Healthy Skincare Regimen

I spend a ton of time (more than I care to admit) thinking about, preparing, chopping, cooking, and packing healthy meals almost everyday.   Despite the fact that I use skincare products everyday, I haven’t put nearly as much time or attention into carefully selecting and purchasing these products as I do with food.

I’ll stand at Wegmans and read 4 nutrition labels for a pasta sauce, but I don’t even bother to look at the label of a lotion I’m going to slather all over my skin?  Doesn’t really make sense, huh?

healthy skincare

I’m embarrassed to admit that I only recently started taking a serious look at what skincare products I’m using, what’s in them, and which ones I can find that are healthier for my body.  I have made the conscious decision to put more time and energy into what’s soaking into my largest organ: my skin.  As you know, the point of this blog is to help busy professionals (like me!) maintain a healthy lifestyle despite a hectic schedule.  So I’ve done the heavy lifting for you guys!  You can thank me later…

Did you guys know in 2016 the global skincare market is expected to reach sales of nearly $11 billion?!  The Nutrition Business Journal reports that the organic/natural skin care industry is just shy of $4 billion.

This prompted me to start a little series here on the blog.  Today’s post is the first in that series: identifying what is in your skincare products.  Next up, we’ll focus on a few easy swaps you can make, healthy, environmentally-friendly companies making great beauty products (thank goodness for Acure!), and which products are the most important to swap for a healthier alternative if you’re on a budget.   Read on –>

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Friday Favorites {3/18/16}

Happy Friday!  I hope you all have something fun planned for the weekend.  We are having dinner with family in Atlantic City and hopefully relaxing a bunch, too :  )

Atlantic City

Atlantic City, NJ

I like to share links to articles or blog posts that I read throughout the week on Fridays.  I hope you check some of them out and let me know what you think!  Have a great weekend.

Workplace Wellness:

Workplace Wellness Initiatives – I definitely agree with #3 and #4!  In terms of #5, I don’t like to be too pushy with my healthy ways, so I try to just set a good example and let people talk to me about it if they want to.  If you do happen to have some like-minded health conscious people in your office, ask if they want to start a walking or lunch group that meets every once in a while to motivate each other.

Greenery:

Did we really need another reason to love Target?

Thought Provoking:

The world didn’t stop spinning when Davida stopped working out for a month… An awesome post on achieving a healthy, balanced attitude towards health & fitness.

Lee’s hilarious, yet painful, story about how she broke her foot running in Mexico.  Poor girl!

Fitness:

workout

{source: Burpees to Bubbly}

Can’t wait to try this bodyweight workout this weekend from Monique @ Burpees to Bubbly.

Spring bodyweight workout from Fitnessista – I’m so happy to see the word “Spring” in a blog title : )

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{source: Fitnessista}

Spring Clean Your Fitness Routine – the biggest change in my fitness routine from winter –> spring has been getting outside more.  Also, I always try to make my gym workouts as efficient as possible, but the nice weather has me even more motivated to get in and get out.

Food:

This tart cherry pineapple parfait – YES, PLEASE!

Quiet Your Blender – I’m not a fan of super loud noises, so of course I was intrigued by these tips on how to make your blender quiet down.

Have you guys read anything this week you’d like to share? 

Healthy Breakfast Choices at Panera

No matter how much preparation you put into your meals, fitness, and overall health, there are always going to be times when you need food on the run.  Panera is one of those places that I stop by for breakfast on my way to work when I don’t have time to prepare anything, and it’s also a place I like to grab coffee and a healthy snack to write these blog posts ;  )

Before recently, the general thought about Panera in the healthy eating community was that they disguised themselves as a healthy restaurant when really their food was made with chemicals, additives and lots and lots of unhealthy carbs… until recently.  Have you guys heard about all of the changes Panera has made?  Of course, they’re not perfect and there are still improvements to be made, but this is an awesome start.

So what are some things you can order if you’re trying to eat well and you need to grab something on the run?

healthy breakfast panera

One of the best things on Panera’s breakfast menu is the Steel Cut Oatmeal with strawberries and pecans. It comes with a sugar and cinnamon topping, but you can ask for that on the side (like I did in the above photo).. 

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Friday Favorites {2/5/16}

Woo hoo, it’s Friday! I hope you all had a great week.  Each Friday, I’m going to feature interesting articles, recipes, and workouts that I’ve either read or tried throughout the week.  I hope you join in and share some interesting things with me, too! 

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Healthy Office:

Standing Desk Timer – this was an exciting find this week! I found this awesome browser based time that allows you to basically set an interval timer for your standing/sitting at a desk or table.  I highly recommend it, even if you don’t have a standing desk! 

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