer precautions to your health.

My Photoshoot Experience with SomeShelly + The photos from our latest shoot

BC when it’s 100 degrees outside you must do a photoshoot…Is it really a thing? It’s actually not, LOL. It just so happened on the day of our latest photoshoot it was the hottest day of the year, so far, and Shelly just so happened to be coming out to Long Island that day, which made it easy to set up an official photoshoot together.

I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to work with Shelly again, because working with her was so much fun the first time that I knew this time would be just as fun, if not more! So, we made it happen, despite the heat.

3 Ways to Manage Physical Stress on the Body

Every single day, our body is taking on loads and loads of physical stress that we often shrug off and/or overlook. As a former gymnast and victim of the restaurant and bar industry, now doubling as a gymnastics coach and kickboxing instructor, it is imperative for me to take care of my body as much as possible.

Keep this in mind: stress is like junk food - too much of it can eventually make you “sick.”

Your body is your temple, your permanent home, but it can also be your vacation, or your happy place. I believe there is good physical stress and not-so-good physical stress, although, both are stressful on the body no matter which way you look at it. So, in order for your body to feel good and not fall victim to the loads of physical stress, there are 3 key things I feel are super helpful in combating physical stress on the body and help reduce toxic load.

How to Balance Your Busy Lifestyle + Prevent an Expectation Hangover

How to Balance Your Busy Lifestyle + Prevent an Expectation Hangover

I often get asked how I handle doing so many different things at once and how I don’t loose my mind or fall on my face from the amount of directions I’m spinning in - any time I see family I haven’t seen in a while, one of the first questions they ask me is, “so, what are you up to this time?” or “what else are you doing now?” I honestly never really had an answer, until I thought about it this morning.

Continue reading below for my best tips on how to balance your busy AF lifestyle + prevent an expectation hangover ;)

Five Simple + Effective Ways to Destress Daily without Eating Up Time

Five Simple + Effective Ways to Destress Daily without Eating Up Time

Stress.

We all have it, whether it’s physical or emotional, about our jobs/careers, relationships, the world…but what do we actually do to reduce our stressors daily, so we can live a more powerful life?

The things is, unfortunately, stress is always going to be around us. It’s inevitable, although there are ways to help manage stress so it doesn’t effect our physical or emotional health!

Being that it’s Stress Awareness Month, I want to give you five of my favorite, simple and effective ways to help you de-stress every day, so that way you are setting yourself up to optimize your health and performance!

8 Stretches for Any Athlete Type to Improve Health and Mobility

8 Stretches for Any Athlete Type to Improve Health and Mobility

Do you stretch?

I used to think stretching was just something I had to do while at gymnastics or before track practice and I absolutely hated it. Mostly because it was painful, in an obvious way, but I also thought it was lame and not necessary.

I found that most people, even athletes, agree. We tend to think stretching is tedious, not fun, and, let’s face it, doesn’t look very cool. On the other hand, we also seem to think stretching is only good for before or after a workout.

[p.s. that’s actually wrong]

I’m here to tell you that stretching is one of the most beneficial things you can add to your health routine in 2019 and it requires very little work AND time!

80 Years of Wisdom + The Top 10 Basic Steps to Living a Full, Healthy Life

80 Years of Wisdom + The Top 10 Basic Steps to Living a Full, Healthy Life

This year, my beautiful grandmother, AKA Nanny, turned 80, and she’s still as vibrant and healthy as she was as far back as I can remember. Today, we talked about life, health, happiness, fear, family, relationships, and all the challenges that life sometimes brings us and the ways in which we choose to deal with failure and be vulnerable enough to tell our stories and share our natural gifts with others.

It occurred to me that I am so lucky to have 80 years of wisdom to learn from, so I took advantage and put together a compilation of Nanny’s best tips on living a full, healthy life in this crazy world.

