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Via Madame Noire
We all know the golden components to losing weight: diet and exercise. For those without drastic weight loss goals, losing weight can simply be a matter of integrating some simple practices into your daily routine. Check out these simple strategies and see if they don’t make a difference.
Eat Regularly
You’re not doing yourself any favors by skipping meals. You may be saving yourself some calories in the short term, but in the long term, you’re messing with your metabolism. And as we know, metabolism is key to burning calories. So make sure you don’t skip meals and snack on healthy items when you need to. Some experts recommend eating as much as six small meals per day.
Snack on Fatty Foods
Although you already know that celery is better for your calorie-wise than a peanut-butter sandwich, peanut butter may in fact fill you up longer so that you’d avoid being hungry sooner. Other great snack choices include hummus, cheese, and almonds,  which are a great source of monounsaturated fatty acids.
Drink Water With Lemon
Drinking lots of water, and cutting down on the calorie-whopping power of sodas and other sweet beverages, is essential to losing and maintaining weight. Did you know that adding lemon to your water can rev up your metabolism? Apparently, lemon helps to detoxify your live and metabolize fat according to fitness expert Jackie Warner.
Load Up on Proteins
The Atkins Diet certainly affirmed the idea of little to no carbs into our dieting belief system as a nation. Although you do need carbs for energy, you don’t need two plates of pasta at lunch and dinner to get that energy. Instead, when you can, opt for proteins like meats and black beans which keep you full and happy.
Portion Control
Many of us are not mindful when eating – we just eat what we think we should be eating instead of paying attention to our appetite. If you’re out at dinner, make a point to get your food bagged up once you’ve reached your “full” point so you won’t linger over your plate. If you’re at home, either be mindful about the amount of food you put on your plate or use a smaller plate. If you’re still hungry, you can always get another serving but at least you know you’re eating because you want to, not because it’s just there.
Mind Your Cocktails
We’re not expecting you to cut out drinking completely but just know that all those pretty cocktails pack on the calories. When ordering, go for the simple concoctions. Watch out for drinks that include simple syrup, sugar or sweet juices. Sometimes, just the need to have something in our hands encourages us to keep drinking throughout the night. Make sure you pace yourself and order glasses of water, which will occupy your hands and control your calorie intake
Replace Coffee With Green Tea
One of the health effects of green tea involves its ability to raise metabolic rates. It is said to have “thermogenic properties and promotes fat oxidation.” Now, obviously green tea is not a miracle worker (if it was, our problems would be solved, right?) but considering that it has a more positive effect on one’s diet is enough to kick coffee to the curb.

Toned Tuesday’s: Madame Noire’s The Non-Diet tips that change your weight game

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Via Madame Noire
We all know the golden components to losing weight: diet and exercise. For those without drastic weight loss goals, losing weight can simply be a matter of integrating some simple practices into your daily routine. Check out these simple strategies and see if they don’t make a difference.
Eat Regularly
You’re not doing yourself any favors by skipping meals. You may be saving yourself some calories in the short term, but in the long term, you’re messing with your metabolism. And as we know, metabolism is key to burning calories. So make sure you don’t skip meals and snack on healthy items when you need to. Some experts recommend eating as much as six small meals per day.
Snack on Fatty Foods
Although you already know that celery is better for your calorie-wise than a peanut-butter sandwich, peanut butter may in fact fill you up longer so that you’d avoid being hungry sooner. Other great snack choices include hummus, cheese, and almonds,  which are a great source of monounsaturated fatty acids.
Drink Water With Lemon
Drinking lots of water, and cutting down on the calorie-whopping power of sodas and other sweet beverages, is essential to losing and maintaining weight. Did you know that adding lemon to your water can rev up your metabolism? Apparently, lemon helps to detoxify your live and metabolize fat according to fitness expert Jackie Warner.
Load Up on Proteins
The Atkins Diet certainly affirmed the idea of little to no carbs into our dieting belief system as a nation. Although you do need carbs for energy, you don’t need two plates of pasta at lunch and dinner to get that energy. Instead, when you can, opt for proteins like meats and black beans which keep you full and happy.
Portion Control
Many of us are not mindful when eating – we just eat what we think we should be eating instead of paying attention to our appetite. If you’re out at dinner, make a point to get your food bagged up once you’ve reached your “full” point so you won’t linger over your plate. If you’re at home, either be mindful about the amount of food you put on your plate or use a smaller plate. If you’re still hungry, you can always get another serving but at least you know you’re eating because you want to, not because it’s just there.
Mind Your Cocktails
We’re not expecting you to cut out drinking completely but just know that all those pretty cocktails pack on the calories. When ordering, go for the simple concoctions. Watch out for drinks that include simple syrup, sugar or sweet juices. Sometimes, just the need to have something in our hands encourages us to keep drinking throughout the night. Make sure you pace yourself and order glasses of water, which will occupy your hands and control your calorie intake
Replace Coffee With Green Tea
One of the health effects of green tea involves its ability to raise metabolic rates. It is said to have “thermogenic properties and promotes fat oxidation.” Now, obviously green tea is not a miracle worker (if it was, our problems would be solved, right?) but considering that it has a more positive effect on one’s diet is enough to kick coffee to the curb.

