Women’s Wellness and Self-Care: My Favorite Personal Essentials

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Until recently, I could not recall the last time I dedicated time specifically for myself and my well-being. Self-care? Personal wellness and self-gratification? It almost sounded like a different language I had never heard before. With running a full-time business and raising two young children on a daily basis, me time seemed such a long distance away.

Just this week, I began to dedicate specific times for myself during the day. This time is when I wake up in the morning instead of jumping right onto the computer, or in the mid afternoon while my children are usually resting. I instantly saw the positive difference when I integrated a self-care routine into the day. My mood blossomed, and my energy soared. My productivity has even significantly increased. All without compromising time with my family or my business.

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Always Eat After 7 PM: Final Thoughts and Goal Setting

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This past month has been one of the most rewarding. I cannot express enough how energized I feel, and how proud I am of the difference I see not only on the scale but also in my day-to-day living pattern. I am in charge of an eating plan that finally makes sense to me. Why should I have to eat when the clock says it’s time? Why restrict myself to not eat at night?

Based on surprising science, Always Eat After 7 PM debunks popular diet myths and offers an easy-to-follow diet that accelerates fat-burning and allows you to indulge in your most intense food cravings: Eating the majority of your calories at night.

This lifestyle change is one that I have easily maintained over these past four weeks and one that I easily see myself following for the long-term. I feel great, I don’t feel restricted, and I can enjoy the foods I love without any unnecessary eliminations in my diet. These eliminations had been ones that I fought against the most with previous diets, only to overindulge and gain the weight back once that plan was over. Not anymore!

We’ve been traditionally taught to avoid carbs, have an early dinner, and never eat before bed. But the fact is, the latest scientific research shows us this earlier model is not the most ideal.

If I am not hungry in the morning, why do I have to eat then? Simple, you don’t have to! Instead, I choose to shift my meals, where I enjoy my last meal followed by a snack towards the latter evening.

Having carbs in the evening is also a great weight loss strategy. When you’re active, your body burns mainly carbohydrates and muscle glycogen for energy. By eating carbs at night, you allow your body to use them to restore glycogen for energy the next day and provide your body with the glucose it needs to regulate your blood sugar levels during sleep,” says Marion.

Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion is now available to purchase.

I especially look forward to continuing to recreate all of the featured recipes in his book at home. Dessert included!

Join me in changing the way you diet, forever. Finally, embrace an eating plan that is approachable, easy to follow, and sustainable for the long-term. Learn more about the book and how to purchase here.

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Learning the Secrets of Web Traffic with Russell Brunson

This article is sponsored by Russell Brunson’s Traffic Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Filling Your Websites and Funnels with Your Dream Customers. All opinions and content are mine alone.  

I’ve been familiar with Russell Brunson for a few years now. It was not until recently that I sat down and seized the opportunity to read his new book. His new book, Traffic Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Filling Your Websites and Funnels with Your Dream Customers, is written for entrepreneurs to help them get their message out to the world about their products and services. The book goes into full detail with how to go about doing this. In fact, Russell Brunson himself truly has poured his heart and soul into the book. It is full of useful information you can refer to again and again as you continue to grow your business. Continue reading

Always Eat After 7 PM: Crave Worthy Recipes

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Finally, a diet plan that allows me to take control and enjoy what I am eating, rather than being weighed down with too many restrictions to count.

Always Eat After 7 PM by Joel Marion is a real game changer. After following the plan for the last five weeks, my energy levels have significantly increased, and I feel ready and eager to start the day each morning with my young family rather than feeling overworked and worn down.

Bestselling author, Joel Marion, is a fitness expert and nutritionist debunking the myths underlying traditional dieting and offers a simple, highly effective weight loss program.

Marion eliminates the diet nonsense and so-called rules that have been ‘fed’ to us for so long. He debunks the myths such as the importance of eating breakfast everyday, one that clearly stuck out to me as noted in my previously published post about the program.

Joel Marion’s Always Eat After 7PM program makes dieting easy and eliminates 90% of reasons for resistance.

I personally have never seen a more approachable and honest eating plan that is straightforward and informative with all of the information we have craved for so long. Marion discusses his fat-burning morning ritual that is incredibly easy to follow. Lemon Water? Check! Cinnamon and Apple Cider Vinegar Drink? Done!

As Marion explains: “One of the simplest 3-Minute Fat-Burning Morning Rituals, lemon water is a glass of water mixed with the juice of one half of a lemon. This drink provides all the benefits of regular drinking water, which supports weight loss, digestive health, physical performance, and cognitive function.”

