Healthy is Happy | Dr Smood

I had the pleasure of dining, with some fellow influencers from South Beach, at a charming and health conscious café called Dr Smood; along with our own personal nutritionist who walked us through some of their most popular menu items. That being said, I only thought it fair to share some of my favorite health tips that were mentioned during the luncheon!img_3686
First off, can we just admire the décor and interior of Dr Smood? It is definitely the perfect place to come for a healthy meal and chill out. This was the Wynwood, Miami location.
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Tidbits!

  • Drinking lots of water is amazing for your body, but you should always try to drink Alkaline water as much as you can. Our nutritionist used a great example to explain the different between regular water and alkaline water. (So you have a shower, and it is constantly getting rinsed off whenever you are inside. But you still have to go in and clean your shower every now and then, even though its continuously getting rinsed. The same applies to your body, drinking water is good to help clean out your system, but drink alkaline water allows your body to flush out all the bad toxins.)
  • We all know moderation is key, and sometimes its hard to avoid that sweet treat. Don’t feel bad for indulging, just know how to treat your body after a cheat meal. For example, if you eat a yummy glazed doughnut, try to help your body digest the treat faster, by drinking a lot of water and liquids.
  • Chaga, is a great alternative to coffee, it gives you all the energy and helps your body to metabolism, but it is even better for you!
  • There is a difference between cacao, cocoa and chocolate. An item can not be labeled as cacao unless it is unadultured, raw cacao from the cacao tree. Chocolate on the other hand has been manipulated and has added ingredients that may not be as healthy. And cocoa is just a fancy way to say chocolate and can sometimes confuse people on whether its raw, healthy chocolate, or sugary refined chocolate.

My favorite item would have to be the Cold Pressed Vegan Mylk, Non-Dairy Chocolate Mylk. Tastes better than regular chocolate milk, but its full of healthy ingredients like brazil nut mylk, dates, cacao nibs, cacao powder, cinnamon and vanilla! Yumm

Cheers to the weekend and keeping out bodies healthy and happy!

xoxox

Dr Smood

Bomb Besties Workout Gear

Warm weather is just around the corner, which means boats, bikinis and day parties! Which also means it’s almost time to get into bikini bod mode. Working out by yourself can be difficult sometimes, but cute workout gear and a workout partner makes things so much easier.

Get it into gear with these BOMB bestie looks and customizable Spirit Jersey tops!

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Photographer// @eyesofsiul

Aroon’s Look

Top// Spirit Jersey

Basic Yoga Pants

Sneakers// Kruzin

 

Lo’s Look

Top// Spirit Jersey

Joggers// Adidas

Sneakers// Adidas

Check out Lo’s Blog at LoBehold Style and Insta @lo_behold.style.

 

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It’s a Strappy One

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Photographer// Brittany Borders

 

How amazing is this metallic grey, strappy one piece?! Actually obsessed with it, and it’s one of the comfiest suits ever! I need more!

One Piece// Coy Coy Swimwear

 

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Trenching it Out

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Photographer// Michael

So this trench is probably one of my favorite pieces for this fall! You can tie it up around the waist, or leave it open with a cute outfit underneath, it’s so versatile and adds so much to a look. And what’s even better is it’ll keep you warm!

Lucky you, this gorgeous trench is on sale!

Trench// Express

Wrap Heels// Steve Madden

 

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Cropped

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Photographer// Brittany Borders

Who knew Spirit Jersey made crop tops too?! So obsessed with their new style, and it will fit perfectly in my casual, cute fall wardrobe!

Not to forget, Paradise was too fitting, as living in Florida feels like paradise everyday!

Top// Spirit Jersey

 

Read Spirit Jersey’s cute blog post here!

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Knowing When to Toss Your Makeup

It is easy to ignore the tiny symbols that are on your bottles, tubes, and containers of makeup. You probably have seen these markings hundreds of times as they appear on all of the products that you use. This includes toothpaste, shampoo, and nearly all of your makeup. However, as you are probably unaware of what it means, you tend to overlook it.

Actually, these little symbols are trying to tell us just how long we should use our makeup and beauty products for. Much like everything else, your makeup has an expiration date as well.

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Thanks to dreammodels.dk for creating this helpful infograph!

Maybe it’s time to do a beauty product purge and get rid of those products you may not have known were out of date!

 

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Top 5 Skin Care Superfoods

7543200_origSuffering from dry, cracked or acne prone skin? Or do you want to combat the signs of aging with natural skincare remedies? Then you’ve come to the right place! Here are five of the top recommendations for the best skincare superfoods. Consume these super-foods on a regular basis or use them topically within moisturisers, cleansers or face masks to benefit from softer, smoother, and eminently younger looking skin.

1 | Pineapple

If you suffer from a skin condition such as acne, eczema or inflammation then eating pineapple on a weekly basis could completely revitalise your complexion because the active ingredient within pineapple is bromelain; a natural proteolytic enzyme. This particular enzyme is extremely effective at removing dead surface skin cells, reducing swelling and combating inflammation. Eating pineapple as part of a balanced diet, or by using skincare products which contain pure pineapple extract, you can benefit from these exfoliating properties of bromelain and achieve softer, more hydrated skin.

2 | Tomatoes

If you love sunbathing but wish to prevent your skin from premature aging and UV damage then it is strongly recommended that you increase you tomato intake. After all, as skincare experts TCClinic highlight, the beauty boosting ingredient in tomatoes is lycopene, a type of carotenoid which provides your skin cells with comprehensive protection against UV rays. What’s more, if you cook tomatoes before eating them then your body will be four times to absorb the lycopene within them compared to eating raw tomatoes!

3 | Chia seeds

Nuts and seeds are a great source of healthy fats, fibre and protein. However, when asked to pick one of these super-foods above all others we have to highlight the benefits of chia seeds. Despite their small stature, these seeds are bursting with omega 3 fatty acids, manganese, zinc, calcium, magnesium and antioxidants amongst other essential nutrients. As a result, by consuming chia seeds on a regular basis you can hydrate your skin with essential healthy fats. What’s more, if you apply chia seeds topically you can combat fine line formation and benefit from their efficient anti-inflammatory properties.

4 | Pomegranate

If you are looking for a super-food which will combat the effects of prolonged sun exposure then pomegranate could offer the ideal solution for you! This is due to the fact that the seeds extracted from this unique fruit are an exceptional source of ellagic acid; a polyphenol compound which efficiently prevents the breakdown of collagen within skin cells as well as inhibiting the inflammation caused by UVB rays. In fact, numerous studies have shown that incorporating pomegranate seeds within your diet can protect your skin from premature aging and safeguard against the long term damage caused by prolonged sun exposure.

5 | Kale

No skincare superfoods list would be complete without praising the benefits of kale! This particular wild cabbage plant boasts a wealth of health benefits for your entire body. As skincare specialist Dr Pauline Hili explains, kale is a super-food which contains high levels of vitamins A, C, E and K. Dr Hili also advocates how the topical addition of these vitamins in the form of kale based skincare products can be up to 100 times more effective for re-invigorating the skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, promoting healing and reducing puffiness than other skin care methods. In this manner, eating kale on a daily basis and using skin care products infused with kale extract can significantly improve the condition of your skin as well as your overall health.

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