 

puffe

Hey , I'm Alexandria Marie born and raised by Jamaicans in the Bronx!  I now reside in the 757 of VA. I'm a Makeup Artist and all around Entrepreneur, I pretty much do it all from being a manager to doing hair and owning an online vintage shop! 

When and why did you decide to get rid of the creamy crack?

I first went natural in the summer of 2010, I had amazing growth but when I got to the longer stages I hated detangling so I did a second big chop.  I also got tired of that and then relaxed my hair again [I know shame on me]. I definitely regretted it! But here I am natural again.

What was your support system like after you made your decision to go natural?

I really did not have anyone that was supportive. But after I cut my hair everyone liked it my mom even asked me if I got a texturizer. My little sister went outside to look in the driveway to see if the rest of my hair was out there. I did not tell anyone I was cutting my hair lol.

It is true that we are not our hair, or anyone else's, but do you have any Natural Hair crushes?

My natural hair crushes would have to be Corinne Bailey Rae and MsDanti1 on youtube!

What are your inspirations in life and for your hair?

My inspiration for life is to just grab it by it's horns and make the best of it while doing what makes me happy. For my hair is to have an amazingly large Afro !

alexi

When you are going through your daily regimen what products do you reach for first and why?

Coconut oil it is the only oil to penetrate the hair shaft and it feels amazing in my hair!

What is your go to style?

I am a HUGE fan of WnG [Wash n Go's] It's just so easy and carefree. I hate doing my hair but I will take care of it!

What is the most important thing you have learned on your natural hair journey?

I learned that being natural is a commitment and you have to be dedicated. Weekly styling and product buying the bigger the fro the more product is used. But I do know that I prefer natural over relaxed and I love my curls.

Where can we find you on the net?

Follow my blogs I do makeup and hair stuff there :thealexmarie.com

Youtube: thealexmarieTV

Tumblr: www.teamnatural.tumblr.com be sure to submit your fashion and hair pics!

I haven't launched my online store yet but stay in touch it's coming very soon!

TWITTER: @lexi_mua

Any advice for your fellow natural sisters?

Do not give up! Deep Condition once a week at the least , every time you shampoo or wash deep condition! Trim your ends monthly. STAY AWAY FROM RELAXERS. When you want to give up get a protective style.

Thank you!

Tales From the Kinks: Alexi Edition @lexi_mua

Monday, February 27, 2012

 

puffe

Hey , I'm Alexandria Marie born and raised by Jamaicans in the Bronx!  I now reside in the 757 of VA. I'm a Makeup Artist and all around Entrepreneur, I pretty much do it all from being a manager to doing hair and owning an online vintage shop! 

When and why did you decide to get rid of the creamy crack?

I first went natural in the summer of 2010, I had amazing growth but when I got to the longer stages I hated detangling so I did a second big chop.  I also got tired of that and then relaxed my hair again [I know shame on me]. I definitely regretted it! But here I am natural again.

What was your support system like after you made your decision to go natural?

I really did not have anyone that was supportive. But after I cut my hair everyone liked it my mom even asked me if I got a texturizer. My little sister went outside to look in the driveway to see if the rest of my hair was out there. I did not tell anyone I was cutting my hair lol.

It is true that we are not our hair, or anyone else's, but do you have any Natural Hair crushes?