His recipes in the book, provided by his friend and colleague Diana Keuilian, are excellent for immediately incorporating into your plan. Some of my favorites include the Pumpkin Pie Egg Muffins, Salmon and Lentils, Turkey Burgers with Butternut Buns, and the Stuffed Bell Peppers, which I enjoy on a regular basis.

For dessert, I love the Chocolate Very Cherry Ice Cream!

I could easily keep going with my list of favorites, but I want to maintain that element of surprise for you! The featured recipes also include several excellent smoothies and snacks.

The nutrition content is noted for each recipe as well.

Learn more about the book and how to purchase here.

Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion is now available to purchase.

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Always Eat After 7 PM: The Surprising Discoveries

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Diet is the word most of us dread. We have all been there and found our pitfalls, struggles, and unrealistic limitations. These fad diets that we have given up on were never meant to sustain us for life anyway. So, why should we follow a diet plan that is only temporary?

A diet and wellness plan should not only be for the long-term, it should also be satisfying and rewarding. We should feel energized and satiated, instead of starved and frustrated. I have chosen to follow a guide where I can enjoy my carbs, fruit, and dairy while gaining more energy and burn fat overnight. A win-win! Continue reading

Always Eat After 7 PM: Break The Rules and See Results

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The Hamptons high season is fast approaching. After almost six months of traveling and culinary binges around the globe, it is time to get back to business with my wellness routine. That means boosting my metabolism and energy to get ready for the busy summer months ahead. Upon learning about Joel Marion’s ‘rule-breaking diet,’ I immediately looked to his new book, Always Eat After 7PM.

In the past I have found many of the dieting plans out there too restrictive. I did not want to be told I could not eat nearly all of the foods I love.

Based on surprising science, Always Eat After 7 PM debunks popular diet myths and offers an easy-to-follow diet that accelerates fat-burning and allows you to indulge in your most intense food cravings: Eating the majority of your calories at night. Marion’s book weeds out the contradictory findings that are out there about dieting and weight loss. The so-called rule of never eating at night was one of them.

What really stuck with me was this:

“In fact, research shows that the average person’s metabolic rate is no different during sleep than during the day.”

Having the energy to stay on top of my upcoming busy schedule while boosting my metabolism is at the top of my list of health goals for the upcoming season. I look forward to sharing my personal updates with you. This is a very exciting time as we begin to gear up for the summer ahead!

In the meantime, check out this video that highlights how and why Joel Marion wrote the book:

Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion is now available to purchase.

This post is brought to you by our sponsor, “Always Eat After 7 PM”. All opinions are mine alone.

4 Spring Beauty Brands We Love This Month

From head to toe, we are loving our upgraded spring beauty regiment. We have revealed the four beauty brands we love and can’t stop using to beautify our daily routine.

Piperberry

What would our skin do without Piperberry? Piperberry is a skincare company that uses adaptogens to help balance cortisol levels and help prevent the reduction of collagen and other signs of inflammation. These adaptogens are found in plant-based ingredients such as licorice root, sea buckthorn and holy basil. Piperberry’s beauty products are vegan, nontoxic, organic, and sustainable. We are particularly loving their Kale Protein Cleanser as a daily facial and neck cleanser. The cleanser is gentle enough to be used twice a day.

No B.S. Skincare

This spring, we are especially loving their Charcoal Detox Peel-Off Mask. This activated charcoal treatment draws out the toxins that build up in your skin, with lasting purified results. Garden cress extract catalyses the skin’s detoxifying system, and introduces antioxidants, while squalane retains moisture without clogging your pores. This treatment works as a deep cleanser, balancing oily skin and treating breakouts (even before they happen). The mask is a lifesaver for someone who perhaps continues to have acne breakouts in adulthood. You may also choose to use the peel-off mask in more affected/acne prone areas of the skin like the forehead, nose, or chin. No B.S. Skincare also sells serums, cleansers, moisturizers, and masks. +Made in the USA!

Face Halo

Face Halo is simply a product that everyone must own! We are especially grateful for discovering Face Halo during the month that also celebrates Earth Day. A game changer for makeup removal, these reusable circular pads gently remove makeup seamlessly with just water. Non-toxic and reusable, Face Halo replaces up to 500 single-use makeup wipes. They can be washed up to 200 times. No need to rub or scrub!

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Baby Foot

Baby Foot sells a variety of foot masks and socks to make foot treatments easier than you ever imagined. In particular, their Original Exfoliation Foot Peel is the perfect way to complement a relaxing day in with your feet up. This easy 1-hour treatment will make your feet as smooth as a baby’s. The  lavender-scented foot peel is complete with 16 natural extracts that simultaneously exfoliate and moisturize. Each package comes with two booties. Simply slip them on, cover them with socks, and be ready to enjoy your smoothest feet ever. The booties are suitable for both men and women.