The most amazing thing about this woman is her openness to continue to learn and grow as a person, as a mother, a sister, a grandmother, a great grandmother, and even, get this, a fiancé!

Athlete Essentials: Hair Care for an Active Lifestyle

Athlete Essentials: Hair Care for an Active Lifestyle

Today was just one of those days.

Woke up with serious bed head to more gloomy weather, and just a low feeling.

The last couple of days have been a little bit stressful and jam packed with phone calls, laundry, and cleaning - all the things us active individuals would most likely prefer not to do. Needless to say, I needed a boost of energy.

So, I decided to do something fun to my hair that I haven’t done in a while. With the help of my amazing Dry Shampoo of course! ‘Cause #SweatyHairDon’tHair especially when I have the perfect fix ;)

Being an active individual has it’s ups and downs, but I have some great tips for keeping your hair healthy and feeling great. Apparently, sweat can do some damage. How much damage? Not too sure, but what I do know is that sweating releases tons of waste and salts from the body which means your hair and scalp can get dried out pretty quickly after sweating. Ever notice that beach-like, just came out of the ocean, hair feeling after a good workout? It’s rewarding and gross all at the same time.

Athlete Fuel: Golden, Gluten-Free Oats Breakfast

Athlete Fuel: Golden, Gluten-Free Oats Breakfast

Have you ever tried Golden Oats? Have you ever even heard of Golden Oats? Me either!

I recently heard about golden oats and I just had to give it a try!

What makes them golden? Turmeric. It's that simple. Don't go searching the web for where to buy golden oats...you just have to make 'em yourself! It's so simple and you can make plenty to save up for another day ;)

Even better, this vibrant dish is packed full of powerful nutrients that are amazing to help kickstart your day or even fuel you up after a good movement session.

Why Kettlebells are My Preferred Style of Movement + Their Dynamic Benefits

Kettlebells are my go-to movement style whenever I am feeling a bit stuck or torn between where I want to go next, physically.

I first fell in love with Kettlebells back in 2010 when I started training with a friend of mine who, while working as a Kung Fu instructor and Cardio Kickboxing instructor, was becoming Certified as a Russian Kettlebell Trainer. He hooked me right in, and I haven't looked back since...well, maybe I did a little, but only to remember what he taught me. Not only was I getting stronger, I was getting faster, leaner, and simply, more powerful in everything else - my overall performance went through the roof.

Kettlebells are particularly my favorite movement style because of the diverse range of movements you can do with them to optimize results during different phases of training. Unlike the basic dumbbells, kettlebells never get boring (no offense). There is just a variety of ways to use kettlebells within their own workouts and also to utilize their capacity for making any workout more challenging and exciting while adding dynamic benefits to your daily routines, or even to athletes of all ages.

Don't get me wrong, dumbbells are useful, depending on your preference or particular exercises you'd use them for, but there is something about kettlebells that just create more abundance to movement. 

Top 8 Core Athletic Strengths + Discover Your Core Strength

As a young competitive gymnast, embarking on such a concrete journey of strength, resilience, and determination, one thing always stuck with me no matter how hard it got - being an athlete is 90% mindset and only 10% physical strength. This is why I define the Athletic Mindset in my book, Beyond the Sport, as a foundational platform of mental and physical abilities, but the most important of the two is mental. The second thing that stuck with me is never to say the words, "I can't" because if I had I would suffer the consequences...this meant an infinite amount of pushups,  but besides that, the belief that I wasn't good enough. 

This limiting belief is something that we all struggle with on a day-to-day basis, and I would be lying to you if I said I've mastered this. This limiting belief is what keeps us at odds with our inner athlete and stops us from accomplishing our goals. A question that always comes up is, "what makes me different from him/her?" The answer, my friend, is...mindset. First of all, one of the basic principles in my book is that 'comparison fuels doubt and it is the thief of confidence.' The most important thing to understand is, without cultivating the mindset first, your physical strength will only get you so far. I learned that the hard way.