My natural hair crushes would have to be Corinne Bailey Rae and MsDanti1 on youtube!

What are your inspirations in life and for your hair?

My inspiration for life is to just grab it by it's horns and make the best of it while doing what makes me happy. For my hair is to have an amazingly large Afro !

alexi

When you are going through your daily regimen what products do you reach for first and why?

Coconut oil it is the only oil to penetrate the hair shaft and it feels amazing in my hair!

What is your go to style?

I am a HUGE fan of WnG [Wash n Go's] It's just so easy and carefree. I hate doing my hair but I will take care of it!

What is the most important thing you have learned on your natural hair journey?

I learned that being natural is a commitment and you have to be dedicated. Weekly styling and product buying the bigger the fro the more product is used. But I do know that I prefer natural over relaxed and I love my curls.

Where can we find you on the net?

Follow my blogs I do makeup and hair stuff there :thealexmarie.com

Youtube: thealexmarieTV

Tumblr: www.teamnatural.tumblr.com be sure to submit your fashion and hair pics!

I haven't launched my online store yet but stay in touch it's coming very soon!

TWITTER: @lexi_mua

Any advice for your fellow natural sisters?

Do not give up! Deep Condition once a week at the least , every time you shampoo or wash deep condition! Trim your ends monthly. STAY AWAY FROM RELAXERS. When you want to give up get a protective style.

Thank you!

Yes that is right. The popular company us post relaxed girls used to be head over heels for is now intertwining natural hair products into the line.

what a genius move right!??

although I have yet to see these products on shelves they do display them on the website.

I will be looking into these products more. I am definitely willing to try them because the products worked wonders on my relaxed hair. Check out their website.

Motions

Motions on the Natural wave

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Yes that is right. The popular company us post relaxed girls used to be head over heels for is now intertwining natural hair products into the line.

what a genius move right!??

although I have yet to see these products on shelves they do display them on the website.

I will be looking into these products more. I am definitely willing to try them because the products worked wonders on my relaxed hair. Check out their website.

Motions

I know that as spring rolls around I have been working my tail off to get leaner abs. Not only do leaner abs look great they help you feel great as well!

This also helps me in my dance routines because the healthier and more active you are, the better you dance! That’s a fact! (joking joking..not sure if it is)

Any who… The Mane source had a great article pertaining to four tips for a flatter tummy. And trust me… these tips are doable!

 

Pic source

Via Mane Source

  • DRINK MORE WATER. Drinking water flushes out your system and helps prep your body for the changes you’re going to make as a result of changing your diet and exercising. Say no to sodas, and other artificially flavored juice drink that contain loads of sugar.
  • EAT MORE GOOD CARBS. Donuts, cookies, white rice…these are all badcarbs. Once you’ve eaten them, they turn into sugars which make you gain weight….especially in your midsection.  Trade in those bad carbs for good ones. Fruits, veggies, and grains are good carbs and when eaten regularly, help you lose the pooch.

Toned Tuesdays--Mane Sources: 4 tips for flat abs

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I know that as spring rolls around I have been working my tail off to get leaner abs. Not only do leaner abs look great they help you feel great as well!

This also helps me in my dance routines because the healthier and more active you are, the better you dance! That’s a fact! (joking joking..not sure if it is)

Any who… The Mane source had a great article pertaining to four tips for a flatter tummy. And trust me… these tips are doable!

 

Pic source

Via Mane Source

  • DRINK MORE WATER. Drinking water flushes out your system and helps prep your body for the changes you’re going to make as a result of changing your diet and exercising. Say no to sodas, and other artificially flavored juice drink that contain loads of sugar.
  • EAT MORE GOOD CARBS. Donuts, cookies, white rice…these are all badcarbs. Once you’ve eaten them, they turn into sugars which make you gain weight….especially in your midsection.  Trade in those bad carbs for good ones. Fruits, veggies, and grains are good carbs and when eaten regularly, help you lose the pooch.

 

What’s your Vday look?

Think Pink! Happy Valentines Day via MsVaughn

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

 

What’s your Vday look?

Via Natural Sunshine
Pulled blog story

It's Okay To Feel Ugly With a Baby TWA (Teeny Weeny Afro)! I Know I Do...


