Happy Friday, lovelies!
I have been away getting some much needed rest and relaxation. I’ve also been spending time focusing on this new chapter in my life. I share more with you at a later time.
So, in my journey of being healthy, I am eating quite a bit of fruits and veggies. I like to have a little fun with eating. Over the past several months, I have been eating my fruits and drinking my smoothies from my fashion inspired wine glasses. Why not add a little fabulocity to being healthy?
By the way, I got my wine glass from Dollar Tree. They have really nice decorative glasses for fashionista. Are there any creative ways you enjoy eating?
I’ve been suffering from cold sore outbreaks since I was a little girl. Cold sores are very uncomfortable and unattractive. You’ve seen the commercials where the person with an outbreak is embarrassed and wants to hide. Well, in some ways, cold sores can make you feel that way. For me, I get them at the most inconvenient times. For instance, I’ll get them when I have a major event to attend or when meeting up with a friend that I haven’t seen in awhile. Cold sores can make you feel really self conscious.
For years I’ve tried, unsuccessfully, to find ways to treat and prevent them from occurring. A few years ago, I thought that I had finally found a solution in the product Abreva. I found it at Walmart for about $17. The package said that if applied to the cold sore early on, it would prevent a full blown outbreak from occurring. It also promises that it works better than an other product that is on the market. The instructions for its application is to apply the product no more than five times a day. The issue I had with Abreva is that it never consistently worked. Sometimes it would and sometimes it wouldn’t. I didn’t want to continue paying that much for a product that is about the size of my pinky finger, and that work at random times.
So, about a month ago, I found another product at Walmart that claimed to treat cold sores. It was almost half the price of Abreva. I tried it an it works within a small period of time after applying it to the cold sore. It’s cheaper, only has to be applied once, and has worked consistently. So for anyone who maybe suffering from cold sore outbreaks I suggest that you try the cold sore treatment by OraLabs. You can find it at Walmart for $9.88. You only get 2 grams of product for that price, but it is well worth it. I’ve posted a picture below of the how it looks.
It’s been a while since I have done a post about smoothies. I recently did a hug smoothie using a large blender. I was able to make about 4-5 smoothies out of that batch. I froze them until I got ready to drink them.
Here’s what I used: kale, cantaloupe, pine apples, and blue berries, and 2-3 tablespoons of flaxseeds. I froze all of fruit before blending. I used apple juice to blend everything. This smoothie had a lighter taste because I didn’t add bananas to them. I could really taste the cantaloupe and pineapples. It was very tasty. I had this smoothie right before bed and when I had to stay up late doing school work for added energy and extra nourishment.
I wanted to update those of you have been following my vegetarian journey. I made a post almost two months ago about returning back to eating vegetarian for various reason. Primarily for the discipline and the health benefits. I would definitely have to say that transitioning seemed easier the last time around because I took my time eliminating meat out of my diet and I also ate more gluten and dairy last time.
This time around I have been doing a lot more research about what is beneficial for my specific health needs. I also suffered from severe acne when I finally removed meat out of my diet last time. This actually freaked me out because it was pretty awful. I found out that going vegan and vegetarian can cause serious acne issues. So, I am taking my time in my transition into this lifestyle. So, that my body can adjust to the changes.
Is the meat gone? No, almost. I transitioned last time for about two to three months eliminating meat. I am almost at the two month mark. I don’t buy or prepare meat in my home ever since the last time I went vegetarian. I cook and prepare only vegetarian friendly meals. I may have some fish and lean meat if I go out to eat on occasions. I have found only a few take-out and dine-in dishes that are vegetarian and gluten-free friendly where I live. It has been trial and error. But all in all, I am making great progress.
I haven’t noticed any significant weight loss or anything like that. I have to say that I don’t feel as bloated. I feel better and my cholesterol and blood pressure are excellent. I am shooting to be totally meat-free by May 1. My initial plan was to stop cold turkey, but I am pacing myself and not pressuring myself to become vegetarian. I’m allowing myself to adapt to it so that it becomes my way of living. I have a goal and it’s becoming a reality.