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5 Best Itineraries for Your Next Cruise

If you dream of experiencing an unforgettable trip with your family or your partner, cruising can be the perfect answer to all your needs. Every year, many travelers book both ocean and river cruises and leave for a life-changing adventure.

There are many companies, such as Aqua Expeditions, that offer marvelous river and ocean cruises all around the world. All you have to do is pick your favorite itinerary and leave for your next adventure. If you still haven’t decided which one your next destination is going to be, we have selected five of the best itineraries to take into account before you book your cruise. Continue reading

Have Your Treats and Eat Them Too with DOLCIA PRIMA® Allulose

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When the New Year arrived, most of us developed a wellness routine. This routine may be to help us either stay on track or reset our bodies on the path towards a healthier self. My goal for this year is to maintain the results that I saw with kicking the sugar habit last year. But it has not been easy, especially with having two young children who love sweets and all kinds of treats that are not so forgiving on the waistline. Continue reading

Lunch at Murger Hanhan in London

Murger Hanhan is the restaurant everyone should come to when they travel to London. As London’s first authentic Xi’an restaurant, it is home to the irresistibly delicious Chinese Biang Biang Noodles. These super long noodles (12 feet in fact) are just as much fun to eat as they are to photograph and videotape. With so many reasons to visit, from efficient service to top notch cuisine for the whole family, it is no wonder I keep thinking about this spot nearly a month after visiting.

Murger Hanhan specializes in regional Chinese cuisine from Xi’an City in the Shanxi Province. This province is located in North China close to Beijing.

I already know I will be visiting here multiple times when I am back in London in the summer of 2020.

Coming in for lunch? Make sure you are one of the first groups to arrive. Murger Hanhan gets busy (very) quickly. The service is very fast without being pushy or overbearing, so you have plenty of time to enjoy your meal without feeling rushed.

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The Rockwell in London

It would be almost impossible to devise a better meeting place after work or after a day exploring London. After stepping out into the frosty air from the National Art Gallery, walk across Trafalgar Square to The Rockwell. A new destination cocktail bar and lounge at The Trafalgar St. James, it is the ideal destination to escape into your own libation fantasy.

Dapper and demure meets a celestial and botanical hideaway. Easily meet friends, colleagues, and loved ones here for a drink and some innovative bar food after work or pre-theatre. We visited on a Wednesday evening during their Mid-Week Magic that begins at 6pm.

 

Pure Magic

As you settle into one of their plush and sophisticated banquettes, you may be greeted by one of their resident fortune tellers, a caricaturist, or illusionist. They rotate every Wednesday throughout the months. During these magical evenings, their bar team whips up an array of carefully curated apothecary-style magical cocktails. How about trying the Illusion cocktail? Crafted with Kinahan’s Cask Project, White Tea Rinomato, Marshmallow Leaf, and Mancino Bianco Ambrato. (£14).

Cocktails

This is the location to have fun with and experience out-of-the-ordinary libations. The Rockwell in Trafalgar Square is the reason why you go out for creative cocktails. It is also where you go to discover and try new pairings brimming with imaginative elements.

Cocktails to try first are the ones crafted with Gin. Try the Plymouth Navy Strength made with Franklin & Sons Natural Indian Tonic. Garnish with Rosemary & Cranberry Tea (£16). For a magical escape, sip Myrtle’s Escape with Banana Purée, Licorice Water, Eucalyptus Soda (£9).

For Festive Cocktails, my favorite was the Tea for Nicholas. A marvelously festive concoction of Sandalwood Rebel Yell Bourbon, Chestnut Syrup, English Breakfast Tea, and Milk Foam. Served hot. (£14). Additional festive cocktails are crafted with Gin or Whiskey, like the Yuletide Gin & Tonic.

The Food

All plates are perfect for sharing. Recommended is ordering 2-3 per party of two. For nibbles, we suggest Lemon & herb Chicken Skewers (£10); and Skin on Fries with Rosemary and Parmesan (£5). For small plates, chose the Tuna Tartare, Avocado, Ginger; Crispy Prawn Tempura; and Beef Sliders with Cheddar and Mayonnaise (£12/each).

For something sweet, go with the Chocolate Fondant with Salted Caramel (£8).

There is also an all day dining menu. That menu has the addition of main courses and additional appetizer selections. I could easily spend a few hours here. The high-spirited vibe is invigorating yet relaxing. Conversations at The Rockwell should never be rushed through.

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The Rockwell in Trafalgar Square is open seven days a week beginning at 11am.

On Thursdays from 8pm, The Rockwell hosts an evening of smooth jazz and bespoke cocktails with New Orleans vibe.

Coming up, there will be a special Christmas, and New Year’s Eve menu.

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