I am here to set the record straight...Just because you don't find a certain length of hair attractive on yourself, does not mean your hate your hair texture. Just because you opt not to do a drastic big chop and choose to transition for a whole year before cutting the relaxed ends does not mean you are less "committed" to your natural hair or the natural hair acceptance movement. I believe it means one thing and one thing only, you do not like the way you look with short hair and no matter what the texture, you believe longer hair suits you better than short hair. Period.
I have a baby TWA and I admit it, I felt ugly in it. Seeing myself with the beginnings of an afro made me more than a little uncomfortable. For the record, I  have "been there and done that", and I have already had the experience of growing my hair out from a fade. This is not my first time with a baby TWA. But, a couple weeks ago, I was walking around feeling ugly, asking my husband to weigh in on how ugly I was with my TWA and looking for ways to drop out of this natural hair thing all together...
Does that mean I hate my hair? Does it mean I have yet to really accept it? No! I love my hair. I love my hair texture. I have no issues about it whatsoever, but what I am not in love with is the awkward phase I'm in. I don't have a fade, I don't have a full TWA with a few styling options. All I have is in between awkward un-styled hair.
At first I thought my dislike was cause for concern, I considered removing myself from NatSun while getting myself together (LOL!). But then I calmed down and I gave myself a gift. I gave myself permission to relate to my hair on a personal level and not as an obligation to others. What I mean is, I gave myself permission to feel ugly and not chastise myself for "letting down" other naturals while doing so. I gave my hair permission to just be hair and not a political or social statement. And when I did that,I saw it for what it was...hair that needed a style or a pair of scissors to be up to my personal standards of styling. Nothing more nothing less.

TWA circa 2009
How does this fit into the post I wrote, No Matter What Stage You're At in Your Natural Journey, "Own it" &a..., you ask...
Despite the fact that I do not feel all that attractive with this length of hair, I have decided not to let it hold me hostage either in my house, under a wig or wrapped up all the time. I have decided that my hair does not have the power to make me any less beautiful than I am when my hair is in the style I prefer. I do wear my hair out from time to time and I hold my head up high. I am just about out of my awkward phase and in the photos above (taken today), I was feeling like I can honestly say I am beginning to enjoy my hair. It is now long enough that my curls are beginning to show and I have a little texture coming out. It is  a lot better than it was a few weeks ago when it was shorter and blah!
So my question to  you is, how did you make it though your awkward phase? Have you felt guilty over not liking the way you look in a baby TWA? Have you ever accused someone of hating their hair because they didn't feel comfortable with a TWA? Do you have a TWA right now and relate to what I am saying here?
Weigh in! Thanks for reading! I look forward to reading your comments.
Much Love,
Sunshine Abuwi
P.S.
Check out the corresponding video as well! I vlogged about it :-) http://naturalsunshine.ning.com/video/it-s-okay-to-feel-ugly-in-a-twa

NatSuns Advice: Feeling ugly with a TWA is okay….

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Via Natural Sunshine
Pulled blog story

It's Okay To Feel Ugly With a Baby TWA (Teeny Weeny Afro)! I Know I Do...


I am here to set the record straight...Just because you don't find a certain length of hair attractive on yourself, does not mean your hate your hair texture. Just because you opt not to do a drastic big chop and choose to transition for a whole year before cutting the relaxed ends does not mean you are less "committed" to your natural hair or the natural hair acceptance movement. I believe it means one thing and one thing only, you do not like the way you look with short hair and no matter what the texture, you believe longer hair suits you better than short hair. Period.
I have a baby TWA and I admit it, I felt ugly in it. Seeing myself with the beginnings of an afro made me more than a little uncomfortable. For the record, I  have "been there and done that", and I have already had the experience of growing my hair out from a fade. This is not my first time with a baby TWA. But, a couple weeks ago, I was walking around feeling ugly, asking my husband to weigh in on how ugly I was with my TWA and looking for ways to drop out of this natural hair thing all together...
Does that mean I hate my hair? Does it mean I have yet to really accept it? No! I love my hair. I love my hair texture. I have no issues about it whatsoever, but what I am not in love with is the awkward phase I'm in. I don't have a fade, I don't have a full TWA with a few styling options. All I have is in between awkward un-styled hair.
At first I thought my dislike was cause for concern, I considered removing myself from NatSun while getting myself together (LOL!). But then I calmed down and I gave myself a gift. I gave myself permission to relate to my hair on a personal level and not as an obligation to others. What I mean is, I gave myself permission to feel ugly and not chastise myself for "letting down" other naturals while doing so. I gave my hair permission to just be hair and not a political or social statement. And when I did that,I saw it for what it was...hair that needed a style or a pair of scissors to be up to my personal standards of styling. Nothing more nothing less.

