Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Pre-Workout Supplements Etc.

(Left to Right) Super Pump 250 by Gaspari Nutrition $65, Only One Multi Vitamin by Irwin Naturals 60 count $25, Whey Protein Shake by Gold Standard 2 LBS $48, Platinum Pump Fuel by NDS $68
Some of you have asked about supplements, vitamins, and protein shakes that I take so I wanted to share with you my favorites.
Since I am doing weight lifting, pre-workout supplements for energy and strength have helped me out tremendously. I have worked out without them and I move like a snail and can't lift as heavy of's awful!
I go back and forth between 2 kinds: Platinum Pump Fuel and Super Pump 250 both are from GNC. (Side note;they are having a sale $39.99 instead of $70) Normally, I add a half of scoop to a half filled water bottle and down it 20 minutes before my workout. The label suggests to add 1 scoop of powder but it makes me too jittery and hyper.
As for a multi vitamin I really love Only One Liquid-Gel Multi because aside from having the essential vitamins and minerals of a multi, it also has Omega-3 Oils and Antioxidants Green Super Foods. That way you don't have to take fish oil vitamins too.
Now for a protein shake my favorite one is Whey by Gold Standard. It doesn't make me feel bloated or gassy which so many of them do. But it still has 24 grams of protein which is awesome.

Thanks for reading!


Monday, July 9, 2012

I'll Give Away Another Secret but It's Bitter Sweet

I want to tell you all about my secret weapon for almost anything! Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar (With the Mother) is what you should buy if you haven't already. It's pretty inexpensive... about $5 a bottle. It lasts me about a month..
Anyway, let's talk about all of the great benefits!!!!! 
"Why do you like it so much, it tastes bad?" I have been asked by a few people. Well, honey the slightly bitterish-sour (yes I made that word up) taste isn't that bad, so stop acting like a baby and just take a shot. 30 Minutes later you will be thanking me when you go and take a nice #2.
But for real this time...back to the good stuff.
Benefits you ask!

Hair: It is widely known that apple cider vinegar can be used as a rinse for your hair after shampooing to add healthy body and shine. Recycle an old shampoo bottle and fill it with 1/2 a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a cup of cold water. Pour through your hair after shampooing several times a week.
Face: Did you know that apple cider vinegar can help regulate the pH of your skin? Dilute apple cider vinegar with two parts water, and spread the concoction over your face with a cotton ball as a toner. Or You can mix into a little water bottle and spray on your face to tone and refresh your skin throughout the day. You can do this at night after washing, and in the morning before you apply your moisturizer. You can also dab apple cider vinegar directly onto age spots and leave them on overnight to lighten their color.
Hands and Feet: Are your hands and feet feeling tired and swollen after a long day? Treat yourself to a personal spa massage by soaking them in a bath tub with Apple Cider Vinegar.
Sunburn: Suffering from a bad sunburn? Add a cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath and soak for 10 minutes.
Teeth: Did you know that apple cider vinegar can help remove stains from teeth? Rub teeth directly with apple cider vinegar and rinse out.
Aftershave: Fill a bottle with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water and shake to blend.
Weight-Loss: For daily weight and pH balance maintenance, add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to 16 oz of water. Sip this concoction throughout the day.
Detox: Add 2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to  1 water bottle. Drink this throughout the day to cleanse your body and kidneys all day long.
Cleaning: Mix 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water. You can use this concoction to clean microwaves, bathroom tiles, kitchen surfaces, windows, glasses and mirrors. This mixture also works as a disinfectant.
Flea Reduction on pets: Rub apple cider vinegar onto your pet’s skin. Add a little bit of apple cider vinegar to their water. Spray apple cider vinegar, diluted 50 percent with water, onto your pets and onto your furniture to repel the presence of fleas.