TWA circa 2009
How does this fit into the post I wrote, No Matter What Stage You're At in Your Natural Journey, "Own it" &a..., you ask...
Despite the fact that I do not feel all that attractive with this length of hair, I have decided not to let it hold me hostage either in my house, under a wig or wrapped up all the time. I have decided that my hair does not have the power to make me any less beautiful than I am when my hair is in the style I prefer. I do wear my hair out from time to time and I hold my head up high. I am just about out of my awkward phase and in the photos above (taken today), I was feeling like I can honestly say I am beginning to enjoy my hair. It is now long enough that my curls are beginning to show and I have a little texture coming out. It is  a lot better than it was a few weeks ago when it was shorter and blah!
So my question to  you is, how did you make it though your awkward phase? Have you felt guilty over not liking the way you look in a baby TWA? Have you ever accused someone of hating their hair because they didn't feel comfortable with a TWA? Do you have a TWA right now and relate to what I am saying here?
Weigh in! Thanks for reading! I look forward to reading your comments.
Much Love,
Sunshine Abuwi
P.S.
Check out the corresponding video as well! I vlogged about it :-) http://naturalsunshine.ning.com/video/it-s-okay-to-feel-ugly-in-a-twa
One of my loyal friends brought to my attention an article she stumbled upon on Style Blazer….Although I will not provide you with the entire photo I will give you a brief excerpt….

Pic Source
“Did you know that more than 50% of African American women are no longer chemically relaxing their hair? Yep! And in response more and more hair care companies are giving us tons more options for our curls. The latest to launch is Curl Care by Dr. Miracle’s, which boasts the brand’s unique honey and vitamin complex that promises to help hold curls for up to 12 hours.”
Full article (source) here
HOLD UP HOLD UP HOLD UP!!… “Did you know that more than 50% of African American women are no longer chemically relaxing their hair?” 50%!!! Where is this statistic coming from? Although in my eyes this would be great to be chemically free… I find it hard to believe this statistic is true. It seems really far fetched don’t you think?
Please keep in mind I am not bashing the product because I could care less but this sounds like a fabricated statement to market a product.
Just remember guys to take everything you hear with a grain of salt unless there is sufficient evidence…When I see the surveys and research behind this…then I will believe.
What are your thoughts?

StyleBlazers Curl Care by Dr. Miracle’s…Errr?

Friday, February 10, 2012

One of my loyal friends brought to my attention an article she stumbled upon on Style Blazer….Although I will not provide you with the entire photo I will give you a brief excerpt….

Pic Source
“Did you know that more than 50% of African American women are no longer chemically relaxing their hair? Yep! And in response more and more hair care companies are giving us tons more options for our curls. The latest to launch is Curl Care by Dr. Miracle’s, which boasts the brand’s unique honey and vitamin complex that promises to help hold curls for up to 12 hours.”
Full article (source) here
HOLD UP HOLD UP HOLD UP!!… “Did you know that more than 50% of African American women are no longer chemically relaxing their hair?” 50%!!! Where is this statistic coming from? Although in my eyes this would be great to be chemically free… I find it hard to believe this statistic is true. It seems really far fetched don’t you think?
Please keep in mind I am not bashing the product because I could care less but this sounds like a fabricated statement to market a product.
Just remember guys to take everything you hear with a grain of salt unless there is sufficient evidence…When I see the surveys and research behind this…then I will believe.
What are your thoughts?

Beyond my outwardly appearance, that I may make believe is a theater play, while living in this harsh reality….

I may appear shy but iDance…I praise dance…with many other genres but here are some of my praises below:

 

Beyond the Façade Chapter: 2

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Beyond my outwardly appearance, that I may make believe is a theater play, while living in this harsh reality….

I may appear shy but iDance…I praise dance…with many other genres but here are some of my praises below:

 

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